3 star review

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance
by Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane

Dark & Deadly

I already have Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley, but I’ll pay $1.07 for a look at the rest of the stories.

BODYGUARD (Shifters Unbound #2.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is a store owner with a past she is hiding from and Ronan is just a big old teddy bear of a shifter who fosters a bunch of bear kids. When Ronan saves Elizabeth sparks fly and he gets embroiled in her life and danger. These two are cute together as well as being sexy, and I can easily see how they will fit into each other’s lives. This is one of my favorite entries into the Shifter’s Unbound series.

ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day

The story starts with Alejandro in a training exam at the FBI Paranormal Operations Division HQ and he seems to be a little more than the average training recruit. Rose Cardinal is a garden witch with a bit of extra insight into a person’s deepest desires…and a bit of a problem with authority. This story is very humorous so it doesn’t quite fit the Dark and Deadly theme here, but it is a really enjoyable entry anyway, and definitely makes me curious about the other series.

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton

This is book 5 in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series. “Enter the dark, sinful and seductive world of the four vampire owners of London’s premier vampire erotic theatre, Vampirerotique, and discover how these powerful vampires will be brought to their knees by the women who claim their hearts–a mortal, a werewolf, a vampire, and an angel.”

Payne is a part incubus vampire on a mission to help a friend. He’s dark and brooding and quite frankly maddening. Elissa is a witch living in an underground fae city and she seems to have a problem with the local coven. There are some pretty significant BDSM scenes in this story that not all readers will be comfortable with. There is of course a lot of drama and the ubiquitous happy ending but overall it shows a slice of an interesting paranormal world. While this is part of a series, it stands on it’s on fairly well, though I think some of the very beginning and very end would have made a bit more sense had I read the rest of the series.

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison

There is an immediate urgency here. You are dropped into this story with no background or real frame of reference. It is all nerves and intrigue. There isn’t really anything to be said about the characters without spoiling the story. I will be watching avidly for more stories in this series.

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London

Could not get into this. If I get a copy of the first book in this series, I may come back to this one. I think I might be missing vital information.

THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn

What makes a human, human? What makes a human special, what makes them more? And why are potentially evil puppies so damned adorable? This appears to be a spinoff of Quinn’s Beyond series and it was a pretty intriguing story.

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak

I suspect this author does not actually know what the term overweight actually means. Other than that, this is a nice little PNR. It’s an ooey gooey friends to lovers with a werewolf twist.

TRAPPED by Caris Roane

This is a Blood Rose Tale which is a short story set in the The Blood Rose series. These Blood Rose Tales are better served by reading the rest of the series because it looks like a pretty interesting world but you just get teased with it in these Tales. Beyond that this is a story about how two very different people are able to start seeing a problem from each other’s perspectives.

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Alpha’s After Dark

Alphas After Dark (Takhini Shifters #1)
by Vivian Arend, Deanna Chase, Marie Hall, M. Malone, Crista McHugh, Roxie Rivera, Kit Rocha, Mimi Strong, S.M. Reine

I like picking up anthologies and bundles because they are an economical way to introduce myself to new authors and find new series to read. I picked this one up specifically for Vivien Arend’s Copper King.

Copper King (Takhini Shifters #1)
by Vivian Arend

A shy and secretive black bear shifter meets an alpha (slightly bipolar) grizzly bear and the results are hot enough to melt copper making an unexpected happily ever after.

Marked By Temptation (A Coven Pointe Novella)
by Deanna Chase

Basically, sex, because, well sex. No real plot or characterization, this is more erotica than anything else. It isn’t poorly done, or poorly written, but it doesn’t make me wish to see how the story line across the series might play out.

Rumpel’s Prize (Kingdom #8)
by Marie Hall

This is the eighth book in a series that looks at the HEA’s of the villains of our beloved fairy tales. The only thing I guess I have to say to this, is that I’d never wondered why precisely Rumpelstiltskin made the deals he did. Well written and enjoyable. This was my first introduction to this series and I think I’ll be looking into the rest of them.

TANK (Blue-Collar Billionaires #1)
by M. Malone

DNF The oddly done first person writing style did not make reading this enjoyable.

Shattered Web (Deizian Empire #4)
by Crista McHugh

This is the 4th book in this series. It was well written and the characters were relatable and the world McHugh has created seems interesting. It seems like a magic infused off planet version of the roman empire. The heroine is a former brothel madam turned ship’s captain and the hero is the emporer’s best friend and in the military. I enjoyed it quite a bit, however it doesn’t seem to work well as a stand alone. I will be going back to read the first three entries in this series.

Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches #1)
by S.M. Reine

Cooper and Ofelia are two incredibly scarred and damaged individuals with strange hidden depths. This story starts out aggressively and just gets better. It is a bit overly dramatic but it escapes the world building pitfall of info-dumping. This is a dark story with bondage, pain, and violence, but I could not put it down.

Collateral (Debt Collection)
by Roxie Rivera

This is a spin off from Her Rssian Protector and Fighting Connollys seriesPretty, good girl, American social princess meets Albanian mafia connected chop shop owner who promptly blackmails her into a “relationship” over things her asshole stepbrother has done. It turns out the good girl isn’t so good and the bad boy isn’t so bad, but the stepbrother is still definitely an ass. There’s mild info-dumping on the backgrounds of the two main characters’ backgrounds but since most of it is in dialogue it isn’t particularly irritating or distracting. This story is trite but it is non stop action. I sound disparaging, but actually this was a pretty fun read.

Beyond Solitude (Beyond #4.5)
by Kit Rocha

This is what I affectionately label “plot porn”. Mostly it is about the sex and titillation, but Kit Rocha has also built an interesting post apocalyptic dystopian world. There isn’t any info dumping so you have to glean what the world and the culture is for the most part. Mia and Ford are hot together and they mesh well with each other. There’s the usual misunderstanding and a bit of drama, but it doesn’t seem contrived, it fits well with what we learn about the cultures and the sectors as well as the personalities of the hero and heroine. I’ll be reading the rest of this series once I get my hands on them.

Blue Roses
by Mimi Strong

Tina and Luca are interesting and neurotic characters, especially Luca who is an enticing blend of alpha and sweetness. The story is mostly sweet rather than sexy, but there is enough of that to keep the story moving. The main characters did not pull me in as much as the side characters though. I’m looking forward to Rory’s story more than I was interested in these two characters.

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Sinful Seconds

Sinful Seconds (Red Stone Security #8)
by Elisabeth Naughton (Goodreads Author), Alexandra Ivy (Goodreads Author), Cynthia Eden (Goodreads Author), Laura Wright (Goodreads Author), Katie Reus (Goodreads Author), Joan Swan (Goodreads Author)

I picked this up for the Katie Reus and Cynthia Eden stories. All the entries in this anthology tie in to a club called The Playhouse.

Sinful Surrender (Aegis Security 0.6)
by Elisabeth Naughton

Grace is a too stupid to live heroine sucking back booze at a bar and letting her equally moronic best friend Holly goad her into picking up a stranger in a bar when she knows she has a stalker. This is a novella so naturally they hop into bed pretty damned quick. And the villain is ridiculously obvious. It’s well written and the characters are well fleshed out for a short story, but it requires an extreme amount of willful suspension of disbelief.

Sinful Rapture
by Alexandra Ivy

Holly is having a bad year. Her father sells his business out from under her to a man she thinks she can’t stand and today she’s been jilted at the alter. She just wants to let her hair down at the club when in walks her new boss. Enter Liam, he’s achieved all of life goals except one. This is a quick read with a bit of kink and some pretty extreme emotions.

Sinful Secrets
by Cynthia Eden

Blackmail, intrigue, and passion. What happens when you accidentally marry your familial enemy? Apparently sparks fly. Jason’s an over the top alpha male and Cat is a bit of a Mary Sue, but there’s more action and plot twists than seems possible for such a short story. Cynthia Eden is always a must read.

Sinful in Spurs
by Laura Wright

Sawyer is a bull rider and Keely is his best friend’s baby sister, and the woman he must can’t get off his mind. He doesn’t know about her interest in BDSM and is about t to get the surprise of his life.

I enjoyed the fact these two have so much history together. It made a nice juxtaposition between comfort and thrill. They weren’t exploring something new and volatile with some random stranger in the night, but with a person they trusted absolutely. It felt like a natural progression of an existing relationship.

Sinful Seduction (Red Stone Security #8)
by Katie Reus

Mina is an artist hiding out from the noteriety of her wealthy father. Blue is a bodyguard and former Marine. He’s also rather sweet and endearing, with just enough alpha to make him interesting. When he saves her from a kidnapping attempt they are almost immediately thrown into a high pressure situation and the sparks fly. There’s just enough plot twist to make things interesting.

Sinful Deception
by Joan Swan

I just skimmed this one. It felt awkward and I couldn’t get into it.

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