Review: Lure of the Dragon by Anna Lowe

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I have been struggling to finish a book recently. This happens every few months; I begin to feel overwhelmed by Real Life, and I’d rather mindlessly play Crafty Candy than try to concentrate on something to read. When this happens, I usually shift gears to shorter romance, and since I’m in the mood for shifters, I grabbed Lure of the Dragon when it popped up on KU. The promise of balmy island breezes, sandy beaches, and dragons had me hooked.

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Spotlight: Marriage Claws by Paige Cuccaro


MARRIAGE CLAWS by Paige Cuccaro

SMP Swerve

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

ISBN: 9781250129239; Price: $3.99


A sassy, sexy debut about a young woman who agrees to marry her billionaire playboy nemesis to save her business, only to find out he’s also a werewolf and that her problems are just getting started.
There are two things Kate Affetto will do anything to protect: the younger brother she’s raised ever since their father walked out, and the small diner she’s managed to start from nothing in New York City. Things might not always be easy, but at least she gets to call all the shots and follow her own heart. That is until Jack Pensione, irritatingly gorgeous billionaire playboy and CEO/heir to the family empire shows up at her diner with an ultimatum: find $3 million to purchase the space, or vacate so it can be turned into condos. Read more

Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

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I am in the home stretch!  Only two more books until I’m ready for Silver Silence! The Psy-Changeling series is one of the longest I have ever read. I usually get bored with long series, and quit part way through them. Nalini Singh has managed to keep me engaged for 13 books, and that’s quite an accomplishment considering my attention span.

Cold, Silent Vasic is the hero of Shield of Winter.  I have been waiting for his book and I wasn’t disappointed.  Forced to commit terrible acts to protect Silence and the Psy race, Vasic now sees how badly he’s been used.  Powerful men have been using and abusing the Arrows to further their own personal agenda, without a care how many soldiers have died for them.  Now that Silence has fallen, Vasic has been put in charge of Ivy, an empath, and it’s his mission to protect her from all threats.

Ivy has never been Silence.  An E, she has always felt the emotions of others.  To save herself, she turned herself in for reconditioning when she was a teen. She was horribly abused during the process, and it’s been a struggle to find herself again. When Vasic offers her a job using her skills, she accepts. The survival of the Psy race is at stake.  As the E Psy begin the wake, fanatics target them, fearful of the fall of Silence.

I really liked this one.  Vasic has been brutally programmed to hide all feelings, but he still suffers from guilt. He has killed many to protect Silence, and now he realizes that he’s just been wiping out innocent people on Ming’s orders (can he die soon!?).  He puts no worth on his own life, but now that he’s been put in charge of protecting innocents like Ivy, he is determined to put all of his efforts in keeping her safe.  Even if it kills him.

Ivy has been damaged by her reconditioning, and she doesn’t trust others,  but she sees how damaged Vasic is, and recognizes a kindred spirit.  I enjoyed their romance, and how they worked together for the common goal of saving the Psy.  With Psy frightened about the fall of Silence, as well as the revelation of E designation Psy, danger is everywhere. The dark corruption from the PsyNet is also growing, and Kaleb isn’t sure how to stop it. Spreading like a disease, infecting pockets of Psy and turning them into violent, mindless zombies, time is running. There was a lot of pulse-pounding action in this installment, and that kept me rapidly turning the pages.

Shield of Winter, while not as good as Kiss of Snow or Slave to Sensation, is easily one of the best books in the series. All of the components of the story fit together seamlessly, forming a hard to put down read.

Grade: 3.75 – 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.
For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…
Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

May Contain Spoilers

The pressure is on to catch up with the series before Silver Silence is released in June.  I think I’m looking at a July read date with the way things are going.  Anyway, I was a little disappointed that the focus was almost entirely on Kaleb and Sahara, with the supporting cast of changelings and Psy only making brief appearances.  This is almost entirely a Psy book, and they aren’t my favorite race in this world. The Psy civil war does get wrapped up, though, and there is a lot of intense action to keep the pages turning.

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Review: Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh

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I am trying to power through the last books in this series, so I’m ready for Silver Silence in June.  The library is not cooperating.  I think most of the other patrons are doing the same thing, based on the waiting lists!  I am still glad that I discovered the Psy-Changleing series so late, because it’s been fun grabbing a volume here and there, instead of having to wait a year between books for them to be published.  I won’t be saying that much longer, though.

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Mini Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

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Review by Poo Penny

BLEGH. If questionable consent is your thing, then you are really gonna like this book. I don’t get it, and I am ok with it. It was just too rapey for me. I like when there is a clash of wills, and the seduction is a little more intense, but not when the heroine is kind of a wuss. She had absolutely no spine. When she finally DID get a spine, I was wondering, why didn’t she kick the crap out of him a little more? She just bitch slapped him, and that was lame. So yeah, there is that. It makes no sense, because after this I read The Pawn, and I actually liked that story line a little more, but the heroine had a little bit of the same problem, being a total wuss.

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Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

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I haven’t read Kerrelyn Sparks yet, so I was looking forward to giving How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days a shot.  Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed. I found the book irritating at times, and the political structure made no sense.  And the Mad, Evil King – he was such a non-issue it was disappointing.  While he got his just rewards, it happened off-page, and justice was doled out by a secondary character. Disappointing!

Luciana is an orphan who lives on the Isle of Moon.  She and her fellow foundlings live a comfortable life in the convent.  The nuns earn money translating and selling books, which they are famous for, but Luciana and the other girls seem to have an idyllic life puttering around the beaches and playing fortune-telling games.  When a stranger appears, accompanied by a coffin, Luciana’s recent fortune-telling seems about to come true.

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