Charlie is faced with a couple of tough cases this time around - both with some surprising results. Her life with Reyes is humming along mostly smoothly, but she determined to find out more about his past - which leads to yet another surprise!
I sort of wished the cases had wrapped up with an intertwined plot somehow. I feel like this one stretched Charlie too far, and I didn't really fall into each individual case and get swept away by it. I got tossed back and forth between the two instead.
I did enjoy learning more about Reyes. His past keeps getting more and more complicated - I hope we're at the end of the earthly complications because it's getting hard to follow his life story. I do love how the relationship between Charlie and Reyes is growing. I also think Cookie is really becoming a co-star in some cases instead of just a side character - I love Cookie.
I am really enjoying the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Verity Long has a way of finding trouble, and her small southern town has its fair share of drama and mystery. In this case, one that goes back several generations. It's a good thing she has her new best-ghost-friend, Frankie, to help her out. This one gets a bit dangerous.
When Verity finds a body in the library, she begins her trip to a convoluted past full of lies. Someone killed the woman because she found out a family secret, but which family and what is the secret? But wait!! What if it isn't just one secret? Verity has to pull the strings to unravel one heck of a historical coverup - and she couldn't have done it without Frankie.
To complicate things a bit more, there's a station filming a documentary about the town's most famous battle. Verity's almost mother-in-law is heading the charge to make the town famous and won't let anything stand in her way.
I loved visiting some past ghosts from book one, meeting a few really nice new ones, and watching Frankie's antics as he tries to unground himself from Verity's house. Lots of great banter, some dangerous situations, and a mystery solved in a very clever way. Highly recommend this series.
Nocturnal is quite a rollercoaster ride of paranormal suspense mixed with a good dose of horror. It starts out like a gritty cop drama, with Bryan and his partner, Pookie, showing up at the scene of a gruesome murder. But even though they are the best in the city, they don't get assigned to the case. In fact, they're told to stay away from it.
So, of course, they don't. They follow along, getting themselves deeper and deeper into a world they never even imagined existed. Monsters, a hooded hunter, a rising King all wait along the way.
This book isn't for the squeamish - there were a few times my stomach turned at the scenes and descriptions - so be warned. But it's well worth it, and I just had to know what was going to happen next.
My only complaint about the audio was that Pookie (one of the detectives) sounded exactly like Mike Wazowski - the little green guy from Monsters Inc - so that is what I pictured every time.
Trajectory is the prequel novel to Carissa Andrew's Pendomus Chronicles, and it gives us a little peek into some character origins - or at least I think it does. I feel like you'd need to read the part of the series first to truly understand the importance of what happens in Trajectory. But if you haven't read them yet, then prepare to be intrigued by two completely different worlds and the people within them.
I really liked the way the Helix was described. The glimpse of a potential utopian society, but we all know where that leads. The Lateral was also interesting, but not so much because of the society, but the characters. I felt like I got to know them better than the Helix characters.
Definitely worth the read if you have read or plan on reading the Pendomus Chronicles.
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Title: The Voodoo That You Do (Chateau Rouge #1)
Author: Jolie St. Amant
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Three love stories. One enchanting weekend in New Orleans.
The Chateau Rouge Hotel in New Orleans is rumored to be a haunted hotel. It hides secrets and stories within its walls, tales that lure guests from all over the world.
It seems this enchanting hotel is still up to its old tricks, igniting the flames of romance while subtly nudging reluctant lovers to fall into the hands of fate.
Will Josey’s love survive the test of time, despite being doomed from the start? Can Julien melt Hannah’s cold heart, allowing her to see that love is right in front of her? And will Chloe find the home and love she’s been looking for all her life?
Dream a Little Dream of Me
As a two hundred year old vampire in New Orleans, Josey has seen her share of stories. However, none are as tragic as her own. She falls in love with the same man only to have him die in her arms each time.
Afraid of history repeating itself, Josey decides to push him away. However, Archer won’t be easily deterred. He’s determined to pursue her, no matter the cost.
What if this time it’s different? Is there a chance for them to change their destiny? Or will this time destroy them all?
