Review of The Flame Keeper (Healer Series #5) by Sharilyn Skye

“Oh. My. God. You are a Swifty.”

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 244 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

Aedan is back and there’s going to be trouble.

Nothing is left of Aedan’s House and now he knows it. Baltimore’s supernatural community is in reeling after his abduction, torture, and return. He may be rescued, but he is a long way from home. Lara must find a way to help Aedan regain control before he slips into darkness and loses everything he worked so hard to gain.

As Aedan cleans House one Master vampire at a time, Lara lays a trap only she can, using the tool she knows best, herself, to lure him into a dangerous seduction that will pull every trigger he has and can lead to only one outcome, control or death.

But it’s not just Aedan she has to deal with, her best friend is changing in ways no one understands, her parent’s deaths are looking more and more unlikely, and The Mad Queen is on a rampage, causing blood to run through the streets of Talamh na Sithe and forcing her People to seek out the one person that might protect them all, Lara.

With a Fae War on the horizon, she must choose between safety or freedom, family or home.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Aedan is back, but he’s not back to normal. He’s wiping out houses that don’t want to leave the past ways. He’s wiping out his enemies and making way for something bigger and better. But he’s losing himself. Thank goodness for a creative Lara who knows just how to fix him.

Lara feels lost. She risked everything to save Aedan and now he won’t even talk to her. That is until she gives him the one thing he cannot say no to…her.

“Don’t worry about it, Galahad. I’ve got a plan.”

And now the fae war is beginning. Lara’s grandmother is going insane so everyone is fleeing to Lara. She opened her home (so to speak) to all who want to come. Even her dads. Yes! Dads! As in four! It’s crazy and yet it somehow works.

“You have Laith’s hair and eyes, Lann’s lips and cheekbones, Saige’s cute nose and face shape, and Seal, well, Seal I do not see so much, but I sense him in you.”

On the cusp of war and Aedan and Lara find their relationship is finally moving forward. They finally realized they’re better together than apart.

The Flame Keeper is one of the best in the Healer Series. I’m looking forward to what happens next and for the spinoff series The Eight.

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Review of The Scarlet Heron (Healer Series #4) by Sharilyn Skye

“Pride Goeth before Destruction…” 

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 123 Pages

POV:  First Person

Description:

Pride Goeth before Destruction and a Haughty Spirit Before the Fall. Aedan has fallen into the hands of his once most trusted ally and is slowly being drained of life while Cold Iron chains suppress his magic and steal his strength once more. As he struggles to stay sane, he relives memories of his long life and clings to thoughts of the only woman he has ever really loved. Someone from his House will come, he believes this, but will they come in time and can he resist the urge to drain them dry when they do? Think you know The Flame Keeper? Think again.

*The Scarlet Heron is a 43,000 word Novella in the Healer Series and should be read after the 3rd book, House of Fire.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The Scarlet Heron is all from Aedan’s point of view. It’s basically everything in the series from his the very beginning all from his memory. He’s trying to keep his sanity as he’s been tortured and drained. The only way he knows to do that is to think of Lara. His love.

You learn a few things you didn’t know like all the details from the night she was attacked. That put an entirely new spin on my perception of Lara.

“I regret that she will not know what I felt for her.”

It also goes into more details of Aedan’s past. You learn a lot from him in this novella as it’s basically the thoughts in a dying man’s head who’s trying to hold on.

It does finally catch up to where House of Fire left off, but not until the end. Bring on book five of the Healer Series. Time for a little revenge!

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Review of House of Fire (Healer Series #3) by Sharilyn Skye

“…Wicked Faerie.” 

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 407 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

Betrayal has ripped apart Aedan’s House and its enemies smell blood in the water.

Aedan is missing and the strongest vampire House in America is in shambles. What was supposed to be the perfect ending to an amazing night has ended in chaos, fear, and death; setting events in motion that will challenge even the strongest of bonds. Lara must do the impossible: find Aedan, keep the sharks at bay, help her best friend stay sane, and gain enough power to stop a supernatural war from starting, because it if does, humanity will certainly be dragged into it. With her allies reeling, help comes from unlikely sources, but is it too late to stop what has already begun?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

I think this is my favorite book in the series so far. Lara steps up her game and is starting to become the faerie she was meant to be. I think she’s more than even she knows. Her powers grow every day and after her trip with her grandmother they seem to be almost endless.

