A few years ago, there was a saying “You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Usually said between frenemies, it was a not so subtle way to warn someone that they needed to be very careful what they said next. I’m not talking about that kind of checking however.
It’s been a year since the Pandemic shut the world down. In those first few months, country after country slammed their borders closed and instituted almost draconian measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. People all over the world shuddered at the incredible numbers of cases and deaths that were attributed to the virus.
The medical and scientific communities leaped into action and by working far beyond overtime, managed to create vaccines that are quite effective against the virus. As cases numbers declined, some countries, including the US, started to relax the restrictions. People were getting fatigued with the efforts being asked of them. They just wanted to get back to normal.
India, and Brazil are currently experiencing Coronavirus spikes. India’s numbers have reached staggering numbers and the effects are spreading to neighboring countries. The same can be said of Brazil. In the case of India, at least, the spikes are due to relaxed restrictions and new variants.
All of this brings me back to my original question, is it time to check yourself? Are you still doing all the protective and preventative measures that were first put into place a year ago? When you go shopping, do you still wear a mask? Do you make an honest attempt to maintain some distance between yourself and the person in line in front of you? Do you take the time to wipe off the hard surfaces of items you are bringing into your home?
More importantly, if you are eligible in your area, have you been vaccinated? I don’t mean just getting one shot if the brand requires 2 shots. Have you gotten both of them? While yes, just one dose of either Pfizer or Moderna is 80% effective against the virus, it also allows for more breakout cases to occur. Getting that second shot is important.
So take a minute to do a quick check. Are you still doing everything you can to keep YOUR family from being infected??
Time to Reconsider…
It’s been a few months since I first posted this and I find myself asking the same question. Is it time to check yourself? At this point in time, the Delta variant is running rampant around the world. What are you doing to keep from getting the virus?
By now, everyone over the age of 12 in the US is eligible for the vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine has full approval. Still the numbers keep rising. Just a few months ago in Florida, the positivity rate was below 5%. Now it’s back up to just under 25%. That’s unbelievable.
Saddest of all are the reports from the hospitals telling us that over 90% of new cases are in people who didn’t get vaccinated. A recent story on the internet told the tale of a young couple who put off getting their vaccinations.
They planned to get them, but just hadn’t made the time yet. They both contracted the virus. The wife was sick enough to be hospitalized, the husband had a mild case and stayed home to recover. When the wife was released from the hospital, she made her way home.
Imagine her feelings when she discovered her husband dead in the bedroom, their dogs showing signs of not having had food or water for a few days. What’s worse, her husband had already started to decompose.
I’m not trying to scare you, I’m trying to make you aware of the risks you take everyday that you put off getting vaccinated. Yes, there are a certain percentage of vaccinated people who are still getting sick, but their illness is much less severe. You aren’t just risking your own life, you are putting your family, friends and neighbors in jeopard!
All the planning in the world can’t beat dumb luck. Even if your dad just happens to be Lugh, the Celtic God of the Sun, and you’re one of the most powerful Guardsmen to ever walk the earth. No matter how hard he tries, Destiny always seems to drop a steamy pile of Dragon crap right in his path…leaving him to clean up the mess and clean up the mess. But then he found her. Ancient, mysterious, and completely irresistible…She flew into his life, poured light into his soul, and dropped the old jokester to his knees with little more than a wide-eyed glance and a flick of her tail feathers.
Evil never takes a holiday…especially where finding your Mate is concerned. Faced with a powerfully destructive force manufactured by madmen and sent out to destroy all things – be they Magical or Human – it’s up to the Demi-God and his Strix to exterminate not only the menace but also its Maker.
Save your Mate or save your kin? That’s what this Guardsman must decide.
Fate Will Not Be Denied…But even She has her limits.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Kayne meets his match!
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2018
Finally Kayne meets his mate! Have I been waiting for this moment. And does she just give him a run for his money.
Both their lineages reads like who's who in the gods and goddesses.
We talking some phenomenal beasts getting together and creating a formidable team. And this team is to save their Dragon brethren from the clutches of evil.
This book is different from the others. A lot more combat and I must say, I totally enjoyed it. These are dragons and some cats of the wild as well. We have some more more avian warrior ladies that waits for no one in battle.
This was a rescue for more than one man and the Dragon king sharing his soul. And miss Mills made me part of that battle.
We learn more of Kayne and we learn that the love of you kin is strong in times of trouble and they will assist you at all times.
