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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

https://amzn.to/3f5cQYa *

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

https://amzn.to/393IFzb *

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

https://amzn.to/3f11PrH

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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About the Author

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Arc Review …. Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London. 📱

Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London. 

Description…….

Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.

Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook, especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace…but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town. 

Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years, the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible…even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?

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My Review…… 

I must admit I don’t usually read books on religion, they either tend to bog the book down on religion, or try and cram their beliefs down your throat! 

With this book I didn’t get that, what I got was a lovely story about two people who should have been together from the start, reconnecting and finding one another again. 

Esther was two weeks away from being a bride….. That was two years ago, she didn’t  marry the man she was betrothed to, he died. Not being able to move forward, Esther mourns for her dead fiancé, watching her siblings and friends marry. Will she forever remain a single woman? 

Lucas left his old life behind him, moved on and became a doctor’s assistant. His love for his brother made him the man he is today, the frustration and anger towards his community and father was put across well. I got the impression he wasn’t happy with his way of life, and when he lost both Esther and his brother, it gave him the strength to go. 

When they accidentally meet up, panic and confusion is uppermost in Esther’s mind. What is Lucas doing back here? Why now? Confused Esther goes back home to think about Lucas. 

Lucas has always loved Esther, he knows she’s the only woman for him. But getting her to see him proves difficult, and then there is his family and council to face. Does he really want to come back to this place? And will Esther and his family listen and forgive him for turning his back and walking away? 

I liked this book. We had Esther and Lucas finding their way back to each other. Misinformation and fear kept these two apart for too long. It was nice that Lucas found his family again, forgiveness on both sides was needed, as was the long talk they had before Lucas came home. 

If a slow burn romance is your thing, then this one is for you. 

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Publication date 30/6/20

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Book Review….. Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart) Book 1 by MaryJanice Davidson 📱

Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice Davidson

Description….. 

These social worker bear shifters give the term “mama bear” a whole new meaning! Bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson is back with this brand-new paranormal romance series featuring a foster care system for at-risk shifter babies and teens.

Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl’s secrets if she’s to have any hopes of helping her. And not even the growling of a scruffy private investigator can distract her from her mission…

Bear shifter David Auberon appreciates Annette’s work with at-risk teen shifters, but he’s not sure if her latest charge is so much a vulnerable teen as a predator who should be locked up. All that changes when he, Annette, and her motley band of juveniles find themselves dodging multiple murder attempts and uncovering a trafficking cartel that doesn’t just threaten the kids, but risks discovery of the shifters by the wider world of homo sapiens.

“We’re not dating, we’ve never been dating, we’re not going to hook up, no way, absolutely not…oh. Oops.

My primary focus has always been taking care of were-babies in the interspecies foster care system. I am unapologetically a fierce mama bear shifter and I am completely united with my team behind protecting at-risk were-children. So I have no idea why the appealing scruffy bear shifter PI David Auberon keeps hanging around, asking for sweets, and being charming and flirty. I’ve certainly got no time for shy solitary bears who can’t ask for what they want.

But what am I to do when a hideous bad guy shows up and I need to rescue a were-baby, except call on the skills of the handsome and growly PI? And if dodging enemies puts us in a tight spot…well, I’m not against tight spots.”

BeWere My Heart series:

Bears Behaving Badly (Book 1)

My Review….. 

Annette is a werebear, she’s also a social worker who specialises in juvenile shifters. She’s a great character, ready to defend the helpless, her heart is huge, is she a soft touch? I don’t think so, she ready with a hug, but also a lecture…..

David Auberon is also a werebear, he works in the same department and is a private investigator. He’s had a soft spot for Annette for a while, so us happy to help her figure this case out, and who know, maybe he can get to know her a little better.

I got the impression he’s a little shy, he can’t tell Annette he fancies her, so he just happens to “pop by” to help when she needs it the most. 

We catch up with them just after David brings in a young female werewolf, she’s been caught beating up an adult werewolf, but can’t it won’t tell anyone why. 

So it doesn’t help Annette that much, how can she sort the young girl out, if she won’t help?! 

We have a story of child abuse and possible murders. Have Annette and David stumbled onto something more sinister? 

The romance between David and Annette is a slow burn …which is ok, as I’m enjoying the mystery rather than the romance. 

The secondary characters help to make this book an enjoyable read. 

Both Annette and David’s colleagues are always trying to get them together. The juvenile shifters tug at your heartstrings. 

This is my first book by the Author and the first in her new series …. BeWere series, and I’m hoping it won’t be the last. 

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An Arc Review ….. 👩🏻‍💻 Bait N Witch (Brimstone Inc Novella) Legendary Consultants. book 3 by Abigail Owen 

Bait N Witch (Brimstone Inc Novella) Legendary Consultants. book 3 by Abigail Owen 

Description……. 

Rowan McAuliffe has been hiding most of her life. Secretly trained in her powers by an unusual source, she’d been taught not to trust anyone. Especially other witches. However, after she was forced to perform a hateful act against her will, she now hides from the Covens Syndicate and their judgement.

Greyson Masters is the Syndicate’s best hunter. On top of the danger of his job, Greyson is trying to raise his triplet daughters alone, budding new witches who display an alarming combined power no one understands. Too bad he doesn’t have a clue how to deal with them.

Until Rowan walks in and the chaos settles for the first time in…well, ever.

Little does Greyson realize that his new nanny is the very witch he is hunting, and she’s been hiding right under his nose this whole time.

My Review…… 

Greyson is a powerful mage, he works for the Covens Syndicate (it’s like a witches and warlocks council.) Basically finding witches or warlocks that break the rules set by the council. He either brings them in for judicial system to sort, or he can dispense justice there and then. 

Rowan is a witch on the run, after being held against her will and made to do evil things, she escaped. But she always has her eye on the road, she can’t stay long. The nanny job is a great way to hideout until her trail has gone cold. 

I liked this book. You could probably read without reading the previous books, I did, but I felt I was missing things. So I may have to go back and start at the beginning. 

Well written, very descriptive.

I sense there is more to Rowan than just a simple witch (do previous books give us more?) am I right? Read it and find out😉

Grayson has pre-teen triplet daughters, his wife died in childbirth, so a succession of nannies have tried to help him. But his daughters aren’t having any of it, they don’t need a nanny (so reminds me of the film “The Sound of Music”)  and try to cause trouble for Rowan at every turn. But slowly she wins them over, she treats them like young adults rather than little children. Grayson also has a hard time with his daughters, he’s not sure how to relate to them, and when they ask about their mother, what does he say? 

Rowan knows what it’s like to lose someone, her parents were killed in an accident, the woman/demon/witch who looked after and cared for her like a daughter was killed by the werewolf that took her. So Rowan can’t get attached to the teens, and certainly not the dad!! 

The attraction between Grayson and Rowan was fun to read, the lust was practically instant, the trust comes later, (along with a few scorching kisses) but with both of them hiding secrets from one another, how long will it be before secrets coming tumbling out? 

And how will the witch hunter react when the witch he’s hunting is right under his nose? 

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Book Review …. Beneath the Surface by  Fiona Neill 👩🏻‍💻

Beneath the Surface by  Fiona Neill 

Description….. 

Everyone is talking about Grace’s family. Once it was for all the right reasons – now it’s for all the wrong ones . . .

Grace is determined to give her daughters the idyllic childhood she never had.

Teenage Lilly is everyone’s golden girl, the one Grace never has to worry about – unlike ten-year-old Mia, whose wild imagination often gets her into trouble.

But when Lilly suddenly collapses at school, Grace’s carefully ordered world is turned upside down.

Because it soon turns out that Lilly wasn’t the perfect daughter after all.

Grace is fixated on discovering the truth about Lilly. Which is when she takes her eyes off Mia . . .

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BETRAYALS AND THE GOOD GIRL. 

My Review…… 

Everyone in the Vermuyden family has secrets, Patrick, Grace’s husband has one, and its one that could ruin the family……

Grace had a terrible childhood, so she was determined that her daughters Lilly and Mia would have a better one……

But wanting a better childhood puts more pressure on Grace, so in turn she’s more intense with her daughters. 

Lilly is a Grade A student and is top of the class, she doesn’t want to be a grade A student, she wants a little fun and less of her mother breathing down her neck. She loves her mother, but just wants a little freedom…..

Mia on the other hand Is left waiting on the sidelines, waiting for her mother or father to notice her, her imagination keeps her entertained and so does her best friend a traveller called Tas. 

It starts getting interesting when Lilly collapses in school with a fit. 

Consumed at first with guilt, Grace needs to know why, and was it her fault. And when she finds evidence of a secret, then she had to dig further, what she finds could break her heart and her family. 

I have to admit I did like Mia, she seemed the less screwed up member in the family. 

I could see why Lilly wanted a secret life, but Is that secret the reason why she has the fit? 

We have this misconception of what’s perfect, what’s seems like perfection to you, could be a foreign concept to me. 

We need to let our children enjoy their childhoods, yes it’s important that they get a good education, but not at the expense of their mental and physical wellbeing. 

Beautifully written. Well thought out. The description of the Fens, was both bleak and beautiful, I could imagine myself walking through it. 

I would definitely recommend this.

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Book Review….. To Redeem A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 5 By Emilia Hartley

To Redeem A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 5 By Emilia Hartley

Description……

Orion knows he’s losing the battle to control his bear. It’s only a matter of time before he’s so far gone that one of his friends feels obliged to put him down like a well-loved but rabid dog.

That’s partly why he welcomes the sexy shifter from the Den who shows up with a silver-bullet with his name on it. Orion figures this will be the perfect end–he’ll have a bit of fun with this vixen and then stop complicating everyone’s life.

Lumberjack Bears series……

Book 1 – To Love a Bear

Book 2 – To Save A Bear

Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

My Review…..

Orion wasn’t born a bear shifter, he had his thrust upon him, a hunting trip gone wrong. So he’d never grown up with the second voice inside his head. The bear and man always clashing, fighting each other for dominance.

The only joy in his life is his ability to make things out of nothing. And now this ragtag band of shifters who have claimed him as family.

Anais was also changed from human to bear shifter, and guess what? She’s from the Den that’s been causing them so much trouble.

In fact she’s been sent to kill Orion, she’s been told he’s a loose cannon and if she kills him, then she get enough money to clear her brothers debts.

But Orion is onto her from the beginning, but he’s going to play along for a while. He knows she’s going to kill him, but both the man and the bear don’t seem too worried.

The more time Anais spends with Orion, the more she questions the Den’s motives. But she doesn’t really have much of a choice.

Can she find a way to keep everyone alive?

And if the Den come round again to finish off Orion for good this time, what side will she choose?

I’ve liked Orion right from the start. His background was different from the rest of the bears.

Loved how his humour came through at the most inappropriate times.

Also his fight to retain his humanity, he feels like he’s slowly losing himself to the bear, he can’t find a balance.

It was nice to have a female that could handle herself. Anais has had a troubled past, and her human brother is not helping it one bit, using her as a guarantor for his gambling debts!

So it’s either kill Orion, or she loses her life and her brother’s.

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Book Review… To Tame a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 4 By Emilia Hartley

To Tame a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 4 By Emilia Hartley

Description…..

Aimee believes her life may finally be heating up. At last she can follow her dreams of opening a restaurant. And with Callie off with her new mate, Aimee’s got the gorgeous grizzly she’s fallen for (and his gourmet kitchen) all to herself. Dominick is as tasty as the feasts she loves to make, and he seems to find her irresistible.

At least he does until the suffering caused by their fight with the Den makes him wild. The post-fight Dom is in constant pain and pulling away from Aimee as if afraid he might break her.

Can Aimee convince Dom that she’s stronger than she looks in time to prevent his bear side from overwhelming the man she loves?

Lumberjack Bears series……

Book 1 – To Love a Bear

Book 2 – To Save A Bear

Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

My Review…..

Aimee was rescued by her best friend as a young otter shifter, and they’ve been best friends ever since. So when Callie “To Trust a Bear” had business in Montana, Aimee jumped at the chance to travel.

Things took an interesting turn when she meets Dom…..

Dominic “Dom” has always been the calm and levelheaded bear shifter. A quiet man, who loves to cook.

But all that was taken away from him after a huge fight and he was taken hostage, they beat him until he couldn’t stand up, and now he’s angry all the time, his bear is always on edge. He’s made his mind up that he’s no good for the cute otter shifter….

With was a hard one to read, if you’d read the previous book, you’ll know he was beaten and tortured. That seem to break the connection he had with his bear side, he can’t keep him calm anymore, all the bear wants to do is fight, and so Dom is scared for his family and his little otter shifter, he doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but with his bear out of control he sees no option but to leave!!

Dom wasn’t one of my favourite characters in the series, but with each book I grew to like him, and this book had me in knots. No matter how much Aimee tried to persuade Dom that they were meant to be together, it made no difference. He couldn’t control his bear side, the bear just wanted to tear things apart, it was only quiet when Aimee was around. So why didn’t he make that connection? His guilt I think had a large part in it, he thought he couldn’t protect his friends any longer, so there was no way he could look after a mate. Being captured and tortured had to be hard on him.

Aimee I thought was great, such spirit, even when trying to convince her stubborn headed mate that they were meant to be together.

Her lust for life, her spirit remained strong even after so many trials in her life,

But I felt she was battling uphill with this one, how can you make someone see they would be ok if they didn’t believe it?

The Den are back to take Aimee’s best friend back, so it’s another battle. But will this be the fight that tips Dom over the edge?

Can Aimee be strong enough to pull Dom back from the precipice, or will he take them both down the path of heartbreak?

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Book Review….. To Trust a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 3 By Emilia Hartley

To Trust a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 3 By Emilia Hartley

Description…..

Morgan and his little gang of rogue bears are stirring up trouble.

Never in a million years did Callie want to see Morgan, the cheating jerk who stole her heart and stomped all over it over a decade ago. Unfortunately for her, the leader of her idyllic Alaskan community of bear shifters wants her to bring Morgan’s group back to the fold before they ruin things for bears everywhere.

The trouble is, the longer Callie hangs out with Morgan and his friends, the more she comes to doubt her upbringing. As everything she always thought important gets turned on its head, Callie must figure out who to trust and how to earn the trust of those she has inadvertently hurt.

Especially Morgan.

Lumberjack Bears series……

Book 1 – To Love a Bear

Book 2 – To Save A Bear

Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

My Review …….

Morgan has always known Callie was his mate, they grew up together in the den. She was his everything, so he couldn’t understand why she would want to rip his heart out and make him leave both her and the den.

But he did it, and there hasn’t been a day in the nine long years he hasn’t missed her, or wished he’d pushed to find out why she spurned him!

And now he’s getting a chance to put it right. She coming to see Emmy (“to love a bear heroine”) and he can’t make any mistakes, he needs her, his bear pines for his mate, so he needs to make it right!!

Callie wants to go home and help the bears in her Den bring new cubs into the world. She doesn’t want to come and see a rogue pack, and she certainly doesn’t want to see the only man she’s ever loved. But with orders from her father burning in her mind, Callie doesn’t really have a choice, but she won’t let seeing Morgan disrupt her plans. Once she’s done, she’s going back home and getting on with her life!

This one has a lot more action in it, a lot more story and background. Morgan wanting to pull Callie closer to him, and Callie definitely wanting to pull away. Morgan needing to know why his mate didn’t want him, and Callie not willing to listen.

The cult side was an interesting twist, you assume the Den they all came from was a nurturing environment, and it does to an extent, but with a darker side. That side you don’t see until you step back and look at it in from another perspective.

So will the Den allow Callie and Morgan to be together? Will Callie be able to move past Morgan’s betrayal? And will the group Morgan lives with ever truly be free of the Den?

Again this book is different from the last two books in this series. Which is nice (nothing worse than the same plot reworded!)

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Book Review …. To Save A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 2 By Emilia Hartley

To Save A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 2 By Emilia Hartley

Description…..,

When Addison Stravinsky finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun at her banking job, she decides life is too short not to pursue her dreams.

Her novel-writing dreams, that is.

Not the dreams about the sexy stranger who saved her in the bank.

But the new dreams won’t go away. Because the more Addison gets to know Reid Bronson, the more she’s attracted to this intelligent, sensitive, sexy, man. The trouble is, the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes he’s hiding something from her—something that’s threatening him from the outside and destroying him from within.

Lumberjack Bears series……

Book 1 – To Love a Bear

Book 2 – To Save A Bear

Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

My Review….

We met Reid in the first book “To love a Bear”

Reid is a grumpy unsocial bear shifter. He’s happy that Boomer has his mate, but that means he had to visit town once a week for groceries, and it always seems like it’s his turn!!

Addison hates her job, being a teller in a bank isn’t her dream job, that would a writer. But it won’t pay the bills, so until something better comes along, this is where she has to stay. But an incident at the back has Addison re-evaluating her life, so she throws in her job, ends her lease on her home, and she’s gone, she’s ready for adventure.

Taking up the offer that Reid offered her seemed like a good idea at the time, but now, now she’s not so sure, he seems really grumpy at her just turning up at his home!!!

Reid is a nightmare, Addison feels something for him, she knows he feels something for her, but he keeps pulling away!!

This book is totally different from the first. I liked Reid, although a grumpy bear, he does have a good heart. Finding out that Addison could be his mate totally throws Reid, he knows he could make her happy, but if he shows her his bear and she freaks out that that’s his happiness gone!!

The action comes in the form of a hunter/hitman. He stalks both Addison and Reid.

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Book Review …. To love a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 1 By Emilia Hartley

To love a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 1 By Emilia Hartley

Book 1 – To Love a Bear

So long as the guys call him Boomer, Theodore Parker is content with his life. He has a place to stay, work to do, guys to hang—or fight with—when he wants, and the wilds of Montana to roam when he needs to be alone or go full bear. He has everything he needs.

Until he finds a woman on the side of the hill, hurt and unable to remember who she is. The more he’s around this alluring woman, the more he realizes his life isn’t complete without her. He’s not so selfish as to doom her to a rough life with a bear-shifting mountain man, though.

Lumberjack Bears series……

Book 1 – To Love a Bear

Book 2 – To Save A Bear

Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

My Review …..

Theodore Parker (or Boomer to his friends) is a grizzly bear shifter, he’s also a lonely shifter. He wants a mate, but where does he find one? Humans are too fragile, and if they find out about him, he either has to kill them or convert them (and that doesn’t always work)

He’s resigned himself to working with his crew and always being alone.

Emmy is on the run, always hiding, she can’t settle in one place for too long, she’s scared, but she won’t be taken ever again. Waking up to a handsome face at the bottom of a hill, Emmy has to wonder if her husband has sent someone to bring her home. But for the first time in what seems like forever, Emmy feels safe, it’s crazy, but if he isn’t here to bring her home, then she might just have a chance at happiness. If only she could remember.

Emmy and Boomer bounce around the attraction they have for each other. Emmy wants to stay, and Boomer wants her to stay, so what’s the problem? She feels like he’s hiding something, something big!! And he is, but will he have the guts to tell her?

And when her past finds Emmy, what will Boomer do about it?

I liked this story, it sets up the rest of the 4 book series.

Great storylines, really good characters. Liked the amnesia story, Emmy not sure of where she came from, or her past, but she’s drawn to Boomer.

The bears are all loners, but they’ve formed a pack of their own, they fight a lot, but usually only to let off steam.

Could go with being a little longer.

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London Vampires Romance Series Box Set (Books 1-3) by Felicity Heaton

Enter the dark, dangerous and decadent world of Vampirerotique, London’s premier vampire theatre, in this passionate paranormal romance boxed set of books 1-3 in the London Vampires Romance Series by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Felicity Heaton, and discover a paranormal romances packed with passion, emotion and action, and filled with characters who will steal your heart forever.

Books included in this vampire romance bundle:

Covet

Description…..

They’ve burned for each other for two years, the forbidden attraction between them growing each night. Now resisting the sinful desires of their hearts is becoming impossible. Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his. When they find themselves alone in a private box during one of the erotic performances, will they surrender to their passion and live out their wildest fantasies in a night of wicked pleasure or will the threat of Lilah’s master keep them apart forever?

REVIEW……

Javier has watched and wanted Lilah since the day she came to work for the theatre. But she belongs to someone else. Touching her could mean immense pain for her and death for him!!

But Lilah is willing to risk her master’s wrath, she’s grown to love Javier, and she wants to know what it’s like to kiss him.

It all gets hot and heavy, Javier is back from a trip, he sees the new uniform the employees are wearing, enough is enough!!

But what happens when her master finds out? Will they both have the strength to stand and fight for each other? Or will she have to watch Javier die by her masters hand?

CRAVE

Description…..

His mind has been set on his work for the past one hundred years. Now a forbidden beauty has stolen his attention and is threatening to steal his heart too. Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he can’t ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy. When Kristina finally gets a taste of Callum in a forbidden kiss, will she be strong enough to resist the allure of the vampire and his offer to share his bed for a week of unbridled, wild sex, or will she surrender to her own craving for the safety and passion she finds in his embrace?

REVIEW……

Werewolves and vampires don’t usual mix,

but Callum can’t take his eyes of the female werewolf…..

He’s here to recruit new acts for the theatre he co-owns, but it all goes out of his head when he sees her!

Kristina is escaping from her pack, she has no intention of becoming a mate. She wants freedom and a choice….

It’s very much lust at first sight, both know it can’t last. He’s back to London within the week, and werewolves and vampires don’t mix.

But the more time they spend together, the more they realise that it’s what the heart wants.

And when Kristina disappears, is it the work of her pack? And will Callum be able to find her before he’s ordered back home?

SEDUCE

Description…..

Bloodlust runs in his veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might save or damn him. Antoine stands apart from the world around him, a dangerous and broken soul who must maintain rigid control at all times or risk his dark addiction finally seizing hold of him. He cannot allow himself to feel, but when Sera walks into Vampirerotique to audition, she awakens dangerous desires in him—hungers that could spell the end of both of them. When Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within him, will she be strong enough to seize his heart with both hands and win him forever or will she lose him to the ghosts that still haunt him?

REVIEW……

Antoine wants nothing to do with love, it only brings heartbreak. He’s content with running the theatre and caring for his older brother.

Sera has watched Antoine from afar, never having the nerve to speak to him. And he wouldn’t look at her anyway, he’s an aristocratic and she’s a lowly turned vampire (or elite) so socially she’s not even worth taking to.

But Sera wants to show him that they could be happy together, she gets her chance with an audition at the theatre.

Antoine and Sera then battle each other, she wants him, he doesn’t. But when Sera has enough, will Antoine fight or let her go….

No cliff-hangers, just happily forever afters!

Books in the London Vampires Romance Series by New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author, Felicity Heaton:

Book 1: Covet

Book 2: Crave

Book 3: Seduce

Book 4: Enslave

Book 5: Bewitch

Book 6: Unleash

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Arc Review …. Original Sin (The Order of Vampires)  Book 1 by Lydia Michaels 👩🏻‍💻

Original Sin (The Order of Vampires)  Book 1 by Lydia Michaels  

Description……. 

Adam Hartzler has always been an honorable immortal, but the fine line between right and wrong begins to blur when he is called to his true mate. If he does not find and claim her soon, he will lose his soul and humanity, transforming into a vile predator controlled by insatiable bloodlust, sentenced to a demonic and tortured eternity as a vampire. 

Adam sets out on a quest to hunt his mate and claim her before it is too late. His salvation relies on his destined mate’s surrender, but when she refuses to cooperate, Adam must set aside his morals and do what is needed to survive. Time’s slipping away with his control, and his territorial instincts refuse to let her go. 

