Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!

I’m joining in with That Artsy Reader Girl and her meme, Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a very Happy 10th Birthday to this meme, so the floor is open for the choice of topic.

I was considering using the very first prompt ever, but my childhood was a loooong time ago, and I’m not sure I could remember all of my favourite books, so have decided to pick my favourite 10 books of the year so far.

The Velvet Chair – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/06/21/review-the-velvet-chair/
Resistance – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/05/09/review-resistance/
Myth of Omega – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/04/11/book-review-myth-of-omega-books-1-3/
Missing In Action – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/
Primal Sin – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/26/review-primal-sin/
Midnight Fae Academy 1 – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/
Destroyed – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/13/destroyed-by-eva-dresden-review/
Twilight Seeker – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/02/twilight-seeker/
The Escape Artist – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/16/the-escape-artist-by-kitty-thomas/
Sin & Spirit – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/11/sin-spirit/

Do you have a top ten to share? Let me know and I’ll come by and comment.

#SixForSunday – Favourite LGBT romances

Six For Sunday – Favourite LGBT romances

There will be a LOT of overlap between this and my previous Six For Sunday posts this month, as romance is the genre from which I’ve picked all my previously featured books.

Six For Sunday is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot, in June we are celebrating Pride Month. Do visit them and say hello.

Title – Midnight Fae Academy #1
Author – Lexi C. Foss
Genre – Paranormal/Fantasy Reverse Harem
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49923752-midnight-fae-academy

This is a reverse harem story, 1 female and several males. However 2 of the males are already in a sexual relationship prior to meeting the heroine. I love how in this world, sexuality is not an issue. Gender is, as it’s a patriarchal society (don’t worry there’s no spanking!) though I get the impression that Aflora plans to shake that up more than a little!
My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/

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.

The perfect recipe for the ultimate MM romance.

Take one bruised, battered but not totally broken spy,
Add in one sassy, snarky, organised to the nth degree man called Tom,
Blend together with enough chemistry and heat to power a volcano,
Throw in great writing, a sprinkle of Walsh goodness, some sunburn and a wedding.
Shake, stir, shake some more and then sit back and enjoy this masterpiece of romance.

Title – Missing in Action
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – MM Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51655390-missing-in-action

Wes is a Navy SEAL turned government agent. He grew up in a military household where his father had an ethos of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and is so far in the closet he might just find himself in Narnia.
Tom has made huge sacrifices, including his family, to be true to himself. He isn’t prepared to go back to a life of hiding and pretending. Watching this couple fall in love will give you ALL the feels.
My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/

Former Navy SEAL turned covert agent Wes Halsted spent his days —and weeks and months —being someone else. But with his cover blown and his injuries requiring months of recuperation, he must learn how to be himself again.
Only …he’d rather save his issues for another day and get to know a stressed-out, suited-up businessman instead.
Tom Esbeck has everything under control. Meal plans, workout plans, project plans, five-year plans. A plan for everything and everything according to plan.
Except there’s no plan for a surprise—and shirtless—encounter with the built-for-sin spy he’d crushed on years ago.
But crushes —and spies —burn out fast.

Title – The Thing About Us
Author – Jennifer Domenico
Genre – Menage Contemporary Romance
Goodread – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43730271-the-thing-about-us

Take two work colleagues, one who quietly admits he isbisexual, one who denies it even to himself. Add in a girl who is secretly dating them both, a fair amount of angst and soul searching, lots of hot sex and you have this great little story.
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2524377649?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

It was all fun and games until it wasn’t. Lies, deceit, and jealousy threaten to tear the three of us apart. We can have it all, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.
Ben
I never thought I’d show my best friend that side of me, but I had to take my one shot or regret it forever.
Luc
It was only supposed to be one night of something I didn’t understand and never wanted, but it became so much more.
Georgie
They want me to choose, but I want them both. They just have to admit they want it, too.
The thing about us? We can make it work…even if we have to fight to keep it together.

