Review of: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 by R. Phoenix (audiobook)

TITLE: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 (audio)
AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
SERIES: Fate of the Fallen
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 3/28/19

BLURB:

When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader’s failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn’t live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn’t long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers.
Now that supernatural beings have seized control of the world, life has become a struggle for the humans who once held power. Witches, vampires, and werewolves determine the fate of every single human, but their moral compasses have long since been shattered. Rebels, free humans, and slaves all share dreams of hope, mercy, love, and more. But with their fate so uncertain, survival isn’t enough… and they may have to sacrifice what is nearest and dearest to them if they want to change their lives.
Bought, Ravel, and Recoil feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in Owned and Temper.


Narration: The story was told by Jack Noble as narrator. I liked his voice and his accent. However, the quality was pretty bad and would drag me out of the story. There is echoing and static in parts.

Story: I really wanted to like this series. I actually had it marked as DNF in my written book list from years ago, but I’d forgotten about it.

I thought I’d give it a try and I did make it much further in the books than I did when reading it. I think, for me, it was the switching POVs and feeling like things were just abruptly stopped at the ends. I know it all ties in together, which was the reason I kept listening, but it still seemed…I don’t know…unfinished or cut-off before it should have been to continue later.

This contains book 1 – Bought, book 2 – Ravel, book 3 Recoil, and book 4 Owned. I don’t plan to finish the series. I think it may have been just out of my normal reading though since other reviews and ratings are high for this series, so you might want to give it a try anyway!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Guardian by MC Lee

TITLE: The Guardian
AUTHOR: MC Lee
SERIES: The Touchstone
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
GENRE: Paranormal; YA
RELEASE DATE: Nov 26, 2019

BLURB:

Superpowered teen Sam, and his boyfriend, Harry, are already struggling to navigate being gifted in a normal world, and their problems are about to get deadlier.
Their oldest enemy, Caleb Reed, will stop at nothing to capture Sam and force him to use his abilities for Reed’s benefit. Though their team of friends and allies steps up to watch their backs, Reed sneaks past their defenses time and time again, leading Sam to wonder if one of their own has betrayed them.
When Reed threatens the life of a friend, Sam is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life—one with consequences he can’t even imagine.


When I first read The Touchstone, I was hoping for a sequel. From the very beginning, I was falling in love with Sam and Harry. These two went through a lot at a very young age, being by themselves and looking after each other.

Later, during the first installment, we found out that it’s actually Sam who triggered Harry’s gift because Sam was a Touchstone—a very rare ability to emphasize other’s power.
Sam’s acceptance in the Bunker was hard as we all know from book 1. But after the discovery that Sam is the most powerful of them all, it seems that everything is settling in its right place. Except it’s not.

Sam has a secret. Uhmm, no, I’m not gonna tell…

Caleb, being Caleb, wants to get his hands on Sam desperately, and he does anything to achieve his wishes.

Because of who Sam is, the members of the Bunker are in serious danger. They’re targeted by Caleb’s goons, and among those, is Maya’s brother.

Sam considers the possibility of running for the benefit of the guys whom he considers as his own family now.

This book is more angsty than the previous one. We face inner turmoil as well as some tension between Sam and Harry.

Sam is working closely with Jonah, to reach his potential as fast as he can, but the exercise leaves him mentally and physically ill. All there is Sam’s secret, and no, I still not telling you guys, that makes him extremely secretive.

Harry being Harry, knows that there are things Sam is keeping from him. He feels hurt by his boyfriend’s actions. He wants to be a pillar as well for Sam as he was for Harry.

The pressure on Sam and Caleb’s attacks leaves them only one thing…to give in to Caleb’s request and to join his team.

This book is one of my favorite YAs ever! It has everything: angst, romance, teenage mistakes and so much more.

I can’t wait for the next in the series…it’s definitely a must-read!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Furborn by Isabelle Rowan

TITLE: Furborn
AUTHOR: Isabelle Rowan
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Paranormal; YA
RELEASE DATE: Oct 15, 2019

BLURB:

Foxes are vermin.
Australian sheep farmers regard them as an enemy to be shot on sight and hung from the branches of an old gum tree.
But not all foxes are just foxes.
Connor Coutts could be the last surviving male Furborn in Victoria, maybe in the whole country, a heavy burden for a teenager. His life’s path is clear— protect what’s left of the Furborn line. That is until someone new arrives at the MacKenzie sheep farm. Spencer MacKenzie, with his long black hair and gothic style, is a strange sight in Connor’s forest, but Fate throws the two teenagers together to save their families.
Can Connor trust Spencer to keep his life-or-death secret, or will he hang on the tree?


YA is one of my favorite sub-genres. I like the young vibe of the books, the awkwardness when it comes to the MC’s to express their feelings. The hormones forcing them to make dumb choices. It’s entertaining.
Furborn was a surprise for me. A very good surprise! I loved it! Every part of it and I was sad when it ended. I would say it was a sudden ending, but it really wasn’t. I just wished the book would continue.

The plot of the story is captivating. The dynamics of the MacKeznies makes you want to be adopted by them all.
The story starts with the first meeting of our boys Spencer and Connor, near a tree where the farmers hang dead foxes, a sign for everybody to know that they’re deep in sheepland. The tree is a nightmare for Connor, and it disgusts Spencer as well.

Their first meeting goes without verbal acknowledgment, but they notice each other all right.

Years later, when PA MazKenzie can’t take care of the farm and his lovely sheep anymore, the younger generation of the family decides its time to move.
Spencer, being your typical emo boy, that mean no friends, well except one, find himself in this new setting of his life.

The second meeting of the boys goes…well not as Spencer would imagine. After all these years, the boys remember each other.

Regardless of all the warnings of Connor’s grandmother, and her strict manners, Connor can’t keep away from Spencer. The boy’s allure, his darkness, is just too much to resist. And during one of Connor’s rages, causing him a big injury, he ends up in the care of MacKenzies.

This book is full of secrets. If you like YA, and more, YA Paranormal, this book is for you.

I wish this will turn into a series because I need more Connor and Spencer!!!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Dragon CEO’s Assistant by Jenn Burke

TITLE: The Dragon CEO’s Assistant
AUTHOR: Jenn Burke
SERIES: Golden Kingdom, book 2, Dreamspun Beyond, book 29
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2019

BLURB:

A Golden Kingdom Novel
The heart remembers.
When Aidan Bishop staggers out of the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia, he needs to relearn who he is and where he fits in the world.
His boss, nearly five-hundred-year-old dragon Nassim, head of a successful tech company, hurries to claim his wayward assistant and guide him back into the life he disappeared from. As they get to know each other again, Aidan wonders if their relationship went deeper than employer and employee. But Nassim isn’t telling, and Aidan has a secret of his own… even if he doesn’t know it yet.


The Dragon CEO’s Assistant is the second book in the Golden Kingdom series and the twenty-ninth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. Although this is the second book in the series, it is a standalone book. There are cameos from the characters in the first book, but you don’t need to have read the book to understand and enjoy the second book in the series.

The author, Jenn Burke, did a great job on this book. I loved it. There were so many twists and turns, and the blurb is so vague that I can’t talk about any of them without adding spoilers to my review. The characters and supporting characters are complex and fleshed out. The story has a great arc, and each of the main characters shows growth throughout the story. Not that they don’t have their communication breakdowns and misunderstandings. Aidan and Nassim are both battling personal issues and secrets that they’ve hidden from each other.

I loved getting to know who Aidan Bishop is after he staggers out of the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia. I could feel his frustration as he tries to remember what happened to him and who he is. My heart broke for him as he learned how he ended up in the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia. And oh did Nassim feel betrayed when he found out what Aidan’s secret was and who he really was. I know I was surprised by his secret and who he turned out to be. I didn’t see that one coming.

I also loved Nassim. He’s an almost five-hundred-year-old dragon and the head of a successful tech company. And Aidan is his executive assistant that has been missing for four days. When Aidan shows up again naked and suffering from amnesia, Nassim is grateful that he’s back and heartbroken that he doesn’t remember him and determined to find out what happened to him and where he’s been for four days. When Nassim’s secret comes out, Aidan feels blindsided that he wasn’t told about it immediately since it explained a lot of things that he was struggling to put together and the attraction and chemistry that he had with his boss.

I hope that the author writes more books in this series because I can’t wait to read them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: His Fairy Prince by JS Harker

TITLE: His Fairy Prince
AUTHOR: JS Harker
SERIES: Tit For Tat, book 2, Dreamspun Beyond, book 38
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2019

BLURB:

Tit For Tat: Book Two
A trick of fairy magic becomes a romantic treat.
Halloween is fantasy-loving college senior Greg’s favorite holiday, and he’s thrilled to explore a spooky puzzle—even if his friends prefer slashers over witchcraft. Luckily the gorgeous and otherworldly Alaric wants to sneak time alone with him. Unluckily Greg’s sworn off hookups. Still reeling from an intoxicating kiss, Greg opens a secret door…
…and steps through a portal to the enchanted realm Alaric is destined to rule.
Stranded with the alluring Greg, Alaric sets off across his kingdom with the man who might be the consort he’s always wanted. It won’t be easy—Alaric’s ex, the Lord of Spiders, wants to reunite with Alaric—but if Greg and Alaric succeed, they’ll find what they’ve always wanted: a place to belong.


His Fairy Prince by JS Harker is the second book in the Tit For Tat series and the thirty-eighth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I loved the cover for His Fairy Prince. The eyes are mesmerizing, and I could stare at them for hours. The blurb could use some work. It’s kind of vague, and that’s going to make my review even more difficult to write because I want to gush about how much I loved the book and all of the things that happened to Greg, but I don’t want to give away spoilers.

Greg is a college senior. Halloween is his favorite holiday and time of the year. He loves all of the cheesy decorations and fantasy costumes. He’s a total fantasy nerd and plays Dungeons and Dragons. He also isn’t great at having or keeping a relationship. He’s kind of a slut, and he has a wandering eye, which wouldn’t be a problem, but his body usually follows his wandering eye. As a result, he has taken a vow of celibacy, which the guy at Halloween Escapes is threatening since he’s totally Greg’s type. All anybody on campus can talk about is doing an escape room with your friends, and so Greg has booked a room at Halloween Escapes to play with his friends. However, his friends aren’t impressed with the room he’s booked, and they bully him into doing a slasher-themed room instead. They have to find a way out of the room before there are no more people left, and every ten minutes, another person gets taken. Greg is the first one taken, and while waiting in the back hallway, he stumbles upon a doorway that takes him to a magical world that isn’t a part of earth. And Greg couldn’t be more thrilled since he’s never felt at home on earth. Now everything that he’s read about in fantasy novels or characters he’s played as during D&D games are real, and some of them are trying to behead him or eat him.

Alaric is the prince of his kingdom and will inherit the crown from his mother, the queen, when she retires. However, the kingdom always tests the heir to prove that they are worthy of inheriting the crown. When Alaric realizes that Greg has somehow made his way through the door and into his kingdom, he goes after him to save him from all of the dangers that could kill him. And he does save him, but when he tries to send Greg back through the door to his homeworld, he finds that the kingdom has decided that now is a good time to take away his magic and connection to the kingdom and test him, leaving him unable to send Greg home. The only way to get Greg home is to have another royal send him, and that means having to journey to the castle to visit his mother, the queen.

With everything working against them, will Alaric and Greg make it to the castle so Greg can go home? By the time they make it to the castle, will Alaric or Greg want Greg to go home anymore? You’re going to have to read the book to find out. I know that the book thoroughly entertained me, and I hope that you will be too.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis