Thursday, October 1, 2020

Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh [Review]

Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh
Whisper of Bones (Widow's Island #3) by Melinda Leigh
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: November 9, 2019

Widow's Island
1. Close to the Bone
2. A Bone to Pick
3. Whisper of BonesKindle
4. Bred in the Bone
5. Below the Bones
6. A Broken Bone

Melinda Leigh
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Dark secrets from the past bob to the surface in the third novella in the Widow’s Island series.

When a body washes up on the state park beach, Deputy Tessa Black’s experience as a former Seattle detective tells her that the death was not an accident. All evidence points to another murder on the remote island.

The victim is a local contractor with a shockingly long list of enemies. The more locals Tessa interviews, the more people she suspects—from the bitter ex-wife and estranged current wife to disgruntled former clients and employees. They all have different reasons to want him dead.

As Tessa’s investigation heats up, arson and a vicious assault convince her the killer is desperate to hide his crime—and that she’d better solve the case before he claims another victim.
Thoughts on Whisper of Bones: Tessa (and her new honey) are on the case when a body is found on the beach. And while it all seems straightforward (or as straightforward as an investigation into the untimely death of one of the island's residents can be), Tessa is also still looking into the twenty year old disappearance of her childhood friend. And dealing with her mother's deteriorating mental state.

She kind of has a lot on her plate.

Fortunately, she has Logan and Cate (and the close-knit community of the island) to help her out.

While the focus of this book is mostly on the murder of the local, the investigation into Sam's disappearance takes a leap forward. Plus, Logan (sort of ) admits he's not doing as well as he thinks he should be. (Which is sort of par for the course with the Wilde siblings, but that's another story for another book.)

A little mayhem, a little murder, a little coming together between Tessa and Logan. Good stuff.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

RtP's 2020 Series Tracking - July-September

While I'm not hosting an official Seriously Series Challenge this year, I liked being able to track series I've completed. So... here we are. Tracking some series.

By category:
Series started in 2020: 17/12
Series started before 2020: 19/12
Series rereads: 6/8

By month:
  • Started in 2020:
    • Completed: 7
      • Bright Young Things (Star Bright)
      • Cletus and Jenn Mysteries (Engagement and Espionage)
      • Fever Brothers (Big Bad Claws)
      • Forty Proof (Midlife Demon Hunter)
      • Mercenary Librarians (Deal with the Devil)
      • Swan Lake Mates (No Fox to Give, What the Flock, Just a Little Hawkward)
      • Venys Needs Men (To Tame a Dragon, To Seduce a Dragon, To Mate a Dragon, To Love a Dragon)
    • In progress: 2
      • The Guild Codex: Demonized (Taming Demons for Beginners, Slaying Monsters for the Feeble, Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped)
      • The Guild Codex: Spellbound (Three Mages and a Margarita, Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, Two Witches and a Whiskey, Demon Magic and a Martini, The Alchemist and an Amaretto, Druid Vices and a Vodka, Lost Talismans and a Tequila)
  • Started before 2020:
    • Completed: 6
      • Alien Abduction (Hanna and the Hitman)
      • Brody Brothers (Broken)
      • Dragons of Preor (Vende)
      • Eon Warriors (Claim of Eon)
      • Icehome (Mari's Mistake, Raven's Return)
      • Stolen by an Alien (The Quarry Master)
    • In progress: -none-
  • Rereads:
    • Completed: 1
      • A Dragon Family Album (Liam Takes Manhattan, Planet Dragos)
    • In progress: -none-
  • Started in 2020:
    • Completed: 6
      • Captured by Aliens (Kyro)
      • Glimmer Lake (Psychic Dreams)
      • Good to the Last Death (A Most Excellent Midlife Crisis)
      • The Guild Codex: Warped (Warping Minds and Other Misdemeanors)
      • Orion (Catch a Falling Tyger)
      • Trophy Boyfriends (Hard Fall)
    • In progress: 1
      • Conquered Planet (Rouhr)
  • Started before 2020:
    • Completed: 8
      • The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy (How to Rattle an Undead Couple)
      • Cyborg Shifters (Ursa Major)
      • The Emperor's Edge (Diplomats and Fugitives)
      • Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone (Weapons Master)
      • Hidden Legacy (Emerald Blaze)
      • House of Payne (His Princess)
      • Parasol Protectorate (Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident)
      • Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries (Southern Bred and Dead)
    • In progress: 1
      • Sectors SF (Two Against the Stars)
  • Rereads:
    • Completed: 1
      • Mandrake Company (Mercenary Instinct, Trial and Temptation, The Assassin's Salvation, The Ruins of Karzelek, Mercenary Courage, The Pirate Captain's Daughter, The Tracker's Dilemma, Quashi)
    • In progress: -none-
  • Started in 2020:
    • Completed: 4
      • Lost Planet (The Arrogant Genius)
      • Mystic Bayou (How to Date Your Dragon)
      • Norcross (The Investigator)
      • Stay a Spell (Wolf Gone Wild, Don't Hex and Drive)
    • In progress: 1
      • Alien (Alien Bride, Alien Ascension, Alien Gift)
  • Started before 2020:
    • Completed: 5
      • Anomaly (Salvation)
      • Guardians of Hades (Daimon)
      • The Infinite City (Shielded Heart, Untamed Hunger, Savage Desire)
      • Psychic Cat Mysteries (Fall of the House of Cat)
      • Risdaverse (When She Belongs)
    • In progress: 1
      • Star Kingdom (Gate Quest)
  • Rereads:
    • Completed: -none-
    • In progress: -none-

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hard Sands by Erin Tate [Review]

 Hard Sands by Erin Tate
Hard Sands (Warlords of Atera #2) by Erin Tate
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: November 8, 2019

Warlords of Atera
1. Red Sands
2. Hard SandsKindle
3. Living Sands

Erin Tate (aka Celia Kyle)
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
She may be a gift from the Goddess, but he doesn’t want her. So why can’t he let her go?

Kalinda got on the Intergalactic Mating Agency’s ship with one destination in mind—a distant space station where she’s to meet her new mail order mate. Nothing in her plans includes crash-landing on a backwards, undiscovered, lizard-alien inhabited sand planet. Roughing it wasn’t what she signed up for and she wants off Atera. Well… maybe after she spends a little time with the Warlord Nakan, first. He’s a sexy, muscular, overwhelming gray-scaled presence that she wouldn’t mind exploring. But when she’s done with him, she’s figuring out a way off this godforsaken planet. She doesn’t belong on Atera no matter what the hottie lizardman may say.

Nakan does not have time in his life for a mate. With his sire recently deceased, he must care for his tribe and fight off challengers to his position as Warlord of the Hard Sands. A mate? And an alien human female, at that? No, he has other responsibilities that need his attention. Gift from the Goddess or not, Kalinda of Earth is not for him. It does not matter that her curves call to him or that her strange alien form appeals to him in ways no other female ever has and stirs his blood like a true mate.

Yet Nakan’s denial leaves Kalinda vulnerable. There’s a male who wants everything Nakan holds dear—his position of Warlord, the territory of the Hard Sands, and more important to him than anything else… Kalinda.
Thoughts on Hard Sands: It's the next Warlord's turn to find his special someone in the group of stranded human women. Turns out, Nakan is intrigued, but he's got a lot on his plate and doesn't pursue the attraction (you know, the fact she stirs his blood in the only way that's going to end up with him having a family in the future) until fate forces his hand.

Well, fate or an honorless competitor for his position as Warlord.

Yep, Kalinda stumbles into a not-so-fun situation and Nakan has to admit the truth. one's exactly told the human women about the whole mating for life thing and having it dumped on a girl can be overwhelming.

However, Kalinda's smart and she works through her upset about this new situation and the more time she spends with Nakan, the more she comes to admire him. And find him sexy. The fact he's a very *ahem* giving male helps.

A little despair to start out, a little danger along the way, and a strange, new world to learn about...yep, these human women are dealing with a lot. Fortunately for them, their new alien buddies are all about honoring these women from beyond the stars and treating them like the treasures they are.

Aliens, man. You gotta love 'em.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross [Review]

Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell #1) by Juliette Cross

Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: September 8, 2020

Stay a Spell
1. Wolf Gone Wild - Paperback | Kindle
2. Don't Hex and Drive
3. Witches Get Stitches

Juliette Cross
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
What's the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he's cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven — no werewolves. They're known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she's ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules.

What Evie doesn't know is that Mateo's wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she's in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.
Thoughts on Wolf Gone Wild: You know when you pick up a book and it just completely hits the spot? Like, it gave you everything you wanted and then some before you even knew those things were what you wanted? Yeah. Yeaaaaaah. Evie and Mateo worked for me. Hard.

She's the soft-hearted hex breaker and he's the sweet (albeit cursed) werewolf who's desperately in need of some TLC. And Evie's the only one both he and his wolf want giving them that TLC. Except the man is trying to hold himself in check while the wolf is just going all out. Or in, if he had his way about it. *finger guns*

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! There's this whole vibrant world around them. There are Evie's sisters and Mateo's art and lots and lots of power the Savoie sisters have at their disposal. As powerful witches, the Savoies have an obligation to help where they can (even if they have to team up with certain people they *seemingly* can't stand *cough*JulesandRuben*cough*) and they're dedicated to doing just that. Even if it means taking on a werewolf with performance issues.

Yup, I liked this one. It was fun and flirty and I'm kinda digging hard on how the sisters have each others' backs when things go south. Even before then, really. I just...liked everything going on here. So much.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

RtP's Week in Review (09/27/20)

Reading the Paranormal's Week in Review
Bookish Delights
  • Books added to the pile 
    • Believe it or not, I made a purposeful decision to TRY TO READ SOME OF MY ALREADY PURCHASED BOOKS INSTEAD OF BUYING NEW ONES THIS WEEK. I'm not sure how it's going yet.
    • Currently reading 
      • Rattling the Heat in Deadwood by Ann Charles
      • Feature Friday showcased the most recent Heart of Stone release. Best Laid Stones is part 6 of the Heart of Stone series and OMG! THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    Salvation by Anna Hackett [Review]

    Salvation (Anomaly #4) by Anna Hackett

    Format: ebook
    Source: purchased
    Date read: September 20, 2020

    1. Time Thief
    2. Mind Raider
    3. Soul Stealer
    4. Salvation - Kindle

    Anna Hackett
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    Synopsis (Goodreads):
    John Brown can never forget that he was once the power-hungry crime lord, Gabriel Leven. He’s carved out a calm life for himself on the island of Haven—sanctuary for anomalies with powerful abilities—even though he knows they don’t trust him. Then he wakes chained in a secret underground lab. He feels the ghost of his past threatening to rise and his only hope is a feminine voice in the darkness.
    Thoughts on Salvation: John Brown (aka Gabriel Leven) lives with the specter of his past crimes hanging over him. To be honest, I wasn't sure AT ALL if he'd be redeemable after all the pain and atrocities he dished out. But John isn't Gabriel. Having his soul stolen and his memories wipes effectively made him a new person. While he might not remember what he did, he remembers he did terrible things and he's kind of terrified of becoming that person again.

    Nightmares, uncertainty, and fear make for poor bedfellows, methinks. And waking up chained to a table does not help with any of that.

    Fortunately for him, he has (newly) untapped depths and a fellow captive who wants to escape just as much as he does. A few twists and turns and the two are on the run in the desert together and (as you can imagine) THINGS HAPPEN.

    Sexy things. Rawr.

    On Eve's end, she's just looking for her freedom. Finding it is only the start, though. She plans on keeping it no matter what. Finding out John, the dude she's been forced to rely on during their escape, is the infamous Gabe Leven does NOT go well.

    A satisfying conclusion to the series with some smokin' hot desert sexy times. *thumbs up*

    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Callie's Catastrophe by Ruby Dixon [Review]

    Callie's Catastrophe by Ruby Dixon
    Callie's Catastrophe (Icehome #9) by Ruby Dixon
    Format: ebook
    Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
    Date read: November 5, 2019

    1. Lauren's Barbarian
    2. Veronica's Dragon
    3. Willa's Beast
    4. Gail's Family
    5. Angie's Gladiator
    6. Hannah's Hero
    7. Devi's Distraction
    8. Nadine's Champion
    9. Callie's CatastrophePaperback | Kindle
    10. Penny's Protector
    11. Mari's Mistake
    12. Raven's Return

    Ruby Dixon
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    Synopsis (Goodreads):
    What’s a bigger disaster than being stranded on an ice planet with a bunch of aliens, never to return home? Resonating to the biggest jerk of all those aliens, of course. I hate M’tok, and it seems to be mutual. He thinks I’m ugly and unpleasant, and doesn’t understand why I don’t just fling myself at him. In his eyes, resonance has decided, and that’s that.

    Problem is, resonance keeps pushing us together. And when that doesn’t make me jump into his furs…he steals me away from the camp. I can’t avoid him if there’s nowhere to go.

    I want to hate him even more for that. But I keep finding out that M’tok isn’t who I thought he was. And the man I hate? Doesn’t hate me at all…
    Thoughts on Callie's Catastrophe: Oh, man. Callie and M'tok have been at odds since first resonance. On Callie's end, the idea she'd resonated to this man who she doesn't know and doesn't want to know is the cherry on top of the poop sundae she's stuck with. M'tok's reasons for acting as he did are a little less obvious at first, but the more we get to know about him, the easier it is to see why he's acted the way he's acted.

    But let's get back to Callie for a moment. She's a mess. Rightly so, as I see it. She's still dealing with the idea that there's no going home again when she lays eyes on M'tok and her unstable world gets tilted again. She's depressed about losing her family and she hasn't found her place in this new tribe when suddenly her cootie announces it's found the perfect man for her. She is in no way ready for a relationship and she fights it HARD.

    M'tok, on the other hand, has suddenly been handed the one thing he'd pretty much given up on ever finding, but she's running in the other direction whenever she lays eyes on him. Which sort of pushes his buttons, as you can probably guess, and leads him to making more than a few errors when it comes to dealing with his fiery sweetheart.

    Kidnapping Callie might not be the wisest idea, but he isn't the first on the planet to go that route and he probably won't be the last. And, you know, since it forces them to actually talk to one another and get to know one another, it all works out for the best in the end.

    (As an aside, Marisol and T'chai are killllllling me. Their situation is pretty darn painful and I really really really want to see them find their happiness soon. Because, ouch.)

    I'm still loving Icehome and resonance and I NEED MORE PLEASE.