Review: Perception by Kendra Leigh

Title: Perception
Author: Kendra Leigh
Release Date: August 30th 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 293
Rating: 4½ stars

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

Jackson Dean is a changed man—at least he thinks he is—but when a brush with the past leads him back into territory he’s long since left behind, he finds himself at war with his conscience. Snatching Savannah Harper from a Brooklyn street may have been okay with the wild and reckless guy he used to be, but what about now? 

Savannah is used to a life of brutality at the hands of her husband, but being stuffed into the trunk of a car by a brown-eyed stranger injects a fresh wave of terror into her heart. 

What transpires between Jackson and Savannah surprises both of them. Despite the unconventional way they’re thrown together, they form a bond that begins to challenge everything they know.

His Past. Her present. Their future.

Surrendering to the feelings they’ve unearthed will be a minefield, but it’s going up against the unknown that tests them to their limits. 

As the lines between perception and reality blur, it appears that nothing is as it seems.

Perception is not reality… and reality can be soul-destroying.

Perception. What an apt name for one of the most enthralling novels I have ever read!

I can’t quite put my fingers to it, but something about Kendra Leigh’s writing just pulls me in and before I know it, it feels as if I was right beside the characters, experiencing what they are feeling. The pain that eats them up inside, the intense emotions of love but having to walk away, and even to the point where hope starts to blossom within Savannah!

Perception is a novel that that would capture your full attention to the very end!

I can promise this – reading Perception would definitely give you an out-of-the-world experience!

As a reader, I don’t feel as if I am just reading the words written by the amazing Kendra Leigh. No, it feels more like I am experiencing the whole thing. The different emotions running high in the characters, the decisions they made, the consequences they face… It is truly an extraordinary feeling!

I believe the author has a flair for making the first meeting between the characters an unexpected one. Nothing is as it seems. That, and also her endings are often extremely satisfying, if not more. Her novels are not just the usual hot-brooding-stranger-with-a-past meeting a terror-stricken woman who’s suffering, and rescuing her from the hellhole she’s in.

It’s not just about the connection between two people, how they helped each other to survive their nightmares, It’s also about how they find a new purpose in life, how they break free from their prison and, how they rise from the ashes, burning brightly as the idea of life taking on a new meaning blossoms in heart and mind.

What I really love about Perception, is the lesson it teaches. Not just to those who were, or who still are suffering from Savannah went through, but also those who resign to their fate, even after they have a taste of what it feels like to be free from their cages. Not every Sparrow has their Bear, but however small hope may seem, however far, grab onto it and don’t give up.

Not to give too much away, but the bond between the Sparrow and her Bear is truly my favourite! Without her Bear, she might not have been able to fly freely in the sky. When it comes to Savannah and Jackson, the intensity of their emotions is literally of the charts, and I don’t even mean the physical contact between them!

Alright, before I start going on and on, and into way too many details, there is one particular scene that I love very much. It has something to do with fire! That is just one classic scene and honestly, I could picture it in my head. The image of Savannah becoming a phoenix and rising from the ashes burns brightly in my imagination!

Enough from me! I would definitely highly recommend this novel for readers who love a little action, revenge and love in their reads!

Check out my review for my favourite novel of hers, Bound for Hell!

 

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Review: Ironic by Harper Miller

Ironic CoverTitle: Ironic (The Kinky Connect Chronicles #1)
Author: Harper Miller
Release Date: April 29th 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Erotica, Interracial/Multicultural Erotica
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Rating: 4 stars

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

I’ve got a funny story for you. A funny story I need to get off my chest. I can’t share it with any of my friends, so I’m sharing it on a kinky message board full of strangers. Well, it is the Internet…. Although the Internet provides a sense of anonymity, names have been changed to protect the innocent (and not so innocent). Job-related details have been distorted to protect my identity, but despite the ambiguous details, this is a true story. A story very worthy of the acronym FML.

*Disclaimer* This is a short erotic comedy. Not a novelette, novella, or novel, but a short story. Ironic is the first installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories all wrapped up in a neat little bow. No cliffhangers in the lot!

Sounds vague, doesn’t it?

I can’t remember reading the synopsis but all I knew was, I dived straight into the book and before I knew it, I finished the book!

ALL. THE. WAY. TILL. THE. LAST. PAGE.

Needless to say, I wanted more! I really enjoyed this novel so much!

I love how the author portrayed our main protagonist character. She’s a cool, independent woman who is only after things she wants and not accept those that she does not want!

