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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A cold case leads to blazing-hot temptation in this novel of romantic suspense from bestselling author Kathy Clark. For readers of Nora Roberts and Karen Robards, Almost Forever pairs a rugged lawman with a woman who may just be a murderer.
Justin Archer is a Texas Ranger through and through, a loyal man devoted to the dangerous job he loves. But when the grisly discovery of a skeleton in a local vineyard turns an old missing-persons case into a vicious homicide, Justin finds that the toughest challenge of his professional career will be keeping his hands off his chief suspect: the dead man’s beautiful, young trophy wife. Did Lori Roberts kill for vast material gain? The only thing Justin knows for sure is that their chemistry is instantaneous—and overpowering.
Lori worked hard to build a new life for herself and her daughter. She turned her husband’s struggling vineyard into a thriving enterprise, and now she stands to lose it all over something that happened eight years ago. Justin could lock her up and throw away the key, but Lori desperately wants to trust him. More than that, she wants to let him into her wounded heart. Because Lori’s been running from the past for a long time . . . and she’s ready to start living for the future.
Praise for the novels of Kathy Clark
“Fast-paced, riveting . . . Playful dialogue between Nick and Jamie certainly kept me entertained, and I loved every moment they were together as their banter increased the sexual tension between them. . . . [The author] did justice to their instant and intense chemistry.”—Harlequin Junkie, on After Love
“A deeply touching story of a woman’s profound healing, and the amazing man who’s with her every step of the way.”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott, on Deep Night
“Throughout the whole story, I got the feeling of realness and empathy for the characters. If you are looking for a well-written romance story, then you have found it!”—Night Owl Reviews, on Cries in the Night
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A Dark Alien Prince + his unquenchable desire x his insatiable thirst = a warrior willing to defy a galaxy to claim his mate.
Born with a platinum spoon in her mouth, warrior bride-in-training Gayle throws it away in order to sneak aboard a Yadeshi military vessel to escape imprisonment by her family. Ithann, the alpha alien warrior she’s been taunting with flirts and sloe-eyed glances for several weeks, is enraged by her sudden disappearance and abandons his teaching post to follow. When he catches her, Gayle must accept a highly indecent proposal to avoid being thrown in the ship’s brig- and by accepting, embroils herself in Ithann’s decades long feud with a rival nobleman.
Roped into an arranged marriage, she is determined to avoid the shackles of a mate bond, but Ithann is determined that not only will they bond, but that she will have his baby. Their battle of wills may cost Gayle her life.
A scorching hot, borderline dark sci-fi/fantasy romance for readers who enjoy taunting, alpha, bloodthirsty- and blood-drinking- alien warriors who will sever heads to claim their chosen mates. A 40K word novel, HEA, 3rd in the Yadeshi Brides series. It may be read as a standalone, however characters from the prior two books make brief appearances.
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Reading order for the Yadeshi Brides series
WARRIOR’S BOND: Curvy single mom in trouble + elite alien warrior = a chance at the forever kind of love. This is a steamy hot, science fiction romance for readers who love BBW and alpha male alien warriors. Perfect for your lunch break read.
WARRIOR’S VOW: Terminally ill bride candidate + an alien wolf in doctor’s clothing = healing that lasts longer than a lifetime. This is a steamy hot, science fiction romance for readers who love strong willed heroines and alpha male alien warriors. Perfect for your lunch break read. Standalone, #2 in the Yadeshi Brides series
When she was a child, Avery Harmen watched her father die at the hands of a Glower–a breed of demon that feeds on dreams of fame and glory. Now she secretly protects the rising stars of Los Angeles from the demons that prey on them, determined to make sure her clients never suffer the same fate.
Then Avery finds herself assigned to Colin Ryder, a young indie rocker who just landed a major label deal. Colin is cocky, rebellious, a brilliant musician, and already in the Glowers’ sights. He’s also far too hot for Avery to ignore the chemistry between them–especially when she gets to know the tender side behind his celebrity facade. Though Avery knows she’s falling too fast, she’s willing to risk heartbreak if fanning the flames of attraction distracts Colin from his Glower-tempting antics. But Colin is keeping a secret of his own, one so big it will put both her heart and his soul on the line.
The first book in The Glower Chronicles, a steamy New Adult paranormal series.
Each book in The Glower Chronicles contains a stand-alone romance, but it is recommended that you read them in order to best appreciate the ongoing subplots
When Avery Harmen was seven years old, she discovered just how real those demons, Glowers, were when she and her mother found her rock star father having overdosed. Because she could now see the Glowers, Avery was recruited to be a member of the Tether Society and charged with being the person who would tether a fame junkie to the mundane world and remind him or her that there were ordinary things worth living for. When Avery is assigned to a plast from her past, Colin Ryder, she doesn’t realize just how difficult her task is going to be.
