Dragon Fate by Elsa Jade

Dragon Fate by Elsa Jade
Masters of the Flame, Mating Fever
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

He longed for the fury of the mating fever.
She had the magic to touch his dragon heart.

Unlike the other Nox Incendi dragons, Torch Dorado never sought his treasure, the hoard that would bring peace to his inner beast. But when he hunts down Anjali Herne, he may have found the first scintillating jewel to tame his dragon heart.

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I can’t believe I didn’t follow up with the next book in the Masters of the Flame series! I read Rave and Piper’s story but I missed Torch’s HEA. I am glad I rediscovered Torch’s story because the third book in the trilogy was also published so I can go from this one to the next. How fun!

Torch’s story was worth the wait. I actually had to re-read Dragon Fever so I could get a refresher about all the secondary characters. Doing so rekindled the excitement of the world of dragons that Ms. Jade created. I was more than ready to jump into Dragon Fate to find out what was going on with Anjali because she wasn’t very likable in the first book. After reading this novel, I get it. I understand why she did what she did and I was actually relieved to find out that she was a victim too. Not that it’s a good thing, it’s not, but I understand her choices – she based them on what she knew and believed. The reality was quite the shock for the heroine. I had my suspicions but I never would have guessed just to what level of depravity the person was willing to go. Anjali ends up being a stronger individual than I expected. That’s a good thing too.

The mystery/suspense comes from the danger, the escapes, and the battle. Once the main characters, and supporting cast, finally discover what was going on and who was behind it all, things really took off. Again, I wasn’t surprised that the villain was evil, nor was I shocked that he wouldn’t let go, wouldn’t stop. I was, however, stunned by the scope of it all.

This is also an erotic romance story because the verbiage and actions are typical for the genre. Those sexy scenes were definitely well written. There’s some internal conflict with Anjali that causes some hiccups in the progression of the romance and I guess that worked. It’s when Torch and the heroine get together – lots of finger, lip and teasing action eventually leads to them both being satisfied, more than once. Nothing like a commanding dragon in the bedroom. *grin*

If I were to take out the sexcapades in the novel, this book would still fly because the plot, character development and action scenes are strong enough to keep those pages flipping. Torch and Anjali’s chemistry is just icing on the cake.

Dragon Fate was worth the wait, the read and the time spent. I like Ms. Jade’s dragons. They’re alpha, sexy and fun. I’m looking forward to finding out how Bale is going to get cured and if the bad guy finally gets his comeuppance. After reading this story, he deserves whatever he gets.

Data by Marteeka Karland

Data by Marteeka Karland
Bones MC 8
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Zora: I live a life of wealth and luxury. There isn’t anything I can’t have. Except my freedom. So I turned to the computer for friendship. And that’s where I met my match. More than my match And when my life suddenly falls apart, he’s the one to find me. But he’ll also be the one to rip my heart in two.

Data: I’m not good with people. It’s why I stick to my computers. When my online partner and friend ends up in trouble, there’s no way I’m letting her go it alone. I was expecting a mature woman when I pulled up in front of her house. But the girl is barely eighteen.
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And I friggin’ want her. To make matters worse, she’s been targeted by elite members of global organized crime. I’m confident I can keep her safe from that danger. I’m less sure I can keep her safe from me. She’s already had one unwanted relationship with an older man. She doesn’t need a man like me. One who will rule her to make her mine. And kill anyone in my way to keep her safe.

Oh, this was a good one. I really liked the guys from Bone MC because they’re alpha, tough and heroic heroes that ride to the rescue. This story was about Data who I’ve read mentions of in previous books. Yes, this is a standalone read but it also included some very VERY interesting background information about the dynamics between three major players with a fourth being represented by a man named Drago. His character, though on stage for a very brief moment, was memorable and more than intrigued me.

That being said, the story is focused on Zora, a married hacker, and Data, a computer whiz for Bones MC. They originally meet via the internet, but like pen pal letters of old, the written word can lend itself to magic. In this case, both of them kind of fall in love, remotely, but neither realizes the depth of their feelings until they join forces to not only get Zora out of a very scary situation, but figure out a way to keep her safe. There is a mystery afoot as to the end game and just how far someone was willing to go to keep their secrets and deflect any blame to someone else. Ms. Karland imbued her story with chills and thrills as Data’s brethren come together with a plan to save the day.

