Sunday, November 18, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "Balance of Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #4)" by Edward Aubry

****(5) out of 5 Stars!


SUMMARY:

For five years, Dorothy O’Neill has had someone else living in her brain. Strontium, the witch who sacrificed herself to save Dorothy and the two children in her care, saved her own consciousness by fleeing into Dorothy’s mind, a tactic she thought would be temporary. Despite the best efforts of the Council of Mages to regenerate Strontium’s body and restore her to it, that state of affairs is starting to look permanent. So, when an opportunity presents itself to Dorothy to free Strontium and have her own mind to herself again, it sorely tempts her. All she has to do is embark on a quest with Felicia Kestrel, an assassin who has been until this point Dorothy’s mortal enemy.

Felicia seeks a scale from the armor of the legendary dragon Hypatia, a relic of the non-real world she believes has survived the Mayhem Wave, and whose sole purpose is to heal. She needs a witch to help her employ its magic and use it to heal herself of an undisclosed malady, and claims it has the power to restore Strontium to her own body. Joining her will make Dorothy a fugitive. Passing up this opportunity could mean spending the rest of her life with Strontium exiled in her head.

Enlisting the aid of a pixie to protect her, and armed with a magical sword, Dorothy leaves her home, trusting that the woman who tried to kill her once won’t do so again. The quest for the Scale proves trickier than expected, with dangers beyond Dorothy’s experience, and the threat of an unknown enemy who apparently desires very badly for her to fail. Each step along the journey brings her closer to getting her life back and freeing her friend, but also brings new and contradictory information about the object they seek, and Felicia’s reasons for seeking it may be far more sinister than she has revealed.
 

REVIEW:

Once again, as this story begins, a significant amount of time has passed since the last novel ended; this time five more years.  As with previous volumes in the series, I anticipated being upset by the perceived missed events during that time, but it really wasn’t an issue.  We drop right back into the lives of these characters whom we’ve come to know so well, have some brief catch-up as to what their lives are like now, and then just jump right into the story!

Something happened.  A fight?  No, an argument.  Hurt feelings.  Strontium had made a joke about Ian, once her now, now Dorothy’s.  She laughed.  Claudia, Dorothy’s life-partner and co-parent, didn’t like being left out.  Sometimes the complicated nature of their family overwhelmed them all.

And what a story it is!   This book is pretty much entirely Dorothy’s tale to tell.  (Apparently, since Harrison had his own book, the author determined that it was only fair for Dorothy to get hers as well.)  Of necessity (after the events of Mayhem’s Children), Strontium obviously plays a significant role here also.  Claudia makes some brief appearances in the beginning and takes on a more significant part later on.  Bess and Sparky both came along for the ride, too.      

“I would ask you what this is about, but I think I’ll save you the trouble of making up a cover story.  Thanks for trusting me.  I won’t let you down.”
“Let me down?” said Dorothy.
Sparky grinned.  “Every quest needs a pixie.  We come in very handy.”
Dorothy avoided eye contact.  “I never said anything about a quest.”
“Yeah, that’s cute.  When you’re ready to roll, give me a ring.”

The biggest surprise of this book is quite simply the identity of the other main player.  Next to Dorothy, the most significant character is Felicia, formerly Agent Kestrel, the assassin who last-seen was trying to kill Dorothy and her compatriots in the previous volume.  Having now been cursed with an empathy spell, however, Felicia is not the same person we became familiar with in Mayhem’s Children.  And it is in fact her desire to lift this curse from herself that starts them on the path to this grand adventure. 

What’s the catch?
“What makes you think there’s a catch?”
Life is a tradeoff, kiddo.  Magical fixes don’t come cheap.  It’s the balance of mayhem.  That’s a powerful good take, so what’s the give?
“I had to make a deal with an assassin,” said Dorothy.

Apart from brief appearances here and there by Harrison and some other minor male characters, this narrative contains an almost exclusively female cast.  That being said, however, this is certainly not what would normally be considered a “girly” story at all.  In fact, the females pretty much spend their time fighting, treasure hunting, and otherwise kicking butt.  Indeed, this is a great example of female empowerment, even more impressive when considering that it was written by a male author, who still manages to produce characters that ring true and appear quite real. 

