A Journey of Flames and Love Review (Hearts of Love and Faith #1)

A Journey of Flames and Love: Hearts of Love and Faith Series: Book 1

Have you ever honored the legacy of a loved one? Were you willing to do whatever it took to achieve that goal?

My mother was my world and it won’t be easy to find the Firebird which was her final wish. I’ve got fallen angels seeking the bird because they believe it to be a powerful weapon of chaos and ruin. And I’ve got a hunter on my trail trying to capture my heart. 

My name is Audry Duvessa. I’m a witch from the world Kimmeria. My world borders the Realm of Darkness. Before my mother died in the Civil War of Eight, she left me a letter detailing her last request.

Roei Shurwud is a hunter from the world Terradora. His world borders the Realm of Light. Hunters have dedicated their lives to protecting the light from darkness. They hunt magical beings such as me, as well as dark creatures such as vampires or werewolves. The hunter has chosen to join me on my quest. He feels guilty for causing my family to perish during the Civil War of Eight. Roei may have led the troops, but he didn’t fire the deadly shot. Someday, Roei must forgive himself.

I must find all seven of the Firebird’s tail feathers in three days before the fallen angel Apollo does. Legend states the Firebird is a weapon of chaos and ruin. Apollo and his lackeys want to seek revenge against God for kicking them out of heaven after the first holy war. Our world has become their battleground because God’s word is law here. So, the Fallen want to make a statement by destroying God’s creation. 

Now, it falls to me and Roei. I will complete the quest and honor my mother’s legacy. And together, we must stop Apollo from destroying the worlds with darkness.

I was so excited to read this book that I read the entire thing in one sitting. This book is a whirlwind tale of love, war, and adventure as Audrey races against time with Roei in order to try to get all of the Firebird’s feathers in time.

The story starts with Audrey’s parents’ death. Roei and Audrey were both younger here, and they were fighting on different sides of the war. This was probably my favorite overall part of the book, as I really got to understand what Audrey was a part of. It was sad to see her have to watch her parents die, but I was glad that I got to see it from both Audrey and Roei’s perspectives.

Unfortunately, there were many things that I ended up not liking about this story. For starters, it was too fast. One minute we were talking about Audrey’s parents dying, the next we are talking about her trying to find three kids from her ex-husband and 20-30 years have gone by. And I didn’t even figure out that 20-30 years had passed until the end of the story where the ages of the children started to add up. This is a rather large timeskip for a book that is only around 134 pages long.

I felt that this was more of an insta-love story rather than a gradual buildup, which was a bit confusing. This should have been more of a hate to love gradual story or series, but it just wasn’t. Enemies to lovers in a few minutes.

The action scenes in this book were fairly suspenseful. A few were really too short, but most kept me on the edge of my seat. This did keep me interested until the end, and I still enjoyed the overall story.

Overall, I think that this book could have been amazing if the author would flesh it out a little bit and not make the characters move as fast. For now, it is still a pretty good novella, but it could be great.

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

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 books


Can’t Let Go Review (Georgia Boys #1)

Can't Let Go (Georgia Boys, #1)

I’ve never had a problem getting the girl, until Mallory. Her resistance might have something to do with my incoherent introduction and the pickup line I used. But come on, who doesn’t love a bull rider?

Okay. So, maybe I didn’t make the best first impression but that’s what second chances are for. Right? 

I don’t know what it is about Mallory, but I’ve got to have her. I need to get to know her. Who knows, maybe she will be the one to finally settle me down. There’s just one problem, I’ve only got a few weeks to win Mallory over before she flies back to Florida and the odds are stacked against me. But I think I can do it. I am Beau Cooper after all.

I don’t think that this couple should have been together. In the first half of the novel, I really thought that they were a good fit! They had an instant attraction towards one another, and they were sensitive to each other’s emotions. But then things started to go downhill.

I felt like the characters were actually intoxicated for 50% of the book. Most of the story was just them hopping from party to party, from bar to bar, getting drunk, doing things that they regret, and then having to get over the things that they regretted doing. At one point in the story, I was just saying to myself “oh what are they going to do now?” whenever they made the decision to go out yet again.

