The Devil You Know by JM Gregoire

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Deziree Davanzatti is a thief by trade and to keep herself occupied between jobs she owns and operates Onyx, a trendy nightclub for the supernatural citizens of New Your City.
What else would a 400-something yr old demon-human hybrid do with her spare time?
Following a drunken night of questionable decisions, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne leaves town with no explanation. Dez is left wondering if they made a mistake and if it cost her a price she wasn’t willing to pay – her best friend and confidant.
When he returns after two weeks of no contact, he comes bearing grave news that could potentially change the world forever….or end it all together. To make matters worse, they suspect that someone they know may be behind it all.
An extremely dangerous chain of events has been set in motion and it is up to Dez and Vegas, with the help of his brother Lucas, to find a way to stop it.

From the author of Burning, the short story prequel, comes The Devil You Know, the first full length novel in the Demon Legacy series by J.M. Gregoire.

I am thrilled to be part of this virtual blog tour for The Devil You Know by J.M. Gregoire! I started reading and I couldn’t put this down. Just wasn’t possible. It was love at first use of the word bibliophile.  And as many of you know, having 4 kids makes it difficult to find the time to read anything…let alone devour something in 1 sitting. So you just know it was THAT GOOD.

The Devil You Know is the first book of the Demon Legacy Series. Many of my friends know that I have a hard time liking the first book of any series because it’s just too much setting up for the rest of the series. Gregoire manages to do that AND keep me turning page after page because I had to know what was going on. Once the action started it just didn’t stop.  This was an AMAZING first book to this series and I can’t wait to see what book 2 holds in store for us. I’m addicted.

The characters have depth of emotion and I was able to connect to them. You can tell that there is a lot of caring and love that is between these beings. Dez is my favorite type of heroine, she’s kick ass and not afraid to apologize when she’s wrong. Plus she loves guns…how hot is that? Vegas is the perfect alpha male for this story, hot, independent and guess what?! He can apologize when he is wrong too! He trust Dez and Lucas and doesn’t have to be the one to jump into the fray. I love men like that. Lucas is no slouch either. 🙂 So much happens in this book that I don’t want to say too much to spoil anything, but globe trotting to save the world, sacrifices, love, loss, snarkiness…it has it all.

I had to share this tid bit because not only do they kick ass, they are snarky and funny on top of that.

Michael and Lucas returned to Deziree’s apartment and found her sitting on the couch, cradling a box of bullets. She was loading her black and silver Heckler and Koch USP 45.”Most girls spend their time doing girly things like painting their toenails,” Lucas said. “Yours cuddles with ammunition and firearms.”

I LOVED that and it had me laughing out loud, because, well…that’s just awesome 😀

The action was fast paced, the flow of the book was spot on and the plot has readers hooked from the get go. Definitely a 5 star read.

Make sure that you pick this gem up and make sure to follow the virtual blog tour, a few other sites will be having giveaways!

About the Author
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AUTHOR BIO

J.M. Gregoire was born and raised in New Hampshire, USA and despite her abhorrence for any season that dares to drop to a temperature below seventy degrees, she still currently resides there with her two children and her two cats. Always a passionate reader, her love of urban fantasy books eventually morphed into a love of writing them. She is currently working on the Demon Legacy series and has an urban fantasy thriller project coming up that will be co-written with one of her best friends and favorite authors, Ginny Lurcock.

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Witch Weigh by Caroline Mickelson

Witch Weigh Review

Tessa Von Hellengaard is a real witch. Magical spells aside, she’s snarky and selfish, and the other witches in her silent spell coven are fed up with her. Their plan to reform Tessa involves taking away her magic, saddling her with one hundred extra pounds and sending her to a weight loss spa. For good measure they call in Liam Kennedy, a charming and sexy fairy godfather, to teach her some manners.

