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Redemption: Part 3 by Kate Benson – My Review

Title: Redemption: Part 3 *Audiobook*

Author: Kate Benson

Release Date: January 21st 2020

Genre: Erotica

One night of passion meant to remain a memory, a moment of forbidden bliss, had quickly turned into more.
Isabella wanted something deeper and that was exactly what Adam gave her.
She found herself engulfed in his world of secrets, thrusted into the new reality she begged for.
She lived him, breathed him, craved him.
Would it be enough for Adam? Would it be enough for her?

He swore this was one line he would never cross with her.
Adam vowed their relationship, the one they were never meant to have, would remain untainted by his cravings, his desires … untainted by him.
But Isabella changed everything.
She changed him.
Once she handed him her submission, she scaled every wall he’d ever put up around himself.
Would he be able to shield her from the dark corners of his reality?
Would he be enough to make her stay?

Holy heck! That ending!!! What I really like about this series is how there is some conflict between the two. Nothing is easy especially the agreement and I love that the author added that touch. I love these two!! Those steamy scenes combined with Zachary Zaba’s voice, makes for a guilty pleasure read. All the pleasure and none of the calories! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1) by Jessica Julien – My Review

New Release!

Title: A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1)

Author: Jessica Julien

Release Date: July 7th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.

When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.

Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.

Intriguing! Fantastic! A Spectacle of Souls is that magical read that feels worlds apart. I have to say that I haven’t read anything like this and that made my black heart happy. After a couple of chapters, I was fully invested and had to keep reading till the very end. NO BREAKS! I liked that there was more to some of the characters than at first glance. Those same characters surprised me by their actions and I really liked that! The magic aspect was good and I liked the author’s take on it. It’s those little touches that can take a story from good to fantastic. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed her writing and storytelling style. I look forward to reading more by her. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella by K.L. Bone – My Review

Title: Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella *Audiobook*

Author: K.L. Bone

Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Gothic Romance

Death, Christabel thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her,would remain forever elusive.

Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s touch overrode Christabel’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.

Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Christabel might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.

As her traitorous heart opens, will Christabel resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his immortal bride?

Great read! This quick and entertaining read had me captivated from beginning to end. The characters were well written. I was eager to know more about the mysterious Dracula. A great story with an interesting ending. I LOVE Kylie Stewart’s voice! Her voice is pleasant and always brings the story to life. LOVED this! I give this 5 stars!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Blood Money: Alice Worth Novella by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: Blood Money: Alice Worth Novella

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Release Date: February 13th 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Charles Vaughan has always had great taste in women, and the Vampire Court’s newest investigator, Alice Worth, looks very tasty indeed.

Find out how Charles first met Alice in this thrilling prequel to Heart of Malice!

After an epidemic of attacks by newly risen vampires terrorizes the city, authorities pressure Charles Vaughan and the Vampire Court to determine who is responsible. Complicating matters, a local businessman hires infamous bounty hunter Jack Justice to find and execute the rogues after his sister is attacked. Justice and his entourage turn the city and the investigation into a three-ring circus of media attention, vamp-hunter groupies, and self-appointed “deputy” vamp hunters.

When mage symbology is found on a captured rogue vamp, Charles enlists the help of veteran mage private investigator Mark Dunlap to figure out what involvement mages have in the attacks. Dunlap brings in his newly hired MPI-in-training Alice Worth to help unravel the mystery.

In two hundred years, Charles has never met anyone quite like Alice. Minutes after meeting him for the first time, she threatens to burn down Vampire Court headquarters. By the end of the night, Charles is sure of two things: Alice is not who or what she seems, and someday she will be his…if she doesn’t get herself killed first.

Loved loved loved getting an inside look into Charles Vaughan!! He piqued my interest from book one and he did not disappoint. There’s more to this sexy powerful vampire. This story was a wild ride from beginning to end. Danger, rogue vamps, and even more danger? YES PLEASE!! Did I also mention some kick butt magic? It was also awesome to see Alice from a different point of view. The story was fantastic! Well written and kept me on my toes. There are some twists and some definite surprises….yeah. I can’t wait to read more!! This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Redemption: Part Two (The Vault Book 2) by Kate Benson – My Review

Title: Redemption: Part Two (The Vault Book 2) *Audiobook*

Author: Kate Benson

Release Date: April 27th 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

One night.
That was all he was supposed to take from her, but it wasn’t enough.