One thing I noticed in this novella versus the couple I’ve recently reviewed, this one had a chapter that had quite a few missing definite articles, namely the word “the”. It’s not a huge deal but it shocked me because up until this book, the editing was spot on and flawless. It was contained in one section so it’s possible someone got interrupted while editing and didn’t realize they skipped a spot. It happens. I didn’t take any points off my rating though. The book as a whole is awesome and in fact, I’m giving it a half of an extra star because of the scene with Chase. I thought the author handled that situation incredibly well and it made me like Data and the men with him all the more.

Once again, even though this is a novella length, the author managed to pack it with some hefty plot threads, strong romantic motivations and some internal angst. This time around, it is Data experiencing the angst of “should he, or shouldn’t he?” Or, is he too old for her or is he getting in his own way? Should he apologize for coming on too strong, or jump in with both feet and hang the consequences? Since this has a happy ever after ending, I guess the answers are a given. Don’t worry about Zora being married – that’s part of the plot thread. It’s how things iron out that make this such a fun and entertaining read.

I wish I’d had a chance to read some of the other books in the series. I’ve read their reviews and I’m pretty sure I’d like them just as much as the ones I’ve been privileged to read and review. It seems Ms. Karland has a good thing going with these story arcs with the Bones MC. I like her heroes and the heroines she matches them with. I hope there’s a 9th one in the series coming because I think I have a new addiction. I’m going to have to look into the ones I’ve missed because I’m having too much fun. Data is a great read and I’m happy to say so in this review.

Immortal Born by Lynsay Sands

Immortal Born by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full length (384 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthmum

A simple promise to protect her friend’s infant son has turned Allie Chambers’ existence upside down. Caring for—and feeding—an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky enough. But as little Liam grows, so does his appetite. He needs more blood than she can personally supply. And when her attempts to steal from a blood bank go awry, Allie wakes up surrounded by doctors, cops…and the gorgeous, mesmerizing Magnus, who she can neither trust nor resist.

Magnus never expected to find his life mate breaking into a blood bank. Clearly, Allie is already entwined with his world—in deeper, more dangerous ways than she realizes. A band of vicious rogue immortals is in pursuit, and Magnus’ first task is to keep her safe. His second: to awaken her to mind-blowing pleasure, and hope she’ll accept the life, and the passion, that only he can offer.

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I enjoyed how the author used a circular story pattern in the beginning to show how Allie and Liam came to be together and why the heroine was so afraid and distrustful when Magnus first came on stage. Later on I discovered the tragic and sadly wasteful truth. What I mean is that the “if only” from 20/20 hindsight about Stella made Allie’s reality more intense, sad and emotionally poignant. And, it justified what Allie eventually did at the action packed climax, making it all the more satisfying because it brought closure. I didn’t expect that in the aftermath of such a serious battle, Ms. Sands could make me laugh, but she did. When Magnus and Tybo discovered how Allie’s dramatic action went down, their reaction was priceless. What Magnus then said about Allie was absolutely wonderful. It was a happy ‘aww’ moment and sealed my opinion that he’s a swoon-worthy hero.

Also included in Immortal Born is the funniest scene I have ever had the pleasure of reading in this series. It involves Allie and Magnus consummating their passion for the first time as lifemates and it does not proceed like everyone likely expected, myself included. I can cheekily say that the hero is up to the challenge.

Another comical technique I enjoy reading about comes from the main characters being new lifemates. It’s practically impossible to prevent other immortals from reading their thoughts. Sure, it can come in handy in navigating tricky plot points but it’s also a perfect medium for causing embarrassment, giggles and many a grin. Ms. Sands uses it to good effect.

My absolute favorite aspect of this story is how it was written. Yes, it’s a wonderful romance but it’s the way I like them to be and rarely found. Lifemate sex was delayed. Magnus knew the reasons were practical but that didn’t stop him from being frustrated, impatient and tempted. Oh boy was he tempted, but the hero was determined to be honorable even if it killed him. Because of his determination to do the right thing, I respected the heck out of his character. A man like Magus is perfect husband material and I’d marry him myself if I could.

I could talk about how wonderful and adorable I thought Liam’s character was, how happy the happy ever after epilogue is, or about the great dialogue and supporting secondary characters woven throughout the novel, but I won’t. I will wrap this up by saying that Immortal Born is my new favorite romance in the series and that any fan who hasn’t bought the book yet needs to so they can add it to the rest of their Argeneau family keepers. It’s a great read.

