Smoke In Her Eyes Blog Tour Plus First Impressions Review

Smoke In Her Eyes
by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: March 15, 2019
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback; 352 Pages

Series: The Wanderer #2
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal

Six months ago, Helle Madsen would have described herself as normal. Now she no longer knows if that terms applies, not after her entire life has been turned upside down by the reappearance of not one, but two, men from her very, very distant past.

Helle Madsen never believed in mumbo-jumbo stuff like reincarnation—until she came face to face with Jason Morris, a man who purportedly had spent fifty lives looking for her. Coping with being reunited with the lover from her ancient past was one thing. Having Sam Woolf, her vindictive nemesis from that same ancient past join the party was a bit too much. Suddenly, Helle finds herself the reluctant heroine of a far-flung, time-transcending epic story, one in which pain and loss seem to play a very big part.

This time round, Jason and Helle are determined to make it to the happily ever after. Unfortunately, Sam Woolf will stop at nothing to crush them. That ride into the golden sunset seems awfully far away at times…

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Review for Book 1! 

First Impressions Review

I am currently around 150 pages into this book, so less than halfway through, and I am loving it so far! Helle and Jason’s relationship is going through a rough patch, as Jason isn’t spending any time with Helle. He feels responsible for Juliet’s severe burns, and so he spends all day at the hospital with her. When he gets home, he barely pays any attention to Helle. Helle is feeling extremely neglected, and Jason won’t even talk to her to explain what he is going through. She also doesn’t like the fact that he is spending so much time with Juliet, given that the two had a romantic relationship in the past. Woolf is out of commission at the start of the novel, but if Jason and Helle do not work together to put him out of commission permanently, he will come back again.

My favorite part about the beginning of this novel was how it showed that no relationship is perfect, and that every relationship needs communication. Even though Helle and Jason work so well together, they still need to talk to one another. And that is what they aren’t doing in this book. Helle wouldn’t have been upset, and Jason wouldn’t have been so bottled up. I can’t wait to see how they will work out their differences and fight Woolf again later on in this novel.

If I gave this novel a rating right now, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Seeing Helle and Jason bicker for quite a few chapters can become annoying after a while, but I know that it is necessary to see how they will grow later on in the novel

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing.

Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 30
Feature at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, May 1
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, May 6
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, May 8
Interview at The Book Connection

Thursday, May 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, May 13
Review at Bri’s Book Nook

Tuesday, May 14
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, May 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Saturday, May 18
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Monday, May 20
Review at Bookish

Thursday, May 23
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, May 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, May 28
Review & Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, May 31
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

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Warmth: A Paranormal Romance Novella Review

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Warmth: A Paranormal Romance NovellaCan he ever forgive her?

Fire witch and full-time outcast Ariel Manchester thought her dreams had come true when Jordan Walker, her crush since high school, kissed her on New Year’s Eve.
But when Jordan reveals that he is a vampire and she is his midnight snack, Ariel uses magic to save herself— and in the process, burns her attacker to a smoldering crisp.
Now Jordan’s dark and mysterious brother, Ryan Walker, is out for revenge. A talented warlock with a knack for spell casting, he summons a demon to take care of Ariel once and for all.

But Ariel isn’t Ryan’s only problem.

There is a price to be paid for meddling with the supernatural. A price that must be paid in blood.

And there’s only one person he can turn to for help.

Enter a new world of paranormal suspense, fantasy, and new adult romance with this debut novella by Liv Miles! 

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I was so into this story at the start of the novel! Ariel was such a tragic character. She clearly did not have full control over her powers, even though she had been practicing for years. Now she murdered her high school crush. Sure, he was attacking her at the time and trying to drink her blood because he was a vampire. But that doesn’t mean that he deserved to die. Ryan, his twin brother, is after her now. He doesn’t believe that it was an accident and sends a demon after her.

I liked that Ariel didn’t just “get over’ the murder. She knew that something wasn’t right about the entire situation, but she had to keep moving on with her life. Even as a demon was after her, she continued to be civil to Ryan and go to her classes.

