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Blog Tour with Review: Isadora (Masters Among Monsters #2) by Ella Frank


Title: ISADORA (Masters Among Monsters, #2)

Author: Ella Frank

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Series

Publication Date: January 12, 2016


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Isadora Nikitas understands what it means to be betrayed. That lesson was taught to her in the prime of her life, and when she is offered a chance to exact revenge, she finds it difficult to refuse.
Instead, she entrusts her survival to a mysterious vampire known only as Diomêdês, a male who wants nothing in return but to watch over her—in every way imaginable.

Gifted with speed, strength, and immortality, she determines that her life will no longer be governed by the needs and wants of a mere man. She has cowered for the last time, and with her Ancient by her side, she thrives and blossoms into the most formidable female vampire in existence.

But, once upon a time, like all little girls, Isadora believed in love. She believed it because she once had it. So, when it comes along a second time, she knows that it’s possible—but when you love someone, they become your weakness. Unless, in fact, they become your enemy instead…


Fulfilling your life’s prophecy should be empowering. At least, that’s what Elias Fontana always believed. But, as he stands guard over the beautiful vampire he’s taken hostage, his convictions start to crumble. Made to believe by his creators that he and two others have been designed to destroy a dangerous race, he has difficulty connecting his current reality to the woman he once loved.


When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers, who can you trust in the webs of lies and despair? And, when your life is at stake and blood has been shed, how much are you willing to sacrifice to fulfill your destiny?


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My Review

Wow! What a fabulous read! If you’re looking for something different in your paranormal reads, look no further. I will warn you, this book is HOT. It is Sexy. It’s downright Sinful at times. I love and I mean I love a good vampire story, but this one wow! I don’t know what to say. This is one of those stories that absolutely speaks for itself.

Isadora is the second book in the Masters and Monsters series. You probably could get away with reading this book without reading the first one and be ok. But, I highly recommend that you do read the first book first. Not only because it will help you to understand this story, but also because it’s a darn good story! Anyways, there isn’t much that I can say about this book, because I honestly don’t want to spoil it for you. That being said, here is what I can tell you: From the moment I picked up this book, I was intrigued by the world that Ella Frank had created. I was pulled into the story and dying to know more. The characters and their story are so unique and unlike anything that I’ve read.

Isadora was a quick and captivating read for me. I loved the story-line and the world building. I loved the paranormal elements and the characters. This book is sexy and intriguing. And when I say sexy, I mean off the charts, scorching! This book has something for everyone and I mean everyone. I will tell you that it does have quite a bit of M/M action.( Yes there is some M/F, so it’s not all M/M) I am just letting you know so that if it’s not your cup of tea, you’ve been warned. Aside for all the sexy goodness, Isadora is a really thrilling read. There is truly never a dull moment and there are lots of exciting twists and turns. You will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next. My only complaint is that the story is over. I want more! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.*


Isadora (Masters Among Monsters #2) by Ella Frank

Copyright © 2016 by Ella Frank

January—11 years earlier…

ISADORA HURRIED DOWN the stark, white corridor and kept her eyes on the floor. She couldn’t believe how close she’d cut her latest feed. Alasdair would have her hide if he had to bail her out, but it wasn’t her fault. Not really.

Not one human had caught her eye in the latest batch of yieldings, and that was saying something considering she wasn’t partial to male or female like her cousins. Ugh, it was a slump. Thanos had warned her that it would eventually happen. She hadn’t believed him, though, and with Diomêdês out of town, her options were limited.

She’d been restless lately, which was unlike her, and tonight, she hadn’t been able to wait. The local hospital seemed a smart place to peruse a decent selection. That was until the damn patient had coded.

Just my luck, she thought, and when the first doctor had arrived, she’d promptly knocked him out, stolen his lab coat, and shoved him in the bathroom. Then a rush of hospital staff had shown up and she’d had no choice but to leave by foot. That had been…oh, about five minutes ago.

While shoving her hands in the deep pockets, she came up to the entry she’d walked through earlier and sighed. All she had to do was get out into the shadows and fade back to the lair without anyone seeing. Alasdair would be none the wiser.

As she turned the final corner, a smug grin crossed her lips—until she ran smack into the equivalent of a brick wall.

