Rocky Mountain Desire (Six Pack Ranch #3)

Rocky Mountain DesireBy Vivian Arend

Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author

“Nothing comes easy. You’ve gotta work for it. ”

“Six Pack Ranch, Book 3”

Matt Coleman always figured at this point in his life, he’d be settled down with a family. Since his ex split for the big city, though, no way will he give anyone else the chance to drop-kick his heart. Physical pleasure? Hell, yeah, he’ll take-and give-with gusto, but nothing more.

Hope Meridan is working long hours to hold on to her new quilt shop, going it alone since her sister/business partner ran off. Sex? Right, like she’s got the time. Not that she doesn’t have the occasional dirty fantasy about Matt. Fat chance he’d dream of knocking boots with her-the younger sister of the woman who dumped him. Nope, she’ll just have to settle for the F-word.

“Friends” would be far easier if there wasn’t something combustible going on between them. And when casual interest starts to grow into something more, their tenuous bond strengthens in the heat of desire. But it may not survive the hurricane-force arrival of the last person either of them ever wanted to see again…

Warning: Small-town rivals, men in pursuit and family meddling-in good and bad ways. Look for a cowboy who knows how to rope, ride and rein in a hell of a lot more than eight seconds of sheer bliss.

Goodreads Summary

*There are some slight spoilers for the first two books in the series, Rocky Mountain Heat and Rocky Mountain Haven*

Like all of the other books I’ve read by this author, even though Rocky Mountain Desire is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone but these are so much better when you read them all in order. Since they’re so far just about the Coleman brothers, you see each couple again in the next book, future heroes in current and past books and little ongoing side stories. I promise you won’t gain any weight from all the ranching man-candy unless you eat chocolate while reading. Ahem.

Matt Coleman may have gotten hooked into planning his brother Daniel’s bachelor party but he’s not all that interested in family fun. He’s still not over his cheating ex-girlfriend dumping him and skipping town but he’d really like some female companionship of the doesn’t-stick-around kind. Just as he’s pondering his lack of options, one of the dancers hired for the night’s entertainment catches his eye – she looks a whole lot like his ex. The dancer knew Matt and had been attracted to him, but instead of his ex, the horrible Helen, she was her younger sister, Hope. There’s embarrassment all around, with a double helping for Hope – not only was she drooling over Matt, she’s got a respectable quilt shop and was only there dancing as a favor for a friend and really doesn’t want it getting out.

They don’t see each other for months, time that Matt still needed to get past some of the worst of his bitterness toward Helen. He still feels a little weird about Hope – he’s attracted to her, but should he be? He rescues her from a snowbank and they rescue each other from hypothermia – his family helps with the rest, giving him the push he needs to start seeing Hope for who she is, not just as Helen’s sister.

All of the Coleman brothers are pretty exceptional but Matt has been my favorite (so far, though I always reserve the right to change my mind later where these guys are concerned). Helen managed to make him doubt himself and there weren’t any simple fixes even if he is a natural Grade A Alpha. When Helen left Rocky Mountain, she didn’t just dump Matt, she left Hope in the lurch too, on the hook for rent and solely responsible for the quilt shop. At odd moments in the story, they would bond as survivors of Helen and at others, struggle to hold onto each other in spite of her. Hope and Matt have some unbelievably hot love scenes – seriously break the ice water out hot. I might have been overdressed or something because it’s possible I either was flushed or blushed depending on your perspective.

The same family atmosphere is back in Rocky Mountain Desire that was present in the first two books that I adored so much. Jaxi and Blake have their girls now, Daniel and Beth have their family and it’s fun to continue to watch the youngest Coleman twins Jesse and Joel continue to reel the girls in and to try to solve the mystery of brother Travis. Now that Hope’s joined the family, there are quilting circles and even more about the guys down at the garage.

My Summary: I always say this about each prior book, but you know, this is my favorite book in the series yet. Matt and Hope were the most compatible couple imaginable, the joy of the book was watching the two of them figure it out. The long, slow slide they took into love was perfect for them and exactly the way it had to be given their history. Matt’s proposal/non-proposal/sort-of-missed proposal was the sweetest, most original and them that I could imagine.

