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review 2017-02-25 21:08
Well this was a pleasant little surprise...
Sound Proof - C.A. Blocke

Chris is dumped by his partner of 6 years and let me just say...good thing. I was not a fan of her from the word go. Vanessa basically dumps him when they're out on a date so yes, out in public and of course it's all his fault. Sorry no, sweetie it takes two. I'm not saying he doesn't have a role in this but at least he's not the one who ends the relationship and announces their engagement to someone else on Facebook the same day.

 

That's cold and to add insult to injury she ends the relationship without coming clean about the fact that not only is she getting engaged that day but she's been cheating on him for at least a year, but it's Chris's fault? WTF? I think not. Ok that's all the time we're dedicating to Vanessa, I'm over and done with her. I want to discuss the important part of the story...the part where Chris moves on.

 

Now in case you haven't figured it out yet, Chris is bisexual and I wouldn't say he's in denial, but he's not totally comfortable with his attraction to men either and right now he's trying to get over being blindsided by 'she who shall no longer be named'. Enter Thomas, Chris's best friend who is gay, a bit older than Chris, slightly overweight and truly the kind of friend most of us hope for because while Thomas is in love with Chris, he's never acted on his feelings because Chris was in a relationship and right now he just wants to help him get back on his feel and move forward with his life. He doesn't want to take advantage of his friend while he's weak, he doesn't want to be Chris's rebound.

 

I loved how hard Thomas worked to just be Chris's friend, to not take advantage of him when he was vulnerable. Add to this that Thomas is pretty insecure about his looks not over the top, ridiculous insecure but realistically, I can believe this insecure. 

 

Watching them go from friends to lovers as they both deal with their insecurities and just the awkward moments of a changing relationship as each person tries to get comfortable with the changes and what they mean. I liked that while Chris may not be fully out of the closet about his bisexuality, he wasn't so deeply entrenched in it that he refused to explore how he felt about Thomas nor did he try to deny that things were changing between them.

 

For a short story containing only about 50 pages I was impressed with the detail and the amount of emotion it contained.  The story started with the end of Vanessa and Chris's relationship and this was okay because I so did not need more of her, but I would have liked a bit more Chris and Thomas at the end after they were well and truly a couple. That would have made me a very happy girl.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing future stories from this author and who knows maybe somewhere in there I'll get to find out a bit more about this pair as well. I don't think I can call the ending a HEA but it's definitely a strong HFN with a lot of promise for that HEA.

 

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An ARC of 'Sound Proof' was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-25 19:16
Songs for everyone...
Bitter Legacy - Dal Maclean

I'm going to try not to be too spoilerish here but be warned I'm not using spoiler tags on this one so please proceed with caution if you haven't read this book and plan too.

 

I'm not really sure what to say here because if you go over to GR you'll see a whole lot of reviews for this book a lot are good like "I seriously loved this book" good and admittedly I'm in that group. So I'll start with what I know...
 
A huge, ginormous thank you to Wonder Woman & Supergirl (Josy & Christelle) my BR Besties. This book was good, really, really freakin' good but as always reading it with you two made it amazingly better.  Sometimes when we do a buddy read between the three of us we find songs...songs that work for a certain scene or a character and this time we found songs for Ben, Jamie and Steggie (the neighbor and while not an MC a very strong secondary character) so if you want something to listen to while your reading here are the links...

 

Ben's song... Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park

Jamie's song...Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse

and Steggie's song...What I've Done by Linkin Park

 

Now about the book. While 'Bitter Legacy' isn't a straight up romance it's not lacking in that department either. It's really more of a mystery/romance so at times the romance takes a bit of a back seat but there were also times that the mystery took a bit of a backseat as well. Maybe not everyone's cuppa' but I liked...really, really liked it. 

 

Let's start off talking about the elephant in the room or in this case the elephant in the story...that's right let's talk about the 'cheating'. I know it's a real stumbling block for some and a deal breaker for others and I'm not trying to change anyone's ideals or concepts here. I'd say it's more a case of explaining why at the end of it all even though I don't condone Ben's behavior for me technically I can't say he cheated either and I think that this is something that maybe needs to be determined by each person's concept of what truly constitutes 'cheating' in a relationship. So here goes...

 

Ben and Jamie (Posh Boy, I love that nickname) hook-up, they have some time together but Ben made no promises, in fact he's pretty clear about his 'promiscuity'. Jamie made assumptions and we all know about the word ASS-U-ME, right? It makes an ASS-out of-You-and-ME. Also Jamie never in fact verbally clarified the parameters of their relationship he just hoped and assumed. Honestly when it came to Ben, Jamie wasn't always thinking clearly. However, having said this I do think Ben was aware of the fact that Jamie was more emotionally invested in the relationship than Ben seemed to be and Ben could have handled things better with more consideration to Jamie's feelings and having said all that sometimes things aren't always what they seem and that's as spoilerish as I'm getting on this issue.

 

While there may have been parts where the story seemed to progress at a slower pace those times also gave us insight into the characters and their relationships. Ben and Jamie come from such different backgrounds and their lives at present are different in so many ways.

 

Jamie's a police officer on the fast track for promotion. His job is his focus and basically his life. He's practical, analytical and his social life is non-existent. Ben is a photographer he works in the world of advertising so his world is filled with models and 'beautiful people' of which he's one and his social life is prolific.

 

There were so many secondary characters in this story who added to everything that I'd practically need to write another book to be able to cover it and while Jamie and Ben were obviously very central to the story it was the addition of people like Jamie's father, Steggie who was Ben's downstairs neighbor, Jamie's boss...Herself (or Detective Chief Inspector Ingham), Jamie's co-workers Scrivenor & Kaur and a veritable entourage of others. Each with their own role to play and each adding something to the overall story whether it was a little or a lot they all added to the depth of the story and the events that played out on these pages.

 

I was immediately drawn into this story from the very beginning. There was so much about this story that wasn't simple, easy or straight forward and the relationships were very much entangled with the case that Jamie was working that in order to truly understand the personal aspects you had to solve the mystery. This was a book well worth the time needed to read it and while I felt that I knew much of what was happening it wasn't until the end that everything totally fell into place.

 

Dal MacLean is a new author and based on this book...this is an author that I look forward to seeing more of.

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review 2017-02-17 17:43
Uuuuummmm...excuse me, but where do I sign up for book #2?
Warlock in Training - T.J. Nichols

Because I want it...like yesterday...now would be good but yesterday would have been even better because then I could reading it now.

 

I admit this book probably isn't for everyone but when I saw the blurb I was curious and fairly certain it would work for me...well, that was an understatement. I loved it. It's magic and wizards, warlocks, mages, demons and Oh hell yeah! There's a dragon or two just for good measure. 

 

Let's start with Angus, he's definitely the center of the story. He's a warlock in training and in his world any warlock worth his salt has a demon and Angus manages to get the demon to end all demons because his demon's a mage.

 

Have I confused you yet? Well let me clarify things a little. Angus is human and he lives on the humanside and he's training to be a warlock, not that he wants to be but daddy thinks he should or at least he does until he doesn't but we're not going to go there right now.

 

For the purposes of this story a warlock is someone who is trained in the use of magic and draws their magic from his demon who he calls forth from the other side of the void, which is essentially the demonside of this world. Now a wizard is someone who uses magic but it's magic that they gather and they don't use a demon. Which is nice considering that no one asked the demon if he wanted to do this they just use them until they've used up their power and a mage is a demon who can use magic, so basically a combination of a wizard and a warlock in that they're trained but they draw their power from their surroundings more like a wizard and that's all the world building we're going to cover for now. 

 

So we have Angus a warlock in training who just happens to call forth Saka who is a mage and not in training and powerful. Now I'm going to talk about why I want the next book so freakin' bad.

 

First off while there is a romance in this book it's definitely a secondary part of the story and let's just say it's unusual...there's even a bit of a romantic triangle...potentially and bonus points boys and girls there's a orgy that's right a full on demon ritual orgy and it does involve both boy and girl bits, however, I really didn't find the details to be excessively graphic or offensive and lastly there's also a definite cliffhanger to the ending, so if any of this is an issue for you, than this might not be the book for you. 

 

T. J. Nichols is a new to me author who basically blew me out of the water with this book. I loved the world building and the character development, especially with Angus. He showed a lot of growth from start to finish and given everything he went through I probably would have tanked things if it had been any different.  

 

Saka was more than a little interesting and I'm really not sure how to explain him because...hello? demon here and a really interesting one not to mention pretty hot if we take Angus's word on things and did I mention he's got a tail...I'mma just sayin'.

