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Chosen Path

Erotic Romance

Date Published: 4/28/2017

Yumiko Itsumoto wants it all. An accomplished artist and feared attorney, she gets what she wants, all else be damned. Now she wants love, even if it means charting a new course for her life, but changing course can be dangerous.  In mere moments, she tumbles from the dizzying pinnacle of success into a bottomless abyss of murder and treachery.  Yumiko will not live happily ever after—not this time—but can she at least find a way to stay alive?

 

Editor’s review 

Author J. Whitney Williams follows CARRIED AWAY—his surprisingly intelligent and deftly written debut—with a story that is even sexier, more thrilling and more enthralling than the first.
 
Again taking the reader on a trip across the world, meeting strange people in strange places via a prodigious narrator, CHOSEN PATH follows Yumi, a powerful and apparently dispassionate supporting character introduced in book one. But appearances deceive. Here, the reader is immersed in Yumi—into the very depths of her complex mind, her conflicted yet determined soul, her insatiable sex drive.
 
When Yumi encounters the woman who she presumes to be the fiancée of the love of her life—perhaps her only true love—she has every reason to seize the opportunity that presents itself to erase the woman from both of their lives forever. It’s no wonder Yumi is the prime suspect for the unfortunate woman’s swift and seemingly heartless murder. Unable to recall herself, Yumi assumes the worst, too. It wouldn’t be the first tragic fate to befall someone who stood in her way—or the last—and cameras don’t lie.
 
In CHOSEN PATH, Williams explores the very essence of what makes us human. The protagonist, a uniquely flawed yet extraordinarily likable woman of many talents and trades, demonstrates the jealousy and manipulation we see in ourselves and despise in others. At the same time, we’re drawn to Yumi. Geisha. Samurai. Assassin. Pseudo-royalty. Nothing happens to her; she creates. If we all shaped our own circumstances, our destinies, as adroitly as she, what paths would we choose and where would they lead us?

 

About the Author 

A mathematician by training and computer programmer by trade, J. Whitney Williams lives and works under the X in Texas, thinking too much and speaking too little.

 

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jwhitneywilliams/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14845311.J_Whitney_Williams

 

 

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Sevyn by Renee Dyer #Review

 

Sevyn

Renee Dyer
Genre: Thriller/ Romantic Suspense/
Dark Romance
Publisher: Forever Red Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-941853-39-9
Number of pages: 300
Cover Artist: Lee Ching from Under Cover Designs
Tagline: When life hands you impossible choices, can you become the man you want to be?
Book Description:
Born into rival drug cartels, Kevyn Zozlov and his best friend Esperanza Torres defy the odds, finding laughter in a world full of pain. Ripped away from her at a young age, Kevyn has to learn the difference between family, loyalty, and obedience. Fear keeps him focused each day. Memories fill his dreams at night.
Torn between the death he sees daily and what he believes is right, he struggles to decide the kind of man he wants to be—until a promise he makes to his mother, the person he loves more than anyone, changes everything.
“Get out of here and find Esperanza. Promise me.”
Now, Kevyn has to figure out how to make his way to the only friend he ever had—the one person who understands his damaged world. Will she welcome him back with open arms, or turn him away, leaving him more lost than he already is?
With time against him, can he find Esperanza and his happiness, or will he be another casualty of the drug war, buried in an unmarked grave with no one to mourn his loss?
Excerpt:
My fourteenth
birthday started with screaming, “I want to see my son.  He would never ask for this.  Kevyn!
Kevyn!”
My father was
screaming for me?
The hopeful boy
in me that had always prayed he would love me ran out of my room and down the
stairs.  He was in the cage.  I stared at him in confusion.  Looking back at me was nothing but hatred.  Still.
He didn’t need my help.  Didn’t
want it.  He wanted me to see how much I
disgusted him.
“You fucking
bastard!”  He screamed.  Spit flew from his mouth.  As usual, he was high.  “How dare you wish this for your birthday?”
 
