Review of The Enforcer (Fire’s Edge #3) by Abigail Owen

“Make me yours. Even if it only lasts today.” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense, Shifters

Length: 325 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Death comes for everyone. Even Drake Chandali. The aging process that twists all unmated dragon shifters’ bodies into something useless has taken hold of his body centuries early. A mate could have reversed the process, but now it’s too late. To protect his team of enforcers, he leaves, and comes face to face with the woman he’d thought was human when he saved her from a fire months before.

Except she’s not human. She’s a mate.

Camilla Carrillo almost lost her family to wildfire. To discover she’s fated to mate a creature made of flame and rage, and become one herself, should be terrifying. But somehow a rightness settles inside her, especially when she’s around the glowering red dragon shifter who wants nothing to do with her.

When Drake learns Cami bears his mark — the same mark as the High King — he refuses to believe she’s meant to be his. It’s too late. How could he turn Cami only to take her with him to the grave? At the same time, he can’t walk away. Hiding her from the corrupt, rotting High King might be the last honorable thing Drake ever does with the little time he has left.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of the author and Entangled Publishing.*

I’m pretty sure that The Enforcer is my favorite Fire’s Edge book.

Drake saves several humans trying to flee a farm with no way out, but instead of them freaking out (like most people who’d see a real life dragon would) one girl attempts to defend her family from this monstrous creature. He’s so enthralled by her that once they’re safe he shifts into his human form and that’s when they both feel it…that special draw to one another, but she shows no signs of being a dragon mate so he writes it off, wipers her and her family’s memories, and doesn’t look back.

Cami on the other hand starts sparking fires. Luckily Rune showed up and offered her a safe haven since the last thing she needed was to finish burning down the rest of the family farm; it’s not as if there was much left anyhow.

“I’ll make you a deal. I’ll be silent if you can smile and say thank you.”

Drake, which we learned in the previous book, has health issues. He’s gone too long without a mate and he’s deteriorating quickly. So quickly that he decides to leave his team and crawl off to Rune’s to die. But who is there to greet him…Cami.

Cami doesn’t have a memory of him, but she knows she’s drawn to him. Drake won’t risk his failing health killing a potential mate. And there in lies the best part of the story. He’s crabby. She’s determined. Their chemistry pulled me in and I could not put the book down.

“Don’t you see? I’d rather die with you than live without you.”

Abigail’s writing is amazing as ever and the storyline completely captivating. I cannot wait to see what comes next in the Fire’s Edge series. One day maybe even all the couples will reunite. One can hope at least.

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PROMO: A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1) by Rebecca Crunden

Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction – 303 Pages

About the Book:

A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

Excerpt:

‘But there are things not even Crown and Council can steal and control. Not my mind, not my heart, not my soul.’

His words made her smile with deep, indescribable empathy. More and more she was understanding how so many had flocked to the Underground Club. Even desolate and ravaged, Nate spoke with passion few could emulate. And she knew what he meant. She had never had a choice. Of late it had begun to bother her, too. Like a wound that was slowly festering. Perhaps she never would have known such a feeling if she hadn’t run away. If she didn’t spend so much time now thinking of what could have been. What ought to have been.

 

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Review of Filthy Beautiful (Players #2) by Jaine Diamond

“I’m gonna die a horny virgin.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rock Star Romance

Length: 454 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

It’s forbidden… but that just makes it hotter.

Courteney Clarke is the kind of girl who rock stars like me write songs about.

She’s beautiful, but she’s totally off-limits.
Because she’s my best friend’s little sister.

Now she tells me she’s a virgin—and she wants me to be her first.
But she’s just f*cking with me. I know she is.
She just hates me that much.

She knows her brother would freak if I touched her.

And if she plans to keep putting it in my face so I’ll give in… we’re both in a world of trouble.
This is cold war, but I’m not giving in.
Problem is, neither is she.

I know I need to do the right thing here…
But the wrong thing might just be way too filthy to resist.

Filthy Beautiful is the second full-length novel in the Players rockstar romance series, and the tenth book in the Dirty/Players series world.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Courteney is outspoken when she wants something, she’s super over protective when it comes to her brother, and she’s hopelessly in love with Xander. She’s only eighteen, but I loved her character. I liked how she was the one who acted more adult than he did.

“There was something…undone between the two of us. Something unfinished. Something that could never be done or finished, because it couldn’t be.”

Xander is a drummer. He’s been in a few bands that have had good runs, but now he’s joined the Players and he’s getting ready for something new. But he has a few months of absolutely nothing and for some reason he wants to spend that time with his best friend, who is a recluse and who he hardly ever actually sees. However, his best friends baby sister….she sure catches his eye. He hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since he saw her a couple years prior at a party and didn’t recognize her. Now she’s temptation wrapped in itty bitty bikinis.

“I stared at the little triangle of white fabric covering her ass. Make that barely covering her ass. I may have drooled a little bit.”

Filthy Beautiful takes the risque scenario of older man, younger best friend’s sister, and turns it into exactly what the title says…filthy beautiful. The characters leapt from the pages and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single page.

I would like for Courteney’s brother to find someone to bring him back into reality, but not sure that’ll be in this series. Maybe a little novella…hint…hint. Until then it looks like DJ Summer in book three, Sweet Temptation, may just find herself a little extra security.

So far the Players series is just as wonderful as its predecessor the Dirty series. Oh, and just as HOT! I’m looking forward to many more amazing books from Jaine.

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PROMO: The Rise of a King (Fallen Angel, Immortal Romance Book #2) by Azriel Hope

Paranormal Romance – 421 Pages

About the Book:

The second book in the Fallen Angel, Immortal Romance Series takes us from the Arcades and the kingdom of dark angels to The Cirque, a fairy realm where Farrow’s brother Prince Drayden rules. Born half fairy and half-fallen angel, Drayden possesses both goodness and evil.

After being told by the Gods of Estancia that Farrow can’t keep Rayelynn in the Arcades, he risks losing the only being he has ever loved to keep her safe. By leaving Rayelynn in the Cirque with Drayden, Farrow fears she will be enticed by the fairy life she deserves and the brother who has already professed his desire to claim her for himself.

Drayden is a gracious host to the sweet and powerful fairy-mortal halfling who is carrying his brother’s children…but will risk his very soul to have her.

As Farrow becomes king of the Arcades, he works to prove to the gods he’s worthy of Rayelynn’s goodness and love, while Drayden falls deeper into a darkness that will destroy them all.

The Rise of a King is the second book in a trilogy. It has some dark themes and sexual situations that involve many polyamorous characters…who are immortal, slightly wicked, loving and oh so much fun. I recommend reading The Fall of Arcades before this book.

Excerpt – when you go to a wishing tree you never know what will happen…:

I gathered Rayelynn into my arms. “It was all an illusion. Trust me, I watched you. You and I are the only ones in the forest. Your hand satisfied your love-starved body.” I caressed the side of her dress. “I could pacify that ache for you. Farrow would never have to know.” She abruptly pushed me off.

“How dare you!” Her anger was cute.

“How dare I not? I’m certainly more satisfactory than this,” I laughed as I gently took her hand and tangled her fingers in my own.

“Please don’t embarrass me.” She dropped her head.

“I’m sorry she didn’t give you what you wanted.” I pulled her into an embrace. “You deserve love, Rayelynn.” My hand stroked down her back, comforting. “I was only teasing. It’s better than outright anger or seduction … I’m trying.”

“I have no one,” she quietly said.

“You have me,” I whispered as I drew her in close.

“I wish I trusted you,” she said softly to herself.

“No,” I caressed my finger over her sweet lips. “You wish you trusted you.”

Before she was able to stop me, my mouth claimed those delicious lips as my tongue gently begged entrance. Beyond her better judgment, she let me in, if only for a second. It was enough. My heart swelled with my sex, and I held her to me until she gently pulled away.

“I … I … I,” she stammered, and my head spun.

“I’m the devil.” I kissed her flushed cheek and adjusted the painful erection tightening against my pants.

I smoothed her hair from her face and marveled at her beauty.

“You need a friend someone who understands you.” I took her hand to my mouth and planted another soft kiss there. “So do I.”

I stared at her for a long time, just drinking in her gorgeous eyes.

“Do you understand me?” Her voice was tiny and distant.

