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Sexy & Thrilling: DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger – Review

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release date: June 24 2014
Source: ARC from publisher
Pages:  432

five stars

The nitty-gritty: Another well-rounded entry into this fantastic series, with Geissinger’s trademark combination of sex, thrills, danger and heartbreak.

The air was warm and humid, redolent with the sweet perfume of flowers, heavy with clouds. The dragon sliced through them as neatly as a scythe. She climbed higher, breaking free of the clouds, then tipped to the left, following an updraft of heated wind. The earth below peeked through in patches of glistening emerald through the fluffy cloudscape. The horizon was aflame with the rising sun, bleeding scarlet into infinity.

Jack wanted to cry at the beauty of it. Instead she laughed, and screamed with exhilaration. The dragon turned back to look at her—grinning, its muzzle and lashes beaded with moisture—then surged forward with a powerful thrust of its wings and climbed higher still, until the air was so think it was hard to breathe.

I don’t think it would be a spoiler to tell you that yes, there is indeed a dragon in Darkness Bound. But it’s not what you think. Or who you think. (That is if you’re unfamiliar with this series. If you’ve read Geissinger’s other books, you probably know what I’m talking about.) Geissinger never fails to amaze me with her storytelling prowess, world-building and her deeply wrought characters. What they say is true: the more you write (or you can substitute “write” for whatever it is you love to do), the better you get. This is book five in her Night Prowler series, and simply put, I never want this series to end. When I finished Edge of Darkness, I was sure she wouldn’t be able to top herself. But she has. Darkness Bound puts a new spin on relationships (and if you’re a fan already, you know this series has seen some really unique ones!) and brings our friends the Ikati closer and closer to danger.

I usually say in my reviews that each of these novels can be read as a stand-alone, so if you’re new to the series, you can easily pick up the story without too much trouble. And I’m saying that again, although I am also begging you to start at the beginning, because there are certain characters and plot threads that do continue from one book to the next, and your enjoyment will be enhanced by reading the series in order. Each book focuses on a different couple—keep in mind that these are romance novels, and yes there is a lot of romance!—one person is usually introduced in the previous book and then takes center stage in the present story, and the other is usually an outsider whom we haven’t yet met.

This time around the outsider is a human, a gritty reporter named Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan who has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize with her fervently written editorial in the New York Times decrying the existence of the Ikati, a group of shape-shifting creatures who have wreaked havoc on humans. Jack’s passionate hatred of the Ikati has gotten the attention of Alejandro, the Alpha male of an Ikati colony that is currently living in the Brazilian rain forests.  Alejandro’s plan is to bring Jack to live with the colony—by force, if necessary—in order to sway her opinion and get her to retract her hateful rant.

But Alejandro’s plan backfires in a big way, as soon as Jack arrives in Brazil. An Ikati male named Hawk has been assigned to watch over Jack during her stay, and Hawk is less than thrilled with that idea. And there’s danger brewing. Several enemies are out to either destroy or capture the Queen of the Ikati, and they’re all headed to Brazil on a deadly collision course. With their very way of life hanging in the balance, the Ikati must work together to protect themselves.

Let’s talk about the romance first. The first thing you should know is that if you are about to stop reading this review because eewww romance, Geissinger’s books are loaded with everything that makes a great story: a fantastic fantasy world, deeply developed characters, exciting action scenes, humor and nasty bad guys, all tied together with really good writing. And then there are the sexy times. And boy, are they hot, people! Having read her four previous books, I knew the sex scenes were coming, and yet she made me blush anyway. If I had to complain about anything with this series, it would be that the romance is a wee bit over the top (Hawk is about as alpha male as they come, Jack is about as stubborn but beautiful as they come, and together they practically split atoms with their love-making), but hey, it’s romance. And every other element makes up for the romantic stereotypes. What Geissinger does differently this time is throw in a couple of I-didn’t-see-that-coming twists into their relationship that make the romance feel fresh. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Hawk is a gorgeous stud with a vulnerable side that will make everyone fall in love with him.