There is so much humour in this and especially so for the language of our main lady! It has been such an enjoyable read for me and for a few seconds, I was so sad when it ended.

(By the way, that didn’t last long because I got a shock. THE. ENDING. WAS. ALMOST. A. CLIFFHANGER.)

I am most definitely looking forward to the future instalments of The Kinky Connect Chronicles! Not to mention this author’s books too!

Highly recommended for those looking for a quick and enjoyable read with well-developed characters and lots of humour!

 

Review: unScripted by Christy Pastore

Unscripted Title: unScripted (The Scripted Series #1)
Author: Christy Pastore
Release Date: December 9th 2014
Publisher: Christy Pastore Publishing
Genres: Adult/Contemporary Romance/Romantic Erotica
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Rating: 5 stars

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

“His gaze on me was intense, I couldn’t look away. I felt as if I was revealing my entire soul to him in this moment.”

The range of emotions I had experienced with Ronan felt like a topsy-turvy spinning roller coaster. Suddenly I was awake for the first time in what felt like years. Every fiber of my being was filled with heated desire, passion, lust and fear, and all I wanted was more… more of everything, more of him. How had I just lived these past few years only going through the motions? But, as glorious as all of this was, was I kidding myself? Could it be real? Or just a moment in time – a few days of thrilling and scary excitement rolled into one? The moment before you hit that first big drop on your favourite coaster, you fall, and then it’s over.

This isn’t your typical Hollywood fairy tale where the typecast ordinary girl next door meets the famous handsome actor and they fall in love. Despite the emotional and physical scars that serve as reminders of Holliday Prescott’s past, she has evolved into a strong young woman. Ronan Connolly has loved and lost, but he’s never been in love. The weight of Hollywood’s expectations and the scripted games people play have left him bruised but not broken.

He’s always followed everyone else’s script and she wrote her own. That was until fate swept in with other plans.

MATURE CONTENT
This story contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature individuals over the age of eighteen.

Once you start Unscripted, you will not be able to stop! You will be swept away in a whirlwind of intense feelings, hot-and-sexy sex, cuteness overload banter and lots of emotions!

Unscripted is my first contemporary romance novel about a hot-and-extremely-sex-worthy movie star and a not-so-ordinary woman and I must say, THIS STORY IS SO BEAUTIFUL!

Yes, a very beautiful typical-but-not-your-typical romance!

(That was confusing, wasn’t it? IT’S TRUE THOUGH!)

Meet Ronan Connolly. A swoon-worthy, sexy and famous Irish movie star who has always followed whatever script that was given to him.

Meet Holliday Prescott, a strong woman who survived her dark past despite the emotional and physical scars being left on her mind and body.

These two are most definitely not your ordinary man and woman! When they meet, the love between them will burn so much brighter than any others.

Yet, if they’re not careful, they could get burned.

(Yes, my dear bookies, that is my small present-aka-warning to, (not you!) your pool of feels and probably tear ducts!)

RONAN IS ONE HOT AND SEXY BUT A GENTLEMAN WHO TREATS HOLLIDAY WELL.

In other words, he f*cks like a sex god and treats his beloved in such a gentle manner as if she was a goddess!

(Pardon my language there, but y’all get the picture right?!)

Highly recommended for readers who would love a fairy-tale-like romance yet not-like-the-usual story!

 

Writer’s Bookish Thoughts

I’m honestly surprised I managed to get that all down in words because when I was reading Unscripted, I am literally like…

“WHAT IS THIS WHY RONAN BABY WHY DID YOU GET HURT

HOLLIDAY YOU ARE SUCH A STRONG WOMAN

NO DON’T DO THIS NO

NOOOOOOOOOO

ASDFGHJKL”

Basically, incoherent words.

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour: Full Contact by Sarah Castille (Giveaway)

Yo bookies! Remember the author who wrote the badass-smokin-hot MC novel, Rough Justice?
Yeap! Sarah Castille is now back with another novel!
Except this time, its dominant and dangerous MMA fighter and a woman who’s mesmerized by him!

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 Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for FULL CONTACT! Be sure to join in the giveaway below!
Full ContactTitle: Full Contact (Redemption #3)
Author: Sarah Castille
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
Release Date: April 7th 2015
Purchase links: Amazon | B&N
When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…

Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

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SarahNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Sarah loves to connect with readers. Sign up for her newsletter to hear about new releases: http://bit.ly/LgFZlb

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Review: The Enchanted One by Lora Deeprose

The Enchanted One coverTitle: The Enchanted One
Author: Lora Deeprose
Release date: November 15th 2014
Publisher: World Castle Publishing, LLC
Genre: Adult/Fantasy/Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 286
Rating: 3½  stars

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

She wanted to live a normal life.

