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The Memory Collectors: A Novel by Kim Neville – My Review

Title: The Memory Collectors: A Novel

Author: Kim Neville

Release Date: March 16th 2021

Genre: Fantasy Fiction 

Perfect for fans of The Scent Keeper and The Keeper of Lost Things, an atmospheric and enchanting debut novel about two women haunted by buried secrets but bound by a shared gift and the power the past holds over our lives.

Ev has a mysterious ability, one that she feels is more a curse than a gift. She can feel the emotions people leave behind on objects and believes that most of them need to be handled extremely carefully, and—if at all possible—destroyed. The harmless ones she sells at Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market to scrape together a living, but even that fills her with trepidation. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Harriet hoards thousands of these treasures and is starting to make her neighbors sick as the overabundance of heightened emotions start seeping through her apartment walls.

When the two women meet, Harriet knows that Ev is the only person who can help her make something truly spectacular of her collection. A museum of memory that not only feels warm and inviting but can heal the emotional wounds many people unknowingly carry around. They only know of one other person like them, and they fear the dark effects these objects had on him. Together, they help each other to develop and control their gift, so that what happened to him never happens again. But unbeknownst to them, the same darkness is wrapping itself around another, dragging them down a path that already destroyed Ev’s family once, and threatens to annihilate what little she has left.

The Memory Collectors casts the everyday in a new light, speaking volumes to the hold that our past has over us—contained, at times, in seemingly innocuous objects—and uncovering a truth that both women have tried hard to bury with their pasts: not all magpies collect shiny things—sometimes they gather darkness.

The Memory Collectors is an interesting and unique story concept. I was intrigued by the blurb and wanted more. The cover is really pretty and also caught my eye.

We are introduced to two characters. Similar, yet different. There’s a mystery surrounding both of these characters. Both had endured something and I wanted to know! It took me awhile to warm up to Ev. Her character isn’t very likable at first. I did like and feel for Harriet. The pacing of the story is slow in some places. I was already invested in the story, so it didn’t stop me. I did not expect that ending. I always say that’s a good thing. There’s a sense of lightness at the end. Like a burden had been lifted and it had. You’ll have to read the story to see what I mean!

A wonderful debut for this author! I enjoyed her writing and story telling style. I can’t wait to see what’s next from her! I give this 4 stars.

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


The Hidden Kingdom: Kingdom of the White Sea Book 3 by Sarah M. Cradit – My Review

 

Title: The Hidden Kingdom: Kingdom of the White Sea Book 3

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Release Date: July 27th 2021

Genre: High Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

The perilous and provocative world of Kingdom of the White Sea, by USA Today bestselling fantasy author Sarah M. Cradit, comes to a startling conclusion in The Hidden Kingdom.

A kingless crown will fall. A crownless kingdom will rise.

It all began with a desperate demand from a broken crown. Four brides. Four Reaches. Unquestionable and absolute fealty from the mothers and fathers who were given no choice but to comply. A startling sequence of events followed, with stunning repercussions that reached across the entire realm.

Now, the king is dead. The would-be brides have forged their own destinies—some for the better, others for worse. Not all who started this dance will finish it. Those left will wear the lingering scars with a mix of pride and remorse.

From his stolen throne, Oldwin rules with a hand that grows shakier by the hour, as his once unparalleled magic dwindles. His grasp on power is reliant upon his truths remaining hidden by the shadows, just beyond the reach of the fraught kingdom.

But Oldwin is not the only powerful sorcerer in the kingdom. There are others who would see the terrible circle of their traitorous past come to a decisive end. Their moonlight maneuvering saved the life of Dain Rhiagain, and from his line the last sprig of hope remains: a chance to save the kingdom… to save all the worlds.

Dain’s three children, each raised in obliviousness, must now prepare to confront the staggering truth of why they were born, and what they must now do, if the kingdom is to survive the final days ahead.

But theirs is not the only sacrifice required. The dying words of an old man will stir one man and his Reach toward a new destiny, one that will decide the fate of all the worlds…

Sarah Cradit masterfully crafts a series that has changed the expressive style of epic fantasy! Weaving magical words and worlds, leaving readers spellbound.

This tragic, haunting, alluring, and magical series has come to an end and its bittersweet.

What a journey this series has been! I’m not ready to let go. I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters who have become friends. We have been through so much! The roads traveled, horrors endured, death, most of all, survival. All of that has led us to the end.

This series is addicting! I highly recommend it. Skip adding it to your TBR and read it NOW! I give this 5 stars.


