Dark Obsession (Shadow Destroyers #4) By Sydney Somers

From Goodreads.com:  Scorching desire…fatal consequences.

Demon slayer Rae McAvoy refuses to let anything stand between her and getting the job done. Especially her ex. Loving Parker nearly destroyed her, and if partnering with him one last time means he’ll be reassigned and out of her life for good, bring it on.

If Parker was the only threat to her heart, tracking down one rogue scientist would be a snap. Except the scientist in question is Rae’s father, and his experiments are hitting much too close to home.

Parker Walsh hasn’t forgotten the passion that once burned between them, and he’s determined to remind Rae every chance he gets. But giving in to more than just lust could mean surrendering to the darkness inside him—the same darkness that once drove her away.

Riding the edge of their rising desire pushes them to the breaking point, until an explosion of passion raises the stakes even higher. Especially when long-buried secrets force them to break the last links to their past—or else be consumed by an obsession so dark it could tear them apart for good.

Disclaimerlicious: The author asked me to review this book.

Bare with me, since I came in on the 4th book of the series, my plot synopsis may not be great.   Shadow Destroyers are humans gifted with a gene that allows them to acquire a demon’s abilities once they are ‘initiated’ or first encounter a demon.  The abilities gained depend on the type of demon; lust, storm, telepath, etc.  Parker Walsh was initiated by a lust demon (rawr!), and he also happens to be Rae’s ex-live-in-boyfriend.  Rae is…something else entirely.  When Parker is reassigned to Rae’s area to investigate a string of missing children cases thought to be Shadow related, he decides he has to try to win her back.  Unfortunately, due to the HORRIFIC nature of their break-up, Rae is not interested.  Of course, when they start traveling cross-country following leads on the missing kids, Parker kind of makes himself…unavoidable. 

The Good:  Two Words come to mind for this book: Sexual Tension.  I felt like I could slice it with a knife it was so thick!  Parker and Rae’s history, jaded feelings and remaining (and unwelcome) lust is the heart of this book and I was very affected by it.  Actually, anyone who has ever survived a serious break-up will probably be affected by this book.  It was slightly more somber than the PNR I am used to because of the heavy break-up discussions, but I appreciated this, as it really made me pull for them as a couple.  There were some lighter bits, like Rae’s devil cat that hates Parker, that I loved.  Nothing sucks worse than your pet trying to take out your lover in his sleep!  I also really liked the whole humans becoming like demons thing, what a cool idea.  Best way to fight demons? Steal their powers! Makes so much sense! 

The Bad:  The only thing I can really say here is while the books could stand alone, I really don’t think they should.  I really only say that because there are several of supporting characters that I could tell hooked up in previous books, and it sorta drove me crazy wondering about them.  I got a little lost on the whole Shadow Destroyers mythos as well, I felt I really could have benefitted from more back story.

The Bumpin’ Uglies:  I could sum this entire section up by saying: Sex or almost-sex in inappropriate places.   🙂   Parker attempts to seduce Rae in the strangest places: Against the vending machine, kitchen floor, you get the gist.  I loved this! I thought it was hysterical and really HOT.  I think I remember public-ish sex being a problem in the Pendragon Gargoyles series as well, must be a running theme….one that receives the Kindlelicious Stamp of Approval.   And then after said PDA episodes, seeing Darcy the Telepath have to filter Parker’s thoughts was hilarious:

“He might have even gotten her up on the edge bar where he could have worked her pants off and started the whole process over again, much, much lower.

‘Parker!’

Yanked from his thoughts, he straightened in his chair.

‘Dial it down buddy’, Darcy tapped her temple.  ‘At least go with the PG version if you feel compelled to think so hard.”

I thought Parker and his lusty demon ways were really hot.  His confidence (arrogance?) and those silver eyes were yummy.  If you are looking for some fun, steamy PNR, then I recommend adding Sydney Somers to your list.

Rating: 8

 

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The Darkest Lie By Gena Showalter

From Goodreads.com:  Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . .

I think what I am about to say will be considered blasphemous to some, and it pains me to say it, but I liked the last one better.  Maybe I was too excited about Gideon’s story because he is my favorite, so nothing or no one would be good enough.  Or maybe I have been reading too much PNR lately, so the whole “oh, i will let myself enjoy this one moment, because we can never be together again” thing is just old to me at this point.   But I was expecting Scarlet to be a kick-ass chick.  She is Nightmares for crying out loud! She can kill you in your sleep!  Why the lack of confidence?  Why are we still wondering if Gideon could ever really love her at 90%??  Ugh. 

