After Secret's harrowing ordeal at the hands of the Doctor, she's been having a rough time. She can't stand being touched, and it's wearing on her relationship with Desmond.
But things change when she heads over to Paris with Desmond in tow, determined to bring back Alexandre Payton's head and avenge all the wrongs he's done. Running around the streets and sewers in Paris isn't the romantic rendezvous she imagined she'd have with Desmond, but nothing will get in Secret's way to finally bring Alexandre to justice.
But things don't go as planned, and Desmond is hurt - though Secret gets her man in the end. But she pays a hefty price for this. Her long held secret of her true identify is out. Now everyone knows she's half wolf and half vampire and everyone sets out to gun her down. So just when Secret's finally down one problem, several others rear their ugly heads.
As if her identity being known wasn't bad enough, now Secret's mother, Mercy, is back again with another wolf pack, and she's giving it her all to bring down her daughter.
Plus, after a visit with our favorite Oracle, Secret must finally end her love triangles and choose just one man. But can she bring herself to break her beloveds' hearts?
But that's not all - the Fairy King - Aubrey decided it's finally time to collect on that favor that Secret owes him. And don't forget Callum - Secret's uncle and the Werewolf king of the South who insists he needs Secret to serve him Mercy's head on a platter.
All this drama - plus a wedding proposal in the middle of a slaughter house is just what you'd expect to read about in Secret's world.
And just when the dust finally settles and Secret is set to go home, the world spins on it's axis. What the heck happened to New York and why is it on fire? More importantly, why are zombies suddenly a topic of interest? Just what is going on?
This book features:
no sexual content
If there's one thing I know to be true about a Gemma James series is that the first book of any of her series is AMAZING! It just hits the ground running and it seems like you're in for the ride of your life. As a reader, you fall in love with tortured male lead who's got a kinky side and it seems like it's all gonna work out in the end.
But nope - that's not even close. A few books in of the series, you've lost all faith in humanity and are just constantly in a state of *smh* for the female lead's lack of a spine and the over the top way the male lead just has to incessantly punish her for the stupidest of things.
By the end, you're totally over it and want only to read the female lead gets a clue and goes off to find herself and get a life, but this of course never happens. Then the last pages totally anger you as the female lead just realizes she should submit and just accept her fate. At this point, you're exhausted and left to wonder why you even started reading this in the first place. This happened to me with the The Devil's Kiss Trilogy and it happened to me as well with Condemned Series. Ugh!
As you recall in the previous book, we were introduced to a villain who came out of left field - Lucas Perrone. He was mentioned briefly in the series as Alex's fiancee whom she quickly broke up with before Rafe kidnaps her in the first book.
Of course Lucas is a sex trafficker and is Jax's father. Rafe killed Lucas' kin while in jail- it seems there was a hit out on Jax and now finally Lucas has come to collect the blood debt. What an added bonus it is that he gets to have revenge on Alex, too, for jilting him.
Lucas has an underground lair where all sorts of depraved things happen and lots of goons scatter the grounds just doing the worst. So in the end of previous book when Rafe, Alex, and Jax all escape and end up killing Lucas, we find out Jax's motivation was to find his sister, Tawny who was sold by her father in retribution for Jax's disloyalty.
Tawny is never found, but Jax vows to find her. But after everything's said and done, you'd think Rafe would run back to Alex and they would finally be together. Nope. Rafe decides he can't be with Alex at the end of book 3 and goes all Splitsville.
Vagrant begins six months later after Rafe runs out on Alex. Alex's stepfather is jailed for white collar crime, Zach is in hiding and pending charges Alex brought against him, and Lucas of course is dead. We meet up with Alex who's getting a tattoo to cover up Zach's name and wouldn't you know it, she's getting Rafe's name tattooed on her. Ugh! Hello! He abandoned you! Ugh.
Alex - who we're told is a college graduate is working at a woman's shelter and has a small apartment. Of course that deal goes south when Rafe shows up at her apartment and kidnaps her - AGAIN.
Reports that Zach's back in town prompts Rafe to come back to Alex - who can't even get an answer to her question of where he was or what's happening because she'll get punished. To make things worse, Jax joins in the punishments, too. Sure, why not.
