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Book Review: Faust University by M. Dalto Layne Bynum

Faust University by M Dalto and Laynie Bynum
Faust University by M Dalto and Laynie Bynum
Faust University by M Dalto and Laynie Bynum
Faust University by M Dalto and Laynie Bynum

Title: Faust University
Author: M. Dalto and Laynie Bynum
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Faust University is an assemblage of so many Academy Reads; I don’t know where to start comparing. The book, tongue firmly in cheek, compares it’s invite process to Harry Potter; we can knock that one out. Then I was stuck thinking of Magicians by Lev Grossman, Wonderland Academy by Melanie Karsak, Celestial Academy by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead as I read it. There were many times Faust Academy picked up on other Paranormal Academy novels before it. Still, when something works, it works for a reason, and the plot of Faust Academy has a lot of real estate. While I was often distracted by the similarities to previous novels I read, I enjoyed the narrative.

Eve gets an invite to a private university, and like magic, she is whisked away to this strange place. Upon arriving, she finds it bizarre and secretive, and even more discussions of sorcery are taking place, summoning and beast mastering, to name a few. She has an instant connection with her new friend, and all goes awry when the two find they have an even more substantial relationship.

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Book Review: Ravage by Lacey Carter Andersen

Ravage by Lacey Carter Andersen
Ravage by Lacey Carter Andersen
Ravage by Lacey Carter Anderson
Ravage by Lacey Carter Andersen

Title: Ravage (Royal Fae Academy #1)
Author: Lacey Carter Andersen
Genre: Paranormal Reverse Harem Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is being a badass and just being a bad character, and in Ravage, Esmeray is often a poorly written character who has crossed that fine line. 

Revere introduces us to Esmeray and her mates: Bron Drake, Lucian Silver, and Dwade Luther… 

–Dwade is still a nonsense name in my book and far from sexy. Should we Dwade into the swamp? Dwading in lakes is far better. See, that is what comes to mind when I hear Dwade. /tangent–  

…And we learn about the sexy, no-no-relationship situation the three men are keeping from Rayne and Esmeray; no one knows that Esmeray is their mate. But now Rayne has been murdered, and Esmeray is at the Royal Fae Academy, and keeping the sexy Dark Fae from doing what comes naturally to her without spilling their guts is proving impossible to Bron, Lucian, and Dwade. 

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Book Review: Internship with the Devil by Jaqueline Snow

Internship with the Devil by Jaqueline Snow
Internship with the Devil by Jaqueline Snow
Internship with the Devil by Jaqueline Snow
Internship with the Devil by Jaqueline Snow

Title: Internship with the Devil (Shut Up and Kiss Me #1)
Author: Jaqueline Snowe
Genre: Sports Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you yearn for slow-burn romances, then Internship with the Devil is the book for you.

Grace Turner needs an internship to finish her degree, but she can’t believe her bad luck when she finds that the good looking, bad-spirited, former football player, with a chip on his shoulder, Brock Anderson, is her boss. Worse, he’s pigeon-holed her as incompetent on-sight.

One of the things Jaqueline Snow does in this book is to focus on relationship growth and character development. While this is good in a lot of ways, I found that it bogged down the pacing. Even though the interactions were snappy and sassy, the relationship status was monotonous. I needed something more than this forward constant. Maybe, I’m not a slow-burn romance girl, but late-late pay-off feels like a tease instead of a reward.

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Book Review: Cry Wolf by Romy Lockhart

Cry Wolf by Romy Lockhart
Cry Wolf by Romy Lockhart
Cry Wolf by Romy Lockhart
Cry Wolf by Romy Lockhart

Title: Cry Wolf (Claimed by Wolves #1)
Author: Romy Lockhart
Genre: Reverse Harem, Paranormal, Rom-Com
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

First of all, I thought this was a stand-alone, boohoo! I just signed up for a series; I don’t know how I feel about being drafted into that despite really liking Cry Wolf. Why do all of you authors write series!? Here is some feedback, sometimes we need a one and done.

That said, this book is super good. I love the characters. Maggie O’Brien is a liar–she didn’t start that way, but she was pinned to be one and ran with it. When she makes up a fib that she has a husband and three show up, she can’t even back peddle because no one will believe the woman who tells tall tales when she starts contradicting herself. And to be fair, these men feel like they are hers anyway, so why shouldn’t she keep them?

Oh, Maggie! She’s a hoot! I love reading books where the heroes can be a bit of an everyday Joe in bed, and Lukas gets to play that guy at first. Hurrah! Thank you, Romy Lockhart for writing a real guy. 

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Book Review & Trailer Launch: Pistouvi by Merwan and Gatignol

Pistouvi by Merwan and Gatignol
Pistouvi by Merwan and Gatignol
Pistouvi by Merwan and Gatignol
Pistouvi by Merwan and Gatignol

Title: Pistouvi #1
Author/Illustrator: Merwan and Gatignol
Pages: 192
Release Date:
28 October 2020
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s impossible not to fall for the schemes of this little fox and his friend Jeanne. Pistouvi truly is a modern-day Winnie the Pooh with his desire to fill his belly, while Jeanne much desires adventure. With help from the Wind, and keeping an eye out for the farmer, these two continue to battle those troublesome birds.

I appreciate the artwork of this graphic novel. I found the fox adorable, and I enjoy the way they birds were portrayed. There is something about the design that suggests all birds, despite breed, have the same quality of snooty birdness. All the characters are uniquely illustrated, making the story very interesting to read. This vignette of tales is a complete story that will have you smiling at this pair’s antics. I highly recommend you check out Pistouvi Volume 1.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.

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Book Review: Voiceless by M. Sinclair

Voiceless by M. Sinclair
Voiceless by M. Sinclair
Voiceless by M. Sinclair
Voiceless by M. Sinclair

Title: Voiceless (Willowdale Village Collection #1)
Author: M. Sinclair
Genre: Paranormal
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

I so ran away from home as an adult, and I know just what Colette Allard was trying to accomplish–families often suck hard.

Colette is a fox shifter with negligent ‘rents. They are genuinely terrible peeps. She tests them the only way she can think will reach them, when all else has failed, she leaves and goes where fate and the bus system takes her: Willowdale Village, California. But it hasn’t been easy traveling because Colette is mute, and not everyone is good at sign language or kindness or even being mannerly, which is how she meets Dylan, on a bus to Willowdale Village.

Okay–there are many parts of this book I liked. Many parts of this book were mushy, gooey, lovey stuff that makes me barf into my mouth. I am so not a mushy, gooey, lovey girl. The redeeming parts are that the psychological damage isn’t swept under the rug too far, and the steamy parts are steamy. Fated mates and perfect mates don’t have to equal the same thing, and M. Sinclair held off on one of Colette’s mates joining the mate pile until later in the story, which made my day.

BUT I did think there was one largely detracting element from this story: the HAF. Read the book to see what that stands for. I will say that it felt contrived for the sake of convenience, so there was more conflict, but not well developed. It felt out of place to me.

Voiceless is best for people who enjoy the Hungry for Her Wolves series by Tara West.


Voiceless by M. Sinclair
Voiceless by M. Sinclair

About M. Sinclair:

International Best Selling Author

M. Sinclair is a Chicago native, parent to 3 cats, and can be found writing almost every moment of the day… yes, that includes while at work. Despite being new to publishing, M. Sinclair has been writing for nearly 10 years now. Currently, in love with the Reverse Harem genre, she plans to publish an array of works that are considered romance, suspense, and horror within the year. M. Sinclair lives by the notion that there is enough room for all types of heroines in this world and that being saved is as important as saving others. If you love fantasy romance, obsessive possessive alpha males, and bad*ss FMC, then M. Sinclair is for you! Just remember to love cats… that’s not negotiable.

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Book Review: Ruin by Rebecca L. Garcia

Ruin by Rebecca L. Garcia
Ruin by Rebecca L. Garcia
Ruin by Rebecca L. Garcia
Ruin by Rebecca L. Garcia

Title: Ruin (The Fate of Crowns #0.5)
Author: Rebecca L. Garcia
Genre: Fantasy
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

Ruin took a while to get started, it was exposition burdened in the beginning, and it made for tough reading. However, once it picked up the pace, it was more enjoyable to read, and the story became exciting to follow.

Evangeline is a cursed princess practicing dark magic to gain more power from her necromancer master. She wishes to see that her disregarding and vengeful family pays for all their cruelty towards her. But all her scheming with her nefarious master is becoming eviler and eviler, and her ruin is near.

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Book Review: Surrender by Elle Lincoln

Surrender by Elle Lincoln
Surrender by Elle Lincoln
Surrender by Elle Lincoln
Surrender by Elle Lincoln

Title: Surrender (Fated Souls #1)
Author: Elle Lincoln
Genre: Reverse Harem, Paranormal Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I adore quirky heroines, and carb obsessed Sabina is one of my favorite book girlfriends of this year. 

Sabina, Bean, to those close to her, is determined to uncover the mystery as to how her father died. She’s taken his truck and headed into the Northern Allegheny National Forest to figure it out and tumbled into Lunar Mile, a place off the map, where there are no women, and she shouldn’t be able to find. But it has a toilet and donuts so it can’t be all that bad–scratch that, the facilities are a petri-dish of ick and someone needs to clean that up stat!

I found myself chuckling at this book so much. Bean is outrageous, and her meltdown upon seeing a hot guy turn into a wolf is one of the best I’ve seen written. 

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Book It, Book Reviews, Dystopian, Futuristic Romance, New Release, Omegaverse, Sci-fi Romance

Book Review: The Blind Hordesman by Milana Jacks

The Blind Hordesman by Milana Jacks
The Blind Hordesman by Milana Jacks
The Blind Hordesman by Milana Jacks
The Blind Hordesman by Milana Jacks

Title: The Blind Hordesman (Hordesman #6)
Author: Milana Jacks
Genre: Omegaverse, Sci-fi Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

Hmmm. Are all Tayseers essentially the same?
The Blind Horseman reminded me a lot of the Alpha Collects, and it wasn’t anything heavy-handed that came to mind; it just felt like a hundred little things that kept pelting me. It was as if things were coming full circle but also all over again.

The Hordesman series ends with this book, all the offspring having their HEAs. Tayseer, much like his namesake, finishes this series, and instead of being a collector, he’s a warlord like his father, Loven. Still on the search for the Impostor and sent on the king’s mission, and by the word of the real King Father, to rid the earth of all of the Impostor’s assets, Seer is battling a future that includes his own coronation. He wants to war, not be king.

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Book Review: Bryk by Ava Ross

Bryk by Ava Ross
Bryk by Ava Ross
Bryk by Ava Ross
Bryk by Ava Ross

Title: Bryk (Mail Order Brides of Crakair #2)
Author: Ava Ross
Genre: Sci-Fi Alien Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

I adore these books. Fans of Laurann Dohner will be all over them.

Bryk and his son Weld are looking for a woman. Don’t be crass. They want a wife and mother to make their house a home. But poor Sadie, because the Crakiars are cray cray and the Crakian world is even further insane. 

This book isn’t as good as Vork or Axil. I guess Bryk and Disty the draquier don’t do it for me. However, this book introduces so much more of this world. Ava Ross builds on the Crakiar planet, moons, and denizens, filling out everything she’s introduced before. It’s fascinating.

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