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Review: Predator by Liz Meldon (The Hunt, #1)

Book Review: Predator by Liz Meldon (The Hunt #1)

“BLACK SOUL, SUFFOCATING IN SILENCE

Severus: demon, incubus, escort–leech. After centuries of scorn from his own kind in the underworld, Severus went topside and settled amongst the secret demon community in Farrow’s Hollow. Located near a hell-gate, the city allows him to exist on Earth without sacrificing much of his demon abilities, but as with all incubi, he must take the life essence of humans to maintain his strength.

Working as an escort, he has been able to keep himself satiated, juggling enough clients to ensure that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes of past incubi–the murderers, the gluttons, the true demonic leeches.

In his line of work, Severus sees much of the same every night: human women searching for surrender, for a connection, for love. He caters to them, steals from them, not realizing that he’s desperate for all the same things.

BLUE EYES, WATCHING HER WORLD FADE AWAY

Moira Aurelia: grad student, TV-marathoner, bar trivia champion–unable to look in a mirror. Not anymore. Because when she does, she no longer sees herself. The person, the creature, staring back isn’t her. It can’t be.

The physical changes started after her mom died a year ago. Hair, skin, eyes. Nothing is the same as it once was, and no one can tell her why. Doctors refer her to specialists. Specialists shrug their shoulders. And Moira assumes she’s dying from the same mysterious illness that plagued her mom.

But if she’s dying, why is she getting stronger? Her body is changing, but into what? Something… supernatural. Inhuman. Other. Frightening new realities flash across her mind, but she can’t accept them. She must be dying–because the alternative is crazy.

Fearing the end is near, and refusing to accept other possibilities, Moira goes after the one thing she can control: her sex life. Twenty-three and still unable to experience a satisfying climax, she schedules a session with a Rus Tanner, esteemed male escort, and hopes for something to go right for once.

LIGHT AND DARK COLLIDE–DESPERATE TO CONNECT

But the night takes a turn from the moment they meet. Severus, expecting just another dull session with a new client, is thrown by the otherworldly creature seeking his services–this strange, beautiful woman who arouses his long dormant demon side like none other. Moira, meanwhile, finds herself face-to-face with a man who can handle her newfound strength–and wears a dark stare and sinful smile like a second skin.

Two lonely creatures grapple with the undeniable pull between them.

Moira flees. Severus pursues.

Desperate for answers, the demon seeks her out–unaware that he isn’t the only predator to have caught her scent.”

Book Review: Predator by Liz Meldon (The Hunt #1)

What I thought:

My apologies for the lack of reviews lately–I’ve been working from home these past three weeks, and all my efforts went into editing Darkened Light. I’ve scheduled ahead for the next month and a bit, so all’s well again 🙂

From the moment I first saw Meldon mention this on Instagram, I knew I had to read it. It looks and sounds like everything I want in an erotic novella, and it didn’t disappoint.

I loved how Meldon blurred the lines in Predator. The angels are bad guys, the demons are good guys, and poor Moira finds herself in the middle, unsure what’s happening to her. The poor girl thinks she’s dying as her body slowly changes into one she doesn’t recognise, and I was just as curious as Severus to find out what she was turning into.

No magic. No tricks. It was just her–Moira without a last name. College student. Intriguing beauty. A threat to Severus’s carefully cultivated control if he had ever seen one.

My only issue with Predator was the many italics. It’s a personal preference, but I always feel underestimated as the reader when the author has to double-highlight anything. It also dictates a little too much how I read to my liking. A few italics are fine, but six on one small kindle page? It was excessive for me.

Books like Predator are where Meldon shines the brightest. I’ve read a few by her now, and she’s at her best when demons, vampires, and other magical forces are involved. It’s an easy recommendation if you love a bit of smut with a dark plot on the side–she writes both rather well!

Please bear in mind that this is an erotic novella, and therefore not suitable for younger readers.

