Thursday, May 23, 2019

#BookReview – “Returning for Valentine's” by Victoria Pinder



Blurb

Nathan loves Beth, though he's never believed she loved him. He left to get over her, and on Valentine's Day he decided to risk everything, including his heart, and tell her.

Beth lost her heart to Nathan Sommers years ago. After a night at a friend's wedding, he took off. She tried to move on, with a guy who she could't love, but that didn't work out. Now that it's Valentine's Day, she's determined to go out and find her true love. Speed dating is better than no dating. 

Why would Nathan show up now? Can she believe in love and happy ever after? And what will his mother do next to her if she lets him in?


Review


Beth is in love with Nathan, her childhood best friend, but they haven’t spoken since their one night stand a year earlier. When she attends a speed dating service on Valentine’s Day, she’s shocked to find Nathan there as one of her many eight-minute dates.
Beth thought about Nathan constantly and repeatedly reminded herself that he didn’t love her, never wanted her, and had used her for years when they were growing up, but she still loved him. It became repetitive. Since the story is told only in Beth’s POV, I felt as though I didn’t get to know Nathan or what he wanted.
There were a few typos, and I found some of the scenes hard to visualize. Overall, I liked the plot, but I couldn’t connect with the H/h.
3 stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. I received an ebook copy through the author’s newsletter. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#BookReview – “Daddy Daughter Weekend #1” by Lisa London



Blurb

When Brandi's mom married Rob, it meant moving from a run down one-bedroom apartment literally on the other side of the tracks to an over the top penthouse in Beverly Hills. However, transferring from public school to a private all-girls high school proves to be a challenge when it comes to dating and making new friends. Brandi ends up spending all her nights and weekends at home. Alone. Luckily, her devastatingly handsome stepdad is there to keep her company.

Rob is lonely. Like super lonely. His wife enjoys screwing the help more than she does him and when she's not doing that, she's out shopping. Brandi, on the other hand, is everything her mother is not. Brandi is innocent, loyal and always around and supportive. And damn if she isn't the hottest piece he's ever seen.

What happens when Brandi finally turns 18 and they're alone in the house together for the first time?
 

Review

In part one of the Daddy Daughter Weekend serial, eighteen-year-old Brandi has a huge crush on her rich stepdad Rob. Her mom is cheating on Rob, but he’s still loyal to her. When Brandi finally lets her feelings known and sets out to seduce him, Rob’s kinky side comes out to play.
I normally don’t read serials, but since I found part one as an ARC (from Instafreebie), I decided to try it because I haven’t read many daddy/daughter fantasies.
The story could use a light edit, but the typos didn’t bother me much because the story is so short. There’s no cliffhanger, but there are unanswered questions that should be answered in later installments. I really liked the story and would like to read more.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book from Instafreebie and volunteered to review it. I am not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Monday, May 20, 2019

#BookReview – “Canyons of Night” by Jayne Castle

Blurb 

Charlotte Enright, owner of a small antiques shop called Looking Glass Antiques on Rainshadow Island, and Slade Attridge, the community's new chief of police, both have something in common: they possess strong paranormal talents.

They met several years ago when they were in their teens spending the summer on the island. Slade saved Charlotte from a gang of drunken toughs, but then at the end of the summer Slade and Charlotte went their separate ways and started their adult lives.

Now, fifteen years later, they have both been drawn back to Rainshadow Island. They will discover the adult passion they have for each other and start to explore some of the mysteries of the forbidden section of the island known only as the Preserve.


