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Release Day Review: A VERY LEVET CHRISTMAS by Alexandra Ivy

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas comes a little early with the release of Alexandra Ivy’s A Very Levet Christmas!

The Blurb:

A gargoyle of Levet’s charm and intelligence should not be facing a solitary Christmas. True, he may appear a little unconventional, not to mention unconventionally little even for a gargoyle. But what Levet lacks in height he makes up for in loyalty, and being banned from the festivities surrounding the Queen of Weres’ new pups is quite unfair.

So when a beautiful Christmas angel begs for help in fulfilling her duties, Levet has nothing better to do than agree. Armed with a magical wand, Levet confronts Damon, a pureblood Were intent on seizing the throne. Challenging the King will put the pups at risk and drive away Damon’s potential mate, Gia. Who better to convince Damon to choose love, not war, than a gargoyle expert in “amour”? With a little magic, and a lot of Levet, this may yet be a truly wonderful Christmastime.

The Review:

Ms. Ivy releases a short, but sweet novella with plenty of Christmas magic and mischief from the resident gargoyle of the Guardians of Eternity series, Levet, the novella’s hero.

The novella was written more along the lines of A Christmas Carol than a romance novel. Damon and Levet are the main focuses of this novel, with Damon playing a very Scrooge-like role with his dislike for Christmas. Gia, on the other hand, is rarely seen in the novel – her arrival in the end more of an afterthought than the main focus. Levet, with a little push from a Christmas Angel, is able to avert disaster and emerge a hero in the aftermath of a battle that never was.

However, despite the fact that the novel was not “romantic” in the traditional sense, readers are able to catch up with Salvatore, Styxx and the rest to celebrate the arrival of the Were King’s pups.

A Very Levet Christmas is a nice, light read that brings with it the joy of the Christmas season…in September!

RATING - 3

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Cover Reveal: WHEN DARKNESS ENDS by Alexandra Ivy

It must be Alexandra Ivy Day today, because we received TWO big announcements in less than 5 hours. First, Ms. Ivy announced her plans to expand her Guardians of Eternity world with a new series kicking off with Marked by Darkness and now we get to feast our eyes on the drop dead gorgeous cover for When Darkness Ends, which is not the final book of the series but the final book before Ms. Ivy starts to self-publish the series.

I saw the cover earlier on Wicked Scribes, but WOW!

Is he it beautiful or what?

Rika Ashton

(aka Insatiable Cover Lover)


This Just In…Alexandra Ivy’s New Series!

Alexandra Ivy just announced that she will be starting a new series, set in the Guardians of Eternity world. Marked by Darkness kicks off in June 2015. This one also features another story from the Mark of the Vampire series by Laura Wright.

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Yes, there will be more Levet!

Who’s excited?

Rika Ashton

(aka Novel Informant)


Hanging with Levet on my ARC Shelf

Just got a arc of A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy, and I am very psyched to start reading. Levet, is a very funny, very tiny gargoyle who annoys the heck of the heroes of the Guardians of Eternity series, but charms all the heroines. 😉

Blurb:

A gargoyle of Levet’s charm and intelligence should not be facing a solitary Christmas. True, he may appear a little unconventional, not to mention unconventionally little even for a gargoyle. But what Levet lacks in height he makes up for in loyalty, and being banned from the festivities surrounding the Queen of Weres’ new pups is quite unfair.

So when a beautiful Christmas angel begs for help in fulfilling her duties, Levet has nothing better to do than agree. Armed with a magical wand, Levet confronts Damon, a pureblood Were intent on seizing the throne. Challenging the King will put the pups at risk and drive away Damon’s potential mate, Gia. Who better to convince Damon to choose love, not war, than a gargoyle expert in “amour”? With a little magic, and a lot of Levet, this may yet be a truly wonderful Christmastime!

Excerpt shared by Ms. Ivy on Facebook earlier today:

Thoroughly annoyed, Levet folded his arms over his tiny chest, his large wings that shimmered in brilliant shades of blue and crimson with golden veins stretched out behind him.

“What do you mean I am not allowed to pass?” He tilted his head to make sure the moonlight captured the beauty of his stunted horns and handsome gargoyle features. He could only presume the thick-skulled hound didn’t recognize him. “Do you know who I am?”

