Thinking about slipping off for a summer of sun and fun in the South of France? Cozying up on the beach in Cabo? Partying in Palm Springs? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy an all expenses paid, character guided tour of some of the hottest locals in paranormal fiction?
Deadly Destinations is back! Starting on July 31st and running through September 5th, Dark Faerie Tales invites you to visit all the different supernatural worlds/locations (guided by your favorite characters) from 39 of the most anticipated new Summer releases.
This summer is heating up and we hope we have a book for you! We have a great mixture of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult, steampunk, ghosts! Wherever you want to go, whoever you want to go with, we’ve probably got you covered. And hopefully we’ll introduce you to a few new favorite characters that you’ll want to follow back to their own books.
After the previous success of Deadly Destinations, we set out to enlist a killer line up of participating authors and giveaways. Here’s who you can expect:
A discharged Army Ranger, Ben considers his job as a BDSM club security guard to be an excellent hobby. He’s never been tempted to join in. But everything changes when the notorious Mistress Anne inadvertently reveals the caring heart concealed beneath her Domme armor.
Now, he’s set his sights on the beautiful Shadowlands Mistress. Maybe he’d considered himself vanilla, but she can put her stiletto on his chest any day, any time. He’ll trust her delicate hands to hold his heart. And if she wants to whip his ass on the way to an outstanding climax, he’s just fine with that too.
Sure, he knows she likes “pretty boy” slaves. And he’s older. Craggy and rough. And six-five. Minor hindrances. The mission is a go.
Quick & Dirty: A sexy BDSM novel that completely takes the characters on an emotional roller coaster.
Servicing the Target is the tenth novel in the Masters of the Shadowlands series. This series focuses on the members of a BDSM club called The Shadowlands. This series is set in Florida and Mistress Anne just happens to have a home along the Gulf Coast. This novel is quite BDSM heavy so be prepared for whips and toys.
Ben Haugen is the resident “guard dog” of The Shadowlands. He acts as security and mans the front desk of the club. He is quite vanilla in his sex life and has no desire to participate in the back until the day he fell for Mistress Anne. The strong hearted dominatrix stole his heart because he could see her kind heart and will underneath her tough exterior. Ben decides he will break down Anne’s will until she gives him a taste of what he wants and that is her.
Anne Dasmarais is very much a Domme. She has a penchant for young, hot males not the older, scarred and huge Ben. Ben is pretty much the complete opposite of what she likes. Anne also likes slaves who perform to her will and ask permission for everything while in her presence. Ben slowly breaks away at Anne’s armor enough so that she doesn’t quite catch on when he isn’t behaving himself like he should but when she does catch it she has no problem pointing them out to Ben.
Anne works as a skip tracer, picking up people who have skipped out on their bail. It is a tough job but it is one that she is mentally and physically prepared for, no matter how many males try to tell her she isn’t cut out for it. Anne has had enough of men telling her what she can and can’t do which is why she loves her D/s status.
Ben has been out of the army for five years where he was sniper. He occasionally suffers from PTSD but with the help of his psychiatrist he has been getting much better. Ben has utterly fallen for Anne and is willing to do whatever he can in order to stay in her life. He doesn’t mind aspects of her sex life but he must work through other issues in order to stay with her.
Anne absolutely hates change and with Ben she feels like her life has just gone out of control. She doesn’t necessarily think it is for the worst but she isn’t quite sure she can handle it. Anne really starts off as a strong female who really knows what she wants but when she decides it can’t always be that way she starts to break down. And she does eventually break down, there is quite a bit of moping before she gathers herself together and gets strong again.
Servicing the Target is a strong sexual book, with quite a bit of BDSM elements but there is a lovely story that is told between the scenes (and even with some of the scenes). This story is mainly told through Anne and Ben. A few characters have quick scenes of their own but are done after their scene has played out.
Overall, this is a sexy book that takes two characters on an emotional roller coaster. I really liked Ben and Anne. The writing style kept me hooked into the story and the characters emotions even if I wasn’t quite feeling some of the BDSM scenes. I haven’t read too many stories where the woman is dominant but I thought Anne’s story worked for her.
Anne moved to the next girl who was working through block-punch moves with another girl.
Gina was seventeen, pretty, five-ten, and built like an Amazon. She frowned at Anne.
“What’s wrong, Gina?”
“No matter what I do, a guy would just flatten me. This is, totally, a waste of time.”
Hmm. “If you think that, you will definitely lose.” Perhaps the staff needed to show more empowered female movies–including some with women fighters. In fighting, the mental attitude was just a important as skill.
Nolan’s rough laugh drew the attention of the girls. He and Beth had moved close enough to hear Gina’s comment. Two of the newer teens backed away from him, but the rest continued practicing, having seen the big contractor working on the buildings.
Annoyed at the interruption, Anne set her hands on her hips. “Something funny, Nolan?”
“These girls ever seen you fight?”
