The Forgotten Series Blog Tour Spotlight

Title: A FORGOTTEN GODDESS (The Forgotten #1)

Author: Cecilia Randell

Pub. Date: September 20, 2018

Publisher: Cecilia Randell

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 236

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An abandoned Egyptian goddess follows her visions to Ireland, and finds more than she ever bargained for… 

An abandoned Egyptian goddess follows her visions to Ireland, and finds more than she ever bargained for…

Bat Sitru used to be a goddess. Well, technically she still is. But with no followers, no temples, and only the overly mischievous cat-goddess Bastet as a friend, it’s difficult to lay claim to the title.

When her visions—once faded—return to her, they point to a land in the north, one of green slopes, mist, and rainbows. She is shown a hope for comfort and home, something that has long been missing from her existence.

Once there, she begins to wonder if her visions have led her wrong. She’s cold, damp, and her new landlords, the O’Loinsigh brothers, are not particularly welcoming. On top of that, she is confronted by a dead leprechaun on the rear stoop, a dagger that sucks the life of immortals, and territorial gods.

As past secrets collides with the present, will Bat be able to carve a place for herself in this new land? Or will this goddess be forgotten once more?

Please note: A previous, and shorter, version of this story was released in the anthology Shamrocked. This is also a slow-burn RH.

Title:  THE LEGENDS THAT REMAIN (The Forgotten #2)

Author: Cecilia Randell

Pub. Date: December 6, 2018

Publisher: Cecilia Randell

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 291

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A storm is brewing, and this goddess does not like the damp… 

Bat Sitru, an Egyptian goddess, is content in her new life in Sligo, Ireland. She tends the bar, participates in all the sing-songs she cares to, and is making new friends. The only thing she could wish to change is her relationship with the O’Loinsigh brothers—they’ve grown distant, and she’s afraid to upset the careful balance the four of them have found.

Before she can figure out what to do about that distance, an invitation arrives from the head of the O’Loinsigh family, leading to the revelation of long-held secrets and her visions come to life once more. What she will need to face this time is nothing so simple as a mad woman out for revenge—old legends are stirring as an ancient evil seeks to return.

Along with Dub, Mell, Shar, the reluctant Finn, and a host of other outcasts, Bat will confront a growing conspiracy of fae, gods, Fomoiri, and an evil long locked away. All she wants is to enjoy her strawberries and tea, and maybe a kiss or two, but sometimes a goddess has to do…

Well, a goddess has to do what a goddess has to do. 

Title: THE FINAL MELODY (The Forgotten #3)

Author: Cecilia Randell

Pub. Date: April 27, 2019

Publisher: Cecilia Randell

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 255

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Bat Sitru and her merry band of fae are officially on the run… 

Or are they on the hunt? It’s hard to tell. Separated from Dub and Shar, Bat can only concentrate on getting through the next steps of their piece-meal plan to defeat Balor. They have all the tools to defeat the would-be god, now they just have to pull it all together.

With new and unexpected allies, as well as a horde of sluagh on their heels, Bat and her boys race to find Tir Hudi and the cauldron before their enemies know they’re there.

In the end, it will be up to her, that forgotten goddess, to restore the balance and prevent the world from descending into chaos…

Note: Yes, for those who have not read the first two books yet, this is a “why choose” type romance.

About Cecilia:

Cecilia Randell was born in Austin, Texas and grew up in a home with her very own Cheerful Bulldozer.  After some brief adventures in various places such as California and Florida, she returned to her hometown and took up a career in drafting.  A lifetime lover of words and stories, the transition to writing was two-fold: a comment from a relative and a short line from another author, saying to write what you want to read.

And thus the new adventure was born.

Now she can be found most days curled up in a comfy chair and creating new tales to share with others.

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7/8/2019- BookHoundsInterview

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7/10/2019- The Tired BuyerGuest Post

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7/15/2019- Sometimes Leelynn ReadsReview

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7/17/2019- The Reading LifeReview

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Merry Christmas + My Top 15 Books of 2018

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful day with plenty of food with friends and family. I am personally enjoying my day with my family, and watching a few Christmas movies.

I have officially read 300 books (so far) in 2018, and I might add a few to that list once I make sure that I have reviewed all the books that I read on my Kindle. Here is my list of favorite books that I have read in 2018!

15: The Forest Beyond The Earth

The Forest Beyond the EarthThis book made it to my list because it had such a unique ending. The worldbuilding was great, and Wisp was a charming protagonist, but the ending really made the whole book come together for me.

