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Review: The Good Chase by Hanna Martine

November 29th, 2015 Steph Posted in Review No Comments »

The Good ChaseTitle: The Good Chase

Author: Hanna Martine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Highland Games (Book #2)

Publication Date: December 2, 2014

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425267520 (Penguin/Berkley)

ISBN-13: 978-0425267523 (Penguin/Berkley)

Reviewed by: Steph


Gleann, New Hampshire’s annual highland games always deliver the best of Scottish culture—rowdiness, rugby, whiskey, and unexpected romance…

Even though Shea Montgomery’s swanky bar and distinguished palate have made her a highly regarded whiskey connoisseur, she’s happiest bringing her favorite spirit to various highland games around New England. Her demanding ex made her wary of men obsessed with money and status, and she’s now more comfortable in the country than in the city. Still, when a gorgeous rugby player straight from Wall Street barrels into her whiskey tent, she’s tempted to change her mind…

J.P. Byrne went from poor beginnings to international high roller by using his charisma and wit, and holding fast to his dreams. A strong, independent woman like Shea is exactly what he’s looking for, only he has no idea how to prove he’s more than his three-piece suits—especially when he’s spent years doing just the opposite.

But as Shea and Byrne battle old demons, they discover together that the best remedy for past pain is a good, stiff shot of present pleasure…

Quick & Dirty: A riveting and often funny love story that caught me completely by surprise. Romance lovers will definitely not be disappointed!

Opening Sentence: I need a hot guy in a kilt.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Shea Montgomery has a dream of owning her own whisky distillery someday. She’s even picked out the perfect location. For now though, she’ll settle for running a very popular whisky bar in New York, one that gets hired for a lot of Highland Games events. At one such event, she runs into Byrne, a rugby player who does his very best to charm her. It works, but Shea has very strict rules about mixing business and pleasure, not to mention the fact that she is very wary of wealthy men, and Byrne is incredibly wealthy. As he keeps popping into her life though, her resistance starts to wear down. She finds herself more and more drawn to him and can’t help but wonder if maybe she should throw her rules out the window for once. Will Shea find the courage to take a risk on Byrne?

I’d been putting off reading this book because plain old contemporary romance (without any suspense and/or paranormal elements) really doesn’t do anything for me. Boy, was I surprised when I was hooked on this book by the time the first chapter was done! The characters are wonderful and easy to connect to, and the story moves at a very good pace, but not one that makes it feel like things are moving too fast on the romance front. Granted, Shea and Byrne are talking about sleeping together by the time the book reaches the 20 percent mark, but for some reason, it really didn’t feel rushed in this case. The chemistry between the two is so strong that you’re just itching for the two of them to get together already.

One issue I had with Shea had to do with her attitude towards rich people. I understand that her marriage was bad and her ex is a rich douchebag, but I could not understand why that one experience made her think every rich person was like that. Some of the initial thoughts she has about “Bespoke Byrne” as she calls him are very unkind and made her seem a little unlikeable at first. Once she started seeing Byrne for who he really was though, she really opened up as a character and that unlikeable part of her personality dropped away.

My absolute favorite thing about this book is how real it all felt. It’s often hard to find a lot of realism in romance novels, but here, practically everything that happened felt true to life. The problems Byrne and Shea have – both individually and in their journey as a couple – felt like problems that could actually happen to someone. Nothing felt contrived, like it was just there to serve as a conflict in the romance. I greatly appreciated that, and it made me love the book all the more for it.

All in all, this was a very entertaining read and a wonderful romance story. I will definitely be looking into more books by this author in the future and hope that they are just as good as this one was!

Notable Scene:

When Shea opened her mouth, out came this throaty voice that had Byrne tightening the grip on his beer glass so hard he thought it might shatter.

She sang with the microphone set on the stand, her torso loose and flowing, accenting the words in perfect time. She didn’t make eye contact with the audience, but sang to some unseen ex-lover far past the heads of everyone who watched and listened. The song built and built, her tone controlled and sad in the beginning, but then as the emotion grew, the lyrics echoing frustration and loss and heartbreak, she just…let it loose.

That voice. That voice.

