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review 2017-02-19 14:30
Audio Book Review: Hunting Down Dragons
Hunting Down Dragons: an Urban Fantasy (... Hunting Down Dragons: an Urban Fantasy (Moonlight Dragon) (Volume 2) - Tricia Owens

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Someone is looking to set Anne up, get her in serious trouble with the Oddsmakers who rule the city. Or so Anne thinks. No one's to do magic around normal people, and someone adds a dragon to the firework display, hoping it will point to Anne with her dragon familiar. After facing the Oddsmakers, Anne learns from Vale what her mom was looking for when she died. A necromancy artifact. Anne is determined to find this artifact, and learn who killed her parents on that mountainous road years ago and maybe find her Uncle who's missing.

Anne Moody's mom and uncle have each had their own task to perform for the Oddsmakers, and failed. Per the Oddsmakers, Vegasso was the first to arrive to capitalize on their failure, others will follow. But before Anne can know what the task was her family was to perform, she must prove she and her ancestors are not traitors. Or her life and those of her friends will be forfeit.


Jenna is a new narrator to me. I like when she gives a sound to one voice as though spoken into a room that has a large feel to it the distant echo-y voice. This extra really is awesome to get in an audio book. I enjoyed Jenna as she voiced the character's personalities. The audio felt seamless along with the cadence and emotions feeling to flow smoothly as she brought the story to life for us.

I've not read or listened to the first book. I know, that's out of character for me. But I liked the sound of the book and had to give it a go. It's all okay though. It's easy to pick up with the characters, world, and story in this second book without reading the first. The beginning of the book lists out who the characters are to each other and what they are. We learn about the Oddsmakers and even get mention of what happened in the first book as we head into what happens on the Fourth of July in Nevada as Anne and her friends sit watching fireworks in the desert.

I enjoyed the blend of friends that Anne has, and her love interest. The world here is full of supernaturals - monkey shifter, gargoyle, fortune teller, wolf shifter water fae, and Anne herself who's dragon blood, and these are just Anne's close friends. Anne is a great person that's also of a diverse nationality. I love the writing of her as she's a normal, regular person as she should be, in a supernatural world. Anne and her dragon familiar are connected. But the connection could draw Anne to be a dragon if she gives to much when using Lucky, which is not a good thing. It's so tempting yet so dangerous that she could lose herself. And she will be watched by he Oddsmakers who rule the supernatural in the city because of her heritage.

There is more to Vale than meets the eye. We start to see this here, but I think there is more to come out and want to learn about him. I want to see Anne with her other friends too. But there is more to the past with her parents and uncle. We learn about what happened to her parents, but there was something else with her mom and what she was searching for at the Oddsmakers demand. Also, Anne's uncle is still missing. I am curious about them all.

I know it sounds like we don't get answers, but we do. I just have a feeling there is more than meets the eye with it all. I look forward to the series as it all unfolds for us and the characters.

Something in the story telling reminds me of Linsey Hall's Urban Fantasy series. If you enjoy one author, you may enjoy the other.

I like the creation of a world with many supernaturals in Las Vegas. There is so much that can happen there and lots of space to happen in. Anne having a potential danger with her dragon heritage. And we get a feel there is more to Vale.

Overall, after writing my thoughts, I've found I really enjoyed the story and want to read/listen to more books with Anne and her friends.

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review 2017-02-19 14:24
Audio Book Review: The Bee Charmer
The Bee Charmer - Poppy Lawless The Bee Charmer - Poppy Lawless

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Rayne is trying to help his dear friend Alice find her love. He's got the honey bees help and working his magical spells. He just needs to stay focused on helping her, but he feels drawn to another and his focus strays slightly. Viola is back to college after time off helping with her family's winery. Viola is ready to move forward in what she wants to do, perfumery, and will likely miss this lovely town. But there's another thing holding her attention and will he understand what she wants to do?

Hollie is a voice I've come to enjoy. She gives us the personalities of the characters as she voices their thoughts and voices when speaking. Hollie voices a few characters with an accent in this book as well. Nicely done. Hollie does do well with the sweet moments also, helping my heart to flutter when it needs to.

Poppy's books in this series have been heart touching, each and every one. This one ranks with the other two books, though I didn't tear up as I did in the first book, The Glass Mermaid. But I love the touches of magic and how all come around to find their true love. The fairy tale feel to those special moments with another.

Poppy is talented in blending the people she pairs. They may not think they are alike, but they do blend together with their likes and what they do along with personalities. The story is smoothly written with a flow you'll feel in your heart.

I would love to live in a small town with this much magic and love. It's just touches of magic to help the love that's there blossom, but it makes my heart swell. I just love these stories! This one had a touch of Cinderella at the ball feel at the end.

Seriously, these are just the sweetest books. I love the feeling I get from them. You know they are HEA but you can't help wanting to see how they stumble there and how things are righted for them. One of the best things with this book, we see how other couples are doing. We see a touch of the couple from The Glass Mermaid, but see more of how Horatio and Julie are doing, who were in The Cupcake Witch. We also see a potential pairing of another couple! And possibly future recipients of future books? There are a few mentioned that could have their own stories.

I will always be waiting for more books in this series and town!

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photo 2017-02-18 23:22
Tears of Crimson (Volume 1) - Michelle Hughes
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review 2017-02-18 17:51
Review: Angels’ Dance (Guild Hunter #0.4) by Nalini Singh
Angels' Dance - Nalini Singh

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

 Angels' Dance 

 Guild Hunter #0.4  
 Nalini Singh  
 Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance  
 Berkley  
 December 31, 2012  
 eBook  
 128  
 Library  
 

 

The gentle teacher of angelic young, and the keeper of her people's histories, Jessamy is respected and admired by everyone who knows her. Yet, born unable to soar into flight, she has spent thousands of years trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge, her heart encased in painful loneliness...until the arrival of Galen, warrior angel from a martial court.

 

Rough-edged and blunt, Galen is a weapons-master at home with violence, a stranger to the sweet words it takes to woo a woman--but he is also a man determined to claim Jessamy for his own, to dance with her through the skies denied her for so very long...even if their exhilarating passion proves as dangerous as the landscape of war and unrest that lies before them.

 

Angels' Dance previously appeared in the anthology, Angels' Flight.

 

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** Read as part of Angels’ Flight.

 

Angels’ Dance is also published as a single title.

 

If you have been reading the Guild Hunter series then you have caught glimpses of Galen and Jessamy, but in this novella, they shine.

 

I have been wanting their backstory for sometime. Galen is one of Raphael’s Seven. We get glimpses into him and what he does, but here we find out their is so much more to him. I loved Galen. He’s fierce, loyal, protective, and honorable. Jessamy is the teacher of angelic young, a library, and the keeper of angelic knowledge/archives. She’s fragile, strong willed, and has a strong heart. 

 

Reading about these two was exquisite. They matched perfectly. The sexual tension was amazing. The writing is magnificent. The scenes are so vivd bring the characters and world to life. 

 

Angels’ Dance was a beautiful crafted novella. I loved everything about this one. 

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-02-17 21:43
Review: Enemy Mine (Vampire & Werewolf Romance) by Katie Reus
Enemy Mine (Vampire & Werewolf Romance) - Katie Reus

3.5 STARS

Reviewing the audible version. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the story. He kept the pace of the book fast and interesting. He made our hero’s voice sound sexy yet dangerous. I also liked that he didn't increase his voice one octave higher to sound like a silly girl when giving voice to Melina.

The story in itself focused more on the relationship among all characters than world building. I wish it would have gone deeper into explaining what Melina’s family business was and why it made her doubt Kiernan’s initial interest in her. Although I suppose given the length of the story it provided a practical reason for the hesitancy. Melina and Kiernan had great chemistry and the animosity between their families made a lot of sense once it was explained. I only wish the story would have been longer because the story felt incomplete somehow, like they reached a HFN instead of a HEA.

All in all the plot was well written so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys PNR.

*** This is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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