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Fisher of Men (The Eastern Shore Swingers #1) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Emily Walsh

Fisher of MenFisher of Men
ByPhoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fisher of Men (The Eastern Shore Swingers #1) by Phoebe Alexander was a hot, steamy read that was fun as hell to read.

Not my first read by this author or in this series. They read as stand-a-lone, so no worries about reading them out of order, which, I have been doing. What can I say, I don’t like to conform.. ahaha. just kidding, or am I.. okay this book got me all in a weird mood, and frankly, I got all these good feels going on, and I’m going to unleash them on you.

I have to say, to finally read the first book, was nice, because a series has to start somewhere. It’s always a treat to read about the start and how things came to be, and when you meet the characters in other books, reading their origin story makes it all the more fun and juicy. This book really sets the stage for the rest of this series and reading about Leah, and how much she changed, was something else.

Man oh man, this book is, wow. I mean, you need to go into this series with a open mind, but this book. Wow. I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Oh why am I all up in arms about this book.. well my friends, I’m not going to tell you cause there is just so much that needs to be experance for the first time, that telling you anything will ruin that delightful experience. I will say that you will love the easy writing style, the smooth transition and the hot, steamy smut that will cure your toes and have you reaching for a cold drink.

Overall this book/series is a must read. It will tear you out of your comfort zone, much like Leah, and have you wanting more. This book gets my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval…. so common read it, you might just like it…

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Neverland by Melissa Jane – Review by Emily Walsh

NeverlandNeverland
ByMelissa Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Neverland by Melissa Jane was a dark, psychological thriller, that had me hooked. This book had me so engrossed, I had it read in less then three hours.

Not my first read by this author, so I knew I was in for something dark, twist and feels ripping. And boy did I get that, and more. I will warn you this book will be triggering if you are sensitive to assault, sexual assault, abusive violence or language. This is not for the faint of heart, and I can tell you there is a very, VERY, bitter-sweet ending, that I still don’t know if I like.

I don’t even know where to start with this one. I don’t want to tell you anything because of the way it’s written, giving you anything on the MC’s, the plot, and the antagonist, no not antagonist, abuser, will ruin this heart destroying read. I will tell you that it’s written in past and present. That back and forth is done very well, and the author does a great job at matching the past and present. Clean transitions, and soil emotional writing, makes the scene swaps all the more chilling and raw.

Lucy, I can’t even think about her right now. I’m mad about her life, how she ended up in that hell, and how it was all for nothing.. I’m mad because Lucy was a strong character and even though broken and at her wits end, she fought, she fought so hard. So yes, I’m mad, but at the same time… I can get into it, because like I said, it’s bitter-sweet.

I wish you could see me shaking my head, because I’m still very emotionally raw about this book. And as much as I wanted to put it down at times, I couldn’t. Because even though it was dark, it showed the evil that is out in this world. As much as this is fiction, this whole scenario, is happening right now, and that’s makes this read all the more heart wrenching and painful.

This book is a must read, and I highly recommend you get your hands on it. Because even though I know Lucy isn’t real, her story needs to be read, it needs to make you mad, angry and hurt. This book will break your rose coloured glasses.

I’m going to leave it at that, and unlike my other reviews I can’t leave my normal ending, because there is nothing happy about this book.

If would excuse me, I need to pick my heart off the floor.

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Transformations (The Shifter Series, #1) by Cari Schaeffer – Review by Emily Walsh

Transformations (The Shifter Series, #1)Transformations
ByCari Schaeffer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Transformations (The Shifter Series, #1) by Cari Schaeffer was a uniquely original read that was pretty okay, and took a different take on the shifter world.

My first read by this author, I went in with a open mind as the synopsis was intriguing and the reviews raving. The opening was hooking and a little darker than I thought it would be. It set the stage for what was to come, and it really drove home how a family feud, that started generations ago, can affect family(s) that had nothing to do with the original fight. I like it, cause there are feuds like this today, hate for no reason other then, “it’s part of the family history”, is to me, silly, and closed minded.

Now to start, I did have some issues with this book. Told in multi POV, we get different sides to the story, and we get some scenes that don’t add anything to the plot and felt like filler. There were also some long winded scenes, and some that seemed too short. So that lead to pacing issues and, it created a choppiness feeling between transitions. It took me a bit to like out MC, she was something at the start, and I don’t want to say bratty, but that’s how she came across. I get it, she’s going through her transformation to shifter, but some of the stuff she was spuing was just disrespectful nonsense. (BTW being normal is overrated.. just saying) I have this things agents closed minded characters that are very me, me, me. I saw that right away, and it made me dislike her. Now as the story goes on, she does get better and towards the end I did kind of like her, okay I like her a lot. But, she’s something, I just got to warn you on that.

This is also a bit of a star crossed lover type deal, it wasn’t bad, but again, it is a overuse trope, but I feel, for me, it was handled pretty good in this book.

Other than those small things, the actual plot, and over all story telling was great. It was unique, original and like I said, darker then I thought it would be. There’s a bit of a mystery, and of course there is the whole, is Christopher really not like the rest of his family? Or is he leading the Wolff’s into a false sense of security, to strike.? It was a nice added touch, making the plot a little suspenseful and thrilling. Not going to tell you Christopher’s deal, you’re just going to have to find out on your own if he’s the linchpin, or the demon.

With the being said, this book did hook me enough to continue on with the series. I need to know what happens next! So please take my recommendation, and my stamp of approval that you will get capture by this rare take on shifters and, how they came to be.

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Who: A Stalker Series Novel by Megan Mitcham – Review by Emily Walsh

Who (Stalker, #1)Who by Megan Mitcham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who (Stalker #1) by Megan Mitcham was a hooking psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till end.

My first read by this author, I wasn’t sure what to expect, though I like psychological thrillers, I don’t read a lot of them. I got to be in a certain mood. Kind of like, you can’t just binge watch Criminal Minds, it messes with your head. I’ve been on a shifter kick lately and this book was the perfect palate cleanser.

This is a hard one to review, not because of anything bad, but because of how the plot, and subplots are intricately layered, into this deep complex tale, anything, one small detail coudl ruin the story and the intense lingering darkness and suspense. So what do I do? I gush that’s what I do.

The writing was not only easy to follow but had this smoothness to it that just added to the dark tones and hidden messages. It added to that lurking danger, that our MC was never truly alone. It gets your heart pounding and the blood pumping. The attention to detail, and the misdirections were truly something, and if this is a testament to this authors work, then I need to read their others creations.

Overall this book is worth your time, and worth every page, ever word, every letter. It’s fresh, original and pulls you into a false sense of security, cause, you’re not going to see what’s coming. This books gets my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

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Releasing the Demons (The Order of the Senary #1) by L.D. Rose – Review by Emily Walsh

Releasing the DemonsReleasing the Demons
ByL.D. Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Releasing the Demons (The Order of the Senary #1) by L.D. Rose was a fast pace, heart pounding thriller that had me hooked from start to finish.

My first read by this author and I was hooked within seconds of reading that gruesome opening. What a way to start an as equally gruesome, dark, supernatural thriller, where vampires are real, they aren’t nice, and are slowly taking out humans at night fall. Every morning the death toll goes up, and no matter what the police do, they can’t get a hold on things.

This book was, wow, once I started reading I could not put it down. Blaze, he was truly the star of this book for me. Yeah sure Valerie was pretty cool and kick ass, but Blaze, and what he went through, his character growth was something else, and though this is told in multi POV, I much preferred Blaze’s narrative.

The worlding building and the way the info of this world was giving, felt natural and at no point did I feel like I was being dumped on or confused. Info was giving when necessary, and at times, not knowing made for better suspense for the reader. Though by the end my heart was ready to explode.

Overall this is a A class read and I can’t wait to dive further into this dark, haunting series. This book gets my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

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Casstiel; Born of Lightning: Dragon Shifter (Dragonkind ~ 52 Realms) by Sheri-Lynn Marean – Review by Emily Walsh

Casstiel; Born of Lightning: Dragon Shifter (Dragonkind ~ 52 Realms)Casstiel; Born of Lightning: Dragon Shifter
BySheri-Lynn Marean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Casstiel; Born of Lightning: Dragon Shifter (Dragonkind ~ 52 Realms) by Sheri-Lynn Marean was a heart pounding, feels gripping read that had me hooked from start to finish.

My first read by this author and for this series. I am in love. This has probably been one of the best dragon shifter books I have read this year! I will say that I was a little confused at first, as this book is the second in this series, and picks up pretty much where the last left off. That being said, it was so well written that I was sucked in, just captured by the story. That opening, setting the stage for Casstiel, letting us not only see his pain, but has us experience it. That alone lets you know this isn’t going to be your typical love story. And now I need to read the book before, so I can get more of the story.

This book is full of those dreaded feels that makes you want to either slap the MC’s or hug them. Told in multi POV you get to see it from all angles and, get to see what they themselves had missed. The world building is outstanding, the info was giving at the right times, the detail was so on point I felt like I was standing with them, and watching first hand. That is what I love about reading, it takes you to all the places you didn’t know you’ve dreamed of.

I have nothing bad to say about this book, from the easy writing style, to the well built, well rounded characters, that had more character development then I thought possible, to the mystery that surrounds Casstiel and Ashara, this is a must read. That is why it gets my ultimate recommendation and my super stamp of approval. You will not be disappointment!

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Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1) by Via Mari – Review by Emily Walsh

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence
ByVia Mari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series #1) was a okay read, with hot smut, mystery, danger, that hooked me enough to want to read more.

My first read by this author and this series; I was in shacky territory because though I like romance books, with smut, I’m not into the erotica genres. This was way out of my comfort zone, and though I liked it enough to follow the series, I’m still not all that into that hard core erotica. You might find this funny, but I find it boring.. yeah I know, I’m weird. But I this book did a great job at spacing the scenes and with the compelling complex plot, the twist and turns and the unraveling mystery, it keeps you hooked and for me, kept me engaged in the story as a whole.

As for our MC’s, well, they did have some good character development, and I did like they why they were written, but at times I felt like I was reading characters I’ve met before. Same with the dynamics between the two, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they were bad, just that, they were too familiar. Maybe instead of having a billionaire male MC who is the boss, and the female MC that is you know, sort of well off, but not in that rich world, and gets introduced and all. How about a more realticable character, like someone in the middle class-ish. I just feel that the power dynamics are always the same, and a little overdone.

But the true star of this story is the mystery/danger that seems to be following our female MC. The little interconnecting details, the twist, the reveal. That was the highlight for me, and is what kept me reading. Because though we get a shocker of a opening, and a event that causes our MC’s to meets, the pace gets a little slow, but looking back now, as I start to fully connect, makes sense.

Overall this book was a pretty okay read. It’s good to read outside your comfort zone sometimes, and if you’re like me and what to venture out, then I suggest giving this book a try. It has my stamp of approval and my recommendation.

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