Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver

Torn between lust and loyalty…

The blood of the Underworld lord of evil runs through soul reaper Malthus Krayl’s veins.  Raised to fight for survival and to kill for victory, he can destroy anyone who poses a threat.  As he searches for the one responsible for his brother’s murder, he refuses to succumb to any distraction… until his sworn enemy crosses his path and tempts him beyond all reason.

Calliope Kane, a Daughter of Aset, has a personal hatred for soul reapers.  Their savage attack against her family still haunts her.  But only Malthus can help her find the traitors of her kind, and only she can help him hunt the source of betrayal amongst the reapers.  As they unite, the danger grows closer…and the passion between them ignites…

Wow!  This book has it all.  Great characters, page turning suspense and mind-blowing sex.  Oh and did I mention the great characters?    I have to admit that I have always been partial to Malthus 'Mal' Krayl.  It is pirate of the family, the adrenalin junkie, who have sworn off love.  Not off woman of course as he has a different partner every night but he refuses to risk his heart again.  Then he meets Calliope 'Callie' who at their first meeting feeds off of him, pins him to a wall and leaves him on fire.  Poor Mal never stood a chance.

Ms. Silver did an excellent job with SINS OF THE FLESH.  Each book does concentrate on a brother finding a mate and she does a great job with this.  However in SINS OF THE FLESH, she also incorporates an element of tension that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  The story arc also proceeds along nicely and I have to admit that the conclusion of the book was a real shocker.

I do recommend SINS OF THE FLESH to anyone with a fondness of piratical men, kick ass heroines  with a fondness for pointy weapons and the paranormal.  This book is sure to please.

I rate it a 3.75.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sins of the Soul by Eve Silver

Alastor Krayl's world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor's obsession. And the enigmatic Naphré Kurata, a witness—or is she the killer?—has the answers he seeks.

A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender.

Let me start off my review by saying that I did enjoy this book.  Ms. Silver does a wonderful job of characterization.   I totally fell in love with Naphre' and Alastor though I have to admit that I couldn't deal with him as he is a control freak.    But Naphre' is a total delight.  She takes the hand that is dealt to her and makes the best of it.

I did however feel that this book is lacking.  There is a story arc that is evident in the beginning of the book and well it goes nowhere.  Everything gets buried beneath Alastor and Naphre's  feelings for each other and their superb sex.  The ending was a disappointment because felt as though nothing was really accomplished other then the two getting together.  Now that might be fine for a stand alone romance but not for the second book of a trilogy.

I rate this book a 3.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Second Chances by Lauren Dane

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself—and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams...and her adult fantasies.  Jude can't believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She's gotten under his skin like no other woman has...and she brings out secret desires he can't resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.  Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she's in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he's lost his chance forever...  Previously published, newly revised by author.       

I have always been a fan of Lauren Dane and I read this book when it first came out.  I enjoyed it then and with the new revisions, I enjoyed it even more the second time around.  Rori is a character that is very easy to relate too.  I would love to have her as a friend as she is very warm and loving.  Jude is just luscious but then I have always been drawn to the bad boy.  But that is a man that I would love to meet and keep.  Actually all the characters are so well done that I could imagine having them all over for dinner one night.

Ms. Dane tends to write rather steamy romances and this one is no exception to the rule.  There is a lot of D/s in the novel but not so hardcore as to make most people uncomfortable.  What comes through clearly is the love between Rori and Zach.     I rate this book a 3.9.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fallen by Erin McCarthy

New Orleans, 1840s. Sent to watch over the decadent city, the angel Gabriel loses himself in the liquid pleasure of absinthe. So when his mistress, Anne, is murdered—and all evidence points to him—a foggy Gabriel cannot be sure he didn’t do it. His penance: to be forever denied love. Then in modern-day New Orleans he meets forensic scientist Sara Michaels... 

I had never heard of Erin McCarthy when I picked this book up so I really wasn't sure what I was getting into but I loved the cover so I figured that I would give it a try.  I have to admit that I was blown away.  Ms. McCarthy's characters are so real and  her descriptions place you right in the scene.  I discovered after I finished FALLEN that it is actually the second book in a series however this book is so well written that I didn't feel as though I missed a thing by not reading that first book.  Of course though, now I have pick up the first one.   It does touch on the Christian mythos but not really enough to detract from the story.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance.

I rate this book a 4.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Living Hell by Catherine Jinks

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All is well on the spaceship Plexus. Searching for a habitable planet, the few thousand residents are well taken care of by their ship.  The original passengers were carefully chosen as to make for a peaceful journey and that care shows in the next generation.  Every step of their day to day lives are planned and peaceful.   However once they go thru a radiation field, all bets are off.  Life just became a lot more interesting and not all in a good way.

I have to admit that I found this book rather slow going as far as a read.  This rather surprised me as I can usually whip through young adult books.  I think part of the problem is that I am really touchy about reading in first person.  It has to be with a deft touch and well I found it lacking in this story.  I do think that kids interested in science fiction might very well enjoy this book but it wasn't really my cup of tea.

I rate it a 3.


Library at the De La Salle College of Saint Be...Image via WikipediaWelcome to my new corner of the blogverse,  Since I am really starting to get back into reviewing,  I thought that it was only right and proper to set up a home for specifically for reviews.  Now I can't guarantee that I will only be reviewing books as I do get asked on occasion to try out other items but I will promise that all of the opinions will be my own.

So pull up a comfortable seat, and I will get us some tea.  Read any good books lately?