Review: Sleuthing with the Enemy by Danielle Hardgrave

Sleuthing with the Enemy (Unnatural Alliances Book 2)Sleuthing with the Enemy by Danielle Hardgrave

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again my thanks go to Caldwell Publishing for the recommendation of this series.

LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Oh my days! It always surprises me when a book surpasses that of it’s predecessor, especially when I particularly enjoyed that too.

So book two in the Unnatural Alliances series focuses on Annemette ‘Anna’ Helsen, an arrogant and pissed off werewolf shifter hellbent on seeking revenge against the person that stole from the family and Jonas Weiss, a sexy as hell but cocky vampire prince who just happens to be prime suspect.
Knowing this Anna breaks into Jonas’s home and attacks him. After Jonas tells her that he didn’t steal anything, he blackmails Anna into helping him clear his name. Intent on proving his innocence, the two form an unlikely alliance, but, along the way they come to realise that all is not what it may seem and not everything is black and white. Add into the mix their growing feelings for each other and you’ve got yourself a scorcher of a story.

At the risk of repeating myself, did i mention that I love this book? Oh I did? Well it doesn’t hurt to say it one more time. I freaking loved this book.
I really connected with the characters and and the story. Danielle really caotured the characters wit and chemistry which made it impossible not to fall in love with them.

Jonas has that alpha swagger but he was sensitive with it. Anna at first gave off that arrogant vibe but really just felt alone, she had her brothers around her but you could tell she felt that missing connection with someone. Enter Jonas. Together they were on fire.

My only criticism is that there wasn’t enough paranormal for me. I would have liked to have seen more shifter/vampire interaction.

Bring on the next book. I can’t wait!

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New Release: Malefica by Katie H. Weill


 

Malefica – Veneficus: Book One


Published: 7/8/17

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Cover Artist: Dark City Designs

Publisher: Satin & Stone Publications


Claudia
Matthews turns 18 tomorrow – as long as she can make it through the first day
of classes at Oakley High School. It’s more than her inherent strangeness that
keeps her from fitting in. Her ill-tempered service dog, Luca, isn’t winning
her friends and her class schedule is even less welcoming, dropping her into
the government- mandated, “The History of Witches”.
They
are real, she’s been told. They are powerful, and evil – yet Claudia wants to
know if that’s actually a universal truth. Are all witches really that
bad?

 

When
a mysterious gift appears, dark secrets are cast into the light, and the world
as she knows it may change forever. Now armed with questions, Claudia will need
to figure out if it’s truly worth finding the truth when textbooks don’t hold
all the answers. Drawn into a world of hidden covens and regulated magic, she
may learn more than she bargained for. Now Claudia has to fight the lure of
power and a temptation much more passionate…or lose herself to both. The truth
could set her free… or damn her forever.
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EXCERPT:

She
could turn the demon over, and she could find out about her father…
“Can
I help you?” A skinny cop in uniform sat, bleary-eyed, and clutching a giant
cup of coffee between his two hands as he shivered against the cold which
drifted in through the briefly open door.
“I
need to speak to,” she paused; who did she ask for?
Claudia
reached up once again to brush her fingers over her eyes as if that would help
clear the haze from her mind, and felt her brows furrow down as the name of the
department her father worked for came to her.
“Someone
in the Department of Occult Enforcement.” She lowered her hands as the officer
slowly lowered his cup to the desk, his eyes widening.
“T-this
is just a local P.D. miss,” he extended his hand, pressing a button firmly on
the phone on the desk, picking up the receiver while never looking away from her.
“But I’ll get you my superior,” he was already starting to mumble, and when he
spoke into the phone, it was a blur of words her tired brain didn’t feel like
deciphering.
“Thank
you,” Claudia had considered turning to sit down in one of the chairs, but the
slap of shoes on the linoleum brought her attention to a door off to the right
that swung open, and she watched a large man in a suit and undone tie step
forward. Instant recognition crossed his face, and his hand snapped towards his
side arm.
‘Run,’
her mind whispered, but she couldn’t make herself head for the door.
Her
feet felt rooted to the spot as if the ivy from outside had curled up around
her ankles and held her in place; the perfect target for a full clip of
bullets. “I’m Claudia Matthews,” tears clogged her throat suddenly as she
watched him, voice thick, tired and desperate. “And I really need your help.”
She managed and then her knees buckled in their exhaustion, sending her
tumbling to the floor.
 
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Katie
H. Weill is the descendant of a witch – descendant of Ann Pudeator, a wealthy
woman in her seventies who did nothing but care for others, and one of the last
women accused and executed in Salem, Massachusetts. Katie was inspired by the
hard fought findings of her Aunt to create a story that started with a sprinkle
of history and unraveled a tale from there. With her husband and her rescued
dog at her side she is enthralled by the idea of creating new stories and
worlds and looks forward to sharing them with the world. Ann Pudeator was
exonerated in 1957 by the Massachusetts General Court of all charges.

 

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Review: Losing Game by Tracie Delaney

Losing Game (Winning Ace, #2)Losing Game by Tracie Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ah my beloved Cash is back…at long last. It has felt so very long and yet hasn’t really been a long wait between Winning Ace and Losing Game. I’ve completely fallen in love with Cash all over again. He’s complicated and temperamental but he’s completely lovable and sexy and all wrapped up in an Irish bow.

So Losing Game picks up from where Winning Ace left off, Tally is completely distraught at the though that Cash may have cheated on her and is staying in Brighton, supposedly incognito. She is trying, trying being the operative word, to move on with her life. Difficult to do when your feelings are very much alive.
Cash needs Tally in his life and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win her back. Even if that means confessing his big secret. A secret he knows he is taking a big risk in sharing.
There are so many challenges facing them. Will they be able to overcome them?
Well you’re just going to have to read the book and find out.

Seriously though, what a second instalment. If the first book was the head, this book is the belly and the heart. Its filled with tension and angst. Its the nitty gritty. It has it in spades. The storyline is so thick that it leaves you reeling for days.
I think that’s what makes it a fabulous story you know? Tracie has this way of leaving you ‘staring at the fireplace, thinking and mouthing the word WOW.’ (Well that’s how I found myself after reading the book.)

I can’t wait for the third book, you just know it’s going to be the epic finale.

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To Trust a Wolf – Danielle Hardgrave

To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances #1)To Trust a Wolf by Danielle Hardgrave

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all my thanks go to Caldwell Publishing for recommending this series to me. I haven’t read a lot of PNR of late and so was pleased to pick it up.

Secondly, what a great first book in the series. I do like PNR, in fact I love it, but as far as shifter books go I’m more of a vampire girl. However I do love the wolf. Going in with some trepidation, (I’m always this way with new series) it is a slow build-up, you’ve got the down in a funk archivist of a museum taking each boring day after boring day. Her boss is the kind that doesn’t really care unless it affects him, so he has no problem shifting the jobs onto her. (See what I did there?)
As she’s given the task of leading the strange but enigmatic Rune Helsen around the museum to inspect the Viking display they going on, she can’t help but feel turned on but suspicious about his intentions.

Now trying not to give spoilers away, things mysteriously happen that deepen that suspicion. She can’t help thinking there’s more than meets the eye with Rune. Annnnnd, she’d be right, BUT, I’m not going to divulge either, so you’re really going to have to read it yourself.

As I said, I did read with trepidation and for a portion of the story I really wanted more to happen, however, about a quarter of the way in I was hooked and I now find myself desperately seeking Amazon for the next installment. It’s a case of I NEED to know what happens next.

Definitely an author to watch!

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The Precious Ruby – C. Renee

The Precious Ruby (The Precious Trilogy, #1)The Precious Ruby by C. Renee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A friend recommended me to this author and series and going off of her recommendation I was happy to read. BUT I find myself torn. On the one hand I really can see the potential, the plot is a good one, there are all the elements for a fantastic story, however, things to me read hiddledy piggledy and I found myself tiring at the same time. On the other hand I find myself wanting to read more to find out where the story is leading.

I can see, literally see, where the author is going with this story but there was just something I couldn’t grasp. I don’t know what it was but I find myself uncomfortable, I know the story is supposed to be a gripping one but I just couldn’t connect. I needed to feel involved in the story and I didn’t BUT I didn’t hate it either.

The main female character, I just could not take to and I really wanted to connect with her, I mean she’s the main stay of the story well her and Alex, I just found myself wanting more of that oomph factor.

I’m definitely going to stick to the story and read the next one. I have this need to find out whats going to happen and goddamn it I want to fall in love with the characters.

‘Once more unto the breach’ – Lawrence Olivier

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Review: Henry & Me by Sasha Clinton

Henry & MeHenry & Me by Sasha Clinton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thanks go to the author for this e-book copy.

When I read the blurb for Henry & Me, I liked the look of it but something was holding me back. I don’t know why because its contemporary romance and pretty much the type I’d usually read. Anyhow it took me a few days to get into starting it BUT I’m so glad I did.

I was not expecting to laugh as much as I did, and I mean not just a tiny laugh, I mean a full-on chuckle. It read like a rom-com and the author has a pretty good way of engaging her audience.
It is a slow starting story, the build-up takes a while to get your head around, however, the laughs and the one-liners more than make up for the pace of the book.

It isn’t a perfect 5-star book for me and if I have to give any criticism, it would be that the main characters ‘issues’ seemed kind of, brushed aside. I mean they were there and relevant to the story BUT I personally felt that for what she had been through she didn’t take it seriously enough. At times her attitude was flimsy, like, until certain triggers happened, they seemed kind of irrelevant.
I have to say though that Max’s one-liners and attitude (not including the above) were totally on point, I urge you not to laugh. I loved her character.
Henry? Well Henry took a little for me to get, he was kind of stiff in the beginning. I think his naturally shy and laid back attitude is to blame. He’s not the typical alpha guy, he doesn’t have the bulging biceps or the aggressive attitude BUT he does have the caring and sensitive down pat. You cant help find him endearing after a while.

I think this book is going to be one of those you either love or hate. I’ll very much be in the love category.

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The Taste Of Her WordsThe Taste Of Her Words by Candace Knoebel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thanks go to the author for the advanced reader copy of this book.

I’m going to start this review off by saying that I have previously read this authors PNR series Night Watchmen. I loved that series so when I was given the opportunity to apply for the ARC of this book I was certain I was going to enjoy it. However, a small part of me was shocked by the change in genre and it being a contemporary romance but I went into it with an open mind and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed it.

Okay, so Andy is a single mother taking care of her 10-year-old son. She also happens to be an aspiring writer but due to being a single mother and life getting in the way she is unable to fulfill that dream. She is also dealing with a bullying and controlling ex who just happens to be the father of her son who is hell bent on making her life as miserable as possible by going after full custody of their son just so he can have all the power over her. Andy is also secretly in love with her younger brothers’ best friend.

Dean has always had a thing for Andy and five years ago they ended up kissing, however because of Andy and her fears and her reluctance to rock the boat with her ex and protect her son, Andy walks away. Obviously, Dean is devastated.

Now it’s the present day and they’re thrown back into each other’s lives. The old feelings are still there, even more so. Those pent-up feelings are tenfold now and the attraction resurfaces. After spending a little time together, they begin the relationship they wanted to start 5 years ago. BUT things aren’t as easy and care free as they seem and starting a relationship whilst fending off all sorts of issues that are thrown their way isn’t going to be easy.

I really enjoyed the characters although if I have any criticism it’s that Dean wasn’t passionate enough for me, I would have liked to have seen a little more aggression in passionate terms. I thought Andy was the right kind of shy, she had that girl next door feel to her, the one you can’t help having some empathy and sympathy for. I’m probably going to sound like a loon for saying this but I really enjoyed Matt’s character, not the abusive part but the perhaps redeemable part. It doesn’t excuse any of the unspeakable things he had done but gave him that humanitarian edge.
All in all, though I really enjoyed it. It’s a testament to an author when they can make you go through several different emotions in one book and that is what happened whilst reading The Taste of Her Words.

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