Beau is not really someone that even seems like he needs “settling down.” He seems pretty laidback, not even that much of a partier honestly. The only girl that was all over him in this book was his ex from high school. Speaking of this ex, she causes way too much drama. Beau is so much of a pushover that he lets her kiss him IN FRONT of Mallory! And then when Mallory goes to dance with his friend and his friend kisses her without her even asking for it, Beau gets mad at her. Like cmon, you just basically made out with a years old ex right in front of her two seconds ago. Even if she wanted this kiss from one of your friends, she would have actually deserved to get it without repercussions this time!

This brings me to the next point. Mallory has intense trust issues. Beau could literally be doing anything, and Mallory would assume that he was out with the girlfriend that he repeatedly said that he did not have. It was just so ridiculous at one point, and no one ever questions why she has these issues. It just lead to a bunch of little fights between her and Beau, and this was before the ex even showed up again. That would have been the time for Mallory to actually get mad at Beau for a reason, but then she gets kissed against her will, and Beau gets mad at her. Mallory’s issues are touched upon when her ex-boyfriend and her family situation is discussed, but I barely remember what exactly it was. It was a very brief discussion.

My favorite part of this book was during the scene where Mallory was in a bit of trouble. I can’t say too much about that because it is a big spoiler for the book, but it was my favorite overall part of the book. I give the book an extra star for this scene, just because it was exciting.

Overall, this was a bit of an underwhelming romance read. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but if you have some time and you want to read it, then you could try it! You might end up still enjoying it! It is a very short read.

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

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 books


Protecting His Priest ARC Review

Protecting His Priest (Looking For Group #2)Narissa is a physician, considered a major pioneer of cybernetics. She lives to help people, allowing her love of gaming to help her unwind after a long day.
Outside of work, she keeps herself busy with her favorite addiction–a popular massive multiplayer online role-play game her friend and client Ajax immersed her in. After a disastrous marriage that almost destroyed her, she’s good with keeping her life simple. Work–play–no need for love. But the more time she spends with Ajax, the more she wonders if she should give romance a second chance.
Only one problem–the past has a habit of rearing its ugly head.

Ajax’s life revolves around gaming, and his passion paved the way to the revolution of virtual reality gameplay. With his looks and money, he could have any woman he wants, but he’s got a new addiction. Narissa is sexy, intelligent, and so not interested in a relationship. When he finds out the truth behind her divorce, rage and a primal need to protect her takes over, and he vows no one will hurt Narissa again.
But will his resolution be enough?

I almost forgot how much I had loved the first book of this series, but this book definitely reminded me!

Ajax and Narissa have had chemistry, something both of their mothers had seen, but Narissa wasn’t sure if she was ready for another relationship. Her ex-husband Nolan had hurt her so badly that she wasn’t sure if she could trust anyone ever again. Ajax is determined to make her trust them, but he doesn’t know if she will open up. When her ex-husband is about to get released from prison, he decides to take her on a trip to get her mind off things, and hopes to get closer to her in the process. Narissa hopes that she will be able to open herself up to Ajax and finally be able to rely on someone again after all these years.

One of my favorite parts of this book was that even though Ajax did the typical “I can pick you up with one hand” type of flirting, it made sense because he had the cybernetic arm. He WAS able to pick her up without straining himself! It ended up being really cute. But he wasn’t invincible in every way because once his arm was damaged it was up to Narissa to fix it.

Narissa is definitely my current favorite female character of this story. She has the most unique backstory in my opinion, and she is an absolute genius. Without her, the cybernetics world would not be near where it is, and Ajax wouldn’t have the quality of life he now has with her technology. She needs him, but he needs her just as much. She basically help him save his own life.

There was a lot of character development, especially on Narissa’s part as she had to get over her ex-husband. She might be 30 years old and 8 years out of the relationship, but he still has control of her mind. Ajax also has to open up to Narissa about his past after his accident, which is painful for him too. This makes for an engaging plot that moves smoothly from the office to the trip and then back into normal life.

