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review 2018-07-11 10:00
Review! Shifter Mate Magic (Ice Age Shifters #1) Carol Van Natta!
Shifter Mate Magic - Carol Van Natta Van Natta

 

 

A lonely bear shifter meets his mate. She’s running for her life and doesn’t have time for romance.

 

Pregnant Jackie Breton just escaped from a corrupt feline pack intent on selling her half-shifter baby to the highest bidder. She’s smart, independent, and has a desperate plan to keep her baby safe: Get away from the pride as fast and far as possible.

 

Trevor Hammond, prehistoric bear shifter, has been rejected by everyone in his life for… being born, basically. Well, except for the beloved aunt who raised him. He’s built a career as an independent trucker, but life would be much better with someone he can hold in his arms and claim as his own.

 

When Jackie meets Trevor at a truck stop, his bear demands he help her. His aunt even calls with a dire warning: Get Jackie to the magical sanctuary town in Wyoming before she’s killed.


Jackie thinks he’s sexy as hell, but too good to be true. She doesn’t trust shifters. With the feline pride hot on her trail, however, Trevor and the quirky town of Kotoyeesinay might be her only chance for survival. Even Trevor’s indomitable bear may be no match for the dangerous enemy seeking retribution.

 

Discover the secret world of magic and true mates in Shifter Mate Magic, the first book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.

 

 

The first book in the fun, exciting and steamy Ice Age Shifters series is an exhilarating adventure. This fast paced story is filled with action and romance as a pregnant Jackie Breton escapes from a corrupt feline pack and lands in the lap of large shaggy bear whom stirs up quite a sizzling attraction. Trevor Hammond has been rejected by everyone because of his pre-historic bear self and he is determined to declare Jackie as his own. The romance is sweet and the passion is hot and steamy and while the story is on the fun side, the non-stop events that take place from the very first word to the last keeps readers on the edge of their seats with lots of thrilling suspense as the couple race to the quirky and cool town Kotoyeesinay which is may be the only place where Jackie will be safe.

 

Well, this is one series that is super fun and full of wonderful, wickedly cool and quirky characters with exciting lives that just invite readers to join right in and stay for a while and I can’t wait until I visit the Ice Age Shifters and the fascinating world again.

 

 

Shifter Mate Magic

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39884747-shifter-mate-magic

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/shifter-mate-magic-ice-age-shifters-book-1-by-carol-van-natta

 

 

is the 1st book in the Ice Age Shifters series

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/232610-ice-age-shifters

 

author series page - https://author.carolvannatta.com/ice-age-shifters-series/

 

which includes:


Shift of Destiny #2


see my review post at:


http://stormyvixen.booklikes.com/post/1768781/shiftofdestinyreview

 

& coming soon:
Heart of a Dire Wolf #3 (August 2018)
Dire Wolf Wanted #4 (September 2018)

 

 

Shifter Mate Magic is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://amazon.com/dp/B07C7NHNGD?tag=carvannataut01-20

 

A-CA - https://amazon.ca/dp/B07C7NHNGD

 

A-AU - https://amazon.com.au/dp/B07C7NHNGD

 

A-UK - https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C7NHNGD

 

 

Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist. Be the first to know about new releases by signing up for her newsletter at bit.ly/CVN-news or read her blog at Author.CarolVanNatta.com, or find her on Facebook at CarolVanNattaAuthor.

 

 

Be sure and visit Carol Van Natta at the following locations:

 

Website - http://author.carolvannatta.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3980825.Carol_Van_Natta

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/CarolVanNatta

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/+CarolVanNatta/posts

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/carol.vannatta/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carol-van-natta

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-28 10:00
Release Day Review! Shift of Destiny (Ice Age Shifters #2) Carol Van Natta!
Shift of Destiny - Carol Van Natta Van Natta

 

 

There is no such thing as magic, or sexy shifters. Or… is there?

 

Moira Graham’s car breaks down in the tourist town of Kotoyeesinay, Wyoming. She’s on the run. Again. A crazy billionaire wants to possess her ability to predict the future, but it’s not a “gift.” It’s simple guesswork. Magic doesn’t exist. And this quirky town—which uses elves, fortune tellers, and fairy-tale gimmicks to draw tourists in—isn’t helping.

 

Roving carpenter Chance McKennie is a prehistoric shifter on the lookout for a mate. Unfortunately, people fear his lion, and don’t stick around long enough to get to know the man. He thought his luck would change in Kotoyeesinay, but his skills aren’t needed in this magical sanctuary town with creatures of myth and legend on every block.

 

When Moira bumps into him, she’s almost willing to believe in the magic of this place. But it’s going to take more than a red-hot handyman and some glowy lights to save her from ruthless hunters.

 

Chance is determined to protect his mate and help her find the magic in her blood. But even a top predator can’t guess the lengths to which a desperate billionaire will go to get what he wants.

 

Continue the magic with Shift of Destiny, the second book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.

 

 

I just visited a whole town of wonderful people and full of magic. Two of these wonderful people were Moira and Chance who are strong and easily connected to which made me want to get to know them better and boy did I get to know them. Both of them has a bit of wanderlust inside them out of necessity which it makes it hard to get to know people and even more, it makes it hard for them to get to know themselves so when their chemistry starts sparks flying and feelings of settling down, they are a taken aback a bit but find that they really want to explore the attraction. So the romance between is quite sweet and full of passion but this couple has a ways to go to reach their happily ever after.

 

Secrets and danger adds lots of thrilling suspense and energy to the story as Moira’s past catches up to her and embarks quite an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and most of the town for the bad guys entertainment, add in some surprising twists and betrayals to the mix and there is never a dull moment to be found within this fast paced story.

 

I love Carol Van Natta’s Central Galactic Concordance series so I was really excited to discover that she had begun a new series, unfortunately I missed reading the first one (I will have to remedy that) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the heck out of Shift of Destiny. The Ice Age Shifters adds uniqueness to the shifter worlds and the town where the story takes place – Kotoyeesinay – really adds something special to this world because it’s fun, unique, magical and quite quirky so relished in a few chuckles along the way even the bad guy was quite entertaining. I am definitely looking forward to visiting again so I get to know more of these delightfully charming characters and their fascinating town.

 

 

Shift of Destiny

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40316123-shift-of-destiny

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/shift-of-destiny-carol-van-natta-van-natta/book,13981047

 

 

is the 2nd book in the Ice Age Shifters series

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/232610-ice-age-shifters

 

author series page - https://author.carolvannatta.com/ice-age-shifters-series/

 

 

which includes:


Shifter Mate Magic #1

 

& coming soon:
Heart of a Dire Wolf #3 (August 2018)
Dire Wolf Wanted #4 (September 2018)

 

 

Shift of Destiny is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon-US - https://amazon.com/dp/B07DCFKF6R?tag=carvannataut01-20

 

Amazon-CA - https://amazon.ca/dp/B07DCFKF6R

 

Amazon-AU - https://amazon.com.au/dp/B07DCFKF6R

 

Amazon-UK - https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DCFKF6R

 

 

 

Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist. Be the first to know about new releases by signing up for her newsletter at bit.ly/CVN-news or read her blog at Author.CarolVanNatta.com, or find her on Facebook at CarolVanNattaAuthor.

 

 

Be sure and visit Carol Van Natta at the following locations:

 

Website - http://author.carolvannatta.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3980825.Carol_Van_Natta

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/CarolVanNatta

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/+CarolVanNatta/posts

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/carol.vannatta/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carol-van-natta

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/carol-van-natta-van-natta/author,2031603

 

 

 

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review 2018-03-28 10:00
New Release Review! Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon (The Embraced #3) by Kerrelyn Sparks!
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon - Kerrelyn Sparks

 

 

From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…

Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?

 

 

Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon is a brilliant story that takes readers into another world where they can find out exactly what is needed to fall in love with a sexy dragon.

 

Gwenmore and Silas are strong, charismatic characters that are easily draw readers in and hold them hostage as they dazzle readers with excellent dialogue and magic and an exciting romance that has readers wanting what the couple have. The romance is full of sizzling chemistry and steamy love scenes but the relationship is not an easy one with lots of obstacles and emotional issues to overcome.

 

The plot is fast paced and full of anticipation building suspense and thrilling danger in a fascinating world where betrayal is around every corner and surprising twists keeps everyone on their toes. The well written world brings it all to vivid life, making it easy for readers to picture each and every scene and to really understand and know each character.

 

Kerrelyn Sparks has created a fantasy world that is exciting, captivating and full of wonderful characters and fascinating plots that easily draw readers in and keeps them completely enthralled from beginning to end. I have read all three books in the series which can be read as standalone and easily understood as each couple gets their own book but I think to get the best enjoyment and understanding of the entire plot they should be read in sequence. All three stories kept me glued to the pages and while I could not possibly tell you which book is my favorite, I really enjoyed spending time with Gwenmore and Griffin and I can’t wait to visit their world again.

 

 

 

8 Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon is the 3rd book in The Embraced series.

 

8 Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon is available in print or ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   GPlay   Kobo   eBooks   iBooks   BaM   IndieBound   Powells

 

Order signed copies at: Kate’s Budget Books

 

Kerrelyn Sparks can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-15 10:00
New Release Review! Christmas Delivery (Return to Jenkins Cove # 3) Patricia Rosemoor
The Wolf's Joy - Holley Trent

 

 

 

Christmas… Ghosts… Mystery… Romance… 
Something evil lurks in the charming town of Jenkins Cove. When Sophie Caldwell devotes a room in her B&B to communicate with spirits, dangerous secrets rise to the surface, and the lives of three couples will never be the same. 

Christmas Delivery (Return to Jenkins Cove Book 3) 
Haunted by ghosts, Jenkins Cove will now have to deal with Simon Shea who has “returned from the dead” seeking revenge...only to reconnect with Lexie Thornton, the girl he loved, and the daughter they conceived thirteen years ago. 

Christmas Spirit ...Christmas Awakening ...Christmas Delivery 
Each of these stories are complete novels, but only the full series will get to the bottom of all the ghostly happenings in Jenkins Cove. Be sure to read them all! 

 

 

Excerpt from Christmas Delivery: 

The fog was lighter here, the chill greater, and once past the fence’s wooden gate, which had been left open, Simon realized where he was. 

The cemetery. 

Why had the spirit brought him here? 

Following the curving redbrick path lined by boxwood on both sides, Simon kept track of the mop of pale hair, which appeared on the other side of the hedge, then lost him altogether. When he came to the open area dotted with gravestones and markers, Simon only half hoped he would actually find him again. He gazed around, past a couple of large willow oaks and a magnolia tree in the center of the graveyard, then spotted the ghostly figure at a far gravesite, touching the stone that identified its occupant. 

Again, he looked up with hollow eyes and gestured that he should come. 

Reluctantly, Simon did. Not wanting to cross anyone’s grave — he’d had enough of that in his former life — he stayed on the brick path, keeping his gaze locked on the figure still summoning him. 

One minute the fog seemed to circle the kid, the next he seemed to fade away into the mists. 

“Wait! Don’t go!” 

But the demand came too late. He was already gone. And Simon was moving to the headstone he’d touched, had obviously wanted Simon to see. 

A deep, arctic cold suddenly surrounded Simon and then the breath was knocked out of him as he stopped in the spot where the wraith had disappeared. Looking down, Simon understood why Lexie believed he was dead and buried. The headstone bore his name and the dates of his birth and of his supposed death on Christmas Eve thirteen years before. 

Not a man who easily believed in what he couldn’t see, Simon had no doubts about who had led him here. Or who was buried in his grave. He was certain the kid he’d seen shot had taken his place. 

Thirteen years ago and his ghost still wandered, unable to rest, Simon thought. 

How many ghosts inhabited this area? 

How many souls were denied eternal rest? 

Of one thing he was certain. The boy he’d seen shot had been buried in his stead. How had they pulled that one off? They looked nothing alike. A closed coffin, then? How had he supposedly died so that no one would have raised the alarm? Who had been in on his supposed death? 

More questions that needed answering. 

Another reason for him to stay undercover awhile. So he could find the answers. 

Did ghosts seek retribution? He wondered. 

Considering the evil that had stalked the town unchecked, probably not. 

But now the town had to deal with him.

 

 

 

 

Jenkins Cove is once again the setting for a chilling mystery and a wonderful second chance romance during the holiday season.

 

 

Simon and Lexie are spirited characters with lots of emotional angst that has readers empathizing with the characters and hoping for that happily ever after for this couple. Their story draws readers in from the very beginning and keeps them glued to the pages as the romance and mystery unfold. Overcoming the past is an obstacle that most everyone can identify with and reaching for the future is something everyone should definitely reach for and this story brings those two together with a bit of mystery and holiday cheer which makes this one enjoyable read. One that can be enjoyed while reading by the fire or while preparing for their own family holiday traditions.

 

There is never a dull moment as Simon and Lexie try to keep everyone safe while solving the mystery of what happened to force Simon away and to spice things up even more Simon receives help from a few ghosts along the way. While the book can be read as a standalone story, the overall questions and trouble that take place in Jenkins Cove are finally answered so really you should read all three to get the full enjoyment out of your visit to Jenkins Cove.

 

 

Christmas Delivery is the 3rd book in the Return to Jenkins Cove series previously known as A Holiday Mystery at Jenkins Cove.

 

The first book is Christmas Spirit by Rebecca York

Michael and Chelsea both are engaging characters that draw readers in with their holiday romance as both have to suspend their disbeliefs in order to push forward with their relationship. This keeps readers engrossed as they empathize with the characters while becoming caught up in the mysterious happenings that tests the couple’s beliefs.

 

 The suspense builds as Chelsea and Michael try to figure out why someone is after them and what the ghosts are trying to tell them. This keeps the anticipation building as the reader tries to determine the outcome as well and I have to tell you that it was I didn’t see coming. The story is well written and the characters are developed which made it easy to feel as if I was part of the town and I shivered with delightful chills with each ghost visitation.

 

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The second book is Christmas Awakening, by Ann Voss Peterson
When Marie Leonard returns to Jenkins Cove for her father’s funeral, she never expects to rekindle her romance with billionaire recluse Brandon Drake…nor to be haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.

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Christmas Delivery is available in ebook at:

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Patricia Rosemoor can be found at:

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review 2017-09-26 12:29
Rightwise king of?
Enchanted Guardian - Sharon Ashwood

So apart from my large plot stumbling point this wasn't bad.

 

My large plot stumble is the entire rightwise king of Britain and that if he returned at this time he would go to the USA? If ever Britain needed a leader to sort things out I'm sure a lot of British people would say it's now with Brexit and all the messes going on (brain wanders off on a plotbunny maze, takes a break from writing review to scribble notes) you would expect at least a passing reference to Britain and British Issues.  Still I'm going to park that quibble somewhat and move onto the story.

 

This is the second story in the series and I haven't read volume one.  Apparently Merlin did a spell that saved the fae and the mortal realms and in doing so turned the fae into soul-sucking emotionless monsters and drained the world of magic.  Now magic has returned to the world and the Knights of the Round Table are resurrected (and doing medieval reinactment, and wow did that tickle my funny bone) and they're finding the modern world interesting.

 

This is the story of Lancelot du Lac - calling himself Dulac at the moment and Nimueh who has always loved him, somehow she retained some of her soul and this means she can love but they had huge issues last time around.

 

Yeay for heros who respect boundries, (mostly and better than the last two I read from Nocturne) but the story seemed unsure of it's direction and purpose, characters seemed to just drift from one scene to another and honestly Arthur didn't come across as a great leader.

 

It's not a bad read but it didn't make me want to read the next in the series, I didn't really care for or about the characters and wasn't unhappy when I finished it.  Some of it was very good but it wasn't a good whole book.

 

Could use Paranormal, Vampire, Romantic Suspense, witches, demons and monsters, I'm going to go with Demons.  I liked the demon, he was nicely sarky.

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