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Release Date-March 30th 2015 Genre-Paranormal post-apocalyptic Romance

Kindle Edition-267 pages

The daughter of a radical doomsday prepper, Leo Marrok spent her entire life preparing for the end. A skilled fighter and perfect marksman, Leo is her father’s second-in-command when Armageddon comes to pass. Together, they lead a group of survivors to a secure bunker deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

Vincent Marrok is willing to take extreme measures to repopulate their broken world. Leo’s refusal marks her as a traitor. With father and daughter at odds for the first time, their frail community is thrust into turmoil. Until the unthinkable happens, a blood-thirsty horde arrives. The impending attack will destroy all that they have worked for.

To protect her home and everything she believes in, Leo puts her faith in the arms of the enemy—a creature only rumoured to exist—the one she calls Halloween. An alliance born out of necessity evolves into feelings Leo is ill-equipped to handle.

The Dead Days Journal is a post-apocalyptic story of love and family told through Leo Marrok’s first-hand account and the pages of Vincent’s personal journal, giving two very different perspectives on what it takes to survive.

Mature themes, adult language, sexual situations, violence and gore. 18+

The Dead Days Journal: Volume 1 by Sandra R. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now, this was a book I was so looking forward to reading. The Dead Days Journal: volume 1 was a delight to read, what started out as a very believable post-apocalyptic accounting of life after major catastrophic events have decimated the world’s population quickly turned into a visual feast of the nastier side of human behaviour and the lengths individuals we think we know will go to. basic premise is Leo who is a very capable, quick-witted and loyal female, lives in a community started by her father who is a doomsday prepper she’s his second in command until the time comes that she disagrees with his orders and with this she becomes enemy number one, I could say much more in more elaborate detail but really don’t want to ruin it for others. we have Leo strong sassy girl, Ben silent hero totally gaga for our feisty Leo Jack the shifty friend, Vincent, Leos very cuckoo & strange father Lincoln the slightly immature 11-year-old brother AND WAIT FOR IT (I’ve saved the best for last ) Orrin AKA Halloween The vampire (yes you heard right Vampire) with claws, fangs and a need for human blood, that for once is not all sparkles, and his bite makes me swoon with the pleasure oh my!!!! It bloody hurts A LOT!!!! you know razor-sharp teeth slicing through the skin would tend to sting a bit I would think. Leo Makes a deal with her Halloween that with his help they will protect her family from the horde that is attacking them, she will go with him to his island without any resistance. so Halloween agrees to Leo’s deal and prepares to go up against his own kind. There is so much more to this tale but if you want to know more you are going to have to experience The Dead Days Journal for yourself, go on you definitely won’t be disappointed its a great read that kept me thoroughly entertained throughout. I Received a copy of this E-Book and this is my honest unbiased opinion.

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Release Date-May 23rd 2017 Publisher-Kindle Press Genre-Futuristic Romance

Kindle Edition-419 pages

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five-year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now out of all the Disney Tales Beauty & The Beast has got to be my all time favorite story, I’m a sucker for the plucky maiden and the misunderstood disfigured hero, so it stands to reason Ensnared and myself would fit together like a cuppa & biccy, a dog & a bone, and it did. From the moment i started reading i was fascinated by this totally different and somewhat weird retelling of a futuristic beauty & the beast. It shouldn’t have worked but it did. I found myself cheering on Alainne as she pretended to be Rose 76GF and i got very caught up in the whole tale. Alainne herself i found to be a very unselfish individual, all she wanted was to help her dad and if that meant putting herself out well, so be it. There was also some past issues that she still has trouble coming to terms with, this gives her a bit of a hero complex as she wants to save everyone, even at the cost of her own safety. Now Lorccan Garbhan, mmm what to make of him as a character, I would say that our Mr Garbhan is quite a strange fella, isolated from society by what i surmise where very paranoid unloving parents, Lorccan has evolved into an eccentric anxious individual, afraid of the outside world, he is also heavily scarred which adds to his apprehension of outsiders. Lorccan Wants a robot to help teach him to interact with others mainly a love interest Shelby who he has only spoken to on the phone. I don’t want to give much more away I will just say, that I couldn’t help smiling as these two emotionally scarred people fell for each other, It was lovely watching them both discover each other a calm before the storm. there is action, love, drama, psychotic robots and cute robot monkeys. I would have liked a slightly different ending, not as open-ended, but that in no way takes away from this marvelously inventive tale and is just a personal preference, give this whimsical story a go, you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it, I devoured Ensnared in one sitting it hooked me like a duck. I received a free e-arc of this ebook from NetGalley for a review and this is my own honest opinion.

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Release Date-March 14th 2017 Publisher-Mirror Press Genre-Historical Fiction Kindle Edition-212 pages

“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to centre stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

where to start, I can honestly say that Condemn me not by Heather B Moore blew me away with how absorbing I found it. I have always been interested in history and have had a fascination in what I have heard about the Salem witch trials. But as where past publications have focused more on the proceedings and accusations, and I found even through being gripped and appallingly focused on these disgustingly disgraceful and inhumane actions from supposedly human Christian beings, that it was the achingly beautiful love story between Susannah and George that set this apart. everything else, in my opinion, was background noise to the real story, the human being behind the supposed witch Susannah North Martin the mother, the sister, the daughter and wife and what a woman she was.The whole time I was reading I was on the verge of tears the contrast to the young Susannah starting off her life journey and then being in that awful cell facing that abysmal future of death by hanging and knowing she had also lost her George seven years earlier well it really got to me (second book this year to make me cry sigh). I think it was also the knowledge that the author was Susannah’s descendant and knowing that we are dealing with real historical events it just made it more vivid and real, I just wanted Susannah and George to be reunited even if it was in death. my overall impression of condemn me not is this is a profound deeply emotional piece of history and fiction beautifully woven together. I received a free e-copy of this book and this is my own honest opinion.
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Release Date-September 1st 2016 Genre-Dark Dystopian Romance

Kindle Edition-302 pages

There is a greater threat than the virus.

Locked safely away in Shepherd’s nest, Claire is unaware of what stirs above ground. Her time is occupied fighting a war of another kind. Due to her mate’s relentless exploitation of their pair-bond, the nature of their link has grown consuming to the point that Claire has difficulty differentiating where her feelings begin and his end.

Under its influence, she’s forced to sense the man behind the monster. She can feel the truth of his terrible history. Claire can see the source of madness that drives Shepherd to do such terrible things: Svana.

His mate is desperate to open his eyes, but no matter Claire’s progress, Svana is not yet done with him.

Thólos is coming apart at the seams, and Shepherd’s men can do nothing to stop it. A real war is coming, and unless the Alpha tyrant is willing to pay the ultimate price, everything he has sacrificed will have been for nothing.

Reborn, the final instalment in Addison Cain’s bestselling Alpha’s Claim trilogy, is a dark Omegaverse tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. This is not your typical romance with an HEA. If such material offends you, please do not purchase

Reborn by Addison Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Epically heartbreaking.

How to summarize Reborn to adequately express in my opinion how amazingly well written and addictive this story was, expressing myself without giving away any spoilers, that would ruin it for others is not an easy feat, but here goes, this third installment in the alpha’s claim series was beautifully heartbreaking but was also the most romantic in terms of emotions and feelings. The love between our two main characters Claire the omega and Shepherd the Alpha actually shone from the pages you didn’t need the words from Claire to know she loved shepherd even if she had a hard time admitting it to herself. Shepherd well I feel from reborn the main thing that came across was his immense need to experience real love, something he has never really had defiantly not from his psychotic ex lover, he just wants Claire to love him he has realised and regrets past actions but genially believes, if wrongly, he did them out of love to keep his mate safe . questions are answered and actions are explained everything is running so smoothly then, and this is the part I struggled with absolute tragic MAYHEM!!!! What I hated most about this story is actually what made it so epic and makes Addison Cain such a good writer, you can never imagine what is coming round the corner, a total train wreck of a storyline . I hoped, I prayed and I bawled my eyes out ,and believe me getting me to cry is a feat in itself, I have the emotional range of a teaspoon usually and very few books make me cry well this did i was absolutely gutted . My heart was in my throat till the final words luckily I was left with a profound sense of hope that I am clinging to. A brilliant piece of fiction that I really enjoyed.

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Release Date-June 3rd 2016 Genre-Dark Dystopian Romance Kindle Edition-209 pages

Claire has a score to settle.

Unwilling mate to the brute who viciously conquered her city, she has fled her Alpha. Hardened by betrayal, cold as the ice outside the Dome no matter how warm her savior’s embrace might be, Claire becomes the mission. The Omegas must be freed, no matter the cost.

