Review: Dark Skye

Dark Skye
Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can’t believe this is the 15th book in the series already, and Ms Cole still have me enthralled by her kick-ass, frequently irreverently funny and modern heroines.

This time round the hero, Thronos, is the inexperienced one, while Lanthe, the sorceress whom we met in Kiss of a Demon King has not exactly been a nun while evading his at-first ardent, then semi-vengeful pursuit. The little background snippet of the two protagonists in their childhood was a sweet beginning which sets the scene for their embittered, star-crossed love affair.

Fast forward to the present day when the pair broke out of The Order prison, circumstances led them to embark on an Odyssey to Pandemonia, where they got to know each other, work through some of their relationship issues. While it was a bit of a let-down that the source of their conflict is actually a big-MIS, the pair of childhood sweetheart eventually get their happy-ever-after.

Throughout their adventure to hell, while they caught up on each other, Lanthe’s pop culture references often throw Thronos into adorable confusion. Those were some entertaining moments in the story.

Overall, a very enjoyable read.

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Review: The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason

One of the categories for the Twenty Eleven challenges dictate that we should give our reading habits a twist.

…With a Twist

Focusing on sub-genres, the guidelines say: read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance.

Well, since my bookshelf is filled [to] capacity with straightforward historical and regency romance, I thought I’d give this regency Buffy another go.

Review: The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason

Title: The Bleeding Dusk

Author:Colleen Gleason

Genre: Regency Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Signet

Year Published: 2008

Stand alone or series: Book 3 of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles

On the Back cover:

The undead of Rome are racing to unravel an ancient mystery – and only one woman can stop them…

As Rome prepares for its Carnivale, the new leader of the city’s vampire hunters – Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy – must prove herself as never before. For, to gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome’s vampires have allied themselves with creatures as evil and bloodthirsty as they are.

Reluctantly, Victoria must turn to the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget for help, just as Maximilian Pesaro arrives to assist his fellow slayers – no matter what the sacrifice. Desire puts her at the mercy of Sebastian, while loyalty binds her to Max, but can she trust either man? Especially when a seductive vampire begins luring her into the shadows…

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Review: The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

I’ve always loved regency romances but given vanpiric or paranormal romances set in that era a wide berth, until I read Teresa Medeiros’ The Vampire Who Loved Me. Since then, I haven’t come across another series which intrigued me enough for me to buy and read them. Until I came across the Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason in a bookstore in Hong Kong while there to attend a business conference.

Here, then, is my opinion of the first book in the series …


Title:The Rest Falls Away

Author:Colleen Gleason

Genre: Regency Paranormal Romance


Year Published: 2007

Stand alone or series: Book 1 of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles

On the Back cover:

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.

But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.

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Review: Demon from the Dark, Pleasure of A Dark Prince

Catching up on my review posts of books read late last year, here’s the review on two paranormal romances from Kresley Cole.

Title: Pleasure of A Dark Prince

(Amazon Editors’ Choice Top 10 Books: Romance)

Review: Demon from the Dark, Pleasure of A Dark PrinceAuthor:
Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal romance

Publisher: Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster

Year Published: 2010

Stand alone or series: Book 7 of the Immortals After Dark series

On the Back cover:

A dangerous beauty

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbours secrets that threatens to destroy her – and those she loves.

An uncontrollable need

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

That lead to a pleasure so wicked …

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness—her wanton desire for him. . . .

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Book Review: Hostage to Pleasure

Taking a break from the round-up to post a short IMB blurb on a Nalini Singh book which I read in 2010, so here’s the verdict:

Title: Hostage to Pleasure

Book Review: Hostage to Pleasure

Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Year Published: 2008

Stand alone or series: Book 5 of the Psy-Changeling series

Why I read it: I’ve followed the series until the Guild Hunter came along, so this book is just me trying to catch up on this series

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The Scarletti Curse, Goddess of the Hunt, Goddess of Legend

Another catch-up post of long overdue reviews.

Title:The Scarletti Curse

Christine Feehan

Genre: Paranormal, Gothic romance

Publisher: Piatkus

Year Published: 2001

Stand alone or series: this book could be mistaken as the prequel to the Dark Carpathian series, but as I understand, the author asserts that this is a standalone

Why I read it:

The cover and the back cover synopsis caught my attention, and this was supposed to be one of the books for the 2010 Reading Challenge for books bought new in 2010

On the Back cover:

The Beast
Strange, twisted carvings and hideous gargoyles adorned the palazzo of the great Scarletti family. But a still more fearful secret lurked within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who entered its forbidding walls was doomed to leave in a casket. . . .

The Bride

Mystical and unfettered, Nicoletta had no terror of ancient curses and no fear of being chosen as Don Scarletti’s bride – until she looked into his dark, mesmerizing eyes. She has sworn no man will command her, had thought her gift of healing set her apart, but his gift is the right to choose a bride from among his people. And he has chosen her.

The Bargain

Compelled by duty, drawn by desire, she gives her body into his keeping, and prays the powerful, tormented don will be her heart’s destiny, and not her soul’s demise.

In my books …

This lushly romantic and darkly sensual novel grows on you the more you read it.  The various intrigue angles … of murder, treason, dark magic, fratricide and secrets that could kill adds to the thrill of the plot and heightens the mystery of the enigmatic hero, and kept me guessing the identity of the true villain in the story.

An utterly engrossing and superbly crafted gothic romance that blends mystery, magic and sensuality into one compelling package.

IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it

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Book Review: Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

I read this book in June, and have since reread it and the series debut at least twice between then and now.  I’m not sure if you can label me as a fangirl, but one thing’s for sure: Nalini sure can create unforgettable characters and stories.

Stocking StuffersTitle:Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunter)

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkeley

Year Published: February 2010

Stand alone or series: Book 2 in the Guild Hunter series

Why I read it:

Having read and enjoyed the series debut, I couldn’t wait to pounce on this book when it became available in stores

On the Back cover:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan’s power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…

In my books …

In one word … WOW!  Ms Singh blew me away with this follow-up, and not only did she meet every expectation, she exceeded them.

The story arc, pacing, conflicts, struggles, emotions and political intrigue of the immortal world Elena has been plunged into, now that she’s been made an angel, are so finely textured, poignantly articulated and eloquently expressed, that I simply couldn’t put it down once I started reading it.

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