Daybreak by Leigh Wilder
Summary From Goodreads:
Both Jamie-boy and Damian have suffered since their break-up, but they are thrown together when a vampire is brutally murdered. Damian is too depressed to care and ready to let the cops deal with it–Jamie-boy is willing to do some investigating on his own.
Then there’s Lucas, a vamp tramp with a Daybreaker’s tattoo on his neck. Whose side is he on? How many people is he willing to hurt to get what he wants?
This is M/M romantica containing explicit sex, rough sex, BDSM, blood play, and violence.
Daybreak is book 5 in the Deadly Liaisons series, one that I’ve enjoyed quite a bit, and this entry didn’t disappoint. Where the first four books focused on the points of view of Jamie-boy and Damian, Daybreak also takes a look at things from the POV of newcomer Lucas. It gives a refreshing new voice and perspective to the series, seeing things from outside of Damian’s immediate influence, and giving us a closer look at the Daybreakers aka the anti-vampire group.
However, the MCs are still in control of some of the action, and for much of the story in a bit of a role reversal. Damian shows that even an older vampire can be pretty childish when hurt, drinking and sulking around his room, and seeing Jamie-boy briefly at a crime scene doesn’t help.
Then there is the normally shy and subservient Jamie-boy acting tough, going to investigate in hostile territory where he could get himself killed, and messing around with Lucas who he barely knows. He keeps himself busy and involved to show Damian that he can be of help without him, and to keep his mind off their uncertain relationship.
This is erotica, so of course there are a few naughty scenes. I won’t spoil them too much for you, because that’s one of the most fun parts, but I will say there are a few new pairings for you to enjoy. Jaime-boy stars in a couple of them, one being a tad embarrassing, but both quite enjoyable. The one completely new pairing is a little violent for my taste, but I imagine those looking for the BDSM and such will like it. As with the rest of the book, though, all of it is really well written.
With the additional POV there weren’t a whole lot of surprises until the very end, but it still worked out pretty well. There was plenty of action, a solid amount of drama, and great character development. The ending leaves a lot of arcs up in the air, and that is the way I like it in this case. I can’t wait to find out what’s coming next! For anyone looking for some well written M/M I’d certainly recommend this series. As always, thanks for reading. ^.^
Summary From Goodreads:
After Maya is turned into a vampire against her will, vampire and Scanguards bodyguard Gabriel is charged with protecting her and finding her attacker.
Gabriel has never guarded a body as perfect as Maya’s. But while the sexual tension between them rises and the rogue vampire closes in on them, Gabriel can’t allow himself to give into the desire he feels for Maya. He fears to fully show himself to her despite the intimacies they share – afraid she will react like all other women when she discovers the horror he hides.
Will she run from him when she discovers his secret, calling him a monster, a freak, a creature not worthy of her love?
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
As is the case with the first two books in the series, Gabriel’s Mate is filled with danger, vampires, murder mystery, and a bunch of steamy sex scenes that are sure to get you in the right mood. The Scanguards Vampires series is easily my favorite full-length erotica books, and one of the few that I own in print (thanks to a giveaway ages ago). The series combines plot that you will actually care to read with some of the better naughty scenes that I have come across, both passionate and sometimes risque making for a lovely combo. There is also enough witty banter to keep you engaged and laughing along the way, enough to tone down the more serious parts.
Gabriel’s Mate is the most touching book as well as being potentially the most frustrating. Gabriel is dealing with multiple physical deformities that prevent him from being able to drop his guard and pursue love, not to even mention the lack of sex. However, while his plight is something to sympathize with, the other MC, Maya, buys into it WAY to easily. She barely bats an eye when she discovers his deformities, readily accepts whatever he story he tells her (being true doesn’t matter, trust me), and is all over him almost immediately. She’s way too trusting to be believable.
While the murder mystery and the sex in this one is just as great as the books that preceded it, and though I will probably continue the series sometime in the future, this one lacked some cohesiveness and Maya’s lack of hesitation pretty much anywhere in the story bothered me quite a bit. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was alright. The steamy bits will be enough for most readers I’m sure. Thanks as always for reading!
Cold Blooded Blog Tour
Summary From Goodreads:
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.
On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.
Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious
skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in…
I am so excited to be part of the Cold Blooded blog tour! I’ve been hooked on the Jessica McClain series ever since I was lucky enough to win a copy of Full Blooded when I started blogging. Though I don’t have the giveaway on this post, if you would like to enter to win some awesome swag AND a SIGNED copy of the book you can go here or click one of the pretty pictures above. ^.^ Without further ado, my review!
