Saturday, April 25, 2015

Quickie Reviews: Blood Deep, A Cold Winter's Bite, Dangerous Distraction, Breaking the Stag

 Blood Deep by Jessa Slade
Blood Deep (Vegas Vampires #1) by Jessa Slade
Format: ebook
Source: purchased as part of the Kiss of Christmas Magic anthology
Date read: January 17, 2015

Jessa Slade
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Avery Hill reluctantly writes about alien abductions and bat-headed babies while she searches for her mother who went missing one Christmas Eve long ago. Now Avery finds herself in Las Vegas for the holiday, caught in a battle between light and dark fey armies.

Only Hugo de Grava, a 700-year-old, soul-wounded warrior cursed with eternal life, can save her—before his own time runs out.

But the dangerous magic that made her fear for her sanity and made him a vampire isn’t done with them yet, and long-lost worlds are on a collision course on the deepest night of the year…
Thoughts on Blood Deep: Oh, my goodness, I liked this one. (Please read that with a dramatic Southern drawl as I press my hand to my bosom and swoon convincingly toward a fainting couch.) (For the record, that scenario has nothing to do with the book, but it's how I said it was I wrote it.) (Yeah, I don't know where I was going with that either.)

Soooo... fey, vampires, were-critters, normal folk caught in the middle. I liked it all. I liked the mythology and the backstory. I liked that Avery gave up so much to try to find the truth. I like that she walked the edge between believing in the unbelievable because of what she'd seen as a child and telling herself she was going bonkers.

And I never say no to a sexy vampire with loads of self-restraint.

Win/win all around!


 A Cold Winter's Bite by Dawn Metcalf
A Cold Winter's Bite by Dawn Michelle
Format: ebook
Source: purchased as part of the Kiss of Christmas Magic anthology
Date read: January 18, 2015

Dawn Metcalf
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Synopsis:
December meant more to Hunter Wynn than holidays and time off from a stressful job as the owner of a law firm. It meant the annual getaway he and his partners lived for. A trip to the cold forests of Canada for a winter hunt. Alone and isolated, anything could— and did— happen.

This year it was Hunter’s turn to bring the guest of honor, and he’d just met the perfect girl for it. Pretty, intelligent, and lacking any close friends or relatives. The only question left is whether Hunter can sink his teeth in her before she sets her claws in him.
Thoughts on A Cold Winter's Bite: I really don't know how I feel about this story. I genuinely didn't like Hunter for the bulk of the book. The way he viewed women and his search for prey to bring on his hunting trip was very off-putting. Not to mention the sexual goings-on between him and the receptionist. Seeing as how there was only weird flirting and come-ons between them, was hard to categorize. I just... didn't like that he was in a relationship with one woman while looking at another in a very sexual manner.

Yeah, I totally don't know how I feel about this one.


 Dangerous Distractions by Lola St. Vil
Dangerous Distraction by Lola St. Vil
Format: ebook
Source: purchased as part of the Kiss of Christmas Magic anthology
Date read: January 18, 2015

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Bellamy is on the hunt to capture Knight; a dangerous fallen angel. But when she finds him she also finds something she thought she'd never find--love.
Thoughts on Dangerous Distraction: I genuinely don't know if the title of this book is Dangerous Distraction or Distractions. The cover says one thing, the title page another. Which is unfortunate because now I'm going into the story with questions about how well the continuity will flow if one simple letter like that slipped through.

That said, the story was... okay. No gaping plot holes, but I'm not a fan of characters being in a relationship and then going out and banging the man of their dreams who doesn't happen to be the aforementioned relationship guy. Honestly, relationship guy was kinda a dud, but she'd still committed to him and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy.

No matter how you swing it, it's cheating. I don't really enjoy reading about that.


 Breaking the Stag by Jessica Ryan
Breaking the Stag by Jessica Ryan
Format: ebook
Source: purchased as part of the Kiss of Christmas Magic anthology
Date read: January 18, 2015

Jessica Ryan
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Celeste's life is falling apart around her, but she may just find the comfort she needs in a sexy stranger that has been watching over her her entire life.
Thoughts on Breaking the Stag: I liked this one. Celeste's easy acceptance of Bray's dual nature was... well, it was easy. But, I liked that we were given non-standard weres and that Celeste and Bray had a history before they hooked up.


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