Title – Snatch
Author – Marie James
Genre – MC Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35524635-snatch

I think this might have been my first ever MM read. Both guys are in an MC club, though it isn’t your usual guns and drugs one. These are all ex-military and now do security work, riding bikes is their passion. The only thing I didn’t love were the two heroes nicknames. If you think Snatch is bad, his lover is called Itchy, and the two words together fairly makes me cringe!
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2058556554?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

I’ve always been a connoisseur of the opposite sex. Tall, short, thin, thick and juicy, my tastes knew no limitations. That became abundantly clear the night my best friend took me in his mouth.
Sure, there’d been close calls before, the slip of a hand or misplaced lips. With our propensity to share women, it was bound to happen. That fateful night, I was met with pure intention and an experience I never want to forget.
Falling for a friend has never been so complicated.ething else?
I’ll soon find out that what happens in the dark will always come to light.

Title – The Black Prince
Author – Ariana Nash
Genre – MM Fantasy Romance
Goodreads –

Set in the same world as the Silk & Steel series, this is the story of a dragon shifter prince and a mercenary elf. Enemies by history, this pair face prejudice because of race, not gender.
My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2019/11/23/a-tale-of-dragons-and-elves/

In the war-torn rubble of the human world, can a rebel elf and a lost dragon prince find love, or will a dark threat tear them and their world apart forever?
A new land, a new court, a new king, but some things never change.
Broken in all ways, Akiem fled his life as the amethyst prince only to land at the mercy of the beautiful but deadly diamond king, Luceran.
Akiem knows dragons. He knows he’ll die today, tomorrow, whenever Luceran’s executioner brings down his axe, and maybe it’s all he deserves. He’s ready for death, craves it even, like he craves the elf with flame-red hair and a sly smile, the damn elf whose stolen kiss lit Akiem up in ways he
didn’t know were possible. Akiem doesn’t do males and he definitely doesn’t do elves. But some things do change.
Drifter, mercenary, lover — Zane is all those things. He’ll do almost anything for coin. But he doesn’t do dragons and he definitely doesn’t do love. It’s not such a bad life for an elf. Better than the rest of his kin, living under the rule and whims of the dragon king, Luceran.
Working as a bodyguard in Bayston should have been quick coin in his pocket before moving on. But King Luceran has a new toy he parades at court. A dragon with eyes of gold and scales as black as night.
He probably shouldn’t have kissed him. Definitely should have killed him.
And now, moving on is the farthest thought from Zane’s mind. Because Luceran’s new toy is not like the other dragonkin. And maybe, just maybe, the terrible, beautiful beast has the key to freeing all the persecuted elves and unlocking Zane’s restless heart.
Zane doesn’t do love and he doesn’t do dragons.
But with the arrival of the Black Prince, everything is about to change.

Title – Fresh Catch
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – MM Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35919933-fresh-catch

Owen and Cole are such a swoonsome pair. I found myself totally believing in them as people, fully accepting their feelings for one another and fully invested in them achieving their HEA. I *may* have ugly cried reading this one.
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2111316262?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley’s back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever. Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman.
There’s one small issue: Owen Bartlett doesn’t know who I am. Who I really am.

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I don’t like people.
I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises. No strings, no promises, no problems.
Until Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Talbott’s Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor.

I don’t know Cole’s story or what he’s running from, but one thing is certain: I’m not letting him run away from me.

Review //\\ Midnight Fae Academy #2


Midnight Fae Academy #2 by Lexi C Foss



If you thought book 1 ended on a sucker punch of a cliff-hanger then this ending will slay you!

The story picks straight up from where book #1 ended, with Aflora in a dungeon awaiting a possible death sentence. From that moment onwards this is non-stop action, holding my attention throughout and leaving me feeling as though I were in one of these carts …


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There was a LOT of foreshadowing, but much of it in Shades very shade-y way, so you think you might know something, but do you really? There are hints, half truths, puzzles and lies, trust his hard to give when the rug keeps being pulled out from under your feet.


Book 1 introduced us to most of the main players in this story, this book builds on their relationship, whilst also slowly revealing untold secrets and sinister plans. The chemistry between Aflora, Zeph, Shade and Kols is off the charts, this had the perfect balance of enough sexy times to convince me of their feelings, but not too much to overpower the story. I also loved all the small gestures, the little opportunities, that firmly cemented the depth and strength of their feelings for one another. The more I get to know these guys the more I love them, and Aflora is just down right amazing.


