Pick of the Week

I would love to be all bold and creative and have an unexpected pick of the week, but it just isn’t happening. Any time Ilona Andrews has a release out there just isn’t much choice. Even though I got an ARC of Wildfire, I was still on the countdown to open the ipad and see the “real” book – plus, I got my hardcover copy yesterday, too. Bonus.

wildfireSynopsis…

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Feel free to discuss in the comments section – spoilers welcome. And there is a lot to talk about. Happy reading!

New Series Alerts

Let’s be completely honest – not too many of us are thinking about much reading-related stuff other than tomorrow’s release of Wildfire from Ilona Andrews (on a side note, I got my hardcover copy this morning. Beauty). But, there is a new series starting up this week as well, and it is from author Carole Mortimer. I remember her from way, way back, but I don’t ever remember her publishing anything with a PNR bent until now. Nathaniel is the first book of the Dragon Hearts series, and it will be out on July 28th.

nathanielSynopsis…

Warriors, from the mists of time?
Dragons, of myth and legend?
Or both?

Taking a much-needed holiday in North Wales, journalist Chloe Evans discovers a castle not listed on any of the dozen or so maps she has of the area. The nearest thing she can find is the remains of a castle that used to be there but crumbled into ruin many centuries before. Her curiosity getting the better of her, Chloe decides to find out more about this imposing grey stone castle and anyone who might live there.

The locals, she discovers, call it Pendragon Castle. When Chloe asks them more probing questions some say there are half a dozen male members of the original family still in residence, and that they’re brothers. Others claim there to be more, or less, than that number. But all, without fail, describe those men as being big and muscular, more handsome than any man has a right to be, with eyes capable of mesmerizing and seducing any woman who falls under their spell. Some of those people add a knowing wink, others a warning not to venture too near the castle, and to certainly keep her distance from the men living there.

Visitors staying at the same small hotel as Chloe talk of seeing bright lights and helicopters landing on the mountain late at night, and of hearing strange noises that sound like the roars of wild animals.

There was a story here, Chloe was certain of it.

Whatever the mystery is regarding Pendragon Castle and the men who live there, Chloe decides she isn’t leaving Wales until she’s discovered exactly what’s going on.

While exploring the area around the castle, Chloe is challenged by the dark and taciturn Nathaniel. A man who fits the description of the castle’s inhabitants exactly: well over six feet tall, handsome as sin, with shoulders wide enough to fill a doorway, and eyes the colour of the clearest emerald.

The moment she gazes into those mesmerizing green eyes Chloe realises she should have run while she still could.

Book two will be called Deryk, and it will be out this September.

Did anyone else read Carole Mortimer Harlequins? It has been years, but I do remember picking up every one of hers that I could find. I would probably grab this one just for the nostalgia factor, but unfortunately I completely loathe female-reporter lead characters in a story. It might be irrational, but they drive me nuts – usually to the point where I can’t even enjoy the rest of the story. What makes you nuts in a book? Any particular character type or setting that you just can’t get past?

Wildfire Review

I am very grateful to Larissa, a fellow Hidden Legacy fan, who sent over her review for the upcoming third book, Wildfire. Not to panic, because there are officially “only” three books announced so far, but Ilona Andrews has said that the series will continue in one form or another. Trust me, when you get to the end of Wildfire, you will still be wanting more. Anyways, mark your calendars, since Wildfire will be released on July 25th.

wildfireWhat Larissa said…

Have you ever read a book or a series that made you feel like you could just read stories in that world, with those characters, forever?

That’s how the incredible writing duo that goes by Ilona Andrews, made me feel. The pages were running out and I felt my heart breaking, hoping for just one more so that I would not have to say goodbye to these people. However, that inevitable end arrived and I am having difficulty expressing what it meant to me to be part of that world, even if it was for just a few hours.

I was about to start “Wildfire” when I decided to refresh my memory regarding the events of “Burn for me” and “White Hot”. I just wanted to take a pick at the last chapters of both books when an overwhelming feeling came over me and I had to re-read them. Which was an absolute joy, even though I am not really a fan of re-reads and only a few special series have been worthy of it for me.

When I finally got to “Wildfire”, I told myself I was ready for whatever Ilona would through at me, but was I wrong. If “White Hot” felt like a roller coaster, “Wildfire” is like getting sucked into a tornado, being out of control and loving every single minute of it.

Andrews writes both families and children so well, that you feel like these people are real and you want them to part of your life. Nevada and Connor are marvelous protagonists, but I feel Ilona really shines in writing  the people around them. Those relationships are what help define the main characters without just telling us who they are supposed to be.

