Title: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant book #4 (Stand Alone)
Author Name: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series Name: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant
Genre: Paranormal humorous MYSTERY, with romantic elements
This is one heck of a quirky, eccentric series, great fun to read, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns (though I did guess what Nice was using to blackmail Miriam). It has it’s fingers in many genre ‘pies’ but is difficult to define as or place in any particular one. It will have you smiling with it’s irreverent humour and pop culture references, whilst also tugging at your heart strings with it’s depth of longing and melancholy.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, Miriam was most noticeable by her absence. I needed a little more of her, when she did appear in the book she felt very removed from everything, especially Michael himself. I understand why this was (partly) necessary, but it did leave me feeling disconnected from her.
The story totally held my attention and I pretty much read this in one sitting. I’m now hugely intrigued with where the story will go next.
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a snarky Mystery with a side dish of Romance and two sprinkles of chaos, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Four.
SHE’S MINE. BUT HAS SHE FORGOTTEN?
A crazy vampire has stolen my librarian. And if that’s not bad enough, it is my fault. Because I, too, am an ancient, deadly vampire, and it was my job to protect her. I failed.
Now, just as I have reason to hope I will get her back, the situation turns into the biggest mystery of my existence.
Apparently, this evil vampire has brainwashed her into thinking she belongs with him. I do not know how. I do not know why. But I will get to the bottom of this and win her back.
Because I am the motherf*!$%ing librarian’s vampire assistant, and she belongs to me. Or, at least she used to?
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams.
Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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I very much enjoyed the unusual twist on the usual bear shifter type of story. It definitely added extra depth to the story, along with the excellent suspense elements. Overall the pace drove the story along well, resulting in a very satisfying read. I really loved the feeling of destiny and fate that ran throughout the book.
I did struggle to connect with the ‘romance’ for a little while, though I very much liked both main characters. For me personally I would have preferred a little more focus on building and developing their relationship and less on spanking/discipline/sex in the first half of the book. However that is a very personal preference and one could just as easily argue that the domestic discipline aspect IS a huge part of their relationship. Just as it began to feel a little repetitive, the pace picked up, the story took off and my attention was held until the very end of the book.
As always Delta Jameswrote a wonderfully strong female in Halley and a sexy, dominant hero in Cade. By the end of the story I was very much convinced of not only their connection but also their love. Charlie and Kaye were two very good supporting characters and I also felt as though I got to know Halley’s grandmother too. The author is very good at writing characters you would love to meet and this book was no exception.
This is a domestic discipline book which contains spankings that the heroine may not like but ultimately agrees with. As this is a dark romance it does take her longer to be content with the status quo and some of the discipline is dubious consent in nature, though all sexual activity is fully consented to. The publisher does provide a warning, these should always be taken note of if you don’t enjoy seeing the heroine spanked and disciplined (some of which can seem quite severe, depending on personal likes/dislikes).
Obediently Ever After was originally a story exclusive to Ms Stone’s email list. So if you think you’ve read some of this before, that will be where you found it. However it’s not available in one complete novella and, as such, is now much easier to read.
Angelica and Damien are an interesting couple who meet on ‘Angels’ first evening working at the Annex. A series of half-truths, evasions and out-right lies leads to Angelica getting a punishment spanking. When we find out who she truly is and why she is at the Annex the plot moves at a rapid pace.
There is a good balance of scene setting, relationship building, kinky times and character interaction. I have to be honest and say that this was just far too insta-love for my tastes. Many readers love that trope, and this will be a perfect read for them, but I need to see my characters fall in love a little more slowly.
With a pretty busy plot packed into a fairly short read, I did feel the main characters lacked a little depth. This was particularly true for Damien, for me he was just a little flat. However that’s par for the course in shorter reads, you can’t have lots of story AND lots of character depth. It’s also why I avoid the majority of shorter books, however I love Ms Stones work as well as the Annex series, so reading this was a no-brainer.
If you want a ‘sweet’ (as in low angst) but steamy read, with a dash of domestic-discipline, well written and with a good story line then I very much recommend this.
Another sexy Bliss brother fights fate but finds love in Ruby Bay
Hooked On You is the story of two people who, on the surface, seem to be complete opposites. However over the course of their story it becomes clear that both fear loss of control. Holiday’s coping mechanism is to rarely leave her home whilst Driver refuses to stay in one place for long. Whilst it is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone story. However the whole series is wonderful and worth reading!
A chance encounter brings together this sweet hero and his Miracle Girl. An unexpected event links them in a more resolute way. However any kind of future will mean sacrifices must be made and plans must be altered. When you’ve only known someone for a few weeks, is it worth risking your entire future career in the hope of being their forever?
Amelia Wildeis a very fine author indeed. She creates characters that you can’t help but like, imbuing them with such emotion that you find yourself invested in their happiness. I really couldn’t say how she does it, but within a few pages Driver had settled himself firmly into my heart. It didn’t take much longer for Holiday to take up residence next to him. As with the two previous Bliss Brothers books, this was a ‘gentle’ read, as in heart warming rather than heart wrenching.
If it hadn’t been for the fact that the clock said twenty past midnight, then I would have finished this in one reading. The book is towards the shorter end of the novel spectrum, more of a 2 – 3 hour read, but every single page is captivating and engaging. It’s an effortless read but not a boring or mediocre one, which is actually very difficult to achieve. Again testament to the author’s skill.
She also did something a little different and a lot risky. Both Driver and Holiday have been shaped by their past. Driver felt ignored and Holiday had some traumatic event happen to her in high school. We learn this information almost in passing, in throw away comments or brief thoughts and feelings. However we never really get any detail, being left instead to fill in those blanks for ourselves. I’ve lost count of how many books build up some trauma from the MC’s past, only for it to be a huge anticlimax when the big reveal is made. So whilst it maybe felt like depth was occasionally lacking, it was much nicer not to have that *meh* moment.
So to summarise, Hooked On Youis a wonderful read, low angst but full of emotion and wonderful characters. A book I’m happy to recommend to family and friends alike.
Beautifully Brutal is the first release in the Cavalieri Della Morte series, a collection of books based loosely on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Only these ‘Knights’ are anything but just and true. They are a group of assassins and fixers who only answer to Arthur Calthorpe, and he certainly hasn’t tasked them with ‘ensuring the peace of the kingdom’.
This intriguing and fascinating idea was dreamed up by the opening author, Dani Rene and, if her book is anything to go by, this is going to be an exciting series of reads.
For me the majority of the book was a solid 4 stars, though it had a few annoying aspects that would often score a book only 2 stars. In the end I’ve compromised on 3.5 stars with the proviso that in my rating system this is still very much a positive review. On Amazon I will be leaving a rating of 4 stars.
I’ve read several other works by this author, this one ranks as the most gripping in terms of story line and pace. It teeters on the edge of darkness, with its background of murder and violence, though in and of itself I wouldn’t label it a dark romance. However it is an absolutely cracking romantic suspense and well worth reading. The mystery and intrigue is incredibly well executed, I often had no idea who to trust, who not to trust, who was good and who was a bad guy. Suspect everyone, trust no-one became my motto!
Beautifully Brutalis a better than average read, for a good chunk of the book it had me on the edge of my seat. However several little things together just kept it from becoming a great read for me.
Pacing at the end was SO quick that I actually lost track of who was where and what was happening at one point. It didn’t help that characters learnt information ‘off the page’ that we weren’t privy to until later in the story. This resulted in me having to go back and re-read part of a chapter or two, using the benefit of ‘hindsight’ to fully comprehend the whys and wherefores of some events. I want to stress that this refers to only a very small percentage of what was otherwise a riveting read.
The story is a little different in that we don’t see the falling in love part of it. Lance and Giuliana are already totally besotted with each other, so the romance aspect was more subtle. However I firmly believed in their connection and love for each other. The pair also shared an intense chemistry that lead to some very hot bedroom scenes. Whilst they don’t actually get down and dirty for quite a while, I still got the impression of a very hot and sexy story. Plus the twisty plot kept me busy, leaving my mind otherwise engaged.
I do agree with another reviewer (on Goodreads) who was annoyed about the man-whoreish ways of the hero. Apparently being madly in love with our heroine, and desperate to know where she is, wasn’t enough to help him keep it in his pants. Thankfully we don’t experience this activity first hand (other than one kiss), but rather via his very arrogant musings on how he can get any woman he wants. It also only really lasts for the first couple of chapters too, so didn’t really impact most of the story.
Sadly the following passage slapped me in the face enough to throw me momentarily out of the story
“Insufferable?” I chuckle. “Yeah, I know. But you love it. I can’t stop thinking about how pretty your virtue looked coated all over my cock.”
Lance Knight, Beautifully Brutal
He’s referring to the blood from having taken her virginity. Just… no, really, no, just – urgh. However I’m sure this is an example of ‘it’s me, not you’ and plenty of readers will love it as much as I hated it. After all isn’t that the beauty of books, that there is something for everyone, and heck it’s easy enough to skim over parts that I don’t care for.
So in summary this was a good read with an exciting plot and decent characters. There’s too much sex and swearing for it to be anything other than an 18+ read, but if you’re OK with that then I do recommend it.
Title: Beautifully Brutal Series: Cavalieri Della Morte Author: Dani Rene Release: April 4, 2019 Genre: Romantic Suspense
TBR: http://bit.ly/BeautifullyBrutalTBR Blurb In a world ravaged with violence, I still think about the beauty who was taken from me. I’ve turned rabid in her absence. The dormant beast she had tamed is ravenous, feeding on brutality and bloodshed. I focus on the kill, until Arthur confesses his trump card, shattering every hope I had of reclaiming her. Focused on the job at hand, I step into the lion’s den, only to find nothing is as it seems. My beast hungers to be satiated. And my beauty is the only one who can feed it. A dark treacherous journey where happily ever after may be just out of reach.
Author Bio: Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writer’s of America (RWA).
A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.
On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.
She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.
This is such a gorgeously sweet yet sexy read. Lucy was spunky and great fun, whilst Fynd, despite being such a damaged hero, was absolutely wonderful. No small wonder Lucy couldn’t resist him in this nicely written and very enjoyable sci-fi romance.
I would have liked to see more of them forming a connection, it was a little rushed for my taste. However that’s very much a personal preference and was entirely down to this being more of a novella length book, so events do happen at a fairly snappy pace. The writing, pacing and editing are all good and together with two wonderful characters and an interesting plot this is a very enjoyable read.
The alien warrior bought me. But he doesn’t want a slave. He wants me as his mate.
The brutal scars covering Fynd’s face are nothing compared to the wounds that have festered in his heart. After the bitter, public rejection by his intended mate a long time ago, he doubts any female will wish to become his…so he purchases a small human female named Lucy from a slave market. She’ll bear him a few children and he’ll provide for her in return, but he will not expect her to harbour any amount of affection for him.
How could she?
He’s a monster.
He wishes she weren’t so sweet and beautiful. He also wishes his heart didn’t fill with warmth in her presence. She’ll likely never return his affections, but he cannot let her go. Ever. A Vaxxlian warrior always mates for life.
Life hasn’t been easy for Lucy. She prays her next master will be kind, and she’s terrified when the new alien who buys her looks like an angry bull with glowing green eyes. After she attempts escape, she’s certain he’ll punish her severely. Her old master would have. But the alien warrior named Fynd kisses her instead—a shockingly tender kiss that makes her all tingly inside—and she starts to wonder if perhaps there’s more to the unsmiling alien warrior than meets the eye.
There’s a gentleness beneath his hardened exterior, but breaking his defences down won’t be easy. As far as alien warriors go, he’s as stubborn and proud as they come. Can they both find healing in one another’s arms, or will a new threat tear them apart forever?
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.
4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.
3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.
2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.
1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.