Aedan seems to always be one step behind. Every time it appears that he makes a decision to move things forward with Lara something bad happens that interferes with his plan. He needs to learn to live in the moment and cherish each and every second he has with her.

As for everything else…her Guardian is kind of hilarious at times. The members of Aedan’s house are half scheming and half sincere, it’s troubling to see who is who. Her grandmother is a tad bit insane. And the doctor, he’s kind of incredible. If Aedan wasn’t in the picture I’d be voting for him to win the girl.

“I’m sorry, Goddess, I mean, Dani, I’m a bit slow. Can you please tell me what you’re talking about and use very small words and possibly pictures? Can I sit? Yes, I need to sit.”

In House of Fire you see much change in Lara and every new little bit pulls you in deeper. It’s a combination of her power and her innocence that makes her so likeable. You want to cheer when she succeeds. You want to scream when she’s hurt. And you want to strangle Aedan for his ability to keep stopping after teasing.

I’m loving the Healer Series and I cannot wait to see what comes next. Of course that may have something to do with the fact that it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. You learn a little about everyone in this book and are left wondering if you think you have it right or if someone else is hiding in the shadows you’d never have expected. Either way, I’m looking forward to finding out.

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Review of Healer (Healer Series #2) by Sharilyn Skye

“He makes my tummy itchy.” 

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 246 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

Surviving the transition from human to supernatural life is looking like a walk in the park compared to what happens when your Faerie Grandmother finally catches up to you.

Wild magic and displays of raw power have brought the Tuatha de Dannan to Lara Hennessey’s door. They want to explore the extent of her power and aren’t taking no for an answer. So she runs to the only place she has ever felt safe; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Only safe is relative. With an angry neighbor, a maybe best friend, a rogue vampire, and your Faerie Grandmother hunting you, peace on the island is fleeting. Throw in the fact that you are the only thing standing in the way of death for a set of twin boys and the stakes get higher. When the dust settles she is left with one truth….families are complicated.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The beginning of this book starts with a little taste of Lara’s newfound healing powers. Nothing like starting with a slightly startling moment to draw you in.

And draw me in it did.

I have to say that nothing major happens, with the exception of Daniel. Otherwise it’s filled with small victories. Whether it’s Lara deciding her own future, or her standing up to someone for something that is right, or finally realizing that family isn’t always blood and that the family who is might just be a little terrifying.

“I can hear your heartbeat, I can smell your feelings.”

I found that Healer is about Lara discovering a little more about herself and about the world around her. There’s still plenty she doesn’t know and at times I felt just as lost as she did with what was going on around her. I’m sure her and I both will soon understand as the series continues. Until then, I’m left wondering what else out there may be seeking her powers. And what exactly is going on between her and Aedan.

“I thought I had lost you. It…frightened me. I am quite unaccustomed to being frightened.”

Even after learning a little more about the mysterious Aedan I still don’t know what to make of him. I want to be all Team Aedan, and yet there’s still something I’m not quite sure about. I keep waiting for him to either betray her or rock her world…not sure which I want to see more though.

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Review Cerridwen’s Tears (Healer Series #1) by Sharilyn Skye

“With his mouth?” 

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 328 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

Cerridwen’s Tears Introduces Lara Hennessey, nurse, coffee lover, and unwitting creature of magic. A vicious attack by a jealous lover breaks the protective spell set by her parents and reveals her true heritage, she is high blood Daoine Sidhe, a true Healer, something that has not been seen in the supernatural community for millennia.

Almost losing her life in the attack, she is saved by her neighbor, Aedan, the Governor of the Eastern Region of vampires, and just like Lara, a creature that should not exist. Together they cover up her attacker’s death and try to deal with the aftermath. The transition from old life to new is quick but events are spiraling out of control faster than she can manage.

Unable to return to her job at the local hospital, she teams up with Aedan and his House, working as a consultant on the case of the Baltimore city vampires killings. During their efforts to find the truth, they develop a relationship complicated by the fact that Lara doesn’t do relationships and Aedan is playing for keeps.

When the truth about her identity comes out to the supernatural community at large, she becomes both coveted and feared. Not everyone is excited about the return of a True Healer and she quickly finds herself surrounded by those who want control over her power and will kill to get it.

