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Review – Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath #1) by Keri Lake

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Sons of Wrath #1
Keri Lake
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
16th January 2013
ebook/Kindle Edition/Paperback
535

Passion is blind in vengeance and love ...

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:

KILL THEM ALL.

The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

Sons of Wrath
Never gamble with vengeance

 

I saw a lot of my GR friends speak very highly of this series and when it came in a boxset and as a deal I snapped it up. I am so glad that I did. Lately I feel as if I haven’t been reading enough PNR/UF so I’ve been looking for new series that are unique and different. The Sons of Wrath is most certainly one of them and I can still play catch up to book 4 so the task isn’t that daunting.

Ayden is Selene. Pure and simple. I don’t know if the author had her mind when it came to the heroine but it just seems to fit. A totally kick arse heroine.

A Beretta, loaded with silver bullets and a silver parrying dagger rested at one of her hips, a silver bullwhip at another.  – my kind of heroine.

Ayden is out on the hunt for Lycans. Since her change five years ago and being part of the Alexi, she is out for vengeance there was more taken from her than she initially thought. But she is also a deserter to the Alexi and if they find her. Well, let’s just say it ain’t going to be pretty.

On that night, she runs into a man who is becoming a halfling/changeling and for reasons she can’t fathom she doesn’t kill him and takes him back to the Manor. He has seven days until he turns into a full lycan and a killer and then she kills him.

Kane Walker has lead a normal life until he gets attacked late one night. He imprints, blacks out and wakes up in a strange room. His life is about to end well in 7 days he will be killed but first Ayden wants his memories.

“So, how do you think you’ll go about killing me?” Stupid question. “What the hell is wrong with you?” “What?” “What kind of question is that?” “I don’t know. Just curious to know how you kill a lycan.” “It’s incredible violent.”

Her first urge is to always kill him but her hatred lessens to dislike. Her dislike becomes less and she sees his innocence. I felt as if they didn’t really spend enough quality time together to make them attracted to one another. I felt the connection to be somewhat flimsy.

I’m not entirely sure how Ayden fits in as it seems to be Son of Wrath series but I’m sure Ms. Lake had her reasons there is the obvious world building and I personally think that a fantastic and unique paranormal world has been created. Although there is a lot going on lycans, ghouls, demons and Alexi it all worked for me. It might not work for everyone.

I look forward to the other books with Logan, Gavin, Zeke, Calix, Zayne, Ferno and Maddox.

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Release – The Silent (Irin Chronicles #5) by Elizabeth Hunter

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Irin Chronicles # 5
Elizabeth Hunter
Paranormal/Fantasy
Elizabeth Hunter
28th July
ebook/Kindle Edition/Paperback
336

They are called kareshta, the silent ones.
But the silent are waking.

Kyra has lived her life in the shadow of a powerful Grigori brother. She’s ignored her own desires for the good of her family, but an unexpected request from Thailand sends her on a mission that could change her life and alter the fate of free Grigori all over the world. Sons of the Fallen hidden in the mountains of Thailand have adapted an ancient human magic for their own purposes. Will this practice bring peace or lead to even greater danger for the Irin race?

A simple diplomatic mission sends Leo to Bangkok, but he didn’t expect to see a familiar face in surveillance photographs. He’s tried everything to drive Kyra from his mind, since he was convinced the gentle kareshta wanted to hide from the world. How did she turn up halfway across the globe, living with Grigori who may or may not be Irin allies?

Leo has bided his time. He’s given Kyra her space.

But this scribe is ready to hear a kareshta sing.

THE SILENT is a romantic fantasy, and the fifth book in the Irin Chronicles series.

 

 

Still the mind. Still the soul. Still the heart.

Kyra, one of the oldest Kareshta is in a gilded cage and the time has come for her to spread her wings and fly. Sent to Thailand on a mission to help others in her situation in return the they will help their fellow Grigori.

Kyra might seem demure but she is far from it. She has an inner strength that would rival any Irina. As the daughter of a cardinal angel she has her own powers but The Silent are still trying to find their voices. The Irina are skeptical to pass on the knowledge they have. The Rending broke a lot and it will take time to heal.

