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review 2018-10-17 07:50
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Spirit Shattered (The Guardians #4) by Tessa McFionn
Spirit Shattered (The Guardians #4) - Tessa McFionn

Spirit Shattered is the fourth book in The Guardians series. I have read book 1, Spirit Fall, but not books 2 and 3. I would say you don't HAVE to read them all, as the stories pretty much standalone. However, if you want more background snippets that are given in each book about their world, then yep, read them all.

Danika is a combination of light and dark. Life has been hard for her, and she has the scars to prove it. She could go 'all dark' so easily, but she fights for her nephew, determined to protect him. There is light within her, but it is getting more shadowed every time something else goes wrong. She helps Anton when an old adversary get the better of him, and turns herself into a prime target for both sides.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, seeing Danika's struggles and yes, even what she has to deal with. It makes it all the more understandable, and really makes you yearn for her to get a break! Anton's character is very innocent, something that gets commented on by Eamon. Together, if Danika can beat her demons, they would make the perfect pair.

This was once again excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow. The pacing is fast, and yet perfect for the story. If you like tall alpha males, and smaller yet feisty females, then I can definitely recommend this book.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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review 2018-10-16 16:12
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Spirit Fall (The Guardians #1) by Tessa McFionn
Spirit Fall (The Guardians #1) - Tessa McFionn

Spirit Fall is the first book in The Guardians series, and we start off with Malakai and Voni. Malakai is an immortal warrior who fights for good. Voni is a dancer, tormented by the death of her fiance. She plans to take her life as she simply cannot take it any longer, but along comes Malakai and literally talks her off the ledge. It turns out that Voni has an ability to be desired, and her depression and nightmares are being done deliberately, to drive her to the Rogue Warriors.

This was a great start to the series, with plenty of information given without it being an info-dump. Kai and Voni are both three dimensional characters, with plenty going for them. There is also a great supporting character in Eamon, who has his own twist at the end, definitely leaving me wanting more. And how could I forget Roxi and Daphne! I would love to hear more about them!

With no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I was able to lose myself in this contemporary world with paranormal characters. The pacing was smooth, and I thoroughly enjoyed how the story moved along. Absolutely recommended by me, and I look forward to continuing with this series.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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review 2018-10-16 00:28
My review of How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe
How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology - Sophie Jordan,Sarah MacLean,Tessa Dare,Joanna Shupe

How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology - Sarah MacLean,Tessa Dare,Joanna Shupe,sophie jordan 

 

For starters, DUKES! I don’t care how many make-believe dukes have been created, I’ll read them for as long as they keep writing them. Secondly, Christmas! I’ll admit that I prefer to read dark, scary, paranormal stories during the month of October, but c’mon, who can say no to Christmas stories, specially when they are written by some of your favorite authors and they all come together in one pretty package!
And that actually brings me to say that thirdly, it’s freaking Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe, what?! If you haven’t read books by them then let me tell you, you are missing out on some serious awesomeness. And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a super fan of all of these ladies so forgive me if I gush too much.

 

Tessa Dare’s Meet Me in Mayfair was clever, funny, and oh, so romantic. It probably is one of the most charming and memorable “date” nights I have ever read.

Sarah MacLean’s The Duke of Christmas Present is a second-chance love story. There were some serious tug-at-your-heart scenes, specially when the heroine returns “home.” It was kind of hard for me to understand the reasoning behind both the hero and heroine’s actions but once I got to the end, everything made complete sense.

 

Sophie Jordan’s Heiress Alone was another great example of how chemistry between hero and heroine affects a story, even if it’s a short one and even if the romance happens rather quickly.

 

Joanna Shupe’s Christmas in Central Park had me worrying and suffering along with the poor heroine, and had me wanting to slap the hero upside the head for acting like a spoiled brat that just had to have his way. Their love story may had been full of funny and cringe-worthy moments but the way their forgive and reach their HEA made it all worth it.

 

In short, four different settings, four different kinds of delicious dukes, four great Christmas stories, and one happy reader that recommends this set to all historical romance lovers. Even if Christmas is not your cup of tea, the romance alone make this a perfect read. 4.5 stars.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

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review 2018-09-10 16:03
A Night to Surrender - Tessa Dare


This book left me feeling...confused I guess. Too much whimsy for a serious historical yet not really funny. Not light either.

 

The h - mid-late 20s, spinster - lives with her father in this tiny seaside town. It's become a haven for society's female misfits. Her father is an inventor, and being the absentminded sort, he essentially takes her for granted. She's his keeper IOW. His inventions are of the military sort, and his obsession has been to make a rifled cannon. They keep blowing up though and after the last time, she made him promise not to do any more field testing. He resents this.

 

The H - didn't actually catch an age - is recovering from a gunshot to the knee, and is determined to get back to the front line. He, his cousin, and one fellow soldier arrive to see if he can convince the h's dad to put in a word for him.

 

Dear old dad has machinations in mind - an excuse to test the latest prototype of the cannon, and well, he doesn't tell the H everything, and in fact, outright lies about things.

This...is the bones of the story, and it makes you want to punch the dad in the face (or at least, slap him with a glove). Because he manipulates the H, dismisses the h (really, the H/h were involved and he hands the H the approval to allow him to go back to his regimen, tells the h to get over herself or something like that). I guess in some ways, he was subconsciously trying to keep his housekeeper (the h).

 

And yet... at the beginning, when the H and his companions arrive, they're blocked by a flock of sheep, and they use gunpowder to run them off (a bit drastic, yes?). A lamb attaches itself to the H and becomes a pet. The blacksmith makes jewelry, the pub has become a tea shop, the women all are expert markswomen... The town has an unofficial name (amongst men in London) as Spinster Cove. There's the twin boys who remind me somewhat of Merry and Pippin. Not much out and out funny, but too tongue in cheek for the basic tale. Maybe that's the issue.

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review 2018-09-02 17:57
The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) by Tessa Harris
The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) - Tessa Harris

The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) by Tessa Harris is a disturbing book but the brutal events described did carry the story forward. It has a supernatural bent and is brilliantly written.

 

It is a fast, mesmerizing book to read. I gave it five stars because this author made me feel as if I were on the foggy, frightening streets.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Penguin Random House Publisher Services and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Sixth-Victim-Constance-Piper-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01LJKQGX4

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