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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*


From the Ashes (Alice Worth Series) by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: From The Ashes (Alice Worth Series)

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Genre: Urban Fantasy

You’re probably wondering how I ended up in jail with no magic. Believe it or not, it started in a used bookstore called McCann’s, just after lunch…

Meet Alice Worth. Mage private investigator, smart-ass, whisky connoisseur. As a PI who follows her own code, Alice has done plenty of things that might have landed her in jail, but she never expected to end up handcuffed to a table in an interrogation room on her day off. The situation goes from merely inconvenient to deadly serious when she discovers nothing about the crime she’s accused of is what it seems.

From The Ashes is a quick short read that features my girl Alice! She suddenly finds herself in a situation that she can’t easily get out of….or can she? I thought this little side story gave us a little more insight into Alice and her past. It makes me wonder if I’ll get another visit from a certain character in one of the other books…. I give this 4 stars.

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

This novella is available exclusively from www.LisaEdmonds.com.


White Ivy: A Novel by Susie Yang – My Review

Title: White Ivy: A Novel

Author: Susie Yang

Release Date: September 8th 2020

Genre: Asian American Literature

A dazzling debut novel about a young woman’s dark obsession with her privileged classmate and the lengths she’ll go to win his love—from prizewinning Chinese American author Susie Yang.

Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar—but you’d never know it by looking at her.

Raised outside of Boston, Ivy’s immigrant grandmother relies on Ivy’s mild appearance for cover as she teaches her granddaughter how to pilfer items from yard sales and second-hand shops. Thieving allows Ivy to accumulate the trappings of a suburban teen—and, most importantly, to attract the attention of Gideon Speyer, the golden boy of a wealthy political family. But when Ivy’s mother discovers her trespasses, punishment is swift and Ivy is sent to China, and her dream instantly evaporates.

Years later, Ivy has grown into a poised yet restless young woman, haunted by her conflicting feelings about her upbringing and her family. Back in Boston, when Ivy bumps into Sylvia Speyer, Gideon’s sister, a reconnection with Gideon seems not only inevitable—it feels like fate.

Slowly, Ivy sinks her claws into Gideon and the entire Speyer clan by attending fancy dinners, and weekend getaways to the cape. But just as Ivy is about to have everything she’s ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the nearly perfect life she’s worked so hard to build.

Filled with surprising twists and offering sharp insights into the immigrant experience, White Ivy is both a love triangle and a coming-of-age story, as well as a glimpse into the dark side of a woman who yearns for success at any cost.

After I finished this book, I had to take some time to reflect. The ending and the book as a whole had me feeling conflicted. The story is a well written one. Some parts that had me shaking my head and I think it had to do more with the characters actions rather than the story. The story was really good! I loved reading about how Ivy grew up, her experiences and how they shaped her into the person she ended up becoming. On the other hand, I didn’t agree with a lot of the choices she made and cringed at most of them and I think that’s what had me conflicted. All that being said, this is a great story. The author has a great storytelling style and I think the story challenges us in a way. I highly enjoyed it. I look forward to what Miss Yang comes out with next. I give this 4 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*


Little Deadly Secrets: A Novel – My Review

Title: Little Deadly Secrets: A Novel

Author: Pamela Crane

Release Date: August 18th 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

From USA Today bestselling author Pamela Crane comes an addictively readable domestic suspense novel…

Mackenzie, Robin, and Lily have been inseparable forever, sharing life’s ups and downs and growing even closer as the years have gone by. They know everything about each other. Or so they believe.

Nothing could come between these three best friends . . .

Except for a betrayal.

Nothing could turn them against each other . . .

Except for a terrible past mistake.

Nothing could tear them apart . . .

Except for murder.

This book was like a train wreck and also a soap opera all rolled into one. What I mean by that is, there’s so much going on! Different views, loyalties being tested and lots of secrets. It had a kind of devilish vibe to it. I was very entertained and also invested. I needed to see how it would all end. At times, I had to set the book down and shake my head while saying to myself, “why would they do that?!” The story had good pacing. The build up to the end was a good one. The characters were also good. I went back and forth between liking and disliking some of the characters. Some drove me crazy! In the end some of them surprised me by their actions and I was there for it! 

As a whole, this was a pretty entertaining read. You have secrets, lies, and betrayal. All that will have you invested like I was. I did enjoy this author’s writing style and storytelling. I look forward to reading more from her! I give this 4 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*


Interview with an Author featuring D.C. Gambel

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is D.C. Gambel! She also has a story in the Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set that is set to release on October 6th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for just under 6 years. Wow that seems long when I think about it.

Describe a typical writing day.

I’m a mom, so first thing is getting the kids situated. I either wait until nap time, or when they’re occupied, to sit down and get some writing done. Some times I even have to do it on my phone because if my youngest sees my laptop she wants to play.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere. TV, other books, listening to people talk. I got the idea for the Horsemen Chronicles from reading an alien book. Makes no sense but something in it triggered the idea and I was compelled to write. Took two weeks to finish that first draft.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

One? No. One in each series? Oh yeah. My most recent story, Huntress in the Thorn Court which can be found in the Once Upon Another World boxset, my favorite character has be the sex on stick alpha werewolf, Gideon. He’s absolutely delicious. He’s my favorite because he gave me a chance to write a different type of character and I love how he came out.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

The sexy scenes come very easily to me. A lot of the times I have to take a step back and take a cold shower so I can write with my head instead of other parts. The others are harder, but nothing a tearjerking movie can’t fix.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Determined, compassionate, and self-reliant.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I like to add new characters and create new problems to overcome while still sticking to the original premise. There is always a big issue that will spread throughout the entire series, but it’s not always the center of attention. Sometimes it takes the backseat to a new conflict.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

Oh yes. I’ve recently started a new pen name Isabella Knightly and am currently working on my debut novel The Rise of the Cursed Mage. It’s a dark fantasy. I’m enjoying the change from my regular writing style. 

On my D.C. Gambel pen, I’ve two upcoming releases both from the series The World of the Hunter Order, which is my Beauty and the Beast retelling. It takes what you love about the story and morphs it into something adult friendly.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Your cover is to entice readers. Make sure it fits your genre.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I write sexy stories, but it isn’t all about sex. My characters are strong women, that may be shy at first, but come into their own to kick some ass.

Thank you D.C. Gambel for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Awakened: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Horsemen Chronicles Book 1) today!

~Synopsis~

Are the Horsemen destined to destroy the world, or save it?

Evie’s never been much for danger, but danger has a way of finding her. After two years living as a shut it, afraid of the slightest human contact, one random night she finds herself face-to-face with fate.

Derek is the first person Evie’s ever met who can survive her touch, but he’s not the only one. His roommates are immune as well. Matching horse-head birthmarks reveal who they are and why they’ve been hunting for her. They are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

To prevent the world’s end she has no choice but to put her fears aside and step into the destiny she was born to fulfill, to become the Horseman of Death and embrace the power she’s spent a lifetime hiding from. If she fails, she risks the final seal breaking and ending the world along with it.

D.C. Gambel is a mother, army wife, and a hopeless romantic. Romance has always been her genre of choice whether it’s contemporary, historical, paranormal, or even pushing towards erotica in both reading and writing. When she first decided to try her hand at writing, romance was the obvious choice. Getting lost in a different world, living unimaginable lives is something she strives for even if it’s just a temporary enjoyment.

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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*