Monday, September 21, 2020

WITCHING MOON by Yasmine Galenorn



The Wild Hunt Series Book 12/An Ante-Fae Adventure
Nightqueen Enterprises
June 15th, 2020
979-8653210266
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Adventure, Mystery Romance
E-Arc
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Author
4 Hearts

 

For the Ante-Fae bone witch, Raven, her experience with a serial killer has left her shaken and as she enjoys her new friendship with Ante-Fae Trinity, she finds herself drawing closer to the edge than ever before. Trinity has his secrets and he threatens Raven’s relationship with Kipa, Lord of the Wolves as well as her friends. When Raven’s recklessness causes issues and even more danger, can she find a way to help her friends and come back to herself as she deals with nightmares’ and memories that threaten everything she holds dear? And will the price be Raven’s life?

WITCHING MOON follows up after Sun Broken ended and it is everything I love from this author and more. We get new characters to meet and enjoy, find out how everyone fared after Sun Broken (Wild Hunt book 11) ended and the aftereffects that affect everyone involved. What I love about this author is how much character growth goes into the books as they move along.  Each time I pick up one of this author’s books, I am awed by her world building and character development. I love how diverse and unique the world and characters are in the Wild Hunt series. It is filled with life-like characters t hat fairly brim with energy and leap out of the pages while I read the books. I always want to know more about them and how much each has grown within the series books. The author’s worldbuilding is amazing as it seems so massive on scale and yet works perfectly within the series as we find out more about the principal players in the series as well as the surrounding scenery.

WITCHING MOON picks up a few months after Raven’s run in with Pandora and her madness. Filled with nightmares, anxiety episodes and more, Raven has tried to move past it but cannot as it impacts every part of her life, From her relationship with Kipa to her friends.  I loved how Raven could not walk this one off as much as forget it as well. It was nice to see how Raven dealt with something or someone more powerful than she. It gave me a better sense of who this character is, and I loved how dark she became as she dealt with her memories and terrors. Yasmine Galenorn delivers a darker book in the series but one that works perfectly in my opinion with moving the overreaching story ARC in the Wild Hunt Series and kept me glued to the pages till the very end. I loved every aspect of Raven’s journey to healing from this traumatic event and trying to repair the relationships she damaged by pushing them away during her time of afterwards. The author does a great job in capturing Raven and other’s unease and helplessness as they try to help Raven deal with everything that happened in Sun Broken.

WITCHING MOON delivers a wonderful addition to the series and I loved meeting new Ante-Fae to enjoy and I am really loving Raven’s mother as well. She was a hoot to see in action. If you are looking for a wild, unique series that will leave you breathless than grab the first book in the Wild Hunt series, The Silver Stag and get ready to be drawn into a world so amazing, you won’t want to leave it. I can’t wait to see where the author goes in the series and with her beloved characters. I do recommend reading this right from book one as each book capitalizes on the past ones. It will be easier to understand the whole story ARC that is making its way through them.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


Monday, September 14, 2020

DARK ENCOUNTERS by Jambrea Jo Jones



Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date Published: July 9, 2019
ISBN: 9781786518279
BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Gay
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via publisher
Rating:3 Hearts


This collection contains three different stories. Each one gives us a look at some of the patrons of the club Dark Encounters. The first book brings us a young lady new to the scene and her first trip to the club and what she finds. The second story brings readers a young man looking for two men to play with and hopefully to keep him. The last story gives us the story of a worker from Dark Encounters who longs for more from his boss but knows that he wishes for the impossible. A lot will happen in these stories and just maybe love can be found alongside all of the excitement.

Each of the three stories give readers a quick glance into the lives of the characters and their adventures into finding love. DOMINATE ME has Elizabeth going to Dark Encounters for the very first time. She is new to the scene and I was surprised at how fast and risky she takes things. FEEL ME gives us Kameron and his adventure with Theodore and Beck. The three find themselves strongly attracted to each other but can love be in the cards for them? I enjoyed watching Kameron and his men find their way. Each man has a strong personality and it was nice to see the way they fit together. RIDE ME is the story of Franco who has strong feelings for Trevor, but Trevor is the owner of Dark Encounters and off limits. Little does Franco know but Trevor has had his eye on him for some time now. Their story is an interesting one full of imaginative and fun ideas at a BDSM carnival. These stories are short and fast paced. I found the characters interesting, but it was hard to feel the connection between them. All the stories were hot and give readers a look at what kind of club Dark Encounters is.