Review


In book three of the Looking Glass Trilogy (an Arcane Society spin-off), Charlotte Enright returns to the sleepy island of Rainshadow to take over her eccentric aunt’s antiques shop.
Injured in the line of duty, police chief and hunter talent Slade Attridge is surprised to find Charlotte back on the island. Friendship and romance blooms fast between them, but he never intended for anything permanent. After all, he’s about to go psi-blind (losing his talent) and believes she won’t want him after she learns the truth. Charlotte, however, has an unusual psychic ability of her own. She reads rainbows in auras and knows more about Slade’s problem than he does. When a man is murdered in her shop and a few smugglers attack two kids, they have to team up to survive but learning to trust is the greatest battle between them.
Charlotte and Slade are stubborn characters, and Slade has his fair share of past trauma. I liked Charlotte for the most part, but I wish she would’ve been a stronger woman and not put up with Slade’s coldness. I couldn’t really relate to Slade. I understand his pain, resentment, and anger, but he should’ve treated Charlotte with more respect since she only wanted to help him.
The Quicksilver Mirror and a revamped Bridewell Curiosity is now in the futuristic world of Harmony, but both played minor roles in this book. I found that disappointing.
The Arcane series is now fully combined with the Harmony series (there aren’t any more Arcane books that’s set on Earth, as far as I know). The Rainshadow books, yet another spin-off, will focus on the members of the Arcane Society and on the Guilds, and only in the futuristic time period.
3 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Friday, May 17, 2019

New Excerpt Reveal - "Arresting Mason" by Amber Daulton


Blurb 

Once you’re in a prison gang, you’re in it for life. That’s what Mason Harding thought until the boss accepted his resignation. After the State releases him on parole, a sexy divorcée behind the wheel of a car almost ends his life quicker than a shank. His chance encounter with Mia Eddison results in a night of passion, but her brother—his parole officer—catches them together and doesn’t approve.
Mia falls hard for the cocky ex-con, but not because of his chiseled body. She vows to break through his walls and discover his secrets, but never expects those secrets to threaten her life.
When members of an organized crime ring kidnap Mia to force Mason’s return to the gang, he goes up against an old friend to save the woman he loves. Will his sacrifice be enough or will everything fall apart in a blaze of gunfire?

-- Nominated for the Paranormal Romance Guild 2018 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

-- Finalist in the Critters Annual Readers' Poll 2018

It's Hot. It's Sexy. It's also Brand New.
Get ready for this Never-Before-Revealed...
Excerpt:

After they crossed the threshold into her loft and she reset the alarm, he grabbed her hand and dragged her to the bathroom. Mia’s laughter died as he slammed the bathroom door closed and pushed her against it. He jerked off her blouse and dipped his face in the swell of her breasts.
Too long. Too fucking long.
He unbuttoned her slacks, his fingers a little stiff, but he managed to push them off her hips. The fabric pooled around her ankles.
“Mason, wait. Get in the shower.” She fisted her hands in his T-shirt. Her chest heaved as she breathed. “I want to bathe you.”
He dropped his backpack and stripped off his clothes as she finished undressing. Steam wafted from the shower and fogged the glass doors as she stepped under the spray. Water darkened her hair, the lengthy locks clinging to her skin, and her nipples hardened as water sluiced over her curvy, tanned body.
Mason joined her in the tub, closed the door behind him, and hot water pelted his back in a rough caress. Tension eased from his shoulders, and he glanced at Mia as she gently rubbed a sudsy body puff over his pecs. Several bruises still marred his chest and stomach, and she looked ready to cry.
“The bruises look worse than they feel.” He clasped her cheek. “I’m a fast healer, and I’ve been through worse than what you witnessed on Saturday. When I say I’m fine, I mean it.”
She kissed the hollow of his throat and rubbed slightly harder. Tempted to jerk her against him and prove he could handle it rough, he gripped his hands in his hair to let her go at her own pace. Her soft, reverent touch eased his aches, burned through his hard shell, and pierced his dirty soul.
He’d done so many bad things in his life, and he didn’t know why she accepted him.
Because you haven’t told her everything, you asshole.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

#BookSpotlight - "Vyolet's Stryfe" by CeeRee Fields

Blurb ~

She's a thief bent on vengeance. He's a fighter determined to steal his thief's heart.

Vyolet is a thief and mistress of many disguises. Every city knows her by a different name. It comes in handy when she's running from her psychotic cousin. A cousin she has always stayed one step ahead until her boss forces Vyolet to turn the tables and hunt her archnemesis. Captured and left to die in a Scavenger Installation, she's hellbent on escaping before her cousin returns to kill her.

Stryfe is a fighter born and raised in the deepest pits the Scavenger Installations had to offer until he escaped. Years later, he now helps rescue others from his fate within the Installations. However, this last mission goes horribly wrong when the installation he infiltrates explodes.

Crammed into a box with a thief as they both await death, Stryfe is intrigued by her fearlessness. Hearing that the thief expects to die on her own mission, he refuses to let that happen. However, in helping her, he didn't expect his heart to be stolen during the mission.

Joining forces, Vyolet and Stryfe bring both beauty and brawn to bear on the most dangerous enemy either has faced. Will they be enough to take her nemesis down? Or will she be forced to sacrifice the man she loves to save the cities of the MFZ?
  



Excerpt ~

            Stryfe's body broke out in a cold sweat as he dropped the sword and yanked open the door to his greatest nightmare.  He hated enclosed spaces and these small metal boxes used for punishment felt no bigger than dog cages.  A box he'd sworn long ago never to willingly climb into again.  But then again most the promises he made to himself lately had been broken, so what was one more.  The thick metal door clanged shut with a loud snick behind him.  The sweltering heat all but stole the air from his chest and didn't help with his slippery control.
            The agony and anger were unlike anything Stryfe had ever dealt with.  Normally the two feelings sung like a symphony, luring him.  Taunting him.  Until he crashed into the very pit of hell itself.  Sometimes they were muted, twining throughout him like two lovers satisfied.  But never, in the thirty years of his life, had they been at odds.  The cacophony had him distracted and on edge.
            Jerking, his body tensed.  Someone was in the prison with him.  His blood-red energy twisted within him, restrained by his sheer force of will.  Though it waited, like a tightly coiled snake, to escape.  It wanted out to wreak havoc on anyone and anything that was near.  Whether they were a threat or not. 
            Stryfe didn't care if his energy rushed from him, but his brothers did.  And for them, he would do anything.  Including reining in his volatile nature.  Which probably explained the battle raging within him.  He'd never forcibly contained his energy himself.  His brothers had always been there to help him.  On his own, he wasn't sure how long he could keep it imprisoned.  Or how long he'd have remained sane while doing it.
            Stryfe placed his hand on the door and prepared to run to another box.  But dammit his internal countdown had stopped and he knew it was too late.  Then he felt her.  Her body briefly pressed into his as she shifted and his battle readiness relaxed a bit.  Determined to pretend the woman wasn't there he leaned his back against the door.
            “Oomph.”  Stryfe's breath left him as her sharp elbow jabbed him in the stomach.  Placing his good hand over it so she couldn't hit him again, he was at a loss.  What was he supposed to say?  He was not a people person, hell he wasn't even much of a person's person.  Wishing the comm-weave was still active so he could ask Tyr, Stryfe tried not to throw up at the throbbing pain in his arm and focused on the quiet rasp of the woman's breathing.
            But no matter how hard he struggled to distract himself, nerves began to get the better of him.  Memories of being trapped for days and sometimes weeks in the darkness swum within his mind.  His body broke out into shivers.  He wasn't sure if it was from blood loss, from the poison one of the men he had fought injected into him or from terror.
            He took a ragged breath and it was then a soothing scent surrounded him.  Stilling his body, he stiffened as the smell hit him again.  Like a fist to his face, he flattened himself against the door.  As he tentatively sniffed the stale air inside their prison.  It wasn't the stench of fear, nor the clamminess of sweat dripping from his skin.  It was subtler. Jasmine.  Inhaling deeply a soothing calmness permeated him.  Releasing the tension in his body and relaxing the knot of energy inside him.
            It was a novelty he'd never met anyone who wasn't afraid of him.  Even his brothers were wary of his abilities.  Then it dawned on him that she couldn't see him, and he sighed.  His curiosity was peaked and his mind turned towards the puzzle the woman presented.  Which helped him dispel the last of the horrors from his head.  He tried to pierce the absolute blackness, but even with his enhanced sight he had no luck. 
            All he could determine was he was sharing the space with a female.  One that reached the middle of his chest if he was standing up straight and not crammed into the equivalent of a klasfish can.  Lush curves pressed into the planes of his body and annoyance seemed to be the overlaying smell if he had to choose one of the emotions she was transmitting. 
            Then the woman huffed as if she were frustrated.  Stryfe smiled.  It felt strange.  He rarely felt amusement or many of the positive emotions.  He'd been conditioned to block all emotions but rage by his trainers.
            Scavengers weren't supposed to have feelings, especially Jingoists.  His sect were to be robots.  Reaction in battle situations were acceptable, but otherwise nothing else was allowed to interfere with his objectives.  But then again, Stryfe had never been a model Jingoist, at least in that respect, because he did feel sometimes.  He felt protective of his adopted brothers, which now encompassed Ketewah, their new village.  He cared what happened to his adopted mother and sisters. 
            And he now felt curiosity and something else.  Something undefined.  She pulled from him emotions he'd never had before, or if he had them they were long buried in a past so riddled with pain he didn't want to remember them.  His gut told him if he stayed with this woman, then she would pull them all from him and that had him back on the knife's edge of panic.  For him panic was not a good thing.  Panic usually followed with a body count.