Okay, I got that out, now I can sorta discuss the book.  Well, not really.  Not without giving out major spoilers anyway.  Basically, the book picks right back up from the last one with Gideon discovering Scarlet was his wife, Aeron trying to figure out how to save Legion from Hell, and the Titan Rhea still unleashing her Hunters on the Lords.  Aeron asks Amun and William to asist him in the rescue mission, so we get to learn a lot more about both of them.  And I gotta say, I really liked the little hint we got about William.  We also get to see the beginnings of Strider’s potential HEA, which I am very curious to see how that one will get pulled together, because the chick is NASTY.   Obviously, we learn the most about Scarlet and Gideon, and aside from Scarlet annoying the crap out of me, her back story was great.  I won’t reveal anything, but I will say those Titans are some dirty hookers.  At this point, I have read almost every type of villain, and I would have to put these crazy bitches at the top of the list.  Man, my heart was breaking for Gideon and Scarlet.  Anyway, despite the PNR formula grating on me a little here, the book was great like all the others.  I was a little disappointed by Scarlet’s whining because my blue-haired hottie deserves better, but the plot still rocked.  And Torin has some great one-liners…actually I think he has replaced Gideon as my favorite, though I have no idea how he will ever get his HEA.  Keep an eye out for another Immortals After Dark shout out during one of Torin’s scenes.  Those always make me happy.

Rating: 8 (though the lack of blue hair on this cover really sucks!!)

Love in the Time of Dragons By Katie Macalister

From Goodreads.com:  Tully Sullivan just woke up in a strange place, surrounded by people she’s never met. Which is bad enough. But then the strange people insist they are dragons. And, worse, that she is also a dragon, named Ysolde de Bouchier, one of the most notorious figures in dragon history.

She doesn’t buy it. She can’t breathe fire or shapeshift. She’s not even bothered by gold. But they’re adamant. And she’s in trouble.

Because these dragons also want to sentence her to death.

If she’s going to survive, Tully realizes she is going to have to find a way to solve the crimes she’s being accused of. Even though they happened in a past she has absolutely no memory of living.

This was a pretty short read, so I will just do a quick review.  If you have read all of Katie Macalister’s dragon books up until now, you will love this addition. We finally get to see what big bad Baltic is all about.  If you haven’t, you will be pretty lost.  I even had to go back to the previous books to make sure I had the plot correct.  The most important thing to know is that Baltic and Ysolde were both killed a long time ago, and have been reincarnated to find each other again and serve some sort of purpose that we have not learned about yet.  I thought this book was much better than the two silver dragon books, just much more entertaining…and to be honest, Gabriel just gets on my nerves.  I loved the dynamic of Baltic and Ysolde/Tully.  There was this one scene where they were looking back at their previous selves in bed and Ysolde started umm…comparing and contrasting old vs. new Baltic.  I didn’t think I would ever stop laughing. And Ysolde’s son Brom was hilarious, especially when paired with my favorite demon dog Jim.  Jim was at his best in this one, actually, everyone was pretty funny in this one.  Baltic cracked me up more than once:

Ysolde: “You think so?  Well maybe your precious Aisling just needs to watch out, because I’m not some pushover, you know.  I’m a mage, and mated to the baddest ass in the dragon world.”

Brom looked speculatively at Baltic.  “That’s you?”

Baltic: “Yes.  If you were my son, as you should have been, you, too, would have a badass.”

 My only complaint about this book was the ending.  I know it’s setting us up for future books in the series, but it was very unsatisfying.  There were also a few plot elements that were left unresolved, but hopefully we will get to those in the next one.  I am also hoping to see more of sexy Italian blue dragon, Bastian. 

Rating: 8.5 (+0.5 for super sexy cover that matches my new theme so well, which I made especially big for this post. Hehe.)

Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

From Goodreads.com:  Seattle. One minute you’re drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six-inch stilettos, Balenciaga handbag on sale) while satisfying her craving for human flesh (Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken.) and decent vodkatinis.

Making her way through a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters–not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo–isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting the word, “help” (The undead–so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.

Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hellbent on turning Seattle‘s undead underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than death…

Can you write a review comprised of all quotes? Because there is no way anything I say will compare to the magic that spews from Amanda Feral’s mouth.  You know how when you see a stand up comic and they say something extremely racist but hilarious and the crowd goes “Ooooooooooooooh!”  That’s how I felt reading most of this book.  It took me forever to finish because I stopped about a million times to read aloud to my husband, who just smiled and shook his head.  The plot is really basic: Amanda’s succubus friend goes missing, Amanda finally gets around to finding her, uncovers a secret zombie plague conspiracy while sleuthing, hijinks ensue.  There is a lot of background on how Amanda and her friends became supernatural, which drags a little.  But none of that really matters because it’s when Amanda interacts with others that the real magic happens.  My God she is awful in the most hilarious way possible.  The only other character I can think of that has the same wonderful awfulness thing going on is Frank (Danny Devito) from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  99% of the words out of her mouth are cringeworthy, but brilliant! 

For example:  “A binge is a sincerely personal thing; no two are alike, at least that’s what my therapist says, and he should know, eating disorders are his specialty, not that he’s particularly good at treating them.  That is not why I saw him anyway; well it was initially.  Okay, I’ll admit, I was fucking him.” 

And another:  “’So let me get this straight, we feed on welfare recipients?’ Gross, right? Where do you find one, the Dollar Store? Jesus!

See? Awesome.  So, if you are looking for a truly hilarious yet soul-soiling experience, check out this book.  Just be sure to remove your moral compass first.

Rating: 8

 

Kindle rant:  Amanda likes footnotes…A LOT.  They are absolutely hysterical, but after the first 50 or so, you get sick of positioning the little Kindle cursor over them.  You have been warned.

 

Disclaimerlicious:  If you are looking for romance, this is not the book for you.  Two words: Zombie Sex. Ick.

The Darkest Passion

From Goodreads.com:  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another sizzling installment of the Lords of the Underworld series as Aeron, keeper of the demon of wrath, finally meets his match…

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel–demon-assassin–has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting–and falling for–Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this “mortal” with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t….

 Spoiler Free Review:

I feel like the blurb above does a good job of summarizing the plot, and since I am trying really hard not to reveal spoilers for this book, I will not elaborate any more.  Instead, we will briefly give the history of Kindlelicious and The Lords of the Underworld.  It all started with Kresley Cole and a little Valkyrie named Nix.  I had just finished reading the Immortals after Dark (IAD) series, and I read somewhere in cyberland that Kresley and Gena would be doing an IAD-Lords crossover with Nix.  After my happy dance  (I have major IAD withdrawal issues), I hurried to buy the Lords series.  Sadly, I was underwhelmed.  I liked the books, don’t get me wrong, but after coming off IAD, nothing was really working for me.  But I kept going, because I needed to see my Nixie (which was sorta disappointing but I digress).  Luckily, it wasn’t long before Anya and William came along and rocked my world.  Then you throw in some crazy harpy sisters, and suddenly I love this series.  Now, if you read my blog or tweets, you know I am obsessed with angels (Blame Nalini Singh), so I was really excited about hottie Aeron and angel Olivia and revisiting those harpies and minor Gods.   So without spoiling anything, let me tell you all this book has going on: lots of William, lots of angely goodness (Olivia, Lysander, Galen and Aeron), lots of Gideon including a BIG plot twist I did not see coming, and major plot developments involving the war with the Hunters and Galen.  I apologize for how vague I am being, but there was so much set up for future books, that I feel like talking about anything will give something away.   That being said, here are my vague thoughts about the book:  I loved the Olivia and Aeron story, Olivia is HILAIROUS, but doesn’t mean to be.  I wanted to jump through my Kindle and bitch-slap Legion.  I also have some choice words for Lysander and his fine self.  I am slightly uncomfortable with where William’s story is headed, but I am sure Gena will work it out.  I am SUPER excited to read more about Gideon, but I admit deciphering his sentences gives me a slight headache.   I am excited there are going to be 2 Lady…Lady Lords (?)…chicks possessed by demon other than Cameo, because she bores me.  And I really want to see what will happen with Galen and his…hook-up in the future.  Okay, this might be the worst review ever, so just know, this book was awesome.   It was funny, sexy, infuriating and exciting all at the same time.  AND it is officially the first Kindlelicious 10!!