 

Saka is a mage and a powerful one even by his people's standards. He's also a teacher, he wants to restore the magical balance to both humanside and demonside but what he also wants is to do it in a way that is beneficial to both races and without war between the two sides, however, time's running out for everyone because the humanside of this world is getting colder and demonside is getting hotter, so while a long term fix is the ultimate objective neither world can ignore the need for stop gap measures as well.

 

My only little niggle with this book was that the pacing occasionally felt a little slow but at the same time there's not anything in this story that I'm willing to give up...so little niggle from my perspective.

 

At the end of it all if fantasy, with some awesome world building, a side of romance and a strong plot is your thing you need to check this one out. Do I wish I had the next book...of course, if it's anywhere near as good as this one it's going to be one hella' good read. Am I sorry I read this one only to be left sitting on the edge of a cliff...nope, not even a little bit...the view from here is very promising.

 

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An ARC of 'Warlock in Training' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-01-03 00:30
Book Review for Los Perdidos MC Sons of Glory Motorcycle Club Romance By Daphene Loveling
 

 Los Perdidos MC
Sons of Glory Motorcycle Club Romance
By Daphene Loveling
 
3.5 stars
Reviewed by : Angels

Format : Kindle Edition


Published by : Amazon Digital Services & Daphne Loveling

Source: Purchased Copy

Gene: Motorcycle Club Romance ,Bad Boy Romance 
 
 

Blurb
 
Jenny:
I knew Smoke was bad news. It was written all over him like the tattoos that lined his muscular arms. From the moment the vice-president of the Los Perdidos MC approached me with that panty-melting stare, I should have run far, far away. But I’ve never been one to take the easy way out. 

No matter how wrong it was, no matter how much I fought it, I couldn’t stay away. My friends tried to warn me. They tell me he’s dangerous. They’re right. But with him, I feel more alive than I ever have. Men like this don’t come with a white picket fence. If I stay with him, I’m risking everything. It’s his world or mine. All out, or all in. Once I choose, I can never go back.


Los Perdidos MC  is a full-length, standalone romance novel with steamy hot sex, strong language, a HEA and absolutely NO CLIFFHANGER. 
 
Our Review

A new MC Romance author for Angels to read.I have to say this was an interesting story with like-able characters in it but,was just missing something for me.The two main characters Smoke and Flame (aka Jennifer) had a instant attraction toward one another from the moment they met.Smoke gave off the aura of a Bad Ass super sexy hot male alpha that said (Danger Beware).Jennifer was a hot sexy college student who felt she was missing something and went looking for someone to change all that.

Smoke comes from a family with a past where two parent's were from two different worlds that created friction in there marriage with his mom never really embracing the Motorcycle Club life.Smoke is at that crossroads in his own life which causes him a bit of turmoil on how to deal with his own current situation.Can he make this relationship work with Jennifer or call it quits before either party gets hurt?


I did feel for both characters.You do feel for Flame and what she is going through trying to decide if she can embrace this kind of life to be with Smoke or to walk away.There is really no in between for her so her decision is a very big one.From the very beginning you don't see a happy ever after for this couple.


I will say that that Flame really surprised me in this story.I did not think Jennifer had the guts to do the things she did in certain situations in this story and turn around and be cool with it.I will also say she surprised me on how she handled the ex girlfriend situation.I have to say that girl had some major backbone to stay with Smoke after this confrontation.If this had be me I would have said see yeah...


The relationship with Flame and Smoke was very intense.The sexual situations between these to where sexy, fun and loving.I think the reader new they to were falling in love before they did.


Enjoyable read and we are giving this story 3.5 stars.I wanted to really give it 4 stars but the story was lacking a bit .I felt that there was that intense element of danger missing from Smoke and his club activities and his own involvement in it.Another thing that bothered me was his interactions with Flame about what the club was involved in and how they make there living and his explanations.I realize this is a story of fiction but from all that I have read and learned about the club life and club business I could not see a conversation that he had with Flame being at all possible when mums the word when it comes to there old ladies or possible old ladies.I was waiting just for the story to wow me and it just did not.For me as a reader it is important to connect with the characters I read about and I wasn't able to connect with the characters in this story.That being said it was an enjoyable story of two people from two different worlds trying to meet each other half way to find a future together.