He thought about all that she’d revealed to him up in Gleann about her dreams of the distillery. At the time he thought he’d learned so much about her, but she’d still held back. He’d just cracked the surface with her, and it was like he was a treasure hunter who’d broken down a wall to find a vast cavern filled with jewels beyond.

To see her up onstage – that presence, that clear passion – dear God, he didn’t know if he’d seen anything like it. She loosened up as the song went on, the release coursing through her body and voice, just like she’d said it would. By the time the song finished and she was gripping the microphone stand in both hands, her legs braced apart, the power of the finality of her voice ringing through the club, Byrne knew it. Was absolutely sure of it.

This was not mere attraction. It was complete and total infatuation.

Highland Games Series:

1. Long Shot

1.5 Play for Me

2. The Good Chase


FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley provided me with a copy of The Good Chase. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot

November 28th, 2015 Michelle B. Posted in Review No Comments »

Da Vinci's TigerTitle: Da Vinci’s Tiger

Author: L. M. Elliot

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0060744243 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0060744243 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Michelle


Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

Quick & Dirty: A romantic tale about Leonardo Da Vinci, his life, and his muse.

Opening Sentence: I beg your pardon, I am a mountain tiger.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

L.M. Elliot’s Da Vinci’s Tiger is about Leonardo Da Vinci, his life, and his muse. I love historical fiction, so when I was asked to review Da Vinci’s Tiger, it was almost a win-win situation. The synopsis had me intrigued, promising me a romance revolving around a great artist and some of the reasons behind his beautiful work.

In a society ruled by men, Ginerva yearns to embrace herself in art movement of Renaissance Florence. But her life is laid out before her, arranged in a marriage from one wealthy family to another. Ginerva is limited, restricted, frowned upon to give in to the call of her poetry.

Da Vinci’s Tiger feels like a historical retelling of Da Vinci’s actual life. The amount of detail, imagery, and historical references are wonderful. To me, it felt like reading a biography. The setting grabbed me, and definitely enjoyed the tale through the characters.

Elliot tells the tale of Da Vinci’s Tiger revolving around Ginevra de’ Benci, Leonardo Da Vinci, Bernardo Bembo, and Lorenzo de’ Medici. And this is where I began to start feeling a little disconnect. I didn’t completely connect to Ginerva. I didn’t feel that she was a character filled with the strength needed to compete with Da Vinci and his art. While she was his muse, I didn’t fully see how.

As for the others, it seemed that there was a higher emphasis on the historical accuracy that it lacked the emotional pull to bring a scene or moment together. I didn’t think anyone in particular stood out, which became a bit of a disappointment for me since this was about Da Vinci.

Often, I feel that character disconnects are based on my taste versus what the author is trying to relay. The writing was well done, and I felt it was that more than anything that kept me reading the story. The pacing was on par with what I thought this book needed. And overall, Da Vinci’s Tiger was just okay.

Notable Scene:

I was giddy. A night of music, high art, and philosophic debate among Florence’s most renowned and beautiful. A night I’d hear about all sorts of exotic things – like Venice, a city that lived on stilts in the sea. And the chance to share one of my own poems! Lord, which one should I bring?

I ran upstairs and lifted the heavy lid of my wedding chest, the traditional Florentine cassone, painted with a scene to encourage a bride in her marital duties. Some were romantic scenes, but most were historical or biblical, representing women’s submission to the rule of husbands. For my chest, Uncle Bartolomeo had commissioned one of the most popular choices – the abduction of the Sabine women by Roman soldiers. I hated it.

As I always did when I opened the chest, I simply closed my eyes to the scene. That day I near fell into it, rummaging for the poems hidden at its very bottom.


FTC AdvisoryKatherine Tegen Books/HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Da Vinci’s Tiger. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

November 27th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Review No Comments »

Ten Thousand Skies Above YouTitle: Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Firebird (Book #2)

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062278991 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062278999 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

Quick & Dirty: This was everything I wanted and more in a sequel! Gray’s writing is exceptional and she does an amazing job weaving a gorgeous, thought provoking story that you won’t want to put down.

Opening Sentence: The first time I traveled to another dimension, I intended to take a life.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Marguerite Cain’s life changed when she used the Firebird invention her parents created that allowed her to travel through the different parallel dimensions. She has caught the attention of some very dangerous people that will go to great lengths to make her help them in their quest to dominate the universe! She has refused to help, but these are the type of people you can’t say no to. When Paul, the love of her life, has his soul splintered into multiple pieces, Marguerite is forced to work with her enemies!

Marguerite must race across the different dimensions to try and collect all the scattered pieces of Paul. Each new world has its own trials and each Marguerite is so different. Marguerite knew that each dimension was different but she always believed that there was a certain destiny she would ultimately achieve in each world. She soon finds out that isn’t the case and she starts to questions her own personal fate!

Marguerite is such an amazing heroine! From the first moment I met her in A Thousand Pieces of You, I instantly adored her and my love for her just grew in this book. She is a very strong, intelligent, and interesting character. One of the best things about this story is you get to visit so many different versions of Marguerite. In each parallel world she is different, but Marguerite thought that there would be certain fundamentals characteristics about her life that would always tend to be the same and that’s not exactly true. In some of the world’s she visits in this story she is a very unalike from her normal self and it was really interesting to see the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of her personality. She is such a dynamic character and I really enjoy being inside her head!

Theo is such a charming guy, it’s pretty much impossible to not adore him! He is funny, sweet, and just one of those people that always knows how to brighten the mood. His relationship with Marguerite is very interesting. Personally, I thought that they had a more brother/sister type of relationship, but this book explores a few other options for them. I really enjoyed getting to know Theo better and I am very interested to see what happens to him in the next book!

How do I express how much I LOVE Paul! He is super smart, ridiculously sweet, and totally makes me think of a gentle giant because he is described as a pretty big guy. He is very reserved and has slightly awkward people skills, so it has been hard for him to really open up to other people. But the few people he has let in mean the world to him and he will do anything for them. What I liked best about him in this book was that we got to learn so much more about his background and where he comes from. You also get to see the darker side of him and what his life would have been like had he chosen different paths. I felt like I got to fall in love with him all over again in this story and I really enjoyed that!

The romance is this story is done perfectly and I personally think Paul and Marguerite are epic together. They are very different but they complement each other really well! That doesn’t mean they don’t have their problems, but they fight for each other even when times get tough! They have amazing chemistry and I love everything about them! They are one of my favorite book couples of all time!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You had some really big shoes to fill because I loved the first book so much and man did it deliver! From the very first page I was drawn back into the intriguing world and the action starts right off. The plot had a few surprises that I wasn’t excepting and the pacing was spot on. There was never a dull moment and I think I ended up finishing this in just a few sitting! Like I already stated, the romance was epic, steamy and done perfectly. The characters were engaging and easy to connect with. One thing I love most about books that explore parallel worlds is that they can be very thought provoking. It makes you wonder what your life would be like if you had made different decisions and I loved that we got to explore that with the characters in this series. Gray’s writing is exceptional and she does an amazing job weaving a gorgeous, thought provoking story that you won’t want to put down. I can’t wait to read the final book in the series, too bad I have to wait another year for it! If you are a science fiction fan or if you are just looking for an amazing book to read, I recommend you give this series a try!

Notable Scene:

Writing the words down reminds me of a hundred beautiful moments: Paul and me standing beneath the redwoods, staring up at the canopy of green leaves so impossibly far overhead. Making out in his dorm room, hearing his breath quicken as he pulls me closer. Him giving me a bouquet of pink roses on Valentine’s Day, which I should’ve thought was cheesy but instead reduced me to a giddy puddle. Sketching him that evening, totally overcome by his physical presence.

Making Lasagna together the night before Thanksgiving.

Talking about my paintings, and how he thought they always told the truth.

Learning that he’d risked everything to protect me and rescue my father.

Here, now, this moment, recognizing how much of what we are is truly between him and me alone.

Firebird Series:

1. A Thousand Pieces of You

2. Ten Thousand Skies Above You

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Ten Thousand Skies Above You.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

November 26th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Review No Comments »

Crimson BoundTitle: Crimson Bound

Author: Rosamund Hodge

GenreYA Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 006222476X (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062224767 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

Quick & Dirty: Very unique story with an interesting premises, but it really dragged at parts and the romance is a huge disappointment.