Desperate to regain her magic and determined to shed the weight, Tessa soon realizes that protecting her heart from Liam will prove to be her greatest challenge

I was needing to pass some time while waiting for my nail polish on my toes to dry (Essie has this amazing purpley grey color out called smokin’ hot….go buy it now!) . My Canasta game on my Kindle wasn’t appealing at the moment so I went looking through my downloaded books. I tapped this one by accident and I’m sort of glad I did.

Quick, light, cute read. Liam is suppose to help “change” Tessa. Teach her that her ways are wrong and help her learn now to be nice, kind, good. I had a hard time liking Tessa but she was interesting (could anybody be THAT full of themselves?!). Liam, I’m not so sure about. He was likable. But at one point he said, “I like her the way she is.” How could you mister?! I wouldn’t be surprised if she liked the smell of her own farts (bonus points if you know what cartoon that is from), she was THAT full of herself.

The road to redemption was cute though. Definitely a fast page turner. The dialogue was witty and I appreciate that in a novella.

Witch Weigh rated 3 out of 5 stars for me, the witty remarks are what saved it for me 🙂

Lone Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

Lone Wolf Review

Ellison Rowe, a Lupine Shifter, makes it his goal to protect Maria, once held captive by ferals, from male Shifters looking for mates. He likes Maria’s resilience and fire, but she’s been broken, and Ellison wants more than anything to heal her. When a new danger threatens Shiftertown’s cubs, Maria partners with Ellison to stop a cold-blooded criminal.

I feel like we’ve been waiting for this story for SOOOOO long. Finally the wait is over.  I’ll admit that I was a tad bit disappointed that this wasn’t a full length novel, but at least it was 150 or so pages.  But what we got was well written, fast moving and kept my attention.

Maria was rescued by Cassidy and Diego in Wild Cat. She was held captive by a pack of feral shifters and was then rescued and brought to Shiftertown in Austin, Texas.  In Austin  she is putting her life together while trying to avoid mate-claims (unmated females are slim pickin’s in Shiftertown).  She is a hard working, no nonsense woman and I just love her. She is just a little spit fire!!  Obviously Ellison couldn’t help but fall for her either. He knew she the mate of his heart when she came to Shiftertown. What happened to her was so sad, my heart just ached for her. At first I was all about Ellison getting his happily ever after. But after meeting Maria it was her who deserved it so much more.

Ellison takes it slow, just like his southern drawl, with Maria and boy does it pay off. But I like that we get to see a tougher side to Ellison. In previous books we just got the ‘aww shucks ma’am’ image and here we see how much more there is to him. Might I add, he’s got a temper on him but at least he can reign it in. I do think it was a close call when Broderick tried to mate-claim Maria (silly boy, he must have been blind to not know Maria was Ellison’s…at least he wised up later on!).

I don’t think this will be the last we see of the cubs being abducted. No clue that there was so much $ in that trade. $16 million for little Olaf! And don’t worry, he’s still in Ronan’s home, safe and sound. They managed to save the day and have their HEA but I’m sure something just as big and bad will come along. I’m looking forward to Tiger Magic which comes out soon! If you haven’t read the Shifters Unbound Series, pick it up. You won’t be disappointed!

Lone Wolf was a 4.5 out of 5 stars read for me.

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

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There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

I am warning you, there will be spoilers in this review. I’m too angry about this book to be careful with what I’m saying.  So if you haven’t read this and don’t want spoilers….stop reading now. But I hope you have a great day! 🙂

Let me say that even the past few books that others have not loved, I liked quite a bit.  I felt the past 2 books were building up to this one and I was beyond excited for it. Then I started reading. What was I reading? This didn’t feel like a Charlaine Harris book to me (I have read everything written by this woman), so who’s book is this?  It dawned on me, I’m reading Sookie’s ‘To-Do List’ that just happened to be over 300 pages and cost me $20.  No big deal right? Ugh, if I wanted to look at ‘to-do’ lists I’d be looking at my own (I’m quite the master of making lists, and lists for my lists actually), but no…I paid $20 for this.  As we are putting along with Sookie running her errands and being mad at Sam for being weird, she gets arrested for the murder of Arlene.  But even that event was sort of anticlimactic.

