Paranormal Romance

Blow: Glassworkers in Romance

Edge of Dawn - Patti O'Shea Rainshadow Road - Lisa Kleypas Beautiful Stranger - Ruth Wind Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder And the Bride Wore Plaid - Karen HawkinsTiffany Girl: A Novel - Deeanne Gist By Emily March Dreamweaver Trail: An Eternity Springs Novel - Emily March The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fiorato Bedeviled (Queen of the Otherworld Book 1) - Maureen Child Glass-Blowers, The - Daphne Du Maurier

Of all the art forms, I like to watch glass artists create the most. The heat, the liquid nothingness, the color, and fragile strength stun me every time. Here is to the Glass Artists of Romance: glassworkers, glass blowers, stain glass artists, and glass painters from every subgenre.

 

1.  Edge of Dawn by Patti O’Shea

Glass artist Shona Blackwood has lost her ability to create, but instead of panic, all she feels is apathy. Her detachment is shaken when she narrowly avoids being mugged, thanks to a timely rescue by a man who makes all her senses come roaring to life.

Logan Andrews is a magical troubleshooter assigned to protect Shona from an unseen enemy. Shona is unaware that magic actually exists and Logan is under orders not to tell her, but it isn’t long before he finds his loyalty torn between his people and the passionate woman he is guarding.

He thought this would be a straightforward job, but Logan quickly realizes that in an edgy contest between magic and passion, love is destined to win.

 

2. Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington.  She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal:  her fiancé Kevin has left her.  His new lover is Lucy’s own sister.   Lucy’s bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life.   Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.

 

3. The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier

The world of the glass-blowers has its own traditions, it’s own language – and its own rules. ‘If you marry into glass’ Pierre Labbe warns his daughter, ‘you will say goodbye to everything familiar, and enter a closed world’. But crashing into this world comes the violence and terror of the French Revolution, against which the family struggles to survive.

Years later, Sophie Duval reveals to her long-lost nephew the tragic story of a family of master craftsmen in eighteenth-century France. Drawing on her own family’s tale of tradition and sorrow, Daphne du Maurier weaves an unforgettable saga of beauty, war, and family.

 

4. Beautiful Stranger by Ruth Wind

Raised in a gilded cage, she was the chubby twin sister no one noticed. Now her weight loss made Marissa Pierce the kind of woman every man desired—including Robert Martinez. If only she had the courage to return his seductive gaze…

A proud Native American, Robert resented Marissa’s privileged lifestyle. Yet this elegant stranger understood his wounded heart. Now Robert was determined to show her how truly beautiful she was—before the princess could escape to her ivory tower forever.

 

5. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic. Yet the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

 

6. And the Bride Wore Plaid by Karen Hawkins

Devon St John has never had a problem in his life—until now. Born to wealth and privilege, surrounded by a warm and loving family, he has pursued a life of leisure, chasing the most beautiful women London has to offer. All told, he has the perfect life and no intentions of ever settling down in any shape, form or fashion. So resolved, he heads to his friend’s Scottish castle, unaware that fate is already hard at work.

As the illegitimate half-sister to Viscount Strathmore, Melody Macdonald refuses to reside under his roof and instead lives in a thatched house on the edge of the forest that borders Strathmore Castle. Ever since she ran off at the tender age of twelve to become an apprentice to a master of stained glass, Melody has been deplorably independent and wild. When Devon arrives at Strathmore Castle, he is taken aback by the rude, overbearing, illegitimate Scotswoman who refuses even to pretend to possess any feminine wiles. But Devon is determined to teach the strong-willed Melody a lesson in love …

 

7. Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

 

8. Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March

After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she finds not one but two thrilling new passions: creating art glass, and Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.

Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community as a mystery man searching for peace, though not expecting redemption. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other.

9. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.

 

10. Bedeviled by Maureen Child

Never again will Maggie Donovan complain that her life is boring. “Boring” sounds pretty good compared to man-eating demons, an ill-tempered pixie, and a way-too-sexy Fae warrior who insists that Maggie is destined to claim the throne – or die trying. One breath of faery dust, and suddenly Maggie’s dealing with Otherworld powers she never wanted. and very earthy feelings for a certain immortal.


Do you have a favorite glass artist in Romance? Let me know!

To vote for the best of the best, go to my Goodreads list: Blow: Glassworkers in Romance.

Cat’s Best Romance Reads of 2014 That Were Not Published 2014

Yeah. This is the last list of 2014 Best of Cat’s Books. I think…

I reread a lot but we are not even going to go there. I don’t really pay much attention to when a book was published before I select to read it (barring the very old school).

Here are my great new to me reads of the year. A mix of trusted authors that I just can’t keep up with and the bliss of newly discovered writers.

Click on the Stars to see the review and the book title for the Amazon link.

Enjoy!

