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Broken Chains by Karina Kantas – Review by Anna Hirsch

Broken ChainsBroken Chains by Karina Kantas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Broken Chains by Karina Kantas
3 Stars

Although not my favourite genre, I do enjoy dark mafia romances. Since I had never read a book by this author, I was excited to start reading. Unfortunately, it didn’t meet my expectations. Maybe I set the bar too high because the other dark mafia books were excellent. I don’t know, this book fell flat. The storyline was good but the characters lacked depth which prevented me from connecting to them. This is especially important with the main character. Though I felt bad for everything that she went through, that was the extent of it.

Things were inconsistent and didn’t make sense throughout the book. She joins MI5 as a spy, obviously MI5 would have done multiple background checks on her yet never found out who her parents were? Alex her mentor thought she was a spy before she became one because she was unemotional while being interrogated. She then becomes an emotional wreck trying to commit suicide after being tortured (which is understandable). She goes through worse torture and physical torment yet is mentally stable afterwards as if life is a bed of roses. Doesn’t make sense. I might be judging too harsh because obviously many people enjoyed the book. Warning: advised for 18 years and older, very graphic and violent and may be a trigger for certain readers.

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Fate, Frankincense & Funerals by Naomie Valkyrie – Review by Anna Hirsch

Fate, Frankincense & FuneralsFate, Frankincense & Funerals by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fate, Frankincense & Funerals by Naomi Valkyrie
4 Stars

I have read all of this author’s books. Her writing keeps getting better with each no el that she writes. She has a vivid imagination and her stories are unique. This is a short novella but I can see it becoming an interesting series. Most people when they hear “shifter romance “ they automatically think about wolves. I loved that this book’s main character was a vulture shifter. Vultures are natural scavengers and the fact that this character worked with the dead fit perfectly. This book is completely original and unique in its concept. I loved it!

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Red’s Peril Part 1: The Making of a MC Prez (Satan’s Devils MC Vegas Chapter) by Manda Mellett – Review by Anna Hirsch

Red's Peril Part 1: The Making of an MC Prez (Satan's Devils MC Vegas #1)Red’s Peril Part 1: The Making of an MC Prez by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red’s Peril Part 1: The Making of an MC Prez (Satan’s Devils MC Vegas Chapter)
By Manda Mellett
4 Stars

Let me start by saying that I love Manda Mellett. I have read most of her books and loved them all. I get very excited when a new book comes out. For those of us who have read the other books, we all know who Red is. The president of the Vegas chapter, he has appeared briefly in her other novels. We finally get to know his back story in this book. We learn about his childhood and the road which eventually led him to the MC.

This book has a different vibe to it. I was somewhat disappointed. I found there was too much recapping of other storylines from the other books. I feel like the author was running out of things to say so she filled in the blanks with recaps. To me, the story finally picked up towards the end but then it ended on a cliffhanger. I’m looking forward to reading part two. I have a feeling all the action will be in that book. Can’t wait to find out what happens!

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A Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash – Review by Anna Hirsch

A Spell of RowansA Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash
5 Stars

I have read a few of Byrd Nash’s books and this has to be my all time favourite. It’s perfect! There is drama, murder, suspense and magic. The thing that I love best about the book is that the main character is not perfect. Victoria Rowan and her siblings are broken. Raised by a mother so horrendous, they were crushed. Each trying their best to survive her cruelty. Victoria returns home, a decade of being gone, after her mother’s death. Secrets are revealed and her mothers natural death turns into a murder. Although Vic is happy her mother is gone, she is put in harms way because of her. Rachel Rowan is still terrorizing her children from beyond the grave. The siblings need to uncover the truth if they finally want to put the past to rest.

This is an intriguing story with twists and turns that kept me riveted from the start. I loved the characters and all their flaws. I’m happy everything was resolved in the end but kind of sad because I would like to read more about these characters. Here’s hoping the author turns this book into a series!

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Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 6) by Via Mari – Review by Anna Hirsch

Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards # 6)Tenacious by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 6) by Via Mari
4 Stars

The story continues this time with Allie and Nick. Allie is Lexie’s best friend. A nurse by profession, she’s in-depth, head strong and used to getting her own way. She’s been burned before in the past therefore wants nothing to do with Nick. Her hormones and heart are telling her otherwise. Still under protection from Darwin, she’s in constant close proximity of him. The more she’s with him, the more the attraction grows. Nick knew she was the one the first time he laid eyes on her. He just needs to convince her. He’ll do everything in his power to protect her even if she doesn’t want it.

This story will have you hooked from the beginning. There is romance, action, danger and of course Nick (who is hot as hell). Although this can be read as a stand-alone, this series is amazing! You should read the others as well just for your pure enjoyment.

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Ashes of Aldyr (The Obscured Throne Trilogy Book 1) by Russell Archery – Review by Anna Hirsch

Ashes of AldyrAshes of Aldyr by Russell Archery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ashes of Aldyr (The Obscured Throne Trilogy Book 1) by Russell Archery
3 Stars

I love fantasy and horror books. This seemed like a mixture of both so I was excited to read it. It ended up not being what I expected. The same theme flows throughout the novel but it is like a bunch of short stories put together to form one book. The world of Alda is dying. Monstrosities abound and atrocities occur daily. Each story shows different events happening to different people. I enjoyed the story about the garden and the lady of the tower. These stories occurred more towards the beginning of the book and unfortunately the rest didn’t capture my attention. The stories were too short for me to get attached to the characters therefore I honestly couldn’t care less what happened to them. I couldn’t finish the book. I completely lost interest. This book wasn’t for me personally but it is well written and unique. I’m sure there are many readers who would enjoy it.

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Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals Book 1) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Anna Hirsch

Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals #1)Kingdom of Embers by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals Book 1) by Tricia Copeland
4 Stars

This is a young adult fantasy novel. It is about witches and vampires yet is unique in its approach to them. Alena Scott is half witch/ half vampire; a forbidden breed. She is raised by her mother who is the vampire chancellor. She is raised with the knowledge to assimilate into human society. Unfortunately with her weird diet, pale skin and being the new girl in school, she sticks out like a sore thumb. Trying to make friends and hiding what she is is proving to be difficult. Being a teenager with her hormones out of whack, there are times when she literally wants to rip someone’s throat out. There are so many secrets that she longs to uncover concerning her missing father and her powers. Meeting her childhood imaginary friend in the flesh, they work together to figure things out.

I think that this is an amazing start to this series. Although I was frustrated to know more details about Alena, the author threw out enough crumbs to keep me interested. There was intrigue, action and mystery. I enjoyed the fact that the main character wasn’t some all powerful being. I have a feeling that her powers will grow throughout the series and that’s how it should be. I’m so happy that she acted age appropriate. Alena is an inexperienced seventeen year old who I’m thrilled didn’t jump into bed right away with someone. She had the same questions and feelings that we all lived through at one point. I loved this book and look forward to reading more of this world that Ms. Copeland created.
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Wild Desire (The Protectors Series Book 1) by Toya Richardson – Review by Anna Hirsch

Wild Desire (The Protectors, #1)Wild Desire by Toya Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wild Desire (The Protectors Series Book 1) by Toya Richardson
4 Stars

I wasn’t sure how to rate this book. It doesn’t deserve a three but it’s not quite a four either. I’ll give it a 3.5. After reading the back of the book, I was excited to read it. After finishing it, I feel a little let down.

Things I liked:
The idea behind the storyline was excellent. With all the craziness in the world today, having Scott Tech as the bad guys made the story believable. I can actually see something like this happening in our world. I wouldn’t even be surprised.

I loved the fact that the main characters were deer shifters. The main focus in shifter books is usually on the wolf. It was refreshing to read a story about other shifters.

I liked the idea of a legion of protectors watching over unsuspecting humans. This idea can lead to so many more books.

Things I didn’t like:
Mila was up in arms at first about the whole mate and supernatural thing. Within a few hours, Mila (who’s a virgin) was jumping into bed with Elias and totally accepting everything. It was unrealistic to have that dramatic a change within that time frame.

Drake, who is supposed to be her nemesis, turned out to be a spoiled brat who would throw tantrums like a two year old. It was disappointing. Maybe he’ll be a better bad guy in part two.

Lastly, I feel like the characters lacked depth. Because of this, the story didn’t suck me in and hold my undivided attention. I read the book and enjoyed it but not as much as I should have.

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Entwined (Stone and Cinder Book 1) by A.L. Morrow – Review by Anna Hirsch

Entwined: A Cinderella Retelling (Stone and Cinder Book 1)Entwined: A Cinderella Retelling by A.L. Morrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Entwined (Stone and Cinder Book 1) by A.L. Morrow
4 Stars

This is a titillating and tantalizing retelling of Cinderella. I love reading reinvented fairytales and this is like no other that I have read. This story is so sexy! The author added some monsters in the mix and this has become one of my favourites.

Although Ashling is disheartened and disconsolate, she still sees beauty in the world around her. She made a promise to her father before he disappeared and years later, she loyally has kept her word. It’s admirable. She is gentle and strong at the same time. Her stepsisters and stepmother are just as horrible as in the original. Her stepmother probably more so. There was one scene where my heart broke for Ashling.

There was more to this book than just finding true love and that’s what made it all the more interesting. The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. That’s because I truly thought that this was a stand-alone. Now I have to wait for part two. Please hurry Ms. Morrow.

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Scarlett Princess (Lochlann Feuds Book 1) by Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison – Review by Anna Hirsch

Scarlet Princess (The Lochlann Feuds, #1)Scarlet Princess by Robin D. Mahle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scarlett Princess (Lochlann Feuds Book 1) by Robin D Mahle
And Elle Madison
5 Stars

This book is so good! I’ve never read a book by these authors and I’m so glad that I did. It’s an edge of your seat ride from beginning to end. Oh what an ending! I can’t believe that I have to wait for the next book in the series. They need to hurry up and write it.

Princess Rowan is a woman who acts and speaks before she thinks. She is sassy and outspoken, I love her. This time it has gotten her in a heap of trouble. She ends up on the other side of the mountain in an enemy kingdom. Their laws are much stricter than her own, especially for women. There seems to be only two ways out of this situation; death or another war. Neither seems to be a good option but how can she diffuse the animosity when everyone believes that she’s cursed because of her red hair?

The story was exciting and the characters were amazing even the ones you hated. I haven’t been this absorbed in a book in a while. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

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