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The Golden Dragon by J.A. Culican #Review

 

Review

The Golden Dragon is a short story about a Eva from the Keeper of the Dragons series of books. This book tells about how Eva who thinks she is just a normal human starting adulthood and going to college but finds on her first night there that she is different and needs to travel to find out what she really is since she looks like a golden dragon hybrid, but there are no golden dragons, only silver, blue, red and green.

This short story is really good. It pulls the reader in right away, so if you love dragon shifter stories then this is a novella for you, but I warn you I has made me want to read the rest of the series since this was the first book I have read from this series.

I’m giving this book 4 hearts (It was too short! I want more!)

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Infected by Jessica Gomez #horror

If the world ceased to exist in one moment in time, would you know what to do?

Lillie thought her life was finally beginning to look up, and for once she seemed in control of her own future. Until a blinding light in the sky ripped that all away. When the luminosity snapped off, it flipped a switch, taking with it almost every human life, leaving behind few survivors… and the Infected. Decrepit and inhuman, the Infected brutalize everything that crosses their path.

The flash has destroyed most people’s humanity, rendering Lillie a target for every horrific situation imaginable. Nine months later, she not only has to worry about herself, but her newborn child.

After a year of living on their own and just making it, Lillie and her daughter catch a break, finding shelter and a new companion in a young boy. The new family dynamic has Lillie letting her guard down. Until one day, they are ambushed. More terrifying and faster than ever, the Infected nearly overcome them, triggering the relocation of their home.

Taking a chance, Lillie and the children head to the mountains of Oregon. Little do they know – what waits there may be worse than the Infected.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and boy am I glad I read it. I’ll definitely be grabbing the other two books in the series ASAP.
Lillie and her daughter live in an apocalyptic world and are barely surviving. They come across a young orphan boy, James who lives inside a tree and decide to stay with him. He tells them of a self-sufficient cave system he was told about when he was younger. He has hope that his brother Ian has made it to the caves and after a while they all decide to try to find it. What follows is an interesting read about survival, love, loss and hope.
Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. I give this 5 hearts.

A Bear Saves The Town by Macy Babineaux #shifter #Review #paranormal

Cole Blackpelt makes his living as an underground cage fighter up and down the Gulf Coast. When he was young, he fled his home, believing that his entire family was dead. But a wolf-shifter witch shows up to tell him his brothers are not only alive, but one of them will die if he doesn’t help.

Mallory Delgado is the curvy, pretty, but lonely sheriff’s deputy in the sleepy down of Lockdale, Texas. Nothing ever happens in Lockdale, except that in the past year, there was a strange multiple homicide that left the old sheriff dead. And now the new sheriff, Ben Smith, has decided to take on the richest and most corrupt man in town, Carson DeLaine. She’s worried he’s bitten off more than he can chew when a pair of strangers show up in town and Ben falls mysteriously ill. But someone else is coming to Lockdale, an unlikely hero who just might save the day and steal Mallory’s heart

Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Review: If you have ever lived in a small town, you know that a lot happens underneath the surface and even small towns have an underworld. What most small towns don’t have, however, is someone hell-bent on destroying a whole family – or what’s left of it, in any case – through supernatural means. Cole Blackpelt, a cage-fighting bear shifter, is notified of his brother, Ben’s being in trouble by a witch named Valinda, but Cole is about to discover that Valinda isn’t all she seems to be, and not all problems can be solved using his fists. Teaming up with Mallory Delgado, Cole works to save Ben and their other brother as forces conspire against them all.

This novel is the second book in the trilogy and, while I have not read the first book, I found it very interesting and there was not much action that I felt I was missing having not ready the first book. I do think that reading it would give a richer understanding into the events of this story, and I will definitely be looking for it, but the novel is written in a way that there is a beginning, middle, and end. The epilogue does make it obvious that there is another book to follow, but it does not end in a cliffhanger. The novel ends simply with making the reader wanting to know what happens next for the Blackpelt brothers and their mates. I truly enjoyed this book and Macy Babineaux has made her way onto my list of authors to look read. There are a few explicit scenes that make me feel more comfortable recommending this book to readers 18+.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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Someone Special by Teresa Roman

After Dawn Masters hooks up with her longtime crush at their department’s holiday party, the last thing she expects is for him to dump her just days before Christmas. Devastated, Dawn swears off dating for good until hunky police officer Jude Morales convinces her to give him a chance.
He slowly coaxes her into trusting him, tearing down the wall she’s built around her heart. But just as Dawn dares to hope she’s found her someone special, Jude’s own issues, coupled with a serious injury in the line of duty, threaten her newfound happiness and leave her facing the possibility of yet another broken heart.

