Releasing the Demons

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Releasing the Demons (The Order of the Senary #1)Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vampires terrorize the world once darkness descends. People are forced to condense their lives to the time between sunrise and sunset or risk becoming one of the vampire’s victims. All of the government agencies now exist for one purpose, to attempt to eradicate the vampires. Little did they know that they were getting a tremendous amount of help from the Knights of the Order of the Senary, an organization comprised of hybrids. Blaze is one such Knight.

As a member of the NYPD, Valerie takes out as many vampires as possible every time she goes to work but she also has to deal with the despair whenever they find another human victim. Blaze and Valerie’s paths cross after a woman is found brutally murdered by a vampire. Blaze is Valerie’s prime suspect but they soon learn they are fighting on the same side and once they team up sparks fly.

L.D.Rose has put a new twist on a very classical paranormal genre. Vampires do not co-exist in a fragile truce with humans and she has half-human, half-vampire heroes who could be bad guys. This is a promising start to a new series with lots of action, suspense, romance, and pain.

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Chains of Darkness

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Chains of Darkness (Men in Chains, #2)Chains of Darkness by Caris Roane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The chains never lie…

Book Two of the Men in Chains series picks up right where the first book left off and we get to visit with some of the characters who quickly became favorites.

We briefly heard about Claire when Lily was reunited with her son and we found out that she had escaped from Daniel’s compound where she was caring for Josh. At the beginning of the story she is dropped outside of a cavern system by Rumy with the expectation that she would rescue Lucian and together they would find her friend Zoey and continue the search for the extinction weapon.

Lucian is in bad shape when Claire gets to him but they quickly form a deep emotional bond that is enhanced by the blood chains. They battle Daniel and his minions several times as the hunt for the extinction weapon heats us.

Caris Roane incorporated a lot more action into this installment while the first book had more of a balance between emotion and action. She brought back most of the great characters from the first book but this one was lacking something. With that said, this is still a solid addition to a vampire series.

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Lover At Last

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Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)Lover At Last by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Eleven brings us Qhuinn and Blaylock’s story. This book is aptly named Lover At Last because we have only been getting glimpses of their tumultuous relationship over the past several books (years) since they were first introduced as pretrans trainees back in books four and five.

So much has happened between the time we first met them and now but you do get the gist of their history throughout this book because therein lies the crux of their problems.

While Blay does have some trials to overcome in this book, Qhuinn received extra unwanted second and third helpings of trials and tribulations. At the end of Lover Reborn, Qhuinn serviced the Chosen Layla during her needing. Our first update on the status of that union bodes ill. Next, a routine recon mission at a Lesser camp ends up revealing a horrible blessing. Lastly, Blaylock and Qhuinn have a super heated confrontation in which Blay calls Qhuinn out on the life he has been leading which makes him question why he is the way he is. Once he opens himself up to finding the answer, he is finally able to accept who he truly is and live his life for himself and find happiness.

However, it is not all bad to worse for Qhiunn. Wrath rewrites the Old Laws which opens the door for Qhuinn to be inducted into a new family (hint, hint). Blay’s trials center around his imperfect relationship with Saxton and the implications for a future with Qhuinn but he also struggles with being honest with his parents about his love life.

This book is highly emotionally charged; a firsthand account of Qhuinn dealing with the rejection and then loss of his family, the complications of Layla’s pregnancy, Qhuinn’s ‘self-awakening’, Blay coming out to his parents, and several other surprises that would be spoilers…

We also get to see some more of Xcor and the Band of Bastards and Assail who both take center stage in the side stories J. R. Ward loves to throw in to lead into future installments of the series.

Needless to say there was a ton going on in this book and it has the page count to support it (almost 600 pages) so it doesn’t feel rushed. It seemed that the universe was forcing me to take my time to savor Qhuinn and Blay’s story instead of rushing through it like I wanted because it took me a while to get through it (almost two weeks which is a lifetime for me). However, I loved every minute of it and when it ended, I was grinning like a fool.

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A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Discovery of Witches is the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy. The story offers a little history, magic, romance, paranormal, and mystery; a wonderful combination of Harry Potter and Romeo and Juliet, with a drop of Black Dagger Brotherhood thrown in for the fun of it. The two main characters are star crossed lovers in that they share a forbidden love between them. Diana is a witch who has long denied her heritage and power. Matthew is a 1500 year old vampire and leader of a secret order that the world has forgotten about.

This book is drenched in science, history, and characters but that lends the characters a bit of depth and normalcy that makes them seem more real since they clearly have jobs, obligations, and overbearing families like the rest of us. The supporting cast of characters is extensive but they each play an important role in Diana and Matthew’s lives and subsequent journey. We follow Diana and Matthew on their journey to accept the feelings they have for each other and the trials and tribulations they face all supposedly because of a book that everyone wants but can’t get.

Be forewarned, this book does leave you hanging, BIG TIME. At the end of this book, the future is uncertain and you can only speculate as to what will happen next. It leaves you yearning to have the second book, Shadow of Night, handy so that you can jump right into it and continue the story.

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