Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Review: The Krinar's Obsession by Melody Dawn 4 of 5 stars

The Krinar's Obsession The Krinar's Obsession by Melody Dawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the filed attack by the resistance Krinar Guardian Ralen is asked to go to Earth and protect Mia's best friend Jessie Lin in case she is used to get to Mia. However the protection details turns into an obsession and he continues to watch her after he should have stopped - he decides nothing will stop him taking her for himself (including her human boyfriend Edgar) - even if it destroys his career. So when she plans on introducing Edgar to her parents Ralen decides it's now or never and take her for himself. The question is can she forgive him or will he be wiped fr his actions?

This was a sweet novella that definitely had me smiling. Ralen was so focused and Jessie Lin was so determined not to give in to him because he was a K that they created a few comedic moments that had me chuckling slightly. I did find the ending to be a little rushed as I felt she made her eventual decision very quickly considering the circumstances. I nice light read that was well written and easy to understand.

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Review: Greyson by J.M. Walker 5 of 5 stars

Greyson Greyson by J.M. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Greyson Mercer meets Eve when she is found in a wood by some members in his MC club and immediately feels something for her. Eve on the other hand is in a bit of a state physically and has clearly run away from somewhere (or someone) but has absolutely no memory. Greyson had been on his own for so long he was shut off emotionally but with Eve chipping away at him he was focused on a future with her - until she was ripped away from him but someone from her past.

Wow - we first met Greyson in the author's King Harlots MC Series but it was great to see him finally get a chance at happiness and the kind of future I think he deserved. I did find some aspects of the story a little far fetched but it certainly didn't detract from the overall story and I loved the strong sassy character of Eve who definitely made an impact on the whole MC Club even with no memory. This story definitely features graphic sex and violence descriptions so don't read this if you are looking for a gentle romance. Well written, I loved the way there were twists and turns in the story and it wasn't easily predicted.

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Review: The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge 3 of 5 stars

The Illumination Query The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ronald Carpenter is a zookeeper and is struggling to find some escaped creatures when a mysterious and secretive company called Eclipse however it then becomes clear that they use nefarious means and so he struggles with his conscience when they offer him a job earning more money - can he leave the job he loves and helps then to do something he feels is wrong? Nigel Hunter has a theory on how to give people the move amazing movement capabilities so Eclipse agree to repeating his experiment on himself in the lab however it has a dreadful effect of them taking him a prisoner and keeping him in the lab with the other test subjects. So when Roger and Nigel are pit against each other which one of them is going to win?

Wow this is a very dark science fiction story that certainly challenges the reader to suspend what they believe is normal. I liked the story but I did find the format of it being like a series of notes more than a little irritating as I got further through the story. I feel it would probably work better as a physical book and not as an e-book - I just struggled to cope with the different formats, the notes, the comments about not being a writing - they got a bit tiring towards the end. Well written and easy to understand even though I found it a bit strange.

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Review: The Vampire's Executioner: Book 1 in The Somerset Supernaturals Series by Isadora Brown 4 of 5 stars

The Vampire's Executioner: Book 1 in The Somerset Supernaturals Series The Vampire's Executioner: Book 1 in The Somerset Supernaturals Series by Isadora Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Grant (just Lizzy as she insists) is a tops rated assassin working for the Nocturnal Defence Society (NDS) but then gets the sort of assignment she would certainly never volunteer for - being the bodyguard for Nikolai Dragulia who is due to inherit the crown and then rule over the Vampire society. Lizzy just sees him as a spoilt and arrogant prince that she is being sent to babysit - a complete and utter waste of her skills! However as she starts to analyse and investigate the people who as suspected to be behind the plot to kill him she concludes that this really is a big thing and could change everything about the vampire society. As for Nikolai feels he doesn't need Lizzy babysitting him as she might be gorgeous but she is irritating and has one hell of an attitude problem. However as it all becomes clearer and so many people are involved in this plot he realises she might be the only person he actually CAN trust.

This is a tale of politics, intrigue and ultimately of love. I loved the attitude that Lizzy had although I was surprised there were no complaints about her to her management. I enjoyed the major politics between the various vampires as lets be honest what else are they going to do with such a long lifespan. Well written and easy to understand. A pleasant read.

** Please note - this book was originally published as An Education in Royalty.

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Review: Talon by Dale Mayer 4 of 5 stars

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

Talon Lore was a SEAL and has been recovering since 2 years ago his squad's truck was deliberately rerouted over an antitank landmine where one died and the other 6 suffered life changing injuries. Badger Horley (one of the team) realised it was deliberate later plus family members or loved ones of the team have died in accidents (that appear in retrospect to not be) and so they are now investigating it. As part of the investigation Talon has to go and see the sister of his best friend and tell her his was murdered not in an accident. Clary Witcher was his girlfriend until she issued him and ultimatum and he chose to stick with the Navy. Now he has to see her after 10 years plus he needs to try and keep her safe. From Clary's point of view she has never forgotten Talon and has not been able to move on even though she had married. She is now divorced but knows if love won't make him stay then she will face danger on her own.

Gosh - as with all of these stories it was a roller-coaster of emotions, action and progress on the search for the person behind their comrade's death and the murders of their loved ones. The book went from emotional moments, to danger, drama and action. The one thing you will definitely be able to say about this book is that you cannot be be bored . There were a few surprises and twists/turns which also kept the interest going in the story. It well written and everything thing was well written and explained to the reader. I enjoyed the way it ended and it was great to have a summary of where they were with the mystery and what they intended to do next.

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Review: The Vexation of Vampires by Chrys Cymri 5 of 5 stars

The Vexation of Vampires The Vexation of Vampires by Chrys Cymri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Penny comes to the end of her time in Lloegyr so has to renew her life as the village priest back in England while still being the liaison between the two countries. Clyde is with her and he needs to heal from the wounds he willingly received while they all get used to her new deacon who is also a vampire. Then of course she needs to talk to Peter to make some decisions before their wedding. However she has some major distractions from Lloegyr - Raven is still not right, there seems to be a camp fr snail sharks in the back garden, the UK government wants her to work out why vampires are trying to migrate to England and she still has not had the discussion with Peter. Can she cope with everything or will something have to give?

I loved this story. It had so many parallels with the world we currently live in - prejudice, refugees, protectionism, overreactions to name just a few. Maybe this book could be suggested reading for politicians? As for the situation between Penny and Peter - it's on track to be the way I've really wanted it to be (and that is all I'm going to say). The writing was to a good standard and everything was clear and easy to understand. I loved the way that the characters felt real (they were not perfect and had flaws) and had their own unique personality. I even found a few parts of it funny so expect to be surprised at times too.

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Review: Blood Instincts by Marie Lavender 4 of 5 stars

Blood Instincts Blood Instincts by Marie Lavender
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Myah Sullivan suddenly finds her whole life and future changed when she discovers that she is not entirely human and the world also contains what are described as Others who are dangerous supernatural creatures. Vampire Oliver King tries to show her everything and how to survive as she starts to learn about her own past. The question is can Myah handle this new reality and take on the role she was born to fulfil?

This is a charming story that definitely towards the end tugs at the heartstrings as you are by then fully invested in the characters and what is happening. I found some of Myah's doubts more than a little irritating and at one point I could feel myself shouting at her in my head so I was glad when towards the end she started to really understand everything and her own heart. I loved the way the various races were explained although I hope in later books of the series they are expanded and given more detail as I'm sure there was a lot more to each of them. An enjoyable read if you can get past irritation at Myah.

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