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You might also like these books by Liz Meldon:

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Book Review: Predator by Liz Meldon (The Hunt #1) | Alternative reading: The Fool by Liz Meldon

 


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Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)

“Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.”

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)

What I thought:

Friends, I was so engrossed in this book I didn’t remember to take notes until a couple of days after I finished it oo #fail

So this review will be entirely from memory. Not that I remember much besides the pain…

*ahem*

They cry, they embrace, they pray, they wait with grim determination. They whisper their instructions to themselves over and over again, or pore over manuals for jobs they’re not qualified to do.

They close their eyes tight, or stare into space.

And in case this is the end–because this probably is the end–they say goodbye.

OUCH MY EVERYTHING

I feel like there should be a support group for people who’ve read The Illuminae Files. If you know of one, point the way.

*AHEM*

This book hurt, but then I expected that. I tore through it just as quickly as I did the other two, and the ending left me feeling just as empty. In a good way, though, because this book definitely delivered.

My expectations were high after Illuminae and Gemina, and Obsidio was everything I feared it would be. Pain, slayed hope, death–it’s all right here, in these most beautiful of all pages <3

Too many secrets between these kids.

It was never gonna end well.

If you want to read books that will make you feel something (mostly pain, tbh, but there’s some joy, too), then this series is for you! I can’t recommend these enough <3

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Or, if you haven’t read Illuminae and Gemina yet, start here:

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3) Read first: Illuminae Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3) Read first: Gemina


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Review: No Contacts? No Problem by Catherine Quinn

Book Review: No Contacts? No Problem by Catherine Quinn

“There are plenty of books on the market which tell you how to write stylish prose, attention-grabbing headlines or market yourself better as a freelance writer. But how do you get that first piece published in a national publication? This book shows you the techniques that real freelancers use to sell their ideas and get into print. Professional freelancer Catherine Quinn, who built a successful freelance career from scratch, guides you through a step-by-step process to get your first article in print, from how to format your pitch, to identifying the undersold freelance hotspots.Her tried and tested step-by-step approach: * Shows you how to scope the market and pick the most likely potential customers * Gives the inside track on how to convince editors who’ve never heard of you to commission your work * Tells you what to expect at every step along the pitching process * Includes a four week plan with a day-by-day process to kick start your freelance career.”

Book Review: No Contacts? No Problem by Catherine Quinn

What I thought:

Theory books need to work on their blurbs. Have I mentioned that before? I must have mentioned that before.

What I loved the most about No Contacts? No Problem! is that it was honest as well as encouraging. It was this is a tough business, if you’re lazy you’ll fail but it was also work hard and keep at it and you’ll be successful. LOVE

There was so much useful info for the newbie freelance writer, I’m tempted to buy it.

My only smol issue is that it’s out of date. You’ll learn how to find work in newspapers and magazines, who to contact, how to pitch,… but websites? Blogs? Finding work via social media sites liked LinkedIn? Not covered.

What it does have (apart from oodles of motivation and encouragement, if you don’t mind the no-bullshit approach like me) is a four-week plan at the end. There are links to more resources and more advice throughout. It gives you what you need to make a start and do it well. And throughout it all, it feels like Quinn has your back.

This is a fantastic beginner’s guide; I’ve certainly learned a lot. What it needs is a newer addition. This business develops fast, and a lot has happened since it came out in 2010. Having said that, all of the skills are transferable to a more modern approach.

So, if you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, I think you’ll love this.

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.”

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

What I thought:

Ugh, guys, this book was everything <3 I’ve mentioned my super elusive Forever Shelf here and there? That special place where books that inspired me go? Red Queen lives there now.

I was in love with Aveyard’s voice by page two (or from the dedication, if we’re being completely honest). Her writing instantly clicked with me, and I didn’t want to put it down.

The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.

Red Queen had something I now wish I saw more often in epic fantasy: magic and technology. Side by side. And it worked, y’all. It worked.

