Archive for the ‘Urban Fatasy’ Category

Darkness Rises-Dianne Duvall

October 16, 2013

Darkness Rises
Dianne Duvall
Zebra, Oct 1 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9781420129786

For several years, vigilante Krysta Linz used her only paranormal power reading auras to identify vampires. Immortal Guardian Étienne d’Alençon observes Krysta pretend to be a helpless human female out for a good time as she lures bloodsuckers into her trap before she kills them with her swords.

Étienne congratulates Krysta with her destroying vampires; as he explains his species though sharing some physical traits differs from the evil ones. Her brother Sean the healer fixes her injuries and shares with Krysta, fascination and fear of the Guardian. However, when Etienne realizes a long thought dead malevolence has arisen, he needs the siblings to help him even as he falls in love with the mortal.

The latest Immortal Guardians romantic urban fantasy (see Darkness Dawns) is an exciting action-packed thriller though the relationship between the engaging lead couple seems similar to that of Night Reigns. Fast-paced, series fans will relish this fabulous entry even as a scorecard to keep track of who’s who helps in this enjoyable complex story.

Harriet Klausner

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The Deep-Karen Wiesner

October 3, 2013

The Deep
Karen Wiesner
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner, Oct 2013
ISBN 9781300666769

In 1994 in Woodcutter’s Grim, fifteen year old Cheyenne Welsh frustrates her “Romeo” James Beck by her constant parenting her five years old sister Dulcie. Since her sibling was born, their mom has been mentally ill and their dad always away on a dig or in the basement nurturing his latest find. When she races home in a panic with James following her, Chey’s fears prove real as Dulcie and the child’s favorite doll, hideous Ajuoga, are missing. Making it worse, she realizes their Daddy satiated his ivory nymph the now alive Die Diep in the basement of the Welsh home.

Fifteen years later, still grieving her loss, Chey comes home to sell the family property following the death of her Daddy; though she refused to attend his funeral. When she fled, James angrily said no to her pleading for him to leave with her. Now a doctor he prays she comes home unaware that her Dad’s evil steadfastly welcomes home the prodigal daughter.

The eighth Woodcutter’s Grim thriller (see Beauty Is The Beast and One Night Of Eternity) is a chilling horror tale “loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid”. The second chance relationship between James and Chey enhances the strong main storyline of a good earth mother fighting the ancient evil her Daddy wrought upon his offspring. Readers will relish the latest work by this wonderfully talented writing wizard.

Harriet Klausner

Twilight Hunter-Kait Ballenger

August 26, 2013

Twilight Hunter
Kait Ballenger
Harlequin HQN, Aug 27 2013, $7.99
ISBN 9780373777389

Execution Underground operative Jace McCannon feverishly hunts werewolves while concealing from his division mates that the reason he is the best is because his DNA includes half werewolf. The hybrid currently stalks a cowardly werewolf alpha preying on the weak in Rochester.

While tracking the serial killer, whose latest victim was raped before being murdered, he corners Rochester Pack Alpha Francesca “Frankie” Amato who insists she did not murder the victim. He affirms the female packmaster’s assertion that she has the wrong equipment and no blood on her; she further explains she hunts this psychopathic rogue poaching on her turf. Though neither feels any trust for the other as hunters like him over the centuries have reduced the werewolf population to near extinction levels; they agree to team up in order to end the serial killing werewolf’s reign of terror but under his terms of captivity.

The opening Execution Underground romantic urban fantasy is a terrific taut thriller as mortal enemies become beloved enemies though neither covets the concept that the other is their life mate. The hunt for the deadly predator takes center stage as readers anticipate the confrontations between the protagonists and the antagonist, and between the emotionally scarred lead couple in the enticingly dark Ballenger world.

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 Necromancer’s Seduction-Mimi Sebastian

July 19, 2013

The Necromancer’s Seduction
Mimi Sebastian
ImaJinn, Jul 15 2013, $14.00
ISBN: 9781610261326

In San Francisco Professor Ruby Montagne hates lecturing the Introductory Anthology class because most if not all of the students take it for the credits. Being a necromancer, another vocation Ruby loathes unlike her late grandma or her mom who relish the role, she notices the strange movement in her class. When everyone leaves, the Fae asks Ruby for help. She refuses unless he is a student in her class as she knows bringing back the dead bites one butt and besides she has her tenure presentation to prepare.

Kara the witch asks her friend Ruby to help her look for expelled coven member Adam’s spell book in his apartment. Instead they find his murdered body. The supernatural council wants the untrained reluctant necromancer to bring him back as a Revenant zombie so they can end a serial killer’s rampage as Adam is the third victim that includes her grandma Cora. When Ruby is attacked, Ewan the demon warrior with assistance saves her. Ruby knows her options are death as Revenants and other paranormal loathe necromancers or joining the hunters.

The supernatural on the streets of San Francisco makes for a fabulous locale in the Sebastian realm as readers will believe in several paranormal species. The coming of age storyline is at its best when Ruby and her romantic and not romantic team investigate the homicides that have them soon fearing a viable major threat to the moral and paranormal planes (to be resolved). Whereas the romance between Ruby and Ewan is too typical of the subgenre (perhaps apple pie would have been fresher), but fans will enjoy Ruby’s seduction by the demonic hunk and by her power.

Harriet Klausner

Midnight’s Captive-Donna Grant

July 2, 2013
  1. Midnight’s Captive

    Donna Grant

    St. Martin’s, Jul 2 2013, $7.99

    ISBN: 9781250017277

     

    In Ferness, Scotland two years ago Laura Black entered an inn owned by Charon Bruce.  Immediately attracted to her, Charon hired her as his assistant so that he could see her all the time but also knows he will never tell her how he feels.  As a six century old Warrior fighting the evil of Deirdre; her incarceration turned him into a monster who is now in love.  She stares at him with love in her eyes but believes he suffers from PTSD though she does not know why and that he does not share her feelings.

     

    Charon’s enemy Jason Wallace the druid plots his death; Dreagan Distillery informs a euphoric Laura that the pub can sell their scotch.  However, as eerie events occur in Ferness, malevolent Jason, his wicked lover and dark Drough target Laura as the means to get to Charon who would risk death to keep the love of his life safe.

     

    The latest Dark Warriors romantic Scottish fantasy (see Midnight’s Kiss and Midnight’s Temptation) is an exhilarating thriller starring an emotionally wounded warrior and a seemingly innocent mortal.  The engaging storyline takes several surprising spins as secrets are revealed and brave Laura stands by her man and his allies against evil that she only recently learned existed.

     

    Harriet Klausner

     

The Entity Within-Cat Devon

July 2, 2013

The Entity Within

Cat Devon

St. Martin’s, Jul 2 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312547806

 

The Boston witches coven banishes Zoe Adams and her grandma Irma.  Unable to remain in Boston, Irma’s longtime friend Nick St. George invites the two shunned females to stay with him as his guests in Chicago.  Neither Irma nor Nick tell Zoe that he is a vampire residing in the gated community Vamptown along with others of his species. 

 

Demon hunter Damon Thornheart the vampire recently moved to Vamptown.  He loathes witches due to an ally betraying him.  He and Zoe meet with plenty of fire, ire and desire.  However when Irma looks into the Book of Darkness, she releases demons in Vamptown.  This affirms Damon’s belief that witches are untrustworthy though he reluctantly accepts Zoe as his teammate seeking the truth behind the demon invasion.

 

The second Vamptown romantic urban fantasy (see Sleeping with the Entity) is an amusing paranormal though the humor at times seems flat.  Still the lead couple is a wonderful pairing of a witch and an anti-witch falling in love in the fully developed vivacious vivid Vamptown.

