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review 2019-06-19 18:13
The Magician's Hoard by Celia Lake
Magician's Hoard (Mysterious Charm Book 3) - Celia Lake

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Pross' is a widowed bookseller and when someone approaches her with a research project, she can't help but take it on. When she realizes she needs help, she goes to the Research Society. There she gets directed to someone named Ibis.

Due to racism and classism, Ibis is stuffed into a corner in the offices of the Research Society but when Pross gets sent up to him, it will set-off a chain of discoveries that will shake the very fabric of their lives, in more ways than one.

 

Are you saying there’s something wrong at the Society? Badly wrong?” He’d said that, but she needed to hear him admit it flat out.

Ibis looked up to meet her eyes , and then he nodded. “I am. I do think there is. I just don’t know what. That’s why we’re here.”

 

The Magician's Hoard is book three in the Mysterious Charm series and I wish that I had started with book one. The setting is 1920's England, with some forays into Paris, and while the history of the world seems to be based in reality, there is mention of “the war”, magic is part of everyday life. When kids go to school, they are sent off and put into different factions, Fox, Owl, Seal, and etc.; close to Harry Potter-ish. No one really knows how and why people are put into the categories they are but this directs their courses of study. People also travel by portals, which makes going from London to Paris a simple, not time consuming trip. There really wasn't an explanation or relaying of the structure of this world, probably provided in book one, so starting in book three with no help, I was lost in the framing of the world and therefore, very lost in the meanings of things and how magic existed.

 

Singularly, Pross and Ibis were interesting characters. Pross a widowed bookseller with a daughter in school. We get some scenes with Pross and her daughter, more towards the middle and end that helped fill out her character and some talk about her previous marriage. Ibis is half Egyptian, with a sister in school and other family members living in Egypt. He has a flatmate, we see them interact together, but otherwise his background feels a bit murky. While there was some sketching out of these two, I wanted some color pencils used, I had trouble feeling them and their emotions for the first half of the book. The second half they start to warm up and I felt we got to know them more but it was a little difficult to make it there. Their attraction starts off mild, shy, and then moves into the bedroom. There was an ending bedroom scene that felt a tad out of place, in regards to how the story was flowing previously, with a sexy toy joining in on the fun. They were cute together but their relationship felt more studious than steamy.

 

The reason for Pross joining up with Ibris, the search for a Roman hoard, was hard for me to keep track of; the aforementioned magic and how it existed in this world, the secondary characters who pop up and aren't really fleshed out, and the time jumps. There would be a scene with something learned by Pross or Ibris and then a week or some sort of time jump would occur. This gave the story a stop and go feel and hurt the flow for me. I honestly felt lost in the plot about the hoard, from how it was important, to what it was, and who the villain/s going against Pross and Ibris' search for it.

 

The writing was wonderfully technically sound but the overall story structure felt off, but again, I didn't read the previous two books in the series, so I could have missed out on key information that would have helped out here. It took until the second half for me to feel like I finally felt the emotions from characters and feel like I had solid grip on them but I'm not sure I ever accomplished even that with the Roman hoard plot. The 1920's era doesn't usually show up in new romance releases, so if looking for that time period and a bit different vibe with some magic in your stories, back track to book one before taking this one on.

 

He felt her hand slip into his, and the delighted whisper in his ear, “Keeping you.”

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review 2019-06-19 11:00
Review! The Black Lily (Vampire Blood #1) Juliette Cross!

 

 

 

Happy Hump Day, Readers! Today I am visiting The Black Lily for her version of a Cinderella vampire fairy tale! Enjoy and don't forget to add The Black Lily by Juliette Cross to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

Every day, the threat the Varis family poses to the humans they rule over grows stronger. Every minute that Arabelle spends doing chores for vain, entitled aristocrats, her resolve to overthrow the vampire monarchy increases. She is the leader of the underground resistance, The Black Lily. And she’s waited long enough.

 

Now is the perfect time to ignite the rebellion. The plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball. And kill him.

 

Dagger in hand, Arabelle is caught off guard by the immediate spark she shares with Prince Marius. It doesn’t help that he’s listening to her and seems so kind and understanding.

 

Arabelle is sworn to kill Marius at all costs, but what if Prince Charming is more than he appears to be? But the big question? Now that he knows the truth, can she do what she must to save her people?

