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Unforgiven by Cat Miller

Published July 30, 2012 by Ema Volf

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I was fortunate enough to have been gifted an ARC copy if Unforgiven by Cat Miller for review! Unforgiven is the second book in the Forbidden Bond series. I had read Unbound, the first book in the series, and LOVED it, so needless to say, I was extremely flattered to be given the opportunity!

Unforgiven starts where Unbound left off. Dani (Soleil) and Chase are at their bonding ceremony, when Dani is abducted by Darren, who still believes that Dani is his mate. In Unbound, he had given her his blood so she would live after The Rogue had almost completely drained her, changing her into a full vampire. This event created a blood bond that was, unfortunately for Darren, one-sided. The Rogue, as we also learned in Unbound, has been kidnapping young vampires and draining them to steal their abilities in his quest for power.

In this book, we get to see much more of Brandi than we were able to see in the last one. Just before Dani’s bonding ceremony, she had decided that she wants to stop blending into the shadows and start standing out in her vampire society, so she gave herself a makeover. Much of this book is watching Brandi as she tries to find out who she is and what she wants to be. We also find that Brandi has a surprising new power that she’s trying to learn how to control.

In addition to the characters we saw in Unbound, we also get to meet a few fascinating new ones! This includes two new swoon-worthy men who are competing for Brandi’s attentions. Greyson, the typical warrior hero and Derek. You thought Cayden was your favorite bad boy? Just wait until you meet Derek.

We also get to watch Derek as he tries to decide whether Brandi is enough of a reason to leave his bad boy lifestyle behind him. Can someone who has forever hidden in the shadows survive in the light? Can Brandi forgive Derek’s past transgressions? What will happen to his mother, who Derek believes is being held captive as a guarantee of Derek’s complete subservience? Who are really the traitors to the vampire nation. And who is aiding The Rogue financially and slipping him information? For that matter, who is The Rogue exactly? Are you sure?

I enjoyed the fact that Cat gave us several instances where she went back and gave us a completely different side of the story from a completely different character. When I started to feel comfortable with one character, Cat immediately whisked me away to another before I got bored. When I was comfortable with one situation, Cat shook it up a bit for me. There were enough twists and turns to keep me on edge, but not so many to leave me utterly confused.

I also enjoyed the fact that there was very little “fluff” in the book to distract me. Everything that happened, happened for a reason. There wasn’t any filler in an attempt to make the book longer.

As she did with Unbound, Cat gave us amazing and colorful characters. Our “leading ladies” are women that we can look up to and respect, even though they make some major mistakes. They show us that it’s okay to mess up and it’s just part of life. I thoroughly enjoy stories with lessons. It makes me extremely happy to see that this series has several that can be applied in everyday life.

Also, as Cat did with Unbound, she gave me, the reader, a book with a story that I would like to live in for a while. It was very hard for me to put this book down, and the only reason I did, was because I was in dire need of sleep after this book kept me up until 4am.

Miranda’s Second Chance by Brandi Ratliff

Published May 4, 2012 by Ema Volf

Random fact about me: I don’t really read much erotica, but I do  enjoy it from time to time if it’s done well.

That being said, this morning I decided to pick one up. This one was called Miranda’s Second Chance and it was written by the beautiful Brandi Ratliff.

The book is about a woman, Miranda, who was getting ready for her  bachelorette party camping in the woods with her friends before she was, for lack of a better way to say it, dropped on her butt by her jerkoff fiance, Aaron. She decided to take her camping trip anyways, but left her friends behind so that she could spend her post-breakup mourning period in peace. Drunken hilarity ensues and she runs across a smexy forest ranger named Nate. Aaaand that’s really all I’m giving away about the story line. LOL!

One of my biggest complaints about erotica, in general, is the fact that usually the leading males are portrayed as testosterone-filled a-holes who are just out for a good time just to drop the girl on her butt later. Sometimes she’ll care. Usually she won’t. Doesn’t matter to me, really. Just having to read through him being a complete loser for the entirety of the book is just very unsexy to me and defeats the purpose of a steamy read. I find that sort of attitude extremely distracting. Some readers don’t mind that in the slightest. This reader does.

I have to give this author MAJOR props, because she didn’t write this guy off that way at ALL. At first, he came off as adorable and helpful, and I have to admit, shortly after we meet him in the book he had a moment that I found a bit awkward and almost creepy, but not so much that I couldn’t let it go when we got to know him a bit better. But he TOTALLY redeemed himself and overall I find him humorous and even a bit of a romantic. If I weren’t married, and it were totally possible, I’d almost want to pull him through the pages. LOL!

That being said, if you’d like to read this book, you can find it here for Kindle.

Guardian by Gillian Joy

Published April 26, 2012 by Ema Volf

I must admit I had a hard time putting this book down. Gillian Joy did a fantastic job weaving actual events into this fictional story.

We are first introduced to Hannah and her mother, who have an intriguing (and at times heart-wrenching) relationship. The death of her mother threw her through a loop just as she was learning how to be the guardian of the supernatural world.

While she lost her way for a while, she spent a long time getting her life back on track. I don’t want to ruin too much if the story, but finding out that some people from her old life survived really made my day!

The different species of supernatural beings also caught (and kept) my attention. This story has witches, werewolves, vampires, nephilim, fairies,  angels, and more! Some of my favorite things!

I have to say, the wait for the next book is going to be a very long one, and I’ll be picking this book up again for several rereads in the future! It has everything! Fantastic characters, intriguing storyline, awkward love triangles, heartwarming relationships of all kinds, and several questions I will have a hard time waiting for the next book to have answered!

Review

Published April 24, 2012 by Ema Volf

Slight change of plans. Avery Maye will be put off for a couple more days. I have been given the privilege of being asked to help out an author by writing a book review! I am honored to help out in any way I can!