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review 2017-09-12 16:26
Flawless!
BLACK (All the King's Men Book 8) - Dony... BLACK (All the King's Men Book 8) - Donya Lynne,Reese Dante,Laura LaTulipe
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 8 in the series, and for this to make much sense, you must, I mean MUST read the others. Because they are awesome, and much happened in those books that is referenced here but not fully explained. And I told you to, okay?? Jumping straight in. Because wooooooeeeeeee! Ms Lynne did throw some curve balls!! Micah found out in Bound Guardian Angel that he has a brother, Ronan and that his father is alive, not dead like he though these 950 years. BUT here?? He founds out much more. He finds out his family tree, who he is related to and how. He finds out that seemingly impossible things really can happen. He finds out the Drecks have been doing much more than making cobalt blue to destroy the vampires, and that he is going to need some help to remove this new threat. Enter stage right, The Lycans! These guys are BIG news, they have been aware of this new threat but trying to contain it. However, Ronan's antics with the ankh he stole from Micah have forced them to come clean. These guys are gonna be an awesome addition to this world, I know it. I'm being deliberately vague in what I'm saying, I know I am but this book is FULL of massive spoilers and I don't want to ruin it for you. But let me tell ya, its an A-MA-ZING read! One sitting, I read it in one sitting. Some things I saw coming, some I did not. Some things came from WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY out the left field. I also saw some pairings, that maybe haven't been discussed before. That I wanna see if I'm right. Can't wait for the next one! Ms Lynne spends a lot, and I mean a LOT of time after writing her books, tidying them up, editing, editing and MORE editing, and as a reader, its frustrating having to wait so long between books. BUT also as a reader, it makes you appreciate the finished product, and this one really is FLAWLESS. All the major players have a say, and ya'll know how much I love that, even the Lycans and they really are so very very different. Can't wait for more of them! Kind of a cliff hanger ending, but in a way only Ms Lynne can delivery. 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-09-05 09:40
creeping up to 4 stars.
The Garden - Rosalind Abel
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. Andrew and Joel from book one take part here, and I loved that, but you don't need their story to follow this one. Gilbert is in town for Andrew and Joel's engagement party. He fins solace in Walden, the man who catches his eye at the gym. But it will only ever be sex for Gilbert, right? He doesn't do relationships. Neither does Walden, but it creeps up on them both and neither wants to walk, or commit. But they both have a dark past. Can they overcome that?? I said in my review for book one, The Palisade, that I was looking forward to Gilbert's story, and I was not disappointed. His past, the one he ran from town for, smacks him in the face every time he comes back to town. And he hates being in Lavender Shores for that reason. But he won't let Andrew, his best friend, down. Meeting Walden, and then discovering his profession, and then Gilbert STILL not being able to walk away, is a shock to his system. Walden's past has a darker undertone and one that could well have been a deal breaker but Gilbert is like...and?? I loved how both men fought hard against their feelings! Loved that they battled with their innermost desires and insecurities. Loved that they were able to overcome it all. Again written in the first person, from both men. Because I KNEW this going in, I was aware and able to set my mind in the right place, cos lord knows, I say it often enough that i don't like first person books!! But because I KNEW that, I really did enjoy it. And you do get a better sense of the person in the first. Not sure I would have got it all from a third person book. huh. Check me out! Might actually be getting over it! I've filed this on the Over 18 shelf, because there are some darker undertones, and some might find them difficult to read. Nothing is described in great detail, but you are told about them. I have book three, The Veranda, to read shortly. That is Donovan's book, Gilbert's therapist. I loved their interaction here. I look forward to getting into Donovan's mind! Creeping up 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-20 14:33
magic and meyhem!
To Tame A Wild Heart - Gwen Mitchell
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Audrey escapes from the asylum holding her and lands right into another kind of jail. Faced with getting free and losing her powers, or staying in the coven to learn all about her powers and the Zyne, Audrey decides to bide her time, learn what she can, get fit and healthy and THEN excape and go back for the child she needs to save. Corvin's mother is head of this coven. He tends to the birds and is happy, for the most part. Being given a novice to train, or losing his precious birds is a bit of a no brainer, but Audrey is almost as broken as eagle currently under his care. He's gonna need to tend this wild one very carefully. The overwhelming feeling I have for this book is this: Harry Potter for grown ups! I found myself comparing, at many points along the way, details that while not EXACTLY from the Harry Potter books, they have obviously been INSPIRED by them. BUT!!! This is not a bad thing, Its just what I need to say, and its all about saying what you thought of a book, and this is what I thought! Getting over that, though and I really REALLY loved it! Audrey is a free spirit who knew she could do things others couldn't but didn't know why. Corvin is a bit of a recluse and thinks more of his animals than anyone else. An odd pair, but since Corvin's mother is an Oracle, I'm sure she saw this coming. I loved Audrey's fight or flight response to most things, but having got this far alive, its to be expected. She does tame it a little as the book progresses but it never fully goes away. Once Corvin is made to see the error of how he'd been treating Audrey in his care (oh, not badly, not at all, just enough) he begins to see the real Audrey, the one who he falls in love with. There is much going on, and not all is sorted. That Huhlwen (I think that's how it was spelt!) has a hidden agenda, getting Audrey to tie to him. Corvin won't be happy when he finds out. I'm assuming that there are other sorcerers out there, and enslaved witches. Just deadly enough and sexy enough, with all the major players having a say, and you know how happy that makes me feel! Oh, and special mention to the side kick crow, who really should have had a say, cos his antics did make me chuckle! This is billed as book one, and I can't wait to read the next one! First I've read of this author too. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-16 08:52
short but cute!
Clone Me a Lover - Rosalie Redd
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Oh so deliciously short!! Cute too! Those are my overriding feelings upon finishing this book. Angelo Thirteen is found drifting in space after his ship is damaged. Elle is on a mission to sell some ore to raise funds to rescue her brother. Can a clone built without emotion find the love he craves? Can Elle find a place in her heart for someone other than her brother and her ship? Like I said, short!! 100 pages, little over an hour's reading time for me, but such a lovely way to spend that hour!! I've had a little run of science fiction books, and they can, at times, be a little too overpowering with the technology and stuff, but NOT so here. Just enough science, for Angelo is a clone. We get just enough for why he is Thirteen, and how he came to be craving the things he really shouldn't have. Just enough history, for Angelo and Elle and her brother. Just enough drama, for Elle is trying to keep her brother out of the prison mines. And a little twist at the end that I did not see coming! I do enjoy the way Ms Redd spins her tales, such easy, well rounded, well written tales! I wonder will there be more of these clones that aren't supposed to feel, but do?? A short review for a short book, but a VERY enjoyable book at that. 4 stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-06 16:10
a fitting end.
Waking for Winter - Katherine McIntyre
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book four in the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and it helps a great deal to have read the other three books before this one. It will give you a better picture of how the Coven and indeed the whole of the Seelie world in Philadelphia have been fighting The Order of the Serpent. Cami is released from her Underworld journey broken, and marked. She tries to keep that a secret but when Alanna discovers that the Caoranach has marked Cami, she is assigned a bodyguard. Who happens to be the necromancer who Cami walked away from years before, Dante. Dante never got an explanation as to why she left him, but now Cami needs him, and if she just wants to be friends, he'll take it. He never stopped loving her. When they discover just what the mark really means, and what the Caoranach plans to do to Philadelphia, they realize this could be the end of their time. A much more deadly installment of this series; gorier, bloodier, messier! It bring the whole Order story line to an extremely gruesome ending. You need to know this!! It's why I've tagged it over 18. Cami and Dante's history is long. You don't get the whole info dump in one go, it comes out in dribs and drabs, as does just what happened to Cami in the Underworld, and what happened when Dante went to get her. You don't get WHY she walked away all those years ago, til she actually tells Dante, and I liked that. You also don't get just what the Caoranach is up to, has been up to, for YEARS, in one go. That also comes along at it's own pace, and it makes for engaging reading, even if she goes about it in the way she does! Their chemistry is hot off the page, and I think this one is a little less sexier than the other three, but that's not a BAD thing, not at all. I'm just left feeling that, and ya'll know I gotta tell you what I'm left feeling!! I'll be sad now, that these people's stories have finished. I've enjoyed them. I'm also upgrading book two to 5 full stars. That one, and this are my favourtie of the four. so, 5 full and bloody stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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