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. 😉


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.


The Doctor Wears a Stetson (The Diamondback Ranch #1) by Anne Marie Novark

CowboyWearsStetsonJessie Kincaid was fifteen and innocent when Cameron asked her to the prom. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn’t change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams.

Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Devine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?

The Doctor Wears a Stetson was pretty good… pretty predictable, but still pretty good.

I liked Jessie… most of the time. I spent a fair amount of time wanting to shake some sense into her. She had a great big heart and a great personality, but she took an awful lot for granted. She also had a strange sense of loyalty that I didn’t really understand.

I kind of liked Cameron too, once I forgave him for leaving in the first place. I liked his brothers and I especially liked his mom.

Basically, The Doctor Who Wears a Stetson was a nice fast read that was a pretty good transition or ‘in between’ book. The next book in the Diamondback Ranch series was set up perfectly. The Cowboy Surrenders should prove to be interesting. 😉


Dash of Peril (Love Undercover #4) by Lori Foster

DashOfPerilTo bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret ‘Margo’ Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6’4” of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life — and women — to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own…

Beneath Margo’s tough façade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he’ll have to prove he’s all the man she needs — in all the ways that matter…

Dash was introduced in the first book in the Love Undercover series and I’ve loved him since then. To be totally honest, one of the things CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1that I’ve really enjoyed about this series is getting to know the supporting characters and trying to figure out exactly when which character is going to get their story. I have yet to be disappointed. 😉

Readers who have been following along knew that there was more than a little bit of attraction between Dash and Margo. Even before we got to this book it was rather entertaining. On the surface their personalities couldn’t be more different. Margo was the tough as nails, no nonsense detective and also Dash’s brother’s boss. Dash… well he was just sweet, lovable, easy going Dash. He was also loyal, hard working and protective. I knew going in that this was going to be interesting.

There was a lot going on in this one. Not only were the previous characters involved, but there were quite a few new ones. Most notably, Margo’s family… let’s just say, I’m not a fan. They definitely brought out the alpha male in Dash. Her brother was the only one with any redeeming qualities. I even almost liked him by the end – time will tell.

As readers have come to expect from Lori Foster, there was plenty of action, intrigue, lots of danger and more than enough heat to keep the pages turning. I loved these two together. I loved Dash’s patience and determination to keep Margo safe and prove himself. I also loved the fact that he was the only one that could really ‘see’ who she was behind the formidable wall she had built around herself. There ended up being a lot more to both characters than I ever expected. I love it when that happens. 😉

As for the previous characters… they all played a major role in this one. Logan and Reese’s reaction to Dash and Margo was comical. The scenes with Rowdy just added another layer to the personality that he revealed in Getting Rowdy and then there was Cannon. He was introduced in Getting Rowdy and if I’m not mistaken he became a very quick fan favorite. My prediction is that this book is going to sky rocket his popularity, which is a very good thing. Evidently, Cannon is not only getting his very own book but his story will be the beginning of a new series. I wonder if I have time to back track and finish the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series before the new series begins?



Snowcroft Lost (Snowcroft #1) by Christi Snow

SnowcroftLost3_1333x2000Secrets and Lies…
Everyone has them. Big ones. Little ones.

For Trevor Mayne and Jamie Vaughn, secrets and lies are how they’ve made their fourteen year friendship work. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it and it won’t be real. Pretend like everything’s fine between the two of them.

Jamie can’t live like this anymore. He’s in love with Trevor, his best friend who just happens to be straight. Tired of hiding his feelings, he decides to walk away. From their friendship. From his hometown. From his business.

But before Jamie gets a chance to leave, a freak accident leaves Trevor with amnesia. A new blank perspective leaves him confused about the inconsistencies of what he’s told his life should be vs. the feelings that he knows he has. Now those secrets and lies, that should be safer than ever, are suddenly front and center and changing everything between them.

Their world is at risk because their secrets and lies aren’t the only ones at play here. There’s a bigger lie out there and it could just destroy everything as they get closer and closer to the secret hidden in depths of the Snowcroft forest.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This is a book that I have been waiting for since I saw the title and read the synopsis. Christi Snow is not only an amazing author, she is also an avid reader and reviewer. From the time that I started reading books in the M/M Genre I have been following her recommendations. We have very similar taste in books, so if she likes it I know that I’m going to as well. I’m also a huge fan of her writing. Even though my reading taste is eclectic, it’s no secret that my preference is PNR. I have a handful of authors that are my go-to when it comes to contemporary. Christi is at the top of that list. When I found out that she was going to make the leap into the M/M genre I was more than a little excited. I had no doubt that she would nail it, and just so you know, I wasn’t disappointed. 😉

The characters in Snowcroft Lost were introduced in the last book in Christi Snow’s When the Mission Ends series – When Love Intrudes. The meeting was brief, but it was enough to give you a taste of things to come. What it didn’t do was prepare me for where the relationship between these two guys would end up. Half way through this book I was wondering exactly how I was going to review this book without giving anything away… I’m still trying to figure that one out. A lot happened in Snowcroft Lost and a lot of what happened took me totally by surprise.

