Monday, December 31, 2007

The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

The Undead Next Door
Love At Stake, Book 4
Kerrelyn Sparks
Avon Books
January 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-06-111845-6

When Heather Lynn Westfield attends the grand opening of Le Chique Echarpe, the last things she expects is to meet the owner. He’s a big name in the fashion world, and when he sees some of her sketches and offers her a job, Heather can’t refuse. Designing has always been a dream, but this job is about to get a whole lot more dangerous than it should. Jean-Luc has enemies, and when one targets Heather her new boss takes the responsibility he should by protecting her and the young daughter she has at home.

After losing lovers at the hands of his enemy, Jean-Luc chose not to get involved romantically with another, at least until there is no longer a threat. Life as a centuries old vampire isn’t always easy and when the fashion world begins to get suspicious that Jean-Luc is not aging, he chooses Texas as a place to hide-out. He figured that his self-imposed exile would be the worst time ever, but then he met Heather. Now his world revolves around keeping Heather and her family safe while they hunt his enemy and put an end to the threat once and for all.

The Undead Next Door is the fourth installment in the Love At Stake series. Heather’s quiet life is about to get a whole lot more exciting when the gorgeous Jean-Luc Echarpe comes to town and brings with him danger and the possibility of love. With a romantic tale that’s begins with secrets, Ms. Sparks engages readers from the first page. There’s possible danger at every turn, a touch of humor at the most unexpected of times and a love story that’s simply charming. The Undead Next Door can be read as a stand-alone, but this is such a fun series that if readers are able to they should enjoy it from the beginning.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco

Unquiet Dreams
Mark Del Franco
Ace – Penguin Group
January 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01569-6

Connor Grey is a druid who lost most of his abilities, but what talent remains allows him to act as a consultant for the Boston Police Department. The latest case involves the mysterious deaths of a young human male and Alvud Kruge, an influential elf that organized a group called Unity. They were both killed in an area known as the Weird, and while the death of Alvud Kruge becomes a Guild investigation, Connor is sure there is a connection to the teen found murdered as well.

There’s a new drug on the streets, Float, and with two rival gangs at the center of the escalating trouble, the Weird has just become more dangerous than ever. The fight for turf and power has spread until all of Boston is at risk, and Connor with his limited magical powers may be the only one capable of stopping it before there’s nothing left to save.

Unquiet Dreams is the second book in this urban fantasy series. While helping Detective Murdock solve a murder investigation, Connor Grey is about to take on the Guild and do all he can to stop the destruction that’s already begun. Mr. Del Franco weaves a tale filled with magic, mystery and suspense. As the story unfolds, readers are drawn in by the action that flows from vicious murder to magical mischief, all delivered with a slightly humorous edge. With just the right questions left unanswered, Unquiet Dreams is a well-written story with characters that will charm readers back for another visit to the Weird.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper

Blood Dreams
A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel
Kay Hooper
Bantam Dell Books
December 31, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-553-80484-3

When her twin sister Paris got divorced, Dani packed a bag and returned to her hometown of Venture, Georgia. It’s more than a supportive visit that’s drawn Dani home, and as her vision-dreams become more focused Dani soon realizes that there is a killer nearby. It could very well be the same one who so recently terrorized Boston.

While the SCU is kept busy in the aftermath of a senator’s murdered daughter, the Haven team is working the new trail in Venture. Unlike the SCU, Haven is a privately-funded team of psychics that are able to work outside certain dictates of government.

Dani’s abilities have advanced, but the changes give her little insight to the changing vision-dreams she has each night. She’s sure that the killer has prepared a trap for the team members, but the true target is unknown. With the help of Sheriff Marc Purcell, a man who she still has feelings for, Dani and the team must hurry to save a team member before time slips away.

Blood Dreams is A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel and the first in a new trilogy. After years away Dani has finally returned to Venture, but a killer has settled in and home has just become a very dangerous place. Ms. Hooper pens a masterful paranormal suspense and fills her world with captivating characters. Fans of the Noah Bishop series will enjoy the opportunity to visit with the characters they’ve met in previous books. While it is not essential to have read previous books, this is the first book in the new trilogy and the ending may prove to be frustrating. Reading the next installment will be necessary to gain closure to the events in Blood Dreams.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Friday, December 28, 2007

Interview - Adrian Phoenix

Darque Reviews welcomes Adrian Phoenix…..

