Jenny Pox by J. L. Bryan

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the “Jenny pox.” She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth…but if she’s going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

Review update: I originally read Jenny Pox in March of 2012. I was debating about whether or not I was going to pick it up for a reread before I started Tommy Nightmare. Since I was given the audio version of the book, my decision was made for me. I don’t listen to a lot of audio books, but I’m beginning to see the appeal. The audio version of Jenny Pox had me just as enthralled as the ebook version. My review stands true from my previous read and now I’m looking forward even more to continuing the series. 

Before I start this review, I need to make a confession. I think I might be one of the few people around who read J.L. Bryan’s Songs of Magic Series before at least starting his Paranormals Series. I’m not sure why I waited, but the good news in all of this is that it was definitely worth the wait and I can now call myself a true J.L Bryan fan. :)

I picked Jenny Pox up on a Saturday and finished it before the weekend was over. Once I got into the story, it was an impossible book to put down. Jenny’s story was as heartbreaking as it was beautiful. I loved getting to know her and the other characters. Then there were the not so nice characters – trust me, there was no shortage of those either. I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever read a character that I disliked more than Asleigh.

There were parts of Jenny Pox that were very hard to read. When things went bad, they went really, really bad. The cruelty that Jenny endured was really hard for me to grasp throughout the book. The length that Ashleigh was willing to go to reach her own personal goals was terrifying. The climax of the book took me totally by surprise. I never saw it coming. Powerful, heartbreaking and terrifying. Wow!

Before you read Jenny Pox you need to realize that this is not a YA read. Even though the main characters are teens, they are older teens. The themes are very adult and the emotions are raw and intense and the author doesn’t sugar coat either.

I can’t wait to pick up the next installment of this series. The good thing about waiting to read a series is that you don’t have to wait to read the rest of the books. Tommy NightmareAlexander Death and Jenny Plague-Bringer are ready and waiting for me to pick up. Sometimes procrastination pays off. ;)

Sentinel (Light Mage Wars #0.5) by Nancy Northcott

SentinelHe’s on a Quest for Justice
Her Secrets are his Only Hope

When mage investigative reporter Rick Moore gets the unexpected chance to clear his father’s name, it looks like a dream come true. But there’s a price. He must first uncover the truth about the mage world’s most wanted fugitive.

Caroline Dare knows her beloved brother had a reason for killing a member of the mages’ governing council. Real heroes don’t go rogue on a whim. Burned by shady reporters, she pours her devastating worry for him into her fabric art career and maintains stony silence about him. But when her art is panned as a fraud because she’s blind, she’s forced to seek help from Rick, a man she knows only as a sexy arts writer.

Helping beautiful, determined Caroline prove her art is her own gets Rick inside her well tended walls. But as he wins her trust, he finds he’s losing his heart. Now he has a choice–give up his dream or betray the woman he loves.

Have you ever picked up a story simply because it was by an author you really liked? Yeah, that was a pretty silly question… Ever since I picked up the first book in Nancy Northcott’s The Protectors series I was hooked. Renegade, Protector and Guardian quickly became some of my favorite PNR books. The world building was fantastic and the characters were amazing. I found myself anxiously awaiting each new installment. When I saw that she had a new novella out that was a prequel to a new series I didn’t hesitate. Even though it wasn’t a new installment of The Protectors I knew that I would like it just as much as the others. I obviously wasn’t paying attention because not only is Sentinel the prequel to Nancy Northcott’s Light Mage Wars series, it’s also a sort of sequel to The Protectors series as well. That is definitely a win/win as far as this reader is concerned. ;)

As far as series introductions go, Sentinel did an amazing job. I’ve pretty much made it clear before that novellas can be either hit of miss with me. The misses happen when the story is so short that I’m left wanting more… and not in a good way,  but in a cheated way. Rick and Caroline’s story wasn’t rushed or forced. The story wasn’t long, but no time with them was wasted and readers were given a perfect introduction into the mage world and it was the perfect set up for things to come. I got so wrapped up in the story that I almost forgot that I already knew where things would inevitably lead. For that reason I have no qualms about recommending Sentinel to readers who haven’t been introduced to Nancy Northcott’s writing yet. It’s enough of a taste that you will be left wanting more… in a very good way. If you have read The Protectors, you’re in for a treat. Once I finished I was ready to schedule an impromptu re-read of Renegade.

