“Waiting On” Wednesday: Taken by Fire


“Waiting On” Wednesday (W.O.W)  is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My Pick this week is:

Taken by Fire, by Sydney Croft (AKA Larissa Ione and Stephenie Tyler)

Taken by Fire is book #6 in the ACRO series, and I can’t wait!!  For more info on the series go to Sydney’s Website.

The books should most definitely be read in order– in my humble opinion.  There are story lines in each book that are leading up to this final battle between ACRO and their Enemy Agents ITOR.

It promises to be a hot showdown.  There are resolutions I am hoping for between Agents CREED and ANNIKA, also with DEVLIN and GABE.  (Was it Gabe or Gage?  I think it’s Gabe, it’s been a year since I read the last novel Tempting the Fire

You can read an excerpt for Taken by Fire by clicking the link.

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From the publisher:  Date of Release June 28th, 2011

HIS MISSION WAS TO TAKE HER OUT.

BUT DESIRE GOT IN THE WAY.

A product of genetic manipulation, Melanie Milan shares a body with her malevolent sister Phoebe. A sleek, blonde predator with a heart of pure darkness, Phoebe puts their body through the wicked underbelly of sex for thrills—when she’s not igniting her pyrokinetic skills for an evil organization bent on taking over the world. Melanie rarely gets out to play—much less fall in love. But that changes when rival ACRO agent Stryker Wills shows up, with a mission to take out the woman who torched his partner.

An operative with rare abilities, Stryker soon realizes that the woman he’s about to kill isn’t the murderous fire starter he’s hunting. But he does want her. Melanie, with the power to ice anything in her path, is heating things up in ways that are setting his blood on fire. As long as Melanie stays in control, she is his best ally to bring down her sister and stop hellish havoc from being unleashed. Walking a tightrope of longing and hate, Stryker and Melanie begin to understand that true power lies in sweet surrender to each other, to the fire between them, to the erotic adventure that’s joined their hearts and abilities to become their salvation—and perhaps the world’s.

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I hope that we see our favorite characters all come together to kick some major ass and take down the evil villains at ITOR Group

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison


Dragons! Yay Dragons!
Totally lived up to the hype.

Pia is on the run after being blackmailed by her loser ex-boyfriend into stealing one of the richest, and most dangerous dragon alive’s– treasure. Everyone knows, you don’t mess with a dragon’s treasure.

Dragos is bored. Life is boring. Wohoo, made more money. Business crisis, yada yada, yada, who cares. What is a bored dragon to do when he finds a piece of his treasure stolen? Take to the sky and smite yon buildings! It’s raining windows! Watch out! Roar!!!

Pia left him a note. Geez. You would think he was mad or something by the way she was lying on the cold ground after hearing the unearthly roar of the dragon from the air. She only took a penny! And she left him her own penny to replace it. And a note. She left a note. Why is he so mad?

On the run for her life, fearing she will be smited on the spot when she is found, she leaves her life behind and cashes in some favors and some of her secret identities and runs. She is a runner for sure. She has secrets. What girl doesn’t?

The book was great. The characters were entertaining and funny. The plot was decent, but wasn’t complicated. What really shines in this book are the secondary characters, and the romance between Dragos and Pia.

I have to say that I am not a huge fan of “Fated Mate” type books. It bothers me when they are sleeping together, professing love and marriage, all within a week of meeting. Now, it didn’t bother me so much in this novel. It was done pretty well actually.

I liked the world building. It was a cool world full of Elves, Fae, Gryphons, Goblins, and witches. I don’t know about Vampires, and there were shifters, called Wyres. Dragos is a Wyre Dragon, Rune {His best friend, first mate, and sentinel) is a Wyre Gryphon.

I have a secret love affair with these Gryphons 🙂 Can’t wait for more of them!

Not to say there weren’t any issues with the book, there were a few things that bothered me, and that weren’t explained at all. Such as what Pia’s True Name is. We should know this. She told Dragos, as readers, we should have heard it as well.

Some of the “OMG what did you do to me’s” towards the end of the book were annoying, but I understood poor Pia’s position.(heee, hee say that three times fast I dare you!)

Here are some quotes: Love it!