Annalise Snow awakens on a primitive farm removed from modern civilization and in fear of her life. Her captor is determined to keep her prisoner and believes he is somehow entitled to her future. But she will not surrender easily. When Adam asks for the ultimate sacrifice, she must decide if he lives or dies. 

Passion and emotion collide in an explosive meeting of destined souls, but love is never a guarantee, especially when eternity begins with betrayal. 

My Review …… 

Adam has heard what happens to a male if he can’t find a mate. He knows an arranged marriage will work (like his parents) but he’s holding out for a true mate. His beliefs are strong. 
Annalise works in a bar, she’s in school studying to be a nurse. Living a frugal life until she’s saved enough to move out of her crappy apartment and upgrade her dying car. She likes the work, her regulars look after her and she looks after them. 
This was a good read. 
Different from the usual paranormal books I read. 
Very strong on beliefs and the will of god (each to their own, but not for me) 
Most mates are found and sort of wooed, But Adam practically kidnaps her. He thinks he’s entitled, he can woo her after they are wed!! 
And Annalise, oh dear, not happy at all. Living her life on her own terms, she’s got a five year plan and it’s getting there, she’s even sort of dating the barman where she works (but I get the impression it’s mostly on his side) 
Adam’s attitude to Annalise was winding me up a little (but if your brought up with that belief, it’s hard to see it any other way). I don’t know how this is going to work! Annalise is a modern independent woman, Adam is not a modern man!! 
Well written, very descriptive. You got the sense of urgency from Adam to find Annalise, you also got his frustration, but you also see him fight his dark side. He doesn’t want to turn into a vampire. He’d rather his family put him out of his misery. You rejoice with him, when he finally finds her, and you want to roll your eyes at his high handiness!! 
You want to scream your frustration out at Annalise, her life has all been taken away, and at the sheer arrogance of the males in Adam’s village!! 
I liked the idea of the dreams linking them together, Adam being able to track her, getting more information on her. I liked the idea that Annalise was involved, but hers were darker, did she sense Adam was almost ready to turn? 
Twist at the end, Oh My God, did not see that coming!!! And for a minute there, I almost didn’t want to finish the book (it wasn’t looking good for Adam and Annalise!) 
And it also leaves it open for a few other members to get a happy ending. And I really hope they get their books. 
I highly recommend this book. 
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Arc Review…. Simply a matter of time (The FireMark Novel) book 2 by Kathryn Murphy 📱

Simply a matter of time (The FireMark Novel) book 2 by Kathryn Murphy



Description…….
Ethan Brooks has led an extremely long double life, one that always felt stable and secure—until he crossed paths with Nora St. Clair. Suddenly, the dogged police lieutenant is invading his office in her quest for answers about the mysterious Brightrock Island he hails from, an idyllic community off the coast of Massachusetts and home to a literal fountain of youth. Sworn to secrecy about his hometown, Ethan must protect the truth about the mysterious island and those who live there at any cost. But that’s easier said than done as Nora captures Ethan’s attention like no one ever has, upending his carefully cultivated life. 

Resident Lizzy Brooks is enjoying her first taste of freedom from Brightrock Island after almost fifty years when Nora’s investigation throws everything into chaos, trashing Lizzy’s dreams when they’ve only just begun. With the clock ticking, Lizzy only has a few short weeks to explore what might’ve been a grand, romantic adventure with Caleb Broussard, her only connection outside the island. But this quiet, kind man whom Lizzy thought she knew has secrets of his own, ones that could impact everything.

Now Ethan and Lizzy are both on borrowed time. But as Nora gets closer to uncovering the truth, Brightrock’s elders deliver an ultimatum: return home or leave the island forever, forcing Lizzy and Ethan to choose between their loves—or their lives. 
My Review …… 
Two stories for the price of one…. 
Ethan is the island’s financial wizard. He’s been doing it for long enough. He’s gotten comfortable with his life, but that’s about to change, and he’s not happy….
Nora is a detective, she’s looking into a case concerning the island and in particular Ethan’s brother. She wants answers and Ethan is the man to give them to her, but he’s being evasive, and now he’s on the move. She’s got no choice but to let it go, but that’s not in her nature…..
Elizabeth “Lizzy” has waited forever to start her degree as a doctor, and now the elders are calling her back, it’s not fair! But Izzy isn’t going down without a fight, she’s going missing, and she knows exactly where she’s going …… 
Caleb met lizzy briefly, he thinks there is a connection, so when he gets a call from her to meet up, he wants the chance to find out if she feels the same way….. 
And when Ethan finds out Nora has been injured, why does he react the way he does? Is the fact she’s injured in a bomb blast that reminds him of the incident at Brightrock the trigger, or is the lovely lady herself? 
And when Lizzy finds out Caleb’s secret, will she look at him differently? And can they make it work if she has to go back to the island? 
Beautifully written. 
The book starts not long after the last book, so you could read it without reading the first one, but I feel you’d be missing why Nora is stalking Ethan. 
We get to catch up with old characters. 
You get to feel Izzy’s frustration at being recalled back to Brightrock Island. You understand why she runs away, but is Caleb the right person to run too? He has his own demons to battle, and where will it take them? 
The interaction between Nora and Ethan is great, his reluctance to also return to the island is felt. 
And I love the banter between Ethan and Nora, it’s had me chuckling a few times through the book. 
I would have liked two books instead of one, as I felt gaps were missing when we jumped to each couple. 
We have a few twists in the book, we also have a few moments when I thought both couples would walk away from each other. 
It’s a really good read. And I totally recommend it. 
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Book Review 📱

The Red Herring by  R.G. Link 



Description…. 

Meet William Miller. On the outside, he seems like an ordinary 20-something private investigator with a few scars, like we all have. But look beneath the surface and you’ll see the turmoil of a boy abandoned by his father and a man now struggling to run from the demons he thought he had left in the past.

Meet Natalie Haynesworth. She’s smart, pretty, popular – everything a parent dreams their teenager will be. But Natalie has a secret that nobody knows until she is reported missing. Her mother hires William to find her, no matter what. But what he discovers is more sinister than could be imagined.

Don’t be fooled. All isn’t as it seems to be.

My Review …… 
Love a good mystery, and this one was no exception. 
William is a P.I (private investigator) an incident at the beginning of the book had turned Will into a bit of a recluse. He’s not doing well, he has flashbacks of the event as well as flashbacks of his time in the services….. 
This book had me hooked after only a few pages, I felt Will’s struggle to stay focused, he was prone to panic attacks and really felt he wasn’t the best person for the job. But listening to Natalie’s mother, he felt he had to try and look into it. 
Will hits brick wall after brick wall, none of her friends know where she is, the boyfriend has no clue, even the drug dealer she knew didn’t know anything, Natalie just couldn’t disappear without a trace, could she? Digging further Will can’t help feeling something is missing, but time is running out!! 
We get to see a lot of William’s past, it’s definitely shaped him into the man he is today. It was helpful to see those moments, it helped me connect with the main character. 
And when Natalie’s body is found, you’d think the case was closed? But Will couldn’t leave it alone, so he dug a little deeper, and things got darker, a lot darker ….. 
It’s very well written. And the ending? Well I was surprised. But to find out why, you’ll have to read the book. 
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ARC Review …. Slay Me: A Dragon Shifter and Curvy Girl Romance (Dragons Love Curves Book 9) by Aidy Award.

Slay Me: A Dragon Shifter and Curvy Girl Romance (Dragons Love Curves Book 9) by Aidy Award.

Description…..

He lost his love a long time ago, but now she’s back, and wants to find him a new mate….

Match is the most powerful Warrior of his day, and he’s one cranky son of a…dragon.

His true love has been in Hell and doesn’t remember him….

Now she’s back and wants to find him a new mate so they can save the world?

He’ll have to find a way to get her to fall in love with him once again which would be a whole lot easier if the dark forces of evil weren’t trying to steal both of their souls.

My Review……

Match has known who his mate was in like forever…..

But after losing her, Match withdrew from the world and became the dragon we all know now.

Finding her time and again, but only to lose her or for her to hide from him.

Enough is enough, he needs his mate, and after the last battle he fought and almost died in, he’s going to find her and mate her!!

Fallyn has always known pain, for her birthday her father would give her lashes!! Telling her that love was painful!!

She has to avoid the dragons, they will kill her on sight, but she has a mission, her mother gave her the task of finding mates for dragons!! (She can hear their voices in her head)

It’s all about the war between dragons and her father the black dragon. He also wants her to find the mates of the dragons, but his wants were more nefarious (it’s all to do with the dragons soul shards)

A soul shard was given to each dragon, he usually gives it to his mate to safe guard, but the Black Dragon has been told he can steal a soul shard and regain his soul!

Her last challenge is the formidable Red dragon, she can’t hear his mate in her head, but she has her mission, and she’s going to see it to the end, even if it kills her!!

I’ve loved reading this series. I’ve laughed like a loon at the antics of the dragons and their mates. I’ve shouted at my kindle when the dragons ballsed things up! And I cried when I read how much Match loved and missed his mate, how guilty he felt at not protecting her better!!

I’ve waited patiently for Fallyn and Match’s book, it seems like forever.

The backstory to how Fallyn and Match met and fell in love goes back almost one hundred and fifty years.

It’s a beautifully sad story, one of young love that was ripped apart.

We find out that Fallyn doesn’t remember Match, and so making her fall for him all over again seems like the only way forward.

But the black dragon who has kept her prisoner isn’t her father, and slowly poisoned her against the dragon world.

The action like in the previous books is fast paced, there isn’t time to catch your breath. We go from one scene to another at a hundred miles an hour!

I’m sad the series is finished, I’ve enjoyed every minute. I’m glad Match and Fallyn finally got their story. It seemed fitting that they had the last book in this series.

I have to admit I got a little confused over who was who at the end (and I had to read the last few chapters several times to get them straight in my head)

But it did explain a lot.

You could read it on its own, but your going to miss an amazing ride. You definitely need to read in order.

And you definitely need to read this book.

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Book Review 📱

Sleepwater Static #book 2 by Kathrin Hutson

Description….. 

They say home is where the heart is. Now that Sleepwater’s on the run, home is just another place to hide.
Wyoming’s Sleepwater chapter is on the run, hunted for their ability to spin a beat. With little time to mourn the members they’ve lost, Bernadette Manney takes the group to the one place she swore she’d never see again: the cabin in Hollywood, South Carolina. It’s remote enough to lay low and catch a break, but not for long.
Their beats are condemned as mutations, radical terrorist tactics, and felonies punishable both by and outside the law. Bernadette thought Sleepwater would be safe here, but returning to her Southern roots unleashes more demons than she left behind. Her past, her love, and even her own flesh and blood won’t let her move on through a venomous society intent on rooting out her people. Now, to bring a mother’s first child safely into an unsafe world, Bernadette must face her own shame from before Sleepwater itself was born. But redemption and forgiveness may be too much to ask, and it may just be too late.



My Review ….. 

We met Bernadette in the last book, she’s one of the original members of the group. They are now on the run, the government want them, the public don’t understand them, and they don’t understand what’s going on themselves. 
You don’t need to read the first book, but it does help. There is lots going on in the first book that will put stuff into perspective. 
Again this book jumps from past to present, this time showing us Bernadette’s story, I liked the messages from her friend, it actually filled in a few questions, without going into too much detail. We get the why she left South Carolina, what her ability or “beat” is and why she is the way she is……
It’s been six months since the last book. They are on the run from the government facility that captured a few of them. The Doctor that captured them did something to them, something terrible and half of the group will never be the same again. Sadness fills the air, losing friends that feel like family hurts them all. But Bernadette has a job to do, she needs to get them to safety, her family cabin seems like the best option. 
I have to admit I did like the first book better. But this one had its own good points. You expect a main character to be young, well Bernadette isn’t, she’s not a young woman, she’s not even middle aged, she’s an elderly woman with arthritis!!! 
She’s seen a lot in her time, a bully for a father, a jealous sister, a club owner who took advantage of her gift, friends who turned on her. But the turning point was when she turned her gift on her daughter!! She couldn’t take the guilt, and so Bernadette ran, and never stopped running. She’s collected strangers along the way, turning them into a family of sorts. 
We also catch up with a few old friends from the previous book, and a few surprises along the way. 

I really like Bernadette, she’s a very complex character, a hard life made easier with a few wonderful years, then given a second chance with her new family. She also comes into contact with her old family, how will she react with that? 

The ending definitely ended a little abrupt, so I’m hoping it’s not the end. 
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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Sleepwater Beat #book 1 by Kathrin Hutson

Description….. 

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. In Sleepwater’s world, words are literally more powerful than bullets.

Leo could always make people believe anything she says—really believe. When her chest burns and the words come from her mouth, her targets’ eyes glaze over, they forget their own thoughts, and they’ll do anything she says. It’s what keeps her alive after being on the run and living on the streets for years. But after using it on her girlfriend and her dad’s drug dealer, it’s also what got her here on the streets in the first place.

Then Sleepwater finds her. When Leo discovers there are others out there with similar powers, scattered across the country, she can’t say no to the underground organization. After all, what’s a little sit-down with the only people who may ever understand her? What she doesn’t expect is to be thrust into Sleepwater’s guerrilla war, hunted by government agencies, and used as a weapon. Worse than that, she might be more valuable not for what she can do but for who she was before they found her.

My Review …… 

Leo can persuade people to see things her way, convince others they didn’t see it, or that they imagined it a different way. Living on the streets has taught her a few things, suspicion is one of them. So when a random man takes her in, she readily accepted the offer. (I was surprised she wasn’t more resistant, but could a spinner be making her mind up?) 

To be honest, I think Leo was looking for a connection, maybe even someone to care about her. 

And when she gets a job spinning stories and illusions, Leo thinks she’s found a home….. 

We do jump from past to present a lot, and it does take a little getting use to. But persevere, it’s well worth the read. I think it’s more of a thriller, the other “beat spinners” are hiding something, so it makes me wonder what they are really planning. 

They seem to know more about Leo than they are letting on. 

The way I see the beat spinners are a type of hypnosis, the suggestion is in their voice, they can weave you into the story, so you think you are there. 

This reminds me of  the X-Men, people that are different from humans, in hiding from the rest of the world, scared to show their true selves. (But it didn’t use to be like that, now it’s illegal) 

But they also need to hide, wealthy people wants them as “pets”, to show their abilities in clubs and private homes, the spinners are forming resistance groups, targeting drugs companies (this is one of the reasons why Leo leaves home) there are a few surprises that kept me reading. The ending didn’t stop on a cliffhanger, but it does leave a few unanswered questions. 

it is dark, Leo has had many knock backs in her life, her mother abandoning her, her father dying of an overdose, living on the streets. So I did understand where she was coming from, always wary, always angry. Sleepwater gave her another chance at a normal life, but she had to earn her way in, and I did find that a little hard going (it seemed as the rest of the group were always laughing behind her back)

But there is something going on in the background, I get a feeling that the death of her father, the drug he was using and the Sleepwater beat spinners are all connected. You’ll have to read the book to see if I’m right😉

I liked how all the people seemed to be lost, and Karl and Bernadette were bringing them all together. Each person had a different ability, no one seems immune. The voice seeps inside your soul and the mind brings it into focus. 

I think this borders on adult rather than young adult. There are a few moments in the book I felt aren’t suitable for the market it’s aimed for. 

But I did enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. 

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Book Review 📱

Arctic Bite (Forgotten Brotherhood) Book 2 by N.J. Walters  

Description…… 

Being immortal doesn’t mean you can’t die. It just means you’re damn hard to kill.

When Alexei Medvedev joined the Forgotten Brotherhood—paranormals hired to assassinate other paranormals—he knew it wouldn’t be a cake walk. But his next target is one of Death’s own Reapers gone rogue. For the first time since he started this gig, “damn hard to kill” feels more like “damn near impossible.”

Tracking Cassie Dobbs brings him to a remote bar in small-town Alaska, where this hot-as-hell Reaper is casually serving drinks, as if she doesn’t have a bounty on her head from Death himself. Alexei is dangerously intrigued. Everyone in the Brotherhood knows the first rule: don’t fall for your target.

But Alexei soon has bigger problems to face than an unexpected attraction. They only send assassins after those who deserve to die…or so he’s been made to believe. Now that he’s met Cassie, though, he’s not so sure.

What if everything he’s been told is a lie, and the person he’s been sent to kill is the only one who knows the truth?

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

My Review…… 
Alexi is a bear shifter, with a little something extra. He’s been around for a long time, so nothing really surprises him anymore. But the bartender serving him drinks is, she’s his target, but he’s not sure why. And Alexi hates mysteries, so he’s going to watch and wait a little while, hoping he’ll get some answers soon. 
Cassie is a grim reaper, taking souls to the afterlife. But no longer, she’s had enough, but she knows her family will come for her, It’s only a matter of time. Hiding in a bar in the middle of nowhere, Cassie serves drinks and listens to the patrons woes. She likes it here, she looks after the town, she worries about them all. 
Both the main characters are interested in one another, but neither can really act upon it, what if they give in an give away what they really are! 
But Cassie is being hunted and when they eventually find her, what will happen? And how will Alexi respond? 
I’m liking this series more and more. This is the second book of the series. 
The brotherhood is a misfit band of immortals who take contracts out to kill or capture other immortals. 
Each with their own story to tell. Maccus being the oldest and strongest (his story was Fury Unleashed) Asher and Maccus formed the brotherhood. Recruiting others to join them. 
Really well written, fight scenes come alive on the page. 
Although it’s a stand alone, I found it easier to read in order, it flows a little better, and there are a few things from the previous book in this one. 
The characters were great, a bear/vampire hybrid. And the grim reaper, (oh and there is more than one, which is a new one on me.) 
Alexi longing to belong somewhere, both shifters and vampires shun him, he’d love a family and a mate. 
I loved Cassie, a reaper from the beginning of time, no emotions, seeing everything but not getting involved. Loved her take on life, her passion for chocolate and pizza, and her caring nature for those around her. 
I loved the growing attraction between them, they know they can’t be together, so they are going to make the most of their time together. 
We also have the dilemma of Cassie being hunted. Why? She maybe a rogue reaper, but there isn’t much that can kill her. 
To find out why your going to need to read the story.  Oh and a few surprises to keep you on your toes. 
I highly recommend this book. 
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Hiding from the Coven (Daughters of the Warlock Book 2) by Amelia Shaw 

Description….

She’s a witch on the run, with the Council’s most dangerous assassins on her tail.

Ava has been tried and convicted of the worst possible crime: Treason against the High Warlock, and the Council. Sentenced to death, she managed to escape her fate with help from some Fae friends, but those friends can’t keep her safe much longer.

The Council has put a bounty on Ava’s head that has every bad guy in the Universe looking for her. Her only choice? Return home to her sisters and hide, as their mother had for so many years, and hope she doesn’t meet the same dark fate.

But Ava wasn’t born to hide. With her mother’s strength and her father’s power, standing up for her place as Heir to the Council may endanger her life, but it’s her birthright, and she’s not going down without a fight.

My Review ……. 

Second book sees Ava hiding from the Fae, they’d condemned her to death, a huge bounty has everyone looking for her, it would be safer and wiser for her to go back to her mother’s home and hide with her sister’s.

But Ava isn’t a coward, she won’t back down from a fight, not will she put her sister’s in danger.

Her attraction to Tavlor is mostly on her side, the half breed Fae guard seems to want to kiss her one moment and then wants to hand her into the council the next. But there is something between them, she just doesn’t know what!

She’s loving being back with sisters, but they can’t stay there forever, she’s aware that if the council find out about her sisters, then they will be in danger also.

Ava is learning more about her father and the council, and she’s not sure if she can trust her father, he wants to know his daughters, but when it came to stepping up and claiming her, he couldn’t do it!

We stay with Ava and sisters for most of the book, we watch as they practise magic more. Ava is looking for a legitimate reason for the high council to listen to her, and possibly claim her birthright, but I feel Ava only wants to know her father.

And when it’s handed to her, she’s rather shocked, she did think they would just try to kill her.

So will Ava get her chance to defend herself? Will she be able to see her father after this? And will Tavlor be hers forever?

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Hiding from the Coven (Daughters of the Warlock Book 2) by Amelia Shaw

Description……

She’s a witch on the run, with the Council’s most dangerous assassins on her tail.

Ava has been tried and convicted of the worst possible crime: Treason against the High Warlock, and the Council. Sentenced to death, she managed to escape her fate with help from some Fae friends, but those friends can’t keep her safe much longer.

The Council has put a bounty on Ava’s head that has every bad guy in the Universe looking for her. Her only choice? Return home to her sisters and hide, as their mother had for so many years, and hope she doesn’t meet the same dark fate.

But Ava wasn’t born to hide. With her mother’s strength and her father’s power, standing up for her place as Heir to the Council may endanger her life, but it’s her birthright, and she’s not going down without a fight.

My Review…..

The second book sees Ava on the run from the High Council. She’s been sentenced to death, she shouldn’t be alive, her conception was a mistake! (Her father had children with another woman) her existence is a threat to the council (they are worried she will threaten their way of life) so she’s hiding in the Fae realm, but it’s still too risky, she needs to get back to her sisters…..

We spend a majority of the second book with Ava and her sisters. They all need to be careful, although Ava never told anyone (except her father) that she has sisters.

They begin to practise in ernest to defend themselves. They don’t want to live forever in their protected little bubble. And as there is a bounty on Ava’s head, they can’t be too careful.

The romance side of this book runs a little hot then cold. Ava is definitely interested in Tavlor, but as he’s half Fae, half warlock he doesn’t think he’s good enough for Ava, plus he’s also the one hunting her!!

But the further into the book we go, the more we see Tavlor battle with his feelings.

Can they be together when everyone else is trying to pull them apart?

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Love In The Time of Corona, Vol. 2 (Kristi Avalon. Chloe Flowers. Sheridan Jeane. Becky Lower. Judy McDonough.  L.A. McGinnis. Jen Sako.) 

Seven romances by seven spectacular authors, all set during the coronavirus outbreak. Happy endings guaranteed!

The numbers next to the titles indicate spiciness on a 1-5 scale as judged by each author.

Defending the Tycoon’s Daughter – Kristi Avalon 4(5) – Romantic Suspense

Escaping a threat against her wealthy family and the global pandemic, Talia Hudson finds herself in an isolated mountain retreat with her handsome, aloof bodyguard. A scandal in Brett’s past gives him good reason to avoid Talia, yet he can’t deny the attraction sparking between them. Will one night of passion lead to regret– or is he ready to risk it all for love?

My Review……. 

Brett is still smarting from his last job, a scandal had him leaving with a black mark on his career and reputation. Joining a new firm, Brett won’t make the same mistake, well that’s what he says, until he sees her….. 

Talia Loves her stepfamily, and all but her stepfather hate her, it’s something she has comes to terms with. And now a threat to her family has her separated from them. Although on the plus side, the new bodyguard is easy on the eyes. 

It’s a fun little read. Bodyguard and heiress is always a little predictable. 

But it’s written well. The fleeting glances, the silent treatment and the denying of ones feelings (and that’s just the bodyguard) 

Loved the video chat with her friends, it’s something a lot of us are doing at the moment. And thank goodness for the canine light relief, you have to love a dog that steers you in the direction of love. 

Luckily we just had the threat of the virus to read and no one came down with it. 

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Ship Mates – Chloe Flowers 2(5) – Contemporary Romance

After a house fire destroys everything she owns, Tara needs a temporary home. In a weak moment, Officer Scott Merrick offers an unorthodox solution: sharing a cabin on his boat. Since he works the graveyard shift and she runs her restaurant during the day, they’ll be like ships passing in the night, which is fine by both of them.

They only communicate by writing notes to each other.

It’s a bad idea to fall in love during a pandemic, but what if they’re soul mates as well as shipmates?

My Review …… 

Tara is now homeless after a fire. She’s hasn’t got anywhere to go. And with this virus that’s about, Tara doesn’t want to risk making anyone unwell. Being offered a bed from the hunky police offer is ok, isn’t it? She’s known him forever, best friend with his sister, and it won’t be for long….. 

Scott has always been the responsible one, his job at the police station suits him. And after the fiasco with “she who will not be named” he’s a confirmed bachelor. So giving a friend a bed for a few nights won’t be a problem. And as Tara was his sister’s best friend growing up, she’s practically family. But it’s been a few years since he’s seen her, and now she’s all grown up, but he’s on nights, how hard will it be to avoid her? 

Liked this story a lot. Loved the idea of post it notes, that did make me chuckle. And it was a great way to communicate (Scott worked nights and Tara worked days) 

Lucy the parrot made me chuckle and I loved Larry the police dog (every time Lucy told him to sit he did I had to laugh) 

The boat made for an unusual setting, the confined space that Tara and Scott were forced to share made for a different read. 

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Viral Dance – Sheridan Jeane 3(5) – Contemporary Romance

Free spirit Lily Lennon and CEO Josh Graves are opposites, or are they? When circumstances throw them together in a Mt. Rainier cabin during the pandemic, she’s determined to have him teach her to waltz. Can these two dance their way into one another’s hearts?

My Review …… 

Lily’s a dog/house sitter, she works from the hosts home. But with the outbreak of the virus that’s sweeping the country, the owner of both dog and home is due back and lily has to move on, but she’s got nowhere to go, well there is the mountain retreat she can go to….. 

Josh has had three months away, not a holiday, but a retreat, after what can only be called a breakdown, Josh is back and ready to take back his company. But he’s a different man, less about the profit margin and more about his employees. 

A free spirit and an uptight CEO, (except he’s not really uptight anymore) 

Had to admit it wasn’t my favourite in this short story read. But there were a few laughs. Loved the dog Orwell. Liked how Josh thought about asking Lily about before he went to his retreat, but missed opportunities and all that. 

The dancing moments were a lot of fun to read. 

Both finding things about one another that appealed to them. 

The virus might have brought them together, but I think josh would have made his move eventually. 

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Choosing My Own Bananas – Becky Lower 1(5) Seasoned Romance

Claire has lived her life alone and free. But now, as an aging single, she’s facing the coronavirus by herself, and it’s the first time she’s been uncomfortable with her decisions. She ignores her sister’s advice and decides to take advantage of her local grocery’s early Senior Hour to do her own shopping.

Widower Bert can’t believe his luck. The mysterious woman from the health club pool is right behind him in line, waiting for the store to open. He and his friend call her Esther Williams, but now he might get to know her real name. And hopefully a whole lot more.

My Review…..  

Bert a retired policeman with plenty of spare time on his hands. With his local spa closed due to the virus, Bert hasn’t got a lot to do but think, and lots of that time thinking has him thinking of a plan of action, he’s seen a lovely lady who he’d like to know better, but he doesn’t know her name, or where she lives, maybe fate will smile down on him and give him a break…..

Claire’s a control freak, she likes thinks done a certain way, and that’s why she stuck in a queue for her food shopping. She writes romance books, but even that isn’t holding her interest at the moment. She needs a little inspiration…..

This one had me smiling all the way through. A very gentle romance, dog walking (with a dog that’s not his) crazy golf (well golfing in a golf cart) and silly emails that brought a smile to both their faces. 

She’s a feisty control freak with a wicked set of one liners. He’s a man with a plan of action. 

Wooing in a time of lockdown presents it’s own set of challenging rules. No invading of personal space for one!! 

Being a widower has made Bert realise that life is too short, so he goes after the one thing that’s been on his mind for a while. 

Claire is a little more controlled, she likes a certain routine. 

So will Bert capture the fair maidens heart? Well he has her interest peaked, so who knows. 

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The Royal Muse – Judy McDonough 2(5) Contemporary Romance

New Orleans artist, Melody Landry, is done with relationships and cheating men. She’d much rather paint her frustration into money-making masterpieces.

Reece Thomas has had enough heartache for two lifetimes. He’d rather drown his sorrows with his trumpet and whisky than give anyone else a chance to rip his heart out.

Love was the last thing on their minds—until they found each other.

Can the healing powers of music and art bring two bitter souls together in the midst of a pandemic?

My Review….. 

Reece doesn’t want anything more than a bottle to drown out his pain. Two years since the end of his marriage, and a mugging that left him with a constant and painful reminder of how much he lost. His only joy is his music, oh and the cute little artist he spied painting and singing from her balcony. 

Melody loves living in the French Quarter, her artists heart simply adores it. Inspiration runs well here, and even more so on a Thursday evening, her musical inspiration comes from her neighbour, his beautiful music gives her pieces a flow that she just can’t contain. 

But this evening he’s late, and Melody can’t help but wonder as to where he is….. 

I liked this one very much. 

Melody has been hurt before, so she’s not looking for romance. Reece can’t move on from his mugging and failed marriage. 

They’ve known each other a while now, but only from a distance, not a word has passed their lips to each other, but like calls to like, and a tentative friendship springs up.  

So how will a romance spring from this? And when an opportunity arises will they both take it? 

Beautifully written, that could have happily been a longer story. 

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Espresso. Paper. Love. – L.A. McGinnis 1(5) Contemporary Romance

A stir-crazy actress charms her way into a young doctor’s life from the neighboring apartment building. It’s one thing to exchange notes and coffee in a crisis, it’s another to deny their growing attraction.

My Review …… 

Olivia is going to be an actress, well once she gets her big break, but until then it’s serving coffee to the masses. 

She has her regulars that she smiles and says hi to. Including her neighbour “Brandon S” he always smiles and a quick thank you. But after not seeing him at his home for a few days, she takes the initiative and decides to wave….. 

Brandon is suppose to be concentrating on knee surgeries and spine realignments, but with the virus taking a grip, it’s all hands to help. He’s so tired, but he can’t let anyone down. Most of his days he’s on automatic pilot. But today would be a turning point …..

As the time goes by, Olivia and Brandon do more and more together, of course noting the social distancing. Both want more as they’ve gotten to know each other. But when Brandon gets ill, how will Olivia cope? 

Loved the concept of paper plane post it notes. 

I loved Brandon and his thoughtfulness, he could see Olivia was struggling, and to thank her for a coffee and chat he suggests a walk. And it just takes off from there. 

This one deals with people who are now scared to leave their own homes. You feel you shouldn’t be out, not even to exercise. And I’m sure a lot of readers will relate too. 

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Tipsy – Jen Sako 1(5) New Adult Romance

Barbera Piedmont works in one of Manhattan’s top restaurants alongside a hot sommelier named Cavan Mills. One fateful night furloughs them both and there seems to be no end in sight. To Barbera’s surprise, Cavan contacts her for help keeping his career on track. Through a virtual connection, they share wines along with their fears and dreams. Barbera can’t help wondering what will happen to their digital relationship when life returns to normal. Will her services no longer be needed, or will these strange and dangerous times end in love?

My Review…… 

Barbera or “Barbie” enjoys her job. Meeting new people, greeting regulars and catching up with friends she works with. 

But somethings wrong, guests aren’t coming in, some are cancelling their tables, some tables don’t even bother to phone to cancel. 

And when the restaurant is finally closed due to this virus, Barbera wonders what she’s going to do to keep herself occupied. 

Cavan loves his job, wine is his hobby and his passion. He wants to be the best, so an exam is in order. He wanted his girlfriend to help, but being in a different time zone makes it difficult. 

So he asks Barbera to help (after his girlfriend advised to ask a server for help) 

The wonderful World Wide Web came to the fore in this book. 

A sommelier (wine steward or a professional connoisseur) and server come together over wine. Barbera has had a crush on Cavan ever since she clapped eyes on him, so she jumps at the chance to spend time with him. 

As time goes by Barbera falls for Cavan, but it all comes crashing down when his girlfriend makes a surprise return home. Barbera is no longer needed, but the chats they had been having gave her concern, Isabella wanted Cavan to give up his passion and help her run a winery. 

She had to convince Cavan not to give up his dream. 

This one I had mixed feelings about. Loved the on-line wine tasting, i had to chuckle with the drunk chatting. 

I did feel Cavan was only interested in Barbera as help for him wine exam. But was totally surprised with his declaration to Barbera. 

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I know it’s not everyone’s ideal subject. But they took me away from all this madness for just a short time. 

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Alpha’s Temptation: A Billionaire Werewolf Romance (Bad Boy Alphas Book 1) by Renee Rose & Lee Savino

Description…… 

MINE TO PROTECT. MINE TO PUNISH. MINE….. 

I’m a lone wolf, and I like it that way. Banished from my birth pack after a bloodbath, I never wanted a mate. 

Then I meet Kylie. My temptation. We’re trapped in an elevator together, and her panic almost makes her pass out in my arms. She’s strong, but broken. And she’s hiding something.

My wolf wants to claim her. But she’s human, and her delicate flesh won’t survive a wolf’s mark. 

I’m too dangerous. I should stay away. But when I discover she’s the hacker who nearly took down my company, I demand she submit to my punishment. And she will.

Kylie belongs to me. 

My Review…..

Kylie needs this job, she needs to prove to herself that she can function in the real world and not just in the virtual world. 

Jackson King is alpha in his world. He doesn’t want the complication’s of running a wolf pack, he leaves it to the alpha Garrett. And he left that along time ago, when he left his original pack.

When Kylie and Jackson first meet it’s literally lust at first sight! Only Kylie knows who Jackson is, Jackson has no clue she is, but she doesn’t know what he is! Trapped in a lift, Kylie has a full blown panic attack, but with Jackson at her side it soon subsides and they leave the lift, but Jackson’s wolf won’t leave Kylie, the Wolf has decided Kylie will be their mate. But Kylie is human, and Jackson won’t do that to her…..

But that all changes when she’s implicated in espionage charges, instead of letting Kylie explain herself, Jackson locks her away…..

I did like this book. I wanted to kick Jackson as he accused Kylie of sabotaging his company. And you have to love a grovelling Alpha when he realises his mistake. A little more on his backstory would have been nice, but who knows we may get more in the following books (last count over 15!)

Kylie is a hacker, and a pretty good one, years ago she hacked into Jackson’s company, she took nothing, but wanted to show him his software had issues.

We jump forward and Kylie is going for an interview at the company she hacked.

She doesn’t really have many social skills, so this was her way of reintegrating into society.

And when she’s blackmailed into compromising Jackson’s company, she doesn’t have much choice. But Jackson won’t believe when she tries to explain herself.

I have to admit I did guess who was sabotaging the company pretty early on in the book. But not why.

Looking forward to reading the next book.

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Blue Embers (A Storm Of Fire) Book 2 by Courtney Leigh 


Description…… 

The Draak, an ancient race of dragon shapeshifters, have been the dominant species on Earth for centuries, but new threats are lurking to upset the delicate peace.

Following a rebel attack that nearly cost the Draak their leader, Killian Valentyne is tasked with tracking down those responsible. With the development of a new museum exhibit underway that Killian hopes will build a better understanding between humans and Draak, he’s stretched a bit thin. 

Persephone Grant is a dedicated historian and the new curator for an exhibit funded by known Draak playboy, Killian Valentyne. She’s intelligent, mysterious, and exactly the kind of distraction Killian doesn’t need, but a connection to the rising conflicts might just put her in the middle of it all.

With Draak-killing weapons floating around in rebel hands and suspicions that an ancient enemy has made its way to Earth, having feelings for a human would only make things harder for Killian. He knows the pain of loss too well to get caught up in affections, especially with a war coming, but Persephone may prove to be a force all her own. One taste should have been enough to sate their urges. 

My Review……. 
We met Killian in the previous book “Ash Bringer” he’s a lover not a fighter, but that’s not to say he won’t pick up a weapon for his race. Always looking for his next conquest, his next fun time. 
After almost being killed in the latest terrorist attack, Killian is looking for answers. He has in his possession a piece of metal that is giving him nightmares, this metal has the ability to kill a Draak, how did the human resistance get hold of it? Is the old enemy of the Draak emerging? Why now? Why here? 
One of his projects is a museum, a way to bridge the gap between human and Draak. But his help is needed. So he’s off to find out what needs doing, but little does he know his life is about to change…..
Persephone loves her job, it gives her a purpose. She finds the history of human and Draak fascinating. Although her personal view is also a little off, her sister is laying in hospital a casualty of the Draak regime…..
Both Persephone and Killian have a mutual attraction to one another, but Killian is in no mood for a mate, he prefers variety. And although he finds Persephone a delightful distraction, he can’t let his mind wander too far from his job, he needs to find out who is supplying the rebel faction weapons to destroy the Draak race!!  Persephone is drawn to Killian, but after seeing the effect it had on her sister, she wants no part of that life….. 
But both are thrown by their desire for one another, they can’t keep their eyes (or hands) off each other.  But someone is watching them, is it a friend or a foe? 
I’m liking this series more and more. The characters, the storyline.  They aren’t here as friends, the Draak race came here to conquer and rule, and they have done for centuries. They aren’t a nice race, and in the first book, I really wasn’t happy with the male hero, in fact I almost hoped that the heroine did get her chance to kill him.  But Killian is different from Draven, he was a warrior, a true warlord, Killian is more of a diplomat. That’s not to say he can’t fight, he just chooses his battles. 
In the last book we see a resistance/rebel force forming to other throw the Draak rule, but they are using both propaganda and fear to aid their cause. I’m all for overthrowing tyranny, but the way they are doing it! I’m not sure, they seem to want war more than a way to drive the Draak out, it feels like they want to rule instead! Will their leadership be any better? 
We also find out that if a Draak takes a human for ? Then a link is made, and if not maintained the human will slowly die!! 
I do like to watch the mighty fall, how they believe they deserve to be loved, but won’t reciprocate. They think it will be all one sided. And to fall for a human, that won’t happen. But when it does, it’s fun to read. 
Beautifully written, descriptions are detailed but not to the extent that you feel the author is just page filling. The world is growing nicely, meeting key characters at just the right time, not being overloaded with too many. 
Love the characters, even the bad guys. They make you want to boo at the page. 
There is so much scope for this series, I’m hoping we get many more. 
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DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (A Purgatory Novel) Book 4 by Cynthia Eden 

Description…… 

Eric Pate is used to making his own rules, as the director of the PARA Unit, he is the boss. Everyone rushes to obey his commands, and no one knows his secrets. No one ever gets too close to him. But then he meets her.

Ella Lancaster is tired of being a prisoner. She escaped one hell just to find herself in another, though Eric doesn’t consider her containment with his agents as punishment. He actually thinks it is a form of protection. But Eric is so very wrong. Ella doesn’t need protecting, not for anyone or anything.

When the PARA Unit comes under attack, Ella and Eric both find themselves battling a supernatural beast that they never expected. Forced to join forces, to make a deal, Ella and Eric are soon fighting side-by-side, and their attraction for each other can’t be contained or controlled. Hot. Wild. Consuming. Ella’s deal with her devil is soon taking over her life.

And as Eric falls deeper and deeper under the mysterious Ella’s spell, his legendary control begins to crack. The beast that he has kept chained so carefully inside rises to the surface. Unfortunately, when the devil loses his control…there is real hell to pay.

My Review …… 
This is the book I’ve been waiting for. 
Eric is the director of the Paranormal unit, they capture and contain dangerous paranormal creatures. Tests are ran on them, and if too dangerous, they are transported to a prison built for them. 
Reading about Eric from the first three books, we get the impression of a cold man, who uses everyone around him, is it to further his career? Or does he have a darker purpose? 
Ella was in the last book, a trapped and abused vampire. Taken by a mad werewolf and his pack. They are slowly draining her for her blood. Eric and his men free her, but also contain her, they need to know who took her and why. 
But the more time Eric spends with Ella, the more he loses his clad iron control. We get glimpses of him in each book, and each time more and more is revealed. So what is Eric? 
Ella intends your escape at the earliest opportunity, she needs to find the pack that took her, and destroy it!!! Will she escape the unit and Eric? 
After a few battles and near death experiences, Ella is convinced Eric is her “mate”, so she helps the para unit to track the pack that captured her. 
A few surprises along the way. We catch up with all the previous characters from the last three books. 
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Dirty Work by Regina Kyle. 

Description……
Millionaire nightclub owner Jake Lawson works hard, but executive concierge Ainsley Scott is showing him how to let loose…in the sexiest possible way!

I knew I was in trouble the moment millionaire Jake Lawson walked through the door of his swanky Tribeca loft. The definition of tall, dark and handsome, he’s hired me to take care of his parents’ Irish wolfhound. But one game of strip Scrabble later and we’re taking care of each other all night long…

Starting my concierge business was my way out of the rat race I ran as a lawyer until it cost me my fiancé. And Jake is a full-on workaholic, certain his high-end nightclub will fall apart if he loses focus for a second. We couldn’t be more different. But the chemistry between us is off the charts!

From drag-queen karaoke to movies at Hudson River Park, I’m showing Jake how to lighten up and enjoy everything New York City has to offer. But I can’t help wondering if blowing each other’s minds in bed is enough to make up for our different values. Can Jake step away from his smartphone long enough to give us a chance?

My Review …… 
An uptight, workaholic millionaire and a carefree “dog walker” sounds like your usual “rich boy, poor girl” story, but …… 
Ainsley isn’t a poor girl, and isn’t from the wrong side of the tracks. She was a high flying lawyer, and a good one. But recovering from a broken heart made Ainsley re-evaluate her life, so now she runs a successful concierge service. 
Now I’m assuming it’s like a concierge at a hotel (you ask and they try and get it for you, or find someone who can) 
She enjoys the work, she’s living the life she loves…..
Jake is a workaholic, he eats, sleeps (when he has to) and breathes his club, he thinks that if he leaves it alone, it’s going to fall apart (talk about micromanaging) he’s got no time for fun, and certainly no time for love…… 
Written in the first person. It gives us both perspectives. 
I get the feeling Jake can relax, but at the moment his mind is on his new club opening soon. Trying to get him to relax is a full time effort on Ainsley’s part. But when he does let his hair down …… boy is she in for a fun ride. 
I loved the banter, the innuendos in most of the conversations. Laughed at the karaoke scene. And don’t even get me started on the scrabble moment. 
It’s really well written. The dialogue flows as do the scenes. The characters really come alive and you get this chemistry between them that really works on the page. 
It’s also nice to see a woman that works and thinks for herself, a woman who isn’t afraid of what she wants, and isn’t afraid of going after it. 
The secondary characters are a laugh. Her work force, his sister, and Ainsley’s mum is a woman I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of. 
I really enjoyed the book and would happily recommend it. 
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Charming The Beast (A Purgatory Novel) Book 3 by Cynthia Eden 

Description…… 
He’s a man with a beast inside…

Connor Marrok never intended to work for the Seattle Para Unit. He’s not one of the good guys–he’s a real monster, and the beast he carries doesn’t exactly play nicely. But now he finds himself being blackmailed into a new assignment. It’s supposed to be his last gig. His mission? Protect the beautiful Chloe Quick. Keep her alive. Destroy her enemies. Easy enough…until he starts to fall for Chloe.

She just wants to escape.

Chloe is tired of being a prisoner. She wants to get away from her Para Unit guard and run fast into the night. So what if Connor is the sexiest guy she’s ever met? Chloe knows trouble when she sees it, and Connor is one big, dangerous package of trouble. But, when an obsessed werewolf begins stalking Chloe, she realizes that her paranormal bodyguard may just be the one man she needs the most.

Their attraction is primal.

Every moment that Chloe and Connor spend together increases their attraction. Chloe has never felt a need so strong or a desire so dark. The beast that Chloe carries inside has always been silent, but Connor is stirring up her animal instincts. And as the danger and desire begin to twist together, Chloe wonders just how far she’d be willing to go…in order to spend one more night in Connor’s arms.

My Review….. 

The third book in this four book series sees Connor (Duncan’s brother “The Wolf Within” ) as a bodyguard to Chloe. 

He’s been where most of the monsters have been, Purgatory Prison, he’s still trying to redeem himself, but he knows he’s a monster, and that monster should be nowhere near Chloe.

After “dying”, Chloe feels different, is she a freak? She doesn’t think so, but she not waiting for Eric (the guy who runs the Paranormal Unit) to start dissecting her, the next chance she gets she’s off…… 

Time after time Chloe tried to escape, and Connor keeps bringing her back, but now there is something stalking Chloe, and Connor needs to keep on his toes, if only his prisoner didn’t smell so damn good, and his wolf keeps wanting to claim her!! It doesn’t matter that she’s a wolf that can’t shift, he’s going to protect her, or die trying, but it’s not Connor who’s about to die!!! 

To be honest these books can be read on their own, but if your interested in reading the series, they do need to be read in order. 

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Marked by a Vampire (A Purgatory Novel) Book 2 by Cynthia Eden.

Description…..

Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S.

Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together—and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.

Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out just why certain paranormals go bad. What pushes some vampires over the edge? Why do some werewolves turn so savage? If she can understand the monsters, then Olivia thinks she can help them. When she gets permission to enter Purgatory, Olivia believes she is being given the research opportunity of a lifetime.

Olivia doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into hell.

When the prisoners break loose, there is only one person—one vampire—who can protect her, but as Olivia and Shane fight the enemies that surround them, a dark and dangerous passion stirs to life between the doctor and the vamp. Shane realizes that Olivia is a woman carrying secrets—powerful, sinful secrets. Secrets that a man would kill to possess.

And Olivia realizes that—sometimes—you can’t control the beast inside of you. No matter how hard you try. Some passions can push you to the very limits of your control…and the growing lust that she feels for her vampire…it’s sending her racing right into a deadly storm of desire.

Welcome to Purgatory…a place that’s a real hell on earth…

My Review…..

Olivia knows there are things that go bump in the night. Werewolves and vampires, she was once chased by wolves, so she knows from first hand. But she also wants to learn how and why paranormals go bad, and maybe she could help them.

Shane is a vampire who works with the FBI, he’s been a vampire for centuries, we meet Shane in the first book in the series. (The Wolf Within) I did think he was going to be the informant in the first book (and was nicely surprised to find out he wasn’t)

Shane and Olivia meet at the ferry that’s due to transport them to Purgatory (the only prison to hold paranormals) Shane as an undercover prisoner and Olivia as a researcher. But Olivia doesn’t know he’s an FBI agent. All she sees is a dangerous criminal. All he sees is a tasty treat.

The story then moves along at a fast pace, who is trying to kill the paranormals? What’s going on inside Purgatory? Will Olivia trust Shane enough to get them out of Purgatory?

This is the second book in the Purgatory Series, it can be read without reading the first one (but I do like to read a series in order)😉 you meet characters from the first book, and back info on Shane, but it doesn’t detract from a really good read.

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The Wolf Within (A Purgatory Novel) Book 1 by Cynthia Eden.

Description….

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days—and his nights—tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren’t aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don’t realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted.

Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI’s Para Unit. But as Duncan’s beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing…because Holly isn’t exactly human, not any longer. 

As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn’t safe, it isn’t controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both. 

This is the start of a series…..

Duncan likes his job, he’s good at it. He’s part of an elite unit (a police force for supernaturals) they capture or destroy the supernaturals that go “rouge” to keep the “humans” safe and unaware. But after he is attacked by a werewolf all he wants is revenge. And as he goes through the change his priorities change, his instincts call on him to kill or make a certain doctor “his”……

Holly is a doctor, she works closely with the paranormal units that control and contain anything that’s not human. She’s about to finish for the day, when a call comes in that an agent has been bitten, Holly becomes all business, her job is to contain and train the rogue werewolves that enter her facility. And if they can’t be rehabilitated, then they are destroyed.
She sees who the bitten agent is, it’s Duncan
McGuire (she’s noticed him, and has never really plucked up the courage to talk to him) and now she may never get the chance, if he survives the change (only humans with certain DNA can survive the bite from a werewolf or vampire) then Duncan will need to be monitored or controlled with a silver collar.

This was a really good read. Both Holly and Duncan like each other, but neither had acted on it.
Will Duncan manage the beast within him? And if he does what will he do about his attraction to the lovely doctor?
And there is a secret that Holly is hiding, will it help or hinder Duncan?

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Hooked on You by Cathryn Fox

Description…….

I’m a bookworm, a mathematician, not the kind of girl a hot lobster fisherman would notice.

Until he did.

I’m not in small town Nova Scotia to hook up. I’m here to settle my grandmother’s estate and sell the B&B, which I soon discover has been overrun with seasonal fisherman and operated on the honor system. The hard-core fishing folks become an instant family––the one I never had. Then there’s the blind pet cow, who has a crush on my hot fisherman, Nate. Okay, technically he’s not mine. I have no desire to get reeled in.

Until I do.

Soon, the little town grows on me, and the fisherman? It’s not long until I take the bait and we’re playing house at the B&B. Things are looking up.

Until they aren’t.

Rumors about a new plant and jobs being in jeopardy start swirling around town like a nor’easter, and all the signs point to my guy being behind the scandal. Should I give him enough line to play it out and learn his true intentions, or cut and run before I’m hooked?

My Review ……. 
 You know in an action movie, when the hero just saved the day and everything goes into slow-mo as he walks toward the heroine, to emphasise the guy’s sexiness? Cue the big finale kiss, right? When they ride off into the sunset, have you ever sighed happily and thought,  one day, that’s going to happen to me? Yeah, me neither.”
Have to admit not my usual read. But I really enjoyed the book.
Had a few laughs, a blind pet cow had me chuckling. And Eddie the horse, I loved that creature and if there are more stories I hope he features. 
Kira is not cut out for small town living, so she needs to sell the B&B that she’s inherited and get back to her own home. She loves her job, and can’t wait to get back, but being rescued by a hot fisherman is the highlight of her quiet life. And is he flirting with her? 
Nate is the hot fisherman that saves Kira from being mowed down by a runaway horse. He catches lobsters and is happy to trade them for other items. He’s fascinated with the woman he’s just rescued, a little strange, but in a fun way. But he’s not interested in starting something, he wants to finish his deal and move on. It’s not common knowledge yet, and he’s not sure of the reception the new packing company will receive, so he has to tread carefully.
Nate and Kira both tell this story, and it’s good to get both sides. Kira feels guilty that she hasn’t been back for a while, but it won’t stop her from selling the B&B. Nate can’t understand why she would want to sell. But he’s hiding something from her. 
Hoping we get a few more books, there were many characters that needed a story. Really well written, the characters were really good, secondary characters were entertaining as well. And the little town was so well written I had no problem conjuring it up. Kira was great to read, a nerd who loves her job, not many social skills, but that doesn’t stop her from flirting with Nate. 
And Nate is a nice guy, so if he’s so nice, why not tell the town he’s opening up a new company? He’s also looking to move on, so does he need to slow down and enjoy the scenery. 
So will they get together? Or will Kira sell up and leave? Can Nate persuade her not to sell? He’d like her to stay, but will she? And what happens when she finds out his secret? Will she help or will she hinder? 
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Stolen by the Fae: Paranormal Romance (Fae’s Claim Book 1) by Laxmi Hariharan

Mine to protect. Mine to claim… She is MINE

DANTE…..

I’m a trained assassin. Enlisted by the Fae Corps and instructed to kill, there is no place in my life for a fated mate.

Then Gia crashes into my life.

Flashing eyes,

luscious lips that beg to be kissed.

One whiff of her sugary scent and I know she is MINE.

But she’s human, and no way can she withstand the barbaric mating practices of the Fae.

I am too lethal,

I should stay away.

When she takes the hit meant for my target, I cannot let her die.

So I do the only thing that will save her life…

I form a soul-bond with the unconscious human.

I want to make her bend to my will.

I hadn’t reckoned with craving her emotions, her feelings. Her love…

When she breaks out of my lair, I will do anything to get her back.

This time I will make her submit her all…

This time she cannot escape,

Gia is MINE

Note: Stolen by the Fae , is a standalone paranormal romance novel, and the first in the emotional and exciting Fae’s Claim Series.

Features a snarly, possessive, FAE male, intense love scenes, and a twist that will keep you gasping for more…

Publication date 7/9/2019

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My Review……

Gia is a human agent, in fact she’s the first human to be inducted into the Shifter Bureau of Intelligent. She’s going to set the trend, if she can prove herself, she will set the way for more humans to join.

Dante is a Fae assassin, charged with killing the new Fae leader Amara, she wants to form alliances with many other forms of life, that’s not the Fae way, so she’s got to die. The Fae Elders don’t want alliances, they think themselves superior to all other forms of life.

Killing Amara won’t be a problem, the problem comes from a human shield that stands in the way of the bolt of energy that was aimed for Amara horrified, Dante grabs the human female and teleports away…..

Dante and Gia have a lust at first sight meeting. A hot moment has them almost forgetting their assignments, almost. But Dante recovers quicker and leaves Gia wondering why.

Dante knows she’s his mate, but it’s not the right time. But when is ever the right time? And when they meet again at the inauguration of the new fae leader, Dante almost kills Gia. So he does the one thing he really shouldn’t do, he does a soul-bond with her. Tying her to him forever.

Watching him fight his feelings for Gia was interesting, he knows who she is to him, he’s torn, a loyal solider, a good assassin, and now that’s all thrown away, all because of her!! He is an arrogant male. Totally conceited, a male you just want to smack. But as he gets to know her, it fun to watch her wrap him around her finger.

I have to admit, the book is good, some of the dialogue is a little cheesy and a little cringeworthy. But it’s a solid story, the characters are great, I could imagine the hunky Dante with no problem. And the other characters that were in this book were well fleshed out.

The action scenes I felt could have been a little better. And maybe less sex (it goes on chapter after chapter!)

It’s the first in a five book series. I’m hoping we get to see Amara with her own story and that fiery dragon shifter Jessica, who is Gia’s friend gets one too.

A new author and series is always a shot in the dark. And told by the first person, not always my favourite type of book.

But for most of the book I enjoyed it. Alpha males who fall hard and fast, and kicka$$ females who don’t back down.

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To Win a Wicked Lord (Shadows and Silk) Book 4 by Sofie Darling  
Description…… 
 Lord Percival Bretagne is used to playing games. He survived being a spy for a decade using his wits alone. But that was just life and death, now he’s playing for the most important prize of all—love. 

He’ll Stop at Nothing . . . 

Ten years after his family gave him up for dead, British spy Lord Percival Bretagne is back home, but his mission is far from over. Playing the aristocrat in London gambling dens and at country house parties is just a cover for Percy’s real quest. He’s hunting the man who stole everything from him—his family, his marriage, even his identity. And this time nothing, and no one, will stand in his way.

She’ll Risk it All . . . 

But one night with Isabel Galante changes everything. She’s willing to gamble a woman’s most intimate prize in order to save her imprisoned father, but she didn’t expect a devilishly handsome opponent with a dangerously attractive wicked streak. Isabel would do anything for her family, including betraying Percy, but she has no idea that she’s stumbled into the middle of a decade-long quest for revenge.

Who Will Win in the Game Called Love? 

Percy has been betrayed before, and now the man who destroyed his life is using Isabel to strike again. With the fate of the government and his new life in the balance, he’ll have to keep Isabel seductively, scandalously close. They begin a passionate game of truth and lies, deception and dalliance, uncovering the heart of who they really are and realizing that winning might mean losing what matters the most—each other.

My Review….. 

Although it’s from a series, they all read as standalones. 
Percy has been a spy for ten long years, it’s something he’s good at, and he likes it. But he wasn’t always a spy, his past is an interesting one, and we get to see glimpses of it through the story. But we get the full story near the end of the book. 
He uses people to his advantage, and has no conscience, it’s for the good of the country (well that’s his excuse) and when an opportunity to return to England presents itself, Percy takes it with both hands. He’s going to end this game once and for all. He lost everything once, he’s not prepared to lose again. But Percy also has a dark side, an addiction to the chase, can he simply give up this spy game and become a Lord once again? 
Isabel is a seamstress, but blackmail has her pretending to be a prostitution. She has to win to keep her family together, but meeting Percy throws it all into chaos. I liked Isabel, she had deep family loyalty, but when she meets Percy, she’s torn, does she do as her blackmailer wants? Or can she find a way round this mess, and have Percy and her family? 
This is basically a mystery/romance. The main characters are very well written, both have a sense of duty, neither will be taken for a fool, both have been let down in the past. Liked the premise of the book, usually a period romance had the female role as a simpering fool, a weak minded simpleton. But Isabel is more than that, she has a brain, and it’s fully engaged at all time’s. 
Percy is your usual rogue, but he has a hidden side, and that becomes more evident the further you get into the book. 
Scenes are well written, the romance side is steamy and it rolls at a steady pace. 
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The missing piece by Marie Lavender 

Description….. 

When Alyssa wakes up in a strange place at school, she can’t remember what happened the previous night. A new friend, Justin, offers to help her out. As she makes discoveries that force her to accept a different reality, she finds herself drawn to Justin for a number of reasons.

Can the biggest mistake of Aly’s life turn into the promise of new love?

My Review….. 
Alyssa wakes with no memory of the previous night. It’s a scary situation, what the hell happened to her? 
She’s told by a young man that she was drinking plenty and went upstairs with a man! Fear races through Alyssa (was she attacked?) but Justin assures her that wouldn’t have happened, and walks her back to her dorm. She’s not the type of girl to do shots, and certainly not the type to go upstairs with a man. And why can’t she remember? 
Alyssa and Justin start on a journey to find out what happened to her. But what I find difficult to understand is why….. 
Why would someone who usually does drink, who doesn’t party, who usually stays in her room and study, go out? 
It’s a short read, and one I didn’t want to end, I think it could have been made into a full story. I thought it was going to be more of a mystery (well that’s what the background led me to think) what we got was a romance! 
It’s a fast paced read, but with lots missing I felt a little lost! Will it lead to a fuller story at some point? I do hope so. 
So do you find out why? I guess your going to have to read it to find out. 😉
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Magick & Moonlight (Magick Series) Book 1 by Marie Lavender 


Description….. 

[**New edition, complete with a new scene!]

Love spells are dangerous, even more so for those who cast them…

Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. Instead, he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not? 

Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she must do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned. 

Messing with free will is always a bad idea.

To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the effects will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?

My Review…… 
A short story that might lead to a new series? 
I had fun reading it, it’s hard to pack enough information into a short read, too much and your ending the story too abruptly. Not enough, and you have to fill the empty pages (usually with sex!) 
Ethan comes across a young naked woman dancing in the woods “cue smut”, but what we got was not what I expected….. 
Jessie is a witch, she is out in the woods doing what she loves, hearing a noise she confronts her watcher. They share a kiss, (short story remember) and both are attracted to one another, it’s not until she gets home that reality hits!!! What’s a witch to do? Cast a spell of course…. She can’t have Ethan telling the town she’s a witch, that could lead to all sorts of things. But spells being spells …… 
It’s a fun read. I liked where this was going. Think it could have made a decent full length story. Wanted a little more. Loved the characters, but couldn’t get too involved, before you know it, the story is done!! 
Tracking the author down on good reads I see there is indeed a new story. It tells us of Ethan and Jessie in the future. 
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Suddenly Enthroned (The Royals) Book 1 by C.R. Riley 

Description…… 

It is a long-standing tradition that a Royal marries the person who was been chosen for them by those that believed they know best. Which would have probably been the case for King Antonio, if he hadn’t become King before he had the chance to do just that. 

While he was determined to not wed out of obligation, like those before him had done. He planned to marry for love instead. It had been his intention long before he found himself as King, he had expected to have at least five more years to win that argument with his father. Now he is the first King in the history of his kingdom to be without a Queen.

King Antonio remains unwed for longer than anyone considered acceptable. The reason he is about to allow those who believe it is time to rectify that, attempt to secure him suitable wife. That is until he meets Larkin Cross, an architect who will be traveling to his country to do some historical restoration for his family and country. 

Larkin had no idea who Antonio was when she first met him; therefore, she treated him like he was just a man, rather than a King. Something that had never happened to him until that very moment, and it was exactly what he found he liked most about her. 

Now Antonio is determined to risk it all for love. He knows it will not be easy; that he will face off with those who believe it is wrong to break tradition. However, Larkin is his only hope to provide him a life that will be unlike any other, giving him the strength to fight for her.

Will love win, or will those powers fighting against him prevail? 

My Review …… 
This is a new series, not sure where this series will take us, but this book tells us about the new king. 
Antonio thought he had five years to accomplish his tasks, to become a good king and when it was time, to find a wife that will rule by his side to love him for the man, and not the King. But that wasn’t to be, sadly his father died and Antonio became the King.
Larkin loves her job. Restoring historical buildings is her passion. 
She was accepted into the master’s program at UIC for architecture. And her love of architecture was born. Larkin has ADHD, (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness hyperactivity and impulsiveness.so learning was always a little difficult, as was her social life, but that never stopped Larkin. 
And after the death of her best friend, she was determined to make him proud. Now if she gets this job, it will cement her career. 
Antonio knew where he was going, I felt like he had a good head on his shoulders but, to find love instead of obligation? We all know a Prince is suppose to marry for position, so how will Antonio get around it? 
Loved most of the secondary characters, love/hate the stepmother, Antonio’s siblings were a lot of fun to read. Larkin I felt made the book, her lack of filter was a breath of fresh air, to say what you feel instead of what your brain says must make for a refreshing change. 
But I couldn’t help but feel something was missing. Maybe a little more passion wouldn’t have gone amiss. It felt a little cold.
But i Loved the way Larkin spoke to Antonio, she never treated him any differently, not even after she found out who he was. His musings to himself were a little off putting, but once I’d gotten use to his way of thinking and acting, it made a little more sense.
It read like a movie script rather than a book. Lots of background, lots of history pertaining to the family. The wording felt a little stilted and stiff. Not usually a fan of the characters narrating the story, but I could see where the author was going with it. And why she did it. 
I’m hoping the brothers get books. 
So will Antonio get his wish? Will he marry for love and not duty? And how will Larkin react once she knows Antonio really is the king of his castle? 
It’s a fun read, it’s a short read. And it made a change to read it from the man’s point of view as well as the female’s. 
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ONE PERFECT SUMMER by Brenda Novak 

Description…… 
When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half-sisters she never knew existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

While at Serenity’s family’s Lake Tahoe cabin, the three women begin digging into the mystery that has shaken their lives. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at her New York City advertising firm, Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, and Serenity recovering from a messy divorce and traumatizing trial, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the paths they walked to get there and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true might be a lie. Thankfully, they’ll learn together that the future is easier to face with family by your side.

My Review ….. 
That was an excellent read. 
Three sisters that come together, and although they look alike, the differences become more obvious.
We start with Serenity (she was the one who started this all off) she’s a writer, she’s also just finished a messy divorce and a trial from hell.
Lorelei has enough on her plate, without coming out into the middle of nowhere, to meet her sister. She’s also on the brink of a divorce!! Her husband is having an affair with her best friend, and the other woman is pregnant! 
Reagan, is dating a married man, it wasn’t meant to happen that way, but she fell in love…. 
Will the three women be able to become the sisters they all seem to need? Or will jealousy and outside forces pull them apart? 
The meeting between the three women who are biological half sisters, is tense, how can it not be, they never knew each other existed. And who is their father? And how did they never know of each other? 
Really well written, I felt all the emotion that the sisters had felt. The backstory of each woman is crucial in learning about them. 
But did we really need the amount of information that was dumped on us about the brothers that lived next door? We need a little, but not as much as we got. (But I did wonder if they would get a book to tell us their stories.) And some of the other family members got page time, which sometimes took us away from the main story. 
So what does the future hold for them? Will they find the truth in the past? Or will they be able to let go and forge a bond that will take them into the future. 
And it brings to mind the debate on nurture versus nature, and the sisters definitely had different upbringings. And reading the interaction with Lorelei and her daughter was lovely. The interaction with Serenity and her parents was interesting. 
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Chasing Ginger by Marie Lavender.

Description……. 

Chased by a group of angry men. Saved by quite a hunk.

This is not the résumé Ginger Halloway ever imagined having. But thanks to a miracle pill, which makes her size 22 body instantly sexy, that’s what happened.

Yet, now Lance Franklin is showing interest in her, and she can’t figure out if he really likes her for her, or if it’s just because of a bizarre drug. 

And her wild bunch of friends, The Misfits…well, they’re always getting her into some interesting situations.

So, yep, business as usual. Except for the guy. What the hell should she do about him?

As for Lance, he believes he’s lucky to have found Ginger. But can he convince her they should go for it?

With some new attention from the hottest guy she’s ever met, Ginger can’t help but wonder…is this all too good to be true?

My Review ……. 
Reading the back cover, I thought of Eddie Murphy in “The nutty Professor” 
Ginger is a “full figured” feisty female. Her outlook on life ? She’s come to finally accept she won’t ever be a “conventional” size, that doesn’t mean she’s happy, but happy enough. So when she gets the chance at a “miracle” pill to help with her weight, Ginger signs up….. 
But what she gets isn’t a slimming pill, it’s a pill that makes her a magnet for men!!   
I laughed through most of the book. It’s hilarious, the dance competition was great, but the downside of this book was the fear she had when men wouldn’t take the hint and leave her alone!! 
But her guardian angel keeps stepping in to save her…..
I liked this story, very descriptive, really well written, it’s a struggle most women have at least once in there life, the struggle to keep the weight off, will they be attractive? Will anyone ever see past the “fat suit”? 
Loved her college friends, they’d clubbed together and called themselves “The Misfits”, they were a great bunch of friends, always had Ginger’s back. She knew she could rely on them, and friends like that are hard to find. 
So what happens with Lance and Ginger? Will she be able to tell him the pills are making him want her? Because he couldn’t want her, could he? 
And if Lance ever finds out that she’s taking pills, would he ever forgive her? 
I’m hoping the misfits find their stories too. 
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Book Review 📱

Souls of Magic’s Dawn: Book 1 of the Covenant of Souls by G.A. Lungaro. 

Description……

For over three thousand years, the Archmage Azrael has prepared to challenge destiny. As foretold by prophecy, Leto, God of Chaos, will soon unleash his power on the world, sowing discord and anarchy throughout the realms in a bid to rule creation. Azrael intends to stop him.

His pupil Isidora has spent her entire life dedicated to the study of magic, trained since a young age by the most powerful mage in the realm. After a five year absence, Isidora enlists the aid of her teacher and begins a quest to become a Summoner, a mage who can conjure the spirits of dead heroes. But when her quest plunges her into a clash of nations, will Isidora be a mere pawn or the key to preventing the coming conflict?

With the freedom of the world and the stability of the Pantheon of Gods at stake, the Archmage and his protégé travel through realms on the brink of war. In a chess match involving Lords, Kings, and Deities, student and teacher strive to remain one move ahead, to change Isidora’s fate, and save the world in the process.

My Review …… 

Wow!!! 
Lots going on, intense reading. We have lots of characters, magic, battles, mad gods, twists and turns and the usual unfulfilled prophecy…… 
Azrael is a mage with untold power, he’s been around for thousands of years. 
His favourite pupil has finally returned to the fold and unexpectedly she’s married!! 
Isidora has a new life, one with a loving husband, but she needs her old teacher to help with becoming a summoner of souls! 
The author made his world come alive with very detailed descriptions of the world he has created. I Liked the maps at the front of the book (very lord of the rings feel to it) I think it’s a trilogy, so I’m sure we will get a few questions answered in the next book. 
Loved the interaction between Lear’Za (she’s a Demoness) and Azrael, it was very much a love/hate/admire relationship, couldn’t really call it a friendship, even though they’d known each other for hundreds of years, she likes to torment Azrael.
And I got the impression that Azrael’s and Isidora relationship was more than teacher and student. He didn’t admit to anyone that his student just leaving without a word hurt him. (But she did leave him an explanation, he didn’t read it) I felt it very much a father/daughter bond.
But the star of this book is Isidora, very tenacious, very strong willed. She knows her mind, and she knows her abilities. What she doesn’t know is the path she must take to fill her destiny and the Prophecy. 
I liked this book a lot. I could see this as a film. Is the book a little too descriptive? Yes, but I like that, the more detailed the better. Battles were very well written (a tad gory in parts) But it could also work as a hindrance, in some places the details override the story. I Liked the gods and the pantheon, a very Greek feel. It’s not your usual magic and mayhem book, the main characters aren’t in love with each other, so you can concentrate on the story, and not some romance (which has been known to ruin a few good books) 
Will Azrael and Isidora be able to travel the path? Or will the outside forces be able to disrupt their path? What tricks has the God of Chais got up his sleeve? 
I can’t wait to read the next book to find out. 

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Two Bonus stories only in the Box Set….. 


Rejoice: 
A Curvy Seduction Holiday StoryDescription…… 

Angelina….
Gray hates Christmas. How did I not know this?
I lurve the holidays.
I’m going to unscrooge him.
*rubs hands together and starts planning
Gray……
Best way to spend Christmas? 
In bed. With Angel under me. Begging me.
Sucking me like a candy cane.
Screw the holidays.

My Review….. 
A short holiday story. This does need to be read after the trilogy, it’s a bonus story. It tells us about their life after the trilogy. 
Gray has never liked Christmas, so his angel tries to make him see Christmas from her point of view. He’s got his angel, he doesn’t need to have a special day to spoil her, but that doesn’t stop Angelina from getting to the bottom of his “bah humbug” attitude. 
It’s basically a really long sex scene. Finding out why Gray isn’t into the season of goodwill wasn’t really explained. But it was nice to catch up with Gray and Angelina after they had left the club behind, living on a tropical beach after the close call they had with their stalker. Not being far from each other’s sight. 

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Revel….. 
Description….. 

Gray’s Seduction begins ~Gray:
I’ve been Angelina’s bodyguard for years and in lust with her since the day we met. When she finally kicks her stupid fiancé to the curb I’ve got a chance to finally make her mine. But I won’t be her rebound.
I will help her find that kinky desirable side of herself. Even if means sacrificing my own happiness.

My Review….. 

