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About jab1969

Hi I’m an avid reader. I also write reviews for the books I read. Come in and say hi. You can find me on GoodReads, Bookbub, and NetGalley 👩🏻‍💻 I also review on an awesome site The Reading Cafe (run by Barb and Sandy) So ........ More about me 🤨 I’m almost 50 🤫 I’ve been married (for 27 years) I have a 30 year old son. I had a daughter, I lost her a week before her 21st birthday 😥 and it’s been 5 years since she’s been gone (and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her) I work as a salad 🥗 chef 👩‍🍳 in a restaurant, haven’t been there long (before that I worked in Tesco) a large supermarket in the UK. I also like to make craft items (and if your really lucky) and I’ll try to post my efforts on here 😉 My daughter loved butterflies (so part of my blog name is dedicated to her) I’ve taken on her love of butterflies (I have several tattoos) so I’m probably going to throw quiet a few butterflies on here 😉 I LOVE PENGUINS 🐧 💕so I’m also going to be putting a few on here (my library holds a few) 😉 <img src="https://d1vbo0kv48thhl.cloudfront.net/images/featured_book_reviewer_big.png"

Kindle Review…. The Impassioned Choice: book 5 (Etherya’s Earth) by Rebecca Hefner👩🏻‍💻

The Impassioned Choice: book 5 (Etherya’s Earth) by Rebecca Hefner 

Description……

A new villain emerges, threatening the peace the immortals crave…

Heden, the youngest Vampyre royal, has always strived to live up to his sovereign duty.  As the most gifted programmer in the immortal world, he applies his skills to protect the kingdom and the family he adores. But his siblings have all settled down with families of their own, and Heden often feels like a perpetual third wheel.

Wracked with guilt after her grandfather’s violent death, Sofia Morelli made a sinister pact with an unknown ally. Utilizing her tech ingenuity to plan the ultimate attack against the immortal royals, she begins to realize they might not be the nefarious enemies she believed them to be.

As Heden discovers the new adversaries and learns someone on the Secret Society shares his hacking prowess, he realizes the human, Sofia, might actually hold the key to defeating them. Determined to turn the feisty woman to his side, he employs his jovial nature and seduction skills to win her over. But when their tentative connection turns into something more, Heden understands a coding war isn’t the only thing he could lose to the spunky human. For, he might just lose his heart to someone who can never share his immortal future…

**The Etherya’s Earth series is best read in order so the reader can enjoy the evolution of the characters. After all, the author loves a good twist and wants the reader to uncover them organically. However, readers of romance rest assured that each book has its own featured hero/heroine and HEA.

Etherya’s Earth Series

Book 1: The End of Hatred

Book 2: The Elusive Sun 

Book 3: The Darkness Within

Book 4: The Reluctant Savior 

Book 5: The Impassioned Choice

https://amzn.to/2EuOuuh *

Publication date 20/4/2020

My Review…. 

Heden is youngest brother to Sathan, Latimus and Arderin, the joker and peacemaker in the family. A computer genius, there isn’t much he can’t find or do with them. 

Watching from the sidelines as his family gets bigger with each year. His brothers have found mates, even his tempestuous sister has bagged herself a man, well demon! Heden is wondering if anyone will come forward and claim this geek?! 

After swearing to get revenge for the death of her beloved grandfather, Sofia now has the upper hand. After placing surveillance in all the villages in the Vampyre/Slayera domain, Sofia can watch and plan the downfall of the Deamon-Slayera murderess who killed her grandfather. 

Her prowess with technology rivals and surpasses (well in her opinion) Heden’s. Her supporter wants them all dead! Even the children! A full scale war is on the cards……

I’ve read the whole series, and I do recommend you read them in order. Heden has been in all of them, his sense of humour has been in evidence, his love for his family is obvious, playing peacemaker for centuries. But you get the sense he’s a much deeper character, behind that smile and banter is a young man that wants to be loved. 

Sofia is a new character. But her knowledge of the Etherya world is not. With the help of The Secret Society she knows who is to blame for the death of her grandfather, the only objection is the fact the society want EVERYONE dead! Even the children, and Sofia is finding that hard to work with. 

And when Sofia is faced with the truth about who the leader of the society is, and the fact the families he has accused aren’t as bad as he claims, it puts Sofia in a quandary, does she have the right to end so many lives? And what’s his agenda (I know, but I’m not saying)

Heden has grown over the last few books, sure he’s still the playboy, the joker, but I also get this sense he’s ready for a family (even if it’s only subconsciously at the moment) his sense of humour had me chuckling at the oddest of moments, the banter he had with the women in his family (sisters-in-laws) tell them he’d run away with them, and they’d live happily ever after. The jokes he had with the man his sister bonded too, you’d think it would be difficult, but Heden draws out the smiles in most people. 

So who is the secret society? What do they want? What’s the agenda? 

Well I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you 😉 

I try not to give spoilers, and boy this one was hard to keep quiet, it’s a big one. I did not see it coming, and I did have a moment where I had to reread the passage just to be sure.

It’s been a marvellous journey, filled with danger, intrigue, passion, and sadness. The characters have all been amazing. Catching up with everyone in the Etherya world was great, seeing how the couples have grown, how each character has evolved. 

The action scenes were still as good as the first book. 

The tender moments were all the more poignant as this series is almost at an end. 

Like how can Sofia and Heden have a happy ending? She’s human, she will age and die, and she won’t be able to live in Etherya! 

Each book became a favourite. But now with this last book, I can say this wasn’t my favourite, but it came a very very close second. 

But I encourage you to pick up the first book, you won’t regret it. 

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Arc Review… Burning Ash (Forgotten Brotherhood Book 3) by N.J. Walters📱

Burning Ash (Forgotten Brotherhood Book 3) by N.J. Walters

Description….

No one is more surprised than Asher, one of the oldest vampires on Earth, that he’s attracted to vamp hunter Jo Radcliffe. She’s smart, a talented slayer, and she’s gorgeous. Something about her pulls at him, like no one ever has before. For a man, whose name strikes fear in everyone—this is something new and intriguing. And quite possibly deadly, if she discovers his secret.

Jo has two things in common with the handsome Asher—they are both slayers and someone is messing with them in a very-much-trying-to-kill-them way. She’s not so happy about joining forces with a dude she doesn’t know. But he’s sexy as hell and really good at his job as one of the Forgotten Brotherhood, whose business it is to execute misbehaving paranormals.

She knows she’s bait in a larger plot to harm Asher and the Brotherhood. And there is nothing he won’t do, no line he won’t cross, to keep her safe—which may be the weakness that destroys them both.

Each book in the Fury Unleashed series is STANDALONE:
* Fury Unleashed
* Arctic Bite
* Burning Ash

Publication date… 21/9/2020

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Asher feared no one—man, creature, or god. He’d long passed his normal lifespan. Those he’d loved had been lost to the sands of time. Now the only ones he called friends were the Forgotten Brotherhood. 

The Brotherhood had been created by the fallen angel Maccus after the two of them had been hired for the same job. 

What could have led to mass bloodshed had instead  spawned the Forgotten. 

They were the most dangerous men in existence, loners with loyalty to no one. They had no pack, no coven or  community. Or at least none that would claim them.

They killed only those who deserved to die, paranormal  creatures that murdered without discrimination.

Try to hire one of them to slay someone innocent or who didn’t deserve to die? Well, that never ended well for the one trying to secure the contract. 

They mostly kept to themselves, but they all lived by a code. 

Kill only those that deserved it and let their gods sort them out. 

Kill them before they killed you.

Never, ever betray a fellow assassin. 

Simple and easy with little room for discussion. Because once a contract was accepted, it was carried out. There was no other option. In their line of work, there could be no mistakes.

My Review….. 

Asher has seen and done many things In his long life.Being brought into this life by a goddess, she set him the task of keeping humans safe.
Maccus and Asher formed the brotherhood, and through the years others members have joined. And as part of the brotherhood, they’ve had to put down some of their friends (that’s why it’s never good to form a close bond) they don’t meet up very often, and it’s usually only to swap information.
Jo is a vampire slayer, after losing her beloved parents to a vicious killer. 
She’s good at her job, she trains and doesn’t let anything get in her way. 
Asher receives an email that interests him, it warns him of a vampire that’s offering immortality, but in fact is killing his hosts! That’s a big no no, so here he is watching a vampire in Kentucky. But that’s not what got his interest, the fact he couldn’t trace it has him joining in this hunt. 
Now usually the brotherhood don’t get involved, the rogue vampires are dealt with by The Vampire Council. The brotherhood’s job is the one no one wants to do. 
Asher and Jo first meet whilst dispatching the same vampire. 
Both are wary of each other, but Asher guesses who Jo is first, his reveal doesn’t go down well at all with Jo. He’s a Vampire!!! She knows she should take him out, the only good vampire is a dead vampire. But he can walk in the sun, he eats food, all the things vampires don’t usually do!! She needs more information before she acts! 
Agreeing to work together until they find out who is sending them the emails. 
He could freeze her in place with a mere thought. Make her do anything he desired. But that would make him a monster. The kind he’d dedicated his life to eradicating. “I’ve lived longer than you can imagine. Seen history unfold for thousands and thousands of years. You’ve barely been alive a second in comparison.” Her mouth dropped open, and her heart picked up speed. “Holy shit.” “I could have anything I wanted from you.” Honesty might make her pull away, but better that happen now than after he’d had her. Jo was a human hunter with a limited lifespan, but she made him feel truly alive for the first time  in millennia. He’d lived long enough to understand how  truly precious that was.
And when they find out that vampires are after Jo! And a huge bounty is on her head! Well it’s going to take them working as a team. 
Both are attracted to one another, and it’s all ok, until Jo finds out his a vampire. But she can’t help her feelings, but she works alone, it’s for the best, she can’t and won’t get attached. 
Asher on the other hand is totally enamoured with Jo, she’s a warrior, a loner like him, but he can’t get her off of his mind. If he’s going to protect her and figure out who is pulling the strings, he’s going to need help. 
“Something about you brings out a side of me I buried  long ago.” He’d thought it dead, but some tiny flicker in his  heart still yearned for an intimate connection. And that  scared the crap out of him. “Guess I’m just special.” Her voice was strained but  steady. His head jerked up. Was she joking? She was. The light  in her eyes and the twitching of her lips was a dead giveaway.  The pressure crushing his chest lessened. Could she really  mean it? “You are very special. Truly exceptional.” No  humor on his part.
The story like the first two in the series is full of action and a few twists. 
It’s fun reading about a strong female bringing down the male. He’s all strong and posturing…. then BAM!! He’s down for the count and trying to keep his emotions in check. 
It’s great that this series have females that are capable of looking after themselves. Only so many books with helpless females I can read! 
Maccus plays I think a prominent role, he’s wondering why the brotherhood are being targeted? 
Quick recap…. Maccus and Morrigan (Fury Unleashed) were sent to kill each other. That didn’t happen, they worked together to figure out Maccus is a pawn in the fight between heaven and hell! Then Alexei Medvedev and Cassie Dobbs meet, (Arctic Bite) it’s a contract on her life! Again they worked together to find out who was pulling the strings. 
So I can see where Maccus is concerned that the brotherhood is being targeted. 
Back to the story….. 
Asher and Jo now aware of the danger, agree to work together. 
In such close proximity sparks are sure to fly. Jo is aware her time with Asher is limited, Asher doesn’t worry, he’s decided to end his life when Jo gets old and dies. Happy with his vow, he intends to spend as much time her as he can. But first their stalker……
So who is behind the scenes pushing Asher and Jo together? For what purpose? Was Maccus correct when he thinks it’s the Brotherhood that’s in danger? Who has that type of power? 
You don’t need to have read the first two books in this series. I don’t think you’ll miss anything. 
Beautifully written, full of drama and passion. Moments of comedy and sadness. Descriptions that come to life on the page. 
It’s a series that’s now on my TBR list. 
I’d recommend this book all day long. 
🦋

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Kindle Review….. The Reluctant Savior (Etherya’s Earth Book 4) by Rebecca Hefner 👩🏻‍💻

The Reluctant Savior (Etherya’s Earth Book 4) by Rebecca Hefner 

Description

Evie, daughter of virtuous Princess Rina and malicious Deamon King Crimeous, is a woman torn in half. The first centuries of her life taught her fervent lessons about pain and suffering. For ages, she suppressed her mother’s noble blood, crafting a reality where she was drifting along, needing no one. Until an ancient prophecy calls to her, possibly creating a purpose for her squalid existence.

Kenden has commanded the Slayer army for a thousand years. Strong, cunning and loyal, he longs for the day when Crimeous has been defeated and he can settle down to build a family. Focused on conquering the Dark Lord, he is stunned when Evie makes a brazen demand that must be fulfilled before she chooses to fight with them.

Although incensed by Evie’s ultimatum, Kenden has never desired a woman more than the flame-haired vixen. Though she stirs his ire, he also has a deep well of compassion for the beauty who suffered so much trauma centuries ago. 

Together they train, and by night their connection grows, building toward the moment when they will battle her father. But, in the end, Evie has a choice and struggles to espouse righteousness over malevolence. For, when one’s worst fears are exposed, the evil is so much easier to embrace…

Etherya’s Earth Series

Book 1: The End of Hatred

Book 2: The Elusive Sun

Book 3: The Darkness Within

Book 4: The Reluctant Savior

Book 5: The Impassioned Choice

Publication date 23/5/2019 

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My Review…… 

Evie has never played well with others, half daemon and half Slayera (Sister to DarkRip and half sister to Miranda) she’s known nothing but pain and misery at the hands of her father. She’s learnt to look after herself, she takes what she wants and nothing stands in her way…..

Kenden has been a solider first as long as he can remember. And being the leader of the Slayera army has always been his goal. 

His army is now a force to be reckoned with, especially now its part Slayer part vampire. Maybe now they can finally take down King of the Daemons Crimeous! 

Book four had me on the edge of my seat! 

We’ve known Kenden from book one, and I’ve always wondered if he’d get a story. I couldn’t see him with a character who wouldn’t give him a run for his money, and Evie does that, and really well. I didn’t want to see him with anyone who’s a pushover (again Evie is nothing like that) but I didn’t expect Evie, although there has been a fair amount of flirting between them.

Evie hasn’t been that forthcoming in the series, it was hard to get a grasp of her character, killing a former lover because he betrayed her, I could see (sort of) but she seemed like a character I was going to hate.

But as you get to know her you see how much she’s had to deal with. 

For over eight hundred years she’s had Daemon blood run through her veins, being used as a punch bag and worse by her father has to leave emotional scars, and the damage has been done, she cares for no one but herself. 

I did have to chuckle when Evie made her demands known (she’s not prepared to fight her father, she wants nothing to do with Etherya) it wasn’t what I expected and I loved how her mind worked. 

The chemistry between Evie and Kenden is off the charts, he wants more than she is willing to give. Can Kenden get through those high walls of hers? 

And when faced with her father, can Evie do what the rest of the family can’t, finally kill their enemy/father, and bring Justice to the woman that binds them together? 

It’s great to catch up with previous characters and couples. A few twits that will keep you reading this till the early hours. 

Oh side note, for all you readers who love Nolan and Sadie, you definitely need to read this one😉

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Kindle Review…. A Vampire’s Vow (Vampires on Holiday Book 3) by ML Guida 👩🏻‍💻

A Vampire’s Vow (Vampires on Holiday Book 3) by ML Guida 

Description….

Michael Aims: I’m a vampire and I can shift into a wolf. My problem is I can’t control my wolf.

And I’m being hunted.

I sent my sister away so she’d be safe. I thought my high school sweetheart was deployed and in Afghanistan far from the vampire killers.

But I was wrong. She’s back.

And now they’re after her.

If I don’t learn how to control my wolf, I won’t be able to protect her. She’s my life.

Holly Wade: I love Michael, but I’m afraid he’ll reject me.

I was a soldier and have second degree burns.

But he’s changed, too. He’s a vampire who can shift into a werewolf.

Vampire hunters want to kill him and now they’re after me.

Civilian life isn’t what I thought it would be–vampires, werewolves, killers.

One thing I know for sure. He doesn’t need to save me. I’m a soldier, trained to fight.

If killers are after us, bring it on. I’m ready.

Vampires on Holiday series 

Book 1 A Vampire’s Wish 

Book 2 A Vampire’s Gift 

Book 3 A Vampires Vow 

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My Review….. 

This is the third and last book in the series. 
We met Michael in book two (A Vampire’s Gift) he’s friends with Jayden (MC in previous book) and was injured, so he was turned by his best friend into a vampire. 
Now, each vampire has a special gift, only Micheal got more than he bargained for, he now changes into a wolf when he gets stressed! 
Holly is Michael’s girlfriend, she was a solider serving her country until a horrible accident sends her home! 
From there she falls into a strange and almost twilight zone! Her boyfriend’s a vampire, his friends manager (Jayden was in a band) is stalking them, with the intent on killing them, and she’s got no idea what to make of it all!! 
I must admit I liked this one the best out of the three books in this series. 
Michael not being able to control his wolf had me chuckling. Also I wanted to hit him! The scars aren’t Holly, you should have been more compassionate! 
Holly being smart enough to use the wolf to her advantage, (being a solider she uses what’s around her)
Reading how Holly interacts with Michael and then the rest of the vampires, it’s a lot to take in, I mean, who would believe there are 
There did seem like a lot more plot and content to this one. 
Catching up with old friends and hopefully dispatching old enemies once and for all. 
We also meet Saul a werewolf looking for his sister (could this be a spin off series?) 
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Kindle Review…. A Vampire’s Gift (Vampires on Holiday Book 2) by ML Guida 👩🏻‍💻

A Vampire’s Gift (Vampires on Holiday Book 2) by ML Guida

Description….

Eleanor Byrne:  I’m a three-hundred-year old vampire. I turned a dying man, but now, I have a hot-headed rock star who won’t follow the rules. 

He’s pushing me to face fears that have haunted me for years. And the scariest one––is I think I’m falling for him. But can I forget my torrid past and open my heart to love?

Jayden Kye: I was dying. A vampire gave me the only gift she had. I’m a vampire and now my best friends want to kill us both. 

To survive, I have to trust her. But she hides in the darkness. That’s not my style. She’s got secrets. One them is she’s a bad-ass and keeps saving my ass. I’m losing my heart to her, but she doesn’t trust easily. Will she ever give me a chance or will she keep pushing me away?

Vampires on Holiday series 
Book 1 A Vampire’s Wish 
Book 2 A Vampire’s Gift 
Book 3 A Vampires Vow 
My Review….. 
Eleanor lay dying, her family slaughtered. And the reason, her father had protected a man! But not just any man, a vampire!
Janus (from book 1) found Eleanor and asked if she wanted revenge for her family and herself, he felt as if it were his fault about her family (he was the vampire that was being protected)
Jayden is in a band, Jayden is lost, after his father died, his twin brother spiralled out of control and got into drugs, after too many fights his brother dies in an accident! It’s just now Jayden and his mother, he needs to be strong for her, but it’s just not working…. 
Eleanor turns Jayden into a vampire after he almost dies in an accident. But he’s not convinced, he needs to get back to his mother, she must be worried sick. But Eleanor can’t let him go home until he’s controlled his thirst for blood! 
It’s then a battle of wills between the pair, he wants to continue with his human life, but Eleanor tries to warm him if the vampire hunters out there, he can’t live his normal life any longer. 
As the pair become closer, Eleanor tries to let go of her past, but it’s not easy. She can’t forget what the men did to her! The degrading things they did to her! She likes Jayden, but can she let go and move on? 
And what of the vampire hunters? They aren’t just going to give up hunting her…. 
This was totally different from the first book. 
We have a female vampire fighting to survive, we watch as she tries to guide Jayden in his new life. 
We watch the couple grow closer, we hope the hunters don’t find them, but when your best friend comes from a long line of vampire hunters, it’s going to be tricky. And when Eleanor finds out his best friend is from the line that killed her family and raped her, will she just walk away? 
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Kindle Review… A Vampire’s Wish (Vampires on Holiday Book 1) by ML Guida 👩🏻‍💻

A Vampire’s Wish (Vampires on Holiday Book 1) by ML Guida

Description…..