My finger trailed the softness of her skin as it coursed down her cheek. “I’m the one with two lovers, I can’t choose between,” I laughed.

“That’s not what I mean.” Panic struck her features.

“It’s exactly what you mean.” My voice was kind and caring as I leaned in to kiss her again.

This time she let me in and succumbed to me. My body trembled with desire as she so innocently gave herself over. Before the tree of life, we kissed each other with true love. Was it everlasting love? No. It was only momentary, but enough for us, by Cirquadian law, to be wed.

With that, I lifted her into my arms and we flew back to the Cirque.

 

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Review of The First to Fall (Fallen #1) by Tanisha D. Jones

“Be good or be good at it.” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 309 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Romance set in New Orleans. The First to Fall is the first novel in the Fallen series.
When the body of rock star Nicky Sky turns up missing, detective Elijah Cain is on the case, until the case is ripped out from under him by some powerful higher ups. But Elijah knows Nicky’s body wasn’t stolen – Eli’s telepathic vision showed him that the dead man exited his coffin and walked out all on his own. And so Eli enters the world of New Orleans paranormals with the help of Nicky’s childhood friend Dr. C. Keegan Kent, an intriguing woman with secrets of her own. She draws Eli like no other woman, but their connection runs deeper than Eli imagines and one that could put them both in jeopardy.

With the Collective on the hunt for Nicky and his maker, an unknown entity who turned Nicky against his will, Eli and the Doc team up to protect Nicky and find the malevolent creature who sired him. But this chase puts them on a collision course with their destiny, or their destruction.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The First to Fall is about the first angel to fall from Heaven when it split from the Earth. It puts a new spin on creatures of the dark, each with the abilities to match their amplified personalities.

Visions, extra senses, a little mind reading, Elijah only thinks he knows what he’s capable of, that is until he’s thrown into a world he didn’t know exists. And Celeste is entirely too smart for her own good. She needs to follow her intuition a little more. But together…they are electricity incarnate. They have a chemistry that sizzles right off the pages.

The storyline is unique and interesting, because of that I wanted to love this book. The editing kept me from doing so. I forced my way through to the end because it was such a good story, but it was frustrating at times. The dialogue wasn’t written as dialogue. Things like: “Hi, I’m Det. Quinn and my mute friend is Det. Elijah Cain.” or “C. Keegan Kent…” It’s speech, you can’t abbreviate Detective as Det. or introduce someone by saying their first initial because then that’s how it gets read and when you read it like that it doesn’t sound right in your head. At least not mine. Every time I read Det. I stopped and had to re-read the sentence with Detective instead. So frustrating! If it wasn’t for that this book would five stars all the way around.

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PROMO: The Human Lie Detector and the Hunkiest Hunk (The Campbell and the One: Origins #1) by Anna Krolick

Contemporary Romance – 124 Pages

About the Book:

The saga begins. First, let’s meet the parents.

It’s March 1970 and Beverley McLean – of the McLean’s Furniture McLeans – is not impressed. Beverley went to university for two purposes: to be challenged academically and to find a husband. University is more than living up to her expectations concerning the former, but the latter purpose? Well, two years in and she’s already coming up with a back-up plan. All the real men seem to be taken, with only boys – young and old – left to pick from.

Henry Campbell certainly looks like a boy not a man: a different girl on his arm every time Bev sees him. He’s also handsome, athletic, smart, and (all the girls know) well-off. Boy or man, Henry Campbell is campus royalty.

Is it any wonder that Bev has a crush on him – even if he might not be the type of guy she’s looking for?

And now she’s about to meet him.

Let’s see what happens.

The Human Lie Detector and the Hunkiest Hunk is a standalone, quick and dirty (and fun and amusing) romance novella (35k words) about what happens after Bev and Henry meet. It’s also the lead-in to an upcoming modern-day romance series of full-length novels: The Campbell and the One. Each story told in the Origins series centres on the parents of a main character in The Campbell and the One novels. These are the stories of how the parents got together … hence, origins. (You can smile at that if you want.) Henry and Beverley Campbell are responsible for the Campbell half of each modern-day couple.

Anna Krolick likes to write romances about book-smart women and the men who fall for them. This is the first published title by Anna Krolick.

 

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