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Fantasyland
by D.J. Starling


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“Believe in magic. Put a song in your heart. Know the power of love.” FANTASYLAND “Won’t you come on in? Meet all the lonely people. Be there when they discover that dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” “Sandi.”.. Shattered by a devastating loss, she’s struggling to move beyond her grief as she embarks on a new life. But when a charming stranger elicits a magnetic attraction, unyielding heartache overrides her desires and undermines her chance for happiness.

“Rick.”.. Teen idol at fourteen, well-polished Hollywood playboy by seventeen, he enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle into his twenties. Yet he’s plagued by gnawing self-doubts and the fears they feed when his world is rocked by the sudden reappearance of a woman he had vowed to forget.

“Steve.” . . Driven by staunch principles, he’s satisfied with the simple, quiet life he leads. He never could have imagined the twists and turns in the path ahead that will change him forever and force him to battle guilt and betrayal in his quest for his heart’s desire.

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Wow

That was AMAZING !!!

I loved D.J. Starling’s first book, Deja Vu, and looked forward to reading Fantasyland. I was really eager to read, and wondered if the author could pull me in and keep me entertained. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I cried. It was an emotional roller coaster, and I did not want to get off !!

The story begins in the present, and a huge tragedy awaits our heroine. We then jump to the past, and here is where the heart of the story lies. Now, if you’ve read her first, and I have, that one jumps a little further, and has a whole different twist, (I’m coming away from this book, back on track Julie) 

The characters were all adorable, and I fell in love with a few of them. The love between Rick and Sandi is magical and perfect. Sometimes it was a little too perfect for me. I expected from the back cover a series of disasters. I wasn’t really disappointed once I was way into the book. In fact I was surprised to read the end, I could have read it forever. And I did wonder where Steve came into the story, I won’t spoil it, but I did do the “OH MY GOD” moment 

Fantasyland touched me deeply, and it really is an original love story. If you get the chance, please add this to your reading list, you WON’T be sorry.

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Sweet Revenge
Dueling with the Devil #2
by Vivi Dumas

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn. What if that woman is a demon, in fact Lilith’s very own daughter? Isabella LaCoste vowed to get her revenge on her ex and his new human fiance. She didn’t commit fifty years of her life to be thrown out like last season’s runway fad. But taking vengeance on an upper level Shifter Demon and the newly crowned Voodoo Princess might not be a one demon job. She volunteers her services to Lucifer to deliver Angel and Jacque in exchange for his help. She never expected her new partner in crime would fill the void in her broken heart.

Not even death brought him peace. Xavier Toussant wanted out of his contract and the killing business. His last assignment was his own brother and he failed to deliver. Lucifer didn’t appreciate his valor in dealing with his brother, Jacque. In fact, it only created more problems. Xavier’s back on assignment to capture his brother and the Voodoo chick. Only this time, he’s shackled to the craziest female in the Underworld. Xavier finds Isabella LaCoste might be the one thing to put his soul at ease.

My review ….

It’s never easy for a second book in a series to be better than the first, but believe me when I say that this book is even better than the first! And I am so glad that I was asked to review it. I read it! I have loved this new world that Vivi has created.

The story continues from where the last one stopped but with other main characters. And in this book Bell is the leading female character in this story and I have to say that she is wasnt my first choice for a book, i didnt really warm to her.
After her fury for her ex’s engagement with a human she wants to revenge. But what she finds? Love. And she can’t believe it because the person that she has her love is Xavier, her ex’s brother. Wow !!!! Complicated or what !

I grew to  like Bell a lot. Although sometimes she was kind of a bitch, when she loves she does it completely. She says she doesn’t care what the others think but the truth is that she likes to belong and after this book it’s easy to say that she’s truly happy after so many years.

Again Xavier wasn’t my favorite. He had a bad life so far and nobody was there for him. It’s logical to be bitter but it doesn’t last long. It’s more than obvious that he needs love in his life and now that he found this love he will do anything to keep it. I absolutely loved him in the end.

To be honest, I liked the plot more than the first book. With it’s fast pace and non-stop action, with a splash of romance.

I highly urge you to take a peek. 

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Soul Catcher
Dueling with the Devil #1
by Vivi Dumas

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What happens to a supermodel who loses her beauty? Angelique Diaz does what any girl from New Orleans would do…make a deal with the Devil.

Angel lives the life of the rich and fabulous, until a heinous car accident mars her face. After thirteen surgeries and losing everything she deemed important, she seeks out the dark forces to salvage her life. In exchange for his help, Lucifer forces her to hunt supernatural renegades, which have eluded the pits of Hell. In her quest to regain beauty and get out of her contract with Lucifer, Angel stumbles upon love in the arms of a demon.

Commander of the Legions and an Underworld Demon, Jacque Toussant, takes a field commission to escape the madness of a failed relationship and prove himself worthy of his demon heritage. Jacque is content with his existence as a field soldier until Lucifer gives him a special assignment to oversee a new trainee, a supermodel nonetheless. Humans hold low appeal for Jacque, especially the females. That is until he meets Angel. Jacque risks everything, including his life, to find a way to break Angel’s deal with Lucifer.

Review……
“Sexiness, mayhem and magic…. A kick ass book!!

Angelique (Angel) Dias had the ultimate life. She was a top model, she had the car, the money, the clothes and the shoes to go with. Until the night a drunk driver hits her car. The accident leaves the one side of face scared from forehead to chin taking away her looks and livelihood. At the lowest point in Angel’s life, she makez a pact with the devil, her soul for her looks. The devil agrees and stokes a bargain with angel, to get her beauty back, she must work with Lucifer for years. She will become a bounty hunter for demons who owe Lucifer their soul!

Sexy Jacque Toussant, demon from hell (literally) and Lucifer’s nephew, gets the task of training Angel. Jacque wants nothing to do with humans. He was a warrior not a trainer. He soon realizes that Angel is not a normal human so to speak and demons can’t control who they fall for. The action was non-stop, the passion was scorching, and the banter was set at a furious pace.

The only little down side was the need to describe in detail, what angel was wearing, (maybe because I’m not a fashion follower, I didnt understand the need to tell me all the designer’s names)

There are many secondary characters, so I’m hoping we get many many books.

Give this book a try, especially if you love your men alpha and your women kick ass fierce

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What happens undercover, stays under covers. 

Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She’s willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice. Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He’s been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced thereis more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law. 

Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell’s elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren’t always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele. 

 

My Review:

I totally loved Armed with Steele by Kyra Jacobs. It’s a great murder mystery, with a few really hot kisses thrown in for good measure  
The characters are well written, and I immediately took to them. The nerdy computer genius meets the gorgeous cop, what more does a girl need.
It had a few twists and turns, and one person that I didn’t expect was in on it.
Jessica is devastated to find out her best friend and room mate Grace, has been in a serious car crash, (Jessica blames herself, as she was dodging her friend’s calls about a double date). This brings her to meeting the gorgeous officer Nate Steele, who is investigating the crash. 

