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Review of Dragon’s Hope (Red Planet Dragons Of Tajss #4) by Miranda Martin & Juno Wells

“I want to live for her and because of her.”

 

Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy

Book Length (Est.): 200 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Before the generation ship crashed on this desert alien planet I was a Vagrant. Unplanned and unwanted, struggling to survive.

Now we’re on Tajss and if not for the natives, seven foot tall dragon-men with wings and tails and scales, we’d all be dead.

My new friends are finding love and I couldn’t be happier for them but I want to fit in, I want to have a place and a purpose. Strangely enough the only one who might understand is one of those scaled dragon-men.

I wanted comfort and attention but it turns out ‘one night stand’ doesn’t translate into Zmaj. He wants more and won’t give up until he claims his treasure. Me.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Lana was unwanted on the ship she once called home, but crashing landing on a foreign planet has given her the opportunity to do something with her life, to become needed, and to matter. In order to never go back to the person she once was she’ll do her best to help out in any way her people need, which is how she’ll end up as a hunter.

Astarot knew he’d found his treasure the moment he first saw Lana. Getting her to want him back, now that was a different story. She wanted one night of comfort. He wanted forever. It just takes a few challenging events to get them on the same page.

“When a Zmaj mates, it’s for life. She is his treasure, his everything. He will do anything for her. She becomes the center of his universe.”

I have mixed emotions on this one. On one hand a lot happens in means to the underlying plot and over all series, but on the other hand there wasn’t as much oomph between the main characters as in the previous books. I just wasn’t as attached to Lana and Astarot and I’m not sure if it was because most of their time together was spent being captured or taken to the Tribe and they didn’t seem to have as much one-on-one time as the previous couples or if maybe they just didn’t fully click as a couple to me. I can say that if you’re following the series that this one is vital as it takes a turn into new territory and I cannot wait to see what happens next. As a matter of fact it kind of ends on a cliff hanger. Bring on book #5!

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Review of Not All Who Wander are Lost by Shannon Cahill

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Genre: Fantasy Romance

Book Length (Est.): 204 Pages 

Book Description/Synopsis:  

What’s the first thing you do when you are a 400 year old Elf Guardian who is being sent to protect a reckless, smart ass, smoking hot young mechanic who is destined to change the world? Visit a cobbler. Crimson knows you need a good pair of boots and a lot of self control for a job like that!

But things are not always what they seem. Everyone has secrets, everyone has an agenda. Things are spiraling out of control. Can Finn and Crimson fulfill their entwined destinies and change the world.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed this storyline. Yes, it’s one of those love at first sight books, but with everything that is thrown at them it isn’t overly sentimental. There isn’t time for there to be.

Crimson may be a Guardian sent to protect a mere Human, but she’s helpless when it comes to Finn. Appalled at herself for her immediate feelings toward him she, with the help of a close friend, decides she can protect him and follow through with her desires.

Finn isn’t the mere Human mechanic everyone thinks him to be. He has secrets. And for the first time in his life he wants to share them with someone. He falls hard for Crimson and even knowing what she is couldn’t keep his feelings at bay.

This book follows several characters, switching to add extra information to the story as Crimson and Finn learn their true identities and how the prophecy pertains to them. With Crimson’s family and Finn’s legacy they two find the help they need to defeat the woman who wants to take everything from them.

The beginning may be a little slow, but the rest of the book makes up for it. After the fated two meet it really doesn’t slow down.

The only downside to this is the editing. There were many places I had to reread a sentence a few times in order to try and figure out what it was supposed to say, as some had missing words, others had an extra word or two, and some mixed up the he/she and him/her. A few are always understandable, but these took away from the book, making it harder to fall in love with; which is sad, because the storyline is really good.

My Favorite Moment:  When Kate pays an unexpected visit to Finn’s apartment.

“Oh and Crimson, your sweater’s on inside out.”

Overall, I give this 3 stars! 

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Review of The Elf Lord’s Revenge by Arabella Thorne

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Genre: Fantasy Romance

Book Length (Est.): 305 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

He lost everyone he loved to an assassin. Will Emma be next?

It is 1843. Immortal elf Allydan Sath Nulan has returned from his travels to his estate in Alta California only to find his home and family destroyed. Related to the ruling family in the elvish homeland of Aelynghyst, Allydan, as the last of his line, must discover the killer before he, too, is murdered.

Into his life falls Emma Treadburn, a human woman at the end of her rope. Tired of being forced to pay off her father’s debts by working for the local haberdasher who thinks he is entitled to enjoy Emma’s charms, she decides to strike out on her own.

A terrible wagon accident brings the two of them together. But can the scholarly healer allow himself to fall in love with a human while trying to find a murderer?

And can Emma reconcile her heart to love an otherworldly elf?

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Allydan Sath Nulan is trying to find out who murdered his family by using magic. During this process he saves a woman that is on her own at night. Allydan must use his healing powers to heal Emma’s wounds she received while trying to save a baby.

Emma Treadburn is tired of trying to pay off her alcoholic father’s debts to David. When she is saved by Allydan she is instantly attracted to him. While Emma tries to learn more about Allydan, he tries to fight his feelings for her.

When the ladies of Emma’s hometown show up at a party they accuse her of being ruined because she is living in a home with an unmarried foreign man. Allydan’s only choice is to marry Emma to keep her reputation in good standings. Once married, Allydan reveals his true self and his past to Emma. Will a human be able to love a man that has revealed himself as an elf? Will Allydan track down the person that killed his family?

I found this book to be interesting as I am not a big elf fan. The characters are very easy to fall in love with. Anabella Thorne did a good job with writing this story (Yep, I think this is a series). The only critique I have with this story is I found myself not interested in the POV from David. I found myself wanting to skip over his parts.

Overall, this is different from any other elf books that I have read, and I found myself lost in the romance between Allydan and Emma.

My Favorite Quote: Did I hear that right? He thinks his people are fairy tale creatures? 

“No you’re not!” she laughed. “Elves are plain and very short. They live in rose gardens.”

“Where did you hear that?” He looked confused.

“From fairy tales in books. My momma read them to me as a child.”

“Well, they have it wrong.” He sighed and his shoulders slumped. “I’m an elf; I assure you.”

Overall, I give this 3.5 stars! 

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Review of Merminia by Emm Cole

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 264 Pages 

Book Description/Synopsis: 

In an underwater world that is as beautiful as it is ruthless, the mertribes are not about to make peace with each other. Selinne is a mermaid who is certain she can take care of herself. But when she is captured by the bloodthirsty Litiants, she finds unlikely help from Gabriel, a warrior who appears as indifferent as he is handsome. As Selinne struggles to make sense of the good and evil around her, she discovers that there is no escaping love or her place in the raging war of the sea.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first time I have read a mermaid book. I am not yet sure if this is a genre that interests me, but this was a really good book.

Selinne is a Merminian with healing hands and a free spirit that believes she can take care of herself and does not need someone to watch out for her.

Aramis was raised around Selinne and her older brother Bayren, who is currently the Lead Merminian. Aramis secretly watches over Selinne and helps her when she finds herself in trouble.

Litiant’s are searching for the ring of Adessia and killing all Mermaids and Mermen in the process. When the war comes to Bayren and his group a lot of lives are lost. Selinne finds herself in a bit of trouble when she goes on a swim. Aramis tries to save her from the Litiants, but makes a deal to stay and help Merconius with her healing powers if they let Aramis goes unharmed.

While held prisoner she finds love with a Litiant who has seen too much hatred and betrayal and because of that is willing to help her. What Selinne does not realize is that she has her own betrayal going on in her own family of Merminians.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and found it to have a great plot. Of course, as I was completely drawn in, the book ended. Great job Emm!

Yes, this is a series, so stay tuned for my review of Keeping Merminia.

Overall, I give this 4 stars!  

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Review of Forbidden by Salem Kane

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Genre: Fantasy Romance 

Book Length (Est.): 192 Pages 

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Rohana Frost has had the worst luck. It started when her fiancé vanished without a trace three months ago. Then she lost her job and her car engine died. Her grandfather knew the cure – unlimited time at his cabin in the Adirondacks – where Rohana used to spend her summers as a child. Rohana jumps at the offer, borrows her grandfather’s car, and is looking forward to an uneventful autumn in a serene place.

Betrayed, ambushed, and wounded, Sen Aryn stumbles into what he thinks is an abandon cabin in the Adirondacks to recover. But the cabin’s occupant surprises him unexpectedly. Worse still, those who tried to kill him are still out there looking for him.

