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review 2020-06-02 22:08
Audiobook Review: Trace of Magic (Diamond City Magic #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Narrator: Elizabeth Phillips)
Trace of Magic: The Diamond City Magic Novels (Volume 1) - Diana Pharaoh Francis

 Trace of Magic
 Diamond City Magic #1
 Diana Pharaoh Francis (Narrator: Elizabeth Phillips)
 Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
 BelleBooks, Inc.
 March 28, 2016
 Audiobook
 10 hours and 32 minutes
 Bought

 

Even the most powerful tracers can’t track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Lock Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I’ll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions.

 

Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she’s on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.

 

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Trace of Magic is book one in the Diamond City Magic series by Diana Pharaoh Francis Narrated by Elizabeth Phillips.

 

This is my first taste of this author and narrator. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I became sucked into the action, mysteries, and magic presented in Trace of Magic. 

 

The world is interesting. We have people with different magical abilities. Our heroine Riley is a Tracer which means she can follow someone’s trace and see where they’ve been in the past. Though she is much much stronger then she lets on. Her power needs to stay a secret; because if it comes out on how powerful she is the mob will come after her. 

 

Detective Clay Price known as a dirty cop. He’s in the pocket of the mob as an enforcer. Most of the people are on the take. Clay is actually a pretty good cop and his connections are intriguing. He needs a trace done, off the record, so in comes Riley. 

 

Their is more then one mystery going on this novel. I enjoyed the story. It’s full of action. I was in grossed in Riley’s magic, in the hunt for a missing friend, and the other mysteries introduced. Riley was a great character and uncovering her past and what her magic can do is fascinating. Price was another decent character and his connection to the mob was captivating.

 

I will say I was surprised with how quickly Riley sleeps with Price. Also I’m surprised with how much she reveals about herself to him after they sleep together. I did have trouble believing Price was falling fast for Riley; especially after we learn about his previous engagement. Their was something about their relationship or lack of that bothered me. I can’t put my finger on it, but something. Maybe it was just to fast.

 

The secondary characters are great and I’d like to learn more about them. Trace of Magic was a good start. I’m pumped to continue the series. I even went out and bought Edge of Dreams as soon as I finished this one.

 

Narration: This is my first taste of Elizabeth Phillips. I think she did a great job. Her voices are distinctive and I liked them. I would recommend her and this book. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

 

 

 

 

 

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/06/audiobook-review-trace-of-magic-diamond-city-magic-1-by-diana-pharaoh-francis-narrator-elizabeth-phillips
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review 2020-05-20 16:10
Review: Centurion (Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #3) by Anna Hackett
Centurion - Anna Hackett

 Centurion
 Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #3
 Anna Hackett
 Science Fiction Romance
 October 20, 2019
 eBook
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Rescued from her alien captors, the only person who makes her feel safe is a cold, emotionless cyborg.

 

Abducted from her exploration ship, paramedic Sage McAlister has spent months locked in cells and labs belonging to the Edull. Rescued by the cool, powerful cyborgs of the House of Rone, she finds herself among fellow human survivors on the desert world of Carthago. But despite being free, Sage feels cold inside and is struggling to cope. The only person she feels safe with—who she doesn’t feel the need to pretend with—is a deadly cyborg who feels nothing.

 

Forced into a military cyborg program as a teen, all Acton Vonn remembers of his past are violent missions and the cybernetic enhancements forced on him before he broke free. His emotions have been dampened to nothing for decades and he’s fine with that. It makes him an efficient member of the House of Rone. Yet the more time he spends with the copper-haired woman he helped rescue from the Edull, the more unfamiliar, strange, and perplexing things he starts to feel.

 

When a tip reveals that more humans are being held captive at a mysterious desert lake, Sage will stop at nothing to help rescue her crewmates. As she is drawn closer to Acton, she worries about risking her heart. Being with Sage breaks down barriers inside Acton and he struggles with the emotions he doesn’t want to feel. But deep in Carthago’s dangerous deserts, with the Edull hunting them, Sage and Acton will have to risk it all: their lives, their hearts, their souls.

 

Includes a preview of Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors #1).

 

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Centurion is book three in the Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone series by Anna Hackett. I love Hackett. She is an amazing science fiction romance author. 

