Show No Fear by Marliss Melton
Lucy Donovan has been on paper work duty for the last 10 months due to her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, being a captive and tortured in Venezuela was not on the list of highlights in her career as a CIA agent. That day changed her life for a number of reasons, one of which was her savior, James Atwater, her ex-boyfriend; now a Navy SEAL.
James Atwater now goes by Gus, he is a Navy SEAL Lieutenant, and has always kept tabs on where and what Lucy was doing. Now he and Lucy will be put on a mission together, but keeping tabs will be just as hard because Lucy is not used to teamwork, and Gus will do whatever it takes to complete the mission and keep his “wife” safe. The Columbians and the FARC are smarter than they appear, but not smart enough to try and kill a SEAL and a CIA agent that were sent undercover to retrieve 2 agents that were held captive.
Lucy must learn to trust Gus with her life, and with her heart. Gus never gives up and lets Lucy know that he has never stopped loving her. When the two come together in lust, it will evolve into something that scares the daylights out of Lucy… she may be strong, but is she strong enough to let herself be free?
Show No Fear by Marliss Melton is another in her SEAL series, I think this is #7 in the series but don’t hold me to that, this is the first of her books that I’ve had the pleasure to read. It was extremely well written, detailed, and very real. I can tell that a lot of research was put into this book. I do think that reading Show No Fear, before any of the others would be a mistake, yes it could stand alone in a Lucy and Gus sort of way, but the terminology sometimes makes me feel lost. Like I’ve missed too much in the books to completely connect. A glossary of the abbreviations would have been nice to have, or I could just start back on her first book in the series. 4 Hearts
Grand Central Publishing
Release: Sept. 2009
Show No Fear by Marliss Melton
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 8:17 PM
Adam Fraser has been chosen by The Fraser to go to Ashby Crossing for the May Day celebration. A young lad with quite a strong brogue, is smitten the moment he locks eyes with one of the priestesses that he is supposed to safely escort to Ashby Crossing. The priestesses are supposed to perform a service/pay homage to the Goddess of the Hunt, the lands, and the people of the mountains.
The maidens are not to have personal contact with the Blackborn, but when Adam suggests it would be much quicker for the ladies to ride upon the horses with his clansmen, the spark of desire hits him hard. Adam did not come to Ashby Crossing to look for a woman, but now no matter how much it is forbidden for him to so much as desire her, it is too late to stop his heart from falling in love very quickly.
Melanie has been preparing to honor the Goddess for such a long time now, but she can not help the feelings that are building inside for Adam. Over hearing a conversation between the Sorcerer Orywen, Melanie must do something to put the order back in motion. She is afraid of what Orywen has planned, and switches her mask with another of the priestesses. During the celebration horrible things happen to the girl, but Melanie is safe in the arms of Adam. Upon returning to the camp, she is assaulted by the Sorcerer, and is forced into submission and taken away from Adam. Melanie wants to be with her beloved and run away from Orywen, but since she is under his spell, she must trust that Adam will find her, and take her away.
Remembering Ashby by Heather Long is a story that makes you wonder what it would be like to be in Melanie's shoes. Chosen to serve the Goddess, or to follow your heart in love. The hero of the story has a very strong brogue to his voice and sometimes it gets hard to follow. Besides that, it was a beautifully written story, and I liked it very much, Ms. Long is an exceptional storyteller. 4 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 12:13 PM
Trevelyn Sinclair Mershan blames the Montgomerie family for what happened to his family when he was a child. Now he is out for revenge, and is going straight to Raven Montgomerie. A wolf on the prowl, and little red riding hood in his sights, Trev always gets what he wants. Although this time will be different, he’ll lose a piece of himself… to her.
Raven Montgomerie is a wealthy woman in name, but she lives in a thatched roof cabin on the Colford lands. She has hidden herself from the world because the man she married and now divorced ruined her self esteem, and the only way to protect herself is to stay hidden within her cottage, painting. When she is confronted by her ex Alec, at the auction, Trev pretends to be her date. Raven was bedazzled by the man and his eyes, and since she had hidden away for five years, it was time to throw caution to the wind and accept the wolf into her bed.
A gift from her sister, a Gypsy fortune teller, will change Raven and Trev’s life forever. She may be a beautifully carved game of sorts, but there is more to her than meets the eye. Auld souls, searching for the happy ending that should have been, will try and make it full circle this time around. Trev Mershan will have to make some major changes in his very expensive life, and allow Raven into his heart. Or else history will repeat itself and Annie and Tashian will meet an undesirable fate.
Deborah MacGillivray’s third book in the Sisters of Colford Hall series, A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing, is nothing short of spectacular! I loved her use of animal characters, the cats, the miniature pony, and especially her one legged pelican, Atticus. Every time I read one of Ms. MacGillivray’s books I am filled with a sense of love, and complete connection with the hero and heroine. Once I read that very last page, I instantly want more and know that there are more books to come. My review can not do this book justice. I didn’t even speak of the Gypsy family that visits Colford, the vampire hunter/Gypsy Brishen, and the complete change in both Raven and Trev. Those my dears, are something you must find out for yourself. 5 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 6:14 PM
Antaka Princess, Celina Rodriguez has been told a story about the death of her mother for as long as she can remember. Since no one else would speak about what happened between her mother and the Prince, she had no choice but to believe that her mother was stoned to death for betraying the Prince by falling in love, and getting pregnant by an American. She vowed to NEVER follow those same footsteps, but when her father, the Prince sends her off to America to enrich her life, she does not want to go. Her hatred for American men and the betrayal of her mother is so strong that Celina says she will find a way back to her real home.
