Category: Romance

Review: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Book 6) by Aileen Erin

I began the Alpha Girl Series with the first book a few years ago. Once I start a book, I hate not finishing it. With Becoming Alpha, I remember nearly putting the book down. Gasp! Thankfully, I persisted, and this series has become one of my favorites!

 

 

Title: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Book 6)

Author: Aileen Erin

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC via NetGalley

Release date: March 2017

Pages: 240

ASIN: B0167DZKVM

Rating:   

 

DESCRIPTION:
Meredith Molloney never thought she’d find a mate, let alone someone like Donovan Murry—one of the most powerful Alpha werewolves alive. Now that she’s no longer cursed and the evil Luciana Alvarez has been taken care of, she thinks life will finally settle down. Boy, she has never been so wrong.

In the middle of the night, Donovan gets a call telling him that his pack has gone to pieces. The news that his second in command has been found brutally murdered has Donovan packing his bags for Ireland, but the last thing Meredith wants to do is go with him. Cosette just warned her that the Irish pack isn’t so happy about Donovan’s choice in mates.

But Meredith’s never let a few angry wolves stop her, and she’s not about to start now. She’s faced down much worse the past few months. But when she gets there, she finds that it’s not just an angry pack that stands in the way between her and her Full Moon Ceremony with Donovan.

Meredith is thrust into a deadly game of pack politics, one a fey beast has happily joined. When the magic and dust settle, she knows she’ll either have everything that she wants or lose it all.

 

REVIEW:
I’m a huge fan of the Alpha Girl Series, but I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the series now that it has moved away from the main couple that we’ve come to love. I shouldn’t have worried. Like the last two books, Aileen Erin managed to pull it off!

Meredith and Donovan are a great couple! I love the way the author wove Meredith’s troubled past throughout the series. Her character growth made me instantly empathize with her—she doesn’t know the meaning of defeat! She was the perfect mate for Donovan. I love the mystery of Donovan. Unfortunately, I expected to learn more about him, but he came off as more of a secondary character. *pouts* He was supposed to be the most dominate alpha werewolf ever, but Meredith showed him up in every scene. While I understand this was her story, it was his as well, and his lack of alphaness was a little disappointing. Thankfully, Aileen Erin managed to expertly combine action and fantastic characters with an unforgettable love story to redeem the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and gobbled it down in one sitting. The story might have developed a little slow, but I found the ending was well worth the wait! If you enjoy the Alpha Girl Series, you won’t want to miss this edition. I can’t wait for the next book, where we move back to the main couple…releasing next year! *whimpers*

 

Previous books in the series:

 

Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3) by Lola Dodge

I binge read the first two books in this series, so when book three became available, I snatched it up. I love the possibilities in these stories…who doesn’t want to have super powers!

 

 

Title: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3)

Author: Lola Dodge

Genre: YA Science Fiction Romance via NetGalley

Publisher: Self-published

Release date: September 2016

Pages: 388

ASIN: B015GI4B46

Rating: 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

 

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

 

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

 

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA.

 

 

REVIEW:
I read this book three weeks ago, but the thought of writing a review has left me conflicted. Quanta and Altair were great characters…in the last book. Unfortunately, I don’t think they needed a second book. More than half the story dealt with Quanta and Altair struggling to understand and control her powers. The same issue was repeated over and over and felt redundant. Added to the fact that they solved the problem in one page made me feel the book was a bit superfluous. Worse, the solution wasn’t something that they figured out or solved on their own, it just fell into their lap. Very disappointing. I think it tainted my view of the whole book.

 

Don’t get me wrong—the writing was great. I loved getting to know more about the Ravens and exploring everyone’s unique abilities. I even loved their missions and the new characters introduced in this story. I highly enjoyed the action scenes, so much so, that I wished there were more of them.

 

So, I’m not sure if I just hit a reading slump with this book or if I didn’t just *love* it as much as the first two books in the series. I wanted something new and shiny to fawn over, and it never really happened. If you enjoy this series, by all means, read Quanta Reset. If you’re not hooked on The Shadow Ravens Series, I would suggest you skip this book.

 

 

Previous books in the series:

 

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I received my author copies of Druid Temptation. Whoohoo! I think they turned out beautiful. To celebrate, I’m offering a giveaway on GoodReads.

 

 

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Druid Temptation by Stacey Brutger

Druid Temptation

by Stacey Brutger

Giveaway ends October 17, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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If you’re not convinced, here is a short excerpt for you to enjoy:

Diana stood staring at the door, or more precisely, the large, muscular hand blocking her only means of escape. The smell of male curled around her. She inhaled deeply, already able to recognize Gabriel’s masculine scent, and her treacherous heart fluttered at the thought of turning around and facing him.

 

While she’d been putting Emilie to bed, she decided she’d imagined their attraction, blown it out of proportion, what with the excitement of the hunt and the threat of Williams looming over her.

 

But, no.

 

It hadn’t been exaggerated in the least.

 

If anything, the infuriating man was even more attractive, drat him.

 

Her hand dropped to her waist, her fingers twitching for the comfort of her knife. She was exhausted from the late night and the stress of using her gift.

 

It caused her to make mistakes.

 

Mistakes a man like Mendenhall pounced on.

 

“Let’s move to the study and make ourselves more comfortable while we talk.”

 

Diana no longer cared if it was obvious she was hiding something. Once she reached her cottage, it would take her less than a minute to gather her meager belongings and disappear.

 

She should just leave, but an irresistible curiosity to discover more about the big man at her back had her hesitating. It had been months since she’d had a normal conversation with anyone.

 

She’d been on the verge of foolishly talking herself into staying when she felt the bow and quiver being lifted from her shoulder.

 

Instinct took over.

 

Diana whirled and charged, ready to take back her possessions.

 

Only to end up colliding with his chest.

 

His very large, very muscular chest.

 

His clothes were of fine quality, but the day’s events left him rumpled, his shirt limp and practically molded to his body, instead of starched and pristine white.

 

Her ire and thoughts of retrieving her bow were suddenly forgotten as her fingers curled against the urge to touch and explore all that tempting flesh.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Diana and Gabriel! If you want to find out more, you can purchase your own copy on Amazon!

 

New Release - Druid Temptation

 

Druid Temptation by Stacey Brutger

 

The cover for Druid Temptation turned out fabulous.
I love the combination of color and magic!

Here is a blurb for your enjoyment:

ANOTHER DARK, ENCHANTING TALE OF LOVE AND MAGIC IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.

 

Diana Legend was abandoned as a child when her Druid powers of premonition and her the ability to control animals manifested. Since then, her gifts have brought her nothing but trouble. She experiences stability for the first time in her life at a boarding school for children who have similar abilities, but when her new home is viciously burned to the ground, her life is torn apart a second time. The few students who escaped are now being hunted…including her. When a young girl goes missing, Diana breaks her vow of secrecy and uses her gifts to rescue the child, but soon finds herself trapped when her past finally catches up with her.

 

Gabriel Moran, Viscount Mendenhall, would do anything for his little girl. When a stranger saves his daughter, he is fascinated against his will by her otherworldly beauty. Having been burned by a beautiful woman in the past, he refuses to play the fool again. In his pursuit to learn more about Diana, he becomes embroiled in a witch hunt—with Diana as the target. Vowing to keep her safe, Gabriel purposes a marriage of convenience. Only his plan backfires when he falls in love with his new bride.

 

Diana refuses to allow her past to taint her future. She must embrace her powers to keep her new family safe from a lunatic willing to do whatever is necessary to take her captive. As the attacks become more violent, Gabriel is more determined than ever to save Diana, refusing to relinquish his only chance to live happily ever after.

 

Druid Temptation is now available at Amazon!

Below is Diana’s hilarious first introduction to London…

 

Excerpt:

The lack of motion penetrated Diana’s consciousness, but the warmth beneath her encouraged her to linger…until the surface moved.

 

Her eyes shot open and it took her brain precious seconds to understand she was sprawled across Gabriel.

 

Mortified that she had practically crawled in his lap while she slept, she bolted upright, but the lack of space in the carriage left her nowhere to go.

 

Gabriel slowly reached out and tucked a stray strand of hair behind her ear. “We’re here.”

 

His comment startled her so much she forgot her awkwardness. She leaned across him, bracing her hand against the door to peer out the window and study the house.

 

The dirty, crowded buildings had vanished, replaced by well-kept, majestic homes. The lawns were manicured, the hedges trimmed, everything was immaculate.

 

While there was beauty to this part of the city, it was still noisy, smelly, crowded and cold. She much preferred her forest.

 

Gabriel cleared his throat, and she glanced at him over her shoulder, suddenly conscious that she was once again stretched across his lap, her bottom practically swinging under his nose. Only then did she realize that she was supposed to show polite interest, not climb over him to gape at the house like a ninny.

 

She opened her mouth, but whatever she was about to say was lost in a face full of fur when Wolf wiggled himself between them.

 

“Wolf!” Diana lost her balance and landed on Gabriel in a tumble of skirts. She pushed at Wolf’s stubborn hide, lifting her arms to fend off his tongue, struggling to contain her helpless laugher. By the time the zealous dog settled down, she was on the floor, kneeling between Gabriel’s splayed thighs.

 

In that exact moment, the door to the carriage opened.

 

She could just imagine the picture she created—breathless, her face flushed from laughing, her hair tumbling about her after her struggle with Wolf.

 

Not the first best impression, but it ensured no one would soon forget.

 

She glanced back at the traitor, and saw the rascally dog innocently seated at the other end of the carriage, his head hanging out the window. She’d swear she could almost hear the beast snicker.

 

 

If you enjoyed the excerpt and want to find out more, Druid Temptation is now available at Amazon!

To celebrate my new release, I’m offering a SALE on Druid Surrender for ONLY $0.99!
Or you can try both books for FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Enjoy!

 

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Review: A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet

I’ll admit it was the gorgeous cover of A Promise of Fire that caught my attention, but I jumped in with both feet when I read the blurb. Action. Adventure. Romance. Fantasy. *squee* 

 

 

Title: A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles)

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release date: August 2016

Pages: 448

ASIN: B01DE9I4LA

Rating:

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT.

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

 

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

 

 

REVIEW:
Cat Fisa has been on the run, hiding from her past, fighting not only for her freedom but her very life. When she first spotted Griffin, she knew he was trouble, but she could never have guessed the extent he would go to possess her. Despite all her resolve to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for the annoyingly handsome, obstinate, hard-headed bastard. Cat must learn to trust, risk revealing her deepest, darkest secrets or lose the only thing that mattered to her—not the freedom that she held so dear as she expected, but the one who captured her heart…Griffin!

 

I will preface my review by saying this was one of the best books I’ve read this year! The originality completely sold me on A Promise of Fire. I loved the combination of action, adventure and fantasy, but when you add romance into the mix, I was a goner! Griffin is a clever tactician, loyal down to his bones, an alpha through and through, and a total ass to Cat. On the other hand, Cat didn’t make her time in captivity pleasant…good for her! I adored the interaction between the two of them, the humor of watching these two hard souls fall totally and irrevocably in love with each other was fantastic. The only detraction that stopped me from giving this five stars was Cat’s secret wasn’t much of a mystery, but no one figured it out. Griffin was no slouch…he should’ve guessed at some point in the book. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed not only the characters, but the addicting storyline as well—even with the slight cliff-hanger ending. I can’t wait for book two!