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Review: ‘Garden of Dreams & Desires’ by Kristen Painter

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Review: ‘Garden of Dreams & Desires’ by Kristen Painter

Garden of Dreams and Desires

by Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City #3
Published by Orbit on April 7th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Source: publisher
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Magic and mystery collide in this thrilling conclusion to the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.
Tourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine's true focus. Freeing her from the spirit's grasp is all he can think about, especially with no real solution on the horizon.
Then he discovers the tourists are disappearing because the witches are stealing souls to cast a dangerous chaos spell. Before he can stop them, Harlow becomes their victim. Now he must race the clock to set her free and end the witches' machinations before the chaos spell strips every fae in New Orleans of their power and bring fae rule to an end.


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Review: ‘Deadtown’ by @NancyHolzner

Review: ‘Deadtown’ by @NancyHolzner

Deadtown

by Nancy Holzner
Series: Deadtown #1
Published by Ace on December 29th 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

If you were undead, you'd be home by now...
They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human.


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ARC Review: ‘Blood Legacy’ by C.J. Ellisson

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ARC Review: ‘Blood Legacy’ by C.J. Ellisson

Blood Legacy

by C.J. Ellisson
Published by Red Hot Publishing on February 25th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 340
Format: eArc
Source: Author
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five-stars

Latest release in the V V Inn Series from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, C.J. Ellisson.
Despite surviving silver poisoning, Vivian isn’t out of the fire yet. Rolando is still alive, as is his desire to eliminate all manipulator vampires like her. The streets of Buenos Aires prove to be a tricky hunting ground for Vivian and her husband Rafe, especially when a paranormal serial killer starts leaving bodies behind.
Overwhelmed amidst the city’s chaos, they seek help from Jon, Vivian's werewolf servant and the couple’s right-hand man. As the deaths continue, a local alpha under scrutiny for the crimes threatens to blame Jon and reveal his master’s daytime location—if they don’t find the real culprit.
It’s a race for the trio to stop the killings, uncover the truth, and catch the vampire responsible for Vivian’s torture—before the supernatural locals pick up their proverbial pitchforks and stop them all, for good.
Warning: This book contains adult content (violence, blood, and sex) and is intended for readers over 18.
The V V Inn, in reading order:
Death's Servant, First Prequel Book (Jon's Tale) Vampire Vacation, Book 1 The Hunt, Book 2 Big Game, Book 3 Death Times Two, Book 4 A Grim Reality and V V Inn novella co-authored with Boone Brux Blood Legacy, Book 5


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Review: ‘Pool of Crimson’ by Suzanne M. Sabol

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Review: ‘Pool of Crimson’ by Suzanne M. Sabol

Pool of Crimson

by Suzanne M. Sabol
Series: Blushing Death #1
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on February 6, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 234
Format: eArc
Source: Blog Tour Host
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four-stars

Killing vampires is easy. Trusting one will be the hardest thing Dahlia Sabin has ever done.
Dahlia has lived a lonely existence as a killer of the undead. Known as The Blushing Death to those that fear her, Dahlia uncovers a plot by Columbus’s Master Vampire, Ethan. He intends to raise a demon from the depths of hell to destroy the city, cement his power, and take control.
In her pursuit to stop a demon from manifesting, Dahlia sinks deeper into the city’s supernatural underworld and discovers that vampires are not only deadly; one in particular could be dangerous to her very soul and her heart. Patrick, the Master vampire’s second-in-command with dark penetrating eyes and a cool, deadly sophistication, can’t stay away and Dahlia can’t tell him no. There’s something that neither of them knows, Ethan wants Dahlia’s unleashed power for himself and is willing to do anything to get it.
Dahlia is in a race against time to send the demon back to hell, at war with her better judgment, trusting a dark and intriguing vampire with his own agenda, while struggling to save her own neck. As the portal to hell opens, Dahlia has only herself to rely on in order to survive, if she can …
Also be sure to check out more action with Dahlia Sabin in the second book of the series, Midnight Ash, and the third book in the series, Sliver of Silver.


