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Smiley by Laurann Dohner

“I’m turned on.  I rumble.  It’s a good thing.”

51av6l+bzcLTitle:  Smiley

Author:  Laurann Dohner

Rate: A

Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father’s church is protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when they are both drugged.

Smiley doesn’t want to believe the sweet human would dose them with the breeding drug. He’s willing to trust her and determined to save her life. He’ll hold her. Protect her. Offer up his body to distract them both from the pain. She is his female, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.

Thoughts:  Laurann Dohner and her New Species series is my absolute favorite series right now, and Smiley is a beautiful change of pace from Darkness.  Darkness started to make me feel as if the series was starting to wan a bit, but Smiley threw that idea right out the window.  Vanni made for a beautiful, but innocent pawn, being given a human version of breeding drug in a bar along with Smiley who is also drugged.  The ploy is caught early enough that the only ones made to suffer are Vanni and Smiley – which makes some very erotic and steamy moments between these two!  The drugs have them turned on in for each other in no time flat, and – Oh, wow – the chemistry between these two practically leaps off the pages!  You may just need some cool down time yourself afterward…;)

This one is a steamy read that’s for sure. 

I loved seeing this series get back on track.  It was just a whole different pace in comparison to the whole series, and stood out on its own in comparison to all the rest.  With thirteen books in this series, I can honestly say that this is one of those few that will stick out with the other fan favorites in the long term that I will remember overall.  Smiley was a hit  for this series – LOVED IT!

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Darkness by Laurann Dohner

“I want you so bad sometimes I have to fight myself not to take you.”

51cJbMJPwPLTitle:  Darkness

Author:  Laurann Dohner

Series: New Species Series # 12

Rate:  A

Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he doesn’t break her heart.

Darkness admires Kat’s courage but he cannot trust anything she says. He hasn’t been with a female for years because he knows he is too damaged. He is not mate material, despite his desire to possess her in every way. Darkness fears losing control—the one thing that defines his life. He doesn’t think he can tear down the protective walls he’s built, even for her.

ThoughtsAs always, this was a great addition  to the New Species series – and I love Laurann Dohner!  No matter what she writes it is amazing.  With that being said, i have to admit that Darkness was a bit different than what I was expecting.  For me, it was similar to a lot of the other titles – that’s not a bad thing, but I wanted a little more.  This one doesn’t stand out as one of the top ones in the series, but it’s not bad either – it’s an okay title in an amazing series.

Personally, I can’t wait to get one featuring a female species – I can’t wait to see that interesting twist!  And it might liven the series back up.  This one has me hoping that the series is not starting to go a little stale – and I sincerely hope that is not the case as this is my favorite series right now.  But it has been known to happen (especially when it comes to series that go on for this long).  I guess we’ll see when Smiley comes out in a few weeks!

 

 

This Week’s Most Anticipated

51cJbMJPwPLI’ve had this one on pre=order for weeks, and I can’t wait to read it!  Darkness by Laurann Dohner is out today, September 23rd – and is a definite must grab!

About the series:  The New Species are genetically altered beings that are part human and part animal.  Raised in labs, most of them have previously only been known by a number, instead of names – and experimented upon by the scientists that made them.  Slowly more and more of them are being freed, and creating their own “communities” away from the humans.  And when the mating instinct hits them, no other female will do!  Darkness is preceded by Fury, Slade, Valiant, Justice, Brawn, Wrath, Tiger, Obsidian, Shadow, Moon, and True.

Blurb from Darkness:  Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he doesn’t break her heart. 

Darkness admires Kat’s courage but he cannot trust anything she says. He hasn’t been with a female for years because he knows he is too damaged. He is not mate material, despite his desire to possess her in every way. Darkness fears losing control—the one thing that defines his life. He doesn’t think he can tear down the protective walls he’s built, even for her.

Inside Scoop: Kat never realized how much fun handcuffs and dominant males could be until she discovered her kinky side through Darkness’ need for control.

Buy Link:  Amazon

 

Past Week’s Most Anticipated

51CBTNP6diLSo, I have missed a few ‘Week’s Most Anticipated’….largely because I was frustrated at the lack of great releases those first few week’s of May.  Nothing really caught my eye – or had me downloading.  Needless to say, my kindle really needs to be fed…LOL  However, I realized I did miss a few that may just help me fix that problem.  One release that caught my eye was Mating Brand by Laurann Dohner.  This one actually released on May 20th, and being a fan of hers, I’m surprised I missed it.  Definitely one to be snatched up!

About the series:  It’s werewolf mating season. All the males are in heat and the driving, sexual lust of their beasts is almost uncontrollable….Mating Heat is preceded by Mate Set and His Purrfect Mate.

Blurb for Mating Brand:  Brand meets his dream girl in college—a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.  The love they share is soul deep but the fate of Charma’s family lies in her hands. The memory of every heated touch they share will cut out both their hearts when she leaves him but to save them all, she must run. After nine years of desolation and heartbreak Charma is back. She risks forfeiting her life to warn Brand of an impending attack but she doesn’t hesitate. Brand has her in his arms once more and he will never lose her again.

Another book that has caught my attention is A Rebel’s Heart by Lia Davis, that came out on May 24th.  I love her Ashwood Falls series, and will snatch up any title from it!

About the series:  There comes a time when setting your differences aside isn’t just necessary, it’s a means of survival. After losing over half of their dens to a group rogue shifters, the wolves and leopards merged as one Pack, but living together is much more of a challenge then they expected.  A Rebel’s Heart is preceded by Winter Eve (novella), A Tiger’s Claim, A Mating Dance, and Surrendering to the Alpha.

Blurb for A Rebel’s Heart:  Widow and mother of five full grown males, Sarah Matthews lives the best she can—one day at a time. Now that her babies are having babies, she relishes in spoiling her grandkids. But her inner mountain lion is restless and Sarah can’t shake the feeling something is lurking in the woods surrounding her home. The unease becomes a reality when a man she thought died with her mate five years ago comes back into her life with trouble on his heels.
Damian Palmer never considered revealing his existence to his best friend’s widow. Hell he didn’t know how she’d react to knowing that he was alive for the last five years while her human mate was dead. When he got word that Sarah has become Shield’s—a human rebel organization set up to hunt and kill shapeshifters—next victim, he must go to her and uphold his best friend’s dying wish to keep Sarah safe.
Buried pain, old lies, and dangerous secrets aren’t enough to keep the sparks from flying as they try to survive a new threat against their race.

This Week’s Most Anticipated Release(s)

51s69MI1GxLOne of my favorite authors has another new release this week, and although I haven’t read any of the Cyborg Seduction series from her – this one makes me think it’s a good time to start!  Haunting Blackie is out February 4th!

About the series:  Cyborgs are legend—fierce gray-skinned warriors who strike terror into the hearts of everyone who encounters them. They escaped enslavement on Earth and now wander the universe, salvaging cargo to build their city on another planet. Their females far outnumber their males so they must form breeding pacts to ensure future generations. Emotion is foreign to them. None of them are looking for love but they find it when they cross paths with their sworn enemies. These big, sexy, lonely men are brought to their knees by their powerful desire for the Earth women who enthrall them.  Haunting Blackie is preceded by Burning Up Flint, Kissing Steel, Melting Iron, Touching Ice, Stealing Coal, Redeeming Zorus, and Taunting Krell.

Blurb for Haunting Blackie:  Eve’s mission is to rescue cyborgs from termination centers on Earth. In exchange, she and her sisters will go with them when they flee the planet. She is blindsided by the overwhelming attraction that draws her to one of them. He’s handsome, sexy, and she wants him, craves his touch as she has no other. She must send him to freedom but she makes him promise to wait for her.  Blackie cannot forget the courageous woman who saved him. He never learned whether she died during the rebellion or just changed her mind about leaving with him but he holds her within his lonely heart. He exists to serve the Cyborg Council and to protect the new world cyborgs have created. But that all changes when he discovers the woman who haunts his dreams is alive and the cyborg leaders left her behind to die. He’ll never lose her again and he’ll fight his own kind to avenge her and keep her by his side.

Buy Link:  Haunting Blackie

81fw1tfI9cL._SL1500_I really enjoyed the prior books in the Manhattan Ten series by Lola Dodge, so I’m eager to continue on with the it with this newest release Belle Fury.  The series reminded me a bit of the Superlovin’ series by Vivi Andrews, so if you enjoyed that series, you sure to love this one!

About the series:  In a world of superheros, the Manhattan Ten work together in order to obtain justice and protect others.  Belle Fury is preceded by Temptress and Ivory.

Blurb for Belle Fury:   This is one diva with killer moves…Belle Fabian has worked her toes to the bone to become an internationally renowned ballerina. When the curtains rise on her career-making performance of Giselle, she brings down the house—literally.  Mid-dance, she manifests a superpower that nearly destroys the Metropolitan Opera House, wiping out a line of chorus girls and sending the audience dashing for the exits. As she flees the theater, she assumes the worst. Her hard-won career is over.  The Manhattan Ten’s leader is playing hooky with his new lady, so it falls to Red Ruin to round up the super-powered danseur. It’s just one small, bird-boned woman hiding in a convenience store. How hard could it be?  Their first encounter generates sparks that border nuclear and their chemistry sends Belle’s powers into overdrive, but their perfect storm of passion is marred by her suspicion that Ruin is holding back. That secret that could turn the sweet burn of Ruin’s lightning into a permanent scar on her heart.  Warning: Contains one lightning-hot hero and a not-so-blushing ballerina. May cause third-degree burns and spontaneous tango.

Buy Link:  Belle Fury

I’ve only just discovered the novels of Katie Reus, and I have no idea why she hadn’t hit my radar before now, especially considering my love of shifter novels.  I have only just started her Moon Shifter series, but I can already say that I will definitely be picking up Avenger’s Heat.

About the series:  Twenty years ago the various shifter Councils around the globe united and decided to reveal their existence (along with other supernatural beings) to humans. Mankind now knows they’ve been living alongside those who can shift into animal form and some who must drink blood to survive.  Even though two decades have passed since their big reveal, it has given ignorant humans time to gather numbers and strength for their cause against shifters and vampires, beings they fear simply because they are different.  Follow along with the different pack members in a world filled with intrigue and danger…and love.  Avenger’s Heat is preceded  by Alpha Instinct, Lover’s Instinct (novella), Primal Possession, Mating Instinct, and His Untamed Desire (novella).

Blurb from Avenger’s Heat:  To truly have her, he must free her from her dark secret….Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.  When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?

Buy Link:  Avenger’s Heat

True by Laurann Dohner

514XYaIr+YLTitle:  True

Series:  New Species Book # 11

Author:  Laurann Dohner

Rating:  A

Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life—freeing others like him.  True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman—the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim too. He is still irresistibly drawn to the pretty little human who touched his heart and made him want her. When he clasps her hand to offer comfort, his instincts kick in and True will fight everyone to protect her.

Review:  What can I say about True – except that Laurann Dohner has done it again!  True is another great installment to a excellent series.  I honestly loved the character of Jeanie – a human that simply went above and beyond to help New Species and fought for her beliefs of what was right and wrong – and risked her own life in the process.  I was so glad when proof of her true actions came to light, and the New Species realized everything she had done for them.  For me, Jeanie was one of the strongest female characters that Dohner has created to date, and she was a pure joy to read!

And really, what more is there to say when it comes to True?  If you’ve read Dohner’s books before, then you know exactly what to expect – and True really falls in with the rest of the Species ensemble.  For those of you new to the books – hmmm, well, let’s just say that I think the saying ‘sex on a stick’ was created after someone read one of Dohner’s New Species books…LOL  I can’t wait to read whatever Dohner has in store for us next!

This Week’s Most Anticipated Release(s)

514XYaIr+YLIf you’ve been following my blog, you know that I am going crazy waiting for Laurann Dohner’s release of True!  I pre-ordered mine long ago, so I will eagerly be awaiting it’s download tonight from Amazon…:)  I know I already mentioned it a few weeks ago, but I simply can’t rave over this series enough – so here are the details again!  True is due out December 10th – and I can’t wait!!  (As an extra little tidbit, many of her books are on sale right now on either Ellora’s Cave or Amazon, including Burning Up Flint (the first book in the Cyborg Seduction series, Mate Set (first book in the Mating Heat series), and Raine on Me (second book in the Riding the Raines series) – for a limited time only, so grab them while you can!)

About the series:  The New Species are genetically altered beings that are part human and part animal.  Raised in labs, most of them have previously only been known by a number, instead of names – and experimented upon by the scientists that made them.  Slowly more and more of them are being freed, and creating their own “communities” away from the humans.  And when the mating instinct hits them, no other female will do!  True is preceded by Fury, Slade, Valiant, Justice, Brawn, Wrath, Tiger, Obsidian, Shadow, and Moon.

Blurb from True:  Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life—freeing others like him.  True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman—the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim too. He is still irresistibly drawn to the pretty little human who touched his heart and made him want her. When he clasps her hand to offer comfort, his instincts kick in and True will fight everyone to protect her.

edge_of_darkness_booksAnother book that is on my Anticipated List this week is Edge of Darkness by J.T Geissinger, which also releases on December 10th.  I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the book for review, so you check out what I thought about it here: Edge of Darkness review  It was going to be on my list regardless, but it was awesome to get an advance copy!  Let me tell you, this is a book you definitely want to pick up!

About the series:  Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. The Ikati are bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death.  Edge of Darkness is preceded by Shadow’s Edge, Edge of Oblivion,  and Rapture’s Edge.

Blurb from Edge of Darkness:  Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.  Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.


This Week’s Most Anticipated Release(s)

514XYaIr+YLNot too many releases caught my eye this week, so being at a loss I will instead rave about a release that I absolutely cannot wait for!  This one has been on pre-order since that actual release date was announced – and I am sooo excited about it that I keep counting down the days until it’s release!  I first discovered Laurann Dohner almost two years ago to the day, when I started her New Species series…and let’s just say that from there I quickly devoured the whole series!  Almost as soon as the newest one releases, that very day it gets finished!  I read these non-stop from the moment it downloads onto my kindle!  True is due out December 10th – and I can’t wait!!

About the series:  The New Species are genetically altered beings that are part human and part animal.  Raised in labs, most of them have previously only been known by a number, instead of names – and experimented upon by the scientists that made them.  Slowly more and more of them are being freed, and creating their own “communities” away from the humans.  And when the mating instinct hits them, no other female will do!  True is preceded by Fury, Slade, Valiant, Justice, Brawn, Wrath, Tiger, Obsidian, Shadow, and Moon.

Blurb from True:  Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life—freeing others like him.  True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman—the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim too. He is still irresistibly drawn to the pretty little human who touched his heart and made him want her. When he clasps her hand to offer comfort, his instincts kick in and True will fight everyone to protect her.

 

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