Keystone by Dannika Dark

This is the first book in Dannika Dark’s Crossbreed series. Is is written primarily in first person from Raven Black’s POV with a little bit of third person from a couple other POVs.

Raven Black is a crossbreed that shouldn’t exist. She is both Mage and Vampire, though those magics should not be able to combine like they do in her. She also lives in a world that knows nothing of magic. As an individual who might be killed if the higher ups found out about her, and also as someone dead in the human world, she is unable to get a stable job. In the end, she is living on the streets. This doesn’t mean, however, that she doesn’t have a purpose.

Raven kills Mages and Vampires that prey on humans. She doesn’t get paid in any way for her troubles, but it is important to her to protect the humans. All immortals were once human, therefore the immortals should show them some respect.

Due to Raven’s activities, a group known as Keystone approaches her with a job offer that appeals to her greatly, if only so she can have her own bathroom. They also offer her a chance at stability that her live has been lacking.

In the romance area of this book, there is a Vampire, Christian Poe. Raven doesn’t trust Vampires, but she has to work with Christian. This makes for a lot of tension between the two characters, and since they are a mouthy bunch, some fun moments as well.

I quite liked this book. Raven is a strong woman who has been dealt a pretty crappy hand. She isn’t a cheerful person, but life hasn’t broken her. She shakes things up in Keystone, though not in a bad way. She makes a decision toward the end of the book I don’t like, but her reasoning is sound. It’s an interesting world with a fun group of characters that keeps you wanting to read more.

Agent of Chaos by Alex Rivers

This is the second book in Alex Rivers Dark Fae FBI series. It is written in first person from Agent Cassandra Liddell’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There are spoilers regarding the first book in the series. Warning has been issued.

Cassandra killed the Rix of the fae who was also the Terror Ripper serial killer that was plaguing the city so that he could feed on it’s fear. Cassandra has the same ability which she doesn’t relish. She has given her statement to the FBI, but due to all of the fae and magic elements involved, her story doesn’t make a lot of sense, which is suspicious. She is due to head back home, but there are still so many questions she has about the fae, and she isn’t ready to leave.

Cassandra’s best friend, Scarlett, is coming to London on a mission of her own since she works for the CIA. She is interested in getting Cassandra’s help for it. London is about to be under attack again, and Cassandra will be in the middle of it.

In the romance area of it, Cassandra is currently living with Detective Gabriel Stewart as a roommate. Nothing romantic is currently happening, but something could. On the other hand, there is also Roan Taranis who is involved in helping Cassandra navigate the fae world, and there is a spark there.

Overall it isn’t bad, but I fell out of interest about halfway through and ended up skimming ahead in a few places. It’s not bad, and I’m still curious about how the series unfolds, but it didn’t pull me in as well as the first book did.

Agent of Enchantment by Alex Rivers

This is Alex Rivers first book in her Dark Fae FBI series. It is written in first person from Cassandra Liddell’s POV.

Cassandra is coming to London to help profile a serial killer. She works for the FBI and has been requested to assist since the London Police Department is coming up empty.

Cassandra has a disturbing history, and when she comes to London she starts to fear she may be losing her sanity. Out of the corner of her eye she seems to see something, and she gets these feelings in London that have her confused and concerned.

After an altercation with some shady characters, Cassandra starts to discover there may be more to London than meets the eye. But is it just in her mind, or is it reality?

I enjoyed this book. There are some things that Cassandra does that are frustrating, like roaming around alone when you know there’s a serial killer on the loose. Otherwise, she’s intelligent and has drive. Also, the world Alex Rivers creates is interesting. SPOILER ALERT: the fae are involved. How their world interacts with London is interesting, and the magic that Cassandra discovers is new to me.

In the romance area, we have a couple of men. This annoys me to an extent since I hate love triangles, though this book doesn’t really go all out either way at this time. There is Detective Constable Gabriel Stewart who is the cop assigned to help Cassandra navigate the case. There is also Roan Taranis who is a fae that helps Cassandra in certain situations, but at a cost.

This book kept me interested. It’s probably not one of the best I’ve ever read, but it kept me intrigued, wanting to know what would happen next.

Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene

This is the second book by K.F. Breene in her Fire and Ice Trilogy. It is about 90% written in first person from Reagan Somerset’s POV. The other 10% is written in third person from Agnon’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers from the first book. Ye have been warned.

Reagan finally got the (forged) legal papers she always wanted and now has a desk job. Too bad that’s BORING. But when the aswang shows up in NOLA, Reagan gets to have some more excitement, followed by a request to help out in Seattle.

