Review of Orb and Arrow (Book 1: Exploration) by V.L. Stuart

Orb and Arrow 


Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Length: 244 Pages

POV: Third Person


“A dimlock cannot be removed,” Rodenis had taught them, “except by the holder of its key.”

A dimlock collar, made in mocking imitation of a great chain of office, is used to keep a mage from casting a spell or reaching out for mana. Its medallions are raised disks each separated by short links and each with the sign of a black spell. With its dark power it makes the wearer separate from mana and the world around him. A dimlock is used to bind, to punish, to transport a mage whose deeds are so unspeakable that only execution is waiting.

But supposed if a dimlock could be removed? What if the lock could be picked, the medallions pried from flesh? Could the wearer live through the ordeal? Should he even be allowed to live?

Brillar finds such a bound mage but sees Light where there should be only Darkness. Her removal of the dimlock throws her world out of balance. Accepting an apprenticeship from a Mage of the Four Powers restores the balance but puts both their lives in danger.

Follow them to Lands-end, the Wilds and beyond with Orb and Arrow.

Brandi’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Brillar is a very headstrong character with a calling to the wild. She is young but her gifts seem to come naturally. One can be taught only so much, other things in life must be learned. She heads out to the open road to test her abilities and encounters many rough characters and wild adventures.

Garnelden is met on the road by Brillar, he was in a precarious circumstance. She freed him and he became an integral part of her adventures. “Elden” as he is referred to in the book, has a long history and is highly skilled in many forms of magic. He has much to teach, and Brillar makes the perfect apprentice.

The book “Orb and Arrow” is very thrilling, taking you quickly from page to page. There are three parts in this book, each with its separate tale to tell, each just as enthralling than the next. You will travel with Brillar and Elden through the wild and back again. Some scenes are well written, well explained and captivating while others leave you wanting more. There are many battles, all are very exiting! I wish they lasted a little longer and had more suspense leading up to them. That being said, I did not ever find it hard to turn the page! If there was a second book, I would read it to see where the story will turn next!

I give Orb and Arrow 3 stars.

One star removed for grammatical errors and one removed for non-realistic battle scenes.

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Review of Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch #3) by Soraya M. Lane

“I wish I didn’t love him so much…” 


Genre: Holiday Romance

Length: 297 Pages

POV: Third Person


Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.
Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family―and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?
Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business―and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.*

Cody pretty much ran away from his hometown when he was old enough to. It wasn’t because he’d had a bad childhood, opposite really, it had been wonderful and then his mom had gotten sick and he couldn’t bear to see it. The pain clouded all the good memories.

Lexi was one of those forgotten memories, Cody’s high school sweetheart. He’d just left without so much as a goodbye. And she’d held onto all of that hate for him over the years, that is until he came home for the holidays and was in her life every single day reminding her heart of what she’d once had.

Lexi had thought working for Cody’s dad wouldn’t be an issue or the fact that she lived on the farm while employed…she was wrong. Having him back home just added to her mountain of stress. Being a single mom who was also trying to take care of her mother didn’t put her in the best of situations, but she’s a fighter and she won’t let anyone, not even Cody, get in her way of doing what she thinks is right.

“If I wasn’t on my deathbed, I’d give you a damn good run for your money, son. A girl like that doesn’t come along often.”

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is a heartfelt holiday read filled with a little sassiness. Yes, I know it’s too early in the year for Christmas stuff, but this one was worth getting started a little early.

I haven’t read any of the other River Ranch books, but based on the characters I glimpsed in this book I bet they were just as good. I mean sassiness meets heat and Cody and Lexi are definitely heat whenever they’re close to each other. I could feel it. I could feel all of the emotions as I read and that is what made it such a good book.

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Review of Fever (Dark Kings #16) by Donna Grant


“…I’ll never be able to walk away from you.”


Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance (Dragons), Suspense

Length: 400 Pages

POV: Third Person


His kiss was fire and passion. She shivered, wondering how he knew just how to touch her, to send her spiraling into an abyss of pleasure…

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows—and existing only in the world of dreams—is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.

Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bear his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces—in the name of love?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.*

Kelton is in pure denial. He likes Bernadette, but the words relationship and love are so far out of his realm of denial that he can’t even grasp them. Not even with everyone telling him so. It’s comical at times.

Bernadette, on the other hand, doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s been lied to, manipulated, and now she’s entering dragon territory that not too many humans have ever witnessed. The one thing she does know is that she’s drawn to Kelton and she hopes it’s natural and mutual; not one of Usaeil’s manipulations.

