Thursday, October 30, 2014


Happy Thursday, everyone! This is a new feature hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.  Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.

Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.


A Most Unconventional Match (Wellingfords, #3) 
A Most Unconventional Match by Julia Justiss
Originally Published in July 2008

Hal Waterman's calling on the newly widowed Elizabeth Lowery is the caring act of a gentleman. And with her household in turmoil and a young son to support, she is certainly grateful for his help. Hal finds Elizabeth even more lovely than when they first met, but knows that she will only ever see him as a kind and often taciturn friend.

Elizabeth finds comfort and companionship in Hal's caring of her. But then a tantalizing desire starts to simmer. His reassuring strength and presence have become so very alluring.

Such a sweet story!  Hal made me fall in love with him from the beginning with his adorable crush on Elizabeth, his shyness, and his business smarts.  I have a thing for big, quiet heroes and Hal definitely fits the bill.  I read this quite a few years ago and I don't remember much about Elizabeth, but I do remember liking her.  But, Hal is the true star of the story and that was fine with me!

All About Romance (A-)
Dear Author (B)
Karen Knows Best (4 Stars)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REVIEW: "Dark Skye" by Kresley Cole

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14)
Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
(Immortals After Dark #14)

Goodreads -- Amazon -- Book Depository
Author Website

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Paranormal Romance -- Supernatural Mix

Gallery Books -- Published in August 2014
Hardcover, 432 pages
Read in October 2014
Purchased from Amazon

Alpha Hero, Kick-Ass Heroine, Demons, Witches, Virgin Hero


As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.


Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.


With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

"Crawling along a meadow on her hands and knees, Lanthe scoured the grass for berries or dandelions--anything to dull her hunger pangs as her stomach seemed to gnaw on itself."

Warning!  This review contains minor spoilers for earlier books in the Immortals After Dark series.
Dark Skye is a book that fans of the IAD series have been anticipating for years.  We have seen Thronos and Lanthe circle around each other for most of the series.  Things really came to a head when they were both captured by The Order in Demon from the Dark.  There have been a ton of stories that have developed from the capture and later escape of the Loreans and this is one of the best.

1. Lanthe -- I love the female characters in this series.  They are strong, intelligent, and not afraid to be themselves.  Lanthe truly embodies the sorceress type with her gold obsession, love for adventure, and desire to make the most out of life.  I really appreciated that she was not ashamed of her past sexual experiences and made her opinions known about the slut-shaming that unfortunately reared its ugly head.
"Besides, I don’t take issue with the term as much as the fact that you feel you can judge me. I despise judgmental people.”
“As do most creatures who deserve to be judged.”
“You got me. I’m a ho fo sho.”
-What did that mean?- “You speak like a human.”
She nodded, as if that hadn’t been an insult as well. “I watch a lot of TV."
2. Thronos -- While I wasn't so sure about him at first with the whole chasing and demeaning thing he had going on, Thronos definitely grew on me.  He has some real reasons to not trust Lanthe and is truly a product of a strict upbringing.  I could admire his loyalty to his family and his kingdom.  I also liked the fact that, once he learned the truth about his brother's exploits, he was willing to do anything to set things right.  I am not always the biggest fan of "destined mate" stories, but it works so well in this series especially when taking a grumpy hero and turning him into knots with a woman who is his complete opposite.
He stalked up to her, yelling, “Do not call me demon!”
She forced herself to hold her ground, then repeated his earlier words: "Sensitive about this, creature?"
“Demons are savage. Vrekeners have grace and a sacred purpose. We are descended from gods!”
"How do you know this?"
“From the Tales of Troth—sanctified knowledge passed on from one Vrekener generation to the next for millennia."
3. Journey Through the Portals --  One thing that makes the Immortals After Dark series stand out for me is the way that Kresley Cole combines steamy romance with amazing adventure.  Thronos and Lanthe escape from the Order's island and end up going on a journey through other worlds, thanks to her portal-hopping magic.  I loved getting to see these new worlds especially with Cole's eye for detail.  Some of them were dangerous, some seductive, some disturbingly creepy, but all were super entertaining to learn about.  Plus it was fun to see Thronos and Lanthe learn to rely on one another to get through their journey.

