Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review of HER LAST WHISPER: book #3 Dr. Charlie Stone series by Karen Robards

Karen Robards has done it again, she got me to forget time as I was completely engrossed in her latest installment of her Dr. Charlie Stone series.  She has a very vivid imagination, creating some spectacularly evil serial killers and scenarios.

I loved following Charlie, Michael, Tony, Buzz, and Kaminsky to Las Vegas on their latest case. The dynamic between all of the characters is phenomenal. Tony is still determined to try to get Charlie romantically interested in him, but Michael isn't about to give up on the sizzling chemistry he shares with Charlie...and prove that "Dudly Do Right" doesn't have what she needs.  I also liked seeing Lena's vulnerable side, as the search for her sister intensified. Poor Buzz has his work cut out for him to get Lena to completely give herself to him. 

Michael fights a seemingly impossible battle as he tries to avoid Spookville, but some things are just inevitable...unless he can find a loop in the cosmos, though it may be too late.  Charlie could loose him forever.

HER LAST WHISPER contained many twists and turns that I didn't see coming, keeping me on the edge of my seat. The only thing I didn't like about this book was when I realized that I have to wait until the next installment to find out if Charlie and Michael will get their HEA and that it ended at a cliffhanger. :(  I canNOT wait until then!!!!!

Blurb from the publisher:

Madness and murder invaded Dr. Charlotte Stone’s life when she was just a girl—and made her a woman determined to save others from the horror she survived. An expert in the psychology of serial killers, she’s faced down more than her share of human monsters. But Charlie can also communicate with the spirits of those who die violently, an extrasensory skill that has helped the FBI bring lethal predators to justice. Now, after narrowly escaping death a second time, Charlie’s ready to step away from the edge . . . before her luck runs out.

Too bad Charlie is too dedicated for her own good—and too devoted to federal agent Tony Bartoli to say no when he asks her to ride shotgun on yet another risky mission. Of course, she already has her hands full with Michael Garland: the handsome, roguish ghost with whom she’s hopelessly in love—a spirit who depends on Charlie to keep him from slipping forever into the dark side of the afterlife. But in the mortal world, beautiful single women are vanishing from Las Vegas hotels at night. All signs indicate that a psychopath is on the prowl in Sin City, and Bartoli’s FBI colleague Lena Kaminsky has reason to fear that her missing sister may be just the killer’s type.

In a town full of fast players and few rules, flushing out a smooth-talking stalker like the Cinderella Killer might be a loser’s game. But for Charlie, the only way to cage her quarry is to plunge back into the homicidal hell she vowed to leave behind—and may not leave alive.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review of BOUND BY NIGHT MoonBound Clan Vampires #1 by Larissa Ione

NOTE: This review was originally published September 2013, but with the next book CHAINED BY NIGHT coming out the end of September 2014 I decided to repost! :)

BOUND BY NIGHT introduces us to a new paranormal realm. Vampires are the descendents of two native American tribes, the MoonBound clan and the ShadowSpawn. In this world humans enslave vampires, while the free or “wild” vampires live in secrecy, hiding from VAST—the Vampire Strike Force; hunters out to murder vampires or sell them into slavery; and their biggest enemy, Daedalus Corporation, a company that has no qualms about performing scientific experiments on captured vampires. A company that has created technology to contain vampires: removing fangs, electric collars, remote access microchips, all to make them safe for humans to use as slaves.

Riker of the MoonShadow clan hates humans, specifically the Martins. Because of them he lost his wife and child. He has been waiting to gain his revenge for years, and now is his chance. Daedalus Corporation has kidnapped Neriya, a ShadowSpawn vampire who was visiting the MoonBound. In order to stop a war, Riker needs to rescue Neriya. The easiest way to do this, he assumes, is to kidnap Daedalus Corporation's CEO, Dr. Nicole Martin.

As a child, Nicole witnessed a horrifying event convincing her that vampires are evil. Now she is face to face with her nightmare. Riker and Nicole have a shaky start with an extremely negative intertwined past they need to overcome to save the vampires. 

Larissa Ione has done it again, she lured me in with the promise of a sexy new vampire series and HOOKED me! I freaking loved this book and could gush about it for a very VERY long time. I already tell everyone I know who likes paranormal romance that Larissa Ione is a MUST read author, BOUND BY NIGHT is no exception.

There is so much going on in this story as it's the set up of the series, but that doesn't take anything away from the romance of Riker and Nicole. The storyline is dark and sometimes a bit brutal, but bits of sarcastic humor seamlessly blended in keep it from being depressing. Mmm...and I can't forget the sizzling sexual tension that kept both Riker and Nicole on their toes, and the way they steamed up the pages when at last they could no longer resist each other. These guys quickly moved to my "favorite couples" list. That and the fact that one of my favorite tropes (I can't say which it is, as it would be a spoiler!) was used made this one of my favorite books that I've read in a long time.

All of the characters are very complex and well fleshed out. I was captivated not only by Riker and Nicole, but many of the side characters also intrigued me as I wondered who else was going to have the chance of finding their HEA. The MoonBound clan leader, Hunter; the sexy loner, Myne; bad-ass vampire Katina, and that's just the tip of the interesting characters.

I can't wait to delve back into this new world of the MoonBound Clan Vampires, but I'm not disappointed that as I wait I will get to (finally!!!) read Reaver and Harvester's story in December. I've been waiting a while for their story. :) I'm glad that Larissa will be going back into the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance universes, as I'm not ready to give them up.

BOUND BY NIGHT is a solid 5 Rambling Heart read!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review of ONCE MORE MY DARLING ROGUE: book #2 Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James by Lorraine Heath

I'm not always a fan of the amnesia trope, but I felt that Ms. Heath did a great job using it. I really liked Drake and Ophelia's love story.  There was a lot of great love/hate moments and their chemistry lit up the pages.

I didn't agree with Drake's choice to keep Ophelia in the dark of her true identity, yet I could understand why he wanted to take her down a few notches...but being able to see the other side of the story, I could understand why Ophelia treated Drake the way she did.  I think that Drake did a great job of groveling to earn Ophelia's love.

Both Drake and Ophelia had some MAJOR emotional damage, but their romance was written in a way that I believed they found healing in each other, and truly found their HEA (happily ever after).
Blurb from the Publisher:
They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.