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The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

TheKingGRJ.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King… 

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

Skimming the reviews of The King brought me to a realization. The Black Dagger Brotherhood fans out there seem to be falling into one or two categories. There are those that are still die hard fans and there are just as many that are becoming less infatuated with it. So, where do I fall? Some where in between I suppose.

I was hooked from the first book – therefore Beth and Wrath will always be my first love and I will probably always be drawn to read anything, regardless of how short or long, that centers around this couple. I don’t think I’m alone there. I’m pretty sure (among other things of course) that most readers who didn’t like The King as much as they wanted to were upset about the ‘face time’ that Beth and Wrath (and the Brotherhood in general) had in The King. I agree with them. I expected a lot more time with the King and his Queen and it did disappoint me a little. A lot happened in this book and a lot that happened was laying groundwork for future books. I suppose time will tell if the groundwork will be worth it.

Even though I missed spending time with the brotherhood and their mates, I still enjoyed the book for what it was. I didn’t mind the side story of Assail and Sola, even though Assail isn’t really one of the ‘good’ guys. I’ve liked iAm and Trez since readers really got to know them in Lover Avenged. The story line between Trez and Selena was good and iAm spent a fair amount of quality time with Beth which helped readers get to see a totally new side of him. Xcor and Layla’s story was touched on too, and it’s going to be interesting to see where that one leads along with the rest of the Band of Bastards. So, yeah, a lot went on in this book. I didn’t even touch on some of the new characters that were introduced, drama concerning Saxton or the back story involving Wrath’s parents. I can totally understand where some people felt like it was a lot of filler surrounding the main story.

Even though I miss the format of the earlier books where Wrath and his ‘family’ are the main focus, I still liked The King. The parts of the book that were centered around Beth, Wrath and the rest of the Brotherhood were definitely my favorites (especially chapters 50-51) but honestly, there wasn’t a part that I hated. I’ll continue to read and reread them and look forward to the next book in the series – which will be iAm and Trez’s book – The Shadows.

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By creativedeeds

When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

WhenAllTheWorldSleepsDaniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.

Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.

Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I can honestly say that this is one of the hardest books to get through that I’ve read in a long time. Not because it was a bad book and not because I was offended or that the author’s writing couldn’t hold my interest. It was simply because of the horror that Daniel lived through. When all the World Sleeps was just as scary, if not scarier than any officially labeled horror story that I’ve read.

The monster that Daniel was fighting was within himself. Well, that and bigotry. He was alone and terrified of not only what could happen to him, but what he could do to others.

Bel was a character that I didn’t know how to take at first but I found myself respecting him. He had doubts and he wasn’t always as understanding as he could have been, but honestly, in the same situation I’m not sure how I would have related to Daniel. As much as I’d like to think that I would be accepting, forgiving and understanding I’m not sure how I would have handled his particular circumstance. I admired Bel’s courage and determination to keep Daniel safe, regardless.

Even though this book is labeled BDSM, that’s really not the focus… or at least not the way it normally is in a book baring that label. Vague, I know, but it’s something you’ll have to read to understand. All you really need to know is that Daniel is a mess and Bel is willing to do anything he can to keep him safe and help.

As much as I liked When all the World Sleeps I can pretty much guarantee that this is not a book for everyone. Even fans of contemporary M/M Romance. This book is dark and scary and it spends a lot of time in those places. I definitely needed a much lighter read when I finished this one.  Basically it’s one of those books that I’m not sure I would have read if I would have known exactly what I was in for, but I’m extremely glad that I did.

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Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

DaysofBloodAndStarlightOnce upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Not only did I listen to the first book in this series, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but it was my very first audio book experience. If I had any doubt that listening to the narration is what made Laini Taylor’s writing so lyrical and poetic, they were erased by the time I finished the first chapter of Days of Blood & Starlight. Granted, it took me a little while to read. There was a lot of ground covered in the 517 pages, but none of those pages was wasted. This book was just as intense and heartbreaking as the first… maybe more so because we already knew the characters.

Days of Blood & Starlight threw readers right into the middle of the hidden world of monsters and angels. It was a world of violence and little hope. It wasn’t all bad though, which is the only thing that kept me reading… that little spark of hope that stayed just outside of both Karou and Akiva’s reach.

The world building in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series is amazing and Laini Taylor’s writing brings that world and the monsters that inhabit it to life. There’s really no other way to put it. I think I loved this one even more than the first and now I can’t wait to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters. The events that led up to the end of Days of Blood & Starlight were crushing. Decisions were made that changed things for everyone and sacrifices were made that I never saw coming. I’m kind of glad that I waited to read this one, because I want a HEA now… not just for Karou and Akiva but for all of their friends and family. Somehow I don’t think it’s going to be that easy….

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Grand Adventures (an Anthology)

GrandAdventuresOn September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over.

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.

This anthology is more than a group of short stories with a common theme. In a world where it seems everyone is focused on ‘me’ or ‘mine’ Grand Adventures is a breath of fresh air… and a lot more. This ‘grand adventure’ was a ‘grand gesture’ – it put the focus on helping, loving and supporting a pair of fellow authors.

If you haven’t been following the story of Eric Arvin and T.J. Klune, this is a perfect way to get up to speed. There is an entire community rallying around these two amazing and talented young men and it doesn’t only include their fellow authors at Dreamspinner Press. It encompasses readers, bloggers, indie authors, authors from other publishing houses and many more. Eric and T.J. have touched the lives of so many people with their story of love, humor, heartbreak, loss and most of all HOPE.

I could give a mini-review on each and every one of the short stories that are included in this anthology, but I decided not to do that this time. Some of the authors I was familiar with and some of them I wasn’t. Some of the stories made me laugh, some made me tear up just a little and some just made me smile. Some were really short and some were a bit longer. Most were contemporary but some were paranormal. Some involved characters that readers were already familiar with and some were stories featuring brand new characters. I enjoyed each and every one of them and have added several of the authors to my TBR pile. Even though I enjoyed the stories and couldn’t stop reading them once I started, what I enjoyed even more were the dedications that each author took the time to write. Just like the individual stories, some were just a few words and some were a few paragraphs. Some of the authors knew T.J. and Eric and some of them knew their story but had never met them. Each and everyone of them touched me in a different way and made their gesture even more personal.

All the authors dedicated their time and talent to this work and ALL the proceeds will benefit Eric and T.J. as they continue with the next chapter of their lives together. The list of authors and their stories is offered below along with a link to the individual authors’ GoodReads pages if they had one available. Check out their books, find their pages, stalk them and give them a virtual pat on the back or better yet a virtual hug. While you’re at it, make sure to track down Eric and T.J. and show them some love too. <3

Let’s Go! Let’s Go! Let’s Go!

Eric Arvin: Blog • FacebookTwitterGoodReads
T.J. Klune: Blog • Facebook • GoodReads

Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd Edition)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

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The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

ForeverSongVENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Every once in a while you run across a book that touches you in a way that you didn’t expect. I’m not talking about anything earth shattering or life altering. In the case of Forever Song it’s because it makes you feel more than you ever expected to. I remember putting down the Eternity Cure and wondering how things could get any worse for Allie. She had been through so much and she still had to keep going. The Epilogue in that book was jaw dropping, but with it came an ounce of hope… I should have known better. *sigh* The opening short dedication at the beginning of the book pretty much says it all. “…to my readers: Your tears feed my muse.” ~ for the record Ms. Kagawa – your Muse should be very well fed. *sigh*

Allie fought a lot in this book. She fought herself, Jackal Sarren and even Kanin. She was in a bad place in the beginning and it took a while for her to pull herself out of it. I wanted things for her that I didn’t think she would ever have and things she didn’t think she really deserved. Forever Song was a very hard book to read but so worth every tear (and there were more than a few) every frustrating moment and every sarcastic word that came out of Jackal’s mouth. (I actually kind of loved that guy… then I hated him… but then….)

