Friday, 23 May 2014

What I'm Reading: The Angler Series By Annie Nicholas **All reviewed to Date**


Bait
The Anglers Series Book ONE
By Annie Nicholas
Published: January 4th 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 206
ISBN: 9781458043535
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Live bait makes all the difference.

Sent on a mission to lure Budapest’s vampire Overlord into a trap, Connie Bence is instead caught red-handed by the dark Casanova.

Her employer has concrete proof of the dubious leader’s misdeeds but she is surprised when this ruthless killer, Rurik, offers her protection and rescues her from his own kind. It plants seeds of doubt in her mind and she begins to question his guilt.

Now she is thrown into his world where blackmail determines her every move and where she must betray those she cares about or let them die. The stakes are high. She either puts her trust in Rurik or leads him to his execution.

Love or life





A very easy to read book, not too heavy so not much concentration required.

Having said that, as much as the plot can be believable, it seemed to miss the highs that some books can get.  It was a steady constant, which, yes you wanted to find out what happens - but not because you feel any connection to the characters - perhaps this will build as the series continues.
But as i say, i did enjoy reading it - and my concentration is lacking at the moment, so this was perfect.

Connie is used as live bait - for vampires.  Shes part of a vampire slayer "team" altho she is the most indispensable.  she is sent into almost deadly places to "catch" the vamp and lure it somewhere quiet while Colby, her boss, slays him.  The team only go after the vamps that kill - they are hired by those who have proof of the vamp they're after being a killer.

Connie is sent in to lure Rurik out - the Overlord of Budapest.
What she didnt expect was the instant attraction she felt towards him.
But the lure didnt go to plan.  Rurik drugged her drink and took her to an "exclusive" party and offered her as a gift to HIS boss - one of the mythical vamps - Nosferatu.  But Rurik seems protective of her, and says he wont let anything happen to her, and wont let his boss kill her - warm fuzzies huh!!?

Connie has a tracking chip so Colby and his team storms the party.  Connie is helped out and rescued by Rurik.

She bolts as fast as she can to her hotel - being hunted by a vamp that she cant seem to shake.  Until he suddenly vanishes.  Incentive to run faster, she reaches her hotel and only relaxes when shes in her room.
Rurik appears on her balcony.  The butterflies return and he calls her "Rabbit" - in meaning a tasty little morsel.
She feels no threat whatsoever from Rurik.  Which confuses her.

She realises she doesnt want Rurik dead.
But will her boss, Colby believe her? Or will he think that its the vampire messing with her mind?
And what if shes wrong? Colby sends her proof, but it doesnt make sense.....
She hasn't had these feelings since the death of her husband a year ago.....
But does Rurik feel the same?
What does the scary vamp Tane want from her?
The story does unfold, revealing all, so i don't want to spoil the rest of the book.

For once, it doesnt leave on much of a cliffhanger, so if you're not keen to carry on reading the series, this, i think, can be read as a stand alone book, and not leave you wondering about any loose ends.


However, me? Im on to the second book already!!


CATCH
The Anglers Series Book TWO
By Annie Nicholas
Published: October 11th 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 191
ISBN: 9781595787613
Published By: Liquid Silver Books

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Caught between two vampires, Connie is torn between Rurik, the one she loves and Tane, the one she’d love to stake.

Hunger burns in Connie Bences’ soul--she craves the blood of her vampire lover, Rurik, but it’s not satisfying her needs anymore. It’s driving her insane. Desperate to find help, Rurik brings her to Rio De Janeiro, where Tane rules the vampire nation. 

The back-stabbing vampire almost killed her and Rurik when they’d first met, then used them to obtain his crown. She would rather stake him, but the small drop of Nosferatu blood he’d forced her to drink in Budapest is blooming into a bond, one which ties her life to his. One he won’t hesitate to manipulate. 

He admits to binding her so Rurik would have to remain at his side, but their timing couldn’t be any worse. The betrayer finds himself betrayed. Tane’s rule is in upheaval and he’s forced to place his trust in two people who owe him no allegiance—her and Rurik. In the middle of a power struggle, Connie fights to keep her lover, but didn’t plan on Tane slipping into her heart.




Continuation of book one, but approximately 18 months later.


Connie and Rurik have been travelling the world, but end up in Rio for New Year.....and its not a coincidence.....

Connie has been taking blood off Rurik but it doesn't seem to be fully satisfying her....confusion ahead, but not for long....

Tane is now King of Vampires and is in Rio.....being tortured, and somehow the torturers have got hold of the fact that despite us thinking that Connie was bound to Rurik - she isn't.  shes bound to Tane, due to his older and more powerful blood.

Connie is kidnapped and taken to where Tane is.  And the tests prove she does in fact belong to Tane.

Of course, its not smooth sailing, but somewhere along the lines Tane redeems himself from a baddie in the first book, to someone you like and can understand why he has a loyal following.

Connie and Rurik find themselves "guests" at Tanes home.  Its too dangerous for them to be out alone.

