Spice Box Reviews

The Spice Box (Box Set) by Various Authors was released yesterday, and in connection with that several bloggers, myself included, were asked to review some of the stories in the set. It’s not an anthology as much as a collection of novels slightly shorter than most books, and though as the name of the box indicates; they are spicy, the novels are of different genres. Naturally I picked the ones with paranormal titles. 😉

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The Witch Who Cried Wolf  (Cry Wolf #1) by Sarah Mäkelä.

Published: May 24th 2014 (Kissa Press LLC) (first published November 27th 2013)

Review source: copy provided by Literati Author Services in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

~ Book Synopsis ~

Be careful what you wish for…

A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her
magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves“that she didn’t even realize existed…

Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush…

The power of love: things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia…

 

Review

I had not previously read anything by this author, and I’m not opposed to reading more of her books, seeing as The Witch Who Cried Wolf  left off the story a bit too soon in my opinion. I would have liked to read more and see how Ethan handles what comes next and the consequences of what happened during the book. This might have been deliberate by the author though, because it did make me want to pick up the next book and read on.

Though some of the characters in the book annoyed me a bit, I liked the plot. Being a Wiccan, I have a weakness for witches, and who doesn’t like werewolves? My only objection to the plot was that it felt a bit rushed, and I would have liked for the characters to have a bit more time to breathe and develop, and for us to learn more of Mia and how she deals with being a witch. But I suppose that is the thing with novellas, isn’t it? They are short and most often deals with one event and few characters. As a prequel so a series, the novella did a good job, and hopefully we get to learn more about the past and everyday life of the characters. I do believe that I could grow to like the characters that annoyed me if I got to learn more about them.

I can definitely recommend this book if you like paranormal romance and want an easy read this summer.

About the Author

SarahMakela1Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she’s written all over the romance spectrum withcyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy…even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.

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The Demon’s Deception
 
(Demons Unleashed Erotic Novellas #4) by Lisa Alder.

Published: December 9 2013

Review source: copy provided by Literati Author Services in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

~ Book Synopsis ~

Barbas, the Demon of Healing, has a secret. One he’d do anything to keep. Until the day that he meets his swornebook-cover-deception-800x1200 enemy and finds himself drawn into herworld. Certainly a Demon strong enough to survive being chained for a millennium beneath the Earth’s crust can resist one virginal princess when she demands his help. To reveal the truth would make him a traitor to his people. So why does deceiving the princess make him feel like a traitor to his heart?

Warning: This erotic romance novella contains sex outdoors, virginal sex, sex between sworn enemies, and lots of smokin’ hot Demon and Fae sex!

This futuristic fantasy romance series is set in the near future after a massive earthquake unleashes magickal Demons who have been trapped beneath the Earth’s crust for the last thousand years. When they burst to the surface, their energy fries all electrical systems and throws the Human world into an industrial apocalypse. In this post-apoc, dystopian world Humans are caught between the warring Demons and their mortal enemy, the Fae. Demons and Fae draw magickal power from Human emotions. Each side gains victories and suffers defeats. But lately the Demons have been increasing in power exponentially, while the Fae are growing weaker.

But the Fae have plans to change their luck

 

Review

I have not read the previous 3 books in this series, but the author did a good job of introducing us to the storyline. The grand plot I believe is a truce between the two races, the Demons and the Fae. In order to find a spy, the Demon Barbas uses his secret ancestry to try and infiltrate the Fae, but ends up falling heads over heels for the Fae princess instead, leaving him torn between his duties and his heart.

Again, I think the story would have been better had it been given the time to breathe. I read 50% of the story in one morning before even getting out of bed, and it all felt a little rushed to me. The main characters have sex the first time they meet, before even knowing the other’s name, and without really talking together besides dirty-talk, they fall in love, all while her guards are hunting a deer. Color me cynical, but I just don’t believe in that kind of love at first sight (or penetration).

Still, I did like the characters and the underlying grand plot of the series, and while Barbas and Aine came off as slightly shallow; the other characters are more intriguing. The Fae king who hates all Demons (why?! I want to learn your secrets, you powerful and paranoid man!), the Demon prince Gaap, and the demon Leraye who was once trapped in stasis. Something about these characters made me either like them or become desperate to know their secrets, secrets I might have known had I read the previous books, which I might just do if I can get my hands on them.

It’s hard judging a book on its own when you haven’t read the other books in the series, seeing as the questions I’m left with might have been answered before, so I would recommend reading the other books before you start on this one. Based on the plot and the story, I liked this book and recommend it, even though the love story didn’t really appeal to me personally, mostly because it felt too rushed and a bit forced.

About the Author

Lisa Alder has a split personality.

I couldn't find a picture of Ms. Alder anywhere. Mysterious and intriguing... Who are you, Ms. Alder?

I couldn’t find a picture of Ms. Alder anywhere. Mysterious and intriguing… Who are you, Ms. Alder?

Naughty Lisa writes HOT Demons, Fae and Humans in a post-apocalyptic world.

Nice Lisa writes sexy, contemporary romantic romps.

She has been writing romance for years. All manner of stories lurk in her mind, with all manner of fictional creatures vying for her time and attention. Right now she’s consorting with Demons and Fae (Demons Unleashed Erotic Novellas) or innocent small town girls (One Wild Night). But she’s been known to play with sexy Angels, modern day Amazons, hot CIA dudes, and kick-ass heroines as well. And lately, she’s been immersed in modern day Amazons.

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