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review 2019-01-23 13:07
Be prepared for flights of fancy, magical experiences and wonderful locations.
Secret Sky (The Gift Legacy Book 1) - Stuart McLean

I was sent an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.

I had been aware of The Gift Legacy series and its author for a while, and felt curious about it, but as happens sometimes when I discover a series with several books published already, I never seemed to find the time to catch up on it, and the collection kept growing. When I heard that the series was being relaunched with new covers and titles, I grabbed the opportunity to finally start reading it. And I’m pleased I did.

It is a bit difficult to talk about this novel without revealing too much of what happens, but from the description, you can probably guess some important aspects of it. Emelynn, or Em, as she is known, is the protagonist and first-person narrator of the book. We meet her at an inflection point in her life. She’s finished her studies and has decided that it is time to tackle her “gift”. Her dreams and memories give us a good understanding of the background to her situation and how she came to be in possession of her gift, at least to the extent she understands it. After all, she was a young girl and she was never given much information about what had happened to her. We also learn about her personal life, the death of her father, the move to Toronto, her mother’s taking refuge in her work, and Em’s difficulties fitting in, partly (mostly) caused by her gift. Although she found ways to deal with the disruption to her life caused by the gift, from a practical perspective, she had never been able to have a “normal” life, and that had made her decide to go back to the cottage where her family lived when she was a child, as it was more remote, it had always felt like a refuge and a safe-place to her, and it would give her the breathing space to experiment.

Her plan works although not in the way she intended, and she gets into contact with people who can guide her and teach her to tame her gift, although this is not at first evident to her. Having grown up hiding things and never trusting anyone, she finds it difficult to trust these strangers whose agendas she does not fully understand, and who seem to keep some things under wraps. Despite her initial reluctance, Em discovers a new world, a new group of people she finally belongs to, and a level of skill and power she had never suspected. But things don’t run smoothly: there are threats, mysterious forces at work, and missions that have to be accomplished. And of course, romance and love don’t always mix well with such complications.

I know first-person-narrations are a bit like marmite for readers: some love them and others don’t. In this particular case, Em’s narration is perfect for the story. Although she has a gift (or power, although at times it feel like a curse to her), she does not understand it, and readers have the privilege of experiencing with her the thrill of discovery, the fear of the unknown, her suspicions of the motives of the new people that come into her life, and we also learn about her and what makes her tick. In contrast to many books with a paranormal aspect where characters discover a power or an ability they knew nothing about, Em doesn’t just wake up one day and is somebody completely different, proficient at her ability, and a total kick-ass hero. She has doubts, she hesitates, she does not always want to push the boundaries, she gets tired and sleeps in, she feels pain, she gets hungry, she lacks in self-confidence and doubts herself, she makes mistakes and misjudges people, she feels bad for not phoning her mother… In sum, she is a pretty normal human being, sometimes low and sometimes happy, with a good sense of humour and of observation, and it is easy to empathise with her, even if we might not have much in common with her.

She is also a young woman with zero love experience, and she seems to fall in love easily, perhaps because she had been trying so hard and for so long to block those kinds of feelings. There are sex scenes in the book, and although they are not the most explicit I’ve ever read, they are explicit and this is not a sweet and clean romance. I am not fond of sex scenes, although at least her first time is not totally unrealistic, as it often happens in romances, but yes, I won’t talk too much about that.

The book also has elements of mystery and thriller, and they are worked well into the story. We have several intriguing events going on at the same time: first, there is the attempt at trying to find information about the person who passed the gift to Em (this is far from resolved is this book, but we learn some things); there is the search for a woman who has gone missing that takes up centre stage, especially towards the end of the book, and brings in action scenes and an interesting twist (that I had suspected all along, but it’s a twist nonetheless); and there is also a mystery involving Em and her house, which is seemingly resolved in the novel but has left me wondering. As pertains to this genre of books, there are red herrings, plenty of clues thrown in, information and misinformation, although the book has so many other things going on that I am not sure it will work for people who are looking for a straightforward mystery or thriller. The pace of the book ebbs and flows, with some pretty contemplative moments and some pretty fast ones (when the action kicks in), and there are lengthy and beautiful descriptions of locations, and especially of experiences, that I particularly enjoyed, turning this book into something more than a page-turning by-the-numbers thriller.

There is a paranormal element in the book, but this is not high-fantasy where you need to read pages and pages to gain an understanding of a new world order. This is the world we all know (especially Canadians), and although the lyrical way in which some of the descriptions are written and some of the remote locations give it a timeless quality, the story takes place in contemporary times. We are familiar with the world and the social order portrayed in the book, and we get to know about groups of individuals who are seemingly “normal” but share something “extra”, the “gift” of the title, and it seems this legacy can have as many variants as individuals possess it. Although there are fantasy and paranormal aspects to the novel, I felt they were particularly well integrated into the plot and did not require an extreme grade of suspension of disbelief, and I don’t think you need to be an enthusiast of fantasy or paranormal books to enjoy this series.