I had my difficulties with Kyra but through her development throughout the book she really started to stand out. I liked her and then I loved her but torn at the same time. She wanted to live the life she has to the fullest but she is on borrowed time.

Leo is sent to Thailand to open up communications between the Thailand Scribe house and the honorable Grigori. Finally, to his surprise he can get closer to Kyra.

Now Leo on the other hand I love Leo. He knows exactly what he wants. Kyra. And no one can stop him. He is badass with a soft and gooey center. He is absolutely adorable. I want my own Leo.

“I’m very large,” he said. “Damian says if I’m not thinking about it, I can mow through a room like an enthusiastic tank.” Kyra smiled. “I’ve never felt mowed down.” “I’m glad.”

Be still my beating heart. I wanted to wrap him up in a big bow and take him with me.

Leo & Kyra have been on a collision course for years now and the inevitable is finally happening. Each love that is created by Ms. Hunter between the main characters of the book is beautiful, unique and wonderful to experience.

Kyra is other. Leo’s heart ached for her. They try a relationship and although they are different it works. They are both vulnerable and inexperienced. Although though they are so different. Leo comes across as naïve but he is just very optimistic.

Throughout most of the books we made to believe that the Grigori are evil very few manage to lead an honorable life. But here a balance has been achieved. And I sympathize with Kostas, Sirius and the other honorable Grigori.

Beautifully written. Flawless writing and absolutely stunning. With each new book Ms. Hunter expands the Irin/Grigori world that flows well and isn’t stilted. That the possibilities here are endless. What I love about these books is that there is no other man/woman drama there is no room for as they are either mated or Reshon.

One of my favorite side characters? Vasu. There is something quite childlike about him but also mature if that makes sense. He talks in riddles and is hilarious.

“I’ll let Kyra know you’re thinking about helping her brother,” Leo said. “I’m sure she’d be grateful.” Vasu disappeared and reappeared as a cat that jumped on Leo’s lap. “You try to create obligation in me. It’s an interesting theory. I told them you were smarter than you appeared,” the cat said, curling up on Leo’s lap. “Now pet me.” “Are you serious?” Narrow claws dug into Leo’s leg.

What is to come next? What I would like to see? A Grigori male and an Irina. But I’m positive no matter what Ms. Hunter will knock me off my feet.

I do have one small thing to complain about. I hope that the plot will not be a constant throughout other books that are too come. Not that I don’t love her plots I just don’t want the author to get stuck in a rut.

Oh, and another thing when we introduced to Kenneth I swear that I heard his British accent in my head. Exactly what a Brit should sound like.

 

 

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The Staff and the Blade (Irin Chronicles #4) by Elizabeth Hunter

The Staff and The Blade Book Cover The Staff and The Blade
Irin Chronicles # 4
Elizabeth Hunter
Paranormal/Fantasy
Elizabeth Hunter
12th July 2016
Kindle Edition
480

Warriors. Lovers. Enemies. Legends.

Their union became pivotal in Irin history, but to understand Damien and Sari's ending, you must go back to their beginning. Four hundred years ago, a young singer and a hardened warrior met and loved each other, but their life was torn apart by violence.

Love. Desire. Grief. Betrayal.

No matter how much pain and anger stain their lives, bonds in the Irin race cannot be abandoned. Damien and Sari will never truly leave each other, because those who are destined cannot be ignored.

The Staff and the Blade is a four part stand-alone book of approximately 480 pages. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

DREAMS: Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed, he took shelter among those who would not question his silence or the martial spells he wore over his body. Until an earth singer of raw power and no delicacy came to the village where he hid. Sari of Vestfold wasn't intrigued by the mysterious warrior or his moody silences. And she wasn't interested in listening for the whisper of his soul. Even when those whispers promised a connection that could tie them for eternity.

GHOSTS: A new posting in Paris during Napoleon’s reign leads Sari and Damien back to familiar faces and the Council politics Damien has tried so hard to avoid. But the Irin world has changed in the two hundred years since their mating. The singers have become more isolated. The scribes are more martial. And the Grigori flood growing cities and lay in wait. When Sari’s sister envisions the future, she sees emptiness, chaos, and a darkness that threatens to overtake their world.

