Historical, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

/ Book Review / Carnage (Whispers From the Bayou, #1) / Sandra R. Neeley /

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❄️BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-17th June 2108
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-240 Pages

Carnage 
Whispers From the Bayou 
Book 1 

Raised by a father who curses the day she was born, Carolena finds herself in the swamps of south Louisiana under the guise of overseeing her father’s investments. In truth, she is making every attempt to avoid forced marriage to any of the men he would have her shipped off to. She’s always believed that her husband would love her, would give his very life just to hold her; not be a man who would marry her to claim her father’s wealth. When she arrives in the deep-south, she catches the eye of a local backwoods family of brothers. The eldest, Bobby, decides that he is deserving of a step-up in life, takes her against her will to his hovel of a home at the edge of the swamps to be shared between himself and his brothers. Carolena — not the shrinking flower they think her to be, flees into the deepest, darkest, wildest portion of the swamps in an effort to escape the brothers and their plans for her. Death at the hands of the creatures in these wetlands is a better option, in her mind. Little does she know, she’s also caught the eye of the most dangerous creature there, one of legend — of nightmares. He’s watching her every move, admiring her bravery — and he’s decided he’s keeping her. 
Carnage is a Gargoyle. He’s also volatile, dangerous, unpredictable, and lonely. One evening minding his own business at the edge of the sanctuary he calls home, he spies a female. A human female, and she’s running headlong into his swamps, with no regard for her own safety. Then he sees the reason; three men, and they’re hot on her trail, torches in hand, hell bent on catching her before she can get away. He watches as they get closer and closer to her, easily following her trail. Carnage makes a snap decision that changes both their lives forever; he drops out of a tree right behind her, slaps one clawed hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming, wraps her in his huge arms and goes right back to the treetops. He shelters her while the men traverse the ground below, unable to determine why her trail disappeared. Carnage admires this little female — she was brave to run into the swamps alone. There are many creatures lying in wait for just such a meal. But she no longer has to worry about that, because now she’s his. He only hopes that she doesn’t fear him too much once she gets a good look at his blue-grey skin, his fangs and his horns. Because regardless of what she thinks, or the rules of his community — he’s not giving her up. 

 

Carnage (Whispers From the Bayou, #1)

Carnage by Sandra R. Neeley
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-17/6/18

So I enjoyed the concept of this more than the execution really.
It was a little to light in nature for me to fully appreciate this as I was kind of expecting a somewhat darker overall flavour.
I’m not going to major rehash the storyline her as Most of that is covered in the blurb.
What we have is Carolena escaping from her pursuers into the bayou only to be kinda rescued by the stuff of legends a Gargoyle called Carnage.
I say kinda because he has no intention of letting her go so he’s actually taking her really.
Carnage wants to take her home with him to keep safe even though humans are totally forbidden in this sanctuary deep in the swamps.
This sanctuary Whisper is filled with all sorts of dangerous supernaturals hiding out from the human race.
So up until now, I’m all good we have a scary-arse gargoyle who speaks little actual language, a damsel in distress, and the beginnings of a fabulous dark dialect all played out in the spooky swamps.
So this is where it lost me a bit; upon Carolena being discovered by the other supernaturals and the instant death sentence this should be and Carnage shouting Mine every five seconds and threatening fellow gargoyle Destroy and vampire leader Enthrall; this then somehow managed to turn very little house on the prairie in nature.
I actually felt like I was in some weird sorta wonderland.
so I’m going to do this backwards and explain what didn’t work for me and then end this on a positive with what did.
I thought the heroines name here just didn’t flow right; Carolena well I just wanted to call her, Caroline or Carolina, her name just didn’t seem quite right almost like a typo but it wasn’t.
This also didn’t seem that paranormal despite all the supernaturals or historical despite the year setting maybe because it was set in a swamp and some of the said paranormals here seemed just so human in nature I mean Enthrall was walking in sunlight and making Carolena sandwiches for god’s sake.
I also wasn’t a fan of the whole village type setting and everyone, in my opinion, accepted the human much too quickly than was actually natural here.
I mean they were hiding out from humans and they were all like well your just gonna have to stay as we don’t want to kill you.
I also could not understand how Carolena accepted her fate so fast; I mean she didn’t once try to escape her captors who she treated like friends from day one.
Also, the bit with Carolena’s dad I just didn’t get it; why were all the residents of whispers so afraid of him? just kill him already you’re all meant to be big bad scary monsters jeez.
He’s one human male.
So what did I like well in a nutshell Carnage I adored the huge ugly gargoyle.
He seemed I trifle simple at times but Carolena herself wasn’t the brightest spark so they were for me quite easily matched.
I loved his gruff takes no prisoners attitude, his lack of articulate speech and his obsession with that beauty and the beast book was simply adorable.
Carnage is what made this for me.
That and the front cover picture.
It was the actual cover on this one that actually twisted my arm into purchasing I just wish it could have lived up to it.
This also at times has some interesting moments but they were just for me overshadowed slightly by Carolenas rather annoyingly wingy personality.
I so wish I could have liked this more than I did I really do.
I did finish and there were some enjoyable instances mainly due to Carnage, I also thought this was such an interesting premise just not for me.
If you like a lighter flavour with your fiction then this one is that despite the cover and the disclaimer.

 

Dystopian, Paranormal, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / Mery Brown Part 2 / Tiki Kos /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-YA Paranormal
Kindle Edition-139 Pages

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. 

One month after the events in Goodsprings, Mercy Brown is welcomed into the wasteland that is now the United States. The vampire virus has run rampant across the world. What is left of humanity is scattered. 

Separated from Sebastien and Amanda, Mercy must navigate this new world by herself, embarking on a journey to find her friends, stop the vampires, and save the world. 

As she fights for survival, Mercy discovers who she can trust. Will she ever be safe again? 

For fans of The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tiki Kos presents the second part of the YA horror/dystopia saga, Mercy Brown.

 

Mercy Brown: (Part Two)

Mercy Brown: by Tiki Kos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-20/6/18

This was a somewhat satisfying conclusion to this interesting YA duo; although the ending here was not really to my taste at all.
I in truth found it a trifle depressing and pointless in nature but hey ho that’s just me and I’m not a big advocate for these type of finales; never have been.
Mercy Brown Part Two; brings us back to the stage it set for us in part one and almost immediately we are thrown headlong back into the action.
Unlike its predecessor, this is pumped from the outset with a steady storyline of action, chaos and curveballs.
Out of the Two instalments, this one was my favourite and as well as getting to delve deeper into the psyche that is Mercy we are also introduced to additional characters each bringing something unique to the table.
What let this down slightly for me was that I didn’t really feel we got to know Sebastion any more this time around.
He felt to me like a cardboard caricature of a self-tortured misunderstood vampire that I’d seen many times before; it felt a trifle old if I’m honest here.
I wanted to dig deeper into what makes Sebastion the vampire he is instead we barely scratched the surface with him and what we did learn didn’t for me show him in the best of light.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you have this kick-ass girl whos such a big personality and force to be reckoned with and then we have Sebastion seemingly in her shadow and hanging on to her coattails for dear life; he never once takes up for her and comes across as a bit wishy-washy.
And he’s always leaving her behind which didn’t sit well with me at all.
I didn’t get the sense these two were soul mates or anything near and that was a bit off a sticker for me really.
What we did get here is an almost chocka filled race to the finish; with many glorious turns and unexpected pathways and despite some reservations, I still enjoyed this so very much.
Now if that ending could be rewritten, well I would definitely rate this so much higher.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Mercy Brown: (Part Two) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Paranormal, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) / Victoria Renteria /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-5th June 2018
Genre-Paranormal Crime Suspense
Kindle Edition-316 Pages

Colton Monroe was born with a gift: the extraordinary ability to bend time. A tragic incident in his youth compelled him into seclusion, forcing him to hide amongst the shadows—an outcast from society. Eventually, a driving need to alleviate his suffering draws him out of his self-imposed isolation. Embracing his unique power, he turns his talent into a profitable business . . . until the day the Chaumont police department recruit him in their search for a missing person.

Colton endeavours to aid the police, scouring the area for clues, searching for any signs of the missing girl, only to continually come up empty-handed. With only his gift to guide him, Colton is left to solve the riddle of Lana Turner’s disappearance on his own. But when things go awry and she begins to invade Colton’s dreams, an inexplicable sense of urgency pushes him to his limits.

In a deadly race against time, Colton will face challenges from both this life and the next. As the clock winds down, only one question remains: Will he find her in time, or is she destined for the afterlife?

 

 

Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)

Beyond The Pain by Victoria Renteria
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-5/6/18

I absolutely bloody adored Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) like just so much it’s unreal.
So. this was a bit of a genre switch for myself and while I do read the occasional Crime mystery this one was in a class all of its own.
It had a Mystery Crime Sleuth vibe to it; also accompanied by a huge splash of the Paranormal.
So it has been a while since I indulged in this particular cross-genre and In my opinion, this was an excellent book to get back on the horse with.
It Drew me in straight from the very beginning; teasing my senses with its intriguing agenda and surprising even myself with how fast I could devour a book.
“Beyond The Pain” tells the tale of Colton Monroe a gifted but troubled psychic; almost a pariah in his small town because of his strange abilities and unwanted gifts.
When a local girl “Lana Turner” goes missing Colton’s astounding abilities are called into play.
Working with a detective on the Chaumont police department payroll Colton employs all his varied talents to help bring Lana back home to her family.
Calling on depths of strength he was unaware he had; Colton is not only saving himself but also beginning a journey of discovery; (his destiny even) and once on this particular path; he will be committed to the destination; wherever it may lead him.
So this was so good; I especially adored the banter between our two main characters.
The back and fourthness of there repertoire was so amusing and brought a smile to my face often.
There was also such hidden depths to many of the characters portrayed here; Carlton especially was very proficient at hiding his inner turmoil and feelings; portraying an almost confidence and togetherness he was so far from actually feeling.
Using this mask as a shield to protect himself from the outside world Carlton has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight.
There is still so much left to discover here; question and answers to be asked and fulfilled and I am so invested in the next leg of this addictive new series.
This was the first book in this series and I’m so interested in seeing where this is eventually going to proceed.
With all the reveals and revelations we were treated to here in “Beyond The Pain” its certainly going to be an interesting and informative ride.
This is one story that gets my wholehearted seal of approval; It was such a great read that kept me guessing throughout.
Oh and I should just mention this is not a romance it’s more of a supernatural crime Mystery.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / Mercy Brown Part 1 / Tiki Kos /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-6th March 2018
Genre-YA Paranormal
Kindle Edition-140 Pages

I’ve always been the prey.

All seventeen-year-old Mercy Brown wanted to do was finish her last year of high school without any glitches. Now, vampires are tearing apart the small town of Goodsprings. While teaming up with her friends, Sebastien, the mysterious new boy, and Amanda, the book-crazed bestie, Mercy will learn a secret about herself and that blood really is thicker than water.

To catch a predator, I will become the hunter.

Tiki Kos’ dark and monstrous story tells a tale of a girl who loses everything but finds her true calling in a town where she was the outcast but is now the saviour.

 

Mercy Brown (Mercy Brown, #1)

Mercy Brown by Tiki Kos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
REVIEW COPY
Release Date-6/3/18

Well This was an interesting read a fascinating take on the old YA favourite Trope of vampires.
Set in a small backward town Local girl Mercy Brown is a misfit teen who along with her bookworm bestie Amanda is just trying to survive high school unscathed.
Enter misunderstood broody vampire Sebastien; the mysterious pale new boy in town; who genuinely seems to like Mercy for herself, which is actually quite a plus-point in his favour.
Sebastien and his vampire family have arrived in this backwater town with there own secret agenda at play one that Sebastien himself is not fully on board with.
It’s not long after they have settled here that events really start to escalate; soon spiralling out of all control and Mercy, Sebastien and Amanda are left fighting for there very existence.
So this was a short read with some mildly amusing Twilight references.
I did enjoy myself a lot but because this was so brief it was somewhat difficult at times to fully connect with what was going on.
Mercy as a character was fabulous; a real kick-butt feisty female.
Sebastien himself was harder to get a handle on I didn’t really feel we got to know that much about him here; mainly just unimportant surface stuff.
I’m hoping that we will get to connect and dig much deeper with him in part 2.
Some of the characters used here did come across as a tad one-dimensional as well and how this was eventually wrapped up was also a trifle rushed for My taste also and could have done in my opinion with a tad more fleshing out overall.
I just felt this was quite a slow burn story them BAM!!!
everything then just kind of happened at once; really snowballing.
If “Mercy Brown” had been a longer read I think it would have worked out much better in the long run; it just wasn’t lengthy enough to do it the actual justice it deserved.
Saying that I still enjoyed this like a lot and really can’t wait to see what happens in the next instalment.
This was a read that definitely kept me on my toes throughout.
Before I go just want to mention that transcript at the end of this book about “Mercy Brown” being an actual real person; so fascinating; such a nice touch indeed.
Also, the front cover here was so very eye-catching; really loved it.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Mercy Brown (Mercy Brown, #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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.

