Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seduced by a Dragon (#5 Fallen Immortals) by Alisa Woods

Author                                Alisa Woods 
Publication Date               2 January 2017 
Genre                                  Adult Paranormal Romance 

Book Five of the bestselling Fallen Immortals series

(Book 1)**

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Falling in love was never in the cards for Leonidas. An angry witch made sure of that—if he loses his heart, he loses his life. But the treaty guaranteeing peace will die with him, unless he wins the True Love of a woman and she bears him a dragonling. When a fiery red-headed witch comes along with plans of her own, five hundred years of guarding his heart and opening his bed might not be enough to protect him. 
Because Love is Magic… and the fate of the mortal and immortal worlds depends on Rosalyn and Leonidas not only opening their hearts, but surviving a Love that’s True… 

The FALLEN IMMORTALS series is a modern Beauty and the Beast story with flaming HOT dragon shifters, vengeful Dark Fae, and beguiling fallen angels. Only readers over 18 should embark on this epic series of dangerous love that only an immortal might withstand.  

Leonidas and Rosalyn’s story is told in Books 4-6. Start with the first three books (Lucian and Arabella). There are nine books planned for the FALLEN IMMORTALS series.
Lucian and Arabella   

Kiss of a Dragon
(Fallen Immortals 1)  

Heart of a Dragon
(Fallen Immortals 2) 

Fire of a Dragon
(Fallen Immortals 3) 

Leonidas and Rosalyn  

Chosen by a Dragon
(Fallen Immortals 4)

Seduced by a Dragon 
(Fallen Immortals 5)...coming soon
Touched by a Dragon  
(Fallen Immortals 6)...coming soon 

Like the previous books in this fantastic series, this one picks up right where it left off in book four. 

Leonidas is one of the Dragon Princes of the House of Smokes. The curse that was inflicted upon him by a dejected lover who was a witch is beginning to take shape. Die, kill or both. 

Rose is a powerful witch who hasn't been able to reach any of her potentials due to family complications. She is the only one who can possibly save Leonidas. To be able to do that, she has to truly love him. 

Leonidas is nearly at the point where he could be a danger to himself and anyone around him. Being a kind and courageous soul, it's the last thing he wants to happen. He tries really hard to put an end to the situation, to no avail. His brother Leksander comes up with a possible solution but Rose has come up with her own too. This can backfire and prove to be dangerous but she is not phased. She has to at least try to help him. With the help of a coven, they come up with a plan. 

Zephan, the Fae of the Light Court intends to thwart anything that might remove the curse. He wants to break the peace treaty. Just when Leonidas and Rose think that everything will work out, all hell breaks loose and they are worse off than the were to begin with. Can they find another way out?

It's fast, sexy, full of mystery and suspense. Leonidas is honourable and selfless. Rose is determined, strong and courageous. 

I have been captivated by this amazing series from book one and I can't wait to see what happens next. Highly recommended. 

I received a complimentary eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Alisa Woods lives in the Midwest with her husband and family, but her heart will always belong to the beaches and mountains where she grew up. She writes sexy paranormal romances about alpha men and the women who love them. She loves to explore the struggles we all have, where we resist - and succumb to - our vices as well as our greatest desires. She firmly believes that love triumphs over all.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Another You by Jane Cable

Author                        Jane Cable 
Publication Date      13 December 2016 
Genre                          Contemporary Romance 

Marie Johnson is trapped by her job as a chef in a Dorset pub and by her increasingly poisonous marriage to its landlord.

Worn down by his string of affairs she has no self-confidence, no self-respect and the only thing that keeps her going is watching her son, Jude, turn into a talented artist.

But the 60th anniversary of a D-Day exercise triggers chance meetings which prove unlikely catalysts for change.

First there’s Corbin, the American soldier who she runs into as she’s walking on the cliffs. He is charming and has a quaintness about him, calling her an ‘English rose’.

Then there’s George the war veteran, who comes to dine at the pub, and his son Mark. George fascinates Marie with his first-hand accounts of the war, whilst Mark proves helpful in making sense of the pub’s financial situation.

And there’s Paxton. Another American soldier with an uncanny resemblance to Corbin. Young, fit and very attractive, Marie finds him hard to resist. But little does she know Paxton is also battling some inner demons.

As the heat of the summer intensifies, so do the issues in Marie’s life.

Why is Corbin so elusive? Why is the pub struggling to make ends meet? Why has Jude suddenly become so withdrawn and unhappy?

Can she help Paxton open up and begin to deal with his pain?

Or will she be shackled to the pub and her increasingly spiteful husband forever?

But as events unfold, Marie finally realises that she is not trapped, but stuck, and that it is down to her to get her life moving again.

Perfectly blending the complexities of twenty-first century life with the dramatic history of World War Two, Another You is a charming tale that will warm your heart.

Praise for Jane Cable

'A fascinating exploration of how the past can affect the present. The language in this book is so fresh and vivid that it sweeps the reader up and away and deposits her on the beautiful Studland Bay where this story is set.' – bestselling author Rosanna Ley

‘Brilliantly interweaves the Second World War with the present day’ – bestselling author Holly Kinsella

Jane Cable writes romance stories with a strong element of mystery and suspense. Her first novel, The Cheesemaker’s House, was a finalist in The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition and won the Words for the Wounded Independent Book of the Year Award in 2015.

It's the sixtieth anniversary of D Day and preparations are well on the way in Studland Bay, Dorset, for a reenactment of this historical event. 

Marie used to be a hippie with a carefree life until she met her ex husband Stephen and settled in Studland Bay. 

She is the chef at the Smugglers, a pub previously owned by Stephen's uncle. Although they are no longer a couple, they run the pub together with the help of their son Jude. 

Whilst sitting on the beach one day, Marie is approached by Corbin, an American soldier. He has found a memorabilia which he believes belongs to her. That's not the case but she promises to try and find the owner. She is impressed by the way in which he treats her as well as his good looks. He is younger than her but she finds herself searching for him. 

George is one of the veterans who is not so keen on the celebrations as he knows what actually went on during the war. He was there! He befriends Marie and she learns a lot about the war from him. She accidentally bumps into Mark, who turns out to be his son and they strike a friendship. Along comes Paxton, another American soldier who bears a resemblance to Corbin. They embark on a no strings attached romance and this is where strange things start to happen. 

The story is relayed in Marie's point of view and contains flashbacks from her younger days. Her priorities are the welfare of her son and making sure that the pub runs efficiently. It's a busy time of the year but the financial situation is not looking too healthy. Not being fully conversant with accounts, she seeks help from Mark, only to discover that nothing is as it seems. Stephen is of no help to her. Jude is a big help in the running of the pub but he seems to be having his own problems. 

The story portrays the results of a bad marriage and the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. The effects of war related post traumatic stress disorder is another prominent feature. There is an air of supernatural about the sequence of events and again nothing is as it seems. This romance is full of surprises and runs at a steady pace. It would appeal to those who like to be kept in suspense. 

I received a complimentary eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Perhaps writing is in my blood. My father, Mercer Simpson, was a poet; my cousin, Roger Hubank, a novelist; Roger’s uncle, John Hampson was also a novelist and fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group. And it’s even rumoured that John Keats is somewhere back there in the family tree.

No wonder that I have always scribbled. But it took me until I was in my forties to complete a full length manuscript. And then another, and another... Writing stories became a compulsive hobby. I could lose myself in my characters, almost live their lives, and I started to long for readers other than my mother and a few close friends to be able to do the same.

It was reaching the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 which made me take my writing seriously. The Cheesemaker’s House, a gripping romance-suspense, saw the light of day in September 2013 and I was delighted when it received great reviews from book bloggers and, just as importantly, from the people who bought and read it. My second novel, The Faerie Tree, came out in March 2015 and is a suspenseful romance about the tricks memory plays.

Shortly afterwards The Cheesemaker's House won the independent novel of the year prize awarded by Words for the Wounded and as a result of this I was signed by the Caroline Sheldon
Literary Agency and then by Endeavour Press who published Another You at the end of 2016.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Unknown (#1 Unknown Series) by Wendy Higgins

Author                      Wendy Higgins 
Publication Date     16 August 2016 
Genre                         New Adult SciFi Romance 

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

Unknown is a great introduction to a promising and exciting series. The prologue gives a good indication of what might be happening in a global chaos. A state of total confusion and utter disarray. 

