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And what is your vice?

BLOOD VICE
Blood Vice #1 (of 6)
ANGELA ROQUET
New Adult, Urban Fantasy, witches and wizards, werewolves, vampires
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(24 May 2017)

Detective Jenna Skye bombs her first week on the St. Louis County Police Department's Vice Squad when she's bitten by a vampire in a supernatural brothel. Her day only gets worse from there. She wakes up in the morgue and discovers that her partner is dead. Before the sun rises, she realizes she is too. Jenna vows to continue their investigation until justice is served, but a werewolf squatter, an unexpected visit from her estranged sister, and a nosy FBI agent stand in her way. Not to mention her fresh aversion to sunlight and a thirst for something a little stiffer than revenge.

An interesting twist on the mix of werewolves and vampires but somehow I didn’t quite invest enough in the characters to read the next book in the series.

Which is a shame as I like the author normally.

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Funny memory when you’re drunk?

The Wolf's Secret Bride
Howl's Romance
Eve Langlais
paranormal, mythology, romance, humour
Eve Langlais
(26 July 2018)

This lone wolf gets the shock of his life when he gets a bill for his wedding in Vegas.

 After a soap opera of a week where Rory meets his real father, attempts a hostile business takeover, torches the family business, and almost gets arrested for attempted murder, he decides a relaxing weekend is just what he needs.
 Vegas has a way of making a man—even one who’s part wolf—forget his troubles. Rory does such a good job of wiping his mind he doesn’t even remember the wedding he receives an invoice for.
Did he do the unthinkable?
 Rory sets out to find his blushing bride only to discover the one thing he never expected. Love. But can a wolf have a happily ever after with a mate who is on the run from danger?

This is a paranormal series of romances where there are wolves involved – well werewolves anyway.

And here we have one who is not really a very nice guy. It seems he ran away from Canada and lots of crimes, and then runs away again to Las Vegas, where he gets rather drunk and forgets what has happened.

And we have a heroine who has been captures by a Lion shifter group (think bad boys and motorbikes) and was held in the Canadian Woods until she escapes and ends up in Las Vegas.

And so we have a meeting and rather nice story.

I enjoyed this and thought Eve Langlais was on form here.

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Over what?

Over the Line   Book Cover Over the Line  
(Adirondack Pack, #0.5)
K.C. Stewart 
paranormal, mythology, romance
Pronoun
2015

The truth is in the evidence. Follow your nose, keep an ear to the ground and don’t believe everything you hear. Tyson Cartwright has always known who he was and becoming the Adirondack Pack’s Enforcer was the goal from the very start. He loves his job, but not today. Someone in the pack isn’t who they say they are. It isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last that Tyson has to rid the pack of a spy. These are the people he calls his friends and family and one of them is lying to him. His gut has an idea but is it just because he doesn’t like the man his sister has taken up with or is there something more to Jack Naughton? For Jenny’s sake he better know for sure it’s Jack before dispensing justice because once a wolf goes over the line, there is no coming back.

Whilst recovering from my ‘little’ Xmas accident and being in and out of hospital for some time and in a lot of pain, I needed some light reading and this series provided me with that. Many paranormal stories were good reading fare amongst romances and other ‘chick’ literature.

This series was one that I particularly fell for all set around the Adirondack pack of werewolves.

I have previously reviewed book #1, but in fact there is a #0.5 prequel if you will. I have found that many authors write the prequel after the first couple of books are successful, so you don’t necessarily read in order.

Each wolf pack has a number of roles that are common to them all: Alpha, Beta, Elder, and Enforcer. This is the story of how and Enforcer was ‘born’.

Enforcers are the law in wolf packs. They keep order within the pack, at as detectives and represent the law. Often they are also used for more esoteric purposes such as torture during a period of warfare or political unrest and in-fighting. Thus hey need to be not only very strong and skilled in fighting, but also sadistic to a degree. Not just being unafraid of pain themselves,  but willing to inflict it n others.

Tyson was the Adirondack pack’s enforcer. “He was protector, detective, judge and jury”, and if need be executioner, because “once a wolf went over the line, there was no coming back”.

So the war with the Canidae begins and his sister Jenny gets involved through her friendship with Jack – who is not all he seems.

Tyson has to develop his emotions to understand this situation as he finds that he is unable to cope with his sister’s actions.

 

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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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Chase the Wolf!

 

Krystal Shannon is one of my favourite authors.

She writes mainly fantasy romances with lots of animal shifters and magic and paranormal elements and is great fun to read.

This particular book is actually a novella and as such there is insufficient length to develop a complex story-line but we have a werewolf shifter in the series Vegas Mates. So a romance.

It is a fun short read, well told, with interesting use of language eg:

A little bit of claustrophobia began wrapping its slimy tendrils around her neck


 

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