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review 2018-07-25 10:00
Release Week Review! Twice Turned (The Wolves of Hemlock Hollow #2) Heather McCorkle!
Twice Turned - Heather McCorkle



Four years ago, Ayra's father is forcing her to marry to make alliances, her brother has gone off the deep end in a big way, and to top it all off, her reaper powers have been awakened, something she hoped would never happen. Who the hell wants to put down other werewolves for a living?


And now, just as she's starting to figure out her place in the world, Vidar's back from Iceland, looking hotter than ever and still managing to ring all her bells with just a look. All Ayra wants to do is lose herself in him, in the past, but it's never going to happen. He's only back and paying attention to her because she's the reaper. And there's a little snag in the form of a vow of celibacy he took.

The sparks are undeniable, and Vidar swears he's the only one who can help her on her journey. But he already left her once...


Each book in the Wolves of Hemlock Hollow series is STANDALONE:
*Once Bitten
*Twice Turned



Ayra is finally starting to figure out her place in the world when Vidar’s returns to Iceland looking hotter than ever but he’s only paying attention to her because she’s the reaper although he swears he’s the only one who can help her on her journey.


Ayra and Vidar’s are both strong, compelling characters whom easily pull readers in with lots of emotional saturated events that keep them connected to the story and the characters because they just have to find out what is going to happen. Vidar and Ayra’s romance is quite a ride of ups and downs because of the issues facing Ayra and of course the whole being forced to marry in order to make alliances but also because to the pain of past issues, but the sizzling chemistry is undeniable and readers can feel it heating up the pages during this couple’s journey.


Twice Turned is a fast paced and smooth flowing, full of thrills and excitement as Ayra and Vidar try to stop her brother and deal with Ayra’s reaper powers. Surprising twists along the way ensure that the readers don’t want to put the book down, especially as they discover just how far off the deep end her brother has fallen and that’s not to mention all the assassins coming out the woodwork at every turn.


I haven’t read the first book in The Wolves of Hemlock Hollow series, yet, I had a little trouble at first with picking up on the structure and unique elements and unfamiliar words that this fascinating world is comprised of, but Heather McCorkle describes her world and her characters in vivid detail which brings it all to life and though I recommend it be read in order, it doesn't have to be. I will definitely be checking out more books by this author and of course reading Once Bitten and looking forward to the next one is this series.



Twice Turned


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40698170-twice-turned


Author - http://heathermccorkle.wixsite.com/heathermccorkle/twice-turned



is the 2nd book in the The Wolves of Hemlock Hollow series -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/203345-the-wolves-of-hemlock-hollow



which includes

1 Once Bitten



Twice Turned is available in ebook at:


Entangled Publishing - https://entangledpublishing.com/twice-turned.html


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F6NGPL1?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Twice%20Turned


A-Au - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07F6NGPL1?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Twice%20Turned


A-UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F6NGPL1?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Twice%20Turned


A-Ca - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07F6NGPL1?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Twice%20Turned


B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781640635982?name=Twice%20Turned


iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781640635982?name=Twice%20Turned&uo=8&at=1010lsQz


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?Query=9781640635982&name=Twice%20Turned


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Heather_McCorkle_Twice_Turned?id=cI1iDwAAQBAJ



First and foremost, I love to read! Fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, and horror are my favorites.


I am an author of historical romance, paranormal, and fantasy. When I'm not volunteering for the IS Foundation, writing, or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or paddleboarding. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest, though, you can find me on my website, and the first Monday of every month on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat.



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


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BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-mccorkle


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Heather-McCorkle/211058455603533


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text 2018-01-23 21:31
Reading progress: 21%.
Academy of Magic - Linsey Hall

Interesting addition to the worldbuilding is a sentient, vocal bookstore plus a possibly over the top new character (Tabitha, who is reminding me of first released Star Wars "these are not the droids you are looking for" power of the force).



I could do without the teenage-style can't-glance-away-even-at-inappropriate lust moments between her and Cade.  Oh, I want the romance promised in first book but not for it to devolve into teenager-y stuff (particularly as neither are teenagers).

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review 2017-01-29 21:20
Book Review of The Vampire's Fake Fiancée (Nocturne Falls Book 5) by Kristen Painter
The Vampire's Fake Fiancee (Nocturne Falls) (Volume 5) - Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.


The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.


Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.


Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife returns expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles.


His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game: earning the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy.


When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans…


Review 5*


This is the fifth book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!


Sebastian Ellingham is a wonderful character in my opinion and I liked him a lot. Having been introduced as Hugh's grouchy older brother in earlier books, he intrigued me. Therefore, when I realised that this book was his story I became rather excited. Sebastian has a reason to be grouchy in my opinion. He made a promise a long time ago and he has not broken it. Now Evangeline, his estranged wife, has returned, hoping to get back together. In a fit of anger, he announces he's engaged. Enter Tessa Blythe. Unfortunately, he is unprepared for the feelings she makes him feel, even as his attraction for her grows.


Tessa Blythe is also a wonderful character. I liked her a lot too. She is a Valkyrie, but has chosen a life as a librarian rather than a warrior due to an event that happened in her past and it made her afraid of her own temper. During an interview for the Dean of Library Studies at Harmswood school in Nocturne Falls, she finds herself embroiled in a deception as Sebastian's Fiancée. However, as she gets to know Sebastian better she finds herself drawn to him.


