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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: Gray Bishop (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2) by Kelly Meade, Kelly Meding

Gray Bishop (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2)
by Kelly Meade, Kelly Meding
Published October 21st 2014
by InterMix

Some people need something to fight for…

With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.

After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.

Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.

When word reaches them that Jillian's hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive.

Gray Bishop, the second book in the Cornerstone Run Trilogy, centers around Bishop, the oldest son of the Alpha. Bishop the serious brother, feels responsible for protecting his younger siblings, especially with the attacks on his people escalating and putting his brother, Knight, at risk. Bishop, feeling like he has failed to protect Knight in the past, is now determined to save him. That might not be such an easy feat as more and more loup garou end up dead. Tensions are definitely running high in this book.

In addition, it’s Bishop’s turn to find his mate. Jillian the alpha female from another run, is there to help out. She doesn’t plan on staying, but Bishop wants her to. Knowing that he will have to give her up when she returns home, he fights the attraction and attempts to push her away. However, some battles are not meant to be won. When Jillian’s hometown comes under attack, things in their relationship will shift as they have to work together to put the pieces back together.

This book has so many up, downs, twists and turns that it’s hard to tell you too much without adding spoilers. I will say that at times it was really sad. We suffer losses that are totally unexpected. However we also get some triumphs that make us breathe a sigh of relief. The author surprises us with where she is willing to take her story.

The only thing close to a spoiler I will share with you is that it does end on a cliffhanger. I guess that is to be expected since we only have one more book in the trilogy. We can’t expect everything to be wrapped up just yet. I will definitely be reading book three because I need to know how this ends. I’m also excited to read Knight’s and Shay’s story. I think the author definitely saved the best for last.

5 Alpha Sheep

About the Author:
Raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, Freddy Krueger and “Fear Street” novels, Kelly Meade developed a love for all things paranormal at a very young age. The stealthy adolescent theft of a tattered paperback from her grandmother’s collection of Harlequins sparked an interest in romance that has continued to this day. 

Black Rook is the first novel in her Cornerstone Run series, a paranormal romance trilogy from Berkley Intermix that also includes Gray Bishop and White Knight. It follows three loup garou brothers who will do anything to protect their town, their family, and the secret of their existence—and maybe fall in love in the process.

Writing as Kelly Meding, Three Days to Dead is the first book in herDreg City urban fantasy series. The series follows Evangeline Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city’s goblins and vampires. Additional books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are available in both digital format and mass market paperback from Bantam. Book five, Requiem for the Dead, is available digitally through all platforms.

Trance begins the story of the grown-up children of the world’s slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead. Trance and Changeling are available now in both digital format and mass market paperback from Pocket Books. Tempest and Chimeraare available in digital format only via Pocket Star. All four MetaWarsbooks can also be purchased as a digital bundle. 

50 New Release books in Speculative Fiction for October 21

Got some bindles for your kindles! (okay, that isn't as catchy as books for your Nooks) Any way lots to choose from and one really WTF-ery one.

Click on the covers to be taken to the amazon page. I Smell Sheep is an affiliate of amazon and we will get a tiny percentage of each sale for advertising.

16 pages of WTF I found in the horror section...yup, I have been properly horrified.

Audio Books

Sheep Book Review: Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) 
By: Nalini Singh 
Paranormal Romance 

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both. 

I want to live inside Nalini's mind, not in a creepy skin coat way, but just for a day I want to nestle in there and see what's going on. The worlds she can paint with her written word are just beyond anything I could ask her. The depth in each character is unique and authintic. And that's really what we seek at the heart of a good book isn't it? Authenticity? 

Here we are at book 7 and all I want to do is force myself to stop gorging on the pages like a vampire addicted to blood. I make myself walk away and take a break, trying to prolong the inevitable end that I know will crush my heart and make me long for the next instalment. I'm addicted. But that's me, a lover of books! 

Ash has been playing a dangerous game with the alpha Janiver and this man always gets what he wants, in the end. He's been super patient and played with his meal for long enough. Now, it's time to feast! And feast he does! I loved how the couple finally comes togehter. And all the while you get the side story of the ever changing main plot-line with Elena and Raphael. 

Ash is a leather clad badass and she meets every challenge head on. I loved her character in previous stories and she's yet to let me down. Janiver just plays off the romantic steam and helps the whole story boil over to perfection. 

There's so much more to come in this saga and I can't wait to get my whole being soaked in Singh's literary world of wonder and heartache! It's rips on my vamp heart and makes it want to beat another day! 

5 'take me for a ride on your bike' Sheep