As much as I would love to ramble and wax poetic about how amazing the end to this trilogy was, I’m going to stop before I give anything away. Just know that nothing is quite as it seems and things have to get a whole lot worse before they even come close to getting better and even then there’s a long way to go. Regardless, Forever Song brought this trilogy to a satisfying end. It was bittersweet but that’s okay. It may not have been a typical HEA, but that’s not what I expected. It ended with hope, which is more than Allie had when The Blood of Eden trilogy began.

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Lost in Prophecy (Ascension #5) by S.M. Reine

LostInProphecyElise Kavanagh is too busy liberating slaves in the City of Dis to worry about what’s happening on Earth. She hasn’t even noticed that more than three thousand people have gone missing—not until an anonymous client hires her organization, The Hunting Club, to rescue them. The man asking for help doesn’t seem to exist. But the trail of clues is too strange to ignore, and she finds herself caught in the investigation. Werewolf Alpha Rylie Gresham is absorbed in troubles of her own. The pack is disobeying her, and the cult camped out in Northgate seems to be the source of the problem. Her mate, Abel, has resolved to fix it one way or another—even if it means going over Rylie’s head. Through secrets, lies, and assassination attempts, Elise and Rylie find that they have a new enemy in common. And what it takes to prevail might mean shattering the universe.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1What was the last book you read that made you think more than once WTH? I’ve actually had a couple in the past few weeks, but I can honestly say that Lost in Prophecy tops the list. So much happens in the 5th installment of the Ascension series that I’m not really sure where to start.

The plot thickens in Lost in Prophecy in a very big way. Both Rylie and Elise find out the hard way that places they thought were safe aren’t and people they thought they could trust, they can’t. Allies come from unexpected sources and even though some mysteries are solved, even more crop up. This was definitely a nail biter!

Lost in Prophecy was actually an action packed, jaw dropping turning point for a lot of characters. I can honestly say that a few things that happened I never saw coming, but looking back I probably should have. The thing is that so many things have happened in this series (as well as the series before this one) that it’s hard to keep track. That’s what I love about these books. S.M. Reine has created such an amazingly intricate world that it keeps you on your toes. It is definitely a re-read worthy series because I can guarantee that even though there isn’t a long wait between books (she writes really, really fast) I have either forgotten or missed something.

And yes, Lost in Prophecy did end in a cliff hanger, but even without that there was so much left unknown at the end of this book that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. Readers aren’t exactly sure how many books will be in the Ascension series but we know we can count on at least 7.  There are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up and there are a lot of characters whose fate hangs on some fairly loose threads. S.M. Reine has her work cut out for her, but I have no doubt she is up to the task.

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By creativedeeds

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Cami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

BeautifulCreaturesThere were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick up this series. It has pretty much everything I like in a YA book – namely magic. I suppose we’ll just chalk it up to ‘so many books, so little time’ and leave it at that. I’m also not sure why I’ve waited so long to try another audio book. Beautiful Creatures marks only the second that I’ve listened to. I think if I had an affordable source for audios I could easily become addicted to them.

Beautiful Creatures is told from Ethan Wate’s POV. Since so many other people have mentioned in their reviews that it was a great change of pace to have a male voice, I had to go back and think about other books I’ve read. Maybe it’s because my taste is so eclectic, but I didn’t really think twice about whose POV the story was told from. A lot of the adult PNR books are told from a male POV, so maybe that’s why. Looking back though, most of the YA books that I’ve read are told from a female’s POV so I guess there is a point to be made. Regardless, I liked Ethan from the beginning. He was smart, witty, loyal, honest and when he needed to be, determined.

Lena started out being a mystery but since she spent so much time in Ethan’s head it didn’t take long to get to know her. She spent most of the book carrying the weight of the world…. or at least her immediate world’s… weight on her shoulders. He fate was sealed. She had to fight to be normal and Ethan tried to be her anchor. By the end of this story I had fallen in love with them both.

