Mini Reviews: Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison, Jaguar Pride by Terry Spear, and Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna

Mini Reviews

midnight's kissNew Release Review: Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison
Book 8 in Elder Races series
Release date: May 5, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley NAL

Synopsis from Goodreads: In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A

Another strong installment in the Elder Races series. Midnight’s Kiss focuses on Julian, the King of Nightkind and his love interest Melisandre, heir to the Light Fae. The book picks up right where Night’s Honor left off, so it is essential to read these books in order. This book is more character driven than the others. A great majority of the book stars Julian and Melisandre alone and the two must work together in order to survive. My one criticism of this book would be that it contained a scene of “sex on the run” or “sex while escaping from bad guys,” which kind of makes me laugh. Considering the psycho character they were escaping from, it would be a bad idea to get caught with your pants down. Anyhow, epic battle scenes, hot and steamy love scenes, a happily ever after for our couple, and the promise of another book in the series made me a happy reader.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group/Berkeley for a review copy of this book.

3 Jaguar PrideReview: Jaguar Pride
Book 4 in Heart of the Jaguar series
Release date: February 3, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebook Casablanca

Synopsis from Goodreads: JAG Special Forces operatives like Golden Claw agent Melissa Overton and her partner, Huntley Anderson, are trained for the most dangerous missions in the harshest environments. These hardened jaguar shifters can handle any variable, even . . . babies?

When Huntley and Melissa find two jaguar shifter cubs snoozing in their jungle hut while on assignment, they have to keep the cubs and each other safe from ruthless poachers, bringing these partners closer in ways they never expected…

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A

Terry Spear is one of my favorite paranormal romance writers. Her Heart of the Wolf series had just the right amount of romance and humor. The Heart of the Jaguar series is a little more serious with environmental themes throughout. Jaguar Pride is action packed – think muddy rain forest and poachers. Melissa and Huntley are a very hot couple and it was fun watching them fall in love. I adored the addition of the jaguar cubs to keep Melissa and Huntley on their toes. Very cute.

Jaguar Pride can be read as a stand alone book or as part of the series.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a review copy of this book.

24 Taking FireReview: Taking Fire
Book 7 in Shadow Warriors series
Release date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin

Synopsis from Goodreads: She dances on the edge of life…and death…

Not all are meant to walk in the light. Marine Corps Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected—until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban…and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives.

To go rogue.

Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he’s more than just a soldier. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be. Now duty faces off against the raw, overwhelming attraction she has for Mike. And she must decide between the safety of the shadows…and risking everything by stepping into the light.

AH’s Review – 3 Skulls – C+

If you enjoy military romance, Lindsay McKenna’s Shadow Warriors series may be for you. In Taking Fire, we meet Khat Shinwari, and Afghan-American sniper and member of the elite black-ops Shadow Warriors. Khat rescues Mike Tarik, a Saudi-American Navy SEAL and nurses him to health in her cave hideaway. The couple spend a lot of intense time together, hiding from the Taliban and trying to get back to the base. I enjoyed watching these Khat and Mike fall in love. Khat has a lot of personal baggage: she is emotionally and physically scarred and suffers from PTSD. While this book reminded me a little of an earlier book in the series, it still was a satisfying read and it would make a wonderful summer by the beach or pool read.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for a review copy of this book.

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