Tracking the Tempest By Nicole Peeler

From Barnesandnoble.com:  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and Ryu – Jane’s bloodsucking boyfriend – can’t let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane’s life is thrown off course.

Ryu’s well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane’s surprise…

 Jane is a half-Selkie, who is dating a vamp, spends most of her time with a Gnome and is now being stalked by another halfling who is convinced they are soul mates.  Needless to say, these books are different but in a good way.  Jane is hilarious, here is one of my fave quotes:

“Ryu knew damned well that humor could overcome any emotion, even lust.  I couldn’t help laugh s he helped to my feet and pushed me to the wet room.  Meanwhile, I began strategizing all the various ways in which I would destroy him later.  And he’s afraid of a little Gorgon, I thought as I wondered what, exactly, Iris has packed from my dirty drawer.  Game on Vlad, I thought, wriggling my own eyebrows at my vampire’s back as he went to get my suitcase.  I’ll show you an ‘impaler.

I also have to include this quote because I know one certain fellow blogger who will appreciate this:

 “Before executing my culinary genius, I first poked ay Ruy’s iPod, set in his state-of-the-art sound dock thingie, until I found the Killers and put them on shuffle.  I was officially obessesed with the Killers, not least because of the lead singer’s slightly spastic-yet-strangely-sexy dance moves.”

Tracking the Tempest was action packed and hilarious from start to finish, kind of like a summer blockbuster for books.  However, I have two complaints. First, I learned very quickly that the series is also forgettable.  I had a really hard time remembering supporting characters (besides the Gnome, who I am moderately obsessed with) from the first book.  It wasn’t a huge deal, and it didn’t ruin the fun, but since these are kinda short reads, they just don’t stick with you.  Second, Jane talks a big game about all the dirty things she has planned for Ryu, but then we skip over the actual scenes.  To this I say, BOOO!  You can’t refer to Jane’s dirty drawer repeatedly and then not show the contents in action!  Alas, I am not really crazy about Ryu anyway, so I was excited to see the little love-triangle brewing with Anyan.  I am firmly on Team Anyan at this point.  Ryu is just too pretty. 

Rating: 8 (with bonus love for the super cute covers!)

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!!)

Hunting Season (The Gathering #1) By Shelly Laurenston

From Gooodreads.com:  

Stubborn, lethal, and from Jersey…what more could a Viking warrior want from his woman?
The Gathering, Book 1

Neecy Lawrence, winged warrior for a Viking goddess and second-in-command of the fierce Crows, doesn’t know what to do with a nice guy. As it is, making up for a past she’d sooner forget leaves her barely polite most days. But Raven leader and loyal Odin warrior, Will Yager, isn’t just nice. He’s gorgeous, hot, and a distraction she simply can’t afford.

Yager has wanted Neecy in his life—and in his bed—for a long time. Not just for a night, but forever. And, like any self-respecting Viking, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. So what if she’s the most difficult, complex, never-gives-him-a-break woman he’s ever known? She’s more than worth the effort. In fact, she’s worth everything.

And if it turns out that twenty-four hours of non-stop, any-way-she-wants-it sex doesn’t work with Neecy? Then it looks like he’ll just have to get a little more creative…

 I think I am developing a Shelly Laurenston addiction.  I just can’t stop reading her stuff.  This makes the 10th book (counting the GA Aiken books) I have read and I swear she can do no wrong.  There is just something about the way she captures funny, smart people being…funny and smart that I love.  I think the blurb above explains the plot pretty well, as it follows the standard PNR formula.  You know the one: Neecy and her group of bad-ass chick friends bump into Yager and his group of super hot dudes, they immediately hate each other, until tossed into grave peril, and then those pesky hormones take over.  Only this time, Neecy belongs to porn-loving Norse God Skuld, while Yager is forced to tolerate Odin’s penchant for turning strippers into Valkyries. Such a nice twist.  So, there I was, happily reading along, already loving this book because 1) Shelly Laurenston wrote it, and 2) it’s a fresh take on the standard PNR…and then she goes and does this:

“Didi looked up from the television as Arri, Janelle, and Katie walked into the living room.  It was a quiet night.  No job from their goddess, so they’d all decided to watch movies.  As usual, they ended up watching Aliens…again.  They simply couldn’t get enough of Vasquez.  Any chick who kicked that much ass was an honorary Crow.”

