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Review: Ignite

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Ignite by Donna Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

V is the dragon king the others worry about because his grip on reality is not solid. They think it is because his sword has been stolen from him and he can't remember how. With this new story featuring what happened to V, it becomes more alarming. There are enemies the Dragon King does not even know about.

I loved learning about V. He is a dragon who is confused and is not seeing any meaning to life. When he chances upon Claire, it is as if he suddenly awakens. He knows something about her is special and he is intent on finding out. Claire on the other hand is a strong female with quite the burden to carry. She's been tasked with a family secret which she struggles to understand. When she meets V, a chain of events generations in the making finally kick off.

This chain of events leads the reader on a merry chase across the world and through time. It is a page turner and kept me up all night reading. The richness of the story is a…

Review: Demon's Mercy

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Demon's Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just when I thought this world was done, Ms. Zanetti adds another dimeson to it … literally. This story features Logan Kyllwood who has grown up. He is still young compared to the older generation. Still, his soul seems older based on all the fighting he's been through. He isn't as na├»ve as his age may indicate. He is still a young horny vampire which allows him to easily fall for a honeypot, Mercy.

This world of Vampires, Demons and Witches just got more interesting with multiple dimensions which can be entered via dreams and portals. This multi-verse interpretation is similar enough to others that it will be easy for readers to follow. It is just different enough to give it a bit of a fresh look. Bringing in the fae to this complicated world of vampires, not-vampires, demons and witches just ups the ante.

The tension between Logan and Mercy works well as the reader is privy to both points of view. By switching bac…

Review: Met Her Match

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Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picking up a romance from a familiar author is one of the best feelings. It has been a while since I last read anything from Ms. Deveraux. Coming back to her with this book is a treat. When it comes to romance, Ms. Deveraux creates a perfect blend of yearning, conflict and sexual chemistry. I loved this book. I really love Terri. Terri is the kind of friend that everyone can only hope to have. She gave up her dreams to help her dad out. In some ways, she allows the town to place an albatross upon her very strong shoulders. Even the strongest can break with enough pressure.

Terri is a strong woman who is living life to the fullest given her family constraints. She is the fix it all person for her dad's summer cottages. The people in the "outskirts" of Summer Hill love her. They know she is a straight shooter and can be depended upon. When a man is tossed into her way, she is taken off guard. Fighting an unjust reputat…

Review: Strangers She Knows

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Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A crazy end to an action packed thriller, Kellen needs to fight for her life… again. This book should not be read as a standalone. It is best to read the first two books in the series. For a better experience, read the short stories in between each novel. In this story, the final showdown is here. Kellen's past once again comes to haunt her.

When two men who are not gay share an obvious love for each other… it is called a bromance. In this story, I'm not sure what to call it, because Kellen's killer is in love with her in some ways … more of a creepy stalker fan girl crush. When it comes to obsessions, Kellen's female fan does a marvelous job of showcasing the lengths a person will go through to get their heart's desire. And once again, we see how "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". I seem to be reading more books where women scorned have gone off the deep end. Not sure if this is a coinc…

Review: Tangled Threat & Suspicious

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Tangled Threat & Suspicious by Heather Graham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A life changing event will leave a lasting impression. For Maura, finding a body hanging from a tree kicked off a chain of events which left feeling as if she was missing something. As a teenager, Maura's childhood crush on sexy and older Brock McGovern was abruptly cut short when they discovered a dead body together. Their possible summer fling whilst working together at a resort ends before it can take off. Whisked away from the death, Maura lost contact with Brock. Protected by her parents, she grew up sheltered from her childhood trauma. The same cannot be said for Brock. Accused of killing the woman they found dead, he grew up quick and realized that being innocent and doing the right thing may not always be enough.

The characters in this book are nicely developed with a solid background to build from. The adults they turned into are based on their experiences post dead body. For Brock, it cemented his…

Review: Vendetta in Death

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Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

In the past dozen books in this series, revenge is becoming a recurring theme. It never gets old because who doesn't like a good vengeance story? In this latest book in the series, Ms. Robb returns to the "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" plot device. I enjoyed it. For a bit of deviation, this story reveals the possible suspect early on. Instead of trying to figure out "who done it", it is more a "how do we prove they did it" journey. I liked this change up in writing. This can come across a bit more heavy handed because it feels as if the reader is being beaten over the head, again and again on who committed these atrocious crimes.

The villain in this story is interesting because they seemed to have lost touch with reality. Or I should say, they have reinterpreted the world in accordance to their morals. I am mixed on this because I understand the motive for the killings. I also can see …

Collateral Damage Duet by Natasha Knight Release Blitz

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Title: Collateral An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance Series: Collateral Damage Duet #1
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance Release Date: September 23, 2019

Review: Labyrinth

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Thank you to @GalleryBooks for picking me from the Goodreads Giveaway contest!
Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thank you to @GalleryBooks for picking me from the Goodreads Giveaway contest! I am shocked quite frankly. I never thought I would win another book. This is one I really wanted to read so when I came home from Holiday to find this surprise package, I confess to performing a little Happy Dance!

An avid fan of Ms. Coulter since her historical romance years, I have steadily followed her contemporary series. This latest one in her FBI Thriller series is fantastic! It is a great read filled with action and new twists. Ms. Coulter puts her main characters through the ringer. Sherlock goes through a terrible accident and it causes her to lose her memory. I can't fathom the difficult of not knowing oneself nor one's loved ones. How does a child understand when their beloved mother forgets their existence? How does a spouse respond when their best frie…

Review: Chief

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Chief by Lesli Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Capping off this trilogy, it ends with a darker tone. This is expected as it has been hinted several times in the first two books about Carter's past. This book should not be read as a standalone. Read the first two books in the trilogy in the order it was written. This book focuses on Carter and how he became the Bastard Extraordinaire.

