The Nymph King by Gena Showalter

After reading about dragons and then goddess what is next, nymphs.  The one thing you find out in this book is that Nymphs need a lot of sex for strenght.  They heal from this and fight better with sex.  They will give every woman pleasure.  Many woman say alright! but there is one who wouldn’t let herself do it.

Females young and old, beautiful and plain crave Valerian’s touch.  None can resist his blatant sensuality and potent allure…until he steals Shaye Holling from a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in his underwater kingdom.

The cynical Shaye wnats nothing to do with the mighty warlord but she’s inexplicably drawn to him.  For underneath the warrior’s arrogant beauty lies a complex and powerful man.  A man whose caress is like fire…

Now Valerian must fight for the privilege of claiming her as his own.  Because there’s one thing Shaye doesn’t know…

That when a nymph discovers his three mate she’s his for life.

The third book was fun and enjoyable to read.  I really liked the concepts of the nymphs and how if you really think about it the women have all the power.  Because they can make the men stronger or weaker by the power of sex.

Valerian was a perfect caveman King but sweet in a way and that made his character enjoyable to cheer on.

Shaye was fantastic with her cynical ways.  You felt for her and cared about what was happening.

Of the other characters Brenna was another dynamic character.  Her struggle in the past made her enduring and then you hoped she would find her happening ending.

Past characters came back, Darius the King of Dragons.  You got to hear about him and his wife.  And the vampire King made an appearance.

Overall The Nymph King was a joy to read with the sensual scenes, characters and plot.  The book was well rounded with action and adventure with love.

Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter

All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy.  Grayson James, human agent of the utlrasecret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands-or destroy it.  What he doesn’t know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone!  But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind…

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, needs Gray’s help to win her freedom.  Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they battle demons, dragons and vampires-and fight for a future that seems impossible…

The second book to the series Atlantis is fantastic to read.  Reading the book I found it is a series but can be read out of sequence and will not get confusing.

Gray is amazing in the book with his character flaws and attributes.  Jewel is a gem, no pun meant, but she is a great character to read about.

The same sexual situations arrive and happen throughout the book for Gray and Jewel which is fun to read about.

The story line is fun and again imaginative with the world of Atlantis.  And there are some characters that are back and mentioned from the first one.  You hear about what is happening with them.

The second book, Jewel of Atlantis, was fun to read and entertaining.

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Going through some of her series I decided to try another one. I picked up the seires Intertwined which is also the name of the book. There are only two books in the series so far.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But not they’re causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the pas. One wrong move, and he’ll change teh future. Or he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.

He’s so over it. All he wants is peace. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he’s near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone think’s; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late…

Honestly when I first started to the book I kept shaking my head.  This was not making any sense.  It seemed the book was going all over the place but I kept on reading hoping it would make sense.

I was glad I kept reading.  Still it is strange but it was intriguing and I needed to know what was going to happen.  The concept behind the book is strange but it is an entertaining young adult book.

Showalter seemed though to bring in all supernatural characters into play with the book.  In that sense it seemed a little busy within the book.

Now once everything is settled the book makes sense.  I like that Aden has the four souls in his head and is trying to find a way to release them.  The ending is very beneficial for one of the souls and a main character.

I liked the four main characters each were very different but all seemed to belong with each other.

Intertwined has a touching ending and leaves you wondering what will happen in the next book.

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.

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.

Into the Flame by Christina Dodd

The fourth and final book of the series Darkness Chosen is a perfect ending.

Ruggedly handsome cop Doug Black is determined to find the birth family who left him with nothing but a terrifying inheritance: the ability to change into a savage golden cougar.  His search leads him to a woman as fearless and exotic as he name.  Firebird Wilder is bitterly familiar with supernatural gifts, and flees on discovering Doug’s secret, leaving him alone once more.  But no one can escape a wild cougar on the hunt.  When he finds her they must decide which is more powerful: the love that binds them-or the secrets that threaten to tear them apart.

The fourth book was a perfect finish to the series.  I hated the fact that Firebird was not the biological daughter but she was one of them regardless.  I love her little boy who was beyond bright.

Going into Firebird’s past was nice to read about.  See show she left college being pregnant and no man following her.  It was interesting to read about.  I like that fact that Doug Black was the father who was mentioned in the very first book for only one line but he is so much more being the lost son of the family.

The relationship between the two was too intense but they needed that and it worked.

All the characters were true to themselves.  I liked that there was a twist with the prophecy which was nice.  It wasn’t like it was a simple task there was more to it.

A fantastic ending to the book with who the icons finally came together in the end.  There was almost a tragedy but it didn’t happen.  At the end everyone got a new beginning.

Into the Shadow by Christina Dodd

The lost brother is found but is he ready to come back.

Blessed-or cursed-with the ability to change into a sleek, cruel panther, and driven by a dark soul he’s accepted as his fate, powerful Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness.  He excels at every vice, so he doesn’t think twice about kidnapping strong-willed Karen Sonnet to use for his selfish purposes.  But Karen’s spirit and passion make him question the force of his family’s curse, for she could be the key to their survival.  And when a new evil emerges, Adrik must choose whether to enact revenge on his enemies and redeem his soul, or save Karen from a fate worse than death…

I fell in love with Adrik otherwise knows as Warlord.  The first scenes with Karen and him were intense and hot.  Very steamy and fun to read.  I like that he starts to change without even knowing that he is changing by being with Karen.

I got angry that he was not always kind to Karen but that was who he was.  I hated the fact that Karen’s father pushed her away.  I felt bad for him for saying something he didn’t mean.  He finds his way back but it is towards the end when a daughter needs her father the most.

I like that Karen moves on with her life after two years but she never forgets Warlord and when Rick Wilder comes into the spa she thinks it is him but can’t tell.

Rick Wilder, Warlord, is back to his regular self and went to find what he had been missing and that was Karen a woman he couldn’t get enough of.

I like that it is not an easy task.  Karen is stubborn just like him but when they find themselves back it is just as passionate.

Meeting the family again was great because they are still the same.  The father is getting worse even when three icons are together.

I like the surprise with Firebird.  A new tragedy hits at the end of the book but how did it happen.  There is still hope at end.

The third book was very sensual, interesting and enjoyable to read.  Dodd keeps up the action in the third book of the series Darkness Chosen.