“I don’t give a shit who you are.” Hess turned his head to spit on the newly fallen snow. “The King was very specific. Only family is given permission to enter the lair.”

Levet scowled. “But I am family.”

Hess narrowed his gaze, his breath sending out small puffs of icy fog. It was barely ten degrees but the cur was wearing jeans and a too-tight muscle shirt.

“You?”

“Oui. I am like a brother to Harley.” Levet pointed toward the large house on top of the hill, referring to the Queen of Weres and one of his dearest friends. “Go ask her.”

“Everyone knows that the Queen only has sisters,” Hess said. “No brothers.”

Levet rolled his eyes. Did Weres deliberately choose the stupidest humans to turn into curs?

“I said like a brother, you imbecile. Clearly we are not the same species.”

Hess gave low growl, reaching down to grab Levet by the horns and yank him off the ground.

“What did you call me?”

“Eek.” Levet dangled helplessly, his tail snapping furiously behind him. “Release me, you oversized Chihuahua.”

This one is sure to be a fun ride!

Rika Ashton

(aka Levet’s Sidekick)


Review: HUNT THE DARKNESS by Alexandra Ivy

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. 

Hunt the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy is the 11th book in a long running paranormal romance series titled the Guardians of Eternity. The series as a whole had featured an array of mythical creatures including vampires, shifters, and fae. This novel is the story of Sally – a formerly dark witch – and Roke – a loyal friend of the vampire king – who were accidentally mated in the previous book, Darkness Avenged.

The Book:

The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how…

Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke—or with him…

The Review:

Let me say this…this novel most definitely does not feature a damsel-in-distress or wallflower hero. Sally is a strong female lead who has grown from a series antagonist to heroine, while Roke has been – and remains – ALPHA from page one. And not alphole alpha, but ALPHA alpha. While Sally searches for her father to try and break the spell that binds her and Roke together, he stays with her each step of the way and a partner and mate, so I wasn’t surprised to find myself hoping that it would take a long, long time for Sally to find her dad and try to halt the epic chemistry between her and Roke:

Roke swallowed a groan, a complex mixture of fury, lust, and savage relief surging through him.  None of it showed on his face as he turned to study the tiny female with shoulder-length hair that was a blend of deep red tresses streaked with gold.  She had pale, almost fragile features with velvet brown eyes and full lips that begged to be kissed.

“Hello my love,” he said in a low, husky voice, “Did you miss me?”

And that’s only the start of the story!

Sally’s been through quite a lot in this series, and as it happens her childhood wasn’t a walk in the park either, so I’m glad that Ms. Ivy chose to give her a hero like Roke. While Sally’s a strong witch with an equally powerful demon bloodline, Roke is a take-no-prisoners kind of guy who is willing to fight for her:

“Sally, whether the mating is some demon magic or not, it feels real to me,” he rasped. “To have you disappear…” He shuddered, revealing the genuine pain he’d been forced to endure.

Better yet, their well-matched and well-balanced chemistry made for some pretty HOT scenes throughout the novel!

Plus, Levet – the series’ favourite gargoyle – once again plays scene-stealer in some of the most hilarious parts of this novel and annoys our hero to no end:

Levet grabbed his back pocket. “Where are you going?”

Roke didn’t miss a step as he swatted the pest away. “To get my mate.”

“I do not believe that is a good idea.”

“Thankfully I don’t give a shit what you think.”

“Tres bien,” the gargoyle sniffed. “You are the panty boss.”

“Bossy-pants, you idiot,” Roke muttered, heading directly for the back door.

I can’t get enough of this little gargoyle – his tendency to mix up popular phrases reminds me a whole lot of Artemis’ from Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark Hunter series. But while Artemis is the reigning bitch-goddess of Olympus, Levet is pure heart!

The well written story, and strong lead characters and supporting cast, make this novel impossible to put down. Be prepared to pull an all-nighter when reading Hunt the Darkness, or any other Guardian series novel for that matter, because Alexandra Ivy writes to win! I unashamedly give this novel a four out of five!

RATING - 4

Rika Ashton

(aka Levet’s No. 1 Fangirl)


Cover Reveal: BLOOD ASSASSIN by Alexandra Ivy

I don’t know if anyone has had a chance to see the cover for Alexandra Ivy‘s upcoming Sentinels novel, Blood Assassin (release date January 6th, 2015) so here it is…

The male cover model reminds me of a wrestler, and the female looks pretty badass – if a little evil – but I like it!

There’s no blurb available yet, but I’ll keep my eyes tuned to the screen for when it becomes available.

What do you all think of the new cover?

Rika Ashton

(aka “I wonder if he’s got a special wrestling move…”)


All Those Books…Just Enough Time

It’s time for another quick update. I’m almost done with my back list of ARCs, but I’ve got a few more reviews to go. The next batch of amazing books – some of which I had to BEG for – include some of my favourite authors.

First off, I was given a copy of Hunt the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy with a request to complete the review sometime after the release date, so I’ll likely be posting a review for that this weekend.

The vampire Roke is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how…

Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke – or with him…

The next novel with a review to be released after that will likely be Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard. The publication date for this novel is July 22, 2014, so I’ll be aiming to post a review a little after that. This is a final installment and I don’t want to spoil anything.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Then we’ll be getting a review of Kresley Cole‘s Dark Skye, which will hit stores on August 5th, 2014. I guaranteed a copy of my ARC for this novel after much hassling, bargaining, bribing, begging – and quite possibly blackmailing, but I should be able to get you a review of this a few days before the publication date. 😉

Eternal Obsession

As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body – and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Finally, I’ll be writing a review for How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries (release date August 19th, 2014, which means the review will be released at least a day before.)

Lady Zoe Keane’s father is pressing her to marry a cousin she’s never met. As Lord and Lady Olivier’s only child, spirited Zoe will one day inherit the title of countess and their Yorkshire estate, the land she adores—but she wants to marry for love. Then an unsolved family mystery shatters her world: is it possible Zoe’s birth mother was actually a Romany named Drina? Desperate to know her true lineage, Zoe hires the Duke’s Men to search for the woman who will determine her destiny.

Tristan Bonnaud is the man for the job, and not because the roguish investigator cares about a spoiled aristocrat and her inheritance “problem.” To protect himself from his villainous half-brother, Tristan needs to track down his Romany horse trader friend who has information about a decade-old scandal—and this young beauty’s far-fetched case is just the excuse he needs.

But if untangling the past isn’t risky enough, the sizzling attraction drawing the scoundrel to the lady is the most dangerously seductive surprise of all. . . .

Rika Ashton

(aka Blogger With No Middle Name)


Stealthy Sneak Peeks!

Excerpts, teasers and (maybe) spoilers galore!

Here’s the latest in the world of paranormal romance/urban fantasy:

  • Nalini Singh released excerpt two of Shield of Winter. (Excerpt one can now be found on her website.) Ms. Singh is also hard at work on the Kaleb and Sahara short story, and it will presumably be released with her next newsletter on June 3rd.
  • Kresley Cole’s Dead of Winter cover has been revealed!
  • Jennifer Ashley’s next Shifters Unbound story is titled, Alpha’s Mate. (Ms. Ashley is also writing another Shareem novel, called Keiran, and has posted a short teaser on her website, and she’s promised more Stormwalker novels!)
  • The Beautiful Ashes, an upcoming New Adult novel by Jeaniene Frost also has a new excerpt. (Ms. Frost also previously revealed that the title for the final Night Prince novel is Bound by Flames.)
  • The second Sentinels book by Alexandra Ivy is titled Blood Assassin.

That’s all I’ve got for now.

If you’ve got any more release dates or excerpts/teasers to share, please do!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Novel Insider)


The Good, the Bad and the Undead

So has Twilight changed the ruthless image of vampires for life? Fortunately, not – at least not for me. Most vampires that pre-existed, coexisted and post-existed the Twilight saga are not only less sparkly but also infinitely hotter! Of course, I give props to Stephenie Meyer for coming up with a “glittering” vampire storyline that didn’t exist before.

So back to the point at hand, if Twilight didn’t ruin vampire novels for me then can I recommend some hot, fanged men that will make you swoon? Boy, can I ever! But vampires aren’t the only creatures that go bump in the night, are they? So can I also recommend demons, warlocks, werewolves, etc? Of course, you really didn’t have to ask. But what about the good in the “The Good, the Bad and the Undead”? Trust me, I can recommend some guys you’ll be sure to think are positively angelic.

