Friday, February 23, 2018

Review for Saving Grace by Aubrey Wynne - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

The ghost of the Pungo Witch meets a shattered heart.

Jackson Hahn, Virginia Beach's local historian, has his eyes on the mysterious new woman in town. When she enters his office, he is struck by her haunting beauty and the raw pain in her eyes. Her descriptions of the odd events happening in her bungalow pique his curiosity.

Chloe Hicks' life consisted of an egocentric ex-husband, a pile of bills, and an equine business in foreclosure until a fire destroys the stable and her beloved ranch horse. What little hope she has left is smashed after the marshal suspects arson. She escapes the accusing eyes of her hometown, but not the memories and melancholy.

The sexy historian distracts Chloe with the legend of a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. She is drawn to the story and the similarities of events that plagued their lives. Perhaps the past can help heal the present. But danger lurks in the shadows...


MY REVIEW -

Sweet story with some suspense! I enjoy Aubrey Wynne's story telling, and how she blends the past with the present. I enjoyed the bit of ghostly element as well. I listened to the audio for Saving Grace, and the narrator does a great job. The narrator's voice fits the tone of the story very well, and she gives a clear performance. Chloe awakens to her barn on fire, she receives some burns from trying to rescue her horses, but she's physically okay. Chloe runs a horse business, and she can't do that with her barn burnt down. Unfortunately, the police suspect arson, so this throws a wrench into some of Chloe's plans. On top of this mess, Chloe's ex-husband is trying to win her back. Chloe isn't feeling safe at her ranch, so she decides to go away for a little while until the police find the culprit. While away, Chloe has some ghostly experiences. The premise makes this story seem like it focuses more on romance, but I don't think it really does. I enjoyed the romance elements, but I would've liked for there to be more. I still really enjoyed the whole story though. It's very interesting, and I loved that there's scenes that take place in the past. Wonderful story!

Review for Fearless Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

In the game of Alphas, claiming the title is the greatest prize, one which most would kill to achieve. But for Giselle to win, she'll have to risk her pack, her family... and her life.


The death of the Regional Alpha exposes Giselle to the deadly game of werewolf politics where friends are liabilities, boyfriends are weaknesses, and family are pawns strategically played against her.

Finding her fur-ever family, after years lost in the foster care system, brought more drama than little werewolf Giselle had bargained for, especially when it's discovered she's the long lost daughter of the former Regional Alpha, Orion Silverman.

After the current Alpha's death, Giselle is suddenly thrust into the brutal arena to prove herself. Her veins might run with the blood of Alphas, but all her enemies can see is a legacy of human weakness, and they'll do anything to prevent this feral pup from taking leadership.


MY REVIEW -

This is the 3rd book in this series, and the story is coming along nicely. I'd recommend reading the previous books before this one, since the story is a continuation. There may be spoilers in this review from the previous books. Giselle has learned more about her parents, but along with that comes more problems that Giselle may not be ready for. There's a lot of werewolf politics in this book, and Giselle needs to find her way through some tough situations. I would've liked for Giselle to mature a bit more, but she does a good job of handling herself. I enjoyed that there's more wolves brought into the mix, and that there's some witchy action going on in this book. It's also great to see some characters from the previous books! It's great to see how they are doing. I'm still disappointed on the romance front of things, and I really don't see why Giselle and Damien are still together. At the end of the last book, it seemed Giselle realized that Damien isn't supportive of her. It's more of the same for Giselle and Damien in this book. Damien is a little better in this book, but he's still not very supportive of Giselle. There's a bit more action in this book that I enjoyed, and I'd like to see Giselle mature further in future books.

