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review 2017-03-28 22:10
[Book Review] Etched in Bone
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop

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Etched in Bone marks the fifth installment of Anne Bishop's novels of the Others and picks up right where Marked in Flesh left off... and I like where it goes for the most part.

The book seemed to focus more on the inter-species politics than the first four... and by that I mean actual attempts at politic and civil resolutions (instead of just eating the offenders).  We have the humans who want to work with the Others to ensure their own survival, the Others who have come to care for their human pack (and some of the technologies they've never bothered to master on their own), the humans who court extinction, and the Others who are only just starting to pay attention to the events going on in the world at large.

One thing I can say for Bishop is that she knows how to write characters that you love to hate, especially manipulative, self-important, abusive men.  There are times when civilization does not suit the Others, especially when they are seeking to understand malicious humans in their midst.  You'll be happy when the inevitable hammer comes down on the villain of this story.

Meg and the Elders led to a bit of amusement, a semi-common occurrence considering she look like 'meat' to the Others but does not smell like prey.  My continued appreciation and unease with how cutting is handled continues, though there is considerably less self-harm here than in previous novels.  Instead we get more focus on her attempts to divert the impulse and developing new strategies.  And if you've been waiting for Meg and Simon's relationship to start actually becoming more than friends, you'll see some development, but in their own particular ways.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Roc (Penguin RandomHouse) in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/03/book-review-etched-in-bone.html
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text 2017-03-28 20:41
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review 2017-03-28 18:06
REVIEW BY MERISSA - No Matter What by Sydney Presley
No Matter What - Sydney Presley
No Matter What is the first book I have read by this author, and I would definitely like to read more. It tells the story of Quinn, who moved to the country away from London, because he never felt like he fitted in. The fact that he is a wolf shifter may have some bearing on it, but not all. He is slowing doing up the property he lives in, and is content by himself. Goddard is the other main male, ex-army with a dangerous secret in his past, on the run and stops by chance at Quinn's place.
 
This is well written, with the British-ness oozing out on every page! There is a clear outline to the story, and the pace is smooth and consistent. There were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow. Although this story was very entertaining, it lacked a certain oomph between the main two. Now, don't get me wrong, I thought they were great together, but there was just 'something' missing. Perhaps it was Quinn not knowing for sure if Goddard was his mate. Perhaps it was Goddard thinking of leaving his mate. I don't know, I can't put my finger on it. I did LOVE the climatic ending and epilogue though, they were simply superb, which is just one of reasons that I would love to read more by this author. 
 
For a quick coffee break read, with British banter and hot scenes, then I can recommend this.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@sydneypresley1, @PridePublishing, #M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Suspense, #Novella, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/nomatterwhatbysydneypresley
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review 2017-03-28 15:03
Sterling by Danika Dark
Sterling - Dannika Dark

I really liked Dark's Seven series. I am a couple books behind, but plan on remedying that soon. This book came in a bundle with the next three installments for just over five bucks, decent price, and so far it is worth the purchase.

 

This series is centered around a newly made female mage. There is a love triangle, or rather a love square going on. There is some rather graphic torture scenes that some may find offensive, but these parts are essential to the story and really made me despise the bad guys and root for the good. The characters are really well written, I feel this is where Dark is the strongest. She has a knack for really keeping a character consistent but complex at the same time. 

 

I will continue with this series soon. 

 

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review 2017-03-28 14:52
Review - Taming the Pack Box Set by Wendy Sparrow
Taming the Pack Boxed Set - Wendy Sparrow

I really enjoyed all three stories in this book. With great characters, witty banter, and an interesting plot that was carried throughout the books, Taming the Pack had just about everything I like in a paranormal romance.

I had previously read the first book, Past My Defenses, when it was originally released. Vanessa and Dane were great. She’s a wolf that has allergies, he’s a human forest ranger, and together these two were lots of fun! Vanessa runs when things get difficult, but she’s in heat so it’s a bit hard for her to run away from the man she has scent-matched to, even if he is a human! Dane is just trying to figure out how the wolf he had in his cage could possibly be this woman who just ran off on him. These two didn’t have the easiest time getting together, but it was a whole lot of fun watching them get there.

In This Weakness for You, we get to see Jordan fighting his scent-match to Christa – not only has he been there, done that and it didn’t work out so well with having a mate, it turns out Christa is Dane’s sister…and after all the grief Jordan gave Dane about Vanessa he knows Dane will kill him if he even thinks about going near his sister! Christa has to be one of my most favorite characters in a long time. She’s feisty, confident, and really lives for each day and moment – all this in spite of life’s set backs, including the fact that she has MS. She doesn’t let Jordan get away with anything – from pushing her away to being over-protective, she always called him on his actions.

“And then there’s this…” He took a step back and shifted. One minute, he was a man – the next, a large black wolf beside a pile of clothes.

Christa’s eyes widened and she stared. “Oh, well…” Then, she wrinkled up her nose and tilted her head. “You know, I’d actually considered that, but there’s no way to ask that without sounding insane.”


The black wolf stared. Jordan’s primal intelligence had been expecting panic and shock. This amused acceptance was…confusing.


His mate scooted farther back in the bed with a yawn. “So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, can you stay?”


He didn’t move.


His female leaned forward and whistled while patting the bed.


There was a brief fight between his stubborn human intelligence and the instinctual desire to be with his female. Also…she’d just
whistled. His pride couldn’t fight the altered primal mind-set. Mine. Mate. Mine. The black wolf jumped on the bed and lay down beside her.

And in Crazy Over You we finally get to see Sheriff Travis Flynn meet his match, uh, scent-match – even if she seems to walk a bit on the other side of the law! LeAnn just wants to find her brother and falling for the sexy sheriff is not part of the plan. Travis has seen his two friends find their mates and wants what they have…and if that means pulling out all the stops to keep LeAnn with him and maybe breaking a law or two along the way, well, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

He gestured between them. “Us. We’ve scent-matched. It means we’re mates.”

So…she wasn’t expecting that. She stood there blinking stupidly. He’d said that. Her mouth opened and closed. It was insane. Sure, there was this primitive sort of connection between them – she didn’t just kiss anyone – but this pull…this brain-frying lust…it’d fade. They weren’t mates. “Does that line work often?”

“You know it’s not a line. You can feel it. That’s why you kissed me. It’s either that or you’re really…”

“Slutty?”

“I was going to say friendly.”
And did I happen to mention Lucifer? The devil-cat that belongs to Christa? Loved how Lucifer was woven into these stories – from Vanessa’s allergies to Jordan’s heart to heart “talks” with the cat – Lucifer was one awesome kitty…even if he could truly resemble his namesake at times!

Although there wasn’t a lot of steam in any of these books, there was some great tension between the characters as they either fought their attraction or continued to be in denial about their scent-match. There was a lot of cute play between the characters – like the sheriff stripping to get LeAnns attention and Christa wanting to experience some dirty talk – so I was more than satisfied with a bit of sizzle, especially that there was also a good dose of humor that always seemed to accompany it!

The over-arching story line that was carried between these three books was great – and even though all the books do wrap us nicely on their own and can be read as stand-alones, there is a nice tie-in between all the books. I really enjoyed the world and characters that have been created, and the human/lycan connection was a nice twist to the traditional werewolf lore. There were a lot of great characters in all the books and I would love to see more books written in this world! This is definitely a series to check out!
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