College Boys (Men of Holsum College #1) by Daisy Harris

CollegeBoysWhen soccer star Chris Fischer moves next door to an openly gay classmate, he doesn’t realize the wall between their rooms will be so thin he’ll hear his neighbor’s every move. But soon he and Peter become friends, and Chris is intrigued—imagining what happens on the other side of the wall.

Active on the Queer Student Council, Peter Cohen wishes he wasn’t so damn hot for his straight neighbor. He can’t tell if Chris is flirting or in denial or what, but Chris’s innocent overtures lure Peter into flirtation that throws his world into chaos. Peter doesn’t want to date a closet case, but he desperately, passionately wants Chris.

Soon Chris must choose whether to run away from his new feelings or embrace a relationship with the guy he loves. And Peter must decide if he can give his heart to a guy who hasn’t yet figured it all out.

This book was cute. I know that it probably sounds weird describing a M/M romance about college boys as being cute, but honestly, there is no better way to describe it.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I loved Chris. I loved how he didn’t know how to act, I loved that he was jealous without even knowing it and I loved how he over reacted while trying to be cool about the whole thing. He was just Chris. There was nothing fake about him at all and that was great, especially for a college jock.

And oh Peter… he was perfect for Chris. In oh so many ways. I loved his patience, his acceptance and behind all that his vulnerability. I loved how even though he was sure of his sexuality and was an advocate for others, he didn’t feel comfortable flaunting it. He also didn’t know how to help Chris overcome his doubts. Watching the pull and tug with the emotions of both of these guys while they tried to come to figure out exactly where they were headed was great. Basically, I loved these guys. 😉

I also loved how Daisy Harris brought these two together. It all added to the ‘cute’ factor. Through their ‘talks’ they got closer than they probably would have face to face. The barrier between them was safe. It made the friendship and eventual relationship between them progress at just the right pace.

The other characters were just as intriguing as Chris and Peter. I loved Nathaniel. There was so much more to him than there appeared on the surface. Don was a great character too. He was honest and sincere and totally believable.

This was the kind of book that I really wished was longer. I liked the characters and I can’t wait to get to know the rest of them better and meet new ones in the process. Yeah, you guessed it. I’m definitely going to continue this series. The next book is Diva and the Frat Boy and it features Nathaniel and Greg. Both of these guys were introduced in College Boys. Nathaniel was fun and Greg was kind of mysterious and pretty much the total opposite of flamboyant Nathaniel, so this should be interesting.

Here’s a couple more reviews on College Boys, just in case you’re still on the fence 😉

Men of Holsum College Series 1-4 Reviews by Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

College Boys Review by Christi @ Smitten With Reading

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Inhale (Just Breathe #1) by Kendall Grey

BeautyStrangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.

I honestly and truly have no idea where to start. The characters? The world building? The flowing dialogue? The imagery in every detail? Yes readers, this is one of those books, which means it will be one of those reviews. So sit back and relax… this may take a while. *sigh*

I honestly can’t remember the last time that not only a book, but the characters within that book grabbed me the way this one did. There’s no other way to describe them but real. Zoe was a character I could relate to from the beginning. There was nothing fake about her. She was totally sincere in everything she did and I loved her for that. She was feisty and may not have always stood up for herself, but she had no problem standing up for both people and causes she believed in. Then there was Gavin… beautiful, broken Gavin. He was totally ready to sacrifice everything for those he loved. He was rough around the edges but just as strong when it came to defending others as Zoe. Together these two were prefect. There was just the tiny little matter of them only being together in their dreams… literally.

So, Gavin and Zoe were the main characters, but the supporting cast was not only strong, but just as important to the story. The crew that supported Zoe, especially her best friend Adriene, were great. I loved Adreine’s wit, her brassiness and her obvious love for Zoe. As best friends go, she was, well, the best. Gavin had his band mates, but we didn’t get to know them very well. The main friend that we met of Gavin’s was Yileen. But he was way more than that. He was his mentor, his protector and one of the few people he trusted totally. I loved Yileen. He was wise and he had more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Then there were the bad guys and no one was badder than Scarlet. She is the kind of character that you not only love to hate but a character that you wish would go up in flames. (And yes, I do realize how truly ironic that statement was…) Sinnder is also among the bad guys, but the jury’s still out on him as far as I’m concerned. I think that there is much more to his character and I’m sure we will find out what secrets he’s hiding as the Trilogy progresses.