My Rating: A

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The Best Mistake

The Best MistakeBy Linda Kage

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author

Deri “The Mistake” Crandall wants nothing more than the love and acceptance from a family. After her mother dies, she finally discovers who her father is—except he and his family aren’t exactly everything she’s dreamed of. Not about to let a little thing like that bother her, she strives her hardest to fit in. Though honest to a fault, she even lies to gain their affection. But who could have predicted the one man with whom she immediately clicks is the very millionaire her grandfather orders her to betray?

Cole Harrety’s life is all about work and ignoring play, until a petite, curvy bundle of quirky woman literally tumbles into his lap. From the moment he loses a staring contest with her, he knows Deri is exactly what’s been missing from his mundane life and no other woman will ever compete with her.

With a web of deception already woven, can their new bond survive a shattered trust?

Goodreads Summary

Never judge a book by its cover. When I page through my recommendations at Goodreads, Amazon and other places, I try to repeat that over and over to myself but I just can’t help but click on all the pretty covers to see what’s inside and I likely miss a lot of good stories because I don’t look at books with less than inspiring cover art. One of the best things about getting submissions is that I generally don’t get cover art – just the synopsis or a partial first chapter and I sort of decide from there – if there is cover art I rarely look at it. I don’t think I would have picked this book out of a line-up but I liked the synopsis, the author’s voice and the author and am glad I didn’t get the chance to judge this book by its cover.

Cole Harrety knows someone’s been sent into his social networking company looking for business secrets but he doesn’t have a name – not a real name, just the overheard code name, “The Mistake.” He never suspects that it’s new intern Deri, the pretty and funny woman who managed to launch herself off of a ladder into his arms, breaking her ankle. He’s amused by her silly attitude and realizes she has no idea he’s her boss. Deri is bowled over by this gorgeous guy who’s taking care of her at the hospital and has the same sense of humor that she does – and he seems to be interested in her.

Deri has been nicknamed “The Mistake” for a reason. After the recent death of her mother, she discovered her dad and his family, a super-rich group of snobs who are less than thrilled to see her. As far as they’re concerned, since she’s found them, she hasn’t managed to do one thing right and they had pretty low expectations for her potential to infiltrate Harrety’s company in the first place. For some reason I really was never sure of, she took a lot of crap from them over and over for no reward – a blind man could see how awfully they all treated her. When she decides she wants Cole more than to please them, she has to try to get away from them without his ever knowing what she’d promised them to do, even if she never had any intention of doing it. The poor girl bounced between being romanced by Cole and being in a panic attack for most of the story.

Cole had really fallen hard and fast for Deri. Okay, it was sort of the usual not-so-rich girl doesn’t care at all about how much money her boss/guy has, she really loves him for himself thing, but they really were cute together. Deri was a little goofy and would throw Cole off guard and Cole was pretty hot and would get Deri all wound up. I thought the little timely twist that Cole’s company involved social media was interesting – normally books keep it boringly generic, having the hero just have a company that invested in something or other that made millions doing something or other. In ten years it might be dated, but for now, it was something that stood out.

There was some crazy drama near the end and not just between Deri and Cole – tears, storming around, table pounding, doors slamming, fist-shaking…well, you get the idea. One very believable required grovel later, there was a nice happily ever after that satisfied me.

This reads very much like slightly spicier Harlequin contemporary with the exception of its length, which means there’s not as much story and character development. There wasn’t a lot of time spent in the book with Deri’s dastardly family, definitely not enough to explain her extreme loyalty to them. There were just tiny bits of things here and there that weren’t exactly missing – they didn’t feel like plot or character holes – but there were places that would have been perfect to put more information in. I really do understand that there are different length limits on submissions though and that might have been the case here, not any particular content intention so I’m not blaming the author.

My Summary: This little novella is a good mix of sweet, funny and sexy with a little bit of over-the-top drama and a modest grovel tossed in for good measure (and I adore a good grovel). The characters aren’t always perfectly understandable and the situations sometimes inexplicable but for the length this story was limited to, it was great escapism and when I closed the book, I was happy with what I’d read and wouldn’t hesitate to buy this author again.

