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Spoiled, rich party girl Taffy Belair is in trouble. Again. This time her grandmother is banishing her to a small coastal town in Oregon to clean up her act.

Cut off from familiar luxuries and expected to work and take care of a house and herself, Taffy could care less about fitting into the quirky town of Abandon.

Without her posse of girls or even good coffee, let alone a party scene, she starts stirring up new trouble. Hunky handyman Ethan is a good start. But when she stumbles over a possible murder, Taffy transforms from party girl to amateur detective.

Now she’s getting into more trouble than she ever did back in New York. She’s unearthing secrets and upsetting the locals. Is this quaint seaside enclave really the “Sweetest Town on the Coast,” or is it rotten to the core?

With the help of new friends, Taffy must risk her life to expose a conspiracy and capture a killer before the town’s body count increases by a factor of one stylish blonde (in need of a manicure).

Titles in the Sweet Taffy Mysteries series include:  Sweet Taffy and Murder – Sweet Taffy and the Marshmallow Murder

Grave IllusionsTitle:  Grave Illusions
Series:  Jess Vandermine, Vampire Hunter #1
Author:  Lina Gardiner
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  February 1, 2007
Publisher:  Imajinn Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

New York City is in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least unseen by normal society. Lieutenant Jess Vandermire, New York City police officer, is uniquely specialized to recognize and fight this threat. It’s her job to forge a black ops team, an assortment of men and women who wouldn’t be considered for the job under normal circumstances.

But these aren’t normal circumstances. The team has to be tough and, if need be, expendable. Jess understands what she’s fighting and what’s at stake. For her, it’s all about retribution until ex-cop John Brittain is recruited to her team. Suddenly, her priorities aren’t quite so easily definable. John Brittain has a chip on his shoulder and is as tough as they come. But is he ready for the whole truth? That combating “super” vampires whose primal need for blood and the addictive drug “Sunshine” is only the beginning of their problems?

And when Jess tells him the truth about herself, will he stay and fight or will he turn against her and not only threaten their lives but destroy the fragile relationship developing between them?

Read on for my thoughts on Grave Illusions.  No true spoilers, promise.

Wolf's HonorTitle:  Wolf’s Honor
Series:  Caedmon Wolves #6
Author:  Ambrielle Kirk
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  March 30, 2015
Publisher:  Obsidian Gem Publishing LLC
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Wolf shifter Connor Maxim is a law-abiding citizen. His motto: Keep the peace. Protect the Pack. His firm, Maxim Securities, had been created for this purpose. His honor will be tested when he’s called to deliver on his vows.

The homicide rate escalates to an all-time high on Pack territory, and all evidence points to two prevalent wolf Packs: the Caedmon and the Arnou. The Feds give the leaders of both Packs an ultimatum, and a three-day deadline. They must find the source of the murders before the Feds intervene.

When a police raid goes awry, Connor’s world collides with that of Antonia Trudeau’s. Under the guise of a striking spitfire of a woman—who happens to be his mate—is a criminal with a healthy rap sheet. He must decide if love is worth more than duty and honor.

Antonia circumvents more than just the laws…she captures Connor’s heart.

Read on for my thoughts on the sixth novel in the Caedmon Wolves series.  No true spoilers, promise

My Blood Runs BlueEvery now and then I will be featuring Paranormal Romance Reviews that I originally posted on my main book review blog – Keeper Bookshelf.  Since I do not want to create duplicate content, I cannot tell you too much about the books that I’m sending you on to another site to read about.  But I can let you in on a few things.

This novel has a fascinating twist on the vampire culture, as well as bringing in reincarnation to the mix.

I have to say it really worked well.  The story of Kristin, Alexander and Julian was tightly woven with frequent references to the threesome’s past.  Only trouble is, Kristin isn’t aware of their past – at first.  But she is aware of changes in herself that simply make no sense.

My Blood Runs Blue has these features

  • Mystery
  • Vampires
  • Reincarnation
  • A love triangle of sorts
  • A totally crazed villain
  • A slightly different vampire culture
  • Hot sexy scenes
  • An ending that you might not totally agree with but is right for the couple

Since you are here at Haunted Bookshelf, I’m going to assume that you enjoy good Paranormal Romance novels.  Well, then you hit paydirt on this one.

My Blood Runs Blue is an reissue, but slightly updated from the original.  It is also the beginning novel in a reissued, updated series by the same name.

I highly recommend it.  The complete review is over at this link to Keeper Bookshelf

Touch A Dark Wolf 2Title:  Touch A Dark Wolf
Series:  Shadowmen
Author:  Jennifer St. Giles
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  Original September 1, 2006 Reissue:   August 28, 2014
Source:  personal collection owned

Cover Blurb:

Jennifer St. Giles begins a dazzling new series that takes you into a world of seductive shape shifters and mystical beings, and into the hearts of a band of heroic warriors known as The Shadowmen. . . .

Yesterday, Erin Morgan worked for a pioneering Manhattan medical center. Today, she’s on the run, witness to a chilling conspiracy. Fleeing for her life in the Tennessee mountains, she is run off the road by a mysterious beast . . . and things only get stranger when she wakes the next day to find a naked Adonis sprawled on the hood of her car.

For centuries, Jared has been a shape shifter, sworn to protect mortals like Erin. But in saving her, Jared has damned himself, for the poison from his battle wound stirs a terrible blood lust. Determined to protect Erin, Jared stays by her side and discovers a sensual rapture beyond imagining . . . and a love that can change his fate. But can Jared overcome his savage thirst and protect Erin from the beast within?

Read on for my thoughts on Touch A Dark Wolf.

Shadow Game ghostwalkers cfTitle:  Shadow Game
Series:  Ghost Walkers
Author:  Christine Feehan
Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Shifter
Published:  August 26, 2003
Source: personal collection owned

Cover Blurb:

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something goes wrong.

In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying-victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily.

Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland’s every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father’s past…and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

Read on for my thoughts on Shadow Game.  There are no true spoilers here, promise.