Tag: paranormal romance

Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian Review

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)

Title: Deeper Than Midnight

Series: Midnight Breed #9

Author: Lara Adrian

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: Delivered from the darkness, a woman finds herself plunged into a passion that is Deeper Than Midnight.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well – the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Drago’s reign of evil – even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 387 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Vampires, Brotherhood

Themes: Tortured Hero, Tortured Heroine, Virgin Hero

Review: I read the previous book (Taken By Midnight) in 2013 so I was kind of playing catch up while reading this. Adrian recapped all the important stuff throughout the story though so that was handy.

Since starting this series I read J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood which is pretty similar to Midnight Breed. I kept getting the storylines and characters mixed up….

I’m not sure I’ll continue with Midnight Breed but I did enjoy this instalment. There seems to be more focus on the main story line of the series instead of the romances which made it a more interesting read. And that ending!!! I may pick up the next one just to see what happens next.

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Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole Review

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18)

Title: Wicked Abyss

Series: Immortals After Dark #18

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: This fairy tale doesn’t end with a kiss… A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!

The terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster–just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

Format: Audiobook

Pages/Hours: 13 hours

Ownership: Scribd

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Paranormal Romance, Demons, Fae

Themes: Beauty and the Beast, Enemies to Lovers

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Review: I really enjoyed it but it’s not going to be one of my favourites by Cole. I kind of wish I hadn’t listened to the audio and read the ebook instead.

I loved the nods to Disney and it being a Beauty and the Beast retelling without directly following that story.

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March Wrap Up

“March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.” 
― L.M. Montgomery

I started March with a few rereads. I guess I was feeling nostalgic or something…. I should have been reading for The Irish Readathon but sadly only managed one book for it. I was visiting family and traveling for two weeks at the end of the month so that’s my excuse for not reading as much.

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A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2)

Paranormal Romance

I first read this in 2016. You can read my original review here. I enjoyed it a lot more on my second read. The main characters annoyed me a lot less because I understood why they behaved the way they did and where their story was going.

This book seems to have very mixed reviews from people because Lachlain hits very highly on the Alpha-Asshole scale.

Shadow Game (Ghost Walkers #1) by Christine Feehan ★★★☆☆

Shadow Game (GhostWalkers, #1)

Paranormal Romance

I first read this in 2016 as well but it was on audio and I kept falling asleep. Not cause it was boring just cause I was listening at night and kept snoozing so a lot of this seemed new to me reading as an ebook.

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Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9) by Lara Adrian ★★★★☆

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)

Paranormal Romance

This one I read for the Kick’n Down Your TBR challenge in Gotta Have Romance With a Kick on Goodreads. I read book #8 in this series in 2013 so it took me awhile to remember everything about the series when I started this one (and most of it hasn’t come back to me 😅). Despite forgetting most of what was going on Adrian’s little recaps throughout the story reminded me of the important stuff and I ended up enjoying the story. I think the earlier books in this series were more romance focused and this one felt very story and action focused with a romance.

The Dark Calling (Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles, #5)

YA, Fantasy

So close to the end now 😭😭😭 This series has been such an insane and emotional roller coaster! I am VERY invested in these characters now and if anything bad happens (or worse that what has already happened) to them I will be very upset. Cole is such a fantastic writer. She manages to write fiction in genres that are usually so predictable in a way that’s familiar but still refreshing. And she is a master at developing tension.

Dreaming of You (Gamblers #2) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★☆

Dreaming of You (Gamblers, #2)

Historical Romance

I read this book for the Romanceopoly challenge. I landed on Austen Row – Read a classic romance OR a historical romance on UTC or Peace Love Books rec lists. So I chose a book from the rec list and really enjoyed it. This was my first Lisa Kleypas book, it was published in 1994 and I think certain elements of it show that it was a historical romance from that time. There are some things that the characters do that just don’t happen in historical romances anymore. But it’s a very good book and definitely doesn’t go as far as being rapey like romances often did in the 70’s/80’s.

Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes ★★★★☆

Under the Duvet

Essays

If you want to see what life was like for Irish people in the late 90’s and early 00’s then read this. Some of the language may be a little confusing if you’re not Irish but it’s a very entertaining collection nonetheless.

March Wrap Up

So I read a fair bit this month and some pretty good books too. I kind of got a bit obsessed with a series I started reading last month. I wasn’t very impressed with it then but after reading the second book this month I was hooked!

Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer, #6)Wild Fire (Leopard People, #4)A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2)SaloméShe Stoops to ConquerAn Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)Tall, Dark & Hungry (Argeneau #4)Asking For It

Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance book photography Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance

The 6th book in the Cassie Palmer series. Love it though not as much as previous books. Maybe 4.5 stars. I felt like some of the action scenes were a bit lengthy and the lack of Pritkin annoyed me 😉 Love the introduction of witches and the Pythian court.

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A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire book photography A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

I read the first book in the October Daye series in February and, honestly, couldn’t see why everyone loves the series so much. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator pronounced Irish words wrong and has a terrible Irish accent. At least I think it’s meant to be Irish… Anyway, I was much more impressed with the next book and every book that followed. The narrator is still pronouncing Tuath de Dannan wrong and her Irish accent is still useless but I don’t care. The series follows October Daye, a fae halfling who has returned to fae society after a 15-year gap as a mystery-solving knight.

Tall, Dark and Hungry by Lynsay Sands book photography Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands

A total fluffy read. Great for reading after something heavy or when you’re feeling stressed out. It’s a straightforward vampire romance.

Asking for It by Louise O'Neill Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Amazing book. So haunting. I have a feeling it will stay with me forever. You can read my full review of this book here.

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Merry Gentry by Laurell K. Hamilton

“My name is Meredith ‘Merry’ Gentry, but of course it’s not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don’t even know why…”

The Merry Gentry series is an urban fantasy series by Laurell K. Hamilton that borders closely to paranormal romance. It is similar to her Anita Blake series in that the main character, Merry, has multiple lovers but it makes a bit more sense here (I don’t have anything against polygamous relationships it just seems to go against Anita’s nature). Merry is more comfortable with her sexuality than Anita and is much more accepting of her multiple partners and their various interests (Anita becomes so later).

The series is told in the first person from Merry’s point of view. Merry is a faerie princess turned private investigator in hiding from her sadistic aunt, Anadais, Queen of Air and Darkness and of the Unseelie court.

There are currently 9 books in the series.

A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1) A Kiss of Shadows

A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry, #2) A Caress of Twilight

Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry, #3) Seduced by Moonlight

A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4) A Stroke of Midnight

Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry, #5) Mistral’s Kiss

A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry, #6) A Lick of Frost

Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry, #7) Swallowing Darkness

Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, #8) Divine Misdemeanors

A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) A Shiver of Light

******Beware of Spoilers Ahead!!******

I’ve tried my best to avoid spoilers but some points may appear as spoilers.

In the first book, Merry is called back to the Unseelie court and pitted against her cousin Cel in a race for the throne. Her aunt decrees that whichever of them can produce an heir first becomes the next ruler. Hence the multiple suitors Merry acquires. The fae have gone into decline in recent years, unable to produce offspring, slowly dying and losing their magical heritage. Since Merry is part mortal she is more fertile than her faerie kin. Some believe she will save the race and some believe her mortality will infect the race and push them closer to death. Many attempts are made on her life but she ultimately achieves her goals.

In true Laurell K. Hamilton style, the books have a lot of action and a lot of sex. Later books focus mainly on sex and have little story progression. The series starts well with the first four or so books but it seems to slow down then. There are some great scenes in later books but there is too much focus on sexual encounters, stunting the story. The last three or four books I found especially disappointing with the final book feeling like something Hamilton had been forced to write or just had no enthusiasm for. They begin to feel like books written solely for sex with a few plot points thrown in to make it seem like there’s a story. A bit like porn.

Having said that, I really like the series and would count it among my favourites but it is likely to lose that place if the next book (if there is one) follows the same path as A Shiver of Light.

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