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81 - The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

81 - The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

April 7, 2021

In season one we read a short story compilation that included a story by Marjorie Liu, it was from this series and we loved the idea so much we talked about wanting to read a whole book.  Why it took us 3 years to make good on our discussion is anyone’s guess.  But here we are.  We are happy to relate that we weren’t disappointed.  This is a fantastic and interesting concept.  We love the tattoos as armor that become actual demons when night falls.  The mystery that Maxine has to solve is wild and requires close reading to follow.  The characters are strong and interesting with their own flaws.  To be fair, this is more of an urban fantasy than a romance novel.  Maxine is already in a relationship with Grant when the books starts and while they have moments of tenderness and intimacy, it is not the focus of the book. We liked this book for the plot and unique story, but it doesn’t give us the dirty, sexy times we love to read.

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80 - The Human and Her Vampires by Julie Morgan

80 - The Human and Her Vampires by Julie Morgan

March 24, 2021

In this second book of the Covenant of New Orleans series by Julie Morgan we meet Tawne as she is finding out about the supernatural world that exists right under the surface.  Her best friend, Olivia, found her vampire harem in the first book and now wants to offer Tawne the same life.  At first everything is too good to be true.  There is a group of four vampires interested in taking Tawne home to live with them.  These are some seriously sexy vampires and who wouldn’t be tempted to give this poly lifestyle a try.  The hitch is Tawne needs to try out an experimental serum to change her blood if she wants to be able to feed her vampires.  Just like in the first book the sex is of the charts hot.  Seriously, we needed breaks just to cool down after some of those scenes.  This book we listened to the audio version while we read the e-book for the first in the series.  We are not sure if it was the format, but this book didn’t do it as much for us as the first one.  Tawne’s past baggage and fears of failed relationships get in the way and she almost loses her chance.  This is something many of us can relate to and hopefully learn to overcome.  Luckily, her vamps are ready to give her a second chance.

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Stop Asian Hate

Stop Asian Hate

March 19, 2021

A statement from Saylet and Calina of SDB and the violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander community.

79 - Spellbound in Salem by Milly Taiden

79 - Spellbound in Salem by Milly Taiden

March 10, 2021

Love a man in uniform? How about one that takes his uniform off often so that he can shift into a wolf, beat up some bad guys, and then proceeds to sit next to you naked after he shifts back into human? Apparently, sheriffs love doing that! Join us for Spellbound in Salem, book one in the Casters and Claws series by Milly Taiden. Here we meet Raven Bishop, a descendant of the witches burned during the Salem witch trials, and yes, she is a witch. Raven meets sexy Sheriff Zane Cross, wolf shifter, when he tries to tell her that she and her family are being hunted by weirdos, who, for some reason, are stirring shit up again that happened over 300 years ago… hey bad guys, find a different hobby. It takes a while for Raven to get used to the idea of being hunted but eventually, she lets Sheriff Sexy Guy save her. We hope you read along!

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78 - Fire, Fury, Faith by N.D. Jones

78 - Fire, Fury, Faith by N.D. Jones

February 24, 2021

There is something to be said about a couple whose love can withstand even the toughest situations in life, ones that test and defy their testament to each other, yet can never break them. Here is a story of Serwa and Issa, a couple brought together by a forbidden romance, who, against all odds, are fighting to sustain a love which once bonded them. They have lost and they have been beaten. But what they still have is each other and the opportunities to fight for that love they once revered and so willingly deserve. Join this story of Serwa and Issa, humans turned angels, who are defending what is right in the world and are fighting to keep their relationship whole and strong.

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77 - The Rookie by Abigail Owen

77 - The Rookie by Abigail Owen

February 10, 2021

Have you ever been in a situation where fate decided you were the potential mate for three different super hot dragon warriors? Neither have we. But Sera does and it gets intense! We are stoked to get back into Abigail Owen’s Fire’s Edge series and meet Aiden, the Rookie dragon who has proven his earned position in the Huracán team. You remember… hot firefighter dragons. Join us for this adventurous story of Sera and Aiden, who fight to stay away from each other, only to lose that fight for their destined mating because honestly, they are hot for each other. Oh, and there’s a nefarious plan that the Alliance Council devises to try and get Sera to mate the dying king but neither Sera or Aiden are having it. So Aiden kidnaps her. Wait, what the...

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76 - Jinn: Djinn Rebellion by Jessica Cage

76 - Jinn: Djinn Rebellion by Jessica Cage

January 27, 2021

The world has been turned upside-down by the emergence of the supernatural beings and the fall of humans.  Jinn was the original Djinn set free and has chosen to not take side in this new world divided by different magical factions.  Until he hears that his wife, who he thought dead for centuries, is actually alive and being held hostage.  He quickly gathers an odd collection of friends to help him find and rescue Nitara.  But is it too late?  This book has some beautiful lessons about tolerance and judging those you have an imperfect knowledge of.  The different supernatural beings Jinn gathers on his quest are forced to learn more about each other and the inequities that still exist in their world.  In the end, this was a unique book for us because instead of a meet-cute and a relationship building overtime we get a man hunting for his long lost love.  While we don’t get the sexy times we like, it was still interesting to explore a different type of paranormal romance book.  Heads up, it ends on a cliffhanger and makes you want to read the next book right away.

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75 - Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston

75 - Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston

January 13, 2021

In this third book of the Honey Badger series we get Max’s story.  While escaping from a kidnapping she finds a sexy man who doesn’t seem to know he is a shifter.  After basically kidnapping him and bringing him home she tries to help Ze understand this new world he finds himself a part of.  Ze has to work through finding out he is a panther shifter and all the emotions he is developing for Max.  Meanwhile Max has all kinds of family things going on and is also trying to deal with her own feelings.  There are deep treads of family, self discovery, and being happy with yourself.  As always, we love the relationships built between the characters and how well both Max and Ze support each other.  The book was a good follow up to the first 2 and we always love visiting this world created by Shelly.

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74 - All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

74 - All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

December 30, 2020

We picked this book for our Christmas episode and were so happy to find an old friend.  The story and plot reminded us of the first books we ever read in this genre and why we fell in love with paranormal romance in the first place.  Ian, a 700 year old vampire is looking for his true love.  He thinks he wants a vampire so they can start out on a true equal and honest footing.  But he can’t get the new human security guard Toni out of his head.  Toni thinks she hates vamps and is just looking to prove their existence to help her friend, but seeing the kind and generous family they have created brings her pause.  Ian’s dogged persistence also starts to crack her walls.  The sex scenes are so real and so fun they make our hearts sing.  Who is up for some sexy dracula roleplaying?!  This book was a breath of fresh air in a genre dominated by books where the fate of the world is at stake, we loved just reading about a couple finding love even though one is a vampire.

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73 -  Deal with her Dragon by Ruby Sirois

73 - Deal with her Dragon by Ruby Sirois

December 16, 2020

Emilie has moved past her painful marriage and is throwing everything she has into her business.  When that business starts to fail she takes drastic measures and calls upon a dragon, Ragnarr, to help save it.  Ragnarr has spent centuries nursing his hatred for witches but when Emilie calls upon him things start to change.  They both feel a strong attraction but can they work through their past baggage to make it work?  This book was so sexy and hot we couldn’t put it down.  The intimate scenes between Emilie and Ragnarr were so thoughtfully and beautifully written.  This book delivers all the sexy squishees and we loved it.  It had everything, romance, sex, action, a hilarious familiar, and an awesome witch/woman run meadery.  We would love to visit this world and get to know both the witches and dragons, even the uncircumcised ones.

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