He wanted to end it.

Orphaned at birth and raised in a cloistered convent, Lizzie Chambers knows nothing of her parentage; even her name comes from the pages of a book.  When she is forced to leave the convent, she soon finds out life is nothing like her cherished Austen novels. Trapped in an unhappy marriage and questioning her own sanity, her only solace is her beloved flower shop, Enchanted Garden.

When her husband is killed and her store burns down, both under suspicious circumstances, Lizzie finds herself fleeing a demon she has no clue how to stop or even why it has targeted her in the first place.

But Gideon York knows. As a member of the Order of the Triple Goddess he is charged with protecting Lizzie and others like her from the dark forces seeking to destroy these rare and powerful women.

When their growing attraction tempts Gideon to break his sacred vow and Lizzie’s own powers threaten her new found family in the Order, she can no longer deny her destiny.  To protect the people she loves, Lizzie must find the courage to face the demon alone and risk the ultimate sacrifice . . .  her life.

When I first read The Enchanted One, I was slightly confused by what I was reading. It was a novel with adult characters, yet the story flows like a Young Adult novel. Nevertheless, this novel has quite a beautiful story! Things starts to clear up soon when Lizzie’s husband was killed and she get thrust into the whole elemental-magic life.

I felt a little negative towards Lizzie at first. She feels as if she is the one responsible for her husband’s death, which I strongly think she’s not. She’s too pessimistic. I wanted to shake her out of her stupor.

Though I grew fonder of her as the story progresses. Lizzie is a person who dares to do what she wants, taking things into her own hands and not backing down, even if she’s faced with danger.

Then came Gideon York. I admit that the reason why I continued reading the novel was because of him. I was literally waiting for the guy to show up. The thing about Gideon, is that he’s different from most men out there. You know, those bad boys that many loves. He’s different and truthfully, I like it.

No wait, I LOVE IT!

Gideon is like a breath of fresh air for me. I love how Gideon interacts with Lizzie, and nope, the age difference did not freak me out. I just wish there was more of their interaction in the book.

I have TWO ISSUES with men. Firstly, those who beat up their wives is just inhumane and disgusting. Second, those men that leeches onto their wives and refused to work. I won’t even lie about how happy I felt when the author decides to kill off that pathetic excuse of a human being known as Lizzie’s husband!

Well I thought I hated Lizzie’s husband but guess what, another person tops the list! That person is Penelope, Lizzie’s mother-in-law. I swear, that woman is an asshole. It’s no wonder the son that she gave birth to is an asshole. Like mother, like son.

The pace of the book was a little slow and some of the times, I found it hard to continue but I promise this, it gets better and better! What I found a little weird is that the characters are adults, but the flow of the book is like one in the Young Adult genre.

Though, I’m definitely glad this is a trilogy because frankly, I NEED THE SECOND BOOK!

ANSWERS, I NEED ANSWERS!

Recommended for all readers to read The Enchanted One for a new take in the world of magic and elementals!

 

Review: Beyond Repair by Charlotte Stein

beyond repiarTitle: Beyond Repair
Author: Charlotte Stein
Release date: April 16th 2014
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance/Humour
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Pages:  127
Rating: 4½ stars

*Thank you to Ellora’s Cave Publishing for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

When Alice Evans finds a bona fide movie star on the floor of her living room, she has no idea what to do. Ordinary men are frightening enough, never mind someone as famous and frankly gorgeous as Holden Stark.

However, once she realizes that Holden is suffering behind that famous facade, she knows she has to help. He needs someone like her to give him a taste of sweetness and desire and love. He needs normality. The only problem is—Alice is hiding a secret that is far from normal. In fact, her name isn’t even Alice at all.

And once Holden finds out, the intense connection they are just beginning to build may well be torn apart.

Absolutely amazing.

Beyond Repair is absolutely amazing. Charlotte Stein has outdone herself in this novel as she write about Alice and Holden. This book is about two people who wants to be normal by their standards, and found love, truth and each other in the process.

Honestly, I expected sparks to fly immediately when Alice and Holden meets and sooner or later, sex would be involved. This is usually what books of the similar genre would be having in their plot anyway.

So…I was wrong and quite pleasantly surprised.

I enjoyed this book very much! Both the protagonists have their own demons to face, and both wanted to be normal. Alice wants to be a normal person, being able to go out without freaking out.