Janus: I lost her once in another life. I’ve found her again, but she’s with another man. A man who beats her.

I won’t let him hurt her again. But if I move too fast, she’ll disappear again. Will I ever win her heart or am I destined to live alone for eternity?

Deirdre: A vampire’s claims he knew me over two hundred years ago, and I was his wife. He wants to pick up where we left off.

I can’t deal with his fantasies. I have enough troubles with escaping from my boss who is my fiancé.

Unfortunately, my only chance to escape from him is to trust Janus who stirs up feelings that I’ve never felt for any other man. They scare me. What if he’s right? What if in a former life I was in love with him? Could I possibly be feeling desire for a vampire?

A Vampire’s Wish is the first book in ML Guida’s new sexy, vampire series. If you like page-turning action, dark heroes, kick-ass heroines, then you’ll fall in love with new series from an award winning author.

Vampires on Holiday series 
Book 1 A Vampire’s Wish 
Book 2 A Vampire’s Gift 
Book 3 A Vampires Vow 

Publication date 2018
My Review…… 
Janus is a lonely vampire, centuries ago Janus lost his beloved Delores to vampire hunters. He swore to find her (vampires believe their soulmates would be reborn) he knows he let her down, and if he ever flubs her again, he’d keep her safe. 
Deirdre loves her fiancé, she really does, but she’s scared of him, his temper is beginning to take control of him, to the outside world Brandon is amazing, but if anyone angers him, it’s Deidre’s fault and she pays for it! 
Written in the POV of the characters. We read Janus lose his beloved to the vampire hunters…. 
Years later by chance he discovers her in Hawaii, but she’s with someone else! 
I Just wanted to know… if Brandon had been a nice guy, would Janus have left Deirdre/Delores go? 
But he’s a bully and when Janus finds out that Brandon hits her, then all bets are off. He’s going to win her back. 
A short Christmas holiday story. 
I have to admit the backstory held a lot of potential, but the book was a bit of a let down (was it because it was a short story? Probably) so much to pack in and not enough time to get it all in! 
Janus was trying to be patient, but Deidre is scared, and then she’s suspicious, and then she’s back to being scared. I found Delores to be a spoilt child. 
But I did like the premise of finding a love across time, the idea that you can find that love again and again. 
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Arc Review…. The Baby Contract (The Contract Series Book 2) by CeeRee Fields 👩🏻‍💻

The Baby Contract (The Contract Series Book 2) by CeeRee Fields    

Description…. 
An unwanted wife, a broken contract, and a secret baby.Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez’s life was idyllic. She married the man of her dreams. Had a supportive stepfather. And a dream job. Until the night she discovered everything she thought was true was a lie. Her husband only needed her to settle a debt to her stepfather by getting Elizabeth pregnant. The child and Elizabeth unknowing pawns in a contract forged between two powerful men bent on adding to their wealth.

She fled from all of it.

Rafael ‘Rafe’ Martinez wanted Elizabeth the first time he set eyes on her. Until he was forced to tangle with her stepfather, who presented Rafe with the unholy bargain. When he realizes Elizabeth only wanted him to impregnate her, Rafe’s done and demands a divorce so he can be free to find love elsewhere.

A year later, the two meet again only to discover they both have been lied to. Him thinking Elizabeth had anything to do with the contract. And her thinking he only wanted Elizabeth because of the contract.

Little do either of them know the rocky path of their beginning will lead them to a love like no other, but first, they have to survive her stepfather’s murderous intentions.

Publication date 9/9/2020
My Review….. 
I’ve read this author before (The Rayburn Mysteries) so I was eager to see what this was all about…. 
Now that was different. I really enjoyed that. 
Elizabeth Is happily in love, she has a secret she can’t wait to tell her stepfather and husband, but before she can do that, she overhears something that smashes her world to pieces! 
I get the impression she’s quite a sheltered person, she might write novels under a pen name, but she lives the peaceful life. All she has ever wanted was a family, after losing her mother, her best friend and stepfather became her family, then Rafe was added, and Elizabeth was happy. 
So she’s got no choice but to run….. 
Rafe I wanted to hate, he really was vile to Elizabeth, but the more you read about him, the more you come to realise he had been played! 
He really did love her at first, but an arrangement between Rafe and Harold (stepfather) with Elizabeth’s knowledge and consent (which he finds out she didn’t know about) sours the marriage, now he wants out! The marriage (unknown to Elizabeth) was only meant to be for a year. 
He thinks she’s a gold digger, a cheat and possibly unable to conceive a child! Add in the fact his housekeeper hates Elizabeth, his mother despised her and wants him to marry someone with more clout in their circle!! (So he had that going on in the background) 
My thoughts were if you were in love with that person wouldn’t you challenge them about the affairs? And why only a year? 
Thought he was a bit of an a$$ to be honest. And a bit gullible (your new girlfriend is taking you for a FOOL!!) 
I liked that, a second chance type of romance, not my usual read, but I really enjoyed the drama, the suspense, and although we knew who the bad guy was (stepfather) and we knew why, it was more than just that. 
The secondary characters were great, they took Elizabeth (now Colby) under their wing and made her feel she finally had a family. They kept her safe from her stepfather, they bolstered her when she was low, and loved her unconditionally. 
The first part of the book is Elizabeth trying to get to grips with the betrayal and shock of her marriage, throw in the fact her stepfather and best friend were trying to kill her (very large estate in trust for her) Coping with a pregnancy on her own, and still in love with her ex! She’s finally living the life she wants. But with constantly having to look over her shoulder for her stepfather it’s all taking it’s toll on her. But she’s not going to give up! 
And I like she’s finding her backbone, she has an opinion and she’s not afraid to voice it anymore. 
We jump to six months and find Colby (was Elizabeth) living a quiet life on a ranch, she has her extended family around her, and life is growing inside her nicely, she’s also written a book. Life is good (so you know something is coming to screw it up!) 
Well it does…… 
From there it’s a fast pace of cat and mouse, Elizabeth pretending she doesn’t know what her best friend and stepfather are planning, planning for her future. 
Then add Rafe wanting a second chance! She still loves him, and wants them to be a family. 
But he’s going to have to prove he’s serious, she wants them to be together always, so it’s down to Rafe to show her.
It’s a second book in the series, I didn’t read the first one. But you don’t need to. 
So will Rafe and Elizabeth/Colby get back together? What happens when he finds out about the baby? And can Elizabeth stay one step ahead of her stepfather? 
Definitely recommend this book if your a fan of murder/mystery stories. 
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Arc Review….. Hostage: An Everyday Heroes World Novel (The Everyday Heroes World) by Jas T. Ward 👩🏻‍💻

Hostage: An Everyday Heroes World Novel (The Everyday Heroes World) by Jas T. Ward 

Description…. 

Jas T. Ward’s Hostage is a thrill ride of adventure with a sexy, paranormal romance twist written in K. Bromberg’s The Everyday Heroes World project.

Evan O’Brien lived his immortal existence committed to a life of hardcore service to the secret war and army of The Grid. Zero time for love. That emotion complicated his control on all aspects of his life. He was determined his heart had no say so. And nothing or no one could change that.

Lily Devenmore spent her days working with kids and a job surrounded by books at the library. She lived loud and as bold as being born to the Grid allowed. As love found her sisters, Lily longed for it too. But she had yet to find a man who wanted her and not change her.

That all changed in one day—not only was she held hostage but Evan learned he held his heart from ransom far too long. Could they rescue each other? With help of some of your favorite characters from The Everyday Heroes World, they just might.


Publication date 10/9/2020

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My Review…..

Evan works as second in command for the secret army The Grid. He’s good at his job, he works long and demanding hours so he doesn’t have time to be social, love and friendships take a back seat. 

But all that changes when a hold up goes wrong and Lily is held hostage. 

He has to face the fact that he likes her! Where that came from is anyone’s guess. 

Well no, actually that’s a lie, Evan knows exactly where that thought came from. Seems like someone has a secret thing for Lily. And he’s had it for a while…..

Lily works in a private school teaching first graders. She also works in the local library 

Lily has two sisters Emma and Rose, they both work for The Grid also. Lily and her sisters lost both their parents and their brother to the “cause” protecting civilians from the demons that hunt them. 

Love isn’t high on her list of things to do, being in love hurt, so not for Lily thank you. 

This book was so much fun to read. Set in a world where The grid is a secret army organised to fight demons and the things that creep out of hell!!! 

Organised centuries ago, and here is the thing I found the most original, the good guys were all once bad guys! Earning a shot at redemption, if they pass, they get too live an immortal life on earth (still working for the grid I wasn’t sure on that part) 

This book is part of a series. (The Everyday Hero’s World) its a little confusing finding the series.

I haven’t read any of the others, I don’t think your missing out on anything. They are connected in some way, but as they are written by different authors, it’s safe to say they don’t need to be read in order. 

But the author also has a world for these characters (and I may go and have a look) think there might be a spin off as well! 

Evan and Lily constantly bang heads, she’s too loud and in your face. Evan is a stickler for rules and paperwork, so you do have to wonder how they come together?! 

Really well thought out and written. Very descriptive, hilarious in parts (I did like Lily’s attitude) she always had a comeback or put down. 

I really liked Lily, except for her lack of self esteem, she was a pretty funny woman. Fiery and passionate, loyal to her family and close friends, but with a side that makes you want to cuddle her up close and fight in her corner. Watching her parents die couldn’t have been easy, watching her sisters gets all the attention from boys had to be hard, but Lily is a fighter, she’s come to terms with who she is, except when Evan tells her how sexy she is, it’s hard to believe him. 

Evan is a character I’d like to know more about. Centuries old, a mob bosses enforcer, he had the chance to redeem himself and took it. With fangs and a tendency to go crispy in the sun, you’d think they were vampires! Nope! According to Evan not vampires, they just share a few of the sane characteristics (think it’s the fact they’ve come from hell) 

I get the impression he can’t take time off, is it to atone for his past? He feels he has to be in control of everything. 

The chemistry once lit between these two was explosive. 

Evan started the ball rolling when they were trapped in the bunker, he told Lily exactly how he felt about her. 

So how does a workaholic commander keep the loud and brash librarian/schoolteacher? Because trying to convince Lily he wants something more than a one night stand is going to be an uphill battle. 

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Arc Review… The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn 👩🏻‍💻

The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn

Description….

I can’t believe I have to go home to Nebraska for my sister’s wedding. I’m gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least my bestie agreed he’d man up and help. Too bad he had to catch a different flight than me. Then his plane got delayed. And finally—because bad things always happen in threes—instead of my best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst—even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? My buffer was supposed to be there to keep me away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs us up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? I’m in. I can’t wait to take this guy down a notch.

But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, our bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…

Publication date 23/8/202

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My Review……

If you want a laugh with your read, you can’t go wrong with an Avery Flynn book. 

I’ve read most of her work, and it always leaves me with a smile. 

Written in the third persons point of view. We watch as Haley and Will do battle to see who comes out on top over a family member? 

Haley Loves her best friend, but does she have to put up E.T (evil twin) or Mr Obnoxious all the time? He might be a billionaire, he might be the most eligible bachelor, but to Haley, he’s always be annoying.  

Will thinks that Haley is a gold digger, his twin might be her “best friend” but he knows better, he’s seen her type before, and he’s determined to get rid of her. 

When an opportunity presents itself. Will is quick to capitalise on it. 

But what he gets is turned on his head, Haley is fun, kind and gentle. Did he really get it so wrong? And now Will wants her for himself, can he really do that to his brother? 

It’s a laugh a minute, anything and everything that can go wrong does go wrong? Haley’s family is extremely close, and she finds that claustrophobic, she loves them dearly, just not 24/7! Thank goodness her best friend is coming to this wedding to pose as her boyfriend, but fates not that kind, it sends her nemesis in his place! And that’s when the trouble starts. 

Will doesn’t think his twin and Haley’s friendship is just that, he thinks she’s after his money, so he’s going to expose her. 

But spending time with her exposes her not as a fraud, but a kind and caring person. I did have to chuckle, boy did he have a lot of making up to do…… 

Loved Haley’s family, they were crazy in a good way. Ready to pitch in and help, but they could drive you nuts within minutes! 

Games night? Was hilarious. Her grandfather was so funny. And when an old boyfriend of Haley’s turns up, is it relief that his brother won’t be fleeced by her or jealousy that it’s not him holding her hand? 

So can Will see past his ex taking him for a ride? Can he get past his jealousy of his brother? Well technically Web and not Will have Haley in his life. 

And when he finds out she really isn’t a gold digger can he apologise and get Haley to forgive him? 

I’ve come to love reading anything by this author. 

I couldn’t put it down till it was done. Highly recommend this book and this author. 

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Arc Review… Murder Ballad Blues by Lynda McDaniel 📱

Murder Ballad Blues by Lynda McDaniel

Description….Laurel Falls, N.C. 2005  A mysterious death in the North Carolina mountains. Then a second. By the third, the FBI finally gets involved. Trouble is, they’re looking in all the wrong places.

Abit Bradshaw has a theory, but of course the FBI doesn’t take him seriously. When he teams up with musicologist Wallis Harding, bluegrass music becomes more than something to practice and perform. It’s key to finding the serial killer.

Della Kincaid, a former crime reporter in Washington, D.C., can’t seem to escape her past. Now living in the small town of Laurel Falls, she’s busy investigating a fraud case that gets darker at every turn. She’s about to give up when a secretive whistleblower pulls her in again—and back to D.C.

Abit and Della team up once again to convince the FBI to help them with both their crime investigations.

Will Abit and Wallis discover the killer’s pattern … before he strikes again?

Can Della make sense of the whistleblower’s clues before the fraud case is closed for good?

You’ll love this suspenseful mystery because everyone longs to find justice in this crazy world.

Publication date 15/9/2020

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My Review…. 
I like a good murder/mystery and this one wasn’t too bad. In fact I could see it as a movie or tv series. 
Della is a reporter digging around for the next big story, married/divorced/still seeing her ex/husband/now boyfriend (yeah I got confused too! 
She’s known Abit for years and counts him as a close and dear friend. 
Vesper junior (Abit) or Rabbit as his wife calls him is happily married with kids and plays in a band with his wife and friends. Life might be dull, but Abit likes it that way thank you. 
I felt so sorry for Vesper, he got the nickname because his father always called him “a bit slow”, which got shortened over time. I don’t know if I could be called Abit and know it’s nasty and not a cute nickname!
So we have Wallis and Abit bonding over music and using it to track killers, rather ingenious if you ask me.
Della uses her contacts in the paper to dig deeper, hoping to get a story out of it. But wanting to help the FBI (who she shared a sizzling kiss with!) 
Reading the cover I did think a ménage. Sadly no, but in a way I’m glad, I don’t think it would have worked out😉
I liked how we came along for the ride, we saw all the thought processes and saw glimpses of their lives. 
But it all gets a little too close to home when Abit’s kids get kidnapped by the killer! Will he be able to raise the ransom money in time?
The killer was pretty smart, and catching up with him was good. And a couple of clues might have you guessing who it might be. 
I think there we just a few too many characters in this book, not sure we needed all those extra’s. But other than that, they were all pretty solid. 
This book worked backwards, we see Abit running away from the killer, we don’t see who it it, we just see him run….. 
Told mainly in Della’s and Abit POV. It needed just a little polishing, I felt something was missing. The connection between Abit and Della was good, the connection between Abit and Wallis wasn’t as well felt. 
But I’d happily read another book with these characters in. They did make me smile, and at one point I did get a “scooby doo” moment 😉
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Arc Review…. Hidden Magic (Daughters of the Warlock Book 4) by Amelia Shaw 📱

Hidden Magic (Daughters of the Warlock Book 4) by Amelia Shaw

Description…..

A witchy book worm. A poisoned sister. And a powerful Council that wants them all dead.

When Bella’s rebel sister is poisoned, it’s up to Bella to protect her. But saving Courtney means going to the magical realm, where Bella must face her powerful father and the Council of Warlocks, both of whom have their own plans for Bella’s life.

Once Bella makes her presence known, the Council demands she step into her role as Heir to the High Warlock. But the last thing a bookworm like Bella wants is to be pushed into the spotlight…and to the top of the assassin’s hit list.

Now, facing the toughest challenge of her life, Bella will be forced to choose whose life to save first: her own or her sisters. If she chooses wrong, it may just be the end of both their lives.

Amelia Shaw’s new Urban Fantasy series, Daughters of the Warlock.

Daughters of the Warlock 

Book 1 Sisters of the Coven 

Book 2 Hiding from the Coven 

Book 3 Heir of the Coven 

Book 4 Hidden Magic 

Book 5 Forbidden Magic 

Book 6 Arcane Magic 

Publication date 1/9/2020

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My Review….. 

Bella is the middle sister to Ava (main character in the first three books.)

I don’t think you need to read the first three books, but it will give you background on the sister’s and the story so far…. 

She’s the bookworm of the family, happy with her own company. She loves to read, and practises her magic at every opportunity. 

She’s not happy that she’s got to look after her youngest sister Courtney, she’s is the rebel, the one that sneaks out to the human world. 

Courtney is the youngest sister and loved by both Bella and Ava. 

And I have a feeling we will get to meet her and read her story next. 

A little background….. 

Bella and her sister’s were a secret, her mother had an affair with the High Warlock, she then had to leave the realm to hide her daughters. If they had been found, the council would have put them to death. The High Warlock’s seat gets passed usually within the family. 

The last three books concentrated in Ava and her battle to see her father and be accepted. She kept her sisters hidden in the human world. 

Don’t want to give too much away for the first three books. 

And when Courtney is poisoned, Bella can’t find a spell to help her sister! 

Her only course of action….. her father!! 

Travelling to the realm her father was in was easier than Bella expected. The visit to her father went better than she thought it would. 

Finding a cure for her sister was proving a little more difficult!! 

And now she has to face the council! They want her tested, and then to join the community! No thank you, Bella couldn’t think of anything worse! She liked her own company and the simple life her and Courtney lived. 

Learning about her mother and fathers family was a nice surprise for both Bella and Courtney. They welcome to visit, it had Bella rethinking her ideas of going back to their home. 

Getting to know her father was a big plus also, he seemed genuinely concerned for both of his daughters. I think I wanted to get to know them better. 

But on the downside, there were people in this realm wanting the three sisters dead! 

So will Bella and Courtney stay? Will Bella join the witches college? 

I’m sure we will find out in the next book. 

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Kindle Review… The Darkness Within (Etherya’s Earth Book 3) by Rebecca Hefner 👩🏻‍💻

The Darkness Within (Etherya’s Earth Book 3) by Rebecca Hefner 

Description…..

Arderin, princess of the illustrious Vampyre kingdom, has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Motivated by a calling to heal others, frustration consumes her since her brother, King Sathan, doesn’t understand her desire to study medicine in the human world. Moreover, the son of the Dark Lord Crimeous has moved to their compound and he seems obsessed with driving her absolutely insane. Hating him for his sharp tongue and dark nature, she tries to squelch her unwelcome attraction to him.

Darkrip has been enthralled by Arderin since the night he knocked her unconscious and sent her down the river, prompting the end of the War of the Species. Never has he met a woman more beautiful and passionate. Frustrated by her dramatics, and consumed by his desire for her, he vows to stay away. For, the son of Crimeous, with his malevolent blood, could never have children or a normal life.

When Crimeous threatens both their lives, forcing them into a shared captivity, they do everything possible to escape and survive. As their connection grows, so does their attraction. Knowing they have no future together, and the consequences of furthering their relationship would be disastrous, they forge ahead in the conflict against the Dark Lord. But the Universe is fickle and can muddle with even the best laid intentions…

Etherya’s Earth Series

Book 1: The End of Hatred

Book 2: The Elusive Sun

Book 3: The Darkness Within

Book 4: The Reluctant Savior

Book 5: The Impassioned Choice

Publication date 5/3/2019

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My Review….. 

