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Guest Post: Five Fun Facts About Phoebe Meadows by Amanda Carlson (Exiled) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt


 

Five Fun Facts About Phoebe Meadows:

 

She had no idea she was a Valkyrie until she was struck. She lived a quiet life in rural Wisconsin until she moved to New York City.

 

She’d never had a serious boyfriend before Fen.

 

Her favorite color is purple.

 

She was a swimmer in high school, but considered herself a lop when it came to contact sports.

 

She loves karaoke, but finding a place to sing in Asgard will be difficult.

 

If you decide to jump in, I hope you enjoy my Phoebe Meadows series! It’s a fun ride. Phoebe goes on some serious adventures and has a hot wolf as a companion. What more could you ask for? Well, besides lots of action, adventure, and magic.

 

 

 

 

 

EXILED

 

by Amanda Carlson

Book Three in the Phoebe Meadows series

Release Date: March 24, 2017

 

Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

 

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

 

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

 

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…

 

 

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“Sweet mother of all that’s holy.” Sam coughed violently into the bucket positioned in front of her. “Please tell me we’re here. My body can’t take much more of this.” She lifted her head, dragging the back of her sleeve over her mouth, wheezing. “I’m pretty sure my tank is finally dry, but bile is a tricky thing, as my body is making more of the hot, searing liquid as we speak.” Tyr stood next to her holding a clean pail, his face a mask of concern.

“Aye, we’re here,” Tyr answered solemnly, bending down to place the new container in front of Sam, who was promptly in need of it.

We all stood on the deck of Ringhorn, my half brother Baldur’s boat, which had been gifted to Tyr upon Baldur’s untimely death. We’d arrived in Asgard less than five minutes prior, so I could face the Council and Frigg, Baldur’s powerful goddess mother, to receive punishment for freeing her beloved son.

I’d broken Baldur out of a dark elf prison—the very place his mother had placed him for protection—only to watch him die a short time later at Verdandi’s hand.

It had been awful and heartbreaking.

The boat had just taken us through an insane vortex. One that had hauled us up in the air at breakneck speed, only to drop us the next instant. I’d lost count of how many times my stomach had hit my knees.

But I’d fared better than poor Sam, who was now huddled on the deck spilling her guts.

“Are we really here? In Asgard?” I asked, squinting into the darkness, trying to discern a single shape on the horizon, but coming up empty. The boat had lurched to a full stop in what looked to be a solid void. “I was expecting it to be a little more…vibrant?”

“We’ve landed in a holding bay,” Fen answered, his frame tense beside mine, his arm tight around my waist. This was the first time he’d been back to his home in many years, and he was poised for any threat that might come our way, his nostrils flaring, his sword at the ready.

My mother came up beside us. “There are various ways in, but if you take magical transportation, like Ringhorn, you must wait to be inspected before accessing the city.”

“Yep,” Ingrid added, moving toward a gated opening that would lead us off the boat. “Lots of nooks and crannies on a big boat like this. We might be harboring unknown aliens. We’ll have to wait for the inspectors to clear us.”

“Why is it so dark?” I asked. The only illumination we had came from the boat itself.

Before anyone could answer, a loud grating noise filled the air. All at once, the scene before us began to change as bright light pierced the space like a dazzling spotlight.

We were in a large cylinder of some kind.

As light penetrated the tunnel, my eyes adjusted, and I began to get my first glimpses of Asgard beyond the tunnel. I noticed blue sky right away. It was cobalt, a deep, resplendent tone that seemed impossibly rich for a sky.

“Brace yourself, kiddo,” Ingrid said as she removed her spear from her waistband. “Along with the inspectors, there will be guards.”

“Why are you drawing your weapon?” I asked, alarmed. “Isn’t this your home?”

“Because I’m getting ready to argue, and I do it best with Betsy at the ready.” She shook her trusty spear, and it seamlessly morphed into an eight-foot killer with a razor-sharp edge.

“Betsy?” Ingrid had never shared her weapon’s pet name before. “You named your spear Betsy?”

“Yep, she was christened my ‘Best Bet’ when I first got her. Found her in a pile of discarded old weapons and never looked back. If these guards try to separate us, Betsy will have her say. And I can guaran-damn-tee”—she waved her spear in the air—“there is no argument we can’t win.”

 

 

 

 

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Release Blitz: The Mortal Falls (Undercover Elementals # 1) by Anna Durand ~ Giveaway

 

The Mortal Falls

 

Author: Anna Durand

 

Series: Undercover Elementals # 1

 

Book Type: Fiction

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

Publisher: Jacobsville Books

 

Publication Date: March 24, 2017

 

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A spunky girl. A sexy sylph. The fate of two worlds rests in their hands.

 

Synopsis:

 

A pragmatic human thrown into a world of magic…

 

Lindsey Porter fled from her traumatic past, determined to lay low, but now someone has framed her for murder. The quest for answers leads her into a parallel realm where magic reigns, and with a hostile sheriff and a shapeshifting assassin on her trail, she must place her life in the hands of a seductive, supernatural man who tempts her like no one else.

 

An immortal sylph enslaved by magic…

 

Nevan is trapped by a desperate bargain struck a century earlier, yet the beautiful, spirited Lindsey has enticed him to abandon his magically enforced duty. As forbidden passion flares between them, they’ll risk everything to uncover the truth and find what they both need the most—redemption.

