Tag: Fantasy fiction

Destined – By Brenda K. Davies

Terrified of becoming mated like her parents, Isabelle has locked herself away in order to avoid their fate. She is content to stay sheltered amongst her family, hidden away as she lives out her days away from the human race, and the world. Despite her determination to remain alone, her world is rocked when a person from her parent’s past arrives at their door, bringing with them the powerful, and stunning vampire Stefan.

Though Stefan is not expecting to arrive at a nest full of vampires, he is immediately drawn to the vibrant, often defiant, and willful Isabelle. To his surprise, Isabelle does everything in her power to avoid him, and her desire for him.

No matter how hard she tries to fight it though, Isabelle begins to realize that trying to deny her destiny may just destroy them both, as there are some things that cannot be stopped. Just as she begins to let her guard down, Stefan’s dark and deadly past catches up to him and threatens to destroy them both.


Review

The second in the Vampire awakenings series, and I think I have found my new found favourite series. Brenda has well and truly brought back me into the world of vampires, I really recommend this book to you all.

The first “Awakened” was based on Sera and Liam, since then they have had 10 children…… yep 10! See my previous review.
What I think I am going to like about this series is that each book follows the same story line, re visiting previous characters however the point of view is from a different perspective. This book is based on Isabelle the second eldest of the 10 children.
The way Brenda has wrote these books reminds me of how author Nalini Singh shares her books, same story but different characters perspectives. It keeps the series fresh, and leaves you wanting more.

You could read this as a stand alone, however for better context I would advise reading the whole series, it flows better.
Isbaelle and Stefan portray plenty of sexual tension throughout, each chapter was full of character growth, love and pure lust. I really liked the family dynamic, and the inside jokes.

The action again was fast and happened in the very end, I wish it was spread throughout the book. As soon as the fighting began it ended.

I enjoyed reading about Liam and Sera throughout, but they were mentioned briefly leaving Isabelle as the clear focus. Was weird to think that Stefan is older than Sera’s parents.

So far out of the two books this is my favourite. I do think there was some influence from the twilight saga series in this.

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Book Review: Black Bullet by L.D.Rose

Black Bullet book 2Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.

Not even his past life as a former Marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.

After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who’ve wronged her, including every member of Jon’s vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.

As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear–

Love.


REVIEW


This book was just as good as the first book Releasing the demons, if not better.  L.D.Rose always left me wanting more, her writing style draws you in and keeps you constantly guessing.  
I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge and accurate facts that L.D.Rose put into these two books, the medical and scientific parts were spot on, which obviously appealed to the nurse side of me.  I feel I have a new series addiction, which always happens to me when I read fantasy books.

The book follows on from Releasing the demons.  Instead of following Blaze and Valerie, this book explores Jon and Lawan’s journey.  Lawan is a new character and was not featured in the first book, so to me she was a complete mystery which compelled me to read on.

Jon is an ex marine, lieutenant  who supposedly died November 3rd 2016 and buried amongst other fallen soldiers.  Jon was bitten before he died by Taylon (his sire from the vampire Temhota gang),  and is now a vampire.   However Jon is not like every other vampire.  he managed to keep a part of his human self, but his sire is constantly running around inside his mind.
Jon is on a daily battle to hunt down Taylon’s brother Regin and kill him, due to what happened to him, on this journey he meets Lawan, a hybrid with a few skills of her own, that keeps Jon on his toes.

Lawan is a strong independent 28 year old woman who has also been marked by the Temhota, living in a church with her cat for company.  Lawan is a hybrid created in the same place Blaze and his friends were, in the Releasing The Demons, however not many female hybrids survived, due to being killed,  so the fact she is still alive after 15 years is intriguing to the other men.
Lawan is a vulnerable woman, suffering with what I would call PTSD.  However she is strong, inquisitive and a hero.  She is definitely not a damsel in distress, and acts more as a role model.

The relationship between Jon and Lawan was interesting.  I enjoyed reading about their skills, relationships, survival and trust.

The whole story kept me wanting more, I am extremely excited to read the third book in the Senary series later this year.
This book will keep any reader engaged.  I found this story thrilling, steamy and highly entertaining.  The erotica was kept very minimal like the last, and the story rather focused on the characters themselves and the issue at hand.

If you love romance, action, fantasy and a little erotica then this is the book for you, I enjoyed getting lost in the world of vampires in New york and the threats facing not only the humans but the hybrids.

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