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review 2018-03-18 02:17
When Gargoyles Rise: Shade and Shadows
When Gargoyles Rise (Shades and Shadows Series) (Volume 1) - Ashley Rae Harris

Title: When Gargoyles Rise Shades and Shadows
Author: Ashley C. Harris
Publisher: A. C. H.
Series: When Gargoyles Rise Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"When Gargoyles Rise" by Ashley C. Harris

My Thoughts....

This was an interesting take on an ancient group of gargoyles that will keep your attention all the way through the read. If you are into the supernatural then this is a read for your enjoyment! I liked how this author was able to give us story that starts in the present on to the past and back to the present with a cliffhanger in the present [now what will happen to rose, Sean, Sam and Felix?]. To find out you will have to pick up 'When Gargoyles Rise.'

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review 2018-03-17 18:04
This First Book Was Awful
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

This book was awful. I can't even with it. The writing wasn't great. The main character Charley is just painful. The other characters were painful. There were too many things happening and at the end we get a ridiculous reveal about someone that Charley has become obsessed with.


You would think a story about the Grim Reaper would be exciting. You would be wrong. 


Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper. She can see dead people (sorry had to do it). Working with her father and uncle they have a private investigations business. Charley and her family are looking into three people who were murdered and at the same time Charley is having dreams of someone named Reyes who she feels connected to. 


Charley is a mess. She's obsessed with a teen boy she saw years ago named Reyes. She has a terrible relationship with her stepmother and stepsister. Her father seems oblivious to their bad relationship. The only bright spot is her friendship with Cookie so she does have someone in her corner.


The secondary characters are not great though. I didn't like the stepmother or stepsister. Reyes is garbage. There's a character named Garrett that sucked. The three dead people were cool as was Charley's dead assistant Angel. Honestly if the Reyes stuff had been cut this book would have worked better. 


The writing was awful. The flow was awful. There was just information dumps all over the place. We get a scene where Charley is threatened by rape with her supposed love interest, and then he attempts to do so, while her sister is standing there. Yeah. And she still is obsessed with him through the whole book and I could not see it.


The world building was a mess. I can't even follow what was happening half the time because even though Charley was supposed to be investigating three murdersm she gets obsessed with Reyes and the whole book just flails.


The ending was a mess. I'm not going to read another book in this series. Way too many things for me to overlook. 


I was also told Reyes is in all the books in this series and nah. I mean I wasn't going to read this series anyway, but I'm over romance novels where the hero acts like this and the heroine swoons.


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review 2018-03-17 16:25
ARC Review: Lure of the Fox (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #6) by Anna Lowe
Lure of the Fox - Anna Lowe
Lure of the Fox

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #6
Anna Lowe
Paranormal Romance
Twin Moon Press
January 18th 2018
ARC Review Copy


The steamy, passionate, and thrilling series finale!


Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt is better at risking her life than her heart. Not that she's expecting to do either when she flies to Maui to help her Special Forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not such an easy job, because she’s forced to work — and live — in close quarters with smoking hot army hero, Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night-stand she can’t forget — he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.


Jake has only had one goal since returning stateside after years of active service: to find the woman he loves. But he didn’t expect to find his kickass lover so soon, and he’s caught off guard. There’s something alluring and powerful about Ella — not to mention the mystery that surrounds her and his new employers at Koa Point. How exactly can a group of Special Forces vets afford to live on an exclusive oceanfront estate? What kind of enemy are they on guard against in their sun-kissed corner of paradise? And is that enemy targeting someone at the estate — or Jake?


ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART is a thrilling new series set on the tropical shores of Maui. Each story is a page-turner packed with action, emotion, and romance! If you like Magnum, PI and smoldering hot, alpha shapeshifters, you'll love these books!


* No cliff hangers. Each story is a standalone paranormal romance with adult content. This story features strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, billionaires, military romance, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, fantasy romance, and exotic, tropical locales! *






Lure of the Fox continues the saga of the Aloha Shifters and concludes story arc of the Spirt Stones.


I have adored this series and community of shifters. This story is packed with action, suspense, and romance. It’s well written with a few twists plus a verity of shifters to enjoy. We get to see all our previous couples and a unique kind of shifter. The world is built beautifully. I have enjoyed how Ms. Lowe builds her world and characters.


Lure of the Fox was a sweet romance of second chances. Destiny will not be denied this time around. I had a little trouble getting into the story. Not sure if it was me or the story. If felt a little slow for my taste and things didn’t pick up until the 50% mark when the action starts to happen. The romance between Jake and Ella was sweet. It’s a slow build. Even though they have previously been together each kinda pushes the other way, well Ella more then Jake, until they deiced to give things a chance.


The ending was acceptable. We don’t get closer on Moira. She is the evil dragon shifter who wants the Spirt Stones, so the author has left it open for more stories to pop up. And, the way Lure of the Fox ends and the talk that the Aloha Shifters have about bringing in some Security help, well we might be getting a spin-off with more shifters to enjoy.


Lure of the Fox was a satisfying read. I’m excited to read the spin-off. I do recommend reading this series in order, but it’s not necessary, though you might get better enjoyment if you do.


Rated: 3 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Anna Lowe with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

I just need this book to be over soon. Thank goodness I'm almost at the end. The information dumps that Charley gave her best friend Cookie were just ridiculous. This book is all over the place, it doesn't make any sense, and it's just I'll have to see when I'll be in the mood to read book number two. That won't be happening anytime soon.


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review 2018-03-17 15:16
Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
Hot and Badgered - Shelly Laurenston

Laurenston is one of my favorite authors. Whenever I am in need of a book that is guaranteed to slap a smile on my face I usually grab something written by her. Is this book a literary masterpiece? No, but it’s damn funny, full of interesting characters, and there is just enough paranormal to keep me interested.


This is a spin-off to the author’s Pride series. If you haven’t read those, please start there. 


Where Laurenston shines is how she writes her characters. They are ALL flawed. They have panic disorders, mommy/daddy issues, crazy families, etc., and they all are shifters. There animal side is very much a part of who they are. These aren’t characters that can turn into animals. If they are a bear shifter, they are also bearlike in human form: curious, love honey, don’t play well with other breeds. The honey badgers are scrappy, tend to want to take things that aren’t theirs, and they also love honey. The focus couple in this are a grizzly bear shifter and a honey badger/wolf hybrid. They are good together. The bear is very patient and is exactly what the hybrid needs considering her crazy family. Her two sisters are a big part of this book because her whole life has been focused on keeping them safe, mostly from their asshat of a father.


A lot of this story is set up for future stories. Normally have a hard time getting through a book like this, but not this one. Laurenston’s characters are so cool I enjoyed being introduced to each one of them, and there are quite a few. 


While led this is a romance book, there wasn’t a lot of focus on the couple. I was okay with that, but I do feel like I would have liked to see them interact more. More times where he was a hero for her, he did, but I wanted more of him crushing bad guys with his bear strength.


Really recommend this book, actually all books written by this author.


Digital ARC provided by Netgalley. Publication date: March 27, 2018

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