Monthly Archives: August 2020

Books I read in August 👩🏻‍💻📱🎧 📖

Books I read in August 📱👩🏻‍💻 📚 🎧

Calypso’s Heart: An Orion’s Order Novel (1) by M.C. Solaris 📱 BS 
The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée: Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance (Big Bad Billionaires Book 0) by L. Steele 📖 
Tempting Fate: A Love in Eden Short by Sloane Kennedy 📱

The Billionaire’s Fake Wife: Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance (Big Bad Billionaires Book 1 by L.Steele 👩🏻‍💻
Wanted by the Alpha (Prequel to) The Knotted Omega Series by Laxmi Hariharan 👩🏻‍💻

He Owns My Heart: A Contemporary MM Romance (Owned Heart, Body, & Soul Book 1) by Evie Drae   👩🏻‍💻 BS 

Redemption (The Guardians) Book 4 by S.Hamil 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 
The Revolutionary and the Rogue by Brett Ferre 📱 TRC 

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman  📱 TRC 

Vitality by Crysta Levere 📱 TRC 
Blind Lust: A Forbidden Romance (Aphrodisia Book 1) by Pandora Kendell 📱BS 
Heavenly Lover (A Guardian Angel Romance) (The Guardian Angel Series Book 1) 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 
Sucker Punch: Anita Blake  (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novels)Book 27 by Laurell K. Hamilton 👩🏻‍💻TRC 
Underworld Lover: A Guardian Angel Romance (The Guardian Angel Series Book 2) 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 

Barefoot on a Starlit Nigh by Jo McNally 👩🏻‍💻TRC 

Underworld Queen: A Guardian Angel Romance (The Guardian Angel Series Book 3) 👩🏻‍💻TRC 

British Black Sheep (A Cocky Hero Club Series Novel) by Lauren Smith 📱TRC 

Season of the Wolf (The legend of all Wolves) book 4 by Maria Vale 👩🏻‍💻TRC 

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📱Read on my iPhone 

📖 Read an actual Book 
👩🏻‍💻 Read on my Kindle
🎧 Listened to an audiobook 

Sites I leave arc reviews on….. 
TRC (The Reading Cafe) 
BS (Book Siren) 
BST  (BookSprout) 
NG  (NetGalley) 
Sites I leave reviews on…..
BB (BookBub) 
Amazon UK

Kindle Review… Wanted by the Alpha (Prequel to) The Knotted Omega Series by Laxmi Hariharan

Wanted by the Alpha (Prequel to) The Knotted Omega Series by Laxmi Hariharan

Description…… 

She belongs to me… 

Just a glimpse and I know she was MINE. 

She isn’t like any other omega I’ve met,

I hadn’t anticipated this need for her.

I should have stayed away…

Yet, I can’t leave without her.

There’s a twisted, yearning, full of fear and anger inside me. For her…

No one can stop me, from breaking her

From making her mine…

She belongs to me…

KNOTTED OMEGA SERIES….

Wanted by the Alpha

Taken by the Alpha

Claimed by the Alpha

Owned by the Alpha

Captive of the Alpha

Surrender to the Alpha

Mated to the Alpha

Publication date 6/8/2019

https://amzn.to/30WOxqm *

“A low purr rumbles up, from deep inside me. I draw it out this time, shove all my feelings into it, knowing I cannot tell her how much she means to me. An omega made just for me, my needs. The only one to call my own.

I nip at her lower lip, and she trembles.

I slide my tongue inside her mouth and suck on her sweetness. She tastes of honeydew with a hint of something tart. My shaft hardens even further, rubbing over her slit. She moans, the sound slipping out of her, and it arouses me further.

The scent of her, like rain on early dawn air, laps at my nerve endings and goes straight to my groin.”

Excerpt From Wanted by the Alpha

My Review……

This the prequel to the The Knotted Omega Series. 

Genetic mutation brought on by global warming has divided the human race into three subspecies: alphas the predators and the protectors, omegas the nurturers, and betas who fall somewhere in between.

Zeus is what the author likes to call an “alphahole” Also known as the “Bastard of the East End” he is here to kill his father the General. 

He hates him with a passion. Zeus’s mother was made pregnant by him, and rather than take her for a mate, he threw her into the streets, where she then sold herself so that her son could survive!! So that makes him the heir to his father’s estate. 

Zeus wants nothing to do with it, but he will take command and lead this community the way it was suppose to be run. 

Lucy is a Russian princess, but as an omega she has no rights, her father might have trained her to be a warrior, a free thinker and an independent woman, but with the Vikings at their door, her father bargains with them. And Lucy is just a bargaining chip!!

This did read like a one chapter prelude, rather than a prequel. But it does set the scene up for the next book. I’ve been talking with the author, and she’s promised me the next book, so I’ll continue, but I hope they get better. I’m not keen on the male being too much of an asshole, so let’s see shall we!

And a warning, this does end on a cliffhanger!! 

“You are going to regret this,” Ethan’s features are hard.

“Or perhaps I did the right thing in sparing my half-brother’s life?” Not. I know the mistake will come back to haunt me. But even monsters like me care for their own family… or perhaps there’s a half human side of me that simply cannot bear the thought of snuffing out the life of someone so young. “I am going to defeat him, on his own turf, and claim his land next time.”

Ethan leans back on his heels. “You’re not what you seem, Zeus.”

“Yeah, I’m just an asshole who wants to kill his sibling in front of his own people, to make sure they know who the true power is in England and Scotland.”

Excerpt From Wanted by the Alpha

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Arc Review… British Black Sheep (A Cocky Hero Club Series Novel) by Lauren Smith 👩🏻‍💻

British Black Sheep (A Cocky Hero Club Series Novel) by Lauren Smith

Description…… 
He is exactly the kind of man Brie Honeyweather swore never to love…or lust after ever again: a sexy, arrogant, British bad boy in a designer suit.Alec is the last person Brie wants to be stuck on an international flight to London with, but hey…at least they’re in first class.

When their flight has to make an emergency landing in a snowstorm just before Christmas, Brie and Alec are thrown together in a single bedroom in a tiny English village. As the snowstorm rages outside, things get intense and emotions and lust run hot. Alec reminds Brie just how much she misses being with a man and how easy it is to fall head over heels too fast.

What should have been an amazing one nightstand turns into a week-long secret romance at Alec’s family estate when Brie realizes her new boss is Alec’s mother, a British countess. While Brie tries to focus on writing a Christmas book with the countess, all she can think about is getting back into bed with Alec.

She shouldn’t fall for the arrogant brit, especially when their lives are oceans apart and neither of them wants a serious relationship. But Christmas magic has a way of working miracles. Maybe Santa will bring her a happy ending after all…

Publication date 16/8/2020
My Review …… 
“ “You’re not going to die.” Brie Honeyweather laughed at her friend’s quip over the phone. If anyone could calm her down right now, it was Bridget. “I know,” Brie said with a sigh. “But it’s been a while since I’ve taken one of these international flights. It’s a little scary. That’s all.” She shifted on the blue leather chair in the gate area. Her flight was scheduled to board in half an hour and all around her the other travelers were stuffing snacks in carry-on bags and adjusting curved pillows around their necks.” Excerpt from British Black Sheep
Brie is a ghostwriter, she’s been doing it for about four years, she loves it, speaking to people and capturing stories and biographies. And when a famous authors asks her to help on a Christmas story, Brie is there. Well, almost there, she has to get on a plane first….. 
Alec is on his way home, burnt out and exhausted with his job. He lives his job, 24/7 being an investment banker gives him the thrills and excitement he craves. The money’s not bad either. 
And when a delightful young woman scolds him on the plane, Alec has found his entertainment for the long flight home. Teasing her is going to be a lot of fun. 
Being forced to land before scheduled to was unsettling. But to share a room with Alec is mind blowing…. 
She’s suppose to be unpacking at the beautiful Manor House and writing with the countess, instead she’s stuck with the arrogant if not handsome Brit!!! 
Both Alec and Brie are attracted to one another, they give in and have no regrets. 
Finding out that they will both be under the same roof at the countess’s home is fun for Alec, but mortifying for Brie! And when she finds out he’s her son!! Well Brie just wants to go home!
Alec then sets about chasing and persuading Brie to have fun with him whilst she’s here. Brie agreed but as long as it remains a secret between them. And when she goes home, that’s it. Alec is up first that, a bit of fun over Christmas, then back to work. No strings, just how he likes it. 
But just like string, they get tangled up like Christmas lights. It’s not easy trying to keep emotions out of this, it’s only suppose to be fun! 
Brie is going back home soon, and Alec needs to go back to London. 
I have to admit, reading a Christmas book in the middle of summer was different. 
I’ve read a few of this author’s books. And I’ve always enjoyed them. This one was no different. 
Definitely a feel good Christmas story😉
“ Alec stepped into his grandfather’s study and placed the last of Walter’s old journals down on the desk. He’d spent the last month reading everything he could find from his grandfather. There’d been close to a hundred journals cataloging Walter’s life. Alec eased down into the leather chair. A hint of that old cigar smoke still lingered in the air, but the memory of a ghost was now welcome to him. Coming home to Merryvale had meant finding his grandfather and positive memories in every nook and cranny of the old estate. Alec removed a new empty leather journal from its packaging and set it down beside his grandfather’s on the desk. When he took up a pen and turned to the first page, he thought of his grandfather’s stories, the things he learned, and what falling in love with Brie had meant to him. With a deep breath, he dated the first page and began to write. Brie and I lay beneath the ancient cedar trees of our home, marvelling at the distant striations of clouds as we held each other close, and in that moment, we were infinite…” excerpt from British Black Sheep

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Saturday’s Post

A wet Saturday saw me doing laundry, a little housework and popping down to see my dad. We had lunch together and managed to take the dog out for a walk before the rain came down in Winchester. I’ll do shopping tomorrow. I popped into the shops to get things for lunch, but that was enough! People were so rude today! And I nearly got run over my several trolleys!

