Mojo Queen, Red House, Sonya Clark

No reviews scheduled for today so I’ve dug out an old, preblog review from the  talented Sonya Clark. (look out for her trancehack trilogy too) I can’t add a link though as I can’t seem to find it online anywhere :-( hopfully that’s just temporary as its a great read.

 

 

Mojo Queen

Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I started this series by getting the terrific Red House to review – that’s the follow on book to this one. I loved it so much Sonya kindly gave me Mojo queen so I could start the series from the beginning ( and I’m hoping Sonya is busily writing more of Roxie and Blake. It was good to see the beginning of Roxie’s adventures and how she meets up with Blake. She a very talented witch using many different forms of magic but always with the ethos of “do no harm”. He’s a sorceror, definitely yummy and sexy but with an ambitious dark side that’s led him to become involved in demon summoning – unfortunately demons lie…as Blake finds out to his cost and Roxie gets hired to help despatch this particularly nasty one back before she can extend her killing spree.
Its edge of seat action from the start, and yet even when in the middle of a really tricky situation Roxie still has that great sense of snarky humour that makes her such a fabulous heroine. Its seems little really fazes her and she’ll always do what’s right regardless of the cost to herself. Sadly this leads to her car, home and office being damaged badly and her life being in danger. All in a days work for the fearless Roxie though. I loved the introduction to her Root magic, and found it a very interesting balance to the traditional spells and incantations so often used to describe magic.
Having seen how Roxie meets Blake and what results I can see why her cousin/ancestor vampire Daniel dislikes him so much. Daniel is very protective of Roxie and hates that Blake has put her in danger. Blake’s reaction at the end of the novel would make me feel the same way as Daniel and Roxie and he has a lot of ground to catch up on in the next book.
Roxie is a heroine in the best of traditions, smart and sexy, sassy and yet sympathetic, impulsive but also thoughtful and always on the side of Right. Daniel is the perfect foil, quiet and protective, strong yet smooth and always wanting to look after Roxie. He’s the only one of her family that accepts her for what she is, the rest are afraid of her magic and would rather ignore it regardless of the problems it would cause her. Daniel is just perfect and for a change there’s no romance between them, just a very intense feeling that they will protect each other no matter what. Daniel is shown as a real vampire with a need for blood and we see how he’s not just a typical PNR sexy vamp but also one that can be very dangerous when the vampire takes over even to those he loves. Blake – well – what can I say, you messed up big time Blake with the demon summoning but didn’t mean to, and generous hearted Roxie is ready to try to forgive that but then at the end – Just What did you think you were doing? I’m not going to spoil it – but just say that was a huge surprise for me and thank goodness book two is already out so readers can catch up with what happens next.
Stars: five – great book, well priced and one to join my favourites re read series.

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Red House Sonya Clark

Well – what can I say about this book? Except – it was so good I simply have to read the first one and see how it all started. The main characters, well to begin we have Roxie: She’s a witch trying to get past the recent disasters where she almost drowned, lost her home and business to the floods and yet she still keeps on trying – however hard she finds it, and however much she struggles, and currently she is really fighting herself not to give in and go under. Then there’s Daniel her vampire ancestor, and the only one of her family who understand her – he’s a great character and has some good lines, and is a real friend to Roxie and of course Blake….oh Blake – the sexy sorcerer – of course he disappeared from Roxie’s life without a word and Daniel is Not Happy about his reappearance. Roxie isn’t sure – her heart says yippee and her head says slowdown – which will she listen to?
We wade straight into the story and see from the start just how dangerous Roxie’s job can be – but with no home and no business she needs the work to try to rebuild. She is asked to take on a haunting of a local popular B&B Maple Hill, trouble is the floods seemed to have stirred up more than water and the ghosts have definitely come out or the woodwork here and gained in power. It proves to be a dangerous job for Roxie.
Blake – he the great seducer and his relationship with Roxie goes from stop to full on and back to stop. We learn more about him and why he’s like he is, and that there’s a soft centre to the hard nosed seducer. Maple Hill needs all of them to pull together if they want to put the ghosts back in the box so to speak, and leaving them out isn’t an option Roxie will countenance. The sex scenes between him and Roxie are hot – well written, no sappy cringe making phrases and fit the story well. Some authors just haven’t got what it takes to write sex in a novel and reading it is an exercise in endurance but not Sonya.
I loved this book – great plots, and interesting stories of the people and places brought in, not just a one plot novel but lots of divergences to keep the story interesting, and that’s what makes a boo for me. This is definitely a keeper for the re read collection along with the previous book which is now on my “want” list. And I want to read more of Roxie and Co in future novels. I’ll be looking to see what else she’s written to – clearly an author whose style I enjoy.
Its priced at £3.20 for 184 pages – I’d have liked it to be even longer but that’s just my personal preference and for a good story the price is comparable with others. Published by Lyricalpress.
Stars – a well deserved five stars from me – I simply loved this story and the characters within it.

ARc supplied via publisher

Red Hot Beginnings (14 Contemporary and Paranormal Romance Books Box Set) Cora Seton , V. M. Black , Skye Warren, Blair Babylon, Lacey Silks , Sarah M. Cradit , JJ Knight , Clarissa Wild, Liv Morris , JC Andrijeski , Alica Knight , Jacqueline Sweet, Pavarti K. Tyler , Alisa Woods

 

Red Hot Beginnings (14 Contemporary and Paranormal Romance Books Box Set) Cora Seton , V. M. Black , Skye Warren, Blair Babylon, Lacey Silks , Sarah M. Cradit , JJ Knight , Clarissa Wild, Liv Morris , JC Andrijeski , Alica Knight , Jacqueline Sweet, Pavarti K. Tyler , Alisa Woods
Genre: Fantasy & Sci-fi, Romance, erotica, Paranormal.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love these bundles, they prove a great way to try authors and series that are new to you. Some of the stories are first in series or side novellas, some are the first in a two or three part selection, and some are standalones, so there’s a real mix here.
I’ve read a few of these before: I wasn’t keen on Skye Warren’s – Beauty Touched the Beast, it was a good book but just not my kind of read, the Liv Morris one I read as a review book a while back, I enjoyed that and the second book that followed to complete the story. That was a hot, erotic romance. I’m currently reading the Cora Seaton one – have read some of her books before and they are the sort I read when I want something easy and not too in-depth – a book to just relax with, a fun read. I’ve also read and enjoyed the Lacey Silks Layers Trilogy, though not the prequel that’s in this bundle, and so that’s one I want to read. ( And what a name – Lacey Silks, makes me smile every time I read it). The gem for me of course though is JC Andrijeski’s – New York, a novella from the Allie’s War series. We see more of Revik and Allie before she knows what she is, but where Revik is watching over her, trying to protect her. What’s interesting to me is not just the pull he feels to her, but the way she’s attracted to him, feels some kind of connection even though she doesn’t know him. It’s for me part of that real soul mates thing, that makes their relationship so perfect, it’s fiery, full of passion and drama, and at times I feel they’re on the verge of disaster but somehow that pull, that magic between them always brings them back. They really are like two halves of a whole. There’s a real mix here of magic and mystery, shifters, supernatural and straight forward romance along with some real erotica.
Stars: Five, a bargain way to try lots of new reads.
ARC provided by author

Shadows of Fate, Angela Dennis

Shadows of Fate,  Angela Dennis
Genre:  Paranormal/Fantasy Romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This sounded a great read, and looked to be one that may continue into a series, and I love those. Sadly, though its well written, somehow I just couldn’t really get into the story.
I found myself putting it aside for other reads then picking it up again. I restarted a couple of times thinking maybe I just hadn’t quite understood who and what everyone was. Its a very different sort of paranormal, with so many types of creature/person that its hard for me to sort out who did what and how they fit together. Each of them had different skills, and even within the small groups they all kept things hidden from each other. That I think is why I didn’t feel I knew any of them well, and couldn’t feel connected or invested in the story.
Its a romance, but not in the usual way, with a slowly developing connection between Brenna and Gray, even though they don’t trust each other. There’s lots going on, murders and double dealing, lots of things to try to understand in the different ways people are killed, and trying to work out who is behind it and why. There’s one fairly major thing I’d worked out pretty early on, but that didn’t spoil it for me, just led to me looking for things that supported my theory.
Its a possible five star read for many, full of twist and turns, paranormal creatures, plots to overthrow groups and dastardly murders – and of course that slowly growing romance, but somehow it just didn’t connect with me. I’m hovering between a two and a three but on balance I can’t quite bring myself to rate it a three – for me that’s a good read, just not a great one – and this wasn’t good for me, even though I just know it will be for many others. That’s how it goes, we all want different things, so I’m giving a two and a half – will show as a three of course, as no half stars…
Stars: Two and a half, but as I said it’ll be five for many readers. It has quality but just not a book that worked for me.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

How To Force A Redirect To The Classic WordPress.com Editor Interface

jeanniezelos:

brilliant, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou – i’ve been struggling to get the “old” version each time I blog – I have to keep remembering to go to new post via a certain route – now I’ve done all the above instructions, and I’m a complete tech washout but it was easy – just clicked on the new post link top right of home page and classic edit loaded up. thankyou so much to all who’ve spent time on working this out for users like me who are not tech minded – its so much easier than the “new, improved” version.

Originally posted on Diary of Dennis:

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The Solution To Use The Classic Editor

If you are blogger at wordpress.com, this post here will help you to solve a big problem. As you have noticed, the decision makers at WordPress want to force you to use the recent new editor interface that is purely designed for mobile devices and for users who only create short-form content. This is of course a pain if you are desktop user and if you like to create long-form content as well. In this post you will learn how to get back to the classic editor permanently.

In the new editor form, we had a link back to the classic editor but that link is now gone too. WordPress does not have the intention to give us the link back as you can read here in the forums. If you go through this huge forum thread, you will find out…

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Tiger Lily 2 Amélie S. Duncan

 

 

 

Part Two of a Three Part Series

Lily Salomé knows one thing: Jonas Crane is the lover she always dream of. Smart, powerful and sexy, both in and out of the bedroom. Her own alpha loving dominant male. For the first time in a long time, things are looking up for Lily. With the city’s most eligible bachelor on her arm, life with Jonas might just live up to all it’s beautiful promise. That is until an altercation with a man from her past leaves her bruised, frightened, and too ashamed to tell the truth. She can run, she can hide, but for how long?

My Review

Tiger Lily, (Tiger Lily 2),  Amélie S. Duncan
Genre:  Romance,
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.
I loved part one, and this is a great follow up. Thankfully Amelie is bust writing the final part now so it shouldn’t be too long before the story is complete
After Fifty Shades there’s been a multitude of erotic romance reads in this theme of rich guy/not so rich girl, and so many are frankly dull, bland, copycat failures for me. Tiger Lily though has that something special, great characters, interesting storyline and erotic and varied sex scenes. I so hate it when the sex not only takes over the story but is bland and repetitive…not here though – perfect balance of sex and story.
I had to re read the end of last book – I read so much that its easy to get confused, and I couldn’t quite remember how this had been left…anyway here we are with poor Lily wanting more from Jonas, and stubborn man that he is he’s sticking rigidly to the companion only line. So for now they are apart. Gregor, her boss,  can see she’s upset but there’s history between him and Jonas, and he thinks its for the best, he thinks Lily is too good for Jonas and that history will repeat itself. He wants more from Lily too – and so does someone else, Jonas’ friend Ian. He’s met Lily when she was with Jonas and now Dani ( Jonas’ ex wife, a caring lady) has involved him in Lily’s attack. Her ex attacked her at the end of the last book, and Dani and Ian would like her to press charges. She doesn’t want to though, even though he’s done it before. Declan has promised her he’s going to rehab and getting help, and she doesn’t want this to ruin his life. After all she was in love with him in the past, and he was a great support when her parents died. Ian insists she at least makes a legal statement to him  in case of any future problems or she changes her mind. She agrees, but insists they keep it all from Jonas. She knows he’ll come back if he hears about it and her heart just can’t take it, knowing how he feels won’t change. Poor Lily, she’s in a hard place. Life is going to get tougher for her very quickly though, with more problems from Declan, Ian and Gregor both hoping for more from her, and Jonas still keeping tabs on her. Then she finds out he’s gone back to Melissa. Lily is gutted, and along with the issues from Declan she spirals into despair.
Poor Lily – it seems everything hits her at once in this book. Jonas won’t move forward into more than the companion role for her, even though he knows she’s in love with him, and its clear to everyone he feels more for her that he’ll admit. He can’t bear for her to be with anyone else though, was furious when David ( the chauffeur) told him Gregor kissed her, furious when he saw her with Ian, and yet he’s now with Melissa.
Dani – she’s a real star and a literal lifesaver. I thought she was going to be one of those friends on outside but evil inside types, but she seems a genuinely lovely lady so far. Melissa though – she’s great, a real nasty b itch, and every good romance needs one of those IMO! I can’t believe Jonas can be so obtuse as he is in this book – but of course if he wasn’t then things wouldn’t be nowhere near as much fun. Once again Amélie has written a gripping and sensual story, with unexpected plots and I’m so keen to read the final part and see how it all ends. Its definitely one I’ll reread when its all released so I can go back to back on the instalments and read all in one go. That’s the way I enjoy these stories best, when I can get the full effect of the drama.

