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Monday, 31 December 2018

Review: To Black With Love: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Romance by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

To Black With Love: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Romance To Black With Love: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Romance by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Decorated vet and ex-cop Nick Tanaka has been missing since the mess on Koh Mangaan. Black and Miri have been looking for him all over Europe so it appears time to face facts - he is dead - the only question is was it in the fire or did the vampires kill him? Uncle Charles is whipping up a civil war in the US to get the humans to kill all vampires and so when they return to San Francisco they face potential danger from the “Purity Movement” who are starting riots all over the place. Charles continues to pressure them to join him and the vampires are worried too and request an alliance in return for an update on Nick. With all these strands how is it going to progress for Miri and Black and will they find the vampire King's information impossible to resist forming an alliance with him?

This story was a little flow to start as it focused on the search for Nick but it soon transformed into the kind of story I would expect from this author/series. Lots of developments, twists, turns plots, sub-plots and surprises kept hitting me as I read this story. Some I could possibly have predicted, some were very different to how I expected it to develop(in a good way) and gives me promise of some major developments in future books in this series. As events started to kick off I became more addicted to the story and needing to know what is going to happen next. It was a great ending with some surprises and the promise of some major events in the future. Well written and easy to understand if you have read this previous books in this series you will definitely enjoy this one.

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Saturday, 29 December 2018

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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Review: SEALs of Honor: Books 1-3 by Dale Mayer 4 of 5 stars

SEALs of Honor: Books 1-3 SEALs of Honor: Books 1-3 by Dale Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mason - 4*

Mason is a SEAL who is on a mission to save Tesla - the sister of a dead SEAL colleague of his who has developed a software program which will save many US soldier's lives. Other countries now know about the software and so they are determined to get it. Time is running out for them both and can Tesla stick to her vow to not go near another military man?

This was a lovely story that was enjoyable to read. It contains plenty of drama and excitement (including some twists and turns). Well written it is a great read if you want a good SEAL story with more than a little romance.

Hawk - 4*

SEAL Hawk is going home for a short break but never expected to find a dead man as soon as he arrives there. It also seems to be around the redhead he never forgot. Mia remembers her best friend's brother who is now much more dangerous to her heart and as sexy as hell - just as well he is on her side as the local town explodes in violence and she appears to be stuck in the middle.

This book was full of danger, drama and excitement as it moved from one twist to the next. Mia was so strong in the face of all that was happening to her and Hawk was true to type in resisting the inevitable until he had no choice but to accept it. A great fun read.

Dane - 4*

Dane is a SEAL and on a mission to capture a chemical weapons terrorist when he meets Marielle - but is she to be trusted or part of the same group? PhD student Marielle is on a short holiday to meet with a former professor when she finds herself thrown into a dangerous situation with fast moving events and only SEALs keeping her alive. They both find themselves drawn to each other - is this just a physical attraction or is this the forever that they have booth been waiting for?

This was a great story with so many twists and turns in the world of chemical research and international commercial espionage. I loved the way that were unsure of each other and then as they faced everything that was thrown at them they realised that they needed and wanted each other. Well written and a good read.

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Review: Dane by Dale Mayer 4 of 5 stars

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

Dane is a SEAL and on a mission to capture a chemical weapons terrorist when he meets Marielle - but is she to be trusted or part of the same group? PhD student Marielle is on a short holiday to meet with a former professor when she finds herself thrown into a dangerous situation with fast moving events and only SEALs keeping her alive. They both find themselves drawn to each other - is this just a physical attraction or is this the forever that they have booth been waiting for?

This was a great story with so many twists and turns in the world of chemical research and international commercial espionage. I loved the way that were unsure of each other and then as they faced everything that was thrown at them they realised that they needed and wanted each other. Well written and a good read

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Monday, 24 December 2018

Review: Hawk by Dale Mayer 4 of 5 stars

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

SEAL Hawk is going home for a short break but never expected to find a dead man as soon as he arrives there. It also seems to be around the redhead he never forgot. Mia remembers her best friend's brother who is now much more dangerous to her heart and as sexy as hell - just as well he is on her side as the local town explodes in violence and she appears to be stuck in the middle.

This book was full of danger, drama and excitement as it moved from one twist to the next. Mia was so strong in the face of all that was happening to her and Hawk was true to type in resisting the inevitable until he had no choice but to accept it. A great fun read.

