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Book Review: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

 


The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter 
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 379 pages
Published on May 3rd 2008 by Harlequin
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Synopsis:
His powers—Inhuman…
His passion—Beyond immortal…
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful…

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Book Review: Where Winter Finds You by J.R Ward

 


Where Winter Finds You by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 445 pages
Published on November 26th 2019 by Pocket Books
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Contains spoilers for The Chosen.

Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

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Book Review: The Savior by J.R Ward

 


The Savior by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Published on April 2nd 2019 by Piatkus
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Synopsis:
In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers… or resume his lonely existence forevermore?

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Book Review: Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter

 


Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter 
Series: Angels After Dark, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 447 pages
Published on March 1st 2013 by Mira Books
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Synopsis:
His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.
She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo’s deliverance…and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola’s life-even if he has to sacrifice his own….

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Book Review: One with You by Sylvia Day

 


One with You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Published on April 5th 2016 by Penguin
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I read the Finnish book, “Sinun omasi”. Contains spoilers for Entwined with You.

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

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Double Book Review: Entwined with You + Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

 


Entwined With You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 356 pages
Published on June 6th 2013 by Penguin Books
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I read the Finnish book, “Sinuun Kiedottu”

Synopsis:
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

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Book Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

 


Reflected in You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 338 pages
Published on October 25th 2012 by Penguin Books Ltd
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I read the Finnish book, “Sinusta Heijastettu”

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

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Book Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

 


Bared To You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 340 pages
Published on July 19th 2012 by Penguin UK
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I read the Finnish book, “Sinulle Paljastettu”

Synopsis:
Our journey began in fire…

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.

The bonds of love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

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Book Review: The Thief by J.R Ward

 


The Thief by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 454 pages
Published on April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Synopsis:
New enemies rise from the shadows in the next novel of the New York Times bestselling paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Having allied themselves with the Band of Bastards, the Brotherhood is committed now more than ever to eradicating the Lessening Society. Recovering from their most recent battle against the last of the lessers, the Brotherhood comes to realize that the fight against their enemies is far from over.

Throe, Xcor’s former second in command, is using an ancient tome to summon a new army engineered by a force more dangerous and evil than the Omega.

And now the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will be tested both at home and on the battlefield.

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Book Review: The Chosen by J.R Ward

 


The Chosen by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Published on November 28th 2017 by Piatkus
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Synopsis:
A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear – even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation and death. As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

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