Sacrificed (Ariya Adams Series Book #3) by Anna Applegate – Review by Angela Hayes

Sacrificed (Ariya Adams Trilogy #3)Sacrificed by Anna Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Sacrificed is the third and final book in the Ariya Adams Trilogy by Anna Applegate- and what a fantastic way to conclude the trilogy. I blasted my way through the story in a matter of a few hours, it was just that good. This really is such a wonderful paranormal romance- with action, adventure, drama, suspense, mystery, danger, threats, secrets, twists, angst, a little push-pull, vampires, witches and werewolves. As this is the third book and has a continuing/bridging storyline, I strongly suggest reading the first two books before beginning this one. There is a lot of backstory, character information and other relevant details contained in those first two books which you would need to know to fully appreciate and enjoy this book.
This story picks up pretty much where the last book ended. Ariya, James, Caroline and Nick are still coming to terms with the events from the last book and are trying to figure out the best way to deal with Audrey- once and for all. They also have the problem of not really knowing who they can trust, apart from themselves. Their search takes them on a journey that delivers some of the answers they’re looking for, but also brings an unexpected development which Ariya will need to keep close to her chest until the right time. Ariya is willing to do whatever it takes to protect/save the ones she loves. But with danger at an all time high, and a clear and present threat edging ever closer- will she get her chance to set everything right again? To fulfill her purpose and save her loved ones? There are so many fantastic details and surprising development to this story, that you would be missing out on by not reading the story/series.
I have really enjoyed this series, each instalment just seemed to get better and better. This really was the perfect conclusion to the story. I wonder what Ms. Applegate has in store for us next? I can’t wait to find out!

Thank you, Ms. Applegate!

 

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Flower Shields (A Four Horsemen Novel Book #1) by C.A King – Review by Angela Hayes

Flower Shields (A Four Horsemen Novel Book 1)Flower Shields by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Flower Shields is the first book in the Four Horsemen series by C.A King. I have read all of Ms. Kings books now, and this one is among my favourites of hers. I loved the premise of the story and enjoyed reading Ms. King’s take and twist on the four horsemen myth. This is a very creative and individual urban fantasy that has gods, demons, good vs evil, mystery, suspense, action, drama, and supernatural elements.
The characters are superb- fully developed, interesting and likeable- who grew and developed as the story progressed, Tara most of all.
This is a very imaginative, unique and well written story. The author has a very dynamic style, with detailed descriptions and rich, vibrant scene setting. Through her words we are transported into the story and experience it along with the characters. Ms. King has produced an entirely captivating read. I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy it as much as some of her other books, but I am happy to say that Ms. King definitely didn’t disappoint, and I loved how she crafted the story and brought all the various elements together, weaving them into a story that held my attention from beginning to end.
I really liked this story am very intrigued by the promise it holds for the rest of the series. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Bring on Book two!

Thank you, Ms. King!

 

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Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology Book 1) by TL Clark – Review by Jenni Bishop

Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1)Love Bites by T.L. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology Book 1) by TL Clark is a fun paranormal fantasy romance story and an intriguing read. TL has written well rounded characters and a paranormal world with a twist. There is never a dull moment as we get to know and understand the complexities of all the different beings and their ways of living. This story has a wonderful and unique mix of witches and faeries, sorcerers and dragons and a new species that make this an action packed exciting read. Add in a little fun banter and mates and you have everything to keep you entrenched in the story. ​The story ends on a cliffhanger but rest assured the next book is available for us to sink into straight away.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology Book 1) by T.L. Clark – Review by Caralee Loonat

Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1)Love Bites by T.L. Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love Bites by T L Clark

5 Stars!!!!!

I just love it when you find a new author! This is the first book by this author and I have to say I am in love! This is one of my absolute favorite genres. I found the writing to be quite refreshing. I found this book such an easy read the plot and story line just flowed.

Shakira and Pryderi make quite the couple. I found that the authors creative world to be very drawing, meaning I was instantly hooked from page one I wanted to see what adventure would pursue. I especially liked the way that the author drew out the back story for Shakira and how it will influence the story line. This book is one of my top ten recommended reads.

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Murder Among Friends by Linda Burson – Review by Angela Hayes

Murder Among FriendsMurder Among Friends by Linda Burson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Murder Among Friends by Linda Burson. The story is full of mystery, suspense, drama, intrigue, twists, and also has a touch of romance. I have read many of Ms. Burson’s books now and have loved them all, so when I saw this pop up on my feed I knew I had to read it too. As expected from Ms. Burson, this story is really well written- with just the right amount of tension and suspense to get you turning the pages to find out what happens. And another thing that Ms. Burson is great at is coming up with intriguing plots, her imagination is limitless. She easily pulls you into the story and keeps you hooked right through to the end.
Camille Thurston works for a private investigator and feels a little burnt out, she really needs a break, so she decides to spend the summer with her brother and his family. But, when a woman goes missing and her brother begins to investigate, she decides that she needs to pitch in and put her investigative skills to work. She soon develops a relationship with the missing woman’s family… and the story only gets more interesting, and captivating from there.
The story has a great pace and is easy to read, it evolved beautifully and unexpectedly the further into the story I went. The character/s have also developed and grow along with the storyline.
I really don’t want to give away too much and spoil the story for you, I highly recommend reading it for yourself as you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find between the covers.
Looking forward to more from Ms. Burson!

Thank you, Ms. Burson!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology Book #1) by T.L Clark – Review by Angela Hayes

Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1)Love Bites by T.L. Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Love Bites is the first book in the Darkness & Light Duology by T.L Clark. This is such a gem of a find! A wonderful Fantasy/paranormal romance with so much going on in it- I couldn’t have read it any quicker, demolishing it all in a few hours because I HAD to find out all the spellbinding details. The author wove a superb tale that came to life under her creative touch. There are witches, faeries, sorcerers, Elinefae, magic, mystery, suspense, and so many more fascinating additions and details. This story is completely original from anything that I have read in this genre before. It has its own unique identity, which the author has lovingly crafted. I wasn’t sure of what to expect going in but I loved the cover and was intrigued by the blurb, so I took the plunge…. And I am SO happy that I did! This may be my first read from Ms. Clark- but it definitely won’t be the last. She has confirmed her place on my must-read authors list and I can’t wait to devour everything she will write/or has written. How excited was I to discover that she has also got quite a few other books to her name- which I will definitely be one-clicking, and devouring ASAP.
Shakira, Pryderi, Cerys, Lily and all the other wonderful characters really brought this story to life. They are wonderfully developed individuals with their own personalities, quirks and flaws. They led me on an incredible journey that I won’t soon forget. I love Kiera and Pryderi so much! I am blown away by all the unique touches that Ms. Clark gave her characters- it really made the story quite an exciting ride. Then, there is the matter of the exceptional world building skills that Ms. Clark demonstrates throughout this story. She brought everything to life, with fantastic descriptions and attention to details. Right down to having a world history, backstory, languages… and so many more unique features.
I have already jumped into the second book as I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen! I can’t recommend this book/duet highly enough, especially if you love fantasy/paranormal stories that are unique, enchanting and well written.
Brilliant!

Thank you, Ms. Clark!

 

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Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic, #1) by Danielle Annett – Review by Jenni Bishop

Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic, #1)Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic) book 1 by Danielle Annett is an Urban Fantasy Paranormal story that keeps you on your toes. Danielle has left her own stamp on a concept that is not new and has managed to give us a fresh spin on this paranormal world full of vampires, wolves and the like. This first book is a quick read but there is plenty that happens as the mystery and action, lies and deceit, intrigue and the unknown, along with a dash of romance sets a fine pace.

Our heroine is driven and believes and wants to do the right thing and that is solve the mystery behind murders but what she uncovers leaves her wondering how it could be.

I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to see where the story goes.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Cougarlicious by Lily Ryan – Review by Jana Teppih

CougarliciousCougarlicious by Lily Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cougarlicious by Lily Ryan is a story of second chances after a tragic loss with an added twist of an older woman/younger man. This is not my first encounter with Ms Ryan so I jumped on the story after reading the blurb! It is great to read so skilfully and artfully written books where the dynamics between women and men have turned upside, sort of …. There are not so many stories with older women/younger men that do not come cross too sleazy or …
Cougarlicious is the story of Kim Doherty, who is the mother of an 11-year old Timmy, and Chance Carter, her son’s wrestling coach who is in twenties. I have read the other reviews where they call it a story of forbidden relationship but I think it is only forbidden when you look at it from a narrow moralistic point of view – they are both grownups and consensual and they are not hurting anyone or cheating on anyone … it is the society that looks down on them …
It is a beautiful journey of two people that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you to take stand and keep reading … I would have loved to have heard more ‘from’ Chance as that would have given his characters more depth and layers but at the same time, the writer has taken on a challenge in itself with the topic. I will be on a lookout for more of her writing!

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Shifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Shifting Ground: A Short Story CollectionShifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel is a collection of short stories about the characters in her Underground series. Each of the stories are connected in one way or another. I love this because we get to see each character on their own and then they pop back up later in one of the other books. Each of the characters have a struggle of some type that makes them unacceptable to the public. The setting with these characters are such that there is a division of poor and rich. They are all connectable and take me on an emotional roller coaster ride that make me laugh and sometimes make me feel compassion for them. This is a must read book and I would suggest reading the previous books in this series. I highly recommend this book. Find out what happens to each of these 12 characters.

Review by @bjwagner
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The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth – Review by Debi Kircher

The One That Got AwayThe One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth

5 Stars

This book!! This Author!! I don’t know why it has taken me so long to find this author and her books…Every one of them that I’ve read have been so fantastic, but I have to say at this point..This is my favorite so far! I can’t even begin to explain how real this story is and I’ll just say there were a few times I got a little worried about which way it was going to go, and I can also honestly say I wasn’t sure for a little while how I wanted it all to go.

Not even going to go into the story because it needs to be read without knowing what is going on, I only glanced at the synopsis before reading and had already decided to read it no matter what..The cover is absolutely eye catching and even without that, this author has become an absolute favorite and an immediate one click for me!

I will say about the story that she has made me fall in love with Rome…I’ve always thought about going but now it has been added to my bucket list, and I can only hope if I ever do make it there that just maybe I’ll find Helen’s Lady Gaga…That part of the story was awesome!

In a lot of ways this story touched me personally and I’m so impressed at how perfectly she conveyed the many feelings involved. It didn’t end the way I thought it would at one point, but it ended exactly how I hoped. I read the end with many tears in my eyes, I felt like a tray of ice cream melting in the rain….

Loved Loved Loved It!!!

Review by @debikircher

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