Those Who Knew Review

From the award-winning author of Ways to Disappear, a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down.

On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who’s been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.

Why didn’t Lena speak up then, and will her family’s support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman’s death is wrong?

What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. Those Who Knew confirms Novey’s place as an essential new voice in American fiction.

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I had such high hopes for this book. A political thriller that seemed to mirror some parts of the world around us? Sign me up! I was gifted this ARC, so I was so excited to even get the chance to read it before it came out. But unfortunately, sometimes things aren’t as great as they might seem.

This book is told in an extremely strange fashion. There are a bunch of different characters whose stories are all happening simultaneously, and each chapter focuses on a different one. It wasn’t even until I reached the end of the book that I realized that Freddy was Victor’s younger brother, and I am only half sure about that! Then, the book also included a few TV-show or play script chapters where the author would jump back into the past and talk about things that were happening. These were the most confusing, as they would often end on a really strange note and just “fade to black.” There were also chapters told in a chronological order, with timestamps by the hour. But without knowing which characters were which, these chapters also made no sense. Characters in the play and time-stamp chapters were just referred to as “Future Senator” or “Future Senator’s Brother” and so forth, to make the story more “cryptic.”

The main plot of the book was supposed to be about Maria P’s death and Lena trying to figure out who killed her. Then it turned into a story about Lena and her former boyfriend the politician Victor, who she thought could have killed Maria. Then it was about Olga and her dead boyfriend/true love S and her marijuana business. Then, it was about Victor and his wife. Then it was about Victor and his brother. Then it was about Lena and her new boyfriend. Then it was about Lena and Olga. I literally could not keep up with everything that was going on, and it got to the point where I just stopped trying.

The ending of the book felt like some sort of fever dream. Dead bodies, but were they dead bodies? A lot of sexual scenes, for what reason, I don’t know. And then the end of the book didn’t seem to tie anything up. I was more confused than I was when I started reading.

This book started off as some sort of political thriller, but it ended as a sort of abstract novel about humanity, love, and politics. Definitely not my kind of read, and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I had known that it was going to be written in this fashion. At the beginning I wanted to learn about what happened to Maria P. I never figured out what happened to her, and I didn’t find out what happened to the other characters either.

I received a copy of this book and this my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 books

A Creation of Tomorrow Review

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\A Creation of Tomorrow (The Creation Series, #1)Alice’s daughter now missing, Cami was without a mother, and the one person that protected her from her father’s anger. Now Cami continuously wore new bruises.

Having no doubt Cami’s father Tom was responsible for the bruises Alice turned to the police again and again, but just like when Patsy went missing, they repeatedly turned their backs on her.

Alice was desperate to find help. With nowhere left to turn, she turned to the most dangerous men she’d ever laid eyes on.

Rumour had it that they were drug traffickers. The leader was thought to be the devil himself, and his men his demon disciples; but what choice did Alice have? She needed someone that could protect Cami.

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They didn’t wear patches on their leather, and they weren’t called by any name, but they were brothers.

For Rick running a drug ring was challenge enough. Having each other’s back was all that mattered – until Alice approached him. Taken with Alice, and drawn in the moment he looked at Cami’s picture Rick ordered Jonathan and Swan to tail the little girl, and find out what they could about her situation.

What they found was that she abused and needed their help. What they discovered was an innocence they forgot existed in the world, and a strength no child should ever have.

Her sweetness drew them in. Her strength tore at their hearts. They would do anything to keep her was safe.

This is a creation of tomorrow..

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Cami was in trouble, and her grandmother knew. No one believed that Cami was being abused by her father Tom, and the police reports that Alice had been filing were fruitless. Tom was going to really hurt Cami if Alice didn’t do something, so she decided to turn to a local gang for protection. She was expecting to have to pay but little did she know, the gang’s leader Rick had a soft spot for her and little girls in need of his help. The gang decides to watch this girl in order to find out what her father is really doing to her. They don’t mean to become attached to young Cami and Alice, but they do. Now, they have to worry about protecting the two from Tom and from the gang’s enemies.

This was the longest book that I’ve read in a while. It actually took me 2-3 days of on and off reading to finish it! But I kept on reading because I just loved the characters so much. I was reading in a lot of different spare moments that I had, just to get a chapter or two in. And even through all of this, I still had that moment at the end of the novel where I thought “that’s it?” I didn’t want these characters to ever stop talking to me.

