Review: “The Tiger’s Watch” by Julie Ember

TITLE: The Tiger’s Watch
AUTHOR: Julie Ember
SERIES: Ashes of Gold
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Meghan Moss
GENRE: Teen Fiction; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback
  

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.


The Tiger’s Watch by Julie Ember is the first book in the Ashes of Gold series. I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely engaged all of my senses especially my sympathy and tear ducts. As this is a book about teens, I didn’t figure there would be any explicit content, and there wasn’t. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any chemistry between various characters and some light kissing. The book does end on a cliffhanger so if you don’t like to read a book with a cliffhanger ending then I would wait to start this book until the series has concluded because the ending does make you want to start reading the next book immediately. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long. Especially after peaking my interest with the sneak peek into the second book in the series.

Tashi’s a gender fluid 16-year-old. Some days they feel more masculine and other days more feminine regardless of the fact that they was born male. The pronouns used for Tashi are they, them, and their. Since this is my first gender fluid character and story, the pronouns took me a little bit of time to get used to. I loved how Tashi used their hair to show their dual nature, and I cried when they shaved it off to better keep their identity secret. Tashi’s been an inhibitor since they was eight years old and chosen by Katala, a rare rose gold tiger. Tashi’s best friend Pharo’s bonded to a wolf that’s just about at the end of his life and it scares Tashi that soon they will be without their best friend and that there isn’t anything they can do to stop the unavoidable. And while it’s cool to be one with your animal, it makes it nearly impossible to form relationships and so Tashi’s never done anything about their attraction or love for Pharo.

I thought the ideas of the inhibitor was unique and exciting but also sad since the human and animal are bonded together and neither can survive without the other. Which means if Katala dies from a wound or old age then Tashi will fall into a coma and slowly pass away.
Xian’s 17 years old and a general in the Myeik army and has a secret item that he’s been searching for that used to be in his family generations ago. He needs it to save his mother’s life and uses the cover of the army to search for it secretly. He knows that it’s related to the inhibitors and so he’s searching for the inhibitors that escaped the attack on the academy. He has a cruel and cold personality that he projects to the outside world, but underneath he has a soft spot that only his trusted servant gets to witness.

When Xian’s army takes the monastery that Tashi and Pharo are hiding in as servants, Tashi ends up getting chosen to replace Xian’s dead personal assistant. This works out great for Tashi who has trained his whole life to be a killer and a spy. But Tashi’s torn between his duty and his heart after witnessing Xian’s soft spot. Will he be able to do what needs to be done to save his peoples’ way of life or will he give into his heart and help find the secret item that Xian needs to save his mother?

I know the answers to these questions, but you will have to read the book to find them out for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series when it comes out and find out what happens next.

****The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Guardian” by Carole Cummings

TITLE: Guardian
AUTHOR: Carole Cummings
SERIES: Aisling Trilogy
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 270 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 paperback
  

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2nd Edition

As he pursues a man who is not what he seems, Constable Dallin Brayden learns the lines between enemy and ally, truth and deception, and conscience and obedience are not only blurred, but malleable.

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he’s about, and he doesn’t believe in Fate. “Wilfred Calder” has no idea who he is or what he’s about, and he’s been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil flees after witnessing a murder, it’s Dallin’s job to pursue him. Along the way, he’s pulled into a maelstrom of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries—all of which rests on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

Even Dallin’s success proves a hollow victory. Wil is vengeful, rebellious, and lethal, and his tale of magic and betrayal rocks the carefully constructed foundations of Dallin’s world. Suspicious and only half believing, Dallin must question not only his own integrity and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him—including those who hold his own country’s fate in their hands.

First Edition published by Torquere/Prizm, 2010.


Hum…well, I didn’t know exactly what happens here. This book is something.
Dallin is a kind of cop for the city of Putnam. One day when he’s investigated a murder, he meets Wilfred Calder the witness of the murder, he’s a very mysterious man, and Dallin feels something off with Calder.
Wilfred Calder is on the run, and he tries to escape his captors who want to hurt him. He also has a “gift” that makes people lose control when they’re in contact with him—except Dallin. The Guardian who seems not to know who he really is.

I can’t say I disliked the book, but I can’t say I like it either. It was a little bit confusing actually.

