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Paranormal Attractions-- Vampires, sexy ghosts, gargoyles, mummy’s curses and a secret magical society are some of the fabulous paranormal twists you’ll find in PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS, a boxed set of 9 steamy romances brought to you by Amazon, Barnes & Noble bestselling, and award-winning authors. Lose yourself in these light and dark paranormal stories that are only around for a short time.
My Blood Runs Blue – Stacy Eaton. Officer Kristin Greene’s life is turned upside down when she begins to investigate a homicide and finds that killer is something out of her nightmares. What will happen when Julian and Alexander introduce Kristin to the world of vampires?
Paranormal romance meets murder mystery in My Blood Runs Blue by Stacy Eaton. A small-town cop who is also the widow of another Fawn Hollow cop, our heroine, Kristin, has a lot of baggage behind that tin badge. When she’s assigned to investigate the horrific murder of a woman she knows, the Vampire Military Force get involved because the throat wound isn’t from a knife. Hero number one—yes, I said one—is Alexander, the leader of this task force. Julian, hero number two, is one of his investigators, who lost his wife and daughter to the killer.
Take the main players, throw in some backstory in the form of past life relationships, and the plot twists just keep on coming as to who will end up with the girl, let alone whodunit. The police procedurals are authentic and interesting—as they should be, given that the author is a former police woman—so the murder mystery plot is solid and engaging. The vampire take is a bit off the normal track, but the world is created in a believable and well-defined way.
Though three different points of view offers an easy vehicle for adding depth to individual characters, it also adds more repetition than I enjoy. I really think I would have preferred the usual fare of dialogue, actions and internal dialogue to give the characters more depth. Sometimes, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Book Bling gives this 4 Stars!
Instinct – J.A. Belfield Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, until his instincts guide him toward the unique scent of the nonchalant Jem Stonehouse. Despite his pack's rules, he wants her— an attraction that can bring only danger for Jem. Will Sean defy his own Alpha to save the woman he loves?
For obvious reasons, this story is in Sean’s point of view. It is a Halloway Pack prequel novella, and Sean is the hero from the Darkness & Light novel of that series. He’s quite the big bad wolf, and this novella is erotic in both flavor and scent. He meets his match, however, or shall we say mate, Gem. He has to use his wiles to get around his pack’s rules and Gem’s mother, a powerful witch who has no intention of letting her daughter near a werewolf. To tell more would be to give away the storyline. Short, fierce and passionate. A quick read.
Book Bling gives this 4 Stars.
Parlor Games – Bonnie Edwards. Carrie MacLean and Matt Crewe have secret needs when they arrive at Perdition House for a sexy bachelor auction. Can love survive the mesmerizing spirits of the hookers who once lived and worked in the haunted bordello?
I believe this is #4 in a series. I’m not sure. I am sure it’s short, so a novella. In this story the hero, Matt, puts himself up for auction, as research for his book. Carrie poses as a buyer to write an article and get a better job as a journalist, and make a name for herself. The ghosts in the house have their own ideas. This story mixes mystery, paranormal and erotic sex scenes, which is what one would expect in a haunted bordello in which men are being auctioned off for a weekend of sex-on-demand. A quick, steamy, read, sure to make you wish you could attend your own private auction.
Book Bling gives this 4 stars.
Love Set in Stone – Staci Troilo. Perched above Pittsburgh, a gargoyle spends centuries as a protector of humanity while he waits for the one who will break his curse and free him from his stone prison. When he finally finds her, her life is in jeopardy, and he realizes he may face eternal damnation to save her life.
Marketed as a paranormal romance, this novel has cross-over elements that I loved. It has a reincarnation-ish curse, angels, demons, gargoyles, urban decay, yup, definitely some urban fantasy creeping along the edges of this one. Love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love vampires or anything else that goes bump in the night, but I really liked the change of pace in this storyline.
In Love Set in Stone, Damien, the hero, is an ancient warrior who fought on the battlefields of France centuries ago—what’s not to love? He made a pack with not the devil but of all creatures, an angel, Anael, so now he’s a gargoyle by day—loved how he dives into the water to wash the bird doo off his head once he takes human form at night.
One night he sees Katarina (Rina) and saves her from an attacker, and realizes she’s his soul mate. But there’s the problem of how to tell her he’s a gargoyle. The plot flies fast and furious from there and the secondary characters are as fascinating as the H/H. The romance is handled beautifully, with a great tie-up, but I could see this becoming a strong series.
