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The Pawn, by Skye Warren

The Pawn

 

Warren has cornered the market on steamy, well written romance. I hate to use the E word, because this books powerful plot is so much more. I love romance with a hint of intrigue and this story’s play on mythology, strategy and powerful passion has it all. Warren knows her craft and uses just the right words to portray an innocent young virgin trapped by a powerful alpha male that has ruined her family. Learning the real history of her father’s sins and the secrets she didn’t want to know about her wealth, Avery’s brave, young spirit tackles the bowels of the underworld and places herself on the auction block to save what’s left of her worldly goods. Vulnerable and a little broken, she hasn’t lost her spirit. She is prepared to make it through the experience of selling her virginity to the highest bidder unscathed. Descriptions of heated anger mixed with molten desire are chemistry for explosive sexual encounters that will have the reader biting their own lower lip. Gabriel Miller is handsome, sexy and dangerous. Warren warns us, through the thoughts and calculations of her young heroine, that Gabriel’s desire is born from revenge. The writer fills the reader with heat, anger, fear, and tribulation with her character’s twist of fate. Don’t miss this suspenseful titillating addiction to the game of love and revenge.

Blood Fest: Cursing Fate

 

Blood Fest - Cursing Fate

 

I live a busy lifestyle and love books, so I was very happy to find this heartwarming story on Audible. I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading a book titled. Blood Fest: Cursing Fate. I realized, after downloading, that it wasn’t the first book in the series, but it read as a standalone, so I had no problem keeping up with the story or its characters. Pepper O’Neal does a wonderful job of developing heroes and heroines, as well as giving the backstory needed for the supporting cast. I found myself drawn in immediately to the fast paced adventure that proved to be a wonderful romance.
Sold by her uncle, at the early age of twelve, to a pride leader who uses her body to earn income for his own coiffures, Tabby is now thirty and has found a way out. She has a strong constitution and a warm heart. Taking three other weres with her, she uses her tech skills to relieve the Lithuanian pride of the money acquired from their abuse. She leaves a body count behind, which sends the corrupt new pride leader after them. Running to safety is anything but safe, as she makes her way across the channel to England for her cousin’s help.
Drake is a pride leader with a lot of responsibility, and protecting his pride is number one. When he hears about four weres on the run from a pride he isn’t fond of, he’s on high alert. Drake immediately senses something is terribly wrong when he’s led to the four runaways hiding out in a stable. It becomes his purpose to protect these abused weres and keep them safe. He knows Tabby has a secret, but can he keep her safe from herself. Handsome strong and a gentleman at every turn, Drake is the perfect hero.
I love that this story champions those who suffer abuse in a way that lends victims strength and purpose. Though some of the details are heartbreaking, it warms the reader to know that all is not lost. It pushes the message home, that we are not defined by what happens to us, but in the way we live our lives from today on. I think its an important message for abuse victims and everyone. Fantastic read! Characters so real, that I almost forgot I was reading a fantasy.

Uthuru (The Traveler Chronicles Book 1) by Paul Biagi III

Uthuru is a science fiction novel about Mitchell Surrey, a man accused of a murder he didn’t commit. He travels to space for the proof needed to exonerate him and, not only does he find it, he also discovers answers to the over one-hundred-year-old mystery of the alien attack that came to be known as the Traveler War.

I enjoyed this first person POV tale. The world building was detailed and believable, the main character, resourceful and easy to relate to, and the reason for the aliens’ hostilities, unique. Being a fan of the Alien movies, I loved the horror elements in the story.

Despite the new sci-fi technological terms, I had no trouble following the plot, though the author has thoughtfully included a glossary. Never a dull moment, this was a quick read. In some ways, I am reminded of the movie, The Martian, because Mitchell must be self-reliant and spends a goodly part of the book on his own. I strongly recommend this novel and, since this is book 1, can’t wait to see what else this author has in store for Mitchell.

The Burning, by JP Seewald

The Burning

I found, The Burning, a complex story that kept me thinking about it long after I put the book down. I had heard of similar instances of fires burning underneath the ground when I lived in Alaska. Before then I had never heard of such a thing. The story is fiction but based on true life events. It follows the life of George, a seemingly ordinary man with a wife and children. He has spent his life, building up his mechanic shop, so that he wouldn’t have to work in the coal mines like his father, and he wouldn’t have to answer to anyone. Now, a natural disaster is threatening to take it all away. The prospects of starting over are almost too much to bear. His wealthy brother Larry is by his side the whole way, but there are deeper emotions to explore between these siblings, as things begin to melt down in the heat of a coal fire that’s burning out of control. Can George hold it together while everything he loves hangs in the balance? Find out by reading about this very real catastrophe in, The Burning. A compelling story about family and the importance of making the right choices in stressful life situations. J.P. Seewald is a gifted story teller in matters of life, heart and family.

Murder in the One Percent, by Saralyn Richard

Murder in the One Percent

Murder in the One Percent is a well crafted mystery that keeps the pages turning. There are few books that I call potato chip novels, that you just can’t put down and this was one of them! I found myself snagging pages anytime I could read. The characters are intriguing, and Detective Parrot has a fresh warm appeal that steadies the course for exploration of the crime. Hats off to Saralyn Richard for her stellar debut novel. The menu had my mouth watering and lent reality to the story. A wonderful setting and alluring list of characters to keep the reader entertained and guessing until the very end.

A review of, Mollie Blake’s, Guiltless

Guiltless: A Cheshire Love Story

 

Mollie Blake’s, Guiltless, is more than just an erotic love story. It’s a novel with multi dimensional characters, real life challenges, a titillating subplot and a brave sexual boldness to explore fantasies that general romance doesn’t fulfill.

Byron Lord is scarred from a life of abuse and an unfortunate accident that manifests itself in an OCD habit and an unusual venture to help other troubled souls.

Byron’s unconventional proposal is unexpectedly accepted by Lauren, a beautiful woman who owns a successful lingerie company. Her busy life lands her in a predicament when she doesn’t read the fine print in a water tight contract. Willing to do anything to snare a night alone with the alluring, evasive man who holds her to the ink drying on the dotted line, Lauren ups the ante by upholding the contract, planning to bare it all.

Can Lauren save Byron from his past and have a real relationship with or without adding a third party to their affair? There is a lot more than erotic scenes that speed the story along, including a little mystery and a lot of heart. Don’t feel guilty reading this Cheshire love story, just read it and enjoy, Guiltless.

Gypsy Blood: Book 3

 

 

I really enjoyed reading the Gypsy Magic Trilogy, and was pleasantly surprised how much mystery was still left all the way until the last page, of the last book. I really like the way the author spun this bewitching tale about a coven of modern day witches, that ban together in their hopes to maintain a good life and protect the world from evil. Paired with horses, that the witches are bonded to throughout their lives, they are never alone in their struggles. The book centers around Gracyn, a young high school student that goes through all the normal growing pains associated with being a teen, including the turbulent, changing emotions of young love. I thought Tonya Royston’s characters were strong, mysterious, heartfelt and people I would like to know. I was especially happy to see a surprising epilogue. Nice touch! This is the second series I have read by this author and I look forward to more. A must read for Twilight lovers and readers of young paranormal romance.

Out for Pre-Order Now!

Race for the Sun by [Lauren, Minette]

Alas, the long awaited time has come! Race for the Sun is on pre-order now!

 

Alley was starting to feel like she was on a reality television show with all the skeletons in her closet, falling at her feet…

Ally internally sighed with relief. Travis hadn’t seen the portrait yet, which meant he also hadn’t encountered Marcel. Now how would she distract him and get him out of there before Louis answered? It was too late. She saw people gathering at the outskirts of their small circle gawking at Travis’s likeness to the painting.

Marcel could be heard from a mile away as he spotted Ally. She cringed. Here goes nothing.

“Darling! You didn’t tell me David was coming! You little devil, trying to hoard them all for yourself.” He snapped his fingers in the air, appearing not to know which man to devour first. His eyes glinted playfully. “Call dibs quick, before I dib them both.”

Ally tried to ignore the rush of heat climbing from her shoulders to her cheeks. Both men looked confused and wary of Marcel’s proclamation.

“Marcel, this is Travis, and you remember Louis from the airport?” Ally tried to cover her discomfort by taking a long sip of her champagne.

“Travis, hmm, well I like David better. Mind if I call you David?” Marcel batted his eyes and linked arms with Travis playfully.

Ally almost sprayed her champagne onto the floor when she saw Travis’s blank look. She could tell he was uncomfortable but trying to be polite. He didn’t know the dynamics of the group at hand, and his eyes pleaded with Ally to save him. She let Marcel whisk him off to the room where David was displayed. If she was uncomfortable at his sudden appearance, then he could be uncomfortable with Marcel. She hated that the gig was up, and now Travis would know exactly how he had plagued her sleep.

Louis cleared his throat then let out a small laugh. “I fear your Travis is in for two surprises,” He tipped his glass toward the departing duo.

Ally giggled a little too hysterically. Maybe she should cut herself off. Yes, it was definitely one too many, and it wasn’t the champagne she was referring to.

Soledad, an old soul, confronts the failures of her last life, having committed suicide when things became too difficult. As she moves forward into the soul-watcher’s phase of the afterworld, she picks from a list of struggling souls to guide and guard. Ally, a popular artist and Soledad’s niece from her former life, is among Soledad’s choices. Trapped in a soul-watching state, Soledad follows Ally, throughout parts of her daily routine, trying to surmise her embodied ward’s purpose. Once she can master the meaning of Ally’s reality, Soledad hopes to be granted another life with her own soulmate. Journey with these very real characters to find what lessons are learned in the passing of time and the rewards their love brings. Race for the Sun is a lesson on life and loving for all.

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The Deadliest Fever

 

 

 

 

THE DEADLIEST FEVER, by June Trop, is set in first-century CE Roman-occupied Alexandria, a city second in splendor only to Rome. Still, Miriam often finds herself in the malignant underbelly of the city, with its sinister alleys jammed with flat-faced tenements, its sleazy inns reeking from despair, and its pocked walkways dotted with animal dung. With the only definitive clue from the bite of a rabid bat, Miriam nevertheless finds the connections among a jewel heist in Ephesus, the death of a hard-breathing sea captain, and the desecration of the Torah mantle in Alexandria’s Great Synagogue. According to Kirkus, “Trop lends depth and familiarity to an ancient world and adds modern thriller sensibilities in this latest historical mystery novel.” Kirkus Reviews 

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Author bio : June Trop

June Trop and her twin sister Gail wrote their first story, “The Steam Shavel [sic],” when they were six years old growing up in rural New Jersey. They sold it to their brother Everett for two cents.

“I don’t remember how I spent my share,” June says. “You could buy a fistful of candy for a penny in those days, but ever since then, I wanted to be a writer.”

As an award-winning middle school science teacher, June used storytelling to capture her students’ imagination and interest in scientific concepts. Years later as a professor of teacher education, she focused her research on the practical knowledge teachers construct and communicate through storytelling. Her first book, From Lesson Plans to Power Struggles (Corwin Press, 2009), is based on the stories new teachers told about their first classroom experiences.

Now associate professor emerita at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she devotes her time to writing The Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series. Her heroine is based on the personage of Maria Hebrea, the legendary founder of Western alchemy, who developed the concepts and apparatus alchemists and chemists would use for 1500 years.

June lives with her husband Paul Zuckerman in New Paltz, where she is breathlessly recording her plucky heroine’s next life-or-death exploit.

Texas Heat is Hot!

Texas Heat (The Texas Heat Series) by [Bartlett, Gerry]

Texas Heat, by Gerry Bartlett, is filled with the best things in Texas. Earthy, charming and down right sassy characters make this first book, in the Calhoun oil series, a winner. Gerry sets the stage with compelling secondary characters and subplots to spin the tail further in several books that follow. It checks all the boxes of what romance readers want and there is never a dull moment. If you love handsome, witty men with a salt of the earth presence and women who stand their ground, bringing  equal terms to romance, this book is for you.