 
About the Author
 
 
Small town girl in the big city. Incurable romantic. Hopeless optimist in a realist's body. 

Owned by two cats. 

A sucker for a bad boy with a soft center.
 
 
 
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review 2016-12-31 02:04
#CBR8 Book 133: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
My Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

According to history, when King Edward VI, Henry VIII's son died young and childless, certain noblemen who wanted to make sure a ruler of the Protestant faith ruled the country put his young cousin Lady Jane Gray on the throne. She ruled for nine days, before Mary Tudor arrived with her armies, removed the poor girl and had her beheaded. This book bears a vague resemblance to that story.

In the England of this story, the conflict in England isn't between Catholics and Protestants, it's between non-shapeshifters, also known as Verities, and shapeshifters, better known as eðians (pronounced eethians). King Henry VIII himself turned into a great big lion, on occasion, but even so, the eðians are generally hunted and distrusted by the populace in general. Princess Mary is staunchly against them and want them all killed, while young King Edward and his best friend and cousin, Lady Jane Grey read everything they can about them and would like nothing more than to discover eðian abilities of their own.

Sadly, Edward appears to be dying. He has been told by Lord Dudley, his chief adviser and his physicians that he's suffering from "the affliction" and that he is unlikely to have long, certainly not long enough to marry and produce a male heir. Luckily Dudley has a plan to secure a succession that will make sure an eðian-friendly ruler ends up on the English trone. He suggests that Edward change the line of succession to ensure that his cousin Lady Jane's heirs inherit. Of course, Jane needs to be married to produce heirs, but Dudley has just the candidate. His younger son, Gifford. There is the minor difficulty that Gifford Dudley is an eðian and spends every day from sunup to sunset as a magnificent stallion, but any heirs would be conceived at night anyways, so Dudley is sure Jane wouldn't mind too much.

When the extremely intellectual Jane finds out that she's to be married off within a few days, she travels to the Dudley estate (carrying with her a suitable supply of books to entertain her) to meet her intended. Unfortunately, because of some rather shameful nightly pursuits, Gifford (just call him G) has let it be known that he's a rampant womaniser. It's more socially acceptable than what he gets up to. Hence his older brother mistakes Jane for one of his younger brother's many suspected floozies and Jane believes her impending husband is a lecherous libertine (he's not, he's actually a poet). Nor does anyone deem it appropriate to tell her about her husband's eðian status, so she has quite the surprise the morning after her wedding, when the groom turns into a big horse in the middle of her bedroom.

As Edward takes a rapid turn for the worse shortly after the wedding, his sister Elizabeth warns him that he mustn't trust his physicians and he realises that Dudley is up to no good, and that Jane may be in terrible danger as well.

This is a delightful farce of a book, where we follow the points of view of Edward, Jane and G (he never liked the name Gifford) as the story progresses. Since there are three authors, I suspect each of them took one character and wrote their sections. Having loosely based the first half on actual historical events (if you ignore the shapeshifters), the second half is pure fantasy and a lot of fun. The book is clearly inspired by The Princess Bride, with the narrators occasionally interrupting the narrative to address the reader directly. Readers will recognise that most of Gifford's poetry is strikingly similar to that of one William Shakespeare. There is humour reminiscent of Monty Python and Blackadder, while at least one plot development brings to mind the lovely Ladyhawke, one of my favourite eighties movies (I'd love to get a version with a non-synthy soundtrack).

I've seen this book included on several best of 2016 lists, and while I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to include it in my top ten of the year, it's a very enjoyable romp from start to finish. My one complaint is that the book is a bit long and I think some of the parts in the second half could have been edited a bit more. As a huge fan of Tudor history in general, and having always been sympathetic to poor Lady Jane, the nine days queen, who really didn't have much choice in the matter and was a political pawn her entire life, it was nice to see a story that reimagines a much happier ending for her. Possibly not the book for you if you take your history very seriously, but highly recommended for anyone who wants a fun, creative and irreverent reimagining of history.

Judging a book by its cover: While on first look, this may seem like any old historical novel, with your red-headed girl in Tudor era clothing and a big red font bringing your attention to the title, you need only take a closer look to see that there's more here. In little "hand-written notes" and arrows pointing to the girl on the cover, the writers explain that "Sometimes history gets it all wrong". The other notes say "It's not easy being queen" and "Off with her head".

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-133-my-lady-jane-by-cynthia.html
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