 

When two worlds collide…

 

The fates of the elemental and mortal realms depend on the star-crossed lovers. As dark secrets from their pasts threaten to shatter the fragile trust between Lindsey and Nevan, a shocking revelation holds the power to deliver salvation or destruction.

 

 

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Anna Durand is an award-winning, bestselling author of sizzling romances, including the Hot Scots series. She loves writing about spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Making use of her master’s in library science, she owns a cataloging services company that caters to indie authors and publishers. In her free time, you’ll find her binge-listening to audiobooks, playing with puppies, or crafting jewelry.

 

 

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Blitz: A Summer’s Enchantment by Kathleen Ann Gallagher ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

 

Jake took her by the hand, his gaze locked on hers. He led her to the dance floor, and they found a spot in the far corner, away from the crowd. With their bodies close, as if they’d danced together before, each step was effortless and seductive. She placed her head on his shoulder, with her hand across his chest, and slowly advanced down his arm, her body alive with desire. How could she respond so easily to a man she’d just met? His breathing sped up as she snuggled up against his cheek.

 

“You’re so sexy,” Jake whispered in her ear. Her fingertips glided across his back, exploring each muscle, making her delirious with longing. Lost in his tender embrace, she felt warmth ignite between her legs. It seemed as if they were alone on a desert island, and she wanted nothing more than to stay all night. It was the most sensual dance she’d ever experienced. If a slow dance was this good, the sex would be unbelievable. A longing to feel his bare skin against hers was undeniable. She secretly imagined his lips trailing down her chest to her belly. His warm breath on her neck tantalized her. Jake brushed his lips against her cheek and she responded with uninhibited whimpers. His woodsy scented cologne was hypnotic. He sang the song nuzzled up against her ear, making her light-headed. It didn’t scare her; it felt wonderful. When the song ended, they remained wrapped in each other’s arms. Jake pulled back, but kept his arms around her waist, their foreheads touching.

 

“You’re so beautiful. I’m happy I gave my grandmother a ride the other day.”

 

 

 

 

A Summer’s Enchantment
by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

 

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GENRE: Contemporary/Paranormal Elements Romance

 

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Cassandra Wales, an independent and dedicated registered nurses is determined not to let her recent breakup to break her spirit. She moved in to her quaint cottage in The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire, and decorating is her top priority. A few clangs and whistles wasn’t about to scare her off. Nothing a little magic or a touch of sage couldn’t handle. She never expected to find an elderly woman, accompanied by her hot and sexy grandson, Jake, at her doorstep with an unusual request.

 

Jake Connor is an ambitious, up and coming lead singer in a rock band. When his grandmother has a dream about her late husband, and she asks him to drive her over to their first home, he doesn’t question her motives. Instead, he meets the woman of his dreams. How can he expect her to take a back seat while he pursues his big break in the exciting world of rock and roll?

 

Cassandra can’t resist Jake’s magnetism, yet she has her doubts about a man who has women begging for his attention. Can he be the one she has been waiting for or will their different worlds put a halt to their budding romance?

 

 

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Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. She is also active in Community Theater. 

 

She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might run into Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.

 

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Review: Elizabeth’s Wolf (Breeds #3) by Lora Leigh

Elizabeth's Wolf - Lora Leigh
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Elizabeth's Wolf 

 Breeds #3  
 Lora Leigh  
 Erotic Paranormal Romance - Adult 18+  
 Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc  
 June 3rd 2005  
 eBook/Paperback  
 304  
 Library  
 

 

She brought him back from death and made him live again.

 

Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more.

 

Elizabeth made him realize he was a man.

 

Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession.

 

He is a lone wolf. A man alone. No pack, no family, no one to call his own until one single, innocent letter awoke Elizabeth's wolf. 

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s Wolf is one of my favorites in the Breeds series. It’s because it has a wounded soldier and a little girl. I feel in love with Dash the first moment he is featured and of course Cassie and her mother.

 

I love how the story starts, love Cassie our little girl who has a little fairy that guides her to write to this soldier who has no family, no friends, no one to write too him. It brings home the sacrifices our men and women make even toughs who don’t have someone waiting back home for them.

 

Dash is a wolf breed, one that’s genetics are recessed, so it makes it easy for him to hide in the world. Not all the breeds can hide, but many have found a way and a few are now coming out to the world. It’s the beginning of that coming out and the world is either accepting them or not.

 

Deep down Dash’s wolf even though Dash himself doesn’t understand knows that he must find and protect this little girl and her mother. Elizabeth did what any mother who loves her child would do. She protected her little girl and knows that she is at an end and needs help, but doesn’t have hope anymore. She’s been burned one to many times and has watched good people die, so she doesn’t trust. These two where great together. Their are several surprises along the way and once they find out what Cassie is things start to fall into place. It’s an emotional upheaval for all.

 

One of my favorite lines from Elizabeth’s Wolf is: “Let me show you have a Breed male makes a meal out of his mate.” Oh that’s dame hot!

 

I’ve enjoyed several of the books in the Breeds series. Some where better then others. Some can be read as standalone while others follow a story plot from one book to the next. The Breeds themselves are an interesting species and they don’t fully understand their race yet, so the finding mates and living life is a journey.

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

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First Look: Blood Vowed (Blood Ravagers, #3) by Traci Douglass ~ Excerpt/Giveaway

 

 

BLOOD VOWED (Blood Ravagers) by Traci Douglass

 

BLOOD VOWED by Traci Douglass is a dark and sexy ride with an otherworld ex-assassin on a mission to atone for the sins of his past, and the woman who holds both his only means of escape and the keys to his ultimate salvation. This exciting installment in the Blood Ravagers series is perfect for fans of BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J.R. Ward and IMMORTALS AFTER DARK by Kresley Cole.

 

 

 

Title: Blood Vowed

 

Author: Traci Douglass

 

Series: Blood Ravagers

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

Release Date: April 13, 2017

 

Publisher: Tule Publishing

 

Synopsis:

 

Reverend “Rev” Walker, expected some backlash after he foiled The Council’s attempts to overthrow the Blood Ravager Biker Gang. What he hadn’t expected was to wake up in the last place he ever wanted to see again—a dank cell of The Council’s Siberian dungeon. Drained and chained, he faces certain death if he can’t escape from the hellish prison. Now, his only means of escape depends on him accepting help from a fellow prisoner, a woman whose very existence is a lie and the only one capable of awakening Rev’s long-dormant heart.

 

Claire Deveraux is Dygarian, a race of shadow-shifters who have been slandered and hunted to extinction by The Council. But Claire has used her years of enslavement well, reading her captors’ secret texts and hearing their whispered secrets. Now, after being locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, she plans to use her knowledge of the dungeon’s maze-like interior to gain her freedom, or die trying. Then a new prisoner arrives, a man Claire has dreamed of and knows in her heart is her destined mate, if only she can break through his walls.

 

On the run and threatened from all sides, will Rev and Claire learn to trust each other and their growing feelings for one another before it’s too late?

 

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Gods fangs, have I ever been in so much pain?

 

Slowly, agonizingly, Rev forced one swollen eye open. Nothing but darkness surrounded him, crowded tight with the dank stench of rotting flesh, unwashed bodies, and mildew. Invisible legs skittered along the skin of his temple and he tried to raise his hand to brush whatever it was away, only to find his wrists shackled with heavy iron cuffs. 

 

Tried his legs and found the same.

 

Never in his eons-long life had he ever been in such agony. 

 

Images flashed through his beleaguered brain. Endless torment. The satisfied grin of Elon, his Council tormentor, the man’s bloodstained teeth. The scrape of nails, digging deep. A bark of laughter followed by the terrible scents of brimstone and sweat and fear. One brutal emotion after another bombarded him—disgust, rage, utter violation. Desperate to avoid a breakdown, he’d built a brick wall around his screaming heart and soul.

 

The three members of the Council—Auric, Elon, and Jareth—had beaten him for hours, relentless, brutal, stopping only long enough to allow Rev to heal enough to start all over again. Most every bone in his immortal body felt broken, bruised, or otherwise battered.

 

The Council was thorough in their punishment.

 

And he’d evaded them for far too long.

 

There was no doubt in his mind that they had rejoiced at his capture, relished bringing him back here, locking him away in what would surely become his final grave. Still, he couldn’t bring himself to regret what he’d done. Dex and Liz had proven themselves worthy, brave, true.

 

Before this was over, Rev hoped to prove those things about himself as well.

 

To pay back the three bastards of the Council for all the evil they’d wrought on the otherworld and perhaps earn his eternal rest at last.

 

Rest…

 

With a sigh, he leaned his head back against the rough stone. They’d taken his hat, his clothes, everything he owned, except for the filthy loin cloth slung around his hips. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d fed, bathed, seen the sun or the moon. 

 

Time had lost all meaning in here.

 

As his eyes slid closed once more, he prayed for a few hours of rest before they came for him again and the torture started anew. 

 

“Hello?” a voice whispered through the shadows, so quiet it sent a shiver down his spine.

 

Rev opened his one good eye, glanced around, but spotted nothing.

 

He was alone. Probably a hallucination.

 

“Hello? Are you still alive in there?”

 

His head snapped up. He searched through the shadows again. “Who’s there?”

 

“So you are alive.” The voice sounded hesitant and decidedly…female.

 

“Unfortunately, yes.” He strained against his bonds, to no avail. “Who are you?”

 

She laughed, his mystery woman. “The one who will help you escape.”

 

The blood in Rev’s veins ignited, as if touched by a lit match. His heartbeat thumped loud in his ears, faster, faster, the need to break his restraints, stalk to the bars of his cell and rip them all to shreds, overwhelming him. He needed to see her, would die if he couldn’t.

 

An extreme reaction, yes, especially for him.

 

As was his weird, nearly excruciating awareness for another being. The uniqueness made it no less uncontrollable or unstoppable. From the first word, his entire universe had centered on this woman. The huskiness of her tone, the promise of absolute pleasure, the come-hither invitation that made his body grow hard…

 

 

 

Other Books in the Blood Ravagers Series

 

Blood Bound

 

Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she’d run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….

 

Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he’s had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante’s ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality.

 

But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?

