Thursday, 24 May 2018

Review: Resistance by K.E. Osborn 5 of 5 stars

Resistance Resistance by K.E. Osborn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Torque is the President of the Defiance MC whilst Heely is a medical student who works in her family's Froyo store to both help them and have some kind of an income. They would strike you as two sides of a coin until they meet and there is an instant attraction. However he has 2 problems to handle - the club owned by the MC is having issues with the local mafia (Andretti family) and the second one - the fathers of both families have a historic feud over the city too. Can their fledgling relationship survive such an atmosphere? Can Defiance and the Andretti family pull back from out and out war?

I loved this story. It had pretty much everything you expected from a MC romance book and then some. There were battles, injuries, healing, emotion, brotherhood, compromise and passion in this story. It was well told by the author and it was easy to empathise and feel the thoughts and emotions of the characters in the story. I'm looking forward to the next instalment in their story as I feel quite attached to them.

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Review: The Tucson Time-Traveler and Other Stories by Claus Holm 4 of 5 stars

The Tucson Time-Traveler and Other Stories The Tucson Time-Traveler and Other Stories by Claus Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a selection of independent short stories by the same author - all are about the possibilities of time travel - some in the past and some in the future with all of the implications of making changes that modify the timeline in some way. All are original and very clever. The standard of the writing was excellent and the descriptions were detailed and very clear. I loved the story about how time travel could have changed WW2 and found the differences inspiring which was then followed by despair at what effect followed (read it and you know what I mean).

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Review: Wicked Heat by Mila Young by T.F. Walsh 5 of 5 stars

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Persephone (Sephy) is a demon killer - she killed her first at 7, was banished from her home at 13 but is still doing her best to banish them as she sees it as a gift and not a curse. However demons are now targeting her and the men associated with her - her ex, a cop, her friend who she has loved from afar for years and the brother of a girl who has been possessed. As the darkness is approaching can Sephy work with the 4 guys and try to save them all before they succumb and the demon's are lose on the earth?

I loved this story which had a charming combination of the demons, shifters, humans and magic. The characters were well described and brought to life in the writing from the authors. I loved the premise of the story and this first instalment of the story definitely has me hooked. I can't wait to find out what happens next to Sephy and the guys.

** Please note this is a slow burn reverse harem story.

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Review: Chaos by Jennifer Locklear 4 of 5 stars

Chaos Chaos by Jennifer Locklear
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack Evans has it all - good looks, a career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife and a loving daughter. However when his wife suddenly leaves him he as to care for his daughter while he picks up the pieces of his life. Jack finds himself drawn to Kathleen Brighton who is everything he needs now he is newly divorced. She's sexy and intelligent however numb when it comes to emotions. Can Kathleen handle the chaos of his life and the mistakes of his past so they can have a bright future together?

This is a very emotional story where you get into the thoughts and emotions felt by Jack which is a refreshing change than the usual female centric POV that most books come from. The writing was good and I could definitely feel the thought and emotions experienced by the characters.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Review: The Dreamachine by William Dickerson 4 of 5 stars

The Dreamachine The Dreamachine by William Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jasper Keepnews has a normal news until he becomes obsessed with a 1960's device called the Dreamachine but in using it he uncovers his own past and a vision of the future that involves the death of a mystery woman. Then Jasper's reality unravels when he tries to find the woman and the government starts to try to find him as their most dangerous sleeper assassin is awake and they want their property back.

This book whist being a science fiction thriller actually does have some minor links to the 1960's past of the real world as it looks at mind control and some of the happenings from the drug crazed 1960's. It is well told and the descriptive style of the writing is very rich so that you really do appreciate the setting, characters and events in full. The story was definitely a thriller as it was quite dramatic in places and it definitely built up until the explosive ending of the story. A very enjoyable story that makes you stop and wonder not only if it is possible right now but if it has already happened.

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Review: Sun: Bridge & Sword: The Final War by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

Sun: Bridge & Sword: The Final War Sun: Bridge & Sword: The Final War by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final book in the Bridge and Sword series. Allie and Revik have to fight the final war against the Mythers - religious fanatics more interested in murder and ending the life-cycle on Earth. They also need to try and sort everything out in their lives and marriage after the events of the last mission in China whilst trying to handle the situation of Myther armies taking over the quarantine cities and gathering up seers and humans off the Displacement List and performing grisly ritual murders of them. So they cobble together what forces they have, make unlikely allies and start the final offensive trying to stop the Mythers, the Dreng, and save their wider "family", their allies as well as themselves.

OMG - If I could give this book more than 5 stars it would surely deserve 10. This is definitely a longer book than the previous books but needed that amount of text in order to do justice on the final act in the story and all the related events that took place. The level of detail was exacting and it definitely needed that in order for everything to make sense. Everything was very well written and it all fit well into the story from the previous books so there were no continuity errors in the plot. There were many events that happened that were better than I hoped would happen and the end and perfect even if Revik definitely had me worried. I can envisage another series coming out of this one - not necessarily with Allie and Revik but there are plenty of other people who could be central to it. You could read this stand alone but as someone who has read all the other books in the series it added to the story for me.

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Review: Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy by Eva Chase 5 of 5 stars

Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy by Eva Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aria Watson (Ari) is streetwise and thought she had handled everything life had already thrown at her. She was determined to stay away from the criminals she worked for and save her little brother from their Mum's house. Then she suddenly died and woke up with four incredibly hot gods telling her she is now a Valkyrie. Loki is sharp and crafty, Thor is jovial and very ferocious, Baldur is very compassionate and Hod is very grim and secretive. It seems their king (Odin) is missing and they need Ari to find him and help rescue him. Seems I'm the four Valkyrie - the previous three never made it back. Can all the new skills I have and every trick I have from my life before I died help in this huge task.? Also what am I going to do about these hot gods that are getting under my skin?

Wow this book merges together seamlessly the modern day American life with Norse mythology into a story with lots of drama and action interspersed with soft emotional moments that definitely made you swallow and take a moment before continuing to read. Ari was a delightful character that I'm sure everyone can clearly see in my mind and understand how she was feeling or behaving. It was well written and all the thoughts and emotions of the characters were clear and easy to feel and empathise with. Great start to what promises to be a great series.

** Please note this is a slow burn reverse harem book

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