Did I mention that the world building was a phenomenal part of Inhale? It’s complicated, intricate, beautiful and amazing. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. I love the concept of the Dreaming. I found out after I finished the book that there is a glossary of terms in the back. When you pick up Inhale… and you MUST pick up this book… don’t be afraid to glance at the back to find the glossary. I had no problem following the terms and mythology but it might be easier with the background that the glossary provides.

So basically, there you have it. Inhale was so much more than I expected and then some. The writing was almost lyrical and the story had me totally enamored from the first chapter. The world building was amazing and the romance was hot. There were tears, laughs and a fair amount of anger thrown in for good measure. You might even learn something about whales, which was an added bonus. Having said all that, Inhale is also not a book for the faint of heart. The warning that comes with this one is for real so pay attention to it. Kendall Grey held nothing back, which I found amazing but some readers may not.

The next book in the trilogy is Exhale and I will be picking it up soon. I am now totally hooked and even though Inhale didn’t end in a true cliff hanger, there is definitely much more to come and I can’t wait to see where these characters are headed next. 😉

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Her Heart for the Asking (Texas Hearts #1) by Lisa Mondello

HerHeartFortheAskingPromises made…secrets kept…

Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. He once promised he’d love her forever. But he’d abandoned their love for the rodeo and she hadn’t seen him since. Now she’s back in Texas. Her uncle’s heart is failing and Mandy has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare…the one man she’d never stopped loving.

Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle and a promise he’d made to an old friend. Hank Promise, Mandy’s uncle, was more like a father to Beau than his old man had been. The hardest thing Beau had ever done was leave Mandy behind for the rodeo. He can still see the bitterness and hurt on her face. It has killed him all these years to think Mandy had forgotten him…maybe even in the arms of another man. But now they’re both back in Texas, and Beau’s going to do all he can to win back her love.

Yep, another Western. What can I say, the story line caught my interest and even though contemporary romance isn’t my favorite genre I decided to broaden my horizons just a little. After all, everyone should treat themselves to a sweet romance from time to time, right?

As sweet romances go, Her Heart for the Asking delivered. Mandy was a likable female lead character and Beau was everything a hard working cowboy should be. There were secrets, a not too rushed romance – even though the Mandy and Beau had been involved before – and the other characters were likable too. All in all this was the perfect diversion for a weekend read.

Texas Hearts is a series that is comprised of 4 books, His Heart for the Trusting, The More I See and Gypsy Hearts. If I get the urge to pick up a Western romance I’ll have to check the rest of them out.

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I received Her Heart for the Asking as a free download from Amazon on April 25, 2013.

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Silver/Steel (Arcada #2) by Belinda McBride

SilverSteelWhen dream hunter Dylan Ryve spots a beautiful shapeshifter raising hell in a bar, he knows he wants the wild young man. But Travis Feris is more to Dylan than a few hot minutes outside in the snow; he’s the assassin’s ticket into the magical town of Arcada. He didn’t plan to rescue the kid, but when he found the shifter being attacked, the opportunity to play hero was too good to pass up.

Through the solitude of a long winter night, Dylan walks in Travis’s fevered dreams, learning about Arcada and the pack, and showing the shifter the man he’d been so very long ago. When morning comes, both men know their lives will be forever entwined.

From Dylan, Travis learns that he is a strong, valued member of the pack. The dreamwalker sees his own worth reflected back at him in the dark blue eyes of the wolf. Yet when Dylan has the chance to free himself from centuries of enslavement, can he betray the man he has come to love.

I loved Arcada – yes I am referring to the town as a character. In Blacque/Bleu,  it was simply one of those fictional worlds that an author creates that I wanted to visit. In Silver/Steel more of its secrets are revealed and it made me even more intrigued with not only its inhabitants but the location itself.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1What’s ultimately revealed about Arcada is pretty amazing and since I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll leave it at that. The main point with this story is that it is a place that Dylan needs to be. His freedom depends on it. His relationship with Travis begins as his ticket in, but it becomes so much more than that. Seems that no matter how old you are (and Dylan is very, very old) there are always things that you can learn. Even about yourself.

