ARC REVIEW- SIX BOOK REVIEW

Caught in Darkness (Night Shadows Series Book 1) by Rose Wulf

Caught in Darkness (Night Shadows Series Book 1) by Rose Wulf

Description

Veronica Wyndham had no idea that vampires were real, let alone that her new favorite customer—Tall Dark and Handsome—just so happened to be one. And she never imagined she’d overhear a robbery plan with murderous potential while eating lunch in the park. Making those kinds of enemies just wasn’t a good way to spend a day.

Seth Hunter knew he should have been grateful for Veronica’s unintentional help in exposing the traitors, but all he could worry about was how much danger she’d just landed in. Instinct had him taking it upon himself to keep a protective eye on her, but even then he had to keep his distance. If she found out the truth about the world around her, she would surely get Caught in Darkness.

READING ORDER:

Book 1 – Caught in Darkness

Book 2 – Found in Flames

Book 3 – Stayed for Alpha

Book 4 – Lost in Magic

Book 5 – Bonded by Blood

Book 6 – Staked by Desire

Publication Date 15/4/2014

My Review

First book in a new series and new author for me (six books in the series so far) to get stuck into….

it did remind me of older books about vampires (their secret world and staying away from the humans) then when I saw the date of publication it made better sense.

Veronica works in a coffee shop. She’s just swapped her nights for day shifts, meeting a tall handsome stranger has made her decision to swap worth it, but he grabs his coffee and goes! But looking at him is worth the cold shoulder.

Veronica gives me the impression she knows where her life is heading, well that’s until you meet her mother, she gets railroaded into meeting men her mother thinks Veronica should settle down with! She could have done with a bit more of a backbone where her mother was concerned!

Seth is a vampire, he’s been asked to root out a traitor.

By accident he finds out one of their own is a traitor, what does he do? And how can he inform the vampire that he works for who the culprit is?

I liked Seth, very much a gentleman. Although a ruthless killer when required, he treats Veronica with the respect she doesn’t get anywhere else!

I enjoyed the book.

I found it introduces us nicely into Seth’s world. Good plot, great outline, and I connected with the characters.

Relatively fast paced book, a few moments that catch you out, but a safe plot in which you can predict where the story goes.

I’m definitely going to be reading the next one in the series.

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Found in Flames (Night Shadows Series Book 2) by Rose Wulf

Found in Flames (Night Shadows Series Book 2) by Rose Wulf

Description

All his life Luka Craige has been haunted by the one that killed his family. Finally, having chased him across the country to the edge of vampire territory, Luka has his chance at vengeance—but not before his Beta is killed and Luka finds himself protecting a woman he doesn’t know. A woman who arouses him like never before. Could he possibly exact his revenge and find his mate?

A burning body was the last thing Joella Harp expected to find when she rounded the corner. Let alone a body with a man standing over it. After that her droll life becomes a whirlwind of werewolves, wild sex, and deadly fire. Someone wants her dead, she can barely think past her mouthwatering rescuer, and in no time she realizes this adventure could be more than a fantastical memory…if she’s brave enough.

READING ORDER:

Book 1 – Caught in Darkness

Book 2 – Found in Flames

Book 3 – Stayed for Alpha

Book 4 – Lost in Magic

Book 5 – Bonded by Blood

Book 6 – Staked by Desire

Publication Date 30/11/2015

My Review

Book two of a six book series and this one is slightly different from the first book…..

This one takes on revenge as it’s topic.

Luka is a werewolf, his pack is small but loyal. But even they have their limits.

Finally being able to exact revenge on the killer of his family is almost within reach, he’s not going to stop at the border where the ruling first family of powerful vampires live, he’s going to kill the witch that took his family and had him exiled (long story)

He doesn’t bargain meeting a human who is about to turn his world upside down…..

Things that go bump in the night isn’t usually anything Joella has ever worried about. But seeing a figure’s hand shoot fire and incinerate someone isn’t something you see every day. Nor has she ever been a target for the same type of death, luckily a stranger saves her from been burnt to a crisp, only now she wondering if she’s swapped one nightmare for another, being kidnapped wasn’t something Joella had expected!

I liked both Luka and Joella, both are strong willed characters that know what they want. Luka wants revenge for the death of his old family and the death of his beta. Joella wants a job that pays well and isn’t harassed by her boss!

The chemistry is a slowish burn, Luka isn’t looking for love or a mate, and neither is Joella, but it catches them by surprise anyway.

Another reasonably paced book that has action/romance and suspense. Can Luka catch and finally exact revenge on the witch that killed his family? Can he protect the human that is fast becoming pretty important to him? And when this is all over can Luka convince Joella to stay and live with the pack?

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Stayed for Alpha (Night Shadows Series Book 3) by Rose Wulf

Stayed for Alpha (Night Shadows Series Book 3) by Rose Wulf

Description

Adam Jefferies is a young Alpha taking a big risk. He wants to set down roots in California—a state largely claimed by the oldest and most powerful vampires. He’s going to have to earn his place the hard way.

Whitney King is a Rogue wolf with a single purpose in life: get revenge for the pack that took her in so many years ago. The pack that was slaughtered by a dangerous vampire. She’s tracked that vampire to California and she’s prepared to risk her life to end him. But she’s not prepared to find something worth living for…

When Adam takes Whitney in she says it’s temporary. He knows it won’t be, but he’ll have to show her why if he wants her to stay.

Publication Date 1/6/2016

READING ORDER:

Book 1 – Caught in Darkness

Book 2 – Found in Flames

Book 3 – Stayed for Alpha

Book 4 – Lost in Magic

Book 5 – Bonded by Blood

Book 6 – Staked by Desire

My Review

Book three in this series sees Whitney and Adam being reunited after losing touch many years ago, they were both young when she left the pack, and now Adam knows who she is he wants her to join his pack.

I liked this one the best so far, friends to lovers feel about the book. Whitney being given a chance at joining a pack after being a lone wolf for so long. She not afraid of death, she wants to end the vampire that took her adopted pack from her. Meeting Adam just gives her a taste of the pack life she’s been longing for.

Adam comes across at first like a cocky young pup who is trying to claim a piece of land for himself and his pack, but settling down in a territory already owned by a powerful vampire coven isn’t probably the smartest thing to do, and with his attitude you have to wonder if he’s going to fail and get his pack killed.

They come to an understanding about Whitney joining the pack, she thinks she won’t be here too long, but Adam sees her living with his pack for a very long time.

We have the suspense in the form of a dangerous vampire who is the one Whitney wants to kill. The build up is ok, a little anticlimactic in places, but still entertaining enough for me to continue.

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Lost in Magic (Night Shadows Series Book 4) by Rose Wulf

Lost in Magic (Night Shadows Series Book 4) by Rose Wulf

Description

Nearly a year after losing her best friends to vampires, Allison Drake knows it’s time for a change. And a nice cruise to the Bahamas sounds like just the ticket. She meets a sexy man on day one and knows it’ll be the vacation of a lifetime. But she’s not prepared for passengers to start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, or the implications that follow.

Mick Darringer is on the cruise not for the destination, but for the distraction. He needs to lay low and he knows the Council would never think to look for an earth witch on a cruise. It wasn’t part of his plan to meet a beautiful woman, but he’s not about to walk away. Ali captivates him from the moment he lays eyes on her.

But it’s not long before they learn that this cruise has problems. Problems in the form of vampires.

READING ORDER:

Book 1 – Caught in Darkness

Book 2 – Found in Flames

Book 3 – Stayed for Alpha

Book 4 – Lost in Magic

Book 5 – Bonded by Blood

Book 6 – Staked by Desire

Publication Date 25/9/2016

My Review

Book four has a murder/mystery feel to this one. Working out who is killing the passengers on Allison’s cruise!

Losing a friend and gaining knowledge of a world she knew nothing about made her realise life is too short. So she decides it’s time for a break, a holiday is just the thing she needs….

Mick is a witch (now that did throw me as most witches are female and men are wizards or warlocks) and in this series most witches aren’t nice! Trying to stay away from

This one wasn’t my favourite, but I still enjoyed the story.

Mick had decided that he needed to get away from his normal life, he is questioning what he knows and how it’s affecting him!

Meeting Allison makes him want to be a better witch.

But there is someone aboard their boat that will threaten both the main characters.

I liked how Mick questioned his life and how he wanted to change.

And Allison although a bit of a wimp in the beginning did find her backbone in the end.

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Bonded by Blood (Night Shadows Series Book 5) by Rose Wulf

Bonded by Blood (Night Shadows Series Book 5) by Rose Wulf

Description

Brianna Wheeler was the last-born Original vampire. Countless centuries of life, and disappointment, turned her into something of a recluse. She never expected to meet a man like Joseph Pearce.

Joseph had been aware of the supernatural community since he was a child. He lived in the heart of vampire territory as an adult. He never expected to befriend the beautiful and reclusive Vampire Princess herself, let alone to become someone she confided in when their community fell prey to a vampire serial killer.

His new bond with Brianna became something he was unspeakably grateful for when the supernatural world’s most wanted vampire, Tobias Wilson, showed up on his doorstep … vowing to kill him.

With bodies started showing up around Sacramento with their throats ripped open, it’s a terrible time to fall in love. But after Joe reawakened Brianna’s desire for love, could she afford to turn her back on what might be her last chance?

READING ORDER:

Book 1 – Caught in Darkness

Book 2 – Found in Flames

Book 3 – Stayed for Alpha

Book 4 – Lost in Magic

Book 5 – Bonded by Blood

Book 6 – Staked by Desire

Publication Date 30/8/2020

My Review

Book five was definitely my favourite in the series. It moves at a decent pace and I really liked Brianna.

