Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin

Wilds of the Bayou, Book 1

Synopsis: The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

Review: This series seemed to offer everything I can appreciate: Bayou, Louisiana, voodoo and murder investigation. Yes a lot of things that make you want to discover more and while the author is none other than Susannah Sandlin here clears all other doubts that we might have. Indeed, I always have a great time with her stories and this is still the case this time and I’m curious to see how far this new series will make us go.

Eva Savoie is known by all to be a Voodoo Queen, although she does not really considers herself as such. But when the bones teach her that death is coming, she hopes that the curse that followed her family until then will disappear with her. Murdered, her niece Ceelie, inherits the small cabin she called home but upon arriving, she found herself at the heart of a story completely beyond her. It appears that the murderer wants something he did not get by Eva and he is determined that the young woman provides him what he wants. Launched in a hunt, all will try to understand who the culprit is. And if he was the dead brother of the charming agent who remains present for her?

I really had a good time with this story. I was curious to see how the investigation was going to be solved, who would be eventually convicted and especially his motives as we do not really understand them. Ceelie is a strong young woman and yet she will have to pass through many trials here and finally also to learn a bit more regarding her family. I loved to see her trying to find her “home” and see if it could finally be here. Her romance with Gentry was pretty cute and it was nice to see the man opening to her, despite his early preconceptions. It was also touching to see the man understanding that the person he thought he had killed, was possibly alive and could be capable of such actions… a rather difficult time. It was a truly fascinating history with this kind of background, with this place and all these references. And how not to be overwhelmed to see a bit of French in the text! It’s still very funny even if we see some differences with ours.

In any case you will understand that I had a great time with this first volume and I’m really curious to see what Susannah will present to the rest of the series!

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Wild Man’s Curse de Susannah Sandlin (VO)

Wilds of the Bayou, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Les os me disent que la mort arrive, et les os ne mentent jamais.

Pendant qu’il faisait une patrouille matinale dans les marais de Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana, l’agent de la faune Gentry Broussard voit un homme quitter la maison de la prêtresse vaudou Eva Savoie, un homme qui a une ressemblance étonnante avec son frère, que Gentry pensait avoir tué au cours d’un raid pour démanteler un trafic de drogues trois ans plus tôt. Secoué, l’agent entre dans la cabine d’Eva et fait une découverte sanglante: la vieille femme a été brutalement assassinée.

En l’absence de juridiction pour l’affaire, il est contraint de laisser l’enquête au shérif local, jusqu’à ce que la magnifique héritière d’Eva, Celestine, reçoive une série de menaces horribles. Comme la participation de Gentry s’approfondit et que plus de victimes apparaissent, peut-il démêler les secrets de l’assassin d’Eva et protéger Celestine du même sort? Ou la vieille malédiction familiale va-t-elle faire son petit chemin ?

Avis : Cette série semblait offrir tout ce dont je peux apprécier : le bayou, la Louisiane, du vaudou et une enquête de meurtre. Oui beaucoup de choses qui donnent envie et le fait que Susannah Sandlin est l’auteure ici efface tous autres doutes que l’on pourrait avoir. En effet, j’ai toujours passé de très bons moments avec ses histoires et c’est encore le cas cette fois-ci et je suis curieuse de voir jusqu’où cette nouvelle série nous emportera.

Eva Savoie est connue par tous pour être la reine du Vaudou, bien qu’elle ne se considère pas vraiment comme telle. Mais quand les os lui apprennent que la mort arrive, elle espère que la malédiction qui a suivi sa famille jusque-là s’éteindra avec elle. Assassinée, sa nièce Ceelie, hérite de la petite cabine qu’elle appelait maison, mais arrivant, elle se retrouve elle-même au cœur d’une histoire qui la dépasse complètement. Il semblerait que le meurtrier désire quelque chose qu’il n’a pas obtenu par Eva et il est déterminé à ce que la jeune femme lui fournisse ce qu’il veut. Lancée dans une traque, tous essaieront de comprendre qui est ce coupable. Et s’il était le frère prétendu mort du charmant agent qui reste présent pour elle ?

