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review 2018-05-10 10:00
Review! Hunt the Darkness (Order of the Blade #11) Stephanie Rowe!
Hunt the Darkness - Stephanie Rowe

 

 

One warrior driven by an oath he will give his life to fulfill.

Another tormented by his love for the woman he failed.

Haunted by loss, each warrior is consumed by his relentless quest for redemption. Alone, each will fail. But when Calydon warrior Gabe Watson and mage Vladimir Hawkings team up to cross over into the demon realm to hunt down those who matter most, they finally have a chance to change the past …until they encounter two bold, sensual women who hold the key to everything that matters to them…brave, independent women who want nothing to do with them. 

Sophie Flanagan has no memory of her life before she was kidnapped by demons, including how she got the wedding band that burns on her hand. Only her unbreakable friendship with half-demon healer, Maria Souvaine, has enabled her to survive. The two women are caught a desperate battle against a threat so powerful it will destroy them forever.

When two fierce, towering warriors invade the demon realm, Sophie and Maria are thrust into a chaotic spiral of lust, escalating peril, and…for the first time in centuries…hope. Will the passion and danger that ignites cause the final destruction of all that matters…or finally free them all from the deadly shadows that grip them so tightly?

 

 

Hunt the Darkness is an exciting read that keeps readers glued to the pages as they become caught up in an adventure with very strong and compelling characters. Vladimir and is way overdue for their happily ever after and readers join with Vladimir in his quest to find his Sophie who disappeared into the demon realm centuries before. This romance has lots of emotional turbulence that tugs at reader’s hearts and Vladimir and Sophie are two characters that readers can easily connect to which it makes me want to cheer them on, fight alongside them and cry with and for them as well.

 

Anticipation and suspense builds throughout the story with every exciting twist and turn which let me tell you, there are plenty because Sophie’s life becomes extremely dangerous for her and Vladimir finds himself teaming up with the Calydon Warrior Gabe Watson who finds himself falling for Sophie’s best friend Maria whose building romance has its own complications and lucky for us readers we get two romances in one that are both filled to the max with sizzling attraction and some red hot passion that heats up the pages and made me have to turn on the fans.

 

Stephanie Rowe has created a fascinating world that is full of unique and intriguing elements as well fascinating characters which she brings to vibrant life with well written words that make it easy for readers to picture each and every scene and connect with the characters. Luckily for me, the books can be read without having read all the previous books in the series because it seems I have missed a few (I will have to take care of that asap), but don’t get me wrong, just because it can be enjoyed that way, I do believe that reading the previous books would really build up the understanding of just how the Calydon world works.

 

 

 

Hunt the Darkness is the 11th book in the Order of the Blade series which includes:

 

  • Darkness Awakened
  • Darkness Seduced
  • Darkness Surrendered
  • Forever in Darkness
  • Darkness Reborn
  • Darkness Arisen
  • Darkness Unleashed
  • Inferno of Darkness
  • Darkness Revealed
  • Shadows of Darkness
  • Hunt the Darkness

 

The 12th book - Darkness Revealed – is coming soon!

 

Hunt the Darkness is available in print or ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   GPlay   iBooks   Kobo

 

 

Stephanie Rowe can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   BookBub    Facebook   Twitter   Pintrest   Instagram

 

 

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review 2018-04-12 10:00
Review! A Mate To Cherish (Hunters #1) Laylah Roberts!
A Mate to Cherish - Laylah Roberts

 

 

They are fallen from grace. A race once worshipped that had grown arrogant and greedy. Now they are few and spend their lives hunting the guilty and bringing them to justice. 


A sexy dream. Two hot, sensual lovers. More pleasure than she’s ever felt before. What more could a girl want? 


Um, maybe for it to be real. Lauren has hit rock bottom. After fleeing Earth, she ends up penniless and homeless. Before she can even begin her new job, she’s arrested for prostitution and thrown in jail. 


Could things get any worse? 
Well, yes, actually. They could. 
Try getting horribly ill, ending up on the auction block, and being sold to two gorgeous, domineering, stubborn men who intend to return her to the very place she fled. 


Malik knows the female in their dreams is their mate. He wants her, craves her, but he can’t bond with her without Tarin, and convincing Tarin she’s theirs will be an almost impossible task. 


Tarin is always in control. Always in command. But when the hunt leads them to Lauren, he finds that very control tested. She intrigues and annoys him. Brings him both joy and terror. 


But most importantly, she makes him feel.

 

 

 

The first book in the new Hunters series is a story that takes readers on one heck of a steamy and thrilling ride.

 

Lauren, Talin and Malik are solid, engaging characters that easily draw readers into their stories and hold them captive throughout. The romance is a bit rocky due to circumstances and some emotional difficulties which must be overcome and has the readers commiserating with them but the chemistry sizzles from each and every page and the sex scenes are steamy and panty melting worthy.

 

Suspense and anticipation build throughout the story as this fast paced story starts off with an intensity that grabs readers attention and doesn’t let go through one heart stopping moment after another while this threesome tries to come to terms with their situation and their mating circumstance. Will this threesome be able to achieve their ‘happily ever after or will fate be denied? This question keeps readers guessing until the very end and with some wonderful godlike surprises thrown in things stay interesting and readers don’t have any chance of encountering a dull moment.

 

The author did a great job of painting vivid imagery to make me feel as if I was a part of the story and I was enthralled from start to finish so I am looking forward to reading the next Hunters book.

 

 

A Mate To Cherish is the 1st book in the Hunters series.

