Archive for the ‘Paranormal Romance’ Category

Warrior Untamed-Melissa Mayhue

November 20, 2013

Warrior Untamed
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket, Nov 26 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9781451640892

Fiery Pict descendent Bridget MacCulloch lives for one thing only: killing the person who killed her father. As Protector of Man Thor descendant Halldor O’Donar has no time for women. When the termagant demands he allow her to help him take down her enemy, the warrior from another world rejects her passionate request. Hall rationalizes that he has no time to coddle a raging female when he confronts the evil who escaped his plane for this one.

However Hall finds the distracting beautiful berserker refuses to go away no matter how hard he tries to get rid of her. Reluctantly Hall understands his options boil down to fleeing from this obstinate female warrior who he cannot shake and as the Protector embracing her burning fire. Finally, he accepts his fate is to deal with Brie if he is to achieve his objective.

The latest Warrior romantic fantasy (see Warrior Reborn) is an exhilarating thriller starring a warrior who avoids women especially when on a mission struggling with his desire for his unwanted volatile partner. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate this fun tale as the hero believes he is Taming the Shrew while instead love tames both of them.

Harriet Klausner

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The Night Is Forever-Heather Graham

September 30, 2013

The Night Is Forever
Heather Graham
Mira, Sep 24 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778315087

Marcus Danby established the Horse Farm near Nashville as a place to take care of deserted animals. Therapist Olivia Gordon finds Marcus’ body in what looks like a horrible riding accident caused by a drug overdose though he had been clean for three decades.

Already wondering how a top rider who knew every inch of the area could have fallen and having doubts about his addiction relapse, Liv’s concerns about her boss’ death become a certainty when Marcus’ ghost tells her he was murdered. She contacts her cousin Malachi Gordon (see The Night Is Alive), an FBI Krewe of Hunters agent who knows of her ability to communicate with ghosts. He informs Krewe unit Chief Jackson Crowe who assigns Dustin Blake on his first case to investigate the Horse Farm paranormal activity and the death. Dustin and Liv are attracted to each other from their first meeting and their feelings are strengthened by both sharing the paranormal skill of seeing ghosts especially with so many in the area. However, the killer plans to silence the only person claiming homicide.

Though similar in tone to the previous “Night” thrillers (see The Night Is Watching), this Krewe of Hunters paranormal romantic police procedural is an entertaining investigative entry enhanced by the ghosts from a nearby Civil War era massacre bringing alive the local history. Action-packed from the moment Marcus’ spirit pleads with Liv, readers will relish visiting the haunts of the greater Nashville area.

Harriet Klausner

Indelible-Dawn Metcalf

July 29, 2013

Indelible
Dawn Metcalf
Harlequin Teen, Jul 30 2013, $9.99
ISBN: 9780373210732

In Glendale, BFFs Joy and Monica go to the Under 18 club at the Carousel. Whereas Monica goes for “Mr. Wide” Gordon Weitzenhoffer, Joy notices the teen with totally blackened eyes. He sees her too, but instead of friendly chatter, he tries to cut out her eye, but instead injures her cornea.

Indelible Ink had not planned for this outcome when he went after Joy; as all he wants is to feel and comprehend human emotions similar to his sister Inq’s understanding. However, he must adapt to having marked her as his lehman “slave” not as Inq insists “lover” or die. Joy must adjust to being his beloved helper and “seeing” the strange eerie environs of Twixt filled with monsters and weird girls or both will meet horrible deaths.

The first Twixt young adult urban fantasy is an exciting tale starring a courageous human female (whose mom deserted her and her dad) and an intriguing creature who is filling the void of lacking emotions with learning the good, the bad and the ugly. The support cast is solid, but the Twixt realm is never established beyond a superficial veneer and the romance too typical of the sub-genre in spite of the fascinating filling up the male lead’s blank slate. Still teen fans will enjoy Indelible Ink while looking forward to the tale of Invisible Inq.

Harriet Klausner

The Night Is Alive-Heather Graham

July 29, 2013

The Night Is Alive
Heather Graham
Mira, Jul 30 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778315070

Two and half centuries ago Blue Anderson was a gentleman pirate. When Abby Anderson was a child she saw the ghost of her ancestor at times when family members needed him; she saw him when a killer was stopped and when her parents and grandma died. Now a FBI trainee, Abby comes home to Savannah because her grandfather Gus asks her to visit him. When she arrives at the family’s historical tavern Dragonslayer, she fails to find Gus waiting for her; instead Blue guides her to a tunnel where her beloved relative lies brutally dead. As Blue begins to make out of character frequent appearances, Abby informs FBI Krewe of Hunters unit chief Jackson Crowe.