I really, really loved this book, I’m hoping book 3 is just as good! My heart aches and breaks for Shadow/Shade and all the terrible things he has seen and torturous decisions he has had to make. There is so much more to this loveable bad boy, than you would ever expect. Oh, and that epilogue, well …


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even though all the damn clues were there!







Genre – Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51535496-midnight-fae-academy

I’m in purgatory.
Hell.
A Midnight Fae dungeon.
All because my mates betrayed me.

Shade swears he’s innocent. Zeph promises that what he did was for my own best interest. Meanwhile, Kols isn’t apologetic in the slightest, his cocky arrogance claiming fate intervened at just the right moment.
I hate them all. Crave them, too.
And now I have to work with them to solve a millennia-old secret, one that involves my true heritage. Except our digging has awoken an ancient power and it’s threatening to destroy the Midnight Fae realm with its vengeance. If only the Academy offered courses in mediation. I could use one of those right about now.
Because as it turns out, I’m the only one with the power to stop this thing from taking over.
And I have to rely on my mates to help guide me. Welcome to Midnight Fae Academy, where the classes are useless and the male fae are all jackholes. Wish me luck.



Review & Release //\\ Winter’s Arrow

Winter’s Arrow: A Dark Snow White Retelling by Lexi C Foss


Title: Winter’s Arrow: A Dark Snow White Retelling 

Collection: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection

Release: May 14, 2020

Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53157837-winter-s-arrow



For the first time in what feels a long time, mainly due to the uncertain times in which we presently live, I have read a book that I just didn’t want to put down. A book that drew me totally and profoundly into it’s world, had me utterly entranced with every word, had me battling between the need to read quickly and find out what would happen next with stretching out the experience and time with the characters for as long as possible.


From the blurb I was expecting a far less battle-ready Snow/Winter, I also thought it suggested a timeline of months or years, rather than a week or so. And that is the ONLY fault I really found with the story. Also, if I’m being totally honest, I wasn’t sure how a more fantasy style story, suggested by the blurb, would have fitted into the x-clan series. It wouldn’t, so the fact that this was very much in line with the rest of the series was actually a relief. In this book, and the series as a whole, the author has created a world that I never want to leave.


Winter and Kazak get off to quite an explosive start, albeit a shaky one too. They have barely exchanged more than a few words when circumstances force their hands into embarking on a very unexpected and very complicated journey. Twists, turns, harsh lessons, shocking discoveries all play out into a layered story that enables (forces?) both Winter and Kazak to undergo personal growth in a way that felt utterly believable – even if this is a paranormal/dystopian/omegaverse story!


Whilst the basic rule of law is that Alphas lead and Omegas submit, Winter never once came across as weak or powerless. In a very short period of time her entire world was tipped upside down and she had to learn new rules and adapt VERY quickly. Yes some of her decisions were reckless, yes she made some errors, but more as a consequence of the situation forced on her rather than a weak or irritating personality. I loved her.


I also loved Kazak, mainly because he respected her capabilities and needed her strength, though pack law meant that in public Winter needed to mind her step. He was occasionally an alpha-hole, but his willingness to listen, to explain, also made him very redeemable. His very imperfections were what made him perfect, particularly the fact that he was, sort of, willing to admit to his mistakes.


This pair, their journey (both physical and emotional), their passion, their learning, their story was just perfect. So as I said at the beginning – I want, no I NEED, more!







Blurb:

True love is a myth.
A trick.
A way to subdue the heroine and take everything from her.


Winter Snow
My “true love” conspired with my stepmother to have me killed and stole my throne.
But they failed.
I’ve been in hiding and refining my vengeance. I’m no longer the damsel they mistook me for once upon a time. I’m coming for them. And my kingdom, too.
Who needs dwarves when you have wolves?
Who needs blades when you have arrows?
My name used to be Snow. Now they call me the Winter’s Arrow. Because I’m here to destroy them all.


Kazek Flor
I’m not a prince but an Alpha. And I take what I want, when I want it. So when I found an Omega princess dying in the woods, I took her and made her mine.
I’ll train her. Embolden her. Help her seek the vengeance she is owed. Then, together, we’ll take down Winter Sector and the wicked Queen of Mirrors.
Run fast, little wolves.
Your former princess is about to rise with me by her side.
And we’re thirsting for your blood.