I love when I know where I stand. Where I am, in which timeline, the background and all. Here, there’s none, not at the beginning at least and I started right in the action, not knowing who was who and who did what, it confused me for the rest of the book.
But it’s also the first book of the trilogy, so it’s the book where the plot is built, the story and how Wil and Dallin will have to fight together.

Even, if the plot seems a little bit confusing, the author built a good universe, and it was written well. The action too, and I love the sassy mouth of Wil, he seems all fragile and scared, but he has a good fire in him and didn’t give up easily.

Dallin is quieter, but really smart, and hot, like super hot. Huge tall blond guy, totally my type.

I will keep reading the trilogy because other than the confusing part, I wanted to know more.

It’s 3 OptimuMM’s for me.

***The ARC was provided by DSP Publications. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Trusted by the Unicorn” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Trusted by the Unicorn
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Into the land of Unicorns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 20 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
PRICE: $1.59 e-book
  

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Back on Earth, Sayer is healthy again, but unicorns don’t do well in the city. He’s miserable and Todd wants to help him. He and his brothers have a cabin upstate that might work for them but it needs a lot of repair. Thankfully, it’s just the kind of place for three unicorns to call home.


This was a fascinating read. You have two sets of brothers. One set is human, the other unicorns. The unicorns were slowly dying in their world so came to Earth. Calix and Xavier have already gotten into relationships with the two human brothers Seth and Jacob. The oldest unicorn brother, Sayer, is the last one to come to Earth. Now Todd, the last human brother, and Sayer will have a year to get to know each other as they get the old cabin fixed for all of them to live in.

I found this story to be a sweet slow romance. In fact, I would of liked a little more of Sayer and Todd interactions. The pace was very fitting to the way society was the last time Sayer was on earth. The heat level was very low. The descriptions of the land and cabin after the year of working on them while waiting for the brothers to move was very well done.

Over all, will I found the book to be good, it had the potential to be great. If there had been more detail about the humans’ visits every weekend and more interactions between Sayer and Todd, this book would have closed the series perfectly. As it stands, it just didn’t have enough to carry a successful series closure. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “A Destiny of Dragons” by TJ Klune

TITLE: A Destiny of Dragons
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: Tales From Verania
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  400 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 30, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.

Life is good.

Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.

And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.

Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).


And the story continues …

As we know by now when we read a Klune book that tears are inevitable. Well, in this case, tears are caused by laughter.

Sam of Wilds and Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart aka Knight Delicious Face finally got their happy ending…or that’s what they think.

Sam’s grandmother, Vadoma, comes to visit, and by that, I mean she appears in front of Sam, ending in Sam losing his consciousness. Sam has a vision. Don’t ask me, you know I will not tell…duh! Vadoma is a gypsy, trying to convince Sam to come back to his tribe. Oh and by the way, Vadoma brought Sam’s real cornerstone with her, a very attractive, and bendy, young man called Ruv. You think Ryan will be jealous? Pleaseee…khmmm, why would he? He has bigger arms, he has a bigger sword, he has a bigger d…, I mean personality, and he is more bendy than that…that…urgh! Right…Not jealous at all!

But that’s not all, Sam has a destiny. What? You didn’t know? Nor did he.

Sam finds out that almost everybody knew except him and his family. He feels betrayed by Morgan of Shadow, but one of his visions shows him that they are right, he has a destiny. Damn it! Sam must gather all the dragons of Varnia and make them his.
So they go to find their first dragon, that it’s never an easy task you know, finding a dragon who wasn’t seen in a long time.

Without giving away too much, there will be jealous Ryan, pissed of Garry, protective Tiggy who may or may not like butt sex (he hasn’t decided yet), a horny Dragon who already belongs to Sam and another dragon…man, I didn’t see this coming…! We’ll meet new characters, including star constellations, don’t ask, a villain who is out to destroy the word, and we’ll witness a kinda wizard riff-off with some threats.

Oh, and one more thing… Sam’s magic recognizes Ruv’s as his cornerstone!

What…? No, I can’t stay, I need to run…what? What do I mean by “Sam’s magic recognizes Ruv’s as his cornerstone”? … Oh sorry, I have no time for your tantrum now….bye!

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Recovery” by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Recovery
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: Reawakening
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
PRICE:$6.99 -e-book / $ 19.99-paperback

  

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Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.


levilogooptimummWow…I want to read the previous books in the series!

