Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...
On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...
Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...
Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.
Stake Out by Hannah Jayne
Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.
About the Author
ALEXANDRA IVY graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband. To stay updated on Alexandra’s novels or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com.
REBECCA ZANETTI is a member of RWA and has won awards for her works throughout the industry. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family. Please visit Rebecca at www.rebeccazanetti.com.
DIANNE DUVALL earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and currently lives in Texas with her husband. Information on her books and the latest news can be found on her website at www.DianneDuvall.com.
HANNAH JAYNE is a freelance writer and journalist. Her short fiction has appeared in Devil’s Brew and is currently featured on the websites www.chicklitreview.org and www.crisisqueens.com. She lives in San Francisco.
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On the Hunt
By Alexandra Ivy
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2015 Debbie Raleigh
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The location of Valhalla, the main home of the high-bloods, wasn't a secret.
Even with a magical dome of protection, it was tough to hide several thousand acres of land smack dab in the middle of the United States with two-dozen structures that included living quarters, workshops, garages, barns, and a school.
Of course, very few "norms" were allowed through the magical barriers to visit the central building that was constructed in the shape of a pentagon with an inner courtyard that was famed for its gardens. And those who were permitted to enter found themselves confined to the upper floor that was reserved for official offices and formal reception rooms, plus a small number of guest rooms if the visitors were expected to stay more than a few hours.
Only high-bloods were allowed into the nine lower levels that contained private quarters and secret labs that were dug deep into the earth.
And only Sentinels were allowed on the bottom floor that was reserved exclusively for their use.
With a central room that was dominated by a state-of-the-art computer system and heavy wooden furniture, it looked like something out of a James Bond movie.
Two walls were lined with monitors that were connected to dozens of satellites and surveillance equipment spread throughout the world. On another wall were several doors that were closed and monitored with motion and heat sensors. The weapons that they kept inside were not only lethal, but many were magically enhanced to create enormous damage.
Standing in the attached private office, the two Sentinels stood face-to-face.
At a distance, the warriors were remarkably similar.
Both had long, dark hair that framed narrow faces with copper-toned skin and eyes as black as polished ebony. Both had the lean, chiseled muscles of trained warriors. And both were wearing casual jeans and T-shirts that did nothing to disguise their lethal power.
A closer glance, however, revealed that Wolfe, the leader of the Sentinels, had a streak of white in his hair at his right temple and that his features had been hewn in the deserts of the Middle East.
Mika Tanner, on the other hand, shared the chiseled features of his Native American ancestors.
Over the years, his stark beauty had attracted the notice of women. A lot of women. But none had managed to capture his aloof attention.
Of course, his lack of interest only made them more determined to be the one to claim him.
Not that Mika noticed.
It wasn't that he didn't like women.
Hell, that was the problem.
In one spectacular case he'd loved a woman.
Deeply and irrevocably.
Now he was dedicated to his duty as a hunter Sentinel. Nothing was allowed to distract him.
Which was why he'd abruptly walked away from the pretty witch who'd been trying to convince him to join her for dinner the second the text from Wolfe had hit his phone.
Folding his arms over his chest, he studied Wolfe with a stoic curiosity.
"You wanted to see me?"
"Here." Getting straight to the point, Wolfe shoved a file folder into Mika's hand. The Tagos (leader of the Sentinels) was never big on chitchat.
Mika hated wasting his time with worthless small talk.
Opening the file, he stared down at the photo of a young man who looked to be in his early twenties with short brown hair and a face that was remarkable only for the fact it was so completely average. The type of face that would never stand out in a crowd.
He read the name at the bottom of the photo.
"Jacob Benson. Is the name supposed to mean something to me?"
"Until yesterday morning, he was an acolyte at the monastery in Louisiana," Wolfe readily answered.
Mika lifted his gaze, not surprised to find that Wolfe's expression was unreadable.
The older man rarely gave away his inner thoughts.
Mika arched a brow, waiting for the rest of the story.
Even for Wolfe, that was vague.
