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Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy

 

St. Louis crime lord and renegade sentinel assassin Bas Cavrilo still remembers the first and last time he saw gorgeous clairvoyant Myst. That was the night they created their daughter Molly until Myst dropped 2 month old Molly at his apartment and disappeared again. Now Myst is back and Bas is demanding to know why, especially since Molly only recently survived a kidnapping by his enemies.

Bas listens as Myst explains being sold to the Brotherhood as a teen after a vision she’d create an Armageddon weapon, her escape and years of being their prey. Bas contacts The Mave, Lana to provide protection for Molly at Valhalla while he and Myst seek answers. Lana and Bas’ time as more than friends is long past but piques both Myst and Wolfe’s jealously when Lana agrees to help.

Brotherhood leader Stella’s confident it’s time for the weapon. As her minions search for confirmation the rumbles are heard in Valhalla and Stella plans beyond the step of eliminating Highbloods. Meticulous planning, a breach and a deviation from protocol are the perfect storm to position Stella for even more power when she stumbles onto things she can’t recognize. But then the big guns take aim.
Rating:4.25stars

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Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

When Duncan O’Conner mated necromancer Callie Brown and became her sentinel things changed. As Callie’s former protector, Fane grieved the loss of their bond and the purpose that had defined him for a decade. Powerful psychic Serra saw an obstacle removed since she’d loved Fane for years. Fane’s boss Wolfe saw a way to gain Valhalla’s most powerful sentinel for its army.

Though caught on video leaving Valhalla alone, Serra’s friends know something’s wrong. Callie and Fane combined their knowledge and correctly concluded, distraught over Fane’s latest rebuff, Serra relaxed her mind shields and opened a gift from an enemy that now controlled her. Fane immediately dismissed his plan to move to Tibet as a trainer and volunteered to get Serra safely back to Valhalla.

The poisoned locket had been sent by Bas, a high-born mid-western crime lord that needed to ensure Serra’s help in locating his kidnapped daughter. At Serra’s side working to find the girl, Fane admits his rationalization for keeping his distance and vows those days are over. Serra’s distrustful of him since Fane rebuffed her often and harshly. But she has to trust him somewhat as time is running out.

Meanwhile a triangle is forming with Serra at the center, Wolfe and the Mave are dispatched on a mission after it’s discovered how far reaching Serra’ troubles really are and Bas’ reach is farther than they know. The kidnapping villain was delicious, like a spider weaving webs of red herrings in the form of multiple layers of henchmen with little to no information to share even with psychic assistance.

Once again this layered series presents a story that seems simple at first blush but left simplicity in the first paragraph. Two favorites having star turns, a diabolical villain, a compelling storyline plus teasing tidbits on the Valhalla leadership kept this reader intrigued during this well paced read. Though the series should be read in order to appreciate ‘high-born’ world it isn’t necessary to follow the tale.
Rating: 4.5stars

Devoured by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

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Vampire hunter Tane thinks hunting half-breeds is a waste of a self-respecting Charon’s skills but the Commission’s policy is clear. Capture all half-breeds encountered and bring them to the Commission for execution, so breaking off the chase for Salvatore and Levet was a no-brainer. But the closer Tane got to the female the more he wanted to know what or who she was protecting and why.

Half jinn Laylah knew the vampire was following her and she could probably guess why as she led him away from Caine’s estate. Weakened from hunger and staying ahead of the vampire, Laylah challenges him to appear and kill her. Laylah’s surprised Tane appears so quickly and unprepared for him to guesses her secretly, she also wasn’t prepared to be so attracted to him. Neither was he.

While Tane was busy fighting vampires with a vendetta, Laylah escapes. Just when Laylah thinks she’s put enough distance between them, Tane’s back for what he really wants and it has nothing to do with the Commission. Laylah and Tane bounce around time and space looking for answers about her heritage and a magical infant she’s responsible for as they prove irresistible to each other.

This outing was extremely busy but felt like filler and lacked that certain something, perhaps it was urgency from the thinly written characters. Overall, this reader thought the bland installment was paranormal light, supernatural beings without all that spicy, pesky otherworldliness.
Rating:3stars

Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

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Hard-boiled Sergeant Duncan O’Conner doesn’t like the relationship between shy necromancer highborn Callie Brown and her sentinel, Fane. He doesn’t know if they’re lovers. But he’s sure he’ll be her next and her last lover because he and Callie have more than an attraction. Right now he’s not happy this dead body forced him to let Fane help Callie and she’s looking too comfortable in Fane’s arms.