“I think you’re my hero,” she said. Only half kidding.
He stared at her, the picture of incredulity. “Most people,” he said, “think I am a very bad man.”
She studied his eyes to try and find out if that bothered him. He didn’t seem bothered by it. He seemed discomfited by her. “Well,” she said at last, “maybe you’re a very good dragon.”

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“I snarled at you. I didn’t mean it.”
“Don’t be ridiculous; of course you did.” She stroked his hair and pressed a kiss to his cheek.
“You cringed from me. Don’t ever cringe from me again.”
“Dragos,” she said in a sensible voice. “If you turn on me and snarl like a wild animal when I’m not expecting it, I think I might cringe again. Call me a girly girl if you want, but that’s just how it is.”

“I won’t do it again,” he whispered.

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“You’re not afraid of me at all anymore are you?
“so what if I’m not?”
“I think if you’re not it’s a very good thing. It gives me all kinds of license to to do bad things to you. With you. On you. In you.”

When we do find out what Pia is, I was all fan girl and yelling awesome!! We don’t see THAT much in books nowadays! Woot!

There were also a few teary places in this novel. Namely when Pia and Dragos are captured by the Goblins, and he is telling her what to expect from them. They will hurt her, and they do. It was sad.

I liked Pia a lot. Dragos too.

Can’t wait for Rune and Gray’s book. I saw that Tiphon and Tricks’s book are next!

Paranormal Romance fans, and fans of dragons, hot hero’s, awesome world building, wicked awesome characters, and did I mention DRAGONS!!!

Oh, and to cement my love of Dragos:

It means, you stupid woman, that I am learning too.  Now you listen to me.  I never stop thinking about you.  You’re with me everywhere I go but I miss you when we’re apart.  I’ve already shown that I will kill for you.  I would also die for you. You make me laugh.  You make me happy.  You’re  my miracle and my home.  If you as much as twitch, I get a hardon.  I will always come for you, always want you, and always need you. We clear?”

Savor the Danger, by Lori Foster


Release Date: June 28th, 2011

What happens when you wake up naked–and in bed– with the woman you have been pining for; for a year, but you can’t remember how you got there?  Ask Jackson Savor.  Our favorite cowboy from the previous Novels When you Dare and Trace of Fever, Jackson Savor is a hard edged, yet honorable man of mystery and intrigue.  I know, it sounds cliché, but I loved Jackson and his “Darlins”  He could hog tie me up and have his wicked way with me all he wanted.  Apparently, sweet and innocent Alani as well.

Alani Rivers, Trace’s sister, and victim of sex traffickers in the first novel, has learned some tough life lessons.  No longer the sheltered, pampered little sister, she is struggling to be a grown woman, and overcome her past trauma’s.  Why Jackson is the man that stirs her blood, she doesn’t know, but she wants him.  When she wakes up after the most memorable night of her life and see’s the burning questions in Jackson’s eyes she is distraught and devastated when he bolts from the room and gets violently ill in the bathroom.  Alani can’t take the regret she sees in Jackson, and she takes off, leaving Jackson to fend for himself.

Point here:  Alani was a virgin before she made love to Jackson.  I really felt for her situation.  She is confused, upset, humiliated angry and yet her body is burning for more of Jackson. What’s a confused, angry girlie girl to do?  Shop of course!

Jackson figures he bumbled the morning pretty heavily, and isn’t sure how to fix it.  After his head stops pounding he makes his way to Alani’s house and proceeds to lie on her porch and wait for her to come back home.

After his violent episodes in the bathroom, Jackson figures out he has been heavily drugged, and cannot remember anything from the previous day and night.  So he begins looking for truth, and goes in search of Alani.  Together they try and piece together who is out to get Jackson and Alani, and fighting the attraction between them.

“Don’t make me chase you, darlin”

Suddenly her casual, comfy sundress felt insubstantial.  Around Jackson, she needed a damn suit of Armor.

The concentrated scrutiny left her fidgeting, too warm and vulnerable.

In a rough whisper, he said “God’s truth, darlin’, I don’t mean to ride roughshod over your feelings, but I need to see you again” and before she could react to the hunger in his tone, he added, “I don’t suppose we could put this little confrontation on hold long enough for me to appease my curiosity?”

This novel was fantastic.  I loved Jackson and Alani.  It was fun to see Dare and Trace, and their protective and alpha maleism when it came to Alani.

There were a few twists in the story and a few new characters were introduced.  Arizona, and Spencer.  Whom I believe will probably be the couple for the next novel, and I can’t wait!!