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Arc Review… He Owns My Heart: A Contemporary MM Romance (Owned Heart, Body, & Soul Book 1) by Evie Drae 👩🏻‍💻

He Owns My Heart: A Contemporary MM Romance (Owned Heart, Body, & Soul Book 1) by Evie Drae

Description….

Only true love can free a captive heart.

Landon Jenks, retired four-time Golden Glove-winning shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, is lonely, heartbroken, and in need of simple human contact. Trapped in the fine print of an ironclad contract forbidding him from revealing his single status until the season finale of his reality show airs, he calls an elite male escort service catering to the rich and desperate.

Accustomed to servicing his often less than savory clients at more upscale locales, twenty-six-year-old Toby Carmichael is surprised when his handler sends him to a run-down motel off I-55. But “surprise” doesn’t come close to describing the shock that rocks his system when a delightful stuttering mess covered in tattoos and nearly ten years his senior stumbles into the room—and right into his heart.

For the first time since Toby was forced into the life of prostitution, a kiss sparks a desire that has nothing to do with money and everything to do with genuine chemistry and the faintest beginnings of something so much more. But Toby’s dark past and troubled present make it impossible to see a future with Landon. When the truth comes to light, a horrified and helpless Landon is determined to save Toby at all costs.

Content Warning…..

Some content in He Owns My Heart may be triggering for some readers, due to the depiction of traumatic topics or other subjects or themes that may be difficult to read. Content warnings include the following: A main character with childhood history of physical and verbal abuse by a parental figure—discussed by character as an adult, nothing depicted on page. Homophobia from a close family member of a main character. Discussion of previous self-harm/cutting behaviors by an adult survivor—presence of physical scars and mental ramifications discussed. A main character involved in prostitution with dub-con/non-con aspects—all interactions between the main characters contain full consent and there are no graphic on-page depictions. More graphic experiences are alluded to via inner monologue narrative. A main character involved as a victim in human trafficking associated with the illegal drug trade. Consensual Domination/submission relationship between the main characters—including light bondage, tease and denial, edging, the use of toys, and mild pain play (i.e. slapping and predicament bondage). Depiction of moderate on-page violence between main characters and antagonists—no blood depicted. Depiction of stalking activities by an ex-partner of a main character. Consumption of alcohol by main characters and side characters. Graphic portrayals of consensual penetrative male/male sex with condom usage. Oral sex scenes without use of condom shown with first instance occurring prior to reader’s knowledge of previous health check by both parties with both parties fully aware of the other’s health status before oral sex occurred. As always, if any of these topics could potentially impact your mental health or wellbeing, please consider skipping this read.

Publication date 11/8/2020

https://amzn.to/3eSkdCr *

My Review…..

Landon is lonely, he’s usually only wanted for his name and not his company. Having played baseball to a professional level, he’s now a reality star and owner of a custom made bike shop. He’s hiding from life, his last relationship was a publicity stunt orchestrated by his “co-star” to “come out” (more ratings for the show) will he find no one to love him? In a sorry moment, Landon hires an escort.

But meeting the vibrant young man makes Landon all to aware of his failings….

Tobias/Toby whore, prostitute, hooker, he’s heard them all.

He’s sold himself to help his sister (she got caught up with drug dealers) his family are unaware of his predicament, but he’s told often by handler they are safe, for now!

So an eight year contract had been drawn up, and Toby services the “clients” never off duty, nothing is too much trouble, He keeps reminding himself that’s it’s just three more years, then he’s free. But he’s not sure how much more he can take, he’s slowly losing himself, and it’s killing him inside!!

I liked this story. Yes the usual “pretty woman” scenario, wealthy attractive single man meets prostitute (blah blah blah)

But unlike “pretty woman” we have a M/M scenario.

The story for me had a real depth (I usually read paranormal romance if m/m involved) but the backstory had me intrigued. And the story had me hooked from almost the first page.

It’s a Romeo and Juliette type story, a forbidden love, a love that can go nowhere, a love doomed!

A week stolen just for themselves. But will it make it harder when Landon has to let Toby go?

There are a lot of triggers on this book (it does carry a warning label) there is a lot of baggage that both men carry.

Abuse, self harm, homophobia and many more.

The BDSM wasn’t the usual angry spanky tie me up and whip me scenes. It was about trusting someone to know your limits and to take care of you, putting your wants and needs above their own.

Yes there is a fair amount of sex in this book, but considering they think they’ve only got a week together, I sort of understand it, and luckily enough it doesn’t go on and on and on and on!! The couples moments had me sighing, the ordinary stolen moments that Landon and Toby were storing up to take out when they were alone were touching.

Each in love, but too scared to voice it. And if they did, what could they do about it?

So can Landon free Toby? How can he, when the men controlling Toby hold all the cards? And it had me guessing right up until the last few pages (I thought it would end of a cliffhanger)

Loved Steffon (Landon BFF) he was a riot! Camp when needed, light relief when things got too heavy, confidant and agony aunt. Every time he opened his mouth I chuckled, that guy had no filter.

I’m so hoping we get another book. I’d like Steffon to have a book.

Highly recommend this book. Yes it’s a Pretty Woman story, but my god it’s a good one.

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Friday’s Post

I wish the weather would make up its mind! We had a dry morning and a wet afternoon and evening!

But on the plus I managed to get a few rough reviews written up. And a few put onto my blog for future dates😀

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Arc Review… Season of the wolf (The legend of all Wolves) book 4 by Maria Vale 👩🏻‍💻

Season of the wolf (The legend of all Wolves) book 4 by Maria Vale 

Description…. 

In a world of danger and uncertainty, the Alpha has enough to worry about without him…

For Alpha Evie Kitwanasdottir, things are never easy. The Great North Pack has just survived a deadly attack. Evie is determined to do whatever is necessary to keep her Pack safe, especially from the four Shifters who are their prisoners.

Constantine lost his parents and his humanity on the same devastating day. He has been a thoughtless killer ever since. When Constantine is moved to live under Evie’s watchful eye, he discovers that taking directions and having a purpose are not the same thing.

Each moment spent together brings new revelations to Constantine, who begins to understand the loneliness of being Alpha. He finds strength and direction in helping Evie, but there is no room for a small love in the Pack, so Constantine must work harder than ever to prove to Evie he is capable of a love big enough for the Great North Pack itself.

The Legend of All Wolves Series:

The Last Wolf (Book 1)

A Wolf Apart (Book 2)

Forever Wolf (Book 3)

Season of the Wolf (Book 4)

Publication date 25/8/2020

https://amzn.to/2Xu37F3 *

My Review …… 

“ In the forest stark and grim live unspeakable things. My mother had never been one for bedtime stories. Never one for articulating much at all. Mostly she cleaned her tiny house—I never thought of it as mine or ours—with the fierceness of a woman who knew civilization danced on a razor’s edge and a single misfolded towel or an undusted mote was enough to send it toppling.” Excerpt from Season of the Wolf

Constantine knows how hard life is. A killer for the pack, he’s not sure if he fits the pack now, his deceased leader had different views, but the more time he spends with Evie, the more he knows this is home. 

And when Evie finally comes round, he needs to prove to her that he loves the pack, and not just her. She not an easy wolf to know, but he keeps at it, he feels her pain and he feels like he’s the wolf for the job. 

Evie is alpha, it’s a cold and lonely position. After losing her mate in the previous book (see you do have to read in order)she needs to carry on for the pack.  It’s hard, but it’s her duty, so basically suck it up and get on with it. 

Her ideas are simple, keep the pack safe at all times. 

I’ve read the previous 3 books, and the series just keeps getting better. 

The characters although not as good as the previous books hold onto your heart and make you believe in their story. It was great to catch up with older characters from previous books. 

This series really is different from most shifter books. These are wolves that can change into humans, it’s not their preferred form, they love being wolves, it’s what they are. 

And the wolf pack is EVERYTHING, above family and even mates. The pack provides protection, security and unconditional loyalty. 

The world is harsh and unforgiving, the scenes can upset you, but that’s the sign of a good book. 

I couldn’t put it down. 

Constantine was in the last book like Evie and I liked him immensely and I’m glad it’s his turn for a story. 

We meet up with previous characters from the last three books. 

I feel you definitely need to read in order, there is a story that if you skip books you’ll miss out on information. 

They are difficult to read, but please persevere. They are well worth the effort. This book although not action packed, I don’t think it was necessary (that was in the last book) we focused on how the pack was reforming and licking their wounds from the last battle, (maybe the next book will have more action?) 

I’m not sure if I can stand another book in this series, it tugs at the heart string too much, but it’s a book that once your in, you are trapped till the end. 

Another great read, and one I’m glad to have read. Highly recommend this book. 

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Thursday’s Post

A pretty nice start to Thursday, but by lunchtime it had gotten darker, and over the few few hours the rain cane in and stayed here!

I managed to get in two walks today. The third I did a 5mile video exercise instead! And as I haven’t done my yoga for about a week now, I’m going back to doing it in the morning. It’s funny how you miss things.

Caught up with family and friends over the phone. And had a lovely chat with an author I reviewed recently, she asked if I’d be willing to read and review her next book. We chatted about what she was doing. And it gave me an idea.

So I’m going to write to a few authors and ask if they’d like to give a little interview on my blog…..

I was also thinking of linking my Facebook to my blog, but as a separate page! I’ll give it some thought and I’ll let you know 😉

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Wednesday’s Post

Definitely a better day weather wise. I managed to get all of my walks in. I’m not so out of breath now. I prepare by taking my inhalers (something I wouldn’t always do before the pandemic started) starting off gentle, and working up to a little faster. My music is on pretty low (again I wasn’t doing this when I first went out) went up to see and sit with my daughter for a while. And the last walk had me going up a few inclines.