DarkRip has his fathers blood running through his veins, he also has his beautiful mother’s blood too. His mother had been the beautiful Rina, the Queen of the Slayera, captured, tortured and abused by his father Crimeous, Dark Lord (Demon) DarkRip was the product of that unholy union. He’s always tried to balance his blood lust and violence, but coming from such an evil bloodline DarkRip has struggled. 

But he’s given a new direction when he finds out about the Prophecy a sword will end his fathers reign of tyranny. And it will be wielded by a child with Slayera blood. In the first book Miranda tries, no luck, second book DarkRip tries, he too is unsuccessful, so now they have to persuade his other sister (and she’s not having any of it!) Now in between trying to kill his father and help find his sister he’s having thoughts of a certain princess! He knows he shouldn’t be so mean to her! But she she just brings out the worst in him! All he can do is think about her, but that will never happen, she hates him, he on the other hand is fascinated with her…. 

Arderin is sister to Heden, Sathan and Latimus, she loves her brothers dearly, but they are driving her crazy! Her eldest brother keeps her locked in a gilded cage! She can fight just as well as her brothers, but she wants to be a doctor, and going to the human world to study would help her immensely, but that’s never going to happen! And now that two of her brothers are bonded (mated) she has to watch all this love being thrown around! She’d like someone to look at her that way, but the only attention she’s getting at the moment is from DarkRip! Ugh!! No thanks, he’s just ….. NO!! Not happening!! 

Aderin gets a chance at going to human world. And DarkRip gets a chance to look for his sister. Proving useful for Aderin, but useless they return to their world, but are captured by Crimeous! As the days turn into weeks, Aderin faces starvation (she needs blood to survive!)

This one was awesome, we’ve known of both these characters from the first book. The Acton is fast paced, the fight scenes are good. And watching both Aderin and DarkRip fight their feelings for one another was interesting. 

And we get a twist that I didn’t see coming….. 

I didn’t know how she was going to be able to convince me DarkRip was going to be a hero! But we have been watching him trying to aid his half sister Miranda in defeating his father. Fighting to be good, and doing the right thing. 

I’m definitely ready for the next book in this fantastic series. 

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Kindle Review… The Elusive Sun: Etherya’s Earth, Book 2 by Rebecca Hefner 📱

The Elusive Sun: Etherya’s Earth, Book 2 by Rebecca Hefner 

Description….. 

Lila, a high-born aristocrat of the Vampyre kingdom, was betrothed to Sathan, King of the Vampyres, for a thousand years. The betrothal, declared by the goddess Etherya, was deemed unbreakable. Although she cared for Sathan, and loved him as her king, secretly her heart yearned for his brother. When Sathan falls for another, Lila ends the betrothal, terrified at what her life will become now that she won’t be queen.

Latimus has loved Lila since they played together on the grassy riverbank as children. Knowing that his brother was the better man, he never begrudged his betrothal to the woman he secretly loved. Now that Sathan has married another, Latimus becomes aware of Lila’s feelings. Determined to push her into the arms of a worthier man, he believes that a war-torn army commander such as he could never offer her the life she deserves.

As the war against the Deamons rages, Latimus fights for his people, protecting them against the evil Dark Lord Crimeous. When Lila suffers a brutal attack, Latimus is shaken to his core. Determined to avenge her, he acknowledges the emotion that has always burned for her in his blackened heart. But Lila has moved on and as the war ensues he worries that it might be too late to claim her….

Etherya’s Earth Series

Book 1: The End of Hatred

Book 2: The Elusive Sun

Book 3: The Darkness Within

Book 4: The Reluctant Savior

Book 5: The Impassioned Choice

Publication date….. 1/12/2019

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My Review….. 

Latimus is commander of the Vampyre army. For over a thousand years he’s held that position. A strategist, a natural leader and stone cold killer.  All he’s ever heard was Sathan is king, you’ll only ever be second best!  As a child his only happy times were playing with his best friend Lila. He loved her fiercely, only as a young boy can.  Swearing he’d rescue her from a loveless marriage to the king.  But children grow up, and he watched his best friend Lila grow into a beautiful woman, knowing she’s destined for his brother, Latimus hardens his heart. Over time he becomes a heartless brute, a callous man and a Vampyre who will always be alone. 
Lila knew she was meant to be queen, she’s been told often enough times, bound to the king at birth. Taught to be an asset, nothing more than a decoration. But her heart belonged to the kings younger brother Latimus.  As childhood friends Lila stole a kiss from her “Lattie” hoping he would marry her and take her away from the King. But he never did…..  And now the king has a new queen, Lila has to reevaluate her life. Asking the king to make her a diplomat helps, she still needs to help the people, but maybe it will fill a whole in her heart and her life……. 
And even thought Lila is now released from her promise to the King, Latimus doesn’t think he’s worthy, she needs a nobleman with a soft touch and a gentle heart, not a brute that he’s become.  So he pushes Lila away even more, and watches from the shadows as she begins to Move on…… 
And move on she does, suitors and admirers line up, but they aren’t her Lattie….
Until one day a battle takes the life Lila has always dreamed of, and makes Latimus realise what he almost lost……. 
For the first time in ten centuries, he felt a tiny hope that he might get over his fear of being unworthy and ask her to bond with him.  And yet, he’d decided to hold back for a while, at least while she healed.  What she had endured at the hands of the Dark Lord was terrible, and he didn’t want to rush her into anything.  Moreover, she was intensely proud, and he couldn’t imagine that she would see any offer to court her or bond with her as anything other than pity, considering how badly he’d treated her over the ages.” Excerpt From The Elusive Sun
Lila needs to come to terms with her new life. Deciding she needs no man, she moves out of the castle to build a new life, and start living for herself.  
Once there, she screamed in frustration, hollow at the loss of the one person who didn’t look at her like a wounded animal.  Observing the walls of her bedchamber, she felt trapped.  Whether she liked it or not, this wasn’t her life anymore.  She had to get out of this house for her own sanity.  Sitting down on her bed, she grabbed the journal she’d been keeping since her injury.  It was suggested by Louise Hay that one keep a journal to help them set goals and intentions for building a better life.  It also was a great way to write about her fears and sadness at being barren.  Opening to a fresh page, she began writing intentions that would lead her away from the castle that she’d always called home.” Excerpt From The Elusive Sun 
Second book in this series had me cheering for Lila, and wanting to smack Latimus so hard!  That male Vampyre is so hardheaded, and I understand why. Being made to feel like your second in everything, his older brother is given everything, Latimus was trained as a soldier, so no luxuries, no emotions, just battle plans and tactics.  Lila finally grew a backbone and lived for herself.  This series just gets better. Definitely need to read in order. Love how all the characters are evolving. Like how the plot keeps twisting. And I like how when you think you have it all sorted in your head BOOM!!! It all goes blown apart! 
“I should’ve fought for you.  It’s unforgivable.” She smiled, her white teeth so pretty as they glowed in the light of her bedside lamp.  “We can’t change the past.  I’ve worked hard to come to a place where I’ve stopped trying.  All we can do is make better choices in the present, so that we can have the future we want.” Admiration of her strength surged through him as the pads of his thumbs stroked the smooth skin of her cheeks.  “I was so horrible to you.  I can’t believe you still care for me.” Blond hair fanned the wall at her shoulders as she shook her head.  “I never had a choice.  I think I was born loving you.” A shudder ran though him at her words, his massive frame shaken by her genuineness.  By the goddess, she deserved to be loved and cherished for a thousand eternities.  He was terrified to let her down.” Excerpt From The Elusive Sun 
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Kindle Review… The End of Hatred (Etherya’s Earth) Book 1 By Rebecca Hefner

The End of Hatred (Etherya’s Earth) Book 1 By Rebecca Hefner

Description….. 

A Metallica-loving Slayer princess. A sexy-as-sin Vampyre king. Can they secure peace?

These are dangerous times on Etherya’s Earth…
Slayer Princess Miranda, heir to the throne, has hated the Vampyres for a thousand years. Since the Awakening, she’s fought to protect her people, choosing to be a warrior more than a royal. When a female Vampyre washes up on the shore of her compound’s riverbank, she seizes the opportunity to take the offensive.
Sathan, King of the Vampyres, distraught at his sister’s disappearance and captivity, agrees to travel with Miranda to resect the Blade of Pestilence, also hoping to change his people’s state of endless war. Although the woman hates him due to the constant raids on her compound for the Slayers’ life-giving blood, he can’t help but admire the stubborn and strong princess.
As their journey progresses, both begin to understand that they are aligned in their hatred of Crimeous, leader of the Deamons, as well as their hope for peace between the Slayers and Vampyres. Determined to fight their growing attraction, they forge a tentative truce. But old wounds run deep and trust is scarce. Their faith in each other must remain strong or all will be lost…
Excerpt …. 
“Our people have been at war for a thousand years. We are locked in a stalemate that neither side seems to be able to win. I have come to the conclusion that we need to change our tactics.”
“I’m listening.”
She inhaled a deep breath before continuing. “I’ve grown weary of fighting your people. I wish to form a temporary truce with you so that I can accomplish something of great importance.”
“Right,” he said, his tone suggesting that he trusted her about as far as he could throw her. “And what is it you need from me?”
“As the first-born descendants of Valktor and Markdor, our shared blood stream could release the Blade of Pestilence. Once I have it, I will use it to kill Crimeous and I will return your sister to you.”
Sathan blinked a few times, unsure he’d heard her correctly, and then he laughed incredulously. “Wait, are you serious?”
She stood still and mute, her chin thrust up in the air, waiting for his response.
“You want me to travel to the Cave of the Sacred Prophecy with you, release the Blade of Pestilence and then just let you go on your merry way after you’ve kidnapped my sister?”
“Yes,” she said, as if his statement hadn’t been dripping with sarcasm. “Except that I didn’t kidnap your sister. She washed up on the shore of our riverbank. I actually employed our doctor in nursing her back to health. You’re welcome, by the way.”
What a patronizing, cocky little bitch, Sathan thought. Although, he had to admire how she stood her ground against him. His physical dominance over her alone should’ve had her cowering. He tested her will by taking a step forward, closing the distance between them. She stood firm, tilting her chin up even more to hold his gaze, and reluctant admiration for her courage coursed through him.

Etherya’s Earth Series

Book 1: The End of Hatred

Book 2: The Elusive Sun

Book 3: The Darkness Within

Book 4: The Reluctant Savior

Book 5: The Impassioned Choice

Publication date 17/11/18

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“ For thousands of years, the Slayera and the Vampyres coexisted in peace.  Etherya would reward them with blazing sunsets, good harvests and sun-kissed days that turned into long, balmy nights.  She was grateful for the abundance of happiness she felt when she smiled down on her small, precious sphere. And then, in what was perhaps the blink of an eye in the span of things, all was shattered. The night of the Awakening had come.”

Excerpt from The End of Hatred 
My review….. 
Another world is born, and the goddess Etherya is charged with looking after it. Sounds simple enough. Then it sounds like it all went to pieces….. 
Miranda is princess to the Slayera people. A beloved daughter, pampered and spoilt, until her mother is captured and never to be seen again….. From then on, her father changes, and Miranda is left to nannies and teachers, her only friend and companion was her cousin Kenden.  Miranda is now a warrior princess, no longer content to sit at home, she takes the fight to both Deamons and Vampyre everyday. Determined to free her people from the blood raids. (Vampyres need blood to survive) and to kill the King of Deamons. No easy task, but Miranda is nothing if not stubborn. 
Sathan is King of the Vampyres, he has been for over a thousand years.  The Slayera (or Slayers as the Vampyre call them) are becoming more of a threat.  Sathan although the Vampyre King, he longs for a quiet life for both himself and his people. His mating to the beautiful Lila, should be arranged and consummated by now, but something is holding him back.  He knows they need the Slayera’s blood, but there has to be compromise. He’s sick of constantly fighting both the slayers and the Deamons. 
After capturing the Vampyre’s sister, Miranda bargains with Sathan to join with her in finding the mythical blade Pestilence, once she has the blade her captive will go free.  She needs the sword to destroy both Deamons and Vampyre. (Only she doesn’t tell Sathan that!) 
Agreeing? An uneasy truce is formed. They set out to find the sword…. 
But there is a force in the background playing with lives. How did Arderin (Sathan’s sister) get captured? Is there a traitor in the Vampyre camp? Why are the Deamons becoming more of a threat? 
The tension between Sathan and Miranda is definitely hostile, although Sathan is rather taken with the feisty female he’s accompanying across their lands, he can’t trust her.  And as animosity turns to passion, will they be able to get past their hate? Can they see past the centuries of bloodshed? And can Sathan forgive Miranda’s grandfather for killing his parents? 
Very well written. Very fast paced, full of action.  Enough backstory (too much and you just get bogged down) and history concerning all the species that live on Etherya.
So what does the future hold for the Vampyre King and the Slayera Princess? Once she has her hands on the sword, will she wield it for good? Or finally will her people be free of the Vampyre shadow that’s hung over them since the beginning of time? 
I really enjoyed that.  A symbiotic relationship between vampyre and Slayera to start with, the Vampyre as a protector of the Slayera, who in turn supply blood as payment. That’s how it was suppose to be, that’s how the goddess intended for her precious, peaceful, superior race was suppose to be (the Slayera) but after the awakening, that all changed! Now they are bitter enemies, sworn to destroy one another!  Miranda is a really good character, strong, fearless, and has her mothers compassion. She wants an end to this war without anymore bloodshed. And she wants the Deamons gone too.  Sathan has a dry wit, a quick mind and a thirst for knowledge. He’s cautious, and I like that. He’s also suspicious about the whole thing. He knows he can’t trust Miranda, but if he could, then maybe the war between them could end, and they could join forces to destroy Crimeous, the King of Deamons.  There are a few characters here, but they all seem to play a vital role.  I like the snippets of past that come from passages of both Slayera, Deamon and Vampyre sacred texts. Gives more of an insight. 
So what happens next? 
Will the sword be found? Who gets to wield it? (Ummmm there might be a clause in that!) Will we find out what happened to Miranda’s mother (I have a feeling, it is a pivotal moment)  Sorry your going to have to read it to find out.  Oh and can’t wait to read the next one. 
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Arc Review… Dawn Rising (Awakened Book 1) Lisa M. Green 👩🏻‍💻

Dawn Rising (Awakened Book 1) Lisa M. Green

Description: 

Once upon a time, a girl was born. A hundred years later, she grew up.

Aurianna must rewrite the past in order to save the future. She was supposed to be the answer to an enigmatic prophecy discovered on the night of her birth. But a terrible curse changed her life forever.

That is, until a mysterious stranger arrives to break the spell. He awakens Aurianna to the truth of her past and the powers she never knew she had.

When he sweeps her back in time, she discovers there is more to her life than she ever imagined. The world she encounters is both strange and familiar. But learning to control her newfound elemental powers will be the least of her problems.

She must race against time to uncover the truth about a catastrophe that will leave the world broken, divided, and at war.

Aurianna just wants answers. But the people need a saviour.

                            AWAKENED 

In waking dreams I glide on thorny paths Trampled upon by those who wish to harm. The briars all but broken in their haste To rid the world of what must come to pass. The roses dying, dying in their bed; A thankless death to purge the unseen past. An unknown path I take through the darkness To reach the grail I do not wish to seek. 

Through sylvan screen, I know he’s waiting there, An unwilling specter in my dark thoughts. Never seeking, always finding, poor soul. He does not want this, a burdensome crown Upon his weary head, crushing down hope And freedom from what he knows he must do. This fearful dance will set the world ablaze; Embers ignite, dreams fading into dust. 

But dreams are shadows of the waking world, Weaving a web of whispered promises. In the end, pricks may sting and thorns may bite; The spell was cast, but death did not take me. Fumbling, stumbling, crumbling mind.

In death I’ll not be someone’s rotting corpse. In sleep I lie in dreams that do not die, Awakened by one who knows my true name.

https://amzn.to/317yQNq *

3/9/2020 publication date 

My Review….. 

A time travel book. Not my usual genre, but I’m always open to new authors and their ideas. The back cover intrigued me, so let’s go….. 
People come out of the darkness, we should be scared, they are dangerous. But if captured they can be drained and then killed. But you need to burn the bodies. But who are the people? Are the citizens aware those people are drained and burned? There are lots of questions that need answering. 
Aurianna knows she’s different, she doesn’t act the same as other, she can remember when the sun came out, when there was warmth in the air. But now there is only grey days and darkness. 
I did find Aurianna a little annoying at times, acting like a grown up one moment and then childish. 
And when a stranger comes to town, she begins to put pieces of a puzzle together. A time traveller, Aurianna is then told she’s the key to a prophecy, she can help the future, but it means she has to go to the past. 
Pharis is a traveller, coming to the future is a dangerous thing, no one has come back yet, so it’s all resting on him. Meeting Aurianna didn’t go the way he expected, and trying to convince her to go to the past with him proves interesting.
What happens next is a fast paced race through this book. 
Going back to the past to change the future, sounds easy right? Wrong!
And they have to train Aurianna to use her powers, but I also get the feeling they are leaving a few things out! 
And what is the darkness? Do Aurianna and Pharis need to be wary of it?
I have to admit i throughly enjoyed the book!
First books in a new series need to be finely balanced, too much information and we get stuck, not enough information and it doesn’t keep the readers interest. This had it. And it kept me turning the pages. 
But I felt the characters needed a little more work, they felt a little stiff. I know we are in hard times, but there doesn’t seem any lightheartedness. And the like/hate/love between Pharis and Aurianna needed just a tweak, they almost seemed to gel, then they’d lose it. 
And we have a twist I didn’t see coming. And the ending has you wondering it the next book will start there….. 
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Arc Review…. The Blood King (Inferno Rising) book 2 by Abigail Owen 👩🏻‍💻

The Blood King (Inferno Rising) book 2 by Abigail Owen 

Description….. 

Ruthless dragon king Ladon Ormarr must keep his throne—and his people—safe from the cruel High King at all costs. With war on the horizon, he’ll need a miracle to protect his clan. Luckily, the fates have dropped the irresistible Skylar Amon right into his lap. 

Or so he thought. Because the last thing this phoenix wants is him. 

A phoenix mate is the ticket to securing his throne, but this fiery Amon sister detests Ladon, doesn’t stick to protocols, and regularly offends his warriors and advisers.  

Skylar also has no intention of sticking around, nor does she believe in the whole destined-mates thing. But if it means taking out the High King who murdered her parents, she’ll put up with the too-sexy-for-her-sanity Ladon…temporarily.

Their mating bond may make them want to tear off their clothes, but outside the bedroom…well, Ladon is positive the fates hate him. Just as he starts to win over the mercurial phoenix, everything goes to hell when the High King makes his final move. And Ladon will burn down the world to keep the mate he is unwilling to live without.

Each book in the Inferno Rising series is STANDALONE:

* The Rogue King

* The Blood King

Publication date 25/8/2020

https://amzn.to/2AXIVU2 *

My Review….

Skylar Is sister to Kaisa, (from book 1 “The Rogue King”) second oldest sister of four Phoenix shifters. 

Skylar and her three sisters were separated and hidden from the world by their mother Serefina. She was afraid of the High King, the Red Dragon Pytheios. She’d watched as he slaughtered her mother, and then her beloved mate Zilant King of the White Dragons. He had hoped to mate with her, or destroy her and gain her powers for himself! 

They were all taught to be wary of dragons especially the red dragon Pytheios. If found, they will be forced to mate and that dragon will be the ruler of all dragons! Other shifters will seek to use their powers! 

What starts out as a rescue mission, Skylar thinks Kaisa has been caught and forced to mate the now Gold King, turns into a fight for freedom. Hearing her sister willing mated Brand, Skylar goes to retreat. Only to find Landon blocking her way. She’s now is prisoner! But not for long, Skylar won’t be anyone’s prisoner, nor will she be a dragon’s bride! Let battle commence! 

Landon is the king of the blue dragons, after losing Kaisa to Brand, he’s running out of time. (If dragons don’t find their mate, they go mad and start to age) he’s got Pytheios breathing down his neck, he’s losing ground. He needs something to restore his clan’s faith, and a Phoenix will do that. He’s not prepared for the feelings Skylar stirs up in him. She drives him crazy, and not always in a good way….

Being a mate to the blue dragon king is not what Skylar envisaged for herself. Being told by her mother that dragons will only want her for her Phoenix and not the woman has made her very wary. 

There is fireworks from the beginning of this book. 

Really like this series , even though it’s only two books so far, (its a spin off from the Fire’s edge series.) You don’t have to read those to enjoy this series.

I Liked the fact Skylar is very independent, but she’s had to be. Always on her guard has made her very distrustful. Knowing she’s only a mate because she’s a Phoenix and a legacy that comes with it (mate a Phoenix rule all the dragons) puts you in the low self esteem category. 

But she makes the most of it. But Skylar isn’t going to give up without a fight. She wants a partnership, not a prison! 

Landon is fighting both his feelings for his mate, and the High King the Red Dragon Pytheios, the High King wants all the dragons under his rule, and has taken all but the blue clan. 

Lots of action, enough passion, and a few laughs along the way. 

It’s nice to catch up with the previous couple. 

And also snippets of both Skylar’s and Landon’s pasts. 

We also have the two remaining sisters out in the world, will we get to see them before the end of this book? 🤫

And will Landon be able to drive the Pytheios out of the blue dragon territory and possibly kill him? 

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Book Review 📱

Their Kidnapped Bride (the bridgewater ménage series) book 1. by Vanessa Vale.

Description….

If you love the Wild Wild West, you’ll love this steamy hot historical set in the Montana Territory!

Emma James felt secure in her life. Money, social standing and the protection of her step-brother. Or so she thought. When she discovers his dark secrets, he turns on her and sells her to a western brothel to keep her quiet. There, she’s forced to work or participate in an auction. A virgin auction…and she’s the prize.

One look at Emma James, and Whitmore Kane and Ian Stewart know she would belong to them. Marriage was the only way to truly claim her…so they bid and bid well. As their bride, they return to the Bridgewater Ranch and teach her the ways to please not one husband, but two.

But danger has tracked Ian around the world and threatens their newfound relationship. Together, can they fight the demons of the past while forging a future?

My Review…….

Oh dear!! The backstory had so much potential. A woman being auctioned off as a “virgin bride” and a ménage to boot, a vengeful man coming after one of our heroes, and a sibling who needed to be taught a lesson, who wouldn’t love a story with all that in it?

What we got was a lot of cheesey lines, the same words used over and over and over again!!

I know it was only a short story. But with less sex, we could have had a really good story.

Ian and Kane always knew they would share a wife. They’d seen it whilst on their travels in the army, they’ve lived with it on the Ranch they co-own with other soldiers from their platoon. They hadn’t expected to find her at a brothel being auctioned off!!

Emma woke up to hearing her stepbrother selling her to a woman!! And all because she caught her brother copulating with the maid on the kitchen table!! (I mean, at least make it a murder or something a little more than catching your brother at it!!)

If that wasn’t bad enough, the woman owned a brothel!!

Emma could either pay the debt off by becoming a prostitute, or participating in an auction, she would be married off!!

Emma went with option 2…..

We then spend the rest of the story having sex, sex, oh and more sex!!!

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Kindle Review…. Sons of Sangue Book 2 by Patricia A. Rasey 👩🏻‍💻

Sons of Sangue Book 2 by Patricia A. Rasey

Description ……

The Sons of Sangue are part of a sacred brotherhood. But not even their vampire code can compete with temptation and seduction…

Kaleb “Hawk” Tepes, as president of the Sons of Sangue vampire MC and descendant of Vlad III, needs to keep his head focused on club business. Trouble is someone wants to divest him of his position for a crime he committed against his vampire predecessors. He can’t afford distractions, especially those that come in the form of a five-foot-two sprite named Suzi, who once belonged to his nephew. In a moment of weakness, Hawk makes a snap decision that can only spell trouble. Now faced with the one person who wants him dead, he must make the ultimate sacrifice or chance losing forever the only woman he truly desires.

Suzi Stevens has tried hard to put her past behind her and move forward. The one man she yearns for over all others believes her to be nothing but cold-hearted. Hearing that someone has tried to behead him, she shelves past prejudices and rushes to his side, needing to see for herself that he’s all right. What she doesn’t count on is Hawk’s demand to take her as his personal blood donor. Now forced to endure his company, she fears losing her heart for all eternity to the one person who has the power to crush her.

SONS OF SANGUE – A Vampire MC Series

Book 1: VIPER

Book 2: HAWK

Book 3: GYPSY

Book 4: ROGUE

Book 4.5: DRAVEN

Special Edition: PREACHER

Book 5: XANDER

Book 6: RYDER

Book 7: WOLF

Book 8: VLAD

My Review…..

Kaleb “Hawk” Tepes is now president of the Sons of Sangue. His twin brother Kane lost his seat after turning a human without permission and killing a primordial (that’s an elder vampire.)

It’s a seat he didn’t really want, but now he has it he’s going to make sure he keeps it!!

Suzi is a blood donor in the club that the bikers hang out in.

Suzi knows all about the vampires, she use to be the girlfriend of Kane’s son (but we find out later she was never really his girlfriend, just a cover for his other life)

She’s always had a soft spot for Kaleb, well actually she’s been in love with him for years, but after Ion died, Kane thought she was a heartless bitch, and wanted nothing to do with her….

Actually that’s not true, he wants her, at first it’s a hate/hate relationship. Then once Kane admits he likes her, he sees her in a different light, then all bets are off. She’s going to be his….

But we still have a vindictive vampire who wants Kaleb back as her mate (quick rundown) Kane was mated to the daughter of an elder, they had a son, she let the son die, Kane hates her guts, but she’s not letting him go, she thinks if she kills off Kane’s brother and new mate, he’ll come back to her!!)

She’s taking out members of the Sangue MC, Kaleb wants her head.

I liked this one, we still see the first couple in this book, we also get more background on all the characters.

Liked how Kaleb didn’t really want Suzi, but wasn’t willing to let anyone else take her blood. It took a while for him to believe Suzi had loved his nephew, but more like a brother. The slow sinking in of feelings was fun to watch, and then when he finally wants to make Suzi his, she’s wanting none of it. Watching him fight to get her back, to convince her that she’s it for him.

The secondary characters are all great, and I know most of them get their own books.

We also have the next book starting in this book. And that looks like fun.

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New Release… Dark Song (Carpathian Novel) book 34 by Christine Feehan. Hardback Edition 📖

Dark Song (A Carpathian Novel) book 34 by Christine Feehan

Description…..

Two Carpathians find hope in the bond that ties their souls in this passionate novel in Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Stolen from her home at a young age and tormented for centuries, Elisabeta Trigovise is scared to show herself to anyone. Even though she has been rescued and is now safe within the Carpathian compound, she has lived in fear for so long she has no idea how to survive without it. She wants to answer the siren call of her lifemate-but the very thought terrifies her.

Before he found Elisabeta, Ferro Arany was an ancient warrior without emotion. Now that his senses have come alive, he knows it will take more than kind words and soft touches to convince the fractured woman that they are partners, not master and prisoner. For now, he will give her his strength until she finds hers, allowing the steady rhythm of his heart to soothe Elisabeta’s fragile soul.

But even as she learns to stand on her own, the vampire who kept her captive is desperate to claim her again, threatening the song Elisabeta and Ferro are writing together.

Publication date 1/9/2020

https://amzn.to/2EdAaGG *

I usually wait for the paperback edition to come out. And as I had Audible, I use my credit to get the audio and listen (usually tides me up till I get the book)

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Welcome September 🌹

OMG !!!

I’ve been 50 for a whole year 😉and now I’m going to be 51 this month!

It’s also my nephews birthday

Books this month I’m looking forward to reading……

Dark song by Christine Feehan

This series comes out in Hardback first, and it’s usually more expensive than the paperback, so I have to wait! But I get a audible credit each month, so I downloaded it. Hopefully I’ll get to listen to a few chapters today.

Daimon by Felicity Heaton

This series is a kindle book (until I can buy them in book form)

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

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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

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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

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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 

https://amzn.to/3eM7Vv2 * 

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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Friday’s Post

A scorcher of a day today. Too hot to do much. I had a doctors appt this morning, that an ordeal in its self!! But I did it, and avoided most of the crowds.

Just a couple of walks today, far too hot to go too far!

Off to see my dad tomorrow😊 it’s been a while and I’m looking forward to spending sometime with him.

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Books I read in July 👩🏻‍💻📱📖

Heavy (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 3) by Holly Gunn & T. Birmingham 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 
GRIZZ (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 2) by Holly Gunn & T. Birmingham 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 

EAGLE (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 1) By Holly Gunn & T. Birmingham 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 

Zone of Action by Cathy Skendrovich 📱 TRC 

Ashton Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 1 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Wyatt Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 2 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Skinned (The Rayburn Mysteries) Book 2 by CeeRee Fields 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 

Ryker Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 3 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Griffin Drake  (Aurum Court Dragons) book 4 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

A British Heiress in America by Becky Lower 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 

Jasper Drake  (Aurum Court Dragons) book 5 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Cry of the Wolves by Vonna Harper 📱BS

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS: by Kerry Winfrey 📱 TRC 
BOOK #1: JUDGMENT ROAD (TORPEDO INK SERIES) by Christine Feehan  📖
BOOK #2: VENGEANCE ROAD (TORPEDO INK SERIES) by Christine Feehan 📖
BOOK #3: VENDETTA ROAD (TORPEDO INK SERIES) by Christine Feehan 📖
BOOK #4 DESOLATION ROAD (TORPEDO INK SERIES) by Christine Feehan 📖

NOT LIKE THE MOVIES: by Kerry Winfrey 👩🏻‍💻 TRC 

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📱Read on my phone 

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

TRC (The Reading Cafe) a blog I review on. 
BS (BookSirens) a site I review on. 

Book Review…. Their Captivated Bride (Bridgewater Menage Series) Book 4 by Vanessa Vale 📱

Their Captivated Bride (Bridgewater Menage Series) Book 4 by Vanessa Vale

https://amzn.to/3gu6SBi

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Description….

“When it was three against one, I was always going to be overwhelmed.”

The Bridgewater way of two men marrying one woman is uncommon in the Montana territory.

But three men marrying one woman? That is unheard of, especially for beautiful Olivia Weston. Her fate, it seems, will have her married to one man – a man she doesn’t love.

But when her betrothed treats her in a cruel manner, she rejects him and not long afterwards catches the eye of three handsome and virile ranchers.

Cross, Rhys and Simon are as different as three men can be. But they have one thing in common; they are determined to offer Olivia the protection of marriage and the promise of endless carnal pleasures.

Olivia worries that her instant attraction and hasty agreement to marry three men stems from a defect in her character. What kind of woman not just love three men, but make the most intimate parts of herself available to their lustful attention? The chemistry between them is like lightning.

Can she deny it? Or will Olivia submit to become the most sated Bridgewater wife in this ongoing ménage series?

Bridgewater Menage Series

Book .5: Their Runaway Bride

Book 1: Their Kidnapped Bride

Book 2: Their Wayward Bride

Book 3: Their Captivated Bride

Book 4: Their Treasured Bride

Book 5: Their Christmas Bride

Book 6: Their Reluctant Bride

Book 7: Their Stolen Bride

Book 8: Their Brazen Bride

Plus… Their Conquered Bride (by Grace Goodwin)

My Review……

Olivia has lead a quiet and sheltered life, socialising with ladies and attending a few dances and luncheons. She wants to debate, but it’s not the done thing.

Attending a dance with her beloved uncle she’s avoiding the advances of an a obnoxious man.

The thought of marrying Mr Peters has long since fled her thoughts, she may have thought to marry for the sake of it, works grow to love him over time. But to be manhandled and bruised by him is another thing. Talking to her uncle, he totally agrees, but she knows Mr Peters won’t leave her alone.

She needs to avoid him at all costs, but how?

Cross, Rhys and Simon have always intended to marry and love one woman. For her to be their world, cherish and protect her. To have a family they’ve always longed for.

Bridgewater will be the place they will raise their family. Along with other men in their army regiment they’ve build a life. They’ve built a home. Slowly filling the houses up with women, Cross, Simon and Rhys want what their friends have found. A woman to love.

Cross and Rhys meet Olivia at a dance, they are in town to buy a horse with Simon.

They are fascinated with the lovely young woman, she looks like she would fit them perfectly, shy but with a fire in her eyes.

Asking her to dance was easy, enfolding her in their embraces was torture. They needed Simon to meet her, but they know without a doubt she’s the one for them.

Olivia dances with two handsome men, they give her feelings she’s never felt before. But it’s wrong to feel strongly about two men at once, isn’t it?

Telling them about the experience with Mr Peters has her seeing how men protect women properly. And before you know it, her uncle is agreeing for her to be married! To a third man! All this is crazy, but deep down it’s what she wants.

It’s a short story, it’s a fun read.

We have enough sex to keep you happy. We have drama and suspense when Mr Peters comes knocking! And we have three men willing to make a woman happy. What’s not to love?

Me personally I’d like it to be longer. It had the potential to be a longer read, lots of stuff you could expand on.

But if a short naughty story is your thing, then pick it up.

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USA Today Bestseller of steamy historical westerns.

Who doesn’t love the romance of the old West?

Vanessa Vale takes the sensual appeal of rugged cowboys a step further with her bestselling books set in the Montana Territory. They are much more than just sexy historical westerns. They’re deliciously naughty reads that sometimes push the boundaries of fantasy. It’s pure escapism with quite a few very hot, very alpha cowboys.

When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She considers herself to be remarkably normal, exceedingly introverted and fairly vanilla, which does not explain her steamy stories and her fascination with cowboys, preferably more than one at a time.

If that weren’t enough, she also writes under the pen name, Vanessa Dare. She lives in the Wild Wild West where there’s an endless source of ‘research’ material.

To learn more about Vanessa Vale:

Web site- http://www.vanessavaleauthor.com Follow her on Twitter: @iamvanessavale

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Thursday’s Post

Today the weather behaved and i got out and managed three walks, it’s all about keeping positive. Going back to the weights and yoga (unless it rains, then it’s a YouTube workout)

I also gave the house a good going over, I washed the curtain separating my dining room from the kitchen. Tomorrow if the weather is nice I’ll do the living room and dining room curtains.

Well ahead of my reviews. I’ve put most of them on goodreads, BookBub and amazon already, but I’ve scheduled quite a few for the next few months 😉

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Wednesday’s Post

Before the virus descended upon us, I use to spend time in town and then spent the rest of the afternoon at my friends, we’d have lunch, sometimes watch a film, or just chat. I now get to spend time with her going on a walk. It’s not the same, but considering I hadn’t seen her since March, it’s a step forward.

Got my walks in. Did laundry and housework. Did gardening in the sun with music. Then sat outside reading.

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Arc Review….. Barefoot on a Starlit Nigh by Jo McNally 👩🏻‍💻

Barefoot on a Starlit Nigh by Jo McNally

Description….. 

With a little luck, this fake engagement just might become the real deal…

Bridget McKinnon would do anything for her feisty ailing grandma Maura. She’ll even stay close to home and serve up green beer in the Purple Shamrock instead of pursuing her own culinary dreams. But money’s tight. So when a stranger with a sexy brogue asks about the apartment she’s renting out, Bridget hopes she’s landed a little piece of Irish luck…only to find she’s knee-deep in a crazy plan that’s turning her life upside down.

College professor Finn O’Hearn needs this job in Rendezvous Falls—his visa may depend on it. If he can convince his beautiful but tightly wound landlord to be his pretend fiancée, his boss will be happy—as will Bridget’s matchmaking grandma and her meddling book club. Finn and Bridget fool (almost) everyone with their sizzling glances and toe-curling kisses…even as they tell themselves it’s only make-believe.

Playing a part has never been so easy. But when love is real, it’s time to find the courage to start playing by heart…

https://amzn.to/3ivJYLK

My Review…… 

It’s a third book in the series, but you don’t need to read the first two. 

That was a fun read. Yes it’s the usual boy meets girl, girl needs help, boy needs a Visa. (Green card the movie, springs to mind) 

But the family dynamics had me chuckling for most of the book. The family makes this book worth the read. 

With a meddling Nana, cousins who can’t or won’t help Bridget run the pub her dad left her and her cousins. To the kids that constantly run everyone ragged. And do t forget the book club Nana attends, those ladies are funny. 

But the family do love one another, they just don’t have time to help Bridget run the pub. 

The pub wasn’t Bridget’s dream, a restaurant where she could create her own dreams was what she wanted, but she promised her dad. And now she’s stuck, the pub isn’t making money, so she’s throwing out new ideas to the family, but as usual no one is interested. 

Renting a room out seems the logical move, she needs the money, but the last tenant caused so much aggravation, Bridget begins to panic. 

Bridget is a micromanager, she can’t give anything up, she runs a tight ship, so it’s her way or not at all!! That’s causing her to run the bar and cook the food mainly on her own, staff don’t stay long. 

Finn needs lodgings, he needs a place so his College professor will look at keeping him on. He’s good at his job, but his reputation needs building back up (punching your friend for sleeping with your wife at a graduation presentation isn’t the done thing) Rendezvous Falls have given him a second chance, so he’s not going to blow it, he needs to keep his head down and prove he’s worth the risk. 

But when a joke with his boss gets out of hand, he needs to think fast and get to Bridget before anyone else does…… 

But Bridget isn’t having any of it. The last man she trusted didn’t want to move to Rendezvous Falls with her, in fact not long after she left, he’d moved on!! So a fake engagement? Don’t think it’s going to happen…… 

As I said the family had me in stitches, but that’s not to say Finn and Bridget didn’t. There had been a little spark of attraction from the beginning, but the amount of time they need to spend together to convince people of their engagement has them looking at each other in a different light. 

So will Finn get his tenure at the college? Will he finally be able to get his Green Card? Can Bridget get go of the reins a little? And will the fake engagement turn into a real one? 

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About the Author

Jo McNally lives in upstate New York with 100 pounds of dog and 200 pounds of husband – her slice of the bed is very small. When she’s not writing or reading romance novels (or clinging to the edge of the bed…), she can often be found on the back porch sipping wine with friends, listening to an eclectic playlist. If the weather is perfect, she might join her husband on the golf course, where she always feels far more competitive than her actual skill-level would suggest.

Tuesday’s Post

Weather was a lot better today. Managed my walks, and I must admit i feel better for going out.

You get stuck into a routine, and then before you know it, a week have passed and you’ve not done nothing!

Got some housework done, made a few quiches and froze one for a future meal.

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New book release …. Calistos (The Guardians of Hades) book 5 by Felicity Heaton

Calistos (The Guardians of Hades) book 5 by Felicity Heaton

Calistos (The Guardians of Hades) book 5 by Felicity Heaton

Description…..

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Air, Calistos was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai. Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence.

Tormented by the death of his twin sister, Calistos wants nothing more than to find a way to save her soul, but the pain of continuing without her, the constant feeling that he got her killed, is slowly pulling him down into the darkness and he knows it’s only a matter of time before he succumbs to the call of the abyss.

Until a battle sets him on a collision course with a kind-hearted and beautiful mortal, one who rouses softer emotions he had sworn he would never risk feeling again, threatening to peel away his mask of playfulness and shatter the barriers around his heart.

Marinda is a woman on a mission—to become a great cellist and repay her father for his faith in her. But her regimented and studious life is thrown into chaos when a handsome man is carted into the ER where she works and takes her hostage, pulling her into a dark and dangerous world… one where she discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye and her entire life has been a lie.

When the enemy makes a play for Marinda and the gates, will Calistos find the strength to let someone into his heart again and look to the future, or will the pain of his past lead him to unleash hell on this world?

