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Tulle Death Do Us Part (A Vintage Magic Mystery)
Tulle Death Do Us Part (A Vintage Magic Mystery)
by Annette Blair
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Annette Blair's storytelling continues to shine brighter than any star possibly could., July 19, 2013
Madeira "Mad or Maddie" Cutler is learning to live with her psychometric gift. She now knows to "listen" to whatever vintage fashion item "speaks" to her. Basically, Mad will sometimes touch a vintage item and have a vision. Mad uses those visions to help solve crimes. Since Mad owns the dress shop "Vintage Magic", the odds are pretty good for visions to pop-up. She has learned how to, for the most part, avoid touching fabric. (Even while hemming.)

During her shop's roof-raising, a box is discovered. It is wrapped in a piece of fabric that sends Mad's mind back in time. The fabric is part of a petticoat that was worn to a country club's Golden Jubilee. A group of young people had been engaged in a scavenger hunt that may have ended with the death of a lady. Maddie turns to her boyfriend, Detective Lytton Werner, for help. Records show that Robin, a Vassar swimmer, had been swept away by a rogue wave on that fateful night. With no body found, she was declared dead seven years later. In order to learn the truth of what really happened forty years ago, Maddie will have to bring Lytton into the elite group of friends who know about her special gift. But will he believe her or will their new relationship come to a quick end?

**** FOUR STARS! Maddie has finally decided to move on with her private life, so Nick has been reduced to little more than a footnote or two. Dante, the shop's resident ghost, is a bit of help since he was alive and knew at least one of the people involved in this mystery. The spoiled coeds from long ago have grown up to become today's sour cream of society. The author helps Mad identify people she sees in her visions by giving each person a nickname. (Such as Grody, Vainglory, and Tagalong.) When the real names come to light, those nicknames take on special meanings. You have to read the story to fully appreciate what I am trying to explain.

Once again the author has penned another wonderful mystery. I look forward to rejoining those fictional friends in the next adventure. Annette Blair's storytelling continues to shine brighter than any star possibly could. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses
by Molly Harper
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A magical scavenger hunt., July 13, 2013
Nola Leary lived in Boston until her early teens, but when her father died she moved to Kilcairy, Ireland, to live with relatives. Nola, like most in her family, is a witch. She is a medical empathy, able to feel where pain is in another. She is a nurse practitioner and works at her family's clinic. A deathbed promise to her grandmother, Nana Fee, sends Nola on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to locate and obtain four items (called Elements) before their rivals, the Kerrigans, could find them. The artifacts had been hidden long ago by Nola's grandfather, Gilbert Wainwright, and should be somewhere in his cluttered bookstore. But Wainwright passed away and, since he never knew that he had a granddaughter, he left the bookstore to a vampire, Jane Jameson.

Once Jane knows who Nola is and why she is in town, Jane and her friends begin to help the young witch in her task. Nola's biggest distraction is Jed Trudeau, who is renting the other side of the duplex. The gorgeous man seems to have something against shirts and keeps turning up at the strangest times. But Nola's time is limited. Even with the help of her new supernatural friends, Nola still might not be able to obtain the objects she seeks before the deadline.

**** FOUR STARS! Molly Harper has a magical gift of her own when it comes to storytelling. The book starts out with sassy with that foretells how the story will continue: witty, creative, and just plain fun. Some events are predictable, but for the most part, the author has done a great job of inserting surprises. A terrific blend of romance, a magical scavenger hunt, and comedy. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


MacRieve (Immortals After Dark)
MacRieve (Immortals After Dark)
by Kresley Cole
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars total. Brava!, July 7, 2013
Centuries ago, there had been a beautiful Succubus named Ruelle. The evil lady derived nourishment from sex and had convinced a young Lykae lad that she was his mate. After bedding him three times, he was forever in her spell. Four years later, thirteen-year-old Uilleam "Will" MacRieve was freed from her thrall; however, the cost had been the deaths of Ruelle, his mother, his unborn sister, and - one day later - his father. The only other family member left alive was his twin brother, Munro.