J’ai vraiment passé un bon moment avec cette histoire. J’étais curieuse de voir comment l’enquête allait se résoudre, qui était le coupable finalement et surtout ses motivations que nous ne comprenons pas vraiment. Ceelie est une jeune femme forte et pourtant elle va devoir traverser ici de nombreuses épreuves et finalement en apprendre aussi un peu plus par rapport à sa famille. J’ai beaucoup aimé la voir essayer de prendre ses marques et voir si cet endroit pouvait finalement être sa maison. Sa romance avec Gentry est assez mignonne et c’était agréable de voir l’homme s’ouvrir à elle malgré ses premiers aprioris. C’était aussi touchant de voir l’homme comprendre que l’homme qu’il pensait avoir tué, était possiblement vivant et qu’il pourrait être capable de telles actions, un moment assez difficile. C’était une histoire vraiment fascinante avec ce contexte, ce lieu et toutes ces références. Et puis comment ne pas être comblée de voir un peu de Français dans le texte ! C’est toujours aussi très drôle même si on voit quelques différences avec le nôtre.

Dans tous les cas vous aurez compris que j’ai passé un très bon moment avec ce premier volume et je suis vraiment curieuse de voir ce que Susannah nous présentera pour la suite de la série !

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Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology by Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan

Synopsis: Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.

MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine

Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he’s been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won’t let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner’s a ghost, and he blames himself for her death. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.

FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden

PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart

When the devil starts the music, you’d better get ready to dance.
Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success…everything she’s ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil’s bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil’s started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps

THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson

Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her?
An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.

HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella

A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.
Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix.

THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella

A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother.
Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?

Review:

« Marion, Missing » – Rachel Caine

I’ve read some books by Rachel Caine I really enjoyed but it is true that it was interesting to find her with something a bit different. Here, we find Valentine, a detective wearied of his work after the death of his assistant. And even if the latter is always present in her spectral form to help him, that does not change his guilt. However he will be obliged to accept a case when the niece of the young woman disappears and that the family comes to see him to have his assistance. It was a rather interesting story and I always appreciate the presence of ghosts. However, I found that it drew a little bit in length towards the end.

Femme Fatale – Cynthia Eden

I heard a lot about the writer without reading one of her books but this novella was a good occasion to get into in her universe. Once more, we find ourselves with private detectives whereas it enters in collision with the supernatural world. Indeed, a vampire comes to our dear detective to require his assistance in order to find the person in charge of two murders downtown by another vampire which she hopes to catch. However, Savannah also wishes other things, a companion and it is true that the two stories mix perfectly. I did not expect either to doubt about the culprit, but Cynthia Eden manages nevertheless to make us balance between the two characters and it is true that I found that it was very well done. A story making us want to discover more from the writer!

Dance with the Devil – Megan Hart

I do not remember if I have read a book by Megan Hart and yet her name rings in my head, perhaps another novella? In all the cases we find a very good little story here and I confess that I spent an excellent moment. No private detectives this time but rather a young woman who signs an agreement with the devil and who must accept all that he asks her for fear of lose her soul or to die. It is a difficult task with always many consequences. However it is rather complicated to understand Satan, to see how he plays with our heroine for finally giving her an end which we would not expect. Yes, I still have many questions but it was a very good novel and I would love to learn more! I also appreciated at the end, the small part which introduces Jake in another story

The Consort – Suzanne Johnson

I think that everyone knows that I really appreciate the books by Suzanne Johnson, thus it was a pleasure to find a story in her universe, even more when the faes have the place of honor. Yes, because besides that, I have a big weakness for all that has connection with these creatures. We find a young girl finds become the consort against her will of a fae prince. To avoid that, she will try to flee but will be quickly caught by those who search for her and yet there could be a loop-hole. It was a very good story once more and it is a pleasure to return to the universe of the writer.

Heat’s Blood – Jeffe Kennedy

I had never read a book by Jeffe Kennedy but it is true that I always heard a lot of good things about her and my friend Carien always does many praises. I was therferefore impatient to start my reading! We find ourselves launched in a tale, a story which is not easy and I was very sad for the young Nix and all that she must go through whereas she really does not deserve it. It was a good story, a nice discovery and it is true that now, after a small outline, I am very curious to try something of more complete from the writer!

The Djinn in the Mirror – Mina Khan

Here is another writer that I do not think of having tried before but I acknowledge that her story really gave me desire to learn more! It should be said that, like the faes, the Djinn always really intrigue me and it was a pleasure to learn a little more about them and about their world. For that, we follow the story of a young girl who tries to release herself from the influence of her stepfather although that is really very difficult. However, she will be helped by her very particular cat and perhaps this new djinn if she is able to get him to understand that she is not her mistress but rather her equal. A pretty small discovery and I am curious again to read more!