Slave of the Siren: The Siren Trilogy by A.G. Belle – My Review

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Title: Slave of the Siren: The Siren Trilogy

Author: A.G. Belle

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy 

Pulled into the mythical underwater world Yara is forced to dance and lure men to their deaths all to keep her best friend Samuel safe. However, fate brings the season of change as Yara meets a sexy PI named Dylan who is running his own investigation of a missing person’s case. Things heat up between the two and there’s no denying the attraction between them. Together they will work to solve a mystery that has plagued men throughout time…

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Sirens, curses, and lore oh my!

A.G. Belle dazzles readers in her solo debut, Slave of the Siren. The story is amazing and entertaining. An unputdownable read that will leave you wanting more! The chemistry between Yara and Dylan is scorching. Those steamy scenes are both tasteful and naughty.

If you’re a fan of sirens and paranormal romance, this book is for you! Skip adding it to your TBR and one click it today. I give it 5 stars!


All Shot to Hell: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 3) by Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks – My Review

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Title: All Shot to Hell: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 3)

Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks

Release Date: February 25th 2021

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Playing devil’s advocate with three demons? There’s no way I am ever going to win.

Things were finally going right for us. We got the relics back. We defeated the dragon. I thought we’d won. But we’ve ended up losing so much more…

Cain’s severely wounded, and I don’t know how to save him. Losing him shouldn’t bother me, but it does. A lot.

Elias and Dorian have a plan: seek out help from people who wield the darkest and cruelest of magic. We soon find that the only one with enough power to bring the Prince of Hell back from death is a master of death itself. But nothing can be done for free and the price has us traveling across the world and facing a slew of new dangers, ones none of us are prepared for.

Even with everything shot to hell, the demons remain a constant temptation I don’t need. Being with them only seems to fan the flames, but letting me go depends on finding all of Hell’s relics.

And if I’m being honest, I’m not sure what I’ll do once my soul is freed.

The thrilling and seductive adventure continues. Grab your copy today!

All Shot to Hell is book three in the Sin Demons Series.

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Just when I think I have a favorite in this series, the authors prove me wrong. So much is going on and I am here for it! Aria is coming to terms regarding her new life with the guys. You know? The sexy demon men. Yeah them. One of them needs her help and she finds that she will do anything to save him.

I really like how close she becomes to Dorain and Elias. Like everything is coming together like it’s supposed to. There are more secrets to uncover but for now, they are handling it one day at a time. I love the chemistry between them all. Especially between Aria and Dorian. Those steam scenes will definitely heat up your night! The ending left me wanting more! I’m not surprised given how addicting this series is.

This whole book had me engaged from beginning to end. I want more! Love the story telling that Miss Brooks and Miss Young bring to these stories. Their combined writing style is fantastic! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves some sexy paranormal romance. You won’t be disappointed! I give this 5 stars.

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


Poker Face (Games we Play Book 2) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

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Title: Poker Face (Games we Play Book 2)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: April 27th 2021

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Forbidden fruit never tasted so good… He’s my professor. I’m his student. I shouldn’t want him, but I do. He shouldn’t want me, but he does. How are we meant to stay away from one another? The answer is, we aren’t. And as much as what we are doing is wrong, I don’t care. I live my life on the edge, never shying away or bowing down to anyone. My world is dangerous, deadly. I love the thrill, the excitement, the power of knowing that everywhere I go, people know where I come from. I believe in love. I believe in power. I believe in status, and I intend to be at the top of the chain… with him by my side. We just have to wait, bide our time, choose the right moment to come out of the shadows. Is he ready to be a part of my world? Is he ready to forget everything he’s ever known? And will he be able to handle the heat when the time comes for everyone to know about us? Or will it all come crashing down around me when I finally let him into my heart? I am Natalie Valentine, and this is my story… Poker Face is a stand-alone age-gap forbidden romance within the world of Checkmate.

**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.***

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Oh my hotness!!

The story starts off with a bang! Seriously. Nice touch there Miss Powell! I definitely wanted more! The electricity between Natalie and Jess was off the charts. Forbidden love made it even hotter! Between the action and the danger to the steamy scenes, I was hooked. I found it hard to put this book down. Who needs sleep? This story is sensual, erotic mixed with that dangerous factor. This entertaining story will leave you wanting more. I give this 5 stars.

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


BRINK OF DENIAL: A Dark Mafia Romance (Sons of Sindicato Book 1) by Cam Johns & Sonya Jesus – My Review

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Title: BRINK OF DENIAL: A Dark Mafia Romance (Sons of Sindicato Book 1)

Author: Cam Johns & Sonya Jesus

Release Date: May 20th 2021

Genre: Mafia Romance

She only calls when she needs a fix of danger. 