Hi Adrian, thanks so much for sharing your time with Darque Reviews, and for giving the readers a chance to get to know you and your work.

AP: Hi Kimberly, thanks for giving me the opportunity to chat with your readers.

A Rush of Wings is your debut novel set to release with Pocket Books on January 8, 2008. Can you tell us a little about it?

AP: You bet! A Rush of Wings is a story of betrayal, shattered beliefs, and blackest secrets as Special Agent Heather Wallace trails a serial-killing sexual sadist to New Orleans. An unexpected twist leads her to Dante, gorgeous, talented – vampire, and the killer's next target. She tumbles into a deadly moonlit world of vampires, fallen angels and hidden experiments in sociopathology.

Caught in a web of deception stretching to the Bureau and beyond, Heather runs a desperate race – against time, against other agents, even against her own deepening feelings – to keep Dante alive, but she can't save him from his own stolen past. Or his destiny.

How did F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace develop into a character for you? How about Dante?

AP: I created both Dante and Heather while gaming (fantasy RPGs), and I became very familiar with them as I played them, and shaped their histories, their families, and their darkest secrets.

Is A Rush of Wings the first book in a series, or is it a single title?

AP: It’s the first in a four-book story arc. Possibly more!

Can you tell us what you’re working on now, and what readers can hope to see in the next year or so?

AP: I’ve finished and turned in the second book, IN THE BLOOD, to my editor at Pocket. It has a release date of January 2009. I’m currently planning/preparing to write books three and four. I’m also working on a four-book dark fantasy story revolving around the poet John Keats and the lamia who saves him from death in Rome at the age of twenty-five. But my main focus at the moment is on Dante and Heather.

Where do you get the inspiration for a story?

AP: Music is a HUGE inspiration – from the music itself, to the lyrics, to individual stanzas, to the sound of the singer’s voice. Nine Inch Nails is my primary source for an emotional soundscape while I write. Others are Muse, Saul Williams, AFI, and movie soundtracks such as The Last Samurai, Batman Begins, Gladiator, Last of the Mohicans, Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest, in particular – among others.

What is your favorite part of writing? How about the part you dislike most?

AP: My favorite part is when I’m so into the story and the characters that the world around me fades and the words pour from my fingertips and onto the monitor in a white-hot rush and time no longer exists. My least favorite part is probably editing because it takes me out of creative mode, but editing is good. That’s when I get to whittle away the excess and reveal the story’s true shape.

What genre do you enjoy reading? Who are some of your favorite authors?

AP: I love reading so many genres! Fantasy, S/F, paranormal, horror, mystery, historical, you name it, I’ll read it. It’s the characters and the story that matters, not the genre. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Caleb Carr, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Barb and JC Hendee, Kris Nelscott, James many!!

How do you spend your free time?

AP: Hah! Free time! If I’m not writing/revising/editing, then I’m reading or going to movies. I also exercise – hiking, weights, yoga, belly dancing. I started belly dancing classes five years ago and really enjoy it.

What’s the best piece of advice that you can give to the aspiring writers out there?

AP: Write. Write every single day. Persistence and consistency pay off, so carve writing time into your day. I write in the evenings after work and on the weekends. And read like mad. You learn about story, craft, plotting, and characterization with each book you read – you learn what works and what doesn’t. Write. Write. Write. Network with other writers.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers before we go?

AP: Follow your dreams. Never give up no matter what anyone tells you. Want it enough to work for it and reach! You’ll make your dreams come true.

Thank you for joining us Adrian. Congratulations and the best of luck with A Rush of Wings! Hope to see more from you soon.

AP: Thanks for having me, Kimberly, and thanks to your readers, too!

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix

A Rush of Wings
Adrian Phoenix
Pocket Books
January 8, 2008
ISBN# 978-1-4165-4144-8

The Cross Country Killer has moved on to New Orleans and FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace is there to find him. Another victim has died by the hands of the CCK, and this time the evidence leads Heather to Club Hell and its resident rock star Dante.

Dante is Nightkind, a vampire. He has little memory of his past, and what he does know has come in flashes. Lucien DeNoir stands by him and helps to ease his troubled mind, but Dante’s friends are dying and a madman has him marked.