MEMORIES: Hidden from Irin society, the Irina have learned to take their revenge on the Grigori. They answer to no one. They ask for no mercy. And forgiveness? That’s the last thing on anyone’s mind. Two hundred years after the Rending, Damien and Sari are thrown together to face a new threat, a girl who might be key to the healing of the Irin race. If they can survive the anger and grief that has separated them for two hundred years.

VISIONS: The Irin and Irina are together again. Society is being rebuilt. But what do you do when the foundation of your world has crumbled? Where do you go when all the boundaries have been redrawn? For Damien and Sari, charting a new path into the future means confronting the demons of the past. They’ve forgiven each other, but can they forgive themselves?

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to TRY convey how amazing this book is.

Our journey spans from Orkney to London to Norway to Istanbul and Prague. It was so exciting experiencing these different parts of the world. An upbeat book with fast paced action not once did the book come across as being dull. A world created that is beautiful and wild but filled with violence and danger.

I was intrigued by Sari and Damien and the palpable feelings they had for one another when I read about them in book three, if I remember correctly but from the start it was clear that is an old love where the MC have a lot to overcome.

Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed. He lost so much that he needed two hundred years of solitude to heal. True healing started when his Reshon. Where the heaven has sent the other half but Sari doesn’t believe in fate.

Damien is one of the best Heroes that I have read this year. He came to life on each page. He is moody, mysterious and yet kind and compassionate.

Sari is an earth singer and is being sent to Scotland, Orkney to help the community there with the crops. Sari is unlike any other earth singer Damien has ever meet. He didn’t want to be attracted.

Sari is a fantastic heroine and my kind of heroine.

She was honest to the point of rudeness. – So true and so refreshing.

She is strong, compassionate, fierce and Damien’s equal.

Sari & Damien’s love spans of nearly 800+ years and oh my gosh was there love a beauty to watch how it blossomed and how it was heart wrenching to see it break. The Rending changed everything and the Irin race was divided. The Irina retreated, traps were laid and the death of so many in such a brief time. There was so much loss and heartache. But the book also included joy and happiness. Each word and sentence was emotional.  But it is also about forgiveness and grief and moving on.

All the characters came to life. I felt with them every step of the way. With Ms. Hunter’s writing, I was welcomed into their world. I was sucked in and I had no chance of fighting it. Damien and Sari are so different from one another and that is why they are so good together.

One thing did bother me Sari was being too stubborn and not bending she didn’t have to break but at least bend. But not enough to dock a star.

I can only recommend this series and maybe I am totally biased but it is worth it. Trust me. Famous last words. I have loved this author’s work since B & Gio. Each book has gotten better.

I was positive that Ms. Hunter couldn’t have been able to pull it off. As their love was woven around Ava and Malachi. I should never have doubted you. I quite frankly find it hard to wrap my mind around it as the couple is captured in the past, with a crossover into Ava’s story and to the future the after of revealing a thousand stars.

There are layers upon layers of complexity that even if you read it again and again you would still find something gripping and fascinating. Experiencing the characters emotions and not being bored.

There was humor to break up the tense interactions now sometimes some authors can’t get that balance right but it worked here and it worked well.

I don’t usually compare authors but if I had to then Ms. Hunter would be on par with Nalini Singh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – The Gift (The Butterfly Effect #1) by Margaret McHeyzer

Title: The Gift
Series: The Butterfly Effect #1
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 23, 2017

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I have something people want. I have something they cannot take or steal. I have something they’d kill for.
The something I have, isn’t a possession, it’s more.
Much, much more.
It’s a gift.
It’s part of me.
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I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book – Ugly, and my YA book – Mistrust.

My last three books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

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I have something people want. I have something they cannot take or steal. I have something they’d kill for.
The something I have, isn’t a possession, it’s more.
Much, much more.
It’s a gift.
It’s part of me.

 

 

No good deed goes unpunished.

Alexa learns that the hard way. After an emergency operation, the heroine suddenly starts having visions which she can’t explain. Helping that person gets her kidnapped and used. She either stays there or helps Jude or she gets to leave and everyone she loves will be killed.

