Knight’s Nemesis by Misty Kayn

Title: Knight’s Nemesis
Author:
Misty Kayn
Series:
Clementine Arer – #1
Genre:
Fantasy Romance
Release date: February 1, 2016
Pages:
125
Synopsis:

28232635Famine threatens the Nightlands. Powerful magic wielder Clementine wants nothing more than to sell her magical lily lamps in the market and avoid trouble.

Until, she is confronted by a Wolf Clan’s Alpha and taken on a journey that will change her life.

Darling Clementine must act or Knight’s people will die.

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Reviewer: Veronica

Button - AmazonI’m not sure how I felt about this book. In the beginning, I was confused, so very confused. It’s one of the few times where I wished for an infodump just to fill me in. We have the Nightlands which is in perpetual darkness and Daylands which has perpetual day. Clementine is a flower girl, she sells flowers which glow and somehow she uses magic to enhance that glow. Oh and she is able to change into a dove. It took me over three chapters to figure this all out.

As the story continues, you find out about why there is a split between the two lands, except it wasn’t as clear as I would’ve liked. A lot of it was me threading pieces together, hoping I had the right answer. I’m still confused about the star in the sky and why it blinked for their meal breaks.

Knight is a wolf, kind of like a werewolf, kind of not. He could change into a wolf and was the alpha of the clan. Information about the clan trickled through and I got a slightly better understanding about them by the end of the book. I did enjoy the battle near the end, and one part had me holding my breath, waiting for the outcome.

Overall, I do want to read the next book. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, although there was enough of a hook to entice me to continue. Perhaps next time I’ll be less confused! 😉

This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Born and raised in a non-English speaking household, Misty fluently curses in all languages available to her and parties with the characters in her books after she’s picked up dolls, puzzles, and legos from the tiled floors of a home she shares with her Husband…and kids.

Shadowed under humor, Misty writes darker paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romance chased with sugarkink. After a series of dreadful events, the Happy Ending is guaranteed.

Tooth and Claw by Lisa Emme

Title: Tooth and Claw
Author:
Lisa Emme
Series:
The Harry Russo Diaries – #2
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 05, 2016
Pages:
248
Synopsis:

26846386Q: When is a witch, not a witch?
A: When she’s a necromancer.

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo has had to adjust to some major changes in her life. Her computer is haunted, she accidentally acquired a vampire servant and she’s attracted to the most aggravating alpha male on the planet. Her friend betrayed her, a lunatic tried to sacrifice her to raise a god and she accidentally ‘outed’ herself to the Magister, the most powerful vampire in town. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, she’s just discovered that her father is a vampire and her dhamphiric powers are emerging prematurely. Poor Harry doesn’t know what weird ability could pop up next.

When werewolves start to go missing, and two young men die suspiciously, not to mention horrifically, Harry believes it’s all connected. It could be a hunch, or it could be the big, grey wolf that stepped out of her dreams to haunt her waking moments; either way, Harry knows that she needs to help solve the mystery. Now if she could just convince the sexy police detective, Cian Nash, to take her seriously.

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Reviewer: Veronica

I read the first Harry Russo book and loved it. So when the author, Lisa Emme, asked me if I wanted an ARC, I almost jumped through my computer screen to yell, “Yes! Give it to me now!” I think I was more polite in my response to her, though. 😉

In this book, Harry is learning how to control her powers and some parts are damn amusing. Seriously, I was giggling like a crazy women and my husband would just raise an eyebrow at me like I was crazy. And no, I won’t tell you which ones because that would ruin the enjoyment!

Poor Harry also had to keep with her agreement for dinner dates ones a week for nine weeks with the scary magistrate. Although she didn’t keep the truck he gave her. Score one for independent Harry. 😉

Nash, what can I say about Nash? He’s an alpha through and through, thinks he knows best although Harry doesn’t let that stop her, and goes out of his way to comfort Harry when she needs it. There were several sigh-worthy moments from Nash, and a few smack-him-upside the heads ones as well, exactly what I want from the hero. Don’t want him boring!

The story and the overall flow was great. Not once did I want to put the book down or get bored. Actually, I told my family that they couldn’t talk to my until I was done. Too bad they ignored me. The ending as left me begging for more. I can’t wait to read the next book. How long until it comes out?

