Dark, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Beauty’s War (Gods Reborn) / Claire Marta & Anna Edwards /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-28th August 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition

Vicky

I thought I knew who I was. A girl from Devon with a love of drawing.
A trip to Rome has ancient forces at work I never knew existed.
Beauty in my world has died.

Can he save me from the encroaching darkness?

 

Mars

I’m the God of War. The God of Masculinity.
If I want something I take it such is the power, I wield.

How is it possible, one human woman can bring me to my knees?

History tells us of mighty God’s that once ruled the Earth, what it doesn’t say, is that over time their powers were suppressed by hatred, violence, and suffering. Many have forgotten their true nature and those that remain behind strive for balance. Welcome to the world of the Gods reborn, a place where emotions can destroy a planet, supremacy is the ultimate goal and the possibility of love can change everything that we know forever.

Please be warned this book may contain triggers for some.

 

 

Beauty's War (Gods Reborn)

Beauty’s War by Claire Marta
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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Was excited to read a collaboration between these two authors as they are both ones I have loved previously.
And this was for me, for the most part, was great; It has so much to recommend itself and was such an easy read to get lost in.
Focusing on the Roman gods, the basic premise here is that Jupiter the king of the gods has a law firm in Rome that he runs with the help of his godly offspring.
This is a front to help and assist mankind in an ongoing war with his brother Pluto the god of the underworld.
Pluto also has a rival firm and his end game is to cause as much chaos and evil insanity in direct opposition to his family’s directive.
His goal; to totally eradicate life for the humans as they know it and he will use any means necessary to achieve this objective.
Including a goddess who has no idea of her original origins.
So this is the story of the god of war Mars; a lawyer working on the side of good for his father’s Law firm.
Tasked with befriending the newly awakening goddess of beauty and love Venus and protecting her from his uncle Pluto it’s not long before events start to escalate leaving behind destruction and devastation in its wake.
So for me, the fallout here was rather shocking and was not quite what I was expecting from this.
This is where things lost a bit of there glitter and shine for me as this was so much darker than what I was actually expecting.
Please do be aware there are some dark situations depicted in Beauty’s War (Gods Reborn).
My rating reflects my struggle with this dark material and is no way a reflection on these authors combined talent; this was as expected excellently written.
Despite my pains with the overall brutality here I still did enjoy this.
I adore anything mythology related and this had that in spades.
This was such an imaginative perspective on the gods, one that I truly appreciated.
It had some extremely likeable characters alongside the dregs of humanity and beyond.
Such a real vivid contrast of extremes that when placed side by side really reflected this picture back so starkly.
This on reflection eas such an interesting beginning to a new series.
I for one will be watching keenly to see where this is heading.
Just be aware as I mentioned earlier that this was extremely dark and brutal in some places so please do avoid if this is an issue for you.
Thank you to the authors for providing me with a Review copy of “Beauty’s War” (Gods Reborn) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

AMAZON UK
AMAZON US

Erotic, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Ryze Series 1-2 (Ryze #2.5) / N. Isabelle Blanco /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-24th May 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition

Includes the first 10 chapters of Blood Drenched Conquest, book 3 in the Ryze Series! 

+Blood Flows Deep+

Fourteen-thousand years ago, I locked away my powers.
The loss of one woman took everything from me. I made a deal to wait. To sacrifice an innocent that would be born in the far future to bring my beloved back.
Then I laid eyes on that girl . . . and everything I thought I knew got shredded to shit.
She’s reawakened the monster in me.
The madness.
The hunger.
The creature that demands a taste of her flesh.
Even worse, for the first time in my long, brutal existence, the monster is demanding her blood.
I’ve mated to my victim.
I’ll have no choice but to keep my promise. I have to sacrifice her. And the moment I do . . .
We’re both going to die.

+Blood Stained Tranquility+

Within the red and black shadows of doom, all I see are my victims. The sinners I need to destroy.
And her.
Always her.
I want to despise her for what her past did to me. A single look into her eyes and the creature trapped inside me broke free.
You see, I’m a fucking sham. A pretender. I wasn’t born as Zeniel, God of Tranquility.
I was born as Mavrak, the war demon God of Vengeance.
He killed millions across the dimensions once.
To avenge and protect her, he’ll destroy millions once again.
For her, I’ll let my powers of Tranquility die in a maelstrom of blood . . .
Even if it means killing everyone else that I love.

Ryze Series 1-2

Ryze Series 1-2 by N. Isabelle Blanco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars
REVIEW COPY.
Release Date-24/5/18

So this is a re-release of book one and two in N. Isabelle Blanco’s fantastic Ryze series.
It also has an additional bonus of the first ten chapters of “Blood Drenched Conquest” book three; and its worth buying for that fact alone.
So I’ve broken this down into two separate camps; to give you more of an impression of where my thoughts were going with these two excellent stories.
But really to me, this could easily read as one extra weighty action-packed volume of deliciousness just waiting to be devoured by the reader.
On a side note, the cover art used for this particular series is gorgeous and would make me want to read it for that fact alone
so here goes.

Blood Flows Deep (Ryze #1)
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Blood Flows Deep (Ryze #1) by N. Isabelle Blanco was a really great start to what is shaping up to be a fantastic new series.
I’m not a newcomer to this author having previously read her Voyeur collaboration; which incidentally I adored.
But this was so different to anything I expected, and I mean that in a completely positive way.
This was just so imaginative and though I was expecting Ismini and Dyletri’s story here what we got was just so much more.
Dyletri is the god of lust and Ismini; the female Dy has waited aeons for; not for his own but to sacrifice to the fates to bring back his lost love Diminthia.
Well, that was never going to end well ay?
So moving on here “Blood Flows Deep” was so rich in truly developed characters; who displayed such individualism and diversity it was an actual pleasure to experience.
While this story was developing; the author was weaving such an intricate web; with so many overlaps and intricacies, it was truly a staggering feat.
The only reason I didn’t rate this much higher was there were certain incidences in the fabric of this tale that were not to my taste; however this authors story welding skills; were truly a super-power and for that reason alone you need to read this.
After this book, you will definitely need to soldier on regardless; it was like a compulsion to get to that fated finale.
This is told from multiple POV; I usually can’t abide this at all; here I loved it; it just seemed to fit the author’s way of narrating.
this truly was a pleasure to read and it was only some slight personal preferences that pulled this down.
Onwards and upwards to the next exciting, action-filled episode of this series.

Blood Stained Tranquility (Ryze, #2)
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This was the second instalment in N. Isabelle Blanco’s “Ryze” series and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Starting immediately where we previously left off “Blood Stained Tranquility (Ryze, #2)” is everything its predecessor was and more.
This slightly has the edge for me in terms of content; there wasn’t really much I didn’t like here, and if book one was a good read; this was a fabulous one.
Here we have Evesse from book one and Zeniel; her new mate; who also happens to be the God of Tranquility along with something a little extra; almost like a two for one-er.
Zeniel is battling his dual personality here and you really get such a feel for the agony he is currently enveloped in.
This was such an emotional read; so much more so than the first book in this series.
Don’t get me wrong; that had plenty of emotion too; this just takes it to a whole new level of meaning; I was transfixed throughout.
As usual, the action here was off the hook, both in and out the bedroom.
And yes, I’m speaking metaphorically here; the gods between these pages didn’t actually care where they fornicated and their antics were smoking hot with it.
This is again told from multiple POV’s and adds; if it’s even possible; more new characters to an already overflowing cast.
You would think this would be an issue; keeping straight all the multiple pathways and individuals; it’s not.
This was actually really easy to follow along with despite the huge cast.
Quite the story-weaver was our author.
There is so much potential for story growth here that I’m mega excited to see where this goes.
This was a really fantastic imaginative read and I’m so looking forward to the next in the series.

Thank You to the Author for providing me with a review copy of “Ryze Series 1-2 ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Humorous, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

🍁Book Review🍁 Of Incubus By Celia Aaron🍁

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                       🍁Book – Review🍁

Release Date – 22nd October 2017
Genre-Dark – Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition – 300 Pages

An incubus who feeds off the sexual desires of others, Roth de Lis has never been denied the pleasure of a woman’s body…until now. Lilah, once a warrior maiden in the service of a goddess, languishes on earth after being cast out from the slopes of Mount Olympus.
Lilah will do anything to return home, including betraying Roth. As she spins her web of lies, Roth begins a slow, wicked seduction that eventually threatens to consume them both. But when Lilah’s deceit comes to light, will their torrid love affair be able to overcome a pact with the darkest of gods?

