Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Vampire Wardens and Werewolf Society Box Set by Lisa Renee Jones


Genre: Paranormal Romance
Bundle of 5 Novellas
Formats available: ebook
Publication Date: August 13th 2012 (Box Set)
Kindle Locations: 5752 (total)

Series: Vampire Wardens #1, #2,  #3
Series: Werewolf Society #1, #2

Source: My Library







DESCRIPTIONS:

Hot Vampire Kiss
Vampire Wardens, #1 (Evan's Story)

Kindle Locations: 61-62 thru 1217-25 (1% thru 21%)
Word Count: approx. 25,170 (Novella)

The werewolf population is entrenched in a century long civil war, and now they are plagued by a virus that is turning wolves into killers. The Brooks brothers pursue one such rogue werewolf to Temple, Texas. It is in Temple that Evan encounters a beautiful nurse named Marissa who instantly melts the hundred years of ice running through his veins. When she is brutally attacked by the wolf, he breaks the rules of the Vampire Council and uses his blood to save her. Now, if he doesn’t kill the wolf by the next full moon, Marissa will become a killer wolf, and he will be sentenced to death.


Hot Vampire Seduction
Vampire Wardens, #2  (Aiden's Story)

Kindle Locations: 1225 thru 2580-27 (21% thru 44%)
Word Count: approx. 27,961 (Novella)

The underground vampire population of Austin, Texas has taken to hosting orgies with human women who've been forced to indulge in a new aphrodisiac. The drug, Blood Red, is a mixture of a rare type of werewolf blood and that of a vampire. Blood Red creates an insatiable desire for sex in the user to the point of pain in the absence of pleasure. Sometimes that pain leads to death.

Vampire Warden, Aiden Brooks, has spent more than a hundred years enforcing the laws of his race, and life has taught him that anyone that he allows into his world ends up dead. Despite knowing this all too well, having painfully loved and lost in his past, when his search for the creator of Blood Red places coroner Kelly Riggs directly in both his path, and that of a dangerous clan of vampires, his desire for her goes well beyond offering her protection. He's drawn to her bravery, seduced by her feisty spirit and beauty, but he is determined to resist her, fearing he will put her in harms way.

But Kelly is already on the radar of the enemy, and when she gets too close to the evil vampire clan's secrets, she is given Blood Red. Now Aiden's hunger for her might be the only thing that can keep her alive but who will save her from him?


Hot Vampire Touch
Vampire Wardens, #3 (Troy's story)

Kindle Locations: 2588 thru 3886-93 (44% thru 67%)
Word Count: approx. 25,100 (Novella)

Troy, a Vampire Warden betrayed by the werewolf he loved, now not a Vampire or Wolf…but something dangerous. Can a woman, another wolf heal him or will he destroy them both? 


Wicked Werewolf Night
Werewolf Society, #1 (Nico's Story)

Kindle Locations:  3893-94 thru 4828-36 (67% thru 83%)
Word Count: approx. 19,690 (Novella)

A witch after his secret. A wolf after her pleasure.

Nico Moore is the leader of of The Werewolf Society's elite Royal Guard. Aylia Richardson is the witch who calls to the beast in Nico, but destiny has also made her the keeper of a gift that threatens the very existence of his race. To destroy this gift will destroy this woman...the only one he has ever dared to call 'mate'.


Wicked Werewolf Secret
Werewolf Society, #2 (Kole's Story)

Kindle Locations: 4836 thru 5735-43 (84% thru 99%)
Word Count: approx. 18,630 (Novella)


Kole Smith will soon become the leader of his pack, and not just any pack. He will lead the Royal Guard of the Werewolf Society. Before he accepts his role, he has unfinished business and her name is Sarah.

Sarah's family ran the Casino Operation used as a front for The Werewolf Society, until the greed of the rebels trying to overthrow their government led to her families murder. Kole saved her life, gave her the opportunity to live, and to deliver the vengeance she craves against the rebels.

When they meet again, their passion will explode in a firestorm that will either heal the pain of the past or destroy them forever. 

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MY THOUGHTS: 
I have a book or two by Lisa Renee Jones on my shelves and though I haven’t read them yet I was familiar with the name. So when I saw this box set on sale at Amazon, I was quick to one-click!  Vampires, werewolves, romance, and smexy times…right up my alley. The box set is made up of five novellas. There are three novellas in the Vampire Wardens series and the other two novellas are from the related Werewolf Society series. The characters will often cross over from one book to the next and one series to the next. The novellas combined probably equal one good size novel.

This set is not a serial so you won’t be left hanging at the end of each novella. It is more like a regular series where each one gets wrapped up with an HEA for that story, but there is also an overarching story line that runs through them all. The stories are standard paranormal romance fare and focus more on the romance aspect at the expense of the suspense and conflict. Threats to the main characters were often resolved easily leaving me to say to myself “That’s it? It’s over?” Even when it was building up over a couple of books, it just seemed to end quickly without a lot of effort. Though I did like the storytelling overall, I personally don’t think there was always a good balance between the romance and the plot. So if that doesn’t bother you and you read more for the romance than the intrigue, you’re good to go.

I did find myself becoming invested with some of the characters. I liked the brothers Evan, Aiden, and Troy, but probably enjoyed Troy’s story the best. His character felt like it had some extra depth that the others did not due to his unique situation. It added some more layers to explore though I can’t say they were really explored that much. His story is also the last one of the three brothers to be told so you get more page time with him and have more time to connect. 

The stories did keep me reading and I can say I enjoyed them but I did find some issues that frustrated me at times and that I just can’t overlook. There were inconsistencies in character actions, plot holes, and about 70+ typos for the entire box set which is about the size of a novel if you combined all the novellas. That is quite a bit and not just a “handful” that you can expect from most any book. Almost half of them occurred in the last novella alone. Not sure what went so wrong with that one compared to the others. It became quite distracting in the last book since they were popping up so frequently at that point.

So now for the tough part...what to rate this boxed set. I am torn between actually liking the stories, the world, and the characters, and being frustrated and disappointed with the lack of editing/proofreading, which sometimes distracted me and pulled me out of the stories. I didn’t dislike them, but I can’t say I really liked them as much as I could have if they had been polished. Even with all the typos and issues I still liked the set as a whole so I will give this three stars.

There are more Werewolf Society novellas out or coming out and it is likely that I will pursue them if the price is right because after reading five of these books in a row, I do have some investment in the series and would like to see what happens next. I will be doing so knowing what to expect polish-wise but also hoping that the quality will improve.


Rating: 3

Typos found: 70+

Heat Level: Spicy to Erotic - Second book has a menage scene (m/f/m)

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This box set is available as an ebook.  You can find Lisa Renee Jones on the web at:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/73977.Lisa_Renee_Jones


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