“Oh, shit. I mean—” The male standing opposite her placed a hand on her arm. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you until it was too late to stop the collision.” He chuckled, and the warm sound of the vibration had Isadora raising her eyes.

As he absently ran his palm down the sleeve of her coat, she barely felt the touch. He was unlike any she’d ever seen.

The first thing she noticed was his height. Being a tall female herself, she’d always been drawn to a man who surpassed her own stature, and this man had several inches on her. His hair, dark as her own, was swept back from his face as though he’d run his hands through it. It was the odd color of his eyes, though, that held her immobile. They were an unusual shade of…silver that reminded her of her Ancient’s hair, and right now, they seemed to be shining at her.

“Are you okay?” he asked, bending a little at the knees to get a better look at her.

She quickly lowered her head. Jesus. Talk, Isadora. Tell him you’re fine and get away from him. “I think I’ll survive.” No, no. Do not flirt with him.

“Well, thank god for that.”

Brilliant, she admonished herself. His tone had taken on a quality she knew all too well—interest. But she didn’t have time for this. She made a move to step around him, but the fingers she hadn’t even realized were still on her wrist tightened.


She looked down to where he held her, and as if he’d just noticed, he released his grip.


He gave a shrug, but the cocky smile that tipped his lips belied any kind of indifference. This man was confident, and he had every reason to be.

“You can’t just leave. What if I injured you?”

A burst of laughter bubbled out of her at the notion, and it was the first time in years she had done so.

“I’m serious,” he said as he took a step closer.

She brought her fingers to her lips to hide the grin she was flashing. “Yes, I can see that.”

“I mean, what if you leave and later suffer from a concussion? I’m a pretty solid guy, and you did run into me rather hard.”

As he said the word hard, their eyes locked and Isadora’s arm lowered, her lips parting. She needed to get out of there. The high from the feed and her lack of yieldings these past few weeks must’ve been causing a residual sexual pull, because all she wanted was to get naked and on her knees for this guy.

As a group of hospital staff ran by, he broke their connection and gestured with his thumb over his shoulder. “Do you need to go?”

Yes, but not because of that. “I should.”

“Are you a doctor here?”

“Ahh no. An intern.” Great, now I’m lying. And why that lie?

“Oh, so, if I come back, I might bump into you again?”

That was why right there. “Uh, maybe.”

When it was clear she wasn’t going to say anything else, he held his hand out for her to shake. It was such a human gesture and odd in light of their having already connected so spectacularly that she just stared at it.

“Then let me introduce myself so it won’t be strange when I show up again tomorrow. I’m Elias, and you are?”

As Isadora slid her palm into his, she allowed herself to take another good look at him. He was sexy, and the way he was watching her with intense focus made it more than obvious he found her just as appealing. Surely there’d be no harm if she took a little peek inside.

She gently pushed into his mind, and what she saw was anything but endearing or shy. He was imagining her as stripped down as she had just been picturing. However, he had her on her feet and against a wall—the hospital wall behind her, to be exact.

Loving that image, she was more than content to keep watching, but as if he knew she was in there, his mind went blank. She blinked, not believing what she was seeing, but sure enough, it was as if he’d flicked a switch and the television had been shut off.

“You’re not going to tell me your name?” he asked, breaking into her thoughts and flashing a wide grin.

She wasn’t sure why, but instead of compelling him to forget her, she slicked her tongue along her lower lip and watched him track it with those unusual eyes.

“I’ll tell you that the next time we bump into each other.”

“Which will be?”

 Diomêdês would be gone for several more days, so perhaps she could amuse herself with this human until he returned. Then maybe…maybe she would present him as her next choice if things went well.

“I work tomorrow night.”

It should’ve alarmed her at how easily lies fell from her tongue, but she’d honed the perfect delivery of such tales over many centuries and found she really was quite skilled at it. Thanos, her cousin, was terrible.

“That’s good to know. I’ll be sure to stand in every corridor until you run into me.”

Isadora walked backwards, once again slipping her hands into the coat pockets, and winked. “I should pass by this one around midnight.”