This is a prequel (and told from Gray’s point of view. …. 
This is a bonus story in the trilogy box set. 
It’s told from Gray’s point of view (it covers the first book?) 
For five years Gray has been Angelina’s bodyguard. But that’s not where the story starts…. 
Gray is cold and unfeeling, the club he goes to unwind just isn’t doing it for him. The submissive women at his feet can’t touch his heart or soul. He needs to feel something, something other than self loathing. Saving a comrade in arms should have made him happy, but when you save the man your always in competition with, it doesn’t always work out that way. And three years on, Foster hasn’t forgiven him. 
Gray can’t believe it, he’s going to be a bodyguard for some bratty socialite, a dumb vacuous female. But he needs the money to fund his security business. Do the five years then he’s a free man to help the right kind of people. 
When he first meets Angelina, he mistakes her for a secretary. He’s more than interested in her, and so is his body. But once he knows who she is, then all bets are off. No fucking the bosses daughter. But that doesn’t stop him thinking about her. 
Now we get to where the trilogy starts. It’s been three years of Gray watching and wanting Angelina. Watching her mould herself into something she isn’t. 
And now his poor Angel is finally free of the idiot she was engaged to. But not the way he had planned, he wanted Marc to leave her, let her down gently, but If you’ve read the first book, you know that’s not how it happens. 
Gray has to control his feelings for Angelina, he’s never felt this way before, but as he’s into BDSM, he’s worried he could ruin her. And when she tells him she wants him ….. 
For the rest of the book, we get Gray’s thoughts and feelings. His fight with just claiming Angelina, with wanting to claim her, but also wanting her to become the amazing woman he knows she can be. 
It added a nice touch to the trilogy. 

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Book Review 📱

Reignite (Curvy Seduction Saga) book 3 by Aidy Award 📱
Description……

She’s got a plan.
He’s going to ruin everything.

Angelina: I wasn’t sure I would ever recover. Just when I got him back, he’s taken from me again.

Gray: This is going to destroy her. 

My review….. 

This book was probably the best out of the three. I felt their connection this time. We find out why Gray is so controlling, the alpha male the world sees, but Angelina is slowly breaking down those walls. 

We move away from the original club Asylum. We’ve left Texas and the “Red Ranch” Angelina has even given up her “harem” for Gray (but her boys are still a part of their lives, they are family) they are looking into making a place for themselves and other people like them. 

We also see Angelina come into her own, no longer does she feel like an outsider, the clubs have given her a new confidence. A Dominatrix to the outside world, but with Gray she can be a submissive. She’s also learning how to dominate Gray, but that doesn’t happen too often. 

They are finally happy, both have admitted to their feelings, and things are moving along nicely. 

But will it stay that way? And what about their stalker? Will he be waiting in the wings to pull them apart?

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Rebellion (Curvy seduction Saga, book 2) 

Description….. 
She’s going to push his buttons.
He’s going to push her over the edge.
Angelina: Gray has opened up a whole new world for me. A dirty, kinky, sexy world.
He thinks he’s doing what’s best for me. He lets other men touch me, but he won’t.
Screw that.
I want him to take charge.
If he won’t… I might have to find someone who will.
Gray: Angel wants me to teach her, take her, tame her.
She thinks she knows what kink is. I’m dying to show her what submission really means.
I’ll never forgive myself if I break her.
I may have to leave her, to save her…from me.

My Review…… 
The second book in the trilogy has Angelina “angel” doing things she never dreamed of, but the one guy she really wants still won’t touch her, so it’s time to move on. 
Gray wants angel to trust him, he senses that she’s not quite there yet. And if she submits like he really wants her to, where will that lead? 
We still have the back and forth, one step forward with Gray, then two steps back. Then when Angelina goes to confront Gray, she finds him gone!!! 
At first she’s numb, the only man she could ever talk to the only one who understood her has left her….. Then anger sets then. So she makes plans to take her “harem” to Texas, to play at a “Ranch” to learn to be a female Domme. No one will ever see her “submit” again!! 
The Ranch isn’t what she was expecting. It’s a huge mansion out in Texas. But she’s made a commitment, she needs training to be a dominatrix, and Tate the owner said he’s willing to help. 
So will Angelina get her wish? Will she become a successful Domme? And who is behind the mask? He says he wants to train her, but first she needs to submit. Will she? And we have a player with a score to settle!! Is it with Gray or Angelina?
This book had me wanting to slap the pair of them. 

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Book Review 📱

Rebound (Curvy Seduction Saga Book 1) by Aidy Award  

Description……..

She doesn’t want love, she wants a rebound…
He needs so much more from her. He needs everything. 

Angelina: I am so damn done with being the chubby doormat for my soon-to-be ex-fiancé. I changed myself for every man in my life. Except Gray – my bodyguard.
Too bad he’s totally not interested in getting his kink on with me. No, he’s made it perfectly clear he’s only here to protect me.
We’ll just see about that.
Protect me from this, buddy. I’m going out on the town to find myself a good old-fashioned ménage. 

Gray: For the love of all that is holy, I want Angel in my bed, tied up, blindfolded, begging me. I want her to be completely mine.
I can’t do that. Not yet. She isn’t ready for what I want from her.
I’ll break her.
Because I’m completely f*cking broken.
It might kill me to watch her be with any other man.
But, I won’t be her rebound.

My Review …… 

Angelina wants for nothing, a trust fund that will keep her happy for a long time, but she’s not really happy, dumped by her fiancée? Or did she dump him? (Both would say they dumped each other first!) she’s looking for fun, well, actually she’s looking at her bodyguard Gray, she’s always been in love with him, if only he’d see her as a woman, and not a body to guard…..

 So she looks at having a one night stand, sex, pure and simple. Being conned by her fiancé pissed her off, he sleeping with her best friend, that hurt. So she’s out on the town looking for a man, any man (because the one she really wants turned her down) 

Gray is her bodyguard, he’s been assigned to her for five long years. And now she’s free, he’s not happy that she wants to have sex with some random guy, but he knows she’s hurting, so he will protect her the best way he knows how, he will watch over her like he always has done, until she’s ready…. 

Angel has found her man, and in fact he comes as a package (he has a friend) and both are willing to share, and even let her “boyfriend” watch. 

Gray knows the only way to protect her is to watch over her, he’s hoping she will back out of this silly idea. 

She wants him, he wants her, but won’t do anything about it. It going on like this for most of the book. 

So he suggests she widen her sexual horizon’s, experiment after a failed relationship, but what he doesn’t bank on is her willingness to try EVERYTHING!! Threesomes, submission, domination, anal play and even hire three young studs to be her “harem”!!! He can’t tell her not to do it, he’s tried, but it’s messing with his mind, he needs to control her in some way….. 

This is a trilogy series. 

We explore the relationship between Gray and Angelina, we watch as she explores her sexuality, we hope that Gray finally takes control. We do see it mostly from Angelina’s point of view. 

So does he? And what will it mean for them? Angelina wants forever. Gray …… well I’m not to sure!!  

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Ash Bringer  (A Storm of Fire) by Courtney Leigh

Description….. 

The Draak, an ancient race of dragon shapeshifters, claim Earth after centuries of absence. To some, the Draak are like gods. To others, they’re invaders. To Everly Ghlass, they’re the ones that took everything from her. 

After her adopted father is convicted of killing a high ranking Draak, Everly enters a deadly competition to win his freedom. Her plans are shattered when the brother of the of the murdered Draak claims the keys to her fate. Draven Tempest is one of the oldest Draak, a man with a literal raging fire in him and plenty of pent up anger. Anger he plans to direct at Everly. Now she has a choice. She can fight until it destroys her or surrender to a dangerously alluring new life. 

At first, it’s a cruel, psychological game, but as time passes, the fearless Everly Ghlass begins to chip away at Draven’s hardened exterior to find something aggressive…and passionate.

As the two inch closer to a threshold that will leave them both changed forever, conspiracy and rebellion threaten the balance of the world. With war on the horizon, Everly and Draven must discover where they stand or be torn apart in a storm of fire.

My Review….. 

Now that was good. The first book in a new series, always a hard one, if it’s not strong enough, then people won’t be interested in reading anymore. It’s written by the characters points of view (not a big fan, but today it works) 

Everly needs to win the Red Race, it’s the only way to free the only person other than her parents (who are dead) she’s ever loved. He’s been like a father to her, so him being wrongly imprisoned doesn’t sit with Everly at all, she can’t break him out, but if she wins the race through the maze, she can have anything she wants, and Everly knows exactly what she wants!!! 

Draven knows that his kind don’t belong here, (but they did once, a long time ago) but the humans weren’t strong to hold onto this place, so it’s now belongs to the Draak, and so does everything on Earth. To Draven human women are vessels to use, and anyone not loyal to his race, are vermin to be exterminated!!! 

That was a hard book to read, it was amazing stuff, but the animosity that Draven had for humanity was sometimes overwhelming to read, his disregard for human life, and they were all either pets or pests, and so took it out on Everly!! I have to admit I didn’t think he’d ever get past the revenge he wanted for the death of his brother, but like most arrogant alpha males, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.. And fall he did, the brand he placed upon Everly was meant as a punishment, however, it backfired. He felt her emotions, dreamed her dreams and got an insight into his infuriating “pet.”

Everly held her own through most of the book, entering a race to the death for her adoptive father. Winning the race, only to be told her one wish wasn’t to be granted, instead she was to be “branded” and used like cattle (her thoughts) she was prepared for physical torture, to be “used and abused” she certainly didn’t go down without a fight, she fought him physically, and mentally. She didn’t want to understand him, but living under his roof, Everly saw a different side to him, and the Draak in general, they weren’t all killers, they are nurturers, they love their family and the human women who bear their offspring. 

The hierarchy of the Draak takes a little getting use to, Draven although the strongest, isn’t the leader, that title belongs to a brother, he’s a fighter not a diplomat. 

And both have decisions to make, there is a war coming, the rebel humans are fighting back. 

So will Everly be able to get past her loathing of the Draak? Can she forgive her “captor and master” for killing her father? Can Draven look past his loathing of the human race? 

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Book Review

Fury Unleashed (Forgotten Brotherhood series) book 1 by N.J Walters


Description……

Maccus Fury, a fallen angel, is trying hard to keep his sanity. Seems being an
assassin might be catching up with him. Now, Heaven, or Hell, has sent a beautiful
assassin to kill him. Lovely. She’s pretending to seduce him, and he’s okay with that. She’s smart and snarky—but she has no idea what she’s walked into. And he’s more than peeved that they only sent one person. They’re going to need an army if they want him dead.

Morrigan Quill is one of Hell’s bounty hunters. She sold her soul to keep her sister safe, and now she’s working off her contract by catching bad guys and dragging them back to hell. When Lucifer makes her a new offer––that’s definitely too good to be
true—she can’t say no. All she has to do is kill a powerful and crazy-hot fallen
angel, who will totally kick her ass in battle.

Good thing he won’t see what’s coming next.

My Review…..


Maccus has been on earth for a very long time. An assassin. A fallen angel (a friend betrayed him and he fell) but he’s become a very powerful fallen. Learning all manner of weaponry and skills. He survived his wings being taken from him when he fell from heaven, he learned to survive hell, and everything that was thrown at him, so he’s distrustful of others, yes he’s surly and never smiles, but I don’t think I’d be too sociable either. And someone wants him dead. Good luck with that, he’s not easy to kill…..


Morrigan gave up her life and soul to protect her baby sister. She’s now a bounty hunter for lucifer. She’s good at her job, no innocents, just bad humans and demons. She hates her job, it’s a lonely one, but what else can she do about it? She has twenty five years of servitude, she’s done ten, only another fifteen to go!!


OMG!!! Morrigan finds out the guy she’s been sent out to kill is “The Hunter” an elite killer, this is going to be impossible, she’s not going to be able to fill out the contract with Lucifer, her soul will be dammed, and she will be tortured for eternity!!


We follow Maccus and Morrigan through a series of twists and turns. Watch as Maccus struggles with his feelings for Morrigan, he can’t trust her, can he? She’s there to kill him, but he’s also got to kill her. It’s a whole lot of mess, but he can’t deny the sparks that fly between them. Morrigan on the other hand has accepted that Maccus will kill her eventually, so she’s going to enjoy her time with him whilst it lasts. But she can’t help hoping its not for a long time, she’s come to understand the warrior and somehow ease his troubles, if only for a little while. And she’s determined to see a smile on that gorgeous face.


There is something going on in the background? Why would lucifer and Gabriel want Morrigan and Maccus dead? They work for opposite sides, is there something going on that lucifer and Gabriel only know about?


The forgotten are a band of immortals that clubbed together to give each other information. They hardly ever meet up (being on your own for centuries can cause paranoia) Maccus and a vampire called Asher (there is a story there that I’m sure we will hear about eventually) started up the Band of Immortals.


I liked this book, very fast paced, lots of action (maybe just a little less of the sex scenes) very detailed. The streets of New York came alive with the details that the author wrote about. The characters were great, very likeable, there didn’t seem any fillers (people in the book that didn’t need to be there) Hoping we get another book soon. Hoping we get to meet the Band of Immortals.


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Book Review 📱

Sister’s of the Coven (Daughter’s of the Warlock) book 1 by Amelia Shaw 

Description….. 

Her Mother’s death unleashes her biggest secret….. the secret that could destroy them all. 

When Ava’s mother dies, the responsibility of her daughters safety falls to the eldest of the three. Heir to the Coven, she must locate the most powerful warlock in all the realms: her father.

Only problem is, he has no idea he has a daughter, and the Counsel of Warlock’s is not about to allow an illegitimate heir to inherit their power.

Now Ava must hide who she is…or risk the wrath of the most powerful warlocks in the Universe. But hiding the power inside her isn’t as easy as it sounds, and soon, she finds her life and the life of her sisters in danger.

My Review …… 
I’ve read a few of the authors previous books, and I’m opening it with much anticipation….. 
Ava being the eldest of three sisters isn’t impressed with her mother, although she’s dying, her mother is still a formidable figure. 
Getting told that she had to look after and protect her younger sisters has Ava annoyed. Why her? They are old enough, but there is something her mother is hiding….. 
When your whole world literally falls down around your ears, you would expect to feel fear, wouldn’t you? Ava did, but she also felt free, no longer under the harsh tongue of her mother. 
We follow Ava through a minefield…. finding out about her father was the easy part, finding out both herself and her sisters will be hunted and murdered by the council was hard, and why? Her father can only have one heir by his wife chosen by the council, see where this is going? 
This book is told in the main characters point of view. I got the impression when first reading the character of Ava, she was a bit of a brat!! But the further you get into the book, Ava shows us why she’s cold, her mother always pushed her, she got the talks, Courtney and Bella got the love. But we see Ava grow, she needs answers to her heritage so she has to be careful where she looks for answers. 
So does Ava get to meet her father? And who is Tavlor? And what is the connection that Ava feels with him? Can she trust him? 
It ends on a cliffhanger!! So I’m definitely wanting to read the next instalment. 
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Book Review

Hers to Tame (Nola Knights) book 2 by Rhenna Morgan


Description….


Book two of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spin-off series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan

As an avtoritet for the most powerful crime syndicate in New Orleans, Kir Vasilek doesn’t act without purpose, doesn’t speak without thought and never, ever loses his cool. The lives of his brothers, his family, depend on it. But then Cassie McClintock strolls back into his life, and staying cool is next to impossible. Cassie was the one who got away—and Kir is willing to break all his own rules to keep it from happening ever again.

It’s one thing to report on the Russian mafia; it’s quite another to sleep with one of them, especially one as dangerous, and as sinfully sexy, as Kir Vasilek. Even though the information he once provided helped make her career—and the memory of his touch still keeps her up at night—Cassie knows too much about his world to go down that path.

But when Kir reaches out for help after a rival family comes for one of his own, Cassie doesn’t want to say no, either to investigating a gruesome murder or to the heat that pulls her right back into his arms…and his heart. Taming Kir—and helping to save the family she’s come to call her own—is not the story she thought she’d write, but it’s the one she’s determined will get a happy ending.

Hers to Tame is the highly anticipated follow-up to His to Defend. And don’t miss Roman’s story in Mine to Keep, coming soon from Rhenna Morgan and Carina Press.

My Review……


I’ve not read the first book, but I don’t think you need to worry too much.


Kir use to be a bodyguard for the Bratva, now he runs a crew of his own, but he’s not the boss, that title belongs to his brother Sergei “His to defend” although not blood brothers, they guard each other’s backs and love each other like brothers. After watching Sergei fall for Evette, Kir longs for the same connection with a woman, but his past won’t allow that to happen (being sold into a Bratva as a young boy changed him) so Kir settles down to fact he will remain alone.


Cassie is a reporter but, she’s not really had a good story in a while. She needs a fresh story, but going back to a source she used before maybe difficult. But if she needs to stay at the top of her game, Cassie is going to have to swallow her pride and ask the one man she walked away from.


Almost from the moment they reconnect you can see that Kir wants Cassie on a permanent basis. Not just as help finding out who killed a member of his crew, but as a companion, maybe even more of a commitment!!! He makes plans to show her his world and his family.


Cassie really likes Kir, but she knows about his background and is very wary, but after meeting his “family”, she sees a different side to the Bratva and Kir. But there is her job to consider! Won’t people wonder how she got her stories? And will they assume they will favour Kir and his family?


But there is the murder to solve, and Cassie’s involvement may put her in the firing line! Is someone targeting her? Kir? Or the whole Bratva?


I liked this book, in fact I’m off to find the first book. The sex isn’t too over the top, and there is isn’t too much either😉The connection between Sergei and Kir got me wanting to find out more, and what made the boss man fall for Evette, and then there is Roman (another group leader) he’s as close to Sergei as Kir is (and rumour has it, that his book is next)


I’d recommend this book all day long. The plot flows really well. Characters are a delight to read about. And doing research on the author I found a series in which a lot of characters that we meet in this book are from (so this in theory is a spin off series) but you don’t need to read it, it just gives you more info on the characters. But I think that’s another series to be added to my never standing TBR list 😉

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Book Review 📱

The Anti Honeymoon by Bethany Michaels  

Description….. 

No groom? No Problem.

When her fiancé tries to turn their wedding into a publicity stunt, Jenna ditches the nuptials, and the groom she shouldn’t have been with in the first place and skips straight to the honeymoon. The getaway driver, her ex-fiancé’s former business partner, Zach, is the perfect guy to help reshape her romantic newlywed itinerary into an anti-couple, anti-romance, anti-honeymoon adventure for two.

They trade couples yoga for kickboxing lessons. Five-star dining on the beach for pizza and beer at a dive bar. Forget couples massage, Jenna’s getting that tattoo she’s always wanted, and dares Zach to get one, too. And those naughty boudoir pics she took in place of romantic sunset snaps? Those aren’t going in anyone’s wedding album. Not that Zach will forget them anytime soon.

As each item on Jenna’s anti-couples list is checked off, the anti-honeymoon with Zach feels more and more like the real thing, and she wishes the list was just a little bit longer…and even steamier.

My Review….. 

The anti-honeymoon by Bethany Michaels is a funny book….. 

Poor Jenna feels like the whole of her wedding is a publicity stunt, the dress is horrid, the shoes too tight, but when her fiancé puts her two favourite people in the world in a tiny corner, Jenna’s had enough. It doesn’t feel right and after talking to Aggie (one of the people she invited) Jenna has some serious thinking to do….. 

Zach doesn’t know why he’s come to this stupid wedding, he and Eliot haven’t been friends for a while, and when his ex-best friend walked away with the company they both worked on, that was the final nail in their friendship. Was Elliot trying to reach out with an olive branch? Or was it something else? 

But before he can pull away, the back door of the car opens and a pile of while lace falls in….. 

Zach helps Jenna to escape from the wedding. He then helps her get to the resort she’d booked for the honeymoon. 

Zach hits a snag, he’s beginning to really like Jenna, would it be inappropriate for him to hit on the ex-fiancée of his ex-best friend? 

Jenna and Zach seemed a much better fit than Jenna and her ex. 

The “to-do list” Jenna has compiled made me chuckle, from couple yoga to kick boxing. It’s all in the name, it’s the opposite of whatever she had written. 

I got the feeling that Jenna and Eliot were more of a parents wish for them to be together (they’d also known each other for years, until he’d asked Jenna to marry him) 

Jenna and Zach are totally different, both into each other, ready to have a laugh and complement each other. 

With both hoping that the anti-honeymoon will last for just a little longer….. 

But what happens when the Anti-honeymoon is over? Where will it leave them both?

And is Zach using Jenna for information on a failing company that he use to half own? 

I must admit it’s the first time I’ve heard of any of those things being done on honeymoon. But it did have me chuckling at odd moments. 

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Book Review

Alpha and Omega (Project Blue) Book 1 by Carol T. Luna

Description ……

Ao never believed in monsters—not after being branded one since childhood. Exiled, he lives with his adoptive guardian, Kaisei Aizawa, amidst verdant valleys surrounded by desolation. 

Humanity only had themselves to blame for the wretched landscape. Their war poisoned the seas. Their greed coveted the fertile and the green.  


Their ambition set it ablaze. 
One hundred years had passed since the war banished Talus to the skies. Doomed to chase the sun, the once proud nation survives as a floating city. But the fallen always hunger for more. 


When the Talarians descend to claim the earth as their own, Ao escapes capture—but nothing is without its price. The only man he ever saw as family, Kaisei, is imprisoned instead.  


Ao vows to rescue him, no matter the cost—even if it means taking a stand against the most powerful nation left on earth. He knows of the risks. He knows of the dangers. But never would he know that someday, somehow, he would finally believe in monsters.


My Review…..


After killing his sister, Ao was banished, he would have died if it hadn’t been for the Doc, he took him, and began to teach him trapping and showed Ao how to fight, how to put that restless energy into something else. They live a simple life, going to the outpost to trade. It’s Ao’s highlight, and he has managed to get a gift for his friend and guardian. Not quite sure how old Ao is, I’m thinking late teens maybe.


They are trading when it all goes horribly wrong for Ao. Talarians are seen in the distance, this land they live in isn’t to be invaded. But that’s not what happens, Ao goes to fight, and in the ensuing commotion, his beloved friend and guardian Kaisei is taken!!


Reading the back cover, I got the distinct impression that Ao was either disfigured or looked like a monster. So are we talking metaphorically? Because he killed his sister?He’s an outcast in his village, so maybe he sees himself a monster.


Ao needs to find and rescue Kaisei, if not for his friend, Ao would have been lost. He’s been like a father to him, but Ao has no idea where to go, so he follows the slave train in the hopes of seeing and maybe freeing Kaisei…..


Ao is captured by the Talarian’s, but he manages to escape. Still hoping to find Kaisei, Ao never gives up hope, and there are a lot of things he has to do in order to survive…..


Ao is found and cared for by a group of freedom fighters known as the Silver Legion. He joins them in his bid to find and rescue Kaisei. There are plenty of battles to keep the bloodthirsty happy. Monsters that hunt them as well as the Talarian guards. Ao gets himself into a few scrapes, and a few close moments to dying. But his will to survive is stronger than his will to give up, he knows Doc is alive, and would be searching for him if he could.


So does Ao find Kaisei? Will he be persuaded to join the Silver Legion? And what are the Talarian’s up to? And why do they only want the young people? A few questions that I’m hoping the next book will answer 😉


Wow, that was really good. A post apocalyptic world. The author had really captured it well. The fight scenes were pretty well graphic, but brief. The characters were really well thought out, and I could picture them really easily. Daru was one of my favourite’s the trader and friend, some of his witty comebacks had me chuckling. Gen a silver legion fighter, her dry sense of humour is a good companion for Ao as they search for his guardian. The scenes flow from one chapter to another (you get some that seem to jump around too much) I’m definitely ready to read book 2.