This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Lisa Emme is a Canadian who proudly ends her ABC’s with ‘zed’. A self-professed book-a-holic, she has spent the last few years trying to stem her book hoarding tendencies by writing her own stories and by avoiding the bargain table at the bookstore like the plague.

A bit of a thrill seeker, Lisa has tried such death defying activities as bungy jumping off a bridge and rappelling down the side of a 17 storey building. She’s also single-handedly raising a teenager.

Lisa has worked as a veterinary assistant, playground instructor, bank teller, store clerk, waitress, telephone solicitor, research writer for an environmental think tank, computer programmer, and systems analyst. Her passion however, is writing. What else is she going to do during the long, cold prairie winter?

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Soul-Mate by Anna Santos

Title: Soul-Mate
Author: 
Anna Santos
Series: Immortal Love – #1
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Release date: October 13, 2015
Pages:
300
Synopsis:

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Annabel is a bad-ass hybrid hunter, seeking revenge from the vampire who killed her parents and put her brother in a coma. Arriving in a new town with an undercover identity to protect and the mission to find a pureblood vampire to save her brother’s life, the last thing Annabel needs is to fall in love with the sexy, persistent werewolf who thinks she’s a helpless human in need of a knight in shining armor.

Shane is a dominant werewolf who also happens to be the local sheriff. He has almost lost hope of finding his better half. So when his beautiful soul-mate shows up and rogue vampires try to kill her, he does what any smart wolf would do: he saves her and takes her home, hoping to convince her that they belong together.

When sparks fly between them, Annabel has to decide if she tells him who she really is or runs the other way to protect her secrets.

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Reviewer: Veronica

I’ll preface this by saying this was not my kind of book. It’s well written and I can see why others would love it, but I was expecting more from a PNR. It’s very sweet, although tooth decay inducing. They met, they fell in love, he stripped her while she was unconscious, but it was okay because she thought it was sweet. All this happened before 20% into the book.

I kept waiting for something to happen. Even when the “evil” ex-girlfriend showed up, I expected fireworks, anger, anything. Instead it was very anti-climatic for me. I guess my tastes run to the more external conflict than what this book gave me.

Those who enjoy the more sweeter stories will love this one. It’s more of an emotional read that feels like a New Adult book that just happened to have paranormal creatures in it.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Anna Santos is an up-and-coming New Adult author with an impressive number of followers who builds worlds of undeniable beauty, with witty and enchanting characters.

Anna always keeps her readers on their toes with her adrenaline-fueled adventures, suspense-filled cliffhangers, and steamy love scenes.

When she isn’t writing, Anna is considering plot twists for her next novel or delving into the world of her favorite authors.

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Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme

Title: Dead and Kicking 
Author: 
Lisa Emme
Series: 
The Harry Russo Diaries – #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: October 2, 2015
Pages:
202
Synopsis:

26125138What’s a girl to do when her date is D.O.A?

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo is just your ordinary twenty-something, with one exception – she’s a witch with an out of the ordinary gift. When her blind date goes sideways and she ends up face to face with a dead body, her life starts to go sideways too.

Harry soon finds herself right in the middle of the mayhem, dealing with Cian Nash, a homicide detective that is as aggravating as he is sexy; the biggest, baddest vampire in town; and a parcel of pesky zombies that keep popping up everywhere. It’s all connected to her date’s unfortunate demise, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

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Rating: Star-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-Empty
Reviewer: Veronica

I started this book last night and figured I’d read a chapter or two then watch an episode of Supernatural…. I did not watch Supernatural. And those of you who know me, know that I adore Jensen Ackles. So for me to give up staring at my favourite actor to read a book means something.

Harry, the female lead, amused me, although a few times I wanted to smack her upside the head for ignoring some obvious things. I loved that she was loyal and did the right thing even when it landed her into trouble. She didn’t cower away from it. Plus, she wasn’t a bitch! Some people feel that making a woman strong means she has to be a bitch. Ugh.

And Nash… well hello. Now there’s someone I want to wake up next to. While he was overbearing, he was still surprisingly sweet. And Harry, well, she didn’t put up with his shit.

