Wake of Vultures (The Shadow, #1) by Lila Bowen

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Wake of Vultures Book Cover Wake of Vultures
The Shadow, #1
Lila Bowen
Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy; Fantasy
Orbit
October 27th 2015
audibook; e-book
342
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This story started off really promising with the introduction of the heroine Sixteen-year old Nettie Lonesome. She was a biracial girl living on a ranch with a couple she called Pap and Mam. According to Pap and Mam, no one including her biological family wanted this half black, half native American girl, so they took her in and tolerated her.
One day, a visiting man attacked Nettie at the ranch and when Nettie stabbed him, the man turned into ash. This opened her eyes to a whole other world of lurking monsters such as vampires, chupacabras, skinwalkers (shapeshifters) etc and altered Nettie’s understanding of her world.
Nettie runs away from the ranch and joins a new Ranch, the Double TK, but lives there as a man named Rhett. After a series of events sends her running away, Nettie begins her true destiny hunting monsters, most specifically the Pia Mupitsi (the Big Cannibal Owl) rumored to steal babies and turn them into monsters too.
I am not sure how I feel about this book. In the beginning, I thought I would be taking a journey with a girl who lived as a man because she didn’t like what women had to do to survive if you were poor like her. Those women worked in saloons, or were basically subservient to mean drunken men like Pap. Nettie knew she never wanted to be treated with so little regard, so she chose to live as a man. But soon after she arrived at the Double TK, the story shifted to a paranormal story with Nettie as the chosen hunter or the special one. So, it became less about Nettie, the teenage girl trying to figure herself out in her community, to Nettie the one prophesied to destroy an evil monster, the Pia Mupitsi.
The subplot that I was most interested in pertaining to Nettie’s gender identity issues as well as her establishing her own way as a rancher breaking horses. That plot took a backseat to the search for the supernatural monsters. The story just veered off for me and I didn’t have the same enthusiasm as with the first part of the story.
I was never able to decide if Nettie was truly transgendered or was she living as a man because in that time period, women were at the mercy of men. The audiobook was enjoyable and the reader was treated to the history of Nettie which made her current mindset more understandable.
I wish the author had split these into two books, letting us know Nettie as a girl first. She was smart, resourceful and suspicious of everyone.  Definitely an interesting western and how far someone women went to protect their virtue or even. There were many themes in this book so perhaps it’s a situation of treating the reader on too much.
I just don’t know how I feel about the paranormal aspect about this book. It’s definitely not the traditional PNR. I thought there was excellent writing and the author put forth a lot of research. It was clever, creative and imaginative. The second half just didn’t click with me right now .

<i>*Special Thanks to Orbit Books via Netgalley for the ebook given in exchange for an honest review

Wolfsong by TJ Klune

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Release Date: June 20, 2016
Pages: 400 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

four-half-stars

Crying in the first 10% is always a good sign. I love T.J. and he did a shifter story has made me so freaking ecstatic!!! I love his writing, and I always refer to him as two writing settings. It’s either humor, or serious. I love the serious side more. I would categorize this as serious. It had its funny moments, but overall between the tears, tears, tears and the AMOUNT of ANGST it was a ridiculously good shifter story. I don’t know much more to say then what everyone else is raving about.

“Rawr and grr and kaboom?”
“And the smells!” he cried.
“Can’t forget about those,” the man next to her said faintly. “Candy canes and pine cones and epic awesome.”

It’s a really good story, and by now if you are use to T.J. and his stories you know he’s long winded. Sometimes it is repetitive. I’d like to think he does it to invoke certain emotions in us during that scene. Or that is how I like to state to myself. His writing is great as usual, and I like the spurts of humor that’s involved in it. These are some really great characters. Ox and Joe have wiggled their way into my heart through love,anger and loyalty. I can say this has been one of the most physical books from T.J. He doesn’t do passion, and steamy sex. I’m fine with that, because I love his stories, but this was a different side to him. I really liked it.

