Guard the Blood?

Blood Guard: A Mission Novel Book Cover Blood Guard: A Mission Novel
Mission
Megan Erickson
romance, contemporary, supernatural, suspense
Loveswept
(12 Sept. 2017)
Kindle

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

I’m afraid this book didn’t do it for me. I was bored and didn’t complete it. A tired story-line.

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When Archangels Fly

Angels' Blood Book Cover Angels' Blood
Guild Hunter #1
Nalini Singh
Fiction, paranormal, suspense, fantasy, angels, vampires
Berkley
2009
353

Hired by the archangel Raphael--a lethal being--vampire hunter Elena Deveraux must track down a rogue archangel on a killing spree, a job that leads her into Raphael's seductive and deadly embrace.

 

An alternate multiverse that you are taken into that is rich in experience and complexity.

Hooks you immediately  – and yes, I have now bought all the existing 9 books despite my internal war against the expense when I get so many free books – and have a library waiting for reading!

Where to start?

The main area of action is New York (and its surroundings. In this multiverse, Angels and Archangels are real beings. Possibly an alien race but even they are not sure. A race that is effectively immortal, although after many thousands of years they tend to get tired of existence and go to Sleep.

No-one knows how many Angels and Archangels Sleep, nor where or even how this Sleep is maintained. It is possible, their history says, for an Angel who is asleep to wake and Sleep again many times but…

Archangels, by virtue of their long life, effective immortality (immune to disease, can regenerate limb and wings etc) rule the world in 10 different sectors, divided roughly equally.

There are also Vampires ‘Made’ by the Angels mostly as servants. Vampires are also effectively immortal – unless you cut their heads off and incinerate them. But yes, they can walk in the sunlight and perform normal tasks, they just live a long time as long as they drink a little blood.

From time to time, vampires get blood lust and start to kill instead of just drinking, and then they are Hunted. Which is where our heroine Elena comes in.  She is our Wonder Woman archetype. She is strong, fast, exceptional at her job of tracking, and lovely too.  And the Archangel ruling New York becomes rather a fan… even if he is rather a frightening character.

This is a series that really grips. I didn’t believe the reviews but now I do!

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Are you wicked enough?

Wickedest Witch Book Cover Wickedest Witch
Eve Langlais
paranormal romance, mystery, contemporary, new adult, humour
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Edition edition
(22 May 2013)

Evangeline is not a very nice witch, and she’s not afraid to show it. Her ruthless nature comes in handy as a problem solver until she lands a job where she’s forced to work with an uncouth shifter. He’s rude, cocky, totally unsuitable, not to mention part animal, but despite it all, she can’t help craving his touch.

Ryker is big, bad, and brash. When he’s partnered with a curvy witch, he does everything in his power to fight her allure. And fails. But he’s not too disappointed as he discovers wickedness has its uses, especially in the bedroom.

Vampires, a wedding from hell, and a cackling boss named Rumpelstiltskin, will these two wicked beings complete their job and admit, despite their stubborn nature, that they belong together?

The Wickedest Witch runs a ‘Solution’ agency – any problem solve – for a large fee.

Now Rumpelstiltskin has a daughter who he loves dearly and when she is threatened he calls in the WW. But he thinks he needs brawn too and calls in a cougar shifter to help and sparks fly in many directions.

If I was able to, I’d also wear a glamour that made me look taller and slimmer, but I just wonder am I really taller and slimmer? What would happen if you measured my height for instance? and what about my clothes? Are they real? Do I need 2 wardrobes? All questions I ponder…

Overall, another fun ride of a book with lots of mythical creatures.

I really liked this author’s style and proceeded to buy more of her books. I really must find out how the wedding happened – sounds good. An author with the style of Robyn Peterman but not as potty mouthed – less inventive language, but still lots of sniggers.

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Hotter Fangs Indeed

Fashionably Fanged Book Cover Fashionably Fanged
Hot Damned #8
Robyn Peterman
romance, contemporary, supernatural, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(20 April 2017)

I have to trap the most evil, worst bad dude in existence without actually turning him to ash. So, what’s a Vampyre to do? For starters, enter an undead beauty pageant—in Oklahoma—where the hair is jacked and the contestants are busty and brainless.   My name is Venus. I’m a two-hundred-year old killing machine and I’m trading in my daggers and sword for a sparkly dress and an obscene swim suit. Tiny strips of Lycra are not my typical battle wear, but when in Oklahoma…   Armed with a fairly decent attitude, two debatably heterosexual insane old ladies, a woman I’d wanted to kill less than eight hours ago and the possible love of my undead life, I’m in over my head with this. Of course I have no clue what this is going to entail, but that’s never stopped me before.   I’m learning quickly nothing is as it seems—not my past and least of all my future. With the not-so-angelic Angels watching our every move and more butt glue, lipstick and hairspray than I knew existed, I’m gonna take my fate by the balls and twist. Hard.   In a race with death for the cursed life of the man I’m falling in love with, there’s no room for error. Especially when I can’t decide if I’d rather head butt him or jump his sexy bones.   Mixed up in a tangled trap of spotlights, sequins and seduction, I’m gunning for a crown and my happily ever after with the arrogant alpha-hole who makes me feel alive.   And the winner is… Hopefully me.

I do so hate to wait for the next instalment of Astrid’s family life and so this was on pre-order and worth the wait.

This book centres on Venus who is the Chief of the Royal Guards and also a member of the close royal circle.

Before she became a vampire she was a slave and since that happened over 200 years ago, she has become the most formidable fighter – her experience as a slave dictating this form of self-defence.

This book’s adventure begins because Gareth, one of the royal princes has been cursed and they need to find the vampire and the renegade angel who helped him. Venus is sent, along with Martha and Jane to enter a vampire beauty pageant…[duh]. Who knew vampires had such a thing?

And that Martha and Jane had also entered them when human!

Yes, Robyn Peterman’s strange sense of humour thinks of the most off the wall things.

And the fun begins.

I always love Robyn’s potty mouth as she calls it, although this book had fewer of her potty word combinations in it than previous ones.

A good romp and lots of fun poked at beauty pageants and the people who enter.

 

 

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When you are confused about your identity

Xoe Meyers Trilogy Book Cover Xoe Meyers Trilogy
Xoe Meyers
Sara C. Roethle
urban, science fiction, fantasy, coming of age
Kindle

A demon’s life is never easy. Join Xoe as she’s thrown to the wolves, the werewolves that is. As if witches, human sacrifices, and other demons weren’t enough to deal with, Xoe must struggle to rein in her powers before she sets something more important than a washing machine on fire. If she can’t, her whole life might go up in flames.

The initial 3 books form a solid story about Xoe the 16 year old who suddenly finds she is not who she thought she was. For a start her father was a demon. And then she finds that her temper is rather uncontrollable and she just sets fire to things.

Each book ends on a cliff hanger and each book starts exactly where the previous book ends. This is effectively therefore one very long long book divided up into 3 parts.

The trilogy gets a 4 for a YA audience, but I found the final 3 books in the series rather short and less stimulating and original. I was going to give them a 3 but the final story – Ghosts – wraps up Xoe nicely and thus I’m going to stay with the 4.

Overall a good YA read with demons, ghosts, witches, vampires, and werewolves.

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