Review: “Blood and Ghosts” by Shira Anthony

TITLE: Blood and Ghosts
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony
SERIES: Blood
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Vampires
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 PAGES
RELEASE DATE: Apr 20, 2015
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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Sequel to Blood and Rain
With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.
On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.


Book two in the Blood series and I was on the edge of my seat. This book was incredible. I was so enthralled I dared anyone to interrupt me while reading this. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. This installment was much faster-paced than the first, so you really have to pay attention. This book will start tying things together that happened in book one. The time travel can be a little hard to follow at times. There’s just so much happening that a few times I had to go back and reread a page or two so I didn’t get lost. The storyline again in this is fantastic. The world building and the character development is top notch.

Adrien is now an immortal hunter. Secrets about his family history are beginning to be revealed. Adrien is starting to discover truths, and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks from all the changes that are being thrust at him. He has matured a lot in this book. He’s a jealous lover but also becoming his own man. He understands Nicolas’ need to follow the path he set for himself but did it have to come at the price of Adrien’s heart? While Nicolas is spending time with his betrothed before the blood bond that will tie them together for eternity, Adrien is training with his former hunter mentor, Roland. Roland is trying to get Adrien to learn that he has powers beyond his soul sword, but Adrien is struggling. He’s lost faith in his abilities and with the upcoming nuptials, he has no reason to continue as a hunter.

Francois is Adrien’s brother whom we met briefly in book one. He’s traumatized by what happened at the hands of the hunters. The nightmares haunt him, and all he wants is for Charles to let him go. Charles is finally learning that he deserves happiness and Francois is it for him. He knows he’ll seek revenge on those who hurt Francois… he’s just biding his time.

Nicolas, that sweet, sweet vampire. He believes in sacrificing his happiness for the good of the clans and the vampires as a whole. Bringing the two rival clans together for the sake of peace he feels is his duty. Secrets not only unfold for Adrien but for Nicolas as well. Nicolas discovers who he really is and about a past that only his brother Jean and his enemies are privy to. We don’t see a lot of Nicolas in book two. Not the way we know him in book one, and that’s where the time travel comes into play. He’s still formidable as an ancient, but he’s not the same Nicolas we’ve come to love.

This book has a lot of twists and turns. The characters and plot are getting more complex, but the way the author expertly weaves it, you’ll be hooked. Definitely a page-turner and I couldn’t wait to get to book three. Highly recommend. This book is not a stand-alone. You most definitely need to read book one first. Happy reading.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Twice Bitten” by Rayna Vause

TITLE: Twice Bitten
AUTHOR: Rayna Vause
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: April Martinez
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy; Vampires
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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With a new species of vampire stalking the streets, the stakes are high. But that’s not the only reason hearts are on the line.
Danny Reynolds thought Kieran McCade was the one—true love and hot lust forever—until Danny found out Kier’s bloody secret and ran away screaming. Months later, Danny is facing his own paranormal crisis, and he needs Kieran’s help, but are there enough ways to apologize for breaking a vampire’s heart?
Nothing about Danny’s transformation is normal—not the attack that led to it, and not the symptoms Danny’s plagued with—but being in close proximity to Kieran is even worse than becoming a thing that goes bump in the night. Danny and Kieran aren’t the only things threatening to bump each other off, though. Secret organizations and clashing vigilante agendas want to get their hands on Danny. His only hope is to find a fix for his problem before he’s either captured or his abnormal transition starves him to death.
Danny and Kieran might have a real chance to repair their broken romance… but only if they keep Danny alive!


Danny Reynolds is a human who’s been attacked by a rogue Vampire one night after leaving work. This attack wasn’t normal, and after Danny barely made it out of the fight alive, he started to have weird symptoms. The only person who can help him is his ex-boyfriend, Kieran McCade, a vampire. The problem is that when Danny had found out what Kieran was, he ran away from their relationship, hurting Kieran in the process.

Between his symptoms that are life-threatening for Danny, a dangerous group of people hunt him down to hurt if not kill him and Kieran, who’s still angry and hurting, Danny doesn’t know if he will survive.
A second chance might be possible but at what cost?
Twice Bitten by Rayna Vause is the first book that I’ve read from her, and it will definitely not be the last.

I adored this book. It was a super good read.
Danny and Kier were madly in love and had been together for six months until Danny found out what Kier was. Danny hated vampires back then, and felt betrayed, so he ran away from Kier and their love. But when he was in danger, alone and scared, Danny went to see the only person who could help him. I loved Danny. I loved his honesty. He acknowledged that he hurt Kier, and he regretted it profoundly. He tried to prove to Kier that he was worth a second chance. I loved him because he was honest with himself and dealt with it.

Kier was hurt, really hurt, and as tough as he can be for a vampire, Danny had this power over him, and he broke his heart. But when Danny came to see him asking his help, Kier didn’t turn his back. I was completely enamored with Kier. He’s loyal and honest. He’s kind and protective, and he’s strong and sensitive. I was soooooo team Kier.

The plot was good and the story well written. In a world where vampires and humans live together (kind of), the relationship between the two species isn’t simple. Some humans (called Purity) want to eradicate vampires, and some Vampires (the Rogues) want to use humans as their personal meals. I loved this because it was well written, dynamic and very fluid. I didn’t have any problem following the story through the plot, and I was completely captivated. The book isn’t only focused on Danny and Kier. The subplot with the Vampire / human relationship, with all that implied, was captivating and interesting, I was hooked by it. The secondary characters are good, loveable and I wanted to know more about Aiden and Rogan.

I don’t know if this book is a standalone or the first of a series. For me it can be the first book of a series, there’s a lot of potential, and the author wrote this book very well. At least, I hope to have a book with Aiden and Rogan, even a standalone (dear new author of my heart, there’s a hint here for you).

I recommend this book, it’s a good romance/action’s book, and you’ll have a great a time as I had.

4 OptimuMM’s for The Vamp and his Librarian!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Taming War ” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: Taming War
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: A Loving Nip
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Vampire; Paranormal;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 93 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017
PRICE: $3.82 e-book / $5.50 -paperback
  

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Just a little Love Bite: When the unexpected happens, it doesn’t always mean the end.

When the Horseman of War decides to have a little fun and he accompanies a favored demon into the human realm to join in a skirmish, he never expects to meet a vampire that jumpstarts his libido. A romp with Monte Hanover would be fun, passionate, and maybe even worthy of a repeat…after they finish the battle, of course. To his surprise, he helps rescue a prairie dog shifter that brings out protective instincts he didn’t even know he was capable of. Unfortunately, little Xerxes turns out to be Monte’s beloved. Scratching his itch with either man seems unlikely. Then, the unthinkable happens, and he realizes without his intervention, it would mean the death of both men. Can he take that leap? Or will War decide two lives, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t really worth the changes he’d need to make?


This was a very charming and sexy read. The author did a great job of getting right to the characters and getting me intrigued from the get go. Even though this is book 12 of this set of the series, I felt good about the focused characters in this book. I must say I will be reading the series now because I really enjoyed this book.

First, I got to meet War, one of the Horseman of the Apocalypse. He is listening in on a conversation that Monte, the vampire, is having with the master vampires. See, War has the hots for Monte, but Monte can’t stand the sight of War. War is there to help the vampires fight a war with priests that want to wipe out the vampires. The master vampire, Dante, has paired Monte and War together for the next mission. Monte is really trying to get out of the arrangement.

War is seven and a half feet tall with red eyes, large horns and huge bat-like wings of pure sexiness. He teases Monte constantly, and Monte turns him down at every turn. Before entering the war zone, War kissed Monte with such passion, Monte couldn’t fight it. He couldn’t hide the lust he felt. And just like that, they go to the war zone and slay priests around every corner.

As War makes it to where the prisoners are held, he discovers a priest that overly enjoys torturing people, we get to meet Xerxus. He’s the adorable prairie dog shifter. He has been blinded from torture. He’s a scared little thing, but as soon as War rescues him, he snuggles right up to him. As Monte enters the cage, it is apparent that him and Xerxus are mates.

