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text 2020-05-21 12:09
Dark (Blood Moon, Texas Shifters #1) by Kat Kinney
Dark (Blood Moon, Texas Shifters #1) - Kat Kinney

Dark is part of the Blood Moon, Texas Shifters series. Sizzling hot romance. Guaranteed HEA. No cliffhangers.

 
@debbiereadsbook, @katkinneywrites, #Paranormal, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)


Hayden Crowe fronts an all-girls band down in Austin, Texas. Between tending bar so her sister can stay in school and dealing with the fallout after their addict father skipped town, she hasn’t exactly had time to join the social media freak out over the recent outing of vampires and werewolves.
 
Her world comes crashing down the night she’s attacked in an alley after a gig and bitten by a feral werewolf. Unable to return home for fear of hurting her sister, and with a message scrawled across her arm warning HOSPITALS NOT SAFE, Hayden is left with just one option…
 
Him.
 
Ethan Caldwell doesn’t do relationships. Adopted son of the pack Alpha, he lives a solitary life as a barista and artist. Things three years ago with Hayden Crowe… went too far. By pack law, she couldn’t be told what he was. Ending it was for her own protection.
 
But when Hayden shows up on his doorstep, newly changed and in danger, Ethan defies his father’s orders to stay away. Someone in the paranormal community is hunting her, and hell if he’s going to fail her again.
 
Dark is part of the Blood Moon, Texas Shifters series. Sizzling hot romance. Guaranteed HEA. No cliffhangers.
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review 2020-05-11 14:00
Dark (Blood Moon, Texas Shifters #1) by Kat Kinney
Dark (Blood Moon, Texas Shifters #1) - Kat Kinney

@Archaeolibrary, @katkinneywrites, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Dark is the first book in the Blood Moon, Texas Shifters series and it introduces us to a world where shifters and vampires are not the best of friends, where you can be turned by sex or a bite, and where the thunderstorms are FIERCE!

The story itself is a simple one. Unrequited love, up-and-coming band, kidnappings, stalkers, silver addiction, did I say simple? The world-building is fulfilling enough as it is set in contemporary Texas (as you might have guessed from the series title!). Although I have never been, it was easy enough to 'see' this world.

If I had any complaints, I would mention the transitions in some of the scenes. A couple of times, I was confused between what was actually happening and what had already happened but was being remembered. Another time was right at the start. Was Hayden speaking to Ellie in the car or was she remembering the conversation?

Told from the first perspective from both Hayden and Ethan, this was a fast-paced story with plenty of action to balance out the blooming second-chance romance between our two main characters. I would love to know more about Ethan's brothers as I wasn't sure at the end just what was happening but that's probably just me.

A great start to a new series by a new-to-me author but one that I hope to continue with. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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review 2020-05-02 20:11
Mmmm...shifters...I believe they are growing on me...
Fated Hearts - Garrett Leigh,Dan Calley

Ok, so I actually checked on my bookshelves and sure enough this is only my third shifter story this year, so I think I'm still fairly safe saying 'shifters not so much a big deal for me' but Garrett Leigh..yeah,that's a big deal for me. So when I was asked 'would you like to review a couple of audio books by Garrett Leigh...you bet I was all over that..although I have to admit I did hesitate for a nanosecond over the whole shifter genre...but, then I said 

"It's Garrett Leigh, how can I possibly go wrong with this?" and I was right I couldn't.

 

'Fated Hearts' isn't a 'love at first sight' story but there was definitely some 'lust at first sight' and really given the whole premise of 2 souls being destined for each other...well, it's all got to start somewhere doesn't it?

 

When Devan's alpha ask him to not only become the resident healer for a wolf pack, but to become part of the pack with the assurance that if he truly wants to come home he will be brought back to the clan. It's with very little hesitation that he says yes. There's a war going on and it's vital that Zio's pack survive and without a healer things aren't looking good.

 

Zio's a warrior and he's mourning the loss of his best friend and his pack's healer when Devan arrives...so needless to say while the logical part of him knows they need a new healer the part of him that's loyal to his friends memory is less than happy.

 

This is a world where humans have full knowledge of the existence of shifters and while there may be a tentative peace between humans and shifts that's not necessarily the case between the wolf shifter packs. 

 

Unlike my previous shifter stories this year 'Fated Hearts' was not a story laced with humor and fun times and I while I do enjoy a story that can bring some humor into my day, sometimes it's good to read/listen to something that's not necessarily light and fluffy.

