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review 2019-10-14 14:38
CHRISTMAS ARC REVIEW Home for the Holidays by Terry Spear

Home for the Holidays (Silver Town Wolf)Silver Town Wolf #9, I love this series and I love the MacTire sisters this one was good, not my favorite but not horrible either. It had plenty of intrigue, a little bit of angst, just enough Holiday spirit and lots of romance. Meghan can see and communicate with ghosts the resident ghost at the inn has become extra emotional this holiday season. She misses her beau and asks Meghan if she can look into finding him, as both were shifter there is a good chance he might still be alive. Meghan and the sheriff, Peter, have been dating for about a year and with a mating inevitably in their future they both decide to come clean about secrets they have been keeping. Unfortunately Meghan's past comes out before she gets the chance to tell Peter when her ex-boyfriend shows up out of the blue with news. Peter takes it in stride because his secret is just as big. When Meghan's secret somehow connects to the inn's ghost, the town's biggest tragedy and Peter's past everything seems almost to much to handle especially since Peter puts Meghan and her sisters under 24/7 protection.

Overall it was a good read. There was a bit more sex in it than I typically like these days, but that's me. The holiday aspect of the book was nice with the full victorian costume caroling, the gingerbread house competition, and the snow sculpture competition and the pack Christmas party and gift exchange. I like Terry Spear's writing the intrigue is nicely done with how everything ties together and a very good ending. 




 

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review 2019-10-03 20:14
Review: The Shifter Romances The Writer (Nocturne Falls #6) by Kristen Painter
The Shifter Romances The Writer (Nocturne Falls) (Volume 6) - Kristen Painter
The Shifter Romances The Writer
Nocturne Falls #6
Kristen Painter
Paranormal Romance
Sugar Skull Books
May 15th 2016
eBook
245
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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.

 

For romance writer Roxy St. James, living in Nocturne Falls also means a fresh start. And as soon as her unbearable ex signs the divorce papers, that new beginning will be a reality. Unfortunately, her ex doesn’t seem ready to let her go and the subtle threats he’s been making leave her no choice but to confide in her oh-so-handsome neighbor, who just happens to be a deputy with the sheriff’s department.

 

But Officer Alex Cruz isn’t just the law. He’s also a panther shifter, a secret he’s sworn to keep (along with the truth about Nocturne Falls) from the very foxy Roxy. Humans aren’t supposed to know the town is filled with supernaturals. Then she starts seeing things she shouldn’t and thinks she’s losing her mind. His attraction—and concern—for her wars with the promise he’s made.

 

Will his truth be more than she can handle? Or will it cause her to write him out of her life?

 

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The Shifter Romances The Writer is book six in the Nocturne Falls series by Kristen Painter. This was another fun light-hearted read in the Nocturne Falls series. 

 

Nocturne Falls is a fun town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. How cool is that? We are treated to a verity of different supernaturals and each book gives us a new couple to fall in love with. 

 

Roxy St James is a romance writer, divorced and look for a new start. She moves to Nocturne Falls for that new start and to reconnect with an old friend from college, Delany, who we meet in The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride.Thou things are not as they seem and she soon starts to see things and wonders if she’s going crazy. 

 

Alex Cruz is an officer of the law and a panther shifter who is sworn to keep the towns secret, yet his new neighbor brings out his protective instincts. He wants to tell her that she’s not going crazy, but humans are not to know about the supernaturals in Nocturne Falls. What will this shifter do?

 

Both Roxy and Alex where relatable. I real likes Roxy. She’s strong, capable, and determined to get her life back on track and find herself again. I like that we see what a toxic relationship can do and how instead of staying she gets herself out and gains her life back. I also really liked Alex. He’s wonderful, sweet, and protective in a good way. I loved meeting his family and seeing how strong the family ties are to each other. 

 

Their romance is sweet and cute. I had a lot of fun with them and the weird things happening around Roxy. Those weird things added a little mystery to the story.

 

The Shifter Romances The Writer was a sweet and fun read. Great for an afternoon tea or a nice summer read. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2019-09-19 15:41
Review: The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée (Nocturne Falls #5) by Kristen Painter
The Vampire's Fake Fiancée - Kristen Painter
The Vampire's Fake Fiancée
Nocturne Falls #5
Kristen Painter
Paranormal Romance
Sugar Skull Books
January 6th 2016
eBook
360
Bought

 

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 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 comes to town 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 for her, 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…

 

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The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée is book five in the Nocturne Falls series by Kristen Painter.

 

Sebastian Ellingham, the vampire, is basically a Mr. Darcy. He’s cranky, keeps to himself, and takes responsibility seriously. He’s got a big heart yet no one in his family truly understands him and his estranged wife takes advantage of him. 

 

Tessa Blythe, the Valkyrie and librarian. She’s given up on her protective powers. She loves her books, all things intellectual, and the quiet life. Her sister is a deputy sheriff in Nocturne Falls and convinces Tessa in moving to town. 

