Book Review //\\ Fortuna Sworn #1 & #2


Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton









Wow I loved this book.

My late teens and early twenties were spent reading sci-fi and fantasy written by the likes of Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Katherine Kerr, Andre Norton, Julian May and David Eddings. That is were I learnt the patience of waiting for the next installment in a series, where I learnt that a cliff-hanger is not something to be feared but can be a thing of beauty and fell in love with all things fae.


K.J. Sutton is a new-to-me author who has instantly secured a slot on my “must buy” list. The story of Fortuna Sworn reeled me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. It took me a chapter or two to really get into the story, but once I did this became a book that I didn’t want to put down. In fact I became most irate when trivial things like work, kids needing food and sleep got in the way of my reading it.


This is a twisty tale of a Fallen one, a Nightmare, a seemingly normal girl with a hidden ability and her battle to rescue her brother. Damon has been missing for two years, when Fortuna discovers he is being held by an Unseelie fae she is prepared to do anything to win his freedom. That anything involves a mysterious fae who turns out to be a heck of a lot more important and powerful than Fortuna could ever have guessed.


Fortuna will face trials and battles that will stain her soul as dark as the blood she must shed. Those battles of wit, intelligence and cunning are woven into a complex tapestry of a story, one where you can never be sure if the person in front of her is friend or foe. Added into the mix is the mystery of Oliver, who should be just a figment of her imagination but who seems more real than it is possible for him to be.


Whilst Collith seems to be the forerunner as her love interest, there are hints at other possibilities too. The book is fairly slow burn and the sex scenes were fairly tame, making this a suitable read for older teens and upwards. I would recommend this to fans of Pippa DaCosta, Kate L Mary and Lexi C Foss, or anyone looking for a well written fantasy/paranormal story. I LOVED it and will be jumping straight in to reading the next one. I just hope book #3 is finished soon!






Restless Slumber by KJ Sutton







Book #2 of the Fortuna Sworn series and I am now totally invested in these characters.


Goodreads shows the author is planning another 4 books and they can’t come soon enough – though I did see book #3 isn’t due until the end of the year 😭. Please don’t be one of those people that “waits until the entire series is out” to buy them, because authors don’t continue if the books don’t sell. (You can always buy them and wait to read but do buy them!)


I’m not sure if this is shaping up to be RH or not, nor I would care if it did. Let’s face it Collith, Laurie and Oliver are all amazing men and why would you want to choose between them? Not forgetting Finn, who we haven’t really learnt to much about but hopefully that will change in the next book. And that last scene between Oliver and Fortuna? Oh my word I’m welling up again just thinking about it. Is it normal to cry over a fictional character that is also supposedly a figment of another fictional character’s imagination? Though Ms Sutton keeps hinting that there may well be more to the situation than might first be assumed.


I have The Jonas Brothers’ What a man gotta do running through my head whenever i think of Collith and Fortuna. And Oliver and Fortuna. And maybe Laurie and Fortuna too! And didn’t my heart poor heart just splinter into a thousand pieces for Fortuna in this book, especially with the decision she had to take at the end of the book.


Then there are all the other great characters Lyari, Damon, Zara, the cafe crew, Savannah and Matthew etc that just add a richness and depth to the story. Nobody is in this book without a reason, without somehow becoming part of the plot and story. How the author keeps everything straight in her head amazes me.


Oh and one final thing – she had better not be thinking of killing off any of those three men that I have fallen madly in love with. I just keep feeling like that might happen and if it does, well you’ll probably find me rocking in a corner, sucking my thumb and muttering incomprehensibly. Only able to make out the odd phrase such as “how dare she?”, “terrible woman” and “never forgive her”.










Purchase – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082VG2Z37







Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Book Review – Midnight Fae Academy #1

MIDNIGHT FAE ACADEMY #1
by Lexi C Foss




A reverse harem, bully (enemies-to-lovers) paranormal romance.

5+ Stars

Wow, this book will grab you by the throat, push you up against the wall and seriously f**c with your mind. And you’ll enjoy every moment of it.