Favorite line: “You can’t fight the threat in your underwear!”
The line I picked was chosen because it is a great example of the humor Carlson weaves throughout the entire book. You are going to laugh, constantly, sometimes from a witty remark, other times as a form of relief from all the tension surrounding the characters.
Jessica is a fantastic MC. She kicks butt constantly, refuses to let anyone get in her way even when she doubts the choices she makes, and is fiercely loyal to her loved ones, and even to some not-so-loved that she is forced to align with. Her sense of humor is sharp, her devotion to her mate is beautiful, and the bonds that she is able to create with all varieties of supernatural beings has more to do with her character than any magical properties she has. She doesn’t relish killing, or having to constantly exert her will onto people, really she’s a softie underneath, but don’t tell her I said that. Jessica is someone you want to have on your side at all cost, and I love reading from her perspective.
The rest of the cast are just as engaging and Carlson makes sure that there are no throwaways. The baddies, though at times it is hard to tell if some of them are truly bad or not, are fun to root against and each have their own twisted motive for wanting to harm Jessica and her friends and family. The vampire queen is my favorite of the bunch. She’s a bit off her rocker, and conniving as heck, but I loved her tirades, the brilliance of her schemes, and the way she maintains an authoritative figure at all times. Oh, and the friends and family I mentioned? Well I can’t go into all of them as the cast is actually quite large in Cold Blooded.
For supernatural lovers there is everything you could want in this book and more. Vampires? We’ve got them in spades. Werewolves? Packs on packs on packs. Fae? Check. Demons? Oh you betcha. Witches? Hilarious, crazy, one a bit irritating (in a good way), and even a special surprise in this group. There are even spellcasters! There are a few surprises too, one I won’t mention by name and the other, Rourke, well he’s got something he’d like to show you. I think you’ll like it as much as Jessica did…well maybe not that much. ^.^
The story is a whirlwind of an adventure. Action junkies I found a book for you too! We have epic battles, daring escapes, rescues, fun car chases, and a bit of everything else you can think of. There is a TON of stuff going on in Cold Blooded, but it is so much fun to go along for the ride! Jessica has to save just about everybody, but is she up to the task? Oh and for you romance lovers out there, the one between Jessica and Rourke is so sweet, but steamy as well. 😉
If you couldn’t tell I really enjoyed Cold Blooded. It was so nice getting to experience these characters again, as well as meeting a few new faces, and learning sooo much more about all of them. The story is great as Carlson’s writing shines, the book is impossible to put down with all the craziness going on, and I’d recommend it to anyone. It is an adult book, but I’d say teenagers would be fine reading it as well, and would love it just as much. There is something in Cold Blooded for everyone. Thanks as always for reading, don’t forget to enter the giveaway I linked above, and if you want to check out what other people on the tour are saying about Cold Blooded click right here! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #166/200
Summary From Amazon:
Jamie-boy and Damian are settling into an odd life together, but money troubles force Damian to ask for assistance from his sire. While he’s away Jamie-boy is introduced to Club Midnight, a sadistic sex club catering to Daybreak, the anti-vampire group responsible for the destruction of Damian’s bar.
What Jamie-boy sees there ignites a passion in him, but there’s more to Club Midnight than kinky sex. The leader of Daybreak is cruel and manipulative and the fledgling vampires of New Franklin are in over their heads without Damian. Lives are at stake, but can Jamie-boy and Damian rescue their people, bring down Club Midnight, and still have time to get it on?
Club Midnight is book three in the Deadly Liaisons series. For those of you who haven’t read this series, and I encourage you to do so, this is M/M sub/dom with the sweet and innocent Jamie-boy being the sub, and Damian, a vampire with a hard exterior but an inner soft side being the dom. Club Midnight has the most action, and in this case I actually don’t mean the naughty variety, though there is plenty of that, of the series. There is a pretty crazy fight scene, and when vampires are involved you know that will pick it up a couple notches.
Club Midnight is also the naughtiest of the three books. It features BDSM, and at the sex club…well they take things to a whole new level, but I won’t spoil that for you. The relationship between Damian and Jamie-boy continues to grow stronger but their devotion is tested a few times in Club Midnight. Damian has to battle his feelings for his sire, Jamie-boy meets a very tempting individual at the new club, and both of them have to decide how important their relationship is and what they’ll sacrifice to keep it.
