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review 2018-02-05 10:00
New Release Review! White Knight (Camelot Rising #1) by Nicole Flockton & Abigail Owen
White Knight - Nicole Flockton

 

 

Modern-day King Arthur meets Snow White for a surprising happily ever after in this magical mash-up of legends and fairy tales.

The victim of an ancient curse, Sasha White has wandered the world alone for centuries. The only way out of this endless, lonely cycle is to break the fabled Immortality Stone, which she’s finally located. Infiltrating Chevalier Jewels as an expert diamond cutter, she’s determined to steal the stone from her employers—the same seven men her wizard father was once sworn to shield.

Security expert Derek Arthur has gone undercover in order to catch a jewel thief for his latest, and greatest, client. But all his military training didn’t prepare him to deal with Sasha, the woman Chevalier Jewels assigned as his boss to complete the disguise. The need she ignites within him catches him off guard. Meanwhile, his own powerful secrets are attracting mysterious visions and dangers at every turn.

Can an immortal jewel thief and the man hunting her down find trust a way to trust? Or will the evil that separated them long ago continue to deny them their true destiny?

Sensuality Level: Sensual 

 

 

 

White Knight is a magical beginning to a new Camelot Rising series. It is full of strong, fascinating characters that reach and grab readers’ attention and holds them hostage until the very end. 

 

Sasha and Derek are star crossed soul mates that’s relationship is way past due and their chemistry is off the charts electrifying. They draw readers into this magical story with rocky romance that is in no way clear cut and keeps readers in suspense until the very end.

 

The plot is fast paced and keeps suspense building throughout with twists and turns that ensures readers are kept guessing and the magical elements add spice and a sense of wonder to the story.

 

The authors has a created a fascinating world that combines elements of the  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table legend and fairy tale elements along with unique elements that make the story charming and appealing. I will admit that at first, I wasn’t so sure about this book, but it quickly ensnared me and I had to know how the story played out and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the Camelot Rising series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Knight is the 1st book in the Camelot Rising series.

White Knight is available in ebook at:

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Nicole Flockton can be found at:

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Abigail Owen can be found at:

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review 2018-02-03 20:43
Face-stealing monsters, intergenerational drama, and squabbling witches
The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans) - J.D. Horn

Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalley

 

I'm not quite sure how to categorize this. There are pretty strong contemporary fiction leanings, what with the complicated, extraordinarily messy and interwoven multi-generational family dynamics. There's the paranormal/fantasy content, with witches, shapeshifters, and monsters lurking around the edges. Things skew from drama to thriller and right on into the realm of horror as the story progresses.

 

I found the first quarter really slow going. Like, I kept double checking to make sure this wasn't a companion series to an earlier series because there is so much worldbuilding detail and so many different points of view and webs of interrelational drama to wade through. Despite the deep, rich worldbuilding, or really, probably because of it, the book didn't draw me in at first. I felt like I just didn't care about the characters, the witchy goings-on, or the New Orleans southern setting. But by the end of the first third of the book, all that detail starts to settle in and the shape of the story emerges. Well worth the extra effort to get there.

 

The investment in backstory and getting to know so many different threads at the beginning starts to really pay off heading into the latter portions of the book. Various mysteries start to unravel and a race for the finish line tangles against late-in-the-game twists for an unexpectedly high stakes, surprising wrap up that provides some closure while setting up the series for further drama.

 

One caveat for squeamish readers; the family drama and dynamics get about as sordid as you can imagine. There's no explicit sexual content, and abuse isn't lingered over (though things get pretty violent in the paranormal/horror scenes), but there's plenty of cheating and backstabbing (and front stabbing), plus a little mixing of the generations that may turn off some.

 

Verdict: detailed, engaging start to what's sure to be an impressive new Urban Fantasy series. Good read for readers who enjoy a dense, richly imagined story world.

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review 2018-01-31 18:31
Not much of a plot, but the ending was great!
The Graces - Laure Eve

There wasn’t a substantial plot with this one. You had an idea on why River was trying to be friends with The Graces and there were hints here and there throughout the story on what River was really wanting to do all this time. You’re pretty much following River as she makes friends and tries to be part of the in crowd with The Graces.

 

I didn’t really like River that much in the beginning. You knew why she was wanting to befriend them however at the same time she had a great friendship with Summer and you were hoping nothing would spoil it.

 

The Graces did have a certain charm to them but at the same time there was also something strange. They’re close knit, secretive, and not your average family. They already had their secrets to start with, and of all the three I’d have to like Summer the most. She was the outspoken one and the rule breaker with at least some semblance of sense and logic that her two siblings didn’t have (those that have read the book would know what I’m talking about).

 

Back to River. Oh darling. You know this could have gone well if you HAD JUST TOLD THEM. Sometimes I hate reading books where the protagonist has this huge secret because they tend to keep it to themselves until they finally realize it wouldn’t help anymore but by that time, it would mess up a lot of things now would it? And all throughout the book you’re screaming JUST. TELL. THEM. Sheesh.