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Excerpt:
“Help,” I begged. “Need… help.”
Kazek frowned at me. “You’re going into estrus, Snow. I’m planning to help you.”
I shook my head, a whine catching in my throat. He didn’t understand. “No knot.” I couldn’t accept it. This had to be part of Vanessa’s plan, to make an Alpha think he could fuck me fully.
She’d planned to entice Enrique with this spell, to force him to knot me.
That was what she’d meant by having methods to induce the sensations. She’d cast some wicked enchantment that convinced Alphas I could handle them in a rut.
Tears collected in my eyes.
I’d escaped her clutches, only to fall into the hands of someone so much worse—an Alpha driven by need.
She’d won.
After all that… she’d still won.
I crumpled against him, sobbing beneath the crushing emotions of betrayal and defeat. And worse, arousal.
Because I wanted him.



Lexi C. Foss Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author Lexi C. Foss loves to play in dark worlds, especially the ones that bite. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children. When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list, or chasing eclipses around the globe. She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim.


Lexi C. Foss Social Media Links
Website: http://www.lexicfoss.com
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Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/LexiCFoss
Twitter: https://www.Twitter.com/LexiCFoss
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Top Five… Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading In May


This is a meme hosted by Devouring Books, I’ve made my own topic up this week as time zone differences mean that I’m having to write and schedule the post before May’s topics have been posted.

Since it’s the start of a new month the obvious choice is to highlight 5 books that I will be reading this month, most of which will be new releases!


1. Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood


What if the storybook hero becomes the villain?
She is my arch enemy’s niece.
I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies.
This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy.
Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.
Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.
I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.

Note: This is a standalone Dark Romance.
 


2. Treachery by Lily White


Ninth Circle.
Treachery.
Also known as Tanner Caine.

He is a temptation with cold, dark eyes.
A man with a seductive smirk and a body built for pure sin.
The linchpin of a group of wealthy bad boys known as the Inferno.
A dark presence that repels as much as he attracts, Tanner is the poisoned apple I want to bite even when I know it will destroy me.
Our story started in college, but I ran from him so far I believed I was safe.

I should have known he’d find me eventually.
I should have known that nobody escapes.
He has me in his sights again with an offer I can’t pass up.
I know better than to make a deal with the Devil.
Not unless I’m willing to pay his sensual price…


3. Winter’s Arrow by Lexi C Foss


True love is a myth.
A trick.
A way to subdue the heroine and take everything from her.
I should know. My “true love” conspired with my stepmother to have me killed and stole my throne.
But they failed.
I’ve been in hiding and refining my vengeance. I’m no longer the damsel they mistook me for once upon a time. I’m coming for them. And my kingdom, too.
Who needs dwarves when you have wolves?
Who needs blades when you have arrows?
My name used to be Snow. Now they call me Winter. And I will destroy them all.
A Dark Snow White Retelling.


4. The Break-Up Artist by Lila Monroe


I’m an expert in break-ups. From the slow fade, to extreme ghosting, to, ‘but you never said I couldn’t send pics of my junk to your step-sister on Instagram’ – I’ve seen it all… and built a mini-empire along the way. My blog, the Break-Up Artist, uses my past heartache to help people move on – and avoid weeping on the floor at 3am consuming their body weight in spray cheese and Oreos. Ahem.
Now, I have a new job that could mean the big-time: helping a famous Hollywood it-couple navigate their tricky break-up. Except not everyone wants them Splitsville. The movie studio needs to keep them together to promote their big movie, and they’ve sent someone to make sure I fail in my first VIP gig.

Wes Baxter. Also known as my ex.
Also ALSO known as, the guy who broke my heart so thoroughly, I had to turn myself into a self-help guru just to get over him.
I’m determined to follow my own advice (no drooling over Wes’s perfect abs, or remembering how he rocked my world) but being trapped together at a luxe country retreat isn’t helping things… And neither is Wes’s early-morning naked swim habit. Soon, love is in the air, the sparks between us are hotter than ever, and I’m seriously questioning my ‘no backsies’ policy.