Safeguarding Sorrel by Shelley Munro

Safeguarding Sorrel by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (175 pages)
Other: M/F, Masturbation
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Xeranthemum

Sorrel Bitter Thyme seems destined to spend her entire life at the Children of Nature compound. Not an ideal situation. She dreams of so much more—a better future, one outside the cult where she can experience freedom.

After working long hours, she’s close to achieving her secret goal. She’s perfected the Dream Cream, which enhances orgasmic pleasure, and it’s time to approach Fancy Free management with her invention. Easier said than done! Sneaking around the cult leader who will steal her idea if he learns of the financial potential is tricky and rife with problems.

Jake Ramsey, a Special Air Services soldier on sick leave, agrees to go undercover in the cult to help local police close a case against the leader. Fun times when a beach holiday with a sexy babe would suit him better. Plain and dumpy Sorrel is his inside contact and not what he expects.

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There are a lot of hot moments sprinkled throughout the novel while at the same time the hero is running out of time, trying to find clues to nefarious deeds. He has no idea how close and how hairy things are going to get. There is enough suspense, near misses, spying and subterfuge to keep those pages flipping.

Safeguarding Sorrel is filled with what I’d expect from a cult gone bad. They always start off sounding idealistic and serene. It only takes one person greedy for power, persuasive and cunning in their speech to twist a simple idea into a parody, a travesty of what the original founder intended. The villain is just as vile and twisted as anything you would read about in the papers or on T.V. The author created a very convincing bad guy. So arrogant yet foolish, and the innocent pay the price.

Sorrel had a very smart mother. It was her clever advice that kept Sorrel safe but time is running out. Jake, the hero, saw right through her but there was something that wasn’t quite right. I liked his determination in trying to figure out what intrigued him so. The discoveries were fun and their effect on Sorrel was perfect, leading to a rather unconventional and sexy romance

I liked that Sorrel refused to break. She had an inner strength, even when the bad guy spread his villainous verbal poison, the heroine was able to tough it out. She had a dream, a plan, and she was biding her time. I enjoyed it when Jake’s arrival threw things into disarray. The best part, Sorrel was no longer alone. I adored Jake because he was always so nice to her, helpful and he treated her the way a man should treat a woman. He respected her and once he figured out a few things, that respect increased. I thought that awesome.

What I found odd was the ringleader’s erratic behavior. Sometimes he was lackadaisical, paranoid at other times, but always nasty and mean. I wondered why he didn’t have someone show Jake the ropes, and have someone ‘educate’ him on the rules at Children of Nature’s compound. Considering the exciting and nail-biting climax, I think there’s a good reason. Let’s say he was a bit distracted. That’s an understatement.

The secondary characters were wonderful. I really thought every woman was downtrodden, but then the pots and pans came out. That was a ‘fist-bump’ moment.

Safeguarding Sorrel was a fun read. A lot of hot and steamy action to be sure, but the story and plot was strong enough to stand on its own. I believe this is part of a series but I didn’t feel lost because I hadn’t read any others. Jake and Sorrel, the suspense and intrigue, those were the main focus and everything else was icing on the cake. I’d recommend this book to romance fans who want a fast, exciting read with a happy ever after. Oh, don’t forget the recipe! Yes, there is a great recipe at the end that I am enthusiastic to try. I checked – yes I have all the ingredients. When I try it out, I’m going to remember Sorrel and Jake’s romance.

A Phoenix Is Forever by Ashlynn Chase

A Phoenix Is Forever by Ashlynn Chase
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (352 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

She didn’t see this hot cop coming.

Dawn Forrest is ready for a big change. She’s determined to put her criminal past behind her and only use her extraordinary psychic abilities for good from now on.

Luca Fierro is a Phoenix shifter and rookie cop with something to prove. The last person he should tangle with is a newly reformed bad girl, especially one as irresistible as Dawn. But he needs her help to find a missing child, and every minute counts. This case is going to put their skills to the test and force them to keep their sizzling attraction at bay…

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It was enjoyable to see the hero, Luca, try to follow orders. My reasoning is because he’s capable of doing things regular folks can’t and yet, he wants to belong so he curbs his natural inclinations, well, as much as he could. I could sense his frustration, his earnest willingness to ‘do’ something and being stymied because he has to follow protocol. The author clearly illustrated how exasperating it is to always have to follow rules. Rules that slow the progress down, preventing action, and Luca is all about action. Readers will find out just how rules and protocol can be used for ill instead of good. It made perfect sense then that the hero is left chomping at the bit. Like the blurb said, he’s trying to find a missing child and that’s a great reason to want action. Now.