These characters had me cringing, and laughing at the most odd moments (And those hot kisses, damn, almost melted my Kindle ). Then Nate tells Jessica that the state is closing the case, he drops into their conversation that he is part owner an investigating agency, and they have been following this case.  He suggests Jessica work with him to crack the case. 
                      
Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone who wants a little romance and suspense in their lives.
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After ending an affair with a married movie producer, feisty Hollywood makeup artist Bella Webber finds herself back in the quaint Oregon town of River Valley, the location of a famous director’s latest film. Despite trying to distract herself with work, Bella is unnerved by the proximity of Benjamin Fleck – a man who once so expertly made love to her she’d temporarily forgotten everything painful about her life. But now Ben sees her as nothing more than a heartbreak waiting to happen.

When an actress is found murdered after she’s seen leaving the restaurant Riversong with Ben, he is accused of the crime and arrested. Convinced of his innocence, the River Valley ‘gang of misfits’ band together to find the real killer, and Bella must face her biggest fear to ensure the truth is revealed.

 

My Review:
Loved it loved it loved it 💕

I totally couldn’t wait for the Riverstar by Tess Thompson. I did  wonder if Ben and Bella would get a story after reading their side story in RiverSong and RiverBend (Which I really, really liked) I wasn’t sure where Tess could take this story, as they had met. loved and fell apart….. Boy did she lead me on an adventure.

If you haven’t read the first two books , it’s not really a problem, but it does give you an insight into the main and the secondary characters, as we have met most of them in the first two books.

Bella is a make-up artist and has been having a long term affair with the producer (who is married), this broke up in book one and two, and in fact book two sees the new lovers fight and split apart for good (that’s in Ben’s words). Bella has family in River Valley, so she comes home to lick her wounds after telling the producer that it is FINALLY over !!

Ben is also here, after being asked by his company to start a call center station here. Things are very tense and angry between Bella and Ben, as he sees her wasting her life on a married man. He was wanting to start a life with her himself.

But they finally set aside their differences (with the help of the “misfits”) and make a go of their tentative feelings for each other. Bella is crazy for Ben, and I get the feeling Ben is madly in love with Bella already, (we find out in previous books that his fiancée was caught in bed with his best friend the day before their wedding, so Ben has MAJOR trust issues.)

So, the filming begins and Bella returns to work, we see a few new faces, including the starlet trying to revive her career, and her scarred twin sister. As Bella knows these girls a little, she decides to take them under her wing (the starlet has a drinking problem).

There are a few new characters, and they are all important to the story.

Ben and Bella do FINALLY get their act together and decide that they are meant for each other, and want to spend the rest of their lives as man and wife. But before this happens Ben is arrested for the Starlets murder !!!!!  Bella knows in her heart that Ben is innocent, but trying to tell Ben that is impossible, he decides that Bella needs to stay away from him and that he will do this on his own !!

The misfits (these were some of the characters from the previous books, they named themselves the misfits, as they all felt they didn’t belong to society, but they belonged to each other, they were each others family .)  decide to help both Bella and Ben , as they all believed that Ben didn’t murder the girl.

It does move at a very good pace, Tess leaves nothing out. It is full of emotion, and lots of Bella’s past comes to light.  I had tissues in my hand, and they were needed at several key moments in the book.  I’m hoping Tess does at least 2 more stories, But I won’t mind if she wants to write me more. 

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Four years after escaping her abusive ex-husband, Kim finally believes she is in control of her life and her emotions and she is determined to never risk either again with a man. She has a great home, a job as a security specialist which she loves, and Jake for a best friend. But things are a tad lonely in the sex department, so she decides to embark on a no-strings-affair with one of her hot co-workers. And who better to help her remember how to lure a man than her best friend? 

Jake has wanted Kim from the moment he first saw her, but four years ago, she was too young and too damaged. So he kept her close and he kept her safe, offering her a job in his security company and the training to feel safe again, and he bided his time. But now, after the long wait, if she imagines he’s going to stand by while she seduces some other guy… 

Never going to happen.

My Review:

Losing Control by Nina Croft was such a fun read.  As you all know, it’s not my usual read. It did remind me of the style of books that my mum would read. So with a big breath I jumped in. 

WoW !! it was hot, fun and a whole lot of naughty. I loved both the main characters, Kim with her damaged past and Jake, who has loved Kim for the past 4 years.   It is a little shorter than I like to read. But it did keep me entertained.

Now to the review:

Kim wants to be a bodyguard and she wants to prove to herself and her friend/boss that she can do it.  So Jake sets her the task of breaking into his office and opening his safe, if she can do it, then she gets the dangerous jobs. 

Time after time she fails, but she is determined to succeed.  She has control issues after living in a violent marriage, so Kim is determined to do this and prove to herself that she can handle anything that life can throw at her.  So she sees the chance of showing Jake that she is up to the tasks he sets her. 

Ever since the first time Jake saw Kim, he knew she was something special. He has waited patiently, first as her friend, and now he wants more, he wants ALL of Kim, FOREVER. 

Kim’s feelings towards Jake have also started to change, and she worries where this will leave them.  They have a regular film nite, and Kim usually goes for action packed films. So the nite goes as planned, but Jake needs more, so he starts to put his plan into action.

When all of a sudden Kim comes out with a dating plan, and she needs Jake’s advice on how to seduce a new work colleague HELL NO!!! if anyone is going to get Kim’s kisses it will be him. 

There is a little intrigue, in the form of Jake’s current girlfriend, she sees Kim as a threat, and she is a little unstable. So Jake uses this to his advantage, he HIRES Kim to be his new girlfriend, and as a bodyguard just in case former girlfriend doesn’t take the hint that it is all over.

oh oh oh …. before this happens, we have an intense moment between Jake, Kim and his office table *fans face*  This puts Kim in a spin about their relationship, and puts Jake in a better frame of mind.                                       

Yes it is a little predicatable, but it is very well written, and I do get all the emotion felt by Kim and by Jake.  We have a few naughty moments, that will have you reaching for your ice cubes. But it is a very touching love story.  And the heroine does save the day, gets her man,  and teaches her ex-husband a lesson he won’t forget in a hurry.


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Deja Vu by D.J. Starling 

Description:


“They each sense a powerful connection at their first meeting, but no one could have ever imagined the incredible scenario about to unfold, forever altering the lives of all involved. . . .” “DEANNA”

A new business venture takes priority over romance, yet she longs to meet her Mr Right. At the same time, she’s being haunted by a recurring nightmare, relentless in its tormenting attacks until desperation leads her to a dark and dangerous world. “JOSH”

At the pinnacle of a demanding career, with everything he worked for finally coming together, he begins to yearn for the serious relationship his cherished grandmother, ANNA, insists he needs. Neither could have ever suspected that a vintage keepsake would clear the path to true love. “FAITH”

Deanna’s closest friend, her greatest ally through the best and worst of times, she believes she could supply an antidote for the horrifying dreams that are threatening her friend’s well-being. If only Deanna would let her. “RIVKA and DAVID”
Fortified by young love, emboldened by circumstances, they stand strong against a ruthless enemy in a gruelling fight for their lives.

Review:
Wow !!!  I loved it, I cried I cheered, and I wanted to slap our hero Josh.  The way both of the main characters felt about each other, and they hadn’t even met in person, it was a glance, a chance encounter, and perhaps fate. It was breath stealing.

Deanna was an independent young woman, who suffers from terrible nightmares, her friend Faith wants her to try regression therapy, so see if a past life or trauma from her childhood is influencing her dreams. 

Josh is an up and coming music promoter, he lives life in the fast lane, and has time for the ladies, but on his terms, and none have a part in his future. 

Faith is Deanna’s friend and a therapist, she thinks that if she unlocks her friends past, then she can conquer her dreams. 

Anna is Josh’s beloved grandmother, she brought him up, and as far as he is concerned, she is his number one lady, after each visit away, Josh comes home to his grandmother, (and we find out that reason  at the end of the book) 

So, Deanna and Josh have this instant connection, and once they meet for dinner, things progress at a fast rate, in at such a fast rate is scares Josh, and he uses excuses to leave Deanna’s home early. He has meetings away from home, so he uses this time to discover that maybe he doesn’t really know Deanna, so how can he be in love with her. So he has convinced himself that he was just on a high from grabbing a few contracts and getting some of his artists some concerts, and that he needed someone to share his good fortune.  So he goes home and breaks Deanna’s heart !! 

In the meantime poor Deanna has suffered from a few of her nightmares, so when Josh breaks up with her, her nightmares go into overdrive. Faith has managed to convince her that she really should try this therapy as nothing else is working.  Now this is when it gets interesting. and for the first few pages, I got a little confused, but once I re- read it, I was raring to go.

Deanna is regressed into a past life, a life where she is a young Polish girl called Rivka. And she has a huge crush on a young man called David. He has known Rivka all her life as his best friend is her brother. 

This is set before the occupation of Poland, and before the second world war. Both David and Rivka’s families are Jewish. And then Deanna goes into such a detailed account of Rivka’s life, that there is no way she could be making this up, and Faith is fascinated by this, she sets a tape into play and sets of  a chain of events that will have you laughing and crying as Deanna tells Faith the love story of Rivka and David.

It is a very detailed and moving love story. It tells of two families torn apart by the occupation and war. WE all know how the Jewish people and Polish people were treated I that time, and the author handled it with all the love and care of a truly caring person. Nothing was out of context, everything was well researched. And I lived in those pages whilst reading them, I cried when their parents were murdered, I cried when they lost brothers, sisters were shipped abroad for their welfare. I cheered when they joined the resistance, and I cheered when David asked Rivka to be his bride. These two people deserved each other and all their happiness they could squeeze out of their life, as they didn’t know how long they would have each other.  I didn’t like the ending of Rivka’s story, but I could see where the author was taking us.

So whilst Deanna was living in the past, Josh was grappling with his future, he thought that once he was away from Deanna that would be it, he would carry on his life as normal, and look back on it as a fun few weeks. But he couldn’t he began to realise that she meant more to him that that, he wanted her in his life, she enriched it as only a loved one could. Stumbling on the fact he LOVED her, he races over to tell her.

Deanna wants nothing to do with him, he hurt her, what if he did it again, her heart could bear it, so she shuts the door on Josh and the life he was offering.  So this goes on for a little while, and it didn’t detract from the story, the author shows 2 love stories and how they are influencing the story. I am sure you can see who the young man Rivka fell in love with, and to who Deanna fell in love with, but reading the stories, it wasn’t apparent at first. 
But I can see where the author was going with this, it tells of a love that transcends through time, it finds your soul mate and it will reunite you.                                                          

Does Rivka and David’s story have a happy ending ? I think so, in the end, so do Deanna and Josh reunite ?  And there are a few things in this book that make you cry, there are a few things that you don’t see coming, and there are a few things that I would love to discuss with the author. (1) Is it just the main characters that are past lives ? or are there a few other characters that can be included ?

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A woman with a past…

Widowed mother, Brynne Richardson, gave up her bandit activities when she left California to make a fresh start with her young daughter in Boston. Working for a handsome doctor fulfils her need to be useful and independent, but he creates another yearning she can’t deny. 

A man with a purpose…

Dr. Richard Oliver assumes Brynne is just another debutante hunting for a rich husband, until she intrigues him with her steady hand for stitches…and guns. He can’t put her out of his mind, but the young widow has mysteries he’s determined to unravel. 

A love in danger…

When smugglers raid the much-needed supplies from the clinic, Brynne must resurrect her bandit persona for the good of the sick and the poor. Her secret life threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard to protect…her life, her family…and her heart. 


Review:

Over the past few months I have read so many different genres, that  I need to thanks Barb and Sandy for asking me to come and review on this great page. 
Anyway my review ……. 

I was a little hesitant to take on this book, but I  had to trust in Barb’s knowledge. 
It was a great read. A Bandit’s Broken Heart by Michelle McLean is the second book in the McLean’s Blood Blade Sister’s Series. I don’t think you need to read the first book, but it does give a little insight into Brynne’s character. 

We meet Richard for the first time in this story. I really liked it.

This is one of those books that draws you in from the very beginning. The action starts from page one, and doesn’t let go until the very end. Even then, you want to keep on reading. McLean has penned such a bittersweet story set in the heart of Boston during a time when gunslingers and bounty hunters roamed the wilds in search of ways to make their lives a better place.

loved Brynne from the very beginning, and found her to be a touching soul whose only wish is to do good in the world she lives in. Yet not everything falls into place for her. She has her up’s and down’s just like any other person, and makes do with the little she has with her. Her fighting spirit was a joy to read, and even when she was constantly ignored by societies ladies, Brynne kept her cool and carried on her own business. 

Richard is a doctor who is constantly being harassed by the ladies of Boston, they want him to marry their daughters, and so he has to daily has to fight off the ladies and their mothers. But upon meeting Brynne, he sees past the starch and social niceties, and decides to chase this intriguing woman.

The smuggling was probably my favourite part, there was a little action, and it was all kept fast and real. The way Brynne assumed command made a refreshing change, I know she was a previous Blood Blade “Bandit”, but sometimes the author tends to give the lead to whatever man is in the scene. 

The secondary characters were strong in their own rights, but no too overpowering, and I look forward to the sisters catching up with the scoundrel who stole sister Lucy’s heart and their niece !!!

A Bandit’s Broken Heart is a great addition to the Blood Blade Sisters series. I aim to catch up on book one soon enough, and look forward to more when the time comes.

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Witch Bound
by Eleri Stone
Book # 2
Twilight of the Gods series

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Book two of Twilight of the Gods

Raquel Lindgren knows what her future holds. An arranged marriage. A new home in Ragnarok, Iowa, with another clan of refugees from Asgard. She should be happy. But there’s a mental block preventing her from tapping in to her true abilities as a witch. And she’s more attracted to the best man than she is to the groom…

Fen can’t believe he’s falling for his best friend’s future wife. As a hound, a wolf shifter, his duty lies with the pack. He’s seen too many hounds destroyed by love, and he’s sworn never to take a mate, never to have children of his own. He can’t deny his desire for Raquel, but she deserves more than he can offer her.

Raquel’s been raised to trust in magic, her clan and her destiny. But when a vengeful demon threatens to break out of Asgard and destroy the clan, Raquel learns she must trust in love if she is to take the future into her own hands.

My Review:

I really liked this book, I love my shifters, and I love my tortured alphas, and this had BOTH in it   

We met Fen in the last book, and I had hoped his story would be told next. And to be honest I liked this one better than the first book.

Only male wolves are born in this story, they meet their mates, usually human or supernatural, bite and bond. But this story is so different, only the males bond, females can leave whenever they want, no commitment !! (Well that sucks !!) Once a male bonds, he bonds for the rest of his loooooooooong life. So if a male wolf doesn’t want to bond, (as the trigger is sex, then he stays either a virgin, or shares a female with other males of his pack)

One of Fen’s pack bonded to a female years ago, when they were both young, she met her future husband, and never looked back, poor Brian still pines for her, even though he hates her.  Fen also swears never to have kids, as they will be male, and he doesn’t want to see his sons live the same life he has.  Then Fen meets his best friend’s fiancée, Raquel. And Bang !!! He feels something he has never felt for another female before. But he is sure it will pass with time, he just needs to avoid her.

Raquel has the potential to be a really powerful witch. But she has a block, whether it was from birth, or a spell, she doesn’t know. But she feels her power behind a wall, and she desperately wants to break it down.

Raquel has been promised to Christian since birth, it’s not a love match, but in time, she hopes that mutual respect for each other, will grow to love. The hunters from Ragnarok are unaware that their new witch isn’t as powerful as they were lead to believe. They have Lois, but they need more power to keep the portals from splitting open, and fire demons from roaming the earth.

The portals are opening more and more, and the hunters are getting worried. Something or someone is helping from the other side !!!!

Raquel feels the same way for Fen, as he does for her. He really has all the best intentions. (Unrequited love is always a page turner for me) But his wolf seems to have bonded to Raquel, and his alpha tendencies are beginning to show.

There are some really tender moments between Raquel and Fen, and some REALLY hot moments, and some funny scenes that had me snorting at the most inappropriate moments.

Oh and what about poor Christian, he has a duty to marry his witch, he is a pleaser, and has spent his entire life trying to make his family proud. So he feels compelled to complete his duty, even though his heart belongs to a certain Raven.

A battle puts Fen in an awkward position, does he put his pack or Raquel first, and it’s a battle Fen is losing more and more. All he thinks about is her, he smells her everywhere, and for the first time ever, Fen wants a bond with his little witch, because as far as he is concerned, she is HIS.  

Oh …….. and remember the something or someone helping on the other side to keep the portals open ? We met that person in book one.

  And a twist I did not see coming, it came, and it caught me good.

I really liked this book, and although there wasn’t much sex, it wasn’t missed, as the point to the book, was abstinence, and the duties we try to uphold, even though they aren’t the ones we like.  I’m hoping Christian gets his book soon, and he gets his little raven.

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Book one of Twilight of the Gods (Demon Crossings) by Eleri Stone 


Private investigator Grace tracks a kidnapped child to middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Encountering a strange creature she knows can’t be a local animal, she doesn’t need her psychic abilities to figure out the sleepy town is not what it seems. When she meets the intriguing Aiden, she’s plunged into a world of Norse gods and fire demons where the Wild Hunt still rides the night.

Aiden needs Grace’s help to cross the portal between worlds and rescue his daughter. Grace is unlike any woman he’s ever met. He’s drawn to her courage, distressed by her vulnerability and doubtful of her motives. But he knows that her visions are the key to defeating the enemy and bringing everyone home alive.

Grace wants a future with Aiden, even if it means she’ll never have a normal life. When a test run to the portal takes a terrifying turn, they must learn to finally trust each other or Aiden’s daughter, and their chance at love, will be lost forever…

My Review

I really liked this book.  The mixture of Norse gods were a little bit of a surprise, but once I got my head around the fact, that they WEREN’T gods, and in fact Odin was a type of leader in each clan, I read with avid interest.                                                                              

Grace is a Private investigator with a difference, she uses a very powerful psychic ability to find lost, or missing children. And after tracking a father who has abducted his daughter from her grandmother, to Iowa, she assumes that the case is closed, and she can look forward to her holiday.  On her way home, Grace hits what she assumes is a dog, but as it turns out, it’s not a dog, but in fact a fire demon !

Grace is rescued by a horse and rider, and instantly tries to tell her it was a dog or deer that she hit, but Aiden doesn’t realise that Grace can see through his glamor that he has set around the scene of Grace’s car accident.

After being treated by the resident doctor, Grace is invited to stay with Aiden the night, until the car is fixed, and she is able to drive without seeing double. The attraction between Grace and Aiden seems a little one-sided, and I wasn’t really sure if Aiden really liked Grace, but I went with flow, and carried on reading…..

Aiden is the leader of a group of Norse men and women, who are decedents from the Asguard world, from which the original Norse mythology came from.  Aiden doesn’t have a hammer, but he has a BIG sword. And he knows how to wield it.

We meet up with the rest of the hunt, we have Fen who is a wolf shifter, and his pack of shape shifting wolves. Lois who is the resident witch and florist. Christian is Aiden’s second in command. And as far as I am aware, has no power, except his charm and smooth lines. Rane and Elin, who are twins, and can turn into Ravens. Alan the doctor, who is in fact a magical healer.

Grace notices a picture on the wall, as is instantly drawn to it, without warning, she gets images of a little girl in a cold dark place, and is very scared. Once Aiden tells Grace that it is his daughter, and she has been missing almost a year things seem to change between them. Aiden sees her as a means to rescuing his daughter, and Grace seems to unlock her emotions.  So a rescue attempt is made (skipping chapters here, as Aiden and Grace closer together)

Asguard is their home world, but they can’t go home, as it was destroyed by the fire demons. But Aiden who is their leader (or Odin) can widen the portal across to Asgurad. (did I mention, that these portals are not welcome, and are getting more frequent).

So they rescue his daughter (Hallie), but in the process, lose Grace !! She is grabbed and returned to Asguard !! She is captured by a dark figure. Grace keeps her hope up that Aiden will rescue her.  Do you want to know if Grace gets rescued ? Do you want to know if Aiden will let go of his past, and embrace his future with Grace ? Well ……. Buy the book and find out.

 I really do recommend this book, and can’t wait to read the next one.

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Feeling Lucky by Kathy Bryson 

Back Cover 
So, Megan O’Malley gave in to drunken temptation and pinched a cute guy’s ass at her cousin’s wedding. Who’d have thought a perfectly normal guy—okay, a bit short—was a leprechaun or that he’d have such a bad attitude about giving away his money?! Now that she’s captured him, Megan may be five million dollars richer, but she’s also got an angry leprechaun camped out on her sofa, doing his best to prevent her from becoming the business mogul of her dreams!

Fergus O’Reilly cannot figure out what he’s done to upset the Queen of the Fairies. He was working hard to rebuild his family’s honor when he took one small break to help friends play a wedding. Then some drunken lady pinched his ass, the Queen declared him caught, and now he’s broke, homeless, and hustling to stop the lovely lady with the wandering fingers from spending his money! This would be so much easier if she wasn’t cute and caring and determined to help with his so-called money addiction!


Review:                                                                                                  

In Feeling Lucky by Kathy Bryson, we meet the heroine early. Megan is drunk at her cousins wedding, when she spies a cute guy in the band looking at her, a little eye contact, and Megan boosted by drink and her friends urging her on, Megan pinches his butt. But then all hell breaks loose, lets just say that the bouquet wasn’t the only thing thrown !!

Megan wakes the following morning with a hangover and a blurry memory. She goes to work, and from here it gets interesting. She finds out that’s she won the local lottery  and this is where it goes a little round the houses ! Yes she had won, but she loses her job in the process ! And too add more misery onto Megan’s plate, her friends turn on her !!

So finding herself jobless, she goes to find her mother, finding her in the local diner, Megan tries to tell her mother about the winning. But there is a meeting going on, so Megan pulls up a chair and finds out what’s going on.

To shorten the story, because it does get a little technical. Fergus has been caught by Megan, they are bound together, so unless he can get Megan to release him from their bonds, he won’t see a penny of his fortune again !

To say Megan is mortified, horrified and downright pi$$ed, is an understatement. She thought they had a little sparkle at the wedding, but there was no way her and Fergus were stuck with each other, the money was hers, and she will spend it how she likes.

Megan meets the queen of the Fae !! A little tense, but now Megan nows what to expect, she has decided to help Fergus with his addiction (because that is how she sees Fergus’s problem,) he is addicted to earning and keeping his fortune. (there is a reason why he hoards his money.)

But the money is hers, so she decides to help the community. She wants to set up a fund for people to approach her with ideas for business for the community. And this is where it starts to wander, and i get a little bored.  I love detail, don’t get me wrong, but i think i got an overload of facts, figures and enough details to start my own trust fund.

Fergus now decides it’s time to step up his game. He starts with being obnoxious, and when that doesn’t work, he begins his routine of bored and aggravating male. He eats his way through all of Megan’s cupboards.  He leaves his dirty socks EVERYWHERE !! and hogs the remote, he also makes himself an unwanted guest, and tells Megan she has to put up with it, or all she has to do is say leave, and it will all be over.

This part is funny, and i did chuckle at his naughty antics. But when he began to seduce her, and callously stop as he seduced her, I could have happily throttled him, he was so mean !!!                                                                       

So the story motors along at quite a nice pace, the storyline of Megan setting up the fund, and various characters applying for it. And there is also the underlying story of Fergus and his family, he cousins who hope that Megan will help Fergus, as well as help them to grasp their own happiness and fortunes. The story of the antagonism between the Queen and Fergus is also explained. There are a few surprises that I didn’t see, and a few I could see coming a mile off.

The characters did take their time to get to know it each other.  And for anyone that read Midsummers Nights Dream, by William Shakespere, the characters come alive in a whole new way in this book. 

I really did like the book, and I loved the world that the author created in her book. I could see a series here, and I would read more. I hope that Fergus and Megan have their own wedding, and her friends all get drunk and fight over the bouquet, THAT I would like to read. 

  So, now we come to the end of our story, do they get a happy ending ? Yes they do, but they also learn a lot about each other, themselves, and everyone around them.

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Back cover ….. 
Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back–even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.


Each book in the Moon series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
 

Reading Order:

Book #1 Moonlight
Book #2 Hunter’s Moon
Book #3 Blood Moon
Book #4 Harvest Moon
Book #5 Ice Moon
Book #6 Blue Moon
Book #7 Wolf Moon

Book #8 New Moon

My Review….. 

WOW !!!!!!! My favourite Genre 

 Great Start to a series. (well i’m hoping its a series …. hint ) lol

Adam is an alpha in waiting, his dad is the alpha at the moment, and Adam loves to play the field. He avoids commitment and loves the ladies, he has no intention of settling down and producing the next alpha. Well not yet anyway.  He is the older brother in a set of twins. In fact ALL the wolves in this story are born male, and in sets of twins. Females are usually bitten and converted. An offspring can only be made that way, so no unplanned pregnancies.

Lana doesn’t have a past, but she knows someone is following her, and wants her back. She has spent a lot of time running and hiding from someone. We will find out more along the way, but she does wonder if she is going crazy.

When Adam firsts meets Lana he is there to kill her !! He is a wolf, and she is a jaguar. The two groups hate each other with a fierce passion, with orders to kill each other on sight. But when Adam goes to grab Lana out of her chair, he is stunned by the electric shock that pulses through his body. NO WAY HIS MATE !!! They don’t mix, so how the heck can they be mates ?  But Wolves mate for life, Jag’s don’t, so Lana doesn’t feel the intense pull between them, but she does feel something for the good looking, if not arrogant stranger. And what is more ….. Lana has NO idea she can transform with the changing of the moon’s cycle. She just remembers waking up in strange places, usually naked, and remembering strange dreams.

So within hours Adam is fighting his intense desires to marry and mate this female, along with head shouting out for caution, this could be a trick from the jag’s, he needs to keep his distance, but that is easier said than done. Lana feels the need to be with Adam, but she knows someone is after her, so it would be wiser to leave this little town, and get back on the road, but her body is refusing to move.

Adam stuns Lana with the news that she can shift into another being when the moon’s cycle changes, at first Lana thinks he is crazy, but with a few choice sentences, and actions (like scaling a rather large rock formation), Lana begins to believe him, in fact this is where they share their first kiss.  But someone is watching, Adam can sense it, then smells the scent of a male jaguar. He goes into Hunter mode. But what he finds, upsets him greatly.

And Lana …. well, she is really special. And she has a lot of different people chasing her. She assumes she was abandoned, but after a lot of digging through her past, she finds out, that maybe her parents did love her, and that they might not have willingly given her up.  Oh and Adam has a love rival, and boy does Adam have issues with the Jag in question.                                                                           

The story is a fast paced action story, with lots of characters, and an incredible amount of plot.  Adam has to fight his feelings for his mate, and hide her from is friends and family. He knows they would kill her on sight.  I love the differences that this author has brought to this story. It tells of an almost insurmountable number of reason why they shouldn’t be together, but through all the obstacles, they are destined to be together. I also liked how it set up the next book (hooray, it will become a series).  We meet a varied cast in this book, and I am hoping all of his pack get a story. We deal with death, we deal with the facts that love didn’t nearly conquer all, but we also find out that families are a really big deal in the shifter world.

But as I read through the book, lines became blurry, friends had issues with each other, there was mistrust, and enemies started to help you. It kept me on my toes, I wondered who I trust in that situation.


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Vicious Moon (Earth Witches #3)
by Lee Roland

ABOUT THE BOOK: “A powerful witch might live a long time, but a single well-placed bullet could change that. While my preferred weapon was magic, I was not averse to shooting anyone or anything offering my sister or me harm.”

Ex-soldier and earth witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wants to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious earth witch police force. A Triad of Sisters usually means an execution mission, but the Sisters’ only goal is to capture and escort Nyx across the country.

Nyx is badly needed back in Twitch Crossing, Georgia, the place she ran away from ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s being dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger: Her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can track her down in Duivel, Missouri.

But the key to finding her may lie with dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic….

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REVIEW:
I will have to confess, I haven’t read the first two books !!! And I think in this case, I may have to go back and read them, this isn’t a stand alone book, it definitely needs to be read in order, I did feel I was missing something, probably background on some of the characters that I meet in this book. But saying that, it was still a good read.

But once I started it, it was very detailed. Lee writes a very descriptive world, and I could imagine it very easily.

Nyx is a witch, who doesn’t DO spells (her words), she relies on her fire magic, and her gun !! She has a comfy life in the human world, she is a private Investigator. and has no wish to visit her roots.

We meet up with Nyx on a job. But this turns out to be the start of a REALLY bad day ……. After bungling a sure fire job, Nyx is chased by a triad of warrior women, which I find out are women who police the witches. (They are catted the Sisters of Justice). After chasing Nyx across country, they drag her witchy butt back to her grandmothers home. (But not before terrorising Nyx, as these Sisters of Justice usually kill bad witches)

After a very emotional reunion, Nyx notices her baby sister is missing, Marisol is a smart witch, and she can cast spells, and is a powerful women in her own rights. The Grandmother explains that Marisol went to learn lessons from a more powerful witch. But hasn’t been seen or heard of since. So she sent the sisters of justice to find and bring back Nyx.

Nyx goes to where Marisol was being taught by the other witch. And meets a pair of thugs who are trying to drive the witch out. After teaching the thugs a quick lesson, Nyx meets our hero Etienne, who I have to admit, upon first reading him, I wanted to smash his face in !!Totally arrogant, and obnoxious, and yes we know they will become an item, but I really did not like him.

Etienne may know where Marisol is, or who saw her last. So Nyx follows Etienne into the Barrows. The Barrows is a place of old magic, and harbours a Dark and evil presence (more on that later)

In a place called Archangel, we meet a very charismatic couple (Micheal and his mate, Madeline, they were in book 2)

Nobody seems worried that Marisol is missing, and everyone is very interested in Nyx. Etienne then takes Nyx to meet his boss, and this is where we meet the dark and malevolent being that the Mother Earth has trapped in the Barrows. He wants out, but if he escapes then the earth as we know it will be destroyed !!
There is also a zombie zone, which I thought would produce Zombies (Well I thought I so …… ) But apparently it only means a portal that is one way, THINGS come out, but nothing can go in.

We meet a few of those things through the book (Giant crabs !!) And it keeps the reader on their toes.

Etienne is a very closed off character. We learn through the book, that he was a witches pet ! But not a willing one, so he REALLY doesn’t like nor trusts witches. And unlike most of our hero’s Etienne really is a bad guy !! He steals whatever his past and current bosses want, it doesn’t seem to worry him. And several times through the book, I did think that the PROPER hero would come in and sort Etienne out.

But slowly the two characters come together, and it was nice that it wasn’t within the first few chapters. There was a two steps forward, one step back kind of movement going on. Trust had to be earned, and even then I think it was all one sided.

There were a few surprises along the way, and a few moments that I still wanted to slap Etienne.

Nyx has a familiar (Which a witchy fans will know, that a familiar helps it’s owner along the way, well not Nyx’s, it farted, drooled and at one point totalled ignored it’s mistress, and it was a total joy to read those parts, it lightened the moments, and stopped it getting to morose.

There were a few battle scenes, and these were written very well. In fact I could see this making a great movie.

And do Etienne and Nyx find Marisol ? and do they live happily ever after ? Your going to have to read It and find out for yourself 😉

Reading Order
1. Viper Moon
2. Vengeance Moon
3. Vicious Moon

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UnderTow …. The under city chronicles. S.M. Stelmack

Book Description:


Lindsay Sterling’s niece has gone missing in the New York underground and the cops do nothing except pass along a name. Jack Cole. Twenty years ago they were good buddies but horrors have changed them both. Lindsay lost her entire family except for her niece in a car accident, and Jack was held captive in New York’s underbelly for nearly two years by demented sub-humans. It was a soul-sucking experience that’s left him a shell of a man. He refuses to descend into that hell again, especially for a girl who’s probably dead anyway. But when Lindsay is nearly killed there after going it alone, Jack feels compelled to save her skin. Jack navigates Lindsay through a strange territory, populated with the eccentric, the insane and the desperate. Each encounter takes them closer to Lindsay’s niece but also closer into the clutches of the mad creatures that will enslave them.

Review:
Undertow by S.M. Stelmack was an excellent adventure. I give it a 4/5 rating  This book is full of danger, intrigue and friendships.  Imagine a city under a city, levels of this city divided, until we get to the lowest of the low. Each level has their hierarchy, rules and laws. At the top we have running water and electricity. Each level goes deeper and deeper, until we hit total darkness. And the monsters. 

Lindsay once had a friend called Jack, they were inseparable. Jack was the ultimate adventurer, he would travel underground searching for treasures and stories to tell his avid follower.  An incident in their past puts a strain on their friendship. Then Jack and his father have to move away, this is the end of the dynamic duo. But they keep in touch, postcards, letters and birthday phone calls. Then a blow rocks Lindsay’s world, and she cuts Jack out if her life forever…..

We jump ahead eighteen years. Lindsay’s worse nightmare comes true, she loses her remaining family member underground. The police can’t help, due to lack of funds and manpower. She is given a name and number to contact, to her shock, it’s Jack’s name looking back at her. 

Tracking him down, she arrives at a rundown building, where she meets a mountain called Reggie. Getting past Reggie to see Jack is a challenge in it’s self.

Their meeting doesn’t go as planned.  He is cold, distant and totally disinterested in her plight. Undeterred, Lindsay plans to go underground and look for her niece. Packing a rucksack full of things she will need, Lindsay ventures to Grand Central Station, in search of a guide, to take her underground. She meets a bunch of youths who promise to take her to the people she needs to see. Only trouble in the shape of a knife is what she gets. Reggie rescues her, and takes her back to Jack.   Jack relents and tells her that he will take her underground, and to be ready the next morning. 

Along the journey, we meet characters, who know of Jack the legend. (it seems Jack has his own underground story to tell, which we get to see in flash backs)

Jack has loved Lindsay since childhood, but Jack is broken. The moles (who are at the bottom of the underground social network, but are feared by everyone) broke him, tried to remould him into someone else. Jack’s flashbacks are very important to the story, we get to see them try to break him, and all the horrors he was forced to endure. 

The moles want their property back (Jack being theirs), and will do anything to keep him from returning to the surface.  Jack and Lindsay reconnect and their love for one another begins to grow, from the child worship to adult love. The story is fast paced and nail biting, right up to the ending.               

What I liked about this book was the adventure, I could see this as a movie, the monsters scary enough for any horror fan. It flowed really well. And it felt like real time, as there was the sleep, eating, fighting and escape. Do they rescue her niece ? Do they find happiness, or will reality set in ? Well I’m afraid you will have to read this amazing book yourself.  

My only niggle, the end felt a little rushed, I thought there would be a meeting, or a showdown. I see there is another book due out 2013, I will be putting it on my kindle list. I can’t recommend it enough. It really was a ride a minute. 

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Riverbend
River Valley – Book 2

Description:

“Tag. I found you.”

Just as Annie Bell’s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.

Author Tess Thompson (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You’ll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.

Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it’s never too late for second chances.

Links to order Riverbend: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Review:

Riverbend is the second book in Tess Thompson’s The River Valley Collection.  Wow !!!! I really would recommend that you read the first book in this series. River Song.

Annie was introduced in the last book, as a frump, dumpy, woman who gets verbally abused by her boyfriend. We get a brief glimpse of her life 10 years in the past, in the beginning of the book……

Annie loved to cook, and had aspirations of becoming a chef in a restaurant, it was all she wanted to do. She fell in love with food, and used it to hide behind, when her mothers boyfriend began to show an unhealthy interest in her. She found a job in a restaurant, and also a young man, who saw past the padding and the shyness. She joined a college course. And took lessons from the chef in the restaurant that she worked in.

She fell in love and moved in with Marco.  It felt like all was finally right in her world ……

As soon as Marco had Annie in his control, that was when she saw the REAL Marco. He would start with the little things, until as with most wife beaters, he graduated to his feet and fists.

The turning point for Annie. Realising she was pregnant. She knew she had to get away. So with the money she had hidden from Marco, Annie formed a plan.  I don’t want to spoil the plot, you will have to read that part.

We now skip 10 years into the future. And as we know from the first book, Lee asks Annie to cook for the restaurant, RiverSong. (Annie again is in a bad relationship) But with the love and support of her friends, Annie and Alder (her son) adjust to a life they deserve.  Two years after RiverSong, we join Annie, she loves the home she has for herself and her son. She loves her work, and adores her friends. But Annie never told anyone about Marco. She thought he was gone. She was wrong.

Drake is a new character (I had thought Tess was going to get Annie and Billy together, so glad she didn’t), who also has secrets. We meet Drake as a recluse, who hires Annie to cook for him, (but only to cook, he wants her beautiful recipes to be frozen weekly, and then shipped to him). He lives on the hill, gossips are curious about the man, as was I. He came across as a right A***ole!! Rude, arrogant, and not a nice man.  He thought he could throw money at people, and it would excuse his behaviour. Wrong !! I for one wanted to hit him several times.  He had Annie sign a nondisclosure form. And informed her of a strictly no touching policy!

He liked his privacy and would do all he could to preserve it.

The first day Annie is suppose to cook for Drake, she gets a call from Marco; she is totally freaked, he wants revenge and he knows where she is.

Drake isn’t happy that Alder is with Annie, but tolerates him, barely. Things change between Drake and Annie, when he hears about her violent past, and the abuser who is coming for her. (in fact a little too quick, sorry, but that’s just my opinion).  He insists on Alder and Annie moving into the house on the hill, with its electric fence and high gate. And so begins the slow romance of Annie and Drake. She is battling with her weight and trust demons. Drake is dealing with his. They truly are two ships that pass in the night, each growing closer to each other, but neither wanting to get their heart stomped on again.

The ending had all the drama that I was expecting, and a few that I wasn’t.

And the final chapter, get those hankies out, your gonna need it. The emotions were all spot on, and I blubbed like a big girl at all the sad parts, (and there are a few).  The additional characters in this book, only added to this story. And it was great to read about the old characters from the previous book.

Life hadn’t stopped for RiverSong, it just added another chapter.  And RiverBend is great addition.  I see there is another book planned, I am totally ready for another story, and I plan to read both these books again and again.  If you like your romance slow, but with plenty of emotions, then please give these one a try.  Off to find some chocolate, all that emotion was just too much 😉

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Riversong
River Valley – Book 1

Description:

Author Tess Thompson assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life – even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief. 

Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read. When her husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother’s dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee’s resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband’s debt as her business blooms. 

A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food, Riversong entertains while reminding you of life’s greatest gifts.

Review:

Riversong by Tess Thompson is the first book in her The River Valley Collection series.  I was given a chance to read this book, before I reviewed her new release RIVERBEND

Lee had been kicked in the teeth by life, so many times,  if that had been me, I would have given up.

Her mother was a drunk, her father was not on the scene. Lea was a total loner. Her only friend  was the nearby neighbour, Mrs White. We get a look at Lee’s life before she gets her college life. And it is bleak.

Skipping ahead to the future ……. It’s not much better !!  Her husband kills himself after their latest game doesn’t go to plan, leaving Lee with a million dollar debt, and an unplanned pregnancy!  Being chased by a loan shark, Lee is reduced to running back home, and to all the sad memories stored there.

We meet a wide variety of characters in this book, and I am sure I have met a few of these people along the way.

Mrs White is still there, and still a strong woman. Her mother has now died.  Tommy is the singer in the bar that Lee first works in. He is an all round nice guy. He is there for everyone, and he has had his own set of heartbreaks.  The way they dance around their for each other (feelings (the slow way they moved together, he moved forward, she moved back, very much like a dance), especially Lee, was so sweet.

He was so patient with her, his movement reminded me of a cowboy and a spooked horse, he would move towards her, and she would shy away. But he never pushed too quick. She felt guilty of her feelings for Tommy, her husband hasn’t been dead long.

Lee has a hard time believing that she deserves to be happy, she also has a strong grip on her little world, she has to control EVERYTHING, or bad things could happen. When she was approached to start a restaurant, Lee is overwhelmed and terrified.

But with help from the people she meets along the way, Lee creates Riversong. She hasn’t stopped looking over her shoulder, she still expects the loan shark to find her, I think that is one of the reasons she won’t let Tommy and others close. She has to protect herself and others.

I loved how Tess wrote Lee’s story, the love and affection that Lee had for Tommy grew with time, the surprise of a relative, I so didn’t see that coming. Lee took people under her wing, without her even realising it. She faced her crisis one day at a time, she was only running away to the old home, to renovate and sell, not to run away, she had a debt to pay, and she was going to do it. Each character was well thought out, and everyone was a joy to discover. I totally loved this book, it was such a joy to meet these characters.

 

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Melinda heads west.  Robyn Corum 

Description:

What happens when a feisty young woman travels west in 1880 to pick up a family deed? If it’s small-town Melinda McCorkle, you can count on luck to take a hike. Mindy is travelling with six strange men in a hard-riding stagecoach. When the coach breaks down, they’re forced to walk the thirty-five miles remaining to her destination. That would be enough to try anyone’s patience, but then the company is set upon by thieves and murderers in the form of the evil Byler brothers, and the stakes are raised.