Opening Sentence: “In all your life, your only choice,” Aunt Léonie said to her once, “is the path of needles or the path of pins.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

When Rachelle was 15 years old she made a grave mistake that had ever lasting consequences. She chose to trust a forestborn and it changed her life forever. He marked her and being marked by a forestborn is certain death unless you choose to take the life of another. Rachelle chose to live but with that choice someone had to die and she would live with that guilt for the rest of her life.

Now three years later Rachelle is a bloodhound for the King. She spends her time trying to protect the people from the great forest and all the creatures that come from it. Maybe if she can help enough people she can make up for the life she took. But the King gives her a new assignment. She is to guard his son, Armand, a man that claims he survived being marked by the forestborn without having to kill anyone. There’s no way he is telling the truth and Rachelle despises him. But there is a darkness coming that will destroy the world and everyone in it. The darkness is known as the Devourer and the only way to stop him is by finding the last sword that stopped him once before. If Rachelle had any hope of finding the sword she will need Armand’s help. As they work together they uncover many secrets and start to fall in love. Can they save the world or will they die trying?

Rachelle is a great heroine that I really adored. She is strong, intelligent, caring, and witty. She has a lot of guilt from her past, but she uses that to drive her to do good for others, which I found really admirable. I thought she had a great voice and being inside her head was interesting. She was someone I could connect with easily and overall I really enjoyed her as a character.

There is a love triangle in the story and I wasn’t a fan of it at all. First there is Armand, the illegitimate son of the king. He is an interesting character but I struggled with the swoon fracture with him. There wasn’t really anything about him that stick out to me as someone I would fall for. I felt like the relationship between him and Rachelle came out of nowhere. There was hardly any buildup and to be honest I felt like they lacked chemistry. Sadly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Armand.

Erec is the other member of the triangle and I actually liked him better. He is overly confident, super good looking, totally charming, but he also has a dark side to him. I found him to be rather mysterious, and I really liked that. There were times when he seemed like a villain, but there were other times especially when he interacted with Rachelle that brought out a different side to him. He could be really sweet when he wanted to be and there’s so much potential behind that facade he would display. I thought he had great chemistry with Rachelle and I thought their relationship seemed more genuine.

Crimson Bound started off amazing and I was instantly drawn into the captivating world but at about the half way point it started to drag for me. I felt like it took FOREVER for stuff to happen and in a way it felt slightly repetitive to me. To be perfectly honest, I was hesitant to read this one because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cruel Beauty which was Hodge’s first novel. I actually liked this one a lot more than Cruel Beauty, but I felt like it could have been so much better. I thought the romance was written terribly. There was very little development and even though it wasn’t love at first sight it still felt like instalove. Even with all of its problems, I was still remarkably interested in seeing how the book ended but it did take me two weeks to read this which is a really long time for me. I was kind of in a reading slump when I started this so that obviously didn’t help and sadly this ended up putting me in an even worse slump. I know this review is mostly negative, so let me state a few positive things that I enjoyed. The world building was phenomenal and the way Hodge integrated the Little Red Riding Hood tale was fascinating. It dragged in the middle but the beginning and ending were fast paced and full of action. Overall, this was a middle of the road read for me. To be honest it might have been partly my mood that affected how much I liked this, so I’m still going to recommend this to those that enjoy young adult high fantasy books.

Notable Scene:

But she wasn’t like any of the heroines in those stories. And though she searched the city until she had found every door and gate and fountain and mosaic that had the sun or moon upon it, though she had spent hours scrutinizing all of them for the least trace of power, she had never found anything. And nobody that she talked to had ever heard Aunt Léonie’s version of the story.

Eventually, she had accepted that she would never defeat the Devourer. She would never redeem herself. So she had sworn that the next time she saw her forestborn, at least she would avenge Aunt Léonie.

But when she had finally seen him again this night, she hadn’t been able to do anything. She was still just that helpless, frightened little girl.

No. She had turned to fight in the end. If he hadn’t disappeared, she would have fought him.