As she turned to push through the exit, he called out, “I’ll be waiting…”


Isadora (Masters Among Monsters #2) by Ella Frank

Copyright © 2016 by Ella Frank

ALASDAIR KYRIAKOUS LOOKED over to where his human yielding lay stretched out beneath his Ancient and marveled at the predicament he now faced.

The depraved image on his bed had his cock standing at full attention as he walked closer to the scene that was unraveling. A feeding. And not just any feeding. One between the most formidable of their kind, Vasilios, and a human who he wasn’t fully convinced was human at all.

Tension filled the bedchamber, and Alasdair understood that one wrong move, one misspoken word, and the man he’d had his dick inside minutes earlier would be dead before he ever found out what he really was.

Although Vasilios was fully clothed, he was a shocking sight to behold. Covered in blood from the earlier butchery in Thanos’s chambers, he appeared every bit the savage he was. But that didn’t seem to faze Leonidas Chapel. Even naked and vulnerable as the man currently was, Leo was still enraptured by Vasilios.

Alasdair had previously suspected it, but that right there was proof positive. The sinful, wicked side of their nature, the killer instincts they possessed, intrigued this human. With every new detail Leo learned, he became more attracted and more involved. So much so that, when his life had been in danger, he’d offered them the use of him in any way they desired.

Leo was fearless.

Much like he himself had been when he had been mortal, and that made Alasdair…protective.

“Vasilios,” he said.

When his sire pivoted towards him, Alasdair had to tread carefully.

“Yes, agóri?”

Fuck, he knew that tone. It was Vasilios’s version of you dare interrupt me?

“Be mindful,” Alasdair said. “He is not like other humans.”

“Which is exactly the reason this must be done. This way, we will know where he is, what he is thinking, and I can bring him to me whenever I desire…” Vasilios turned back to Leo and trailed the tip of his bloodied finger along his cheek.

Leo’s lips parted.

“Wouldn’t that be a treat for you, human? To come to me—and for me—whenever I command it?”

Alasdair’s cock throbbed under Vasilios’s sensual tone, and when Leo arched off the bed, he knew that the invitation was affecting him in much the same way. He didn’t need to verbally respond—Leo’s body was speaking for him.

“You were right to keep him, Alasdair.”

Alasdair climbed onto the mattress so his knees were by their heads, and when Vasilios straightened to straddle Leo’s waist, he took Alasdair’s mouth in a possessive kiss.

He opened to his sire’s demanding lips, and as their tongues battled for dominance, Leo groaned underneath them. Alasdair pulled his head back and found Leo stroking his thick shaft.

So needy, file mou, he pushed into his mind. Are you sure you understand what you are offering?

A frown furrowed Leo’s brow, but the flush on his cheeks made Alasdair aware that, even though he might not have understood the finer details of his offer, he did understand he would get access to the both of them.

“He is different,” Vasilios nipped at Alasdair’s jaw. “And I want him to be ours.”

Leo was focused on the two of them, and when his teeth clenched and he gave a stiff nod, Alasdair relented.

“Then that is what he shall be.”

“So, you agree?” Vasilios asked as he lifted his head.

“Would it matter if I said no?”

When Vasilios arched an eyebrow, it gave Alasdair his answer, but his sire was quick to add, “Not particularly. However, I would prefer your acceptance.”

“Then be at ease. I want nothing more than to give you what you desire.”

“Ahh, agóri, you always know exactly how to please me. I shall endeavor to reciprocate the gesture. Keep him here. I shall return.”

Vasilios faded in an instant, and as Leo moved to his elbows, Alasdair shook his head. If he knew his sire, he would be back in less than—“Ahh, yes”—a second.

“Now, where were we?” Vasilios asked from where he’d reappeared—kneeling over Leo, minus all of his bloodied clothes, and clean as if he’d taken a lengthy shower.

This was a first for them. They had shared many lovers in the past, but never had they joined with another or fed another their blood with the sole purpose of connecting their lives. And Alasdair wondered where they would go from there.



ALASDAIR (Masters Among Monsters, #1)

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Bestowed with eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. His name carries weight across all of the seven continents.

But he is a mystery to his kind, an anomaly among the self-indulgent. While he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh, he is exceptionally particular in his choice of partners and prides himself on his ironclad self-control.

