Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Novellas, and Short Stories.

Short stories and novellas aren't always my favorite kind of book to read. Often times the story is rushed and leaves you feeling like the story is unfinished, that there should have been more to tell that was left untold. The novella's I currently read only slightly give you that feeling. Of course, I will always be left wanting more of a story if it is a good one.

A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day 
Renegade Angels 0.5 
Summary via Goodreads:
       "Of all the Fallen, Raze's hungers are some of the darkest and most insatiable. His brazen seductions cost him his wings, leaving him soulless and immortal, the most dangerous of seducers. He has roamed the earth for eons, hunting the rogues of his kind and protecting the humans who provide him with blood and sex. He is content with his life and the transient pleasures that flow through it... until one night and one woman change everything.
       Kimberly McAdams is smart, beautiful, and wealthy. She can have any man she wants, but the moment she sets eyes on the lethally stunning Raze she knows he's the man she needs. As one searingly erotic night burns into something deeper and far more vital than either of them expected, an adversary from Raze's past sees a chance for revenge. Twisted by hatred, she will take from Raze what was taken from her—the precious gift of love."

The First is a prequel to the Renegade Angles series by Sylvia Day titled A Dark Kiss of Rapture. It was a short but very good read. This book does leave you wanting more, but there is an entire series to be read so that feeling is ok to have as your wanting to read more, will be fulfilled. And reading this book, just solidified me wanting to read the series. It was dark, interesting and sultry. The take the author took on fallen angels, demons and vampires were something that I have never read before. And that was what drew me in. I gather that the naughty scenes in this kind of book aren't for everybody, and that's ok, I respect that. But I think the rest of the series has more to it that some naughty scenes, this book seemed to really focus on the sexual attraction between Raze and Kim, and for this particular story, it seemed to work. I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone, but if you like sultry romance novels, you'll most likely enjoy this book.

Fury by Anya Bast 
Otherkin #1
Summary via Goodreads:

Nikki is a cougar shifter living in a werewolf world. When she's promised as a mate to a wolf shifter named Merrick, the fur flies. 
 The first book, Fury, focuses on Niki, a were cougar, who has been chosen to be the alpha queen to a wolf pack, and the alpha wolf Merrick. Merrick and his brother, Roane, have both been slated to be the new alpha in the town of Fury. But since Merrick and Niki already have a dangerous amount of chemistry Roane decides to step aside as alpha. However, Niki doesn't want the role of alpha queen, and is certain that the pack won't accept her because she is not even a wolf, she still wants Merrick.

To make a short review of it all, there's a lot of "naughty" scenes in this book as well. Any adult novel, novella that is about werewolves always seems to also have a heavy dose of naughty scenes. This was a very quick read, but the story did leave me thinking there should have been more, or at least that the book should be longer to include more. Especially with how the book ended.

Tranquility by Anya Bast 
Otherkin #2
Summary via Goodreads:
Roane leaves the Fury werewolf pack to make room for his brother, Merrick, and his new mate. A natural alpha, there's nowhere Roane can go in wolf country and not stir up trouble. He settles in a town called Tranquility and immediately raises the hackles of the local pack leader.
Even worse, Roane gets one look at Scarlet, the pack leader's sister, and will do anything to possess her. Scarlet tries to resist him, but his touch inflames desire she can barely control. And that means heaps of trouble for both of them.

This book is about Roane after he left his pack in Fury. Wanting to start over, but being a natural born alpha, any city he moves to where wolves reside is going to make a peaceful life very difficult. Especially when the woman to catch his eye is the younger sister of the current alpha. Scarlet is immensely attracted to Roane, but her brother wants him out of their town, and on top of it all she is denying her feelings for him. As things between her brother, and Roane her willpower fades as she realizes how much she wants him.

I gotta say, that this book doesn't exactly feel like a sequel. Maybe it's because the character focus shifts, and that sometimes bothers me in books. It didn't in this one, though, but that doesn't change the fact that I would have liked to have more stories about these characters from both books. Not to repeat myself, but this book also has a lot of naughty scenes although not quite as many as the other one.

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