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review 2019-05-05 11:42
Book Review for Donna Grant's IGNITE in her Dark Kings Series.
Ignite (Dark Kings #15) - Donna Grant


Let's start off by saying we really loved this story and we are really enjoying this ongoing series with these amazing characters that we could not help but, fall in love with and that we just love Donna Grant and her amazing books !

We love Claire and Vlad aka V's story from beginning to end.We found the story to be hilarious also that it had fun characters who had a sense of humor, was intriguing, and was suspenseful and had a story that had tons of twists and turns and a lot of the unknown.This plot is ongoing and every time you started figuring things out there was yet another surprise.The story was filled with a ton of betrayal as well as not knowing who to trust .There are a lot of players who normally are enemies are now aligning themselves with one another to take out one common enemy.

I found Claire to be funny and beautiful inside and out,a keeper of secrets and she had a great sense of humor,was daring and a hopeless romantic trying to find the one in all the wrong places.Perhaps she was a bit lonely and frustrated but , she starting blogging to vent those frustrations and well let's just say her posts were more than entertaining.

Vlad- aka V Let's just say we loved him from the onset of the story.He was sexy and sweet and kind funny and had a sense of humor, a bit lonely and lost and had the wait of the world on his shoulders.A Dark King who felt he didn't fit in this new world he is now living in but, that all changed when he caught a glimpse of a sexy blond who he couldn't seem to stay away from.We loved how Claire reminded Vlad who he was and what he stood for and just how very dangerous and powerful he really is and that is was more then capable of standing against their enemy who threatened the life they have created along with their mates as well as their families.

We loved that V and Clarie's courtship was full of fun and laughter and that they had this amazing chemistry and not only were the were lovers they were friends first and foremost .We loved that Claire eased his loneliness and vice versa.

I know this story had a lot of mixed reviews but, for us we were one of those who just loved this sweet and emotional romance tale with those sexy dragon shifters that we just adored but, most of all we loved those character's who made the story intriguing and fun and more than once had us laughing out laughed and that they made us tear up a time of two.

Looking forward to what is going to happen next as the story left us wanting and with a whole lot of unanswered questions and we can't wait to get them!


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review 2018-09-05 11:56
Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinn
Fire Dragons, Demons & Djinn - Rhonda Parrish

edited by Rhonda Parrish


I like the idea of theme anthologies and the concept of this one really appealed to me. All the stories involve some sort of creatures of fire.


I hadn't heard of any of the authors so it was a bit of a gamble, and like most anthologies with a collection of unfamiliar authors, some stories appealed to me more than others.


We had an Ifrit, a fire sprite, demons, including one who fought an Angel, dragons, gryphons, genies, an elemental magician, a tribute to Jim Morrison (though the author didn't seem aware that he didn't write Light My Fire), a host of mythological fire gods, Phoenixes and an Aitvara.


Unfortunately five and a half of the twenty-one stories were written in present tense, which I detest and find difficult to read (one kept switching between past and present tense).


Four of the stories stood out as particularly good. These were:


The Second Great Fire by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Breath of the Caldera by Wendy Nikel, The Midwife and the Phoenix by J.G. Formato and especially Double or Nothing by Mara Malins, which involved a game of cards that brought to mind Magic the Gathering, but with real creatures. This one made the book worthwhile on its own.


While I can only give the collection as a whole three stars, these authors I'll be looking to see what else they've written.

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text 2018-07-12 18:21
Tempted by Fire By Erin Kellison Free!
Tempted by Fire: Dragons of Bloodfire - Erin Kellison

Dragon shifter Thane Ealdian has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, and finally a clue has surfaced that implicates an old adversary. Thane will stop at nothing to seek his revenge, but to prevent violence between the clans, the Bloodkin Triad has forced a mediator on him. Some upstart named Emerson Clark…

Emerson is fed up with all Bloodkin and how they’ve managed to control every aspect of her life. While she doesn’t believe that Bloodkin can shift into dragons—because, really?—she has to admit, they are exceptionally nice to look at. But once the mediation is over, she wants nothing to do with them ever again.

When Thane discovers that the clever and beautiful Emerson is the key to uncovering the truth, he has no intention of letting her go. Although she wants to run, she can’t turn her back on Thane or her intense feelings for him. His quest pulls at her heart, just as his nearness sparks something dangerous inside her. With evil in hot pursuit, sooner or later everything will ignite—the mediation, the shifter within her… and their passions.

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review 2017-03-11 14:39
solid four star read.
Dragon Shifter Romance: Playing With Fir... Dragon Shifter Romance: Playing With Fire: Dragons Of The Darkblood Secret Society (Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) - Meg Ripley
This is a cute, easy read, 194 pages, but doesn't seem that long. Jason is a dragon shifter. His new client needs funds, and those funds could come from a big fan of the mythical creature. But first, Jason has to get through the man's daughter, Shayne. But Jason and Shayne have met before, he knew her as Mary. Will she help?? Like I said, cute easy read. Told from both Shayne/Mary point of view, we don;t get Mary for a while, and I was beginning to think it would be single point. But its not, and I was happy about that! I do think more could have been made of Vincent, and what he did, and why, but for a fairly short book, it gets to the point. I did like that Jason is able to help his client, and save the amusement park. First I've read of this author, it looks like my to-read list just got a whole lot full of dragon shifter books! And y'all know how much I does love me some dragons! I like the way Meg thinks, plots and tells hr story. solid four star read. *same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Booklikes, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble**


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text 2016-08-06 23:50
A Dwarf is Not an Imp!
A Dance with Dragons (Song of Ice and Fire) - George R.R. Martin,Roy Dotrice

Would you believe that if you type the phrase "a dwarf is not an imp"--just like that, with quotation marks around it (to look for the exact phrase), that Google gives you no results?  For that phrase? "A dwarf is not an imp"?  I find this a bit astonishing, because I seem to mumble this every time a character refers to or addresses Tyrion as "imp."  So I am hoping to change that fact by writing this entry.  Have I mentioned that a dwarf is not an imp?


Anyway, I finished my re-listen a couple of days ago.  Who knows how much longer it will be before George R. R. Martin releases The Winds of Winter?  So I want to jot down various threads I am thinking of while they are still fresh in my mind.  Spoilers follow (so will hide accordingly).



Starting with the end:  Varys.  Such an interesting character.  I'd actually forgotten about the cliff-hanger that the epilogue closes on.  "It's not personal."  Everything he does is for the good of the realm, and he thinks that the best thing for the realm would be to have Aegon Targaryen sit the iron throne.  Varys comments to the soon-to-be-dead Ser Kevan Lannister that "Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right.  Aegon knows that kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them."  Throughout the books, the good of the realm has been a consistent motivation for Varys's actions.


Danaerys:  Her section also ends with a cliff-hanger. She stands by her dragon as Khal Jhago finds her and 50 mounted warriors arrive.  But is Dany is in any danger?  What chance do 51 human beings, however fierce, have against Drogon?


Jon Snow!  You know nothing Jon Snow, but neither do I.  I believe I've been spoiled that he survives, though I'm not sure how.  Maybe his skinchanger abilities kick in and his spirit jumps into Ghost at just the right moment.  (No season-six spoilers, please--I don't have cable and haven't seen it yet!) Although I'd remembered the awful scene where his Night's Watch "brothers" attack him "for the Watch," I'd forgotten that this happens just after the Wildlings rally around him and prepare to ride off to Winterfell with him, to take on Ramsay Bolton.  Big sigh.  I really want Jon Snow to survive.  (I also really hope all of Eddard Stark's surviving children continue to survive and are reunited---with one another and the surviving Direwolves!)


Cersei.  I recall in one of the books, someone asks Tyrion if his "sweet sister" has any virtues, and he replies that she loves her children.  This really is a central motivation for her; many of her bad decisions come from a place of loving her children.  And of course, with Joffrey she managed to raise a monster.  During one of her chapters in this book, it struck me that she really believes Tyrion was responsible for killing Joffrey.  I can't help thinking that if she'd ever gotten to know him better, she'd realize he wouldn't have done that.  Even though he was fairly aware that Joffrey was a monster.  And why, oh why did Cersei never give Tyrion credit for the military victory against Stannis?  Which one was that--Clash of Kings?  I do remember Tywin swooping in at the end and grabbing credit, but did no one recognize Tyrion's accomplishments?


Arya:  I just love her.  Her adventures in Braavos are some of my favorite parts of this book.  Her growing powers are fascinating.  And there's evidence that she's a Warg!  She could see through a cat's eyes when she was Blind Beth.


Theon Greyjoy.  Turncloak.  Oh, the awful things he did to impress his awful father.  Balon Greyjoy arguably placed his son into an impossible situation.  Of course, I hated Theon for his betrayal of the Starks, but what Ramsay Snow/Bolton does to him is beyond the pale.  At lease he makes the decision to help Jeyne Poole/Fake Arya escape.  Pulling for his badass sister Asha Greyjoy to sort this mess out.


Does anyone think Tyrion will someday find Tysha?  Her story is so disturbing.  Tywin was well and truly a monster.  If Tyrion ever does find her, I hope he discovers she has found a way to live that doesn't involve prostitution, despite Tywin and Jaime's lies and Tywin's final brush-off, "wherever whores go."

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