Holden is a gorgeous and famous movie star who is suffering behind all that fame and to him, Alice is the person he has been waiting for – someone who actually cares whether he is alive or not, his personal well-being and not how famous he is, how much money he makes.

Funny thing about Alice, is that she can be pretty humorous without even trying. I guess that could be part of the reason why Holden finds her company enjoyable. Some might think of this story as cliché, but Beyond Repair is a wonderful read.

Two people who wants to be normal by their standards and they did. They had each other, living together in Alice’s house, doing so much normal stuff. To us, watching movies and eating snacks are our daily lives, something so mundane. Yet to them, this was something they both need – something so normal, so mundane.

I absolutely love this. A woman she can be kind, gentle and sweet and still, be a strong woman. Men are not invincible and sometimes, when they meet the right person, they don’t have to pretend to be strong or to be someone else. They can put down their guard and be kind, sweet and understanding to that person.

I must sound really cheesy or delusional, but hey, those are my thoughts!

I believe this is a standalone book, but if there was ever another sequel or short story about Alice and Holden, I would ABSOLUTELY READ IT!

Highly recommended for those who enjoy a great read with elements of emotional humour and romance!

(As for ages, if you are absolutely sure you can handle an emotional ride, then by all means, restriction won’t work for you! So go read it!)

 

Review: The Devil’s Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow

Dante ValentineTitle: The Devil’s Right Hand (Dante Valentine #3)
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Release date: March 7th 2011
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages:  242
Rating: 4 stars

Dante Valentine, Necromancer and bounty hunter, just wants to be left alone. But the Devil has other ideas. 

The Prince wants Dante. And he wants her now. And Dante and her lover, Japhrimel, have no choice but to answer the Prince’s summons. And to fulfil a seemingly simple task: become the Devil’s Right Hand, hunt down four demons that have escaped from Hell, and earn His gratitude.

It’s a shame that nothing is ever easy when it comes to the Devil. Because of course, he doesn’t tell Dante the whole truth: there is a rebellion brewing in Hell. And there is a good chance that Lucifer is about to be pushed off the throne.

But Dante is getting really tired of being pushed around. And this time, she might be angry enough to take on the Devil himself…

So, after the second book’s torture of not seeing Japhrimel, my wish is granted in this book!

Just…well, after reading this book, I feel like my wish has come true too much. No wonder people always say, “Be careful what you wish for!” *sighs*

This book is well-paced as compared to the previous one, Dead Man Rising. There are lots of content in it and yes, my favourite couple is baaaaack! Japhrimel and Dante! The Devil’s Right Hand got me hooking onto every page from all the character plot twists!

So the book start out slow and relaxed, with Dante and her Fallen lover together. Everything was blissful until the moment where Dante finds Japhrimel hiding things from her. Though, that’s for her own safety.

Lucifer, the Prince, wants Dante to be his Right Hand and hunt down rogue demons. Japhrimel was once in that position until he fell for Dante and became a Fallen. That, my dear readers, is when the character plot twists will start!

Yes, yes, I did wish for Japhrimel to come back into Dante’s life BUT, he is being an arse towards Dante. Yes, an arse, ass, asshole! He needs to take on some counselling session on how-to-make-your-relationship successful. Dante only wants him to do one thing, and he didn’t.

How do you make a relationship successful? You tell and share with each other things! Not keep them to yourself, thinking it’s for the greater good that your other half not knows what’s going on! Especially so, if your other half is someone like Dante Valentine.

I’m done with my ranting. I would like to say that though I disagree with whatever Japhrimel did, I understand why he did it. Though, I still don’t like it. Whereas Danny, who has been my favourite person since the first book, is STILL my favourite gal because she is done being pushed around. She is going to fight with everything she got, even against her lover when the need arise.

I love how Danny is still the same woman who acts on her instincts and refused to be controlled by anyone! Well, the only thing that changed was her temper and no, her temper did not become mild. In fact, she’s more foul-tempered than ever!

You guys would never have guessed who is starting the rebellion in hell. Honestly, it was a shock and a pleasant discovery soon followed!

Be prepared for a book filled with action-packed fighting and constantly pissed-off Necromancer with a Fallen demon, which you will either really hate him or love him for what he did to Dante, in the third instalment of the Dante Valentine series!

High recommended for fans of Lilith Saintcrow’s writing and the Dante Valentine series! You will not be disappointed!

