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Pick of the Week

Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifters Unbound is one of those series that I always enjoy, but I find myself getting some of the characters and storylines mixed up in my head. But as a bonus, one of the few characters I still have straight is Zander, the main character in this book. I have been interested in his story since he was introduced a few books back, and Guardian’s Mate is it.

guardian's mateSynopsis…

She wasn’t ready to lead…

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love…

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger…and to each other.

Is anyone else finding this series starting to blend together for them? Not that they are bad stories at all, but between the few different Shiftertowns featured, several guardians, and similar names on a lot of the male characters, I find myself losing track of where things are. Throw in several different novellas, and I find myself getting a bit lost.

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Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Time once again to see what some of our upcoming releases will look like. Hm, let’s start with the next Christine Feehan Ghostwalker book, Power Game, which will be released in hardcover (uh, yay? Maybe?) on January 24th. At least this female lead doesn’t sound like the “yes, honey” type. I hope.

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And this second one is from Faith Hunter. Cold Reign is the 11th book in the Jane Yellowrock series, and it will be released on May 2nd. It is my goal to be caught up on the series by then, too.

cold reignSynopsis…

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Coming in at number three is the new one from the Belador series by Dianna Love. Dragon King of Treoir is the 8th book of the series that started as a collab with Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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I used to read Cecy Robson‘s Weird Girls books before they made the jump to self-pubbed, but for some reason I though the series had already wrapped up. This next one is called Of Flame and Light, and it will be released this October 16th.

of flame and lightSynopsis…

Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart.

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .

Paige Tyler continues her X-Ops series with the release of Her True Match, which is due out on March 7th.

her true matchSynopsis…

After a long game of cat-and-mouse

Feline shifter Dreya Clark picks the wrong penthouse to rob and ends up arrested by sexy detective Braden Hayes. But Braden isn’t the only one who’s been watching the cat burglar. Agents from the Department of Covert Operations swoop in to offer her a deal. If she wants to stay out of jail, she’ll have to work with them—and pair up with the hot cop. Great.

Danger throws this unlikely pair together

Braden isn’t thrilled about the DCO meddling in his investigation. He’s been chasing Dreya for years. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, fur flies and temperatures flare. But when danger closes in on them, their game of cat and mouse turns deadly-serious, and they’ll have to rely on each other to make it out alive.

This final one is from Jennifer Ashley. Red Wolf is the 10th book in the Shifters Unbound series, and it will be released next May 2nd.

red wolfSynopsis…

Lupine Shifter Dimitri has always had to defend himself to other Shifters. As a red wolf, he’s not considered a “pure” wolf, and the battles have honed him into a tough fighter, a champion of the fight clubs. Jaycee Bordeaux, a leopard Shifter, is Dimitri’s staunchest defender and oldest friend. Dimitri is determined to turn that friendship into a mate bond.

Jaycee loves that idea, but she knows that a mate bond can’t be forced. And when Dimitri and Jaycee are called on to go undercover to protect collared Shifters, she knows the dangers ahead will make or break their future together.

That is it for this batch. Not sure how I am feeling about the Ghostwalker jump to hardcover, honestly. If you had asked me before the recent Feehan change in writing style (and a couple of disappointing Ghostwalker books), I would’ve been all over it like the fan-girl I have always been. Now? Not so sure it will be worth it, and that is painful to say.

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Reading Wrap Up

Note to self – start doing this post on a book-by-book basis, then post it later, since maybe you would then be able to remember what in the blue hell you actually read – and what you thought of it.

Other note to self – quit whining.

american-english-idioms-book-with-wordsAhem. Now that that is out of the way, it is time to talk what we have all been reading. A while back, my very first Spotlight Wednesday post featured author Julie McElwain‘s A Murder in Time. I was very kindly sent a copy of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a time-travel police procedural where FBI profiler Kendra ends up mysteriously being sent back to 1815…and the hunting ground of a serial killer. Like I said, I liked this one. The only thing is that while it had romantic foreshadowing, there isn’t really a romance here. Now, if there is a sequel, then things should get kicked up a notch. And speaking of sequel, while there isn’t a cliffhanger ending, it would be logical for another book to follow. And I will be picking it up if there is.

What else? Hm, I got the latest Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound book, White Tiger. It was another solid entry in the series, but man, I am so mixing up characters. Broderick? Roderick? Ellison? And don’t get me started on the females. They are a complete blur. I am clear on Tiger. And Dylan. And now Zander. The rest are getting muddled together something awful. But even with that, I still enjoyed this one.

Oh, and the first couple of Southern Witch books from Kimberly Frost also were quickly devoured. I admit, I was totally suckered in by the covers, but I ended up enjoying them a lot in spite of a dreaded love-triangle. Well, sort of triangle. That would make me nuts usually, but here I didn’t mind at all. And there is quite a bit of humor, too, which was a treat. Can’t wait for the next one.

I know there were more, but honestly I just can’t remember. What have you been reading and loving lately? Anything new, or a great re-read to share?

Review

Reading Wrap Up

booksI figured it was time for a reading wrap up post…but then I realized that I didn’t really remember much I had read since the last time. I got caught up on the Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound novellas I had been behind, and I also read a couple of Alexandra Ivy e-books from her Dragons of Eternity series. I am part way through The Beast by J.R. Ward (which is great so far, but not finished yet), but I dropped that one to read the Allegiance of Honor ARC from Nalini Singh (of course).

So, I thought maybe I could give a few small, completely spoiler free thoughts Allegiance of Honor. When I first heard that there was to be an ensemble book, I was excited but a bit hesitant. The cast of characters in the Psy/Changeling world is huge, and to see all or even most of the previous couples in one story could easily have become chaotic and overcrowded, or sheer volume of people could’ve come at the cost of a cohesive plot. Of course, since it is a Nalini Singh book, none of that happens. Everything is flowing along, no one feels like they are just “thrown in” to make an appearance, and there are a couple of very strong storylines. If I had to pick a main couple, I would say it is Lucas and Sascha, but all of the couples from previous books and novellas have their time, too. I was especially happy to see Max Shannon and Devraj Santos again, because they haven’t really been seen much since their stories.

Even with everything going on, Nalini also seemingly has begun to plant some seeds for future books, as well. Two characters who seem to be poised for their own stories are Silver Mercant and Pax Marshall. Both of them have small roles in Allegiance of Honor, but both of them stood out for me and made me very interested in the role they will play in a post-Silence world.

Ok, that wraps things up for me. What have you been reading the last couple of weeks? Any surprisingly good stories, or are you in a dry spell?

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week

This post should’ve been up yesterday, but better late than never. My pick for this week comes from Jennifer Ashley and her Shifters Unbound series. This one is a solid middle of the pack series for me – not one I count down the days until the next release for, but one I always enjoy when I do read them. The unfortunate thing is that I am starting to get mixed up on some of the characters…and which shifter is from which shiftertown. It is time for me to pull a bit of a refresher, I think, before I finally dive into White Tiger.

white tigerSynopsis…

Wanted and on the run…

For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them
 
His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger.

In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.

Any other Shifter Unbound fans? Who likes the Stormwalker series she writes under the name Allyson James?