My Rating: B+

Deep Dark Secret (Secret McQueen #3)

Deep Dark SecretBy Sierra Dean

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Author

The only good Secret is a buried Secret.

“Secret McQueen, Book 3”

Secret McQueen has hunted vampires, werewolves, and every conceivable supernatural menace-to-society. Seen it all? Not even close. When the queen of the were-ocelots comes to her for help finding a missing girl, the half-vampire/half-werewolf soon realizes how much she has to learn about the things that go bump in the night.

The case of the missing cat is one thing. Pile it up with her new duties as a Tribunal Leader, her tenuous position as mate to the king of the Eastern werewolves, and a slew of new (and unwelcome) supernatural abilities, and Secret is once again in familiar territory. “Way” over her head. But for this multitasking half-breed, it’s business as “un”usual.

What knocks her for a loop, though, isn’t her lover’s intoxicating kiss. It’s the missing memories rushing at her from out of nowhere, signaling a rapidly approaching fork in her destiny. Her choice will affect not only her life, but her love.

Warning: Contains a werewolf king with wandering hands, a creepy English professor with nefarious plans, and one hell of an unexpected gala evening at Columbia.

Goodreads Summary

I live in Wisconsin. Sierra lives in Canada. It couldn’t take me more than a few weeks of searching to find her, right? I mean, I know what she looks like and all I have to do is stalk the beauty supply stores and see who’s buying up the nail polish. See, she knows how the series ends, she told me – she may not know how it’s getting there, but she knows how it ends and I swear, with each book, I’m getting colder and colder with my guessing. I may be reduced to my old childhood trick of following her around just yelling, “tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me,” until she either tells me or kills me. The things I do.

In the typical supernatural world of politics, Secret is repaying a debt by investigating the disappearance of the ocelot queen’s niece. In what first appear to be unrelated events, an old lover is charged with several co-eds’ murders, Secret finds someone breaking into a building on the college campus and the professor the ex-lover was the PA for has taken an unusual interest in Secret as she investigates him.

On the personal front, Secret is trying to balance her home life with werewolf lover Desmond and a social life with her other metaphysical mate, King of the Eastern Werewolves, Lucas. They’re trying to provide some sort of united front to settle the pack but word has come that Secret’s uncle is about to attempt a takeover of a Midwest territory and Lucas isn’t content to let Secret just be his girlfriend once in a while anymore. He is his usual, arrogant jerk self and does something permanent that messes with everyone – Holden, Desmond, Secret and even Dominick to some degree are all affected by what he does.

The action in the story is really good, one of the best so far. The idea of “who” the killer is comes at an early point but you’re wondering “how” for a while, especially when it comes to something that happens to Secret, and as it gets revealed it’s creepier and creepier. Parts of the reveal, even before the big showdown, are really some of the weirdest, knocked-me-back scenes yet in the series. There’s some stuff that’s G-R-O-S-S gross along with even more things that are going to have some profound effects on a couple of characters in the next book. The layers keep building.

There’s not a lot of vampire action in this one, but what there is, is pretty cool. Secret wasn’t thrilled to be forced into a seat on the Vampire Tribunal but she completely kicks ass on it. I really hope the next book has more – any day she can make the super-creepy Juan Carlos proud of her, I want extra of. Holden is still assigned to keep an eye on her but he’s not around too much, unfortunately.

I can look past not being particularly in love with Desmond and Lucas (what can I say, Holden and Sig are my guys) and as much as love triangle/quadrangles or million-angles drive me bonkers, I can deal with them on some level as long as everyone’s sort of playing equal, fair or if I can wrap my head around it, with the characters I think I know. I have no idea what to make of the dynamic between any of them now, other than to know it makes me cranky and a bit unhappy. Sig hasn’t even been brought into the mix yet, although what the shirtless hunk of undead hotness will do is always unpredictable. I didn’t love this part of the story so I’m hoping some big gory monster is going to be thinning the hairy part of the herd pretty soon. Sorry! (maybe)

My Summary: I just don’t want to, but I have some mixed feelings about Deep Dark Secret. I just love the characters, this was a great action storyline even if I did miss my vampires and I continue to be so impressed by the way all of the pieces from the stories are all twining into each other. My silly picky heart is just sad about the developments on the romantic front. I’m going to have to trust that there’s a reason for all of this because I really love the series and author but it doesn’t make me any happier in the meantime.

I’ve been trying to mash together my grades for this one for a while but I just can’t come up with anything in the middle – so it gets two.

My Rating for the Storyline: A-
My Rating for the Relationship Advancement: B-

Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2)

Because of LowBy Abbi Glines

Publication Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased

Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol’ dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she’s sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage Watson.

Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time job doesn’t produce excess income. But Cage has a new roommate and suddenly sleeping over at her best friend’s apartment isn’t such a bad thing. Not when she gets to see those sexy green eyes of Marcus Hardy’s twinkle when he smiles at her like he wants her there.

Even though Cage seems a little territorial where Low is concerned, Marcus finds time to spend with Low without upsetting his roommate. Cage may use his small college baseball star persona to sleep with every hot female in his path but he’s still under the disillusion that when he’s through sowing his wild oats, he’s going to marry Low. Marcus intends to change that assumption for both Cage and Low. Until his carefully laid plans come crashing down with a revelation he never expected. He’ll have to choose between Low or his family. Because once the truth comes out…. there’s no other choice.

Goodreads Summary

This was the first time I’d read anything by Abbi Glines even though I have a couple of her books on my Kindle waiting for me to get to them. After finishing this, I moved them to the top of my leisure-reading TBR pile because if they’re anything like it they’ll be worth getting to faster.

Low Foster has a track record of being left by everyone in her life – her father, mother, low-life sister who kicks her out of her house on the nights she isn’t babysitting her niece – everyone that is, except her lifelong friend Cage. He’s fanatical about being there for her, including making sure she stays with him when her sister kicks her out. When his new roommate Marcus is attracted to her and Low wants to try a relationship with him, he warns her that everyone leaves her except him. Rich boy Marcus is out of her league and will hurt her and Cage will be around to pick up the pieces.

Holy cow. I honestly can’t remember what the last book was that I cried so much through. I checked the progress bar on my Kindle and I started at 59% and counted when I was done and had gone through 8 tissues. This book seriously wiped me out. I actually had to lie when my son wanted to know what was wrong with me – I told him I was reading a book and a bunch of people died because I didn’t want to tell him that I was crying because a girl was having a panic attack because she thought a friend was leaving her.

The narration flips between Marcus and Low and it definitely makes it more emotional to read. I really fell in love with Low who had this horribly battered heart but managed to love Cage, Marcus and her niece so fiercely. She wasn’t perfect – she got jealous and did things that were kind of silly and for someone her age, she was unbelievably sexually naïve. She just felt very real, from the way she spoke to the way she acted. I’d want her for a friend.

Both Marcus and Cage were pretty wonderful (although Cage being a man-slut sort of made him less adorable, you know?). Marcus made a number of mistakes with Low, some worse than others but they were slightly explainable if not excusable. His story is a little more divided than Low’s because he’s also dealing with his family so while she’s thinking of him almost the whole book, he’s involved with her for only about three-fourths of it. It sets up a very painful section of the book later, one that I’m estimating accounted for three tissues.

There are references to sex and a couple of sexual situations but nothing explicit. Low is a virgin and I really couldn’t tell you if she still is at the end of the book or not because it isn’t described.

I’d love to see Preston or Cage’s book next! I know Cage seems pretty irredeemable but he’s such a sweetheart really, he needs a nice girl to set him straight.

My Summary: I ended up reading this twice before writing this, because it was just that good and because I was trying to actually gather some coherent thoughts about it. This reminded me quite a bit of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, but without all of the controversy. Marcus and Low weren’t as explosive as Travis and Pidge, but the intensity of the relationship was there and I know I cried at least as much. If you read YA/New Adult romance, I’d buy it for you if I could – that’s how hard I recommend this one.

My Rating: A

The Bro-Magnet

The Bro-MagnetBy Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication Date: December 11, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Humor
Source: Purchased

Women have been known to lament, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” For Johnny Smith, the problem is, “Always a Best Man, never a groom.” At age 33, housepainter Johnny has been Best Man eight times. The ultimate man’s man, Johnny loves the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. Johnny has the instant affection of nearly every man he meets, but one thing he doesn’t have is a woman to share his life with, and he wants that desperately.

When Johnny meets District Attorney Helen Troy, he decides to renounce his bro-magnet ways in order to impress her. With the aid and advice of his friends and family, soon he’s transforming his wardrobe, buying throw pillows, ditching the hula girl lamp, getting a cat and even changing his name to the more mature-sounding John. And through it all, he’s pretending to have no interest in sports, which Helen claims to abhor.

As things heat up with Helen, the questions arise: Will Johnny finally get the girl? And, if he’s successful in that pursuit, who will he be now that he’s no longer really himself? THE BRO-MAGNET is a rollicking comedic novel about what one man is willing to give up for the sake of love.

Goodreads Summary

I first noticed this book when it came through my top friends feed at Goodreads. I didn’t see any reviews of it, just some comments about how funny it was and suggestions that it should be read. I like to keep a wide variety of things on my Kindle and this isn’t expensive so I didn’t need a big push to buy it. It’s definitely nothing weighty, but a great light story that had moments of ridiculousness, some laugh out loud parts and a sweet little romance.

Johnny Smith is something worse than a guy’s guy – he’s a dude’s dude. In middle school, he was the bra-snapper (hey, it was better than telling her she had a nice rack, right?). In high school, he couldn’t get a date for prom so he went stag and hearing that, seven of his friends decided they would too, just to be like him. At each of the eight weddings he was the best man for, he gave the exact same toast and only one person (the bra-snappee who’s always hated him) cared. In a way only dudes can, they recognize one of their own and like him on sight. Even though he’s attractive, where women were concerned, Johnny had “jerk” tattooed on his forehead.

Johnny did well in college and was planning on law until his dad talked him into coming home and joining the family painting business (“paint never lets you down, Johnny”). During a job for a defense attorney with a problem client, Johnny made himself very useful – enough to earn him a prime baseball seat, even if it was at a Mets game. Only familiar with the cheap seats, a dive for a foul tip caught by the net behind home plate ends with Johnny and his hot dog in the lap of the delectable Helen Troy, D.A.

Even though she initially turned him down flat when he asked her out, Helen keeps coming up with rooms for Johnny to paint and half the fun of the book is watching Johnny try to keep Helen from finding out he’s not particularly refined. He pretends he loves opera and takes her to one – that’s held in a barn and is a cross between Tosca and Children of the Corn. He asks his married friends for help and gets horrendous, hilarious advice, including making sure he watches and knows all about “GH,” which Johnny and his BFF Sam end up hooked on, buying throw pillows with the right trim and getting a cat.

Since their relationship is going really well, there’s obviously a moral to the story. Johnny has several older friends and people he comes across who’ve been married a long time and of course their advice is always along the lines of don’t ever forget a special date and always listen to what your partner is telling you. I could see the twist in this coming a mile away but it was still fun to read just because I was wondering how Johnny was going to get himself out of the corners he kept painting himself into. He really was a dork sometimes.

My Summary: This is completely escapist fun reading, which was exactly what I wanted it for. There isn’t really a lot of technical romance since it’s more about Johnny figuring out how not to screw up and lose the girl for once but that was romantic enough for me. I lost track of how many times I’d be reading and come across something that would make me snort (I dare anyone who reads this not to find the names of the popcorn bucket sizes at the barn opera funny). Sure, there were some stereotypes and some clichés but the book is named The Bro-Magnet. C’mon, it sort of works anyway.

My Rating: B

Getting Familiar With Your Demon (That Old Black Magic #4)

Getting Familiar With Your DemonBy Jodi Redford

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author

He should push her away…but he’d rather have his wicked way with her.

That Old Black Magic, Book 4

After too many years learning death from the inside out as the familiar of a voodoo queen, soul collector Samael Gorasola betrayed his boss, which landed him on demon death row.