He decides to send private investigator Malachi Gordon to Savannah as a beta test of the potential recruit’s paranormal skills though veterans will also be there. As more violent mysterious murders occur, Malachi and Abby struggle with their attraction and their life-long distrust of showing their otherworldly skills to someone else. To end a serial killer’s reign of terror they must rely on one another or become victims.

Though similar in tone to the previous Krewe of Hunters paranormal romantic mystery (see The Night Is Watching), this is an entertaining thriller due to Savannah (as fascinating as the Old West was in its “night” predecessor) and Blue the ghostly pirate; as they combine to give readers a flavor of the city’s history. Action-packed from the moment Abby calls Jackson and never slowing down; readers will relish visiting the haunts of Savannah.

Harriet Klausner

Bound Spirits-Karen Wiesner

July 29, 2013

Bound Spirits
Karen Wiesner
Writers Exchange E Publishing, Jul 12 2013
http://www.writers-exchange.com
ISBN: 9781922233035

On Lake Superior in Erie County, Wisconsin is Bloodmoon Cove Park with a reputation for the eeriest urban legends. After Park Ranger Dave Kotter died there last year, the county sheriff shut the park down warning people to stay out, but there is always some idiot like Troy and his Three Stooges followers who foolishly enter where Harrity Kotter and Dave vanished, many years apart. When a ghost dog comes to greet them, Troy joins the missing while his frightened mates ditch him.

Dave’s son John quits his park ranger position in Arizona to come home as he knows there is no one but him left to replace his dead dad at Bloodmoon Cove. At the campgrounds, John, accompanied by his dad’s dog Robert, is shocked to find someone living there though the place had been closed since his father’s death. Instead of making Esmeralda “Esme” Dumas leave, he allows her to stay without asking her why she is a recluse though she obviously knew his dad and Robert. He accepts she is not ready to tell him her tale of being locked away with rodents as her companions. The couple learns that Troy went missing near where Harrity Scaritty allegedly haunts Bloodmoon Mountain. As homicides occur, Esme goes in search of the hidden cave while a worried Dave goes in search of her.

The Bloodmoon Cove Spirits urban fantasy is a fabulous ghost story that grips readers from the moment Troy and his friends enter the forbidden zone. Fast-paced, the romantic subplot is anticipated but kept low-keyed as Karen Wiesner focuses on the hunt for angry avenging spirits.

Harriet Klausner

The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter-Jillian Stone

July 20, 2013

The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter
Jillian Stone
Kensington Brava, Jun 25 2013, $9.95
ISBN: 9780758269003

In 1889 London, as guardian for years to beautiful Mia Chadwick, Dr. Asa Exeter takes some time away from the fight against Professor Lovecraft and the need to recover the moonstone to find a suitable husband for his ward. In that fatherly-like role, Asa contends with two issues besides sniffing males. First he must ignore Mia’s obvious attraction to him and him to her; and second he must end her out of control tendency to shift into a panther by helping his charge learn to control her inner feline. Both test his ability to tame the beast as he struggles to do what he considers his honorable duty almost as much as he battles Lovecraft’s threat to London.

Meanwhile Scotland Yard consultant Moonstone Investigations Phaeton Black has been declared missing since he vanished without a trace though those searching for him (Exeter, Mia, pregnant America, Tim, Jersey and Valentine) know he is alive. In the Outremer, Prospero holds and tortures Black in order to force the sleuth to hand over the moonstone.

The third fun Phaeton Black Victorian romantic investigative fantasy (see The Seduction of Phaeton Black, and The Moonstone and Miss Jones) concentrates more on the relationship between Exeter and Mia (as obvious from the title) than on the missing sleuth. Still readers will appreciate this engaging alternate paranormal historical version of Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Harriet Klausner

Avenging Angel-Cynthia Eden

June 22, 2013

Avenging Angel

Cynthia Eden

Kensington Brava, May 28 2913, $14.00

ISBN: 9780758267658

 

In New Orleans, the Angel of Death Marna awakened in fear and pain as the shifter ripped off her wings.  She tells the face that stares at her that she will kill him once she recovers; her rage is unbound against the shifters who tore off her wings.  Police Detective shifter Tanner Chance knows Marna could kill with a touch, but is unafraid of her as he has faced many monsters in his life. 

