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  • Vampires Like It Hot

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

“Vampires...” When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate for whom he’s been waiting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lynsey is the best

  • By robin toler on 09-20-18

Pretty enjoyable story :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I did like it but I'm not much on love triangles so that dampened my enjoyment a bit.

Jess is a bartender and counselor while she goes to school. Jess lost her family early and went into the Foster care system. She experienced some bad crap but did eventually get adopted by a couple that loved her and gave her a good home and extended family.

Raffaele is an Architect as well as being in a band and is over 2,000 years old. Raffaeleis also an Immortal, which are humans from the city of Atlantis that have nanobots that give them traits that are similar to the vampires of legend, including their need for blood. Raffaele's cousin had some issues recently and he finds himself on vacation with his cousin to try to get him to relax.

Jess is sucked into a destination wedding for a loved family member and the wedding was fine but Jess also gets sucked into looking after a very nasty cousin. When this cousin drags Jess onto a "pirate ship" for what's supposed to be a "feed the shark" excursion, Jess gets more than she bargained for. Jess quickly realizes that the boat crew are all 'vampires" (aka rouge immortals who drink from people even though they're not supposed to) and for some reason she's having a hard time resisting the Captain when he touches her. Jess freaks about it all and escapes the boat to swim to shore.

The swim back is long and Jess wouldn't have made it if not for Raffaele seeing her and swimming out to save her. Raffaele figures out that Jess is a possible lifemate for him as well as the fact that she had an encounter with some local rouge immortals. Raffaele offers to help her but doesn't tell her everything about himself as she fears immortals and he wants to gain her trust before reveling what he is. Although Jess and Raffaele are a better fit, there is a bit of a love triangle, which I wasn't thrilled about but I thought they handled this one pretty well. In the end, Jess and Raffaele are solidly together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a pretty good story. I liked both Jess and Raffaele and enjoyed seeing them get together. Overall, this was a pretty good story and I would recommend it.

  • Fighting for Everything

  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good. Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah - the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl! on 05-28-18

Very enjoyable friends-to-lovers story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

4 stars

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Kristina and felt for Noah and was happy at how things turned out in the end.

Kristina is a teacher that's just getting off for the summer break. She's nice but isn't a pushover and I liked that. Kristina has been BFFs with Noah since she was 5 but it has always been platonic. She's tried dating but no one has worked out long-term.

Noah was in the military but got injured in an explosion that messed up his hearing in one ear and sight in one eye. That wouldn't be too bad but he also suffers from depression and PTSD and isn't dealing with it well. Noah's issues have had him avoiding his friends since he's been home, even Kristina.

Kristina gets invited to a family BBQ (Noah's family) but with Noah avoiding her, it's the first time they've seen each other since Noah got home. Kristina is happy to see him and hugs Noah and he's bewildered to realize he's turned on by his BFF. The attraction that was never there before hits them both strongly and Noah is worried about ruining their friendship, especially since he doesn't think he's good enough for her now. Kristina is willing to try and does push for it but Noah is the one that backs away....and then gets jealous when someone else asks her out. It's a bit of a back and forth with Noah and be prepared to delve a bit into the mental issues that returning vets deal with but eventually, Noah deals with his issues and is able to make things right for Kristina. In the end, they're happily together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Kristina. She was nice but wasn't willing to let Noah walk over her feelings. She had to make a hard decision and it's just lucky that Noah came through in the end. Noah's story wasn't an easy one...the PTSD and depression added a bit of darkness to the story but it wasn't too dark and wasn't drawn out so I was ok with it. Overall, this was a very good story with characters I liked and connected with so I would recommend this story. :)

  • Silver-Tongued Devil

  • Portland Devils, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

Blake Orbison's pro football career with the Portland Devils may have come crashing to an end, but not calling the signals anymore just gives him more time to devote to his business enterprises, including the latest and greatest: the opening of the Wild Horse Resort in scenic north Idaho. And that other one, too. Blake's on the marriage track now, and he's got a game plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Blake is a smooth Southern dude!

  • By Michele Z on 01-26-17

Really good story and start to the series :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story but I will admit that I got distracted and didn't review it right away. Regardless, I do remember enough to know I enjoyed the story a lot.

Dakota is an artist that envisions things in glass and has the skill to make beautiful pieces out of glass. She hasn't gotten a "break" in the art world yet so she does house painting to make ends meet. Dakota's stepdad broke his back so she had to move back to her home town to take over his business and keep things afloat.

Blake is an ex-quarterback of a professional NFL team and a current multi-millionaire due to wise investment of his money into businesses that did well. Blake's current project is a resort in a beautiful part of Idaho so he moved into the area to oversea the project. Blake used to be a player but recently had an experience that made him decide to grow up and find the "right" woman to marry.

Dakota is working as a painter at the resort that Blake owns. Dakota is familiar with who Blake is because her stepdad broke his back on one of Blake's construction sites. There was some discrepancy about what caused the accident and because of that, Dakota and her stepdad aren't happy with Blake (even if he wasn't involved directly and just owned the company). The only reason Dakota took the painting job at the resort because she really needed the money. After finishing a day of painting, Dakota decides to sneak to the resort's lake and take a dip...only to be caught by Blake.

Dakota and Blake hit it off, until she realizes who he is and then gives him the cold shoulder. But things bring them back together and Blake is interested and also doesn't get the animosity against him. But with some time, it becomes apparent that Blake is a good guy and the attraction between Blake and Dakota is hard to ignore. There's a bit of an issue because Blake got an idea in his mind of what his future should look like and it doesn't necessarily match what things would be like with Dakota. Thankfully Blake gets past that and things do work out so that Dakota and Blake are together and happily starting towards a HEA in the end.

This was a really enjoyable story. I liked Dakota very much. She seemed like a good, strong heroine that tends towards a bit of tomboyishness at times. Blake was a good hero, especially once he got past his preconceive notions of what a "adult life" is supposed to be. Dakota and Blake made a good couple and I enjoyed seeing them figure it out. Overall, this was a very enjoyable story with likable characters and I would recommend it.

  • Magic Slays

  • Kate Daniels, Book 5
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be - now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful additon

  • By Yuriko on 06-10-11

Great story/continuation of the series :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-18

4.5-5 stars

This was another great story and addition to the series. Kate and Curran are together and doing well but unfortunately, others aren't willing to let peace reign.

Kate's new business hasn't been getting much business but she does get an offer for a job from the Red Guard, who she encountered during the Midnight Games (from [book:Magic Strikes|4345498]). The job is to find a man and a device he was making that were both stolen out from under the Red Guard's protection. As Kate starts investigating the kidnapping, she gets embroiled in something much more serious than expected...something that threatens the whole city and takes the combined efforts of the magical community to combat.

On a more personal side, Kate finds some of her relations on her mother's side and gains an unexpected (if rather unwilling) ally. Julie hasn't been happy at the school Kate sent her too and sneaks back to Atlanta...just in time to get caught in the cross-fire. Unfortunately, this forces Kate to take extreme measures to save her, some of which will have lasting consequences.

There's some drama and major danger but Kate & Curran and their friends/allies manage to get through it. Overall, I love the characters and the story was exciting and engaging from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend this series. :)

  • Magic Bleeds

  • Kate Daniels, Book 4
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT BOOK, Perfect Narrator!

  • By Leslie on 05-26-10

Great story and continuation of the series :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-18

5 stars

This is a great story and continuation of the series. I love all the characters in this series and the storylines are just getting better and better.

This is the book when Kate and Curran finally get together, including sex and coming out to the pack. There are some bumps and bruises along the way but by the end, they're solidly a couple. One of these issues is Kate's past coming to haunt her. Kate's aunt (who she didn't know existed), Erra has been moving from city to city causing trouble and one of these cities ends up being Atlanta.

When Kate is attempting to stop Erra from causing havoc, Erra recognizes Kate as family. Kate realizes she's rather outmatched in the fight but also knows that Erra will kill everyone she cares about (as well as innocent strangers) so Kate has to stop her. While Erra is causing trouble, she does attack the headquarters of the Order and Ted (the head honcho of the Atlanta office) lets his pride get in the way and makes some stupid decisions, some of which cause issues with Kate's job with the Order.

In the end, Atlanta and its residents are safe and Erra has been handled. There's a bit of drama at the end but it just helps to emphasize how solid Kate and Curran's relationship is and that fact that there's no splitting them up now. The story was great and kept me well engaged from beginning to end...it was so good I"\'m jumping into the next books ASAP because I'm anxious to read more of Kate and Curran's story (I have read them all before but it's been a while for some of the older books). I would highly recommend this series. :D

  • Magic Strikes

  • Kate Daniels, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-11-09

Great story and continuation of the series :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

4.5-5 stars

This is a great story and continuation of Kate's series. Kate's friend Derek gets himself into some trouble and it leads to the exposure of a group intent on taking out the shifters. Kate and a number of others are forced to take extreme measures and enter an underground fight tournament to take care of this group.