I’ve got so many quotes for this review it’s difficult to choose. Even if I had forgotten to note quotes, I could open Red Queen on any page and find something worth sharing. The writing in this gave me goosebumps, and I’m completely forever in love with it <3

Was it perfect? I mean, if you consider that perfection doesn’t exist and so expecting it is pointless and unfair and raises the bar to unobtainable heights… Fine, it was a tiny bit repetitive in places and there were too many italics for my liking. Honestly, I’m not sure anymore if the average reader is going to notice them, or if it’s just me because I’m an author and editor and it’s my job to be uber-picky.

By the end, they didn’t even bug me anymore because the writing itself was so gorgeous:

My hands wipe at my eyes, though my tears are long lost in the rain, leaving behind only an embarrassingly runny nose and some black makeup. Thankfully, my silver powder holds. It’s made of stronger stuff than I am.

The character development is amazing, but the world building tops it. You accept it as an epic fantasy in a made-up world, until you realise that Aveyard could easily be talking about our world. The characters mention a couple of times that the old names are no longer used–countries, rivers, and cities have been renamed. Some people developed magic, others didn’t.

So this is definitely an epic fantasy which could take place in our own world’s bleak future, which would make this a dystopian? In a way? No?

You read it and just enjoy, okay? This was so good, friends. I have so much love for this. Victoria – you’re one of my favourite authors now. Welcome to my Forever Shelf, you queen <3

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Review: Hiding Bones by Holly Ducarte

Book Review: Hiding Bones by Holly Ducarte

“Hiding Bones is a compilation of Holly Ducarte’s best poetry from her retired chapbooks Hiding Skeletons and Literary Bones. One of which, she won an indie award for. It’s a storytelling blend of light and dark themes with classic and contemporary styles.”

Book Review: Hiding Bones by Holly Ducarte

What I thought:

I don’t think I’ll shock anyone if I admit that I don’t usually read poetry? Ducarte’s poetry caught my attention on Instagram where she posts short poems and snippets sometimes, so I wanted to give this a go.

I do find it harder to review, because every poem stands by itself. They’re all short, and I couldn’t read more than one or two poems at a time; not because they weren’t good, but just because I wanted to appreciate each poem properly, rather than jumping into the next one right away. Reading one after the other–or reading the whole book in one go–felt a bit like devaluing the individual poems. This isn’t a book that wants to be rushed. It’s a book that wants you to take your time with it.

I find it hard to share excerpts for the same reason. It’s odd to only share four lines of a longer poem, because the words are supposed to make one whole. It’s not like sharing a line from a novel, which can shine on its own. The words in Hiding Bones belong together.

Hiding Bones goes perfectly with your morning tea or when you’re waiting for your train to arrive.

Ducarte has a beautiful way with words, and her talent shines in her poetry.

My favourites were definitely the darker poems. I adored The Mirror, Wretched Things, Mad Alice, Nimble Jack, and Wolf <3

I’m not saying I’m converted to poetry, but I will keep an eye out for more of Ducarte’s! Hiding Bones was a lovely little introduction for me, and I look forward to whatever she writes next.

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Review: The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician Trilogy #1)

Book review: The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan

“‘We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.’

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.”

Book review: The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan

What I thought:

(if I type magician’s rather than magicians’ one more time I’ll break something!)

*ahem*

Check out this killer of a first sentence:

It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow city streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.

GAAAWWWD take my money <3 <3 <3

Sadly, I enjoyed it too much after that to note more quotes. Reviewing is hard, okay?

There was a lot I loved about this. My only issues were that the first half was repetitive, and there wasn’t much character development. For the first 50% or so, Sonea hides from the magicians, the magicians find Sonea, and Sonea runs from the magicians. And then Sonea hides again, until they find her, again, and the cycle starts over.

I kinda wanted them to just find her already and take her to the guild.

The second half definitely makes up for that. There’s so much interesting world building and such an intriguing magic system that I didn’t even mind the repetition in the first half that much. Sonea’s newly discovered powers develop quickly in unwanted, destructive ways, until she almost burns down her neighbourhood.

