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Arc Review…. Bloody Heart: A Second Chance Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 4) by Sophie Lark 👩🏻‍💻

Bloody Heart: A Second Chance Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 4) by Sophie Lark

Description……

She Cut My Heart Open…

I only meant to steal a car. I didn’t know I was stealing a girl, too. Until the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen popped up in the rear-view mirror.

I fell hard, fast, and forever…

But she tore out my heart — left me alone and bleeding.

How can I forget her, when I have to see that damned perfect face on billboards and magazines?

It’s torture.

9 long years. I thought I moved on.

Then I saw her in the flesh…

And my heart started bleeding all over again…

Reading Order:

Brutal Birthright Series

Book 1 Brutal Prince

Book 2 Stolen Heir

Book 3 Savage Lover

Book 4 Bloody Heart

Book 5 Broken Vow

Book 6 Heavy Crown

Publication date 28/10/2020

Now usually I read the back cover to see what’s going on….

But without a description online when I received the arc, I had to read it blind….

What a rollercoaster of a ride!!!! I think it’s the best way to read from now on, so no more descriptions for me, until the review is done😉

Dante is a Gallo, we’ve met him in the previous books. A mafia boss’s son, nothing and no one is out of bounds as far as Dante is concerned. Living fast and loving his life.

Simone is a new face, the youngest daughter of a diplomat, brought up to be a young lady, groomed to do as she was told. But Simone wants more, she wants to design, to make pretty clothes, but when her father tells her no, Simone knows she will never have the life she wants.

They meet by accident, wrong time, wrong place (or maybe it was fate) Dante drives away with Simone in the back of the car he steals!

He’s fascinated with her, she’s nothing like he’s ever met before. Simone should be frightened, but she feels safe, and a short ride later, Dante escapes the car, but takes Simone’s heart with him!

So, the story starts off as young love, an accidental meeting turns into an adventure, meeting in secret, stolen kisses and moments of pure happiness. They avoid the talk of the future, they both know it won’t go on forever, but for the moment it’s all they want.

“I love you, Simone,” he says, his dark eyes boring into mine. “I know it’s only been a month—” “I love you, too,” I tell him quickly. “I don’t care how long it’s been. This thing between us—” “It’s not normal,” Dante says. “I love you like . . . like I’d destroy anything that tried to come between us. Like I’d burn the whole world down if I had to.” His eyes keep hold of mine. I can’t look away. I don’t want to look away. I only want to nod. “I know,” I say. “I want you. Nothing else,” he says. “You have me. All of me.” “Promise me, Simone.” “I’m yours. Till the day I die.” He smiles and presses his heavy lips on mine. “I want you longer than that,” he growls. I was never raised to fall in love like this. Without reason or choice. Only wild, intense obsession. I never meant for this to happen. But now that it has, there’s no escaping. I belong to Dante. And he belongs to me.

Then boom!!! My whole world crashes just like Dante’s! That was a turn I was not expecting!

And if you’ve read the previous books in this series, you’ll know love never runs smooth in this series, in fact it’s usually bloody and painful.

So the gentle start completely threw me, and what happens will tear your heart out and stomp on it until it’s a bloody mess!

We then move on……

It’s nine years later.

Dante is empty inside, he still looks after his family, he is now a real estate developer, still a little dangerous under that suit.

Simone is a famous model, her face is her trademark (what happened to her dream of designing clothes?) but inside she’s dead, the world is without colour, without joy, her only bit of joy is hidden deep in her heart.

When they meet up for the first time in nine years, it feels like time had fallen away for Dante, he can’t take his eyes off her, he knows he should harden his heart, but it’s Simone, it’s no good, his heart has always and will only belong to her.

Simone thinks he has nothing but hate for her, his face is stone, nothing is given away.

So can they move forward? Can they recapture their young love? Or has too much time passed for the couple?

“I’m so sorry,” Simone sobs.

“Don’t you ever be sorry,” I tell her, my voice thick with all the things I’ve wanted to say to her, all this time. “I love you, Simone. I have always loved you, and I will always love you. I’m never going to stop. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you have my heart in your hands.” “I love you so much,” she cries, her voice cracking. “I can’t believe you found me . . .”

“I’ll always keep you safe,” I promise her.

I didn’t think this series could get any better after I read the last book in the series (Savage Lover) but I was wrong, so wrong. I read this in one day, I couldn’t leave it alone.

I recommend this book, in fact I recommend the whole series. And now I need to go lie down. I’m drained!!!

You don’t need to read the previous books, each book is a standalone and a HEA ending.

But we do catch up with previous characters (that was nice) it’s written in the characters prospective. The story is written brilliantly like the previous stories, you become invested in the Gallo/Griffin siblings, and now I’m really hoping Sebastian is next.

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Arc Review….. Outfoxed (The Fox Witch Book 1) by R.J. Blain 📱

Outfoxed (The Fox Witch Book 1) by R.J. Blain 

Description

Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own.

Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge.

Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.

