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review 2018-05-20 21:45
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE 2: LOVE BITES
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2: Love Bites - Ann Aguirre,Devon Monk, Jennifer Ashley,Nancy Holder,Jaye Wells,Angie Fox,Dina James,Stacia Kane,Jamie Leigh Hansen,Caitlin Kittredge,Tiffany Trent,Larissa Ione,Deborah Cooke,Trisha Telep,Patti O'Shea,Camille Bacon-Smith,Karen MacInerney,Jennifer St. Gile

Anthology. I'm kind of (90%) over vampire books but there are a few authors that I love so I'm going to pick and choose what I want to read. I don't usually do this and try to give every story a try but like I said, I'm kind of done with vampires.

I only read a few of the stories and I think overall they were mediocre. I own this book so I may come back some day and finish the rest of the short stories - or maybe not.

15. Stacia Kane - "Trust Me" I love this author - I did not love this story though. Was this a try at vampire romance set in old England? For an average author this would be okay but Stacia Kane can do a whole lot better. 2 stars. 

19. Dawn Cook (aka Kim Harrison) - "With Friends Like These". A story about two seemingly young men and when they meet one of the guy's big bad brother. Pretty good story. 3 stars.

21. Larissa Ione - "Eternity Embraced" - Lovers are forced not only to declare their feelings but whether or not they should kill each other. Good story. 3-1/2 stars

24. Ann Aguirre - "Circle Unbroken" I like her sci-fi but this story - yuck. I didn't like it at all. 1-1/2 stars

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review 2016-11-16 02:06
NEARLY UNDONE BY: DEVON ASHLEY
Nearly Undone (Nearly #3) - Devon Ashley

 

   Well to say that this book was surprising would be an understatement. Nearly Undone is SHOCKING and it will rock you down to your foundation. This is not for the faint of heart though. There are some very graphic scenes both violent and sexual, this whole series deals with the horror that is human trafficking, and there are many times your heart will ache while reading this. It is dark, gritty, raw, and devastating. But there is also such strength, courage, and just enough hope to keep you hanging on.

 

 

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I have to say how much I admired Megan (aka Claire) in this book. She has always been strong throughout the series, but I felt like in this book she really flaunted it. I think she regained some a lot of her confidence and fighting spirit and I really enjoyed watching her push back hard this time around. BUT. While I understood her rational behind a lot of the choices she made, and they were always brave, some just screamed bad judgement to me. There were a couple kindle shouting outbursts from me, I'm not going to lie.

 

  

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The story was fast paced, lots of action and suspense. Definitely a few moments that will shock the hell out of you! I mean, I still can't get over a few scenes from that compound. I have a feeling they will stay with me for some time. I will also say I REALLY LOVED this ending. It felt just right. I don't do spoilers, so no details, but the ending fit this series so perfectly, I truly couldn't think of anything I would change about it.

 

 

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I was gifted a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-07-14 10:04
Ordained (The Immortal Archives #1) by Devon Ashley
Ordained - Devon Ashley
This book is different from mainstream paranormal for two reasons - 1) the vampirism has a scientific explanation and twist and 2) the male and female lead are married and are not in their early teens.

There are some twists in this book as characters develop, cross and double cross each other. The plot line is well thought out and evenly paced.

Enjoyable for all Urban Fantasy / Paranormal readers.
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/07/review-by-merissa-ordained-immortal.html
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review 2015-01-05 22:51
Sparrow 59: The Sleepers' Coalition [1] - Devon Ashley
Sparrow 59 - Devon Ashley

Published 16 December 2014 by Devon Ashley

Number of pages: 234

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  I really liked it

 

"The Bourne Identity meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the new adult crowd. 

 

Members of the CIA’s specialized team Sparrow, who investigate specifically into black market deals involving stolen medical research, were all murdered in one quick sweep. Drew and Samantha, team five-nine, have been more than just partners since their academy training days. Safeguarding their secret tryst from everyone in their professional lives, they trust no one but themselves. But when Samantha finds herself suspiciously spared and Drew missing, she doesn’t want to believe what the CIA claims – that Drew is not only alive and has defected from their organization, but is facilitating the deaths of prominent research developers worldwide. Now the only member of Sparrow who hasn’t been killed off, Samantha finds herself under serious investigation by association – and a prisoner within her own home. 