Anne frowned. Actually, they hadn’t. She demonstrated techniques, but actual fighting? No. And she caught Nolan’s point. The girls needed the bone-deep belief that a woman could effectively use her fists and defend herself.
“Do you think it would help if Anne and I sparred?” Beth asked.
Nolan smiled down at his submissive. “Sugar, you’ve come a long way, but she’d flatten you.” His black gaze hit Anne. “Fight me.”
Today is the release day of Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout! This is the final book in The Dark Elements series! I have personally loved this series, there are gargoyles, hot demons and a kick-butt heroine. Check out my review for the first two books in the series here & here! We have an excerpt from Every Last Breath down below and there is also a great giveaway!
One lucky reader will win a signed set of the Dark Elements Series (White Hot Kiss, Stone Cold Touch and Every Last Breath)!!!
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Roth cleared his throat. “Shortie, look…look at your hand.”
Look at my hand? Why in the world would he be asking me to do that in the midst of all the cray?
“Do it,” he said quietly and too gently.
The dread exploded in my gut like buckshot, and my gaze dropped to my left hand. I expected to see the weird marbling of black and gray, a mixture of the demon and Warden that existed inside of me and a combination I’d become almost familiar with by now. My nails had lengthened and sharpened, and I could tell they were hard enough to cut through steel, as hard as my skin, but my skin…it was still pink. Really pink.
“What the…?” My gaze traveled to my other hand. It was the same. Just pink. My wings twitched, reminding me that I had shifted.
Zayne swallowed. “Your…your wings…”
“What about my wings?” I almost screeched, reaching be? hind me. “Are they broken? Did they not come out—” The tips of my fingers came into contact with something as soft as silk. My hand jerked back. “What…”
Stacey’s watery eyes had doubled in size. “Um, Layla, there’s a mirror above the fireplace. I think you need to look in it.”
I met Roth’s gaze for a second before I spun around and all but ran to the fireplace I was sure Stacey’s mom had never used. Clutching the white mantel, I stared at my reflection.
I looked normal, like I did before I shifted…like I was going to class or something. My eyes were the palest shade of gray, a watered-down blue. My hair was so blond it was almost white, and a mess of waves that went in every direction like usual. I looked like a colorless china doll, which was nothing new, except for the two fangs jutting out of my mouth. I wouldn’t show them off at school, but that wasn’t what caught my attention and held it.
It was my wings.
They were large, not as massive as Zayne’s or Roth’s, and normally they were almost leathery in texture, but now they were black…black and feathered. Like legit feathered. That soft, silky thing I’d felt? It had been tiny feathers.
“Oh my God,” I whispered at my reflection. “I have feathers.”
“Those are definitely feathered wings,” Roth commented.
I whipped around, knocking over a lamp with my feathered right wing. “I have feathers on my wings!”
Roth cocked his head to the side. “Yeah, you do.”
He was absolutely no help, so I turned to Zayne. “Why do I have feathers on my wings?”
Zayne shook his head slowly. “I don’t know, Layla. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
“Liar,” hissed Roth, shooting him a dark look. “You’ve seen that before. So have I.”
Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.
Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…
“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”
—New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”
–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss
In the electrifying tradition of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn comes the first riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author!
It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.
One road. One woman. One killer.
Sprinting against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine must blaze an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with horrors never before imagined. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, Kristine must summon long forgotten resources if she’s to go head-to-head against this unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.
Quick & Dirty: A thriller of epic proportions, one woman on a mad chase to save the man she loves.
Opening Sentence: “It’s not exactly an ominous building, at least not from the highway.”
Kristine and Daniel are on a trip to Lake Arrowhead for the 4th of the July and one stop at a rest area changes everything. Kristine is attacked in the bathroom and when she wakes up, Daniel is gone. She then begins receiving texts on his phone from her phone. The ride begins, almost right from the start this book just hits the ground running. Kristine is a physicians’ assistant and Daniel is a doctor, they are engaged to be married and taking a weekend trip straight from work to his mother’s house.
Kristine has no idea what is going on and the text messages she gets makes her realize a dangerous game is being played. As she follows each clue will she finally be able to save Daniel or will she lose it all? This book really keeps you guessing, I only suspected a time or two but quickly dismissed it so I was completely taken by surprise when I found out what was really going on. If you love thrillers this book is definitely for you. I love horror movies so the movie Rest Stop came to mind. Not sure if the results in the book were any better than that movie, but damn did I enjoy the ride.
After her first random stop it is pretty clear that whoever is playing with her is working really hard to set her up for murder. Even though she doesn’t actually kill anyone, almost anyone who has significant interaction with her does not end well for them. I really cannot rave enough about this book. I was totally hooked from start to finish. And while I can’t say too much more about what happens (spoilers), I can say there were major moments of Hell Yeah said!
