WHAT I READ IN JUNE:
Siege by K.F. Breene – AMZ
The land has become unnaturally quiet. It’s as if everyone is waiting for some sign that Xandre can be beaten. That someone will stand up to him, and win.
With Shanti calling the shots, and Cayan’s battle know-how, it seems certain that the Chosen can be the catalyst. That they can lead the oppressed to freedom.
But Xandre didn’t become the Being Supreme by chance, and he doesn’t intend for his rule to be stripped away so easily. He has already started to gather his forces, and with the entire land under his control, gaining a foothold against him seems impossible.
The final battle is brewing, and the winner is anything but decided…
I’m almost to the end of this series. After reading the first four books straight through last month, I decided to string out the last two to make them last. I’ll get back to you after I read the last book in the series.
The Verdict: I’m diving into the sixth and final book next month.
The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison – AMZ
Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a chilling guarantee that somewhere in the country, another young woman will turn up dead in a church with her throat slit and her body surrounded by flowers.
Priya Sravasti’s sister fell victim to the killer years ago. Now she and her mother move every few months, hoping for a new beginning. But when she ends up in the madman’s crosshairs, the hunt takes on new urgency. Only with Priya’s help can the killer be found—but will her desperate hope for closure compel her to put her very life on the line.
This book is SO different from it’s predecessor. So, so different. It’s creepy, but not quite as creepy. After the events in book one I kind of wondered what this author could possibly put these women through next. The answer is she introduces another main character and kind of veers off into another serial killer murder mystery, while humanizing the FBI agents introduced in book one and tying it all together through the victims of The Butterfly Garden.
The Verdict: I liked, but wasn’t as riveted as I was by the first book.
Barbarian’s Rescue by Ruby Dixon- AMZ
Bad day? Try mine on for size.
Rogue slavers have landed on the ice planet and captured the tribe. The only ones not snatched? Me, a walking human motormouth with no skill except that of incoherent babbling, and Warrek, who’s as silent as he is attractive. Two more unlikely people have never been paired together.And now we’re supposed to form a rescue team.
Saving the others is either going to bring us closer together – or drive us completely apart. I’m pretty sure the feelings I’m having for my alien companion are as unrequited as they are inappropriate, but since we aren’t going to make it out alive, what harm is one teeny, tiny kiss?
Who knew that one kiss could change everything?
I know you guys are absolutely shocked to see this on my list this month. I kind of wondered if Ms. Dixon was winding down this series since almost every lucky human woman had resonated to a big, blue hottie. NOT TO WORRY, she fixed it! I’m kind of intrigued by what comes up next since she fixed it, but I’m here for it.
The Verdict: Big, blue, ribbed for her pleasure aliens 4 eva.
Kayzon’s Wish by Michele Mills- AMZ
Kayzon of Twenty-Six is beastly.
Small offspring cry at the sight of his hulking frame and the vicious scar that bisects the right side of his face. Banished from his home world and deemed unworthy of a Bride—his mere presence strikes fear into the hearts of most beings.
Except for one fierce, tiny female. She alone is unafraid.
Kia is astonished when a sexy Xylan Warrior strides through the crowded marketplace of New Earth. When she attempts to speak to him, he replies in a deep, husky voice, “Leave human. Nothing good will come from this.”
But when Hurlian soldiers start dropping from the sky, ready to snatch unsuspecting humans, Kayzon rescues her. And when his bare hand clutches hers, a bolt of awareness strikes them both.
Then he’s kissing her, claiming her and telling her with hoarse emotion that she is his Bride. Wow, her life is unfolding like something out of a romance vid…until Kia discovers her new husband was never meant to have a Bride. In fact, their mating is in review and she has one planetary rotation to formalize or reject their tenuous marriage.
Oh hell, what’s a girl to do?
I feel like this author just gets better with every new release. The deeper I get into this series the more I enjoy. This is Kayzon’s story and he is lucky enough to find his mate already used to living in space. No “OMG, HOLY SHIZNIT, IT’S AN ALIEN!” This time the heroine, who is a badass and can kick some serious alien booty all on her own, is intrigued and turned on when the scarred bounty hunter whisks her away for some mating time. This is good stuff.
The Verdict: Are we getting a book four?
Agent of Enchantment by C.N Crawford and Alex Rivers- AMZ
I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack-the-Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong. This killer is fae, and he’s as elusive as smoke on the wind. But I’m an FBI profiler, and it’s my job to track him down.
It doesn’t matter that one of the main suspects–a lethally alluring fae–is trying to seduce me… or kill me, I’m not sure which. I won’t be stopped, not even when panic roils through the streets of London, or when the police start to suspect me.
