Review: Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter

 

The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, stuns with SHADOW AND ICE, the first title in her scorching new paranormal romance Gods of War Series. Check out the tour stop below and get your copy of SHADOW AND ICE today!

 

Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a scorching new paranormal romance series… Gods of War.

Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.

Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.

Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

Review:

Knox’s life has been spent winning All Wars for his king.  He is single minded in his brutality to win the wars at all cost.  When his and the other competitors are stopped from competing for 1400 years.  Vale has had a tough life.  She wants to take her sister on one final adventure before they start their business.  What she doesn’t expect to find are a group of frozen warriors.  When these warriors break free Vale and her sister are thrust into this war for Earth.  Knox is immediately drawn to Vale.  Though all his instincts pull him to destroy everything…but Vale.  Can Vale and Knox get a happily ever after when their lives are on the line every second of every day?

The Queen of paranormal romance is back.  Gena Showalter’s newest series is incredibly exciting.  She is one of the most talented world builders around.  Knox and Vale are incredibly complex and exciting.  Not only are their characters multi-faceted and relatable but they are steeped in the paranormal world.  Knox and Vale aren’t the only great characters.  The rest of the warriors and their powers and worlds are incredibly detailed and interesting.  Gena Showalter has really done a good job of creating this new series.  It was a little slow at start but once the story really got going it was hard to put the book down to go to work.  If you are looking for a new exciting paranormal romance then pick up this new series by Gena Showalter.

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“I love this world…this is Gena Showalter at her best!”—J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The Gods of War series is my new obsession.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

 

 

Gena Showalter’s SHADOW AND ICE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

October 22nd

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt

Beneath The Covers – Review & Excerpt

Diane’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Little Red Reading Hood +1 – Excerpt

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt

October 23rd

A Book Lover’s Dream Book Blog – Review

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Ceres Books World – Review

Declarations of a Fangirl – Review & Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Excerpt

Little Shop of Readers – Review & Excerpt

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Excerpt

October 24th

@reads_romance – Review

Bout-a-Book blog – Review

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review & Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

Romancing the Laser Pistol – Review & Excerpt

Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

October 25th

Bambi Unbridled – Review

Caitlin’s World – Review & Excerpt

Feel the Book – Excerpt

Jen’s Reading Obsession – Excerpt

Kay Daniels Romance – Review & Excerpt

Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Excerpt

October 26th

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt

Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt

Incidental Inspiration – Review & Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

Nicole’s Book Musings – Review

Sip Read Love – Review

The Ink Spell – Review

October 27th

Another Book Hangover – Excerpt

Bookgasms Book Blog – Review

Booknerd1107 – Review

Family, Books and Food – Excerpt

Rantings of a Reading Addict – Excerpt

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

October 28th

Bingeworthy Book Blog – Review

Clare & Lou’s Mad About Books – Review

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Ginreads – Review & Excerpt

Mother/Gamer/Writer – Review & Excerpt

NC 2 DC – Review & Excerpt

Red’s Midnight Readers – Review & Excerpt

October 29th

3 degrees of fiction – Review & Excerpt

Avephoenix Naughty Readings – Review & Excerpt

Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt

Just Reading Book Blog – Excerpt

Sharing Inspired Kreations – Review & Excerpt

The Book Dutchesses – Review & Excerpt

October 30th

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Nerdy Dirty & flirty – Review & Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

Romancing the Readers – Review

Sassy Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

Total Book Geek – Excerpt

Writes Forward – Review

October 31st

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Mean Girls Luv Books – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Shameless Book Club – Review & Excerpt

November 1st

Book Nook Nuts – Review & Excerpt

Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Dreamer’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Jeri’s Book Attic – Review

Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Excerpt

Up All Night w/ Books Blog – Review & Excerpt

November 2nd

Book Addict – Excerpt

Fundinmental – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Ruby’s Books – Excerpt

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions – Review

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

 

 

About Gena Showalter:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans

 

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Review: Blood Cure by K.A Linde

Today, I get to bring to you the final book in the fantastic paranormal trilogy by K.A Linde.  If you are looking for your next vampire story you need to pick this trilogy up stat.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

Book Blurb:

She had the world on her shoulders. Now she has nothing.

Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home.

But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. And now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again.

As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. With their plans blown to pieces and everything they knew and loved gone, their future hangs in the balance.

Despite all she has lost, Reyna must rise from the ashes, reclaim the life that was stolen—and complete her mission, once and for all.

Review:

Reyna has faced the worst that can happen to her.  She knows that she must pull herself together.  The rebels are scattered and those still together need a leader.  As Reyna pulls together those who still want equality, her own heart and her family she knows its not over till they rid the world of the evil that has plagued their world.  With every twist and turn, they get closer to their goal, but at what cost?

