Happy Monday to all my lovelies!! I know you’re all trying to catch your breath from the past two epic weeks of new releases, however, there’s no rest for the wicked and our favorite authors are working hard to give us even more.
Here’s 3 that I’ve been looking forward to. A little eSpecial warmup to the new Anita Blake novel in June, the latest with Jace & Clary that we’ve been waiting on seemingly FOREVER, and another King in Heather Killough-Walden’s The King’s series. This one tells of her sexy, tattooed, motorcycle-riding King, Thane. If you haven’t read the first in the series, The Vampire King, you must do so now! Here’s my review of that one.
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #20.5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
This is an eSpecial about Anita, Jean-Claude & Asher. It’s a preview to Kiss the Dead that comes out June 5th.
You’d think I’d get used to seeing such a beautiful man and knowing he was mine, but it never grew old, as if his beauty and the fact that he was mine, and I was his, would forever surprise me.
With a vampire like Jean Claude around, it’s far too easy for Anita Blake to doubt her own appearance—and the hold it has on those who love her. But one hot tub and two incredibly sexy men—Jean Claude and Asher—will make her feel like the most lusted-after woman alive…or undead. Not bad for a mere human…
Includes an excerpt of Kiss the Dead, the new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel..
Title: City of Lost Souls
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: Cassandra Clare
The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series
Title: The Phantom King
Series: The Kings #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Heather Killough-Walden
Here’s a teaser Heather posted…
Thane was beside her again, moving in like a black-clad, tattooed, sexy-as-hell beast. He straddled the front tire of the motorcycle and placed his hands over hers on the handlebars, sending a buzz-like thrill up through her arms and across her chest. Her nipples hardened against the material of her bra.
“How long have you known how to ride?” he asked. His eyes held hers like iron chains.
“About fifteen years,” she told him.
The corner of his mouth twitched and his hold on her hands tightened. He seemed satisfied with her response.
“Can you move a bike the way you moved your Mustang?” His gaze was glinting with unspoken mischief.
Siobhan wondered whether she should respond. But he had some kind of hold over her, and even if she’d decided not to, there was no way she could keep from telling him the truth now. She nodded. She could do whatever she wanted with a vehicle. It was one of the very few ways she allowed her magic to take form.
He smiled now, and his beautiful features took on a wicked cast. His fangs were out, long and white and incredibly sharp. “I’ll tell you what, then,” he said, leaning forward a bit and blocking out the rest of the world. “I’ll make you a deal. You take this bike and I’ll take the Shadow,” he nodded toward the bike a few feet away.
She glanced at it and then looked back up at Thane, her eyes wide in her face. His smile was unforgiving… furthering the dampness between her legs.
“If you can outrun me, I’ll sleep on the couch tonight,” he said.
Siobhan froze, her heart thumping.
“But if I catch you,” he warned, “then you’ll share my bed with me.”
The world moved a little under Siobhan as his words registered, and she felt the blood drain from her face. At the same time, it seemed to be rushing everywhere else – flushing her chest and neck, turning her already hard nipples into painfully taut nubs, and warming the area below her belly as if she’d just consumed an aphrodisiac.
But he wasn’t going to allow her any time for modesty or embarrassment. Instead, he asked, “So what do you say, warlock? Do we have a deal?”
For a moment, all Siobhan could do was blink up at him. But then something inside of her switched up, one of her puzzle pieces moved aside for another, and the wicked in her came to the fore once more.
“And if I refuse?” she asked, her gaze narrowing, but her lips curling.
Thane’s silver gaze went all-pupil. “We share the bed anyway."
- The Phantom King, by Heather Killough-Walden