When the Devourer returned, her forestborn would certainly come find her again. And when all the world was covered in the Great Forest, there would be no disappearing into it. Rachelle would have her chance to fight then, and she would kill him. No matter the price.

She fell asleep still promising.


FTC Advisory: Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Crimson Bound. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: On the Hunt Anthology

November 25th, 2015 Roxanne Posted in Review No Comments »

On the HuntTitle: On the Hunt

Author: Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, & Hannah Jayne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Sentinels (Book #2.5), Immortal Guardians (Book #5.5), Underworld Detection Agency (Book #6.5) & The Scorpius Syndrome (Book #0.5)

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420125133 (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420125139 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night…On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy

Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again…

Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti

With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ?But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming…

Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Stake Out by Hannah Jayne

Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

Quick & Dirty: Four novellas, three from established series filled with magic, vampires and ghosts!

Opening Sentence: “It’s no surprise that the history of the high-bloods had been lost in the midst of time.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

On the Hunt: Mika Tanner is investigating the disappearance of a novice and it leads him to the doorstep of the one woman he doesn’t want to see. Bailey and Mika were in love during childhood, but she ran away from responsibility while Mika embraced his duty as a hunter Sentinel. Bailey is a healer hiding out when the novice turns up on her doorstep. She heals him and tries to hide him only to have him run away later. Mika wonders why the boy left Bailey’s and worries that she could be hurt. When the novice turns back up wounded again and Bailey is taken, will Mika be able to find her and save her.

I have not read any of the Sentinel’s series, but I found this novella easy to read and follow without the normal confusion that takes place when you jump into the middle of the story. It was a fast paced and easy read, and since I liked Mika and Bailey so much it’s kind of interested me in reading the series!

Scorpius Rising: Nora and Deacan used to be married, but went their separate ways years ago, but clearly the attraction and love is still there. Deacan has Nora extracted from her Hawaiian vacation because of a new contagion and she is one of the foremost microbiologists around. As they race against time to find a cure, will they survive to find love again?

I have to say that hands down this was my favorite novella, it was almost like a standalone mini novel! I was on the edge of my seat and more than slightly disappointed when I reached the end of the story, just because I wanted so much more! This short story reminded me why I use to love short stories so much. This had more of a science fiction feel than paranormal, but it was so good, it just sucked you right in and at the end you wanted to immediately get on Goodreads and see if the author had a novel about these characters.

Phantom Embrace: Yuri is an immortal with the ability to see the dead, which is a good thing because Cat just happens to be a ghost. As they spend more and more time together Cat and Yuri begin to fall in love, and when tragedy strikes will they be able to make it through?

I am slightly familiar with the Immortal series, so I wasn’t lost with this novella at all. I thought it was an interesting take on a love story to have a vampire in love with a ghost and I really wondered how the author was going to work that all out. No, I am not going to tell you but it was a great short story that fits within the books already out.

Stake Out: Nina is getting ready for fashion week, when models start dying. With the help of her brother Vlad, can they figure out what is going on? Nina and Vlad are vampires and also belong to the Underworld Detection Agency. When Wendii turns up a vampire, Nina knows this case isn’t going to be an easy situation.

I have read one of the Underworld Detection Agency books, but not sure where this one falls into the situation. I think out of all the novellas this one might be the hardest to follow if you’re not already reading this series. It was a quick read and interesting murder vampire mystery.

Normally I am not a big anthology fan, I used to enjoy them quite a bit, and then with so many series around it was hard to follow the short stories, or if I was familiar with the author I would find myself frustrated that I didn’t know the characters. However, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. My favorite story was Scorpius Rising, mostly because it didn’t belong to a series and so it read like a real short story with a beginning and end. So if you are looking for a few short stories to pass your time with then check this book out!!!

Notable Scene:

“She had several talents, but lying wasn’t one of them.”

“The situation sucked, but the rightness of the moment dug deep into Deke’s gut and took hold.”

“Science is about saving lives, and we both know that the military will want to weaponize and further mutate the bacteria.”

“The statistics of the infected, crazy, and dead were going to give her nightmares.”


FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of On the Hunt. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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