"What happened?" he prompted.
The leader shrugged. "According to Brother Noland, the young man was a quiet, diligent student who'd never caused trouble until he unexpectedly snuck into the garage and stole one of the cars used by the monks."
All Sentinels were trained by the monks, whether they were to become guardians or hunters. It was a tradition that had started in ancient times.
And while a few of the methods had changed to include the latest weapons and technology, the basics had remained the same throughout the centuries.
How to kill as swiftly and efficiently as possible.
"It's not that uncommon for an acolyte to decide to go for a joyride," Mika pointed out.
Boys would be boys regardless of their special powers.
And since Sentinels lived several hundred years, they were still considered juveniles until they reached their late thirties.
"On his way out of the garage he hit one of the monks," Wolfe said.
Shit. Mika scowled. "How bad?"
"He's on the mend, but Jacob never stopped or even slowed to check on the man he'd injured." Wolfe leaned against the corner of the desk. "His complete lack of concern is so out of character that the monks are certain something is wrong."
"And no one has seen him since then?"
"No, they checked with his family and friends, but he hasn't contacted any of them."
Mika understood their concern if the acolyte was acting out of character, but there were a number of fairly obvious explanations for his impulsive behavior.
"What about a girlfriend?" He named the obvious. "When a young man is doing something idiotic, it can usually be traced to his belief that he's in love."
Wolfe sent him a wry smile. "You sound as if you have personal experience."
A familiar ache twisted his gut at the memory of a young girl with white-gold curls and huge green eyes set in a heart-shaped face.
Bailey Morrell was a healer who'd stolen his heart when her parents had traveled to the reservation in Oklahoma to teach.
The two couldn't have been more different.
Where Mika was quiet and reserved, Bailey had possessed an infectious spirit and a joy for life that instantly captivated him. She'd been like a brilliant butterfly who'd fluttered into his life, dazzling him with her charm and generous heart.
Of course, it was those same qualities that had ripped them apart.
While Mika had gone to the monastery to be trained as a Sentinel, Bailey had traveled to Valhalla to hone her skills as a healer.
He'd thrived among the other warriors, perhaps for the first time in his life feeling as if he truly belonged. There was no need to disguise his superior powers or to feel as if he was a freak. The Sentinels became his family.
Bailey, on the other hand, had felt stifled by the rules demanded by her trainers. She'd inherited her parents' disdain for authority and constantly rebelled by sneaking away to heal those high-bloods who were afraid to travel to Valhalla or were hiding from the authorities.
"Bailey's strays" became a constant source of irritation to her teachers as well as the Mave, the powerful witch who was the ultimate ruler of Valhalla.
By the time Mika felt in the position to turn their passionate love affair into a more permanent arrangement, Bailey had reached the end of her patience.
Instead of putting down roots at Valhalla, the beautiful healer wanted him to turn his back on his duty to follow her into a life of constant travel and uncertainty.
Bailey might call it freedom, but he couldn't walk away from the brothers who depended on him. Or the pledges he'd made to the monks.
So she'd left.
Without even saying good-bye.
Abruptly realizing that Wolfe was watching him with a knowing gaze, Mika cleared the lump from his throat.
"Don't we all have a past?" he demanded.
"Touché." Wolfe's expression hardened, as if he had his own painful memories. "What happened to yours?"
Mika grimaced. "She refused to be caged."
"I have no information on a girlfriend." Wolfe abruptly turned the conversation back to the reason he'd called Mika to his office. "But that might be an angle for you to investigate."
"I want you to track him."
"Why?" Mika frowned. Without false modesty he knew he was the best tracker in Valhalla. It seemed a waste of his skills to send him on a chase for one boy who would more than likely return from his mysterious journey within a day or two. "He isn't the first and he won't be the last acolyte to run away, for whatever reason."
"As I said, the Brother is convinced that there's more going on here than just the disappearance of one student," Wolfe said.