Who hasn’t tried a dark romance, occasionally? MC, mafia, drug cartel, you name it. They all have a forbidden romance between two lovers from opposites side of town, action, tragedies and and a sweet HEA. That isn’t new, we have all read and heard about it one way or another. Nevertheless, what Sevyn doesn’t fall in cliché at all. I was expecting it to be like other mafia romance books I have read because, honestly, this is the first time I have read any book of Renee Dyer. I had no idea what to expect so I thought I would play it safe and hope for a nice and entertaining story. I was never expecting a total page-turner that had me up at 3 a.m. in tears, with my heart broken and confused, and two seconds away from a heart attack. This is a book I will never forget, yeah it was that good. It reminded me to expect the unexpected. I will most certainly be on the lookout for more novels from Dyer!
Sevyn tells the story of Kevin, a prodigy child from a Mexican cartel that has a cruel Russian father and a sweet and gentle Mexican mother. His only escape from the hate and cruelty of his father was the time he spent with his best friend Esperanza. I am not a fan of a friend to lovers but, I must confess, that the scene when these two fall in love totally stole my heart away. I do believe the author has talent for writing emotional scenes, I found a lot in the book and they are what, in my opinion, makes the book a page-turner. 
The poor boy believes to be cursed by the number 7 because horrible things happen when it is involved. He was born at 7 months and almost didn’t make it, his heart stopped 7 times before he was born, he broke 7 bones by the time he has 7 years old and when he turned 7, he lost everyone he loved. Yeah, I can see a pattern there. 
What I loved the most about this book was that it was full of twists. There were times when I felt I knew the guy as well as the palm of my hand, but he will prove me wrong again and again. I saw as much kindness and cruelty in him and I just couldn’t and didn’t want to see the latter. It truly broke my heart to see how twisted life turned him to help him survive. I saw the dark side of his true love and the even darker side of those monsters that kept tormenting them. I also saw light in those monsters and, to be honest, even made me understand them a little. It is always confusing when you see a spark of humanity on someone you thought lacked it. I started to care for some of those cruel people because I became so familiar with them. I could truly feel the turmoil in Kevyn’s heart and how he judged by the Mexican and Russian cartels for feeling something besides pure hate for the rival crime organization. It is a miracle the guy survived and sometimes I wonder if he truly did.
This is not your average mafia romance novel. It is full of mysterious and twisted plots that will make your heart ache and wonder if there is any goodness in this world at all. It has a HEA, but it is probably to the fairy tale kind of one some wish to see. Therefore, be prepare for it and the whole novel. I assure you that once you start it, like it or not, you won’t be able to put it down. 
Reviewer of Romance Authors That Rock
5 ❤

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About the Author:

From a young Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that morphed into journals.  Poetry became short stories and short stories a novel.  Although she’s surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband, and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be herself by escaping into the fantasy of reading and writing romance.  That is, until she needs a male’s perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband at all of her questions.  Renee is a true New Englander.  You can find her screaming profanity at the TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them), reading a good book.  She doesn’t believe snow is a reason to shut things down, only to slow down and admire the beauty.  Ask her anything.  She’s an open book—pun fully intended.
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Accidents Happen by Sharon Karaa #review#

