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review 2017-04-07 19:18
takes a while to get going.
Maon: Marshal of Tallav - Cailin Briste
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. You know sometimes, when you read a blurb, and your brain maps how you think the book is gonna go, and then you read the book, and its not...quite...what you expected?? This book, right here. I'm not knocking the book, but my brain had a whole different path for these two, and it went another way, and it left me feeling a little disappointed. And for that, I'm sorry I didn't love it. Because it is a really GOOD book. Maon's job brings him into contact with Selina, and Selina's secret brings her into contact with Maon, and their BDSM club. And I **think** this might be where I went wrong. Because Selina is a Domme, and Maon and switch, but heavier on the submissive side with the right Domme. Selina pushes all his submissive buttons. But I wanted MORE of them BEFORE Selina reveals her secret, because I read so few books with a strong female Domme and a male sub and I wanted more more MORE! I did like that the secret isn't dragged out for the whole book. I did like that both Maon and Selina learned that the guilt they carried into their adult lives was misplaced, and unwarranted. I did like that both of them were made to see what, and indeed who, they really wanted. This is book two in the Marshal of Tallav series. The first book features Shane, Maon's best friend, and I have not read that book. But I wonder if Shane's books comes AFTER this one in the time line, because not once is the female from Shane's book mentioned here, actually the impression I get from THIS book, is that Shane is single. Maybe I misread something, maybe it really is out of line. I dunno. I'd like to read it though. I did like the way Ms Briste tells her story. The missing shipment story arc turns into something totally unexpected. Very well written. I'd like to read more of this series, other than Shane. One or two characters piqued my interest. because my brain went the wrong way, and because it did take me a while to get into the story proper.... 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-07 19:00
falls very short of the other three books
Unforgettable Lover - Rosalie Redd
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is a prequel if you will, a short burst and introduction to the Worlds of Lemuria, and its inhabitants. I am reading this AFTER I read books one, two and three and for me, this one falls very short of those three books. It tells the story of Leonna and Nicholai and their coming together. They are Noeh's parents. The story itself is some 173 pages but it only took me just over an hour. I found myself skimming far more than I usually do and that is never a good thing. Oh, don't get me wrong. It's a good book, a good tale that is well written and I saw no spelling errors. It just doesn't do what it's supposed to. It doesn't have any of the antics on Lemuria (I'm really bad, the names of the players eludes me!) There is very little history, considering its only 600 years or so before book one, and the war will still have been raging for 9 thousand years. Maybe its because I read it AFTER the others and its designed to be read BEFORE. Maybe that why it didn't quite push my buttons as well as the other three books did. So, 3 stars. **Same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-07 18:53
not quite as good as book two
Unimaginable Lover - Rosalie Redd
ndependent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. We met Tanen in book two, he is the council leader and tasked with keeping the traitor in the dungeons. Tanen makes a mistake, and chases off to try to save the colony. Sheri is Ram's ex-wife. When she finds Tanen in one of her sheds, she has an instant and powerful reaction to him. Not as good as book two, but still a very enjoyable read. Tanen is, as the title suggests, an unimaginable lover, a hero you don't see coming. I loved Tanen, and his internal demons. Loved Sheri and her external ones. Loved how the two of them came together and LOVED who helps them! Did not see that one coming, I tell ya!! The Gods and Goddesses are again playing with peoples lives, but one wants to keep Earth free and the other wants to enslave it. I still can't see where their story arc is going, that one is proper keeping me on my toes! I'd love to read more of this series as they come out. I just hope the author doesn't drag it out for too long, because there does come a point when you gotta say, enough, we need a winner. 4 solid stars again. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-07 18:46
creeping up some more!
Untamable Lover - Rosalie Redd
We met Demir in book one, he was the leader who wanted to enslave Melissa. And Aramie is he second in command. When Demir is injured trying to save Noeh, he is paralyzed and is bed bound, but he can hear, and feel. He can feel when those who tend him see his scars, he can feel when Aramie trims his beard. He can FEEL the change in him since he released Melissa. He can FEEL the change in his feelings for Aramie. But he can't to anything, while he is bed bound. Aramie goes off to find a cure and after that, all bets are off. I did not, I repeat NOT like Demir in book one. He does redeem himself though, at the end but here? I loved him. You feel for him, lying there, with only himself for company. It must be awful, to be like that. When he finally gets free, I loved that he wanted Aramie to; not challenge him, because that would mean he'd have to kill her; but to question his every move, to make him think, "well, actually, I don't want a weak and submissive female, I want someone with strength and character and I want Aramie" I liked that Ram, the leader of the Gossum, the opposition, has move lives that a bloody cat! I really did. The bigger picture again, moves at speed, but time is drawing short, and there must be a winner soon, so each god, out there on Lemuria tries to win however they can but one is a little more sneaky than the other! While I was reading this one, I thought it equal to book one, but now I'm writing the review, I find myself thinking that its slightly better, more enjoyable. So... 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5 because the blog/Goodreads/Amazon don't do halves!) **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-07 18:22
it grows on you!
Untouchable Lover - Rosalie Redd
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. A few short months ago, on the world of Lemuria, two Gods declared war over Earth. Some 10,000 years later on Earth, that battle still rages. But time is drawing to a close, and there must be a winner. King Noeh leads his people, in the war. Melissa is on the run from a leader who wants to enslave her. Together, they bring to the table unique abilities and insight, that might just sway the war in their favour. For me, this took time to build into Noeh and Melissa's story. There is much back story at the beginning and at first I thought, yeah, okay, this is good, but not brilliant. BUT, as the story unfolds, both the Melissa?Noeh arc and the much bigger picture, I appreciated that beginning. I really did! The much bigger arc is huge. Like MASHOOSIVE, and spans all three books so far (I read them all, THEN wrote the reviews) And you gotta be on your toes, keeping up because in places this book runs at rocket speed! And if I have to slow down my reading, thats a darn good thing, trust me! Melissa and Noeh's story moves at a much more sedate pace, and I did like that, since the bigger picture moves so fast. They take time to get to know each other but still are butting heads all the time. A thoroughly enjoyable read, for sci-fi and paranromal fans alike. I apologise if I say the same thing in all three reviews! 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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