 

While Zio and Devan were very different in some ways...Zio's a warrior and right now he's pretty much consumed with thoughts of vengeance and he's one angry wolf. He's close to his pack mates and more than a little resistant to newcomers. While Devan's a healer who's whole demeanor is pretty chill...except for where Zio's concerned these two both feel a very undeniable attraction to each other but in their own way they're each determined to ignore it because nothing comes before pack and it seems that everyone is in agreement that a matebond between Zio and Devon  probably not a good idea...it would seem that Devan's 'NOT A WOLF!!!' and the only other thing I'll say to that is Devan is my favorite kind of shifter...I was such a happy little soul when his shifter form was revealed...yep, happy, happy, happy and no he's not a dragon...because damn, that would have been epic and awesome.

 

I was definitely intrigued with the shifter war and the world that's being created here. There's still a lot that I want to know but I have to admit for me the other main attracion was ...the relationship of course.

 

I loved Devan and Zio as a couple. For me they worked. Their connection was there and it wasn't that they were trying to deny it so much as resist it because for both of them it came back to what was best for the pack and with most shifter stories...especially wolf shifters pack is everything. It was the little moments that filtered into the story that gave Zio and Devan's connection that added touch of intensity that given the reality of their world helped to make things fall into place for me.

 

'Fated Hearts' is the first book in the 'Shadow Bound' series and while it laid out a fair bit of the ground work for this series in terms of setting, characters and world building there are still some gaps to be filled but I'm confident that those pieces will get added as the series progresses.

 

Now the final and rather important part of what made this such an enjoyable audio book was Dan Calley...this is only my second audiobook by this narrator and coincidentally my first one was also a Garrett Leigh story and just like that first audio book I was once again left with character voices that felt right to me and suited the individual characters giving them each their own unique voice.

 

While Zio and Devan's story felt complete for me it also felt like this world had so much more to share with me and I'm hoping that I'll be able to discover more of it soon...maybe even more about the 'Shadow Clan'...please!!! I mean no offense to Zio's pack or anything but I'd really like to see Shadow Clan get a lot more attention.

 

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A copy of the audio book 'Fated Hearts' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2020-04-23 13:44
Time Shifters
Time Shifters - Shanna Lauffey

by Shanna Lauffey

 

I had my eye on this one for a while and found it free on Smashwords. It's a time travel novella that begins a series that promises to be really good.

 

The style is something I haven't seen often. The main character begins each chapter in first person, talking to audience to explain things about her people, time travel, or events. Purists might accuse the author of telling, but it works in this form. You can imagine it in a television adaptation really easily. Then after a couple of paragraphs it switches to third person and proves that the author knows how to show. The writing is very good quality and typo-free.

 

The story itself is centered around a gypsy-like people who can shift through time and space, sort of like in the movie Jumpers does with just distance. They can't do both at the same time. The rules of time travel are very well laid out over the course of the story and I was so engrossed that I read it in one evening. It's only 92 pages. Presumably the further episodes will be similar length.

 

It's part mystery as the story starts out with some of these people being abducted from public places sort of like illegal aliens get rounded up, but the kidnappers aren't clearly identifiable and one of the things you have to read to learn is who they are and why it's happening when no one is supposed to know these people even exist.

 

There are some very funny moments and a lot of action in the second half. One thing that really impressed me though is that the author reduced one of Einstein's more complicated theories about space/time into an easy explanation that any high schooler could understand.

 

Although it's a series book, there is a conclusion that satisfies the need to end a story neatly. There were a few loose ends left for future episodes and I'll knock off half a star for making me wait, but I'll admit that it's sort of unfair because she had to leave something open to continue the story with.

 

It was a very enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to more. I'm also going to try to find the author's other books, which are apparently out of print. It would be interesting to see what else she's done. 4.5 stars.

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review 2020-04-19 17:59
SHIFT OUT OF LUCK BY: ABIGAIL OWEN
Shift Out of Luck - Abigail Owen

This was a quick fun read. I'm really digging the Brimstone Inc. series so far! I loved the dynamic between the shifters human forms and their inner animal. It was pretty neat how there was kind of a separation of the two and it got really interesting when the wolf personas were clashing with the human personalities.

 

It was fun to see how this political alliance evolved into a romantic one, and the many hurdles Tala and Marrok had to overcome in that journey. I can't wait to see what Brimstone Inc. gets us into next!

 

I received an arc of this book from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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