Finding Forgiveness (Poconos Pack #1) by Dana Marie Bell

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Published
July 5, 2011
Publisher
Samhain Publishing
Edition
1
Pages
83
Author’s Page
https://www.danamariebell.com/

Gay Pride week at Disney World in Florida, Migraines and a guilt-ridden mate on his tail, it proves to be an interesting vacation for Dave Maldonado. Dana Marie Bell did a great job as she covered a lot of ground addressing the long-term effects of alcoholism on the family and migraines, both of which are traumatic and painful. I would have thrown in the sexual orientation but what happens in a bedroom between to consenting adults is no bodies business besides the heart wants what the heart wants that should be respected.

I really liked Dave and Ben they are hilarious together and I get why Ben was resisting the mating call but he should have asked rather then made assumptions. On the other hand, Dave was the Beta and had the power to initiate a confrontation and did nothing, so they are both to blame for the state of their relationship. You will have to read the book to see how they resolved their issues; it was so much fun getting to end and now I will have to read book 2 in the series to learn how they are doing.

There were a few edits along the way but they were more of a clarification issue of who is doing what then anything and not enough to take anything from the over all rating of the story. I know this is an older edition of Finding Forgiveness so I may purchase the current edition in the future just to see if the edits are fixed and because Dana Marie Bell is one of my favorite authors.

Heat Rating
There was a pretty interesting mate dream but for the most part not a lot of hanky spanky going on, so don’t expect to see steam rising from your e-reader. Don’t worry the story line will more then make up for the lack of a lot of graphic sex.

Book Cover Rating
The cover looks crisp and clean, sorry, but when I look at the cover those are the words that pop into my head (weird). I really like the wolf he or she is gorgeous and I would love to own one someday.

Book’s Blurb
To forgive is divine…if he can pin his lover down long enough to beg for it.

Poconos Pack, Book 1

Ben Malone’s role as Marshall attunes him to every nuance of the pack’s wellbeing—which means he’s forced to feel every one of his mate’s hangovers. It’s the one reason Ben will never claim Dave Maldonado. Being alone is better than being with someone who lives in a bottle.

Dave was destined to be a pack Alpha until his first migraine hit at age fifteen, the day he caught his future mate holding hands with another boy. In the nine agonizing years since, he’s contented himself as Beta, but never learned to live with the pain and confusion of Ben’s rejection.

Dave’s worst attack yet sends him to the hospital—and brings them both face to face with the misunderstanding that’s kept them apart all these years. It’s too late, though. Dave is headed for Gay Pride Week at Disney World with one goal in mind. Forget Ben Malone.

Ben’s got a problem with that. Only one man is destined to hold his David. And he’ll give anything, even his last shred of pride, to win forgiveness—and the right to finally claim his mate.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, and male/male love scenes between two top dogs. Who knew Rock Paper Scissors could be such fun?

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Dare to Believe (The Gray Court #1) by Dana Marie Bell

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I originally wrote this review back in 2014 but have recently read Dare To Believe again and then realized that I had pulled this post for editing and updating after remodeling my blog.

There have been a couple of changes since the original posting that I feel necessary to mention as one of them may compel me to write a new review in the future. The first change is that this edition was published by Samhain Publishing and as some of you know they are no longer in business. Thankfully, Dana Marie Bell was one of the awesome authors who chose to self-republish their stories which brings us to the second change, a new cover. I will include the new cover in this post but I don’t plan on rating it at this time, as I intend to purchase the new addition at the first chance I get, because I am eager to know if there are any new scenes or modifications from the previous version of Dare To Believe which means a potentially new or even updated version of this review, who knows, but I am looking forward to finding out. But the big question will be what in the world will I do with this edition when I have the new edition.

Original Posting (Edited)
Do you know when you find a book that you read once and after that you just have to read it again

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and again because it stands out so much and just keeps calling to you, this is what happens every time my eyes run past any of Dana Marie Bell’s books?

