Sunday, May 20, 2018

Border Romance by Hebby Roman (On the Border, #3)

Border Romance
by Hebby Roman

My rating: 5 stars

Series: On the Border - Book 3
Publisher: Estrella Publishing; 1 edition (June 9, 2017)
Publication Date: June 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance - Mature Love
Print Length: 161 pages
Available from: Amazon
When Leticia Villarreal, a lonely widow, considers adding Quarter horse racing to her ranch, she finds she has a lot to learn.John Clay Laidlaw, a millionaire rancher and old acquaintance, races Quarter horses and offers to help. But he also cares for her and wants a relationship. Remembering his high-handed tactics when they were young, she doesn't trust him. But when someone tries to harm her horses and John Clay rushes to her rescue, can she open her heart to him?
Border Romance by Hebby Roman (On the Border, #3)

Border Romance (On The Border #3)Life experience has made Leticia Villarreal the strong and independent woman she is today. She has known soul-deep love had it cruelly taken away, has taken the reins of a thriving ranch and given back to the community she is part of. The only thing missing is someone to share her life with, but is she ready to let go of the ghosts of her past? The future of her ranch looks exciting, could that future include love?

In a community where everyone’s business is fodder for gossip, John Clay Laidlaw’s less than conventional marriage, his handsome good looks, wealth and self-assuredness both attracts and repels Leticia. Long ago, he did all he could to hurt her, why should she think he is any different today? Leticia may be older, but she is also wiser and will not be fooled. It will take an act of true kindness and a shoulder to lean on to melt her heart, does that shoulder belong to a more mature John Clay?

Not everyone needs a fiery, blazing romance between twenty-somethings to be enraptured by a tale. Hebby Roman’s BORDER ROMANCE proves that the passion of romantic love never grows old and life’s experiences gained through age may not take away the butterflies of budding romance, but it does instill the wisdom of a heart that knows what it wants when the time is right.

Ms. Roman has given passionate romance a realistic and beautifully grounded platform to launch from as she shows us that love is powerful when two people come together at the right time and place in their lives. Love is not only for the young, but it can be far more precious with age. Wonderful as a standalone, but I'm sure it is priceless as part of the series!

I received a complimentary copy from Hebby Roman!

Halfling by Adrian Wolfe (Dark Immortals, #1)

by Adrian Wolfe

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Series: Dark Immortals - Book 1
Publisher: Dark Cypress Bend (January 31, 2018)
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 272 pages
Available from: Amazon
She dreams of a dark-haired man whose face she can’t see. 
Layla longs for an escape. Growing up with an alcoholic father gave her a goal; get out of Orlando, and run away to start a new life somewhere else. Desperate to find herself, Layla seeks for the truth of who she is… but it’s not what she’s expecting. Layla has magic, and the man she’s been dreaming of is a demon. 
An outsider to his kind with a troubled past, Hunter is hired to bodyguard a coven of witches in the human world. There, he meets Layla. Hunter knows Layla is his true mate from the moment they meet, but fate is determined to cruelly keep the two apart. 
Witches despise demons; a romance between the two is unheard of. Yet forbidden love blooms between Layla and Hunter as her coven is hunted by a malicious evil with incredible powers. 
Their target is the woman Hunter would give his life for. 
Magic always has consequences; so does love. 
Halfling by Adrian Wolfe (Dark Immortals, #1)

Halfling (Dark Immortals #1)Her life was like a Cinderella story, and not the good part, so when Layla turned eighteen, after unwittingly sabotaging even her job, it was time to just run as far and fast as she could. Little did she know, her attempt to re-make herself would be as dramatic as the truths she was about to learn, as incredible as the four women who saved her life, or the love she was about to find.

Adrian Wolfe’s HALFLING exists in a world where supernaturals are real, but their existence is not flaunted. Layla was clueless to the fact that she had magic, she was immortal and she was a witch coming into her powers. She also never dreamed that demons existed or that she would find her true love with Hunter, a demonic bodyguard, useful for his power, but despised by witches. Fate has a funny way of turning things upside down, though and while the rest of her world is a deadly question mark, sometimes that oasis of love is all that can keep a young witch sane.

Ms. Wolfe has created a world that makes the supernatural seem, well, “natural.” I found it fascinating that the witches were not all-powerful without a downside to using their powers. It made them more “human.” The style of writing made Layla seem her age, filled with a lack of self-assuredness that resonates with her age group.