Things between Curran and Kate escalate. They haven't moved far but Curran has stealthily made it clear that he's definitely interested in Kate and his future mate and is actively (if quietly) pursuing her. We learn more about Kate's past/background and why she hides from notice (which is a big part of why she resists Curran's advances). Kate doesn't do very well at keeping herself unnoticed though and has to make some moves to save her friends that brings truly threatening notice her way that I'm sure will come back to haunt her in the future.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable and engaging story with great characters. Kate is awesome but the secondary characters are great as well and really help to flesh out the story and make it better. I love this series and would recommend it. :)

  • Magic Burns

  • Kate Daniels, Book 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series and the narrator is fine.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-02-09

Great story and continuation of the series :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a really good story and continuation of Kate's series. The connection between Curran and Kate doesn't really progress in this book but it does become apparent that Curran is showing an interest in Kate. Of course Kate thinks it's a way of manipulating her, not a true interest, even if there's a strong attraction between them.

Magic is behaving erratically...coming and going in ever stronger waves that will eventually crest in what's called a "flare". Big and bad things can happen during a flare and Kate soon realizes that something is brewing, something that could be dangerous for many. Kate investigates what's going on while protecting a young girl (Julie, who will be in future books) and trying to find her mother. Things do kind of go to crap but the main reason isn't really Kate's fault. A big effort has to be made (with multiple allies) to stop the big bad from happening during the flare things turn out well (for the most part...if a bit sad) and the story ends nicely even if there are questions left about how serious Curran is when he flirts with Kate. I would recommend this series. :)

  • Good Boy

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Hosting her brother's wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning's life. Already the family screw-up, she can't afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blake Riley makes me smiley-and so does this audio

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 05-03-17

Pretty enjoyable story :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-18

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked Jess and Blake, both of which were in other books because Jess is the sister of Jamie, one of the MCs from [book:Him|25686927] & [book:Us|29475332].

When the story begins, Jess is a party planner who's responsible for organizing the wedding for her brother, Jamie. This stresses her out because she has always felt like a disappointment to her family and she realized she's not happy being a party planner. She wants to move to nursing but fears telling her family and possibly disappointing them again.

Blake is a hockey player for a professional team...he's very easy going and hard to ruffle. Blake acts like a player but he's a nice guy underneath. Blake was actually engaged at one point but found that his girlfriend was lying to him and he broke it off and kept away from any relationships since then.

Jess and Blake met previously because Blake is on the same team as Wes, Jamie's boyfriend/husband. He became friends with both Wes and Jamie and when Jess came to visit, they met and ended up sleeping together when Jess was having a moment of weakness. Jess went home and they didn't attempt a relationship but Blake did text her here and there, mostly with suggestions for the upcoming wedding (most of which were gaudy/garish). When the wedding happens, Jess tries to keep Blake at a distance and he attempts to stimulate her attention...mostly by needling her in an attempt to piss her off. This doesn't work too well for Blake for the most part. On the good side, Jess does a bang-up job with the wedding and earns some kudos from her family. This makes it a bit easier to tell them she wants to change jobs to move into nursing.

Jess and Blake don't see each other for a while but she does get in to nursing college in Canada, in the same town as Jamie and Wes (and Blake). Blake is surprised to find Jess in town and there's a really strong attraction that they both have trouble denying. They do start out at odds but eventually move into friendship as they find they actually get along pretty well. And with time, they move into more and develop a good relationship. There are some issues but nothing too serious and everything is settled pretty well at the end with Jess and Blake heading towards and HEA together.

This is a pretty enjoyable story. Jess was a bit down on herself but she wasn't annoying about it and I liked her overall. I found Blake a bit annoying at first (rather loud and brash) but I really liked him more and more as the story progressed. Together, Jess and Blake made a very good couple. Overall, the story was pretty enjoyable and I would recommend it. :)

* note - Both narrators did well but I liked the male better as I wasn't thrilled with the female narrator's male voice.

  • Tru Blue

  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family - including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just not for me...

  • By Andrea Cleghorn on 12-06-16

Very enjoyable story :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked both Gemma and Truman and enjoyed their story.

Gemma is the owner of a "Princess store" where little girls can come to dress like a Princess (any kind of Princess) and have parties/events. Gemma was raised by rich parents that never gave her any attention and she felt the lack. Gemma moved away from her family's money and social ties to start her own life and to hopefully find love and happiness.