Write faster Lori Foster, I’m eating up these awesome alpha’s who walk that edge so well!

Die Cliffhanger Die!


There seems to be a new trend amongst authors lately, and it’s causing quite an uproar.  Cliffhangers.  Otherwise known as:

I’ve ranted at a few of my favorite authors who use this plot device in their novels, and I can’t help but wonder, why would they do it?  Are they pressured by the publishers?  Agents?  It sure as shit isn’t the fans who are pressuring them to end their novel on a precarious problem or difficult dilemma, or sometimes the death of a main character–after finally almost getting to see him and the girl we all want him to be with get it on, get shot!  Shot! End Scene.  Shot.  End Scene.  Yes, it really happened like that.

In this day and age of series novels, versus stand alone novels, is this what we are coming towards more often?  Is this the industries way of trying to “keep it fresh”, or “keep it interesting” or “keep the fans guessing?”  Because to me, that’s a load of bull.  If I am reading a novel in a series, it’s because I want to.  So, after buying book four of planned seven book series, why would it be necessary to end on a cliffhanger?  The conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but wonder if the publishers weren’t all that impressed with the novel itself, and felt maybe fans would start giving up on the series, so they forced the author to end on such a convoluted cliff.  But no. They wouldn’t do that.  Would they?  What do you think?

I’ve racked my brain over and over, which admittedly, my brain is often mushy from sleep deprivation, but so far, I’ve not come up with any reason why cliffhangers are a good thing.  I guess I can see a little bit.  They force readers to talk, speculate and over analyze everything said in the novels.  Karen Marie Moning, has been dubbed by me as the Cliffhanger Queen.  After reading her third novel in the Fever Series “Faefever”, fans of Mac were left wondering how she faired after she was raped.  By three or four different fae.  That’s where our illustrious author left us.  Wondering about rape.  Seriously.  After waiting a year for her fourth novel “Dreamfever”, I figured it couldn’t get any worse.  Boy was I wrong.  “Dreamfever” ended on a death.  And to add insult to our injury, the death actually took place on a cliff.  Yep, you read that right.  She killed a character, on a cliff, then ended her novel.  THEN we had to wait 18 months for the next novel.

I kid you not.

Now it seems to be a growing trend, and I don’t know how, as readers, we can stop the madness!  It’s insanity!  I hate cliffhangers.  It doesn’t make me want to hurry up and wait for the next novel.  It makes me angry.  I feel cheated.  I feel used.  I feel like hurling the book into a fiery pit, roasting it, then spreading the ashes far and wide.  It does NOT make me want to wait in line on release day at midnight.  Often times lately when books end on a cliffhanger of epic proportions, I find myself lacking the energy to even get mad.  Am I just accepting this crap as par for the reading course now?  Am I becoming cattle to the publishing world?  Being lead to slaughter?  God I hope not.

I don’t know where to get answers to these questions.  It almost seems taboo to ask those in the know.  I bet they wouldn’t even tell us anyways.  Trade secrets and all that jazz.

I never thought that I would ask these questions.  Honestly.  If I were writing a novel, there is no way you could get me to end on a cliff.  I don’t believe in torture.  And that’s what it boils down to in my most humble opinion.  Torture.  Do you want to burn your toast?  Do you like soggy bread?  Are you a masochist?  I often want to ask authors if they were reading a series novel, and it ended on a mammoth cliffhanger, how would they feel?  Do you think they would be honest? Or just laugh that villainous laugh and dodge the question and say something like “Can’t wait to read the next novel!”

I implore you up and coming novelists, please, for the love of books, don’t get bullied into ending novels on cliffs.  It’s hazardous to my reading health, and my overall state of mind.  If you write a good novel filled with intrigue, strong characters, good world building and some romance (either implied, or down right dirty)  I will come. (hee, hee)

I’m not going to call out any authors by name now.  I’m just posing the questions.  Do you have any answers?  Thoughts?  Do you like cliffhangers?  Do you think they are a necessary evil, or should we revolt against them?

Open discussion!

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She went there, she did.