I really liked Luca and Dawn’s first meeting. It made an impression and it brought the reader into the story that begins unfolding from that point. Practically everyone is on stage and by chapter 3, I was completely hooked. What will it take to find the little girl? Who took her? Why? Will she be rescued? How, and by who? The additional suspense spiced up the plot and provided opportunities for the hero and heroine to see in each other their strengths, and even weaknesses. That relationship give and take was what I liked about the couple.

If anyone has been reading the series, then you know about the goddesses. Suffice to say, they were quite the helpers. But of course, they have pizzazz and flair whenever they’re on scene.

As for the villain who caused all the grief, fear and mayhem, I kind of figured it was going to get serious when Luca was tasered. I cringed on his behalf. Since this is a romance story with a happy ending, the villain has to be caught and brought to justice. Comeuppance was delivered upon the villain, but considering the damage done and how the felonious blackguard played fast and loose with so many lives — spending a little extra time explaining why the punishment fit the crime, because I didn’t get it, would have been most welcome. I wanted to feel … more vindicated. I wanted to see the criminal suffer a bit more because the fallout touched so many people. It was incredibly heartbreaking. In fact, the scene with the desolate father was truly genius because his pain came right off the page. So, yeah, I really wanted to bask in justice being served. Also, I wanted more proof that Rita was taking concrete-to-the-reader steps that showed just how strongly the heroine’s effect was on the little girl. I was quite taken with how Dawn approached her and the girl’s reaction. I know it would have made the book longer, but I would have been fine with that.

Gabriella and Antonio are the best parents in the world. They have such a capacity for love; with role models like them, it’s not a wonder Dawn fell for Luca. Adding to the ‘awww’ factor was how they dealt with Dawn’s grandma.

Like I said, this romance story has a happy ever after, and Ms. Chase used the final chapter to wrap up all the threads with one, big, glittery bow of happiness. It was like a giant epilogue and I couldn’t ask for more. Luca’s romance with Dawn is a must read. Fans of the series have a wonderful experience in store when they pick up their own copy of A Phoenix Is Forever.

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian
The Regency Imposter series
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (216 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

One reluctant heir

If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir. Without a family or a proper education, he’s had to fight for his place in the world, and the idea of it—and Verity—being taken away from him chills him to the bone.

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One disaster waiting to happen

Ash has a month before his identity is exposed, and he plans to spend it with Verity. As they explore their long-buried passion, it becomes harder for Ash to face the music. Can Verity accept who Ash must become or will he turn away the only woman he’s ever loved?

A hero with an unusual ailment, a heroine too spunky for her own good and a romance filled with surprises and challenges is found between the pages in .

The blurb is what caught my attention so I was looking forward to seeing how the romance between Ash and Verity was going to play out. Their mutual circumstances made it possible, and then Ash’s life changed. The twist presented a whole new can of worms that the hero didn’t want because he knew that it was going to cost him what he held most dear. Verity’s staunch opinions and pursuit of righteousness didn’t mesh with the role that was thrust upon Ash. So, how were they going to reconcile their past history with the change in present circumstances to reach for a future they both wanted? A wrinkle to their success lies with Verity; I had no idea how she’d reason things out. It was those questions that kept me glued to the plot.

What kept throwing me out of the plot was the slow pace things moved. I blame that on Verity. She’s a bit stubborn. She was also long of wind about her pet peeves and worries. What kept me moving forward was Ash. His diagnosis is one I have knowledge of because of one of my kids. I want for my child what Ash had. Roger was his mentor, one who not only guided him in a trade, but stood by him when the effects of his ailment manifested. I really, really wish that my child could find someone like that to support him as he navigates through life, to find a measure of success and independence – someone to keep him safe when the worst happens. That is a mother’s wish. Because of that, Ash’s happiness mattered to me.

The intrigue and complications that really spiced up the conflict was found at Arundel house. The revelations were astounding. And I really liked Ash’s aunt. She was a wonderful addition to the story.

What shocked me, to the point that I had to re-read the sentence five times, was something that I was not expecting and I thought maybe it was a typo. No, Portia, Verity’s previous best friend, ‘friend’ and friendly staunch ally played a role in Verity’s life that I did not expect, nor have seen in any historical romance book I’ve read so far. It was handled in a blasé, nonchalant and conversational manner. It was described as a fait accompli but it certainly made Verity the most unusual heroine I’ve ever read about. The same could be said for Portia as a secondary character.