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Review: Mason by Dale Mayer 4 of 5 stars

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

Mason is a SEAL who is on a mission to save Tesla - the sister of a dead SEAL colleague of his who has developed a software program which will save many US soldier's lives. Other countries now know about the software and so they are determined to get it. Time is running out for them both and can Tesla stick to her vow to not go near another military man?

This was a lovely story that was enjoyable to read. It contains plenty of drama and excitement (including some twists and turns). Well written it is a great read if you want a good SEAL story with more than a little romance.

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Sunday, 23 December 2018

Review: AWW Snap, Dragon by Julia Mills 4 of 5 stars

AWW Snap, Dragon AWW Snap, Dragon by Julia Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tristan is a Dragon Guard and it seems that there is nothing in existence that will stop Gerri Wilder from the Paranormal Dating Agency from finding his fated mate even if he is trying to ignore it. Felicity is a flower fairy who keeps his business's offices stocked with fresh flowers and plants. Can they both be brought together by Gerri?

This was an interesting story that merged the worlds of both series into a captivating story which contained love, evil and a fight for survival. We learnt more about his background and the world he inhabits as well as his friendships with key members of the team. This is a great light read that can be read by fans of both series but can also be read by anyone as a stand alone story. Well written and very enjoyable.

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Review: Sacrifice

Sacrifice Sacrifice by Isadora Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this final instalment in the story many of the strands have to work their way to conclusion. Keirah decides to use her family connection to try and get Jack to help her find Noir, Jack's ex becomes his business partner and does everything she can to get him back from Andie (including investing in her animal shelter) and Reese shares her secret with Andie which is very unexpected. Can Black Wing avoid Lucas Burr the DA from putting him in prison even if he decides to use Andie as bait to capture him?

There were many twists and turns in this story as Andie tries to cope with everything that is happening. I was great to see the relationship between the good and evil in this and how they battled with each other in order to dominate over the other. It was also surprising how what you though was one actually was the other as you learnt more about them. Some of the twists confirmed my suspicions but some came completely as a surprise so definitely a great end to the series.

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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Review: A Wolf's Hunger: A Ravenous Pack by A K Michaels by Monica La Porta 5 of 5 stars

A Wolf's Hunger: A Ravenous Pack A Wolf's Hunger: A Ravenous Pack by A K Michaels by 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rafe - 5*

Rafe Blackstone is Alpha of the Darkmoon Pack and has a hunger that just won't stop - nobody and nothing can stop him and his nearest and dearest are really worried about him. Then his Mum tells him of a legend that says that this only happens when a shifter needs to find their mate and so out of desperation he embarks on a journey to find his mate.

Tasha is fighting to stay one step ahead of rogue shifters that have destroyed everything that she knows and loves. When they have Tasha cornered can she survive and have a future with the Alpha who has come to her aid?

This was a great story with lots of action and danger mixed in with a lovely romantic tale. It seemed to have everything - shifters, magic and romance. It was well written and I could feel all the emotions experienced as part of the story. A great start to the new series.

Kade - 5*

Shifter Kade MacKenzie is out of control with the Hunger that is driving him wild with a need to kill and eat prey. His best friend and Beta Lennox warns him what is causing it but he finds the whole idea ridiculous - that is until his wolf takes control and takes him on a quest to find his soul-mate.

I LOVED this story and the way that it developed. Kade was the tough guy that you always envision an Alpha to be, but had also soft gentle edges that made him quite irresistible. As for his mate when he find her, she was feisty and had a take no prisoners attitude that fit perfectly into the role of an Alpha's mate. The story was well written and everything was well described. It was full of complicated thoughts, hopes and fears and I could feel all the emotions that the characters were going through.

Zohar - 5*

Zohar Drake is the Council’s most feared Enforcer. He feels that everything he has done for the council has left him tormented and feeling under a dark cloud. As The Hunger strikes him he knows that it must be a spell as the Goddess would never send him a soulmate. His best friend Danko begs to differ and sets out to hep him while they are on a mission to save a pack from a truly despicable alpha. The question is can he keep Zohar sane and outside of the Council’s infamous prison.

I loved this story. It was a nice slant to the hunger stories and the issues around the pack and their members added a different dimension with lots of drama and the odd twist and turn. I loved the dynamic between the characters and the way it developed. It was well written and everything was clear and easy to understand.

Sheba - 5*

Sheba has broken a taboo in the Dark Moon Pack because she is the first female Alpha. It was not easy to get there and she had to fight hard and be much better than any male to get to that position - so she is determined for it to stay like that and not slip in her focus. Then she gets a hunger that makes her hunt and eat lots - nothing wrong with that surely as that it what a shifter was born to do right? Then she starts dreaming about the most magnificent Lion - strange - maybe she ate something bad? When renegades start becoming a problem she has a dilemma - she has to defend the pack and get rid of the renegades, but the pack healer says she has to go and find her soul-mate or go mad. Sensing her disbelief her beta Ray insists she must find the soul-mate and that he will go with her. Can she find him before the renegades?

Great story - and so nice to read another story in the A Wolf's Hunger collection of stories that is about a female Alpha and not a male one. It was nice to have a slightly different slant on the story which made it less formulaic and not a wolf or human for the soul-mate. It was well written and I could feel and empathise with the story as it unfolded. Loved it.

Shade - 5*

Shade Shawcross is the Alpha of the Silver Lake pack and seems to have a insatiable hunger that is beginning to consume him. His Betas (and best friends) suspect they know what might be happening and persuade him to look through the pack archives to confirm what it is and find out the cure. Shade eventually agrees and they start to go through the recently digitised archives. They are all shocked at what they find and when Shade finally lets his wolf take control to try and find his soulmate. This is not going to be easy as she is on the run from her pack and Shade has three bothers after him after their scheming sister told them a story that was incorrect. Will he find his mate or will either of them die from the others chasing them?

Wow - lots of action and excitement in this Wolf's Hunger story. After a slightly slow start the action just kept coming and the danger kept piling up on them both. Well written as always and all the thoughts, dreams, emotions and frustrations were all easy to feel and experience as you read this story.

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Friday, 21 December 2018

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Review: Wicked Wonderland: A Reverse Harem Retelling by Eva Chase 5 of 5 stars

Wicked Wonderland: A Reverse Harem Retelling Wicked Wonderland: A Reverse Harem Retelling by Eva Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lyssa Tenniel has inherited a large house from a great aunt that she can barely remember but finds it helps her to forget the mes that is her life and leads her to the kind of adventures she could only dream of. It all started when she falls through a mirror and finds herself in Wonderland. There she meets some really hot guys - an eccentric Hatter, a mysterious guy called Chess and the inventive White Knight. She will get involved in a rebellion against a tyrant of a White Queen, discover a special power all while trying her best to keep her head (literally) and her heart.

This is a lovely slow burn reverse harem book that is an imaginative twist on the Alice in Wonderland story. The places, characters and events are all easy to imagine, understand and sense how the characters are feeling. Lyssa is understandably hesitant as she comes to terms with the whole situation and events that are happening - sometimes I admit I found her annoying but I'm probably far more trusting of this kind of environment that she is given the kinds of book that I read. A great book that is highly recommended.

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Monday, 17 December 2018

Review: Wicked by Ginger 5 of 5 stars

Wicked Wicked by Ginger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alyssa Callaghan lives in Gates Mill with her father Vance Callaghan who has put his experience as a decorated Navy SEAL to good use working as a PI with and for Police Detective Lumis. However when they pick up a 13 year old cold case of a killer who saws the throats of his victims Alyssa has to learn to fight her social anxiety, find friends, romance and even find the courage to investigate her father's case. However it takes a more personal turn as she seems to cross paths with the killer multiple times which Vance struggles to work out the motive and identity of the killer whist coping with historic memory loss. Things build up towards one hell of a Halloween - can then crack the case before anyone else dies?

OMG - this is a beautifully told story which takes the time to build each character in great detail so that as you experience the twists and turns in the plot you can feel and experience the changes and events for the characters too. I loved the relationship between Alyssa and Vance which was so clear and full of love, then the way that her friendships and romance built was also sensitively done with the right level of detail. The way it concentrated on friendship and love (but not physical) was great and definitely appropriate given the ages of the friends. I loved the drama in the story and the build up to the final conclusion was enjoyable and well told plus the ending was a welcome twist.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Review: The Bluebeard Curse: Cursed Fairy Tale: Book 2 by Margo Ryerkerk 4 of 5 stars

The Bluebeard Curse: Cursed Fairy Tale: Book 2 The Bluebeard Curse: Cursed Fairy Tale: Book 2 by Margo Ryerkerk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nolan Bluebeard fled after finding his sister with a knife over his parents' dead bodies and so after his life gets more complicated when girls last seen with him drown. Instead he makes a fortune importing goods but after five years he has to return and take over his title and responsibilities. However friends treat him with suspicion, the town has not forgotten and so life becomes very complicated. Jolie knows all the rules about interaction with the nobility but she finds she cannot stay away from him even if being close to him could risk everything she has worked hard for. Can she help Nolan to rebuild his reputation and break the curse even when women around him start dying again?

This was a lovely second instalment in the Cursed Fairytales series. I loved the way they were described in detail so that I could imagine them in my mind. It was a lovely story that centred around hate and evilness and how love and purity could enable their survival. It was sensitively told and it was easy to feel the thoughts and emotions of the characters. A good read that definitely tempts me to read the next one in the series.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Review: The Demon-Born Trilogy by L.C. Hibbett 5 of 5 stars

The Demon-Born Trilogy The Demon-Born Trilogy by L.C. Hibbett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great series that will keep your attention all the way through!

The Shadow Born Children - 5*

Grace is 18 and has been running her entire life with her foster family. For now they are living among humans but it feels like it is only time before the angels find them as the magic which binds them is starting to fail. For over two thousand years the Half-Born like Grace have been hunted to maintain the barrier that hides magic from the human population. Then they suddenly encounter some unexpected allies and are introduced to the world of The Shadow Children. She finds a world here that she belongs in, but there are battles to come, and nothing is certain - even down to who she can trust.

I loved this book - the way they were hiding and the mixture of races and half-breeds was very interesting and added a lot of variety. The writing was very clear, the descriptions of feelings, objects and emotions was very clear. I definitely enjoyed this first book in the series and can't wait for the next book now.

The Shadow City - 5*

The Shadow Children are trying to rescue the halfborn from the Silent Homes but it feels like a losing battle to Grace - now they are having to choose whether to trust the Angels or fight on alone. She has Sam by her side, but they still have to find their way through secrets and lies in the Shadow City.

Wow - lots going on in this book with plenty of twists and turns in the plot - how on earth do they work out who to trust as it seems to be near impossible. I loved the complexity of the story and the way you could not predict the way the story was going to go. It was well written and everything was very clear. I could definitely feel the emotions and thoughts that the characters were going through. I can't wait for the final part of the story.

The Shadow War - 5*

The enemies of the Shadow Children are unmasked and the stakes are much higher than Grace had ever contemplated. Many of her friends are imprisoned and the Circle are doing everything they can to destroy the human race. Faced with a stark situation and even less choices it becomes apparent that Grace and the other Shadow Children are going to have to prepare for war. According to an ancient text there is only one way to break the Circle and their power but can Grace and Sam be strong enough to make that sacrifice?

What can I say? WOW. This is a fast paced drawing together of all the story threads towards the final confrontation. On the way there, were lots of twists, turns, and surprises where you didn't always know who was a friend and who was a foe. I felt that the ending was just open enough that there was room for a follow on series which I really hope the author creates as I will miss these characters and feel that there is more for them to achieve. As always everything was well written and clear/easy to understand. I could feel the emotions of the characters and the feelings involved in the story events.

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Review: Indian Paintbrush by John A. Heldt 5 of 5 stars

Indian Paintbrush Indian Paintbrush by John A. Heldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Carson Siblings have safely survived 1889 and 1918 and have now arrived in 1943 where they are hoping for a quiet life in their home state. The two oldest boys Adam and Greg want quality time with their wives, Natalie and Caitlin have romances with WW2 aviators and Cody becomes friends with a Japanese family in an internment camp. Whilst doing all of that they continue to search for their parents until the problems that they had in previous years come to haunt them and they end up making a breakneck race for survival - will they escape?

Goodness - this family know how to find trouble as they make another stop in time during their search for their parents. In many ways it was very enjoyable - normal life seemed to be part of the story for them all and it was lovely to see the three unattached siblings finding their own love interests and for those loves become something much deeper. Then life (and the story) threw a few curve balls and I started to wonder what was going to happen next. I won't spoil any of the story for you but just tell you that at different points I had hope, disappointment, heartbreak, joy and tears. The book was very well written and very clear and easy to feel and understand. My only problem with the whole book is wondering how I am going to cope while I have to wait for the next one to be written!

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Review: A Deadly Masquerade by A.K. Michaels by Monica La Porta 5 of 5 stars

A Deadly Masquerade A Deadly Masquerade by A.K. Michaels by 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Victor Strong has organised a Masquerade Ball as a secret gathering of the vampires and their bloodmates so they can all meet each other and network. However there is a very jealous ancient vampire who just wants them dead instead. The Directive have been involved and have helped pull it all together but it starts to unravel as attacks start to happen to some of the couples which means that Victor, Quinn and Flint have started to realise that their location has been leaked to the vampire who is trying to kill them and he has enlisted vampires and shifters to help him. Can they survive this dreadful situation where danger is around every corner or will this horde of supernaturals heading for them give victory to the jealous vampire?

This is a great book that has pulled together many of the vampires with their bloodmates we have already met as part of the books in the series. However you do not need to have read these books before you read this one. I loved the danger involved in the story and the different ways that the vampires handled the situation. It was lovely to see a more human side of these characters that we have met before and to observe any ways in which they may have changed their behaviour since they found their bloodmate. It was well written and definitely hard to put down as it moved towards the conclusion of the story. Very enjoyable.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Review: Kirev's Door (A Quentin Black Prequel): Quentin Black World by J.C. Andrijeski 4 of 5 stars

Kirev's Door (A Quentin Black Prequel): Quentin Black World Kirev's Door (A Quentin Black Prequel): Quentin Black World by J.C. Andrijeski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The seer Kirev is raised in an alternate version of Earth where seers are enslaved by humans. He joins a resistance army after being brought up in work camps and brothels - he really wants to help his race but during his first proper mission he suddenly faces a whole new future when a past voice intervenes and he is sent in a whole new direction.

This is a prequel to the Quentin Black series of novels and a great starter to the series and how it starts - it will also prevent you being confused or surprised later on in the series. I loved the way it gently eased you into the series and could be seen as great scene setting for the series and what happened before. Well written and enjoyable - it definitely tempted me to read the first book in the series.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Review: 1972: The Seven Book Two by Sarah M. Cradit 4 of 5 stars

1972: The Seven Book Two 1972: The Seven Book Two by Sarah M. Cradit
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1972 and the remaining 6 Deschanel siblings are living with their mother just outside of New Orleans. They are each unique with their gifts even if some wish desperately if they could give them back. They are all tortured in their own way after the tragic loss of one of their own a couple of years ago. Charles spirals into more depravity, Augustus fixes what he can while losing himself in the world of business, Colleen focuses on her education, Evangeline pays a dark cost for the discovery of a life outside of studying and lastly there is Elizabeth with the burden of knowledge of what is coming. Seems things are not about to get better anytime soon!

There were lots of interwoven strands in this story that managed to connect and then separate as the story progressed. Some very sad moments and times when I definitely felt their pain and internal torture. Definitely tempted me to want to know what happens in the next book now so I get to know how it all develops next. For anyone who has read the Hours of Crimson and Clover series this is definitely answering a few questions or giving valuable background. Well written and clear and easy to understand this was a very enjoyable book.

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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Review: Long Grows the Dark by Catherine Labadie 4 of 5 stars

Long Grows the Dark Long Grows the Dark by Catherine Labadie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the past Glenna is a court sorceress in the service of Princess Jael who is betrothed to Glenna's best friend (who Glenna has feelings for but is doing her best to hide). Then an unseen evil comes to try and take the land for himself. Do they make the right choices so that Fate can have happiness or pain in store for them? We then move to the present day where Gwendoline Hallewell is a student at Starford University in a world where magic is commonplace. Her trusty spell book pulls out a man from the past who then is the catalyst to memories of past lives that are the key to a present day threat. Can she work with her two friends Colt and Everleigh to reconcile the past with what needs to happen in the present while retaining their own free will even though past lives are trying to take control?

This was a powerful story where the past and present stories were woven together so that the reader was drip fed the story as it became necessary. In some ways that was really clever and in others it was a bit annoying keep moving between the two time periods and the players in each one. There were definitely times in the story when I really wanted to grab a hold of the main character and shake some sense into her, but she did manage to piece it all together and make the right decisions in the end. The ending was an explosive finale that definitely ended in the right choices. I wonder if there could be another book on the further adventures of Gwen. I also think that Fate has a lot to answer for - she really wasn't that kind to the players in this story. Well written and an original story-line, just stick with the switches between the past and the present - you will get used to it.

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