One thing that I did expect was for these characters to make me feel and that they did. There were a lot of serious issues touched on in this book and the author didn’t hold back or sugar coat a thing.  Abuse, bigotry, prejudice and more were thrown into the mix, along with a heavy dose of reality when it comes to danger in the line of duty. All of that was balanced with love, loyalty a strong sense of family and a healthy dose of romance. Another thing that I’ve come to expect from Christi Snow is a character driven story and Snowcroft Lost was definitely no exception. I’ve officially fallen in love with another set of characters and I can’t wait to get to know them all better.

There were times that my heart was breaking for both Jamie and Trevor. Sometimes those moments happened simultaneously. I couldn’t stop reading it, but I didn’t want it to end. I guess it’s a good thing that this is only the first book in a series because that means there’s more to come. One of the fun things about starting a series that you know is going to involve more than one main character is trying to figure out who may be featured next. Readers are clued in at the end in an author’s note, but you’ll have to read the book to find out. I don’t even want to risk giving that much away. I will say that one of my favorite ‘young’ characters from When Love Intrudes makes an appearance in Snowcroft Lost and readers are once again promised that he will eventually get his story.

Just a suggestion… reading When Love Intrudes isn’t necessary before you pick up Snowcroft Lost. I do recommend it though because it will give you a better understanding of the characters. It sets up the ‘relationship’ between Jamie and Trevor perfectly and also gives you some background into Jamie’s interaction with a couple of other characters. Of course, you shouldn’t read When Love Intrudes without reading the other books in the When the Mission Ends series. It’s totally up to you, though. I can pretty much guarantee that once you start, you’ll be hooked. You can thank me later 😉


Cover Reveal: Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops #2) by Jessie Lane

Today we are revealing the cover for Jessie Lane’s upcoming romantic suspense, STRIPPING HER DEFENSES

Title: Stripping Her Defenses 

Series: Ex Ops #2

Author: Jessie Lane 

Expected Publication: April 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Riley Sullivan and the Ex Ops Team are headed to Miami undercover… as bikers. Following up a lead from a longtime friend of Commander Wall’s, the men will perform their investigation acting as nomad members of the Regulators Motorcycle Club with the club’s permission. Surrounded by hardcore bikers and investigating missing strippers, Riley finds the last person he ever expected to see again—his ex-wife.
Kara Sullivan left the man she loved after a tragic accident cost them their unborn son. After years of therapy, she’s come to grips with the loss and has re-emerged from the pain a brand new person. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to face the man who inadvertently broke her heart, and who she’s hurt in return.
Riley has never stopped loving her and he never will. He’s ready to fix their marriage and move on with their lives, however Kara’s reluctance to renew their relationship isn’t their only problem. Danger lurks just around the corner… and there’s a chance she could disappear permanently.

About the Authors:

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!


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Silver Bullet (Preternatural Affairs #2) by S.M. Reine

SilverBulletFormer private investigator Cèsar Hawke has one rule: He doesn’t deal with dead bodies. That’s why he enlisted with the Magical Violations Department in the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He’s happy tracking down witches that commit petty crimes, but he leaves the homicides to other agents.

Except that he’s been assigned to a new team–a team that handles special investigations–and the job has suddenly changed. Now Cèsar has to deal with dead bodies. He also has to deal with necromancers, murderous cults, and demons that can stop a man’s heart with fear.

This isn’t the job he signed up for, but it’s the job he needs to do.

If he survives the first week.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I have to be honest, I have been all over the place lately with S.M. Reine’s books. The thing is, it doesn’t seem to matter whether she’s writing about demons, angels, werewolves, witches or ANYTHING – I love it all. Evidently it also doesn’t matter what order I read it in. The great thing about picking up her Preternatural Affairs series is that everything that happens in this series takes place BEFORE the rest of the series. Even though it’s adding a whole new dimension for readers who have already read the previous books. So, you can start here and be just fine. The only thing that I don’t recommend is picking up the Ascension series before finishing ALL of the Seasons of the Moon (Including the Cain Chronicles) and the Descent series – like I did. Yes readers, this is another ‘do as I say, not as I do’ moment. I just couldn’t wait! Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…

Silver Bullet pretty much takes up where Witch Hunt left off. Fritz has gathered his secret crew and puts them to work almost immediately. Suzy, César and Isobel have no choice but to learn as they go. Not the best case scenario, but what better way than to learn by doing? The description for this book pretty much sums it up – it definitely wasn’t what César signed up for, but it needed to be done. Self preservation and protecting those around him are firmly engrained in his personality. He spent most of this story fighting to ensure both.