Geissinger brings the Brazilian rain forest to vivid life with her descriptions of the towering trees and unusual wildlife, and I thought it was a perfect setting for this story. Add to that the Ikati themselves, who are shape-shifters that can turn into black panthers, and the rain forest becomes a highly dangerous place to be. She contrasts this with several scenes that are set in Jack’s hometown of New York City, although I much preferred the parts set in Brazil.

The author also throws in a bit of social commentary about racism and accepting those who are different, when Hawk calls Jack a “bigot” for her unfounded hatred of the Ikati. There are some lessons imparted in Darkness Bound, including a subtle story angle about the decline of the rain forests, but the stars of this tale are definitely the complicated characters, who are simply trying to survive in a world full of hatred.

If you are looking to invest in a series with just about everything there is to love about paranormal romance, then this series is for you. I’m beyond excited that book #6, Into Darkness, will be released this October. Highly recommended. Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy. The above quote is taken from an uncorrected proof and may differ in the final version.

J.T. Geissinger photoJ.T. Geissinger is an award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance featuring dark and twisted plots, kick-ass heroines, and alpha heroes whose hearts are even bigger than their muscles. Her debut fantasy romance Shadow’s Edge was a #1 bestseller on Amazon US and UK and won the Prism award for Best First Book. Her follow-up novel, Edge of Oblivion, was a RITA Award finalist for Paranormal Romance from the Romance Writers of America, and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.

She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Cover Reveal! DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger

I’ve talked about this woman, and I’ve read all her books, and every time something new happens with her, I jump for joy! And today is awesome because J.T. is revealing the cover of her next Night Prowler book, Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5). The cover is gorgeous, as usual, and I’m SO looking forward to this book. So, I won’t keep you in suspense, here we go:

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger
Publication Date: June 24 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Available Formats: Paperback/e-book/CD/Audible.com

Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

I just love the bright green on this cover! And wait, there are two people on it instead of one. That’s new…Look how nice it looks alongside the other Night Prowler books:

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EDGE OF DARKNESS by J.T. Geissinger – Review

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Edge of Darkness (Night Prowler #4) by J.T. Geissinger
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release date: December 10 2013
Source: Finished copy from author
Pages: 432

five stars

In a word: A sexy paranormal with a hot and charismatic male MC, an adorable female MC that stole my heart, full of unexpected humor, and as usual, a perfectly paced story with loads of danger.

“Jesus Christ, honey, what’s going on? Are you hurt? I’ve never heard you cry! And I’ve never heard anyone cry like that. It sounds like someone’s skinning a cat! Tell me what’s happening, I’m about to blow an O ring!”

Obscure car engine references from a hysterical gay man who’d broken into her house in the middle of the night after she’d discovered her sort-of boyfriend was something right out of a Stephen King novel; the world had officially ended.

It’s always nice to dive into a book written by an author you know is going to deliver the goods. That’s how I feel every time I read a J.T. Geissinger story, and Edge of Darkness was no different. The fourth book in her Night Prowler series, Edge of Darkness can be read as a stand-alone, but if this is your first time reading J.T.’s books, you’ll drop everything you’re doing to catch up on the first three books, trust me. This time around the feel of the book is different, but in a good way. Rather than immerse the reader in the paranormal world of the Ikati, shapeshifters who can shift into panthers, Geissinger focuses on a very human character for most of the story, which I found to be a nice change of pace. Ember seems normal on the outside, but she’s hiding a terrible secret from her past and keeping everyone at arm’s length to avoid human interaction. I loved her character, and after reading this book I think it’s safe to say that Geissinger creates human characters that are just as well drawn as the mysterious Ikati that she’s brought to life in the rest of her series.

Edge of Darkness takes place in Barcelona, Spain, where Ember Jones has lived for the past six years. She lives alone and works at an antiquarian bookstore, guarding herself from human interaction as much as possible, still fragile after a tragic event that changed her life forever. Ember isn’t looking to make new friends in Barcelona, and she certainly isn’t looking for a romantic entanglement. But one day an enigmatic man named Christian comes into the bookstore to buy a mint condition copy of Casino Royale, and Ember’s quiet life is turned upside down. Christian’s magnetism draws her in, but Ember is determined not to fall for him, even though he is obviously intrigued by her and won’t leave her alone. When an evil Ikati from Christian’s past shows up in the city, Christian and Ember find themselves in the middle of an Ikati war and must join together to keep each other safe. But safety is just an illusion, as Ember is about to find out, when she discovers that Christian is not at all who he seems to be.

