Showing posts with label paranormal romance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paranormal romance. Show all posts

Friday, 16 September 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Kate Bonham

Hello and welcome to Fixation Friday. I've had a few weeks off and now we're back with some paranormal/ dystopian. Two of my favourite sub-genres. 
Author Kate Bonham's new book, Stormblaze, book one of the Stormblaze series, is out now!
Don't forget to enter for your chance to win an eBook copy and some swag. 
Open internationally!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Warbling Me - Behind the Scenes of Sensing You & GIVEAWAY!


Hi all,

Time for the monthly warble. Don't worry there's no audio file, no need to block your ears. As promised I'm giving you a look behind the scenes of Sensing You.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Kristal Hollis

It's Fixation Friday time again, and this week we're getting our shifter on with Awakened By The Wolf. 
Due out on June 1st, this paranormal from Kristal Hollis, and Harlequin Nocturne is sure to get your blood pumping. 

Who's been sleeping in the Alpha's bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure.

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker's Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie's reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Shelly Crane - Significance - Book Review

The Blurb—
By NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Author, Shelly Crane.

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. Her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

Shelly Crane introduces the reader to a new breed of being, the Aces, in the start to her Significance Series. Overall a great read and an intriguing story with compelling characters. The story continues on for a series of four books with a couple of novellas and a spin off. There's also a movie in pre-production, scheduled for October, 2016. I'd definitely like to read more.

Having recently graduated after a barely tolerable senior year, Maggie is a bit lost. She endured a drastic life change when her mother left and her father lost his reason for living. She went from being a top student with a promising future and football star boyfriend to working part time in order to put the food on the table. In an effort to inject some fun into her life, she agrees to meet up with a friend and ends up saving a stranger from near death on the way. It turns out that the stranger, Caleb Jacobson, is her friend, Kyle's cousin. As soon as they shake hands something bizarre occurs. A connection is forged between them. One that could never be broken. They imprint, becoming each other’s significant.

Maggie is drawn into the world of the Aces. Her entire future changes in that one instant, and her father notices, breaking from his listlessness. As she struggles to contend with her need to be with Caleb and her father’s reinstated authority a new challenge arises. A rival family that doesn't want the Jacobson’s to have any more power. Maggie is in danger. She must push herself beyond her limits to try to survive.

I love the concept of this story, and I found the characters easily likeable. With a connection like they have it is easy for the characters to lose their individual identities. Their bodies crave each other so much that they basically need verbal permission or encouragement to be able to separate. In this case, Maggie tries to maintain her other life relationships and fights a little against becoming dependent on Caleb. I definitely appreciate this. Their love is sweet, and all-consuming at the same time.

The plot dragged a bit in the beginning for me, but once the action started happening I really got hooked. Kyle is an interesting character. I don’t think we've seen the last of his jealousy towards his cousin. The bad guys in this scenario have a lot more to their story, too. I’ll be reading the sequel, Accordance, for sure.

*Review copy received from NetGalley.*
This book is currently free in eBook format!

Have you read this series? Are you excited to see it on the screen?
What other YA, paranormal series do you recommend?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

J.R. Ward - Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy - book #1) - Book Review

—The Blurb
The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

This will be my first 6 flares rating for the year. J.R. Ward is one of those authors that I collect in paperback. I want the book in my hands so I can properly curl up with the brothers, or the angels, or any of her characters. Am I always, one hundred percent satisfied with her books? Not always, no. But this book pushed all my buttons and rang all my bells.

First of all, we have a female protagonist who, simply due to her birth, has had expectations placed on her. Paradise is a member of the Glymera. The elite class. She’s supposed to find an appropriate mate and be a good little breeder. She’s not supposed to get a job, and she sure as heck isn't supposed to sign up for training as a soldier in the war against the lessers. And yet, she achieves both of these goals because her daddy is a sweet, sweet man, and she has the courage of her convictions. She believes in herself, and that she deserves a different fate. I love her!!

Whilst doing her job she meets Craeg. Yes, he’s an alpha male (of course). He’s the strong, silent type. He’s applying to be a trainee, too. A member of the Glymera, he is not... Not that he’d want to be. He has his reasons for wanting to become a trained soldier, and he can’t afford to be distracted from his goals. When they both get into the program things get super-heated, and they both get more than they bargained for. The chemistry between them is sublime.