Ryan was a bit much for me. I thought that he hated Ariel, and this made him quite an interesting character. Then, he randomly started falling for her. And she started falling for him! There was no paranormal influence in the romance portion of the novella, it was just instalove. I wouldn’t mind instalove, but under these circumstances, it just seems rushed. Ryan still thinks that this girl killed his brother, but he is just going to drop all of these thoughts on a random feeling of “like.” If his hatred of Ariel hadn’t been so severe at the start of the novella, the transition into the “love” storyline would have been smoother.

Overall, this was an okay romance novella. I didn’t love it all the way through, but the story was interesting. I ended up liking the demon/murder plot more than the romance plot. This would definitely have made a great paranormal murder novella with a bit of romance at the end! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantasy/mystery short story.

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

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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A Magic Redemption Blog Tour Plus Review

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by Tena Stetler

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.

Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her, their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.

When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?

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Synn has been struggling to adjust to regular life after escaping from her captors. Now, she knows what freedom is like, but certain things remind her of her past life and cause her to spiral into a panic attack. She had some sort of relationship with Gavin previously, but in this novel, the two are tiptoeing around each other. Synn isn’t sure that she’s ready to be in a relationship, and Gavin doesn’t want to push her into anything too fast. They can’t deny their chemistry and others keep trying to set them up, but they don’t want to betray each other’s trust.

This was definitely one of the better paranormal romance stories that I had read, as they truly respected each other’s wants and needs, and supported each other mentally as well as romantically. Synn allowed Gavin to support her, and she also went to other members of Gavin’s family for emotional support. I liked that they didn’t make it so that she escaped from her captors and was perfectly fine, she actually had anxiety from her life’s ordeal. Others were sensitive to her emotional needs, and she was able to grow and get a job.

The only thing that I wish had been included more in the novel was Gavin’s being a gryfon. It was a known fact from the beginning of the novel that he was a gryfon, but it wasn’t included in the storyline until almost the end. The only character that had magic was Synn herself, and her magic was only slightly the focus of the novel. I felt that it made the book less paranormal and more just regular adult romance. If things had been explained and used more in the story, I think that it would have added more to the overall worldbuilding.

Even though this book was 231 pages, I read through it pretty quickly. It was nice how well the story flowed, and how the story didn’t seem rushed. Even though it was the fifth book in the series, I definitely think that it could be read as a standalone. I was still able to connect with all the characters and enjoy this amazing book without reading the previous four.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult romance novel with some paranormal elements.

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

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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The road to her cottage took them by the pub. He didn’t want to spoil a great day by stopping by Shaughnessy’s. But he had a nagging feeling that was exactly what he was supposed to do. Prior experience taught him nothing but trouble would come if he ignored his gut. “Mind if we stop by the pub on the way home. Storm can stay in the truck for a few minutes. I want to make sure—”

“Everything is all right?”

“Of course it’s all right. I’ve taken time off before.” Gavin bristled. “I had a life before—” He stopped mid-sentence. No way was he going to spoil this day.

She shifted in her seat to face him. “Before what? Me? Before your sister married an assassin? Or Brandy became engaged to a vampire? Before your world came crashing down amid demons, vampires, witches, and world ending shit?” She paused, closed her eyes, and leaned her head against the seat again. “I didn’t mean that. I’ve been on edge since the dream—nightmare—premonition. Call it what you want. Today was a nice reprieve. But when we hit the edge of town—what’d you call ’em—” she tapped her temple. “My spidey senses went off.” She shivered.

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Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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Protecting the Wolf’s Mate (Blood Moon Brotherhood #3)

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Protecting the Wolf's MateEllen has one goal: vengeance. With little memory of her life before her imprisonment by a maniacal werewolf, her world has been full of pain, humiliation, and fear. But now that she’s been rescued, her need for revenge is challenged by the urge to be part of a pack… and the unshakable connection to, Hollis, the man her wolf claims as their mate.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and that includes looking after Ellen, who doesn’t need or want his help. He’s determined to keep her safe, even though she’s hell-bent on revenge, even if that means sacrificing himself. And it might come to that when the big bad comes back for the one woman he can’t live without.