The first chapter of Silver/Steel opens with Travis defending his mom. He’d always felt like an outsider and the fact that his mom was an omega in the pack hadn’t upped his standings. At least in his eyes. He didn’t see what he had to offer or how much he was respected. He had as much to learn about himself and his hidden strengths as Blacque did in Blacque/Bleu. Just like Blacque, Travis found that strength through the love, respect and acceptance of another who needed him just as much, Dylan. Travis gave Dylan hope that he could love again and Dylan showed Travis that he was a strong and vital member of the pack – worthy of respect. Not only that, but he showed him that love is love, no barriers, no labels. When it happens, it’s beautiful and worth fighting for.

There were a lot of not so subtle messages in Silver/Steel. There was also plenty of mystery, action, danger and heart break. Although Dylan and Travis’ story came to a satisfying end, there were still a lot of loose ends left dangling at the end of this one. I haven’t seen any hints from Belinda McBride about what’s next for Arcada, but I can only hope that there’s more.

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Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian

KissOfCrimsonHe comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world—a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.

Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need—but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm…and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself.

The bad news is that I waited forever to start this series. The good news, for me anyway is that I have lots of books to keep me busy while I play catch up. 😉 Which just proves, once again, that procrastination isn’t always a bad thing.

I have to confess that I didn’t really pay much attention to Dante in Kiss of Midnight. I’m not sure why, other than there was a lot covered in that book, like most first books in a series. I can guarantee that when I re-read Kiss of Midnight (notice I said ‘when’ not ‘if’) I will pay closer attention. With his background and his ‘gift’ it’s no wonder he never expected to bind himself to anyone. Seeing how much he unconsciously longed for it while knowing it was something he could never have was pure torture.

Tess was a great character and there was a lot more to her than expected. Things unraveled slowly in Kiss of Crimson. There were twists and turns and mysteries behind a lot of characters that Lara Adrian kept under wraps for a fairly long time. I kind of liked that approach. It kept things interesting and I wanted to know what the big secrets were bad enough that this was a hard one to put down.

Plenty of romance, plenty of action, a fair amount of heart break and even a few tears. Kiss of Crimson pretty much had it all. The only complaint I may have is that things were tied up kind of fast at the end. The outcome was inevitable, but it just seemed to come too soon after the climax for me. Kind of minor in the scheme of things but it’s just something that bugged me just a little.

There were a few new characters introduced in Kiss of Crimson and Lara Adrian set up the next book, Midnight Awakening pretty well. Tegan is the next Breed warrior featured and his potential mate is definitely going make things interesting – for everyone. She’s peaked my interest anyway.

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One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker

OneTinyLieLivie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up One Tiny Lie. I loved Livie and the rest of the characters that we got to know in Ten Tiny Breaths. She was the stable one. There was no way that her story could be as intense as Kacey’s right? Well yes and no. On the surface Livie had it all together. She was the strong one, the smart one, the one who had known who she was and what she wanted since she was a very little girl. Kacey’s story was about recovery and the steps it took to get there. Livie’s was more a story of self revelation Now that I’ve read them both I honestly can’t say which one I liked more.

The story takes place a couple of years after Ten Tiny Breaths ends – actually a few months before the Epilogue. The timing is perfect because Kacey has gotten through most of the hard stuff and can concentrate on Livie. I love her approach to help her little sister ‘live’ and embrace college life. Yeah, it’s unorthodox and slightly bent, but that’s Kacey and it gives her just the push she needs to come out of her shell. It’s that push that throws her into the arms (almost literally) of Ashton and from that moment on nothing is the same, for either one of them.

If you read One Tiny Lie, it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite characters in that book was Dr. Stayner. He is one of those characters that I wish I could track down and meet. He is now my fictional hero. As a practitioner he is more than likely a law suit (or straight jacket) waiting to happen. Yet as unorthodox as he is, he is not only respected, he gets results and as much as Kacey and now Livie want to strangle him, they are also totally in love with him at the same time. I was thrilled that he played such a big role in this book.

Stayner was just one example of the strong supporting characters in this series. They all play a huge part in the development of the story and keep things more than interesting. I loved getting to know past characters better and the new characters were just as interesting. The characters are smart, funny and there was so much more to them than what there seemed on the surface. They did things that made me laugh, get mad and even shed a few tears. Yes, there was more than one heart breaking moment in One Tiny Lie. Some were inevitable but there were a few that I never saw coming. 

One thing that you have to keep in mind while reading One Tiny Lie is that no one is perfect and not everything is as it seems. As mature as Livie seemed, she still had a lot of growing up to do and as irresponsible as Ashton seemed no one really knew him at all. There were adults that I wanted to applaud for being so sincere and kind and others that I wanted to scream at and shake – or worse. When a book is capable of bringing out all those emotions and then some you have to sit up and take notice. I don’t know if there are more books in store for Ten Tiny Breaths, but if there are they are automatically on my TBR list.

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Enemy Within Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Enemy Within by Angeline Kace

Vampire Born, #2

Accendo Press – April 2013

Enemy WTwo guys who’ve stolen her heart.

Three races and only one of them worthy.

Countless enemies with insatiable bloodlust for power.

Will one girl’s curse ultimately save her? 

Half-vampire Brooke Keller barely survived the slaying of her worst enemy, only to learn that Zladislov—the world’s most powerful vampire, leader of the vampire world, and her father—wants her dead. However, this time, she’s not only fighting vampires but a raging monster within her that endangers what’s left of her humanity. And when a deadly disease threatens to take her best friend’s life, Brooke tries to convince Kaitlynn to accept a monster of her own: becoming a Zao Duh.

As a former slave to the Pijawikas, Mirko is driven to protect the innocent at all costs, but he has never faced a foe more formidable than Zladislov. And when the Commission bears down on Brooke, Mirko finds the stream of enemies runs deeper than he ever imagined.

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I’m so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Enemy Within and I’m even more excited to be part of the kick off! I love spreading the book love and it’s even better when I get to help readers find out a little bit more about the authors in the process. I’m an avid re-reader. I have a whole slew of books in all different genres that I can’t get enough of. I thought it would be fun to find out what books Angeline Kace has no problem reading more than once. So, if you’re curious too, here’s Angeline’s

Top Ten Books You Can Read More Than Once

I don’t reread books often because my TBR pile is insane, but there are a few rare books that I have reread or plan to go back and reread because I enjoyed them so much.

1 -The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski: I LOVE this book! I even did a post about it on my blog back in November. This book made me laugh and cry. It’s a story I still think about.

2 – All the Queen’s Men by Linda Howard: I read this book back in high school, back when I hardly ever read. And this book sucked me in unlike anything I’d ever read up to that point in my life. It’s a romantic suspense, one I really enjoyed!

3 – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (is the “by” even necessary? Lol): This book was what started it all for me back in 2009. It started my love for reading, which then spurred into a love of writing. Plus, Edward in my head is much hotter than he is in the movies. Actually, all the characters are better in my head.

4 & 5 – Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost: This is one of my favorite series EVER! And the first two books in the series are my absolute favorite. If you have not read these books, you MUST. They are so good! They’re adult reads, though, just so you know.

6 – The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins: I’ve reread this first book in the series multiple times. I don’t reread books often, but this is one I do. It’s just so vivid and so well done. I’m transported into Katniss’s world every time I read it.

7 – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: I read this as a required reading assignment back in high school. I remember my report partner didn’t like it, but I enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to come back to it and reread it for some time now. For a book to have left an impression on me for that long, it’s saying something.

8 – Graceling by Kristin Cashore: I read this book and was blown away. I LOVED Katsa. She’s so strong and badass! And the whole concept was original and well fleshed out. I could definitely revisit this world again and again.

9 – Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: This was another book that sucked me in and still hasn’t let go. I feel for Valek hardcore! He is book boyfriend worthy for sure!

10 – The Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead: I LOVE this series! All of the books! Dimitri is probably one of my all time favorite YA book boyfriends. And Rose is just an awesome character to follow along with.

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My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent

MySoulToKeepKaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.

Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else…

This is one series that definitely gets more intense with each installment. The characters develop more layers and the closer they become to each other the higher the stakes become.

