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March 24th, 2017

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Mini Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

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Review by Poo Penny

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I have been reading the Kate Daniels books pretty much back-to-back, and I do not know how the Ilona Andrews writing team have managed to keep them interesting and engaging, but they do.

Yes, there was a lot of drama in this book, but since it is not my life, I welcome it. Also, I thought they did a GREAT job telling the whole story here, not just focusing on the drama. There were also some awesome fight scenes, between Kate and Hugh, between Kate and monsters, and the scene when Kate finds the shepherd (its been a few days and a few books, this is what he called himself, right?) after almost drowning is interesting. There is plenty of information in this book, and it is not really centered around Kate and Curran.

Grade: 5 stars

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About the book

Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve themno matter the cost.
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Packs shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and theres little available in Atlanta.
Kate cant bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a disputeand theyll pay him in medicine. With the young peoples survival and the Packs future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offerbut they have little doubt that theyre heading straight into a trap&

March 23rd, 2017

Review: Heavy Hitter by Sarina Bowen

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I really liked O’Doul from Rookie Move, so I was looking forward to reading his story.  At first I didn’t find that there was much chemistry between Patrick and Ari, and I was a little disappointed.  Maybe I wasn’t totally behind Ari as his love interest. I’ll be honest; a yoga instructor just isn’t on my list of to-die-for occupations.  It’s like my disinterest in chef characters. While I love to eat, I have no love for cooking.

Just as I was ready to write the book off, something happened.  The relationship between O’Doul and Ari ignited. Set my Kindle on FIRE.  Then I couldn’t read Hard Hitter fast enough.  Even the idiot, stalker ex boyfriend didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for the story. I found Patrick intriguing. Here is a tough guy who gets tied up in knots at the thought of fighting, and who hates being touched.  Wow.  To help get himself through some games at the level he expected for himself, he did something dumb. Something he regretted and wished he could erase from his history.  He bought uppers in a bar. From Ari’s psycho ex.  And now he’s afraid that that one stupid, stupid decision is going to blow up in his face. And is does.  Big time.

While trying to dodge her increasingly threatening ex, Ari tries to avoid a romantic relationship with Patrick.  She’s never been on her own, having moved in with Vince when she was twenty-one, and she stayed with him for eight years, only breaking up with him after a scary, violent incident finally convinced her that her life would be happier, and longer, if she kicked him out of her house. While trying to stick to her plan for a single life-style, to enjoy getting to know herself better and stretch her wings of independence, she finds that she keeps sabotaging herself by caving into her insatiable desire for O’Doul.  Ari keeps beating herself up for not sticking to her guns, but seriously – who could resist this guy? I have a soft spot for big, tough, yet tender heroes, and Patrick is one of the best of them.

This was a fun, diverting read.  I enjoyed getting to know the hockey players better, as well as the supporting staff.  The next book in series features Lauren and Mike, and while I’d rather read more about Becca and Nate, I’m looking forward to digging into Pipe Dreams.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book

From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series thats hot enough to melt the ice.

Hes a fighter in the rink, but hes about to learn that playing nice can help you score…

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the teams massage therapist.
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, shes decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…

March 22nd, 2017

Mini Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

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Review by Poo Penny

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Well, another freaking great novel in the Kate Daniels series. I am SO happy I have the next 2 books at my side, and that my library has the next 2 waiting for me to pick up, because I would drink myself into oblivion if I didn’t have them. Its not hard to do, I have the same tolerance as Kate does in that bathtub scene, a beer and I am loopy. Just ask my husband!

Well, seriously, get on these books! I love them! They just get better and better. I don’t know how they do it. I just hope I get a Kate, Curran, and Derek OD soon or I wont know what to do.

Speaking of Derek, isn’t he the best. I just love him.

Grade: 5 stars

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Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.
Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but shes still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would benow that the Order is disparaging her good name. Plus, many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kates mate.
So when Atlantas premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. But it turns out that this is not an isolated incident. Kate needs to get to the bottom of itand fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price&

March 21st, 2017

Novella Review: Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

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I love these Tor novellas.  There are times when I’m in the mood for a shorter read, because of time constraints or frame of mind, but I still want something that feels meaty.  These novellas hit the spot every time.  Brother’s Ruin is a magical steampunk adventure with a feisty heroine who puts herself in harm’s way again and again to save her family.

Charlotte is living a lie.  She’s secretly earning a wage as an illustrator, and her latest commission is a sensational hit.  Her deeper, darker secret is that she’s a mage, and she’s been keeping her abilities a secret from everyone but her sickly brother.  That’s against the law.  When her father is convinced that Benjamin is gifted in the magical arts and contacts the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts so he can be tested, Charlotte is frantic with worry.  When it’s learned that her father made a false report, he’ll be imprisoned.  In order to keep him safe, Charlotte determines that she must interfere with Ben’s tests and make it look like he’s much more powerful than he really is.  She’ll have to do this with utmost caution, because she doesn’t want to be imprisoned for keeping her own magic a secret.

Now, Charlotte’s father might be a nice guy and all, but he certainly isn’t a smart one.  After getting into a financial pickle, he takes out a loan from an unsavory lending company.  When he can’t pay back the loan, the debt collectors are knocking on the family’s door. Good thing for her father that Charlotte intercepts the final demand letter and takes matters into her own hands, revealing an operation responsible for the deaths of more than a few of their customers.

Brother’s Ruin very nicely sets up an interesting world where Charlotte will have the opportunity to have many more adventures. With her new mentor, she is guaranteed to get into trouble time and again.  Whether or not her dreams of a happy, if uneventful, life married to the boring, earnest George becomes a reality is yet to be seen.  I’m really looking for to spending more time with Charlotte and Hopkins.  Despite the short length, this story was packed with intrigue, danger, and very tense situations Charlotte has to use both her brains and her magic, to emerge from unscathed.  There is some nice world building, and I am want to learn more about the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts.  These guys don’t seem to be on the up and up. 

Grade: 4 stars

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About the book

 

The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben’s life and their own livelihoods.
But Benjamin Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.
When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.
Brother’s Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.

March 20th, 2017

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Review: Her Cowboy Lawman by Pamela Britton

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Despite some minor irritations, I thought this was a great read. Lauren Danners is a young widow struggling to raise her son. She reluctantly moves in with her brother Jax, grateful for his generosity, but slightly resentful that she must rely on him. When Jax encourages Kyle to take up steer riding, Lauren has a whole new set of problems to focus on. What if her baby is hurt by a crazy steer?
Lauren mets Bren at Kyle’s first show. Bren is the town’s sheriff, as well as a retired Green Beret. After a miserable marriage to an ex military man, Lauren has sworn off another relationship with one. Bren, a more mature hero, is bothered by the 12 year age difference between them, and declares Lauren off-limits. Dating her might make waves for his re-election.


Bren forms an instant bond with Kyle. In him, Bren sees himself. Driven to succeed at his sport, and determined to learn everything he can about riding. Bren agrees to take Kyle on as a riding student – he coaches some local junior rodeo riders. Kyle is his youngest, brightest student. The only fly in the ointment is Lauren. He’s forced to interact with her, and his attraction to her is driving him crazy.
I thought the tension was well done. You could feel it crackling on the pages, as both protagonists tried to fight a losing battle. I loved this. What I didn’t love was Lauren’s constant hoovering over Kyle. She was afraid to let him do anything, and it made me nuts. She was afraid to let him take riding lessons (on a horse), and she was stressed to the point of nausea every time Kyle competed. I get it. Riding large animals that are trained to knock you off their backs is a dangerous hobby. So is learning how to jump a horse over fences. But the constant reminders of Lauren’s distress got old fast.

The other annoyance – the age difference. I didn’t see that it was a big deal. Bren was 12 years older. Big deal. They are both adults, Lauren is the mother of a 10 year old boy, so it’s not like he was dating an underage girl. This was a non-issue to me. Even though they lived in a small town with plenty of busy-bodies, I still didn’t see how this was major concern to anyone.

Other than those two niggles, this was an engaging read. Lauren had a lot of baggage to overcome from her marriage, but with the support of her brother, and her son, she works through her issues. Bren was a great hero; caring, patient, giving. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to Jax’s story, which I hope will be next.

Grade: 4.75 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book

Not His First Rodeo

Sheriff Brennan Connelly knows he should avoid anything that could hint at scandal while he’s running for reelection, such as falling for a gorgeous young widow. But despite the age difference and the political risks, Bren and Lauren Danners share a remarkable connection. And as he coaches her young son in the rodeo, the former Green Beret is drawn ever closer to her. 

Lauren Danners may be young, but she’s long past the age of swooning over devastatingly handsome men. And Bren Connelly may be handsome, but Lauren has had her fill of men in dangerous jobs. To protect her sonand her heartshe tries to keep Bren at arm’s length. But whenever she’s around him, all she wants is to be in his arms! 

March 17th, 2017

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

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I love this series, and have been eagerly awaiting the final installment.  Real Life kept getting in the way of reading my eArc, however, but I finally found a chunk of time to set aside to do nothing but read Etched in Bone.  This was everything I had hoped for and more.  I was left with happy tingles by the end, and getting there was an adventure with all of the residents of the Courtyard. When Meg encounters danger, she isnt a passive victim, but instead takes control of her own rescue.  She has grown a lot, and Simon, the growly Wolf, has also been changed from his interactions with the young blood prophet.

When Montys brother Cyrus arrives in Lakeside, he knows it will spell trouble.  He asks Simon and the Others to not allow him into the Courtyard, but the Elders have other ideas.  They want to see how a bad human affects the good humans, and they force Simon to allow Cyrus and his family to stay. 

Cyrus and his family cause a ripple of unease and discontent through the Courtyard residents.  I hated Cyrus  absolutely Hated. Him.  If I had one complaint about this book, it is that the villain was too one-dimensional.  Even his point of view was full of hateful thoughts and opinions of the other characters, as Cyrus only ever thinks of anyone but himself.  He has no morals and his only motivations are taking what he wants from the suckers that surround him.  I kept wishing Simon or Henry would just eat him and get it over with.

The relationships between the humans and the Others are the major focus of the novels.  Meg has changed everyone, humans as well as Others.  Before Megs arrival at Howling Good Reads, Simon saw humans as meat.  After he gets to know Meg and her pack of exploding fluffballs, he begins to see them as something else.  All of the Others begin to see the humans as something else, and while Meg will always hold the dearest spot in their hearts, they begin to care for the other humans interacting with the Courtyard as well. The strengthening of bonds is the heart of Etched in Bone.  Despite adversity and a catalyst for conflict, the friendships that have been built over the previous novels are tested, and in the end, hold firm. While there was doubt that humans and Others would ever view each other with anything other than suspicion, the actions of one special human prove that theres a common ground for everyone.

Grade: 5 stars

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New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves&
After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Eldersa primitive and lethal form of the Othersthe few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-mans-land beyond their bordersand the darkness&
As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomerys shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all endwith her standing beside a grave

March 16th, 2017

Review: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

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Review by Poo Penny

Maybe it is unfair that I started this book when I started a new job, and had just begun driving my 17 hour trek from Florida to Texas, but it took me nearly a month to make it through this one. I adore Tessa Dare’s writing style. She is witty, her characters have personalities, flaws, and are relate-able. Oh, and her sex scenes are spot on. This book however… I was left wanting so much more. Bram was ok, Susanna was ok. They were just ok.

And I didn’t care for the cove scene, because that sounded so uncomfortable. I liked Dinner the most! The silly little lamb, and he wasn’t even mentioned at the end! Or maybe he was, and thats how done I was with this book when I finally reached the last few pages.

 

Grade: 3 stars

Review copy borrowed from our local library

About the book

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are… nowhere to be found. Or are they?
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.
Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters… and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Fincha woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle… but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

March 14th, 2017

Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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Review by Poo Penny

I am really enjoying UF a lot right now, between this, a few Ilona Andrews series, and Charley Davidson, I must say I am on a huge UF kick, with a few YA and HR thrown in. I am trying to escape  reality(ugh). There are a few spoilers.

So, maybe someone can answer me, what makes Bones so special? He is a master vampire, but he is only 220? ish? Right? I mean, he and Cat and killed older vampires, and from what I have understood. And she did almost kill Ian. Anyways, it has been about 4 years since the events in book 1, and Bones has been looking for Cat ever since. And it seems she has been trying to forget him, unsuccessfully. Bones decides to stick around, and it becomes known there is a contract out for Cat’s death.

Some really really hot sex between Bones and Cat (DUH!), and then a bunch of other stuff happens.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy purchased from Amazon

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You can run from the grave, but you cant hide&
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. Shes still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her headwanted: dead or half-alivemeans her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, shell find that desire lasts forever&and Bones wont let her get away again.

March 13th, 2017

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Review: The Bounty Hunter’s Baby by Erica Vetsch

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I checked this out of the library on a whim. So glad I did. This is a feel good romance with a pinch of danger. Thomas is a bounty hunter, and he’s after cattle rustler and murderer Jase Swindell. When he finally thinks he has Swindell captured, he has an unpleasant surprise. The murderer has a pregnant girlfriend who interferes with his capture, and then goes into labor! Poor Thomas does the best he can, but Anna, suffering from consumption, doesn’t live to see her son. Instead, Thomas does the right thing and takes the baby to the only safe place he knows; Esther’s ranch.


Esther has not had an easy time the last five years. After Thomas lights out of town, leaving her broken hearted, her father selfishly takes his own life after Jase Swindell rustles his cattle, leaving the ranch deep in debt. His suicide note pleaded with Esther to keep the ranch, and she’s tried hard to do just that. The taxes are an overwhelming burden, though, and this year she has nothing left to sell to make up the shortfall between her earnings as a laundress. She keeps staving off advances from the neighboring ranch, but she knows that it’s inevitable that she will lose her home.

When Thomas rides back into her life, Esther is torn. Here’s the man who abruptly abandoned her, and a week later, her father left her, too. When Thomas asked Esther to help care for the baby, she finds that she can’t refuse. It’s not the little guy’s fault that men are not trustworthy. And that is the theme that is repeated over and over again. Esther has to learn to trust again, and with baby Johnny and Rip the dog’s help, she finds her ability to forgive and care for others again.

Since her father’s death, Esther has stayed a virtual hermit on her ranch. She feels that the townspeople no longer welcome her because of her father’s actions. Esther doesn’t realize that her own behavior is off-putting, and that she has made herself unapproachable. When Thomas reappears in her life, he sees how much help she needs, and that she refuses to allow others to help her. So he sets about showing her the value of friendship and that relying on others isn’t a terrible thing.

I loved Thomas. He just wants to do what’s right. After being run out of town, he became a bounty hunter. Now that he’s reunited with Esther, he still doesn’t think he’s good enough for her, but he’s going to do his best to fix up the ranch and get her settled again before he heads off after Jase Swindell. He’s kind and caring, and wants what’s best for Esther and the baby. When danger threatens, he realizes that it’s time to make things right, and then to set down roots. With Esther and with the baby.

This is an inspirational romance, and it did get a little preachy at times. The time period made that not as onerous. I have enjoyed several of the Love Inspired Historical romances, and I’m adding Erica Vetsch to my authors to watch list. Recommended if you are in the mood for a sweet romance.

Grade: 4.75 stars

Review copy borrowed from our local library

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Brought Together by a Baby

Bounty hunter Thomas Beaufort has no problem handling outlaws, but when he’s left with a criminal’s baby to care for, he’s in over his head. And the only person he can think of to ask for help is Esther Jensen, the woman whose heart he broke when he left town. But can he convince her to put aside the past until he tracks down the baby’s outlaw father? 

Esther is ready to run Thomas off her Texas ranchuntil she spies the abandoned newborn in his arms. Soon, working together to care for the precious babe stirs old hopes of a family. With trouble heading to their door, they could overcome it togetherif she’ll entrust her wary heart to this sweet, second-chance family&

March 12th, 2017

Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

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I havent read Kerrelyn Sparks yet, so I was looking forward to giving How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days a shot.  Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed. I found the book irritating at times, and the political structure made no sense.  And the Mad, Evil King  he was such a non-issue it was disappointing.  While he got his just rewards, it happened off-page, and justice was doled out by a secondary character. Disappointing!

Luciana is an orphan who lives on the Isle of Moon.  She and her fellow foundlings live a comfortable life in the convent.  The nuns earn money translating and selling books, which they are famous for, but Luciana and the other girls seem to have an idyllic life puttering around the beaches and playing fortune-telling games.  When a stranger appears, accompanied by a coffin, Lucianas recent fortune-telling seems about to come true.

 

The man is her father, a duke, and the occupant of the coffin was Lucianas twin sister Tatiana.  Now Luciana must pretend to be her sister and marry the Beast of Benwick.  Since twins are considered ill luck on the mainland, she must never ever let anyone know that shes not Tatiana. She can also never let anyone know that she is one of the Embraced and that she has special magical powers. If the evil king ever finds out, she and her father will be put to death.

And this where not much made sense.  Leo, the Beast of Benwick, is also one of the Embraced.  Lightning seeks him out, strikes him repeatedly, giving him powers.  He cant touch anyone because he fries them.  His uncle the king knows that he has these weird powers, which are justification for being killed, but Leo is instead the Protector of the kingdom.  He leads the armies against the kings enemies, and all the while, the king tries to secretly kill him. 

If Luciana and her father dont report to the capital, they will be put to death for not following the kings orders.  When Leo ignores and purposefully tries to irritate the king, he isnt punished, though the king threatens to kill him.  Lucianas mother died giving birth to her, but the king hasnt allowed her father to remarry, because he wants their lands, and doesnt want any more children getting in the way who can inherit the duchy.  Instead, the king has been trying to kill the duke and his daughter.  So we have this big build up that the king is a terrible, evil guy, but then some new random bad guy shows up and kills him. Huh? Why couldnt Leo get some revenge against the guy that killed his mother and has been trying to kill him for years. Ugh.

The romance was another let down. Leo and Luciana dont even formally meet until about 40% into the story.  Then its, for all intents and purposes,  dreaded INSTA-LOVE.  There is no real build up to their romance, no courtship, no chemistry.  And because Luciana is a special snowflake, she is the only human Leo can touch without zapping the life out of her.  So of course they must be fated lovers. Luciana just accepted that she had to marry this terribly misunderstood guy without a whimper, and Leo knew he had found the woman of his dreams.  Meh. I didnt buy it.  And I wonder if their kids will be immune to his lightning touch too.

Overall, this is a fast paced read, perfect for a  weekend afternoon.  I breezed right through it.  The pacing was a bit uneven at first, but it settled down to a fairly entertaining read. The problems mentioned above marred my reading experience, and when I  finished, I thought that while it was a fairly fun read, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days was also a fairly forgettable read. Your mileage may vary.

Grade: 2.75 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

 

As Sparks starts a delightful new paranormal-romance series&Luciana and Leos erotic tension ratchets up.

Readers will relish Sparks lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look forward to the next.

Booklist

An entertaining first entry for Sparks’ new series.

Kirkus Reviews

Sparks&creates an intricate, layered world thats easy to fall into without tons of backstory needed. Lucianas gifts were unique and made for a fun read with situations that led to all kinds of trouble, making this story a joy to read. The Beast, Lord Leo, is everything youd want, without being so dark he irks you. Readers will be fully invested in this Embraced series!

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How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days

The Embraced Series

By Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks previous series, Love at Stake, constantly hit the New York Times bestseller list and created a massive fan following for her witty vampires. With the end of her vampire series, comes the start of an extraordinary new fantasy romance series called The Embraced beginning with HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (St. Martins Paperbacks; March 7, 2017). Set in a medieval mythical world, the series explores a special group of people with powers born when the two moons of the world form an eclipse. In the start of the series we meet Luciana, who can speak to the dead, and the Beast of Benwick who can controlling lightening.

Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

Filled with romance, humor, and a beautifully imagined new world, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS is a fantasy in the vein of Game of Thrones with all the fun of The Princess Bride. Luciana is a vibrant leading lady that will have readers rooting for her spunk and devotion to her family while the Beast is a swoon worthy hero worth taming.

About the Author

KERRELYN SPARKS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Love at Stake series. Visit her online at www.kerrelynsparks.com.

HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS:

The Embraced Series

By Kerrelyn Sparks

Published by St. Martins Paperbacks

**On Sale March 7, 2017**

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99

ISBN: 9781250108210| Ebook ISBN: 9781250108227

For more information or to set up an interview with the author, contact:

Brittani Hilles at brittani.hilles@stmartins.com or 646-307-5558

Praise for Kerrelyn Sparks:

“A deeply satisfying, delightfully swoon-inducing close…full of vulnerability and tenderness.”

 Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire

“Mixing paranormal romance with humor, Sparks clearly has a style all her own, one that readers love.”

 USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog

“Sparks skillfully infuses her writing with a deliciously sharp wit.”

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