I was pleased to see several characters from past books make an appearance in Edge of Darkness. Christian’s brother Leander, who is the main character in the first book, Shadow’s Edge, appears briefly and not only moves the story forward but fills us in on several important plot points that are going on off-stage. I was less thrilled (yet excited!) to see the return of the evil Caesar, the Ikati who caused so much sorrow at the end of Rapture’s Edge. And even if you haven’t read the other Night Prowler books, Geissinger adds just enough information to bring newbie readers up to speed without spoiling the story.

Even though I adore the lore of Geissinger’s Ikati, I loved the human characters that stole the show in this installment. Ember is a very human girl, one who makes mistakes, says the wrong things at the wrong time, and has trouble making up her mind, especially when it comes to Christian. Her dialog and endearingly clumsy actions keep her rooted in the present day, and make her a wonderful foil for the mysterious and dangerous Christian. Ember doesn’t take shit from anyone, especially Christian, and I loved that even though you know the two are going to hook up eventually, it’s a rocky road to bliss, which makes it all the more thrilling when the clothes finally start coming off. Oh, did I forget to mention the sexiness of Geissinger’s stories? It’s one of the reasons I keep coming back for more! But awesome sex scenes aside, I also appreciated the sweetly romantic moments between the two, like the way Ember keeps showing up at Christian’s house dripping wet, having walked there in the rain.

I also fell in love with Ember’s close friend Asher, a gay man who lives in her apartment building and acts as the comic relief from the angst and menace of the situation with the Ikati. Asher is a slightly over-the-top character, but despite that I loved how loyal and protective he is toward Ember. And his reaction to seeing Christian for the first time? Priceless. Geissinger also introduces us to Clare, a young girl with cystic fibrosis who has the most positive outlook on life that I’ve ever seen. And while she doesn’t add much to the plot, Clare’s presence is a reminder to Ember that life is short and should be lived to its fullest.

Several factions of Ikati enter the picture, just as Christian and Ember start to let their guards down, and the last half of the book is an exciting race for survival as the different groups meet and clash in unexpected ways. Once again Geissinger proves to be a master at pacing, inserting comedic and romantic moments just where they’re needed, and leaving the reader breathless as the action (both in the bedroom and out) heats up. Some surprises at the end made me wonder if we might get to see more of Ember and Christian in future books, but knowing how the author structures her series, I’m not sure this will happen.

In any case, Geissinger plants some clues at the end that will hopefully lead into the fifth book of her series, Darkness Bound, which comes out next summer. June can’t come soon enough for me, since the Night Prowler series seems to get better and better with each new book. Romance, sex, danger, humor and secrets—Edge of Darkness has it all.

Big thanks to the author for supplying a review copy!

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Book One: Shadow’s Edge

Book Two: Edge of Oblivion

Book Three: Rapture’s Edge


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Waiting on Wednesday (65) EDGE OF DARKNESS by J. T. Geissinger

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Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share the books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. This week I’m thrilled about J. T. Geissinger’s next book in her Night Prowler series, Edge of Darkness:


Edge of Darkness (Night Prowler #4) by J. T. Geissinger. Release date: December 10 2013 (Montlake Romance). Boy am I excited for this book! This is Book Four in the series, and each one is better than the last. I love that the cover has a guy on it this time! And I don’t think this is the last book, either. J. T. can keep on writing as far as I’m concerned:) Here’s the story from Goodreads:

Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.

Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.

The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all.


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So, has anyone else read this series? Let me know what you’re waiting on this week in the comments.


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Tammy’s 2nd Blogoversary Spectacular! Giveaway Day Two

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Welcome to Day Two of my Blogoversary celebration! Since I completely forgot to celebrate last year, I’m making up for it big time. I have three days of giveaways, and today is Day Two. This giveaway is for all you paranormal romance fans. If you haven’t heard me gush about J. T. Geissinger, well, keep listening. And if you have heard me gush about her, then it won’t surprise you to discover that I love her books. The Night Prowler novels have everything: fantastic world building, hot otherworldly guys, lots of danger, and some pretty, um, sexy sex scenes. These are not young adult books, so if you are a teen reader, this giveaway probably isn’t for you (but stay tuned for tomorrow’s giveaway, because it’s a YA one!).

