Review: The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, Tami Dane and Jess Haines

Review: The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, Tami Dane and Jess Haines

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

When done well, a tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance can be both laugh out loud funny and über sexy in the same instance. Kensington put together four great examples of this type of writing in ‘The Real Werewives of Vampire County.’ With heavy hitters like Alexandra Ivy’s ‘Where Darkness Lives’ you won’t be disappointed with this anthology. The only author I had read before was Ivy and now I have three new authors to “catch up with.”

‘Where Darkness Lives’ by Alexandra Ivy

A tiny addition to her ‘Guardians of Eternity’ series, Ivy introduces us to Sophia, pure blood were and known as the ‘bitch of all bitches’, mother of the four were sisters in her series. Attempts on her life have forced her to hire a bodyguard, she goes outside of her family because she wants to have control. Like most PNRs, she doesn’t plan on going gaga over her über hot new bodyguard and especially not having him force his way into her life and take control, but it happens. Sophia is constantly being referred to as the ‘bitch of all bitches’, so there is a lot of prickliness in the book and drool worthy scenes between her and were-stud Luc, who is your typical alpha. I thought for a short story, Ivy did a wonderful job of flushing out plot, backstory, characters depth and transition along with romance. It was really well done. You find out Sophia’s history and it explains her present behavior. There is even a lot of drama between the two characters. I’ve only read one of Ivy’s ‘Guardians of Eternity’ books, but I think I might have to visit with this series from the beginning.

“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox

This one was probably my favorite of the four. Heather McPhee is a freak “lie detector” werewolf who has gained the distinction of the pack pariah. She is called in to investigate a werewolf’s murder in an exclusive community because of her ability. She is forced to partner up with Lucien Mead, whose vampire contacts will get them into the community with little suspicion. Heather is immediately distrustful of the vampire, but cannot deny his hotness. The reason why I found this one the most entertaining was because of the comedy of the whole thing. Heather’s interaction with the other trophy wives of the community was hysterical. It was just one big hot mess of a neighborhood. Not to mention Heather herself was a great character. The fact that she had to get one of the neighbors to put stickers on her clothes so she would know what to wear was hysterical and also the fact that she would strip down to her panties to get out of the restricting clothes the moment she got in her house was also funny. It was just an enjoyable read. Just don’t delve too deep, entertaining yes, mystery make much sense? Not really. But, you’ll get that from the beginning – if you wanted to kill someone why would you drop a chandelier on their head?

“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane

Where the first two novellas knocked my socks off, the second two were just so-so for me. Tami Dane takes us to “Stepford” in this tale of a New Yorker that meets a man on the internet, doesn’t really know him, but decides to get engaged with him and move in. On her first day she meets the perfect women that live around him and learn that Jonathan’s first wife might not have committed suicide — her husband or someone close might have killed her. This one just didn’t go over well with me, because for one, Christine had an established “internet” relationship with Jonathan, so the romance just wasn’t there. Next, on the first day the neighborhood women immediately warn her that her fiancé might have killed his former wife. Ok ladies, if you were so close to said dead wife, why did you wait for Christine to move in to start investigating? Next, Christine, really if you saw a picture of the former wife and she could have been your doppelgänger, doesn’t that throw up red flags?? And then finally in the reveal it was just one of those “oh ok” moments. Fell flat. Cute idea, entertaining read, lack-luster implementation.

“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines

Jess Haines addition to the pack was of a bunch of very unpleasant werewolf women. Tiffany Winters has moved to an exclusive gated community not for the ambiance, but for the wildlife. But, to become part of the pack she has to get in good with the other women which she finds a little problematic. I like the back story of this one but the ending kind of left me feeling silly. I think it should have ended differently. I think it was mainly because the characters were not likable and I felt no affinity with Tiffany. Again entertaining story but when I got to the end it was just so-so for me.

