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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.

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Book Blitz: The Hollow Gods by A.J. Vrana

The Hollow Gods by AJ Vrana
The Hollow Gods by AJ Vrana
The Hollow Gods by AJ Vrana
The Hollow Gods by AJ Vrana

Title: The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle Series #1)
Author: A.J. Vrana
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Magical Realism, New Adult
Release Date:
28 July 2020

Summary:

Isolated in the forests of Western Canada, Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret. For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods with the help of wolves, and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: every now and again, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead. 

When Kai wakes up next to the body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience. Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim and finds herself caught between a supernatural kidnapping and a senseless murder. And after the death of a young patient, crestfallen oncologist Mason embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

Yet a maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears, and unite to confront a centuries old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

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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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New Release: Ruthless Kings by Laura Lee

Ruthless Kings by Laura Lee
Ruthless Kings by Laura Lee
Ruthless Kings by Laura Lee
Ruthless Kings by Laura Lee

Title: Ruthless Kings (Windsor Academy #2)
Author: Laura Lee
Genre:
High School Bully Romance
Release Date: 30 July 2020

Summary:

In a world filled with secrets, lies, and cruelty, only the strongest will survive.
 
I’m living proof of that.
 
But being left for dead has made me question everything I thought I knew.
 
I want to believe I have allies in these ruthless games, but the more truths I unravel, the more twisted and tangled the web becomes.
 
And the deeper I fall down the rabbit hole, the more determined I am to bring them down.
 
*RUTHLESS KINGS is book 2 in the Windsor Academy series and cannot be read as a standalone. It is a dark high school bully romance that may contain triggers for sensitive readers. Due to mature content, it is recommended for readers 17+ only.

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Cover Reveal: The Lost King by Frazier Alexander

The Lost King by Frazier Alexander
The Lost King by Frazier Alexander
The Lost King by Frazier Alexander
The Lost King by Frazier Alexander

Title: The Lost King
Author: Frazier Alexander
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Release Date:
10 November 2020

Summary:

In an ancient place, in an ancient time…

King Athan vanishes at sea. His children, prince Thalos and princess Thara, drift apart with age, their kingdom falling into ruin. Thalos stubbornly clings to the past; Thara, resentful of her father, looks to the future. In the wake of this decline, a beautiful enchantress usurps the throne from the estranged siblings. She exiles Thalos to the edge of the world and slowly enslaves Thara’s mind.

In his exile, Thalos finds another castaway—an old comrade of his father. Together they begin a voyage in search of the lost king. Thara, meanwhile, resists the new queen’s coercive spells and finds a resistance of creatures still loyal to her father.

With a vast world of enchanted islands and beings between them, Thalos and Thara struggle to restore their family and rekindle the hope of the true king’s return.

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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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Blog Tour: It’s Our Secret by W. Winters

It's Our Secret by W Winters
It's Our Secret by W Winters
It's Our Secret by W Winters
It’s Our Secret by W. Winters

Title: It’s Our Secret
Author: W. Willow
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 26 July 2020

Summary:

In a single day, it all changed, and there’s no way to take it back.

It’s Our Secret, a captivating and unforgettable romantic suspense standalone from Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Willow Winters, is available now! 

Allison: It was only a little lie.

That’s how stories like these get started.

But with every lie I told, he saw through it.

I think in his heart he knew I was broken; he felt my pain as if it was his.

And that’s what changed everything.

He’s the reason it all fell apart.

Sometimes it’s a single moment that alters everything in existence.

Sometimes it’s the fall of dominoes, lined up in a pretty little row and designed so that each one will cause more and more pain.

In a single day, it all changed, and there’s no way to take it back.

I didn’t know what would happen. But secrets and lies ruin everything and I should have known better.

And for the first time in… I don’t know how long, I wish I could take it back.  I’d take every bit of it back if I could just be with him again.

“I was captivated from the very beginning, and I couldn’t let go until the very end. Winters wove an outstanding tale, which has an even better message within its pages.” – Kendra, Reads and Treats

It’s Our Secret was originally released Jan 2018. This edition is re-edited and extended

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New Release: Zon by Maureen A. Miller

Zon by Maureen A. Miller
Zon by Maureen A. Miller
Zon by Maureen A. Miller
Zon by Maureen A. Miller

Title: Zon (Beyond #5)
Author: Maureen A. Miller
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Adventure
Release Date:
22 June 2020

Summary:

From USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller, comes this young adult cosmic adventure.

With a father from the planet, Ziratak, and a mother from Earth, Zon’s challenges are galactic. Zon doesn’t possess superpowers, though. If anything, he’s a bit of a klutz.

In Ziratakian folklore, the tale of the Temple of the Monarch has been passed down for generations. As legend has it, a series of miniature globes lead to the temple’s gate.

Folklore…nothing more.

Except, Zon knows of a cave with small globes in it. And with one clumsy mishap, he triggers the gate–opening a portal to other worlds.

A trip through this vortex transports him to Earth, where the first human he encounters is a young woman with challenges of her own.

This is a brand new saga, and a new generation. There is no need to read the BEYOND series. However, for readers of the series, you will enjoy this continuation of the epic science fiction adventure.

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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: Grim by Elizabeth Knox

Grim by Elizabeth Knox
Grim by Elizabeth Knox
Grim by Elizabeth Knox
Grim by Elizabeth Knox

Title: Grim (Reapers MC Series #13)
Author: Elizabeth Knox
Genre: MC Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

Grim’s blurb is a summary of the book, and I feel like I got what the blurb offered, so I have no room to complain.

Natalie and her daughters, Aggie, Davina, and Sorcha, have started new lives in Montana after her husband horribly attacked Natalie. It’s not been a smooth restart for the ladies, and there is dissension in the ranks because Davina doesn’t believe her daddy did the things that her sister and mother say he did. She wants her mom to get over her drama and forgive him to be a family again. 

Enter Grim and the–you know what I don’t know the MC wow that isn’t a good sign–The Reapers MC, a series Elizabeth Knox is into 13 books deep. Grim meets Natalie and takes a fancy to her. He asks her out, and it’s a bit of an insta-love situation. The two quickly romance one another, and suddenly the book is over, and we are enjoying a HEA. It’s a fast read.

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