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Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Fire & Frost by Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane & Jessica Sims

Title: Fire & Frost
Author: Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane 
& Jessica Sims
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Anthology
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Review copy from Carolyn Crane
Format: E-book

Speed Mating
Jessica Sims
Midnight Liaisons series
“Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy alpha’s determined to find her a tiger to take care of her heat and father her child…but no one seems to look quite as good as the man in charge. Will giving in to her need for her alpha ruin her tenuous relationship with her clan or be a match made in heaven?”
Estrella, a liger (half tiger, half lion) is in a difficult position, she’s going into heat and needs to find a male to service her and be the father of her child. Sadly the men interested are losers or just looking for a quick tumble and the other men available are intimidated by her because of her nature.

Estrella is so desperate she is willing to participate in speed dating, but the only thing accomplished with it it’s to bring some funny situations to the story.
The only man Estrella wants is the one she shouldn’t desire, the alpha of the tiger pack, Vic. She doesn’t even consider a lion because the lion pack has never accepted her as one of them.
With the heat day approaching and her ovaries going rampant on her Estrella is forced to use her feminine wiles on the unsuspected Vic.

Speed Mating is a quick, light and fun read. I have only read couple of books by Jessica Sims aka Jill Myles/Jessica Clare, but after reading Speed Mating I’m sure going to change that.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Conjuring Max
Code of Shadows 0.5
“The witches of the world ridiculed and rejected nerdy Veronica for trying to use newfangled computers to enhance old world spellcasting. Well, it’s 1984 now, and she’s perfected her spellcasting computer program. Hey, who needs friends when you can conjure virtually anything…or anybody? So when Veronica makes powerful new enemies, she conjures Max, a pitbull of a cop, to deal with the pesky hitmen who keep coming around. Maybe Veronica can finally get some peace and quiet so she can work on her computer. But tough-guy Max is in no mood to play lapdog to a gorgeous witch.”
Conjuring Max is the prequel to Mr. Real and the story of Alix’s aunt, Veronica.

Veronica is a modern witch that lives a solitary and quiet life; she spends her days working on her computers developing new algorithms and formulas. This changes when Mob boss, Salvo, gets his sights on her. Veronica uses her new magical computer program to bring to “life” a famous cop who died couple of months ago called Max. For the last three months Max has been working as Veronica’s bodyguard.
Max knows he was killed and also knows he was brought to life thanks for Veronica’s magic. He accepts it and takes it as if life has given him a second chance. Now he’ll do everything is his power to protect the witch that now only brought him to life but also stole his heart.

Veronica second-guesses what her magic does, but she can’t help and be glad to have Max in her life, not only for protection but also for the company he offers. 

Conjuring Max is a fast-paced, packed action read with a touch of romance. It’s not necessary to have read Mr. Real before reading Conjuring Max, but I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much nor would have understood everything that was going on if I hadn't read Mr. Real beforehand.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Meljean Brook
Iron Seas series 3.4
“Elizabeth has spent the past five years running from her father; her father’s huntsman, Caius, has spent the past five years pursuing her. But when he finally catches up to her on an airship flying above Europe’s zombie-infested cities, Elizabeth discovers that Caius isn’t the only danger she has to fear—and now that he’s found her, Caius doesn’t intend to let her go.”
Elizabeth has been running and hiding for years, but her father has finally found her. When she thinks everything is lost she finds an ally in the most unexpected man, Caius. Caius used to work for her father but now he’s by Elizabeth’s side to protect her from the man she calls father and for the future that awaits her if he catches her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know if she can trust Caius, but with no other option in her horizon she is compelled to listen to her heart and allows Caius in her life.

Wrecked was my favorite novella from this anthology. I love Mrs. Brook’s Iron Seas series and Wrecked was not the exception. The world building is top notch; the story is emotional, fluid and engaging. The characters are multidimensional and easy to like, all this and more made of Wrecked a novella that feels more like a full-length book.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

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  1. I really wanna try a Sims book ;)

  2. Our reviews read almost identical! This was a fun anthology from 3 of my favorite authors. I highly recommend for any PNR fans!


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