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Stacking The Shelves – March 2020

Hosted by Tonga’s Reviews & Co-Hosted by Reading Reality.

 

What is STS? “Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It’s a place to share/feature all the books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!”  **As for library books you won’t be seeing them here; since I do a post every month featuring them.**

 

Make sure to double check $$ pricing before buying. Pricing can change at anytime.

 

Amazon Freebie – Reborn in Fire, Lock and Key, Alien Warrior, Grizzly Cove Anthology Vol. 1-3, Bound By Blood, Radar Deception: 2016 Anniversary Edition, Critical Intelligence: 2016 Anniversary Edition, Dragon’s Lore, Bound in Flames, Sharp Change, Mated on Hades, Dragon Bones, The Baine Chronicles Series Books 1-3, A Rylee Adamson Omnibus Books 1-3, Elementally Priceless, Silver Staked, Fury of a Phoenix, Rogue Souls, Stone Cold Protector, Darkest Heart, Brandon’s Mate, Magnolia Mystic, Ecstasy Unbound, Love Potions, The Silver Stag, Defending Allye, Tallulah’s Temptation, Alexandra’s Legacy, Night of the Tiger, & Shadow Prophecy.

 

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle Sinister Magic ($0.99c), Paladin, Badger to the Bone & Battle Bond.

 

 

 

B&N Nook – Smoke Bitten

 

 

 

Audiobooks – Hard Mated, BodyGuard, Hounded, Sweep with Me, Pride Mates, & Smoke Bitten.

 

 

 

Paperback/Hardcovers – Smoke Bitten (Hardcover) & Crush the King (Paperback)

 

 

Amazon Prime – The Big Bang Theory Season Six & Eight

 

 

 

 

What did you pick up this month?
Have you read or listened to any of the books I picked up? Thoughts?
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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons.

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Monthly Library Love – March 2020

 

Here is a look at my March Library Love.
The library is a great place to pick up New & Old releases in books, movies, manga, audiobooks, magazines, and more.  Check out all the wonderful items I picked up this month.  The 2020 Library Love Challenge Sign Up is open.  Come join us for a new year and lots more giveaways!

 

Total Saved in March: $2,693.61
(Books & Movie prices based on Amazon pricing.) 

 

 

With the COVID-19 outbreak many places have closed until April or later. Our local Library is closed until March 31st. Just before they closed their doors I went in and picked up a lot of books. Manly I got books to help my kid read and movies to keep him occupied.  The online recourse’s are still going, which is good.  So remember you can still use your library to check out items to watch, read, or listen too. 

 

Audiobook – Cold Days, Protect the Prince, Perfect Mate, Primal Bonds, & Stand & Deliver.

 

 

 

Movies – Rocketman, Men In Black International, 21 Bridges, & CSI Season 13 & 14.

 

 

 

Kid Books – 5 Wild Creature Adventures! A Collection of five Early Readers, Wild Cats! Wild Kratts, Wild Dogs and Canines! Wild Kratts, Wild Fliers! Wild Kratts, Wild Insects and Spiders! Wild Kratts, Axel the Truck Speed Track, Exploring the Great Outdoors, Five Enchanting Tales A Collection of Five Early Readers, Fox Is Late, Making A Frined, Sheep Take A Hike, Splat The Cat and The Hotshot, Splat The Cat Gets A Job!, This Is Not A Picture Book, Far-Out Friends Rusty Rivots, Flat Stanley and The Bees, Flat Stanley and The Lost Treasure, Flat Stanley and The Very Big Cookie, Fred Wants To Play, I Will Race You Through This Book!, Ice Ice Puggy, Marigold Fairy Makes A Friend, Pirate’s Perfect Pet, Pizza Mouse, Thumper and The Egg, Violet Fairy Gets Her Wings, Cece Loves Science Push and Pull, Tiger in Trouble! and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Rescues, Wild Cats, Tiger Sharks, Amazing Armadillos, Danger Dinosaurs!, Dinosaur Days, Gorillas Gentle Giants of the Forest, Wild Winter Creatures! Wild Kratts, Wild Wild Wolves, Benny and Penny in Lights Out! A Toon Book, Blip! A Toon Book, Dino by Diego Vaisberg, I Am Wonder Women, Curious George In Follow That Hat!, Nala and Simba, Otto and Pio, Wild Reptiles Snakes Crocodiles Lizards and Turtles!, & Yellow Kayak.