I adored the characters, but most of them didn’t really develop. Sonea is the only one who has any real adjusting to do and she does develop a huge deal, but I’d have liked to see the other POVs grow, too.

The Magicians’ Guild has a villain I loved to hate, Sonea’s best friend is the personification of loyalty, and Dannyl is my hero for his persistence and patience with Fergun. If anyone ever begged for a fist in their face, it’s Fergun. He’s every insufferable arsehole you’ve ever met, and you’ll enjoy the ending I think. It’s not everything I hoped for, but that might just be because I have no mercy and mercy was shown. Sometimes people just deserve worse, you know? Like a fist in their face. Or a chair.

*sigh*

The ending, apart from showing too much mercy, threw a few bigger issues into the plot than addressed in The Magicians’ Guild. (hinted at, though!)

If you love fantasy with strong world building, a detailed and intriguing history, and a well developed magic system you’ll enjoy The Magicians’ Guild.

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Review: The Pocket Book of Proofreading by William Critchley

The Banner for a book review of The Pocket Book of Proofreading by William Critchley. Several fiction books make up the background.

(soooo, there’s no blurb on Goodreads or Amazon (unless you count what’s essentially a review on the latter))

A photo of The Pocket Book of Proofreading by William Critchley on top of an hand-edited draft, and a red pen on the book.

What I thought:

You know, I’ve read a fair few books on writing and editing, but this is possibly the first one that reminds you to step away and take a break if needed. Because you’re human and it’s totally fine to need some time away from work.

That was early on, and we got on well after that!

I always struggle to review theory books, because it’s not like I can comment on the plot or the world-building or the loss of a map. Don’t you? :/

The Pocket Book of Proofreading isn’t just a book on proofreading, but it’s a book on freelance proofreading. Critchley gives advice on how to find work and how to get started as a proofreader. It’s honest but encouraging, too.

There’s a link to a proofreading course so you can test your skills for free, as well as practice exercises and answers inside the book.

I borrowed this one from my library, but I’m quite tempted to buy my own copy. It’s not a new book anymore (published 2007) so I worry that parts of it will be outdated now. There have got to be up-to-date guides out there, right? Sadly, there’s no updated version of this, but if you know of a good alternative…

I’d still recommend this to anyone considering freelance proofreading as a potential career. It may be 11 years out of date, and yes, the industry has changed a bit in that time, but most of what Critchley has to say is transferable. The first half would also be useful for anyone wanting a proofreading guide for their own work.

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Review: EVO Ghost by K. J. Chapman (EVO Nation Series #3) (ARC)

Book review: EVO Ghost by K. J. Chapman

“Her name is both feared and revered.
Her name is that of a ghost.
Her name is Teddie Leason, and she’s back from the dead.

Teddie never agreed with Woodman’s hare-brained declaration of war that cost the lives of those dear to her, but now, she is the main participant in forwarding what he started. There is no turning back, the war has to play out, and she must end the oppression of her kind. EVO are at the mercy of a man with outdated ideas and the power to wield them. Britain will be reshaped forever unless enemies become allies and sacrifices are made.

Becoming the ‘Face of the Rebellion’ is bitter sweet, with the potential for justice, but also a weight she struggles to shoulder. The fight has never been more important, and EVO have never been more at risk. They will follow where she leads. Does Teddie have the strength to bear that responsibility?”

Book review: EVO Ghost by K. J. Chapman

What I thought:

I’ve been following this author from Book 1 and was ecstatic when my ARC arrived in my inbox! Book 2, EVO Shift, ended with a bang (literally!), and I couldn’t wait to find out how things continued from there.

Things start in a terrible place. Teddie is alive, but her friends–including Adam–think she’s dead, and Teds is in no position to tell them that she’s fine. It was easy to sympathise, both with Teddie and her friends, even though we don’t get their POVs. Imagine the emotional strain!

“[…] This is no longer the beginning of the end, Cub. This is the final chapter. I can sense it.”

I loved the main guys in charge, Rafe (who we already knew) and Fernan (a new addition later in the book). They’re tough, they look out for their groups, and they’re hell-bent on winning this war no matter the cost–which may sound harsh, but remember there’s a war going on. Teddie disagrees with many of their decisions–

which, I’ve got to admit, annoyed me more than a little. I don’t mind the main character disagreeing or even making decisions I wouldn’t, but Teddie lost sight of the bigger picture a lot. I get that she was frustrated with being told to sit and wait while the war was fought in her name, but I don’t think that’s an excuse to insist they risk everyone they’re supposed to protect just so Teddie can join the fight more actively. Sometimes the right decisions are the hardest but necessary all the same; Rafe and Fernan understood that. Teddie didn’t. She acted a bit like a spoiled child at times when the leaders wouldn’t fall over themselves to do what Teddie wanted because they have people to protect.

Don’t take this as negative criticism on the writing, though. As all writers will know, our characters have their own minds, and I know Chapman struggled with some of Teddie’s decisions herself. That she went through with them anyway is a credit to Chapman, not a negative comment. It’s Teddie I had a problem with, not the writing.

It was great to see just how far everyone’s come, ESPECIALLY MY GIRL YANA. Yana kicks butt! :3 The link between Adam and Teddie developed further, too; it was exciting to see them take it to new heights (again, literally!).

No one pays their leaders any heed. The chaos is nothing but an excuse for hundreds of people to relieve their stress by punching and kicking the crap out of each other.

And speaking of characters… There was a really lovely reunion, which could have gone either way but Teddie put her big-girl pants on and did the mature thing. No spoilers, though 😉

It was a bit slow and repetitive in places, but I couldn’t really put my finger on the former until I was about 73% through. Everything went just a little too smoothly for me. I wanted more to go wrong. I know Chapman as an author who throws all of the plot twists at you, but most of this book went in the good guys’ favour.

And I hope I don’t sound too evil when I say I expected more people to die! 😛

This was a great finale to the series. The last ten percent really had a kick to them, and once again one of Chapman’s books ended in a surprising way. There’s a brief glimpse into Teddie’s close future, too, and I think it’s fair to say that all’s well that ends well <3

EVO Ghost is out March 1st, but you can already pre-order it now!

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Review: Westwick College by Liz Meldon (Lovers and Liars #3)

Book review: Westwick College by Liz Meldon

“Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and lust, is so done with taking cases in Nowheresville towns. She thought partnering up with Loki to fight supernatural baddies meant excitement, drama, and exotic adventures. So far, the sleepy town of Westwick in rural Idaho isn’t quite meeting her expectations. Still, spending day in and day out with the Norse god of lies and trickery adds more than a little spice to life. And she’d rather be with another god, bored, than all by her lonesome again.

Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is trying—and failing—to come to terms with the fact that his powers aren’t returning as fast as he’d hoped, even with all his freshly acquired followers. When an academic from his past implores him to help battle a magical presence at Westwick College, he puts his mounting frustrations aside in order to help a friend, dragging his gorgeous, albeit occasionally moody, love goddess along for the ride.

Magic has descended on Westwick College in Idaho, holding its students hostage by creating bouts of sickness and eerie bumps in the library stacks when night falls. While Loki believes it will be a simple fix, Aphrodite, having learned from her time with vampires in Vancouver, braces herself for a tough road ahead.

And as if that isn’t enough, something—someone—is watching Aphrodite’s each and every step. Biding their time. Waiting for the right moment to strike.”

Book review: Westwick College by Liz Meldon

What I thought:

I’m not sure if it’s because I started this right after Vancouver, but my first thoughts weren’t ‘wow, this book is awesome!’ but ‘Wow, Westwick sounds lovely, I should go!’ I’m definitely more attracted to the calm, rural setting than poor Aphrodite, who threw a small fit over still not being at a beach.

That’s not to say, however, that this wasn’t good, because it was awesome.

