Saved by Darkness (Darkness #6) by Katie Reus

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Saved by Darkness

by Katie Reus
Darkness Series
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

He thought he lost her decades ago.

Half-demon, half-dragon shifter Ian McCabe is hellbent on getting back the only woman he’s ever loved. When Fiona O’Riley kicked him out of her life decades ago, he thought she was gone for good. Now that she’s back, nothing will stop him from claiming her. But she wants nothing to do with him—or his family.

She’ll do anything to save him.

Fiona knows that Ian is the only male for her. The only way to keep him alive is to stay away from him. But when tragedy strikes and they discover a wicked agenda for the mass murder of humans, they must work together to take down the enemies that threaten everyone. But there’s so much more on the line. As their undeniable desire intensifies, they’re faced with an unbearable choice. If Fiona and Ian succumb to their temptation, mating could be the last thing they ever do.

About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Darkness series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

For more information on Katie please visit her website: www.katiereus.com. Also find her on twitter @katiereus or visit her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/katiereusauthor.

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About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Darkness series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

Clear: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park

Clear: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Parkon 2015-03-09
Pages: 260
AmazonNarrator: Arielle DeLisle
Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.

A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.
two-stars

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This book started interesting enough with a young Stella Ford in the hospital after her father and sister got into a car accident while out buying her a birthday present. Apparently, there was a fatality and Stella’s mother blamed Stella for the reason her husband and daughter are embroiled in this tragedy. Stella’s mother begins her reign of terror against Stella.

After years of intense of verbal abuse, Stella runs away from home to find Sam Bishop, a stranger who once showed her kindness while Stella was in the waiting room after the car accident long ago that changed the course of her life.

Once in Maine and with Sam Bishop, Stella starts discovering who she is really is and begins to enjoy life again…and then the story takes a Twilight Zone-ish turn.

What started as contemporary new adult romance turned into a supernatural, paranormal romance with the addition of Sam Bishop’s best friend Costa Jordan. The story about self discovery and healing morphed into a story about adrenaline chasing by “Death Tripping”.
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This second half of the story is where it fell apart for me going from a 3-4 star to almost DNF:
1. Gone was the story about Stella and her mother’s toxic relationship.
2. Gone was the story about Stella and her confusion.
3. Gone was the touching embrace of Stella by Sam Bishop’s family, in favor of an overdose of Costa.
4. Gone was the story about fixing Stella, but fixing Sam and Costa. Which was a weird relationship of brothers, best friends, sexual partner, competitor. Honestly, their relationship boggled the mind.
5. Gone was “honest yet hurting” Sam, replaced by one with half truths essentially drawing Stella into his drama with Costa without giving her an out.

Other problems was the unresolved issues with her sister & mother, her father, and a promising college stint in favor of what is tantamount to chasing a high. While I tried to find sympathy for Costa, he was just so immature and self centered. His loss obviously affected him but he used it as a sword against all around him. The price for Costa’s healing threatened to consume Stella, Sam and by extension the Bishop family who have been so good to him.

I just disliked this twist in the story especially the ending reveal. That was the most galling part of the story–that we are to believe that Costa never remembered the day of his loss. The second moment that changed his life. #unbelievable

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This book turned out to be an utter disappointment for me. I am grateful that I have previously read Flat-Out Love before I read this book and Left Drowning or I would have been completely unaware of how good this author’s writing can really be.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for honest review.

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmonon November 18th, 2014
Pages: 333
AmazonNarrator: J. D. Jackson, Tavia Gilbert
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If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
four-half-stars

WOW. Amy Harmon tells a compelling story. I didn’t give it a five star because I don’t think I can ever listen to this one again but it was a five star read. Some of the things in this book were just too painful and real to me. What an awesome read!

17 year old Georgia Shepherd worked on her family’s ranch/farm, assisting her parents who help damaged kids using Equine Therapy. Moses Wright came to the Shepherd’s for help because he kept getting in trouble and his grandmother was at a loss on how to help him. Moses had been abandoned at a laundromat by his drug addicted mother. So Moses has had difficulty relating to others and adjusting to life .

Moses is the kind of guy Georgia’s parents wanted her to stay away from but she was drawn to him. She saw the person inside that he hid from everyone. She was persistent and eventually penetrated his rough exterior. I adored Georgia and her spirit. She was smart, kind and tolerant. Moses–well, he was a roller coaster for me. I felt bad for Moses in the beginning, then I hated him in the middle, then I gave him the gift of forgiveness in the end. He definitely was a complex character and he didn’t make it easy for me to connect with him. That’s why Amy Harmon is awesome. She can write multidimensional characters that we have to struggle with how we feel about them. They were very much human to me and I felt their pain as well as their joy. I like how the author always manages to infuse a little religion into the books but stops short of being preachy.

I cried in this one and I just wished for everyone in the book to remove their blinders and see what was right in front of them. This was the kind of book that one feels very satisfied at the end, like how a nice dessert completes a nice meal. I felt full! I liked the relationship between the Shepherd family; I loved Moses’s connection with his grandma. I loved when he finally understood the visits and their significance. Most importantly, I loved when he understood why he was brought back home. I it was a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and forgiveness. I think I have read almost every book of her and I can’t wait for The Song of David next week.

Special Thanks to Tantor Media for the audiobook review copy

About Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in thirteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written ten novels – including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Choice finalist in Fantasy.

King’s (The King Trilogy, #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

King’s (The King Trilogy, #1) by Mimi Jean PamfiloffSeries:
on 2014-05-07
Pages: 292
AmazonB&NNarrator: Helen Wick
A NEW, DARK FANTASY
FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, MIMI
JEAN PAMFILOFF

 “I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price
is you.”

When Mia Turner’s brother goes missing in
Mexico, while on an archaeological dig, she believes that life couldn’t get
much worse. But when she’s blocked at every turn from finding answers, by both
local and U.S. authorities, she must turn to a man she swears is the devil.

Others might be fooled by his private jet,
fine tailored suits, and disarming smile, but Mia knows something dark,
sinister, and unnatural lurks behind those penetrating, pale-gray eyes. And the
more she learns, the more she realizes she may never be free again. 
two-half-stars

This is my first book by the author even though I have seen her other series a lot. I thought it was a pretty weak book 1. Normally, introductory books lay foundation and introduce us to the characters, but I didn’t feel like I really got to know the main players in this story.

Mia Turner received word that her brother, who was traveling in Mexico with some buddies, was kidnapped. Mia went to a mercenary for help rescuing her brother. She offered King money in exchanged for his assistance but King refused her money.
King agreed to help Mia but his payment is “her”. He wanted to OWN Mia. In the first half of the book, King’s attitude grated my nerves. I began noticing that every other page, Mia called King, the devil, evil, deranged or some version of those words. Then Mia would alternate those negative words with comments on King’s perfect appearance. So she hated him but she was very attracted to him. This cat and mouse game went on for most of the book as King tested how far he could push Mia. As the story progressed, the author added in some supernatural elements. For instance, it became clear that both King and Mia had “gifts” and they tried to use to them to rescue Mia’s only brother who was actually involved in a sinister artifact scheme. The supernatural elements didn’t seem to add any real substance to the story. I hope it plays a much more significant role in second book.

The dialogue with Mia and King was stilted in places that I wished the author has just decided to pair them because the back and forth teasing, while in the next sentence Mia would proclaim King to be a monster, got too repetitive. I found King a lot less annoying toward the end of the book, and I think my curiosity of who he really is will be enough motivation to continue with the second book. Be warned, the first book ended in a cliffhanger though it wasn’t a huge one. I hope the author will add more substance to both the plot and to the characters in the sequel.

*A Special Thank you to Tantor Media for the review audiobook.

My Soul Immortal (Fated Eternals #1) by Jen Printy

My Soul Immortal (Fated Eternals #1) by Jen PrintySeries: Fated Eternals #1
on February 15th 2014
Pages: 310 pages
An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once.
three-half-stars

Jack Hammond, an old soul, was wandering and bemoaning the fact that he can’t die, yet he lost people he loved. He was especially tormented by the loss of his lady Love Lydia. I thought he was a vampire, clearly the author kept what kind of supernatural entity Jack was a mystery. One thing we knew was that Jack was almost 200 hundred years old.

After a robbery incident forced Jack to flee LA, he ended up in Portland Maine where he ran into a dead ringer for his lost love except this woman’s name was Leah. Still, Jack’s soul felt that this Leah must be Lydia returned to him somehow. So why he tried to avoid her, they were drawn together until they couldn’t deny their bond anymore.

I didn’t enjoy the beginning due to Jack’s disposition. He was depressed as he lost Lydia and he was in constant despair. When he met Leah, I knew he would have something new to focus on, and the story picked up considerably.
I thought the writing was very good, but the plot wasn’t as interesting to me.
The introduction of Artagan definitely added some spicy to the story and gave it more depth. The first half as barely a 3 but the second half was closer to a 4.

A Reason To Believe by Diana Copland

A Reason To Believe by Diana Coplandon October 22nd, 2012
Pages: 217 pages
AmazonNarrator: Jack LeFleur
Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core--and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan's been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he's willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees--but love offers a reason to believe

A really good audibook. Excellent book to start the month with!

This book starts of with Detective Matthew Bennett getting a missing child call. After the police has a taken a look around, Matt hears a little girl. He follows her voice and eventually her to discover her body and is quickly placed on administrative leave by his superiors. They also order him to see the department psychologist because they think he is losing it.
See, 15 months ago, Matt lost his work partner of 3 years, who also was his romantic partner. He never took time off to properly grief, so Matt’s vision has to be the grief he is feeling. Only, Matt’s sister in law and best friend Sheila thinks supernatural things occur and that he shouldn’t dismiss what happened to him as crazy business. She takes him to see renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick and the two of them set off to solve the mystery of why the dead girl Abby chose to appear to Matt AND who hurt this little girl. It was definitely off the record as Matt was on leave and the medium is not part of the police department.

The subject was a sad murder, but solving it became a form of catharsis for both Matt and Kiernan. Damage from the past has kept them from truly connecting with others, but their sisters (Shiela and Aidan) were the pillars that kept the guys erect.

I love the way the story was written. even though it wasn’t a love story, there was revelation and justice and love in this story. It kept me interested from page one until the end and I felt very satisfied at the conclusion. I would love a sequel to this one!