I really enjoy reading from Damian’s perspective. There is a lot of depth with his character and while his affections are pretty clear, it always seems that Wilder could take him in a thousand different directions. We are slowly seeing what makes him tick and how devoted he is to the town he lives in as well as the people he cares about. Wilder is slowly breaking him down for us and it is wonderful. As for Jamie-boy, despite his tendency to be a bit clingy, his character has grown on me. He’s a simple, sweet character, and while that might seem cliche (for a sub especially) it just works here. Club Midnight shows him at his most daring, a side I wasn’t sure I’d ever see. It added another dimension to his character, he isn’t (just) a love struck fool anymore, he breaks some rules, and gets a bit of a (soft) edge to him.
Overall I would say that this is my favorite of the three books. Clearly there is more character development which was great, there are some very naughty scenes for those interested in just that, and the plot is really intriguing and I would love to know what comes next. The relationship between Damian and Jamie-boy is really very sweet and it is hard not to fall in love right along with them. Club Midnight is steamy, naughty, witty, and is definitely a read I would recommend. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #143/200
Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon
Oh another readathon? Why thank you, I’d love to! If you read my blog you know that I love
attempting doing readathons whenever possible, even if I really don’t have much time to read during them they are too fun to pass up! The Books, Brains ‘n Blood Readathon is hosted by the lovely people over at My Shelf Confessions from August 2nd to August 6th. It doesn’t look like there are any “theme” requirements for books, but I’ll be saving some creepy reads just for the occasion. If you would like to sign up, and you know you would, just click on the lovely picture above and join in on the fun! There are all sorts of other events going on such as a blog hop, challenges and some prizes being given away if you want to do more than just the readathon.
I’ll be doing my main post for this readathon (with my list of books and stats and what not) closer to August. Hope to see you there!
It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain.
Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge — but Jessica is playing for keeps.
Because she’s the only female werewolf in town…it comes with its own set of rules…and powers.
Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.
All in a day’s work for a girl.
The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties…
I received an e-book ARC of Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson in exchange for an honest review. Hot Blooded is set to release on April 23, 2013.
The Jessica McClain series has a special place in my bloggy heart as the first book in the series, Full Blooded, was one of the first books I ever reviewed on the blog. I loved Full Blooded and gave it an exuberant five Frodo review so I was understandably quite anxious and excited for the second installment in the series, Hot Blooded.
The story continues from the point of view of the main character, Jessica, as she prepares to battle some familiar foes and a seemingly never ending barrage of new ones. The definite strength of Hot Blooded, Jessica and the rest of the cast of characters continue to shine as each has quite the personality and Carlson’s blatant refusal to allow even a small role to become cookie cutter, something I greatly admire her for pulling off. Jessica has a sharp sense of humor and a kick-butt attitude that makes for a killer heroine combination. She’s surrounded by other strong characters, some new (that I won’t reveal because *in my River Song voice* Spoilers!) and plenty of familiar ones such as Ray (think asshole detective, general pain in the rear), her brother Tyler and the ever hilarious Danny.
Another strong point of Hot Blooded was expanding the list of supernaturals to include a plethora of new ones. While werewolves still are the main featured type, vampires and goddesses, as well as a few surprise “supes” make appearances. There are underworld beings that are filled with just as much power as creepiness, low level smelly beings that make their presence felt from the onset, and a variety of others.
However, unlike with Full Blooded I felt that Hot Blooded suffered from a very slow buildup. There were a couple of supposedly suspenseful scenes, but really through the first 100 or so pages it was just a painstakingly long journey sequence. Information is shared with the reader that is necessary, but I wonder if the story needed to go on for that long in order to present it all, I have to think that there was a more efficient way, oh well. The info dumps that seemed designed to only catch up new readers were more frequent and farther into the book than I am used to and between those and the repetition of the desire for Jessica to reunite and free her mate I was left feeling disconnected and distant from the storyline on multiple occasions. I wanted to become engrossed in Hot Blooded, but it was roughly halfway through the book before the real action started and the excitement level not only took longer to develop than in Full Blooded but it wasn’t as strong when it did occur. There were good battles that are definitely worth being patient to get to, but Hot Blooded is definitely more developmental in pacing vs. the frenzy that was Full Blooded.
Overall Hot Blooded was a good book, but unfortunately not a great one. The second book in a series can result in a bit of a letdown in terms of action and/or fluidity as it can often struggle to appeal to new readers and move the plot forward at the same time, I think that was the case with Hot Blooded. I have a good feeling about Cold Blooded (Book 3 in the series) and though I wasn’t in love with Hot Blooded, I’d still recommend giving it a shot when it comes out, especially if you enjoyed Full Blooded. It’s a solid entry into the series filled with plenty of laughs to make up for some of the slower parts. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #93/200
Summary From Goodreads:
“Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love’s blood, become the Vampire, Snow White.”