Stars:  Five, a fabulous read .
ARC provided by author

Tiger Lily  1  Amélie S. Duncan

What started as an assignment became more than Lily could have ever hoped for…

Lily Salomé has encountered more challenges than the average twenty-four year old. After a horrendous crash killed her parents, an abusive relationship was all she needed to calcify her broken heart to stone. So when Lily’s boss comes to her with a challenge most girls would balk at, she knows there isn’t much left in this world to be afraid of.

The target: Jonas Crane, a brooding business mogul who hasn’t smiled once since his divorce. Dark, dangerous and mouthwatering, Crane has written a book about life in the fast lane and with the recent publicity, Lily’s boss wants the rights. Problem is, Crane won’t return a phone call, let alone agree to a meeting. But if a pretty publishing assistant happens to run into him at the Waldorf, with a business card and a smile…what could go wrong?

A lot, it seems. Lily thinks she’s going to the Waldorf to meet a rich jerk, or worse, a playboy, but the truth is way more challenging. Jonas Crane is smart, engaging…and devastatingly out of her league.
My Review

Tiger Lily (Tiger Lily 1)  Amélie S. Duncan
Genre:  Erotic romance
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved Amélie’s Debut book Little wolf, and was pleased to review this one. I really enjoyed it once again, the same perfect blend of sex and story with neither dominating the other.
Lily has had such a lot happen in such a short while, and the most recent being her fiancé dumping her after she moved across country to be with him. He’s a jerk, as we see later in the book, an abusive jerk at that. Lily is strong though – at least she tries hard to be knowing that’s what her parents would want. The Salome name was everything to her dad, and he seems to have had a motto including it for every eventuality! She’s finally found a job she loves after she finished her degree, and her boss asks her to do something to help the business one evening. She respects Gregor greatly and he’s been good to her, so she thinks that maybe this will help her get a promotion, and it will certainly help the business if she can pull it off. Its simply meeting with Jonas to push their firm for his book. Of course they wouldn’t normally be in the running for something like this, so the meeting isn’t quite as business kosher as it seems, more that Gregor just happens to know where Jonas will be that night, and wants Lily to talk to him – have a sort of off the cuff “accidental” meeting.
Poor Lily is a klutz… I know how she feels only too well, and while she’s mulling the best way to approach Jonas to make it look natural she drops her bag, which skims over the floor to land at Jonas feet! From then on they talk and ….before long they are in a most strange relationship. well strange for Lily, not for Jonas.
Jonas is divorced, but gets on well with his ex and sees his teenage son frequently. He’s as the description says, Dark, Dangerous and Delicious, and the tension between him and Lily is palpable. He’s not interested in another long term or permanent relationship though – his divorce has left him feeling that simply sexual companions is the most he can do. Poor Lily thinks she can do that – but she’s much too gentle of heart. They are at opposite ends of the sexual spectrum, she’s naive and gentle, looking for love, he’s been there done that and just wants a friend to accompany him and stop him feeling lonely, and to be available for some hot and steamy sex whenever he wants. When she agrees to his request they have some incredible sexual encounters, and are soon in an intense and erotic sort of liaison. It is good to have once again the sex scenes well written and varied, they feel erotic and sensual and not just “more dull sex” as we get too often. That’s one of the things I enjoyed in “”Little Wolf.
As always just when things look good the cracks appear, secrets from the past creep out, Lily starts to get emotionally involved, her outside life and the one with Jonas overlap, and his need to control everything causes tensions and lies. Suddenly everything has hit at once, Jonas and Gregor’s shared past, Lily’s past with her fiancé and reminders of her parents death, and it seems like it’s all over.  I like all the people here, they feel very real, and the ex being kind for a change was refreshing. Lily needs a friend, and she could be just that the way things are going.
Stars: Five, cracking read,
ARC provided by author.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24663177-tiger-lily?from_search=true
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Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary, erotic romances with a dark edge. Her inspiration comes from many sources including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her husband.

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Only Trick, Jewel E. Ann

Only Trick, Jewel E. Ann
Genre:  Erotic, Romance,
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, I looked forward to this but though the sex scenes were hot and well written, it was let down for me by Darby and Trick….Darby worked part time in a busy A&E dept. and seemed like a decent person – very close to her nana, but not to her father. Her mum died at her birth and he’s been a cold closed person, really only concerned with image and his career – he’s currently married to a rich, younger lady but to Darby’s disgust he cheats on her constantly with a stream of bimbos. Darby has her own apartment her nana bought her and they see each other frequently. ( loved her nan BTW) All seems well until she comes across Trick – sex god on legs. She’s told he’s gay but she’s attracted to him very much so even though she thinks he’s gay, has met and really likes his partner Grady, she sets out to get him. She becomes a stalker almost, and that’s where I really disliked her. She berates her father for having affairs and yet she’s prepared to break up what she thinks is a happy relationship just because she wants Trick, even though he’s made it very, very clear he’s not interested. I can’t understand people who can do that, deliberately set out to destroy something for their own selfish reasons.
Trick, well he owes much to Grady, and is happy to go along with him in letting others assume they are together – it gives Grady some freedom to play away, and it keeps ladies from being offended when he turns down their approaches, important for his career.  He doesn’t want anything to do with females, still carrying grief from his memory loss, and doesn’t want to have a relationship. He can see through Darby, and to begin he’s a real jerk, a complete ars ehole to her…but given she won’t take a hint I can’t blame him. Never the less he is attracted, and she wears him down. She still thinks he’s gay, and when they sleep together ( just sleep as BFF) she never gives a thought to how Grady would feel about it, even though she’s met him and really likes him. See? Miss Selfish all the way…
Of course things change, they both learn more about each other, and their relationship quickly heats up leading to the hot and sensual sex scenes. Still, a couple of things kept creeping in and annoying me. It seems lately all Romance Alpha males have to have a tell, and Tricks is his lip curl – and the Come command. Ok on first, second, even third reading, but once I’d read it more than half a dozen times in a short space it just annoyed me…his Come command made him sound like he was calling his dog, and the lip curl began to feel as though he’d got a facial tic or something…not the way I think I’m meant to feel. Sometimes Less is More.
Anyway its a hot read, and if you can get past Darby’s selfishness then its a decent read. Not the special one I was hoping though, I kind of worked out what was going to happen, and what had in his past, though not exactly of course, and its a one off read for me.

Stars:  Three, sexy and sensual but Darby’s willingness to put herself first was too much for me.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers

Necessary Restorations, Kate Canterbary

Necessary Restorations, Kate Canterbary
Genre:  Romance,
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, Kate is fast becoming one of my favourite romance authors. I love this sort of romance read, not light and fluffy, impractical and unlikely, but stories that are full of real people with genuine problems. No dippy bimbos or very young billionaires, but characters that are in their twenties/thirties and work – very hard – at what they do. This is the third book I’ve read and whereas in book one I was a bit confused by the back story, how everyone connects and what went on before, each book reveals a little more and its so complex, that I can see now that it’s best revealed a bit at a time, drip by drip, so the reader has time to understand what happened and exactly how it affected each of the siblings, but in very different ways.
Sam – oh Sam…we met him in earlier books as a secondary character, but now he’s number one. I’ve always though he’d be fun, he’s a rep as a manwhore, and yet was constantly berated by his father for being gay – and yet we really don’t know exactly what’s true, or his reasons. Well, finally we learn more about him and he’s an incredibly complex character. He’s a number of genuine health issues, serious problems that connect to what sometimes seems his odd behaviour. Add in that he saw his mother bleed to death giving birth while he was very young, along with his siblings, and that from then on his father hated them all and went from loving to awful, vituperative, cruel mentally and physically, and its easy to see how they became such a tight knit unit, although each have their own oddities.
I love Sam in this book, we see his illnesses properly, severe type one diabetes, which, along with his bullying by peers in earlier years, has led to his penchant for quick BJ’s in clubs, back rooms etc. where he can hide his medical needs, never taking ladies home, never getting into a relationship, his food oddities connect to his severe allergies and the OCD about germs – well I guess that’s something from his past too. All this means he’s a complex person, very talented and passionate about his work, as are all the siblings, very close to them and yet he’s always that bit apart, a solo character. Getting trapped in a lift for hours is his worst nightmare – germs from the floor, the small space, the noise and fidgeting of Tiel, trapped with him. Somehow though she wears him down and he finds himself out with her afterwards, and then back to her flat. Not for sex, but they become friends and spend extraordinary amounts of time together. The Friends tag keeps cropping up and each is scared it seems to me, they want more but what they have works so well they don’t want to risk it in  case the other doesn’t want more….so it goes in until finally – well, read it and see  Tiel is lovely, but not without her own issues hiding beneath that cheery, happy front she displays, and when they do get together its hard for them both, they love what they have but are uncertain of the future, of labels, of their own pasts and of letting others know they are together. For a while they’re in a kind of bubble of isolation.  And of course Sam’s family is intimidating for anyone, but for someone whose own family have all but abandoned her – well, Tiel has some serious problems to come.
The downside – this is what makes or breaks a romance for me. Kate gives us fabulous characters, real people and genuine and interesting work situations. Throw in some very sensual and erotic sex and the upsides are perfect, but its when it falls apart that keeps me gripped. I have to feel that there is real risk to them, that maybe they won’t get back from this – even though of course we know they will. This once again is perfect and that part really worked so well, taking a big chunk of the book, not just a few rushed pages. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out – had a number of possible scenarios but I was wrong…very wrong, and Kate’s put it all together perfectly, to make it feel as though it really could have happened this way. Beautiful writing in this part too that really moved me.
I’m so happy to read more of this family – I still want to know just what happened between Erin and Shannon, then there’s Nick, close family friend, honoury brother…from something that’s said I thought I’d got a glimpse of something, but then at the end I see I’m wrong. Again! I actually like that though, to be kept guessing, keeps it interesting. We see more of Riley here too and how he’s grown since the first book. He’s a great character, plays the fool well, but underneath the slightly clumsy, coffee stained and immature front he presents, there’s a young man that’s got a very shrewd, astute intellect. He’ll be a fun read – I hope we get a book from all of the family, I’ve loved what’s gone so far. Kate writes for me the perfect fiction to escape with for a few hours, a blend of seamless romance and reality, sex and sensuality and stories that could be found in a genuine family.
Stars:  Five, a fabulous read .
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers

Say My Name, A Stark Novel, J. Kenner

Say My Name, A Stark Novel, J. Kenner
Genre:  Erotica.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved the Stark Trilogy and J Kenner’s writing style so was really keen to read the opener to the new series. I wasn’t disappointed – its got the same Must Keep Reading feel to it, one of those where you just have to know what happens nest, can’t put it down just yet even though the oven is beeping and everyone is starving….
Maybe I’ve read so many of this type of story ( and not all good sadly, there’s hundreds out, probably thousands, and yet few are real 5* authors like this) but I am beginning to be able to pick up story seeds, the bits which seem a throwaway comment, and yet are the start of some major surprise. I’ve got two I found in this part, one is already revealed and I felt quite victorious when I found I’d got it right – too often I’m way off the mark  The second – well, maybe its going to come out in the next book or maybe hold out for book three, but I think there’s someone who’s going to prove closer than currently suggested. Another of those lies by omission. It hasn’t been said who this person is yet, but it’s indicated that its no-one special and yet I think…just think…I might have seen something that suggests they are more. And if I’m right its going to have a huge impact on the story. Massive.
Poor Sylvia, she’s worked so hard to get where she is, overcome so much, and then has to face her nemesis to save her current biggest project yet for Damien Stark. Its not easy and I was with her when she went through the embarrassment, the trauma and giving herself mental talkings and encouragement.
Jackson, he certainly made her pay at first, and then when he found out more he was gutted…he’s got secrets too though, and keeping them hidden. They both have revealed a certain amount, and yet want more from each other, suspect there’s more to come, but are concerned over the result. How far do you trust a new lover, even if you have had past contact? How much have you a duty to tell them, to reveal secrets that could be used against you? Its a hard line, no-one needs to spill everything on the first date, but when does a relationship hit that point where the past needs to come out, not least because it’s affecting the present.
I loved both of these characters, and could see both points of view, understood why each felt as though they’d been kept in the dark and yet I understood why the other one did just that, held back from saying things. There’s a real passion between them, a sensuality that comes out in the page and scorched the scenes between them. That’s tough for an author to get right – no one wants to read pages of repetitive sex, or ( for me ) to have sex that doesn’t fit the story, becomes dull, takes over the plots, and thankfully J Kenner is a master ( or mistress!) at getting the balance of sex v story just right for me.
There’s obviously more to come, but the novel ends on a natural point, no awful, hated cliff-hangers, but an indication of what on line, more secrets to come out, what plots may develop. I love to read this kind of book all three parts in one go, but at least this way I don’t have that awful sense of being left out on a limb that cliff-hangers bring. Thanks JK for not giving in to the popularity that currently seems to favour them!!
Stars: Five, great read, perfect meld of sex and story.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

A Heart’s Disguise, A Heart’s Obsession, Colleen Coble

 

A Heart’s Disguise, Colleen Coble
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.

