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review 2018-06-06 10:00
New Release Review! Marked at Midnight (Mark of the Dragon #1) Claire Conrad!
Marked at Midnight - Claire Conrad

 

 

An ordinary night. 
An ordinary bar. 
Two extraordinary men. 


When the nearly identical hunks of male perfection walk into the restaurant where Brittany works, she absolutely, positively does not expect them to glance her way. 

They don't just glance, they stare. 

 

She does not expect a proposition so hot she can barely believe it. Still, she accepts. Eagerly. 

 

And one night of passion ruins her for every other man on the planet. 
She can't stop thinking about them. 


Wanting them. 
Needing them. 

But they aren't what they seem. 


They're not human, but Dragon and Rider. 

Beast and Dragonborn. 

 

They live to protect humanity. To protect life. 
But war is brewing... 
dragon vs dragon, 
brother vs brother, 
ice vs fire. 

 

Brittany soon finds herself not just giving them her heart, 
but in the middle of a war she can't possibly understand. 
And her love is the key to not only her survival but theirs. 
To the survival of the entire world. 

 

Let the adventure begin…One Click Now! 

 


The first book in the Mark of the Dragon, Marked at Midnight is a hot and steamy read that I found to be an erotic paranormal romance but it could be considered fantasy as well. Brittany and her two men have an electrical chemistry and the sex scenes are blazing hot, while the romance is full of suspense and excitement. The plot is fast paced and keeps readers on the edge of their seat with thrills when a rogue dragon targets Brittany.

 

The story is quite enjoyable especially for a shorter read, one that can be enjoyed when can only sneak away for a short while. The author created a fantasy world with some unique elements that makes it different from others. And just to be thorough, Brittany and her two men’s story reach a satisfying conclusion, but the story has an epilogue that sets up the next book and it leaves you with a big cliffhanger, so of course, I can’t wait to read the next one.

 

 

Marked at Midnight is the 1st book in the Mark of the Dragon series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40129003-marked-at-midnight

 

& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Marked-Midnight-Mark-Dragon-Book-ebook/dp/B07D362ZZ5/ref=la_B071YR4DTH_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526748317&sr=1-1

 


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/marked-at-midnight-claire-conrad/1128689808;jsessionid=F88F3B393CB7DC40F9093383067B257F.prodny_store02-atgap08?ean=2940162016663

 


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Claire_Conrad_Marked_at_Midnight?id=7qxaDwAAQBAJ

 


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/marked-at-midnight

 


can be found at

 

Website - http://claireconrad.com/



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16792986.Claire_Conrad



BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/claire-conrad

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-17 00:00
Marked (Sailor's Grave #1)
Marked (Sailor's Grave #1) - Drew Elyse Marked (Sailor's Grave #1) - Drew Elyse


Marked hit me right in the feels! Kate's husband died tragically in a car accident. Several years have past and Kate is pretending she is 'moving on'. She loves her son and will do everything she can to keep him happy. Liam watched his mom struggle after his dad died and knows all too well what Kate is going through. He wants to help her, but how do you help someone who is so closed off?

I loved Liam. He had feelings for Kate, but knew exactly what she was going through. The guilt, the loss...all of it was what he watched his mom go through. He was the perfect guy for her. Sometimes, I find widow stories difficult; if you loved someone, moving on feels like betrayal and I feel that the new person in the relationship is always competing with a ghost, but if you move on too quickly, then you question if they really loved them at all. Its a fine line to walk. Kate's survivor's guilt was heartbreaking. She felt that she shouldn't ever love again, that doing so would be a betrayal. She really loved Joel (her husband) and they had been together since high school. As if the death of her husband wasn't tragic enough, Kate didn't have a great childhood either. She clung to Joel because they created a family neither had ever had. Appropriately, this was a slower burn since Kate has such love and devotion to her late husband.

Liam had a great family and I thought that was wonderful to read. He was close to his mom and his siblings. Its not often you get functional families in romance. I loved that he was a tattoo artist as well. He embraced and encouraged artistic talent. While my heart went out to Kate and her struggle, I adored Liam and he is what made this book for me! Marked is full of deep, real emotions and will have you tearing up frequently, but its a beautiful ride!

 
  • POV: dual 1st
  • Tears: yes
  • Trope: single parent, widow, MC club
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes




Clutch by L. Wilder, Outlaw Ride by Sarah Hawthorne, Follow Me Back by AL Jackson...then you will probably like Marked!