His addiction for Mila is a vice he can’t kick.

When the glamour of fame dims down and the cameras stop shooting, Mila Blanc itches to be the Mafia princess she used to be. She misses her best friend—the man she shared every first with—but most of all, she misses herself. The problem is she’s too proud to admit she was wrong.

For eleven years, Dane Giordano has watched the only woman he’s ever loved forget him. He has hardened by the minute, grown crueler by the hour, and the love they once shared has transformed to hate.

So when Mila comes back during a turbulent time, ready to take her rightful place by his side, Dane doesn’t make it easy. To be his wife, she’s going to have to find herself again and prove she’s worthy of being a daughter of the Sindicato.

Dane is hard to love, but Mila is even harder to break.

The is a full-length dark mafia romance for readers who enjoy suspense, thrills and second chances. Caution is advised. This 90k+ book may contain scenes not appropriate for younger audiences.

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A very addicting series!

I love me some Dane! Holy hotness! This story has it all! Danger, action, suspense and of course those steamy scenes we love to get lost in. This is one of those guilty pleasure reads that you’ll finish in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down! I was fully invested in the story and had to know what would come next. This story had me at the edge of my seat in anticipation! Well done ladies!

I truly enjoyed the writing styles of Miss Johns and Miss Jesus. They work extremely weak and bring us some incredible reads. If you’re a fan of mafia and dark romance reads, this series is for YOU! Move this up on your TBR and one click it today! I give this 5 stars.


Kingdom of Shadows and Dust by Sherry D. Ficklin – My Review

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Title: Kingdom of Shadows and Dust

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Release Date: June 1st 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A spellbinding fantasy story… and a fascinating world to escape to! ~InD’tale Magazine

As the king’s only daughter, Ava was supposed to be many things; meek, submissive, and above all, silent. While she dreams of fighting alongside the armies of Ankara, she’s forced to hide her identity behind a veil. It seems her prayers are answered when fate intervenes, allowing Ava to sneak away and join the battle. Yet the tides of war turn on her, leaving the young beauty defeated… her hopes shattered. Her only chance at salvation is Callan, a mysterious black wolf willing to risk everything by hiding her away among his kind. But there are some dangers far more ominous than the snapping jaws of a wolf. Ripped away from the brave Turnskins, Ava is imprisoned by the beguiling Shadow King who fills her head with promises of peace and a haze of passion. Forced to choose between her family, the bond she shares with Callan, and the handsome king’s striking proposal, Ava finds herself torn between duty and desire. When an unthinkable sacrifice is required to save all she holds dear, will Ava accept the crushing demands of taking the crown? Or follow her heart to the forbidden touch she desperately craves?

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Sherry’s first book in a fantastic young adult fantasy series is astounding! This is not the first book I have read by her and I patiently await the next.

If you like kingdoms, a badass princess, bad boys and a whole bunch of royal intrigue. This is the book for you!!

Enjoy it as I did. 5 stars goes to Sherry!

I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. MORE.


After I Break (Immortal Billionaires Book 2): A Billionaire Romance by Melissa Sercia – My Review

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Title: After I Break (Immortal Billionaires Book 2): A Billionaire Romance

Author: Melissa Sercia

Release Date: May 25th 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Boy meets girl. They fall in love. The end… This is not one of those stories.

Not exactly.

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Piper

Broken. Cold. Ice princess.

Hunting magical artifacts leaves little time for love. And I prefer it that way. Love never did me any favors. I have a great career, a million dollar apartment in downtown Manhattan, and the freedom to do whatever I want. Until I meet Lux. He’s sexy, mysterious, and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met. And now we are being forced to work together. With both my career and my heart on the line, I could lose everything if I give in to his seduction.

Lux

Demon. Liar. Dangerous.

I’m an immortal incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Love is just a nightmare disguised as a fairytale. I learned that hard lesson a long time ago. Until I meet Piper. She’s spoiled, self-absorbed, and one of the most stunning women I’ve ever seen. Which will only complicate things. Her very presence is a distraction. I should be focused on the artifact but all I can think about is breaking her and making her mine.

As Lux and Piper fly all over the world in search of the missing artifact, their hunger for each other grows, but so do their secrets. And they aren’t the only hunters after the prize. With danger lurking around every corner, Lux and Piper must rely on each other more than ever. But how can a demon and a mortal woman learn to trust again when both of their pasts have left them broken? And when Lux’s old rival resurfaces, putting their lives in even more danger, Lux will have to make a choice—preserve the artifact or protect Piper.

When hate turns into desire, can it ever become love?

