Sunday, July 15, 2018

ARC Review: Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper #6) by


Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper #6)

by Donna Grant 

Blurb:
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…
Where Death leads, I follow. Nothing will stop me from my duty – not even the darkness that claims me. It’s the music that leads me from the dark, returning me to my brethren and a new foe that has risen. Learning who hunts Thea could be the key to unraveling what we need to know to defeat our enemy. The Half-Fae’s music stirs a passion within me that I’ve never known. For her, I will break my vow of silence. For her…I will risk everything.
Themes: Paranormal, Fae
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 

Review:
Well that was surprising… and I didn’t realize how many times I would be having that thought in this rather short novel.  I have really enjoyed getting to know these Reapers and was sad that their series was going to be coming to an end, an inherent part of any series based around a character-set with a  certain number—there are always only seven reapers—so I was thrilled to know that wasn’t going to be the case after all. When Eoghan went missing there was a hole in his team and that loss was felt strongly, so when I realized this story was his return, I knew I was going to enjoy every second of seeing him fall in love. Thea was a real sweetheart, obviously the type of woman that has lived her life on her own terms, but has resided mostly in her own head and survived on her musical talent.  If you are just coming into this series, this book is a good one to jump in on, giving you plenty of back story and letting you fall in love with the characters while at the same time not leaving you longing for the subtle details you might have missed.  Eoghan was a man after my own heart, broken by his past for thousands of years, when he looks into the eyes of the woman who saved him from the Dark he knows immediately that Thea is different and his life will never be the same now that she is in it.  I loved seeing him overcoming his fear and his past in order to let Thea into his heart so that he could gift it to her.  Thea was a dangerous temptation to Eoghan without even trying to be, but her grounded nature and ability to remain humble even in the face of all the magic and danger around her shows her to be a truly unique individual.  I enjoyed watching her find her place in Eoghan’s world and when she stood up to the enemy that made herself known, I fell as madly in love with her as Eoghan had.  I loved every second of the passion between these two and I was sad to see the end of the story, but I know there will be more magic coming soon.  I am thrilled that the series will be continuing and loved learning more about the Dark world and the Dragon Kings series as well as the Reapers and cannot wait for the next book in the entire world and of course whatever comes next in the series.  If you love the Dark World books, jump on this one now, if you haven’t read her (crazy people) then I still suggest running out and grabbing the entire Reaper series and the Dark Kings series if nothing else.  Then you can spread your wings slowly!

P.S. Still no reveal on the secret of Rhi’s lover, though there was a bit of hinting!
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Review: Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors #8)

Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors #8)

by Rebecca Zanetti

Blurb:
The Dark Protectors are Back!
Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.
Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.
Themes: Paranormal, Vampires, etc.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
 Wow that was something I never saw coming, but I enjoyed every single second of it. For fans of this series we have seen a lot of changes in recent installments, mainly a huge jump in time and now some of our favorite second generation vampires and demons are coming into their own and making their mark on the world.  Many of us were wondering who this Ronan character was and while I won’t totally spoil the surprised I will just say he is a distant relative of the ruling family and will become a very important link to some of our favorite folks as this series moves forward.  This story begins with a new story arc that takes us into a secret society within the vampire nation and introduces us to some seriously badass sexy alpha males.  Ronan and Faith’s story kicks off quickly when she is forced to face some hard truths and learns of the existence of the hidden world of the Realm first hand, not to mention a seemingly crazy vampire claiming she is his mate.  But danger is following her everywhere and he is definitely the lesser of two evils so she decides to give him some limited trust, for now.  Ronan is weak, but the sight of the mate he has dreamt of for a millennia is enough to power him through whatever is coming at them, whether it be finding his footing in this strange new world or keeping them both alive and safe long enough to actually complete the damn mating.  In the end only by building trust will they be able to find a way to truly defeat their enemies and share a life together, when trust is something neither of them gives easily.  I loved every second of this hair-raising story and even with previous novels there was way more action than I was expecting for what was essentially a new beginning in the series. The world of the Dark Protectors has changed on us again, with our perceptions being forced into all new directions and there was never really a dull moment to give us time to process it all.  Ronan was alternately endearingly sweet and frustratingly annoying in his interactions with Faith and amazingly deadly and terrifying in his skill for killing his enemies.  I never actually thought that Zanetti could make her males even more deadly and dangerous, but damn has she proven me wrong.  Getting to experience the world from his viewpoint and watch him learn his way in our world was entertaining and gave me a few laughs while at the same time reminding me that sometimes the technologies we take for granted can actually make life more complicated instead of easier. Faith was one of those women that you just knew was going to get herself killed;  her unwillingness to trust in her male, even when she’d make promises, led her to make stupid decisions putting not only herself but others in danger.  While I liked her fighting spirit and willingness to help, those kinds of choices, especially when you’re making them just to prove the point that you can is stupid when in a dangerous situation.  So that being said I had a love-hate relationship with Faith through most of the story, but thankfully came to like her in the end.  The intensity and passion Ronan sparks whenever he even thinks about Faith are enough to have any woman willing to strip naked and offer herself for him, and thankfully once Faith does just that the fire they build between them is mind-boggling.  I am already dying for whatever comes next in this series and know that Ms. Zanetti has just set her readers up for another long and amazing journey filled with magic, mayhem, intrigue, and love, and I for one am thrilled to be along for the ride.  If you are looking for a story filled with sexy male heroes and sensuality to melt the panties right off your body, you have come to the right place, so grab some ice or ice cold wine and lose yourself in the magic of Vampire’s Faith.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Review: More to Love (A Perfect Fit #3)


