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review 2018-11-28 23:02
Book Review of Aftershock: an Eye of the Storm Companion Novel (Blood Never Lies Book 2) by Dianna Hardy
Aftershock: an Eye of the Storm Companion Novel (Blood Never Lies) - Dianna Hardy

Aftershock is a companion novel to the Eye of the Storm series and also acts as a PREQUEL to a brand new series to come. You don't have to read Eye of the Storm to enjoy this novel (some background is given). However, we always recommend you do in order to gain full understanding of how the characters have arrived at this point.

 

Self-sufficient and travellers at heart, Pete and Claire packed bags five years ago and headed on a journey that would change their lives forever.

 

After the unexpected death of her childhood best friend, Sarah, Claire has nurtured both an open wound, and Sarah's baby - a miracle born on her deathbed.

 

Pete has been nothing short of a father to baby Jasmine, and partner to Claire, the werewolf in him one of the few things in the world Claire connects with.

 

However, despite their love for their adopted daughter and each other, fate's about to test the foundation they've built. Jasmine has been having episodes - seizures - the doctors aren't sure exactly what they are, or what triggers their onset, but when a little boy is hurt by Jasmine's hand they can no longer wait for answers. They consider taking to the road once more believing a life of travel might be safer than planting roots.

 

But there's a Supermoon coming - the first in thirty years - and with it, a total lunar eclipse. Pete can feel the charge in the air, and it seems, so too, can Jasmine. With her terrible, secret legacy threatening to break through the shadows, Pete and Claire have a devastating reality to face.

 

Can you ever escape what you truly are?

 

Blood never lies.

 

NOTES: This is a dark paranormal fantasy novel. Contains some explicit scenes. Written in British English.

 

Review 5*

 

This story is the second book in a new companion novel to the Eye of the Storm series. I loved it! You don't have to read the Eye of the Storm series to read this book, but I recommend that you do, so you have a good grasp of where Claire, Peter, and Jasmine are heading.

 

Claire (aka Beth from the Eye of the Storm series) now has a new identity. I loved her as Beth, but I think I love her more as Claire. She loved her best friend, Sarah. But when she died in a car accident while pregnant, Claire takes responsibility for her baby. Running for their lives from the danger of exposure from their daughter's unusual birth, Claire and Peter will do anything to protect their new family.

 

Jasmine is a lovely character. She is only two and a half when she's first introduced in this story, but she stole my heart. I love her innocence and curiosity. Even at that tender age, she has an unusual power. The story skips time, and we get to meet her once more when she is a five-year-old, and a Supermoon is imminent. As the event fast approaches, danger threatens, and their lives hang in the balance.

 

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book for some time. Told through the eyes of several of the characters, namely, Claire, Peter, and Jasmine, we get to see their thoughts and feelings.

 

I don't know how to put into words the emotions that went through me while reading this book. For someone who has written many reviews, that is not an easy thing to admit. I found myself smiling at the first scene where Jasmine appears; it was so sweet. However, as the story took me deeper and deeper into its pages, I ran a whole gamut of emotions, from happiness to anger, fear to heart-wrenching sadness. The characters came alive on the page, and I felt every emotion they did. There are some scenes in this book between Pete and Claire that are a little steamy, but amusing. They weren't particularly funny, but the situation of having a young child interrupting was. I think all parents have had to deal with this particular circumstance at one time or another.

 

A new character introduced into the tale never has his origins properly revealed, so he remains a mystery, though there is a twist I didn't see until I stumbled over it. I had my suspicions, of course, but even then, the reveal surprised me. One thing that did surprise me was Claire’s intuition. Was it an innately human sense, or does she had magic running through her veins? Diego is one of Jasmine’s classmates. There is one scene in this book that ripped my heart out containing him. I won't say what happened because of spoilers. Suffice it to say, keep a tissue handy, you'll need it. I reached the end of the book, and I've now got a severe case of 'book hangover' from reading this tale. Be warned!