Review for Curious Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Things would be perfect if supernatural disasters would quit creeping up and ruining Giselle’s happy new life. After finally finding the fur-ever home she’s always wanted a witch blows into town promising to reveal the bloody past of Giselle’s birth, and the circumstances that led the little werewolf to end up in the foster care system to begin with.
Hot on the witch’s trail, another pack of wolves is on the hunt for revenge, and will accept nothing less than her death in retribution for the havoc she’s wrought on them.
Caught in the crossfire, Giselle desires only the truth, and if the witch is who she claims to be, the little werewolf must protect her at any cost. If she’s lying, though, Giselle risks her own kind seeing her as a traitor. Neither her new pack nor her hottie witch boyfriend Damien can offer any help. Giselle is on her own again. And if she makes the wrong decision, she’ll lose the only link she has to her own past.


MY REVIEW -

This is the 2nd installment in the Little Werewolf series, and the book is told from Giselle's POV. Giselle is a werewolf, who has been in foster care since she was a baby. In the first book, she has finally found a place that accepts her werewolf status, but there's mystery surrounding Giselle's birth, and she is still finding it difficult to feel as if she belongs with others. I really enjoyed the first book in this series! I'm still enjoying this story, and I like Katie Salidas' writing. I find this series unique, and I like the mystery behind Giselle's beginnings. I still like how vocal Giselle is, and I like her spunk. What missed with me on this installment, was this one felt more high school. There was too much of the characters being jealous and obtuse about things. They make backhanded comments to each other, and everyone; except for Asher, dismisses Giselle. No wonder Giselle still feels like a lone wolf, she has no support. I was so disappointed in Damien, he never supported Giselle. He keeps secrets, and it just seems that he doesn't care for her very much. This is a small thing, but it bothered me that he wears cologne, which Giselle's werewolf senses have a problem with. I know that's not that important, but for some reason that just proved further for me that he doesn't respect Giselle. The romance was really lacking in this installment, and I wanted to feel more of a connection between the characters. There story did keep me interested, and I'm still looking forward to reading more in this series and from Katie Salidas.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review for Desert Hunt by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Rae has a secret — one she can’t allow any wolf pack to discover. But with an old enemy hot on her heels, she has no option but to trust Zack, the man from the wrong side of the tracks. Taking off on the back of Zack's Harley seems like good idea at first, but when she lowers her defenses for the captivating coyote shifter, she might just be risking it all.

The new she-wolf in town may be strictly off-limits, but Zack just can’t keep away. When the thrill of the chase gets his blood pumping in more ways than one, he’s ready to overstep every boundary and break every rule. Destiny says she’s his—but the pack’s ruling alpha says she belongs to another.

There’s more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves willing to battle for life and love.



MY REVIEW -

I love this series, and have read most of the other books in this series before this one, so it was interesting to see where some of the characters started with this short prequel to the series. Desert Hunt follows Rae and Zack as they discover a connection between them. This angers the pack alpha, who is too set in his old school ways. Rae has been searching for a pack that feels like home for her. She's been in some pretty messed up packs so far, so she finds it hard to trust. She's given the opportunity to go to live with the Twin Moon wolf pack, but the alpha has a hidden agenda. Zack is a member of the wolf pack at Twin Moon, and is tasked with keeping the other male wolves away from Rae. He knows he should stay away from her, but these two begin to feel a connection that can't be denied. Rae and Zack are adorable, and I loved seeing them fight for what they want. Sweet story with a bit of action. I really enjoyed the read!

Review for Desert Rose by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Axel Waldermann’s days in paradise are numbered, and he knows it. The last thing this reluctant hero needs is temptation in the form of a curvy she-wolf. One step too close, one kiss too many, and he’ll shatter the fragile alliance between his shifter clan and the powerful wolves of Twin Moon pack. But with destiny whispering in his ears and desire pumping through his veins, how can he resist?

Every local girl has her sights set on Axel, the most eligible bachelor in town. So what chance does an unassuming girl like Beth Carter have? When a deadly enemy lures Axel into the fight of his life, Beth will have to test her limits and believe not just in love, but in herself. Can this desert rose become a heroine and win her destined mate?

There’s more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves willing to battle for life and love.


