Blog Tour: Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter

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Beast was insulting me so I ignored her. It continued to rain, though the water didn’t penetrate Beast’s double-layered pelt. We had worked in Beast form in the rain before—rain being the normal for New Orleans at any season—but not in such cold weather. Her breath blew twin plumes of vapor into the night. Her paws splashed through puddles and runnels of water. Rain made the city smell fresh, releasing ozone and ions on the air. The scent of blood and vamp faded and I thought we had lost it, but we found it around the next corner, a puddle of blood and rainwater that had no outlet except across the concrete. The scent faded again, to reappear further on. Beast trotted around corners, doubling back, searching, nose to ground, keeping to the shadows. Melting into the dark when a car came past. She was smarter than any mountain lion. Adaptable. Reactive. Going on two hundred years of life would give any animal excellent survival instincts.

The rain stopped. Started again. We passed restaurants almost empty of tourists. Bars full of drunk tourists. We passed churches next to Creole cottages, and we chased off a small pack of junkyard dogs with a single growl. Which made Beast chuff with laughter and victory. We passed cemeteries, the smell of old, old death and limestone and fresh white paint. We trotted beneath the I-10 interstate and were halfway to Highway 90 in what felt like a long way from home, though Beast wasn’t tired, just wet and grouchy. Mountain lions aren’t long-distance cats like jaguars or cheetahs, but in the cold, with the air decreasing the effect of heat buildup, we could travel a long way. A female Puma concolor’s hunting territory might cover a hundred fifty square miles.

Beast stopped. Looked both ways. Shoulders hunched. What? I thought at her, flooding back into her forebrain. I/ we slunk close to a parked car and waited for two motorcycles to pass.

Beast trotted out from the protection of the car and down a narrow alley between two houses. The ground and walls stank of feral male cats, territory spray, strong musky stinks.

Stupid cats, think they are lions. But smell Edmund. He was here. With cats.

Where? Inside the house? I looked around, through Beast’s eyes, seeing the world in silvers and greens and blacks and grays of Beast’s night vision. I/we sniffed the air. Edmund’s scent was everywhere and nowhere.

Smell of Edmund on top of house. Smell of vampires and blood-servants inside house.

He was spying on the house. They came out and found Edmund.
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About COLD REIGN:

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Publisher: Roc
Price: $7.99
Release date: May 2, 2017
ISBN: 978-1101991404

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About Faith Hunter:
New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes three series: the Jane Yellowrock series, dark urban fantasy novels featuring Jane, a Cherokee Skinwalker; the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy / post apocalyptic series and role playing game featuring Thorn St. Croix; and the Soulwood Series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram.

Visit Faith online at www.faithhunter.net, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Buddy the Cat by Sara Stark

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Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 6,  2016
Pages: 22 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Noel is a lonely librarian who spends most of his time working, surfing dating websites to no avail, and hanging out with the cat who shows up on his balcony every night. When he meets Mike, he’s finally found a man who holds his interest. But it soon becomes clear that there’s more to the bird-chasing businessman than what’s on the surface.

two-stars

 

 

I’m sorta dreading this review. I pried myself on being objective when reading, but I had two issues that wouldn’t go away for me. One was the tense it was written in. It drove me nuts, I wanted to scream with all the Noel this, He did this constantly on the page. The second is it’s only 22 pages, it’s hard for me to grasp at anything with this length. I think this was the shortest of lengths in the Daily Doses that I’ve read. I never wormed up to Noel and the “mysteriously smart” Buddy. I get the idea of the lonely guy tired of being lonely. Not being friendly or just to himself. I found myself pointing out of all the nuisances that seemed to get passed the author’s radar. My biggest disappointment was that Mike seemed like an imaginary friend. The very first meeting, it was no descriptive of him, he almost was invisible to except for his bright blue eyes, exactly like Buddy. I got over it, and in the end I just didn’t like it at all.