Fortunately, Mindy makes the close acquaintance of two “gentlemen,” Luke Wilhite and Gary Boone, who try to help her through these dangers.

Luke is tall and fair, while Boone is taller and dark. Mindy feels an immediate attraction to Boone, but he’s married! Or is he? Who will finally win Mindy’s affection ?

Review:

If you like your romance on the sedate side, then Melinda Heads West by Robyn Corum is for you. 

I loved the story, it was a gentle love story, and the twists were fun to read. Boone was my favourite, tall dark and moody. Lucas or Luke was the opposite, a true southern gentleman.

Melinda was a feisty, young woman, who came to the west to collect a dead relatives estate. Along the way the wagon loses a wheel, and the 6 men and Melinda have to travel to the nearest town. The bad guys are after money on the wagon. They have no morals, and think nothing of shooting anyone in their way.

The feelings between the three of the characters, alternated between animosity, loathing and the down right hate. I did get the feeling that the hate/hate relationship between Melinda and Boone was the more intense. The feelings between Luke and Melinda felt more like a mutual affection. And regarding the marital status of Boone …….. You will have to read and find out.

Lots of misunderstandings and wrong actions, cause the three characters to dance around how they truly feel. The ending wasn’t really a surprise, but the author did leave it till the last few pages.

It’s a great book to read while waiting for a doctor’s appt. But if you were looking for racy or a ménage, then this isn’t the book for you.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻


Not all pleasures are a sin…

Mina wants to put her seduction by a golden-eyed devil behind her, but the birth of her son, Jacques, renders that impossible. She tries to forget the only manwho ever roused her passion, but when she notices her son exhibiting strange behaviour—and less-than-human characteristics—she must face her past and learn to trust, and love, again.

Howling drunk, the one thing Remy clearly remembers is seducing Mina. A pity he didn’t think to get her address, especially since he marks her as his mate. Whenshe disappears, he’s got plenty of time to regret, but he doesn’t get a chanceto atone until she comes back into his life with an unexpected surprise.

Thrust into the role of father, Remy works to bond with his son while gaining forgiveness. But will he get the chance to truly make Mina his mate before danger threatens their fragile happiness?


Review:

Mated to the Devil by Eve Langlais is a Paranormal Romance. I did like the way it starts ….. She’s here. My mate.

This had to be a first for me. Mina gets talked into going to a frat party with her cousins. (been there, read that) but unlike most of the stories I have read, Mina is a god fearing Christian. She is afraid of her own shadow; her parents rule the house with an iron fist. So not sure how she got talked into the party, but that is not the point. Mina wanders through the house, unaware that she is being stalked.

Remy is a party loving, loud and proud a**h**e. He is from a long line of shape shifting alphas, (so he has stuff to prove )

He doesn’t ever believe he will find his mate. And certainly not at a college party. But all of a sudden he smells her, and that is it, he is hooked.

Remy has this all consuming desire to find and claim his mate. The instincts kick in and he is totally focused. But with alcohol in his system, the wolf seems to gain control. Remy needs to woo his mate, before he can claim her. There is no female shifters, only male. And the females once bitten take on some of the males characteristics, faster, better hearing, and aging process seems to slow down. So Remy has to woo the female before explaining what he is, then he gets to bite her. And apparently no sex before claiming as well, as the instinct to bite kicks in.

Remy manages to corner Mina in the kitchen, and practically begs for a kiss. She by now is totally freaked, she wants to go home, she is convinced she is going straight to hell, and her soul is in peril. After escaping Remy, Mina goes looking for her cousins, but gets told to go wait in a bedroom, as they are having far too much fun to go home yet. Mina gets escorted to a bedroom to wait for her cousins, but gets more than she bargains for. Her escort turns out to be a total scumbag, and along with his friend tries to rape her. Mina is saved by Remy, when he finds and dispatches the would be rapists. He tries to comfort and calm Mina, but the wolf is still intoxicated, so it’s logic is all instinct at the moment. All the male smells are other males all over his mate. Things take a different turn.  

The story then picks up five years later, with Remy a broken man, as he never found his mate, he never got her name. She never went to the college, and no one noticed her at the party. After his father cleared up his mess at the frat party, Remy was sent home in disgrace.

Mina is now a mother. After being thrown out by the family, and disowned. She has a daily struggle to provide for her son Jacques. But her son isn’t the same as other kids, he growls and his eyes glow. Driven by fear that her son is the spawn of Satan, she goes to a doctor. She needs answers and she needs assurance. Jacques on the other hand isn’t having any of it, and tries to bite the doctor!  After the doctor tries to tell her that her son will need to be studied, Mina becomes afraid, what if they take her son, maybe he is strange, but he was her son, and she loved him dearly. Unknown to her, Remy’s father Pierre gets a call from a shifter working in the labs, Jacques blood was flagged. He can’t believe there is an unknown wolf in the system.

After tracking down the unknown wolf, and making the realization that this is his grandson, Pierre has some decisions to make. He doesn’t immediately contact Remy, as he knows his son is unstable after losing his mate. But Mina isn’t having any of it, she wants nothing to do with Remy, she still thinks he might be the devil, as she lost all control that night, and it must have been something he did.  An attempt at trying to kidnap Jacques, convinces Mina to leave with Pierre. And they leave for Pierre’s home.

 Remy is a broken wolf, he barely sleeps, he hardly eats, nothing holds his interest. He walks straight into his father’s home, and the scent hits him instantly.  He won’t believe it, he can’t understand where it’s coming from, and he thinks he is finally losing his mind. But there is also another Lycan in the house, Remy is afraid that the other wolf has laid a claim to his female. The reunion between Mina and Remy doesn’t go as smoothly as Remy thinks it should. She faints, he apologizes, and a tentative truce is struck. Mina won’t believe that Remy hadn’t stopped looking for her, and wanted to be together. And Remy is stunned to find out that he is a father.

There is chemistry between Remy and Mina, and he thinks it will be only a matter of time before Mina becomes his. Boy does she make him work for it. She is suspicious and distrustful. Her family hurt her with their cruel actions and comments. She can’t believe that a handsome man wants dumpy and plain Mina.

The Christian and the race issues were well handled, with Remy being black and Mina being white, and Jacques was of mixed race.  I liked that although they had sex within the first few chapters, they didn’t immediately jump back into bed with each other. We got to see them evolve in their new relationship. The fact that Remy had a son with Mina, didn’t mean that they were going to be a couple. Mina needed to be treated with respect and love, and Remy gave that to her in spades. I liked the interaction between all four of the main characters. The love Pierre had for his son shone through. And a mother’s love that Mina had for her son, even though she thought he was the devils child.

I really liked this story. And I hope we get to hear more of the other wolves. I will be adding this author to my reading list. I would also recommend her to many of my friends. The sex was hot, the violence graphic enough for me. And the couple worked well. There were funny elements that had me laughing at the most inappropriate times (the bus raised a few eyebrows).

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