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review 2019-02-06 10:55
Review! Captivated by the She-Wolf (The Wahyas of Walker's Run #4) Kristal Hollis!

 

 

Welcome Back, Readers! Today I am sharing a paranormal romance that is sure to captivate you! Captivated by the She-Wolf (The Wahyas of Walker's Run #4) by Kristal Hollis! Enjoy and don't forget to add Captivated by the She-Wolf to your shelves!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

A shifter finds his soul mate…

 

Ronni Lyles and her son are just settling into their new pack when her dead husband’s brother comes to claim them. Bodie Gryffon is looking for a safe place to raise his daughter—a raven-shifter, just like him. What begins as a purely practical alliance turns passionate. But Ronni senses that Bodie has a secret—one that could force him to make a painful choice.

 

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This shifter romance has two strong, bold characters that easily draws readers into their story and then holds them captive throughout the exciting events that take place. The sizzling chemistry between Ronnie and Bodie burns with fiery intensity but this relationship has a few obstacles to be overcome including secrets, family, traditions and a past that didn’t stay dead. Lots of emotional turbulence tugs at reader’s hearts, while the romance inspires smiles with two children also adding depth, charm and heart tugs to the story. And that’s not to mention that those secrets make Ronnie and Bodie see like a unlikely couple which adds to the anticipation and expectation of the happily ever after the story as it causes readers to really want this couple to get theirs.

 

Exciting events, tense altercations and thrilling suspense keeps readers glued to the pages of this fast paced and smooth flowing plot. The tension and suspense builds continuously on two fronts of this story. On one side you have the events surrounding Bodie and his family needs and on the other you have the events surrounding Ronni which of course include the Walker’s Run community, this really keeps the readers focused on the story. Surprising twists and some new fascinating and unique elements introduced by the author also adds to the enjoyment of this story and has readers looking forward to more.

 

 

 

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Author's Book Page - https://kristalhollis.com/books/the-wahyas-of-walkers-run/embraced-by-the-she-wolf/

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35654194-captivated-by-the-she-wolf

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/captivated-by-the-she-wolf-by-kristal-hollis

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1036334

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/captivated-by-the-she-wolf-kristal-hollis/book,13996917

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=icoqDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=kristal+hollis+captivated+by+the+she-wolf&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwilsLr4tabgAhUGCawKHZPLBUYQ6AEIKjAA

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5b5b81f201dbc864fb8d2561/captivated-by-the-shewolf-kristal-hollis

 

 

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Captivated by the She-Wolf is the 4th book in the Wahyas of Walker's Run series.

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Walker’s Run is a beautiful vacation destination for humans of all ages. It’s also home to a pack of Wahyas—an ancient species of wolf people. Although they maintain a peaceful, covert co-existence with their human neighbors, the call of the wild is never far from their hearts.

 

Author - https://kristalhollis.com/the-wahyas-of-walkers-run/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/181947-the-wahyas-of-walker-s-run

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0711J51BX?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 



1 Awakened by the Wolf
2 Rescued by the Wolf
3 Charmed by the Wolf
4 Captivated by the She-Wolf
5 Tamed by the She-Wolf

 

 

The Wahyas & Mer of Bellamar

 

Author - https://kristalhollis.com/books/the-wahyas-and-mer-of-bella-del-mar/

 

Enchanted by the Sea-Wolf Coming 2019

Tempted by the Reluctant Wolf Coming 2019

Mesmerized by the She-Wolf Coming 2019

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Harlequin - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488094101_captivated-by-the-she-wolf.html

 

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Kristal Hollis grew up in a rural, South Florida community sandwiched between cane fields, orange groves, and a big lake. Her books showcase small towns, family drama, bad guys who get their comeuppance and an emotionally satisfying romance for the main characters.

 

A past RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Touch of Magic finalist and Beacon winner, Kristal spends her free time watching action flicks with her husband, doling out mad love to their two rescued fur-babies, and chasing dust bunnies with the sweeper. Admittedly, she is living her happily-ever-after in her own little castle at the edge of the dark, enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

 

 


Website - http://www.kristalhollis.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14718461.Kristal_Hollis

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/kristalhollisbooks

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/KristalHollis

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/kristal_hollis

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kristal-Hollis/e/B017Y47NNQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kristal-hollis

 

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review 2018-05-06 00:29
Lord of Ravens (Inheritance #3)
Lord of Ravens (Inheritance Book 3) - Amelia Faulkner

CW: Child abuse, drugs:

Laurence sees back in time to the first time Quentin's father beats him. The scene cuts out as his father is preparing to rape him. It's brought up a few times afterward, but no further details are given. :( Seeing this also causes Laurence to try to score heroin later, thankfully unsuccessfully.