Publication date 3/11/2020

My Review……
A new author and series for me. 
I loved the chapter names, they did make me chuckle. 
The chapters are pretty long, but are chopped into day or time slots, it’s a little like reading a diary. 
Jade is a fox shifter, now most shifters can only partially shift, Jade is a full shifter, her genes are a top prize. But she’s not interested in becoming a wife, Jade is a free spirit and will stay that way, unless the bounty hunters get hold of her! 
I liked Jade, she was independent, she was resourceful and she had an attitude I just loved, she had me chuckling at odd moments. 
Vagrants are poor people who live in the alley. 
Asylum is where the rich and powerful live. It’s very much a dystopian story. It’s very descriptive, really well written. When she’s not being chased by her “ethical” bounty hunter, she’s thinking about him. It’s driving her crazy! 
Sandro is the current bounty hunter on her tail, he’s caught up with her, and now they are hiding out from a fierce storm. Really wasn’t too enamoured with him at first, all he saw was cash when he saw Jade, then insulted her by saying she could make money as a stripper!! 
But promising her a five minute head start after the storm abated. 
When he finally catches up with her, he persuades her to live with him for a while! That part I was confused with, if he’s a bounty hunter, then why not take her straight to where you’ll get paid? Unless he has an ulterior motive?
Jade also uncovers why she’s so valuable, and if she’s sold as a courtesan then she could be made to have children to more than just her husband! That’s why she has so many bounty hunters after her! She’s worth a small fortune. She needs to hide, and stay hidden under they get bored and move on. 
But she’s not that lucky, she’s being targeted, and Sandro has to pull strings and throw money at the problem. 
But in the end, Jade is entered into the auction (I really did think differently) and what will be her fate? A brood mare, a plaything, or a beloved wife? 
I have to admit it’s slow, it’s a little long winded, but there was something that kept me reading. I wanted to find out if she escapes Sandro, I wanted to know if they ever got out from under the rule of the Asylum……
And in the end, I have to admit, it was a pretty good book. 
Sandro’s family is absolutely hilarious, I loved his mother, I had a permanent smile on my face as I read the whole families interaction with one another and Jade. 
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Arc Review…. Something to hold onto (Silver Duet series)  Book 2 by M.K. Oien 📱

Something to hold onto (Silver Duet series)  Book 2 by M.K. Oien 

Description

*THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SILVER DUET BUT CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE*

She was supposed to be the key. The one person who could assist me in finally getting what I wanted. 
Revenge. 
But all the good things I’d coveted in my life including her, wouldn’t lead me down the pretty path I originally planned. 
The moment I met Claire Evans I knew she’d be the death of me. 

He was arrogant, unapologetic and cruel. The golden boy of Seattle, the ever perfect and always winning Mickey F***ing Silver. 
I hated him. 
I followed him into the darkness with the promise of reward. When he let go of my hand I was left abandoned and shattered. I knew he’d be the death of me. 

This is a tale of love and hate, revenge and forgiveness, life and death. 
A story that starts with good intentions and obliterates every expectation. 

*This book is intended for mature readers 18+ due to sensitive subject matter including violence, adult language, and a whole lot of steam.

Reading Order :
Silver Duet Series 
Book 1 Something to believe in
Book 2 Something to hold onto 

Publication date 3/11/2020

My Review….. 

Something to believe in starts that story, Mickey’s brother and best friend are in that one, so the second book is all about Mickey Silver. 
I haven’t read the first book, I know it says the book stands alone, but when previous characters are woven into the first book, it really makes me want to read that one first! And I have a feeling there are things in that book pertaining to this one! 
Claire hates Mickey with a passion the reason, her ex boyfriend worked for him selling drugs! The way Cory talked about the awesome Mickey Silver, you thought the sun rose and set on his boss! And the arrogance when Claire met him was enough for her to never want to see him ever again! 
Mickey Silver has worked hard to get to where he is now, he’s also cheated, stolen, lied and crossed a few other lines. 
I was prepared to hate him, a drug dealer is not usually high on my list of books to read. A taker, someone who would probably blow your brains out if he thought you had crossed him! 
But something most people don’t know about Mickey, he wants out of this business. And he’s making preparations to leave this business to someone else, he’ll have enough money to live comfortably and he’s sick of watching his back.
There’s a saying in life that good things come to those who wait. 
That doesn’t work for me since I’m one of the most impatient people on the planet. Don’t mistake that for not having good things. As a matter of fact I’ve got more than my fair share of desirable assets and then some. 
Patience may be a virtue, but I’ve never been known for my morality. 
Do you know why wonderful things happen for me? It isn’t luck or fate or some random philosophical bullshit. 
I make it happen. I work my ass off for what I want and that’s how it’s always been. 
Being the prodigal son of Jack Silver, lead drug kingpin for the Pacific Northwest since 1985, I had no other choice. He was my father, my teacher, my boss. If I didn’t strive to reach his level of success, I’d be useless. That’s why I take what I want or die trying and I’m not dead yet so I’d say I’m a success. 
Call me a workaholic, a selfish asshole, or a thief; it doesn’t matter, I’ll take it. Just like I take everything else I want. I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks of me……
What made me continue with the book was his love for his best friend and his brother. It made him seem human, to worry about other people other than himself, so with that in mind I continued. 
“Does your girl know what it might be?” Dom asked. 
“She’s not my girl.” I growled. 
He snorted. “Whatever you say man. I saw that mark on her neck. You seriously telling me you didn’t tap that when you’ve had her locked away this entire time?”
“Watch it.” I warned in a threatening voice. “Why does everyone assume that?” 
Dom chuckled. “Gee man, I don’t know. Maybe because you’ve had a thing for her since the first time you saw her. Mack called it last year. We knew you of all people would end up falling for someone you could never have.” 
My eyes narrowed. “This is off topic. Back to the task at hand,” I said…..
The chemistry between Claire and Mickey sizzles almost from the first. The hate that Claire says she feels for Mickey probably feels real to her, but you have to wonder if she was hiding her feelings for him from the start. 
Mickey thinks “stripper” and has preconceived notion of his “rat’s” girlfriend, she’s got to be easy and willing to give up her boyfriend. He’s blown out of the water in both cases…… 
So Mickey’s plan, kidnap Claire and get her boyfriend come rescue her! 
Claire can only see one problem with that, they split up! Mickey is going to have to come up with some other plan! But he’s convinced that Corey will come and rescue her, then he will convince Corey to back to him, and then he will deal with the real culprit (A man that was prominent in the previous book) he wants Delgado in prison or dead for the hassle he caused his brother and his best friend. 
The kidnapping is actually a contract between Mickey and Claire, she’s to be paid for her time, but she needs to be close to Mickey for it to work!! 
This book is a rollercoaster of emotion, guilt, anger, hate, double dealings and back stabbing. 
But there is also family loyalty, love, tender moments and a connection that sizzles across the pages. 
What starts out as blackmail, turns into two people slowly turning to one another as the world they know goes crazy!! 
“I hate that I’m the reason for what happened to you and it kills me that I couldn’t get to you sooner.” 