It’s like…she can see into my soul or something.  Not only is Aliens one of my absolute favorite movies EVER (behind Ghostbusters 1 & 2 of course), but she mentions Vasquez!!!  Do you know how long I have been lusting after that flame thrower she eviscerates the aliens with??  I have mourned her death all 573893495 times I have seen it! She’s gotta be the most underrated movie chick of all time, and they mentioned her!!  So I mean, I don’t really need to say any more about this book.  It was great, like all the others.  It was a little more edgy than the Pride series, which I loved; more cussing, more sexing, more awesomeness.  My only complain is, while stalking reading her blog, Ms. Laurentson said she doesn’t know when she will pick back up the series.  To that I say: It’s not very nice to set up not one but TWO more couples in the first book and not carry on with the series!  Please write more!  I am not above begging! 

Rating: 9.5 

Skin Game By Ava Gray

A beautiful fugitive—wanted dead or alive.

Kyra is a con woman and a particular kind of thief. She steals with a touch, but she only takes one thing: her target’s strongest skill. Which means she can be a fighter, an athlete, a musician, an artist—anything she wants… for a limited time. Heartbroken, she turns her gift toward avenging her father’s murder; with deadly patience, Kyra works her way into casino owner Gerard Serrano’s inner circle. After pulling off the ultimate con, she flees with his money and his pride.

A hit man who never misses the mark.

Reyes has nothing but his work. Pity for Kyra, he’s the best and mercy never sways him once he takes a job. He’s been hired to find out where Kyra hid the cash—and bring her back to face Serrano’s “justice.” Dead will do, if he can’t locate the loot. He’s never failed to complete a contract, but Kyra tempts him with her fierce heat and her outlaw heart. So Reyes has a hell of a choice: forsake his word or kill the woman he might love.

 

The Drama:  When we first meet Kyra, she is working a con at some trashy bar.  Reyes has already tracked her down, and they have a seriously explosive encounter within 15 minutes of meeting.  Kyra ditches Reyes the next morning, and carries on with her life.  Little does she know, Reyes intends on finding her again to carry out the contract on her life.  Of course, nothing goes as planned and before they know it, Kyra and Reyes are on the run from angry meth-heads.  Texas-sized sparks fly between the two, and in keeping with standard romance protocol, they are madly in love within days.  But as secrets are revealed, Kyra realizes a relationship with Reyes can never work.  Unfortunately, she needs his help to end Serrano and save her friend Mia, so they head back to Vegas where the real drama unfolds.

The Rant:  This book was an odd one for me.  This is one of few books I have read where I like the main duo little more than the villain.  I mean, this is the love story of a hitman and con-artist, I get it, but still, I thought they would be more likeable.  I had a hard time with both of them being life-long criminals, but justifying it by only hurting people who ‘deserved’ it. The only supernatural element to the book is Kyra’s ability to steal other people’s talents with touch.  Everyone else is just…human.  Well, let me rephrase, most everyone in the book is a scummy human (with the exception of Serrano’s assistant Foster, who has his own secrets).  They encounter rapists, other hit men, meth-heads, modern-day gangsters…you get the picture.  For some reason, when an entire supernatural world is created around the story, I don’t mind the scum so much, because they are demons and the like.  It’s still an escape even if they are awful creatures.  But parts of this book just remind you of all the creeps that actually exist…I just wanted to bathe or something.  On the other hand, I found the whole concept of these two people with no one else in the world but each other intriguing.  I enjoyed the details of Kyra’s cons, and her gift was a fresh idea.  I felt like both the cons and the action sequences were so well thought out they could actually happen.  I honestly can’t say anything bad about the book other than I didn’t really love the main characters, but I did love their interactions with each other.  Does that make sense? Probably not. 