Book Bling gives this 5 Stars!
Romance Under Wraps – Michele Jones. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History gets an Egyptian installation, and it seems to come with the ubiquitous mummy’s curse. Death and destruction abound. But the real curse is on the mummy’s advisor— he must teach the mummy how to pass forty-three judgments or find the reincarnated queen and win her love— or they are doomed to continue reawakening every century to try all over again.
Well, you’d better be careful whenever you go to Pittsburgh. Between gargoyles that come alive at night (Love Set in Stone by Staci Troilo) and mummies that wake every century or so, you never know what you’ll find in the shadows. This novel’s blurb grabbed my attention right off. I love anything Egyptian or based on mythology.
A strong debut novel, this story has well-developed characters, a hot romance and a good plot line fueled by a mummy’s curse.
Book Bling gives this 4 Stars
Phantasm - J.L. Campbell. After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Josette is convinced she's on the road to recovery— until Dwayne starts appearing to her in ways that take her to the edge of terror and back. Can Mario Browning, a persistent and perceptive man, save her from falling into a dangerous abyss between the world of the living and the dead?
Phantasm is a paranormal sweet romance novella. Josette is haunted by her husband’s ghost, which prevents her from falling for Mario Browning, a persistent man who doesn’t like to give up once he finds something he wants, and he wants Josette. But Mario has emotional baggage of his own, so the plot twists and turns as the two would-be lovers struggle to leave their pasts behind and find their happy ever after. This story is about love and loss and letting go. It’s about moving on and learning to love again. It’s about family and caring and trust. But mostly it’s about people and the struggles they go through as they live their lives.
Book Bling gives this story 4 stars!
The Beckoning of Beguiling Things - Calinda B. Can 24 hours really change your life in magical ways you never imagined? Marissa Engles is about to find out, when she heads to Las Vegas, meets sexy, Thunder and Lightning dancer Chris King and unwittingly unleashes the force of a secret, global, magical society known only as the Numina.
This is the novella that precludes the Beckoning series. If you want to find out where Marissa Engles got her powers, this is the place. So I guess you know what choices she made about Christ King and his beguiling come-hither passion. This is a fun little Vegas romp, worthy of its venue.
Book Bling gives this 4 Stars!
Remembered by Moonlight - Nancy Gideon The deadly leader of a shape-shifter clan with no memories of who he is and a dedicated cop hiding a heart-breaking secret face impossible odds in steamy New Orleans that conspire to pull them apart. Because the enemy they pursue . . . might be him.
Finally! Max and Cee Cee together again. And as if Nola isn't sultry enough, the push-pull of sexual tension felt on a molecular level only Gideon could deliver will make readers weak at the knees.
Max doesn't need to remember Cee Cee's name to quake from rigid resistance when he smells her come-hither scent, or notices, without letting her know, the comeliness of her short-skirt sway or high-heeled swagger. Cee Cee manages, with her hardened NOPD restraint, to keep her composure around Max, despite the love and desire she feels for him, and the heartache of knowing he doesn't even remember her face. Or their love.
Gideon delivers what may be the best storyline to date in her By Moonlight series. The plot rolls out like midnight fog in this what-if-Max-is-really-the-monster-both-he-and-Cee Cee-fear paranormal suspense.
Book Bling gives this 5 Stars!
Once Forbidden - Hope Welsh. Devlin wants her from the moment he sees her save a child in a fire, but it’s forbidden for vampires to change humans. Can he bear to let her go?
Once Forbidden is Book 1 of The Hunted Series. It’s a quick read that definitely fits into the naughty pleasures category. Vampire Devlin sets his sights on Sarah, one of the Chosen (meaning she could be turned into a mate for a vampire if it hadn’t been forbidden by the elders since vampires began to be “hunted” by humans. Sarah is brave and selfless, having been severely scarred after rescuing a child from a fire. Devlin witnessed this act, and already broke the rules by calling 911. He continues to follow and observe Sarah, and eventually becomes her lover and tries to convince her to “choose” to become his mate.
The plot thickens and twists and the sex kinks and steams as the two lovers continue to romp one step ahead of hunters and consequences. Vampire fans are sure to have fun sinking their teeth into this short but sizzling paranormal romance.
Book Bling gives this 4 stars!
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