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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.

 

Erotic, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Unbreakable Bond (Book 1 in the Fated Mates Duet) /

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💙ARC BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-15th May 2018
Publisher-Blue Lemon Press
Genre-Paranormal Romance 
Kindle Edition

Sometimes fate gets it all wrong.

Zoey Kent has lived with that fact ever since she turned eighteen and learned that the man she loved could never be hers. He’s a born shifter, a wolf, and she’s a mere human. Fate doesn’t care if on paper they’re a perfect pair. She isn’t his fated mate and she’s resigned herself to the knowledge that someday, she’ll have to watch Michael mate with another. It’s never crossed her mind that there might be someone else out there for her, that she would be the one to mate another, to choose another over everything she’s ever known or wanted.

Sometimes fate gets it all right.

Rafe Hudson left his pack behind years ago. Physically and mentally scarred from an attack that left his parents and twin dead, he walked away from his responsibilities as Alpha. He never intended to return but lone wolf or not, he can’t leave Michael open to an attack he’s learned is coming for his only brother. What he didn’t know was that going home would mean scenting his mate, the one person in the world that could make him whole again, that could give him everything he thought he’d lost. His pack, his home and his family.

But fate always has a plan.

There’s no way Michael’s brother is her future, is there? Just like there’s no way that the girl his brother has loved since they were kids, was always meant to be his, right?

Only fate knows why they were brought together but there is one thing for sure, the sparks between Zoey and Rafe are undeniable. The bond between them is unbreakable. And together… they’ll change the face of the pack forever.

Unbreakable Bond (Book 1 in the Fated Mates Duet)

Unbreakable Bond by Jess Bryant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS.
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-15/5/18

It’s been ages since I’ve indulged in a good shifter paranormal romance.
And Jess Bryant with”Unbreakable Bond” the first book in her brand new fated Mates series certainly didn’t disappoint.
Despite being very insta-love this definitely left a fabulous impression on me.
And because of the fated mate’s angle used here, I still found the insta-love to be of a very believable nature.
And got to say it; my god Rafe was a big chunk of a man-hunk.
The total package; damaged, misunderstood with a sexy possessive growl that made my own toes curl; never mind Zoey’s.
I absolutely adored how possessive and feral he was towards Zoey.
And Zoey, she was such a sweetheart; she had such a loyal, sassy vibe about herself.
I really liked her complete and utter acceptance of her fate, her willingness to give Rafe her all and take a chance on there HEA.
Zoey came across as the real deal here.
“Unbreakable Bonds” itself was told in dual POV and was also extremely low on secondary characters.
There were brief instances where we were introduced to other cast members like Zoey’s mum.
But other than Zoey’s best friend and pack alpha Michael; who is also Rafe’s estranged brother.
This is mainly just Zoey and Rafe connected and working through there Demons.
Much to my surprise, I found I loved this simplistic way of experiencing our newly mated wolves story and it was really nice to just kick back and just concentrate on Rafe and Zoey themselves.
It made me feel so much more connected to there story.
There is still plenty here to keep the reader here entertained.
A bit of a mixed bag of action; rounded off with some seriously sexy shenanigans.
Man, this book was red hot.
And the way this was left I definitely will be continuing forward with this journey.
This was such a great start to a fabulous new paranormal shifter series.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Unbreakable Bond (Book 1 in the fated mates duet)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Divine Grace #2 / Virginia Cantrell /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-12th May 2018
Publisher-Hot Tree Publishing
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-283 Pages

Fallen angels and reawakened desire, promises and grudges—a stunning novel in Virginia Cantrell’s Divine series continues, featuring Inaya and Trevin as they race to save the world of the Nephilim from a deadly enemy.

Adopted into the royal family, Inaya has never felt like she belonged, but when the kingdom is overthrown, the Nephilim look to her for guidance. In order to save all she holds dear, she must join forces with the soldier who broke her heart and destroyed her belief in love. 

Driven by duty and haunted by the past, Trevin doesn’t make mistakes… until Inaya. His misguided honour cost him the courageous, impulsive beauty he swore to protect. With Inaya needing him now more than ever, he has the chance to prove his worth. But it may be too late to earn back her trust. 

An unearthly enemy, the fallen angel Lahash, has vowed to destroy the Nephilim to right the sins of his past. With his plan set in motion and his fate tied to Inaya’s, the world of the Nephilim will never be the same.

 

Divine GraceDivine Grace by Virginia Cantrell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW.
Release Date-12/5/18

Unfortunately, I didn’t like “Divine Grace” as much as the first book in this series.
Don’t get me wrong this wasn’t awful and I still found this an enjoyable endeavour.
I just think my main issue here was that this ran parallel with the previous book; so until the halfway mark I felt a bit; been there, done that and If I’m honest found it a bit boring rehashing the same old storyline we had already experienced previously.
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So, after the halfway mark things did pick up and I enjoyed this much more.
And in “Divine Grace”, we get to catch up with all the same characters we were introduced to previously.
The only main difference this time around is that we get some major insight into the former lightbearer Lahash and his reasons and ultimate agenda for the Nephilim.
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I liked both Trevin and Inaya but did find Trevin’s portrayal to be of a slightly one-dimensional nature.
And I really felt that I didn’t get to know him quite as much as I would have liked; he seemed to me to be a bit of a closed book overall.
Because of this, I found his character difficult to feel a strong connection with, which was a shame as I would have definitely liked to get to learn what makes him ultimately tick as I did initially find him rather intriguing.
Inaya was much more transparent and I did find myself warming to her more easily, but I still wasn’t ultimately convinced of the chemistry between these two.
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It was just so sudden in nature and I think more of a slow build would have been more appropriate here.
despite my above bug-bears, this was still overall an interesting read and a unique take on the Nephilim so it gets points for that fact alone.
So on careful consideration, I decided to give this three Stars as I did enjoy and finish this but at times it struggled to keep my attention.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Divine Grace #2” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Erotic, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Alpha’s War (Bad Boy Alphas #7) / Renee Rose & Lee Savino /

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Nash 

I’ve survived suicide missions in war zones. Shifter prison labs. The worst torture imaginable. Nothing knocked me off my feet… until the beautiful lioness they threw in my cage. We shared one night before our captors ripped us apart. 
Now I’m free, and my lion is going insane. He’ll destroy me from the inside out if I don’t find my mate.
I don’t know who she is. I don’t know where she lives. All I have is a video of her. But I’ll die if I don’t find her, and make her mine.
I’m coming for you, Denali. 

Denali

They took me from my home, they killed my pride, they locked me up and forced me to breed. They took everything from me and still I survived.
But one night with a lion shifter destroyed me. Nash took the one thing my captors couldn’t touch—my heart. 
Somehow I escaped, and live in fear that they will come for me. It’s killing my lioness, but I’ve got to hide–even from Nash. I’ve got to protect the one thing I have left to lose: our cub.

Alpha's War (Bad Boy Alphas, #7)

Alpha’s War by Renee Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-8/5/18

So when I first started “Alpha’s War” I must admit I wasn’t quite convinced initially of the writing style.
But after I’d got used to the story flow used here; this actually grew on me and it wasn’t long before I was emotionally connected and invested in this interesting story and also the overall character dynamic established between Nash and Denali.
So this is a kind of backwards love story; starting after Nash and Denali are thrust together at the data x lab.
Their one-time encounter resulted in Denali being mate marked and bred and after her escape and time on the run, she has finally settled and is trying to build a life for herself and their young cub Nolan.
Nash after his rescue and the burning of the Data x labs is trying to suppress and feed his lion with his fighting in the Pit.
His nickname “King of the Beasts”.
But after this Alphas lost Mate is finally located; Nash knows that despite his demons he needs to go to her and finish off what they started way back there in the lab.
So Nash was a super dominant Lion shifter with a penchant for a bit of rough and tumble in the bedroom department.
An ex-soldier and skilled fighter he oozes testosterone, dominance and aggression both in and out the bedroom.
Because of his unconventional upbringing parenting scares the bejesus out of this big bad shifter.
Denali is an absolute sweetheart; more than a match for the troubled Carter.
Super protective over there little lion cub,
A fantastic mother with an inner fierce lioness that has already laid claim to its mate.
Also, Denali’s human side wants nothing more than to share her load of responsibility with her mate Carter.
Together this pair’s chemistry was super hot and the emotion between these two leapt off the page with its overall sincerity.
This was action packed with some fantastic secondary characters.
Told in dual POV and even though one of a series can easily be read as a stand-alone.
This overall was a great read that I’m happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Alpha’s War (Bad Boy Alphas, #7) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC-Book Review / The Devil You Know (Ceasefire Series Book 1) / Claire Marta /

