Saturday, 31 July 2010

Nalini Singh's Angel's Blood and Archangel's Kiss Reviewed

Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she's the best—but she doesn't know if she's good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option...even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other…and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn't destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break…


I know, I know, I know, I am SO behind, not just in keeping up with my blog but with keeping up with books! That and visiting my friends blogs, I know, I am sorry, but I am now on holiday and I will try to catch up!!! So here I go with a double review, first of Angel's Blood and then of Archangels kiss. But I need to say... I LOVED THEM BOTH!

I had heard a lot about these books and so many people recommending them to me that I took the plunge and ordered them, and I am so happy I did. Elena is a complex heroine, she is hard and soft, doesn't take fools gladly, knows what she wants and has the capacity to fear and love. A complicated protagonist with an equally complicated past which we discover through tropes as her memories kick in and she releases different parts of the tale through both of the novels.

Team her up the the powerful and sexy Raphael and we have a match made in, well heaven would be too twee, but not far wrong. Their attraction is instant and to Raphael's surprise and Elena's dismay it is on both sides. The relationship is like a hunt, a game of cat and mouse and it is fast paced and exhilarating. Lay on top of that Raphael's protectors, the dark and sexy vampire and the wise cracking and alluring angel Illium, aka Bluebell (I want him!), best friends who will give their lives to protect you, a family who disowned you and an assignment which seems straightforward on paper: track down and help kill an archangel; and we are gifted with a deeply sensual, dark and fascinating story. A new take on angels and vampires and their possible connection.

I can't put into words how much I needed to read this book once I had started it and it was the same for the second book I did NOT want to put it down!

I give Angels' Blood 5 frilly knickers out of 5!! And yes, sex with an archangel is HOT!

Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control—even when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority…

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…



Was it as good as the first book? DEFINITELY! I loved it, why? It must be so difficult to create a character like Elena, with so much emotional vulnerability and in some way fragility, but have within her strength, a core of steel which has got her through all the hardships in her life, and then on top of that make her and her life seem relatable to the reader. But that is what Singh does in these books, you are rooting for Elena and Raphael, you accept their world and hope they can do what they can to restore the balance of it. We saw more of Bluebell in this one which is always a winner for me, and met more and more of Raphael's bodyguards, all who have a reason for being loyal to him. Elena's friends again play a pivotal role in her life and I think in that way help her to keep grounded.

I envy Elena being surrounded by so many sexy men!

The story again is full of danger and twists, again how does one battle the unknown? Who is causing the murders and are they linked to the odd invitation and show of power.

A powerful and engaging read I can not recommend highly enough. I want me an archangel!



I gave it 4.5 frilly knickers out of 5! Perfect summer panty read!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

To Collar and Keep EXCLUSIVE!!!

In the run up to 'To Collar and Keep', second book of the Price Sisters' Satyr series I managed to interview not only Stella Price but also Harley, the novels hero.

Not only that but if you keep reading I have an
EXCLUSIVE! This is the only place you will see an extract from the forthcoming novel!!
I know!!!!! I was so excited to get it... SQUEEEEEE!

'To Collar and Keep' is the sequel to 'To Of Crimson and Collars' our introduction to the world of Satyrs, where we met Ben and his intended, Mina, I came across this book after a recommendation by my friend, and fellow Gutter Girl, Sparklybearsy. I reviewed it HERE.




Hi Stella, and Harley, thanks for granting me this interview. So I'd better get down to the questions as I know how busy you both are.

I watch as Harley nods and Stella smiles


Stella you and Audra write a few different series with the Eververse, WereSnakes, The Elementals, The Djinn and now The Saytrs, how easy is it to slip in and out for different worlds?

Well it depends on who is talking at the time. If one day we are writing the Djinn, and then another character decides they want time... we got to oblige. It just depends on who is the most dominant voice in our heads.

Writing traditionally can be a lonely task; do you think technology has made writing less isolating?

For us, yes. Its brought us together to do things we normally wouldn't be able to do. Stella Price (above)


Where do you get inspiration for your storylines from?

I wish I could tell you! They just kinda show up with the characters... Its all pretty well formed when it reaches us.


I have read and reviewed Entwined by Fate, it is quite different from the other weresnake short stories, more romantic in nature, this entwined with classic thriller elements, will there be more books in this series?

Yes! We plan for 5 all in all for the series. You will see the over arching story come to its resolve too.


How did you come up with the idea for the Saytr books and the Saytr world?

Ben showed up one day and told Aud about it... the story bloomed from there...

Fun! I really enjoyed Ben and his book! I know Of Crimson and Collars has been well received by readers, will we hear more of Ben and Minerva?

Yes! Ben is the man focus of these stories, so hes in all the books, as well as Mina and their son, Jared.


To Collar and Keep is Harley and Arabella's story. What can you tell us about it?

It’s a little more regimented then Bens story, and delves deeper into satyr culture. It also is sexy, and wild and naughty LOL


Sounds like my kinda book! I understand Bradley Cooper (in Hangover) is the model for Harley, but what else can you tell us about him?

Harley is a genius. He's the only child of the reigning head of Rummer and he’s a Satyr that is confident and interesting LOL.



I guess that brings us onto Harley, hi Harely, how are you doing?

I blush as he smiles and takes my hand kissing the top, I'm well Minxy... thanks for having me.


You recently found your cousin Ben, how do you get along?

Ben and I are thick as thieves. Normally with Satyrs there's a lot of posturing about women and their prowess. With Ben and I it’s not like that. We are both comfortable in our places and can enjoy each other’s company without competition.


What's the best thing about being a satyr?

What isn’t to like? I'm smart, rich, women can’t get enough of me... But I guess it would be the fucked up names we get. I mean, Harlequin? Seriously? Though I can’t fault my mother, though I'm happy I got the Harley nick name instead of Quinn...


So what do our readers need to know about you?

I’m not a typical Satyr. I enjoy women and power, but other things drive me and my life.


Can you give us any tidbits from your book....I bat my eyelashes hoping it will work...

Um... Well there's a hidden grotto, some new satyrs from overseas and you get to meet one of the older Satyrs that have stayed out of society for a long time, Corbin.

What can you tell us about your intended, Bella?

I watch as he smiles and licks his lips, she’s delicious. Sexy, smart, wild, and oh so innocent...


Time for some favourite things... what is your favourite, place, film, drink, food and position... the ladies will want to know.

Place... Hmmm.. I like Maui. Film? I like 2001 a space odyssey. Drink: A good cognac is nothing to sniff at. Food, hmmm Im a big fan of Sushi... and positon? *smirks* I would have to say standing, with my female tethered to a ring abover our heads, her eyes covered with a blind fold, and her thighs open as I enter her from behind, and lift her, so she’s holding onto my thighs with her knees. That a good enough visual petal?


I fan myself and mutter yes! Thanks Stella and Harley for giving this interview, is there anything else you think your readers would like to know?

*stella laughs and looks at Harley* Nope...

Damn... she responds

*Harley shrugs* Did you expect me to lie?

Not only do I have the interview for you today, as I said in the beginning... I ahve an exclusive extract courtesy of Stella Price! But first the books synopsis:

Olanis, the summer holiday is is upon the Satyr clans once more and it is the time for Harlequin, prince of the Rummer clan, to claim his first and only female, the Grecian satyr princess Arabella, sight unseen. Unsure of what kind of woman his clan had brokered for him, he is both interested in the woman that would wear his collar, and nervous that she wont meet his standards. His female has to rival him in all things, and his hopes of that coming true are slim and none.

Arabella craves two things, finishing her education, and being claimed by her Satyr. An anomaly in the Satyr world, Arabella was afforded opportunities other princesses weren’t. Now, in a foreign land she is given over to the Prince she was promised to, and she couldn’t be more nervous. What's a girl to do when your being gifted to a man you have never seen?

Harley is a commodity to the Rummer clan, one that his father plans to exploit regardless of his sons wishes. When he gives Harley an ultimatum, Harley and Bella have two choices- agree to the terms or rebel.

When sparks fly and new alliances are forged in the Satyr ranks, Both Harley and Bella have to decide what it is they want and what kind of future they wish to have. Only together will they succeed, if they can suffer the slings and arrows.

OK you all ready for the extract... I was a lucky bunny and managed to get a nice long one!



Harley looked out over the placid waters of the lake just over the main building of the hotel and sighed. The moon shone brightly above, coating the grounds and the house in an eerie glow as well as deep shadows. It was peaceful, quiet and serene. Those who were indeed out and about on the grounds of the resort were keeping to themselves and not marring the beauty and tranquillity that surrounded them.

He needed this, this down time. Since they’d arrived at the gates at the bottom of the mountain, it had been one thing after another. From Arturo refusing to chat with him about Bella’s dowry, to entering the hotel and watching Ben getting swamped by requests to meet with him from numerous Satyr clans. They were all trying to incur favour and even a few feral Satyr’s were sniffing about to gain an audience. Neither Ben nor Harley had had much of a chance for anything.

And opportunities to meet with his intended beloved were nil. He did see Minerva and Ben’s brilliant child and joined them for a light repast, catching up on the gossip of the day. His cousin’s Beloved had seen and spoken with his intended, and while Minerva assured him he would not be disappointed, he was still bothered that she had continued to eluded him.

Karina was ensconced in the anteroom of his Tower suite, making herself ready for the opening celebrations the next day. She had made sure his luggage had arrived unmolested, and even put his clothes away and his small trunk. She knew what treasures were locked in there, but also knew the possibility of her ever delving into its depths was slim to none.

No, the treasures residing in the locked parcel were waiting for their new mistress.

Karina understood her place and what would be her future, and she took to it like a duck to water. He knew she would listen to him, to get some rest and be refreshed for her debut tomorrow. She was a good girl and would be a good concubine, but who would receive her? Well, that was the question, wasn’t it?

His father had mentioned that the Regent’s son from Clan Bourchest was in the market for a pet, and Boris wanted to curry favour. Apparently Rummer International had interests in some mineral in the region the Bourchest called home in Romania. So even Karina would be used for the glory of Clan Rummer. Which was fine, everything in this world had a purpose.

His thoughts flittered back to the object of his obsession for the past four years—Princess Arabella.

Minerva said she was comely, and much to his tastes, but not much else. He had been fantasising about her for so long, he was afraid she wouldn’t live up to his expectations, and that was dangerous territory. Of course, he was being paranoid, waiting this long for your promised concubine was like waiting for water when you’re thirsty. It got harder the closer it got to the ceremony time.

He sighed and tried to put his concubine to the back of him mind, with little effort.

The deck he was standing on was cloaked in darkness, and he could see the silhouettes of Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs and a few loungers. It felt wrong that he was on it alone… No, more like he wasn’t actually alone.

When he heard the creak of the side board coming from the stairway leading to the grounds, he realized that his musings were not his and his alone.

“Ben is that you? You seriously have to stop sneaking up on people. It doesn’t become a prince or clan head,” he said quietly to the darkness beyond him. The voice that answered him back made his knees weak.

“Ben?” a silken voice purred. “No, sorry, Prince, no such person here. No matter how befitting it is or isn’t. There’s just me.”

Harley stared into the inky blackness and perceived a feminine shape. His cock jumped in his pants, straight and at attention. What was a woman with a voice like that doing running around on her own? “Indeed. Well that’s not a bad thing at all. You seem to know who I am, might I enquire as to who you are?”

“No, you may not,” she answered matter-of-factly. “It wouldn’t bode well if you did. Besides, don’t you have another women to be enquiring after?”

“All Satyrs have another woman to be enquiring after. Not that it should be a concern to you,” he said and smiled. “Unless you were sent here as a present?”

“Ah, of course, forgive me if I spoke out of turn. No I’m afraid I’m not a present for you… I just had to come and satisfy my curiosity.”

“Of?” he asked and turned fully to address her, his long frame resting in a relaxed manner against the balcony.

“Of the Rummer prince of course,” she answered brightly before sighing. “Though I can’t say I’m entirely satisfied, but at least for now my curiosity has been stated.”

“And why would you be interested in the Rummer prince, meaning, myself?” he asked and pulled out a cigarette. He lit up, and offered her one. “I must admit I’m equally intrigued as to why a woman with a collar is seeking me out, and she won’t step out of the darkness.”

“Why wouldn’t I be interested in you? You hold yourself in such low regard?” She took the offered cigarette twirling it lightly in the darkness.

“Skirting the question?” He saw her move slightly, and he peeked at the maiden’s collar around her neck, one that had a buckle, not a seam. Harley could have this wench with the throaty voice that made his cock beg to be touched, and no one could stop him. “So you’re not a concubine. Will you be at the fox hunt tomorrow?”

“The hunt? No, I don’t believe so. I’m a little closeted at the moment. Not allowed out to mingle with the others, just in case something accidental happens.”

“So you are a present. Shame. And yet you came to find me, and won’t tell me why?” He smirked and took a drag of his cigarette. “Maybe you are just looking for a good fucking?”

She gasped quietly, and he could see her body tremor slightly. “Maybe I am.“

Harley nearly groaned at her response. If his Arabella was going to be anywhere near as responsive as this chit… “Then come here,” he said in a voice thick with lust.

“I…I can’t,” she stammered breathlessly. “At least I shouldn’t, I could…it would be so easy,” she whispered, struggling with herself, “and satisfying…but I shouldn’t.”

“I would say you are correct…on both counts. You shouldn’t, as you do belong to someone, and I would hate to ruin you for the Satyr that holds your leash.”

“And if you were to hold my leash?”

“You would be bent over this railing right now.” He stubbed out his cigarette.

From 'To Collar and Keep'' by Stella and Audra Price, available from 13th September 2010.

Ok ladies... time to be honest... who wants to be over that railing?!

Huge thanks to Stella Price for the interview and the extract, if you enjoyed it please comment below and tell a friend!


Minxy!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Life

I am still alive! Been reading and blogging will return soon...honest!

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