I am an admittedly emotional reviewer, and this book really pissed me off.  I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, and I have no ill will towards the author, Ms. Neill.  I mostly enjoy these novels, but I cannot get behind cliffhangers.  I know that if you read this review Ms. Neill, that you will take this personally, because you are human, and you are the creator of this universe in Merit Land, but I ask you to put aside your personal feelings, and know that I don’t know you personally.  I’m sure you are the nicest human being ever, and maybe you help old people cross the street, pick up garbage on the side of the roads when your not writing, and donate all your money to charity.  Still?  This book pissed me off.  I’m sorry.  It’s not you.  It’s me.

Really? You went there? Seriously? Have you been talking with Karen Moning? Didn’t you read any reviews, blogs or pissy conversations about how fans truly HATE cliffhangers and this type of plot device? Or maybe you have been talking with Kim Harrison? She did a similar thing with Kistan. You ask us to trust you, why should we? Because you have a grand plan?

I lose faith in authors who do this, and I hope that it is not just for Shock value that you went there.

Now then, I have some ideas on where I think you might be going, and what you did, and with whom. I’m interested to see if my brain is heading in the right direction, but really feel like I should tell you that I didn’t need this type of ending to make me want to read your next novel. I was already invested in Merit, Ethan and the gang.

Oh, and Death to the GP!!! Bunch of wankers.

I debated ranting and raving like a book reading lunatic, but I just can’t summon the energy.  I seem to be zapped and tapped.

I really hate cliffhangers. Have I mentioned that?

The Hard Bitten Chloe Neill, and Sookie Stackhouse


Hey All,  So, Tuesday the 3rd was a big release day, I’m a bit behind.  Sorry about that.  The new Sookie Stackhouse book came out (Charlaine Harris) and Hard Bitten came out (Chloe Neill).  I own both.  I haven’t started either yet, which if you knew me at all, is odd.  I’m generally chomping at the bit and crack open new releases at daybreak on release day, but I’m hesitant with these two.

I’ve been reading and hearing outrage on behalf of Merit, and fans are baring pitchforks at Ms. Neill.  That alone bodes ill.  The last book Twice Bitten had me so freaking mad at Ethan Sullivan.  To hear it told, this one is way worse.  Oh Joy.  I guess the good news is that it’s not as bad a cliffhanger as Karen Moning’s “Dreamfever”, but could be on par with the cliffhanger of “Changes” By Jim Butcher.  Greeeeat.

I own these two books, and haven’t even started them.  The last Charlaine Harris book Dead in the Family  was such a huge disappointment.  Having said that, the reviews thus far for Dead Reckoning have been slightly better, but I can’t help but feel that Ms. Harris is being influenced by the rabid fan base of True Blood picketing for Bill and Sookie.  Can I just say that If Bill and Sookie end up together, I will be right pissed, and will never read another Harris novel again!  For reals, I won’t.  I swear it!

I should really just crack them open and begin reading, despite reservations to do so.  I really hate cliffhangers, as you can tell if you read any of my reviews that end in cliffhangers.  I don’t understand why authors and publishers are so gung ho about them.  Do they sit around the tables and brainstorm ways to torture their bread and butter?  If I’ve purchased book two, three, four or twenty, then I am OBVIOUSLY invested in the darn series you are writing/publishing, therefore you can almost guarantee that I will buy the next one, so why torture me?  Is your life that boring you feel the need to torture others for an entire year?  UGH!.

Ok Off to read, reviews to follow, look forward to rants and swears, I have a feeling they are coming.

Kate Daniels #5 Signed Edition by Ilona Andrews – Powell’s Books


In Stores 5-31-2011

Last year, Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon hosted Ilona and Gordon’s signing of Magic Bleeds.  They (Powell’s)  talked a lot of smack, and the fans brought it.  The fans blew the numbers out of the river, and this year, Powell’s thinks they are ready.  They ordered 150 copies.  I think us fans can totally hit that number!  Don’t you?  Magic Slays promises to be a sure fire hit for 2011, and Urban Fantasy.  Kate is going to kick ass and take names!  Let’s prove how loyal us fans are!  Pre-order your copy of Magic Slays now!!  Don’t forget!

Hexed Anthology as well, which features our favorite Spy Master ruffian and Vegetarian Blind Tiger.  Jim and Dali.  I can’t wait to read about Jim and Dali!  Then Kate can give him shit even more! I love it.  Smack talk will commence in 3 – 2 – 1… Bring it!

Kate Daniels #5 Signed Edition by Ilona Andrews – Powell’s Books.

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