Dorothy wrapped her hand around Bess’s hilt and drew her slowly from her scabbard.  As she lifted the blade vertically in front of her face, Eric giggled.
Do you need my protection?
“I don’t think so,” said Dorothy.  “Not at the moment.”
“Did she just ask if she should kill me?” asked Eric.
“Something like that.”
“Ha! Fantastic!” He clapped his hands once.

There are some down times where the pace slows down and it occasionally even gets a tad boring, but by and large things keep moving at a strong clip, with lots of action throughout the narrative.  As usual in the Mayhem world, things are not always as they seem and there is a LOT going on at all times.  There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained and on their toes (or totally confused, if you don’t pay attention!).

“How much trouble am I in?”
“We’re still sorting that out,” said Harrison.  “Claudia? Can you take a walk, please?”
“You okay here, Dotty?” asked Claudia.
“I have no idea.”

The next volume is purportedly the last in this series, and while I am hesitant to see visits to this world come to an end, I am anxious to discover what the author has in store for us!

I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.


BUY LINKS:
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Friday, November 16, 2018

COVER REVEAL for "#Vacay" by Cambria Hebert

#Vacay 
by Cambria Hebert
Publication date: December 3rd, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
A #Hashtag and BearPaw Resort Crossover Novella.
VACATION MODE ON 
#Vacay Itinerary: 
—Make new friends
—Meet a big dog
—Kiss in the snow
—Don’t get lost
—Ignore the press
—Don’t make national news
—Drink all the cocoa
—Wear all the hoodies
—Eat all the food
—Get lit!


Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. 
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house). 
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo. 
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC. 
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FREE BOOK: "Winter Nights: Ten Book Boxed Set" of Steamy Romance!

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Carter Reed by Tijan
Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid
Wicked Grind by J. Kenner
Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy
More Than Want You by Shayla Black
Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren
The Space Between by Kate Canterbary
Her Seductive Dare by Lena Hart
Black Edge by Charlotte Byrd
Bidding on Brooks by Katy Regnery

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

BOOKS BLITZ for "Merciless (Alpha Bodyguard, #2)" by Sybil Bartel


Merciless
(Alpha Bodyguard, #2)
by Sybil Bartel
Publication date: November 6th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Bodyguard.
Mercenary.
Gun for hire.
I didn’t care what you called it, the end result was always the same. 
You paid me for a job, you got results. The Marines trained me to shoot, but life taught me to aim. Working for the best personal security firm in the business was a stepping stone. Put in my time, build the résumé, then move on. I didn’t do attachments, on any level. 
Until a smoking-hot former one-night stand crossed the street in front of me, holding a kid who was my spitting image. She tried to play it off, deny he was mine. She said she didn’t remember me, right before she turned around and ran. She thought she’d made a clean escape. 
But she was about to find out how merciless a bodyguard could be. 
*MERCILESS is a sexy new standalone book in the Alpha Bodyguard Series. 
The Alpha Bodyguard Series:
SCANDALOUS
MERCILESS
RECKLESS
RUTHLESS


Excerpt:

Holding a pile of bar towels, wearing clothes two sizes too big, her hair was a fucking mess of curls. Her gaze cutting to Dax, then me, she faltered. Pulling her arms in close, she rasped out an apology. “Sorry. I didn’t know we were open yet.”
Scratchy, sleep rough, and sexy as fuck, her voice went straight to my dick.
Dax gentled his tone. “It’s okay, Brookelyn. This is my friend, Collins.”
Unable to look away, I stared at her deep blue eyes. “Hey.”
Skittish like a cornered animal, her stormy-eyed gaze locked on mine for a split second then darted to Dax. “I’ll finish up later.”
Dax held his beer up. “You want to join us?”
Before he’d even finished asking the question, she was shaking her head. Her silky, almost black curls bounced around, and she tossed the towels on the cooler. “I gotta go.” She hightailed it back the way she came.
I stared after her, feeling like I’d just been sucker punched. Then said more than I should. “She’s pretty.” Even in her baggy clothes I could tell she had curves that’d make a man weak.
“Don’t even think about it,” Dax warned, practically growling at me. “She doesn’t need your brand of trouble.”
“I’m not trouble. I don’t fuck with women.” I was never around long enough.
He leveled me with a look. “The only thing you do is fuck with them.”



Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways. 
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Poison in the Well (Deadly Trades, #3)" by Jessica Gunn


SYNPOSIS:

I’m Ava Locke, and until now, I’ve survived on the trust of my friends and a magic humming in my veins. But when all-out war threatens the horizon, it’s going to take a Hail Mary like none of us has ever seen before to stop it. 

It starts with an ancient journal written by an Ember which who discovered a way to weaponize Ember witch blood in such a way that poses dangers to everyone with magik. Dangers we discover first-hand when Will’s blood causes a healer’s death. 

With all the Ember witches we rescued from Landshaft now in quarantine, our only hope are the mystifying Neuians and their neutralizing magik — and their hidden agendas. But that assistance comes at a steep cost, one the heads of the Fire Circle aren’t willing to pay. 

But when the Leader of the Fire Circle is nearly killed, we no longer have any choice besides which evil is lesser: the help of the Neuians or making a deal with Jerrick and Landshaft to go to war against them. 

The Ghost: A Hunter Circles Short Story

is FREE on Amazon Kindle Oct 29 & 30, 2018!


Other Books in the Hunter Circles World by Jessica Gunn:
The Hunter Circles Series:
The Hunter (prequel novella)
The Hunted
The Traitor
The Changed
The Hero
The Power
Standalone Novellas:
The Healer
The Ghost

Monday, October 29, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW for "Knight's Redemption (Knights of Hell, #1)" by Sherilee Gray



Title: Knight's Redemption
Series: Knights of Hell #1
Author: Sherilee Gray
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: October 29, 2018

Blurb

With one fatal mistake, immortal demon hunter Lazarus
started a chain reaction that set him and his five brothers on a collision course straight to Hell.

There’s only one way to save them all—claim his mate, a sweet beauty he doesn’t deserve and will only end up hurting. But immortals fall hard, and walking away from her when it’s over is going to be near-impossible.

When bookstore owner Eve Taylor starts hearing the thoughts of others, she is certain she’s losing her mind. Until the day a wickedly seductive and dangerous warrior appears and introduces her to a terrifying new world—one she has been part of her whole life and never knew.

Now, with a traitor consumed by darkness and driven by revenge hunting them, they have one chance at survival. But they must give into the scorching desire that, if they let it, could destroy them both.


~BOOK REVIEW~

****(4) out of 5 Stars!

These two really need to work on their communication skills!  Nearly all of the angst and drama from the novel could have been avoided if Lazarus and Eve had just talked to each other, and expressed their thoughts and feelings.  But then we would have missed out on this whole story and the delicious way in which these two FINALLY get their act together and become an actual couple.  LOL!

There was a LOT of backstory and world-building that occurred in this book.  So much so that I at times couldn’t follow what was going on and how it all fit together.  But as this is the first in a planned series, I trust that things will perhaps make more sense as it goes along. 

There were also some apparent inconsistencies in how things were explained to work and then how they actually played out.  But the main storyline itself was a good one, and definitely worth following. 

Most of the characters were rather well developed, original and fun to follow.  (I especially enjoyed Brent!)  I look forward to learning more about various ones as this tale progresses. 

The scenes between Lazarus and Eve were always powerful and usually quite hot.  The mental beating that they each gave themselves after each encounter was hard to watch.  But their eventual union and developing relationship almost made it all worthwhile.  I certainly look forward to seeing more of them and the other characters in future installments.  

I received a free eBook copy of this title from Give Me Books Promotions, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.



Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited


Excerpt

One touch from her and he’d lost focus again. 
This wasn’t how this was supposed to happen. He’d been with her for less than an hour and already he was struggling to keep his shit together and had put her in danger.
As tempting as she was, he had to remain fixed on his original path. He couldn’t allow this force between them to win. Because this wasn’t for him. He couldn’t keep her.
“We have to leave,” he said before putting even more space between them. Keeping his head straight was getting more and more difficult around Eve. He needed to conduct the rest of this mission as he always did—with cold efficiency.
She nodded and went back to biting her damn bottom lip.
He tore his eyes from her, not sure how to handle this, any of it. How was he going to explain what she was to him? How did you tell someone they were the key to your salvation, your only hope? That your future and that of the free world depended on her leaving everything she’d ever known and accepting him as her mate.
A mate who would leave as soon as he’d taken what he wanted. 
A mate who could never love her.
That it was for the best because he would never, not in a million years, be worthy of her.
Eve would not be another sacrifice to this war. And that’s what would happen if he kept her. If he allowed her to get close.
People who got close to him suffered for it. They got hurt.
He’d do whatever it took to prevent that from happening again.
He glanced over at her. Keeping his shit tight wasn’t going to be easy. Besides having to deal with his overwhelming physical attraction to her, he feared his possession was moving at a faster rate. Time was almost up, and he had to find a way to explain the reason he’d come for her without sending her running. 
What if she refuses you? 
He couldn’t think about that now. Getting her to safety had to be his number one priority.
The shadows had crept in earlier, the darkness trying to take another piece of his soul. Eve had seen it, the difference in his eyes as he fought to restrain his demon. He just had to hold off for a bit longer.
And hope like hell she’d accept him. 



Author Bio


Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New
Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn't writing sexy, edgy contemporary and paranormal romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Eight Steps to Alpha" by Taylor Sullivan


Eight Steps to Alpha
by Taylor Sullivan
Publication date: October 27th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Elliot Prescott has one question for his ultra-nerdy roommate and best friend, Fe Porto. 
Why can’t he get the girl? 
And she has an answer for him. Or maybe eight. 
With five years of best-friend hood under their belt, they’re about to embark in the project of a lifetime. 
To make Elliot alpha. 
The only catch? They have just four weeks to turn the video game loving Elliot, into a cocky, sexy, tattoo clad beast Fe has read about in her romance novels. 
Can they do it? Or will the flitter of love that’s been brewing under the surface finally get the kindling it’s been longing for? 

Excerpt:

It only took a few minutes before Fe was back and for Elliot to realize she had absolutely no clue how much he bench-pressed. She brought him the wrong size. In fact, she brought him shirts so small, he was pretty sure it would fit a juvenile boy. Elliot was a man, a six-foot-two, two-hundred-pound man, and there was no way these suckers were going to fit him. “Wrong size,” he said, throwing the shirts back over the door. “I need an extra-large.” He flexed his chest in front of the mirror to prove his point. Did she not see this? Did she not notice these weapons of mass destruction?
The shirt came flying back over the stall, the hanger barely missing his head by a fraction. “You wear a medium. Put it on.”
He opened the stall door, not caring he wore no shirt, and flashed her a free sample of the gun show. “Fe, come on? Are you serious?”
She smirked a little, her dimple taunting him. “Your clothes are too big, Elli. That’s part of the problem.”
He raised a brow. “This,” he argued, grabbing the shirt from its hanger, “won’t fit over my right bicep.”
She laughed, in a way too amused sort of way, then came forward, took hold of the door handle, and closed it. “Put. It. On.”
So, he did. And it wasn’t easy. It was sort of like squeezing a python into a hamster hole. But he put it on to appease her, opened the door, and found Fe, immediately covering her mouth to suppress laughter. She eyed him up and down, did the little twirl thing with her finger again, and he turned happily, because she was smiling again—and he’d do anything to make her smile.
The shirt was white, almost see through because the fabric was pulled so taught, and the sleeves were wrapped around his arms like the casing of a sausage. When he made it full circle, he found her eyes locked on the band of skin right above his waistline. The shirt was a good four inches too short, leaving his belly button, and happy trail completely exposed. He didn’t even know if she was aware what she was looking at, because she seemed as though she was in a trance. But there was no mistaking it—she was staring right there, her hazel-green eyes, like a wheat field hanging on to the barest amount of spring, stuck just a fraction of an inch above his zipper.
His mighty soldier inched toward a salute, and he turned toward the mirror. “I told you it wouldn’t fit,” he said gruffly, then closed his eyes and forcibly cleared his throat.
God damn it! Why did this happening to him? At the worst possible time? He began saying Hail Mary’s in his head and tried to calm himself down.
It wasn’t working.
“I’ll go get you a large,” Fe whispered, closing the door quietly behind her.
Good. He thought. Good.