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I loved Hollis and Ellen so much! Hollis is a wolf who can’t seem to shift, so he just gets sick every full moon. While others enjoy bonding with their wolves and learning how to fight for their pack, he spends most of his time just trying to figure out how to find a cure for the wolf infection.

Ellen used to be one of the Others, but she was basically born into it and had no way out. Now, she doesn’t have a pack and was only in Hollis’ to help Jessa, the Alpha’s mate, to have a baby. Since the baby is born, she wants to go back to the Others again to kill Cyrus and the ones who tortured her for years.

Ellen and Hollis are two of the most focused members of the pack. Hollis has dedicated his life to his cure, and Ellen has dedicated her life to getting revenge on those who hurt her. Ellen uses anger as a way to protect herself when she was with the Others, and Hollis just buries himself in data to protect himself from being ashamed of his wolf. Neither felt that they had time for love, and they wanted to deny the emotional connection that they had. Their friends knew but Hollis wanted to focus on his work and Ellen wanted to focus on her mission without getting connected to any members of the pack.

Hollis has been the pack member with the most fleshed out story for me so far. He tells Ellen about his home life before he became a wolf, and he even has a company outside of the pack. He seems like a person with real traits other than just being a wolf in this pack.

Ellen has the most unique story out of all of the characters. She was technically a member of the “villain’s” pack, but not by choice. She can give Hollis’ pack more in-depth information about how the Others work, telling them things that they would have never known about Cyrus.

Ellen and Hollis’ romance was pretty whirlwind. They had chemistry from start to end of the story. I thought that they were going to get together a lot faster than they did, but it still took a good portion of the book before they accepted the bond. We got to see more of each character’s backstory this way, and I actually enjoyed the wait more.

Overall, I loved this installment in the series. I can’t wait for the next one! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult romance novel.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Possessed by the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)

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Possessed by the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)With the opening of the Vampire Training Academy, Roric is confident that the Agency is getting a handle on the rogue epidemic, and he can focus on other things, like getting Caroline to agree to mate with him. But when the rogues conspire to take down the school, Roric realizes the battle has just begun.

The rebellion wants to bring an end to the Academy, the Agency, and, ultimately, the treaty between vampires and humans. While Roric is reeling from the surprise attack, they make their demands, holding Caroline as ransom.

Can Roric save Caroline before the next attack, or will he have to sacrifice the woman he loves to protect the world from his own kind?

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This was honestly my favorite book in the series, and it totally restored my faith in Caroline and Roric’s relationship.

Roric and Caroline are celebrating the opening of the new school for newborn vampires. They hoped that there would be no more rogue vampires once the school is opened, and that vampire/human relationships would improve because of this. Roric finally agreed with Caroline that the vampires needed some sort of training, and together they found the best way to do it. This relationship growth was so important for the couple, as it brought them together to fight for the same cause. Rorirc wasn’t babying Caroline, trying to keep her inside and away from other vampires, and Caroline was able to continue the work that she thought was important.

When Caroline was kidnapped, Roric almost loses his mind with worry as he tries to find her. But while she could use Roric’s help, she definitely was no damsel in distress. She was constantly trying to find a way to escape, and even when her captor tried to get her to beg Roric for help, she stuck to her guts and told Roric that she would be fine. I loved her for this, in her mind, the Academy was worth more than even her own life. Roric was determined not to let her die, but Caroline wanted to fight for herself so Roric could protect the Academy.

Taven and Ivy are also a couple in this book. They didn’t have as many issues in the previous novel, but they have their own share of troubles in this book. They never truly confirmed “what they were.” Taven wants to be exclusive, but they still don’t have any sort of label, and he is completely out of touch with his emotions. Ivy would be okay with being exclusive, but she wants Taven to tell her what he wants. I feel like I got to see more about how they feel for each other in this book, and I loved it.