The world building was decent. It slowly unwrapped without overwhelming or giving major info dumps. I want to learn more about Isaac, the vampire, as well as the Magistrate. Now there was one scary dude.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, I loved the characters, and I can’t wait to read more.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Lisa Emme is a Canadian who proudly ends her ABC’s with ‘zed’. A self-professed book-a-holic, she has spent the last few years trying to stem her book hoarding tendencies by writing her own stories and by avoiding the bargain table at the bookstore like the plague.

A bit of a thrill seeker, Lisa has tried such death defying activities as bungy jumping off a bridge and rappelling down the side of a 17 storey building. She’s also single-handedly raising a teenager.

Lisa has worked as a veterinary assistant, playground instructor, bank teller, store clerk, waitress, telephone solicitor, research writer for an environmental think tank, computer programmer, and systems analyst. Her passion however, is writing. What else is she going to do during the long, cold prairie winter?

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Lawful Claim by Marie Johnston

Title: Lawful Claim
Author:
Marie Johnston
Series:
The Sigma Menace – #4
Genre:
Paranormal Romance 
Release date: September 17, 2015
Pages:

Synopsis:

26700567Agent E wasn’t always an evil Sigma Agent. Even though evil had her claws in him, he couldn’t help but hang onto his past and watch over the family he lost, protecting them by staying dead to them. Until one night, he interfered.

When Ana Esposito’s life, and that of her son, was saved by the husband she had buried over a decade ago, she found her world irrevocably changed. Any chance of safety for her and her son lay with the hardened man that used to be the love of her life.

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Reviewer: Veronica

Now who didn’t see a 5 star coming for this one? Ha! You’d be delusion if you thought otherwise.

*sigh* Damn, that was amazing, wonderful, suspenseful, and just effing great. Loved E and Ana. I’d been impatiently waiting for E’s story since he showed up with the crazy and enigmatic X. Both of whom weren’t quite what they seemed.

Ten years ago, E had to make a decision: fight and probably die or become a monster to protect his wife. Guess which one he chose? And yet, he still kept his core of humanity even with all that he witnessed and the death he caused. My heart broke for him, especially when he knew his wife was with another. Not all that surprising since he’d apparently died ten years ago.

And Ana… major girl crush on her. Smart with a cool head. Sure, she was freaked out to find out vampires and werewolves existed, but when it came to protecting her kid, she was deadly. Though understandably upset over her not-actually-dead husband’s actions for the past ten years, she didn’t guilt him for it.

A shame Madame G wasn’t happy over losing one of her prize agents. That vile, evil bitch.

If you haven’t been reading this series, why the hell not? Now excuse me while I stalk the author until I get my hands on X’s story. She’s up next. *fangirl squeal*

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About this author

Marie Johnston grew up in the upper Midwest and planned to go to college for English. Didn’t happen. She started college in accounting and was awful! Grabbing her inner science geek by the pocket protector, she changed to microbiology and medical technology where her only writing involved scientific articles and procedures.

Eventually, she left full-time work for full-time baby raising but kept thinking, “one day, I’d like to write a book.” Finally, before any more time passed, Marie decided to buckle down and write. She loves it! Her favorites genres to tell stories in are paranormal and contemporary romance.

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Falling Angels by Jen Winters

Title: Falling Angels
Author: 
Jen Winters
Series: 
The Guardian Novels – #2
Genre: 
Paranormal Romance
Release date: June 14, 2015
Pages: 
212
Synopsis:

25735314What’s worse than losing your job? How about losing your life, your home, and everything familiar? I just wanted to work. What did I get in return?

A long fucking fall with a sudden stop.

Stranded on earth with little hope for survival and an eternity of banishment ahead of me, I did the only thing I knew—I worked the jobs I could. Until I realized I’d been replaced. Then I got mad.

Eleven thousand years of fighting for my destiny had me broken, bitter, and ready to just give up. And then my best friend blew up Fort Worth and screwed the entire universe in the process. Now I have to save his ass from everyone including the Guardians.

I hate Guardians—those intrusive vixens replaced me, took over my job, and left me utterly useless. But this one, Lavinia, she’s almost as old as I am and she is starting to get under my skin. I can’t concentrate when she’s around—everything about her mystifies me and why the hell do I remember her from before? She shouldn’t even exist! And certainly not in my memory.