Callie tells Duncan and Fane she was stalked by a powerful necromancer while doing her duty and needed to talk to the Mave, the supernatural leader in Valhalla. As Duncan and Fane are united in ensuring Callie’s safety they don’t hesitate to pause their male measuring to escort her. Callie and Fane were surprised since humans usually want the distance between their species.

When Fane and Callie resist, Duncan shares the unusual mutilation of the body but not a secret he’s been guarding which settles the argument for Callie. During their meeting, the Mave provides proof the latest murder is one in a series that may have ritual magic at its core and gives the trio clues to start a quest. As Duncan and Callie take their relationship past flirting the dead body goes missing.

For this reader, though it is evident telepath Serra’s primary concern is Fane, she’s awkwardly placed throughout the read. The evil, goal oriented villain felt one note and his mostly interchangeable cabal hinders rather than helps the villain’s nefarious and diabolical scheme. While necessary, these nits could have been streamlined for a smoother read in my opinion.

The first full length novel of this series clearly wove descriptions and explanations into the multi-layered foundation of this world as the norms and Valhalla residents interacted. The characters were fairly well fleshed and the pacing was mostly good in this interspecies tale wrapped around a mystery but tended to drag with important but seemingly fluff pieces of minutiae.
Rating:3.5stars

Yours For Eternity by Hannah Howell

 

Hannah Howell – Highland Blood (MacNachton Vampire #7) – Rating:4stars
One of the two new to me authors here presented a well-written, easy to follow short. The very accurate synopsis leaves this reader with little to say except Adeline and Lachann were fairly well developed with good chemistry in their soft but fast courtship on the run. There was connection to the series in a mention of the Demon Hunter Laird issue though there were missing pieces due to the rapid pacing.

Alexandra Ivy – Taken By Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #7.5) – Rating:3.75stars
London clan vampire chief, desirable Victor, Marquess DeRosa covets witch Juliet Lawrence’s powers and gives chase despite her staunch refusal and the enemy mage that protects her. The plotting felt a bit off for my taste in this dramatic right paced short featuring a subdued Levet in the midst of danger ushering the fated mates to their ultimate destiny and a fitting entry to the series..

Kaitlin O’Riley – Immortal Dreams – Rating:3stars
The second new to me author here introduces beautiful widow Grace Sutton as she’s been haunted by mysterious dreams of a handsome stranger as her mother in law busily tries to marry her off now that she can socialize again. Things begin to fall in place for Grace when she sees her dream man personified in vampire Stuart Phillips, Lord Radcliffe.
Overall Rating: 4stars

Yours For Eternity by Hannah Howell

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Hannah Howell – Highland Blood (MacNachton Vampire #7) – Rating:4stars
One of the two new to me authors here presented a well-written, easy to follow short. The very accurate synopsis leaves this reader with little to say except Adeline and Lachann were fairly well developed with good chemistry in their soft but fast courtship on the run. There was connection to the series in a mention of the Demon Hunter Laird issue though there were missing pieces due to the rapid pacing.

Alexandra Ivy – Taken By Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #7.5) – Rating:3.75stars
London clan vampire chief, desirable Victor, Marquess DeRosa covets witch Juliet Lawrence’s powers and gives chase despite her staunch refusal and the enemy mage that protects her. The plotting felt a bit off for my taste in this dramatic right paced short featuring a subdued Levet in the midst of danger ushering the fated mates to their ultimate destiny and a fitting entry to the series..

Kaitlin O’Riley – Immortal Dreams – Rating:3stars
The second new to me author here introduces beautiful widow Grace Sutton as she’s been haunted by mysterious dreams of a handsome stranger as her mother in law busily tries to marry her off now that she can socialize again. Things begin to fall in place for Grace when she sees her dream man personified in vampire Stuart Phillips, Lord Radcliffe.
Overall Rating: 4stars

Predatory by Alexandra Ivy

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Out of Control – Alexandra Ivy (Sentinels .5)(3.5stars)
Sentinel hunter, Niko is in the human realm to protect latent high-blood geneticist, Angela Locke from Dylan. Dylan’s left a bloody path behind her escaping from Valhalla, the safe-house realm for high-bloods (supernatural) that do not easily blend with humans. Though Niko’s bound to capture Dylan, he can’t help falling for the awkward scientist.

Seeing Dylan in action, Angela agrees to help him save her life. This short sets a good foundation for the world but even for a paranormal short, the romance was too rushed and seemed to be missing pieces for my taste.

Ties That Bind – Nina Bangs (4.25stars)
Cassie is terrified of dead people but promised to sit at her friend’s job while she takes care of an emergency. When two men come to finish their work, Carrie can only take comfort in the fact that they’re alive and not zombies because they scare the daylights out of her. Cassie has every right to be scared since they don’t plan good things for her. Defending herself, Carrie unleashes Ethan, a vampire.

This engaging tale is reminiscent of old fashioned vampire movies and it’s so well written you practically hear melodramatic music. There’s a fair amount of action on the way to romance. This reader was glad it was a novella since the read was a little scarier than I like.

In Still Darkness – Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians 3.5)(4.25stars)
Immortal guardian Richart d’Alencon is on patrol to save humans from vampires when he sees two young vampires preparing to attack single mom Jenna McBride and stops them before they can. Richart erases he memory for Jenna but recognizes Jenna as a gifted one and his mate. Now if only he can convince her. Jenna doesn’t believe in vampires and has no idea why Richart is suddenly vital to her.

Stake Out – Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency 4.5) (3.25stars)
Vampire Nina LaShay dreams of her own clothing line that she’ll cleverly call, Drop Dead. Nina enters a contest that will get her just that but the finalists are all ending up dead making her a very likely suspect. Can Nina outwit the police and find the murderer before she’s arrested? This light entry was my least favorite as the writing style was not to my taste and I couldn’t connect with the characters.
Overall Rating: 4stars

On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy

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On the Hunt – Alexandra Ivy (Sentinels 2.5): Tracker, hunter and sentinel Mika Benson is on the tail of a runaway acolyte tracker when all clues lead to healer, Bailey Morell. She’s not only the one that got away… she got away with his heart. (4stars)

Scorpius Rising- Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome .5) This prequel ushers the world as we know it into a virulent pandemic ravaging the earth. Ex-soldier, ex-husband, all smoldering alpha Deacan McDougall protects the brilliant Nora Medina and her team as they search for a way to stop the foreign disease that overtakes it’s victims minds before overwhelming their bodies. (4.5stars)

Phantom Embrace – Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians 5.5) Although Bastien’s sister, Cat Seddon has been dead hundreds of years, that doesn’t stop her from catching the eye of the sensitive and lonely Yuri who has the ability to see and interact with spirits but usually does not. This time he can’t resist as the pair fall deeper in love with each other. (4.5stars)

Stake Out – Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency 6.5) Having never read this author, the last of a series no doubt was a poor choice. Vampire clothing designer, Nina LaShay topples from the top of her field when some upstart steals fashion week then she has to deal with a corpse. Hmm… maybe they can model drop dead fashions.(3.75stars)
Overall Rating: 4.25stars

Beyond the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

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King of the Weres, Salvatore Giulani, is still on his quest to find the stolen female purebloods. Falling into Caine’s trap, Salvatore and Levet are disoriented in a tunnel when their battle-mates find them. Vampire Tane flexes his superior attitude against Salvatore’s arrogant one as the two posture for leadership over the next phase when Levet announces a half-jinn was helping Caine.

Salvatore leads his curs and Levet on Caine’s trail, determined to force Caine to surrender the females or tell him where they are when he catches an unmistakable scent. Harley’s under Caine’s ‘protection’ and he’s told her Salvatore is her enemy and searching for her so that he can kill her. She’s unaware the Were King’s motives are more benevolent than Caine’s led her to believe.

Ten minutes after meeting Salvatore, Haley doubts and confronts Caine in addition to being inexplicably attracted to him. Caine in his mad scientist persona was at the top of his fiendishly diabolical game as he furiously spun tales and adjusted his plans to keep his tenuous hold over Haley. Piecing together bits she’d gathered from Salvatore and Caine gave them both a new understanding.

Harley was definitely a modern pureblood. She was just as kicka**, sexual, and smart as Salvatore and they made a great couple. She was fine with a booty call and not looking for a mate. The villainous cabal was great with convoluted diabolical plans to match their ends. A peek at the vampire contingent kept everything linked. With each installment, there’s much to like in this binge-able series.

Though there were a few spaces that dragged and this reader used those to catch my breath and speculate what would come next. The chemistry, dialogue and some situations between the leads were entertaining without being silly as the twists, turns and loops unfurled in this evenly paced cat and mouse paranormal thriller. This reader was also a fan of the intriguing and not quite cliffhanger ending.
Rating: 4.5stars

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