Fever is a compelling book filled with lies, lust, love, and war. I couldn’t put it down once I started it.

“You’re…all right with us taking your memories?”

“No,” she said with a laugh. “But I understand why it needs to be done. This place is very special. All of your are. It should be hidden for as long as possible.”

Now I realize this is book 16 of the Dark Kings series, but I’ve only read this one and the one before it. I do want to go back and start from the beginning, but it’s not something I feel like is needed to grasp what’s happening in the series. There’s always just enough past information added to make it feel like you’re not missing anything.

If your interested in an action packed sexy dragon shifter read then this is a good series to sink your teeth into.

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Review of Airmed (The Eight Book One) by Sharilyn Skye

“I want you to come home to me.”


Genre: Fantasy Romance

Length: 376 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person


Her Friends call her Ari. Her mates call her Queen.

Faerie is dying and it’s not my fault. My mother, the Queen, caused the Goddess to turn from us long ago when she cocked up the death of the One the Goddess favored most. Now she thinks to use me in her plans to rebuild the land. I hate that bitch.

My Name is Airmed, my friends call me Ari, but you may call me nothing. I am the youngest of the last children to be born in Talamh na Sithe some thirty years ago. The boys have since been killed and The Eight are all that remain. Each given to four men who will forfeit their lives should they fail to at least try to produce a child with us.

My mother has given them permission to use whatever is necessary to make me malleable, only I have no idea what that word means. I’m not unwilling to do my job, but I have no intention of making life easy for them. Not only that, I got a B Plus in my swordsmanship class so if they think this will be a smooth transition, they’ve got another thing coming.

*Airmed is a medium/fast burn stand alone Reverse Harem novel with light m/m interactions and is intended for those 18 and older*

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Holy hotness this book is like liquid fire that rolls through your body. Saying it’s hot is a drastic understatement.

If you’ve read the Healer series, and I suggest you do, this series goes back to the beginning. The Eight have important roles and to get the inside look into each of them sounds absolutely interesting. Especially if they’re anything like this one.

Ari is a spitfire and she doesn’t make life for her four mates easy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Where once they thought there home was complete now they knew it never was…not before Ari came to it. She’s the glue that holds them together, the heart that strengths each of them, and the love they all wanted but never knew could be.

Her mates:

Saige – Captain of the Archers. He is unique and his healing gifts definitely come in handy.

Lann – Captain of the Swordsmen. He is a little brutal, but with Ari keeping him on his toes she deserves everything he gives her.

Seal – Master Huntsman. Ari trusts him the most to do what needs to be done. And without him she may have been lost to them forever.

Laith – Master Blacksmith. He has passion that makes you lose all senses. He loves with an intensity unlike no other. It may be the wolf in him. However his obsession with her trying to poison them is hilarious.

Airmed is going to be a hard book to follow. The characters, the relationships, the sex…I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in a day. Way to go Sharilyn you started The Eight off with a bang!

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Review of Sex Positions, Transitions and Intuitions by Brian Hughes

Sex Positions


Genre: Self-help

Length: 107 Pages


Discover the Different Sex Positions You’ve Most Likely Never Tried Before.

Are you searching for the best sex position guide? Wondering what are the most fulfilling and satisfying sexual positions you can try on? You are not alone! In fact, everyone knows that having great sex is one of the major factors in having a successful and romantic relationship. You’re about to discover the top Sex Positions that will make your partner think that you are a Sex God.

What makes this book different from other Sex books?
A fully illustrated sex book. This book doesn’t include sex positions that are impossible to do. Suitable for both young and married couples. Includes sex positions that you’ve most likely never tried before.

This book is written for average couples who want to have above-average sex. This book covers the topic of sex and how to increase the passion you feel for each other both inside and outside of the bedroom. It’s designed to help and teach you how you can have a mind-blowing sex life that provides maximum pleasure for both partners involved.

All you need to rekindle your sex life is your partner, your desire for fire, and this handy little guide that will walk you through the whole thing! With a little passion and desire, you can transform the face of your sex life for good. These tips, tricks, and positions will bring the passion back time and time again!

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

I’m going to start with the first line of the synopsis, “Discover the Different Sex Positions You’ve Most Likely Never Tried Before.” Because of this one sentence I had high hopes for this book. I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up.

Most of the positions are what I’d call ‘normal’ positions. Everyone knows what a reverse cowboy is and other positions similar or at least most do. The more advanced positions were for people…let me say…not like me. In other words I learned nothing new that was physically doable.