14: Charm: A Cinderella Reverse Fairytale

Charm: A Cinderella Reverse Fairytale book 1 (Reverse Fairytales)I really do love reverse fairytales, and this trilogy was my favorite reverse fairytale one all year! I loved reading about Charm and Cynder, a princess expected to marry, and a servant with a secret. To anyone looking for a reverse fairy tale trilogy to read that has fairly cheap novels, this is the one.

13: Spellbinding His Ranger

Spellbinding His Ranger (Looking for Group #1)I enjoy LitRPG novels, but this novel took things to another level. Not only did it have the LitRPG elements I love, but it also included a real-life romance between characters in a guild. This is also a series, so I am excited to see who falls in love in the third installment of this series.

12: Trouble In Glamour Town

Trouble In Glamour TownI had heard some stories about how dangerous/difficult it was to work in Hollywood in the 1920s, but this book truly took inspiration from those stories and turned it into its own world. I love all of Mallery’s historical fiction novels, but this one definitely taught me some things that I would have never guessed about old Hollywood.

11: The Mermaid’s Escape

The Mermaid's Escape (The Siren, #1)This book was what truly got me into the Reverse Harem genre, and I loved reading the series. Unfortunately, it finished this year, but I am totally into McAllen’s new series. I will never forget this mermaid reverse harem tale.

10: Tales From Piney Grove

Tales from Piney GroveNot many people know what it was like to grow up on a farm as a sharecropper, and it is a piece of American history that is being purposely forgotten. Morrison tells you everything in this novel, their joys and sadnesses, their wins and their losses. Then, he tells you about how it is now in Piney Grove, and it truly opened my eyes. Definitely a worthwhile read.

9: The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenI was truly saddened after reading this book, and partially scared. I was sad for the teenage girls who were tricked and lost their lives because of radium. I was scared because many of the stories took place in a city truly close to mine, and I know my city also had some really bad factories in it at one point. I know that these poisons don’t go away, so I wonder what/who is truly hiding in the cities graveyards and parks. Truly frightening thoughts!

8: Don’t Look At Me

Don't Look at MeThis Beauty and the Beast retelling really stuck with me, and I fell in love with how the story was told. I will definitely be rereading this novel in 2019!

7: Enlightened

EnlightenedI never really got into reincarnation fantasy novels, but this YA one sold it for me. It had parts that were historical fiction, other parts that were romance, and other parts still that were fantasy. I even loved the sequel to this one, can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

6: This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)I have read a lot of fantasy YA novels, but I hadn’t read a great science fiction YA novel in a while before this one. This book, wow. It completely blew me away, and restored my faith in YA science fiction novels!

5: Nevermoore: The Trials of Morrigan Crowe

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)This book has some of the best worldbuilding I’ve seen in a middle-grade fiction book in a while. I loved the sequel as well, even though I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet. Stay tuned, I will definitely post my review soon!

4: Off And Away

Off & Away

I definitely wasn’t expecting a picture book to be on my list of favorite books of 2018, but here we are. The art in this book was absolutely stunning, and I was completely drawn in by the story. I am keeping this book for as long as I can, and I hope to be able to see more by Atkinson soon.

3: In A Time Never Known

In a Time Never KnownThis historical fiction novel was long, addictive, and so intricate that I felt as if the characters were leaping off the page. I have heard that there is also a sequel in the works, so I can’t wait for that as well!

2: The War Between Us

The War Between UsI never thought about how World War II would affect Korean-Americans. They weren’t all sent off to internment camps, but people in America would still discriminate against them because they “look Asian.” This story tells a romantic tale of true love in spite of ignorant surroundings.

1: Elizabeth’s War

ELIZABETH'S WAR: Missouri 1863Looks like I truly loved the historical fiction books that I read this year! I still think about this book, and how it opened my eyes about the Civil War. Even though the Union is deemed as a “hero” in the history books, the Southerners weren’t “evil.” Some, like Elizabeth and her family, were simply minding their own business on a family farm when the war broke out. All of a sudden, they were on the front lines, making difficult decisions for the good of the family. This book and Crossfire in the Street were truly amazing reads this past year, and I hope to see more from D.L. Rogers in 2019.
That’s all for now, I will have a 2018 Wrap UP Post as well later this week that includes my goals for 2019. Have a great day everyone!

 

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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Bated Review (Goldilocks and the Three Dragons #1)

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Bated: Reverse Harem Dragon Shifter Fairytale (Goldilocks and The Three Dragons Trilogy Book 1)Marigold has horrible luck.

