Dark Indiscretions, by Shakuita Johnson

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Fun and Fast Paced Urban Fantasy!

Adult content

Dark Indiscretions is a fun read, containing a fresh take on the world of supernatural beings. Although it contains some dark themes, it is also full of humour, feisty females, alpha males and characters whom the reader grows to love despite their many flaws. Due to the inclusion of some hot love making, including m/m scenes, the book is an adult read.

Book Blurb (summary)

What happens when your family is scarier than any nightmare and you don’t want to follow in their footsteps? Do you stay or rebel and have them turn on you? Jennifer Johnston experiences first hand why whispers are spoken in the dark about her species’ being evil when she was just a century old. What should have been another family argument over why she didn’t want to keep the bloodlines “pure” by marrying her brother turned into a nightmare and left her with more than tortured memories.

Jackson Dawls and Taylor Durham have been pack mates, best friends, and the other’s mate for as long as they could remember. A deadly species all their own but even they feared Mystics and their cruel and barbaric ways, but unforeseen circumstances bring them face to face with not one but a few. Will their lives be in danger or is something great and unexpected awaiting them?   They also have to stay under the radar of the human society that is set out to destroy those they believe to be a danger to mankind.

When the three meet long ago secrets are brought to the light. Not only do they Jackson, Taylor and Jenny have to learn to get along with each other because they are fated mates, but someone is stalking Jennifer and performing sinister acts.  Jennifer must seek guidance from old acquaintances and form unexpected alliances. She is met with riddles and startling revelations that she never would have imagined possible.

My Review

In Dark Indiscretions supernatural beings co-exist with human kind. Jennifer Johnston, the heroine, is a Mystic (a Vampyra Shapeshifting Witch). Jennifer is not typical of her race, who take pleasure in sadistic behaviour and who are regarded as evil by other supernatural beings. Instead, she has a conscience and does her utmost to resist the pull of the evil that nevertheless resides within her. Despite this, she is capable of great evil if the need arises.

Jennifer’s battle to go against the wishes of her family and not engage in an incestuous relationship sets the scene for the events in this novel. Even when she believes that she has escaped the evil that is her family she finds herself being stalked unrelentlessly by an unknown enemy. This happens at the same time that she discovers that instead of one fated mate she is ‘blessed’ with two, who happen to be Dylias, werewolves. Not only that but her mates, Jackson and Taylor, have themselves been mated for a long time and are deeply committed to each other. Who is staking Jennifer and how can she escape from her past, which still haunts her? Also will Jackson and Taylor find room for Jennifer and how will they cope with being mated to a Mystic, a race they despise?

There is much violence, danger and suspense in the novel, as Jennifer discovers the identity of her stalker and with the aid of Jackson, Taylor and others seek to destroy him before he destroys someone very dear to her. However, he is not going down without a fight. Jennifer and her mates must seek the help of others to succeed and we are introduced to a number of other characters as the tale plays out. There is also plenty of snarky humour and a number of smoking hot lovemaking scenes, notably between Jackson and Taylor, which I loved.

I enjoyed the character of Jennifer, the heroine. Although strong, she does struggle with the potential for evil that resides within her and also experiences trauma from past events. Krista, the other Mystic we are introduced to his novel, finds it far more difficult to curb her race’s natural instincts and it will be interesting to see how the author takes her story forward. It is Jackson and Taylor who stole the show for me however, as they are just so yummy! I enjoyed their reaction when they found out that Jennifer was their mate and I hope the author will explore the dynamics of how their existing relationship accommodates Jennifer a little more in the next instalment.

I found Dark Indiscretions to be a promising start to a new series. I liked how the author had taken the vampire myth and put her own spin on it and I am looking forward to reading Monsters Unleashed, the forthcoming novel.  I recommend this series to readers of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

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A Werewolf Wish List to Sink Your Fangs Into!

shutterstock Werewolf1_89654491-001In May we produced a list of recommended books featuring werewolves, which we have read and thoroughly enjoyed. Here are some other werewolf themed books on our Kindle and bookshelves, which we have yet to read, but which look as if they would be tasty morsels to sink our fangs into! The Goodreads link is there, where available, if you are interested in finding out more:

If you have read any them please let us know your thoughts, we would love to hear from you.

