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review 2017-12-04 15:10
ARC Review: Love of the Dragon (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #5) by Anna Lowe
Love of the Dragon - Anna Lowe
Love of the Dragon

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #5
Anna Lowe
Paranormal Romance
Twin Moon Press
November 7th 2017
eBook
266
ARC Review Copy

 

Dragons, duty, destined mates, and a deadly rival...
Silas Llewellyn, the last of a once-mighty dragon clan, doesn’t have time for anything but work and duty. He certainly doesn’t have time for love — not with a ruthless enemy plotting to destroy everything he holds dear. When a priceless diamond — one of the legendary Spirit Stones — surfaces in New York, Silas knows the jewel is nothing but trouble…just like the alluring woman who refuses to relinquish the gem.

 

Bartender Cassandra Nichols never asked to inherit a mysterious diamond, and she really never intended to come between two warring dragons. But with one near-miss escape after another, she has no choice but to choose sides. Before she knows it, she’s whisked by private jet to an oceanfront estate in Hawaii for her own “protection.” Is the enigmatic Mr. Llewellyn just another billionaire dragon who thinks he can claim anything he wants? Or is there more to the soulful stranger than meets the eye?

 

ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART is a thrilling new series set on the tropical shores of Maui. Each story is a page-turner packed with action, emotion, and romance! If you like Magnum, PI and smoldering hot, alpha shapeshifters, you'll love these books!

 

* No cliff hangers. Each story is a standalone paranormal romance with adult content. This story features strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, billionaires, military romance, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, fantasy romance, and exotic, tropical locales! *

 

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Love of the Dragon is book five in the Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart series by Anna Lowe.

 

This series fast became an entertaining and enjoyable one for me to read. I do feel you need to read the series in order; because previous characters come into play, the hunt for the Spirit Stones and what destiny aka fate has in store for these characters.

 

Silas is one character the moment he was introduced I couldn’t wait to see who destiny threw in his path to help him learning that being the leader and taking all the responsibility on himself doesn’t have to be done alone. He’s a broody, honorable, and stick to traditions; dragon.

 

Cassandra, is a bartender that didn’t know about shifters or her witch heritage until about a week ago when her crazy aunt through all of this at her. Her world got turned upside down fast, but she handled it well and showed a backbone of steal even when she was scared.

 

I loved watching these two come together. Silas fights his dragon all the time, even when he knows that Cassandra is his mate. Cassandra didn’t know much, but she learned fast and didn’t let witch/dragon stuff stop her from falling for Silas.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twist thrown into the storyline. The ending was suburb. I’d know from the authors group that she planed to add one more story to this series, but I wasn’t sure how she’d tie it into the Spirit Stone storyline. The ending answered that question and it was well done.

 

As always Ms. Lowe created a wonderful story that kept me hooked from start to finish.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Anna Lowe with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

 

 

Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR) | New Release (2017) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2017-11-29 22:16
The Elephant and the Dragon
The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us - Robyn Meredith

I remember when this book first came out. I was a teenager and my father picked it up immediately and was so excited about it that he told me about half the book in an evening when he was done. I remember lots of stories from it but always felt like I was missing some. It was one of those books he had insisted on me reading one day and even gave me but that I didn't feel like I needed to read because I knew most of the stories (which did not turn out to be true).

Then I came across it again this month. It's been a week or so since I finished it, my reviews this month have been woefully behind. I had come across the audiobook version in my library when I was looking for a new book and it is on one of those few subjects that I knew my husband wouldn't mind listening to on our two day drive back home from visiting my parents. It turned into the easiest part of the drive.

I have always had a particular fondness for history surrounding boats and the sea, so this book was especially fascinating for me. I loved all the crazy stories about espionage and the way that became a big job for submarines to do. I don't remember all the names, unfortunately, but the man who used bets to factor intuition into calculations of where to look for things was amazing. That's an interesting concept all by itself.

It was crazy to get into the mindset of the Cold War while listening to this book. I don't remember much from that timeframe but I'm old enough to remember just a little. The fear and paranoia were strangely different from what terrorism has done in the last few decades. It's hard to explain but the book really brings you back there. I appreciated that the authors included that element, particularly since I'm reading it so long after both the period it covers and its publication.

I know herstories are normally my thing for the blog but I decided to include a review when I noticed that two out of the three authors were women. I enjoyed the narrator, Tony Roberts. He got a little monotone sometimes but kept the sense of suspense throughout the book.

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review 2017-11-28 00:00
Dragon in the Mist
Dragon in the Mist - Julia Mills Dragon in the Mist - Julia Mills Book Name: Dragon in The Mist - Dragonguard Series Book 26
Author: Julia Mills
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/27/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts



REVIEW
We are finally getting Mara's story and oh my godess what a story this is.

Enter Uther a long lost DragonGuard but he isn't just a guardsman oh no he is something special.

We get the antics of all the others and we get the witches and watch as they all work to finally take out their biggest threat. But will they manage it?

Grab your copy and find out.

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review 2017-11-26 22:55
RED DRAGON Review
Red Dragon - Thomas Harris

Like a poisonous snake on the attack, this novel bites again and again and again, leaving its victim shaken and disturbed. I am somehow one of the only people in the known universe who had never read anything by Thomas Harris — I’ve remedied that, and am now moving on to this book’s follow-up, Silence of the Lambs.

 

Hard case mystery and bloody tale of the macabre in equal measure, Harris explores the sociopathic psychology without fear or hesitation: Frances Dolarhyde and Dr. Hannibal Lecter come alive in a way that is all too rare in modern fiction. And this novel’s protagonist, troubled investigator Will Graham, is fully fleshed out — his attempts at overcoming his past are heartbreaking and intoxicating.

 

One of the scariest books I’ve ever read, Red Dragon left me feeling throttled in a way dark fiction hasn’t made me feel in some time. This is worthy of all the praise it has received since its release in 1981. This one will stay with me for quite a while.

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review 2017-11-18 07:09
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR Review
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

The chief job of a psychological thriller author is to keep his or her reader invested to the end of the tale. Mysteries don’t require exquisite character work. They don’t have to be challenging. But books like The Couple Next Door — short books obviously meant for beach and airport reading — should engage. On that level, this book fails. At least in its final forty perfect.

 

This is the story of a kidnapping. While gone to a dinner party, a young couple’s baby girl is kidnapped from their home. The search and investigation is immediately on. One of the few things this book does have going for it is its pace: it is hard to put this one down once begun, despite its putrid latter half.

 

I was invested for a while. I didn’t like any of the characters (a failure on the author’s part, as it is obvious these people are supposed to be sympathetic) but I did want to find out what happened to baby Cora. And . . . the reader is told some hundred pages before the ending. Yet the story carries on as if this information hasn’t been given, and I was forced to trudge through leads I knew were a dead end. This book clocks in at only 308 pages, but man, it dragged after a point. A few minor twists are revealed after the fact, but they are rather inconsequential and silly. The ending made me roll my eyes and curse my impulses, for I bought this MF’er new at Barnes and Noble.

 

This tries to be a psychological thriller, and for a while it almost works . . . until it doesn’t. The mystery at the center of this story is compelling — what happened to the baby? — but the characters are borderline unbearable, the resolution is flimsy, and numerous foundational issues are present. Beware.

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