Sunday, 19 May 2019

Review: Kingdom of Sand and Wishes: A limited edition of Aladdin retellings by J.A. Armitage by Margo Ryerkerk 4 of 5 stars

Kingdom of Sand and Wishes: A limited edition of Aladdin retellings Kingdom of Sand and Wishes: A limited edition of Aladdin retellings by J.A. Armitage by Margo Ryerkerk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Djinn Curse by Margo Ryerkerk - 4*

Roxelana was forced to become a Djinn 100 years ago and has been waiting for her shot at freedom. However to do that she needs to sacrifice the sultan prince to the djinn king however she hesitates after observing the care that he takes with his people. Who will she choose - herself or him?

Nice story with a great reason for her torment over the decision. Well written and very pleasant to read.

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Review: Black Dreams: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Romance #10.5 by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

Black Dreams: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Romance #10.5 Black Dreams: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Romance #10.5 by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miriam's dreams start following her back into the real world, scaring the hell out of her husband, military-trained seer, Quentin Black.

If you have read one or especially both of the Bridge and Sword World and Quentin Black series by this author you will adore this story. It will give you closure on the former and a major development for the latter. I'm struggling with what to write without spoiling this story for the reader, so all I can say is OMG and WOW. Well written and clear/easy to understand this can be read even if you are not familiar with the series but you will get so much more from this if you have.

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Review: The Lonely Wolf by Monica La Porta 4 of 5 stars

The Lonely Wolf The Lonely Wolf by Monica La Porta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ludwig is an Archangel and Quintilius is an Alpha werewolf. They have been in love for over 2000 years but as they are from rival special they are stuck in a forbidden love, made so much worse when Ludwig chooses his career/duty over love. Lupo is a young werewolf who is full of anger and frustration striving to get a position in the Reds street gang in Rome. Then suddenly he finds love where he least expects it. In a fateful coincidence, Ludwig saves a vampire from a werewolf attack and makes a discovery that will link his life with Quintilius and Lupo's forever. However, he has to handle vampires, werewolves and angels plotting against them first.

There are a couple of stories woven into the story of Ludwig and Quintilius and their love for each other. Lupo was definitely an interesting part of the story and although in this one it covered his relationship with his father Quintilius, it also signposted a potential book detailing his relationship with Jasmine the Panther. I enjoyed the way that the characters in the book explored their feelings and eventually came to the correct conclusions even if they took their time getting to what I feel was the right conclusion. Well written and enjoyable.

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Review: The Immortals - Books 4-6 by Monica La Porta 5 of 5 stars

The Immortals - Books 4-6 The Immortals - Books 4-6 by Monica La Porta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A bargain of a boxset that will leave you addicted and wanting more of the Immortals and their turbulent lives in and around Rome in Italy.

The Hidden Demon - 5*
As a demon, Peter is a pariah but has the skill that he can touch the dead and read their last thoughts, so is tolerated by the rest of the paranormal community. However, he is also cursed because any person that he touches he can influence - so he is convinced that he will live his days out with no intimacy nor any companionship. Wolf shifter and forensic anthropologist Ophelia is in love with her best friend Samuel who is totally in love with someone else so going through a personal crisis. So when the remains of a couple are discovered in an embrace both Ophelia and Peter are pulled in to find out what happened and who they are. Having met on site, their wit, intellect and attraction become something that cannot be denied and they feel an inescapable pull towards each other. Problems start when it becomes apparent that they are forces involved that want the story to remain hidden and they find themselves fighting to save themselves. Can they survive the situation and will the pull they feel between each other become impossible to deny?

This was a great story which has a lot of drama, danger, passion and even inter-species politics all pulled into a story which will suddenly become both deadly and undeniable as they end up fighting to save each other from the forces that would prefer that the truth stayed buried. There were some nice touches in this story and it makes you think how would we each cope as individuals if we were not able to touch people we cared about nor be able to tell the difference between an automatic reaction and true passion. I loved the ending of the story and it was so special to experience how they managed to get past all the problems that were in the way. Well written and a very enjoyable story.

An Immortal Valentine's Day - 5*
Alexander Drako may have been a playboy once, but now he is a doting father of three. There is a=to be a nighttime special party for Valentine's Day but he forgot the flowers that Ravenna wants to decorate. So he joins with friends Marcus and Samuel to go to paranormal rehab centre Wolf's Haven to get flowers from their greenhouse that have not been sold. Peter and Ophelia are back from their year-long honeymoon and she is eager to see adoptive father Quintilius who is volunteering at Wolf's Haven so they rush over there. Quintilius is not happy to see Peter as he stole his princess from him. However, they all focus on a crisis at the centre trying to find missing teenager Luisa, a girl who’s run away with a dangerous gang member. Will they be able to find the missing girl and make it back for the party?