4. Nix and the Ascension -- Ah, Nixie!  One of my all-time favorite side characters really makes a statement in this book.  The Ascension is growing ever closer and Nix is making sure all her ducks are in a row.  I love seeing how everything is coming together and I'm excited for the big conclusion.
“Under your direction, La Dorada the Queen of Evil has arisen.”
“Dora and I are like this.” Nïx spread her arms wide. “Now, I’ll be the first to admit she’s not without faults. Very grumpy when she wakes up."
5. Old Favorites -- And, of course, I have mention all the characters that popped up in this one.  We have the usual suspects like Nix, but it was also fun to see what has been going on with Rydstrom/Sabine (Kiss of the Demon King), Bettina (Shadow's Claim), and Lothaire (Lothaire).  The cast of characters is another aspect of the series that I love and it was great to see them continue to be important to the overall plot even after they get their HEA.

1. The only thing that kept this book from being a 5 star read for me was the ending.  Everything was going great and drama was unfolding and then it stopped.  It felt very abrupt...almost like we had reached the page limit.  I really enjoyed Thronos and Lanthe's story so I wanted there to be more of a resolution to everything they had to go through.

But, despite the quick ending, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dark Skye.  This series always knows how to grab my attention and keep it until the very end.  If you are interested in creative paranormal romance with a complex supernatural world and plenty of kooky characters, I can't recommend the Immortals After Dark books enough.


Fever -- Definitely graphic, but still emotional descriptions.

"This is a formal affair. Kali is wearing twelve skulls.”
Nïx’s eyes went wide. “I should’ve vajazzled!

1. The Warlord Wants Forever
2. A Hunger Like No Other
3. No Rest For the Wicked
4. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
5. Dark Needs at Night's Edge
6. Dark Desires After Dusk
7. Kiss of a Demon King
8. Untouchable
9. Pleasure of a Dark Prince
10. Demon from the Dark
11. Dreams of a Dark Warrior
12. Lothaire
13. MacRieve
14. Dark Skye

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (A-)
Dear Author (C)
Vampire Book Club (5 Stars)

Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione
Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh 
Dark Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Characters I Want To Be For Halloween

Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

~Top Seven Characters I Want To Be For Halloween~

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
1. Hermione Granger -- Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
What I Need: schoolgirl outfit, black wizard robes, wand, bushy brown wig, copy of Hogwarts, A History

Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
2. Eve Dallas -- In Death series by JD Robb
What I Need: short brown wig, black pants, black boots, long black leather coat, hot billionaire husband :)

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)
3. Persis Blake -- Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
What I Need: pale blonde wig, seaweed-inspired outfit found here, palmport

Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5)
4. Cinder Linh -- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
What I Need: black wig, mechanic's work outfit, cyborg leg 

Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7)
5. Cat Crawfield -- Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
What I Need: red wig, black leather pants, black tank top, hot British vampire husband 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
6. Katniss Everdeen -- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
What I Need: dark brown wig, red dress with orange at the bottom, mockingjay pin  

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 01 (Ouran High School Host Club, #1)
7. Haruhi Fujioka -- Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
What I Need: short brown wig, dark blue pants, light blue blazer, white shirt, tie 

Monday, October 27, 2014

REVIEW: "The Accidental Countess" by Valerie Bowman

The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides, #2)

The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Historical Romance -- Regency England

St. Martin's Press -- Published on October 28, 2014
Ebook, 304 pages
Read in October 2014
Received from Netgalley

Comedy of Manners, Beta Hero, Friendships


For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.


After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

"How can one attend the country house party of a person who does not exist?"

The Accidental Countess features a heroine with a long-standing crush, a soldier returning to England, and plenty of misunderstandings.  I am a huge fan of "comedy of manners" type stories and this book is a really entertaining one.  I continue to be impressed with Valerie Bowman's hilarious writing style and obvious love for her characters.

Lady Cassandra has been in love with Julian Swift ever since she was a teenager though she knows her crush will only bring heartbreak.  You see, he has been engaged to her cousin, Penelope, for years and Cassandra is sure that his heart will never be hers.  Julian finally returns to England and he is determined to get his engagement straightened out, but the problem is that he can't get alone with Penelope to talk about things.  A series of unrealistic, but hilarious situations commence and Cassandra ends up masquerading as the fictional Patience Bunbury at a house party where she and Julian begin a seductive dance around one another.