You will want to finally meet Pearl, Kayne's mate. And I think she is awesome.
Good work miss Mills. I loved this book.
Roxie's Ferguson /Roxie's Romance Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "You will love this Amazing Dragon 🐉 Shifter Romance"
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2018
The stories are super exciting! You will love each and every one of them! Whether you read them in order or not. They will still keep you glued to their pages. The characters are so awesome.
Pearl is a rare and special shifter Demi-goddess. Her shift is a Strix, a healer and a warrior. Kayne is a Dragon shifter Demi-god. They have known they are mates for sometime. Only they have not claimed each other yet. Pearl, Kayne and several others. Learn that the Berserker's are imprisoned by an evil. In a live Volcano. They go and rescue them. After the rescue mission Kayne and Pearl can not fight the mating call any longer! But their battles are not over. They still need to destroy the evil!
You will love this super exciting, funny, thrilling, suspenseful, sweet, and scorching hot Romance! This is a five star plus story and series!
5.0 out of 5 stars #32, but as new and fresh as #1!
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2018
I loved Kanye’s story! It was so jam packed with adventure, sexy fun times, and hilarious banter, that I just couldn’t put the book down!
A few things I didn’t like: I had a hard time in the beginning, since Kayne already knew his mate, apparently. I thought the pull to mate was strong, so I was a bit confused on that. Also, I feel like the females in this series have gotten... hypocritical? Mean? I’m not sure the right word, but the past two books, I have started out really disliking the mates because of their rudeness. They come across as emasculating, rude, and occasionally mean, instead of sassy and independent (as I know they’re intended to be).
THANKFULLY, as the Strix gets to know her dragon better, she becomes more likable, and I absolutely love the end product. As with all the other books, I’m impressed that it still seems new and fresh, and it’s so well written!
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fantabulous series!
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018
The long awaited story of Kayne, the demi-god Dragon and his mate, Pearl, who is a powerful Strix and the last of her kind. The fireworks between these two strong and powerful characters is something to behold. Kayne has finally gotten his well deserved comeuppance! Must admit though, they are perfect for each other. Love their snarky wit. This one has it all - action, suspense, excitement, twists & turns, humor and hot & steamy sex. This series just keeps going and they keep getting better. Love this series and highly recommend this book and all of the others. Eagerly awaiting the next one.
Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!
This was previously written as part of Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency world. Recently Julia withdrew all her books from that shared world and is re-writing them. I’m tickled pink to see the changes!
Back in March, 2021, WordPress and Spotify made arrangements to allow bloggers to easily transfer their blog posts to podcasts. It sounded like a really great idea so I started recording the Sunday Post as a podcast to help people to catch up on the books I’ve reviewed.
Since then, I’ve faithfully recorded (almost) all of the Sunday Posts. Each week I include the full review for the books into the podcast. Now, when I publish the podcast, I immediately update the blog post to include a link back to the podcast.
It has occurred to me, that I may not have announced that podcast to you, my blog follower. Most weeks it only takes about 30 min. to listen to the podcast.
So Book Reviews by the Reluctant Retiree – the Podcast can be found here:
1508 Sebastian Drake, stoic protector of the Drake family, always gets what he wants—and there is nothing he wants more than the half-starved Pedigree omega named Peregrine he comes across on his travels. It doesn’t matter that Peregrine is a Disgrace. Sebastian will do whatever it takes to keep him… and somehow, as impossible as it might be, find a way to be his mate.
Present Day For hundreds of years, Peregrine has enjoyed life as Sebastian’s mate. Sure, as one of the only bonded omegas in recent history he’s been kidnapped more times than he can count, but with Sebastian there to save him it’s little more than an inconvenience. And attacks from hostile clans? That’s just a typical Tuesday.
But there is one thing Peregrine fears, yet desperately wants.
One thing that has hurt him time and time again.
One thing Sebastian can’t save him from.
And now it’s happening again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry is my favorite
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2021
“To anyone who thinks their story is over. Darling, don’t give up. It’s only just begun.”
I was extremely excited waiting for this story. Perry has been one of my favorite characters since Clutch and Nate and Alistair. When I saw this dedication, I knew it would be worth it. If you are a fan of this series, you know there had to be hidden depths to Sebastian; he is more than just a big brute of a dragon. Perry is delicate, lovely, an almost perfect example of a dragonet, but he and Seb have been through a lot. Now we get to find out exactly what is in the past and how it all ties together. I had my suspicions from interactions among the omegas and comments made about the past and here we have it.
“We hoard the things we consider treasure, Perry. Be they art or gold or the ones we love. This is the way of the dragon.”
Kill me dead. I am slain. These authors have done me in. I think this one is my favorite so far. We knew Seb wasn’t just a big muscle bound bouncer type (I mean, duh, Perry) but he is definitely all soft squishy marshmallow when it comes to his mate. He is also smart enough to put puzzle pieces together that only Misha seems to have been able to solve. One of the Drake brothers has A LOT to answer for and I am very curious to see how this is all tied up in the last book. Perry and Seb carry so much secret pain and I love how it is all brought to light and made whole again in this book. As Harrison states in the epilogue, Perry really is the glue that holds all of the Drakes together and it is wonderful to see the love and family all at work. Absolutely loved this book. I got sucked in and read it in one sitting. Couldn’t help it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2021
When an author writes the origin story of a side character you've come to love through previous books, there's always a bit of fear that it won't live up to expectations you've created in your own mind. I shouldn't have worried.
Authors Scott and Kelly have penned a story more beautiful than I ever imagined. Perry's story is told in heartbreaking as well as heartwarming flashbacks interwoven with present day danger and intrigue. Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions. I'm still overwhelmed and a bit teary with it all, but there's nothing I would change. From beginning to end Peregrine was perfection. And Sebastian...my God, Sebastian. If ever a more swoon worthy hero was written, I couldn't name him.
Next up is Raven. I am simultaneously wishing for and dreading this book. With it, all my questions will be answered, but when the last page is read, my adventures with the Drake family will be over, and that will be a very sad day indeed
3.0 out of 5 stars Perry and Seb's Story - Full of Heartache and Loss Along with Hope
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
I fell in love with this series and characters so when I saw 'Peregrine' out, I was beyond thrilled. Perry has featured early on with his large clutch of eight eggs. Those hatchlings are now eight years old, full of fun, noise, and keeping their parents busy.
We learn how Sebastian and Peregrine met, a completely odd chance, where Seb trusts his dragon half and instinctively knows that this poorly clothed half starved omega is his. Who cares about disgraced status, what his brother thinks, or this so called planned trip. This omega is his. No questions. That's his stand from the start and in the centuries they've been together, he's never wavered.
The story travels back 500 years and forward and back and forth and for me I was tired of the time jumps. I'm not sure if having two sections to the story instead of these chapter jumps would work better. Maybe I'll eventually go back and read those chapters, but for what I wanted out of the story, I was firmly in the present.
Perry has had two successful clutches and centuries of many that never made it. Losing one in miscarriage or stillborn is bad enough, but one hundred? I can't imagine. And now another pregnancy and it's tears instead of happiness. Dread. Knowing the odds are against them yet Seb and Perry hang onto each other, supportive, protective, loving, and hoping. Thank goodness for advanced medical care and Harrison (along with Steve) knowing what to do, even if it's tentative. As for nit picks I wanted to know if Everard had enough magic to assist Perry, because nothing is said about it. Or if Everard is okay. Why wasn't there a talk between Seb and Everard about the Raven/Bertram incident? There's too much left unsaid which had a huge impact on this story. And that includes Bertram's disrespectful creepiness when alone with Perry. Three stars for the reasons I stated. - Dan's Wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Gahhh just absolutely brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2021
And now we know why Everard has no pet names for Perry!
I absolutely adored every single word of this book, there wasn't a thing I would have chosen to be different and not a jot of the feels I would have given up.
Throughout this series Peregrine has been there, the glue at the centre of the Drake brothers' expanded family, the mate who has been there for half a millennia.
And his is such a wonderful story, from the moment Sebastian sets eyes on him trying to roll a barrel of herring to the whispered words of love at the end, theirs is a romance for the ages.
They support each other without fail, they love each other without conditions and they're honest and open in their feelings.
As this is a story about a bunch of dragons, you can bet there's the usual mayhem and chaos when whelps, dragonets and other offspring gather.
But there's also a thread of deep pain, of loss so powerful it changes your very soul, and we find out that what we feared might be the case for Perry's melancholy is true.
The authors weave this into a story which twists between the present day and the 16th Century and which travels the Medieval world and the modern one alike.
We find out secrets which go a long way to explaining some of what's been going on in the other books, but not all.
That will come in January (arghhhhh!) when we finally get Raven's story and the final Drake brother Bertram is going to have a lot of explaining to do!
Miranda Colilla needs a mate. Fast. This curvy lioness wants a man she can bend to her will, who will stay out of her business, and let her lead like the alpha she is. She needs that mate urgently before the lions in her pride think she’s going to hand the reins over to one of them and let them tell her what to do. Not in this lifetime. When a wolf saves her hide, there’s more than just gratitude sparking between them.
Kasen Steel’s tired of women throwing themselves at him. As alpha of his pack, he can have any woman he wants. Problem is, he doesn’t want any of them. He wants a chase. He wants someone who isn’t taken in with his position. A chance meeting with a hot as hell lioness makes him want a close encounter of the naked kind with her. Wait, he’s already naked.
Kasen knows Andi’s perfect for him. She’s already making him crazy by denying their attraction and the fact she’s his mate. The hunt is on. Unfortunately for him, proving to Andi they’re right for each other is just one of the problems facing this alpha. Keeping her alive, when someone wants her dead, is another. But Kasen isn’t going to sit by and let anyone harm her. Now that he’s found his smart-assy mate, he isn’t letting go. Whether she likes it or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Meddling mothers and pack madness....Mates and responsibilities who will win?
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2016
Again! Ms. T has delivered yet another awesome PDA read. If you haven't read the series, you are totally missing out on the fun and awesomeness of Ms Wilder and her dating agency madness. I am beginning to wonder if she doesn't hire an assistant just so she can help everybody out 🙂 If you read the series, you know why. This one was a little different, as she has matched two different species. But if you know Ms. Wilder, that doesn't matter. The lady CAN'T miss. There was a hint at the end, so you know what that means...bring on the madness of another awesome PDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Purrfectly funny and so so sexy.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
Another Awesome book by Milly Taiden. I love her PDA series books. This one is funny, sexy, it has murder and mystery and two not just one but two sexy alpha's. Kasen is his pack's apha while Andi is her prides Prima. Both have people and family wanting them to marry but neither has found the one for them. Kasen has a mother who is after him to mate and give her grandbabies, Andi has the men from her pride after her to mate. Andi hasn't found the one who will stand by her and not try to rule her pride. Both contact Gerri Wilder who runs the dating agency, Gerri is a matchmaker and she puts these two in contact with each other. Kasen soon knows that Andi is his one but Andi is having a time figuring out what to do, in steps Kasen's mother. Will Andi finally figure out what she wants? Will Kasen prove to Andi he is what she needs the most? Will danger separate them from being together? Must read to find out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuborn Alphas
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2016
I love Milly's books, the PDA series just keep comming. Milly has a way of sucking you into her world your laughing one minute and yelling at the book the next. Andi and Kasen do not disapoint two alphas both wanting the same things but not knowing what the need or how to get there. Gerri has a way about her, with words and match making skills. Once these alphas realize cats and dogs can get along sparks fly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AB FAB!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2016
I absolutely love Milly's PDA series (actually all her books)... and this one does not disappoint. Both characters (Andi and Kasen) will have you rooting for their happy ending! Two strong, alpha's who are only stronger with the other by their side. Convincing Andi of that took Kasen some time and some help from a few others but it all worked out in the end. Simply a fantastic read... however, I should not have started it on my lunch break as I could not put it down! Was a bit late getting back to work... Thanks Milly! 🙂 Milly's Gerri does it again. Can't wait to see who Gerri matches up next... Keep 'em coming Milly!
Successful landscape designer Tania Solares prides herself on living by her own terms, relying on no man to provide for her. But her carefully controlled life takes a turn for the extraordinary when her inquiry into the disappearance of her best friend thrusts her between two warring factions of dragon shifters. Suddenly Tania’s survival depends on Mac, a newly initiated dragon warrior who will break every rule to keep her safe.
Now that Tania knows the truth about Dragonkind, returning to her old life is too grave a risk. Ivar, leader of the Razorbacks, plots to decimate the human race, and Tania is just the tool he needs. Despite the danger, Mac cannot deny her a choice: Trade the independence she’s fought so hard to achieve for safety in a magical world, or turn her back on the man she’s grown to love in order to reclaim a freedom that might not last? It is an impossible choice. And yet a sacrifice must be made
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Busy, But I Loved It.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2013
Fury of Seduction is the third book in the Dragonfury series. I have fallen in love with these dragons and the world they live in.
The Nightfury, a pack of dragonkind, very alpha males. Protectors of humankind. They need human females to feed them. And carry their sons. Females are tuned into the Meridian. A pure power source that the dragonkind need to heal and stay healthy. Each female connects to the Meridian in their own way. Some are very low power, but the most sought after ones, are the high power females.
There are a lot of things going on in this book. Almost too much to keep track of.
Mac, a former SPD detective, and newly transitioned water dragon, and the woman he can't get off of his mind, Tania. Tania is Myst's (From Fury of Fire) best friend. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, put her right in the forefront of Mac's radar. Without either of them knowing it. Tania was the first female Mac fed from during his transition. Her mind was scrubbed so she wouldn't remember the event. And Mac's transition into dragonkind was so traumatic, he doesn't remember what happened between the two of them. All they know is they are drawn to each other. And when her life is put in danger by the Razorback pack, rogues who hate all things human. That puts Mac on the fast track to finding her and keeping her safe. At any cost.
Ivar, the leader of the Razorbacks. He's still mourning the loss of his second in command at the hand of the Nightfuries. Afraid to tell the XO's sire for fear of loosing his funding. Funding for a special breeding program. Ivar has been collecting high energy females to use as breeders for his experiments. He wants to breed the first females of their kind. Doing away with the need to feed from human females. But his funding comes from the highest and most powerful source. Rodin, the head of the Archguard high council.
Rodin has been secretly funding Ivar's lab and his experiments for years. Something that would set the dragonkind world on its ear if it was known. .Rodin is a cruel man. Strung out on his powerful position, and very full of himself. Not afraid to partake in all sorts of illegal activities as entertainment for his closest allies. But unbeknownst to Rodin, There is soon to be a fly in his ointment. A junior member of the council, Nian wants his job.
Nian is the newest member of the dragonkind high council. He is very aware of the kind of man Rodin is. And he wants to be the one to relieve him of his title. But to do that he needs friends. And the ones he's chosen are not going to be easy to win over. The Nightfury pack. Nian's sire is responsible for the death of the Nightfury leader, Bastian's sires death. But now he's hoping to make him a useful ally, by becoming the spy Bastian and his men need to take down Ivar.
We also meet for the first time the last two Nighfury males. Gage and Haider. The two "Metallics". liquid metal breathers. They have been dispatched to Prague as representatives of the Nightfury pack for the Archguard festival.
And then there is the introduction of yet another dragon. Mac has been told being a water dragon, he is one of a kind. Until Ivar recruits the only other known water dragon to come to the states and work on his side, to get rid of Mac. Water is somewhere most dragons do not want to be. So having one that can use water to hide in or as a weapon, is not something Ivar wants.
Tania is also worried about her younger sister, J.J. J.J. is serving fifteen years in prison for manslaughter. She killed her abusive boyfriend. And the boyfriend just happened to be the brother of a cop. So she was convicted and sent away. But after five years, she is now up for parole. If only she can keep her nose clean and stay out of trouble.
Like I said, lots going on in this book. So much that the romance between Mac and Tania is kind of put off to the side. And rushed a bit more than it was in the other stories.
But over all I still love this series. A very unique take on the dragon universe. I love that each dragon is different. Not only in the way they look but in their abilities. Some are fire breathers, some breath acid, gas, a napalm like substance, Rikar is the last known frost dragon, and Bastian is more of a dragon taser. Very cool.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Paranormal Erotic Romance!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2013
This is the third book in the Dragonfury Series. I loved it!
Mac McCord is the newest member of the Dragonfury pack. An ex-cop, his transformation began in Fury of Ice, after tangling with the magical blast of a Razorback. I liked this tough character. He is almost like an unsteady pup (albeit a dangerous one!) as he adjusts to his new life. He is a rare water dragon, but being new, his magic is raw and untrained, which chafes at this warrior's pride.
Tania Solares is a landscape designer, and best friend to Myst Munroe. I liked her "take no prisoners" attitude with trying to find out about the disappearance of her friend, but her feisty nature puts her on the Razorbacks' radar.
I don't know what magic these sexy dragons have over me, but these books seem to be getting better and better! The story is completely page turning! I must admit that I had to get this in audio too, because I just HAD to know how things were unfolding, especially when I had to do chores and couldn't read my Kindle whilst doing them! Mind you, it could be the narrators voice that got me too! Benjamin L. Darcie's dulcet tones brought the characters to life! It was nice to meet all the characters again, and to be introduced to new ones like Tania's sister, JJ. Although, there is one character that I could have done without - Ivar. The leader of the Razorback's is a cruel psycho, with a mad scientist vibe that made shivers run up my back!
We are also introduced to Nian, a dragon in the Archguard's High Council. He is new to his position, but disgusted with the current leader of the Council, and is looking to replace him. His story could be rather intriguing!
This story is full of action, danger and romance that has captured my imagination, and made me wish that these dragon warriors were really alive! The battle scenes were described extremely vividly and I could "see" them with ease! I cannot wait to read Fury of Desire and to get to know Wick and JJ better!
Coreene Callahan has written another fantastic paranormal romance. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors to read. Her books are fast paced and flowed beautifully!
Due to the use of bad language and the explicit sexual scenes, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances or books with sexy dragon shifters! - Lynn Worton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fury of Seduction, A Review for The Blog Tea and Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2012
Finally!! I have been able to sit down and enjoy this book. Let me tell you it has been an extremely difficult week. I had this book on my kindle and needed to finish other things.. as this is not in my reading nature, seeing this book sitting there and teasing me was not fun.. but oh was it worth it!
Coreene Callahan strikes hard and fast in the third installment of her DragonFury Series.. The world is opening up and there is just so much going on, total reader stimulation. This was one of those books where the story arc carries the book rather than the lead couple. While I tend to get irked about this in this case Ms Callahan did a brilliant job. Maybe because she did it earlier in the series or maybe because she used characters that we had not completely bonded with yet.. who knows? Yes Mac and Tania's story was intermixed with some serious plot twists and turns, Coreene still managed to make them steam...
Mac, tall, built and serious attitude! As a cop, as a man he was determined to serve, years as a Navy Seal led him to years on the Seattle Police Force but as good as he was at serving justice he didn't quite get the whole people and relationships thing. Until Angela, he was never able to stay with a partner. He was too tough, too rough, too everything.. As for women, he loves em, all of them. Where some have a women in every port.. Our Mac, well he had a flavor of the moment.. When Angela went missing, his sister of the heart, his partner and yes the only woman he took seriously, he was almost destroyed. But an instant in time, a moment shared space with a Dragon and his Dragon DNA was unleashed and Mac starts to find out just a bit more about himself than he was even remotely aware of. This we discover in Fury of Fire and Fury of Ice, the first two books of the Dragonfury series.. What we discover about Mac in Fury of Seduction.. well let's just say Mac Smolders.. Total and complete swoon room material.
Tania Solares is a complicated woman. Years of male abandonment and misuse, she doesn't trust men. She is smart, sexy, loyal and determined.. what a package.. Oh yeah and she is a High Energy (H-E) Female. So that puts her in line for some serious trouble. Since the disappearance of Myst, her best friend, she has been actively searching. Determined to find her, refusing to believe she is dead. Tania had relied on the SPD.. only problem is, the Detectives on the case were Mac and Angela and they too have disappeared.. Leaving Tania desperate.. Add to this the fact that her sister (the sister Tania all but raised) is in prison for manslaughter, Tania is at wits end.
When Mac and Tania meet, let's just say fireworks ensued! These two are combustible (pretty nifty for a Water Dragon). Ms Callahan does a wonderful job at sharing bits and pieces of their relationship with us. Sure she could have made this the focal part of the book, but in a way letting it slip to a secondary aspect made it steamier. Tania is a driven woman who controls everything and Mac well let's just say he demands control sexually. *grins* Watching these two commitment phobes slide into love was fabulous.
Remember when I mentioned the Archguard in my review of Fury of Ice? Remember when I said they were up to something sneaky? That there was way more to them than we thought.. Let's just say.. I was right and leave it at that! Anything else would be huge spoilers. We do spend a moment with those who are at the "Archguard Games". We get to meet Gage and Haider, the missing Dragonfury pack members and they most definitely belong. There is a scene I am already envisioning when Gage returns and meets Tania.. *grins* that should be fun.
One of the best things about Ms Callahan's writing is the fact that even though Ivar is evil and I believe totally nonredeemable.. we feel for him. We see him grieve and there were times when I just wanted to comfort him. I don't like Ivar, we aren't supposed to be we see a man/dragon that wants what he thinks is best for his people. This is a true talent!
We also learn a bit and I mean a teeny tiny bit about waterdragons.. I have some questions, some things I want to discuss about Mac and his lineage but for now I will refrain as they include spoilers but I am intrigued. This book left me with so many questions.. So many threads dangling, teasing me, leaving me almost salivating for the next book, Fury of Desire, which I believe comes out in the Spring and will be Wick's book. Now that is gonna be interesting.