 

A Mate To Cherish is available in ebook at:

Amazon

 

Laylah Roberts can be found at:

Website   Blog   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads   BookBub

 

 

 

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review 2018-03-11 20:01
Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara, translated by Cathy Hirano, illustrations by Miho Satake
Dragon Sword and Wind Child - Miho Satake,Noriko Ogiwara,Cathy Hirano

Fifteen-year-old Saya is the only survivor of an attack by the army of the God of Light on her village when she was a child. Although she occasionally dreams about the attack, she now lives with her adoptive parents in the village of Hashiba, which has accepted the God of Light and his immortal children, Princess Teruhi and Prince Tsukishiro. Saya has no memories of her birth parents and loves the Light just as much as any other person in Hashiba, so it's a shock when several strangers arrive and tell her that she's a princess of the Children of the Dark. Unlike the immortal Children of the God of Light, the Children of the Goddess of Darkness can die and then be reincarnated, and Saya is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden. Before she has a chance to truly process this, Prince Tsukishiro arrives and takes a sudden interest in her.

Saya is faced with several choices: she can become one of the prince's handmaidens and eventually his bride, knowing that he doesn't really love her; she can kill herself like the Water Maidens before her; or she can somehow find a way to escape. She chooses the third option and discovers both the Dragon Sword, a weapon so powerful it can kill gods, and Chihaya, a Child of the God of Light who is seen as a failure by his siblings because he has always been drawn to the Darkness.

I honestly didn't know where Ogiwara was going to go with this book, most of the time. Saya figured out that her love for Prince Tsukishiro was foolish surprisingly quickly, although it took a bit longer for her heart to catch up. Chihaya was...unexpected. I had caught the mention of a third Child of the God of Light, but I hadn't thought that Saya would be meeting him so soon and taking him along with her.

The immortals, Chihaya in particular, came across as somewhat alien. Chihaya had the ability to switch bodies with various animals and didn't seem to be aware, or maybe didn't care, that the animals wouldn't necessarily be okay if they got injured while he was using them. He could experience pain and certainly disliked it, but any injuries would usually disappear in a day or less. He cared about his horse and Saya, in that order, and I'm not sure he truly realized, during a good chunk of the book, that Saya could die.

The book's pacing was a bit slow for my tastes, but I liked reading about Saya's efforts to understand Chihaya. She had to struggle to convince the Children of the Goddess of Darkness to keep him free as he kept doing things that indicated he was more dangerous to have around than they'd initially thought. Watching how Chihaya changed as the story progressed was fascinating.

I wish, though, that Saya hadn't come across as more a supporting character than a main character. I went into the book expecting her to be more active. There were moments when she had choices to make and things to do, but mostly she existed to support Chihaya while he gradually came into his powers and got a better look at the Darkness he'd been drawn towards all his life. Saya supposedly had the power to pacify gods but never got to the point of being able to use them, unless her ability to connect with Chihaya counted.

I kind of wish this had been a friendship-only book, since I felt Chihaya and Saya worked best as friends, but I suppose their eventual romance fit with the "God of Light and Goddess of Darkness" theme. The way I felt about the two of them reminded me a little of how I felt about the sudden romance in Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass. It felt forced.

All in all, despite its problems this was pretty good. I look forward to the next book, although I wonder how it'll be related to this one. I don't recognize the character names in the description and, honestly, the way Dragon Sword and Wind Child ended makes it work just fine as a standalone.

Extras:

The book includes two full-page, full-color illustrations. One is a larger version of the cover illustration.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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url 2018-01-19 06:12
The Immortal Lover
This incredibly handsome man with versicolored hair is like none other. His capability to enhance a woman; mortal or immortal is what has made him a legend before the creation of our world. He takes love but rarely, sincerely gives it. His hands and lips are sweltering hot but his heart is cold as ice. His heart is unable to be captured for it belongs to another. One he has sought since he lost her.
 
Down through the ages of human history his name has been heard and often feared. He's know by many names; king of hell, demon, destroyer, all which is wrong with the world. But many has known him in a different light. A tender light. He's the legendary lover that legends are made from. Many believe he may had been Casanova, himself or most definitely Don Juan. Some say he's actually Eros. But a few have known for sure and lived to tell the story. Few knows his heavenly name is Azazael. Most knows hm by his terrifying fallen name; which is Azazel.

After his fall from Grace he was thrown into hell. He became the epitome age old adage, "Heaven doesn't want me and hell is afraid I'll take over." For that's exactly what Azazel did. Took over and made himself the king of hell. He ruled the cthulhu realms with a relentless iron fist, he dethroned the lord of darkness and reign supreme for eons upon eons. He built cities, added structure. Turned hell not into a place of punishment if one obeyed him. Hell was no longer a place of punishment as to why heaven puled him out. Hell is supposed to be a place of punishment.

During his diabolical reign, there was one thing his heart never grew cold to and that was the love of his second wife whom he lost before falling from Grace. The severity of his many imprisonments and divine mind erasures have left his mind foggy to what she looked like but he remember her tender love for him. Driving her away has been his only regret.
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review 2017-10-12 16:26
Fun paranormal romance
Fox's Awakening (Enchanted Immortals Book 2) - F.G. Adams,Julia Goda

Fox's Awakening is the second book in the Enchanted Immortals Trilogy and picks up where book one, Aldin's Wish left off. While I would recommend reading the books in order to get the full impact of everything going on with these characters, it can be read as a standalone. 

Fox wasn't a major character in the first book, but he did make an impact and I was excited to see his story. The book is fast-paced with lots of action and plenty of steam as Fox and his goddesses get acquainted - umm, reacquainted? (Too much on that would give spoilers, so I'll just leave it alone.)

Adams is a talented writer and weaves an exciting tale with this second book in the trilogy. The story is told in multiple points of view and will keep you on your toes as things progress with Baako and a romance blooms.

All in all, this second book is a fun paranormal romance with lots of action to keep a reader turning pages. 

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