shifter romance

C+
Derik's Bane

If you asked who the breakout star of 2004 was for me, I'd say MaryJanice Davidson. And if you asked me which book was the biggest disappointment, I'd tell you it was Derik's Bane. When I read Undead and Unwed I raved. The book was funny and witty and fresh. Same went, to a slightly lesser extent, f ...

B-
Blue Moon

Readers who enjoyed Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series before Anita turned into a complete ego/nymphomanic will probably enjoy Blue Moon, the first in a new paranormal series by Lori Handeland. This story is a lot less bloody, but the cynical, wisecracking heroine will seem familiar. Jessie ...

B-
Night Play

I'm something of a sucker for Sherrilyn Kenyon. Although I don't believe this is the strongest book in Kenyon's Dark Hunter series - mainly due to confusion with her background mythology - I still had a great time reading about Vane and Bride. It was also refreshing to have a "less than perfect" her ...

C
The Courier

The Courier is a paranormal romance that starts out with an absurd, confusing plotline and one dimensional characters. By the end of the book neither of these problems really resolves. Yet, as flat as the characters were and as puzzling as the plotline seemed to be, the fast pace and bizarre story w ...

A-
Wild Rain

Christine Feehan has done it again. I love her Carpathian series (although I freely admit some of the books are better than others), but I'm head over heels for her new characters, people who can shapeshift into leopards. Rachael Lospostos is running for her life. She hopes that by fleeing deep i ...

C
Hunting Midnight

Bunny slaying, bloodletting, and down and dirty sex? What more does a girl need? Though Hunting Midnight wasn't a memorable romance, it will certainly stick with me for other reasons! Ulric is pack leader of the upyr, a race of unearthly, beautiful vampires who possess magical powers a ...

B+
Blood and Chocolate

Blood and Chocolate was one of the first werewolf books I read, and it's still one of my favorites, second only to Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. I stumbled across it on a list of recommended young adult books. It was a 1998 American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for teens, which basic ...

C
Catching Midnight

Catching Midnight features the upyr, an immortal, shape-shifting, blood-drinking race. Although written about by no less than Tolstoy, Emma Holly first introduced the upyr to romance readers in 2002's Fantasy anthology. As a fan of Ms Holly's work, I had high hopes for a book that combines two sub-g ...

B+
Tainted Trail

I was so impressed and intrigued by Wen Spencer's debut book, Alien Taste, that I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series, Tainted Trail. So when it came in the mail, I dropped everything else I was reading and gobbled it up in one sitting. I was happy to spend some more time with Ukiah an ...

A-
Bitten

Oooohh, I love a good monster story! Vampires, werewolves, the supernatural, the undead; I just eat them up. If you're like me, and you're always up for some romance served spooky style, Bitten, Kelley Armstrong's first book, is one of the best on the menu this year. Elena Michaels is a werewolf, ...