Genres: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on August 3, 2010
I originally picked this up because it boasted one series, The Children of the Sea, that I was starting to follow. This was a few years back. Imagine my excitement when, in the meantime, I discovered the Psy Changling and the Iron Seas series. Holy Cow! I hit the jackpot and wasn’t even trying. But, it was only after Burning Up set on the shelf for a long time that I finally took it up and began enjoying what I got from each of these authors.
First up, was Whisper of Sin by Nalini Singh
The story is of human woman, Ria, and Dark River leopard changling, Emmett. A vicious human gang hits town and starts harassing the populace. Ria comes into the crosshairs of the troubles and Emmett arrives on the scene. He is attracted immediately, but has some work to do protecting Ria, tracking down the gang, and convincing the feisty Ria that she’s it for him.
Exciting, passionate story. Flirty romance pair. Story falls just before the events of book one and made me fall more in love with the series.
Angela Knight’s Blood and Roses is next.
I believe Blood and Roses is a standalone.
It was a fantasy world of vampires, magical human women, humans, and a lizard race. The world was interesting as was the set up and this is always a huge draw with me. The hero, a vampire, and the heroine, one of those magically gifted women were engaging. Their coming together was a captor/captive deal and then instalove so I found the romance the weak point at the start. It was a spicy, seductive bit once it got going and their romance and teaming up to stop the villain was pretty good. I might have wanted a bit more from this one, but I did like it.
Now, there is Virginia Kantra’s Shifting Sea
#3.5 Children of the Sea
War-weary soldier, Jack, inherits a Scottish estate and is doing his best to be a good new lord of the manor. He comes upon a breathtaking woman by the sea and its like he hears a siren call. Morwenna is of the fin folks and knows better that nothing can come of being with a human.
I love this series for its haunting, atmospheric quality and its world of the fae of the sea. This shorter in between novella is no exception. I had a few questions in the end that I suspect will be answered in the next book about her twin, but I loved what I got.
Last up was Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook
#.5 Iron Seas
A side story in the series of a woman needing out of London and willing to give even herself to achieve it to a pirate who is much more than he seems. Unfortunately, she disappears before he can prove it. Two years and a lifetime later it seems the pair meet again and Ivy realizes that Mad Machen has come for his payment.
It was exciting, passionate, wonderfully surprising and one of the best developed novellas I’ve read. It’s a prequel to the Iron Duke, but I recommend reading it as a follow up story so the background of the story makes better sense.
Side note, this book has the distinction of being off my TBR pile, but also off my Library Love list because yes, I had managed to misplace it somewhere in the middle of a story. I was dying, but then library to the rescue. Whew!
So, this four-some was a fantastic variety pack of paranormal and fantasy romance. I can easily recommend it to those looking for new authors and series to try and those who are already fans of certain series.
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Mt. TBR #14
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