The Phoenix Force miniseries continues with another original story about a very special team of navy SEALs who possess paranormal abilities. In the second book, numerous Mages have opposing views on what action needs to be taken against threats to their kind. Now two individuals must risk their futures and possibility their lives in order to keep the situation from claiming innocents. The gifted Bonnie Vanak has constructed an intriguingly believable world for her supernatural beings, and PHANTOM WOLF is packed with hidden dangers throughout.
When Sam Shaymore and Kelly Denning were much younger, they thought their feelings were more important than what society dictated for their Mage classes. His Elemental Mage status meant he was seen as powerful while those who had Arcane standing like her had very few rights, but they were not going to let their hearts be ruled by these guidelines. Sadly, an unthinkable event was too much for their relationship to withstand and they parted ways.
Both have put their whole lives into their careers and not let anyone get close again. Sam is a navy SEAL on the Phoenix Force team, where his shape-shifting capability plus other talents often comes in handy. Kelly continuously tries to help Mage children, and hearing about the kidnapping of several has her going to rescue them. When her plan does not going according to her wishes, she comes to realize Sam is the only one who can help her. However, he and his teammates have been sent to Honduras to bring her back for not doing as commanded. Kelly tries to make Sam understand the allegations she has made are true, yet much in his life could be lost if he decides to assist her.
Stories where lovers are reunited are some of my favorites, and the emotional ties between Sam and Kelly are some of the strongest I have read. The incident that destroyed their relationship would be difficult for anyone to overcome, and so many of their conversations in the present have a connection to their past. The many disagreements they have over the differences in their classes are often conveyed with extremely earnest feelings, and I certainly felt the serious intensity of each word. The author makes it very clear as to how the perception of someone can cloud the judgment of another person, even when no personal knowledge is actually known. Bonnie Vanak has a knack for creating likable characters, and this couple touched me on so many levels at different times during the story. They made me feel the sadness over what happened in their lives, and some of these moments are especially poignant. When they shed a tear, I wanted to right along with them. There are also several light-hearted scenes, and the one where there is a reversing of roles really had me chuckling because of what they experienced. Both of them are very determined and stubborn, and I liked how Kelly never gave in regardless of the circumstances she had to face. She is a gutsy woman with commendable values, and her responses to each new incident had me enjoying her character even more. When she and Sam interact, I came to know him much better, too, and discovered just how much he keeps hidden from others. While they try to make themselves believe the emotional ties between them were severed while apart, it along with their sexual desire is just as strong as in the past. The eagerness they express when sexually intimate is off the scale, and just proves how much they still care. Some twists in the story are unanticipated and took me completely by surprise, proving Bonnie Vanak is skillfully clever. PHANTOM WOLF is constantly entertaining and remarkably fascinating. With so many hunky Phoenix Force team members, there will hopefully be quite a few more books in this enthralling series.
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The innovative premise of the Demon Blade miniseries makes the first novel come across like no other before it, and each new detail revealed only added to my initial astonishment. How Doranna Durgin comes up with such inventive plots truly amazes me, as TAMING THE DEMON is notably creative plus ground-breaking.
Although Devin James never asked for the demon blade and its mysterious abilities to be a part of his life, he cannot keep from being controlled by it. He now has to roam Albuquerque, where he must be on the lookout for situations where innocent individuals come under attack by anyone with wicked intentions. The blade has the capability to identify the site where these situations will take place, and it knows exactly how to handle anything that arises. At the latest location he is compelled to go, Devin finds a woman being threatened by two men.
When Natalie Chambers arrives at the destination where she was sent by her boss, she feels the area is too unsafe to remain but is accosted before she can make it back to her car. After another man comes and keeps her from being harmed, she in turn helps him because he was injured aiding her. Though she does not fully understand what is happening to him because of the blade he constantly carries, she believes in him plus feels he is the right person to make certain no one else comes after her. As they stay in close contact with each other, the answers to some of the questions puzzling them both are discovered. What they learn can deeply affect their future lives and the love growing between them.