 

The threat the Varis family poses to the humans they rule over grows stronger every day and Arabelle’s resolve to overthrow the vampire monarchy grows as well. Now is the perfect time to ignite the underground resistance’s rebellion, by attending the prince’s blood ball and killing him. But Prince Marius could be more than the Prince Charming he appears to be if he listens and understands the truth.

 

This is the first book in fascinating and different vampire world that readers can really sink their teeth into. The chemistry between Arabelle and Marius has sparks flying in every direction from every page of this fiery and volatile romance that provides readers with a very entertaining mix of passion, laughter and adventure. The characters are strong, the emotional turmoil fits the story and characters so well that readers really feel as if they know and understand both sides of the conflict. The heroine is quite saucy and spirited while the hero is an arrogant male who soon turns into a real prince and readers just have to sigh in pleasure.

 

The wonderful setting adds just the right atmosphere to the story to make it believable and readers find that the story ‘feels right’ which makes it delightfully exciting and quite thrilling as they get caught up in the suspense and action of this story. The clever ‘Cinderella’ fairy tale retelling makes this vampire romance, one that readers will want to visit over and over again.

 


 

 

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Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/58d617820d3299c6e063c2e0/the-black-lily-tales-of-the-black-lily-juliette-cross

 

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The Black Lily is the 1st book in the Vampire Blood Series!

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/206527-vampire-blood

 

Author - https://www.juliettecross.com/vampire-blood

 

Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/catalogsearch/advanced/result/?book_series=A+Vampire+Blood+

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078Y7WYQ6?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 The Black Lily
2 The Red Lily
3 The White Lily
4 The Emerald Lily

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

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Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/the-black-lily.html

 

 

 

Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

 

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

 

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

 

 

Website - http://juliettecross.com/

 

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review 2019-06-18 17:59
Review: Meridian Chronicles: Fairy Nymphs & The Demon Court (#3) by M.D. Fryson
Meridian Chronicles: Fairy Nymphs & The Demon Court - MD Fryson

Meridian’s curse still haunts her after running back to Salem. Living with heartbreak, Aiden cannot go on without Meridian and flees with Tallulah to Salem.

Raina continues her deceit and willfully accepts possession from a demon of the high court, Pyro who commands Raina to kill one of the good witches.

Another trip to the dark realm brings another fight between the Fairy Nymphs and members of the Demon Court when they arrive to answer the dark one’s riddle, one that was not meant to answer.

When Meridian and Aiden accept the help of the Fairy Nymphs to unlock the Universe’s message of their fate, it is then that Meridian finds herself within the Hall of Souls where the Angels, known as the keepers have a message for her.

With Warrick still out to keep his position in Etheria, the demon court members staging their attack on the spirit guides, Aiden against all odds will not leave Meridian.

Aiden’s reoccurring dream is more significant that what he realizes until the very end, where an ironic twist of fate emerges testing his true love for Meridian and the road to saving her soul. Who will end up being Meridian’s twin soul? Is it Aiden? Will Warrick succeed and avoid his judgment? What is the message from the Angel? Find out in this dark paranormal romance.

 

*I received a free copy from the author and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

Wow, this book is even better than the last one, each book gets better as we dive deeper and deeper into the world of Fairies, Demons, Spirits, Witches and much more.

I really love the character growth. Not only Meridian but everyone else as well. The story arc is also growing and we get deeper and deeper into their world and discover new and exciting but sometimes shocking things.

One of my favorite parts is that we get so many unique supernatural groups, all a bit different and yet the same as we read or heard about before, some have a nice unique spin to it.

It was all a bit overwhelming in the first book, with so many people and groups, but now it’s a breeze to read and follow along not to mention fun.

Some things we get answers to others we have to wait for the next book. We get plenty of action, twist and turns, and lots of snarky humor that I love.

Overall I really, really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down and I will ever so patiently wait for the next book.

I rate it 5 ★

 

 

Available NOW ONLY on Amazon 

Amazon 

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/06/18/review-meridian-chronicles-fairy-nymphs-the-demon-court-3-by-m-d-fryson
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review 2019-06-18 11:00
New Release Review! Moonlight Bride (High House Canis #3 / High House Universe) Riley Storm!