Things escalate when Rafe, who's been fighting in underground fights (and never bothered to send some money to Alex and make sure she's been taken care of) takes Alex to his boat (preying on her fear of water) and he's been told by the fights ringleader, Shelton, that he must fight one last fight before leaving town.
Shelton tells Rafe to fight to the death against Zach. Rafe readily agrees, but Alex just can't stomach the idea. After all Zach has done to her, she doesn't want Rafe to go down that "road" and kill her stepbrother - mind you, Rafe has already killed two other people, but whatever.
So begins a race against the clock. Will Rafe let go of the ghosts in his past and go off into the sunset with Alex, or will he choose to end Zach's life once and for all? And what about Jax? Will he find his sister, Tawny? Or let's get real - are we all in to be subjected to a punishfest?
Rating: 3 Kisses
Bailey goes off to visit her brother after ending a love affair with a married man. All she wants is peace and quiet - a place to clear her head.
But that turns out to be impossible because as soon as she enters her brother's house and decides to take a tempting dip in her brother's swimming pool - in the nude, she's caught red handed by her brother's friend, Caric who's been tasked to take care of her.
Caric is immediately striken with Bailey. Though he doesn't want to break the friend code and mess with his friend's baby sister, he can't help but give into his basest desires. But just when things seem to look up, Caric tells Bailey that the only way he'll continue a relationship with her is to keep their status a secret.
Just having broken up with a man who was married and didn't want to make a commitment, Bailey can't believe her luck. What will happen now?
Dirty Handsome features:
In Book 2, we read Sophia's story. Sophia is afraid of needles and ends up with none other than Sylvan - a vampire type of Kindred who's escorting her to a wedding. But when their ship goes down after it's attacked by the All Father, they both have to rely on each other if they're going to make it out alive.
Sophia's got nothing to worry about since Sylvan has vowed never to take another mate, but what up with the strange longing looks the Kindred keeps giving her? And why does she tingle in all the right places whenever he's around?
Just when things couldn't get more complicated, a detour takes them to Sylvan's homeworld where Sophia learns so much about the withdrawn Kindred. Now that she's gotten to know him better, will they come together as one?
But what about the danger still lurking after them? Can they make it back to their friends in one piece?
This was a great continuation to the series and I especially liked Xairn (the All Father's son). Y'all know I love a tortured hero and he's no exception. It broke my heart reading his story and especially how his sadistic father ended the life of his pet. Ugh! *sobs* Can't wait to see how his story unfolds.
Addison is a non-glam human, and can't be glamoured by vampires. This makes her job working as an Auditor ideal as she keeps the vampires in her area in check - making sure they don't do any harm to humans.
But Addison - who initially wanted to be a Literature professor - has a powerful reason for choosing her job, her best friend, Taylor. Addison and Taylor were both two young college girls in pursuit of their dreams until one fateful night they catch a show of a powerful vampire, Celeste.
Celeste takes a liking a to Taylor and takes her against her will, turning her into a vampire. Now, both of the girls' lives have changed forever. Celeste is not a good master, and treats Taylor horribly.
Addison is besides herself and no matter how many citations she issues, she just cant save her best friend - after all the Auditors only help humans. She sets about trying to do her job, and ends up at Under the Fang, a local club run by an old vampire, Alec Corbin.
Corbin constantly hits on her, but Addison pays him no mind since it's illegal for vampires and humans to be in a relationship. But Corbin comes on to her relentlessly and maybe it's time Addison took one for the team. Addison calls in a favor to Corbin, she'll do whatever he wants in exchange for him helping out her friend, Taylor.
Corbin readily agrees, and makes Addison his consort as the Inquisitor in town, an older and much more powerful vampire than him has set his hooks on poor Taylor. In order to pull it off that Corbin and Addison are actually together, they have to fake being in a relationship, but is it really faking? Addison can't help her attraction for Corbin and Corbin can't help himself around Addison.
Danger and intrigue rolls around each corner as Addison tries to free her best friend of her predicament. Will Corbin's savviness prevail or will the inquisitor enslave everyone and everything Corbin has worked for in his existence?
And what about the Crimson Debt? Vampires can't control themselves when having sex and they are offered blood. The result is a human who looks like they've been through a blender, but the Crimson Debt is said to cure all ills, especially when it's done out of love. Will the Crimson Debt be Addison's saving grace or will it end up claiming her life?