“I don’t blame you.” 

“I know because you’re a beautiful soul and that makes me feel even more like a bastard. I swear to you I’ve never felt the way I do about you with anyone before. It probably sounds cheesy but I love you more than anything in this world and when I think about my future, you’re in it. I’ve felt that way since the day I took you to the waterfall.”

Mickey can’t get enough of Claire, there is nothing he won’t do for her, she is it for him, and for Claire, the sun rises and sets with him. Neither thought they’d find this kind of love, both thought it would be like fireworks (short but intense) 

So is my review a little off? Maybe, I wanted to know Mickey before this book, so I kept looking for something else.

So I stopped, read something else and came back up it, and I’m glad I did. 

It’s got a few triggers, it’s got a few heart wrenching moments, and it’s got pages where it just took my breath away. 

I’m still not a fan of drug dealers, I’m still not a fan of excess violence, but I am a fan of this author. 

I’d recommend this book for several reasons. And I know I’m going back to read the first story (if only to read about Mickey) 

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Arc Review…..Tempting the Footman (House of Devon Book 5) by Lauren Smith 📱

Tempting the Footman (House of Devon Book 5) by Lauren Smith 

Description

She’s an heiress who needs a husband fast…he’s the brooding, handsome footmen who comes to her rescue…

Lady Venetia Dunham has plenty of money and freedom, until her father dies, leaving her and her feisty grandmother at the hands of her less than noble cousin when he becomes the new earl. Her cousin makes his wishes clear. She will marry a man of his choosing, a man who will split her fortune with her cousin.

Determined to avoid that fate, Venetia and her grandmother flee to a country house party hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devon where Venetia stumbles into the arms of Adrian Montague, a handsome footman with a tragic past.

When Venetia sprains her ankle, she and Adrian are closeted together for a week. The attraction between them is undeniable and forbidden. Their passion could wreck Adrian’s life if they were discovered together. When love blooms between them, it comes at a great cost, and Venetia must choose to follow society’s laws or her own heart.

Publication date 28/9/2020
My Review…. 
Footman Adrian Montague is going about his daily chores, if he’d known how the day would end, he might have been better prepared. 
Socialite Venetia Dunham is not going to marry some horrid man her cousin has acquired for her! It was bad enough she lost her family home in the country, she’ll be damned if she’ll lose her inheritance to marriage! 
She needs to escape or marry a man of her choosing…..
A forbidden love, ladies don’t usually meet and marry the servants, but nothing about this arrangement is orthodox. 
Adrian is technically the son of a lord (but if your father ruins the reputation of your mother and refuses to marry her, then your illegitimate) but as his father refuses to acknowledge Adrian, he has had to make his own way in the world. 
Venetia is quite the spitfire, she knows what she wants and with the help of her beloved Gran, she sets out to do it. 
This short story is part of a series (House of Devon) written by other authors. But you definitely don’t have to read them all. 
I think it was almost love at first sight for Adrian, and when asked to be Venetia’s companion for the week, he jumps at the chance (yes a little unconventional, but it’s a writers prerogative) 
They form a friendship that turns into love. She wants to know all the secrets concerning a man, she wishes to know their touch and kisses, and she wants Adrian to help her!
But it’s a secret, because if found out Adrian would be given the sack from his job and Venetia would be a social outcast!! But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to hide their feeling for one another. 
And what of her cousin? Has he forgotten that she is to marry his friend? Or will he leave her to live the quiet life in the country? 
So can Adrian and Venetia find happiness, or will it be just a brief fling?  
If your looking for a short historical read, then you’ll not go wrong in picking this one up. 
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Arc Review….. Savage Lover: A Dark Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 3) by Sophie Lark 📱

Savage Lover: A Dark Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 3) by Sophie Lark 

Description……

There’s A Reason I Never Go To Parties…

I saw him in a cloud of smoke, like sin made flesh. Even bruised and battered, I’d never seen anything more beautiful…

Unless I hate myself, I should stay far away from Nero.

He’s a heartbreaker.

A mess-maker.

A walking disaster.

Here’s the problem: I’m in deep trouble with a dirty cop. The only person who can save me is Nero. We’re not friends. If he saw me drowning, he’d throw me an anchor.

But he’s the only chance I’ve got. 

He’s no hero, he’s a Savage Lover.

“Savage Lover” is the wild and reckless third act of the “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone bully Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!

Brutal Birthright Series 

Book 1 Brutal Prince 

Book 2 Stolen Heir 

Book 3 Savage Lover 

Publication date 16/9/2020

https://amzn.to/3i3UtVR *

My review…… 

Nero is the reckless Gallo family member. He’s a ladies man, and he knows it, the Gallo looks, the bad boy image, Nero has cultivated that look, and it certainly pays off with the girls. 

Camille is a mechanic, she works with her father. Not exactly the life she wanted, but she likes cars, it’s the people she’s not impressed with. 

But picking her brother up from a party sends Camille’s life into a downward spiral. Covering up her brother’s stupidity seemed like the only course of action. She couldn’t let him go to prison, he’d never get a chance at living. 

But the police officer that pulls her over had no intention of sending her to prison. Oh no, he’s got plans for her……

These two probably never would have met if not for her brother throwing up and a cop and finding her brothers secret!

If it wasn’t for the bent cop terrorising and blackmailing Camille, she won’t have turned to the one man she shouldn’t have. 

Nero and Camille shouldn’t have fallen in love, from two different worlds. She’s hard working and he’s a gangster. 

I loved this story, the interaction between the families 

The intensity between the main characters in this book blew me away. 

I thought the chemistry between (Brutal Prince) and (Stolen Heir) was intense, this was so much more. 

The passion, the slow and ever growing love that blossomed between Nero and Camille. 

This book had me putting down my regular favourites and diving straight in. Ms Lark is becoming a go to author.  

I do have one complaint, it lacked a little something. 

It didn’t have the angst of Stolen Heir, and it didn’t have the enemies to loves vibe either! Yes Camille hated Nero, but it wasn’t the same type of fear and hate that Nessa had for her Russian beast! 

But what it did have was realisation of two people that were meant to be together. It had two people who were stronger together, that they complemented one another. 

I didn’t really like Nero at first, in fact I wasn’t too keen on Camille either! But as the story progresses we find out more on the characters, why they behave the way they do. 

You don’t need to read the other two books, but why deprive yourself. 

Another highly recommended book by this author. 

Now the most beautiful man in the world is looking at me with love and desire. And I realize it’s impossible that he could feel those things for me if I were truly undeserving. If Nero and I are a perfect match—and I feel certain that we are—then I’m his equal. His analog. It’s a strange realization to have, after all this time, but I finally believe it. I’m beautiful. I’m intelligent. I’m worthy of love. “What is it?” Nero asks me. I take a deep breath, my forehead pressed against his. I’m breathing in the scent of his skin, and his lips, just an inch away from mine. Taking in his breath—then giving it back to him again. “I’m really, completely happy,” I tell him. “So am I,” he says. “It’s weird, isn’t it?” I laugh. “Do you think that’s how other people feel all the time?”

“No,” he says, wrapping his arms around me and pulling me close. “I don’t think anyone has felt exactly like this.” He kisses me again, with those full lips that spark a thousand sensations everywhere they land. Excerpt from Savage Lover

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Arc Review…. Stolen Heir: An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 2) by Sophie Lark 📱

Stolen Heir: An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 2) by Sophie Lark 

Description….

They Murdered My Father, So I Stole Their Daughter…

She’s my captive, my little ballerina who dances only for me.

Nessa is sweet and innocent. She doesn’t deserve any of this. But that’s how our world works – the wolves eat the lambs, no matter how gentle they may be.

I’ll use her to get my revenge. Unless I give in to my hunger first…

“Stolen Heir” is the dark and gothic second act of the “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone Enemies to Lovers Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!

Brutal Birthright Series: 
An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance 
Book 1 Brutal Prince 
Book 2 Stolen Heir 
Book 3 Savage Lover

My Review…… 

Book 2 in the Brutal Birthright Series, Miko wanting revenge for the death of the man he called father. And the casualty is Nessa the gentlest member of the Griffin clan. 
Miko was briefly in last book. And it will come back to bite the Gallo/Griffin clan in the a$$!! 
We have to go back ten years to the start of his story. His family was once happy and stable, after a work accident, father was badly injured and unable to work they mother left the family home soon after. So it was him and his twin Anna against the world. Until his world comes crashing down…..
Nessa Griffin is sister to Callum (MC Brutal Prince)she’s lovely, a gentle soul and adored and protected by her family and friends. She’s loves to dance, but never quite made the grade to dance professionally.
Getting a chance to choreograph a routine for her local ballet is a dream come true, but when she’s left disappointed, Nessa gets talked into going to a bar for a few drinks. 
Miko wants to take the Gallo/Griffin families down, they killed his adopted father and now he wants to take them down!! He gave Miko a job and purpose after his sister killed herself. 
He runs his part of the Polish Mafia world, and not taking revenge will have him facing opposition and a possible takeover! Miko has worked too hard for that to happen. 
I will admit I didn’t expect the kidnapping, I thought he’d charm her then take her for a drive whilst making the family panic. This was nothing like that, drugging her then keeping her a prisoner (considering what happened to his sister I was a little shocked) then toying with her family as they frantically search Chicago for her. 
Another really good read from the author. After reading her first book in this series I was eager to read more of this world. And boy did I ever. 
The emotions in this book are amazing, the backstory gives us why Miko is the way he is, but it also shows us that beauty can tame the beast. But I’ll have to admit I wanted to shoot Miko for most of the book! 
But if they make it, how can Miko forgive the family that killed his father? Surely it’s eye for an eye? 
And if she falls for the beast, how will her family take it? 
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*I am an Amazon affiliate and all the book links are my affiliate links. Using them I do receive a small commission.

Arc Review…. Brutal Prince: An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 1) by Sophie Lark 📱

Brutal Prince: An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance (Brutal Birthright Book 1) by Sophie Lark 

Description…..

He’s No Prince Charming…

Callum Griffin is the heir to the Irish Mafia. He’s ruthless, arrogant, and he wants to kill me.

We got off on the wrong foot when I set a (very small) fire in his house.

Our families believe a marriage pact is the only thing that will prevent all-out warfare.

I think I might need to murder him while he sleeps.

This would all be a lot easier if Callum wasn’t so damned good-looking.

But I’ve got a lockbox around my heart. Because even if I’m forced to marry him… 

I could never love a brutal prince.

“Brutal Prince” is the explosive first act in the epic “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!