Despite Dante’s reluctance to cooperate, Heather continues to issue warnings to the gorgeous young man who has more than captured her attention. There’s more to the case she’s been working than she knows, and now someone further up the FBI ladder wants Heather out of the way. Sticking with Dante may mean her death, or it could very well be the only thing that keeps Heather alive.

A Rush of Wings is an engaging urban fantasy and this author’s debut novel. Heather Wallace believed that the only monsters in the world were the sadistic human killers she tracked down in her job for the FBI, and then she met a vampire whose very existence challenged everything she thought she knew. Ms. Phoenix spins a deliciously dark and seductive tale filled with sadistic serial killers, sexy vampires, powerful fallen angels and secret experiments. The fast-pace and creative twists in the storyline makes this action-packed read one to remember, and the steamy romance will have readers eagerly looking for more of the same.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Twist by Colby Hodge

Colby Hodge
Shomi – Dorchester Pub.
January 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-505-52748-6

Flipping houses to pay for college has served Abbey Shore well, but her latest project has more in store for her than she had ever anticipated. Strange noises are emanating from a brick wall in her parlor that seems to serve no purpose in the house’s structure and Abbey is too curious to let it go. When the wall comes down, Abbey’s life and the lives of everyone she knows will never be the same.

Dr. Shane Maddox wishes he’d never met Abbey, and when she shows up one hundred years in the future he’s more than happy to lay the blame for everything at her feet. It was the Chronolotian, Lucinda, that changed Shane into a Tick, and because of those vampire-like traits Shane is still alive. He realizes that Abbey has triggered a portal in time, and now they have to find a way for her to return and set things straight.

Twist is a time-travel romance, and as the title implies there’s more to this story than the usual jaunt through time. Abbey knows little of her family history, but the time-twister she activates will open a doorway that not only leads to a devastating future, but enables her to learn her role as a Guardian. Shane’s life has been ripped apart and he blames Abbey, but no matter the outcome he’ll be by her side all of the way. Colby Hodge has done a fabulous job detailing this fictional world. There’s a delicious frustration factor that enhances the tension between Abbey and Shane, and it helps to give them a very realistic quality in both the present and the paranormal laced future. Twist has an imaginative storyline, vivid characterization and non-stop action that makes it impossible to set down.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead

Succubus On Top
The Georgina Kincaid Series, Book 2
Richelle Mead
Kensington Books
December 18, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-7582-1642-7

Life as a succubus is a never-ending job for Georgina Kincaid, especially when all she really craves is a little human normalcy. With a boyfriend that even a kiss could drain, her love life is difficult to say the least, but Seth is hanging in there and dealing with their strange arrangement.

A longtime incubus friend, Bastien, has come to town on a mission to cause the compromising position that will destroy the image of a local talk radio star. After moving in next door to his target, Bastien ropes Georgina in to help him achieve his goal. That’s an arrangement that makes even the easygoing Seth a little nervous.

Meanwhile, Georgina’s co-worker Doug is acting stranger by the day. His band is taking off with the help of a new drummer, but something more seems to be affecting each of the guys. Georgina’s not about to watch Doug destroy his life, and she’s the best chance he has to stop it.

Succubus On Top is the second installment in The Georgina Kincaid Series. Between taking on extra hours at work, keeping up her agreement as a succubus, and helping an immortal friend with his latest task, Georgina has little time left over for her very mortal boyfriend, Seth. He has been more than a little understanding, but with Bastien in town even Seth may have to question their relationship. Ms. Mead picks up the story where Succubus Blues left off and adds to the growing turmoil in Georgina’s life. This is a fast-moving read with plenty of action to keep fans riveted. There are several delicious plot twists that lead to some very sizzling sex scenes. Readers will be curious to see where Georgina and Seth’s relationship heads in the next installment.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen

Cutting Loose
Tara Janzen
December 26, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-440-24385-4

Zachary Prade has been called back from his assignment to track down a woman he met while posing as a drug lord, Alejandro Campos. Lily has unknowingly drawn a lot of attention to herself by carrying an item given to her in El Salvador by a dying pilot. What she has is the key to unlock a file, and Zach has to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Lily Robbins is startled to see Alejandro Campos, and even more surprised to learn that he’s a secret agent. He may also be her only hope of surviving the line-up of bad guys trying to either kidnap or kill her. In the midst of it all, the interest that began when she first spent time with Zach is still there and stronger than ever, but Lily knows that Zach is dedicated to his job. They still have to make it out alive before thoughts of the future can even come in to play.