This is a book I’d recommend to people who enjoy credible characters, a touch of the paranormal, mysteries that go beyond who-done-it, and who don’t mind a story that builds up slowly and takes readers on flights of fancy through magical experiences and wonderful locations. Oh, and who don’t mind a touch of sex. I’ve become very fond of Em and many of the other characters in the book (Avery is a favourite as well), and I hope to learn how her gift develops further in the future.

 

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review 2019-01-21 15:47
ARC REVIEW Demon's Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti


Demon's Mercy (Dark Protectors #9)Dark Protectors #9, Logan! Finally Logan and boy does he meet his match, toe to toe practically the whole way Mercy is no push over. Even as number 9 in the series it can be read as a standalone but if you want more background for this story arc you would really only have to read the one before it, Vampire's Faith. This story arc deals with one very very big bad one that has the potential to end so much but before he breaks out and spreads havak the super secret group, The Seven, that put him away in the first place must replace it's missing members and finally kill big bad. One has been filled, Garret Karys, he barely made it through the ritual and now they are just waiting for the perfect opportunity to have Logan Kyllwood go through the same ritual and hope he too makes it through alive.

The Seven are about to face a foe they have never fought before, instead of just fighting the Kurjans and their high priests the Cysts who are hell bent on freeing big bad they are now fighting the Fae nation. It's not as intimidating as it sounds their numbers are far fewer but they also have technologies and abilities no one in the Realm has seen before. Mercy O'Malley doesn't agree with the way her people are handling this, so she kidnaps Logan instead of outright killing him and tries to explain what the Seven is doing is wrong but in typical Zanetti fashion everything goes FUBAR. One touch, one bite, one sip of his blood and suddenly Logan's mating mark is burning his hand and demanding he take Mercy as his mate.

One positive thing about reading the previous book, especially the spin-off Realm Enforcers, is you really get to see what fun loving and a jokester Logan is and you get to see how finding his mate and fulfilling his destiny matures him. Logan goes full on Alpha male "Me Tarzan, You Jane" kind of moments and it's funny and aggravating all at the same time to have Mercy fighting with him almost the whole way. The whole Fae Nation is pretty obstinate and it makes Mercy's stubborn look open minded. Fucking Fae.

Overall, I really enjoyed Mercy and Logan. If you are already a fan of Zanetti you'll enjoy it and if you are new and you have a thing for a Neanderthal-ish main character and a loyal and adamant fae who's going to do her own thing anyway mixed with lots of fight scenes, a few double crosses, and some really hot romance there's a really good chance you'll enjoy this one. I have been a fan of Zanetti's for a while now and I always enjoy her writing she writes her action and suspense so well, she really know how to build the tension and her romance and sex are so freakin' hot. I can't wait for the rest of the series, Garret is going to be just like his dad and I'm anxious to find out about Hope and the rest of her story.        


 

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text 2019-01-21 10:50
COVER REVEAL! Wolf (Sons of Sangue #7) Patricia A. Rasey! Coming February 26, 2019!

 

 

Good Monday, Readers! Today I am going to start off the week with a deliciously yummy cover reveal! Wolf (Sons of Sangue #7) by Patricia A Rasey, which will be coming to bookstores everywhere February 26, 2019! Enjoy and don’t forget to add Wolf to your shelves!

 

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Grigore “Wolf” Lupei left his past behind and for good reason. Staying with Caitlyn Summers would have held her back, would have stifled her dreams and her beautiful voice that deserved to be shared on a world stage. Instead, Wolf’s stayed away while her career flourishes, convincing himself he's content to watch Caitlyn from the sidelines despite knowing she'll never forgive him for walking out. Wolf can't let her know the truth. He's not the man she used to love--no longer a man at all, but a creature of the darkness. A lethal vampire and member of the Sons of Sangue MC. But when he learns someone has threatened Caitlyn's life, nothing will stop him from keeping her safe.
 
Caitlyn Summers is at the height of her career, performing sold-out shows all over the world. When a death threat comes, she refuses to cancel her tour, reluctantly agreeing to a hire a bodyguard. She never dreamed the one man who broke her heart would come walking back into her life to protect her. She’s never gotten over Wolf, but putting her life in his hands is the last thing Caitlyn wants--especially when she realizes what he's become. But there's no denying her desire for the dangerous man, and as the spotlight thrusts her into a killer's reach, Wolf will have to prove that Caitlyn can not only trust him with her life, but with her heart as well.


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Landing Page (link will be live the day of the reveal): http://bit.ly/WolfLandingPage

 

 

Goodreads - http://bit.ly/GRWolf

 

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Wolf is the 7th book in the Sons of Sangue series.