Brutal Birthright Series: 
An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance 
Book 1 Brutal Prince 
Book 2 Stolen Heir 
Book 3 Savage Lover

https://amzn.to/2DAE6kP *

My Review……
This story is told by both the main characters. 
Callum is being groomed to take his place at the head of the Griffin empire. Nothing and no one stands in the way of this family. His sisters are used as pawns, and he’s ok with that! It’s for the good of the family right?! 
There is definitely tension between the two families (it does go back at least a generation or two, as per usual it’s all about money and power) 
Aida is the youngest in the Gallo family, having no mother to bring the family up, Aida has always been treated as a boy, that’s suited her fine. She’s learned to fight and look after herself. She’s headstrong and at times careless, but she loves her brothers and father very much. 
The enemies to lovers trope seems to be the in thing at the moment with authors, so have it nailed, and some fall short…. 
Sophie’s Brutal Birthright series falls in the nailed it category. 
The story is clean and decisive, the whole range of emotions are on display here. 
The animosity between Callum and Aida is palpable. After beating her brother up and Aida accidentally stealing a watch (and throwing it in the lake) there is definitely no love lost between them. 
Callum wants to break her family, he will take their business and their home. 
The only course of action ….. marriage!!! 
At the start of the book you assume it’s set earlier in the century, reading further it’s set now! It’s hard to think of families having feuds with one another. 
But reading you could see (and it does) it happening. 
The book is well worth the rollercoaster of emotions it takes you on. It starts at the engagement party, through the wedding and into the marriage! Each trying to get the better of one another! I was exhausted just reading it😉
So will Callum and Aida ever get past the enemy stage? 
And how will they take the news that a new force is in town, and they want what the Gallo/Griffin family have? 
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Author Sophie Lark 
Sophie lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain west. She writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts.
She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips.

Arc Review…. House of Dragons (Royal House Series) book 1 by K.A. Linde 👩🏻‍💻

House of Dragons (Royal House Series) book 1 by K.A. Linde

Description ……
Author K.A. Linde introduces the Royal Houses series with House of Dragons: the story of Kerrigan Argon, a half-Fae, half-human as she seeks her place in an unforgiving world filled with magic, mayhem, and romance. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, and V.E. Schwab.

Ten years ago, half-Fae, half human Kerrigan Argon was discreetly dropped off onto the steps of Draco Mountain with nothing but a note. Her life changes completely as she’s swept into the care of the House of Dragons—an elite training program for gifted Fae.

On the year of her seventeenth name day, each student will be chosen by one of the twelve tribes of Alandria to enter society.

Everyone is chosen, except Kerrigan.

So, she strikes a bargain with the Dragon Society: convince a tribe to select her or give up her birthright forever.

With the unlikeliest of allies—Fordham Ollivier, the cursed Fae prince, who escaped his dark throne—she has to chart her own destiny to reshape the world.

Publication date 13/10/2020

My Review……

I hadn’t heard of the authors that are compared to this book (but I did look on google and liked what I’d read) YA (Young Adult) books aren’t usually my thing, I’ve read a few, and they’ve been ok.
But I did like the back cover….. 
Twelve Tribes of Alandria had been split into four groups. The Society rules over everyone. 
Woodloch to the West, their magic is used for might (war)
Viland to the East, their magic is for the good of the people (medicine)
Moran to the South their magic is basically useless!!! 
And Tosin the magic they wield is for everyday tasks (efficiency)
Kerrigan hopes that when she’s selected her life will finally be better. But that doesn’t happen! She can’t understand why, but Kerrigan isn’t going to let non selection stop her from getting what she wants. 
Kerrigan has always had to fight for what she’s wanted. Being dumped as a baby was bad enough, but she’s half human, half Fae! The half breeds have been persecuted for as long as anyone can remember.
Fighting for money is the only way she can survive. But unlike most half breeds, Kerrigan can use all four elements of magic, she just doesn’t tell anyone. 
Kerrigan also has visions, not many, but enough to worry her! 
And she has an affinity with the dragons, she loves them and her, but she won’t miss cleaning them out! 
I liked her band of friends, they all seemed to lend something to the the book. And I’m hoping we get to see more of them through the series.
Prince Fordham Ollivier, is not a nice person, he looks down on Kerrigan, and with the slur of her birth constantly on his tongue. I really don’t like him! 
But with the hate/hate relationship between Kerrigan and Fordham, you know it’s going to change, and it does eventually….
That was a good read. The start of a series is always tricky, giving enough background without getting too bogged down, and leaving enough for future books. 
There are a lot of characters (loved the pronunciation of the characters in the front of the book) I did feel just a little overwhelmed remembering who was who and what they did (notes were needed) 😉
There are Red Masks (hate group who want half breeds and humans dead!)
Kerrigan is a fighter, I liked her spirit. Fordham is totally different from what I thought he’d be…. 
So without giving too much away, Kerrigan is facing choices at almost every turn. There are factions working to keep Kerrigan away from dragons. Her magic is unstable, but she’s working on that. Throw in dragons, danger, a few twists and the beginning of a love story and you have a pretty good read. 
It also ends on a little cliffhanger, so I’m definitely interested in the next book. 
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Arc Review….. Wolf Hunter Inquisition: The Freeing of Chiropteran by Miller Thomas 📱

Wolf Hunter Inquisition: The Freeing of Chiropteran by Miller Thomas 

Description….

Waking to a macabre world filled with thirst, Danny Roberts finds himself a thrall to a vampire calling herself Mistress, compelled to bend to her every whim. A member of an organization called the Shepherds, Mistress keeps humanity safe from wolves, those who would harm the innocent and threaten the ancient peace between humans and Vampires. But all is not what it seems. Change is coming, dark forces stir in the corners of reality, and time is growing short. Will Danny be able to overcome his own weakness and embrace his destiny or succumb to the power lurking in the shadows?

