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review 2014-10-16 12:07
{Review} Dangerous Calling (The Shadowminds #2) by A.J. Larrieu
Dangerous Calling (The Shadowminds) - AJ Larrieu

Dangerous Calling is the second book in the Shadowminds series about people who are gifted with telekinetic powers that help read peoples minds, shift things with their minds and some also have extra abilities like healing, finding people etc. Cass is one of those who has an extra ability, someone who can harness energy to make her gifts even more powerful but the things she takes the energy from pay the price be it nature or people and the power is becoming a need…an addiction.
When Cass is contacted by a woman and arranges a meeting, she is unprepared for the impact this meeting will have on her life. Diana is terrified when Cass first meets her, she is obviously running from someone but the bizarre meeting ends with Diana bailing whilst muttering that she has put ‘both’ of them in danger by meeting. Cass decides that she can’t just leave things like that, she’s concerned the woman is at risk and enlists Shanes help to find her but what she uncovers will uncover things she thought didn’t exist. In the effort to rescue Diana who also happens to be clairvoyant, Cass needs more and more power to thwart the enemy who is constantly on their tail and finds herself pulling energy from wherever she can get it….. which does nothing for the growing need in her and her addiction and when Diana reveals her most shocking prophecy yet…. Cass has some choices to make.
I really enjoyed this book, it had an excellent progression in both characters and story.
Whilst Cass seemed like she had her life together – she and Shane had moved in together and things are good – she starts to struggle with the pull of wanting to take energy. This is a huge deal to Cass, she is terrified of killing someone and is trying with everything she has to abstain from using energy that isn’t hers, she is trying to hide it from Shane too, creating a bit of tension between the pair. I love these two together and it was a shame to see that Cass was trying to hide things from him, obviously he is aware something is happening to her because he knows her and can read her and again, I LOVE his devotion to her, he literally would stand by her through anything and it is a major plus to his character for me.
The storyline was great, it really opened up their world as new people and supernaturals are introduced. I liked the premise of the book and the beginning was fab, it really got my interest from the start. I loved what Diana brought to the story with her clairvoyance and also the threat she brought down upon everyone. The enemy was very devious and they are all put in constant danger which keeps you on your toes for most of the book as they all try to keep one step ahead. There are multiple threads of story throughout the book and another story is going on alongside Diana’s which was also good and brought something new, as well as a new character. I liked a lot of the things we find out in this but there are also some heartbreaking moments that bring you down to earth with a thud and make you realise just what is at risk and that nothing should be taken for granted. So, if you’re looking for an action packed story filled with life threatening situations, supernatural powers and a nice dose of sexytime… look no further – I’ll be looking out for book 3.

Source: bookpassionforlife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/review-dangerous-calling-shadowminds-2.html
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review 2013-04-19 00:00
Anchored - A.J. Larrieu Anchored - A.J. Larrieu **A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**ANCHORED was an unexpected treat of a novella. It’s a great take on the guardian angel mythology and it introduces us to a new world and heroine that left me wanting more.Central to this story is the relationship between Susannah Marsh and Jason Delacourt. Susannah is a tough loner, strong and stubborn. She’s a guardian angel charged with protecting the citizens of Biloxi, Mississippi. Susannah likes to work alone but is forced to take on Jason as a partner. He’s a healer, someone who can heal with just a touch. And with a sketchy past of his own, he’s no angel. It’s this partnership that’s one of the more interesting aspects of this world created by Larrieu. On one level, it’s an interesting worldbuilding element. Guardians are powerful but they need a healer to help them maintain their strength and energy as the city and its citizens can be draining on a guardian’s power. This is a new take on the angel mythology and it adds an interesting dynamic to Susannah and Jason’s budding relationship. Healers and guardians tend to have romantic relationships and it begs the question as to whether or not there is a magical element to their chemistry. On a romantic level, the chemistry between Jason and Susannah is off the charts sexy. I loved the back and forth between the two and chuckled at Jason’s complete irreverence for Susannah. No intimidation at all. He ruffles her feathers, so to speak, and it’s fun to watch that happen. My minor quibble with ANCHORED is that this relationship resolves a bit too quickly. I wish it had played out a little more, perhaps even resolving in the next book rather than at the end of the novella. I know I’ve focused a lot on the relationship but the world itself is also interesting - angels anchored to cities, its citizens feeding the energy and strength of the guardians; vampires and, I assume, other supernatural creatures are kept in line by the guardians; the sultry Southern atmosphere of the setting – all these elements added up to a wonderful first introduction to a new world. There’s also some great action and a very cinematic scene where Susannah has to infiltrate a nest of vampires preying on humans in her city. My favorite image is of her sneaking into a hotel room, the heart of the nest, and a female victim who is tied and gagged, sees her. Susannah holds a finger up to her own lips to let the woman know to keep quiet and she then spreads her wings…there’s something eery about that image. The film version…definitely slo-mo, maybe John Woo directed?It wasn’t until I had an impromptu Twitter conversation with the author that I learned that in the next book in the series, Susannah and Jason are side characters in a story that takes place in the same world. Color me intrigued. Though I think these two could definitely carry a full length, in fact, ANCHORED could have easily been a full length, I’m definitely curious to see who and what Larrieu has in store for us next.If you’re interested in a new guardian angel mythology, an interesting world, and a sexy heroine and hero to sink your teeth into, pick up ANCHORED. 4.5 Stars!This review is courtesy of She-Wolf Reads.
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