Multiple Mini Swarms: Paranormal Romance

Posted 27 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 14 Comments

PIA SAVES THE DAY (Elder Races #6.6) by Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance (novella)
101 pages, ebook
Available now (June 2014)
Publisher: Thea Harrison

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

Pia and Dragos have their Happily Ever After, their magically gifted chid and a successful Wyr. They’re building a gorgeous house and massive, multi-million-dollar facility in Upstate New York. Of *course* something’s going to go wrong. Dragos is injured and loses his memory, reverting to more dragon than man. I like that Pia took control of the situation. Even though it’s not in her nature to be aggressive, she’ll do just about anything for her man and for her son. She had her moments of obsessing over what Dragos did to her but then she’d refocus on what she had to do to get her family back. A fast-paced novella for those familiar with with the Elder Races and Pia and Dragos.

Paranormal Romance (novella)
83 pages, ebook
Available now (June 2014)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Tall, lean, muscular—and definitely rough around the edges—Sean Walker is not your typical nightclub bodyguard. He’s a controller of shadows, able to wield darkness at will. But when a mysterious woman at the club turns out to have powers greater than his own, he has no choice but seduction…

Gabby can hack computers with her mind. Hack them. With her mind. And Sean can control the shadows, making himself disappear. Sean knows Gabby’s in trouble and needs to get her trust quickly so he…kidnaps her and then stages her “rescue”. *headdesk* I’m generally a Gena Showalter fan but this book did not blow my skirt up. The couple just did not have great, lasting chemistry and I didn’t really believe the love connection. Both of their powers are pretty cool but, besides that, it read more like a suspense with a little romance.

WILLING SACRIFICE (Sentinel Wars #8) by Shannon K. Butcher
Paranormal Romance
371 pages, paperback
Available now (March 2014)
Publisher: Signet

They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior weighs the price he will pay for love….

Theronai warrior Torr has never forgotten Grace, the human who stole his heart and nearly gave her life to save his. So when he is summoned to the aid of Brenya, the powerful woman who healed Grace, he is devastated to find that Grace’s cure has left her mind devoid of any memory of Torr or their love.

However, despite not knowing who he is, Grace is inexplicably drawn to the dark warrior. As they team up to stop the invasion that threatens the people Grace now considers family, her memories slowly start resurfacing. But sometimes the past is best forgotten—a lesson that Torr may learn too late….

Even though Grace once loved Torr enough to risk her life for him, she has no knowledge of the handsome warrior. He, on the other hand, can never forget her, nor tell her of his love. Except…(you know there’s got to be an exception to that rule) he must now work with Grace to save the people she loves like family. The chemistry between the two is fantastic (Butcher is great at writing sexual tension) but, and I hate to say it, the story was a little dry. Usually, there are a million things going on but this one seemed stuck on a world other than Earth. Still, not a bad read.

SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND (Southern Witch #4) by Kimberly Frost
Paranormal Romance
320 pages, paperback
Available now (May 2014)
Publisher: Berkley

With two kinds of magick at odds inside her and two gorgeous men vying for her attention, Tammy Jo Trask is used to being pulled in opposite directions. But in the latest Southern Witch novel she’ll have to make some serious decisions—like how she intends to stay alive.

Tammy Jo’s romance with the wizard Bryn Lyons is on hold while her ex-husband is in town trying to remind her of the good old days. Choosing between them isn’t easy, and it doesn’t help that a skeletal creature is spying on her, a faery knight is hunting her, and she just made friends with Evangeline Rhodes—a rich witch who thinks her own family is trying to kill her.

When Evangeline disappears under suspicious circumstances, Tammy Jo is determined to find out what happened. As she uncovers a secret more dangerous—and personal—than she could have imagined, she also discovers that, in both love and magic, you can’t stay neutral forever.

I guess I should have read the blurb more carefully because there was a massive — and I mean massive — love triangle in this book. I knew there was one but I didn’t think it was going to be that big a part of the plot. Unfortunately, this ruined some of my enjoyment, especially since the ex was pretty whiney about her being a witch-fae and being involved with a wizard. Darned normals. Tammy Jo’s a bit too wacky, winding up in bad situations because she doesn’t think things through, and I don’t like that she always has to be rescued. Come on, girl. You’ve got powers. Let’s kick it up a notch.

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14 Responses to “Multiple Mini Swarms: Paranormal Romance”

  1. SO many different series to look out for… I think what sounds pretty awesome is the one with the Dragons!!

    I do love Gena Showalter as well, and since she’s been writing like a maniac it’s fine to find one book that doesn’t do it for you 🙂

  2. Ooh I want Temptation in the Shadows just so I can ogle the cover! 🙂 Sounds like these didn’t blow you away, but they seem like a good enough time, in spite of love triangles and dry stories. Lovely minis!

  3. “Sean knows Gabby’s in trouble and needs to get her trust quickly so he…kidnaps her and then stages her “rescue”. *headdesk* “

    *snort* Oh Sean. How very misguided you are:) I’m a HUGE Gena fan as well, but lately her books have been a little bit disappointing for me. Her adult books I should say, her YA series I’m madly in love with. I’ve had the same problem you mentioned – I just haven’t fully believed in the last few couples. Oh well, I will keep on reading her books because even when the couple doesn’t steal my heart, their stories are always entertaining.

    Also, DRAGOS!!!

  4. YOu’re really feeling the PNR this week I see. I haven’t read the Thea books but I hear they are smoking and I like dragons so I might have to check it out someday. I think I might have picked up the first

  5. These are all ones I want to read I haven’t even started any of them in the series. I do have one book in the Southern Witch series (I liked the old cartoony look, but that is me). So need to catch up with everything. Why am I always behind? LOL

  6. *snorts* <—–at both myself and your reviews (your headdesk made me laugh). Despite your being underwhelmed by the Showalter and the Butcher, I’m kind of motivated to try them. I have like a dozen Showalter books already (hooray! for used book stores), and I’ve been curious about the Sentinel Wars for awhile now. Your mini reviews are great. I’m going to try my hand at them 😉

  7. I don’t think the Showalter book would be my cup of tea with the kidnapping plot line and I’m not a fan of love triangles at all, so I’ll definitely be skipping Frost’s book. Thanks for these helpful and honest reviews, Mary!(:

  8. I’ve actually heard of a few of these series before and now i know which one’s to completely avoid (because they just aren’t my type of books) and which one’s I need to give a try!

  9. I love these reviews! I’m trying to make myself do a similar style more often. Pia Saves the Day sounds cool. I love that it has a dragon shifter!

  10. I have the first Thea book, I just need to read it. I also have the first Kimberly Frost book. That stinks about the love triangle though!!! Sometimes they are okay, sometimes they just frustrate me.