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Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology de Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan (VO)

Résumé : Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.

MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine

Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he’s been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won’t let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner’s a ghost, and he blames himself for her death. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.

FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden

PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart

When the devil starts the music, you’d better get ready to dance.
Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success…everything she’s ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil’s bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil’s started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps

THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson

Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her?
An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.

HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella

A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.
Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix.

THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella

A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother.
Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?

Avis :
« Marion, Missing » – Rachel Caine

J’ai lu quelques livres de Rachel Caine que j’avais beaucoup appréciés mais c’est vrai que c’était intéressant de la retrouver avec quelque chose de différent. Ici, nous retrouvons Valentine, un détective lassé de son travail après la mort de son acolyte. Et même si cette dernière est toujours présente dans sa forme spectrale pour l’aider, cela ne change pas son sentiment de culpabilité. Pourtant il va être obligé d’accepter une affaire quand la nièce de la jeune femme disparait et que la famille vient vers lui pour avoir de l’aide. C’était une histoire assez intéressante et j’apprécie toujours la présence de fantômes. Cependant, j’ai trouvé qu’elle tirait un petit peu en longueur vers la fin. 3.5/5

Femme Fatale – Cynthia Eden
J’avais beaucoup entendu parler de l’auteure sans jamais lire un seul de ses livres, alors cette nouvelle était une bonne occasion pour me plonger dans son univers. Une fois de plus, nous nous retrouvons dans le monde des détectives privés alors qu’il entre en collision avec le monde surnaturel. En effet, une vampire se présente chez notre chère détective pour lui demander de l’aide afin de retrouver le responsable de deux meurtres en ville, un autre vampire qu’elle espère bien attraper. Pourtant, Savannah désire aussi d’autres choses, un compagnon et c’est vrai que les deux histoires se mêlent parfaitement. Je ne m’attendais pas non plus à douter du coupable, mais Cynthia Eden parvient tout de même à nous faire balancer entre les deux personnages et c’est vrai que j’ai trouvé ça très bien fait. Une histoire qui nous donne envie d’en découvrir plus de l’auteure ! 4/5

Dance with the Devil – Megan Hart
Je ne me rappelle pas avoir lu un livre de Megan Hart et pourtant son nom résonne dans ma tête, peut-être une autre nouvelle quelque part ? Dans tous les cas on retrouve une très bonne petite histoire ici et j’avoue que j’ai passé un excellent moment. Pas de détectives privés cette fois ci mais plutôt une jeune femme qui a passé un accord avec le diable et qui doit accepter tout ce qu’il lui demande de faire de peur de perdre son âme ou de mourir. C’est une tâche bien difficile qui a toujours de nombreuses conséquences. Pourtant c’est assez compliqué de comprendre Satan, de voir comment il joue avec notre héroïne pour finalement lui donner une fin à laquelle on ne s’attendrait pas. Oui, je me pose encore beaucoup de questions mais c’était une très bonne novella qui donne envie d’en apprendre plus ! J’ai aussi apprécié à la fin, la petite partie qui nous présente finalement Jake dans une autre histoire. 4.5/5

The Consort – Suzanne Johnson
Je pense que tout le monde sait que j’apprécie énormément les livres de Suzanne Johnson donc c’était un plaisir de retrouver une histoire dans son univers, encore plus quand les faes y sont à l’honneur. Oui, parce qu’en plus de cela, j’ai une grosse faiblesse pour tout ce qui est en rapport avec ces créatures. On se retrouve donc dans une nouvelle où une jeune fille se retrouve contre son gré, le consort d’un prince fae. Pour éviter cela, elle va essayer de fuir mais va vite être rattrapée par ceux qui la recherchent et pourtant il pourrait bien y avoir une échappatoire. C’était très bonne histoire une fois de plus et c’est un plaisir de se replonger dans l’univers de l’auteure ! 4/5

