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Of Shadow And Ember (The Heirs Of Elaerys Book 1) by Shana Vernon – My Review

Title: Of Shadow And Ember (The Heirs Of Elaerys Book 1)

Author: Shana Vernon

Release Date: September 15th 2021

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Murder. Vengeance. Betrayal.

Fire is in their blood.

Three sisters torn apart by grief, centuries-long war, impossible choices, marriage, and death.

Survival is the only way forward, and to save their kingdom, they must unite with unlikely allies, put aside differences, accept the parts of them they kept hidden deep within, and find their way back to each other.

Or be vanquished by their enemies.

Aish protects the brave.

If you like books by Sarah. J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Laura Thalassa, and Holly Black, you’ll love this adult fae series.

Shana Vernon’s debut into the epic fantasy genre is utterly seamless. Of Shadow and Ember sparkles with energy that grabs you the minute you enter the new world. Bravo!!! Please take a royal bow!

I give this 5 stars!

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


The Perfect Daughter: A Novel by D.J. Palmer – My Review

Title: The Perfect Daughter: A Novel

Author: D.J. Palmer

Release Date: April 20th 2021

Genre: Psychological Thrillers

A thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl’s multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband.

Meet Ruby, who speaks with a British accent.
Then there’s Chloe, a perfectionist who strives for straight A’s in school.
And along comes Eve, who is spiteful and vicious.
All of them live inside Penny…
Or do they?

Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give Penny the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity, as her lawyer intends to argue? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?
Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.

As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.

The perfect daughter. Is she fooling them all?

The Perfect Daughter is a total head spin of a read. You never saw the ending coming!

When reading a DJ Palmer book, I can expect a nice twist or turn. Don’t get me wrong, this book did have one but not sure how well it was executed. I wanted to like this book more than I did. The pacing of the story was up and down. I felt it lulled in a lot of places. The story was good but I felt it dragged on a bit longer than it should have. At one point I almost DNF’d but I wanted to see how everything came together and trudged on. I did feel for the characters. The emotional rollercoaster ride everyone was on. The fighting spirit the mom had. Plus the emotions the author made you feel as you read. Who to trust? What actually happened?

As a whole, this is a good read. If you’ve read others by her, you will enjoy this. This one wasn’t one of my favorites but I do look forward to her next release! I give this 3 stars.

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


House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1) by K.L. Kolarich – My Review

Title: House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1)

Author: K.L. Kolarich

Release Date: January 19th 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Behind the mask of duty and power, no one is who they seem…

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.
Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.
Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Luscia when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’haidren to secure his claim.
Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.

Masterful world building! Intriguing characters! Immerse yourself into the impressively crafted world in which The House of Bastiion takes place. K.L. Kolarich enchants readers with a captivating and magnificent tale of magic, revenge, and danger. Beautifully written and darkly alluring. 


Twice as Twisted by Savvy Rose – My Review

Title: Twice as Twisted 

Author: Savvy Rose

Release Date: August 20th 2021

Genre: Erotic Thrillers

The tide pulled us under, she swept us away.

Alyssa

I never wanted to get married again.

I belonged in exotic locations, making a life out of my photography. Lazy days under a high sun in a wine haze, maybe joined by a sexy pool boy. But here I am, engaged and back in Newport Beach where I grew up. I only needed a few weeks, and everything would fall perfectly into place. If I could pull it all off unscathed.

What I didn’t expect was for my fiancé to bring his twin sons along for the ride. Three Greek Gods and one dreamy beach house. What could go wrong?

Judas

I’m the ‘bad’ twin. There’s always one, right? I’m okay with that though, cuz I’m also the one who always gets invited to the party. This move is a fresh start. My chance to explore the taboo part of me that wanted more than friendship with my best friend, Leo.

I’ll admit, I loved attention from both men and women. My Greek bloodline puffing out my chest, a beacon on the beach. I could handle beach life easily.

Then I met Dad’s fiancée. A total stunner.

But damn if it wasn’t a nightmare trying to keep my hands off her.

Jeno

Dad already met someone, just a year after mom left. One brief, elated moment when I received my acceptance letter from UCLA. The next day we packed up for Southern California. A summer job was the only way I could tolerate this obnoxious town. I preferred dusty bookstores and quiet coffee shops.

