Category Archives: Paranormal Romance

The Amarant by Tricia Barr

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

The AmarantTricia Barr’s The Amarant, beckons readers into a fantastical vampire-filled world, where a young woman’s crush on a fictional character leads her into an incredible reality where romance, the paranormal and an untapped legacy of fantastic supernatural power merge to change her world, forever.

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The heroine of the story, Crimson Wilkinson, portrays a complex and strong-willed young woman, who refuses to let the darkness of a hurt-filled past take over her life. Being only seventeen, she lives with her mother in Tuscon, Arizona, a locale which is wanting when it comes to excitement. As with any high schooler, Crimson undergoes some common experiences; an angry teacher, a bullying nemesis, ditching classes, an attraction to a hunky football player, and boredom. Her only real escape from the doldrums of her life concerns either hanging with her best friends Robert, Reina and Amber or getting lost in her favorite series of paranormal fiction novels which centers on a reclusive, handsome vampire named Nicholae Albaric who she crushes on and obsesses over.

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Phantom EvilWell, I thought I was going to be in the middle of a murder mystery but it turns out that I flopped into the middle of a ghost-murder mystery. Since I am not a believer in ghosts per se it was a bit of a difficult read. However it did have some good parts and was somewhat easy to read.

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Adam Harrison, a well-known paranormal investigator, is called up to check out the possibility of ghosts in a New Orleans mansion. He does not do the dirty work himself but instead brings in Jackson Crow, a Behavioral Sciences investigator for the government. Crow is given an assignment and a crew to investigate this mansion and try to determine if in fact there are ghosts or something like that involved the death of the wife of a senator from Louisiana. Many are speculating that she committed suicide by jumping off the balcony to her death. But others believe that someone pushed her.

Belle’s Crossing by B.J. Betts

Belle's Crossing

Reviewed by Teri Davis

In 1909, three beautiful teenaged daughters spent their time preparing for a dance. With all the teasing and primping they quickly turned their household into temporary chaos. With this loving and caring family, they were delighted with the enthusiasm and were content to know that the girls would be safe being that they were together.

This was the annual dance and for their sister, Rosie, it would be her first time being allowed to attend a dance. The thrill of growing up and included with her older sisters made her nervous but also exciting as a new chapter in her life was about to open.

Redemption (The Darla Gray Series Book 1) by Tina Marshall

Redemption

Reviewed by Inishowen Cailín

‘Darla, a women destroyed by loss and despair seeks to put an end to her life with all its pain and suffering, but instead of the welcome relief of death she finds herself cast into Redemption; a world where myths and legends are a reality. Demons, Vampires, Lycans and all other creatures of lore not only exist but have walked among us since the dawn of time. But something darker is in pursuit of Darla. Can the enigmatic Quinn save her from a preordained fate, or will his own tortured past stop him from claiming the woman who has set his senses on fire? Time is running out and for Darla, caught in the centre of a battle between good and evil, the cost of failure could bring about the destruction of Heaven itself.’

Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan

Ghostwriter Reviewed by Teri Davis

Ghostwriter is the story of Sara Howell who is not enjoying life right now. She is currently unemployed and not in a relationship which is just the opposite of her life a month ago. Realizing that she can no longer afford her apartment since her former boyfriend moved out, she begins to look for a cheaper place to live. Is this a struggle or fate stepping in to show Sarah her destiny? (This is a romance so it is acceptable to write that sentence.)

A local politician has contracted with Sarah for her to ghostwrite about her predictable and boring life. So she temporarily has some money coming in and just needs a place to live. How do you find a decent place to live when the costs need to be less than half of what you used to pay?

With the help of a local realtor, Sarah finds the house of her dreams.   It an old house on an island that can only be reached by boat Added to that,  the house was owned by her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared around the year 1925 after living there with his wife. Being  that there were no direct descendants, his family inherited the house with  numerous conditions while they continue to profit from the royalties on his  books. The family has mixed feelings about having someone living in the house since they are certain that it is haunted by Seth, however, they also choose not to tell Sarah this. Since no one publicly knows when or how Seth died, this secret is not shared with Sarah. Great! A broke writer in a haunted house of their favorite author. What could possibly happen?

Tempted by Fate by Kate Perry

Tempted by Fate by Kate PerryReviewed by Stephanie Nordkap

Tempted By Fate is the third book in the Guardians of Destiny series, and is an action-packed, romantic thriller that stands on its own. In this novel we meet Willow Tarata, a woman with magical powers who also happens to be the Guardian of Wood, one of the Scrolls of Destiny. Since the death of her mother at a tender age, her path has been led by one thing, revenge. Chasing her prey all over the world, Willow now finds herself in a precarious position as the prey has now become the hunter, and she soon finds herself overwhelmed and accused for crimes she did not commit, which leads her right into the path of Inspector Rick Ramirez, a man who would like nothing better than to solve the bewildering and troublesome cases which he’s been given.

Rick is a man who tends to see everything in terms of black and white, and although determined to find the truth in the murders and other disturbing events, he is definitely not ready for the persona he meets in Willow, a woman who turns his ideals and thoughts upside down and inside out, and makes him see that perhaps there is more to the world than black and white. Unless these two people can learn to trust each other and set aside their differences, the evil that is after both of them will never relent, an evil that is searching for Guardian powers and looking to use them for his own evil purposes.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel is that I never felt confused about the events that were happening or about the characters that were introduced. This is the first novel in this series I have read, and typically, entering in the middle of a series is not always beneficial, as you always feel like you are missing something important, something that may have already been discussed in another book. While many things are assumed, the really important factors, like the Guardians and who they were, were explained succintly and in such a way that I always felt like I knew what was going on. And although all of the characters were new to me, I never felt confused and bewildered because comments were made about obscure things that happened in previous novels. Naturally, there were things that did occur in previous novels that were being alluded to, but it wasn’t frustrating, and all it did was make me more interested in picking up the first two books in the series.