Readers learned a lot about the characters in Silver Bullet and César learned a lot about the world of demons… some of which he would have much rather have been left in the dark about. I can’t say that I blame him. He was, almost literally, thrown to the wolves (and spiders and nightmares) in Silver BulletOn a side note… I have discovered, without a doubt that the one demon that I would never, ever want to run into, much less tackle is a Nightmare.  

I mentioned in Witch Hunt that César’s ‘voice’ is a lot different than either Riley or Elise’s (the main characters in Seasons of the Moon and Descent.) There’s a hint of humor in César’s personality that I really enjoy. One of my favorite scenes in Silver Bullet happens between Isobel and César…

I started running powdered herbs through my fingers, feeling their energies, sensing the potency. Not bad. It was all fresh. ‘So do you want to know the trick to brewing a perfect potion?’ I asked, portioning out the sage.
‘Nope,’ Isobel said. ‘I only asked for lessons so that I would have an excuse to stand next to your sexy body.’
‘Uh,’ I said. Eloquent as always.
‘I’m joking. How do I brew a perfect potion?’
‘Listen to the herbs.’
She burst out laughing.
‘I’m serious. For once. Hold this and tell me what it says to you.’ I dropped the rest of the bag of sage in her hand.
Isobel straightened her face. ‘Okay, I’m listening to the herbs. They say…’ She closed her eyes, shut her fist around the bag. I kept holding on to her. ‘They say that the Cubbies are never going to win the pennant.’
‘Ain’t that the truth?’ I muttered. Of course the Giants weren’t doing much better this season. We couldn’t talk.
Her eyes popped open. ‘I’m not getting anything. I’m sorry.’
‘Maybe it’ll come to you.’ I said. ‘Follow my lead.’

I honestly can’t imagine this conversation taking place in any of the previous books. I think that’s one of the reasons why I love César so much. Some serious stuff happens in this book. There are some definite ‘life or death’ moments, but through it all, he still doesn’t take himself too seriously.

There were also some definite turning points in Silver Bullet. More characters are introduced and things change dramatically for the characters we already know. There are just as many mysteries and secrets revealed as are left by the end of the book. All I can say is that it’s a good thing that S.M. Reine writes so fast.

So, basically all you need to know is that if you haven’t picked up a book written by S.M. Reine, you need to now. I’m going to leave you with one more reason, if you aren’t already convinced. If you’re a fan, you’ll totally understand. 😉

I shouldn’t have been in this mine. I should have been wasting sticky note pads by animating stick figure ninjas. I should have been sneaking mild laxative potions into Suzy’s coffee. I should have been calling in sick so that I could stay home and read the newest Iron Druid release. I should have been – well, just about any-fucking-where but here.


Be Were (Southern Shifters #5) by Eliza Gayle

BeWereDean had a family once. Until tragedy and betrayal consumed them. Now he lives on his own terms keeping life simple and carefree. Then one night leads to one bite and he’s forced back into a dangerous world that reminds him he’s still as angry as ever and this time he’s not leaving until he gets what he wants. Niki.

Niki Harris has lived a life of secrets and solitude with no interest in making a change. But an easy one night stand turns complicated and she finds herself marked. Now she has to decide, tell the sexy shifter with a possessive streak a mile wide she’s pregnant and in danger or do what she’s always done–run.

I did it again. I picked up a book WAY into the series before CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1reading the rest of the books. Honestly though, I think I don’t think I missed much. The only thing that I really regret is not reading the 4th book, Bad Kitty before picking this one up. Not necessarily because I was missing major plot references but more because I want to get to know Kitty and Rafe better.

I was also kind of familiar with the story because I read the novella (A White Cougar Christmas) that was actually the beginning of this book about a year ago. I’m glad I finally got the rest of the story because ending it there just wasn’t enough. *sigh*

Be Were wasn’t a long book (only 175 pages), but it still covered a fair amount of ground and didn’t seem rushed. A lot happened in this book and I enjoyed the twists, turns, action and heat that developed between Niki and Dean. There were also some family issues that needed to be fixed and some of those worked out better than others.

I really like the premise of this series and I’m definitely going to continue it, even if that means back tracking to the very beginning. 😉


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Big Bad Bite (Big Bad Bite #1) by Jessie Lane

BigBadBiteWhat would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself. 

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species – never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible. 

Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.

Big Bad Bite is the first book in Jessie Lane’s series by the same name. It’s also the first book by the writing duo that I’ve read. That fact is soon going to change because if this book is any indication of the humor, wit and just plain fun in their writing style, I’m going to be stalking them big time. So, yeah, I really liked this book.