Favorite quote:  “But I offered you a place in my bed,” William whined to the Harpy. 

“You suck at Guitar Hero, therefore I figure you’re bad with your hands.  Besides, someone we all know and love has staked prior claim on you.  …”Therefore I picked Paris to keep me warm the other night.  And I can’t wait to give Bianka the down-and-dirty details.”

Rating: 10

Hell on Earth Series By Jackie Kessler

From Amazon.com:  She’s A Hot Demon On The Run From Hell– Which Isn’t Easy To Do In Heels.

Once upon a time, Jezebel was a powerful succubus, capable of seducing men and sucking out their souls. But that was before Hell put a bounty on her head. Now her only chance to escape a fate far worse than death is to live as a mortal, losing herself in a sea of unfamiliar humanity, in a place where sinners walk hand-in-hand with saints–a place like Belle’s strip club in New York City.

Working as an exotic dancer is a piece of cake for a former demon that once specialized in sex. Taking money from men? Please. It’s like leading lawyers to the Lake of Fire. Plus the lingerie is great. But she hadn’t counted on meeting sexy Paul Hamilton, a man haunted by his past. Good-bye, succubus; hello, lovestruck. Learning all about how complicated–and pleasurable–love can be, Jezebel thinks she’s turned her back on Hell.

But Hell hasn’t stopped looking for her. The secrets Jezebel holds are the most dangerous of all, the kind every demon in the Underworld would do their worst to protect. Demons are closing in, which is enough to make Jezebel shiver in her G-string. But it’s her love for Paul that’s going to have deadly consequences…

Thoughts on the Road to Hell series: (I tried to avoid spoilers)

Ohmigodilovejezebelthesuccubssomuch!!  Whew, had to blurt that out, anyway. When we meet Jezebel in Hell’s Belles, she’s a succubus on the run from Hell, hoping to find the witch that can turn her human to avoid detection by demon bounty hunters.  Once she is sorta human (and calling herself Jessie), she flees to New York City in hopes of blending in with the rest of humanity.  En route to NYC she meets Paul Hamilton and is instantly smitten with her newly found “Cabin Boy.”  She takes a job as a stripper, which pretty much comes as second nature to a creature of lust, but quickly realizes that the demons of Hell are on her heels.  With the help of her incubus former lover Daunuan and her BFF Meg the Fury, she tries to find a way to escape the wrath of Hell’s new King.

Hell’s Belles is a sexy, dirty, sinfully wonderful book! Jezebel is hysterical, I laughed out loud several times while reading this.  Her mouth is so durty, Orbitz wouldn’t stand a chance cleaning it up.  Plus, there is just enough action to keep the plot moving along, but honestly, I could’ve read Jezebel’s conversations with her ‘conscience’ for hours.  I also loved the twist on the relationship between Heaven and Hell and Lucifer.  In fact, I almost enjoyed the time Jessie was in Hell more than when she was on Earth!

When we see Jezzie again in The Road to Hell, she is living with her cabin boy lover Paul and trying to adjust to being a human with a real, untainted soul.  Unfortunately, her new soul brought all kinds of feelings with it, like hurt from Meg’s betrayal.  Most of the book deals with Jessie trying to learn how to live like a human and be in a relationship, but her new human-with-a-soul status has made her plenty of enemies in Hell.  The Queen of Lust, Lilith, is out to get Jessie for reasons revealed later in the book.  And Jessie keeps getting unwelcome visits from Alecto the Fury asking for assistance with saving Meg and Daunuan attempting to seduce her back to Hell.  When Lilith’s attacks on Jessie fail, she goes after Paul, and Jessie finds herself back in Hell to save him.

The Road to Hell was a great book, but after Hell’s Belles, it was sorta a disappointment.  Jessie is not nearly as raunchy in this one, which I really missed.  She almost becomes whiny when dealing with Paul, and her encounters with Daunuan go from uber steamy to almost sad.   Daunuan’s new apprentice Angel provides some really funny scenes as an angel trying to become a succubus.  While the first book was completely frivolous and fun, The Road to Hell has some more touching scenes that I wasn’t really expecting.  It also left us with lingering questions about why Hecate is interested in Jez and what exactly her relationship with Lucifer is. 