Ruby is such an interesting character; I think her sense of self preservation is kind of muted because when she gets something in her head it immediately comes out of her mouth, even when dealing with the bad guys. I loved when she told the Deranged Darling she had spinach between her teeth that was priceless and calling the vampire, Jaden “Bunnicula”. Leo will have his work cut out for him trying to keep her out of trouble. I felt so bad for poor Jaden feeling like he is so alone because the two people he loves most turn out to be mates 😦

The characters in this book are larger than life and hook you right in from the very beginning. Even though this was the fourth time I have read this book I was still annoyed every time I had to put it down and now I feel the urge to go read the next book in the series again.

Quotes (This was not in the previous posting)
This is where I am going to beg Dana Marie Bell for forgiveness because I do know that one or two quotes are ok but more then that is bad, but I honestly could not choose which one to leave out so I am really sorry but I used all three, they really had me laughing and that has been a priceless gift over the past few years.

“You’re about to be ravished by a Seelie Sidhe lord and you’re misquoting The Wizard of Oz at me? I think I may be insulted.”—Leo

“The one where you tried to lick my toes through my mouth?”—Ruby

“And if you cheat on me I’m cutting off your balls and pickling them.”—Ruby

Book Cover Rating
The cover is eye catching but there is nothing in it that really translates into what Dare to Believe is about. My first reaction to the cover when I read Dare to Believe the first time was that the female model resembles Melissa Gilbert from Little House on The Prairie.

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Book’s Blurb
Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.

Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn’t mix. While that can’t stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.

A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby’s arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother’s life on the line, it’s vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is…before it’s too late.

Published Jul 2009
Publisher Samhain Publishing
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Other Reviews
The Fire Within (The Nephilim #2) by Dana Marie Bell
The Wallflower (Halle Pumas #1) by Dana Marie Bell
Artistic Vision (Gray Court #3) by Dana Marie Bell
Sweet Dreams (Halle Pumas #2) by Dana Marie Bell
Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie’s Grove #3) By Dana Marie Bell
Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters #4) by Dana Marie Bell
The Hob (Gray Court #4) by Dana Marie Bell

The Wallflower (Halle Pumas #1) by Dana Marie Bell

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Well, here we go again, they say the third time is a charm we shall see. I seem to be having difficulty with writing and for a change it has nothing to do with a lack of what to say and more about freezing software and forgetting to save when taking a break. Then there was my crazy job and the messed-up sinus infection that spent two weeks trying to kick my sorry ass. Now I am feeling better and ready to get writing and I really have a lot to write about. But I am doing this really insane thing that started with reading The Wallflower which is the first book in the Halle Pumas series, which is connected to the Halle Shifters series and the Poconos Pack Series, and has me currently on Bear Necessities.

I chose to re-read The Wallflower because I really love Emma and Max, they make laugh and lighten my mood significantly when I am alone with my heavy thoughts, be alone is a hard thing these days but visiting with some good characters and chase away blues. Emma’s not always so appropriate comments and Max’s Ricky Ricardo like response when he says her name are hilariously entertaining. Then there is Emma when she is in her bad ass mode, she does pack a punch for the tiny person that she is which just proves that the tiny are mighty and one really should not piss them off. By the way ladies, in case you have not read The Wallflower yet, Max’s last name is

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Cannon and if you get the innuendo then you will have to read the story to find out if he lives up to his name because even though I tell you the story does have steamy moments and some interesting foreplay, I think it is only appropriate that Emma tell you herself about him living up to his name or not (lol).

Then we have Livia, who maybe should be an elephant instead of a puma since she can sure hold a grudge or maybe she is just jealous. Either way that psycho bitch really needs to be committed so she can deal with her stalking issues which obviously stem from her delusions that she should be the Curana because I honestly don’t think love for Max has anything to do with her desire to mate with him. Livia’s break from reality was pretty epic and probably predicable but what really surprised me was her lack of intelligence when it came to her methods, I mean I figured she was a come-at-you-head-on type of person not a come-at-you-sideways type person.

The Wallflower is definitely one of my favorite stories and my only real complaint is that it can easily be read in a day or if it is really quiet with no disruption half a day. Either way it deserves a five-star and on that note I know that there is a new edition of The Wallflower and given that I am seriously curious to see if there are any rewrites or addition you will probably see this review again but for the newest edition which was published by Dana Marie Bell.

Quotes

“Because Wallflowers has been known to suck the testosterone out of every single male who’s ever entered.”—Simon

“But if he hurts her, I’ll scoop out his nuts with a grapefruit spoon.” —Emma
I had a hard time choosing which quote I want to share and it was a toss-up between this quote and the other one about a goat emasculator.

My Previous Review
I absolutely love this series and always keeping coming back to it as well as the Halle Shifter series and the Poconos Pack series. I really like how these series all tie together and the characters make appearances in all three series. I hope there will be more books for the Halle Pumas series as well.

Book Cover Rating 
Because I purchased this book in 2014 and this was the cover that came with the book and I feel I need to rate this cover which I do like and does fit the book. However, I am going to include the new cover because I feel that it is only fair to the author that her book be properly represented.

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Book’s Blurb
Emma Carter has been in love with Max Cannon since high school, but he barely knew she existed. Now she runs her own unique curio shop, and she’s finally come out her shell and into her own.

When Max returns to his small home town to take up his duties as the Halle Pride’s Alpha, he finds that shy little Emma has grown up. That small spark of something he’d always felt around the teenager has blossomed into something more—his mate!

Taking her “out for a bite” ensures that the luscious Emma will be permanently his.

But Max’s ex has plans of her own. Plans that don’t include Emma being around to interfere. To keep her Alpha, Emma must prove to the Pride that she has what it takes to be Max’s mate.

Published April 15, 2008
Publisher Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Pages 104
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Previously reviewed books 
Artistic Vision (Gray Court #3) by Dana Marie Bell
Sweet Dreams (Halle Pumas #2) by Dana Marie Bell
Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie’s Grove #3) By Dana Marie Bell
Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters #4) by Dana Marie Bell
The Hob (Gray Court #4) by Dana Marie Bell
The Fire Within (The Nephilim #2) by Dana Marie Bell

Artistic Vision (Gray Court #3) by Dana Marie Bell

 
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“The child of Dunne will one day perform an act that will change our world”

I would say that it is pretty obvious that the child in question is Shane Dunne and after reading this one I have to say I have new question: What does the Black Queen want with not just Shane but all the Dunne’s? That was what I was left with at the end of this book but I am jumping ahead and I apologize but I just finished it so the end is very fresh in my mind.

Reading how Shane was trying to “woo” his mate was as very creative as his art work. Akane really just couldn’t walk away from the puzzle that was her “Jethro” or her puzzle box. I never knew dragons were addicted to puzzles.

I have to say I was really surprised by one twist in the story that I didn’t see coming and it wasn’t the fact the that the Hob had a child as he probably has several but as I don’t want to give that much of the book away, I will say I never expected one of the Hob’s children to be a bad guy. And then of course Cecilia and Henri, I sure hope they aren’t first cousin ’cause that has way to much icky eww to go a long way.

As I was reading I came across an inconsistency which is an anomaly in this book that I don’t think I have seen in any of Dana Marie Bells books. Dana’s attention to detail is phenomenal when it comes to the worlds she creates so I was actually surprised. So now to tease one of my favorite authors by asking (and yes I have to ask because I can’t resist); when did Leo become the big brother? I thought Shane was the older brother and Leo the older brother? 😉 Seriously though it does not take away from the story line in anyway, the characters are still compelling, sex scenes are smokin hot (no pun intended) between the Dragon, Akane and the Sidhe Lord/Leprechaun, Shane and the story line will leave eyes glued to the book much to your significant others consternation.

Favorite Quotes:

“Mea culpa. Sue me, but he was uglifying the place.” –Jaden

“Just finishing up some work before we face off with the Dork Brigade.”–Ruby

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Book Blurb:
Akane Russo, one of the Hob’s top Blades, can’t wait for her current assignment to end. She’s been tasked with protecting Shane Dunne from the Malmayne clan’s scheme to kidnap him once again. But no one—not even her Seer half—warned her she’d have to protect herself from his heated gaze. Or that her dragon half would find him an irresistible puzzle.

Shane knew his destined bride would never come to him willingly, but she’s stuck with him and he plans to use her predicament to his advantage. It’s only a matter of time before she succumbs to what they both want. Their Claiming will be beautiful beyond even his wildest imaginings—and his wild, free dragoness will finally see herself as he sees her.

Then his unique, hybrid-borne visions reveal a new danger. The prophecy of the Child of Dunne can only be fulfilled down a path he must travel alone. To a place so dark and dangerous that even his truebond’s flame may not be bright enough to lead him home.