This book has a nice balance between shocking/sad and cute/relaxing scenes. You would have a scene with Rick’s gang fighting or killing members of another gang, and then you would have a scene with the same guys playing with Cami. The author makes sure that her readers know that just because the men are gangsters doesn’t mean that they are cruel to everyone that they meet. They can treat a young girl like a princess, and still kill anyone who dares to put her in danger. Some scenes might get a little gory for those faint of heart, but it still was an amazing novel.

This was also a semi-realistic portrayal of child abuse. Everyone knew that something wasn’t quite right with Cami’s relationship with her father, but they couldn’t get her to say anything. Bruises aren’t uncommon on children, and police reports might not go anywhere for quite a long time. The only way for the gang to find out what was wrong was to see it firsthand. Cami didn’t even show signs of being abused emotionally, she had gotten good at hiding things. The gang had to get really close to Cami to get her to say a word about her father.

After the father story arc is set to the side, you get to see Cami’s life with the gang around her. They became a sort of messed up family, with the gang using the money that they received from their other activities to give Cami elaborate gifts. I was so sad when they worried about Cami’s safety from themselves.

The romance in this book was also sweet. Rick definitely had a soft spot for Alice, and slowly Alice started to warm up to him as well. I had wished that it had gone further than it had, but it had to end for safety reasons. Such a tragic love story! Then, there is a romance that was introduced at the end of the novel. A bit of a triangle even. I don’t know how this will work out, but I will just have to wait until book 2 and see!

Overall, this was an amazing thriller. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an adult mystery/thriller novel with a side storyline about family.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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End of the Last Great Kingdom Review

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In Sulphurium the enlighten, whose with magic, are tested at the edge of adulthood to see if they have what it takes to become mages. For Leaf, an orphan who has not awaken his powers yet the trials are insurmountable. However, by the skin of his teeth Leaf manages to pass and is reborn as Mage Brimstone. Just as Brimstone becomes comfortable with his new life, the Order arrives and turns his world upside down. Their intent is to use him as a political and military pawn. Brimstone and friends will need to learn quickly if they ever hope to survive.

The Brimstone Chronicles is a dark fantasy series following the life of the Mage Brimstone. The story is fast paced and filled with unique characters and captivating creatures. Be warned this series is not for the faint of heart. Death and suffering lie around every corner, and not even the innocent are safe.

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I truly wanted to enjoy this dark adventure story with teenaged characters, but I felt as if I wasn’t truly connected to any of them. Each character had a unique trait, but their general personalities were sort of bland. By the end of the book, the only character that I truly knew was Brimstone. The rest had melded into one big pile of “Brimstone’s friends.”

Also, dark fantasy does not mean that all of the characters have to come off as being nearly soulless. Brimstone is cruel in this book by the end, and he is not even remorseful about it in the least. You would think that a 13-year-old would have some sort of physical reaction to such violence. I mean, he seems to be the slave boy at the beginning of the story, and those memories that he lost could have been of great suffering, but this was never explained. He didn’t even seem to be that strong at the start of the novel, constantly being bullied, so how is he this beast of a man who would never listen to anyone but himself by the end. Only a few months have passed!

Overall, I didn’t really like this novel, it could have definitely been more for me, but I did like the premise. I might still read the sequel to see if anything gets better and to find out what happens to Brimstone and his friends

I received a copy of this book and reviewed it through the Online Book Club. https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=98323

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 books

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Three Months To Change Review

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Three Months to ChangeLenora was changing—not in any frightening way. At least, not at first. There was the intense ability to shield herself from abuse that was very empowering. But her other senses had become heightened as well, and that’s when she’d begun seeing scenes from the past and smoky dark mists in her home. Meeting Frankie had been a wonderful treat—there weren’t many men who could stir her emotions as he was prone to do. Still, there was something strange about him, something haunting, something she couldn’t put her finger on. Ah, well, desirable men with the air of mystery were compelling and fun. Weren’t they? And what about Rex? She wasn’t sure. He was part of a fearsome family, making her wonder if such tales of werewolves and monsters were true. Just how did she fit into this strange new world? And why would she even want to? All she kept hearing, however, was that there were only a precious three months before a full change. Time was awastin’.

