Well, February was a very nice month for reading and March is looking up as well. I just finished reading The Dead, The Damned and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake. This is the first of the Dark Days Novels I've read and I have to say it was excellent! The drama, the action, the fast pace of the plot was riveting. It captured me right from the start and carried through the entire story. The characters were excellent, well fleshed and very memorable. Mira was awesome in her take charge manner and her actions and thoughts pulled me into her character showing a depth that made me want to know more. Bishop, Knox, Barrett were great supporting characters. All had their own strengths and were so very individualistic they stood out vividly in all the action. Definitely a wonderful read and I will be going back to this series to see what else has been happening in Mira's domain.
I've also read several books in the series by Amanda Arista beginning with Diaries of an Urban Panther. Violet Jordan is another absolutely fascinating character. Being pulled into a situation totally outside her norm and how she has dealt with it makes for a fantastic read. Learning to deal with her altered state, her sudden power and the fact she was now the defacto "leader" of the paranormal community she suddenly inhabited one heck of an adventure. To find she was part of an almost pre-ordained destiny, having to learn to deal with her sudden powers and the responsibility for a complete community practically dumped in her lap is a lot for a young woman to have to deal with. Claws and Effect was the second book and just as gripping as the first. Nine Lives of an Urban Panther is the third book of the series and I'm looking forward to getting into that soon!
Vampires Gone Wild, a collection of short stories by Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista (which is where I first learned of the Urban Panther series) and Kim Falconer. All the stories in this anthology were excellent.
V is for VampWoman by Kerrelyn Sparks was a good, almost funny read. The characters from her Love at Stake series are wonderful and seeing a slightly different side to some of them was very enjoyable. Mikhail, Zoltan, Jack & JL were well known characters from the series and like all good friends when you meet them again it was a welcoming experience. To see Lady Pamela as VampWoman brought a smile to my face. Though the story was short it was such a fun read and well worth the time. If you've read the Love at Stake series and liked them then this sidebar to the main stories is a wonderful way to spend some time with well liked characters.
A Forever Love by Pamela Palmer was a very interesting read. A bit different from the norm but fascinating. The characters were real and interesting. Elizabeth and Lukas were great leading characters and the story was catchy. They didn't jump out and grab my attention but slowly built an interest as the story progressed. I'm looking forward to seeing more about this shadow dimension.
First Dates Are Hell by Amanda Arista (A Those Who Wander Story). This was my introduction to Violet Jordan and the Urban Panther series and was a wonderful story it was. Val was a very fascinating character and the girl he falls for is just as fascinating. This was Val and Esme's story and to see these two dance around each other was a real treat. Their by-play and chatter pulled at me and made me smile. A really great read. I went out and purchased the other three books in the Urban Panther series as soon as I finished their story.
Blood and Water by Kim Falconer. This was an interesting story, a slightly different take on the shape-shifter line. An interesting look at the "cause" of the San Francisco earth quake of the early 1900s. Stellan and Angelina were wonderful characters. Their interaction was really good to see.
I enjoyed this one. It was a bit slower than the others and bit of easing off the frantic pace some of the others set and a perfect end to the anthology. All in all the entire anthology was definitely a fun and exciting read. Well worth the time.
Lynsay Sands' IMMORTAL EVER AFTER was a great read. Part of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series this one deals with Anders and the finding of his life-mate. Anders is such a quiet and seemingly surly immortal in the other stories. Here we see more deeply into his past and learn just why he is as quiet as he is. Anders and Valerie are a great match. Both so very strong neither one wanting to give an inch admitting their feelings. Thrust into a situation where she is forced to be the strong one and rescue herself and several other women from a "mad man" puts Valerie right into the hands of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunters. All the familiar characters are there and watching the back and forth interactions of Anders and Valerie while the others keep pushing them together is fun and exciting. As usual the story is good, the plot involving and the characters so rich and full you can't help but get pulled into their world. A wonderful read.
Several short stories by Julia P. Lynde were good quick and fun reads. Northern Proposals, Bidding War & Holiday Escort were wonderful quick reads with interesting characters and well defined stories. Great and fun reads.
Zoe Amos had several interesting short short stories and were fun reads. You, Flow Like a River and Good Folk were great quick reads. Sweet romance stories that had me smiling all the way through.
Fantastic reads all and every one worth the time to do so.