I won’t go on and on about my utter disdain for the separation between the two. Some times people need to separate in order to make it last in the long run. But J.H.Christ, I literally felt like I was dying. It was such an emotional moment for me. The tale that T.J wove was so different from other shifter stories, but has some of the classic originals that I love. The entire mate trope is a favorite of mine, and seeing Joe & Ox at a young age until they got older was anguish on my part but so much love throughout the end. I really am stuck for words, so many people have loved this already and everything that I can say is most likely already done. I loved all the characters, I even liked the cheesy cartoon villain and his nerve for extended monologues. I’ve highlighted the crap out of this book. I think the quote above has stuck with me the most. It’s the most coolest way to describe someone you are destined to be. I will say bring tissues!!! Lot’s of Kleenex but you go through an emotional journey as usual reading his books. I love him for it.

About TJ Klune

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

He lives with a neurotic cat in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It’s hot there, but he doesn’t mind. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.

Full Moon Mating (Wolf Creek Pack #1) by Stormy Glenn

Full Moon Mating (Wolf Creek Pack #1) by Stormy GlennSeries: Wolf Creek #1
on 2009-01-01
Pages: 179
AmazonNarrator: Rex J. Silverton
Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolf] Sheriff Joe Nash couldn't have been more surprised when he answered a call to a shooting and discovered the sexiest man he ever saw. His extraordinary response to the man told him immediately Nate was his mate. Taking a chance, Joe takes him home, hoping to convince him to stay. But Nate Summers is on the run from someone, never staying in one place for more than a few days. The tall, handsome sheriff and his offer of a safe haven intrigue Nate, but he's afraid that if he sticks around, the sheriff will discover his secret, a secret that could make the sheriff hate him. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
three-stars

This story started with Joe, a cop in the small town of Wolf Creek, responding to a robbery and encountering an out-of-towner Nate. Joe felt an immediate pull to this guy and it wasn’t even the full moon. The new guy, Nate, was skittish and seemed uncomfortable talking.
Eventually, Nate trusted Joe and revealed he was hiding out from someone pursuing him. Joe returned this trust by revealing that he was a shifter, a werewolf, and that he believed Nate was his mate. It seemed that the two lovers would be okay until their relationship was threatened both by an inside threat and an outside threat. These threats force Joe to make decisions as the enforcer of his clan as opposed to Nate’s mate.

I have to say that the narrator wasn’t good. He made Nate feel adolescent and it made it weird to hear the sex scenes. I think the writing contributed to that because sometimes Nate acted like a kid and so Joe treated him like such. He didn’t discuss things he should with a partner, but instead, Joe made decisions for Nate.

I liked the relationship Joe had with his family and how accepting and protective his parents were of Nate. That added to the sweetness of this story. It’s a book one, so I hope the author will spend more time developing both her characters and the overall plot of the story.

**Audiobook given by author in exchange for an honest review

Omega Mine (Alpha and Omega #1) by Aline Hunter

Omega Mine (Alpha and Omega #1) by Aline HunterSeries: Alpha and Omega #1
on 2011-09-01
Pages: 191
AmazonNarrator: Maxine Mitchell
A bond forged in blood. Fealty given to the one he desires above all others. Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth-nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate-beautiful, fragile...human. If he wants to keep her by his side, he'll have to sacrifice a portion of his soul to establish a bond that can never be broken. Unfortunately, the timing couldn't be worse. Shepherds-hunters of all the shifter races-have arrived in New York. To protect the woman he can't live without, Diskant will have to stand against those who have come to start a war.
three-half-stars

This book starts with Ava Brisbane working at a bar that caters to the shifters in Manhattan, NY. After work one day, she was attacked by vampires, and Omega shifter Diskant Black comes to her rescue. Something about her scent soothes all his were forms and they recognize her as their mate but she disappears from them. Once they find the reluctant Ava, Diskant sets off to convince her that they belong together. As they get to know each other, it is revealed that Ava is connected to a religious group named the Shepherds, who are sworn to rid the world of shifters because they consider them an abomination.

Clearly this couple has great chemistry, but the sex was excessive. It was so much that I was getting annoyed. There is a really interesting story and creative world, but it’s getting lost by the constant sex scenes. I enjoyed the writing but I am familiar with this author as I have read other series by her. So I suspected that I would like this one. I appreciate the fact that this series is different from Rhiannon’s Law and the Desire of the Otherworld series.

