Review: “Cursed” by Kris Sawyer

TITLE: Cursed
AUTHOR: Kris Sawyer
SERIES: Alpha’s Warlock
PUBLISHER: Creative Minds
COVER ARTIST: Sidney Lowell
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 80 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.57 – e-book
  

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Clyde Barrington is a werewolf with a curse on his head. Every night, he shifts from human to wolf and lives the life of a lonely predator, never fully accepted by his pack. When he saves a handsome stranger from a fire, everything changes.

In a world divided by the ancient feud between werewolves and warlocks, Clyde and Terry must learn to trust each other. When wolves start to disappear, their bond is tested by the fear of a pack now balanced on the edge of destruction.

Amidst a web of lies, deceits and betrayals, Clyde must decide where his loyalties lie, and choose between a forbidden love and the ties that bind him to his brothers. Is Terry an enemy to the pack, or the saviour that will lead them out of the darkness?


Terry is a young man and a Warlock. After his house burned and his life was saved by a strange wolf, Terry meets Clyde.

Clyde is a cursed wolf. Every day, when the sun goes down, he’s forced to shift into his wolf form for the rest of his life.But when Terry comes into his life, things change for him, good or bad, it’s up to them.

It was a short read. I liked this book, Clyde and Terry are adorable together, but it was too short for me to get attached.

The plot is interesting, Werewolves, Vampires and Shape-shifters were at war with Witches and Warlocks. After years of a bloody cruel war, a truce between them was settled. I liked the idea, but I was frustrated. Since it’s a short story, I think the author tried to put a lot of information in order for the reader to understand the story, universe and plot. I totally get it, and it’s not a simple exercise to do. But here, it was too fast, too superficial. Everything is on the surface, from the meeting between Clyde and Terry to the mysterious disappearing and the denouement.

It’s book 1 of this series, and the end promises us another book coming soon where we’ll learn more about them, I just hope the author will dig a little more into the characters and plot.

It’s a 3 stars for me, and I’m going to read the next one coming soon.

***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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Review: “Blood Drop” by Jacob Z. Flores

TITLE: Blood Drop
AUTHOR: Jacob Z. Flores
SERIES: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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A single drop of blood might hold the key to the fate of the magical world, and Aiden Teine must choose between his bond of love and embracing the power to defeat his enemies.
Aiden’s adjustment to being the first vampyre fae hasn’t been easy, but his ties to warlock Thad Blackmoor prevent him from becoming a monster. With Thad, Aiden has a new family, a new purpose, and a new reason to live—though he’s technically undead. There’s one problem: Aiden’s control over his vampyre is weakening. He must learn what’s triggering his violent reactions before he surrenders to the creature within. To complicate matters, Aiden discovers his transformation might not be complete, and he fears what he will become.

Aiden’s search for answers thrusts him into a frightening world filled with deception, new dangers, and apocalyptic visions. The part destiny intends Aiden to play could alter his relationship with Thad forever. If Aiden, Thad, and the entire magical community are to survive Icarian’s latest scheme, Aiden must interpret the meaning of the prophetic blood drop before it falls and ushers in the destruction of all creation—and the warlock he loves.


This is the fifth book of the series and the first time I have read this author. Even though I have not read the first four, which I strongly suggest you do, it was a very good fantasy book. I felt lost and had to keep going through the beginning of the book because there is a list and descriptions of all the characters. I did find the list helpful. I am excited to read the series from the beginning and to see this world or worlds from the beginning.

Aiden is a fire fae and former prince of his world. Then Aiden got turned into the first vampire fae and was cast out of his world. Aiden struggles with his new vampire being and is trying not to give into the desires of that first drink.

Thad is Aiden’s boyfriend and true love. Thad is an ice warlock and does a really awesome job keeping Aiden at bay with his thirst. But will it be enough? Thad has to help everyone realize they can’t be discovered by the human race or they will all be hunted.

There are so many characters that make this book enjoyable yet confusing because I have not read the other books. Will there be a happy ending for Aiden and Thad? Will Aiden give in to his thirst and alter the magical community? How will his love for his warlock affect his decisions? These are the answers I enjoyed reading, and I hope you do too.

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

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Review: “Gummy Bears & Grenades” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Gummy Bears & Grenades
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

  

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THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


The wedding is near. But before that, a bachelor party is due to happen where everything is going to be smooth… right…!

Dex and Sloan are ready to tie the knot, so to speak, but first the bachelor party. Dex, the always optimist, assures Sloan that everything is going to be just fine. He doesn’t need to worry so much, after all, he wouldn’t be alone, all their friends will be there to look out for him. Well, it’s futile to say it wouldn’t, we are talking about Dex, guys, who is a trouble magnet as we all know.

Sloan has a lot on his mind. Dex changing, the TIN, and above all, the marriage. His attachment to Dex is growing, and that comes with protectiveness. When the bachelor party is due, Caleb
and Sloan’s significant other Dex, set him up with Tony, his boss and future father in law. They should spend the night together—bonding. Though he’s warned not let Tony convince him to play air hockey. Does Sloan listen? He tries but it’s all in vain when he’s challenged by Tony. And of course being the alpha, he can’t just ignore that.

At the party, Dex gets a mysterious visit, what, let’s just say, he enjoys immensely! But after that, things go Dex-like. Wolf shows up, TIN operatives show up and others too. I’m not saying much about this because I don’t want to spoil the story for you guys!

Can’t wait for the next of this series, I’m curious how Sloan and Dex will manage their task as TIN operators.

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

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Review: “The Keeper” by Kiernan Kelly

TITLE: The Keeper
AUTHOR: Kiernan Kelly
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as the “Others” have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to share the planet humans long ago claimed as their exclusive territory. But the humans have no intention of surrendering without a fight—one that will include genocide. The Others are given no choice but to be ready to defend themselves, and they convene a Council of War to plan their strategy.

But first, they must address an ancient and terrifying prophecy: “Heed me well, all of you. Attack the humans without the Keeper and you will fail. Every one of you will become nothing but a memory, a myth, and the humans will truly inherit the earth.”

The Council charges Liam, son of the Sidhe chieftain, with the critical mission to find the elusive Keeper necessary to their survival, but his quest is complicated by the need to find a Keeper determined not to be found.

Marin is an Atlantean who values his privacy, but with the fate of the world at stake, he understands his days of living under the radar are over. Even worse, he must face his past to fight for his future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love along the way.


A war is coming, between humans and the creatures of myth, known as The Others.
The Others came out of the shadow to the human world. At first, they were welcome, but the more they came, the more the human start to fear them and decide to exterminate them. Yes, neutralize and / or exterminate them in camps that they create to park them, torture them and kill them. Totally human.
The council of the others, decide to fight back and free their people but in order to be successful, they need The Keeper with them.
Liam, a Sidhe (kind of fairy) is the one in charge of this mission. Find the Keeper.

Marin is an Atlantean and the keeper. He’s lived in the human world for years, before “the great revelation” of the Others. He wants to stay away from them, and the war. But when he understands what really happened to his people, he doesn’t hesitate and agrees to follow Liam.
Liam is a great warrior, fierce and loyal to his father the Chieftain of the council. When he meets Marin, he doesn’t expect to meet a hot sexy beautiful man and stubborn who doesn’t follow his orders.

I liked this book, but something was missing.

The story and the plot were good, but too much repetitiveness. Sometimes I was turning around with the same thing, and it made the read a little bit boring in those moments.
I love the multi POV, not only Liam and Marin, but also from the secondary characters. It was interesting, but it doesn’t help the reader get attached to the MCs.
Liam and Marin are interesting, but I can’t tell you that I’m in love with them or who’s my favourite because I didn’t spend a lot of time with them. The author stayed on the surface, so I can’t really be attached to them, and when the big revelation (I call it the Stars war’s revelation) happened, I was cold like “yeah ok good”.
Don’t get me wrong, Liam and Marin are interesting and can be funny, I liked them. Just like I liked the story and the plot.
This book, is for me, the book one of a series, and it settles the background and how everything starts. The author had to put the basis of his universe. Now everything is in place, I want to know more and how they’re going to succeed.
So despite the length, the repetition and the characters not really developed, I still want to read more and follow Liam and Marin quest.

It’s 3.5 stars for This Keeper and His Fairy boy.

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

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Review: “Dragon’s Hoard” by M.A. Church

TITLE: Dragon’s Hoard
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy ; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.


This was my first read by this author, and I bit myself up that I waited this long.

This book was a one continuous read, and I couldn’t put it down until the very end.

Avery is the son of Alpha Montgomery, who, hundred years ago, took out a loan from the very ancient dragon. That’s kept secret until the 100th birthday of Avery, when he officially becomes a man. Now Avery is an omega to his father’s disappointment. He has 5 older siblings but they’re all females, and the pack rule doesn’t allow females to become an Alpha.

Avery is nervous about his birthday party, so he hides in his room till the very last minute. There are a lot of suitors, to Avery surprise, present at the party. Omegas are valued in a pack because of their vulnerability, but they are not taken seriously at all. Avery was treated like a damsel in distress all his life, and that infuriates him. So he’s not looking forward to a mate, when he will probably be treated as an empty-headed trophy mate.

Warwick Ehectal is a thousand year-old dragon. As all dragons, his hoards are vast, full of unimaginable values. But one thing is missing. Warwick feels lonely, but he doesn’t really realize because he’s busy, or that’s what he says. So when Alpha Montgomery needs to pay his debt, he shows up, just a few hours before the alpha’s term ends, at his son birthday party, purposely.

Dragons are not bargaining. When the contract is signed, the terms must be fulfilled. But that thing will change when Warwick lays eyes on Avery. Of course, Alpha Montgomery doesn’t have the money he owes, but the dragon is ready to make a deal: the alpha’s most profitable business and his son Avery.

The story was surprisingly sweet, romantic and was nothing I imagined.

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

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