This felt almost like a bully romance at first, poor Aflora was treated so badly by both Shade and Kols. I totally and utterly wanted to throat punch them both. But then we start seeing another side to each guy and they rather grew on me and along with Zeph they make great partners for Aflora.


There are so many mysteries swirled together and just as one strand unravels, and we learn something new, another puzzle pops up to take its place. I was utterly captivated and completed the story in one sitting. Just couldn’t put it down, desperate to read the next page and find out what would befall our beleaguered heroine next.


Aflora is a very gentle and kind soul, but that isn’t to be mistaken for weakness. She’s thrown totally into the deep end of life at the Midnight Fae Academy without even a kiddy arm band to stop her drowning. This is a culture that clearly believes in being cruel to be kind, or perhaps they’re just arrogant, thoughtless dicks. I’m still not sure if I like Shade, if I bumped into him in the street I might just poke him in the eye on Aflora’s behalf. Kols and Zeph grew on me, sometimes like a bad spot that you wanted to lance, but grow they did.



I only hope that Lexi C Foss is busy writing because I really, really need to read book 2. Like read-it-yesterday need to read it.






𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙈𝙞𝙙𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙁𝙖𝙚 𝘼𝙘𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙮.
𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙨.
𝙑𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙨.
𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙖𝙚.

A forbidden bite led to my capture and recruitment.
There are no flowers here.
No life.
Only death.

I’m an Earth Fae who doesn’t belong here.
They can play their little mind games all they want, but I’m going to find a way back to my elemental world. Even if it kills me.

Except Headmaster Zephyrus is one step ahead of my every move.
Prince Kolstov won’t stop cornering me.
And Shadow–the reason I’m in this damn mess to begin with–haunts my dreams.

My affinity for the earth is dying and being replaced by something more sinister. Something powerful. Something deadly.

The Midnight Fae believe this is my fate.
They claim that I was “recruited” for a purpose.
To battle a rising presence.
Or to die trying.

I don’t owe them a damn thing. But if I have to pass their trials to find my way home, then so be it. I survived a plague and far worse in the Elemental Fae realm. An ominous energy? Please. What a joke.

Give it your best shot.
I’m waiting.
And don’t you dare bite me.
Or I’ll make you regret it.




Author Note: This is a dark paranormal reverse harem trilogy with bully romance (enemies-to-lovers) elements. Despite Aflora’s opinions on the matter, there will definitely be biting. Shadow, aka Shade, guarantees it. This book ends on a cliffhanger.




Purchase Link: https://geni.us/AYIdTM


Available in Kindle Unlimited







Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Release Blitz – Unamarked Graves

Unmarked Graves by Christine Pope




Genre: Paranormal Romance

Cover Designer: Christian Bentulan (Covers by Christian)

Editor: Katherine Tomlinson, Story Authority

Publisher: Dark Valentine Press 

Publication Date: Jan. 22, 2020

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 

Some demons just refuse to stay down…

In a moment of sheer, unthinking terror, Rosemary McGuire raised powers she never knew she possessed to save herself and Will Gordon from the part-demon, Caleb Lockwood. Now, as Will heals and the police ask questions she and Will dare not answer, more facets of Rosemary’s power begin to manifest, leaving her wondering exactly how far they reach.

Caleb got away with the hard drive that contained footage proving demons are real, but there’s one blessing — no one died in the fiery confrontation. At least, that’s what Rosemary and Will think…until Caleb’s body turns up, and the police stop looking for a perp and start seeking a murderer.

With suspicion floating around them, Will and Rosemary are drawn closer together as they follow a faint wisp of a clue to track down the stolen hard drive…and step straight into a hornet’s nest of demons hiding in plain sight.

That’s not all they find. The closer they get to their goal, the more twists and turns arise to trip them up, threatening a future they’re just beginning to envision. Unless they stop the ghosts — and the demons — of the past from destroying it.






Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48552194-unmarked-graves







Author Bio:
USA Today bestseller Christine Pope is the author of the paranormal romance Witches of Cleopatra Hill series and the Djinn Wars series, among many other books (sixty and counting!). Researching UFOs brought her to magical Sedona, Arizona, where she now makes her home. Find out more about her books at christinepope.com.




