Review: Battle Cry (Loki’s Wolves #2) by Melissa Snark

Happy Monday!  Today I get to bring you the next installment in Melissa Snark’s Loki’s Wolves series, Battle Cry.  This book takes off not long after the last, Hunter Moon.  Victoria is coming off of more heartbreak and decisions that could change the world.  This book takes the reader further into the Valkyries world and the Hunter/Wolf war.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you!

20507375Book Blurb:

Survival demands sacrifice. Healing requires forgiveness.

After losing her lover and then her mate, Victoria Storm builds a new life in Sierra Pines, California. When the Norse Fates predict the she-wolf will destroy the world to save her unborn child, her duties as Freya’s priestess conflict with her responsibilities as Odin’s Valkyrie.

Sawyer Barrett has hunted Victoria so passionately, he doesn’t know whether he loves or hates her. Desperate to end the fighting, he will take chances with everything–except his heart. This hunter harbors a deadly secret he can’t reveal without risking the tentative ceasefire and his father’s continued disapproval.

Men revere him; monsters fear him. Jake Barrett–the notorious Hunter King–values loyalty to family above all else. When he believes his eldest son was murdered by a wolf ally, he releases a chain reaction of violent destruction that claims the lives of both wolves and hunters.

An ancient vampire plots the destruction of wolves and hunters alike. If the embittered rivalry doesn’t end quickly, there is no hope for the Hunters, Victoria’s pack, or the mortal world.

A complete novel which can be read as a standalone or as part of the Loki’s Wolves series.

Review:

Victoria Storm has lost more than most.  Both her lover and mate have met ends so close together that her heart hasn’t really had time to heal.  But, she must put that aside when she realizes the vampire who took her lover also took his soul.  She must join forces with his father, the Hunter King and his brother who has made it his passion to try to hunt her down.  As they try to navigate the treacherous waters of diplomacy and negotiation, truths will be revealed that could change the world if they got out.  Can Victoria, her pack and the hunters forge an alliance to face the undead or will the undead win out allowing for the end of all they know?

This was a great addition to this series.  You really get to see some of the dangers that Victoria and her pack are facing.  It was also nice to see some of the secrets being revealed.  We got to see more of what the Gods have planned and how much of Loki’s manipulations have caused the horrible scenarios that have caused the Barretts and Victoria so much pain.  I was happy to see that Victoria didn’t have any new heartbreak.  I was starting to wonder if that was going to happen in all the books.  Melissa Snark really managed to weave a fantastic second book that brings the Norse Gods and legends to life and the paranormal world of werewolves and vampires together.  I know this second book was a few years in the making I truly hope the next one comes sooner because I know this fan just can’t wait.

Fantastic Friday with Melissa Snark and a review of A Cat’s Tale

Happy Friday!   I know your used to my Fresh Face Friday editions, but I am gonna flip things around today.  Today I have a wonderful guest post from Melissa Snark.  She will be talking about writing an abused heroine.  With Melissa stopping by today she is also sharing with us her tour giveaway that I will post at the end.  Also, with a Friday comes my review of A Cat’s Tale.  So like all other days keep reading and you will find out my thoughts on A Cat’s Tale.  So without any further adieu here is Melissa Snark.

How to Write an Abused Heroine

Heroines who have been the victims of emotional or physical abuse are common in romance novels. Her suffering provides an immediate conflict to be overcome and also makes her empathetic to readers. However, handling such a profound topic with sensitivity and realism is a challenging task. Inevitably, there is a reader out there who will challenge any expression of sexual desire in a heroine who has been raped, or call a heroine who cries a whiner.

The author wants to portray her in a sympathetic light without crossing the line into “annoying” or “whiny”. If she was raped, then approach love scenes with great care for how she overcomes her fear of being hurt again. The same delicate approach should apply to a heroine who has been emotionally abused. Trust will certainly be the #1 challenge facing the hero and heroine, so how the hero handles the heroine’s vulnerability is just as important as how she reacts to it.

In A Cat’s Tale, my heroine, Josephine Young, is a Siamese werecat who has spent the last three years of her life in a vampire’s dungeon as a blood slave. She is forced to do terrible things, including luring Alpha werewolf, Jared Kohl, into a trap. When they are forced into a cage together, her betrayal serves to drive the tension for the rest of the story.

While fleshing Josephine out, I drew on real life experience to give her dimension. In my twenties, I volunteered to work at an animal rescue and observed cats that had come from abusive homes. Often, they would hiss, scratch, or claw despite having been placed in a nurturing environment where only kindness was offered. Once an adult cat experiences cruelty, it takes a long time to gain her trust.

Throughout much of the story, Josephine desperately wants to trust Jared but is unable to because of her victimization. More than once, she lashes out and scratches him, seeking to provoke a violent reaction. Hers is a battle of hope versus hurt. Jared, in turn, recognizes that she has been abused and desires to get past her barriers and gain her cooperation so they can both escape alive.

So does the wolf win the kitty’s trust? You’ll have to read A CAT’S TALE to find out…

catstale_750Book Blurb:

Alpha werewolf, Jared Kohl, wakes up in a vampire’s dungeon, swearing revenge upon the wily Siamese werecat who lured him there with her sultry lips and the sweetest tail. To escape his undead captor, all he has to do is seduce the skittish puss and show her that trust is often a hot and hard lesson to learn.

 

Enslaved feline shifter, Josephine Young, has learned the hard way not to believe in anything or anyone—not men, not love, and certainly not the blood-sucking mistress who tossed her into the cage with the hungry beast she’d betrayed. But Josephine does what she must to survive, including tempting the dominant werewolf to give her more than promises.

 

Imprisoned for their blood, Jared and Josephine fight for survival and discover a passion that neither can walk away from. Can these two predators survive long enough to prove that cats and dogs can be more than enemies?

Review:

All Jared wants when he walks into the dark bar is a beer and some burgers.  What he finds is in his opinion much better.  The sexy werecat, Josephine, approaches the sexy werewolf with a proposition he can’t dismiss.  Unfortunately, that lands him in the clutches of a vampire that was using Josie to get a new blood pet.  Once Jared is trapped he realizes that Josie is trapped also and bargains with the vampire to keep Josie in his cage with him.  As he plots to get out of the trap his tumultuous relationship begins to grow into more with Josie. But sadly with one last betrayal Josie is left wondering if she was being abandoned yet again or will her werewolf live up to the promises he made?

This was yet another great read by Melissa Snark.  This story had lots of sensuality along with the paranormal romance.  Though this is shorter novel it is quite thorough in its character and story development.  Jared and Josie are wonderful especially when they are snipping at one another.  This is definitely steamy read.  I was reading this at work and kept looking around wondering if anyone saw my screen steaming up.  Overall, this is a great, quick, spicy novel that will leave you wanting more Jared and Josie.

MelissaSnark author photoAuthor Bio:

Fast Facts About Melissa Snark:

 

  • Melissa Snark is published with The Wild Rose Press & as an Indie author with four different titles.
  • Her Loki’s Wolves series includes THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON AND BATTLE CRY (to be released June 2014).
  • Her novel THE MATING GAME, an erotic paranormal title will be released in Spring 2014.
  • She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children and a glaring of cats.
  • She blogs about books and writing on The Snarkology.

 

Learn more about Melissa Snark:

Author Website

The Snarkology

Email: melissasnark at gmail.com

Facebook Author Page

Twitter

Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

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Fresh Face Friday: Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark

Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope you all have had yet another wonderful week and looking toward an even more wonderful weekend.  Today I am really excited to share this book and author with you.  Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark is a great addition to the Paranormal Romance genre.  I adored this addictive story and can’t wait for Victoria’s next adventure.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.

17853994Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Valkyrie Victoria Storm desires nothing more than to provide her wolf pack with a safe haven, but her position as priestess to the Goddess Freya also brings with it certain… obligations. Not to mention complications.

War with the Barrett family resulted in the deaths of her parents and most of her pack. Now, hunters are hot on the trail of the remaining pack members. Sawyer Barrett, a human hunter hell bent on revenge, is convinced that Victoria murdered his brother. He will stop at nothing to see her dead.

Victoria must defend the survivors and somehow lead them to safety. Months on the run has weakened the pack, and there are newborn pups to protect, making swift travel impossible. Ahead, the promise of refuge beckons.

Their best chance for survival lies in Sierra Pines, California: Arik Koenig, a powerful, dominant male wolf. He promises to protect and provide for the pack, something Victoria knows the pack needs for survival. His mysterious past is riddled with violence and death, including the slaughter of his entire family twenty years before. His wife died under mysterious circumstances and his son, Logan, is rumored to be her killer.

What is truth? Who can she trust? The desperate spirit of Arik’s murdered wife calls out for help, and Logan begs for assistance in clearing his name. Victoria must solve a murder that has pitted father against son, rooted in a mystery reaching back two decades. Her quest starts her on a journey from the human world to Odin’s Valhalla and back again.

Victoria will find salvation or face destruction beneath the Hunger Moon…

Warning: story contains heart-stopping action scenes, sizzling hot sexual tension and language you wouldn’t want your mother to hear

Review:

Hunger Moon begins in a burning building with Victoria Storm holding a knife on a hunter who has been targeting her pack.  Victoria Storm is a Valkyrie and Priestess for the Goddess Freya.  She is also the Alpha of her pack of werewolves.  In being the Alpha it is her responsibility to protect what is left of her pack.  After one of her pack dies and she ushers him to Valhalla she is pointed in the direction of Sierra Pines, California.  She knows that there lies her lifemate, whomever that may be.  When she meets Arik Koenig she realizes immediately that he is her lifemate and very strong werewolf.  With Arik comes his son Logan.  Victoria immediately realizes things aren’t as perfect as they seem with the Koenigs and secrets threaten the safety of her pack.  She must decide to continue running from the hunters with no help or stay and figure out the secrets of Arik and Logan Koenig.  It is Victoria’s decision that will change the course of the pack and impact her life forever.

I really loved this book.  I didn’t realize this book was actually the second book in this series.  I was very impressed that this book almost read like a standalone book.  There were very few things that referred to the first book.  I fell in love with these characters and the story.  Victoria’s and Arik’s mini-courtship was quite steamy at times and you could understand why Victoria felt the way she did.  I really did feel for her though.  I felt bad that the relationship was kinda one-sided.  No matter how this story would have ended it would always be Victoria caring more for Arik and Arik still pining for his deceased wife.  I hope that with the next Victoria finds something a bit more lasting.  I get the feeling that Victoria has had so much loss it is time for something positive .  No matter what though I know I will be reading Melissa Snark’s next Victoria Storm book.  I even feel the need to go back and read the first one.  I would whole-heartedly recommend this book for any PNR fan.  Once you pick it up you will be like me and itching for more!

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

5756824A friend asked me once how I chose my pen name. I told her the following: “Melissa, because when people mix up my first name, it’s the most common goof up. Snark, because it amuses me. A) I love the word ‘snarky’ and B) I love Lewis Carroll.”

As an individual, I’m sarcastic, stubborn and blunt to a fault. I have a strange sense of humor and I like to laugh (usually at my husband or children), but also at myself. I’m not particularly extroverted, although I do enjoy time with my family and close friends a great deal.

At the moment, I’m a stay at home mom who writes in my spare time. I’ve got a B.S. from Arizona State University in Business, and I’ve worked a variety of different jobs, including as a medical device documentation specialist, a technical writer, and an auto liability adjuster.

I live in the San Francisco East Bay of Northern California with my husband, three kids, and three cats. My hobbies include roleplaying, cooking and reading.

I maintain a blog, which I update regularly at http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so please drop me a line at MelissaSnark at gmail dot com.

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