Lighten Up: Paranormal Romance Three-fer

Posted 24 March, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 10 Comments

Paranormal Romance
352 pages, ebook
Available now (January 2013)
Publisher: Entangled Select
Review copy provided by author for honest review

Speaking from experience, temping can definitely be hell. However, I don’t think I ever had an assignment like Kate O’Hara’s. I’m pretty darned sure there weren’t hungry demons in the basement or people tempting me to sign over my soul. *checks self* Nope. Still have a soul… I also didn’t have a super-hot boss like Thomas Kestrel to tempt me in other ways. Darn it all.

Light-hearted, even goofy at times, this first-in-a-series will suck you in and have you quickly rooting for Kate as she works to rise above her parents’ low expectations and a crappy manager who’s out to sabotage her, try hard not to fall for the boss who has some serious problems of his own, and tame the demons in the basement (who she thinks are just illegals being held without breaks and little food…she’s just lucky they didn’t eat her!). I don’t think she gets paid enough for all that!

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Paranormal Romance
208 pages, ebook
Available now (February 2013)
Publisher: Carina Press
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

I really liked the first one in this series, where a war-torn and wounded veteran–now part of a secret group called the Underlight–has a passionate encounter with a beautiful burlesque dancer. Very hot.

The second one in this series was not quite as hot but there’s a large amount of sexual tension between Hauk and Jolie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Nether is at the point where they’re ready to fully admit their attraction for one another (or what they did to and for each other in the first book) so, instead, they kind of dance around each other.

In the meantime, there’s plenty going on with the bad guys (the Order) trying to get their hands on Hauk and the Underlight doing everything in their power to disrupt the Order’s plans. While I like the premise, there just isn’t enough worldbuilding to fully satisfy my curiosity. The books are short — nearly novellas, actually — and, between all the dancing around that Hauk and Jolie do, there just isn’t enough time to fully develop the world. Still, Hauk and Jolie are a couple worth rooting for.

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RED (Transplanted Tales) by Kate SeRine
Paranormal Romance/Mystery
330 pages, ebook
Available now (August 2012)
Publisher: Kensington
Review copy purchased

A battle between a fairy godmother and a genie warped reality and brought characters from the land of Make Believe into the Here and Now (that’d be our world), stranding them in reality. Red, aka Little Red Riding Hood aka Tess Little, is an Enforcer, in charge of making sure the characters who’ve crossed over don’t get out of hand or reveal themselves to Ordinaries. She’s bad-assed, leaving that little lost girl in the red cape back in the forest and strapping on a gun and badge. 

Nate Grimm, a Reaper and detective, teams up with Red as they investigate a string of grizzly murders — Characters ripped apart by what seems to be a werewolf. There’s plenty of sexual tension between Red and Nate, something that she fights all the way through the book. Red has a hard time trusting and allowing people close to her, something made tougher by the fact that three of her exes are suspects in the murders she’s investigating.

This story surprised me — I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. There were plenty of literary references, great characters (who would have thought Little Boy Blue would turn out to be a mobster? Or Snow White a Madame of a brothel?), and quick-witted dialogue. (Plus, y’all, it’s only $1.99 for the ebook! Definitely worth taking a chance on it.)

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10 Responses to “Lighten Up: Paranormal Romance Three-fer”

  1. Ooooo $1.99? SOLD! I have to meet the Madame version of Snow White. That’s a new take on the fairytale isn’t it? Love it. Temping is Hell sounds really cute as well, and like you, I can relate. I only had to temp for one job, but one was one temp job to many. I was miserable. A hot boss would have made it better:)

    • I really enjoyed it! Definitely a new take on the fairy tale with kind of a noir detective vibe. So worth $1.99 (and more!). There’s more in the series & I think I’ll have to check them out…

  2. You’ve piqued my interest for the latter two, even though I already have sooooo many books on my TBR list. (Common blogger problem, I know!)

  3. Ok just bought Red, thanks for the heads up! I remember reading a fab review of this somewhere a few weeks ago and thinking I needed to go check it out, then I got distracted and it sailed out of my head. Glad to see you enjoyed it! Temping is Hell sounds like fun too. I need light-hearted and goofy every now and then. Love these mini-reviews!