Christmas Awards 2011

Monday, 23 January 2012

Dangerous Magic

Dangerous Magic by Donna Grant

Publisher: Donna Grant

December 2011

Pages: 177

Historical, Paranormal

Forest near Wolfglynn Castle Summer, 1128

Francesca is a bana-bhuidseach, better know as a witch. Francesca knows with the curse she lives under that she won’t have the happy ever after that she would love to have so she does what she can to find some measure of happiness in her life. Part of that happiness is helping her sister witches keep the happiness they have found in their lives and to help stop the evil that is shadowing all of them.

Cade is determined to help the two men he considers brothers to survive the evil that is hunting them and the women they have found love with. To do that he is going to have to find a way to work with Francesca, a woman that he finds an instant attraction to, but with the darkness in his soul he doesn’t dare try to have more that a working relationship. There are secrets in his past that he knows would destroy anything that they might possibly have together.

Now Cade and Francesca are in a battle for their lives and those lives of their friends and family. One wrong step could destroy them. The evil is coming and they are going to have to find a way to stop in once and for all. Once they do that they just might have a surprise themselves one in which they find a love that transcends their pasts and gives them a future they never dared imagine.

This brings a wonderful trilogy to a very satisfying end. The way all the stories are woven together gives readers a very enriching reading experience. The conclusion to the stories makes sure there are no loose ends to leave the reader wanting or frustrated. The characters are very well written and will have the reader drawn into the story before they know it. While it is sad to see the end of this series it is still a very well written ending. This is one series readers should give a try.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Danger That is Damion

The Danger that is Damion by Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Sourcebooks

May 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5162-7

Pages: 352

Contemporary Paranormal

Lara Martin was created to be one of the first female GTECH soldiers. She is trained to go after and kill both the Zodius and the Renegades GTECHs. Lara is determined to get her vengeance against the other GTECHs after she has been told they are behind the deaths of her family. Now she just has to find a way to do her mission so that she can defeat the Zodius and Renegades. What she doesn’t count on is her attraction to Damion and what she is sure is a betrayal of her family but things are starting to look like she doesn’t know the whole truth and now the question becomes who can she trust and what that truth really is.

Damion Browne is a Renegade that is doing everything he can to save the human population. While he is happy for his friends that have found their Lifebonds he never thought he would have one himself. Now he has to help Lara find the truth before it is too late. For Lara’s life is in danger and he knows that while he never expected to have a Lifebond he isn’t about to let anything happen to the one he now has.

Lara is going to have to decide if she can trust Damion because he is the only one that makes her feel safe and seems to be the only port in the storm. Damion knows they need to work together so that they have a chance at coming out of this fight alive because someone is after Lara and Damion is determined that they will have to go through him first before they even have a chance to get close to Lara. As they fight those after them their trust in each other shows them very clearly the only place they will find peace is with each other and that the only place to get the love they want is with each other.

This is a book that once you start reading the story it will not let you go. There are very few books I have read that once I put them down to sleep or do something else I can’t get them out of my mind. This is one story that will haunt you in a very good way after you put it down. This is one that you will hate yourself if you miss. The characters are such that they will get into your mind and they will not let go for any reason. The story is remarkable in that once you are pulled into it you will not want to leave it for any reason. This one is an absolute keeper. Do not miss this remarkable story.

I give this one 5 plus red roses

The Snow Bride

The Snow Bride by Lindsay Townsend

Publisher: Bookstrand

Pages: 302

Historical, paranormal

Elfrida is a witch whose sister has been kidnapped by someone that is stealing brides from the different villages. Now Elfrida is willing to use herself as bait so that she can save her sister before it is too late. What she isn’t ready for is her attraction to Sir Magnus. Being the witch of the woods has guaranteed that no man is willing to ask for her hand in marriage no matter all her many kindnesses. All that seems to change when she joins Magnus in his bid to find the missing brides from the villages and her sister. Elfrida knows if they aren’t able to find the brides it might end up being to late to save them from the one that has them.

Magnus is a knight that has fought in the crusades and has the scars to prove it. Now he has been summoned to some villages to help them recover some missing brides. Now he is doing everything to find the three missing brides. First he is going to have to use his wits against the stalker so that Magnus has a chance to find the brides and bring them home. What he doesn’t count on is his reaction to the “fourth” bride that he ends up rescuing before she can be kidnapped also. With his scars and disfigurement he is sure that he will never have a chance at love or ever have a wife but all that changes when he meets Elfrida.

Magnus knows that as soon as Elfrida and he find the missing brides he is going to see about building a future that he suddenly sees as possible now that he has found Elfrida but first they are going to have to out smart the one that has taken the brides. That is proving not to be as easy as he would like but Magnus knows that he needs to help Elfrida find her sister so that they can start on their own future. They will have to find a way to outwit the one behind the kidnappings otherwise the outcome will be very grime.

This is a wonderful twist on Beauty and the Beast. The story unfolds for the reader and draws the reader in as they watch two strong willed people learn to compromise so that they can find the happiness they both want so badly. The paranormal elements in this one make it very interesting and will keep the reader guessing what is going on and what will happen next. For readers that enjoy Beauty and the Beast they will love this one and won’t want to miss it. The author took the original story and made it her own with the twist and turns she gave this tale.

I give this one 4 red roses