Genre: Romance, Historical

I liked the sound of this one but…it didn’t really work as well for me as I’d hoped. Its a story in three parts, and each is quite short at only 788 locations on kindle. I’m guessing that’s about 80 pages so there just wasn’t space enough to really get to know the characters or the story. It felt very surface based, where almost as soon as a plotline was introduced things happened and we moved on to next one. I really like to get lost in a story, and I just didn’t feel deep enough here to do that. I need to feel I’m back there in the West, facing the hardships they do and empathising with poor Sarah. It was a tough time in history and I need to really Feel it, live all the hardships and problems with them. Its an interesting premise though, and I’m looking forward to maybe a bit more depth, and that lovely potential nasty person/jealousy storyline in the next episode given we’ve met most of the major characters. That sort of plot is just what I love, so fingers crossed…
This was a good beginning in introducing everything, but due to the brevity everything felt a bit rushed. Still – though I love long books, there are those who like one of my good friends, want a book they can finish in a couple of weeks. She only reads a few pages each night so 100,00 words – books I love – are her worst nightmare. Its another insight into how were all different in what we want, and though this didn’t work for me it will for others.
Stars: Two and a half, lots of potential but so far for me its not quite getting there.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

 
A Heart’s Obsession, Colleen Coble
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.

Genre: Historical Romance.

Well, this instalment went better for me, I began to get to know the characters. Sarah is in a hard place, and if she stays now her father has died her brother is going to force her to marry Ben. She still loves Rand though, and now that she’s seen a side of Ben she never knew, he’s the last person she wants to marry. She escapes by going to the Fort with her best friend and her husband, Rand’s brother, taking her younger brother with them. What a shock though when after a terrible journey they get to the fort to find Rand engaged. I really felt for her, could feel just how shocked and upset she was. His fiancée is a great character (great in that I love a “good” bad person, instead of just all sweet, kind ones), a real nasty, jealous woman, though she only shows the sweet side in public. Sarah stays, she tells Rand she only wants him to be happy, but when she sees what Jessica is really like she wonders if there’s still hope for them to be together, and if she can win him back.

Its a good read, packed with emotion and drama and full of life as it was back then, tough, limited choices and the dangerous and strange relationship between Soldiers and Indians. Sarah is making a place for herself there. as a single lady looking after her younger brother but its all very edgy, and I could feel the tension, that things could change any moment. Bad Ben turns up again too – still after Sarah and that adds to the feel of stress and strain. My only problem with this book is like the last one – its so short at just under 800 kindle locations again. If this was three full sized novels I’d love it, but as it is for me it just doesn’t do justice to the story it could be – but remember as ever we all want different things, and there are millions of readers that want shorter reads of course.
Stars: Four, a fun read, with emotion and drama and if it was longer for me this would probably be a five.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher.