I really do enjoy how this series ended. I wish that I could know more about the future of the characters, but it did end on a finite note. It’s just me being greedy when I ask for more!

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new adult vampire romance trilogy with unique characters and addictive love plots.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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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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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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Harbinger Blog Tour Plus Review

 

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Welcome to my stop on the launch tour for Candace Wondrak’s The Harbinger!

TheHarbinger CoverThe Harbinger (Book #1)

Genre: Reverse Harem/ Fantasy

Expected Publication Date: November 5th, 2018

Synopsis:

The rules of the Second, a list by Faith Blackwell.

One: technology doesn’t work. The Second doesn’t need electricity when it has magic. Two: don’t trust anyone. The Second’s races—the Elven, the Malus, the Ulen and the Dracon—are way too pretty to trust. Three: when someone tells you you’re the new Harbinger, believe them. Bad things happen if you don’t.

Back in the sixties, the last Harbinger permanently opened the gateways between Earth and the Second. Humanity grew accordingly. Faith is in her fifth year at the Academy, with her sight set on joining the Division, the branch of government that enforces what most law enforcement can’t, like smuggling goods between worlds. Following her mother’s footsteps has always been the plan.

Of course, she doesn’t want to follow them to a T. Her mother had awful luck with men, as did her grandma. Faith wouldn’t mind finding out what’s so special about a man that it has her quirky grandma swearing at them constantly. A field trip to the Second is just what she needs.

Being the first female Harbinger in the Second’s history and having to face down the realm’s most dangerous Dracon, also known as the ridiculously-named Dread King? Not what she needs.

Faith isn’t a hero. That sort of responsibility is not what she wants. The perks that come with it—like a sexy but infuriating Elf, a flirty Malus, and a quiet and pensive Ulen—well, maybe for them she’ll make an exception to her grandma’s no-man rule.

Maybe she’ll have them all.

The Harbinger is the first in a slow-burn, reverse harem fantasy series. Expect eventual hot and steamy scenes, coupled with the Chosen One trope, and a heroine who will reluctantly try to save a world that isn’t hers.

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My Review

Even though this was a reverse harem novel, I would still recommend it to those who aren’t necessarily fans of the genre. This first book of the series focuses more on the fantasy elements than the romance elements.

Faith is going on her fifth-year trip to the Second as a part of the Academy. She wants to join the law enforcement team that keeps the peace and order between worlds, but she doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps exactly. If everything goes well, she will get the job she wants. But knowing her luck, nothing is going to go well. Her Elf companion named Light is snobbish and hates her, and she can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Then, everything is turned upside down, and she learns that she might be the first female Harbinger.

It took me around 30-40 pages to get into the storyline, but after I got into it, I was truly addicted. I loved the slight chemistry that Light and Faith had, and for a while, I forgot that there were gonna be more men in the series. Then the others started to appear, I instantly knew that they were going to be fun to meet. They didn’t start appearing until the book was almost over, but I enjoyed the short time that I had with them.

The ending felt a little rushed, but it did end on a cliffhanger to leave us hanging for the next book in the series. I wish that the ending had been stretched out a little more so that I could keep better track of the story. Either way, the middle was the best part of the book for me.

The plot of the book had varying speeds which threw me off a little bit, but it didn’t affect my reading experience all that much. It just made me like the slower parts of the story better than the faster parts. I didn’t notice any grammar or formatting errors that would have thrown me out of the storyline either.

I would recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and reverse harem novels.

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

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Excerpt

The three males that had chosen willingly to follow in a hunter’s footsteps for a week were strong enough to string their bows, though their aiming power left much to be desired. On average, they hit their targets about one in…five.

Awful. Terrible. Light was aghast that these were supposed to be humanity’s so-called protectors.

When he was done with the men, he turned toward the final participant in his seven-day extravaganza. She was on her back, laying the sun, one arm draped across her face to shield her eyes from the light.