Today’s giveaway is INTERNATIONAL provided The Book Depository ships to your country (please check here before entering). One winner will get paperback copies of the first three books in the Night Prowler series:

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Leander McLoughlin is leader of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of beautiful, savage shape-shifters who live hidden in the forests of England. Their survival is rooted in secrecy, a secrecy threatened by the very existence of one raised outside the tribe. Charged with capturing her before she can expose their secret, Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California. The great warrior is prepared for a fight ? but not for the effect the courageous young beauty has on his heart. Jenna Moore spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from an unseen enemy. Now her mother is dead and her father has vanished without a trace, leaving Jenna alone to contend with sudden strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander McLoughlin appears, promising answers to all of her questions, she knows she shouldn’t trust him. But their connection is as undeniable as the dangerous destiny drawing her home?

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There exists a world beyond our own. It is a world of ancient magic and well-guarded secrets, a world of strict laws and harsh punishments for those who betray them, a world inhabited by the Ikati, a race of gifted people who are so much more than they first appear. Brought together by fate in this world of danger and beauty, two people with dark pasts will meet.

Morgan is beautiful, smart, sexy…and about to die. Convicted of treason against her shape-shifting kin, she is given one last chance at redemption; discover the hidden lair of the enemy intent on destroying every one of her kind, or forfeit her life.

Xander is ruthless, heartless, cold-blooded…and assigned to kill her if she fails in her task. Expecting to feel nothing but contempt for the traitor under his watch, the assassin accompanies Morgan on her search, but as the two race through the heart of Italy while the clock winds down to zero hour, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of desire as powerful as it is forbidden. Their passion will test everything they believe in, and endanger the future of the tribe itself.

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SECRETS…In the hidden world that exists beside our own, a mirror world of ancient magic and elegant deceptions, a world of people who are so much more than they first appear, a war is brewing. Most of these Gifted people—the Ikati, a savage, sensual race of lethal predators—are content to hide behind human smiles, disguising their splendor in order to survive. But others are discontent. And they will hide no longer.

BETRAYALS…Eliana lives for two things only: vengeance on the man who killed her father and seeing her father’s dream of living in the open with humans come to pass. But that dream is far too dangerous for The Hunt, a group of elite Ikati assassins with one objective: eliminate her before she can expose their secrets to the world.

SEDUCTION…Demetrius is haunted by the memory of the woman he once loved. He will risk everything to save her from the killers on her tail…and convince her, before the ancient walls between two worlds crumble, that only together can they defeat their real enemy, a brilliant, cunning traitor far more deadly than either of them can guess.

And if you love these books, the fourth book in the series, Edge of Darkness, comes out this December! Want to win all three? Simply click below to go to the Rafflecopter:

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RAPTURE’S EDGE by J. T. Geissinger – Review

Rapture's Edge 3DRapture’s Edge: A Night Prowler Novel by J. T. Geissinger

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Release date: June 18 2013

Source: Finished copy from publisher

Pages: 425

five stars

In a word: an awesome race of supernatural creatures, toe-tingling romance, a plot full of danger and secrets, and characters that you will fall in love with.

Well, J.T. has done it again! In this third installment of her Night Prowler series, she immerses her readers in the carefully built and stunningly described world of the Ikati, a race of shape-shifters who are descended from Cleopatra and are able to shift into panthers and turn into Vapor. Each book focuses on a different set of characters, who ultimately hook up romantically, but some of the characters from the previous books also make appearances in order to tie the series together. These books are not mere romantic fluff. They are beautifully written and full of dangerous, intriguing and hotter than hell characters! And if you are a newbie to Geissinger’s world, never fear: each book can be read as a stand-alone, as the author does fill in the important parts of the world building that you might have missed.