Dragon, (Allie’s War Book 9), JC Andrijeski

Dragon, (Allie’s War Book 9), JC Andrijeski
Genre: Romance, Fantasy/Sci-fi.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well – we’re on to book nine, plus of course lots of side novellas. This series is great value for money for those of us who love longer books, with this one being 689 pages for £4.99.
Once again its a rocketing journey, a race against time with a new player in town. Trouble is which side is he on? Feigran indicates he’s important and Allie has learned that though Feigran tells her things in an abstract, confusing way he knows things that others don’t, and that his information isn’t to be ignored. Its often linked to things she’s dreamed about, and she knows they need more info on Dragon. When she gets it though – wow – he’s incredibly powerful, and she’s powerless against him….that comes as a shock. She’s still not sure whether she escaped from him or whether he let her go, whether he’s on their side or laying a false trail, and when the future of the world depends on getting things right…well, no pressure then. Even though I’ve finished the book I’m still a bit confused over Dragon. Feigran too confuses me, sometimes he’s just kind of coarse about sexual things, and then he surprises me with his gentlemanly way of speaking and the things he does. He’s kind of like one of those Savant types, where the brain just works differently to most peoples, where so much of what he does isn’t intended to cause offence but just him saying things as he sees them. In through the out door – that phrase still has me wondering….I guess with Terian (or the Terians) being part of him so much has been taken out that maybe would have moderated him, and likewise Terian has characteristics from him and whatever bodies he uses…maybe? I’m still, after all these books, working that one out. Throw in Menlim and what he is and – well, thankfully not fully understanding doesn’t stop me enjoying the story, and as the series grows so does my understanding. Its the first time I’ve read anything like this, so I don’t have a background of Sci-fi reads to work from. Maybe that would have made a difference, though maybe not?
She and Revik ( swoon…) know now that Menlim isn’t dead, that he’s the real force behind things and he needs to be stopped. Trouble is how? He can’t be killed in the conventional way as he’s a kind of flesh puppet – reminds me very much of the battle to kill Terian. They come up with a plan though to work round him – but have to keep it secret as there’s a mole in the group, and they have no way of knowing who. That’s really distressing. It was a shock when Dorje proved to be working for Shadow, and to think someone they know well, trust and have been friends with for many years is against them is awful, and means looking and treating everyone as if they were against them. What a nightmare. Revik has to do something that brings him right into the centre of danger, and if his plan fails – and its very likely to – then that’s it for him. Allie too has to carry on knowing this time she can’t help him, she has her part to play and it makes her friends into – well, not enemies but they really dislike how she’s acting and show it. That’s very isolating for her. Still, she and Revik never shirk from doing what’s needed, even when it comes at great personal cost. Its all leading up to a huge confrontation with Shadow, Dragon. Allie’s people and the President of the USA, where the cost is incredibly high both on a personal and a worldwide level.
Poor Allie and Revik, seems to me they never get a break. That’s what being Bridge and Sword is though. When I look back at the start I see how very far everything has gone and need to remember that all this has taken place over several years. I just hope its all worthwhile for them in the end, as well as the rest of the world of course. They’ve sacrificed so much and what has to be done in this part comes at a level that will take a great deal to get back to. They’ve both had to do things that they know will cause problems in their relationship after, knowing it had to be done is a brain understanding but of course the heart – that’s always a weakness with them both, and even if their plan succeeds can they overcome their actions to stay as a couple? I really, really hope so – their connection is a genuine soul mate type, as if they are two halves of one unit and they need to be together. Thank goodness Seers have long lives, as they’ve used up so many years in things that have caused them grief.
I feel I know so many of the group as people now, not just as slightly weird names…and when some die I grieve for them. I still miss the lovely Garensche, he was such a great part of the group, talented but on a personal level very good at coping with others high emotions and bringing trigger points down. When a series continues for so many books its inevitable some characters die, but I miss them.
I’m an avid reader, I’ve just under 5,000 books on my amazon cloud and I’ve read maybe 3,000 of those with another 1,000 or so books at home that I’ve read, and probably 2-3,000 borrowed from library over the years, and yet this series is still in my top twenty. I don’t have a fav series or book, just a top few, and though this seemed like a type of book that wasn’t my sort of read I found I became hooked on it from the start. I’ve recently reread my way through books 1-8 and the novellas, and found that I have a deeper understanding now of events and people from it, and I see actions differently to when I first read it. I don’t know how many more books are to come, each time I think we’re on the home stretch JC takes us off on another tangent so who knows? I’ll be sad to see the end to the series, though I’m so hoping Allie and Revik finally get a happy ending and live out their lives in peace and love together, but I’ll miss looking out for the next instalment.
That teaser: Gah! When I read that – the beach scene – I had to know what happened. It was about 3 days prior to release I found it and from then on I was checking Amazon every few hours desperate to get Dragon and see what happens. I was so taken in, so on edge, that actually I just had to peep at the end just to see what transpired. I’ve done that a few times with books that really hook me, too impatient to wait. For some people that spoils it but not for me, and I’m always happy to re read good books, even though I know what’s coming. I love to read my way through a full series back to back. I read this one over the weekend, read a review werewolf book and am currently reading through a contemporary romance trilogy from last year, where I can finally get the books read back to back and really get “into” the story without stopping. I like swapping genres between books.
Stars: A solid five.

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