He tried–really tried. He would never admit to anyone just how fucking hard he tried to change.

But when he opened his eyes and looked down at his hands, he was greeted with more of the same. Human hands, human nails. No fur. No claws. Not even a hint of thickened skin.

Despite the new sacrifices both gods gained in Vancouver, Loki struggles to regain his powers–while Aphrodite uses hers rather easily much to Loki’s annoyance. Even so, their affection for each other grows in this book, and it was really sweet to watch them get closer on a personal level rather than just a sexual one.

Their newest case sounds simple enough, but everything goes to shit before either realise what they’ve walked into. Things escalate fast, and both gods are robbed of their most loved powers (if you thought Aphrodite threw incredible fits before, you should see her without that gloss in her hair!).

Honestly, I couldn’t see how they’d get out of this one. Meldon is good with building tension, and there was plenty of that.

For all her irritating habits, the Grecian love goddess didn’t deserve to feel genuinely unsafe in his presence. He’d never do that to her, no matter how badly he wanted to burn the world.

Westwick College is the longest book in this series so far. It has the smallest amount of smut but the highest level of risk as Aphrodite fights to get them out of the shithole they’ve walked into (meaning the case as well as Westwick–she’s really not impressed with the lack of ocean and heat)

Loki and Aphrodite make a great pair. A small part of me was disappointed that there wasn’t more sex (not sure what this says about me… let’s not dwell on it, shall we?) since the series started as an erotic romance, but a much larger part of me is excited to see what’s next. I’m not sure if Meldon is writing Book 4, but I’m looking forward to Tuskin Island all the same.

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Review: Vancouver by Liz Meldon (Lovers and Liars #2)

Book review: Vancouver by Liz Meldon

“Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust, is not impressed. After giving up her penthouse suite in trendy Manhattan to go monster hunting around the world, she finds herself in a sad hotel room in Vancouver with a decidedly distracted Loki. She hadn’t expected this job to be so serious, and her Norse partner isn’t exactly bowing to her whims these days. What was the point in coming with him if they weren’t beneath the sheets all hours of the day? It seems like such a waste of sexual compatibility. Humph.

Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is equally unimpressed. He hadn’t thought taking on a beautiful partner would make his work so difficult. Her unfocused energy grates on his nerves, and his lust for her is only surpassed by his desire for more godly power. He will complete this job, whether she likes it or not, and he’ll walk away one step closer to regaining his old abilities. Now, if only he can get his partner to focus on the task at hand, not seduction. Ridiculous woman.

Aphrodite and Loki, an unlikely team if there ever was one, find themselves in the City of Vancouver hunting vampires. The job is pretty straightforward: rescue the damsel, kill the monster. Unfortunately, even the easiest of jobs hardly ever go according to plan.”

Book review: Vancouver by Liz Meldon

What I thought:

I read the first book in this series last year (I think? It may be even longer ago than that. Gawd, I suck at reading), so I figured it was about time I read the rest! I’m still struggling to fill every week with reviews right now, but Meldon’s novellas are short enough to fill the gaps while I read longer things <3

And, obviously, I read them for fun, too. Like my shaking tower of unread books allows anything else *laughs nervously*

I always love the banter in Meldon’s books, and these two main characters are especially excellent at it. Because two powerful beings are in charge of this series–Loki and Aphrodite–it was inevitable that their strong personalities would clash at some point. That point is this book, friends.

Loki is focused on the job and the job only, whereas Aphrodite sees the love between their targets. They’re both stubborn mules, so you can imagine how well that went down.

And that’s before everything escalates.

“You should be frightened,” the vampire murmured. His tongue flicked out before running over his sharp canines. “You’re mine now.”

Book 1, Manhatten, was all about the love and passion between Loki and Aphrodite. Vancouver isn’t as steamy and more focused on story than smut, but there are still some detailed scenes which aren’t suitable for younger readers. So, while I’m going to recommend the hell out of this series, please be aware of the graphic sexual content in Meldon’s books.

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