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Buy Links:

Unquiet Souls: https://books2read.com/u/m0Og10

Unbound Spirits: https://books2read.com/u/mlweQ7

Unholy Ground: https://books2read.com/u/3JD8Wv

Unseen Voices: https://books2read.com/u/3k1rQN

Unmarked Graves: https://books2read.com/u/bMpQ0B

Unbroken Vows (Pre-Order): https://books2read.com/u/mVwBWP


SIN & SPIRIT

SIN & SPIRIT
(Demigods of San Francisco #4)
by KF BREENE



Sometimes you just don’t know whether you want to hug an author or punch them!

Not only does K.F. Breene crow bar a humongous amount of plot, funnies, smexy time, action and adventure into this book, she also throws a huge side serving of heart break into it too. It’s one of those books that you shouldn’t start reading just before bedtime, because there is NO WAY you will be able to put it down after only reading a few chapters. No sir-ee, once started this book will sink it’s claws into you so deeply that you won’t want to put it back down until you have read and savoured every single word.

Kieran, Alexis, Daisy, Mordecai and all the other amazing characters that inhabit this world, both real and spirit based are all absolutely amazing. There are so many different people and each one has their own distinct and unique voice in the book. Some are likeable, others immensely loveable, whilst a handful are vile and despicable beings but they all have depth and personality by the bucket full.

I never know where the story will take me, I never even begin to suspect what surprised are in store and what curve balls will be thrown in my direction. I do know that I will love every moment of it, even when I hate what is happening, even when my emotions are being stomped on, because the writing is so fantastic and the story so amazing that I can’t help myself.

I can’t wait for Sin & Lightning, I’ve already got it on pre-order.















The fourth book in the Amazon Charts Bestselling series by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, K.F. Breene.

Kieran has stepped up to take his place as the ruler of magical San Francisco. As his girlfriend I’m in the spotlight, and the Hades Demigods have taken notice. They want me on their team, and they don’t plan on asking nicely.

Kieran and I are both under fire. They will kill him to get to me, and they’ll take me by force if necessary. It is essential I learn more of my magic.

With no other options, I do what scares me the most – I summon the last Spirit Walker to help train me. Except, he’s a loose cannon with looser morals, and learning spirit is treacherous. I might evade the Demigods only to be lost in spirit forever.


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48570608-sin-spirit

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZG5RNWY/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07ZG5RNWY/
Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07ZG5RNWY/
Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07ZG5RNWY/

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/sin-spirit-demigods-of-san-francisco-book-4-by-k-f-breene

BLOG TOUR – Stolen Choices

Stolen Choices (Glacial Blood Series #6) by Anna Edwards



Release: January 2, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Credit : Charity Hendry @ Judged by the Cover
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2trwsna



Blurb:

Katia Morgan is the mysterious tigress of the Glacial Blood pack. She’s a skilled fighter when needed but hides away when not. Only Kas, the pack’s alpha, knows the true pain behind her silent demeanor. Can her kidnapper, Jackson, teach her to trust him and give her the spirit to emerge from the shadows of her suffering? 

Jackson Gates, a black panther shifter, was found weak and alone by Nuka Lincoln when still a cub. Under the evil polar bear’s authority, Jackson was trained to be a skilled solider with a hatred for mortals. It’s the path he’s followed willingly ever since, but when he is ordered to hand Katia over to a human, the consequences may just break him. Can Katia teach him that not all humans are bad, and make him see he could be fighting for the wrong side? 

Can their love survive the paths their respective packs take? 

Welcome to the bestselling Glacial Blood series, a world of shifters and witches, magic and mayhem, unforgivable lies, and unbreakable love. A world where family is born not only through blood, but a bond. With plenty of threats to come—and a secret that remains untold.



Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):
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Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2nEvu4G
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2mKrm2w



Praise:

Amazon Customer – “Another awesome read!!”

Amazon Customer – “The story is well written an engaging”

Mari Love Book Blog – “Their story is beautiful.”




In the Series:
The Touch of Snow
Fighting the Lies
Fallen for Shame
Shattered Fears
Hidden Pain
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Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2oh72WZ
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2pcRcxf
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2p9ohdb

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Author Bio:

All I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.

I’m an avid reader who turned to writing to combat my depression and anxiety. I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality.

I like my heroes hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, my heroines demure but with spunk, and my books full of dramatic suspense.



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STOLEN CHOICES – RELEASE BLITZ

Stolen Choices (Glacial Blood Series #6)

by Anna Edwards


Release: January 2, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Credit : Charity Hendry @ Judged by the Cover



Katia Morgan is the mysterious tigress of the Glacial Blood pack. She’s a skilled fighter when needed but hides away when not. Only Kas, the pack’s alpha, knows the true pain behind her silent demeanor. Can her kidnapper, Jackson, teach her to trust him and give her the spirit to emerge from the shadows of her suffering?

Jackson Gates, a black panther shifter, was found weak and alone by Nuka Lincoln when still a cub. Under the evil polar bear’s authority, Jackson was trained to be a skilled solider with a hatred for mortals. It’s the path he’s followed willingly ever since, but when he is ordered to hand Katia over to a human, the consequences may just break him. Can Katia teach him that not all humans are bad, and make him see he could be fighting for the wrong side?

Can their love survive the paths their respective packs take?


Welcome to the bestselling Glacial Blood series, a world of shifters and witches, magic and mayhem, unforgivable lies, and unbreakable love. A world where family is born not only through blood, but a bond. With plenty of threats to come—and a secret that remains untold.



Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2p3BDHQ
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2nFYBo5
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2nEvu4G
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2mKrm2w

In the Series:

The Touch of Snow

Fighting the Lies

Fallen for Shame

Shattered Fears

Hidden Pain
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2nDOksD
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2oh72WZ
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2pcRcxf
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2p9ohdb

Author Bio:

All I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.

I’m an avid reader who turned to writing to combat my depression and anxiety. I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality.

I like my heroes hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, my heroines demure but with spunk, and my books full of dramatic suspense.



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Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cwxJ6
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Email: anna1000edwards@gmail.com

Humorous Vampires


THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, book #4

Title: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant book #4 (Stand Alone)

Author Name: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Series Name: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant

Genre: Paranormal humorous MYSTERY, with romantic elements


REVIEW

This is one heck of a quirky, eccentric series, great fun to read, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns (though I did guess what Nice was using to blackmail Miriam). It has it’s fingers in many genre ‘pies’ but is difficult to define as or place in any particular one. It will have you smiling with it’s irreverent humour and pop culture references, whilst also tugging at your heart strings with it’s depth of longing and melancholy.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, Miriam was most noticeable by her absence. I needed a little more of her, when she did appear in the book she felt very removed from everything, especially Michael himself. I understand why this was (partly) necessary, but it did leave me feeling disconnected from her.

The story totally held my attention and I pretty much read this in one sitting. I’m now hugely intrigued with where the story will go next.



Blurb:

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a snarky Mystery with a side dish of Romance and two sprinkles of chaos, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Four.


SHE’S MINE. BUT HAS SHE FORGOTTEN?

A crazy vampire has stolen my librarian. And if that’s not bad enough, it is my fault. Because I, too, am an ancient, deadly vampire, and it was my job to protect her. I failed.

Now, just as I have reason to hope I will get her back, the situation turns into the biggest mystery of my existence.

Apparently, this evil vampire has brainwashed her into thinking she belongs with him. I do not know how. I do not know why. But I will get to the bottom of this and win her back.

Because I am the motherf*!$%ing librarian’s vampire assistant, and she belongs to me. Or, at least she used to?

Giveaway  
http://www.mimijean.net/romance_author_news.html




Pre-Order/Buy Links:

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Paperback: https://amzn.to/2DjO6ez

Remy Pamfiloff

Author Bio:

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams.

Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.