Hard Hearted Hannah
All work and no play, that’s how Hannah Montgomery likes her life. That is, until company photographer, Julien, accompanies her to New Orleans for a music festival. This dimpled Cajun with an easy smile and laid back attitude has the potential to be a complication to her well-organized existence.
Hannah tries everything to keep her distance from Julien, but seems to fail every time. It’s as if something--or someone--keeps pushing them together.
Is it the allure of the sultry South? The romance of the Crescent City? Or is the enchanting Chateau Rouge working its spell on these two lovers?
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Chloe Devereaux arrives at the Chateau Rouge ready to leave her old life, and cheating husband, behind. The magic and mystery of the town captivates her, and soon sends her on an adventure leading her to former high school classmate, Jared Peterson.
Jared was crazy about Chloe in school. Her relationship with Chandler Montgomery had always kept her out of his reach. Now, seeing her in New Orleans and alone, Jared sees this as his chance at something his seventeen year old self had only imagined.
Chloe, finally experiencing the excitement of freedom, is not ready to jump into a relationship. Will Jared be able to convince her that love can be the most exhilarating feeling of all?
About Jolie St. Amant
Jolie St. Amant fell in love with all things New Orleans after reading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Now, a frequent visitor to the Crescent City, she can often be found getting inspiration from ghost tours, or sipping cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde.
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Title: Before Dawn (Netherworld Series #6)
Author: Olivia Hutchinson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The only thing Natalie Everhart ever wanted was a husband, kids, and the occasional adventure. Instead, she finds herself single with zero prospects and not even a pet to keep her company. One drunken love spell later, she’s knee-deep in all things supernatural with a seductive werewolf protector who wants her help infiltrating the secret Netherworld council.
Declan Azarov has stayed out of Netherworld politics for long enough. For too many years he’s seen families ripped apart under the rule of the current regime. When he’s asked to guard Natalie, he recognizes her value immediately. Not only is the woman gorgeous, but she’s trustworthy and convincing in the role he needs her to play: that of a potential mate. Only now Declan can’t decide who she’s convinced more, his enemies or himself.
About Olivia Hutchinson
I reside in North Carolina with my husband, son (aka "the kid"), and two dogs. I like coffee, stinky candles, the supernatural, and blasting music at ungodly hours.
To find out more, including information on upcoming releases, visit: http://oliviahutchinson.net
I loved these characters. The interactions between Maddie Kingston and her "rival" Nick Holter really made this book sing. You can tell right away from the bachelor's auction that they have some chemistry, some pent up emotions, and a looong history.
An old family feud with origins that neither of them really understands is what really stands between them. Nick is determined to "win" the company back for his grandfather, and Maddie is determined to show her family that not all of her schemes end up in failure. She'll bring the company back to life and help it thrive.
I actually fell in love with the mystery surrounding the family feud. It was a constant presence in the background of the story - looming over the families like an oncoming storm - but never really making an appearance until the end. Then it made up for everything and all sorts of bombs and blowups came out. I loved it.
Unfortunately, I just didn't really like Nick. He seemed like a good guy, but as soon as I found out he was going to try and take Maddie's company away, he lost me. Break the feud, Nick! Break the feud! Now, Nick's grandfather was a crotchety old sweetheart, and I really liked his version of a HEA.
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This second-chance romance hit all the feels for me. Rafael and his best friend fell in love with the same woman when they were just kids. Now, his best friend is dead, and Isobel is a widow. But she's still off-limits. Rafael swore to look after her and make sure she was OK, and he has other, more personal reasons to keep his distance.
Isobel still has dreams of having a family. She refuses to accept that those dreams disappeared when her husband died. So she sets her sight on Rafael as her baby daddy - not husband. Their two worlds collide when Rafael decides to take her up on her offer - with conditions. They have to "date" first to make sure it's what she really wants.
Watching these two get to know each other all over again was quite entertaining. Rafael is quite wealthy and Isobel sees him as a playboy. But there's a lot more to him than that, and he's going to show her. But he still knows that it's all for nothing - he will never be able to give her what she really wants.
There were so many small moments and touching acts between these two. They fall in love slowly and deeply. They have to come to terms with a lot of issues from their pasts, and at times it almost drives them apart. Nina Croft didn't disappoint with her characters and their story in this one.
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