We are introduced to werewolves for the first time, Gwen, head of Tane's security and also her brother Kam.

Theres murders being committed that the vamps have to try and cover up and catch the rogue vamp before their existence is revealed.  But should they be looking closer to home?

Connie starts to actually LIKE Tane.  which confuses her.  She LOVES Rurik, but somehow Tane has wiggled into her heart...

Can this be resolved?
Colby the slayer is back on the scene, once again hired by Tane to find this vampire, but finds himself the prime suspect...

Alot more passion in this one than the first.
Nice to see werewolves making their entrance, and imagine they may have a bigger part to play later in the series.

Definitely one for the adults - especially the last few pages..!! PHEW!!



Hunting Colby
Angler Series 2.5
By Annie Nicholas
Published December 1st 2012


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Once she catches her prey, God help him. 

Almost a year ago Gwen had met her mate in the fury of battle. Like most shifters, they knew upon contact. Unlike others, Colby hadn’t stuck around to bond. Never one to surrender, Gwen had left her pack to find out exactly what sent him running. Hopping from country to country, she chased him until she lost his scent. 

Not willing to return home with her tail between her legs, she takes a job guarding the newest member of the Nosferatu clan in New York City where she discovers fresh traces of her mate. Hope returns and she takes up the hunt once more. 

A slayer’s job is never done and Colby is hunting the vampire who kidnapped a member of his team, but every turn he takes keeps leading him back to the one person he’s been trying to avoid. Gwen






A novella in between books 2 and 3 which show Gwen, the werewolf and head of Tane's security trying to catch her mate.  Colby.

she has chased him all over the world and he has slipped her grasp every time.

Giving up she gets summoned to New York to help train the new "baby" Nosferatu in how to fight.

And by some kind of coincidence, she is trying to find his vampire friend, who Colby is trying to find - Red, a member of his slayer team has gone missing and he was the vamp he was supposed to meet, ergo, hes the one he needs to speak to.

Gwen is pushed right to her limits with Colby.  Hes mean, rude, cruel, confusing and clearly not interested in her.

Facing that fact, she resorts to finding this vamp together with Colby, finding that the Overlord has a secret illegal plot that is punishable by death.

Both Gwen and Colby wok together which leads to talking and realising each one had crossed wires...

Can this vamp that's missing be alive...?
Is Red still alive?
What will Colby do - a vampire slayer?
Can Gwen and Colby work through their issues, and more importantly, if they WERE to be together - Gwen's pack serves the Vampire King - and that goes against all of Colby's beliefs....

A great novella to see into other characters.  The baby Nos "Mutt" - it would be great to see his character again and watch him develop and see if he can keep hold of his almost human thinking.

If you get a chance to read this, i would, but it doesn't spoil the series if you don't.



Release
The Angler Series Book THREE
By Annie Nicholas
Published October 17th 2013

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Nosferatu rule from the shadow and keep order over their blood thirsty people. Bald with pointed ears, they give vampires something to fear. If a law is broken, they have only one punishment. Death. They are the most powerful clan in the Vampire Nation and the most monstrous. Only a male vampire can be transformed into a Nosferatu but not all survive. 

Connie Bence is on the run with her two lovers, Rurik and Tane. As leader of the Nosferatu, Tane’s only threat is his own clansmen and they want all three of them dead. When Rurik began to lose his hair rumors spread and the Nosferatu accuse Tane of trying to transform Rurik into one of them illegally.

With the Nosferatu on their heels, Connie tries to figure out what’s changing Rurik and cure him before she loses him to blood lust.






Wow. This one hits you from the blindside! 

The book is written so you keep holding your breath at every turn.

Rurik has been losing his hair.  His blood thirst has increased beyond anything a normal vampire needs.  The only vamps that lose their hair is the Nosferatu but they need to be voted in to the brotherhood.....but theres no way that Rurik could be a Nos.....is there?

Tane is pulled into his "brotherhood" clan, the Nosferatu to question about turning Rurik into one of them....which worries Tane, and so takes Connie with him rather than Rurik.
He buffs the questions well, but when they ask to see him, he requests Connie to get him.  When out of the room, he uses their telepathic link to tell her to run with Rurik and fast.

They take Tanes boat and decide to go to Rome.....probably not the best idea in hindsight.
They take shelter in an abandoned orphanage that Rurik and his maker used to hide in.
While Kam sets about making sure the area is safe, Rurik is hungry...again.....
Only this time, Connie cant make him stop drinking and decends into a darkness.

The first face she sees is Kam, and is grateful for his protection.

They were losing Rurik.

Tane eventually catches up with them, and they take Rurik to his maker in hopes that her bond can help him.

I'm not writing the rest of the storyline - it kinda makes your jaw drop and something I've never seen in a vamp storyline occurs, and leaves you flabbergasted.

Another great instalment, the relationship between Connie and Tane increase as they find solace in each other watching Rurik fade away in front of them.....

Not sure if another book is planned, and if so, not sure how its gonna top this one, but ill definitely be picking it up!!









Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont where she dreams of different worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day.

Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.

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