Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Duke in The Night by Kelly Bowen (The Devils of Dover #5)

A Duke in the Night
My Rating:
Series: The Devils of Dover
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
ISBN-10: 147891856X
ISBN-13: 978-1478918561
Genre: Historical Romance | Contemporary Woman

Duke. Scoundrel. Titan of business. August Faulkner is a man of many talents, not the least of which is enticing women into his bedchamber. He’s known—and reviled—for buying and selling companies, accumulating scads of money, and breaking hearts. It’s a reputation he wears like a badge of honor, and one he intends to keep.

Clara Hayward, the headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, on the other hand, is above reproach. Yet when she’s reunited with August, all she can think of is the way she felt in his arms as they danced a scandalous waltz ten long years ago. Even though her head knows that he is only back in her life to take over her family’s business, her heart can’t help but open to the very duke who could destroy it for good.
A Duke in the Night (The Devils of Dover, #1)A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen

Bowen masterfully captures the essence of the historical romance while bringing us a heroine that we would adore and expect from a contemporary romance. Emotionally connecting the reader with heartfelt circumstances, scarred and realistic characters and Bowen's ability to create a world with words, I have to admit its one of my favorite historical romances I read so far.

I received this ARC copy of A DUKE IN THE NIGHT from Forever - Grand Central Publishing. This is my honest and voluntary review. A DUKE IN THE NIGHT is set for publication Feb. 20, 2018.

Shadow Hunt by Melissa F. Olson (Disrupted Magic #3)

Shadow Hunt

My Rating:
Written by: Melissa F. Olson
Series: Disrupted Magic
Sequence in Series: Book 3
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
ISBN-10: 1503949109
ISBN-13: 978-1503949102
Genre: Supernatural Suspense Thriller

For years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett’s world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen—and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault.

It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge…and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning. As Scarlett races home to find the bargest and rescue her friends, she is dragged deeper into a terrifying legend that has somehow found its way to present-day Los Angeles.

Now she will have to recruit every possible ally for a battle that will test her null ability to the limit. Scarlett has been in over her head before, but now she risks losing everything—and she’s never had more to lose.
Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic, #3)Shadow Hunt by Melissa F. Olson

Scarlett finds herself in a situation that she desperately needs to find some unbiased and private advice. So, Scarlett and Molly head of to Vegas, Lex’s home town, leaving Jesse watching Shadow, Scarlett’s bargest. Putting Jesse in the crosshairs of a past enemy and Shadow missing.

Finding herself way out of her league and with the ones she holds most dear at risk, Scarlett has to pull out all the stops.

Amazing, action intense, unexpected and with out a doubt a new favorite, Shadow Hunt is one of those reads you just didn’t want to put down.

I started this series at book 3, Shadow Hunt as an ARC review requested by the publisher. After finishing Shadow Hunt I instantly went back and purchased book 1, Midnight Curse, and book 2, Blood Gamble because I knew Olson's writing is something that would be added to must read shelf.

I received this ARC copy of Shadow Hunt from 47North. This is my honest and voluntary review. Shadow Hunt is set for publication Feb. 13, 2018.

#Cover Reveal - Dragon Blessed by Ophelia Bell

Dragon Blessed
Ophelia Bell
(An Immortal Dragons Novel)
Publication date: March 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Dragon-blessed twins Neela and Naaz have waited nearly three thousand years for their chance to awaken their fated dragon mates. On the brink of a war with the enemy who enslaved them, their commander finally sends them to do just that.
But the twins’ mission isn’t called “Operation Wildcard” for no reason. These dragons are unique. Zorion and Asha are the children of the Immortal Blue named Belah; Zorion was sired by none other than The Void himself, and Asha is the product of Belah’s ancient union with the dragons’ former enemy who is now their most powerful champion in the war. These dragons’ powers are unknown, and Neela and Naaz will be the humans to reveal them and recruit them for their cause.
But their true enemy is ever watchful, and when Neela makes a risky decision to reveal her new lover’s powers, things go wrong. It will take nothing short of immortal dragon fire to set things right, and neither twin will emerge quite the same.

Author Bio:
Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren't apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don't mind being with a woman who's in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
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A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (January 31, 2018)
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Print Length: 285 pages
Available from: Amazon
DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.  

Meanwhile Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.   

How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives in tact? 

Sometimes evil wears a suit...

A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 Stars
A Cold Cold Heart

You can't judge a book by its cover because even evil can wear the mask of trustworthiness. DI Gravel is on the hunt for what could be his most diabolical killer ever and this time, the danger is far too close to his heart.

Young women are going missing, when found, their bodies tell a heinous tale of torture, abuse and the Hell they endured in their final moments. With the pressure on, Gravel is driven to capture the monster if it is the last thing he does and it just might be…

Meanwhile, Gravel’s daughter Emily has come home, taking a job with a respected attorney Charles Turner. Charming, attractive and successful, Turner has his eye on Emily as more than an employee. Could love be in the air for the crusty detective’s daughter? Could Turner be the prince charming she needs in her life or will her association with him make her a target for the sadistic killer?

Sometimes the clues are lying in plain sight, but even the best of the best can miss the obvious…
John Nicholl is back, full of his signature grit, gruesome scenes that lay bare the worst that humans can do to one another without flinching once. A COLD COLD HEART is beyond raw and edgy. It is a twisted tale of hell on earth, unleashed, unchecked and insane. You will ask yourself if the monster is actually another victim. You will ask how any person could be so depraved. You will demand his demise, not only to save the lives of innocents, but to put him out of his own misery. You will, like DI Gravel, demand justice. That is a sign of an author who knows his craft, knows how to drag us in and hold us captive to the very end.

Dark, chaotic and riveting, once again, John Nicholl gives us reading that cannot be forgotten, vivid scenes not for the faint of heart, and a look at the underbelly of life that is equally terrifying and far too real to dismiss.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from John Nicholl! If you are looking for that read that messes with your head and sense of security, this is it. Highly recommended adult reading.

Author bio:

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.  A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018. John is represented by Toby Mundy - Literary agent at TMA. 


#Cover Reveal - The Trouble with Unicorns by D. T. Dyllin

The Trouble with Unicorns
D.T. Dyllin
(Team Unicorn Talia, #1)
Publication date: April 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …
Talia White does what comes naturally to a Unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy.
Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian.
That’s the trouble with Unicorns … they’ll get their way one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to accomplish their goals.

Author Bio:
D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.
D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.


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Ryder by Yumoyori Wilson Blitz and #Giveaway

Yumoyori Wilson
(The Starlight Gods Series, #2)
Publication date: January 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
I am Ryder Carter of Minato – a leader, star knight, and lover.
A leader is one who keeps their head up high, in any situation.
A knight is one who is strong, diligent and ready to lay their life on the line for those they’ve sworn to protect.
A lover is one who’d do anything to see their companion smile.
I am all of those things.
Yet, here I stand – alone in the darkness, questioning if I can fulfill any of those roles.
Some look to me for guidance; others look at me in envy.
Yet, no one knows my internal struggles – the nightmares that plagued me for cycles or the emotions that clawed at my very soul.
Everyone assigns me a role in their mind, without knowing my past, ignoring the present and attempting to predetermine my future.
I’m tired of such assumptions, craving for my tale to be heard.
It’s time to share my story and how one girl changed my world.
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language. TRIGGER WARNING- Anyone who has dealt with self-harm should NOT read this book. You have been warned.
NOTE: RYDER is written in CANADIAN ENGLISH – meaning both American and British English is used.
“Rydey! I’m ready!” Rosalina yelled from down the hall.
I shook my head, making my way to her room. I watched as she jumped on her bed— a bedtime ritual she did to make her bed fluffier, or so she believed.
“I’m gonna be six tomorrow! I can marry Rydey!” she sang.
I blushed, trying to ignore the increase in my heart rate. “Who said you can marry me when you’re six?” I asked.
“Kadey! He said I can marry whoever I want as long as he said it was okay. So, I claimed you!” She pointed at me as she jumped up and down.
“And he’s fine with me being your husband?”
“Yup. He said as long as you treat me right and beat Xavier in arm wres-wresssss- the arm game,” she announced.
“I can’t beat Xavier in arm wrestling. He’s a pro.”
She stopped jumping looking devastated. “So…we can’t get married?” she asked, her eyes beginning to grow glossy.
I lifted my hands in defense, shaking my head. “We can! I’ll beat him! Just gonna take me some time to train my arm strength.”
“YEAH! I’m gonna marry Rydey, he’s gonna be my prince and knight!” she sang, returning to jumping on her bed.

Author Bio:
Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can't wait to share them with everyone.


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Drakon’s Past by N.J. Walters Blitz and #Giveway

Drakon’s Past
N.J. Walters
(Blood of the Drakon #4)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: January 29th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Constance Owens has a gift for finding unique items in the most unlikely places, which comes in handy since she buys and sells artifacts and antiques for a living. When she purchases a set of four dragon statues, she has no idea just how unique they are, or that finding them will thrust her into a world of secret societies, men who think nothing of kidnapping and murder to get what they want, and dragon shifters.
Nic hasn’t survived for four thousand years by letting his guard down, and he doesn’t trust anyone except his drakon brothers. The loneliness haunting him has been getting worse since all his brothers have found their mates. And when he finds the woman his drakon recognizes instantly as his fated mate, he doubts he’ll ever have what his brothers have, because it seems she’s involved with the secret society of hunters who have been hunting and capturing his kind for hundreds of years.
The Blood of the Drakon series is best enjoyed in order
Reading Order:
Book #1: Drakon’s Promise
Book #2: Drakon’s Prey
Book #3: Drakon’s Plunder
Book #4: Drakon’s Past
Constance blinked. She heard Abigail scream and some of the men yell. Nic had to be about fifteen feet long, and that wasn’t including his long, powerful tail, which was tucked around him.
He rose on his back legs and released his wings. The spread had to be at least double the size of his body.
Nic was a dragon.
She shook her head. Impossible.
Nic. Was. A. Dragon.
She’d had sex with a dragon. She was in love with a bloody dragon. How was this even possible? Then she remembered what Nic had told her about Dent and how the group he belonged to wanted to capture him and drink his blood. She couldn’t let that happen.
But it was too late. Dent fired at her again, and Nic pounced, coming down over her. She feared he might crush her with his gigantic body, but instead, he crouched above her like some big watchdog, shielding her from any further bullets.
The moment he was inside the circle, something changed. He roared as though he was in pain. She scrambled out from beneath him. “Nic? Nic, what’s wrong?” Stupid question all things considered, but this was something different, something he hadn’t been expecting.
These statues were dangerous to him.
He turned his big head toward her and opened his mouth. God, those were big teeth. All the better to eat her with. Yeah, not a pleasant thought. In this form, she’d barely be a snack.
“Run.” The word was guttural, as though it had been pulled from him.
He’d known. He’d known she’d planned to betray him, and still he was trying to save her. If she hadn’t already loved him, she would have fallen in that moment. Man or beast, it didn’t matter. He’d known. He’d known she’d planned to betray him, and still he was trying to save her. If she hadn’t already loved him, she would have fallen in that moment. Man or beast, it didn’t matter.

Author Bio:
Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.
One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first romance novel and life would never be the same.
N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Long Shot by Kelly Jamieson

Long Shot: 
A Last Shot Novel

My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Sold by: Random House LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A haunted beauty inspires a Navy SEAL turned playboy bar owner to change his ways in this tender and sensual novel from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Waitressing at a tequila bar on the beach in sunny San Diego may not be what Reece Kirkwell wants to do forever, but for now it’s perfect—other than the flashbacks to the tragedy she caused in Boston. And the fact that one of her bosses is a domineering, first-class manwhore who’s as stubborn as he is sexy. If he’d just listen to her, she could double his business. But it would also mean getting close to someone, and that’s a risk she can’t afford.

Cade Hardy’s partners at Conquistadors are like his brothers, but he’s the money man trying to keep them all afloat. To blow off steam, he’s been sleeping around a little. The last thing he needs is business advice from their crazy-hot new waitress. Cade can’t figure Reece out. She’s smarter than she lets on, and she doesn’t hide her disgust for his active sex life. But after he recognizes her PTSD symptoms, Cade is determined to save her . . . unless she saves him first.

Kelly Jamieson’s intoxicating Last Shot novels can be read together or separately: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
Long Shot: A Last Shot NovelLong Shot: A Last Shot Novel by Kelly Jamieson

Jameson knew exactly how to hit that emotional cord. A completely heartfelt tale with lovable characters and the most adorable Surf loving dog.

I received this ARC copy of Long Shot from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept. This is my honest and voluntary review. Long Shot is set for publication Feb. 13, 2018.

Blunt Force Magic: The Monsters and Men Trilogy-Book One by Lawrence Davis (the Monsters and Men Trilogy #1)

Blunt Force Magic
The Monsters and Men Trilogy-Book One

My rating:
Written by: Lawrence Davis
Series: The Monsters and Men Trilogy (Book 1)
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: WildBlue Press
Publication Date: December 30, 2017
ISBN-10: 194729010X
ISBN-13: 978-1947290105
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy

"A modern fantasy with a touch of noir, a dash of detective thriller, and a sprinkling of humor throughout. A really fun debut novel." Janzen Robin

Then fate (or a case of bad timing) brings him face to face with a door that’s got his old life written all over it. From the ancient recesses of unyielding darkness known as the Abyss, a creature has been summoned: a Stalker, a predator whose real name is forbidden to be spoken aloud. It’s a bastardization of the natural order, a formidable blend of dark magic and primal tenacity. Its single-minded mission? Ending the life of a fiery, emerging young witch.

Thrust into the role of protector, a role once reserved for those he’d lost years ago, the out-of-practice Artificer not only has to return to a life he’d left behind, but must relive that painful past while also facing down the greatest threat to come to our world in a century. Janzen will have to journey through the magical underbelly of the city and stay one step ahead of an unstoppable monster hellbent on destruction while also trying to figure out why it’s been brought to our world. Old wounds are reopened as Janzen looks to old friends, a quiet stranger, and his own questionable wits to see them all to the other side of this nightmare that may cost him his life and, quite possibly, the world itself.
Blunt Force Magic: The Monsters and Men Trilogy-Book OneBlunt Force Magic: The Monsters and Men Trilogy-Book One by Lawrence Davis

Janzen was on the hero’s path until a tragic accident rips away his desire to be a part of that world.

Five years later he is faced with the choice of saving a young woman and her father from a beast from another dimension or continue hiding from his fated roll. Without much thought, he jumps in using magic to save the day. This act catapults him back into the world of magic and the fight of good against evil.

This is my first read from Lawrence Davis and I utterly enjoyed the heck out of it. He seamlessly blends humor, strife, action and suspense, weaving a tale that quickly hooks the reader.

Wow! Blunt Force Magic is a slow building, new urban fantasy by Lawrence Davis. It is a fabulous introduction into an amazing, well built world that sucks the reader right in and has us pondering his imagings long after you are done while leaving us wanting more.

I received this copy Blunt Force Magic from WildBlue Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.