The first walk of the day is usually my trial walk to work. I do t go all the way up, but I get almost there.

Next week I start back to work. I’m looking forward to going back, but not looking forward to wearing a mask for the four hours I’m there! I’ve been told it’s not necessary, but with my COPD cough, I felt I needed to do something!

I also sorted out a craft box for my nieces. My dad will take it down on Sunday. So I’m hoping to see him on Saturday to give it to him.

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Tuesday’s Post

Wet and windy until about lunchtime, then the sun did try to peek out. I got a couple of walks in and an exercise video this morning 😉

But as the evening drew in, then the wind and the rain started up again. Think it’s going to be a windy night tonight.

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Monday’s Post

But if a mixed bag weather wise today. But I managed to get my walks in, so not a total loss! Put laundry away and caught up with a few people over the phone.

I go back to work next week, and it’s going to be a little strange. I’ve gotten use to my little routine. I’m being eased back into the job over the next few weeks. Then I’m sure it will feel like I’ve never been away 😉

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Sunday’s Post

A chilled day today. Caught up with family and friends on the phone. Managed to get three nice long walks in as well.

My dad popped down for a quick visit and cup of tea.

Went up to the cemetery and sat with Kim for a little while. Did some good shopping and then went into town. Had a wander around the town, didn’t go into any of the shops, but window shopped and acclimatised to the volume on people!

Caught up with the last of the laundry. And did a little reading.

I’ve got a phone call with my boss tomorrow to discuss my return back to work.

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Arc Review…. Vitality by Crysta Levere 📱

Vitality by Crysta Levere 

Description…… 

She’s fighting for life. He’s fighting for death.

What does it take to live? What does it take to love?

To Ava, love is about as real as fairy tales. But it might be that fairy tales, myths, and magic have some truth to them after all — as well as the monsters that lie in the shadows. Or she could just be completely out of her mind.

After a mental breakdown and a move to a new town, everything changes when Ava clashes with a stranger with eyes as black as midnight and a terrifying sinister air. Her wishes to feel something again become granted. But Ava soon learns that not only is he as cold as he is beautiful, but he brings something out of her, stronger than ever, like fuel to fire — something she’s desperate to bury. He haunts her dreams and waking life, and staying away becomes harder than she could have ever imagined, risking her life, her humanity, and the people that she cares about. Not to mention the fate of the world.

A violent passion. A dangerous bond. A nightmare that will change everything.

She could spend a lifetime searching, and looking for the one thing that might make her whole, that made the reason for her existence, even though, possibly, she could be forever lost in doing so. She could feel that was the only way, even if it took a lifetime, an eternity, a forever. She could follow her heart. Or she could stay… where she was a person — only half, though still more than a drifting wind — only helpful to another’s existence and not anymore her own. She could stay, starving and wilting, knowing each day that this pull, this grab from reality she felt every minute of every day, could be seizing her… asking her… needing her to follow it — and knowing it until her last petal fell.

https://amzn.to/2WuYUAD *

Publication date 25/8/2020

My Review ……. 

“ We’re all blind and numb when we are closed. We’re closed when we are damaged. We’re damaged when we give up. Now, how do I open that door…” excerpt from Vitality.

Oooooh I liked that one….. 

Poor Ava, she’s just trying to get by. Recovering from a mental breakdown, she’s moved to a new town, and now she just wants to be left alone. 

Moving into a house with a housemate isn’t idea. Dahlila starts out as a nuisance, she won’t leave Ava alone. Introducing her to her friends Danny and Shane. 

Slowly she accepts the friendship they offer. Maybe she will get stronger, maybe this place can heal her. 

“She was a starved soul with a heart big enough for two. The drawing she had been sketching on the bus came to mind, and she wished she hadn’t lost it. It was the first one she’d done of herself, sketching it from the bus window’s reflection, raindrops and all. To her, it reflected a person who was searching for a home… for far too many years. As her mind drifted away, she imagined herself as that drawing: taken high in the wind, this way and that way across town, to finally float down from the sky along with the setting sun, just to find itself on a high ledge about to fall over, and then snatched up by fingers coming out into the night. Ava finally closed her eyes and fell away somewhere.” Excerpt from Vitality 

Layton is a vampire. 

After seeing Ava, she’s his new obsession, and with all his past obsessions it too will fade. 

But she doesn’t, she haunts him, she makes him crazy! Why can’t he just take her and drain her? 

The game he plays with her mind is cruel, but not to him, it’s only a game, the hunt, the whispering, the touches. But as he plays with her, she slowly lures him in, what’s so special about her? Why can’t he break he break her spell? 

“ Fire rose in him as he set on her new fate, seeming to inflate his veins impossibly, sending life through him once again, a life that had dried up long ago and left him an empty vessel for death’s wishes. He was a true master of death and errant to the rules of this world. Layton followed the contours of his lips with the tip of his tongue, licking any remaining blood. He opened his eyes as an animal in hunt would when first sensing their prey. The corner of his mouth curved up as his dank, hungry eyes narrowed with profound intent.” Excerpt from Vitality

The story does jump around, the points of views from both Ava and Layton had me a little confused! 

It’s not your usual vampire story, this is very dark. 

Dealing with depression is always a tricky subject. 

Dealing with loss needs to be dealt handled with care. 

And both these subjects were treated with respect and research. 

The authors idea of a vampire is very different.

My feelings towards this book, is confusion, but I did like all the characters, her new pack of friends were well rounded. The “Elite” group at college were all the people we loved to hate (pretentious, false and glamorous) 

Layton and his crew were shrouded in mystery. All we got was snippets (but that had me wanting more) 

And I did not see the end coming, totally threw me. 

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Saturday’s Post

Weather behaved itself all day. I went down to visit my sister, we had a lovely catch up. We sat in her communal garden by the stream and chatted for hours. We had a picnic, and went for a walk to the local park. It made such a nice change to chat in person and not on the phone.

Hoping to catch up again with her soon.

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Arc Review.. The Revolutionary and the Rogue by Blake Ferre 👩🏻‍💻

The Revolutionary and the Rogue by Blake Ferre

Description…… 

Perrin deVesey knows pain. As a member of Crimson Rose, a secret club for men who love men, he’s taken the vow “to stand and shield.” Standing together during these perilous times is the only thing keeping their necks from the guillotine. Now their leader is using the club to rescue wrongly accused traitors. After losing a past lover to an unjust execution, the decision to support this treasonous cause is easy…until a devastatingly handsome Committee Officer complicates Perrin’s whole world.

Officer Henri Chevalier hates aristocrats. But the man he finds while investigating Crimson Rose is more than just wealthy and fancily clothed. He’s a rogue that could take him to the heart of the uprising and stop it before it starts. His plan to get close to Perrin and steal his secrets backfires, though, when Henri finds himself falling for the damned aristo and his dangerous smile. His heart is even more conflicted as he learns the truth behind their cause…and the truth his own people have been hiding.

Together they must make the choice—to stand and shield at any cost—and their love might be the deadliest weapon in all of France.

Publication date 24/8/2020

My Review ….
If I read M/M it’s usually shifter based. So reading a Regency M/M romance it’s a little out of my usual genre. But I’ll give it a go….. 
Perrin is a fop, he gives the impression he’s a bored rich aristocrat, in fact he’s helping to free rich people (aristocrats) like him. The French Revolution may have ended, but the rich are still being persecuted.  Julian and Perrin met in a club for men who love other men, but it’s forbidden. And after losing the love of his life, he didn’t really care for much, but he swore to his beloved he would help wherever he could.  So on the anniversary of Julien’s death, he’s back at the club they use to frequent with old friends to raise a glass. And to see if they can help the Scarlet Crest! And who is the scarlet crest? No one knows. But many people want to find out, Perrin must be careful. His life and the lives of his friends are at stake! 
Henri is an officer in the French Revolutionary army. His job is to capture spies, he enjoys his work. Freeing the poor from the reign of the aristocracy.  He hates the rich, they ruined his life, and the lives of his family, so he won’t stop until everyone in France is an equal.  Getting a password to the Scarlet Crest meeting place, Henri hopes to find information on where and when the next rendezvous is and how to stop them from fleeing the country. 
Perrin and Henri meet by accident, Henri saves Perrin from being trampled. Both have a lustful thought at being so close to a stranger. But reality comes crashing in even Henri realises the man he saved is an aristocrat!! Perrin is mortified that he feels anything, he should still be mourning for his beloved Julien, not lusting after someone else!  They meet again at the Scarlet Crest meeting place. It’s still hostile between them, but so is the strange attraction! 
Does Henri believe Perrin is helping the rich to flee? He doesn’t want to, but why would he be here?  And can Perrin trust Henri, when he knows how much he hates the rich? 
I liked the characters, I liked the premise, but I have to be honest, I didn’t really enjoy the book.  I’m not sure what spoilt it for me. But something was missing. I know gay relationships were frowned upon in those days. And I know it’s a crime to have those feelings. But I didn’t get that feeling from the book, it didn’t feel cloak and dagger. I got the intrigue, I got a little suspense. It just fell a little short.  I just didn’t believe the feelings. To me there didn’t seem the passion, the fire, the urgency.  The characters of Henri and Perrin were good, they were solid and well thought out. Loved Quill (Perrin’s friend) he was fun.  As I said, lots of great ideas, just not quite there with the execution. 
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Friday’s Post

Weather was a little all over the place today. But luckily I got a few walks in between the showers.

Did a little housework and got some reading done.

I’m off to see my youngest sister’s new home tomorrow. My husband is taking me as I’m not ready to use the trains 😷 so hoping it’s dry for tomorrow.

