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review 2017-03-20 00:00
Rivers Edge Boxset
Rivers Edge Boxset - Lacey Black Rivers Edge presented me with a unique opportunity. To discovery a new author by diving right in to a series of prolific stories that thrive on the example of what family means. Through the eyes of Avery, Nate, Travis, Jake and Will, I fell in love, had my heart broken and learned some tough life lessons. All while having the undying devotion of family and finding the road that leads to that elusive pot of gold. Happiness. The Stevens, give their all to love, life and each other. Who could ask for anything more. My heart may never be the same and for that, author Lacey Black and her boisterous and lovable characters are to blame.
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review 2017-03-05 22:01
Iced: An Atlantic City Hustlers Boxset by Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley
Iced: An Atlantic City Hustlers Boxset - Veronica Forand, Susan Scott Shelley

This is a great box set and fun read.

 

FLIRTING ON ICE (ATLANTIC CITY HUSTLERS #1)

 

Flirting on Ice by Veronica Forand and Susan S. Shelley is an incredible start to the Atlantic City Hustlers Series.  Professional hockey player Zac Elliott career is at a high as he is entering a contract negotiation.  The last thing he should do is jeopardize it pursuing a relationship with the team owner's daughter, Heather Ryan.  This 100-page novella is an exciting and fast paced read that I finished in one sitting.

 

I really enjoyed Flirting on Ice.  I like how the story starts out with the characters bumping into each other outside the work environment.  Both Zac and Heather are likable characters.  They undergo some interesting obstacles in this story.  The plot is very realistic and convincing.  The story had a nice Christmas ending. 

 

SIMMERING ICE (ATLANTIC CITY HUSTLERS #2)

 

Hockey player Alec O'Meara has not been interested in dating years after the death of his wife. That is until physical therapist, Annie Davidson, catches his eye.

 

I like Annie. She is smart and athletic. She is self-sacrificing, living in less than optimal conditions to help out her older landlord. She is a bit insecure, but who isn’t at some point or another. Considering the lack of support she gets from her mother, she turned out to be a wonderful person.  My heart went out to Alec for losing his wife. He is a good guy and leader. He is a likeable character. He has great friends.

 

I like how his team mates get involved in helping match-make, especially Mikael. I swear they are worse than a bunch of girls.  Simmering Ice is well-written and has a delightful plot. There were some unexpected twists, and the entire book was interesting. I could not put this book down.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-03-04 00:00
Iced: An Atlantic City Hustlers Boxset
Iced: An Atlantic City Hustlers Boxset - Veronica Forand, Susan Scott Shelley ARC Review: Iced: An Atlantic City Hustlers Boxset by Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley

This duet combines risk with heart and scores a winning goal.

Flirting on Ice - Zac is a rule breaker on the ice, but when he takes those skills off the ice his heart and career may not withstand the blow. Heather proves to be his greatest temptation and his biggest risk? Will the odds end in his favor? (5 stars)

Simmering Ice - She wants to sit this one out. He's playing for keeps. Will this attraction score a goal or go bust? (5 stars)

Iced proved to be a win, win for me. Not only did I discover additions to my one click collection, but I found two novellas that were easy to love and hard to put down. Here's to taking risks.
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review 2016-10-17 18:41
Release Day Review: Hearts Of Darkness (Box Set) by Multiple Authors
Hearts Of Darkness (Boxset) - Michele Bardsley,Gena D. Lutz,Julia Mills,Sharon Kay,Margo Bond Collins,Donya Lynne,Valerie Twombly,Lisa Kessler,P.T. Macias,Regina Morris

 

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BOX SET BLURB

 

Vampires, shifters, demons, witches and ghosts… 

 

Ten delicious tales of paranormal romance—by USAT/NYT/Amazon best selling authors—just in time for Halloween. Get your calorie-free tricks or treats for this limited introductory price of 99 cents and before this boxed set disappears. Those who dare the darkness will find the true heart of supernatural love. 

 

 

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PAGE COUNT: 3000+

RATINGS: 100+ ratings, average rank 4.5/5.0 stars

COST: Regular Price: $4.99 Sale Price: $0.99

LIST OF AUTHORS – All are either NY Times, USA Today, and/or Amazon Best Sellers. Many also are prize/award winners.

Your Lycan Or Mine? ~ Michele Bardsley 
Chasing Magic ~ Gena Lutz 
VIKTOR: Heart of Her King ~ Julia Mills 
Memory’s Kiss ~ Sharon Kay 
Under Her Skin ~ Margo Bond Collins 
Rise Of The Fallen ~ Donya Lynne 
Fall Into Darkness ~ Valerie Twombly 
Nights Angel ~ Lisa Kessler 
A Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf ~ P.T. Macias 
Eternal Service ~ Regina Morris 

 

LIST OF INCLUDED BOOKS, THE AUTHOR, AND SHORT BLURB

 

Your Lycan Or Mine? ~ Michele Bardsley 
Ash the Destroyer, the only soul shifter in existence, walked away from the Convocation and never looked back. Jarod Dante, the world’s last therianthrope, works for the new Convocation. When the Vedere psychics predict the end of mankind if Ash doesn’t defeat the demon queen Lilith, Jarod must convince the fearsome beauty to forget the past and save the future. 

 

Chasing Magic ~ Gena Lutz 
Anika Webb finds herself battling a volatile spell, where all bets are off, and magic will fly. 

 

VIKTOR: Heart of Her King ~ Julia Mills 
One has a chance for revenge, the other a chance for redemption. Together they must make a choice. Together they hold the key. 
Together only they can save the heart of her king. 

 

Memory’s Kiss ~ Sharon Kay 
As part of the elite Watcher fighting force, Raul relishes taking down enemies and restoring peace to the realm. When summoned for a rescue op, he encounters a most unexpected woman among the captives. Imprisoned on a desolate mountaintop, Daphne has no hope of escape. Until surprise freedom comes in the form of a Watcher team…and the boy who’d left her home village years ago. Grown up and lethal, Raul is more handsome than Daphne remembered. Never-forgotten memories of their first kiss rekindle into searing passion. But is there room in her quiet life for a warrior who thrives on danger? 

 

Under Her Skin ~ Margo Bond Collins 
Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a snake shifter. She has no desire to search for other weresnakes—until she realizes she might be next on a killer’s list. In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, must team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes—and the most attractive man Lindi’s ever met. 

 

Rise Of The Fallen ~ Donya Lynne 
Micah Black has lost his second mate and is on a fast track to destruction. When he seeks an end to his life by offering himself up to his enemies, the last thing he expects is exotic dancer and former Army medic Samantha Garrett thwarting his death wish and becoming his reason to live—and love—again. Now his enemies have Sam in their sights, and he’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means defying the king’s law. 

 

Fall Into Darkness ~ Valerie Twombly 
A warrior angel is stripped of his wings, until he learns compassion for humanity. He fails, until he meets a beautiful woman hiding from life, and carrying a secret within her that only he recognizes. Together, they will be a pair capable of reckoning even with Lucifer himself. 

 

Nights Angel ~ Lisa Kessler 
Colin Flynn, the immortal Night Walker, is not the protector he had once been. 

Juliana is a survivor, but her prophetic dreams warn her of coming death. As an ancient enemy emerges and threatens her safety, Colin will need to learn Juliana’s secret to overcome his wounds, but falling for a mortal could be the greatest risk of all. 

 

A Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf ~ P.T. Macias 
A spoiled, sexy and wild young wolf loves the chase. She loves to stir it up and watch the fireworks. She comes to a complete stop when she meets a vhampier that rocks her world. The mature Vhampier, the royal assassin, falls under her spell. He goes against the supernatural council, family, and royal decree. The unexpected threat to their lives bring them together, exposing their love. 

 

Eternal Service ~ Regina Morris 
Vampire Raymond Metcalf’s life is spinning out of control. As if working with a team of vamps to protect the President isn’t enough, he must deal with his rebellious half-breed son, save the President from crazed vampires, and break in his team’s new director. 

 

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BUY LINKS

Amazon – B&N – iBooks – Kobo – Are – Google Play 

 

 

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The Heats of Darkness Box Set did give me a chance to read some stories I have been meaning to read like Viktor and Under Her Skin, which I thoroughly enjoyed plus I got to experience some new to me authors like Gena Lutz & Margo Bond Collins. Memory’s Kiss is the only new story featured in this box set. All the others have previous been released before. I didn’t read all the stories, but might try the others that I didn’t get to.

 

As far as box set’s go, it’s a nice mix of supernaturals and authors.

 

 

 

Memory’s Kiss by Sharon Kay

 

Memory’s Kiss is a novella in the Watcher’s Kiss series by Sharon Kay. What a delicious second chances romance. Daphne and Raul have never forgotten each other or their fist kiss and when fate throws them back together, sparks fly. 

 

I love returning to the Watcher’s Kiss series. Each novel or novella deals with a different couple from the world. 

 

The author dose a superb job explaining how mates and the world works, so if you have never picked up a Watcher’s Kissbook before you can grab this one and go. It reads as a stand-a-lone! 

 

These two where sweet. I enjoy second chances romances. I devoured this novella in no time and couldn’t put it down. 