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If I asked you what Death would look like, you’d probably go for something along the lines of an angry skeleton wearing a monk’s robe and carrying a very sharp farm implement with which to rip your soul from your body–am I right? Maybe he’d even have glowing yellow orbs where his eyes should be and speak with a voice that comes from his toes and goes right through you, despite the fact he doesn’t actually have a larynx or any vocal chords to speak of. And he’d have a strange obsession with egg-timers.
In fact, apart from the angry bit, he was nothing like that.
Life is a bitch, but if Tabitha Brownlee was to be believed, Death is an alcoholic megalomaniac with a penchant for single malt and eyebrows that meet in the middle.  The problem?  He alone had the power to put her soul back into her body and evict the crazy S.O.B. who’d taken her place.
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A wonderfully funny and sweet romance about the mistake that could lead you to your soul mate.
Tabitha Brownlee is a art museum curator. She’s being driven crazy by her mom who has dementia, and her best friend Janice who doesn’t think she should get married and now she’s stuck, stuck in-between life and death. Eight days before her wedding to her best friend John she’s hit in the head by a sign and  accidentally killed. A soul collector named Mort , Death hates the name Grim Reapers, tries to get her back in her body but he ends up in there instead. She’s frantic to get back to her body, she keeps thinking about only having 8 days till her wedding.
Mort, the soul collector is a crazy S.O.B. and has to pretend that he’s Tabitha until Death can present her case to the Council in 6 days. Tabitha is stuck in Mort’s place working with Cooper , the best soul collector around. They take an instant dislike to each other, he thinks she’s a gold digger, she thinks he’s an arrogant ass. They have to get along and work together to get her back in her body.  Can Death, who happens to be a tad crazy and a drinker to boot, win the case and get her put back where she belongs? Can she and Cooper get along with each other long enough to collect the souls Mort was supposed to be grabbing?  I really enjoyed this book I laughed a lot and since I love a good romantic comedy I really enjoyed this book. If you’re into romantic comedy this is definitely a good one for you.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 sweet and funny hearts. 

On the Edge of Death by Ciara Ballintyne #review

EPIC FANTASY

Date Published: 22 April 2017

Publisher: Evolved publishing

All the Left Hand of Death wants is something to call her own, but is the price too high?

Ellaeva, the fated avatar of the death goddess, is desperate to track down her missing family but the trail is decades old. Instead, she discovers her battered and bloodied sister priestesses driven across the Jerreki border on pain of death. Ellaeva must turn aside from her personal quest to investigate the murders, only to find her parents have been taken into the heart of the conflict.

Lyram Aharris, favoured son of the royal line of Ahlleyn, is the only living person she trusts to help her infiltrate the enemy stronghold and uproot the horror they find there, but their chequered past threatens the mission. Accompanying him is his crown prince, the one man Lyram wants dead above all others.

Now Ellaeva must face down the darkness in her soul before a dark god is brought into the world.

At the boundary of life and death, all oaths will be tested. 

 
I preface this review with the fact that I rarely give five star ratings. A novel really has to wow me to earn five stars, and this one did. While it does suffer from the fact that it is not a true stand alone novel, and there is a lot that the reader has to read between the lines on if he or she has not read the first book in this series (which I have not), the author has spent so much time creating an internally-consistent world that I was able to readily forgive those flaws. There is a lot to recommend about this book aside from the aforementioned world creation. The characters are complex and not all all one-dimensional, which is so nice to read. Even the prince, who I really loathed, was not a caricature. There are numerous references to the physical transgressions between the two main characters, but all of the action takes place off stage, as it were. Therefore, I feel comfortable recommending the book to mature readers 16+. There is a LOT of bloody violence, however, and squeamish readers might be well-advised to give this book a pass. I will definitely have to go back now and read the first book in the series then re-read this installment so I can more fully appreciate the intrigue and bask once again in the setting that was so well-constructed.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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Ciara Ballintyne grew up on a steady diet of adult epic fantasy from the age of nine, leaving her with a rather confused outlook on life – she believes the good guys should always win, but knows they often don’t. She is an oxymoron; an idealistic cynic. Her debut work is Confronting the Demon, and In the Company of the Dead is her first book to be published with Evolved Publishing. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and is a practising financial services lawyer. In her spare time, she speculates about taking over the world.

Twitter: @CiaraBallintyne

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Website: http://ciaraballintyne.com


