Lazy Day

Yesterday was mine. Completely mine. No cleaning, no making supper, no errands or telemarketer calls. I hid in my bedroom and read – pretty much all day and all evening. And it was lovely. I did manage to get my print copy of Nalini Singh‘s Wolf Rain delivered on Monday, so I started that one ASAP and finished up on Tuesday. Tuesday evening was spent on Christine Feehan‘s Shadow Warrior. And Tuesday night was spent on these little insta-love stories from Alexa Riley and Fiona Davenport. I think I read maybe 8 or 10 of those – the Hollywood series including Muse, Starlet, Heiress and Daredevil, and The Princesses books. Needless to say, I am pretty groggy and cross-eyed today, but it was well worth it.

What did you think about this week’s big releases? Did you dive right in?

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Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Wow, cover lover posts used to be pretty much a weekly occurrence, but now it is more like a monthly thing. Weird. Anyways, I do have a few to share with you, so let’s get started.

First up is Leopard’s Wrath from Christine Feehan. It is the 11th book of the Leopard People series, and it will be released on November 5th.

leopards wrathSynopsis…

He’s a man used to getting what he wants, but she’s not the type of woman to take things lying down….

Born into a life of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It’s constantly trying to claw its way to the surface—until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it’s only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he’d rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own….

Considering her family’s history, Ania Dover should know better than to get mixed up with a criminal like Mitya, but she just can’t stay away. Something wild in her responds to his presence. A need so strong it scares her. But she’s not sure she can accept what he’s offering. Ania has always been an independent woman, and Mitya expects to be obeyed in all things.

Even with her body calling out for his, Ania won’t let anything stop her from settling a deadly score years in the making—not even the man who wants to claim her as his mate.

And this second one comes from Donna Grant. Fever is the 16th release from the Dark Kings series, and it will be out on October 29th.

feverSynopsis…

His kiss was fire and passion. She shivered, wondering how he knew just how to touch her, to
send her spiraling into an abyss of pleasure…

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows—and existing only in the world of dreams—is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.

Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces—in the name of love?

Cover number three comes from Larissa Ione. She will be releasing a new Demonica story called Reaper on October 15th.

reaperSynopsis…

He is the Keeper of Souls. Judge, jury, and executioner. He is death personified.

He is the Grim Reaper.

A fallen angel who commands the respect of both Heaven and Hell, Azagoth has presided over his own underworld realm for thousands of years. As the overlord of evil souls, he maintains balance crucial to the existence of life on Earth and beyond. But as all the realms gear up for the prophesied End of Days, the ties that bind him to Sheoul-gra have begun to chafe.

Now, with his beloved mate and unborn child the target of an ancient enemy, Azagoth will stop at nothing to save them, even if it means breaking blood oaths and shattering age-old alliances.

Even if it means destroying himself and setting the world on fire…

I wasn’t actually sure if this next one falls into a category that I cover here on my blog, but I am going to make an executive decision and add it. I think. Author Leigh Bardugo is releasing her first adult book, Ninth House, on October 1st. And it has me intrigued.

ninth houseSynopsis…

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Hm, what next? Let’s do Air Born. It is the third book of The Guardians series from Rayanne Haines, and it will be out on May 22nd. I quite enjoyed the first two books of the series, so I will definitely be picking this one up.

air bornSynopsis…

Quinn Taleisin hates secrets, and shadows, and subterfuge. Which is why she still can’t believe she agreed to become a member of the Guardians, an elite force of immortals tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world.

Sounds great, except, to be a guardian you must agree to live in secrecy. Quinn is a wind elemental. Being caged in by secrecy is worse than death for someone like her. She can’t imagine a worse fate—until she’s asked to work with Lachon Findel, the man she holds responsible for her mother’s death and her father’s insanity.

Lachon is the oldest living elemental in the world. Known as Lachon the Law, he’s an earth element; a man who sees the world in black and white, right and wrong. So maybe once, briefly, a hundred years ago she thought he was a good guy. She knew better now. No way would she fall for his savior of the world shtick.