Agnon has been sent out by Reagan’s father to determine if Reagan is his daughter. There are some tests he needs performed before he is willing to bring her to his master’s attention to ensure there is no doubt that she is who the Great Master is looking for. Too bad Reagan doesn’t know about that.

In other news, Reagan now has a vampire stalker/ caretaker. Darius knows her dark secret, and for some reason has decided that he is responsible for Reagan’s safety, whether or not Reagan agrees, and he will take care of her however he sees fit, including never-seen house cleaners and fridge stockers. Darius is also dealing with some emotions that leave him confounded, but he’s willing to stand behind them. There is a lot of growth that happens in the Reagan/ Darius world.

This is another great book by K.F. Breene. Again, Reagan is a strong character who is fun to tag along with. She doesn’t always look before she leaps, but she keeps going. Dizzy and Callie are also along for the ride adding extra entertainment, as well as her eclectic neighbors. This book definitely gets my vote.

Born in Fire by K.F. Breene

This is the first book in K.F. Breene’s Fire and Ice Trilogy. It is written in first person from Reagan Somerset’s POV.

Reagan is one of the best bounty hunters out there. Sometimes though it gets tricky collecting bounties without revealing any magic or info the regular humans in the world shouldn’t know about. However, working in New Orleans, she’s still tight for money. That’s what happens when one is living under the radar, even more so that most magical beings are.

Reagan’s got a secret she isn’t spilling which prevents her from having the usual documentation one needs to hold a normal job. With this secret though, she has some awesome skills and magic that help her bring in the bad guys. Usually dead. Bringing them in alive is harder.

When Reagan’s most recent mark is stolen by some vampires, she’s pissed. When the vampires then come to her afterwards with an offer she can’t refuse, she’s still pissed, but she’s willing to work with them┬áto make sure she can afford A/C in the summer.

Reagan has a mouth on her, and she doesn’t back down. She’s a lot of fun to join on her adventure. SPOILER ALERT: She hires a Lyft to help her get rid of a dead body. Ingenious! She constantly shows a surprising intelligence and wit.

On the romance side on things, there’s Darius. A prickly, straight-laced elder vampire who has to work with Reagan so solve a mystery. Too bad the vampires are not willing to trust Reagan with the whole picture, making things more difficult. But then Reagan refuses to be bound to the vampires, so more power to her.

This book was pretty awesome. It’s a lot of fun to read with a lot of fun characters you get to meet. Fun read for anyone looking for a good adventure with some vampires.

Devils and Details by Devon Monk

This is the second book in Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series. It is written in first person from Delaney Reed’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be some spoilers for the first book in this.

So welcome back to Ordinary, Oregon, where Police Chief Delaney Reed is dealing with a lot of rain due to a pissed off Thor, and stubborn gods who need to get their act together.

In book two we have a couple of new mysteries on our hands. For one thing, the gods powers are missing. Crow was supposed to be in charge of them, now the gods are in a bit of an uproar. Seems when Crow bent/ broke one of the rules of Ordinary, there were a few unforeseen consequences.

We also have a dead vampire. Not only is the fact that a vampire has been killed troubling, it’s also the manner in which he died. This has the leader of the vampires furious and out for blood. One person’s blood in particular.

Then on the romance side… Ryder broke up with Delaney while she was in the hospital… after one “date”. Sad fact is Delaney’s heart still cries for him. Doesn’t help that he’s mixed up with some suspicious characters. Can he be trusted?

I overall still enjoyed this book. SPOILER ALERT: Delaney is too forgiving of Ryder, in my opinion. He breaks up with her while she’s in the hospital, and doesn’t even have a good reason for it. There should have been some SERIOUS groveling going on. However he just apologizes a few times, and that’s it. I’m still pissed off on Delaney’s behalf. The story however keeps you interested. There’s a lot going on and you just want to see what happens next.

It’s well written and a good follow up for the first book.

Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk

This is the first book in Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series. It is written in first person from Delaney Reed’s POV.

Delaney Reed is the Chief of Police in the small town of Ordinary, Oregon. Fun fact, Ordinary isn’t all that Ordinary. Something about it and the Reed bloodline make it a vacation hotspot for the various gods out there. Vampires are also able to walk about in the sun in Ordinary as well. Cool!

In this book, Delaney needs to figure out who is blowing up rhubarb patches before the Rhubarb Festival, and who killed a god in town.