This is truly the book Charlaine Harris should have written. There were so many similarities to the Sookie Stackhouse series, without any of the annoying nuances those other characters carried - and no seals having sex scenes. LOL
Addison is brave and has a good head on her shoulders, plus her snarkiness is awesome. Definitely loving this series!
Crimson Debt features:
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars! Finally I've read the entire series that captured my heart! The continuation of The Selection.
In the conclusion we see America's daughter choose love from all the members of her selection and the constant problems with the state of affairs just beginning in my opinion. Now they've turned over the country to the people to govern themselves it's going to be a free for all.
I'm not one for Beta Males and this continuation was riddled with it, so I stuck it out mainly for America and Maxon to see what becomes of them. So glad everyone made it out okay!
The Crown features:
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Essie has it all. She's in love and engaged to her pack's Alpha wolf, Hank; nothing could be better. Until she finds Hank has been messing around with not one, but three women! Essie's devastated at the betrayal and without getting an explanation, she leaves town, determined to make it on her own.
She joins the WTF, a Werewolf FBI type organization and trains until she's the best agent they've got. A year has passed and just when she thought she'd settled into her new life with her best friend, a vampyre named Dwayne, her past comes roaring back.
Her boss assigns her a job in her hometown of all places where female wolves have disappeared without a trace. Everything seems to stem from a modeling agency all of the girls belonged to, and the only one qualified to go undercover as a supermodel is Essie. The agency is run by some super hot humans, or so it would seem.
Now all Essie has to do is battle her past as she has to work hand in hand with the town sheriff, her former boyfriend, Hank. Will Ellie be able to complete her mission without letting the past interfere? Or will her inner wolf throw caution to the wind and indulge in the sexy and irresistible Alpha wolf who's so willing to be taken advantage of?
Ready to Were features:
Rating 2 out of 5 stars. I definitely skim read this read all about some nobody characters in the Demonica series.
Seminus demons can only have female mates, so of course it was an anomaly that Rake is gay. But to survive, he paired up with a succubus who gives him what he needs. But all that changes when he meets Rake, a bounty hunter who likes to experiment as well.
Can Slake and Rake make their relationship work or will Slake's DNA be what sets them apart?
I was all sorts of confused with this read - partly because I skim read the whole thing. The author was pretty concrete on the rules of the Seminus demons so it seemed like the whole book was just a big blurb on how she was doing a work-around to get into the m/m scene.
In the end, it turned out Rake was really a woman, but who had transformed into a man when she became of age, therefore the requirement between Slake and Rake worked out. Just all sorts of confusing and the succubus story was a bit much and over the top. Definitely not a fan, especially since the characters were nobodys in the storyline - just random characters no one ever heard about.
Base Instincts features:
Rating 3 out of 5 stars. Z is Azagoth's right hand man. He's been celibate for hundreds of years, as he promised himself to his love, Laura. Both he and Laura were angels in Heaven, but Laura fell. Because of his enormous love for Laura, Z falls as well, just to join her. But before he can reach her, she's killed.
Z searches for Laura in Azagoth's realm, but before he can be reunited with her, she's reincarnated in another body. So Z waits around until Laura can come back to him, never being tempted with anyone else but her.
Vex is a soul collector for profit, but since Revenant took over Hell, her business contacts have come up dry. In order to extract the souls she's collected, she turns to Azagoth himself to do the deed.
When Vex goes to Azagoth's realm and tells Z of her plight, she beckons Z to touch her and feel the 5 souls within her. Z is alarmed and elated - Laura is one of the souls within Vex.
The story then takes off and we get to see a lot of Azagoth and his powers, but can Azagoth extract all the souls from Vex without killing her, or is Z doomed to spend eternity forever waiting for Laura?
I totally wasn't a fan of this one. It got super tiresome hearing about Z and Laura. Ugh, so annoying. I definitely could have skipped this one.
Rating 5 out of 5 Stars: Hades serves Azagoth and is charged with holding souls until they are reincarnated. He's gotten on Azagoth's shit list for killing one of his sons in the past, and as a result, Azagoth forbids him any contact with females in his realm, only allowing him a few hours here and there to spend some time on Earth.