EVERY THOUSAND YEARS THE VAMPIRE QUEEN SELECTS A NEW BODY, ALWAYS THE FAIREST IN THE LAND, AND THIS TIME SHE’S CHOSEN SNOW WHITE.
Snow White lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her dad, stepmother, and her cat, Gatsby. Her entire life she’s been teased for her fairy tale name, and the fact that her seven best friends happen to be guys whose names begin with the same letters as the seven dwarves.
Everything changes two months before her sixteenth birthday. She’s bitten by The Hunter, and transformed into a revenant—not quite human, not quite vampire.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I found this completely at random when I was searching for eBooks on Amazon and figured I’d give it a shot since fairy tale retellings can be pretty fun reads every now and then. This version of Snow seems to be not only completely unaware of her “fairest in the land” level of beauty (inside or out) but even goes as far as to hide it, even if it might be unintentionally, by wearing baggy and nondescript clothing. However I did like her character from the beginning and thought it was pretty interesting having Snow White be a klutz. It made her seem more real. She had fears as well, some interesting lifestyle choices and even a romance you might not expect which were great twists. On the flip side of the coin is the love interest, Gabe. He felt like a schmoozer, using cutesy tactics to get what he wanted and when he accidentally revealed a bit of his “true personality” it wasn’t one I found endearing.
The writing was excellent and I think this could be a solid series of novellas and one that I might look into more in the near future. This is despite the way that Workman introduced the vampire elements. It was abrupt, seemed to be hurried, and maybe even forced which was unfortunate because up to that point she could write nothing but splendid prose. I’m hoping that since those parts are introduced already the rest of the series will flow more naturally. There is definite potential here. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 70!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #69/365
Summary From Goodreads:
Vampire bachelor Samson can’t get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there’s nothing wrong with his hydraulics – that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.
His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it’s the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.
However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he’s a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.
See, I’m not innocent after all! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say this…genre of books is my usual read by any means, but a naughty book every once in a while certainly doesn’t hurt. ^.^ However, since I know there are definitely younger peoples reading this blog (at least on occasion) if you don’t want to read this particular review I totally understand and I’m including a page break just for you. Feel free to read any of my other ones. 🙂 (more…)
The Red Serpent Trilogy
I won The Red Serpent Trilogy in a giveaway on Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
The Red Serpent Trilogy takes place in a time where vampires have taken over the Earth and the majority of what is left of the human population is living in a spaceport on a nearby asteroid. The story centers on Alexander who is half human and half vampire and the prophecy that states he will bring the end to either the vampire or human race. A vampire who claims to be Alexander’s uncle shows up at the human spaceport and forcefully takes him back to Earth and the vampire headquarters. Alexander must choose between his mother’s people, the humans, or his fathers the vampires, his choice will determine the future of both races and condemn one to extinction.
When I won the giveaway for The Red Serpent Trilogy I was pretty excited to dive into it after reading the blurb on Amazon, vampires vs. humans, the fate of Earth and all centered around a hybrid young man, count me in! However, once I started reading the book I was struck by the poor quality of the writing immediately but chose to push through it for a while to see if it would improve when the plot picked up. Sadly it was not to be. The Red Serpent Trilogy felt like it was written by a grade-school kid who was attempting to write a book but really just wanted to get to the fun battle between the two races. The beginning was sloppy and very rushed, there were little to no explanations for any of the events that occurred early on and this Alexander is just about the luckiest guy in the universe when it comes to being able to eavesdrop.
The vampire arriving in the spaceport was completely random. There was no explanation for how he got there, why, or how no one noticed his presence. There is also a scene shortly afterward in the cell on Earth where the vampires are holding Alexander that is completely unbelievable. Without going into too much detail Alexander’s vampire uncle does a bigger flip-flop than most politicians with a corny and pathetic excuse given for his reasoning to do so.
I was going to push through the book but eventually the poor writing mixed with the weak characters forced me to put the book down. I quit about a quarter of the way through and I can’t say I feel bad about that, it wasn’t worth the time or energy to put up with. Simply put I don’t recommend this to anyone, I think it desperately needs editing though I don’t know if that would salvage it. I will say that the author is only 22 and based on his (ridiculously long) Amazon profile it would seem he wrote The Red Serpent Trilogy when he was 16. He may improve as a writer in the future but I don’t think I will have the patience to find out.
As always thank you for reading and leave a comment if you would like to, I do read them all! ^.^
Rating: DNF/Don’t Read