Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wild Fire by Christine Feehan (Urban Fantasy)

Book 4 of the Leopard People series is Connor and Isabeau's story.   

A local gang lord is holding a tribes children hostage so that they will help her with drug trafficking.  They turn to Connor Vega for his rescue team's help"

Then Isabeau shows up, complicating things.  Isabeau is Conor's destined mate, but she hates him because she believes he used her to get close and kill her father.  

Now trouble is brewing in his home territory and they must work together to save the children and bring the evil to justice.

This was not a bad story;characters pulled in from previous stories were petty well-developed,

If you are sex-shy, this might not be the book for you, otherwise, it was entertaining.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Burning Wild by Christine Feehan (Urban Fantasy)

The third book in the Leopard people series! this is Jake and Emma's story.

Jake is abused as a child and shown no love.  He grows into a cruel calculating man.  When his ex girlfriend and her gentleman friend are killed in a car accident, they also manage to hit another car.  Jake rescues Emma, but her husband dies in the fiery explosion.  The paramedics save Jake's baby and Emma is also pregnant.  He convinces her to stay with him and takes care of her through the pregnancy and she becomes mother to both of their children.

This book was somewhat entertaining, but also had a few sticking points.  The whole abusive thing didn't work for me and there was a lot of time spent waffling back and forth.

If you mind graphic sex scenes, this is probobly not the book for you. Otherwise, not bad.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wild Rain by Christine Feehan (Urban Fantasy)

Rachel Lospostos is fleeing into the rainforest, away from an assassin who will stop at nothing to see her dead.  She manages to slip away from an attack and disappears into the jungle, finding a small house that is furnished, but unoccupied.  There will be issues when Rio, the homeowner gets back.

This is the second in Feehan's Leopard People series.  Each story seems to bring together a two people who are destined to be together.  There is a lot of sex in the story, so if you are bothered by that, it may not be your book.  Otherwise, a reasonably entertaining tale.

Silver Bullet by S.M. Reine (Urban Fantasy)

At the order of the Office of Preturnatural Affairs, Cesar and Suzy are sent to Reno to investigate an unexplained spike in infernal energy.  Isabel and Fritz go along, as well as a kopis and apsis pair (a warrior and witch) from the Union.  

Our pair are still hurting from the last assignment, having no recovery time and now they are back in it, questioning demons about the 'event.'  

When people start dying, Cesar isn't pleased.  He didn't sign up for this gig to look at dead bodies.

I love this new series.  This is the second book and it is set in the same world as the toe series featuring Elise Kavanaugh.  It is not necessary to read those to enjoy these, but if you do, you'll see some little overlaps in time and some familiar scenery.

Reading these stories has been fun for me with it's well-paced action and sometimes wry injections of humor.  There is even a reference to Kevin Hearne's iron Druid series which made me do a brief fan girl type squee!

Good story.  Want more.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine (Urban Fantasy)

Cesar Hawkes works for the Office of Preturnatural Affairs.  He does until the day he wakes with a dead woman in his bath tub and blood everywhere.  Now he is a suspect and his partner advises him to run.  However, he is determined to investigate the case and as he does so, folks attempt to capture him, arrest him and flat out kill him.  It leaves him not knowing who he should trust and without a safe place, other than his brother's house.

As always with S.M. Reine's work, this book is entertaining with good solid characters to build the new series upon.  I am gleefully looking forward to seeing more of Cesar.

Edge of Oblivion by Tony Healy (Speculative Fiction)

A collection of short stories by sixteen different writers, Edge of Oblivion is impressive.  The work is all consistently well-written and diverse within the genre, though some of the tales are definitely not for the faint of heart.  Each author contributed in the manner of the theme, but each story is unique, giving us that particular person's take on the subject.

While short stories are generally not my favorite, I can truthfully say that each of these delivered a fully developed and satisfying tale that is well worth your time.  

The proceeds from the book go to benefit a Cystic Fibrosis charity.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Awakening by Christine Feehan (Leopard People, Book 1)(urban fantasy)

This is the first story in the Leopard people series.  It has the feel of a prequel.

A veterinarian specializing in exotic cats, Maggie has lived her life in the city.  Her adoptive mother made her promise that she would never go to the rainforest, so she had to content herself with working with zoo animals.

When her adoptive mother dies, Maggie is notified that she is to inherit an estate from her biological parents.  The estate is deep in the rainforest.  

As she travels toward her new home, she feels like she is changing and doesn't know why.  She will find someone to answer her questions.

Reading this, I found it a bit slow moving.  Also, I thought that it suffered from the same thing that many shorts do:  limited time to tell the story means that sometimes things happen that don't seem logical without further development.  In addition, I found Maggie's behaving contrary to her custom and habit hard to believe.

Not a bad story, but not my favorite.