She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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Pytes, Sentinels and things that go bump in the night…

Without Regret
(Pyte/Sentinel Series Book 2) 
by R.L. Mathewson

I loved this packed full of snark, action and emotion story

I read the first book in the series a couple of years ago and bought the rest soon after. Then foolishly never actually got around to reading them. Over the weekend I realised I have over 300 bought books that I haven’t yet read and I’m hoping this is the first step in remedying that oversight.

Pretty much from the first pages I was absolutely addicted to this book. I read it into the early hours even though it was a work day. I read it during any quick breaks I got during work. I read it the moment I got home and didn’t put it down until I’d finished the book.

Chris and Izzy are mates, there will never be another for them, it’s part of the Sentinel way. However Izzy isn’t quite what Chris wanted or hoped for, and Izzy had absolutely no idea what was going on most of the time. So many times I wanted to shake Chris or slap him around the back of the head. A lot of reviewers hated him, he really is a total bum-wipe a lot of the time. However I can understand why he acted as he did and the only reason I forgave him was because in the end he suffered more than Izzy did. Izzy was just so perfectly imperfect, a little bat *ahem* crazy, totally sweet and very quirky. The pair had a love-hate relationship that sizzled with one heck of a lot of chemistry.

The story is a fast paced, action packed, thrilling and exciting ride. I couldn’t read it quickly enough and absolutely loved every minute of it. In fact the only reason it didn’t get all 5 stars was that the book had a LOT of missing words, and other errors that should have been caught during beta reading an editing. Normally I can ignore it but at some points of the story their were errors on every page and it did become a little distracting. Despite that I really would still recommend this book.

Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he’s done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life she was nothing like the woman he’d expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got…..

A computer geek named Isabella, who somehow managed to get her name on every Master’s hit list. One minute she admits that she’d made a foolish mistake and the next she’s kidnapped, held hostage by a crazy cult who steals her chocolate and she’s sure is after her program, a program she has no plans on giving up anytime soon. As she tries to keep her wits about her the sexiest man she’s ever seen claims her, only he doesn’t seem to happy about it. It’s clear that he doesn’t want her, but the stubborn man just won’t let her go even when it’s clear that he may not have a choice.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Dark Paranormal Romance

Earlier this year I came across a series of books by a new-to-me author. They were a scorching hot mix of shifter/paranormal and spanking/domestic discipline romance. The heroines in Delta James’ Wayward Mates series are all strong, determined women who know their own minds, enjoy their mates dominance and endure the spankings they get because they know the sex that follows is mind blowing. Plus they love their fated mates.

In the last few books of the series we discover the heroines are no where near as well behaved as their mates believe them to be. Not happy to sit safely in the background whilst the men deal with turbulence in their patriarchal society, the women have been planning and plotting their own moves behind the scenes.

The series reached a natural end but both the readers and author weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to this world yet. So what emerged was a new series, set in a dystopian future where technology has disappeared and life is lived more like it was in medieval times. The first book was Warlord, which I’ve reviewed on here previously. The next book, Overlord is the focus of this post. The really great news is that future books are also in the pipeline.

OVERLORD by Delta James

Please be aware this is a DARK romance, which means it contains some elements of dubious/non-consent

Overlord is the follow up to Warlord, it can be read stand alone but I would suggest reading the books in order to gain maximum enjoyment. Sloan and Gareth’s story isn’t always easy – as the blurb states “Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter.”  However it is full of passion, which is bound to happen when two very strong and determined characters lock horns. I thoroughly enjoyed their story and couldn’t read it fast enough.

There were moments when I didn’t even like Gareth, but then the author cleverly wove his emotions into the story, often via his fated mate link with Sloan, totally changing my mind. Yes he could be considered dictatorial, but when we really listen via his thoughts, words and actions he truly loves, honours and respects Sloan. The author really persuaded me of his affection for and deep regard of his mate, turning him from a possible arrogant alpha-hole into a dominant alpha male.

Whilst Sloan and Gareth’s story is complete, at least for now, trouble is brewing and I’m fairly certain there will be a few more books before peace is truly restored in this dystopian/shifter world.


BLURB –

She was not asked. She was claimed.

Sloan has lived among shifters long enough to know what happens when an alpha takes a mate, but she never imagined that her turn would come to be marked and mastered. Until today…

Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter.

Now, with her cheeks blushing, her bottom burning, and the evidence of his rough conquest still dripping down her bare thighs, she is beginning to understand what it truly means to be claimed.


Publisher’s Note:Overlord is a stand-alone novel set in the same world as Warlord. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Underworld Royals #1

Happily Ever Crowned (Underworld Royals #1)
by Lexi C. Foss and Anna Edwards

5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow. Dark, powerful, gut-wrenching, twisted, steamy and amazing.

This book takes you to the depths of hell literally as well as figuratively, and whilst not the very blackest of black it certainly had its moments. Whilst a lot of the darkness is implied or referred to in retrospect there are still plenty of edgy dub-con and non-con moments. In fact we get a very graphic and disturbing scene fairly close to the start and totally necessary to set the tone of the story.

I absolutely adored both Valora and Adrik, they had depth and, despite being paranormal creatures, felt both real and believable. Valora could so easily have felt weak but somehow this talented pair of authors kept her head above water and gave us a woman with huge depths of compassion and an inner strength that even she never suspected at. There was some pretty decent world building too, perhaps not the most complex I’ve read but more than sufficient to allow the story to hold its own.

Adrik had every intention of being a bad man but just had far too kind a heart. He was a wonderful hero and, for me, the story worked better that way as opposed to Valora having a magical vajayjay that miraculously alters his personality! It was great to see both characters grew and mature during this story, and in a way that felt entirely natural. Their connection and relationship was also well portrayed, and again was totally believable.

The story had an excellent mix of passion, evil and intrigue with some twists at the end that will leave your head spinning – even though the authors dropped a few little breadcrumb clues at the start! I loved that there wasn’t instant forgiveness of certain people for their actions but that Valora didn’t rule it out either.

And that little epilogue has me panting for the next book!

“I do.”
Two words that signed over my soul to a monster, all to save a kingdom I knew little about. This isn’t a fairy tale. No knights in shining armor, only kings fighting for power. And my heart is the key.

A game designed to shatter even the harshest of resolves.
My husband wants to debase me. To break me. To destroy my spirit. To possess every inch of my soul through acts so heinous, I can hardly breathe. And he’s using six men to do it. Including him. Adrik, Prince of Noxia.

Desire.
Such a wicked twist of fate. Happily-Ever-After may not exist here, but amorous energy rises after a night of unbridled passion. A night I should hate, but don’t.. A night I long to repeat.

“I love you.”
A statement I will never say. Not even to him–my dark prince who plays in the shadows, engaging me in a forbidden dance of hope and adoration. He promises me a new crown, in exchange for my heart.

Vengeance
I will not be owned.
I will rise above them all.
And the only crown I will wear is the one drenched in their blood. 

Author’s Note: This is a dark paranormal romance. Please read the author’s note at the beginning (available in the “look inside” feature) if you have any concerns about dark content. 

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“No permanent damage,” Necros finally said. “She might be barren, but I want her alive.”

Of course you do, I thought. He wanted her power, same as I did. “So only leave wounds that will heal under immortality?” Again the question was for the benefit of our audience. It would be such a shame to harm someone so gorgeous. 

Necros nodded. “Blood is fine. You can even break bone. But only if she can recover without a scar. If I can’t breed her, I might as well use her body for other means.” 

Another benefit of having her trained, I supposed. 

Not that I agreed with any of this. 

But I had to play along to get what I needed–her heart. 

“Understood,” I murmured, tracing the tip of my dagger down her corseted top. Her breathing remained steady as she floated in some faraway place, her imagination overtaking her reality. Alas, I couldn’t allow her to stay there. I needed her focus and compliance to achieve my goal. “I want to teach you something, Valora,” I said, my weapon nearing her belly button. “An important lesson on participation.”

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.