More to Love (A Perfect Fit #3)

by Alison Bliss 

Blurb:
Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she'll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she'll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his "violations" sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?
Max Hager isn't exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max's immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa's little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 stars
Heat Rating: 



Review:
So sometimes I have to wonder where an author is going when they embark on these types of series that seem to stem from a quest or goal, in this case the weight and body image issues society places on individuals and the problems it forces on relationships.  Sometimes it becomes all about “the message” and the author forgets that the important part of a romance is the characters and the love being developed between them, but I am comfortable saying that in this series Ms. Bliss has escaped that dreaded fate.  While the goal is to educate people that even though  someone doesn’t fit into a size 6 or fights with their insecurities about their weight, the people themselves and their mistakes and ultimate triumphs are what make her stories great.  This third story in the series took a different turn in that the hero was the one with the body image issues while the heroine was comfortable in her sensual and sexy plus-sized body.  I enjoyed this gender-bending bit of storytelling, though I was very upset with Max through the majority of the book because let’s face it he was a dickhead and even he knew it.  Jessa—Jess to her friends—was an amazing woman, full of laughter and fire, but with a warm heart and giving nature that made her the perfect woman and a great character to counter Max’s asshole mistakes.  Max had been a character that was mischievous but lovable throughout previous novels in the series, but getting to know him more we see the serious levels of insecurity he hides behind and that only the right woman will be able to bring him into the light and let him live a truly fulfilled and happy life.  He might be a sexy and alpha male, but his past has left too many scars and he needs to let them go quickly or he won’t be man enough for the woman he loves.  Jessa on the other hand was a strong and seriously kick ass woman, sure of herself and even willing to throw caution to the wind when she feels the universe offering her something almost too good to be true.  She has been burned in the past but doesn’t let it keep her from being who she is or offering her heart when Max comes into her life, even though she knows something with him isn’t entirely right.  I loved getting to know her and seeing her come even more out of her shell as she found her roots and when her past comes to light the full truth of her history was a plot twist I never saw coming. The heat and intensity between Max and Jess was there from the very beginning and I knew they would be combustible as soon as they allowed themselves to give in, but the passionate love that developed between them reminds me that sometimes even something that is most unexpected and definitely not conveniently timed can become the most important thing in our lives.  I enjoyed every moment of this story and though I am not sure if this is the end of the series, I will be keeping my eyes open for more by this author and hoping to get to see these sensual ladies and the sexy men that earned their big hearts in future.  Thanks for a wild and emotional ride, Alison.
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Friday, June 22, 2018

Mini Review: Dark Alpha's Night (Reaper #5)

Dark Alpha's Night (Reaper #5)

by Donna Grant 

Blurb:
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I'm coming for you...
To some Fae, I am their worst nightmare. For I do Death’s bidding. But for all our strength and skill, a powerful enemy has risen up. Finding Ettie could change everything. The Half-Fae is our one chance. She’s sharp and strong and fierce. She steals my breath every time I'm near her. And looking into her eyes is like a bolt of lightning right through me. She’s what I’ve been waiting for my long, dark existence. But for us to be together, we must first stay alive…
Themes: Paranormal, Fae, Dragon-shifters
Rating: 3.5 stars
Heat Rating: 


Review:
For fans of the Dark World that Donna Grant has built, the newest addition to the Reaper series, Dark Alpha’s Night, is another masterpiece, even though its shorter length could be somewhat misleading.  Daire and Ettie were a joy to get to know and to see fall in love through the drama and danger hunting them.  I have been wondering when Daire would find his love and was thrilled to get to know him more. Ettie was a great match for him and together they made true magic, but the love between them was the most magical part of this story.  I was thrilled for all the interactions of characters from the Dark Kings series of course and love seeing how these two series have become so intertwined of late.  Daire is a sexy and alpha hero with just the perfect level of vulnerability that makes a woman lust after him while at the same time wanting to protect and care for him. For anyone that hasn’t read these two series the little bits and pieces of each that interact together might be a bit confusing, but in the end there is enough greatness and backstory in each, that the reader can love it anyway.  I love this series and cannot wait for whatever story comes next, but I can guarantee that anything from Donna is going to be magic.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC #1)

Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC #1)

by Chantal Fernando

Blurb:
Erin Dawson had the perfect life growing up in a perfect home with a perfect family. Her parents gave her and her sister everything a child could want. But after learning that the man she’s called “dad” her whole life isn’t actually her biological father, Erin is determined to find the man who is.
Armed with her original birth certificate, she finds her father, but begins questioning if her mom had been right all along to keep this information buried. It turns out he is the president of a motorcycle club, which could not be further from the life Erin leads. But, she’s determined to get to know the man who she gets her striking blue eyes from. Despite getting what she wants and finding her biological father, it’s the slightly older, much rougher but incredibly sexy biker Ace that catches Erin’s eye.
As the new “princess” of the Cursed Ravens, Erin is learning a whole new world, but her father has made it clear she is off limits. Will Ace follow his President’s orders or will he put his heart ahead of his duty?  
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
Ok, so I wasn’t too sure about this new series, not to mention a new author, but when the comparison was made to one of my favorites, Kristen Ashley, I figured I’d give it a try.  Plus the story blurb and the cover were too hot to resist, so I figured what-the-hey.  I also need to add that I am rarely a fan of first-person POV in a romance because it takes a truly gifted author to make me enjoy it as much as I would if it was written in third-person, so that gave me a bit of trepidation as well.   All that said, I truly enjoyed Ace and Erin’s story and I look forward to reading more in this series and by this author as well.  Erin has thrown caution to the wind and run away from home to meet her birth father, now that she knows she has been lied to her entire life, but she never knew the world she would find herself embroiled in when she found him. Erin has led a mostly sheltered life and finding herself suddenly the princess of a motorcycle club and instantly in lust with an overbearing and sexy biker is way out of her comfort zone.  Ace has no idea what he is getting into when he takes it upon himself to lead Erin into her new life and he is falling for her quickly, but when Erin runs from him, he learns that the connection has become a part of him that he cannot live without.  Erin was a bit of a wishy-washy one, even if she had moment or two of strength and I found myself unsure if I liked her or not right up until the end when she truly proved to me that she is going to grow into a woman that will be a bitch in the best sense of the word! Ace was a tricky one, but once I got to know him I loved him, even more than Erin did and I want to find me a man just like him for myself.  Bad ass bikers, drama, danger, and amazing men leading life their own way is going to lead to an interesting series, so I am looking forward to the next story in the series, Knuckle Down, which I intend to read very, very soon.  I think I may have another author quickly becoming a favorite. 
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review:X-Ops Exposed (X-Ops #8)

X-Ops Exposed (X-Ops #8)

by Paige Tyler 

Blurb:
HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE
Believing he’s too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State—with no choice but to leave behind the woman who’s captured his heart. What he doesn’t know is that she followed him…
SHE WOULDN’T STAY BEHIND
Heartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner’s protective instinct—big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he’ll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself—and the woman he loves—to the beast within.