Light on depth in the romance department, this one certainly makes up for it in the paranormal aspects, for sure! A nice way to spend a few hours in another world!

Wicked Heat by Mila Young & T.F. Walsh (Lick of Fire, #1)

Wicked Heat
by Mila Young

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Lick of Fire - Book 1
Publication Date: April 29, 2018
Publisher: Mila Young
Genre: Paranormal Reverse Harem
Available from: Amazon
Four haunted men, and a death wish with my name all over it.

My friends call me Sephy (short for Persephone). At seven I killed my first demon. It wasn't much, an accident really... but one taste of a demon kill and I was possessed. At thirteen, my home-town banished me. Still, I considered this ability a gift and not a curse, until my twenty-first birthday... when all Hell broke loose.

Now, a powerful demonic spirit is coming for me. He whispers in my mind, promising terrifying things, and he's brought his own fan club for the goddamn ride. Four of his followers have targeted my piece of shit ex-boyfriend, a damn cop who's been riding my case for the last two months, a friend who's broken my heart, and a brother of a girl I saved from a demon attack.

Normally, I'm a look-on-the-bright-side kinda girl, but the bright side is getting darker, and demons are closing in. And the only hope of me surviving is to team up with these four guys, as long as the madness doesn't claim me first.

Wicked Heat by Mila Young & T.F. Walsh (Lick of Fire, #1)

Wicked Heat. A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance: Book 1 (Lick of Fire)WICKED HEAT is sassy, sexy and wickedly fun reading as one powerful, demon slaying woman finds that turning twenty-one is going to be one Hell of milestone, if she survives.

It all started with a call for help from one of her closest friends. A demon has possessed a young girl and Sephy’s “talent” is needed, ASAP. Little did she know, this is no ordinary demon and she is his true target, as he sends his demonic minions to take out four men whose only crimes are knowing her, some better than others. But wait, these are no ordinary men, so grab the ice water as one by one, their alpha ways are revealed and who doesn’t like a hot alpha male being a good guy or trying to save a possessed little girl?

As Sephy realizes she, too has been possessed, she will become a siren of desire and a magnetic for male hotness and desire.

Mila Young and T.F. Walsh have teamed up so well, their storytelling hits new heights! Lots of attitude, humor, action and demonic high jinx have made this simmering reverse harem read a total tease with a promise of more heat to come! Fabulously drawn characters, each unique and well-defined, a twisted plot of dark and evil design, and oh, the attitude that oozes “This series is a keeper!”

I received a complimentary copy from Mila Young!

Malevolent Sadness by Julian Coleman Blitz and #Giveaway

Malevolent Sadness
Julian Coleman
(The Prophet’s Mother, #2)
Publication date: June 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Horror, Thriller
***Contains Graphic Violence/Adult Content***
A new paranormal suspense thriller from the WINNER of The Independent Author Network 2016 OUTSTANDING BOOK of the YEAR. Can a detective save a Prophet from a monster? Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he’s a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes he’s in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must embrace the supernatural. He has to believe monsters are real. If he doesn’t, then both he and Victor may die.
The shadow woman floated upward. Her elegant ascent was the most beautiful thing Harry had ever seen. Outside the wind screamed like a lost soul in perpetual torment. There was an inhuman quality in the sound, which convinced Harry he’d lost any chance of reasoning with Evie.
Edgar dipped inside a pocket and pulled out a stone. It was black, larger than a half-dollar, and etched with gold symbols. Edgar grinned without a glimmer of humor as he held up the stone like a talisman.
“I hope you rot in hell!” Edgar said as he faced down the specter.
She didn’t recoil.
As she floated closer, Edgar’s bravado wavered. Outside the wind’s fierceness kicked up and the soulful moan sounded more pained.

Author Bio:
I'm a Paranormal/Supernatural Award Winning author who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a child I suffered from night terrors. I'm sure you've heard of sleep paralysis which leaves you with the inability to move or speak. There are those of us who not only suffer the paralysis, but we see and hear horrible creatures. Most of the time, I had the good sense to keep my eyes closed. Yes, most of the time. Tell me, who wants to have nightmares about demons?
As I grew older, I realized some demons may not be hideous. To this day, I believe true evil is seductive, even beautiful. Unfortunately there are bad things you can't outgrow. You learn to cope. I did that by writing about demons who will sip your soul while giving you a kiss.
As an adult I also discovered that love transcends nightmares. I'm a dog lover and on several fortunate occasions my dogs entered my dream realm and saved me. The author in me couldn't resist, so in addition to writing about seductive demons, I've penned a tale about a mischievous pooch. If you want a chuckle then read about my canine diva. may want to take a darker path with me. You may want to meet my demons. If that's the case, then I want you to be scared with me. Is that wrong? I don't just want to scare you, though. I want you to care about my characters. Because if you care about them, then you will be afraid for them too. Who knows, you could have nightmares about beautiful demons, too.