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Surprise me (A Dragon Loves Curves) by Aidy Award 

Description…… 

What happens when a Demon Dragon 
Warrior throws a Valentine’s Day surprise birthday party for his soulmate?
Glitter volcanos, a unicorn ice cream machine that poops rainbow sherbet, and an attack by the forces of evil.
Birthday parties are hell.

Jett doesn’t have any idea how old he or when he was born was thanks to Ereshkigal’s curse. He’s never even had a birthday, much less a party. Not a whole lot of celebrating in hell.
He couldn’t even imagine celebrating the passing of his years. He’d much rather mark the passing of time since he’d met Yvaine.
If anyone’s birthday should be celebrated it was that of his soulmate.
But Jett and the Dragon Warriors aren’t the only magical beings that want to show up to the party.
Nobody likes a forces-of-evil party crasher, especially when they’re trying to kidnap the birthday girl.

My Review….. 

This is a fun read. A short story about Kett and Yvaine. 

They are happily mated, and are setting about creating a new life for both themselves and their Demon Dragons (a new class of Dragon, these can control shadows) after lifting the Demon Dragon’s curse, they live to follow Jett. 
So Jett has to find a castle for his “family” and his mate!! No easy feat, it’s hard enough finding real estate as it, but throw in dragons adjusting to living above the ground, and keeping his mate safe from the Black Dragon and other evil forces wanting his mate, and you’ve got a headache in the making….. 

So when Yvaine asks Jett when his birthday is, they both want to celebrate (Yvaine wants to show her yummy dragon how much she cares, and Jett wants to celebrate hers) but there’s a problem, neither know the date they were born. So they both decide to surprise one another with a surprise party. 

We have a laugh when Jett takes a group of his dragons to a shop that sells party stuff. We also catch up with old couples. 

And the surprise…. we’ll your going up have to read it yourself and find that one out 😉 

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Worth the Wait by Traci Douglas  

Description…….

Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t
exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a
commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to
Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her
career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her
hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.

The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a
sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as
she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they
fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending
time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.

Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans...

My Review…..
Mandy needs help, her acting career isn’t where it should be (well in her opinion), so when she gets the news she’s to inherit half a house, it’s the answer to her prayers, fix it up… sell it on…. easy…. well it would be if it wasn’t for her brother, well stepbrother, well in fact not even that now their parents are divorced, he won’t help her.
Alex wants this house, he has plans, and they don’t include Mandy. He wants to use the house as a showpiece, to show potential customers what he can do. Being an ex-investigator for the IRS paid the bills, but after being shot, Alex now suffers with anxiety and PTSD. So working on the house, he’s hoping will help him.
Neither can afford to buy one another out, so they agree to work together, fix the house, then Alex can buy her out. Then Mandy will be back on the road to stardom.
The story trots along, with both Mandy and Alex fighting and repairing the house, they also take sneaky peeks at one another.
Mandy thinks she’s nothing like her mother, she was into being with “the one” the relationships never lasted. So subconsciously she’s always on the move, and never getting involved in any long term relationships. The love affair between her mother and Alex’s father lasted only for a year, but long enough for Mandy to have an enormous crush.
Have to admit love affairs between siblings isn’t on my reading list. I know it’s only step-siblings, (but I have stepdaughters, and I just couldn’t see my son and his stepsister ever being a couple) but that’s my opinion. But saying that, it’s a nice story. Plenty of loose ends that could have been sorted. And plenty of questions that went unanswered. A little frustrating at times.
So will Mandy move on, once the house is ready? Will Alex be able to see past his failings? Can he forgive Mandy for caring, and wanting the best for him? And can they be more than step-siblings?


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Defy Me (Dragons Love Curves) Book 6 Aidy Award

Description…… 

Jett….. 
I know full well I don’t get to even feel love, much less fall in it.
No soul, no soulmate. Ever.
I don’t have room for stolen kisses and fantasies of of making her mine. I’ve got to break the curse on my brethren and take down the King of Hell.
So why is the dragon part of me insisting on marking and claiming this strange and beautiful woman who just walked into my life (and drank my beer)?

Yvaine…..
My life is a wreck. Really weird stuff is happening, like how I accidentally keep turning this hot guy into a dragon and how I really, really wants to kiss him. Again.
What am I thinking? Dark and broody bad boys with those kind of six-pack abs only want one thing, and they don’t want it from me ang my big ole butt.
But we’re stuck together until we can figure out how to break some crazy supernatural curse. How can any of this even be real?

My Review……

That was such a good read. We’ve read about Jett almost from the beginning of this series. He played both sides, being both evil and good. Didn’t like him at first, until we get to know him. 
He needed to free his brethren, they all serve the Black Dragon, albeit unwillingly. But Jett wants out for himself and his brothers. 

Yvaine is a pickpocket, only taking from those to can afford it. But she needs to get to 

It’s instant attraction for both of them, Jett doesn’t believe in mates (well not for him and his demon dragons) they don’t have a soul, so how can they have a mate?! And these warm fuzzy feelings he has to protect and care for Yvaine there are just nuts, he has to got time to care about her, his brethren should come first…. shouldn’t they? 

We catch up with Jett in a pub, he’s meeting someone to break the demon dragons curse, what he gets a whole lot more. 
We get more story about the origin of Jett, and the demon dragons (who in previous books really aren’t very nice) over time they are growing on you, we find out, that they are cursed, so don’t really have a choice in what they do. 

Loved how we keep what Yvaine is a secret until the last few chapters. Catching up with previous characters from other books is always fun (except for Maych the leader of the Red Dragons, he needs his mate) 

So does Jett get his happy ending? Will Yvaine find out who she is? Will Jett find out what she is? And will they both be able to break the demon dragon curse? 

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Sir Loin of Beef (Grade A Beefcakes series) by Vanessa Vale. 

When cowboy Duke meets small-town librarian Kaitlyn, he knows he has to claim her. But Duke shares everything with his best friend, Jed — and soon, Kaitlyn will be in for the ride of her life… A red-hot ménage romance from a USA Todaybestselling author!

Description…

They might call me Sir Loin of Beef, but when I see Kaitlyn for the first time, stick a fork in me, I’m done.

But I won’t claim her alone. Jed Cassidy and I share everything, and that includes her. If the sweet little librarian isn’t ready to be wrangled by two rodeo champs, we’ll just have to break her in nice and slow. She’s ours. We will win her over—body and soul—and when we do? Well, let’s just say we’ll give her a hard ride…and it’ll last a hell of a lot longer than eight seconds.

Kaitlyn Leary takes one look at the sexy cowboys and can’t remember the last time she was so eager for a double helping of… big beef. But giving in to desire might ruin everything. Because the truth is that this small town librarian isn’t all she seems. Landon Duke and Jed might be talking about a future of picket fences and making babies, but the past could destroy it all. Still…two cowboys?

Who could resist?

Remember: With a Vanessa Vale book, one cowboy is never enough. In this smokin’ hot series, each heroine gets an extra helping (or two) of Grade-A Beefcake.

Books in the series …… 

Book 1 Sir Loin of Beef 

Book 2 T-Bone 

Book 3 Tri-Tip 

Book 4 Porterhouse 

Book 5 Skirt Steak 

My Review….. 
Kaitlyn has been away, but now she’s back in her hometown, after living with her beloved aunt, she’s ready to face her demons. And the people who live here, and just maybe find love…… 
Out with her best friend, they go to a bar which is holding a stripper event, not usually Kaitlyn’s thing, but she needs a little fun in her life. The family house is in ruins, and she needs to do two jobs just to make ends meet and to complete the maintenance on the house. 
Landon Duke or “Duke” to his friends is bored, bored of the same thing, after being a rodeo star “Sir Loin of Beef” for many years, he’s had his fill of women thrown off themselves at him, he wants what his parents have, he wants “the one”, but he won’t be on his own, his childhood friend and rodeo partner will be in on the action too. 
Jed works in his bar, he likes the job, keeps him busy after years on the rodeo circuit. Usually he takes up the offers the ladies throw at him, but tonight he feels different.
They meet, they have fun in Jed’s office, then Kaitlyn is pulling away and running for home!!! 
What Jed and Duke don’t realise and Kaitlyn does is the fact her drunken father almost killed Duke’s parents. Ashamed of what she did, Kaitlyn vows never to see the cowboys again!!! 
Oh and don’t forget her stalker!! After two failed dates, he just won’t take no for an answer!!! 
So will they all get a happy ending? Will the Duke family be able to look past her family history and move on? Will Kaitlyn be able to forgive herself? 
That was a cringeworthy read. It did read like a porn movie at one point, and that did make me laugh. 
But it was a fun filled couple of hours. And if you read it for what it’s meant to be you’ll be laughing too. 
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CIRCLE OF THE PACK (The Quytel Series) Book Three by JANE S. MORRISSEY

“The Quytel are a rare and ancient race. They are born as humans with a specific genetic marker and psychic abilities giving them the potential to become Quytel. It is a rare condition that occurs only a handful of times in each century, and few can survive the initiation process. To become Quytel means joining one of the seven Quytel Circles made up of three Judges, three Seekers, seven Warriors and one Commander. Circles are bound to a geographic territory they must protect and serve. Through near immortality, powerful psychic abilities, and a bond that ties them together, this ancient order has been charged with maintaining the balance of paranormal power on earth.”

Description…….

The mysterious and elusive Maliha Courtland has ensnared Ash Montgomery and he’s not happy about it. When she disappears, he is the only one who can track her. What he finds will change his life forever. 

Not long after her recovery from a brutal demon attack, Maliha finds herself a prisoner. As she fights for her sanity, she uncovers a part of herself she never could have imagined. Ash may be the one person who can keep her safe, but what will he have to sacrifice in the process?

My Review….. 

Oh Wow!! That was a Really good read. So much going on. I personally would have liked to have read the first two books, as I felt a few things were running in the background of this book. 
Maliha is a wolf shifter, she’s also connected to the earth like her twin brother Cole. 
It looks like in previous books Mali had been attacked and she’s recuperating, but she’s not a good patient, she needs space from both the facility and Ash!! They’ve always been friends, and recently they had been flirting on and off, but since the attack (Mali was in a fight and got hurt pretty bad by a demon) Ash has backed off, no flirty, just another overbearing male!! 
Ash has fallen for Mali, her spirit draws him in, her kindness to others and her determination not to be beaten down. Ash has cultivated the playboy act for so long now, even he believes it, so he can’t see how he can assure Mali that he wants her for as long as she’s alive (being a warrior for the Quytel, brings a longevity to his life, he’s seen his family line die out) 
The two of them have history (so I think books one and two might have a little more of their story) the flirting back and forth, Ash convinced that she’s the one for him, Mali wanting more from Ash than just talk. And when Mali is captured, Ash is driven to find her. He’s realised he can’t do without her, they will be together, he just has to find her…. 
There are many layers to the Quytel (it had me confused until I’d gotten it straight in my head) so …… 
At the top we have Jonas, he’s the commander, he’s linked psychically to all the levels in his group, then there are the three judges, three seekers, those are followed by seven warriors. 
And then we get to the vessels , there are only ever fourteen active Vessels (one dies, one takes its place) they exist on earth and each are of vital importance. They are also more powerful than an entire Quytel Circle, their destructive and healing power unequalled. To bond with a vessel can increase lifespan and boost your own gifts. 
There are also seven other commanders, they are all around the world. 
And the bad guys are just as complicated!! I needed a pen and paper to keep notes. We have werewolves, demons, mages and The Order of Sennestia Cruterra. 
The Order is Sennestia Cruterra is the Quytel’s main rival for control of power on Earth. Members are powerful mages, they can also control the elements of Water, Earth, Fire and wind. 
They are formidable opponents, devious and deadly!! 
The characters are all great, we were introduced to just a select few, but heard about many more. Jonas is the commander of the group, Mack is his second in command. (Now there is a back story worth investigating) Dahlia is a vessel, she’s looked after by Firhan, but I suspect there is more to that story also. 
The descriptions in this book have you imagining the world they live in really easily. The story flows really well. 
And I can’t wait to read the next instalment. I’m tempted to go back and read the first two books. 
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The boy who came back a wolf (Space Shifters Chronicles) by Kara Lockharte.
Description…… 

He wasn’t what she wanted.
He wasn’t right for her.
She was wrong—so wrong. 

When Lauryn Daring rejected skinny Xavier Stone’s advances in high school to build an empire in the big city, she had no idea the mistake she was making. But after years apart, the man that walks back into her life is far from the geek she once knew. Xavier changed—in all the right ways. After being stationed on a dangerous planet of werewolves for nearly ten years, the tall, rugged, ferocious, and undeniably sexy soldier is back for what he’s wanted all along: Lauryn.

And this time, Lauryn won’t be able to resist.

READER NOTE: This is one SEXY HOT SHORT STORY featuring an alpha wolf coming home to claim the woman he could never forget. 

Space Shifters Chronicles Series.

Wanted by the Werewolf Prince 
Taken by the TigerLord
The boy who came back a wolf
My Review……. 
Lauryn hadn’t seen Xavier in years, not since he pulled out on a military transport to Alzar-4 after graduation. 
They had been the best of friends, inseparable, until he kissed her!! 
And now after years of not seeing him, Xavier is back in touch. 
What’s a girl to do? Can she forgive him? And why is he in touch now? 
Xavier has always loved Lauryn. And now he’s back to claim her. He makes it pretty clear he wants her. And when they meet up he only wants to talk and let his intentions be known. But his animal side wants more. So he takes her, and there is no mistake that she’s now his. 
A short but intense story. 
Lauryn never wanted to mess up their friendship, but she could see that loving Xavier wouldn’t get her where she wanted to be, and they was rich and powerful, she never wanted to be hungry or weak again, as a child she had plenty of that. But meeting up with Xavier made her realise that she could have gotten what she wanted, and he would still have loved her. 
It could have been made into a longer story, it had plenty of content. And in parts it felt a little rushed. But it was a fun read for a Sunday afternoon. 
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Book Review

Devil at the Gates by Lauren Smith


Description…..


A duke with a dark past rescues a the daughter of a fencing master. What begins as a battle of wills becomes a battle of heart as Christmas works its magic.

My Review ….


This book originally started out in a box set. But the author has now released it on its own.

A short story set in the late 1700’s.


The Duke of Frostmore, also known as the Dark Duke, or the Devil of Dover. Redmond “Red” Barrington wasn’t always like the title he was now known as. He’d been a better man, but after finding his new wife in bed with his brother, Redmond had stepped off the cliff and into hell. His heart black and cold, vowing never to love again…..


Harriet needed to escape, her stepfather had plans for her, and they weren’t very nice ones. Escaping without her beloved mother was hard, but she was dying and Harriet couldn’t risk her. So with the aid of the housekeeper and her coachman she makes a bid for freedom…..


Harriet goes to the Dark Duke’s home to ask for his aid, her carriage has over overturned and the driver is badly injured. it’s not a good idea, in fact it’s a dangerous idea, but what choice has Harriet got? She won’t go home, not whilst that man is there. She needs the Dark Duke’s help.


An agreement is made, she will stay until she is well, and her coachman’s leg has mended. Then he will help her reconnect with her mother’s family.


Yes it has the predictable ending, and the journey getting there was a little rough. Red didn’t want anyone in his home or heart, but Harriet managed both. She stirs feelings in him that he thought were long dead. But he won’t love again, that hurt the last time he did it.

Once Harriet got to know Red a little better, saw past the bluster and anger, saw the man still hurting after seven lonely years. But she won’t trust him, he may give her back to her stepfather, or worse, take her himself. She must remain on guard at all times.


It’s a nice little read. I know it was intended as a Christmas read, but I didn’t get it then 😉but it’s nice my written, and can be read in a few hours.


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Once in a Blue Moon (A Belles of St. Clair Novel) book 2 by Amanda Ashby

Description……..
Florist Laney George has a successful business, amazing friends and big, big dreams––oh, and a broken heart. But she’s working through that last one. Then the man she hoped to never see again shows up––and Laney’s carefully ordered plans are experiencing technical difficulties. 

Celebrated Author Adam Fitzpatrick planned to be in St. Clair for no more than a day. Sign the books, and get out. Same story, different day. What he didn’t count on was Laney George, who happens to be the star of his somewhat fictional tale. She broke his heart years ago, and he’d gone a bit mad. Okay, maybe a lot mad––and he put everything in his book, never imagining it would be a world-wide best seller. 

Now that he’s seen her again, he wants answers. But it isn’t just her that draws him in. It’s the town, something is happening and for the first time in years…he can write again. If only he could convince the woman who hates him most to start a new chapter in their story.

My Review…….
Laney runs a flower shop in a small town, she loves the job and where she lives. But when Laney has an itch, she just has to scratch it, that leads her to all sorts of predicaments… adopting a dog, marrying a man after one date, and buying property to boost her flower sales. 
She’s also a widow, almost five years now, and she still misses him. 

Adam is a famous author, but he never forgot St. Clair or a certain someone in that little town. She broke his heart and he wrote about it…..

When Adam is seen in town, Laney panics, will the town put the clues together and find out she was the one who stalked? Except it wasn’t really her stalking him, everything he wrote about her was lies, (well some of the milder things were her, but only fun and silly things) it was his way of venting, she’d broken his heart and he’d been angry. She hadn’t let him explain himself. 
But that hasn’t stop Laney from worrying about the community putting all the clues together and working out that Laney was the infamous “Nina”. And I got the impression she was upset that he had twisted what they had into a story. But again I feel we were missing pieces but that they will be added along the way. 

The characters were nicely written. I had to laugh at Adam, realising he could write whilst being around Laney, but battling his anger and then guilt regarding Laney. Could he convince her to give him another chance? 
Laney was a hoot, she usually acts on itches she gets, but with Adam, she was determined not to. Her quirky manner was fun (weaving flowers through her dogs collar and painting it’s “nails”) regarding Adam with scepticism, if he wrote about them the first time, what’s your stop him from doing it again? 

This is book two in the series.  I’ve read the first book, but I don’t think it makes to much of a difference if read out of order. 

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The kiss list by Sonya Weiss 

Description….. 

All Haley Bowman has ever wanted was her One True Love. But now, with her cousin getting married and Haley back in her small town, the pressure is on. Good thing she’s got a foolproof Kiss List, full of potential OTLs. Her parents knew they were soul mates at their first kiss, so surely Haley will know the same. All she needs to do is…well, kiss each of these guys…

Enter Max Gallagher: bane of Haley’s existence, her nemesis since childhood, and, unfortunately, as a local, her way in with all the guys on the Kiss List. Max wants nothing to do with love and certainly nothing to do with Haley, but he can clear the way for her to get to know the guys on the list. Of course, he wants something in return…. to be made a partner in Haley’s family’s business. One kiss for relinquishing her hold-out vote on Max.

But the more time Max and Haley spend together, the clearer it is that there’s a paper-thin line between love and hate. Max will have to decide between the job he’s always dreamed of or the girl of his dreams before his fate is sealed with someone else’s kiss.

My Review…… 
Max and Haley have been enemies for as long as people can remember. He lived to irritate her, she just wanted to graduate and move away. She always intended to come home, settle down and have a family. 
Haley’s come home, but not to start a family, she’s hiding. After being dumped and it being filmed, this went from bad to worse. Going viral only made it worse, gossips made it twice as bed, and Haley is in hiding. 
Max needs to get away from his family, after watching his brother and girlfriend leave town together, he has to watch them come back and join the family business. He’s extremely bitter, and wants nothing to do with it all. 
Working at the Bowman’s family business is the way out he needs, he can work there full time and maybe become a partner. 
The enemy to friends has never been a favourite genre of mine. 
But the laughs along the way in this book smooths the way. 
Max and Haley both vehemently deny any attraction between them, and in fact if Haley helps him smooth his way into a partnership with her dad, then Max is happy to help Haley find a date for her cousins wedding. 
But the more time they spend in each other’s company, the more they see that person in a different light. 
But when his brother and ex-girlfriend turn up and she’s pregnant, it brings it all back crashing down around his head. He pushes everyone away, including Haley. Can Haley convince Max that she won’t break his heart? 
A few surprises that kept me reading, and the inevitable kiss and turn around….. From enemies to friends to more. 
It’s a fun read. 
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Emerald: A Dark Mafia Romance (Colours of Crime Book 5) by Sophie Lark

Description…. 

She tried to kill me…


She crept into my room with a syringe full of poison.

Now she’s my prisoner.

She refuses to tell me who sent her or why.

But I’ll get every last secret out of her. Through pleasure or through punishment. 

I captured her and now she belongs to me…

“Emerald” is a dark and dominating mafia romance, Book 5 in the Colors of Crime series. It’s a stand-alone novel, full of intrigue, danger, and sexy bedroom scenes. Contains spanking, so if such material offends you, do not read.


My Review…… 
Not read any of the previous books, but that doesn’t matter in the least. 
Sloane or “The Angel of Death” as she is known Is an assassin, a killer for hire, and she’s good at her job, methodical and clean, her daddy taught her plenty of lessons and not all of them were easy, but they were valuable. Five long years and now she’s at the top of her game, this should have been an easy job ….. 
Ivan is a Bratva Boss, ruthless and cold. No time for a life, the Bratva is his life, and he can’t see that changing. His only other love is his brother, there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his younger brother. 
A business deal has gone wrong, and now he has to tie up loose ends, why can’t people just doing there jobs?! 
Now, I’m not a big mafia reader, to romanticise criminal bosses in my book is a big no no, but I’d give it the benefit of the doubt. (Violent in places, I had to skip a few parts) 
The plot is a good one, Sloane is hired to kill someone (at first I thought it was Ivan, that is later) she does that easy, but spots an opportunity to make more money (a flash drive) this is then when it gets interesting. Ivan is also fighting a hostile takeover (a rival gang has moved into his territory, and has taken something from him) he has to show force, and can’t have his attention divided at the moment. 
It’s very well thought out and written, it’s making me want to read the previous books. Very descriptive, and a fast paced book. Written in the hero/heroine’s point of view. We have a sort of romance book, but I didn’t really get that vibe, there was lust and attraction, but not a real connection between Ivan and Sloane. 
So….. will Ivan let Sloane go after he finds out why she’s there to kill him? Will Sloane want to be freed? And what type of torture will he use?😉
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The Stone Warriors: Dragan by D. B. Reynolds

Description…… 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until….

 “Dragan Fiachna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face…. you shall remain locked in stone until a maiden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and safety in your nightmare.”

Dragan Fiachna, born to a life of loneliness, cast into stone by a sorcerer’s curse and imprisoned forever in darkness. He is freed at last, only to discover his enemy still lives and is plotting the death of millions in his quest to rule this new world.

Maeve Collins, brilliant, courageous, and compassionate enough to believe a stone statue can have a soul. Shocked when her beautiful winged man breaks free, horrified at the torment he’s endured, she dedicates herself to reuniting him with the warriors he calls family.

But she never planned on falling in love.

Racing across half the country in search of the only man who can stop their foe from fulfilling his merciless scheme, Dragan and Maeve discover they’ve unwittingly stolen the one artifact that can defeat their enemy. And he wants it back. Pursued by assassins, they fight their way to Dragan’s brothers, only to discover the war for this world has already begun…. 