 

Review: Stake That by Mari Mancusi

cover_stakethatTitle: Stake That (Blood Coven Vampire #2)
Author: Mari Mancusi
Release date: December 5th 2006
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Rating: 4½ stars

Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for, but it seems destiny has something else in mind…

Rayne McDonald had it all figured out. Get turned into a vampire, become the mate of the Blood Coven leader, and live the high-life for all eternity. Too bad the head vamp took a bite out of her twin sister by mistake. Now, not only is Rayne still not a vampire, but she learns she’s a slayer instead—destined to destroy vamps gone bad.

After being recruited by a secret organization, Rayne is given her first mission: infiltrate a seedy bar downtown and expose its vampire owner, Maverick, for purposely spreading a nasty blood virus. Luckily the Blood Coven sends some help—in the form of sexy vampire Jareth. Will vampire and slayer be able to settle their differences and work together to bring down the evil Maverick? Or will they find their own hearts on the line?

I absolutely love this marvellous book! It was a fast-paced, exciting read that got me sitting down and finished it in less than two hours! I bought and read this book quite some time ago but Stake That has been one of my favourites which I have re-read many times.

In case some of you might find it strange that I read the second book before the first, I would like to say that when I first bought it, I thought it was the first novel or probably a stand-alone. This is one of the first few books that sparked my interest in Young Adult novels about 6-7 years ago.

So naturally, I was a little confused about the whole twin sisters thing but the author did bring up a few main points about the Rayne’s sister in this book. Okay so both sisters are blonde but Rayne, the sister who knows about the vampire world dyed her hair black and her sister, Sunny, is exactly what her name implies-blonde, bright and cheerful.

Rayne was supposed to be turned into a vampire and be the mate of the Blood Coven Leader, a.k.a the Vampire Leader Magnus, but instead, her sister was bitten.  Now, she isn’t a vamp, but a slayer who destroys vamps! Shocking twist, which is part of the reason that attracted me to this book. I wonder how someone who wants to become a vampire, now has to destroy the bad ones.

Rayne is constantly in her goth getup and oh wow, I would pay to see her in the outfit when her slayer mentor trains with her. Her reaction to that outfit was one of the most epic element in the book! It was supposed to be just a normal outfit for normal training but Rayne makes it sound like it’s the most hideous outfit ever made in existence!

(I had a laughing fit when I read it!)

So after some really late and little training, Rayne is off to her first mission! Go undercover at a bar downtown and expose the evil vampire owner, Maverick, for spreading a blood virus that makes vampires become sick. Now that her sister, Sunny and the Blood Coven leader are chummies, Rayne gets help – a sexy vampire named Jareth.

He is sexy alright, and brooding, but also hates Rayne’s guts for being a slayer. Of course, he has a story behind of his hatred for slayers but that is for you guys to read and find out! There are times of light banter between Jareth and Rayne that will have you cheering for the both of them!

The plot of the book is simple and relatively well-planned, fast-paced and be warned, there is a teeny tiny little plot twist. The twist is tiny, but its life-and-death!

I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for a fast-read with elements of humour and bravado from a girl-who-is-not-to-be-messed-with!

Review: Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow

Dante ValentineTitle: Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine #2)
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Release date: March 7th 2011
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 247
Rating: 3 stars

When the dead call, she answers.

Bounty hunting is a helluva job, but it pays the bills. And it lets Necromance Dante Valentine forget her issues—-like struggling with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover’s death.

Now psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered—-and a piece of the past Dante thought she’d buried is stalking the night with a vengeance. Too bad she’s got no way to tell which fiend—or friend—to trust. Or that her most horrifying nightmares are gathering to take one kick-ass bounty hunter down for the count.

I am honestly tempted to give this book 2½ stars. This book was disappointing as compared to the first one. The content and the writing of this book felt like it was just there to continue the story, as if the writing was there to act as fillers. However, as I mentioned previously, Lilith Saintcrow has the amazing ability to infuse life into the characters she wrote and that, is why I have chosen to give the book 3 stars.

Dante is still the same person I have come to love very much from the previous book. Perhaps it could be due to the absence of a certain character, that made Dante seems like she is a living the life of a workaholic to escape her own reality – the reality that her lover is dead.

Honestly, Lilith Saintcrow is amazing. She is able to depict in the most realistic way on how someone like Dante would react in the situations she is placed in.

Grieving, for example. Dante is not the type to break down and cry, no, she rather become a workaholic and busied herself with bounty hunting. Of course, she isn’t alone. Jason ‘Jace’, the ex has make Dante his business to care for. He’s her bounty hunting partner. No matter what she do, the moment her mind is free to think, her Fallen lover would invade her mind.