As always, in Ward’s books, there are multiple story lines going on. We get to revisit Marissa and Butch. The parallels between the couples are obvious. Both females from the highest class who've given expectation the bird (in the politest manner), and two working class guys who've seen hell and carry it around like a monkey on their backs. While Paradise and Craeg are becoming closer, Marissa and Butch are tearing apart. Ward also plants the seeds for a thickening plot involving Rhage. We don’t see much of the fight against the lessers at all. But there is plenty of action and a sickening twist in the plot to keep the gore mongers happy.

I devoured this book. I actually resented the fact that I had to put it down to carry on my life. Can I not just take 24 hours off from my bodily functions and family responsibilities? The BDB still rock. Nuff said.

6 flares.


BDB fans give me a shout out! 
I'd love to hear about other paranormal series that are similar to this one. I need my hunger satisfied. Give me your recommendations in the comments!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

C.L. Gaber - Ascenders - Book Review (Review Copy)

Publisher: Big Picture Media, 2015.
Genre: Paranormal, young adult.
Length: 430 pages.

I was drawn to the concept of a school in the afterlife. And Gaber certainly gives her protagonists an interesting journey to take. Walker Callahan finds herself shunted into a new life with no explanation as to how or why she was suddenly living the good life. She soon meets Daniel Reid, gorgeous, school bad-boy, and her new neighbour. Daniel informs her that she is dead, dead.

Daniel is an enigma. He keeps to himself and shuns anyone who tries to get close. Walker puts on her reporter hat and worms her way into his life. Together they embark on a crazy journey, breaking all the rules and risking everything.

Okay, I have to be honest and say that I had trouble getting into this one. I liked the idea of the story, I liked the characters, but there were things that took me out of the story. The backstories of secondary characters were too tangential for me, although there were relevant points in some of them, they dragged the pace of the main story. Then there were things that didn’t make sense. For example, in an accident some things were damaged while others weren’t.

At the halfway point things picked up and became really interesting. Overall, I did like the story, it has some gripping elements and Daniel is compelling for sure.

3 flares.

*Review copy generously provided in exchange for an honest review. *


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Vivian Arend – Copper King (Takhini Shifters Book #1) – Book Review (Review Copy)

Publisher: Vivian Arend, 2014.
Genre: Paranormal Romance.
Length: Novella, 152 pages.

Jim Halcyon is in Vegas to win back ‘Lady Luck’, an ancient copper coin that Jim believes attracts luck to the person who possesses it. Every year, he and his wolf-shifter friend, Damon, go head to head in a challenge of mind or body to win the coin. Damon has won the last three times and Jim isn’t happy about it. Playful Damon is going to make workaholic Jim wait for it. Luring him to Vegas a week early and confiscating his phone so the big grizzly will relax for a change.

Jim spots copper-haired beauty, Lillie, on the gaming floor. She, too is a bear-shifter, but her bear would rather be hibernating, thanks very much. She’s acting skittish and shifty. Vegas isn’t the best place for a shy bear, but Lillie is determined to get through her bucket list before life as she knows it ends. Determined to get passed the shyness and have one last fling, she thinks Jim is the perfect candidate. He soothes her, makes her feels safe and invigorates her at the same time. 

They’re not interested in learning the details of each other’s lives. It’s only meant to be a fling. Right?

This novella was such a pleasant surprise. I have enjoyed wolf-shifter stories before, but in this series there is a whole community of different shifter species living among the humans. Each individual has two sides to them that don’t always agree on things. This makes things extra interesting. 

Lillie is intriguing. She’s on a mission to squeeze in a lot of living, but we get a sense that time is running out on her happiness. Her bear is not on board with this plan. She’s on the verge of shifting in public when Jim swoops in and saves her. My inner romantic had a bit of a swoon. 

Jim is a leader. He focuses on his goals and goes after them. Even though he is supposed to be relaxing and having fun, when he sees Lillie, she becomes the goal. His protective side comes out and he is so intrigued by her he can’t let her go after one night. 

Damon is a fantastic character. He’s looking out for Jim’s best interests, and determined to make Jim have some fun; providing plenty of laughs along the way. I’m looking forward to reading his story in Laird Wolf. 

There was plenty of heat between the alpha and his damsel in distress. The adventure, intrigue and humour kept my eyes glued to the page.

4.5 Flares

*Review copy generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*


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