 

Daphne has a few hang ups about not wanting to mate a Watcher. She is scared of the unknown, but she has never forgotten her friend Raul and their first kiss. Raul worked hard to become a Watcher. He thought he was content, but when Daphne pops back into his life, he starts to think that maybe he doesn’t have everything he wanted. It was delightful watching them work together and both realize that they where always meant to be. 

 

I look forward to more in the Watcher’s Kiss series. If you haven’t yet tried this series you are in for a treat.

 

Rated: 4 Memory’s Kiss Stars

 

 

 

 

Fall Into DarknessFall Into Darkness by Valerie Twombly

 

Fall Into Darkness is book one in the Eternally Mated series by Valerie Twombly. This is a satisfactory start to the series. We get surprises, action, sultry romance, and a new spin on Angel’s.

 

Ashley is a unique women. I felt for her and her unique ability. She has always felt out of touch with those around her and is hinder by her curse (as she feels it is) in making real connections with people. Her ability has left her seeking solitude, but deep down she wants to know why she has this ability and who she truly is. 

 

Eli is a Hunter Angel and does not care much for humanity. He is so bad! A rebel, stubborn, and alpha. All the things we love our male leads to be. His disobedience gets him into trouble. He finds himself striped of his wings and needing to find his humanity. All of this is perfectly timed for him to meet Ashley when she needs him the most. 

 

The plot is intriguing and laid out nicely with many surprises and gripping things happening that I was kept on my toes wondering what is next. The world building was not big, with the main focus given to describing and introducing us to the Angel’s. The author did such a fantastic job on her Angels in portraying all the different kinds, what is happening to them, and how their society is structured. It was all so unique, different, and new to me. The relationship between Ashley and Eli is sensual from the get go and only gets hotter as you go along. I never bought into the love, maybe because the relationship felt rushed, but you do feel their lust and attraction for each other, which is astronomical. 

 

Fall Into Darkness has a lot to enjoy in this new world created by Ms. Twombly. It’s a fast-paced, exciting, and engaging read. The story will continue into book two and I’m curious to see where the author will take us. 

 

Rated: 3.5 Fall Into Darkness Stars

 

 

 

 

Your Lycan or Mine?Your Lycan or Mine? by Michele Bradley

 

The blurb currently listed on Goodreads for this title is not correct, but is correct on this box set and at the retail sites. As for the title I don’t think it fits the story; since the only Lycan featured is Ash’s friend and he is a secondary character. 

 

This story is about Ash & Jarod. Both characters have been featured previously in the Broken Heart series as secondary characters, now they get their own story. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Broken Heart series book. This one was not the best, but enjoyable enough. The author does a nice job recapping information you need, so you can enjoy this story on it’s own. 

 

The adventure was exciting and kept the story going. As for the romance it was fast and quick with no time to really develop the romance from lust to love. The characters are drawn to each other and have the lust, but I never felt that lust turn into more. 

 

I had delightful time reading this story. It’s a quick read.

 

Rated: 3 Your Lycan or Mine? Stars

 

 

 

 

Chasing MagicChasing Magic by Gena Lutz

 

Chasing Magic is a quick, sweet, delightful, and magical read. 

 

We meet Anika a witch and her boyfriend Drake a warlock, who fights the witches and warlocks that have turned dark. The set up was nicely done and our story takes off on an adventure where Anika and Drake work together to control the bad magic that has gotten out. We are also treated to some hilarious spots, a verity of fun supernatural creatures and an adorable dragon, who’s Anika’s familiar.

 

Chasing Magic was a whirlwind of magical and charming characters. I enjoyed this spellbinding short story!

 

Rated: 3 Chasing Magic Stars 

 

 

 

 

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Viktor: Heart of Her King is book one in the Kings of the Blood series by Julia Mills.

 

I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. The prologue was a great start and nicely done. What I loved/enjoyed the most was the new twist on vampires, how they where created, their purpose, and the greek mythology woven into the story and creation of the new type of vampires. It was well done and peeked my interest. 

 

I also enjoyed the brotherly connection all the Kings have. You feel it in the pages. How close they are. They where all forged in battle and still fight the evil in the world protecting the human race. 

 

The romance is insta, in that they are connected at the moment of their mates birth, but the Kings can’t go to their mates, their mates must come to them. It was different. 

 

Viktor: Heart of Her King is a quick and delightful read. I’m curious enough to check out the next book in the series. 

 

Rated: 3.5 Viktor Stars

 

 

 

 

Under Her SkinUnder Her Skin by Margo Bond Collins

 

Under Her Skin is book one in The Shifter Shield series by Margo Bond Collins. It has a very interesting set up, with several surprises along the way, and a verity of unique shifters.

 

First I have to say – weresnake, how awesome is that? We don’t see many shifter stores featuring reptiles. 