I have nothing against Jace, I just prefer a certain green-eyed Fallen as compared to him. Its pretty accurate to say that when you are grieving and there’s a guy being a constant presence by your side, I believe most people would start to care for him. Dante’s feelings is like a whirlwind of emotions. She allows herself to worry for Jace but at the same time, she’s not letting him in her heart. Though…sometimes she does feel different for Jace.

Jace is almost like a guardian angel. I think he loves Dante very much, too much that perhaps he’s hoping she would forget about the demon. His character is so much well-developed as compared to the first book. He is a constant presence around Dante.

One of the elements that made the book bearable was Gabe and Dante’s friendship. Their friendship is just…wow. You know when you have a friend that would always come back no matter what you say, even if you use profanities at each other? That is exactly what Gabe is like to Dante. Both of them are fierce gals that greets each other with insults. Literally.

The second book focus more on Dante’s past, something her best friend’s lover and herself have in common. There is definitely more blood and detailed ways on how to kill people in the second instalment of the Dante Valentine series.

I would recommend fans of Working with the Devil and Lilith Saintcrow, urban fantasy lovers to read Dead Man Rising!

 

 

Review: Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow

Dante ValentineTitle: Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine #1)
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Release date: March 7th 2011
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 252
Rating: 4 stars

Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.

Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn’t turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life – in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can’t die?

Meet Dante ‘Danny’ Valentine, the lady with the ability to raise the dead from even the ashes and the best Necromancer in her time.

That, and she is a smart-mouthed, suicidal bounty hunter with absolutely no sense for her own safety. The lady is practically a ticking bomb waiting to be exploded on anyone who gets in her way when she is on a hunt.

Her job is to raise the dead, gets paid for it and pay her bills. Her ability to raise them even with only the remains, the ashes, available makes her the best. Of course, she doesn’t just spend her time fiddling with the dead. She is a bounty hunter, which is why the Devil himself wanted her to hunt down a demon gone rogue. She may be choosy about her jobs, but when the Devil showed up, she couldn’t refused it. Not that she doesn’t want to, she has no choice.

Lilith Saintcrow has this great ability for infusing life into the character she writes, especially for Dante Valentine. I really love Danny so much. She is the most suicidal character I have ever read, suicidal in terms of impulsive behaviour. She acts on her instincts.

Now now, before anyone says Danny is just like Rose Hathaway, let me make something clear. Take Rose’s personality and amplify it, and there you have it, Dante Valentine, the impulsive Necromancer with a little mean streak in her!

Danny doesn’t filter her mind before speaking, so to others, she might seem like a raving bitch. To me, I think Danny is just speaking her mind and acting the way she should. She’s not a raving bitch, but someone with a foul temper and wants thing to be done quickly. She definitely works well alone, so she would get all angst up when Lucifer gave her a demon familiar, Japhrimel.

Japhrimel is this hot demon with green-eyes, Lucifer’s Right Hand and his Eldest. I would assume it means Japhrimel is Lucifer’s oldest child. This demon is Danny’s familiar to protect her, and if Danny succeeded, he gets his freedom from Lucifer. Although Danny is reluctant, she knows she need him. Afterall, she is hunting down a rogue demon, one that has stolen something from Lucifer.

This is where Danny’s even more determined to hunt down the demon, it was the very same demon that had killed someone she loved, someone close to her. I find the banter between Japhrimel and and Danny quite amusing. Danny is doing what she always do, yet to her demon familiar, she seems to be not very concerned with her safety.

Then something unthinkable happened.

No wait, actually, TWO UNTHINKABLE THINGS HAPPENED.

The second time worse than the first.

The first unthinkable thing was something I thought would be quite impossible, given the relationship between the both of them. Both Danny and Japhrimel seems to hate each other’s guts and the only reason Japhrimel rescued Danny every time she’s in danger because if she die, he might not be freed from Lucifer’s control. Of course, some of you may think its predictable that two protagonists would fall for each other but in Lilith Saintcrow’s writing, I totally did not see that coming!

The second unthinkable thing was…oh god, my heart wants to cry and break just at the thought of it. If I say anymore, I’m pretty sure spoilers would be coming so no.

Let’s just say…if you read the book, you reaction would be

THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPENED. WHY, HOW, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!

Yeap…I have no idea whether this book falls under the Young Adult or New Adult genre. It is definitely urban fantasy. Well, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try out a Necromancer-Demon (lots-of-other-stuff) fantasy!