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Book Review: The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall

The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall

Title: The Lasaran (Aldebarian Alliance #1)
Author: Dianne Duvall
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I came by The Lasaran via another author’s recommendation. That particular author is aces in my book because I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

The Aldebarians are searching for their princess, who came to earth seeking an alliance between the two planets. Taelon only wants to rescue his sister, Riska, and return her home, but fate has other plans–the humans capture and study him torturously for years.

Lisa Holt is a down on her luck college student who has no one and nothing to call her own. She is eeking by taking on medical trial gigs that provide the basics like free food and rent money. Neither she nor her mentor knows whether the governmental trial for psychics is the real deal, but it looks promising as far as a payout, and she needs the money.

How Taelon and Lisa end up together is a horror story you have to read the book to discover, but I did go and one-click her Immortal Guardians’ first book for further background on those characters because you see them in this book. Riska is Ami, Marcus’ mate from book two of that series, Night Reigns. And you meet many Immortal Guardians in this book.

There is a touch of insta-love here, but I was okay with it because it was also an emotion under stress thing. I wish more of this book took place off-world because I’d love to have understood more of Taelon’s abilities as they are in their natural environment.

So much of this story is still left untold! I can’t wait for book two. I hope there is more to be seen of the characters Janwar, Eliana, and Ari’k.


The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall

About Dianne Duvall:

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Audible chose her latest release, Awaken the Darkness, as one of the Top 5 Best Paranormal Romances of 2018. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she loves to create in her books.

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Book Review: Caged by Eva Brandt & Dahlia Briar

Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar
Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar
Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar
Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar

Title: Caged (Primal Obsessions #3)
Author: Eva Brandt & Dahlia Briar
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DARK. Very brutally dark. Some twisted minds wrote Caged. And they should be proud of themselves.

Caged is the last in the Primal Obsessions books, and the series was so easy to devour in two days that I’m ashamed of my gluttony–lies, I reveled in it. I liked this entire series, but this book has some harsher visuals than the other two, in my opinion.

Aimee trespasses onto Pride territory with her boyfriend and his two friends and is met with brutal force. Taken prisoner, she watches the other members of her party be viciously murdered. She is then gifted as a prize to Blaze, one of the Pride Alphas by the Pride Mother, for bringing the trespassers to justice.

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Book Review: Black Knight by Rina Kent

Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent

Title: Black Knight (Royal Elite Series #4)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark Bully Romance
My rating:
2 of 5 stars

Beautifully written clickbait.

This is spoiler-free.

I’ve been reading this series since the start, and it’s been getting better with each book, Black Knight, by far the best in the Royal Elite Series. It’s compelling and gorgeous in its emotional depth. Kim’s characterization is fantastic and truer than book three, Twisted Kingdom when she came across like a fluffy little cheer queen. But there is so much of this book re-used from Rina Kent’s other books. And much is nonsensical as far as the plotline is concerned. And Xander, where to even start there?

And I’m prepared for the rotten tomatoes and voices of dissent but hear me out before you get angry.

Kim and Xander were besties growing up, completely inseparable. Then one day, Kim and Xan have a level two event on a scale of one-to-ten, he’s cold to Kim and tells her she’s disgusting and hates her. Boys are awful, but this is strange. It doesn’t follow the timeline mentioned in the earlier books, which is ten years old, and this occurs when these two are eleven.

Secondly, there is a point in Black Knight in which a triggering event causes a life-threatening situation. Kim’s life is endangered–wait, didn’t that happen to Ella in Twisted Kingdom? And several times to Reina in Lies and Truth Duet?

My point is we are at clickbait level of storytelling, where we all wait for the next story with the same trope with just a little further pushing of the envelope. I’m not knocking the writing; I’m knocking the lack of creativity. I waited for how many months for this, and I got a regurgitation. What’s worse; It was the wrapping paper of shock value content and a pity party for two of my favorite characters.

Which brings me to Knight, what the — ?

I couldn’t buy into the characterization sold in this book. The problem with dual POV is it ruins the mystery, right? It is also supposed to explain some of the hatred, but this POV insight further trivialized it. It made it seem as if he was unhinged. Not only bonkers–but also foolishly so that the rest of the Horseman pitied him–which is out of character. Previous three books establish Ronan as his best friend, but he comments against this, suggesting he tells his secrets to Aiden.

But that isn’t where my issues start; they are just everywhere. Xander is dealing with many home life and personal problems in this book that are supposed to clarify why he’s such a douchecanoe. We are just dealing with more clickbait fodder. It’s a mountain rather than one manageable and actionable issue. But this is typical Rina reveal fashion. Why be happy with managing one thing when we can reveal personal weakness, betrayal, scandal, lying parents, near-death experience, perversions and degradations, and the ultimate sacrifice. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. Sometimes too much is just too much.

I would like one good book that is less fan service and based on Rina ripping her heart out to write and less trying to use the stuff she’s done before.


Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent

About Rina Kent:

Rina Kent in an English author who’s constantly parading between France and North Africa due to her studies and her husband’s demanding job.
When she’s not packing suitcases or hopping from one plane to the other, she’s busy whipping her characters to shape. 

Since a young age, Rina has been obsessed with storytelling and flawed, edgy characters. Her heroes are often killers and anti-heroes and her books are always sprinkled with darkness, angst, violence, and lots of heat.

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Book Review: Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde

Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde

Title: Marked (Primal Obsessions #2)
Author: Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, Marked is not as good as the book Captured. Or maybe I’m just not into bears–Goldilocks and all did nothing for me growing up. I thought it was a story about buying new beds. Marked is a Goldilocks story that, to me, is more porn-y than sexy, and less dark than it is kinky.

Rosalie has a very crappy marriage and a crappier husband. She has finally pulled the trigger on an escape plot to get away from the zero-promise future that is her life. Her escape plan is desperate, and the execution is bonkers. It’s no shock that she ends up in a car accident where there is a fatality who turns up to be a bear–yep, a bear. Then it couldn’t get more surreal, but she finds an adorable baby bear in the back seat, and crazy Rosalie is off on another hare-brained adventure.

The three main bears are easy to dislike and not find sexy–I only liked the most psychotic, go figure, and I think it was because he was the least bow, chicka, wow-wow. Brooks, Colt, and Lincoln quite quickly become ‘kitty’-trained to come whenever Rosalie has even a thought of straying. The bears mean to keep her close–but she doesn’t want to leave because her creeper husband is out there just waiting to kill her so, really, peeps.

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Book Review: Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills

Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills
Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills
Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills
Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills

Title: Big Bad Claws (Fever Brothers #2)
Author: Michele Mills
Genre: Alien Romance
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Big Bad Claws and immediately went and one-clicked three other first in series this author wrote, so it’s safe to say I liked it.

Lila is a shut-in. She is the heir to her family’s business ventures, but she certainly isn’t ready to join society. She’s happy with her little world with her house staff and her cats. Lila would happily leave the family business to the other members of her family. And all would be well if an “ethical” assassin didn’t warn her that someone wanted her dead and then escaped her of the planet to a “safer” place. Now she is lost, in the open, under the outdoors, in a strange land, without protection.

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Book Review: Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde

Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde
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Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde

Title: Captured (Primal Obsessions #1)
Author: Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

Mmmm, something dark, dirty, and sexy lives here, but it’s not for the faint of heart. 

Werewolves: Jax, Reid, and Thorn Woodward are out for retribution; only blood will do. 

There is a debt to pay for the death of their brother Chase, and despite killing the death dealers, there is no sweeter boon than taking the surviving daughter, Isabel, as a slave. They can’t punish the dead for their sins, but they can continue receiving payment from Isabel’s soft flesh. That works until she starts liking how the Woodwards discipline her for the sins of her kin.

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Book Review: Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller

Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller
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Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller
Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller

Title: Secret Plunge (Kings of the Water #1)
Author: Jasmin Miller
Genre: Secret Pregnancy Sports Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

Are you in the mood for a quick little feel-good romance? Secret Plunge could be it.

Harper’s had a rough year. It’s New Year’s Eve, and she and her bestie are letting down their hair for a farewell to the old and ringing in the better. And what could be better than a hottie one-night stand?

But Harper’s luck is crap and last year’s BS is chasing her into the new one because she has a souvenir and in nine months so will her one-night stand.
If only she knew his last name.
No, wait–sucks to be Harper. She just found it out. Mr. Sexy is her dad’s new swimmer trainee.

FML should be Harper’s life’s motto.

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Book Review: Flame by Donna Grant

Flame by Donna Grant
Flame by Donna Grant
Flame by Donna Grant
Flame by Donna Grant

Title: Flame (Dark Kings #17)
Author: Donna Grant
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

So much happens between page 1 and page 407 that I can’t even. Donna Grant just kept dropping hints, leads, and bombs, I had whiplash. I started wondering if she was worried her readers were losing interest and needed to reel us back in or what, but Flame never lets up and never lets one down. I need a nap.

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Book Review: Gabriel’s Scroll by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk

Gabriel's Scroll by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk
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Gabriel's Scroll by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk
Gabriel’s Scroll by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

Title: Gabriel’s Scroll (Celestial Academy #2)
Author: Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
Genre: Paranormal Academy Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

The continuing social experiment of a Fallen Archangel enrolled under Miryam bat-Michael’s supervision at Celestial Academy continues, and an epic battle between a boyfriend and a bestie begins. I’m Team Zuri all the way because Saint Boy? Eff that guy. What a douchecanoe.

I don’t know if this book was short or just incredibly easy to read, but I devoured it in one bite. Miryam had me hooting and rooting for her all the way, and Zuri had me damn-righting and you-know-it-girlfriend-saying. I want this unlikely friendship to blossom into a bi-curious moment more than I can say, even though I don’t think it needs to happen. I love what these two have just fine as it is.

And what is it in Gabriel’s Scroll?

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Book Review: Mission: Guardian Angel by Laurann Dohner

Mission Guardian Angel by Laurann Dohner
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Mission Guardian Angel by Laurann Dohner

Title: Mission: Guardian Angel (Veslor Mates #2)
Author: Laurann Dohner
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi, Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

I don’t get why Drak is such a popular alien name, but it is, and we just have to accept that Drak is always going to be a hot as hell alien lover.

This Drak is part of the Veslor grouping on Defcon Red. Veslors are kickass elite warriors who don’t take names but allow local deities to sort the fallen bad guys’ bodies out. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of them–but the treatment they receive is beyond terrible, and their human Spec-Ops Team Lead is a prejudice douche. Let me summarize: life on Defcon Red sucks for them even though they make life better for everyone and work four times as hard as the human teams.

Enter Abby (let’s not forget that Laurann Dohner can’t help but name her heroine’s names that end with A-I-E-O-U or Y) after surviving the Gorison Traveler Incident she is a Veslor champion. She caught wind that the Defcon Red Veslors are treated poorly, and she manipulated everyone and everything to get on that ship to investigate, and she won’t go anywhere until those warriors are treated like the prized warriors they are.

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