 

 

 

Kid Movies – Dinotruck Reptool Rescue, Hotel Transylvania 2, Jake and The Never Land Pirates Never Land Rescue, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes Justin League Cosmic Clash, Pokemon Advanced Challenge Complete Collection, Trolls Holiday, Trolls, Dragons Race To The Edge Season 5 & 6, & Pokemon Heroes The Movie.

 

 

 

 

How was your library experience this month?
Did you use the online resources?
I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Angel’s Weekly Book Releases: 3/30 – 4/3

 

 

Mar. 30th, 2020

 

 

Fashionably Fooled (Hot Damned #13) by Robyn Peterman
Motherducking Magic (Bad Magic Bounty Hunter #1) by Michelle Fox

 

 

Mar. 31st, 2020

 

 

Wolf’s Curse (Otherworld: Kate and Logan #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Pixieland Diaries (Pixieland Diaries #1) by Christina Bauer
Onyx Dragons: Alexandrite (7 Virgin Brides for 7 Weredragon Billionaires #6) by Starla Night
Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart #1) by MaryJanice Davidson
Badger to the Bone (Honey Badger Chronicles #3) by Shelly Laurenston
Legend of the White Wolf (Heart of the Wolf #4) by Terry Spear (Re-release New Cover)
Keys and Kisses (Untouchable #3) by Heather Long
Death of a Blueberry Tart (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #12) by Lee Hollis
Pivot (Deep Ops #3.5) by Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, & Rebecca Zanetti
The Final Deception (New York Confidential #5) by Heather Graham
After Sundown by Linda Howard & Linda Jones
Code Name: Hacker (Jameson Force Security #4) by Sawyer Bennett
Tough Talking Cowboy (Wild Rose Ranch #3) by Jennifer Ryan
Hers to Tame (NOLA Knights #2) by Rhenna Morgan
Wind River Undercover (Wind River Valley #9) by Lindsay McKenna
Cowboy Firefighter Heat (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys #6) by Kim Redford
Jace (Kings of Country #1) by Sasha Summers
The Magnolia Sisters (Magnolia Sisters #1) by Michelle Major
The Sunday Potluck Club (The Sunday Potluck Club, #1) by Melissa Storm
The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London #1) by Ella Quinn
Highland Sword (Royal Highlander #3) by May McGoldrick
Lord Holt Takes a Bride (Mating Habits of Scoundrels #1) by Vivienne Lorret
The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath
An Heiress to Remember (The Gilded Age Girls Club #3) by Maya Rodale

 

 

April 1st, 2020

 

 

April’s Fools (Fate’s Fools, #8) by Ophelia Bell
Kidnapped for His Royal Heir by Maya Blake
Covert Complication (Badlands Cops #2) by Nicole Helm
Temptation at His Door by Joss Wood
Snowbound Targets by Karen Whiddon

 

 

April 3rd, 2020

 

 

Seduced in Salem (Casters and Claws #2) by Milly Taiden
Big-Hearted Cowboy (The Buckskin Brotherhood #2) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

 

 

 

April, May, & June 2020 Releases Coming

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: http://angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/03/angels-weekly-book-releases-3-30-4-3

Review: The Forgotten Commander (Lost Planet, #1) by K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard

The Forgotten Commander  - Nicole Blanchard, K.  Webster
The Forgotten Commander
Lost Planet, #1
K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard
Science Fiction Romance - Aliens
February 13, 2019
eBook
260
Kindle Unlimited

 

Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying.
A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell.
My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak.
Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford.
The most we can hope for is survival.
We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.

 

Five females—a chance at a future.
Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
They’re ours now.
Asleep and made ready for breeding.
We won’t die out—lost and forgotten.
It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.

 

I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander.
My people will have the future they deserve.
I’ll make sure of it.

 

My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.

 

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The Forgotten Commander is book one in the Lost Planet series by K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard.

 

I struggled all the way through this novel. This review maybe hard for others to understand or read. I tried not to disrespect the authors’s work, but I needed to say what this book felt like to me.

 

I found this book disappointing and all kinds of wrong. It’s an alien breeding romance with very little romance at all. It’s more along the lines of Stockholm Syndrome.

 

First off Aria is violated while in cryogenic sleep with the aliens implanting their seed inside her. It’s rape! It’s a violation! It’s wrong! I understand that the aliens are the last of their kind with no women of their own on this plant and that they need to reproduce, but I didn’t like how the author decided to play this out. Once Aria wakes from the cryogenic sleep, she learns what happened, and since the baby was lost she is forced to have sex with Breccan, the Commander. She has no choice in this. The sex is rape. No other way to look at it. Breccan doesn’t see this and neither do any of the other aliens. Non of the aliens even get that what they are doing to her and the other women; is wrong. 

 

Breccan eventually tried to please his mate, Aria. Along with the rest of the alien guys, but it was just too little too late. Their was no revolution to these aliens that what they did and what they are doing is a violation. 

 

Aria was simply annoying. She just gave in, didn’t fight or stand up for herself, and even thou the author tried to change this story up and make it a romance, it came off as Stockholm Syndrome. 

 

The story itself had a lot of holes. Their was very little world building and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. 

 

The Forgotten Commander was not the book for me. I don’t know if I’ll read on or not. 

 

Rated: 1 Star

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: http://angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/03/review-the-forgotten-commander-lost-planet-1-by-k-webster-nicole-blanchard

Review: Beast (Galactic Gladiators #7) by Anna Hackett

Beast - Anna Hackett
Beast
Galactic Gladiators #7
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
October 29, 2017
eBook
222
Kindle Unlimited

 

Abducted by alien slavers and taken to a lawless desert world, the last thing starship pilot Mia expects is to find herself in the protective, brawny arms of a wild, blue-skinned alien!

 

Rescued by gladiators on the alien world of Carthago, Mia is working to find other abducted humans who are still lost. But someone else also needs her help--the untamed alien who's saved her twice. Rescued from vicious fight rings he's fought in since he was a child, Vek is prone to losing control in aggressive fits of rage...and Mia discovers that she is the only who can calm him. As she finds herself drawn to the man beneath the beast, she knows that with his enhanced senses, Vek can help her find her friends...

 

For years, all Vek'ker has known is death, darkness, and killing. Despite his newfound freedom, he is struggling to control his rages and withdrawal from the drugs his captors used on him. Only one scent soothes him, one voice calms him, and one woman is his light in the dark. Vek will do anything to protect Mia and make her happy... including vowing to find her friends...

 

With the gladiators from the House of Galen, Vek and Mia follow mysterious clues into a dangerous part of the desert on the trail of the missing humans. They are drawn closer together but as they enter the deadly Illusion Mountains, they have no idea of the dangers lying in wait for them, or how far they will both be pushed to their limits in order to survive!

 

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Beast is book seven in the Galactic Gladiators by Anna Hackett. 

 

This was another entertaining read in this series. I devoured the Galactic Gladiators series one book at a time. 

 

In Beast we get answers to one of the relative newcomers to the House of Galen, Vek. 

 

Vek our blue alien who was also rescued from captivity. He’s wild, dominate, and pumped full of drugs like the human male. He’s the ultimate BEAST of an alpha. The only thing that seams to soothe his rage and bring some reason is Mia and her voice. 

 

Mia was abducted by the alien slavers, rescued, then abducted again, and rescued. She’s sweet, tender, and thoughtful. When her friends and Vek are under attack she has a spine of steel. 

 

Vek and Mia complemented each other. Vek’s a true hero and yet at times so fragile. My heart melted for him. Then bring in Mia a lover of music and we get to discover if music can feed the soul and heal. Their romance was sweet. 

 

Theirs no shortage of action and adventure. The world keeps building and new characters keep popping up. 

 

Beast is another enjoyable reading the Galactic Gladiators series. If you enjoy science fiction romance then Hackett is an author for you to try. 