The Smut:  There is something to be said for a book where using a HOT one-night stand that occurs in the first 10% (kindle-speak) as a plot device actually works.  I was really shocked by the early smut arrival, and even more shocked by the fiery chemistry of two people who just met.   Of course then you have to wait 200 years for the encore, but it’s pretty worth it.  Reyes and Kyra are intense, morally-flawed characters, so you can expect few inhibitions when it comes to the smut.  My only complaint is all the condom talk.  I know, I know, safe sex, blah blah.  But our girl can become a black-belt by touching a sensei, should we be so concerned with the realistic portrayal of condom use every time?  Especially when the absence of said condoms actually interferes with the smut?  I guess the realistic use of condoms in fantasy novels is a whole other discussion, so I will just say, I was over it.  But otherwise, this book has some well-written, extremely steamy scenes that get even better as Kyra and Reyes’ feelings deepen.  After I successfully blocked out the cover’s questionable hotness, I found both Reyes and Foster (and his pin-stripe suits) to be oozing with yumminess and I look forward to learning more about Foster in the next book.

Rating: 8

Pride series by Shelly Laurenston

The Beast in Him

Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward “accidentally” bumps into Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she’s come since high school. Back then, Jess’s gangly limbs and bruised heart turn to jelly any time Smitty’s “all the better to ravish you with” body came near her. So, some things haven’t changed. Except now Jess is a success on her own terms. And she can enjoy a romp-or twenty-with a big, bad wolf and walk away. Easy.

The sexy, polished CEO who hires Smitty’s security firm might be a million miles from the loveable geek he knew, but her kiss, her touch, is every bit as hot as he imagined. Jess was never the kind to ask for help, and she doesn’t want it now, not even with someone targeting her Pack. But Smitty’s not going to turn tail and run. Not before proving that their sheet-scorching animal lust is only the start of something even wilder…

 

 The Mane Attraction

Weddings have the strangest effect on people. How else to explain the fact that Sissy Mae Smith woke up in Mitch Shaw’s bed the morning after her brother Bobby Ray tied the knot? Or that gunmen are trying to kill Mitch, and Sissy Mae now has to escort a bleeding, stubborn, yet still incredibly sexy lion shifter to her Tennessee Pack’s turf to keep him safe? It doesn’t help that Mitch’s appraising gaze makes her feel like the most desirable creature on earth, or that the ultimate stray cat is suddenly acting all kinds of possessive…Mitch is an undercover cop who’s about to testify against some dangerous ex-associates. Even more worrisome, he’s harboring hot, X-rated fantasies about the fast – talking little canine – and he has to deal with every male in Sissy Mae’s Pack sniffing around her in a way that makes his hackles rise. Mitch has his pride, and he intends to show Sissy Mae that when a lion sets out to make you his mate, the only thing to do is purr, roll over, and enjoy one hell of a ride…

Okay, I have resurfaced.  I just couldn’t put these books down! These books have been on my list for a while because I ADORED the dragon kin series by Shelly Laurenston’s alter ego, G.A. Aiken.  I was so happy to find that everything I loved about those silly dragons was here as well.  The books follow the usual PNR formula, minus the crazed serial killer stalking our lovers or some similar sort of horrific situation.  They are more about friends, family and love.  Don’t get me wrong, there were villains, but more of the loser baby-daddy/extortionist variety, not Satan’s spawn or anything.  In the Pride series, we are introduced to a hillbilly wolf pack, a crazy wild dog pack, a super hot Lion pride and the cutest bear shifters ever!  All of them are hilarious and there are just so many great characters in these books.  The books are so great actually, that I will not even rant about the ridiculous Southern stereotypes.  Well okay maybe a little, tiny rant.  But seriously, who actually says hoss??  Sigh…it was bad, but I just told myself they were in some isolated area in Appalachia where everyone has two names and that helped the cringe factor (Disclaimerlicious: Only The Mane Attraction takes place in Tennessee.)  I realize I started with the 2nd book in the series (which was an accident), but I didn’t feel like I missed a lot, so it worked out.  Here is the series list:

