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review 2017-02-18 01:01
How to a tame a Beast in Seven Days
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

I loved Kerrilyn Sparks' other series, Love at Stake. I was very sad to see it end, actually still sad. I saw this and was so hopeful, but sadly for me it is not as good. I do see that there is a possibility for awesomeness with the series though and hope the author nails the next installment.

 

This didn't have the slow building romance I expect from Sparks. Her characters usually spend a lot of time together before the big L comes into the story. Not in this one. There is a lot of looking at each other, a lot of thinking about each other, but not a lot of them actually together. 

 

There is a large amount of world building going on, this is the first book in a new series so it was expected. I do like this world and it's characters. I hope to see Pirate's book next. 

 

In this we have people who are "embraced." They have have gifts like being able to see ghosts (the main female character), able to harness lightening (our male), turn into an animal (another character, etc. They are feared by others and are often hidden at birth in order to protect them. 

 

Review copy provided through Netgalley. 

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text 2017-02-10 19:38
Reading progress: I've read 1%.
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1) - Dakota Cassidy

Just starting.  It was a random freebie on amazon from an author I actually read.

 

Getting a kick out of hapless heroine adopting a werewolf from the animal shelter and naming him "Fluffy."

 

Kinda cute, moving fast, some funny bits but uneven. I know it's one of her older books that has since been worked into others but it seems to unexpectedly chop in some sex fantasies and actual sex scenes that are a completely different atmosphere and overlong. 

 

I don't care about the explicitness or whether sex is or isn't in a book (so long as works/flows with the story) -- but, I think I'll be skimming over quite a few pages where I may or may not feel I read enough to review it.

 

Fluffy.  Ha! Ha!

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review 2017-01-25 17:15
Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold - My Thoughts
Beguilement (Sharing Knife Series #1) - Lois McMaster Bujold

This book was a surprise to me.  I wasn't expecting quite as much romance.  I think part of that is that a good friend of mine really loved these books and she's not so much of a romance nor a fantasy reader.

The first half of the book tells the fantasy tale of Fawn, a young woman farmer, who is running away from her home and family, and Dag, a veteran Lakewalker patroller possessed of some very interesting magic.  They have adventures fighting the malice - bad, awful, deadly, gross horrors that threaten their world.

Then, close to the middle of the book, we turn to the more romantic side of the tale as the two begin to get to know each other and fall in love.  Of course, their vastly different cultures hold myriads of pitfalls and difficulties, never mind their big difference in age.  But it's really a fun romance, I thought.  I enjoyed it alot and I also enjoyed how Dag was able to be Fawn's protector with her family and how he encouraged her to be her own woman.

I only gave the book 3.5 stars because it felt rather unfinished.  It seems, as I discovered near the end of my reading, that Beguilement is actually the first half of a full book,  The second book, Legacy, is the other part of the volume.  Beguilement is about Fawn's people and how they react to the could and it seems that Legacy will be about how Dag's people will react.  And you know... I've grown to kind of resent books that do this.  I tend to feel tricked.  In retrospect, I wish I'd maybe waited to read this until I had book 2 in hand - but now I shall wait until it goes on sale.  :)

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text 2017-01-19 17:08
Best Paranormal Romances of 2016
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) - J.R. Ward
Moonshadow - Thea Harrison
The Pages of the Mind (The Uncharted Realms) - Jeffe Kennedy
The Leopard King (Ars Numina) (Volume 1) - Ann Aguirre
Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling (A Psy/Changeling Novel) - Nalini Singh
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston (2016-03-29) - Shelly Laurenston
A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Trilogy) by Amanda Bouchet (2016-08-02) - Amanda Bouchet
The Bird and the Sword - Amy Harmon
Defying Eternity (An Obscure Magic) (Volume 5) - Viola Grace
Horse (Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club Book 6) - Candace Blevins

I am slow this year but I am getting my Best of List done.

 

I read less Paranormal this year but what I read was very good! Fantasy Romance is making a come back which is wonderful.

 

Here is my list of the best Paranormal Romance published in 2016 in no particular order. 

 

1. The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward 

 

Wonderful to spend time with my favorite BDB couple, Rhage and Mary. A must read for fans of the series.

 

2. Horse  by Candace Blevins

 

A bear shifter and a rabbit shifter with a great mythos system and a good address of different kinds of sexuality. Loving and tender as well. 

 

3. Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

 

A great start to a new series with a clever witch heroine who takes no guff. 

 

4. The Pages of the Mind  by Jeffe Kennedy

 

A new to me series with a book loving heroine and a language barrier. A really fun fantasy romance. 

 

5. The Leopard King  by Ann Aguirre

 

A tortured hero meets his match in a heroine who never gives up. Sexy and a great start to a new series. 

 

6. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

 

A really nice collection of stories in the Psy-Changling World with my favorite being the love of a beta hero for an alpha heroine. So good!

 

7. The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

 

A great heroine that gets her own back in this great entry into the Crow world. Great hero too. 

 

8.  Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

 

Everyone is raving about this book for a reason. A super action packed fully realized world of magic fun with serious heat between the hero and heroine. 

 

9. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

 

Lyrical with great fantasy world building I loved this book with the heroine taking the lead as a favorite character this year. 

 

10.  Defying Eternity by Viola Grace

 

Kick Ass Heroine and a Vampire King. Such a blast! 

 

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review 2017-01-05 22:25
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon Review
The Bird and the Sword - Amy Harmon

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

 

Review

 

I am so happy to see Fantasy Romance having such a good year.

 

This is a lyrical love story with great world building and imagery. The way the details of the culture and magic systems are feed to us one by one and the mysteries solved is enchanting.

 

The very fabric of the language engages. I adore the heroine and her troll. Her magic and coming into her power is wonderful. The hero is less known and therefore less beloved to me. Better communication and couple time would have made the book more of a feast but I was very happy spending time here.

 

I can't wait for the next book!

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