Review: Immortally Embraced by Angie Fox

Immortally Embraced by Angie FoxFormat read: print book borrowed from the Library
Formats available: ebook, mass market paperback
Genre: Fantasy romance, Paranormal romance
Series: Monster M*A*S*H, #2
Length: 305 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date Released: February 26, 2013
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Publisher’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Book Depository

Even during a truce, Dr. Petra Robichaud has her hands full as the M*A*S*H surgeon to an army of warring gods—especially when Medusa herself turns up pregnant. Petra has no idea what to expect when a gorgon’s expecting, but she won’t let it turn her to stone. As the healer-hero of an ancient prophesy, it’s Petra’s job to keep the peace. But as the lover to a warrior demi-god, she knows how impossible some jobs can be…

Commander Galen is sexy, strong, and sworn to lead his team to hell and back. But when he announces to Petra that he can no longer risk her life for his love, the doctor is on her own…Until a mysterious new entity—in the form of a hot-blooded male—enters the picture. Can he be trusted? Can he be resisted? Meanwhile, an oracle delivers another prophesy that places Petra back on the frontlines with the man she may be bound to for eternity—in love, or in war…

My Review:

The over-the-top snarky humor is every bit as much in evidence in this second installment of Angie Fox’s Monster M*A*S*H series as it was in the first book, Immortally Yours (reviewed here). But Immortally Embraced is definitely the second book in a trilogy, and as such, is a whole lot darker than book one, in spite of starting during a truce in the centuries-long war between the new gods and the old gods.

Starting out with a pregnant Medusa was screamingly funny. Petra’s deadpan humor at the situation was terrific, particularly in the face of the Medusa’s petulant, but all-too-normal reaction to the news.

Immortally Ever After by Angie FoxBack to our heroine. Petra should be having a great time. There’s a truce on. But the first thing that happens is that her lover, the guy that the ENTIRE FIRST BOOK spends getting her together with, breaks up with her. For no good reason. He gets assigned a secret mission, goes all noble on her, and breaks up with her so that she won’t wonder what happened to him. Bye-bye. (Probably not, there is a book 3 –Immortally Ever After – coming up.)

Just as she starts to wallow in depression (who wouldn’t, the guy was awesome), her first ex comes back from the dead with a secret mission of his own that just so happens to fit in with the brand new prophecy that the oracles have just spewed out.

When I say “comes back from the dead” I don’t mean he’s a zombie, either. I mean he let Petra think he was dead. For ten whole years! Her angst about getting involved with Galen in book one was all about her grief over this guy, Marc. Except he wasn’t dead. That’s right, he pulled the nobility card so she would move on. Except she nearly didn’t.

Now he’s back. And in spite of his denials, he hasn’t gotten over Petra, either. Of course not.

There is a secret mission, behind enemy lines. It has to be behind enemy lines because the idiot got captured and has been practicing the same kind of meatball surgery as Petra on the other side of the war these ten years.

But he needs Petra to do the other thing that she does, her hidden talent. Marc needs her to talk to a dead guy. Their old teacher is a ghost with a really big secret. One that could either extend the peace, or make the previous centuries of war look like a Sunday afternoon picnic.

As long as Petra and Marc don’t get caught on the wrong side of each other’s lines while they figure it out.

Escape Rating B: I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I pretty much inhaled it in less than a day. But…

Immortally Yours by Angie FoxThe first book set up, not just the relationship between Galen and Petra, but how devastated she was by Marc’s death and how long it took her to open herself up and let anyone in. In the end, Galen gave up his immortality for her. That was huge. Then he runs off on a secret mission and Marc shows up and she seems to have nearly forgotten about Galen. Even with their history, it seemed too sudden. Not the sex, but the emotions. If/when Galen returns, there’s going to be hell to pay.

The story seemed a bit “filler-ish”. It was fun, but it was dependent on a deus ex-machina ending. Not that there aren’t a lot of gods around to fill the role, but in this case it was particularly chaotic. (Bad pun, no cookie).

A lot of the fun in the first book centered on Petra and her MASH unit dealing with the stress of the surgery and pulling together as a team. Kind of the way the humor worked in the MASH TV series. That teamwork was missing in Immortally Embraced and I really wanted to see more of those guys.

I hope book 3, Immortally Ever After, picks the M*A*S*H and prophecy action back up!

***FTC Disclaimer: Most books reviewed on this site have been provided free of charge by the publisher, author or publicist. Some books we have purchased with our own money and will be noted as such. Any links to places to purchase books are provided as a convenience, and do not serve as an endorsement by this blog. All reviews are the true and honest opinion of the blogger reviewing the book. The method of acquiring the book does not have a bearing on the content of the review.

Review: Immortally Yours by Angie Fox

Format read: ebook purchased from Amazon
Formats available: Mass market paperback, ebook
Genre: Fantasy romance, Paranormal romance
Series: Monster M*A*S*H #1
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date Released: August 28, 2012
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Publisher’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

In the war between the gods…

No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she’s the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx, vegetarian werewolf, and other paranormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally.) But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table—half dead and totally to-die-for—Petra’s afraid she’ll lose her patient and her heart…

Nothing is more dangerous than love

Commander Galen of Delphi is one gorgeous but stubborn demi-god. When his spirit tries to slip out of his fatally wounded body, Dr. Petra has to slip it back in—unwittingly revealing her ability to see ghosts. Now that Galen knows her secret, he’s convinced she’s part of an ancient prophesy. If the oracles are right, Petra could lead Galen’s army to peace. And if he seduces her on the way to hell and back? Heaven knows—all’s fair in love and war…

The story opens with a line straight out of the 4077th M*A*S*H and somehow it manages to go further into hell. Further even than the gallows humor of that movie and TV send up of the Vietnam War disguised as the Korean War could possibly have imagined.