IncubusIncubus by Celia Aaron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS
Love Celia Aarons work and as what I have read previously is of a contemporary nature (The Acquisition series) I was excited to see what she would produce in regards to a paranormal offering.
“Incubus” was a really great start to a new series.
It did initially take me a short while to get into the groove with this, but when I did this was magic in motion.
I really do feel this may have been more to do with the fact that I have not read this genre for a while so I was a bit out of whack overall.
So anyway incubus is about Roth de Lis an Incubus and Lilah, once the warrior of the goddess Artemis, expelled from her home on Mount Olympus after falling for and succumbing to the charms of a male.
Lilah will do anything to earn her place back at her goddesses side.
Including making a deal with the god of war Ares (despite him being a psychotic nutter) to bring him said Incubus, Roth de Lis. using herself as collateral (so not smart.)
After locating and tricking her way into Roth’s home which he shares with his delightful butler a jealous harpy of a succubus and an enchanting Nymph and With a totally biased stereotypical opinion of Roth, Lilah soon learns her preconceptions regarding the incubus are way off base.
So I found Incubus to be a delightful tale that once I got into my stride made for some very easy enjoyable reading our two main characters were both extremely likeable and along the way, we are also introduced to some very intriguing secondary players.
This was so very different from what I have read of this author previously and let me just say, Celia Aaron, can so do paranormal, she didn’t disappoint here and she so rocked this genre, throwing the ball right out of the field.
I also was really digging the fall hook line and sinker for each over vibe that Incubus gave off it made for such a refreshing change.
Don’t get me wrong this is no insta-love tale but when these two eventually connect I got tingles down to my toes, every time Roth whispered Carissima I melted into a puddle of goo.
And when he chased after Lilah wanting to save her well let’s just say my heart was pitter-pattering like a big ole softie of a girl. (which I so am )
So it’s safe to say, I have absolutely no problem recommending this to my fellow paranormal lovers.
Overall I found this to be a really enjoyable and positive experience and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Should just mention that Incubus is available free on KU.

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Historical, Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense

Wrath of the Ancients (Nemesis of the Gods #1)

Release Date-October 24th 2017
Publisher-Lyrical Underground
Genre-Horror
Kindle Edition-176 pages

DESTINY IN DEATH

Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy .

Wrath of the AncientsWrath of the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm


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🌟🌟🌟 STARS.
This is my first Book By Catherine Cavendish and I found it to be suitably chilling with an almost gothic feel to it, overall I found this an enjoyable pleasant experience.
“Wrath of the Ancients” tells the story of archaeologist Dr Emeryk Quintillus and his quest and
obsession to resurrect his beloved Queen Cleopatra through any means necessary.
Doing this sets in motion an ancient curse that will have repercussions echoing down through the century.
So this is where our Adeline Ogilvy, a young widow, comes onto the playing field.
Miss Ogilvy comes across as a very sensible, pragmatic, and I would say not easily spooked young woman. I found her to be a very likeable character.
So Adeline is employed under false pretences to journey to Vienna to transcribe the late Dr Quintillus’s memoirs. Supposedly being a direct descendant of Cleopatra herself she is needed to complete Dr Quintillus ritual. To be the vessel he needs to restore his beloved Queen.
What follows is a truly frightening and menacing experience for Adeline and all who attempt to aide her in her battle with this old ancient evil.
Now, this is the part of the story I loved and despite initially thinking I was going to struggle with the writing style I soon got into my stride, riveted with not only this eerie Egyptian horror tale but also so immersed in 1913 Vienna.
I especially loved the little snapshots of historical figures intercepted throughout, this was a very nice touch indeed.
Now if I was Rating on this part of the story alone, I would give this a four star all the way.
I couldn’t put “Wrath Of The Ancients” down, so needed to know what was coming next.
My main issue was that despite the excellent woven tale I encountered in Part one of this book, Part two itself fell a trifle flat for me.
It seemed rather rushed, as well as short and didn’t really flow that well, just my opinion.
In fact, I would go as far as to say, I found it an actual chore.
Surprisingly, I took longer to get through this short part two than its predecessor and it pulled for me, what was a so promising book down slightly.
Thankfully Part three made me smile again especially getting to connect with an Adeline who is now in her Eighty’s.
I loved hearing her casual everyday observations of the differences in life she now experiences.
It was So removed from her life in 1918 showcasing the progression of time and its effects.
So It’s now 1964 and Markus Von Durnstein resides in that dreaded house, he writes needing Adaline’s help, so she agrees to travel to Vienna to assist, though nothing on earth will persuade her to reside in that evil house,(Don’t bloody blame her) it’s a hotel all though way for Adeline.
The two team up to try and defeat the darkness encroaching, this time hopefully for good.
So I’m gonna break this down as this is a hard one to fairly judge.
Part one – So good, definite four stars.
Part Two – Seemed rushed and too short, two stars at the most.
part three – back on form again, back up to a three.
There is also a very brief afterword which I will get to that in a minute.
so I’ve decided to meet in the middle and give this three stars.
I also wasn’t quite onboard with the style of narrative, as besides the prologue, we spent so much time in Adeline’s head, it was a major shock to suddenly find myself in another.
Maybe if an extra point of view had been thrown into part one, I wouldn’t have felt as adrift later on, but that’s just a personal opinion.
Now for the afterword, I will be short and sweet here.
I didn’t like it, thought it was completly unnecessary and it left me with a very bad taste in my mouth indeed.
So there we have it a good solid read, which I experienced a few minor issues with.
Still very much worth giving a go.
So if you like spooky gothic ghost stories with a smidge of horror and if like me you like anything to do with Egyptology give this a go.
Thank you to NetGalley the publisher and the author for providing a free arc of “Wrath Of The Ancients” By Catherine Cavendish, this is my own personal unbiased opinion.


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The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone (Flames of Olympos #1) by Eris Adderly

Release Date-September 22nd 2017
Genre-Dark Fantasy Romance
Kindle edition-278 pages

Catch me, Darkness. Again and again. The life of a virgin goddess might suit Artemis or Athena, but Persephone, daughter of Zeus, wants no part of it. While the rest of the immortals cavort, she grows restless in the shadow of Olympos.

Rules, rules. Always the rules. Her mother’s edict forbids her the company of any male god. She can’t speak to them, can’t look at them. Can’t even attend the Olympian feasts. As far as Demeter knows, her daughter remains a maiden.

But Persephone leads a double life. She finds her affection elsewhere, and in plentiful supply. If only the sons of Man made her happy. If only she could put a name to this need she feels. It grows by the day, dark and unfulfilled. An eternity of enforced loneliness looms, and Persephone contemplates a drastic choice to escape it.

Only one thing stands in her way.

Hades.

Where earthquakes rend hill and vale asunder, and the abyss yawns to devour falling screams, the black halls of the Underworld await. The Lord of the Dead follows only one set of rules: his own.

And he expects Persephone to obey.

Eris Adderly draws you into a spectacular world of dark mythology, where legends bloom with sensual new life and the stories you thought you knew turn out to be just the beginning.

This scorching hot romance takes the reader on a journey of discovery and submission, including graphic descriptions of sexual acts, and is intended for mature readers only.

The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone (Flames of Olympos Book 1)The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone by Eris Adderly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟Satisfying Stars
I Picked this up after an author I love recommended this on Facebook, this was a win-win for me as my second major love (Books being my first of course) is history and mythology, so I really couldn’t wait to get stuck into this story.
So Initially I didn’t think we were going to gel at all, the writing style used here is so very different to what I’m used to, not sure how to explain it but it’s like its got a more formal feel to it.
But I really didn’t need to worry as a couple of chapters in I got used to the style and was soon majorly engrossed and in love with The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone by Eris Adderly.
I should also probably mention that I have a major soft spot for anything underworld related, It must be my attraction to the ultimate bad boys and the king of the underworld certainly ticks all the criteria for that scenario.
So everyone roughly knows the story of Hades and Persephone, well Eris Adderly has taken this mythical tale of old and put her own erotic slant to it and it does actually work.
No matter I have heard it before The Eighth House felt fresh, giving us a new slant to this popular myth.
Even knowing the ending before-hand didn’t take anything away from this experience I was still enthralled throughout, reading this in record time.
Having The rich tapestry of the gods as a background was one of my favourite aspects of this, not only was I reading a Stella book, I also got to immerse myself in such fascinating surroundings and learn a bit of culture along the way.
This seems to be the first book in a new series and I will definitely be checking out the next offering, will be interesting to see where this goes next.
So, in conclusion, The Eighth House is well written, it’s also very obvious that a major amount of research has gone on here regarding the gods, so well done there I’m suitably impressed Eris.
It also kept my attention throughout and I would definitely recommend this to other readers.
So if you like a bit of mythology with your fiction give this a try.


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Eternity (Descendants of Ra #1) by Tmonique Stephens

Release Date-August 29th 2012
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-332 pages

Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is their only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover . . . until now.

A late night walk home throws Stella into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter? She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.

Eternity (Descendants of Ra #1)Eternity by Tmonique Stephens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eternity-Descendants of Ra is the first book I have read by this author. On reading the blurb I noticed that this had a very interesting unique plot-line, this is what initially drew me to this piece of writing along with the heavy Egyptian influence Eternity seemed to offer me, I am so a sucker for anything to do with Egyptian mythology.
This book for me was a mixture of contrasts, some parts I loved, others not so much. I still overall enjoyed the experience and definitely want to read the next installment in the series there were just some niggling personal preferences I found hard to reconcile with that I think let it down slightly.
Let’s start with our main characters- Stella, I didn’t find her that easy to connect with initially and I’m not actually sure why, maybe it’s because I found her a bit bland and one-dimensional, forgettable( not counting the opening scene that is, that was way intense ) she did start to grow on me more as the story commenced luckily.
I am also very skeptical that Stella thinks she can identify her assailant just from the shade of his eyes when he was wearing a balaclava, that’s just insanely far-fetched in my opinion.
But all this aside Our Stella did become more interesting the further on Eternity progressed and I did find myself liking her especially with all the weird crap being thrown her way, MAN!!!! give the poor girl a break.
Now Roman, at first I really liked him and felt quite an immense dollop of sympathy for our heart wrenched immortal. poor man, aw, must be awful to keep losing his beloved over and over again.
AND THEN HE HAD TO SPOIL IT ALL!!!!
What the freaken hell was he playing at Romancing and seducing Stella when he still had a fiance (Oh Bianca of the massive rock on her finger) when he hadn’t had the TALK!!! with her poor girl, it wasn’t her fault Roman was only marrying her because he felt lonely perhaps he should have enlighted Bianca of that selfish man.
the other main person we see so much of is Daniel. he is one of Romans progenies who he has raised and brought into his family almost like a beloved a son. He is also the killer that attacked Stella at the beginning.He is massively jealous of his savior and this, in turn, has somehow turned him bitter and evil. WHY ? I don’t get it I was often jealous of my siblings growing up it didn’t turn me into a killer lol seems extreme.
There were other secondary characters the plot had on the sidelines but these three Stella, Roman and Daniel are the main go to guys.
so in summary for me, we have,
good points – Fast-paced storyline, well written, Egyptian influence, immortal hottie.
Bad points- cheating douche bag, indecisive hero and by this I mean yes I want to do you, nooo I don’t go away, come back, nooo. GGGRRR make up your mind rebound Roman.
Ungrateful evil pleb (who’s been given everything) of a relative (I still don’t get it )
I was also a teeny bit confused about what happened to Bianca the now ex-fiance, after the maze incident nobody seems to mention her again, where is the girl, wait I think Stella asked after her at the hospital and was told she was now an ex-fiance, what the heck!!!! surely she was a bit freaked out after Daniels show and tell, what was she told? where is she now?
this was an enjoyable read, with an HEA and a lot of room for future series growth. I think being the first of the series the plot was heading in numerous different directions and this was what made the sub-plots slightly confusing. Maybe this was why I had trouble connecting, as I was trying to keep it all straight in my head. I have tried to give my honest opinion while still being fair and this in my view is a great start to what promises to be an interesting series.
I received a copy of this e-book for my honest opinion.
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