Overall the the four books were a welcome distraction from my usual reads. I got through the book quickly and felt for each new novella I got into I had to hurry up and finish because all were compelling. Yes, I did like the first two much better than the last, but I did enjoy all of them and look forward to reading more from all of the authors.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans. There is sexual interactions in most of the novellas so for adults only.

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The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, Tami Dane and Jess Haines in ARC paperback was provided by the publisher {Kensington} in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

Review: Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

The zombie obsession continues with Rhiannon Frater’s second installment in her ‘As The World Dies’ series, ‘Fighting to Survive.’ One of those books that I was hopelessly anticipating, ‘Fighting to Survive’ did not disappoint. There was plenty of action, suitable psychotic moments and a smidge of romance to keep me interested, not to mention zombies galore! If you haven’t read Rhiannon Frater’s first book in the series ‘The First Days’, I highly recommend that you march your petunia to the book store and buy it now. You can read my review of ‘The First Days‘ here. Already read it…well read on my friend.

REVIEW:

The survivors have settled in to their new life, one where they live in tents in the shadow of the construction site with a huge wall separating them from the horde of hungry undead. There are things that they must accomplish but they know that doing so will put themselves at risk. For one, they need more space, so the hotel is the only option right now, but filled with undead hotel staff, it won’t be easy. Then, there are the living, the scum that killed Ralph and are antagonizing the pockets of survivors in the area, these monsters are worse than the zombies and it is only a matter of time before the survivors living in the fort come into contact with them. Yet, as these confrontations loom on the horizon, survivors, Katie, Jenni, Travis and Juan find that they have to stop and live – because you never know when this moment will be your last.

This series is the rock star of zombie novels. It had me literally on the edge of my seat and reading aloud to my husband when a particularly good scene popped up. Frater just has a way with words and crafting scenes. She crafts her sentences choppy and matter-o-fact, telling it like it is with humor and a sick sense of finality. I said it in the last review, but her book is like a zombie movie crafted into a novel, I can literally picture the book in scenes in my head as if it were a movie. Jenni and Katie are both epic characters and will have you laughing and crying and sometimes wincing.

I have to say though that I did have some hang-ups with this second one, but I actually found that it was better put together than the first one, which is something you don’t find that often in series, the second one usually being the one that just carries you to the next one. My few hang-ups revolved around Jenni, I wanted more of her and I found Frater concentrated on Katie a lot, which is understandable with Travis’ leadership role, but I really like Loca and wanted to see a bit more of her. Then there was the vigilante – I thought they would concentrate on the person for awhile then just forget about finding out who it was especially after the Shane incident. I figured it would be easy to figure out who it was after the sabotage but there was no attempt at finding who it was, everything was completely diverted to the Banditos. Which, if the vigilante is a certain person makes sense… oh well I’m rambling. The books are excellent and warrants a discussion. I’ve actually reread the first book and find that it deserves a better rating than the 4 out of 5 that I first gave it.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for zombie fans. If you’ve enjoyed similar apocalypse books where the dead reanimate and began eating people this is the book for you. Mature content of violent, sexual and explicit nature.

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‘Fighting to Survive’ by Rhiannon Frater in paperback was provided by the publisher {TOR} in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber

Review: Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber

PJ’s QUICKIE REVIEW:

If you ask me today what monster lurks in my closet and scares the crap out of me, it will always be the same. Aliens. The reason for my fear: Whitley Strieber. I have never experienced such a strong reaction than when I read Streiber’s books. Streiber’s account of his true life experience involving alien abductions had me sleeping with the lights on for a month and literally coming to realize what it means to be terrified all the while engrossed and riveted by his words. Believe his account or not, but you have to read his story and judge for yourself.

Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber is the tale of one man’s struggle with what he terms “The Visitors”, the things they do to him and his family and how he deals with the sudden realization that he is an alien abductee. This is a story of discovery, fear and strength and you shouldn’t pass this one up. This is probably the only non-fiction book that I will ever recommend but I highly urge you to read it.
Recommended for people with open minds. Go in with your eyes open! I read this as a young adult for the first time, it’s scary and real but there is nothing lewd or over the heads of a mature teen.

