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Dragonfire - Donna Grant

The next book gives us more and more about the new threat that is worse than the Fae, Mikkle, or Ulrik. They know that both Light and Dark Fae teamed up with both Mie and Drough Druids to take them down, but what they don’t know is why or how far they will go. In this one, we start to see the great lengths and for how long this new threat has gone to to bring the Dragon King’s down. Along the way, Donna Grant, I swear, is dropping more and more hints about who might be Rhi’s Dragon King, but I don’t know if I can believe what I think or is she is just trying to throw the reader off. Time will tell! Roman and Sabina’s story was just as entertaining and exciting as all the other DK books. I liked watching the interactions between Con and Ulrik, and Ulrik and Eilish both play roles in Roman and Sabina’s adventure. It was fun, passionate, intriguing, and the plot just keeps getting more complex and more dynamic. The scope that the Dark Universe has taken is just amazing to think that it all came from one woman’s imagination. So cool. And so good.

Darkness Surrendered (Order of the Blade #3) - Stephanie Rowe

Elijah is a tormented warrior who has lost his mind and is being used by Ezekiel to destroy his friends and teammates. At the end of book 2, he is buried alive and left by his teammates and friends, so when this one opens up it is right where the series left off. Ana is searching for her mate, who she knows has survived, and when they unearth him he is not the same man who sacrificed himself to try and save her in book 1. Their story is a tormented one. She represents all of his nightmares and he knows that he is one slip away from total and complete madness so he tries to keep his distance. She knows it is her fault he is as tortured as he is and it was her fault that he was killed, revived, captured, and tortured in order to be used as a weapon against the Order. All she wants is to give him his life back; she knows she doesn’t deserve anything else, so she tries to keep her distance. It doesn’t help either of them that her touch is the only thing that keeps his demons from coming back. While they struggle with the mixed emotions they bring out in each other, they are trying to find a way to kill their enemy. This one is action packed just like the previous two books.  The action was good. The emotional tension was good and the plot was strong. I did feel like at a certain part it did seem to drag a bit but overall enjoyable and entertaining. The bad guy is epic in this one. The final battle was well written and great. I enjoyed it. However, I think book 2 is my favorite so far.

Darkness Seduced - Stephanie Rowe

The second book is jam-packed with action, passion,  and suspense. I loved the characters and the plot, it was fast-paced and entertaining.  This series gets going quickly, the author didn't waste anytime with releasing their major enemy.  Book two, has the heroes racing against time to stop Ezekiel from rising and fighting off Frank, who was introduced in book one. I don't want to drop any spoilers but know that, unlike other series where the author waits until 5+ books in before the big-dog baddie is released, Rowe doesn't, which is AWESOME.  She isn't dragging it out, she is just getting down to it, which is refreshing. Gideon and Lily are great together and they try really hard to fight their fate but in the end, their love is too strong to ignore. I loved it a lot, great story.

Legacy of Danger - Jillian David

The next installment was good and entertaining, though I think it was not my favorite in the series.  The adventure continues and the darkness is becoming more and more bold. Wyatt Bland has set his sight on Mariah and he won’t take no for an answer. When Vaughn steps in to save her at the hospital from Wyatt’s aggressive overtures, it starts the ball rolling on their adventure, and it is very rocky.  Vaughn isn’t great with words, and he carries around so much guilt that he doesn’t believe he deserves a woman like Mariah, but his powers become a bit obsessive when it comes to protecting her and he can’t seem to walk away.  Mariah has been through hell, and now that she is in Copper Valley, she is working off her medical school loans and working on dealing with her own demons. So when a tortured Vaughn sweeps into town with his hot and cold moods, she knows she shouldn’t get involved with him, but she can’t seem to stop from being drawn to him. Story was good, there was some emotional tension, the plot flowed well, and the conflict was believable.  I think I preferred book 2, Eric and Shelby’s story more, but I am glad the missing brother has returned home and is back with his family on the ranch.

Adam -  Jennifer Ashley

This was a very entertaining story about a stuntman who is seriously injured and goes home to recuperate and finds the bookworm that helped him graduate high school and who he had a quick fling with has grown up into a spirited and confident woman with her own scars.  She is the only one he can turn to to help him over come his PTSD in order to reclaim his life, but the more time he spends with her, the less he wants to return to the Hollywood life he left behind in a flaming wreck.

Bailey has been burned before.  She left her high end Austin lifestyle and her excheating husband to torture to her home town to lick her wounds and move on.  What she finds is a reason to be happy and get out of bed, working on the Campbell ranch training stunt horses and learning how to do stunts herself.  What she doesn’t expect is her high school crush and very brief lover, Adam, to come back ten years later and jeopardize what she has built with his charming smiles and smoldering looks. She tries to keep her distance but when he comes to her one night and begs her to help him overcome his fears and panic attacks in order to beat an old high school rival, she can’t help but agree. What happens next is sure to shake up her life and break her heart, again, when he goes back to his LA life.

I enjoyed the story.  It was fast, well-paced, had a good emotional struggle that pulled the reader into the plot, and the characters are well developed and entertaining.  I enjoyed watching Adam work to win Bailey back, beat he fears, and in the end prove to Bailey that she is more important to him then any sort of Hollywood lifestyle and that he will not walk away from her a second time.  Fun story, sexy cowboys, action and suspense that kept me turning the pages, and great passion.  Will definitely pick up more in this series.

Spring Fever - Deborah Cooke

This one was such a sweet, small town kind of romance about a woman finding the courage to open up again after an abusive past to the right man, and the right man knowing the perfect way to prove to her he isn’t like her past.  I enjoyed it a lot, I liked how it ended, there were no loose ends and the story was sweet and paced well.  It is on the shorter side but not too short so the story does not come across rushed.  They still come across as taking their time and getting to know each other even while steaming up the pages. I really liked Reyna, her retro style, her confidence while still showing a vulnerable side, and the fact that she is tattooed (got to love a fellow tattooed woman playing the romantic lead). I loved her. Kade was such a perfect match for her, kind strong, confident yet unafraid of her take charge type of style. He saw from the very start that her rules and style were all part of her armor and it didn’t deter him from wanting her.  He was perfect.  I think I liked book one a bit more but I think it might just have been that when that one ended I wasn’t ready and wanted more.  This one ended in a way that was perfect and left me satisfied

Going to the Chapel - Deborah Cooke

This was a fun and fast glimpse of what happened after the last page of all of the prior books in the series. I loved watching the weddings of Cassie and Damon, and the birth of Amy and Ty's son.  It was very enjoyable and sweet.  Loved it.

Nimue's Gift - Deborah Cooke

Two chapters overflowing with so much change, foreshadowing of events to come, hints of the Pyr coming to join the Incendium dragons, and just so much more! This is one of the few novella’s in this series that definitely had to happen as a stand alone story.  Being it is so short, the review will also be short because I am not going to give anything away; but know this, the Incendium series is about to get even more intense!

In Mood Fur Love - Kate Baxter, Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden

The first one was enjoyable. The pace was good until the very end. Once Vlad is dead and they wake up back at his parents place, the relationship that started out steady and authentic rushed like the author had to suddenly end the story. It was like the moment she was safe her personality completely changed and she became more aggressive. She came on strong and he just followed, where for most of the book, he was the aggressor and she followed. I got the feeling that the author had to suddenly end the story and in a blink she did. I would have preferred him to be the one to make the final move once she was safe. The role reversal made the whole story kind of lose it for me. And I don’t understand the whole tranquilizer part at the end on the roof. Why did her grandpa want both of them shot with tranquilizers when the danger was over? It didn't make much sense at that point and to the end.  Other than that, it was good.

Book 2 was quick. It moved fast and definitely had a middle of a series vibe.  It also has a novella feel to it, but the concept and conflict were good.  The character development was good, though some things were clearly already established prior to page one.  I liked it but I would have liked a bit more build up and a few things explained more.  I didn’t realize she knew about shifters from the beginning, so I wasn’t sure how that was going to play out. The reader definitely needs to go in knowing some things which made it hard to fall in love with, because I did feel like I was missing out on some important information.

Book three in the anthology I think was my favorite of the three.  It hadz strong characters, an entertaining plot, the conflict was believable and carried the story.  They definitely had some emotional tension to work out before they could have a happily ever after.  Their chemistry was strong and well developed and there was plenty of passion. Overall, best of the three stories all the way around and enjoyable.

 

Magic Born (The Guardian #2) - Rayanne Haines

This was an enjoyable story. The action was fast paced. The conflict was good and multi-faceted. You don’t really know who the villain is until the end.  The characters are entertaining. I have not read book one and I recommend reading that one before this second book. I was a bit lost in the beginning because it does become clear their relationship dynamics were already set up and started in the previous book. Without that background, I thought it was sometimes hard to keep up with whether they liked each other but liked to tease and torment, or if they did in fact not like each other until she leaves the island. He comes across as aloof and cold one minute then flirty in a sort of cold stand-offish way the next. She kept telling him not to call her or visit her dreams but then he is the first person she hopes comes for her. I think if I had read book 1 first, I would have been better set for chapter 1 of this book. I really did enjoy it. The book reminded me a bit of Cynthia Eden’s The Devil in Disguise. He is this big and bad and dark character in the immortal world and she is this young spitfire sent in to shake things up. Their adventure was fun and I enjoyed how it all ended. 