 

What started out as a job interview ends up with her sister setting her up to act as the fake fiancée for Sebastian, so he can get his estranged vampire wife to sign divorce papers. 

 

I adored Sebastian and Tessa. Their relationship was funny and sweet. They ended up helping each other heal from past experiences. They also helped each other find what was missing in their lives. The romance is a sweet one. I also loved how Tessa ends up being his fake fiancée. Now for the estranged wife. She is a piece of work and boy does she cause problems and drama.

 

“They were a perfect fit, the recluse and the bookworm. The weapons collector and the sword wielder. The vampire and the valkyrie.”

 

The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée was a fun read. The plot is fun, the characters are unique, and the supernatural world is enjoyable. This story is perfect for a summer read or a rainy day. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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review 2019-09-17 22:25
Book Review of Avenged by an Angel (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 16) by Felicity Heaton
Avenged by an Angel - Felicity E. Heaton

Duty should mean everything to the Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels. It did before he met her. Now, the only demon he wants to slay is the one that haunts the enchanting mortal huntress, and the temptation to hunt him in Hell, a realm that might kill him, is becoming impossible to resist.

 

Held captive by a dragon shifter in Hell, Emelia survived a torment that changed her in ways she hates. She wants her strength back. Her life back. To do that, she needs closure. To get that, she might have to trust not only a man again but an immortal.

But when the price of vengeance is the soul of the angel bringing her back to life, will Emelia be willing to pay it?

 

Review 4*

 

Avenged by an Angel is the sixteenth book in the Eternal Mates series.

 

Emelia is a character who has appeared in earlier books in the series. I am glad she gets her own story, as I wondered what had happened to her when she was kidnapped by a dragon and subsequently rescued. Emelia is a hunter working for Archangel, the company/corporation who acts as a human police force over the other paranormal and supernatural species of the world in this series. She is a friend of Sable and Olivia's.

 

The Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels is another character who appeared in a previous book in the series. I liked this character a lot. He is a typical Alpha, but he has a dark side (temper-wise) that can sometimes make him into a hot-head. He is given a difficult task by his superiors. He needs to bring the half-human, Sable into the Echelon fold as they are a rare breed and their ranks are a little on the thin side. There are only six of them currently. Unfortunately, his task is interrupted when he meets Emelia and instantly feels a connection to her.

 

I absolutely love the Eternal Mates world. I started to read this book, and I was quickly pulled in. It kept me riveted from beginning to end. Unfortunately, I also had a feeling of Deja Vue as the beginning is a repeat of scenes from previous books. This repetition, although helpful in one way (to help set up the story), also made it feel like it didn't move forward as it should. The timeline is fixed between after the battle in Hell in Claimed by a Demon King (Book 2) and Turned by a Tiger (Book 12). However, the second half of the story picked up in pace, and it got exciting again.

 

The story arc with Archangel seems to be dragging on a bit too much now. As I said in my review of book 15, Unchained by a Forbidden Love, and I quote: "I am also a reader who would like more progression on the story arc front. The series is on book fifteen, and each story in the series is a stand-alone, but since there seems to be a vague story arc, there must be a conclusion. However, it seems to me that the author is drawing it out a bit too long. I can understand why she is doing this. I too love the Eternal Mates world and don't wish it to end either, but when the story arc is dragged out in this fashion, I start to lose interest in a series. This doesn't mean I won't read any more of the series, only that, in my opinion, the series is becoming a little tired."

 

I find that Book 16 is also struggling to keep the story arc going forward though it's moved on slightly. Maybe Book 17 will have more forward motion with the story arc. I am not sure how many books the author intends in this series. But if it's twenty, then she may need to pick up the pace with regards to revealing what's hiding in Archangel's basement prison. Perhaps the author is just as in the dark about that as we readers are. However, I'm still looking forward to finding out. As I've said before, I would much rather have quality over quantity when it comes to a book series, especially one I love.

 

Felicity Heaton has written another fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed! I love her fast-paced writing style, which flows effortlessly from scene to scene. She is on top of my favourite author's list.

 

I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the extremely HOT and explicit sexual scenes. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love sexy paranormal romances full of vampires, elves, werewolves, cat shifters, succubi, incubi, angels, dragons, demons and demonesses. - Lynn Worton

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review 2019-09-12 00:14
Sweep of the Blade / Ilona Andrews
Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews

Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn't in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.

Try as she might, she can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn't get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.

 

A little treat that I purchased for myself, the paper version of the latest Innkeeper book. And of course, I couldn’t resist giving it another spin. I’ve read the first 3 books multiple times and now Sweep of the Blade will join that re-reading queue.

This is the polished version--previously I had enjoyed the weekly installments online--and I was pleasantly surprised at the couple of additions that made the story work so well. I’m also intrigued by the ending, which seems to indicate that there are more Innkeeper Chronicles to come. Bring them on!

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