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review 2013-11-21 00:16
Legacy (The Niteclif Evolutions #1) by Denise Tompkins
Legacy (The Niteclif Evolutions #1) - Denise Tompkins

Madeleine "Maddy" Niteclif needs a change. Where better to start anew than England. Upon her arrival, she feels a strong pull to head straight to Stonehenge. Once there, she makes a wish for "a changed reality".

That night, she quickly learns that wish or no wish, a changed reality is exactly what she's gotten. Turns out, she's a third generation Niteclif, descendant of Sherlock, and she's required to "... accept [her legacy] by age of thirty and pick up the mantle of service for minimum of ten years." And, to her surprise, two men (one dragon-shifter and one fae - both gorgeous, of course) want to "help her" and be her one and only.

The book was a quick read, however I wasn't fond of Maddy and the ending felt rushed. Had it not been for the supernatural twist on a old favorite, I probably would've rated it lower. I'd wanted to love this book and dig into another fun series. Hell, I even bought Wrath (book #2) before reading book 1. I'm just not sure I liked it enough to continue.

Good bits:
* Great opening line ... "I once heard someone say it's a good thing the world sucks or we'd all fall off."
* Nice paranormal spin on the story of Sherlock Holmes
* Dragon shifter with a Scottish accent *sigh*

Frustrating bit:
* Maddy says, "I don't read romance novels, so I refuse to use the words burgeoning, smoldering, blazing, heroic, manly, or turgid in any of my conversations - even in my dreams. So yeah, look pretty."

Then ...

She says, "I'm not into that supernatural, paranormal crap that seems to have taken over literature - okay, the world. Though I really do absolutely love Laurell K. Hamilton, and I did like Twilight, but ..."

Then ...

When asked, "I thought you said you didn't read romance novels." Her response is, "I had one forgettable adventure with that type of novel, and it was so generally bad that I had to put it down. Now I stick to the darker stuff."

For the record, thanks to my handy-dandy Kindle, I'm able to tell ya that she said "manly" once in reference to someone's "manly potpourri" scent. But, other than that she didn't use the other words at all.

I've never read a LKH book (shocker, I know), but I believe they are classified as supernatural, paranormal crap romances. Twilight is as well and it's definitely not classifiable as "dark". The disdain for "supernatural, paranormal crap" one minute, admitting to not only reading them but loving them the next, and then immediately accepting that her new reality is overflowing with the supernatural didn't fit for me.

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review 2013-11-14 21:55
Something Secret This Way Comes (Secret McQueen #1) by Sierra Dean
Something Secret This Way Comes (Secret McQueen #1) - Sierra Dean

Secret McQueen's name is almost legendary among vampires. She's ½ vampire, ½ werewolf bounty hunter who "... takes out rogue vampires at the request of the vampire council." As far as she knows, she's the only ½ vamp, ½ were hybrid and she guards the truth about her heritage - telling only a handful of people. But, she feels it's only a matter of time before her secret is out. Although she was born this way, she doesn't fully embrace her werewolf side. In fact, she's never shifted as an adult.

 

Sierra Dean paints a picture of Secret's distaste of her werewolf side and all things shifty. But, then Secret immediately falls for Lucas and Desmond because she's soul-bound to both. It felt like a quick switch, maybe too quick.

(spoiler show)

 

So, it's a surprise to her when her werewolf half is instantly attracted to a handsome stranger. Animal magnetism, it appears, is extremely difficult for her to control. She quickly learns just who this sexy stranger is and what this attraction means. In the process, she also learns a great deal more about her family history and another reason why her name is well-known.

 

In the six years she's been a bounty hunter, "... the closest anyone had ever come to truly killing [her] was Alexandre Peyton, and he had promised [her] that next time [they] met he wouldn't fail." When she notices his "mark" while rescuing a human, she knows their meeting will come sooner rather than later.

 

Last year, I read Secret's prequel, The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters. I liked it and was looking forward to more of the story. I enjoyed Something Secret This Way Comes and the opportunity to get to know Secret, Holden, Sig, Calliope (and others) better. I'm not a big fan of love triangles and this one has that in spades. Nevertheless, the ending of this one was such that I will definitely continue on with the series.

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review 2013-11-14 21:47
Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
Archangel's Legion - Nalini Singh

After what happened to Elena the last time she attended an immortal ball, it's no surprise she's not thrilled about attending another. But, before she has much time to worry about it, "Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease." These tragic events weaken the Tower's defenses at a time when they can ill afford it. Elena and Raphael race to find the cause, save their people and protect their city.

 

"Eternity would mean nothing without you.  For no power on this earth would I trade my Elena."

 

For me, this was one of the best books in the series so far. Fans of the series will love seeing how Elena and Raphael not only continue to change, but grow as a couple and individuals. Each immensely strong and powerful in their own right, they are also realizing their true strength comes when they face things together. She reminds him of his humanity and he helps her navigate the immortal world.

 

In addition to learning more about about the couple, we are given further insight into Illium's past and punishment as well as seeing Aodhan creep out of his shell. I'm as frighteningly fascinated with Naasir as Elena. I am chomping at the bit for book #7. 2014 seems so very far away.

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