Only Time will tell… 
Publication date 4/10/2020
My Review….
That was a really good book,  just a little confusing in places. Lots of characters, and I’m not sure if they were all needed! In fact with everything that’s going on, it could have been made into a two books.    

Danny is now a vampire’s slave (known as a thrall) but not just any thrall, Danny seems to have retained his own mind, and that’s never been heard of before. So his “mistress” can keep him and he can help her chase down “Wolves”  He doesn’t remember how he was “turned”, but he can’t be around people, and certainly not his friend and partner Sophia.    Sophia is his detective partner, she’s always worried about him, but now he’s a vampire he can’t associate with her, he needs to disappear…..   
Mistress is a head Shepherd, it’s a vampire council that monitor the humans, (Sheep) and when the Wolves (killer humans) start killing off the humans (a vampire can’t have his food source killed off, they have to eat) then the vampires call for the Wolf Hunters.  
Mistress is going to train Danny to be her apprentice.    

There is a lot of conflicting emotions coming from Mistress, she thinks the vampires are superior. And reading all her abilities I have to agree, but spending time with Danny, you see her softening towards him. I think she admires him, she also treats him like a child and talks to him like a mother would her son.    
After dispatching the latest serial killer, Mistress and Danny are then dispatched to L.A. chasing down this killer is proving a little more tricker.    

Danny also has learn to harness his “Will”, (the power to change and control his body, his appearance and to influence others) that’s only one of his gifts.  He also learns he can tolerate sunshine, the more he drinks, the more he can tolerate. But there is also a side to the blood taken, you can’t kill a “sheep” or the blood can have bad repercussions!    

This book is more gothic horror than romance. And a really good murder/mystery thrown in. There is something else going on in the background, can Danny and Mistress figure it out? I must admit it, I got drawn in and that’s where I stayed till I finished.  The suspense is there, the action is thrown at you, and if I could I would have hid behind my fingers at some of the scenes.  

This would make an excellent film. And one I’d go and watch.  The interaction between Mistress and Danny felt a little stilted at first, then it flowed beautifully. Her sarcastic barbs thrown at Danny had to make me both chuckle and cringe for him.  Watching him grow into his new role was fascinating. In fact at one point I thought he would outgrow his mistress.    

Loved the interaction with the librarian Libby, she was quick, inquisitive and a font of knowledge.    

I read a lot of vampire literature, from Dracula to sparkly, Master to victim, hero and villain. But this was unlike anything I’ve read before. A new concept to an old genre.    
I’d happily recommend this book to anyone that fancies a book with “bite”   

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Arc Review… The Dragon’s Ambivalent Sacrifice: a Dragon Shifter Romance (The Last Dragons Book 2) by Ines Johnson 👩🏻‍💻

The Dragon’s Ambivalent Sacrifice: a Dragon Shifter Romance (The Last Dragons Book 2) by Ines Johnson 

Description

After years of abuse, she believed she was worth nothing. But when she is sacrificed to a dragon she becomes his treasure…

Born of violence, Beryl is the biggest and brawniest of his dragon shifter brothers. His beast loves a good fight and has been nicknamed The Hulk after his heroes; Incredible and Hogan. When his last fight gets out of control and his dragon nearly kills another shifter, he knows the only thing that will wrangle the beast is a female sacrifice. However, when the human he’s destined to mate with arrives, she’s small and meek and cringes from his touch.

With a prostitute as a mother and a pimp as a boyfriend, Poppy is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the opposite sex. The unsightly spots on her skin make her unsuitable for work on the streets. Her lack of skills in the kitchen disqualify her as a domestic goddess. So when she is sacrificed to a fire breathing dragon, she’s certain it’s as a late night snack. Though the hulking man’s gentle touch awakens a desire she’s never felt before, his brutish ways aggravate the wounds she keeps hidden.

Beryl realizes he can’t continue to brawl and earn his timid mate’s trust. He’s willing to be patient, but with each day she isn’t claimed, his beast gets worse and other shifters become more of a threat. To accept Beryl’s claim, Poppy will need to overcome her past and learn to love herself, something she’s not sure she could ever do -even for the gentle giant she’s falling for. 

The Last Dragons Series

Book 1 The Dragon’s Reluctant Sacrifice

Book 2 The Dragon’s Ambivalent Sacrifice 

Book 3 The Dragon’s Willing Sacrifice


Publication date 2019

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My Review…. 
Beryl is the eldest brother to a set of triplets, the biggest, the baddest the best (well in Beryl’s opinion anyway) 
He’s a fighter, a wrestler, bodybuilder, the quickest at mining for precious stones, and an awesome games player (again his opinion) he’s a total big head and bully in my eyes. He’s picks on his younger brother and will fight anyone over anything! 
But reading further into the book, we see a side many don’t, the dragon and man want a treasure to protect and love (what’s the use of these muscles if nothing to protect) and to be loved in return. 
Poppy isn’t loved, or protected. After her mother died, there is only Bruce! A bully, a letch and a total pig! If he’s not beating her, then it’s just using her body for his own pleasure! 
Her appearance can’t even get her working on her back (she has marks all over her, a little like leprosy!)  Maybe the next beating will kill her! Here’s hoping! 
The Veil is technically a wall or shield protecting The Garden of Eden! God is actually a goddess and likes to tinker with her creations! That’s how this dimension came about. To protect the species that are behind it. 
Halflings (part dragon part human) women who will die before they are twenty are the key to having a mate, their ailments are what makes them different (so in fact Poppy doesn’t have leprosy but in fact scales!) 
I’ll have to admit, I didn’t want Beryl to get a mate, well maybe, but not yet. I didn’t think he deserved one, he’s a bully, he thinks because he has muscles he’s entitled to everything. But having Poppy as his mate might actually be a good thing, he will have to temper his rage, use his brain instead of his brawn, and think of someone else for a change. 
Poppy was definitely a victim of abuse, you feel so sorry for her. 
But she’s not completely down for the count, she might not have defended herself when her boyfriend hit her, but when she finds evidence he’s abused a child, all bets are off! 
Being rescued by the Valkyrie and brought through the veil was the best thing for Poppy. Having someone fight in her corner and care about her makes her nervous, she knows it could all come crashing down around her. So Beryl is going to have to take it slow with his treasure. It doesn’t help that he has to fight his younger brother for her, or lions try to take her from him! 
Watching beauty tame her beast was really good. 
Need to read more brothers getting their “treasures”
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Arc Review… Burning Ash (Forgotten Brotherhood Book 3) by N.J. Walters📱

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

Description….