Publication date 28/7/20

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I’ll read and review soon

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Monday’s Post

Well not so much getting up and getting out. Rained for most of the day, but I did managed a walk before dinner, so I got to stretch my legs and gave some fresh air.

As for the rest of the day, I didn’t do much. Read a book, listened to music and catch up with family and friends.

It was my sisters birthday today, so we had a video chat whilst eating lunch, that was fun, we don’t usually do that.

Hoping tomorrow is less wet!

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Arc Review…. Zone of Action (In the Zone series) by Cathy Skendrovich 📱

Zone of Action (In the Zone series) by Cathy Skendrovich

Description…

Former terror cell expert Audrey Jenkins has seen enough death and destruction to last a lifetime. When she uncovers her ex, Brett, a higher-ranking officer in her unit, selling military secrets, she turns him in and returns to the simpler life she has embraced since leaving the army. 

CID Special Agent Cam Harris is a career military man with a strong sense of duty. When a military prisoner who once saved his life in Afghanistan escapes while in his custody, he requests the assignment to track him down.

Cam’s manhunt leads him to Audrey’s door. His prisoner—her ex—will resurface here, he’s sure of it. The feisty woman wants nothing to do with hunting down her ex, but when a terror cell she’s all-too-familiar with launches a deadly attack on army intelligence soldiers and officers, she knows it’s Brett. 

Helping Cam is the right thing to do. But the attraction burning between them may be the mistake that gets her and Cam killed…

https://amzn.to/2Wf9v2j *

Publication date 27/7/2020

My Review …….

“I’ll kill you for this, Audrey Jenkins. Sleep with one eye  open, because I’ll be coming for you, bitch. This isn’t over  by a long shot.” Excerpt from “Zone of Action”

Those words constantly haunt her, and they were uttered by her ex!! 

Audrey had noticed her boyfriend acting really weird, and put it down to maybe an affair, that she could have coped with, what she couldn’t accept was the fact Brett was a traitor, to sell out his country was reprehensible, he had to be punished! And facing him in court took guts, he stopped being the man she loved. It was time to move on….. 

CID Special Agent Cameron “Cam” Harris wanted to give his friend the benefit of the doubt. He surely couldn’t be a traitor?! 

That benefit of the doubt turns out to be the biggest mistake of his career….. 

Audrey is living the quiet life, serving her country as a terrorist expert has ended, she’s now a owner of a flower shop. 

Having Brett escape him burned Cam, his friend was a traitor, he was going to prison, and Cam wanted to take him there. And now it’s his job to recapture him and put him back in handcuffs. 

He’s almost certain Brett will go back and kill his girlfriend, but Cam thinks there is more to it than that, did she hear something she wasn’t suppose to? Or did she have something that Brett needed? Well he was going to find Audrey and ask her. She was either going to help him, or she’s bait!!

The attraction between Cam and Audrey is a slow burn romance, she isn’t ready for anyone yet, and certainly not the best friend of her traitorous ex!! 

But as they work together to find Brett, they can’t help but become closer. 

But is Cam using Audrey as bait? Will she be able to lure him out? And if Brett takes the bait, will they be able to stop him before he hurts anyone else? 

A fast paced action story. A few twists along the way. 

I don’t usually read mysteries, but I’m glad I did with this one. 

Cam is ex army, a good career cut short after a good friend dies in the field. Taking his training in the army, he becomes an agent that investigates service men and women. He never once thought he’d have to take his best friend to prison. 

Audrey is also ex military, so she doesn’t scare easily, which is a good job. Her being hunted by an ex would frighten most people. 

They work well together, find clues, working out where Brett might be, and what his game plan is. 

The style of writing was really good, very descriptive, flowed really well. Nothing seemed wasted, I didn’t get that feeling of page filling.  

Secondary characters Zack and Elena were great, Elena is best friend and coworker to Audrey, their friendship is lovely, very solid. Especially when Brett burns down the flower shop! 

I liked Zack, very down to earth, liked his sense of humour (hoping he gets a book) 

If you like your romance with a heavy dose of military and mystery, then this book is for you. 

*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

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Cathy Skendrovich…… 

I recently moved to Star, Idaho, and live overlooking a beautiful pond. I’m a happily married mom of two twenty-something sons. One is newly married and in the Army, and the other is pursuing his teaching credential. My husband and I are lucky enough to have retired early, and enjoy our time together travelling, gardening, or just hanging out with our seven-year-old Sheltie, Scooter. I have always enjoyed the written word, be it in books, plays, or even letters. Contemporary romance, suspense, and historical fiction have always been my favorite reads, and I’ve logged thousands of hours immersed in the worlds of those various genres.

My education, a teaching career (in English, of course), and raising a family took precedence over writing for many years, though scraps of paper scrawled with my fanciful musings could be found tucked throughout my house during those busy days. Diapers and play-dates couldn’t stem the creativity I had lurking in my brain. I’ve always had an overabundance of ideas compared to writing time.

When I just couldn’t hold back the desire any longer, I started writing down one of my many ideas in the form of a story. Eventually I got brave enough to join an online writing site. Reaction to my story and writing style was so favorable that it encouraged me to continue. With readers constantly telling me to get published, I took their advice and sent out one of my stories, Prisoner of Love. It was published by Entangled Publishing, LLC, in October 2015. It was followed by The Pirate’s Bride, from Literary Wanderlust, in January, 2017, and that book’s sequel, The Pirate Bride’s Holiday Masquerade, also from Literary Wanderlust, which came out October, 2017. My latest novel, Undercover with the Nanny, debuted in April, 2018, from Entangled publishing. My latest book, a military romantic suspense entitled Zone of Action, also through Entangled, will debut on June 22, 2020.

I hope my life story encourages some of you to follow your dreams, too. It’s never too late to start that new career, turn that next corner, or realize your secret passions. If you have the craving to produce that next great screenplay, the next Mona Lisa, or the most divine carrot cake ever imagined, go for it. You’ll never be sorry for trying. Only for letting opportunities pass you by. 

Sunday’s Post

Managed a couple of walks today. Not sure if I’ll get a chance to do another.

We started off the day with rain, had a quick glimpse of the sun, then back to a few showers.

Went food shopping, I didn’t get out of the car (but as it’s all about pushing myself, at least it’s a start) but I did watch the people walk past (some with masks, and some not wearing anything at all!)

Chatted with friends and family, and made provisional plans to go meet my dad next Sunday, (probably his house unless it’s really nice weather, then it will be my garden) hoping to go and see my baby sister next weekend as well (it’s her birthday this Monday)

Made notes for a few books I’m reviewing and also finished and sent a review off. I know at some point I’ll have to go back to work, the reviews will definitely slow down, so I’ve got reviews saved (where I’ve read for sites that have sent me stuff early) and ready to go out at a later date!

Can’t believe it’s almost the end of July! Where did that month go?

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Arc Review …. Heavy (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 3) by Holly Gunn👩🏻‍💻

Heavy (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 3) by Holly Gunn & T. Birmingham 
Description……
He’d give up his kingdom for her.
She’s been in love with him since he first held her hand.
But fate has always kept them apart … until now.Henrietta Richland dropped everything to chase her dreams of being the new guitarist for Shyfter. But just like in real life, outside of her music, she’s running blind. She’s also running toward the only person she’s ever loved.Heavy Allen would have given up everything for Henry. She wouldn’t let him. And now, ten years later, she’s back in his life, digging her lioness claws into his heart once more. He hasn’t spent one minute looking for his queen, and with twenty-one days to go … he has to wonder, does that mean something?Full of angst, this beauty and beast are about to get a dose of reality–and it will be everything glorious.
Publication date 5/7/20

*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

My Review….. 

Heavy is in the band that Eagle manages and Grizz sings in.
He’s known the guys for a while now, not as long as they’ve known each other, but he’s comfortable with them. He had their back and knows they have his.  The names Eagle and Grizz have explain what they are, but Heavy? I did think elephant!  But no, he’s a boar shifter! 

“Because I love her, but I hate that I do. Not because of her, but because of who I am. I’m a king, but she’s a Helen of Troy, a beauty beyond anything this world could ever conjure. But she’s out of reach. That doesn’t mean I don’t catch her another three times as the night progresses. And each time I do, I wait for her hands to clasp onto my shoulders. They don’t. A part of me is grateful. If she touched me willingly, we’d know for sure what we’ve always known—that she has no crown-shaped birthmark, that she isn’t a destined queen, that she isn’t mine. The deeper part of me spends the night wishing, while also inanely and frustratingly whispering, She’s the one.Excerpt from Heavy

Henrietta “Henry” is Lion’s sister (first book in the Shifter Nashville series) she’s know everyone a long time, and has had a crush on Heavy forever, but she’s not his mate so she pushed him away until he left!! Why, you ask, well, she was born with a disease that was killing off her senses, until it reaches her blood, and then she’s dead! 
She also knew deep down she would never be his queen (she has no crown shaped birthmark) so after he left Nashville and his friends, Henry got on with her life, but with a boar shaped hole in her heart. 

“My gut twists. Because I’ve never allowed myself to dig too deep into how wrong that thought is. But I allow it then. For the first time, I dig. And I don’t find gold. I find dust. I find a lost dream. I find the lies I’ve been telling myself. And I realize how selfish I am. How much better Heavy deserves … a queen. My sobs start then, so deep and dark; it’s like nothing I’ve felt since I was young and trapped in my own mind, without any sensation to guide me.Excerpt from Heavy

And when Henry comes back to the group as a band member, fireworks are bound to happen. 
Both Henry and Heavy can’t help being drawn together, so is the reason Heavy isn’t in a rush to find his Queen standing in front of him? 
His clan need him though, he has to put aside his wants and needs for the moment, someone else has the same disease Henry has, but unlike Henry, this boar isn’t looking so good. What made Henry survive, when others have perished? 
This book although short like the other two is full to the brim with anger and passion. 
You forget it’s just a short story, but it’s filled with more than just sex! 
It’s great that we see the couples from the previous stories. It also hints at the previous series, (but not so much that you feel something is missing) 
Really well written, it puts an Victorian feel to the books (very much a Jane Eyre novel) but with a modern twist.
I loved the character of Heavy, he’s been with us through the last two books, very much a solid and stable character, not much irritates him. 
Henrietta is more complex, thank goodness for the prologue as I would have thought it too much for a short story. 
This story is the saddest of them all (and I wasn’t sure they would get a happy ending) unrequited love, they had been best friends since childhood, first loves, and confidant’s. Almost a Romeo and Juliette type of story. A forbidden and doomed love story.  With every chapter they seem to grow further apart….. 
There is also the matter of becoming public to the non shifters (humans) will it be by their hand or unseen forces? 
I’ve loved reading these stories and I hope Snake gets a book. I’m also hoping the cousins and roommates get their books too. 
Another book I’d highly recommend. 
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Holly Gunn 
A LITTLE ABOUT ME 
I’m the proud momma to a golden retriever named Charlie, two tortoises named Jake and John, a frog named Toad, and a gopher snake. 
The latter is my girl, Holly Jr.
There’s also the fact that I’m a thunderstorm-loving, front porch-sitting, hot cocoa-drinking, beauty product-hoarding, self-proclaimed environmentalist who just happens to write erotic romance.
When I decided to go into publishing, I didn’t just want this small business to be about creating stories that catch the reader’s attention and draw them into a new shifter world. I wanted to do something for the creatures who inhabit this world with us. I’ve always had pets. Dogs, cats, hamsters, tortoises, frogs … You name it. Although I spent a good deal of my early life in a cast because of an unusual bone disorder, I would dream from afar of riding horses and braving the wilds (while occasionally sneaking away to do things a girl just shouldn’t try to do with a broken arm, leg, or both). In college, I studied all types of animals in the Biology program I graduated from. Before college, I also did an African Safari in the heart of Nairobi. All of these experiences led to my love of wild animals and to my wish that sanctuaries stay exactly that. I want to protect the Earth we’ve been given and to celebrate the creatures we often overlook (or even the ones that we adore). Hence, the Shifter Kings series was born. And also, hence, all of this is the reason why 5% of all profits for my business will go to various charities, shelters, and sanctuaries to help support wildlife and clean habitats. I hope you enjoy this series!
T. Birmingham & Holly Gunn are the same person (so why both names on the book? Who am I to ask) 

Saturday’s Post

As you know I not only do a daily post, I write reviews and puts them on here. Thinking about this earlier got me wanting to share my thought process on reading, reviewing and my love of books in general, so……

I must admit I’m a start at the beginning type of woman. I hate coming in half way through a series (I’m the same with films, if I can’t start at the beginning I can’t get into it, so I don’t bother)

Anyway…. I use to start a book, and if I liked it i would go check to see if it’s in a series, more often than not it was in the middle! Why do authors do that? Why give a free book (because I never buy a middle of the series book) in the middle of the series? Why not give the first book? Because they want to suck you in (well they do me) they want you to want to read about the previous couples and the struggles they’ve endured to get there!

So I now look for the series before I accept a free book. The Reading Cafe and other sites I read and review for can’t always give me the first book in the series, (but I have been lucky and the authors have sometimes sent me them)

So as I said, I now check to see if it’s part of a series. A series isn’t to bad, it’s when the book ends in a cliffhanger!! Oh that drives me crazy!

Weather had a wet start to the day, and the rain stayed here for most of the day. But on the plus side I managed a quick walk this morning.

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Book Review…. GRIZZ (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 2) by Holly Gunn 👩🏻‍💻

GRIZZ (Shifter Kings L.A. Book 2) by Holly Gunn & T. Birmingham

Description…..

A grizzly who’s out to find a perfect queen. A shy tabloid writer with a dark secret. Throw in a meddling ghost, a town full of bear shifters, and a vacation in a gothic mansion and what could go wrong?

Grizzwold Rochester Ambustus is a rock god (or on his way to becoming one)—and the future king of the Grizzly tribe. He’s also world-weary and determined to find a queen who is as angelic and pure as can be.

Esly Ryan is a witch—she’s just not a good one. Good thing this shy bookworm has a day job that keeps her in shifter romances and puts a roof over her head. While Esly may spend her days spinning tales of happily ever after, her own HEA doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

She’s got a secret.

One so dark that, when she finally meets the king she’s waited her whole life for, it might remind him that she’s not the angel he seeks. She’s the madness he despises.

Note: The second book in the Shifter Kings L.A. series is not short, but it is sweet, sassy, sexy, shift-tastic, and a whole lot of Rock ‘n’ Roll … with a little Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester thrown in.

Publication date 10/3/20

My Review….. 
Met Grizz in “Eagle” (book 1) a singer in a band, managed by his “brother” Eagle. He does cover versions of other people’s songs. But he has a secret, he writes his own stuff (but finds it too personal to publish) he’s happy where he is, he gets to be who he wants, and in thirty days time, he’ll become King of the Grizzly bears. 
 But fuck all if I was going to take it lying down.  I was a master of my fate.  I was the creator of my destiny.  And when it got down to it, I was going to find an angel just like the woman who once took me in, even if my anxiety and my worry that I couldn’t protect her, or keep her, plagued me for the rest of my life.”Excerpt from Grizz 
Esly is a cousin to Elizabeth, (who was heroine in book 1) she loves to read, she loves her books. A romantic at heart, but will that transfer it’s self to writing a book? No it won’t, she can write her blog with no problem, an article for the paper she works at, not an issue, but the artist in her that needs to write a love story has so far evaded her! 
“I can’t deal.  I’m weak.  But I try to make up for that weakness by being the sunshine to those around me, the opposite of my pre-adoptive angry self.  I tell stories of love.  I strive for positivity in all things.  I don’t accept negativity or loss.  I’m persistent but kind.” Excerpt from Grizz

He’s been having dreams for the last five years of a ghost called Jane. One week a year, but each year it becomes more and more intense. He is convinced if he can find out about the ghost, he can find the real person after Jane told him she’s a witch and she can astral project.  He is convinced he is in love with her he wants to make her his queen. But he can’t live with a ghost, he needs to find a living person.  But how in the hell can you find her when he doesn’t know who she is?

Her whole life she feels something is missing, she’s got a mental block, something in her past was terrible, so it’s been blocked, but she know something happened. And the scary thing…. she loses time! Sometimes it’s an hour, and sometimes it can last a whole day! Where she goes and what she does Elsy has no idea, but her vault at home holds all those secrets!! 

I liked the first book in this series “Eagle” but I loved this one.  Elsy is two sided, although she thinks herself as a dark person and tries her hardest to be light, I see her as light.  Yes she has a secret, yes she tries to keep her family happy, but she has a hidden strength.  Does she find out who she really is? Will she find out why she loses time? You’ll need to read to find out.  Grizz is my favourite character, he knows his potential, he’s just scared to put it out there. Being adopted into the eagle clan, he gained a family, but with physical and mental abuse from the eagle king, it made him turn in on himself.  Loved the idea of falling for a ghost, and had a laugh out moment when they meet in the flesh!  Superbly written, told from both points of view, the author gets the angst and passion across really well.  Like the idea of knowing you’ve got only thirty days once your tattoo darkens you finding your Queen. The faded marks on the female is good, most supernaturals know what the mark stands for, but in Elsy’s case she thinks it’s just a birthmark. 
Can’t wait to read the next book “Heavy”, and hoping note books are in the pipeline. 
Highly recommend this book. 
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*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

Friday’s Post

Caught up with one friend last night, don’t know where my friend from America got to! Hopefully I’ll catch up over the weekend.

Had a few walks as well, including a social distanced walk with a friend. We managed to walk a little further and did a little extra to out walk. Pretty pleased with the results.

Also caught up with work colleagues, we had a catch up and then a quick chat about everyday life.

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Book Review…. EAGLE (Shifter Kings L.A.) By Holly Gunn 👩🏻‍💻

EAGLE (Shifter Kings L.A.) By Holly Gunn & T. Birmingham

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Description….. 

He’s prideful, rich, and next in line to be king of the eagles.
She’s an eensy bit prejudiced, and a lot rock and roll.
What these two City of Angels’ supernaturals are about to discover is that there is so much more to a person than what meets the eye.

Eagle Fitzwilliam Ambustus is controlled, precise, and direct. He doesn’t have the time nor the emotional wherewithal to be anything other than who he is. Others think him cold and unfeeling, but that’s just the surface. Beneath his suits, he is so much more.

Elizabeth Argueta is a free spirit. She’s a rock and roll, go-with-my-flow drummer on a mission to live life to the beat of her own drum. And most importantly, she’s got a view of the world that sets her firmly apart from the rich and the clingy of the L.A. scene.

When these two meet, it might be sparks-at-first-sight, but they’ll have to get over their pride and their prejudice to not only overcome those trying to keep them apart but also to understand and come to love each other … just as they are.

Note: The first book in the Shifter Kings L.A. series is short, sassy, sexy, shift-tastic, and a whole lot of rock and roll … with a little Pride and Prejudice thrown in.

Publication date 2/1/20

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My Review…. 
“Now every thirty years, a new ruling cycle starts. 
And every thirty years, before that ruling cycle starts, the marks of those set to be king go dark and they have thirty days to find the woman with a crown-shaped mark destined to be their queen. 
Thirty kings. Thirty tribes. Thirty futures determined by a faded tattoo at birth that goes dark somewhere around our thirtieth year.”
That was such a refreshing read. 
Eagle is rigid, everything in his world is ordered, nothing out of place.  Manages a band (I was surprised, thought him more of a tall office building millionaire) just waiting till it’s his turn to rule. He’s going to do things different. 

“But Father is still king.  And it is not yet my turn to rule.  So, I bide my time … I submit.  And I train my eyes on the cold tiles of black and white as the first lash of leather and sharp metal strip through the flesh of my back.”  Excerpt from Eagle. 

