Thick & Thin by Charlie Cochet

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Thick & Thin: by Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #8
Release Date: February 1st, 2017
Pages: 95 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Sequel to Smoke & Mirrors

In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

three-half-stars

 

My Exasperated face.

I don’t know when I started thinking of this series as a job. Its been a lot of information thrown at us, and sometimes so hard to remember everything. I think we are heading to the end of the series, because the direction is going somewhere new. I honestly hope it does, as much as I love Sloane I’m kinda tired of him and Dex being the focal point of the stories. I get it they are team lead, and them being together works for the series. But it’s convoluted now, and it stopped being about the pnr aspect of it and it’s to damn sweet now. I like the relationships and everyone partnering up, but out of the 8 books 2 of them wasn’t Dex & Sloane.

This book had little tidbits going for the next story, and where the road was going to go. Do I think it was needed? No, it could have been a prologue for the next story. I’m at a crossroads on if I want to continue it because its gotten out of hand with the antics. I miss the first half of the series. It’s common because I just had this problem with another series. I am looking forward to Hud & Seb’s book. I hope they get to spend majority of their time in the book being the focus. I swear if it’s Dex & his antics like it was in the other books then I’m done. I hate to say it, but I just can’t deal with it anymore.

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Audiobook Review: Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed #14) by Lara Adrian

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Title: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #14
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 2 mins)
Published By: by Lara Adrian, LLC
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DaywalkerBrynne Kirkland survived a hellish upbringing as a product of a madman’s lab. Tough, driven, and devoted to her work in law enforcement, Brynne has never dared to risk opening her heart to anyone–least of all a handsome immortal from a world on the verge of war against hers.

Atlantean warrior Zael left the intrigue of his realm several lifetimes ago, along with the battles he fought as one of the queen’s legion. As a free-spirited loner walking the fringe of two worlds–that of his secretive and powerful people, and the outside world belonging to mankind and the Breed–it was never his intention to return to combat and bloodshed. Nor had he imagined that he might ever be tempted into anything stronger than desire . . . until he meets Brynne.

Thrust together as allies of the Order in the fight against a diabolical enemy, Zael and Brynne embark on a mission that will ultimately force them to decide between duty to their people, and a passion that defies all bounds.

four-stars

This love story actually began in the last book but Daywalker Brynne Kirkland just got fired from her job at JUSTIS. She is forced to see refuge with the Order and her half-sister Tavia Chase. Atlantean warrior Ekizael just happened to see Brynne at a club and their attraction get the best of them. When Zael sees Brynne in trouble and finds out her secret, it actually bonds them together more closely. See,
Brynne is a Gen One Breedmate who is also a daywalker. The experiments conducted by Dragos had some unfortunate side effects for Brynne, and she harbored that secret form from everyone. Zael didn’t shy away from her and he actually nursed her back to physical and mental health.

Together, they set out to aid Lucan Thorne and The Order by attempting to forge an alliance between the Atlantean Queen and The Order because the Atlantean can help in the war with Opus Nostrum. After the last attack on the JUSTIS building made it obvious that The Order needed all the help they can get.

I enjoyed this book because Brynne fought her feelings for so long. The author made Zael work f or it. Not only were they hot as a pair, but the author used their love journey to advance the plot against the ancients. The audiobook was very entertaining and the narrator made the Brynne feel both strong and capable, yet vulnerable. Zael’s voice radiated strength and gentleness that was perfect to a lonely and isolated Brynne. They were two peas in a pod. There was plenty of action, suspense and foreshadowing for the next book. Certainly the same formula that we have come to expect from Lara Adrian and I can’t wait for the next book.

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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #11
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Pages: 352 • Format: eARC
Published By: St. Martin’s Press
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A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

three-stars


Utterly Frustrated.

As a fan it hurts me that every freaking book is now a cliffhanger. I use to be the biggest advocate for this series, and honestly I just feel letdown as a fan of the series. I get so sick and tired of little info being put out each book that pertains to the big showdown at the end of whenever and then bam cliffhanger. It’s now book 11, what are we waiting for? It’s super convoluted, and I just find myself frustrated at best to describe it. I put in my time, money, energy and love into this series. I think about how the series started, and yeah nothing was set in stone, but so much information is being put out at each book that I’ve lost focus on what the end game was. It seems like a lot of filler information, and nothing set in stone for a finale of epic proportion and what I feel like we were lead to believe. I mean at this points, it just seems like it’s never going to end. I don’t see the ending in sight. I know it’s bad for me when it’s not even funny anymore, and I just want the book to end. Trust me, I’m mad.

**Sighs**
Charley and Reyes continue to do the back and forth not talking, talking, not trusting, trusting each other. It’s annoying. It’s also annoying that Charley has to continuously ask what she can do, and never try anything first. She never attempts things on her own when it comes to her powers. I know Reyes is the know how when it comes to this stuff, but damn Charley the foolishness has to stop.

I didn’t really gain anything by this book. A few scenes satisfied me, and of course I love seeing the gang together, but it’s the second book since Beep was born that we still don’t see them interacting with her. I KNOW they aren’t suppose to but, the Charley from books 1-5 would have moved heaven and hell to see her child. Atleast it’s what I think. I’m getting tired of Reyes doing the same posturing he does every book. Ya’ll know I love me some Reyes Alexander Farrow, but I think him and I are almost at our end. As I type this, I know I’m not mentally strong enough to quit the series until I know it’s over.

I miss the old formula to this series, and sometimes I feel like it’s this long because it’s a money train. That’s the angry side of me, and I hope it’s not the case. I really wish we can get back to the investigating and an end game. I feel like this group of people has been through enough, and nothing else needs to shake them. What I didn’t need was another cliffhanger. Yet we can’t get everything we ask for.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

 And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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MY REVIEW:

*Sighing*

The blurb to this story was very intriguing. I guess I didn’t take “guardian angel” very literally, which was my mistake. I was indifferent to the “religious” aspect of this story but more interested on how the author went about developing the love affair. Evelyn Casey was in a rut with her professional life as well as her romantic life. It seems that her current philosophy about relationships were no longer satisfying her. That’s when her guardian angel, Lucian, made himself known to her, beginning their improbable journey together.

I was on board during the first couple of chapters. Evelyn trying to decipher the puzzle that was her dating life. I was amused by her inner musings and her roommate’s obliviousness. Then drunk Lucian Divine arrived and I thought that maybe her parents paid him to find her or maybe someone she owed money to. The answer was less sinister than my imagination, but it became increasingly clear that Lucian really was a guardian angel. Also, that the author was going to pair this naïve and susceptible young girl with a 2,000-year-old angel who has been watching her for the entirety of her life.

I liked the dual point of view so I knew what each one was thinking but I just didn’t connect with the characters nor the story. I feel like Evelyn and Lucian weren’t truly developed as a lead characters. I had trouble with Lucian as well. The paranormal aspect nor the romance worked for me.  I wanted more personal growth as individuals and I wanted more of that entertaining/humorous angle that we got in the beginning.

I applaud the author for writing a story that is outside the box because it was different for me. Unfortunately, it didn’t resonate with me.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Epiphany by L.A. Stockman

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Title:  Epiphany

Author: L.A. Stockman

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: Dec 12

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 14900

Genre: Romance, paranormal, holiday

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Khafra has spent more than three thousand years wandering the Earth, fascinated by humanity and its many rises and falls. When he meets a young student at Cambridge, he is utterly unprepared for the effect Alfie has on him. Eager and open and full of wonder, Alfie is perhaps the perfect submissive.

While the sex is spectacular, the real surprise for Khafra is his growing love for Alfie. Such unions are grand while they last, but inevitably doomed to time and mortality. Can he open his heart one more time, for a beautiful young man whose defiance of custom and courage in the face of danger are so captivating? Or will he continue as he has for so long, living on the fringe?

Everything depends on the outcome of Epiphany.

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After three millennia or so of vampiredom, one might suppose that Khafra would have outgrown hiding behind potted plants and making fun of high society. However, that assumption would be belied by the fact that he was here at the Pomdell’s holiday Winter Ball, secreted in a curtained alcove with the two young Pomdell siblings doing precisely that.

“You are quite sure?” Giggles threatened to engulf Alfie, and the words came out as a muffled snort that was quite endearing.

“Oh yes,” Khafra whispered back, waggling his dark eyebrows.