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I am not sure exactly what this book was supposed to be. As I read the last page of the book and then flipped to the acknowledgments, I literally said: “That’s it?” I had finished the entire thing in around 45 minutes, and I felt like I was trying to read a bunch of different stories at once.

At first, I thought that this would be a werewolf story. Lenora was going to change into a wolf at some point in the story, and her change will be the main focus of the novel. But this isn’t the case. Soon, she has some sort of mental connection with a random person named Frankie? I thought he was a coworker, but I’m not sure. There is a very random almost tentacle sex scene as a part of that “connection,” which was weird. I thought at first that it was Lenora connecting with her wolf, but then she says “it’s Frankie!” This is only about a quarter of the way into the novel, and we already have two different large story events happening.

Then, the whole werewolf storyline seems to be thrown to the side yet again. Now, Lenora is in some sort of time-travel storyline. She seems to meet Frankie on the “other side,” but the romance part of the story never picks up again. Instead, it is Lenora trying to control her powers. Were these powers connected to her wolf? I suppose so, but the story never really makes this clear. Then the story ends rather abruptly. I don’t know if there is a going to be a sequel to this novel, but if there is no sequel, then the storyline feels rather unfinished.

I don’t know if Lenora successfully became a wolf or gained control of her powers or ended up going out with Frankie. I really don’t even know what happened at the end of the novel, I just lost track of all the characters. No one had a memorable personality, I don’t understand how the werewolf storyline changed into a time-travel storyline, it was almost as if two different stories were spliced together at the middle. This book was simply too short for everything that it tried to do.

Writing this review was difficult simply because of how confusing this book is, and I would definitely not recommend this to anyone looking for a werewolf fantasy-romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 books

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One Day Blog Tour Plus Review

One Day
A.M. Salinger
(Nights, #9)
Publication date: December 28th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I will never tire of this man. Whatever he wants. Whenever he wants it. I will accept it all. All of him. Forever — Gabe

He taught me so much. How to love. How to laugh. How to fight and make up. And every day that I spend with him is another day I thank God for the gift He granted me when He gave him to me — Cam

With their wedding two months away, Cam Sorvino and Gabe Anderson receive an unexpected invitation from Gabe’s estranged parents to visit them in the US. But the trip doesn’t go as planned and Gabe leaves his family home with a bitter taste in his mouth, the memories of his past trauma fresh in his mind once more. Until Ethan asks him to join him on an incredible project, one with the potential to change Gabe and Cam’s lives forever.

With Ethan in charge of their secret bachelor party, Cam, Gabe, and their friends go on to enjoy the weekend of a lifetime, including one surprisingly hot and wicked night organized exclusively for them by the sexy bartender.

But as the countdown begins to their wedding, Cam can’t help worrying that Gabe is hiding something from him. Little does Cam know about the breathtaking surprises Gabe and Ethan have in store for him and Joe when they finally gather on the island where the wedding ceremony is to take place. And that’s not the only wonderful thing that unfolds in the beautiful surroundings of the tropical paradise.

Join Cam, Gabe, and all the couples of the Nights series in an epic finale that will have you crying, laughing, sighing, and cheering for all their happily-ever-afters.

Note from the author: this book is the final installment in Nights and cannot be read as a standalone. So, what are you waiting for? Get the entire series now and discover the hot, funny, sexy, wicked couples of Nights!

This is a novella length MF/MM romance with a collection of most splendid HEAs!

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Even though this book is a part of a series, I read it as a standalone for this tour. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend reading the rest of the series before getting through this one. This book was just so good that I wish I had gotten to know the characters better before jumping to the end. This was an amazing short story, and I’m sure that the rest of the series was just as awesome.

When the book opens, you are introduced to Gabe and Cam. They are an engaged couple, and they are traveling to visit Gabe’s parents for the first time. Cam is an orphan so he doesn’t have a family to introduce Gabe to, but Gabe doesn’t know how his family, specifically his father, is going to react. When the visit turns sour, they leave. Their relationship is intact, and they decide to simply focus on the wedding and forget about the rest of the family. this was what I truly loved about this couple. Even when it seemed as if they had no one but each other, they stuck together and made it through.

Gabe and Cam’s friends are some of the most supportive friends I have ever read about in literature. They all have their own relationships, but not everyone is engaged. At least, not everyone is engaged yet. They all plan an elaborate bachelor party that includes some things to make everyone happy, and they were determined to make Gabe and Cam’s wedding amazing even if their family couldn’t be there for one reason or another.

