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review 2017-04-19 12:03
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Touched by Fate (Psy-IV Teams #2) by Jami Gray
Touched by Fate - Jami Gray
Touched by Fate is the second book in the Psy-IV Teams series, and we focus on Risia, the seer, and Tag, the touch-empath. Both of these have a history with each other, basically Risia thinks that Tag doesn't like her AT ALL, whereas the reality is that she threatens his self-control at every turn. These two are thrown together when fate steps in with her size 10, and completely messes up Risia's life. Within a short amount of time, she has witnessed a murder, had her life threatened, been blackmailed, and is still suffering with god-almighty horrible visions that she can't change. Will they be able to work through everything, or is it best to walk away and remain alone?
 
Once again, Jami Gray has given us an action packed book that will take your breath away. Seriously, it is non-stop, and there is a point when Tag recounts everything that has happened to Risia over the past three days, and it is unreal! The writing is of such quality though, that it doesn't seem 'too much', and you are not lost with what is happening. Think of this book like Shrek's onion analogy! There is layer upon layer of action, intrigue and yes, betrayal.
 
One of the things that I have absolutely loved about these books is that the characters for the next book are introduced in the current book, but in a way that is completely natural to the story, and helps to move it forward. Nothing is wasted here, everything is done with meaning. With some tender scenes between Tag and Risia, plus some scorching hot ones, there is something here for everyone.
 
Exceedingly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a wonderful addition to the series. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and although you could read it as a standalone, why would you? Read book one first, and get the maximum enjoyment out of Jami Gray's writing.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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review 2017-04-03 15:31
Wedlocked
Wedlocked - Brooke Blaine,Ella Frank

This was simply perfect.

 

 

After crying my eyes out for well over an hour after finishing this book, I am just in utter awe of this couple, this series and these authors.  Yes…let the swoon review begin.

 

First off, I am so happy that I chose to reread the first two books in this series before taking this one on.  Getting back into the love between these two men and reconnecting with them was exactly what I needed. I had forgotten so many things along the way especially having not read Aced for nearly a year. (See review of Aced here.)  And then come to find out that I clearly was so overwhelmed by my love of Locked that I never even wrote a damn review. 

 

 

Dammit…and I couldn’t even write it after the reread either.  *repeat shame gif here*

 

I have to say that after completing this series, this may very well be my absolute favorite MM romance series ever.  *gasp* I know.  But this is truly one of the best “happily ever after” romances I have read.  It has…wait for it…ZERO angst!!! 

 

 

There is never a doubt that this couple loves each other…that they know they belong together and are what each other needs and to hell with everyone else.

 

“I know this is a lot to take in. Shit, I haven’t even taken it all in. But if you want this, if you want me, then I’m ready to walk out that door with your hand in mine and tell the world to fuck off.”

 

It’s a completely feel good romance with literally nothing I can complain about.  Oh wait…for some reason my copy was missing a reference to this…

 

 

Not sure what happened to that scene in my book but I am sure it is there somewhere. ;)

 

And to get to Book 3 and it be solely devoted to the wedding and union between these two amazing characters is unheard of.  We may get a chapter on a wedding, an epilogue or just the promise of a life together, but this book truly enveloped everything there is about the joining of two people who are meant to be together forever.

 

 

 

 

Gaaahhhh…I could go on and on about what I love about this series and this couple.  On and on…but I will refrain. 

 

There is however the matter of the supporting cast of characters. And I want them all.  Everyone?  Yes…

 

 

Sorry…my freak flag just flew a bit. 

 

First off…Derek.  I want to squish this fabulous guy all over.  What an unbelievable character and best friend to our dear Dylan.  And the interactions with our couple and especially here with Jordan and the potential promises for perhaps some future stories, only made me want to pick up their book (Devil’s Kiss) and roll around naked in that one all over  again. 

 

And as Derek is the best man for Dylan, Shayne was truly the best woman for Ace. I loved the scenes of these two together.  Truly a woman who loves this man and knows the love in his heart and his love for Dylan is true.