 

Acton never understood why his fellow cyborgs kept falling for their Earth women, but when he helps rescue Sage, his world implodes. Acton is the most machine like of the House of Rone Gladiators, but everything changes when Sage moves in.

 

Sage was torn from her solar system and sold to the Edull. She was their prisoner and knows too well the danger they pose with their unspeakable robots. Now that she’s free she’s determined to find and save her fellow prisoners, but first she has to show the tasty looking Acton how good emotions can be. 

 

I loved Acton and Sage’s story. They started out as friends, but quickly realized their attraction to each other. Acton was so sweet in how he helped Sage deal with find her place in this new world and the trauma that happened to her. On the other side Sage helped Acton find his feelings. I was delighted with their budding romance and that they both helped each other to heal and find love. 

 

Besides the healing and romance we are treated to many action-battle scenes. There is no shortage of trouble from the Edull as the hunt goes on to find the Edulls hidden city and free the humans. 

 

Centurion is another fabulous, entertaining, and exciting read. I can’t wait to get the next story in the House of Rone series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

 

 

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/05/review-centurion-galactic-gladiators-house-of-rone-3-by-anna-hackett
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review 2020-05-18 16:00
Review: Defender (Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #2) by Anna Hackett
Defender - Anna Hackett

 Defender
 Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #2
 Anna Hackett
 Science Fiction Romance - Aliens
 August 18, 2019
 eBook
 246
 Kindle Unlimited

 

Rescued from alien slavers, the only place she feels safe is in the brawny arms of a big, gruff cyborg.

 

Astrophysicist Dr. Jayna Lennox's life imploded the day her ship was attacked by aliens. Through months of captivity, she's survived by shutting down and not feeling. Then she's freed by the House of Rone cyborgs and finds herself in the arms of huge, tough Mace. Struggling to heal, Mace is the only thing that makes her feel safe. The only person who makes her feel like she isn't broken. But there are more of her crew members imprisoned in Carthago's desert, and Jayna will have to delve into her darkest memories to help save them.

 

Born to fight and bred for rage, Mace barely survived his gang-ridden homeworld. Thanks to Imperator Magnus Rone, he's found a place at the House of Rone. Unlike the other cyborgs, he feels, but only anger and annoyance. When a small, wounded human woman works her way under his skin, Mace finds himself feeling things he's never felt before...along with a powerful need to keep her safe.

 

Jayna vows to help find her fellow humans, even if it means revisiting her nightmares and being part of a dangerous mission into the desert. But as the passion between her and Mace explodes, she finds herself with two battles on her hands: the battle to free the humans from their captors, and the war to win Mace's scarred heart.

Includes a preview of Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors #1)

 

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Defender is book two in the Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone series by Anna Hackett.

 

This is another amazing story in the series. Hackett delivers another action-packed and fast-paced read. In Sentinel, book 1, we rescued another human women, Jayna, and in Defender we get to see her and Mace’s romance.

 

Mace can’t stop thinking about Jayna after rescuing her. Jayna is broken. She’s been beaten down, but she’s not broken. Mace is so sweet with Jayna. He pushes her to come out of her shell. Their romance is so sweet and endearing. I loved seeing how Jayna changes Mace and vis versa.

 

As is the way, we get new information on the missing humans and the hunt for Edull City is on.

 

Defender is engaging and so much fun! The world keeps expanding and more characters are introduced. Their is no shortage of action and romance.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

 

 

 

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review 2020-05-13 18:38
Review: Hunted (Brides of the Kindred #2) by Evangeline Anderson
Hunted - Evangeline Anderson

 Hunted
 Brides of the Kindred #2
 Evangeline Anderson
 Erotic Science Fiction Romance
 E. A. Publishing
 April 29th 2011
 eBook
 594
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A desperate girl on the run with nowhere to hide... A warrior who has made a vow never to claim a bride... Sophia Waterhouse is being Hunted and the only man who can save her is the one she fears the most...

 

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

 

Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

 

When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll? You’ll have to read Brides of the Kindred Book 2—Hunted to find out.

 

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Hunted is book two in the Brides of the Kindred series by Evangeline Anderson.