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Arc Review… The Billionaire’s Fake Wife: Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance (Big Bad Billionaires Book 1 by L.Steele 👩🏻‍💻

The Billionaire’s Fake Wife: Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance (Big Bad Billionaires Book 1 by L.Steele 👩🏻‍💻

Description… 

I never should have agreed to becoming his fake wife… 

Sinclair Amadeus Sterling aka 

Mr. Superior Jackass with a God complex.

Who also happens to be my blackmailer… gulp.

Tall, dark, gazzilionaire growly pants.

The first time I met him, I kneed him in his very well endowed balls, don’t ask!

He had that tightly leashed, controlling air and a smoldering glare that made me damp in seconds.

The only thing that sucks worse than his attitude is his (lack of) sense of humor! Honest.

Sadly, he’s also the one who could save my business from going bust. Hell!

So when he offers me the chance to work with him, I can hardly refuse, right?

Only catch? I need to be his pretend wife for hold-your-breath, thirty days.

I should have turned and run right then, but…

He has the connections to help my sister’s failing health, not to mention the money to wipe away my debt.

And yeah that… sneaky video recording of him getting me off. OMG!

Besides, it’s only thirty days, right?

It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with London’s most notorious bachelor.

Then he tells me the real reason for the charade.

And everything changes…

Note: This is a standalone Enemies to Lovers, Fake Marriage, Billionaire Romance featuring a hot possessive billionaire and the curvy spitfire who dares to go toe to toe with him!

Publication date 18/8/2020

https://amzn.to/30R5T88 * 

My Review….. 

Sinclair has no patience for idiots, his business sense is off the scale, and so Is his bullshit meter! 

Women are playthings, nothing or no one will change his plans for world domination! 

His ego is huge and so is his dick! He makes no apologies, if you don’t like it, tough! 

But meeting Summer or his little bird puts him in an uncomfortable position, which he doesn’t like. Sin is in charge, not some cute and curvy female he wants to spank and protect at the same time! Not happening ….. 

Summer is a nerd, she loves pub quizzes her mind is full of useless information, her favourite is movie trivia. 

Trying to help her sister (she has hole in the heart and is pretty poorly) with medical bills and getting her clothing designs made (Karma is good at what she does) 

Her one chance at putting her little company on the map and making sure her sister is ok is in the hands of this presumptuous gazzilionaire!! 

It’s not going to be easy, in fact she got more chance of walking on the moon!! Why does he have to make her life such a headache?

Now I have to admit I really didn’t like this book.  I’ve read enemies-to-lovers books before. But never have I hated a male character so much. 

The storyline is full of bullying, crassness and sheer arrogance!! 

Summer is a total mess around Sinclair, she doesn’t know her way round this situation. She wants him, and then he says or does something, and she’s ready to slap his arrogant face! 

But persevere, watching this asshole (or alphahole as the author likes to call him) fall for Summer…. Watching him change his attitude towards her was worth the wait. 

His reasons for wanting Summer had me (raising my eyebrows/shaking my head) 

The sex scenes are hot, full of passion and intense. 

Some of this will make you cringe, other parts will make you roll your eyes, but be prepared to laugh, it’s highly amusing and will make you smile. 

You don’t need to read the first book in this series, it’s just some of the characters are in both stories, and gives a little background.

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Thursday’s Post

Today was a brighter and sunnier day. I managed all my walks, I got washing put out on the line.

I also pushed myself and went for a walk into town. It was a strange feeling, with mask over my face, and everyone walking in the same direction. We couldn’t divert, if you needed to go in another direction, then you needed to go the long way round! It was very frustrating. But I was pleased that I managed about forty minutes in town. And I did pop into one shop…. had to go into the bookshop 😉

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Book Edition… The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée: Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance (Big Bad Billionaires Book 0) by L. Steele 📖

Billionaires Fake Fiancée. Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance Big Bad Billionaires Book 0) by L. Steele

Description…..

I should’ve never agreed to being his pretend fiancée… 

Jace Walker aka JK aka Mr. Smirky Pants.

Mr Obnoxious who asked me to be his fiancée, so he could save his inheritance. 

If I agreed, he’d deposit a million dollars in my bank account, no questions asked.

I should have turned him down and walked away… should’ve!

Sadly, I needed the money to save my floundering start-up, and to put my sister through college.

Besides, the rules were pretty simple: Feelings were not on the table, not unless I initiated it.

As if?

I hated him, I loathed him. No way was I going to fall for the most notorious playboy of the Valley, right?

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this, I signed. 

Guess what happened next? Yeah… no!

We barely lasted the flight on his private jet across the pond, failed to convince his family… oh! Did I mention I got drunk and swam naked in front of them, gulp!

Only that seemed to catch his attention.

He wooed me, courted me, floored me with his trademark panty-melting smirk. He convinced me that he was the one…

He must be, right?

Then a phone call from my past changed everything… 

Big Bad Billionaires Series: 

The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée

The Billionaire’s Fake Wife 

The Billionaire’s Baby 

Publication date 7/7/2020

https://amzn.to/31EDHWw *

My Review….. 

This is the prequel to Sinclair’s book (The Billionaires Fake Wife), but it can be read with out reading the others. 

I have to admit I’m really not keen on the way the MC uses Sienna, I find it cruel and mean. But bear with the book, it’s going to be worth the anger you’ll feel towards Jace. 

Jace really is a complex male. After finding his best friend with his mother, Jace moves away, only coming back to attend the funeral! 

This story with the best friend is a tangle of emotions and history. And I have to admit my heart did soften towards Jace.

His relationship with his father is very hostile. It’s been five years since they’ve seen one another. 

Sienna is a character, she’s working towards her own business and keeping her little sister in college. But the startup money remains elusive, until Jace Walker! 

Agreeing on a week with him reminds me of the film “Indecent Proposal” 

She is very attracted to him, she feels both hate and the need to protect him! She feels very unsure around him and that’s not like her at all. 

She knows she shouldn’t sleep with him, that could be totally disastrous, but time and time again she’s drawn back To him! 

The wedding that Jace and Sienna are attending is for his cousin. It’s also a request from his father (why do I get the feeling there is something going on?) 

Sienna has a dear friend attending the wedding also, and it’s causing Jace very unwanted emotions. Jealousy! And that’s not good, he can’t be jealous, can he? 

The twist to the story I sort of guessed, but the fall out wasn’t, and it was epic! 

So give Jace and Sienna a chance and pick up the book. 

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Paperback Edition release date 20-8-20 📖 Gena Showalter… The Evil Queen

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Description….

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Everlife trilogy, the White Rabbit Chronicles and the Lords of the Underworld series comes a fantastical and dark new fairy-tale fantasy series featuring the least likely of heroes… Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. Choose your side wisely.

Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.
Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past―they are prophecies of the future. Though Princess Everly Morrow was raised in the mortal human realm, she knows she’s destined to rule a kingdom in Enchantia, thus fulfilling a beloved fairy tale. But which one?
At seventeen, when an ability to commune with mirrors manifests, she begins to suspect the truth, and it’s more sinister than anyone ever realized.
She is destined to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.
With powers beyond her imagination or control―and determined to prove herself good―Everly returns to the land of her birth, smack dab in the middle of the creepiest forest of all time. There, Everly meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after the other, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Soon, she will have to choose. Be a hero and walk away, or become the queen―and villain―of her dreams.
The battle between good and evil is on.

Wednesday’s Post

It rained for most of the day, and when it wasn’t raining, it was drizzle! Add a few downpours and it was definitely a wet Wednesday!

I did some laundry, hung it up on an airer I have in the spare room. Ran the vacuum round and got beef out to make a stew. Nothing too exciting or strenuous.

Sorted out the reviews I did yesterday. Checked for spelling and then posted them on the usual book sites. It also makes my day when the author finds it, likes it and sometimes makes a comment.

Weather is suppose to be drier tomorrow, but we shall see.

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Tuesday’s Post

You do have to wonder if the summer has left us? Another cold and wet day! Catching up with family and friends through the day.

I did manage my walks about and about, so that was a plus.

Cleared out my kindle and my phone (I have too many books that I’ll never read again. Time to get rid of.

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New Book Release…. Hardback edition… The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp) by J. R. Ward

The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp) by J. R. Ward

Description……

The location of the glymera’s notorious prison camp was lost after the raids. When a freak accident provides Nyx clues to where her sister may still be doing time, she becomes determined to find the secret subterranean labyrinth. Embarking on a journey under the earth, she learns a terrible truth- and meets a male who changes everything, forever.

The Jackal has been in the camp for so long, he cannot recall anything of the freedom he once knew. Trapped by circumstances out of his control, he helps Nyx because he cannot help himself. After she discovers what happened to her sister, getting her back out becomes a deadly mission for them both.

United by a passion they can’t deny, they work together on an escape plan for Nyx- even though their destiny is to be forever apart. And as the Black Dagger Brotherhood is called upon for help, and Rhage discovers he has a half-brother who’s falsely imprisoned, a devious warden plots the deaths of them all… even the Brothers.

This is the hard back version, paperback will be available January.

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Monday’s Post

Not to much done today. We had showers on and off for most of the morning. I did manage a few walks today. Plenty of reading and polishing up a few reviews. I’m going back to work in the next few weeks, so I need to keep up the walks. And possibly a few walks into town.

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Kindle Review…. M.C. Solaris Calypso’s Heart: An Orion’s Order Novel by M.C. Solaris 📱

M.C. Solaris Calypso’s Heart: An Orion’s Order Novel by M.C. Solaris 

Description….

Sexy shifters. Hot vampires. Intriguing immortals. Strong heroine. Sizzling romance. Page-turning plot full of emotion and excitement. Modern and fresh take on fated mates….