I thought Kristine was an interesting main character, in the beginning she seemed a little shallow. As the book goes on and her back story unfolds you find that she is this broken woman, who already knows who she is. She lost herself along the way and as this treasure hunt to find Daniel unfolds she finds the inner strength that she already knew she had. It’s really a great look at how the things that happen to us in life define us and what we can chose to overcome.
“A jolt that has nothing to do with the ride somersaults through my gut.”
“I know what haunts me and what keeps me looking forward, but unless I leave this bathroom, I’ll never find out what’s driving him.”
“Do serious harm.”
FTC Advisory: Gallery/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Swerve. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.
Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.
Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.
But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…
Quick & Dirty: A bit slow to start but overall it was an entertaining read.
Opening Sentence: The French Quarter was thinking about war again.
The Veil is the newest title by Chloe Neill. It is set in a world where a dimensional tear brought magic and paranormal creatures through a veil into our world. The Veil is a great start to a new and different urban fantasy world. I am looking forward to all the things this world could bring in the coming books. (Side note: This is my first Chloe Neill book.)
Seven years have passed since the Veil was officially opened between our world and the magical one. When it ripped apart, the war to fight off the supernatural creatures tore the southern states apart leaving them as disaster areas. New Orleans is in bad shape but the remaining residents have done what they can to survive and help restore New Orleans. Magic has really done a toll on the land making it hard to grow crops and magic also knocks out electricity on a daily basis. The one new fixture in New Orleans is Devil’s Isle, the prison which hold supernatural prisoners of war and Sensitives, humans who have gained magical abilities because of the Veil.
Claire Connelly is a Sensitive. She withholds the information from her friends because it could get her sent to Devil’s Isle. In the meantime, she operates her father’s general store that passed to her when he died during the war. Claire is afraid of anyone finding out about her abilities because Devil’s Isle frightens her. There are camera’s mounted everywhere that are activated whenever magical abilities are manifested so chances are that she could be found out. When a girl is attacked by wraiths (sensitives who have basically turned into zombie-like creatures by magical drain or too much magic, I’m still a little confused by that one) Claire steps in to help save her. Only Claire uses her telepathy and it is caught on tape and witnessed by Liam.
Liam Quinn is a bounty hunter. He captures Sensitives, wraiths and Paras. He is intrigued by Claire and how she used her ability to save someone. He introduces Claire into a world that she thought was only one sided and teaches her how Paras aren’t all bad. He also helps her try to get her abilities under control so that they don’t take her over one day.
The Veil does start off a little slow with setting up the world before getting into the mystery of why there are so many wraith attacks. I felt like she was setting up the nuances of the world before getting into the meat of the story. There is some action interspersed throughout the story.
I like Claire in the fact that she cared about her community and was doing what she could to keep her business going and help out the people who stayed in New Orleans. She had a bit of immaturity about her but I think that the war made her grow up faster then she may have wanted. She has adapted to her new world without too many complaints.
I thought Liam was a bit hot but incredibly frustrating. He kept giving Claire signals then shutting them down. I could sense a bit of chemistry there but I hope the fire gets burning in the next book in this series. Although, I was secretly hoping there might be something between Claire and the Angel.
Overall, The Veil could be a great new series with its dystopian like setting. I was really fascinated by something that happened in the end and I can’t wait to see if that plays out anytime soon.
“I used to walk the houses,” he said.
I glanced at him. His gaze was on a small carriage house lined against the sidewalk, its door yawning open. “Walk them?”
“The empty ones. I’d let myself in—”
“As you like to do.”
He snorted. “The store’s door was unlocked. As for the houses, I never went through a locked door. Didn’t want anyone looting behind me. But if I had time to kill, and a door was unlocked, I’d walk through. Take a look. See how they lived. What their lives were like.”
That was a side of Liam Quinn I wouldn’t have expected to see. “And what were they like?”
He frowned, considered. “Some of the houses were completely empty. They’d taken everything they could. In others, it was like, I don’t know, spying on someone’s life. There were still clothes in the closets. Magazines on the coffee table. Toys in the kids’ rooms. The beds were made up. Lot more mildew, sometimes mold, because of the humidity, but otherwise— they were just houses. I wondered where the people went.”
“Did you ever take anything?”
“No, but I’ve thought about it. Closest I’ve come was a house in Gentilly. I’d been tracking a wraith, lost him, but saw this house and went inside. Most of it was packed up— you could tell they’d left— but they’d left behind a few things. Big furniture. Mirrors. Some toys and sports equipment. And in one room— looked like the dad’s office— there were model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, probably a dozen of them. Lot of work went into them. I thought about liberating one. Seemed a shame all that work was going to waste.”
“So why didn’t you take it?”
He shrugged. “Because maybe they’ll come back one day. Or maybe the kids will. And those memories should be there for them. Should belong to them. Not to me.”
I could practically feel my heart melting. “You know, you play the tough guy, but I think you’ve got a pretty gooey heart in there, Quinn.”