I panicked at the beginning when I thought it was YA. But rest assured it goes more to the NA direction. I had to keep reminding myself at times when the heroine was being juvenile that she is only seventeen. But at times she came across as more mature. What others see as a gift is a curse. It brings her nothing but confusion, sadness and heartbreak.

I am really surprised in how great this book is. It’s a book where you don’t know where things are going. Where you have no idea, what is going to happen and it’s not annoying that you don’t know what is going on.  Full of surprises and suspense I really did enjoy it.

This is just me but as it is YA I can’t give it a full five stars and I find the first person POV difficult.

There is a cliffhanger and I have no clue when the next one The Curse will be out. Or even if I signed up for it. Even if I haven’t I really want to read The Curse.

 

 

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Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison

 

 

 

 

From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…

 

The tale that told everything came down to just one thing. I fell in love, he thought, and smiled. It was a miracle, and despite everything he had been through, he felt blessed with having been given such a fortune.

Morgan Le Fae one of the most powerful sorcerer’s in Avalon. Of earth magic and spells. Is most certainly not the man he used to be.

Isabeau the Queen of the Light Fae Court trapped Morgan a very long time ago. The Queen used Azreal’s Athame to gain his unwilling allegiance. A geas has kept him bound to a woman he despises and hates. To do what she commands. He can’t do anything to stop it. But wording is always the key. He can skirt them but not defy them. The tide of the war has shifted and it is not in her favor. But the Queen makes a mistake.

“What use are you like this? Get out of my sight. I don’t want to see you again until you’re fully healed.”

Morgan is a very patient man. And so, he has his freedom for while at least. He escapes to figure out how to escape his entrapment. He lands in Glasgow.

Sidonie Martel one of the best music players in the world. Sid has no spark of magic at all which makes things difficult for her. A wealth of favors by the Djinn. Flowing with music she becomes the music.

Robyn the puck is up to no good and drags Sidonie into the mess. The Puck knows nothing but he is about to learn what he cannot see. There is no reasoning with the Puck. Kidnapped and given to the Isabeau, Sid’s nightmare begins. Her future uncertain. Never to play music again. When all is lost a man comes to help her

Morgan feels manipulated into helping Sid. But things start to change. They become close. He has wandered alone for a very long time but with Sid he has someone at his side.

I loved Morgan. He is a fantastic Hero and I felt for him and his entrapment and his loss of free will. That is main goal was always to break it.

Sid is also a totally kickarse female. She plays on her strengths where others only see weaknesses. She gets herself out of many an awkward situation. She is sly and cunning. Two attributes I like in a heroine.

This could have gone terribly wrong. Why do you ask? Well I requested the book before I read the blurb. I read the blurb and it is with Morgan Le Fae. Shocked I didn’t know how that was going to be pulled off after what I saw of him in the first book.

The plot is brilliant so unique and creative. The author has added layer upon layer of plot that there is no way that you can be bored with this book. I need more of this series. I know that Lionheart is next but I don’t know who it is about. Please hurry up Ms. Harrison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Whispered Prayers of a Girl by Alex Grayson

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A tortured soul meets a damaged family…

A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt of the past keep them apart?

Her whispered prayers break her…

At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart-wrenching pleas. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.

Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…

Four years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’ve stepped into my life, I’m not sure I can let them go.

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“What?” I rasp.

“A chance to know what it feels like to kiss you.”

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At times, it hurt to read this book. I felt so much during this book at times I feel as if I felt too much.

If you look beyond the surface of this book you can really see the beauty of what the author has wanted to portray and what she has achieved.

Our Hero of the book Alexander suffered a tremendous loss. He has the scars to prove it. His life is stifling, he blames himself and he is grief stricken. Guilt is an emotion to take on easily but an emotion to let go of. Not so much. It takes a lot of work to let some emotions go and sometimes it is easier to live with the self-inflicted pain then to work through it all.

He has been a recluse since that day and has cut himself off from the world. Something things that are lost can be found. Alexander feels that his dream has shattered.

Once upon a time, I had plans to build a big house and fill it with laughter, but not any longer.  That ship has sailed, crashed, burned then sunk.

Alexander is somewhat of an anti-hero. He does things grudgingly. And beneath his orneriness and reluctance he is a good, kind man with demons. There were times where I loved Alexander but there were also times I loathed him. But I got him and I think that was the author’s aim.