These men were critiqued on the following qualities, as decided by the readers:

1) Looks. The superficial and shallow, but still all-important HOTNESS rating. Is this man a stud or a dud? Do you look at him and think “I gotta get me one of those” or think “those damn sparkles are irritating me eyes”? (Sorry, couldn’t resist 😛 )

2) Loyalty. Like a puppy, the men of the supernatural variety must be loyal and faithful or the heroine (and the reading population) must unfortunately kick him to the curb.

3) Intelligence. Like does he know the difference between a felis catus and a canis lupis familiaris…of course, since I could not give them a biology test, I opted to read between the lines and observe things like how fast does they figured out the bad guy’s plan, etc.

4) Being non-superficial. The supernatural man must be able to see below the appearance of the female (or any flaws she may have) to discover the person within. After all, the man has super-vision he might as well put it to good use!

5) Sensitivity. No, I’m not talking about their teeth or even the toothpaste they use but their ability to care for their heroine’s feelings. The supernatural man must be able to tell that when the female asks a question like, “Do these jeans make me look fat?” the best answer is “You’re perfect.”

6) “Alpha-ness.” Under reasonable circumstances the fanged, furry, or winged man is allowed to be protective and/or possessive, but these must be welcome or he will risk spending days in the doghouse (or the pound for men of the furry variety, because they might actually like it).

7) Ability to be a badass. Can these men pull off playing the villain or are they just too damn nice?

(Each criteria was given a total score out of ten and then compiled in a sum total out of seventy and ranked. Yes, I was hard-core about the scoring, you wouldn’t believe how shamelessly some of these men tried to cheat.)

So without further ado here are the top ten supernatural men as voted by readers and fellow writers!

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#10. Carlos Panterra

There were-panther hottie is from Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks is smart, sensitive and all round, entertaining. He made it onto our list for the ability to dance in a sequined thong without losing his masculinity. He has a solid score of 60/70 losing some major points for “badass-ness,” because frankly he is just too nice. However, the strengths include being extremely protective of the heroine, when required, and having a sense of humour despite the heroine’s tendency to aim for male anatomical parts best left alone during training sessions. He also gets props for major basketball skills! 😀

#9. Cade

Our resident demon bad boy is Cade from Kresley Cole’s Dark Desires After Dusk. Cade delivers on the seductive demon promise that we all want, a possessive demon hottie with a tortured past. Unfortunately, Cade’s past doesn’t remain in the past and conflicted loyalties make his lose major points of trust with the heroine. (No, he doesn’t cheat on her just to clarify or he wouldn’t have made it onto the list at all. As it is his “past” is not a female problem but a problem of political intrigue.) He does reclaim points in the end for grovelling and keeping me entertained throughout his novel. Cade pulls of a solid 61/70.

#8. Conde Cezar

I can say one thing for Cezar – despite his name sounding like a Ceasar salad, he is definitely a man, of the fanged variety that is. This vamp gets majors points for being faithful to a woman for two hundred years to be precise with nary a sign from her. And of course, when he finds her again he gets to act protective and possessive, I found no fault with this considering how much Anna and Cezar loved each other. Like most of Alexandra Ivy’s “Guardians of Eternity” men, Cezar’s possessive protectiveness will simply make you swoon and hope he’s nearby to catch you. You can read all about him in Darkness Revealed and he scores a noteworthy 62/7o!

#7. Raphael

From resident bad boy to angelic good guy, Raphael has got it all. Beautiful gold-tipped white wings and blue eyes that can see into your soul, Raphael has got the looks category won. And Nalini Singh agrees that one book is definitely not enough to give us our fill of Raphael so he stars in not one book but 3, the “Guild Hunter” series including Angel’s Blood, Archangel’s Kiss, Archangel’s Consort. Best of all, Raphael knows how to be a possessive badass – bet you didn’t expect that of an angel did you? This archangel of New York knows that being bad can be, oh so good! Judges declare that Raphael receives the greatness score of 63/70.

#6. Acheron Parthenopaus

Oh, Ash, Ash, Ash…what to say, what to say? Actually, what not to say? When it comes to looks no one can beat him! No really, no one can. You see he was cursed a long time ago by his aunt the Goddess of Desire to be the most desirable man in the world. But, really, he would have had that title in the bad regardless being an immortal Atlantean god. When it comes to “badass-ness,” he got it down to an art form from his FU clothes to his never-the-same colour hair. But, unfortunately, Ash just doesn’t have enough opportunities to show his possessive side in his novel, Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, to compete with the other males on this list. He scores a nice 64/70.

#5. Mick

This dragon knows how to turn up the heat. Good looking, badass but a sweetheart, distant but loyal Mick’s a mass of contradictions. Best of all he also has more than one book. Allyson James introduced Mick in Stormwalker, revealed more of his secrets in Firewalker and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in the upcoming Hexed anthology and novel Shadow Walker. But of course behind every great man is a woman and Janet Begay heroine and first-person narrator of the “Stormwalker” series is definitely makes Mick sound like a man I wanna know! Mick receives a nice 65/70.

#4. Lachlan MacRieve

Lachlan the lykae’s novel A Hunger Like No Other was the first book I ever read by Kresley Cole and he was the reason I come back to the “Immortals After Dark” series again and again. Lachlan is a tortured hero, whose sole purpose in life since the moment he breaks out of jail is to find his mate. Talk about dedication! Little does he know that his mate is a vampire, the very creatures who have tortured him for millennia. Lachlan and Emma get off to a rocky start, but Lachlan’s love and desire for Emma overcome his initial and the two reach their happily ever after! Lachlan struts into the sixties with a solid 66/70.

#3. Lucian Argeneau

Lynsay Sands’ Lucian from Bite Me if You Can makes number three in this epic battle between the supernatural. Lucien is cranky, arrogant, bossy and an all-round unlikeable vampire at the start of his novel. Nor is her very nice to Leigh, his life-mate – though he doesn’t know it – when he first meets her. Oh, he has very good reasons for the way he is, but nothing chased away my uncertainty with him as a hero until the moment he fell. And, oh boy, how the mighty fall – fall in love that is! He’s now everything a woman could want, sensitive, protective, generous and just plain amazing at everything he does. Lucian scored a worthy 65/70.

#2. Zarek

Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dance with the Devil is one lovable psycho Dark-Hunter…and yes, he really is psycho and not a wannabe psycho, I mean would a sane man battle with a polar bear with nothing buy his metal claws no matter how immortal he thought he was. Zarek has a reason for his craziness of course; he thinks he murdered everyone in a village that he was supposed to protect and has carried this guilt around for a long, long time. Enter Astrid, the beautiful but blind justice nymph who has been sent to judge Zarek by Acheron and Artemis. Zarek falls for her almost instantaneously after she shows him a kindness he’s forgotten how to accept, but doesn’t think he’s worthy of someone as great as her. But unlike some guys who turn into marshmallows after they fall in love, Zarek retains nearly all of his original “badass-ness” and is only ever a marshmallow for Astrid. He’s still an outcast, still hot and still a psycho but the best kind of each! Zarek pulls in a noticeable 67/70 points.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the number one overall SUPERNATURAL HOTTIE is…

#1. Bones

Jeaniene Frost’s Bones from the “Night Huntress” and the spinoff, “Night Huntress World” series is one of the biggest reasons why I have not been turned of vampires by the Twilight disease. Bones is too awesome in too many ways and that’s probably why he has over 6 books published, not including anthologies, and many more upcoming novels. But like I said before, every great man has an equally great woman behind him and Cat, Bones’ wife, is probably his biggest supporter in her first-person narrated novels. The way she tells it, Bones is funny, smart and infinitely preoccupied with trying to get his wife into bed every opportunity he gets…which makes him all the more fun to talk about. But more importantly, Bones scored nearly straight ten’s in all the categories, losing only one point each for sensitivity and “badass-ness.” Bones is not nearly as bad as Zarek, so he lost a point for that and not nearly as sensitive as Carlos, who is our resident nice guy. But Bones is still one hot vamp with a 69/70! (For a full list of Bones’ novels go to Jeaniene Frost’s website, because honestly there are too many to list.)

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That concludes the top ten supernatural battle royale. But if you want to learn more about the worlds these guys come from then I recommend reading their entire series because this was just a taste of what’s out there! How’s that for reading material to keep you busy for the next year or so? 😀

And because we love getting introduced to new supernatural hotties, who is your favourite all-time paranormal hero and why?

-Rika Ashton (aka The Judgemental)