I also love that there is a mixture of LGBT+ and straight couples who are all friends in this book. This is how things work in the real world, but sometimes I see things being a bit segregated in mainstream literature. There are also different types of relationships in that group. Let me just say that just because the couple was straight did not mean that the man was the completely dominant one in the relationship. Very interesting to read!

I hope that everyone loves this book if they get the chance to pick it up! I read the entire thing in one sitting and almost hopped up to write my review right away, before remembering that it was nearly midnight. I want to get the rest of the series, maybe in a bundle if one comes out!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new diverse romance series.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.
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Obsessed With the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #2)

Obsessed with the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #2)Never trust vampires. Why can’t Caroline remember that?
Now that her bloodlust is under control and her relationship with Roric is developing into something more than a mentorship, Caroline is finally starting to accept her new life as a vampire.

With the rogue population exploding around them, Caroline wants to do her part to help the newly-turned and prove to herself and the world that vampires aren’t monsters. But when Roric refuses to let her put herself in that kind of danger, Caroline isn’t sure if he’s motivated by love or his obsessive need for control.

When a terrible situation forces her to make an impossible decision, Caroline must choose between breaking the law and saving an innocent victim. But can she, and her relationship with Roric, survive the choice she makes?

Caroline is getting used to being a vampire. She no longer has to avoid humans, and she is learning how to live a more nocturnal life. Her relationship with Roric seemed to be going well at first, but then Roric becomes more and more controlling. He doesn’t want her to work even though he works in a dangerous job himself, and doesn’t even want her to go out. Their relationship is on even shakier ground when Caroline directly disobeys Roric’s wishes and goes out at night, happening to stumble across a vampire attacking a human. Her choice during this attack will determine the fate of their relationship.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t quite sure how this series would play out after I finished reading the first book. This book definitely exceeded my expectations. The arc of having Caroline stumble across a dying human and being forced to make the same choice Roric did was well thought out. I also like that this story is showing how insta-crush may not be the same as love. Caroline would have never thought Roric would be so controlling when she met him, but now, she doesn’t know if she will actually want to stay with him. They didn’t just instantly fall in love and never have any relationship problems.

There are also side storylines about three different, one of whom is the girlfriend of Roric’s best friend. She is also going through problems with the vampire who turned her and then fell for her. I definitely preferred Ivy and Taven’s story to Caroline and Roric’s romance, and I actually hope that this couple stays together.

The other two characters have too many spoilers in their storylines for me to discuss them here, but I can say that I didn’t like them as much. By adding so many points of view to this novel, I felt as if I was constantly flying from character to character at times, without really getting to know each one individually. I am still struggling to remember which scenes were for which character as I am writing this review! The only two storylines that were absolutely clear to me were Caroline and Roric’s, the rest blended together.

This book is also not as focused on romance as the previous novel, as most of the characters have one-night stands as the majority of their romantic interaction. I don’t particularly have a problem with this, as the pairs are not set in stone yet, but it made it so that I didn’t see many of the characters have any sort of connection with each other (besides Ivy and Taven). I hope that this is remedied in the final novel, with no character being left hanging at the end of the series.

Overall, this book was a good sequel to the first novel, but it does leave a lot of things to be tied up in the last book with the addition of so many new characters. I hope that it ends well, and that certain things aren’t forgotten towards the end.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for an adult vampire paranormal romance trilogy.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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The Wish of Xmas Present Blog Tour Plus Review