I really liked both Cassandra and Julian.  While I was not the biggest fan of Cassandra's deception, I understood her desire to be more than the quiet, proper young lady she is known as in society.  I have read the previous book in the series, The Unexpected Duchess, and know how easy it is to get sucked into Lucy Hunt's schemes.  Julian was very easy to fall in love with.  He is a sweet guy who has never felt like he truly matters to anyone.  His father viewed him only as the spare and pretty much told him that his lot in life was to die at war with honor.  I appreciated his desperation to straighten things out with Penelope before pursuing Patience (Cassandra).

As Patience, Cassandra is finally able to show her true self to Julian and their scenes together were just wonderful.  Their chemistry is written very well and goes beyond basic lust.  I did find myself wishing that they would just talk to each other about their feelings since that would avoid a lot of confusion, but that was part of the Shakespearean plot so it didn't disrupt my overall enjoyment of the book.

I also loved that we got to see more of Cassandra's friend Lucy and Jane.  Female friendships are always some of my favorite things to read in historical romance and their's is a great one.  They support each other's decisions and are willing to do anything to make their friends happy.  I can't wait to see Jane get her story next especially since it will (more than likely) involve her constant rivalry with Lord Garrett.

I received a free copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.

"I cannot allow you to go to your grave, dearest one, without knowing how madly, passionately, desperately I love you.  I've refused all offers for some mad reason, thinking that I couldn't marry another man knowing he'll never fully have my heart, as it has always and will always belong solely to you.  I can only hope this letter will reach you before you leave this earth, my love.  And that after reading it, you'll know how much you have been truly loved."

1. The Unexpected Duchess
2. The Accidental Countess
3. The Unlikely Lady (Coming 2015)

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Duchess By Night by Eloisa James
How To Marry A Marquis by Julia Quinn

Sunday, October 26, 2014


A list of new releases that grabbed my attention for next month.  These are organized by expected publication date.  As always, release dates are subject to change.

Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1)
Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A.Witt (M/M-C)


Snow White Red-Handed (Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery, #1)
Snow White Red-Handed (Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #1) by Maia Chance (F)

What a Lady Demands
What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara (HR)

Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures (Victorian Adventures, #1)
Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures (Victorian Adventures #1) by Lillian Marek (HR)

The Rake's Handbook: Including Field Guide (The Rake's Handbook, #1)
The Rake's Handbook (The Rake's Handbook #1) by Sally Orr (HR)

Romancing the Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club, #5)
Romancing the Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #5) by Jessica Clare (CR)

Rogue Spy (Spymasters, #5)
Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5) by Joanna Bourne (HR)

Forbidden by Kimberely Griffiths Little (YA-H)


At The Billionaire's Wedding
At the Billionaire's Wedding by Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, Miranda Neville, Maya Rodale (CR)

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas, #2)
Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Snow #2) by Heidi Cullinan (M/M-C)

Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles, #1)
Gunmetal Alchemy (Opium Wars #1) by Jeannie Lin (SPR)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4)
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels #4) by Sarah MacLean (HR)

The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld, #11)
The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter (PNR)

Night Shift (Kate Daniels, #7.5; SPI Files, # 0.5; Psy-Changeling)
Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane (PNR)

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)
The Duke's Guide To Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly #1) by Megan Frampton (HR)

Saturday, October 25, 2014


A great feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers get to feature the new books they received over the past week.

Billionaire with Benefits (Romancelandia #2)
Billionaire With Benefits by Anne Tenino (male/male contemporary) -- I loved the first Romancelandia book and am always up for a good friendship romance.

Innocent in Death (In Death, #24) Eternity in Death (In Death, #24.5)
Innocent in Death & Eternity in Death by JD Robb (romantic suspense) -- Numbers 24 and 24.5...moving along!

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (historical fiction) -- I have been wanting to the Amelia Peabody series for ages so I took advantage of another Audible sale to add it to my collection.