Even though this was an advanced copy of the novel, I did not notice any grammar errors. Nothing took away from my experience reading this book.

The only thing that I have to say I disliked was the typical “argument” that each couple in a romance novel has before they decide that they were made for each other. I thought that it was rather weak and could have been settled without the lengths that the two went to in order to cause drama.

I would recommend this book to lovers of both LitRPG and romance novels.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Jilliand Review

Jilliand“Bruised, bloody, and barely dressed, she knew it was over. She had no doubt the Vikings would search for her if she tried to run—especially now, with their companion lying dead. It would be dark soon, and she had no idea where she could go or hide. Jilliand knew they would come for her. The Vikings were not likely to let this go—especially it being an attack by a woman. She was defeated. Weak and shaking, she stared at the man’s body. I think tonight I die. 


To me, this book started off promising, but then it went down from there. We started with Jilliand being imprisoned by her father, then she worked with Rurik on a Viking ship, then she lived with Rurik, and then even more. The story continued to crawl along, but as soon as I fell into one part of the story, it quickly switched to the other. 

The story was definitely very interesting, even though nothing good seemed to happen to Jilliand for quite a while. After a few chapters, I wanted SOMETHING good to be able to happen to Jilliand. But every single time something good happened to Jilliand, something bad happened to take away what small happiness she had. I know that this is supposed to be the medieval times with the Vikings or “pagans” vs. the Christians, but I highly doubt that there would be any one person that simply had the worst luck and couldn’t have a single bit of happiness. She is just abused so much in this book, and I felt so bad for her by the end.

The storyline with Rurik was romantic, but it was definitely tumultuous. This is not a strictly romance story, the romance is really just a side plot to the main story.

The plot of this book did not move smoothly, as Jilliand got older and there seemed to be some major timeskips throughout the story. There was so much just jam-packed into this one book that I didn’t get the chance to be connected to any of the side characters. I barely got to know Rurik, with him always being away and running the Viking army.

My favorite character in this book ended up being Rurik’s mother. She is so sweet to Jilliand, and wanted to help her in every way possible. She became the mother that Jillinand never had, and helped her to heal after the years of abuse she had endured at the hands of her father and the other people whom she encountered. She was the only one that I felt that I got to “know” after reading the book.

I would not necessarily recommend this book. It is definitely a unique fantasy novel, but it is such a dry read that it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience. I also wish that I had gotten to know the side characters more, but the writing style made it difficult.

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

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The Year Without Summer ARC Review

The Year Without A SummerBanished from her home for loving a man her parents didn’t approve of, Amelia is forced into the depths of the country, away from London and the only life she knows.

Maud runs away from her overprotective aristocratic family only to find herself stuck in the country, far from all the excitement she longs for.

Viscount Cheviotdale has run through his entire fortune and his only hope of recovery is Amelie’s money. But it’s no easy task trying to persuade Amelie’s family he’s a desirable husband for their daughter.

Bev Grainger, newly bought out of the Royal Navy with a fortune in Prize Money, is just beginning to enjoy all the delights of London when his family needs him to take possession of a disputed country estate until the law can decide on the rightful heir.

Four young people looking for life, and maybe love, in a small country district in Regency England during the coldest year anyone can remember. Will it all end happily?

I found it very difficult to care about any of the characters in this book. Maud is spoiled, and decides to pretend to be a maid, but is the most disrespectful maid working. It almost blows her cover and gets the people protecting her in trouble. Amelie is a foolish young girl whose father sends her away because she is planning to elope with the town playboy. She hates her parents for the rest of the book, even though they were trying to protect her, and only realizes later that they were trying to do her a favor. Then, there were the two guys. I couldn’t keep up with their storylines at all.

The book has far too many POV switches for its 123 pages of length. I couldn’t tell one character from the next when it seemed to switch every single character. I couldn’t connect with any of them because everything seemed to be so rushed, and the two that I was able to figure out were just so immature that I couldn’t stand them.

The plot was not smooth at all. Every time that I started to understand one story arc, the book skipped to the next one. The story arcs weren’t connected enough for the events to flow, so it was just a horrible reading experience.