Now over the age of nine hundred, MacRieve only despises one being as much as Ruelle - Commander Preston Webb, mortal leader of the Order. MacRieve and many other Loreans (immortals) had been imprisoned by the Order for torture and experimentation. MacRieve's worst memory is a vivisection and being shown his own heart. MacRieve lives only for revenge. To that end, MacRieve and his twin attend an auction for possession of a human female. She is the daughter of Webb, the perfect bait to lure the man out of hiding. Yet as they wait for the auction to begin, MacRieve smells the scent of his fated mate. When the prisoner walks out with a black bag over her head, MacRieve's Instinct confirms that he has found his mate in the offspring of the most hated man in all the Lore. The beast within MacRieve emerges...

Chloe Todd (a.k.a. Baby T-Rex) is a professional soccer player. She is the Seattle Reign's center forward, has thousands of fans, and scheduled to be in the next Olympic match. The world, as she knows it, forever changes when her father, Dustin Todd, hands her a book about mythical creatures and then disappears. Now she is in a Lykae compound outside of New Orleans. On the other side of the compound's walls are hundreds of immortal beings wanting to steal her away and to do her harm. And more are constantly arriving. On this side of the wall, the Lykae protect her while explaining that she is only half human, that her father has another identity, and of his violent crimes against Loreans. MacRieve is gentle with Chloe, no longer caring who her father is. He wants only for Chloe to accept him as her mate. But when Chloe finally makes the transition from Human to Lorean, she becomes the one species he loathes above all others.

***** FOUR & A HALF STARS! There is much going on and I omit so much. This author enjoys telling a tiny event or two, involving secondary characters, that readers will recognize as main events in future (or past) stories. In other words, Cole's Immortal characters have their stories overlapping or happening around the same time, but in other parts of the world. And Chloe is such a little spitfire that I cannot help but love her. She kicks out as much trash talk as MacRieve bounces toward her. Training for her soccer career was a perfect way to get her mind and body in shape for her life as an immortal. Once again author Kresley Cole has written another exceptional story that has managed to get its hooks under my skin, like a tick, at the very beginning and refused to let go until the very end. Brava! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier
Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier
by Myke Cole
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done., July 3, 2013
Colonel Alan Bookbinder has never seen battle. Most of his military career has been spent doing paperwork. In fact, Bookbinder takes great pride in his work. That all changes when he wakes up from a dream where everyone he cares for is drowning. The feeling of suffocation gets worse as the day progresses. A brief trip to the doctor assures him that it is just stress. Yet by the end of the work day, Bookbinder's magical abilities make themselves loudly known.

Bookbinder is immediately whisked away from his family and transported to a new and dangerous world, where magical abilities are normal and creatures from D&D games are real. It's not long before he finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier. When he and his people are surrounded by monsters and about to be overrun, the only hope of salvation lies in teaming up with Oscar Britton, public enemy number one.

**** FOUR STARS! Author Myke Cole blends military, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy to create an exciting story that will long be remembered. I found it fascinating to watch a normal paper pusher transform into someone who could have joined the X-Men. Goblins, trolls, and a mysterious contractor (called the Sculptor) enrich the favor of the story and kept me reading late into the night. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Blade Reforged (A Fallen Blade Novel)
Blade Reforged (A Fallen Blade Novel)
by Kelly McCullough
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Blade, Book Four. Stellar!, July 3, 2013
Seven years has passed since Aral's goddess was silenced. Aral no longer turns to the bottle for comfort. He is not fully back to his old Blade self, but close enough for now. After his previous adventures, Aral's face no longer resembles anything close to what it once was. He is still getting used to the new face in the mirror. When Aral learns that one of the few people willing to help him during his former dark days has been imprisoned by King Thauvik, he knows that he must do something to aid his friend.

Baroness Maylien Dan Marchon is the unacknowledged heir to the throne of Zhan. She is niece to the king. When Maylien brings proof of her legitimacy to the court, King Thauvik's reaction is swift and bloody. Only Aral's reflexes keep Maylien from becoming one of several corpses. The king declares Maylien an outcast. Civil war looms in the near future as Maylien, with Aral's help, begins forming her allies. But King Thauvik has more surprises up his sleeve than previously; he has two former Blades of his own. One of whom is legendary.

***** FIVE STARS! Once again Aral and his Shade, Triss, find themselves in the middle of a royal mess - literally. Yet this time it is assassin verses assassin verses assassin. That alone promises readers some high quality entertainment. But Kelly McCullough adds several twists, backbends, and hand springs that only a mind as devious (or demented) as his could possibly conceive. Then the author explains Aral's shaky strategies in such a way that I, as the reader, forgets that they are wild, dangerous, and suicidal. Instead, I end up believing that they are just short of brilliant. (All eight steps.)

Is this the last book in the series? That remains to be seen. The author can end it here or continue it on for another book or two. Personally, I want more! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Getting Lucky (Marine, Book 2)
Getting Lucky (Marine, Book 2)
by Susan Andersen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride., June 23, 2013
Zach Taylor comes home for a month's leave to rest and check in on his sister, Glynnis. When he enters the Laguna Beach house it is to discover that Glynnis is not home and a stranger has taken up residence. Glynnis did not have a great track record picking her friends and Zach has no doubt that the little spitfire is out to cheat his sister of her inheritance. Once he learns that his baby sister is engaged to someone named David Beaumont, he sees red. Zach is determined to stop Glynnis from making the horrible mistake of marrying a fortune hunter. But Zach has no idea where his sister is meeting his family and the only way to find her is to let the spitfire come along for the ride.

Lily Morrisette well knows that Glynnis is bad at picking friends, but that is no reason for the control-freak of a brother to automatically assume that she is mooching off of Glynnis. Lily refuses to shut him up by showing one of her huge paycheck stubs. After all, she has done nothing wrong and has no need to prove herself to the bully. And Zach has no right to decide who Glynnis should marry! Lily finally tells Zach that his sister is headed to Washington state to meet his family, but if Master Sergeant Taylor wants to find Glynnis, he will have to take her with him. Lily plans to stand by her friend's side and keep the marine from ruining his sister's happiness.

When the pair arrives at their destination it is to find no Glynnis waiting for them. The Beaumont family is hysterical because David and Glynnis have been kidnapped. The ransom note and death threat has everyone in an uproar. Zach is a trained strategist, yet every member of the Beaumont family seems to be going out of their way to make his plans of rescuing his sister impossible! Meanwhile, the heat between Zach and Lily gets hot and the kidnapper's twisted scheme bring them closer together. But the kidnapper is not the only problem Zach has. Someone else has a grudge with Zach and has followed him up to Orcas Island.

**** FOUR STARS! This story hooked me on the very first page and then whisked me away for a fun ride that I will not soon forget. The entire novel is well written. The author describes the characters and their surroundings in such a way that I could almost see the waves, smell the flowers, and feel the warmth of the sun. Each character has his or her own personality. It made the people believable, more real, to me. The middle of the book is where most stories slow down and often become boring, but the author keeps the reader's attention in this story with multiple sub plots, such as Lily befriending Jessica (one of the Beaumonts). I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jessica bloom. Suspense, romance, personalities clashing - it's all in here. However, to me, it is too easy to figure out who the kidnapper is. And when the stalker with a grudge finally makes his move, he is outwitted far too easily. Yet I am very happy to be able to say that I highly recommend this story to all. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove)
Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove)
by Tessa Dare
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, yet comical, June 23, 2013
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed. His mother has decided that it will be happen this season. So when Griffin awakens to find that his mother has abducted him to "Spinster Cove" and then insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence, he wants to teach her a lesson. Griffin chooses the serving girl. Not just any serving girl would have done either. This serving girl must be the clumsiest to be found. After all, when she enters the room she is a royal mess, covered head-to-toe in sugar.