 

Lindi was a wonderful character. She’s beautiful and strong. I really liked the mystery surrounding her. She doesn’t realize their are other shifter out their, who her birth parents are, or anything about her kind. Then we have the self-awareness that she has in herself and balancing both the human and snake side. She try’s to keep her natures in check, being a good human who cares verses the snake side which can be cold and ruthless. All of this added to my intrigue and helped pull me into Lindi’s character.

 

Dr. Kade Nevada a mongoose shifter. A mongoose and a snake, ya they are mortal enemies, but here he turns Lindi’s world up side down. These two have a crazy strong attraction between them. The chemistry was of the charts with these two and it was wonderful to see it come alive on the pages. 

 

It’s a suspenseful fast-paced storyline involving murders, kidnapping, and shifter politics. I liked that the author put thought and payed attention to details about her snake shifters. It made it more believable. I enjoyed the mystery’s we get and the romance. I will say at the end that I felt a few storylines where not completed and left open. I do hope they will continue into book two and get answered. 

 

Under Her Skin was an intense and marvelous first installment. There is a lot to savor and enjoy. I was impressed and sucked into the world and writing. Can’t wait to read book 2, A Generation of Vipers. 

 

Rated: 4.5 Under Her Skin Stars 

 

 

 

 

A Vhampier’s Forbidden WolfA Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf by P.T. Macias

 

DNF’d this one half through the prologue.

 

It’s a short short story with five chapters plus a prologue. It was odd, couldn’t hold my interest, and I couldn’t get into the writing. Victor this, He does that, His features… I was even confused on the very first page of the prologue, on who was talking to whom. 

 

Example of the writing:
“Viktor is a tall, muscular, and handsome vahampire. He walks with urgency and elegance. His jet black hair is long, and he keeps it shoulder length. His beautiful glowing green eyes with gold specks are serious and hard. His thick and curly black eyelashes don’t soften his look. His jaw is clench, the jaw muscle twitches from the extreme pressure, and his full lips are closed tight.
Victory takes even strides down the hall, his back is straight and regal as he taps his heels on the glossy black marble floor.
He stops at the entrance of the summit room waiting for the guard to announce him.
The tall vampire guard nods and opens the door. He announces Prince Viktor.
Emperor Emmanuel waits for Prince Viktor to enter the room.
Prince Viktor walks up to the front of the room and taps his heels as he bows his head with his hands crossed behind him. “My Emperor.”
He stands straight and looks strategy ahead waiting for him to talk.”

 

A Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

 

Rated: DNF


 

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This weeks featured Author is Kyra Halland

 

 

Twelve noblebright fantasy novels of beauty and wonder! Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world. This boxed set includes novels by C. J. Brightley - The King's Sword: A disillusioned soldier. A spoiled, untried prince. And a coup that threatens the country they both love. Lindsay Buroker - The Emperor’s Edge — A law enforcer being hunted for a crime she didn’t commit must work with a cold-hearted assassin to save the only person who can clear her name. Sabrina Chase - The Last Mage Guardian: Most thought the Mage Guardians simply a myth, but their old enemy knows better--and of their number only one remains to thwart his plan of magical domination and revenge. Francesca Forrest - Pen Pal: It starts with a message in a bottle and ends with revolution. Kyra Halland - Beneath the Canyons: A bounty-hunting wizard and a rancher's daughter with untrained powers must stop a renegade wizard who is tampering with dangerous magic. Angela Holder - Into the Storm: A massive hurricane will destroy Elathir unless Larine and her fellow wizards sacrifice everything to stop it. Ronald Long - On the Shores of Irradan: Ealrin Belouve and his friends travel to a new land and face new dangers in search of a tree that may restore magic to one of their own. Mike Reeves McMillan - Hope and the Patient Man: A talented young mage must overcome a curse to be with the wounded hero who loves her. T. A. Miles - Six Celestial Swords: The dragon Chaos threatens the magical world of Dryth. Xu Liang sets out on a quest to unite the only six magical blades that can save it. Christina Ochs - Rise of the Storm: When a renegade priest prophesies an imminent apocalypse, a conflict is sparked which will tip a continent into war. Sherwood Smith - Lhind the Thief: Lhind enjoys life on the run, taking what she wants, until her secrets are uncovered one by one. Emily Martha Sorensen - The Keeper and the Rulership: In a world where mathematics and magic are forbidden, Raneh's growing magic and can't figure out how to stop. Most books in this set are appropriate for ages 13+, but Hope and the Patient Man is appropriate for ages 16+. 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 Beginning with the Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander and the Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Leguin, Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. In 1990, as a new stay-at-home mom with a young baby, she finally decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; heroines who are strong, smart, and all woman; magic, romance, and adventure; and excursions into the dark corners of life and human nature mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She is excited to share those worlds with readers, who she hopes will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, and two young adult sons. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up.

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