 

 

 

Good Morning, Readers! Today I am visiting with the Rebels of High House Canis where Linden is struggling between his mate and his loyalty to his fellow wolves! Enjoy and don't forget to add Moonlight Bride by Riley Storm to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

The new neighbors have moved in, and they’re a real howl…

 

Chloe goes to warn them of the giant wolf roaming around, fully expecting to go home alone. When she accidentally lets slip that her tractor is broken, however, the handsome new neighbor insists on coming to help. Overwhelmed since leaving the city and her past behind, Chloe accepts his offer. Maybe with his help, she can find a way to stop her other jerk of a neighbor from forcing her to sell the farm.

 

Truthfully, Linden Canis knows nothing about tractors. He’s a wolf shifter living on a farm, after all. Still, he needs to see more of her. It’s only good luck that she found him, after he stumbled across her when in his animal form. Now he doesn’t want to let her out of his sight. There’s something about her that calls to him. But he has other duties he can’t let slide…

 

The farm is home to all the rebellious members of House Canis, home of the werewolves. They’re fighting a secret war against their Tyrant-King, and it’s Linden’s job to ensure the perimeter security. With Chloe struggling to run her farm, however, he begins to devote more and more time to seeing her succeed. Too much time. When disaster strikes, it leaves nothing untouched. Not even Chloe…


 

 

The farm is home to the rebellious members of House Canis and Linden Canis is supposed to be protecting the perimeter but he’s being distracted by Chloe who is struggling to run her farm. When disaster strikes, it leaves nothing untouched.

 

The third book in the High House Canis series is a smorgasbord of romance, suspense and excitement. Chloe and Linden has lots of sizzling chemistry and theses strong, compelling characters know just how to take advantage of that chemistry. The romance is sweet and the passion is hot but the relationship has some issues, like Linden’s reluctance to put his heart on line by sharing his secret and Chloe is unsure about giving into romance which has a story full of emotional angst and characters that easily draw readers in and has them empathizing with them.

 

The plot takes place a fast clip with lots of adrenaline pumping excitement and suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats with a few twists to liven things up even more. The loyalists are causing quite a bit of mayhem and chaos and a greedy human gets caught up in it when he tries to manipulate Chloe out of her farm. The battles between the rebels and the loyalists are explosively exciting and life like which makes readers bite their nails in apprehension of which side will come out on top. The battle is heating up and the rebels are growing stronger and readers don’t want to miss one second of this riveting war.

 


 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46264233-moonlight-bride

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/moonlight-bride-riley-storm/book,14006060

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/moonlight-bride-high-house-canis-book-3-by-riley-storm

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1051251

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5d03387101dbc864fb9fbc3c/moonlight-bride-riley-storm

 

 

 

 

 

Moonlight Bride is the 3rd book in the High House Canis series

 

 

1 Savage Love
2 Blood Mate

 

 

Shadow's Howl (Summer 2019)

 

 

 

High House Canis is part of the High House Universe which includes the High House Ursa series

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NWRFXXR?ref=series_rw_dp_labf


 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07STGXS6D?ref_=dbs_mng_calw_2&storeType=ebooks

 

 

 

Riley is one of those early-morning people you love to hate, because she swears she doesn't need caffeine, even though the coffee-maker is connected to her smartphone. She lives in a three-story townhouse by the good graces of a tabby-cat who rules the house, the couch, the table, well, basically everywhere. When she's not groveling for forgiveness for neglecting to pet her kitty enough, Riley is strapped in to her writing chair coming up with crazy worlds where she can make her own decisions of when feeding time is and how much coffee can be drank without her friends--of which she has three--holding yet another intervention that they threaten to post on the internet.

 


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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Riley-Storm/e/B07LFNJHC4?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_tkin_p1_i0

 

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text 2019-06-15 22:21
Rattling the Heat in Deadwood By Ann Charles
Rattling the Heat in Deadwood - Ann Charles

Short review.  In keeping in the Violet Parker fashion of the paranormal, we find our Scharfrichter, trying to learn about becoming an executioner and being a Time Keeper in her own, reluctant way.  Between being a single mother of twins, her job, being chased and hounded by the local police version of Rockford, and fantasizing and actually having coitus with her boyfriend, Violet actually does chase some ghosts and demons.

 

This is a fun little series, it's easy to read, and Ann Charles has proven that she can be unpredictable as the story keeps stretching out to what will be the 11th book coming out around Christmas 2019.

 

Now it's on to book 9.  Why, because it's there.

 

I rate this 3 stars

 

Rattling the Heat in Deadwood By Ann Charles
Book 8 in the Deadwood Mysteries

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