Sweet Dreams (Halle Pumas #2) by Dana Marie Bell


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Becky has been crushing on Simon for sometime but he always seemed to have a new chick or something going on.

Simon has figured out that Becky is his mate but he can’t get her alone and she disappears whenever he shows up.

Emma and Max, their best friends conspired to help the couple come together but and jealous, viscous she-kitty-ho almost ruined everything and will she try again?

If you are having a really bad day and need to relax and fined a laugh, or two, or three, this series is the go to series. Just when I think I am done laughing something else starts it all over again and I am left breathless from laughing so hard.

The only complaint I really have about this book is the title doesn’t really fit the story but as I have already read this book probably five times I must not be to broken up about that part. The characters are larger than life with Emma and Becky being my favorites with their personalities traits that leave me laughing and saying “right on, you tell them” because they both open, honest and their kindness to others is phenomenal but on the other side of the coin ticking them off with their vindictive imaginations, yeah, I don’t think so. Out of the five books in this series this is my favorite and I am always hoping for book six and maybe it can be about Doc (hint hint hint Dana Marie Bell if you read this please write another book for this series).

There were a lot of great quotes and it was hard to choose but I did:
“I got bit by a werecat, Brainiac. Traditionally that now means I get to wear a flea collar and pee in a sandbox.”— Becky

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Books Blurb
Getting attacked by some crazed she-devil, complete with claws and fangs, certainly wasn’t on Rebecca Yaeger’s agenda when she agreed to attend a local masquerade. In a few slashing moments, Becky learns things about her friends and the man she loves that she never would have suspected.

When Simon rescues Becky from an unprovoked attack by one of his Pride, he finally confirms what he’s long suspected: she’s his mate. Carrying her off to his home and dressing her wounds gives him the chance he’s been waiting for—to taste her and mark her as his. And she’s far sweeter than anything, or anyone, he’s ever had before.

Just as their problems seem a thing of the past, a strange illness begins to haunt Becky, threatening to turn their sweet dreams into a nightmare.

Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie’s Grove #3) By Dana Marie Bell

☆☆☆☆

Published
October 13, 2014
Publisher
Carina Press
Word Count
84,000
Pages
240
Author’s Page
https://www.danamariebell.com/

Of Shadows and Ash was given to me for an honest review by Manic Readers

Maggie’s Grove’s resident witch doctor, Selena, brought a little friend with her when she was rescued from the Van Helsings and it is scaring the hell out of her. Then you add in her very possessive and over protective mate, Ashton the Dryad, it’s no wonder the woman’s recovery has taken months instead of days.

As the threat from the shadow continues to escalate and the romance between mates turns steamy the only questions that remain is what bloody demon is controlling the shadow and can they stop it before it consumes Selena and then Maggie’s Grove.

Of Shadows and Ash starts out pretty slow but once it got moving I was riveted to every page. I am undecided about my feelings on Ash and Selena and found myself more interested in the scenes with Parker and Amara as well as those that Greer and Mollie were either in or were being discussed. With the scenes with Parker and Amara in them being my favorites, that being easy to guess with my chosen favorite quotes coming from them. Maybe perhaps my next reading will enlighten me with thoughts of the main characters for I most definitely plan to read Of Shadows and Ash again sometime in the future although the when of that event is probably several years out.

Of Shadows and Ash had so few edits that they aren’t even worth editing but I really like the new word I have recently added to my vocabulary and even though I think I have an idea of the definition, I am curious as to Dana’s definition of ‘adorkable’, I have to say I absolutely love that word.

Favorite Quotes
So I found three that really caught my attention and since I can’t decide on two I am using all three.

“Does my snuggle-bunny need some wuvving?”–Amara to Parker the pouting vampire

“I watch late night telly. I know how this ends. We investigate like the Scooby Gang and he perky sidekick—that would be me—gets filleted and strung from a branch. I don’t think I’d look very good with my insides on my outside, thank you.”–Parker the scaredy-cat vampire whose mate had to sit on him to keep him from running out of Selena’s house

“Yup. Old ones, splattered, like it was dropped from a height. I’m thinking it was a fly-by poop, not a peeping Tom poop.”–Amara

Book Cover Rating
For some reason I don’t think the gentleman on the cover truly represents Ash, I pictured Ash with green scruffies to match his green hair.

Book’s Blurb
Book three of Maggie’s Grove

Overprotective dryad Ashton Ward is pissed off. His mate Selena has been tortured by humans who hunt supernaturals, and she’s flat-out refusing to let him near her as she heals. Her magic is so compromised that just being near her puts him in danger, but he’s sure he can help ease her pain if she’ll just let him.

To keep Ash safe, witch doctor Selena Giannone wants to handle the fallout from her nightmare alone. But she might be dealing with more than the agonizing loss of her powers—something’s haunting her house so badly the land itself is afraid. A demon so powerful nothing in Maggie’s grove can tame it alone.

Terrified, exhausted and out of options, Selena turns to Ash for help. The enemy needs two things to feed: Selena’s powers, yes, but also it needs her fear. And if there’s a magic that can save her, it lies with Ash—with his touch, and with their bond.

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Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters #4) by Dana Marie Bell

☆☆☆☆☆

Published
March 3rd 2015
Publisher
Samhain Publishing
Pages
190
Author’s Page
https://www.danamariebell.com/

Chloe is still recovering from the attack that would have killed her if not for Julian’s ability to heal, but some damage just cannot be undone. But she is trying to adjust to her disability and move on without the mate that has rejected her time and again simply because he can’t get past the age difference.

When he shows up wanting to talk to her, she just walks a way; she is done listening to his reasons for rejecting her. She understood his rejection before he was attacked and changed into a wolf but now, he has no excuse and she can’t deal with another rejection.

James’ life has been a major none stop roller coaster with the world on his shoulders, but things are finally coming together and he is ready to finally go get his mate. But she isn’t going to make it easy on him when she finally agrees to give him the chance, he never gave her.

In Figure of Speech we get another hint to the underlining plot of the whole series and we find out that the plot goes as high up as the Shifter Senate and they are desperate enough to go outside their normal means of law enforcement to get the job done, which is the elimination of those with the potential to become white shifters or those that are white shifters and by the end it seemed that the plot thickened even more.

It seems like I have been waiting for forever for Figure of Speech to come out, and I got so excited that I just had to not only buy it but then move it to the front of the crazy reading list I have. I love the Halle Shifter Series, which is a spinoff of the Halle Puma series, so admittedly I stalk Dana’s web site every month for information on when the next book in the series is coming out and it appears, I will be doing the same for book five in the series. Which brings me to the question I have for Dana Marie Bell, when will book five be done? And book six? 😉

Favorite Quotes
There were several quotes that I liked in this book and my favorite chapter was chapter twelve and I had a favorite paragraph that would be great for a teaser but decided that sharing that with the quotes would be crossing the line a bit more than I should.

“I introduced Spence to Chloe and Emma at the same time. We stopped by Wallflowers and they bonded over tea and my assholeness.”—James

“It’s not an elephant, it’s Jabba the Hutt with the world’s ugliest erection.”—Ryan

“I knew it. Your theme is hippie goth gets axe murdered by banjo-wielding redneck aliens in tights.”—Chloe

Book Cover Rating
I am a bit disappointed in the cover because it really doesn’t say much about the book.

Book’s Blurb
When two hearts speak as one, no words are needed.

Halle Shifters, Book 4

Chloe Williams has waited four long years for her mate to acknowledge her. Time and again he has turned her away for being too young, even when she was hospitalized, recovering from a beating that left lingering aftereffects. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to decide if it’s worth risking her heart yet again.

Ten years older than Chloe and dealing with issues she knows nothing about, veterinarian James Woods is about ready to howl in frustration. He’s been drawn to Chloe since she was a radiant nineteen-year-old college student, but the age difference held him back from making a move on her. Now his Wolf wants what’s his, and Jim is finally in a place where he can claim her.

Between meddling mothers, Hunter brothers, and a mystery that threatens to end Chloe’s life, they might find an opportunity to tell each other just how they feel. Or find themselves separated by more than just misunderstood words.

The Hob (Gray Court #4) by Dana Marie Bell

☆☆☆☆

Published
January 22, 2013
Publisher
Samhain Publishing
Pages
266
Author’s Page
https://www.danamariebell.com/

Michaela Exton is a Pediatric Nurse who has been obsessed with The Hob her entire life. Imagine her surprise when she finds out that he not only exists but that he belongs to her as well.

Robin Goodfellow has been hoping he would find his truebond for a long time and now that he has found her, how will he keep her safe and alive despite Shane Dunne’s prophecy? Especially, when she does crazy things; like rushing in to save a Red Cap’s life.

I am so glad this was one of the books that I was reading ‘for me’ because I got to really enjoy it my first time reading it. And I have to ask, how in the world does Dana write bedroom scenes that make even my phone (where my reading app is located) get all steamy? Wow, I think need to buy a fan to keep on hand when reading the bedroom scenes.

Even though Dana’s attention the detail is nearly flawless most of the time I need to know who is really older Shane or Leo? They seem to trade off being the older sibling from one book to the next. Other than that the characters vibrant personalities carry over from one book to the next consistently. I really enjoyed reading Robin’s reaction to Michaela’s head long rush into what he perceived as dangerous situations and her ability to manipulate him into her getting her way.

Favorite Quote
“I’m certain thousands live in fear of your mighty fists of death.”—Robin

Book Cover Rating
I really do like the cover. The clothes are something I could picture the hob wearing, although I think if the Hob were posing for a picture, he would have a more mischievous grin on his face to mask his more serious side but then again when you look at the fact that he is Oberon’s Blade this picture does fit best with the story line.

Book Blurb Rating
When I read the books blurb, I could sense that it is well thought out and worded in a way to give you just enough teasers to wet the imagination and get you excited about reading the book.

Book Blurb
When the Black Queen kidnaps one of the White Queen’s nephews, Robin Goodfellow is sent to ensure that the young prince safely returns to the bosom of his family. True to his role as Oberon’s Hobgoblin, he is ready for anything…except meeting his truebond, the very delicious, very human Michaela Exton.

Michaela has dreamed about a flame-haired rogue named Robin Goodfellow since she was a little girl, but everyone knows Puck doesn’t really exist. In real life, it’s a dark-eyed man named Ringo who makes her heart beat faster.

She is closer to her dream man than she thinks, and nobody knows it better than Robin, who wears the guise of Ringo. But there’s competition for her love in the form of Lord Raven, who holds a secret that will rock the foundation of Robin’s world. As a Black Court delegate does the unthinkable, leaving an enraged, grief-stricken Robin hanging onto his humanity by a thread, only Michaela has the power to bring him back from the killing edge—if she survives.

The Fire Within (The Nephilim #2) by Dana Marie Bell

☆☆☆

Published
June 30, 2014
Publisher
Carina Press
Pages
220
Author’s Page
https://www.danamariebell.com/

I was given The Fire Within by Manic Readers for an honest review

Elizabeth Rand is a private investigator who does her job well and when a murder is committed outside her office, she is determined to find out the who, what, when, and where much the consternation of one Detective Dante Zucco. With their growing attraction to each other fighting to take center stage it is a wonder they manage to solve their case.

First and foremost, I want to say that Dana Marie Bell is one of my favorite authors and I will always be eager to read her books. That being said please, Ms. Dana, forgive me any negatives as there are a few. I want to say that I will give The Fire Within a five-star review but in all good conscience I cannot because even if I plan to read it again there are is still the issue of edits that I wish I could ignore. There was one sentence that has words repeated making the sentence not make any sense and the ridiculous number of periods where there shouldn’t be any periods and lastly sentences with extra words that didn’t even belong in the sentence.

I loved the story line and wish that I had read All For You, the first book in the series first because I have a feeling that would have added some back story to Elizabeth and Dante. I absolutely loved chapters ten and eleven and most of my favorite quotes came from them and then of course there are the amazingly hot bedroom scenes. The characters were personable and easy to relate to even if they didn’t always seem to relate to each other. Dante for some reason made me think of Grease ever time his last name came up, which I thought was amusing.

Favorite Quotes
It was a hard decision as to which wants I wanted to pick and I really want to share them all but I restrained myself and picked three.

“You have an obsession with poo gas. Remind me not to bring you any bean burritos for lunch.”—Elizabeth

“Are we done now? I think we’re done. Please say we’re done?”—Dante

Oh, yeah. Let’s break out the double chocolate ice cream. You get the facial cream, I’ll get the hot cocoa. We can boot up The Odd Couple and totally bond over what pricks women are.”—Dante

Ms. Dana, I hope I will get the opportunity to read an edited version of this book some time so that I can change the star rating and again I apologize for that but I would not be honest if gave you five stars.

Book Cover Rating
I love the cover and thought it was an awesome hint to what happens with Dante.

Book Blurb Rating
The blurb fit the book but maybe could have been a tad shorter.

Book’s Blurb
She will set his world ablaze.

Detective Dante Zucco has been tasked with bringing a Shemyaza to justice. As a seris Nephilim, his inner fire comes in handy in battle, but not in love. He’s been burned before, but maybe this time he’ll find a blaze that matches his own.

One of the families of the human victims has hired Elizabeth Rand, PI, to investigate the murders. It’s all Dante can do to keep his hands off the alluring, stubborn woman. A single glance from her gray eyes, and Dante goes up in flames.

Beth suspects Dante is one of the Nephilim, angelic warriors bound to hunt down the evil Shemyaza who haunt the night and feed off the innocent. If the murderer she’s tracking is a Shem, then keeping a Nephilim close would be only logical. She agrees to work with the hunky detective, unaware of his growing feelings for her.

When Beth gets too close to finding out the truth behind the Shem kills, her life is put in danger, forcing Dante to protect her the only way he can: with fire.

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Noble Blood (Gray Court #2) by Dana Marie Bell

☆☆☆☆☆

Published
January 18, 2011
Publisher
Samhain Publishing
Pages
216
Author’s Page
https://www.danamariebell.com/

I finished the book last night and I sure hope someone decides to make movies out of this series and that whoever does make said movie remains true to the books, I hate how Hollywood tends butcher good books on film.

Tri-Bond way cool bet no one saw that coming 😉 and in the last book I was feeling so bad for Bunnicula (sorry I really like that nickname). Duncan, Jaden and Moira sure are getting a lot of curveballs thrown at them but they roll so well with the punches, oh yeah and where can I get a pet salamander, I really want one, but instead of seeming into a German Sheppard can mine turn into a lap dog like a Shih Tzu?

I think that Dana Marie Bell did a great job of transferring characters from one book to the next without even the remotest change to their personalities. I have read some books where there was nothing but inconsistency from one book to the next. But I found no inconsistency only progression, for example you could tell that Moira was hanging out with her new sister-in-law, Ruby because her nickname for Jaden came up, but that one just has to stick because it fits him so well. It will be fun to see how the next book turns out on my second reading of it.

Favorite Quotes (I know this is rare for me but these are pretty cool):

“You know, the three g’s.” –Moira
“Get in, get off, get to the z’s.” –Moira

Favorite new acronym:
“You are going to be a pita, aren’t you?”—Jaden
Pita=pain in the ass

So, in short this is an awesome story about the Fae world and generally I am not a big fan of Fae stories but this series is definitely an exception to that rule and well worth reading.

Book’s Blurb
For Lord Duncan Malmayne, it was love at first sight with his true bond, the lovely half-Sidhe, half-leprechaun Moira Dunne. Yet something is missing from his relationship with the fiery redhead, something that prevents him from completing the Claiming and making Moira his forever.

As problems multiply in what should be a magical, idyllic time, the depression weighing on Moira s Sidhe heart signals a potentially devastating condition. Mate sickness. Her instinct tells her what s missing:

Jaden Blackthorn, Gray Court vampire, Duncan s bond brother and closest friend who tactfully withdrew from their lives after Duncan declared his love.

Jaden is both heartbroken and elated that the two people he loves most in the world are together. It s best he cut off all contact to give them space to complete the Claiming. But trouble is brewing in the Malmayne clan, and when Jaden s forced back into their lives by the Hob, their extremely rare tribond clicks with a reaction that s swift, sensual and all-consuming.

But not everyone looks upon it as a blessing. In fact, the price of their love could be a potentially fatal shift of power Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, and M/M/F love scenes between a Sidhe lord, a vampire and a leprechaun. And no, that s not the start of a dirty joke no matter what my Beta readers said.