Review: Craving Vengeance by Valerie Clarizio

Yeah!  I got my greedy little hands on another Nick Spinelli novel.  Well this one is more like a novella but anything with Nick Spinelli is good.  Today I am reviewing Craving Vengeance by Valerie Clarizio.  This takes place two months after her first book Covert Exposure.  You can check out my review of Covert Exposure here.   For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Nick Spinelli’s normal life as a homicide detective has been catapulted into a whirlwind of chaotic holiday adventures ever since he met the beautiful Shannon O’Hara.

Nick had hoped to spend his first Valentine’s Day with Shannon in a traditional manner, starting with a nice dinner out on the town and then perhaps a long warm adventurous night in her arms. His plans quickly change when cupid is found murdered in a back alley. The investigation becomes more and more inconceivable, as Spinelli discovers that Shannon is linked to the victim. When another cupid turns up dead, and it is discovered that Shannon knows him as well, Spinelli is motivated to go undercover as a singing valentine dressed as cupid, complete with wings and a quiver of arrows. How many other cupids are at risk? Is Spinelli on the killer’s list as well? The stress ignited by the day’s events causes sparks to fly between Spinelli and Shannon as he struggles to piece it all together and stop the string of slayings

Review:

Spinelli’s life has been turned upside down since he met Shannon two months ago.  He’s never felt this way about anyone and he realizes he doesn’t want any of that to ever change.  So he has a romantic Valentine’s Day planned.  Unfortunately, all of that is put to the side when multiple cupid’s are found dead.  As Spinelli goes deeper into the case he realizes all of the cupids are connected to Shannon and she may be hiding a secret that could end it all for the two of them.  Spinelli is forced to go undercover again and try to find who is killing these cupids before he becomes the next target.

I adore Spinelli and Shannon.  I loved them in Covert Exposure and I loved them even more in Craving Vengeance. These stories are so enthralling.  They keep you guessing and hooked in wondering what is going to happen next.  I really liked that this story took place not long after the first one.  I would recommend reading the first book so that you can have a better perspective of where this story is coming from.  Overall, this is a great novella that I hope is leading to the next Nick Spinelli book.

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Review: Warrior Lord (The Drift Lords #3) by Nancy J. Cohen

Today I am reviewing Warrior Lord by Nancy J. Cohen.  This is the third book in her Drift Lords series.  Though this is the third book in the series it felt like it could be read as a standalone book.  It’s a fast paced book that when you finally do turn that last page.  Be sure to keep reading after the book blurb for my full review.

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Pottery sculptor Erika Sherwood has no idea her televised wedding in Las Vegas is for real until an official confirms she and the stranger she’s just met are legitimately wed.

A Drift Lord and warrior of the Tsuran, Magnor tricks the redhead into marriage because she’s one of six women prophesied to save Earth. But as he’s forced into her company in their race against the apocalypse, he wonders if he risks his heart more than his life.

Can a free-spirited ceramic artist and a fierce swordsman trust each other enough to prevent disaster?

Review:

Erika finds herself sitting at a gambling table when she notices an extremely handsome man dressed in strange clothing.  When their eyes meet she can’t pull her gaze away from him and he strides over to her taking the seat next to her.  It is this chance meeting that will change her life forever.  Her handsome stranger soon persuades her into entering a contest that leads to them getting married.  Erika believes this is all for show, but when she finds out it was real she is shocked.  Soon she forces her handsome new husband, Magnor, to tell her the truth.  The truth is almost unbelievable until she sees the strange things with her own eyes.  Erika soon finds herself jumping off roofs, traveling across the world in a blink of an eye and learning she has strange powers over the earth.  In a situation so dyer can this woman and man come together and leave their past behind or will things crumble?

I loved their love story.  I really felt connected to these characters.  The story is quick-moving and really keeps you entertained.  The only complaint I had would be that they had too many adventures and obstacles to over come for one book.  It felt like the story could have wrapped up naturally in a few different places.  That being said it was still quite entertaining and draws you.  This is a book you can read as a stand alone but I personally want to go back and read the other stories in this series.  I think it would add depth to the series and give me a complete look at all the characters. Overall, this is an entertaining read and definitely will leave you satisfied.

Review: The Soul of the Witch by Dana Michelle Burnett

Hey Everyone!  Sorry I have been away for a while, but I am back now and hope to have even more exciting reviews.  Today, I have a good one.  The Soul of the Witch is an exciting paranormal that melds past and future in an entertaining and gripping way.  This is definitely a great book for Halloween.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I have missed all of you I hope that I will soon get back to the good ole routine.  🙂

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Once again, she sweeps readers away with her spellbinding storytelling and the crafting of legend. Dana Michelle Burnett creates a reality of seductive witches, murder, revenge, and an ancient secret going back four centuries.

In a small Indiana town, alone in the dark, a man watches and waits…Waiting to see if the stories are true about The Soul of the Witch.

It begins with two girls, the very best of friends with an amazing psychic bond. As children they were lonely outsiders, but now as adults, Devan and Janesa’s powers are growing stronger and more difficult to control. When a mysterious stranger comes to town offering to tell them a dark and magical secret about their past, they are thrown into an old battle they didn’t start, but one that threatens to claim their very lives.

Jealousy and suspicion threaten their lifelong bond as they set out to solve the mystery of their past and their budding supernatural powers. The novel moves from past to present from the small town of New Albany, to nineteenth century England, to the witch hunts in Ireland, and back again. A complex tale of seduction and evil unfolds–starting on a fateful night in the sixteenth century because of a forbidden love and a curse . . . A curse meant to punish and torment throughout the following centuries.

Can they trust this stranger? Can they trust themselves as the dark secrets they learn threaten to tear them apart? Will the curse at last claim The Soul of the Witch?

Review:

Janesa and Devan have always had an otherworldly connection.  Best friends that have never really fit with those around them.  They have always been able to attract any many they wanted and used this to get through life.  That is until Nick comes into town.  Unbeknownst to Devan and Janesa, Nick has been watching them.  Soon Nick gets closer than he is supposed to and is drawn to Devan.  Through Nick Devan learns who Nick is, who he works for and what she and Janesa are.  Through letters that take you into the past through generations of Devan and Janesa’s ancestors you see that they aren’t as unusual as they may think.  They are just the first two to have found each other.  But with this information they will have to protect themselves from the one person who has tried to annihilate their ancestors.  The only way to do this will be to accept who they are and what they have to do.

I was really drawn into this book.  I liked the story and I liked the characters.  Devan and Janesa were quite interesting in the beginning.  With the mystery that surrounded them it really propelled the story.  I think the best part of this story was the incorporation of the letters.  The letters from the witch hunters that were very detailed and showed quite a lot about the people who were made to hunt the supposed witches.  The only puzzling part was the letters where they confessed about their failings knowing they would be killed.  Though that seemed a bit confusing it helped propel the story in new and interesting angles.  Overall, I thought this was a fantastic story that I hope will be continued with future books.  I would say this is the perfect Halloween book.

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