Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REVIEW: The Darkness Calls by Michelle Roth

When Lilly Ferguson narrowly avoids being mugged after work, she's shocked to find that she's gotten the attention of Talan McKenna. He's the sinfully handsome owner of the Foxwood Casino and Spa where she works. There's only one problem, though... 
Talan is one of the Transfigured. Like half a million others across the globe, he possesses a very specific genetic mutation. It leaves him with the inability to age, an aversion to sunlight, and a thirst for human blood. When he learns of her tragic past, he worries that it's an obstacle he'll never be able to overcome. 
Despite her heartbreaking history with the Transfigured, Lilly immediately senses that Talan is different. Where her fears once lay, there's only a sense of peace and comfort. Just as they begin to build a love made to last several lifetimes, a shadowy figure from her past emerges and threatens to destroy everything.

Available at:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/the-darkness-calls-by-michelle-roth/
RATING: 5 Stars

Those are just a few adjectives to describe "The Darkness Calls" by Michelle Roth. This book was a sensual ride from start to finish. There is so much chemistry between Talan and Lilly that it was impossible to not want to keep reading. I loved this book and I am already wanting to read it again! BRAVO MICHELLE ROTH for a home run with "The Darkness Calls". I can't wait to read more by her. Michelle Roth is a bonafide story teller that knows how to turn the heat up to HOT CHA CHA CHA!

  Reviewed by: Nikki

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REVIEW: The Shadow Zone - Taking Julia by Isabella Jordan

War, disease, and global warming have caused a significant decline of the human race. The human world has become a Shadow Zone where people mysteriously disappear and infertility among those of age to have children has grown at an alarming rate.

The vampire race monitors the human world whose decline is forcing them to find other ways to obtain the blood they need. They also watch the werewolves who consider the vampires a threat.

The werewolves have sent Julia out into the Shadow Zone in search of the key to immortality which both sides believe the humans have unearthed. Rick is a centuries-old vampire sent by the council of elders to intercept her before she can discover these secrets and take them back to her kind.

Rick's been watching the fierce female warrior for a long time. No female has been able to challenge or seduce him in ages. Yet Julia is one luscious little werewolf who definitely makes him feel alive and more than anything, he wants to make her his. No matter how he does it

Available at: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?upt=book&ubid=553

RATING:  4 Stars

The Shadow Zone: Taking Julia by Isabella Jordan is a hot cha cha cha read. It is a great sci-fi book that involves futuristic space with the dystopian apocalyptic kick with some sexy and steamy scenes. Julia and Rick's chemistry is spot on and the adventure they go on is great. It kept me engaged and I can't wait to read more from Isabella Jordan. Julia is no damsel in distress-she is a total balls to the wall warrior woman and the reader really gets a clear picture of who she is and can relate to her vulnerabilities. Rick is just to die for. He's a strong character that will have you heading to that cold shower but he's more than just muscle and a steely exterior; he's the rugged hero we all love and adore. Great book.

  Reviewed by: Nikki

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REVIEW: Ghosts of Death by Chrys Fey

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can...by stalking the lead detective on the case.

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Death-Chrys-Fey-ebook/dp/B00V5B46I0

RATING:  4.5 Stars

‘Ghost of Death’ is an interesting murder mystery, with the ghost of the victim, a university student named Jolie, following the police detective, Avrianna Heavenborn, who’s in charge of the case.  Moving one step, or one clue, at a time, they go through all the important moments of Jolie’s last night, as Avrianna talks to the grieving mother, Jolie’s boyfriend, and her roommate, and the other friends the couple had gone out with that evening.

Now, the mystery itself isn’t terribly complicated, but you get to watch a particularly gifted detective carefully work her way through her case, eliminating each suspect along the way, always accompanied by Jolie’s ghost.  Since the story doesn’t start until Jolie first realizes that she is dead, and she can’t remember what happened, you have no way of predicting ahead of time who killed her or why, so you end up solving the murder exactly as Detective Heavenborn does.  I found this intriguing, and it held my attention from beginning to end.

The characters are all believable, including Jolie’s ghost, and the way everything is presented gave me an empathic connection to the tale that I don’t always get in a murder mystery.  The presentation drew me in, and wouldn’t let go, even after I’d finished the story – I found myself drawing mental pictures of the memorial service, of how the friends recovered, if they recovered.  For a short story, ‘Ghost of Death’ made a serious impression on me, and I truly enjoyed reading it.  In fact, I’ve already gone through it a second time.

I give this book 4.5 stars, and recommend it to anyone who likes short mysteries, with a nice suggestion of romance along the way.  I wouldn’t have minded it being a little longer, with a few more details or perhaps a mistaken step along the way; with that, I would probably have given it 5 stars.

I am very grateful for the reviewer’s copy I was sent.

  Reviewed by: Roberta

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