He's No Prince Charming (Ever After, #1)
He's No Prince Charming by Elle Daniels (historical romance) -- A debut with a romantic matchmaker and a brooding marquis.  From Netgalley.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley (historical romance) -- I am obsessed with holiday novellas so I had to take advantage of this prequel to the upcoming Dukes of War series.  From Netgalley.


The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan --  Just wonderful! I fell in love with both Drew and Anna. Kristen Callihan has proved that she is an amazing writer regardless of genre.

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole -- Really loved this one! Thronos and Lanthe have been circling each other for many books and it was great to learn more about them. Definitely recommend reading the other IAD books first or you will be really confused. The ending was way too abrupt for my taste...I wanted more!

Born in Death by JD Robb -- Loved it! Eve had two cases to deal with and it was fun to see her ability to multitask. The murder creeped me out especially when things were revealed at the end. Plus baby time!!

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt -- Fabulously written heroine, swoon-worthy hero, and plenty of Hoyt's steamy romance. The only issue I had was the resolution of the mystery which happened awfully quick to my mind.

Blonde Date by Sarina Bowen -- I loved Andy and wish that this had been a full-length story. Review coming soon.

Friday, October 24, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Haunted In Death" by JD Robb

Haunted in Death (In Death, #22.5)
Haunted in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Romantic Suspense

Berkeley -- Published in 2006
Audiobook, 3 hours
Read in October 2014
Purchased from Audible

Alpha Hero, Kick Ass Heroine, Secondary Romance, Murder Mystery

Number Twelve is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted…and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number Twelve a cultural icon. Several bullets from a banned gun end his dream of returning the building to its former glory.

With everyone around her talking about the supernatural, pragmatic Eve won't let rumors of ghosts distract her from hard evidence. The case becomes even more bizarre when it appears to be linked to the suspicious disappearance of a rock star eighty-five years ago. As Eve searches for the connection, logic clashes with the unexplainable. She may be forced to face the threat of something more dangerous than a flesh-and-blood killer.

"Winter could be murderous."

Haunted in Death forces Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team to face something that people often fear more than murder: ghosts.  Rad Hopkins is shot multiple times at the abandoned club that his grandfather made a pop culture phenomenon almost one hundred years ago.  Mr. Hopkins was determined to restore Number Twelve back to its former glory, but he was stopped by a mysterious killer with possible supernatural help.

I liked the uniqueness of this crime in the series.  Because of the gun ban, most of the murders that Eve deals with don't involve shootings.  I thought this was an interesting tidbit that didn't take over the story, but really helped in the formation of this futuristic world.  I was able to figure out the murderer pretty quickly which was different for me.  I did wish that the killer had been more developed or at least not so obvious.

The ghost story element was both fun and creepy.  It was interesting to see pragmatic Eve deal with the superstitions of her partner, friends, and even her husband, Roarke.  I also enjoyed the way that Robb handled the paranormal element.  Susan Ericksen continues her amazing narration in this series which always makes me eager to keep listening.


Glow -- Implied or subtle descriptions of lovemaking. 

"...Fucking shark lawyers.  Excuse my language."
"That's okay.  Cops hear the word 'lawyer' all the time."

There are too many to show here, but I'm providing a link to the Goodreads listing and the listing from JD Robb's website.

Samantha Jellicoe series by Suzanne Enoch
Fatal series by Marie Force

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Happy Thursday, everyone! This is a new feature hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.  Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.

Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.


Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners, #3)
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
Originally Published in 2003

Nick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate situations, he is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard. He believes his mission will be easily accomplished - but that was before he met the lady in question.

For instead of a willful female, he discovers one in desperate circumstances, hiding from a man who could destroy her very soul. So Nick shockingly offers her a very different kind of proposition - one he has never offered before.

He asks her to be his bride. And he knows that this will be much more than a union in name only. For he senses what Charlotte does not yet know - that her appetite for sensuality matches his own. But what Nick learns surprises him. For while London's most notorious lover might claim Charlotte's body, he quickly discovers it will take much more than passion to win her love.

