Title: Denied (Kelly Pruett Mystery #2) Author: Mary Keliikoa Genre: Mystery Suspense Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not for me, maybe for you.
I enjoy a good suspense novel, but the writing style of Mary Keliikoa didn’t work for me despite giving her two books to sell me on it. I find it slow, dry, and rather pedantic. In my head, the voice of the main character was a drawl. The entire thing was frustrating as hell.
PI Kelly Pruett is following in her father’s footsteps. She’s trying to keep his private investigation agency going after his death. After almost dying on a case, she’s on recovery when she takes a new investigation for a childhood friend to find the woman’s missing father.
If you are a Piper Lawson fan, you won’t be disappointed.
Beautiful Sins is the second book in The Enemies Trilogy. This is a spin-off of The Rivals Trilogy and centers around Harrison and Rae, who are from that series. The first book, Beautiful Enemy, is set in Ibiza, where Harrison and Rae first fall in love and hit their first real hiccup, which sends Rae running to Los Angeles, where Beautiful Sins begins. Now, Rae, an up-and-coming DJ, is trying to make her way back into the spotlight for her talent and not for the scandals plaguing her.
Having finished this book, the thing I feel most is that a lot happened here. Beautiful Sins is a soap opera, not in a bad way, just in a slightly WOAH way. Piper Lawson tends to write these very intricate stories, though, and if you have read her before, you know what you are in for, if not, know that this will be a ride.
Title: Pride and Paranormal (Souls and Shadows #1) Author: Adrienne Blake Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance Release Date: 01 June 2021
What do love potions and banshee karaoke have to do with one of the greatest enemies-to-lovers’ tales of all time? Everything.
Izzy is the only responsible witch in her poor family of misfits and as such, she has duties to uphold. But a hot, mysterious, and infuriating warlock is determined to get in the way.
When the rich and handsome Fitz Darcy blows into town, sparks fly.
The wrong kind…
He has earned her ire as much as her eye with his constant harsh words and acts, but what will happen when a bit of magic goes awry, and Izzy needs the help of this powerful man she claims to hate?
Will Izzy’s pride get in the way of saving her family’s welfare and reputation? Find out in this witty, funny, fantasy retelling of Pride & Prejudice.
Pride and Paranormal by Adrienne Blake. A magical enemies-to-lovers story filled with witches, warlocks, and vampires on the road to their happy-ever-after. This book is the first in the series of Souls and Shadows but reads as a standalone romance.
Title: A Shifter’s Sin (Wolves of Hawthorne Cove #1) Author: Debbie Cassidy Genre: Adult, Reverse Harem, Romance, Urban Fantasy Release Date: 03 June 2021
A Lycan that can’t shift is no use to anyone.
I’ve made it my mission to be useful to my pack. As pack enforcer, I’m fast and strong, but when the time comes to bond with my mate, it isn’t enough.
Rejection means lone wolf status and isolation from the pack. But when a package arrives with an unexpected inheritance, the pack that wants to shun me, suddenly has a new use for me.
Turns out, I’m the proud owner of a house in mysterious territory, rumoured to be home to a pack of beautifully twisted shifters. Hawthorne Cove is Impregnable to Lycans, but not to a half human like me.
Now I have a second chance to be accepted by my pack.
All I have to do is infiltrate the Hawthorne pack, find the source of their power and steal it.
Easier said than done.
Because once I pass the mystical boundaries surrounding the town, I’ll be absolutely, and totally at the mercy of the wolves of Hawthorne Cove.
I don’t know how to rate this. Is it really good? YES. Is it much the same formula that Piper Lawson tends to use in her other series? YES. I give it a 5-star rating for the story and a 3-star rating for the originality and come up with this 4-star rating.
Beautiful Enemy brings back two characters introduced to us in Piper Lawson’s last series, The Rivals Trilogy, Rae and Harrison. Rae has trekked off to Ibiza to recover her reputation after outing Harrison on social made her a pariah. Little does she realize that she’s walked into the lion’s den, and she’s about to be at her enemy’s beck and call for the next month because she just signed a contract to play at one of his venues.
Title: Capturing Fate (Fatal Truth #1) Author: Abbie Roads Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Thriller Release Date: 28 January 2021
Can love untangle a web of lies and expose the truth?
A loner with a mysterious childhood…
FBI agent Dolan Watts is no stranger to pain. From his childhood spent in foster care to his daily grind of hunting down hardened criminals, pain has been the one constant through the years. Confronted by a malicious new enemy who revels in mind games, Dolan begins to doubt his own perceptions.
A woman haunted by a secret…
Psychologist Daughter Dawson sabotages her own safety the moment she accepts Dolan as a client. Still, she feels compelled to help him. Dolan’s past mirrors many of the questions about her own. When she makes the mistake of confiding in him, both their lives are thrust into unimaginable danger.
Find out why people are up all night reading bestselling author Abbie Roads’ chilling, emotional novels. You might want to read with the lights on and box of tissues.
Title: A Shadow in Light (Parallel Verse Guardians, #1) Author: Keary Taylor Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance Release Date:20 April 2021
“You went and fell in love with an ultralight? That’s like a spider falling in love with a butterfly. They’re both arachnids, but the entire universe knows they don’t belong together.”
I needed an out. I needed to be someone who wasn’t trapped in Las Vegas. I went to that club looking for nothing and everything, and there he was. Jaxon’s hands on my hips were just what I was looking for, and for just one night, it was easy to be someone I wasn’t.
Then our signals went haywire. We’ve been looking for the gatekeeper for a long, long time so we can go home, and a new possibility just came up. It was my job to bring them in.
Only it was him. Jaxon Gray. Turns out, he comes from one of the most dangerous crime families in Sin City. But I’m not the only one after him. There are others who want him just as bad, and they’ll kill me to get to him.
Now we’re on the run together. He should be scared. He’s seen me shift, and it’s not sparkly or pretty. But he doesn’t cower when he sees the other side of me—my shadows, my claws, my fangs. With a curious gleam in his eyes, he asks to know more.
This is dangerous. He’s about to manifest. And as soon as he does, his biggest impulse will be to kill me. But it’s too late for my heart, I can’t walk away. So, the million-dollar question is: will what’s happened between us be enough for him to overcome his instincts?
Warlord Wulf thought nothing could be worse than being tortured and contaminated by the Hive. That was before he’s ordered to transport to Earth and represent The Colony in an unfamiliar horror… a human reality show. The Bachelor Beast is the hottest new program on Earth, but being set up with two dozen clingy females is not his idea of a good time. When his Beast refuses to show the slightest interest in any of the show’s potential mates, he knows he must choose one or die due to his raging mating fever.
His Beast prefers execution to claiming anyone but his true mate. Wulf is resigned to his fate, a one-way trip to Atlan, a prison cell and execution. It is the only honorable thing left to do.
Until one glance, one sweet, feminine scent lingering in the air and his beast rages for a female who is not supposed to be his.
But try telling that to his Beast when his entire body transforms on live television and one simple word thunders from his lips…MINE.
This book had a terribly slow start, and so many times, I want to throw it down and quit. But I’m glad I didn’t because right around the time someone ahem passes out at the funeral, it all picks up.
Pippa Grant has a style that is simply all hers wonderful and blessed chaos. In typical Pippa fashion, her heroine, Muffy Periwinkle, is a hot mess. It’s not just that she is a med school drop-out or runs a flagging matchmaking business. You can’t point at her figure or her insecurities and say that those are what has her at wit’s end. It’s not that she has a death-seeking feline; it’s all of it together. She needs some tender loving care.
Savage Wolves and Dangerous Deals by Danielle Annett
Title: Savage Wolves & Dangerous Deals (Blood and Magic : Hellbound, #2) Author: Danielle Annett Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy Release Date:01 April 2020
He’s savage. He’s sinful. He’s everything I told myself I didn’t need.
But for just one night, I’ll give in to temptation. I’ll forget he’s a shapeshifter and that I’m not. I’ll forget the Pack would never approve.
Because after tonight I’m moving. Our paths won’t cross again. Only that one night gives me more than I bargain for and nine months later I deliver a bundle of joy complete with ten tiny fingers and ten perfect toes.
A year and a half later, I’m back. But this wolf is no longer the shifter of my dreams. Now he haunts my nightmares. And what is he going to think when he learns he has a son, one who isn’t a just a wolf?