My Review…… 
Dragan, reading these back cover I assumed he was a beast in manners and looks, but far from it, he saw himself as a beast, his parents gave him away to be a protector, a warrior. The people who looked after him as a child, did just that, there was duty only, no love. And even as a man, he knew only duty, women would want only his body, a s nothing else….. 
Maeve is a total computer geek, online haves and programming is her way of life, the solitary life suits her. And the house she lives in, well that’s big enough to get lost in. Her favourite room, well that’s the one with her big stone warrior in it, a huge wingspan she sits under when she talks to him….. 
As always the curse is broken by a woman, and a specific curse at that……  “Dragan Fiachna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face…. you shall remain locked in stone until a maiden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and safety in your nightmare.”
She spoke to him about anything and everything, until one day the stone cracks, and Dragan is free…. 
She’s a little wary at first, not believing he’s the statue in the room she often sat, she shared her thoughts and dreams with.
We have all the stone warriors freed now, and like the previous books, Maeve and Dragan make their way to Nick (or Nico) Dragan is unaware if his warrior brothers are alive, but hopes they are. 
We have battles along the way, we have a few mysteries that may result in a few more books😉 and we have the evil
Sorcerer alive and wanting revenge. You see not only did Maeve free the warrior (he had him locked in that room, making sure Nicodemus would never find him) but she stole a valuable tool that could defeat the sorcerer. And he definitely wants that back. 
I have to admit, I was expecting a beauty and the beast story, (that will teach me for taking the back cover too literal!) a huge statue with wings (thinking gargoyle) 
The descriptions of the battles were awesome, I think the author might have watched or played a few online games to get a few pointers 😉
And now we have a sneak preview of the next story (which I’m hoping we get) Nicodemus and the mysterious Antonia 😲
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The Stone Warriors: Gabriel by D. B. Reynolds.

Description….. 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until. . . .

Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood.

Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.

Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both.

Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years.

Now, this one I really liked. A more complex book, it really had me hooked…..
“URBAN GABRIEL HALLDOR, a berserker on the battlefield, a monster who drinks his enemy’s blood and wears his flesh like the finest cloth . . . you shall remain locked in stone until a woman’s tears shall soak into your skin, and her pleas for safety reach you in the chaos of battle.” That was Gabriel’s curse.
A beserker old, loving the battle and the cries of his fallen enemies. He lived to serve Nicodemus and to battle along side his three brothers (Damian, Kato and Dragan) but there was something beside the berserker, long ago, Gabriel had been turned into a vampire, with the help of Nico, he kept it on lockdown, his brothers never knowing of his anger and shame. 
Hana has always known of Gabriel, the beautiful statue in the garden, she’s often sit at his feet and feel safe. And she’d know that one day he’d save her. Hana is a rare breed, she can amplify power, so she’s a power source that many would kill to obtain. Trained as a warrior by her grandfather, Hana has always known and been aware of magic. And when her home is attacked, she knows exactly where to go….. 
The pair set off to find the only person her grandfather trusted, but by the time they get to Raphael’s home, Gabriel isn’t in great shape. 
Raphael is a master vampire (or Lord in this series) and he has his story in several other books (Vampires in America) when meeting him for the first time, Hana was extremely wary of him, Raphael has power, it emanates from his very pores. 
Giving sanctuary to both Gabriel and Hana, it allows them to catch their breath and rest. 
Is Sotiris the sorcerer still causing havoc? (Hmmmm can’t tell you) 
And where does Nicodemus fit into the scheme of things? The hatred between Raphael and Nico is volatile to say the least, (I’m going to have to go and read the previous series now!!) 
We catch up with previous characters from previous books, the interaction is very comical, the love for one another is very evident. 
So we have a feud that has carried on for a millennia, a stone warrior with a side order of vampire! A woman whose a conduit and can magnify a witch/sorcerers powers. And chemistry that just burns the pages 😉
Can’t wait to read Dragan (next book) and maybe Nicodemus can find a feisty female to keep him in line. 
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Book Review

Hidden currents (The Drake Sisters Series) book 7 by Christine Feehan 

Description….. 

From afar, Sheriff Jackson Deveau has always loved Elle Drake, the youngest telepath of seven magically gifted sisters. After a long time away she’s finally returning home to the small coastal village of Sea Haven. But someone has been following Elle, someone who doesn’t want her to make it back. And when Elle fails to arrive, her disappearance strikes fear in the hearts of everyone who loves her.

Now it’s left to Jackson to uncover the mystery of Elle’s vanishing, and rescue her from an unseen danger. But Sea Haven is no longer safe for anyone, and it’ll take the powers of all the Drake sisters and their men to survive the coming storm.

My Review….. 
Elle is the youngest Drake sister, she carries all the gifts that her sisters have, and the responsibility of carrying on the legacy. (Seventh daughter will have seven daughters to carry on the tradition) 
Jackson ex army ranger, DEA agent abs now sheriff in Sea Haven (long time friend of Jonas) has known Elle would be his, they connected when he was held and tortured. But he wasn’t ready, and to find out they would have to have seven daughters!! Well that’s enough to blow anyone’s mind!! But as she won’t give up her job either (she’s an undercover agent) it’s so frustrating to watch her and not be able to protect her. 
Elle has been kidnapped, no one knows where she is, and it’s driving Jackson insane. He knows she’s in trouble (their connection tells him so) he won’t stop until she’s back home, and in his arms. 
When Elle is finally rescued she’s different. She’s scared and has been conditioned!! It’s going to take time and a gentle hand. Elle now can’t stand to be touched (being beaten and abused will do that to a person.) 
Jackson wants to tear the world apart, but Elle just wants to be normal again. And she also knows the man who took her, will come for her!! But her abilities were damaged when she was kidnapped, so Elle thinks she’ll be kidnapped again!
This was a hard book to read. To read about abuse is hard, the author pulled no punches. I loved this series, and a little disappointed with the ending, but still a good read. And I’m glad we get a spin off series. 
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The Stone Warriors: Kato by D. B. Reynolds

Description…… 
It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Kato Amadi . . . born of darkest sorcery, unstoppable on the battlefield, his magic is as deadly as his blade. But not even magic could save him from vicious betrayal. Trapped for millennia in darkness and silence, he is freed at last, only to find himself in the middle of a battle against the very beasts of hell he was created to destroy. 

Grace Van Allen is a scholar of ancient languages who toils in the dim recesses of a museum basement with only a beautiful stone warrior to keep her company. But when Grace calls upon her silent warrior to help her translate an obscure new language, she breaks the ancient curse holding him prisoner . . . and frees three deadly demons to rampage through her city.

Tracking demons is what Kato was born to do, but he’ll need Grace’s help. And when they discover that Kato’s enemy is still alive and still plotting against him, their hunt takes a dangerous turn, one that might just prove fatal for both of them . . .

My Review…… 
Grace loves her job, translating ancient texts. Reading about life many years ago. Her only companion a beautiful statue. 
Then one night she whispers to her stone companion that she needs help….. 
Kato needs to help the beauty who summoned him. He’s watched her for years now, talking to him, and gazing up at him. The words the evil sorcerer Sotiris threw at him “ Kato Amadi, son of the Dark Witch, who for all his deadly skills on the field of battle, could neither read nor write the language of men . . . you shall remain locked in stone until a scholar of the written word shall plead for your help in understanding the wisdom of the ancients.“ came back to haunt him, was she the scholar he was suppose to help? And why now? But he knew why, the scroll she was trying to decipher was more dangerous than she was aware of. 
Grace is in shock, one minute she’s finishing writing out the scroll, next, a thing appears from nowhere and is about to attack her. But a warrior saves her…… 
We then go on a ride, both Kato and Grace need to work together. 
Kato has always been use to being just a vessel, not a man, nothing. So at first he finds it hard to connect with Grace, he finds her compelling, but so use to being berated, that he finds it hard to accept her way of speaking. He’s a Dark Witch’s son, but that didn’t mean he was cherished, he was used to fill his mother back up once she depleted her magic.
Grace adjusts pretty quick to the work Kato has dragged her into. She tries not to show pity to Kato (that will get him to shut down pretty quick) 
And then there is the attraction that is simmering between them. But Kato knows it would only be brief, he has to know what happened to his brothers. 
It’s a fast action book, lots of chasing, lots of twists and turns. A murder at the beginning of the book made no sense at first. 
We also catch up with previous characters from the last book. 
And then there his Kato’s mother!!! Do we meet up with her? Is there an epic magical battle? Well to find that out, you’ll have to read the book. 
I liked this one better than the last. (Damian) 
The characters seemed to flow better, and there seemed to be more story. And I do love a wounded soul, and Kato is pretty much a wounded soul. 
So if you like your magic and muscle, then this books is for you 😉
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The Stone Warriors: Kato by D. B. Reynolds

Description…… 
It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Kato Amadi . . . born of darkest sorcery, unstoppable on the battlefield, his magic is as deadly as his blade. But not even magic could save him from vicious betrayal. Trapped for millennia in darkness and silence, he is freed at last, only to find himself in the middle of a battle against the very beasts of hell he was created to destroy. 

Grace Van Allen is a scholar of ancient languages who toils in the dim recesses of a museum basement with only a beautiful stone warrior to keep her company. But when Grace calls upon her silent warrior to help her translate an obscure new language, she breaks the ancient curse holding him prisoner . . . and frees three deadly demons to rampage through her city.

Tracking demons is what Kato was born to do, but he’ll need Grace’s help. And when they discover that Kato’s enemy is still alive and still plotting against him, their hunt takes a dangerous turn, one that might just prove fatal for both of them . . .

My Review…… 
Grace loves her job, translating ancient texts. Reading about life many years ago. Her only companion a beautiful statue. 
Then one night she whispers to her stone companion that she needs help….. 
Kato needs to help the beauty who summoned him. He’s watched her for years now, talking to him, and gazing up at him. The words the evil sorcerer Sotiris threw at him “ Kato Amadi, son of the Dark Witch, who for all his deadly skills on the field of battle, could neither read nor write the language of men . . . you shall remain locked in stone until a scholar of the written word shall plead for your help in understanding the wisdom of the ancients.“ came back to haunt him, was she the scholar he was suppose to help? And why now? But he knew why, the scroll she was trying to decipher was more dangerous than she was aware of. 
Grace is in shock, one minute she’s finishing writing out the scroll, next, a thing appears from nowhere and is about to attack her. But a warrior saves her…… 
We then go on a ride, both Kato and Grace need to work together. 
Kato has always been use to being just a vessel, not a man, nothing. So at first he finds it hard to connect with Grace, he finds her compelling, but so use to being berated, that he finds it hard to accept her way of speaking. He’s a Dark Witch’s son, but that didn’t mean he was cherished, he was used to fill his mother back up once she depleted her magic.
Grace adjusts pretty quick to the work Kato has dragged her into. She tries not to show pity to Kato (that will get him to shut down pretty quick) 
And then there is the attraction that is simmering between them. But Kato knows it would only be brief, he has to know what happened to his brothers. 
It’s a fast action book, lots of chasing, lots of twists and turns. A murder at the beginning of the book made no sense at first. 
We also catch up with previous characters from the last book. 
And then there his Kato’s mother!!! Do we meet up with her? Is there an epic magical battle? Well to find that out, you’ll have to read the book. 
I liked this one better than the last. (Damian) The characters seemed to flow better, and there seemed to be more story. And I do love a wounded soul, and Kato is pretty much a wounded soul. 
So if you like your magic and muscle, then this books is for you 😉
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The Stone Warriors: Damian 
by D. B. Reynolds

Description…… 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . . 

Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.

Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.

My Review…… 

Read the back cover I was expecting Gargoyles. What I got was better. Magic and adventure, with a LARGE amount of sex (a little too much in places) 

Cassandra or Casey as she likes to be called, is sort of an FBI agent, but not a normal one. She has an ability that makes her a little different. She can track down magical items. She usually follows the trail, and if need be, obtain the item (sometimes theft is involved) And she’s been doing this for a while now, her boss Nick gives her a job, and Casey runs with it. She’s never really questioned it, (it was nice to have someone who believed her and utilises her skills.)

On the trail of a talisman, Casey has it, and is now being chased, and by hellhounds no less…. 

Damian has been a statue for a very long time, cursed and forced to watch life go by as a statue, for the last hundred years had watched the world go by on top of a building, he’s seen everything go by, but not able to interact. Well not until one night a wounded woman touches him, and asks for his help, it seems to have lifted the curse. He’s not sure how or why, or even why in this time period, but he’s going to find her, thank her and offer his services to help her. 

He’s also wondering where everyone he knows is. 

Both Damian and Casey need to learn to trust one another if they are to work together. They have no problem in the bedroom, but outside that’s a different matter. 

This is a spin off from the Vampires in America series, and to be honest, I don’t think you need to read it. There are a few references to people and I’m assuming it’s to do with the previous series. 

It’s a fast paced action book. We have a bad guy that’s looking for a talisman, and with it the power to bring modern civilisation to its knees. Sotiris has magic at his fingertips, and I have a feeling he’s been around a very long time. The chase and fight scenes are very good. Some of the conversation between Damian and Casey felt a little stilted. 

It’s very detailed, and the characters are all very well rounded. 

Chemistry between the main characters needed a little work. 

But I liked the interaction between Casey and her boss, and Nick and Damian. 

But as I said, a little too much sex, was it a filler? Maybe, but turn it into a novella if you are struggling (well that’s my opinion) 

It’s a five book series (I think) so I’m looking forward to seeing if the next book is as good. 

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Must Keep You (A Billionaire’s Surprise Baby) Darling Cove Book 5 by Deborah Garland



Description….. 

I’m the heir to my family’s fortune.

My best friend is having my baby.

My father has a wife already picked out for me.

Can you say royally screwed? Fitting for a crown prince, huh? 

I need Lily to be my pregnant fake fiancé to help me fight for my independence. She’s terrified my family will stop at nothing to take the baby from her. But I’ve convinced her to meet my parents this weekend to prove they may be rich, but they’re not monsters. 

Can I walk away from a billion-dollar fortune if my inheritance is put on the line? I’m ready for anything. Just not the biggest surprise of all. That I’m in love with Lily and she’s in love with me. 

Two damn days. 

Everyone just has to behave and act normal for 48 hours so I can have it all. Keep my baby and the woman I never knew I couldn’t live without. 

Find out how much can go wrong in two days in this edgy romantic comedy about what happens when best friends from different worlds give into passion and play just the tip.

The Darling Cove Series features a recurring cast of Mallory family and friends, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhangers. 

Get the whole series: 

Book 1. Must Love Fashion- An Enemies to Lovers Steamy Office Romance 

Book 2. Must Have Faith- A Runaway Bride Second Chance Romance 

Book 3. Must Be Crazy- A Single Dad Fireman Romance 

Book 4- A Must for Christmas- A Family Crisis Christmas Romance 

Book 5- Must Keep You- A Billionaire’s Surprise Baby Romance 

My Review….. 
I’ve read a few of the authors books, but nothing from Darling Cove. I don’t think I missed anything from not reading the others in this series. 
Book 5 sees Lily praying she’s not pregnant. After 5 years of knowing Carter, six months ago they took the plunge and started seeing each other, lily knows it won’t be forever, he said as much. Plus he’s a really rich guy, she’s not got the right pedigree to marry into the Holden empire. Lily knows he won’t want to be saddled with her and a baby. And as she has trust issues anyway (her adopted parents loved her intensely, until they had a biological child, Lily then got forgotten)she can’t let Carter get too close, it was only meant to be fun. 
Carter isn’t your usual rich guy, he works and he works hard. He loves his mother and hates the fact she’s dying, but what really hurts is his father, he looks at his son as an investment m, but worse, he’s taking her money. And he feels like he’s on borrowed time….. 
He thought lily was having a good time, he thought he was proving to her that what they had together meant more than just fun. And when Lily announces she’s pregnant, his gut told him “mine” then she throws out she’s leaving the place they both work at. What will it take for Carter to show Lily she means more than just a few fun nights. He wants more….. 
The book plays out of a forty eight hour period. (Yes they’ve been seeing each other for six months, and known each other for five years) 
I liked the fact is a dysfunctional family. Lily with her trust issues, but knowing she will be there for her baby. 
Carter the doting and caring son, but also the hot guy and potential father. 
I liked the thought process that Lily went through. Didn’t like the thought she could terminate Carter’s rights. Liked how other friends and family members had their say, and valid points. 
Carter’s family was a right mixed up bunch. A father who thought he was entitled to run his family like a dictatorship, wasn’t too keen on him. 
And when Carter asks her to be his “fake” fiancée! Will she help him out? 
So will Lily let Carter see his baby? Will he be brave enough to fight for what he really wants? 
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Turbulent Sea (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 6 by Christine Feehan

Description…..  
Joley Drake was born with a legacy of unexpected magical gifts, but it was the gift of singing that made her an overnight sensation—a rock and roll goddess trapped by fame, fortune, and ambition. Heated by the flush of success, Joley could have any man she wanted. But there’s only man who can give her what she really needs…
 
Ilya Prakenskii is cool, inscrutable, dangerously sexy, and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation—that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He’s the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya’s embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?
My Review…… 
This was another of my favourites in this series. 
Joley the troublemaker, the attention seeker, the firebrand.  But deep down she wants a home and family, yes she has her sisters, her parents and extended family. But she wants a family of her own. 
Her gift is songs, she can influence people with her voice, a little like Abigail. She’s a world renowned singer, and has her own stalkers!!! 
Ilya has his own checkered past, a bodyguard for someone he hates. He longs for a quiet life, but knows he will probably die trying to kill his target. Then he meets her…… 
They’ve met in a few previous books, and sparks have flown ever since.  She tried to zap him with her magic, he turned it back on her. And now she wears his mark.   
The guy Ilya is working for, is the type of man you don’t cross. He wants Joley but Ilya will make sure that never happens. 
Joley tried to deny the connection they have. He speaks to her at night (telepathically) wearing her down, she does want one night, she wants forever, but the man he works for is dangerous. 
Will Ilya convince Joley that they are meant to be together? And what are the secrets he’s hiding? 
This book sets the spin off series up, we have one more Drake sister (Elle) and then it’s onto The Sisters of the Heart or Sea Haven. The women are sisters of circumstance, but it’s the men in their lives that are link!!! 
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A Shifter Christmas by Emilia Hartley 

This is a three book anthology. They aren’t linked. And can be read in any order.

Book 1: A Dragon’s Christmas

Description….. 

Frankie Peters can’t wait to get home for Christmas even if her mom will insist on calling her Francine. She’d be even more excited if she weren’t worried about how the new beast inside her will react to the close quarters and tons of people. She needs her family, but she’s afraid of the monster she’s become.

When she gets buried in a snowdrift during the blizzard on the way, a stranger comes to her rescue—a gorgeous, dragon shifter. Atticus gets her car back on the road and teaches her a little about how to tame her beast. He seems at loose ends, and says he’ll keep mentoring her, so she invites him home.

The trouble is, she wants Atticus for much more than a mentor and doesn’t know how to tell him. Is it too much to hope for a Christmas miracle that puts all the messed-up parts of her life together?

My Review….. 

Francine or Frankie as she prefers to be called was bitten by a strange dog over a year ago, and now she’s always angry, frustrated and scared. The beast inside her wants out, and Frankie is tired of having to keep it in and quiet. She’s hoping visiting her family for Christmas will help, otherwise she sees herself alone…..
Atticus is a dragon shifter, his beast is too big for this world, the dragon is too bossy and dominant to live around anyone, so it went to sleep, intending to sleep the years away. But something woke both Atticus and his dragon. Digging out of the cave they were in, the dragon searches for the reason it woke…..
Atticus and Frankie meet in a snow drift, Frankie isn’t scared of a naked man in the snow. And she smells like a shifter, so Atticus assumes she’s a shifter, but she’s scared of the power inside herself, why?
Together they rescue people stuck in an accident, it’s all going great, until an idiot calls them freaks. This sends Frankie back into her shell. 
We meet quite a few characters, so hoping they would all get a book. 
Both Frankie and Atticus have trust issues, both need to be part of a family, but unsure of their welcome. 
We have the bad guy, we have the dysfunctional family and we have a couple just waiting for someone. 
It’s a short story, but it’s full of action. 
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Book 2: A Polar Bear Christmas

Description…..

As the only human in a long line of beautiful and proud reindeer shifters, Holly Carter has borne contempt and abuse from her family for years. She avoids the cutesy Christmas enclave they’ve built whenever she can, but somehow her mother always convinces her to come home for the holidays.

This year, though, she meets Claus, a polar bear shifter from a crime conglomerate looking to shake down one of her cousins. When Holly and Claus concoct a fake relationship that will get Holly protection and Claus access to his target, they don’t expect it to go anywhere. But the relationship soon feels more real than fake. It would be perfect if only Holly weren’t convinced she’s not worthy to mate a shifter and Claus weren’t convinced that he’s got too much blood on his hands to mate to any woman.

Can Holly and Claus convince each other of their true value in time to salvage their bond?

My Review…… 

Poor Holly always being bullied, she can’t anything right. Total failure!! Being a human in a shifter family is hard, but being a non shifter in the Carter clan is a nightmare, she’s always been found wanting, and all because she can’t shift into a reindeer. No wonder she hates coming home. 
Maybe this year might be different! 
Claus needs to collect something, and he’s found out who has it, getting into the Carter household might prove a problem. They are a very close knit family. No outsiders, they are very cautious. How will he get in? 
Holly and Claus meet at a bar. They strike up a bargain, she gets a date and possibly a buffer from the family. He gets to nab the stolen item. Sounds like both are onto a winning solution. But you get the notion that it won’t be that simple. 
Spending time with Holly has Claus looking at his own life, his job is everything to him, he owes his alpha and intends not to let him down. But watching her with her family, Claus just wants to protect her, but that can’t happen, once he has what he came for, he’s gone. 
I liked this one, we have a big, bad bear and a non shifting reindeer. The way Claus stands up for Holly is good. How he views family as something that isn’t the same for everyone. How Holly finally stands up for herself had me smiling to myself. 
Will he want to stick around and be there for Holly? Or will he go once he has what he has come for?

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Book 3: A Snow Leopard’s Christmas

Description…..  

Ellie was just looking for a normal holiday.
She had planned to spend it with her family. Her mother, father and her baby boy, Casper. 
When Nolan showed up, things took a turn for the worst. 
She couldn’t believe him. Why would he return after all these years? She didn’t need him then, and she doesn’t need him now. Though, she had to admit. Casper and Nolan seemed to get along together really well…

My Review…… 
Not my favourite if I’m being honest. 
Ellie is a single mum, she loves her little boy so very much. She works from home as a wedding chef (doesn’t actually say what she does) But he’s a live wire, he’s into everything. 
Her parents are here for Christmas. And I have to admit, I find Ellie’s mum really hard work, she was always putting her down, always finding faults with her and her parenting techniques, wanting her to find a “proper job”
All Ellie wanted was her family around her over Christmas. 
Nolan has spent the last four years travelling, and now he’s back in this tiny village, the one thing drawing him back was a passionate night with a woman he’s tried to forget. 
But the meeting didn’t go as he had planned. She didn’t seem to be pleased to see him, in fact she’s really angry. 
When Nolan finds out he’s a father to a four year old, at first he’s angry, how dare she keep this a secret. But later having time to think, he realises she didn’t have any way of reaching him. But all that is about to change. She is his mate, and they have a child, he’s not going anywhere. But convincing Ellie is proving harder than he imagined. 
We have a couple who are fighting their feelings for one another, we also have Ellie fighting to convince her parents she’s a good mother. We have a stalker, so we have the blocks for a good story. But it was sadly lacking on content. 
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The Sinful Scot (saints and scoundrels series) book 3 by Maddison Michaels

Description……..

Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.

Dr. Alec McGuiness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would

frame her for the duke’s murder.

Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?

My Review ….
Third book in the “Saints and Scoundrels” series. They don’t need reading in order. 
It’s told in the third person. 
A well thought out book, touching on a few subjects that a few readers might find hard to read about. 
Connie is use to putting on a show. For years now, she’s acted the dutiful wife, even when her husband beat her, even when he abused her mind and body. The only time she tried to escape, she almost lost her life. So now she’s resigned to her fate. Her life is in her husbands hands, and as he get a monthly allowance from her inheritance, he’s not going to end her life just yet. But life has its twists and turns, and fate throws her a lifeline…..
Alec has always remembered Connie, but he knew she’d never be happy as a wife of a doctor, so he moved away, but circumstances bring him back to Scotland, and into Connie’s life. He’s under the false impression (like everyone else) that she’s a spoilt woman, who wanted a Lady title, and would do anything to get it …… 
The death of her husband should have her mourning him, but all Connie feels is numb at his death. But it’s not a natural death, it was murder, and the finger is pointing firmly at Connie. But did she do it? She doesn’t remember.
A few things I found a little hard. Connie and Alec getting together, if she’d been that badly abused, wouldn’t it take longer to get over all that violent abuse? Romance books can survive without the sex, if the story is strong enough, then it doesn’t need the sweaty bodies writhing around. I would have preferred the story to concentrate on Connie’s road to recovery. 
So is she guilty? Will she be able to escape the Duke and the legacy he left her with? And who was the murderer? 
I liked Connie because although brow beaten, she still had thoughts of other people. Her stepdaughter, and her household. 
I liked Alec but only when he realised her character is only a facade. 
A murder mystery book, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure…
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Dark Illusion (A Carpathian Novel) book 33 by Christine Feehan. 

Description…..

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 attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back—and those who hunt 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… 

My Review….. 

As you may or may not know, this is an ongoing series (book 33) I’ve written reviews for all the previous books. 

The Carpathians now know they are being hunted into extinction, they know who their main adversary is, but another threat is coming towards them, will they overcome this one? Or will it see the end of the Carpathian race? 

Isai is centuries old, he has lived in the monastery for many, many years. After fighting the vampire and serving his prince and people, he’s a danger to the humans and Carpathian’s, so he retreats to the Monastery, living there till the end of his days. 

Julija put her own life at risk. She knew if she said she would be caught, but she couldn’t leave that woman on her own, couldn’t leave her to suffer ….. 
After escaping the evil hands of a master vampire, (with the help of a band of Carpathian warriors) Julija has a promise to keep, she is needed elsewhere (and the fact she’s scared of the warriors doesn’t help) but she promises Elisabetha (the Carpathian female captured by the vampire) that she will be back, she will help her friend to find her way in this new world…..

But when Isai and Julija meet, it’s not the best start for either of them. And it’s like that through most of the book, the distrust and miscommunication between the couple is a major stumbling block. I did wonder if this would be the first couple to actually not make it!! Isai thinks Julija can’t be trusted, she knew she was a “lifemate” to a Carpathian, and yet she still ran. Julija only wants to find the Dark Mage’s spell book, it needs destroying, she knows her duty, but Isai is making her question her beliefs, when she’s not wanting to kill or maim him!! 

They begin their mated life searching for a book, it’s a powerful spell book (in fact it’s been in play since Vikirnoff and Natalya’s book “Dark Demon” 
The book if opened by a vampire could mean the end of the carpathian race, and humans would be at the mercy of the vampires and their terrible thirst!!! 

Julija and Isai have to work through their distrust of one another, yes they know they belong together, but boy it’s hard work!! She’s a powerful mage, he’s an ancient warrior, together they should be unstoppable (if they can work together) 

I liked this one, yes it’s edgier and darker. But this series is all about the evil that lurks beneath us, it’s a dark and scary series. And it’s lost it’s way with a few of the previous books, but I feel we are back on the path, we know the enemy, the Carpathian people are pulling together, the hunters can’t hunt alone anymore, they are being targeted. Even their homes aren’t safe. I did wonder when we lost Xavier (very evil mage) if we would lose our way (and we did for a while) we could have waited for a few stories, we could have had a few of the books as short stories. But we are where we are. I love this series, and unless anything major happens that i really don’t like, I think I will be reading until the end. 

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Crave Me (Dragons Love Curves Book 8) Aidy Award 
Description….. 
Someone will have to sacrifice their very soul to save those they love from from a dark fate…

Portia has always been different than the other demons in her coven. She’s extra curvy, can slay Hell’s wyrms like a badass, and she’ll do anything to become a dragon’s mate. She’s known since she was young that the only way to fill the void inside is to find someone who truly loves her for herself and not her succubus allure. Just like the song says – she will do anything for love, but… she won’t do…nope, she’d even do that.

Zon and Gris never thought they’d be able to find a mate that could put the severed pieces of their shared soul back together and make them whole. Fate must be smoking something to light up their soul shards for the thieving succubus who almost killed their king. Yet they find themselves doing everything for the love of their sworn enemy.

But both Hell and the the First Vampire crave Portia and her powers too. The dark forces won’t be satisfied with anything less than making her the new Queen of the Underworld, a place no dragon can exist and remain sane.

My Review….. 

I’ve noticed with this series, the author bounces from from story to another. 
We started off with the wolves, but the dragons had already had their mates. And now the author is filling in the dragons stories. So when reading, if your a little confused, it’s all to be expected. 
There is a running storyline through the series, so I do advise reading in order….
Black Dragons are Demons, they have no souls, so they need to steal shards (a necklace combining a piece of the male dragons soul with the First Dragon) for their boss. 
Portia is half human, half succubus, like her sister Jada (who’s book Bite Me was book 4) they share the same father. He leads their coven. She hates having to rely on sex to gain nourishment, she wants what her sister has, someone just for her. And when she finds her mate is a dragon, there is nothing she won’t do to help him, but she later realised that the dragon she is helping is not who he says he is. 
Zon and Gris are twin gold dragons. With Gris as Cage’s second in command and Zon being his master at arms, they make a formidable team. 
But they have a curse, sharing only one soul, they will never get a female to love. So they settle for being their Wyr’s (that’s boss dragon) elite team. 
But both feel they failed, Cage (that’s the leader of the Gold Dragons) is dying, he lost his soul shard, well in fact he gave it away. But only after he’s been tricked into it. You can’t take a soul shard it has to be given. And a succubus tricked him into giving it to her. And that succubus was Portia, and wouldn’t you know it, she is the twins mate (but I get the impression both Gris and Zon think she is only one of the twins mate?!) 
Anyway….. the story unfolds, and both Gris and Zon have to rescue Portia. Both begin to fall for her, until she is captured and so is Zon. 
Zon is tortured to the point of madness, and when he is rescued, he recognises his twin, but has no recollection of Portia. 
I liked this book, the author seem to be focussing on story and content, rather than the endless sex they all seem to require. We have lots of side stories going on (and a few books that cross over in here too) 
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Safe Harbour (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 5 by Christine Feehan.

Description….

One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Jonas Harrington for as long at the rugged Sea Haven sheriff can remember. If only the stunning super-model was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn’t the only one with desires for Hannah. 
 
From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty with one terrifying purpose: to strip her of all she is and destroy her. Only one man was destined as her protection. Now, out of a storm of danger, Jonas must guide the woman he loves from a sinister darkness that threatens not only Hannah, but the entire Drake family.

My Review…… 

Hannah Drake the supermodel, that’s all she’s ever heard, never just Hannah. But beneath the beautiful face, she faces crippling shyness and a stutter brought on by the shyness. She hides it well, no one except her sisters know of her illness, but they don’t know the other stuff, the eating disorder, and the lack of sleep. Well no one but Jonas. The overbearing, mean mouthed sheriff, sent to plague her. His high handedness, and his ability to wreck havoc on Hannah’s life, it’s just not fair. Why does he have to be the one that makes her heart pound? And why can’t she get away from him? 

Jonas has known the Drakes sisters for a very long time. They became his family when his father died, and his mother became ill. The house became his refuge, and the Drake’s felt like sisters, except for Hannah. Jonas always knew they would be together. With her he felt safe. 

And when Hannah is attacked. Jonas is afraid she will die and leave him. But the sisters pull together and bring Hannah back from the brink of death. 

Rehab is a long, slow and painful process. Both mentally and physically, her sisters are there to see to her physical well-being, and Jonas does what he does best, nag and push her (but I think she needs that sometimes) 

So who did this to her? Was there something else behind the attack? There are a few suspects, from the crazed reverend (they showed his flock what a pervert he was) to the obsessed fan. She has a few people who don’t like the Drake sisters. 

Throughout the previous books, we saw how much Jonas antagonised Hannah. His cutting remarks made me want to slap him. But Hannah’s way if dealing with him did make me chuckle. 

This has to be my favourite book in the series. You know almost from the start of this series that they will get together. Love the interaction with the sisters. The chemistry sizzles between Jonas and Hannah. And all the crazy moments in between.

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DANGEROUS TIDES (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 4 by Christine Feehan

Description….. 

Dr. Libby Drake is sensible and practical. To her more adventurous sisters, she’s always been the “good girl”. Certainly not the kind to attract the attention of a genius like Ty Derrick–until a tragic accident leaves the handsome biochemist at her mercy. 

Acting on her uncanny ability to heal, she stirs in the reawakened Ty his own long-suppressed desires for the woman who saved his life. But he’s not the only man with designs on Libby Drake. Her miraculous and selfless power has also captured the attention of a dangerously influential admirer. He’s pursuing the elementally gifted beauty for his own wicked purpose. And he’s willing to go to deadly lengths to make it happen. 

My Review……

Libby is the fourth Drake sister, doctor and healer. She uses both science and magic to aid her. Her ability to “draw” the illness or injury from the patient into herself is a dangerous one, but Libby can’t help herself, If someone is in need, she’s there to lend a helping hand. 

But unlike Sarah and Joley, Libby wants a quiet life, happy to blend into the background, she leave the excitement and adventure to Elle and Sarah. 

But when Libby is drawn to healing Ty (he’s had a really bad accident)? It sets up a chain reaction. He wants answers, how did she heal him? He doesn’t believe in magic, but there is something about Libby that draws him in. And then there is the reporter looking for a story, and a mother who won’t take no for an answer. Poor Libby is torn, trying to help everyone may kill her, but Libby can’t walk away. 

Ty is a part time firefighter, part of a rescue team, adrenaline junkie and biochemist. His brain might run at 100 miles an hour, but his social skills are practically non existent. He doesn’t do small talk, it’s a waste of time. But Ty feels something is missing, his team mates might make fun of him, but he feels it’s time to settle down, but who will take him on? 

We have a mystery to solve. We have the usual bad guy. We also have a little magic. We have the usual funny chats and fun times between the sisters. It’s great they all live close together. They all use to live on the Drake house, but as each sister finds her man they move out. 

Now I have to admit, this was my least favourite book in this series. I just felt it didn’t flow as well as the others, and it did feel a little rushed in places. 

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Wicked Court (A Noblesse Oblige Duet) Book 1 by May Sage  

Description……

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to hide who I am. What I am. 
They had me play the sheep. They had me blend in. They marked me and sealed my power. 
Now I have my freedom, because everyone who’s ever wanted me confined is dead. 
I could have changed it. I could have altered the course of fate. I could have saved the unseelie queen. 
I didn’t.

Vlari has always known her place: as far away from court as the unseelie queen can send her. 
The youngest royal, born in an impoverished household, she endeavoured to earn her keep as an assistant. Her one aspiration? Avoiding the popular crowd of gentry fae who prey on the weak, and their dark, enticing leader, the mysterious Drusk.
Until the world implodes around her.
She has two options. Fade with rest of the unseelie kingdom, or protect a court that has never cared for her.

My Review……

This book has a different feel about it. The world the author has created is very well written. The characters are thought out well, and the secondary characters all seem to have purpose. 
It’s a fast paced book, and the action is all well scripted. 
It’s written in the person’s point of view. And we get to see it all through Vlari’s eyes. 
Nevlaria (Vlari) has never really known love and affection, no one wanted her. She never felt part of a family or community. 
Ridiculed at school, it’s followed her all her life. A weak link in her family. Not to be trusted. 
And now, now she is to be married off, like a piece of meat. A loveless marriage, one only of connivence. For the good of the Queen and her family. But Vlari doesn’t want that, but what Vlari wants doesn’t matter….. 
When Vlari and Drusk meet, it brings back lots of unpleasant memories, (this isn’t the first time she’s seen him, they attended the same school, and that wasn’t pleasant either!) 
Rystan Drusk is a Myst, a shadow wielder, as long as he’s in the dark, he can summon and control shadows, to conceal him, and transport him, and even destroy. But he’s a commoner (Vlari is royalty) but he has something that draws people to him, and he uses that ability to his advantage. 
The attraction is all on Vlari’s side, (whenever they have met, Drusk has nothing but scorn or a sneering amusement on his face) she’s dreamed about him, and thought about him often, wondering what he’s doing now. 
And when the kingdom is attacked, and everyone slaughtered. Vlari is looked upon to organise and lead. But will she? Why should she? 
The ending is a surprise, and the epilogue gives us a glimpse into the next book. 
It’s a two book story, and I hope to read the next part in this story. 
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NICKY (BRATVA BLOOD BROTHERS SERIES) BOOK TEN by K. J. DAHLEN 

Description…. 

 

Till The End Of Time

Nicky…..

I’m an IT for Bratva, working for my father Nikoli Silvanic. Don’t call me a hacker…I just do my job. I’m the best of the best. Until someone breaks down my firewall. Challenging me and finally besting me.

I search the net for this phenom and then get a message…”HELP ME”

Then I search out this person in a very bad place… only to find her.

She’s in trouble, beaten, afraid.

Nikoli, head of the New York Bratva, my father hates her…

I have to protect her from all sides. I cannot lose her.

I will love her till the end of time.

Serenity…..

I’m in real trouble. I took a job I shouldn’t have. Then I tried get out of it.  A man who hates the head of the Bratva now wants me dead.

I meet sweet Nicky and I feel like life could be good again. I could be safe.

Then the Bratva accuses me of working for their enemy and now they want me dead too.

Will Nicky ever forgive me?

My Review…
I’ve read one of the books from this series (Kosta) and really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reading this one. Reading out of order isn’t usually a problem, but I think these books run in order, so I’m missing a few details…..
Nicky is the son to the head of the Bratva, but I don’t think Nikolai and Nicky have known each other for long. Their relationship doesn’t seem all that close. He’s his father’s IT man, nothing gets past him on the computer, you want it, Nicky can find it. Except this hacker ….. 
Serenity has always been on the outside. Her mother didn’t want her, the nuns that found her, cared and clothed her, but didn’t really see to her emotional needs. All Serenity wants is for someone to love and care for her. But she knows that won’t ever happen. Serenity is an anomaly, her skin is paler than pale. Her hair almost silver, and her eyes a strange opaque colour. 
But she’s good with a computer, and after being captured and beaten by an old enemy of the Bratva, Serenity escapes and meets Nicky. 
Serenity brings out a protective side that Nicky didn’t think he had (he cares for his sister, and is beginning to care for his father and his step family, but thats it’s different to what he feels for her) 
But her enemy is also his family’s enemy, can she help bring him down? 
And there is also another threat to their happiness. Will they ever get to live without looking over their shoulder? 
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Landing the Lawman (Texas Hills series) Book 5 by Kadie Scott 

Description…….
He thought he was in control until she snuck into his heart…
Carter Hill walked away from a perfectly fine life and relationship…all for a career she’s chased since she was fourteen. Years and a PhD later, she loves her job as a water rights consultant. At the same time, now that all her brothers are happily married, she’s lonely and wanting more. But the only man in her life is Logan – super serious, no sense of humor, and friend-zoned. Or is he? Perhaps a sexy, no-strings affair with a man more driven than she is could help her move on.
Logan Cartez doesn’t date, do relationships, or worry about commitment. He’s married to his job – making sure what destroyed his family ranch and their legacy doesn’t happen to others. When Carter propositions him, what began as a passionate and unforgettable night soon develops into more. Logan finds himself doing things he swore he never would, and the feisty, brilliant, blue-eyed rancher’s daughter has him thinking about so much more than work.

My Review….. 
The Texas Hill series can be read in any order, but as the siblings all get married it makes sense to read them the way the author planned. 
Carter is the only daughter in the Hill household. Watching her brothers find love, Carter doesn’t regret her decision to leave family and love behind to pursue her dream job. But it’s a lonely life, has she left it to late? Well maybe not, yummy Logan hits all those buttons. An affair might be just the thing they both need….. 
Logan doesn’t need love, it makes life messy, he needs to concentrate on saving the little farmers and their rights. And Carter Hill is the right person for the job, (she is a water rights consultant) he just needs to ignore her as a woman, a fine complete package. 
With the arrangement of a no-strings affair, both Logan and Carter pursue it wholeheartedly. But when Carter’s mother is taken ill things change for both of them. 
I’ve read all of the previous books in this series.
The descriptions the author gives is great. The attention to detail is very good. The characters are funny and the flirting is funny and very light hearted. 
Both characters have been hurt in the past, so I see where both Logan and Carter have issues with trust.
I’d happily recommend this book. 
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Oceans of Fire (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 3. By Christine Feehan 

Description…… 

As the third daughter in a magical bloodline, Abigail Drake was born with a mystical affinity for water, and possessed a particularly strong bond with dolphins. She spent her entire life studying them, learning from them, and swimming among them in the waters off her hometown of Sea Haven.  

Until the day Abby witnessed a cold-blooded murder on shore, and found herself fleeing for her life — right into the arms of Aleksandr Volstov. 
He’s an Interpol agent on the trail of stolen Russian antiquities, a relentless man who gets what he goes after — and the man who broke Abby’s heart. But he isn’t going to let the only woman he ever loved be placed in harm’s way — or slip away from his embrace…

My Review…… 

Aleksandr is back in town, she probably wishes she was a mermaid. He broke her heart years ago, left her to be interrogated and bullied by his colleagues, then hustled out of Russia. And when he makes it clear he wants her back, Abigail doesn’t know what to do!! 
Aleksandr is an Interpol agent, his investigations have brought him to Sea Haven, hunting thieves who have stolen Russian antiques. He remembers his Abigail, he broke her heart when he left her to defend herself, but given another chance to be with her, Aleksandr won’t make the same mistake, he wants a home and the only woman he ever wanted it with is within his grasp. 
This is the first book that’s not a novella. The chase that brings Aleksandr back to Abigail is interesting, and it gets you looking for clues as to who the dealer is. 
We get to catch up with the her sisters, and we get an environmental angle as well (dolphins and they’re habits) we get to play detective as to who the murder is and why was the other person killed. 
I like this series. I like the interaction between the sisters. There are plenty of laughs (the men in their lives, and how they interact with the women) 
The close knit community of Sea Haven is evident in the writers words. 
Dangerous Tides is next and I can’t wait. 

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Keystone by Katie Delahanty

Description……..

When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a

high-profile “Influencer” isn’t what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed

by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the

world.

But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses—everything.

Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are being trained to steal everything analog and original because

something—or someone—is changing history to suit their needs.

Partnered with the annoyingly hot—and utterly impossible—Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.

One wrong move and she could lose everything—again.

My Review …..
Now this is a little different from what I usually read. It’s basically a story of social media gone mad!! From birth you are put on a social platform, your whole life is for public viewing, the more views you get, the more adulation you get. If your at the top of the “social stock exchange” then there is nothing you won’t do to stay there…..
Once you get use to the jumping from past to present it an interesting read. Ella is the product of a social moment (no love) her “parents” did it to provide themselves with more ratings.
And when Ella meets a young man, (but that’s not in her timeline yet,) he has to go, and Ella is punished!! 
Meeting social outcasts (or disconnects) Ella realises there is more to life than popping your life out there for all to view. And they take her to Keystone…..
Keystone is like a school for thieves. And Ella is totally out of her comfort zone. The school needs to prove to the world that someone is out to change the past. Why? And for what gain? So they steal analogue (books and anything that’s not digital) 
The interaction between Garrett and Ella (she’s now called Elisha) is fun to read, their bickering will surely lead to something, (even thoughts has a girlfriend) and finding true friends, but the fake friends she had outside of Keystone. 
All this makes good reading. 
And all the secrets everyone has. What is Garrett hiding? Will Ella tell him about her parentage? 
With the cliffhanger ending, you know I’m going to need the answer…..
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DEMON BOUND (Crossroads Chronicles) book 1 by Chris Cannon

Description…… 

When a summoning goes awry, suddenly booknerd Meena’s summer job becomes something drastically different. Instead of cleaning eccentric Carol’s house, she’s bound to a demon as his soul-collector. Soon Meena discovers that the boring, pageant-obsessed, bonfire-loving town that she’s never fit in to is a hotbed for soul-sucking demons, demon-hunting witches, and vampires who just wanna have fun… And then she comes into her own powers.

Could things get any stranger? Good thing she meets new guy Jake–who gets her and still hangs around.

When Jake’s mom sends him off to his Aunt Zelda’s for the summer, he thought he’d be bored. But nothing is what it seems in this town. His aunt isn’t just odd, she’s a witch who fights demons and tries to maintain the magical balance of the town. Jake should get the hell out of there and, he would leave, except for bad-ass newbie witch Meena, who looks at him like he matters.

He never counted on sticking around, but Meena’s bound to a demon who wants to destroy her soul–and Jake’s finally found someone worth fighting for.

My Review….. 

Not my usual read (A Young Adult book) but the backcover sounded really interesting. 

It’s time to get a summer job, (books aren’t cheap, and Meena is a avid reader) but seventeen year old Meena doesn’t like or do hairnets, so it’s a cleaning job. And lucky her, the crazy lady (or Wacky Winslow as she’s called) in the town is wanting help….. Only Meena gets more than she bargains for. 

Carol (Meena’s new boss) tries summoning a minor demon and gets not a minor demon, but the big man (demon) a soul collector, and now he has Carol working for him, and as Meena works for Carol, she also now works for the Demon Bane. And the big surprise, the town is full of people who made a promise to the Demon for more time to enjoy the life they had always wanted. 

They’ve signed over their souls, well their time period is up, and now the Demon is collecting payment. Well actually Meena is now. 

Jake is expecting a quiet visit to his aunts, what he got was a whole lot of action and adventure. And the unwanted attention of a vampire, (she wants to turn him, and keep him with her forever!!) the only bit of this town he likes is Meena, he should just leave and not come back, but he can’t, and the reason he thinks is Meena. 

There are vampires, Demons and all manner of things that go bump in the night, and they all live in the town. 

We have a vampire that wants Jake for her own. We have people trying to get out of the bargains they made with the Demon. And that’s where Meena comes into it, (at the moment Meena is just an errand runner, will that change?) 

And Meena is now on their radar. Is she in danger, you bet she is (as a messenger to the Demon, the souls that need collecting will try to kill her to escape or give themselves more time) 

Is Meena feeling guilty for taking people away? (You’ll have to read to find out)  It’s really well written, descriptive and the attention to detail is really good. I feel there will be more to Bane and Meena as the series continues. And I felt the attraction between Meena and Jake could have been a little more decisive. And the female Vampire that’s after Jake…. will it alter how he feels about Meena, and will she get her fangs into Jake? 

But give it a go and decide for yourself. 

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