Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Review: Venan: Albaterra Mates Book 7by Ashley L. Hunt 5 of 5 stars

Venan: A Paranormal Sci-Fi Alien Romance: Albaterra Mates Book 7 Venan: A Paranormal Sci-Fi Alien Romance: Albaterra Mates Book 7 by Ashley L. Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Octavia is a hairdresser on Albaterra and part of her job is to make people feel good about themselves. Venan is the latest Elder to join the council and is finally at the head of the kingdom he has devoted his life to protecting - that would be great apart from the controversial death of his predecessor, his previous imprisonment for his murder, and subsequent clearing. However he still feels criticism and disgust from the people he now leads. All that changes when he meets Octavia with her dark hair, dark eyes and open mind. So he asks her to dance and is even more captivated. She helps him onto a journey of self discovery as he learns about the priorities in life and how to get confidence again in his worth and his abilities, even though she unwittingly ends up in the middle of a family crisis which could prove deadly.

Wow - LOVED this story. It had so much romance and tenderness, which is a lovely surprise considering the serious and boring nature of Venan in the previous book about Zunan and the start of this book. It was very enjoyable how their relationship slowly built into friendship, respect, a form of partnership before it moved to a state of love and certainty of their feelings for each other. Everything was well written and the thoughts and emotions of the characters were easy to understand and feel. I loved the ending, I'm just very sad that it is the last story.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Review: Brick, A Wolf's Hunger by Elaine Barris by A.K. Michaels 4 of 5 stars

Brick, A Wolf's Hunger Brick, A Wolf's Hunger by Elaine Barris  by A.K. Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brick is the Alpha of the Cross Plains Pack and together with his Beta Duke is trying to find an old book that was created by a group called The Mankind Defence who's aim is to locate and kill all shifters. This book gives the best ways to kill shifters and so it is important it is finally destroyed. Problem is a new resurgence of TMD are also trying to find the same book so it is a race across the country to find it first. On the way Brick and Duke continue their way of bedding every willing female they can as Brick is determined to never settle down with a mate believing he has escape the mythical Hunger that he is convinced doesn't exist. Everything is progressing well with their search until Brick meets Ivy - all Brick can think about then is the smell of magnolia and a need to claim her as his.

What a great story. Lots of danger, drama, and passion in this story of a sightly new variation of the Hunger story. I liked that Ivy was a strong woman who was not of the mood nor the frame of mind to submit to an Alpha (even if she wanted him).

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Review: House of Dusk, House of Dawn by Sarah M. Cradit 5 of 5 stars

House of Dusk, House of Dawn: The House of Crimson and Clover House of Dusk, House of Dawn: The House of Crimson and Clover by Sarah M. Cradit
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

** This is the very last book in the House of Crimson and Clover series - you HAVE to read the others first or this will not make any sense to you. **

All the threads will come together in such a way that nothing will be left open, and yet there are new avenues that open up and there will be the promise new stories in the future, just not in this particular vein. It had a format that meant there were sections that covered different sets of people or times but it did make sense. It was nice to finally read about some happiness for some of these characters, and the exchange between Nicholas and Mercy made me punch the air with joy!! Well written as you would expect from Sarah and whilst it could have been very sad to end the series I actually felt happiness for the characters and pleasure that for once something was going to go right. I'm now looking forward to the new avenues that became apparent.

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Review: Lunar Shadows by T.F. Walsh 5 of 5 stars

Lunar Shadows Lunar Shadows by T.F. Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zana is half human and half goblin so does not fit into either world. She lives in the world of Tapestry and makes an income trading as a fortune teller in the market run by Klurt. Behind some of her fortunes are the prophetic dreams she has and their usefulness comes to a head during the Lunar Festival when there is tragic death in the community. She also has to deal with an ex still not taking no for an answer, and the appearance of a hunky Guardian from the kingdom called Shadow who has come to visit his Uncle. She then has a premonition about Shadow's death and becomes determined to prevent it all costs. Shadow wonders if Zana was involved in the murder and then when she announces that she has had a premonition of his death, he can't work out if her insistence on protecting him is sweet or insulting. As Shadow and Zana close in on the murderer they find themselves in danger. Will they survive this investigation and will they still have each other at the end?

Wow - this was a roller coaster of action, romance, and passion. Well written and easy to understand it was an enchanting world of goblins fighting each other whilst also finding love. It was easy to imagine the characters, world and situations that they found themselves in as everything came to life on the page. I'm looking forward to the next story in the series now so I can understand more of their world.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Review: Blood Princess: The Chronicles of Koa BookThree by K.N. Lee 4 of 5 stars

Blood Princess: The Chronicles of Koa Book Three Blood Princess: The Chronicles of Koa Book Three by K.N. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this third book the lines have been drawn between the vampires in both worlds as Lera builds an army and tries to seize the Lyrinian throne. At the same time Koa and the rest of those trying to avoid the war have to survive angels, demons and even worse - Death. Koa is also confused when she is described as the Blood Princess by some of the characters yet she has no idea what this means!

Lots of drama and action in this episode in the story of Koa. There were a lot of elements that you needed to keep on top of in order to understand the significance of the events and their connections. We still never understand what the Blood Princess is but hopefully that will become clear in the next instalment. The writing standard was good I just felt it needed to fill in more about what the Blood Princess actually is.

You needed to have read the previous books in the series first.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review: Beauty's Beasts: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Fairy Tale by L.C. Hibbett 5 of 5 stars

Beauty's Beasts: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Fairy Tale Beauty's Beasts: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Fairy Tale by L.C. Hibbett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Izzy (or Belle) is a woman who does not take crap from anyone, and after serving in the forces she has what she believes are the skills to be able to back that up. When a local mob has her brilliant scientist father a prisoner in their headquarters, she doesn't hesitate to jump on her motorbike and go on a rescue mission to retrieve him. However it's not so simple when she gets there, and she ends up caught with her father in the middle of a supernatural war between the brooding Alexander Blackwood and his pack, and the mysterious Julian Gastone and his house.

Wow - lots of testosterone, passion and danger in this story. I liked the story of the sisters, the families, their associations and how it all came to light for Izzy in a series of events and surprises from the past. Whilst I have read some reviews complaining that there was some explanation of paranormal beings that was not necessary I disagree - it added to the story as it reinforced the fact that Izzy knew nothing about this world and the people within it. The passion and tenderness in the encounters between Izzy and the Blackwood pack members was very well written and touching at times. It was great to read a story with one woman and many men who just wanted to look after her in every way. Well written and easy to feel and sense the thoughts and emotions involved in the story.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Review: Rocking Standby by Cassandra Lawson 4 of 5 stars

Rocking Standby Rocking Standby by Cassandra Lawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gage is a up and coming rock star and is on standby trying to get to his mother who seems to be in a panic about something. I'm sat next to someone sweet but then find out she is deceitful and a gold digger. Bentley lost the phone number of the sweet guy she met on the flight and she was considering going out with him but she was so wrong - he's a lead guitarist of a rock group (and she doesn't date musicians) plus when they meet by chance calls her a gold digging whore! OMG - he might be hot as hell but no way is she going near him now.

This story had a fair few twists and turns in the path to true love. The addition of the supporting characters from family and the band added to the story and gave it some character. There was a lot of hot sex and passion mixed into the story which added some life to it. I did understand her reticence particularly after the way they met and the reaction the next time they saw each other. However I felt it went on a little too long and it became irritating in the end (hence the loss of one star). Generally the book is well written and I could feel and empathise with many of the thoughts, fears and emotions experienced by the characters.

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