 

Just when she’s on the verge of being labeled a murderer and a traitor herself, Drew activates a beacon only she can see, taunting her from across the world. He knows she’s watching, and she knows he could be gone forever if she doesn't oblige his silent request. With nothing left to lose and everything to gain, Sam goes rogue to track him down and clear her good name. But when she finally catches up to her partner of four years, he hasn’t a clue who he is or what he’s done, and the men chasing him down suddenly want to acquire her as well. 


Frantic yet determined, Samantha is forced to protect a man she no longer trusts in order to learn why he went astray – and why his associates are determined to retrieve him. But is Drew really a victim himself in a much greater scheme, or will his memories prove lethal, leading Sam into harm’s way like a lamb to slaughter, ultimately risking the life of the only member of Sparrow he managed to save?"

 

 

Sparrow 59 (The Sleepers' Coalition Book 1) was an anusual choice for me as generally I am rather skeptical of both terms "spy" and "romance". Thankfully the synopsis made me give Devon Ashley and her latest series a try - I am now eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

 

Sparrow 59 had me hooked from the start and I found myself devouring each chapter, with bated breath, to unravel the story of Drew.

 

The spy element was entertaining, reminiscent of James Bond, and of course of The Bourne Identity with regard to Drew. Although there is a clear focus on the personal romantic relationship between Sam and Drew, I would definitely not refer to this tale as a "romance".

 

I know many readers have been disappointed by how this story unfolded, and many have felt that it finished on a cliff-hanger. I would say that I truly enjoyed this book because of its integrity in continuing its plot realistically, as it had been set up for quite some time - there was truly no other way to go - and as such the ending did not come as a surprise to me, and I feel that there was a very clear and well defined conclusion, which then beautifully sets up the second part of this series, which promises to have a completely diffent focus.

 

I truly enjoyed Devon Ashley's writing style and the clever switch of POV for three chapters, which made the climax of the book so much more dramatic and engaging.

I have also lined myself up to read more from this author; next on my list are:

  • The Complete Falling Novels: "One girl, two crushes. One in the real world, one in the dream world. What could possibly go wrong?"
  • Nearly Broken (Nearly #1): "We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?"

 

[ARC received via Netgalley]

Source: bookschatter.blogspot.com/2015/01/sparrow-59.html
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review 2014-12-29 18:57
SPARROW 59 BY:DEVON ASHLEY
Sparrow 59 - Devon Ashley

 

 
  I am going to attempt to keep this short, and rather vague (sorry but I just don’t wan to ruin any of the fun that is reading through this and learning everything as you go). But I shall do my best to tell you about this awesomeness, with the help of some sweet pics and gifs along the way, of course!
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I have read my fair share of Devon Ashley books, and I can say one thing you can always be sure of when you are reading something of hers, is that it’s going to be something fresh. Something a little different from anything else you’ve been reading. Devon Ashley gives good book. She always gives me something I didn’t even know I wanted until I got it, and Sparrow 59 is no exception. I adored this book! I enjoyed the spy thriller aspect just as much as I did the smoldering romance between Sam and Drew. Which BTW I totally agree the author’s dream casting for these characters
 
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         I was so intrigued by the covert Sparrow group. I loved seeing them as a stealthy powerful unit, and I loved it even more once the shit really hit the fan and we got to see a few of it’s operatives branch out and navigate the dangerous world of secret spies and enemies all alone, some without any knowledge of what is even going on around them, or who they even are! I mean who isn’t into a good government group of badasses shrouded in secrecy?
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    Sam was an amazing heroine. I just freaking loved that she was the leading lady, and how kick ass she was. It was nice to see a strong, smart lady ride in and save the guy for a change!
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  It was non stop action right from the very beginning, up until the shocking ending. High adrenaline, swoon worthy fun. I was really left guessing what was going on throughout most of this story, but it was one hell of a ride figuring it out right along side Drew and Sam. That ending though…..BRUTAL!!! I am in awe. I was not expecting that at all!
 
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  You are an evil sorceress, Devon Ashley. You have charmed me completely with your wicked ways! I can’t wait to see what happens next! First book in The Sleepers Coalition has started, and ended, with one hell of a bang! I will just be here desperately, and shamelessly awaiting teasers and scraps from the second book. Well done, Mrs.Ashley!
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      I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
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