 

 

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Blood Freed

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Frost has always been the wild one. But now, with a niece or nephew on the way and her promise to become half of the new psychic Oracle team for the Blood Ravagers Biker Gang, she’s ready to turn over a new leaf. And what better way to start than by answering the call when gang leader Dante needs help? Her mission: to travel cross-country to get the information the gang needs to complete the Oracle Binding Ceremony. Should be easy, right? Except for the incredibly tempting lone-wolf shifter named Dex who’ll be her riding partner and protector on the journey.

 

Dexter “Dex” MacCallahan is tasked with guarding Liz Frost, one of the gang’s beautiful and bewildering new psychics. Dex can’t refuse the mission, but there’s one small problem. The time of his Rut is approaching, a rare occurrence where male wolf-shifters must physically bond with their chosen mate or face certain insanity and death. It could cost him not only the new life he’s built, but also his battered, scarred heart.

 

Together, Dex and Liz must search for the information they need before his old nemesis and a rival gang annihilates all they hold dear. But when the simmering chemistry between them boils over into searing hot passion, will they risk losing their hearts to save the ones they love?

 

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Early ARC Review: Passion Awakened (Beyond The Mist #1)(Enchanted Keepsakes) by Valerie Twombly

Passion Awakened - Valerie Twombly

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Passion Awakened 

 (Beyond The Mist #1) (Enchanted Keepsakes)  
 Valerie Twombly  
 Paranormal Romance  
 Amazon Digital Services LLC  
 March 27th 2017  
 eBook  
 154  
 ARC Review Copy  

 

She’s fated to break his curse. He’s destined to kill her.

 

CURSED
With his clan trapped and starving, vampire Andrei Vladimir will stop at nothing to save them. But an ancient curse compels him to waste precious time hunting the vile creatures he creates every time he feeds. With the clock ticking, he weaves a trap to lure the fated female who can save them all.

 

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Sonia Covaci doesn’t believe her grandmother’s visions of the future. But when a purchased trinket brings dreams of a mysterious stranger, her small town American life threatens to spin out of control. Sensing he is in danger, she does the unthinkable and boards a plane for Romania.

 

Sonia follows her fate. Andrei moves in for the sacrifice. Never did he imagine the female destined to break the curse would become the woman he couldn’t afford to lose.

 

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Passion Awakened was an enchanting debut in the Beyond The Mist series by Valerie Twombly.

 

A King cursed and unable to return home. A woman who doesn’t believe in her gypsy heritage.

 

Once I started, I couldn’t stop. The story is quick and the mating is insta. Andrei and Sonia were a great couple. The curse he is under is to fold and what must be done to break the curse is, heartbreaking and hopeful. I enjoyed the few surprise that we are treated to throughout the story.

 

The secondary characters where a delight. I liked Karenina. She is the witch that helps bring Andrei and Sonia together. Her story is a bit sad and who knows maybe she will find her special someone. We are also introduced to a few other men from the mist and get to see this other world.

 

I will say a few things felt repetitive. For one we have he witch telling Andrei a story, Andrei in turn tells Roman his friend the story, then the witch tells Sonia the same story who shares it with her grandmother. You get the picture. Even though we get a little repetitive I still enjoyed jumping into the Beyond The Mist series.

 

Passion Awakened treats us to a curse, heartbreak, and hope. If you enjoy Vampires and stories that take you on an emotional journey then this book is possibility for you. I had a wonderful time and look forward to the next installment.

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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

 

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Early ARC Review: The Black Lily (Tales of the Black Lily #1) by Juliette Cross

The Black Lily (Tales of the Black Lily) - Juliette Cross
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The Black Lily 

 Juliette Cross  
 Paranormal Romance  
 Entangled Publishing  
 March 27th 2017 b  
 eBook  
 300  
 NetGalley  

 

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

 

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

 

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

 

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Do you love fairytales? Well, The Black Lily puts a new spin on an old classic. Cinderella got turned on its head in the best way possible. The author has done a sublime job recreating on an old classic and adding her own unique spin. 

 

Arabella is a tough woman, who has not had an easy life. She’s fearless and courageous. Instead of giving in, she has planned and vowed to change the status quo. Then there’s Marius, our vampire prince and alpha hero who goes on the hunt for the woman who tried to kill him. Not because she tried to kill him, but because he wants more of the passion he found in their first kiss. The chemistry between these two was a sweet slow build and smoldering hot.

 

This story is rich in secondary characters. They were all exquisite, unique, well developed, and promise many opportunities for future books. I enjoyed all that were introduced and look forward to see how things develop and where they go. 

 

OMG, the prologue is just gripping. It opens us up to what the world is like and how Vampires rule. The story is enchanting and memorable. I was on the edge of my set and couldn’t put The Black Lily down. The characters are fascinating, alluring, and gripping. The world building is outstanding, the story is well written, riveting and awe-inspiring. We are treated to a little mystery, action, adventure, heartache, and romance. 

 

Truly, this is going to be a fantastic new series! Yes, it’s built on old fairy tales, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you will know how things end. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

 

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

 

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Giveaway: His Virgin Mate (Interstellar Brides: The Virgins #1) by Grace Goodwin

 

 

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His Virgin Mate
Interstellar Brides: The Virgins, Book 1
Release Date March 9, 2017

 

 

One look, one touch, and there is no denying the heat…
Twenty-one and single, Alexis Lopez hopes her lackluster response to men is a problem she’s eager to solve by volunteering for the Interstellar Brides Program. One look at the large, dominant alien who claims she belongs to him sets her body on fire. When he tells her, in explicit detail, how he’ll claim her in every way, she is eager to give her mate everything, body and soul.

 

Von of Everis is a ruthless and high ranking Hunter who’s spent years fighting in the Hive wars. But his bed, and his life, are empty until Alexis arrives. One look at his innocent little bride and he knows she belongs to him.

 

Simple, right? Nope. The match is challenged by one of the most feared warriors on the planet and stolen kisses and mind-numbing pleasure won’t save Von from a deadly duel. But Von is a Hunter, a warrior, a protector, and someone is trying to take what belongs to him. Only him. He will do whatever it takes to protect, save and claim his virgin mate.

 

 

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Once upon a time, a young girl was born into an average, working class family. The wee little girl, convinced she was not an average child but was, in fact, a fairy princess, longed to leave the mundane world behind and live her dreams. She grew up, went to school, and when shed grown too big to wear tutus and tiaras in public without drawing unwanted attention, turned to writing down her fantasies instead. Now a bit older, her fantasies have grown to include sexually dominant men who know how to ensure a woman’s pleasure. Grace believes all women should be treated like princesses, in the bedroom and out of it, and writes love stories where men know how to make their women feel pampered, protected, and very well taken care of. She currently lives in Oregon where she spends her days writing, and her nights in the arms of her very own Prince. 

 

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Book Tag ~ This or That

 

Thank’s to Rantings of a Reading Addict for doing this Book Tag ~ This or That. The creator of this tag is Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks. More and more of these posts are popping up on YouTube and around the blogosfere. I’m not comfortable enough to do a YouTube video, but I’m happy to share my thoughts in a post. 

 

This Book Tag ~ This or That looked like fun!! I hope that you’ll grab the tag and do one yourself. Then come back and share your link, or even tag me so I’ll see it!

 

The Questions

 

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

 

Well I do both. I like the bed. It’s comfy and I have a wonderful view out of the window in the bedroom, plus the light is just right all natural, But, I also like the couch now that we have a desent couch. Before I would have said no couch, just because the one we had was for a dorm room, yep one of those couches, but at Christmas we got a very nice gift, a new couch and I love it. I think now, I do more reading on the couch, then the bed. 

 

Male main character or female main character?

 

A difficult questions. I like both, but I think I read more female main character books. I love my lead females to kick-ass. On my bookshelf I have more female leads.

 

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

 

Ooo I’d say both. I love sweet and salty snacks. I think when I read I mainly go for the chips, but I have also been enjoy fruit like sliced apples and clementines (organs).

 

Trilogies or quartets?

 

No preference. As long as the overall arc is complete with no strings hanging loose, then I’m good with it being a trilogy or a quartet.

 

First person POV or third person POV?

 

I like first person POV’s, especially if an author does it correctly. I find I enjoy the first POV more the the third person POV. 

 

Reading at night or in the morning?

 

Both when I can. Mainly my morning consists of getting everyone read for work or school and sent off then I try to do a little adulting; before I read. The house isn’t going to clean it’s self nor are the dishes, laundry and trash going to get done, so I have to make a little time, before I dive into that book. Then my little one comes home from school we play and once he’s down for bed I get to read again. My day’s don’t always go like this, things happen, but I do get a chance to read both morning and night. 

 

Libraries or bookstores?

 

Before this year I would have said bookstores, just because I want a book when I want it and the library doesn’t care all the books I enjoy. But, now I say the library. I’m trying to not spend so much and I’m also trying to support my library more. As for bookstores Amazon has been my down fall with the ebooks and when they go on sale, but this year I am refraining. It’s the year of loving my library!!

 

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

 

Laugh. I have enough sad things happen in my life that I prefer to keep my reading up bet and on the humors side. I don’t like to cry when read, though I have had those reads that make you tear up, I don’t get upset over it, but I really do just want to have a HEA and several laugh’s along the way. 

 

Black book covers or white?

 

No preference. My main reads are eBooks, but this year I’m picking up more paperbacks, though I don’t have a preference on the book covers being black or white. 95% of my book collection the back grounds are black. 

 

Character driven or plot driven books?

 

Oh this is a tough one. I like both chapter and plot driven books. I’d have to say an amazing plot driven book is more what I enjoy, but I do want to see the main character grow throughout that plot. So, plot driven with character growth. 

 

 

There you are. I tag you to do this! 

 

Tell me what you think about the choices I picked, whether you agree or disagree with them. Did you enjoy having a little book tag today? What would some of your answers be? You can write your own post and tag me ( using @angels_gp ), leave me a link, or you can just answer in the comments. 

 

So what are your answers to This or That Book Tag? Hope you have a great day, and happy reading!!

 

 

 

 

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ARC Review: Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC #6.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Joanna Wylde ~ Excerpt

Shade's Lady: A Reapers MC Novella - Joanna Wylde

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Shade’s Lady 

 (Reapers MC #6.5)(1001 Dark Nights)  
 Joanna Wylde  
 Contemporary Romance  
 Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated  
 March 14, 2017  
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New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…

 

Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

 

Or maybe not.

 

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

 

Right from the first.

