Friday, July 29, 2016

Night Owl Review: Caressed by a Crimson Moon

Night Owl Reviews : 4.5 Stars

 Caressed by a Crimson Moon (Rulers of Darkness, #3)

https://www.nightowlreviews.com/V5/Reviews/Talina-reviews-Caressed-By-A-Crimson-Moon-by-Amanda-J-Greene
A great addition to the paranormal romance genre!
I started this series from the first book, reading each as they hit the digital shelves unable to resist the intriguing plot of each book. The third installment was no different for me. I really wanted to see how the author would handle Hadrian Lucretius story because she did such a well job of developing the first two books and ending each with a cliffhanger that hinted to the next story to come. I was not disappointed!
Caressed by a Crimson Moon is the story of Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan and his return to his throne after three centuries of self inflicted isolation from his clan. Crazed from guilt and suffering through the blood lust of his demon, Hadrian is brought back from the brink of death by the hand of his trusted second in command. The struggle back to power is not an easy road for him though. Unable to fully control the demon that resides in him, as in all vampires, he must struggle to stay in control of his actions which is tested beyond to the limits when he enforces a treaty with a South American shifter pack and becomes the guardian of Eva Maldonado, a very sexy half breed that calls to him and his darker side.
Facing his coronation and all suitors challenging him for his right to the throne, Hadrian can’t afford to have his focus torn from making himself well again for his clans’ sake. But what he doesn't realize is how much Eva Maldonado will come to mean to him and vice versa.
Ms. Greene did good job of creating a hero and heroine that captured my attention and held me captive with intrigue throughout the story. I loved how head strong Eva came across and how she was not afraid to stand up for what she wanted. Literally. She had some pretty scary moments with Hadrian’s demon where if she’d backed away her ending would have been bloody. Needless to say the excitement and steamy romance went hand in hand in this paranormal romance. Speaking of steamy, with the tension high and the attraction forged by more than what meets the eye the sex couldn't be anything more than sizzling!
The ending left a door wide open and I can’t wait to see how Ms. Greene brings together the next two fated souls. Who are they? Well, you’ll just have to read the book… no spoilers from me!


Description:
Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.
To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.
Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?


Get caught up on the Rulers of Darkness series.
Purchase Books 1-3 Box set
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Twitter Thursday

    Caressed by the Edge of Darkness (Rulers of Darkness #5) 

~ Jordan was being kept in the Tasting Den.~

Excerpt: Gabriel’s lungs froze. His rib cage turned to stone. The scent was faint, but unmistakable. It sweetly beckoned to him, drawing him deep into the gently lit room. Ten glass cells, as stark white as the others, circled a pair of black velvet settees and metal coffee table topped with multiple vials of blood.

Samples. Ten samples to be exact.

Jordan was being kept in the Tasting Den.

A snarl built in his throat. His vision sharped, consumed by demonic black. His fangs lengthened behind the bandana. How many had tried her blood?

Kill them all, the vampire demanded.

I will.

Description:
Tentative Date 10/27/16


Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?


Get caught up on the Rulers of Darkness series.
Purchase Books 1-3 Box set

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Caressed by the Edge of Darkness

~ She’d lost track of how long she’d been in Hell. Weeks. Months. Years. It didn’t matter. She could feel the end drawing closer every second. The vampires kept her on the edge between life and death and she didn’t know how much longer she could endure. Hunger gnawed at her gut. Her lips were cracked, her mouth dry, and her throat burned from dehydration. Cruel shivers continuously plagued her. She clenched her jaw, trying to keep her teeth from chattering. It did little good. Damn, her body ached, every muscle sore from the endless cold.
If deprivation and exposure didn’t kill her, the drugs eventually would. Jordan found some peace in knowing she may fall asleep any minute and never wake up. She could sense Death was coming to call. Should she greet the specter with open arm or continue to fight?
Fight for what? Freedom? She would have laughed if she could. Hope was such a dangerous emotion, if should be a sin. If she were smart, she’d give Death a kiss when he came to collect, but she would never surrender. She was a warrior and there was the possibility of rescue.
The blond male. Her captor’s enemy. Her savior. He’d been at the boathouse, she’d seen him…hadn’t she?
Jordan tried to focus, but her head swam as she drifted in and out of consciousness. She attempted to shake herself awake, but her body remained unresponsive, leaving her defenseless against the shadowed memories of her captivity. The horrors she’d witnessed turned to nightmares, attacking every time she fell into the darkness.~

 Description:
Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Manday Hotties

It is Monday, ladies. Ready for the Hotties?! 
I hope you have a wonderful day.

Good morning ladies!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kick Back Saturday

Hi everyone!
 
Welcome to Kick Back Saturday! In my opinion, one of the best ways to spend a Saturday is to curl up with a book, a delicious cup of coffee or cocktail, and hang out with my writing partner, my sweet pup, Kelly!
Join me every Saturday for a book blurb and a new, tasty drink recipe - coffee or cocktail...?
Take up a book, mix a drink, and kick back.  