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Dr. Malcolm Styles is the charming and adorably sappy hero in The Perks of Higher Ed and The Wish of Xmas Present.  Dr. Sky Ellis loves Malcolm just the way he is, including his junk food junkie habits and his love for all things sweet and chocolate. In The Wish of Xmas Present, Sky cooks Malcolm sweet potato pie and triple layer chocolate cake, two family recipes she learned how to make from her mother.
“So, you’d rather have candy corn and caramel apples than the sweet potato pie and triple layer chocolate cake I made you?”
“You made me what?”
“You heard me.”
“Where are they?”
“In your refrigerator.”
“How did you get them in there?”
“I used the spare key you left at my apartment.”
“You little… I don’t care. Let’s go.”
Yes, Malcolm loves desserts almost as much as he loves Sky.
“Since you didn’t bring any whipping cream, buy some for my birthday trip. Butterscotch, caramel, orange, or lemon. Chocolate, salted peanut butter, and brown sugar cinnamon would be redundant. I got those already taken care of.”
Sky’s eyes snapped open and stared at Malcolm. “You did not just say that.”
“You know I’m right. Chocolate, salted peanut butter, and brown sugar cinnamon, you’re getting all three now.” He pulled Sky even closer and whispered in her ear. “You love it. It’s okay to admit being a Malcolm Styles junk food junkie. I’m the best kind of food addiction, and you get a work out when you have me. A win-win.”
Now that Malcolm knows Sky is a whiz in the kitchen, especially with desserts, he made her a top ten list of his favorite holiday desserts. He’s hoping, with a bit of coaxing and a lot of kissing, Sky will make his holiday dream come true. If you think sweet treats are Malcolm’s only wish for Christmas, think again. Our romantic and sappy hero has plans for Sky, a present for their future.
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The Wish of Xmas Present

The Styles of Love

Book Two
N.D. Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday Romance
Publisher: Kuumba Publishing
Date of Publication: December 21, 2018
ISBN: 9781732556751
ASIN: B07HLHN9H8
Number of pages: 292
Word Count: 80k
Cover Artist: Limabean Designs
Tagline: The greatest gift of all is the love we share with each other…
Book Description:
As love blooms and familial bonds are forged, the spirit of the season welcomes us home and offers us a chance to dream. Dr. Malcolm Styles and Dr. Sky Ellis’s whirlwind office romance, a sexy perk of higher ed, has swept them off their feet. Now that the winds of change have settled, Malcolm and Sky find, as the Christmas holiday approaches, a chance to make a deeper connection.
For Malcolm, he has only one wish for the winter holiday of goodwill, mistletoe, and decorations. Will his wish make it to Santa’s list, granting Malcolm a joyful Noel, or will Jack Frost smother his cheer in a blizzard of disappointment?
As Malcolm and Sky traverse the landscape of romance and love, they find themselves on a journey of self-discovery and bonding. For ‘tis the season of caring and with it comes the blessings of family, hope, and faith.
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Malcolm and Skye’s relationship continues in this sequel to _. Malcolm wants to ask Skye to marry him, but he isn’t sure if she is ready. As he asks her friends and family members for advice, they all tell him to wait. Nevertheless, he knows that he wants to marry her, and he is willing to wait as long as he has to.

Skye is opening up to him more and more, and she starts thinking about the possibility of marriage. But before she can even think about starting her future, she has to face her past and her present: her father. Her father wants to come into her life again, but Skye doesn’t know if she is ready for that Malcolm wants her to try, and she just might be willing to try for him.

I loved Malcolm and Skye’s relationship in the first novel, so I was excited to continue reading about it in this book! The two got so much closer in this novel, and it was beautiful to see how their relationship grew.

Malcolm’s relationship with his sister and brother in law has grown, as Angie recovers from her accident. Angie doesn’t want to let her husband constantly take care of her, but she also needs help to complete basic tasks. I loved her character, as she was so spunky and always had motivation, even as she was sick.

We learn more of Skye’s backstory in this novel, and the truth about her relationship with her father. Every page revealed a new secret, and I was on the edge of my seat for the entire novel. The novel even tells the story from the point of view of Skye’s mother, Sade. You never heard much about her in the previous novels, as she has already passed away at the start of book one.

The story moved smoothly yet quickly, and I sped through the book almost completely in one sitting. I was rooting for Malcolm and Skye the whole time, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult romance novel.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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About the Author:
N. D. Jones is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. She is a dedicated educator, committed to equitable and excellent education for all students. N.D. has served in the role as teacher, department chair, and professional development teacher specialist, supporting the learning of students and the professional growth of teachers.
N.D. is the founder of Kuumba Publishing, an art, audiobook, eBook, and paperback company. Kuumba Publishing is a forum for creativity, with a special commitment to promoting and encouraging creative works of authors and artists of African descent. Her teenage daughter created the image design for Kuumba Publishing, while her son has written a role playing game original character bio for a new paranormal romance series–making Kuumba Publishing a true family affair.
A desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, inspired the author to take on the challenge of penning such romantic reads. She is the author of two paranormal romance series: Winged Warriors and Death and Destiny. She’s also embarked on a science fiction romance series, Forever Yours. N.D. likes to read historical and paranormal romance novels, as well as comics and manga.