He should have known not even his punishment would come easy, but the deal he’s offered to escape his fate stinks. Become the indentured servant to his despised enemy? No thanks, he’d rather be six feet under. With that in mind, he picks a deadly fight with two demon hunters, only to be rescued by one misguided, deliciously innocent white witch.

Marabella hasn’t a clue what possessed her to help Sam, particularly since he’s not the least bit grateful. She blames it on her overwhelming attraction to the dark, dangerous demon, and her exasperating quest to rid herself of the stubborn curse that guards her virginity. If the guild finds out, though, she can kiss her white-witch status goodbye.

A kiss is exactly what she gets, followed by a consuming hunger that breaks down all heavenly and earthly barriers…and leaves Sam saddled with the one thing he never wanted, a conscience, and a connection to Marabella that puts her soul on the line.

This book contains torturous use of disco music, one sinfully sexy demon who revels in being bad, a virgin witch whose innocence runs more than skin deep, and plenty of wicked, forbidden sex with explosive side effects—literally.

Goodreads Summary

Obviously this is part of a series – I’m sneaky about including it in the title. 🙂  Technically you don’t have to read them all to pick up this book and understand things although the first book does mention a character that has some importance here. You really want to read the three books leading up to this one though, mostly because they’re funny, have some great and interesting mythology and are smoking hot.

Until her fortuitous second death, Sam Gorasola was the demon familiar to a voodoo nutter named Nettie who wanted to raise a zombie army to take over the world. With a little help from Sam, she was defeated but the unfortunate byproduct was that his familiar contract was bought up by someone even more unpleasant, the ice cold Pricilla, who’s kept him in the Demon Detainment Center for the last six months where he’s been whipped and tortured, lately to the unholy strains of  It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls.  Working for Pricilla is pretty much hell, since she’s obsessed with having him collect souls by whatever means, leaving no time at all for any actual life. All work and no play make Sam a very crabby demon, the kind with no conscience – he does however have the need to get stabby with someone, a need thwarted by a white witch with a rescue complex named Marabella.

Sam is desperate to break away from Pricilla but the only way is to break the familiar seal and it’s never been done. His cousins Nikki and Cass had taken over his bachelor pad while he’d been gone and may have found a way – mind-blowing sexy times with a white witch. But where, oh where will he find one of those who might be interested in him? Looks like Sam will be doing some wooing. Right. Marabella won’t know what hit her.

Marabella is cute and funny. She thinks there’s a curse on her that will keep her a virgin forever and sure enough, all of her dates run out on her when she’s not looking. She has no idea what to do with Sam, he’s a jerk but he pretty much makes up for it in the bedroom which isn’t necessarily a good thing. A demon and a white witch just isn’t done and she’ll be toast if anyone finds out but now she’s in danger and Sam is pretty cute for a demon.

Poor Sam has had a rotten life. Bouncing from one horrible master to another, he’s never had a say in his own life and he’s bitter and unhappy. He’s a demon so he’s never going to be Mr. Sunshine, but he’s really gone to the dark side and become an emotional machine. Being with Bella changes him for a certain reason (it’s a spoiler, so my lips have to be sealed!) and he’s really not happy about it. I don’t really think I saw much of the real Sam until close to the end of the book – not just because of his emotional lockdown necessarily but maybe just because his sections of the story revolved mostly around plot and not his character.

Sam’s cousins, Cass and Nikki are absolutely wonderful supporting characters – I don’t know if I could wish harder that these two get their own books or just appear again in another book. They’re funny, smart, funny and cute – did I mention funny? I loved them.

My Summary: Just like in the other books in the series, there’s a big important revelation and a satisfyingly sweet romantic ending. This combines all the right paranormal notes, mixes in a little mythology and serves it up on a bed of scorching hot bedroom (and kitchen and living room and storefront) scenes. This also had a lot of fun tossed in, especially with the music references from the beginning scene to Bella and the ABBA she had blasting in her car that Sam hated. I admit I was a little worried at that point – what sort of person/demon doesn’t like ABBA??

My Rating: B+