Hades knows he can't form any lasting relationships, so he goes with the flow until he meets, Cat, the gorgeous red head working for Azagoth. But before he can make a move, he's warned to keep away from her or face Azagoth's wrath. Resigned to his fate, Hades only looks and longs from afar.
Cat is a recent Fallen Angel trying her best to get her wings back - and only finds herself distracted with all the man candy at her disposal while working with Azagoth. First there was Z - who turned out to be a dud, though the rumor quickly ran that they had been together. Then there's Hades, the powerful Enigma she wishes would even look her way.
Cat's a terrible housekeeper and always ends up breaking more things than she cleans. So it's no surprise that one day she accidentally opens up Azagoth's portal and ushers souls to the wrong place. At first she feels like nothing could have possibly happened wrong, so she decides to keep mum on the matter.
But when Reaver shows up a few days later saying everything's about to come undone, Cat decides to take upon herself and fix her wrongs. She travels to Hades' domain and learns more about the powerful man she's been longing for. But will they be able to make things work when it's discovered that she's off limits to Hades? And will Cat be able to mend her wrongs, or is all lost forever?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I'm finally all done with this series! Revenant (Rev) was a good series wrap up which mostly dealt with Rev and Blaspheme (Blas).
First off, I didn't really get into the Rev/Blas pair up, though I'm not sure why. All the elements were there - a snarky girl, a bad boy alpha...yum, but not sure why I just wasn't into it.
Gethel's still in the picture and in the pregnancy of hell - literally LOL She's still carrying Lucifer and she's in need of a doctor to ensure her devil spawn will be born all right. Rev is tasked with her well being and he sets off to get Blas to help her.
Blas - who's undergoing a problem we've never even heard about in COUNTLESS books and two series, mind you, is probably one of the worst creations ever to be created - an offspring of a fallen angel and an angel. Her kind is hunted down and killed and to avoid detection, an elaborate spell which lasts 100 or so years must be done to hide their essence.
It's been over a 100 years and Blas, a doctor at UG knows she must undertake the ritual to hide her true self to avoid detection. But in doing so, she has to end another creature's life, and she just can't live with the guilt. While she's dealing with this, Rev comes into her life and it seems he won't quit until she gives him what he wants - to take care of Gethel and to warm his bed.
Blas takes this opportunity to find a way to rid the world of Gethel and Lucifer, enlisting E's and Reaver's help. But can she concentrate on matters long enough, or is Rev's sexy and irresistible ways just too much for her?
Revenant was a good ending to the series. I wish there had been more of a wrap up with the other characters - a really in depth visit with them all before we left them (for example we don't even know what became of Limos and Arik, since Limos is still pregnant at the end of Revenant), but the story was centered mostly on Reaver and Rev's newfound brotherly relationship.
Rev & Blas' story seemed a little rushed, so I didn't really get into it as much as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.
The author says we haven't seen the end of the story as she's picking up another series which takes place 25 years into the future. That should be interesting :)
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
Azagoth has lived alone for centuries and has created a vast amount of children for Heaven - Memitim angels which serve mankind as guardian angels. But he's tired of being used a brooding mare and he wants a relationship of his own.
Lillien is a time traveling angel who's in hot water after breaking one of Heaven's strict rules. Raphael gives her a choice, either face a procedure akin to lobotomy where her time traveling skills will be stripped away, or agree to mate with Azagoth, the Grim Reaper and live in his realm.
Lillien has 30 days to decide if she wants to stay with Azagoth or not, but there's more. If she is able to steal Azagoth's chronograph and procure it for Heaven, her transgressions will be forgotten.
Can Lillien get the artifact and deceive one of the most powerful creatures in existence, or will she end up finding the love she's always dreamt of?
This is such a beautifully crafted story full of the perfect mixture of love and angst, that I just couldn't get enough of it.
I dare you to read this book and not fall in love it! Just awesome!
Rating: 5 out 5 Stars. Reaver's and Harvester's story was just amazing! The whole series, which I didn't even know what it was called - since there is no such thing as Lords of Deliverance in the entire story lines?? - has been leading up to this story!
All of the plots, subplots, hidden plots, obscure mentions - you name it, it's found it's way here. Every single action is explained as events which began thousands of years ago when two angels: Yenrieth and Verinne fell in love.