"He doesn't know, but I trust his judgment." Wolfe's voice warned that he wasn't in the mood for a debate. Hell, the Tagos was never in the mood for debate. His word was law among the Sentinels. "We need to make sure that Jacob wasn't forced or intimidated into leaving the monastery."
Mika heaved a sigh. "Perfect."
Wolfe arched a brow. "Did you have other plans?"
"Would it matter if I did?"
Mika gave a short laugh. He liked the fact his leader was so predictable.
Besides, it'd been over a week since he'd last been on the hunt.
He had to remain active to keep his instincts sharp.
And to keep his thoughts occupied, a voice whispered in the back of his mind.
"I'll leave after lunch. I assume you'll have a guardian transport me?" he demanded, referring to the Sentinels who could travel from monastery to monastery through mystical pathways.
"Fane will meet you in the chapel."
Knowing the meeting was over, Mika turned to head out the door only to be halted when Wolfe cleared his throat. Swallowing a curse, he glanced over his shoulder.
"When you do find the boy, leave the punishment to the monks."
Mika stiffened, instantly offended. "I wouldn't hurt a mere boy."
"I know, but you can be ..." Wolfe searched for the appropriate word.
"It's all that stoic silence," Wolfe informed him. "It makes people itchy."
Mika shrugged. He knew what people whispered behind his back.
He was aloof.
A cold, unfeeling bastard.
He really didn't give a shit.
"I speak when I have something to say."
"Good." Wolfe tossed him one of the disposable cell phones they always used when they were in the field. "Then you can call me when you find the boy."
It was difficult to decide what was more aggravating.
The swarm of bugs that attacked without warning.
The goopy mud that clung to her shoes.
Or the air that was so thick with humidity that breathing was an Olympic sport.
August in the swamps of Louisiana was a lesson in endurance.
Still, there were bonuses to choosing the area for a temporary home, Bailey Morrell reminded herself as she ran her fingers through her short mop of blond curls that were already clinging to her damp skin.
It was isolated. Dangerous for humans. And best of all, a local witch had wrapped her small cabin and the surrounding grounds in a powerful layer of magic that meant no one could enter without her allowing them through.
A perfect place to set up her tiny clinic to help those high-bloods who preferred to avoid the more formal healers.
Like the young man standing beside her.
She frowned as she glanced at Jacob, no last name given.
As a healer she possessed the rare talent of being able to sense when a high-blood was injured or sick in the local vicinity. Which was what had led her from her cottage yesterday morning to discover Jacob staggering along the deserted road that ran next to the bayou.
She'd been horrified to see his battered and bruised body. Although he was still young and hadn't yet received the tattoos that would offer him protection, he was a potential guardian Sentinel. Which meant that he could endure ten times the battering to his body than a normal human could.
For him to be so grievously injured meant he'd taken one hell of a beating.
Not that the acolyte would tell her what had happened.
And she hadn't probed.
That was her mantra.
Live and let live.
Now, however, she couldn't help but try to convince the boy he was making a mistake.
Despite her healing, he remained dangerously weak. He needed rest and plenty of good food to complete his recovery.
Gently smoothing the light brown hair from his forehead, she studied him with a worried gaze.
"Jacob, I don't think you're strong enough to leave," she said in soft tones.
He grimaced, one eye swollen and his bottom lip split.
"I have to," he muttered.
"If you're worried about the monks, I could contact them and explain —"
"No." Jacob grabbed her arm, his panic making him clutch her hard enough to bruise her pale skin. She winced, and Jacob instantly eased his grip, but his distress remained. "Please. I can't face them. Not yet."
Her lips flattened. Unlike those healers who worked for Valhalla, she wouldn't force him back to the monastery.
"Where will you go?" she instead demanded.
"I have a ..." He paused, his gaze shifting away in a gesture that warned he was about to lie. "Friend I can stay with."
Her hand cupped his cheek, her healing power naturally flowing from her palm into his still-weak body.
"Jacob, if you're in trouble you can tell me."
He shuddered, his shoulders hunched. "I can't," he whispered so softly she barely caught the words.
