Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Review: The Viking Wants Forever by Koko Brown

The Blurb
A Love Frozen In Time…
Reese Johnson yearns for a life other than the world of drudgery she’s settled for as the manager of a comic book store. What’s that they say? Be careful what you wish for? Well that’s a motto Reese should have tattooed across her forehead. Because Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has just the remedy for the boring life of this woman who denounces his existence.

His recipe for disaster?
Take a 30 year-old woman and send her back in time as a pawn for revenge. Couple her with Eirik Sigurdsson, a Viking Warlord, too arrogant and baggage-laden to be of any use for anything, but battle and bed. Mix thoroughly, folding in a heavy dose of pride, a tyrannical king, and a sympathetic goddess. Bake at high until a white-hot love is unleashed and then forever frozen in time.

My Review
When it comes to time travel, you never know how its going to end up. I absolutely loved how the book ended (I won’t spoil it for you). A modern African American woman going back to Viking times was a risky direction to take the story. I’m here to attest that it worked out perfectly. Reese did some good things for herself, Eirik, and his people when she was thrown back in time. I’m talking clap worthy actions.

The chemistry between Eirik and Reese was incredible. Sweet with a lot of erotic. Ms. Brown certainly likes to keep a reader on their toes about the characters actions throughout the story because there were quite a few times that I wanted to have a chat with both Reese and Eirik to help them make the right decisions.

I give this book five out of five ship shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Review: Love Notes (Equilibrium Book 1) by Christina C. Jones

The Blurb
Love that says something, instead of just looking like it.

Love you can always trust to feel like home.

For both of them, it’s something that has always been just outside of their peripheral, something to be observed rather than experienced. A depth of feeling reserved for people who were “into” that, those with a different outlook, those more… deserving.

Until their paths cross.

Lines are crossed.

And maybe the stars are crossed too, because the connection and chemistry are so off the charts that they can’t stay away from each other, can’t avoid it... even if they think they should. 

My review
The books I have read by Ms. Jones have all been amazing and Love Notes was no exception. After reading the blurb I expected a highly emotional book, which I got, but not in the way I had anticipated. Jules is an amazing heroine. I really liked that she is pure confidence. She believed in herself and her talent and took a risk on showcasing both. She had a past which made her who she is and it was good to see her grow even further.

The passion between Jules and Troy was absolutely amazing. From the moment they first meet, the sparks flew.  They just seemed to belong together, even though they attempted to resist it. The secondary characters were highly entertaining. I’m looking forward to reading a story or two based on them.

My single complaint about the book is that I got a little lost with the slang in the dialogue. I caught up eventually, but it took me out of the story as I tried to figure out what they were expressing. Other than that I found the novel to be absolutely fantastic.

I give this book five out of five camera shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Review: Wings of Flesh and Bones by Cathrina Constantine

The Blurb
An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.

Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.

Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.

My review
This story took me on a roller coaster ride of adventure, romance, magic and growth. Rogan is an amazing heroine, we see her develop and learn so much during the book. From an impetuous, stubborn, ready to defend the world young woman, to someone who thinks through the situation before acting.

The character’s dialogue had me chuckling with the sarcastic lines. A paranormal tale that kept me enthralled and turning the pages to see what would happen next. I’m not going to share any spoilers, but there are some surprises in the story where I found myself smiling.

I'm hoping there will be more stories coming from this book because there are some character's stories I wouldn't mind reading. 

I give this book five out of five AK47 (I just had to) shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Crane (The Legends Saga #1) by Stacey Rourke

The calendar tells us that it’s officially spring, but the weather says otherwise. Nothing to do about it, but read, read and read some more. This month we went for something spooky which is not normally my thing, but dang, this book was amazing. Remember to stop by Constantine and Baryeh’s blogs to see what they thought about it.

The Blurb
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides? 

My Review
First of all I must mention how brilliant the writing is. This story was the perfect example of what ‘show not tell’ was all about. I could see everything happening as if it was a movie rather than words on a page. Ms. Rourke is incredible with her descriptions, scene setting, and dialogue.

I’m not normally a mystery or thriller reader, but this book made me do a one-eighty. I was amazed at how quickly I read it. Ireland was funny as hell with her sarcastic sense of humor and tough ass manner. Let me tell you that she goes through a lot in Sleepy Hollow, but it was all so cool. The gore and the pain wasn’t so appetizing, but everything else was. Especially how she embraced her curse- I didn’t see that coming at all and yet if fit the story so well.

I had two issues with this story, which didn’t take away from me loving the book. First of all it flopped back and forth between Ireland and Ichabod’s stories, which was frustrating because I wanted to see what happened to both of them. I would almost hold my breath when a chapter ended because I didn’t know whose story would be told even though I knew whose story I wanted continued. It was a tad bit frustrating.

My second issue, very minor, was that I didn’t understand the purpose of the first death in the story. I don’t recall the guy being mentioned again, but maybe I was so enthralled with everything else going on that I missed it.

No matter what I saw as the minuscule shortcomings of this book, it was amazing. If I could rate it higher than a five I totally would.

I give this book five out five sword shaped chocolate bars and a huge round of applause.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK

Monday, 9 April 2018

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The man who broke her heart . . .
Is the man she now needs more than ever!
Heir to his family’s global empire, branding genius Miguel Astacio turns everything into marketing gold. Only his best friend’s sister seems immune to his magic touch. Until Tanya Carrington comes to him to save her floundering nightclub. Miguel is ready to rectify past mistakes. But will his supreme sacrifice win the heart of the woman he loves? 

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Miguel’s blood heated as she gave him a wavering smile. She was just too beautiful, with clear skin marked only by a dark mole at the corner of her nose, angled dark eyes and full lickable lips.
“I mean,” Tanya continued, “I won’t even be able to recognize the place when its completed. Everything sounds incredible, but I may have to draw the line at the cages for dancers.”
He thought she might. “Trust me, if we charge people to dance in them, they will pay. The one rule is that they have to keep their clothes on.”
 “We’ll see.” She stared at the screen again with her eyes unblinking “Um…” She rubbed the back of her neck and a light sheen of sweat broke out on her forehead. “How much will this cost?”
Now for the heavy convincing. He got up and stood beside her to point at the CCTV screen showing the dance area, which had filled up a little more in the hour they’d been going over his ideas. “I can see this place packed, people waiting all the way up the street trying to get in. VIP area filled with actors, musicians and pro athletes flying in to experience it.”
Unable to resist, he leaned close so they were almost cheek to cheek. Her heat and honeysuckle perfume floated into him, and he turned his head so his starving lips could caress her one more time. He kissed along her jaw until he met the sensitive area of her neck, where he teased her with gentle nips until she moaned. She sprang as far away from him as the room would allow.
What had he been thinking? Why did she affect him this way? She took away his willpower like no other woman had ever done. Thinking became almost impossible when she was around. The desire to smooth his hands over her incredibly silky soft skin drove him to get closer, but he stayed rooted to the spot, watching her rub the goose pimples from her arms.
“Answer the question, Miguel.” He was pleased to hear her voice quiver. “How much will it cost?”
He’d rather discuss the turbulent heat swirling between them, but if she wanted to ignore it then he should, too. “You’ve heard the saying that you have to spend money to make money, right?”
Her slow nod brought her hair forward. He watched as she brushed back the strands he wanted to filter his fingers through, bringing her close so they could fall into the attraction drawing them together.


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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

New Release: Sacrifice by Kiru Taye

Title: Outcast & Sacrifice
Series: Sacred Amulet Duet
Author: Kiru Taye
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy / Romance

OUTCAST (Sacred Amulet, Part 1)
Ugo’ji is an outcast, an untouchable. She lives on the fringe of society as the lowest of the low, a living sacrifice to the gods. The only person she interacts with is her aged grandmother who nurtures her powerful gift of healing. Until the day she meets Ebube a strange warrior to their lands. He ignites a yearning within her she's unable to ignore.

Ebube is drawn to the young maiden with the emerald green eyes who possesses the body of a goddess and the healing touch of an angel. But he is forbidden from mating with a human and the consequence is the wrath of the gods.

Moreover he is on a mission. If he fails, the gates of hell will be opened and the earth plunged into darkness. He cannot stay and she cannot go with him.

A twig snapped. Ebube froze for a heartbeat. Unsure of what was approaching, he reached for his scabbard still strapped to his hips.  Without making a noise, he withdrew the dagger in a slow fluid motion. The trees and shrubs around him provided some cover for him. He wouldn't be seen until he was ready to attack.
Footsteps walked in his direction. Human? Knife poised to strike, he manoeuvred his aching body into a crouching position.
As the leaves of the shrubs in front of him parted, he swung his leg out tripping the creature. The person tumbled down onto the ground beside him and he pounced, his dagger already on its downward motion.
Then he froze.
It was a young woman.
“No!” Her scream rent the air as his arm stopped mid-swing. His grip on his weapon tightened. His other hand held her side down firmly. Soft, smooth, warm skin trembled beneath his palm.
He stared at her, fixated by her allure. The shape of her face reminded him of an eagle’s egg, beautiful and fragile, full of inner strength. Eyes the vibrant green of okra twirled in the cream of ukwa stared back at him with fright. They held him captive and he fell into their depths, barely aware of his increased breathing and heart rate.
Mine. For the first time today, his spirit beast roused, alert and pushing to get to the fore.
What? The feral creature living in him had just laid claim to the maiden which made her...  Mine. The word whispered again in his mind.
This girl was his bond mate? The woman destined to be his life partner? This couldn’t be. She was human. Her life force undulated beneath his skin as proof.
He was Ure, part human and part god. A supernatural being. He wasn’t permitted to bond with humans.
But his spirit beast had never risen before without the amulet to connect them. Yet it had done so on this occasion.