I really enjoyed this book and the world that the author has created. I’m always interested in an author who can take an ordinary idea like the metaphorical demons gathering around celebrities and other fame junkies and turn that into a paranormal reality without making it feel contrived. I am looking forward to future outings in the Demons of Fame series. There are a few steamy scenes, so I would only recommend this book for adult readers.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
Born amid the bigotry of the Deep South, mixed-race Joseph is a slave in all but name. Separated from his mother at birth, he yearns to run away from his loveless home and find her. It’s a journey that will take him from plantation to plantation and hardship to hardship, yielding joy, sorrow, and love along the way.
Years later, Joseph’s son, Isaiah, faces his own journey: coming to terms with his homosexuality. But society is still slow to accept change, and Isaiah fears rejection from even those closest to his heart.
From 1940s Mississippi to the civil rights era of the ’60s and the push for LGBT equality, Journey of a Cotton Blossom follows three generations of a family fighting for liberation. J. C. Villegas paints an eye-opening story that will inspire readers to open their hearts to love. Though her characters face different types of discrimination, they all draw strength from love and from their faith in God. Can Joseph find the mother he has never met? Can Isaiah survive injustice and adversity? And can they each learn to love themselves in the face of a world that challenges their right to exist?
What an awesome and inspiring story!! A story of hope. A story of perseverance in the face of bigotry and ignorance. Two generations of fighting for equality. It is a romance, but it is also a drama. Life is both and this is the story of many lives. Fantastic strong characters and clear concise writing kept me turning the pages.
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I give this one the full five hearts. I rejoiced in their happiness and cried with their pain.
For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.
She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night.
Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together. What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention.
Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I give this one four and a half hearts fluttering madly. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!!
There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.
It’s time to find out why she has this power.
Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future
To live, they have to be apart. To live happily-ever-after, they have to murder people on order. To be together, one of them will die.
They are childhood sweethearts. She believes in karma. He believes in science and logic. If given the choice between killing and stealing, she’d choose to steal. Forced to choose between money and freedom, he’d choose freedom.
Their love is cursed. Their choice to love each other was taken away from them.
Computer hacker Lorcan can steal data from the most impossible of sources. High profile thief Orla specializes in acquiring valuable antiques. Their combined skill set twists their fate and leads them to incredible places across the multiverse.
This is the first installment in a romantic fantasy thriller series, filled with psychic romance suspense, paranormal, and science fiction twists and turns! (
This is my first read by D. N. Leo. It took me a few chapters to get into it but after the story gets moving it is great! We are brought into Orla’s world. She is a thief and has been hiding that she is a sorceress from her boyfriend of 12 years, Lorcan. Lorcan is a computer hacker and Orla is his world. They usually steal ancient artifacts for wealthy clients but something is off this time. Orla is forced into taking a job that she is to steal a kidnapping victim.
During, this job Lorcan learns about Orla’s secrets, that she is a sorceress and has been cursed, that whoever loves her is destined to die. Then she mixes in a psychic little boy, demons out for blood, a deity that is a bit sketchy (JMO), and dark magic. The story is forward moving and will keep you turning pages. Her characters are strong and well rounded.
If you are looking for a fast paced, paranormal, mystery this one is definitely worth the time
Family, friends, lovers…
Those are just a few examples of the strong bonds that hold humanity together. But when the dead begin living, and the living start to die, who will remain connected, and who will be torn apart?
Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse, explores how different relationships are put to the ultimate test when the end of the world comes crashing down around them.
Some will live, some will die, but one thing is for certain: Some bonds don’t break.
Jack: Years after the zombie outbreak decimates the population, Jack’s sister is mysteriously taken. Will he be able to find his sister, or better yet, once he finds her, will he be able to accept what she has become?
Gordon and Elena: The morning of an estranged couple’s divorce is about to get a lot more stressful when a mysterious illness turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. Will the two be able to set their differences aside before their journey’s end?
Patient 63: After a terrorist attack, civilization crumbles when a lab-created virus infects over half the world’s population. Dr. Henrick Kennedy has found the vaccine in his sixty-third patient, a former infected, but his intentions are anything but good. Graham, a lonely janitor, has fallen in love with the imprisoned Patient 63. But is love enough to save the world, or will love be the means to its end all over again? (Previously released in At Hell’s Gates, Volume 2: Origins of Evil)
Rosie: A little girl is given a vaccine to protect her from the impending zombie apocalypse, but when things don’t go as planned, Rosie and her mom must find a way to escape their home and make it to the evacuation zone alive. The human race may depend on it.
Trevor: A troubled young man makes the decision to end his life, but when the dead come back to life and his city is overrun, Trevor has suddenly found the will to live again, only this time he realizes he has a found a new purpose in life: Revenge
There are five stories in this collection and I had to stay up into the wee hours to finish them all in one go. Some made me sad, some made me smile and some I just laughed aloud at, there is indeed something for everyone that likes Zombies.
This is a must have collection for Zombie book lovers and paranormal fans. I will most definitely be looking for more titles Stevie Kopas.
A man trying to rebuild a life after the dark years while still looking for a sister he’s lost. Will he find her and fulfil his vow to her?
Gordon and Elena
A couple that’s drifted apart until chaos and fear shows them who they want to be with at the end.
Can one woman hold the key to a cure that will save the world? Can love emerge in even the darkest moments? Or will lies end everything? (available outside of the collection)
How does a six-year-old girl understand a Zombie apocalypse? This is beautifully written and allows you to enjoy the story even though a child is the main character. This is also one of my favourites in the book.
A man ready to give up on life finds that maybe a Zombie apocalypse is just what he needs to find his place in society. Full of humour and amusing situations if a little dark. This was my favourite out of the whole collection.
Independent Reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock On
You Should Never Mix Business with Pleasure
… Especially When Your Business is Pleasure
I’ve never mixed business with pleasure, even though my business is pleasure. I pamper and please my clients every night, and then head straight home to sleep and study for class the next day.
The seductive lure of dancing was just that, a lure. Beneath the sultry profession lies a slippery underworld. Letting your guard down is dangerous. Especially when you’re tempted to do so by your club’s owner.
Give her two minutes and any dancer you pull will give up her sob story about how she ended up in a place like this. Regardless of the path, they’re all the same: money and status are the motive.
Blair’s different. Plenty of dancers know their way around a pole. Blair knows her way around your heart. She swirls her hips slow and syrupy, like she’s churning ice cream. And the whole time she’s working you, her bedroom eyes stare straight into your soul.
She’s one of the club’s biggest moneymakers.
She’s also my biggest fantasy.
Business with Pleasure is a standalone romance with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a happily ever after guaranteed. Click to read this steamy tale.
Business with Pleasure
Cam owns a strip club, but has never wanted anything personal to do with the girls until Blair started at his club. Blair started dancing to help pay her college tuition, but has never really enjoyed it. I felt this book was a spin on the Pretty Woman story, but the stripper version and with an added surprise (not sure it was really surprising) at the end. Overall I rate this story a 3 hearts. There wasn’t anything necessarily wrong with it, it was just somewhat predictable and nothing really interesting in it. It had some steamy scenes but I didn’t feel that the rest of the storyline did enough to support them. I found Blair a bit cliche, being a “modern woman”, obviously in charge of her own sexuality, but appeared to have an internal tug of war between being honestly kinda slutty and wanting to be an independent woman who doesn’t need anyone.
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A shifter and a human together? Unimaginable…
One careless decision. The colony betrayed. Tanen’s only course is a desperate hunt for justice, but his solo mission is cut short when he’s mortally wounded during a fight. Rescued by a sweet, innocent female who nurses him back to health, he can’t deny the passion that burns between them. Now he must choose between his duty and honor or his desire for the precious, but forbidden, human female.
Broken promises and ruined love hardened Sheri’s heart. When she finds an injured and extraordinarily sexy man on her property, she’s pulled into a world she never imagined. As she nurses him back to health and they bond over their love of books, she’s torn between the lessons she learned from her rough past and the need to seek solace in Tanen’s arms, but she must learn to trust him, and herself, in order to survive
A week on the hunt for the escaped prisoner, Tanen catches up with the traitor Mauree and she’s not alone. After being badly beaten by the Gossum and close to death, Tanen is able to find shelter from the sun in a humans shed, but not for long.
Sheri is a rehab nurse on her way to Portland to start brand new. A terrible marriage and a lying, drug addicted husband, she just wants to forget. Coming home from the hospital she finds a gorgeous, yet completely wounded man in her shed. Compelled to help him, she doesn’t realize exactly who and what he is and who else she’ll come across. Someone else she has been taking care of in a whole other way.
Definitely loving this series. I very much enjoyed this book. For some reason, I really enjoyed Maurees character. No matter how evil a character can be, the deviousness in some just hook me. I was up in arms a few times at some of the plot twist, but hey, that makes for fantastic reading! This is not only a great stand alone book, but would recommend the series from the start. I am very much looking forward to the next read! I give this a five star rating.
Reviewer for Romance Author’s That Rock!