Spellbound by Ash Krafton

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Spellbound: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection
Bleeding Hearts
Ash Krafton
Genre: fantasy/ paranormal romance/ urban fantasy
Publisher: genreCRAVE
Date of Publication: May 2, 2017
ASIN: B01N18NFS9
Number of pages: 5000+
Word Count: 1.5 Million +
Cover Artist: Rebecca Frank
Box Set Description:
The Spellbound Boxed Set is a compilation of 20+ Full-Length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads!
Readers of all ages will be swept away by this fascinating mix of existing titles and brand new content, full of pages brimming with faeries, witches, vampires, shifters, psychics, Greek gods, angels, demons, and even ghosts!
With over a million words of fiction, this is your one stop shop for urban fantasy, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, shifter romance, vampire romance, elemental magic, time travel, and MORE from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling authors!
Although some of these reads may be gritty and dark, this is a collection of clean reads that anyone will enjoy!
Pre-Order Sale Only .99
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The collection includes titles from…
International bestselling author Jade Kerrion
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Joanne Wadsworth
International bestselling author Nicole Zoltack
International bestselling author Rachel E. Carter
International bestselling author Andrea Pearson
International bestselling author Alicia Rades
International bestselling author Sophie Davis
USA TODAY bestselling author Michael J Ploof
International bestselling author Megan Crewe
International bestselling author C.E. Wilson
International bestselling author Kelly Carrero
International bestselling author Jess Haines
International bestselling author E. Blix
International bestselling author Alexis Kade
International bestselling author GP Ching
International bestselling author Gaja J. Kos and Boris Kos
International bestselling author Dara Fraser
International bestselling author Ash Krafton
International bestselling author Jim Johnson
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tom Shutt
International bestselling author Emily Martha Sorensen
International bestselling author S McPherson
 The first chapters of books by each featured author are available in the Spellbound Sampler, available on Wattpad
 