Now she’s also got a death sentence.

Can she use her feminine wiles to get out of this one?

Marigold has committed a crime that means certain death. Now she’s on the run from the shifters that want her hanged.

But Marigold’s luck turns worse when she’s captured by three handsome, dragon shifter brothers. Or does it?

If you like reverse harem fantasy stories, you’ll love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears retelling because it’s hotter than dragon fire.

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Marigold thought that she was safe when she escaped being caught by the bears and made it to something of a shelter. Then she comes across the bodies of two dying dragons and gets blood all over her clothes as she tries to save their lives. In walk three dragon brothers, who only see their dead parents and a girl covered in their blood. They assume that Marigold killed their parents, and she has to prove her innocence. She knows that if she is turned into the authorities that they will see that she escaped prison and will send her right back to the bears.

I will start by saying that if you haven’t read the prequel to this series, Hated, it is really important that you start there. If you start with this book, you are basically missing the information leading up to Marigold stumbling across the dragons. Previous events are also mentioned throughout this book. It is free for Kindle and is fairly short, so just take a few minutes and read that one first.

That being said, I am loving this series! Marigold has such a unique backstory, and I can already feel her chemistry with the brothers. This book does focus on her relationship with only one of the brothers, but I can’t wait to see how the “harem” itself grows in future books.

The one thing that I liked about this novel was that the brothers are just as old as Marigold. In many of the other RH novels I’ve read, the main character is between the age of 18 and 20, and the men are all a lot older than her. Either they are in their late twenties, or they are magical beings that are hundreds of years old. This seemed to be a more age-appropriate matchup.

Also, I really enjoy the discussion of grief. Some brothers find it easier than others to find Marigold innocent, whereas others were blinded by anger and grief. None of the brothers were completely right or wrong in the conclusions that they jumped to, but the discussions that came afterward were important, and they allowed me to see what types of characters I would be dealing with for the rest of this series.

This is an action-packed and addictive tale, and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new reverse harem novel.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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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!

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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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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

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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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Hey guys! I’m a writer, an office worker, a wife, a mother to two dogs and two cats, and half of a strange pair of young adults who flip the houses they’re living in with the goal of having no mortgage (so that I can eventually focus on my writing career!). Needless to say, I’m busy.

Still, I somehow find time to write, to read, and to enjoy life. Wish there were more hours in the day, really!

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Queen Takes Twins Review

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Halloween Between the SheetsIt’s Halloween, but this collection of hot and steamy scenes is all treat and no trick. Put the candy away and get sticky with us with this compilation of all new exclusive scenes from twenty of your favorite Reverse Harem authors.

I read the story Queen Takes Twins, which is a novella in Burkhart’s Vampire Queen series. I have never read the series, but I definitely want to after reading this reverse harem short story. If you haven’t read the series, this is definitely a good place to start.

The Vampire Queen has her Twins, and she always takes good care of them. Through the Blood bond, she can tell what they want and/or need, and they are also connected to her. This makes their time together very interesting, as they can all completely place their trust in each other.

Even though this is a short story, I actually got to know all the characters pretty well. This reverse harem story definitely has more female dominance than most, and it also has more emotions than most. Neither of these is a bad thing.

I would definitely recommend this anthology, and Queen Takes Twins specifically, to anyone who enjoys reverse harem stories and who are looking for a Halloween twist to the genre.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Court of Secrets Blog Tour Plus Review

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Title: COURT OF SECRETS Reverse Harem Fantasy (Forbidden Queen #1)

Author: Dyan Chick

Pub. Date: October 15, 2018

Publisher: Dyan Chick

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 216

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Four Sexy Fae Princes. A Changeling Fae. A Secret that could end them all.

When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes. Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae princes. 

When she accidentally uses magic, Cassia discovers that she’s not human. She’s a changeling, a fae hidden in the human world. She no longer belongs in the human realm, but she won’t survive on her own in Faerie. 

Now, her only hope is the three sexy fae princes who saved her life on her wedding day. On the run from the monsters that attacked her, Cassia must help the princes hunt them down. Her life depends on them, and by the time this is over, they might need her as much as she needs them. 

Court of Secrets is a full-length Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel

Book 1 of 4 

My Review

I love reverse harem fantasy novels, and this one is going into my collection of favorites.