 

Two months after their first encounter, he arrests her for multiple brutal murders, but she persuades him she is not a vicious serial killer.  They team up seeking the real predator who cleverly frames the wingless Angel of Death and turns panther shifter Tanner into a fallen rogue cop in trouble with NOPD.  On the run and simultaneously in pursuit, Tanner and Marna fall in love.

 

The latest Fallen angel romantic urban fantasy (see Angel of Darkness and Angel in Chains) is a terrific paranormal thriller as Cynthia Eden’s supernatural Big Easy seems real.  Although the overarching premise is a gender changing of the Angel Betrayed theme, the fabulous protagonists make this an engaging storyline as they go from vulnerable and distrusting to confident and loving.  Tanner and fans will sing the Tavares’ song Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” while playing cat and mouse with a diabolical adversary.

 

Harriet Klausner

Phantom Wolf-Bonnie Vanak

June 12, 2013

Phantom Wolf

Bonnie Vanak

Harlequin Nocturne, Jun 4 2013, $5.85

ISBN: 9780373885725

 

Arcane Mage Kelly Denning and Elemental Mage Sam Shaymore were in love though their relative class status made a permanent relationship near impossible.  Sam plans to tell his martinet father that he planned to marry Kelly, but an inferno at his family mansion leaves everyone inside dead.  Her father rushes out of the blaze ending any chance between Kelly and Sam.

 

Over the years, Kelly has dedicated her life helping Mage children.  When she learns of abductions in Honduras, she mounts a failed rescue.  Navy SEAL Sam and his mates rescue her with the objective to bring her home.  The female he never stopped loving persuades the male she never stopped loving to team up in order to save the children.  They find evidence that Arcane rebels are assaulting Elementals.  Like her father, Kelly appears to be the culprit.

 

The latest Phoenix Force romantic suspense (see The Covert Wolf) is a super second chance at love urban fantasy.  The lead couple is a nice pairing of star-crossed lovers struggling with a fiery past and a dangerous present.  Readers will relish Bonnie Vanak’s thriller as the Elemental SEAL must decide whether to trust his heart or his brain.

 

Harriet Klausner

The Magic of “I Do”-Tammy Falkner

June 7, 2013

The Magic of “I Do”

Tammy Falkner

Sourcebooks, Jun 4 2013, $6.99

ISBN: 9781402268151

 

In 1817 with magic banned in the land of Fae, fairie Claire Thorne returns to the human world where she recently helped her sister Sophia on her mission (see A Lady and Her Magic) but lost her fairy dust.  She ends up in the one place she prefers to avoid, the room of hedonistic Lord “Finn” Phineas Tremble who possesses her shimmer in a vial.

 

Over her objection, Finn declares himself Claire’s protector though she wants nothing to do with a womanizing gambling cad and he believes her to be more an uptight harpy than a fairie.  When Claire receives her mission to catch a killer, Finn demands in on her dangerous quest as he has fallen in love with the irritating defrocked fae.

 

The latest Thorne regency romantic fantasy is an engaging tale as the lead characters amusingly fuss and fight their way to love.  Their jocular gender war and her perilous mission make for a fine thriller though Finn is to stereotypical of a reformed Regency rake.

 

Harriet Klausner

The Night Is Watching-Heather Graham

May 31, 2013

The Night Is Watching

Heather Graham

Mira, Jun 1 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780778315063

 

Lily, Arizona Sheriff Sloan Trent knows he is out of his league when a nineteenth century human skull is found amongst other props in the Old West tourist attraction the Gilded Lily Theater.  He contacts his friend from his Houston police days, Texas FBI Krewe leader Agent Logan Raintree for help.  Logan sends FBI forensic artist Jane Everett to Lily to work with Sloan.

 

As they team up though he has doubts about her paranormal skills, Jane encounters the ghost of Sloan’s ancestor who worked at the Gilded Lily.  Meanwhile more deaths follow as the cop and the fed realize that am Old West gold robbery is at the center of the present day homicides.  With ghosts assisting the couple on the case and matchmaking them, Sloan and Jane fall in love.

 

Though similar in tone to previous Krewe of Hunters paranormal romantic mysteries (see The Unseen), The Night Is Watching is an entertaining thriller due to the Old West as remembered by the ghosts haunting the town vs. modern day people producing their vision of what occurred.  Readers will appreciate the deadly hunt for lost gold as the ghosts help the Krewe and the sheriff who seek a killer while finding love.

 

Harriet Klausner