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 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.
Pittsburgh, 1900. The mysterious Vanderhorn family hires Nora Bennett as a nurse and companion to her injured, handsome, stepson Alex. Nathan Vanderhorn is drawn to Nora even though he’s betrothed to the socially elite Celeste. Though Nora vies to steer clear of the family problems, a sinister plot pulls her in deeper than she’d ever imagined. Who in this strange household could she trust?
Nathan is forced to run the family steel mill when all he really wants is to become an attorney. Alex wants nothing more than to walk again and run his steel mill. The willful stepmother strives to keep them both from their desires. Both brothers seem to be attracted to Nora. Which brother will she fall in love with?
Such an awesome classic! Historical romance for any age. The story of Nora and Alex is written with very mild religious undertones so is excellent for younger readers. The characters are strong and sensible, believable and compelling as well. I had one or two minor issues but they didn’t hamper the story at all. I felt the timing was off in how quickly Alex responded to Nora, but can understand the possibility of a younger aide being enough to shock him out of his funk. I also would have liked a bit more of Nathan’s story to have been included. Knowing his thought process concerning the paperwork would have been interesting.
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, this one earns a full five hearts. It’s sweet, romantic and exciting all with not a single inappropriate scene!
A love-starved young woman slips away every night to adventure with dragons, mermaids and even aliens but then she wakes up.
In this unusual, Christian sci fi fantasy novel, Cara Peirce wants to help people. She wants love but making connections in real life just isn’t something she’s good at. Through an unsettling turn of events, Cara finds herself a mostly-willing participant in a bizarre life in which she only feels truly alive in her dreams. Her surreal adventures in other realms seem important, somehow. And, almost every night, she dreams of the same guy – Blaze Saxon.
In the end, only whispers remain. But the end is only the beginning.
This is the story of a faded dreamer.
This book is rated 13+
Cara is a high school student who has very few connections in life. After learning that she has a hidden special talent of being able to see and understand FUN waves, she becomes employed as a “Dreamer”, for an astronomical amount of money. Her only task is to dream and to allow the company to somehow access these dreams for others. How was never made clear in the book? Through her dreams, Cara learns many important life lessons, primarily about the faith of a higher power. These dreams almost always feature Bryce “Blaze”, who Cara obviously has a crush. These two ultimately come together to have a happily ever after by the end. This book unfortunately never pulled me in. Although the author has a very creative imagination, even the “real life” portions of the book just seemed outlandish to me and the last few chapters went off the rails to me, even to the point that I had to put the book down for a bit before returning to finish. I rate this book 3 hearts.
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Ever since she was a child, Megan Lee loved her mother’s cafe. The Pearl Street Kitchen was a little spot of dining goodness, and big city flavor in the small seaside town of Ampleforth.
But, tragedy strikes at The Pearl Street Kitchen. When one of the performers dies with poison on her lips, and a fork in her hand, it looks like Megan’s dreams for the place are about to crash and burn in a huge way.
When all fingers point to the newest employee as being a conspirator for the murder, Megan has to make a choice to either cut him loose and save her dream, or risk everything and trust him when he swears he’s innocent.
But will digging for the truth put her own life at risk?
And, why does Megan feel an inextricable pull towards the mysterious and handsome reporter, Max?
It’s all up to Megan Lee to find out who killed the songwriter before the killer targets someone else!
All Megan Lee wants is for her reopening of the Pearl Street Kitchen to go well. She wants her mother, Bianca, to approve of the work that she and her best friend Karlie have done in getting the place ready. To make sure that the night goes well, Megan’s booked two acts to perform: Anomaly and Electric Madness.However, all of these plans come to a crashing halt when Anomaly member Destinee keels over dead, murdered by poison in her dessert. Can Megan find out who is behind this nefarious crime, and will the mysterious and handsome Max be a help or an added complication?
Lori Woods gives the readers a murder mystery in a brief read that takes place in just one night. Even though the novel is relatively short, there are several characters to interest the readers, and hints at a couple possible romances that might develop in further works. A supernatural element exists as well in the house spirits that seem to be aiding Megan in her investigation. It’s hard not to enjoy this story, especially as the author has included a recipe for the dessert at the end. (sans poison, of course)
There are a lot of characters involved in this story, and a few threads that are introduced but not really developed in this particular story. A good example is the fate of Megan’s father, who has disappeared and is presumed dead. I expect the author made the choice to keep the story brief and leave some of these other threads for the next stories at the Pearl Street Kitchen, but I personally tend to like things developed further. There are also several characters to juggle, as I’ve said, and not all of them have clear voices or motives. Overall, though, this is a fun and quick read for people who like a little mystery in their romance stories.
Sixteen-year-old Taliesin Boone knew she was different, but she had no idea how different until she returns to her childhood home to discover she is the only surviving member of a mysterious Keltoi society capable of returning the balance of the spirit worlds. Countless lives hang in the balance, all of them hinging on Tally’s ability to harness her newly discovered powers without destroying herself in the process.
Along the way, Tally becomes inextricably entwined with the ancient clan her family one belonged to, the spirit guides that empower them, an aunt she didn’t know she had, a courageous boy who loves her but who doesn’t belong, and another who seems to hate her but who is the only one who can guide her.
A gripping story of grief and forgiveness, honor and loyalty, self-sacrifice and love. Choice/Destiny is the first book in bestselling author Suzanne Redfearn’s Taliesin trilogy.
Former soldier. Ex-convict. Aloof.
Since Jack was released from prison a month ago, he is keeping his head above water with the odd job here and there.
His probation officer convinces him to accept a job with Simon Beauchamp. The influential politician is expecting positive PR from helping ex-prison inmates start over.
Jack, on the other hand, wants only one thing: to forget.
Politician’s daughter. Obedient. Searching.
Abigail is living up to all of the expectations her wealthy father places on her.
Nobody knows that her first and last attempt to escape from this gilded cage almost ended in disaster. Ever since that experience five years ago, she has been desperately trying to find the one who rescued her.
When she meets Jack Sinclair, it’s all over for her.
But Jack remains tough and dismissive. When Abigail is in danger, he has to decide if he will bank on safety or rise to the challenge.
The Bodyguard is an alpha male bad boy romantic suspense short story with NO cliffhanger.
WARNING: Contains mature themes and language.
After serving 5 years for an accidental death sustained while protecting a stranger, Jack has taken a job protecting a politician, only to find out that he’ll be actually guarding the politicians daughter Abby, coincidentally the stranger who he protected and that never came forward to defend him. Abby has suffered from extreme anxiety since the incident, refusing to go out into the world and never knew anything about the trial. Now she has someone threatening her life and must again rely on Jack. I really wanted to like this story and for the most part I did, but it was so super rushed. It’s literally only 5 chapters and gets us from reuniting, telling of what happened, working through Abby’s anxiety and catching the stalker in the blink of an eye. I just felt like the story could have offered much more in development. I rate this story 4 hearts.
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