Steamed by Katie MacAlister

Reading some of MacAlister’s books before will prepare you for this book. She has a quirky style of writing that will sometimes throw you.

Computer technician Jack Fletcher is no hero, despite his unwelcome reputation as one. In fact, he’s just been the victim of bizarre circumstances. Like now. His sister happens to disturb on of his nanoelectrical system supposed to be. In fact, they’re not sure where they are when…

..they wake up to find a woman with the reddest hair Jack has ever seen-and a gun. Octavia Pye is an Aerocorps captain with a whole lot of secrets, and she’s not about to have her maiden voyage ruined by stowaways. But the sparks flying between her and Jack just may cause her airship to combust, and ignite a passion that will forever change the world as she knows it.

As I said MacAlister has a unique style of writing. I found her latest novel, Steamed, to be similar in style with her wacky plots and intriguing characters which surrounded the story.

As I read the book, I found myself not sure what was always going on. There is a lot of dialogue and it grasps your attention but you then question what did you just read.

But there were funny parts and steamy scenes for the characters as they ventured through the plot.

Overall a strange book to read but enjoyable.

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The Killing Dance by Laurell Hamilton

Anita Blake is back in The Killing Dance in the sixth book running for her life.  A contract has been placed on her life.  Edward is protecting her instead of killing her all the while Anita is battling the fight between Jean Claude and Richard.

I have to say as I re-read the book I remembered something about a contract on Anita but I couldn’t remember.  Re-reading it allowed me to revisit the story and I was blown away.  Hamilton is working hard on the plot with how the threats to Anita are going full force.  I liked that from the very beginning Anita is battling off the attacks.

With the books I have increasingly loved the character Edward.  He is one of my favorite characters because he is a bad ass that doesn’t care.  At the end of the book there was a line that got you wondering about him.  Of course I know where that is going to lead.  I am excited to read about his life as Hamilton continues to write.

Through the book you are learning more about the wolf pack and I find that it is interesting to see that Anita is part of the pack even though she is not one.  But the one thing I hate is how Richard is again that annoying way of him.  He is somber about killing and always getting upset.  This leads Anita to be drawn more towards Jean Claude.

Personally with the relationship I like Anita with Jean Claude more but as the series goes she changes with all the men that come into her life.

With the relationship of Richard, Jean Claude and Anita I found the change between them interesting because it is so powerful.  I like the change because it gives everyone power.  They are all stronger with each other.  And now the moment that has been stretched for a while is over.  Anita finally does the deed with Jean Claude and Hamilton can write the sex scenes.  But this one was not as graphic as her most recent ones are.  I liked it because it was yes hot but tamed in a way.  But now the relationship changes and that starts the motion.

Hamilton gives a write a great book with The Killing Dance.  Since I know what has happened through the most recent books of Hamilton I can actually say that The Killing Dance is still very tamed with sexuality but the action has not slowed down which is great to read.

An Unexpected Song by Iris Johansen

Through Johansen’s work I have discovered her stories to be focused on the adventure, with mystery and love all thrown into the mix.  An Unexpected Song is a softer side of love but still danger is behind every corner.

Taking the stage that evening, Daisy Justine had no idea that she was auditioning for her life.  Watching from the darkness beyond the footlights was the world-famous composer Jason Hayes.  The reclusive genius was seeking a new star to play the tragic heroine in his latest wrok, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

From the moment he heard her sing, Jason knew he’d found the star he’d been searching for his whole life.  But coaxing her from Geneva to the bright lights of Broadway wasn’t going to be easy.  For she’d made a promise to another man that she couldn’t break-nor disclose to anyone not even Jason.

Jason has only two weeks to change Daisy’s mind.  But the closer he gets to her, the closer danger comes.  For there’s more than just artistic temperament behind Jason’s legendary seclusion.  He, too, is harboring a secret, stalked by a killer who’d followed him for decades.  Now he’ll do anything to protect Daisy from the greatest threat of all-himself.

I thought the story was a very cute, sweet and romantic tale of two people not wanting love but gets it in the end.  I liked the mix of danger which follows Jason in the form a woman but switches when she is setting her target to Daisy.

Johansen is never not without danger and adventure which makes her stories so thrilling to read.

An Unexpected Song has all the qualities you need, romantic, undenying love and the power of music which is turned to love but with a twist of sabotage.

Witchcraft by Jayne Ann Krentz

When you pick up one of your favorite romance author only to discover that a mixture of paranormal is thrown in it can be confusing.  Krentz though is known for her paranormal books just as much for her romance books.  But still for me Witchcraft was strange.

Mystery writer Kimberely Sawyer lives alone and likes it that way. But when she is threatened by a hooded figure wielding a dagger, and a blood-red rose with a needle thrust into its heart is left on her doorstep, she knowns she needs protection.