What little time she has to discover her abilities and harness her power to save herself is running out. When the militant anti-vampire group responsible for killing the city’s vampires kidnaps Lara as bait to garner their biggest kill of all-Aedan, all bets are off. She’ll need more than wild magic and coffee to survive this time.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Lara is a nurse, or rather was a nurse. She gets put on leave for personal issues that shouldn’t have even been an issue. It’s in her time at home that she discovers she’s not exactly normal, and that the humans in her life are more deadly than the vampires next door.

“I do not want that which is easily given, I want that which you have never given at all.”

Aedan knew what Lara was from the moment he saw her, but he didn’t know the extent of her power until she’d had to use it. It both saved her and made her a target for others. For him, it just made him want to protect her. To be with her forever.

“I feel you, Lara. Did you know? I feel you struggle against yourself. I feel you move about your day. I smell my blood on you and want to take possession of it once again.”

Lara was entering into a new world she new nothing about. Not even Vampires for Dummies helped all that much. What she did know is that she was beginning to feel affection for Aedan and when it came time to put up or shut up she did what was needed to protect him.

“All I am saying is stay on your toes and be careful because not everyone will want to kill you. Many will want to own you.”

Don’t let the cover fool you (like it did me) Cerridwen’s Tears is a fascinating new take on vampires and faeries. I was so completely caught up in the story that I spent my entire day off reading it. There’s a little action, a rape scene (warning: it is pretty graphic), a little suspense, and a lot of genuine intrigue.

Oh, and the Target scene made me laugh! Can’t forget about that.

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Review of The Sage and The Savage (Dark Desire #2) by Viola Calvary

“I like it when you hiss at me, kitten.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Suspense

Length: 238 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Dahlia and Kenny are back and things are heating up.

An enemy stalks the night, targeting psychics in Dahlia’s force. When evidence turns up pointing straight at Dahlia, it’s up to her and Kenny to face off against an opponent more powerful than they had ever imagined. But, when Dahlia is left broken, bloody, and hunted and Kenny is forced to do the unthinkable to keep her out of ancient evil’s grip, they need answers about the nameless creature stalking them. Unfortunately the only being with those answers may be the very demon that’s woken in Dahlia’s mind. And he’s got other plans for the two captains.
Caught in the Puppet Master’s web, hunted by both allies and enemies can Dahlia and Kenny survive?

Kenny’s eyes gleamed with anger and he moved fast, pushing her hard against the stone. Her head snapped back into the hand he’d placed behind it. He gripped her hair tightly.

“You’re mine, Dahlia,” he snarled. “I would’ve torn them to shreds before letting them take you.”

Dahlia bared her own teeth and snarled back at him as the press of his body against hers stirred her insane desire, already so close to the surface when she was near him. That blind, animal lust mixed with her anger and found resonance with him, pushing sanity out of her skull.

She sunk the nails of her hands into the skin of his back as he pulled her head back and bit into the side of her neck. He pressed his body harder against her, keeping her trapped between him and the stone. She felt him hard as his sharp, burning need washed over her mind. The desire to feel him take her coursed through her like fire. She wanted to taste him, feel the emotions boiling inside her spill out and consume him.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

After a large win in book one Dahlia has to face an even bigger enemy this time around. How do you kill a god? She’ll discover how and Leon will be right there beside her whether she wants him to or not. Of course so will Kenny.

“If I find him first I’m gunna tear off his arms and legs and leave him pinned up on my sword to bleed out. If annoys me when people fuck with you.”

Pretty sure Kenny’s dragon claimed Dahlia as it’s own, just as he did. Their magnetism is off the charts and yes, you’ll finally find out why their crazy connection keeps getting stronger.

“Don’t fucking leave me,” he snarled. “If there’s any sanity in my skull, anything that keeps me human, I’ll lose it if I see someone else in your eyes.”

The Sage and The Savage brings us on a new and insane journey. Just when you think things will work in their favor something else will pop up completely changing the game. The pages are filled with ravenous sex, brutal battle, and the strength of a team. Definitely looking forward to book three!

