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Close Contact by Lori Foster

Posted by Paranormal Kiss on December 31, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

3 Stars

Close Contact is the third book in the Body Armor series. This one features former MMA fighter Miles Dartman and his heroine Maxi Nevar. Miles and Maxi met in a bar and hooked up 3 times before she disappeared from Miles life, leaving him smarting and a little hurt. They both had felt a connection to the other but Maxi’s life was a mess and she was afraid to trust Miles and drag him into her problems.

It’s not long before Maxi and Miles meet again when she flees to Body Armor, after some scary circumstances, and requests Miles as her body guard. It doesn’t take long for things to heat back up between Miles and Maxi as Miles works to keep her safe while trying to gain her trust and win her heart.

I liked Close Contract. Miles and Maxi were likable characters and the mystery was entertaining. Though, I did figure out who the bad guy was shortly into the book. The cats were a fun aspect to the story and I like seeing Maxi take on the home and legacy of her Grandmother.

All in all, Close Contract was, for me, a good read.

*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from NetGalley.

Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall

Posted by Paranormal Kiss on July 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

4 Stars

Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall is the 6th book in her Immortal Guardians series. I love this series so I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a wonderful mix of engaging romance and action-packed excitement.

In Shadows Strike, the battle with the powerful and elusive Other, Gershom, gets even more expansive and potentially apocalyptic. The action reaches a grand scale with multiple battles against large forces of enemies. The action scenes are well written and vividly portrayed. The danger and tension emanates from the pages. This was a story that once I got started, I didn’t want to put it down. 

But don’t worry, it’s not all action. There are plenty of moments where you can sit back and take a breath. The romance between Heather and Ethan is well developed and unfolds nicely within the story. It’s straightforward, sexy and sweet. A nice complement to the fast paced and in depth plot.

Ethan is a century old Immortal Guardian. He’s been feeling isolated and lonely and is headed to David’s, where the Immortal Guardians tend to congregate, when he stops to fight a group of vampires. It’s during this fight that he comes across Heather and she ends up helping him defeat the vampires. Heather meanwhile, has been dreaming of the vampire attack and Ethan every night for the last year. So when it actually happens, she has a hard time believing it’s real. This made for a rather amusing meeting and thus begins their romance. 

Heather and Ethan were both decent and caring characters that you couldn’t help but like. Their interactions are interspersed with humor and heartfelt moments. I admit I was a little worried that Ethan would still be hung up on Lisette but that wasn’t the case. I never had any doubt in my mind that Heather was the one for him and that he wouldn’t trade her for anyone or anything. He still cares for Lisette but only as a friend.

I really enjoyed Shadows Strike. It’s an interesting and completely engrossing story that will have you smiling one moment and biting your nails the next. I look forward to the next book as I’m anxious to read more of the ongoing storyline. I’m hoping for Aidan’s story next, the ancient and lonely Celt who yearns and searches for a Gifted One of his own.

I highly recommend Shadows Strike and the Immortal Guardians series to fans of paranormal romance.

*The Immortal Guardians series contains ongoing plotlines so I recommend reading it in order.

*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from the publisher, Zebra, via NetGalley.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Posted by Paranormal Kiss on February 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

3 Stars

Vision in Silver is the 3rd book in The Others series by Anne Bishop. I liked this one but compared to the first two books it was a bit of a letdown. In this book, the story is told from the viewpoints of several characters. While in the first two books we read from mainly Meg’s perspective. I adored her voice. Unfortunately we don’t get nearly as much from Meg in this one.

I’ve never been a fan of reading books that are told from a large cast of characters, as this one was. The perspective is so much broader and less focused on personal development. Because of that, I really didn’t connect with some of the characters, particularly Burke and Monty. Additionally, the different storylines need to be equally interesting. Otherwise, I find myself wanting to rush through the less interesting parts and back to the interesting ones, as I did with this novel.

Another thing that bothered me is that it got bogged down, at times, with too much information. Honestly, parts of the story were downright boring. There just wasn’t a lot of progress. There was a lot of buildup and then it just tapers off to a conclusion that was rather sedate. It almost felt like running in place.

That’s not to say that Vision in Silver didn’t have some good parts, it did. Tensions are rising with the HFL, Humans First and Last, movement, as they step up their plot to turn humans against The Others. Little do they realize how incredibly stupid their aggressive and prejudice actions against The Others is. And those actions aren’t without serious consequence.

In Vision in Silver, Simon takes steps to further integrate with humans. I enjoyed getting a deeper insight into his character and his view of things. We see the strong bond between him and Meg. She is his friend, one of the most important people in his life. Because of her, he has completely changed how he views humans. She is the reason for all the changes in the Courtyard. Their dynamic is interesting and entertaining. Actually, the whole Courtyard dynamic is fascinating and I like seeing how the characters cope with the changes taking place and learning more about them. I also enjoyed reading about one of the girls that was rescued in the last book and seeing her progress.

In conclusion, Vision in Silver is a good book. I just didn’t find it to be a compelling or fascinating read. I liked it but I was expecting more. I can only hope the next one is better.

*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from the publisher, PENGUIN GROUP/Roc, via NetGalley.

Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston

Posted by Paranormal Kiss on February 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

2 Stars

Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston is the 9th book in her Pride series. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series but this one completely failed to hold my attention. It was a struggle for me to finish. I just wasn’t interested or entertained.

I think the main issue that I had with Bite Me is that it suffers from multiple personalities. The story jumps around characters frequently throughout the entire book. The story is told from the point of view of over 25 characters, I kid you not! I started counting partway through.

This is supposed to be Livy and Vic’s book but it felt more like a story for the entire cast of characters. There was so much dialog and jumping around that it didn’t feel like much progression was made and when something interesting did happen it was glossed over and sped along to a different point of view... Additionally. many of the characters annoyed me and much of what happened or was said bored me.

I can’t say that I liked the book but I didn’t hate it either. I ended up giving it 2 stars because there were a couple nice moments. I enjoyed the part that takes place at Vic’s house and the part when he and Livy are in Honeyville. Sadly, that’s about it. I liked Vic and Livy together and would have liked to have had more page time with them. This just wasn’t a book that I could enjoy but other readers may like it.

*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Kensington Books via NetGalley.