Rohana isn’t sure what to think when she finds a stranger in her grandfather’s cabin, but she offers him a place to recover from his wounds. However, those who had been hunting him found him, and Sen had no choice but to take Rohana with him, back to his world.

Rohana is suddenly thrust into the adventure of her lifetime, led by a man she feels a growing attraction for. But then she learns her fiancé may be alive. Will she give into her passion for Sen, or will she remain faithful to her fiancé? And will Sen be able to control his own desire?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

First of all I have to say that the formatting wasn’t the greatest. There were spacing issues and issues with punctuation, but I can’t tell if some of it was solely to blame on the formatting or if there were grammar issues that should be held accountable too. However, if you put aside the formatting/grammar this is a really great book!

I read a sample of Forbidden and it drew me in from the first chapter. I honestly could not put it down.

Rohana is a sweet person, but I wanted to yell, “What are you thinking?” when she took care of the injured trespasser instead of calling the cops like any sane person would have done. Then again if she had there would have been no story.

Sen, a half elf-half human, ended up seeking shelter in what he thought to be an abandoned cabin after he was ambushed. To his surprise Rohana tended to his injuries and took care of him until he was healed.

Of course that’s just how the book begins and once the Harvesters were added in and I got to see Rohana’s bravery I fell in love with her character. She’s a strong willed and determined person who can fight with anything and everything…including bricks. She’s a breath of fresh air for Sen and it’s not long before he can stop resisting the pull toward her that he’s felt since he’d met her.

Knowing that he would do anything to make Rohana happy he sets off to rescue her fiancé. It’s a journey that brings them closer, but her still feeling guilty of betraying a man who she no longer loved. In the end she has to do what’s best for her. But my oh my what a snow-filled ending it is.

My Favorite Quote: “What do you want me to say, Rohanna? That right now I’d like nothing more than to claim you as my own?” The intensity of this moment was incredible, but no matter what her response was I think Sen would have reacted the same way he did.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: This was more than likely not supposed to be funny, but all I kept thinking was this brings a whole new definition to “Got Milk”, and every time the subject of milking came up I laughed.

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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Review of The Wizard’s Heart by S.R. Howen

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Romance/Sword & Sorcery

Book Length: (Est): 242 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

“The old one will come. When he comes, his one true wife must carry within her a child of the old one who would be king. Only then can the heart be found and the evil of the world kept in its bounds.” –The Prophecy of the Land

Sorann is the queen’s daughter and training to be an empathic healer. Javert is a member of the wandering tribe called the Zingari and their future king. When Sorann’s failed healer’s magic test brings them together, they discover the prophecy governing the land is false. In order to prevent magic, and the Zingari, from being wiped from the land, Sorann must become Javert’s wife and leave everything behind that she once held dear.

Tricked by demons, and followed by the queen’s soldiers, they must find the fabled Wizard’s Heart in the frozen Winter Valley.

What sacrifices will they have to make along the way, and will Javert ever discover the true meaning of the Wizard’s Heart before his people and the love of his life are lost?

This is the first book in the fantasy series Tales of the Zingari.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A Wizard’s Heart is a unique story about a girl who grew up thinking she was a princess only to discover she wasn’t. It’s kind of like a role reversal to most Disney movies. Usually a girl grows up underprivileged only to discover she’s a princess not the other way around.

Sorann is trying to make the best out of what life has dealt her, though to her it seems like every decision she makes puts her in an even worse place. It isn’t until she gives into the unknown that goes against everything she was raised to believe that she discovers her true destiny.

Javert is someone who has been working toward a particular destination so long that once he has all the pieces to the puzzle he doesn’t stop to enjoy it before losing it all. But not even an entire world of demons can keep him from failing his mission and discovering what and who mean the most to him.

This is a sweet story filled with happiness and sorrow. I was pulled in, but then let loose as the story made some crazy turns that were a little difficult to follow toward the end. I think I would have liked a little more interaction between the family at the end. It felt slightly incomplete.

My Favorite Sorrow-Filled Moment: When Sorann steps outside the barrier of the camp and gets attacked by a tree. Everything that happened immediately after that had me on the verge of tears.

My Favorite Part: The sacrifice Javert makes in order to do what he thinks is right, and the dagger he uses to do it with.

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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