After I Break is a standalone book in the Immortal Billionaires series, a steamy enemies to lovers romance with possessive alpha males, a strong female heroine, dark romance, and a HEA.

WARNING: This book contains graphic content and is meant for 18+ readers only.

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Electrifying! Slow burn! Page turner! 

I was ecstatic when I found out Lux was getting his own book AND that Piper would be in it!!! I just knew it was going to be fire. I loved the banter between the two of them. Both of them broken in a way and using words to protect themselves. The chemistry between Lux and Piper is electrifying! I couldn’t get enough of their story. The world of immortals is a secret one and very dangerous to a human. That mix of danger and sexy, makes for a very unputdownable read! 

This book and series is entertaining and addicting as well as steamy. You also have a bit of action. It’s the perfect read for anyone who loves paranormal romance reads. Skip adding it to your TBR and immediately start reading this series today! You won’t be disappointed. I give this 5 stars.

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


Moonlight Drive by A.R. Hadley – My Review

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Title: Moonlight Drive

Author: A.R. Hadley

Release Date: May 18th 2021

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

The magazines didn’t do him justice.

Not long after running away from home, Dani Isabella joins Moonlight Drive’s 1985 Live and Wired tour, hoping her long-lost friend, Nick, will remember her.

He’s finally made it — just like he promised. He’s the bassist for one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

Only, he’s reinvented himself and doesn’t recognize his childhood sweetheart. Nicki Quick has been seduced by the decadent lifestyle of the music scene of the eighties, lost in a haze of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. And to Nicki, Daniela is just another chick in a long line of groupies.

He soon finds she isn’t like the other girls, though. Music runs through her veins — it’s part of her soul. She’s a songwriter. A dreamer. A girl determined to make it in a boys’ world.

This is the story of two musicians. A boy and a girl. A man and a woman.

Two people who learn that being lost is sometimes the same as being found.

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Two souls. Breathless. Poetic. Stardust. 

The journey of two souls passing each other like ships but connected deeply for all of eternity. Nick and Dani. There is no one without the other. 

I felt their energy throughout the book. I felt all of it. The heartbreak. The loss. The love. Everything. The author’s story telling style is magnificent. She makes you feel things deeply. My heart went out to both of them. I could relate to a lot of what Dani went through. I’ve known quite a few “Nicki’s” in my lifetime. This story hit home in a few ways. The story is well written. I found it very hard to put down. I devoured it!

Once I finished the book, I laid on my bed for a long time. My heart felt full. I felt like I had gained something special by reading this book. I am suffering from the most wicked book hangover I’ve ever had but I’d do it all over again. If you’re a fan of the muse the author used and love those one of kind romances, this book is for you. Do yourself a favor and read it today! I give it 5 stars.

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


The Chronicles of Benjamin Bright: The Cursed Blood (Darkling Rising Book 1) by J.S. Craig – My Review

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Title: The Chronicles of Benjamin Bright: The Cursed Blood (Darkling Rising Book 1)

Author: J.S. Craig

Release Date: June 16th 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tale

This is the beginning of the story of the life and adventures of Benjamin Bright, a young darkling hunter of legendary lineage haunted by ancient prophecy in the world of Feydom. A place of wonders and terrors, where fairytales, magic, and mythology bends and warps reality in unexpected ways. And the plots and schemes of wizards, warlocks, and demons cut a swath of terror with blood, treachery, and arcane power. Setting young Ben down a dark path of epic adventure full of monsters and the supernatural as he reluctantly takes up the mantle he was born into, and dives into the deadliest depths of betrayal, love, madness, murder, and mayhem to discover the truth of his destiny.

The Cursed Blood © is the debut of a bold modern reimagining of Arthurian legend that begins a fresh new series in the worlds of Feydom.

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Phenomenal world building! Fantastic! Exhilarating! Unputdownable!

The world building this book has is phenomenal! From the story to the characters, I was in awe. Right from the beginning I was pulled into a different world, where magic and mystical creatures actually exist. The characters range from grey to evil and I love that. This is truly a dark fantasy read, which made my little black heart sing with joy! Some of the scenes are not for the faint of heart. The author has an incredible ability to describe something so nightmarish, that will give you the chills. Maybe even haunt your dreams. I was there for it! Bring on the horror! The journey you begin at the start of the book will have twisted and changed so much, that you’ll find yourself at a loss and heading to your next destination. Book hangover town here I come!

This is a fantastic debut from this author. His storytelling and writing is superb and I highly anticipate what comes next from him. If you’re a fan of fantasy with that touch of darkness, this book is for YOU! Skip adding this to your TBR and one click it today! You won’t be disappointed. I give this 5 stars.