"I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review."

The Christmas Wishing Tree. An Eternity Springs Novel - Emily March

A cute, delightful, holiday romance that was sweet and innocent.  The characters were good, the plot was entertaining, the pacing was believable, and the passion was very very very tame.  Several kisses, but nothing else. In that department it lacked what I look for in a good romance.  If you like the tame and sweet romances, then this is perfect for you.  If you prefer to have some steam coming of the pages, go into this book expecting to be let down.  If I knew going into it that it would be tame, I would have been ok.  I did like the plot.  I did enjoy the characters and the conflict.  I did enjoy the story. But I do like to have passion in my romances, so that was the only let-down to this book.

Last Night with the Earl - Kelly Bowen

I really liked the second book in this series.  The characters were well developed and entertaining. The plot was lively and flowed really well.  I was never bored.  The conflict was easily relatable and not far-fetched so that I was pulled along for the ride right alongside the two main characters.  Their story was vibrant, passionate, sad and hopeful, sweet and intense, and just plain wonderful.  The first one was good, but this one was awesome.  If you haven’t read book one, you can actually pick up this one and read without too much trouble.  It deals with the same family and where the first one ends, but the two characters and their story stand on their own and is a great stand alone as well as part of a series.

Clash of Storms - Bec McMaster

Sirius Blackfrost has been the villain in this series from the beginning but he showed possible redeeming qualities in the last one when he rescued the handmaiden from his father and aunt’s wrath. She is a Drekling, half-blood, servant within the Dreki court and has always been invisible except to Sirius. For ten years, he watched her from afar never daring to reveal what she truly meant to him, but once they are off to catch up with the Princess he is supposed to mate with, she starts to see the real dragon behind the warlord moniker. He isn’t a cold-blooded cruel man at all but rather someone who will go to great lengths to protect his mate, even if it means she hates him. Their adventure was fun, exciting, entertaining, and fast paced. There isn’t a lot of passionate scenes but I was surprised how much that didn’t end up bothering me. The plot was such that it completely stands on its own as a romance without the steamy passion. I was happy when they finally got to be together, but for their story, if they had come together sooner rather than later it would not have made much sense to the plot and character development. They needed to wait. I enjoyed their story a lot and the series has definitely gotten better and better with each book. It isn’t her Steampunk, but it is definitely entertaining and fulfilling as a story and series.

Moonlight - Lisa Kessler

Book one in the Moon series was an enjoyable, passionate story about a woman who doesn't realize that she is a shifter and a man who knows he can't love a leopard shifter but can't stay away and can't stop loving her.  Their adventure of finding out who is after her, who are the bad guys and allies, and how can they live together without losing everything.  I enjoyed their story and will definitely check out more in the series.  This series has been out quite a while and it has been on my TRL for just as long. I am glad I finally sat down to read book one, it is great at the passion, it is great with the emotional tension, it has a strong plot and conflicts, and all together made for an enjoyable story.

Lord of Vice - Erica Ridley

This story was so great. I loved the characters and the story. Bryony and Maxwell are great characters that you can't help but love and enjoy following their story.  Byrony is such an interesting female lead character, I loved watching her win over Maxwell and how she handled everything.  The plot is entertaining and fast paced, there are no slow parts, and the conflict is captivating, especially when he finds out she is his landlady and he sets out to get her to sell the deed to him.  I enjoyed this one very much. I have not read anything by Erica Ridley before, but I definitely need to check her out more. Here characters are not typical Regency characters, especially her female characters, and that was refreshing.

Drawn to the Marquess - Bronwen Evans

Overall, I thought the story was enjoyable.  I did think Stephen fell too fast for the kind of rake he is portrayed to be in the beginning.  I would have liked for him to keep thinking it was lust for a lot longer before realizing the lust he felt was actually love.  I thought that for a rake portrayed as stubborn and stuck in his ways and very determined to never get involved, he fell pretty fast. It didn’t take him long to start thinking about his feelings for her and how quickly his views changed, and I didn’t think her actions truly inspired that quick of a turn around. I wanted him to be a stronger rake type character that would be hard to win over, and he seemed to fall rather fast. Penelope was an interesting female character and her back story made her interesting and believable when it came to finding it hard to trust him. The story did end well and I really liked the epilogue. I love seeing how things end up after the last chapter, especially when time has gone by. The plot was intriguing and the conflicts the characters had to overcome were entertaining and made for a good story.  I liked it overall, I just like my rakes to be far more stubborn than Stephen seemed to be.