Cutting Loose is the second book in this new series, a spin-off from the Crazy series. Zach is a professional, but with Lily around it’s easy to lose his perspective on the case he’s working when keeping her safe is always his first concern. Lily knows that it’s foolish to fall for a man like Zach, but her heart refuses to listen. Ms. Janzen writes another fast-action thriller complete with well-defined characters, beautiful cars and danger at every turn. A romantic thrill ride that you won’t want to miss. There is enough detail to read this as a stand-alone, but it does begin where the previous book, On the Loose, left off.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Chasing Silver by Jamie Craig

Chasing Silver
Jamie Craig
Juno Books
December 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-8095-7201-4

The last thing Remy Capra remembers is grabbing a handful of coins just before she fell through a window and ran for her life from Kirsten Henryk, the cop who wants to see her dead. Now she’s in Los Angeles, a far cry from the streets of Washington DC, and she has no idea how she got there. Stranger still is the fact that she appears to have traveled back in time.

Nathan Pierce is an ex-LAPD cop working as a bounty hunter. He’s chasing a local thug when Remy drops in out of thin air and causes him to lose Tian once again. It’s clear that the injured woman needs help, so Nathan offers it. Now they have double the trouble and the coin that somehow plays a part in Remy’s appearance, the Silver Maiden, is now at the center of it all. If their skills are enough to see them through, there’s still a threat that remains. There’s just no telling what the coin has in store for anyone involved.

Chasing Silver is an intriguing time-travel romance. Remy’s silent wish is answered when she lands at Nathan’s feet, and Nathan may have finally found a woman who doesn’t come with ulterior motives. Jamie Craig is a fantastic writing team, and while this isn’t their first book together, it is their print debut. The storyline is fun, brimming with action and well-paced. Remy and Nathan are characters whose strengths compliment each other while on the job and adds to the sizzling sex scenes. I look forward to more from these authors in the future.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Friday, December 21, 2007

What books are you looking forward to in 2008?

2007 was a fabulous year of releases from our favorites as well as lots of new authors. 2008 promises to be the same. What releases are you looking forward to in 2008??

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Witch Child by Celia Rees

Witch Child
Celia Rees
Candlewick Press
July 13, 2001 (1st Candlewick Press printing)
ISBN# 978-0-7636-1421-8

Growing up with her grandmother in a small cottage near the forest was the only home Mary had ever known. When her grandmother is accused of witchcraft in 1659, Mary Newbury sees the reality of her future reflected in the last glimpse of her grandmother being taken to her death. A woman steps in and takes Mary away, preparing her for a journey with the Puritans to the New World. Her fare has been paid, and a box packed to give her a start, but otherwise fourteen-year-old Mary is on her own.

Arriving from England, Mary follows the others when they choose to travel deeper into the woods to find the family and friends of many of the other ship passengers. Despite the friendships she has made, it’s not long before Mary finds herself being accused of witchery. While it’s true that she’s a witch, young Mary has done nothing to draw attention, but once the first accusation is hurled her way there is little that can stop the inevitable outcome.

Witch Child is the story of a young girl who, despite her best efforts to fit in, finds herself in the deadly position of being labeled a witch. Ms. Rees tells this story in a very creative way, as pages from a personal journal hidden away in a quilt. This is a journey filled with emotion, and the author makes her fictional world easy to visualize. Wonderful young adult read.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Monday, December 17, 2007

For All of You Lynsay Sands Fans....

Marta Acosta has a fabulous new interview up with Ms. Sands AND a chance for readers to win a copy of The Accidental Vampire. So pop on over there and comment! Good luck!

Into the Mist by Elizabeth Sinclair

Into the Mist
Elizabeth Sinclair
Medallion Press, Inc.
January 28, 2008
ISBN# 978-1933836-42-3

When she first stumbles into the library bloodied and confused, Carrie Henderson has no recollection of who she is or what’s happened to leave her out in the middle of a snow storm. Irma is there is greet her along with her family, and they soon guide her to Renaissance. A place where Carrie can heal and come to terms with the terrible shock she’s has as she begins to remember her past.

Dr. Frank Donovan has a past that haunts him every minute of the day. Emanuel, the elder of Renaissance, believes that Frank can be healed. He’s allowed Frank’s entrance to their village to help him see that the loss he suffered was not his fault.