I absolutely loved Jenna. Readers were in her head from the start of the book and from that moment on I knew I was going to be hooked. She was smart, witty, strong and determined to prove herself without giving any of her well kept secrets away. Scenes like this one (the very first one in Big Bad Bite) pretty much sum up Jenna’s personality:

Sweaty gym socks. That’s what the inside of the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT van smelled like which, in a word, is… nasty. Tamping down on the overwhelming urge to reach over and grab the offending socks, so that she could shove them down the owner’s mouth before giving him a stern warning to wash them, was downright hard. However, somehow Jenna O’Conner managed to keep herself in check because overpowering a two hundred plus gym jock when you were a woman of only five feet four inches, who looked as if you might weigh a hundred and thirty pounds soaking wet, would be hard to explain. So, sometimes it seriously sucked to be her.

Is it any wonder that I loved her? Adam felt the same way. She was a mystery that needed to be solved and he was relentless. It took a little longer to get to know him but it didn’t take long to figure out that he was perfect for Jenna. He was a trusted alpha, loyal, strong and had the same kind of wit and humor laced charm that Jenna had. Together they were…. well, not perfect to begin with, but their encounters were definitely interesting.

Big Bad Bite was one of those books that was hard to put down. There was action, mystery and plenty of heat. There were also more than a couple of tense moments along with even a few tears. I love a book that keeps me on the edge of my seat and this one definitely did that. The world building was also great. Just the way I like it… familiar enough to make ‘sense’ yet unique enough to make it the authors’ own.

The other great thing about Big Bad Bite were the supporting characters. The story centered around Adam and Jenna, but the other characters added just as much to the story. Kent was one of my favorites. Especially when someone found a way to put him in his place. 😉 Jenna’s family was an interesting bunch too and they definitely kept things interesting, along with the rest of the pack.

I also fell in love with Gage and his family, which is a very good thing because he is the next character featured in the Big Bad Bite series. Luckily for me (and you too) the second book in the series, Walking on the Striped Side has already been released. Readers were not only introduced to Gage in Big Bad Bite but were given just a taste of what’s to come in the epilogue. Yes, it was a perfect tease, but since I already have book 2 ready and waiting I’m not complaining too much 😉


Blog Tour: Taming Darkness by Kat Daemon ~ Review

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Taming Darkness Cover1Since he was sentenced to earth eons ago, Lucifer has always lived by three simple rules: Humans are toys that are meant to be played with, love is a useless emotion, and the only creature worth fighting for is himself. To him, nothing matters but his own enjoyment, whether it be manipulating those around him, or indulging in the sins of the flesh with Lilith. Then he found young, sweet, and innocent, Maria, who is everything that Lucifer detests. She has devoted her life to her one true love, God. Unable to resist a challenge, Lucifer sets his sights on tempting Maria away from his enemy. Disguising himself as Lucas Starr, he creates a world that not even Maria can resist. He never planned on having the tables turned on him. Imagine Lucifer’s surprise when Maria brings him to his knees and shows him a glimpse of heaven once more.

Blinded by his arrogance and an unlikely vision, Lucifer falls again, this time forgetting that some lines should never be crossed. When his greatest opponent, Michael, shows up, all Hell breaks loose. Will Maria be able to accept Lucifer for who he truly is, or realize what Michael already knows: some destinies can never be changed?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Taming Darkness reads like a 1st person account of past events told by Lucifer. I know, when I first started reading it, I had my doubts too. The more I got into the story though the more I really liked being inside Lucifer’s head. Scary, huh?

Lucifer makes no excuses for what he does or who he is. His agenda is simple… he knows what he wants and he takes what he wants – know questions asked. That is, until he meets Maria. There’s nothing remarkable about her at first glance. She’s just a challenge and he treats it like a game. He never expected the tables to turn.

Maria was a girl who had little and expected nothing. She loved God and the Church and had no desire to stray. Until she met Lucas. He made her want things that she knew she shouldn’t. It’s not surprising that he would have that affect on her. The surprising part was the way she affected him.

Taming Darkness was an interesting glimpse into the mind of Lucifer. It started as a game that he often played and developed into so much more. He thought he was in control. He thought he know where things would lead. Turns out he didn’t have a clue. With the addition of Michael and Lilith, things were definitely kept interesting. There were a few unexpected twists and turns and a couple of surprising transformations. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

You may have noticed that my review was rather vague. That’s because I didn’t want to give anything away. There’s plenty of romance, suspense and a few surprises that I didn’t see coming and the best part is that the story isn’t over yet. Taming Darkness is just the first book in the Taming Darkness series.

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