This is an objective review and not and endorsement of this book.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

FANTASTIC HOPE by Laurell K. Hamilton and others



Publisher: Berkley
Date Published: April 2020
ISBN:9780593099209
Science Fiction, Fantasy
Print
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

 FANTASTIC HOPE is a wonderful collection of stories from a great group of authors. They are full of science fiction and fantasy themes. So many different ideas and worlds are brought to the reader with these stories. You are able to enjoy stories full of things from zombies to omegas and many more wondrous things from these worlds.
I truly enjoyed all of the stories and would find it hard to just pick one as a favorite. This collection does contain a story by a few of my favorite authors and it was the drawing point for me. I am glad this collection caught my eye as I now have a few more authors to continue to enjoy. As a whole this is a good collection of stories. Each story pulls you in and keeps you engaged all the way to the end. There are many different characters and worlds to get lost in. Some stand out a bit more than others and some will have you wanting to visit their worlds in more depth. One particular story for me was from the Anita Blake series. I loved getting the quick look into that world again and seeing the characters that I know deal with a situation that may not require a whole book. Alongside that story you get many other ones with strong characters and plots. There is so much to enjoy from paranormal to fantasy in these stories. I loved the creativity in the worlds and the characters that these authors have encompassed these stories with.  This anthology is a great way to delve into some new authors. I was excited to see authors like Hamilton and Briggs contribute to this anthology and was pleased to get to enjoy many new authors. These stories are well written and keep your attention. Some will even have you longing for more.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Monday, August 31, 2020

HOME IMPROVEMENT A LOVE STORY by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: July, 2019
ISBN: 9781644055410
Contemporary Romance Gay
PDF

When Gabe helps the strange man, who comes to the home improvement store where Gabe works, he never dreams how his life will change. Gabe decides to help a customer who needs help in renovating a recent home purchase. The customer: Jerry seems so lost and out of his depth that Gabe is willing to help him fix his new house. He sees it as a way to save up some extra money for his daughter’s college tuition but soon Gabe finds out that Jerry is not who he thinks he is. Will Jerry’s secret stop their budding relationship in its tracks before it even starts?

I enjoyed Jerry and Gabe’s story. It is fast paced and full of emotions. Both men are strong characters and together they make a great pair. Jerry is a good guy and is nothing like what he portrays to the world. Gabe is a trustworthy man who puts being a father first and foremost in his life. Together they work to figure out what they each truly want in life and if they are willing to fight for it. I loved the interaction of not only the main characters but also of the supporting characters. Ellie is a great kid and it was nice seeing the way she is with her dad and then with Jerry as they became a family. Both men must work out what they want and if it is worth fighting for. I enjoyed seeing Jerry come into his own and show the world who he really was and who he loved. Tara Lain weaves a wonderful story with this book that shows just how strong love can be and you never know where love will find you.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Monday, August 24, 2020

HAUNTED by Aurelia T. Evans



Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Date Published: June 2019
ISBN:9781786864826
Genre: Angels and Demons, Contemporary, Horror, Erotic Romance
PDF
Reviewed by : Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Everyone at Arcanium thought they were safe, at least as safe as they could be under Bell Madoc. He has turned their lives upside down but soon another evil is going to show its face and everyone including Bell is going to suffer. Will Bell find a way to stop the evil before it takes his beloved Arcanium from him or are all his people doomed to a Hell worse than they live now? A new demon wants to rule, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Turning Arcanium into his new playground and letting the worst of the worst in to play. As he tortures and turns everyone against each other, he fixates on those that Belle has favored and especially Neve. Can Neve survive this new Hell? Will Bell ever find them and save them?

I am enjoying each new book in the Arcanium series. As much as Belle twists the wishes of those, he keeps in his circus it does not compare to what other demons want to do to those in Arcanium. One such demon has plotted to take Arcanium from Bell for some time and now it looks like he may have succeeded in doing just that. Those that thought they were safe are now going through torture in the extreme and Neve has caught this demon’s eye. He is pure evil, and she must learn to survive. As Neve learns to bend to his will, she still holds out hope of Bell finding Arcanium and setting them free from this new Hell. This was an interesting turn of events in this series. We see just how strong the bonds are between people and we get to see a tentative bond beginning to grow between Neve and both Sasha and Mikhail. HAUNTED pulls you in right from the start and does not let go until the end. The author does a wonderful job of keeping readers on their toes and giving you the unexpected and fulfilling your hunger at the same time.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.