It seems like perfect timing when Napa Valley vineyard owner Darius Cavenaugh returns to Kimberely’s life, offering help and a place to stay.  But how did he know she needed him?  Was it the deep intuitive intimacy of a soulmate…or was it witchcraft?

I liked the book but as I said it was strange.  I wasn’t sure with what was going on only because it seemed that I came in through half way.  But the past is explained later.

Krentz for me has a unique style of writing and I am drawn to it.  Witchcraft had that wit, humor thrown into it and the characters were intriguing but it didn’t leave me jumping for joy.  But Krentz is still a favorite of mine and will still keep reading her books.

Bloody Bones by Laurell Hamilton

At first it seemed to take me a while to get into Bloody Bones.  I suppose the problem for me that accord was that it wasn’t moving fast enough.  For me I like that action of battle which Hamilton writes very well.  You feel Blake’s pain and see what she is doing.  But at the beginning of the book it just didn’t pull me in.

For Bloody Bones Anita is drawn in once again on an assignment that involves a missing  child and vampires attacking.  Blake has to cross state lines and has no choice but to bring in Jean Claude for some help.  Blake fights the vampires with the help of Jason, Jean Claude and Larry.

Once you get into the book it does become increasingly interesting.  I like how Hamilton is bringing in the character Jason now.  As I have read the series I started to love the character Jason.  He is outragous but a fantastic person in the book.  Larry is making his way in the dangerous world with Anita.  He is not a main character but he is interesting to see develop as the books go along.

So as the fifth book comes around Hamilton does not display sex quite yet.  I thought it was earlier but I have not read these beginning books for four years.  When I re-read through Bloody Bones I like how Hamilton started to increase the desire which is displaying between Anita and Jean Claude.  He is still a strong master vampire and Anita is increasing her power but she can get hurt.   Of course things are setting in motion.

With the two of them I find it interesting that Anita finally went to her lust and desire.  She freely touched Jean Claude, no sex but gave in just a little.  Her shell is being broken little by little with each violent act that she sees or creates.

Overall the book was good to read.

Mistress by Amanda Quick

Quick is always one to make me become invested within her books.  She has a way that lets you into the characters lives and go through what they are feeling which is why I keep reading her books.

When Iphiginia Bright discovered that her beloved aunt Zoe had fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer, she jumped at the chance to help.  And her plan-to lure the villain into the open by posing as the latest paramour of the notorious Earl of Masters, a man rumored to have disappeared at the hands osf the blackmailer-was nothing short of inspired.  But in the midst of the glittering ball, surrounded by ardent admires, the newly transformed Iphiginia would suddenly come face to face with the last man she ever expected to meet: the darkly sensual Earl of Masters himself.  And now, the intrepid poseur is in even more danger, as she battles the blackmailer and a totally unexpected threat to her heart…for Marcus Cloud is not devastatingly seductive-he’s determined to make this beautiful deceiver his own.

I was impressed when I read the book.  I guess it was the sheer fact that her character, Iphiginia, was able to do what she needed to be.  Romances are now getting to the point that the women are strong.  A man is good but to survive is not always the need.  It’s nice to read at times but really I like most romances no matter who thinks they are in charge.

Mistress was actually humorous which was a nice addition for Quick.  Her books hold wit but not real comedy.  This one had some of those moments that were a little comical.

The men are all strong willed men who do not like to show weakness.  Masters does that.  He shows his weakness by having those rules which ensure that he wouldn’t be miserable.  Iphiginia of course shows that he is miserable especially without her.

Intrigue, navieeness, seduction, mystery, romance, and adventure all combined creates an enjoyable novel.

The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell Hamilton

Anita Blake is back in the fourth book of the series.  This time though she is back and meeting new members of the supernatural world.

When I first read the book I thought yeah some action with the wolf pack.  Now that I have read the series I look back at the book and am impressed with how the characters are developed.  Anita is still the strong woman but there are problems.  She is acting herself but someone does not like it.  Anita seems to becoming immune to killing.  She has to do what she has to do.

Richard is in the picture as a sort of fiance to Anita but there are problems.  I like that Richard is not the killer he should be but again he is too weak and makes rash decisions.  Hamilton does a good job portraying Richard’s character.

Jean Claude is ever the vampire to try to seduce Anita but he has no control over her.  I forgot about that in the last book.  But of course something is going on with her since she can meet his eyes still.  Anita is truly becoming less and less human.

I thought that it was interesting how Hamilton had started to move in the sexual desire through the burst of power that happened between Anita, Jean Claude and Richard.  Although only two will really except this power.

Again the tension is high but Anita finds a way to avoid intimacies completely with Richard and now Jean Claude.

The one thing I really liked was the introduction of the wolf pack to Anita.  She is starting her climb to power without really knowing it.  The wolf pack like Stephen and Jason will be those of her allies but trouble will come to her door.  Which is a reason I like these books.  There is always some kind of force or power that is building and needs to be stopped, well in the most part.