Wednesday, May 1, 2013

REVIEW: Death's Servant by CJ Ellisson

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Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his alpha one too many times. After another argument he leaves the Manitoba pack, his only home since the werewolf attack that changed his life. He returns to his home state of Virginia to start a new life free of pack politics. Jon finds work and meets a young waitress, Raine, who appears to be a lone werewolf, too.

As their relationship progresses, Jon’s embroiled in more intrigue than he bargained for and a danger bigger than he can handle. He's running scared until his own alpha tendencies surface, making him unable to leave the pretty werewolf’s problems behind. The young man is desperate to save Raine—even if his efforts may lead him straight to death.

Journey along in this first prequel novel involving the favorite characters from the bestselling V V Inn series. Written at reader demand, this stand-alone story explains how the beloved Jonathan came to serve the deadly redheaded vampire, Dria.


Wow. I received this book on a Sunday afternoon and thought I would just read a couple of pages...but by that evening I was finished.  I had read the description and thought hmmm, this could be interesting.  ...a were as a servant to a vampire, what I discovered was I could not put the book down!!!!  

I was captivated by Jon, the restless alpha male that stumbles into all kinds of trouble especially after meeting Raine.  Jon's alpha surges and his need for Raine gets him in over his head.  

Then add Dria and Rafe and I was hooked.  I love the dynamic and could not put the story down, with each page, Death's Servant became more addicting!!  I would highly recommend this story to anyone.  Now I must go in search of the Vampire Vacation Series by CJ Ellisson!!

Enjoy!!  I certainly did!!

Death’s Servant
Chapter One

“Jon!” Romeo’s deep voice follows as I stride quickly down the hall. “Get back here.”

I round the top of the stairs and descend at full speed, skipping steps in my haste to leave. Anger pulses like a living beast beneath my skin. If I don’t get the hell out of here, my alpha and I will come to blows.

The urge to fight, to answer the call of my inner wolf, colors my vision, tinting the werewolf pack’s large home in a wash of red haze. Claws itch to descend through my clenched fists, and the brush of fur waiting to erupt tingles my skin.

“This is not over.” Romeo’s booming shout thunders through the house. “Get back here now, or don’t ever come back!”

This time he’s getting what he threatens. What’s so crazy about suggesting a support network for wolves? Why am I suddenly the object of scorn and ridicule? Is organizing packs somehow a threatening concept to our way of life?

A tiny voice inside whispers, Your suggestion of such a change goes against everything a werewolf pack stands for.

Could that be true? Would instilling communication among hundreds of Weres hurt us as a species?

I block the denials I’ve heard for months. Doesn’t make sense. Could Romeo’s resistance stem from something bigger? Should I listen to the gossip saying I’ve evolved into an alpha faster than anyone expected? There is only one male alpha per pack, not two; one mated pair deciding the fate of their wolves, and those who don’t agree must leave. Or fight for supremacy.

I barrel out the front door and sprint toward the detached garage, where a few of the single wolves have bedrooms in the space above the cars. I throw open the door, the heavy steel bouncing off the siding in my unchecked rage. I need to talk to Lori, my werewolf girlfriend in the pack. I’m ready to leave and want her with me.

My inner beast gnashes its teeth, ready for a challenge, eager to return and face the man who saved my life less than a year ago. Tamping down the temptation, I rush the inner stairs three at a time. The scent of half a dozen wolves lies heavy in the confined space, confusing the rational part of my mind struggling to remain in control.

I recall our past in an effort to still my raging desires—I owe this man my life. Romeo found me lost and afraid when I awoke in the hospital, uncertain of what I’d become. Elsa, his wife, sensed immediately I was different, discouraging her mate to allow me into their pack.  Romeo didn’t care. He recognized me for what I truly was—a scared college kid who didn’t know what the fuck happened to his well-ordered life.

When I reach the upper hall, I’m jolted out of my calming reverie by sounds of passion. I smile, wondering who Kotsana has lured to his waterbed now.

“That’s it, baby,” a familiar female voice coos softly. “You know I like it good and deep.”

The instant anger near the surface of my mind threatens to overwhelm me. I stop cold—leaning a hand on the wall, gasping to catch my breath—while my packmate screws my girlfriend beyond his shut bedroom door.


About the author.... 

C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze. Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.

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  1. Hi Stephanie! Very pretty blog! I loved Jon's Tale. As I've said to C.J. it brought him into a whole new light for me. He went for horny were to APLHA in a flash with his bravery and determination to help other Weres in need. *swoon*

    Welcome to the C.J Fan Club.

  2. Loved the review it was right on point ! I too am a big fan of the V V Inn series and always wondered how Jon hooked up with Dria and Rafe,I loved the storyline for Jons story in Deaths Servant and am (im)patiently waiting for more !

    1. Thanks, Ruth! I will be hard at work on the next V V Inn book as soon as I can!

  3. Great review, and boy you're right. Once you start reading, you can't put it down! What a wonderful complement to give to an author.


    2. Agreed! I don't think you can give higher praise. Our goal is to keep the reader reading, no matter what!

  4. I love the review! I couldn't agree with you more...once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I read until my eyes were crossing. I absolutely love everything from C.J. and I am anxiously waiting for the next installment.

  5. LOL Stephanie I had the same problem!! Was just gonna read a wee little bit right before bed. Finally put it down at like 3am. ::snort:: Crazy. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series. I've read book one and am completely smitten.

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    1. Thank you, Anna! As I've said before, I become a better writer with each book, so if I catch someone with the first book I know they'll enjoy the rest!