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review 2018-07-21 19:51
Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10)
Balefire - Jordan L. Hawk

This was another fun adventure with Ival and Griffin and the whole gang. The Endicotts are back, and there's trouble afoot across the pond. 

 

Our first encounter with the Endicott family was less than ideal, and the rivalry lends great tension to the story even before we get to Balefire. Ms. Hawk keeps expanding the universe she's created and it always feels authentic. She clearly planned this out from the start, instead of winging it like many authors do. We get more hints about the purpose of the maelstrom and Ival's and Persephone's connection to it.

 

It was a little predictable in some places, and since this took place outside Widdershins, we don't get to spend much time with some of the side characters. We get to see some Endicotts who aren't awful. 

Bringing the few who are left back to Widdershins should make for interesting times in the next book.

(spoiler show)

 

I'm saddened to see that this is the penultimate book in the series. I'm going to have to do a reread of the whole series before the next one comes out.

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url 2018-07-20 17:27
An Untold Tale of Magic and Mayhem

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review 2018-07-19 19:27
Changes / Jim Butcher
Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12) - Jim Butcher

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry's not fighting to save the world...

He's fighting to save his child.

 

Jim Butcher must sit up nights thinking up ways to make Harry Dresden’s life miserable! Just when you think that his life can’t get any more complicated, Butcher dreams up worse things for him to deal with.

Susan Rodriguez returns to mess with Harry’s reality—and inform him that he’s a father and his little girl is in tremendous danger from the Red Court vampires. Harry has spent the last 11 books gathering friends, allies, and frenemies. He has to call on all of them, all his talents, all his anger & power, and all of his cunning to get through this tangle.

So Butcher throws everything into the blender and gives it a good whirl. There is a lot of action, a lot of blood, a lot of characters. I was happy to see the return of Butters and Toot-Toot. Also, it was great to have Mouse get to show off his powers. Harry makes a questionable deal in order to cope with the situation and gets assistance from unexpected quarters. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, so if you object to that sort of thing, consider having the next book queued up and ready to roll. Because, let’s face it, if you’ve read this far, you’re not going to quit now, are you?

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review 2018-07-18 10:00
Recent Release Review! Kiss of Fury (Dragonfire #2) Deborah Cooke!
Kiss of Fury - Deborah Cooke

 

 

One act of passion can save the world...

 

Scientist Alexandra Madison was on the verge of unveiling an invention that would change the world. Then her partner was murdered, their lab was burned, and their prototype was destroyed. While Alex is in the hospital recovering from burns suffered in the fire, recurring dragon-haunted nightmares threaten to land her in the psychiatric ward, but she knows she has to escape to her lab to rebuild the Green Machine.

 

Handsome, daring, and impulsive, Donovan Shea is more than willing to do his part in the Pyr/Slayer war. Assigned to protect Alex, Donovan is shocked when her presence ignites his firestorm. He has no desire for a destined mate, but Alex's intelligence and determination inspire him to join the fight to save her invention. With the Slayers closing in, Donovan knows he would surrender his life for Alex...and lose his heart to possess her.

 

 

‘Fast and the Fury’est’ is the best words to describe the second book in the Dragonfire series – Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke, especially when one act of passion can save the world.

 

Alexandra Madison is a scientist on the verge of unveiling a huge world changing invention when her lab is burned down and her partner murdered. Donovan Shea is a sexy, daring Pyr who is a bit impulsive and he has been assigned to protect Alex, but he is shocked when the firestorm that he wants no part is ignited in a blaze of furious sparks. Alex and Donovan could set the world on fire with the sizzling chemistry that burns between them but these two strong, bold characters have a bit of a problem in the actual romance part due to stubbornness and a bit of a lack of communication, especially since Alex isn’t interested in anything that has to do with her nightmares…namely dragons, which keeps this relationship on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, near misses and passionate encounters which in turn keeps readers on pins and needles.

 

Thrilling action, explosive battles, and sheer determination of all the characters involved keeps readers glued to the pages of this fast paced story that rivals the fastest and the furiousest of the all of the movies (which all on favorites list). Speaking of movies, I do believe the Dragonfire series would be on awesome on the big screen, hmmm… Oops! back to what I saying, there is lots of intrigue with twists and turns to ensure that readers never have a dull moment and that not counting the words of the Wyvern, Sophie that adds the mysterious and fascinating world of the Pyr/Slayer war and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

 

 

Kiss of Fury

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39341146-kiss-of-fury

 

Author - https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfire/kiss-of-fury/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/kiss-of-fury-by-deborah-cooke-2018-06-26

 

 

is the 2nd book in the Dragonfire series:

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/45034-dragonfire

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/dragons/dragonfire/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F42NMYF?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


The Dragonfire novels now have their own website at http://dragonfirenovels.com

 

which includes


Kiss of Fire #1 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fury #2 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fate #3 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Winter's Kiss #4 (re-release July 10, 2018)
Harmonia's Kiss #4.5
Whisper Kiss #5 (re-release July 24, 2018)
Darkfire Kiss #6 (re-release Aug 14, 2018)
Flashfire #7 (re-release Aug 28, 2018)
Ember's Kiss #8 (re-release Sept 11, 2018)
Kiss of Danger #9
Kiss of Darkness #11
Kiss of Destiny #12
Serpent's Kiss #13
Firestorm Forever #14
Here Be Dragons: A Dragonfire Companion (re-release Oct 23, 2018)

 

The story of the Pyr continues with the DragonFate series.
https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfate/

 

.5 An Elegy for Melusine
1 Hot Blooded (coming Feb 19, 2019)

 

There is also a spin off series The Dragon Diaries
https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragon-diaries/

 

 

Kiss of Fury is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Fury-Dragonfire-Novel-Novels-ebook/dp/B07C9K8QSY/?tag=authdebocook-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/kiss-of-fury/id1335772669?mt=11&at=11lqeS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kiss-of-fury-deborah-cooke/1100359338?ean=2940155409915

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/kiss-of-fury

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Cooke_Kiss_of_Fury?id=-e9GDwAAQBAJ

 

Please see the authors Kiss of Fire page (link above) for print options.

 

 

Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

 

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.

 

Currently, she’s writing paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romances as Claire Delacroix.

 

 

Be sure and visit Deborah Cooke at the following locations:

 

Website - http://deborahcooke.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005984.Deborah_Cooke

 

Blog - https://deborahcooke.com/blog/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/Cooke_Delacroix/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Cooke_Delacroix

 

SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/debclaire

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DeborahCooke_writer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deborah-cooke

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/deborah-cooke/author,391126

 

Claire Delacroix -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12694.Claire_Delacroix

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix/

 

Claire Cross -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74485.Claire_Cross

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-17 23:31
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

I did have a nit or two

 

When I finally got around to reading the Kate Daniels series, there were...quite a few books out. Actually, I think it was a little over a year ago - there's only been one book released since. At some point (likely the one where Hugh kidnapped Kate), I muttered that he needed to either be killed off or get laid. I didn't care which; just so he stopped being a thorn in Kate's side.

 

This works.

 

As has been hinted at with Kate's relationship with Julie, the binding might extend a life, but there are side effects...like being virtually a puppet if the binder so chooses. Hugh was purged and is very much aware of the absence of the binding...and increasingly feeling a conscience that Roland had subverted. In essence, he's been on nearly a year long bender because he can't deal with it. Several of his former army show up to explain to him that he needs to crawl out of the gutter and help them, because the head master of the undead is killing them off. Seems Roland was vexed to discover the Iron Dogs were loyal to Hugh; not Roland.

 

Elara...I have no idea what she is. The description of her near the end reminded me of a battle sylph. She appears human most of the time. There's a story we aren't privy to as to why she and a group of people left another group. It involves what she is *now*. The same head master of the undead is trying to gain control of her property for Roland. This sets up the two characters' lives converging.

 

They spend a lot of time bickering. And yet...it's a lot like grade school where you're attracted to someone but you don't wanna admit it so you make yourself a nuisance.

At the end, the head master of the undead managed to get his hands on Hugh, Roland appeared with a proposal to come home, Hugh refused, and Elara in whatever her other form is rescued him.

 

They're still fighting the attraction though, and it's been maybe a couple of months so no insta-love...and I'm now impatient for the last Kate Daniels to come out. Augh.

 

Nit - the first time they ran into what was later referred to as mrogs, she killed 14 and they killed the leaders. The 15th mrog followed and was killed inside the castle. Later, it's said that if you kill the leader, the mrogs just stand around unless you come near them with a weapon. They engage the mrogs several times.

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