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Just For Megan Melanie Bennett (For Passion #2)

Just For Megan
by Melanie Bennett

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Passion - Book 2
Publisher: Melanie Bennett (April 26, 2018)
Publication Date: April 26, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 204 pages
Available from: Amazon
Sorrow will challenge Love.
Hearts will Break.
Dreams will Shatter.
Promises will change.

Ric Pallindino and Megan O'Dwyer.
Their seemingly chance meeting, inevitable.

Megan O'Dwyer is a beer and burger girl, practical and grounded. Forced to abandon the innocence of childhood far too soon, she stumbles along the path she chose. Her dreams and goals are on pause until further notice, while she works two jobs.
For Megan, Love has left a deep cut on her soul. It doesn't gape, but it hasn't healed. Love came again, with an ultimatum, a price she refused to pay.
Megan expected her life to be lonely, it went with the territory. Regardless, she loved her decision and shame would never be allowed to taint it.
Except, Ric Pallindino stormed into her life, disrupting her world and flooded her with hope. Everything she had wished for, promised in his warm brown eyes, in his touch.

Ric Pallindino takes a hard turn and veers away from his brother's shadow. From the maneaters that prey on his attention. Convinced the younger Pallindino brother must be as notorious and reckless as the older.
Ric's existence has been held hostage by remorse and guilt. His past taunts him. A determined reminder, he is undeserving of peace, and that Karma always collects.
In spite of the darkness, Ric is struck by Megan's light. Her exquisite beauty and a glimpse of what could be, demands he escape his private hell and pursue what his heart desires. Her.

Brought together by Fate.
Broken by Fury.

Can their newly ignited love, their reality, withstand a devastating Truth?
Can Fate be defied, when Love has a plan? 
Just For Megan Melanie Bennett (For Passion #2)

Just For Megan (Passion #2)Sometimes people come into your life for a reason. Call it Fate, call it love, call it meant to be. Megan wasn’t expecting her knight in shining armor to rescue her from the life she has chosen. Nor did she expect he would be everything she needed, embracing her life, her baggage and all that was dear to her.

Ric isn’t the player his looks would suggest. He is a prisoner to his past, a nightmare he will never forget or forgive himself for. How could he possibly think he could deserve someone like Megan? One thing for sure, he needs her, he needs her world, but when his past stares him in the face, he knows he could lose her in the time it takes to tell her the truth of who he is.

Long ago, one action destroyed lives, but now, one action could lead to redemption and a future filled with light and love.

JUST FOR MEGAN by Melanie Bennett is “that” love story. There is pain, loss, discovery and hope for two people deserving of more than life has given them, but were Fate and Cupid just waiting for the right moment?

Ms. Bennett tells her tale in a slightly different way. I noticed there was almost a veiled quality to the budding romance between the feisty Megan and the tortured Ric. There is no big machismo, no over-wrought heroine, these two feel alive and real. This isn’t a floodgates-opening romance, it is one to watch blossom until the harsh realities of their lives cut like a razor’s edge.

If you’re looking for a romance with some sweetness, humor, and high-power tension, but NEED to know that Fate has a heart, too, this is one to pick up and get lost in.

I received a complimentary copy from Melanie Bennett!

Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay Blitz and #Giveaway

Blessing of Luna
Blaise Ramsay
(Wolf gods #1)
Publication date: April 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Lonely. That’s how it felt when Damien Pierce returned to Big Timber, Montana. It had been his childhood home until the day he was hit by a speeding car only to learn he wasn’t badly hurt. The experience landed him the label of the town freakshow.
Following the death of his foster mom, Damien soon disconnected from the world around him. That was at least, until he met her. She looked human but something about made her appear otherworldly to him. He knew he shouldn’t but he wanted her. He would do anything to get to know her. To have her.
Jillian Styles was immortal. Cursed by a dark god never to find rest. A shifter capable of taking the form of a beautiful wolf. She had searched for her lover’s reincarnated soul for centuries only to find he was nowhere to be found. When she meets Damien, her world is turned upside down. She falls in love with him instantly and begins to pursue him.
However, Damien soon learns the darker part of Jill’s world. He finds himself on the hit list of the same vampire Lord responsible for killing Jill’s lover and reigniting the flames of an old war. His daughter desires Damien and vows to have him at any cost.
With the help of Alexander Kain, the mysterious wolf shifting soldier, Damien will learn what he thought he knew was only tip of the paranormal iceberg. He soon finds himself in the eyes of a vindictive and rage-filled dark god.
If you like hot lycanthrope guys, overly possessive vampire chicks, vindictive gods, strong female leads and some hot sex scenes, this book is for you.
Realization hit Damien as to who he was staring down. The same dark god that had challenged him stood in Lilith’s form. Damien’s heart inside his chest burned as he thought about Kain and all he’d done for him. Jill. Dad…Rob…Gabriel…Holt…Chelsea.
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Damien. You can surrender and die in peace or you can fight and die anyway. Your choice.”
Save him. Luna’s voice inside of Damien’s mind drew his attention. Save him. I beg of you. Please.
Damien’s body became surrounded with a radiant light so bright it forced Lilith step back. Her wing covered her face. He braced himself on his front legs, roaring at the monster in front of him responsible for taking so much.
The light became so intense not even the lycans could stare at it.
When it finally faded, Damien stood in his true lycan form. His white fur blew in the wind like mist at the tip of his stiffened ears to the end of his tail. The dark markings of his wolf form only seen on the tips of his ears, feet and tail. The fur on the back of his neck was thicker, almost resembling a mane.
“By the gods, he looks like…” Lune stood in awe.
“Tenebris.” Gabriel’s finished, his voice nothing but a whisper.
Stoker used the opportunity to sneak off, nursing the wound on his arm inflicted by Gabriel when he shifted into his full lycan form.
The vampires hissed at the light rising from the east, trying to flee towards the waning night. They had fallen right into Damien’s plan and were intercepted. Howls and snarls joined dying screams as the vampires were overwhelmed.
“What trickery is this?!” Lilith’s fangs spat as she tried to speak.
Damien ignored her, seeing the fear in her eyes as he made his way over to Kain on the ground.
The alpha was so weak he couldn’t retain his shifted form.
“Kain.” Damien’s voice was a comfortable echo. Warm and reassuring. “Alex. Can you hear me?”
Kain opened his eyes, slightly jumping. “Tenebris?”
Damien shook his head. “No. It’s me.”
“Damien. How?”
Damien took Kain’s jacket he was always wearing around his waist and covered his friend with it. “Stay here. Don’t move and don’t die.”
He stood back up and went to face Lilith. The lycans in his way stepped aside, their heads bowed. “This ends here, Lilith. You won’t hurt anyone else.”

Author Bio:
FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay worked over fifteen years in the graphic design industry, with some experience in indie gaming. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature with her debut paranormal romance series, Wolf gods. The debut title, Blessing of Luna is set to release in 2018. She currently lives in North Texas with her two children, her husband and pets. A UTD graduate with a Bachelor's in History with an intention on teaching, Blaise decided that the world of teaching just wasn't for her. A stay at home mother of two, business owner and self-publisher, Blaise loves to meet new people and encourage others to follow their dreams through weekly posts to her instagram, twitter, facebook and blog.
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

Three Shoeboxes
by Steven Manchester

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Fiction Studio Books (June 12, 2018)
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Romantic Drama | PTSD
Print Length: 262 pages
Available from: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect—or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac’s fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything—most importantly his family. 

One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again. 
Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

Three ShoeboxesIn a world filled with emotional pressures and personal expectations, one family will fracture as it precariously teeters on the hidden fault line of P.T.S.D. Steven Manchester’s THREE SHOEBOXES is a heart-wrenching rollercoaster ride that is raw, brutally honest and as painfully tender as a gaping wound.

Mac Anderson’s family is strong, dedicated to each other and his marriage is the cornerstone that holds everything meaningful together. He never expected that repressed memories from a horrific event long ago would bring him to his knees just as he has the world in the palm of his hand. As Mac slowly devolves into an insecure, mentally ill shadow of himself, he will lose all that is dear to him, including his three children and his life’s partner.

Before he is legally ripped from his family, the depression, anxiety and panic attacks, will weaken Mac enough to alcohol. But the monster within will not be quieted and society will give him no quarter as he struggles to survive one more day, alone and broken.

His journey will be long, the battle horrendous, but Mac’s love for his family and hopes to be reunited prove to empower him to take each step forward. Will his family be waiting for him? Will the love they all share be enough?

Steven Manchester has taken a compassionate look at PTSD and its victims, while telling a story of faith, hope, love and regaining trust and self-respect. A master storyteller, Mr. Manchester takes us into the heart and soul of one family as it is crushed, founders and is rebuilt anew on a foundation of healing.

From start to finish this tale will have readers caught up in the both the worst and best life has to offer. The struggle is real and through the heartfelt words of Steven Manchester, the struggle comes alive and the characters breathe. Powerful reading with an eye-opening message of hope!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Fiction Studio Books and Steven Manchester!

Shopping for a Billionaire’s Baby by Julia Kent Blitz and #Giveaway

Shopping for a Billionaire’s Baby
Julia Kent
(Shopping for a Billionaire #13))
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.
We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.
And by we I mean me.
Declan’s just ready for the “have lots of sex” part. More than ready.
But there’s just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.
And by little, I mean stupid.
That’s right.
We’re not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.
We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.
McCormick men don’t just have babies.
They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.
I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire’s baby.
Between conception issues, my mother’s desire to talk to the baby through a hoo-haw cam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.
But it’s nothing — nothing — compared to the actual birth.
Shopping for a Billionaire’s Baby is the newest book in Julia Kent’s New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series.
“Just because other people can’t get their act together as parents doesn’t mean we can’t,” I explain. “There is no process that can’t be project managed into a well-oiled machine, babies included.”
Andrew snorts. “You really believe that.”
“A baby is like a disruptive new technology. But our first deliverable is still eight months to a year away. That leaves us plenty of time to update our practices and diversify into new areas. Find the best people, incentivize them, and keep them in their swim lanes.”
I’m getting major raised eyebrows here.
“Optimization protocols, testing, fine tuning, and putting together the right team is all it takes. Drill down to the essentials, find people who are the absolute best at what we need, and that’s it–we build a life based on optimal outcomes.”
“You sound like you’re making a robotic dog, Dec. Not a human.”
“This baby will have a hands-on father. Plenty of love. And with a mother like Shannon, how could we go wrong?” Mother. Calling Shannon a mother does something to my gut. A tug, hard and emotional, destabilizes me for a second.

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.


Love Torn by Stacy Eaton #Release Tour & #Giveaway

Book 2 of The Twisted Love Series
Written by USA Today Bestselling Author Stacy Eaton
Co-Authored Series with Bestselling Author Amy Manemann

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Betrayal So Cruel by Candace Wondrak (The Reckoning #2)

A Betrayal so Cruel
by Candace Wondrak

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Reckoning - Book 2
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
Publisher: Candace Wondrak
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 200 pages
Available from: Amazon
A vengeful God. A Devil out for himself. And the Angels? If only they were trustworthy. 

Lexa Blue’s life changed the day the apocalypse started. With her Mark activated and her Devil Master glowering and looking way too attractive, it’s only a matter of time until someone gives in. And, just like always, it’ll be her. Too bad giving in means traveling to the Underworld to save him. 

A journey into a place of myth is the least of her worries, though, for when she comes back, nothing is the same. Humanity is all but gone. Hades is on the track to victory, but at what cost? Lexa will fight him until the end, until the owner of her soul forces her not to. With any luck she'll be able to find her friends and family a new place to call home.

Before the final Reckoning, lines are drawn…and lives are lost. Running from her heart will only make it worse. This betrayal will be the cruelest of them all. 

A Betrayal so Cruel is the second in The Reckoning trilogy, an Urban Fantasy/Apocalyptic mashup perfect for fans of Buffy, Supernatural, and quirky characters! 
A Betrayal So Cruel by Candace Wondrak (The Reckoning #2)

A Betrayal so Cruel (The Reckoning, #2)The apocalypse has begun and Lexa finds herself caught between a rock and the flames of hell. Thanks to her parents she bears the mark of the devil and the weight of the world on her shoulders. Welcome to the end of the world. Candace Wondrak’s A BETRAYAL SO CRUEL ramps up the action, the angst and Lexa’s wrath! Hades may be taking on more than he bargained for with our girl.

Looks like humanity is the monkey-in-the-middle as Armageddon arrives and the gods and the angels aren’t playing fair. Innocents will die, tears will be shed and Alexa is going to find out just how brutal both sides can be. But all is not bleak, because Lexa is a force to be reckoned with, her heart is good, she is headstrong and on a mission to save the world and the owner of her soul. Did I mention she has a quirky sense of humor, brilliant timing and has that special ability to attract beings from gods to the underworld and beyond? Let’s not forget we are living Armageddon inside Lexa’s head and hearing about it through her voice?

I love Lexa’s snark and let’s be honest, some of the things that go through her mind at the worst of times are priceless! Candace Wondrak’s ability to make her characters so likeable, even quirky while all hell is breaking loose, is pure entertainment! As I rooted for Lexa, I still couldn’t help but appreciate both the good and the bad guys, whose roles were actually far from distinct as trusts will be broken, allies will come from unexpected corners and through it all, the end draws ever closer.

Furiously fast, edgy and frantic, A BETRAYAL SO CRUEL is a fabulous way to escape reality, face the end of times and still get a few chuckles out of it all.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Candace Wondrak!

Looking For Trouble by Lara Ward Cosio

Looking For Trouble
Rogue Series Extra
by Lara Ward Cosio

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Rogue - Book 5
Publisher: Rogue Publications (May 22, 2018)
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: NA Romantic Drama
Print Length: 252 pages
Available from: Amazon
I'm Danny Boy. No surname needed. Even though Shay Donnelly, the drummer for Rogue, is my baby brother, everyone in the whole of Dublin--hell, maybe even all of Ireland--knows me as Danny Boy. It's all I've ever been called.

But Ms. Amelia Patterson, my therapist extraordinaire, thinks it's time I go back to formalities. She says it's only right now that I'm closing in on forty years of age and am trying to improve myself. I have no illusions over the ways in which I've manipulated and hurt others just to get by, but something has changed.

What makes the difference this time? How do I know I won't slip back into my old ways again? That's what Ms. Patterson wants to know.

So, I'll keep on with the sessions, both to please my brother, and because I'll need them more than I know. Especially once *she* enters my life and not only tests everything I've fought for, but threatens Rogue by stirring up the past.

It won't be easy--my life never is--but now I've got a dog named Roscoe, a therapist named Ms. Patterson, and an unfamiliar, but welcome, new band of brothers backing me. All I need to do is stop looking for trouble.
Looking For Trouble by Lara Ward Cosio

Looking For Trouble: Rogue Series ExtraJust ouch. He never had a chance to be a child. He took the weight of the world on his shoulders for Shay. Then Shay grew up and Danny had no identity, anymore. Danny Boy has made a total mess of his life. Total. He has burned bridges, lied, mostly to himself and yet, finally, he is drug-free and the struggle is painfully real. The loneliness is real and the need to be his own man is real. But Danny is floundering, caught up in a typhoon of regrets, failures and weaknesses that are his to own, his burden to carry, but wouldn’t his weight be lighter if he let go and shared his fears?

Ms. Patterson, the professional therapist his brother Shay pays to help Danny cope with his problems may be the key to his emotional and mental health, but as long as Danny holds back or manipulates their sessions, he will fail.

As he reaches for human companionship, he is once again played for a fool. Is his judgement so faulty he is destined to be a failure at everything? Will he always be looking for what he thinks he needs in all the wrong places?

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE by Lara Ward Cosio is a dark and edgy tale of life around the band Rogue. I swear there were times I thought I would cut myself on the jagged edges of this story. Danny speaks and his emotional despair and desperation is so raw, his mistakes so obvious to us, yet he is so oblivious at first, then even when he KNOWS he is being used, he lets it happen, or does he? Will Danny finally learn to respect and love himself?

Dark, dark, dark, this story reads like acid to the heart. I got mad, I felt terrible, I had hope and by the end, I was exhausted, feeling edgy and truly hoping that this time was the magic time that worked for Danny. Yep, I was THAT lost in the story, thanks to Lara Ward Cosio’s bold pen and lack of fear in making things taut, ugly and real.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Lara Ward Cosio!

God's Forsaken by David Brevik (The Guilty Ones Book 1)

God's Forsaken
by David Brevik

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Guilty Ones - Book 1
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Publisher: David Brevik
Genre: YA Fantasy | Scifi
Print Length: 319 pages
Available from: Amazon
Michel is the Angel of Death, feared and revered by all. Nobody dares cross his path - until he meets Vipa, a strong-willed huntress who will not take no for an answer. Forced into a deadly and reckless mission to destroy the forsaken God Tragun, Michel must learn to get along with Vipa and her team: a vampire and a humanoid lizard. With Lady Luck fighting against them, will they accomplish the impossible? What secrets will they uncover along the way? 
God's Forsaken by David Brevik (The Guilty Ones Book 1)

God's Forsaken (The Guilty Ones Book 1)You thought you knew all about epic fantasies? You were an action and adventure aficionado? You’ve seen quirky humor and clever characters do the unexpected? Do you have a handle on angels and what they are like? Take a look at David Brevik’s GOD’S FORSAKEN and you just might find a fresh twist on fantasy reading!

Michel is the Angel of Death, an assassin who never goes anywhere without his suitcase. He is also a family man, a little dry, but definitely daring and used to getting his own way. Until he meets Vipa, a whirling dervish of a huntress with attitude in spades, a quirky, wry sense of humor and her own unique gang!

So what does an angel assassin who is used to flying solo do when he suddenly finds himself with his back against the wall while dealing with an overbearing huntress, a vampire and a humanoid lizard? Hang on tight for this fantasy adventure! It has scene after scene after scene that makes a thousand piece puzzle seem plain!

David Brevik’s writing feels like a personal fantasy, where the heroes just “have” what they need when they need it! The only thing missing is the “BIFF,” the “POW,” and just maybe a little more respect for Michel! A fun read with laugh out loud moments, daring action scenes and the inside scoop on what an angel does when he is just plain old Dad! Give it try, you’ll thank me!

I received a complimentary copy from David Brevik!

Veronica by Isaiyan Morrison (Deamhan Chronicles 4.5)

by Isaiyan Morrison

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Deamhan Chronicles - Book 4.5
Publication Date: June 7, 2018
Publisher: Isaiyan Morrison
Genre: Dark Fantasy | Paranormal
Available from: Amazon
Choices must be made. 

Veronica Austin has been through it all. After being attacked by a random Deamhan vampire, her fellow Deamhan friends Remy and Anastasia save her life by handing her over to The Brotherhood. It’s an organization that Veronica’s intimately familiar with, considering her parents’ long and secret involvement with them. And as mysterious observers of the Deamhan around them, The Brotherhood is just as dark and dangerous. 

Several years later, Veronica has recovered from the attack and is released from The Brotherhood. She heads back to Minneapolis, where her fellow Deamhan thrive. But secrets are soon unearthed and nothing will ever be the same. Now Veronica must decide whose side she’s on – The Brotherhood that’s fueled the tragedy in her family or the Deamhan who have betrayed her. 

Veronica (Deamhan Chronicles #4.5) is the latest captivating installment in the Deamhan Chronicles series. In this gripping tale, loss and revenge form the backdrop of a young woman’s journey to discover the truth about everything she holds dear… and what she finally needs to get rid of. 
Veronica by Isaiyan Morrison (Deamhan Chronicles 4.5)

Veronica (Deamhan Chronicles 4.5)Can you imagine returning to a world you once knew only to find that it has not only become a battlefield, but what you THOUGHT you knew were only partial truths? Veronica must now decide who the villains are and if anyone is actually a “good guy” and she needs to figure that out right now, she has lost years, lost people she loved and lost any sense of stability.

VERONICA, Isaiyan Morrison’s latest installment in the dark and deadly world of the Deamhan Chronicles finally gives us the “rest of the story” on what happened when Veronica was attacked and what happened when she recovered enough to step back into the world she left behind, but just barely, because not only have changes occurred, more changes are coming…

Who will she be able to trust? The Brotherhood has always been part of her life, but their methods are less than honorable as they catalog Deamhan lives. What of her parents? Who has become or has always been her enemy? What will she do with the power that has been thrust on her?
It is time for answers, it is time for the truth, but often the truth is as painful as the lies…

Once again, Isaiyan Morrison has taken me completely into her dark and edgy world as she creates more twists of fate, machinations of men and Deamhan alike, forcing one strong woman to face the fact that the freedom she craved is not without barbed edges. For those who know of Veronica, she is back. For those who don’t, check out the series, feel the grit and the darkness in this power authors powerful and stark writing. Then see the turmoil that Veronica is dealt. Love this series!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Isaiyan Morrison!