Monday, February 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE SEMI-PERFECT LIFE

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Book Review On The Semi-Perfect Life


**Book provided by the author for an honest review**


Rated it








Summer thinks her life is perfect until the night after her promotion when realizes how imperfect it all is without someone to share it with. In an act of desperation she decides to have a one-night stand—in an effort to avoid silly things like long-term commitments and marriage...



Summer Berry was on her way to having it all, a semi-perfect apartment, car, and climbing her way up the ladder to her dream job until she met Jason Keen. Determined to not follow in her mothers footsteps with numerous divorces, she sought out a one night stand with a bad boy who could scratch an itch none of the business tycoons could. The morning after was when the trouble began when she was about to take her walk of shame. Will Summer ever be the same after her night of a passionate and amazing romp in the hay with Jason?


This fun short story of Summer finding her true self was hilarious! I have not laughed so much during a romantic comedy in a very long time. Summer was a driven woman, knowing exactly what she wanted out of life until she met Jason. Being able to erase Jason from her memory was not so easy once they had witnessed a murder on his front stoop as she was exiting his warehouse apartment one fine morning after the most amazing sex she had ever had. Thrown into the witness protection program with him was the worst thing that had ever happen to her, or so she thought. When they arrive in suburbia as a newlywed couple, this is when the story really takes off with its demented humor that was just up my alley! The gated community that the Marshall's placed them in was one right out of the movie, The Burbs with Tom Hanks. That is exactly what the humor reminded me of, and I loved every moment of it! Although the story does have a serious undertone to it, the way the author lays it out turned it into a light hearted and funny romance. I do have to say that the character Caroline, their neighbor and HOA member was the cherry on top for me. Summer engages in psychological warfare with the noisy and obnoxious neighbor that had me laughing so hard I was in tears.


If you love romance, with a ton of warped and genius humor, you will love The Semi-Perfect Life! No oe is safe from the Home Owners Association! LOL!







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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND

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Rated it








To repay a debt, necromancer Kris Chase finds herself slinging drinks behind the bar of a well-known supes club, Devil’s Playground. But that doesn’t mean her life has settled into anything resembling normal. Vampire kills are still on the rise, and now, a new enemy has surfaced...



Kris Chase is back and badder than ever! While tending to her new job at Devil's Playground, a bar for the supernatural community, a ghost of a recently deceased girl enters. Her dead body was found outside the bar and now the police are investigating her murder, shining a not so welcomed light on the bar and it's owner Devlin, aka Devil. After hearing the young girls story, and Devil himself needing the person responsible involved in it brought forth to clear his name, Kris is on the hunt. Can Kris find the killer(s) before more innocent young women die?


It's been three years and three months since I read Created Darkly,book 1 in the Kris Chase Series, so as I got deeper into the story my mind was refreshed with the who and what's but not about how much I loved the story until Kris was knee deep in her investigation. The beginning of the story had me at a loss, and totally disconnected. Kris's family structure is odd to say the least, and I wasn't feeling their bond. Then her absentee mother appears out of the blue wanting to start a business with her daughters, umm why? For one, she ditched them when they were young and never looked back. Now she just reappears wanting to act like their mother...NO! Kris loathes her and her mother knows this, so she manipulates her youngest Torra who is only 16 years old. Lizet, (the mother) has three strikes against her right out the gate in Chapter 1 with me. Despite my feelings about the mothers actions, the entire beginning just seemed out of left field for me.



As Kris gets into her investigation, we are reminded of her creation Raphael, aka Rafe. Being a necromancer, Kris had risen him from the dead and made him a vampire...with wings! And now as they venture into this case, we learn just how deep their connection runs. Her boyfriend Rush, whom is also part of the Council, becomes jealous and pushes Kris into really thinking about where their relationship is going and how she feels for him, all while facing danger at every corner trying to find a killer. The story was dark and ugly, but I really enjoyed it! The torture, rape and murders are very present and taken seriously by all parties involved, (so if you are sensitive to these acts then this book is not for you). By the end of the story I was wowed with where the story had gone. Due to the disconnected feelings I experienced in the beginning, that brought my rating to 3 Fangs. I would have loved to give it more, but that did keep it from going any higher. However, this is a great read with the way the author built the world, and set the stage for this story to seriously be an ongoing series. I do recommend this upcoming series to all whom love dark paranormal romance stories!  









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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: SHADOW OF NIGHT

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Rated it








Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers.



Diana Bishop is on the run. With Matthew at her side, they seek Ashmole 782 in hopes that they can bridge the gab between the witches, vampires and demons. Diana and Matthew have done the unspeakable according to their kind, and are now being hunted. The magnificent duo have traveled to 1590 London in order to find shelter from those whom wish them harm as well as seeking the truth. Will they find what they are looking for in time, or will Diana get burned at the stake?


The majority of the story takes place in 1590 London, where Matthew's father is still alive, he's a spy for the Queen and a major asshole! Because of the whole time travel semantics, Matthew's 1590 self has ceased to exist, and the current day Matthew resides in his place along with Diana. Try explaining that without going into detail! They were met by his brethren, whom it took some doing before they believed Diana meant them no harm, but what about the rest of the people? While trying to adapt, Diana and Matthew struggle with finding a witch that will help her with her magic so they can return to their own time, as well as hunt down Ashmole 782. The time period, the world building, and the phenomenal attention to detail, the author has spun a magical tale of intrigue, with the underground of London, the Royals, and the nasty deceit. I truly enjoyed their journey in the past, especially the relationships formed while present. Although the manner in which Diana, (women in general) were regarded back then, I couldn't help but fall in love with those surrounding her and the love they felt for her in the end. I have to say my favorite part was a toss up between when Diana's father appeared, and the family type bond both Matthew and Diana developed with young Jack. The way in which Diana conformed to the times, and just seem to fit so seamlessly was amazing. It was like she was meant to be in that time and not the present.


Shadow of Night takes the cake with witches and the like. Having the witches born through blood line, and vampires not romanticized was refreshing. You get to see the darker side of these creatures as they were truly meant to, but in a way that does not frighten you but amaze you with the complex structure of their lives. Nothing comes easy to them, and they fight for what they have every step of the way! Their past was harsh, and ugly, and we seem to forget that little fact in the here and now. I wonder how our youth would fare if they were sent back to such a time. This story does make you wonder, another thing I love about this book. This chapter in Diana's life was not in the least boring, or slow. We accompany her through her teachings with a coven on how to tap into her magic, as well as learn about Matthew's past with his family. So you see, while reading you will be amazed, happy, sad, and scared from beginning to end! I highly recommend you read Diana's story, because you will never be the same after!


Narrator's Review



Jennifer Ikeda takes the helm once more for Deborah Harkness. With the complexities of this story, since it takes place in 1590, Jennifer took the bull by the horns and nailed it! She has such a great, rich tone to her voice, as well as being excellent with accents! I must point out that she did excellent with the voice she choose for one certain “Royal” whom I loathed. He was such a prick, and to his description, she did right by me with her portrayal of him. Jennifer once again gets 5 Fangs for her performance!









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Thursday, February 1, 2018

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: CRIMSON FROST

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Rated it








I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming...



Gwen Frost is in a heap of trouble from the Protectorate, now that she has had a hand in releasing Loki. Unbeknownst to her, Gwen has been arrested for crimes against Mythos. Now that another chaos war is imminent, Gwen must find a way to find out who is behind her arrest and what their plans are. How is Gwen suppose to do all this while under house arrest? Wait and see...



Gwen Frost is the newest member of Mythos Academy, descending from a Gypsy Clan that has been chosen by the Goddess Nike to be her champion. Yeah, Yeah, we all know this. But do we? What proof can Gwen provide to back up her story? The new predicament Gwen has gotten herself in to enables the story to add new and exciting characters to Mythos! The Protectorate, a group of individuals chosen to serve and protect their people , serving as judge, jury and executioner as well. Logan Quinn's (Gwen's new Spartan bf) father, Linus, is head of the group, along with his wife and Logan's step-mother Agrona, (please excuse misspellings, I listened to the audiobook). The life long conflict between Logan and Linus heat up by Gwen's arrest, and Logan never backs down from standing by her side, (awe, what a guy!). Alexa (again, could be wrong on spelling) is also a newcomer to the story line. He is strapped with the duty of escorting Gwen everywhere she goes, not for her protection, but to make sure she doesn't flee and kill again. With all the students, for the exception of her good friends, Kenzi, Oliver, Daphne, Carson, and boyfriend Logan, against her, Gwen must keep it together!

Now all of what I have revealed so far should not be news to you IF you have been reading the series. The current story line opens up another door, peels another layer of the already fantastic tale of these mythological beings. I loved the new additions to this story. How the story creates this amazing connection between existing and new characters is flawless. Very believable, and I was sucked right in! Linus' outward hatred for Gwen, Alexa's disregard for Gwen's safety, along with Grandma Frosts prediction of Gwen's future was so heart breaking. Who ever thought that fighting against an evil God like Loki and his reaper minions would be this hard?! And as the story escalates, the plot twist stabs you right where it hurts! I never saw it coming until it was too late. I'm not sure the why's on my time frame from listening to the last book since I loved it so much, but damn, what the hell was I thinking! Mythos Academy is one of the best YA Urban Fantasy books out there right now. You are a fool to not one click this bad girl right now! SEE LINK BELOW!


Narrator Review


Tara Sands is the chosen one. I was very impressed with Tara's accents! Her tone for Gwen is spot on what I think she would sound like, and the voices she has created for each character is unique, and very identifiable for those people. Tara's voice comes over very well, and tells the story like a pro. Great job Tara, I have given you 5 Fangs!









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Thursday, January 25, 2018

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: RABID WOLF

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By +Sarah Noffke & Narrated by Elizabeth Klett

**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**



Rated it









A string of murders involving women are making the residents of Los Angeles panic. They're calling the serial killer the "rabid wolf" because he tears his prey open by the throat and leaves behind a maimed body.



Meanwhile, at the Lucidite Institute, the pack is training, under Zephyr's instruction. He knows that soon they'll have to go after the rabid wolf and also rescue other members of the pack. However, they need to work together in order to be successful. They need to operate as one...




The Lucidites are still hard at work tracking to shut down Mika, the big bad scientist that is altering humans for his own world domination quest. After stealing the Lucidites precious technology, Mika and his team are able to replicate dream travelers abilities, as well as other beastly creatures. And for the Lucidites, they desperately need to find a way to reverse the “were” gene for Zephyr and his pack, if they are ever allowed to leave the institute. Can Adelaide and her team of misfits stop Olento Research in time?


Adelaide is struggling with many facets of her life right now, and at the worst possible time ever! She was put in charge of this Level 5 case to find out where Olento Research was and to take them down, all the while still learning how to harness her abilities. Losing her father Ren before she was done with her training has definitely taken a toll on her. The confidence and drive this young girl has is outstanding! She never accepts defeat, never shows weakness, and therefore never shows love or compassion. But there is hope! Lucian, Adelaide's son, and Connor, (one of the were's) are wearing her down. Connor likes her, and she him. Although she tries to fight it, she finds herself opening up to him, sharing intimate moments with him...it's adorable! And Lucian, that little boy is a hoot! The two finally begin to enjoy each others company. Well Adelaide does, I think Lucian always did, lol. Adelaide had a hard time bonding with him from birth, but she has slowly allowed herself to open up to him and show love. The relationships in the story have been more captivating for me than the hunt for Mika and Drake...I love my love stories ;)


As far as the plot of the story, I'm finding myself thinking how hard it is to believe that they would leave Adelaide to run this mission. It seems to me like it has taken longer than missions normally do. I know she is new, and that is my point! Do they not have other, more seasoned Lucidites to help run this mission? And yeah I get Ren liked to run alone but there is no comparison! Adelaide needs experienced people with her, and not just Roxy, the FBI agent who is really getting on my nerves! The series has interesting characters with crucial rolls, but I'm hoping the story doesn't wrap up rushed. I don't need “good luck” closing this deal, I need skill and calculating moves to get this job done. Lets keep our fingers crossed for the conclusion of the story, lets root for that hat trick, hail Mary, or whatever you would like to call it, lol. Go Lucidites!


Narrator Review


Elizabeth Klett graces us with her lovely performance on this crafty series. Elizabeth has this knack for accents. They are so good, and seamless. She moves from young woman English, (UK) to old dude German without skipping a beat! And her normal English (US) tone is so soothing just like a story tellers should be. I literally could listen to her all day! Thanks so much Elizabeth for the great memories! I give Elizabeth 5 Fangs!







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Monday, January 22, 2018

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE

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Audiobook Review On The Trouble With Twelfth Grave, (Charley Davidson #12)
by Darynda Jones



Rated it








Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings--some corporeal, some not so much--as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she's not uncovering a murder. This time she's covering one up...


In this epic episode with Charley Davidson, she has trapped her sexy husband, Reyes, in the God Glass. While desperately trying to release him from the hell dimension, he breaks free and wreaks havoc on our realm. As Charley follows the dead bodies around town, she fears the worst...that Reyes is the one killing innocent humans. Can she get to the bottom of things before she loses Reyes forever?


I love the immediate continuation of this story from the previous book, Eleventh Grave In Moonlight. Although Charley is panicking inside about setting Reyes free from a hell dimension, she appears cool, calm, and collected as she continues onward with her P.I. business. Charley gets wrapped up in a crime family business sort of deal, uncovers the mystery of a missing friend, and guides young Amber, (Cookie's daughter) as she begins her own P.I. business with her deaf boyfriend Quintin. Those two are so adorable it really does hurt sometimes! One of the major “pros” of this series and author is that she has this uncanny ability to give Charley such a great personality, and make light of the grimmest of situations. It's really a fine balance of “flaky” vs. “witty”. Charley is smart, she can see the bigger picture, and doesn't mess around with niceties...straight to the point, can you do this for me or not?! I think that's what makes me laugh the most, her “I don't want to hear your whole life story, just do it!” attitude, lol.


The trouble with this story line was that I figured out the mystery way before it started to unravel. Call me smart, or just call me super paranoid and I watch too much X Files, but yeah I knew what was going to happen...totally. So does that mean the author is slipping? To be honest with you, I certainly hope not! Lets call it a fluke for now. Also, just an FYI she drops a cliff hanger sort of deal on us just like she did with the previous book! I hate cliffhangers, and considering this isn't the first time during this series, it's irritating me now. Those are my “cons” for this book, and not bad considering we are twelve books into an ongoing series.


What I would like to see for this series' future is this, keep me on my toes! Now is the time in a series when it can fall flat and repetitive, so go for the gusto! WOW me! Pull a psycho bitch move on me that I never saw coming! I LOVE Charley's story and I want to continue enjoying every adventure, I really do! As long as new books keeps coming about Charley, I'm there...but whether or not I can continue to recommend them is another story.


Narrator Review

Lorelei King, as I live and breath.  Lorelei has been with this gig since the very beginning of Charley's journey.  I LOVE HER!  The tone of her voice, the timing of her sarcasm, is excellent!  She just gets Charley, and embodies her essence, I am so fan girling over her!  I know this narrator so well that as soon as she goes into another character I know exactly whom is speaking!  I whole heartedly give Lorelei 5 Fangs!  Great job Lorelei, and keep up the fantastic work that you do.







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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: DAX

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BLOG TOUR FOR DAX, (BAD BOYS OF WILLOW VALLEY)




Title: Dax (Bad Boys of Willow Valley)
Author: Shannyn Leah
Genre: Contemporary Small Town Romance



About Dax: Dax is the first book in Willow Valley’s Bad Boy stand-alone series. These hot contemporary romance books feature alpha males heroes and strong, independent women.

Fall in love with Dax Coyln, a volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic for his restoration business. He’s strong, solid, independent, until tragedy strikes that could tear him to the ground.

