Lydia Reviews: Code Name: Jack Rabbit by Elizabeth Noble


Title: Code Name: Jack Rabbit
Publisher: DSP Publications
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Pages: 200
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Meet the newest members of the Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology.
Jonas Forge, vampire. Once a spy and soldier, now a cop, Forge enjoys the life he’s built with his friends in Flint, Ohio.

Blair Turner, PhD. Blair, a vampire and computer hacker with exceptional skills, shares a powerful empathic bond with Forge, his soul mate.

Declan, vampire, ex-pirate, ex-fur trapper, thief, and con man. Declan is Forge’s former lover and soul mate to Lucas Coate.

Lucas Coate, MD, Flint’s medical examiner. A werewolf living among vampires, Lucas is also one of Forge’s best friends.

Their lives become complicated when an impending presidential visit throws them headlong into a world of high-tech vampire spies and espionage. Recruited into the Vampire Guard by the secret society of the Akhkharu Nasaru, they uncover a werewolf terrorist organization known as the Qiguan.

Together they must thwart a murder attempt on the open waters of Lake Superior while tracking a previously unknown biological weapon controlled by the Qiquan—a weapon which may very well mean death for one of them.

Review:

Code Name: Jack Rabbit is the first book in the new series, The Vampire Guard, by Elizabeth Noble. Fans of this author will remember the main characters of this new series as they were part of the, The Sleepless City series published by Dreamspinner Press. While it is not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this new one, I would highly recommend it, as they were good stories and should not be missed.

When this book opens, it becomes known that someone has been watching Forge and Declan for some time. It soon becomes clear who that is and what they want. It also becomes clear to our main characters when Forge, Blair, Lucas and Declan are asked to attend an event in which the President is supposed to appear. From there the author grabs your attention and you will find yourself flipping the pages to see what will happen next.

I liked the way the author introduces our guys to the Akhkharu Nasaru. I could totally understand the distrust the guys felt in the beginning, and this distrust comes across realistically. After hearing about the Akhkharu Nasaru the men are asked to join. I liked that it was something the four main characters had to think about rather than agreeing right away.

The first case the men finding themselves involved in was very interesting as it is the type that left you wondering what was going on, due to the little twists and turns. Those committing the crimes, and the reason for them, was not one I was expecting which I liked.

The author also uses Code Name: Jack Rabbit to allow the main characters, and of course the readers, to continue to learn more about each other. Not everything is taken well and some minor conflicts do arise. There are also a few tense moments that leave all involved biting at their nails.

Fans of Ms. Noble are sure to love this first book in her new series. It is one to be read again.

Reviewer: Lydia

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Together Bound by Elizabeth Noble


Title: Sentries Book Two: Together Bound
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Pages: 196
Characters: Todd, Nick
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: dystopian, D/s, m/m romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Todd and Nick Ruger have settled into their life and work, the master/slave bond in New Colorado tying them together in a sacred rite of service, protection, and—in their case—love. But out of the blue, Todd receives a letter from the vice-chancellor of New Colorado threatening their bond, demanding ownership of Nick under eminent domain.

It turns out Vice-Chancellor Clarke desperately needs the help of the sentries, especially Nick, to investigate a problem involving the Chancellor. With New Colorado on the verge of war with West Caldera, a rift in the government would be disastrous. Todd and Nick agree to help, and Nick enters the orphan slave compound while Todd joins the Estate security force.

They don’t expect the danger they discover. Now the target of an unimaginable threat, Nick and Todd will face terrors that lead to murder, imprisonment, and the threat of separation forever as the hopeless battle escalates into full-scale war.

Review:

Together Bound, Book 2 of the Sentries series by Elizabeth Noble, is a continuation of Todd and Nicky’s love story. Again set in the dystopian future, the story opens with the couple facing yet another challenge to their relationship. Todd is summoned by the government to turn over his slave. Not wanting to lose Nicky, Todd cuts a deal, agreeing to go undercover at a slave orphanage to investigate the strange behavior of the region’s chancellor. Todd and Nicky set out together on this clandestine mission, posing as acquaintances.

They are not quite prepared for what they uncover, though. A powerful and sadistic parasitic shape-shifter has infiltrated the orphanage and is using the chancellor’s body as its host. This particular shifter uses pheromones and libido to control its victims, and soon both Todd and Nicky fall under the spell of this venomous creature.

Multiple times Nicky is violated by the shifter and struggles with horrendous guilt, feeling somehow responsible for his own rape. Todd too blames himself, feeling as if he failed to protect his mate from the monster. Ultimately the couple work together to defeat their common enemy but then must face another unexpected challenge.

As with book one, I love the Master/slave relationship depicted in this story. Both partners are equal in terms of their value within the relationship, yet they have distinct roles in the others’ lives. Todd is the leader, the decision maker, and the protector. Nicky is his obedient sub who tends to his Master’s every need. They compliment each other beautifully, in every aspect of their lives.

My only criticism is that I was very frustrated when Nicky was trying to talk to Todd on several occasions about an important issue, and Todd continuously brushed him off. I thought this to be unrealistic and out of character. It reminded me of a soap opera, where one of the characters is about to reveal something and then repeatedly gets interrupted. Those kinds of scenes are so frustrating to me because I want to just scream: JUST SAY IT!

Overall, I loved the book and will soon be moving on to Book Three.

Reviewed By: Jeff

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