Isabella invaded his thoughts, fueled his hunger, stroked his dominance.
She threatened to turn Adam’s life completely upside down.
Could he turn away from the only woman he’s ever truly craved?

She was supposed to forget about him, take their secret and bury it deep.
Her lips were sealed, but forgetting the night she shared with Adam? That was a different story.
How could one man feel like such a good and bad idea all at once?
His world was one Isabella knew nothing about, but with one taste, she couldn’t help but crave another.
She should have taken his gift of redemption and ran.
Instead, she was aching to surrender.

The sexiness continues in part two! There are so many things I loved about this book. Isabella is feisty and doesn’t apologize for it. Nothing is rushed concerning a certain topic. LOVED that! So many rush into it and I love that Miss Benson didn’t. As always she brings the heat with those hot scenes between Adam and Isabella. Zachary’s pleasant voice helped bring the story to life! I can’t wait to dive into the next one! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Just For One Night: A Story Based on the Novel Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Series) by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: Just For One Night: A Story Based on the Novel Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Series)

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

The jukebox is playing Eddie Money and dawn is only an hour away, and Sean Maclin sees something he wants, even if it’s just for the night. Relive one of the most memorable encounters from Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, Book 1) through Sean’s eyes in this short story.

It’s been a long workday for Sean, alpha werewolf and co-owner of a private security company. Rather than go home, he heads for Hawthorne’s, a popular late-night bar catering to the city’s night owls, looking for good music and a drink to unwind. Someone else is headed to Hawthorne’s tonight too after a long and eventful day: Alice Worth, mage private investigator, is hoping for an audience with the bar’s vampire owner.

A chance meeting changes everything for a woman who lives in the shadows and a man who prowls the night by moonlight.

Just For One Night is a bonus story based on Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, Book 1)

I was ecstatic to learn this book was from Sean’s point of view!! That man is just manly sexiness *fans self* I usually lean towards Vampires BUT Sean is one hot alpha shifter!! There’s so much more to him and I really dig that. He’s smart and a good person. This short story had me wanting more! I give this 5 stars!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Highland Vengeance: The Celtic Blood Series, Book 3 by Melanie Karsak – My Review

Title: Highland Vengeance: The Celtic Blood Series, Book 3 *Audiobook*

Author: Melanie Karsak

Release Date: October 29th 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Scotland, 1032.

Everything Gruoch loves has turned to ash.

With Gillacoemgain gone, Gruoch rides north with her newborn son and a broken heart. While she desperately clings to hope, Gruoch’s new alliance with Macbeth proves more challenging than she ever anticipated. Only her unexpected reunion with an important person from her past offers solace. All may yet be well, but the raven’s wary eyes cannot help but notice clouds gathering on the horizon.

Continue Gruoch’s epic saga in Highland Vengeance, a Scottish Historical Fantasy, Book 3 in The Celtic Blood Series by New York Times best-selling author Melanie Karsak.

This one was packed with so much! Gruoch goes through so much and is tested in many ways. Every time I get into this series, I truly feel like I’m taken back in time. I went through many emotions throughout the book. Even shouting at some parts. Yes I am nerd for doing so but my fellow bookworms will and can relate! The narrator’s voice is lovely and brings this story to life. Lesley Parkin’s voice is melodic and is one of my fave narrators! I can’t wait to start the next! This fast became one of my favorite series! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Checkmate by Lindsey Powell – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: Checkmate

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: June 21st 2020

Genre: Erotic Suspense

She’s about to play him at his own game…

Joey is at the top of the chain, riding high, the King of the underworld.
Paige is a woman scorned, ready to redraw the battle lines and take the throne as the Queen. She wants to reign supreme, show Joey who the boss is, and make him suffer for pushing her aside years before.

The trouble with battle lines is that there is always someone who wants to take over the playing field.
There are always those who are waiting to take you down, make you beg, and have you at their mercy.
Will Paige be at Joey’s mercy?
Will Joey give up his throne?
Or will an underlying force come in like a whirlwind and rip the ground out from beneath both of them?

A dangerous game.
A love that refuses to die.
And two powerful people about to collide.
Will they have what it takes to get through the dangers that lurk around every corner?
And who will be the one to finish the game and say, “Checkmate?”

A stand-alone romantic suspense with some darker elements, from romantic suspense author, Lindsey Powell.