Caly

Do you dream of ridiculously hot men? Okay, maybe you do. (And yes, I’m well aware I should lay off the romance books before bed.) But do you actually ever meet those men you dream about in real life? I didn’t think so. That’s probably a good thing though because I have… And these men from my dreams have done nothing but pull the rug of reality out from under me… which was how I fell and ended up in a world that I thought only existed in romance books.

My name is Caly (AKA Callie) and I’m just an ordinary single woman living the LA dream… paycheck to paycheck. Except whose dream is it? I’m not really sure… but it’s not my dream. Especially because I have really weird dreams… like really weird. Then again, everyone has weird dreams, right?

Blake

I am an alpha wolf shifter and leader of Orion’s Order, a pack of… well, not wolves. We’re an unconventional pack of highly skilled specian hunters that do one thing: hunt the evil in our world. And we were hired by SILE (Species Investigative Law Enforcement) to hunt a bloodthirsty criminal who is infamously untraceable. That was until an irresistible female brought an unexpected twist to our hunt and set things in motion… a motion that has left my pack and our world forever changed.

Welcome to The Order and a secret world of magic and mystery, where a pack of unlikely friends find love and fight against an ancient evil force.

Publication date 13/7/2020

https://amzn.to/3iA0sBN *

My Review…. 

With a backstory like that we are in for a ride.
First book in a new series, and an author that I haven’t read before. 
By day Caly Is a paralegal. At night she dreams of being swept off her feet.  Her day job is not as thrilling as she’d like, but it pays the bills, only she’s just lost a big client to a rival in the firm! Can anything else go wrong today? 
Blake works for SILE or Species Intelligence and Law Enforcement. His team combines many species of paranormals, they hunt down anyone breaking the law. Or trying to cross The Barrier (it keeps the human world separate from the paranormal one)
Their main task is to find and bring in The Mastermind and The Ghost. Wanted for murders (i get there is more to this story than we are being told at the moment)
Caly dreams of Blake, (well she doesn’t know it’s Blake at first) but doesn’t communicate with him at first. There is just a lot of staring into one another’s eyes. 
I did have to chuckle at the description of Caly, it gave me a sense of airhead and a dreamer, but there is so much more to her than that. She chats to both herself and her cat, she loves coffee and music (my kinda girl already) I have a feeling she feels like she doesn’t really fit into the L.A lifestyle, she’s more of a laidback kind of woman. 
Blake is an alpha through and through. A man tied to his job, works hard and expects the same from his team. But he does care for his team, and looks on them as family. 
We get introduced to Blake’s team (luckily not that large) they all work well together, when not antagonising one another. 
A couple of my favourite characters already were Rhyland and Rhyker. The playful banter between the twin panther shifters and the other members is hilarious to read. 
The book is surprisingly long (but it doesn’t drag anywhere) but really well written. And for a first book I was impressed. Nothing worse than reading pages and pages, but not really going anywhere with it.
Plenty of action (including fight scenes) 😉 yes there is the usual “you mate, me Alpha” but it’s something that goes with the paranormal territory. 
And when they finally meet, it’s not love at first sight, but more like a lot of screaming (that would be Caly) 
Working together they try to find out who or what Caly is (she says she’s human, her scent says different) 

So….. 
We have the bad guy or guys (The Mastermind and The Ghost) We have our team of good guys. And we have a human who doesn’t seem to be what she claims. 
A really good start to what I’m hoping is a wild ride of a series. 
Definitely recommend this book. 

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About the Author

M.C. Solaris’s life took an unexpected turn during the super blood moon eclipse on January 20, 2019. She woke up and began writing bios for her imaginary friends that she met that day. As soon as the pen hit the paper (or fingertips to the iPhone), she couldn’t stop. It was kind of like one of those fire hydrants, spewing copious amounts of water all over the place. The characters and their stories just flowed out of her. She is honored to be the scribe, getting to share her friends’ stories. You can read all about her gifted friends in the Orion’s Order series (Book 1 is Calypso’s Heart). On a personal note, M.C. Solaris is actually the pseudonym of Marina Schroeder, women’s health enthusiast and lover of all things paranormal romance (PNR) and happily ever after (HEA). When she is not curled up on the sofa with her partner’s oversized hoodie, a PNR novel, peppermint tea, and one of her three cats, you will find her either at the ocean with her toes in the sand or in a forest hugging a tree. Well truthfully? There is one more place you might find her: trolling the aisles of Whole Foods for a satisfying combination of salty and sweet while hiding in her partner’s hoodie… like any proper PNR-writing introvert. Want to get the latest scoop, sneak peeks, and short shares all about her imaginary friends? 

Sunday’s Post

Today we had just a few light showers, I wouldn’t even call them that!

My son came down to visit today. I was lovely catching up. We also had a family BBQ at my daughter’s house, we managed to keep dry under umbrella’s and the sunshades 😉 then late afternoon the sun came out, so I’m glad we persevered.

It was also the first time I’d seen them all in person, keeping a safe distance from one another.

We went up to see my daughter to put new plants up on her grave. And we had to pop into the supermarket to get a few things for the bbq. I did pretty well, I managed to get the stuff and not panic too much😄

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Saturday’s Post

The start of the weekend is a cooler one. I must admit it’s a welcoming one, but with the threat of rain for most of the day, I couldn’t put washing out on the line.

But on the plus side it kept people in their homes, so I ventured into town. Took my face mask, my hand gel and nothing else, I wasn’t looking to buying anything, I just need the experience of mingling with other people.

I have to admit I was a little apprehensive. I did give people a wide berth. I had a look in a shop I’m usually always in.

I was going then going to reward myself with a trip to the only bookstore in my town. But as I go to turn, my husband spots a person we try to avoid….. The daughter use to be a close friend of my daughters, I had no problem with her, it’s the mother! All she ever does is when I see her, is go in about how much they miss my daughter, how I must be missing her! Yes I do, and I don’t need to be reminded, so I turned and made my way to the nearest exit!

In my haste to avoid her, I almost get run down by mobility scooter (those things come out of nowhere!)

But I did it, I managed thirty minutes in the town. So I’m happy with my progress. May go into town again tomorrow, but we have a family BBQ (weather permitting)

I also got to catch up with a few friends from work online.

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Kindle Review… Tempting Fate: A Love in Eden Short by Sloane Kennedy 👩🏻‍💻

Tempting Fate: A Love in Eden Short by Sloane Kennedy 

Description

Jackson
Everyone says what a lucky guy I am. I’ve got a great kid, an amicable relationship with my ex, and a job working cattle on one of the largest ranches in Eden, Wyoming. Only problem is that “everyone” has no clue that I’m living a half-life.

Because the other half is a closeted gay man who’s got it bad for the young ranch hand he works with day in and day out.

But the very straight Travis isn’t an option. And even if he were, my sexy co-worker isn’t exactly committed to commitment.

So it’s time for a change and since gay guys aren’t exactly falling off trees in Eden, I’m going to need a little help…

Travis
It was supposed to be a Friday night like any other. Me and my best friend heading into town to find some female company for a few hours. And even though Jackson usually goes home alone, he’s still a great wingman.

Unfortunately, between my impatience to get the night started and my bad habit of snooping, I’ve learned two things about Jackson in the space of five minutes that have left me all kinds of confused.

Jackson’s gay.

And he’s placed a classified ad to try and hook up with some guy he can’t get his mind off after a brief run-in at a hardware store in the city.

Now I can’t get my mind off Jackson.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the ladies, but why can’t I stop thinking about my good-looking best friend and the faceless stranger he’s ready to start something new with? Jackson doesn’t need some random guy right now. Not when he has me…

https://amzn.to/3fbzQ7X *

My Review…… 
A short story, in fact you just get into it, and then it’s done! 
Jackson is gay, he’s known for years, but fear and a small town mentality forced him into a marriage he didn’t really want. The only thing to come out of that, was his wife is now his friend and he has a son who he loves more than life. 
Travis is a player, variety is the spice of life. A different lady every time. No commitment, only a fun time. He’s the local hothead, but that’s the way he plays it. He’s got secrets, he’s been hurt in the past, and so that’s how he plays it. 
Told in the POV (point of view) of the characters. 
Jackson has loved Travis for a while now, and watching him with the ladies kills him, he might drive them to the bar, he might do mixed doubles with Travis and the ladies, but nothing happens. So when Jackson gets hit on by a guy, he decides to take matters into his own hands, a date, and who knows what else. It’s time to put his love for Travis in a box, and get on with his life. 
Travis can’t get a hold of his feelings for Jackson, they are mates, and he’s hurt when he finds out Jackson is gay! Why couldn’t he tell his friend? And now he’s going to hook up with some random guy! 
Misunderstandings and hurtful words are thrown around, Travis stalks off to be with a girl and Jackson leaves….. 
It all comes to a head when Travis realises Jackson is missing….. 
So can they make a go of this? Can they keep it a secret? And what happens next? 
I’d love to find out, definitely have to put this author on my “to watch” list. 
This came from an anthology book, I couldn’t find a published date!
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Friday’s Post

A chilly and dreary day. But as it’s been so hot and muggy recently, it made a welcoming change in the weather.

Got a couple of walks in today. I even pushed myself and went into town. I had a parcel to send to my nieces, I only did one shop, but I did it. I have to admit, it wasn’t as bad as I thought, but the face mask was a nuisance!

I’m going to try again to do a different by shop, I might even make it into the local bookstore 😉

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Arc Review… The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman 👩🏻‍💻

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman  

Description…..

To Moira “Mo” Rossi, the world is full of sunshine, goodness, and happily ever afters—so of course she figures finding the perfect roomie will be easy. But after four creepos who ask if benefits come with the room and one woman who claims she’s a vampire, Mo is officially desperate. So what if the guy she agrees to on paper ends up being the Derrick Downer to her Sally Sunshine in person? She’s the queen of making lemonade.

