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review 2016-12-20 17:39
ARC Review: Drakon’s Promise (Blood of the Drakon #1) by N.J. Walters
Drakon's Promise - N J Walters

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Drakon's Promise 

 Blood of the Drakon #1  
 N.J. Walters  
 Paranormal Romance  
 Entangled Publishing, LLC  
 December 5th 2016  


Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.


He's both.


He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.


When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.




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Drakon’s Promise is book one in the Blood of the Drakon series by N.J. Walters. This brand new series brings together a unique set of characters, suspense, mystery, and romance.


It’s a great start with lots of interesting plot twists, turns, and action. We get a good amount of world building and explaining on who The Knights of the Dragon. I liked the setup and premise of the story. The plot was thrilling and full of mystery. We are kept on our toes.


Sarah captivated me from the start. I really liked her. She’s brave and honorable while wanting to stand on her own two feet. I also liked that she’s a librarian with a unique skill set. Darius is sexy, charming, and a gentlemen. He is also a drakon.


Though Sarah and Darius have feelings for each other they aren’t “insta” and they both go through some concerns as to why they are attracted to each other. These two go on a wild ride and through it their connection and chemistry grow as does the danger. As for their romance I didn’t fully feel the connection between them, but they were still enjoyable characters to read about.


The only two issues with me and they are minor detail oriented. Sarah mentions coffee a lot and drinks way too much coffee. Their was such a big emphasis on coffee. Don’t they drink other hot beverages, like tea and cocoa. And, the second thing was Sarah sits down to do some research and put feelers out, but Sarah never got back online to see if anyone had replayed. The characters in this scene just move onto the brothers idea. Why put this in the story if you aren’t going to explore it? It felt like filler material.


Drakon’s Promise had a lot to savor. I liked the idea of the Drakons and the Knights. I liked the world building and characters introduced. I very much enjoyed learning a little about Darius brothers and look forward to each of their stories. We get an intriguing set up for the next installment in the Blood of the Drakon series that really has my interest peaked.


Rated: 3.5 Stars


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


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review 2016-11-26 16:29
Review: Taulan (Dragons of Preor #2) by Celia Kyle
Taulan (Scifi Alien Weredragon Romance) (Dragons of Preor Book 2) - Celia Kyle,Erin Tate

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 Dragons of Preor #2  
 Celia Kyle  
 Sci-Fi Paranormal Romance  
 February 29th 2016  


He wants to return to Preor and she wants a job, but you don’t always get what you want. 


Lana Cooper is down to her last hundred dollars, has no job, and her clunker of a car has finally clunked out. How has her life become such a cluster of horribleness? Oh, right. A guy. Only she doesn’t get a chance to beg for a job. Nope, one walk along the beach changes everything. Oh, she has a job now… as the mate to a hot, hunky Preor dragon male. 


Taulan sen Pavon is anxious to return to his home on Preor. Yes, he’d journeyed to Earth in hopes of finding a human mate, but now… Now he would like to heal in the privacy of his aerie. Wings destroyed and body damaged by an explosion, he has no desire to watch others find joy with their mates while he remains unworthy and alone on a ship filled with thousands. But then he finds Lana. Lana with her alluring smile, sparkling eyes, luscious body, and whose mere presence initiates the Knowing. 


Can he live long enough to claim her? Can she see past her father’s prejudice to love him? Both questions are pointless because there are still Preor who despise the joining of humans and dragons. They will stop at nothing to drive a wedge between the races. Including murder.








Taulan is book two in the Dragons of Preor series by Celia Kyle. I do love to read about dragons. They are my favorite type of creature to explore.


This was an enjoyable Sci-Fi Romance with a dragon shifter, Taulan and a down on her luck heroine, Lana.


I liked that Lana showed her mate Taulan that even though he doesn’t have wings he is still sexy and worthy of a mate. The changes that Lana goes through from being an abused women to one with confidences was nice to see. The romance is lovely and the world building is decent. It’s a light fast quick read.


The only thing that bothered me was the flow at the beginning. We end one chapter with Taulan going to fight and open the next with him and his mate in a cell then the next chapter them out. I felt like we need more. More depth, development, or something.


Though Taulan was not an in depth read, it still was enjoyable. 