About Sara Stark

Sara Stark is a book enthusiast who also loves cats, winter and mythology. She lives in a small European country and is currently studying to get her degree in comparative literature. She drinks too much tea and is not a very patient person. In her free time she likes to wander around, explore new places and she gets lost way too often. She wants to travel the world one day. She sends a lot of letters. She is passionate about animal rights. She writes a lot and often and therefore she also learned how to type really quickly. Writing is her favorite thing to do.

Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

o-infected-preyInfected: Prey by Andrea Speed
Series: Infected, Book One
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 384 • Format: eBook
Published By: DSP Publications
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In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2010.

three-half-stars

Okay so I’ve had this book for a long time. Thank Bingo for calling the Urban Fantasy shelf. I knew a little bit about the series from other friends. I knew it heartbreak expected in book two, but urban fantasy isn’t my go to genre. I like romance and even paranormal mixed together. So I was very hesitant about reading this. I know book one in alot of fantasy series deals with the world building and some times that can overwhelm a reader. It can be difficult to follow along with the story, the terminology and the rules to the story that before we look up and have finished I don’t know what’s happened to the characters. What Andrea Speed did was good. She split book one into two novels, where there was world building and introductions to the world but we got to see these characters in all their glory so book two wouldn’t seem like an introduction into the series.

Our two main characters, Roan and Paris are cat shifters who inherited the cat virus in two different ways. They were definitely night and day, but I really enjoyed them. I’m still a little off put of the no sex in the book, but once I started reading, I’d realized I didn’t need it and I was good to go. The story holds up on it’s own merit and it’s good. I loved Roan and Paris relationship. Roan is this tough as nails, ex-cop turned private eye who seems so grouchy and grumpy, but it a soft ooey goey marshmallow underneath it all. Parish brings outs the best parts of Roan and this is where I noticed that I didn’t need the sex I was 1000% comfortable with them being together. It doesn’t help that Parish is fine as hell. Clearly he has something about him besides his looks that has everyone nodding yes about him. I really enjoy his charisma and his personality plus he’s super bad ass.

I definitely like the plot surrounding the cat strain virus, the cast of characters. Oh my goodness I loved the diversity alot. So many different colored people in the cast. I especially love Diego, Matt and Kevin!!! I want to wrap Kevin up in a hug. I should definitely talk to Ms. Speed to see if Kevin gets someone down the line or maybe I should wait until I finish the series. This was a good start to an amazing series it seems like. I’ll be back reviewing my journey as I continue to explore this world. I’ll leave you with this quote, it’s my favorite of book one. (SN: Think I’m going to leave a quote after each book read)

“You are so funny. You do know I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone, right? Well, admittedly, I never really loved anyone before, but saying that blunts the impact. I know you’ve got the whole hard-boiled detective thing going on, but I know what you’re really like. I know that under all that armor you’re the most decent man I’ve ever met. You’re my hero.”

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5) by Charlie Cochet

Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5) by Charlie CochetSeries: THIRDS #5
on 2015-08-03
Pages: 220
AmazonB&NNarrator: Mark Westfield
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock.

As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart. Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.
three-stars

Ash Keeler and Cael Maddock have been one of the closest friends in the Destructive Delta team from the onset of this series. This book finally deals with up and down dynamic of Ash and Cael (shall I call them Ash-el or maybe Cash?).
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First of all, I want to say that I have enjoyed their relationship the most in this series. There is almost an effortless magnetism and care that they have for each other. It just makes me smile how sweet they are to each other. I blame the audio version for lessening my enjoyment (and rating) of their story. If I continue this series, it won’t be on audio. The narrator really emasculates these supposedly alpha shifters. The whiny sound just doesn’t work for me as it makes grown men sound like college frat boys.