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

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

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

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

Publication date… 21/9/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kill them before they killed you.

Never, ever betray a fellow assassin. 

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

My Review….. 

Asher has seen and done many things In his long life.Being brought into this life by a goddess, she set him the task of keeping humans safe.
Maccus and Asher formed the brotherhood, and through the years others members have joined. And as part of the brotherhood, they’ve had to put down some of their friends (that’s why it’s never good to form a close bond) they don’t meet up very often, and it’s usually only to swap information.
Jo is a vampire slayer, after losing her beloved parents to a vicious killer. 
She’s good at her job, she trains and doesn’t let anything get in her way. 
Asher receives an email that interests him, it warns him of a vampire that’s offering immortality, but in fact is killing his hosts! That’s a big no no, so here he is watching a vampire in Kentucky. But that’s not what got his interest, the fact he couldn’t trace it has him joining in this hunt. 
Now usually the brotherhood don’t get involved, the rogue vampires are dealt with by The Vampire Council. The brotherhood’s job is the one no one wants to do. 
Asher and Jo first meet whilst dispatching the same vampire. 
Both are wary of each other, but Asher guesses who Jo is first, his reveal doesn’t go down well at all with Jo. He’s a Vampire!!! She knows she should take him out, the only good vampire is a dead vampire. But he can walk in the sun, he eats food, all the things vampires don’t usually do!! She needs more information before she acts! 
Agreeing to work together until they find out who is sending them the emails. 
He could freeze her in place with a mere thought. Make her do anything he desired. But that would make him a monster. The kind he’d dedicated his life to eradicating. “I’ve lived longer than you can imagine. Seen history unfold for thousands and thousands of years. You’ve barely been alive a second in comparison.” Her mouth dropped open, and her heart picked up speed. “Holy shit.” “I could have anything I wanted from you.” Honesty might make her pull away, but better that happen now than after he’d had her. Jo was a human hunter with a limited lifespan, but she made him feel truly alive for the first time  in millennia. He’d lived long enough to understand how  truly precious that was.
And when they find out that vampires are after Jo! And a huge bounty is on her head! Well it’s going to take them working as a team. 
Both are attracted to one another, and it’s all ok, until Jo finds out his a vampire. But she can’t help her feelings, but she works alone, it’s for the best, she can’t and won’t get attached. 
Asher on the other hand is totally enamoured with Jo, she’s a warrior, a loner like him, but he can’t get her off of his mind. If he’s going to protect her and figure out who is pulling the strings, he’s going to need help. 
“Something about you brings out a side of me I buried  long ago.” He’d thought it dead, but some tiny flicker in his  heart still yearned for an intimate connection. And that  scared the crap out of him. “Guess I’m just special.” Her voice was strained but  steady. His head jerked up. Was she joking? She was. The light  in her eyes and the twitching of her lips was a dead giveaway.  The pressure crushing his chest lessened. Could she really  mean it? “You are very special. Truly exceptional.” No  humor on his part.
The story like the first two in the series is full of action and a few twists. 
It’s fun reading about a strong female bringing down the male. He’s all strong and posturing…. then BAM!! He’s down for the count and trying to keep his emotions in check. 
It’s great that this series have females that are capable of looking after themselves. Only so many books with helpless females I can read! 
Maccus plays I think a prominent role, he’s wondering why the brotherhood are being targeted? 
Quick recap…. Maccus and Morrigan (Fury Unleashed) were sent to kill each other. That didn’t happen, they worked together to figure out Maccus is a pawn in the fight between heaven and hell! Then Alexei Medvedev and Cassie Dobbs meet, (Arctic Bite) it’s a contract on her life! Again they worked together to find out who was pulling the strings. 
So I can see where Maccus is concerned that the brotherhood is being targeted. 
Back to the story….. 
Asher and Jo now aware of the danger, agree to work together. 
In such close proximity sparks are sure to fly. Jo is aware her time with Asher is limited, Asher doesn’t worry, he’s decided to end his life when Jo gets old and dies. Happy with his vow, he intends to spend as much time her as he can. But first their stalker……
So who is behind the scenes pushing Asher and Jo together? For what purpose? Was Maccus correct when he thinks it’s the Brotherhood that’s in danger? Who has that type of power? 
You don’t need to have read the first two books in this series. I don’t think you’ll miss anything. 
Beautifully written, full of drama and passion. Moments of comedy and sadness. Descriptions that come to life on the page. 
It’s a series that’s now on my TBR list. 
I’d recommend this book all day long. 
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Arc Review…. The Baby Contract (The Contract Series Book 2) by CeeRee Fields 👩🏻‍💻

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

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

She fled from all of it.

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

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

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

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

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

Description…. 

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

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

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

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


Publication date 10/9/2020

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My Review…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The chemistry once lit between these two was explosive. 

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

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

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

The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn

Description….

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

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

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

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

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

Publication date 23/8/202

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My Review……

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arc Review… Murder Ballad Blues by Lynda McDaniel 📱

Murder Ballad Blues by Lynda McDaniel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publication date 15/9/2020

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

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

Description…..

