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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sun Warrior (#2 Tales of a New World) PC Cast


Author                        PC Cast 
Publication Date       17 October 2017
Genre                          Paranormal Romance 



#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…
The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.
Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. Meanwhile, Dead Eye becomes a willing vessel for the newly awakened god, Death. Death has plans of his own and he, too, will use whatever and whomever he must, including the mad Thaddeus.






Sun Warrior picks up right where it left off in book one. The Companions, the Earth Walkers and the Skin Stealers have all experienced changes in different ways. The references to some of the previous events are helpful to refresh the memory, but this is not a standalone.

Mari is getting stronger in her new found abilities and now that she can show her true self, she is a lot more confident. She stands up for herself against the oppositions without losing sight of her compassion. First and foremost, she is the Moon Woman and the healer.

Nik is still grieving, but his growing bond with Mari and Laru, his companion give him strength. His tribe is in terrible disarray and he would like to see better changes from the old ways. Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of the situation to stir up trouble for their own gain.

Together, Mari and Nik make a decision and for the first time they start something which nobody would have ever envisaged. It's only a start though, with a long way to go. Antreas and his lynx, Bast make a valuable contribution to the story. The background information about the make up of their "chain" is rather interesting. Sora, too has grown for the better.

Dead Eye's "experiment" is paying off. For his gain and the tribe's detriment. His own new experience brings about some drastic and dangerous changes. Thaddeus is greedier, more cruel and intent on creating discord. He wants power!

This installment starts at a good pace and slows down towards the middle. When it picks up again, it becomes a compulsive page turner. It's a great concept and the characters are very well portrayed. I found it to be more gruesome than the first installment, but still fascinating. It's full of suspense with more death and destruction. It seems to be going in the right direction and ends with the promise of more exciting times. I would recommend to fans of fantasy, paranormal and romance.

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 



PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. House of Night Other World, book 1, LOVED, releases July 11th. SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

St Martins Press Holiday Romance Review Tour





Jacket Summary


A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this new novella from Manda Collins. 

Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a schoolfriend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget. 

Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever--on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can't let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.

Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday, or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.
Review
4 Stars
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This is a delightful short Christmas read. The past collides with the present and brings with it a second chance.

Alex, Viscount Wrotham has just returned from France where he unearthed some truth about his childhood. He is now wandering what else in his life might be based on lies.

Merry in not a titled lady and helps her father in his literary work. Not something that other ladies would do, but she likes helping and it takes her mind off what could have been.

Merry makes a promise to her best friend on her death bed. To find the father of her new born daughter. A promise, she intends to keep no matter the cost. To do so, she has to face Alex, her jilted ex fiancΓ© and the cousin of the estranged father. He is surprised to see her with the baby, but assures her that he will help. The catch is that they have to go to his mansion to meet his cousin. That's not the only thing that he has in mind. He is being given a second chance and he will use this opportunity to win her back. He has to get through his domineering grandmother who is choosy about who carries on their bloodline. As far as she is concerned, Merry is not suitable. Can she keep them apart, now that they have found each other once again?

The difference in status plays a major role and jealousy turns ugly. There is a lot going on in this novella, but it's beautifully portrayed and everything falls nicely into place. Delightful!

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
 

Author Bio



Manda Collins is the author of the Studies in Scandal series, The Lords of Anarchy series, The Ugly Duckling series and the Wicked Widows series as well as several other Regency-set romances. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.

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Deck the Halls 
 by Donna Alward

Jacket Summary
With shades of It’s a Wonderful Life, one man must face his past to find his future this Christmas.

In the last year, George's life has drastically changed. The formerly homeless veteran now has a job he likes, a family in the residents of Darling, VT, and for the first time in years, a home. But while his present is good, he's still haunted by the past, a past that appears shortly before Christmas when the older sister of his brother-in-arms hunts him down and finds him in Darling, working at the Ladybug Garden Center. 

Amy’s looking for closure for her family after her brother's death in the Middle East, but the serious man she finds working in Vermont doesn’t resemble the soldier she remembers from years before. This man is hardened and yet somehow fragile, too, and in her desire to find out what really happened to her brother, she learns more about George than she ever expected.

With a little Christmas magic and the whole town supporting them, can these two bruised hearts make a future together?

Review
4 Stars 
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Deck the Halls is a poignant story about a post war veteran who is left without any support.

George returned from his tour of duty, filled with guilt and a sense of failure after witnessing his best friend’s death. He started to live in the worse conditions possible, partly because he didn't believe that he deserved anything better. Until now.

Amy is George's best friend’s twin who wants closure. For herself and for her family. As George is the only one who can give them peace of mind, she hunts him down. She has been through some tough times too and has her own insecurities. 

George has started a new life in Darling, working in a garden centre. He has made new friends and starting to get back on his feet, looking to the future. Out of the blues, Amy pays him a visit and she is surprised at what she sees. So many years later, this first encounter is rather awkward. George is not ready to talk about the past and Amy is not about to give up, now that she has caught up with him.

She takes a different approach and George slowly starts to be comfortable around her. Their past history is always lurking in the background and what she learns about what he has endured since his return is incredible and heartbreaking. She is desperate to help him, but he has to help himself first. She knows that he can do it with the right support. Can the Christmas spirit help them heal each other?

This short story is very well put together. It highlights the difficulties that the veterans encounter after traumatic experiences and the importance of having friends and the right support. It's moving and painful, but love can be the best medicine. It's an engaging read, ending on a positive note.

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 


Author Bio

A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters plus the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her romance career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She is the author of Somebody Like You, Somebody's Baby, and Someone to Love.


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Christmas at Two Love Lane
 by Kieran Kramer

Jacket Summary


The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .
From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn’t a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry—just a few no-strings dates while he was in town. 
Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously—how could she not, when she’s rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he’s just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love…for real. And Deacon can’t help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it’s the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who’s become Deacon’s favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?
Review 
4 Stars
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Author Bio

Kieran Kramer, author of the Impossible Bachelors series, was born in Washington, D.C. to an Air Force pilot father and actress/singer mother. She grew up mainly on Johns Island, a rural sea island near Charleston, South Carolina, where she helped build her family’s log home. Having worked for the CIA and as journalist for The Charlotte Observer, Kieran is now a stay-at-home mom. She once won $34,000 on Wheel of Fortune, and also won on Family Feud. She’s been married to her naval officer husband, Chuck, for twenty-one years, and they have three children.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Twin Savage (#2 Porn Star Boyfriends) Sunniva Dee - Release Blitz




WHAT KIND OF TWISTED REALITY IS THIS?




Title: Twin Savage
Author: Sunniva Dee
Release Date: October 16, 2017

BLURB


Grief comes in many forms.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve... Right?
Except, what if you douse that grief with sex
in ways so culturally unacceptable
you leave it to a veritable male harem
led by the porn-star brother of your fiancΓ©
to decide if you’ll emerge
from the jungle intact?

Twin Savage is standalone book #2 in the Porn Star Boyfriend series.

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It wasn't a problem to be the only girl in a house full of guys.

Until my fiancΓ© died and his identical twin took over the roost.

Sweet, easygoing Julian passed, while loathsome, bossy Luka, who pays his way through med school by getting his dick wet on film, is still alive.

What kind of twisted reality is this?

Now, Luka’s on a mission to fix both of our grief.
Like I’d ever accept anything from him.
He doesn’t understand that gorgeous and sexy mean nothing if you’re a promiscuous jerk.

If only the nights didn’t destroy me.
They’re painful and long and empty,
until, on a Monday night, my insomnia attracts Diego.
That Tuesday, it attracts Lenny.
Next, it’s Marlon, James, Nathaniel,
and on Saturday, it’s Connor.

By Sunday night, I get the picture.

This is Luka doing what Luka does: solve problems with sex.

His remote-controlled comfort leaves me in our roommates’ arms six of seven nights.

On Sunday, there’s only one man left in the house.

There’s no way in hell I’m opening my door—or my heart—to a porn star.


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REVIEW 
5 Stars 
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Twin Savage is a dark and complicated love story surrounding the grieving process. Different in each individual and in different cultures.

Geneva and Luka are grieving for the same loss in different ways. She refuses any help from him because of his job. 

At first, I found it really hard to take a liking to Geneva. She is narrow minded and judgemental. Her approach to her grief is what would not be considered as the "norm", but it's her hipochrisy that makes it worse. It's no different to what Luka is doing. Not really! Yet she treats him appallingly. However, she does absolve herself in the end. 

The journey to the Amazon is enlightening. It shows a different approach to grief and the tradition works for the Tara tribe. Understanding and respect are what really matters, not judgement! Somehow, this trip brings Geneva and Luka closer together, but nothing is straightforward. There are new challenges and struggles on their return, even when the chemistry between them is so obvious. Heartbreaking! 

The multiracial aspect of the Fratters is a true reflection of society. Luka's reasons for doing what he does brought tears to my eyes. My emotions were all over the place throughout. It's a gripping story which kept me captivated. I have read most of this author's work and I must admit that this is now my new favourite. I like the way, she peels the layers to get to the conclusion and she takes us right along with her! Fabulous. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the author and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

EXCERPT

I wish he didn’t do that,” I tell Lenny as I relax, cheek on his chest, drawing small circles around his nipple. “Luka thinks he’s the king of this place, in charge of everything that goes on here.”

“He kind of is.” Lenny’s voice is lazy. By now, I know he slides into a euphoric coma after he ejaculates. It’s adorable and a tad hot.

“No, he isn’t. Only about the rent and the utilities.”

“And about you.”

I lift my head and squint at him. “Luka is not in charge of me.”

Lenny narrows his eyes too, an easy feat. I ignore how beautiful he is beneath me. “No, but he’s who came up with our solution.”

“What are you talking about?”

He studies me, eyes widening more than usual after against-the-wall sex. “Hmm, you look like you’re working yourself up.”

“What does it matter? Just give me the lowdown.”

“Well, if you’re gonna go witch-nutty on me, I don’t know if I should.”

I lower my voice. “Witch-nutty? What does that even mean?”

“You know. All...” He lifts his hands in the air and waves them lazily while half-rolling his eyes. Not impressive.

“What solution, Lenny, or your sex life has to fend for itself from now on.”

“As if it doesn’t six days out of the week.”

“What did Luka come up with?”

“We had a house meeting.”

“Without me?”

“It was about you, so yeah. We saw how you were struggling to keep it together after Julian passed away, and Luka came up with what we’re doing now.”

“As in invading my bedroom every night? Taking turns with me?”

“I guess?” He looks at me as if he just realizes how bad it sounds.

“That’s some crazy shit. Only a pervert like Luka could’ve come up with it.”

Lenny’s brows tick in a furrow. “Well, I figured it was too obvious to work on you, but Luka insisted, we gave it a try, and hey, you went along with it. You seem better too.”

My stomach churns. “Who does he think he is? He has no right to set up some get-’er-done plan for me. I’m in charge of my own life, my own future, and…” I sigh. “Luka’s a pig.”

I mean it. Even though I’m disgruntled, I twist my arms around Lenny’s middle needing his nearness. I’m not exactly backing myself up, here, but Lenny doesn’t hold it against me. Instead he wraps me closer and nuzzles against my hair. Murmurs, “Shh, you’re okay, babe.”

“What about the days? Did he assign them too?”

Lenny nods, rocking us with his chin. “Yeah, which made sense.”

“Why, because you didn’t want to deal with me more than once a week?”

He chuckles. “It was more so that we’d all have our turns consoling you.”

“Sleeping with me, you mean,” I say, feeling slutty and berating myself for it in the same thought.

“I’m not gonna lie and say it’s not a pleasure to comfort you.”

I arch an eyebrow. “So I shouldn’t feel bad for you guys?”

“You should.”

I let out a huh?

“Did you see Marlon earlier?”

I bite my lip. “Yes?”

“That’s how most of us feel the rest of the week. Tuesdays are the shit.”

“Even when I go all witch-nutty on you?”

His grin gleams white. “Have you heard me complain? Sparks are the shit too.”




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Sunniva Dee is a reader, a lover of everything beautifully written no matter the genre. As an author, she pens flawed characters and seeks the flip side where the soul hides. Once there, she wants to be pulled out of her comfort zone by stories taking on a life of their own.

Sunniva has written paranormal and young adult. She’s committed contemporary romance verging on erotica, and she’s dabbled in supernatural mystery. But her heart is rooted in new adult of the true kind: young adult all grown up, with conflicts and passions that are familiar to college-aged readers and readers who remember those days like they happened last night.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Keep Me Series Dark Romance (Box Set) Angela Snyder



Author                         Angela Snyder 
Publication Date       22 September 2017
Genre                          Dark Romance 




Get ready for a dark and suspenseful roller coaster ride with this 2-book box set of the Keep Me Series! 


Keeping Her



To say I had a rough start in life would be the understatement of the century. 

My uncle may have rescued me from my abusive childhood, but he couldn't save me from the neurotic and compulsive obsessions I would develop in my adulthood. 

I deal with some of the worst criminals in the seedy underbelly of the world just to get what I want. What I need. 

And what I need is the perfect woman. Perfect and pure in every way possible. And I'm willing to obtain that perfection…no matter the cost. 

So when I make my newest purchase, I expect Adeline's fate to be like all the others before her --- taking what I want and then never seeing her again. 

But she's different. 

Her beauty is disarming. 

And even though I promised to let her go after I took what I wanted…I slowly come to the realization that I can't. 

I have to break my promise to her, because she's mine now. 

And I'm keeping her.


Saving Him




I was kidnapped and sold to a monster. 

My abductor told me he would let me go…after he got what he wanted. So I offered him my virginity in exchange for my freedom, but he broke that promise. And now he's decided to keep me. 

When my past suddenly collides with my present, it's an all-out war. 

How could I have ever guessed that my captor would turn into my protector? 

I don't know if we can survive this, but now it's my turn to save him. 


**Note: This dark romance box set contains adult content for mature readers and could contain triggers for some readers.**










The Prequel to this series is an informative introduction, giving a good grounding for the rest of the story. This is reflected in this first part of the Duet. 

Lucien is an expert computer hacker tycoon. He leads a secluded life and has links to the authorities, despite some of his illicit dealings. His compulsive obsessions are extreme, quite understandable in view of his childhood background. Number seven is very significant to him!

Adeline is the youngest daughter of a powerful mafia king. She is groomed to be the perfect princess. To the outside world, she has the perfect life but, it's a completely different story behind closed doors. She is engaged by arrangement to her father's right hand man. 

After an evening out, Adeline is kidnapped and wakes up in a strange environment. She is the perfection that Lucien craves! She is oblivious to the reason why she is in his presence and the lack of communication doesn't help. As this is not Lucien's first transaction of this nature, he expects her to be fully aware of the arrangement. He wants what he paid for!

He is mesmerised by her and although, she finds him attractive, she doesn't know what to make of his erratic behaviour. He can be so sensible and yet irrational when his obsessions take over. Unbeknown to her, his behaviour towards her is new to him and her presence can sometimes outweigh his compulsions. He is unsettled by these new feelings and fear that she might just be his new obsession. She is confused about her own feelings and start to question her beliefs. 

As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent to Lucien that Adeline has been betrayed in the worse kind of way. This makes him furious and he is now more intent on bringing justice. Something that has been his primary goal all along. 

The interactions between Lucien and Adeline can be awkward at times but, there are moments when they enjoy each other's company. He hates who he is and would do anything to be normal. It's not for the lack of trying but he has to be in control! She is quite compassionate and strong, despite her own past and her current situation. Can they find a balance where they can compromise? 

This story has a nice flow and the characters are well portrayed. The cliffhanger brings a lot of questions. One of them is, why doesn't Lucien pick up on this awful predicament through the present that he gave her? I look forward to reading the next instalment to see if Lucien achieves his main objective and what the future holds for Adeline. It's an intense and baffling plot that kept me turning the pages.




Saving Him brings this dramatic story to a sensational finish.

Adeline is tempted into escaping and is led into a dangerous situation. What Lucien witnesses when he catches up with her drives him to lose his mind and this is the moment where everything changes.

Adeline starts to realise that what she thought was a "normal" life before she was kidnapped is far from the truth. After what Lucien has done for her, she sees a different side to him and is determined to get to know him better. Lucien can no longer stay in control when he is around her, to the point where he divulges his horrendous childhood. She is horrified and begins to grasp an understanding of his obsessive behaviour. 

She feels safe around him and she wants to save him in return. Their relationship becomes intense and passionate, but the backlash of that horrid incident becomes their biggest downfall. 


This installment is full of twists and is agonising in places. It's a dark and gripping story. The emotions are raw and heartrending. It's complicated and full of suspense. A captivating page turner which pulls at the heartstrings. Well delivered and beautifully wrapped up. 





Angela is an author from a small town in Pennsylvania. She has always had a passion for writing and recently decided to pursue her lifelong dream. She currently lives in an even smaller town in Pennsylvania with her husband and her very spoiled Golden Retriever.

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