August Porter expected his new roommate Mo to be like him—neat, practical, and oh yeah: male. Not the outrageous hippie with more stars in her eyes than there are in the sky. She’s infuriating, exasperating, his exact opposite in every possible way…and the bright ray of sunshine he didn’t even realize his gray world was missing. Suddenly, falling into bed with his roommate isn’t the worst idea he’s ever heard. Just falling in love with her is.

But one of them is keeping a secret that could turn their opposite attraction into utter disaster. 

Publication date 10/8/2020

https://amzn.to/3hcU1ns *

My Review….. 

Moira has a sunny disposition, her rose coloured glasses outlook works for her. Her devil may care attitude and boho style. Add in her love of junk food, and you’ve got a fun loving wedding organiser. 

August is a neat freak. Everything in its place, nothing wrong with a home that’s immaculate. He likes organic food, the gym and helping others. Not really a fun loving guy, more practical. 

I had a chuckle through the whole book. Poor Moira, all she wants is someone like her to help pay the rent, what’s she gets is a procession of weirdos and creeps! 
And when she meets August, at first she thinks he’s kind of cute, then he goes and ruins it by being a jerk. August on the other hand isn’t too impressed, she’s untidy, she’s just the total opposite of him. 
But the more time they spend together, the more August sees past the mess, the jangling jewellery and pineapple on the pizza, and begins to like what he sees. 
Mo sees the good in everyone, wants to give the benefit of the doubt to people. And bouncing everywhere. 
She lives life to the full, and she just had so much energy (probably the sugar coated cereal) 
The book bounces along beautifully, the characters just spark off each other. Love August’s Gran, she’s just a fun loving person.

The romance between Mo and August is such a rollercoaster of emotions. Mo is determined to make August have fun, August is determined to help his Gran, then go back home. The attraction might sizzle between them, but he can’t fall for someone so sloppy. 
But when the sparks ignite, both August and Mo try to keep to fun only, no commitments, no promises, just fun until August goes home. 

And the secret one of them is keeping…. I can’t tell you, that’s for you to find out when you read this funny book. 

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Thursday’s Post

It’s finally a little cooler tonight.

We’ve had rain on and off for most of the day, and around lunchtime it started to thunder. It rumbled on and off for most of the afternoon, we even got a little lightning.

I got a walk in this morning, and I tried keeping busy for most of the day. I also got a little walk in this evening.

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Wednesday’s Post

Another hot day, just a walk in the morning and the evening today.

This afternoon we had a little respite with a thunderstorm. It really rumbled through the town. It brought the temperature down whilst it was raining, but not long after the rain left, the temperature went back up!

But at least I didn’t have to water the roses tonight.

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Book Review… Blind Lust: A Forbidden Romance (Aphrodisia Book 1) by Pandora Kendell 👩🏻‍💻

Blind Lust: A Forbidden Romance (Aphrodisia Book 1) by Pandora Kendell 

Description

Sometimes, without realising, a line is crossed and you must accept that you’re so far behind it that there is no going back.

If green eyes and super good looks turned the heads of even the least interested woman, then perhaps a career as a therapist with a speciality in the ultimate intimacies was always going to push boundaries.

Dr Owen Baxter:

They pulled me away moments before the explosion and in those few moments my world changed forever

She had this confidence to cut through all the nonsense getting right to the meat of the matter.  Her whispering French voice had captured my attention and I’d fallen victim.  It was hard to deny how easily she could play the pied piper

I hope I’m not going to regret this but I’m going to let down my guard and put myself in your capable hands.  I’m tired of sitting on the side-lines.

Frankie:

I caught sight of you from across the room. You looked like a deer in the headlights and I had this knee-jerk reaction to rescue you.

You look completely bored out of your mind.  We don’t know each other yet, but I think we can do better than this place.  Why don’t we skip the rest of this and find something better to do with our time. A man that is completely honest and open is hard to find. 

There is a sanctuary for therapists to confide but it’s by invitation only and if life is to move forward, Chicago native, Dr. Owen Baxter needs to move beyond his lost love, his lack of vision and lays bare the secret he’s been guarding so well; Frankie!

A stand-alone novella full of unrestrained passion.  An Alpha male who unknowingly needs an Alpha woman and which Frankie will deliver with drama, twists and an HEA.  

No cheating or cliff-hangers here!

 https://amzn.to/2ZfLp9J *

Publication date 7/8/2020

Dr. Baxter Owens has been blind for the past 10 years only able to see shapes and figures. It was an accident concerning a chemical spill which unfortunately affected his sight and killed his fiancée. He has learned to rely on his other senses, but he’s not prepared for Francesca AKA Frankie. She’s not what she appears to be and his recollection of the events is shared under a doctor and patient confidentiality. He is a sex addiction therapist, but he has no idea what kind of effect he has on his female patients. His boyish good looks make him look younger than his actual 36 years. There is a sanctuary for therapists to talk openly about their problems, but it’s by invitation only. He’s able to unload the burden in a safe environment where he doesn’t feel judged. What happens when he tells the story of forbidden love? prologue to Blind lust”

My Review…..

Ten years on, and Baxter still misses the love of his life. 

The accident that took her from him, also took his sight, he was also left with burns to his hands. 

But that’s not stopped him from becoming a good therapist, as sex therapist no less! He’s cold and clinical, he doesn’t mix business with pleasure, so no sleeping with patients! But he’s logical and practical, and that’s why his patients like him. 

He’s also ready to start dating, but doesn’t really want to start at the beginning, I get the impression he’d like to skip all that, and just be comfy with someone, get to where he was with his fiancée, without all the hassle! 

So basically it’s Doctor Baxter Owen recounting a personal experience to another doctor in confidence. A monthly meeting to help one another, to give guidance if needed, but it felt more like to two friends chatting. 

I have to admit, I didn’t really enjoy it. Most of the characters felt wooden, the scenes felt stilted. 

We meet a few characters, and you have to wonder if more books will come out of it?

Baxter came off as rude and pretty standoffish and how he couldn’t tell Frankie from Francesca I don’t know! (But there is a twist)

But I liked how the author put you in Baxter’s shoes, the descriptions were really good. He’s can see shapes, but nothing defined. So it’s all described for you. 

So when he finds out Frankie is in fact Francesca what will he do? I could tell you, but I won’t 😉

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Tuesday’s Post

Decided the towels all needed washing, so they went out on the line, when they came back in later, they smelled amazing. Love the smell of fresh towels (I also had new conditioner to try)

Lunch in the garden, I spent most of the day outside, reading, listening to music, a little weeding.

Got a couple of walks in today as well. Did an early morning one, before it got too hot, and then an evening one. It had cooled down a lot by then.

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Arc Review… Redemption (The Guardians) Book 4 by S.Hamil 📱

Redemption (The Guardians) Book 4 by S.Hamil 

Description…. 

Former Dark Angel Joshua Brandon has skirted a forever un-death in the Underworld until his heart yanks him from his life of debauchery and back into the Human World. He has accepted a very stealth assignment from the man upstairs to perhaps obtain those white wings he’s never wanted until now.

But it will require him turning back to the dark side. And just after his promise is made, the only woman he’s ever loved comes back into his life. She is in desperate need of saving. But as a Dark Angel, the only thing he can do is claim her soul for his own in the Underworld. 

Will he have to throw away any hope of redemption, in order to save her?

Book 4 in this popular series about Guardian Angels, Dark Angels, the healing power of love, and good vs. evil. Although, evil can be more fun! 

Remember, in this world: Heaven is created by design. The Underworld is created by accident.

The Guardian Angel Series

Book 1 Heavenly Lover 

Book 2 Underworld Lover 

Book 3 Underworld Queen 

Book 4 Redemption 

Publication date 21/7/2020 

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My Review ….. 

Remember Joshua? No! He isn’t a nice guy, he’s a dark angel with a real bad boy attitude, except that’s not an attitude. 

Seeing the Underworld for as many years as Joshua did changed him. Tempting angels/guardians to fall from heaven and become a dark/fallen angel. 

But he was given a shot at redemption, he’s done good so far…… 

But now God/Father wants him to return to the Underworld and bring back all those angels and guardians, simple right? No! 

Joshua has been with us through all the previous books, whispering, plotting and conniving in the background, so how come he got a clean slate? (Well to find out your going to have to read the other books) 

Melanie loved and lost Joshua, and now with a chance to meet up with him she jumps at the chance. 

But when she has to travel to the underworld she’s not sure. But with the chance of happiness she has to weigh it all up. Does she want to be with him that much? 

I didn’t think Joshua should have had a happy ending, he really had no redeeming qualities, but reading more about him, you have to change your mind. 

Loved the interaction between Father and Joshua, it did make me chuckle. 

I liked this book, we caught up with previous characters, we watch as he interacts with fallen angels (trying to convince them to leave the underworld for heaven) his has admits his faults to Melanie. 

The spark that was between Melanie and Joshua never really left them. 

Lots of stuff going on, backstabbing (literally) and double dealings. Who can you really trust in the underworld? 

The story sets off at a nice pace, and continues through the book. As in the previous three books, both worlds are written really well. Yes the underworld is dark, but it’s also fascinating, the diversity and the cultures, it’s like a dark earth, but no real law, power is everything and there are a few that want to rule. 

So can he let Melanie give everything up to be with him in the underworld? And when his job is finished, what happens to him? Father says he has a place in heaven, he can earn those wings and go home, but what about Melanie? Can he really turn his back on the only person who loves him? Can he leave her a second time? 

And can Melanie trust Joshua, he’s lied and left her before. What’s to stop the underworld from claiming him again? 

I’d recommend you read at least book 2 (this is where we meet Joshua and Melanie.) it’s better if you read them in order, I have and it’s definitely helped. 

I’m hoping for a few more books. We still have s couple of characters that need sorting out. So who knows. I’ll hero my fingers crossed. 

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Monday’s Post

Another muggy day. There is a small part of me glad I’m not at work at the moment. Working in a kitchen in the height of summer is no fun!

I did only two walks today, my afternoon one was going to be too hot to do! Managed a little housework in between sitting in the garden (in the shade) and laying on the bed with the fan aimed at my feet!

As I’m going through the menopause at the moment there is no point wishing for cold weather, but it does bring my hot flushes down😉

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Review… Underworld Queen: A Guardian Angel Romance (The Guardian Angel Series Book 3) by S. Hamil👩🏻‍💻

Underworld Queen: A Guardian Angel Romance (The Guardian Angel Series Book 3) by S. Hamil

Publication date 30/12/2014

Description

Audray has just assumed the title as first-ever Queen of the Underworld. As she attempts to consolidate her rule, characters from the past threaten to destroy her and the love she shares with Jonas Starling, a 300-year old dark angel. 

When she discovers she has been the recipient of a miracle, suddenly their whole immortal lives are changed forever. Will they survive the coming war or get snagged in the power struggle over not only the underworld, but the human world as well?

The Guardian Angel Series.

Book 1 Heavenly Lover 

Book 2 Underworld Lover 

Book 3 Underworld Queen 

Book 4 Redemption 

My Review….. 

Well damn!!! That could have gone either way!! 

So, without giving too much away….. 

Audray is now Queen of the underworld!! Technically still a director, but she likes Queen better. She’s also the first ever female to rule the Underworld. 

Jonas a dark/fallen angel, totally devoted to Audray. His previous life was full of misdeeds and adventure, and finally as a fallen angel for the past few centuries. Meeting Audray has been a rollercoaster, lust, fun, lust, dismemberment. But recently he’s been having feelings…. does he care for his Queen? Certainly, he’d die for her, but love? Not sure about that one. 

Carl is a human professor, his love of history has put him in the firing line, being asked to dig up information on a landowner from the 17th century, he stumbles upon something he shouldn’t have. 

Molly is the cute librarian that works in the reference section of the university that Carl works at. She’s had a crush on him forever, but she knows he won’t look at her, she’s too young for him. But she can look. 

You can read the book without reading the first, but personally I wouldn’t, your going to miss out on two wonderful previous books, but also it gives you lots of background on Audray. 

Now I was prepared to hate Audray on sight, my least favourite person in the whole of this series so far! Why? I hear you ask, well….. No I can’t, if I do, then I spoil the other books. But she really isn’t a nice person. So I did wonder how she would or could redeem herself? 

When reading further into the book you get more of her past. It’s not been easy for her, so you now know why she gave up and became a dark angel.  The thought of Jonas and Audray getting a happy ending was a little annoying, they both were really nasty in previous books.  But they slowly grow on you. They have broken backgrounds, so it shapes you, so why shouldn’t they have a happy ending?And if they do commit to one another, love each other like they they are beginning to, what will it mean for the Queen of the underworld? 

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with this one.  It felt rushed, it seemed less polished than the last two, and in some ways written by someone else!!  The dialogue felt crass and cruder than the others.  And for a while I did wonder why Carl and Molly were there.  So what they doing there? 

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Sunday’s Post

The weather is suppose to change next week, so me and hubby planned to go for a drive somewhere and a maybe a drink in a pub. What we did was different from what we planned. I was just about to get changed, when there was a knock on the door, my eldest stepdaughter was on the step with my granddaughter Grace. They’d been to the park and a slice of cake, Grace asked if grandad and I would like a slice, so they took a chance we would be in.

We then had a lovely couple of hours chatting with Grace and Sarah. We had a cold drink and slice of cake in the garden.

After they left we then went up to the cemetery to visit our daughter.

We didn’t go for a drive, but we went for a walk when the weather cooled down in the evening.

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Review …. Underworld Lover: A Guardian Angel Romance (The Guardian Angel Series Book 2) by Sharon Hamil👩🏻‍💻

Underworld Lover: A Guardian Angel Romance (The Guardian Angel Series Book 2) by Sharon Hamil

Description..

Joshua Brandon, a legendary and powerful rogue dark angel, meets a human woman whose soul he cannot take, and finds something he has not experienced before: love. At the same time, a new director comes to power in the Underworld, who asks for a test of Josh’s loyalty by delivering this very woman to him.

Melanie Worthington is back among the living, after reeling from the suicide of a close friend. She has no idea she is to become the pawn between two powerful dark angels, one who would command her as his personal concubine, and the other who would set her free.

Will their love survive the battle between the two dark angels, or will Joshua risk his own immortal life to protect the woman he loves?

The Guardian Angel Series

Book 1 Heavenly Lover 

Book 2 Underworld Lover 

Book 3 Underworld Queen 

Book 4 Redemption 

Publication date 14/12/2011

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My Review…. 
OMG it’s Josh from book one (Heavenly Lover) Dark angel and resident bad guy. 
He’s training new recruits, but he’s not in the zone. He’s still bristling from losing both a human soul and a heavenly one. 
Melanie is slowly recovering from the loss of her boyfriend, she’s sure he tried to save her before he died. 
Her new love is a flower shop, she loves her job, but still misses him. The only person who ever really knew her. 
I didn’t think this book could be any better than the first, I was wrong.  I’d come to expect a story full of passion, indecision and twists. I got that in spades. I didn’t think we would be able to redeem Josh, he’s been evil for centuries, convincing humans to end their life for a better one in the underworld (well that’s not going to happen is it?) he’s very good at his job. But he feels like he’s under investigation from the new director, and he’s not sure why! 
Melanie was lovely, coming from a rich but cold family, all she’s ever wanted was love and a family, meeting Felix she thought they’d be together forever…..
Meeting Josh, Melanie thinks she’s found a new love, but Josh being Josh has been given a task. But will he be able to convince Melanie to come with him? But what if he doesn’t want her to travel to the underworld, what if he wants to stay with her?  The attraction Josh feels for Melanie is confusing him no end. He wants her, he could have her, but keeping her? That’s not like him. 
(Peter) New Director runs the Underworld, I liked that idea, different from the usual rulers of Hell/Underworld. He’s now interested in Melanie, but why? Is it because he knows how Josh feels about her? Can someone that evil actually want Melanie? Yes he does, but not as a mate/wife, he wants her as a concubine in his harem! 
Secondary characters are just as important as the main characters in this book. A lot of time and effort is invested. 
Audray makes a surprising visit in this book (the woman Daniel loved in “Heavenly Lover”) 
And Jonas (who I hear you cry) well he’s a player and a much needed character, and that’s all your getting from me😉
Third book “Underworld” Queen is next on my reading list. 
Highly recommend this book. 
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Saturday’s Post

It’s funny how a bit of warm weather brings out the worse in people!

So I go out for my early morning walk, cooler than yesterday thank goodness. And quiet too, best time of the day. Except for the jogger that decided I needed to move over! And the mobility scooter that came out from the bushes and almost scaring me too death! But it was the abuse that came out of his mouth! I did wonder if he was using the trees as a toilet, but I wasn’t snooping, and maybe he was feeling guilty! He almost ran me over trying to get away!

Then I get home just before 8am to hear my next door neighbour mowing his lawn! Then he decided he needed to clean his grill, but to the sounds of his radio! Which was loud, I was already awake, but I don’t think the neighbour next to him was, because she starts shouting at him to turn that shit off and be quiet! Within minutes he’s turned his music up and half the row of houses I live in is up and either joining in or looking out their bedroom windows!

This afternoon I sent over to visit my granddaughter (I had a craft box to give her) we had a cold drink and a lovely chat in the garden.

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Review….. Heavenly Lover (A Guardian Angel Romance) (The Guardian Angel Series Book 1) by Sharon Hamilton 👩🏻‍💻

Heavenly Lover (A Guardian Angel Romance) (The Guardian Angel Series Book 1) by Sharon Hamilton

Description..

Claire, an unconventional Guardian angel sent to save a sexy Brazilian-born painter from killing himself, discovers Daniel has been preyed upon by a powerful dark angel posing as his best friend and agent. Although successful in saving Daniel’s life, Claire is in danger of losing her own when attraction to her handsome charge blooms into a forbidden love.

The dark angel offers her what she’s only dared to dream about—an eternity with Daniel. Will she sacrifice her soul, or sacrifice a lifetime with a man she knows she was created to love?

Publication date 18/10/2013 

About the Author

NYT and USA/Today and Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance. A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place.

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The Guardian Angel Series

Book 1 Heavenly Lover 

Book 2 Underworld Lover 

Book 3 Underworld Queen 

Book 4 Redemption 

My Review….. 

First book in a new series, and a new author for me to read. 
Claire isn’t your usual angel, as a guardian, she’s suppose to be serious and focused. I’d say Claire was more feisty, opinionated and fun loving than that. Her role is to guide and keep “humans” on the correct path. She’s never failed…..
But if the higher powers have their way, it’s going to be Claire’s last job, she’s being reassigned to teaching other angels to be guardians, and she’s not happy about that, not in the least!! 
Daniel is an artist, a beautiful soul, destined to do great things. 
He’s had enough of life, he tries to commit suicide after losing the love of his life. He never expected to become a pawn in the never ending battle between good and evil. 
She’s suppose to remain unseen. But all that changes when she sees Daniel trying time end his life. She’s only suppose to guide him in his dreams, but there is something not quite right about this job!! 
Josh dark angel (bad guy) his role is to turn his charges to the dark side, he’s never lost one to the light. Losing Daniel is not an option, but watching the angel with Daniel gives josh an idea….. 
Josh now has a new goal, to turn Claire. He uses the new love that is growing between Daniel and Claire. He whispers, he plots. 
Fighting their feelings for one another proves challenging for both Claire and Daniel. It doesn’t help when Josh offers Claire a way for them to be together. To good to be true? With a fallen angel, I’d say it’s more than likely! 
Loved the premise of this one, and as it’s a series, I’m hoping we get more of Josh. 
Beautifully written, characters are well thought out. 
The twist and turns in this book had me gripped right up until the end. 
Scenes set in both heaven/underworld and earth put you there. 
The angst, the anger and passion are expressed with great care. 
The fight between light and dark is ongoing, the battle for Daniels soul is the prize. 
Claire as an angel is suppose to be focused, we see that side of her, we also get to witness her transformation, the love she fights for Daniel. 
Daniel is complex, he’s an artist, so you expect them to be a tormented soul, you don’t expect them to try to commit suicide. His love for painting was overtaken by his love for Audray, all consuming, his passion for her was vibrant and exciting. He never thought he’d find her in the arms of another! He’s never going to paint again! 
I felt his pain, his anger and then his sorrow at losing her. Life wasn’t worth living. Then his love for Claire slowly growing, it’s not the same as his love for Claire, but to me the loves between Audray and Claire is totally opposite, the slow burn will last longer than the flash fire Audray and Daniel had.
I couldn’t put this book down, and I’m looking forward to the next one. 
Highly recommend this one. 
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Arc Review ….. Sucker Punch:  (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novels) Book 27 by Laurell K. Hamilton 👩🏻‍💻

Sucker Punch:  (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novels) Book 27 by Laurell K. Hamilton 

Description…. 

A brutal murder, a suspect in jail, and an execution planned—but what if the wrong person is about to be killed? 

When a fellow U.S. Marshal asks Anita Blake to fly to a tiny community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she arrives, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle in the most gruesome and bloody way possible. As the mounting evidence points to him, a warrant of execution is already under way.

But something seems off about the murder, and Anita has been asked for her expert opinion on the crime scene. Despite escalating pressure from local cops and the family’s cries for justice for their dead patriarch, Anita quickly realizes that the evidence doesn’t quite add up.

Time is against Anita, as the tight-knit community is up in arms and its fear of supernaturals is growing. She races to uncover the truth and determine whether the Marshals have caught the killer or are about to execute an innocent man—all in the name of justice…..

Anita Blake is the title and viewpoint character of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The series takes place in a parallel world in which supernatural characters like vampires and werewolves exist alongside regular humans, with Blake’s jobs including the re-animation of the dead as well as the hunting and executing of supernatural creatures (mostly vampires) that have broken the law.

Anita Blake was born with the power of necromancy, a power that she inherited from her grandmother. Her mother died in a car accident when Anita was 8, which greatly impacted her throughout her childhood and adult years. When Anita was 10, her father remarried after her mother’s death to Judith, whom Anita often clashed with over her powers and differences. Anita could ‘see’ ghosts, and raised her dead pet dog and even road kill, to her, her father and step-mothers dismay. Anita initially exerted little control over her powers, eventually leading her father to request that her maternal grandmother teach Anita how to “turn off” her abilities. Her Maternal Grandmother taught her how to control her abilities, but seeing how powerful Anita was, encouraged Anita’s dad to raise her as a Christian instead of vaudun. During college she raised a professor who had killed himself-her roommate moved out the next day. Anita majored in preternatural biology and became engaged to a fellow student, who later broke off the engagement due to his parents disapproving of him dating a Mexican woman. He was her first sexual experience. This would cause Anita to remain celibate for much of the initial books in the series (until The Killing Dance) After graduation Anita was recruited by Bert Vaughn to join Animators, Inc. as a professional zombie animator, where she was trained by Manny Rodriguez and became a licensed vampire executioner. She also met Edward, and learned about weapons. During the events in First Death she met the vampire hunter Edward and received several of her scars, which includes a cross-shaped brand on her arm.

Publication date 4/8/2021

https://amzn.to/30pFi2S *

My Review…… 

Book 27 in the series!! And the only read book I read was book 26!! 

I don’t think you need to read the others, it stands alone pretty well, but you get the feeling some of the jokes or meanings are “in house” so if you’ve read them all, you’ll probably get them. And of course it explains her background and livers in more detail. 

So ……. 

Anita is our main character in all the books. It’s told in her perspective (not a big fan, but it’s not a biggie) 

We start with Anita getting off a tiny plane, not her idea of fun, but it gets her to her destination of Michigan. 

She thinks it’s better not to get involved with the locals and the guy they have locked up. But chatting to him, Anita can’t distance herself, but is that a bad thing? She thinks he’s innocent, and the more time she spends poking around the small town, the more she’s convinced he didn’t do it. But if he didn’t do it, then who did? And why? 

There is lots of technical jargon, some of it explained and some of it gets really explained (page filling? You do have to wonder) there is lots of internal monologue (some of it pretty funny) there is also the fact she’s seeing seven other people (from lovers, to fiancées) the group texting made me chuckle, her griping at the fact she needs to text and talk more to the people in her life. She doesn’t mind, but she does feel a little resentment at being told what to do! (Did we need to know that?) 

She likes her weapons, there is lots of weapons, there is lots of talking about the weapons. 

As we get further into the book, there are a few red herrings to try to catch you out, there are the usual suspects, but only one in jail. My money was on the family members that tried to rob their dead relative. 

And what was with one of the deputies, chip on his shoulder or what!! 

The marshal Anita teams up with is a great character, Marshal Newman is an old friend of hers, so it was great to read that interaction. The Sheriff in charge was a bit of an idiot, very singleminded and not open to change. It was fun to watch him squirm under Anita’s stare.

Oh and Anita is trying to get married…. she’s marrying Jean-Claude (a six hundred year old vampire) she’d marry Nathaniel and Micah if she could (shifters) but the alternate universe frowns on multiple people marrying!

Then we have Edward “Ted” not a sexual partner at all (In fact he got married in the last book and Anita was his “best man”) 

And what about this Marshall Otto “Olaf” Jeffries?! Creepy guy if you ask me. It goes into a little detail, but I’m assuming there is past history there (don’t think sexual, but you never know with Anita) 

So….. a murder mystery story basically. 

Well written, very descriptive, and a fast paced read. I didn’t read any characters that didn’t seem unnecessary, they were all well thought out, and I grew to dislike a few of them. 

We spend time getting to know the killer, and I really didn’t think he did it. But you’ll have to read it to find out😉

And I really liked it. The author drew me in and kept me there until I was done. 

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Wednesday’s Post

During one of my walks today, I had to avoid mobility scooters, joggers that needed the whole of the path, and push bikes that needed all the path and a bit more! No matter what way you go, no matter how you walk that path, there will always be someone telling you that your in the way! And dodging older kids playing football, as the ball comes flying towards you! It felt like an assault course today!

Housework and laundry today. I finished sorting the library and I have a box of craft stuff for my granddaughter.

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Tuesday’s Post

Can’t believe we are almost into our first week of August! Thankfully the sun was out, so I got my walks in. Caught up with family and friends in the usual ways. Thought I’d have a rest from books today, my little library got a good tidy up, and I’ve sorted more stuff out for my granddaughter. Made a fish pie for dinner, and enough left for another dinner.

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Book Release📖 4-8-2020. paperback edition. Dark illusions (A Carpathian Novel) by Christine Feehan 📖

description….

The next exhilarating novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan. 

At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija’s attempt to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back-and those who are hunting her are close behind….

After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can’t believe he’s finally found his lifemate-the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija, his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection, Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai’s intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster. 

As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians….

Publication date 4/8/2020

https://amzn.to/2WRKD0R

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I need to check, but I have a feeling I’ve done this review!

Monday’s w

Laundry, housework and a fair amount of walking today. Caught up with the us it all people using the usual methods of communication.

Catching up with some reading and reviewing, I did try to listen to an audio book, but I almost fell asleep, laying on the bed with the sun on my back was very restful.

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Random Thought

Now I’m trying to get read to go back to work, I thought I’d share a few things I used over the last four months I was at home.

I’ve been using a few of these things to help me through lock down. I’m sure I’ll continue to use a few of these.

Let me know if you use any, or did you use anything else?

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Sunday’s Post

A quick shower this morning seemed to cool the day down. I got a few good walks in today. Also got the other pair of curtains washed. Mowed the back lawn, tidied up the garden and weeded the flower beds.

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Saturday’s Post

A day challenges. I started the day off with washing a set of curtains before going out for a walk. I also went to see my dad, so that meant getting some food, I ventured into a supermarket, the first in almost five months! I won’t deny I was a little nervous, I didn’t get as far as putting goods into a basket, but I entered a shop😉 made sandwiches for myself and my dad, hubby is going to drop me off and come back later (he’s watching the football)

Had a really nice afternoon with dad and his dog, we went for a walk, ate sandwiches on the bench outside his home. we stayed outside until dinner.

It was lovely catching up with him. Made such a nice change from talking to him on the phone or FaceTiming.

Caught up with a few work colleagues this evening also. We discussed work, the people there, and the idiots that don’t seem to care!

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Welcome August 💐

Not back to work this month. The restaurant has been open since July, but I’ve been hesitant in returning, I’ve been keeping in touch with members of staff. But I suppose it’s the unknown, that’s kept me from going back. But I’m working on going back.

It’s my anniversary this month.

My nephews birthday

Books I’m looking forward to reading…..

Dark illusion (Dark Carpathian Series) by Christine Feehan ….. P/B I’ve already read and reviewed this one.

The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp) by J.R. Ward ….H/B I’ll need to wait for the paperback.

P/B Paperback

H/B Hardback

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