The actual story was interesting. I enjoyed learning about Ash’s family because it did explain Ash’s reluctance to commit to Cael. It wasn’t a great rationale, but I appreciate knowing where the hesitancy stemmed from. Cael’s past was a complete surprise to me but Cael’s dad Tony was the biggest surprise. The fact that Tony went all “if you hurt my son” on Ash, was very endearing. You can tell Cael is loved by his dad and big brother very much. It is an established THRIDS fact that Ash and Cael love each other. The rest of this book is navigates the path to them actually being together. I will admit that I didn’t need the sex because I loved the little things they did for each other. The naps together, the food, the touches on the face, ruffling of hair—those cute things are what made Ash and Cael special to me. But I am glad that Cael got to a point where he didn’t need a protector anymore; he stood up for himself and can be a partner in every way to Ash, and vice versa. Now they can get back to just being so sweet to each other.
gay men photo: KISS KISS kiss-1.jpgMy issues, other than the experiments (*rolls my eyes), is that I don’t know if the author intends to do this, but in each couple dynamic, there is a female acting partner i.e. Dex in his relationship and here it’s Cael. They are quite effeminate and it’s just a little perplexing having a bunch of grown men constantly calling each other sugar, sweetheart, babe etc. It doesn’t jive with my mental image of strong feline warriors.
Also, thank you to Special Agent Sparks for restoring some of my faith in Destructive Delta leadership. I was annoyed that no one knew about all these hookups in Destructive Delta. But I was wrong. She saw it all. So they aren’t completely incompetent over there.

All in all, it’s the same kind of humor we have enjoyed in the previous four books, so if you liked those books, you will probably like this one. I am looking forward to reading about Calvin & Hobbs soon.

*Special thanks to Dreamspinner for the audiobook for review.

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Allegiance (Penton Legacy #4) by Susannah Sandlin

Allegiance  (Penton Legacy #4) by Susannah SandlinSeries: Penton Legacy #4
on June 10, 2014
Pages: 345 pages
AmazonNarrator: Amy McFadden
British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.

Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love isn’t something Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?
four-stars

I like this one. While it was Cage Reynolds book, this was really a transition book. The author introduced new supernatural creatures and abilities as well as crossed over with her Omega Forces series, see Storm Force book.

In this book, someone rescues Matthias Ludlum before his execution. the same person began sending flyers, troublemakers to disrupt the Pentonville’s utopia. The General from the book Storm Force sent a couple of Omega Force agents to help 1)find Matthias 2) find the source of the sabotage. The agents had special abilities. for instance, Nick could read someone’s past by touching an item they touched. Robin, was a bird shifter. So with this new elite counter-terrorism team, the author introduced Shifters to this series.

Anyway, Robin takes an immediate liking to Cage Reynolds. Cage was still trying to resolve issues with Melissa from the last book, but this bold shifter had him intrigued. And at first it seemed like Melissa and Robin might arm-wrestle for the rights to be Cage’s bedmate…but the author kept the focus on the sneak attacks on Pentonville by the unknown enemy.

Who was targeting the peaceful Penton residents and why? Also, what’s the deal with the new shifters popping up in Pentonville? A member of the Vampire council and someone who opposes Aidan and his ideals, has some new plans in motion that will change the balance of power between humans and supernatural creatures. Matthias Ludlum was just a pawn, and Pentonville is just a small town he plans on crushing as he continues to his ultimate goal.

I really liked this one. the author upped the ante by adding shifters, bird, cat and canine. We have a psychic who can read the past coupled with Hannah who can read the future. There is about to be an all out brawl in Alabama. I am excited for the future of this series. I didn’t quite like Robin’s intrigue with being bit by a vampire, but i liked her boldness and her loyalty to best friend Nick. I wish I had read Storm Force before but I will remedy that shortly. I also didn’t buy her romance with Cage as more than exciting supernatural sex. All the other couples are Vamp-Human, so This is the first all out Creature Couple. They are my least favorite couple. Their story wasn’t built up quite like the prior couples.

It’s the same narrator, and the same style. All the prior couples except Will and Randa featured heavily this one and we have some new people to add to Aiden’s Lietenants. I like the new shift in series promises to show a more aggressive Penton as they take the offensive in the war.