Alfie shook with suppressed laughter and buried his face in the collar of Khafra’s jacket when it became too much of an effort to remain silent.

“The Right Honourable Marquis of Dorset is unequivocally gagging for it,” Khafra continued.

Their hiding place—a small niche behind a dark, claret-red velvet curtain, a garland of holly, and a manicured ficus plant—was not as private as it might be. Thankfully, Khafra was skilled with shadows—when to stay in them and when to come out of them. And when to sidestep just a hair to keep the sweet, unwise young man hanging onto him from being seen by people who would judge him too harshly.

“According to whom?” Alfie asked, his dark curls tickling as he bent down to nuzzle at Khafra’s ear.

“A friend. Not only does he prefer the company of men, he only hires the big, rough boys.” Khafra smoothed a long-fingered hand over Alfie’s hair, and returned his sister Susanna’s smile.

“Gossip is a sin.” Susanna hissed the last word, grinning all the same.

“So is hypocrisy,” Khafra countered, replete with his own answering hiss on the final syllable. “Tsk. He’s one of the foremost moralists of our day. Only last week, he was arguing in front of the House of Lords for stiffer penalties for onanism and sodomy.”

“Stiffer!” Alfie was biting his lip bloody, trying not to howl with laughter.

Granted, the image of the terribly priggish, horribly upright Marquis getting it put to was fairly hilarious, but gales of laughter would give away their position.

“Only one way to stop your mouth,” Khafra murmured, tugging Alfie’s heart-shaped face closer to lick the blood off his lip. The copper-richness tingled on his tongue, reminding him how long it had been since he’d last eaten.

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L.A. is a professional writer finally crossing over into fiction. She has a background in the Classics and Religious Studies, and those themes will come up again and again in her work. L.A. lives in Texas, has two incredible kids, and a varying number of rescue mutts. Reach out to her on Twitter; she’d love to hear from you!

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Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

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daring-fateDaring Fate: by Megan Erickson
Series: Silver Tip Pack #1
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Pages: 232 • Format: eARC
Published By: Amazon Digital Services
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We all have tragic backstories in today’s world.

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

 

three-half-stars

Okay, I’m a shifter aficionado. Before there was M/M for me, there was paranormal romance and shapeshifters. I love all kind of shifters. By fair, the wolf is my most read and most watched. Daring Fate is hawt, and fast paced. The right combination for this genre to me. This book was delightful to read. It checked on some of my boxes for good shifter stories.

√Insta-love
√True Mates
√Copious amounts of dirty talk/sex
√ Possessive and jealous nature
√Slick
√Chessy couples
√Aggression
√Saying Mine

I love all of these traits in my shifter novels. Kudos for the dedication as well. I freaking loved Scott Speedman in Underworld, its one of my favorite vampire/werewolves movies. Underworld Evolution is my favorite in the series, but its only because of that magnificent change at the end. LOL. Now onto Daring Fate, I like the different classes that Megan wrote about when it comes to this world. Its dystonia  since humanity is no longer there. She created a species of wolves that I love reading about. The wolf, the human, and the hybrid which is the transition between wolf and human. I liked Reese and Dare together. I mean, it’s traditional shifter story to me. I enjoyed the normal formula of Alpha finding his mate and getting all possessive toward them. I love the copious amounts of dirty talk and things that happen between the two.These two are seriously HAWT together. You definitely don’t want to skip these scenes. Megan excelled on this portion of the story.

When it comes to the plot, I can go 50/50 with them. By that I mean, I can usually accept the cheesy plot, and just read the book version of porn. This book was more plot to the story. As much as I liked the story, I feel like it was just okay outside of the romance. It was obvious from middle until the end. There wasn’t anything substantial that I can boast about. It was okay. I found myself bored after a while, and that’s not something I would think I’d ever say reading a Megan Erickson book. I’m actually more interested in book two, because I think we are going to see two people reunited as that just makes me happy.

About Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin #15) by Jennifer Estep

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Unraveled (Elemental Assassin #15) by Jennifer Estep four-stars
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Elemental Assassin #15
Jennifer Estep
Romance; Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy
Pocket Books
August 30th, 2016
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After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count on. Only one thing is for certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”

What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?

As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.

So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.

Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …

I have been waiting for the return of the vivacity the Ashland villains brought to this story. Mab Monroe was as much of a draw to this series as was Gin Blanco. The anti-heroines wickedness only made Gin more upright and just. The current villains have all fallen short of that Mab glory, but the new antagonist crew, The Circle, is more like the Illuminati.

According to Fletcher’s notes as well as the intel Gin has gathered, The Circle is actually the force behind Mab Monroe and every malevolent scoundrel controlling Ashland’s underworld. It was also established that Gin’s Mother was a member of the Circle. Thus, Gin wants to know everything about this secretive entity.

When Finn inherits a Wild West theme park and hotel form his mother Diedre, Gin and the gang go there to divine what secrets Deidre stored there. It was just what Finn needed to deal with the betrayal by his mother while reestablishing his reputation at the Bank where he worked.

The story was as good as all the stories I’ve read in this series. There is no series with such entertaining fighting scenes. Gin’s wit always amuses me and her cooking recipes makes me hungry.

I am enticed by the new direction the author is taking the series. I can’t wait to learn more about The Circle and Gin’s mother Ora Snow.

The Little Crow by Caitlin Ricci

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the-little-crowTitle: The Little Crow by Caitlin Ricci
Series: Heart of Darkness, #1
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Pages: 161 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Detective Jamison Landry’s job isn’t easy. He’s dealt with the worst criminals imaginable and believes in his work and the community he serves. But he’s never met someone quite like Mal before.

The mysterious man, rescued from a basement in which he was chained by cultists, keeps Jamison guessing. He both confuses and excites him, and Jamison isn’t sure how he feels about that. Plus, things turn from unusual to downright strange when people start insisting Mal isn’t quite human. And Jamison’s creepy dreams of crows and graveyards don’t make things any better for him.

Will Mal stay around long enough for Jamison to figure out his secrets, or will this stranger leave him aching for more?

one-half-stars


This is my Yeah, Okay Sure Face. I still don’t know what the eff is going on face.

 

I’m going to be super serious here, I don’t even understand the story. I don’t know what the point is. I mean it’s not really a romance. From the first time Mal is on the scene it’s weird. It was manipulations, and choppy sentences. The plot didn’t make much sense to me. I didn’t like Mal, and Jamison was clueless. That’s the safest way I can describe him. Without giving away the plot (**snorts** if you want to call it that), I still didn’t get the story. It was slow, and halfway through it I wanted to chuck it. I didn’t like the writing of the story. Everything felt disjointed from the pacing of the story to the characters themselves. The ending was abrupt which was not needed even thought a sequel was in the works. I can’t recommend this book, because I didn’t even like it.

About Caitlin Ricci

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful husband and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.
2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist- Young Adult Fiction- Lost and Found Charity Anthology
2014 Rainbow Awards Winner- Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance, and second runner up for Best Lesbian Book – Camellia, written with Cari Z

All Hallows’ Eve by Annabelle Jacobs

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ajAll Hallows’ Eve: by Annabelle Jacobs
Release Date: Ocotber 5, 2016
Pages: 248 • Format: eARC
Published By: Annabelle Jacobs
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Will a centuries-old broken heart ruin the promise of new love?

Dominic Ashworth is descended from a long line of witches, although the family practice of witchcraft died out generations ago. Forever connected to a dark history, the house he grew up in remained in the Ashworth family for generations until his estranged father sold it.

On a mission to check out the new owners, Dominic runs into Caleb Jones and gives the gorgeous man his phone number—but getting a date should be the last thing on Dominic’s agenda.

Caleb and his best friend, Zach Briceworth, are oblivious to the heartache and magic tied to the foundations of their new home. When strange things start to happen, the truth emerges and surprises them both, especially as everything revolves around Caleb’s new love interest.

After a shaky start, Caleb and Dominic settle into an easy relationship, falling faster than either of them expected. But with Halloween approaching, the possibility of danger increases. The past is not always as it seems, and the ripples of a tragic event threaten to put an end to everything between them.

three-half-stars

First thing first, I really love the cover. Liked the colors and the feel to the story just from the cover. This was a lot milder then I expected it to be. It wasn’t Lisa Henry scarey, and I’m okay with that. It was mixture of two stories that didn’t intertwine that well to me. We have the romance between present day Dominic & Caleb, and the paranormal side from Dominic’s descendants. I enjoyed the history of the house, the ghost story and Dominic’s family tree. It was tragedy with what happened between Alexander & Liam, but it did feel real in the sense that Dominic & his family have dedicated their entire lives to protect this secret.

I’ll start off with the romance. Like most relationships or when you generally meet someone new you don’t start off in a lie. Dominic didn’t think he’d fall for Caleb, but it’s to late to do anything when you wasn’t exactly honest about the arrangement. If we put that aside I did like them together. I wanted a little bit more steam from these two. I do think they were cute together and definitely have the potential to be greater as the story progressed. I am going to be honest Dominic and his sister got on my nerves. I get it, it’s the family business at stake, but bloody hell can the romance be the focal point for a while. Zach didn’t even annoy me that much. Aside from those little feelings regarding the coupledom, I liked them a lot. We have a couple obvious scenarios but I am not picky and they factored in okay.

As for the paranormal, it was fairly easy to see where this was going. I liked the little twist at the end. The mystery gets resolved pretty quickly. I wouldn’t dare want to be from these descendants I tell you that much. I think Liam & Alexander’s story is a big part of this. Without these two then Caleb & Dominic story doesn’t get told. When the big showdown happened, I’d like the think of it as a Hocus Pocus moment. It is my favorite Halloween movie after all.

All in all, I think it was an okay read. Kinda low steam, and low angst. Okay romance and paranormal aspect. I’d recommend to people who don’t really like horror but a little mystery and boo is what they want. I do appreciate it more because these boys are British and they went as two of my favorite people for Halloween!

About Annabelle Jacobs

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Unacceptable Risk by Kaje Harper

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Unacceptable Risk: by Kaje Harper
Series: Hidden Wolves, #1
Release Date:October 4, 2011
Pages: 330 • Format:eARC
Published By: MLR Press
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Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he’s twice damned. Even his Alpha’s grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.

four-stars

I really enjoyed this take on shifters. It was more of a realistic aspect then most of the paranormal romances out there. I think Kaje did a great job on selling the story and making it seem more real. I enjoyed the feeling of this could really be happening, but it’s in Minnesota so thank God. LOL. It wasn’t the insta-love, and mate bond that I usually read and enjoy. I can have refine taste when it comes to my shifters.

It was a slow burner. I mean it’s not that much of a complaint really. I think the author was just taking her time and writing something that she was proud of. It was well thought out, and super believable. I enjoyed the pacing of the story. She took all the elements of my favorite shifters stories, and made it into something magical.

Simon & Paul were amazing. Through in the fact that Paul isn’t gay but seems to be attracted to this enigma named Simon, and it’s beautiful. I felt all the emotions that both guys were going through. When the action was there it was crazy good. I read this book in one setting. I really was amazed at the connection that I was feeling for these characters. I loved Simon and how he was unapologetic at all the things he had going on in his life. It was basically an outcast in the pack, but he stood his ground. He was unapologetic at Paul for falling for him. It was a shocker to Simon as much as it was to Paul. Poor Paul, his response is exactly how I would feel if I was him in this scenario. I would be shocked, and freaking scared as well. It was super fast for Paul. First being attracted to a man, then finding out about werewolves, then mating and meeting said werewolves. I would have grabbed my passport and dipped. I’m just being honest. They government ain’t locking my ass up unless it’s Derek Hale being my mate. I really enjoyed the building of their relationship. Yes, I feel like it wasn’t enough. At least because Paul had all these reservations. It was a lot to process.

It’s a lot of pack politics in this book. Simon is in the pack and only a few people talk to him. His alpha is having all these problems dealing with the pack and on top of that the pack’s #2 is trying hard to take over. It was a few times in the story that I felt like it was taking away from the potential time of Simon & Paul. It was a lot to deal with, and Karl was one scary mofo. Goodness, I just wanted someone to take him out at the first mention of him. I did enjoy the outcome of the plot a lot. I’m looking forward to more from this series. I can’t wait to read more with Simon & Paul as well.

About Kaje Harper

I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submit something, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month before Life Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.

I now have a decent backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better. I have an author page on Goodreads where I do a lot of book reviews, and this blog is reposted there.

You can find me to chat on my author page on Goodreads most easily – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.

You can also email me : kajeharper ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com or find me on Facebook –