“Sara Constantine is one of the country’s most tenacious prosecuting attorneys—and she’s just secured a well-earned promotion. At first she’s thrilled. Then she finds out her new job involves prosecuting vampires and werewolves. And nothing prepares Sara for the shock she receives when she meets the first defendant she’ll be trying to put away: Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.
When Lucius Dragos kisses the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s only hoping to blend into the crowd and avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s following…and planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss to secure his cover ignites into a fierce hunger that leads to an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows Sara will do whatever it takes to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks he is. And that might mean making the greatest sacrifice a vampire can make.”
First of all, I am in love with this cover! Yes, the man is smokin, but what also works for me is the combination of colors, the crescent moon in the background, the cool glow coming from the ring, the lettering and the wisps of smoke. All together they combine to make for a really stand-out cover that really draws the eye, which is exactly what a cover should do. Mission accomplished!
Second, I could not put this book down! After having read a whole bunch of paranormal romances and urban fantasy, it’s a rare find that basically keeps me flipping pages all night, long past reasonable expectations. When Blood Calls was one of them. (Plus, Lucius Dragos is my new fictional boyfriend now, but that’s neither here nor there). I really liked the compelling characters that J.K. created and the world in which she places them. Full of plot twists and turns, romance, suspense, action and danger.
When Blood calls is the first book in J.K. Beck’s Shadow Keepers series and after reading it, I say Bring On The Shadow Keepers! I haven’t been this excited about a series since I first started Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, Phoenix’s Makers Song series or Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. It’s a wonderful blend of both paranormal romance and urban fantasy which is in itself, intriguing because of the many layers woven into it. This book will remain on my “Keeper” shelf and this series has now become an “auto-buy” one for me.
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Find out more about J.K. Beck and what she’s working on at her website!
I’m going to have a go at this weekly event which was started by Jill over at Breaking The Spine.
My first week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
Jaguar Warriors — Book 2
October 26, 2010
“A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. It will take the woman who calls him enemy to give him a reason to live.
Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they have been joined by destiny in a mission entrusted to Skye’s family centuries ago: Nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.
Wounded and bitter, Jagger sought escape in the solitude of the jungle, driven by a need to disappear forever… until a mysterious shifter who calls to his soul and feeds a yearning long forgotten, pulls him from his dark path. A courageous warrior, Skye’s passion is equal to Jagger’s own—but can she trust a man on the edge? A man whose secrets are as devastating as her own?
Each is the other’s sole hope for survival. But a dark and twisted truth is leading them toward the ultimate sacrifice for a love they may never live to claim.”
I read the first book in this series, His Darkest Hunger, back when it hit bookstores in June and I was hooked! Awesome Paranormal Romance? Check. Super sexy alpha male jaguar-shifter and female protag that you’re rooting for the whole time? Check. Am I ready to read about more great romance between engaging characters in this world that Juliana Stone has created? Why yes, yes I am! 😀
Another book that was just released on August 31st, 2010 is Alyson Noel’s Radiance. It’s a new series that expands on Alyson Noel’s Immortal’s series by giving Ever’s little sister, Riley, her own series. Here’s the brand new book trailer for Radiance.
And here’s a bit about the book.
192 Pages, 5.5 x 8.2 x 0.6 in
August 31, 2010
There are a whole bunch of awesome books being released out into the wild this month! Here are some shiny covers of a few of them that I am DYING to read. 😀 Check out my New Releases page to see all the books along with their release dates. (I’m still working on the title links).
Ahh my pretties, how I want you all. Hopefully I’ll get some Chapters gift cards for my birthday next week! 😉
Another book that I have been highly anticipating is Alexandra Adornetto’s YA, Halo!
“Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces.
Is love a great enough power against evil?”
Check out the trailer.
I’ve always been fascinated with Angels, what about you?
Otherwise Known As Sidhe’s Current Wishlist
February Releases I Missed:
Amber Benson – Cat’s Claw
Alexis Morgan – Defeat The Darkness
Rachel Vincent – Shift
Susan Krinard – Bride Of The Wolf
Susan Kearney – Jordan
Kathleen Nance – Dragon Unmasked
L.J. McDonald – The Battle Slyph
Stella Cameron – Out Of Body
Anne Crompton – Merlin’s Harp
Lisa Childs – Mistress Of The Underground
Sean Cummings – Shade Fright
Alyssa Day – Atlantis Redeemed
Erica Hayes – Shadowglass
Vicki Thompson – Chick With A Charm
Sophie Renwick – Velvet Haven
Chris Marie Green – Deep In The Woods
Thomas E. Sniegoski – Where Angels Fear To Tread
Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dark Hunter’s Vol. 2 (manga)
Shayla Black – Delicious
Susan Squires – A Twist In Time
Kate Douglas – Demon Fire
Sherrill Quinn – Taming The Moon
Eileen Rendahl – Don’t Kill The Messenger
Mark Henry – Battle Of The Network Zombies
Victoria Laurie – Ghouls Gone Wild
Seanan McGuire – A Local Habitation
Bianca D’Arc – Once Bitten, Twice Dead
Shiloh Walker – Broken
Angela Knight – Master Of Fire
Skyler White – And Falling Fly
Addison Fox – Warrior Ascended
Rob Thurman – Roadkill
Christine Warren – Born To Be Wild
Danielle Trussoni – Angelology
Joss Ware – Abandon The Night
Kerrelyn Sparks – The Vampire & The Virgin
Mario Acevedo – Werewolf Smackdown
Claudia Gray – Hourglass
Rachel Hawkins – Hex Hall (YA)
Carrie Ryan – The Dead Tossed Waves (YA)
Thomas E. Sniegoski – The Fallen/Leviathon (YA)
March 15th /16th
James Patterson – Fang (YA)
Kimberly Derting – The Body Finder (YA)
Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer – Wild Ride
Carrie Vaughn – Voices Of Dragons (YA)
Carolyn Crane – Mind Games
Jenna Black – The Devil’s Playground
Rachel Hawthorne – Shadow Of The Moon (YA)
L.A. Banks – Never Cry Werewolf
Richelle Mead – Succubus Shadows
Patricia Briggs – Silver Borne
Talia Gryphon – Key To Justice
Laura Bickle – Embers
As always, if anyone knows of any good books I haven’t listed, please leave me the info in my comments so I can add it to the list. 🙂