When a book grabs me as much as this one did, I tend to loose my ability to review.. I get lost in the superlatives and sometimes forget why I am reviewing. I am sorry if this happened but this book was fabulous.. absolutely and totally fabulous! A must read.. but don't read it as book one.. it is definitely a transition type of book.. connecting us with old favorites and yet introducing some exciting new characters.. Watching all of Ms Callahan's plot lines begin to intersect is a total and complete delight
Aria Valderi is a day walker, a vampire that can walk in the sun. Being a descendant of the original queen of the vampires has its perks, but finding out her mate is a wolf shifter isn’t one of them. He’s insufferable, bossy, and too damn sexy for his own good.
Trevan Stone knows Aria is his. Unfortunately, his tough little vamp has been wreaking all kinds of havoc and now too many people want her dead. It’s going to take more than Trevan can do as a shifter to protect his woman.
Trevan has a secret. One that could put an end to their future together, but it’s not nearly as big as the one her people have, which could end the future of the entire clan. If he can save her from the vampire council that wants her destroyed, there might be a chance for them to work through their issues. But saving her means giving up the reason for his existence, the drive that has pushed him for the last eighty years.
This was such a great continuation of the story. I loved this couple. It may not seem like it, but I thought they fit together well. Wonder if the author plans to add more?
No Genre Left Behind
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fang in the Sass
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
This is actually the first in the Sassy Mates series that I've read. I would recommend starting from the beginning, there were a few things I had to catch up on that I assume happened in previous books (I bet they're fantastic). That being said, this was still an amazing romance story that was exciting and hard to put down.
Aria and Trevan have met in a previous story, but they are both experiencing some denial when it comes to their attraction to each other. Partly because they are different species and neither one of them seem to really like the other. But fate has other ideas, because their worlds are about to collide in a spectacular way. And even their past seems to be drawing the together in a strange twisted way.
Aria is wrapped in defending herself to the vampire council for killing a human blood slave trader. But treachery from within her clan has the council believing it to be murder. As she tries to put together the proof to show her actions justified, the whole things keeps getting bigger and bigger. The trade is larger than she ever knew.
There's a few epic fight scenes - which are hard to find in a romance - and they are done just right. Aria is a strong woman, but also realizes that it's OK to rely on friends and allies to help her out, that she can't do it all by herself. This was a very beautiful love story with forgiveness, trust, and respect becoming the backbone of their future.
Nicole H. Vela
5.0 out of 5 stars Mate of my heart!
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2016
Aria is anicent as she is beauty and beloved by her coven. Although her nemesis are seeking her destruction. She is also experiencing some baby fever, seeing her friends makes her long for it. Her first choice is her bloodmate Trevan.
Trevan Stone- equally handsome in his wn right, he hs scented his mate. Aside from that was his need for vengeance, on the perpetrators who killed his pack. The only cavit... his mate is also the enemy.
When they are together they burn the brightest... the passion and lust its all consuming. Together they are formidable, but when they ae threatened.. they are fiercely protective of each other. Lies are revealed and secrets long buried come to the surface. This is not your typical paranormal/supernatural romance. This is Milly Taiden at her best.. raw and uninhibited. The excitement revolving around this new world is just the beginning!! If you loved the family..love,drama and adventure hold on to your hat your in for the ride of your life!! A Sassy World. Milly Taiden is an author who mesmerizes, tantalizes and creates new and extraordinary characters and opens new worlds to us the reader. Is there anyting she can do....
MonicaMartin41Top Contributor: Fantasy Books
5.0 out of 5 stars anyways I love this series and this wasn't any different
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2016
I finally got around to reading this book. Unfortunately, I am so busy I cant read new releases right away....*sob*. Ha...anyways I love this series and this wasn't any different. Loved it. I've been waiting to read Aria's story for awhile. Trevan...holy hotness! They are mates but have sorta been avoiding each other a little bit. She's a Vampire Queenish and he's a werewolf. Secrets of the past will either drive them apart or pull them closer. Aria is afraid for her mate and wants to protect him. He's beyond pissed when she sends him away after they first get together. Trevan being a smart wolf understands and goes and does his own investigation about the disappearing people and Aria's wanting to bring her clans into the 21st century. Not to feed on humans anymore so they can walk in the sun like she can and change is never easy or accepted. She's also in trouble with the Council and trying to clear her name at the same time proves troublesome. As powerful as Aria is she sorta gets humbled after she gets her butt kicked and Trevan saves her life. 🙂 Its a great story and all is revealed and I sorta want to see how Alain fairs and Roan but I dont know if we will get any stories about them.
