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Friday, 30 March 2018

Review: Mirror Sacrifice: The Ardere Series Book 2 by Margo Ryerkerk 4 of 5 stars

Mirror Sacrifice: A YA Urban Fantasy Novel: The Ardere Series Book 2 Mirror Sacrifice: A YA Urban Fantasy Novel: The Ardere Series Book 2 by Margo Ryerkerk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sierra Reeves and Gavin McLoughlin travel together to London so that she can start training and he can work on a case. However life is not so simple as she has to deal with a snobbish crowd of elites while Gavin is becoming distant working on his case with his ex. The only positive in the situation is
Cooper who is always there for her helping with her training. She wonders if it can become something more but has to push it to the side as the Culpatus is back on the scene with some unexpected allies.

The book started well with the scene setting after the previous book and the journey to London. I did find the use of the surname Windsor a little cliche but that is a personal thing as an English person. The training was interesting and it was nice to experience the process of her coming into her skills and the knowledge that are needed going forward. As the story developed it went through a number of twists and turns some that could have been anticipated and some were definitely a complete surprise. I liked the build up at the end even though I might not have completely enjoyed the way some parts of the story ended. It was all well written and clear and easy to understand. Wondering how it is going to develop in the next book now.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Review: The Wolf's Hunt by Lila Jean by J.A. Cipriano 5 of 5 stars

The Wolf's Hunt The Wolf's Hunt by Lila Jean by 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tina is fused with the Goddess Damara and has 5 shifter Princes as her mates but that seems to not be the way to a final quiet life - so many people are coming onto the scene and they all seem to want her powers or to kill her. However to get there she has to master the new magic she has, protect her princes, work out who is trying to frame her for murder and stay alive when 3 of the legendary gods come down to earth. Sounds like apiece of cake surely?

Wow - this is a great second book in the series. It had so much drama, danger and intrigue that I was hooked all the way through. Tina was a great character who managed to keep her personality and will even though she was fused with Damara. Her Princes were not only hot but clever with it too. It was well written and it was easy to understand and feel all the thoughts and emotions of the characters in the story.

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Monday, 26 March 2018

Review: Company Ink by J.A. Cipriano 4 of 5 stars

Company Ink Company Ink by J.A. Cipriano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You would think Roger has it made - a magic pen that means whatever he writes is true, hot capable women that do his bidding, his best friend and a home base in Las Vegas - what more could he want? However another pen user with a power different to him has set their sights on Las Vegas so Roger decides no one threatens his women nor his city! So he ends up in Monaco where he befriends the former Miss Tennessee, plays high stakes poker and hobnobs with the eccentric and super rich. Can he defeat this new threat?

Wow - this story was definitely a roller-coaster of a ride through danger after danger as he used his magic pen to try and deal with and overcome this new threat from this other pen user that was different in their powers. I have to say he was rather easily distracted in his will to be some kind of love machine with his harem of women but he did manage to concentrate hard enough to deal with this new threat. It was well written and easy to understand although at times I found the story a bit manic so my advice would be to just stick with it as it will get better in later sections.

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Review: Final Life by Rose Garcia 4 of 5 stars

Final Life Final Life by Rose Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dominique is 17 and angry and upset having had to move across country during her senior year leaving her feeling incredibly lonely. Then things get worse when her neighbour pushes her into playing a so called psychic card game and she seems a red desert with an evil presence what threatens to kill her again in this life. She tries to forget the experience after convincing herself that she has gone crazy but she keeps having the vision and it keeps getting more intense. All of a sudden it all becomes clear - the has to discover the secrets of her past and confront this evil else she will really be dead.

This was a great start to the series and did it's best to set the scene as well as give an interesting story full of drama and intrigue. In the end I felt quite sorry for her suddenly having all of this new world thrust upon her but I also had to feel a little annoyance with her on how she managed to handle and overcome her problems as she encountered them. She seemed determined to handle everything herself and very selfish at times which seemed to cause a few issues for the other characters. Intriguing story that I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment in this series hoping that she learnt from the previous events and is a bit more together.

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Review: Den of Thieves by Jasmine Walt 5 of 5 stars

Den of Thieves Den of Thieves by Jasmine Walt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tariel and her harem cross into Carliss and feel that they are past the worse but when Riann is kidnapped by bandits everything falls apart. So Tariel and those that are left have to go deep into the territory of the bandits to try and rescue him. They then find themselves caught up in a conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of the Carlissian government. But can Tariel beat the criminal overlord and his vengeful witch? Can Tariel find a way to take the bandits out for good?

