Review of The Fall of Arcades (Fallen Angel, Immortal Romance #1) by Azriel Hope

“You’re a treasure I don’t deserve.” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Length: 248 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Farrow Latimer, Prince of the Arcades:

I am the prince of darkness, the executioner and fallen angel royalty who is forbidden, love. No matter how many men or women I take to my bed none capture my heart.

As the Arcades teem with lust, debauchery, and destruction, I neither relish nor abhor my role as the most brutal of all and then I catch her….the small fairy halfling who seizes my world.

Rayelynn Astraides, first daughter of the Commander of Landharn’s West Shore:

The fallen angels litter the skies coming to claim us as I run from the monstrous man my father is to make me marry for failing battle school. Fallen angels are all about us and in my fear I tuck myself away.

There, beside the tree where I hide, he stands, tall, majestic, handsome… and deadly. He lets me run. I return to the battlefield to heal our wounded as I am a gifted healer. The dark angel comes again but this time to take me as his prisoner.

My world changes and I see such horror and sadness, but none greater than that which lies within the fallen prince who is disallowed love yet risks all for it.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Farrow is the executioner in the Arcades. He is also the prince and lives under his father’s domineering and archaic rule. His half fallen angel side does what he is expected to do, whether it be torturing someone or cutting off their head. His half mortal side hates every second and he prays his father never notices the disgust he chokes down.

“I can’t change who I am, love. But I can try and alter the world for you.”

Rayelynn was raised by a father who despised her and brothers who tormented her, but she was strong and did not define herself by their hateful torment. She instead, took what little enjoyment she could in healing the people around her who needed it.

Everything changed they day she ran away and he captured her. Farrow’s heart is drawn to her, no matter how much he wished it wasn’t. An Rayelynn is scared of everything in the Arcades, even Farrow, but the more time they spend together the more she realizes you cannot control who you love.

“Being in the Arcades was hell to most, but I would make it a haven for her.”

The Fall of Arcades is filled with detailed horrors, overloads of sexual tension, and a very imaginative storyline. The characters are written so well you can almost feel their emotion, and in a place that is basically a hell for the Fallen there is definitely many warring emotions.

This book does end on a happy note, but by no means did it feel like an ending. More like a beginning with much more to come. I look forward to seeing what the next book has in store for Rayelynn and Fallon. Will their love conquer all? Guess I’ll have to keep reading to find out.

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Excerpt:

“Can I not wash myself?” I squealed, softly.

“No,” he smiled, “you cannot. Now sit.” He directed me to sit on a shelf carved into the rocks. “You like this more than you’re willing to admit, Rayelynn.” There was almost a reverence to the way he said my name.

I obeyed him because I was being suffocated by the intense unfamiliar feelings in my body’s most sacred places. My sex throbbed. If only he was as kind and gentle as he pretended, I would have submitted to him … and would have willing loved him, I think. I laughed inwardly, I was no better than the wanton girls at home. I knew nothing of him but that he was a vicious killer as were all of his kind. I had to admit, despite my prejudice, there was a greatness in the Prince of Arcades and a deep understanding nature that belied a tender heart. If only he was who he pretended to be.

He slowly spread my legs and began to soap my knees.

“Please,” I begged, nearly frantic.

He lathered soap along the knobs of my joints with an excruciating deliberateness, moving slowly to my shins, then feet, giving extra attention to the hard, calloused skin around my heels. I thrust my hand forward to stop him, but he easily caught it.

“I’ve already told you, your virtue is safe. Let me do this; I wouldn’t do it for most.” His eyes were bright and loving as they met mine and he released my hand to give greater attention to my feet. “Enjoy the fact that I hold you dear.”

 

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: 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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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

Description:

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 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

Description:

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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Review of Moon Kissed (The Outlier Prophecies #8) by Tina Gower

“That’s where I went wrong.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 240 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

A sinister crime. A careless coverup. An impossible secret. Will Kate and Ian solve the case before they become the next victims?

Kate Hale would rather remain an invisible pencil pusher, but that’s been impossible since she broke the biggest insider predictions scandal in history. Time away on a case with her pack seems like the perfect solution, however, she can’t work the investigation if she’s served a restraining order on arrival.

The team rushes to find a loophole in their time-sensitive case to unravel an underground werewolf blood market. Are the members of the local Texas wolf pack innocent victims or are they in on the job?

In the midst of mounting evidence against their new pack allies, Kate and Detective Ian Becker receive news that will turn their pack upside down. If they don’t act quickly, they will forever be shunned from werewolf society.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

It’s been awhile since I read the last Outlier book and I worried I’d forget who everyone was, but Tina does a wonderful job at recapping just enough so you remember exactly who everyone was.

Kate is the alpha of their abnormal pack. It’s not exactly something she’d planned on, but she wants to be with Ian and with him being a wolf, pack life comes with him. Although to make it a true pack and for them to be true mates in the eyes of other packs then they have to have a traditional mating ceremony and boy is that interesting.

I enjoyed following the Angel’s Peak Pack as they actually became more of a pack. They’re learning to work together in their new roles and everything is coming together for them. They may not be a traditional pack, but they’re slowly earning the respect of other packs.

Moon Kissed is another great book in the Outlier Prophecy Series. With Kate, Ian, Ali, Goya, Dalia, Abbott, and the baby there is never a dull moment in this suspenseful journey of discovering who the culprits are. And there is a little twist that I didn’t expect, which made it all the better.

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