Other characters from the past show up to help Sookie (but not really, they just show up to sniff, say what they are up to and are on their merry way). When Quinn showed up, my stomach did a little flip. I love that shifter. But alas, no tiger loving for Miss Sookie!

As for Eric…ugh. I cannot believe what CH did to him. She basically took this lively, charismatic ‘man’ and sold him into basically sex slavery for the next 200 yrs. How could she do that to him? What a crappy HEA for Eric.  For Sookie to be very ‘meh’ about the break up was just saddening. They truly loved each other, yes they had bumps in the road but c’mon, they loved each other. What she did to Eric was tragic and how Sookie reacted to the break up was just awful and makes me feel that Sookie is nothing but a whiny, dependent, incapable woman who always has to have a man attached to her hip.

On to the ending. The dreaded ending where we find out what comes of Sookie and her love life. Sam? Really? Did anyone else feel that this came completely out of left field? I could understand it if there was some build up. For example if they had Sookie end up with Sam in book 6 or 7 because of the brief hot and heavy during book 5 between the 2 of them. But nope, basically Sam tells Sookie he can’t honor the deal with Eric because he just wants Sookie to be his. She’s pretty much, “Ok.” and they end up in bed together. *blink blink* Seriously?! They decide to take it slow since she did just end things with Eric a few days ago (how tacky is that?).  Sookie finds out that the masterminds behind her troubles in this book are Glassport, Newlin and Claude…that was seriously ridiculous and I rolled my eyes, like literally, I just rolled my eyes thinking about that.  At the very end of the book, there are no promises of forever, things between Sam and Sookie are very up in the air. She thinks they will be together by Christmas time, but there is no relationship talk between the 2. It just felt like a sloppy finish.

I have been an avid reader of CH’s for a long time. I have invested many of hours reading her stories about these worlds she creates. While I feel that her writing is well done and enjoyable; I’m not sure I can continue with other books of hers. This ending let me down so much that I don’t want this to happen again. I value my time and my money…and I’m pretty sure Miss Harris values my $ right along with me as she’s laughing her ass off to the bank.

This book rated 1 out of 5 stars for me. I would not recommend this to anyone and I’m not sure if I’d even recommend the series anymore.

The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

Mind Readers Review

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth… that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

I’ve read a few other paranormal romances by Lori Brighton and I’ve enjoyed her writing. So when this came up on Amazon as a freebie I was pretty excited. I don’t discriminate in my paranormal romances and welcome YA reads with arms wide open.  I will say that this was one of the better written young adult books I have read.  The plot and action move along pretty seamlessly, which I expected with having read her other works.

Cameron (Cam) Winters is a very likable heroine.  I was a bit disappointed that she didn’t give too much thought to the life she left behind (but then I think…how much of that is her fault and how much is Lewis’s fault). She thought of her Grandmother a few times but not as often as one would expect.  But she makes up (IMO) for it with how steadfast she is on doing the right thing, even when doing the right thing just really sucks. When Lewis comes around and he’s just like her, it’s like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders. She and her Grandmother aren’t the only freaks!  Which brings me to Lewis, I want to punch him in the throat. I’ll leave it at that so I don’t spoil anything for you.

I do wish that there was more development with some of the secondary characters, but there are 2 more books and that may or may not happen in those. I am looking forward to reading the next 2 installments of this series. And for $2.99 each, that’s a steal.

The Mind Readers was a 4 out of 5 stars for me. I read it in less then a day (you know it’s good when you try to turn your Kindle off but you turn it back on because you need to know what happened). 🙂

Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan

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Shortly after she picked up a guitar, Miranda Grey conquered the Austin music scene with a newfound ability to psychically manipulate her audience’s emotions. But as her powers outgrow her control, her mind is increasingly invaded by haunting secrets and overwhelming sadness. Unable to look anyone in the eye, Miranda is fast approaching the edge of insanity – with no one to catch her fall…

When he outlawed killing humans, David Solomon ignited a civil war among Austin’s vampires. As Prime of the South, his sympathy for mortals angered the old guard who refuse to control their violent urges. David has his hands full with the growing insurgency, but he takes in a broken-down woman, a musician in need of supernatural guidance. Little does he know that Miranda Grey has the power to change his world as well.