Although this is 3rd of the series, there is no problem following the plot and characters. This book is placed in a world where the Keeper of the Laws are dragons, we’ll meet various creatures and Gods in this book.

This sequel is about Raif. Raif is a faithful man, a devotee of Dual God of Tiallat. Tiallat is the place where Raif comes from. He is travelling north to awaken the dragon Arden. His first stop is in Allien, the city of the cities. After bribing through customs and the gates, Reif finds himself almost drowned in the lagoon. For me, Allien was an image of Venice, with canals, bridges and narrow passages. Allien is built on the Lagoon, in what Reif finds himself after meeting them, Pol. He almost drowned but someone, a woman saves him. Later we will find out that the woman is not an ordinary woman and she chooses Raif as her champion.

After that, Raif can’t wait to get out of this city, and he hopes he will never return again. Then his journey to north resumes. On his way to find Arden, he has time to delve into his past. He survived the Plague and the Shadow, who overtook him, he misses his best friend, Iskandir, who turned out to be the Dual God of Tiallat, but he can’t get passed that him, Iskandir was lying to him.
When he reached the place where Arden should be, his search starts. Finally, he finds Arden who was sleeping for over a thousand years, Raif wakes him with an ardent pledge to be a part of his horde.
But Arden is nothing like Raif would expect from a Keeper of the Laws. Arden is naughty and frivolous. He’s a handful. He doesn’t speak the language, but he is a quick study. He learns all the tricks in this world like gambling and cheating, smooth talk and charms.

Raif, against his own will, is falling for Arden. But in order to destroy the Shadow they need to turn back to Alienn and meet the challenge of finding the Shadow.

It’s a wonderful story. It captured me from the start. Raif is the epitome of a champion, honest, true to his world, always ready to help…and a virgin. Arden can’t be more dragon as he is. The fire fuels him, making Raif burn for the dragon. But Arden has a secret, a secret what will bring heartbreak to Raif…

5 honest to God OptimuMM’s.

****The ARC was provided by DSP Publications. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “The Eye of Ra” by Dakota Chase

TITLE: The Eye of Ra
AUTHOR: Dakota Chase
SERIES: Repeating History
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: No Sexual Content; Adventure; Come To Age;  Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher’s prized collection of historical artifacts? If you’re teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They’ve made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher’s name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve “The Eye of Ra,” a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It’s not just the amulet that’s causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn’t dead when you’re living it.


levilogooptimummWell, this was a short and fun read.

I would recommend this book to the youngsters as it has no sexual content at all.

The story is about Aston and Grant who ends up in a boys’ school. Actually, they were sentenced by a judge as a result of their doing. They come from opposite poles of society and end up as roommates.

They don’t really have time to be roomies because, against all the promises, Aston swore to keep his head down, not even after 24 hours he and his roommates end up in ancient Egypt.

They become fast friends with Tuk the young pharaoh of Egypt. Well, let’s just say I don’t think its really easy to get near to a Pharaoh but I don’t think that going back in time is easy neither, so there you have it…

Aston is gay, a real bad boy who doesn’t think further then next second. This kind of behavior lands him where he is now. Grant is no different, maybe a bit more diplomatic but he is hotheaded too.

Back in Egypt, they must face politics and wars and those things are not really their forte.

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

****The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Salvation’s Song” by Pearl Love

TITLE: Salvation’s Song
AUTHOR: Pearl Love
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy, Come To age, Gay for You
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 326 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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An ancient evil threatens the world, and only the chosen few can save it: the Singers, the Seekers, and the Saviors….

Tyrell Hughes enters his junior year of high school at Winton Yowell with everything going for him. He’s popular, he has great friends, and he has the eye of the hottest girl in school. Jeremy Michalak is a transfer student hoping to escape the bullying he suffered at his last school. All he wants is to keep his head down, make it to graduation without any trouble, and pursue the thing that makes him happiest: playing clarinet.

Tyrell and Jeremy have nothing in common except their homeroom assignments and a mutual attraction each is determined to keep hidden. That is until a dangerous mystery draws them inexorably together. Young people all over the city are dying of seemingly natural causes, but Tyrell and Jeremy discover there are dark forces at work that only they can stop. Now the boys will have to put aside their differences and accept their feelings for each other if they are to fulfill their destinies and become the city’s salvation.


I was always wondering, about those scenes in books when teenagers stop at making out because they are minors. Well, in my opinion, its bullcrap. When two 14-year-old or 16-year-old boys starts to fool around, there is no way they stop at just making out. There is sex baby, hot, quick and ohsoogood. Although we know those things are illegal, and I can respect that about the author when they write those scenes, but it’s not how life works.

Well in this book that’s not the case. I must say that we will not have sex till almost the end, but it’s happening.

That said, the book is not erotica at all. Actually, is a very sweet in-closet and an out-and-proud, interracial story about two high school boys.

I must say, I admire what Harmony is trying to makes here, creating sweet love romance books for a young audience. I can hardly recommend this book above 14-year-old.

We are in Chicago where young people seem to die often. The cause is natural death. So, there is no suspicion about those cases, until both Tyrell, a 16-year-old African-American (well I don’t like this term. I don’t want to enter in details. I’m from Europe and I never saw the problem calling a dark skin colored man or woman black… it’s just the color, there should be no offense in that, but as I’m just an ignorant European) and Jeremy a 16-year-old very white (there again, skin color you see) very blond, non-conformist boy, has the same kind of experience.

There are ancient evils that hunt and feed on the life energy of their victims. Apparently, Tyrell and Jeremy are chosen to destroy those evil beings. How? Well, them being connected, nearby, creates a sound, a sound only heard by these creatures and the chosen ones. This sound carries a power that annihilates these evil forces.

I really liked this book, I couldn’t put it down. Through Tyrell’s struggle with his feelings toward Jeremy, and Jeremy, who was several times harassed and bullied for being gay you will find yourself falling for this two teenagers…

I want to congratulate the author for this very fine story …

***The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Fool” by A.J. Marcus

TITLE: The Fool
AUTHOR: A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Cards of Destiny
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Fantasy, Dark, Paranormal, Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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When Arron Carmichael and Ramsey Roland broke up it devastated both of them, but Ramsey couldn’t handle Arron’s family secret. When the family business brings them together, they discover Ramsey has a secret larger than any Arron thought possible.

Arron is part of the Gardener family, a group of witches who have protected the world from daemons for thousands of years. Ramsey couldn’t deal with the magic that was an intricate part of Arron’s life, so he told Arron they were finished, and he needed to leave. His decision left two hearts broken.

When Ramsey is mugged while going to a bar to hang out with friends, it opens him up to the world Arron had hinted at, but it also brings Arron back into his life. Arron does his best to save Ramsey from the dark forces that are hunting them both. When they learn the reason Ramsey is being hunted, it shocks them both to their cores but brings them closer together. Only together can they hope to defeat the forces working against them.


O One of the things I love about reading is how an author can put their own spin on a familiar theme. A.J. Marcus did just that. I especially liked how he described daemons and where they came from. This brought it completely away from the usual Heaven and Hell concept and gave it a more scientific approach.
Aaron is a witch from a family of witches. His family have been daemon hunters for generations. Not only have they been protecting humans but also, they help keep the existence of daemons hidden.

Ramsey is in real estate. He lives a rather boring ordinary life. The only time he’s dealt with any of the so-called paranormal was when he was dating Aaron. Once Aaron told him he was a witch and what his family did, Ramsey got scared. He broke up with Aaron and went back to his plain boring life.

Five years later brings Aaron back into his life. His life and the world around him will never be the same. Not only does he find out about the real existence of daemons, but he learns something new about himself. They realize that neither has gotten over the other. The threat is still there and follows them. The two must overcome the dangers so they can be together. Both of them have no clue of the big surprise to come.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the rest of the series. The only thing that I was not fond of was the ending. It went away from how the rest of the book flowed by being rather quick. Some key moments were mentioned briefly rather than the walk through the rest of the book delivers.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Witches for Hire” by Sam Argent

TITLE: Witches for Hire
AUTHOR: Sam Argent
SERIES: Odd Jobs
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 314 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99 – paperback
  

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All recovering drug addict and witch Jeremy Ragsdale wants is to shamble on to the next job without any disasters. Instead, the temp agency saddles him with a fellow witch who hates him, an Amazon one violent outburst away from deportation, and a knight from another world as his boss. Even worse, their jack-of-all-trades magic business stumbles upon a conspiracy to kill Desmond the Great, Atlanta’s sexy star magician. Jeremy must prevent it without letting his colleagues know that he not only has ties to the energy vampires behind the plot, but that his past misdeeds might have instigated the attacks.

Despite Jeremy sporting a suit and tie like a good witch, his lies snowball to bite him in the ass. The lack of trust brewing between him and his teammates could cost Desmond his life and Jeremy his progress on the straight and narrow path if his secrets are revealed. Because no matter how much Jeremy has reformed, there’s still enough bad witch in him to kill anyone who messes with him or the people he cares about.


levilogooptimummWhat the hell did I just read?!

Well, this is the weirdest book I have ever read. So why the high rating?! Because it was freaking amazing!

Did you ever a read a book you hated and the same time you loved it? No? Well neither did I until this…this…I don’t know.

For the first 30 % of the story, I was wondering if this book is reason enough to smash my e-book to the wall to buy myself a new one. Well, I’m glad now I was against my “brilliant” idea!

This book is a multimillion POV book. Every character of this book will say it’s part of the…story? Well, the plot is not so clear till the second half of the book. I was going back several times to see if this is the book of what we request to review because there was no MM in it at all. But then things changed and we’ll find out what the author meant by MM. Damn, she is good!

Well, the book has four major MC, which we’ll get to know pretty much but also with a lot of secrets or hidden agenda. This is not your usual romance novel. I wasn’t sure it was romance at all, just after I read more than half of the book.

The constant change of POV will keep you on edge, and not in a good way. A million things will go through your head to figure it out WTH (what the hell) it’s really going on?!
But the book is great! It’s angsty and hot!!! And by hot I mean steamy hot! It’s borderline Dub-Con and BDSM. But it’s kinda not…? You would think Desmond is a prick, but he is really really not. Anyway, if Jeremy would have a Facebook account at “in relationship” section you would find: “Complicated”. And oh man this time Facebook would be so right!!

So it’s an honest 4.5 Star I enjoyed reading this book!!!

P.(T) S.(D)
This is the 1st of the series. Well…read it or not read it the next in the series? that is the question! (But as I know myself, trust me it’s a yes).

***The ARC was provided by DSP Publications. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Alpha King” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: The Alpha King
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Victoriasue.com
COVER ARTIST: Drawn 2 Design
GENRE: Paranormal; MPreg; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 215 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.

Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.

Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.

Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)


jologooptimummI was entranced by this book. It gripped my imagination right from the start and didn’t let go until the end, it’s action all the way, and the emotions it evoked were strong and deep. The story is unique, stunning, intricate and based around discrimination and the plight of a downtrodden minority in the kingdom of Askara where werewolves rule and the humans are second class citizens. That sounds depressing but don’t let that put you off, it isn’t, it doesn’t diminish the awesome, fully developed characters and intriguing plot which, despite the trials the characters go through, is essentially uplifting.

Luca is the perfect alpha with just the right amount of flawed judgment to make him real and with loads of love and compassion to counteract it. Luca and his unerring desire to do what’s right is one of the drivers behind this book. Kit, what can I say about Kit? He’s strong yet fragile and perfectly adorable! His capacity to suffer for the welfare of others left me breathless at times. The supporting characters are also well developed, and I’d like to hear more from Luca’s sisters and his friend Sam.

The premise of an ancient legend about an Alpha King and a rare, pure omega, born human, is so original, as are many of the other intricacies of the story. The author has created a whole world, complete with its history, to be explored. The situation that has evolved between werewolves and humans is cleverly thought out and plotted and supports the story really well.

The plot revolves around the emergence of a new Alpha King, Luca, after hundreds of years without one and his finding and keeping of his pure omega, Kit. I loved their first meeting when Kit was a 13-year-old human slave, and Luca was dying from poison and the treachery of his twin brother. This early meeting is the prequel to their eventual mating, seven years later, which nearly doesn’t take place! A lot of the emotion and twists in the plot are based around the misunderstandings and miscommunication of the facts surrounding the newly emerged Alpha King and the pure omega. Facts such as the transference of powers, telepathy and the possibility of pregnancy! There is also the chaotic hierarchy and subsequent conflict that exists, in the realm, as a result of history and the truth being buried for so long.

The plot is quite obvious at times with no real twists that I didn’t see coming, but I actually liked that as I could just sit back, read and enjoy it without having to think too much. Perfect. I loved the ending, it tied up all the loose ends for Luca and Kit while cleverly leaving the story of the secondary characters open for further exploration…I hope.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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