When the dangers of the past catch up with them, Quinn realizes the only way either of them will make it out alive is if she can put the ghosts of the past behind her and finally trust the flesh and blood man in front of her.

Kristen Painter also has a new one coming out in the near future. The Trouble With Witches is the first book of her new Shadowvale series, and it will be released on May 12th.

the trouble with witchesSynopsis…

Shadowvale isn’t typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.

No one knows this as well as raven shifter Deacon Evermore, who, like everyone in his family, has a curse. While his position as Shadowvale’s peacekeeper lets him use that curse for good, he’d rather live anywhere else. He stays for his family, but doubts he can last much longer.

Fledgling witch Emeranth Greer is determined to escape her past and make a fresh start in Shadowvale with the aunt she’s never met. Her aunt and the town prove to be far better than she imagined. There’s no way Em is leaving this magical place. Especially when staying means more time with the handsome Deacon.

But when Em’s troubled past catches up with her and nearly destroys the romance budding between her and Deacon, her instinct is to run again. Except there’s magic in the mix now and the town won’t let her leave. Only Deacon can save her, but can a cursed man clear her name…or will her history destroy them both?

And the final one for today comes from author D.B. Reynolds. Lachlan is the 13th title in the Vampires In America series, and it will be out on April 26th.

lachlanSynopsis…

Lethal and charismatic, vampire Lachlan McRae woke on his first night to death and devastation—his clan slaughtered, his fortress destroyed. One hundred and fifty years later, driven to avenge the murder of everyone he loved, he’s ready to hunt down and kill the one vampire who was behind it all—Erskine Ross, the Vampire Lord of Scotland.

Beautiful, smart, and cool under pressure, Julia Harper is determined to prove she’s more than a child of wealth and privilege. When a lifelong friend is murdered by vampires, she steps out of her role as an analyst for the CIA, and sets out to take down one of the most powerful men in Scotland—the deadly Erskine Ross.

Recruited by a friend to arrange contact between Lachlan and her best friend Cyn’s mate, the powerful Vampire Lord Raphael, Julia soon discovers that she and Lachlan want the same thing . . . Erskine’s death. But when Erskine sets out to kill Julia instead, she and Lachlan find themselves fighting for her life, and for a love that neither one of them can trust.

There you have it. Any must reads? Anything new catching your eye? Which cover is your favorite?

Pick of the Week

Happy Tuesday, folks. It is time to take a look at my most anticipated book for this week, and it comes from Christine Feehan. Toxic Game is the 15th book of the Ghostwalkers series, which for the most part has been a favorite series since way back when.

toxic gameSynopsis…

On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible—or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won’t risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out in a blaze of glory….

Shylah Cosmos’s mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker—and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he’s hit by a lucky shot, she can’t stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she’s exposed herself to the virus.

There’s no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they’ve found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they’ve never felt more alive.

If I am being completely honest, while I (pretty much always) have liked this series, and as I have mentioned numerous times it was this very series that got me into reading PNR, I wasn’t completely excited for Toxic Game. It was still a pre-order, release-day read, but I didn’t have any big sense of anticipation for it. And I ended up being very pleasantly surprised.

This was a very different feeling Ghostwalkers book, and that is a good thing. First off, I really liked both of the main characters, which doesn’t always happen. Shylah wasn’t a traumatized doormat, and Draden wasn’t a chest-thumping asshole. They were different-but-equal, which is a rare treat. The story was more personal, more intimate, and way more believable, as strange as that sounds. Nobody glowed in the dark, or communicated with toasters, or shot laser beams out of their eyes. That has been something that has been kind of bugging me for a while now – the powers have grown to be so completely over the top that it makes me do the epic eye roll of doom. A lot. But here, while both Shylah and Draden are powerful, for me what they could do worked. So, for me, Toxic Game was a pick of the week that ended up being a complete winner.

Are you picking up Toxic Game? Did you notice a difference between this one and the last few books like I did? What did you think?

