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Silhouette Nocturne Series

I love the Silhouette Nocturne line because it is such a wonderful paranormal romance line of books by so many different authors. Denise Lynn is new to Nocturne as well as a new author for me and after reading her first Silhouette Nocturne novel. Druid Braeden Drake and his estranged wife, Alexia, must unite to prevent the evil force form unleashing a supreme reign of terror, when his family’s nemesis tries to find a book of Druidic-elder spells. Their family nemesis is named Nathan and he has been after all the Darke’s for almost a thousand years with a single goal in mind. But having Alexia return to Dragon’s Lair brings along another set of troubles because not only does she make Braeden senseless with desire, she’s also being followed by the enemy. Though tragedy once drove them apart when they were married and living together, Alexia didn’t count on her return igniting so many powerful emotions between them after so long. But with each passing day that ends, revisiting their marriage bed is a temptation she finds more and more difficult to resist and then all too soon Alexia realizes her heart is as much at risk as her life.
Braeden and Alexia are a wonderful couple that I really enjoyed getting to know better in this novel. I’m happy that they got together again even though it was under such horrible circumstances that could be the end for them and their family. Braeden’s family members are also very intriguing especially his aunt Danielle because she is the one who has a really big problem with Alexia and her marriage to her nephew Braeden. Denise Lynn has written a wonderfully exciting paranormal nocturne novel that I had the pleasure of reading. I had such fun reading this novel because the sexual tension and the passionate scenes between Braeden and Alexia were great. I will be looking out for any more of Denise Lynn’s books especially if they are more about the Drake family because I think there could be more written about them. I give this book 3.5 Open Books:

Here is the description of the book from the back cover and pictures:

DRAGON’S LAIR $ 5.25 (280 Pages)

DRUID SPELLS, DANGEROUS INTRUDERS AND A MYSERIOUS ESTRANGED HUSBAND…WAS HE FIEND OR SAVIOR?

When his family’s nemesis tries to find a book of Druidic-elder spells, Druid Braeden Drake and his estranged wife, Alexia, must unite to prevent the evil force form unleashing a supreme reign of terror. But having Alexia return to Dragon’s Lair brings along another set of troubles. For not only does she make him senseless with desire, she’s also being followed by the enemy.

Though tragedy once drove them apart, Alexia didn’t count on her return igniting so many powerful emotions. But as each dark night descends, revisiting the marriage bed is a temptation she finds more and more difficult to resist. All too soon Alexia realizes her heart is as much at risk as her life…

Rae Lori is going to be one of the first of my guest blog reviewer for me. She will be reviewing some books that she had previously read but would like to recommend to readers of this blog. This is the first of a couple of reviews that Rae will be posting here on the blog for all to enjoy and you can also visit her own blog to enjoy what she has to say.
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Aftershock (Silhouette Nocturne) by Sharon Sala, Janis Reams Hudson and Debra Cowan $ 4.75 (288 Pages)

Aftershock offers a trio of short novellas with the theme of near deaths being somewhat blessings in disguise. I never read these authors before so it was great to dive in to check out their writing as well as their eye catching storylines.

The first offering is Penance by Sharon Sala. After Nicole Masters survived a gunshot wound to the head during a random pharmacy store robbery, she is struggling to pick up the pieces of her life. Words don’t come easily to her, as she sometimes mistakes one word for another that sounds like it but means something else, minor depression, staggering movements and a hint of self consciousness since she lost her hair due to surgery. On top of that she begins to head sounds like a rush of wind, and soon a startling vision accompanies it.

Right on the announcement of movie star Lyla Dane’s daughter’s kidnapping, Nicole “sees” the violent kidnapping right on her TV screen. Soon she is struggling with this new power and finds out she is the only one who can help stop the kidnappers and save the life of the little girl.

This was a great suspenseful read with characters that felt real. Ms. Sala offers a look into each character’s lives so you know what they were going through and what dilemma’s they faced around the kidnapping and the realization of Nicole’s ability. I really liked Nicole’s cop boyfriend Dom as he as sincere and as much in love with her as ever despite her change in appearance. He was always there for her showing how much he loved and cared for her and I really liked the dialogue they had between each other.

Nicole was a great heroine who was really trying to put her life back together and the read gets her struggle with finding a comfort within herself and her home again. I liked that she didn’t look like the typical romance heroine and I could really feel her strength as she tried to do all she can to understand her gift as well as use it enough to help the little girl.

There was a scene before the HEA that I really liked as it showed how sensitive and affected Dom was after seeing his love in danger once again. It made the HEA all the sweeter. An entertaining blend of urban fantasy and suspense with a hearty dash of paranormal romance. 5/5

After the Lightning by Janis Reams Hudson is the second novella which centers around jogger Hailey Cameron. After being struck by lightning after a tornado, Hailey is rushed to the hospital where she becomes the roommate of coma patient LaShonda Martin whose son is missing. LaShonda’s spirit soon combines with Hailey’s after an incident with an oxygen tank and soon the mystery begins—with the help of Special Investigator for the D.A. Aaron Trent—to find LaShonda’s son before it’s too late.

I liked how this story started right off the bat with the strike and soon jets into the hospital where Hailey and LaShonda meet. During the course of the investigation, Hailey gets closer to Aaron including meeting his Aunt who (literally) sees dead people. Ghosts to be exact and with her knowledge, Hailey doesn’t feel so alone anymore.

The romance between Hailey and Aaron is slow building so that it’s believable before they consummate their love. I would have liked to have seen an HEA between LaShonda and Hailey because they seemed like they were building a nice friendship as Hailey was helping her. The name LaShonda kept calling Hailey got a little old but I did think it was cute how Hailey said it towards the end to remind her that she was there for her.

A sweet paranormal offering with a harrowing action oriented climax. 4/5

The final story is Seeing Red by Debra Cowan which has probably one of the most eye catching openings in a story.

“Cass Hollister’s problems began the day she died.”

Cass is a firefighter carrying on the tradition set by her well respected father. After being struck by a beam, she dies on the hospital bed only to be revived past the thirteen minutes pronounced death. Not long after, Cass starts having visions of fires before they happen. Soon her fire investigator ex-boyfriend Ben Wyrick is on the case trying to figure out the connection between Cass and the fires as they slowly rekindle the relationship they once had.

This was a great story that focused on the too hot to handle relationship between Ben and Cass with the suspense as the backdrop and a rocky sibling relationship that may be the answer to all the arson happening in the story. The relationship didn’t seem too rushed and I liked that the characters had a history that was left open until now.

A great romance with some interesting paranormal moments. 4/5

If you’re a paranormal fan looking for more than just vampires, weres and other beasties, I’d recommend this a great collection of stories which focus more on the relationships both romantic, familial and friendship wise with paranormal elements.

Silhouette Nocturne is a new line for the Harlequin publishing company but I do love this line very much because it is hot, sexy and paranormal all mixed in one marvelous novel. Erica Orloff’s Blood Son was one of the first that I picked up from this line and I enjoyed it so much that I had to get more. It’s also about my favorite paranormal creature, vampires, but it’s also about a dhampir, which means that the hero is half vampire and half human. I hardly read about dhampir’s in paranormal vampire novels that this was such a nice twist. The heroine Elizabeth and the dhampir Josef are intriguing characters that I really like to read about in this suspenseful novel. I really enjoyed reading all the crazy things they have to go through to finally end up in love and together. I’m sorry to say that since this novel came out last year it is out of print so you’ll have to check out your local libraries or used bookstores to find this fabulous novel. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
BLOOD SON $ 5.25 (297 Pages)

HER BROTHER HAD BEEN ABDUCTED BY VAMPIRES…

And now Elizabeth Martin was on a wild-goose chase halfway around the world to save him from madness. She didn’t believe a word of his cryptic e-mail about vampires and drinking blood. Nor did she believe the drunkard who spoke of vampires ruling the small Czech village where he was last seen. Until she was put in contact with a mysterious Dhampir—the offspring of a vampire and a human. Reputed mercenaries who’ll do anything—or betray anyone—for a price.

Elizabeth takes an instant disliking to Josef Darecky. He’s too edgy, intense and moody…and he arouses desires that could compromise her mission. But he’s also the only man who can save her brother, who is half-turned already. And, as she forms an unlikely bond with the half-blood mercenary, she senses that only by trusting him—and winning his trust—can the vampires be fully destroyed….
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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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