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🌹ARC-BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-12th April 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-337 Pages

My name is Mavi StClair.
I’m a monster with a pretty face. An assassin in trade. Guilt, remorse, it’s never touched me. I’m as cold as they come and just as professional.
Dealing death has always come easily, and I inflict it with ease. It fuels and feeds the twisted darkness inside me. 
My downfall begins with a single night of untamed passion leaving me hungering for more of him. 
One wicked soul recognizing another. 
Now he owns me.
The lines of what I know are blurred. 
I’m playing his game.
A pawn, eternally tangled in a web of secrets and lies.
He won’t let me go.
Taking pleasure in my fall from grace. 
Question is, can I save myself before I’m damned completely?

This is a dark erotic paranormal romance and contains certain triggers some readers may not enjoy. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.

 

 

The Devil You Know – Ceasefire Series Book 1 by Claire Marta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS.
ARC BOOK REVIEW.

I absolutely loved “The Devil You Know” by Claire Marta.

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From the minute I started reading this I was hooked.
I’m a sucker for a dark depraved read and this one for me definitely hit the spot.
I do so adore me a twisted Heroine that struggles but eventually embraces her dark side and with Mavi StClaire we get this in spades.

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She is one bad flower as the mysterious Max liked to call her.
And this is one girl who makes no apologies for who she is and keeps her cards close to her chest, trying to keep everyone at arm’s length is in her very nature.
And this includes the secretive but decadent Max.
As for the mysterious Max, loved him so much also, he himself comes enveloped in secrets and lies a matching bookend to match Mavi’s depravity and darkness a born manipulator who oozes sexual charisma and luckily for Mavi he likes his girls a touch on the psycho side.

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I loved all many side characters portrayed here each and every one was a well rounded and diverse individual and there was also never a dull moment in regards to the action portrayed here this book was packed.
A playground for heaven and hell, filled with battles and conflict galore.
I’m being a bit Vague as I don’t want to spoil this, you just need to dive right in and immerse yourself in this violent and bloody world.
so this felt fresh.
In a sea of paranormal offerings, it came across as original and different making it really stand out in its genre.
It also helped that “The Devil You Know” was all sorts of hot and sexy.
With Plenty of appeal here to tempt a sinner or a saint.
It had so many twists and turns that I never saw coming and it was fully ramped right up to its shocking finale.
Totally gobsmacked at the ending and can’t wait for the next chapter of this addictive story.
Enjoy.
I was provided with an ARC of “The Devil You Know – Ceasefire Series Book 1 ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ Review Copy / Divine Merit (Divine #1) / Virginia Cantrell /

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❄️REVIEW COPY❄️

Release Date-29th January 2016
Genre-Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-229 Pages

Sometimes you have to stop fighting in order to win.

Trained from birth to become the ruler of the Nephilim and their island sanctuary, Amira is the perfect princess, until her birthright and even her fundamental beliefs are ripped away. She’ll discover perfection and training count for nothing when faced with a ruthless enemy determined to possess her and all she holds dear.

As captain of the Royal Guard, Caeden’s priority is to protect the Royal Family. Sometimes that means protecting the naïve princess from her own desires, even if he is tempted to give in. When a betrayer strikes from within, their sanctuary and very existence are threatened. Caeden must overcome the burning pain of helplessness to defeat this enemy and restore Amira to her rightful place. He will not fail his princess again.

Do they have the fortitude and inner strength needed to regain the kingdom and save their people?

 

Divine Merit (Divine #1)

Divine Merit by Virginia Cantrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
REVIEW COPY
Release Date-29/1/16

“Divine Merit” was a new unique take on the Nephilim world.
A paranormal offering which I enjoyed much more than I originally thought I would.
This tale revolves around The Princess, Amira and the head of her royal guard and longtime crush Caeden.
It’s full of the charm of a budding first relationship.
Whilst also the intrigues and power play of a royal court in action.
What started out as an easy read for me quickly evolved into a much more tangled web than I was originally expecting.
And once this pepped up it was non stop action throughout and a storyline that certainly kept me on my toes and more.
This book was definitely a pleasant surprise it contained well rounded likeable individuals as well as your classic villains and also had plenty of scope for further storyline development and growth.
I am so looking forward to seeing where this is headed and what lies in store for all as the plot develops.
Do give this a go, its a fantastic addition to its genre and if you like your paranormal these ones for you.
Thank You to the Author for proving me with an ARC of “Divine Merit” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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