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Curse of Seduction (Dark Princes of Purgatory Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Angela Hayes

Curse of SeductionCurse of Seduction by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars

Curse of Seduction is the first book in the Dark Princes of Purgatory by C.R Robertson. You know when you read a book from a new (to you) author and only a few chapters in you realise that you will be stalking, I mean buying and reading everything they have ever written, including their grocery list if you could get your hands on it- well C.R Robertson is one of those authors! I can already tell that this is the beginning of a long addiction, one that I am oh so happy to feed!
But, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if I would love this book going in- I thought it would be Ok, but may be lacking in depth, story, and substance- by concentrating more on the ‘erotic’ component. But, colour me wrong!! This story isn’t just incredibly sexy- it has a fantastic storyline and superb characters as well. This is a masterfully crafted paranormal romance, with a complex and multi-layered storyline. There is a lot going on in it, including having the story told from several perspectives- but C.R Robertson deftly weaves it all into a delectably delicious and absolutely fascinating read.
I was in bed when I started the story, in need of a good night sleep. I thought I would just read a chapter or two to get a ‘feel’ of the book, before going to sleep. Ha!!!! I was hooked from the very first page and was still reading a few hours later. By that time there was only a few chapters left in the book- so there was no chance of me putting it down before I had read every last word!!! Needless to say, I didn’t get my good night sleep- but I did discover a fantastic story and a new (to me) author to put on my “must read” list.
So if you love a great paranormal romance- with a wonderful story, interesting and endearing characters (except for the baddy of course), some danger, and adventure- all set in a cleverly crafted ‘world’ full of any number of fantasy creatures (from dragons, to witches, vampires, elves, Lycans and more)…… then what are you waiting for? Get your one-click on and grab yourself a copy to explore, because I am sure your going to love it just as much as I have!!
Now on to my C.R Robertson binge!
Happy Reading!

Thank you, C.R Robertson. Looking forward to more time between your pages!

 

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Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters) by Martin Ferguson – Review by Angela Hayes

Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters, #1)Eagle of the Empire by Martin Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 ½ Stars

Let me start by saying that this book would make a great movie/TV series. It has everything you need to make it an enthralling read, and in turn, would transfer wonderfully well to the big screen. I can also see it being a great adventure game for PC, Xbox etc.
Eagle of the Empire is the first book in the Relic Hunters series by Martin Ferguson. It is a YA adventure- with mystery, danger, historical details, Relic Hunters, a quest for “treasure”, wonderful quirky characters, intrigue, and so much more. This has a bit of a young Indiana Jones feel to it, but with its own unique flair.
We meet Adam Hunter whose brother has mysteriously disappeared. His disappearance is tied to the fabled Eagle Standard of the Roman Ninth Legion, and is said to hold mythical powers. So, to free his brother, Adam and some quirky friends set off on a quest to find the relic. But they will need to move quickly, as they aren’t the only ones on the hunt for the mysterious relic. With an immortal and unhinged megalomaniac with sinister intentions to face off against, things will take an intense and dangerous turn. What happens makes for an exciting read- not only for young adults, but readers of all ages who enjoy a great adventure story!
On to book #2!

Thank you, Martin Ferguson!!

 

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Love Gaia: The Diary Directive by TL Clark – Review by Angela Hayes

Love Gaia: The Diary DirectiveLove Gaia: The Diary Directive by T.L. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Love Gaia: The Diary Directive By T.L Clark is such a thought provoking and interesting story set in the post-apocalyptic future- where there are lessons to be learned to avoid the same fate.
I love exploring Ms. Clark’s work, as she always brings something new and different to the table. This standalone story took me on a bit of a dystopian journey through devastation, survival, environmental issues, lessons to be learned, drama, emotion, mystery, action, and hope.
As I would expect from Ms. Clark, this story is beautifully written and paints a picture of a believable future- with vividly descriptive scene setting and superb detailing. Ms. Clark’s world building is quite masterful.
We meet Aroha and her classmates who live in a future dystopian society, their sheltered existence gets a shake-up with some shocking and harsh lessons. The hope being that they will learn from the past, so future generations won’t make the same mistakes which led to the devastation and changed the world forever. The lessons involve the journal entries made by Dr. Rachel, and her personal experiences in the events that occurred now help to shape the future.
Intriguing reading!

Thank you, T.L Clark!

