Friday, 20 July 2018

Review: Sassy Ever After: From Scotland, With Sass by A K Michaels 5 of 5 stars

Sassy Ever After: From Scotland, With Sass (Kindle Worlds Novella) Sassy Ever After: From Scotland, With Sass by A K Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Belle is Sassy and on a fine line with her Alpha at the moment so she goes to pick up a visitor to the pack from the airport as part of her attempt to make amends. Problem is he is an incredibly sexy Scotsman and when her Alpha's mate goes near him she finds herself growling at her - what the hell is wrong with her Wolf?? She barely makes it out of the house alive after that behaviour but later that day she sees the Scotsman again and it turns into a very hot encounter. She finds herself behaving like a love-sick puppy and his Wolf is calling to hers like a soul-mate. There are rogue Wolves in the area and they have decided they want Belle - can the two seal the bond before it is too late?

I loved this story. It fit into the Highland Wolf Clan series perfectly and had a perfect balance of drama, danger, love and romance. I could empathise with the events that were happening and was gunning for them finding a solution to all their problems and coming together as they were fated to.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Review: New York: A Bridge & Sword Prequel by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

New York: A Bridge & Sword Prequel New York: A Bridge & Sword Prequel by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Allie Taylor lives in a world with two races - humans and seers. These seers are enslaved by governments, corporations and the wealthy. They are psychic in nature and have a high sexuality. Allie is fascinated by these exotic beings even though she is never likely to ever meet one. Then her boyfriend's band has a gig in New York and seers are visible on the streets there. Whilst she is experiencing trouble with her boyfriend she observes seers being tasered, a terrorist attack and she seems to have a crazy stalker leaving her weird cryptic notes. She also finds that no matter where she is there is a tall black haired buy with the most amazing eyes. Then her trip becomes downright dangerous when a a strange religious cult that venerates seers targets her in a strange ritual which could prove fatal to her.

Wow – great story! I really enjoyed reading about this period before the Bridge and Sword World series started It certainly helped me understand some of what happens in the books and why certain things happen and why the main characters Allie and Revik behave the way they do. Everything was well written and made perfect sense. I could empathise with the characters and understand their feelings and motivations. If you have not read any of the stories in the series this is a perfect introduction.

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Review: Hett: Paranormal SciFi Alien Romance: Dragons of Novai Book 1 by Ashley L. Hunt 4 of 5 stars

Hett: Paranormal SciFi Alien Romance: Dragons of Novai Book 1 Hett: Paranormal SciFi Alien Romance: Dragons of Novai Book 1 by Ashley L. Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After their planet was destroyed the Novai have finally found a new home on an empty planet - however they are not alone. Led by Balor and Hett they arrive on the new planet having had many of their members evolve or die in a transformation, but when Hett stretches his wings and explores the planet more he finds something that will change his people's and in particular his own life forever. Evelyn is headstrong and as the tribe princess she is determined to reach the surface that she only knows of from her late mother's stories however when she finally reaches it she meets an alpha-dragon and suddenly the two races have a dilemma. Can Hett and Evelyn work together and can they all learn to co-exist or will they all die in war?

This was a sweet story about how two people can meet and fall in love and then need to somehow get their people to walk away from war and work together. Some of the explanation of the background felt a bit long but it helped to understand the events as the book developed into the events after their meeting. I liked the detailed explanations of the scenery and the situations they found themselves in and the writing was clear enough that there could be no mistake in understanding the events and the effects of the meeting of the two races. A good start to the series and I am looking forward to find out what happens next.

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Review: Bound to Gods by Eva Chase 5 of 5 stars

Bound to Gods Bound to Gods by Eva Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aria Watson had been brought back from the dead by four hot Norse gods to be their Valkyrie and having got used to her new powers they together with Freya suddenly find themselves trapped in a prison that looks like their home Valhalla but is fake. While trapped there, moments from their past are brought back and they have to live through those memories something that appears to be universally unpleasant. It is certainly an eye opener for them all to relive and understand the impact past behaviours have had on each other - even if often Aria seems to become an arbiter between them trying to stop the hurt and facilitate better relations between them. It meant that large parts of the book went deeper into the characters of each of them and understanding their motivations and the effect that actions can have on others. I think at the end of it I understood all of the characters much better and they all became better because of their emotional journey. Loki became more serious, Thor learnt a bit more diplomacy and that fighting all the time was not the solution, and I understood a lot more about Hod and Baldur and how they might be very different but there really were similarities between them as I would expect with them being twins. It was great to understand Freya better as before this she was very much on the sidelines. I think they also understood Aria better too and so it ended up with a test of trust in each other and whether they could accept, forgive and move on from their own traumas of the past. Well written, a pleasure to read such powerful character building and I can't wait to find out what happens next.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Review: Awaken: Book 1 in The Dark Paradise Chronicles by Isadora Brown 5 of 5 stars

Awaken: Book 1 in The Dark Paradise Chronicles Awaken: Book 1 in The Dark Paradise Chronicles by Isadora Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is centred around the struggle between good and evil and the impending war between the two. The main three characters are all friends at school who are mixed in this war that is coming in different ways. In this book, two of the three have a love interest which might not work out as you would like (read it and you'll understand).

I found it a little weird when it went back a few times to tell the same part of the story from the other person's viewpoint, but overall I really enjoyed it and became addicted and ended up finishing it when I should have been doing something else. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in book two - I need to know how some things have worked out and what happens next

Recommended - give it a try and you might find like me you have discovered a new series to be obsessed about

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Review: Quentin Black Mystery Collection (Books #1-4): A Paranormal Mystery Romance by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

Quentin Black Mystery Collection (Books #1-4): A Paranormal Mystery Romance Quentin Black Mystery Collection (Books #1-4): A Paranormal Mystery Romance by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Black in White:
Miri Fox is a psychologist who also works as a on/off profiler for the police. They believe they have caught the "Wedding Killer" but when she checks him out Quntin Black claims to be hunting the killer too. He is nothing like Miri expects and she becomes determined to work out what his secrets are. However Black confronts Miri about her "insight" into people and she gets pulled een further into the game to catch the killer and also as a result into Black's world. Can Miri cope with the doubts and fascination with Black as well as handling the views from her best friend (who is a homicide cop) and her own boyfriend who works in intelligence.

WOW - loved this story. The story was intense and the building fascination between Miri and Black was quite lovely at times The relationship between Miri and her boyfriend seemed like it wasn't anything special and I think when she meets Black no one else had a look in. There was lots of action, twists and turns in the story that kept me gripped and reading faster as I got further into the story and became more hooked. I can't wait to see how this develops in the next book of the series.

Black as Night
Miri Fox is a Forensic Psychologist and suddenly finds herself on a plane getting her boss Quentin Black (a psychic detective) out of jail in Bangkok. When she gets there he is working undercover in a gang f local criminals trying to discover who is killing street children and then burning their bodies in a ritual inside a Buddhist shrine. However Black isn't the only one interested in the crimes as it comes to the attention of local sex traffickers and a Russian crime syndicate who don't like this interference.
Miri arriving and helping brings her to the attention of the wrong people and she is suddenly the one being hunted.

Wow - this is intense and full of drama, action, danger and raw emotion. I definitely found myself reading this quicker and quicker as I got more into the story and Miri was in more and more danger. Black was his usual self - dark, moody and very irresistible. Well written and very easy to get lost in the sights, sounds and emotions involved in the story.

** Please note there is a brutal rape scene in this story and so you might chose not to read it because of that.

Black on Black
Psychic detective Quentin Black disappears leaving his partner and forensic psychologist Miri Fox alone in San Francisco as soon as they return from Bangkok. He gave no explanation and gave no clues as to what he is doing, just leaving her the equivalent of breadcrumbs and cryptic hints. Miri is able to feel him more and more every day both when she is awake and when she is asleep dreaming to the point that her life starts to spin out of control as she senses what Black is doing is starting to be out of his control. She can sense he is in danger, but he won't admit it and no one will listen to her when she tries to get help from his staff. She can sense this new job of his is becoming more like a gauntlet and a test proving his loyalty of both his race and the mysterious Lucky Lucifer who controls a seer cult in Europe. So Miri realises she has to save Black even if she has to cross some cultural lines changing her life forever.

Oh wow - this book was all action, drama, danger and one hell of a reveal of information at the end that was impossible to predict. Lots of references to events in the previous books and some cross over to the Bridge and Sword World books which you might pick up easier now the final book in that series has been published. I loved how Miri was the strong one for much of this and she was the one knowing what she wanted and was going out to make sure she got it. Well written and very enjoyable. I have to confess I was unable to stop reading this and might have stayed up very late because I couldn't bare to not know what happened next.

Black is Back:
Quentin Black and Miri Fox are thrown into the middle of a murder case when the victim is found beheaded and tied to a pier (and the man was previously Miri's client). Detectives have tracked the killer (known as The Templar) from LA to San Francisco. He doesn't stop killing in his new location hence the fact that the police department drag Miri and Black out of his apartment to investigate it (they were there as they were going through a Seer mate bonding and by being in the public too soon it affects everyone.

There was a huge amount of drama, danger and action in this story. I loved the way events unfolded and developed as the story unfolded. Everything was well written and easy to understand and feel as it developed. I loved the way there seemed to be plenty of miscommunication due to their cultural differences and felt that was quite understandable considering that Miri was not raised as a Seer. I can't wait for the next story to come along now.

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Review: Black Is Back by J.C. Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

Black Is Back Black Is Back by J.C. Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quentin Black and Miri Fox are thrown into the middle of a murder case when the victim is found beheaded and tied to a pier (and the man was previously Miri's client). Detectives have tracked the killer (known as The Templar) from LA to San Francisco. He doesn't stop killing in his new location hence the fact that the police department drag Miri and Black out of his apartment to investigate it (they were there as they were going through a Seer mate bonding and by being in the public too soon it affects everyone.

There was a huge amount of drama, danger and action in this story. I loved the way events unfolded and developed as the story unfolded. Everything was well written and easy to understand and feel as it developed. I loved the way there seemed to be plenty of miscommunication due to their cultural differences and felt that was quite understandable considering that Miri was not raised as a Seer. I can't wait for the next story to come along now.

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