Tina 🙂

Romeo and Juliet: A Vampire and Werewolf Love Story. H. T. Night

Set in the distant future, the city of New York is beset by bitter feuding between families at war. The Vampires, led by the House of Capulet are led by Juliet’s father. The werewolves are led by Lord Montague, Romeo’s father.

The Werewolf Prince and I (Moretti Werewolf Series). Marian Tee.

This looks like a fun read! Misty’s boring life as an intern at Moretti Inc.’s Administration Department is about to change when she encounters Domenico Moretti, the ruthless, cunning and aloof CEO, her boss. Goodreads link.

Her Viking Wolf. Theodora Taylor.

Chloe Adams is engaged to the hottest alpha in Colorado. But a sexy time-traveling Viking werewolf appears to claim her as his fated mate! Goodreads link.

Forever Bound (A Vampire and Werewolf Romance Anthology). Cynthia Eden.

Includes Bound by Blood, Bound in Darkness,Bound in Sin and Bound by the Night. Dark and sexy novellas, where vampires and werewolves are forced to trust each other and lose their hearts. 90,000 words. Goodreads link.

 Macreive. Kresley Cole.

Uilleam MacRieve craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink. Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire. Yet his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. Goodreads link.

Pleasure of a Dark Prince. Kresley Cole.

Lucia the Huntress harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her—and those she loves. Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own. Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness—her wanton desire for him. Goodreads link.

Canyon Wolf Bride. Alisha Paige.

Her debut novel, which has been republished. Olympic ski champion Sean Wilson takes his best friend’s widow on vacation to the Grand Canyon, here romance blooms. Yet Paige is unable to see herself married to a half man half wolf. Goodreads link.

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The Wolfstone Curse, by Justin Richards

WolfstoneThrilling Paranormal Adventure Age 12+

The Wolfstone Curse by Justin Richards is a fast paced novel, full of action and adventure with a paranormal theme.  At its centre are the mysterious Wolfstone Circle and Wolfstone Manor, whose dark secrets slowly unravel. The tale extends across Europe to Russia and back in time to World War 2 and the more distant past of myth and magic surrounding werewolves. Scroll down after reading this review for links to Caroline’s review and to an exclusive interview with author Justin Richards.

In The Wolfstone Curse, Peter  is dismayed when his archaeologist father asks him to accompany him and his associates  on what he believes will be a less than exciting dig of a stone circle near the village of Wolfstone in the Coltswolds, a quiet backwater which has little to recommend itself to a teenager on the cup of adulthood. However, Peter is soon drawn into the history of Wolfstone, where the ancient inhabitants of the old manor were said to be afflicted by a curse, and where werewolves and the mystical Wolfstone Circle also feature. He soon discovers some strange goings on at the dilapidated Wolfstone Manor, the adjacent land of which is being redeveloped into a new housing development by the mysterious Sebastian Forrest, who has employed his father to investigate the circle.

He is further encouraged to stay by an unlikely friendship he strikes up with Carys, the daughter of the lady who runs the Fleece Inn, where he and his father are staying. Carys ‘ family is a font of wisdom concerning the old myths and legends of the local wolves, legends which the locals still take seriously, avoiding  going outside on nights which fall on and around the full moon. Indeed, it is said that no good comes of anyone who decides to investigate the mysteries of the stone circle…… It is not long before Peter suspects that Carys and her family know more than they are letting on and that they have their own secrets. When Peter witnesses some shocking events one night centred on the manor and the stone circle, his life and that of others is put in danger and he and Carys must travel deep into Europe to delve deeper into the mysteries and events linked to the manor and the circle and their apparent connection to experiments undertaken by Nazis in World War 2. They must use all of their intelligence and guile to work together to escape their enemies and destroy the threat of great evil before its plans can grow to fruition.