Full disclosure, as a switch with more sub leanings, Carter as a dominant hits all my buttons. I may have a bit of favourable bias towards this book because of Carter and what he represents. Carter is a man who wants his cake and eat it too. He loves Owen and yet he marries Susa who Owen is in love with. For those who are unused to poly, this may sound incredibly selfish and cruel. For those who are versed in triads and power exchange... this is a relationship made in heaven and blessed by Dionysus. When it comes to writing dominants, Ms. Richardson is one of my favourites. She is so good at gettin…

Review: The Importance of Being Scandalous

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The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical romances were how I first started with my taboo romance readings. The forbidden fruit my mother kept from me only made it that much sweeter. Starting with Barbara Cartland back when I was a tender age of 13, my how the genre grown. Full disclosure, this book is a prize from a Shameless 2018 spoon game. I had to force myself to pick up the book because I had long left the historical romance world. Unless there is kinky scenes or m/m lovers, I tend to shy away from this genre. To my pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed new to me author, Ms. Bell.

This story has all the elements I enjoyed in this genre - class crossed lovers, bluestocking female and an unconventional male. Meet Amelia and Nicholas - childhood friends who want to be more. Their crush grows over the years and when Nicholas goes for his travels and returns, he comes back a man that Amelia loves even more. Unfortunately, she is otherwise …

Review: Lieutenant

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Lieutenant by Lesli Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I thought the first book was well written in this series, this second one blew me apart. Since I first read the book, I've re-read this over again about five times. This book should not be read as a standalone. Whilst it theoretically can read by itself, to receive the full effect, the first book, The Governor is recommended. This story focuses on Susa and her drive to become a Governor.

This book starts off where it left off in the previous book. In the same writing pattern, there are flashes to the past. It gives a different view of the same scenes which makes this trilogy richer. I like the layers and learning about past events from another set of eyes. It gives a more balance perspective. And if there is one thing I love, is to have things balanced and fair.

I expected this story to feature Susa's time campaigning to be the next governor and her current job as the lieutenant governor. I expected back stabbing and p…

Review: So Steady

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So Steady by Eve Dangerfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Following up So Wild, this second book is every better. Buy this book now. I loved it and how it made me feel. For me, if a book contains a great plot and the characters move me to tears, then I love it. Nicole is the second sister. Hiding in her older sister's shadow, Nicole is resigned to being the black sheep of the family. In a family filled with drama queens and bohemian types, she is the odd one out. She's the one who works an eight to five job. She goes into finance, probably to ensure she will never be without money and to have a stable lifestyle. Her worst nightmare comes true when her father disappears and the family business is missing money. She rushes home to help her sisters, because this is what families do.

Of the three sisters, Nicole is my favourite. Her sense of responsibility and how her love language is based on service … appeals to me. She's the one who will be there to support during her loved one&…

Review: Governor

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Governor by Lesli Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An avid fan of Ms. Dalton's, I decided to buy and try her alter-ego, Ms. Richardson. Or is it the other way around? Regardless, I expected to have a solid romance with characters I would either love to hate or just love. What I did not expect was the amount of kinky erotic. For this, I am pleased and excited. What I also didn't expect, was to enjoy the politics of this book. Full disclosure, I'm a follower of Ms. Dalton on facebook. In one of groups, it is extremely left leaning and they don't welcome those with conservative leanings. I put this in here because I'm surprised by how balanced the politics is in here compared to what I've seen her vocal fan base post.

I am not a bit fan of political themes. I'm also not a fan of reading stories by authors I liked writing about politics because generally they swing to one extreme or the other. Neither appeal to me. The caricatures of either side of the fence …

Review: Princess Takes Academy

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Princess Takes Academy by Joely Sue Burkhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The youngest queen since Shara Isador is now seventeen going on seventy. Well, Xochitl thinks she's old enough. The cute adorable little girl who loves unicorns grew into a rather petulant tween. They do say pre-teens girls are so emotional and dramatic. I don't recall it being quite that bad for me, but I wasn't a blood queen. Xochitl's perception of how things happened is very different than others. Her singular focus to get back to her first blood, Keras is rather amusing until all sides of the story unfolds. It's wince worthy and sets up the new series focusing on Xochitl to start out dark and challenging.

Glimpsing a bit of Shara and her new state is delightful. The interaction between the two is sweet. I can't want to see what mischief Xochitl gets herself into at an Academy for "unwanted" and "orphaned" blood. She reminds me of a meme I once read, about throwing a g…

Review: So Wild

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So Wild by Eve Dangerfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new sexy series from talented Ms. Dangerfield has me riveted. For those who really enjoyed Lauren Dane's Brown Family series, this one will be up your alley. For those new to Ms. Dangerfield, prepared to be moved. This latest series focuses on three sisters with an unconventional and loving father who happens to be a tattoo artist. This first book focuses on Samantha, the oldest daughter. She's the one works with her father and loves her life tattooing in his shop. What she does not expect is to one day come into work to find her father has left them and shop is in dire finance need. Not only might she loose her father's treasured tattoo parlour, the father of her childhood crush is trying to force her to sell the shop he hates with a passion.

What I enjoyed about this book is the layers. The characters are complicated. This isn't an insta-love romance. This is a romance between childhood playments Samantha and Scott…