Hotter than Hell, the third book in the series, is completely different from the first two, and is told from Daunuan’s point of view.  The newly appointed King of Lust, the God Pan, has asked Daunuan to be his prince.  But he must pass Pan’s test first which involves seducing a woman slated for Heaven into committing an act of lust.  His target, Virginia, is a dead ringer for Jezebel, and Daunuan is forced to come to terms with his feelings for his long lost succubus.  Daunuan becomes ‘Don’ in order to seduce Virginia into sleeping with him, but other Princes of Hell are trying to stop him at all costs.

After the first two books in the series, I didn’t really appreciate the total shift of view point.  I loved Duan in the other books, but since he had to make himself boring to seduce Virginia, he just didn’t work for me here.  When Jezebel was in the scene, she didn’t act like herself at all, which made me sad. I missed Jessie!  The book had a twist ending that I didn’t see coming, but also didn’t really care for cause it seems that not everyone will get their happy ending.  I kinda wish I had just stuck to the first two, but I liked the books enough to check out Jackie Kessler’s other series, The Icarus Project.

My Favorite Jezebel quotes:

Bartender: “Scotch.  Thought you could use one. The good stuff, too.  Eighteen year.

Jezebel: “Usually I preferred a little Scotch wearing a kilt and no knickers. But I’d take the liquid variety today.

“Paul! Oooh. My Cabin Boy returneth. Woot!”

 “A demon trust a human? Unspeakably funny. The only creatures that lied even more than demons were humans—and that was because demons didn’t lie to themselves.”

Ratings:

Hell’s Belles : 9

The Road to Hell:  8

Hotter than Hell:  7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark of the Demon By Diana Rowland

From Amazon.com:  Cop and conjurer of demons, she’s a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill….

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head…

The Drama: Kara Gillian has just been promoted to homicide detective.  Oh, and she also happens to be a demon summoner.  Her first task is to hunt down The Symbol Man, a serial killer responsible for several grisly murders in the area.  In hopes of getting more information from otherworldly sources, she summons a demon, but ends up with Rhyzkahl, a seriously hot demon lord.  The problem is he doesn’t really help her in the way she intended and continues to pop up in her dreams to drive her even crazier, all while furthering his own plans of course.  When The Symbol Man murders escalate, a task force is assigned to help noob Kara solve the case, introducing us to the sorta hot (?) Agent Ryan Kristoff.  Kara struggles to prove herself to the very machismo-y (so many new words) task force, while attempting to hide her knowledge of the Arcane that could solve the case.  It’s hard to go into much more of the drama without getting into the several twists and turns of the central mystery, so I will just skip ahead to what I really want to talk about.

The Smut:  Ooooooooh, I do enjoy a love triangle!  Unfortunately only 2 of 3 members of said triangle actually got it on.  But this is obviously another series, so I will just have to be patient for the other money shot.  ::SIGH::  Anywho, Demon Lord Rhyzkahl comes in with a bang (pun intended), but then we don’t really get to see anymore of his sexy side.  Though I will say, I enjoyed not knowing what his intentions were and being scared shitless of him most of the book.  I have a soft spot for tremendously assholey men.  As for Agent Kristoff…he just didn’t do it for me.  I liked his personality okay, but my shallow side would much prefer to hop back in the sack with Rhyzkahl even if he could enslave the entire human race.  From a totally smutty perspective, this book was a tease.  We got all that Rhyzkahl hotness in the first 10% (I only understand books in Kindleish now), so I am thinking this book is going to be a big raunch-fest, and then NOTHING!! We didn’t even finish off that triangle! Blah.

The Rant/Rave:  Honestly the first 30% or so of this book was painful for me.  It really got bogged down in the police procedurals and politics, but after I learned that the author is a former Cop, I appreciated it more.  And I could totally relate to Kara trying to prove herself in a man’s world.  I will say that my brain did not appreciate the strange sensation of being bored yet fascinated yet repulsed by the autopsy details.  Just weird.  About halfway through I started really loving the plot and enjoyed trying to figure out how everyone was related to The Symbol Man.  And while I saw some of the twists coming, I didn’t see that last one!  Kara’s potty mouth personality really came through towards the end, so she grew on me a lot.  One the whole, this book pleasantly surprised me, and I am looking forward to Blood of the Demon.  But I better see some more Demon Lord action!!!

Rating: 8

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