(spoiler show)

 

Well, this certainly didn't go in the direction I thought it would, at least in regards to Laurence and Quentin's relationship, which is a good thing. They only deepen their relationship here, and grow more intimate with each other, and after the last two books of patience and hard work to get to this point, I was happy for the guys getting some happiness. They deserve it.

 

We do finally learn what Quentin's father did to him as a child, which is exactly what I thought it was going to be (see CW above). The reason for why he did it was more messed up than I thought it'd be though, and I'm dreading when Quentin remembers or finds out. He's getting stronger and more sure of himself all the time, but his father has a way of reducing him to a scared little kid again.

 

We get to see Neil again, and he's a riot as always, and I love that he just accepts Quentin and clearly understands him as well as Laurence has come to. I wish we'd seen more of Ethan, Aiden and Maryam, but the story didn't allow much time for that, what with the introduction of Amy and Rufus - and we don't even really get a whole lot of time either, but what we do get looks promising.

 

In a book titled Lord of Ravens, I was expecting ravens to be a little more prominent and important to the central plot but that didn't really happen. Instead, Laurence gets a baby raven that he has to raise, and as with babies everywhere it does nothing but eat and poop the whole story.

 

I feel like this book was just a little disjointed, or more accurately that it served more as a bridge to the next book. There is a beginning, middle and end, but the main conflict is still ongoing, so nothing really feels resolved. I do like that Laurence and Quentin actually communicate with each other (though there is a brief Big Misunderstanding), and that real life considerations are taken into account when weird mystical things happen.

 

And lastly, I suppose it had to happen eventually: the geography fail. :P
-No matter what time of the year it is, the sun never sets as early as 4 PM or as late as 9 PM in San Diego. It certainly would never be setting at 4 and fully set after 9. Most people I know wouldn't say the sun is setting until it's within a half-hour of the sundown. (There are websites that'll give you sunset/sunrise times for any location on any date you could wish to know about.)
-Americans don't use meters to measure distance (unless they're scientists). We use feet and yards. Dating a Brit isn't going to change that.

 

There were also more typos in this one than I recall in the previous installments. The most distracting one was the constant use of "noone" instead of "no one." Hopefully this doesn't remain an issue going forward.

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review 2018-02-27 17:13
An Enchantment of Ravens / Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

 

Actual rating: 4.25 stars. Better than your average Fae tale, but not quite up to the same bar as Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker, which for me sets the standard. I’ve been addicted to the Fae ever since I ran across them in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and I am fortunate that so many authors continue to indulge my fascination!

This is the Fae the way I like them—dark, powerful, tricksy, slippery, unreliable and unaccountably interested in humans. As a portrait artist, Isobel must always be careful in her requests for payment, as a Fae spell can work for you for a while, but twist into something damaging later. She is always aware that she is only seeing the glamour of her portrait-sitters, not their true appearance—and they seem fascinated to discover exactly what Isobel sees. Does she see too much? As a seventeen year old, is she too innocent for her own good?

I am almost sad that this is a stand-alone volume and I will definitely be picking up anything that Ms. Rogerson publishes in the future.

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text 2018-02-22 19:20
TBR Thursday
A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel - Marlon James
Bellevue Square - Michael Redhill
An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
The Inimitable Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman
Vlad: The Last Confession - C.C. Humphreys

So, I am home from a rather unpleasant trip to Taiwan.  The weather was unseasonably cold (yes, its winter, but it doesn't usually get so cold and wet and gray).  The birds were thin on the ground.  Most of Taiwan is not set up to deal with cold weather, so there was no heat on our bus, in our hotels or in the restaurants that we ate in.  My cold weather clothing got a lot of wear and could probably crawl to the washer itself at this point!

 

To make an unpleasant trip worse, I caught a nasty cold halfway through, complete with hacking cough.  Staying in cold, uncomfortable hotels did nothing to help.  Also, our ground agent (who ordered the food for us) didn't seem to care if we actually liked the food he was providing.  I can't tell you how many evenings at the end I just ate a couple of bowls of rice and decided I'd eat when I got home. 

