Book Review · Omegaverse · Science Fiction/Dystopian

#BookReview #Sci-Fi // Rescuing Red by Leann Ryans and V.T. Bonds

Rescuing Red
Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions #1
by Leann Ryans & V.T. Bonds 



At 65% and I’ve totally stalled with this book. It isn’t terrible in the same way that boiled potatoes aren’t but just like those non-descript and rather bland starchy items it just didn’t have enough flavour to hold my interest.



I found the heroine to be rather a drip, full of rash decisions and impulsive choices. In her defence she is very young and the way she was written reflected those childhood fairytale heroines. However I moved on from those stories for a reason – I’m no longer that little girl but am an adult woman.



The hero was much more to my taste, though I’ve just had to look up what his name was, which shows how forgettable the whole reading experience was. He’s called Blaide by the way – I’m surprised I did forget that because I felt the name didn’t suit him and was far to reminiscent of watching UK Gladiator’s back in the 1990’s.



For me this was pleasant but unmemorable, it just didn’t have the grit, depth or emotional impact I look for in a story. It was, for me, words on a page rather than a tale that drew me in and held me captivated.





Rating: 2 out of 5.

Fannce

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58500622-rescuing-red

Synopsis
Once Upon a Time…
In a land where grandmothers live planets away instead of on the other side of the woods, Liz finds herself in trouble.
Hindsight is twenty-twenty, but she’d risk it all again to help her Nana.
When danger catches her scent, will her knight in… fur and fury… rescue her from the beasts?
And who’s going to save Red from the Wolf?


From two International Bestselling authors comes an exciting blend of traditional tales with the wonders of science fiction, taking the stories you love and twisting them to fit brand new worlds. Although darkness lurks within the pages of our Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions, each one boasts a Happily Ever After for our hero and his mate. These steamy romances feature the ABO dynamic, thrilling action, and intense situations.

Are you ready to find your next alien addiction?





Book Review · PNR · Reverse Harem

#BookReview #PNR #RH // Three Trials by Kristy Cunning

Three Trials
The Dark Side #2
by Kristy Cunning

I’m really not quite sure how or why, but this series is really working for me. It doesn’t have the greatest world building or the most complex of plots, but I adore Keyla/Paca’s feisty, sarcastic and adorably sweet nature. Her banter, random comments and crazy attitude utterly pleases me and she is definitely one of my favourite book heroines.


I enjoyed the second half of the book more though hindsight, following some expected and unexpected revelations, helps to explain how our intrepid quintet were able to complete the task in hell so easily. We finally (and in that we I am definitely including Paca) got our long anticipated steamy moments. Kai definitely ended up as my favourite following that rather steamy not so little tryst.


Thank you to my fellow Buddy Readers over in the DE group – can’t wait to read book #3 with you all!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

**Contains sex scenes**

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36839899-three-trials

Synopsis
So, I’ve checked off some life goals and added a few new ones to my list.

Goal #5: Get out of hell’s belly without letting my ungrateful charges die.
Goal #6: Get a new name that’s more badass.
Goal #7: Stop wasting my breath on lectures and start annoying the quad hell squad every time they annoy me. Fight fire with fire. Ha! Another hell pun.
Goal 8: Find out who the hell killed me.


I’ll add more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself before I even finish checking off my old goals. But seriously, I really do need a more badass name, considering how much I have to keep saving my damsels in distress. I probably shouldn’t call them damsels, since they’re a little murderous and all.

Maybe I should add seeing a hell-certified psychologist to my list of goals.

Book Review · Contemporary Romance

#BookReview #RomanticSuspense // Crow by A. Zavarelli

Crow
Boston Underworld #1

A. Zavarelli

Mackenzie “Mack” Wilder is searching for her BFF, the girl who helped her survive the horrors of being a teen in the care system. No one wants to know or help and all the clues point to a club run by Lachlan Crow, a mover and shaker in the Mackenna syndicate aka the Irish mafia. Throwing caution to the wind, because without Talia what’s the point anyway, Mack decides to step into the lion’s den. What she didn’t expect was to catch the eye of the pride male. Lachlan Crow doesn’t need the complication of the dark haired, blue eyed beauty, he’s already promised to another and his Russian associates want her “controlled”.


Does Mack feel like the average 22 year old? Not really, but then her backstory doesn’t paint her in that light either. So despite her usually feeling much older, I didn’t find her maturity, or her strength, out of the bounds of believability. Lachlan is probably an awful lot nicer than most genuine members of a criminal gang, however we wouldn’t fall in love with him if he was without some morals, compassion and integrity. On balance I did feel his character was plausible, and his utter obsession with Mack allowed me to forgive the rest!


The chemistry between this pair is scorching and this is one pretty hot read. It was easy to believe in the feelings that developed between Crow and Mack, particularly as the book is written first person from both perspectives. Being able to listen in on their thoughts, to feel their passion and the incredible attraction they share, had me sold on their feelings.


Unlike many mafia romances, this did feature the syndicate in a believable way. It wasn’t overly sanitised though many of the darker aspects were more briefly touched on, so this didn’t feel a particularly dark read. I was left with some questions, particularly around the Russian mafia and the betrayals, but if I remember correctly subsequent books run concurrently with this and more of the story is revealed with each new instalment.


I’m so glad I got the chance to re-read this. It did take a couple of chapters to really get into the story, but once I did it became a book I just did not want to put down.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mafia Romance

Age 18+, Contains adult content

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31309440-crow

Synopsis
An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.

I had a plan. Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

Book Review · PNR

#BookReview #PNR // Four Psychos by Kristy Cunning

Four Psychos
The Dark Side #1

Kristy Cunning

I’ve not read the author before but this was chosen as our group PNR buddy read – possibly in honour of her recent passing. I was impressed by the quality of characterisation, the intriguing plot and the snarky humour demonstrated by our heroine Keyla, who’s sole perspective it is written from. Once picked up this book somehow buried itself under my skin and I didn’t want to put it down.



It doesn’t have the greatest world building or the most complex of plots and whilst it talked a lot of sex it didn’t really have much action for a reverse harem book. Yet somehow I thoroughly enjoyed every single chapter, paragraph, line and word. The only thing stopping me from immediately jumping into book #2 ( Three Trials ) is that it’s scheduled to be buddy read in September! I’m hoping we see the four anti-heroes develop distinct characters, I found Gage to be instantly forgettable and at times Kai and Jude felt too similar. However with three further books there is plenty of time for that to still happen!



I found myself laughing so many times and I absolutely adored Keyla and Ezekiel. Jude and Kai have some serious work to do in earning both of our forgiveness, but I trust with all their various skills and talents they will easily manage that 😉. I’m hoping my views won’t change as I continue with the series but based on this first book it is definitely one I would recommend, particularly to fans of K.F. Breene’s PNR/Urban Fantasy work and also Tara West’s Eternally Yours series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Paranormal / Fantasy Romance

Age 16+ – Sexual situations, Reverse Harem, Dark humour, Language warning

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36550871-four-psychos


Synopsis
I’m not so different from most people. Like everyone else, I have life goals.

Goal #1: Become a real girl instead of this invisible ghost thing I currently am.
Goal #2: Convince the four men I’ve been haunting for the past five years to pick me to be their new toy after goal one is complete.
Goal #3: Figure out who/what I am and why I can’t remember anything past the five years I’ve been haunting this quad.
Goal #4: Eat popcorn.

See? Perfectly normal. Sort of. Gotta start small, after all. It’s not like anyone else is perfect either.

Book Review · Fantasy

#BookReview #Fantasy #FantasyRomance // A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Blood and Ash #2
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sing along –

And nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all
The needle returns to the start of the song
And we all sing along like before….

Having spent several hours reading this, and boy did I feel everyone of them, even thought it’s a DNF for now, I do feel I’ve read enough to comment. And that comment is “congratulations on winning first prize for the most boring and repetitive book I’ve read in years!


I got to approximately the 50% mark, but seeing 6 – 7 hours of reading time left in the book just crushed my soul. It shouldn’t have, because the author’s voice is beautiful, her characterisation is good (though not so good in book 2 as it was book 1) and I enjoyed her world building. What IS an issue is the waffling inner monologue that she insists on. As a result the pace slowed to such a crawl the plot is in actual danger of going backwards! In all the hours I spent reading this there was no real movement, metaphorically or physically. We had 7 or 8 chapters of story s-t—–r——-e——t——c—–h——e-d over two or three times that figure.


Yeah, I’m seriously wishing I’d read reviews for book #2 BEFORE starting book #1. The pacing for that was bad enough, but I could forgive a first book in the series being slower to allow for all the world building, introduction of characters etc. But lord above, how the hell can you spend 300+ pages in the same place? I’ll tell you how!!!!! BY GOING ROUND AND ROUND IN BLOODY CIRCLES THAT’S HOW.


There is something seriously wrong when you see you have over 5 hours of reading time left in a book and all it does is make you want to cry. Honest to god I was in despair at the though of having ro read another sentence that involved Poppy stabbing someone, Casteel dragging his fangs over his lip, Poppy’s uncontrollable lust for him or how Casteel smelled. The answer to which is variously like fruit, earth, smoke and various other things that sounded stupid. I’d rather it had been Brut 45 or Old Spice 🤣🤣🤣.


Really, unless you enjoy being bored out of your skull avoid this at all cost.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Fantasy Romance

Age 18+, Contains violence and sex scene

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54319549-a-kingdom-of-flesh-and-fire

Synopsis

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.