Did Not Finish


 

 

Q: What is the monster lurking in your closet?

 

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The First Days: As The World Dies by Rhiannon Frater

The First Days: As The World Dies by Rhiannon Frater

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

I have something for Zombies. It’s this little problem I have, kind of an obsession. There is something about the entire human race turning into mad, flesh eating monsters that just scares the pants off me. So, now that you know my zombie junkee status, the book that recently fueled my addiction is THE FIRST DAYS which starts out with a bang and soon degrades into zombie lunacy. I was scared, I was disgusted, I was biting my nails, turning page after page. It was a zombie movie in book form, with the same terror inducing action but at the same time it invoked the same thin plot sequences that are rampant in zombie movies and sometimes cheesy interaction of characters. Yet, we always look past that, right? Directly into the chomping jaws of the fast approaching zombie…

REVIEW:

This little poignant number opens with a woman in a pink bathrobe, standing on her lawn. She is staring at her front door as tiny fingers are shoving themselves under the crack trying to get at her. The fingers of her three year old son that she had found her husband chomping on not a few minutes ago. She has locked her husband, their twelve year old and their three year old in her house. She’s had a terrible night. But, her savior pulls up on her lawn in a beat up white pick-up and so begins the journey of their first days in a new world. One where the dead reanimate and try to eat you. Where they don’t slow down like the zombie movies, but will run until their knee caps explode. Where if given enough time – they begin to problem solve.

Chicks can kick zombie butt too…experience it first hand with THE FIRST DAYS. This is not for the feint of heart. There is ripping flesh and gun shots and cursing and just mayhem. If you like zombies, pick this one up!

There are a few drawbacks to the tale, a bit of plot slippage and parts that didn’t add together. Some character slippage – minor flaws that you would expect of a zombie movie, gore goes up, plot and dialogue doesn’t always add up. I mean, it was a zombie movie rewritten into a book form, instead of the usual book into movie. There were a lot of references to Romero and zombie movies, which I thought was hoaky, you could tell the author had seen a few zombie apocalypse movies herself. But, don’t pay attention to those flaws and just experience the horror and the fun that was two chicks just tearing it up.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for zombie fans. If you’ve enjoyed similar apocalypse books where the dead reanimate and began eating people this is the book for you. Mature content of violent, sexual and explicit nature.


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Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

Tired of the boring paranormal romance interplay and algorithm? Give WHERE DEMONS FEAR TO TREAD a try! It’s a fresh take on paranormal romance, where both characters give equally and the plot is well flushed out and interesting. Top that off with some freaky and thrilling scenes, along with a underlying philosophy that will actually have you thinking, you’ve got yourself one interesting read!

REVIEW:

In a world rife with angels and demons exists a fledgling guardian angel Serena St. Clair. Serena loves being an angel, but sometimes being good all the time can be overwhelming. Her latest assignment is Nick, a hot young actor that is on a downward spiral. Serena follows him to a nightclub called the Devil’s Paradise and too late she realizes that it is a nest of demons, ruled by the very powerful arch demon, Julian Ascher.

Julian is used to getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it and one look at the innocent Serena St. Clair and he knows corrupting a cute little guardian angel might be just the ticket to spice up his life. Julian has a one-track mind and Serena, bent on keeping her charge safe finds herself face to face with some tough decisions, including how much she can trust a demon…
Hot hot hot. This paranormal romance is not one you want to pass up. I loved the good and evil interplay along with the two main characters. Chong also puts a lot of play on secondary characters, making them seem very real also. I really enjoyed the world that Stephanie Chong created and can’t wait to read more, because this debut was excellent!

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommended for fans of paranormal romance, if you like Gena Showalter and Larissa Ione you’ll like Stephanie Chong!



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