The Mane Event: Dez and Mace & Brendon and Ronnie Lee

The Beast in Him: Smitty and Jess

The Mane Attraction: Mitch and Sissy Mae

The Mane Squeeze: Gwen and Lock

Beast Behaving Badly: Blayne and Bo

In terms of hotness, I think Lock was my favorite.  Especially when the wild dog pack forced him into that Braveheart costume on Halloween…yummm!  My favorite book was The Beast in Him.  Jess is just so dorky and awesome, and the wild dog pack is hilarious!  But you get to see most of the characters in every book, so I didn’t have to miss them too much.  In my opinion, Smitty and Jess had great chemistry and the hottest scenes…I mean, cherry cobbler was involved, need I say more?  If you are looking for some light, seriously funny PNR, check out this series (or Dragon Kin).  If you require a level of drama on par with Nalini Singh, might want to skip this one. 

Favorite quote (one of them anyway):  Smitty smiled up at the male lion standing behind the couch–seething.  “Hey Shaw.  Nice house you’ve got here.”   Arms crossed over that massive chest, the lion looked down his nose at Smitty as only a cat could.  “What else have you taught my son?  How to chase his tail?  Lick his ass?” 

“Nah, I stuck with the cat basics.  Park lazy ass under tree, sleep twenty hours, eat all the food after the females do all the hunting, take a few minutes to roar, the sleep another twenty hours.” 

And another quote:  “Don’t go,” he mumbled, already falling asleep. 

“Mitch, Mitch, Mitch.  If I stay, you’ll only fall madly in love with me like so many men before you.”

“It’s you we have to worry about,” he sighed out.  “You’ve already been trapped in my erotic web of lust.  Might as well give it up to the daddy of all cats.”

Grinning, Sissy stretched out next to Mitch, her arm thrown over his waist.  “You keep on dreamin’ that dream kitty.”

“I will.  I own poines in that dream, too.”

 

Series rating: 9

Night Keepers By Jessica Andersen (Final Prophecy #1)

From B&N.com:  The exciting debut of a new paranormal romance series

As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she’d be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions…

Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn’t made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.

Kindlelicious Disclaimer: This book has a very complicated plot with about a millionty characters, so I will try to keep this short.

The Drama:    Leah Daniels is convinced that the leader of the a local cult that believes the end of the world will happen in 2012 (as predicted by the Mayans)  is responsible for the ritualistic killings of late, including the murder of her brother.  While investigating a lead, she is kidnapped by the cult and nearly sacrificed, until she is rescued by the man of her dreams (literally), Strike.  Strike is the last King of Night keepers, a race of beings with special powers that aim to prevent the end date from taking place.  Their last attempt 24 years ago ended with the brutal slaughter of most of his race by demons.  While rescuing Leah, Strike realizes the 2012 cult is responsible for allowing demons to possess humans.  The actions of the 2012 cult lead Strike and his keeper, the winikin Jox, to assemble any remaining Night keepers to fight the demons being released on Earth.  However, Strike continues to be distracted by Leah, who was meant to be a Godkeeper along with her brother, before he was murdered.  Now one of the few Gods that can fight the demons on Earth is trapped between planes and the only way to release it is to murder Leah.  Strike’s feelings for Leah won’t allow him to harm her, but he also knows if he doesn’t release the God and become the leader of the Night keepers, the world will indeed end in 2012. 

The Smut:  Night keepers is yet another example of a UF-PNR hybrid that is a dirty, dirty tease.  Strike and Leah go at it when they first meet! They don’t even know each other’s names! So awesome.  But then, Strike gets all “If we sleep together again I will like you more and then I won’t murder you” wah wah wah.  And Leah is all like “Whatever! We are around each other all day dumbass; we’ll like each other more anyway!!”  Leah is a smart girl, but unfortunately, Strike is stupid and we have to wait til near the end of the book to see any more serious action.  But the good news is that since Strike is all Mayan and stuff, he has big stone altars in his bedroom (cause that’s how all Mayan’s were, right?), and…well they get used.  The bad news is: I didn’t love Strike.  He was kinda whiny about being King and just not as bad-ass as I wanted him to be.  All of the other Night keepers were sort of unofficially coupled up though, so the series is set-up to feature the new Night keeper or Nightkeeper\Winikin couples in future books.  Really hoping we will get to see more of those stone altars!

The Ranty Rave:  The Night keepers reminded me of X-men.  I know, X-men are mutants and Night keepers are…magical (?), but I couldn’t help the comparison.  Reading the part where Strike is assembling the remaining Night keepers was like being in a movie montage or something.  All of these people from different backgrounds, thrust together to figure out what magical abilities they have and how they can unify to save the world…definite movie material.  Well…you would have to cut the number of characters in half so the audience’s heads wouldn’t explode, but it would still be great!  I really like the potential of this series, and I LOVED all the Mayan culture and mythology.  You can tell Jessica Andersen really did her homework in this area.  And though I felt like I was watching the History channel at some points, it never really got boring, just interesting.  Night keepers was really different than your usual vampy UF, don’t expect any of the standard supernatural beings.  (Except demons, but they aren’t hot Larissa Ione demons, so who cares?)  Like I said before, the central romance stalled several times, but I think introducing all the characters and history took up a lot of time and was pretty important for the series.   I expect the future books to do better in the romance department.  One last note, I can usually finish a book in a day, but this one took me a few days, mainly because I had to keep flipping back to the movie montage to keep track of everyone.  This didn’t really bother me though, if anything I felt more invested.

Rating: 8.5

Primal Hunger & Primal Attraction by Sydney Somers

From Amazon.com:When the sun goes down, passion is unleashed.

Pendragon Gargoyles, Book 1

Kennedy Beaumont loves her bartending job, even if her spirited nature sometimes gets her in trouble. Like threatening to hose down one of Pendragon’s co-owners. When it comes to Tristan, she could use a good hosing down herself-maybe it’ll help her stop casting him as the star of her wickedest dreams. Since he goes out of his way to avoid her, it ought to be easy to put him out of her head-until he reluctantly offers her a ride home.

Gargoyle shape-shifter Tristan Callaghan hasn’t had time for anything other than recovering the mystical dagger that was used to permanently lock his brother in a prison of stone. The cat inside him should have stopped craving Kennedy’s touch long ago, but now that she’s sitting next to him in his car, his very human need for her is sharper than ever.

The distraction is costly. In a split second, Kennedy finds herself thrust into a dangerous, millennia-old hunt for Excalibur. A hunt that marks her for death-and leaves Tristan with a painful choice-sacrifice his family, his quest…or the one woman meant to be his.

Warning: There’s nothing tame about this alpha male hell-bent on claiming his mate. Featuring bone-melting explicit sex, graphic language, violence and a little harmless bite…or two.

 

He’ll stop at nothing to claim her- If she doesn’t kill him first.

Pendragon Gargoyles, Book 2

A lethal huntress, Sorcha lives to track and eliminate rogue immortals-until her latest assignment turns out to be a sexy, gargoyle shape-shifter. From the start she-s shaken by the lust his touch awakens inside her. Not only that, but the cat is convinced she-s his mate, and for the first time, she-s unable to kill her target.

Still mourning the loss of his mate, Cale is stunned to find Sorcha alive. Yet the woman he aches to possess doesn’t-t recognize him and is after the only thing that will save his brother-a mystical weapon that will lead to Excalibur.

Determined to protect his family and reclaim his mate, Cale ruthlessly takes advantage of Sorcha-s one weakness-her desire for him. Desire that could unlock their past-or cause him to lose her all over again.