This was a fantastic finish to this trilogy.  I am sad to see this trilogy finish.  This book takes up exactly where we left off in the previous blood type book.  Reyna’s character takes leaps in the book.  As with all great endings, questions are answered, people are met and people we love die.  K.A Linde takes the reader on the final journey with this book.  We get to get a satisfying end that will still leave us wanting more because we don’t want to let this world and its characters go.  Deep down I know this is the end but I could easily see more coming from these characters and K.A Linde’s phenomenal paranormal romance.  I look forward to see what she comes up with next.

Review: Blood Match by K.A. Linde

Today I get to bring to you the second book in her Blood Type trilogy.  This continuation of the first book has brought the story to a whole other level.  Not to mention the heart crushing twist in the end.  For my full review (spoiler free) keep reading after the book blurb.

35898961Book Blurb:

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.

From the pawn, rises a queen.

Review:

It’s been 8 weeks since Reyna was kidnapped.  Betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.  Now, she is a human blood bag.  All she wants is for Beckham to find her and rescue her.  When help finally comes she can’t completely understand how her world and Beckham have changed in that small amount of time.  Reyna wants revenge and to help others like her, but when she gets her chance will her sacrifices pay off or just trap her?

Another fantastic, book throwing, sobbing into my pillow kind of story.  K.A Linde has continued Reyna and Beckham’s story but also added a lot more depth to characters we were desperate to know more about but didn’t realize.  Elle, the rebel group, plays a very prominent role in this book.  We dive more into the world of the rebels and learn more about what is going on and how things with the vampires got so bad.  Reyna and Beckham’s love story truly grows…after a few bumps along the way.  In the first book of this series we just got a taste of their love but in this one, steam will definitely be coming off the pages.  This book has everything a great second book has.  It propels the story, brings the reader deeper into the lives of the characters and leaves you screaming at the author, then crying, then screaming again…you get it.  If you haven’t started this series yet, you needed to like yesterday.  This book only solidifies K.A Linde’s ability to write a paranormal romance with the best of them.

Review: Blood Type by K.A Linde

Happy Tuesday!  There are a lot of really great releases coming out today.  The one I was lucky enough to get my hands on was Blood Type by K.A Linde.  This is her first swing at a paranormal romance.  K.A Linde definitely hit a homerun with this one.  Blood Type is unique, enthralling and addictive.  This is the first book in this series and I am already salivating for the next installment.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

35263206Book Blurb:

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

 

Review:

Reyna is desperate.  She knows that continuing to stay with her brothers is just hindering their lives.  She is unable to get a job without an education and she can’t get an education because she is too poor.  This is why she has decided to work for Visage.  In a world where vampires are real and becoming a permanent blood provider is a very lucrative job, Reyna sees no other option than to become one.  What she doesn’t count on is being paired permanently to Beckham, a VP at Visage.  Their attraction is complex but can they ever really feel for one another?  When one is food and the other her employer what future can their be?

I adored this book.  I was hooked from the first chapter.  Reyna and Beckham are such complicated characters.  They come from different sides of the tracks and can’t see how they would ever be truly attracted to one another.  Add in the paranormal element of vampires and what a world would look like if they had all the power and money.  This book is truly a complex story, not just a paranormal romance.  K.A Linde has such a way of building a world that is relatable and realistic.  The reader can really feel themselves being placed there.  Blood Type is one of the best paranormal romances that I have read in quite a while.  I’ve never felt the levels in a paranormal story the way K.A Linde has written Blood Type.  You get action, paranormal, social commentary and of course, romance.  This may be K.A Linde’s first paranormal romance but it sure doesn’t feel that way.  I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on the next book.  This is a guaranteed hit for all paranormal romance fans!

Review: Fated for the Lion by Lyra Valentine

Welcome back for part two of our Fourth of July celebration.  We have a sexy paranormal romance for you.  Fated for the Lion by Lyra Valentine brings a sexy lion shifter and his mate who is a human.  This is definitely a page burner.  For my full review, keep reading after the book blurb.  Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

30234515Book Blurb:

Newly fired, Lena Jeffries ducks into the lobby of a nearby development firm to avoid a brewing thunderstorm. Worried about her next paycheck, the last person she expects to see is Ethan Sanford. Grown up and successful, he filled out his suit to perfection. What happened to the skinny and aloof Ethan from high school?

When Ethan Sanford catches a whiff of the curvaceous Lena, he stops in his tracks. Forbidden from touching her all those years ago, he and his big bad lion aren’t going to let her escape again. Unable to deny the burning attraction any longer, he invites her upstairs with more than a drink on his mind. Overcome by his desire and with a flash of canines, Ethan takes Lena as his mate.

Lena never thought she’d be the type of woman to sleep with her soon to be boss, and makes a quick exit in the morning. Pining over Ethan, she heads to a diner with her best friend to talk it over. Soon, her sudden cravings for meat puts her friend in the war path of a first time she-cat shift.

Ethan is not happy to find his mate missing when he wakes. Will Ethan manage to find and calm the new lioness before she puts the entire city on the menu?

