Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Web of Lies by Nyna Queen (Trueborn Heirs, #2)

Web of Lies
by Nyna Queen

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Trueborn Heirs - Book 2
Publisher: Levire (June 14, 2020)
Publication Date: June 14, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 318 pages
Available from: Amazon

A royal gathering. She isn't invited. And if they find her, they will kill her... 

Against all odds, Alex Harper survived her deadly wounds and managed to shake off her faceless pursuers. But she is hardly safe. With a death sentence looming over her, she must quickly find out who is pulling the strings in this twisted game she has become a part of – before they catch her. But that means infiltrating the trueborn royal elite; a glamorous world that possesses no love for shaper mongrels such as Alex. One wrong step will be the death of her.

To make things worse, she has to work with Darken again. Now back in trueborn territory, the scorching hot Deathbringer has retreated behind his armor of fire and the class difference between them becomes painfully obvious. Can their feelings for each other survive this growing gulf? Not that it will matter if Alex's self-control isn't good enough to pass for a member of the elite, and in the Royal Palace of all places! Caught between dark secrets and political intrigues, Alex soon realizes that she has entangled herself in a deadly web of lies...

Web of Lies by Nyna Queen (Trueborn Heirs, #2)

Web of Lies (Trueborn Heirs #2)Nyna Queen, you have done yourself a great justice! Just when I thought I couldn’t fall in love with a new paranormal series, you gave us Alex and made her snarky and brave, gave her a keen sense of justice in an unjust world. Then you tossed Darken into the mix just to heat the action up!

WEB OF LIES is nothing short of brilliant as political machinations, conspiracies and daring plots become like magnets drawing readers in. Fascinating characters, no two being alike, no cookie cutter personalities and so much going on, as Alex enters the lion’s den, knowing one misstep will mean her death.

Wickedly amusing dialogue, daring moves and intense edge-of-your-seat reading, I cannot wait for more from Ms. Queen, Alex and Darken in this world filled with inequality and hidden agendas.

I received a complimentary copy from Nyna Queen! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Curse of the Blacknoc Witch by Tori V. Rainn

Curse of the Blacknoc Witch
by Tori V. Rainn

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (April 22, 2020)
Publication Date: April 22, 2020
Genre: YA Paranormal
Print Length: 162 pages
Available from: Amazon

Samuel dreamed of being a lot of things, but a monster trapped in a forest realm never entered his mind. The Blacknoc Curse wasn't supposed to be true, only a children's story meant to persuade them away from evil. Yet, here he was tasked with hunting cursed kids. There's nothing left for Samuel except the horror surrounding him. Layla, a young girl tormented by the same curse, is dropped into the terrifying forest every night, running from the monsters intent on taking her life. She meets Samuel and vows to save all the children, especially Samuel, from their torment. Working together can they defeat the Blacknoc Curse?
Curse of the Blacknoc Witch by Tori V. Rainn

Curse of the Blacknoc WitchWhat a kaleidoscope of fabulous reading! Emotionally charged, dark, painful, hopeful, romantic, and all flowing into a masterfully written fantasy. CURSE OF THE BLACKNOC WITCH by Tori V. Rainn is a love story, a story of strength and completely engaging as we follow two teens who meet under the worst of circumstances, one cursed to be a monster, one doomed to join their dark ranks.

It all started when a witch lost her most precious possession, her infant son to the cruelty of ignorance, cursing all youngsters to the damnation of the forest and the beasts that loom in the shadows as punishment for evil deeds. Night after night they are cast into the forest while attempting to survive. Where did the beasts come from? Can they be defeated? Can the curse be broken?

Tori V. Rainn has done a remarkable job of demonstrating her ability to create dark worlds, a light at the end of the darkness and the power of love to conquer evil, if one is willing to atone for their sins. Rich in detail without getting bogged down, scene after scene comes alive and the passing of years feels natural.

Definitely a positive read for young adults and not-so-young adults, alike! Highly recommended reading and a wonderful way to discover the world of fantasy and great reading!

I received a complimentary copy from Tori V. Rainn! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Engaging the Heiress by Juli D. Revezzo (Camden Girls, #2)

Engaging the Heiress
by Juli D. Revezzo

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Camden Girls - Book 2
Publisher: Raven Queen Publications (June 15, 2020)
Publication Date: June 15, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 307 pages
Available from: Amazon

Mr. Edwin Hetherington needs a fiancée he will never have to marry.Years ago, his family lost everything to an unscrupulous Irish landlord. Now, the fellow offers to make amends by reinstating Edwin’s family title and properties forfeited during the famine, if he weds Miss Jera Camden, a young woman Edwin pines for but has never approached with more than polite conversation.