Author Bio:
Taylor is mom of three young (or not so young) children she loves more than life. She runs them around endlessly, hoping she looks presentable enough to be out in public, and day dreams about fictional characters. Maybe she's crazy, or maybe she craves the barbie games she played as a little girl a little too much, but that's where her stories are born. It's where they blossom, and grow, and eventually breath life on the page of her stories.


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Thursday, October 25, 2018

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "Undisclosed (Nights series, #7)" by A.M. Salinger

Undisclosed
(Nights series, #7)
by A.M. Salinger
Publication date: August 21st, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I have a problem. His name is Lincoln “Asshole” Hudson. He’s the bastard who wants to run me out of town. I should hate him. Trouble is, Lincoln is my type. Like one hundred and ten percent. And, ladies, he has the biggest, er, package I’ve ever seen on a man — Eveline 
I have an itch I want to scratch. Her name is Eveline “Sassy Mouth” Claude. She’s the woman standing in the way of what could be my most lucrative project yet. Eveline is my enemy. There’s one hitch: she’s the hottest thing on legs my dick has ever seen — Lincoln 
When Eveline Claude discovers she doesn’t actually own the land on which her most successful club stands, she is determined to get it back from the man who has now laid claim to it. Unfortunately, Lincoln Hudson, the new landlord and über successful billionaire behind the Hudson Group, doesn’t want to play ball. 
Lincoln Hudson is in Tokyo for a landmark deal that could help secure his company’s foothold in the Far East and expand his hotel business in a new and exciting direction. The only hiccup is, someone else thinks they own the prime piece of land he’s just bought. And that someone is a woman he very much wants to bed. 
After Lincoln convinces Eveline into becoming his personal escort for the duration of his stay in Tokyo in exchange for considering leasing her the land, the two of them come to a mutual agreement; they will enjoy each other—socially and carnally—until such a time that their arrangement comes to an end. 
But as their time together draws to a close, Eveline and Lincoln discover that they have more in common than just great sex. Will they let their business affairs sour what is growing between them? Or will they put aside their differences and accept that enemies they may have started as, but lovers is what they’re meant to become? 
Discover Eveline and Lincoln’s story in this sexy and wickedly funny addition to the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. Note from the author: although each book in Nights can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy this series even more if you read the books in order! 
This is a novella length MF romance with a HEA.
~BOOK REVIEW for "Undisclosed"~

****(4) out of 5 Stars!

This is book #7 in a series, but having never sampled any of the others, I had no problem jumping right into this world and reading it like a stand-alone.  

The chemistry between these two main charactes is HOT.  I love that they are both powerful, driven, successful individuals, who have overcome various bad things in their pasts.  They definitely hold their own with one another in all things business, emotional and sexual.  

This is anything but a tame romance.  My goodness is does it get HOT at times!  Still, the sex scenes are tasteful, and we get to see how the two develop real feelings for one another as their relationship develops.  There is even a brief venture into BDSM, but would definitely only be considered such for those not into such things.  

The other characters in the book were just delightful!  I would certainly be interested in reading more about several of them, so I may in fact check out the previous volumes in this series.  

I did think the underlying basis of the original problem was a bit convoluted (at least for a non-business American audience), also that the ending was somewhat overly dramatic and then wrapped up awful quick.  But other than that, I found this a very enjoyable, quick, hot read!


Author Bio:
Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. 
NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese. 
Want to be the first to know about Ava’s new releases and get access to exclusive content, sneak previews, sales, and giveaways ? Then sign up to her Reader Group here and join her VIP Facebook Fan Group here
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