Themes: Paranormal, shifters
Rating: 4.5 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
This romance has been a truly long time coming and we have been waiting to see what will happen with these two for a long, long time now.  I personally wondered how Ms. Tyler was going to reconcile these two very different personalities and give them a truly lasting HEA which we expect from all her pairings.  The series has evolved and changed greatly since the very beginning, with so many twists and turns I could never have seen coming, but each one was magic and I enjoyed reading each new installment. The last book in the series sent the reader into a tailspin with all the changes coming at us at once, but when Tanner left the DCO, leaving behind Zarina, we all knew that there was no way she was going to let that stand.  So if you are a fan of the type of story where a woman refuses to let her man get away, no matter why he wants to leave, especially when she knows he’s simply running scared, you have found the right story.  I loved this story and enjoyed seeing Zarina stand up to Tanner and make him pull his head out of his ass and see that they are meant to be together.  I am dying to see where the series heads now, but after the magic of Zarina and Tanner’s story, there’s no way to go wrong with whatever happens next.
Zarina cannot believe that Tanner has run off, leaving her behind even though they were slowly beginning to have feelings for one another.  She is determined to force him to return and sets out to succeed in her goal, traveling across the country and hunting him down in the forest, letting nothing stand in her way. When she stumbles upon him in the forest, thankfully just in time for him to rescue her, she didn’t realize his anger would fuel her own, but there you go.  Tanner is beyond pissed that Zarina has come after him, and when he finds her alone stumbling in the dark forest, he knows he needs to send her on her way, but soon, they are pulled into a dangerous and deadly situation that forces them to see how well they work together as a team.  I loved seeing how Zarina refused to let Tanner cow her, standing up to him left and right, but its obvious from the beginning that Tanner loves her too much to ever actually hurt her, even just her feelings. Tanner has so many issues to work through, not the least of which is fear of his own inner beast attacking the woman he has come to love.  He fears that he will harm her if his beast ever defeats his control, but there is no way he can leave her alone either.  The inner and outer conflicts are what make this story so unique and engaging and I loved all the danger, plot twists, and amazing mini-stories within the larger one that were wrapped up.  If you are looking for a story that will thrill you and amaze you all at once, then you have found the right story for sure.  I am dying to find out what comes next and which of the heroes or heroines find their mates.  Paige Tyler brings magic to the page every time and I never doubt that I will fall in love with her work.
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: Tempting Danger (Retribution #2)

Tempting Danger (Retribution #2)

by Katie Reus 

Blurb:
They’re enemies.
Alena Brennan’s relationship with Andre Makarov is… complicated. The casino magnate was a means to an end. Nothing more. At least that was what she tried to tell herself. Then she fell for him. Hard. But he kicked her out of his life when he discovered her lies.
Now she’s pregnant with his baby.
Andre understands why Alena wanted revenge. His father took everything from her, leaving her an orphan at a young age. But Andre still had to cut her out of his life. Now that his father is dead, she’s safe. He should just move on. But when he learns she’s carrying his child, all pretense is gone—he’ll protect Alena whether she likes it or not. She may kick up a fuss, but Andre knows the gorgeous model with a party-girl rep attracts attention…including the dangerous sort.
Themes: Contemporary 
Rating: 4 stars
Heat Rating: 
Review:
I didn’t realize when I read the previous book in this series that it was in fact going to be a series, but was thrilled to see that I would get to see not only Alena and Andre, but also her sister and new brother-in-law again.  The series kicks off with the big secret that Alena has been keeping leading her back into the arms of her family and unintentionally back into the life of the one man she is in no way ready to reunite with.  As soon as she sees him again she knows she is in trouble, but she brazens it out, until he discovers her secret and forces her to come back to him. Andre is obsessed with Alena, even though he really cannot understand why, until he find out she is carrying his child.  Coming back together they are faced with the truths neither of them is ready for, but with the world around them clamoring for a piece of their romance, they are both going to have to decide where they stand as a couple and fast.  I really enjoyed this story, even though it wasn’t as long as I would have hoped, and enjoyed reading every page.  The magic of Katie Reus is that she can take her readers into any world and make them believe they are a part of it, whether it is the magic and danger of the paranormal or the glitz and danger of the Miami rich and elite.  Alena is a woman that has to come to terms with the choices she made in her quest for vengeance and decide if she is ready to take a new path in life and I loved watching her go through that thought process to come to those decisions.  She is smart, sexy, and brave, but she obviously needs to find her own inner strength in order stand up to Andre and be the match that he needs in order for them to be a happy couple.  Andre has lived a life of danger and deception, but has found a way to live in the shades of gray and still maintain his own integrity.  When he was faced with Alena’s deception, he felt betrayed and flayed to the bone, but knowing she was the one that got away left him a bit obsessed, so once she finally resurfaced he finally decides it’s time to bring her back into his scope—though his ultimate goal isn’t clear yet, even to him.  A child changes everything for them both and soon Andre’s obsession turns to love and Alena’s love is no longer deniable. I enjoyed seeing both Alena and Andre evolve and come back together, dealing with their fear and issues, and finding a way to embrace their love and future.  I know their won’t be more in the series, but I know there will be more contemporary love stories from Katie and I am dying for them.  For fans of drama, love, emotional turmoil and sensuality, this story is unbeatable.   
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