 

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The Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town Romance by Lucinda Race – Review by Angela Hayes

The Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town RomanceThe Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town Romance by Lucinda Race
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Matchmaker and the Marine is the first story that I have read by Lucinda Race. This is a contemporary second chance, small-town romance- all about taking a chance on love and finding love unexpectedly.
Melinda Phillips is a very successful matchmaker. She knows what it is like to find a ‘forever love’, and even though her soul mate has passed away, she still wants everyone to experience that kind of true love. Adam Bell retired from the Marines after his last tour left him scarred, both physically and emotionally. His confidence has taken a battering and even though he longs for someone special in his life, he isn’t sure he wants to take the risk of being hurt. But meeting Mel changes things, so he signs up for matchmaking, and they soon form a friendship. Will they both open up and take a chance on love, or will the pain of their pasts deny them the chance of finding happiness? If you love romance, and you want to know how the story ends, you should take a chance on this sweet story and find the answers for yourself.
Sweet, spicy, and emotive!

Thank you, Lucinda Race!

 

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Dares & Dice (Spicetopia #5) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Angela Hayes

Dares & Dice (Spicetopia Book 5)Dares & Dice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Dares & Dice is the fifth book in the Spicetopia series by Phoebe Alexander. As with the rest of the books in this series, this is a really captivating contemporary romance. You don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this one- but I really recommend that you do, as all the books are fantastic in their own right, as well as setting the atmosphere for the series as a whole and allow you to ‘see’ what goes on at the ‘adult theme park’- Spicetopia. The map at the beginning of the book gives you plenty of ideas on what Spicetopia has to offer. And let’s just say there’s a whole lot of fun to be had on that island!!!
This is a sexy, flirty and fun story- with humour, funny banter and antics, a little drama, surprises, sizzling chemistry, and lots more.
What happens when a bachelor party at an adult theme park meets a bachelorette party in full swing at the same venue? Roll the dice and place your bets, because the sparks are going to fly!
The story was such a fun read, with a few surprising developments thrown in to keep things quite intriguing!
Another fabulous read from Ms. Alexander!
Hope there’s a book #6 in the works!!!

Thank you, Phoebe Alexander!

 

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Another Yesterday (Seashells and Second Chances Collection Book 2) by Angela Christina Archer – Review by Angela Hayes

Another Yesterday (Seashells and Second Chances Collection Book 2)Another Yesterday by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

“…the pressure to act a certain way as though nothin’ had happened or to smile as though nothin’ bothered me or to live as though I’d gone through none of what I had. So many had told me in the last couple of months my life would get easier, time will heal my wounds, and I will laugh again and I will go on livin’ and I will love again. Each statement, and especially the last one, always felt like the rug was yanked out from under my feet. I didn’t want easier and I didn’t want my wounds healed. I wanted to not have them at all.”

 

Another Yesterday is the second book in the Seashells and Second Chances Collection by Angela Christina Archer. Even though this is the second book in a series, it can be read as a standalone, as each book focuses on different characters. But after reading this book, I will definitely go back to read book one as well because if it’s anything like this story, it’s bound to be wonderful.
This is a sweet and sensual, contemporary romance with second chances, emotion, humour, secrets, sacrifice, betrayal, new beginnings, overcoming hardship, challenges, small town life, discovery, two timelines, family, mother-daughter relationships, surprising developments, and some drama.
This is my first book by Angela Christina Archer- so I was excited to see what lay in store for me. Ms. Archer writes beautifully- easily drawing me into the story and keeping me turning the pages. I found myself completely engrossed in the storyline, immediately investing in the characters and the outcome of their stories. I didn’t expect there to be such an emotional component to the story, which really tugged at my heartstrings. The way the story is written with several perspectives, and two different timelines- gave this story so much added interest, as well as revealing several surprising developments which I never saw coming.
Maggie arrives in Shadow Brook in 1966, having left everything she knew behind in the hope of starting fresh with her baby girl. The small town in Maine becomes home, with the beautiful old Inn becoming her sanctuary, where she could embrace the future and leave her past behind. Moving forward thirty years, Rachel (Maggie’s daughter) has returned to Shadow Brook after her own heartbreak. It isn’t exactly where she wants to be- but life has a way of throwing you curve-balls when you least expect it. Rachel is about to face the past from two separate directions- one in the form of hidden family secrets, and the other in the form of her former high school sweetheart, Luke. What ensues makes for a captivating read.
Looking forward to the rest of this series.

Thank you, Angela Christina Archer!

 

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The Labyrinthine Journey (Servant of the Gods Book 2) by Luciana Cavallaro – Review by Angela Hayes

The Labyrinthine Journey (Servant of the Gods, #2)The Labyrinthine Journey by Luciana Cavallaro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Labyrinthine Journey is the second book in the Servant of the Gods series by Luciana Cavallaro. It is an epic fantasy filled with adventure, ancient history, mythology, gods, drama, danger, prophecy, ancient relics, and more. Even though this is the second book in the series and continues Evan’s adventure, Ms. Cavallaro does a great job of ‘catching us up’ on the events in book one- so this can be read as a standalone if that’s what you wanted, without feeling lost in the story.
Ms. Cavallaro’s attention to detail and obvious love of ancient history really brings this story to life. She proves to be quite knowledgeable about this era- and all the wonderful descriptive detail and snippets of history really add to the atmosphere and feel of the story. It was so easy to be ‘in’ the story, and ‘see’ everything as it was unfolding. I love ancient history, and that was one of the things that drew me to this book.
Evan is a 21st century architect who has been transported through time, back to ancient Greece- where he finds himself on a mission from the Gods. This quest, to find the ancient relics and save the Gods, proves to be quite the epic adventure. It will test him like nothing before, and he will need to dig deep if he is to succeed, and survive.
Looking forward to book #3!

Thank you, Luciana Cavallaro!

 

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Swallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman – Review by Angela Hayes

Swallowed by a SecretSwallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Swallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman was such a surprising read- in a great way. It is a highly emotive story aimed at tweenage children (9 – 13), but can also be enjoyed by older readers, like me, too.
Rocky’s life is turned upside down by the death of his father. He and his mother have to move house, and he has a new school to adjust to. But on top of all that, there’s quite a big secret surrounding the death of his father, and that everything he though he knew, may not be true. He is determined to uncover the truth and get to the bottom of it all. And so starts his ‘adventure’. Along with his friend Olive- they set off to unravel the mystery and find the truth.
This is such a relatable story. Rocky and Olive are really wonderful characters. Rocky’s story is very engaging and I was totally invested in the outcome of it all- but I think that Olive really stole the show. She was that extra ingredient that took this story from interesting, to impressive.
The story includes some sensitive and difficult topics- which I think the author handled in a considerate, yet realistic way.
This is definitely worth the read. But, be sure to have some tissues on standby, as you are going to need them.

Thank you, Risa Nyman!

 

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Grace’s Ghosts by Stephenie Wilson Peterson – Review by Angela Hayes

Grace's GhostsGrace’s Ghosts by Stephenie Wilson Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Grace’s Ghosts is a fabulous middle school age children’s paranormal fantasy by Stephenie Wilson Peterson. It is a well woven tale of friendship, ghosts, an old curse, secrets, magic, mystery, and adventure.
Ghosts are drawn to Grace, and ever since she was born they’ve sought her out, so having them around is nothing new to her. In fact, she gets on better with ghosts than she does the living. She’s a bit of a misfit with the other children her age, so all her good friends are ghosts. Her best friend is her cat, Midnight- and you guessed it, Midnight is also a ghost. Grace learns of a curse placed on her town by a witch hundreds of years ago. This curse keeps the souls of everyone, trapped, in the town. The ghosts desperately need Grace’s help to lift the curse- and so the adventure begins. Grace uncovers startling secrets and uncovers much more than she could ever have imagined. It is race against time to find a way to free the ghostly souls, before it’s too late. But considering all her friends are ghosts- where will that leave Grace if the curse is broken?
Grace is a really sweet and caring young lady. I really liked her- and I thought Midnight was a really cute addition to the story.
A great read!

Thank you, Stephenie Wilson Peterson.

 

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Stepbrother (Step Dilemma Series Book 1) by Stacy McWilliams – Review by Angela Hayes

Stepbrother: Step Dilemma Series Book 1Stepbrother: Step Dilemma Series Book 1 by Stacy McWilliams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

Stepbrother by Stacy McWilliams is the first book in the Step Dilemma series. It is a contemporary romance with drama, angst, and complex family dynamics.
This is my first read by Ms. McWilliams, so I really didn’t know what to expect going into the story. I like to explore all kinds of stories and genres, so when this book popped up on my social media feed I thought “Why not?”.
I think the cover is quite lovely, and found that Ms. McWilliams writes beautifully. But unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into this story. I didn’t, and couldn’t, connect with the characters at all. Although I really felt for Bailey and how she was treated by Cooper, as well as her family- I became really frustrated by her ‘doormat-ish’ attitude. Cooper was such a jerk and really annoyed me, so even when he improved, I was still so angry with him that he had no chance of winning me over.
The characters were a little immature and childish for my liking- I spent a lot of the time just wanting to smack their heads together. I so wanted to love this book, but my head and heart just weren’t into it. I will give this a few weeks and then read it again, in the hopes that I was just having a bad book day this time around.
Bailey and Conner’s story is set to continue in book #2.

Thank you, Stacy McWilliams.

 

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