 

Covers, Delays and a Look Ahead

I haven’t really had enough of any one thing to make a post for the last couple of weeks, so I figured I would just car-pool everything into one messed-up catch-all post instead. Let’s start with the bad news…

  • It looks like Wicked Bite has been pushed back. Jeaniene Frost posted that something wasn’t quite right with the book, and so she had to do extensive re-writes which lead to a new release date of January 28th, 2020. So, we have to wait an extra 6 months for Ian and Veritas, but it isn’t too long extra.
  • Christine Warren‘s next one is a bit of another story. Her next Alphaville book, Your Lion Eyes, was originally scheduled for an end-of-December 2018 release, then it was delayed until June 2019. Right now, though, Amazon is listing it as a December 2020 release. It is unfortunate, because I always seem to just get involved in one of her series, and then the long delays start and throw me off.

Oh, and I have the blurb for the next Black Dagger Legacy book from JR Ward, too. Blood Truth is due out on August 13th…

“As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female…who changes his life forever.

Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?”

And now onto the covers. I have four new ones to share, starting with the second Gods of War book from Gena Showalter, Frost and Flame. It has a release date of September 17th, 2019.

frost and flame

This second one is from JD Robb‘s In Death series. Vendetta in Death is the 49th book (yes, 49th), and it has a release date of August 1st.

vendetta in deathSynopsis…

The predator becomes the prey in the newest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas.

She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.

The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims—but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.

Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled…

This 3rd one is from Jeffe Kennedy. The Orchid Throne is the first book of the Forgotten Empire series.

the orchid throneSynopsis…

Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.

A PRISONER OF FATE

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people
free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

This final one for today comes from author Maxym Martineau. Kingdom of Exiles is the first book in the new Beast Charmer series.

kingdom of exilesSynopsis…

Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin’s Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins…not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

So, this post is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Do you have any tidbits to add?

The Year So Far

There were a few stories that I was looking forward to in the early days of 2019, and since we are well-past spoiler time I would see what you thought of them.

prisoner of nightLast year, I really enjoyed J.R. Ward‘s Dearest Ivie novella from the Black Dagger Legacy series – and that made me excited for the next one, Prisoner of Night, which was released on January 7th. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this one. At all. I tried a few times to get into it, but it just didn’t happen and I DNF’d at about the half-way point. I plan on getting through it when I managed the BDB re-read at some point in my future, but right now I don’t feel any urge.

summoned to thirteenth graveSummoned to Thirteenth Grave was a biggie. The final book in any series has a lot of baggage with it, but I was all for Darynda Jones wrapping this one up. I have said before that as much as I like the Charley Davidson books, I did cool a bit on them once the whole God angle cropped up. It made the storyline more convoluted and hard to follow (at least for me), and didn’t flow as well. And I didn’t feel the connection as much between Charley and Reyes, either. But the supporting gang was great as always, and there was a ton going on. Maybe it was just me, but I almost felt that there was too much going on, and the wrap up felt…rushed? Not sure if that was what it was, but I am still on-board for a Beep and Osh spin off. Hopefully.

9780451490148_VengeanceRoad_FCO_mech.inddAnd my final big read for January was Vengeance Road from Christine Feehan. Yeah. This one is tough. I love everything Sea Haven based, but this story hammered home a couple of truths for me. One is that I am probably not a fan of MC stories. Not sure what doesn’t quite work for me, but the vibe feels off. And I completely, absolutely, utterly despise the term “old lady”. With a burning passion, I hate that expression. I know that in the MC world it is a thing, but it just comes off as so crude and disrespectful (even though it isn’t meant in that way – I think it is meant as a compliment). My father made the mistake of using it once – ONCE – in the presence of my mother, and if he didn’t know what he was before he said it he did when she got done with him. Let’s just say it was never, ever uttered again.