Then, there was the issue of the “power exchange.” Maud is caned for her disrespect by the man who runs the household, and she is embarrassed but later thinks that the marks feel nice. I get that you can enjoy pain as a part of your relationship, but I doubt being caned for disrespect by a complete stranger would feel “nice.” Even someone who enjoys that kind of relationship would not experience pleasure unless it was in some sort of consensual setting or from a significant other, not by a complete stranger. I’m tired of these types of books accepting abuse as a  part of society and women willing to accept abuse and actually experiencing pleasure from strange men in a non-consensual environment.

Overall, I would not recommend this story to anyone, even if they enjoy power-exchange historical fiction novels.

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

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

A Nanny for the Reclusive Billionaire ARC Review

A Nanny For the Reclusive BillionaireMallory Worthington has had enough of being treated like a fragile flower. She needs to get out of Dodge, as far and fast as possible. Somewhere no one knows about her childhood battle with cancer. A talented chef working at her family’s flagship hotel, she leaps at the first job opportunity that meets her criteria – personal chef and nanny for a reclusive and insanely hot billionaire in the Florida Keys. She doesn’t know a lot about the nanny part, but how hard can it be?

Billionaire Rhys Dalton cut himself off from the world after his wife was killed. Living on this remote island was the only way he could ensure the safety of his son. Finding someone willing to help him take care of his child, well that’s been a challenge right up until Mallory knocks on his office door. She makes him think and feel things he hasn’t in years. He’s smart, so he fires her on the spot.

But she’s not going anywhere, no matter how hard he might try to get rid of her…

First, let me say how happy I was to find out that Mallory was self-sufficient before she met her billionaire! Many times when I read billionaire romances, whether it be in well-written fanfictions or full length novels, the character that the billionaire falls is not really self-sufficient. Even if they claim that they were fine before the billionaire came into their lives, they were really living in a barely decorated apartment, barely eating, and sometimes even being emotionally hurt by every single person in their lives. Mallory was different. She was an amazing chef who had been making a decent living at her family’s restaurant, and then she just decided that she wanted to be out from under her family’s name. Sure, her family had babied her ever since her bout with childhood cancer, but she wasn’t incapable of functioning without Rhys. This made her fitting character for Rhys to fall in love with. He would not have fallen in love with a woman who could barely take care of herself.

My favorite part of this entire book was definitely seeing Mallory and Rhys’ son get closer. Even though his son was very stubborn, like his father, Mallory was determined to find a way into his heart. She refused to let a four-year-old get the best of her, and soon, even he falls for her. It really allowed the family dynamic in this story to blossom.

During the book, I forgot that Mallory had battled cancer in childhood at one point. This book really shines a light on the issues that cancer survivors face on a daily basis. She still has to go get bloodwork done often to make sure cancer hasn’t returned, even though her bout with the disease was over a decade ago. Also, some people can’t get past the fact that she was so sick at one point in her life, even though that time has passed. By adding these small details, it just makes Mallory’s backstory feel more unique yet realistic.

The plot of this story moves fairly quickly, but it wasn’t so fast that I felt lost. It also wasn’t insta-love, like many of these contemporary romance stories are. The two might have thought the other was pretty/handsome, but they weren’t ready to get married in a week.

Also, these romance stories are never complete without a “damsel in distress” scene. Nevertheless, this book puts an interesting spin on this trope. I won’t spoil anything, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

Overall, this is definitely going on my list for favorite romance novels! I read it in one sitting and was addicted from start to finish, and fell in love with the characters.

I would recommend this book to lovers of adult romance novels with realistic characters.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


The Marquess and His Maiden ARC Review

The Marquess and the Maiden (Lords of Vice, #2)Harriet Wheatley is the mastermind behind the Ladies of Virtue’s quest to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport—the most extravagant wastrel in all of London.

Known for his opulent lifestyle, Oliver isn’t surprised by Harriet’s confrontation. It’s obvious Harriet longs for any way to take him down a notch. She says she’ll help him find a bride, but he knows it’s only because it gives her the excuse to chastise his indulgent ways.

Oliver has good reason for his flagrant overspending, but Harriet will hear nothing of it. So he has no choice but to teach the lady a lesson, even if it means risking his heart to the hard-headed and fiery woman.

I am occasionally iffy about Regency romances. Even though I had my ups and downs with this couple, I loved Heather and Oliver being together by the end of this story

Harriet’s involvement with the Ladies of Virtue made for a very unique story. I’ll be honest, I struggled to figure out the true purpose of this organization. At first, I thought it was some sort of Robin Hood type of thing, but then it just seemed as if they were trying to change the men to be more charitable. I wish that more time had been spent in this story really explaining what this organization was for.

I won’t spoil anything, but by the time I got to the end of the novel, I didn’t really see the point in their whole storyline of “trying” to get together. They almost always had chemistry, even if they tried to deny it. It didn’t make their romance pointless, but a lot of the “drama” between the two had me facepalming.

I did like the fact that Harriet was successful in her own way. Rather than succumbing to the “old maid” syndrome. She didn’t stop her life because she didn’t have a husband, or even feel the need to get a husband. She just wanted to live her life and better her community.

Even though Harriet may have been more spirited than the typical woman of the time, this book still stayed pretty historically accurate. It discussed the issues of women fighting against alcohol abuse, and woman fighting for the good of their communities. They didn’t want the rich men to have all of the power and waste their money on pointless things, dragging their communities to the ground.

The plot of this story moved smoothly, and it started to move quickly after the beginning had finished. It took me a bit of time to get into the story due to a bit of a time skip at the start, but then I got hooked!

I would recommend this short story if you enjoy Regency romances with strong female main characters and sweet love stories.

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

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Ali’s Thieves: A Reverse Harem Fairytale ARC Review

Ali's Thieves: A Reverse Harem Fairytale (Once Upon a Harem Book 8)In Gallabah, there is a wall to divide the rich and the poor. In the poor “Sector”, rations are thrown over the wall and people fight over the rotten food. Aliah has never gone outside of the sector, and barely ventures into the forbidden woods. Nevertheless, she is a wood carver and must collect the wood in order to make a living. Her sister has always wanted to leave the sector, and she is finally getting her wish by marrying the prince. Minnah wants Aliah to come to the wedding, but she is also ashamed of her only guest being someone from the impoverished Sector. Ali is used to having nothing, and so when she goes into the rich sector, she shocked by the number of people living so luxuriously. She considers this to be unfair, and so she joins a team of 4 guys who are determined to make their world more equal. She doesn’t plan to fall for them, but they start to work their way into her heart.

I love reverse fairy tales, and I love reverse harem stories, so this seemed like a perfect match for me. I loved every minute of this story, but my favorite parts were not actually the fairy-tale portions or the reverse harem portions.

My favorite part of this entire story was actually being able to see Minnah and Aliah’s relationship grow. They had never been close, even after their parents died. Eventually, Minnah became ashamed of her sister and ashamed of where she had grown up. Aliah disliked her sister and thought that she was just marrying for money and not for love. Eventually, the two have to work together, and they have to overcome the differences that have plagued their relationship for years. This was probably some of the most intense character development that I have seen in a reverse harem romance novel!

The plot was smooth all the way through! I was only sad that I didn’t get to see that much of the stories of the individual men in Ali’s “harem”. Some were focused on more than others, and I wish that a second book was coming out to elaborate on her relationship with each man individually.

One other thing that I wanted to point out was that this book actually wasn’t that short! Usually, Reverse Harem stories are so short that they are over and leave me wanting another novel. Even though this book didn’t elaborate as much on the individual men, it definitely had enough story to make me feel like I had truly read a full-length novel by the end.

I would recommend this novel to lovers of reverse harem romances and retold fairy tales.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Compelled By the Vampire ARC Review

Compelled By The Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency, #1)Roric is one of the good vampires. He doesn’t drink from humans, even from the legal blood banks where humans volunteer. He definitely doesn’t want to infect a human, and his job is to track down those who attack humans. When he comes across a woman who has been infected by a vampire, he knows that he should probably just let her die. Then he takes one look at her and realizes that he can’t let her die. She has already gone through half of the change as the rogue vampire already poisoned her with his venom, but now she must drink from him to complete the change.