Brianna has been dead for centuries (literally!) Her and her mother are the only original vampires in existence, so they are the vampire royalty (they are called the first family)

Joseph (Joe) has the means to have a good life, plenty of money and a few good friends. He’s been aware of the supernatural world from a young age, and a close call with a rogue vampire almost ended his life!

Awakening feelings that have been dead since human men have played with her emotions through the centuries. Joe brings her heart and emotions back to life.

Have to admit I wasn’t a fan of Brianna’s mother, she saw humans as cattle (or blood slaves as she called them!)

I did like Brianna though, a little cold in the beginning but after hearing snippets of her past you understand why she’s aloof and withdrawn.

The book moves at a good pace, we don’t get bogged down with too much info.

Joe is being targeted by a vampire that wants to kill him….

So can Brianna save the man she’s falling for? Or will happiness be snatched away from her again?

It’s great that we get to catch up with characters from the previous books. You don’t need to read the others before reading this one, but as they are pretty good it only adds extra info as you read.

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Staked by Desire (Night Shadows Series Book 6) by Rose Wulf

Staked by Desire (Night Shadows Series Book 6) by Rose Wulf

Description

As the adoptive daughter of the Vampire Princess, Kendall Wheeler was raised in the sheltered world of dangerous, elite vampires. After the terrifying battle in Sacramento, Kendall realized she could no longer sit idly by while the rest of her family was in danger. So she ran off to reconvene with the shockingly capable Slayer who had been called in to eliminate a pair of serial-killer vampire brothers, eager to help him complete his task.

Adrian Colt preferred to work alone, but something about Kendall’s impassioned plea compelled him to let her join him on the hunt for the surviving Wilson brother. He realized quickly this decision was more dangerous than it should have been—Kendall Wheeler was everything he’d dreamed of in a partner. Except that a life partner is the last thing he’s ever wanted.

The hunt takes them from California to Colorado, where their target finally stops running. But Colorado has its own dangers, and without their usual allies, survival is not guaranteed.

READING ORDER:

Book 1 – Caught in Darkness

Book 2 – Found in Flames

Book 3 – Stayed for Alpha

Book 4 – Lost in Magic

Book 5 – Bonded by Blood

Book 6 – Staked by Desire

Publication Date 27/5/2022

My Review

Kendall appeared in the last book, so it might be an idea to read the previous book, but it’s not compulsory.

Kendall is a great character, doted and spoiled by the vampire first family (a little like royalty) but she can’t sit by and watch her family battle their enemies and not join in. (Without giving too much away, another original vampire wanted the status that the first family had, and went to war with them for it!)

Kendall might have acted childish previously, but she definitely grew up in this book.

Adrian is a great character, a hunter/slayer of rogue vampires. He helped in the last book, and so Kendall was hoping for more help this time.

They are both attracted to one another, but Adrian isn’t looking for anyone to spend eternity with. But the more time that they spend together the harder it is for Adrian to walk away.

As they team up to chase old enemies across the country, passion is soon on both their minds. But they are going to need to keep their wits about them as things take a turn that couple spell their own demise!

Heavier on the steam than some of the other books, it’s also a faster paced book, it could have done with maybe a few more chapters as it did seem a little rushed in parts.

I liked the bond Brianna (her adoptive mother) and Kendall had, I also liked how Kendall got around Trista (Brianna’s mother and Kendall’s adoptive grandmother) Trista isn’t your usual warm and cute grandma, she’s an original vampire and looks upon anyone who isn’t an original vampire beneath her!

There are light hearted moments, there are also a couple of fight scenes that are well thought out.

Throughly enjoyed this book and the series. I’m hoping for a few more books. It was great to see old allies (characters from previous books) and meet new enemies.

I’d happily recommend this book and in fact the whole series.

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*arcs supplied by The Reading Cafe

Published by jab1969

Hi I’m an avid reader. I also write reviews for the books I read. Come in and say hi. You can find me on GoodReads, Bookbub, and NetGalley 👩🏻‍💻 I also review on an awesome site The Reading Cafe (run by Barb and Sandy) So ........ More about me 🤨 I’m almost 50 🤫 I’ve been married (for 27 years) I have a 30 year old son. I had a daughter, I lost her a week before her 21st birthday 😥 and it’s been 5 years since she’s been gone (and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her) I work as a salad 🥗 chef 👩‍🍳 in a restaurant, haven’t been there long (before that I worked in Tesco) a large supermarket in the UK. I also like to make craft items (and if your really lucky) and I’ll try to post my efforts on here 😉 My daughter loved butterflies (so part of my blog name is dedicated to her) I’ve taken on her love of butterflies (I have several tattoos) so I’m probably going to throw quiet a few butterflies on here 😉 I LOVE PENGUINS 🐧 💕so I’m also going to be putting a few on here (my library holds a few) 😉 <img src="https://d1vbo0kv48thhl.cloudfront.net/images/featured_book_reviewer_big.png"

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