I loved Ash’s rascally cat who made an indelible impression in the epilogue. I chortled for sure. The happy ever after was excellent and I enjoyed every paragraph. All the most important threads were tied up for Ash and Verity. But, and you know there’s a but, a hook for the next book in the series was set out and it ensnared me. It’s a toss-up as to who it’s going to be about but one thing is for sure, scandal is not out of the question.

The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels

The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (307 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Ethan Moore: The Scoundrel

Lady Roselyn Grey’s debut has finally arrived, and of course, she has every flounce and flutter planned. She’ll wear the perfect gowns and marry the perfect gentleman…that is, if the formerly disinherited brother of the man she intends to marry doesn’t ruin everything first.

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He’s faced worse. With the help of his Spare Heirs brotherhood, Ethan’s certain he can get to the bottom of his brother’s unexpected demise and win the impossible lady who has haunted his dreams for as long as he can remember…

Only recently did I discover the first book in the Spare Heirs series and I found it quite fun, thrilling and entertaining. I believe there might be 2 more books in the series so I know what I’m getting myself for the perfect holiday read. Nothing like reading a good book to make a vacation perfect, right?

The Infamous Heir presented a very interesting premise starting off with a returning prodigal son which then proceeded to discover a murder, a plethora of intrigue, misplaced loyalty, unrequited love and plans going awry in spectacular fashion.

The scene at Gentleman Jack’s was quite steamy and delicious. The reason for overturning a tree or two is delightful and wicked, and the reasons why Ethan and Roselyn are perfect for each other were made clear by means of mud. It’s the little details that create the sense that the hero and heroine truly love each other. It’s those same details that cause a boatload of problems and what made this novel a treat to read.

As for the villains – one is made clear and is easy to figure out but as to the other, the author tricked me. I figured out who the other one was but I didn’t have even a hint as to how dastardly, twisted and demented a role the miscreant played. It was not until the end, when all the major players were on stage for the dramatic confrontation did I realize how clever Ms. Michaels played her hand. Great writing!

Historical romantic suspense fans are missing out if they haven’t discovered this book or this series. I feel so lucky to have found it! The Infamous Heir made this reader’s afternoon completely fly by. I had a wonderful time! I hope other readers find the same level of enjoyment I had when they pick up their own copy. I truly recommend reading it.

The Third Circle by Amanda Quick

The Third Circle by Amanda Quick
Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (418 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick presents an Arcane Society novel that reveals the passionate—and paranormal—secrets of proper Victorian London.

Attempting to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago, gifted crystal worker Leona Hewitt secretly makes her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum. But who she finds there is more entrancing than the crystal she seeks.

Thaddeus Ware is a mesmerist with powerful psychic energy—that doesn’t seem to be affecting the woman before him. Instead, Leona seems to exert a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. After she gives him the slip, absconding with the crystal they recovered, Thaddeus fears for her safety. For he is on assignment for the secretive Arcane Society and knows that the crystal holds the potential for great destruction. It is the key to Lord Delbridge’s membership in a shadowy group known as the Third Circle. The nobleman killed before to acquire the crystal, and Thaddeus has no doubt that he will kill again.

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I can see the precursor to another series that owes its history to the Jones family presented in this book. I have no idea why I love reading about the mystical, the paranormal aspects of men and women and how it shapes their world and in the roles they serve in it. But when Ms. Quick introduces me to characters like Leona and Thaddeus, it’s a thrilling moment. The hero is totally alpha and the heroine is his perfect foil. She has her own skillset but neither knows the total truth about the other until later, much later when the suspense is high and villains abound.

I was fascinated by the Midnight Monster. The author did a splendid job of creating a character that truly earned his moniker. His comeuppance was unexpected and, well, morbidly humorous. I’m a bit twisted because I snorted when it happened. What occurred prior was certainly thrilling and had page flipping action, but that final act, that final choice, I laughed at it. It served him right, of course, but still. Ha!

There were other dastardly villains but as I know from reading many romantic suspense books, the best laid devious plans by criminals that believe that they are untouchable, that they are destined for bigger things, always seem to find out that there’s a much bigger fish in the pond and their teeth are much sharper.

As for the actual romance between Leona and Thaddeus, it was spicy, wonderful fun as I watched them figure each other out while succumbing to their intense passions. I adored the ‘bonding’ and the paranormal connection between them.

I must mention Fog. I think his character was very important to the story. I found it amazing that the author mentioned an historical precedent that made his loyalty to Leona seem to be on another supernatural plane. It was pretty cool. Another stellar moment was Victoria’s new line of focus. I really liked her and she rounded out the family gloriously.

The happy ever after was completed with a stunning revelation and surprise. I never saw it coming and it made the ending so much better and joyous. I felt quite uplifted, happy and satisfied on how Ms. Quick wrapped up all the threads. Well, there is one thread left but its purpose is to guarantee a reader’s captivation with the need to know what happens next. It’s a textbook hook and I’m all in. The Third Circle is a must read.

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Full length (340 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers.

Andor Katona’s existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him.

In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognizes Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars. . .

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Lorraine is a strong, capable leading lady who enchanted me from the get-go with her deadly saucepan attack. Andor is a strong leading man who’d given up the fight, until he had something, someone, to fight for, then he was all in and it was exciting. The hero and heroine complimented each other and brought out their good and fun sides. I enjoyed watching Lorraine teach Andor about a lot of different things. Of course, he taught her as well, and she kicked serious tuchus because of it.

The bad guys were delightfully depraved, twisted, evil and corrupt – perfect villains which showcased the difference between vampires and Carpathians.

Gary has become 100% different from the Gary readers once knew when he was human. He’s a force to be reckoned with now and the story benefitted from his presence.

The reason I rated this novel just shy of 5 stars is because I felt the replenishment of their strength, based upon the battles and injuries they sustained, didn’t match. Yes, there was a lot of action and suspense and I loved every moment. I simply could not believe they could last as long as they did and do as well as they did with only the few present to meet the demand. My brain got stuck in trying to make sense of it. It was a distraction I didn’t need. Also, I didn’t understand the book cover. I must have missed something in the story because I can in no way find the correlation. Not that it affected my rating at all; I don’t factor in book covers in my reviews. I just don’t remember a big city being part of the backdrop of the adventure. Maybe another reader can clue me in on what I missed or forgot.

Overall, Dark Sentinel was a great story and I did read it in one sitting. I enjoyed visiting the Carpathian world and how these emotion/color/feeling-blind heroes come to life with the right woman. I enjoyed watching their passions take hold. I liked Andor and Lorraine for the people they are. I found many surprises that delighted me.

I have already put Andor’s story on my keeper shelf with his other Carpathian brethren. One thing I guarantee, it’s a very heavy shelf.

When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath

When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (388 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger’s kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn’t hesitate. But he’s no infant. He’s a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn’t belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie’s bed . . .

Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley’s extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London’s darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.

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There’s a blog post out there validating the theory that tall women were not considered ‘the thing’ during the Regency period. Tiny, petite and demur was the goal. Gillie is not any of those. She knows how to punch like a man and indeed, is given an opportunity in When a Duke Loves a Woman. In fact, as a fan of the 1963 movie, Donovan’s Reef, I see a bit of John Wayne and Lee Marvin in her character. I see a bit of Elizabeth Allen’s role in Gillie as well. How could I not love this book? How could I not adore Gillie? How can I not put this novel on my keeper shelf?

Unlike the movie, Thorne isn’t rough and tumble like Wayne or Marvin. However, he is his own man even within the confines of his role as a duke. He’s battling the legacy of his father – Thorne does not want to be that kind of man. His mother is convinced he is so there’s a lot of conflict and emotional angst in that area. Can a prune (his mother) become a sweet plum again? One can hope but it’s a good thing I never held my breath as the story unfolded. I would have passed out.

I adored Gillie’s brothers. I would never have guessed that Thorne’s goal would culminate in the hook for the next book. I became instantly intrigued once Gillie discovered the connection. Small world. Quite delish.

Romance is the seduction of the heart and When a Duke Loves a Woman accomplishes that in spades. Gillie’s ‘never’ turned to contemplation, admiration, naughty thoughts and heartfelt yearning. Thorne’s quest to satisfy duty became diluted the more he realized what he’d be giving up in adhering to tradition. Tradition is a cold thing when it sacrifices a future of happiness and light in order to live in the dark of the past. Thorne’s choice is equal to the measure of the man. Between the two opposites is a passion and flame that burns them both. And what a sweet fire it is. I really liked the progression of their romance in all ways, mental and physical.

I cheered, I sighed, I laughed and I blushed – When a Duke Loves a Woman appealed to me on so many levels, I enthusiastically hope other readers snatch up their own copy. I expect many will find the same level of enjoyment as I did, if not for the same reasons. Ms. Heath has written a novel worthy of a full afternoon’s dedication. I hope other readers enjoy every moment like I did.