 

Although I know I said I didn’t really like her in the beginning, she redeemed herself in the last third of the book. I was expecting her to be sniveling, crying and pleading but she suddenly became this beacon of rage and I suddenly pulled a 180 and loved her instantly. She finally realized who she was and what she was capable of. She didn’t need the Graces at all - well maybe she needed them to put her in the right direction but it was nice to see her pick herself up and be strong about it.

 

Loved the ending! Such a cliffhanger and I want to know what’s going to happen next now that River has found herself. Sequel is coming out this year! So I’ll be looking forward to it!

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review 2018-01-31 10:00
Release Day Review: Under the Blood Moon (Under the Moon #1) Tracie Provost
Under the Blood Moon - Tracie Provost

 

 

A supernatural war is brewing in New Orleans, threatening to expose the existence of vampires, werewolves, and Gatekeepers to the wider world . . .

 

Ritually staked and hidden for two hundred years, Juliette de Grammont, voodoo priestess and vampire, is found and revived. Just days after she is freed, still coping with a world she could never have imagined, she loses her sire and vampire coven in a fire. Confused and alone, Juliette seeks the help of the city's powerful Grand Master, but dark elements within the city are conspiring to topple that regime. Soon Juliette's struggle for survival places her in the middle of a supernatural war for control of the city.

 

Josh Bouchard, former Texas Ranger now vampire and coven lieutenant, is drawn into the conflict and appoints himself Juliette's protector over her objections. They must enlist the help of both the city's werewolf pack and the Gatekeepers - a shadowy group dedicated to keeping the paranormal world secret from humans - to forge a coalition to save New Orleans from the powers that seek to destroy it.

 

After traveling extensively with wanderlust struck parents, Tracie Provost settled down to small town life in rural Georgia. There she teaches history at a small university and writes to keep her cats in the luxury to which they have become accustomed.

 

 

 

The first book in the new ‘Under the Moon’ series by Tracie Provost starts off a bit on the slow side or so I thought, really it starts off with a series of small events that keep readers’ curiosity spiked and it draws them deeper into the magical New Orleans setting. The author did a great job of setting the scene and the background so it really sets the mood for the book, so the reader becomes engrossed in the book and even though it seems slow, the reader is completely hooked, it does pick up speed and then things get even better.

 

The strong, compelling characters grab the reader’s attention and refuse to let go as Juliette and Josh get to know one other through all the trials and tribulations of the story. The romance is on the sweet side and the book focuses more on the thrilling events of the plot than the romance throughout most of the book.

 

I said above that the story is a bit slow but really the plot is a steady to fast pace that keeps the reader glued to the pages as the events unfold building suspense and anticipation throughout with some unexpected twists that surprises readers as well as the characters.

 

Overall, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like the story, but it didn’t take long before I was completely caught up in the story, the author created a great paranormal story with a few unique qualities that makes her story stand out and I am now looking forward to reading the next book and finding out just how the series progresses.

 

 

 

Under the Blood Moon is the 1st book in the Under the Moon series.

 

Under the Blood Moon is available in print or ebook at:

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Tracie Provost can be found at:

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review 2018-01-24 10:00
New Release Review! Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink # 1) Christine Feehan
Judgment Road - Christine Feehan

 

 

An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Christine Feehan.

A brutal education in a Russian training facility for assassins has taught this group of men one thing: 

It's a long road to redemption.

JUDGMENT ROAD

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. 

Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.

 

 

Christine Feehan has done it again, she has created a world full of strong, compelling characters that really grab readers by the heart strings as well as being full of suspense that holds them hostage throughout the story. I loved the Drake Sisters and then I fell in love with the Sisters of the Heart characters and now I get to visit Sea Haven some more with more wonderful characters.

 

The romance between Anya and Reaper is anything but easy as it has lots of emotional turbulence, turmoil that keeps readers wondering as to whether or not this couple can get the past issues that keep rearing their ugly heads and the present issues that threaten to tear them apart. Readers can’t help but become emotional caught up in the story as well the character’s lives.

 

The suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers glued to the pages as there is danger coming from several different directions but that danger is kind of all tied together which makes for a medium to fast paced and complex plot that.

 

I must say that while I was looking forward to the release of Judgment Road, I also had some doubts about it too because I wasn’t sure that I would like the mc angle of the story, but I am glad to say that I was completely captivated by the members of the Torpedo Ink MC and that Christine Feehan did such a great job of world building that they slid right into Sea Haven with no problems whatsoever and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

 

 

 

Judgment Road is the 1st book in the Torpedo Ink series which is part of the Sea Haven Universe which includes the Drake Sisters & Sisters of the Heart series.

 

Judgment Road is available in print & ebook at:

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Berkley

 

Christine Feehan can be found at:

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