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Angel’s Weekly Book Releases: 3/23 – 3/28

 

 

 

Mar. 23rd, 2020

 

 

Fury Unleashed (Forgotten Brotherhood #1) by N.J. Walters
Line of Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters #2) by Cara Bristol

 

 

Mar. 24th, 2020

 

 

Pink Is The New Black: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch’s Cove Mystery #1) by Vella Day
A Pink Potion Gone Wrong: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch’s Cove Mystery #2) by Vella Day
The Mystery of the Pink Aura: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch’s Cove Mystery #3) by Vella Day
The Dragon of Sedona (The Treasure of Paragon #4) by Genevieve Jack
Of Flame and Fury (Weird Girls: Flame #3) by Cecy Robson
Lion in Waiting (Tales of the Were: Grizzly Cove #15) by Bianca D’Arc
The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #19) by J.R. Ward
Shameless With Him (Less Than #3) by Carrie Ann Ryan
Heartbreaker (Montana Justice #2) by B.J. Daniels
Crossing The Line (Wilde Ways #7) by Cynthia Eden
Gaming Grace (Gone Wild #2) by Piper J. Drake
Sexy Love (Sexy #4) by Carly Phillips
Sunsets, Sabbatical and Scandal (A Camper & Criminals Cozy #10) by Tonya Kappes
All’s Fair in Love and War: Four Enemies-to_Lovers Medieval Romances by Claire Delacroix
The Highland Rogue (Lords of the Highlands #7) by Amy Jarecki

 

 

Mar. 26th, 2020

 

 

Third Time’s a Charm (Order of Magic #2) by Michelle M. Pillow
His Blazing Passion (Real Men of Wildridge #2) by Celia Kyle & Marina Maddix

 

 

Mar.27th, 2020

 

 

Dementor (Rolling Thunder MC Birmingham #1) by Candace Blevins
Surrender by Helen Scott & Ellabee Andrews
Bring to Bear (Paranormal Dating Agency #24) by Milly Taiden

 

 

Mar. 28th, 2020

 

 

Charmed by the Alien Pirate: A SciFi Alien Romance (Mates of the Kilgari #3) by Celia Kyle & Athena Storm

 

 

 

April, May, & June 2020 Releases Coming

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: http://angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/03/angels-weekly-book-releases-3-23-3-28

Review: Pack of Lies (The Potentate of Atlanta #2) by Hailey Edwards

Pack of Lies - Hailey Edwards
Pack of Lies
The Potentate of Atlanta #2
Hailey Edwards
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
January 15, 2020
eBook
283
Kindle Unlimited

 

Hadley is losing time, and her shadow refuses to shed light on the gaps in her memory. How can she protect her city if she can't remember where she goes or what she does when she ought to be asleep? Her grim history appears to be stuck on repeat, and the only way forward might be a scythe through her back.

 

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Pack of Lies is book two of The Potentate of Atlanta series by Hailey Edwards.

 

Hadley is growing on me and the redemption storyline for her is working. I like her humor and how she uses it as a way to deflect when her feelings become too complicated. 

 

Ambrose is a fun character and an unapologetic killer, but he makes me laugh.

 

I like that Hadley and Midas are finally working towards a relationship, even thou it seems like it’s impossible. They both have issues and the romance is a slow build. 

 

The story moves along at a nice steady pace. The action is entertaining, but our main focus seemed to be on Hadley and Midas’s relationship.

 

In this story we are treated to some type of magical roach creature. This storyline was a bit confusing to me and we don’t get any true understanding on this or conclusion, yet. Hopeful more will be reveled in the next installment. As for the ending we do end on a cliffhanger. Now, I’m not a fan of those, but nothing I can do about that. 

 

The one thing that got to me is how much she relies on Linus still. I feel she needs to start weaning away and not calling him on every little thing all the time. It’s ok to need someone to bounce ideas off, but I feel she calls him to much. I get she’s still in the probation faze, but one day she’s going to need to rely on her team and herself. 

 

Pack of Lies was another good book in the series. It did leave me a little confused, but I like that we are seeing Midas and Hadley work on a relationship. I’m looking forward to the next installment. 

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Review: Barbarian (Galactic Gladiators #6) by Anna Hackett

Barbarian  - Anna Hackett
Barbarian
Galactic Gladiators #6
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
June 26, 2017
eBook
257
Kindle Unlimited

 

Abducted by alien slavers, experimented on, and left blind, the last thing doctor Winter Ashworth needs is a big barbarian gladiator in her life, especially an annoying one who thinks she's small and weak.