Yet with one look his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover that eternal life doesn’t always last forever…


Thrust into a world he could never have imagined, Leo Chapel awakens in his worst nightmare. Taken hostage by the dangerously mesmerizing vampire, Alasdair, Leo must rely on his intelligence to escape before he reveals a secret he isn’t even aware he’s hiding.


Unaware that they’ve been brought together by an outside force and are little more than pawns to a higher power, Alasdair and Leo spend time trying to uncover the other’s secrets, the attraction between them growing stronger all the while.

But enemies are watching and preparing to act against them. When decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made—can a dead, grey heart learn to beat again?

About the Author

Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary, M/M romance and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.  You can reach her on the web at and on Facebook at

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  1. Why did you decide to write romance novels?

– Because I love reading them! I fell in love with love around the age of fourteen/fifteen when my Nan gave me my first Sandra Brown novel, and after that I was done. From there I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to fall in love in real life, and I wanted to write and read about it in books!

  1. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?

– I always think every character you create has a little piece of someone you know, and maybe a piece of yourself. But really, my men are all from my overactive brain!

  1. What do you do in your down time?

– Read! Or binge watch Netflix. I love TV shows but hate commercials. So Netflix and Hulu are possibly the best things that have happened in modern times IMO.

  1. When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

– The erotic section. Hands down. I make a beeline in that direction and my husband heads to the DVD’s. I used to take great joy in taking the risqué titles to the cashier’s and smiling sweetly at them. But now I buy them on my kindle…ahh, some of the thrill is gone because of that!

  1. Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?

Well, that would be the author’s I grew up devouring. That list includes, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Janelle Denison, Lori Foster, Carly Phillips. There are so many wonderful writers in the genre. I also grew up reading James Patterson, who I love.

  1. What research did you have to perform to back up your story? Any research, which really opened your eyes or gave you new respect for a topic or profession?

– With this recent series (Masters Among Monsters) I’ve been able to go back to my first love of Ancient History and do some digging and research on several topics. Some were not so pleasant like torture, and others much more so, such as clothing, locations, and myths.

In other stories, such as Blind Obsession I got to research all about Paris and violins and classical music and it really gives a whole other level of appreciation.

  1. What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? Are you character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?

– Up until recently I would’ve said I was a total pantser (as in writing by the seat of my pants). However, I have recently become an outliner of sorts. It’s messy and no one really understands it but me, but it’s definitely helped with this series for sure. Not that I always stuck to it!

  1. How do you get past writers block or distractions like Facebook?

– I walk away. Sounds simple, right? It’s not always so. If I’m stuck on something I will usually try and push through until I’m so annoyed I get mad, throw a tantrum, and THEN walk away. As for Facebook, the trick is checking once in the morning, and once in the evening, and really even then sometimes I have to take time-outs to make sure everything gets finished on time.

  1. What is your favorite book from childhood.

– Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. This is such an amazing book about finding out who you are, and being proud of it. I also got to go and listen to the author speak as a teen which was phenomenal.

  1. What’s on your desk? Can you see your desk? Describe what you see when you look around.

– I usually sit at my kitchen table first thing in the morning at 4:30a.m. when I get up. I know I’m insane. That’s actually where I am right now, and there is an unopened bottle of wine, waiting for tonight and my headphones to block out all noise. Later when the rest of the world wakes up, I will move to my actual desk which is a varidesk! Sometimes I sit, and other times it folds up so I can stand. I love it.

  1. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

– Well, it wasn’t weird so much as unexpected for a woman to be searching it. I write in the m/m genre and considering I am a female I had to research quite extensively through videos and words and also chatting with people, the sexual interactions and situations I wanted to use. Now I just imagine it all in my head and go from there. But you always want to be as accurate as possible.

  1. What is your favorite line from any of your books?

–           That’s hard! Like making us pick our favorite child. I have a couple that come to mind.

“You are going to ruin me.”

She placed her palm over my heart and tapped 1,2,3. 1,2,3—before whispering, “You’re going to save me.” ~ Veiled Innocence

“Before this, I didn’t know you were essential for me to feel alive.” ~ Trust

When did this story morph? When did it change from a tale of two to a tragedy of three? ~ Blind Obsession

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?

