2012 Quickie Wrap-Up Reviews: Paranormal Romance

Posted 23 December, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 3 Comments

This has been a year of paranormal for me and *crosses fingers* here’s to another year filled with amazing paranormal awesomeness. I read so many, I got very behind in my reviews. Oops.

MR. REAL (Code of Shadows #1) by Carolyn Crane
Paranormal romance
328 pages, ebook
Available now (October 2012)
Publisher: Self-pubbed (Createspace)
Review copy provided by author via NetGalley

Total screw-up Alix inherited a Bed and Breakfast from her was-she-a-witch aunt and she’s determined to make it work, despite everyone saying she’s going to fail (way to support her, family and friends). And when she loads one of her aunt’s old programs onto her laptop, things go quite awry. Hey, that’s what happens when you play with occult programs and bewitch your computer so it magically produces whatever you’re clicking on. Want a fancy necklace? Click. Want some new clothes? Click. Want a hot man? Click. (I’ve tried this. It doesn’t work, damnit all.)

While most of this book is quite silly and fun, there are some seriously dark bits. This change in tone really threw me out of the story, though I jumped back in with little problem. And the cover. It *really* doesn’t match. Sure, there’s a hot guy on it with plenty of muscles and tats but it just doesn’t fit the overall goofy (in a good way) tone of the story.

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DARK WOLF RISING (Bloodrunners #4) by Rhyannon Byrd
Paranormal romance
304 pages, paperback
Available now (December 2012)
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

Determined to find her sister, Chelsea travels far and wide, following any little clue, hoping to track her down. When her investigations land her in Silvercrest pack land, Eric falls head-over-heels, though he fights this attraction with every cell in his body. Werewolves and humans just don’t belong together, especially ones with trouble written all over them.

 This is one hot romance, though I really feel bad for Eric, who does his best to satisfy Chelsea but seems to get interrupted every time he’s about to get his happy ending. Can werewolves get blue balls? Hum…

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SEALED WITH A CURSE (Weird Girls #1) by Cecy Robson
Paranormal romance
368 pages, paperback
Available December 31, 2012
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

Four sisters, made “weird” via a curse gone wrong, do their best to try and avoid the weirdness of their town (filled with vamps, weres and witches) and just live their lives. Of course, that’s not gonna happen and they get sucked into figuring out what’s happening to the supes in their town — or die. Easy choice. 

While cute and fun, this book didn’t have much depth (Not complaining. I like brain cotton candy reads. Just sayin’.) and the characters, even the sisters, had surface descriptions (one said “dude” a lot, one was quieter, etc.). Plus…insta-love. I know! In an adult paranormal! Sheesh. What is the world coming to when girls fall immediately for the werewolf boys who suddenly appear in their lives? (kidding. sort of.) All in all, cute but not deep. 

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3 Responses to “2012 Quickie Wrap-Up Reviews: Paranormal Romance”

  1. That first one sounds good but I’m glad you clarified that the cover doesn’t match cause I was gonna say that it sounds very different. I sure wish I could get more caught up so I can grab some of these!