Rated: 3.5 Stars


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review 2016-08-29 18:56
Review: Jarek (Dragons of Preor #1) by Celia Kyle
Jarek (Scifi Alien Weredragon Romance) (Dragons of Preor Book 1) - Celia Kyle,Erin Tate

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 Dragons of Preor #1  
 Erin Tate & Celia Kyle  
 Science Fiction - Paranormal Romance - Dragons  
 Summerhouse Publishing  
 January 6th 2016  


What’s hotter than an alien with scales? An alien with wings and scales, not to mention a hot body. 


At 457 Preor years old, Jarek sen Claron is a dragon ready for his final flight into the skies. This voyage to Earth as the War Master of the third fleet will be his final assignment. Once he has helped his fellow Preors secure human mates, he will return to Preor before the madness of loneliness overtakes his mind. 


That all changes when he meets Melissa. Human Melissa with her sparkling eyes, bright smile, and body that would make any hot-blooded male drool. Unfortunately, she never registered as a Preor mate hopeful. No matter, the Knowing stretches between them and there is no way she can resist him. Until she does. 


Jarek wishes to give her the choice to mate him, while everything inside him screams to take Melissa beneath his wing, now. No choosing necessary. 


But should he draw her to his side when his enemies are circling? Many males do not believe the son of a Preor mass murderer deserves to have a mate. Can he survive the coming battles? Or will he die without tasting sweet Melissa’s lips? 


Related to the UJAL series: 
The Ujal Volume One (Vados, Tave, Rhal) 
Dashing Through the Stars





Jarek is book one in the Dragons of Preor series. It’s hot, sweet, passionate, and emotional.


I did notice that the Dragons of Preor appears to be a spin-off from the Ujal series, which I have not read yet, but that didn’t take away from the story. It can be read as a standalone, but we do have references to events in the Ujalseries and a number of characters from that series cross over.


This series has an interesting world, concept, and how one finds their mate. I like that the dragons while in man form have wings, but also can shapeshift into a full dragon.


Their is a little conflict that arises in the Preor race and with the human women. This adds to the emotions and build-up. I liked that Jarek and Melissa don’t hop into bed right away even with the Knowing. They take the time they need to get to know each other as individuals. Especially since they both carry guilt for something that they didn’t do, but feel it’s their burden to carry. Once they do jump into bed, it’s steamy and sensual.


The story was satisfying and the romance was well developed. I had a delightful time with this story and look forward to continue the series.


Rated: 4 Stars


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Review: Chaotic War (Sons of War #3) by Lia Davis
Chaotic War (Sons of War) (Volume 3) - Lia Davis

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Chaotic War 

 Sons of War #3  
 Lia Davis  
 Paranormal Romance - Mythology - Dragons  
 Fated Desires Publishing, LLC  
 February 23rd 2016  


While Zavier Sullivan may be the calm, reserved brother, his dragon is not. Especially since the beautiful, unorganized demi-goddess, Danielle Roberts—a.k.a Elle—moved into the mansion and into his life. She disturbs his OCD and makes him yearn for things he shouldn’t, but he can’t stay away from her. Nor can he deny her anything. Including his blood.


Ever since arriving at the home of the Sons of War, Elle has been plagued with dreams of the past and future. The visions are taking a toll, causing her debilitating headaches and ruining her sleep, but she doesn’t know what it all means. Her mother, Nyx, the Goddess of Night, has never bothered to show up and explain things to her. Until she arrives and unlocks Elle's powers, promptly transforming her into a half-daimon, half-goddess. Now, Zavier may be her only hope of holding onto her humanity, but can she bond with him after everything she’s seen? Especially in the midst of everything the Sons and their mates are going through.


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Chaotic War is book three in the Sons of War series by Lia Davis. This series does need to be read in order as each story builds on the other and the plot thickens as we move along.


I was very excited to read Chaotic War after finishing Ashes of War. The plot had thickened and the build up for Zavier and Danielle throughout the first two books was wonderful done, but sadly their relationship in this story was lacking.


It’s an exciting, quick, and fast-paced read. The storyline seemed unnecessarily rushed. The characters didn’t feel as developed as the past two and the romance felt week, even with the build up throughout the books. We do get to learn about Danielle a.k.a Elle, but what we learned went by way to fast. I would have liked to dig deeper into her heritage. I liked Zavier, but we learn nothing about him or what made him who he is. In Ashes of War we get inside Ty, but here nothing.


