“Growling For Mine (Grayslake: More Than Mated Kindle World)” by Alexa Riley

Wow, I think this may be my favorite Alexa Riley yet. Short and sweet and the smut is happening from the get-go.

Good Lord, did I LOVE Bleu. Sorry, but he’s MINE.

Caveman bear shifter, treats his woman like a precious jewel.

This is just like I like ’em… right to the point. Short and sweet.

“You will be mine. If I mate you, you cannot leave. I will hunt you down and bring you back to our home.”

GAH. I lurv him.

Review also found at Goodreads.

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HELL YES! More paranormal smut from Alexa Riley! I’m there.

“Wrath and Bones” (Marnie Baranuik #4) by A.J. Aalto

Wrath and Bones (The Marnie Baranuik Files Book 4)Wrath and Bones by A.J. Aalto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review also found at: https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres…

This was my first completed book of 2016. Yay me! And it was a really good one!
I think Wrath and Bones is my favorite since Touched. To be honest, the love triangle and Marnie’s obnoxiousness kind of ruined Death Rejoices for me, but maybe I wasn’t in the mood. I liked Last Impressions better, but this really seemed like inspired story-telling.

From the first page, I was drawn in the story, and there seemed to be very little setup before you were thrust into the action. A LOT of things happen in this book. One reason I may have liked it more is just that I love me some vampires/revenants and the whole premise surrounded them. The Houses are summoned to replace the King, who has gone mad and can’t do his job anymore.

Asmodeus, who was a total jerk, had Marnie go off with Declan (the Irishman returns and I was glad to see him) and Batten on a quest to retrieve three objects. Marnie also has to prevent Trollpocalypse. She gets to meet other Daysitters, most of whom seem like shitty people.

The world-building here is top-notch, in my view. I was fascinated by the orcs, trolls, spriggans, werefox, and mellified mummy man? Awesome stuff. The scene towards the end where they battle the trolls with the help of a massive Baltic sea wyrm was fantastic!

Also, this one had some of the best “nonsense” words that Marnie makes up and uses as swear words. So funny. Snatchgoblin, “donked in the wabbles,” twatdribble… lots of funny in this one.

No sexy Harry times, but I guess I can forgive that. TEAM HARRY forever! LOL

All in all, I think this is the best story since book one. I thought the author was really on her game with this one. Fantastic.

Review also found at Goodreads.

“Dragon Actually” by G.A. Aiken

Dragon Actually (The Dragon Kin, #1)Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, but rounded up.

So, reading and writing this review has given me another an opportunity to Google Jason Momoa pictures, since he reminds me of the male lead character, Fearghus (who is a SEXY dragon shifter).

On one hand, this was a pretty typical fantasy romance, but it also had some high points that put it above your average, tropey love story. Annwyl is a 21 year old virgin, but she grew up with an abusive father and brother and spent all her time learning to be a warrior, so she could eventually take the throne and save her people from evil tyranny. Annwyl is pretty bad-ass. She says what she feels, does what she wants, and knows what she wants. That is refreshing. There is little angst. The sex scenes are very steamy (and there are a LOT of them).

Fearghus is a fun romantic hero. He’s also got LOTS of sexy dragon shifter brothers, so that means lots more books in the series! HAHA – His sister, Morfryd is awesome as well. Another strong female character in a romance. Imagine that.

So, if you like PNR or fantasy romance, you’ll probably like this. It’s got all the “good stuff” (raunchy sex scenes) plus a plot plus strong characters you don’t want to bitchslap. That’s a win in my book! Where’s book 2?!?! *goes to find it*

Buddy read with my MacHalo dragon lovers. Even Sarah liked it!

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“Magic Shifts” (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

2 stars – Ok, unpopular opinion time. I know it’s blasphemy and all, but this book was just okay to me. I found it a struggle to get through.

A couple months have passed since the last book. Kate and Curran are going through the final process of full separation from the Pack. They now live in a suburban neighborhood with Julie and we see a lot of domesticity in the beginning. I don’t know why, but this is a trope in urban fantasy that really annoys me. However, it’s not like I didn’t know it was coming.

The main plot in this one was a werebison goes missing, Eduardo. To further complicate matters, we find out his girlfriend is the Alpha Bear, Mahon’s, daughter, and he is a long-standing bigot we all know and are aware of. So we get lots of family and romance angst, mixed in with the domesticity at the beginning.

The good thing to me was in the beginning (around 20%), we see that Kate seems to have hit her stride. She knows how to use her powers more, she’s in her prime. Then, she has a stroke and it feels weird. I’m not sure what that was all about, but it felt like it was just a plot device.

I felt like a lot of characters just made a token appearance. The side story of Curran taking over the Guild was okay, I guess. He had to have significance established for the future books.

None of my favorite characters really had a significant role and maybe that was part of it. Saiman has one scene you’d miss if you blinked. The conversation with Roland was nothing more than a huge info-dump, really. I felt like a lot of this book was transitional or info-dumping or just…filler.

There’s a lot of things that are repeated, like how many times have we heard Roland described something like…”if the sun had risen” or something to do with what just looking on him when we has happy with you was like the sun rising or whatnot.

I just didn’t care about Mahon or Eduardo or George or the big bad in this one. The writing is fine and for people who really get into seeing all the appearances of the various characters in the world, it is great. I hope the next one is a little darker and maybe I just like the “bad guys” in this world too much. They are much more intriguing to me.

I will re-read this in the future and probably will like it more. At least, that happened with the previous book, so I’m thinking it could just be my current mood. I just couldn’t get into this one.

Review also found at: Goodreads

Kate Daniels re-read, “Magic Bleeds” by Ilona Andrews

Re-read with the Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) group.

FIRST READ: OCTOBER 2014 (4 stars)
SECOND READ: JUNE 2015 (4 stars)

New thoughts: This one was a bit tougher to get through on the second read, but I’ll keep my original rating (although the first half of the book was more of a 3 star rating for me). There was a lot of really great world-building and character development. I did enjoy reading the Kate and Curran sections more. Kate’s aunt is a real bitch, but I loved all her scenes. What a great villain. There was some great banter between her and Kate. Overall, not the strongest book in the series, especially coming off of book 3, which is my favorite.

Original review at Goodreads:

So Kate’s got a cray-cray Aunt that comes to town to bring end of the world catastrophes and diseases to humans and shape-shifters alike. Just another day in the life.

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This was a good book. A lot really happens here, esp. involving Kate and Curran. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. I know I’m reading this one after the fact and most people have already devoured it and moved on, but in my view, Ilona Andrews really knows how to do the world-building thing. Other urban fantasy authors are really gonna have to step their game up now that this formidable writing team is around and here to stay.

Loved it!

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