Iz, Izzy, (Elizabeth to other people not family) beats out a rhythm on whatever is to hand.  She’s a Dabbler witch, she suppresses it for most of the time.  A free spirt with a wicked sense of humour. 
The hierarchy of L.A is fascinating especially the witches ….. The Queens are at the top, then their families, then the elements (air, water) Judges, charisma, siphons, scholars, and then the lowest Dabblers, they are the witches that can do it all, but not well. 
I love Elizabeth, such a free spirit, nothing much gets her down. She comes from a loving family, has a close knit of friends, and gets to jam with friends, what’s not to love? Her look on life “the haves” these are people who are poor, but they are rich in love, family and (have a rich life) “the have-nots” these are the rich, they only have artificial friends and empty lives, and the “clingers” these are the people who cling to the rich!! 
“I’m not willing to bend to anyone’s will. Fuck that.  I’m not poor. And last, I don’t care about being rich.  I have a place with my girls. I have food on the table.  I have a job I love.  I have it all.”  Excerpt from Eagle. 
I took a while to warm up to Eagle, his past was littered with brutal beatings and vicious put downs. His father the king was literally a beast!! So I could see why he was so rigid. I was surprised he was friends with the band he manages (I thought he’d be too uptight for musicians) his wanting to bring his family and people up to date, but in a kinder way had me smiling. He’s totally opposite of his tyrant of a father/king. 
They first meet in the street, she’s playing with friends (bongo drums) they see each other, both swear there is a connection, but neither go for it. 
We also have the never ending debate on wether shifters should come out to the world. Eagle is a firm believer that they should stay hidden. I’m sure it’s going to be an ongoing debate. 
It’s well written, flows at a steady pace. I love the formal way Eagle talks, the intense emotions that both pull from each other. Your hoping that Eagle gets his Queen 
I have a inkling it’s a spin off from the previous series (Shifter Kings Nashville) I don’t think it’s going to matter if you haven’t read the previous series. 
But I’m interested now, I might have to go back and read 😉
Short story but packed with lots going on. 
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Thursday’s Post

Lovely weather today. Had another great walk with a friend. Housework kept me busy and a little reading. Sat in the garden and watched lots of butterflies visit the roses and wildflowers we have in the garden.

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Arc review….. Cry of the Wolves by Vonna Harper 

Cry of the Wolves by Vonna Harper 

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Release date …. 23/7/20

Description….

Two lonely strangers, a single hot night. And wolf spirits.

Sarah Hazelton needs a fresh start far from memories of her failed marriage. Jake Schneider will do what it takes to earn a living in the Oregon wilderness while helping his brother recover from a nearly fatal accident. Neither Sarah or Jake are ready for a relationship that goes beyond a single night of hot sex—but they aren’t in charge. A force beyond their comprehension is.
Brought together by a mountain snowstorm and their smashed cars, two loners are fated to spend a night in each other’s arms. In the same bed. Once the remote cabin door closes behind them, need takes over. They will share their bodies, nothing else. But the nearby dark wolves have their own agenda. Denying the beasts’ presence is impossible. Understanding what they demand may mean the difference between life and death.
My Review…… 
A short intense story. 
I did feel a little confused, they did, then they didn’t …… 
The premise had a lot of potential, both characters were solid.  It did feel rushed, but because it was a novella that’s probably why. 
Sarah was moving for a new job, she felt like a change was for the best, after a divorce, but didn’t really want to leave the town she’s grown to love. 
Jake has had logging in his blood for a few generations now, but after an accident almost took his brother, he had railed again nature and all it stood for. 
A storm brings them together, mystical wolf forms push them into admitting what they want. 
Would they have met if not for the storm? Who knows, but if the feelings they both have after one night together, then maybe fate would have brought them together. 
I liked the idea that Sarah could run the B&B they were forced to stay in. It has the potential for a series. Hope Jake’s brother gets a story.  And who knows, maybe one day this short story will get made into a longer one. 
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About the Author Vonna Harper has written dozens of erotica and erotic romance from spanking to shape-shifting, from primitive tribes to science fiction. Many of those books revolve around capture and or submissive themes. Freud, if he hadn’t been so hung up on his belief that only damaged people fantasize, might have tried to understand dom/submissive dynamics. Looks like he left that up to Vonna and other like-minded writers.   
Read more at Vonna Harper’s site.

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Book Release…. Paperback edition… Where Winter Finds You (A BlackDagger Brotherhood series) by J.R Ward

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

This is the paperback edition, I’ve got the hardback edition, and it’s on my list to be read and reviewed.

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Wednesday’s Post

My first social distancing walk today. Made arrangements to catch up with my friend. We were out for about 20 minutes, but as it’s out first time walking with anyone near, neither of us wanted to push it. I must admit I was a little nervous. But it was nice catching up. The weather was really nice too, so it was a win-win in my eyes. Hoping to go out again tomorrow.

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Book Review…. Desolation Road (The Torpedo Ink series) book 4 by Christine Feehan 📖

Desolation Road (The Torpedo Ink series) book 4 by Christine Feehan 

Description….. 

Take the ride of your life with the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club in this thrilling romance novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Torpedo Ink is Aleksei ‘Absinthe’ Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family and his everything. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.

For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he’s dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.

Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece . . .

Publication date 6/7/2020

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Excerpt from Desolation Road 

Aleksei Absinthe Solokov, loved books. He loved the smell of them. The sight of them. The information in them. He especially loved the places he could go in them. Books had saved his life on more than one occasion. He’d originally come to this place, needing the quiet and peace, needing the scent and the words. And once again, books had led him to find something so unexpected, so spectacular, he still hadn’t accepted the offering, the gift, not quite believing yet, but he couldn’t walk away.

He sat in his favorite place right in front of the tallest stacks. The table was smaller and less inviting, due to the crowded space. He didn’t like being disturbed. He came to the library to get respite from the continual bombardment of other people’s thoughts and emotions. He could command with his voice, and sometimes the temptation to tell everyone to not think or speak for five minutes was sometimes brutally hard to resist. He needed to feel normal when he wasn’t. He wanted to see if he could fit in somewhere, but he knew he couldn’t. He needed to stand on his own, but it was impossible.

His small table, nearly hidden there beside the taller stacks, not only protected him from unwanted company, but gave him a direct view to the desk where the librarian checked out books, recommended reads, and sometimes—make that often—helped teens with their homework. He had been coming for over a month. Six weeks to be exact. And he just watched her. Like a fucking stalker. The librarian. She was so damn sexy he was shocked that the place wasn’t overrun with single men—because she was single. He’d made it his business to find out.

My Review….

Absinthe has the ability to “hear and feel” lies, he can also suggest things to you, make you do things subconsciously. A human lie detector. 

Scarlet is a librarian, loves the job, helps the kids with their school work, and lives a quiet life.  After being almost attacked by her college boyfriend and his buddies, Scarlet tries to get the law to punish them. But the boyfriends father is powerful, and Scarlet’s world is torn apart. And now she’s in hiding.  But she’s not some shrinking violet, oh no, she’s out for revenge. And one by one, all those who failed both Scarlet and her family will pay. 

Absinthe is fascinated with the library, well he loves to learn, but he’s more fascinated with the librarian. For six weeks he’s been coming to this library, reading and watching her. His body reacts without directions (not a normal thing for this biker) he’s almost certain she’s meant to be his. But he knows she’s hiding something or from someone, he just has to figure it out. 

Scarlet is well aware of the hunk sitting in the library, reading and watching her, she watches him constantly. She’s drawn to him, but knows she can’t approach him, he’s dangerous but she’s not sure why. 

This one had me both chuckling and wringing my hands.   We get more background on Absinthe and a few members of Torpedo Ink. As you maybe new to this series (I would urge you to read from the start of the series) Torpedo Ink MC (motorcycle club) is a biker club with a difference. All the members are from a school for assassins. But not everyone made it out alive! And it wasn’t voluntary, and it certainly wasn’t meant for children!  Taken from his home as a small child, Aleksei and his brother were beaten, tortured and abused on a daily basis. Along with hundreds of other children. Forming a group/pack their leader Viktor “Czar” honed each child into a killer (he couldn’t shield them, so he had to help them somehow) and now eighteen survivors ride and survive together.  There is a spark almost instantaneously. But both are wary, both are hiding things. Both have a dark past.  Now each torpedo ink member has a kink! Someone that is unique to them, and I can’t give away Absinthe’s (you’ll have to read it to find out) but it has me spitting my coffee out, and almost choking!!  Sex scenes are plentiful and inventive, but so is the action.  Torpedo Ink are hunters, they go after sex traffickers, pedophile rings and anyone who thinks themselves outside the law. We get to watch as they plan their attacks, and have a ringside seat as the action unfolds.  There is also a new character added to the gang of bikers. Can he be trusted? 

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It does state there could be triggers for people who’ve suffered or could suffer after reading.  But the subject is treated with respect.

I love this series and the author. The pages come alive with the descriptions. All the characters are well known, and any titbit is welcome. 

Looking forward to the next book. 

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Tuesday’s Post

A busy morning with washing, housework and a walk. Reviews that needed polishing up and placing on my blog calendar (otherwise they’d all go in on the same day!)

A quick social distance chat with a friend at the door. Another afternoon walk and putting bedding back into the bed.

My day rounds off with another walk, dinner and a catch up with chats on a multitude of media (FaceTime and phone)

Weather behaved itself today, so felt a lot more productive today.

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Book Review…. Jasper Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 5 by Emilia Hartley

Jasper Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 5 by Emilia Hartley

Description…..

Cora has made a mess of everything. When she ran from the tyrant who claimed her like property, she’d hoped to start a new life, not a dragon war. Now, she’s exhausted in both body and spirit. Her grand plan has led to fires, battles and an unbelievably close mate bond with the scariest dragon she’s ever met. She doesn’t want to be sharing thoughts and dreams with Jasper Drake and the demon that lives inside him, but when has the universe ever cared what she wanted?

For months, Jasper’s dragon has teetered on the edge of control as he sought to find and protect his mate. When she moves into the guesthouse of his manor, the fear she feels towards him is an exquisite torture. He’s determined to win her trust, but his dragon is impatient, and her wounds are deep. Sometimes he despairs of ever being the kind of mate she needs—the kind of king his people need.

Aurum Court Dragons by Emilia Hartley

Book 1 Ashton Drake

Book 2 Wyatt Drake

Book 3 Ryker Drake

Book 4 Griffin Drake

Book 5 Jasper Drake

My Review……

Jasper is at the end of his rope, his family is dysfunctional, his family owned business was almost ruined, oh and his mate wants to hide from him!!!!

No wonder he drinks and wants to escape….

Cora knows she should be with Jasper, but King’s aren’t good people. She’s hiding from him and her clan, she won’t be a baby machine to produce heirs!!

Jasper maybe the King, but he has no idea how to run his court! Thank goodness for his cousin Griffin (although he thinks of his as a brother, after his father took him in)

His dragon is slowly taking over Jasper’s life, the dragon wants to escape Drake Mountain, it’s always circling, it’s always searching from something.

Until it shares the fact his mate is in the forest on his mountain, then Jasper is in sync, he needs his mate to keep his dragon from taking him over completely!

How can jasper convince Cora that they should be together? He can hardly contain his beast, it’s all going to go horribly wrong!!!

Jasper has been in all the previous books, he’s come across as really selfish, putting his cousin Griffin in danger on a daily basis.

But as the books continue you understand why his dragon is wants out.

Cora finally comes to Jasper’s home, but she’s not interested in mating, she just wants to be safe. But is she safe from Jasper? And how about her clan looking for her? Getting to know Jasper is a slow process, he wants her now (well his dragon does) but Cora won’t be rushed. Jasper needs to use all his strength and patience to convince Cora he wants her for her. But Cora is convinced that once Jasper knows her secret, all bets will be off. She won’t live in a cage!!

The rogue dragons that have squatted on Drake territory are causing more trouble in their town, causing mayhem with the King and his knights, and harming the mates is the last straw!!!!

It was nice to see all the previous couples in the series. It was fun watching Cora give Jasper the runaround. Reading how Jasper changed from selfish to King was good. When he realises his town is in danger he has to change his ways.

I liked the series. And I had waited to read Jasper’s story.

Definitely happy to recommend this book and series.

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Monday’s Post

Start the day off with a walk. then chat with my BFF and then a catch up with my sister. Breakfast and then a review. I’m on a deadline today, a last minute book for a review.

I also managed to get in another two walks. The sun was out and it was really warm today. We were going to go out for a drive, but my husbands grandson came to ask him some advice on a car he was looking at. So maybe tomorrow.

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Book Review…. Griffin Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 4 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Griffin Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 4 by Emilia Hartley 


Description….. 

Griffin Drake always gets left behind. While his cousins leave Grove to have adventures, he’s stuck babysitting his increasingly distant and crazy cousin, Jasper, the king of the mountain. When his cousins come home to help, they all find mates, one after another. Griffin is left alone, without even a way to meet a mate. He’s always been bad at talking to women.

Then he meets Lilah, who is down on her luck and easy to talk to. He offers her a job as his pretend girlfriend, so he won’t have to live through another family get-together as the only un-paired dragon.

Suddenly, he’s not behind at all. Lilah moves in, gets along with his family, and lights up his life. He was sure the universe had forgotten about a mate for him, but now he knows Lilah is the one. All he has to do is convince her it’s not all make-believe.

Aurum Court Dragons by Emilia Hartley 

Book 1 Ashton Drake Book 2 Wyatt Drake Book 3 Ryker Drake Book 4 Griffin Drake Book 5 Jasper Drake 

My Review….. 

Griffin hated being left behind, he was left to look after his cousin, whilst everyone left Grove and got on with their lives, and now his cousins are back, he should be happy but he’s not….. Not only are they back, but they have all found their mates. It’s just not fair, no wonder he’s a grumpy recluse!!  He’s sick of looking after his cousin, he might be king of their mountain, but to Griffin he’s a pain in his butt!!

Lilah’s life feels like one large curse….. It’s a family curse that has dogged their families lives for generations.  And the promise she made to her dying mother feels like a millstone around her neck, her sister does nothing but take, take, take!!!  She’s just lost her job, she’s about to be evicted, and her sister just ran off with the last of her money….Will she ever catch a break? 

So what does it take for Griffin’s family to stop looking at him like a charity case? A girlfriend would be a start…… 

Meeting Lilah was great, blowing his chances of a second date seems imminent, who would offer a girl money to date him? But Lilah is desperate, so she accepts.  What happens next is a roller coaster of a ride! 

I really liked this one, I’ve wanted to find out about Griffin from book one. He was raised in the gold dragon household, Jasper and Griffin were raised as brothers after Griffin lost his mother. His father became unstable so it was agreed he’d move in. But reading this book you get more of an insight into their relationship. Griffin really does care for Jasper, but it’s getting wearing, always on call, always the one to put out the fires and wrestle the dragon. Night after night, and what’s more jasper’s dragon is getting clever, it anticipates moves and is almost evading capture. The fights are getting tougher.  You had to feel sorry for poor Lilah, nothing goes right for her, the family curse had definitely got a firm grip on her. Losing her job, getting behind on the rent, so now she’s getting evicted, and her lovely sister has run off with the last of her money (her sister has all these money making schemes that never work)  So when a stranger in a bar offers her money to be his girlfriend, Lilah is shocked, but part of her wants to take him up on his offer! 

Moving in saves her from being evicted, but she had to remind herself that it’s not real. But boy does she want it to be real. 

And when she’s attacked by a rival dragon, Griffin is worried that all bets will be off, because for him, it stopped being a charade, both the dragon and Griffin want Lilah for keeps! 

And the ongoing war for Drake mountain is more than just land. Is it to do with Jasper’s mate?   

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Sunday’s Post

First time out in a car today!! Didn’t go far. Took some crafting supplies to my granddaughter. I was lovely to see her in person, but I stayed in the car as she came out to get the bag.

Complete weather change today. Started off with rain, cold and cloudy, ending up with a little sun. My dad was suppose to come down this morning. Alas that didn’t happen. So we are going to try again next Sunday.

Did a workouts indoors instead of my morning walk. But I managed to get out later in the day for a walk.

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Book Review…. Ryker Drake Aurum Court Dragons) book 3 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Ryker Drake Aurum Court Dragons) book 3 by Emilia Hartley 

Description….. 

Mina has always known her place in the dragon hierarchy of Grove—at the bottom. Her king’s court is so far out of her league that she feels like she’s intruding even when she comes to work as a maid at Ryker Drake’s house. The attraction she feels for the rock-blasting, nipple-pierced sweetheart she works for is inappropriate on so many levels. But Mina can’t help herself.

Part of her wants to keep away from Ryker to protect herself from the inevitable heartbreak when he’s done with her. The rest of her wants to grab onto the happiness of being with him.

Even if it can’t last.

Can it?

Aurum Court Dragons by Emilia Hartley 

Book 1 Ashton Drake

Book 2 Wyatt Drake

Book 3 Ryker Drake

Book 4 Griffin Drake

Book 5 Jasper Drake 

My Review…… 

Ryker is home. Being a roadie for a band has been great, travelling, women and a sense of freedom, so why the hell is he back in Grove? Oh yeah his King/cousin likes to fly around trying to escape Drake mountain, so it’s all hands on deck to bring his cousin back in line.

Mina has always known about the Drake’s and their abilities. Being a lowly dragon herself, she’s aware he’s royalty and she’s not. 

When she’s not a home looking after her uncle, she’s cleaning homes, one home she never expected to clean was a metallic home. But she’s here to a job, even though the owner looks hot! 

Both dragons are drawn to each other, but trying to convince Mina to take a chance on him is proving difficult, but dragons are nothing if not tenacious. 

Ryker isn’t aware of any problems on the town, he’s been gone a while, but spending time with Mina has opened his eyes, the chromatic dragons have their own classes, and Mina is lower than low!! Is jasper even aware? Ryker doesn’t think so, and so takes it upon himself to correct the mistake. 

Mina knows It’s only a matter of time before someone discovers she’s spending time with royalty. 

Then there is the problem with the King, he’s becoming more and more uncontrollable, his dragon won’t rest, it’s becoming tiring and tedious. 

When Mina stumbles upon the reason for the dragon kings behaviour, Mina has to decide where her loyalties lie. 

I liked this one, we have the unstable king. We find out why he’s become that way. We catch up with previous couples, and the last two hero’s of the series.  I felt sorry for Mina, being treated poorly by her uncle is bad enough, but to witness the rest of her clan treat her that way was terrible, Ryker finding out and putting a stop to it made me smile. 

We’ve got a rival gang of dragons trying to move into Drake territory also to contend with. 

If your going to pick up a Ryker, then I advise you to pick up the rest of the pack, it’s a fun ride. 

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Saturday’s Post

Caught up with work colleagues on a FB chat room last night. Getting the low down on what’s going on. Then general chat, it was fun catching up.

Caught up with washing as the weather was lovely. Spent time in the garden weeding my daughters corner of the garden.

A few nice walks today. But the afternoon was definitely a busier one!

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Book Review …..Wyatt Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 2 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Wyatt Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 2 by Emilia Hartley 

Description….. 

Wyatt Drake has just broken up with his long-time girlfriend, a woman he’d expected to marry, and a relationship is the last thing he wants. But his dragon is sniffing around a tourist in his hometown—a tourist who discovers more about him in days than his girlfriend did in years—and who seems to like him despite all that, or maybe even because of it. Still, Wyatt isn’t sure he’s ready for another relationship. He doesn’t want a one-night-stand or a short-term rebound girl. He’s looking for commitment. And what kind of stability can he get from a travelling food-blogger he just met?

Aurum Court Dragons by Emilia Hartley 

Book 1 Ashton Drake

Book 2 Wyatt Drake

Book 3 Ryker Drake

Book 4 Griffin Drake

Book 5 Jasper Drake 

My Review…… 

Wyatt is back on Drake mountain, reeling from being dumped by his girlfriend, so the last thing he’s looking for is a replacement, but his dragon has other ideas. His dragon has a cute out of towner in its sights…..

Kennedy only wants to move from place to place, she doesn’t need roots, she’s living her life and loving her job, but meeting Wyatt and his crazy family have her in a spin. Maybe she just hasn’t found that one place to settle, could Grove and Drake mountain be the place she’s always been looking for or is it Wyatt she wants to call home? 

Book 2 sees us catching up with Wyatt. He’s cousin to both Ashton and Jasper the king. He didn’t really want to come home, but being summoned back to court by both Ashton and Griffin (another cousin) he doesn’t have much of a choice, he’s also nursing a broken heart, being dumped by the woman he had hoped to marry as him sworn off women, so why does he feel the need to protect a woman in the diner? Sure she’s cute, but he’s not suppose to be interested, but his dragon half has other ideas…… 

Kennedy is a food blogger, travelling from town to town, relaying her trip and pictures to her online followers.  The moment she sets foot in Grove, she feels a connection, she’s honestly thinking about finding a place, at first it’s just a feeling, but as time goes by, she sees herself settling down…..  Being watched in the diner isn’t unusual for Kennedy, she takes pictures of sights and plates of awesome food. But the man watching her gives her the creeps, it’s not until another man steps in and rescues her.

Wyatt and Kennedy have an almost instant attraction to one another, but neither will admit it.  Wyatt has a secret, it’s not a family secret, the whole town knows, but outsiders are privy to it. 

And when a face from the past resurfaces, what will it mean for Wyatt and Kennedy. 

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Friday’s post

Three walks a day, three different experiences. The morning one is usually the quietest. Don’t see many people, and those I see are usually in a better frame of mind (thoughtful of other people) I wear my mask whilst I’m out now. The afternoon walk has a few more obstacles. More mobility scooters are out, so I need to be aware, they seem to come out of nowhere and assume you’ll let them pass, and I do if it’s safe (I’m not stepping out into a busy road that’s for sure) And the evening one is a mixture of both previous walks (so it depends on where I walk) I also did my “walk at home” exercises, I find I’m more energetic doing that than just walking. The walks I tend to stroll, not much effort. So a combination of both is helping.

Had a great catch up with friends in a FB chat room, we had a chuckle and debate on how our governments have gone wrong! Deb living in America gives us the low down on how she’s coping. So it’s good to see another side.

Weather was nicer today, so I did a wash load and did housework to an audio book. Caught up with family throughout the day. And I’ve made plans to see my dad on Sunday (hoping the weather is kind) in the garden of course.

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Book Review …. Ashton Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 1 by Emilia Hartley 👩🏻‍💻

Ashton Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 1 by Emilia Hartley 

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Description….. 

Ashton knows he’s in no shape to help anyone. His sanity is hanging by a thread; he’s failing at the job the Drakes sent him to the city to do; and many days he can’t even handle his own dragon. 

The only time the beast settles is when it sees Makenna, Ashton’s high school sweetheart. 

The trouble is, Makenna doesn’t seem to want Ashton around. She can’t forget that Ashton left her, and besides she doesn’t have time for an out-of-control Drake, even if she could ever trust him again.

Ashton knows what he needs to keep his sanity – he just doesn’t know if he can win Makenna back…

Aurum Court Dragons:

Book 1 Ashton Drake

Book 2 Wyatt Drake

Book 3 Ryker Drake

Book 4 Griffin Drake

Book 5 Jasper Drake 

My Review…… 

Ashton is part of the Drake family, they live under the rule of the Gold dragon. 

He’s back after trying to save the bank that keeps them safe on the mountain. He’s also here to keep his cousin from showing the world that dragons exist! 

Makenna was going to be a singer, a success, but she never made it that far….. Being called back home by her ill relative, Makenna put aside her dreams and worked, she’s trying to pay off the hospital bills and other bills that slowly mounted up!! There are not enough hours in the day to earn money, so the last thing she needs is an old flame coming back into her life!! She needs money, not fun!! 

Ashton knows he should leave her alone, she’s told him enough times, but she soothes his dragon, he’s not crawling out of his skin when she’s near. But how does he get her to slow down? How does he try to help? Yes he can throw money at it, but Makenna is an independent woman, she won’t take his help. 

But when a fire almost takes her away from him, Ashton is going to do everything in his power to help her.  Being with Ashton is easy, loving him is natural, and when a fire makes her re-evaluate her life, she decides to let him in.  She knows all about his dragon, so he doesn’t have to hide that from her, she knows all about the generation after generation of dragons who look after the mountain and the people that live on it. So what’s holding her back from committing to Ashton? 

I liked this book, I liked the fact Ashton wasn’t prepared to like going back home, it’s not until further on on the book you realise why he’s happy to go home.  I loved Makenna, a hardworking young woman, she didn’t take the easy way out when her aunt died, she faced her responsibilities and paid off the bills that accrued during her aunt’s illness.  I like how she wasn’t going to fall for her “old flame”, just because he was back. She really made sure he was back to stay before she let him back into her life. 

(There is a backstory, it’s concerning his cousin the King, Jasper will star heavily in all the books until his is told in the last one.)

So do you need to read in order? Yes, all the characters are in all the books, so it makes sense to read them the way they are set out. 

I must admit I’ve read quite a few books from this author recently, I’ve enjoyed her work, so when I got the opportunity to read this series I jumped at the chance. 

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*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

Thursday’s Post

Walking to the park this evening, we must have encountered every mobile scooter, runner and mum with buggy, all going the opposite direction from us! Took bread to feed the ducks, a few seagulls decided to dive and take the bread from the ducks.

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Arc Review …. Forbidden Desire (Planet of Desire) book 4. by Robin Lovett 👩🏻‍💻

Forbidden Desire by Robin Lovett

Description…. 

Being a sex goddess should be my dream come true—as much sex as I want, with magic powers to heal people, too. Until I realize the enormously strong human I desire most is completely off-limits. My people will put me in prison if I’m caught with a human.

But one encounter together leaves me panting for more. So I kidnap him and take him to an alien sex retreat. I soon discover not only is my big strong human a virgin, his bio-engineering might have made him the largest person I’ve ever seen, but also it made him unable to feel any sensation on his skin.

We’ve got three days to try to heal him with my sex powers before I risk someone discovering us. Then I find out his biggest secret…

https://amzn.to/31vt7mn

Publication date 13 July 2020

My Review……

Ok, the title sounds ok, forgive the cheesy description, it’s actually really good. 

Graven is or was human, years ago he was experimented on. He maybe bigger and stronger than most humans, but he has no sensation in his body. He can’t feel pleasure or pain, he can’t feel the clothes on his back or the caress of a hand! 
And because he was experimented on at an early age, he never got to experience love or lust. In fact his biggest regret is never getting laid!! 
He watches Niva daily, watches how she lovingly gives herself to both male and females. He’s in awe of her, he thinks of her as a goddess. 

Niva is what we’d probably call a sex therapist, but she uses her body instead of words. 
Group sex and public sex are the norm on her home planet Fellamana. In fact monogamy isn’t the done thing, it’s not exactly frowned on, but why stick to one person when you can have as navy as you like. 
The planet produces an amorous gas that when absorbed into your body, you lose your inhibitions. So an antidote is needed to counteract the planets atmosphere. 

Being forbidden to interact with the humans visiting her planet (you can blame her cousin Koviye, for that ban) “Stolen Desire” Niva can only mourn the loss at getting to know the gentle giant who watches her from afar. 
But fate takes a hand and gives her an opportunity to be with this gentle giant. 

I have to admit, it’s pretty good. There is a fair amount of foreplay/sex 
But the interaction between Niva and Graven was so sweet. He’s totally besotted with her, is it because he’s a virgin? Maybe, but the more they find out about each other, the more they connect. 

But it can only be for three days, after that Niva can never see Graven again. As it is, if they are found together then it could be a prison sentence or death! 

So what happens after three days? Will they be able to part? 

It’s a fun read, it’s a quick read. And I don’t think you’ll need to read previous books. 

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*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

Wednesday’s Post

What a dark and miserable day. With the threat of rain all day, it made it hard to get out, but I did it. Also did my workout via YouTube. Caught up with the politicians and their shenanigans! Managed to finish off a few reviews (they were sent off) and made notes in the book I’m reading at the moment.

Watching the dustcart this morning I watched it inch its way past my house (don’t you love drivers that park anywhere they like?!)

The kids that are on their way home from school.

Life is going on, but not as fast as we would like. Forcing yourself out of your bubble is an everyday battle.

So take it one step at a time. But keep going, I know it’s hard, I’m in the same frame of mind, I can’t face going back to work, I’m always worried that I’ll get it from family and friends. I’m constantly vigilant on my walks, I don’t listen to music, I watch everyone that approach me and walk past me.

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Tuesday’s Post

Why, when you decide to do something with someone, it always ends in disaster?! So my friend and I had decided yesterday afternoon to start walking together in the morning, as I said yesterday, I need to up my fitness before going back to work. But by the evening we had to change our plans! Why? Weather, now I don’t mind a little drizzle, but we need to be careful that we don’t catch colds at the moment, especially with my chest!

So anyway….. instead of going for a walk, we did a group chat walk!!

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCVl6ZdslZz2Zj-34bMJFPbg I’d recommend giving her a go

For the rest of the day I got housework done. A couple of reviews and two more walks in. Caught up with family and friends via social media. And made a few healthy choices (going to cut out pasta and potatoes for a while) 😱

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Monday’s Post

A new week, and a new start 😉 well that’s how it’s suppose to go, let’s see how the rest of the week goes! Walking more✔️ drinking more water ✔️ trying to eat less and healthier (almost) housework was done to music. A different yoga video (longer and a little more effort was required) got a few reviews posted on the sites I usually do. And trudged through a few books that took a little effort (historical romance, not really my thing)

I’m aiming to walk longer and further tomorrow, I’d like to be visiting family and friends by the end of this month.

So keeping my fingers crossed. It’s time to shake it up a little.

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Arc Review ….. Skinned (The Rayburn Mysteries) Book 2 by CeeRee Fields 👩🏻‍💻

Skinned (The Rayburn Mysteries) Book 2 by CeeRee Fields

Description…..

Josephine ‘Jo’ Rayburn’s life was finally falling into place. She has a man she loves one who accepts her prickly personality, snarky attitude, addiction to knitting along with all her other quirks. Everything was going so well she is ready to take the next step in their life together.

Then bodies start dropping, and her past catches up with her.

Rhysian Rhys Harrison loves Josephine. Her porcupine-like defenses shield a warm a gooey center that only he’s allowed to see. That she accepts and cares for his mentally challenged brother as well is the icing on the chocolate cake. He’s ready to ask her to marry him.

But when his ex-fiancée crashes back into his life, the picture-perfect future he sees with Josephine begins to unravel.

Amidst bitter betrayal, misunderstandings, crazy family, and dodging hitmen can Josephine and Rhysian find a way to forge their path to the future they crave? Or will this case be the one that tears them apart for good?

The Rayburn Mysteries…..

Book 1 Gravedigger  Book 2 Skinned

https://amzn.to/2ZoDzsV

Publication date 1 july 2020

My Review……. 

That was really good……

Second book in the series. Same characters as in the first book. 

Does it make a difference if you don’t read the first one? 

I loved Josephine “jo” all her little quirks, the partnership she has with Sullivan (her work partner) is close, their banter made me chuckle. The closeness she has with Rhysian was lovely, they just fit, they complement each other perfectly. Her wildness needed his calm to keep her grounded.  Her tolerance for her more “prettier” half sisters, she never resented them, she just accepted them. Her put downs were hilarious, fast coming and usually relentless, most people never got a word in or a quick enough comeback. She’s protective of the ones she loves, she’ll defend them and will always have their back.  She has no filter whatsoever, the amount of times I laughed out loud. 

Rhysian was pretty unflappable, living and loving Jo gave him peace he never thought he’d have. He loves that she’s so careful with his brother Rian, it only makes him love her more, and now she’s said yes to marrying him, he’s hopeful that a live in carer he’s hired will help him look after his brother, and get Rhys back to finish off his training to be a paediatric doctor, all is right in his world. Well it was….. 

We have a killer that is skinning it’s victims, could it be linked to a previous case? Things are all pointing that way, but Jo isn’t convinced, she’s certain it’s someone else, but who? It’s bringing back terrible memories of a past case, and her own past, could it be the same person? 

A murder mystery book, but more!! It’s the first time I’ve read a book like this, and not been able to put it down. 

This would make a great film, in fact I could see is being made into a series. 

The characters all come to life, they gel, the words flowed, no jumping around. I really liked it. I almost spat my coffee out when I read where Jo’s mother wanted Rhys’s input on tantric sex!!! I laughed till I had tears. Too funny.  And the scene where he almost proposes to her, she’s covered in blood and vomit, but the conversation has so funny. 

I must admit, I didn’t think Rhys ex-fiancé was needed in the book. But the further I got into the book, the more I realised he had needed to see her and to put her in the past where she belonged. Was there any chemistry between Sharon and Rhys ? Absolutely none, and that made me smile, she had her chance and she blew it big time. 

So, do you need to read the first book? I don’t think so, but I feel I’m missing something, so I may just have to go back and read the first book. 

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*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

Sunday’s Post

Lovely sunny day today. Sat in the garden and read. Until the screaming from over the fence drove me back indoors (kids and water!) Managed 3 pretty good walks today. Had a nice walk around the local park early evening, not many people were there then, it was lovely. Phone calls with family and friends. A little housework and made a couple of lasagnas for the freezer.

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An Arc Review …. A British Heiress in America by Becky Lower.

A British Heiress in America by Becky Lower

Description……
Lady Philippa Worthington wants to marry young and sexy. 
Her father plans for her to marry stodgy…old…and rich. 
What’s a beautiful British heiress to do if she’s going to escape a life of passionless marriage? With her father planning to sell her off to the highest bidder in order to support his own lavish lifestyle, Pippa knows there’s only one thing she can do to save herself.
Lady Philippa dons boys’ clothing and stows away on a London ship destined for the American colonies and a new life. One full of hope, freedom, and the chance to finally live up to her feisty nickname among the rough sailors—‘Pip.’ 
But instead of finding independence on the high seas, Pippa is plunged deep into the dangerous world of espionage–and the arms of handsome Daniel Simmons, a merchant sailor for the British—who is also an American Revolutionary spy! 
Torn between allegiance to her home country and the passion she’s always been searching for, Pippa now faces an unexpected threat—and it may cost Pippa and Daniel the very freedom—and love—they’ve both been searching for. 
If they manage to survive the very heart of the beginnings of the Revolutionary War, can the daring spy find love in the arms of A BRITISH HEIRESS IN AMERICA?
My Review……. 
A sea captain who may or may not be a spy. A runaway debutant who won’t be auctioned off to the highest bidder. 
Not my usual read, but once opened it was a pleasant surprise. 
Philippa “pip” Worthington isn’t sure if being a stowaway on a ship bound for America is the best idea she’s ever had, but she’s not going to become some bored London housewife. She longs for love and adventure…. 
Daniel is the captain of the boat Pip has stowed away on, only he’s unaware that Pip is actually Philippa!! 
He’s aware the “boy” is running away from something in London, but that’s not Dan’s issue, but the boy could be useful, if he gets a job in the army, then Daniel could use him as a spy! But he has to be careful, his daughter could become a casualty of war (he’s a widower, his daughter lives with her mothers parents) 
I did have to chuckle, Pip is not your usual debutant, she’s quite a character (smoking cheroots and drinking pints of ale!) she is very independent, she’s off for an adventure in America, she’ll marry an officer in the British Army and be happy! 
But working as a cabin boy is proving challenging, it doesn’t help that the captain is very easy in the eye, she has to remain in character at all times! 
Daniel is a double agent! To the outside world he takes arms to the British army, he also spies for the American government! If he’s caught it could mean death! 
It’s a fun read. Well written and very descriptive. Had to laugh when poor Pip was feeling seasick. And when she wished she could have a cheroot!
The banter between Daniel and Pip is lighthearted, Daniel feels he should take the boy under his wing, but with the option of using the boy to his advantage, I found I grew to dislike Daniel!
Chuckling at the inappropriate thoughts the captain has about his cabin boy, he’s off to get laid once he’s back on dry land, but his thoughts keep straying to his “boy”. 
And when Daniel discovers his cabin boy is in fact a woman …… 
Daniel now changes strategy and decides a debutante would be a better spy! But does he take what Pip is offering? 
And Philippa is now facing a dilemma herself, she knows that Daniel runs guns for the British, does she inform the American society she will belong to? Or can she be of some assistance in the fight for their freedom? 
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Publication date 20/6/20

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Saturday’s Post

A sunny today. Managed to get three walks in, varying in time and distance. I even mowed the back lawn, well I did a little, it stated my coughing off, so hubby finished off and I weeded the flower beds after he was done! The nice about the sun, it creates a warm spot in the bedroom, and I lazed upstairs like a cat 😉 listening to music and then an audio book, but listening to audio has a nap effect, one minute I’m awake, the next I’m being woken up by a phone call! Catching up with my nieces on a video call made me smile.

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Friday’s Post

Yeah, we had a little sun, but if you blinked then you would have missed it!! last night I caught up with my Book Buddy from America, and my best friend. We had a laugh on a Facebook chat room. And tonight I caught up with friends from work. We chatted about work, then caught up with each other. It’s nice, but I’d still rather face to face.

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Audible 📱🎧

Audible

How Does Audible Work?

Audible works by first starting a 30-day free trial which comes with a free audiobook. Each month, a credit is awarded to the Audible account which can be used to purchase one audiobook. As a monthly member, you will receive one credit each pay period. That credit is redeemable for a single book of any value.

When your free trial is over, the free trial will automatically adjust to a monthly fee unless you cancel the account. Take note that one of the biggest complaints about the trial is that the company does not ask if you want to continue, but they automatically charge us if we don’t cancel the account.

Audible provides users with ad-free, high-quality audio files that you can listen to online or offline. That means you can delve into your favourite titles, listening without racking up data charges or going through the hassle of finding a Wi-Fi password. What’s more, it enables you to curate your own digital archive of audiobooks that can be accessed for listening to audiobooks at any time.

All Amazon Audible books are exchangeable. If you don’t enjoy a title, you may switch it for an alternative title with no hassle. Also, Audible offers members an exclusive 30 percent savings per credit on additional monthly purchases on fiction and non-fiction books, including mysteries & thrillers, personal development, business, bios & memoirs, sci-fi & fantasy, romance audiobooks and Audible originals.

What Is Audible?

Amazon Audible is a monthly membership service that provides users with access to a massive database of audiobooks. You access and play these audiobooks through the Audible app. They provides members with Audible credits a month to purchase new titles. 

Over time, users are able to accumulate large libraries of audio books. Unlike similar audiobook subscriptions, all audiobooks purchased through Audible are yours to keep forever. If you’re not already reading or listening to audiobooks, you’re missing out on a lot of knowledge. We all know that reading is good for us and audio is a good way to listen to Audible books

A basic Audible membership fee and offerings is on par with most monthly subscription services. For the standard Gold monthly, you only get one credit for the monthly subscription fee with this membership plan. You can redeem one audiobook per credit. Since Audible credits are redeemable for a single audiobook of any price, it is smart to use this credit for costlier titles. After which, you can scour Audible for daily deals and low-cost classics. In addition, you also get 2 Audible originals.

You can find offers on Audible, the same way you can find offers on physical books. On occasion, you will find audiobooks priced as low as 99p. It’s important to note that the price you pay varies depending on the number of titles you purchase and how much you spend. That makes Audible worth the price. I find that it helps to treat your membership credit as if it’s worth one audiobook.

This way, you spend it on something equal to or greater than the monthly fee. But that’s just how I would do it. Unused Audible credits can be rolled over from one month to another. Whether you are waiting on an upcoming new release from major publishing houses or cannot decide between two titles, this feature ensures you never pay in vain. If you feel like you need more than 1 book a month, there are other membership plans available.

Is Audible Free With Amazon Prime?

If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can use Audible for no extra cost. The limit here is that you will only get access to a rotating collection of 50+ books. Notably, you get access to the channels as well.

This is a really good deal if you are already on Amazon Prime or if you’re thinking of using it.

The Library

The Audible library features over 425,000 titles and audio versions of books. Given it is an offshoot of Amazon, we only expect that number to grow. Audible tops the ranks as one of the densest audiobook libraries on the market.

The library consists of 26 book categories with new releases and audiobook titles spread evenly throughout. You can browse by category, lists & collections, or featured material. This includes a selection of titles that are compatible with the Amazon-exclusive service Whispersync. Almost every book that has an audiobook version is in the library including best sellers and many Audible originals. 

Members also gain access to an extensive collection of audio shows. These are free with a monthly membership. They include genre-diverse Audible originals, such as Audicted, Sincerely X, and Real Crime.

The Audible membership also includes audio version of news via and additional publications for your listening pleasure. What’s more, there is a steady stream of celebrity performances and live comedy to keep you entertained. While the non-audiobook content could serve to be expanded, it’s an excellent bonus feature you don’t see.

What Is Whispersync And How Does It Work?

Whispersync for Voice is a unique service offered to Audible customers. It allows members to switch between listening to an audiobook and reading on a Kindle without missing a beat. The app also features real-time highlighting to boost reader engagement, comprehension, and retention. In short, you can sync your audiobooks with a Kindle to pick up where you left off on a book. You will need an internet connection for this. To utilize the service, you need to purchase the audio companion to a Kindle book. While it is on the pricier side, there is no denying the convenience of this service. Currently, Amazon does not have a bundle for an ebook + audio book on Kindle and Audible. That makes it a bit more expensive to get both and may not be for everyone.

What About The Alternatives?

Audible isn’t the only audiobook subscription service on the market. However, it stands out because of its extensive library. While public libraries typically provide services such as Hoopla or Overdrive for free, you get far fewer options to choose from. What’s more, you are often restricted to a small number of monthly audiobook rentals. The same thing goes for popular pay-to-borrow services.

Audible provides a wide variety of audio books and purchases are yours to keep even if you cancel. The best alternative to Audible is Audiobooks.com. The book library is not as extensive as Audible but it’s still huge and most popular audio books are there. They have a 30-day free trial at the time of writing this Audible review, but they will need your email address and credit card details.

Building A Collection

Every audiobook you purchase through the Audible app is yours to keep forever. In fact, it can even be downloaded in any audio format or stored on a limited number of devices. Plus, you can access your Audible library at any time, even if you cancel your membership. While it takes a long time to build a personal library on Audible credits alone, this is definitely a versatile and space-saving alternative to a physical home library.

It is important to note; you cannot buy additional credits. Instead, you get a 30 percent discount on any additional purchases. As such, I feel this service is best suited for individuals who listen to one to two books per month. Otherwise, it can be quite costly. That being said, it’s a good idea to get one or two audiobooks per month and if you’re a big reader, just read the physical book too.

Usability

This Audible review will show you some of the most likely usabilities. Like most Amazon products, the Audible app offers user-friendly navigation. You can toggle between pages and menus for quick and easy access to thousands of book titles. Audiobook sub-categories such as “Pre-orders”, “Wish Lists”, and “Browse” (which includes several subheadings) make it easy to find new titles with rave reviews. Not to mention, all audiobooks are also subject to Amazon’s five-star customer review system.

Aesthetically, Audible couldn’t get much better. It features easy-to-read text, high contrast visuals, and customizable toggles. With that being said, the affiliated website is a bit sparse, with just a white background, gallery-style book cover grids, and six overhead menus.

Still, each audiobook has a detailed product page with information such as author, length, release date, and publisher. Here, you can confirm whether a title is compatible with Whisper sync and add it to your wish list. There is also a one-click purchase option.

The site others a standard search bar that allows you to explore audiobook options through both vague and detailed credentials. It also offers an advanced search option that is similar to digital library catalogs, with fine-tuned credentials such as the title, author, narrator, and publisher. From there, you can narrow the search field by honing in on the program type, language, length, format, and more.

Using Audible On Multiple Devices

The files can be downloaded to a variety of listening devices and even your MP3 player. To do so, you must install the Audible Manager on the device. Then, you have to physically plug the device into your computer and go through a twelve step process. After this, your content will be available on the device. Twelve steps mays seem like a lot but it is a quick and simple process.

Can You Share Audible Books?

You can also share your audiobooks with loved ones but they have to be adult members of your Amazon Household, as long as they have an Amazon account. It is important to note that this won’t work with a child’s account.

Previously, Audible’s Digital Rights Management system only allowed consumers to play and listen to Audible on three devices. This gave way to the upswing of programs designed to eliminate Audible’s DRM. Nevertheless, there is no longer an apparent limit. What’s more, consumers claim the MP3 files can be downloaded without hassle.

Beyond that, one of the reasons I love Audible is because of the ability to personalize your Audible app settings. Two of the more convenient features were the options to set an automatic sleep timer and adjust the audio playback speed to increase listening speed. Better still, Audible tracks where you leave off. Therefore, you never have to worry about losing your place when stopping or switching between devices.

How To Cancel Audible Membership?

This is an Amazon-based digital service. As such, they offer 24/7 phone, email, and live chat support. The cancellation process is straight forward. I found that, regardless of the platform, the customer service agents responded quickly and aimed to please. I also found the “Popular Questions” page to be extremely informative. Whether you’re looking to cancel your membership or exchange an unwanted audiobook, Amazon aims to provide you with quick and pleasing answers to all of your questions.

How To Return An Audible Book?

The best part, Audible’s hassle-free return policy is good. They have a great listen guarantee, which means you can literally exchange an unwanted audiobook or Audible originals at any time. Just go to “Account Details”, select “Purchase History”, locate the order you wish to return, and hit the orange “Return this Title” button.

However, experiences may differ from one person to another. I’ve read some bad reviews about their support. My experience overall has been good. The most notable complaints were that support was a bit slow, and they get charged even after calling and cancelling the Audible subscription.

Book Descriptions

Let’s face it, regardless of the audiobook service; we are buying the same product. Therefore, a considerable part of our buying decision is determined by user experience. In the case of Audible, the particular product is a subtle but important detail.

When you click on a title, a page pops up with a large book cover image and list of quick facts about the publication. Here, you’ll find a “Sample” button that allows you to listen to a small tidbit of the audiobook to determine whether its right for you. As someone who can be somewhat picky about which narrators I listen to, I found this option to be extremely valuable, making me love Audible even more.

On the right side, you can opt to use your membership credit on the title, buy additional credits outright, add it to a reading list, or post it on Facebook. Below this, you’ll find the “People who bought this also bought…” section. For me, this section was a treasure trove of valuable information. It generates useful recommendations based on the recent purchases of like-minded consumers. Of course, it is one of those sales tactics that Amazon uses but works and it’s possibly the best way to give a recommendation.

Next, there is a brief publisher’s summary which gives you the gist of the audiobook in two to four paragraphs. Following this, some audiobooks feature a small section for “Critic Reviews”.

Sales

On occasion, Amazon will post special offers for members. Sometimes, you can even purchase additional credits at a discounted price. To be considered for this deal, you need to have had the same Audible membership plans for two consecutive months, have one or no credits, and (if you are on the yearly plan) be at least 30 days from your next billing date. On top of that, Amazon offers inexpensive classics (sometimes as low as 99p but not very often)

Rating System

At the bottom of a book page, there is a section called “What Members Say”. This breaks down the average ratings into three categories: “Overall”, “Performance,” and “Story”. Below each of these categories is a small bar graph that shows the number of people that gave five, four, three, two, or one-star reviews.

After this, there is you can switch between lists of Audible and Amazon reviews, sorting between “Most Helpful” and “Most Recent”. It appears as though the longest reviews are to be found at the top.

As someone who is very picky about the books I listen to, I found this feature to be extremely helpful. However, it is important to note that these reviews have the potential to be biased and misleading, but are unlikely to be so because they do verify buyers Amazon account.

Audible Audio Book Pros And Cons

There are some notable pros and cons that you should be aware of. Especially the cons. Is Audible worth your time? Overall, my experience on Audible and reviews are mostly good. There are some complaints that we will address below. Most of the pros are already in the review, so that section will be short, while the cons will be a bit longer.

Pros

Audible is convenient when you want to read but you’re busy. I don’t like to think of audio as a replacement for physical books and vice versa. However, as a working woman and blogger here, I barely have enough time in the day as it is. For me, audiobooks allow me to indulge in entertaining or informative literature even if I can’t set my eyes on it. I can progress through a novel while walking, sat on the train, bus or plane, (nothing worse when you have someone looking over your shoulder)

Easy access to my library from any device. As a public library enthusiasts, I was initially leery of paying for the subscription service. After all, why pay for audiobooks when I can borrow them for free? It turns out that the ability to access my audiobook library from multiple devices and flawlessly pick up where I last left off is well worth it. To top that, I don’t have to wait for new releases or popular titles to cycle through long waiting lists. Instead, I get instant access to these titles with a click of a button. What’s more, I never have to worry about incurring library fines or returning material.

Cons

Credits may be a hassle. Each membership plan allows for a different number of additional credits per month to be rolled over from one pay period to another. For example, the Gold annual membership allows for a maximum of five to roll over, whereas the Platinum Annual allows for 12. More importantly, you lose your credits if you cancel your membership.

Besides that, some audiobook prices can be quite high even after applying the 30 percent discount. For example, Stephen King’s The Outsider sells for way cheaper on Google play store. Not all books are cheaper on Google Play but this particular one is.

After the free trial is over, they charge automatically. There are many complaints about this with people saying “the trial is not actually a free trial” and so on. The best thing to do if you plan on taking the trial is to make sure that before 30 days, make a decision and either cancel the Audible account or continue letting it be.

Audible/Amazon has a reputation of overcharging customers. Although getting a refund is easy enough, it’s still a hassle and something that we shouldn’t even be dealing with. The common ones are the bill for a free trial and double charging when you subscribe or upgrade. It doesn’t happen all the time but those are the most common complaints.

What I Think Of The Pros And Cons?

In the end, I am not someone who is likely to spend too much on something such as an Audiobook. For one, I am not likely to listen to it more than one time. Secondly, I don’t feel that the audio files are adequate replacements for physical paper books nor e-books. For me, there is something sacred about reading text.

There is no doubt that it is convenient to listen to audiobooks. I found myself indulging in Christine Feehan’s award-winning book, Dark Legacy while I cleaned my bathroom. At 15 hours and 31 minutes, it lasted me nearly an entire month.

While Feehan’s book was available on CD at my local library, I had trouble justifying paying for it. Nevertheless, I was able to take it with me on my daily walk, to the work, and even for lunch without a hassle. I also was able to download it to my phone so that I didn’t have to rely on internet or data.

Readings Offline

One of the best features of Audible is that you can download and you listen to audiobooks online and offline. While this may not seem like a big deal, not having to worry about finding Wi-Fi or using data is imperative to many people (myself included). What’s more, you’re allowed to download all or part of an audiobook. Therefore, you can opt to save device space or personal time by only downloaded a select portion at a time. Whichever option you choose, all Audible audiobook purchases will remain in the cloud indefinitely.

Listener Stats

While not for everyone, the Audible app tracks listener stats and awards subsequent badges. As you listen, it unlocks badges, they have the option to post their progress on social media. If you have a shared account with a household member, each member can independently track their personal progress, stats, and badges. Some featured badges include “Mount Everest”, “Marathoner”, and “Daily Dipper”. The tracker helped me to set personal goals and adequately log my summer reading. It is also a cool way to compete with a friend or a family member.

Bookmarks And Notes

One of my favorite Audible features is “Clips”. “Clips” allows users to mark their progress with a digital bookmark, add notes, and more. It even allows you to save and share an audiobook passage. This will enable you to clip, edit, and post these audio tidbits via email or social media. It also saves the location of the audio so that you can return to it at any time.

If you’re someone who enjoys quoting passages or writing in the margins, this is the digital manifestation of an age-old practice. Plus, don’t worry if you’re sharing your audiobooks. All members get their own annotations, notes, and bookmarks.

Audible Review: Is Audible Worth It?

Is Audible worth the money? In my opinion, the short answer is yes.. Anyone who wants to listen to audio books should at least take Audible’s 30-day free trial. It doesn’t matter if you listen during your morning commute or while exercising, it’s a great app to get informed and read more books you’ve been meaning to read.

In short, I would recommend Audible to listeners looking to expand their audiobook libraries. For one, this service is relatively inexpensive. More so, it features the most expansive audiobook library currently on the market. Furthermore, Audible is easy to navigate and features user-friendly settings. Beyond that, Whispersync audiobooks offer a flexible alternative for individuals who enjoy reading but struggle to find the time to do it.

If you’re still not sure if this Audible is right for you or if you’re still asking how does Audible work, you can take the free trial to see for yourself. Not only do you receive free audiobooks of your choosing, but you get the opportunity to gauge how often you would utilize the service.The free audiobooks will be yours to keep and that alone makes Audible worth trying. This Audible review should have covered everything you need to know. Be sure to download audible and play around with the settings to ensure you get the best possible user experience. To me, that makes Audible worth the price.

Last week, I was talking to someone about books (About Pride and Prejudice, specifically.) This blogger loved Pride and Prejudice. She’s been putting it off for years. But before she set out on a long road trip, she chose the Audible edition narrated by Rosamund Pike as her driving companion.

I love Pride and Prejudice, and I’ve read it at least half a dozen times. But I’ve never heard Rosamund Pike’s complete version. This reader’s raves about her fantastic narration—and especially, her perfect accents for Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins—had me firing up my kindle to order that version for myself immediately. I have piles of Audible credits saved up; I was ready to use one.

But I didn’t have to.

I discovered that that audiobook—along with more than 40 other titles—is available to stream for Amazon Prime members through Audible’s new Audible Channels feature. For FREE.

Audible Review

Audible offers great customer service compared to all the audio book sites reviewed. Audible is one of the best options for anyone who listens to one audiobook or more per month and want to have a huge library to choose from. There are also daily deals on audio books to review.

Hope you enjoyed this Audible review and if you or someone you know have tried the Audible app recently or have an opinion on the post, tell us about that experience in the comments below!

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Thursday’s Post

I managed a walk today before the rain came, so for the rest of the day I did a little housework and caught up on reading and the never ending reviews. Next week is suppose to be better weather wise. Let’s hope so.

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Wednesday’s Post

The first week of July!!! Time seems to flyby one minute, then drag the next! Bringing me closer back to work . Weather kept me from doing too much today, but I did mange a few short walks today.

Our government is trying to get us all up and out, but offering vouchers for a meal out?! Don’t think it one of their better ideas.

Reviews are coming along nicely, making a few notes, and looking at tweaking my blog reviews.

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Tuesday’s Post

Managed housework in between a few walks today. Weather cooperated (but only just) catching up with family and friends online, it’s getting tedious, not talking to the people, but the situation we are in. Catching up with family and friends with a social picnic is ok, going to the pub with them is ok, but going indoors? Still a no no!! Crazy

Amazon brought my new book to me today. I read with a friend from the USA, so I’m waiting until she gets hers.

Gotten busy with quite a few reviews, so I need to make sure I’ve written them all down. Trying a few different things at the moment. So you’ll have to let me know what you think🤔

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Arc Review… Not like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey 📱

Not like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey 

 

Description…… 

In a sequel from the POV of Annie’s best friend Chloe, a story about finding love in the most obvious-yet-not-so-obvious place. Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. She is the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, and pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.

7 July 2020 publication date

My Review ….. 

Told in the first person point of view. We view this book through Chloe’s jaded eyes. 

I liked Chloe in the last book (Waiting for Tom Hanks) she was fun and feisty, loyal to friends, and always had a quick comeback. 

Her best friend has hit it big with a movie deal “coffee girl”, and for those who haven’t read the first book, coffee girl was the nickname the hero gave our heroine. 

You don’t need to read the first book. But it does help. There are a few things in this book that you’ll only get if you read the first one. But I don’t think it’s really necessary to this book. 

So…… the movie Annie made was all about a coffee shop owner and his barista. News gets out that it’s based on a real coffee shop, Nick and Chloe are an overnight gossip piece of news. Everyone wants to come have coffee and meet the inspiration. 

I loved how Chloe is always there for her friends. Her top priority at the moment is her dad, he has Alzheimer’s (early stage) and is in a home, but it’s hard, hard watching her dad slip away, hard being the adult and not the child in the relationship. 

What I didn’t like was her treatment of Nick, he’s a nice guy, he genuinely likes her, and the kiss they share should have set the stage for the start of their romance, but no. I understand her reluctance, mum leaving a child will scar that person. But she doesn’t do commitment, and her feelings for Nick scare her. Dating someone else who is totally the opposite of Nick wasn’t going to work either! Whenever there is a hint of romance, Chloe is off! 

Another book full of great characters, Gary the regular in the coffee shop, giving advice or making a nuisance of himself, Chloe’s ex (the girlfriend who looks after her dad) she’s there to offer a shoulder to cry on, and an ear to listen, even Annie and Drew make an appearance. We even get to meet her brother and his boyfriend. 

I think she also feels so frustrated that her brother doesn’t help more with their father. It’s always up to “good ole Chloe”

The references to books are cute up to a point, but I don’t know anyone that lives their life through movies, so I didn’t really connect to the book. 

So will Chloe finally get the message? Will she look at Nick in a different light? 

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New Book Release📖 7-7-2020….Paperback edition…..Desolation Road book 4 (torpedo ink series) by Christine Feehan

Desolation Road book 4 (torpedo ink series) by Christine Feehan

Publication date 7/7/20
Desolation Road

Take the ride of your life with the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club in this thrilling romance novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan. 
Torpedo Ink is Aleksei “Absinthe” Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family &mdash his everything. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush. 

For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he’s dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.

Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece….

Have to admit, I’m looking forward to this one. I have it on order, so as soon as I’ve read it, you expect a review 😉

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Monday’s Post

As I’m running out of media space (I’m on a free page) I’ve decided to change it up a little. So less pictures, unless it’s a book cover. But I’m looking into possibly buying a larger blog space (it will give me more media space) but not until lockdown is finally over, money needs to be spent wisely at the moment.

You might have noticed my reviews have changed a little also. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I’m trying to add an author part, and a few excerpts.

Managed another walk today, I’m aiming to increase the amount of time I’m out walking. I’m trying to go out at least twice a day. Although the weather isn’t great, at least it stayed dry. Back to work in August (unless it’s all back indoors again!)

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Arc Review…. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey 📱

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey 

Description….. 

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks—a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat—her problems would disappear and her life would be perfect. 

When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. Could he be her Tom Hanks after all?

11 June 2019 publication date

My Review….. 

One word that comes to mind is cheesy!! It’s fun, but definitely cheesy. 

We have a wannabe writer who spends her whole life in a daydream. She’s watched so many Rom-coms, that she sees her life as one. (Almost like “The Truman Show” with Jim Carey) She knows what her ideal man will look like, what he will say and do once they meet, but real life keeps interrupting her. 

Dating is a nightmare too, life is not like a screenplay, it’s not like in the movies. 

The romance between Drew and Annie is fun to read. Annie was expecting the star of the movie she’s working on to be more!! And he wasn’t, he’s definitely sadly lacking that something, it doesn’t help that she spilt coffee all over him. Albeit not her fault, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And now she’s saddled with the nickname “coffee girl”

They butt heads constantly, they always argue when they see each other on the film set she’s working on. But a slip (literally) sees Annie looking at Drew in a different light. Drew reveals to her why he always acts the idiot, why he shouldn’t be taken seriously. 

I loved Chloe, Annie’s best friend, her take on life was totally different from Annie’s, and I did wonder how they became friends?! 

The barista and her boss Nick for me was the highlight in this book. The banter, the sarcasm, their connection I totally got. 

Loved Uncle Don too, so laid back, never fazed with the antics of his niece. He’d moved in after her parents had died. He played Dungeons&Dragons and always had a smile for his niece. 

The constant referrals to films and actors did get a little wearing. But I did find myself making a list of films to watch😉so maybe not all bad. 

But In a strange way, by the time I finished the book, I liked it. I got flashes of “Bridget Jones Diary” the internal dialogue, the moments where I had to chuckle, or eye roll. 

So does Annie get her happy ending? Your only going to find out if you read the book. 

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