The Book 

Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty

Lachlan Maclean will do whatever it takes to protect his clan–even if it means abducting the most willful woman in the Highlands with the secret intention of wooing her for marriage. A born searing sensual leader possessing brute strength, and an imposing command, Lachlan is unprepared for the beautiful spitfire Flora MacLeod, who jeopardizes his plans to save his clan, and digs beneath his hard, chiseled exterior to expose a tenderness that may be his undoing.

The greatest marriage prize in the Highlands, Flora is determined at all costs to avoid her mother’s fate of being bartered away as a political pawn. Vowing to make her captor pay for his ruthlessness, she boldly engages him in a battle of wills, sweetening the challenge with dangerous passion–even as the lingering curse and deadly ghosts of a past tragedy reach out to thwart a tender love that has yet to be spoken. 



The Drink
 Lachland was sexy when he becomes "unchained" ladies look out. This drink is for him - The After Shock.

Aftershock
Ingredients:
5 cl Drambuie
5 cl Malibu rum
5 cl Cherry brandy
10 cl Lemonade
Just pour the ingredients into a glass and stir.  

Recipe from
Traditional Scottish Recipes - Drambuie Cocktails




 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Rulers of Darkness Box Set 1 (Books 1,2, &3)

4 of 5 Stars to the Rulers of Darkness Box Set (Books 1,2,&3)


Review by Heather - Majorly Delicious
I have really enjoyed reading this boxed set.  I loved how all the females in this series are very strong and independent.  Even though they have these big Alpha vampires protecting them they are still willing to put themselves in the line of danger to protect the ones they love.  My favorite couple would have to be Dimitri and Kerstyn.  Their story just made me smile the whole time I was reading it.  Dimitiri was so loving and patient with Kerstyn, willing to give her time to come to know him and care for him before he dropped the bomb that she is his mate.  Each book is very different but they all were absolutely wonderful.  I absolutely fell in love with all the characters and really hope we see more of Gabriel and Gannon in future books!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loved a good paranormal romance.  I am going to go and purchase book #4 right now, I just can’t seem to get enough of this series!
I received an eARC of this set compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Read 3 sizzling, dark, paranormal romance novels.
Passion can be lethal...

Caressed by Moonlight

Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.
Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.
After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire, would bind them for all eternity, but treachery, war, and death rule Dorian's dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

Caressed by Night
Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundred years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.
Kerstyn Ingmar's life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.
While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.

Caressed by a Crimson Moon
Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.
To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian's reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.
Would she be his lover...or his prey? His savior...or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Twitter Thursday


    Caressed by the Edge of Darkness (Rulers of Darkness #5) 

~ Gabriel took mental inventory — analytical, cold, controlled — perfect. Focused. Normal.~

Description:
Tentative Date 10/27/16


Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?







Get caught up on the Rulers of Darkness series.
Purchase Books 1-3 Box set

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Soundtrack Inspiration

For Caressed by the Edge of Darkness (Rulers of Darkness #5) - Gabriel Erhard

Shinedown - Burning Bright
Description:  
Tentative Release 10/27/16
Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday - Caressed by the Edge of Darkness (Rulers of Darkness #5)



~ He hated feeling.

Period.

Cold. Distant. He was a heartless bastard. And he liked it. He knew no other way to be. Detachment equaled survival. Emotions equaled weakness.
So why did he care what happened to the little mortal? ~ Gabriel Erhard

Description:  
Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Manday Hotties

It is Monday, ladies. Ready for the Hotties?! 
I hope you have a wonderful day.



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kick Back Saturday


Hi everyone!
 
Welcome to Kick Back Saturday! In my opinion, one of the best ways to spend a Saturday is to curl up with a book, a delicious cup of coffee or cocktail, and hang out with my writing partner, my sweet pup, Kelly!
Join me every Saturday for a book blurb and a new, tasty drink recipe - coffee or cocktail...?
Take up a book, mix a drink, and kick back.  


The Book

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16) 
by Kresley Cole

Description:
A foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.
A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
Archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he strikes, a vampiric creature pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing his brethren’s secrets.
A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.
B&N

The Drink

Black Roska - For Rune's black blood / dark purple eyes. This is Delicious!
The Black Roska is a fun variation of the classic Black Russian drink. A dark purple drink made from black vodka, Joseph Cartron creme de mure (blackberry liqueur), brown sugar, blackberries and lemon, and served over ice in a rocks glass.

The Black Roska is a fun variation of the classic Black Russian drink. A dark purple drink made from black vodka, Joseph Cartron creme de mure (blackberry liqueur), brown sugar, blackberries and lemon, and served over ice in a rocks glass.Ingredients
Directions
  • Muddle lemon slices and brown sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  • Add black vodka and blackberry liqueur, then shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a rocks glass full of ice and garnish with blackberries and a cucumber slice.
Recipe from Complete Cocktails 

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