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Carnal Magic

Lila Dubois Paranormal/Vampire Heat Rating: 4

Two hundred years after the Tuatha de Danaan and Vampires formed a fragile alliance, the Wraith Accords are unraveling. Isabel Santiago is a leader in one of the most powerful of the vampire cabals, and she agrees to join the Fae court as a gesture of goodwill—and damage control. While Aed mac Goll’s loyalty to Fae is absolute, he’s never supported the accords which gave the Vampires sanctuary and restored the Tuatha de’s link to humanity. The very idea he could desire an undead human is unthinkable, yet he’s drawn to Isabel’s dark beauty and fierce intelligence. Review: Finally! FINALLY off of my book hangover thanks to Lila Dubois! The synopsis of Carnal Magic teases and hints to some sexy scenes between Aed and Isabel and Lila does not disappoint! This book isn’t just about some really hot stuff going on between a vampire and a fae though... there is a much deeper plot behind the scenes. It was very interesting the way Isabel is introduced in the story. She is all vampire but in fae territory so she realizes she is very vulnerable. Being a vampire she is not one to let these silly fae get in her way of ensuring the alliance is upheld and strengthened but it is surprising to see how these fae act. Aed sounds like a god! It’s no wonder Isabel is taken with him so suddenly. It’s a wonder how faes must react to each other since Aed is barely glanced at and finds it ridiculous when Isabel compliments him. Faith in his looks notwithstanding, he is the epitome of a Knight in Shining Armor and is set to protect Isabel, as is his duty. These two are formidable! The tension, not just from the lust but from their separate loyalties hangs in the air constantly leaving them unsure of each other. I loved that these two are so strong and yet the make a striking juxtaposition to each other, as any reader would assume being that they are vampire and fae. SO different and yet so strong and conscious of their duties to their families. The entire story was fascinating and had me drooling for more. The only downside to this fantastic story is that there

wasn’t much at the end. The synopsis does say Book 1 so it is with high hopes that the author is continuing the story and plans to divulge some of what is going on! There were just so many questions that went unanswered but the writing and the characters made up for that and I am highly anticipating book 2. | Reviewer: Christina Torretta |

Solace Shattered Anna Steffl SciFi Heat Rating: 2

The fascinating Solace trilogy continues with greater stakes and deeper romance in an unforgettable fantasy world. One relic is lost in an act of fidelity when Paulus’s blessed sword falls into undeserving hands. One relic is won by testing the strength, endurance, and mercy of the champion who proves himself worthy of the Blue Eye. But two souls are shattered in the process. Though Arvana serves her penance by choosing a champion, the pure joy of a shacra evades her until a forbidden moment of tenderness. Will the single kiss endanger the fate of the world and destroy her heart’s longing for solace? Review: A new hero emerges causing Arvana question whether he may be the one who can harness not just the Blue Eye, but her heart as well. Will this new hero be the one to control the ancient relic, or will Chane return a changed man with the ability to harness the power of the Blue Eye? Shattered Solace is full of suspense, mystery, assassins, princesses, princes, kings, warriors, romance, sprits and action; that forces many of the characters to show their true colors. Those who once seemed pure now seem to be as corrupt as those who harbor the draeden. I cannot wait to read the not book in the series. | Reviewer: Brittany Hale |

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