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review 2017-05-23 15:02
loved book three!
Hunter Claimed - A.M. Griffin
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Book three in the series, and I recommend you read books one, Dark Wolf Enterprises, and book two, Lover Claimed before you read this one. Not TOTALLY necessary, but I think you should. And just like that, we are back up to 5 stars! Hunter, cousin to the Farkas brothers, hates vampires. A rogue group killed his parents while he and his little sister, Ezie, had to watch. So when his Alpha brings in a vampire accounting firm to finally plug the leak, he isn't happy. It's their assistant though, that causes Hunter's wolf to come front and centre. Asha has only one goal: to prove that she is better than the sum of her parents, and the vampires will help her get it. Oh I loved this one!! So much better than book two, and on a par with book one. I've no idea why book two didn't quite work, but there you go. We finally get the whole story of who and WHY the vampire is embellishing and HOW they are doing it! And that's now all wrapped up in a big fat bow. Kinda. Sorta. Almost. Hunter's wolf is very taken with Asha, and their coming together is powerful. We get that sucker punch kind of feeling when they look into each other's soul. I missed that in book two. I loved the way it all played out between Hunter and Asha. I'm not going into any details, because that's spoilers. I didn't like Clarissa and what she did to Asha throughout the story and towards the end, especially but what she did, cost her dearly. Hunter's sister is now missing. For a while, I thought Ezie was seeing the Alpha behind everyone's back, but that played out differently. But the eldest brother, Andras, he still needs a story! I still think, that somehow it might be Ezie, but then there was that one line, when they all went to meet the head of the Vampire house that set all sorts of alarm bells ringing! So, please, Ms Griffin! Will the Alpha get his story and how long will I have to wait!! 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-23 14:01
i love these books, I really do!
Fueled by Lust: Keos - Celeste Prater
ndependent review for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Dear Ms Prater, Could you PULEEEEZE tell me where I might find me one of these fine gentlemen?? I mean, these guys love hard, and they love fast, and they love totally. I NEEEEEEEEEEEED more of these guys in my life right now, and if I can't find a real life Insedi, then reading about them will have to do. Much love, lil ole me. Oh how I missed my Insedi boys. I read three back to back, and this one was the best of three. Keos has but one job, to keep Insedi technology from getting out into the general population on Earth. Somehow, a box got stolen, and now Keos has to tell the Emperor, and drag the thief and his sister back to Insedi. And Everly just happens to be Keos' mate. Who packs a punch for such a human female! They, all three, have to work together to get out of the game Keos puts them in for travel. I got a bit confused as to how all three of them ended up in the game, but thats a minor detail, and it didn't put me off while reading, I just let it slide. These books get hotter and sexier as they go along but you should know they are NOT stand alones. You really MUST read the other books before this one. The overall story arc continues to develop with twists and turns all over the place! I love these books, I really do. I love that some of the guys, those new to Earth speak proper and correct, with whole words and sentences, and then when they get down and dirty with their lady (or indeed, Kallon and his man) their language reverts to a puddle of goo. I said that in my review for the very first book, and it STILL makes me chuckle, ten books on!! So, all in all, a great addition to the series, and I can't see an end any time soon, especially after that ending! Cliff hanger people! This book is a bloody cliff hanger! But still... 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-22 18:38
Awesome addition to this series!
Lochlann (Order of the Black Knights) - Andrea Speed
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This book?? This book here is a prime example of why I LOVE this series. TOTALLY. FREAKING. AWESOME. Lochlann was recruited to Alpha after the death of his brother and father. Cas infiltrated Alpha to try to get information to bring it down. This is book 6 in The Order of The Black Knights, but you don't NEED to have read the other five. But hear when I say you SHOULD read them. All written by different authors, in their own style and manner, but they all follow a theme, that of a meet, love, kill, rinse and repeat until they meet the one enemy that will be spared. And they are all 4 and 5 star reads. SO, read the damn books already. This is, for me, a far far bloodier read. Quite literally. Being members of Alpha is like a Black Ops team, on steriods. In, kill, and out. And there is a lot of killing here. And it is gloriously written! I loved Inga. SO she was deadly, but totally scary and messed up. She left me with lots of questions about her. Loved the reasons all the other team members were with Alpha too. You don't get much, just enough to be able to connect, but then again, you don't need them all to have a say, because Lochlann and Cas have a lot to say on their own. It takes time for things at Alpha to come to a head, and I wasn't sure which way things were going to go, til right til the very end, and I do so LOVE being kept on my toes. BUT!! What made this for me, what made it stand out from the other five books, is that it is almost CLEAN. Like NO sex at all. Sorry, there is sex, its just not described in any way. Its all left to the reader to fill in the blanks. And I absolutely LOVED it. Go figure! Me, who will say she much prefers her books on the sexier side, hell I'll even read porn, I don't care. BUT know this. For Lochlann and Cas, it's freaking perfect. I think that is Andrea Speed and her way of writing. But brilliant here. OH! And this cover. I don't usually take much notice of a books cover, but this one?? It fits Lochlann, perfectly. Stunning side view. Love it! There is a book 7 listed on Goodreads, but I have insider information that there will be more. I am so loving the way each author presents these books. Its giving me a whole host of new reading matter too! I didn't quite manage to read it in one sitting, but I tried so bloody hard to. Work got in the way! Still, a stunning... 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-18 15:16
oh! I LOVED this one!!