But before we go into that, we take a few steps back. Reaver was first introduced in the Demonica Series as a fallen angel who was working as an EMT. He had no memories of his previous life and all he wanted was to be an angel again. He ends up saving the world in the Demonica series and getting his wings back,
Now as the star in this new series - and yes he is the star, because ultimately this series isn't about the Horsemen, it's what happened as a result of Reaver's actions, we finally learn all the whys and whats that have been kept secret for centuries.
Yenrieth was a powerful angel in Heaven, so powerful it was rumored he was a Radiant - an angel able to channel power from Heaven and Hell, whose power was only matched by God, Satan, and Metatron (an Archangel). But Yenrieth was impulsive, brash, hardheaded, and didn't like to follow orders, so Metatron bound his powers until he could mature and control himself.
But Yenrieth has no time for this and falls in love with Verinne, Satan's actual daughter he sired before he fell from grace. After they have a lover's spat, Yenrieth rushes into Lilith's arms and impregnates her with four offspring which would later become the Horsemen,
Verienne finds out and is devastated Yenrieth could have betrayed her like he did. But she can't think about revenge just yet, as she finds out Lilith is pregnant, but Yenrieth has no knowledge of this. Since Yenrieth is out moping and upset he's bedded a succubus - a direct hit to his angel pride - Verienne knows he can't handle the news he's going to be a father, so she vows to take care of his children.
Thirty years pass and Verienne lives up to her promises, and then Yenrieth finally learns the truth. When he confronts Verienne he's shocked to learn she's known all along and in his immaturity, he seeks to get revenge on her by seducing her and leaving her. Just as he's reeling from what he's done, Yenrieth gets a nasty surprise and learns he has a paternal twin and his origins are revealed. He goes on a rampage that earns him his fall from grace and a total memory loss of his past. He's given a new name: Reaver.
No one remembers details of Yenrieth, and his existence is a mere rumor, except to Verienne who has memories of him, but not his face.
With Yenrieth no longer in the picture and the curse of the Horsemen in place, Veienne gets an idea to fall so she can become the guardian of the Horsemen but on the Hell side. She agrees to be a spy for Heaven and thwart any plot brought on my Hell to avoid the Horsemen breaking their seals, and in that way she'll safeguard Yenrieth's sons.
Verienne falls and she's now known as Harvester. She keeps Yenrieth's memory alive and watches over his children the best she can. She walks a fine line doing Satan's bidding, but yet finding subtle ways to help Heaven as well.
So it's a daily battle when Harvester and Reaver both get Guardian duty over the Horsemen, though they both don't know who Reaver really is. The residual sentiments they both feel for each other linger over them and it's awesome watching the fireworks in their chemistry go off!
Under Heaven's orders, Harvester takes Reaver and imprisons and tortures him, something Reaver vows he's going to kill her for. But when the Reaver learns Harvester was a spy for Heaven, he changes his mind and realizes he must save her when Hell finds out she's been double crossing them all along
No angel steps in to save Harvester, stating that she knew what she had signed up for, but Reaver kicks it into high gear and decides to stage a rescue attempt himself. With the help of 3 assassins: a Warg named Matt, a demon named Caldor who can sense Harrowgates, and Tav a healing demon, they set to rescue Harvester from torture in Hell.
The rescue takes forever in the book and only Tav makes it out alive. Once they make it out, they have to deal with Gethel who's pregnant with Lucifer and with a Heavenly plot led by Raphael to change Limo's baby with Gethel's so they could kill Lucifer. The plot fails, but Limos' baby isn't returned and the clock is ticking for her child to be returned.
Reaver is a non-stop thrill ride that delivers everything you want from a book!
I'm not sure where the story takes off from here - the only loophole they left undone was to reveal what's to become of Reaver's brother. And the only thing in this book that left a bad taste in my mouth was the two guys who helped Reaver in hell: Matt and Caldor died in hell and not so much as mention was made of them.
I thought when demons died in Hell, their souls got trapped there and they would endure torture. Matt at least was taken prisoner in battle and tortured and killed by Satan, but Caldor was unnecessarily killed after Harvester fed from Reaver and she was in a maddened state. She blew off his head after Caldor walks in to tell them he'd found the way out. Just senseless.
I kept wanting to read they at least went back for their souls after they'd helped Reaver rescue Harvester. So disappointing that didn't make the cut. Other than that, I enjoyed the book.