This is the conclusion of the Bow Street Runners series and can be read as a stand-alone though I recommend at least reading Lady Sophia's Lover to get a handle on this world.  Nick is another successful Kleypas hero with his quick mind and ability to overcome a dark past.  Lottie is sweet and tough at the same time which I also enjoyed.  They were a great match and it was fun to see them maneuver through the trials of marriage together.  This is a different style than most of Kleypas's historicals, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

All About Romance (B+)
Addicted To Romance (4.5 Blossoms)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

REVIEW: "Chained By Night" by Larissa Ione

Chained by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires, #2)
Chained By Night by Larissa Ione
(Moonbound Clan Vampires #2)

Goodreads -- Amazon -- Book Depository
Author Website

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Paranormal Romance -- Vampires

Pocket Books -- Published on September 30, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 407 pages
Read in October 2014
Purchased from Amazon

Alpha Hero, Tormented Heroine

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction - or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader's daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress's identical twin sister?

"In a secret club blaring rock music and laughter, raised shot glasses brimming with whiskey clinked together like death knells."

I enjoyed the first book in the Moonbound Clan Vampires series last year though I did think it suffered from the large amount of world building that needed to happen.  Thankfully, the sequel, Chained By Night, did not have those issues and readers were left with an action-packed romance between two kick-ass characters.  Definitely going on my keeper shelf for 2014!

This series imagines a futuristic world where the existence of vampires was revealed to humans and resulted in the vampires being persecuted, hunted, and enslaved.  Free vampires formed clans to protect themselves and their race.  The Moonbound Clan is lead by enigmatic chief, Hunter, who, due to events from the previous book, is planning to mate with the daughter of another clan's leader, Rasha.  Things get complicated when Rasha discovers that she and Hunter are expected to undergo a demon's test to insure the safety of their children.  Rasha has no desire to complete such a task and sends her crippled twin sister, Aylin, in her place.

Hunter and Aylin were just amazing as individual characters and as a couple.  They both had difficult childhoods with Hunter growing up under a dictator-like father and Aylin being constantly persecuted for being the second twin and having a lame leg.  I really admired Aylin's determination and kind nature which was never beaten out of her.  She is willing to do these seemingly impossible tasks in order to save her sister's future children all while knowing that she is to marry another ruthless clan leader as soon as Rasha and Hunter are mated.  For his part, Hunter is a typical Ione hero with a tendency to be arrogant, but just a big softie underneath it all.  He is determined to be a good leader for his clan though he often feels like he can never do enough. 

It was obvious from their first meeting, these two had a certain spark that they were forced to battle for much of the story.  I am a huge fan of forbidden romances especially in paranormal fiction so I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them figure out how to be together without causing a huge vampire war.  Larissa Ione does not pull any punches with this book.  It is dark, sensual, and very violent.  The tasks that Aylin and Hunter endure were not for the faint of heart and the descriptions sometimes made my stomach turn.  There were also plenty of vampire/human and vampire/vampire fights that were not lacking in detail.  Despite the dark tone, Ione also shows off her patented sense of humor and deeply romantic soul. 

Chained By Night also continues to grow the world of the MoonBound Clan through its large secondary cast.  There is Rasha, Aylin's sister, who appears cruel and selfish, but might have a heart under there somewhere.  Readers of the first book get to see Riker, Nicole, and Bastien make fun re-appearances that did more than just show off how happy they were.  And then there's Myne, the vampire warrior who was enslaved by humans and had his fangs removed by scientists.  I was intrigued by Myne in Bound By Night, but I really fell for him in this book.  He broke my heart on many occasions especially when his connection to Hunter's past was revealed.  I'm definitely hoping that Ione focuses on him next.

In conclusion, I was completely enthralled by this book from beginning to end.  Larissa Ione is one of my favorite paranormal writers and Chained By Night only reaffirmed that designation.  She knows how to make her readers connect to her characters and constantly rethink their motivations.  Plus she knows how to write some steamy romance!  Highly recommended!


Fever -- Definitely graphic, but still emotional descriptions. 

“I thought your name was Roger.”
“Why the hell would you think that?”
“I heard Riker call you Roger.”
“Not Roger. Roger. As in affirmative. He was giving me a positive response to my order.”

1. Bound By Night
2. Chained By Night

Fiction Vixen (B+)
Parajunkee (5 Stars)
Vampire Book Club (4.5 Stars)

Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian
Demonica series by Larissa Ione
Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole
Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter