Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Review: Magic Unleashed by Melanie James by A.K. Michaels 5 of 5 stars

Magic Unleashed Magic Unleashed by Melanie James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Wolf's Hunger - Sheba by A.K. Michaels - 5 stars
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.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Review: Council of Magic by J.L. Hendricks 4 of 5 stars

Council of Magic Council of Magic by J.L. Hendricks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kat Deveroix is a member of the Voodoo Dolls and recently found out she is part shifter. Problem is she can't shift and shifter DNA is dominant so there has to be another reason. In their shop a woman talks to Kat and Jenna about a problem with her boyfriend but it soon becomes apparent that there is a much bigger problem and it is one that the shifter pack thought they had removed some time ago. As part of working out the new monster problem Kat has to decide between Ivan and her new man. Strap in as we find out so much more about who Kat is.

A great story explaining about who Kat is, how she became that way, and the developments afterwards. Finally some romance for some of the Dolls which was long overdue. Well written and everything was clear and easy to feel and experience for the characters. The ending was a little rushed and the last sentence needed details as I think we all wanted it to be horrible/painful for that character. However - I am GUTTED/ANNOYED/pick your word that this is the end of the trilogy when there are still so MANY things for the characters to achieve. No proper HEA for each of the Dolls, and I have questions floating around in my head.

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Review: How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes 5 of 5 stars

How to be a Mermaid How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tara has dreamed about being a mermaid since forever so takes a year out to wear a fake tail and be one in a professional group of performers. Then she meets a real one called Finn and starts to become a real one. When she tries to find him to stop the transformation she gets caught in the middle of a war between the land and sea - her only escape is to learn to be a real mermaid.

A charming story with a gentle love story mixed in with the being a mermaid transformation and the impending war. Well written, clear and easy to understand. An enjoyable light read.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review: Souls Unchained by C.C. Wood 5 of 5 stars

Souls Unchained Souls Unchained by C.C. Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rhys Carey spent centuries unable to trust anyone and hiding from his evil twin brother, but now he is dead he wants a home and love from the right someone for him, but he is saddled with the self-loathing that he has always lived with. Savannah Baker is a lonely empath trapped in her own small world with just one friend. She dreams of happiness and someone to love. So when Rhys moves in across the street they have an attraction that neither believed was possible. However there is danger on the horizon and both Savannah and Rhys is in peril from the darkness that unknown to him has been stalking him for years.

I was so so happy that Rhys finally found the person who is the other half of his soul. I loved the twists and turns in the story and the introduction of new characters that I suspect will be the focus of the next story in this series. The character Ava is definitely someone I'd love to have as my big sister and also makes me think of author A K Michaels. The story was as per usual from this author was well told and I could feel and sense all the hopes and dreams of the characters. It was carefully and sensitively told and that made for a very enjoyable book.

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Review: Her Panther for Hire: Howls Romance by C.E. Black 4 of 5 stars

Her Panther for Hire: Howls Romance Her Panther for Hire: Howls Romance by C.E. Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lainey Nickels' brother Shane has been abducted and being the typical big sister she hires a shifter mercenary called Gideon Hunt to go and rescue him. Whilst Gideon looks like he could take on anyone on his own Lainey decides that Shane is her responsibility and she should accompany him to go and find Shane - she even has her passport on her to prove that she is serious about it. Gideon works on his own normally and prefers it that way, as he reminds Lainey constantly with words, looks, grunts and demands. However at the same time, even though she is independent, he has to grudgingly admire her bravery. They come together in an explosion of passion - how is this going to work out both for rescuing Shane and what has happened between Lainey and Gideon?

Wow - so this was a delightful mix of story of an incredibly independent and strong woman, a dramatic rescue from kidnapping and a surprise relationship between 2 very independent people. Everything was clearly explained and I could feel all their thoughts, concerns and emotions. The decision at the end was nicely explained and the decision was exactly what I needed as a reader. It's a nice length of story so everything moves along at a good pace.

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Review: Redemption by Laxmi Hariharan 5 of 5 stars

Redemption Redemption by Laxmi Hariharan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mikhail Anton is a recluse and blames shifters for the memory loss that he is suffering from conveniently ignoring the fact that he is aso now immortal. Then he meets a female shifter cage-fighter called Leana Iyeroy and he is inexplicably drawn to her. It gets more complicated when vampires threaten Leana he has to admit to both her and himself what his own abilities are in order to rescue her. Can they now work together to save the city from the vampires or will they fail and lose everything they love?

Wow - lots happening in this story. On the one side there is the love/lust story between Mikhail and Leana where they both fight hard to resist the increasing attraction between each other. Then there is also the story of their city, the politics between the races that live there, and the evil plotting between certain members of those races. The story was fast moving, had so many twists and turns you start to feel almost dizzy, and was very clear and easy to understand the thoughts and emotions being experienced by the characters

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review: This Long Vigil by Rhett C. Bruno 5 of 5 stars

This Long Vigil This Long Vigil by Rhett C. Bruno
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Orion is on an Interstellar Ark called Hermes and for the last 25 years has been the lone human monitor with only an AI called Dan for company. As Orion approaches the end of this 25 year tenure he is due to be put back into hibernation in the chamber and will eventually die and be replaced before the ship reaches it's final destination. So Orion decides he will not do that as he needs to escape Hermes and see space again no matter what he has to do.

Great short story that is very detailed in it's description of the scene, the characters, the thoughts and the emotions involved in the story. I was hooked in the story and was dying to know how it was going to turn out. I think if I was reading it on a traditional paperback I would have been tempted to skip to the end to know how it was going to end, but as it was I just started to read it faster and I have to admit ignoring things I shouldn't have (just don't tell anyone).

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