Poor Tariel - there was just so much trouble upon trouble in this story for her, but through it all she found goodness and hope around the corner. I loved the various twists and turns in this story which was certainly not boring. I felt the determination and willingness within her to succeed whilst doing the right thing. I loved that at all opportunities she would rather use her magic to knock people out than get the members of her harem fighting and potentially killing people. I could definitely feel for her when Riann was kidnapped and the frustration as she was trying to find him. Well written and very enjoyable. I can't wait to find out what happens to them next.

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Review: Pounding Earth: A Reverse Harem Dragon Fantasy by Erin R. Bedford by J.A. Cipriano 5 of 5 stars

Pounding Earth: A Reverse Harem Dragon Fantasy Pounding Earth: A Reverse Harem Dragon Fantasy by Erin R. Bedford by 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maya and her mates might have thought they were safe but when one of her mates is kidnapped through treachery at a time when there is also a time of chaos her world spins. Thankfully the large army that comes from the West has her sister leading them. Can Maya master new powers, save the missing mate and rally everyone to finally bring peace back to the land and get her own HEA?

Wow - this last instalment in the story didn't disappoint. There was plenty of drama, danger and magic in this thrilling finale. I could definitely feel and empathise with her when one of her mates was taken away from her and could definitely relate to the frustration she was feeling. Definitely recommended. It definitely helps to have read the previous story first otherwise you might not understand what happened.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Review: Star Conqueror: An Epic Space Adventure by J.A. Cipriano 5 of 5 stars

Star Conqueror: An Epic Space Adventure Star Conqueror: An Epic Space Adventure by J.A. Cipriano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

David Briggs is a ex-marine and now office worker who does the ultimate and beats the final level of the game Star Conqueror when all of a sudden his life changes completely. He gains the power to become a fire-breathing dragon and is recruited by alien freedom fighters to save the people in the galaxy from the evil empress (just like in the game). However it seems in order to succeed he has to free super hot female warriors from mind control and fight his way through armies of machines.

This was a sci/fi action adventure book of the highest order. It had pretty much everything. I loved the background story of how the whole adventure starts (no not giving that away sorry) and the way the story developed. The characters were definitely 3D and I could empathise and feel their thoughts and emotions as the story developed. There is plenty of action, drama and excitement in this story and as series starts go this one is great. I just need to read the next one now as I just have to know what happens next.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Review: Sea of Darkness: Book 1 in The Vampire Pirate Saga by Isadora Brown by Rebecca Hamilton 5 of 5 stars

Sea of Darkness: Book 1 in The Vampire Pirate Saga
Sea of Darkness: Book 1 in The Vampire Pirate Saga by Isadora Brown by 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kelia Starling is a Sea Slayer and has always be told that Sea Shadows need to be all killed. However when he father mysteriously is murdered she has to work with one in order to find out the truth. Drew Knight is a Sea Shadow and the most beautiful creature Kelia has ever seen. When the time comes for Kelia to chose between what she has always known and which she fears is the real truth can she make the right choice?

I loved the characters and the world that has been created in this book which was a perfect setting for the story. Kelia and Drew were great characters that were described well and I felt I could really understand and empathise with their situation and the events around them. A great start to the series and I can't wait for the next instalment of the story.

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Review: Kingdom of Storms by Jasmine Walt 5 of 5 stars

Kingdom of Storms Kingdom of Storms by Jasmine Walt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tariel is a half-breed with magic that she is trying hard to hide and suppress. When her vindictive warden tries to marry her off to a hideous man who beats and seems to kill his wives she realises her attempts to fit in have been worthless and she will have to escape and finally embrace her magic. She has her two best friends (one a knight and one a scholar) and a desert spirit to help and guide her in her escape. However the deadliest witch hunter his on the hunt for her and they ned to find some way to avoid him if they want to find her destiny.

Wow - I felt so very sorry for Tariel and the way her life was. He life was so hard and as much as she tried to fit in nothing seemed to work. I could definitely empathise with her and feel all the thoughts and emotions she was going through. Hurrah for her two friends who stepped up and did everything they could to help and protect her. A great start to the series and I can't wait to see what happens next to Tariel and her men.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Review: Rare Stakes (Urban Fantasy) by Michelle Fox 5 of 5 stars

Rare Stakes (Urban Fantasy) Rare Stakes (Urban Fantasy) by Michelle Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amelia (Mel) Larson is an FBI agent with an additional skill - she is a psychic which she uses to help solve cases. Her success rate is impressive but her latest case may well turn out to be her hardest - a Dracula copycat that pulls her into an underworld where not every killer is human.