MY REVIEW -

This was great!! Love this series! This one is a really sweet one with a sweetheart of a man. Axel is a boar shifter, who was injured saving wolf pack member Tina in the last book when he took on a hellhound. Axel is now doing better, but likes being at Twin Moon, so he helps out around the ranch and tries to keep his head down, so he doesn't have to leave. Especially now that he's met angel voiced Beth. Beth feels drawn to Axel, but she's a bit shy. Axel feels drawn to Beth, but he thinks the wolf pack would frown upon a boar and wolf mate pairing, but these two connect anyway. These two are so cute together! Both are mainly gentle, soft spoken individuals, but they can be fierce when it warrants it. There's lots of heart in the story between Beth and Axel. These two also have great chemistry, which leads to some great sexy times. There's also a bit of action in the story, and I liked seeing a shifter type I haven't read about before. I love how Anna Lowe puts actual characteristics of the animals the shifters shift into. Like with Axel being a boar shifter, he sometimes scraps his foot, which is too cute! I've loved all of the books I've read from Anna Lowe, and will continue to read her stories! I really enjoyed reading Axel and Beth's story!

Review for Moonlight by Lisa Kessler - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.


MY REVIEW -

This is terrific! Loved the premise and loved the characters! Add in some awesome shifters and I'm super happy! I listened to this in audio, and the listening experience was great! Loved the male and female dual narration! Excited to listen to the next books in the series! Love Lisa Kessler's books! Really looking forward to reading more in this series, and more from Lisa Kessler! In Moonlight, Lana has some people after her and at first she isn't sure why. When she runs into Adam, things become clear when he tells her she's a shifter as well. There's a problem though, she's a jaguar shifter and Adam is a wolf shifter, and wolf shifters and jaguar shifters don't really get along. When Adam recognizes Lana as his mate, he knows his pack won't be too accepting of Lana. Loved that scenario! Love the element of danger and suspense with the people after Lana, and there's a bit of mystery surrounding a secret organization. The romance is sweet and sexy, and Lana and Adam are too cute! I also loved the side characters, and am looking forward to their stories! Definitely looking forward to the audio!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Review for Called by the Vampire - Part 8 by V. Vaughn - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

With Robert’s help, Maggie tames her bloodlust easily, but his gift comes with a price. Maggie is forced to keep his involvement in her training a secret. Unfortunately, Lyndsey has a harder time learning to feed responsibly and discovers she has a flaw that would be fatal to anyone but royalty. When King Daniel hears about Maggie’s instant success, he employs her to train Lyndsey.

Alexander confirms Maggie is his soul mate, but her feelings have faded and she’s not so sure. Maggie puts her love life on hold as she is forced to decide between revealing a secret that would endanger the Hart brothers or risking her own existence when she fails.


MY REVIEW -

Maggie is still making bad decisions, but at least this time, it's helping her out some. Lyndsey's easy transition into vampirehood hits a snag, but there's not very much of Lyndsey in this installment. Maggie is trying to come to terms with being a vampire; she's not taking it well, but with some help from Robert, things may be looking up for her. Maggie doesn't learn from her mistakes though, so I don't see it working out very well. Maggie and Alexander reconnect sort of, but I'm still not feeling his supposed love for Maggie. The story is progressing, and I liked this installment more than some of the previous installments. This is an entertaining read, but it just doesn't pull me into the story. Each installment is a quick read, and keeps me interested though, so I'd still like to see where the characters end up.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review for Undercover Magic by Linsey Hall - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

I've got two choices. Join the Undercover Protectorate. Or die.

In a world of controlled magic, I’m an Unknown. Deadly power, little control. I’m only alive because I pay a Blood Sorcerer to keep me hidden. But when he comes to collect on the debt I can’t pay, one of his goons slams me with a deadly curse. Suddenly, I’m out of options and out of time.

When I’m given a rare chance to join the elite Undercover Protectorate and train at their academy to become an investigator, I have a way to hunt the cure for the curse. They have resources I don’t. Easy, since I’m broke.

Seems like a good plan, right? At least, until they tell me Cade will be joining me on my hunt for the Blood Sorcerer. He's an actual Celtic war god--and the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. The catch? I can’t let him know that I’m an Unknown, or I’m out on my ass and deader than Hades.

