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review 2018-01-11 00:00
The Viscount's Prey: A Dark M/M Vampire Romance
The Viscount's Prey: A Dark M/M Vampire ... The Viscount's Prey: A Dark M/M Vampire Romance - Julia Leijon An interesting retelling of a classic tale.

It was a short read but nonetheless enjoyable. I found it very much along the style of the Gary Oldman as Dracula story; but instead of Mina being the object of Vlad's affection, it was the story's hero - Benjamin.

There were many of the elements of the Vlad Tepes story, the trio of vampire maidens in dancing dresses, wolves, the Carpathian mountains, an erstwhile female waiting at home for the hero and so on. It wasn't a gut wrencher, it was a predictable story given it was based on the story of Dracula, but the ending was a twist, and I enjoyed it.
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review 2017-12-31 07:41
good book and characters
Drakon's Prey (Blood of the Drakon) - N.J. Walters

Karina is the leader of the Knights Of dragons - a human organization that captures Drakons, If a human drinks the blood of s drskon it helps them to stay young and heal any illnesses or injuries. The only Drakon known of at this time is Darius and the Knights were using all the resources available to them to find him. A Drakon had a human mother and a dragon shifter father,  Valeriya is Karina’s sister but she had been raised mainly by kindly grandparents and wanted nothing to do with The Knights of Dragons. Valeriya writes and illustrates children’s  books with the main character is a magical dragon.  Valeriya feels if she could do one good thing against the Knights she would be happy. Valeriya wants to warn Darius that the Knights were looking for him. Valeriya goes in her sister Karina’s office and gets an address to a cabin in the woods. Valeriya goes there but what she doesn't know is that beneath the cabin Darius’s  younger brother Torrent has his underground lair. Torrent has lived over four thousand years. Torrent has high security above ground and he seen Valeriya long before she came to the cabin. Torrent didn’t know if she was a danger or what she wanted. Torrent has made a fortune and runs it but computers. Drakons are solitary by nature. His beast wants the women and his human side wants answers. The only way to get answers was to take Valeriya and kidnap her so Torrent can question her. Torrent didn’t trust easy but he didn’t believe that this woman meant him or his brothers any harm. Then Torrent slowly let his guard down and Valeriya was falling for Torrent. But Karina was not taking Valeriya disappearance lightly.

I liked this book. I do wish there had been more action. I do advise you to read the first book in this series first as it helps you to pull everything together. I love Torrent and Valeriya together. I didn’t really care for Karina and felt she would sacrifice her sister if she had to if it helped the knights. This book contained: The Knights Of dragons, Drakons, an ancient war, suspense, danger , intrigue  hot romance, kidnapping and alot more. This did drag for me a little at times. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2017-09-30 11:47
Rules of Prey
Rules Of Prey - John Sandford

I really liked this book.  This is comparable to the Alex Cross series but I like the character of Alex Cross better than Davenport who is screwing everything that walks.  The story was good though and I was hooked.  I will definitely read more in this series.  Funny thing is I was pretty sure I had read this book or at least started to before.  I have had it on my shelf for a really long time.  As I started reading I didn´t remember any of it but close to the middle I found something from a place I used to work that I´d used for a bookmark.  I know I worked there around 2002 - 2007.  At that point something happened and I suddenly remembered and knew what would happen.  I didn´t remember anything up to that point or after though.  Anyway, I´ll have to come back later to write a real review.  I restarted my immunosuppressant medications and I´m feeling so doped up I can hardly think straight.  I finished his book yesterday morning and then slept through the rest of the day until about 2 something AM Saturday.  The good thing is in 2 to 3 weeks I should get some relief.  That would be nice.

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review 2017-08-03 17:02
The Shifting Price of Prey / Suzanne McLeod
The Shifting Price of Prey - Suzanne McLeod

Sometimes a bit of magical help might cost more than you bargained for ...

London is hosting the Carnival Fantastique, and Genny's job has never been busier or more fulfilling. Only not everyone is so happy. Genny believed she'd cracked the fae's infertility curse ... but the fae are still barren. It's a devastating plight to which the mysterious Emperor may have the solution - if Genny can find him.

She needs help.

She turns to the vampire Malik al-Khan, only to find he's wrestling with his own demons and, when the police request Genny's assistance with a magical kidnap, her own problems multiply too. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae's infertility? Soon Genny is hard on his trail, so it seems she'll have a chance to ask ... but will the answer cost more than she's willing to pay?



***2017 Summer Lovin' Reading List ***


Under normal circumstances, I read urban fantasy to take a little holiday from the real world and to simply enjoy a story. But Suzanne McLeod refuses to let me coast, she provides a plot of such complexity that I have to pay attention and her characters are down-right Machiavellian in their manipulations of one another.

In her acknowledgements in this volume, she talks about getting to meet Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and one of the queens of urban fantasy. I enjoyed the Sookie series, but I think that McLeod is head and shoulders above Harris in every aspect—plot, characters, setting, complexity. One of my other favourite authors, Ben Aaronovitch, also appreciates McLeod’s work and their series are set to intersect somehow in a future volume of Spellcrackers.com.

How in the world am I going to fill my time until The Hidden Rune of Iron? (Very much a rhetorical question, as I have an enormous stack of library books waiting for me in my reading nook).

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text 2017-07-28 15:59
A Plethora of Titles to choose from for my Summer Lovin' Reading list
Thunder Heights - Phyllis A. Whitney
No Rest for the Wicked - Kresley Cole
Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
The Shivering Sands (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses - Molly Harper
The Shifting Price of Prey - Suzanne McLeod
Spider's Revenge - Jennifer Estep
The Laughing Corpse - Laurell K. Hamilton

So I think I know what I will be doing this weekend!  I've been fighting with a nasty cold ever since I got home from Seattle, so I'm hoping to catch up on my sleep as well as get the necessary laundry, cooking, and housekeeping done.


But, I have Thunder Heights on interlibrary loan, so it can't be renewed.  Also, No Rest for the Wicked and Darkfever have holds on them, so I'll have to return them soon, too.


After those three, I'll be able to pick & choose.


Have a great weekend, everyone!

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