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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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Review – The Contract by Melanie Moreland

Today we are sharing some teasers from The Contract Series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Moreland. You can grab The Contract now, and the recent novella in the series, The Baby Clause 2.0. Buy links, and teasers, for each title are below.

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A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.

Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.

Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract — fiancée instead of PA.

What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love?

Sparks.

That’s what happens.

Can the power of love really change a person?

Will they survive the contract?

What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

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While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

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3.5

Surprisingly enough I really enjoyed this book.

We have the rich man whore Hero. Not only is he a man whore but a cold hearted, caustic bastard who has no thought for anyone else or their life.

I must say I thought I’d hate him but I didn’t. The author brings his arse-holish ways over as somewhat endearing. Crazy I know but true.

Richard VanRyan is one of the biggest dicks in the city. He’s been passed up for a promotion AGAIN so it is time to get a little payback.

In no way, whatsoever was this going to turn out well but he has a plan for everything and for some reason the heroine goes along with it.

We also have the gentle soul virgin heroine. Yes, a typically trope nowadays. But she does have a backbone and comes into her own and isn’t a doormat heroine.

I enjoyed the story from how it went from loathing, to tolerating from tolerating to allies and in the end to lovers. It is cheesy as hell but somehow it worked. Sometimes there is a need for some cheese.

The author kept it upbeat and knew when to activate the waterworks. Worth a read IMO.

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Record of Wrongs (Redemption County #1) by Sharon Kay

 

 

Do your past mistakes define you forever?

Cruz Zaffino leaves prison after a serving a decade for a crime he didn’t commit. With his life all over the internet, there’s nowhere he can go to avoid his illicit past. Involved with one of Chicago’s toughest gangs, he made enemies bent on ruining everything he has. Nowhere is beyond their reach.

Every day, Rosie Marlow lives with the scars from the worst mistake of her life. It’s the one secret she has in her tiny, gossip-fueled town. When Cruz walks into her bar, covered in tattoos and dangerous attitude, she’s captivated. His rough sexuality makes her melt, and his harsh experience calls to her own broken soul. But her story is private and buried so deep, she’s never had the strength to share it.

She’s the unexpected light to his darkness, yet he knows she’s hiding something. Sultry summer nights in each other’s arms weaken her resistance and taunt her with the idea of forever. But as his adversaries draw close, can she love him enough to let him go?

 

Every Saint has a past and every sinner has a future. – Oscar Wilde –

What a great start to the series. This was so good. It had everything that kept my heart beating. Well balanced angst, downright filthy with a side dish of sweet.

Cruz threw a dart on a whim to start a new life and landed in Sundown, Illinois. Population 782. A quaint town where everyone knows everyone.

He got a job, rented a house and could leave any time with no regrets. Just to start afresh. Trying to deal with ten years of prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was exonerated. But those ten years are still gone. Things change when he goes out for a drink.

How in the hell had he been in this room for ninety minutes and not noticed her?

Rosie Harlow is the sweet country girl she works at the Sundown Bar and Grille. She’s taking life as it comes. And for the moment it’s going well until someone walks up to the bar. And for her things change as well.

Whoa. Her mind and body stopped. Froze. Her mouth may have dropped open. Because walking toward the bar, cutting path through the busy country cacophony, was a dark force of nature.

Despite the “don’t mess with me” attitude he is one of the good ones. The past stays no matter where you go. And for these two lovebirds it is no different. Rosie finds out about Cruz being an ex-inmate and being exonerated unfortunately from her brother but she still gives Cruz a chance.

Cruz realises that is path could have gone a different route. He dodged a bullet

Gang life, dodged a bullet. He is one of the good ones. A dark knight, an anti-Hero. He saves her and their lives become intertwined. Rosie has secrets and it is heart breaking what these two have gone through how they grow together and have something real special.

Ms. Kay got all the emotions spot on in the book. I love her writing style as well. She captivates you and pulls you into the story. Besides I’m a fan of small town romances everything has a slower pace.