Contemporary Romance 

 

 

5 Stars

Painted Faces  by L.H. Cosway

 

 

 

 

 

 The Rosie Project: A Novel (Don Tillman Book 1) by Graeme Simsion 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Girl with the Cat Tattoo (Cool Cats Book 1) by Theresa Weir 4 Stars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Geek with the Cat Tattoo (Cool Cats Book 2)  by Theresa Weir 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Almost Summer (Fool’s Gold series) by Susan Mallery 4 Stars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Two of a Kind (Fool’s Gold Book 11) by Susan Mallery 4 Stars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Talking Dirty With the Boss by Jackie Ashenden 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Just One Taste (Recipe for Love) by Louisa Edwards 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden  4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Principle of Desire  by Delphine Dryden  4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Dom Project (LA Doms Book 1) by Heloise Belleau  4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Control by Charlotte Stein 4 Stars*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Historical Romance

 

 Coming Home for Christmas by Carla Kelly 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fool for Love (Duchess Quartet Book 2) by Eloisa James 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Much Ado About You (Essex Sisters series Book 1) by Eloisa James 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Romance

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiding (Return of the Nine Book 3) by Viola Grace 4 Stars

Hunting (Return of the Nine Book 6) by Viola Grace 4 Stars

Designing (Return of the Nine Book 7)  by Viola Grace 4 Stars

Balm by Viola Grace 4 Stars

 

 Skypirate (The Coalition Rebellion Novels Book 2) by Justine Davis 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Entwined (Darkest London) by Kristen Callihan 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Guilty Pleasure Read

 

 

 Transcendence by Shay Savage 4 Stars

Time Travel Caveman Romance. Enough Said. Well, he is non verbal so really enough said.

 

Cat’s Best Paranormal Romance Reads of 2013

As the year speeds through December, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the best books in each sub genre of romance I read that were published in 2013.

I already did Contemporary Romance. So, next up is Paranormal Romance!

Oh how I love you, witches, shifters, and wonderful magic worlds.

Paranormal Romances are (according the RWA and they should know) romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot.

Here are my top ten (11)  reads in this sub genre published this year.  They are in no particular order.

 Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson Book 7) by Patricia Briggs

Mercy’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After a traffic accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack. They’ve all been abducted. Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely

 Heart of Obsidian: A Psy-Changeling Novel (Psy/Changeling Series Book 12)  by Nalani Singh              

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.

A woman whose very existence has been erased.

A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.

A deadly price that must be paid.

The day of reckoning is here.

 

 

 Wolf with Benefits (The Pride Series) by Shelly Laurenston

There’s nothing like a good-ol’-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…

The Wolf’s Mate Book 6: Logan & Jenna  by RE Butler

Jenna Odile planned to spend the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday partying with her friends before she cast a spell to find her truemate. Before she can, she’s captured by a group of criminally-minded werewolves who want to use her fae-abilities to commit crimes. Poisoned and left for dead, she used the last of her strength to cast the spell for her truemate, hoping that he would find her before it was too late.

The last thing Logan Anderson wanted to do with his Saturday evening was watch over the young male wolves in his pack while they attended a dance in hopes of finding their mates. As the night wore on, he began to feel compelled to leave, and his instincts led him to race into the woods at the side of the highway. In the darkness of the woods, he finds a woman near death, who begs him to protect her. Now, nothing is more important than helping her get well. He’ll deal with those who hurt her… later.

 Tiger Magic (A Shifter’s Unbound Novel) by Jennifer Ashley

He was once a captive, but his urges were never caged. Now he’ll release them on a beautiful stranger whose own secret desires are longing to be sated…

He doesn’t have a name. He doesn’t have a clan. The humans who held him prisoner for forty years have taken them away. He knew nothing but captivity until nearly a year ago, when he was released into the light. Now Tiger lives in the Austin Shiftertown, where he struggles to belong and searches for an identity.

Carly Randal thinks her fabulous life is complete—until her car breaks down on the side of the road, and a wild-looking Shifter is the only one to help her. Tiger takes one look at Carly and knows instantly—she will be his mate. As Carly is drawn into his Shifter world, she risks everything she has for that forbidden something she still wants: passionate love.

Stone Guardian: Gargoyle Urban Fantasy Romance (Entwined Realms Book 1) by Danielle Monsch

Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.

Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to. Her life is as ordinary as it gets – that is, until one day she walks out of her apartment and is attacked by a mob of Zombies, only to be saved by a Gargoyle.

Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but due to a cryptic prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyles, has been watching over the human woman for months. While he can find no reason why the woman has been singled out, something about her stirs every protective instinct within him. When the attack confirms that the threats against her exist and are real, he convinces Larissa that though their races have never been allies, the best chance of discovering why she has been brought into his world is by working together.

In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this New Realm as well.

 MacRieve (Immortals After Dark Book 14) by Kresley Cole

A BEAST IN TORMENT
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A BEAUTY IN CHAINS
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a wicked immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A FULL MOON ON THE RISE
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe…from himself?
 Soul Kissed (Shadow Kissed) by Erin Kellison

At the mage Council’s bidding, dangerous outsider Mason Stray joins forces with Cari to hunt down the fiend responsible. But can he trust the daughter of wealth and privilege, especially when his own son is at risk?

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Fortune (Celta Series Book 12)  by Robin Owens  

Jace Bayrum has always been a loner. Concerned more with getting an adrenaline fix and making money to live on his own, Jace cares little for family ties or matters of the heart. On the other hand Glyssa Licorice, Jace’s former fling and true mate, is both loving and loyal. She is determined to track down her HeartMate and have him claim her.

After hearing that Jace has been involved in an accident, Glyssa sets out to find him, departing for the excavation site of the lost starship Lugh’s Spear. Though her goal is to help Jace and finesse him into recognizing her as his mate, the excavation itself draws her in…

Thrust by fate into working side-by-side, Jace and Glyssa’s electric connection from years before sparks once more. She intrigues him, and Jace begins to realize that a HeartMate can make a difference. And one as magnetic as Glyssa could be exactly what he has been searching for…

I am sure I have missed some great reads that came out in Paranormal Romance in 2013. Let me know!

If you would like to vote for the best of the best go to the Goodreads list: Reader’s Choice: Best Paranormal Romance of 2013

Review: Bear Meets Girl (Pride Stories Series #7) by Shelly Laurentson

 He’s big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He’s also about to get trapped by own his game…Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that’s turning Crush’s lone-bear world upside down – and bringing his passion out of hibernation…As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways…


If you are already reading the series, you will like this book. If you are new the the series, I would not start here as there are much more engaging books in the series.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Review: Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison

When Grace Andreas’s sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children–neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace’s impudence towards the Elder Races.


I am upgrading my review to a 4 star on rereading. I am reading each book back to back and I a sure that enhances each book but that is not why I rescored the book.

The romance and coming together of the Djinn and the Oracle as equals is powerful and touching. It is really moving romance with grief and love and healing. The world building is excellent as always. I am really glad I reread it and plan to do so again!
First Review; I enjoyed this and stayed up late to finish it. I am not sure I would have if it was a stand alone. Its appeal is that it a part of a story in progress. It was fun.

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Review: Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

 

Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem. . .

Or Else

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice. . .


This is a decent book. It combines some of the most popular vampire romance series traits and makes its own world. It takes a bit from Ward and from Feehan. This is not bad. The characters are themselves. The writing is smooth. It reminds me in some ways of Leigh’s Breeds as well. The villain is vile and we know right away through the whole of the series a special child will be in jeopardy. I, honestly, skip the Lesser parts in Ward’s BDB and I hate puppies and children in continual peril so these plot devices hold the book back from being really good for me or from me wanting to even read the series. These elements make really work for you. If so, you have a good, not excellent, series ahead of you and it is always a pleasure to settle down to such a read.

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Review: Brawn by Laurann Dohner

Book 5 in the New Species series. While each New Species book is a standalone, the greatest enjoyment will come from reading them in series order.
One look at Brawn, and Becca is wondering how he’d look without his clothes. He’s also instantly attracted to her, but has sworn never to touch a human female. They just aren’t sturdy enough for the type of rough sex Brawn enjoys most. When he learns he’ll be living under the same roof with Becca, Brawn simply sees it as a chance to broaden his knowledge of humans. Hopefully he can do so while keeping his hands off her…
His good intentions go astray when they’re both kidnapped and locked together in a cage. Brawn finds himself reliving a nightmare when he’s once again subjected to breeding experiments at the hands of New Species’ enemies—who will use Becca to get what they want. Brawn and Becca will have to depend on each other if they hope to survive.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes – no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!


Even though this series is very much like Lora Leigh’s Breeds, I tend to like it. I like that series so it figures would like this one. Sometimes, I like this series better because it is not as dark. This book was a disappointment in terms of character development of the heroine for me and there was a romantic interference which I really don’t like as a plot element. In this case, it leads to a Big Misunderstanding which I also dislike. I let and understand the heroine but the book would have been better if she had more depth, the hero too really. There was a bit more villain in this book. I prefer relationship development and the characters spending time together. If I could have had more from the heroine besides her widowhood and daughterhood (interests? A job?), this would have pushed the book into three star territory. There is a some angst and drama in the book that is very well done The hero was lovely and the secondary characters very good. Well, the father of the hero is very flat and I want to hit him. There is no reason for him to be that much of an ass. I sure he will get his own book. I will keep reading this series though.

2 Stars (2 / 5)