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Buddy Read: Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims

 


Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims 
Series: Midnight Liaisons, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 353 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on October 25th 2011 by Pocket
Jessica Sims: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

WANTED
Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

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Buddy Read: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

 


Bitten by Kelley Armstrong 
Series: Otherworld #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Adult Audience
Warnings: Cheating
Format: Paperback, 448 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on May 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Book Group
Kelley Armstrong: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

“I’ve been fighting it all night.
I’m going to lose …Nature wins out.
It always does.”

Elena Michaels didn’t know that her lover Clay was a werewolf until he bit her, changing her life for ever. Betrayed and furious, she cannot accept her transformation, and wants nothing to do with her Pack – a charismatic group of fellow werewolves who say they want to help.

When a series of brutal murders threatens the Pack, Elena is forced to make an impossible choice. Abandon the only people who truly understand her new nature, or help them to save the lover who ruined her life, and who still wants her back at any cost.

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Book Review: Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright

 


Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright 
Series: The Phoenix Pack #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 428 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on February 19th 2013 by Montlake Romance
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks.
Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.

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Book Review: Embers by Suzanne Wright

 


Embers by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range:  Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 4th 2018  by Piatkus
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The final horseman awaits . . . and the stakes have never been higher.

With the birth of their son, Asher, Harper and Knox are both more powerful and more vulnerable than they’ve ever been before. Asher’s charm has seduced even the devil himself, but Harper knows that the real villain is still out there, and as desperate as ever to see the Primes fall. They’re laying low, and there’s no way to tell which one of their circle is really a deadly foe . . .

When the final horseman makes their move, Harper and Knox will have to use all the considerable power at their disposal – and that may even include Asher’s mysterious abilities. One thing’s for sure – this is a baby who’s more than a match for any demon coming after him.

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Book Review: Ashes by Suzanne Wright

 


Ashes by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 20th 2018  by Piatkus
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Synopsis:
Knox and Harper’s story continues as the Las Vegas lair – and its two infamous Co-Primes – face their most terrifying enemy yet . . .

Together, Harper and Knox have overcome just about every evil thing you can think of – from Horsemen of the Apocalypse to dark magic practitioners to Lucifer’s insistent belief that he’s hilarious. They’re looking forward to some well-earned downtime – until Harper is attacked by mercenaries in the middle of her tattoo shop. Worse still, the attackers are trying to take her wings – the ones no one is meant to know she even has.

It’s a near miss and once a furious Knox has managed to pull his demon back into line there’s only one thing clear – someone knows Harper’s secrets and is systematically setting out to destroy her. It seems likely that someone is the third Horseman – but how do they know so much about Harper? It seems the impossible might be true – they have an enemy hiding at the very heart of the lair.

To survive Harper will need to embrace power that’s darker than she’s ever experienced and even Knox can’t protect her from everything – though God knows nothing’s going to stop him trying. The stakes have never been higher, for if Harper’s taken by this new threat, Knox won’t be able to stop his demon from taking a vicious pleasure in tearing the world apart . . .

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Book Review: Blaze by Suzanne Wright

 


Blaze by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 18th 2017 by Piatkus
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
For those who need more Harper and Knox . . . there’s Blaze!
Defeat the enemy. Win the boy. Live happily ever after.But life “ever after” isn’t as easy as it used to be. Harper’s gone from being a member of a small demon lair to co-Prime of one of the most powerful lairs in the US with a mate who, though hot as hell, is just a mite overprotective – I mean, you get kidnapped by dark practitioners just once . . .
Then one of Knox’s demons goes rogue, and in his madness decides Knox Thorne must die.
Harper’s worried. Knox isn’t – at least until he discovers his mate’s willingness to get between him and danger. Now, Knox has a new priority: Keep Harper safe . . . no matter what it takes.
But Harper begins to suspect there’s more danger than one rogue demon. It seems the combined strength of Harper and Knox has upset the balance of power in the demon world and there are those who are determined to right that wrong.
Because when you move up the food chain, sometimes the other predators just want to take a bigger bite.

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Book Review: Burn by Suzanne Wright

 


Burn by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 384 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on November 1st 2016 by Piatkus
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Synopsis:
Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe. As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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Buddy Read: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 


Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: The Dark Elements, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 378 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on July 28th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
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Synopsis:
Some loves will last ’til your dying breath. Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

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Buddy Read: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 


Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: The Dark Elements, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 457 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on August 11th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Jennifer L. Armentout: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Every touch has its price. Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life–no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay….

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Buddy Read: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: The Dark Elements, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 392 pages.
Source: Won in Tiffany’s giveaway
Published on May 2015 by Harlequin Teen
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Synopsis:
One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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