Heat’s Blood – Jeffe Kennedy
Je n’avais jamais lu de livres de Jeffe Kennedy mais c’est vrai que j’en ai toujours entendu beaucoup de bien et mon amie Carien m’en fait toujours beaucoup d’éloges, aussi, j’étais impatiente de me lancer dans ma lecture ! On se retrouve lancé dans un conte, une histoire qui n’est pas forcément facile et j’ai été très triste pour la jeune Nix et tout ce qu’elle doit traverser alors qu’elle ne le méritait vraiment pas. C’était une bonne histoire, une jolie découverte et c’est vrai que maintenant, après un petit aperçu, je suis très curieuse de tenter quelque chose de plus complet de l’auteure ! 4/5

The Djinn in the Mirror – Mina Khan
Voilà une autre auteure que je ne pense pas avoir tentée auparavant mais j’avoue que son histoire m’a vraiment donné envie d’en savoir plus ! Il faut dire que tout comme les faes, les Djinn m’ont toujours vraiment intriguée et c’était un plaisir d’en apprendre un peu plus sur eux et sur leur monde. Pour cela, on suit l’histoire d’une jeune fille qui essaie de se libérer de l’emprise de son beau-père bien que cela soit vraiment très difficile, pourtant elle sera aidée par son chat très particulier et peut-être ce nouveau djinn si elle arrive à lui faire comprendre qu’elle n’est pas sa maitresse mais plutôt son égale. Une jolie petite découverte et je suis là aussi curieuse d’en lire plus ! 4/5

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Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Lords of Deliverance, Book 1

Synopsis: They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.

Review: After a good time with a novel by the author, I was curious to see how her other books were. I’ve always had a weakness for Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and it is true that I was curious to see how the author had staged them here.

We follow here War, a man who is destined like his brothers and her sister to bring the Apocalypse on earth. Each needs to protect or to avoid a certain act in order to stay as they are and not to turn into a kind of demon who wants to dive the land into chaos. This future hangs over their heads constantly, placing them in difficult situations. It must be said that since their brother Pestilence went on the wrong side of the force, and remains determined to make them all fall down with him. They therefore remain on the alert at all time. To continue to live his life, War must protect the person wearing the aegis, but this thing is now found in a young woman Cara, human, unlike the previous ones. The problem is that in a human, the gift accelerates the death of the host. And when the two begin to succumb to their attraction, many problems will arise. But in addition to this, the young woman is tied to a dog of hell, a dog whose family killed War’s relatives… something that our hero is not going to really enjoy. Something else? Pestilence will never cease to try to kill the woman whatever may happen … But Cara is not an ordinary person, oh no, because she has exceptional faculties we discover throughout the history.

I enjoyed this story. Larissa Ione inserted in this novel many ideas. Oh yes, because she has created a mythology for these horsemen and I found it all very intriguing. It’s always fascinating to see how the authors shape the stories we know and I found this one very successful. We learn to discover with pleasure Cara and War, two different people and yet perfect together. It was interesting to see them grow together, getting to know each other and to become attached to them gradually. We can only melt for the puppy of hell and I’m curious to see what will happen for him now. So yes a lot here and everything was very catchy.

It was a very good novel, a battle between good and evil that is far from over and I’m curious to read the other volumes featuring the characters.

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Guerre de Larissa Ione

Les Cavaliers de l’Apocalypse, Tome 1

Résumé : La fin des temps approche. Les cavaliers de l’Apocalypse devront choisir de préserver leur humanité et combattre aux côtés du bien ou, au contraire, embrasser leur destinée et déchaîner l’Enfer sur Terre.

Ares, destiné à devenir Guerre, craint peu de choses. Fin stratège et redoutable avec une lame, il a participé à toutes les grandes batailles de l’histoire. Alors que les émotions n’ont aucune prise sur lui depuis bien longtemps, il va s’avérer que sa seule faiblesse est une femme. Cara Thornhart, humaine, entraînée dans un monde qu’elle ne comprend pas et auquel elle ne peut survivre, s’est retrouvée porteuse de la marque qui fera d’Ares un démon à part entière. Consumé par le désir et privé de tous ses pouvoirs lorsqu’il est près d’elle, Ares devra pourtant trouver le moyen de sauver la jeune femme d’une mort certaine, ou accepter d’être le héraut d’Armageddon.

Avis : Après avoir passé un bon moment avec un roman de l’auteure, j’étais curieuse de voir ce que donnait un autre de ses livres. J’ai toujours eu un faible pour les cavaliers de l’apocalypse et c’est vrai que j’étais curieuse de voir comment l’auteure les avait mis en scène ici.