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SACRIFICE (Sacred Amulet, Part 2)
Mating an outcast requires a blood sacrifice.

Ebube has rejoined his warriors on the hunt for the sacred amulet but his heart is left behind with Ugo. He's focused on completing his task and returning to her quickly.

Ugo has found a new confidence since Ebube's departure. After saving a child's life, she is now in demand for her skills and those who had previously ignored her now take an interest in her. Her quiet moments are preoccupied by thoughts of Ebube's return.

But the gods are not so forgiving or forgetful and they will demand a high price for Ebube's and Ugo's disobedience.

Ebube’s favourite dream involved waking with Ugo beside him in his home on the Amauwa settlement.
There they had a good, simple, and happy life. Peace in the realms and the warriors at home.
She placed a kiss to his face, the tip of his nose and his closed eyelid before whispering, “good morning.”
Half befuddled with sleep he reached for her, hand settling on her hip as he struggled to stay still, needing her in ways that he couldn’t always express.
“The morning is good because you are here,” he replied in a voice still gruff from the night.
“You are awake,” her voice was filled with amusement.
“I am now.” He cracked his eyes open and filled them with a vision of Ugo dappled in dawn’s grey light.
A smile played on her lips even as strands of her braided hair brushed over her shoulders and plump breasts.
He trailed his hand down her smooth back over the curve of her waist to her wide hips and pliant buttocks swell over long legs that he now pulled down on either side of his so that she sat astride of him.
In the time that he’d known her, her body had ripened from that of a girl into a woman.
He had always been a man ready to go to war to protect the realms. Ready to put himself in danger and journey to whatever lands his missions took him.
Now he wanted to stay close to Ugo. To have her as a constant in his life. He couldn't imagine a future without her. A mate to share highs and lows and make family.
“Now that you’re awake, my warrior, what would you like?” She rolled her bum over his groin.
His breath hitched as he hardened.
“Precious,” the endearment was hardly more than a groan on his lips.
She had never been this bold before.
He glanced up to find her smirking as she rolled her hips again. “Yes, my warrior. I have exactly what you want.”


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Monday, 2 April 2018

Review: Beau: a Cindermama Story (Cindermama Series) by Ines Johnson

The Blurb
Beau Rosen has the perfect life —mostly. Thanks to her family’s magic, she saw her “One and Only” love in a dream. So why does she go to bed next to him every night and wake up from nightmares? Exhausted, overworked, and under-appreciated, Beau seeks relief from her insomnia in the healing hands of chiropractor, Darrell Walker. Darrell brings her sweet dreams and a glimpse at a different life. For the first time Beau questions if her gift has really led her to a happily ever after.

Dr. Darrell Walker doesn’t believe in the "One.” But his logical and scientific plan to find a life partner is going all wrong. So, when one of his patients with a penchant for matchmaking claims she saw his perfect match in her dream, he decides to hear her out. As Darrell and Beau work together to find his dream woman, Darrell falls under the spell of a very off-limits Beau. He can only hope that she wakes up to the fact they’re perfect together, before it’s too late.

My Review
This is not a typical romance. First of all the heroine is married, yes to a douchebag of a man, who I detested. His actions had my upper lip curling with disgust and a few times I actually gasped at something he said. Ms. Johnson did a good job of making him a proper antagonist. Beau was such a sweet and caring woman that I believed how she could accept her husband’s bad behavior. It took someone treating her with respect in order to open her eyes.

Darrell was a fantastic hero. Sweet, yet practical. Not a comedian in the least bit, but still funny and totally delectable.

The book had you getting to know both Beau and Darrell separately, before bringing them together as friends. It took them a long time to realize how they felt about each other even though their attraction was strong, and when they did it was an ahhhh moment. Drama did ensue throughout the novel, but so did learning and growth, for both of them. Forgiveness played a big role in the story, which made me happy.

I loved this modern fairy tale with its dream sequences, witty conversations, sweetness, and true love romance.

I give this book five out of five examination room table (I just had to) shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK.