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review 2017-05-23 14:34
something didn't quite work for me
Play Chopin for Me - Max Vos,A. J. Corza Play Chopin for Me - Max Vos,A. J. Corza
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Dale's home and restaurant are destroyed by fire. Turning up at his sister's house in his boxers and a raincoat give Chrissie the opportunity to finally give Dale the make over she has longed to give him. Al's roommate leave, and he needs a new one to meet rent. Dale and Al come together, and neither expected what it would lead to. *insert sigh* *insert another, deeper sigh* I wanted to love this, I really did. But for a couple of reasons, I didn't. I did not connect, at any level, with either Dale or Al. I don't know why, and it always pains me when I am unable to voice what I need to say. Pains me deeply. Especially when this is a new to me author and I get to meet him later this year! I found there was a great deal of dialogue, and the gaps between were few. What there was in the gaps, though, was good! I liked the connection between Al's father and Dale's solicitors father. I did not like what Al's grandmother did!! I did like the way it came out though, just not the depths she went to to get what she wanted. Oh, wait. I take my non-connection back. I DID feel for Al, when all was revealed. I even shed a tear for him. I loved how, one way or another, Dale, Al and Chrissie all ended up in Paris, at the same time! Cute, that. Really cute. So all in all, a good book, but for ME, not a great one. 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-22 18:38
Awesome addition to this series!
Lochlann (Order of the Black Knights) - ... Lochlann (Order of the Black Knights) - Andrea Speed
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This book?? This book here is a prime example of why I LOVE this series. TOTALLY. FREAKING. AWESOME. Lochlann was recruited to Alpha after the death of his brother and father. Cas infiltrated Alpha to try to get information to bring it down. This is book 6 in The Order of The Black Knights, but you don't NEED to have read the other five. But hear when I say you SHOULD read them. All written by different authors, in their own style and manner, but they all follow a theme, that of a meet, love, kill, rinse and repeat until they meet the one enemy that will be spared. And they are all 4 and 5 star reads. SO, read the damn books already. This is, for me, a far far bloodier read. Quite literally. Being members of Alpha is like a Black Ops team, on steriods. In, kill, and out. And there is a lot of killing here. And it is gloriously written! I loved Inga. SO she was deadly, but totally scary and messed up. She left me with lots of questions about her. Loved the reasons all the other team members were with Alpha too. You don't get much, just enough to be able to connect, but then again, you don't need them all to have a say, because Lochlann and Cas have a lot to say on their own. It takes time for things at Alpha to come to a head, and I wasn't sure which way things were going to go, til right til the very end, and I do so LOVE being kept on my toes. BUT!! What made this for me, what made it stand out from the other five books, is that it is almost CLEAN. Like NO sex at all. Sorry, there is sex, its just not described in any way. Its all left to the reader to fill in the blanks. And I absolutely LOVED it. Go figure! Me, who will say she much prefers her books on the sexier side, hell I'll even read porn, I don't care. BUT know this. For Lochlann and Cas, it's freaking perfect. I think that is Andrea Speed and her way of writing. But brilliant here. OH! And this cover. I don't usually take much notice of a books cover, but this one?? It fits Lochlann, perfectly. Stunning side view. Love it! There is a book 7 listed on Goodreads, but I have insider information that there will be more. I am so loving the way each author presents these books. Its giving me a whole host of new reading matter too! I didn't quite manage to read it in one sitting, but I tried so bloody hard to. Work got in the way! Still, a stunning... 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-14 17:51
short, and I needed to hear from BOTH men.
Keeping him Safe - Elizabeth Coldwell Keeping him Safe - Elizabeth Coldwell
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Faced, quite literally, with the man of his dreams, Xander has to keep the real Jon from ended up like he does in Xander's dreams: dead on the bathroom floor. I liked this! It's only short, some 60 odd pages (according to Goodreads, but Amazon puts it at 15! Go figure!) just under an hours reading time, for me. The first I've read of Coldwell's that I can see, unless there was one in a box set, but it makes me want to read more. Longer, more in depth. It's not overly complicated, nor is it explicit, or graphic. It's very well written and I did not spot a single spelling or editing error. BUT Only Xander has a say! And I know, I KNOW I say it far too often, and I'm gonna have to get over my aversion to single point of view books but I gotta say it here, again! Had Jon had a say, I have no doubt, none what-so-ever, that this would have been a 5 star read! I NEEDED to hear from Jon, I really did. I liked that Xander tried so very hard NOT to fall for Jon, even after that first time. He tried so hard, bless him, but Jon won him over real quick! I loved that Jon was totally unfazed by Xander's revelation about his dreaming about Jon, and it did not bother him at all! Even for such a short book, had Jon had a voice, it would be a five star read but he didn't, so... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-08 17:14
read the other books first!
Shifting Currents - L.M. Brown
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book FOUR in the Mermen and Magic series. I have not read the other three. And I think maybe I should have, because I felt I was missing something. Something about the Gods and Goddesses waking that wasn't recapped here. That's just my opinion, and I can only give my opinion, but I really think it would have helped ME. Delwyn is a merman, and Oracle of the Past. He cannot see unless he is in a vision. what he enjoys the most is almost spying on lovers of old. Centuries ago, Fabian was Oracle of the Present. When Fabian catches Delwyn watching him and his lover, Delywn is shocked, but intrigued by the Altantean. They begin to spend more and more time together, til one day, they can be together for real. Mer-people books come through so rarely, and I had high hopes for this one, but that missing SOMETHING from not reading the other three books left me feeling a bit let down. Oh don't get me wrong, its still a really good book, and I did enjoy it, for the most part. I just . . . .ugh! I can't word it right, without making the book look bad, because it really ISN'T a bad book, not at all. I just needed that from the other books that isn't here, that's all! It's told from both Delwyn and Fabian's point of view, in the third person. I spotted no spelling or editing errors. And I really DID like it, I just didn't love it. Given time (she says, falling off her chair laughing!) I'll go back and read the other three books and come back to this one again. I just don't know when that's likely to happen. I can't see that I've read anything else by Brown, but I would like to read more. because of that SOMETHING missing from the other three books... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-30 19:02
Great Story and Characters
Divine Awakening (The Divinities) (Volum... Divine Awakening (The Divinities) (Volume 4) - Lia Davis

Desiree was a Divinity witch.but couldn’t find him so she went to the demon Lex for help.Desiree had tried to find her son and save him Lex is a divinity guardian.  Desiree, Lex, Zach and Lydia were walking stealthily around the corridors of Khan’s castle. Teddy and Bear were Hectates Hellhounds.  Then Lex states” They’re here”. Lex had a home in the underworld but didn’t spend much time there. At least not since Khan took over. Lex had a sense of dark magic from his dark demon side and his connection to Hecate who was the Goddess of witchcraft. Khan had hidden Teddy Bear from everyone. The hounds couldn’t survive being apart much longer as they were Siamese twins and their magic and souls were were linked. Lex found Teddy in a room a few feet away. Then he heard the heartbeat of the hellhounds. The hounds were Lex’s family- what little he had left. Desiree needed to get her son Matthew out once the hounds were free. Lex was warned the castle is about to blow in about two minutes or less. But then Desiree said Matthew had been there but was now gone. Then Lex teleported them back to his place. Lex didn’t want a mate but he found one in Desiree but he was holding back Lex had been betrayed by his mate three hundred years ago. . Desiree and Lex had both been deeply hurt by others and had decided to close their hearts to anyone.  Lex then talked to Hecate telepathically and she said she was handling it. But Lex had to find Khan and get the Dark Sinew from him. But when she closes the portals he would have to find a different way to get back to Earthside. No one but the Gods could cross from one realm to the other once the portals were locked. But Hecate told him to find another way out. Desiree said the portals were all closed. Now Desiree was was stuck in Hell with a death demon without the earth her divinity craved. Then Desiree decided she would find her own way out and called to the  lost souls  but then they all attacked her . Then a hell hound stood before her and shifted into Mathew. Desiree called to her son “ Matty” who said no one calls me that who are you and Desiree told him she was his mother. He knew he wouldn’t remember her but she had to try. Mathew then said “ my mother is dead”. Desiree said Somoan had lied to them both. Then Matty said “ it has begun” and runs off into the forest. Then Desiree told Lex their best bet at finding Khan had just run away.  Desiree wonders if deep down Matthew realizes she is really his mother. The Dark Sinew is now fully charged and can make the dark divine obey. Desiree is fighting her feelings for Lex, Desiree also realizes her son is way more powerful than she had thought. Because of Samoan’s lies Desiree had betrayed her people . Lex and Desiree had to figure out how to stop the war. The was is between the divinities and the demons. Mathew is being used for dark purposes. Mathew actually takes part in ending the war between the demons and the divinities.

I enjoyed this last book of the series immensely. It had a great plot. It was pretty much non stop action from the first page until the last. I never had a problem keeping my attention on this story. This is a fast paced short story. But I will say you should read the series in order or you will be lost. There are also exciting twists in this story. I loved Lex and Desiree together and rooted them on. I also loved that Mathew ended up helping to end the war. I loved the characters of this story and I highly recommend

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