Desolation: Darkness Rising, Book 1 – “Welcome to the Lana Shitshow”
Paranormal Romance , RH / July 11, 2020

Despite the darkness of its title, Desolation is a truly delightful and well-rounded debut novel from R.L. Caulder. Though the book touches on a variety of difficult (and potentially triggering) topics, Caulder handles those subjects with just the right touch of deftness, skill, and a healthy dose of levity that makes Desolation un-put-downable. “Oh shit! Sober up, Lana! Sober up! You’re talking to a Goddess!” Our heroine, Lana, is – in a word – dramatic. A spitfire. She’s a wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve kind of girl, and if she’s feeling strongly about something, everyone in the vicinity is going to know about it. She’s not always entirely relatable (who is?), but when she is, LORD IS SHE! I mean, who hasn’t found themselves drunk in a bathtub trying their best to act sober while speaking to a goddess? At her core, Lana is spunky, determined, fiercely loyal, and has a SERIOUS coffee addiction – and I think most of us can identify with at least some of those qualities. Even in moments when I found myself struggling to relate to aspects of her personality, the humor that Calder infuses into her reactions was just the push I needed to connect again. “A hand…

Waking Hearts

The third and–for those who have read the first two–much anticipated installment in the Cambio Springs series from Elizabeth Hunter is now out! Read on for my review of Allie and Ollie’s story! Allison Smith is a fox shifter with four kids, two jobs, and a huge pile of debt left by her gambling husband when he disappeared. Luckily for her, she’s got “people”–one of whom is quiet bear shifter Oliver Campbell.  Ollie has been in love with Allie since high school. Now that her husband is gone and Allie is in danger, Ollie’s protective instincts rise to the surface, and claiming Allie is on the forefront of his mind. “Ollie couldn’t handle being a way station for her. He wasn’t being dramatic. he just knew that he’d break if she tried him on and discarded him because she wasn’t ready. He’d held his peace for fifteen years, and once he had her, he wouldn’t be able to let go.” ​Even when his greatest desire is to claim Allie as his own, Ollie hesitates. He knows that once he takes that step he (and certainly his bear) will never be able to go back. And, despite the fact that I…

Beckon Me by Cindy Thomas
New Adult , Paranormal Romance / June 10, 2015

This debut novel from Cindy Thomas is beautifully done, fresh, and will keep you turning pages until the end (and then chomping at the bit for Book 2!).Read on for my review! Karina and her best friend Rainey stumble upon an ugly scene one night that will change (and end) their lives as they know them. When Karina recovers and moves into the apartment she was supposed to share with Rainey, her life is thrown another curve ball in the form of her sexy neighbor, Eli (who I would gladly take off her hands anytime…). From the beginning of the book, friendships play a starring role, and Thomas does a beautiful job of capturing the raw emotions, sacrifices, boundless love, and simple joy of true friendship. My heart broke for Karina and Rainey from the start: Rainey’s life is cut short and Karina loses a lifelong best friend AND an avocation in an instant. The chemistry between Eli and Karina is undeniable and steamy, and I never found the progression of their relationship to be fake or forced, which is one of the major issues I have with many of the NA books coming onto the market lately. Kudos to Thomas for…

Seducing Death:  Moon Virus Book 3
Paranormal Romance / April 29, 2015

Today is the day! Seducing Death, Book 3 in the Moon Virus series by Cassandra Lawson is officially out.  And you guys? It’s good. If you haven’t read Raven’s Blood (Moon Virus Book 1), you’re definitely going to want to start there, and then follow up with Embrace the Heat (Moon Virus Book 2). If you’re all caught up, then continue reading for release info for Seducing Death!  (And don’t forget to keep reading for my review at the end!) Title: Seducing Death Series: Moon Virus Book 3 Author: Cassandra Lawson Genre: Dystopian Paranormal Romance Date of Publication: 4/29/2015 ISBN: 978-1508860143 ASIN: B00UPPH8OG Number of pages: 314 Add to Goodreads Where to Buy Amazon.com    Amazon UK    Amazon AU iTunes Synopsis         In the decade following the brutal murder of his wife and daughter, Ian has existed in a world built on grief and hatred. Just when Ian has finally begun to claw his way through the shadows of his past, a knife to the heart ends it all . . . or is it the beginning? After waking up in a strange home, Ian’s only companion is the woman who saved him. Undeniably drawn to her, Ian finds himself wondering if it really…

Lost Girl: Hidden Book 1
Fantasy , Paranormal Romance / April 28, 2015

Molly Brooks is a telepathic vigilante with a few secrets and a mysterious past. Determined to make something of her bizarre powers, she devotes herself to saving those who need her most. One night, she’s followed by a powerful being in a pickup truck, and her world will never be the same. Finding herself thrust into a world full of supernatural beings she could have only imagined, Molly learns how powerful she really is, and how much she stands to lose. —Book Teaser After reading the premise above and seeing the rave review from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Hunter, I was chomping at the bit to try this new series.  I have a soft spot for Urban Fantasy and kick-ass heroines, what can I say? The book started out promising.  I saw a lot of un-plumbed depth in Molly, our heroine and, despite not really having any kind of knowledge of or interest in Detroit, Vanderlinden created an interesting world with intriguing characters.  She had me hooked, and I enjoyed the tension between Molly, Nain and Brennan.  But then, at around 75% into the book, I almost put it down.  And I was angry.  Because I had loved the book so…

Broken: Hidden Book 2
Fantasy , Paranormal Romance / April 28, 2015

Molly Brooks has earned her reputation: an Angel to the humans she’s saved, a nightmare to the supernaturals who cross her. She is the last and only line of defense between the innocents in her city and those who hunt them. She is feared. Loved. A legend in the making. But she’s barely hanging on. She’s lost too much, become something she fears. The things she doesn’t know about her past threaten to destroy her as she tries to learn how to navigate the new world she’s created for herself. Untangling the mysteries of her powers only reveals new dangers, more deadly than anything she could have imagined. Can she protect those she loves, those who have become her friends and family, from the nightmare of what she is? And what will it take to truly break her? Broken may have stolen a small piece of my soul.  I read it in less than a day, because I simply could not put it down.  Read on for my review! There wasn’t a single thing about this book that I didn’t love.  It pulled my heartstrings, it made me laugh, and boy did it make me fall in love! Molly’s journey through…

Shifting Dreams (Cambio Springs Book One)

Some of my current favorite genres are Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy.  I love a good mystery, a strong female protagonist, and a little romance.  A while back, I discovered Elizabeth Hunter through the first book in her Irin Chronicles series, The Scribe.  I instantly fell in love with her writing style, stalk….er followed her on Facebook, and began to search out more of her work.  When the opportunity to review Shifting Dreams, the first installment in her Cambio Springs series, presented itself, I jumped.  And I’m so very glad I did. Let me start by saying that it took me entirely too long to review this book.  Generally, I can finish a book on my Kindle in a day or two (depending on my children, my workload, and my schedule), but this was my first audio book review.  Those of you with kids know how hard it can be to “listen” to anything actively while at home with kids.  My life is a constant stream of requests for snacks, butt wiping, booger clearing, and playtime, so turning on an audio book was much more difficult than anticipated.  Just something to keep in mind as you decide in which format you’d like to purchase this book…