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Outcast Blog Tour Plus Review!

 

 

 

On the hunt for a vicious killer, Kelsey discovers that the true threat lies closer than she could have ever imagined.

It’s been months since Trent Wilcox was sentenced to exile, but Kelsey hasn’t given up on finding a way to bring him home. Grayson Sloane doesn’t share her enthusiasm. Loving two men is challenging enough without them being at each other’s throats, and she is unwilling to compromise on the future she knows is meant for them.

Kelsey’s only hope for bringing them all together comes in the form of the Hell lord who insisted on Trent’s exile – Gray’s father. Lord Sloane is willing to acquiesce on Trent’s punishment if Kelsey will do one little job for him. A stray wolf is on a killing spree in Wyoming and he’s killed a number of witches in Lord Sloane’s service. The situation is made all the more complicated by the presence of a sinister werewolf cult in the area. Lupus Solum is known for being cruel to their own kind, and even worse to outsiders.

Caught between a craven wolf cult, a brutal killer, a Hell lord, and a mounting pile of bodies, Kelsey is going to have her work cut out for her. But if she can solve the case, she might have a chance to earn her happily ever after.

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Kelsey has joined the ranks of my favorite fantasy leading ladies now! She is part wolf and has a demon arm, can’t get much cooler than that. She is in charge a lot of the time, but she also knows when to step back and ask for help. She is a bit stubborn, but she allows others to help her when she needs it. Kelsey was such an all-around likable character! But don’t think that she is weak, because she isn’t. When her demon or wolf side comes out to play, nothing will get in between her and what she wants.

I loved hearing about her relationship with Gray and Trent. Usually, when you read a reverse harem story, the men are already in love with each other before they fall for the woman. This was a more realistic approach to the reverse harem trope, as both men were only in love with Kelsey. They tolerated each other for her, but that was about it. They had no romantic feelings towards one another, and they fought a lot, but they wanted to keep it together for Kelsey. The book was about romance, but it was mostly about the two of them trying to overcome their differences for Kelsey. I can’t wait to see how their relationship blossoms in future novels.

This story wasn’t really action-packed, but it was very suspenseful. You don’t know what is really going on with Lupus Solom, and at every turn, new characters are added into the mix. My favorite side character was Eddie, a sweet but nervous butler. He had been in a house where they had abused him for being a demon, so he is determined to do everything perfectly. Lee, an 11-year-old boy, does everything in his power to make sure that Eddie is comfortable. Reading their storyline was very sweet, and I hope that there will be a full story just about Lee sometime in the future.

Kelsey’s stepfather is trying to come back into their lives, even though Kesley doesn’t want him there. He makes her lose control of her powers through all of the bad memories, but if she doesn’t face him, he will simply continue to track her down. Even though this is a semi-main plot of the book, the book does focus on the Lupus Solom storyline more than the “family history” storyline. And I definitely liked that.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy-romance-mystery novel to read.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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“How does that make you feel, Gray?” Felix Day was in full-on shrink mode as we sat in his office, the late afternoon light illuminating the soothing interior.

“It makes me feel like murdering Trent.” Gray was using his calmest tone. Well, his most sarcastic tone, but it was also calm. Mostly. He wasn’t pleased with his current occupation.

“And Trent, how does that make you feel?” Felix asked.

“It makes me feel like I’m wasting my day pass, man.” There was nothing calm about Trent. He was perfectly exasperated. It was obvious the day had not gone according to plan.

But then what had he expected? Probably not thruples therapy.

As for me, I just wanted my guys to get along. It had been a full six months since my wolf guy had killed my demon guy’s brother. Now that sounds worse than it really is, a fact I’ve been trying my damnedest to get Gray—the demon hottie—to see. Gray’s brother had gone by many names on the Earth plane, but Stewart had been his most frequent alias. On the demonic plane, he’d been known as Nemcox and had been totally evil. He’d learned a secret about the king’s son…

I’m moving too fast. Like I said, it’s been a while. I should catch you up. I’m Kelsey Owens. I’m this weird thing that happens when a lone wolf forgets to wear a condom and humps a human lady. I’m what’s known as a Hunter. It basically means that I’m pretty strong and have a lot of werewolf senses, but I can’t actually turn into a wolf, though I do have a demon arm—and that’s another story entirely. I work for the King of all Vampire, who also happens to be the king of the supernatural world. I’m his Nex Apparatus. It’s kind of like a combo sheriff and assassin, with a dash of therapist thrown in. I’m involved with a gorgeous half-demon named Grayson Sloan and an insanely hot alpha wolf named Trent Wilcox. We had a few super-sexy encounters together and then came the aforementioned murder. But I didn’t see why that had to mean the end of our threesome. After all, the king and his wife and partner had gone through a ton worse and still got it on all the time, and in fairly public places.