Pauline Simms works as a barmaid in town and works at home on her abusive father's farm. She wants nothing more than to take her slow sister away with her and to open a bookshop where they could live together in peace. That dream becomes possible when an arrogant duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. All Pauline has to do is submit to his mother's "duchess training" and fail miserably. But in London, nothing goes as planned. Sometimes opposites really do attract. ****

**** FOUR STARS! In this entertaining story, Tessa Dare proves that two perfectly wrong people can be blissfully right for each other. One or two scenes had the same flavor as the movies Pretty Womanand My Fair Lady. I know that may be hard to image, but this author actually succeeds in doing it! This story has no danger or suspense, only romance with a bit of comedy and a feel good ending. I enjoyed every single second of this delightful romp! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changelings)
Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changelings)
by Nalini Singh
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, June 23, 2013
Kaleb Krychek is the most powerful Psy in the Net. He is a deadly dual cardinal with impenetrable mind shields of obsidian and has the ability to split the world in two with ease. According to rumors, Kaleb had been the protégé of Santano, a former Councilor who had enjoyed torture and murder. The lethal telekinetic is said to be aiming for a total takeover of the Net or to destroy it. The latter would kill millions of people. No one, not even Kaleb himself, knew if he would end up destroying the very fabric of their race or not. It all depended on a single person - Sahara. And after seven years of constant searching, Kaleb has found her at last!

Sahara Kyriakus survived seven years of imprisonment. The guards had obeyed every order from their leader. Yet no matter the pain or punishment given, Sahara kept her mind hidden deep within a mental labyrinth. She had consciously sabotaged her own mind and hobbled her abilities. She refused to break and hand over her will, because whoever controlled Sahara could control the PsyNet. But now a man has teleported her out of the white room and into a huge home - a fortress. Even though her mind is still deeply submerged, Sahara can tell that the man is dark. This man is unable to feel any empathy or sorrow for others. So why does her subconscious feel safe enough to begin unraveling the labyrinth?

Kaleb and Sahara were on opposite sides of the line that separated dark from light, good from evil. For a few short years, until she was sixteen, they had been friends. That friendship ended with her blood on his knife. Sahara was close to death when she had been taken from him. Now that she was back in his grasp, Kaleb would never let her go. She belonged to him.

***** FIVE STARS! Since I have not read any of the previous titles in this series, I can say from experience that you do not need to in order to fully understand and enjoy this story. The main focus is on Kaleb and Sahara, where it should be; however, the story's plot line is never ignored. (The Psy, Changeling, and Human races are being attacked by Pure Psy, a shadowy group who seeks to topple the current power structure and dreams of a world enslaved by the Psy.) Nalini Singh's writing style is crisp, vivid, and easy to follow. I, as the reader, am able to understand why Kaleb is who/what he is, as well as why Sahara believes in him, though he will always be dark. I could actually feel the characters' pain, sorrow, dread, and joy.

If you have read the previous titles in this series, you will be happy to know that past characters make cameo appearances. Again, the author does not lose focus on the main characters and new readers will not feel as though they are missing something. But seeing who/what is the mate of who/what (such as a human with a Changeling) makes it tempting to find their stories. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Sinner's Heart (Hellraisers)
Sinner's Heart (Hellraisers)
by Zoe Archer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The third and last installment of the series has finally arrived!, June 23, 2013
Set in London, 1763. Abraham "Bram" Stirling, Baron Rothwell, was once a soldier in the Colonies. He returned a changed man. To keep his grim horrors at bay, he and his fellow Hellraisers drowned themselves in vice. Nothing could separate the five Hellraisers until the Devil himself grants them each a wish, a power. Each has a fire tattoo, the mark of the Devil, and it slowly spreads across their bodies. When it covers the man entirely, the Devil will own his soul. Two of the Hellraisers have already turned away from the Devil and found ways to retrieve their souls. One of their group, Edmund, is dead; killed by John Godfrey. Today, only Bram and John remain bound by their pacts with the Devil.

Now Bram finds that he is magically bound to Valeria Livia Corva, the Roman priestess who raised the Devil the first time - and died to send the demon back. Livia's physical body is trapped in a half state. She is a ghost, without substance and without feeling. Bound to Bram, she witnesses Bram's memories and learns that they are not so different from each other. But unless she can convince Bram to turn against the Devil, recover his soul, and defeat John, there will be hell on earth.

***** FIVE STARS! The third and last installment of the Hellraisers' Trilogy has finally arrived! And it is even more magnificent than I could have hoped for. In the first story, ZoŽ Archer prepared a seductive saga and cast her net, ensnaring her readers in a magical spell in which none wished to escape. In the second story, the author chanted a blissful mantra about love and sent out a wave of warmth and hope to all who read it. Now ZoŽ has combined the powerful characters of those two novels with the two most important ones of the trilogy. Everything falls upon the shoulders of the man who had the least amount of faith and the woman who may be given a second chance at mortality. The end result is spectacular! Throughout each story of the trilogy, the author has given the reader a shameless, immoral man and thrust a strong and determined woman in his path. Each couple had their love tested by fire, often literally, and come out the better for it. But Bram is the most sinful of the three male leads and Livia was not much better when she once breathed. To make things more suspenseful (and entertaining), ZoŽ has created a villain that I could not help but love to hate! The Devil is the only creature viler than John Godfrey. I mean, John was cruel in the first two stories, but he is evil reincarnate in this one. I ended up reading this entire book in a single afternoon.

ZoŽ Archer writes breathtaking stories that I doubt I will ever forget. As I said earlier, "Spectacular!" *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


Elena
Elena
by Duncan Lloyd
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars This author holds back no punches., May 20, 2013
This review is from: Elena (Paperback)
Theodore "Teddy" Schoendienst is a brilliant teen, but is cursed with his stuttering to be the target of bullies. He lives in Northern Wisconsin with his younger sister, Ellen, and his father. Teddy's dad is a psychiatrist that works at a private insane asylum close to the house. When the bullies go too far and Teddy ends up in the hospital's critical care unit, Dr. Schoendienst removes Teddy from public school. Under his father's care for education, Teddy finds his workload doubled.

As with most young teens, Teddy is maturing and experiencing all the normal curiosities about intimacy. One night he sees a young girl emerge from his closet. He can only view her out of the corner of his eye, but he can tell she is beautiful. Her name is Elena and she begins to teach him about intimacy; however, in return Teddy must not tell his family about her. Elena is cold to the touch and plays the Dominant role during their time together. Though Teddy understands that Elena is a ghost, he still falls in love with her.

Ellen tells Teddy that Elena has been haunting her dreams. Teddy begins to wonder if Elena is playing some sort of horrible game with his family. Shortly thereafter, Ellen is murdered. Teddy is determined to figure out who killed his sister and why. But soon Teddy begins to wonder if he is going insane. The truth is more horrible than he could ever imagine.

**** FOUR STARS! I always warn readers of anything in the books that I review could be offensive to some. Consider yourself warned that this story has erotic scenes, bits of necrophilism, and talk of incest. That said, I will get on with the review.

This story follows the main character, Teddy, and tells the tale from his viewpoint. It is well told and kept me guessing from its gripping beginning until its shocking ending. Overall, I found this to be a combination of several genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, and Horror. Unlike most authors of today, Duncan Lloyd does not hold back any punches or shy away from what the public considers to be taboo. This author seems to have a clear view of the world's dark side. His writing is realistic and I applaud, what my family would call, his gumption. It is very refreshing to me. I sincerely hope to read more by Duncan Lloyd. STELLAR! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.


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