TAMING THE DEMON frequently causes reactions filled with wonder, as Doranna Durgin has created one surprising situation after another. When the story first begins, much about the link between Devin and the demon blade is unknown. As new facts come to light, I certainly became more fascinated with how he was repeatedly influenced by the piece of steel. While quite a few specifics are eventually divulged, there is still more history about this dangerous object that I hope will be disclosed in upcoming books. Ms. Durgin does not make finding any answers easy for Devin or Natalie, and what they must go through in order to obtain much of the needed information is often frightening and sometimes even tormenting. There are several moments where I empathized with Devin and all he had to suffer, both physically and mentally, particularly when an incident is totally confusing for him. How Natalie stands by him, even when she does not know the whole truth, is really praiseworthy and proves she has much inner goodness. These two work so well together, and they demonstrate their loyalty to the other on numerous occasions. Their sexual feelings grow along with their emotional connection, and each sentiment is expressed with genuine honesty. I liked how these two are always up-front with their thoughts, as it made their relationship more realistic. The conclusion of the story is definitely interesting, and there is no telling what will happen next. TAMING THE DEMON has adventures involving uncertainty and countless risks.
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The Trackers series comes to a close with BEAUTY’S BEAST, and the concluding novel is an outstanding paranormal story filled with originality during every scene. Jenna Kernan creatively tells how two very different beings can find not only common ground but so much more, if they can just look beyond appearances and see the true nature of the other.
Although Samantha Proud has been told to not have any interaction with humans, she felt compelled to use her ability to rid a child of a spirit possessing his body. Now the location of her family has been exposed to Nagi, the Ruler of Ghosts, and they are all in danger as he wants her kind destroyed because they threaten his quest for more power. To hopefully keep each family member safe, they will be taken to different places and watched over by other beings with supernatural skills.
When Samantha arrives at her destination, she is scared as this will be the first time in her life where she has to make her own choices. The man she first spies is not the person to whom she was sent, but she quickly comprehends he has special talents, too. Alon Garza may be a Halfling, but he has heard about Samantha and her capability to shift. What he does not want is for her to learn all about him, as there is a part that he wishes did not exist. While these two may be very dissimilar, they cannot deny they have feelings for the other. But ignoring their differences could come at a great price for each of them.
The imagination of Jenna Kernan has ingeniously constructed an outstanding premise for the Trackers series, where unique developments occur with much frequency. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the books in this series because their plots are distinctively different from most other paranormal tales, and the characters featured are frequently unlike any I have previously read. Ms. Kernan states her stories are loosely based on Lakota myth, and I have found the world she has built for her fascinating characters to be particularly entertaining and definitely kept my interest all the way through. Numerous individuals from earlier books in the series make appearances from time to time, and their remarkable abilities often play crucial roles. The hero and heroine of BEAUTY’S BEAST certainly have their own extraordinary capabilities, and seeing what these two could actually do was often amazing. Samantha has a gift that few others possess, yet she feels her talent has always been wasted because she must keep it hidden. Watching her struggle with several important decisions was very heartrending, as her distress in wanting to make the best choice clearly came through. Alon was someone who deeply affected me in so many ways, as his inner thoughts plainly explained his negative feelings about himself yet his actions repeatedly contradicted his reasoning. While Ms. Kernan gives this couple plenty of obstacles to prevail over, she also lets them experience a few moments of intimate ecstasy which results in them becoming even more closely connected. The passion between Alon and Samantha seems to fit their personalities, and they stirringly express their desire for each other with realistic feelings. I hate to say goodbye to the many unforgettable characters I have met in The Trackers series, but look forward to whatever story the clever Jenna Kernan comes up with next. BEAUTY’S BEAST is innovatively ground-breaking in storyline and characters.
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The fourth story about the Alpha Force team has the unit in danger of being disbanded unless two of its members can find proof to contradict possible damaging evidence. This series has plenty of sexy werewolf heroes, and Linda O. Johnston makes Quinn someone whom I truly loved as he fights to discover the truth. There are few clues to the countless mysteries in UNDERCOVER WOLF, but lusty passions are in abundance.
At the urging of his brother, Quinn Parran leaves his P.I. business behind and joins the Alpha Force military unit. Since he is a werewolf, he gets special treatment and is given the rank of Lieutenant. The biggest reason he wanted to become a member of this highly covert group is so he can take part in research where an elixir lets him change into a wolf whenever desired. Assisting Quinn is Staff Sergeant Kristine Norwood, a former nurse who watches out for him while in animal form. All seems to be going well, and he is very happy with the results after several tests.
His joy turns to concern when he hears about two murders that took place in Maine near the town where his brother and new sister-in-law are spending their honeymoon. When Quinn cannot get in touch with the couple, he knows something is very wrong, especially when he learns they are thought to be involved in the killings. Since Kristine has worked closely with the new bride, she readily agrees to go with him and discover what happened to the newlyweds. His plan is for them to pose as a recently married couple and hopefully uncover where the Alpha Force members are now. Both are fully dedicated to their quest. What Quinn and Kristine did not anticipate is the attraction they feel to the other, making them want the pretend role they are playing to become more real.