Rylen doesn't live in the ideal family environment. He is close to his father but the rest of the family expect far too much from him. 

Amber has a loving and happy family life with her parents, grandparents and older brother, Jacob. 

Rylen is nine years old when he first meets six year old Amber. He becomes Jacob's best friend whilst Amber develops a crush on him. The crush has got stronger through her teenage years and into adulthood. 

Out of the blues, there are simultaneous attacks on the major cities in America, causing death and destruction. It looks like it's the work of the terrorists. The nightmares get worse when the attacks extend to most cities and then globally. 

Rylen and Jacob have joined the forces and Amber has qualified as a nurse and a Medic. She is totally dedicated and works endlessly to ensure the comfort of the injured. There is an attack on the hospital and this raises questions. The organisation meant to keep things in order, employ some questionable methods. At this point, the water is contaminated. The electricity supply is not restored and food is getting more scarce by the day. This adds to the problem as everyone starts to fight for survival. 

Amber keeps in touch with Rylen and remains hopeful that he might just return her feelings until he returns with the most unexpected news. Amber is heartbroken but with everything else that's going on, she concentrates on helping others. 

This first installment revolves more around the horrors of the constant attacks, told in Amber's point of view. 

Rylen is a caring character but I feel for Amber as she is caught in an emotional turmoil. Her best friend, Remi is a tower of strength. It's a fast pace story with the feel of an apocalypse which ends on a cliffhanger. It's an intriguing storyline with strong characters and I look forward to reading the next instalment. 

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN series.

After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.

Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Allegiance of Honour (#15 Psy Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh

Author                           Nalini Singh 
Publication Date         16 June 2016 
Genre                             Paranormal SciFi Romance 

The 'unparalleled romantic adventure'* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world . . .
The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.
But a century of distrust and suspicion can't be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman's cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy . . . and changeling.
To find the lost, protect the vulnerable - and save Trinity - no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honour even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Allegiance of Honour revisits the key players in the Psy Changeling Series and shows how far they have come since the beginning. It has the feel good factor of a big family reunion. The Trinity Accord, an accord to offer equal opportunities to Psys, Changelings and Humans is in place but there are those who are opposed to this sensible approach. The Consurtium. Their main reasons? Greed, Power and Silence! 

Lucas, the alpha of the DarkRiver leopards is very prominent in this instalment. Although he is still very much the alpha and the successful businessman, he has to evaluate the impacts his decisions might have on Trinity. Besides, the other factions seem to seek him out for directions. A well earned respect. This, together with his new family circumstances make him a threat to the opposition. His pack and family could become a target but make no mistakes, he will take drastic measures if anyone of them is hurt in any way. His gentle mate, Sascha has grown in her powers too and is fiercely protective. Their bond has gone from strength to strength. 

Luca's pack stumbles on some information regarding a changeling who vanished without a trace and he doesn't hesitate to take actions and offer help. Although the relationship is still very tentative in certain areas of the accord, they all band together to resolve the situation. The Psy, Changelings, Humans and the Forgottens all make valuable contributions to coordinate a rescue strategy. Everyone involved is respectful and they all work well together but there is a traitor in one of the groups. 

Naya is the first of her kind due to her parents' nature and although still a child, she instantly becomes a threat. A threat to be eliminated or explored by the Consurtium. Again, Trinity works towards unearthing the evidence leading to the culprit. The numerous stumbling blocks make for a difficult mission. Love, patience, determination and perseverance are key. 

This novel revolves around the journeys and progress of the couples featured in the previous fourteen instalments. There is also Xavier's diary giving a clear overview of how he became involved and where he is now. A well hidden side to the infamous Nikita is revealed. Naya is just adorable. Julian and Roman, the terrible twins are more mischievous than ever but their caring side is commendable. Exciting news about the pupcubs. Overall, the characters involved in this series have evolved, mostly for the better. Ming is another story. 

Although, there is a lot going on, everything flows and falls nicely into place. Very intricate. Quite a feat for a genius and innovative concept. The end shows that equality and diversity can be achieved with the right individuals and the right approach but unfortunately those who are prejudiced can't always easily be reformed. 

It's outstanding and I look forward to reading the next instalment of the battle between Trinity and the Consurtium and how the new generation fits in. 

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).
So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.