Rapture’s Edge is Eliana and Demetrius’ story and mostly takes place in the mysterious Catacombs of Paris. Eliana, a full-blooded Ikati who is able to transform into a panther, turn to Vapor at will, and blend into the shadows so as to seem nearly invisible, has been living in Paris for the past three years after fleeing her home in Rome where she lived as little more than a prisoner. She and her brother Caesar live with Silas and several other Roman Ikati who have also left Rome. Eliana uses her Ikati skills to earn money fighting in the catacombs (like a fight club) and as a thief stealing precious jewels and art, which she gives to her human friend Gregor to sell for her. But one night, on a mission to steal a Degas from the Louvre, Eliana is caught and taken in for questioning. Unfortunately, the men who have arrested her suspect she is something more than human, and they will do anything to find out her secrets.

Demetrius (referred to in the story as “D”) is in Rome when he has a prophetic dream that Eliana is in danger, and without much thought he races to Paris to save her. But seeing D again only makes Eliana angry, since he betrayed her in Rome three years ago. Long buried feelings have a way of rising to the surface, however, and the sparks between the two begin to fly as they try to evade danger, stop an evil plot from brewing, and try to keep from killing each other whenever they are together.

I fell back into this series with a happy sigh and barely came up for air until I’d turned the last page. Geissinger’s settings are always so romantic and intriguing, and this book is no exception. I loved the Catacombs as a setting (check out these photos—this is a real place, guys!). It gave the characters lots of tunnels and nooks to hide in while they were being chased!

Geissinger writes characters that are bigger than life—and yes, a bit over-the-top—but every bulging muscle and smoldering glance leads to some very epic romantic moments. The sexual tension between D and Eliana sizzles, and it’s a long time before the reader gets any kind of, um, release, which is a good thing. You won’t find any insta-love in Rapture’s Edge. Eliana spends at least half the book hating D with a fiery passion, and she’s got a good reason to do so (at least she thinks she does!). But when she finally caves in to her reluctant longing for D, you can practically hear sweeping music in the background. And D isn’t the only male who wants Eliana. Just about every guy in the story, human or otherwise, seems to be in love with her, which makes for some interesting choices. I personally wanted her to go for Gregor, her enterprising human friend who saves her more than once, and I’m hoping he gets more story time in the next book. (Oh my God, I hope there’s going to be a Next Book!)

And let’s not forget the bad guys, who are extremely bad and keep Eliana, D and their friends on their toes, trying to stay alive. There are evil plots afoot, plots that could end the Ikati’s secret existence and wreak havoc on the lives of humans everywhere. Eliana’s conniving brother Caesar and his equally evil advisor Silas bring a true Shakespearian quality to this story. We’re also introduced to The Hunt, a group of assassins who are sent by the Ikati Queen in England to kill Eliana and D, and they give us some nail-biting “How the hell are they going to get out of this one?” moments.

Secrets, betrayal, danger, misunderstandings, pulse-pounding action, buried longings, emotional angst and toe-curling sexual tension—Rapture’s Edge has all this and more. Where some books only come close to giving readers the complete package, the Night Prowler books succeed every time.

Many thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy. Find Rapture’s Edge and J.T. Geissinger here:

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Shadow’s Edge: Book One

Edge of Oblivion: Book Two


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Tammy’s Top Ten Books I Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday2Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)  is definitely my favorite of the year! And what a hard Top Ten to narrow down…I read so many wonderful books this year. Every book on my list received a five-star review, but many of my five-star reviews aren’t on this list. Cutting the list down to ten was very painful and agonizing, but in the interest of keeping this a true “Top Ten” list, I did just that. It was interesting to discover that eight out of the ten are adult books, which surprised me since I read a lot of YA as well. So here they are, my faves from the past year! I’m listing them in alphabetical order, so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings:) Oh, and I’m trying out WordPress’ new slide show feature, what do you think?

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1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Yes, this book came out in November of 2011, but I didn’t get around to reading it until January. And I’m so glad I did! Although long (849 pages), I loved every word. King writes a tense and engaging time travel novel about the repercussions of changing events in the past (like for example, JFK’s shooting). But it’s a lot more complicated than it seems on the surface. One of my all-time favorite King stories.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I love fairy tale re-tellings, and this has got to be one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve ever read. Cinderella as a cyborg?? Yes! This imaginative story is only the first of four books in the series, the next of which comes out in February. So if you loved Cinder, you have a lot to look forward to. You can read my review of Cinder here.