Together, with the healers of Renaissance, Carrie and Frank will lend each other the support and caring they need to move on in a positive direction. They may even find the love in their hearts to set them free from the past.

Into the Mist is the sequel to Miracle in the Mist. Carrie is emotionally crushed by the abuse she witnessed, and trusting a man is the furthest thing from her mind. Frank is living each day feeling untrustworthy and avoiding entanglements. From the moment they meet the memories that haunt them begin to fade, and something new begins to bloom. Ms. Sinclair tells a beautiful tale that starts with some of the most devastating experiences in life and steadily flows into a loving romance. A fantasy that’s sweet, magical and wonderfully enchanting.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Queen of Dragons by Shana Abé

Queen of Dragons
Thief Series (Drákon), Book 3
Shana Abé
Bantam Books
December 26, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-553-80528-4

Kimber Langford, the Earl of Chasen, is the Alpha of their drákon tribe and does his best to ensure the safety of his people. The drákon are a race that has the gift to Turn, and while they live most of their lives as human they also have the ability to transform into smoke and dragon. Surprised to learn of the existence of a drákon princess, Maricara of the Zaharen, Kimber begins correspondence and offers help to the young drákon and her brother. Maricara denies needing help, and instead chooses to travel from Transylvania to England to deliver a message in person.

Upon her arrival, Maricara warns of the Others that are hunting the drákon. While Kimber finds the story hard to believe, he soon learns firsthand that what Maricara says is true as members of his own tribe have disappeared. In the face of impending battle, they must find a way to join together and save the drákon race from their enemy. For Kimber, he will also try to prove to the princess that his interest in her runs much deeper than she believes. Until he does, there is little hope that she’ll remain where he wants her, right by his side.

Queen of Dragons is the third book in the drákon Thief Series. While having been married and widowed at a very early age, Maricara’s youth shines through in her free spirit. Kimber wants to tame her for himself, but he’s about to find that this fiery female dragon won’t be caught until she’s ready. Ms. Abé has created a splendid fantasy world and led readers through a tension filled journey. As her dragons live and love, the threat of discovery forces the drákon into a fight for survival. In order to really enjoy this story, it would be best if readers had a better understanding of the background and started the series by reading The Smoke Thief and The Dream Thief beforehand.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Thirsty by M. T. Anderson

M. T. Anderson
Candlewick Press
August 9, 2005
ISBN# 978-0-7636-2750-8

With the usual issues a teen suffers through, Chris is your typical high school student. Then the changes begin manifesting in subtle ways, and escalate into sleepless nights and bloodlust. While Chris struggles for a note of normalcy in his life, his friendships and family eventually take a backseat to the turmoil he’s facing within. When ‘Chet’ pays him a visit and insists he’s been sent as an avatar of the Forces of Light to ask for help, Chris begins to think that he may actually have the chance to use what’s happening to him for the greater good. In return for his help, he’s been promised to be freed of the vampirism coursing through his veins. An opportunity he can’t refuse.

Avoiding the vampire community as best he can, Chris follows through with his end of the deal in placing a magic disk with the Vampire Lord, Tch’muchgar. Once done, Chris questions the wisdom of trusting Chet, and is forced to wait out the results of his actions. While Chris continues his personal battle to remain human, vampires are being judged and executed without trial. That’s a fate he could face one day soon.

Thirsty is a paranormal written for young adults and easily reads as such. Chris is on the cusp of change, and for him the challenges he’ll face are more than your average teen is forced to endure. Mr. Anderson pens a story of the trials of adolescence and adds a paranormal element that complicates that already difficult time in life. A fast moving and suspenseful read that’s pleasantly entertaining.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Heat of the Night by Sylvia Day

Heat of the Night
Dream Guardians, Book 2
Sylvia Day
Red – Avon – Harper Collins
January 2, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-06-123103-2

When the Guardian’s homeworld was invaded by Nightmares, they were forced to flee into a conduit plane, the Twilight, between their dimension and that of the human’s. The Nightmares are a race of shadowy parasites that the Elite Warriors, like Connor Bruce, continue to battle. When Connor suspects that the Elders can no longer be trusted, he and his team make plans for him to hop a stream into the human world by using a Medium to do it. There he’ll meet up with Aidan Cross who left the Twilight to live with the woman he loves. Lyssa also happens to be special, the one they call the Key, and her survival is essential.

Arriving at Aidan and Lyssa’s home, Connor meets their friend Stacey who is house sitting while they are away. Stacey works at Lyssa’s veterinary practice and is a single mother. Her son is away on a ski trip with his father, and while she usually makes the worst choices in men like her ex, she can’t help the instant attraction to Conner. As the danger grows around them, Conner must share the truth about himself, putting Stacey further into harms way. Now Conner will not only have to continue his mission, but protect Stacey and her family at all costs. The Elders are looking after their own best interests and continuing to grow in power, anyone who crosses them is expendable.

Heat of the Night is the second book in the Dream Guardians series. Stacey has had enough trouble with men to last her a lifetime, but meeting Connor slowly melts the wall that she has erected to protect herself. Connor has lived for centuries and never had an interest in settling down, but meeting Stacey has made him crave what he’s always denied himself before. Ms. Day knows how to spin a tantalizing tale and in this intriguing fantasy world she easily captures the reader’s attention. Action, suspense and love are just some of the elements that make this book sizzle. A sexy warrior, a willing woman, and their scorching sexual encounters will leave readers looking forward to their next steamy visit with the Dream Guardians.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Lord of the Night by Robin T. Popp

Lord of the Night
Night Slayer, Book 4
Robin T. Popp
Forever – Grand Central Publishing
December 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-446-61785-7

Kacie Renault has come home to Winslow castle in Hocksley, England to pack a few of her things. She plans to move to the states with her boyfriend, Ben. When she arrives she finds that her father is away and there is only Erik to greet her. Erik’s a vampire, and not exactly at the top of Kacie’s list of friends with her pastime as a slayer, but Erik is about to become the only one who can save her.

Accused of slaying Sedrick, the brother of Erik’s friends, Michael and Ty, she’s about to find out what little tolerance vampires have when one of their own is killed. Michael is demanding Kacie’s life for his brother’s and Erik has refused, making it clear that he will protect her at all costs. The pact between Erik and Michael’s lair is now in jeopardy, and without it there will be little protection for the local humans.

A bit of snooping provides a startling discovery for Kacie, and armed with nothing more than the information she’s found she plans to use it to her benefit. The local chupacabras have hidden and gone undisturbed for centuries, but Kacie’s meddling could once again shatter the delicate balance between man and beast.

Lord of the Night is the fourth book in the Night Slayer series of paranormal romances. Kacie has her life all planned out, and wants no part of a vampire regardless of how sexy he is. Erik is about to show the slayer a side to vampires that she’ll never forget. Ms. Popp pens a well-detailed vampire tale and adds some intriguing twists. A fast moving storyline builds the tension that links slayer and vampire, while the sizzling chemistry between them quickly boils over. While part of a series, this book is easily read as a stand-alone.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Marked by Moonlight by Sharie Kohler

Marked by Moonlight
The Moon Chasers Series, Book 1
Sharie Kohler
Pocket Books
December 26, 2007
ISBN# 978-1-4165-4227-8

Claire Morgan is a school teacher with a meek personality when she ventures into the bad part of town to visit a student. She’s been tutoring Lenny for the SAT and he hasn’t been around for a few days. Knowing his situation at home isn’t good, Claire is hoping to get him back to school in time for the test. While she finds her student, she also finds a large dog that’s beyond reasoning and Claire is attacked. That’s when the changes begin.

Gideon March hunts lycans, but he has broken every rule when it comes to Claire. He knows that his job requires her destruction, but he’s sure that if they can locate the alpha before Claire makes a kill then she can be saved. His boss, Cooper, doesn’t agree. Now they’re in a race against the moon to eliminate the alpha they have yet to identify. If they don’t locate him in time, then Claire’s life is forfeit. Gideon hasn’t thrown away everything he’s worked for just to lose the woman he’s falling for in the end.