 

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“You get to travel,” I told him, frustrated. “In a few weeks or a month or whatever you’ll leave this place. You’ll go see things and do things, and for some reason you seem to have enough money to live on without taking a shitty job waiting tables.” 

 

Shade snorted. “Mandy, you don’t wanna know how I get my money.” 

 

“Let me guess—it’s bad?” I asked, rolling my eyes. “I’m starting to think I’m genetically incapable of being attracted to a good guy. No offense.” 

 

“None taken,” he replied, offering a slow smile. “I’m not a good man. But I’m not a man who’ll drag you down into the dirt, either. Or let you get caught up in club business. The Reapers have been around for a long time and we’re real good at taking care of our people. I’m not sayin’ I’ll never need a getaway car, but if I do, I sure as shit won’t trick my woman into driving it.” 

 

God, how was he so sexy when he was saying such terrible things? And that knowing, naughty look in his eyes…it wasn’t fair. 

 

“This is crazy,” I said, trying hard not to smile back at him. “I need to get to work and you need to go do whatever it is that you do that may or may not involve getaway cars”

 

 

Shade’s Lady is a seductive and delicious little addition to the Reaper’s MC series!

 

Shade is the national president of the Reaper’s MC and he is not used to having to work to get a woman in his bed. Mandy who’s beautiful and sassy is proving to be the exception, but when Shade sets his eye on her, she needs to prepare for a wild ride!

 

Mandy has a serious mistrust of men given her track record and those of her mother and sister you can see why. She can’t deny that Shade is one helluva sexy and commanding man, but she’s had her fill of men causing her nothing but trouble. When Mandy’s current good time (boyfriend) makes a mistake she shows how much spirit and attitude she has, this only intrigues Shade more. These too have one passionate, wild, and erotic ride. The sexual tension and passion is off the charts between them.

 

Mandy’s only soft spot is her sister and nieces. You see the love and protectiveness she has for them. When Mandy’s sister Hannah’s poor choice in a man comes back to bite them it will put Mandy, Hannah, and the girls into danger. Mandy has this mistrust/hatred towards the cops and she fears letting a powerful man, like Shade, into to help, so she is torn on what to do. Shade and the MC show what they can do and Hannah’s new boo will surprise everyone. 

 

Shade’s Lady has a little drama and no shortage of titillating and spicy moments. Mandy’s inner monologue with herself and Wonder Woman had me laughing. This was a pleasurable read! My only complaint is I wanted more of Shade and Mandy. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated via InkSlinger PR with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

 

Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.

 

 

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Buy The Books ~ New Releases: 3/20 – 3/24

 

 

March 20th, 2017

 

 

The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman – (CR)
A Moment of Madness (Boston Alibi #2) by Brooklyn Skye – (CR)
The Sex on the Beach Book Club by Jennifer Apodaca & Jennifer Lyon – (CR)
Take Me Back by Meghan March – (CR)

 

 

March 21st, 2017

 

 

A Mystery at Carlton House (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries #12) by Ashley Gardner – (Historical Mystery)
Avenged: A MacKenzie Family Novella (MacKenzie World #6) by Jay Crownover – (CR)
Groupie by C.M. Stunich – (New Adult)
Hard Justice (Body Armor #2) by Lori Foster – (CR, RS)
Forever a Hero (The Carsons of Mustang Creek #3) by Linda Lael Miller – (CR)
Playing With Trouble (Desire Bay #1) by Joya Ryan – (CR)
Bound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6) by Christine Feehan – (PNR)
Wake A Sleeping Tiger (Breeds #31) by Lora Leigh – (PNR)
Gods of the Flame Sea (Flame Seas #3) by Jean Johnson – (PNR)

 

 

March 24th, 2017

 

 

Defiant Temptation (Harden #3) by Lynn Stookes – (CR)
Con Man by T. Torrest – (CR)
Exiled (Phoebe Meadows #3) by Amanda Carlson – (UF)

 

 

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Giveaway: Claiming Grace (Ace Security #1) by Susan Stoker

 

 

Author Susan Stoker has offered a digital copy of any of her backlist titles! Winners choice! (Does not include Claiming Grace)

 

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Claiming Grace
Book 1 of 2 in the Ace Security Series
March 14, 2017

 

 

For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it’s not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school…and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years.

 

Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace, who had eyes only for him. But as Logan eventually escaped their town, Grace got pulled further into her family’s controlling grasp—and farther away from the man she loved.

 

Now, united by scars both visible and not, the two must fight to free Grace from the suffocating hold of her family. But the Masons won’t let go easily—and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the couple apart.

 

 

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

 

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

 

 

 

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2017 Reading Challenge Updates (Q1) – March


 

It’s March and it’s time for my first quarterly reading challenge update.
 
Lets get started!

 

 

 

My Goal: 50+ Books, Read: 18

 

  1. Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter, #9) by Nalini Singh
  2. Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 3.5) by Nalini Singh
  3. Must Love Hellhounds (Guild Hunter #0.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5) by Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews & Meljean Brook
  4. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #2) by Molly Harper
  5. Cat Tales (Jane Yellowrock, #0.2, #0.4, #05. #3.5) by Faith Hunter
  6. Too Hot to Touch: Three Breeds Novellas by Lora Leigh
  7. Dragon Soul (Dragon Falls, #3) by Katie MacAlister
  8. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter
  9. The Undead In My Bed (Dark Ones #10.5; Half-Moon Hollow #2.5; Midnight Liaisons #1.5)
  10. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher
  11. Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley
  12. Elizabeth’s Wolf (Breeds, #3; Wolf Breeds, #1) by Lora Leigh
  13. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) by Lynsay Sands
  14. Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC, #6) by Joanna Wylde
  15. Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security #1) by April Hunt
  16. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) by Molly Harper
  17. My Wild Irish Dragon (Boston Dragons, #2) by Ashlyn Chase
  18. The Immortal Who Loved Me(Argeneau #21) by Lynsay Sands

 

 

My Goal: 25 Books, Read: 11

 

  1. MC Bear My Baby (Beartooth Brotherhood MC Book 2) by Bella Love-Wins ~ (Author/Series)
  2. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter ~ (Author/Series)
  3. The Black Lily (Black Lily #1) by Juliette Cross ~ (Series)
  4. Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley ~ (Author/Series)
  5. The Undead In My Bed (Midnight Liaisons #1.5) by Jessica Sims ~ (Author/Series)
  6. Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) by Laura Kay ~ (Author/Series)
  7. Regenerate by Sarita Leone ~ (Author)
  8. Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security #1) by April Hunt ~ (Author/Series)
  9. His Virgin Mate by Grace Goodwin ~ (Author/Series)
  10. Passion Awakened (Beyond The Mist, #1) by Valerie Twombly ~ (Series)
  11. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde ~ (Author/Series)

 

 

My Goal: 6 Books; Read: 3

 

  1. An Angel’s Torment (Eternally Mated Prequel #1) by Valerie Twombly
  2. A Very Jaguar Christmas (Heart of the Jaguar #5) by Terry Spear
  3. Blood Freed (Blood Ravagers, #2) by Traci Douglass

 

Review Books To Still Read

Dark Divine by Lia Davis
Otherworld Challenger by Jane Godman
Divine Awakening by Lia Davis

 

 

My Goals: PNR – 100, UF – 25, CR – 12
Read: PNR – 26, UF – 9, CR – 7

 

Urban Fantasy
 
  1. Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) by Ilona Andrews
  2. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews
  3. Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter, #9) by Nalini Singh
  4. Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 3.5) by Nalini Singh
  5. Must Love Hellhounds (Guild Hunter #0.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5) by Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews & Meljean Brook
  6. Cat Tales (Jane Yellowrock, #3.5) by Faith Hunter
  7. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter
  8. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher
  9. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde

 

Paranormal Romance

 

  1. Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter, #9) by Nalini Singh
  2. MC Bear My Baby (Beartooth Brotherhood MC Book 2) by Bella Love-Wins 
  3. Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) by Ilona Andrews
  4. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews
  5. Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 3.5) by Nalini Singh
  6. Must Love Hellhounds (Guild Hunter #0.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5) by Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews & Meljean Brook
  7. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #2) by Molly Harper
  8. The Black Lily (The Black Lily #1) by Juliette Cross
  9. Twisted Desire by Sharon Kay
  10. Deception (Blue Moon Saloon #5) by Anna Lowe
  11. Too Hot to Touch: Three Breeds Novellas by Lora Leigh
  12. Dragon Soul (Dragon Falls, #3) by Katie MacAlister
  13. Elizabeth’s Wolf (Breeds, #3; Wolf Breeds, #1) by Lora Leigh
  14. Eternal Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms #10) by Setta Jay
  15. The Undead In My Bed (Dark Ones #10.5; Half-Moon Hollow #2.5; Midnight Liaisons #1.5) by Katie MacAlister , Molly Harper, Jessica Sims 
  16. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) by Lynsay Sands
  17. Lover Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises, #2) by A.M. Griffin
  18. Regenerate by Sarita Leone
  19. Valen (Guardians of Hades, #2) by Felicity Heaton
  20. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) by Molly Harper
  21. A Very Jaguar Christmas(Heart of the Jaguar #5) by Terry Spear
  22. My Wild Irish Dragon (Boston Dragons, #2) by Ashlyn Chase
  23. The Immortal Who Loved Me(Argeneau #21) by Lynsay Sands
  24. Passion Awakened (Beyond The Mist, #1) by Valerie Twombly
  25. Blood Freed (Blood Ravagers, #2) by Traci Douglass
  26. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde

 

Contemporary Romance

 

  1. Twisted Desire by Sharon Kay
  2. Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley
  3. Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) by Laura Kaye
  4. Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC, #6) by Joanna Wylde
  5. Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security #1) by April Hunt
  6. Ride Rough (Raven Riders, #2) by Laura Kaye
  7. Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC, #6.5) by Joanna Wylde

 

 

My Goal: 1-30 Books Per Year; Read: 11

 

  1. Deception by Anna Lowe
  2. The Black Lily (The Black Lily #1) by Juliette Cross
  3. Eternal Ecstasy by Setta Jay
  4. Lover Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises, #2) by A.M. Griffin
  5. Valen (Guardians of Hades, #2) by Felicity Heaton
  6. Ride Rough (Raven Riders, #2) by Laura Kaye
  7. Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC, #6.5) by Joanna Wylde
  8. Blood Freed (Blood Ravagers, #2) by Traci Douglass
  9. Passion Awakened (Beyond The Mist, #1) by Valerie Twombly
  10. His Virgin Mate by Grace Goodwin
  11. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde

 

 

My Goal: 10 Books; Read: 4

 

My picks for this challenge to read:

 

A Very Jaguar Christmas by Terry Spear
Blood Freed by Traci Douglass  
Divine Awakening by Lia Davis
Otherworld Challenger by Jane Godman
Dark Divine by Lia Davis
Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill
The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands
My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase
Vipers Run by Stephanie Tyler

 

The Backlist Reader Challenge

 

My Goal 50+ Books; Read: 23

 

  1.  MC Bear My Baby (Beartooth Brotherhood MC #2) by Bella Love-Wins
  2. Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter, #9) by Nalini Singh
  3. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews
  4. Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) by Ilona Andrews
  5. Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter #0.4, #0.5, #0.6, #3.5) by Nalini Singh 
  6. Must Love Hellhounds (Guild Hunter #0.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5) by Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews & Meljean Brook
  7. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #2) by Molly Harper
  8. Cat Tales (Jane Yellowrock, #0.2, #0.4, #0.5 #3.5) by Faith Hunter
  9. An Angel’s Torment:(Eternally Mated Prequel #1) by Valerie Twombly
  10. Too Hot to Touch: Three Breeds Novellas by Lora Leigh
  11. Dragon Soul (Dragon Falls, #3) by Katie MacAlister
  12. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter
  13. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) by Lynsay Sands
  14. Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley
  15. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher
  16. The Undead In My Bed (Dark Ones #10.5; Half-Moon Hollow #2.5; Midnight Liaisons #1.5) by Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper, Jessica Sims
  17. Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) by Laura Kaye
  18. Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC, #6) by Joanna Wylde
  19. Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security #1) by April Hunt
  20. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) by Molly Harper
  21. A Very Jaguar Christmas(Heart of the Jaguar #5) by Terry Spear
  22. The Immortal Who Loved Me(Argeneau #21) by Lynsay Sands
  23. My Wild Irish Dragon (Boston Dragons, #2) by Ashlyn Chase

 

 

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Review: Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley

Own the Wind  - Kristen Ashley

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Own the Wind 

 Chaos #1  
 Kristen Ashley  
 Contemporary Romance  
 Forever  
 June 25th 2013  
 eBook/Paperback  
 389  
 Library  
 

 

Too hot to handle...

 

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos--the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

 

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more--much more--he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...

 

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Own the Wind is book one in the Chaos series by Kristen Ashley. This is a breathtaking love story.

 

I’ve finally read my first Kristen Ashley novel. I started reading and couldn’t stop. I thoroughly enjoyed and liked all the different perspectives aka POV’s. The novel was that delightful and absorbing.

 

It was easy to picture everyone in this book. If you have seen Sons of Anarchy well this is like that, but light. Same brotherhood, same heart, but without the graphic violence and gore. I very much enjoyed that the club is clean and legal and that the men are still the bad ass bickers, alphas, I enjoy to read about.

 

Shy and Tabby where great, but boy did it take them a long time to get together. I liked how Ms. Ashley lade out the foundation of their relationship as a friendship that catches fire. And, boy does it sizzle. It took them a long time to hook up and I very much liked how the author made the time pass. It was easy to follow, easy to see the relationship develop, and made it that much sweeter.

 

This was a marvelous read and I look forward to continuing the series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

Storm Front - Jim Butcher

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Storm Front 

 The Dresden Files #1  
 Jim Butcher  
 Urban Fantasy - Mystery  
 Roc  
 April 1, 2000  
 eBook/Paperback  
 372  
 Library  
 

 

Harry Dresden -- Wizard

 

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.

 

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

 

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

 

Magic. It can get a guy killed. 

 

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Storm Front is book one in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

 

I had my first taste of Harry and The Dresden Files series, when I read a novella in an anthology. My interest got piqued and I’m finally picking up the books.

 

I enjoyed learning about Harry and having the story in his POV. Having a wizard and male protagonists was unique. It’s not common in Urban Fantasy and this was my first taste of this. The murder mystery was fascinating and became a catch twenty-two for Harry. The magic and world building shows promise, but I felt a little lost at times and some areas needed more explaining and development.

 

We get some secondary characters like Murphy the detective and Susan the reporter. I liked Murphy, but didn’t like Susan.

 

This story is fresh and unique even with it being an older series. That’s saying something about the series and world. I’m glad I’m finally trying this one out and I’m look forward to the next adventure with Harry.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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Cover Reveal: Ravenheart (Crossbreed #2) by Dannika Dark

 

THE CROSSBREED SERIES compelling urban fantasy romance series following a private organization of individuals who hunt evildoers. Dark secrets, complex characters, and plenty of action. If you like a slow-building romance with magic and adventure, look no further.

 

Raven Black will win your heart, and Christian Poe will break it.

 

 

Ravenheart 

By Dannika Dark

May 9, 2017

 

 

Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn’t a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone’s next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one.

 

Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?

 

Time is running out in this pulse-pounding tale of dark secrets, murder, and forbidden desires.

 

Release Date: May 9, 2017


 

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Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. 
 
Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.
 
In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.
 
All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.
 
“For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it’s what I love to do.” ~ Danni
 
 
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