Book Description Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton
Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut instinct, and her magnetic charm, Sophie really knows how to attract little black clouds.
Marek Thurzo is no little black cloud; he’s a maelstrom. Marek is Demivampire, a race with the potential to evolve into vampire. A warrior who’s taken his share of spiritual damage, he hovers dangerously close to destruction.
He seeks salvation. She’s driven to save him. But what if he can’t be saved?
Sympathy for his plight becomes true empathy as Sophie’s hidden nature is revealed. Marek suspects she may be one of the Sophia, oracle and redemption of the damned Demivampire. She alone can turn back the evolutionary clock.
All she needs is the courage to face her fears. Can she save him from Falling?
The
following is an excerpt from BLEEDING HEARTS Demimonde Book 1 by Ash Krafton
In the great
hall housing the Egyptian exhibitions, I immediately noted the change in the
atmosphere. The room was cool and dry, its climate controlled to mimic the conditions
in which the relics had existed in their native land.
The entire room
had been designed to resemble an Old Kingdom temple. The main lights were
dimmed while strategically-placed spotlights emphasized massive columns and
magnificent wall carvings like sunbeams through temple windows.
I scanned the
room. No other tourists. Even better. I meandered, enjoying the rare
opportunity to linger.
Craning my neck,
I ran my gaze up each of the columns, reading the images, admiring the palm
leaves carved at the tops like great stone trees. Eyes toward the ceilings, I
turned slowly around, admiring the handiwork of the ancient artists.
What was it like
to live in those lands and those times? Could an ancient version of my spirit
have been there, stepping barefoot and silently through a sandy temple like
this one?
Lost in
contemplation, I was completely unprepared for the shock of smacking into
someone, bumping him hard enough to lose my balance. I’d have fallen had he not
caught my arm. Wide-eyed with consternation, I stammered an apology to the
handsome but serious-faced gentleman.
“You are
not hurt, I hope?” His voice, deep and smooth, sent shivers marching down
my neck, between my shoulders, down my spine.
“I’m
okay.” I shook my head, too shy to make direct eye contact, wishing I’d
checked my hair and lipstick before coming in. “I’m far too adept at being
inept.”
He flashed a
grin and I caught a glimpse of nice white teeth. “Temples are places for
spiritual reflection. It is forgivable if your vision was turned inward, rather
than toward where you were walking.”
His expression
softened by amusement, he tilted his head toward the pillars. “Majestic,
aren’t they?”
I stole another
glance at him—black hair smoothed back into a discreet tail, clear light skin
framed by long sideburns, strong jaw culminating in a square, cleft chin. Like
the other items in the museum, something about him made me want to look closer,
inspect each detail.
A subtle flush
warmed my cheeks and ears so I quickly turned back to the heights of the
exhibition. Murmuring a sound of agreement, I circled the column, stepping a
few feet away so I could see both him and the stone. “Do you visit this
museum often?”
Furtive glances
allowed me to take in more of his appearance a tiny section at a time. Clothing
dark as his hair. Long blazer, something in between a suit coat and an
overcoat. In one hand he carried a bound book and fountain pen, as if he’d been
making notes.
His gaze was
calm and steady and entirely on me. Taking a deep breath I permitted the
contact of the direct look. My boldness was well-rewarded. His Paul Newman lips
brought to mind the sculptured busts on display in the Greco-Roman Quarters and
he wore a stern expression that cast a veil of hardness upon his features,
enhancing the impression he’d been carved from marble.
Except for his
eyes. The Roman busts bore eyes that were blank and white but this man’s eyes
were alive with bright green color. Like gemstones, they glittered and drew my
gaze.
“No,
actually,” he said. “My first time here. Although, I admit, I’m drawn
to places like this.” His voice made music of the words—deep bass notes
and soothing rhythm.
“Ah!”
I said. “A man after my own heart.” His left eyebrow arched so
sharply I thought it might disappear into his hairline and I hurriedly
continued. “Are you a professor?”
“No,
nothing like that. I do studying of my own, it’s not a living. It’s more of a
hobby. Personal research, of sorts.”
“Studying
past times is one of my pastimes. It’s my preferred form of
entertainment.”
“Mmm.”
Eyebrow cocked again, he cast a disapproving look at me and swept his hand
around the contrived temple. “Would the gods be pleased to know they are
reduced to the level of entertainment?”
“I hope
so.” I kept my tone light. Considering the seriousness of his expression,
I didn’t want to accidentally insult him. “Otherwise, they’d have to be
content with staying dead, right?”
His gaze swept
over me and I shivered again as if the touch had been tangible, a brush of
fingertips against my cheek.
“Well, I’ll
leave you to your worship. I mean, your wanderings.” He gave me a
conspirator’s wink. “Unless…”
He hesitated,
with a quiet clearing of throat as he tucked his notebook and pen into an
inside pocket. “You wouldn’t mind a companion? Sometimes one sees things
differently when seeing through another’s eyes. I would appreciate a new
perspective.”
I mulled it
over, listening to the rain spattering the windows and distant voices echoing
faintly from other rooms. Although I’d looked forward to a quiet afternoon, it
might be nice to spend it with someone who seemed to share my interests. He
certainly was attractive, and his pleasant voice intrigued me.
I realized I’d
become used to living inside a shell. This man made me want to step outside for
once.
“I’d like
that.” I smiled at his pleased expression. “I’m Sophie, by the
way.” I stuck out my hand in introduction.
Instead of
shaking my hand, he bent his head over it and pressed polite lips to the backs
of my fingers. The quaint gesture would have seemed strange and out of place
had we been elsewhere. “I am Marek. Pleased to make your
acquaintance.”
Fingers tingling
from the unexpected kiss, I fought the urge to curtsy. “Well, Marek. Lead
me into the past.”
His almost-smile
sent a thrill down the back of my neck. “That’s exactly the sort of thing
I’d hoped you say. Shall we?”
He turned on his
heel and swept out a hand with a slight bow, indicating the archway to another
exhibit. For the first time since I’d been coming to this museum, I wondered
what I’d see on the other side, and was surprised to realize I wasn’t afraid to
find out.

 

About the Author:
A speculative fiction girl through and through, Ash writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels as well as poetry and short fiction. She also writes for New Adult audiences under the name AJ Krafton. Her work has won a bunch of awards and was even nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When she’s not writing, she’s practicing Tai Chi, listening to loud rock and metal, or crushing on supervillains.
Most recently, she’s re-released her urban fantasy trilogy THE BOOKS OF THE DEMIMONDE because she never really left the world of Sophie and her Demivamps. She’s also working on the next installment of her Demon Whisperer series.
Find out more when you visit www.ashkrafton.com
 
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Nightingale by Stephen Leather #review

Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows, in the grey areas where demons and monsters seek their prey.