– Not really! I believe in lust at first sight. I think you can be very attracted to someone as soon as you see and meet them. But usually it takes a few conversations to find that deeper connection. It might only be one or two conversations, but there usually

needs to be some talking. However, in some books it totally works! After all, it’s the fairytale and it’s fiction, where anything is possible!

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

– I love movies, reading, TV and relaxing with good food and wine.

  1. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

– It’s always tough to hear that someone doesn’t love a character you may particularly love writing or feel a connection with. That’s always the toughest for me. It’s almost like you want to defend them like they’re your blood relative. But in the end, you are putting your work out there to be read and enjoyed (or sometimes not). That comes with the territory, you just have to develop a thick skin and not let it mess with your head.


  1. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Pride and Prejudice—because Elizabeth Bennett was the first fierce female I read and I loved her stubbornness, her independence, and the fact that Mr. Darcy, who was an arrogant pain in the ass, ended up loving her for who she was anyway. The strong woman won, and I love that!

  1. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Perhaps, be a little more confident in who you are. I hate that as teenagers, especially girls, we are always trying to be cool or conform to a certain stereotype. I wish I had been more independent back then, and was the kind of person to step out and be a true individual.

  1. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

– Not specifically. Honestly, the romance genre as a whole influenced me, especially the authors who would write in dual POV. Loved getting both sides of the story. So I think that really helped shape the kind of author I am.

  1. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Sex? Action? Death?

– Sometimes they’re all hard! I find it depends on my mood. If I am trying to write a darker piece and I’m happy, it’s difficult to dig deep and find the right headspace. If I’m writing a death scene I put on some ugly cry and write through tears and drool and it aint pretty. Sex scenes are fun for me! I never have a problem sitting down and thinking those up.

  1. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Most of the time, how it sounds. I don’t actually spend hours thinking about a name (unless they’re ancient Greek ones). I tend to go with ones that flow nicely in my head. Apparently I am obsessed with the letter M in a last name though and have consciously been steering clear of that lately ha!

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

– The plot of this one is very detailed and there are a lot of characters to weave into it. They all have a part to play and have very different relationships. So it hasn’t always been easy keeping them in line!

  1. What did you want to be when you grow up?

– If not a writer, which I was doing at fifteen, then an English/History teacher. I always loved stories, fiction and non.

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

– That an outline really CAN help! Ha! My co-author has been telling me this forever but I was stubborn—until this book. Low and behold it totally helped.

  1. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

– I have been sitting down to write since I was a teenager. What made me sit down and finish was a friend of mine. She was reading Exquisite as I wrote it and kept asking for more.

  1. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing Isadora?

– I have no idea! She would have to be fierce and strong, and absolutely stunning. A female vampire among a horde of males. It would be very cool to see though.

  1. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

– I touched on this a little above, ha. Usually I like to see where it takes me but lately I have been outlining and plotting. I’m curious to see if that will carry over to my contemporary work. I will try and make it so. I think it makes my life and those around me a little easier.

  1. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

– I love the convenience of an ebook. Having a virtual library at my fingertips is AMAZING. However, I love owning and collecting hardbacks and paperbacks from those authors I truly love. If they’re signed it means even more.

  1. What book/s are you reading at present?

– I am currently chapter reading Hooker by Brooke Blaine. That is due out February 17th, and it’s so good.

  1. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

–           As a writer I believe I have evolved due to having an amazing critique partner. She has made me look at my work through different eyes. I have learned to tighten my sentences, be more descriptive, and add layers upon layers to my characters, and all because she is honest to the core and never holds back. It is important to trust whom you work with and be open to learning, that way all you can do is improve and better your work.




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Review: Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16) by Kresley Cole



An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty…

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl… to would-be superhero… to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

My Review

Sweet Ruin is my first read by this author and certainly won’t be my last. I have been looking for something new to read in the paranormal world and after reading this book, one thing is clear, I have been missing out on this author’s writing. Now, I know this is the 16th book in this series, and yes I have a habit of reading books out of order, but I will tell you this, I did not feel lost at all. From the moment I picked up this book, I wanted to know more. I was intrigued by the characters and the world that Ms Cole has created. I easily got lost in the plot and sensuality of the story. Yes, there is a lot and I mean a lot of sexy good times in this book, but there was also a really great story-line; one that had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.

I honestly loved everything about this story, from start to finish. It was fun, sexy, entertaining and intriguing. I found the story-line to be very refreshing and it was exactly the paranormal book I was looking for. There is so much to love about this book and I can’t wait to see where this series will go next. In fact, I’m really looking forward to going back and reading this series from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what else I’ve been missing out on. This author has definitely made a fan out of me!

*I was provided an ARC of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*


Blog Tour and Review: The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Dark Ones

Release Date: Sept 20, 2015


To touch a Dark One is death.
To talk to an immortal is suicide.
Yet, I’ve been marked by both.
A Vampire.
And the King of the immortals.
My life is no longer my own.
And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.
It was theirs.
It’s always been theirs.


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My Review

“Love, in all my experience, was just that–selfishness wrapped up in a pretty little bow.”

I have been a huge fan of Rachel Van Dyken’s books for a long time now. And with each new book or new series, I fall more in love with the characters and the author’s writing. The Dark Ones was no exception and has quickly found a place for its self as one of my top RVD reads.

When I first started this book, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. From the moment I read the first page, I knew I was on to something that was going to be exciting, and entertaining. I was completely entranced and spellbound by the characters and the story-line. The story-line was so refreshing and unique. We were given vampires, werewolves, sirens, humans and angelic beings.

The Dark Ones follows the story of Genesis. Her entire life she has been told that she is ugly and nothing. She has been told that her purpose in life, if called upon, is to teach and serve the immortals. However, Genesis will quickly find out that everything that she has been told is a lie. Now, she will find herself facing a new reality and caught between two men. She will be tested and forced to make a choice. Only, the wrong choice could cost Genesis her life…..

The Dark Ones is fast paced, addictive and captivating. The story is very well written and reminded me exactly why I love this genre. I found myself completely lost to the characters and their story. I couldn’t get enough and didn’t want to put it down. The Dark Ones gave me everything I was looking for and more; from an intriguing plot to fascinating characters and exciting twists. This story had angst, romance, action, suspense and lots of steamy, swoony times. Fans of Rachel Van Dyken, you will not be disappointed in The Dark Ones. And if you’re like me, you will be waiting anxiously for more of The Dark Ones….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via InkSlinger PR, in exchange for an honest review*


“Ethan, a word?” Alex stood.

“Sure.” Ethan kissed the top of my head and left the room while Mason started rummaging around the kitchen; pots and pans clanged together, and then he pulled out a giant piece of steak.

“I hope that’s not for me.” I pointed.

“Protein…” He threw the steak into the pan. “…feeds the blood, which feeds the mate, which, in turn, feeds you.”

“You gonna start singing Circle of Life?” I joked.

“Circle of life?” he repeated.

“Lion King?”

“Cassius is king.”

I looked helplessly to Stephanie, who was trying to hide her smile behind her hand.

“Have you seriously never watched Lion King?”

“Werewolves are scared of TV,” Stephanie said with a soft laugh.

“And sirens are afraid of the dark,” he fired back, while she shuddered. “I’m not afraid of the TV. I just don’t see the point in sitting in front of a flat box and watching people make fools of themselves.”

“He’d rather be the fool.” Stephanie nodded and winked in my direction.

“Mason…” I walked over to him and put my head on his shoulder. “How about I eat the steak and we watch Lion King?”


“Dances with Wolves?”

Stephanie snickered loudly behind her hand.

“Wolves do not dance,” Mason growled.

“Oh, we know.” Stephanie nodded. “I’ve seen it once. Don’t care to see it again.”

“Too much whiskey.” Mason kissed the top of my head. “Eat the whole steak, and then we’ll talk about King Lion.”

“Lion King.”

“Same thing.”

I sighed helplessly and went to sit at the table while Mason cooked.

Stephanie gave me a side hug. “Eight tomorrow morning, alright?”


“Bed.” She shrugged. “It’s been a long night.” Her eyes misted again.

“Are you sure you’re okay?”

“Yeah.” Her voice cracked. “Like Alex said, we get emotional. Can’t help it.”

It felt like she was lying, but I was human, how would I know? I nodded and turned my attention back to Mason, who’d started searing the steak.

“So you cook meat but refuse to eat it?”

“I’m a vegetarian.” He smiled. I’d never realized how pointy his teeth were on the sides. Maybe that’s how he’d been able to bite into me before Ethan had mated with me.

“Your teeth say otherwise.” I pointed. “Flat means vegetarian. Pointy means carnivore.”

Mason rolled his eyes. “I didn’t say it was natural for me to be a vegetarian.”

“Okay… so why?”

He let out a heavy sigh. “Meat made my mate sick… for one reason or another. It gave her headaches. She only ate fruits, vegetables, nuts.” He flipped the steak. “So I learned to like other foods.”

“And now?”

He went very quiet, his eyes focusing in on the steak. “Now…” His voice was hoarse. “I honor her with my every meal.”

My throat clogged with emotion.

The fact that he honored her at all — but with every single meal — killed me. How did he survive that? How did he live every day having known true love? And know he may never experience it again — living forever?

“Don’t pity me.” Mason let out a gruff growl. “It makes it harder.”

“Sorry,” I whispered. “So pinecones, huh?”

He laughed. “Yes, well, it’s an acquired taste.”

“I bet.”

My heart picked up speed, and then I smelled him. Ethan entered the room, briskly walking by me, kissing my head. “Steak almost done?”

“I’m a perfectionist.” Mason held up his hands. “Let the juices seal.”

Ethan scrunched up his nose. “Her blood tastes better than that steak.”

“Yes, well, her blood tastes good because she’s living. She’s living because I feed her.”

“Werewolf has a point,” I teased. “Besides, if I eat my whole steak, we’re going to watch Lion King!”

“Whose king?” Ethan tilted his head. “What lion? Mason’s a wolf.”

And that’s how I ended up spending my evening between a vampire and a werewolf, eating steak and watching a Disney movie while they argued over the animal kingdom, not to mention the lion’s choice in song.

It felt right.

Like I’d finally found my place.

My home.

I had no idea that the security I felt was about to get ripped from me, from the very people I’d put my trust in.



Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

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Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz

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vampiresofmanhattanThe Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

My Review

Vampires of Manhattan is sort of a spin off, but more of a continuation of the Blue Blood series and takes place about 10 years after Gates of Paradise. The main characters are now grown up. It’s been 10 years since Lucifer was defeated. A lot has changed. There is now a new leader of the coven. The time has come to show the world that they will no longer be living in the darkness, they are alive (well as alive as the undead can be ;)) and they’re not going anywhere. And to top it all off, they’re bringing back the Four Hundred Ball. Life is anything but easy, especially when Pentagrams start showing up everywhere. A human girl is murdered and it’s made to look like a vampire did it. You will find yourself asking Why is this happening now? Who is behind all of this? What is really going on?

I thought Vampires of Manhattan an ok read. It did take me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. It was a fast paced and told from multiple points of views.This is my first book by this author. I didn’t feel too lost by not having read Blue Bloods first. There were a few times where I felt like I was missing something, but for the most part, I wasn’t too confused. I will say that my interest about Blue Bloods is definitely peaked and I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out. Fans of the Blue Blood series, I think you will be very happy. As readers, I think we tend to always want more. We get so lost, so involved in a story or character, that we don’t want to say goodbye. We want to know what happens after the final book ends.

I think this series is off to a good start. It’s got mystery, suspense, romance, drama and of course some great paranormal aspects. I wouldn’t say that this book ends on a cliffhanger, but more of a to be continued. I am definitely curious and interested in seeing where the story will go from here.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour and Review: Seduce (Succubus Kiss #1) by Jennifer Snyder

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A Succubus Kiss Novel, Book 1

New Adult Paranormal Romance

Release: February 24, 2015



Life isn’t so bad for succubus, Kenna Blake. True, she seems to be the only succubus with a conscience and a specific strategy for finding her male meals, but she has a cute new apartment, a budding graphic design business, and the most unique friends she’s ever had. 

Her personal love life, however, is non-existent.

Until the legendary vampire Randal Vincent sweeps into her life. Even though he isn’t someone she set out to date, at least she can kiss him without killing him. But when you’re dating someone who’s the inspiration for Dracula, there are bound to be a few hiccups along the way… 

My Review

Seduce follows the story of Kenna Blake. She’s not like other girls. She’s a succubus. She’s having a hard time accepting what she is and has a very interesting way of choosing which type of males she feeds from. Her life is anything but ordinary, but her love life is pretty non-existent. That is until she meets Randall. He’s a vampire. Everything about him draws her to him. Maybe Kenna’s love life won’t be so non-existent after all. ….. 

Seduce is my first book by Jennifer Snyder. Overall, I found it be quite enjoyable. It was a quick and easy read for me. I liked the idea of the story and thought it flowed really well. The characters were fun and intriguing.  I loved the paranormal elements, mystery and the touch of romance.  There were also some great twists, that leave you wondering what in the world is going on! Seduce is an exciting start to this new series by Jennifer Snyder and I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen next. 

* I was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*



About The Author

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Wednesday Anything – Vampire Academy movie

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I read the Vampire Academy series a while ago now. I’m talking years. I didn’t even read the last book because I was over it by the time the movie came out, but I have read the first three Sydney and Adrian books because I freaking loved Adrian. I wanted him to be the winner, even though I knew it would never happen. I was hoping for a miracle.

So, on the advice of my (youngest) sister (who loved the whole series) I watched the movie. Uuuh did I miss something in the books? It was a little odd because I didn’t really get the comedy vibe from the books but it was definitely there in the movie?! Like Mean girls with vampires. I actually didn’t hate it though. The girl that played Rose (just googled her name – Zoey Deutch) gave me Ellen Page vibes and I adore Ellen Page to infinity and beyond, I also found Rose’s one liners to be quite witty! Do I need to grow up? Maybe. 

I read on Wiki that it under performed at the box office and that there more than likely won’t be another one. That might be for the best…ahem… I secretly wish there was a follow up though.

Anyway I just wanted to share that little weekend experience with you all. If you have watched it let me know your thoughts! If we’re still friends now that liking the Vampire Academy movie is no longer my secret shame.

Oooh! While I was hunting out the above clip on YouTube I also found this! Beauty and the Beast!! I’m dying!! Since my French is pretty much limited to basics like hello, goodbye, telling people my name and commenting on the weather, I’m going to have to watch this with subtitles. Worth it. 

Throwback Thursday!

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This is our first Throwback Thursday, to share the love of a past read and have a bit of a chat. So it just comes down to picking one for this week to kick it off….Right now I’m sitting here listening to the rain and staring at my bookcase for inspiration, hoping a book will throw itself at me begging me to dust it off and reminisce…Ahem…

So this was my thought pattern: I need a book for throwback Thursday…It’s raining… Hmmmm I like to eat dessert when it rains… Damn! I have no dessert… That dessert I had at Kristal’s the other night was good I wish I had some of that… Oooohhhhh I can’t wait for TB (True Blood) Tuesdays to start back up because it’s guaranteed desserts every week… Wait… TB Tuesdays… I know what my first Throwback Thursday is!


Dead until Dark  (#1 Sookie Stackhouse Series) – By Charlaine Harris

This is the first story in the series written by Charlaine Harris. I still remember my BBH telling me about this book I HAD to read a few years ago. So off I went to the bookstore, found it, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read about Vampires? At this point I hadn’t read much Urban Fantasy and the like. It was all Historical Fiction and Chick-Lit. But I bought it, read it, loved it, went back and started reading the rest. Now, I’m putting aside all of the soul destroying issues the books further on in the series caused my BBH and I, and am JUST focusing on this first book for TT. I know a bunch of you would’ve read it and more than likely the rest of them too. Do you remember the start? Before things got twisted? The possibilities for the storyline and characters? Learning all about Sookie and Bill and Bon Temps? Before you got too many books in? Before it was splashed across our screens in True Blood? (Oh do not worry we will be blogging about TB’s final series later this year as it plays out!) As my first foray into UF this book was a good start. It was easy to dip my toes in and not get too badly bitten (ha!) It definitely has a special place in my heart. So up on my bookshelf this book stays as a reminder of the start of my supernatural love. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back and revisit Sookie in Bon Temps, as her and I have had some disagreements over the years, but I don’t regret meeting her for a second.



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