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ARC Review: ‘Ever After’ by Kate SeRine

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ARC Review: ‘Ever After’ by Kate SeRine

Ever After

by Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales #4
Published by Kensington on August 21, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eArc
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three-half-stars

To Catch a Thief…
For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.
Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.
Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?


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Audio Review: ‘A Kiss of Shadows’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Audio Review: ‘A Kiss of Shadows’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Kiss of Shadows

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Merry Gentry #1
Published by Ballantine Books on March 28, 2006
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 468
Format: AudioBook
Source: Library
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four-stars

My name is Meredith 'Merry' Gentry, but of course it's not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don't even know why...
I fled the high court of Faerie three years ago and have been in hiding ever since. As Merry Gentry, I am a private investigator for the Grey Detective Agency: Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions. My magical skills, scorned at the courts of Faerie, are valued in the human world. Even by human standards, my magic isn't flashy, which is fine by me. Flashy attracts attention and I can't afford that.
Rumour has it that I am dead. Not quite. I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. To speak that name after dark is to call down a knock upon your door from a hand that can kill you with a touch. I have been careful, but not careful enough. The shadows have found me, and they are going to take me back home, one way or another.
So the running is over. But the fighting has just begun...
Rich, sensual, brimming with dangerous magic, A Kiss of Shadows is a dazzling tour-de-force where folklore, fantasy and erotically charged adventure collide.


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ARC Review: ‘Crane’ by Stacey Rourke

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ARC Review: ‘Crane’ by Stacey Rourke

Crane

by Stacey Rourke
Series: The Legends Saga #1
Published by Anchor Group Publishing on May 21, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 221
Format: eArc
Source: Blog Tour Host
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four-stars

The Horseman is unending, his presence shan’t lessen. If you break the curse, you become the legend.
Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.
What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?
Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.
But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?
Cover by Najla Qamber Designs


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ARC Review: ‘House of the Rising Sun’ by Kristen Painter

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ARC Review: ‘House of the Rising Sun’ by Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun

by Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City #1
Published by Orbit on May 13, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 403
Format: ARC
Source: publisher
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four-half-stars

Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.
But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia's been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It's time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city's Guardian.


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Review: ‘Angel Kin’ by Tricia Skinner

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Review: ‘Angel Kin’ by Tricia Skinner

Angel Kin

by Tricia Skinner
Series: Angel Assassins #1
Published by Entangled on May 5, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 260
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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four-stars

While channeling Robin Hood's "steal from the rich and give to the poor" attitude at a local politician's house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn't deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn't an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.
When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive...and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: "You're next."
It's a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he's falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.


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ARC Review: ‘The Fallen’ by Keri Lake

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ARC Review: ‘The Fallen’ by Keri Lake

The Fallen

by Keri Lake
Series: Sons of Wrath #0.5
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. on April 14, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 257
Format: eArc
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five-stars

**This book is a prequel to Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)**
To catch the Fallen, you have to become the very evil you were bred to slay.
Show loyalty. Be willing to go deep into the gritty underbelly of the world, where the vilest acts of human carnage thrive and seep into your mind like a black poison, consuming every part of you that was once good. Ignore your dark cravings and keep to the most important rule of all: never save the mortals.
This is the life of a Sentinel.
Some call us the toughest angels in the heavens. Unbreakable. But even the strong can break in the face of temptation.
Human females have always been the forbidden fruit for our kind--an enticement I've resisted for centuries, until she came along.
Karinna lusts for vengeance.
She wants inside the darkness, where the Fallen own the corrupted streets of Detroit--the perfect bait to take down the biggest crime ring the city has ever known.
I want her. To have her, though, I'll have to break the rules.
For one taste of the forbidden, I'll have to commit the most heinous sin of all ...
************************************************WARNING: Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. This book is very dark - much darker than the other books in the series. Can be read as a standalone (not part of the overarching story that spans the series).


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