The day I met Alyssa, that all changed. Left spluttering and speechless. One problem: she was engaged to my father.

How was I supposed to sleep in the same house with a woman I barely knew but couldn’t stop thinking about?

Seductive. Sinful. 

Twice as Twisted is seductive and sinful. From the passionate words the author weaves to the fascinating characters, this story will capture both your mind and imagination and leave you wanting more. 

The story as a whole is well written. I was intrigued by Alyssa. A huge part of me wished I was as confident as she is. Truly one of my favorite characters. The men….dreamy and totally wicked! 

I truly enjoyed this book! I was captivated from beginning to end. This exciting and consuming book is a must read! If you’re looking for something different that will tantalize your senses, this book is for you. I give it 5 stars. 

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


Dark Roulette (Games we Play Book 3) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

Title: Dark Roulette (Games we Play Book 3)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: August 10th 2021

Genre: Erotic Suspense

The games I play, they’re cruel.

The punishments I dole out, they cause maximum impact.

The words I speak, they’re soul-destroying.

But my place on this earth is not to make everyone think that rainbows and fairies exist.

The world turns and most people just want to turn a blind eye to the bad that surrounds them daily. But those of us that keep our eyes open, we know where the bad lurks and where the enemies live.

I grew up living in the underworld.

I am a natural born leader.

And now it’s my time to rule.

Becoming someone else’s prey isn’t an option.

And neither is love.

I pushed away the only woman I have ever felt anything for because love makes you weak.

Love makes you blind.

And I’ve barricaded my dark heart behind walls made of steel.

The only problem is, the woman in question is a part of my world too, and she’s about to make me question every thing I have tried to do to keep her away from me.

Will she be the one to own my dark soul?

Or will I end up destroying everything she thinks she knows about love?

I’m Marshall Turner, and this is my story.

*Please note that Marshall’s story is a dark romance containing violence which may be a trigger for some*
**Each title in the Games we Play series can be read as a stand-alone novel and is intended for readers 18 years and over.
There are cameos from each of the characters throughout the series. You don’t have to read every book to enjoy, but it may enhance your reading experience if you do.***

You like bad boys? Marshall is the baddest of them all.

The story of Marshall and Sophia is one that will have you feeling a range of emotions. A wild rollercoaster ride! Not to mention the heat and seduction happening between the pages. Enough to heat up your night. Marshall has that effect. Dominating and possessive. Yes please!
From beginning to end, this story will have you engaged and on the edge of your seat. Waiting to see what danger is coming next. I finished this in one sitting. I couldn’t nor did I want to put it down. I had to know how it all would end!!

As a whole, this book is highly entertaining. The pacing is great as well as the characters. I was completely captivated. The author has a unique style of writing and I am a huge fan of it. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next! I highly recommend this book!! I give this 5 stars.

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


Flash Point (The Legacy Book 5) by Luna Joya – My Review

Title: Flash Point (The Legacy Book 5)

Author: Luna Joya

Release Date: July 20th 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Banish the demon, stop the prophecy, and do not fall in love. Easy, right? Yeah, not so much.

Mina Donovan is a woman of many talents. Fire elemental, psychic, Legacy witch, magical asset for an FBI paranormal task force…she does it all. Her latest struggle? Not crushing on her sexy best friend. Logically, she knows they can’t be together. Too bad her heart has never bothered with logic.

The friend zone is the last place pyro expert Josh wants to be with Mina. Not that he has any choice in the matter. A witch hunter falling for a witch? Not smart. He’ll just have to learn to ignore his attraction to the gorgeous woman who already owns so much of his heart.

If Mina and Josh have any hope of finding their way to happily ever after, they’ll have to banish an all-powerful demon and take down an evil magical organization. Oh, and they’ll also have to figure out how to stop the prophecy that warns a dragon will consume Mina.

It’ll take more than magic to fix this supernatural dilemma.

If you like Michelle M. Pillow, Abigail Owen, K.F. Breene, or K.M. Shea, check out this series that readers have described as a steamy Charmed meets Lucifier with witch sisters solving murder mysteries and finding true love.

Just when I think I have a favorite book in The Legacy series, Miss Joya writes Flash Point.