I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. In fact, it felt like I'd only just started it when I finished. I flew through the story I was that absorbed. I enjoyed meeting the various residents of Nocturne Falls and getting to know them better.


The story is told through the eyes of both Sebastian and Tessa and it took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. The reader is also introduced to several characters including Tessa's sister, Jenna, and Jenna's work colleague, Alex Cruz, who are both deputies and work for Sheriff Hank Merrow, as well as Greaves, Sebastian's Rook and friend. Then there is Evangeline. I must admit that, although I didn't have an instant dislike for her, I found her to be rather self-centered and spoilt. Granted, she was born in a different era and grew up with different expectations. Nevertheless, her attitude towards Sebastian made me want to shake her, or at least slap her.


I have really enjoyed reading this series and watching the characters grow. In this book, there is a lot more character development for not only Sebastian, but for Tessa too. They each take an amazing journey of discovery about themselves that made me feel proud of them. There is a little more action in this storyline too, with danger in the form of Evangeline, but it was the scene between Sebastian and Duncan (Tessa's cat) in his office that tugged at my heart the most.


As I've mentioned in other reviews, I'm not a huge fan of insta-love; I like characters to have time to get to know each other better. This story is more in line with this compared to the first two books in the series. The story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Sebastian's and Tessa's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Shifter Romances The Writer, as soon as I can.


Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.


There are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature (the scenes fade or are implied and not shown), nor is there any bad language. Therefore, I recommend this book to older teens and highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-03-29 10:30
Release Day Review

The Undoing – Shelly Laurenston

The Undoing - Goodreads

Amazon    B&N     Tantor Media -Audio    ARe    BAM – print   

BAM – ebook    Kensington-print    Kensington-ebook    Kobo

Book Depository    Indigo-print    Indigo-ebook    GooglePlay   



Call of Crows-Shelly Laurentson

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Shelly Laurenston     G.A. Aiken   

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review 2015-06-20 23:23
Book Review of Knot of the Slain (Blood Angels Book 1) by T.C. Archer
Knot of the Slain (Blood Angels Book 1) - T.C. Archer

Parts One through Four


For Gerald Forstner, veteran detective, son of a cop, cult hunter, and divorced dad, the face of Miami changes when he must solve a series of murders eerily reminiscent of his first case as head of Miami’s Serial Killer Task Force.

When Gerry is inexplicably healed of a mortal stab wound by a beautiful blonde murder suspect, he questions his sanity and wisdom in remaining on the force. Discovery of Icelandic artifacts that document immortal priests and female assassins breaks the case wide open. The case, however, becomes personal when each murderer becomes the next victim in a chain that links directly to his son.

Review 4*

I am not a huge fan of horror, but having read another book by this author (Chain Reaction: Phenom League), I couldn't wait to read this book. This is an intriguing horror. I loved it!

Gerald (Gerry) Forstner is a fascinating character. I did like him, but felt his character was not as fleshed out as he could have been. He is a police detective, leading a task force charged with catching serial killers. He and his K-9 partner, Hargrave are thrown into a cat and mouse game that has roots in an old Norse religion. As the body count rises and old religious practices come to life, will he be able to figure out what the killer's next move will be in time? Can he catch the killer before more victims are found?

This book is split into four sections. Each section was released separately, similar to a serial. I bought this as the whole collection and I am glad I did, because it would have driven me crazy to finish one section without having the next one to start straight away!

This book caught and held my attention from the first page. It is not easy to describe this book without giving any spoilers, but I was quickly pulled into the story and found myself intrigued by the way it unfolded. There seems to have been a lot of research done on Norse mythology, but the author has added a supernatural twist to it, which made me sit back and think, "This may be entirely possible!". I loved this aspect of the story. However, I did think that some of the characters could have been a little more fleshed out. I was intrigued with Freyja/Sula. I would have loved to know a little more about this woman warrior. She had a rather brutal experience to become what she was, but I would have liked to know more about her before she became a Valkyrie. Though she only appears a few times throughout the story, the impact she had on me, as well as Gerry, was profound.
Gerry's ex-wife Brenda, however, really ticked me off. I would imagine that it's hard being married to a cop, but it bugged me that she would be so bitchy/spiteful to Gerry with regards to their son. I know that good marriages can sour, but using a child to emotionally blackmail an ex is disgusting in my opinion and hurts not only the affected ex spouse but the child too.

This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. There are several scenes of violence and, in some cases, gore. The mystery surrounding the killer and the connection to an Icelandic cult over one thousand years before kept me riveted. There are several twists and turns that I didn't see coming and a few red herrings scattered through the story that had me constantly guessing. Some of the violence is a little shocking and could disturb some readers. I did find that because this book is in four sections, some of the continuity and pace was affected. However, I think that could be easily fixed by having it re-edited as one book and give it a bit of a polish to smooth the rough edges. I reached the end of the book and felt a little sad, because I wanted to keep reading! I hope that the author is working on book two, because I would love to read it as soon as possible!

T.C. Archer has written an intriguing story that is part horror and part crime thriller. I love this author's (or should I say authors' as there are two of them writing as one?) fast paced writing style and, although the flow and continuity was a little off at times, I enjoyed that too. I look forward to reading more of their books in the future.

Due to the violence and the mention of sexual abuse (alluded to and not explicitly shown), I do not recommend this book to younger readers or those of a sensitive nature. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love horror or crime thriller genres with a supernatural or paranormal twist. - Lynn Worton

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