Tuesday, March 27, 2018

# 1001 Dark Nights # 4.5 cups # ARC # Book Review # contemporary romance # erotic romance # InkSlinger PR # paranormal romance

Book Review: 1001 Dark Nights Bundle Fifteen



Author: Larissa Ione, Lexi Blake, Rebecca Zanetti, J. Kenner, Sidney Bristol.
Series: 1001 Dark Nights
Audience: +18
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Release Date: March 27th 2018
My Rating: 4.5 cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Larissa Ione, Lexi Blake, Rebecca Zanetti, J. Kenner, and introducing Sidney Bristol.

Five Dark Tales. Five Sensual Stories. Five Page Turners.

RAZR: A Demonica Novella by Larissa Ione
Meet mortal enemies Razr and Jedda...and the priceless diamond that threatens to destroy them both even as it bonds them together with sizzling passion. Welcome back to the Demonica Underworld, where enemies find love...if they're strong enough to survive.

ARRANGED: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake
As Loa Mali's sovereign, Kash Kamdar is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen, Dayita Samar, is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash's usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can't stop thinking about her. Could Day help him find respite from the crushing responsibility he's carried all his life? This fairy tale could have a happy ending, if only they can escape Kash's past…

TANGLED: A Dark Protectors-Reece Family Novella by Rebecca Zanetti
Ginny O'Toole has spent a lifetime repaying her family's debt, and she's finally at the end of her servitude with one last job. Of course, it couldn't be easy. After stealing the computer files that will free her once and for all, she finds herself on the run from Theo Reese, a pissed off vampire who has never fallen for her helpless act. A deadly predator too sexy for his own good. If he doesn't knock it off, he's going to see just how powerful she can really be.

HOLD ME: A Stark Ever After Novella by J. Kenner
My life with Damien has never been fuller. Every day is a miracle, and every night I lose myself in the oasis of his arms. But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. I know we will survive-we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light.

DANGEROUS ATTRACTION by Sidney Bristol
Ex-Navy SEAL Travis Ration is an expert hunter. Whether his prey is criminal or victim, he always gets his mark. When the FBI call in a favor and ask him to look into a serial killer over the holiday break, he jumps at the opportunity to fill the long, cold days with something besides regret and bad movies. In Las Vegas, he's on the hunt for a prolific serial killer no one wants to admit exists. The leads are dry and the evidence gone, until she walks into his life. Bliss Giles-curvy, sassy and everything he can't have.

Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature adult. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.



Yet another great collection from the 1001 Dark Nights series.

RAZR: A Demonica Novella by Larissa Ione

Every trip back to the Demonica world brings me so much joy, and Razr is no different. I have to be honest and say that, since it's been a while since I've read the Horsemen part of the series, I don't remember much about the heavenly weapons that the angels used, especially not the Gems of Enoch. I do assume it's mentioned in Revenant, but I haven't read that one yet. I'm rereading the entire series, so I'll get to it pretty soon.

It always surprises me how the world of Demonica shifts and manages to get bigger and bigger with each new story. Jedda is a creature I haven't even thought of being possible, to be honest, and I'm truly truly excited because that means there is new stuff that can be explored within this world *winks*. Razr also was really interesting, and I don't remember much of him from before, but I like how his story sheds some more light into the truly mysterious world of the angels within the Demonica series. We might know a few angels, but I feel like the more angels are brought into this story, the more we get to discover about the creatures.

The pacing is great and I didn't feel like I was reading a novella, although I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed for new, longer novels within this world *fingers crossed*. I wonder if this story somehow will influence the events in future books or if they somehow set the scene for more stories. I'm definitely looking forward to new stories, even if just novellas. Anything to keep me coming back to this world.

ARRANGED: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake

It's not a secret that I love this series, and I was super excited to find out that the playboy king would get his story told.

The thing that I loved most about this book was how it touched on the delicate subject of male submissives from a cultural point of view. It's true that society believes that men should be the dominant ones, while women should be 100% submissive, at least from a sexual perspective. Seeing Kash try to reconcile his status as king and a sexual sub was really interesting. I also loved how Ian, the ultimate Dom, gave Kash a really great speech about that. Blake really knows how to deliver some really powerful words, and she managed to do just that in this book.

