The Mating by Nicky Charles

The Mating  (Law of the Lycans, #1)The Mating by Nicky Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I’ve mentioned it before, that if I really fall into a book, it doesn’t take me long to read it, no matter how long it happens to be. I’ve had this little Smashwords book in my library for quite some time before finally reading it.

If it’s not apparent, this is a book about werewolves. The plot is fairly typical, in fact I could see what was coming long before the book even hinted that it was coming. In spite of that, I still enjoyed it, and even anticiapted how the characters would react.

It’s a supernatural romance that starts off a whole series of supernatural romances (I haven’t read the sequels…yet). I’m not currently in the market to buy more books, but I would definitely put the next book in this series on my “to buy” list.

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Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4)Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very involved book. For one, it was hard to decipher if the dragons were in their dragon forms or in their human forms unless you read through the subtle clues given while reading. That made things a little difficult when attempting to sort out whatever the situation was in my head.

Apart from that little quirk, this was a politically based book, feuding royals, long grudges, coming of age dragons, centaurs, actual humans, witches, and many other unique things kept the plot moving. Though the book makes it seem like it’s only a fantasy romance, it is much more than that. In fact, the majority of the book revolves around the Kyvich, a faction of witches coming down from the north.

This is also part of a series, the fourth book and I haven’t read the first three. Now I like series where the books can stand alone, apart from the series, where each book builds on the other, but you can jump in with any book and know what’s going on. This book does this, so in all, I liked it.

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Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been awhile since I even touched a romance novel, but I couldn’t resist. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss quickly became one of my favorite romance authors years ago when I was in my romance phase. I’m still drawn to her books and after reading this one have considered going back and rereading some others.

Woodiwiss redefined the historical romance genre, and every single book of hers I’ve read has become and instant favorite. This one is no different, and I ate it up very quickly. It’s hard to put down any of her books. I will say that for awhile I thought a couple details were glossed over or forgotten but the author picked them back up later, to which I was relieved. I hate when details are mentioned and then never referred to again.

In the end, the guys get the girls, some of them are pregnant, and everybody lives happily ever after. Such is the bumpy road of romance novels.

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Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #3)Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The conclusion to the Cousin’s O’Dwyer Trilogy is not what I thought it would be. Well, I did figure that the last couple would finally get their heads out of their butts and make a go of it, and I did figure that the main plot line would be resolved, but the little details that turned up I didn’t think would happen.

This trilogy is set up to follow three couples, so of course they end up engaged by the end of each book. No big surprise there. And because this couple are both witches, some rather exotic play time occurs. As with some of the other reviews on Goodreads, Branna does do a lot of cooking, but she did a lot of cooking in the other books too. We just get more of it since we’re focused on her now.

Anyway, as a wrap up, I like witches and sorcerers (even if they are named the Irish version of Kevin) and magick, and demons. So I liked it. It was fun to read about all the things they were doing and how they did it. Some of it was even based on what modern witches do. I liked that too. I’d read it again for fun sometime.

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this series but I have an idea now after reading this second book by Nora Roberts. Three cousins – three romances – three books. I’ve noted this theme in other book reviews and here it is again, with a bit of a twist, witches.

Our sextet takes another swing at the dark evil hounding them, this time from a man’s point of view. Two life long friends discover their friendship is much more than either thought, and with their newly laid plans to end the terror of an ancient sorcerer everything is in place.

Except there is a third book in this series. It’s not over yet.

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Pegasus by Danielle Steel

PegasusPegasus by Danielle Steel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of Danielle Steel but I like that her novels, while romantic in nature, don’t specifically focus on the romantic elements of her storylines. They more so tell a story that encompasses many lives and generations, eventually completing a circle that she started at the beginning.

I also was deeply interested in the horses of this novel. Lipizzaner. As someone who has grown up with horses I love that this element was weaved into the lives who’s stories unfold here. While some of it is not entirely realistic, I respect that it was used to prove how important the horses were to the lives of the characters.

I have other books by her, maybe I need to read a few more of them.

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Meet Me at the Library

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Two at a time seems to be the magic number for me to check out from my local library. So when I was done with the last two books from the library I checked out two more, one, the second in a series from James Patterson,  the other a book about horses and family from Danielle Steel.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there’s some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women’s Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay’s heart.

The partners in the Women’s Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can’t be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.’

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war… and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children — Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter — in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless.

But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent.

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion — now named Pegasus — the centerpiece of the show.

Pegasus tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, It is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers.

 

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