"I swear that whatever you tell me won't go any further, and I might be able to help," she assured him.
"Tell me," she urged when his words trailed away.
He slowly squared his shoulders. "I have something I must do first."
Bailey didn't like the grim edge in his voice.
Was he planning to exact revenge on whoever had attacked him?
Reaching into the pocket of her denim shorts, she pulled out a crumpled business card that was printed with her cell number. She always kept them handy.
"Here's my number," she said, pressing the card into his hand. "You can call me day or night."
He studied the card, the tension that hummed around him a tangible force.
"You'll come for me?" he demanded, his voice low, intense.
A strange chill inched down Bailey's spine as she lowered her hand. There was something going on with this young man.
"Always," she promised.
Far from comforting the Sentinel, her words seemed to add to his distress.
"I have to go," he muttered, taking a quick step forward.
"Jacob." She halted his hurried retreat.
He grudgingly halted. "Yes?"
"Sometimes it's hard to know what's right or wrong," she told him in soft tones.
"Listen to your heart."
He gave a sad sigh. "That's what I'm doing."
Without giving her the opportunity to respond, Jacob stepped through the magical barrier and swiftly disappeared in the thick foliage.
Bailey stood there for a long moment, her heart troubled.
She wished she could do more, but she wasn't going to force Jacob to stay.
He was old enough to make his own decisions.
Finally accepting Jacob wasn't going to have a change of heart and return, Bailey headed toward the nearby town to replenish the food she'd used during her patient's short visit.
Although calling Gilford a town was being extremely generous.
There was nothing beyond a dozen houses and handful of shops that were huddled near the vast monastery. The monks and their students were remarkably self-sufficient, but they did hire a few local workers.
And, of course, there were those hardy souls who called the swamps home. They depended on the stores in Gilford when they were in need of supplies.
Two hours later she was done with her shopping and had stopped by the home of a local witch who had become a friend since Bailey had arrived in the area several months before.
Walking back to her cottage along the narrow path, she was skirting the treacherous edge of a bog when the sound of a male voice filled the air.
Pressing a hand to her racing heart, she whirled around to glare at the man who was standing only a few feet away.
For a brief second Bailey was staring at an exact replica of herself.
The same untidy halo of pale curls. The same heart-shaped face. The same slender figure that was casually dressed in white cotton shorts and a red halter-top.
Only the eyes were different.
While hers were a clear mint green, the creature standing in front of her had eyes of pure white that glowed with a frightening power.
"Boggs." She gave a shake of her head. "You startled me."
There was a shimmer before her image was replaced by a pale, hairless man who stood nearly six feet tall. His features looked as if they'd only been half-formed, giving him the creepy appearance of a larva while his thin body was covered by a heavy robe.
The eyes remained white even as the power faded, revealing he was completely blind.
Not that Boggs needed his eyes to see.
As a doppelgänger he was capable of sensing another person's essence, allowing him to take their shape for a limited period of time.
He also had the ability to touch an object to have it "whisper" to him. She wasn't sure what that meant beyond the fact he would have a glimpse into the past or the future, or even the present. And that he couldn't control what he could hear.
Needless to say, his odd appearance and strange talents didn't make him particularly popular. Not even among the high-bloods who took weird to a new level.
Bailey, however, enjoyed his sporadic visits to the swamps.
Like her, Boggs had never found a place at Valhalla. They were both outsiders who enjoyed a life without rules and expectations.
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You know that feeling when a 12 ft long dessert table is standing before you and you can have a taste of everything on the table without guilt? Yeah, it’s like that, On the Hunt is four brief tales from four powerful authors and a feast for the imagination, best part, they are all calorie-free! Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne each have concocted short stories in their creative mental kitchens and the results are simply amazing. Looking for some quick, entertaining and intriguing reading? This is the way to visit with both old authors and new. From healers to guardians, vampires to genius killing machines, there is never a dull moment! I received an ARC edition from Zebra in exchange for my honest review.
On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy Mika Tanner is a hunter Sentinel and a tracker. He’s the best. He’s been sent to find an acolyte that has disappeared from the monastery where the Sentinels are taught. In the meantime Bailey Morrell, who is a witch and a healer who has the rare talent of being able to sense an injured highblood in her vicinity find the badly injured acolyte that Mika is hunting. Now Mika and Bailey have a history, but Bailey left him 10 years ago. She felt trapped and wanted to be free. This is a second chance love story. The story of why the acolyte left the monastery is what brings Mika and Bailey back together. It’s a nice love story if a bit tame than what I’m used to. I give it four stars. Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti Now Rebecca is one of my favorite authors and this is potential apocalyptic story. A bacteria is let loose by college students who find a meteor and break it open. If they survive the fever, they become dangerous with extreme mental problems. Deacan is head of a secret branch of the military and directly reports to the president. Nora is the top microbiologist in her field. Deke has basically kidnapped Nora to work on finding a cure, and they need it fast! Deke and Nora used to be married but divorced. Deke loved the military and the excitement of a battle. Nora was going to college to become a microbiologist. She couldn’t handle the stress of Deke’s job, so she ran. Deke has changed and decided he wants Nora back and is going to get her. He seduces her quickly, and she lets herself be seduced. She still loves Deke. The story is exciting and the love scenes are steamy hot! The transformation of Nora’s assistant Zach, from a cute, mild mannered man into the psycho is exciting and enthralling. I give five plus stars!! Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall (SPOILERS) Again Dianne is another of my favorite authors. I have read all her Immortal Guardian series, and I love them. This is the story of Yuri. Yuri wasn’t a lead character in any of the books until Night Unbound. The ending was very sad, but with Phantom Embrace, I felt so much better about Yuri’s demise. Yuri has the same gift as Marcus. Cat is Bastien’s sister, so Seth and David leave her alone, and not banishing her from their house. Yuri falls in love with Cat, but she is a spirit and when she thinks Yuri is trying to die to be with her she gets very angry at him. This is just a very nice love story. Not steamy like I like, but when you’ve been following this series, who cares. I just love all the characters. It’s a nice addition to the series. I love knowing Yuri has a life beyond the Immortal Guardians. I give this five plus stars also! Stake Out by Hannah James This is a new author for me. I love vampire stories, but this one was really unusual than what I’m used to. The main character, Nina La Shay, is a fashion designer, and she loves her photographer, Pike, who is a bird shifter. She hates birds, so it’s really strange because she just drools over his human form. It’s told in the first person, which I am not really fond of. So it was hard for me to read. It was almost a DNF. Someone is murdering Nina’s models. Also someone has come out with a new fashion line to compete with Nina’s in New York’s Fashion Week. So Nina is not happy, especially when the first dead model is dumped in her apartment. So Nina, her nephew Vlad and Pike try to figure out who’s killing her models and why. This one is just 2 stars for me.
4* On the Hunt 3* Alexandra Ivy Just ok. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story and didn't understand what was happening. I needed more information to follow the story line. I did like the second chance romance. Scorpion Rising 5* Rebecca Zanetti I loved this book, story line and characters. I can not wait for the series to begin. I love Rebecca Zanetti's books and I've read everyone of them. She is on my must buy list. The story line is intriguing and new with a great twist and nail biting reality...this could happen in our world. Deacan McDougall was totally alpha male and so incredibly hot! Nora Medina is a strong heroine with a backbone of steal that is until it comes Deacan. Phantom Embrace 5* Dianne Duvall I've never read a ghost romance before. It just never interested me at all. BUT this was a wonderfully touching romance and Yuri and Catherine were great characters and I now have a new series to start reading. Stake Out 3.5* Hannah Jayne This is a totally new to me author. The story was laugh out loud funny and I'm looking forward to reading more by Ms. Jayne.
1) On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy tells (The Sentinels 2.5) This is a second chance at love story for Mika and Bailey. They separated 10 years before but never forgot one another and their chemistry is just as strong when they meet again as Mika, a Sentinel Hunter, is sent out to track another sentinel. Bailey is a healer and her talent draws her into trouble that Mika might be in time to save her from. 2) Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Rising 0.5) The reason I was eager to get my hands on this anthology was that I had read Corpius Striking and wanted to read the backstory. This is mostly the story of Nora and Deke though there are a number of characters introduced that end up in Scorpius Striking. 3) Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians 2.5) I have not read any of the other books in this series and found the introduction and mention of so many names a bit daunting. I kind of skipped most of them to get to the story of Yuri and Cat and did enjoy reading of their story – one of an immortal and a ghost. 4) Stake Out by Hannah Joyce (Underworld Detection Agency 6.5) I have not read any of this author’s books before. This story is about a fashion designer vampire, her vampire brother and her were-bird boyfriend. The mystery of who is one-upping Nina and who is killing/turning fashion models into vampires is the basic plot. The stories were varied and interesting but not seat of your chair grab you and not let you go stories. I enjoyed Scorpius Rising most and thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC to read and review. 3.5 Stars
What a great taste of each author. I have read 2 out of the 4 authors before so it was a nice to have something known and something unknown. I didn't feel lost reading the novellas without having read any of the series. I enjoyed the stories and the characters. I will definitely be reading more by all the authors. I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
I initially picked this for Alexandra Ivy's Sentinels story, but I enjoyed all of the stories. I also found a new author to follow! Four truly talented authors come together to create a book that carries out one theme. Well written, fast paced, with alpha males, action and adventure.There’s a little something for everyone, just keep in mind that these are all part of series. *I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
I loved all the books the compilation! It's so hard to find a compilation that has all great books and this is one! I would recommend them all
This is a tough one to review. There are 4 stories here and one was good, one was great and two were not so good. The first story, On The Hunt, was really good. I liked this story so much better than the first book in the series for some reason. It brings the story out into a world that is relatable, the characters are terrific and exciting to read. That this long love is finally coming to fruition just really rounds out the whole story and brings the reader no only closure but a piece of their happiness. Scorpius Rising is fantastic. I loved how the story unfolds, how the characters move through the story and the plot changes as the story evolves. The characters were unbelievably awesome, the action was so fast-paced that you are really on the edge of your seat all the way through. Phantom Embrace was not so great. Part of the reason is because it's so connected to the other books in the series that you really feel like you are dumped into the middle of the action. There is so much action and backstory that if you haven't read the series you just can't get attached to the story or the characters. Stake Out was really not so great. Not only is there too much backstory that someone who hasn't read the series just can't get a grip on it, but the story is just so campy and over the top that if you don't have a history with this series it just makes it silly.
✦Review: On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, Hannah Jayne http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2YU Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Romantic Suspense Publication Date: August 25, 2015 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy revolves around a hot alpha Sentinel and a gentle healer, both polar opposites but you just feel their deep connection. The High Bloods encompass all kinds of paranormals but luckily it does not bog down the story but adds just enough to the exciting and sexy romance. Even if you haven’t read the Sentinel series, you will have no trouble following but will no doubt go out and buy the series. SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti is a scorching hot romantic suspense story and I just love the medical thriller angle. The drama is fast paced and pulse-pumping edgy, then you add the hot sex to keep you flipping the pages. I can’t wait to read more of Nora and Deke’s story and how they combat this disease. PHANTOM EMBRACE by Dianne Duvall not only revisits the Immortal Guardians and their ongoing battles but it revolves around an impossible romance. This story manages to pack it all into a heartbreakingly beautiful love story. If you haven’t yet read this series, you might have a small problem with the basic storyline but don’t let that deter you as this is more about the romance. STAKE OUT by Hannah Jayne was a fun vampiric who-done-it. I enjoyed Nina’s snarky humor and comments during their search for the vampire with a mission. It may have been light on the romance but made up for it with the rollicking good story. This was a very fun read. Overall, if you’re a fan of these authors, this is a good snack to hold you over until their next novel. If you haven’t read them yet then it’s a great introduction. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy 5 out of 5 stars Mika is a Sentinel who's looking for a missing young Sentinel. Bailey is a healer and a free spirit. When he comes across Bailey, they both realize they still love each other. When she's kidnapped, he will do anything to get her back. ________________________________________________ SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti 5 out of 5 stars Deacan and Nora were married eight years ago. Now a dangerous bacteria has been discovered and Deacan has Nora kidnapped from her vacation to work on a cure. The bacteria came from a meteorite and it either kills or drives the infected crazy. Now that he has her back, he will not let her go. The story scared me a little. Makes you think. Loved the characters and a real page turner. --------------------------------------------------------------------- PHANTOM EMBRACE 3 out of 5 Cat is a ghost. Yuri is a five hundred year old immortal. He is part of an organization that hunts and kills vampires. Only a few people can see ghosts and Yuri is one. They find a way to be together in his dreams and fall in love. The first of the story was very confusing. But it does have a happy ending. __________________________________________ STAKEOUT by HANNAH JAYNE Could not finish. Am not a fan of first person stories. I just can't get into them.