3. Edge of Oblivion by J. T. Geissinger. Wow, this book took me totally by surprise! It’s published by Montlake Romance, a publishing arm of Amazon, and I really wasn’t expecting the quality of writing and story building that I found in this amazing book. Not for kids, though! I’d rate it NC17 if it were a movie:) You can read my review here.

4. The Reckoning by Alma Katsu. The second book in Katsu’s The Taker Trilogy did not disappoint. It was a lush and dangerous descent into the minds of some very fascinating characters, and I can’t wait for the third book in the series, which will hopefully be published in 2013. You can read my review here.

5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.  This adult paranormal story was funny, entertaining, confusing, surprising, and amazing! It was one of the most unique stories I read all year, and it has been compared to Harry Potter, X-Men and Ghostbusters. It’s really none of those, but something completely original. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.

6. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. I read this for book club back in March, and was blown away by the violent, gritty and unexpectedly funny Eli and Charlie Sisters, two outlaw killers that seem more human than many of the “good guy” characters I’ve read in other books. Reading this book has given me a fondness for westerns, and I hope to read more like it soon.

7. Something Red by Douglas Nicholas. I don’t usually seek out historical fiction, but this book seemed too good to pass up.  Something Red has some of the best characters I’ve read all year. Mysterious and epic and filled with action as well as tender human moments, I hope more readers discover this amazing book. You can read my review here.

8. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. It’s hard for me to describe how much I loved this book. Oddly, I’ve read some really mixed reviews, and I think the reason some people just didn’t get it was that it wasn’t what they were expecting. It’s a beautifully written fantasy with a lovely relationship between a girl and a griffin, but it’s set in a harsh world where lots of bad things happen. Just read it already! You can read my review here.

9. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Gladstone is a master of world-building, and the odd but compelling city of Alt Coulumb has wonders to spare. I was completely immersed in the story of Tara, Abelard, Cat and Raz and I can’t wait for the sequel next year. You can read my review here.

10. Velveteen by Daniel Marks. I just managed to squeeze this in before this post was due to go up, and I’m so glad I did. Wow. Marks’ wonderful but horrifying depiction of purgatory is tempered by some pretty awesome characters, especially Velveteen, a very angry girl who has died horribly and now wants nothing more than to take revenge on the madman that killed her. Oh, and to get to know the newest and hottest soul in town, Nick. Look for my review coming soon.

I’d love to hear what your top ten books are! Please link me up, or just let me know in the comments! Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, and although it’s Christmas day, I’ll be posting my Top Ten Indie Books of 2012. I read some amazing indies, and they deserve some love as well:)


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Giveaway Ending Soon! EDGE OF OBLIVION by J. T. Geissinger

If you haven’t entered to win a signed copy of Edge of Oblivion by J. T. Geissinger, now’s your chance! This book completely took me by surprise, in a good way! I loved every word, and you will too. You can enter here and read my review here. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and due to mature subject matter, please don’t enter if you are under eighteen. Please enter by tomorrow, Friday October 12 at midnight, PST. Winner will be randomly selected by random.org. Good Luck!

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*Giveaway! EDGE OF OBLIVION by J. T. Geissinger

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 I’m so excited to be able to host a giveaway for a paperback copy of J. T. Geissinger’s Edge of Oblivion! I recently wrote a very gushy review (click here to read it) about this amazing book, and it’s one of my favorite books so far this year.  This giveaway is for U. S. residents only, and I’m sorry, but due to mature subject matter, you must be eighteen or over to enter this giveaway. Here it is:

Isn’t it pretty? Even though this is the second book in a series (I explain this more in my review), you do not need to read the first one, Shadow’s Edge, in order to enjoy the story. I hadn’t read it, and I enjoyed it just fine:) Contest ends on Friday, October 12 at midnight, Pacific Standard Time. Please fill out the form below to enter. Everyone automatically gets one entry, but you can get *extra* entries for Liking Books, Bones & Buffy on Facebook, following me on Twitter, (see sidebar) or leaving a comment either on this post or the review post. Don’t forget to come back here and fill out the form and click *submit*!  Good luck everyone!

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EDGE OF OBLIVION by J. T. Geissinger – Review

Sometimes an author is lucky (or maybe I should say talented) and all the stars align perfectly so that the end result of all their hard work, a finished and published book, is exquisite. Edge of Oblivion is a sublime example of a paranormal romance, and I was both dreading and anticipating getting to the last page. Edge of Oblivion is published by Montlake Romance, a publishing arm of Amazon. I’m extremely impressed with my first experience with this publisher. Geissinger’s writing is top-notch, and the cover art is gorgeous. Have I used enough superlatives yet to describe how much I enjoyed this book? A word of warning to any under-aged readers, however: this book is recommended for adults due to some extremely hot and unexpected sex scenes!

Although I haven’t read the first book in the Night Prowler series, Shadow’s Edge, I was immediately immersed in the story and only felt a few twinges of confusion here and there. But the author does a great job of subtly inserting vital information from the first book where needed, without bashing the reader over the head trying to catch us up to speed. Morgan is an Ikati, a secret race of shape-shifters descended from Cleopatra who can turn into panthers or vapor, or both. Morgan is part of the Ikati colony in England, one of four known colonies. The story begins in high gear as we find Morgan in prison, awaiting her fate for betraying her tribe at the end of Shadow’s Edge. At the last minute, Queen Jenna makes a deal with Morgan. She has two weeks to track down the sworn enemy of the Ikati, the Expurgari, whom they know to be hidden somewhere in Rome, or she will be killed. Accompanying her on this fated journey is an assassin named Alexander, the man assigned to kill Morgan if she can’t complete her task. Geissinger sets these two characters up in typical romance fashion by pitting them against each other in the beginning, and then creating opportunities for them to grow closer together.

In Rome Morgan and Xander run into a rogue Alpha named Dominus who is not affiliated with any of the four colonies. Xander senses danger and tries to catch him, but he gets away. But the damage has been done. Dominus, having the superior sense of smell that all Ikati have, has figured out that Morgan is a full-blooded female who is unmated, and he wants to use her in his evil plan (which I will not give away in this review!). Xander and Morgan temporarily forget the reason they have come to Rome in the first place, as they try to avoid Dominus and his band of powerful and feral Ikati, who are all relentlessly chasing Morgan. The story is nearly non-stop action from this point on, as Morgan and Xander find themselves in danger time and again, while continuing to look for the hidden Expurgari before the two weeks is up. In the midst of all the action is the blooming romance between Xander and Morgan, with plenty of misunderstandings thrown in to muddy the waters and keep readers hearts palpitating before the climax comes, so to speak. A few sub-plots are mixed in to give the story a broader feel, as well as several characters who will most certainly play a leading role in Geissinger’s next book.

The author has done a bang up job with her world building, and I enjoyed every detail of the Ikati, including their powers of shape-shifting. Xander can not only turn into a panther, but he can also shift into vapor form or pass through walls. Geissinger doesn’t overdo it with the shape-shifting, however, which I was grateful for. She concentrates more on the relationships between the characters, and less on their lives as panthers. The life of an Ikati is a hard one, since they are required to live in secrecy, and several of the characters, in particular the female ones, have never seen the light of day. The author does a great job portraying the horrible loss of freedom these women suffer, and their desire to live beyond the constraints of their male superiors.

I honestly couldn’t find anything wrong with this book, and I have to admit it’s one of the most exciting reading experiences I’ve had in quite a while. Some of the scenes had an almost Shakespearian intensity to them, and I’m bemoaning the fact that Night Prowler #3 is probably months away from publication. Romance novels may fall into the category of “guilty pleasure,” but if that’s the case with this book, I happily consider myself guilty as charged. Full of perfect pacing, seriously dangerous characters, and some super steamy romance (and I do mean super steamy, folks!), Edge of Oblivion should be the next book you read. If you’re over eighteen, of course.

Many thanks to Emily LaBeaume from Wunderkind PR for bring this book to my attention, and for supplying a review copy. You can purchase Edge of Oblivion here and visit J. T. Geissinger’s website here.

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