 

Author - https://www.patriciarasey.com/sons-of-sangue-1

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQSW9MQ?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


 

1 Viper
2 Hawk
3 Gypsy
4 Rogue
4.5 Draven
4.6 Preacher
5 Xander
6 Ryder
7 Wolf

 

 

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AVAILABLE for preorder in print or ebook

 

EBOOK LINKS

 

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2Fu6lAg

 

Nook: http://bit.ly/WolfNook

 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/WolfKobo

 

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Fxt91P

 

 

PRINT LINKS

 

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USA Today bestselling author Patricia A. Rasey resides in her native town in Northwest Ohio with her husband, Mark, and her lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Todd and Buckeye.

 

When not behind her computer, you can find Patricia working, reading, watching movies or MMA. She also enjoys spending her free time at the river camping and boating with her husband and her family. Ms. Rasey is a retired third degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.

 

Ms. Rasey is available for appearances and workshops...

 

 

Website - https://www.patriciarasey.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1258993.Patricia_A_Rasey

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/PatriciaARasey

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/patriciarasey

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/parasey

 

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/parasey

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/patricia-a-rasey


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review 2019-01-21 10:45
Early Review! Demon's Mercy (Dark Protectors #9) Rebecca Zanetti!

 

 

Let's Start off the week with a 5 STAR early review of Demon's Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti! Enjoy and don't forget to add Demon's Mercy to your shelves!

 

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Duty meets desire . . .

Mercy O’Malley hates killing people. So when she’s assigned to take out Vampire-Demon Logan Kyllwood, she lures him to a seedy bar in Scotland, then decides to kidnap him instead. How can she cold-bloodedly end all that heat, those green eyes, that ripped body?

Unfortunately for Mercy, attempted murder and kidnapping are just foreplay for the Kyllwood brothers. Logan may be the youngest of the bunch, but death and violence are already a way of life. Now he’s ready to complete a painful, terrifying ritual to become one of the Seven, dedicated to protecting this world from the most dangerous evil it’s ever known. But first he has to deal with a blackmailing Fey, a ransom demand and his own pounding need for the last female he ever should have fallen for . . .

 

 

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The newest Dark Protector romance is extraordinarily entertaining and explosive. Mercy and Logan’s chemistry is off the charts magnetic and these two bold, vivid characters keep readers on the edge of expectation and chuckles throughout the story. There is nothing sweet about this romance as they engage is snarky comments, hot, passionate battles and steamy passion all the way through their blossoming relationship. Mercy is the last female that Logan should be falling for and the timing is could certainly have been better as he is preparing to take part in the dangerous and terrifying Seven ritual. Readers can’t help but have fun even as they await for the next interruption of this couple’s activities.

 

From kidnapping to realm hopping, this story is a non-stop adventure that keeps readers on the edge of their seat with adrenaline pumping action, thrilling suspense, and surprising twists. There is no way this book can be put down once readers get started because it starts off with a bang and just keeps exploding with energy and wonderfully zestful characters that demand attention. The fast pace plot flows smoothly and the author brings to the story to life with vivid imagery that makes it easy for the readers to connect to the characters and become part of the story and all the enjoyment of this explosive and passionate installment of the Dark Protectors.

 

 

 

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Author's Book Page - https://rebeccazanetti.com/book/demons-mercy/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40011468-demon-s-mercy

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/demon-s-mercy-rebecca-zanetti/book,13995996

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/demon-s-mercy-by-rebecca-zanetti

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1034589

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5bf3b5af01dbc864fb94bf85/demons-mercy-rebecca-zanetti

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=K8BWDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=rebecca+zanetti+demon%27s+mercy&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO5cPSm_7fAhVRMawKHW20BLIQ6AEIKjAA

 

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Demon's Mercy is the 9th book in the Dark Protectors series.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/63691-dark-protectors

 

Author - https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/dark-protectors/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CTTBD5H?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


1 Fated
2 Claimed
2.5 Tempted
3 Hunted
4 Consumed
5 Provoked
5.5 Twisted
6 Shadowed
6.5 Tamed
7 Marked
7.5 Taken
8 Vampire's Faith
9 Demon's Mercy

 


#10 Alpha's Promise (June 25, 2019)

 

 

Dark Protectors is connected to the Realm Enforcers

 

Author - https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/realm-enforcers/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/142331-realm-enforcers

 


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AVAILABLE Tomorrow in print or ebook

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2zcjXvY


B&N: http://bit.ly/2QNEfTp


iBooks: https://apple.co/2Q1t0tg


Kobo: http://bit.ly/2QN5u0p


Google Play: http://bit.ly/2RS6GPW


International links can be found here: http://bit.ly/2OOhDjB

 


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

 

 


Website - http://rebeccazanetti.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4149342.Rebecca_Zanetti

 

Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-zanetti


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaZanetti.books/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/RebeccaZanetti

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/rebeccazanetti/

 


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review 2019-01-21 10:40
Review! Charmed by the Wolf (The Wahyas of Walker's Run #3) Kristal Hollis!