As I close in on the killer, I follow him to a magical shadow realm that’s like nothing I ever expected, where I’m hunted like prey. Fine. Bring it on. I’m an FBI Agent. And it turns out I have magical powers of my own.
It took me awhile to get into this. I mean, I enjoyed the world-building immensely, and the premise of an FBI agent who tracks down supernatural serial killers totally intrigues me, but the heroine got on my nerves and the man who I would bet my favorite pair of shoes on being the love interest came across as a complete dick. BUT, like I said, the world-building is super cool and I wanted to see if this was a problem of first book set-up, info dump woes or what.
The Verdict: See below ⇓
Agent of Chaos by C.N. Crawford and Alex Rivers- AMZ
London is burning, and the fae are holding the matches.
I am Cassandra Liddell: FBI Special Agent and bad-ass Pixie. After barely surviving my last assignment, I’m on the hunt for answers about my past, when bombs start exploding all over London. Fae terrorists have attacked and thrown the city into chaos.
To make matters worse, my best friend Scarlett has been abducted, and her captor is playing a twisted game of “Simon Says,” sending me riddles paired with impossible tasks. Roan, a seductive fae warrior, is willing to help me … but of course he has a price. One I’m not sure I’m willing to pay.
Hounded by supernatural pursuers and hunted by the CIA, I’m racing against time to save Scarlett, and to stop London from burning to the ground. Rage is simmering under the surface, and when it boils, I’ll unleash a fire of my own.
So, I enjoyed book two much, much more. It’s non-stop action right from the get-go, with Cassandra in a race to free her CIA agent best friend from an unknown bad guy. She is now comfortable using her newly discovered powers and in fact utilizes them at every turn and I LOVED IT. Yes, Roan, the supposed love interest, is still a massive douche, but I kind of see him getting a smidge better. I’m not sure I will ever love him, but we’ll see.
The Verdict: Looking forward to book three, but I can’t seem to find any info about release dates and such on this series anywhere.
WHAT’S UP NEXT:
A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa- AMZ
Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.
But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.
Really enjoyed the first book in the series.
Tease by Ella Frank- AMZ
Tease – verb: to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without intending to satisfy it….unless your name is Tate Morrison.
It’s been four years since Logan Mitchell walked into Tate’s life and irrevocably changed it. Four years since the sexy as sin lawyer dared him to try, and four years since Tate won his love.
Now, as they approach the next chapter of their lives Logan is determined they won’t end up like many of their friends. Settled. Domestic. Boring. However, that’s easier said than done. With busy careers and working odd hours, finding time for one another is becoming increasingly difficult.
But that sh*t isn’t going to fly with Logan or Tate.
The two of them are determined to compromise to get what it is they want, and what they want is each other.
Tease is the sexy, tantalizing continuation of the two men who stole your heart…and popped your cherry.
Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose – AMZ
Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.
Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.
Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn’t a man at all-he’s a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she’s ever known.
In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.
This is still sitting on my Kindle and staring at me every time I open it.
Overtaken by K.F. Breene – AMZ
Reunited with her people, Shanti knows that she must make a move in order to finally put her duty to rest. But as always, Xandre is one step ahead of her.
For one brief moment when she lets down her guard, Shanti falls into enemy hands. But if Xandre thought she would be a docile prisoner, he was sadly mistaken.
With Shanti running interference, it is up to the boys she has trained, and the army Cayan leads, to fight their way to her side.
The fate of the land will finally be decided.
Which side will be overtaken?
This is the final book in the series and I’m kinda excited to see Shanti kill the big bad.
The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell – AMZ
A chilling psychological suspense novel, The Grave Tender explores the dark boundaries people cross to save loved ones, and the limits of family bonds tested by the deepest of betrayals.
Endless questions from a shadow-filled East Texas childhood haunt Hadley Dixon. People said her mother, Winnie, was never quite right, but with one single, irreparable act, life as Hadley knew it was shattered. The aftershocks of that moonlit night left her reeling, but the secrets and lies had started long before.
When a widowed and pregnant Hadley returns years later, it’s not the safe harbor she expects. The mysteries surrounding a local boy’s disappearance remain, and the townspeople still whisper about Hadley’s strange and reclusive Uncle Eli—whispers about a monster in their midst.
But Hadley’s father and grandmother, the cornerstones of everything safe in her world, avoid her questions. If Hadley stays here, will she be giving her children the family they need, or putting their lives in danger?
The hunt for answers takes a determined Hadley deep into the pine forests, in search of sunlight that will break through the canopy of lies long enough to reveal the truth.
My mystery/suspense for next month.