Drake Randall is the son of the man that brought Celina to California to live as an American woman. It’s an almost love at first site type of story, what really put him over the edge was her fishing in the nude. Drake had never seen a more beautiful creature, and tried very hard to keep his hand and mind off of her, but that didn’t work for long. He also felt he was deceiving her, he knew a secret that would change her life. But, Celina ran away back to her homeland, before he could tell her. Once she arrived bad things happened, Drake had never been more scared in his life when Celina was kidnapped.
Debra Kayn’s novel, Betraying the Prince is a sensual love story that keeps you on your toes. Always wondering what will happen next, or what happened to her mother, you just can’t stop reading. I did find an inconsistency, at one point in the story it said Celina wore silver bracelets, and then another part said they were plain gold. Besides that, Betraying the Prince was an awesome beachy read. 4 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 2:25 PM
Homicide Detective Noah Webster is a part of the Hat Squad in Minneapolis. His past is a dark demon always on his back, but his future has finally started to look promising after over ten years. A killer is on the loose, killing single women, dressing them in red dresses, high heels, gluing their eyes open, and leaving them hanging from the ceiling. Noah’s partner Jack hasn’t been of much help lately since they were featured in a magazine, but now Noah needs him more than ever.
Eve Wilson also has quite a horrible past. She has died twice and still has the scars to prove it. While the scars may only be skin deep, she has major issues in the trust department, and is not willing to give the good Detective any sort of hope for a relationship. She does agree to work with him and the Hat Squad to help solve the murders, the murders that are hanging over her head. Shadowland was her idea, a virtual world where people who didn’t interact with the outside world so well, could be who they wanted to be, and hopefully build up the confidence in the real world. Now a serial killer is picking his victims from Shadowland. And Eve could be next.
I Can See You by Karen Rose is a suspense novel that you will be addicted to from page one. It was a page turner for sure! Everything seemed so real, as if I were reading case reports from real life. The story is immaculately detailed, and explained well enough so that those that are not computer savvy will easily understand. I can tell a lot of research was needed for I Can See You, and Ms. Rose has done an amazing job. She’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine to read. 5 Hearts
Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: Aug. 5, 2009
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 2:24 PM
Shirin Dubbin brings so many fantasy creatures to life in this short novella. Pixie's, mixed creatures, and even D'fly bikes. While the story is very fast paced and so impeccably detailed, I found that it would be much easier to follow if there was a description guide of some of the words used. Her world is painted with many colors, a work of art, and it was a nice change of pace for me to read.
Nia'Mora is an Amaranthine elf, and her job in the mortal world is to be an aftermath cleaner of crime scenes before the police arrive on scene. She wears sunglasses to protect her eyes from her bond-mate. She feels she is just not ready to be bonded to another, so she hides behind the glasses. But there is one man or actually two men that she can not hide from for very long. Severin and Zan both seem to have the hots for her, but only one man will be her bond-mate... on the night she is to die.
Severin is a unique mix of lion and unicorn, his appearance could mean the birth of a sage, or immanent death. The night he meets Nia'Mora at the birthing, he is there because she is going to die. But once her glasses are removed and they're bonded, he will do whatever it takes to get her assassin. He sees something going on between Zan and Nia'Mora, he doesn't know that she sees him as an enemy but can't keep herself away. Zan holds a power within himself that needs to be freed back to the Fae and other fantasy peoples; he is imprisoning... The Way.
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 11:07 PM
Sarah's Summer by Lisa Pietsch is going to be a collection of short stories that have the mystery, suspense, and action vibe. It will be based on her time in between their missions. In this first short story, Sarah is on a trip with a few other team members in Cabo, Mexico just enjoying the vacation and the view. In the meantime, Vince and Will are in Moscow following a deal.
Task Force 125 sounds promising, and Sarah sounds like she is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and will do whatever it takes to get it. In this instance it sounds like Vince is on her agenda, even though he may be her boss.
Lisa Pietsch has an easy flowing writing style, and with her short stories all fully written, I think it would make it pretty far. As I've only read the one story, I can't give you much on the details of what has happened, or is going to happen, I suggest reading more than one short story at a time, because they are so short that by the next time another chapter/short story is released, you may have already forgotten what happened and will have to re-read it. Other than that, I think Lisa's got the right idea with Sarah's Summer.
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 6:42 PM
The Vampire Survival Guide is a book that I could easily picture in one of those vampire survival kits complete with stakes and holy water. While the book includes vampire fact boxes, random questions, and humorous illustrations, it is actually informative and quite believable. What would you do if you fell in love with a vampire, or if your friend became one of the undead? Well, you’ll find out if you read this book.
This is a quote from the book that I have to put in. “ My ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend isn’t a vampire, but I’m paying a vampire to turn him into one so I can shoot him. Is that wrong?” – Random Question
You’ll find the answer to this question and many more, for example how to care for the afflicted, signs that someone is turning into a vampire, weaknesses, powers, physical features, and of course how to kill them. And, did you know that if there was a vampire outbreak that politics play a large role?
Scott Bowen has a different writing style that is much appreciated by this reviewer, the book read quite easily and quickly. It was the illustrations and the layout of the book that really made it enjoyable. I liked the research that was put in the vampire fact boxes, and the many chapters on what to do, and how to do it. The downside to The Vampire Survival Guide is that it’s considered “Humor”. Well, the writing didn’t make me laugh, it was more about the illustrations that sometimes elicited a giggle or snort. I believe that this book is only for enjoyment, and not an actual survival guide because “real” vampires do not exist, but it was still a different type of novel for me to read. So Scott Bowen receives 3.5 Hearts.
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 9:26 AM