Bitten by #ParanormalRomance Book Review on Silent Screams #InterracialRomance

SilentScreams2This month is full of awesomeness because I have yet another great review to share with you guys. This one was written by Emi Lia at Bitten by Paranormal Romance Book Reviews for the first book in The Dragon Queen Series, SILENT SCREAMS.

This review brought smile to my face that cannot be wiped away. My favorite line is this:

“I’m a little torn on which one I like best between Demetri and his brother Maurisio, but almost every single male character is sexy as hell and absolutely delicious.”

*giggle* You’re not alone, Emi. I find myself torn as well.

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! 😀 I hope you love the next installment just as much, if not more. 😉

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Review ~ Darker Side of Heaven by K.B. Cutter

Shadows lengthen over the world. Turmoil rages.

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Emotionally conflicted avenger Chalice Noire, product of an unholy union between demon and angel, is a slayer to the forces of darkness. Employed by shadowy benefactors in Rome, her sect is commanded by fallen angel Nikolai Voss, whose allegiance is not to the church but to the flame of vengeance that burns within.

But Chalice possesses a holy relic, a Weapon of the Mass, Nikolai desperately craves, and he will stop at nothing to retrieve it, destroying anything or anyone, including his own soul.

Renegade vampire Adam Blake is a recluse, attempting to bury his troubled past and the tortured memory of his former lover, Chalice Noire, in America’s last frontier: the Alaskan wilderness.

Armageddon looms, the agents of light and darkness gather forces. The battle to be fought not on the sands of prophecy, but in the rugged beauty of Alaska, where Chalice and Adam once again cross paths. Can they reconcile their past to save humanity’s future?

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A beautifully dark gothic tale!

This was my kind of read. And what a dynamic plot! Wow. I love the way Mr. Cutter’s mind works.

First of all this story is filled with dark sex and death. I’m going to do my best and write this review without giving away the goods. 😉

It starts off with a sultry scene that quickly unfolds into a battle. Chalice Noire uses her body and sexuality to draw in the demons and eliminate them. Just the type of heroine I like to read about. She was tough, arrogant in ways, and bit of a bitch. I expected nothing less from a half-breed assassin ~ hard as stone on the outside and full of emotions on the inside.

Chalice’s heart was divided between two men, one a human soldier, and the other a devoted vampire. Both men would lie down their lives for her, as any man would do who’s in love. Their emotions were put to the test because Chalice was in danger throughout this whole story.

Nikolai Voss, the villainous angel of the plot lived up to his role. He was a nasty piece of work—he and his shifter companion, Carmella, who was just as wicked as he was. Everywhere he went he left a trail of death and semen in his wake. *grin* Like I said, nasty piece of work. His goal is to obtain the sacred dagger—a supernatural weapon of mass destruction, which luckily for us, is in Chalice’s possession.

To protect all of mankind and to keep Nikolai from dragging this world into the fiery pits of hell, she guards it with her life.

Even though this story is 137 pages in length it’s a fairly quick read.

What I enjoyed most about this story were the tales within. It wasn’t just about the heroine, her lovers and the villain. The plot branches out and takes you into the lives of the additional characters. My only problem with that was the lack of character development with the supporting cast and the length of the story. It seemed a bit rushed.

Sure the heroine is laid out in great detail, and so is the villain in many ways, but given the dynamics of the tale, I believe there should’ve been more. As a reader who absolutely loves these types of stories, I couldn’t help but want more. I wanted to know more about Sheeba and her lover, Cassie, Azur and her angelic roots, the Satyrs and the witch April… There was much to absorb, many characters to know but not enough words to fill the void.

That aside, I still enjoyed it and was left with a smile at the end. Fantastic read, Mr. Cutter!

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Movie Review: The Three Musketeers (2011)

3MusketeersAfter failing in a scheme to steal Leonardo Da Vinci’s airship blueprints, the Musketeers are disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu leaving Athos, Porthos and Aramis on the streets of Paris. In the meantime, the young, reckless and ambitious D’Artagnan has set off from Gascony with dreams of becoming a musketeer himself, not realizing that they have been disbanded. In no time, D’Artagnan manages to offend Athos, Porthos and Aramis on different occasions and challenges them all to duels. However before the duels can take place they are attacked by guards, trying to arrest them for illegal dueling. The ex-musketeers and D’Artagnan fight off the soldiers, leading to the four men becoming a band with the motto of “All for one, and one for all”. Count Richelieu is not only determined to be rid of the musketeers, but also schemes with Athos’ former lover Milady to undermine the reign of King Louis and his wife. The musketeers and D’Artagnan are determined to save the royal family and France itself. Written by Wellard Rockard
Having seen the 1998 film The Man in the Iron Mask, I was eager to see what The Three Musketeers had to offer. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Now don’t get me wrong, I would never compare The Man in the Iron Mask to the Three Musketeers. As far as acting and plot goes, they are on two different levels, and it wouldn’t be fair to compare.
So I won’t even go there. 🙂
I really enjoyed the plot, and I thought the development of the film was fairly solid. I found it amusing how the arrogant, yet fearsome D’Artagnan got the 3 warriors to team up again after years of lying low. He did this by challenging them all to a duel. Though when he did so, I’m sure he didn’t know they were the legendary musketeers. The swordplay and action from this crew was thoroughly entertaining. I’m always thrilled by a little swashbuckling.
The Cardinal, who was the dastardly villain, devised a malicious plan to get rid of the Queen and thrust France into a vicious war with England. He played King Louis XIII like a fiddle. The king was after all young and easily manipulated. The key to the Cardinal’s scheme was the beautiful spy~assassin Milady de Winter. She was once an ally of the musketeers, more or less a musketeer herself, but she had a devious nature and betrayed the men who had come to see her as one of their own. Before her betrayal, they stole the blueprints for an airship, which Milady turned over to the Duke of Buckingham, played by Orlando Bloom. 🙂 He really cracked me up in this role. As this character, he had a Captain Jack Sparrow swag and a Prince (the artist formally known as) fashion sense.
I’m a big Milla Jovovich fan. However, I thought her presence in the movie as Milady de Winter was a little over the top. She was gorgeous, as usual, and carried her role as well as the director probably expected her to, but in my opinion, I think they should’ve handed that role to someone else. Like I said, I adore her, and loved many movies she’s been in, particularly the Resident Evil movies. I just think she should’ve passed on this movie. The role did not suit her.
This tale spun into a brilliant film. I appreciated the touches of steampunk and fantasy world machinery, such as the airship. I think it added a necessary flair to the imagery, and of course the plot. It wouldn’t have been as entertaining if they simply remade a story that had already been done many times.
Aside from the fact that this movie was based on D’Artagnan and the three Musketeers, what drew me in were the lead actors. I will pretty much watch anything that Orlando Bloom and Ray Stevenson star in. I became an Orlando Bloom fan after watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Ray Stevenson caught my eye while I was enthralled in the series Rome.
What I like most about this movie is the imagery and the costumes. The leather outfits that the main musketeers wore not only made them look dashing, but appealingly stylish as well. The dresses worn by the Queen and Milady were just as stylish, if not more.
Whoever designed the set and costumes definitely gets a thumbs up from me. 😀
All and all I enjoyed the movie. Was it a film that I’d add to my swashbuckling bluray collection? Probably not. But I’m glad I watched it.

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