It’s hard to resist a Good Man who’s a Bad Boy

Dax Colyn is one of the bad boys of Willow Valley. A fearless volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic, he makes all the woman swoon and he likes it that way. He keeps people at a distance since his mother died. He doesn’t want to let anyone in, much less a woman he knows he could fall in love with
Ava Anderson keeps people away, too. Haunted by her tortured past and constantly fearful of the future, it’s only her daughter Olivia and Dax’s dad Rowdy that she’s let in.
But when tragedy strikes, it pushes Dax and Ava together, forcing them both to let go of their fears. They soon learn how hard it is to keep pretending and how easy it is to let others in. Especially when those people are family.




BONUS EXCERPT :
“Dax?” She’d moved directly beside him and he felt her warmth radiate near his arm. “Rowdy says you haven’t gone back to the hospital for a follow up on your shoulder.”
She set the princess-patterned bag on his desk before he could reply, not that he needed to answer her. They both knew he hadn’t gone back to see the doctor. He hated hospitals.
A couple weeks back on their way back to the station after dousing a farm fire, the new guy had driven off the road and flipped the fire truck on its side, sending all five of the men to the hospital. Had the ambulance driver not given him a choice, he wouldn’t have gone in the first place.
Big deal. Firefighters got muscle sprains all the time. Although his shoulder was being a pain and not healing. He should have gone for the follow up, but he could scrounge up a thousand excuses to hold it off, too.
Ava unzipped Olivia’s knapsack and pulled out a container of gel. “Let me see your shoulder.” Her teacher’s tone again. Damn woman.
“Ava—”
“I didn’t ask. Take off your shirt, Dax.”
He leaned back in his chair to get a better look at her. He put on his famously seductive grin and tapered his eyes. “I’ve been trying to get you out of your shirt for years and you think you can come into my office and, after one demand, think I’m going to just strip for you? Do you think I’m that easy?”
Her lips curved upwards. “You are that easy.”
“Take yours off,” he retorted.
Her jaw tightened, as did the grip on the jar in her hands. Humor swept away, her eyes didn’t waver from his, and he watched desire heat up in them. The attraction between them resonated around the four walls of his office and he knew sex with her would be mind-blowing. Except, he’d never sleep with her. He couldn’t. As much as he teased and flirted, at the end of the day, they didn’t mix. Hot and cold. Water and fire. Besides, his dad would whoop him good and serve him up for dinner if it ever went that far.
Ava’s fingers grasped the edge of her blue and white plaid blouse and hiked the material high enough to see her naval.
Goddamit. They were in his office and the wall overlooking the shop was encased with windows.
He caught her wrist, conflicted with wanting more, all of her and not wanting any of her at all.
“Alright,” he growled, pulling her shirt back down over her denim shorts.
He stood up, ignoring what looked a hell of a lot like hurt in her eyes and yanked his own black T-shirt over his head. He balled it up, frustration invading his hands and tossed it onto his desk.
“If I’d known it was that easy to get your shirt off, I would have flashed my sprained shoulder a helluva long time ago.”
One thing was for certain, the teasing had to end. She’d never given an inch and today she’d have given a whole damn foot.



WANT MORE WILLOW VALLEY STORIES (The McAdams Sisters):

Lakeshore Secrets (Marc)
Lakeshore Legend (Colt)
Lakeshore Love (Jake)
Lakeshore Candy (Riley)
Lakeshore Lyrics (Avery)

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About Shannyn Leah

Contemporary romance author Shannyn Leah loves olives, lip gloss and reading (and writing) romance novels. Her love of words started at an early age and soon grew until, during her teenage years, she’d started writing her own novels. When her mom pushed to finally publish some of the stories, she quickly amassed two complete romance series (By The Lake and Caliendo Resort series) and, in 2016, released her first Fantasy Romance entitled The Gatekeepers (Part One of the Winters Rising series).
When she's not writing contemporary romance books into the early hours of the morning, Shannyn can be found antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and sister, in their picturesque London, Ontario hometown.

Shannyn would love to get to know her readers as you get to know her (just don’t send her any carrots!)



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