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Reviewer: Veronica

Where to start with this book? Angels, demons, guardians, the origins of werewolves and vampires, and so much more goodness. Normally I prefer my paranormal a little darker, but that’s not to say this book didn’t have action. It did and it was fantastic! Loved it when Ambrose fought against the demons who were sent to kill him. And what a snarky attitude on him. *sigh* Just how I like my heroes.

This is a story about Ambrose, a fallen angel who simply wanted to complete his assigned jobs. Instead, he was kicked out of heaven for not joining the war. He makes a pact with a demon, Yuruch, and an unlikely friendship forms between the two of them. These two are great together. It shows how it’s possible to love someone even when you don’t agree with their choices.

There is so much that happens in this story that you need to read it to fully appreciate it.

About this author

Jen Winters fell in love with paranormal romance after her daughter was born and she needed a way to escape reality for a few minutes a day. She loved it so much she decided to take her own pen to it. The world of the Guardians was developed through deeply irreligious conversations with her father who likes to misinterpret scripture as often as humanly possible and a good dose of did-I-just-read-that-! when looking into ancient near eastern mythology and scripture.

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Fireheart by Natalia Marx

Title: Fireheart 
Author: 
Natalia Marx
Series:
Fire Maiden – #1
Genre: 
Fantasy Romance
Release date: July 9, 2015
Pages:
154
Synopsis:

25882020In a land of dying magic and vanished elves, two warriors are brought together by fate and discover a passion that may just unleash a magic long buried.

Lelia​na is the famed commander of Syldor’s army. The Fire Maidens, her elite guard, are feared across the Realm. But power and leadership are lonely. Leliana has given up on love and embraced a life of war and pleasure.

Daryn Raine needs an army. A Dark Dragon, believed extinct, has destroyed his city and forced his people to flee. When the Jutland general seeks refuge in Syldor, he doesn’t expect to be so attracted to their commander. And he never expects to fall in love.

Leliana and Daryn set off on a quest to slay the Dark Dragon, but along the way they forge a bond that defies logic. When the boundaries of these passionate warriors are tested, can Leliana give their relationship a chance? And can Daryn accept the woman for who she is?

In the first book of the Fire Maiden duology, Leliana and Daryn prepare for war against the Dark Dragon, face unseen foes, and wage internal battles as their relationship turns from passion to something deeper—something magical.

An action-packed fantasy adventure novel filled with warriors, sword fights, heat, and a cliff hanger — but don’t worry, the sequel is immediately available!

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Reviewer: Veronica

This book isn’t quite what I expected and that’s not a bad thing at all. I read a lot of PNR and UF, but I used to read mainly fantasy – D&D fantasy to be precise. And that’s what this reminded me of, only with a lot more romance. 😉

Leliana commands her own army, having earned the position through sweat and skill. No one could claim her as a weak woman and therein laid a problem. Men were intimidated by her and some felt emasculated.

Daryn, however, enjoys that side of Leliana, in fact he adores it. As a commander himself in another army, he appreciates the strength of mind and body that her position requires.

I loved the look into this world, and a few times I found myself giggling, such as when a ban was placed on trading with the elves because they had the nerve to disappear from their world. The absurdity of it tickled me. I enjoyed the complex characters with believable flaws, and one of them I just wanted to hug. I won’t say why since it’s a spoiler, but it made me appreciate the precarious position Zephra found herself in.

Overall this was a fun read and I’ll soon be diving into the next one to find out what happens with the Dark Dragon.

About this author

I am a multicultural author currently living in Los Angeles with my loving husband and pride of cats. I was raised to appreciate the arts and politics from a young age and was often sent abroad to live with family in different countries. My experiences led me to pursue a career in the arts that includes drama, writing, and painting.

I believe that art is an elevation of the human spirit, rather than a reflection of it. While exploring the deepest caverns of humanity from power to morality to sexuality, I create works that aim to draw you in and then take you to a higher place. Otherwise, if art is just a faithful recreation of the world around us, we can just read the newspaper instead, right?

Of course, I try to do it with a wink and a smile–and sometimes a deep blush.