Friday, January 18, 2013

Series Review: Her Billionaire, Her Wolf by Aimelie Aames

Aimelie Aames offers us a serialized, sexy story with characters that positively steam up the pages. The overriding arc is creepy and well plotted and the bad guys will makes your skin crawl.

Books in the Her Billionaire, Her Wolf series:
1. His Every Desire - Kindle
2. Lust and Lies - Kindle
3. Blood Will Tell - Kindle
4. These Cunning Bones - Kindle
Her Billionaire, Her Wolf--The Novel - Kindle

His Every Desire (Her Billionaire, Her Wolf #1)
Synopsis (Goodreads):
She watches him every day.

For two months she has spent each lunch hour studying the enigmatic man in a restaurant always filled to overflowing; yet, for two months he is there each day in a booth all to himself.

Sara thinks she is safe as she drinks in every gorgeous detail reflected in the bar’s back mirror. She asks herself who he could possibly be, convinced that he would never notice her...convinced that no one ever does.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

Chance brings them together and animal lust is unleashed. But what she never could have imagined is far from being the strangest part of this tale. For there are shadowy figures holding the strings offstage and the manipulation of Sara Renardine has only just begun.
My Thoughts: I'm not sure what to think about this book. I like the idea of the tall, darkly brooding stranger stepping in to rescue someone who's being bullied but I'm not sure about the whole dominance through pain thing. I can get behind it if it's mutual but Sara seems more enthralled by him than into a little bdsm. At this point, I feel like I don't know enough about either character to feel comfortable with what they're starting, relationship wise. However, I do expect that we'll learn more about them and their choices as the series continues so I'm not writing them off yet.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I liked the overall story enough to wonder what's going to come next. This first installment definitely ended on a cliffhanger and without much resolution, so if that bothers you, make sure you have book 2 ready for consumption before starting.

Lust and Lies (Her Billionaire, Her Wolf #2)
Synopsis (Goodreads):
He is a man with particular tastes.

Fine wines, private jets...a windswept château perched upon the French Atlantic coast....

And Brazier Abraxis is no less extravagant in the choice of his women.  But just what quality he sees in her, Sara cannot fathom.

Murder and contracts written in blood lurk in the shadows as she is secreted out of the country and over the sea. Yet every time he turns his impenetrable gaze upon her, all resistance, all logic, slips through her fingers.

And as the supernatural world closes in, Sara Renardine is faced with a man tormented by his own dark secrets. Alone in a foreign land, she gives over all control but can she survive his beastly lessons of cruelty and affection?
My Thoughts: Where book 1 left off with me wondering at the reasoning behind why Sara would give herself so completely to this man that she doesn't know, book 2 picked up the informational gauntlet and showed me who's boss. We're given backstory from the get-go. We're given motivation and a very, very creepy character that has his shadowy fingers smack dab in the middle of what's going on. Sara's in way over her head and Braze's lack of explanations and his autocratic way of dealing with her (and most everyone else around him) leave her reeling a bit.

This book gave me the answers I was looking for at the end of book 1. I understand where Sara was coming from, now. And the ending? Oh, the ending brought a whole new slew of questions to the fore. Once again, this ends on a cliffhanger. Have the next book ready or you'll be kicking yourself.

Blood Will Tell (Her Billionaire, Her Wolf #3)
Synopsis (Goodreads):
A brother, long believed dead, comes within a sword's stroke of fratricide in a dark dungeon. He is a man driven by tragedy, yet family ties are not strong enough to sway him from his endless hunt.

A lonely woman learns what it is to truly submit to the will of her master. In faith and desperation, she gives of herself freely not knowing that a demon from her past has been resurrected and given the means to find her once again.

A wolf is forced to confront the curse that hounds him without ceasing night and day. In a voice of dust and ashes, the answer he is given is one of merciless, wicked betrayal.

And vampires flock to the call of a monster and its sinister machinations. Like a twisted puppet master, it shall decide the fates of one and all.
My Thoughts: And the information keeps on coming. I am LOVING where this series is going at this point. I think I would have gone crazy if I didn't have the books lined up to read back to back. There's so much going on and so many little things that are coming together now. And, yes, the cliffhangers are killers. You will want to read book 4 as soon as you finish this installment. I read them back to back and was so thrilled with the story played out.

This time around, we get to see how Clement, Braze's brother, ended up where he ended up, doing the things he's been doing. His story opens up a world of possibilities and while it does take the focus away from Sara and Braze's relationship for a bit, it adds a lot of depth to both Braze's character and the world they live in.

I was seriously enthralled at the end of this book. The danger, intrigue, and supernatural baddies coming out of the woodwork had me hooked!

These Cunning Bones (Her Billionaire, Her Wolf #4)
Synopsis (Goodreads):
In the end, there is only darkness. And in that darkness, a lone man stands while evil attempts to destroy the tenuous bonds between him and his long estranged brother.

Between them both, a woman hangs in the balance, a pawn played by more than one side in a deadly game that could cost them all their lives.

That man holds a hallowed blade against the monsters who assail them...and in the end, nothing is less sure than his triumph against the creatures of shadow.

And when evil forces tear away all facade and charade, what remains are a man and a woman, all secrets unveiled.

Their savage passion, their animal desire, is the strength that drives them both.

But can they survive their own betrayals? Can they rise above guilt and blame to save one another?
My Thoughts: We start out this installment with Sara's life in danger, Braze on the hunt, and Clement looking for answers. I didn't necessarily like all the things that happened to the characters (Braze's trackers need to be shown who's boss, BIG TIME), but I liked where everyone ended up. And there is SO MUCH going on in this world that is only hinted at. I like that. I like that the world feels big and you know there's all this stuff going on even though you can't quite see it.

This series ended up blowing me away. I wasn't completely sold by the end of the first book but every installment after gave me the answers I was looking for and expanded both the overall arc and the world these characters populate. I do highly suggest having all parts of the story available before you begin because I was DYING to know how the cliffhangers would be resolved and how our heroes would ultimately triumph.

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  1. I love reading your reviews back to back. It was fun to see how your opinion evolved from one book to the next. lol.

    1. Yeah, my biggest issue with the first part of the story was that I needed *more* information. As soon as that started rolling in, I was in literary heaven.

      It is funny, though, to think that if I hadn't had the next book in the series, I would have been dissatisfied with it and probably wouldn't have continued with the series. Since I ended up REALLY liking it, that would have been a shame. A SHAME.

  2. Oh I love this format because it showed the overall arc of the series. I was warned to wait on the Karen Marie Moning series because of the cliffhangers and that they would distract from the goodness. I think the same can be said for this series. It looks like a good back to back read :)

    1. I have a few more series reviews like this scheduled. I like them. They're fun and different from what I normally do.

      Serialized novellas are tough. Some authors can pull it off REALLY well and some can't. This series worked. I also think it would have worked beautifully as a full length, unbroken novel.

  3. Hello,

    It's been a long time coming, but I thought you and your readers might like to know that the "Her Billionaire, Her Wolf" series has been published (yesterday) as a single novel.

    The book is currently on sale and includes an all new bonus story.