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review 2017-03-12 15:33
Review: "Shadow Bound" by Garrett Leigh
Shadow Bound - Garrett Leigh

"Luca leaned back into Dash's embrace, feeling the rays of the 

dawning sun bond with the heat of Dash's vibrant form. He tilted his neck to feel the warmth of Dash's lips on his crystalline skin. "Why?"

"Because you have found your soul. Now come with me and let me show you the world."

 

After being attacked by werewolves (off-page), a wounded vampire gets healed by a cat shifter's jizz (!), and they bond. That's it. That was the plot.

 

This felt more like a rough draft for a full novel rather than a short story that can hold its own. The world building was superficial and a lot of things were being left unexplained.

 

 

If this would be a freebie at least, then it would have made for a nice read for a rainy Sunday afternoon. But certainly not for $1.05 (Amazon price at the time of this review).

 

Cannot recommend.

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review 2016-06-30 17:19
Review: "Hexbreaker" (Hexworld, #1) by Jordan L. Hawk
Hexbreaker - Jordan L. Hawk

"Cats ain’t the only ones who like cream,” he teased."

 

 

This was so much fun! 

 

I was a little disappointed at first that this wasn't a full Rook/Dominic story since I enjoyed their prequel short story "The 13th Hex" very much.

 

But it didn't take me long to warm up to the flamboyant and snarky Cicero and the gentle and good-hearted Tom. They were a perfect familiar/witch match, even though they didn't think so at first.

 

 

I really like how Jordan L. Hawk manages to write not only sweet and steamy romances, but also captivating and suspenseful mysteries. I was on the edge of my seat more than once.

 

 

This was a great romance as well as a well-written mystery that's set in a quasi-historical New York at the end of the 1890's.

 

4 out of 5 stars, would definitely recommend!

 

 

Thanks to Julie & Momo for the BR!

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review 2016-06-27 09:55
Review: "The 13th Hex" (Hexworld, #0.5) by Jordan L. Hawk
The 13th Hex: A Hexworld Short Story - Jordan L. Hawk

"The truth is, I didn’t expect to find myself smitten with you. But I was, from the first moment."

 

 

I shouldn't be surprised that I loved this short story. I mean, it's Jordan L. Hawk, y'all.

 

There are a lot themes going on in just 53 pages:

 

  • alternate universe
  • historical
  • magic
  • shifters
  • bonding/soulmates
  • a crime case

 

And yet the pacing of the story was just right and the world-building was awesome and immediately sucked me in. I especially loved how witches depend on their familiars to do magic.

 

I am totally looking forward to read the next (full) novel in this series, "Hexbreaker".

 

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review 2016-06-02 16:00
Review: "Blood in the Water" by Megan Derr
Blood in the Water - Megan Derr

This was a nice little short story about a cursed merman shifter and a prince. It did a good job with the world building, but unfortunately it lacked in the romance department.

 

I liked the description of Seree's family, his magical knives, as well as the sea-influenced dialogues:

 

"The reason he has no interest in sanding me-"

"Language!" Seree snapped.

 

But I missed some relationship development. The MCs where hardly together on-page. The ending was also very abrupt.

 

But if Megan Derr decides one day to turn this into a full novel, I would definitely read it.

 

 

 

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