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Ouroboros (Antipodes Book 3) by T.S. Simons – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Ouroboros (Antipodes #3)Ouroboros by T.S. Simons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this installment of the Antipodes series, Cam has set off on a journey of discovery and healing after the loss of his wife Laetitia when she was cruelly killed, he is in pain and needs some closure, so he heads away from his home, his family and his life so that he can go back to them fully healed and able to be with them completely, so he takes of on his boat. On his naval travels, the first place Cam stops at is Kirkwall and a visit to the community living on Orkney where some of the other women who shared in his late wife’s ordeal live, he cannot remember what happened on that fateful day and so he asks to speak to them when they are ready. In the meantime, he meets up with some old friends and sees how life has changed there over the past year, he is happy to see them and he thinks that they are happy to see him too, or at least some of them are, but he finds out that they are all still suffering too, he knows he has to regain their trust before they will open up to him.

As he introduces himself to the inhabitants of the island he hasn’t yet met, he has a feeling that there is someone in the crowd he knows, but cannot place them, it turns out to be someone who was heading up the recruitment centre where he was chosen when the whole domed community idea was started. As they properly introduce themselves, Cam asks what they have been doing on Orkney and how they ended up there, this leads on to conversations about their role on the island, the portals and everything else they had learned over the last few years and Cam is invited to join them on future trips around the community, to which he readily agrees. He stays with a friend and it is their partner who opens up first and shocks Cam by telling him that the women feared him after his outburst a year ago, but now that they have seen him and he explains his reasons why and his feelings on everything that happened, they can understand him better too. As the days pass and a working relationship with the woman from Australia develops, Cam stays on the island as he waits for the other women to talk to him, he learns all that he can so that he can take the information with him when he gets home. When the opportunity to talk to the women arrives, it helps them all with some closure and acceptance of what happened and Cam is grateful for it all, but nobody is surprised when he continues on his travels past the place he lost his mind to grief and on to another place in Scotland he hoped to find some more answers.

As he approaches the place he needs to go, Cam finds somewhere dry to spend the time he needs to dig for some information, this takes a little longer than planned, but is worth it in the end when he finds what he was looking for, as well as some unexpected information along the way. He makes a few more stops on his travels and shares some of the things he has learned along the way with others who are as shocked as he is, but it causes him to question the friendships he has and others he hasn’t. Will Cam be able to use the information he finds out to look after those he holds dear, or will circumstances beyond his control threaten the life he has come home to find again and will he be able to look on his life and friendships in the same way because of it? This is another journey of secrets, revelations and discovery which keeps you on your toes as you journey along with Cam and those around him, a story you will not want to miss out on.

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Watcher: A MM Romeo and Juliet Retelling (Star Crossed Celestials) by A.L. Morrow – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Watcher (Star-Crossed Celestials Duet #1)Watcher by A.L. Morrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jace is a Watcher, a type of angel who lives on Earth observing the humans who live around him, but they are not the only ones he watches, demons and Messengers fall under his umbrella as well. Cyrus is a Messenger who has recently arrived to take up a position on Earth, but instead of the war he is seeing, he wants peace instead. Unfortunately, the Messengers are also angels, however, they are not as friendly as the Watchers, they view their ancestors as the ones who corrupted humans through their indiscretions and it is because of this, they are viewed as almost as badly as the demons. It is because of this ancestry that he has spent his entire life running from the Messengers, at least until he had to move to Las Vegas and move in with them, in a manner of speaking.

Jace has a weakness for handsome angels and so decided to take his best friend along to a gathering of Messengers so he can find a particular one, however, when he gets there, he is waylaid by a completely different Messenger. Cyrus is attending his welcome party, along with the others who arrived with him is not particularly enjoying being in the company of certain individuals so welcomes the distraction of a handsome, dark haired angel who catches his eye and a lot more than that.

As time passes, Jace and Cyrus end up finding time for some close encounters and intimate shenanigans, but because of the divide between their factions, they have to keep their growing bond a secret from even their nearest and dearest. This is becoming more difficult, especially when Cyrus is tasked to get close to the one person he wishes he could stay away from, but is this the true danger which lies in wait for the two star crossed lovers?

In this celestial retelling of a classic love story, will the end remain the same, or will love conquer all? This is a fast paced romance with plenty of steamy action, wise cracking demons and angels galore to keep you interested throughout this tale of two factions.

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Sword of Darkness (The Vigilant) by LM Preston – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Sword of Darkness (Vigilant, #3.5)Sword of Darkness by L.M. Preston
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Reece is a young man who loves to live dangerously, he is a street car racer and weapons designer, he is also a well trained fighter thank to his parents who are skilled in all arts of fighting and weapons. He hears about a street race in the new town he has moved to, but it is nothing like he expects, but he is determined to win, so he follows the steps and signs up, but when he sees how vicious the race is, he is even more determined to win.

As the race is about to start, he sees a beautiful young woman and she takes his breath away, but despite warning from her friends and other strangers, he is determined to interact with he more after the race, but that never happens and eventually he comes second in the race and leaves with his prize. His obsession with this girl however, becomes more serious as the days go by and he goes to great lengths to spend even a small amount of time alone with her, that is until one day when his life changes forever.

Meanwhile, he is having dreams about creating a weapon more beautiful and complex than any other he has previously designed and made, so when he is taken to a shop which breaks all the rules of convention, he sees exactly what he needs to finish it, but the price he has to pay for it is something unlike any other. Will Reece be able to survive being pulled in multiple directions by his friends, family, school and time with this girl, or will he be overcome by his obsessions? This is a fast paced fantasy tale full of paranormal antics and supernatural romance which will keep you hooked until the end.

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The Secret Cure: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist by JD Spero – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Secret CureThe Secret Cure by J.D. Spero
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rosalie Giordano is a young woman in her mid thirties, she has her whole life ahead of her and a husband who dotes on her, he is strong, charming, charismatic and beautiful and they have been married for ten blissful years and it has almost been like a fairytale, especially after escaping the manipulative clutches of her mother. Rosalie and her husband decide to start a family, but things don’t go to plan when one day she is struck by a mysterious illness which leaves her paralysed and unable to speak, so they have to hire an assistant to care for her. He is shocked and struggles to come to terms with the change in her and as the days turn to weeks and months, he starts to pull away from her, but she still wants him, if only she could tell him, or show him.

As the months pass and there looks like Rosalie will never recover, she noticed that her husband is a lot less attentive to her and acting as though she isn’t even there, but she suspects he is having an affair when she smells a fragrance on him she doesn’t recognise. One day she slowly begins to regain some of her movement, a finger twitch here, a vocalisation there and she is ecstatic, but because of her husband’s possible infidelity, she decides not to tell him and pretend that things haven’t changed at all.

As this complex web continues to be woven, her husband decides to take her and her carer away for a trip to warmer climates, so Rosalie decides that this is where she will enact her revenge, but things don’t quite go according to plan. Will Rosalie be able to enact her revenge and surprise her cheating husband, or will she be too weak to follow through? This is a suspenseful story of love, lies and revenge which will keep you reading and not want to put the book down until you find out what happened at the end.

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Caged Fire (The Vigilant Book 1) by LM Preston – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Caged Fire (Vigilant, #1)Caged Fire by L.M. Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

EmVee is back after barely escaping with her life and after the run in with her ex boyfriend changing her, she had no choice but to run and nobody but her father left to run with her. Since they night, they have been on the run and living with one eye watching behind them at all times, but this can’t last forever and between the fights and sleeping in their car, EmVee and her father hope that this time, they will have enough to leave the country, but all those hopes are dashed and the latest fight.

It all stays off fine with her father fighting and EmVee collecting the money, but when she sees someone from their past in the crowd, she know that something isn’t right and let’s her dad know as soon as she can. He tells her to run, but she won’t leave him behind, so instead she hides while he confronts the ones following them. Unfortunately, he doesn’t survive the confrontation and so EmVee has to find her own safety, so she turns to someone she hopes will be a safe haven, even if only for one night before, she starts her mission to destroy the one who have destroyed her life and her family.

As EmVee follows the clues left behind, she runs into the best friend of her ex, Kayson who says that he can help her get the answers she do desperately seeks, however, they aren’t the answers she expects. A whole new world of supernatural and paranormal beings is opened up to her and if she hadn’t been through what she had, she would have said she was crazy, but if it gets her where she wants to be, then she might just have to start having faith in him.

Can EmVee trust Kayson, did he know what a monster his best friend was and does he know what happened to her to make her the monster she is today? Will they survive long enough to get the answers to both their questions, or will death find them sooner than they expect? This is a fantasy adventure which is full of tension, twists, turns and supernatural beings in this action packed story you will not want to miss.

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Enchanted In Time by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Enchanted in TimeEnchanted in Time by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Roxanne Ferris is a woman who writes a blog, but she has a tragedy burdening her shoulders and so is best selling author Claudette Grayson, although there are decades in age between them, all they want is to escape from the memories haunting them. This led them to meet when Claudette asked for someone to be her caregiver over her last summer, she is unwell and has not got long to live, whereas Roxanne is younger but weighed down by her world. Both women both write and find they in common, but as they spend more time together, other things come to the fore as well.

Claudette is determined to write one last story and she wants Roxanne to help her with it, so they discuss the setting, timeframe, characters and the storyline, in between these conversations, Claudette gives Roxanne her notes so that she can start the task of writing it and it being up to her expectations. As the women dive into this story, they bond over it, however when Claudette goes to bed, Roxanne starts to experience unusual things in the house and starts to think that it is all in her head, so she tries her best to ignore it.

As time goes on, Roxanne starts to hear and see one of the fictional characters in the house and at some point, the apparition starts to talk to her and it all begins to feel a bit too real. Who is the stranger, what is his story and is it just a coincidence that he resembles one of the characters in this story? Will this summer be the undoing of both women, or will their sanity come out of the other side unscathed, stronger and more resilient, bringing about the peace they both so desperately crave? This is an emotional rollercoaster as the supernatural and fictional combine to create a fantastical story of grief, life, love and loss which will ensnare you hook, line and sinker from start to finish.

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Princess of Prias by Courtney Davis – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Princess of PriasPrincess of Prias by Courtney Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elle is a young woman with a promising future, as an orphan, she was brought up by another family member, but as a child, she did have the usual dreams, as every orphan does, of a fairytale type life where she is a princess. She is about to go out one evening when she finds out about a tragedy which is near to her heart, she is devastated and feels alone, but it also leads to a life changing event, she finds some of her mothers belongings, one of which starts glowing green, she just thinks that it’s something caused by grief.

When life returns to a bit of normality, she suddenly starts feeling like she is being followed, so when handsome Locan turns up telling her that her dream is actual true and she is a princess, he gives her a choice to either come with him in his spaceship, or be left to fend for herself against the less friendly people who intend her harm. Elle feels like she is either going insane, or Locan is, but thanks to the odd feelings and mysterious blue star birthmarks appearing on her arm, she decides to take a chance and makes the last minute decision to go with him.

As they journey through space, Locan explains more about where she is from and what it is like living there, including about her Uncle, it is a lot to process, but Elle seems to be taking it in her stride, but as with all journeys, this one doesn’t go smoothly. Along the way, there are dangers all around Elle and Locan, from the people following her who have been sent by her Uncle and to make matters more difficult, there are her peoples Goddesses who appear with side quests for them, mainly saving earthlings and aliens alike, but always with their own hidden agendas, all the while Elle and Locan are trying to deny the growing attraction between them.

Will Elle be able to step up into the shoes everyone wants her to, or will she bow under the pressure and will Locan finally be able to accept himself and see himself as Elle sees him? This is a Sci-Fi adventure spanning across space as this romance plays out amongst the stars.

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A Quirk of Destiny: Apocalyptic Visionary Sci-Fi Thriller by Catherine Greenall -Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

A Quirk of Destiny: Ignoramus et IgnorabimusA Quirk of Destiny: Ignoramus et Ignorabimus by Catherine Greenall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Calum is scientist who works approving food and drinks for distribution in the UK, he has thrown himself into his work ever since his fiancée died a year ago, despite the best efforts of his best friends. One day, while he is looking into a specific food, he sees that it has been approved despite not going through the relevant and robust testing needed. Calum talks to his friends about it and they all decide to do some further research, so he goes to some archives and meets a fellow lover of the environment called Jessie and arranges to meet up the week after. When he goes into a meeting with all of his research, coupled with the research his friends have done, but when he brings it up to his superiors, he is shocked my their attitude and the repercussions of this.

By the time a couple of days had passed news of some mysterious disappearances have come to light, including his next door neighbour, but the most shocking things are the reports of a mystery illness spreading throughout the country, but when he finds out that his friends are seeing the same thing and it is putting them on edge, he advises them to come to him, so they can stick together. As danger follows them to Calum’s home, he decides to contact Jessie and along the way picks up another person who has been unaffected by the disease.

As the group try to do to somewhere a bit better to defend, they talk about what could be causing the disease and who might be behind it, while also trying to figure out how to avoid the people who have contracted it. Meanwhile, they find that they are being followed by the diseased, the only thing is, the more they encounter, the more that something doesn’t quite add up, it seems that some of the diseased have mutated and now have abilities while cross over into the paranormal, but they aren’t alone, there are other forces hunting the group down and these don’t play well with others.

Will Calum be able to keep his friends safe and out of danger while being chased by the mutants and other interested parties? This is an apocalyptic sci-fi which deals with current issues in an imaginative and exploratory way, while being a race against time with plenty of action and adventure throughout.

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The Liminal Space (Antipodes Book 2) by T.S. Simons – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Liminal Space (Antipodes #2)The Liminal Space by T.S. Simons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cam Mackintosh is back in the second installment of the Antipodes series and he is happily living on Lewis with his family and adapting to the changes within it, he still hasn’t fully recovered from the experiences of going through the tunnels and how his body felt while he did, but he tries not to think about it if he can, but he is more scared by the upcoming change in his life, but as he is listening to his friends advice about the situation, he definitely still feels unprepared. He finds that he reminisces about his family before the virus more as he thinks about them all and what examples he can take from it, as well as thinking about how different his wife’s upbringing was and how that will be useful in the future as well. He is also remembering his last lot of travels to Ireland and the people he spoke to there, especially what he learned from one person in particular about the portals and how they work, as well as who may have created them, it was an in depth conversation, but he now he knows more information, he was able to share it with his community on Lewis when he returned. When he returned last time he also realised that this is where he was meant to be and where his home was, including the woman who was waiting for him there.

As life continued on in the community, Cam is the happiest he has been in a long time and although he has had a lot of work to catch up on in the greenhouses and the orchards, he has been the most settled he had been in a long time too, that is until he bumps into someone and a whole flux of memories come flooding back, he escapes to his spot in the hills to think about what he has just found out and ends up confronting old feelings and learning things that he has wanted to know for over a year, this will hopefully bring some closure to the past, but instead it opens up a whole new can of worms. As a community meeting is called, some more surprising information is announced by a group from another community who have returned from their travels and he learns that there were other communities established in Australia which has less strict requirements and as such that there is a possibility that other people may have survived in other domes, but when a list of people is produced and a certain name jumps out at him, he knows that he has to take another trip through the portal and take a chance to see if this person is still alive, but this means leaving his family and he is not sure if he can do that, however, he is encouraged to go.

As a small group prepares to set off on this new adventure, will they find what they are looking for and discover whether the rumours of other domed communities are true, or will the time Cam spends away from his family be its undoing? In this dystopian adventure, you go on an emotional journey across the world to uncover secrets which could change the groups world view and experience everything with them, prepare for a journey through a bleak world to see whether there are any lights at the end of the tunnel.

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Love in the Roses: A Historical Medieval Romance (Love Through The Ages) by T.L. Clark – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Love in the RosesLove in the Roses by T.L. Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In 15th Century England and in the time of the War of the Roses where Isabel lives with her parents in rural Suffolk, they are a loving unit and she has no want to leave their side, however, she has come of age and is now told by her mother that she needs to start thinking about her future and the marriage that this will entail. Isabel is shocked and cannot believe that her parents are thinking of this and it makes her anxious and unable to concentrate on her daily lessons, she asks about her intended and is disheartened when no information is forthcoming, apart from that her father is travelling a long way to make the intended match and that it is a good one. As the days pass and her father returns from his travels, he makes the announcement that he has made an arrangement and that she has indeed been promised to a young knight, Sir William, however, when she overhears that it is a match with a family on the wrong side of the War of the Roses, she cannot believe what she is hearing and her anxiety ramps up a notch or two.

As her anxieties increase and the day of her wedding approaches, Isabel’s mother comforts her with words of wisdom, as do the Good Women whom she has grown up around, but she is still a little scared at the idea of her father giving her away to a Lancastrian supporter when all she has known is the Yorkists, but she puts it aside and tries to make the best of the situation. As she approaches the aisle and sees her betrothed for the first time, she is satisfied by how handsome and polite he is and doesn’t let her emotions run away with her as they exchange vows and celebrate with the friends and family surrounding the newly wed couple. The hardest part of it all is leaving her family the next day to travel to her new home, with a trip to visit another relative of her husband, however, tensions run high on the journey, but she keeps her opinions as much to herself as she can, even if this means increasing tensions between the newlyweds.

This continues on the long journeys they embark on as they make their way slowly to their new home, but what kind of reception will they receive and will love be able to remove the barriers the opposing alliances create? In a time of unrest, lies, secrecy and danger, 15th century England is not the easiest place to build a new life, but these young partners do their best to be a good husband and wife to the other in every way, emotionally, physically and mentally as they embark on a new life in this captivating historical romance.

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