Normally gods are immortal. When they agree to vacation in Ordinary however, they give up their powers and they become mostly mortal and can be killed. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does Delaney gets to add more to her plate.

And in the love interest portion of this series, there is Ryder Bailey. He grew up with Delaney. There was always something there, but the timing never seemed right. Well, now he’s back. Is the timing finally right?

This was a pretty enjoyable book. My only real complaint is that there are a few times when I want to go, Delaney, you’re an idiot!!! SPOILER ALERT… well, not really. She doesn’t lock her door at home. I understand you live in a small town, but when there is a murderer on the loose and you are the Chief of Police, one would think you would lock the door. But that’s just me.

On the positive side, Ordinary is pretty interesting. The gods have to have jobs while they vacation and it’s fun to see what they do. It’s also cool to have Odin and Zeus in the same city. Delaney also has two sisters that make for some fun family moments.

So I definitely recommend this book if you are into paranormal/ mythological/ investigation/ romance books.

Moonborn by Marina Finlayson

This is written in third person from Garth’s POV. This story was in a six book anthology called Moon Magic.

This is another book I’m not interested in completing, mostly because I just find Garth very annoying.

Garth is a human who’s mother married the alpha of a werewolf pack. Garth has therefore been views as a second class citizen since he doesn’t have the strength or power of a werewolf. He also has a massive crush on a werewolf named Carly who is with the beta’s son, who is also a bully named Rhys.

Garth has his step-brother change him.

I admit, I pretty much just lost interest. Seems get get a girlfriend who he can’t tell he’s a werewolf to, but still crushed on Carly. So… he’s annoying. Maybe if I kept going it would come together well, but he just loses me.

Sidenote: Apparently there is no real “series” here. This is a prequel that doesn’t mean much.

Curse of the Alpha: Episodes 1 & 2 by Tasha Black

This is one of the stories in a six book anthology free from Amazon called Moon Magic: Six Book Starter Library for Lovers of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. This particular book is written in third person from Ainsley Connor’s POV.

In the end, I’m not going to bother finishing this series. It starts out fairly promising. Ainsley finds out that she is a werewolf after a very traumatic time in her life. Makes you want to smack her parents for keeping something like that secret, especially when her dad’s the Alpha. To deal with the trauma, she runs off to New York and vows to not be a werewolf.

After her parents die, she comes back to take care of business with the plan of heading right back to New York. However, as the daughter of the Alpha, she is now… sort of the alpha of the pack, or at least her mate would be. But Ainsley want’s nothing to do with that.

On the romance front, there is a nice werewolf that she was friends with. Wanting nothing to do with werewolves, Ainsley isn’t interested in pursuing that. There is also a Russian Lit professor (Ainsley’s dad was a Russian Lit professor and Ainsley in turn loves Russian literature). He checks all of her boxes.

SPOILER ALERT: Ainsley sleeps with one of the guys without ever even going on a date. Also, she’s a tease. I don’t have any respect for her as a character, so in the end, don’t really care to finish the series. Now, for people less prudish than me, they might like this series more than I do. But I’m looking for more … well love for lack of a better work. So, it’s not for me.

The Moonfate Serial by Sylvia Frost

To this book is the publication of Sylvia Frost’s four books making up the Moonfate Serial which includes Moonbound, Huntbound, Bloodbound and Heartbound. This is written in first person from Artemis Williams’s POV.

This lacks spoilers, I believe. However can reference my Moonbound and Huntbound reviews. Since I just got the whole collection in the end, I’m opting not to do separate reviews for Bloodbound and Heartbound (especially as I have not finished the Heartbound portion.)

I freely admit, I’m probably not going to bother with finishing this series. According to my Kindle I’m 87% done with it, but I’ve lost interest in the characters and the overall story. I understand that to make a book, things have to be put together in certain ways to make the plot, much less an interesting plot. However in this series, I just feel like it gets rather far-fetched.

The love story between Artemis and Orion isn’t bad. There is some good chemistry there, and I appreciate that the characters don’t just jump at each other. They allow for some emotional growing. My issue is the number of plot holes. How do so many things happen in dreams that then effect their reality? Why Lawrence specifically gets kidnapped… feel it’s not plausible enough. The conclusions that Artemis jumps to (which are apparently right), don’t really work for me.

Toward the end, I feel like in trying to close the book, the lose end tying is very bizarre and doesn’t work for me. So it lost me, and when a book loses me, I generally don’t feel the need to invest more time into it.

I will freely admit, most people will probably like this book just fine. It just didn’t do it for me.