The relationship between Peter and Carys is central to the story as they work together to uncover the secrets surrounding the Wolfstone Circle and overcome the evil that is connected to it. After a bit of a shaky start, they form a tight friendship and their mutual respect grows into a budding romance as the tale progresses. Their bravery and tenacity are tested to the full as they find themselves in many fearful, hair raising and truly horrific situations, where their lives are threatened. The supporting cast includes Carys’ mother and her grandfather, Peter’s father and the owner of the Wolfstone Manor and surrounding land, Sebastian Forrest and his son David. There is also a mysterious character known as The Old One, who plays a key role.

I enjoyed how Justin Richards’ novel referred to fictional events from the past, specifically the experiments undertaken by the Nazis in World War 2 to produce genetically created Wolfen soldiers. I also liked how he referenced many of the werewolf myths and legends which exist within Europe, particularly how the power of the moonlight was harnessed by the stone circle. The use of ‘source documents’ throughout the text, including letters and a journal, add considerable depth and interest. There are a number of twists and turns in the novel which I did not see coming and I was entertained throughout.

I recommend this book to those with a reading age of 12 and above who enjoy exciting, nail biting, paranormal tales with strong elements of mystery, suspense and horror.

Copies of ‘The Wolfstone Curse’ were given to A Reader’s Review Blog by Templar Publishing in return for an honest and fair review.

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Click here for an exclusive interview with author Justin Richards

Click here for Caroline’s review of The Wolfstone Curse

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Help us with a Werewolf Wish List to enter our Giveaway

A Werewolf Themed Wish List

To put together a wishlist of werewolf themed paranormal romances and other great werewolf themed books, we would like your help . If you have a recommendation of any werewolf themed books that you would like to offer up, either because you have read it and thought it was a great read or have heard how good it is, please let us know by commenting below, between 24th May – 29th May. On 30th May we will randomly select one response and that person will will a £5 Amazon voucher (or equivalent currency). Entry is through the comments box on our WordPress blog site and only one entry per person.

We look forward to your suggestions!

Tina and Caroline 🙂

Recommended Paranormal Romance Books featuring Werewolves

shutterstock Werewolf1_89654491-001Our werewolf themed ‘Lycanthrope Love-In’ gave us an excuse to read some more books featuring a host of yummy wolf shapeshifters. We’ve put together a list of some paranormal romance books featuring werewolves, which we recommend. The list includes those we have read and enjoyed during the ‘Love-In’ and others we have read in the past. Click on the links to take you to the relevant Goodreads page  or the link to a review on ARR Blog if you want to find out more.

A Hunger Like No Other, Kresley Cole – This novel was the first that Tina read in Kresley Cole’s iconic Immortals After Dark series and after reading it she was so hooked that she swiftly devoured as many books in the series that she could get her hands on. This story pairs a dominant werewolf Lachlain MacReive with timid half vampire/half valkyrie Emmaline Troy, who find out that they are predestined life mates. This sounds fine perhaps until we find out that Laichlain hates vampires with every fibre of his being and for good reasons. Cue a great sexy story, full of passion and humour!

Books in the Psy/Changeling series, Nalini Singh – Some of these books feature wolf shifters as the hero/heroine. Kiss of Snow,  which pairs the young, but dangerously powerful, Psy Sienna Lauren with Hawke, the alpha of the Snowdancer pack is one of my favourite (Tina). Hawke lost the woman destined to be his mate a long time ago, but is drawn to Sienna, whose volatile  powers threaten to destroy her and those around her.

From Out of the Shadows,  Linda Mooney – Tina loves this book! In it the heroine Tora is thrown into a dungeon by the henchmen of an evil baron. Not long after the henchmen return and badly beat up what appears to be a man. Tora is a sensitive (empath) and uses her powers to heal what she discovers is a half man half wolf, a Lupan named Croat. She is shocked to learn that he has been put in the dungeon to break him so that he will acquiesce to the baron’s evil requests. Tora has been put there to tempt him, for if Croat is not fed, his Lupan side will come to the fore and he will be compelled to kill and devour her to survive. It is a dark and erotic fairytale and for adults only. Click her for Tina’s review.

The Mating (Law of the Lycans #1), Nicky Charles – This pairs wolf shifter Elise with a complete stranger, an alpha, to forge an alliance between packs. Marriage of convenience wolf- shifter style and the start of a great series.

Blood Moon Rising Trilogy (erotic), Karin Tabke – Blood Law #1 and Bloodright #2 – A sexy and erotic love triangle between a girl on the run, who has abilities she does not understand and two alpha wolf shifters, Raphael and Lucien. Falon’s life is initially on the line as she is a pawn in a blood feud between the brothers. She finds herself attracted to both of them and a key player in the survival of the wolves against their arch enemy the Slayers. Tina has yet to read Blood Vow #3, but her reviews of Blood Law and Bloodright can be found by clicking on the links.

The Heat (The Big Bad Wolf Series #1), Heather Killough-Walden – Wow a great book and there is still the rest of the series to read! Lily St Claire moves back to her hometown in Louisiana and finds herself being fought over by two very different alpha werewolves who both want her as their mate. Lily did not even know such a race existed. Oh, and there is also the small matter of a serial killer who has his sights on her too! Click here for our review.

And last but not least, we have a short story by Caroline Hanson, Bewitching the Werewolf, if you are looking for a short and fun werewolf paranormal romance! We hope you enjoy!

Tina and Caroline 🙂

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From out of the Shadows, by Linda Mooney

This is a great novel to read if you like to read werewolf romances. This is a little on the erotic side, so for those aged 18+. However, it is a very romantic and sweet romance too. The author Linda Mooney has, to my mind, created a very unique and believable take on the werewolf myths. I reviewed this a while ago on our Sizzle and Burn Book Reviews site, but thought that you may enjoy it! Tina 🙂

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This novel rocks! It is far more than your usual werewolf romance. It is a dark and erotic fairytale which deals with issues surrounding discrimination and acceptance, which affect all societies. It is the first book that I have read by Linda Mooney and I will be delving into her backlist and future releases of paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romances very soon.

In From out of the Shadows, which is set in a world akin to medieval times, the heroine, Tora is captured and thrown into a dungeon by Baron Agrino’s henchmen. A group of men bring another prisoner into the cell, subjecting him to an extremely savage beating. In the darkness of the dungeon Tora, goes to his aid, using her special powers as a Sensitive (Empath) to discover the extent of his injuries. She is astounded to discover that the body she…

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Werewolves in Paranormal Romance

shutterstock Werewolf1_89654491-001The paranormal romance genre has generally been more sympathetic in its treatment of werewolves, often portraying them as the hero, rather than an evil entity, for example  Jacob in Twilight. Twilight was not the first paranormal romance book to portray werewolves in a positive light however, Kresley Cole doing an excellent job in her Immortals After Dark series as does Nalini Singh in her Psy-Changeling Series. There are no doubt many more examples, but these are the ones that are most familiar to me!

The positive traits which paranormal romance authors sometimes emphasize include: heightened sensitivity; superhuman speed and strength; synergy with nature/environmentalism; loyalty to the pack and their mate; longevity and of course heightened sexual desire, which leaves the reader panting for more!

Werewolves are often portrayed as extremely attractive in their human form, with mesmerising eyes and having an innate ability to sense their true mate. Mating rituals often play a key role in werewolf paranormal romance, as does the ‘turning’ of the future mate into a werewolf. Of course authors do not shy away from referencing the more bestial side of the werewolf, the duality of the werewolf nature often playing a key role in the plot and providing a rich font to draw on when developing werewolf villains.

Authors typically have their own take on werewolf culture within their novels, including some or all of the above elements and many from their own imagination and this makes the genre so interesting to read.

Let us know which of the traits identified here are your favourite, or if there are any traits we have not included.

Many thanks!

Tina and Caroline 🙂

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