If you like a little excitement with your paranormal romance On The Hunt is the book for you. It's packed with exciting plots, great paranormal (dead and undead) characters and drama and suspense to appeal to just about all types of readers. With talented, well known authors like Alexandra Ivy, raecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jane these stories are some of the best reading there is around. The stories are all introductions to a series of books by each author, so you are able to experience some new saga's that may lead you to fall in love with the characters, and the series. With so much into one book, this collection is a must have in your library. I received the book as arc in exchange for a fair and honest review.
What do you get when you take 4 renowned paranormal authors in one book? A wonderful anthology, 4 great novella length stories and a fabulous way to feed that craving for the next book in that series you love. Packed full of supernatural, immortals, paranormal and things that go bump in the night, On the Hunt brings us just enough of Ivy, Zanetti, Duvall and Jayne storytelling to whet our appetites. I received this ARC copy of On the Hunt from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for a honest review.
Awesome! This is awesome; this is a collection of four paranormal books by four great paranormal authors. I was excited to read this since two of my favorite paranormal authors have books in here. Each book is a different paranormal story, but will leave you with some cliff hangers since each author has a series coming out with these characters. I am looking forward to reading more books in these series and by these authors. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy- This was a great story in Ms. Ivy’s Sentinels series. In “On the Hunt” we get to see in to the mind of Mika. One of the scariest Sentinels on staff. But in On the Hunt we not only get to see his softer side, but we get to meet the woman who has won and broke his heart. I enjoyed this quick novella and hope that we will get to see these two again in future books. SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti- Scorpius Rising is the start of Ms. Zanetti’s The Scorpius Syndrome series. The novella is not stop from the from paragraph one. We get to meet Deacan McDougall and Nora Mendina. Both are brought in to help fight a new enemy. An enemy that kills almost everyone one it comes into contact with. I am very much looking forward to this series. I can’t wait to see all the trials and tribulations that the world will go through in the fight against Scorpius. PHANTOM EMBRACE by Dianne Duvall-Oh my gosh Yuri’s story. If you are a fan of Ms. Duvall’s series you have an insight to Yuri’s life already. If not, never fear this novella will not ruin the series. I don’t want to say too much, but it was so great to read Yuri’s story and learn more about the Russian Immortal and his best friend Stanislav. STAKE OUT by Hannah Jayne- I had a hard time with this story. It just didn’t click for me. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
I have a difficult time reviewing anthologies especially if some of the novellas or short stories offered are from series I have not previously read. So why, you ask, do I read and review anthologies? Well, the easy answer is that many novellas included in the anthologies are part of existing series that I read and enjoy, or are introductory storylines to new authors and series. The problem surfaces when some of the entries are from series that I have not read and therefore I feel I am out of my element because of missing information-the cohesiveness and familiarity with the characters or backstory is absent and I don’t or can’t feel a connection to the story. Saying that, ON THE HUNT is an anthology with four paranormal storylines: three from existing series and one from Rebecca Zanetti’s new Scorpius Syndrome. Each of the author’s style of writing differs in ‘feel’ and ‘emotion’; two of the novellas look at a second chance romance while one offers up the possibility for love in the afterlife. ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy ON THE HUNT is the latest entry into Alexandra Ivy’s paranormal romance THE SENTINEL series focusing on a rare supernatural species known as high bloods –blessed (and cursed) with powers and magical abilities. To protect the high bloods from themselves and discrimination from the outside world, the ‘freaks’ and ‘mutations’ are secluded in the domed city of Valhalla organized with a social infrastructure and hierarchy of Sentinels. This is Sentinel Hunter Mika Tanner and Healer Bailey Morrell’s second chance storyline. Told from third person point of view the focus of the story is the hunt for Jacob Benson-a runaway acolyte whose mysterious disappearance will find Mika and Bailey reconnecting with one another after a ten year separation, giving the couple a second chance at happiness and love. While Mika searches for Jacob, Bailey will become the target of a cult-like group determined to eradicate the supernatural powers. ON THE HUNT is a story of conflict: Bailey and her need to run from Mika; and a new enemy bent on destroying anyone considered a ‘freak’ and ‘mutation’. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the characters are animated and confident; the romance is a reconnection between two lost souls. If you are a fan of THE SENTINEL series by Alexandra Ivy-you don’t want to miss out on this installment. •••• SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti SCORPIUS RISING is the first installment in Rebecca Zanetti’s contemporary, adult The Scorpius Syndrome cross genre (sci-fi/UF/Dystopian) romance series focusing on a biological pandemic that is about to sweep the world. This is Agent and Presidential advisor Deacon McDougall, and microbiologist Dr. Nora Medina’s second chance story that introduces the background information and the resulting fall out from exposure to an unknown bacteria- from space. Told from third person point of view SCORPIUS RISING reveals the transmission process, resulting side effects, and potential future ramifications of a bacteria that could very well be the next big thing in biological warfare. Deacon McDougall goes on the hunt for the woman he left behind eight years before, in the hopes his ex-wife has the capability of finding a way to stop the virulent strain of bacteria now known as the Scorpius. SCORPIUS RISING looks at the possibility of a catastrophic disaster if an unknown biological organism makes its’ way to Earth, and the resulting death toll in a very short time. The p
3.5 - Places came and went, even people. But her books always travelled with her. Stars! On the Hunt was definitely a book of two halves for me, in that I have read books by two of the authors (Rebecca Zanetti & Alexandra Ivy) and have no previous reading knowledge of the other two (Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne). Weirdly, or maybe it’s just coincidence, I actually enjoyed the two novellas by the authors I was already aware of more than the two I wasn’t. Alexandra’s was full of myth and magic, and although book 2.5 in a series, it was easy to read and nothing was confusing in relation to the characters or the storyline. Whereas I struggled with both Hannah Jayne’s and Dianne Duvall’s offerings because of that reason, they felt like they were very much part of a series, and I felt like I was missing something with both of them. ”I’ve changed.” ”I haven’t.” “Good.” Rebecca’s offering Scorpious Rising is the prequel novella to her new Scorpious Syndrome series. As you would expect she gives the reader an uber alpha male and a sassy, feisty female character along with a fast paced storyline to keep you interested. ”Your mind may not be clear or your heart. But your body knows who owns it.” My only bug bear is once again her use of odd dialect in relation to her characters accent, I have never heard a Scotsman in today’s times use the words Mayhaps or Garna, I may be wrong, and it was only a small niggle. This was an interesting start to the series, I am interested to see where she takes it in the first full length book Mercury Rising, due for release January 2016. All in all a great little selection for the PNR reader, I think with mixed collections such as this you are always going to enjoy some of the offerings more than others, but on this occasion they were all pretty entertaining. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.