That’s where I will leave you all hanging. I love these characters and their chemistry and their struggles. This story will have you feeling scared for them, feeling love for them but you will also feel happy. And the hotness in this book will have you wiggling in your seat.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Hated Finn” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: The Hated Finn
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Wolves of Stone Ridge
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Vampire
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book / $ 11.2 -paperback
  

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Out of the Cage: A cage of the mind can manifest in unusual ways.

Viktor Minsky spent months recovering after having been captured and tortured for information about his friend. While he still bears the scars, he’s proud that no matter how they’d beaten and starved him, he’d never caved. After Viktor joins a group of vampires and shifters to free captured shifters, he’s charged with tracking down several of the vendors that deliver supplies to the facility. When Viktor stops at the ostrich farm that supplied the meat to the scientists, he meets the owner, Finn O’Riley. Not only is Viktor shocked to discover the man is a shifter, but the scent of Finn’s blood causes his mouth to water. He suspects the shifter is his beloved, the other half of his soul, but Finn’s response to his appearance bluntly proves that he wants nothing to do with him. Can Viktor learn if Finn’s hostility is caused because he’s in league with the scientists, or is it caused by something else entirely?


I really liked The Hated Finn by Charlie Richards.

This is the 39th book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, but it’s the first book that I’ve read. Aside from being bombarded by a ton of names and their positions during the first chapter which was kind of overwhelming since I didn’t know any of them, the author did a great job of filling in all of the blanks, so I wasn’t lost for long.

This book’s about Finn who’s an Ostrich shifter and Viktor who’s a vampire who has joined a group of vampires and shifters that are planning to raid the Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals because they were doing illegal testing on the paranormal community and they wanted to free all of the captive shifters. Afterward, Viktor’s charged with checking their suppliers to find out if they had been helping Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals. While investigating one of the meat suppliers, Viktor stumbles across Finn who might be his beloved. However, Finn has a deep fear of vampires and wolves. I loved how persistent Viktor was in pursuing Finn when he realized that Finn might be his beloved.
I did like how Finn rationalized being an Ostrich shifter that likes to eat Ostrich meat and how it wasn’t cannibalization because he’s just a shifter whose animal to call is an Ostrich. It makes me chuckle just thinking about it.

The hated Finn was well written. It had a great plot and was nicely edited, and it had plenty of steamy hot scenes to go with it. Definitely my kind of story.

**** The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ****

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Review: “Dead Camp 1” by Sean Kerr

TITLE: Dead Camp 1
AUTHOR: Sean Kerr
SERIES: Dead Camp Series
PUBLISHER: Extasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Vampire; Paranormal; Abuse
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book
  

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li is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend, Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.

When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice – return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.


Let me start by saying this author has a brilliant mind. His imagination took me on such a journey and had me captivated for the entire book. I can’t even begin to imagine the research he had to do for this first installment. The way this author engaged all my emotions is mind blowing. I could be laughing one minute and crying the next and then scared the very next.

This story is set in the WW2 era within Germany during Hitler and the Holocaust. There are many creatures in this story anywhere from good to evil. We have Eli the vampire that’s locked himself off from the real world in his castle. He lives with the funny and campy ghost, Malachi. These reminded me of an old married couple with their bickering but in a good funny way. Then the angel, Daniyyel shows up and changes things up.

Then there’s the gorgeous soldier, Ethan that Eli rescues and brings him back to the castle. It’s there that we learn of Isaiah’s books, Ethan’s father. I learned of Isaiah’s demise with demons and the loss of Eva, his wife. Eli feels a deep lust and connection with Ethan, and this drives Malachi crazy. Malachi has been in love with Eli for a very long time.

Eli is damaged and broken hearted. He uses sarcasm to keep from feeling real feelings and has an ego that gets him in trouble. Gideon was his true love and is the reason for his broken heart. Eli is lovable also with a high sex drive, but not many see this side of him.

There are so many characters, I can’t even tell you about them all. What I can tell you is that these characters are interconnected, and the flow this author has throughout this book is amazing. There are twist and turns, good vs. evil and jaw-dropping scenery.

This author has won me over as a fan for life. I found this story riveting, mouth-watering, terrifying and had my full attention from beginning to end.

I would recommend this to book to the not so weary. This book contains historical events, horror, gore, passion, rollercoaster of emotions and, of course, hot MM sex scenes and some MF sex scenes.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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