Another thing that I have been realizing for a while now is that I am kind of getting done with the tortured past storyline. I don’t mean something bad in a character’s backstory – that’s a given – but I mean the rape and torture since childhood thing like every Torpedo Ink character has (it was what finally made me give up my Dark-Hunter marathon, too). I am no delicate flower, but to see each character abused worse than the last is putting me through the ringer. And it is giving the characters hang-ups and kinks that I don’t usually go for in my reading, too. I don’t expect unicorns and rainbows, but I think I am hitting the point where enough is enough. Same with the whole human trafficking/kidnapped and raped kids that is going on in the background. I need a break.

But I am still on the Sea Haven train, even though it might not sound like it. I guess it is like an addiction that I just can’t shake – and there is something about them that I do like. But let’s just say I am not sad there there is only one book released a year. And give me a few months, and I will be looking forward to the next one, I’m sure.

Did you check any of these out? What did you think?

Pick of the Week

Ok. So, I have a weird relationship with Christine Feehan books. As I have said way, way too many times, it was her books that got me both back into reading after a years-long break, and introduced me to the whole idea of Paranormal Romance (I had been a historical romance junkie for years before I quit reading altogether). That means that they have a unique place in my reading life, and no matter how much my tastes and interests change I just can’t shake my Feehan habit. Of all of the series, anything related to the Sea Haven world is my absolute favorite. And that means my pick for this week is Torpedo Ink #2, Vengeance Road.

9780451490148_VengeanceRoad_FCO_mech.inddSynopsis…

Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club—and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone.

As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash.

Now, Steele won’t let her walk away twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again—especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined…

I actually started this one late last night, and read way, way into this morning. While Vengeance Road has two things that usually completely DO NOT work for me – a redo on a previous relationship and a kid – I’m not minding this one. I am probably about half-way through, and not minding it so far. But…nothing has really happened yet, either. The action probably picks up soon-ish, but to this point it has pretty much been relationship angst and working through old issues. I am interested to see where it goes from here.

Are you checking out Vengeance Road? I’m not sure whose story is up next, but I do know the next book will be called Fury Road, and it will be released next January.

Cover Lover – Dark Illusion

So, yeah. I found the cover for Christine Feehan‘s next Carpathian book, Dark Illusion, over at Goodreads today. Yeah. I actually thought this was a fan made cover, but it was also posted on the author’s Facebook page. Yeah. This one will be released on September 3rd.

9781984803467_DarkIllusion_FCO_mech.inddSynopsis…

A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija’s attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back—and those who hunt her are close behind…

After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can’t believe he’s finally found his lifemate—the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai’s intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster.

As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians…

Alright. I was very…circumspect. What is your opinion on this latest Carpathian cover? Let’er rip.

Cover Lover – Shadow Warrior

Hm, two cover lover posts in a row after a bit of a dry spell. Maybe things are picking up heading into the new year. This time around, the cover is Christine Feehan‘s Shadow Warrior, the forth book of the Shadows series. Is it just me, or do you find it hard to believe that we are already four books in? It still feels like a new series to me, for some reason.

This book focuses on my favorite of the brothers, Vittorio. I’m not really excited for either Emme or Taviano’s books, just because they seem like they will involve a couple of different formulas that I don’t really like (the already ongoing romance when the book starts, and the older man and the abused young girl. Eh). But Vittorio? He interests me. This one has a release date of June 4th.

9781984803528_ShadowWarrior_FCO_mech.inddSynopsis…

Vittorio Ferraro is a man whose family loyalty knows no bounds. He would die for his siblings and the people they love, but what he really wants is to start a family of his own. Deep down, Vittorio has always known finding a woman who could ride shadows would be nearly impossible—let alone one who could accept his particular needs—and he never expected to find her in the middle of a kidnapping.…

Grace Murphy has always been drawn to Vittorio Ferraro—or at least to the billionaire’s public bad-boy persona. Now that she’s under his protection and the sole focus of his intense caring, she can’t help wanting to get as close to him as possible. But Grace knows her presence is putting the entire Ferraro family in danger. Her monster of a brother will never let her go, but Vittorio has no intention of losing the woman whose shadow matches his own.

Are you looking forward to this one? Do you have a favorite Ferraro sibling?