I was disappointed in how short this story turned out to be. It’s only 80 pages compared to the first to stories that top over 200 pages. I thought when I bought this I was getting a full length story and then I read it in no time and go “oh that was short.”


Chaotic War was an ok read, but it needed to be longer to help the storyline and characters develop more. I wanted to love this one, but couldn’t. I will be check out the next book; since the set up for our next character has me intrigued. Hopefully we get more.


Rated: 3 Stars


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review 2016-07-26 17:25
Release Day ARC Review & Interview: Juliette Cross – Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars #2) ~ Excerpt/Giveaway
Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars Book 2) - Juliette Cross



Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Juliette Cross author of Dragon in the Blood.
Hello and Welcome Juliette!


Hi, Angela! Thank you so much for having me. It’s good to be back on Angel’s Guilty Pleasures.


What was your favorite scene to write in Dragon in the Blood? Why?


Hmmm. That’s a tough one. There were a few, but I really enjoyed writing chapter 7 where Valla is attacked by a vitr’mir—a giant, bearlike beast. Conn quickly comes to the rescue where a playful scene ensues. But in the midst of this interlude, she realizes he is more than he appears. It’s that moment where she understands he could topple the wall she’s built to keep him out. 


“But the truth was, I saw him differently now. Even from that small act of kindness, Conn Rowanflame was more than a swaggering, macho playboy. Now he was even more dangerous.”


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?


Valla, don’t think too much.


Conn, don’t dwell on the past.


What are two fun facts that no one knows about Valla Moonring & Conn Rowanflame?


Valla is a serious animal lover, but it doesn’t fit her badass persona. So she rarely lets it show. And while Conn appears to be all charm and confidence, he’s very sensitive and more emotional than people know.


What do you do when you are not writing?


Binge on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. My husband and I enjoy finding a new series to fall in love with. Right now, we’re devouring Orphan Black. Brilliant writing and action-packed. Love it.


For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?


I hate to admit this, but I prefer my kindle Paperwhite. It’s so convenient for bedtime reading.


What is next for you?


I’m currently writing DRAGON HEARTSTRING, a novella that is actually a prequel to the Vale of Stars series. It tells the love story of the stern businessman Demetrius Cade and the demure healer Shakara Icewing. This is my first story with the couple of a human man and Morgon woman. Promises to be interesting.


Thank you very much, Juliette, for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and sharing with us a little about Dragon in the Blood and yourself.


It was my pleasure. 


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Conn slowed his descent as treetops came into view beyond the fading mist, which had thinned to nearly nothing in the past hour. Whipping open my wings, I landed softly on the hard ground among a grove of evergolds. Even in this frozen tundra, the giants famous for their flora of fire-gold leaves grew tall and thick-branched in abundance. I lifted my visor to a brilliant burst of color that contrasted against the brown earth and snow-swept embankments.


Bowen landed quietly behind me. “How about some lunch before we set out on foot?” He removed and tucked away his visor and unpacked his crossbow from its sheath on his back for the first time on this journey.


“Let’s get into the cover of trees,” said Conn, moving along the natural path. “And lunch sounds perfect.”


“Benta’s breakfast wasn’t enough for you?” I asked, meeting his long stride.

“I always have an appetite, sweetheart.”


“While you two continue flirting, I’ll find some small game nearby. Set up the hotpad over near that big evergold.”


Without a sound, Bowen disappeared into the trees.


“Flirting?” I scoffed. “I wasn’t flirting.”


“I was.” Conn grinned.


“Stop it.”


“I haven’t even gotten started yet.”


“You’re infuriating.”


“So you’ve said before.”


“Listen—” I put up both gloved hands to stop his snarky banter for just one second. “I’m glad we’re finally alone.”


“Me, too.” His lopsided grin made my heart flutter.


Exhaling a frustrated sigh, I stopped under a thick oak with ample coverage from above and unhooked my chest pack before dropping it to the ground. “There’s something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about…about last night.”

“Mmm. Last night.”


