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Review: Lawful Claim

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Lawful Claim by Marie Johnston

5 out of 5 stars

Now who didn’t see a 5 star coming for this one? Ha! You’d be delusion if you thought otherwise.

*sigh* Damn, that was amazing, wonderful, suspenseful, and just effing great. Loved E and Ana. I’d been impatiently waiting for E’s story since he showed up with the crazy and enigmatic X. Both of whom weren’t quite what they seemed.

Ten years ago, E had to make a decision: fight and probably die or become a monster to protect his wife. Guess which one he chose? And yet, he still kept his core of humanity even with all that he witnessed and the death he caused. My heart broke for him, especially when he knew his wife was with another. Not all that surprising since he’d apparently died ten years ago.

And Ana… major girl crush on her. Smart with a cool head. Sure, she was freaked out to find out vampires and werewolves existed, but when it came to protecting her kid, she was deadly. Though understandably upset over her not-actually-dead husband’s actions for the past ten years, she didn’t guilt him for it.

A shame Madame G wasn’t happy over losing one of her prize agents. That vile, evil bitch.

If you haven’t been reading this series, why the hell not? Now excuse me while I stalk the author until I get my hands on X’s story. She’s up next. *fangirl squeal*

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Review: Guardians: Awakening

Guardians: Awakened (Pantheon #1)Guardians: Awakened by Kimiko Alexandre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know how sometimes you start a book and think, “Seems interesting, I’ll read a page or two” and the next you know, the book is finished. Yep, did that today.

I went into this book knowing it had to do with angels and gargoyles. It sounded good, right up my alley as I love paranormal romances and urban fantasies. This one is firmly in the urban fantasy realm. There may be a potential love interest, but that isn’t want this story was about.

No, this story was about Reagan and her ability to see what most people can’t. Angels. Souls. Possessed people. Visions. Now, she sure as hell doesn’t want to see any of this stuff. In fact, she’s a non-believer who’d rather just walk away. Except she can’t. A gargoyle is missing. They’re used to house the souls of humans so foul they can’t be allowed to reincarnate.

This book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger although the epilogue has me crying for me. I want, no I need the next book in this series. I simply loved this book. The writing is fantastic and flowed so smoothly. The descriptions painted vivid pictures in my head. I did no work today once I started this book. Sorry work.

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Review: Sylvia’s Torment by Veronica Del Rosa

It’s always nice to hear what others have to say about my work. Thanks Jen!

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five star

sylvia's tormentSylvia’s Torment is the second book in the Enforcer’s and Coterie books by Veronica Del Rosa. As a follow-up to Magic Resistant (see my review here) it is absolutely fantastic. Veronica gave me this book to review and I am happy to report that it was five stars awesome. Veronica’s growth as a writer is evident, as is her commitment to writing strong characters that draw you in and make you want to know them inside and out.

Besides gushing about how wonderful this book is and without giving away spoilers, I want to say that Sylvia’s endurance to stick it to the bad guys who tortured her is one of the most compelling reasons this book is awesome. Derek’s ability to let her heal from her wounds both physical and emotional keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if he is going to mess this up…

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Review: Kissing Demons

Kissing Demons
Kissing Demons by Jen Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wavered between 3 and 4 stars as this book wasn’t something I usually read. I’m more into the angst riddled, borderline psychotic paranormal. Kissing Demons was a surprisingly sweet tale considering it dealt with demons, werewolves and Guardians who fight evil.
Geneva, thankfully, wasn’t a TSTL heroine. She was smart, tough and willing to kick ass when needed. Yet she didn’t fall into the trap of smart ass bitch to get her point across. A strong woman and one I quite liked.
Alex, sadly, we didn’t get to see much of him as it is first person POV. And for part of the book, they were apart. I would’ve liked some more interaction between them. I’m a sucker for werewolves. 😉
I’ve been lucky enough to read a few snippets from the second book in this series and all I can say is “Yes, please, give me!”

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Review: Blood In Fire

Blood In Fire
Blood In Fire by Heather R. Blair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, where to even start with this one. Love it, simply love it. Aidan was everything I’d hoped for when we caught a glimpse of him in the first book. A cocky, confident, intriguing vampire that I just had to know more about. We learned about his past, how he was turned and why he agreed to it when he certainly didn’t want anything do to do with it.
Aidan and Heather made a fantastic couple. It started off as a one-night stand and morphed from there. Their bickering made me smile.
Some parts I had to quickly wipe tears away since I’m at work. Hard to explain why I’m crying when I shouldn’t be reading. *laughs*
We get to see Lacey and Ronan again as well as the Gods, meddling buggers. Bav caused so much pain in her selfishness and yet my heart went out to her.
Now to eagerly anticipate the next book. Is it spring yet?!

**This is an ARC provided to me by the author. My opinions are my own. :)**

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Review: A Night To Remember

A Night To Remember
A Night To Remember by R.C. Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need to start this off by saying contemporary romances aren’t my usual reading fare. I think this is the first one I’ve read in about 3 years. I’m more of a paranormal romance kind of girl.
I was lucky enough to read a sneak peak of the first chapter for A Night to Remember and when the author offered me a change to read it for a review, I jumped at it. And damn am I glad I did!
We start off with Anna and Brett meeting again after years apart. In college she had the hots for him along with every other woman. Intimidated, she never let him know how she felt. Brett had been infatuated with her since the beginning and saw his chance to get to know her. Unfortunately for the happy couple, Anna agreed to marry her best fried, Jorge, for a few different reasons.
I know a book will keep me interested when I start laughing my ass off within the first few pages. R.C. Matthews is quite witty and had me chuckling through most of the book.
And then the happy tears started. Yep, I’m a sap. I freely admit it. I won’t say why as that would be a spoiler but when you get there, you’ll know. 🙂

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Review: Explicit Detail

Explicit Detail
Explicit Detail by Scarlett Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not my usual genre but sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone, see what else is available. I read the first book, Explicit Instructions and enjoyed the story. Rushe is a bad boy with a dirty mouth, but all isn’t as it seems with him. No, he doesn’t have a heart of gold hiding beneath his rough exterior; he’s a champion for the underdog, provided there’s enough cash involved.
Flick, I’m ambivalent on. I understand why she wanted to prove herself to Rushe, show she’s a worthy partner for him. And yet, on occasion I wanted to smack her. The end though, damn, I liked her. Love a woman willing to walk through hell for the man she loves knowing he’d do the same for her.

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Review: Predator’s Fire

Predator's Fire
Predator’s Fire by Rosanna Leo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven’t read the other books in this series and yet, it didn’t detract from the story. Instead, it made me want to read the others.
Killian was a perfect blend of Alpha male and total sweetie when it came to his mate. I loved the banter between Killian and Nina especially when they first met.
The glimpses of the other mated couples intrigued me and as a lover of series, I’m happy they showed up. I love it when previous couples take part in a story.
The overall arc of the story, well, I’m dying to know what else will happen. This doesn’t end on a cliffhanger and everything wraps up.
All I can say is “When is the next book?!”

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Review: Alicia’s Ghost

Alicia's Ghost
Alicia’s Ghost by Nick Iuppa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very interesting and ingrossing read. It started a little slow as we see Carlos coping with the death of his wife. Murdered three years prior, he took comfort in logic and OCD tendencies. As a professor, one part of that helped him, the other, not so much. When emotional pain threatens to overwheml him, he buries himself in patterns, counting and lists.
One day, he comes home to find his apartment trashed. And the next day and the next. Turns out, his fiery dead wife Alicia never left him.
Lots of action and twists in this book as Carlos tries to help two young women escape from being sold to a sadistic man.
Nick Iuppa did a fantastic job in creating two seperate voices for his main characters. Not once did I have any issues figuring out who was “talking”.

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Review: Bound by Fate

Bound by Fate
Bound by Fate by Mandy Lou Dowson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit, at first, I didn’t like Beth. She jumped to conclusions and caused heartache. And yet, by the end, I liked her. She tried to make things right and found her inner strength.
I loved the two secondary characters, Margo and Marybell. They were wise and caring with a touch of humour to them.
The love triangle, thankfully, wasn’t a true one. I dislike them and hate it when they get dragged out. This one is resolved and I was quite happy at the end. 🙂
Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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