 

I like to give a series a two or three book try before I say I’m going to stop. Hunted was not my cup of tea. I was hoping for something different and sadly I was disappointed. You may wonder why did I read the whole book well the only reason I read Hunted to the end was to get the set-up story for our next couple which are featured in, book three, Sought.

 

Sophia was a very disappointing heroine. She was feisty and opinionated in book one, Claimed, but here in her book she becomes a simpering damsel that was determined not to see the truth in front of her. She’s incredibly damaged and is afraid of needles (due to all the transfusions she had as a child), so to pair her up with a Blood Kindred aka Vampire. Ya, that’s not going to go over well! She was such a depressing character that it kept me down and depressed throughout this novel. 

 

Sylvan is a Kindred Warrior who’s made a sacred vow never to call a bride; because of a devastating rejection on his home planet. Then he meets Sophia and now he’s torn. I liked Sylvan. He was interesting and I liked getting to learn about the Blood Kindred race.

 

As for the romance. It took this couple FOREVER to get together and it took a total stranger to got Sophia to understand that having a Blood Kindred bit her is not going to hurt even thou Sylvan has told her this too and she’s seen first hand her own sisters experience. Let me also point out that Sophias had a traumatic sexual experience; besides being afraid of needles, so really can the author make her anymore opposite of wanting her Kindred? Sophia was just so annoying! I get their where traumatic things in her past preventing them from moving on and committing, but man did the author drag this on longer then necessary. And, last when she’s about to die, she realizes she CAN’T LIVE without Sylvan and magically everything is perfect. Eh!!

 

The only reason I read this novel to the end was the secondary story weaved into Hunted. I like how the author weaves these into her story. She did with Claimed and again here. We get the setup for our next couple which is going to be a menage with Kat, Locks Hard and Stabs Deep. I love the Twin Kindred and their different personalities are interesting. The chemistry between these three is already fantastic. I can’t wait to see how it grows and what surprises are in store for them. 

 

Hunted was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

 

Rated: 1.5 Star

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2020-05-06 18:17
Review: Iron Master (Shifters Unbound #12) by Jennifer Ashley
Iron Master - Jennifer Ashley
Iron Master
Shifters Unbound #12
Jennifer Ashley
Paranormal Romance
JA / AG Publishing
February 11, 2020
Paperback, eBook
283
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Stuart Reid is an Iron Master—a Dark Fae with a rare ability to make iron do his bidding. Exiled by the High Fae who fear him, he now lives in a simple house in Shiftertown outside Las Vegas, watching over Peigi, a bear Shifter woman, and the cubs she cares for.

 

Peigi, rescued from an evil Shifter and welcomed into the Vegas Shiftertown, knows Reid and the cubs have helped her survive and heal.

 

She also knows Reid is alone and lonely, a strong man coping with his exile. The bond she feels pulling her to him scares the crud out of her—she’s been down this road before.

 

When Reid’s people send him a desperate call for help, Peigi senses danger to him—too much of it. She finds she’ll do anything, even sacrifice herself and her happiness, to keep him safe.

 

A Shifters Unbound full-length novel.

 

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Iron Master is book twelve in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley. 

 

I adore and love returning to the Shifters Unbound world. I was captured by book one and look forward to each new installment. If your thinking about picking up this series then I recommend reading in order. Theirs an overall ARC that is carried out and progress in each novel; besides getting a new couple with each new book. 

 

Peigi and Stuart were a long time coming. If you’ve been following the series then you see these two in the background dancing around each other, but now it’s their time to find love. 

 

These two where so awkward and clearly smitten with each other, but not sure how to take things to the next level. It was fun to see everyone in Shiftertowns say “about time”. The cubs, and where their a lot featured, where just so adorable and cute. I loved having them. They added to the story and you got to see how Stuart and Peigi each interacted with their adoptive cubs.

 

Many previous couples and characters were incorporated and someone from Dylan’s clan pops ups and you are wondering what is he doing in Faeire.

 

The unexpected adventure into Faeire was interesting and Ben, oh my, what we learn is shocking. 

 

Iron Master was another wonderful adventure into the Shifters Unbound series. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/05/review-iron-master-shifters-unbound-12-by-jennifer-ashley
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