Immortal Redeemed by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

51V7SkecdsL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_A long time ago, a group called The Seven was formed and these immortals have lived for centuries. The oath they pledged to keep a sacred relic safe is being fulfilled, and now they also protect humans from Others whose intent is great harm. But one of them is ready for his long life to end, and his latest mission is to achieve this personal goal. The legend behind Galahad is cleverly interwoven into the fascinating paranormal story created by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, where myths about the noble knight of the Round Table become even more intriguing when he battles supernatural creatures. IMMORTAL REDEEMED is truly unforgettable because of its groundbreaking originality.

An immortal now known as Kellan Ladd has watched over humanity for many years, but the responsibility has left him weary and ready for his life to finally be over. There are six others like him, and each has carried out the obligations given to them after becoming Blood Knights. Though Kellan has diligently followed the vows he once made, he thinks the time has come for locating the only person who can make it possible for him to not live any longer. He is now on a mission to find this individual without letting any of the other Blood Knights know his decision.

Helping people brings McKenna Randall much satisfaction, and when she could not remain a cop because of an unfortunate incident, she became a nurse. One night after a grueling shift in the ER ends, she feels strangely drawn to a guy on a motorcycle outside the hospital and goes to speak with him. There seems to be something about the man that makes McKenna want to be around him though she knows it is unwise. Kellan plans to discover if she is the person who holds the secret to his future. But as he pursues his quest for this crucial answer, a large number of vampires also take an interest in McKenna and makes the circumstances even more challenging.

The whole concept behind the Blood Knights miniseries is innovative, and I was engrossed in IMMORTAL REDEEMED from beginning to conclusion. A knight of the Round Table is turned into a powerful warrior fighting despicable creatures, and I enjoyed every attention-grabbing detail that the author had me visualizing. Imaginative ideas are turned into realistic situations, as Linda Thomas-Sundstrom makes every moment seem so conceivable. I definitely wanted to accept many of the events happening as true, because then it would mean there are honorable individuals protecting humans without our knowledge. While the vampires in the story may be unpleasant, the author does let several werewolves display their more praiseworthy traits to my delight.

When Kellan made his way to Seattle, he had only one thought and that was terminating his life. But when he sees McKenna, he instantly begins having feelings he has not experienced in a very long time. While she may have a part to play in what happens to him, she also affects him and makes his emotions become involved. Their scenes together are some of the most intense I have ever read, especially those at first when the force of their sexual craving is so overwhelming. This mutual desire results in encounters filled with explosive passion yet also conflicted emotions. Kellan is such an honorable person, and I worried over what his final choice would end up being. McKenna has been through so much, and I admired how she would not give in despite the odds against her. IMMORTAL REDEEMED is everything a paranormal story should be and more.

Received copy from author

Series:  Blood Knights

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  April 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hesqnv2

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:   http://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com

Rating:  5 Stars

Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert

51VNaRjf0lL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER fascinates with believable originality. From characters with unique capabilities to a very creative plot, the story is intriguing all the way through. There are plenty of unexpected turns that often shake up the lives of those trying to defeat evil, and I often fretted over who was going to be the victor when any battles arose. The Nocturne line regularly has innovative stories, and those written by Debbie Herbert are often some of the most imaginative. The Bayou Magic miniseries is compelling with cleverness and distinctive circumstances.

When Annie Matthews came to spend time with her grandmother who lives in southern Alabama, several of her experiences are stranger than any events during previous visits to Bayou La Siryna. One unusual episode is when she spies a colorful ball of light in the swamp and goes to investigate. Since auras can be heard by Annie, she is not shocked when a man’s voice from the orb tells her disturbing information to give his best friend. It seems the man was betrayed by someone he knew, and Tombi Silver is the only person who can set him free.

Not long afterward, Tombi arrives in the area and Annie gives him the message. Though he is doubtful about what she says at first, the Native American who hunts shadow spirits comes to understand the abilities of the witch are his only means of helping his friend escape a dire existence. Knowing there is peril from an unknown source, Tombi has little choice but to get assistance from Annie. But as he realizes the malevolent spirits in the swamp are getting stronger, worry over her safety increases when his feelings become involved.