 

So I've been under the weather for over a week even when I made it home to my nice soft bed in my warm house and where I get to choose the menu.  I've even been too groggy to have much interest in reading, something which is completely unlike myself.

 

So it is with great relief that I find myself feeling better and ready to tackle my stack of library books!  I'm going to hear Marlon James at a guest lecture next week, so I am plugging away at A Brief History of Seven Killings.  I'm finding it slow going, but I think I'm finding the rhythm and expect to make a dent on it this weekend.

 

Bellevue Square is not what I expected--I hope to finish it off tonight or tomorrow night.  I'm reading it for the B in my alphabetical title challenge.  Alias Grace will count toward both my Female Author A to Z challenge and my PopSugar challenge (a book about a villain or an anti-hero).

 

Then I get to treat myself to An Enchantment of Ravens and The Lost Plot, two books that I've really been looking forward to.  Plus get introduced to Wodehouse's Jeeves in The Inimitable Jeeves

 

And finally, Vlad : The Last Confession is by a new favourite author, Chris Humphreys, who I met at a convention last summer.  I recommended that our public library acquire the book and it has finally arrived!

 

Its still cold here in Calgary and we've had a pile of snow, so I will quite happily hide in my house this weekend, cuddled up with my books.

 

 

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review 2018-01-22 00:00
A Conspiracy of Ravens
A Conspiracy of Ravens - Terrence P. McCauley Over the years, a plethora of very fine novelists from Robert Ludlum to jack Higgins to Tom Clancy to Clive Kusler to Eric Van Lustabader to Gayle Lynds etc. etc. have made the spy thriller genre largely a paint-by-numbers playground. For the majority of these thrillers, readers know what to expect and what they expect is mostly action. Lots of action in series with recurring characters. Often these are interchangeable characters fighting terrorists with a variety of motives and modus operendi including exotic diseases and weapons, a hefty body count, and international consequences for whatever schemes the foes to humanity, liberty, democracy, or religious freedom have concocted. Quite often, the heroes are not only battling the evil-doers of the world but their own supposedly righteous superiors or other government agencies as well.

Still, the field is irresistibly magnetic for generation after generation of new writers, and Terrence McCauley is among the relative newcomers who know how to paint those numbers with exactly what thriller readers hope for. He’s done it twice before with the previous James Hicks novels, Sympathy for the Devil and A Murder of Crows. His main man, James Hicks, is now “Dean” of the clandestine intelligence organization known as The University. (Anyone think of Clancy’s “The Campus” here?) The University is so clandestine, the CIA didn’t know about it for decades and isn’t happy to learn about it now. So Hicks has to appease Charles “Carl” Demerest, head of Clandestine Services at the CIA. Hicks simultaneously keeps operational secrets from the agency while occasionally asking them for backup.

The only reason Demerest doesn’t declare war on the University is because they’re the prime weapon against The Vanguard, a shadowy and deadly organization comprised of weapons dealers, drug runners, and money launderers who want to up the stakes by instigating international wars. Before these schemes get off the ground, they hit with deadly efficiency the University’s home base, wipe out their field operatives, and engage in open warfare in New York, Washing D.C., Berlin, and China. Hicks is in their gun-sights as well.

A Conspiracy of Ravens is solid action that is the proverbial page-turner. It demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the uses of surveillance technology that is completely believable as the behemoths of international espionage clash all over the globe with an ever-growing body count. As usual, the story is so fast-moving, what is lost is much character depth. We get many insights into the likes and loves of James Hicks and some of his surviving team members, especially Roger, a more than versatile club owner. On the other hand, we keep hearing Hicks is in love with Mossad sniper Tali Sadden, but we see so little of her, she is the most shadowy, one-dimensional character in the book.

A Conspiracy of Ravens should please any fan of this genre, and fortunately it’s very enjoyable as a stand-alone story. I must admit McCauley was able to impress me in some passages, surprise me in others, especially in the final acts. It’s clear this isn’t the final saga in the series as we’re witnessing an ongoing war between the University and The Vanguard. Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E., move over. You just don’t cut it anymore.

This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Jan. 22, 2018:
http://1clickurls.com/xnYzlbS
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