An Alpha Force story always has an original plot, and the supernatural beings in the series certainly possess unique traits. What these shape-shifters do for the United States is commendable, and it unfortunately appears someone does not want the group to continue using their extraordinary abilities to keep unsuspecting Americans safe. Linda O. Johnston has constructed extremely innovative ideas about the Alpha Force members, and UNDERCOVER WOLF tells what takes place when two of their own are in danger. The missing couple previously had their own story, and a werewolf plus a human team up to find out exactly what has happened to them. Books pairing up an immortal with a mortal always fascinate me, as I like watching their interactions with each other. Quinn is new to military life and taking orders does not always set well with him, while Kristine is a strict follower. Scenes where they must quickly decide who takes the lead when it comes to asking questions contain genuine reactions, as emotions are hard to keep in check since any answers received are so critical. While the appealing shape-shifter can be playful if the moment is right, a perceived threat can turn him into a physically powerful opponent that I would definitely like to have on my side. The sexual awareness between Quinn and Kristine grows with every second they are together, and their respect for the other makes the development of tempting desire seem very natural. These feelings then explosively ignite when the pull becomes too much for them to disregard. There are numerous twists that are unforeseen, and several incidents could become deadly for this likable couple. Linda O. Johnston has created another entertaining installment of the Alpha Force series, and I want more stories about these commanding shape-shifters. UNDERCOVER WOLF has suspenseful adventures and a devotedly passionate romance.
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THIS WICKED MAGIC is fascinating because of clever originality and many exceptional characters. Whenever Michele Hauf creates a Beautiful Creatures story, I know the unique beings that live in this imaginative world will have to face unusual situations and often use humor to mask their real thoughts. There is never a moment in this story where I did not feel totally connected to the hero and heroine, and this deep bond increased with each new revelation about these two appealing individuals.
Although Certainly Jones believed there was a good reason for his going into Daemonia and bringing out an item when he returned to Paris, the demons who came back inside his witch’s body are slowly tearing his soul apart. He fears they will eventually have full power over him and even though he does practice dark magic, he does not cause harm to others but knows the malevolence hitchhikers cannot resist. A chance meeting between CJ and a female witch named Viktorie St. Charles has him happily realizing she could help solve his unsure future.
When CJ goes to visit Vika and states he wants her aid, she is not inclined to give him her assistance at first. But his earnest request moves her to at least give his appeal one try. She is a practitioner of only magic that is not dark, yet her desire to have order in all things also makes her want to rid the demons from his body. While they are nothing alike in looks or nature, both are curious about the other and surprising she actually likes the charismatic male witch. However, the evil inside him does not want his life to be peaceful and only powerful magic can end his torment.
Humorous quips and an enchanting couple make THIS WICKED MAGIC delightfully entertaining and always captivating. I have often wondered where Michele Hauf comes up with her very creative ideas for her paranormal tales, and the amazement in this story is top-notch time and again. Astounding developments constantly stunned me with their inventiveness, as the occurrences were incidents about which I had never read before. Ms. Hauf definitely took me on an enthralling journey of discovering the power of love, as often the minds of CJ and Vika tells them to not follow through with an action but their feelings speak louder. This couple is particularly engaging, and their winning personalities had me truly caring about them. They are smart when it comes to thinking quickly, and their witty comebacks repeatedly brought on laughs. While CJ may have commanding supernatural powers, his responses to Vika show how vulnerable he is when dealing with females. His reactions and quite a few of his comments endeared this tempting man to me, and by the end of the book, I was completely under the spell of this sexy man. When he and Vika do let the magnetism between them turn sexual, each of their encounters is heatedly steamy yet overflowing with poignant tenderness. There are numerous differences in how these two see the world, and several of these challenges are portrayed with jesting while other situations are profoundly genuine with insightful sentiments. CJ is literally a tortured soul, and some of his responses deeply touched me because of spontaneous reactions. Vika, on the other hand, has to choose between following the path she has always taken or letting her heart guide the way. A book about his brother is already out and should not be missed. Also, Vika’s sister gets to tell her own story in an upcoming release. I love all these connected stories! THIS WICKED MAGIC is engrossing with intriguing paranormal scenarios and an exceedingly likable couple.
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