As far as Jera is concerned, so long as she manages to avoid an unwanted Scottish-born suitor of her mother’s choosing, the bluestocking is happy to play the part of Edwin’s blushing bride-to-be.

Can Edwin and Jera dupe the crafty landlord into making good on his promise before the wedding date arrives … or will their best-laid plans result in disaster?
Engaging the Heiress by Juli D. Revezzo (Camden Girls, #2)

Engaging the Heiress (Camden Girls, #2)Juli D. Revezzo lights up the reading world with another historical romance between two amazing characters one cannot help but wish the very best for. Step back in time and witness the game of love unfold in ENGAGING THE HEIRESS. You’ll be glad you did!

Edwin needs a wife, but only to win back what was stolen from his family, their lands and their family title. It would seem the man responsible now wants to make amends, or is there more to his change of heart than meets the eye?

Jera has been promised to a man she has no desire to marry, but her mother has chosen for her. She is no shrinking Violet and women shouldn’t be treated as property to buy and sell or marry off.

Miss Jera Camden has long been the object of Edwin’s fancy, but only from afar, after all, what does he have to offer a well-heeled young woman? Perhaps they can do each other a favor and act out a growing affection that would suit both of their purposes, but will they find they have more in common than achieving their end goals? Will Cupid get the last laugh in their charade?

Rich in detail, filled with moments of humor, feel Edwin’s uncertainty and Jera’s determination come to life as they attempt to pull off the impossible only to find their lives changed forever! A fun read with a definite feel of a time when propriety was everything and following the rules was expected, which makes these two “rulebreakers” even more endearing!

I received a complimentary copy from Juli D. Revezzo! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Tagged by Henry Bassett

by Henry Bassett

My rating: 2 stars

Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Publisher: Henry Bassett
Genre: Short Story
Print Length: 20 pages
Available from: Amazon

There are many forgotten games we played as children, one of which was tag. You would call “Tag, you’re it!” just before making physical contact with another and something would pass from you to them, but what if that thing left something behind in you too?

An unknown entity has infiltrated an office, whilst the staff go about their daily routines unaware of its presence. As it systematically picks its victims, will those who remain suspect anything or will it succeed in consuming them all?
Tagged by Henry Bassett

TaggedHenry Bassett offers up another very short read that has the potential to be an incredible story if fleshed out. TAGGED is a little spooky, kind of quirky and I just wasn’t ready for it to end. Sometimes less is more, but a little bit more would have been great.

I received a complimentary copy from Henry Bassett! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Recently Deceased by Henry Bassett

Recently DeceasedRecently Deceased
by Henry Bassett

My rating: 3 stars

Publication Date: January 1, 2020
Publisher: Henry Bassett
Genre: Short Story
Print Length: 6 pages
Available from: Amazon

Death is an instantaneous event. What follows is confusion and uncertainty. Join one individual at the moment in which their body and soul separate, yet are trapped together as they journey with the living to their final resting place.
Recently Deceased by Henry Bassett

A very short story, more like a hint of a VERY good story that could/should be built upon. Most of us wonder what happens at the moment of death, Henry Bassett has given his version in RECENTLY DECEASED.

I received a complimentary copy from Henry Bassett. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Where to Woo a Bawdy Baron by Tammy Andresen (Romancing the Rake #3)

Where to Woo a Bawdy Baron
by Tammy Andresen

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Romancing the Rake - Book 3
Publisher: Swift Romance Publishing Corp (July 14, 2020)
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 133 pages
Available from: Amazon

They say he's too dangerous...

The Baron of Craven is tall, dark and brooding. He hardly ever speaks, and when spoken to, he mostly just glowers. Which is why Bianca Moorish can't believe that she gets stuck searching for her sister's cat with such a rogue. Worse still, she ends up stuck in a tree with no one to help her but...him. How does she always manage to get herself caught in these sort of dilemmas? But the situation only gets worse. Because once he wraps a strong arm around her waist to rescue her, well, why does her heart beat so fast? And how can she slow her racing pulse? And why did she never notice that his dark eyes are actually the color of warm chocolate?

She's too innocent for the likes of him...

