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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman  

Description…..

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

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

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

Publication date 10/8/2020

https://amzn.to/3hcU1ns *

My Review….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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…

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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)