A lot happens is “Wildfire” and I really don’t want to ruin this extraordinary experience with spoilers. I will just say that if you enjoyed “Burn for me” and “White Hot”, you will absolutely love this new installment in the Hidden Legacies series. There is romance, non-stop action, twists and turns, laugh out loud moments, family conflict and so much more.

If you enjoy Urban fantasy with incredible world building and amazing characters, you have to check out this series! I just hope we see more books in it, because I already miss this world with a passion!

Let me just put it out there that I loved all three of the books. I haven’t had a series grab me right from the start like this one did since…ever. It shot to the very, very top of my favorites right from the first book. Like top three, right up there with Kate Daniels and the Psy Changelings. Now the stalking begins as I hunt for info on what is to come.

Reading Wrap Up

envyIt has been a while since one of these posts, and I have a few decent books to talk about. I am up to the third book in J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series, Envy. I find myself liking these books more as I go on, and I am trying my best to avoid spoilers even though I have heard things here or there. I wasn’t really planning on liking Envy for some reason, but I found this one hard to put down. Let me say straight off the bat that Davina is one creepy but oddly entertaining piece of work, and if the rumors I hear are true about her making an appearance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, things will be getting interesting.

Oh, I also did re-re (meh, probably re again) reads of both White Hot and Wildfire from Ilona Andrews. Honestly, I think they get better the more you read them. I can’t say much I haven’t already gushed about before, but there is a reason that they were both the books of their respective months by such a huge margin.

imitation in deathNo matter how many In Death books from J.D. Robb I read, I don’t get bored. Those suckers are like crack – you can’t put them down. Even though I am nearing 20 books in, I am still excited to get back into the world, see what the characters are up to, and just get involved in the mystery. This go round I tackled Imitation in Death, number 17, which not only had a good solid storyline, but lots of development for some of the secondary characters. I do try and pace myself, but it is sometimes hard to not just pull a monster marathon and blow through a bunch of them. I like having them to look forward to.

the red lilyAnd I ended up liking the “blind buy” purchase I made last week, which was The Black Lily from Juliette Cross. In fact, once I finished that one, I dove straight into the second book, . I have been hit or miss with fairytale retellings, but so far so good. The first one is loosely based on Cinderella, and the second one on Little Red Riding Hood. It does make me wonder what’s next, though. Maybe Sleeping Beauty (or Rapunzel) based on Mina, or maybe Beauty and the Beast for Riker? Who knows, but I will be keeping an eye out for it.

That wraps things up for me. How about you? What have you been reading lately? Any big hits or misses? Any books from favorite series you have treated yourself to?

Book of the Month

Yep, this is coming way late, but it is time to take a look ahead and see what is heading our way for July. Honestly, unless I missed a whole bunch of books, there just isn’t that many titles coming in July. There are a couple I am looking forward to, and one big, big release, but other than that it will be a catch-up month. As always, I have picked a few titles to add to the poll, but a complete list of July’s releases can be found HERE. If you have a different choice for book of the month, just click “Other” and leave your selection in the comments section.

 

Yeah, so I am just going to go ahead and say that it is a pretty sure thing that Wildfire will be the monster winner. At this point, it might be smarter to ask what other book are you looking forward to. My second favorite would have to be Fury of Surrender from Coreene Callahan – it feels like forever since there has been a new book from the Dragonfury series.

Checking in on Hidden Legacy

I have been expanding the Hidden Legacy character guide to add a breakdown of known Houses, different magical abilities, that sort of thing. Things are a bit disorganized at the moment, but I will be proofing and editing it shortly.  I am almost finished with my re-re-re-read of White Hot, so I should have that info added in the next couple of days, too. So, like I did with the Elder Races series when I was updating it, I thought I would check in and see where you all stand with this latest Ilona Andrews series.

I haven’t made any secret of my raging love affair with it, and it seems pretty much everyone is feeling the love like I am. Did White Hot live up to your expectations? What would you like to see happen in Wildfire?

Reading Wrap Up

silver-silenceSooo, I am back from my little book-based vacation, where I devoured Silver Silence in, well, complete silence. All by myself, no noise, no tv, just peace and quiet and a great book. It was heaven. I loved Silver Silence, but I expected nothing less from a Nalini Singh book. The bears were a great addition to the world, and I hope we get back to them soon. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Pavel and Arwen novella in our future, either. Maybe Bo up next? That would be great, since it has been a while since a human was in the mix.

