Once upon a time, there was the wandering soul of Morgann, an 8th century Irish calligrapher-monk longing to be reunited with his soul mate. Deirdre was his forbidden love, a witch with whom he wrote a coveted book.
Under her spell, the souls of the star-crossed lovers travel from bodies to bodies until they find each other. Eventually.
That became his quest: unearth her new body and trigger her memory, for she is clueless about whom she once was. Unfortunately their story didn’t get a chance to become a fairy tale yet it still turned out as a famous urban legend referred as The Black Angel Book.
Twice upon a time, not so long ago, there was me, rational and devastated Rose. I needed to get a grip, said my French mum after my year of numbness due to a painful break-up that led me to cut my wrist daily, to feel something, anything.
So she sent me off to the free-spirited village of Provincetown, Massachusetts, to spend the summer with my American relatives. And just like that, I wasn’t myself any longer. Because someone pulled me out of the darkness and bewitched me, somehow.
I couldn’t wait to jump his bones… but why was he holding back?
He couldn’t wait to welcome me into his world… but was I ready to question my convictions and acknowledge that my self-inflicted cuts were now healing in record time?
How could I have imagined he was longing for his own unorthodox fairytale to come true? Frantically.
In the 8th century, an Irish monk/calligrapher named Morgann did the forbidden act of falling in love and going against his pledge of celibacy. But he didn’t just fall in love with any one. He fell in love with a witch. Deirdre, the witch in question, fell in love with Morgann too, and together they worked on a book of spells that was coveted by the very people who tried to kill them. But before their demise, Deirdre placed a curse on them that would allow their souls to travel across time, occupying different bodies in order to meet each other again one day. True soul mates. Now in the present time, Virgil, the host body for Morgann’s soul, remembers his past life and is in desperate need to find his soul mate so they can finish the book which their past selves couldn’t. But he is aware that the host for Deirdre may not remember her past with him, so he has to find her and push her into remembering or their love may be lost forever.
Rose, a Parisian college graduate comes to Provincetown, Massachusetts to visit her American family and to also get away from a very bad breakup. She had been depressed for a year, practically a zombie, and only found some sort of rush for life when she cut her wrist. Although vacationing with her favorite cousins and aunt seemed like fun, she was afraid that nothing would get her out of her funk. That is until she decided to take a calligraphy class and meet the very tall and awkwardly handsome Virgil. After spending time with him, a fire is ignited inside of her that she has never felt before, and her whole body desires him. She has no explanation for why she wants him so bad, but when Virgil feels the same way about her, he realizes that she must be his soul mate, the host body of Deirdre. Not wanting to rush things, Virgil decides to take things slow and gradually get to know Rose instead of forcing them together because of Morgann and Deirdre. But can he find the courage to tell Rose the truth about them? And if he does, will Rose stick around and believe him about why they are attracted to each other, or will she find the whole thing nuts?
Twice Upon A Time is a true roller coaster ride. Some parts exciting, some parts uncomfortable, but altogether a rush to read. I will say that it took me a while to get into the main plot of the story, because the first half or so is about Rose in Provincetown and then about Rose and Virgil meeting and getting to know each other. I’m not saying that it was necessarily a bad thing, but it kind of frustrated me to know that the real nitty-gritty stuff happened more than midway through. It made me wonder what took so long to get there. Maybe that’s just me since I’m the type of person who likes to know what’s going on before the halfway mark (well except if I’m reading a mystery/suspense/horror), especially in a book about soul mates that triggers romance. I don’t like waiting long before I know that the characters are going to be together. And I don’t like waiting long to find out that my characters are different than they appear (once again except in mystery/horror/suspense). I shouldn’t have to read more than half the book to find out that a character I once thought shy and awkward is actually a killer with a cause…in a plot I would consider a romance! Even though it was a nice and exciting twist that added more depth to the plot, it was a mind blow because there were no innuendos that led up to that crazy character development, and it was kind of just thrown at me. It made me sit up and read it over again, hoping I didn’t read the words wrong. But none of that turned me away from the book. There were a lot of surprises within the plot and between the characters that kept me on edge and made reading enjoyable. I give Twice Upon A Time 4 fangs! I recommend it to the romantics out there who believe in the power of love, reincarnation, and the existence of soul mates.
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Vanquishing the Viscount (Wayward in Wessex #3)
Viscount Tidworth iEmma Hibbert will never again trust a good-looking man. They offer nothing but heartbreak and humiliation. But her conscience won’t let her abandon a sinfully handsome stranger needing help—even if he ignites an unwelcome passion in her. She soon realizes she should have left him in the mud where she found him, for he has the power to ruin everything…
Viscount Tidworth is anything but grateful for being rescued after a tumble from his horse. His pretty savior may be well-meaning, but forcing him to delay his journey completely wrecks his engagement plans. And Tidworth cannot let that stand. But when he discovers Emma’s true identity, he must choose between his desire for revenge…and his baffling attraction to her.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book for Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Luce Potter lives by a code of honor. Push her and she shoves back, harder. There’s only one problem: Luce has just found out that revenge is a knife that cuts both ways. Now that her lover Brooke has survived the attack on her life, Luce has only one thing on her mind, and his name is Frank. Unfortunately, someone walks into her life that she didn’t see coming.
Brooke Erickson has survived an attack so brutal it’s left a permanent scar on her soul. All she wants to do now is go home and finish recuperating with her lover, Luce Potter, by her side. An unexpected event puts Brooke at the head of the Yakuza family. Can she command the respect necessary to lead it through the crisis?
Luce and Brooke’s worlds are upending. Can each do what’s necessary to survive and return to a new normal?
Yakazuta Luce has been kidnapped and is being held prisoner by the Russian mob. This, after they attempted to kill her girlfriend Brooke and Luce in turn, kidnapped the leader’s wife and they want her back. While Luce is missing Brooke must step up and make some difficult decisions to keep Luce’s organization in place. This is I believe the third book in this series and I’ve not really read a lot about Japanese organized crime, maybe if I had started from the beginning or knew more about Japanese culture I would have enjoyed it more, my biggest problem though was I felt that the two main characters Luce and Brooke were incongruent from scene to scene. I would imagine being a Yakazuta, you’d have to be somewhat of a bad ass, but I didn’t find Luce to be. On the flip side, Brooke was portrayed to be a good girl out of her element, and she had more bad ass moments. There were also some editing issues that detracted from the story. I rate this book 3.5 hearts.
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Dragons aren’t real. That’s what the humans should believe, and the magical world wants to keep it that way.
As the Prince, it is Malcolm’s duty to make sure that the magical world he inhabits remains in order and stays hidden from mankind.
Dragon hunters are a thing of the past. Or so everyone thought.
When Malcolm’s father, the King, calls upon him to kill a dragon hunter, he is shocked to discover not only that the hunter is weak and deathly ill but his desire to protect her grows stronger and stronger…
Author’s Note: This book contains mature language and themes, intended for adults only. For a limited time, a small selection of bonus books are included in this edition.
This book is the 1st in the series and ends in an HEA. Arista has an unexplained illness. She visits her estranged mother and is informed she is a dragon hunter from long ago. Her powers are long gone, though. Malcolm is a dragon prince and is charged with killing all dragon hunters. When he finds Arista he realizes she is his mate and he is unable to kill her. Their mating does heal Arista’s illness.
Enter the hidden world of the fae, the most ancient race on the planet and uncover the inner origins of humanity.
There is an unseen war going on between the Light and the Dark, and seventeen year old Siri Alvarsson holds the fate of the world in her hands. Her whole life has been leading up to this moment — training in martial arts and parkour with her mom, learning the legends of old and traveling from town to town. Now, she’s in a new town, she’s met a gorgeous guy she’d like to trust, and she’s having strange visions.
The pressure is on to choose a side. Both sides need her if they want to win. The futures of humanity, the fae, and the entire planet all depend on Siri. Which side will she choose? Can one girl really save the world alone?
Ellis Logan’s new YA Fantasy series, Inner Origins, is action-packed with magic and romance. The books combine fairies, Celtic/Norse mythology, and hollow earth theory to create an adventure you’ll never forget.
I totally loved the old legends in this story. But not something too heavy, but a wonderful change from what I normally read. Yes, its a young adult book with teen drama, but enough that it’s a great read for any adult. I did like how the author wrote the book. She grabbed me enough to hold on and keep them pages turning. The book definitely intrigued me and I am looking forward to reading more. I gave this a four star read and looking up the next in the series.
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Raz has no last name. Nor does he have a family or a life outside being the second-in-line to his vampire clan leader. It’s a life filled with power and politics, and it’s one that he rather enjoys.
Eva Thomason just wants to bake and live a peaceful life. But fate has other plans when her estranged brother suddenly dies, leaving behind his two kids who make her hair stand on end and tug at her heartstrings at the same time.
Join Raz on his next mission as he untangles a deep secret that could threaten to destroy his kind. A secret he can’t ignore…
Raz is the 10th book released in the Clan Legacy Series. It is 30,000 words. A HEA guaranteed and can easily be read as a standalone. This new read will leave you feeling sexy and satisfied!
This read like a novice writer wrote it. The creativity and imagination was full force but the writing fell short. It didn’t really draw you in with the way it was written. The relationship between our two main characters could have used more passion or chemistry to really make you feel the burn for each other. The twist was really cool and made the story more emotional. This story had a depth that touched your heart. There were minor grammatical and spelling errors. Based on content this book is 3.5 Hearts and is for an mature audience. I’m an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, amped up and on steroids with some X-Files mystery, some Hitchcock suspense and countless plot twists and cliffhangers that will keep you guessing. And you’ll still be wrong!
One of Wattpad’s top read books in 2016, making it to Top 10 Charts in “Paranormal” and “Romance” Categories with over 300k reads!
Endohumans are not destined for love. It is against the Ancient Rules. 18 year old Adam Vanolf is about to be one of the last known Endohumans left on Earth as his dying grandfather rushes to complete his training. These superhuman hybrids descended from the ancient Greeks and Romans centuries ago living concealed amongst us, sworn to protect mankind and keeping an almost forgotten secret. But their story go deeper and further than possibly imaginable. Gods? Vampires? Werewolfs? Angels? Or the creation of an unstable mind?. Nonethelss, the life and path an Endohuman must follow is lonely and dangerous, especially for a teenager. Now, an ancient evil is awakening and even though he doesn’t know it, the world now needs Adam more than ever. Yet Adam also needs love, so when he meets Evie, the girl of his dreams, a difficult choice must be made…
Robin is a reluctant sorority girl. She’s a multi-generational legacy and her mother just doesn’t understand that she doesn’t belong in a sorority. Robin feels totally isolated, except for the brief glimpses when she gets into the true nature of her ‘big sister’, Ashley.
Ashley is overly excited about everything, but seems to get what Robin is feeling and why she may be feeling that way. Despite growing closer, Robin doesn’t think she can trust Ashley. When asking questions about a boy who died while pledging a fraternity a couple years prior, it seemed to Robin like Ashley knew more than she was saying.
Despite being distracted by this mystery Robin starts to notice that someone has been stalking her, even being in her room and moving her things around.
She tries to get to the bottom of who it is and why, but then she meets Tyler. The next door neighbor who draws her in unexplainably.
She is warned to stay away but feels compelled by him in ways she doesn’t fully understand. As the two get to know each other in an electrifying romance, Robin begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding her.
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After her enforcer teammates are killed in a bust gone wrong, Denai witch Charlie McCray struggles to carry on working the job without them. Using her gift of communicating with the dead, she’s determined to get justice and find those responsible no matter what. But her only clue to go on is a mysterious orb with a deadly reputation that everyone wants to get their hands on.
The only one who may be able to help her figure out their deaths, and the connection to the orb is the dark and sexy demon from her past. Convinced she’s his life mate, to her denial, Charlie isn’t happy to see him again. Can they really work together as partners to track down the truth whilst ignoring the ever-growing attraction between them?
This story was unique which was awesome. Had promise and mystery. Though it seemed like it was a spin-off of another series and at times it left you clueless with a few details the author mentioned. The story often switched point of views between Drake and Charlie without warning. A few of the sentences in the copy I received didn’t make sense, they either were missing a word or were in the wrong order. The time frame of her breakup seemed off as well when reading. I liked the story and would read the others. Book one is for an YA audience and up. As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock I am giving this book 3.5 Hearts.
From rogue vampires to runaway witches, monsters in the woods to evil fae, this collection of 10 urban fantasy & paranormal romance short stories & novella’s has it all!
Your favorite best-selling and award winning authors have teamed up to create this collection to benefit Puerto Rico. All proceeds are being donated to the Hispanic Federation.
This set of stories is an anthology of paranormal romance and suspense. Of the ten short stories, only 3 of them seem like true short stories, with a beginning, middle and end. The other 7 stories are more like the first few chapters of a book, ending in cliffhangers.
Somnus spent his time walking in the dreams of others. He ghosted in and out of their lives, unseen, giving them the magic they needed to dream. Nightmares were unusually high, so he slipped into one of his favorite charge’s dream. That’s when she saw him. Really saw him. Against all odds and against all the rules, Rachel could see him.
Rachel has something special about her, a lineage that she is unaware of, that not only draws Somnus’ attention, but the nightmare demon as well. Somnus must protect her, even from herself.
Get ready for a wild ride as Rachel and Somnus come to terms with her heritage, the demon, and their shared destiny.
Somnus is a demigod with powers over the realm of sleep and dreams, being the child of the Earth Goddess and a vampire. Though his family and heritage is unusual, even in a realm of supernatural beings, the clan looks out after him and all of its members as he works with the other forces of good inside the gates of Heaven. Extraordinary as his situation is, Somnus’s luck is anything but special: if it were he might have found his mate without the crisis of a nightmare demon making other sleep deities disappear and spreading terror to all it can affect in its quest to break into physical reality. Of course, anyone to be mated to such a being has to be special in her own way, and Rachel isn’t about to let this handsome being just walk into her life with her guard down….nightmares or no nightmares.
I’ll admit that when I first started this novel by Danielle James, I wasn’t sure how well I would adapt to such an unusual protagonist. Supernatural romance has grown past simple vampires and werewolves, it’s true…but even so, I had my doubts. The writer’s skill got me through those doubts. While the different characters span the gamut of mythology, the dialogue and voices of these people are both grounded and full of cleverness. Somnus’s family is quite odd but charming, and Rachel provides a needed counterpoint to that eccentricity.