Dec 9, 2016

Book Review: The Immortal's Hunger

It was only a matter of time before Gareth Brennan had to die. Before he made that ultimate sacrifice, the assassin wanted to know warmth once again. His recent experiences had destroyed his ability to create fire, yet sexy bartender Ashley Clement was now igniting one within him.

As a Phoenix, Ashley had limited time herself; soon a male Phoenix would claim her. Unless she could find a lover. Gareth was the perfect man for the job. Except he was no human, and their union might draw even more danger. But to deny their fiery attraction...that was a truly impossible task.

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When I wander away from a genre for a while and then find my way back, I always wonder just what took me so long.  Paranormal romances have been a long time favorite of mine as I enjoy meeting the different supernatural races.  THE IMMORTAL'S HUNGER is the first time that I have enjoyed the pleasure of meeting a Phoenix.  I have to say that I wasn't that impressed by the culture but I loved meeting Ashley who rebelled against that culture.

I wasn't too sure that I was going to care for Gareth as he was all dark and gloomy.  He does tend to grow on you as the book continues and really became human when one of his fears popped up.  Ashley is a fiercely independent woman who is determined not to need anyone except when her breeding cycle occurs.  She flat out refuses to care for anyone.

THE IMMORTAL'S HUNGER has a nice pacing complete with danger from angry Goddesses and horny male Phoenixes.  It's an easy read and one that I can recommend to my readers who enjoy paranormal romance.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Dec 7, 2016



  • Well it's official. I do have a new shift with weekends off. That will be nice since I won't have to worry about not being able to attend Red Hat events. My only concern is the fact that I will be working five days a week. Last time I tried that, my fibro objected.  Fiercely. 
  • I have been updating my new shop, Alchemee Designs  and will keep adding a few pieces every week. This shop is truly a labor of love since 25% of each sale is donated to Old Dog Haven  They are a wonderful nonprofit dog rescue which maintains a network of foster homes for senior dogs that are not healthy enough to be adopted. 
  • I was woken this morning by the dogs going off. When I answered the dog, my father-in-law was standing there. I haven't seen him in six years since my husband and his father don't get along. I think he has finally been struck by his mortality and wants to mend burnt bridges. 
  • I won a couple Amazon gift cards from work. As much as I shop there, these are as good as cash. 
Dec 5, 2016

Book Review: Church of the Spilled Blood

Jack Salvo teaches philosophy one night a week at a local community college, but he pays his bills by working as a Los Angeles private detective.

When a group of world-class Russian ballet dancers visits L.A., he signs on as a bodyguard. It's a piece of cake. All he has to do is hang out with beautiful women. Then one of his charges is kidnapped from under his nose. In pursuing the kidnappers, he evades the FBI, finds bullet-riddled bodies near the Hollywood Sign, and dodges bullets.

Drawn into a web of deceit and maniacal revenge, he finds himself in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now he's a fish-out-of-water--an L.A. private eye in a strange land. The most popular historical site in town is called The Church of Our Savior Built on Spilled Blood. When Salvo tries to save the life of a ballerina with whom he has developed a close personal relationship, the church lives up to its name.

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I have really been in the mood for a hard hitting PI book after the last couple books that I have read and I do have to say that CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD hits it out of the park on all accounts.  This is a book that will keep you engrossed from the very first page.

I really like Jack Salvo.  He's a different type of PI who just happens to teach philosophy in his spare time.  Now that doesn't mean that he is a pushover but just the way that he thinks tends to be different from most of the PIs that I have ran across in books.  He can certainly dish out the blood and guts but he is a nice guy.
CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD is actually the second book in the Jack Salvo story and it stands really well on its own though there are some questions that come up such as how he can afford to bribe everyone with hundred dollar bills when he is on a case for himself.  I am going to definitely grab the first book in the series to see if I get some answers and because I want more of this PI.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy mysteries and Private Investigators.  I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.