Day was a wonderful heroine and I would have loved to have more scenes with her outside of her relationship with Kash. I would have wanted to see her battle her way through politics and changing the lives of so many women and girls with her ideas. Kash was an interesting character. It's really great to see he's not just the playboy I thought him to be, he was pushed by circumstances out of his control into that life, as a way to hide from his problems. I don't agree with how he did that, but I get it. I would have wanted to see a more complex scene following a certain really dramatic scene between these two, because I feel like the way it was dealt with wasn't as dramatic as what happened between them, but in the end it all works out.

I totally didn't anticipate who the bad guy of this story was. I had my eye on another character, and I'm very happy that in the end it turned out to be someone else.

All in all a great addition to the world of Masters and Mercenaries, and, as usual, I cannot wait for more!

TANGLED: A Dark Protectors-Reece Family Novella by Rebecca Zanetti

Although I’ve heard about this series before, this is the first time I’ve ever read a story from the Dark Protectors series. I was pleasantly surprised by this story. While I know nothing about the other characters or the mythology of this series, I was able to keep up pretty easily. If anything, the unknown details made me want to add the series to my TBR.

Ginny was a mystery to me. She seemed to know everyone and everyone seemed to know her, but she still remained a big unknown. She seems like a pretty resourceful woman, really smart and just a tiny little bit addicted to the adrenaline that comes with being a thief. I felt like I wasn’t able to fully appreciate her skills as a thief and as someone who has a plan ready for whatever situation she might find herself in, because I haven’t read any books in this series. I liked how she didn’t pretend to be someone she wasn’t. She never pretended to be someone honest or someone good, she just was. She likes the game, and I appreciated that about her. Theo, for all his pretending to be annoyed about it, also seemed to enjoy the chase. He seemed to have a knack for knowing when Ginny lied, although the how of it is never actually revealed. I wonder if maybe it’s because they end up being mates. Theo is someone who doesn’t hold back around her, he doesn’t treat her with kid gloves, and I liked that about him. It was also an interesting dynamic between them, because they knew each other growing up, and something happened that drew them apart. It was intriguing to have the main characters fully know each other and yet see them discover each other in this novella. It was like they knew each other, but they didn’t actually know each other, if it makes any sense.

I really enjoyed this story and I am very much intrigued by the world of the Dark Protectors, so I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series.

HOLD ME: A Stark Ever After Novella by J. Kenner

This was another new to me series, but if all books are like this one, I am pretty confident the series will become one of my favorites soon.

Although this story was sexy and sweet and incredibly romantic, the exploration of mental health was my favorite part. Nikki has had a really rough childhood, having been emotionally, mentally and sometimes even physically abused by her mother. That dynamic with her mother left scars, important scars that she is still struggling with. Nikki is a great mother, she loves her daughters immensely, and she loves her husband, Damien. But the thing I loved most was that we got to see a lot of Nikki's inner turmoil, her fight with her own demons, and with the possibility of her taking some drastic measures to deal with the darkness that was threatening to swallow her. I'm afraid of saying more, really, because of spoilers, but just now this was a really powerful story and I am extremely happy I read it.

DANGEROUS ATTRACTION by Sidney Bristol

Another first book from an author for me. It's funny, because this series has been popping up on my recommendations on Goodreads for a while now, so I am glad I finally got to read it.

I liked that there was a serial killer in this book. It's actually been a while since I last read a book with a serial killer. It was an interesting experience, and I definitely enjoyed it. I liked Travis. He was very intense, and he really didn't seem to have a lot of people skills. But I like how determined he was. I liked his focus. Ever since the beginning, he seemed like a guy willing to do anything in order to solve a case, and I liked his determination. Bliss was charming and funny. It was interesting to see how much her sister's mental health affected her. I also liked the fact that she didn't give up on her sister, that she fought for her.

There were a few surprises in this book, and some were really interesting. It took the whole serial killer aspect and used it in a very intriguing way. I did feel like the book was a bit rushed along the way, but all in all I liked it.

Overall, this was a great collection of novellas and I am looking forward for the next bundle.





      

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      About the 1001 Dark Nights Bundle Authors:


Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.        

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.      

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.    

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Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries. J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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It can never be said that New York Times&USA Today bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, tattoo addict and board game enthusiast. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she spends her time writing, reading, hunting Pokemon, playing board games and catering to her furry overlords, aka the cats.         Website | Facebook | Twitter
   
 

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