Undercover Magic is a fast-paced urban fantasy with a kick-butt heroine, a tough hero, and magic that will knock your socks off.


MY REVIEW -

This was lots of fun! Loved the premise and all the action! There's zombies, skeletons coming alive, and booby trapped rooms to escape! Lots of awesomeness! I liked that the characters kick butt, and the story was interesting throughout the whole thing. There's a small pinch of romance, but it is limited, so I would've liked more of that. This fits into the YA category so far with the lack of romance. I'm really looking forward to seeing the story progress and seeing how the romance evolves (hopefully!!) There's lots of awesome magic usage too! The story starts out exciting with some goons coming to capture Bree and her sister, Ana. These 2 have been in hiding since they were little kids, but they don't really know from what. They both have trust issues, so when a group from the Undercover Protectorate asks them to join the team; they aren't too sure about that. Among them is sexy Kade, who has some incredible abilities of his own. Bree and Kade grow closer, but there's some obstacles in the way. Bree and the group need to find the bad guy before it's too late! So, the adventure begins!! I listened to the audio version of this book, and the narrator did a really good job. I liked the listening experience, and I'm excited to read the next in the series. I actually went to get the next one in audio since I had a credit, but I saw that all the books Linsey Hall's other series were grouped in a boxset, so I picked that up instead!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review for Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

The Carolina Cougars keep fighting for love as the Second Chances series from bestselling author L. P. Dover continues! In Defending Hayden, a damaged football star teams up with the only woman who can take the pain away.

No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his fa├žade to the man he once was . . . and can be again.

When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden, Derek steps up to do what he does best: put his body on the line in the name of love.


MY REVIEW -

Loved this! It's really sweet, and I liked the connection between the characters. I also like the suspense twist to the story. The story does move quite fast, but that's okay with me. Derek is a pro football player, his pregnant girlfriend died, and he went on a bit of a bender. Derek is doing better now, but isn't ready for a relationship. When he meets local vet, Hayden, he's finding it difficult to withstand the connection between them. Hayden also believes she's not ready for a relationship, so the 2 becomes friends. Hayden is wonderful and she loves animals, so she's a sweetie. Derek has made some bad decisions, but he's a good guy. These 2 are adorable together. There's some sexy times between the 2, which I enjoyed. I've only read one other book in this series, but I loved that one too, so I'm super excited to read more!

Review for PARALLAX by D.T. Dyllin - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Tamzea, a Mazatimz healer, found a home as part of the crew on the starship The Pittsburgh. But when a part of her past crashes into her present, she’s forced to face the uncertainty of her future.

Dragged back to a place Tamzea had hoped to leave in her worst nightmares, she discovers Eron, a man she thought dead. Determined to save each other, Tamzea and Eron must find a way to work together, despite their torrid past.

With partial truths, and political games, will Tamzea be able to fix Eron, or is he too broken for even her to heal?


MY REVIEW -

Book 2 in the Starblind series. It's not necessary to read the first book, but I think it's better too. Same characters from the first book, but different POV. There are sexual situations. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator did a good job. It's the same narrator as the first book, I do think the narrator was suited better for Jane's POV from the first book, but I enjoyed the overall listening experience.

This book is with the same starship crew, but this book is in Tamzea's POV. I love Tamzea's story! I actually loved this book more than the first book. Tamzea and her mate, Eron, were captured and tortured. Tamzea escapes, but she believes Eron is dead. It has been years and Tamzea has been working on a starship, she comes across some information that Eron may be alive, so she sets out to discover the truth. I love the Sci-Fi aspect. It's a fun space adventure! Interesting and entertaining story! I love the connection between Tamzea and Eron, and I like the direction the story goes. Loved seeing the other crew as well, and I really enjoy the humor. I do wish that sometimes the characters were more serious when the situation is serious. Overall, I'm loving this series, I'm excited to see more of these characters!