Was she sleeping?

Light was purposefully as quiet as he could be—which was near soundless—as he picked up the final unstrung bow and dropped it unceremoniously on her, landing it right on her stomach.

She jerked awake, blinking half a dozen times as she stared up at him. Her irises were of a pure, untainted green. They seemed to sparkle in the sunlight. They were only a level or two of intensity away from being exactly like Elven or Fae eyes. Their color…wasn’t ugly.

“That was rude,” she said, grabbing the bow and getting to her tiny feet. How did she walk on those?

“Perhaps you should not have fallen asleep during my lesson,” Light spoke, irate.

“Perhaps your lesson should not have been so boring,” she chimed, running a hand through her hair, which seemed more red than brown in the sun. “It’s memorization, buddy. Not that hard. It’s actually something I’m kind of good at.” She walked away from the two males who sat near her, studying the vellum, past the third who returned to the group after taking out the few of his arrows that made their target. “Now teach me how to shoot.”

Light smiled as he crossed his arms, the leather on his chest tight as he commanded, “I’ve already attached the bottom of the string. All you have to do is finish stringing it. It shouldn’t be too hard, since you seem to be so good at everything.”

Her bright green stare squinted at him, and for a quick moment, her eyes fell to his feet, traveling up him like she studied each part of his appearance. She stared at him too intently for his liking. Turning her back to him, she whispered, “Trust me, I’m not good at everything.” Her words probably had a hidden meaning, but Light did not care to inquire.

He watched her shoulders hunch as she sought to bend the bow—wrongly, of course—and somehow get the string to settle in the handmade notches Light had carved in them. He’d made all of the materials himself—yet another one of his punishments from the Court. That’s how he saw it, anyway.

After he laughed out loud, Light said, “Perhaps the funny one is not as strong as she thinks she is?”

She whirled to him, glowering, though the stern look did not reach her eyes. She didn’t really care about succeeding here, he could tell. “I never said I was strong. And my name—so you can stop calling me the funny one—is Faith.”

Faith.

He’d have to make certain he tried hard to not remember it.

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Captured By the Vampire ARC Review

Captured by the Vampire: A Paranormal Romance (Vampire Enforcement Agency Book 0)This book is the prequel to McAllen’s new Compelled by the Vampire series. To be honest, I don’t quite see how it will come into play, as Zoe and Rowan weren’t in the first book, but it is still a very entertaining standalone. Hopefully, the next few books will go back to them!

Zoe is a normal girl down on her luck. Her mom is an alcoholic who doesn’t really care that they are living in a trailer park, and her sister works in a strip club. She is cleaning in the police station as a side job to pay for her community college, but she honestly doesn’t see herself getting very far.

Rowan is a vampire who has had to live without his mate for many years. After starving himself, he plans to let himself turn to ash in the sun so that he can finally join her. Then he stumbles across a car accident, and one of the dead girls looks so much like her that he can’t help but drink from her. He finds himself arrested, and is too weak from the starvation to break himself out. Zoe finds him and is intrigued by him. She could help him, but this might mean that she has to leave everything she has ever known. But does she have anything worth staying for?

I loved seeing Rowan and Zoe grow together in this short story. Rowan comes to her very suicidal due to living alone for so many years. Without his mate, he never saw another vampire. Zoe has been alone as she is the only one in her house who hasn’t just succumbed to the circumstances, and she doesn’t have time in her day to hang out with anyone else. They came together at just the right time to give each other what they needed.

As this is a novella, I was expecting just a little bit of backstory about Caroline and Roric’s world. Instead, I received an entirely new story filled with vibrant characters and an amazing plot. There was description of every scene, from the trailer that Zoe lived in, to the cell that Rowan was in. It really made the book feel alive. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this was a prequel that took me a good 30 minutes to read, and I am a fast reader. This was one of the longest novellas I have read in a while! I would be fine with a full-length novel just about Zoe and Rowan.

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

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

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