Marked by Moonlight is the first book in The Moon Chasers Series. When Claire’s life is changed by the bite of a lycan, she’s more than happy to embrace the woman who emerges. Gideon plans to stop the wolf within Claire before it ever gets a chance to be free. Ms. Kohler delivers a gripping tale filled with memorable characters, strong chemistry and steamy passion. Gideon and Claire will keep readers riveted and looking forward to the next exciting Moon Chasers adventure.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Sunday, December 2, 2007

One Bite Stand by Nina Bangs

One Bite Stand
Nina Bangs
Mackenzie Vampires, Book 4
Leisure – Dorchester Publishing
January 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-8439-5954-3

Daria can hardly believe her luck when Ganymede offers her the night manager position at the Woo Woo Inn. As a harpy, she’s expected to carry unsuspecting prey off to Tartarus, she really wasn’t expecting a callback for a job. Being a harpy hasn’t been an easy life for Daria, she’s never quite been scary or ugly enough. Her twin brother Kal has used his magic to change their appearance and help them fit in. Now’s her chance to shine, and with a judge among the guests at the Inn, Daria has no intention of failing.

Declan is a vampire from the Mackenzie clan sent to see what happened to some council members who previously went missing. What he finds is something evil with the intention of bringing the world to an end. There’s also the harpy that captures his attention and stirs up feelings that he’s kept under control for centuries. With some powerful non-human help, their plan is to bind Fenrir and prevent him from sacrificing Declan. If they fail, Fenrir will have the power to bring about a prophecy that will destroy the world as they know it.

One Bite Stand is the fourth book in the Mackenzie Vampire series. Every visit to the Woo Woo Inn, especially when cosmic troublemakers Sparkle Stardust and Ganymede are involved, is equal parts fun and dangerous. With the fabulous ability to entertain her readers through every page, Ms. Bangs has a writing style all her own. Wonderfully original, the story moves quickly and takes readers on an action filled adventure with a healthy dose of passion, sex and love. This is a well-rounded and enchanting paranormal romance.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Iron Kissed
Mercy Thompson Series, Book 3
Patricia Briggs
January 2, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01566-5

When Mercy’s ex-boss, Zee, asks for her help in discovering the killer in several fae slayings, she’s there to help in the best way she can. As a walker, Mercy has the ability to shapeshift into a coyote, and following scents is one of the things coyotes do best. Besides stumbling into things she should not be able to see, Mercy finds that there’s a common scent at the crime scenes she enters.

Before they can question the suspect, someone has gotten to him first, and no one will be getting answers from his corpse. The police arrest Zee for the murder, and Mercy isn’t about to stand by and watch her friend be railroaded into taking the fall on a crime he didn’t commit. Zee is being uncooperative, and it appears that the fae have turned their backs on the situation. Mercy’s caught the attention of someone who doesn’t want her to succeed, and he’d be more than happy to end her life to accomplish his goal.

Iron Kissed in the third book in the Mercy Thompson Series. With ties to the local wolf pack, Mercy has protection, but fighting this unpredictable enemy may prove fatal when the fae are involved. Ms. Briggs creates a new death-defying adventure for her characters, and adds a large dose of mystery. There’s a tension filled romance slowly unfolding, and lives will change when this sassy heroine makes her heartfelt decision. This is a fast-paced urban fantasy that’s highly entertaining and will keep readers intrigued from beginning to end. Good luck setting it down once you’ve begun.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Kitty Norville, Book 4
Carrie Vaughn
Grand Central Publishing – Hachette Book Group USA
January 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-446-61875-5

Kitty’s still gracing the airwaves with her weekly call-in show for the paranormal, but news that her mother is ill draws werewolf Kitty Norville back to Denver. It’s the one place she doesn’t want to be. Exiled by the pack leader, Carl, she’s under a death threat just for entering the city. When Carl gets wind of her arrival, and that of Ben, her werewolf lover, asking her to leave is the last thing on his mind.

There’s a fight for Master stirring between two powerful vampires, and Kitty is about to find herself in the center of the storm. Unable to take a neutral stand, Kitty and Ben join forces with Rick, the vampire set on taking the throne from Arturo, Denver’s current Master. As the plans are made and the battle moves forward, Kitty is forced to stand up to Carl and Meg, the alpha werewolves of her old pack. It’s all or nothing now, and if their coup fails, Kitty won’t live to see another moon rise.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet is the fourth book in the Kitty Norville series. Forming a two wolf pack with Ben, Kitty is about to face one of her worst fears. Kitty just hopes that she and her new wolf, Ben, are strong enough to survive. In one of the best werewolf series in print, Ms. Vaughn adds an exciting new adventure with a touch of mystery, tons of intrigue and continuing romance. With such big changes in Kitty’s life, readers will be anxiously awaiting her next escapade.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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