Truman is an auto mechanic that was in prison until 6 months ago. Truman was thrown in jail for manslaughter but didn't commit the crime. He came out a lot harder than when he went in but he's still a good guy under it all. When Truman's mother dies and he finds out he has a young brother and sister that need taken care of, he turns his life upside-down to take them in and give them a home.

Luckily for Truman, he happens to meet Gemma the night he gets the kids...while he's in a Walmart desperately trying to figure out what supplies to buy for the kids. Gemma sees his distress and at first, she wonders if he's kidnapped the kids or what is going on. After watching him with the kids and seeing how sweet and caring he is with them, Gemma offers to help him figure things out. In return for her help, Truman offers to fix a dent in her car and this leads to their second meeting and the eventual start of their relationship.

This story is a bit of an insta-love story but they don't drop the L-bomb immediately, it's just awfully quick. But it doesn't seem rushed, it's more like they just met and everything fell together just right so they knew that what they had was "right". Gemma has a motherly heart so she didn't have an issue with the kids...she really loved the kids from the beginning. There was a bit of drama when she found out about Truman's prison time because Truman didn't feel her could tell her the truth without betraying his brother. Thankfully, Gemma was able to accept it and start a relationship with Truman but the whole situation caused some definite difficulties. Gemma and Truman just clicked with each other though and it allowed them to work past the issues facing them and make a good life with the kids so they end the story starting on a HEA as a family.

This was a very enjoyable story. Gemma was a pretty normal woman but she was very likable and I didn't have any complaints with her character. Truman was great, he seemed tough but he was really a big teddy bear inside. He's very protective of those he cares about and he applied that liberally to Gemma and the kids. Things went quickly but it worked...I really liked how Gemma and Truman clicked and went with it. Overall, I liked both the characters and story very much so I'd recommend it. :)

  • The Darkest Warrior

  • Lords of the Underworld
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm, and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves - and marry her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the hell happened?

  • By JT00 on 06-29-18

Really enjoyable addition to the series :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story. I have to admit to reservations about this story when I started. I never really liked the idea of Gillian with William but I also wasn't sure how Showalter would pull off the Gillian being with someone else but for me, she pulled it off well. :)

Gillian is a human girl that's just turning 18 when the story begins. She was sexually abused when young and ended up on the streets until she fell in with the Lord of the Underworld and found safety. It was rough to trust again though and weirdly enough, her best friend became William (the ever-randy) because she felt safe with him. But this also confused her young heart and convinced her that she felt a romantic love for William.

Puck is an immortal that was a Prince of a realm but is now the keeper of demon of indifference. There is a prophecy about Puck and his brother, who would rule and how it would happen, that set them at odds (though they had planned to try to get around the prophecy until others interfered). Puck's demon left him with a widespread apathy but the suffering of his people finally prompted Puck to figure out how to change things.

An oracle tells Puck that in order to get his brother (who has become a tyrant) off the throne, he has to marry William's woman...Gillian. Gillian is in a life-threatening situation when Puck finds her and he uses it to convince her to bond with him. It sounds kind of bad but he doesn't rush her into the decision and she would have truly died if he hadn't offered her the option. Once Gillian is alive and transformed into an immortal due to a potion and the bond to Puck, Puck takes her to his realm as part of his plan. Puck doesn't tell Gillian his whole plan immediately but does before too long. Part of that plan involves Puck going back to the mortal realm to make a deal with William and because of some clever time-shifting between the realms, this give Gillian a lot of time to mature and gain some fighting skills.

Once the deal is made and Puck is back (with William in tow) there's some conflict because William has convinced himself that Gillian is his. With the added years that Gillian has matured, she realizes that maybe her love for a friend wasn't the true love she thought it was but things are still a bit iffy. Things between Gillian and Puck bloom once they're back together but there is worry that the draw to each other may be caused by the bond and not real feelings. And there's a few different prophecies floating around and some of them seem to conflict with each other, making it hard to figure out how things will work out for the best. Things do work out though and although there's some definite angst getting there, I really liked the way things worked out in the end, allowing Gillian and Puck to get their well deserved HEA together.

This was a really enjoyable story. I've been sort of lukewarm about Gillian in past books, especially since I didn't really like the idea of her with William. However, she grew into a really cool heroine in this story and I like her very much now. Puck's demon made him a cold at times and he's a fierce warrior but he was surprisingly sweet when he could allow emotions without punishment from his demon. Overall, I really liked the characters and story and found it to be an engaging story so I would recommend it (and the series in general).