I also pulled a re-read of White Hot – and loved it just as much this time around. That is one hell of a world Ilona Andrews has created, and it has honestly jumped to the top of my favorites list…I might go so far as to say it could be my absolute favorite, beating out even the Psy/Changelings and Kate Daniels. Bold statement, but it just might be true.

the-darkest-promiseOh, then there is The Darkest Promise from Gena Showalter. I managed to get a solid start on that one, too, but…eh. The humor is falling flat, I don’t have much interest in the characters or the world, and the romance just isn’t doing it for me. I am skimming over pages, which is bad when you are only a third of the way in, and I find myself a bit bored and feeling like I have read it all before. Honestly, it might just be that I read and re-read two great books just before it, but at this point I keep thinking that either the series should change direction or just wrap it up. Maybe focus on the angels, or William and the four horsemen, or move on. I am going to put it down for a while and hopefully I can get more involved after a break. Or I will just skim the sucker and get it over with. We’ll see.

If you feel like spoiler talk on any of this week’s books, let it fly in the comments section. How did you like the new Trinity storyline for the Psy/Changelings? Am I just being bitchy about the LotU or do you feel it is in a bit of a decline, too? What have you felt the need to re-read lately?

Reading Wrap Up

After a particularly brutish work weekend, I am for once sort of out of words. In person, I have been pretty much reduced to blink once for yes and twice for no, so I am not going to dawdle on the reading wrap up, either. Maybe.

craveI did tackle the second book in J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series, Crave. And like the first one, I find it quite decent. A solid, middle-of-the-road book for me. Nothing I didn’t like, but honestly nothing that made me rabid to start the next one, either. Interesting premise, decent characters, and no guarantee that the good guys will always win is in its favor, but it doesn’t have that something-something to suck me in. I plan on keeping on with the series for sure, but it might take a while before I get it finished.

And then there was Shadow Reaper. It was vintage shadow-reaperChristine Feehan, and she seems pretty much back on track after the issues of a couple of years ago. Love it or hate it, she has a style that either works for you or doesn’t, and this one is no exception. I find myself quite liking this newest series, but the only thing that pulled my enjoyment down was the Shibari side story. Honestly, I am not that exciting, but even I found that part dull. I mean, how much do I really need to know about rope? So, I skimmed those parts to get back into the story, and that worked for me. Decent, non Feehan Female Formula lead (Blonde! Never cooked! Don’t think she said honey even once!) was a really nice change, too.

portrait in deathI also pulled a re-read of Moonshadow by Thea Harrison, which I mentioned a bit in a post below, so not going to go on about it. I think the highlight of this bunch, though is my continued trek through the In Death series from J.D. Robb. I finished up Portrait in Death (Roarke backstory. Niiiiice), and am almost through Imitation in Death. Still loving them, and I show no signs of getting tired of them at all. Honestly, I get excited when it is time for the next one (I space them out a bit), and I already have the next one ready.

Your turn. What have you been loving the last couple of weeks? Did you find anything to fill the days between last month’s White Hot from Ilona Andrews and this weeks’ Silver Silence from Nalini Singh?

White Hot Spoiler Talk

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Alrighty, people. Have at it. Time to discuss Ilona Andrews‘ latest, White Hot, which had been probably my most anticipated book for the last couple of years. For me, it lived up to the hype and then some, but let’s see what you all thought. Let the spoilers fly…

Just a quick note for those who are interested. There has been a hardcover option for both White Hot and the upcoming Wildfire, and at first it was believed to be a hardcover library binding. Nope. It is just a regular hardcover, so I immediately pounced on it like a great jungle cat (just finished a Feehan book, and I always wanted to try and work that expression into a regular conversation). And it looks so pretty next to my Kate Daniels books. I was going to include a picture, but that might’ve come off as a bit weird even for me.

Pick of the Week

It feels like the countdown to this week has been going on forever. White Hot, the second book in the Hidden Legacy series from Ilona Andrews, was a weird obsession of mine for the last couple of years. I would even go so far as to say that it was my most anticipated release since I first read Burn For Me back in 2014, and it was completely worth the wait. But to mix things up, I am going to pick the other title I was looking forward to as my pick of the week, just to mix things up, and that comes from Christine Feehan. Shadow Reaper is the second book of her newest The Shadows series, and while I might snicker and mock a bit, I still haven’t missed a book yet.

shadow-reaperSynopsis…

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood – but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her – a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…

I am about half-way through this puppy, and it is decent so far. I don’t find the whole Shibari thing a huge turn on, but to each his or her own. There is a lot going on, decent action, and the heroine strays a little bit from the Feehan Female Formula, which is nice. She has blonde hair, hasn’t said “honey” once yet, and hasn’t yearned to cook anyone supper, either. Ricco hasn’t bought her any ruffled boots yet, but there is still time. Oh, he does move “like a great jungle cat”, but at this point I think if that wasn’t mentioned at least once in a book I would feel like there was something missing.

So there you have it. My heart belongs to White Hot, but I am not minding Shadow Reaper, either. I am sure most of you have tackled one or the other of these two by now, so how are you liking them?