Nous suivons donc ici Guerre, un homme qui est destiné à amener comme ses frères et sa sœur l’apocalypse sur terre. Chacun doit protéger ou éviter d’agir pour pouvoir rester comme ils sont et non se transformer en une sorte de démon qui désire plonger la terre dans le chaos. Ce futur plane au dessus de leur tête constamment, les plaçant dans des situations délicates. Il faut dire que depuis que leur frère Pestilence est passé du mauvais côté de la force, et reste déterminé à les faire tous tomber avec lui, chacun reste sur le qui-vive. Pour continuer à vivre sa vie, Guerre doit protéger la personne qui porte son aegis, mais voilà que celui-ci se retrouve en une jeune femme Cara, humaine, à l’inverse des précédents. Le problème reste que chez une humaine, ce présent accélère la mort de l’hôte. Et quand les deux commencent à succomber à leur attraction, de nombreux problèmes vont survenir. Mais en plus de cela, la jeune femme est liée à un chien de l’enfer, un chien dont la famille a tué les proches de Guerre… chose que notre héros ne va pas vraiment apprécier. Encore autre chose ? Pestilence n’a de cesse que de tuer la jeune femme quoi qu’il puisse se passer … Cependant, Cara n’est pas une personne banale, oh non, car elle possède certaines facultés exceptionnelles que nous apprendrons à découvrir tout au long de l’histoire.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié cette histoire. Larissa Ione a inséré dans ce roman un grand nombre d’idées. Oh oui, parce que nous avons une mythologie créée pour ces cavaliers et j’ai trouvé le tout vraiment très intrigant. C’est toujours fascinant de voir comment les auteurs modèlent eux même des histoires que nous connaissons et j’ai trouvé que c’était très bien réussi ici. On apprend à découvrir avec plaisir Cara et Guerre, deux personnes différentes et qui pourtant vont bien se retrouver ensemble. C’était intéressant de les voir évoluer ensemble, d’apprendre à les connaitre et de s’attacher à eux petit à petit. On ne peut que fondre pour le chiot des enfers et je suis curieuse de voir ce qu’il adviendra à ce sujet. Donc oui beaucoup de choses ici et le tout était très accrocheur.

C’était un très bon roman, une bataille entre le bien et le mal qui est loin d’être finie et je suis curieuse de pouvoir lire les tomes mettant en scène les autres personnages.

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Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister

Black Dragons, Book 2

Synopsis: TURN ON THE CHARM

According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he’s now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon’s dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman…

TURN UP THE HEAT

Bee isn’t sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he’s grown to love with fierce intensity.

Review: I do not necessarily read a lot of paranormal romances but when it comes to Katie McAlister, I never ask myself many questions. This is an author who has an undeniable talent to present her readers with something a little different with always a big touch of humor that is really appreciated! I also had a great time with the first volume and I did not wait long to dive into this one to find out what the author would present us again. Did I say that there were dragons?

We therefore discover Constantine, the ghost of an ancient dragon, wandering like a lost soul until his former girlfriend, Ysolde, offers him a new quest: the ability to break the curse that keeps all the dragons. Attractive, is not it? Except for this, Constantine must travel to the demons’ world to try to recover an ancient talisman and thus regain its former glory. However, things did not really go as planned and that starts with his meeting with a Charmer, Bee, who is prisoner by the demons but with the same mission; or meeting with Gary, the talking head. Yes, you read it correctly, a talking head. I also loved that character, he is completely crazy, pretty boring it must be said, and he loves ranting about all sorts of topics! His scenes are always so fun to follow. But back specifically to the main characters. We therefore follow Constantine, who, it must be said, has an oversized ego but that is seen fairly quickly. He does not hesitate to speak his mind whenever he wants to and it was pretty fun to see him evolve around Bee. In terms of the young woman, I appreciated the fact that she resists him initially despite the advances of the man and it is true that I also liked her gentle and determined nature. In short, a pretty cool duo as you can see.

Returning to the story, the two will have to team up to try to understand what exactly is happening with this curse that ultimately seems more complicated to break than expected. Moreover, Constantine will face the demons of his past he thought he had left behind long ago.

You will therefore understand that once again the author presents a very nice story and I was very happy to have the opportunity to discover it. To see what happens afterwards with such purpose.

4

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