By blending Choctaw legends into many of the situations in BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER, Debbie Herbert skillfully creates a story filled with captivating wonder. By adding her own attention-grabbing developments into the mix, I became totally engrossed in the many extraordinary occurrences taking place. It was really interesting to see Annie learn how to perform hoodoo spells plus do healings. Ms. Herbert has a talent for conceiving incidents that feature the supernatural and are also unlike anything previously read. What Tombi and Annie have to face at times had my heart racing because so many things could go wrong. Just thinking about the many unknown dangers in the swamp gives me the chills, and vivid descriptions let me live through the ordeals right along with these two characters.

Though Tombi and Annie are certainly not looking to be in a relationship at the moment, their connection is swift because of concern for others. While both actually want something from each other, the wish to stop evil from spreading unites them and brings the couple closer. The sadness Annie regularly feels because of her unwanted capabilities was easily sensed by me, and it was so good to see Tombi accept them as the truth without regarding her as crazy. With his own inherited skills, these two made a wonderful couple. While sexual desire between them may be expressed without any problems, finding the right words to convey any inner feelings is especially hard for Tombi. He has dedicated many years to fighting shadow spirits, and letting someone into his life will take almost as much courage as clashing with a horrific creature. BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER is a notable start to the Bayou Magic miniseries, where dangerous adventures and romantic desire entwine.

Copy received from author

Series:  Bayou Magic

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  March 1, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hoxwk6z

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://www.debbieherbert.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Charmed and Dangerous by Debbie Herbert

51I4vEDcDrLThe Dark Seas series from Harlequin is one of my all-time favorites in the Nocturne line, and the talent of Debbie Herbert to create enthralling paranormal stories makes her Appalachian Magic series equally fascinating. A New Adult romance, the first book has a witch with a complicated background becoming involved with an immortal who is very wary of her kind. Throughout their complicated relationship, difficult choices must be made when futures are at stake. CHARMED AND DANGEROUS is magically enchanting.

When Callie Bradford was twelve, she and a friend decided to use a hidden Ouija board in her home for fun. But right after the event which had a scary ending, the witch was sent away for seven years and had little contact with anyone back in Alabama. Now Callie has been summoned to come home but not told why. During a morning walk, she encounters another hiker, James MacLauren, and is delighted to hear both will be attending the same college next semester. While she enjoys being around the young man, she knows any of her capabilities as a witch must be kept secret.

Callie does not realize James is an immortal with his own distinctive skills that few know about. When he accidently discovers she is a witch, he thinks being around one of her kind could be disastrous if she turns on him. After finally told the reason for being called back to the area is for her protection, Callie has a hard time thinking the danger is real. Yet upon learning her supposedly long dead father is a powerful warlock who practices dark magic, Callie starts to believe the peril may be genuine. When several disturbing incidents seem to be connected to her upcoming birthday with its special significance, the relationship she has with James is truly tested.

With lots of original details, CHARMED AND DANGEROUS is constantly entertaining. I really liked how Debbie Herbert included plenty of unique aspects in the story, such as the Dismals Canyon, an actual place in Alabama. How crystals and other practices used by witches are depicted all through the book is certainly intriguing, and it made scenes seem much more convincing to me. Facts about rituals and spells added even more credibility, making me think the events actually could have happened as portrayed.

There are many likable characters in the story, from the main couple to her good friends, and I enjoyed seeing how these college age individuals reacted to each other and any situations featuring the paranormal. I really loved how the author gave James and Callie normal problems teenagers must face along with many challenging consequences of having supernatural abilities. James is a great hero, as he often listens to his heart instead of what his mind recommends. Though Callie is often puzzled over what is taking place in her life, I liked how she tried to find solutions without bringing any true harm to others, even though she could. Any sexual interaction between Callie and James is understated yet perfectly fit their budding relationship. I am thrilled more characters in the Appalachian Magic series get their own book. CHARMED AND DANGEROUS is cleverly imaginative.

Series:  Appalachian Magic

Publisher:  Secret Quills Press

Releases: January 28, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/hmvgalx

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://www.debbieherbert.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars