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House of Dusk, House of Dawn by Sarah M. Cradit

Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans…

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes House of Dusk, House of Dawn, the final installment in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover. Not a standalone story, this novel’s plot makes the most sense only after having the prior volumes.

This is the end.

This is the beginning.

The stage is set. The players, ready.

A midnight dynasty, cursed to fall. An empire of shadows, determined to rise once more.

Here they are, at the end of everything.

One wrong move spells irreversible defeat.

But, ah, what if they win?

The Saga of Crimson & Clover:
A sprawling dynasty. An ancient bloodline. A world of magic and mayhem.

Welcome to the Saga of Crimson & Clover, where all series within are linked but can be equally enjoyed on their own.

Series List:
The House of Crimson & Clover Series: Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels & Sullivans
The Midnight Dynasty Series: There’s no place like home.
Vampires of the Merovingi Series: From the ashes of the sorcerer kings rose an empire.
And many more to come…

Visit www.sarahmcradit.com for the latest information, news, and updates.

The House of Crimson and Clover Series:
This is the recommended reading order for the series.
Prequel: The Storm and the Darkness
Prequel: Shattered
Volume I: The Illusions of Eventide
Volume II: Bound
Volume III: Midnight Dynasty
Volume IV: Asunder
Volume V: Empire of Shadows
Volume VI: Myths of Midwinter
Volume VII: The Hinterland Veil
Volume VIII: The Secrets Amongst the Cypress
Volume IX: Within the Garden of Twilight
Volume X: House of Dusk, House of Dawn

Crimson & Clover Lagniappes (Bonus Stories):
Lagniappes are standalone stories that can be read in any order.
St. Charles at Dusk: The Story of Oz and Adrienne
Flourish: The Story of Anne Fontaine
Surrender: The Story of Oz and Anasofiya
Shame: The Story of Jonathan St. Andrews
Fire & Ice: Remy & Fleur Fontenot
Dark Blessing: The Landry Triplets
Pandora’s Box: Jasper and Pandora Broussard
The Menagerie: Cyler
A Band of Heather: Colleen and Noah
The Ephemeral: Autumn Sullivan
Banshee: The Story of Giselle Deschanel

Box Sets:
The Prequels
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes I-IV
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes V-VII
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes VIII-X
Lagniappes Collection I
Lagniappes Collection II

This is the last book in this stunning series and trust me if you haven’t read the others you will be lost. The family Deschanel comes together with others for the final battle and if they don’t win all is lost. The curse that has hung over their family for centuries can be broke but at what cost? Some will sacrifice for the cause but will it be enough?
This is definitely an award winning series and this final book doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve read the series then this is a must read. I laughed , I cried and didn’t want to turn that last page to say goodbye.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 saddened hearts
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Flint by H.D. March

Mackenzie is devastated to learn her colleague investigating a disappearance is the man that ruined her life, Flint swore he’d love her, instead he destroyed her.

After two years MMA champion Flint Garrison is back in her life and Mackenzie is terrified of the emotions he evokes. She’s never stopped loving him and never forgotten what he cost her. Their undercover mission is to spend a week at Rowan; known for its paranormal activity to discover why people are going missing. Forced to spend time together soon rekindles their affair, but when they are drawn into a parallel world where demon Terez rules their nightmare begins. Parted from Mackenzie they are hunted in the living forest, but Flint swears he won’t let her down again and begins the fight of his life.

I give this book 4 hearts

I really enjoyed this story, which starting out with no knowledge of it really surprised me in he content. A paranormal romance that is modern day except for the twist of demons, curses and witches.
 I don’t want to give away much, so here goes. After a good witch loses the love of her life, her mate to demons she vows vengeance and casts a spell to keep her mate’s body safe until they can one day meet again. For the demons her and her sisters cast a binding spell so they may never leave their castle again.
Flash forward to now 150yrs later Mackenzie has decided she will never forgive the man that broke her heart 2 years earlier the man that she thought she would grow old with Flint. He never let her explain about that fateful Valentine’s Day, or the consequences because of it. She has never been able to get over him and now she’s being forced to work with him on an undercover mission at a haunted house to try to figure out why people are disappearing.
    Sparks ignite like wild fire when they are near each other, but secrets, witches, demons threaten to tear them apart, and possibly kill them all together.
HEA

Never Say Love by Lauren Hawkeye

Bound by a vow with his friends, hotel tycoon Nathan Archer refuses to settle down and tie the knot. His only commitment is to bachelorhood. Granted, that contract was made when he was 15 years old… and in a treehouse. Still, a promise is a promise. And Nate takes his promises seriously.

But when cute little Eleanor Marshall walks back into his life, this blast from the past is no longer the timid little girl he used to know. When Ellie propositions him for a night of sizzling, unattached sex, Nate can’t refuse. Besides, it’s only one night. And Nate is never going to settle down.

Never say never…

**This book was previously published as Never Say Love by Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye**

There are not many adults who can claim that they never made a vow in childhood or young adulthood that they were determined to stick to as an adult. There are few adults who actually hold to their childhood vows because blood of childhood runs hot and grownup responsibilities and emotions will often cool that blood, especially when it comes to vows made to never get married or fall in love. Nate Archer made such a vow in the wake of frequent abuse at the hands of his mother’s husband, believing that any institution that was more important to a woman than her role as mother couldn’t possibly be any good. Nate’s vow gets tested in this well-crafted second chance romance from Lauren Hawkeye when Nate returns to his hometown for the wedding of a childhood friend who did not stick by his vow to never get married. 

The chemistry between Nate and Ellie is phenomenal and is born from two people who have known each other most of their lives. There are themes of Dominance and submission but not so strong that this could truly be labeled a BDSM romance. The sex scenes are hot and push the book into mature reader territory, but I really enjoyed the storytelling and how Nate comes to realize that some things, and some people, are worth breaking a childhood vow over. 

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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The Captive by Jenny Foster

His name is Khazaar Drasurq, and he is different from all the other men she knows.

He is dangerous.

He is unpredictable.

To Cassie, he is the most desirable man she has ever laid eyes on.

For Khazaar, on the other hand, she exists only to secure the survival of his race. She is a little cog in the big plan the possessive Alien lord is following.

As Cassie is thrown into his dangerous world, she soon realizes that she desperately needs something only he can give her.

His protection.

Allow Jenny Foster’s romance novel to carry you off to a grandiose Sci-Fi world. This novel evolved from the original short story, and will be followed by 3 additional volumes. In “The Captive” you are holding Book One of the Betania Breed series in your hands. You will experience adventurous, dramatic and seductive travels through the universe, first hand.

This will be a ride you won’t want to miss.

* * * Can be read as a standalone book. * * * The Captive is Book 1. NO cliffhanger. The series can be read in any order. Warning: Intended for mature audiences only.

Aliens have taken over Earth.  A second race comes to the rescue but requests brides for their warriors in return.  Cassie is chosen but tells her warrior the women are not there by choice.  Will she have the same feelings for another warrior that he has awakened in her?

The story was great, action and suspense keep you turning pages.  The writing, however, bothered me.  I am wondering if the author speaks a different language as some places felt very stilted and stiff.

As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I gave it four hearts for the awesome action and great storyline.  The emotional attachment just wasn’t there, thanks to those flat spots in the writing.

The Dragon’s Mate by Emilia Hartley

Luc Avila’s been searching for his parents with his twin brother Marc for as long as he could remember, and he won’t stop until he knows the truth of their disappearance. When one of his pranks accidentally goes wrong, Dane King, the leader of the American Dragons threatens to make him territory bound. Now Luc has to be careful – he can’t afford to be territory bound. Especially not when the pretty little intern at the new Guardians of Existence facility has captured his dragon’s attention. There was just too much for him to lose.

The summer internship at the Guardians of Existence facility was just one of Anya’s steps towards her goal of uniting the dragons with all of America. Although it was the 21st century, the dragons of America were still exposed to prejudice, and hate. Her father argued that they’d given themselves a bad reputation, one that she felt was wrongly deserved. Now she was finally on the right track to achieve her goal and she wouldn’t let anyone stop her. Especially not agent Howard Beauchamp who couldn’t seem to get it through his thick skull that she didn’t want to go on a date with him.

This is a spin off series of Emilia’s Fated Dragons series, however it can be read as a standalone.
Warning: This series contains lots of sexy shifter action, irresistible mates and steamy love scenes. Tons of mouth watering Paranormal Romance bonus content included!

The Dragon’s Mate is the first book in the Elemental Dragons series and it picks up the story right where Fated Dragons series left it. That is a huge plus to the fans of said series! You get to see how everything goes between the Dragons and the Guardians of Existence. In Fated Dragons, we saw a lot how the human heroines were terrified of and/or resented their dragon mates. In my opinion, it was quite cruel to the dragon. Therefore, I am pleased to say that this heroine, Anya Forrester, is an advocate of the rights of the dragons. She has the strong belief that they should have the same rights as a human and will try her hardest to make the whole community of the Guardians of Existence while she is an intern at their Embassy. 
Honestly, I love that this heroine has such strong beliefs and ambitions. No one likes a damsel in distress that never learned to stand up for herself even. Therefore, having a heroine with attitude and character such as Anya is a huge plus. Then again, I suppose you need emotional strength to be the mate of a dragon. Even when I am happy about said side of Anya’s attitude, I am also a little disappointed in her in other aspects. I truly wish she could have been a little more devoted to her dragon mate. Don’t misunderstand me, she loves our hero and helped him figure out what happened to the missing dragons. She even went against the corrupted beliefs of some members of the Guardians of Existence even when they are her people and were everything she once admire and supported. That was a huge blow to her, being torn into what she believes and what people she trusted said is for the best. Our heroine has a backbone, I’ll give you that. Nevertheless, I wish I could have seen her act a little more like a mate and not just a dragon advocate. What I mean is that I noticed how devoted, understanding and honest was our hero towards her. I just wished she could have had the same courtesy towards him. I mean, when you meet you mate your connection should be something quite intense. You should protect your mate from anything and everything, not just physically but also emotionally. I think she didn’t quite do that because she waited for her father to approve our hero. When you truly love someone, you won’t condition it to someone else’s support. Then again, this is my opinion. Judge for yourself the character our heroine has. I assure you, either way, she won’t disappoint. 
Now, regarding our hero, Luc Avila. He is a dragon searching for his parents with the help of his brother. There is not much I wish to say about Luc because I truly hope you will give yourself time to truly get to know him and form a solid opinion about his character. I just wish to say that I admire his devotion to his mate and family. That is a huge quality that I love in the main leads and perhaps it is one of the most difficult ones to portray and keep through a whole novel. I am pleased to say our Luc exhibit said characteristically in a realistic and touching matter. Everything about him screams alpha but he has this understanding side that will melt you from the inside. Enough said, just give him the chance he deserves to show you what a great dragon-man he is. 
I would highly recommend this novel to any shifter romance fan that is willing to embark on a journey of drama, mystery and a hell of a lot of corruption from a system that should fight for equality instead of against it. Fans of the Fated Dragons series, believe me when I said you don’t want to miss this series! Also, book 2 is already available! Yeah, get to it now!

Reviewer of Romance Authors That Rock
4 ❤

By Any Other Name by Laura Greenwood

“For never was a story more of woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
– Prince (5:3:309)

For years, the vampire clans of Paris have been at war due to a feud between the Barons Capulet and Montague. When one fight goes too far, the Prince gives the clans an ultimatum; cease the fights or burn at dawn.

Baron Capulet, and his wife, are protective of their only child, Josie. Living a sheltered life, Josie had never even thought about love or marriage until her parents start arranging one. Romain Montague thought he knew what love was, until he sneaks into a Capulet party and sees Josie from across the room.

A faithful retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Please be warned that the ending has not been changed.

This modernized telling of Romeo and Juliet, offers only two differences from the original classic, new names and they’re vampires. Josie is a young natural born vampire, of the Capulet family. While attending a masquerade at her family home, she meets Romain, a mysterious newcomer, only to learn, he’s a Montague and her families enemy. While it’s love at first sight for these two, unfortunately, it’s not happily ever after, as this story ends the same as the classic. Although this remake was easier to understand, I felt that it had equal other challenges. I felt like these characters offered no new characteristics that could have made them more interesting. I also found the rapid change between characters and scenes made it difficult to follow and had to re-read several passages. Finally, my biggest problem was I found the story boring. It offered really nothing new, except the vampire element and that didn’t captivate me. I rate this story 3 hearts. 

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Stolen Prophet by Julian M. Coleman

A horror supernatural thriller from the 2016 Paranormal/Supernatural AWARD WINNING Author.
“I love this book…”Stolen Prophet”…Its amazing to the core. This book is an excellent resource to someone looking for perfect thrilling and paranormal thread…”

It will take a monster to protect a Prophet.

Evie looks like an ordinary single mother. Her young son is kidnapped. Determined to find him, Evie is convinced there is only one way to save his life. She has to become a monster. She surrenders to her inner darkness without hesitation. She leaves behind madness and death as she searches for him. She will find Victor. There’s no one to stop her…or is there?

Julian Coleman has created an interesting story in a paranormal version of Richmond where orishas hold sway and a mother finds herself embracing the destiny she sought to avoid when she was a young child.  But when the woman’s son is kidnapped because of the powers he himself has, no one in the city will avoid the wintry wrath of an enraged parent.

 
I have a tendency to say the same things as I review more of this genre, and I find myself pulling out one of my common statements: I wanted more. The set up for the story was done very well, but soon after we are put into the viewpoints of several different people during an admittedly huge night, but the shifting straight into the action left me with a lot more questions. The main character is learning her powers but as a reader I would have liked more of her finding out how to access these abilities. The other characters are going to be important later, but the narrative seemed jumpy and a bit forced.
 
That said, I’m interested in learning more of what happens as further parts of the overall story come out. There’s a clear motivation for the main character ad hints of more revelations to come as we go further into this world. I do urge people to take a look at this book as it is definitely worth the minimal time needed to read through the tale.
 
(Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 
 

Savage Seduction by J. Woods #Review

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Savage Seduction (Savage #1)

by J. Woods (Goodreads Author)
Savage Seduction (A Savage Series Novel, #1) 3.89  ·  Rating details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
SAVAGE SEDUCTION is the first Savage family novel in a new fun and steamy contemporary romance series.

Since starting Savage Security with his brothers, Logan Savage has been chasing mission after mission, running away from the memories of his past. With no fear and no one waiting for him at his isolated cabin in the woods, Logan is determined to keep everyone at arm’s len SAVAGE SEDUCTION is the first Savage family novel in a new fun and steamy contemporary romance series.

Since starting Savage Security with his brothers, Logan Savage has been chasing mission after mission, running away from the memories of his past. With no fear and no one waiting for him at his isolated cabin in the woods, Logan is determined to keep everyone at arm’s length including his concerned family. And the irresistible woman who dares to blur the lines between his defenses and desire.

Known for her independence, successful CEO Zoe Alcott makes no apologies when she finally takes a stand against her placid love life. Until the day she finds a love note from a deranged stalker and her safety is placed in the palm of Savage Security and the mysterious Logan Savage. Not her usual type, Zoe wonders if the instant passion between them is enough to convince Logan to break his only rule – never get involved with a client.

When Zoe’s stalker becomes increasingly more insistent, Logan continues to fight against his growing possession and wild desire for the too courageous troublemaker determined to drive him crazy. But when the mission takes a turn for the worse, Logan wonders if the battle is worth losing the only woman that he can’t stop thinking about.

She gets a threatening note and, as a local celebrity, the cops take it very seriously.  Hiring a bodyguard for her, 24/7.  Can she stand having strangers in her personal space?He has never felt the way he does towards her.  A client is off limits, and that’s never been a problem before.  Even his dog likes her, though. Can he keep his professional distance?

I laughed, cried and cheered.  A strong heroine and stronger hero with a backing cast full of interesting and well written characters.  It’s suspenseful, it’s romantic, its heart-wrenching, did I mention there’s a dog?

As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I gave this one 5 full hearts for the tears I discovered on my cheeks more than once.  The dog is well trained and smart and doesn’t get hurt, so that was a plus!  Sex scenes were steamy and erotic, emotional and fun.  Definitely recommended and I’ll be watching for the rest of these!!

Jacob by Selina Coffey #Review

War. Family. Love.
Jacob has always obeyed his brothers, his clan… until he meets Sabrina.

The battle is coming. The Alexander brothers are about to face an old enemy in the biggest fight of their lives and they’re not sure if they can win…

Jacob’s adopted brother, Jadrian, is in trouble with the vampires. Jacob knows being adopted by a shifter family must have made Jadrian feel like an outsider and he’ll do whatever it takes to help his brother, including getting involved with the vampire queen Sabrina. Though he isn’t sure he can trust her, his lust for her is undeniable.

But Sabrina has plans which go far beyond just mating, and Jacob may be the key…

Author’s Note: This book contains mature language and themes, intended for adults only.

Jacob was appealing in theory but did not deliver that awe-inspiring story-line you were hoping for. There was little character development so it was hard to connect with the characters and their choices. The biggest faux pas would be the Stockholm Syndrome Jacob had for the little vampire Sabrina he was drawn too. Their relationship was based on lies and sex and yet he gained this magical “love” for the woman in an instant as well as an ego boost that made him arrogant. Under the guise of protecting all species he defied and treated his family like lower class citizens and yet didn’t harbor any more hatred for the women who put the discord between the brothers. The story just did not feel believable and was very rushed. Even with the secondary story mixed in from the youngest brother and his personal drama. Based on content this book is for audiences over 18 and as an Independent Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock I am giving this book 3 Hearts. 

Erik by J.S. Striker

Book review – Erik: Band of Bears

>This book is part of the Band of Bears series and ends in an HEA. Erik is a bear shifter going undercover to catch what ever is killing humans. He moves in next to Charlotte, both of them living in a fairly remote area. The reality in this story is that humans do not know shifters exist. When Charlotte is confronted with proof of what Erik is, she accepts this paranormal being rather quickly.
>The story has a lot of action, but too much of Charlotte going out of her way to be a victim. Erik does allow her to help, eventually, but Charlotte is a smart woman who seems to be asking for trouble walking home at night alone? Really? The chemistry between Erik and Charlotte is hot. Erik’s jealousy when his buddy shows up to help is really funny, as is Charlotte’s baking fixation.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock. I am giving this book 4 stars. The story was good, but more meat to the plot and explanation as to why the creature was targeting humans would have made the story great.
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