I might be horny. Super horny. And my bio clock had started ticking. I wanted some baby making, and I couldn’t do that while my men were fighting, hence the therapy.

“You’re here on sufferance, wolf.” Gray was using his super-superior voice, the one he used when he knew a suspect was guilty and he could prove it. In the last few months, he’d gone back to his original job. Gray is a Texas Ranger. Not the baseball-playing kind. He’s a cop of the highest order and he works in the Ranger’s specialized crimes unit. By special they mean weird shit no one else wants to work. Basically he deals with supernatural crimes.

We’re kind of coworkers when you think about it.

It was his other job that worried me. Gray is also a dark prophet. Every now and then his eyes go midnight black and he starts to speak in what I like to call prophet rap. It’s usually a jumble of crap that doesn’t actually make any sense at all until you’re on the other side of it, but it impresses the other demons. Especially Gray’s dad, and he’s the one I worried about.

“I thought I was here to discuss potential parole,” Trent shot back with a shake of his head. “I thought you were willing to talk to me and find a way to work this out.”

Trent used to be the head of the king’s security. He had a great career, benefits, job security. Then he met a girl.

Yeah, I kind of wrecked that for him. Again, hence the therapy.

“This? You refer to the murder of my brother as this? I don’t want to work this out with you,” Gray replied, sitting back. “You misunderstand me, wolf. There is no parole. The king is high if he thinks my father will allow that to happen. The only reason you weren’t killed in the first place was to keep the peace. You will never be allowed your former place. And I have my reasons for helping Kelsey see you on a regular basis. I want Kelsey to fuck you out of her system so we can go back to normal.”

We were far from normal.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Felix said, taking in the three of us with an academic air. “Kelsey is dual natured, as you know. Unlike most were creatures, she’s not fully integrated. I know werewolves like to talk about their ‘wolf’ as being something that lives inside them, but that’s a euphemism. For Kelsey the ‘she-wolf’ part of her soul is separate, and she has different needs from the human portion.”

Not exactly. Honestly, the longer I live and accept the fact that I’ve got this gift, the more the she-wolf and I get along. I totally don’t lose control and try to kill people anymore. She-wolf and I kill people with purpose now, and we’re in total agreement on what we needed and that was sex.

“I’m perfectly willing to take care of all her needs.” Trent got that smirk on his face, the alpha wolf smirk. I shouldn’t find it sexy, but I do. “How about you go and talk to your father about this bullshit punishment and I’ll spend the few hours I have here in bed with our woman.”

I was actually all on board with that plan with the exception of losing Gray. I’d had a taste of symmetrical fucking and I wanted more. Not that I didn’t enjoy my sexy times with each of them, but there’s something about having four hands on my body that does it for me.

 

 

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Dating Her Billionaire Boss Review

Dating Her Billionaire Boss (Sweet Bay Billionaires Book 1)Layla was destined to be a star, but when her agent dumps her and she’s evicted from her apartment, she’s forced to admit she doesn’t have what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Desperate for money, she goes back to her home town and applies for the one job that nobody else wants – personal assistant to Calvin Montgomery.

Calvin may be a billionaire business mogul now, but in Sweet Bay, he’s still considered nothing but a no-good Montgomery, especially when he decides to build a tourist resort in the small, secluded, seaside town that wants to stay off the map.

Despite her lack of qualifications, Calvin can’t say no to the girl he had a crush on ever since he was a poor, bullied teen and she was the brightest star in Sweet Bay, even though he doesn’t think she could ever return his feelings.

Working for the guy she used to bully is the ultimate humiliation to Layla, and every time her competence is challenged, her ego takes another hit. But she can’t help falling for her boss when she realizes he’s a lot more than just brilliant, handsome, and wealthy.

Calvin soon realizes Layla just might be the key to convincing Sweet Bay to embrace his resort. But can she convince him she sees more in him than dollar signs?

Layla is returning to her town in shame as her Hollywood career has gone nowhere in the past ten years. She left right after high school thinking that she was going to be a star, but now she is moving back into her parents’ house because she can’t find a decent job without a degree. To be honest, I could relate to her! Everyone has had a time in their life when they thought that they were going to be great and then had to embarrass themselves a bit when they had to admit that things weren’t going as planned.

Layla was simply trying to find a job anywhere, and she ends up working for a boy that she went to high school with named Calvin. Layla used to bully him, so she is embarrassed to have to come to him in her time of need. Calvin isn’t sure if she will be up to the task, but he can’t say no to the girl that he used to crush on. Either way, he doesn’t have many choices for employees as the entire town is determined to run his resort out of business before it even opens to the public.

To be honest, I didn’t even focus on the romance that much in this story. I don’t even read that many office romance stories, so I didn’t have much to compare it to. Instead, I focused on the actual storyline. It was so interesting, and it reminded me so much of those Hallmark movies that I end up loving. Calvin is actually trying to do something good for the dying town, but people are prejudiced against him because of his family’s reputation. Layla has to get over those beliefs to keep her job, and she starts to see Calvin as a real person. This was what was even more important than their relationship, how they got to see each other as people rather than the boy from a bad family and the popular girl out of his league.

I won’t spoil anything, but I truly enjoyed the storyline with the resort and the town, and how it ended. In many romance novels the non-romantic plot gets pushed to the side, but in this novel, it was just as much a part of the story as Calvin and Layla’s relationship.

Overall, this is one of the most fleshed-out office romance novels that I have ever read! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new romance novel to read.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books. 

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Ancient Souls Review

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Ancient Souls: (Historical Fantasy Romance Series-Book 1)Death is only temporary and then you’re reborn, sending out a call to other souls linked through past friendship, love—and betrayal.

When WWII nurse Cora Tate discovers she can remember past lives, she is thrust into a world she never knew existed but lived through more times than she could count. Although the memories of her many pasts have not yet returned, she finds herself at the center of a centuries-old conflict with a clear line dividing those who seek power and those who seek to give it. With her superior fighting skills and instincts for battle resurfacing, Cora agrees to fight, joining ancient warriors who could never blend in and a petite female sniper you could never see coming.

With battle after battle, Cora’s memories begin to flood back–though some not soon enough. Their leader, British Captain Alastair Scott, doesn’t hide his feelings for her, barely reigning in his passions in his attempt to give her space to remember. But as Cora’s mind begins to open further revealing her love for Alastair and the never ending war in which they fight, memories of another soul emerge in a far away past where lovers turned enemies and enemies turned lovers.

With her destiny held in the balance, Cora must reconcile between who she once was with whom she was always meant to be to stop the war for good.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good reincarnation romance novel!

Cora has strange hallucinations, and she has no idea where they come from. Soon, she finds out that the hallucinations are actually scenes from her past lives, and that she isn’t quite normal. In this universe, there are some souls that are “ancient” or that can reincarnate throughout history. Cora has lived many other lives, and soon she will be able to remember nearly all of them. She joins a group of other reincarnated souls, which is where she meets Alastair. He says that he is her soulmate, and soon her memories confirm that. Then another man comes into their lives, someone who broke them apart in a past life, and old battles resume.

Cora was a unique character, even without being an “ancient soul.” I think this is why I liked this book so much. She was already a female nurse in WWII, operating on soldiers with all kinds of horrifying injuries. She was a hero for being able to keep working even though she was nearly falling asleep on her feet, just to try to save as many patients as possible. The fact that she was an ancient soul just made things better, I would have enjoyed a complete story just about her!

Her romance with Alastair does not really pick up in this novel that much, but it is understandable as this is only book one in the series. I hope to be able to read the future books, and to see how their relationship blossoms. This book focuses more on building Cora as an individual character, and exploring her past lives.

Another unique thing about this story is that the reincarnated souls are really old. Rarely do I even see the reincarnated souls characters go back that far in history, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Even though this story was around 250 pages, I devoured it in one sitting. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a new historical fiction/fantasy romance novel to read! It is definitely worth your time. Can’t wait to continue with the series!

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books.

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