Reading Wrap Up

It’s been a while since I was around, so I thought I might do up a reading wrap up post to see what you thought on some recent releases from the last month or so.

LionheartI picked up Lionheart from Thea Harrison, and it feels like it has been forever since there was anything new from the Elder Races world. I liked this one way more than I thought I would, which is always a plus. It wasn’t a book I was particularly excited for, for whatever reason, but it was another good, solid story that had a few decent cameos from the original Wyr gang back in New York. I just wish that we knew what was coming next.

shadow and iceAnd then there was Shadow and Ice from Gena Showalter. I mentioned this one before, and sadly things didn’t change. I had to DNF this one, which is something that I might do to a book maybe twice a year. The whole tone of the book rubbed me wrong. Quip quip quip. More quips. Hair flip. Growl. Quip. It was just a big no. What did surprise me when I looked on Goodreads to see if I was just being bitchy about is was how divided people were in their reactions. It seems like it is all either 5 star reviews…or DNF’s. And there are a lot of DNF’s for it, which I haven’t really noticed for a Gena Showalter book before. The sad thing is is that I really wanted to like it, but I guess you can’t win them all.

Shades of Wicked CR: Avon

So, Shades of Wicked from Jeaniene Frost. To say I was excited for Ian’s story would be a bit of an understatement, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sometimes, for me, when a side character I really like gets their own story it can become too much of a good thing, and some of the charm can wear off. Or their character gets watered down. Thankfully, that didn’t happen here at all – Ian was Ian, and it was great. Loved Veritas, too, which is a bonus. Now starting the countdown to Wicked Bite.

USA_Archangels_Prophecy_Cover_-_CopyArchangel’s Prophecy was a bit tricky. I know some were a bit miffed by the cliffhanger ending – that didn’t bother me. And I can’t say that I didn’t like it – but I didn’t love it, either. I can’t put my finger on why, but it felt like there were things going on that I just couldn’t get interested in. Like the Favashi and Harrison arcs – they weren’t bad, but I just wasn’t invested in them. Which meant that I big portion of the book didn’t really grab me. I didn’t skim, but there were times I was tempted. Still a solid book, but just not my favorite from Nalini Singh.

36188722_10157537628422598_9214164022109143040_nI also read the latest Leopard People book from Christine Feehan, Leopard’s Run. Not much to say about this one. It was ok. Maybe I was just in a mood, but there wasn’t much in way of story going on, just lots of mating issues. I did LOL at the cats having names – well, not the cats. Ashe’s cat – Godiva. Godiva? Seriously. I did a serious eye-roll every single time someone referenced Godiva. Lord. It was good for a cringe-laugh, though.

39320167And finally, there is my hands-down winner, Diamond Fire. This is only a novella, but it works so well as a transition from Nevada to Catalina’s story. Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy series is probably my favorite series going, which is saying something, but even so this was a great story. If this little story is any indication, I might even like Catalina’s character more than Nevada’s…and her powers are awesome. During the first three books, I kind of thought she got the dud magic, but that is a big no. Not at all. My most anticipated book by a long, long way for next year? Catalina’s first full book, Sapphire Flames.

Your turn. What did you think of some of the recent releases? Did anything stand out to you – good or bad?

Cover Lover – Vengeance Road

It has been a week or two of cover reveals, and this time around it is Christine Feehan‘s Vengeance Road. This is the second book of her Torpedo Ink series, and it will be released on January 29th. I really do like this cover the more that I stare at it – and yes, I have been staring.

9780451490148_VengeanceRoad_FCO_mech.inddSynopsis…

Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club—and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone.

As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash.

Now, Steele won’t let her walk away twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again—especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagine.

Ok. I have to say it. Breezy? Uh, sure. I have heard worse names (as long as she doesn’t control the wind. Then all bets are off). Lora Leigh has some doozies – Gypsy Rum and Candy Sweet McQuade come to mind – but Christine has a couple of eye-rollers, too. Airiana the Air elemental always makes me snicker. What are your most cringe-worthy character names? Any that stand out?