Lourin Top Contributor: Baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Sexy, and Steamy! Don't hesitate to pick this one up!
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016
In Milly Taiden's Sassy Mates we got to meed Aria and Trevan in the final book.
Aria is a day walker. She's one of the few blood borns and is considered queen of the clans. After taking care of Filip and his followers she's trying to ensure the rest of the South clan is clean and living by the rules set by her grandfather. But her only problem isn't just the clan problems, there's someone trying to finish the job of ending the Valderi line once and for all, and a mate that she has left unclaimed.
**"If you tell anyone, I'll make sure you remain soft for a long time before I make you hard again."**
Trevan has spent the last 80 years bent on revenge against the vampires who killed his pack. But finding out a vampire is his mate changes his mission in life. Now his mission is to claim and protect his mate at all costs, even when she doesn't think she needs the help.
**"And keep your smells to yourself too. I don't want to breathe in your-...Desire for her, passion to strip her naked and play hide the cannoli?"**
I absolutely love Aria and Trevan! Hot wolf mate and sexy curvy vampire mate you can't go wrong. It also doesn't hurt that there are extremely hot, melt your panties off sex!
Roses are red, violets are blue. Dragons have wings and Fairies do, too.
Unfortunately for Tristan, no amount of Dragon Fire or Fairy Dust will keep the most famous Finder of Fated Love in the whole Universe from making sure he has his happily-ever-after in record time. She’s not putting up with any of his sh… ahem, fertilizer. No way, no how.
Everything’s coming up sunshine and daffodils come hell or high water.
Can Fate be denied? Aww, hell no. Not with Babs MacAutley on Her side, but the ride may be bumpy and the flowers more than a little wilted when we get there.
Buckle up, Buttercup. This is one ride you do not want to miss.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tristan's fairy mate
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2021
Once again Julia has taken me on a wonderful journey following the Bronze Dragon shifter Tristan and his one true mate the Flower Fairy Felicity. Finding the one the universe made for just him once he gets his act into gear was easy keeping and claiming while fighting evil will be the challenge. I thoroughly recommend this book and believe that like me readers will embrace this tale of good versus evil and love that can conquer all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons n fairies oh my!
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2021
Hot dragon alpha male is leveled by petite beautiful fairy woman.....watch out incoming grand poobah of all matchmakers is on the scene! It's on people and if you aint ready better hope she aint got you in her sights! Babs is in town to hook up Tristan and Felicity but in the middle of a well laid plot Bitsy is poisoned and it was meant for Felicity. To help Bitsy get better Tristan is gonna need a lot of help from his friends and Felicity. They win this time but the Obscured is out there and active again....
A quick, fun and sweet read... looking forward to the next book in the series!
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my review...hope you enjoy the story as much as I did!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story about another dragon guard
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2021
Tristan is a bronze dragon guard who has survive against an evil ancient enemy named the Obsurced. He is the only one of his clan to survive. He knew from the first sight of Felicity, the Flower Fairy, that she was his mate. However, she needs him to save her sister from the Obsurced.
This fast paced drama is a quick lighthearted read. The stubborn characters almost led their fated mate bond into disaster. I like how different this ceremony is from the traditional bonding ceremony of most dragon guard.
Highly recommended for an enjoyable read.
Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!
When you finish one book series, have you ever just sat back and struggled to decide what to read next? I found myself in that situation recently and started thinking about “Go To” series.
Paranormal – If I just want a paranormal series, not worrying about anything magical, I’m likely to pull out Heather Long’s Wolves of Willow Bend series. Lots of intrigue, romance and action. For the most part, the heat level is acceptable without straying into areas I’d rather not have my boss know about.
Magical Paranormal – This is where I would put Coreene Callahan’s Dragonfury series. Each of the guys has a different magical gift that they use daily in their battles. Again, clean enough for work.
Paranormal Domestic Discipline – Anything, and I do mean anything by Delta James will work here. I love reading these or listening to them! Not safe for work.
Not Safe For Work – Emily Tilton tops my list in this department. She has a number of different series going, plus ones that seem to be complete. Among these are three that echo each other.
So there you have it, my “Go To” series. Sorry this is late getting out!