 

 

Today, I am also returning to Walker's Run with another 5 stars review of Charmed by the Wolf by Kristal Hollis! Enjoy and don't forget to add Charmed by the Wolf to your shelves!

 

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The Wolfan's Redemption Wolf pack sentinel Tristan Durrance firmly believes happily and mated don't go together. Until Penelope Buchanan arrives at Walker's Run Resort. Nel's undeniably gorgeousand human. Tristan should steer clear of her. But she awakens an indescribable longing in him; one he can't resist. Nel's ready to explore new things, and Tristan is one of them. But despite the visceral attraction between them, Nel senses he's keeping some powerful secrets. Tristan will do anything to protect Nel. But he also knows the beast within him won't stay hidden forever.

 

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The third book in the Wayhas of Walker’s Run series is emotionally gritty and demands reader’s attention right from the start. Readers that have read the previous books can’t help but be excited to read to Tristan’s story as they have already gotten to know the wolfan. They won’t be disappointed as Nel and Tristan’s chemistry is magnetic and draws reads to their story with a strong, magnetic pull evens as it draws Tristan and Nel closer together. The romance is sweet but not with obstacles which adds to the turmoil and the depth of the story because no matter how ready Nel is to explore new things, she knows Tristan has secrets and those secrets are keeping them apart.

 

Lots of events add to the turmoil taking place during Tristan and Nel’s relationship which adds the suspense and excitement in the story and keeps readers holding their breath in anticipation of what will happen when everything comes to a head and past secrets are revealed as well as current secrets. Once again, the author’s description of the events and the characters brings it to vivid life, making it easy for the readers to feel as if they are right there with them while the tight knit community continues to fascinate readers and invite them back for more.

 

 

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Author's Book Page - https://kristalhollis.com/the-wahyas-of-walkers-run/charmed-by-the-wolf/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35093690-charmed-by-the-wolf

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/charmed-by-the-wolf-kristal-hollis/book,13996000

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/charmed-by-the-wolf-by-kristal-hollis-2018-10-04

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1034591

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/598aa6aa3ffdba61471e079d/charmed-by-the-wolf-kristal-hollis

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=Wn86DgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=kristal+hollis+charmed+by+the+wolf&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP8tq9-dXeAhURyYMKHezVBisQ6AEIKjAA

 


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Charmed by the Wolf is the 3rd book in the Wahyas of Walker's Run series.

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Walker’s Run is a beautiful vacation destination for humans of all ages. It’s also home to a pack of Wahyas—an ancient species of wolf people. Although they maintain a peaceful, covert co-existence with their human neighbors, the call of the wild is never far from their hearts.

 

Author - https://kristalhollis.com/the-wahyas-of-walkers-run/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/181947-the-wahyas-of-walker-s-run

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0711J51BX?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


1 Awakened by the Wolf
2 Rescued by the Wolf
3 Charmed by the Wolf
4 Captivated by the She-Wolf
5 Tamed by the She-Wolf

 

 

The Wahyas & Mer of Bellamar

 

Author - https://kristalhollis.com/books/the-wahyas-and-mer-of-bella-del-mar/

 

Enchanted by the Sea-Wolf Coming 2019

Tempted by the Reluctant Wolf Coming 2019

Mesmerized by the She-Wolf Coming 2019

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - http://books2read.com/u/bWzL5x

 

HQN - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780373139941_charmed-by-the-wolf.html

 

B&N -
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charmed-by-the-wolf-kristal-hollis/1125814113?ean=9781488031250

 

Kobo -
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/charmed-by-the-wolf

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kristal_Hollis_Charmed_by_the_Wolf?id=Wn86DgAAQBAJ

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/charmed-by-the-wolf/id1210061421?_bbid=3413236&mt=11

 

 

 

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Kristal Hollis grew up in a rural, South Florida community sandwiched between cane fields, orange groves, and a big lake. Her books showcase small towns, family drama, bad guys who get their comeuppance and an emotionally satisfying romance for the main characters.

 

A past RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Touch of Magic finalist and Beacon winner, Kristal spends her free time watching action flicks with her husband, doling out mad love to their two rescued fur-babies, and chasing dust bunnies with the sweeper. Admittedly, she is living her happily-ever-after in her own little castle at the edge of the dark, enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

 


Website - http://www.kristalhollis.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14718461.Kristal_Hollis

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/kristalhollisbooks

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/KristalHollis

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/kristal_hollis

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kristal-Hollis/e/B017Y47NNQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kristal-hollis

 

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