 

As this series is a convergence of two other series - The Eye of the Storm, and The Witching Pen - I loved meeting Pueblo (from The Sands of Time - The Witching Pen Series) once more, as well as Jarrod. Near the end of the book, we get to meet the werewolves from the Eye of the Storm series (and their children), as well as Selena aka Jennifer aka Laura from Blood Shadow, the first book in this companion series. I now can't wait to read the two new series. One following Laura in the Blood Shadow series, and the other following Jasmine in the Aftershock one. Bring it on!

 

Dianna Hardy is one of my favourite romance authors (she writes both paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romance), she has a way of expressing so much emotion through her written words. Ripping your heart out with them, but will also fill you up with them too. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. The flow is fantastic too. Reading her books are a joy, and I will continue to read them for as long as she keeps writing them.

 

Unlike other books by this author, this book doesn't have many romantic scenes of explicit content, though what scenes there are, aren't as detailed as other series written by her. However, some scenes contain bad language and violence that may offend or upset some readers, so I do not recommend this book for younger readers or those of a nervous disposition. I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love contemporary or paranormal romances, dark fantasy and urban fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton

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review 2018-10-23 21:13
Deacon by Kristen Ashley
Deacon (The Unfinished Heroes Series Book 4) - Kristen Ashley

I have a weakness for mountains and cabins and the pictures of Colorado mountains always leave me breathless. You can already guess that I liked the setting a lot. As in a lot. 
Cassidy was a great character. She was independent, hard-working, and fearless. She loved what she did and to my relief she wasn't obsessed with clothes, shoes, jewellery, or makeup. She wasn't a kickass like Sylvie, but she also wasn't a doormat like Anya and Hanna. She was confident and knew what she wanted and also went after it with all her passion. 
Deacon was cold and mysterious at the beginning, but attentive and caring when they started their relationship. You have to love the man, who cleans the gutters without you nagging endlessly about it. After Grant, who had so little page space, but turned out to be the biggest asshole, Deacon was like a breath of fresh air. And this man had a past. I was sobbing like crazy while reading about it. 
Now about the story. The fist half of the book was amazing. I liked the pace of the story, how it flew and gave me time to enjoy getting to know the main characters. I liked to read about Cassie fixing the cabins and laughed when every time John Priest came back, the price of the cabin had gone up. The sex scenes were emotional and you could feel the bond between Cassie and Deacon. I also enjoyed their banter and the way they discussed things. 
The second half of the book wasn't so enjoyable any more. There were too many sex scenes and they started "playing" in the bedroom. After that vanilla flew out of the window and all these numerous scenes were about bondage, spankings, and anal sex. The storyline somehow disappeared, I couldn't feel the emotional bond anymore. I started skipping sex scenes again. The only likeable things were that they "played fair", so Cassie wasn't the only one tied to the bed and both main characters accepted the other as they were. 
Am I disappointed I read it? No. Am I going to reread it in the future. I don't think so. But I'm looking forward to reading Nick's story and I hope that there is more about Marcus Sloan and Daisy. 
Oh, by the way, the scenes in a supermarket, I can totally relate to.

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review 2018-10-23 21:07
Raid by Kristen Ashley
Raid - Kristen Ashley

Liked that it took place in a small town. Miss Mildred was awesome and Spot was hilarious. Didn't like how easily Hanna forgave Raiden, who acted like a total asshole, didn't like the repetitions (same theme was in the first book and although the author explained it, she should have at least chosen different vocabulary), and again I didn't like that she showed only sex and everything else was just told.

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review 2018-10-23 21:04
Creed by Kristen Ashley
Creed - Kristen Ashley

Way too long again. I liked Creed but loved Sylvie. She was a tough broad.
It was annoying that author didn't show the things but just said it happened. The only scenes she actually showed were sex scenes. Finally I started skipping those. I wanted more of a story - Sylvie's relationship with her friends and Knight and Creed's with his children.

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review 2018-10-23 21:00
Knight by Kristen Ashley
Knight - Kristen Ashley

Not the worst but definitely not the best of Kristen Ashley. The hero actually scared me. I just don't get, how Anya could be so clueless. 

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