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review 2015-04-29 14:50
Enticed by J.A. Belfield
Enticed: A Holloway Pack Mini - J.A. Belfield

This was a fun sexy short novella. The characters have a romance going on that carries over from other parts of the series, and it's Ethan's birthday. I think every man out there would want to have his surprise present! And Shelly definitely enjoys giving it to him, I really loved the little notes and clues.

You can really see some of the tension in their lives come out a few times, and it was kind of fun to see the play back and forth between them. Definitely a nice quick read at bedtime.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2015/04/review-enticed-holloway-pack-47-by-ja.html
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review 2015-03-10 23:23
Review: Hereditary by J.A. Belfield
Hereditary - J.A. Belfield

As an avid reader of werewolf fiction, I'm always curious to see how an author approaches transformations; personally I prefer the painful change as opposed to the *poof* version, and J.A. Belfield nailed it with this short. Knowing you're going to shift must be scary enough to begin with, but being totally in the dark about what's coming would be downright frightening, and having your equally clueless mother witness the whole ordeal adds a whole other level of crazy to an already loco situation. Then, have your BFF join the party, and the normal train has officially left the station. All of the characters' reactions felt legit, and the intensity of Gabe's predicament ensured that HEREDITARY was a heart pounding novella from beginning to end. If you're looking for a quick taste of this author's werewolves, look no further. 

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review 2015-01-27 00:00
Darkness & Light
Darkness & Light - J.A. Belfield I really wanted to like this book, the blurb was promising. The whole reincarnation process to meet the man you are destined to be with was a different twist, even if he winds out being the reason you die at the end.

The paranormal aspect of it had good elements, but not enough as there were moments when the story was simply stale and slow moving. A lot of time spent just being sat around, drinking coffee and staring into nothingness. The true action was nonexistent.

At the end that wasn't what made me pack it in, it was Jem's husband, and her behavior towards him. He is a wife beater and an abuser of the worst kind. I can understand some decisions Jem made, as a victim of long term abuse. This lasted for a short while, until she simply started acting stupid. One moment she will do an incredibly brave thing and run away from her husband that beats her senseless to have some time with Sean, then in the next breath she will demand to go home to the same asshole, knowing that he might kill her. It didn't add up. It became torturous at the end to read it. I simply couldn't stomach it.

I read quite a lot of stories that depicted all kinds of abuse, so that element was not the problem. In Darkness & Light it was simply used as a reason Sean and her couldn't be together from page one, and to top it off the execution was terrible. At the end i simply didn't care what happened to her.
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review 2014-06-08 10:46
A review for Resonance (Holloway Pack, #2.5) by J.A. Belfield
Resonance - J.A. Belfield

I was so glad I had this to move straight onto following the climax of Blue Moon considering Josh was left in the ‘sleep of the dead’ comatose like state. In this we feel the depression of the pack as time moves on and Josh remains in a sort of stasis, everyone is feeling the burden of guilt and of course Jem has taken it the worst….. if only she’d made them listen, if only she’d stopped the witches before they started, if only she’d gotten to them quicker, if only, if only….and its affecting her & Sean too as he feels her burden along with his own. It’s killing them all to wait around and do nothing except keep a vigil in the hopes Josh will awaken and even though Jess is hard at work searching for a spell to counteract his predicament – nothing is forthcoming. Jem is prompted by Jess to go and seek out a Grimoire at a shop that had her binding spell in so Jem, Sean & Ethan head out to do a little recon and discover something a bit more than what they originally went looking for but with Grimoire in hand and Jess on the case, it isn’t long before a plan is hatched – only it puts Jem at risk again, but with no other hope…. They have to risk it. 

So, as I mentioned – I was so glad to have this to move onto straight away – and this was an excellent addition to a great series. I love a good short story and loved that it was about helping Josh because the ending of book 2 had left his fate in limbo. I thought book 2 had introduced a bit more magic but this opened the world up even more and again gave a different feel to the story. I liked what happened all of the way through the story; the pack were down and depressed and you could feel the absence of Josh throughout, you could feel their despair at having no answers but also hope & faith in Jess that she would come through for them, you could also really feel Jem’s guilt but also her determination to bring him back especially considering her vigil in his room. When more work was needed, a grimoire to find, Jem had no hesitation and I loved the discoveries made upon finding it and when answers were revealed that Jem again came through for everyone, even to the detriment to herself. The story was enlightening in more ways than one, I like how Jess seems to be fitting into the pack, like she was meant to be there and for a 104 pages, it was exciting, intriguing and dangerous, opening up more of the supernatural but still had some passionate romantic moments aswell and I absolutely loved that sneaky little cliffhanger that leaves you with a big fat grin =D  

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/960689630?book_show_action=false
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review 2014-06-07 16:23
A review for Blue Moon (Holloway Pack #2) by J.A. Belfield
Blue Moon - J.A. Belfield Gotta say, I lurved this sequel to Darkness & Light and the latest threat to the Holloway Pack. I can’t really add to the synopsis so straight on to my thoughts…. What I liked about Blue Moon was the shift of the focus from Jem to the pack as the potential victim(s), we tend to automatically assume that Jem will always be the target -with the werewolf community being predominantly male and Jem being the only female- but this shows us never to presume you know anything. It was easy to assume that Jem was being jealous and territorial, it did come across that way, none of her pack believed her in the beginning and because Josh was the focus of the female’s attentions it was again assumed that she was jealous. I really felt for her then, it was really sad that no one would take her intuition for what it was and even though she couldn’t understand it much herself, she still knew enough to be cautious and they totally dismissed that – had it been me, I would have felt let down by those I trusted most in the world. I was glad that it was Sean that got on board quickly with her feelings of mistrust but again, it took their shared history for him to do that not his belief in Jem which took away some of his ‘sweetie’ points. I also hated the deterioration of her relationship with Josh, it was sad and really showed the bond they had shared and how powerful it was but also gave the sense of what was at stake and how easy things could go wrong. I enjoyed the storyline A LOT - the threat to the pack brought something very different to the series and introduced us to a different kind of magic and the fact that the enemy is female shouldn’t make you expect any less deviousness, in fact I think you should expect more because men seem more direct in their threats. It’s quite hard to talk about the storyline without giving things away and it’s too good to spoil but let’s just say…. You will never guess the motive… it was so good and so unexpected. I have to say that the females in this book were the main attraction and because of that, it felt different too, like as if a different game was being played than what you are used to, with different rules and the result can’t be predicted and it all led up to a kick ass, girl power showdown that was awesome!. Even though the situation ends up dire, there are still a few laughs to be had, Jem being the centre of one which was fun but could have been disastrous and Jem’s mouth does bring some awesome back chat – all joking aside though, Jem impressed me again with her strength, her stubbornness, her faith, her loyalty and her protectiveness of her pack and she really is an Alpha in the making. We get a few surprises thrown into the story with a new arrival and we eventually meet Jess (Jem’s sister) the witch who is awesome and hoping we get something more from her…. Maybe she caught the eye of a certain someone ;) I think the consequences of what happens in this will be felt for a while and there is one big lose end that needs putting right, so I’m off to read Resonance.
Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/923635219
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