Warning: Featuring a sarcastic, ass-kicking heroine going toe-to-toe with the stubborn shifter who-s dead set on reclaiming his mate. Also contains graphic violence, death-threat foreplay and scorching sex that will make you roll over and purr.

The Drama:  In Primal Hunger we are introduced to a family of Gargoyle, cat-shifters cursed to spend the daylight hours in stone for their role in the death of Arthur.  Yes, the Arthur, as in Camelot and such.  Tristan has just returned from retrieving a dagger thought to aide him in releasing his brother Cian from his stone prison, but these same daggers are also thought to point to the whereabouts of Excalibur.  If Excalibur is located, Arthur can return, so his mother, the Goddess Rhiannon, is very interested in retrieving it.  Unfortunately, Morgana wants Excalibur for her own selfish reasons, so all those seeking to appease her are after the daggers as well.  When a wraith is contracted to retrieve the dagger from Tristan, Kennedy is caught in the middle.  A bartender at his brother’s club, Kennedy has been secretly lusting after Tristan for months.  When he is attacked outside the club, Kennedy is forced to get him to safety at his brother Cale’s home.  Tristan must figure out a way to get rid of the wraith while keeping the dagger and protecting Kennedy and figure out who is behind the attacks. 

Primal Attraction takes place around the same time as Primal Hunger and deals with why Cale has seemingly disappeared.  Rhiannon has tasked her huntress Sorcha to kill Cale for threatening to sell the dagger Tristan retrieved.  Hunters are responsible to taking care of anyone who threatens to reveal the existence of the fae, and they are pretty deadly, but part of the deal is having their memories wiped every 100ish years.  When Sorcha approached Cale about the dagger, Cale is convinced the huntress is his dead mate.  Sorcha has no memories of Cale, but for some reason is hesitant to kill him.  Cale had no intention to sell the dagger, just to find the sorceress who can assist in using it to wake Cian.  Somehow Cale has to convince Sorcha that he is innocent of the charges and that she truly is his mate.

The Smut:  Oh the smut.  I’m actually shocked I remember the plot at all, and to be honest, after the first love scene I was like “what plot?”  In this series, as soon as the lovers are alone, it’s on!  There really isn’t a ton of sexual tension, no building up to the money shot, just one big romp-fest.  I mean, Tristan and Kennedy don’t leave any rooms in Cale’s mansion underutilized.  And Cale and Sorcha’s locales are just plain HOT.  Hidden Avalonian Lagoon, stairwells, Rhiannon’s throne room….yummmmm.  Somehow these scenes don’t seem cliché though, just really well-written.  But seriously, these gargoyles\cats\whatevers have one-track minds and I am a fan.  Here is my fav quote:  “His hand slid down her neck, his thumb doing that seductive sweeping thing to her throat.  ‘If it means that I get to spend every day figuring out how to make you laugh and smile, and every night learning how to drive you absolutely wild in bed, then that’s more than okay with me.’”  Le sigh. 

The Rant:  It’s a good thing when my rant is about these books being too short, right?  I really could have dealt with at least 100 or so more pages.  I felt like while the smut was VERY well-developed, the plot was not.  In Primal Hunger, you learn just enough about Avalon, Arthur and gargoyles to get by, and there isn’t really a ton more information in Primal Attraction.  I was confused by the whole gargoyle thing at first, I thought it was just a cruse, but then other gargoyle clans started popping up, so I kinda figured it out.  But I still want to know more about their role in the war that Arthur died in and more about the powers they possess.  I guess if I were to use proper terms here, I would say the world-building could use some work.  And while I thought Cale and Tristan were super yummy, I really couldn’t distinguish them in my head.  They are both dark-haired, blue-eyed hornballs, so it felt like I was reading about the same guy twice.  I would have like to seen a little more personality there so I can tell them apart.  Oh, and my inner middle-schooler really loved the name Kennedy.  Made me reminisce on old-school MTV VJ goodness.  But overall I really enjoyed these books and was genuinely disappointed they weren’t longer.  They are great Kindle bargains though, both are under $5. 

Rating:  8 for both smut-fests.

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