Let me start with the Cassia. She isn’t powerless in this one, she always helped them with their monster kills from the start of the novel. She might not have full control over her powers, but she definitely has strong powers and uses them to help the boys at every turn. She is a changeling, a Fae placed into a human home, and she was able to escape in time so that her powers wouldn’t be permanently erased. She has always been on her own, whether she was with her father or her betrothed, so she does enjoy having someone else that she can trust. Nevertheless, she is determined to strike out on her own in the Fae realm eventually. She just needs the help of the boys to get rid of the monsters that are coming for her.

I honestly can’t wait to read the next three books in this series. If this is how things are starting, I can’t imagine how Cassia will be by the end of the series. I imagine that she will be fighting alongside the boys like she already has, but with her trained powers. It will definitely be something that I will be interested in reading.

I don’t know too much about the boys, but they all are unique in their own way. I hope that the next three books will allow the readers to see their pasts and their relationship with Cassia grow. Personally, I think that Cormac will have the most interesting backstory. The characters that seem stoic/cold always seem to have a story that could take up a whole extra novel.

There was a little character development as Cassia had to adjust to the Fae realm from the human realm, but I think that there will definitely be more development in future books. The plot moved smoothly, and this definitely felt like a full-length fantasy novel even though it was short. There were no grammar errors that I saw in the advanced copy of the novel.

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: 5 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

Dyan.jpgAbout Dyan:

My story is probably similar to a lot of other writers out there. As a kid, I was creative, imaginative, and loved to write. I’d write scripts for plays and make my sisters act them out. I got excited about the writing prompts for standardized tests in elementary school. I started writing my first (unfinished) novel in 5th grade. Then started another one in middle school. For a long time, I was a closet writer. I didn’t tell anybody that I had a hard drive full of abandoned stories. After years of not finishing anything, I finally took the plunge and started taking writing, and myself as a writer, seriously. My first novel, Heir of Illaria, published January 23, 2017. Book 2 is right around the corner. It’s gone from closet hobby to full on addiction. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my characters as if they’re real.

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10/15/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

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10/17/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

10/17/2018- Books,Dreams,Life– Spotlight

10/18/2018- Ace Reads– Review

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10/22/2018- Book Briefs– Review

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10/23/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

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Taming Blog Tour Plus Review

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Taming (1).jpgAbout the Book:

Title: TAMING

Author: A.K. Koonce

Pub. Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: A.K. Koonce

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 217

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What’s worse than insufferable dragon shifters? 

Insufferable dragon shifters who think it’s ‘immoral’ to sell dragons. 

It’s just my luck that the magical dragons I found would be three asshole shifters. The trade value of dragons just went up too. And when I mention selling at least one of the men to cover my investment, they throw little tantrums like I asked them to give their souls or something. 

Ungrateful little creatures are what they are. 

I have my own problems. My own secrets. These men are not what I need in my life right now. To top it off, they’re on the hunt for a dangerous Mage. 

Just wait until they find out the Mage they’re hunting is actually me … 

This is a Reverse Harem series containing M/M themes. Recommended for readers 18 and over.

My Review

This book was hilarious. It had its dark moments, but I found myself laughing more than I found myself on the edge of my seat. Arlow never wanted to take care of dragons, and she does the bare minimum to keep them healthy. The only reason why she even bothered to take them on was that the money their sale would bring her would allow her to stop working and live comfortably for the rest of her life. She wasn’t expecting them to be shifters, and when they reveal themselves, they hate her. They don’t understand that she didn’t feed them as much because she didn’t have the money to afford all the food, and they felt that she didn’t like them.

Honestly, how they ended up having a reverse harem in this story, I don’t know. They started off on such a bad foot, it is a wonder of how Arlow ended up falling for the boys and the boys ended up falling for her. But it happened! And it wasn’t disappointing when it did. I could definitely see the chemistry between the characters and I loved when their relationship got off the ground. Nevertheless, not all the dragons ended up falling for Arlow, and this leads to my next point.

I didn’t know that this was a series! I don’t mind that it was a series, but it did come as a shocker when it ended and said: “wait for the next book.” I had hoped that we would at least get to start seeing a real relationship between Arlow and all three dragon brothers, but we only got to see one true relationship and maybe the start of a second. I can’t wait to read book two, and maybe their relationship will grow in the next novel.

My only real confusion was why Arlow still wanted to sell the dragons after figuring out that they were shifters rather than simple animals. She didn’t know who they really were, and they were already grown men. They could have been princes or something, she could have tried to use them to help her rather than just trying to get rid of them for a limited amount of money.

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

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A.K..jpgAbout A.K.:

A.K. Koonce is a USA Today best-selling author. She’s a mom by day and a fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She keeps the fantastical stories in her mind on an endless loop, while she tries her best to focus on her actual life and not that of the spectacular but demanding fictional characters who always fill her thoughts.

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10/5/2018- Random Bookish Banter– Review

 

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10/8/2018- Parajunkee Excerpt

10/9/2018- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

10/10/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

10/11/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

10/12/2018- Book Briefs– Review

 

 

Trial Of Three Blog Tour Plus Review

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Title: TRIAL OF THREE (Power of Five #3)

Author: Alex Lidell

Pub. Date: September 26, 2018

Publisher: Danger Bearing Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 192

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Four cords of power. Three trials. Two soul-crushing secrets. 

For Lera, training has never been so hard. With the males’ power roaring in her veins and River’s cold demand that she master the magic before the third trial, something has to give. Worse still, River is keeping something from her. Something about his past and Lunos’s future.

For River and Coal, the past must stay buried. Though one male’s nightmare sits on a throne and the other’s hides in his soul, they are equally unprepared for Lera’s startling determination to undress the truth. 

But when Mors’s Emperor Jawrar makes a play for Lunos, neither Lera’s fledgling magic nor the males’ old wounds can remain untouched—not if their world is to survive.

TRIAL OF THREE is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel, third in the Amazon bestselling, KU-All Star POWER OF FIVE series. 

My Review

The quint is split on how to train Lera for the third trial, the hardest trial. Half of the quint wants to train Lera as little as possible so she isn’t hurt, and then protect her in the trial. The other half wants to train her like they would train any other fae to try to hone her magical powers and give her the ability to protect herself in the trial. No one gives Lera a choice in how she wants to be trained, but she doesn’t want to be a dead weight in the quint. Not only is she the youngest due to not being immortal, she is also the weakest due to lack of training. If they don’t pass this last trial, they will not be recognized as a proper quint. Due to her mortality, some still want to break them apart before the trial even happens. Nevertheless, the quint is determined to stay together and pass this trial.

Lera was very sheltered in this book. She kept saying that she wanted more “difficult” training, but she only thought that because her actual training was so basic. When the time came for her to actually get training, she was shocked, but she didn’t become a damsel in distress. She was determined to be as strong as the fae, and she wanted to even help them hone their powers through her.

River and Coal have very troubled pasts, and these new events have their pasts coming back to haunt them. The quints relationship strengthens as they have to share their emotional baggage to progress magically and improve their skills. Lera learns things about the boys that she had never known before, and they learn things about her too. The closer they are emotionally the easier it becomes for them to connect romantically.

I’m really excited for how long this series is becoming! Most of the reverse harem novels I have read so far have been fairly short. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is not satisfying if you are a person who enjoys reading books that are in longer series. This isn’t a trilogy, and from what can be seen, I’m not sure if it will end at book 4! If it does, that’s fine, but if it doesn’t, I will just be even more excited to read about Lera and the four men who love her. These books are not difficult to read as the plot is always smooth and there are no time skips. There are a few POV shifts when needed, but they really only pertain to whoever Lera is interacting with at the time. You won’t have a POV shift that will take you to a random character halfway across the fictional world. I just love how these stories are written, and I can’t wait to read the next book.

I would recommend this book to lovers of reverse harem novels or fantasy-romance novels.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Title: MISTAKE OF MAGIC (Power Of Five #2)

Author: Alex Lidell

Pub. Date: June 29, 2018

Publisher: Danger Bearing Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 193

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Three trials stand between Lera and exile. Unless the training kills her first.

Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is convinced Lera is a mistake. 

When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now face a new challenge—training Lera to survive. 


River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting herself in mortal danger.

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About Book 1:

Title: POWER OF FIVE

Author: Alex Lidell

Pub. Date: May 4, 2018

Publisher: Danger Bearing Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 312

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Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist. 

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn. 

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A mortal female. 

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone… especially for Lera herself. 

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel. 

Alex.jpgAbout Alex:

Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.

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9/24/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Excerpt

9/25/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

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9/26/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

9/26/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

9/27/2018- WhyChoose– Review

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9/28/2018- Ace Reads– Excerpt

9/28/2018- Oh Hey! Books.– Excerpt

 

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10/1/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

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10/2/2018- Love in a time of Feminism– Review

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10/3/2018- My Mundane Life– Excerpt

10/3/2018- Parajunkee– Review

10/4/2018- BookHounds– Excerpt

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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