 


Marked


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review 2018-02-10 15:46
"River Marked - Mercedes Thompson #6" by Patricia Briggs
River Marked - Patricia Briggs

At the start of "River Marked", I found myself smiling. I was glad to be back in Mercy's company and pleased that she has been granted some happiness.  Patricia Briggs writes in a way that makes me feel that I'm going, if not home, then at least back to a favourite place when I open a Mercedes Thompson book. That's a rare gift.

 

Mercy is getting married. Honest. Any day soon. If she can survive her mother's plan-everything-down-to-the-last-second approach. As the wedding plans devolved into chaos my smile broadened. This felt warm and real.

 

When the Fae offered a fancy mobile home for Mercy's honeymoon and a free stay at a perfect spot, I grinned harder, knowing that bad things were bound to follow.

 

The honeymoon takes place on the Columbia River, near Horsethief Lake Park in Washington and the Bad Thing is drawn from Native American traditions and is a lot scarier than the vampires and most of the Fae we've met so far. This monster is hunger incarnate and people are its favourite prey.

 

 

(]Horsethief Falls Pictograph: She Who Watches. East gorge. WA. Angie Moore. 1M "She Who Watches"Pectroglph)

 

I liked the way this story uses Mercy's Native American heritage and of course, her Walker/Coyote nature to give her a better understanding of herself without getting all soppy about it and without sentimentalising Native American Myths.

 

There were clever links to the pictographs in the Park and the scene in the local standing stones was very well done. I loved the fact that Mercy's magical nature meant she could see things the young shaman-in-training wanted to believe in but had not yet managed to see.

 

This time, even though Adam is at her side, it is Mercy who must save the day. She gets help from some surprising places, including meeting with Coyote himself. Patricia Briggs manages to balance, magic, myth, murderous violence with humour and compassion in a way I find very pleasing.

 

The book also moves Mercy on. It gives her happiness and security and demonstrates her strength while still showing her as vulnerable. The letter Mercy wrote to Adam, to be opened if she didn't survive her encounter with the Big Bad, summed her up perfectly.

 

 

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review 2018-02-05 15:27
Review: Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires #12) by Chloe Neill
Midnight Marked - Chloe Neill
Midnight Marked

Chicagoland Vampires #12
Chloe Neill
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
NAL
March 1st 2016
Paperback
361
Library

 

As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice...

 

A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long...

 

Merit is one of Chicago's most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn't scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won't give up until he owns the Windy City.

 

With his last plan thwarted, he's more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House's vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire...

 

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything...

 

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The Chicagoland Vampires needs to be read in order.

 

Midnight Marked is book twelve in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. It’s full of action, adventure, and mystery.

 

I’ve had my highs and lows with this series and I think I’m ready for it to end.

 

In the past year Merit has gone from a reluctant vampire to doing whatever it takes to keep her vampire family safe. She’s now celebrating her one-year vampire anniversary and her relationship with Ethan is strong. It’s been one interesting journey to this point.

 

A lot of questions that I thought would remain mysteries where answered. We also see the House call in Paige for help with this particular mystery. And, when I thought we wouldn’t be getting any new supernaturals in the mix, Neill brings in a necromancer. I enjoyed Annabelle an added secondary character to the world and story. She was quite interesting and useful. Their is also no shortage of humor added into the mix while these characters try to figure out who or what is causing problems in good old Chicago.

 

My only issue and this issue has run throughout the series is that I never feel that Ethan and Merit are equals. He calls her Sentinel and she calls him Master. With a group, that seams ok, but when they are together it just feels wrong, not right. Their relationship and how it’s portrayed is the one thing I’ve had trouble with throughout the series.

 

Audio Note: I did try the audiobook first, but I stopped it after 2-5 min in. I hated the male voices for Ethan and Catcher. They sounded so wrong. I couldn’t do the book in audio, so I read it like all the previous editions. (Narrator: Sophie Eastlake)

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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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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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/02/review-midnight-marked-chicagoland-vampires-12-by-chloe-neill
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review 2018-01-06 17:17
Okay for a Teen Vampire Book
Marked - Kristin Cast,P.C. Cast

A few years ago, when I was a teenager, I feel like I would have really enjoyed this book. I still did like the book I could just see the obvious flaws with it now. I can't tell if some of the things in the book are just tropes or plot twists, time will tell. I'm excited to continue with the rest of the series! 

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