Posts tagged “paranormal

Cover Reveal: The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

I love randomly browsing the net which, while hell on my writing, lets me discover new gems like the cover for Lynsay Sands‘ upcoming Argeneau novel, with a tentative release date of February 2015, The Immortal Who Loved Me:

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever…

I think it’s a fun cover with some serious mancandy!

Do you love it, hate it or couldn’t care less?

Rika Ashton

(aka Cover Spoiler)


Vlad’s Back, Baby! (aka Blurb Reveal)

So we finally have a blurb for Jeaniene Frost‘s Bound by Flames, the third and final book of the Night Prince series and it sounds like this is going to be one EPIC finale!

PLAY WITH FIRE, PAY THE PRICE…

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his over protectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

I am so ready for this book, the only downside is knowing this is the end. First Cat and Bones, and now Vlad. Hopefully Ms. Frost continues to write more books in the Night Huntress World series and revisit some of these amazing, and very bad-ass, characters!

Who else is psyched for this book?

Rika Ashton

(aka Vlad’s No. 2 Lady – because Leila would kill me if I was first.)


Cover Reveal: THE SHADOWS by J. R. Ward

For Black Dagger Brotherhood fans out there, we finally have a cover for The Shadows by J. R. Ward and it’s a good one!

Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

This is iAm and Trez’s book and, after the plot twister that was The King, this one promises to reveal even more secrets from the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe – and I for one, can’t wait!

Unfortunately, we all have to wait until April 7th, 2015 for this book to release in bookstores around the world. Till then we’ll all have to continue to speculate on all the possible routes this book could take and wait with baited breath for any teasers the Warden deems worthy of sharing.

Rika Ashton

(aka “I thing this is one of the best covers yet!”)


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)


Cover Reveal: BOUND BY FLAMES by Jeaniene Frost

I tweeted this earlier, but in case you missed the update, here is the very gorgeous cover for Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost!

And the equally beautiful step-back art:

Love it? Hate it? Don’t care either way? What are we thinking? Do comment and share. 🙂

-Rika Ashton

(aka Cover Lover)


Book Twins…Separated at Birth!

I was looking through the covers for some of the digital review copies being offered by publishers and I came across two that were eerily similar…fraternal book twins, shall we say!

The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.

A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?

The cover for The Arrow by Monica McCarty – part of the awesome Highland Guard historical romance series by the way – looks very much like the cover for Knight Avenged by Coreene Callahan – part of the Circle of Seven series that I have been dying to start!

Alone in a world on the brink of war…two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time.

Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. But just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill.

Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept…elite assassin, Henrik Lazar, detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. But when the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them.

Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Forced into an untenable position, Henrik is left with a terrible choice—protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.

Of course, both covers could have been inspired by the Arrow (television show starring Stephen Amell) and who could blame the cover artists for the illustrative shout-out! I sure don’t! 😉

Spy any other “separated at birth” covers recently?

Rika Ashton

(aka The Cover Seeker)


Cover Reveal: NIGHT SHIFT (Anthology)

We finally have a cover for the upcoming anthology, Night Shift, featuring some reader favourites, like Nalini Singh, Illona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane. Anthologies are a great way to try new writers and get the “flavour” of a series without major spoilers, and with some great stories – including Bastien’s from the Psy-Changeling series – don’t hesitate to give this one a shot!

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

The cover looks eerie cool with all the glowing green and orange!

Rika Ashton

(aka Unashamed Cover Lover)


Book Review: KISS OF WRATH by Sandra Hill

Disclaimer: An advanced review copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an HONEST review. 

I read my first ever Sandra Hill novel over the weekend, and I was immediately stricken with a sense of: “Where has she been all my life?!”

No, seriously…why has NO ONE ever recommended a Sandra Hill novel to me?

But I’m so, so, so glad that I didn’t turn down the ARC for Kiss of Wrath when it was offered to me. I was about to because it was book four in a series and I, at the very least, try to read a series in order. Plus, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to understand all the nuances of the world she’s created, especially since this is book four.

But I really over-thought my decision, in hindsight I feel like I wasted precious time – time I could have been using to start devouring the world of Kiss of Wrath:

No wicked wenches or wild rampages . . . it’s been centuries since Mordr the Berserker was turned into a vangel—a Viking vampire angel—as punishment for his sin of wrath, and he’s been frustrated ever since.

It’s not so bad being stuck in modern-day Las Vegas. What better place to slay Lucipires, or demon vampires, than the original Sin City? But then Mordr Sigurdsson’s mission is expanded to a new assignment: protect lust-worthy Miranda Hart.

Miranda’s well-ordered life turned into chaos when she unexpectedly inherited her late cousin’s five children. Now, her cousin’s dangerous husband is about to be paroled, and she needs a miracle to keep them all safe.

That miracle arrives on her doorstep in the form of a very buff, handsome man with a very strange name. Mordr wants nothing to do with a red-haired wench or children. Miranda wants nothing to do with a gorgeous hunk who claims to be a Viking.

As Miranda and Mordr give in to temptation, they must decide if they fit in each other’s worlds—before their enemies close in on them.

The Review:

My thoughts for this novel can pretty much be summed up in two words: “LOVED IT!” But since I know everyone is eager for a little more detail than that, I’ll also say that it was funny, emotional, and heartbreaking. The heartbreak started the second I read Ms. Hill’s dedication for the novel:

This book is dedicated to all those single parents who march on each day with the grueling task of raising children on their own. They understand best the struggle, and joy, ahead for my heroine who becomes an instant mother to not one, or two, but five children.

And this book is dedicated as well to those parents who have ever lost a child. They understand best how my hero’s grief can go on forever.

And to those who enjoy a good love story sprinkled with both smiles and tears. The best kind of all!

I was like, “Oh, s***! This is gonna be a tearjerker!” And I pretty much had tissues on hand. But the novel wasn’t as tragic as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, the hero’s got plenty of trauma in his past, but this novel was also about healing and I totally enjoyed the funny interactions between Mordr and the children, Mordr and his brothers, and Morder and Miranda.

Mordr has a lot to overcome and had difficulty interacting with the children – all of whom have an inclination towards mayhem – after his own children were killed millennia ago along with his wife. The rage and guilt he felt over the deaths of his family is the main reason he ends up becoming a Vangel (Viking Vampire Angel)…not by choice. St. Michael turned Mordr and his brothers into Vangels as punishment for their sins – each of whom is guilty of one of the seven deadly variety, Mordr’s being wrath. The brother’s have been fighting against the devil and his army of Lucipires, who harvest souls before their time.

Ms. Hill gave the novel a well thought out back story, and I liked the different hybrid aspects of the creatures. And Vangels – that is an insanely awesome name. (Kind of reminds me of Kresley Cole‘s Vemons – demon/vampire hybrids.)

And then of course, there’s the novel’s heroine, Miranda. Miranda’s a career woman who does’t want marriage or children, and at first she’s reluctant to take in her five nieces and nephews, but they have nowhere else to go and she ends up giving them a home. But, after two years of living with the children, she needs some serious backup. It took me a while to warm up to Miranda’s character. There’s nothing wrong with her, she’s nice, caring and clearly a good role model, but Mordr was such an overpowering character that it was hard for me to imagine anyone matching up to him. Miranda was eventually able to prove her mettle to me and it was hard not to like her after a certain point in the novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the uniqueness of this storyline. The characters were vivid and relatable, even to someone who’s never been in their shoes. And now that I’ve finished Kiss of Wrath, I can say that I’m glad I started with book four because now I have something to go back and read instead of waiting – agonizingly – for the next installment, Vampire in Paradise.

I give this book a solid four out of five! Best of all, you won’t have to wait very long to read it, Kiss of Wrath releases tomorrow – May 27th…happy reading!

RATING - 4

Rika Ashton

(aka The New Vangel Groupie)