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

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

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

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

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

Daughters of the Warlock 

Book 1 Sisters of the Coven 

Book 2 Hiding from the Coven 

Book 3 Heir of the Coven 

Book 4 Hidden Magic 

Book 5 Forbidden Magic 

Book 6 Arcane Magic 

Publication date 1/9/2020

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My Review….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

A little background….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description….. 

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

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

Etherya’s Earth Series

Book 1: The End of Hatred

Book 2: The Elusive Sun

Book 3: The Darkness Within

Book 4: The Reluctant Savior

Book 5: The Impassioned Choice

Publication date 17/11/18

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

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

Dawn Rising (Awakened Book 1) Lisa M. Green

Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

                            AWAKENED 

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

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

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

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

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3/9/2020 publication date 

My Review….. 

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

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

Description….. 

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

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

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

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

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

Each book in the Inferno Rising series is STANDALONE:

* The Rogue King

* The Blood King

Publication date 25/8/2020

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My Review….

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is fireworks from the beginning of this book. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description….

Only true love can free a captive heart.

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

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

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

Content Warning…..

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

Publication date 11/8/2020

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My Review…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuse, self harm, homophobia and many more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description…. 

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

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

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

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

The Legend of All Wolves Series:

The Last Wolf (Book 1)

A Wolf Apart (Book 2)

Forever Wolf (Book 3)

Season of the Wolf (Book 4)

Publication date 25/8/2020

https://amzn.to/2Xu37F3 *

My Review …… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I couldn’t put it down. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arc Review…. Vitality by Crysta Levere 📱

Vitality by Crysta Levere 

Description…… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://amzn.to/2WuYUAD *

Publication date 25/8/2020

My Review ……. 

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

Oooooh I liked that one….. 

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

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

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

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

Layton is a vampire. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dealing with depression is always a tricky subject. 

Dealing with loss needs to be dealt handled with care. 

And both these subjects were treated with respect and research. 

The authors idea of a vampire is very different.

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

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

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

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

The Revolutionary and the Rogue by Blake Ferre

Description…… 

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

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

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

Publication date 24/8/2020

My Review ….
If I read M/M it’s usually shifter based. So reading a Regency M/M romance it’s a little out of my usual genre. But I’ll give it a go….. 
Perrin is a fop, he gives the impression he’s a bored rich aristocrat, in fact he’s helping to free rich people (aristocrats) like him. The French Revolution may have ended, but the rich are still being persecuted.  Julian and Perrin met in a club for men who love other men, but it’s forbidden. And after losing the love of his life, he didn’t really care for much, but he swore to his beloved he would help wherever he could.  So on the anniversary of Julien’s death, he’s back at the club they use to frequent with old friends to raise a glass. And to see if they can help the Scarlet Crest! And who is the scarlet crest? No one knows. But many people want to find out, Perrin must be careful. His life and the lives of his friends are at stake! 
Henri is an officer in the French Revolutionary army. His job is to capture spies, he enjoys his work. Freeing the poor from the reign of the aristocracy.  He hates the rich, they ruined his life, and the lives of his family, so he won’t stop until everyone in France is an equal.  Getting a password to the Scarlet Crest meeting place, Henri hopes to find information on where and when the next rendezvous is and how to stop them from fleeing the country. 
Perrin and Henri meet by accident, Henri saves Perrin from being trampled. Both have a lustful thought at being so close to a stranger. But reality comes crashing in even Henri realises the man he saved is an aristocrat!! Perrin is mortified that he feels anything, he should still be mourning for his beloved Julien, not lusting after someone else!  They meet again at the Scarlet Crest meeting place. It’s still hostile between them, but so is the strange attraction! 
Does Henri believe Perrin is helping the rich to flee? He doesn’t want to, but why would he be here?  And can Perrin trust Henri, when he knows how much he hates the rich? 
I liked the characters, I liked the premise, but I have to be honest, I didn’t really enjoy the book.  I’m not sure what spoilt it for me. But something was missing. I know gay relationships were frowned upon in those days. And I know it’s a crime to have those feelings. But I didn’t get that feeling from the book, it didn’t feel cloak and dagger. I got the intrigue, I got a little suspense. It just fell a little short.  I just didn’t believe the feelings. To me there didn’t seem the passion, the fire, the urgency.  The characters of Henri and Perrin were good, they were solid and well thought out. Loved Quill (Perrin’s friend) he was fun.  As I said, lots of great ideas, just not quite there with the execution. 
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Arc Review… The Billionaire’s Fake Wife: Enemies to Lovers Standalone Romance (Big Bad Billionaires Book 1 by L.Steele 👩🏻‍💻

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

Description… 

I never should have agreed to becoming his fake wife… 

Sinclair Amadeus Sterling aka 

Mr. Superior Jackass with a God complex.

Who also happens to be my blackmailer… gulp.

Tall, dark, gazzilionaire growly pants.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I should have turned and run right then, but…

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

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

Besides, it’s only thirty days, right?

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

Then he tells me the real reason for the charade.

And everything changes…

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

Publication date 18/8/2020

https://amzn.to/30R5T88 * 

My Review….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman  

Description…..

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

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

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

Publication date 10/8/2020

https://amzn.to/3hcU1ns *

My Review….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Redemption (The Guardians) Book 4 by S.Hamil 

Description…. 

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

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

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

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

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

The Guardian Angel Series

Book 1 Heavenly Lover 

Book 2 Underworld Lover 

Book 3 Underworld Queen 

Book 4 Redemption 

Publication date 21/7/2020 

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My Review ….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

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

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

Description…

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

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

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

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

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Publication date 27/7/2020

My Review …….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cathy Skendrovich…… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Review….. 

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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