 

Sunshine and Ziggy…I am not sure I have ever loved a set of parents more than these two loving and nurturing human beings.  *tears up*  The moments with them on page will be forever engrained in my memory.

 

Logan and Tate…what is not to love about these two?  They were my first MM crush and to this day they are the go to for me. I love Logan.  As for future books…I leave that for dear Ms. Frank to decide. I am not sure what I think of more of them honestly.  They are so perfect in my mind and just getting these glimpses may very well do it for me forever.

 

Quinn…Dear, Quinn.  Woman…you got me.  I don’t read a lot of MF anymore but I tell you what…I would read a story about this one here.  Her time on page is short but boy did she leave an impression.

 

A certain MMF coupling...that my goodness I want like now.  NOW.  I am absolutely intrigued by them and to potentially get a retelling of a certain scene from alternate POVs makes me giddy giddy. 

 

 

And my gawd…the end of this book *cue tears again* is just unbelievable. I would love to eventually get more stories from the next phase in their lives. We shall see.  Until then I am content with this beautiful happily ever after.  So content.

 

 

A fabulous BR with Elsbeth and Teri. 

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text 2017-04-01 07:56
Fate of the Stars by Arwen Paris Reveal

Fate of the Stars
Arwen Paris
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

When the fate of the world rests upon you…
Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…
To live or die is no longer a choice.
Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land.
As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.


Author Bio:
I'm the YA Author of Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy & Fantasy novels. Fate of the Stars, my debut young adult sci-fi urban fantasy, was the Second Place winner of the 2016 Pages From The Heart Contest.
I'm excited to announce Fate of the Stars will be available on September 1, 2017!
The action packed pages of my novels are filled with characters who are forced to face fears they never expected. I live in Washington state with my amazing husband and five fantastic kids and work full time in sales, writing in all my spare time.

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review 2017-03-31 14:46
Once Upon a Summer Night by Nancy Scanlon
Once Upon a Summer Night: Mists of Fate - Book Three - Nancy Scanlon

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a fun book. I am kind of partial to time travel romances. I guess I like the idea of imagining what it would be like to suddenly be thrust into an entirely unknown situation and trying to figure out what to do. I was really in the mood to read a time travel romance so I decided to pick up this book and I am glad that I did.

This is the third book in the Mists of Fate series and it read just fine as a stand alone even though I think I would have liked it a bit more if I had been more familiar with some of the characters. I definitely want to go back and read the first two books in this series so that I can see how things worked out for the other couples.

This book features Colin and Eleanor, or Ellie, and starts out in the modern time period. Colin runs a matchmaking business, Celtic Connections, and Ellie's aunt wants Colin to personally find her a match. Ellie and Colin have already met and the chemistry between them was intense right from the start. I had a lot of fun watching this pair together. Colin tried to suppress his feelings and Ellie went on the dates that were set up for her but they always seemed to come alive when they were with each other.

It did take this book a long time to get to any time traveling. It was fun once it happened and a lot of exciting things occurred while they were in the past. This was definitely what I would call a sweet romance. If you are looking for a romance with a lot of heat, this one may not be the right choice because kissing is about as steamy as this one will get. I enjoy this kind of sweet romance that really makes you see the main characters get their happily ever after.

I would recommend this book to fans of time travel romance. This was really a heartwarming romance that had a lot going for it. This is the first book by Nancy Scanlon that I have read but I definitely hope to read more of her work in the near future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Diversion Books via NetGalley.

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text 2017-03-30 00:10
Reading progress update: I've read 89%.
Locked - Brooke Blaine,Ella Frank

“The first thing you asked me is what I’m doing here with you.” Entwining our fingers, Ace took a deep inhale, and when he let it out, it was as if it were the first full breath he’d taken since he’d last touched me. Then he whispered, “I’m living.”

I could feel tears welling in my eyes, and when I shut them to stave them off, I heard him say, “Look at me, Dylan.”

And when I blinked and refocused on him, I was shocked to see his own eyes were glistening. “The second was why. Why am I with you…” As Ace’s voice trailed off, he brought his other hand to my cheek and asked, “Where else would I be?”

 

 

❤❤❤

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