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PROMO – The Descendants: Rise of the Reaper Army by Nikki Lee Taylor

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When the apex predators of the forest begin acting strange, former Army Captain Gabriel Stone knows something is wrong. Change is all around. He can sense it in the earth and feel it in on the wind. Something is coming…

After being attacked by a vampire, Gabriel thinks his ‘life’ is over. Alone, confused and with no choice other than to hide out, alone in an old forest cabin, Gabriel has sworn to find and kill the creature that changed him. But when the hunt leads him to an old farmhouse and he encounters the fiery, beautiful and headstrong Aurora, Gabriel’s world is turned upside down as he quickly realises not everything is as it seems.

Aurora is a Descendant, the daughter of a vampire father and Amazon warrior mother. She is strong, beautiful and has a special connection to the earth and its creatures. After spending a lifetime hunting the monsters that killed her parents, Aurora has all but given up – until she meets Gabriel, who is tortured, angry and out for revenge. But despite his flaws, Aurora knows he is the key to everything she has been searching for – if they don’t kill each other first.

With a story that highlights the beauty and importance of preserving of our natural world, The Descendants – Rise of the Reaper Army tells the age-old story of good versus evil, while highlighting the frightening impacts our modern society is having on the planet, as Gabriel and Aurora fight to save our world from becoming Hell on Earth.

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Excerpt:

“Why did you kill him?” She hissed. “There was no need for you to take a life.”

Dressed in black jeans and a tight white singlet, the woman stared at Gabriel until he could feel the grip of her gaze like fingers around his throat. He had no idea how to describe the feeling that swept through him when he looked at her, but it was more than the flutter of his heart and stronger than a twist of his stomach. “I didn’t mean to… It was the wolf. I mean, I did, but…” Nothing was making sense, including him.

“Do you have any idea what you’ve done? What you’ve taken from me?” An inked image of a wolf drew its way up along her right arm, and painted on her left shoulder he saw the dark rise and fall of a raven’s wing. Gabriel could only stare in wonder as her blue eyes melted into a bright fire that danced inside him.

“He was my brother, and an innocent. Why would you do this?” Gabriel wanted to answer but it took a moment to find his voice. “I came here to destroy a vampire.”

It was a foolish response and he immediately cursed himself for sounding so stupid.

“You fool! Stefan is not a vampire.” At her feet the wolf growled but she immediately quieted it. “Ssh Aurel, you can go for now. I need no help to annihilate this fool.”

The wolf retreated and Gabriel wondered what kind of woman could control a wild animal, especially a wolf.

“You’re a strigoi,” she continued, her tone implying she needed no response. “But that cannot be, there are no strigoi left in this world.” Gabriel had no idea of the difference between a vampire, a strigoi, a descendant, or whatever the hell she was talking about. All he knew was that she was having an effect on him and he had two choices, kill her or get as far away from her as possible. He glanced toward the door and wondered if he could make it out before the wolf tore him to pieces.

“Do you really think you can make it to the door before I kill you?” She hissed.

But before he could respond, five women chatting easily between themselves stepped in from the porch their arms full of grocery bags. As they came toward the kitchen, one looked up and saw him staring. She screamed and a bag of oranges spilled out across the floor like brightly coloured marbles.

“Stay there!” Aurora shouted at them. “Do not come in here.” “But Stefan…” the woman cried, her eyes taking in the body on the floor. “Is he…?”

The math alone was enough to make Gabriel’s decision. It was five vampires and a wolf against him, just him, with no weapon. Not good odds in anyone’s book. He turned to the red-haired woman and stared her deep in the eye. “I’m leaving, but this isn’t over between us. I will be seeing you again.”

“You ignorant fool, you have no idea what you’ve done. We are not strigoi women, we are not the living dead. Can you not sense the warmth of my skin, or are you so blinded by yourself that you see nothing?”

“I can see exactly what’s going on,” he lied. “I know what you are.” He forced himself to sound strong, to appear confident, but inside he just felt sick.

“Fool! You did not even have the strength to defend yourself against my wolf, Aurel. How do you expect to take down a vampire should you ever find one? My brother was a descendant, an innocent.”

Gabriel glanced back toward the body. He willed it to move but knew the course had already been set. “Say what you like, but this isn’t over.”

“Oh, you’re right about that,” she told him. “I should kill you right now, but if you are what I think you are, it would be breaking the treaty.” She stepped back clearing a path toward the door. “Leave now hunter, but you are right about one thing. This is not over. It’s not even close to being over between you and I.”