Beautiful Creatures took several twists and turns. It traveled into the past and twisted itself into the present. There were secrets, mysteries, danger, tears, heart break and yes, teenage drama fueled by a small town mindset. Since the angst wasn’t caused by but directed toward the main characters I can ignore that aspect. In essence, Beautiful Creatures was a love story… and …. well… beautiful.

BeautifulCreaturesPBNeedless to say, I am now a fan of the Caster Chronicles and it won’t be long before I pick up Beautiful Darkness.  I’m not sure when my next audio book will be listened to though. As much as I loved listening to it I think I discovered that I’m an easily distracted listener. I kind of get lost in the melodic narration and end up re-listening to chapters more often than not. I also discovered that I can’t listen to audio books at night. They put me to sleep – which requires more re-listening. Maybe if I get more practice? I do love the ability to work or drive while I listen though. That is a definite perk to audio books. I’m sure that my audio book guru, Felicia at the Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog can come up with all kinds of reasons to add even more audio books to my TBR list.

On a side note, almost immediately after I finished listening to Beautiful Creatures I watched the movie. (I have a non-official policy to not watch a movie until I’ve read the book – yes I know I have a serious problem… my children remind me of this constantly.) There were MAJOR differences between the two. I liked them both, but in very different ways. FYI – I see a future post in the making… stay tuned. ;)

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Blood Knot (Blood Stone #1) by Tracy Cooper-Posey

BloodKnotTo survive they must trust each other.  Only…can they?

Winter, a professional thief who can manipulate others’ biologies by touch, accidentally “healed” her former partner–and former vampire–Sebastian, whom she secretly loves. Her healing created a symbiotic pairing between them that neither of them wants.

Nathanial, a sexy thousand-year-old vampire and Sebastian’s ex-lover, talks Sebastian and Winter into stealing evidence that will expose all vampires to the world. But Nathanial is a puppet-master who doesn’t believe in falling in love with humans, leaving Winter unsure of his real feelings for her once he seduces her, or how he feels about Sebastian, the former vampire-now-human whose life he has turned upside down once more.

But the evidence they steal is hot property.  The future of all vampires is on the line and others will stop at nothing to get it, leaving Sebastian, Winter and Nathanial with no allies but each other.  They must trust each other to survive.  Only…can they?

WARNING: This book contains two hot, sexy alpha heroes, frequent, explicit and frank sex scenes and sexual language. It includes heart-stopping sexual scenes between the aforementioned sexy heroes, menage scenes, anal sex and the use of sex toys. Don’t proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you. ~ No vampires were harmed in the making of this novel.

For once I think reading books out of order enhanced my reading experience instead of just giving things away. Of course, that could be because the book that I read first was the first Blood Drops book, Southampton Swindle. Since it was actually a flashback to the time that Sebastian and Nathanial met, I figured it was safe.

Regardless of the order, I think I liked Blood Knot even better than Southampton Swindle. It may have been the introduction of Winter, or maybe it was the time spent getting to know an even older Nathanial. Whatever the reason, this book kept me turning the pages…

Blood Knot had a little bit of everything. One thing it didn’t have was predictability. The players changed from chapter to chapter …. sometimes even page to page. I don’t want to give too much away, so you’re going to have to put up with my vagueness. Just know that nothing is exactly as it seems and the reader is kept as much in the dark as the characters that Tracy Cooper-Posey had created.

This series seems to have a little bit of everything. It is definitely a hot, steamy, erotic romance, but it’s also a lot more than that. The world building is unique, yet familiar. There is intrigue, passion, raw emotion (that I honestly didn’t expect) a fair amount of humor all laced with enough action and danger that it was hard to tell by the end exactly who would survive.

Make sure you heed the warning though. If any of what is mentioned makes you the least bit uncomfortable, it’s probably best to leave this one alone. Even though the next book in the series doesn’t center around all of the characters in Blood Knot, I still can’t wait to see what happens next in the Blood Stone series.

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