This story has everything you need! Magic, strong women, the men who love them, danger and tons of action. Not to mention those scenes that ignite the flames of passion between the characters. Maybe yourself as well. I had been waiting for Mina’s story. I was not disappointed! She’s relatable and smart. I want to be her best friend! Enter Josh. He has his own demons and his feelings for Mina are genuine. Or are they?

I completely devoured this book. The pacing is great. I love these characters! They have become family. So much happens in this book. From secrets being revealed to a possible war. I was here for all of it! Did I mention the feels that will have you in your feels? I’m pretty sure I was ugly crying for the last part of the book. That is the power of Miss Joya’s word play.

If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for? It’s got witches, action, and sexy men. Skip adding these to your TBR and just dive right in. You’re welcome! I give this 5 stars.

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


A Tempest of Discovery: Midnight Dynasty Book One by Sarah M. Cradit – My Review

Title: A Tempest of Discovery: Midnight Dynasty Book One

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Release Date: January send 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Nicolas Deschanel spent thirty-two years holding court as the princeling of New Orleans and heir to his family’s dynasty, with no obligations beyond his own pleasures. Following a storm of events, his rock bottom leads him back to his family, where he finds redemption in contrite service. Paired with the pragmatic Lauren-who is deeply skeptical of his reformation-the two spend their days in seclusion, cultivating the lofty research goals of the Deschanel Magi Collective.

Charlotte Fontenot is calculated and driven in her approach to her mission in Paris. With help from her cousin Julian, they follow Gabrielle and Lawrence Henry, siblings whose unusual behavior has caught the attention of witches in Paris. The cousins quickly realize neither sibling is what they seem, and Charlotte’s fearlessness leads her closer and closer to mysterious philanthropist Lawrence.

With Charlotte and Julian settled in Paris, Nicolas and Lauren shift their focus to a special, secret project: quietly and carefully investigating the women of the powerful LaViolette family, distant cousins of the Deschanels. This assignment quickly leads them down a dangerous path, one where turning back is no longer an option. Events in both New Orleans and Paris begin to spin wildly beyond the control of all involved, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same.

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes a thrilling new series, Midnight Dynasty.

New Orleans is a vibe.
From the culture to the city, everything has that mystery and charm only New Orleans can offer.

Right from the beginning, I was pulled into the world of Deschanels. Nicolas is brooding and struggling with his own demons. That only made him more appealing to me. There is a sense of unseen danger. I can’t properly describe it but you can feel that something monumental is building. That made it impossible to put the book down! I needed to know what would happen next! The characters were interesting in their own way. Intertwined by family yet so very different. The story picks up and I am rapidly turning pages and then Miss Cradit hits me with that ending. BAM! What just happened? Yes my mouth is open. Well done Miss Cradit, well done.

If you’re a fan of stories taking place in New Orleans and love magic, this book and series is for you. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Add it to your TBR today! I give it 5 stars.


Betraying the Beast (Once Upon a Heartbreak) by Cam Johns – My Review

Title: Betraying the Beast (Once Upon a Heartbreak)

Author: Cam Johns

Release Date: June 15th 2021

Genre: Romance Anthologies 

Vengeance becomes my solace…absolution is earned through love.

The Benoit Family has become synonymous with death. Losing three members in three years has taken its toll, imbedding the root of anger with the first, my grandfather. I could never get his cold, dead eyes out of my head. His death stare has been so prominently burned into my subconscious that I can barely get through a night’s sleep. The loss of someone so close to me bore an anger that only worsened when not only my mother dies the following year, but also the death, well murder, of my father soon after. The accident. The angst of the unknown propelled me into a darkness of solitude and retaliation.

Until opportunity knocked.

Isabella Ricci, the woman I let get away years before can soon be mine whether she likes it or not. I’m tired of being alone. Being surrounded by death and immoralities of a crime family. Being a mafia prince may have its perks, but the only incentive I need is the girl my grandfather executed a deal for me to marry before his death. I plan to uphold his wishes by any means necessary. Turns out following through can lead me to more truths than I care to find. I just hope she’ll remain by my side as I do what needs to be done.

Betraying the Beast is a twist on one of my favorites! Miss Johns unravels a story of sinful attraction and suspense that will have your pulse racing and will leave you wanting more.

