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I love paranormal and historical romance novels. I love talking about books and finding out about new authors and books to read. I also love supporting and promoting my favorite authors.

 

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Duke are Forever
Bec McMaster
Protecting Piper
Cynthia Eden
Atlantis Awakening - Alyssa Day

Book two brings us a witch, Erin, and the King's Vengeance, Ven, (who by the way hates witches- surprise, surprise). The moment Ven meets her, and then rescues her from some evil witches, the action and passion are a go and the story is fast paced and fun. The two main characters work well together and Ven is intense when it comes to her and his reaction to her.  The plot has some surprises and Quinn and Alaric have a moment (YAY). Daniel plays a pivotal role again in book two (can’t wait to reread his book), and Riley is pregnant and there are complications, so the story is full of twists, turns, passion, and true love comes to life.  I loved rereading this book as part of the ARC team. Alyssa Day’s rereleasing of this favorite series is great and returning to the world of Atlantis is a joy.

Atlantis Rising - Alyssa Day

I first read this in 2012, and when I found out Alyssa Day was rereleasing the series and asked for readers, I jumped on board and dived right back into a series I loved the first go around.  I am looking forward to rereading all of them. Book one starts with Conlan, the future king of Atlantis, who returns after seven years of being a prisoner to the goddess of death.  Everyone thinks he is "damaged goods", even himself, but he puts on a brave face and heads out to get back the trident that was stolen from his homeland by his own warriors.  The moment he sets foot onto the beach he is bombarded with the emotions of one woman, Riley, and it is a strong attraction at first sight.  Their adventure against the vampires, the coup being orchestrated by a group of Atlantan warriors, and the fact that he has a promised fiancé he is required to marry back home, doesn’t stop him and Riley from falling for each other and falling hard. I enjoyed the story, again, loved the characters and the conflict, and am ready to dive into book 2 right now. 

My Favorite Cowboy - Donna Grant

So good.  I love this series by DG; it is so different from her Dark universe series. It is fresh, fun, and still filled with action, passion, suspense, and strong characters. This one follows the last Harper sibling to find love, Caleb, and a well known vet, Audrey,  who is called in to help some ill horses. When the conflict intensifies and it becomes clear that she is the real target, Caleb and family all pitch in to figure out who is trying to hurt her.  I loved it.  I love this family, and I hope there will be more even though all three siblings have now found love. I really recommend this series; it is fresh and entertaining from start to finish and each book is awesome.

Dark Alpha's Awakening - Donna Grant

This was SO good!  I have been waiting for Cael and Erith's story almost as long as I have been waiting for Rhi's story.  The final battle against Bran happens and hints are dropped about Rhi's coming battle with the Light Queen, and Ballidyn starts to get hints (hopefully) that he will get his own story and a happy ever after (Not with Rhi!). So good, so passionate, so exciting. Just perfect!!!! You will not be disappointed with how this story plays out.

One Tough Cowboy - Lora Leigh

This one is so full of passion, excitement, and tension as the two main characters work together to weed out corruption in their small town. They have known each other their whole lives, but when her family moves away 10-15 years ago, Hunter never expected to see the little kid he had nicknamed Pixie Pest all grown up and back in town to seek answers for her aunt's death. She knows her aunt's death was not a suicide and she won’t rest until she gets justice. She doesn’t expect to find Hunter, the guy she had a crush on, as the sheriff and just as hot as he was when she saw him years past. She hasn’t come back for him, but she can’t help noticing that he flirts with her and her interest is rekindled as they work together to stop the corruption in her home town. Passions flair fast and hot between these two and the plot and conflict were great. A nice mix of adventure, action, suspense, and passion. I liked this one a lot.

Midnight Unleashed: A Midnight Breed Novella - Lara Adrian

I actually had my doubts as to whether he was going to let her get away, silly male! These two characters were great together; it definitely had some emotional tension, the plot was good, and the conflict was entertaining. This is a novella, but that didn't take away from it being a good story.

Midnight Untamed - Lara Adrian

This was super fast, but it helped that they loved each other ten years ago and were forced apart by her family. It made the fact that in less than 24 hours they were blood bonded. Not my favorite but still an enjoyable quick read.

Dragon Night - Donna Grant

This one was fun! It was also a tad different because usually the dragon king shows his woman who he is but in this one Alex accidentally sees Dorian shift and then later confronts him about it. Also, Dorian has been asleep since the dragons left the realm a millennial ago and he really hates humans. Those two aspects of the character development made this one fresh and fun and exciting. I loved their story. The plot and conflict is building and I am SO ready to find out who Rhi’s Dragon king is!!

Dragon Burn: A Dark Kings Novella - Donna Grant

This one I knew what to expect because I accidentally read past it and so it is referenced in the books that follow, so there were no big surprises. But that didn’t take away from an enjoyable story, and I liked Sebastian and Gianna. It isn’t my favorite, but I think that is only because I felt like I had already read it before. It has all of the great traits of a DG book and a DK novel-- adventure, passion, intrigue, and excitement.

Archangel's Viper - Nalini Singh

I love the characters in this series so much. They are vibrant, dynamic, and so entertaining. Venom has been one of those very interesting characters from the very start. He always came across as cold and distant but with a subtle sense of humor that sometimes showed itself. Holly was a broken woman after Uram got done with her but it was clear from the very start that her and Venom had a connection. I loved their story; their banter and bickering was fun to watch. Also, seeing Venom slowly open up to her was sweet and beautiful to watch. I love them as a couple and their adventure was exciting. Uram is trying to make a resurrection and he is trying to through Holly. Holly knows that if Raphael and his Seven find out that Uram has been whispering to her to do things that it would mean her end. But she plans on going down fighting and comes to realize that once you are taken in by the Seven, you are family and they don’t give up on their own. Loved it and still love this series a lot.

Hour of Darkness - Lara Adrian

This was my first try at an audiobook and I am not sure I like the format or not. Have to mule over it for a few days I think. I’m a visual learner so not being able to see the words or imagine the story as I read it was a bit hard. But the story itself was good. Always enjoy a good Breed novel and the new spin-off series is great and opens up some fresh story lines. This was the second book in the series and the characters were good. He was definitely a rough dude; coarse, abrupt, and cold most of the time. She was an interesting character, though the reader was a male who tried to give her a Russian accent and that kept throwing me off. Him softening his voice anytime she spoke, I think, was one of the negatives of an audio book. The plot was good. The conflict interesting and kept me listening hour after hour. The book was like 6 hours long and I sat through the whole thing, start to finish. The story was good. Mixed feelings on the format.

 

What do you all think of audio books? Do you like them? Are there ones out there where females read the female roles and guys read the male roles or is it usually one reader for the whole book? I’m curious. Do you find it difficult to imagine the story? What are your all’s thoughts?

Highlander Ever After - Paula Quinn

Great characters and entertaining plot made for yet another great MacGregor story in a long line of great stories following several generations from the same family.  This one follows the heir to the chieftain, Adam, and a woman sworn to marry him by the machinations of the Queen and future king of England. They definitely had a rocky start to their marriage but Adam is persistent and doesn’t give up on trying to make Sina feel welcomed on Skye, until they receive a letter from the new king demanding her return. At first he doesn’t seem inclined to fight for a woman that from the get-go told him she loved another, but distance does help the heart grow fonder and weeks after her return to London he comes to win her back. I enjoyed their story and I am glad that it does work out among all parties involved in the end. Sweet. Passionate. Exciting. And enjoyable all around.

January in Atlantis - Alyssa Satin Capucilli

It was great to return to the world of Atlantis and it's warriors.  This the first book in the spin off series that started with the Warriors of Poseidon and we have a prodigal son return after years away from his homeland. He has his scars and he doesn't take crap from anyone, so when he is unceremoniously recruited for the new set of elite warriors to fight for Atlantis, he isn't exactly thrilled.  But when he, and the other 2 new recruits, find out what their first mission is, the misfits jump on board to stop some demons from sacrificing a bunch of innocent girls. This takes them to Early, Nevada and into Eva's bar and when Flynn sees Eva he knows there is something down right special about her.  The chemistry between the two is off the charts, which doesn't hurt the situation, so when he finds out she is in danger and that she knows about the gang they are hunting, he sets out to both protect her and use her.  Eva has been running for years from her ex and she is tired of being afraid, so when Flynn tells her he needs her help she sees it as a way to reclaim who she used to be and save a bunch of innocents.  It was a very entertaining story, action-packed, and passionate.  They were sweet together and the moments in the desert were the highlights of their budding romance.  I am glad that Flynn is reunited with his brothers and that Eva is free from her evil ex.  Great and fun story.

Magnolia Mystic - Lisa Kessler

Book one in the new series focuses on the quartermaster, Colton, and a psychic named Skye. It was fast, novella length, but still enjoyable.  He did propose rather quickly but it was still a sweet start to a new series and one I will read more of. The plot concept is good and book one sets up the conflict that they need to find out whole stole the Grail and retrieve it before it can be used for nefarious reasons. I look forward to reading more in this series.

The Duke I Once Knew  - Olivia Drake

Fifteen years have passed since Abby saw the Duke of Rothwell, and when she took the governess position at his estate, she never dreamed she would see him again. He had left her life, broke his promise, and never returned. She is tired of being at her family's beck and call and wants finally to do something for herself, so she takes the position as governess to his younger sister.  She is in for a world of surprise when not only does she see him again but she gets trapped in his library while he has an assignation with his mistress. How embarrassing when he finds her trying to crawl out of the room undetected.

He never wanted to return to his childhood home, and he certainly never wanted to see the girl he thinks spurned him when he moved away. He has lived a wild life in the 15 years since leaving, and as he is trying to seduce a woman into becoming his next mistress, what he doesn’t expect to find is the girl he once loved and wanted to marry in his employ without his knowledge sneaking around his library.

The chemistry between the two was great from the start and their back story added an interesting plot element as they try to come to terms with the fact that his father worked to keep them apart all those years ago.  I enjoyed their story a lot and the plot and conflict worked steadily to keep the story going from start to finish.  There were not a lot of slow moments and I liked the villain being the woman who wanted him for herself. Enjoyable all around and a beautiful love story.

 

Not the Duke's Darling - Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt's stories are always so enjoyable and filled with strong female leads who aren’t afraid to be independent and go for what they want, even when what they think they want blinds them to their heart's true desires. This story centers around two families that were torn apart by tragedy and 15 years later two members of those families find themselves at a house party together. Christopher doesn’t remember who Freya is and she is quite put out about the fact he doesn’t remember her, even though 15 years ago she was just a 12 year old girl, and he was her grown brother’s best friend. She looks the part of a demure and polite companion, but when she spits vitriol at him every time they talk he can’t help but be drawn in to this curiosity of a woman. When she challenges him to a duel, he gets far more than he planned and from that moment on it is one steam filled moment after another while she tries and solves the mystery of where a neighbor's wife is being held captive. I enjoyed the story. I always enjoyed Hoyt’s take on Regency romance and this one doesn’t disappoint at all. Fun. Entertaining. Lively. Passionate. And full of adventure. I look forward to more.