Superb. I loved it. Awesome characters and a storyline that kept surprising me!  I was sure that it was over and there’s more!  I guess I kept expecting to be left wanting and I sort of was.  I enjoyed it so much I was left wanting to read more by this author!  Realistic reactions and lifelike situations make for an excellent read. Also, the steamy scenes are properly spaced out and add to the story instead of being superfluous additions.

As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I could only go for the four and a half hearts as a rating since I only teared up and didn’t ugly cry.  I did tear up though, and sniffle in a few spots.  Maybe I’m getting jaded….nah!  It’s an awesome read I highly recommend it!

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The Shifters Seduction by Selena Scott #shifters #Review #romance

 

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The Shifter’s Seduction (Shifters of the Seventh Moon Book 3)
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The Shifter’s Seduction (Shifters of the Seventh Moon Book 3) 4.62  ·  Rating details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Tre Sullivan has never met a woman like Caroline Clifton. In so many ways, she’s everything he’s not. She’s bubbly, effusive, affectionate, filled with wonder, and -oh yeah- she’s not a bear shifter, like him. Tre, along with seven others, has found himself catapulted into a new adventure where their souls are at stake and a demon is haunting their every footstep. Their ne Tre Sullivan has never met a woman like Caroline Clifton. In so many ways, she’s everything he’s not. She’s bubbly, effusive, affectionate, filled with wonder, and -oh yeah- she’s not a bear shifter, like him. Tre, along with seven others, has found himself catapulted into a new adventure where their souls are at stake and a demon is haunting their every footstep. Their newest quasi-ally, the demon’s former right-hand-man, Arturo, is creepy, ornery and not making things any easier for the group.

Tre has told himself a million times that he’d never be good enough for Caroline, that is, until Arturo takes an interest in her himself. Tre finds himself having to rise to the occasion and see if he can make Caroline love him before she falls in love with the evil Arturo.

Torn between two alphas, will Caroline find her true mate, or will she regret the choice she ultimately has to make?

This is book 3 in “The Shifter’s of the Seventh Moon” Series, but can also be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers. This sizzling full-length paranormal romance 60k word story contains strong themes/language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18. FREE on Kindle unlimited

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The Shifters Seduction

In book 3 of this series, Tre and his friends continue to battle the demon wanting their souls. Caroline is fighting to get away from her own turbulent past. Tre has never felt that he was good enough for anything, especially Caroline, but when faced with possibly losing her to Arturo, he decides to finally get it together and try to make a play for her. When the demon finally appears Tre has to either submit or fight for what he wants. This story was interesting, but I had a hard time getting in to it. I found some of the storyline incongruent with the overall theme of the story. I especially found it hard to accept that Caroline would be interested in such superficial things like Tinder while they are waiting to fight a demon. Overall it wasn’t bad, but I don’t know if I’ll be looking for the other stories. I rate it 4 Stars. 

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Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige #boss #Review #alpha

When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn’t know he was filthy. Truth be told, I was only trying to get his best friend to notice me.

I knew poor scholarship girls like me didn’t stand a chance against guys like Weston King and Donovan Kincaid, but I was in love with his world, their world, of parties and sex and power. I knew what I wanted—I knew who I wanted—until one night, their world tried to bite me back and Donovan saved me. He saved me, and then Weston finally noticed me, and I finally learned what it was to be in their world.

And then what it was like to lose it.

Ten years later, I’ve found my way back. Back to their world. Back to him.

This time, I’m ready. I’ve been down this road before, and I know all the dirty, filthy ways Donovan will try and wreck me.

But it’s hard to resist. Especially when I know how much I’ll like it.

From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.

Awesome.  Very deep in some spots.  It brought out a few old feelings from when I first started exploring my own sexuality.  It might contain triggers for some folks, so take care to read any warnings before you delve into the dark side of power.  It’s not exactly what you can call a bdsm story, but it definitely has those types of undertones.

The main character is a girl I can relate to on several levels, even though superficially we have nothing in common at all.  The two men involved are both super sexy in completely opposite ways and would both be on my radar for the same reasons she has them on hers.  I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to reading more by this author!

As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I give it an easy 4 hearts and really wanted to slide on over to that fifth one, but I try to reserve those for books that make me cry.  This one didn’t quite get there, although once or twice I was close.

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Death has Spoken by J.A. Kingston

“My name is Max. When I was growing up I loved zombies. I played all the zombie games, read all the zombie books, watched all the zombie shows―etc, etc… What I loved most about it was the survival aspect. When your life was constantly on the line, when there were no rules, no government, no anything to tell you what you can’t do―true freedom! You could say I was a tad obsessed. That was until the God of Death declared war on humanity and the dead started walking.”

“This bump in the road forced me to search for new obsessions. I found my new hobby in ruling because what better time to grab power than during a zombie apocalypse? No government, no religion, and no law enforcers. Just a visionary teenager with a machete, and a few loyal friends. I knew how to survive, I’ve had plans for this eventuality for years. Although I never in a million years believed I would need them. I won’t just survive this zombie apocalypse, I’ll thrive.”

Jump into this apocalypse fantasy setting where the God of Death has grown tired of the human race shitting all over nature and declares war on them by raising the dead. Follow Max and his homies as they take over their high school and navigate through this new land of chaos and anarchy. Max uses his skills and knowledge honed from years of being a zombie story lover to build a haven in a world where the dead walk, but not all is good. Certain elements from his own entourage work to undo his bootleg kingdom that he founded in the midst of the fall of society. He must overcome them and not just survive the apocalypse but thrive.

In this book by J.A. Ebonlight, we are given a saga of high schoolers surviving in the midst of a zombie apocalypse…with an unusual setup. Death has decided to test humanity to see if the race should continue by subjecting the world to 100 years of the undead after making everyone on the planet relive their best and worst memories. The story revolves around a group of high schoolers who end up using their alma mater as a base and an unusual student who becomes the leader. How will this group of young adults survive this terrible wrath of Death itself?

            As zombie tales go, I will say that this is definitely a fresh idea for why the undead are coming to life. The title of the work calls this piece a saga, and it is ambitious in its scope and its handling of what can be considered an overly used horror subgenre. One of the things I truly liked was that the book focuses more on the people than the monsters, and has a fairly deep cast of characters. I also liked that besides the unusual start, the book doesn’t get completely unrealistic by throwing in magic and other creatures…it’s a focused setting and universe. (Don’t get me wrong, I like wider universes too if they are set up well…but sometimes it’s nice to stay in one area.) In its best moments the tale hits a combination of “Night of the Living Dead” and Lord of the Flies.

That does mean that the subject matter of the book often gets into disturbing matter that won’t suit all readers.  At times I wondered if the work used violence between students gratuitously. The characters were a little uneven, the story could probably have been refined to certain arcs and have better flow…but my biggest issue is that it just stops. Likely the ending is what is being mostly depicted, but it left too much uncertainty in my mind. All these points stated, this is a work that shows the author’s promise and I would like to see more of his or her work as the years go by.

(I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors That Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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Fey Spy by Tiffany Shand #Review #fae #paranormal

Fey,
A World That’s Against Her,
A Mission to Save Her People,
And a Lost Love.

Serafina Valeon fights to save her people by working in the resistance as a spy, in a world where she could be killed for being a fey. Only a scared artifact, the keystone, can help bring freedom to the fey. Sera must risk her life to recover the stone and venture into the mage city of Elmira. She stumbles across her childhood sweetheart, Bastian, who is now a hunter and hunts her people. Sera must find a way to work with Bastian, despite their differences and the forbidden desire between them. Will she be able to recover the artifact without revealing who and what she really is? Will Bastian be able to accept her, or will their love be the doom of her?

Sera is on a mission to go undercover and become one of the enemies. Little did she know who she would have to be working with her husband, Bas. Trying to spy, get the info and artifact to complete the mission, and still keep her emotional distance from Bas will feat, let alone not being discovered.
Bas cant believe after 10 years, Sera is actually alive. Even though they were just kids when they were married and the accident that he thought took her away from him, she shows up out of now where. After years of raging wars, the fragile peacetime is on the verge of war. With Bas and Sera involved for different reasons and on different sides, can they keep their feelings at bay while fighting for what they believe in?
Excellent read. I absolutely loved this book. The author has a great style of writing that kept glued until the very end. Sera’s strength and determination was one of my favorite characters and how Bas never gave up on her. I am looking forward to the next book when its released. I gave this a five-star read.

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Bette, Unscripted by JB Trepagnier #Review

A damaged former child star

“Thank God, it hasn’t affected my looks,” she said as she lined her eyes. Bette Poole, once the biggest child star in the world, is struggling at twenty five. She’s got the talent for adult roles, but none of the drive. She can’t function without cocaine, booze, and opiates and it’s affecting her performance on set.

Layers of secrets and psychological damage

Jerry, her agent, makes one last attempt to help her by getting her on a reality TV show. Bette’s studio executive father doesn’t want to help, but pulls the plug on the first day of shooting. Jerry inserts himself into her life, moving into her apartment to get her sober and working. It’s worse than Jerry thought. Bette has secrets upon secrets. Secrets that could bring down half of Hollywood and involve Jerry directly. He just needs her to trust him and talk, unscripted, so he can bring down everyone who has hurt her

This book is a standalone drama and ends in an HEA. On the surface, Bette looks like a typical actress, once a child star. She is a problem on set and is addicted to drugs and alcohol. Once her manager, Jerry decides that enough is enough, he takes her to her apartment and tries to force her to clean herself up. As Jerry and Bette fight with each other, so many ugly truths are revealed and Bette becomes a tragedy. Her behavior is now understood and Jerry utilizes his own family to help.

>The story was well written if a bit slow during the “get to know Bette” section with Jerry. I found it hard to believe that Bette was able to detox without professional help since her issues were ongoing for years. The backstory of Bette’s birth and childhood was horrific and hard to fathom. Her adoptive parents, Damian and Kat really seemed to have no redeeming qualities. Kat has a redemption, but I am not sure she really deserved one.
>Dante is an important character in helping Bette to develop a normal relationship. His backstory would have been nice to have. His character as presented seems too good to be true. The story as a whole shows the disgusting underbelly of Hollywood.
>I voluntarily read and reviewed this advanced copy of the book from Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving this book 4 stars. The story was compelling, but the cover of the book is terrible. A cover with a bit of innocence overcome by darkness would have been better than the insanity portrayed on the cover.

Damaged by Pamela Callow #Review

How far are you willing to go to forget your past?

Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.

When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.

How far are you willing to go to redeem yourself?

Put on notice by Randall Barrett, the firm’s charismatic managing partner, Kate must fight for her career, for her reputation – and for redemption.

Unwilling to live with the damage she may have caused, Kate pursues the case on her own and unearths some chilling facts.

Facts that lead straight to the heart of a legal conspiracy.

Facts that lead Kate directly into the surgically skilled hands of the Body Butcher.

The first book in the Kate Lange legal thriller series. A Levy “Need to Read” pick with Top Ten Bestseller display. Now under option for television development.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Review: Attorney Kate Lange, in the midst of trying to prove herself to her new law firm so she can get off probation and be hired permanently, discovers that the “fluffy” family law case she’s given is anything but. The young woman, for whom her grandmother is seeking custody, is found murdered and dismembered and that sends Kate down a rabbit hole of street kids, murder cops, and body part trafficking that may end up more deadly than it first appears.

Reminiscent of the novels by John Grisham, this fast-paced legal thriller caught my attention quickly and did not let go for the entirety of the book. Set in Nova Scotia, there was some terminology that was not familiar to me, and I’m certainly not familiar with the law, regardless of the country. However, I have read enough legal thrillers that I was able to understand based on context. Like many other novels in this genre, the attorney ends up running into the police investigation by doing her own leg work and I’m not sure what would happen to an attorney in that instance in a real-life investigation. However, it does make for a thrilling story, so I’m willing to give the author (and others like her) poetic license. Kate seemed a little whiny in the beginning of the book, but her character grew on me, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in her life.

I am also a big fan of romance novels, so the only thing I really didn’t like about the book is the sort-of romance qualities presented. I would have love to have seen the romance aspects more fully developed or left out of the novel all together. Beyond that, it was a solidly-told story with strong characters and plot development. Due to the grisly nature of the murders presented, I would recommend it to mature readers 16+.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

 

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