Review:

Lena has had a rough day.  She gets fired for standing up for herself and now its raining on all of her belongings.  When she happens to enter the building that Ethan, her long time high school crush, works she can’t help but feel angry at the world.  But, when Ethan sees Lena he is overcome with joy knowing that he finally has a chance to claim his mate.  Soon the two are mating and Lena doesn’t know what to do.  When Lena finally discovers what Ethan is and who she has become will she be able to accept him and his love for her?

This was quite the erotic romance.  This book will make every woman who ever had a high school crush hope that he secretly loves her and is a sexy shifter.  Ethan and Lena were good characters but I would have liked more depth in this story.  It is a short and quick novel, but I think more could have developed.  I thought the sex and relationship may have happened to fast.  More detail and excitement could have been added.  Overall, this was a good read  that will add steam to your e-reader.

Review: Tempted by a Vampire by Susan Griscom

Today I have the great pleasure of sharing with you another Susan Griscom book.  Tempted by a Vampire is the first in a new series.  Her talents as a paranormal romance writer exceeds expectations every time I pick up one of her books.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful hump day!

26840774Book Blurb:

Cian DeMarco, a sexy, rockstar billionaire vampire has lived in San Francisco’s prestigious Cliff Side neighborhood in his beautiful mansion overlooking both the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean for seventy years. Happily—or so he thought. Until the rare beauty that is Magdalena De la Rosa sits down at one of the front-row tables in Club Royal where he and his band perform once a week.

Magdalena De la Rosa has it all—Bachelor’s degree in journalism, a job she loves in California, a gorgeous apartment in San Francisco, and a dream guy. Except her boyfriend lives and works in Sacramento—an hour and a half drive from the city Magdalena has always fantasized about living in. All her dreams change, however, when she and her girlfriend find their way into an upscale nightclub and she’s suddenly swept off her feet by the lead singer of that night’s performing rock band, The Lost Boys.
Sparks ignite between the two until a threat that was thought to no longer exist returns to wreak havoc on Cian’s and Magdalena’s lives. Will the temptation to be together outweigh the reality of what Cian must do to keep Magdalena safe from harm?

Review:

Cian has lived his immortal life the best way he knows how.  He doesn’t imagine anything different.  But, when he sees Magdalena first in a restaurant window and then front row of his rock show he feels immediately drawn to her.  Magdalena feels the same draw toward this hot rockstar.  With his draw comes an air of mystery.  Magdalena doesn’t know what Cian is.  Once she does will she be able to accept him and this new world or will Cian be forced to compel her to forget everything breaking both of their hearts?

From page one this story will draw you in.  You will fall for Cian with his sexy rock star persona added only by his being a vampire.  The story weaves expertly between Magdalena and Cian’s stories.  This paranormal world hidden beneath the City of San Francisco is delightfully drawn by Susan.  Her talent for story telling and character development allows for an addictive story with characters that will remain with you until you are able to pick up her next phenomenal story.  If you haven’t read of you Susan Griscom’s paranormal romances I will tell you to pick one up and read it this weekend.  I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Review: Divergent Bloodline by T.J Shaw

Happy Friday!  Today I have an exciting new novel by T.J Shaw.  Divergent Bloodline is an exciting new paranormal romance.  It takes a traditional vampire romance and adds a few twists.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome weekend!

27391087Book Blurb:

While tracking down a killer, clues lead homicide detective, Viviane Taylor to suspect, Julian DeMatteo. From the get-go, DeMatteo unsettles and irritates her. He is a force she has never encountered, someone who excites her even though he is forbidden. Her instincts warn that he’s hiding something and she is determined to uncover those secrets.

As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he has lost or his loyalty to his people.

As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian’s help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who has stolen her heart.

Review:

Viviane is a hard nosed detective.  When she goes after her man she gets him no matter what.  This changes when she meets the very handsome and wealthy suspect, Julian.  She is unnerved by him from the moment she meets him.  Julian finds himself enthralled by this woman that doesn’t fear him.  He is used to people being scared since he is the king of the vampires.  This is a secret that he keeps hidden from Viviane until she is thrust into their world.  She feels her world is turning upside.  Its not only her world but also her.  She feels a darkness that has been caged away coming lose.  What will Viviane find if she allows herself to fall for her king?

This was a very refreshing paranormal romance.  The characters are entertaining, enthralling and contain more layers as you get further into the novel.  The world that T.J Shaw has built is one that will keep you turning the pages until you have read every secret about Viviane and Julian.  You will fall in love with Julian and his second, Wilson.  The strong Alpha vampires will leave you wishing you could step into a conference room and meet them.  This novel is a fantastic first novel that could lead to many more if T.J Shaw were to grant the wishes of her fans.  For paranormal romance readers, you will find a world that won’t disappoint and will leave you begging for more.

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