Can you tell I have been a busy bee with my reading? Well I have. 🙂  My 19 month old has decided that sleeping is no longer required so this has upped my reading time at night. I’m still not sure if I should thank her or just let her cry it out in her bed at night. We’ll see, that may depend if I have any ‘must read’ books coming up.

Let’s get to it. I’m conflicted as to what genre this falls into. It started out pretty dark, gritty…more Urban Fantasy. But at some point it moved to Paranormal Romance. Which I’m fine with, I love both genres. But I could see how somebody who doesn’t like PNR would feel tricked. So if you don’t like the ‘fated to be mates’ thing, this might not be for you.

We meet Miranda who is just broken, she truly is losing her mind and slowly her life. She is an empath and doesn’t know it. She has no way to save herself because she thinks she is just losing her mind. One night after playing a gig at a local bar, her world changes forever. This is the part of the book I had the hardest time with. I cried….hard.  Reading about a rape and not even detailed was incredibly hard for me. I almost put the book down. But I didn’t and I’m glad that I didn’t.

Miranda ends up being brought to David’s (the Prime) home (I really think of it more of a headquarters but that is besides the point) to get better.  But what I liked the most about David is that he wanted to help her help herself. He taught her how to function, how to build shields so she could have a normal life if she chose to.  She worked hard to not be the victim again and it paid off.

I really liked David. While yes he has those Alpha Male tendencies…he let her be her. He let her flounder as she learned. He didn’t coddle her or lock her up and not let her do anything because he was afraid for her. I think Sylvan did a fabulous job with creating David. He is pretty much the best of all worlds. And when we read about him crying, I lost it. Men crying do that to me.

I am curious to see where this series goes, I will definitely be reading more in this series. And not just because I picked up book 2 at my local library’s shelf sale for 25 cents 🙂  The great thing about this book, it would do well as a stand alone as well, which I think is hard to pull off in a series when the focus is solely on 1 couple.

4 out of 5 stars for me.

Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands

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A kiss doesn’t mean eternity . . .

Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!

. . . Or does it?

Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for!

I was very excited to finally get to Anders story. He is one of those characters that had my attention the moment he was introduced.  So I finally get his book in my hands and it took me 3 nights to finish. Seriously?  What just happened here? Normally I finish a book in a night, this took me 3 nights. No fever, nothing monumental going on in my life that is cutting into my reading time. The problem is: same formula that Sands has used for several books. I felt like it’s the same book, different names.  I am thrilled that Anders got his HEA (Happily Ever After) and that his lifemate Valerie is a strong woman; because let’s face it folks, no fainting flower will do for a man like him.

We learn a bit about Anders history and it’s heartbreaking. I wish she would have taken that history and used it somehow. I feel like it was thrown at us and forgotten.  He’s always come across as sort of mysterious, dark, brooding…but she didn’t bring that to the table this time. Perhaps Anders told Ms Sands that it wasn’t how he was going to win his lifemate over. I will admit seeing him uptight and figuring things out with Valerie was endearing and I love him more for it. He was gentle and just right for her.

Will I keep reading books in this series? Probably not. I believe that this was the end for me with this series. It was a good run, but with so many other books out there and this series using the exact same formula for a majority of the books…it’s falling to the back burner. If Sands gets around to writing Bricker’s story, I will pick that one up. He is another character that has caught my attention, and how can he not?! He’s so adorable!

My rating was 4 stars out of 5 but only because Anders FINALLY got his HEA. If it would have been any other couple it would have been a solid 3 for me.