He removed his own pack and gloves, then pulled out the small, electronic hotpad. After opening the tripod that kept it off the ground, he turned it on. Gisa ordered us to use the hotpad instead of fire when we were in the open to avoid alerting predators or criminals to our presence.


Conn stood and propped his hands low on his hips. “Would you like a second round?”


“No…no.” I cleared my throat and shook my head, my ponytail sliding on the smooth leather of my jacket. “Actually, that should never have happened. I shouldn’t have let that happen. But I—”


“Couldn’t resist,” he finished, a devilish smile brimming his beautiful face. “It’s okay. It happens a lot.”


“You’re such an ass.” I rolled my eyes. “I could’ve resisted.”


“Could you?”


He broke his rigid stance and sauntered closer, a feral glimmer in his gaze. By instinct, I backed up a step, my wings scraping the rough bark of the evergold behind me. He moved into my personal space.


“What are you doing?” I asked, heart hammering.


He flattened one hand against the tree above my head, his finger grazing the arch of my wing. I shivered.


“Are you sure you could resist?”


I cleared my throat. “Of course,” I said, trying to sound confident, but my voice betrayed me and broke.


“Well…I couldn’t.” He brushed the back of his knuckles along my jaw. I held still, caught.


“Actually, I want to taste you again. Right now.”


Even stone-cold sober, I felt drunk from a single touch, longing to fall back into his arms and let him show me what his hazel-gold eyes promised without a word.

He leaned close, his warm breath grazing my ear.  “Let me taste you again, Valla.”

I planted my hands on his chest, wishing there weren’t the layers of thermal suit and leather between my palms and his rock-hard chest.


He nuzzled the shell of my ear with his nose, then his lips. “Let me.”


His darkened voice pleaded and demanded at the same time, spreading warmth between my legs. What had gotten into me? I pushed him out of my way and stormed toward a densely wooded area.


“Where are you going?” he laughed. “Running away?”


“I’ve gotta go to the bathroom,” I yelled over my shoulder.


“Not by yourself, you’re not.” His footsteps crunched across the thin blanket of snow and leaves behind me.


I whirled, heat burning up my neck, now from anger not lust. “Whoa, there, big boy.” I threw up a hand, halting him several feet away. “Look. You’re not my keeper. And just because we shared one kiss doesn’t mean anything. I’m going to relieve myself by myself. Do you understand?”


His wings twitched at his back. Agitated. Whatever.


“And stop scowling at me,” I called back as I spun and trekked off the path into the brush.





Dragon in the Blood


Vale of Stars


Book Two


Juliette Cross


Dragon In the Blood - Official CoverGenre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance


Date of Publication: July 26, 2016




Word Count: 72K


Cover Artist: Kanaxa


Book Description:


When desire bites, there’s no patience for a slow burn.


While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.


Valla Moonring, an assassin for the Order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered on a mission into the Wastelands of Aria—a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.


To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—the soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…








I love dragons and JCross has made these Morgon men so irresistible that I can’t get enough. When they find their true mate; it’s a love like no other.


Dragon in the Blood is book two in the Vale of Stars series by Juliette Cross. This tale continues from the first book, Waking the Dragon, where the Morgan’s are on the hunt for the Blood King who is recking havoc and kidnaping human women, so you do need to read this series in order.


I couldn’t put Dragon in the Blood down and read this in a day. It’s that good! We get a different type of romance then previously featured with two Morgan’s mating in this one. I liked the different pairing and the relationship. Vale was raised by her brothers to be a strong and independent woman. She doesn’t need another alpha male in her life. Conn is the one man who get’s on her nerves. Conn knows how to sweet talk woman and loves them, but the one he truly wants rebuffs him at every turn. He doesn’t understand why it’s so important to have this one woman. 


The plot thickens and the author delivers us with two different evils showing their faces. One we have seen before the Blood King and a new one the Poison Princess. Each have their own agendas. I liked that we get to see three different POV’s. It was interesting to see all the different sides and dig deeper into the plot. The story is non-stop from start to finish. I also liked that we meet other characters and the inhabits of Arians where the murders, thieves, and outcast live. 


Dragon in the Blood reveals some truths, shocks use with a prophecy, and leaves us with a twist ending. I am on pins and needles for the next installment. 


Rated: 4.5 Stars


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


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Juliette CrossJuliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona. Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.



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