CompelledWhen Raphael was released from Mathilda’s magical cuffs, Cyn made a promise to Nick that she would help find them. Cyn will be confused about Nick as everything she knew about him had been a lie, but a promise was a promise. Cyn, Raphael and Nick will search together to find the magical cuffs which will lead them to a dangerous collector.

Compelled is a novella, number 10.5, to the series Vampires in America by D.B Reynolds. This one took a turn and was focused more on magic with Nick as a sorcerer, which was interesting. I liked this one, did not love it, but certainly liked it.

I suppose I am biased because I don’t want someone coming in between Cyn and Raphael. Nick was very flirty with Cyn and I was happy that she was in no way reciprocating those flirts. Cyn’s heart belongs to Raphael. I was happy to read that he really did not want to get back with Cyn since they were really never together but he was lonely. Nick’s character does get better towards the end of the novella. He is still sarcastic but he is changed as he was determined to change.  I will admit the story with his warriors was interesting, this also brings in four more stories that D.B. Reynolds will be writing. There are two of those stories already written for two of the warriors. I do hope that Nick will find his own person to love especially if he has been alone for thousands of years and I would like to know more about Nick and his powers. Also the war between sorcerers and vampires.

The collector was the dangerous element of the book. He was a interesting bad guy but it was a very short scene as it was a novella. What irked me was that Cyn has not learned to go into the dangerous places. She had caution a couple books ago but in this novella she was back to being reckless with no back up.

I am reading Lucifer next.

The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter

Reading one book from Gena Showalter and I found myself hooked. Her style of wit and sensual characters/plot were incredible to read. They were enticing to read about.  I was lucky to find Showalter as an author with reading her first book Catch a Mate which was unbelievable.  I knew that she was an author to look out for.  So now I venture off to one of her series.The first book of the series Imperia is The Stone Prince.

Katie James is unlucky in love-so unlucky she’s been reduced to kissing the marble statue in her own garden. But her luck changes when the statue warms to life in her arms-and turns out to be a hunk straight out of any woman’s fantasy! Well, almost…Jorlan en Sarr hails from a distant planet and like all the other men Katie’s known, he ocmes with a lot of baggage.

Entombed in his stony skin for centuries, Jorlan has been waiting for a maiden fair to break the spell. Yet this statuesque beauty with the will of an Amazon and kisses like flame is a far cry from the obedient damsels of Imperia. And though Jorlan is tempted to abandon all for the sake of Katie, unless he can convince her to give him her heart in two weeks time, he’ll be turned back to stone. And she’ll be lost to him forever.

I loved this book. The Stone Prince was not the most original idea but I like the added in with Jorlan being an alien of kinds. The book was witty and fun to read.

The characters of the five brothers were priceless. They brought a lot of human and cavemen attitudes to the book but then so did Jorlan. Katie though was her own cavewoman which I loved. She didn’t take the crap thrown at her and stood up for herself. She didn’t obey or become a meek little woman.

Gena Showalter shows that love can start from anywhere even a statue.

Laura Resnick’s “Disappearing Nightly” and “Dopplegangster

An ordinary girl living in an extravagant city gets sucked into an implausible situation.  These wacky, quirky, funny with some slap stick comedic books are fun to read and different from many things I have read.

The story line for “Disappearing Nightly” is Esther is working on stage and during one of the acts the main girl Golly Gee disappeared while she was put into the cage.  This of course was reported and the police came to investigate but Esther needed answers so she goes to the Detective Lopez, who has his own fascination with Esther.  But he doesn’t believe that Golly Gee disappeared, that it was a publicly stunt.

Before Esther knows it she is wrapped into the world of magic with Max, the wizard, and a group of stage people who have all had people in their act start to disappear.  Meanwhile Lopez is doing his best to see how he can handle this case and to get close to Esther.

I really liked the character of Esther Diamond in the first book.  She is a strong woman trying to make it as an actress while still trying to be a caring person.  The entire bunch of characters were comically while being mixed in this world of magic.  I really liked Max and his quest to fight the evil.  Lopez was fantastic.  There was no real romance till the end but I loved Lopez and Esther’s banter back and fourth.

The next book “Dopplegangster”, our heroine Esther Diamond is back.  Her show Sorcerer! is closed due to lack of interest and Esther is bummed to find another job but luck comes her way to get her old waitress job back.  Lopez is fine with that until he hears where the job is, which of course is in the middle of mob territory where  he will be working now.  Esther doesn’t believe there will be problems especially since she worked there before but low and behold she is dragged back into the world of magic and mischief as a man drops dead in front of her, and he isn’t the last to find death.

With the help of Max, Lucky the gangster and Lopez (who is helping with hiding evidence that would incriminate Esther), Esther is on the run from the mystical being that duplicates the victims.

Esther character is fantastic with her strange ways and the people that she meets.  She is truly a remarkable new heroine.

In this funny comedy/paranormal romance you will be laughing and intrigued with what happens with Esther and that antics which come from Max.  This was a great sequel to “Disappearing Nightly”.