Pamela Palmer – The Dark Gate

The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer

Series: The Esri #1
Source: Personal Library
A gift from the Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Larsen Vale has a secret: she sees things. Terrible things. Deadly things. And her latest vision features a strange albino man…and her own death. Haunted and afraid, she trusts no one, not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her. Washington, D.C., detective Jack Hallihan has one mission: find the man who is assaulting young women. But the police have no clues, no leads and no witnesses. And Jack has a deadly secret of his own–a secret Larsen holds the key to.

Time is running out. If Larsen and Jack can’t learn to trust their attraction to each other, the Gate will be opened–and the world will be forever changed…

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I binge read this book. It wasn’t my intention to read cover-to-cover in one sitting; I simply didn’t want to put it down.

The Dark Gate was a satisfying mix of paranormal and suspense. I was pleased with the fresh plot – A being from an alternate dimension has slipped through an ancient hidden portal and is terrorizing his way through Washington DC unchecked and seemingly invincible. – a fun ride from an author I’d never heard of before receiving the book.

“The night air crackled with malevolence. Threat danced on the humid breeze, raking its nails down Jack’s spine while mounting questions pricked his skin, itching like new wool. Never in his life had he felt so off-balance. He’d dealt with rapists before, and murderers. With thieves and car-jackers and gang-bangers. But never had he faced anyone like this – a villain whose powers and abilities defied logic. How in the hell could a man hypnotize cops with a song? One measly song?”

The only thing keeping this book from being five stars was that the romance was a little hit-or-miss in my opinion. The sexual attraction was certainly there for our main characters, but I wasn’t sold on the emotional connection (outside of pity or protectiveness) I’m just not sure that the love was there. Perhaps a little more character development was needed in this respect?

This is the first book in the Esri series, and I can see myself reading and enjoying the rest of the books.

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Tenaya Jayne – Forbidden Forest

Forbidden Forest by Tenaya Jayne

Series: Legends of Regia #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.

Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

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I am a HUGE fan of the Legends of Regia. It truly has the potential to be an amazing Epic Fantasy series, and I certainly hope that Tenaya Jayne continues working on it.

In the world of Regia, Earth is only accessible through portals guarded by elite operatives of Fortress. One such portal is located in Austin, Texas as is guarded by Forest, a half-breed Elf/Shifter Hybrid. She is a fantastically badass female character, and had me from the very start. Despite her well-known hatred of Vampires, she is drafted by Fortress for a Secret Mission – escort the Vampire Prince into Enemy Territory.

A ton of adventure, action, espionage, mystery, suspense, and romance… This book has it all. I can’t say enough about how happy I am to have stumbled across it, and I recommend it highly.

This is definitely one of those books I wish more people knew about…

By the way: This book is FREE on iTunes, so really there’s no excuse not to pick it up, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 5, 2013

I finally downloaded Forest Fire, read the first few chapters and realized that in the Legends of Regia series, Tenaya Jayne has created a world so detailed and full of complex character relationships that I needed to re-read Forbidden Forest just to get my bearings. Its been two months and forty books since I read Forbidden Forest the first time, and I definitely needed a refresher. It wasn’t much of a hardship to re-read this book, I do enjoy this world. ūüôā

Victoria Danann – Moonlight

Moonlight (Knights of Black Swan, #4)Moonlight by Victoria Danann
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Series: Knights of Black Swan #4
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

BEST VAMPIRE~SHIFTER NOVEL of 2013, Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Paranormal Romance Guild

Victoria’s unique interpretation of The Big Bad Wolf asks the question, “WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR LOVE?” The sexy werewolf king, Stalkson Grey, embarks on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams in a bid to save the Elk Mountain tribe from extinction. In the process of migrating to a new home, Grey learns even old werewolves can be struck dumb by love and be driven to the desperate, foolish actions of the young.

Meanwhile, B Team learns the shocking truth about the origin of the vampire virus when Jefferson Unit is invaded by immortal teenage vampire.

An EROTIC PARANORMAL ROMANCE. If you love romance, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, strong female lead, alpha males, and complex storylines with erotic elements, this serial is right for you. Age 17+ READING IN ORDER IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

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The fourth book in the Black Swan Saga steps away from the antics of B-Team to focus on Werewolf leader Stalkson Grey (with a little bit of everyone’s favorite daemon Deliverance mixed in!)

I love that the Black Swan Series adds new characters (and gives attention to characters we might not know much about) while keeping the reader informed about what’s happening with B-Team!

The Author made me like Stalkson Grey despite myself. I had a less than flattering opinion of him based on previous encounters, but Victoria Danann has taught us once again that nobody is beyond redemption. I was highly entertained by Grey and his… er… unwilling paramour:

“You kidnapped me!” She reached for a wooden totem figure and threw it at his head. He ducked. “I prefer to think of it as a romantic abduction.”

This series is filled with wonderful dialogue and quotable moments, but this one was non-stop! We only got a little teasing taste of what’s going on with Song and Glen’s respective story lines… I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Victoria Danann – A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor

A Summoner's Tale: The Vampire's Confessor (Order of the Black Swan, #3)A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor by Victoria Danann
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Series: Knights of the Black Swan #3
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

NIGHT OWL REVIEWS TOP PICK, TOP 50 Listopia BEST LOVE STORY

A secret society, a witch, a psychic, vampires, modern day knights, heroes, elves, fae, assassins from another dimension, and fairytales come together where emotions intersect. Two souls, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle through pain and darkness in an ultimate confrontation with character and an ultimate struggle for life proving that true love waits patiently through lifetimes and finds courage to survive. Even in the strangest places. Even when you’re least expecting it. Even when you’re far, far from home.

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Another wonderful, gripping installment! The third book in the Order of the Black Swan series was packed with the elaborate back story of the Vampire Baka, and broken up by the nail-biting suspense of Elora’s “retirement.”

So here’s what we know about Baka – he passed Martin Luther on the street, accidentally scared Shakespeare to death, owned the ship from the notorious Boston Tea Party incident, inadvertently caused Picasso to slip into his Blue Period… and was a Vampire… Twice.

Oh, I need to point something out that bothered me *pushes glasses up to the bridge of my nose* In book two, Elora makes the comment about Monq probably being “Smarter than Einstein” only to find out from Grey and Simon that Einstein never existed in the present dimension. However, as Baka lists the various scholars whose woe he has studied, he lists Einstein among the people he has read… Sorry, just needed to mention that…

Victoria Danann – The Witch’s Dream

The Witch's Dream (Knights of Black Swan, #2)The Witch’s Dream by Victoria Danann
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Series: Knights of Black Swan #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elora Laiken broke Storm’s heart when she chose his best friend. Now the handsome knight wants nothing to do with love. When B Team arrives in Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding ends abruptly when Katrina is kidnapped by a demon with a grudge. While Black Swan’s best tracker frantically searches for Kay’s fiance, Elora, Ram, and Baka are tasked with bringing in a stray werewolf causing havoc in London and finding him a suitable new home.

Action takes a backseat to love as Danann brings us an installment that she calls a love letter to paranormal romance.

EROTIC PARANORMAL ROMANCE. If you love romance, fantasy, science fiction, strong female characters, alpha males and complex stories with erotic elements, this serial is right for you. Age 17+. READING THIS SERIAL IN ORDER IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

INCLUDES: Bonus Feature Interview with Rammel Hawking and the first chapter of Book 3, A Summoner’s Tale, 2013 WINNER of BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL of the YEAR, Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Paranormal Romance Guild.

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This series is getting better and better! I adored meeting all the new characters including Litha – another strong female. The Demon Deliverance is a never-ending source of amusement for me; I’d love to see he and Baka spend some time together, I can only imagine what a conversation between the two would be like!

I love that Storm got a chance to fight for something after the bittersweet ending of My Familiar Stranger; and it was neat seeing how young Storm was recruited into Black Swan.

One more thing: the “Under the Window” scene – I. Laughed. Out. Loud

Victoria Danann – My Familiar Stranger

My Familiar Stranger (Knights of Black Swan, #1)My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann
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Series: Knights of Black Swan #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE Series of 2013 – Reviewer’s Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

WHAT IF YOU SUDDENLY LOST EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE YOU KNEW? In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She escaped assassination by being forced into an experimental device that left her broken, physically and emotionally, in another world. She woke up to find modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae. This is the story of how they became her allies, friends, and family.

Best selling author, Victoria Danann, brings us a complex, unique, and wonderfully heartwarming serial.

AN EROTIC PARANORMAL ROMANCE. If you love romance, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, strong female leads, alpha males and complex storylines with erotic elements, this series is right for you. 17+

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Rarely can a novel hook me so early. Interdimensional travel, Secret Government Agencies, Paranormal Studies, Black-Ops Style Vampire Hunters, and a Blend of Action and Romance.
If you’re reading reviews on GoodReads because you saw this book is FREE on Amazon & iBooks, and you thought you’d see what other people were saying before you made your decision… Let me stop you there…

Read it. The whole series is freaking fantastic!

Victoria Danann set up a complex character system with ease, centered around one fierce female lead. Each character was well crafted, and the Author managed to flip POVs seamlessly – sometimes with only a change in paragraph…

I’ve recommended the book to countless friends already. I eagerly await the continuance of this series; I’m invested in the characters and the strange and exciting organization that is The Order of the Black Swan.