A Worthy Man - Jaime Reese
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book five in the Men of Halfway House. It is a total stand alone within the series. But you should read the other books, if only because I said so and they are ALL five star reads. (I'm waiting for one to slip, but five books in and Reese is nailing every single one!) Ten years ago, Vann saved Dray's life and paid for it with his own. Some 520 letters later, Dray is able to finally get back the man he loved. But Vann is a changed man, and it takes time for him to get used to the fact that Dray still wants him, still loves him and waited so very long for him. I loved this!! Loved that Dray waited for Vann, loved that Vann could only hope for Dray. When I saw teasers for this book, it said low angst. Now, compared to A Better Man, is is very low but this isn't about Aiden and Jessie, this is Vann and Dray's story. And for me, I found there to be a different level of angst. And it simmers and bubbles all the way through the book. You never know when it will let up, and I loved that. Two things made this book for me. One, the epilogue. All the way through, every time 'their tree' was mentioned, I thought, why aren't they going?? And then, they do!! And its so beautiful. So very very beautiful. It made me cry! Two, when Vann says those three little words. Because up to THAT point, it didn't click that only Dray had said them!! I'm like. . He didn't, did he?? He didn't say them til that point, and again, I cried. Oh. Wait. Three. There is a line in the book where the title makes total sense. And guess what? I cried. Come to think of it, for a low angst book, I cried a lot. But still,an amazing addition to this series and I have no idea who might be next. A beautifully written book of waiting, wanting and getting that second chance with the only man you ever loved. All the guys from previous books pop up, and I loved that they do. There was a little recap about each pairing too. So, an emotional, single sitting read, that can only warrant.... 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-18 15:05
love love LOVE this book!
Nine-Tenths of the Law - L.A. Witt
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I was gifted my copy of this book. When the stranger tells Zach he has something of his, he never expected that something to be his boyfriend, Jake. But Jake was Nathan's boyfriend too. Chasing after Nathan wasn't supposed to lead to revenge sex but it did. It wasn't supposed to lead to a rebound thing, but it did. It wasn't supposed to cost them their hearts, but it did. I made a new shelf for this kinda book 'too stinking cute' because that's my overwhelming feeling upon finishing, it's too stinking cute. And I do mean that in a really REALLY good way! Like 5 bloody stars good! Zach was only seeing Jake for 6 months but Nathan had him for 4 years. Their coming together riled Jake, and he tried his hardest to split them. Nearly succeeded too. It's not overly dramatic, with low angst, but that angst simmers right through the book, and I really loved that. There is no violence, other than when Zach deals with that particular piece of equipment that is determined to cause him to have a breakdown. The sex scenes are hot off the charts, even for such a cute book. You really feel Zach's emotions for Nathan, right from that very first angry revenge time. What you DONT feel, is Nathan. And ordinarily, I'd say here that's why I took a half or even a whole star off. I'd clarify that I wanted to hear from Nathan and I didn't. I'd moan that it was written first person, single point of view. But But But But Not here. I felt an instant an immediate connection that I don't always get in first person, not while reading anyway. Oh my!! Is this available in AUDIO? Because I would love to listen to it too!! But I digress. Yes, of course I wanted to hear from Nathan I always want more, I know I do, but it didn't affect my enjoyment him not having a say. So, because it's too stinking cute, because I read it in one sitting, even BECAUSE it's only single point of view . . 5 full stars. But I ABSOLUTELY need to listen to this. If I felt Zach reading him, what's it gonna be like listening!?!?!? **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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