I docked a star cause there were two things that I guessed that were going to happen. But it doesn’t make the story any less exciting and feel good as it was.

Book 2 – Shane and Becca Gable. And you know what? I can’t wait.

 

 

 

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Sinner by Jackie Wang

 
 
 
Title: Sinner
Series: A Northbridge Nights Novel
Author: Jackie Wang
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: July 22, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 


Brandy Paige – “This is such a enjoyable that will give you roller coaster of emotions..”


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First, he broke my heart. Then, he ripped it out of my chest.

Fifteen years ago, Beckett Longstead broke up with me, then disappeared.

One stormy night, he shows up at my doorstep bloodied and bruised, begging me for help.

I should’ve shut the door in his face. Should’ve left him to bleed.

But instead, I take him in and fix him, just like when we were teenagers.

Beckett has secrets, though, and everything about him screams guilt.

He’s hiding something terrible, but he won’t tell me what.

He claims he can’t remember. That he has amnesia.

He’s sick, plagued by nightmares, and his memory loss troubles me.

But he’s got no one else. 

So against my better judgment, I welcome him into my home, and back into my vulnerable heart.

Little did I know, his sins would destroy us. 

Little did I know, his secrets would ruin everything.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Honest thoughts about this book. … well there are a lot in my mind but I am not sure how to find the right words to express them.

There are books / stories that you like or dislike for certain reasons. And usually you can easy pinpoint those reasons and describe them … but in case of Sinner by Jackie Y. Wang I am really struggling.

It is my first book by this author so I cannot say anything about this being her usual writing style or if this is an unusual book. What I can say is that the writing of this book is solid and well developed.

My feelings are not that clear though when it comes to the storyline and character development. The characters I honestly felt were a little superficial at the beginning. As the blurb states the reunion of the leads was under strong emotional circumstances but for some reason it felt bland when I actually read it and I am not even sure why. (which brings me back to my struggles)

Then there is the “now-and-then” part of the story – the positioning of that felt strange to me – I think it would have been better to place the part containing their history either directly in front of the actual story and then start with “now” (my personal favorite) or it could have been placed a little later in the story. Where it is now is either too late or to early …

Then there is the storyline in total … I think there were to many ideas the author included into the plot. It felt to complicated … yes while I am writing this I think “complicated” is the right word.

I guess now you start to wonder – I am giving this book 4 stars but the above comments do not sound like it is a 4 star review – right?

Well wrong actually… because amongst all these thoughts there is still something about this story that drew me in. It was not really a mystery, not the plotline and not the characters. At least not if I single those things out and look at them separately.

But in total – the honest truth is that I did not put the book down… I finished it. Even with all my thoughts about it I liked it. So my thoughts come full circle here, I honestly can not explain it but as I promised the truth THIS IS IT.

Take a look and judge for yourself … I wonder what your thoughts will be…

 

 

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Review: Play Me: A Rock Chamber Boys Novel by Daisy Allen

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Play Me: A Rock Chamber Boys Novel by Daisy Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really sweet yet very different kind of romance novel. Not everything is all flowers and unicorns here and the storyline is an unusual one. Also there is still a question left at the end (no its not a cliffhanger – just something along the storyline I wonder about …)
In total a recommendable read.

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Review: Sinner by Jackie Y. Wang

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Sinner by Jackie Y. Wang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honest thoughts about this book. … well there are a lot in my mind but I am not sure how to find the right words to express them.
There are books / stories that you like or dislike for certain reasons. And usually you can easy pinpoint those reasons and describe them … but in case of Sinner by Jackie Y. Wang I am really struggling.

It is my first book by this author so I cannot say anything about this being her usual writing style or if this is an unusual book. What I can say is that the writing of this book is solid and well developed.
And that it was very different from what I would have expected judging from the Blurb

My feelings are not that clear though when it comes to the storyline and character development. The characters I honestly felt were a little superficial at the beginning. As the blurb states the reunion of the leads was under strong emotional circumstances but for some reason it felt bland when I actually read it and I am not even sure why. (which brings me back to my struggles)

Then there is the “now-and-then” part of the story – the positioning of that felt strange to me – I think it would have been better to place the part containing their history either directly in front of the actual story and then start with “now” (my personal favorite) or it could have been placed a little later in the story. Where it is now is either too late or to early …

Then there is the storyline in total … I think there were to many ideas the author included into the plot. It felt to complicated … yes while I am writing this I think “complicated” is the right word.

I guess now you start to wonder – I am giving this book 4 stars but the above comments do not sound like it is a 4 star review – right?
Well wrong actually… because amongst all these thoughts there is still something about this story that drew me in. It was not really a mystery, not the plotline and not the characters. At least not if I single those things out and look at them separately.

But in total – the honest truth is that I did not put the book down… I finished it. Even with all my thoughts about it I liked it. So my thoughts come full circle here, I honestly can not explain it but as I promised the truth THIS IS IT.

Take a look and judge for yourself … I wonder what your thoughts will be…

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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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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.

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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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Blog Tour – Out of the Ashes (Maji #1) by L.A. Casey

Title: Out of the Ashes
Series: Maji, Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

LA Casey brings her readers OUT OF THE ASHES — the first Sci Fi Romance book in a new series of sexy standalone novels. These other world alphas are looking for their perfect mates that can bring them to their knees… and human women fit their criteria perfectly.

For Nova, a twenty-three-year-old survivalist, wandering a barren wasteland was a lonely existence. But her day-to-day life was about to drastically change forever. Gone were the days when her only worries were rabid animals, augmented humans, the unforgiving scorching sun, and rogue watchmen. Now, Nova found herself faced with a new threat, and he was tall, grey, and horribly stubborn.

For Kol, a two-hundred-year-old daredevil, sailing the never-ending waves of deep space was a vast and thrilling life to lead. He had one objective on Earth—rescue as many human females as possible and return them to his home planet. It was supposed to be simple, but no one told Kol that a human female’s tongue could slice a male like a blade. His charge was short, strikingly attractive, and she talked way too much.

Nova wasn’t going to be kidnapped without putting up a fight, but Kol was more than ready to go toe to toe with her. These two species set out on a collision course that would redefine the phrase “The Big Bang” forever.

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I swayed from side to side as my pain and shock became too much for me. I focused my blurring vision dead ahead and made out six dark figures walking toward me. Six huge figures. When they stopped a few metres from me, they stared at me, and me at them. They were fully clothed in a black armour of some kind, and it only made them look that much more intimidating.

The man in the front said something in a language that didn’t sound of this planet, and without thinking, I stammered, “Wh-what?”

The man grunted and turned to his right and spoke to the person behind him in that same strange language.

“No,” the man behind replied in strained English. “We’ve practiced for weeks; you have not. You need to learn how to speak the human languages to make this mission easier, just until we fit them with translators of their own. Do what I told you to do. Repeat what your translator says through your comm, and the female will understand you like you can understand me right now. I’m not responding to you anymore unless you use this particular human language.”

With a defeated sigh, the large man turned back in my direction.

“I sa-said,” he rumbled in a bizarre accent as he switched to an extremely choppy version of English, pausing every couple of words as if he was trying to form them as he spoke. “What ‘re … you ‘oing … out … ‘ere?”

After he had spoken, he removed the mask that covered his face. The now well-lit area shone brightly on his face and revealed all I needed to know about him to be terrified. He had vibrant grey skin, dazzling violet eyes, and menacing sharp teeth with gold caps on them. That was the moment I dropped to the ground like a sack of potatoes and began tumbling into darkness.

“Why do fe-females … ‘eep ‘oing … dat ‘round me?” the Maji asked with a tired sigh.

Without missing a beat, the other voice said, “I told you that you were ugly. How many human females must faint before you until you realise that?”

L.A. Casey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who juggles her time with her mini-me and writing. She was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys chatting with her readers, who love her humor and Irish accent as much as her books.

Casey’s first book Dominic, was independently published in 2014 and became an instant success on Amazon. She is both traditionally and independently published and is represented by Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.

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For Nova, a twenty-three-year-old survivalist, wandering a barren wasteland was a lonely existence. But her day-to-day life was about to drastically change forever. Gone were the days when her only worries were rabid animals, augmented humans, the unforgiving scorching sun, and rogue watchmen. Now, Nova found herself faced with a new threat, and he was tall, grey, and horribly stubborn.

For Kol, a two-hundred-year-old daredevil, sailing the never-ending waves of deep space was a vast and thrilling life to lead. He had one objective on Earth—rescue as many human females as possible and return them to his home planet. It was supposed to be simple, but no one told Kol that a human female’s tongue could slice a male like a blade. His charge was short, strikingly attractive, and she talked way too much.

Nova wasn’t going to be kidnapped without putting up a fight, but Kol was more than ready to go toe to toe with her. These two species set out on a collision course that would redefine the phrase “The Big Bang” forever.

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The Earth is dying. For the first time in existence humans are the endangered species.

Our heroine Nova is totally kickarse she knows when she is in the wrong she has strong self-preservation which I loved and the author managed to balance her out well with dealing with what was going on being a strong and independent female and appealing to me as a reader.  Nova’s sarcastic comments are placed well and infuse humour throughout the book. Nova had a hard life on earth living in barren lands, being by herself and never being able to trust anyone for fear of being killed or worse sold into slavery.

 

The shipmaster Kol meet the tiny human female while out scouting no one knew why the Maji came only that they did. From the first moment, he sees the tiny human he feels a connection. But they also need her.

 

“Are you sure we’re compatible?” he asked Surkah without looking away from me. “She is very small.” What the fuck does that mean?

Kol lied by omission a lot of by omission But I also got why he did it there is also such a lack of communication which was really funny in places.

“Kol,” Mikoh said firmly, ignoring me completely. “Remember what we said? Offspring steps for the human females so we don’t scare them with their transition the Maji way.”

Trust is broken but it is also a learning curve for everyone. Nova thought that the one person she could trust was Surkah and turns out she couldn’t. But she was only following orders.

 

For all the technology that they have they still seem to be quite barbaric they love to fight with one another. The oldest brother Ezah is a little big shit stirrer. Although I would really like him to find his fated mate. He deserves it and I understood where he was coming from.

 

In the end, the world that has been created by the author of augmented humans, of original humans and of aliens is bloody brilliant. That we in the end with our greed and thirst for power killed our own planet is no surprise. Where another World War augmented against originals.

 

I really enjoyed this book it was tough going to begin with as I personally had to push past the first 12 % of the book. The narration of the world and how it had changed felt somewhat tedious. For all of you who are screaming world building at me believe me I get it. But if you are like me then tough it out because it is worth it.

 

There are a lot of books out there with the same premise, an alien race is mainly male populated and need females to continue their race. Human females are compatible and they are taken with their consent to live. Two thousand seven hundred females were saved. Looking for their intended.

Don’t think that there will be that many books though. What most don’t know the world that they inhabit is about to explode. This book has a strong emphasis on the survival of the fittest.

 

Now with some sci-fi romances the Heroes are quite human looking but here that isn’t the case and let me tell you something they are hawt. Fated mates so no cheating. Didn’t expect it to be any other way. No other woman drama.

 

Praise the Lord Ms. Casey didn’t overuse the word snicker in this book which she did in her other books. So, I am one happy bunny.

 

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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.

*This book is intended for mature audiences, ages 18+. It may be enjoyed as a standalone!

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Exclusive excerpt from the pages of Whispered Prayers of a Girl:
“I don’t deserve you. I don’t deserve whatever could happen between us.” I want to object, but he continues before I get a chance. “But there’s something I want more than my self-loathing for wanting something I shouldn’t.”

“What?” I rasp.

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

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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including The Jaded Series, The Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law intended to distract Alex and help her pass the time while her husband was away for work. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.

Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!

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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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Blog Tour – The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward

Today we have the blog tour for The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward! Check it out and grab your copy today!

About The Way You Bite:

Falling for the enemy has never been so deadly.

When King Werewolf shows up in veterinarian Vee Scarpa’s ER, she’s livid.

Her father, North American head honcho vampire, has threatened a chilling or else if she “accidentally” helped a wolf again, especially since they’re at war. But she’s tempted by the sexy wolf. And his deadly blood calls to her in a way that should set off warning bells…

 

A promise to his brother in arms obliges Lexan Dimitrov to rescue the aristocrat vampire before her family discovers her secret—a secret Vee herself isn’t even aware of. What he didn’t expect was to find her sexy-as-hell. He’s not into vamps, yet the inescapable heat building between them is a delicious temptation guaranteed to end in total disaster.

 

“Unique and fresh…Forward’s world of wolves and vamps is captivating, sexy, and absolutely addictive.” —New York Times bestselling author Kristin Miller

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About Zoe Forward:

Award winning author, Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. Her novels have won numerous awards including the Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence, Golden Quill, Carolyn Readers Choice Award, and the Booksellers’ Best Award.

When she’s not typing at her laptop, she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s a small animal veterinarian caring for a wide range of furry creatures, although there has been the occasional hermit crab.

She’s madly in love with her globe trotting conservation ecologist husband who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, and she’s happiest when he returns to their home

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4 only dead men wear suits Stars.

The Way You Bite is a perfect standalone paranormal romance. I really enjoyed this and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I’m stingy with those good old five stars.

The book has a mix of modern day paranormal with some old paranormal stuff. Hags reading runes. Ancient werewolves and vampires. A deadly virus that can’t be contained quite yet.

I hadn’t heard of this author before I had the chance to read this book but it sounded so good and I am well chuffed that I decided to read it. I usually take a step where Vamps are involved and if you’re like me I’d say go for it. A must read. A hidden gem IMO.

This book is action packed, a fast pace, fantastic characters and a unique plot I haven’t read in a really, really long time. I was hooked right from the start and sad to have finished the book I wanted more. I can easily see the author turning this into a series because all the secondary characters were just as brilliant as the MC.

Vee Scarpa is a vamp and well she is engaged to be married. To be a breed mare and to serve her future husband as that is all she is in her father’s eyes. But they have an agreement. Vee is more than she seems at first and what she truly is and what Ms. Forward has done here? Brilliantly.

Vee has always defied her father but time is running out. About to work out of the vet she is called for an emergency and that run in changes everything. I mean EVERYTHING! She is an awesome heroine. Totally kickarse but has a slight vulnerability to her.

The King of the Werewolves Lexan Dimitrov made a promise and the time has come to carry out that promise. He has three days to complete it but he never factored a stubborn female into it all and that said stubborn female would be his mate.
He is the ultimate alpha and Hero. He is protective, sexy, mesmerising and charming but can also be a grump, overbearing and somewhat old fashioned and not familiar with modern day language or pop culture.

“Give me your gun.” “No, I’m not giving me your gun so you can lean out of the window like you’re James Bond. Last time, you shoot my foot.” True. He sucked with guns. Give him a knife or a sword and he could kill anything. “That was ten years ago. Who’s James Bond?” “You’re shitting me, right? British spy?” “Have I met this spy? I’m not a fan of spies. They’re duplicitous.”

Vee’s father declared war on the werewolves and since then there has been a lot of battles but shit is about to get official peeps and it is brilliant to read. Even being seen with a werewolf is treason let alone treating one. Wolf sympathiser don’t last very long.

I know that in the grand scheme of things that someone had to pull on the brakes but I mean it was crystal clear that they belong together. Vee could have been less dramatic in that respect but this is just my opinion.

I’m not asking but telling you all to READ THIS BOOK!

 

 

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