I enjoyed this story which had lots of danger, drama and excitement all mixed into a soup of emotions and feelings experienced by the characters. I loved seeing Quintilius and Peter work together and find a way to resolve their differences. It was interesting to see how these strong men had turned to putty as soon as they found love with their women and subsequent offspring. Very enjoyable

Raphael - 5*

Shifter Raphael has a dreadful past life which has left him scarred and now is on his own it no one to care for him. He lives rough in the catacombs beneath Rome and does everything he can to evade the Controler who just wants to send him back to a life of torment in the Renegade Youth Shelter. His life takes a rapid turn the day he meets werewolf Luisa who is his one true soulmate. However, they only meet for a very short time as he has to continue to flee the Controller. With a broken heart and an absolutely bereft wolf, he will sacrifice everything he has (even if it is his freedom) when he discovers he has been captured by a ruthless street gang. Will he be able to rescue her so they can be happy together forever?

This book was a rollercoaster ride through a broken care system, a street-gang and the underbelly of Rome. He'll have to do all sorts of things that are not in his nature in order to be near to her and try to get her away from such a dire situation. The end was explosive and full of drama and danger as Raphael battled to save them both from the brutality of the street gang. If I had one regret, it is that the conclusion was a little abrupt although I did like the final solution. An enjoyable story and at times an addictive read.

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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Review: Renegade Vampireby Monica La Porta 5 of 5 stars

Renegade Vampire Renegade Vampire by Monica La Porta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stella is a real-life Princess but she certainly doesn't live life like one. Her parents tragically died in an accident, she was then raised by an Aunt who has now also died of old age, and she is now all alone in the world with no money, little income from the many jobs she does, and a large bill to pay to save her ancestral home. With impending homelessness and desperate for a solution she contemplates becoming a Blood Courtesan in a business transaction with a wealthy Vampire - after all, it's all business so there is no danger of love getting in the way. Ancient vampire Fabian Laurentis is a world-famous actor and playboy. However, he is also the only reason Stella is still alive and when he realises she is about to make the worst mistake of her life he is determined that no one else will have her - no matter the cost. Little does he realise how difficult that may become - can he keep them both safe?

This was a lovely story and I really enjoyed the softer side of a Vampire being shown. I enjoyed Stella's determination to protect the people and things that she loved and how she took the difficult decision to do whatever it took to save her home. It was well written and it was easy to understand and experience all of the emotions and events happening to all of the characters. I felt so sorry for her as her troubles mounted up and definitely hoping someone could help her.

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Review: Caitlin's Song by John A. Heldt 5 of 5 stars

Caitlin's Song Caitlin's Song by John A. Heldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Carson Children make an unplanned stop into 1962 and are based in Boulder, Colorado where Cody and Caitlin get to go to college. Their parents Tim and Caroline Carson are making a planned stop in 1972 but it becomes a nightmare when they read about their children's lives and discover that one has crossed paths with a killer. So broken hearted they race back to the past to reroute history. Will they manage and will the family ever meet up?

This is definitely full of lots of drama and excitement as we look at both the events in 1962 for the Carson children and those in 1972 for their parents. Woven into the story are events from those times in American history which are either big ones in general history or big ones in the history of the growing Carson family. I really enjoyed the events of a dream of Caitlin's as well as the events of the concert near the end of the story. Well written and very enjoyable I can't wait to find out what is going to happen to this time travelling family next and where they are going to go. Is this the time when they all meet or will then need another jump in time?

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Review: Swede by Dale Mayer 4 of 5 stars

Swede Swede by Dale Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Swede had watched his brothers in arms fall for their perfect women and just hoped one day he would be as lucky. He then pushed those thoughts away as he was on a mission in Mexico watching a rebel camp only to stumble upon a group of civilians - including the one woman he thought was wrong for him. Eva had a long time love of animals and so when a friend asked her to come help move some suffering horses from Mexico to new homes she felt she couldn't refuse. However, she finds herself in trouble until she sees Swede who is determined to keep her safe and extract her from the danger no matter the personal cost. Can she protect her heart and can they beat the rebel's plan which will not be a happy ending for either of them?

This was a powerful story which included lots of danger and drama as they fought to save the animals, each other and found something perfect at the same time. I loved the way it wasn't a simple matter of boy and girl meet in a dangerous scenario and after a miraculous escape, they lived happily ever after. Instead, it was more difficult as Eva needed a lot of persuasions to go with her hidden feelings and they needed compromise, in the end, to find a way forward. Well written I liked the exploration of their emotions and feelings.

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