Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison


Grade: A
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Shifter, Dragon
Series: Elder Races #6.6
Published 6/23/14
Reviewed by Anne
86 pages

Pia and her husband/mate, Dragos are both shifters.  Dragos is very powerful dragon and leader in the shifter world.  A freak accident leaves him with amnesia and no memory.  He has no idea who he is, only that he was just attacked and injured.  This is a tricky personal and political situation, and Pia needs to step in and save the day.

OK, a long time ago (2011, I believe) I read the first book in this series, Dragon Bound and I LOVED it!  I loved it in that obsessive way where you try to convince all your friends to read it because it’s so awesome and not quite like any book you’ve read before and it just makes you feel gooey inside.  And then along came book 2, Storm’s Heart.  For whatever reason, I decided to listen to it instead of reading.  And I really didn’t like it.  I quickly grew frustrated with it and didn’t even finish it.  I moved on with my life and was a little sad that such an incredible first book had such a sophomore slump to follow it, but there were plenty of other books to be read.  Over the years I was aware that other books came out in the series, but I didn’t pay much attention.  I thought now and then that maybe I should give it another try, but I never acted on that until I saw this novella about PIa and Dragos!  Hooray!  I’m in!

I was a bit surprised when I checked in on Goodreads and saw I’d missed another Pia and Dragos book and a novella right before this one.  Sheesh.  I wondered if I’d even be able to keep up.  But I really had no problem jumping right back into things.  I think this book would stand alone, even without reading Dragon Bound.  My memories were hazy, but it still worked for me.  

Dragos is powerful, and with only fundamental memories he’s very vulnerable and dangerous.  Pia is determined to help him, even if he can’t remember her.  It’s a great story.  It’s even sweeter when Dragos falls in love with Pia again and finds himself jealous of the original Dragos!  It’s a quick, sweet, hot read I highly recommend – and now I want to go back and read the whole series again!

Have you read this Elder Races series?  Are you a dragon shifter fan?  If so, any books to recommend?

King’s Throne by Bianca D’Arc

Grade: B
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Shifter
Series: String of Fate #2
Published: 5/5/14
Reviewed by Kate
232 pages

Mitch is a tiger shifter.  When he’s injured in the line of duty, Gina steps in to help him heal.  Gina is a rare white tiger shifter, a princess who was raised in exhile.  The attraction is instant, but can a soldier ever be good enough for a princess?

Although I have not read the first book in this series, I had no problem following this story.  In fact reading this book makes me want to go back and read the first one (I’ve added it to my already too-big TBR list).  The relationship that builds between Mitch and Gina was beautiful to read. A relationship where they make each other stronger.

The perfect combination of romance, magic, politics, and purring.  This one was a page turner.  Bianca D’Arc is quickly becoming an author I have to read.  I only wish her back list wasn’t so large already!

The King by J.R. Ward


Grade: B+
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
Published: 4/1/14
Reviewed by Kate
592 ebook pages

I’m relatively new to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  I worked my way through the series and finally caught up with the release of Qhuinn and Blay’s story last year.  I’ve reread the first few books a second time, but have not reread the entire series.  I was really looking forward to the release of the King.

I would love to give you a synopsis of the story, but honestly that would probably take close to the 592 pages that the author used to tell the story.  It follows so many people and covers multiple story arcs.  It was such an involving story.  While I normally average 150 pages read each day, I got through this giant book in just under 48 hours.  And that includes taking breaks for things like feeding my family.  And truthfully, you really need to read all the other books in the series before you start this one.

Let me say that this book was everything I was hoping that it would be.  It was Wrath and Beth, and so much more.  We get more from the Band of Bastards, Assail, and Trez and iAm, as well as glimpses of all our favorite Brothers and their shellans.  We also see some romances forming between some of the (currently) secondary characters.  The ending left me with a huge contented sigh.  A part of me would like to see the series to end at this really happy point, but there are so many loose ends left to be tied up that I know there must be plenty of new books left to be written (and I want to know how those ends are tied up).

Because I have not read my way through the series multiple times and my memory is not the greatest, I did struggle at times dealing with so many characters, who they were and what happened to them in the last books?  Especially the female characters that look like they may be featured in some of the upcoming books.  A quick wikipedia search provided me with a list of characters that I kept next to me through the first half of the book.

So, my review in a few sentences:  If you already enjoy the Black Dagger Brotherhood you will love this one.  If you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?  Start with the first one (Dark Lover) and you won’t be able to stop.