Demon Ensnared by Jenn Stark

The best Demon Enforcer yet.  He risks everything to do his job.  She has been chosen when she was a child.

Title:  Demon Ensnared
Author:  Jenn Stark
Series:  Demon Enforcers #4
Publish Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher’s Description:  You’re always stronger in the broken places…

Angela Stanton has it all—the brilliant mind, the political job that can make a real difference, the townhouse full of strays she attracts wherever she goes. She’s also got a secret that nearly destroyed her when she was a child. A secret she’s buried so deep, it can’t hurt anyone anymore.

Until now.

Gregori of the Syx, a gifted empath, has avoided all human emotion since he became a demon. Now he must convince Angela to trust him with her deepest pain, revealing a truth that could change the role of demons on earth forever. Unfortunately, the intensity of this particular human connection might also shatter what’s left of his soul. But this time, he won’t turn away.

Falling in love can utterly end you when you’re a Demon Ensnared.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I loved this book.  I enjoyed the three books before this one, but this one was very powerful.  This demon enforcer is an empath and he endures a LOT of pain for God’s children. I think he is the one demon enforcer that has been punished the most for his sins.

I would have to suggest that you have at least become familiar with the Immortal Vegas series or the Wilde Justice series.  The reason for this is that there are cameos of the members of the Arcana council.  They have involved themselves in the destiny of humanity.

There is blood and gore, naive politicians and a bit of sex.  The premise is pretty simple but it’s not obvious.  It doesn’t become obvious until around 3/4 of the story, however, I didn’t even notice how many pages flew by until the story was building for the end.  I read it all in one day and again, I feel it was the best Demon Enforcer yet.  I give it a 5.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 12/1/2019

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

Are you familiar with the Kitty Norville series?  I wasn’t a fan and I tried to read it two different times in my life.  For some reason it never stuck, however, Author Vaughn is now releasing a new spin off.  Now this series sounds super interesting.  Check it out.

Title:  Badlands Witch
Author:  Carrie Vaughn
Series: Cormac and Amelia
Release date: November 12, 2019
Description: In brand-new stories spun off from the New York Times Bestselling Kitty Norville series, dark mysteries push the bounds of sanity. Cormac Bennett, ex-con and former bounty hunter, is a paranormal investigator with an edge: his partner is the disembodied spirit of a Victorian wizard, Amelia Parker. Together, they solve problems no one else can.

Cormac and Amelia travel to South Dakota, where an archeologist has hired them to examine an artifact for possible magical qualities. Cormac is skeptical, Amelia is intrigued. And it turns out – the whole thing is a trap. Cormac used to make his living killing monsters, and he made more than a few enemies back in the day. Who from his past is out for revenge, and can he and Amelia survive?

 

I have been following Lauren Dane’s series Goddess with a Blade for years now.  It was a bit cheesy, but I liked it and kept reading.  Then I got even more involved with the characters in the book At Blade’s Edge.  It was a pivotal with the relationship between The First and Rowan and Rowan and Clive.  It was really an excellent book.  The next one, Wrath of the Goddess, was not as great as I was hoping, but I’m not ready to let go the series just yet.


Title:  Blood and Blade
Author:  Lauren Dane
Series:  Goddess with a Blade
Release date: December 30, 2019
Description: Rowan Summerwaite is ready to finish what she started in Blood and Blade , the next installment in the Goddess with a Blade series by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane.

It’s been only days since Rowan and her friends eliminated the immediate threat to magic users and Vampires, but they’re already back on the hunt. Rowan’s out for vengeance, and she’s never been more driven—or angry. But she’s up against a being stronger than any she’s ever fought. To bring it down she’ll need more than the powers the goddess Brigid gave her…

This time she’ll need her friends, too.

She knows her husband will always have her back. As an ancient Vampire and Scion of North America, Clive has more clout and dominance than almost anyone. Rowan’s small but trusted inner circle insist they’ll join her in the thick of the battle, even as she argues it’s too dangerous for them. She’s also got a new dog. Familiar. Whatever. Star is a magical being put in Rowan’s path to help and protect her.

The hunt for ancient evil takes Rowan and her team to London and back to Las Vegas, bringing with them an unexpected alliance. Fortified by their rage, grief and determination, Rowan and her friends will stop at nothing when they track their enemy to the high desert in a final, deadly showdown.
This time she’ll need her friends, too.

She knows her husband will always have her back. As an ancient Vampire and Scion of North America, Clive has more clout and dominance than almost anyone. Rowan’s small but trusted inner circle insist they’ll join her in the thick of the battle, even as she argues it’s too dangerous for them. She’s also got a new dog. Familiar. Whatever. Star is a magical being put in Rowan’s path to help and protect her.

The hunt for ancient evil takes Rowan and her team to London and back to Las Vegas, bringing with them an unexpected alliance. Fortified by their rage, grief and determination, Rowan and her friends will stop at nothing when they track their enemy to the high desert in a final, deadly showdown.

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Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones were looking forward to a normal holiday – at least as “normal” as it gets for vampires and their otherworldly friends and family.

Title: Home for the Holidays
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Huntress #6.5
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  Cat and Bones were looking forward to a normal holiday – at least as “normal” as it gets for vampires and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a mysterious stranger shows up and reveals long-buried secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer – and lives.

 

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

Yep.  I read a holiday book before Thanksgiving was even here.  Why? Well, I was feelin’ the holiday.  I mean, seriously, how is a person supposed to wait when Hallmark Channel is promoting Christmas movies?  Anyway, this book was a re-read and like all Jeaniene Frost books, it was awesome.

This book was #6.5 in the Night Huntress series.  I’ve re-read #1-3 and it seemed like a good idea to see if I remember the Christmas edition.  I can safely say that I did not remember all aspects of the story.

Long story short- Cat and Bones invite friends to their house for Christmas.  This story has an element in it that makes me sad for Bones, but also shed more light on the characters as a whole.  I don’t think you’d really “miss” a lot if you didn’t read it, but the story had some jaw droppers in it that I really appreciated.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that it really added more depth to the characters. More background. More identity.

I did have one problem with the story. I know that Menchares is incredibly strong in mind and body, but I would have thought his life experience would have made him clue in on what was happening.  However, then Cat wouldn’t have been able to save the day.  I guess I can’t have it both ways, right?

As always, there is a ton of blood, gore, explosions and sex.  I give it a 5.

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Nell’s Author gossip and Book hunt 11/24/19

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

It’s Christmas Movie Time!  Yay!!!  I know, I know.  Thanksgiving tends to get pushed out of the way, but Thanksgiving marks the time when folks are getting primed for the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is when the fam meets and if you all draw names, it gets done then.  If the fam buys for everyone, it’s Christmas list time.  Oh, what fun a Christmas list is.  Put your wildest dreams on that list even though you Santa won’t bring something so extravagant.  My husband put a new pickup truck on his list for years.  He ended up buying it himself, but, hey, at least Santa was aware!!

The usual way things work with Christmas books made into movies is that a lot of imagination is lost.  I can’t see the picture in my head of what something looks like because of the picture already in front of me.  It’s ok, though, because if I have to cook or any other event that won’t allow me to read, I’m saved through the book made into a movie.  For example:

Christmas Town movie based on The Christmas Town book: Lauren Gabriel leaves everything behind in Boston to embark on a new chapter in her life and career. But an unforeseen detour to the charming town of Grandon Falls has her discover unexpected new chapters – of the heart and of family – helping her to embrace, once again, the magic of Christmas. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Tim Rozon and Beth Broderick.

This is just one example.  If you hopped over to here and see all the movies yourself, you’d have a better idea of the books to movies. The movies are mostly all contemporary, and no historical or paranormal, but, you know, don’t want to scare the civilians.

Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m advocating the tv instead of books.  No, never that.  It’s just another option during the busy season.

Staying on the theme of books to movies:  I am thrilled to tell you about the Virgin River series going live!!!  Woot!!  Robin Carr wrote this series and I was absolutely wrapped up in binge reading her books.  They are romance, but whoo boy, I think this will be a treat.  Lock the channel on Netflix on December 6, 2019.  Check it out for yourself here.

Here’s the trailer. And here is an interview from Robin Carr.

Here is the book series.  I swear to you, I devoured them one after another.  They were really good.

Series:  Virgin River
Author: Robin Carr
Description: Welcome to Virgin River, a rugged outpost deep in California’s redwood forests built by men of honor for the women they love. Pull up a chair at Jack’s Bar, catch up on the local gossip, order Preacher’s meatloaf and relax. These people will do anything to help one another, strangers welcome—and you won’t be a stranger for long.

 

 

 

 

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Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood

  In a town where the monsters don’t always have claws, someone has to look out for the little guy. That’s where I come in.

Title: Cunning Devil
Author:  Chris Underwood
Series:  Lost Falls #1
Publish Date:  March 10, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  In a town where the monsters don’t always have claws, someone has to look out for the little guy. That’s where I come in.

They call me cunning man, conjurer, wizard, but mostly they call me Ozzy. If a witch is throwing curses your way, or there’s something scary scratching at your window in the night, I’ve got just the charm for you.

Mostly, though, I find things. Lost treasures, missing loved ones, doesn’t matter. If you want something found, I’m your guy. For a nominal fee, of course.

So when a grieving father hired me to track down a stolen family heirloom, I was happy to help. Trouble is, what started out as another garden-variety stolen property job just ended in attempted murder. Mine.

They made a mistake, though, when they put a bullet in my stomach and left me for the worms.

They didn’t bury me deep enough.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

 

I’ve had this book in my TBR for some time, actually.  I bought it because the title and cover were intriguing.  Enlarge the book cover for just one minute.  There are so many things to see that the cover made an impression on me. To look at the title, I’d have guessed that this book was going to be some kind of demon romance, but trust me, it’s not.

Ozzy is a Cunning Man.  A Cunning Man is kind of like a Harry Dresden wizard, but yet a lot different.  In his arsenal are charms but his real money maker is finding things.  Not always people, but things.  He always seems to stumble upon a monster or ten.

There are monsters in this book.  Treachery, back stabbing with twists and turns await. There is no sex but there is blood, gore and grossness, but it wouldn’t be a good story without.

I enjoyed it.  I’d give it a 4.

 

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