Gwendolyn moved with her kids to Cat’s Valley as they also have suffered a tremendous loss and needed a fresh start. Daniel is talkative and hasn’t suffered too much but the one person that was hit the hardest was Kelsey. Since that day she has only spoken twice. Her whispered prayers at night broke me. Kelsey has selective mutism.

A chance encounter changes his path but not quite enough to make a first step. But now that their worlds have collided there is no stopping what is about to happen. Fate intervenes. Alexander rescues Gwen and her kids from a snowstorm but has no choice but to take them into his home. Being a hermit he doesn’t know if he can do it. Turns out it isn’t as bad as he expected it to be.

They always say that like recognizes Iike and here it is no different. They all have experienced an agony where Kelsey and Alexander have the most in common. It is as if they were meant to meet one another. They were meant to help one another through the suffering and the pain. To come out stronger.

When it came to Alexander and Kelsey? Be still my beating heart. It crushed me and made me happy at the same time.

The book is heartfelt, saddening, He is a tortured Hero. It’s a journey we are taken along on with such insight into the grief, the pain, the agony our characters experience. But we still see how that working through all of those emotions, hope, love, understanding and reaching a certain level of happiness.

Why not 5 stars?

First person point of view is not my thing. Everything that person does is listed which I found to tiring. Also, although this is a beautiful story and I enjoyed it very much I didn’t feel the connection between them. I need more conversational interaction between the two. I did feel the chemistry but it wasn’t quite enough for me.

This book won’t be for everyone because the dead spouse trope is very prominent. This book is about moving on but not forgetting those that we love and that there is always space in our hearts to love more and give more.

The cynic in me says that they just happened to have something similar happen to them as with the loss that Alexander experienced? Yeah not likely although fate can be a fickle thing. I also would have liked Gwen to have gotten angry with Alexander but no she was just so understanding.

 

On a personal note, currently I’m dealing with some personal things and this helped me in a way to let out the emotions/feelings I usually can’t. They have an instant connection and after those days spent together they don’t want to leave one another. Alexander was a bit of a bastard IMO, I get it as it was hard for him to let go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review – Locked In by Anna Chastain

 

Locked In

Anna Chastain

20th June 2017

 

“My name is Grace Donovan and my whole world is about to change.”
Grace and Ben have been together since they were teenagers.
They are in love, with each other, and their two children.
They’ve spent their entire adult life together, happy in the small southern California beach town they call home; until one day Ben comes home and tells Grace he’s leaving.
Now Grace is left wondering what happened to her life, to her home, and when exactly did things start to go so wrong. To find out, she turns to the place she didn’t even realize she was missing, the place she grew up, and the place she still considers home. With the help of her family and friends and the ocean, Grace begins to rebuild her life and remind herself where it is she truly wants to be…and, whether or not that life includes her husband. Locked In is a story about love and forgiveness, about riding the waves of life, and it is about how we continually reshape ourselves but never really feel grown up.

 

 

This has a lot of highs and lows. This also isn’t my usual type of read. I love to read how the couple meets, how they go through trials and tribulations. How they then ride into the sunset. Yeah in a perfect world that would be the case. In the real world? Not so much.

 

Color me surprised that I was sucked into Grace’s life.

 

There are just some words you never want to hear in a relationship and they are “I met someone – “. Yes, we meet new people every day but we don’t stand in the kitchen with a duffel bag and pull the rug out. And so, here the rollercoaster ride begins. For the characters and for me as a reader.

 

Ben made me so mad. The audacity of Ben implying…you rat bastard. He doesn’t deserve happiness. Did I feel as if he really worked for it? No. His reasons for doing what he did where had to fathom because it could have been handled differently.

 

The humiliation that Grace felt. The betrayal. Knowing the “other woman” hearing the news from her and not your husband.

I was on the fence I wanted Grace and Ben to work things out. I also wanted Grace to get it on with Finn. I am more team Grace than anything else. But admittedly she isn’t perfect and there were things that she needed to work on.

 

A month of marriage counselling is the first step in finding their way back to one another. If you want a read where love conquers truly does all after marrying then this book is for you. I can really see how difficult it was to write as the author has written. Where forgiveness and moving forward as a couple is centre stage here. It is so easy with everything that happens in day to day life to just drift away from one another.

 

The one thing I had a problem with was Grace staying at home. I find it admirable that Grace is a stay at home Mom. But she gave all and in the end nearly lost herself.

 

There is solid writing with great secondary characters. Bear is my favourite. The author has truly created something beautiful and heartfelt. I finished it in one day so that should imply how good it is.

 

I hope Dean and Holly get a book as well as Finn.

 

There is no cheating in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Drakon’s Plunder (Blood of the Drakon #3) by N.J. Walters

 

 

Drakon’s Plunder

 

Blood of the Drakon #3

 

3rd July

 

N.J. Walters

 

Life is not going well for archaeologist Sam Bellamy. She’s stuck in the middle of the ocean on a salvage boat with people who want her dead. It wasn’t her gift for being able to sense objects of power that got her here, rather her need to make a secret society called the Knights of the Dragon pay for killing her mentor. Sam doesn’t believe in dragons, but the Knights do, and if she can get one of the sacred artifacts they’re searching for away from them, she’ll consider it payback.

Ezra Easton is content to run his marine salvage company and live alone on his private island. He may be a four-thousand-year-old water drakon, but he’s civilized enough to know just because he pulls an injured woman from the ocean, doesn’t mean he gets to keep her…

When she wakes up, she has a few tall tales to share, and it seems the Knights are after her. But this drakon won’t give up his treasure.

 

Sam Bellamy is on a quest for justice. Her mentor was murdered by the secret society The Knights of the Dragons. She has been tasked to find artifacts on the reliant a ship that sunk. Sam nearly dies for doing the right thing.

 

Ezra Easton a water drakon lives on a secluded island. His brother tells him to check the vessel out as it seems the Knights are up to something.

 

He is intrigued by Sam and decides to take her home with him. He is overprotective an ultimate alpha and I loved every moment of his caveman act.

 

Although the setup here is the same as the first two books it doesn’t distract us from its awesomeness.

 

NJ Walters also brings us unique paranormal romance. Be it Hades’s Carnival or here with Blood of the Drakon. Admittedly I’ve only read a limited amount of her books but I still really love them and if they are all like this well then nuff said really.

 

My one true love will always be the paranormal genre. It has been since I started reading. On top of that we have shifters and oh dragons/drakons. I’m a happy bunny.

 

The book is action packed and I couldn’t get enough but what did ruin it for me is the sex the plot would progress and suddenly they’d be at it like rabbits taking me away from the plot.

 

I can’t wait for Nic’s book if he doesn’t find his mate soon he’ll go into a sleep he may never wake up from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Sugar & Gold (Dreamcatcher #2) by Emma Scott

Goodreads Review

Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…

At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…

Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.

But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.

Nikolai walks through life with the attitude that we are all pawns and that life is a hoax and maybe it is or maybe it isn’t it really depends where one looks and for sure Nik has been looking in the wrong places. It’s not to be found in a cellar or a shed.  But at Club 91 where he finds pink kindness and compassion. He feels peace an unknown feeling. A want to keep it is so strong.

Fiona Starling is pure light, she has an innocence about her that no one can take away from her and she has fought so damn hard for it. No rules. Live out Loud. Find the sunshine.  She finds a whole lot more but there are choices that need to be made, which road to take and if a detour is worth it in the end.

The characters emotions come off the pages, be it the hopelessness of wanting something but thinking that one is undeserving of adapting of making the choice for yourself.

Wistful at times you feel the loneliness of the our characters and that fate intervened and gave one another each other in the most heart breaking yet equally soul lifting way. If there is one thing that can be the most rewarding and yet the most destroying in the world it is love. There is one love that tops all and that is unconditional love.

This started with a prologue which already set a tone for the book where you knew that this was going to be unique yet you were going to walk away with scars no matter how much you don’t. With each part of the book we all somehow have the devil inside us, the Doe should be saved by the Black Prince cause if not then where is the magic?

When you start a book by Ms. Scott it’s like a box of chocolates cause you never know what you are going to get. Sugar and Gold is the same. It took a lot out of me but it also gave me a lot but that is something I will be telling the author. It doesn’t belong here.