 

Harriet Klausner

A Highland Werewolf Wedding-Terry Spear

May 9, 2013

A Highland Werewolf Wedding

Terry Spear

Sourcebooks, May 7 2013, $6.99

ISBN: 9781402266836

 

In 1785 St Augustine, her paternal wolf Uncles Tobias and Samson inform their precious recently orphaned (due to murder) niece Elaine that they will arrange a mating for her with ruthless older Kelly Rafferty.  Elaine persuades them to allow her to see some of the world before her marriage.  However, when they reach St. Andrews, Scotland, the locals plodded by sea merchant Lord Whittington arrest and soon execute the thieving Hawthorn pirates.  Highlander wolf Cearnach MacNeill offers her the sanctuary of his clan, but while he brawls with a drunkard she flees.

 

After a horrid life married to a monster; with his death in the present Elaine returns to Scotland for the first time since her uncles were hung with hopes of finding the loot her relatives hid two centuries ago and that her distant family will welcome her.  She gets into a fender bender with Cearnach that leaves his vehicle ditched.  Late for his friend’s wedding, Cearnach gets Elaine to drive him there.  As each recognizes the other as their true mate, she manages to trigger clan feuds.

 

The latest Heart of the Wolf MacNeill brother paranormal romance (see A Howl for a Highlander and Heart of the Highland Wolf) is a fun thriller due to two alphas falling in love.  The two initial meetings between the alphas seem too coincidental while some of the escapades over the top; yet Terry Spear showcases her talent to tell an exciting howler that her fans will fully enjoy.

 

Harriet Klausner

Dark Wolf-Kate Douglas

May 2, 2013

Dark Wolf

Kate Douglas

Kensington Aphrodisia, Apr 30 2013, $15.00

ISBN: 9780758288189

 

Alex Aragut calls his best friend Lily Cheval to tell her another raped and murdered victim was found near the Chanku Pack home in Montana.  Living in San Francisco, Lily knows that makes five in her home state and three in her adopted city.  She fears the rogue ripping out throats like a wolf will bring the humans agitated by Aldo to hunt her Chanku. 

 

Sebastian and Lily attend the same gala.  She wonders if he is shifter and evil like his father.  He believes her aura is incredible.  Lily is attracted to Sebastian but senses a dark magic yet it is not malevolent like his father.  They run as wolves together, but abruptly he acts possessed and goes to rape her.  Lily gets Sebastian back to normal.  Sebastian is ashamed with what he did though he does not remember it.  She shocks him when she invites him to her place for sex as both knows there is a connection beyond heat.  However, evidence mounts that he is the rapist-killer. 

 

The first Spirit Wild next generation Chanku romantic fantasy stars a nice surprising pairing as fans expected the two oldest offspring (Alex and Lily) to mate; instead each found a different mate (his being another pack offspring).  The underlying premise of whether Sebastian is a murderer-rapist is deftly handled.  Although the Chanku leaders failure to follow up on rogue military shifters seem out of character for these extremely cautious individuals, readers will appreciate Kate Douglas continuing her fabulous saga with a super twisting thriller.

 

Harriet Klausner

Prince Of Power-Elisabeth Staab

January 6, 2013

Prince Of Power

Elisabeth Staab

Sourcebooks, Jan 8 2013, $6.99

ISBN: 9781402263187

 

Vampire and wizards have been at war seemingly forever.  The Wizard Master exiles his son Anton to die for failing to perform his duty as the lad is not a chip off the old block since he hates killing vampires to steal their power.  However, Anton has one last chance to return home in glory: steal her power before killing Tyra Morgan, sister of the Vampire King Thad (see King of Darkness). 

 

Since Tyra works in a shelter in Ash Falls, Virginia; to gain access to her Anton pretends to be homeless, which ironically he knows he is if he fails his last chance.   Anton saves Tyra’s life.  Attracted to each other, neither trusts the other as both know their eternal legacy.  His species demands he take her power before murdering her; while hers demands the execution of him.

 

The second vampire-wizard war once again is a complex superb romantic urban fantasy in which the Staab mythological universe seems genuine due to strong supporting characters like widowed vampires and a young female human player.  Fast-paced from the moment the star-crossed lead couple meets in the Virginia homeless shelter and never slowing down, sub-genre fans will relish the forbidden romance between the Sister and the Prince of Power

 

Harriet Klausner