 

Rescued by gladiators on the desert world of Carthago, Winter is doggedly working to embrace her new life. But two of her friends are still missing and she'll do anything to help get them back...even if she has to work alongside Nero Krahn: hunter, barbarian, gladiator. The scowly, brooding man is too big, has too many muscles, and pushes all her buttons.

 

Nero is the House of Galen's best hunter and tracker. Raised on a barbarian world, where strength and might are prized, he was bred to hunt and fight. Now the arena is his home and his loyalty is to his imperator. He knows he can use his skills to find the two lost women, even if that means protecting a small blind woman who takes every chance to misjudge his words and lash him with her sharp tongue.

 

But as they follow a dangerous trail to save their friends, a new enemy emerges--one who wants Winter. The pair find themselves reluctantly attracted to each other, uncovering a scorching desire that shocks them both. As Nero fights to protect Winter, the barbarian gladiator will discover the true meaning of strength from the small Earth woman he wants to claim as his.

 

Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a scowly barbarian gladiator and a determined doctor). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!

 

Includes a preview of Beast, the next book in the Galactic Gladiators series.

 

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“Did you know barbarian warriors are known to keep trophies of all their victories?” he said. Her eyes narrowed. “You keep trophies?” “No.” He tucked her panties into his pocket. “But I’m thinking of starting.” A laugh burst out of her. She was feeling far too good to argue with the man. - 45% Barbarian

 

Barbarian is book six in the Galactic Gladiators series by Anna Hackett. 

 

I love this series so much that I devoured it. Book bing!

 

Barbarian is another remarkable read in the Galactic Gladiators series. 

 

Winter was abducted by alien slavers, experimented on, and left blind. She’s a doctor who can no longer do what she was trained to do. Now she’s been rescued by Nero and The House of Galen gladiators. She’s trying to adjust to her new life. What I love about her is that she doesn’t let her impaired sight affect who is is and what she can do. She’s strong willed and a strong women in general. 

 

Nero was raised on a barbarian world where strength and might are prized. Where the strongest survive. This has made him be blunt in his speaking and he’s not doing it to be cruel it’s just how he is. He’s the best hunter and tracker in The House of Galen and will use his skills to find the other human women still out there. 

 

Winter and Nero, but heads. These two where great together. Nero makes a blunt remark and Winter would fling it right back with a smart assed comment. Winter made remarkable strides in proving her worth to herself and to Nero. She acknowledger her limitations and weakness and in doing so made them her strengths. Their romance was fantastic. 

 

The action this time takes us far away from the arena and deep into the uncharted and inhospitable desert. The author lets her imagination have free-reign and introduces new creatures and situations that are incredible. I liked how she explored having someone physical impaired. This impairment let the author explore other avenues and introduces some alien technology, but it didn’t overshadow how hard and difficult being impaired can be. 

 

The world and characters keep expanding and evolving. We are introduced to a new Importer who runs the House of Ron, Cyborg clan. Each novel we keep finding and discovering new human women as the search goes on to rescue them all. 

 

Barbarian is a captivating read. If you love science fiction romance then you should pick up the Galactic Gladiators series. 

 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: http://angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/03/review-barbarian-galactic-gladiators-6-by-anna-hackett

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop ~ Mar. 18th – April 1st

Hosted by Review Wire Media & Chatty Patty’s Place

 

WELCOME TO THE HOPPY EASTER GIVEAWAY HOP

 

 

 

My Easter Bunny Name: Adventurous Hippity Hop

 

 

 

You could win a $10 Amazon GC or a Book/eBook up to $10 US Dollars. (Open INT)  Winners choice!  International winner can pick a book from the BookDepository as long as they ship their for free (find that out here!).  The Winner will be notified by e-mail, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new Winner will be chosen.  Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  See full giveaway policy here.  

 

 

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Hello Spring Giveaway Hop ~ March 17th – 31st

Hosted by Review Wire Media

 

 

Welcome to the Hello Spring Giveaway Hop. Lets spring into some books with SPRING in their cover title.

 

 

 

You could win a $10 Amazon GC or a Book/eBook up to $10 US Dollars. (Open INT)  Winners choice!  International winner can pick a book from the BookDepository as long as they ship their for free (find that out here!).  The Winner will be notified by e-mail, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new Winner will be chosen.  Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  See full giveaway policy here

 

 

 

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Review: Champion (Galactic Gladiators #5) by Anna Hackett

Champion - Anna Hackett
Champion
Galactic Gladiators #5
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
March 26, 2017
eBook
223
Kindle Unlimited

 

Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy's lawless outer rim...

 

Space marine Blaine Strong enjoyed being a composed, controlled member of space station security...until he was abducted by alien slavers. Forced into underground fight rings and pumped full of drugs, he's now seething with anger and out for revenge.

 

Rescued by gladiators and fellow humans on the desert world of Carthago, Blaine is fighting to be the man he once was. But when the House of Galen is attacked, he must focus on joining the gladiators to fight back. That means teaming up with a tough, competitive female gladiator who not only challenges him at every turn, awakens a fierce desire he's never felt before, but a woman who can sense the churning emotions inside him.

 

Gladiator Saff Essikani is the best net fighter in the Kor Magna Arena. Raised from young to fight, she bows to no man and uses her empathic abilities to win at whatever cost. With her House targeted and people under their care threatened, she'll stop at nothing to find those responsible. But then she finds herself face to face with a big, tortured man from Earth who affects her like no man before. As Saff and Blaine head into the desert to uncover a conspiracy, their incendiary desire flares hotter than the desert suns. But as Blaine's angry emotions rage out of control, Saff knows that unless he learns to embrace the man he is now, he has no chance of survival.

 

Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a tough female gladiator and a tortured space marine). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!

 

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Champion is book five in Galactic Gladiators series by Anna Hackett.

 

Another action-packed read. This time we are treated to a female fighter Saff and a human male Blaine.

 

Saff is tough, focussed, and fond of teasing her Gladiator brothers in arms. She also loves a challenge. 

 

Blaine was a space marine until the day he was captured by alien slavers and sold to the underground fight arena. They drugged him to high heaven. He’s now escaped, but the drugs pumped into him have affect him. 

 

There are quite a few people who are very unhappy with the House of Galen and revenge is clearly something they want. Things escalate and Saff and Blaine have a fight on their hands. Their romance was ok. Not as well thought out as previous couples.

 

Champion is a non stop action adventure. This was an enjoyable read. Not my favorite, but still good.

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Hers to Tame (NOLA Knights #2) by Rhenna Morgan
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Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep
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Review: Protector (Galactic Gladiators #4) by Anna Hackett

Protector  - Anna Hackett
Protector
Galactic Gladiators #4
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
February 26, 2017
eBook
218
Kindle Unlimited

 

Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy's lawless outer rim...

 

Cool and driven Madeline Cochran made a successful career for herself as civilian commander of a space station orbiting Jupiter...until the day it was attacked and she was abducted by alien slavers.

 

Her organized existence shattered, Madeline suffered during her captivity, but since her rescue by the tough gladiators of the House of Galen, she's struggling to assimilate to her new life. As she navigates the desert world of Carthago and the gladiator city of Kor Magna, she desperately misses her teenage son back on Earth and throws herself into finding another human, space marine Blaine, still kept captive by the slavers. She also finds herself working harder than ever to avoid a certain charming showman gladiator who is far too attractive and far too tempting.

 

Gladiator Lore Uma-Xilene is a protector at heart and a sucker for a damsel in distress...although he's well aware that the hard-shelled and sad-eyed Madeline wouldn't appreciate the title. He knows what it feels like to be ripped from the family you love and have your life destroyed, and he wants to help Madeline heal. As the two of them go undercover into the dangerous world of underground gambling, Lore knows he'll need all his patience, passion, and a whole lot of stubbornness to not only keep Madeline safe but to melt the icy shell around her heart.

 

Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a cool, driven woman and a charming showman gladiator). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!

 

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Protector is book four in the Galactic Gladiators series by Anna Hackett.

 

I love this series. It’s got an amazing storyline and marvelous characters. Each book gives us someone new to fall for and the world keeps expanding. Galactic Gladiators series should be read in order. 

 

Lore Uma-Xilene is a protector, a Gladiator for the House of Galen, and a bit of a therapist. I love Lore. His protectiveness, compassion, and patience with Madeline melted my heart. He took his time breaking down Madelines prickly exterior. It was just perfect and sweet. 

 

Madeline was a civilian commander on the space station until the day it was attacked and she was captured by alien slavers. She suffered greatly during her captivity until she was rescued. Now, she’s having a hard time adjusting to this new world; because she can’t go home to her teenage son, doesn’t know where she belongs, and so she’s got guilt and depression. 

 

The story is non stop danger, surprises, and passion. I was captive by the first page and loved Madeline and Lore together. Their time together was sweet and I can’t say enough have much I love Lore. 

 

Hackett has created a world that is entertaining with characters that captivate. Protector was an emotional and action-packed story. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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ARC Review: How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

How to Love Your Elf - Kerrelyn Sparks
How to Love Your Elf
Embraced by Magic #1
Kerrelyn Sparks
Paranormal Romance
Kensington
February 25, 2020
eBook
336
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Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women, they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . .

 

FLAME AND FORTUNE

 

Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage.

 

Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities—or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade—and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can’t tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha’s stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go . . .

 

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How to Love Your Elf is book four in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. 

 

I’m not sure why the author or publisher decided to label this novel as Embraced by Magic series when it’s part of The Embraced series. It’s not a title that can be read as a first in a series. How to Love Your Elf needs to be read after Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon.

 

I’ve loved the previous titles in The Embraced series, but unfortunately this one feel off the mark.

 

If you’ve been following the series, Sorcha, is a princess and ‘Embraced’. She was featured throughout the series as a women with a fiery personality, but we soon learning that that’s just a front. She’s scared to love to the point that she makes herself physically ill. I was very disappointed to learn that Sorcha wasn’t the go getter she was portrayed. She lacked confidence in everything she did, even her Embraced gift is next to nothing. She was dull and spent the novel pining and obsessing over the Woodsman.

 

The Woodsman had a sexy appeal. I liked his confidence and strong personality. He was the only thing I liked about this novel. 

 

The store progressed at a snails pace. I was not invested in the characters or plot. The main plot focused on the angst caused by the romance between these two. We also don’t spend any time dealing with who the Woodsman is and his history. As for the ending it happens fast and things are put to rest way to easily.

 

You might be wondering why I read this one. Well I loved the previous novels, I also wanted to get the full picture on the Embraced prophecy; which is the secondary plot featured throughout this series, and to also get those surprise tidbits offered up in the novel.

 

How to Love Your Elf was not the book for me. It’s my least favorite and I was sadly disappointed. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

 

Rated: 2 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Kensington via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Review: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher

Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files
The Dresden Files, #12.5
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy - Mystery - Short Stories
Roc
October 26th 2010
Hardcover
418
Library

 

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter from Jim Butcher's DRESDEN FILES series — a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes.

 

Contains:
+ "Restoration of Faith"
+ "Vignette"
+ "Something Borrowed" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
+ "It's My Birthday Too" -- from Many Bloody Returns
+ "Heorot" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
+ "Day Off" -- from Blood Lite
+ "Backup" -- novelette from Thomas' point of view, originally published by Subterranean Press
+ "The Warrior" -- novelette from Mean Streets
+ "Last Call" -- from Strange Brew
+ "Love Hurts" -- from Songs of Love and Death
+ Aftermath -- all-new novella from Murphy's point of view, set forty-five minutes after the end of Changes

 

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Side Jobs features several short stories in the world of The Dresden Files. Each story takes place before or after a novel in the series. If you haven’t read the series then I’d recommend starting the series and reading them in-between the novels they are showcased or wait until you finished reading up to and through Changes. Some of the short stories can stand on their own, but many fill in gabs or give us a better understand of the world, relationships, and characters. 

 

The one that you should not read as a stand-alone is, Aftermath. It comes after the events of Changes and that novel as the title says Changes everything and will be a spoiler. A few others are spoiler like; The Warrior & Something Borrowed.

 

Below is my thoughts on each short story. All are amazing and this book is well worth reading if you are a Dresden fan. 