We have a story so complex and intricate that there is not one thing that I can see that specifically stood out to me but here it is the overall package, the book. In no way will my review ever do the book justice. Gosh there is so much I would love to say but somehow the words just don’t seem to come. They are there in my heart but they won’t compute to my brain let alone trying to get them from my brain down to my hands to type it.

So many shades, so many emotions, so many colours but only two count the most here pink and gold. Throughout the book I was beaten black and blue metaphorically speaking of course. My soul took a beating and I was slayed by the beauty of the story. The unfairness of life, yet the true depth that is shown when it comes to love and to hope.

Without a shadow of a doubt but this is a book that one must read with a slight touch of the mystic it is worth the 5 stars but different strokes and all that but take a chance. As I said box of chocolates peeps.

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Only With Me by Kelly Elliott

Goodreads Review

Life was great.

I loved my bachelor life and working my dream job with the Colorado Springs SWAT team.

That all changed the day I stepped into her bakery. Her smile swept me off my feet, and her panna cotta was heaven.

Cue my very traditional Greek family.

Then all hell broke loose.

The woman I was falling in love with was Italian, and my mother was hell-bent on proving to the world she was the better cook.

If my meddling family wasn’t bad enough, for the last six years Gabi had been on the run from a past she tried desperately to escape from.

Between a beautiful woman on the run, and a crazy family constantly in my business, would I be able to show her I’m the only one who can keep her safe … or will her past steal her away from me?



Spoiler Free



4 Big Fat Greek crazy arsed family Stars.



For my next read I needed something uplifting, entertaining, and on the funny side. Only with Me covers all those points and more.



Nic is a happy bachelor has his dream job being a SWAT Team member. Enjoys his lifestyle until he goes to a cute Italian bakery and is thunderstruck. For all of Nic’s man whoring ways I liked him. I liked him a lot. He oozes charm but not in a smarmy way. He is possessive when it comes to Gabi.



Gabi has decided to settle down after being years on the run she has made Colorado Springs her home. She has a bakery with her roommate Charity. By the way some of the stuff she came out with was absolutely hilarious. All is going well until Nic walks into Gabi’s bakery. It reminded me of the Thunderbolt from The Godfather where it struck them and they couldn’t do anything to stop it. She wants to stick to the plan but the lies are becoming unbearable.



Nic is smitten and Nic has never been smitten.



The moment you meet her, Nic, you’ll know. Your breath will catch, your chest tightens like a vice clamped on it, but it’s a feeling you so good you want it to last forever.



You know what they say about Greek men. No? Let me tell you.




They are sex gods. Sex. Gods. Alpha’s in and out of bed. Slightly possessive of their women, which is hot as hell. And they can’t keep their hands off their women. Always feeling them up.



I love reading books about families and siblings. To date the boisterous Irish families are my favorites but the Greeks are coming in as a close second. Especially Greek men



I found Only with Me to be captivating and magnetizing. A delectable, funny read with awesome characters and a story that worked really well.  


My, my, my, KE sure can write some filthy, dirty mind blowing sex scenes. But equally brilliant is the romance and sweet moments they have together. Let’s not forget the Greek nosey as hell family. And the banter in the family. 


I read a book by this author a very long time ago. It was a mix between YA/NA but this book? Worked on all levels for me. KE captivated me with her writing style her attention to get that happily ever after in with all the bells and whistles. 


Unfortunately, there is one part in the book where I’d wished that it had been different. Gabi has a past, a past she has to lie about to protect herself and her family but in this instance, she should have just been honest and should have told him. Instead he thinks that she has a lover in Italy I would like to add. He wasn’t thinking straight on that one. Follows her to Italy sees something which is misinterpreted does a runner and then out of spite says he’s seeing a former fuck buddy might I add this is on the phone.



With honesty and communication, the MC would have been spared both the grief and agony they put one another through. Thanks to friends who have their heads screwed on right.



My verdict if you are looking for some angst, fantastic banter and an unexpected plot and crazy arse family. With all the Maria’s, the cook offs, Greek vs. Italian than this book is for you. It gets my vote.