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Book Review: The Golden Supremacy (The Golden Desires Series, Book 2) by Ann Pratley 


⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

Isn’t that cover just delicious? Stunning!

In this second installment of the Golden Desires series, Ms. Pratley delivers another captivating tale. While the first book focused on romance and the mystical, this story focuses more on conflict and intrigue. It is a fast read, at just under 200 pages, but it covers a lot of ground. The narrative is lush, Ms. Pratley’s prose quite befitting of the old-world society she has created. 

After events in the first book, Isabella and Trent settle into their life as a married couple. Meanwhile Adrian, steadfast in his friendship with Isabella, yearns for someone with whom he can find such happiness. Life is simple and good. Among their friends and fellow villagers, however, a dangerous enemy hides in plain sight. 

I appreciate that the ending of this book, like its predecessor, is not a nail-biting cliffhanger. Yes, there is still story to be told, but one is able to appreciate the conclusion for what it is: a golden promise. 

**I recieved a paperback ARC of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

If you’re looking to score your own copy, it’s available in paperback and ebook on Amazon.

Free short story: Fractured

Happy Tuesday boys & girls! 

Several weeks ago, I published a short story via Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. As of today, the Zon has finally price-matched it as a FREE download. Yay! So now I can shout it from the rooftops. 


If you’re looking for a quick, suspenseful short story, Fractured should be right up your alley. Please check it out and, it you’re so inclined, don’t forget to post a review! 💋

AMAZON 

BARNES & NOBLE 

SMASHWORDS 

Book Review: Reclamation by Sandy Frediani


⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting novella. Four chapters, four distinct stories, yet all intertwined into a cohesive whole. I was intrigued from the outset, through to the very last words. 

This story blends together feelings of medieval history, nomadic tribes, and modernity across generations with a shimmering gossamer thread. Beautifully stitched! 

This story is hard to classify. Is it fantasy? Historical fiction? Fairy tale? All of the above? I’ll just encourage you to read it for yourself!  Check it out HERE.

Book Review: Michael’s Passion (A Series of Angels, Book 1) by Joel Crofoot


😇😈😇😈😇 5 out of 5 stars

Angels, demons, sins, self-doubt & redemption… there’s a lot going on in this short book (182 pages). And I loved every second of it!

Joel Crofoot has the start of something great with this first book in “A Series of Angels.” In short order we are introduced to Michael and Gabriel, familiar biblical Archangels, but painted in a light which you’ve never before seen them. We get to glimpse the hidden pain and loss of the two seemingly indomitable warriors. These superhuman beings are so essentially human that we, as the reader, can almost feel their pain. When Michael encounters Jahi, the “demon whore” whose power of seduction is legendary, sparks fly. Michael feels drawn to her in a way he has never, in his centuries of existence, felt before… despite the fact that his sole purpose in life has been eliminating demons like Jahi and sending them back to the pit. While Michael questions his new feelings and defends Jahi from his, understandably skeptical, brothers-in-arms, Jahi is left wondering how much of Michael’s reaction to her is genuine and how much is influenced by her demonic powers. How could an angel ever trust a demon, let alone love one?

Something big is coming. I don’t want to give away too much story, but suffice it to say that Jahi is more important than anyone realizes. If Michael, Gabriel, and their three trainee “angelings” can manage to keep her safe, they just might stand a chance. 

While we’re talking about supporting cast members, the three young angels were a great addition! But Butator was, by far and away, my favorite! His awkward earnestness and open-hearted nature were truly endearing and I really hope he will grace pages in the next installment(s). Another notable point: the Father. While ‘the big guy’ makes only a couple, small appearances, there is no doubt about the fear, awe, reverence and unquestioned loyalty his angels hold for him. There are hints of heavenly politics, the repercussions of which we will hopefully encounter in future stories. 

If you’re looking for a fast, steamy read packed with hunky angels and plenty of action, look no further. You can get your copy HERE (free if you’re in Kindle Unlimited). 

Book Review: Mercy, Bound, Released (Complete Trilogy) by Natalie Bennett


⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

The title says it all: dark erotica indeed. Holy cow! If you’re not prepared to stare into darkness, this book is not for you! Consider yourself warned. 

Morgana and Julian are two very broken people. And the way they feed off of and into each other is a mobius strip of torment, but they just can’t seem to get enough. 

The first part, Mercy, was by far my favorite. As the story continued in Bound & Released, though, I felt like some of the momentum was lost. I still clung to the pages, waiting to see how things would go, but a little of the magic had worn off. 

There are so many twists to his story! I applaud Ms. Bennett’s audacity in telling such a dark tale and for an ending which, while shocking, feels right for the narrative.

If you’re in the mood for darkness and danger, you can pick up Mercy, Bound, Released on Kindle Unlimited HERE.

Book Review: First Impressions & Second Thoughts (First Impressions Duet, Books 1 & 2) by Nicole R. Locker


⭐⭐⭐⭐💫4.5 out of 5 stars each

First Impressions and Second Thoughts are a pair of romance novellas following the characters Marzia “Zia” and Dylan. Each novella is told first person from one of the characters’ perspectives. Zia is our narrator for F.I. and Dylan for S.T. I’m reviewing these two together as they create a full-color tapestry. Alone, they are both a great read, but together they’re fabulous!

I really liked how the author was able to stay true to the story and dialogues between the two tellings, while maintaining unique character voice for each of the narrators. It was a cute plot device with a couple fun twists thrown in. A particular treat is in store for readers when they get to Second Thoughts and find out what Dylan was doing while he talked with the girls Zia tried to point him toward. So sweet! 

These two are absolutely a must read if you’re looking for a sweet romance.

They’re both currently available via Kindle Unlimited HERE so go scoop ’em up. You can thank me later. 

Book Review: The Claiming of Callan by Connie Lafortune


⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

Do you ever read a book and think, “If I’d only read this before…?” I certainly was asking myself this question as I read The Claiming of Callan. 

This is my second foray into a world created by Connie (the first being Bound by Steel…. if you haven’t read Steel, do so! After you read this one LOL). I think I would’ve enjoyed The Claiming of Callan so much more if I wasn’t anticipating a Lafortune Lurch (those of you who have read Bound by Steel will know what I’m talking about). This is a really enjoyable read, don’t get me wrong, but I kept waiting for the shocking plot twist (aka the Lurch) that was going to leave me reeling. This just isn’t that kind of story. So first: If only I’d read this book before Bound by Steel.

If you’re looking for sexy times, this book is chock-full of them. The main characters are twenty one and they go after each other like bunnies. Sexy bunnies. Oh, to be so sexually carefree again… to not worry about the little one interrupting or the teenager upstairs hearing you… but I digress, sort of. If I were closer to my twenties than my forties I might have related to these characters a little bit more. So second: If only I’d read this book before I became a responsible (wet blanket?) adult.

As it was, I wanted to reach through the pages and throttle Logan Black. He’s one of those (young) men who think it’s better to just squash your feelings down and ignore your problems. The way he treated Callan made me angry. And she was always right there ready and eager to forgive him. While I understand these two really do love one another, I wanted to see Logan have to work just a little harder for forgiveness. Too realistic of me? Maybe. 

All in all, The Claiming of Callan was an enjoyable read. There was tension, conflict, a little mystery, and a HEA. What more could you want?

**I recieved a free copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review** If you’re looking to score your own copy, visit Amazon HERE and download it (and then grab Bound by Steel)

Book Review: Shatter Me – The Awakening (Book 1) by Birdy Rivers


⭐⭐ 2 out of 5 stars

Where to start with this one? Let’s see; a red pen and three read-throughs for editing would be top of my list. While not every page had issues, the editing, spelling and grammar issues in this book were rampant. Sentences lacked structure, had missing punctuation, or were so long and nonsensical as to leave me scratching my head. Case in point: 

How could be turning seventeen be affecting me this much? 

There were others, many, many others. I’m willing to overlook the occasional editing blip, but in this case it was too much and too distracting. 

So what does this story have going for it? Well, it was free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. That’s a start! All kidding aside, I liked the story’s concept. A teen girl learns on her 17th birthday that she is a witch, descended from one of the magical realm’s most powerful families. She has to come to terms with her new reality while learning all about spells and potions. Definite potential! The tone of the book, though, had me convinced I was reading a book meant for teenagers… until I got to the sex scenes. Definitely not something I’d want my teenager reading! *blush*

Overall, if this book were edited thoroughly and if you don’t mind a younger-toned read, this one could be worth your time. You can check it out HERE if you’re so inclined. 

Book Review : Cult of Unicorns (Penny White Book 2) by Chrys Cymri


⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

Penny White, oh Penny White! How I’d love to spend a day in your orbit, sharing a dram of Talisker… or better yet, maybe some of Hreinalög’s thirty-year-old stash? Since that’s not likely to happen, I’ll settle myself within the pages of Ms. Cymri’s books about you. 

This second installment, Cult of Unicorns, elevates tensions nicely. A human is found murdered, his death apparently caused by a unicorn… But that’s not possible! Unicorns are above reproach: pure, judicious, saint-like. Right? Right? Good and evil. Black and white. It’s clear as day!

Grey zones abound, though, as we watch Penny try to solve the case, come to terms with her fledgling romance with the gentleman Inspector (count me squarely on team Peter btw), grapple with her mixed feelings about Raven, and struggle to reconcile the ravenous appetites (both for fresh meat and for knowledge) of Clyde the snail-shark. Add in some tensions with her grieving brother, a request from her Church superiors to host a documentary crew filming in her parish, Morey’s newfound love, and Lloegyr’s barely contained political turmoil and you know Penny’s got her hands full. Thankfully, her four favorite medicines are there to assist her: ibuprofen coffee, alcohol & God (in no particular order).  

The coexistence of our realm and that of Lloegyr is becoming more complicated… and dangerous! Penny finds herself in jeopardy on more than one occasion, and witnessing her wit and cunning in talking her way through to the other side is always a delight. 

I really appreciate the way Ms. Cymri allows Penny to be a human being. Yes, she’s a priest, but she’s not perfect and she’s not above temptation. She struggles through real issues, including the impossibility of pleasing everyone, yet she really tries. She makes mistakes, she sometimes acts without thinking of consequences, but her heart is in the right place. As with the first book, I lost track of my laugh-out-loud moments. I can’t wait to see what the third installment brings. 

You know you want to visit Lloegyr too! This book is available via Kindle Unlimited HERE so check it out. 

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