Miss Bianca Moorish isn't the sort of woman for him. To be fair, no woman is. If Chris's father taught him one thing, it was that happily ever afters are not meant for the Craven clan. And if he were to marry, it would not be to a woman like Bianca. In addition to being a beauty beyond compare, she's far too sweet, too innocent, and altogether too nice for a depraved and scarred man like himself.

Still, every time her lovely blue gaze meets his, he can't help but wonder...what if... 
Where to Woo a Bawdy Baron by Tammy Andresen
(Romancing the Rake #3)

Where to Woo a Bawdy Baron (Romancing the Rake, #3)Bianca isn’t known for her poise or grace under fire. Chris isn’t known for being an easy man to talk to, yet, the babbling young miss and the brooding baron seem perfectly suited, in a completely imperfect way. Opposites attract, or so they say, but are they really so different? She needs a strong protector without judgement and he needs a soft place to land.

Tammy Andresen’s WHERE TO WOO A BAWDY BARON is another delightfully romantic, sweetly sigh-worthy tale that provides a splash of humor and a ray of sunshine that will brighten anyone’s day.

Always consistently well-told, Ms. Andresen’s historical romances are what romance should be!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Tammy Andresen! This is my honest and voluntary review.

The Fair by John A. Heldt (Time Box, #2)

The Fair
by John A. Heldt

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Time Box - Book 2
Publication Date: June 29, 2020
Publisher: John A. Heldt
Genre: Time Travel | Romance
Print Length: 357 pages
Available from: Amazon

Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of six, seek safety and contentment in 1893, the latest stop on a journey through time. While parents Mark and Mary find relief at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition, an extravaganza of science and splendor, children Jeremy, Laura, and Ashley find romance, friendship, and thrills.

Older son Jordan, meanwhile, heads west in search of answers. Grieving the loss of a lover from 1865, he travels to Virginia City, Nevada, where he integrates himself into a storied mining community and the heart of a pretty library clerk.

Billionaire Robert Devereux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends an assassin to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome family.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and suspense, THE FAIR follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through an unforgettable year in American history.
The Fair by John A. Heldt (Time Box, #2)

The Fair (Time Box, #2)Once again, we step back in time and share the highs and lows of the Lane family as their time travel adventures bring danger, joy, heartache and the thrill of living what we can only read about.

Get ready for John A. Heldt to create a past that feels as if we are there in THE FAIR, walking the streets of the late nineteenth century, feeling the thrills of a simpler and more innocent time that is not without its own set of perils. As Mark manages to keep his family one step ahead of corporate assassins from the twenty-first century, once again, love comes to a Lane, as will loss and friendship.

Mr. Heldt is one of those writers whose ability to create amazing characters, scenes and situations is addictive. His style is magnetic and always entertaining. His characters believable and his imagination backed by research into whatever era he chooses is brilliant! The added dark twists are not overplayed, but feel relevant to this family’s walk through time! Humor, heart and adventure at its best in a magical escape into fabulous reading! If you haven’t traveled through time with John A. Heldt, you are missing some brilliant hidden gems in the treasure trove of reading!

I received a complimentary copy from John A. Heldt! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Stolen Bride by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman Blitz and #Giveaway

Stolen Bride: A Dark Mafia Romance Prequel
C. Hallman & J.L. Beck
Publication date: June 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Romance
Stole in the dead of the night I forged her signature on an unbreakable contract.
She would become my wife.
She would give me a heir.
She would help me destroy her father and get my revenge.
**This is a prequel to Savage Beginnings which is a +125,000 words standalone dark mafia romance novel.**

Author Bio:
J.L. Beck is a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, she has written over fifty different romance novels. She started her journey of writing back in 2014 and hasn't slowed down a second since then.
She's captivated by real romance, and loves reading about strong "ALPHA" males, as well as sassy heroines that know or may not know what they want. She is best known for delivering a happily ever after but has ended things on a cliffhanger a time or two.
When she's not typing away at her next book you can find her being a mom to her two adorable kiddos and wife to her high school sweetheart.
She's obsessed with Starbucks, social media, and is definitely more of a dog person than cat.
Author links:
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Born and raised in Germany, Cassandra moved to the United States when she was eighteen. She always had a love for reading, that love slowly transpired into writing. She put fingers to the keyboard and started writing about the dark side of romance.
Cassandra is one half of the international bestselling author duo Beck & Hallman, who are most knows for the writing the Northwood University series.
The pair also write under the pen name Jenna Reed.
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