 

 

Restoration of Faith
Takes place before Storm Front 

 

This one showcases Harry. It’s the first time he and us meet of Murphy for the first time. A kid who’s not happy with her situation runs away. Harry tells her that you have to hold onto the good and not let the dark sneak in.  

 

It was fun to see that first interaction/meet of Harry and Murphy. There is always a choose that determines who you will be. What your values are. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars 

 

 

Vignette
Takes place between Death Masks and Blood Rites 

 

Bob and Harry discussing Harry’s advertisement in the paper and how it needs more pizzazz. 

 

This was a fun and humorous one. I laughed/chuckled.

 

Rated: 4 Stars 

 

 

Something Borrowed
Takes place between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty 

 

Murphy, Harry, Billy & Georgia are all featured. We get to see Bill and Georgia’s wedding, but things don’t go as planned. An evil stepmother, something else try to thwart the wedding, and true loves kiss.

 

Sweet, exciting, and will they be dead in the morning or make it through. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars 

 

 

It’s My Birthday, Too
Takes place between white Night and Small Favor 

 

Harry, Molly, and Thomas are featured. It’s Thomas’s Birthday on Valentines Day. Harry has a present for him, but while dropping it off things take a turn into Disastrous.  

 

A human who finds vampires and wants revenge on those that wronged her. Full of death and destruction. What’s the Dresden world.

 

Rated: 4 Stars 

 

 

Heorot  
Takes place between White Night and Small Favor

 

Mac, Gard, Mouse, & Harry are featured. Dresden teams up with Gard to help save a girl who’s been kidnapped by a Grendelkin. In the process we learn what Guard is and her real name. 

 

This was a nice surprise. I didn’t know what Guard is and now I do. Mouse I love him. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars 

 

 

Day Off
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat

 

Harry’s got a day off and he’s planning to spend it with Anastasia. As you figure out things don’t go as planned. It’s one issue after another to keep his day off not being a day off, but Harry can’t turn down helping his friends and he wouldn’t change the day. 

 

In true Harry fashion he dons’t get time off and it’s one fun, silly, and weird day.

 

Rated: 4 Stars 

 

 

Backup
Takes places between Small Favor and Turn Coat

 

This one features Thomas, Harry’s half brother, and vampire. It’s his POV. We see Thomas’s struggles with his other side, balancing his world and being in Harry’s life, and a secret war besides the Wizard/Vampire war going on, another hidden one. 

 

I enjoyed seeing the Vampire side and Thomas. I know what happens to him, so seeing this was bitter sweet. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

 

The Warrior
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat and before “Last Call” 

 

This one features Michael, Dresdens friend and former Knights of the Cross. It showcase Michael and his family after some events that changed his life. He’s in danger and so are the swards that Harry is holding on. 

 

I don’t usually like when Real Religion is brought into the world/stories, but Jim Butcher has a way of making it work in his world. This was a powerful read. 

 

Rated 4.5 Stars

 

 

Last Call
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat 

 

Harry shows up at Mac’s bar to find everyone passed out and a the place looking like a brawl happened. Harry and Murphy go on the hunt to find out who’s enchanting Mac’s beer and why. No one should have messed with Mac’s bar since it’s neutral ground. 

 

A fun read with the usual running around and figuring out what’s up. Harry and Murphy have always been a great team. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

 

Love Hurts
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes 

 

Murphy and Harry team up again to solve what is happening to couples. Three couples have been murdered and the last one was messed up. Who’s meddling with peoples minds and making them fall in love. What they find is that love hurts 

 

Its love gone wrong or is it right? Another supernatural trying to wipe out another supernatural power through a different type of method. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

 

Aftermath  
Takes places the hours after the end of Changes 

 

**WARNING: Do Not Read unless you have read Changes. You will be spoiled. 

 

Murphy and Harry are going on a date, finally, but what she finds is blood all over the boat he’s staying at and no Harry around. If every the Alpha’s needed help Harry told them to go to Murphy. Here Will and Murphy team up to find Georgia, Will’s missing wife and along the way uncover something more. We see that Murphy is not inflatable, that she’s dealing with Harry’s vanishment and taking up his mental until he returns. We have a new guard.

 

All I can say is OMG. I felt for Murphy. I cried. I was on the edge of my set. So so good. 

 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

 

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