Author Bio ~

CeeRee Fields currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands with her husband and cat. Since she was born in Alabama and moved to the Netherlands, Dutch is not her first language which gets her into mischief in various stores around town when she tries to speak it.

She loves writing, building worlds that her characters can explore and break if they feel the need. Action, adventure and love are her favorite things. And when stuff gets blown up who says the guy is the only one who gets to do it?

She can be found at:
  Email:   ceereefields@gmail.com
  Website: www.ceereefields.com
  Twitter:  twitter.com/ceereefields


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

#BookReview – “Quicksilver” by Amanda Quick

Blurb

Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won't soon forget.

Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real-and they just might be the key to solving this challenging case.


Review


In book two of the Looking Glass Trilogy (an Arcane Society spin-off), Virginia Dean is a rare, powerful glasslight talent in Victorian London. When death occurs in front of a mirror, the dying person’s energy is trapped inside the mirror. Virginia can see afterimages of the dead person, especially if it’s a violent death, and know how they died.
Owen Sweetwater is on the hunt for a man who’s been killing women with glasslight talent. When he finds Virginia in a compromising position, he knows she’s innocent of the murder and employs her on the hunt. Owen comes from a long line of psychic hunters—men with an extraordinary sense of finding and killing human monsters—but he needs to find the one woman who can off-set the darkness inside him and save his sanity. As Owen and Virginia untangle a nasty web full of deceit, murder, and alchemic weapons, they find a passion stronger than either ever imagined.
Virginia is strong-willed, smart, and business-minded. She also holds a strong dislike for the Arcane Society. Owen, likewise, doesn’t belong to Arcane, but the secretive Sweetwater family has started up a working relationship with Arcane’s new paranormal detective agency, Jones and Jones. As an assassin for hire, Owen is patient, intelligent, and devoted to destroying evil. And like the other Sweetwaters, he believes he should be paid for his services on occasion.
Gabriel and Caleb Jones play bit roles in the story, and I would’ve liked more page-time with them.
Though I really liked the story, I couldn’t help but wonder why the Quicksilver Mirror even exists in this trilogy. As with the first book, the mirror played second string to the Bridewell Curiosities. Those mechanical clockwork weapons seem far more important than an alchemical mirror that shows up just once in the course of this story. Also, what happened to the curiosities, the inventor, and the mirror at the end? It’s never said, but I do know from reading the first book that some of the curiosities ended up in a bomb shelter and the mirror ended up in the Arcane Museum. The fate of those items and the inventor, Millicent Bridewell, really should’ve been explained here to tie up loose ends.
As with the last contemporary book (In Too Deep) in the Arcane series, this is the last historical Arcane book that I’ve been able to find. I really hope Ms. Quick writes more.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Monday, May 13, 2019

#BookReview - "Mystic Maples" by Tena Stetler


Blurb

Earth/Fire witch Mercy Rose's insatiable curiosity always gets her in trouble. After a break-in at her Colorado flower shop, and a court battle that comes to a screeching halt in her favor, she arrives at Deerbourne Inn for a much-needed getaway. Looking for peace and quiet, she finds just the opposite in a startling handsome but mysterious man and his dog. 

Silvanus Forrest's gypsy/fae heritage is a double-edged sword. The land he inherited from his parents is rumored to be enchanted. But when Mercy discovers the truth, his well-ordered life unravels, and they're catapulted into the past to right a wrong. Along the way their lives intertwine, and they discover the true meaning of family and love. Will they change the past in time to save their future?

Review

In this Deerbourne Inn series novella, elemental witch Mercy Rose goes to Willow Springs for a six-month retreat. After a scheduling conflict with her reservations at the inn, she rents a cottage at the local maple farm and soon learns her sexy new landlord is more than he appears.
Silvanus Forrest produces very popular maple syrup on his private enchanted estate. He’s part Fae and part Gypsy, and since past generations of his family have acted less than proper, he does his best to act as normal as possible. He’s built a steady reputation for himself and the business, and doesn’t want anything—even a delectable witch—to ruin that.
Despite being a witch in a mortal world, Mercy was very open and honest with Sil about what she was, and I found her straightforwardness refreshing. Jobs, friends, and family often intervened in the development of their relationship, which is common in the real world, but sparks sizzled when they were together. The sex scenes were super hot!
Even though this story is a paranormal contemporary romance, there is some time travel, but it plays a very minor role and is wrapped up quickly.
There are lots of secondary characters, including both the H/h’s families, which add flair and more depth to the main characters. The story takes place over several months and throughout four big holidays (Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), which allows Mercy and Sil the time they need to fall in love.
Ms. Stetler writes a very vivid narrative. The holiday decorations, buildings, scenery, etc are greatly detailed. There were a few minor typos, but I enjoyed the characters and plot, and would love to read more of the author’s books.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Tena Stetler, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

#BookReview – “Forever in a Moment” by Charlotte O’Shay


Blurb

A stormy encounter... 

Samantha DeMartino’s Christmas wedding is two weeks away when her fiancé calls the whole thing off. Word on the street: his cold feet are being heated by an old flame. With her well-ordered world in complete disarray, Sam’s friends convince her to go on her honeymoon—alone. A week at a charming Vermont inn away from the city and her demanding corporate career could be just what she needs to figure out her next steps. 

Between his twenty-four seven work schedule on his family’s dairy farm and teaching tourists to ski, Jed Armstrong’s too busy to think about how lonely he is...until Sam sings her way into his life during a Christmas blizzard. Now he has to figure out a way to convince her to stay. 

Can a vivacious city girl find forever with a reclusive farmer? 
Will her secret keep her from trying?

Review 

In this Deerbourne Inn series novella, jilted bride Sam DeMartino goes to Willow Springs on her honeymoon, alone. She needs time to clear her head and figure out what’s really important to her, but never expects a gorgeous, blue-eyed stranger to help her out in a blizzard.
Jed Armstrong knows Sam is the woman for him; the connection between them is instant and hot. She’s determined to go home to NYC, however, but he’s not about to let her get away.
Sam and Jed are likable characters. They’re both smart but confused, living in a rut.
The story is told predominantly from Sam’s first-person POV, and only two scenes are in Jed’s POV but I would’ve liked more. I love how Ms. O’Shay incorporated some of the series-stock townsfolk. Jared, the receptionist at the inn, was Sam’s close friend and confidant, and Karla was a rival of sorts, but I never did understand why she disliked Sam so much. There are a few minor typos, but I enjoyed the story and I’m happy I read it.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Charlotte O’Shay, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

#BookReview – “Freedom’s Path” by Linda Carroll-Bradd


Blurb 

Working as a maid in the Deerbourne Inn gives freedom-fighter Sidonie Demers the perfect cover for helping escaping slaves travel farther along the Underground Railroad. The patterns in her quilts serve as messages directing them to the safest route. The cause is a personal one for octoroon Sidonie whose mother and grandmother escaped bondage years earlier. 

Army Corporal Colin Crawford arrives in Willow Springs, in disguise as a salesman, to ferret out abolitionist activity. Raised in a state that forbids slavery, he's conflicted about upholding the Fugitive Slave Act but believes in laws and fulfilling his duty. 

The attraction between Colin and Sidonie is evident and irresistible, but what will happen when their true identities are revealed?

Review

In the third novella in the Deerbourne Inn series, Sidonie Demers is working with the Underground Railroad to help escaped slaves reach Canada and freedom. It’s 1855, and even though Vermont is a free state, the federal law requires all escaped slaves be returned to their masters. Even though she’s the daughter of an escaped slave, Sidonie can pass for white and uses that to her advantage in order to help others.
As an army corporal, it’s Colin Crawford job to uncover the abolitionist movement in Willow Springs, Vermont, but falling for the pretty maid at the local inn wasn’t part of his undercover assignment. Now, he has to make a choice. Follow the law or his heart.
Sidonie and Colin are wonderfully strong-willed characters, fighting for opposite sides, but their beliefs align. Luckily, Colin is conflicted about his duties and intelligent enough to not blindly follow orders he doesn’t believe in.
I love the historical setting and the detailed environment. The story is great, but it ended abruptly with a few unanswered questions. Still, I enjoyed it and would like to read more books by Ms. Carroll-Bradd.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Linda Carroll-Bradd, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

#BookReview – “In Too Deep” by Jayne Ann Krentz

Blurb

Scargill Cove is the perfect place for Fallon Jones, confirmed recluse and investigator of the paranormal. It’s a hot spot, a convergence point for unusually strong currents of energy, which might explain why the town attracts misfits and drifters like moths to a flame. Now someone else has been drawn to the Cove — Isabella Valdez, on the run from some very dangerous men.

When she starts working as Fallon’s assistant, Isabella impresses him by organizing his pathologically chaotic office—and doesn’t bat an eye at the psychic element of his job. She’s a kindred spirit, a sanctuary from a world that considers his talents a form of madness. But after a routine case unearths an antique clock infused with dark energy, Fallon and Isabella are dragged into the secret history of Scargill Cove and forced to fight for their lives, as they unravel a cutthroat conspiracy with roots in the Jones family business…and Isabella’s family tree.


Review


In book one of the Looking Glass Trilogy (an Arcane Society spin-off), Isabella Valdez has stumbled upon a conspiracy that could get her killed. Raised by her eccentric grandmother, she’s lived all her life off the grid and goes to the little town of Scargill Cove, California for two reasons: to hide out and to seek the help of the Jones and Jones paranormal detective agency.
For the past three years, Fallon Jones has run the West Coast J&J branch in Scargill Cove all by himself. He’s both psychically and physically exhausted, but he’s determined to destroy the Nightshade organization that stole the Arcane founder’s formula. As a chaos-theory talent, he can see the lines and connections between seemingly unrelated problems. After Isabella claims the role of his assistant (the ballsy woman doesn’t give him a choice in the matter!), they find a bunch of dead bodies and a paranormal clock with the power to kill.
I’ve been waiting so long for Fallon’s story and it didn’t disappoint! Fallon is strong, secretive, moody, patient, and desperate for someone to understand him (even though he doesn’t realize it). Most people think he’s a kook and don’t take him seriously. His crazy predictions, however, usually come true. It’s not until he meets Isabella and starts working with her that he can finally relax and start living his life outside the pressures of the office. She’s a conspiracy theorist like him and understands how he thinks, but she prefers to look on the brighter side of life. Isabella pulled him from the darkness of his own mind. Fallon, in turn, provided her with stability. I loved their chemistry. Fallon and Isabella are one of my most favorite couples in all the Arcane books.
I really enjoyed the folks of Scargill Cove. It’s a small, protective community of unusual people with a wide variety of psychic gifts, but most of them don’t believe in the paranormal.
Zack and Raine Jones (the H/h from Sizzle and Burn) made a few appearances, so it was nice to see how their relationship is progressing through all the political backwash of the upper echelons of Arcane. 
Though the Looking Glass trilogy is about energy-infused glass and mirrors, this book didn’t much play up the Quicksilver Mirror. Instead, the Bridewell Curiosities (Victorian era weapons that look like harmless dolls, clocks, etc) played the bigger role.
As with the Dreamlight trilogy spin-off, Ms. Krentz wrote this trilogy backwards. The present day story comes first, followed by the historical book, and then the futuristic book, and all the books are written under different pen names.
The story is fast-paced with lots of twists and turns. I’m a little sad that it’s over because I would love to read more about Fallon. Also, as far as I know, this is the last contemporary book in the Arcane series. That surprises me because there are some unanswered questions. In any case, this is one my favorite Arcane books and I definitely recommend it.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

#BookSpotlight and #AuthorInterview - "Law and Disorder" by Liv Arnold

Blurb 

Lawyer Juliet Jackson has come head to head with Sergeant Jesse Burns on numerous occasions in court. He is provoking. Pigheaded. Punch-worthy. They don't get along. Not one little bit. The unfortunate fact he's also her next-door neighbor brings her loathing off the charts. But when Juliet's caught locked outside her home in nothing but a skimpy towel, she must swallow her pride and turn to Jesse for help. She doesn't expect the explosive chemistry between them and can't help but wonder if Jesse's as demanding in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. 

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Welcome, Liv Arnold. I love hosting and interviewing authors on my site, so thank you for chatting with me today. Let's get started...

What do you prefer: ebook or print? Why?
I mainly read on my kindle. Makes it easier to carry around and store a lot of books on it when travelling.

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author? I used to write stories at school for fun, but I never thought anything would come of it. So, I did a degree that had nothing to do with writing and started a full-time job in the finance industry. My mum encouraged me to do a creative writing course at RMIT in Melbourne Australia. It’s a short course that runs for 8-10 weeks for three hours a week after work. I loved every moment of the class and ended up doing three short courses. The teachers were so inspiring, and it was great to speak to likeminded people. I workshopped my stories in class and continued with them after the course finished.

All writers suffer from writer’s block at least once in their career. What’s your go-to cure?
I set the timer and write non-stop for twenty minutes. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re racing against the clock. At the end, there’s so many typos and a lot of sentences doesn’t make sense. But it’s easier to edit rubbish than a blank page.

Sometimes the romance genre gets a bad reputation for being cliché and full of Fabios. How do you respond to that?
I hate that some people look down on romance genres. Yes, the romance genre does require a happy ever after, but who doesn’t like that? So many other genres also follow certain plot lines, like murder mysteries – some gets murdered at the beginning, usually someone else dies in the middle and the investigator figures it out at the end and explains the tell-tale signs.
Romance needs its own skill. To be able to make the readers feel something, whether to drool over the lead male, picture themselves in the story, or even be a little hot under the collar.

Any advice for the aspiring authors out there? Particularly those who are feeling a little discouraged?
Don’t give up. Sometimes it’s all about getting your manuscript on the right publisher’s desk at the right time. Keep learning your craft. I found online short courses through Savvy authors really helpful.

How do you market your books? What do you find more effective? I do interviews on blogger, reviewer and author’s websites. I’ve gotten sales from popular ones with a lot of followers. I find Facebook ads don’t do much.

What is your favorite book? Favorite author?
Harry Potter. I’m obsessed. Have all the merchandise from the toys, mugs, wall art and stationary. I love how JK’s writing sounds so comforting and that she’s speaking to a friend. When the books first came out, I used to be so tired at school from reading HP all night. Always had to know what happened next. 

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Author Bio

Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads until all hours of the night.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

#CharacterInterview - "Branwyn’s Love" by Daryl Devore



Genre – medieval erotic romance
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#medieval, #erotic, #romance, #daryldevore, #Traitorous

Blurb

Daryl Devoré pens another hot read – the medieval romance - Branwyn’s Love.

The tale of a young woman sold as a courtesan in training. Branwyn arrives in a new land to begin daily lessons in the bewildering art of bedding a man.

The noblewoman chosen to be Prince Malacke’s bride rejects him by bedding his hated rival. Malacke turns his anger towards increasing the power and wealth of Black Dorn castle. And he succeeds until his attention is captured by the face of the woman who will be his queen.

Note: This book contains elements of domination, submission, and fetishes. If these concepts disturb you, please do not purchase or read this book. Branwyn’s Love was formerly known as Black Dorn and published by New Dawning.



A Brief Interview with Prince Malacke

What impression do you make when a person first meets you?
The impression I always make – a proud, strong prince. Although, Branwyn did tell me, she thought I was rude and arrogant when she first met me.

What is your greatest fear?
To be killed in battle and not spend the rest of my life with Branwyn.

What is your profession?
I am the Gon-dra. The prince of the realm. Heir to the throne. I fight battles and am learning how to benevolently rule the kingdom.

What skill do you have that you’re proud of?

I have been informed that stating my greatest skill might not be appropriate, so I will simply say – I am a great swordsman.

Why?

Is it not obvious? As a great swordsman, I can defeat an enemy, protect my land and my woman.

Describe your ideal woman.

A strong-willed woman. One who will not cower before me, but will stand up to me. Although, I fear I am going to spend a lot of time regretting that characteristic in Branwyn.

What trait do you like most about the person you fell in love with?

Her strength. Not physical strength, after all, she is a woman. But her personal strength. She was forced into a situation that she had no control over because of the greed of her family. But she did not wither like a flower. She accepted her fate and challenged it.


Excerpt

“Stop that crying or by all that is powerful, I will beat you.”
“Do not yell so. You will frighten the poor child.”
Through tears, Branwyn stared at her uncle and aunt. “I… I do not understand. Why must I go?”
Her aunt sat next to her. “It is your time, child. A husband has been chosen. You must leave us to join with him.”
“About time it is!” Her uncle’s face grew redder with each word. “One year shy of a score she is, and still unwed. She must fall to her knees to thank God someone wishes to marry such an old spinster.”
Branwyn slapped the arm of her chair. “I decline. It is my right. I shall not marry this man!”
“How many men do you think you can refuse?” Her uncle paced about the small room. “This is the fourth suitor to ask for your hand. You cannot. It is done. Your things are being loaded as we speak.” He jerked back a curtain in the window and pointed.
The door opened and in stepped a tall broad-shouldered soldier. “The carriage awaits.”
“Branwyn.” Aunt Selda patted her hand. “You have no dowry. This is a good match. He is a rich man. He will give you babies.”
Suspicion gnawed at Branwyn’s stomach. “And what did he give you?”
“Gold.” Uncle Egbert picked up his purse and dropped it, with a rattle, back onto the table.
Branwyn dried her eyes with the edge of her sleeve, stood, kissed her aunt on the cheek and strode out the door to face her destiny.
A carriage with two strong, brown horses stood at the entrance. Two guardsmen on horseback waited. The driver offered his hand to help her mount.
Branwyn paused and turned. No one waited to say goodbye. The door of her uncle’s manor closed with a determined firmness. Warm tears gathered at the corner of her eyes. She blinked them back, then settled herself, pulled a blanket over her legs and snapped the curtains closed. If the family she’d grown up with refused to cry and wish her well, she would not shed a tear or turn for a final glance at her adopted home. With a shout and a shudder, the carriage pulled away.

 

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Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl's alter ego when she's inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.

Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two black cats - Licorice and Ginny-Furr Purrkins - and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.