In this collection of nine short stories, Nightingale matches wits against demons from Hell, monsters created by humans, and Satanists who have done their own private deals with the devil.

The stories are – Still Bleeding, Cursed, Blood Bath, I Know Who Did It, My Name Is Lydia, The Creeper, Children Of The Dark, Tracks, and The Undead.

PLUS – A free copy of DevilZone, a Jack Nightingale screenplay. The movie was never made, but the screenplay became the basis for the first Jack Nightingale novel, Nightfall.

PRAISE FOR THE JACK NIGHTINGALE SERIES

‘A wicked read’ Anthony Horowitz

‘Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!’ James Herbert

‘Written with panache, and a fine ear for dialogue, Leather manages the collision between the real and the occult with exceptional skill’ Daily Mail

‘A stunning masterclass in darkness from a ferocious talent who excels in putting the devil in the details’ Daily Record

Book Review – Nightingale: 9 Jack Nightingale Supernatural Short Stories

 

> This book contains 9 short stories in the Jack Nightingale series. Each of the stories in this collection standalone. Most include Jack’s assistant, Jenny. Jack is a private investigator who specializes in the paranormal.  Jack doesn’t have any paranormal qualities, but happens to know people who can help him figure out what to do. I don’t really like the plot trick of having an answer person explain all and then figuring out the clues.

 

>The situation is described first, usually in a chapter long scene of incredible gore and violence.  Jack is then called in to solve the mystery or stop the action somehow. The “Know all” characters, such as the Wicca store owner, then help Jack along. These stories all involved the Devil or a demon and were quite graphic and a bit disgusting. Jack even works for a satanist which is odd, as the satanist is portrayed as a good guy.

 

>This book gave the general feel of uneasiness and dread. The mysteries were too short to be exciting. The violence was too gory and grotesque to be anything but hard to read. Nothing about Jack made me care about him. There wasn’t any type or hint of romance, even though Jenny was in most of the stories.  I am a reviewer for Romance Authors the Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving the story 3 hearts.

 

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A Palace Fractured by Carissa Broadbent #Review

A country torn in civil war, a new king challenged, and a rebellious young woman willing to risk everything to make her own destiny…

Rosira is a Valtain, a religious figure marked from birth by her albino skin and white hair. Rebellious and free spirited, she rails against her restricted life within the walls of the Church. To a Valtain, time is precious — their lives are short and sickly, and Rosira has no intention of spending the few years she has left stuck in prayer.

Now, the country of Ara is on the brink of a civil war. Determined, vivacious, and dark-haired, the young king Araich is everything his father wasn’t… and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Soon, unrest begins to bubble over, and Rosira finally sees a way to escape the prison of her role.

But violence escalates quickly, and war shows no mercy. Rosira and Araich are thrown together to fight for their country, their freedom, and their own survival. But the stakes climb even higher as they find themselves drawn to each other by more than just duty — and as they discover a power greater than they ever could have imagined.

This book is the first in the Valtain Prelude series and ends while everything is still unresolved. King Araich’s right to the throne is being disputed. His uncle seems to think Araich’s father, the previous King, was not his real father. This rift in the kingdom causes a war between those subjects supporting Araich and those suspects supporting the uncle. The Valtain are albino-like holy people. They used to have mighty powers, but now just pray for the kingdom and lead the kingdom in its spirituality. Rosira is one of 4 Valtain left. She is a rebel, sick of praying and wanting a real life.
>King Araich and Rosira meet as they both try to dodge their duties. The relationship between Araich and Rosira is interesting in that it doesn’t turn romantic right away. They both understand and support the other, especially as Rosira gains powers she can’t understand.
>There is so much left unanswered in this first book. All Valtain die before they are 30, so that puts a rather quick expiration date on any relationship Rosira and Araich may have. The war is set up, but not fought by the end of this book. The truth of Araich’s parents is revealed to the reader, but not to Araich. There isn’t any physical romance beyond a single kiss, but the next book may have more.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. I am giving this story 5 stars. King Araich is so relatable. His injury and struggle to stay strong is something rather unique to an alpha male character. Rosira’s fight against her destiny isn’t as unique, but still interesting to see her journey.
>Amazon – This review will go up on Amazon on 4/1

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce #Review

The final page will leave you breathless.

When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she’s safe, her new “friends” show their true colors.

Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea’s monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there’s something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

I give this book 4 hearts

    When Kara wanders through a gazebo she finds while out hiking she never dreamed her life would completely change, that she would wander into a different world and end up being the only person who can save it and bring peace, At least that is the hope. Kara through a series of events becomes what is known as the Vagabond a powerful wanderer capable of great magic, she is has been deemed worthy and is being assisted by the ghost of the previous Vagabond that died a thousand years before.
On her adventure to discover and help the strange new world she has wandered into she meets Braedon the prince to a corrupt and evil king but who quickly becomes her friend and guardian. Yet not everyone is as nice as they seem and there are secrets everywhere.
Kara must discover who she can trust before it’s too late and unite the kingdoms of peace is ever to reign.
This is a great story that I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Legacy by Teresa Roman #Review

All Jordana wants is to be like her friends instead of her shapeshifter mother who died when she was a kid. So when a stranger claiming to be a scientist offers her a “cure,” she jumps in with no questions.

Christian, a shapeshifter who’s mysteriously shown up at school to befriend her, is furious when he learns that Jordana is rejecting her kind. He doesn’t trust the scientist, either, but all he can do is watch helplessly as the stubborn girl he’s fallen for gets sicker and sicker.

When Jordana finally realizes she is slowly being poisoned, she confronts the man who deceived her. He’s not the scientist he claimed to be, but a powerful warlock. An antidote in his possession can save Jordana’s life, but can she or Christian outwit the warlock in time?

This book is a standalone young adult paranormal romance with an HEA. Jordana is a shifter forced to deny her shifting side to please her human father and mean stepmother. In high school she meets new boy, Christian. Christian reveals he is a shifter too. Due to Jordana’s upbringing, she is afraid of all things shifter.

 

>Jordana seems like a strong young lady. She is surviving in a bad situation at home. She is learning to hide her true self, while doing good at school. She has friends and a popular boyfriend. What I didn’t understand is how she kept rationalizing the behavior of her boyfriend. He kept pressuring her to have sex and treated other students poorly.

 

>Christian tried to enlighten Jordana about her boyfriend, but Jordana is stubborn and will not admit there could be a problem to Christian. Why can’t she admit there is a problem to herself though? While the high school life is the main setting, danger comes to Jordana. The alpha side to Christian comes out while he and Jordana are in captivity. The book really took off once the danger was so real.

 

>The ending of the book is an HEA, but the whole scene of Christian and Jordana facing their classmates and especially Jordana’s ex, especially since he doesn’t know he even is an ex yet, is missing. This book is appropriate for a young adult (16+) audience. I am giving the book 4 hearts. I am a reviewer for Romance Authors the Rock.

 

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Alpha Wolf Defender by Emilia Hartley #Review

This is my first Emilia Hartley read. I really enjoyed the story. It’s short and sweet. 

Connor and Tess are the children of rival wolf pack Alpha’s. They shouldn’t be seeing one another let alone be in love. But, they are. One night when they sneak off to be with each other. Tess hears bears attacking Connors truck. When she gets there she finds her brother has snuck out with them and is under attack from two bear shifters. Connor hears the commotion and saves them. Upon his returning home, he finds his compound has been attacked by the bear shifters and is in chaos.

This is the beginning of an all-out war. Can Connor and Tess bring together their stubborn Alpha Father’s because they know the only way to not only defend the packs but defeat the enemy bear shifters is to unite?

Ms. Hartley’s writing is forward moving and will keep you involved and turning pages. Her characters are strong and likable. (event the stubborn old men that are their fathers). If you are in the market for a quick paranormal romance with some action – I recommend this one. It is a series but not a huge cliffhanger of an ending.

 
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