Caroline doesn’t ever want to be a vampire. Her parents were killed by vampires, and she would rather die than become one herself. Roric’s blood completes the change, but she doesn’t want to have to give up her life for something she never wanted. Roric needs for Caroline to trust him so that she doesn’t hurt herself, or others.

After McAllen’s mermaid series, I was definitely ready for whatever new PNR came from her. Boy, was I not disappointed. Sure, this one wasn’t a reverse harem, but it was just as good.

This book mostly focused on the morality of being a vampire. In this world, vampires can drink from each other to satisfy their thirst for blood. There is also the blood bank, but this is where they will drink from volunteering humans. The “good” vampires only drink from each other or from the blood bank, and the “bad” ones attack humans. Keeping this dynamic in mind, Roric was going against everything he stood for by turning Caroline, but he just couldn’t stand to see her die. This kicks off their whirlwind romance, but I won’t say too much about how it started.

I sped through this book once I started it, and I absolutely fell in love with the side characters. Again, can’t say too much without spoiling most of the book, but they are definitely worth paying attention to.

The setting of this is the normal urban fantasy series, but there is definitely a lot of description that goes into making this world feel alive. At no point did I just give up and only think of the vampires as vampires, but instead I was always able to see them as people first. The scenes had just enough description to feel real and not overburdening.

The character development was also intense. Caroline had to get over her fear of vampires, accept the fact that she was one, and control herself so that she wouldn’t hurt anyone unintentionally. She is quite the stubborn character, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I felt her pain as she realizes that she can’t go back to just doing what she used to do every day without scaring those around her. Humans know that vampires exist, but they don’t know that they can exist in harmony with each other. All they know about is the attacks, which causes many who are poisoned to just allow themselves to die rather than changing fully.

I can’t WAIT for the next installment of the series. I thought that I was going to be done with this crazy anticipation for McAllen’s books, but a year later, here I am!

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

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

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Beyond the Green Review

Beyond the GreenThis book transports readers back to the late 1970s, where Indian/Native American children whose parents were not able to care for them were simply given as foster children to white families. Even if there were viable biological grandparents or aunts and uncles for the child, the government thought that it would be better to take them off of the reservation entirely. This meant that if the parents ever became able to reclaim the child as their own, they would essentially be ripping that child from the only family that they have ever known.

Britta’s family took in Dori when she was only 5 months old and has raised her for the past 4 years. Eleven-year-old Britta has become used to having two younger sisters, and they seem to all be perfect together. Dori’s birth mom was unable to take care of her because she was an alcoholic, but now she has gotten her life back together and wants to take her daughter home. Britta doesn’t think that Irene is going to be a good mother to Dori because she barely knows her and she used to be an alcoholic, what’s saying that she won’t fall back into old habits? Britta is determined not to let Irene into her or her sisters’ lives and will stop at nothing to save her baby sister.

This story truly revolves around the theme of family. Britta has known her family to include Dori, and her mother has always treated Dori as a third daughter. Dori was never a burden and never stood out to them as being “different”, yet she is the only one who has to leave her family and return to her “real mother”.

Even though Britta’s family would probably not think of themselves as being prejudiced, Britta is prejudiced to some extent towards Dori’s birth mother. She believes that since Dori’s mom is an alcoholic, she will always be a “drunken” Native American woman. She doesn’t think that she is worthy of having her angelic little sister. She has to work through this deep-set hatred she has for this new woman for taking her little sister away from her family.

This book has excellent character development and world-building. I didn’t even realize that the novel was supposed to be historical fiction until I got to certain parts of the story that dated themselves.

I believe that this book could be useful for preteens to read, especially if they have foster sisters and brothers who always have the chance of being called back to live with their birth parents. It teaches them how to work through their initial grief and help their younger sibling through the changes that they will have to go through after completely changing houses.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for an inspirational children’s book about foster families and dealing with change.

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

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars