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Crystalfire by Kate Douglas
* I received this ARC/book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The Demon King still lives, stronger than ever, devouring souls in search of immortality. Against him stands the scholar Taron, a newly-minted warrior of Lemuria, and Willow, a woman of unearthly loveliness, born of mist…Taron must pass through the waterfall of molten gold that shields the secret portal to his beloved land. His brilliant mind and the speaking sword called CrystalFire are his weapons against evil. But nothing can protect him from the power of love. Willow, whom he once knew as a sprite who could dance in his hand, has been changed by a master stroke of magic into the form of a beautiful, highly sensual woman, desiring a thousand pleasures that she insists he alone can give her. Innocent and eager, Willow arouses his deepest needs and sexual hunger – and his love. He will risk all to save her, even if it means a battle to the death with the ultimate foe…

Taron of Lemuria is frustrated with his crystal sword because it still hasn’t spoken to him.  He feels like he must not be a true warrior but there is more to it than that.  He doesn’t have any confidence in himself or his abilities; he is a scholar not a warrior.  When his sword decides to speak, it’s to warn him that he is needed in Evergreen for the final battle.  He never expected that he and Willow would be facing the Demon King on their own.

As the other members of their group are dealing with their own battles, Eddy ends up in the Abyss and her father is taken over by the Demon King.  More and more demons are escaping through the portal and taken over everything from non-sentient beings to small animals.  Nothing is going the way it should but this small band of warriors is determined not to let the Demon King take over Earth.

With the final battle upon him and a strange blast of magic, Taron finds himself face to face with a beautiful woman that looks vaguely familiar.  He has been fascinated with Willow since he first held her in his hand, now he has the chance to hold her in his arms and love her like he has always desired.  He is afraid to love her though, he fears that something will happen to her if he lets her into his heart.  She is so different from the women of Lumeria, she wants to experience everything and not miss out on anything.

Willow has been inside Bumper ever since the demon ate her small sprite body.  She has gotten used to seeing the world through the dogs eyes and relying on Bumper to help her spot the demons.  She never dreamed that through a twist of fate she would get to experience the world as a full grown woman.  She is so excited that she has the opportunity to act on her desire toward Taron, if she can only get him to take a chance on love.

This was the final installation of the demon hunter series and it did not disappoint.  The story picks up right where the last one left off and the Demon King has continued to gain power.  The gang is stranded in Sedona when he seals all the portals except the one to the Abyss, which leaves Taron on his own.  The story is action packed with some unexpected twists and turns, leaving the reader wondering what was going to happen next.

All of the beloved characters made an appearance but as with each book, this one was focused on the main couple – Tarin and Willow.  I couldn’t believe what the Demon King had in store for Ed and was happy with how everything turned out.  The scene in the caves below Lemuria was very powerful and a unique bonding moment for the warriors involved.

The attraction between Taron and Willow has been growing since she was a sprite but now that she is a full grown, beautiful woman it is even stronger.  They complement each other in all aspects and she helps Taron come to grips with some of the issues he has been dealing with. They are on their own and have to rely on Bumper’s help to defeat the Demon King.  They never expected to face the final battle alone.

I think this was my favorite story in the series.  It was action packed, with a romantic element and contained all of the characters I have grown to love.  I give Crystalfire 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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The Real Werewives of Vampire County – Anthology
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

“Where Darkness Lives” by Alexandra Ivy – No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect – and seduce…

Sophia is an alpha female that is used to taking care of herself. She is the owner of a local bar and has recently bought a house to be close to her daughters. When her life is threatened, alpha werewolf Luc steps in as a bodyguard to find out who is trying to hurt her.

Sophia is a strong character that knows what she wants but is willing to accept help when she needs it. She hasn’t had an easy life and has a hard time trusting people, Luc is no different. She is devastated when she finds out his secret. Luc has avoided relationships and finding his mate but there is something about Sophia that calls to him.

Overall this was a strong story in this anthology. The ending was a surprise that I enjoyed. I would definitely pick up other books by this author.

“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox – When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather’s never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she’s willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband…

Heather McPhee is the pack investigator and her expertise is needed in suburbia to help solve the murder of a werewolf. She has a unique ability that with a touch, people have to tell the truth. Lucien hopes to use her talent to help solve the murder while convincing Heather to give him a chance. Sunny’s murder turns out to be more complicated than they ever imagined.

I loved seeing Heather when she first showed up in suburbia, she was too funny. She obviously didn’t fit in with their fancy ways and needed help to blend in. Throughout the story we see her transformation not only physically but mentally as well.

Although this was a short story, it definitely didn’t lack on the drama, intrigue and adventure. It kept me guessing until the very end. I love Angie’s books and this was no exception.

“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines – Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities – except that it’s home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn’t frightened of her big, bad new neighbours. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack…

The pack is looking to expand their pack and their new neighbor Tiffany looks like she will be the perfect addition.  They just have to convince their leader to sign off on it.  Tiffany isn’t what she seems and Vera is the only one that sees through her.  Can Tiffany persuade the other’s that she is perfect for the pack?

The women of the Diamond Fangs are smart women that have it all, beautiful houses, sexy husbands and all the money they could possibly want.  Their pack numbers have decreased and they are always looking for the perfect candidate that is willing to sign the Notice of Mutual Consent.

Tiffany is their new neighbor and she seems to fit right in with the women but there is something about her that isn’t right.  Tiffany was a fun character; she has a history with weres that she is trying to hide from the women.  She isn’t proud of the things she did in the name of love and wants to change her life.  She is smart and conniving and knows how to get what she wants, I loved that about her.   The ending was fabulous.

“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane – Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiance, Jonathan, and his twelve-year-old son, she’s worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon’s upscale neighbourhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon…

Christine has left her life to move in with her finance Jonathan.  He has given her everything she could possible want, including her own studio in the basement.  Strange things begin happening around the house and the neighbors try and convince Christine that there was more to the death of Jonathan’s first wife than meets the eye.

Christine doesn’t know what to make out of the neighbors.  They start showing up before she gets moved in good and they all want to be her friends.  They suspect that Jonathan’s first wife was murdered and try to convince her to investigate it.  Things are not what they seem and there is more to the story than even they realize.

After things start happening to Christine she begins to question her decision to move in with Jonathan.   In the end though she trusts her instincts and everything comes out.

Overall this was a great set of short stories that blend well with each other.  I would definitely read other books by these authors and give The Real Werewives of Vampire County 4 Flaming Hearts.   

 

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