Another thing is that it was written by a man and seemed intended for men. I assumed that it would be intended for both parties, but with things like…

“If you’re a man and you’re worried about enjoying yourself…don’t be. Getting a woman off is extremely enjoyable, especially if your cock is the instrument of stimulation. The trick is to know what you’re doing and keep control of yourself, and this book will help with both of those things. You will also find that most women are extremely…grateful and reciprocal…when it comes to pleasing a man who has effectively gotten her off. This is by no means a guarantee, but you won’t have to ask for oral sex if you fuck a woman until she comes three times. Just look deep into her eyes and tell her you want her to lick her juices off your cock.”

…it’s hard to say that this is beneficial for both parties. I mean I may be a little sexist on this, but if a woman tells a man she wants to like her juices off of him, he’d be like hell yes, but having him ask it of her might make her feel obligated. Then again that is strictly my opinion and I’m not asking anyone to agree with me.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to Goodreads as the link to purchase it on Amazon does not currently work and I cannot find the book on there.


Review of Ice Hard (New York Nighthawks #2) by Tracy Goodwin

“Oh my God, I’m on Scorcher!” 


Genre: Sports Romance (Hockey)

Length: 232 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person


Hockey’s resident bad boy is hell on skates. But when he falls in love, he falls hard.

Nick: As one of the New York Nighthawks, I’ve got it all: fame, success, wealth, plus I’m handsome as hell.
As for my relationships? They could be better.
I know how to do one-night stands, but I’m starting to crave something more.
Then I meet Camille Benetti.
She’s sexy, smart, sarcastic—totally my kind of girl.
The only problem? Cami doesn’t date hockey players.
But she’s never met me. . . .

Cami: Nick George is impossible to resist. Not only is he scorching hot, he’s kind, he’s funny, and he wants me bad.
But I learned my lesson the hard way: no jocks.
So why do I agree to be Nick’s date to the wedding of the year?
One night . . . that’s our deal.
He is the best man, after all.
But Nick is crystal clear about his intentions. He wants a relationship.
And he’s tempting me to break all my rules. . . .

Tracy Goodwin’s seductive New York Nighthawks novels can be read together or separately:

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.*

Camille doesn’t date, especially not hockey players. She’s been there, done that, and got the emotional scars to prove it. All she wants is to take over her family’s restaurant, but what she wants means littler to her family.

Nick has seen his best friend find love and now it’s looking more and more appealing. He wants a happily ever after too, but the girl he wants it with keeps blowing him off. And he is persistent, although he won’t wait forever.

He’s fierce in his love for her.

Ice Hard is a great addition to the New York Nighthawks series. I loved the witty banter between Camille and Nick; it made for an emotionally interesting read. There’s humor, a little heartache, surprise encounters that sometimes can be very interesting (mostly funny), and characters who liven up the pages.

The only thing that drove me crazy was that Nick kept referring to her by Cami and Camille, back and forth, in the same paragraphs. It kept me from fully connecting to her because I kept stumbling. Other than that it was a very good book and I enjoyed the storyline immensely.

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The below video is influenced by a song referenced in the book.


Review of Death and Dreams (Dark Desire #4) by Viola Calvary

“The Puppet Master sends her greetings…” 


Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 201 Pages

POV: Third Person


The final novel of Dark Desire: Dahlia and Kenny are wrapped in madness, passion, and the final struggle against the undying rulers.

Dahlia, Kenny, and Borreal are left with a scattered force as the king’s city is overrun by an unholy army of humans, monsters, and the undead. With seven immortals left alive to hunt her and her allies, Dahlia is forced to resort to desperate tactics that push her far beyond her limits. As the world crumbles around her, she falls into the embrace of the dark energy she channels and faces the ultimate sacrifice that there is no turning back from.

Don’t miss this steamy finale filled with new depths of darkness and suspense.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Death and Dreams wraps up the Dark Desire series perfectly. The ending was very unexpected, which made it all the better. Dahlia finally gets the freedom she’s wanted since the beginning. But first, there are a few immortals she has left to dispose of, and they do not go silently in the night….or well most don’t.

As its predecessors this one continues with the only kind of bloodshed two ‘demons’ can cause. However, they are not the only ones leading these battles. There’s a pink haired girl filled with determination to make the world a better place for her son and she leads everyone with the hope they need.

“A great black dragon watched over the woman he held; he was a force of nature, still as death.”

In the true nature of war I was saddened to discover not all of my favorite characters made it through to the end, but every single person fought well and deserved the win the team eventually got. I won’t say who, but if you are someone who gets attached to characters you may want to keep some tissues handy.

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