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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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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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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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Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter

Jane is sick.  Everything is in flux.  People are missing.  She can barely sit up, how on earth will she be able to help?

 

Title: Shattered Bonds
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock #13
Publish Date:  October 29, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:  Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and vampire killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal–or to die–from the disease brought on by her magic.

But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Yes, I did it.  I don’t regret it.  Was it fun? Dang skippy.

I stayed home from work yesterday and read Faith Hunter’s new release, Shattered Bonds.  It was great.  I don’t mean ”great” as a boring old adjective.  I mean ”great” as a super high flying, marvelously fantastic, descriptor to an awesome book.  Seriously.

To forewarn you, Jane Yellowrock #13 is the second to last book in the series.  There is no sex described but there is violence and bloodshed.  You know, typical Jane Yellowrock.  There is no swearing because, well, Jane doesn’t roll that way. One last warning: if you or a loved one are going through cancer treatments, this may not be the best escape for you. Then again, maybe it would as Jane kicks it’s butt.

I love Jane Yellowrock and Bruiser.  This story has them front and center along with the rest of the family.  It is a fabulous tale of family supporting family through everything.  I read this story in one sitting.  To clarify, it was an all day sitting.  The story, as all Jane Yellowrock stories, brought the world In which Jane lives into vivid pictures in my head.  I cannot reccommend this series enough.

Jane is sick. Very, very sick. She can put off her sickness by remaining in Beast form, but it’s not ideal.  Her family is trying every avenue they can in order to find her a cure.  Sometimes though, you just have to do it yourself.  There are wars brewing.  The vacuum Leo and Titus left is huge.  Jane was supposed to fill that void, but she didn’t. She chose to fight the tumor that was growing and taking her health and vitality. Until Edmund Hartley goes missing…and Jane finds out.

This book is different than the rest.  It’s got it’s violence, sure, but not as I’m used to.  Jane depended on her family a lot more.  It was serious teamwork that made things work.  Sure, there were a few nods to Leo and how Jane learned from him the art of deal making.  When Jane came to NoLA, she thought she knew what she was about. These past 10 years have seen her grow, change and then grow some more. This story reflected a lot on who Jane is now and where she came from.  How her past deeds, good or bad, has impacted her, Beast and their soul home.  As always this was a joy to read and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the final installment.  It makes me sad to say that, but all good things must come to an end.  Oh, and I hesitate to say this, but I do miss Leo. Dang fangheads.

 

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Other recommendations…

…you might try the  Soulwood series. Takes place in the same time and almost same place as Jane Yellowrock series.

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Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane

Rowan is back.  And she is ANGRY and wants revenge.  Will she get it?

Title:  Wrath of the Goddess
Author:  Lauren Dane
Series:  Goddess with a Blade #5
Publish Date: June 10, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  A wedding day should be one you remember fondly, but for Rowan Summerwaite, the fond memories are swept aside by the brutal murder of one of her dearest friends. She heads back to Las Vegas to track down those responsible for the death and finds there’s so much more than a killing. A multilayered conspiracy involving multiple groups of paranormals begins to show itself, and Rowan is on the hunt with her wrath burning from within like holy fire.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Lauren Dane is back with Rowan Summerwaite and her vampire husband, Clive.  They have to miss their wedding festivities because of a terrible tragedy.  SPOILER AHEAD!!!

Rowan’s friend is murdered over video at her wedding reception while she watches helplessly.  Can you freaking imagine!!  If I knew this aspect of the story, I’m  not sure I would have read it.  I guess that’s why authors spring things on  me and get me to read their books.  It was a horrible tragedy, but Rowan’s reaction was not what I expected.  I expected her to be angry.  Angrier than she was.  I expected a few gaskets to be blown and maybe a room or two destroyed.  She was angry but it was a flat kind of angry.  Everyone was asking her constantly if she was okay.  It felt so off.  She felt coddled and Rowan has never been coddled.  Once she got back to the US, things started falling into place better, but Rowan still didn’t act nearly as Rowan-esque as I expected.

The mystery was good. The characters were good, but the character that was killed is going and does leave a hole a mile wide.  I enjoy the banter between Clive and Rowan, but I enjoyed Theo much more this time around.

There was some pretty gruesome death scenes so there is that warning.  All it all, it was a good book.  I just didn’t feel it this time.  This “eh” book won’t stop me from following the series though.

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