I have to confess that I knew some of what was in store for me when I picked up My Soul to Keep. I’m later than most to this series and the longer a book is out the harder it is to keep from knowing at least a little about what happens – especially when those events bring out strong emotions. Yet, even though I knew that this one was going to be a heart breaker, I wasn’t prepared. Regardless of what happens next, because of the events that took place in My Soul to Keep, noting is ever going to be the same.

As heart breaking as a lot of this book was and as mad as a few characters made me, there was still a lot to love about it. I was impressed most with Kaylee’s strength. She had a lot to face in My Soul to Keep and a lot of really tough decisions to make and I’m glad that she didn’t simply crumble. She wasn’t the only one surprised and impressed me. Todd is turning into one of my favorite characters and I totally didn’t see that coming. Turns out there’s a lot to love about the sarcastic Reaper. 😉

SoulScreamersVol2I read My Soul to Keep as part of Soul Screamers Volume 2. Having the 3rd and 4th books along with the Todd’s novella all in one place is a great way to read these books. The next book is My Soul to Steal. I’m still on the fence about when I’m going to pick it up. I almost continued reading as soon as I finished My Soul to Keep. I think I might just hold off until Soul Screamers Volume 3 is closer to release.

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Book Description:

Wrapped in darkness and woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he’s been burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into something more, something greater than he ever thought he could be. Armed with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man can endure.

Excerpt:

I jerked up from the couch, but the repercussion that came with the motion made me curse. My chest heaved and sweat dripped down my face.

“Chase?” I heard a voice say, but it was groggy. I wasn’t quite in reality yet.

I cleared my throat and threw my legs over the edge of the couch. More pain came, but I didn’t care. I needed to touch the floor. I needed to ground myself.

“Chase, are you okay?” It was Rayna’s voice and she ran down the stairs.

I screamed as the scabbed over skin on my back tore open when I attempted to stand. I fell to the couch and beat my fists against the cushions as though that could alleviate the pain.

“Chase, hey…calm down.”

Rayna’s voice soothed me. She crouched in front of me and carefully touched my shoulder. Calming energy emanated off her body and soaked into mine. The adrenaline and pain faded, leaving an empty pit stirring inside me. I went completely still. The green cat eyes staring back at me had stolen my words and my breath. Swelling had formed under Rayna’s right eye and she looked tired, but she was as striking as ever.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

About the Author:

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian
writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector
Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through
his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and
proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer, between a
pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

 
Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.
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Tempted (Eternal Guardians #3) by Elisabeth Naughton

TemptedDEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length. 

Isadora is missing. The words pounded through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius had done all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she was gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned. As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.

Oh Demetrius. He was not a nice guy, he worked hard at making sure people knew it. He wanted people to keep their distance and so far it had worked well for him. Even his fellow Guardians watched themselves around him. As far as Isadora went, she was terrified of him – just like he wanted her to be. That never bothered me too much though because she wasn’t exactly a fun loving character herself. I always felt sorry for her because of the impossible situation she was in but I never really liked her. So how did Elisabeth Naughton take two characters that up until now weren’t my favorites at all and turn them into a couple that I could even remotely care about? Brilliantly!

Okay, so it still wasn’t instant love. Demetrius had a lot to make up for. It only took a couple of pages of being in his head to start to understand. The transformation of Isadora was almost as surprising as Demetrius’. They were both strong, witty and my heart ached for both of them. I loved Isadora’s new found strength and Demetrius’ vulnerability that he usually kept hidden from everyone. He was broken and determined to protect Isadora from his dark side. I never expected this couple to become one of my favorites, but now I can’t wait to see what happens with them next. Trust me, their story is far from over.

Even though this story centered around Demetrius and Isadora, there was a lot going on around them. There were losses, surprises and secretes revealed. I love the glimpses readers were given of past characters. With each new book we get to know them all just a little bit more.

Tempted was beyond intense, but it was still laced with the wit and humor of the previous books. Even so, by the end the fate of more than one character was still left unknown. It’s a good thing that I have the next book ready and waiting. Enraptured is next and since Orpheus is one of my favorite characters I can’t wait to where his book leads. Knowing Orpheus, it’s bound to be an interesting ride.

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