If you’re looking for a thrilling quick and racing hot read, look no further! This book has it all! I give it 5 stars.


Don’t Look Back by Lindsey Powell – My Review

Title: Don’t Look Back

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: June 22nd 2021

Genre: Erotic Suspense

I’ve been running for far too long, but running is easy when you’re eighteen years old and you let fear consume your soul.
Running is easy when the enemy is someone powerful, respected and loved.
Running was the answer for me years ago, but now I’m ready to face my fears and put the past behind me. I’m ready to come face to face with my demons, and with the man who was the love of my life.
Love is the thing that broke me and turned me into the coward that I became.
I’m done with being that coward, and now I’m here to fight back.
I’ve spent years building myself up to this moment… The moment when I walk back into my old life.
They say don’t look back, but I’ve done nothing but look back every single day. The memories haunt me. The feelings rooted deep within me.
You’re only an easy target if you let them make you one, and my enemy won’t see me coming.
My enemy no longer scares me, but the man I used to love does.
Will he forgive me for running?
Or will putting my heart on the line a second time leave me heartbroken once again?

You ever read a book that gets you in your feels and then you’re ugly crying because of the gut wrenching stuff the character has gone through? This book was it for me. Lindsey Powell’s books always have me feeling my feels. Her writing invoke all the emotions. You hurt and cry and laugh right along with the characters. I was surprised at the ending and it had me shouting OMG! I highly recommend this book. Make sure you have some tissues near by. I give this 5 stars.

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


Craved: A Vampire Mafia Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 2) by Rebecca Rivard – My Review

Title: Craved: A Vampire Mafia Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 2)

Author: Rebecca Rivard

Release Date: June 3rd 2021

Genre: Paranormal Vampire Romance

THE VAMPIRE SYNDICATE ROMANCES

He’s the forbidden craving I have to taste…

A hot new vampire mafia romance series from USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Rivard

“Secrets, sex, lies, betrayal and a love story–everything I could want in a paranormal romance… I love this series and the characters and I just wish there were more brothers so the stories would go on.“~Paranormal Romance Guild (5 stars)

They call us the Dark Angels: Gabriel, Zaquiel and Rafael.
We’re brothers. Princes. Billionaires.
The richer-than-sin heirs to one of the world’s most powerful vampires.
But we’re not vampires, we’re dhampirs.
Half-human, half-vampire, with panty-melting good looks.
The media love us.
Vampires hate us.
And Slayers, Inc. will do anything to take us down.

The series continues with Rafe and Zoe’s story!
CRAVED (Book 2)
Rafe

I’m in Montreal to discover what vampire Zoe Tremblay, a.k.a. the Ice Princess, knows about my brother’s kidnapping.
Not to finish what I started with Zoe two years ago.
Not to find out why she deceived me and allowed her mother’s enforcers to beat me bloody.
And definitely not to reignite the blood feud between our covens.

Zoe
Rafe Kral, the cocky, bad-boy son of my mother’s most hated enemy, was the forbidden craving I had to taste. But our Romeo-and-Juliet romance was doomed to crash and burn. Now Rafe’s back, and he needs my help to save his kidnapped brother—and maybe himself.
Because the Kral brothers are being hunted by an unknown assassin.
Help Rafe, and I can kiss goodbye any chance of moving up in my mother’s vampire syndicate. But if I don’t do anything, Rafe will be the next Kral who disappears.
And this time, I’ll lose him forever.

A steamy second-chance, Romeo-and-Juliet paranormal romance.

I was waiting not so patiently for Rafe and Zoe’s story!

I was not disappointed. Right from the start we are on an adventure. Whisked away to Canada and then Paris. The suspense and danger is building, giving me chills. I found myself rapidly turning pages. I needed to know what’s was next! I needed to know how it would end!

The heat between Rafe and Zoe is off the charts! I really enjoyed their banter. They are definitely better together. Zoe had really grown by the end of the book. Rafe is all sexy. Definitely book boyfriend material! Le sigh.

This whole book was a fabulous ride. From beginning to end, I was captivated. It also gave me a major book hangover. I knew it was coming as it happens with all of Rebecca Rivard’s books. I highly anticipate the next one! If you enjoy paranormal romance, this series is for YOU! I give this 5 stars!

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