The characters were also entertaining as Diskant displayed usual shifter possessiveness, without being overbearing. He was also a playful shifter which gave Ava room to be witty with him. Ava’s independence will serve her as I know her brother will be a force in the next book. She has proven that she is no wilting flower, so she will be a good partner to Diskant as the Shepherds continue with their agenda.

I want to read book 2 but I really hope there is more story and less claiming.

Deadly Desire (Riley Jenson Guardian #7) by Keri Arthur

Deadly Desire (Riley Jenson Guardian #7) by Keri ArthurSeries: Riley Jensen Guardian #7
on 2009
Pages: 352
Amazon
Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can’t resist . . . Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil—or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy. Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.
three-half-stars
I both liked and disliked this one. Finally Riley and Quinn have come together after a couple of books on the outs. It’s seems like they are finally on the path of happy and bam (punch to the gut), Kye Murphy comes to town.

We first saw him in book 5, Embraced by Darkness, as enforcer to the Pack Alpha that Riley and Rhoan don’t acknowledge. He is here as a bounty hunty and they are hunting witches who are raising up zombies to murder teenage girls.

Typical Riley, being around anything with a pulse gets her panties all wet. So when she boinks Kye, that puts a monkey wrench in her relationship with Quinn. Old School Vampires like Quinn are monogamous and very old fashioned, so he isn’t willing to share Riley. The problem is there is something strong there between Kye and Riley, so now we have another triangle.
I just want Riley and Quinn to be together! That’s all I freaking want, Damn it!

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley ColeSeries: Immortals After Dark #13
on 2013-07-02
Pages: 358
AmazonB&NNarrator: Robert Petkoff
 A BEAST IN TORMENT: Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A BEAUTY IN CHAINS: Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a wicked immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A FULL MOON ON THE RISE: With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe…from himself?
four-half-stars

Ulieam “William” MacRieve had been trying to outrun painful events in his past that cost him his parents. Along with his twin Munro, Will had finally began muddling his way through until he scents his mate Chloe. Chloe Todd is the daughter of General Webb, the most hated enemy of the Lore, as the general leads THE ORDER. Webb had totrured William, and now fate has dealt him this rough hand.

It’s hard explaining further without giving away part of the plait. But I enjoy this series and how Nix continues to maneuver or manipulate everyone like pieces on her personal chess board. I also liked how both characters had to work to develop trust even though the attraction was definitely there in spades. I am amazed at how Kresley Cole continues to keep the story fresh even though the timeline coincidences with other HEAs in this series. I have found that lykae and demons are my favorite heroes in this series, with Lothaire being the exception as his book blew me away. I can’t wait for Dark Skye.

Tamed (Dark Protectors #6.5) by Rebecca Zanetti

Tamed (Dark Protectors #6.5)  by Rebecca ZanettiSeries: Dark Protectors #6.5
on May 15, 2014
Pages: 129 pages
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Caleb Donovan was never meant to be a prophet. At heart he’s a conqueror, his appetites far more carnal than spiritual. He’s not inclined to repress his passions and surrender to fate. After all, that’s what cost him Lily—three centuries ago. She married another, because it was ordained. Now that he’s in the same benighted calling—and forced into proximity with her—all the old desires are roaring back to life…

After widowhood and centuries of celibacy, Lily is eager to explore the wild side of life, except now she’s vulnerable to another forced relationship, with an enemy. But this time she’s determined to choose her own path. And if hot, furious Caleb comes charging to the rescue, it might just change both their destinies…

Love is about to start conquering…
three-half-stars

There was something a little underdeveloped and really rushed about this story. Caleb Donovan and Lily Sotheby have been dancing around each other for a couple of books now, but I didn’t feel like they were truly served in this book.

Caleb and Lily were in love decades ago, when Lily chose duty over love and married another. Now that her husband Sotheby is dead, fate has put Caleb and Lily on a collision course again. Both Caleb and Lily are marked as prophets, and they are assisting King Dage with peace talks between the Realm and Kurjans. While trying to broker a peace, old flames are reignited between Caleb and Lily, and she must make the same decision again, Love or Duty. Will her answer still be the same?

Question containing spoilers:
1) How was Guilles tapping into Lily’s memory and how can he manipulate what she sees?
2) Can Lily, Caleb or any other prophet do the same?
3) Guilles mentioned looking into her future and seeing the babe, can other prophets look into others futures?
Why wasn’t guilles able to see that he would be double crossed by Franco
4) Did other prophets have the ability to manipulate people’s vision? How can we trust anyone except Janie’s visions? Can her visions be manipulated too?

I think Caleb and Lily could have brought more heat. There was no real advancement on anything here except that now we can see that betrayers are everywhere. I was disappointed with this one.

Special thanks to Kensington Books via Netgalley for the review copy.

About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.

The Mane Event (Pride, Book 1) by Shelly Laurenston

The Mane Event (Pride, Book 1)  by Shelly LaurenstonSeries: Pride #1
on September 25th, 2007
Pages: 391 pages
AmazonNarrator: Charlotte Kane
One of the hottest new voices in paranormal romance, Shelly Laurenston knows how to do it all, delivering tales that are wickedly funny, action-packed, and scorch-your-fingers sexy. With The Mane Event, she proves just how delicious love can be once you unleash your inner beast...

Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane?
That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes―as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more.

Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her―in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...

Shaw's Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go.

Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl―even one who runs with a Pack―can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again..
three-half-stars

*Cat got your crotch*
this book had some chuckles, but it wasn’t like fall out laughing like Wallbanger.

Christmas Pride was a 4-star read and Shaw’s Tail was 3.25-ish. A lot of sex in both, but decent beginning to this series.

Book 1: Desiree “Dez” MacDermot, Maason “Mace” Llewellyn were the couple in this book. they grew up together like best friends, and then were separated for 20 years as Mace went into the military. Mace always knew Dez was his mate, but he gave her time to find herself and now he is ready to make her his. Dez, an NYPD officer is investigating Mace’s sister in a murder case, which brings about the reunion with Mace. Their banter is amusing and their chemistry is hot. I find it fascinating that the “Cat” was asked to walk the two dogs owned by Dez. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Book 2: Ronnie Lee Reed & Brendon Shaw met when Ronnie (a wolf) and her pack rescued Hotel owner Brendon after he was attacked by some hyienas. Ronnie stayed and cared for Brendon, thus winning his devotion. The rest of the journey was Brendon trying to figure out a way to make the wolf stay with him, even though he was lion shifter.
The comments about mix breed offspring were quite amusing.

I plan on continuing with this series next month!

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, Book 8) by Patricia Briggs

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, Book 8) by Patricia BriggsSeries: Mercy Thompson #8
on March 11, 2014
Pages: 352 pages
AmazonNarrator: Lorelei King
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart
four-half-stars

4.5 stars. More Stefan would have gotten this book a higher rating.

Adam’s ex-wife Christy is back and not only is this heifer trouble, she is bring trouble too. Apparently she gave it good to some man because now he is stalking her. He is killed her new boyfriend, and other people just to get her back. So Christy calls Adam and tells him she wants to come home, even though she knows it’s not her home anymore. Mercy is the alpha’s wife but Christy refuses to acknowledge that.

Mercy is torn because some members of the pack don’t like her and would welcome Christy back. So when Christy does something to undermine Mercy, Mercy has to be careful how she responds. She doesn’t want to come off as insecure and jealous. Besides, Christy is being stalked and should be given some slack after what she has been through. So what’s Mercy to do?

Mercy can find out who this stalker is, why and take care of the bad guy so Christy can get the hell out of her house and life. Except the bad guy turns out to be a volcano god, and is stronger than than they anticipated. Did I mention he really wants Christy bad?

Mercy handled Christy with a lot more dignity that I would have. I would have sent that bad guy an email and told him where to find ms. Martha Stewart wannabe. After all, my enemy’s enemy is my friend, right?

Stefan still has it bad for that little coyote girl…and I can’t wait for the new developments with their bond. Why can’t they break it? This is reminding me of how Bella couldn’t shake Jacob even though she loved Edward completely. I know Adam is her soulmate, but I wouldn’t mind if Adam became a sharer. My daughter told me Sharing is caring. So why can’t Stefan have her too?

Briggs is such an awesome writer. Sometimes I listen to a book and think it’s so long and I get bored. Patricia Briggs keeps it exciting, keeps the plot moving and everything is connected. It’s like she doesn’t want to waste even a word. Good stuff