I loved this story. Mel was strong and feisty while undeniably human with had real emotions and feelings. I enjoyed the story and how she coped and struggled with the non-human characters she encountered. Well told and everything was very clear and easy to feel and understand.

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Review: Colliding Hearts by Eva Chase 5 of 5 stars

Colliding Hearts Colliding Hearts by Eva Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jeremy Keane is telekinetic and to protect himself is constantly on the run, never staying too long and never using his powers. However when he saves a woman's life she has the most amazing brown eyes and even though he knows he should immediately run, he can't resist this persistent woman. Grace Trevell has had to cope with he mother abandoning her and now her grandmother dying. She knows she needs to make friends and have a new life but when the gorgeous guy saves her life she can't let him (and his secrets) go. So when some rather persistent researchers start sniffing around after Jeremy and his family he knows he needs to leave - however Grace has already stolen his heart and they are now determined to use her to capture him.

Wow - I loved this story. It had mystery, drama and danger all wrapped up with supernatural abilities and a spot of romance. It was well written and I could feel and empathise with all the thoughts and feelings of the characters. It was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next instalment in the story.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Review: The Fifth Moon's Assassin by Monica La Porta 5 of 5 stars

The Fifth Moon's Assassin The Fifth Moon's Assassin by Monica La Porta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dragon let his soulmate Jade leave Solaria in order to try and hide her from those that want to kill her. However it has assigned them both to a painful hell - can he live without her, can she forget about him and can Dragon find her before their enemies find her first?

A dramatic instalment in the story around Dragon and Jade (who he met in the previous book). My heart ached for them as they faced an impossible scenario, which then transformed into a need to give him a hug while giving her a shake! Lots of drama and danger in this story based in another world. I enjoyed the different story elements that created the whole story of Jade and Dragon. Everything was well told and described so that I could feel and empathise for the characters and their issues that were encountered as part of the story. It helps to have read the previous book although I think you could read it stand alone too.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Review: Nikolai by Marissa Farrar 4 of 5 stars

Nikolai Nikolai by Marissa Farrar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nikolai Petrov is a Russian vampire that now lives in London and gives in to his maker and attends a business meeting in a shady nightclub run by werewolves. He is then hit but an insatiable need for blood and sex and a delicious scent is picked up by him - it is his bloodmate (Lauren) and she desperately needs help. However another vampire has paid to buy her as she isn't completely human. Can he find her and bond with her before the Thirst takes over and sends him mad?

This was a roller-coaster of a chase to find her and then protect her from the buyer. There was plenty of action and drama in the story of how Nikolai and Lauren met and became mates. Nice story with some great touches like her not being fully human and the buyer.

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Review: Fluidus Rising: A YA Paranormal Novel: by Margo Ryerkerk 5 of 5 stars

Fluidus Rising: A YA Paranormal Novel: Fluidus Rising: A YA Paranormal Novel: by Margo Ryerkerk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sierra Reeves lives with her gran and is graduating high school when something happens and she is torn away by her gran where she is told that everything she knew up to now is a lie and she is actually a rare supernatural with special powers called a Fluidus. Suddenly they are on the run and trying to stay away from the Ardere Regency and a rebel group called Culpatus. They arrive in Savannah, Georgia and hide out with the help and protection of handsome Ardere marshal Gavin McLoughlin. She starts to explore her powers under Gavin's guidance when her location is discovered and a murderer strikes. Sierra will have to use all her skills just to stay alive.

I loved the idea behind this story and the world of the supernaturals created by the author. Everything seemed to sit together well and made sense. I liked the relationship between Sierra and Gavin and the various complications and events involved in the way it developed. I could feel the emotions involved in some of the events described in the story and was able to have empathy for the characters involved. It was a great start to the series and I can only hope it carries on being this good as the story develops.

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Review: The Playboy God by Erin Hayes 5 of 5 stars

The Playboy God The Playboy God by Erin Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Damien Eros is a matchmaker for the elite and is damn good at it - he should be - he really is Eros the Greek God of Love. His trusty PA Maxine Galloway is a single mother and she keeps him in line. However when someone tries to destroy his reputation and business he pays her to be his fake fiancee to fix his public image. Surprisingly she accepts, and then she is surprised when he isn't the bad boy he appeared to be. It can't go any further - neither believes in love so it's just never going to happen - or is it?

This is a lovely light read that was a charming take on the boss/employee fake engagement theme. The characters were very vibrant and alive, I could empathise with them and their situation, plus I ended up rooting for Damien hoping that he would get a HEA. It was well written and really enjoyable.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Review: Forevermore by C.C. Wood 5 of 5 stars

Forevermore Forevermore by C.C. Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ava Amaris is a witch and Ewan Macgrath is a vampire with a bizarre similarity - they both woke up one day cursed with no idea who they were and where they came from. Both have done their best to make a life for themselves. They have to join forces to defeat a powerful witch who appears to know everything about them (including who they were) and is determined to destroy them and take their powers. They also seem to be connected, Ewan feels that Ava is his mate, and they need to work together to remove their curse - even though there is a risk if they go too fast it could destroy them.

Wow - there was just so much drama and excitement in this story. I couldn't put it down, read far too late into the night and found myself reading faster and faster as I was dying to know what happened next. Well written and I could put myself into their places and feel all their thoughts and emotions. Great story and delightful characters that I could get behind and root for.

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Review: The Island: Vampires of the Merovingi Book 1 by Sarah M. Cradit 4 of 5 stars

The Island: Vampires of the Merovingi Book 1 The Island: Vampires of the Merovingi Book 1 by Sarah M. Cradit
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Etienne de Blanchefortis a French colonial plantation owner on the island of Saint-Domingue in the West Indies. He feels very justified in his move there after the French Revolution hits and they are largely unaffected. However when his "fiend" arrives he cannot reconcile his mind to what they really are let alone cope with hid wife's dreams that are stealing life from her, his three daughters who are becoming more free, curious or doing strange drawings and then his son gets a new friend that he won't talk about. So when the fiend makes a strange request from him their lives are going to change their (and their descendants) lives forevermore.

This is an interesting time and as usual the author has really worked hard at investigating the world that this story takes place and her writing shows that as it paints a clear picture in your mind as to where they are, what is happening and why. That also meant that I could really feel what they were thinking. An enjoyable story that sets a great foundation for the series going forward.

**Please note this is earlier than the House of Crimson and Clover and so you don't need to read that series first.

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Monday, 5 March 2018

Review: Brandon's Bliss by Dale Mayer 5 of 5 stars

Brandon's Bliss Brandon's Bliss by Dale Mayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brandon is new at Legendary Security and is sent to Africa to help in the search for Bullard who has gone missing from a new property he had purchased recently. Kasha has worked for Bullard for 5 years and so knows most of the people at Legendary too. Working close together Brandon puts himself close to Kasha on instinct - hoping he gets the chance to make that more permanent if they can get out of this situation.

This was a dramatic story set in Africa with gangs, gun running, corruption, lots of drama and danger, and an attraction that appears to be impossible to ignore. There was plenty of action as the story unfolded as one bad situation was followed by another. Their abilities and professionalism shone though. I loved the way they respected each other as colleagues for their skill in the face of danger while there was an underlying promise of something good if they survived. Well written and very enjoyable read that transported me away to Africa.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Review: The Dragon's Glare by T.J. Wolf 4 of 5 stars

The Dragon's Glare The Dragon's Glare by T.J. Wolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story starts in 2019 - three years after Una Waters found the Hopi artefact in the previous book. She is sent on a special assignment from DC to New York - specifically Chinatown in the city - when there is a cuber breach at the NYPD and she comes back into the realm of General Ashcroft who now works in US Cyber Security. Then Jack Howser arrives to investigate a UFO sighting and Una connects it to an incident where some time was missed during the Chinese New Year parade. After an encounter Una feels closer to the Sky People from her Hopi childhood and she she realises that the humans on Earth need to start to accept that they are not alone.

This was a fast moving and complex story that needs your full attention so you can appreciate the skill that the story was woven together by the author. It tied together Hopi and Chinese folklore and that added a great deal to the story. Well written and very enjoyable it was the kind of read that you need to take your time with to absorb everything. This is the second book in the trilogy and although I think it could make sense to just start at this book I believe to truly appreciate the story and the relationships between some of the characters you should read the first book before this one. Very enjoyable and starting to build up nicely for the next book which is the last one in the trilogy.

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Review: Defeating the Odds by Kacey Hamford by Amy Davies 4 of 5 stars

Defeating the Odds Defeating the Odds by Kacey Hamford by  
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Damon is a world class MMA fighter with anger issues that come out after fighting a man and almost killing him - so he gets shipped off the rehab to sort himself out. Ford Matthews is a pro football player with a gambling problem who is sent to rehab to sort himself out after he loses big time. Both think they don't have an issue and both are convinced this is a waste of their time.Help and love can come from the most unexpected sources.

I loved this story. It was sensitively written and I don't think any of the sexual content was gratuitous or unnecessary. Everything was clear and easy to understand and left you with a warm feeling that everything worked out for them both.

**Please note this is a M:M love story so if you feel that that is not for you please don't buy the book.

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