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Grave Expectations by Lina Gardiner

I have waited since 2009 to find out what happens in this series.  I’m glad that that I was lucky enough to be around to grab it.

Grave expectations Lina GardinerTitle: Grave Expectations
Author: Lina Gardiner
Series: Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter #4
Publish Date: August 31, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:Tough vampire cop, Jess Vandermire, fights against her undead brethren in New York City to protect the two men she loves more than life itself. But Jess is waging a personal war, too—to save the tiny shred of soul she has left. If she loses, so does the city…

For decades, Jess Vandermire, has been fighting the city’s biggest threat—deadly hunters in the night. But with John ‘Britt’ Brittain, by her side, there’s nothing she can’t handle. That is, until now. Suddenly…

The vampires Jess and Britt are hunting aren’t acting like normal bloodsuckers. They’re braver, smarter…and harder to kill.

The Vatican has ordered Jess’s brother, Father Regent Vandermire, to save the soul of a massive, bloodthirsty creature. But his prayers aren’t working. And if the monster gets much bigger, the whole city will need them.

Her beloved Britt is once again in her life. But until he understands his newfound powers, he won’t touch her. Because there’s a good chance his love might kill her…

Jess quickly realizes she and Britt aren’t powerful enough to handle the upcoming challenge alone. There’s only one man who can help—evangelist Malcolm Fisk. Too bad they can’t trust him…

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


Nervous_Nellie_100 The cover art is fantastic! The characters and the story are pretty good.  I like Jess, Britt & Regent.  Father Regent the most, I think.  The characters are a little two dimensional in parts of the book, but the story is good.   There are two parts of the story that ends up funneling into one at the end.  Basically, Jess, Britt & Regent have to save a voracious vampire.  Save you ask?  Yes, that’s what I said.  Save.  Impossible, you say? Well, they have no choice but to succeed.  Truly, when the Vatican says “all will be lost”, it really will be.  The identity of the vampire is hidden until the end and when you find out who he is you’ll all say, “Ohhhhhh……ok.”  A LOT of my questions were answered in the end, so that was satisfying.

The good:  John “Britt” Brittain is still alive.  If you remember from Book 3, he was resurrected for some unknown reason.  Regent is back from Rome, and he’s young again.  Whaaaat?  Yeah, you heard me.  Seems like the Vatican has a super power they use for special occasions.  Britt is powerful – like strong muscle-wise – but also has a blue light that he can manifest to “poof” vamps.  Pretty handy for a vampire hunter, right?

The bad:  Britt won’t love on Jess because he’s afraid he’ll “poof” her.  This leads to a lot of sexual frustration and that scene is played out again and again.  I was hoping it would have a little variation, but it really didn’t.  Malcolm Fisk is an evangelist that can only see dollar signs.  He uses his blue light to help “heal” vampires for a short time.  He knows that the blue light is addictive to them, but like a good drug dealer, takes their money anyway.  Problem is – he’s short sighted.  He doesn’t think of what will happen when he can’t deliver anymore.  Whew – that’s gonna be a whole lot of vampire hurt, don’tcha think?

The ugly:  I’m not going to ruin the ending for you, but you will have to get through a little ugly to get to the ending.  It’s a good ending and don’t worry – no cliffhanger.  Also, I hate to comment negatively, but there were some things that bugged me.  Little inconsistencies that I saw that made me go “huh”.  There wasn’t anything totally story ruining and I could get over it, but still.

badge3v4I really want to go 4 on this book because it was a good story and it was written pretty well, but I just can’t do it.  3.5 is a maybe……. I’m thinking 3.33.  It was better than a 3, but the inconsistencies bugged me and the duplicated (nearly) sex scenes kinda were predictable.  BUT I liked the story.  Ok.  I think I’m going to settle on a 3.5 because of the fact the story was good.  Yeah.  That’s settled.

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Nell’s Book Hunt-August 30, 2015

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Keeper vs Reaper Jennifer Malone WrightTitle: Keeper vs Reaper
AuthorJennifer Malone Wright
SeriesGraveyard Guardians 01
Publish Date:  August 12, 2014
Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Publisher’s DescriptionWhen her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true. His only mission: to kill the Chosen One.

Title: Along Came a DemonAlong Came a Demon Linda Welch
AuthorLinda Welch
Series: Whisperings 01
Publish Date:  May 6, 2009
Genre:  Urban Fantasy

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Publisher’s DescriptionI’m told the dead are all around us. I wouldn’t know about that. I see only the violently slain. They could be victims of hit-and-run, innocents caught in cross-fire, the murdered. I’ve come to terms with that. In fact, I’ve made a career out of it. They whisper to me and they never, ever, forget the face of their killer. They aren’t the only supernatural things I see. No, they’re not vampires, werewolves or fae – those things don’t exist. We live side by side with what some call the Otherworldy. That’s too much of a mouthful for me. I call them demons. If you saw them as I do you’d know why. Right now I’m trying to find a missing boy whose mother was murdered. Or was she murdered? To further complicate the case, Clarion PD gave me a partner I would rather shoot than work with. I can’t tell them he’s a demon. They’d think I’m crazy. I’m Tiff Banks. Welcome to my world. Whisperings. Parnormal mystery with a splash of humor and dash of romance.

Vampire Dead-tective by Mac Flynn

Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas.  Vampires, paranormal romance and thriller.  Three of my favorite descriptors for a book.

Vampire Deadtective Mac FlynnTitleVampire Dead-tective
Author: Mac Flynn
SeriesDead-tective #1
Publish Date: April 7, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal Mystery
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description:  Paranormal romance thriller episodes revolving around a pair of unlikely partners in their quest for truth, justice, and a pint of blood.

There are those who hunt the night, and then there’s Liz Stokes. She’s a normal woman with an abnormal roommate until he up and gets himself murdered. Now she’s inherited his unique ring and even more unique business partner, and the world of the paranormal is sprung on her like a surprise birthday party nobody wants. Together the pair find out that they don’t like each other. A lot. The catch? They can’t kill each other or the survivor will die, too.

Now Liz has to navigate this new and frightening world while dealing with her equally new and frightening companion. It’s a mad chase with mad scientists, men in black, and cop werewolves who want to take more than a bite out of crime.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

The Good:  The premise of this little novella is awesome.  It’s right up my alley.  Mac Flynn is an accomplished writer and her descriptions of scenes are very good.

The Bad:  Liz Stokes tries very hard to be snarky and funny, but she falls short.  The vampire, Vincent, is a first class jerk.  I’m not talking a little bit… I’m talking a lot of bit.  If he is supposed to be the vampire in the vampire romance, he’s gonna have to do a lot of schmoozing to gain any affection out of me.  *scoff* What a jerk.  The premise is that Liz’s roommate is a detective (PI) and Vincent is part of his protection system – unwillingly, I might add.  Liz’s roommate gets himself killed and Liz inherits the agency and Vincent….. again, unwillingly.

badge2v4The Ugly:  The first novella doesn’t have much resolution.  It really feels like the book got split and is being sold as a chopped up Chevy.

I would like to see how this little drama plays out because if Vincent is the other half of this romance, he’s gotta work pretty hard to convince me.  I would also like it if my review didn’t taint your decision to try this first of the series.  It’s free on Kindle for a short period of time.  If you download it and read it, I would really like for you to get back to me about what you think.  Just because I wasn’t keen on it doesn’t mean it isn’t a good choice for someone.

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If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

Someone told me the other day that all books are made up of the same 26 letters that are just put in different orders.  Well if writing is that easy, why aren’t we all prize winning authors?

51Yb2869hvL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_Title: If You Only Knew
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publish Date:  August 25, 2015
Genre:  Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:  Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she’s still involved in her ex-husband’s life. In fact, Owen’s new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn’t helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll be able to bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own.

Her timing couldn’t be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren’t in Rachel’s nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ “perfect” marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a secret about their family she’s been keeping since childhood.

During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

It just seems that some people are able to take each letter and craft together a masterpiece that a reader can get lost in. Kristan Higgins has that amazing ability to take each of these individual letters and turn them into three dimensional people that I am able to love, hope for, and cry over.

I was a little nervous starting If You Only Knew. The description gave me the sense that this was a slightly different book than Higgins’s past work. I love almost everything that she has written up to this point and didn’t want that magical record broken. I started the first chapter hesitantly but it immediately grabbed my arm and yanked me into the badge5v4deep end of the pool. (I should have worn nose plugs.) The story is different than Higgin’s past work but it only shows that you can improve on something that is already close to perfection.

Rachel and Jenny became real people to me in a matter of pages and I went through many layers of feelings which ranged from happy to exasperated to sad, and finally to content. The story ended well but not in the completely perfect ride off into the sunset sort of way. It was a real ending. This book will easily be one of my top 5 books for the year.


Lucyfer’s Corner

Lucy Face5 paw prints – This is a total spoiler but the dog actually dies. Does a story need anything else? I know the humans get all sad which leads them to sharing their feelings and you know how much I hate that. But the dog actually dies. Best book of the year.


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