I know when I read a Lindsey Powell book, she will have me all in my feels and then some. Holy hotness!! This book blew me away! Right from the start, the story grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. It still has a hold on me! From the story to the characters, this was amazing all the way through. It has action, revenge, and did I mention a strong take no prisoners woman? OH YEAH! Like what more could you need? This really was a fantastic read for me. I hope the author writes more books like this, as this book showcases how versatile her writing truly is. Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here with a book hangover. I give this 5 stars.


Vanishing Falls: A Novel by Poppy Gee – My Review

Title: Vanishing Falls: A Novel

Author: Poppy Gee

Release Date: August 4th 2020

Genre: Crime Fiction

One of CrimeReads Most Anticipated Books of the Year!

“This literary thriller paints as vivid a landscape as any book coming out this summer…Gee creates a lush, tantalizing world that readers will want to travel into deeper and deeper.”—CrimeReads

Celia Lily is rich, beautiful, and admired. She’s also missing. And the search for the glamorous socialite is about to expose all the dark, dirty secrets of Vanishing Falls…

Deep within the lush Tasmanian rainforest is the remote town of Vanishing Falls, a place with a storied past. The town’s showpiece, built in the 1800s, is its Calendar House—currently occupied by Jack Lily, a prominent art collector and landowner; his wife, Celia; and their four daughters. The elaborate, eccentrically designed mansion houses one masterpiece and 52 rooms—and Celia Lily isn’t in any of them. She has vanished without a trace.…

Joelle Smithton knows that a few folks in Vanishing Falls believe that she’s simple-minded. It’s true that Joelle’s brain works a little differently—a legacy of shocking childhood trauma. But Joelle sees far more than most people realize, and remembers details that others cast away. For instance, she knows that Celia’s husband, Jack, has connections to unsavory local characters whom he’s desperate to keep hidden. He’s not the only one in town with something to conceal. Even Joelle’s own husband, Brian, a butcher, is acting suspiciously. While the police flounder, unable to find Celia, Joelle is gradually parsing the truth from the gossip she hears and from the simple gestures and statements that can unwittingly reveal so much.

Just as the water from the falls disappears into the ground, gushing away through subterranean creeks, the secrets in Vanishing Falls are pulsing through the town, about to converge. And when they do, Joelle must summon the courage to reveal what really happened to Celia, even if it means exposing her own past…

Vanishing Falls is a delightful read. Is it wrong to call a book about someone missing delightful? I did. The quirky characters and town made it quite an enjoyable read for me. The people of Vanishing Falls have secrets and some will kill to keep them that way. It read like a soap opera and I was so into it. When I began reading, I admit I had no clue where it was going. As the story progressed and took on that soap opera vibe, I was hooked and invested! I think my favorite character has to be Joelle. There is so much more to her! The story was so good that I wasn’t trying to figure out who done it. I was surprised at the twist. Nice one! 

I highly enjoyed the author’s writing style and will be looking for other books by her. You have a new fan Miss Gee!! Make this your next read! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Redemption: Part One (The Vault Book 1) by Kate Benson – My Review

Title: Redemption: Part One (The Vault Book 1) *Audiobook*

Author: Kate Benson

Release Date: December 10th 2019

Genre: Contemporary Romance

After a humiliating breakup, Isabella Baxter’s personal life had taken one hell of a hit.

She took time to lick her wounds, knowing the last thing she needed was another complication. Focusing on her career seemed like a flawless plan, she’d just need to stay off new CEO, Adam Avery’s, radar.

Once they met, there was nowhere else she’d rather be.

Adam Avery was been his father’s best kept dirty secret for more than three decades.

When his uncle appointed him as the unlikely successor to Avery Finance, the media went into a frenzy. For an admitted recluse, it was definitely a challenge. Luckily for Adam, he’d never shied away from those before. He knew he just needed to stay focused, in control, and avoid distractions.

Unfortunately, Isabella Baxter was the one distraction he couldn’t resist.

The cover is HOT!! Ok now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, this book is totally sexy! It’s also much more than that. We have a feisty leading lady and a total alpha. Isabelle is smart and beautiful. I love that she was awkward at times and then pissed off the next. Adam is….Adam. You have to read the book to know more about this man! The narrator’s voice was pleasant and added to the story. I can’t wait to dig into the rest!! It’s a definite guilty pleasure read! I give it 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*