Because this particular unit of “meatball surgeons” is operating next to an honest-to-gods hell vent, behind the lines of a götterdämmerung being fought between the old gods and the new gods.

The old gods and the new gods of seemingly every pantheon ever worshipped. Along with every demi-god they ever spawned. And every mortal with a touch of the uncanny in their veins.

Dr. Petra Robichaud can see the souls of the dead. A forbidden power handed down with the fae blood she inherited from her mother. Otherwise she’s completely mortal. She’ll live out the rest of her life as a MASH doctor in limbo, patching up the wounds of the new gods’ troops.

Immortals can still get injured, and killed, in battle. And there’s plenty of that going around.

What Petra doesn’t know is that the war is going badly for the new gods, and that their doomsday weapon is worse than she’s ever imagined.

But there’s a reason her power to see the souls of the dead is forbidden. There’s a prophecy. (Of course there is!) Someone just like her will bring peace. But a bad guess at the prophecy brings disaster.

Remember Hurricane Katrina? Petra is pretty sure that was her. Since then, she’s kept her head down and her powers bottled up.

Then the next batch of wounded brings her Galen of Delphi. An elite soldier with the power of inspiration, among other things. And Petra decides that she’s just not going to let this one die. So she drags his soul back. And the prophecy is on.

She knows that it’s going to be an even greater hell to bring that prophecy about. And she doesn’t believe, not anymore. But Galen makes her believe in him.

He makes her believe in them. They had both lost all sense of feeling anything, but with that one act of bringing back his soul, Petra has shattered the loneliness that surrounded them both.

It’s too bad that the only way to fulfill the prophecy is to risk everything, to risk her heart, and know that she will lose. In order to win.

Escape Rating B: This is a completely insane idea. A MASH unit in limbo. With a love story.

Once you get past that, it’s a boatload of fun, but like the original M*A*S*H, very much gallows humor. The surgical unit is made up of mostly paranormal-types. Petra’s best friend is a homesick werewolf, and one of their other tent-mates is a vampire. The camp commander is a Spartan. Yes, those Spartans.

Like the original, the doctors and staff are always overworked, overtired, and incredibly homesick. They do over-the-top weird stuff to keep from going completely crazy, and don’t always keep from sliding into depression.

The love story, while it was the core of the story on the one hand, did have more than a hint of insta-love. It’s easy to understand what Petra sees in Galen, but not so easy to see what a demi-god sees in a mortal. That needed a bit more explanation.

On the other hand, the readers understood a lot more of Petra’s trauma than they did Galen’s.

And I’m a sucker for any hero named Galen.

***FTC Disclaimer: Most books reviewed on this site have been provided free of charge by the publisher, author or publicist. Some books we have purchased with our own money and will be noted as such. Any links to places to purchase books are provided as a convenience, and do not serve as an endorsement by this blog. All reviews are the true and honest opinion of the blogger reviewing the book. The method of acquiring the book does not have a bearing on the content of the review.

The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 1-6-13

It’s the first Sunday Post of 2013. And away we go!

During this week’s unpacking, we unearthed the box of stuffed animals. I found my Hedgie. Hedgie is a hedgehog. Isn’t she adorable? I got her on a trip to Vancouver a few years ago. She’s been quietly resting a box, along with a bunch of her friends, for several years. Now she’s back on my desk where she belongs.

But the cats didn’t rest much last night. We bought some new inserts for this type of cat scratcher. Basically they’re corrugated cardboard, but, well, anything that saves the furniture is all good. The humans didn’t open the package. The cats went wild during the night. There was a tiny package of catnip wedged between the two scratcher refills. Score!

If you want a more bookish score, there are still a few brief hours left to get in on the New Year’s Blog Hop. The prize here at Reading Reality is a $10 Amazon Gift Card. It might make a dent in your wish list.

What happened last week on the blog? Funny you should ask…

13 for 2013: A Baker’s Dozen of My Most Anticipated Reads
New Year’s Blog Hop
A- Review: The Second Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay
B+ Review: Devil in the Making Illustrated Edition by Victoria Vane
B+ Review: Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov, Guest Review by Chryselle
Stacking the Shelves (29)

Now let’s look ahead to this week!

On Tuesday, Jade Kerrion will be here to talk about Double Helix, her science fiction romance series. I’ve already finished book one in the series, Perfection Unleashed, and it’s an absolute thrill ride. So yep, I’ll have a review. And there’s a giveaway as part of the tour.

Rounding out the week I’ll have reviews of Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series, Angie Fox’s first Monster M*A*S*H, Immortally Yours, and one touch of pure fantasy romance from Kathryne Kennedy’s Enchanting the Lady.

There are two tours on the horizon for the week of January 14: Blair McDowell’s Sonata and Tiffany Allee’s Heels & Heroes. And we’ll end that week with the oh-so-appropriately named Happy Endings Blog Hop.

Stay Tuned!