For once, Shepherd finds himself facing an adversary he cannot simply crush, the situation far out of his depth. Desperate to draw his mate back, racked and restless, he is forced to acknowledge that his pregnant Omega is willing to sacrifice her life for her false notion of a greater good.

He holds the key to her compliance and his dying mate’s survival—all he must do is give her exactly what she wants.

Born to be Broken is the second book in Addison Cain’s bestselling Alpha’s Claim trilogy, an unabashedly dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. If you enjoy gritty fiction and suspense that sticks long after you’ve finished reading, this series is not to be missed.

Born to be Broken by Addison Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alphas and omegas

Born to be broken didn’t disappoint, i started this book so angry that shepherd would betray his omega mate Claire with that viper of a woman and as I can now mention my opinion about the previous actions in book one of shepherd without spoiling it for other readers here we go, in a word idiotic gullible fool, obviously doesn’t realise when he’s being played. just shows how absorbing and well written this book is that I could continue reading and still rate it so high as this sort of betrayal is usually a hard limit for me I like my antihero’s to be faithful even when there at there most wicked , call me picky but its something I find hard to forgive and its a major turn off for me. this book mainly deals with the consequences of these actions and shepherds attempts to woo Claire back to him. We also see shepherd try to open up and be more transparent even slightly mellowing, That’s All I’m going to say other than enjoy I did.

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Release Date-October 20th 2017 Publisher-Escape Publishing Genre-Clean Contempary Romance

Kindle Edition-352 pages

All’s Faire in love and war…

Connie leads a double life. During the week, she is an up-and-coming designer and dressmaker, creating sleek, elegant gowns for the wealthy elite. But come the weekend, Connie becomes Lady Constance, a member of the House Felicitous at the local Renaissance Faire, creating beautiful historical garments for herself and her friends and teaching dancing to fair attendees. Fearing loss of business should her stylish clientèle discover her extracurricular activities, Connie keeps her professional life and her faire life carefully separate. However, everything changes when she’s saved from certain death by Sir Justin: a rising star in the joust and an actual knight in shining armour.

Behind his mask as Sir Justin, Dominic is confident and charismatic, but out of his armour, his courage fails him, and to his own horror he finds himself accidentally pretending to be his own best friend. Suddenly, he is in Connie’s life as two different men: the elusive Sir Justin who courts her over the internet and from behind a suit of armour and Justin’s ‘best friend’ Dominic who hangs out at her apartment and helps her move. The lie only grows bigger and Sir Justin finds himself faced with the most frightening challenge he can imagine: extricating himself from his lie and winning Connie’s heart as his true self.

But there’s something rotten afoot at the Faire, something that threatens its future, the community that has grown there, and even Sir Justin’s life. Will Lady Constance find the courage to step up and risk everything to defend her friends, save the Faire, and rescue her knight?

The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding a Knight by Anna Klein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS “The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding a Knight” by Anna Klein Well Well Well!!! What a little gem this was. And It’s not very often I read a completely clean, no hanky-panky romance and actually enjoy it. But this one just really appealed to me so I thought I would give it a chance. And I’m so not joking folks, this is clean with a capital “C” there was one little kiss at the end of the book and it wasn’t even a passion filled snog, just a sweet couple second smooch and you know what, it made my girly romantic heart go pitter-patter. So “The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding a Knight” is a clean contemporary romance that features heavily around the Renaissance Faire. Connie is a dressmaker in the week but come the weekend she is lady Constance, Dominic is a software programmer in his day to day job, and in his leisure, he is Lord Justin competing in jousts and making his own armour. After Dom saves Connie from a runaway vehicle he tracks her down to ask her out but lacking self-confidence he manages to get himself in a right muddle pretending to be his own best friend. What follows is a very amusing tale full of twists, turns and even intrigue and it was such a delight to settle in and read. Connie and Dominic are both such likeable characters. Dom is so obviously completely smitten over Connie and Connie herself is so confused by her feelings for what she thinks is two men. Also just have to mention Lucas the best friend, he was a hoot probably my favourite person in this story, he had all the best lines. So “The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding a Knight” is a romance of old, it has a lovely old world feel to it, it shows a proper courtship between two imperfect people, both with a bucket load of insecurities to boot. I was charmed all the way as Connie and dom found there own sweet HEA. I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the Author for providing me with an arc of this book, this is my own honest opinion.

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