Wes swears he’s changed. He wants to try again, and he’s got an annoyingly sexy way of convincing me. But can second chances really work? Or has the Break-Up Artist finally met her match?


5. Ballistic by Aria Michaels


It’s been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world…three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they’ve lost a lot along the way and the journey to Salvation is far from over. A rogue military organization has taken hold of the area and they possess a weapon that could change everything.
When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back. As the group embarks upon a dangerous rescue mission, a rival band of survivors threatens their safety and a new storm gathers overhead. The virus has spread and the infected are being drawn together. What’s worse, the beast that lurks inside of Liv is growing stronger and more difficult to control. But Liv has a promise to keep–and her little brother is running out of time.
Will Liv be able to harness her strength to save her brother and the hundreds of other innocents beyond the walls of Camp Seco, or will she let the monster out and put them all at risk?

REVIEW //\\ The Experiment (X-Clan #2)




The Experiment (X-Clan #2)
by Lexi C. Foss



I’m not usually the biggest fan of novellas. but this is an amazing story and I only wish it was longer!


We saw glimpses of Daciana and Elias in the first X-Clan book, here we get to see how they came to be a couple. Whilst you can read this as a stand alone, with it being a novella, I would recommend reading Andorra Sector first so that you fully understand the world and it’s inhabitants. It’s also a really fantastic omegaverse/shifter tale, just like this one.


Somebody really needed their behind kicking for not having explained to Daciana just how valued she was by both the Ash Wolves as well as those of the X-Clan. An omega deeply traumatised by the situation she had been ‘rescued’ from, it was no wonder her expectations were so low and she was prepared for the worst. Thankfully she got the best, in the alpha that is Elias. He is just so protective, so caring, so totally and utterly swoon-worthy that you can’t help but fall in love with him.


The Experiment totally drew me in and I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. It’s hot, sexy, full of feels and a sheer joy to read. I guarantee that once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down until you have finished the book. You will be captivated by Elias and his ability to heal the mental and emotional scars that Daciana carries. I’m also certain you will be cheering this pair on from the sidelines, desperate for them to get their HEA.










Daciana
I’m an offering. A test. A pawn in an agreement I know little about.

Fly to Andorra Sector.
Allow them to experiment.
Mate an X-Clan Wolf Alpha.
Hope for the best.

Those are my orders. My fate. My current existence. There’s nowhere to run, and the moon is a clock I can’t ignore. One of these Alphas will claim me, assuming our genetics are a match. And if not, well, that’s a fate worse than death.

Tick tock.
Make a choice.
Your future depends on it.



Elias
The pretty little blonde wolf has seen too much pain for her young years.

It makes me want to fix her.
To adore her.
To show her there can be good in this world.
But our future is wrapped up in an experiment.

Either she’s compatible or she’s not. The moon will determine our fate, or perhaps my inner wolf will decide it for us. Because with each passing moment, it becomes harder not to claim the female who I know in my heart is very much mine.

Run, run, little one.
And don’t look back.
For if I catch you,
I just may bite.



Note: This is a standalone novella featuring characters from Andorra Sector, Book One of the X-Clan Series. It has Omegaverse elements and features a happily-ever-after ending.








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REVIEW //\\ Noir Reformatory




Noir Reformatory
by
Lexi C Foss and JR Thorn












I’m a little torn on my rating for this book, it had great writing and good world building, scorching hot sex scenes and three engaging characters but I just felt that, at times, the plot was a little lacking. There was too long spent wash, rinse repeating the same stuff, and whilst I enjoyed what I read, I also felt like I wasn’t always really getting anywhere either. Where as this would normally drop my rating to 3 stars, this book is just far too good for that, so I am rounding what would otherwise be a 3.5 stars up to 4.


It would have made sense if this time had been used to develop the males into two very distinct characters but, to be honest, at the end their personalities still felt far too similar. One of the heroes even spends a couple of weeks being tortured, none of which we got to witness. We didn’t have one scene from his time at this mad woman’s hands, not one moment of seeing him survive by thinking of his friends, dreaming of Raven, or just being damned determined not to let the bad guys win.


At times it felt as though this was erotica, with the focus more on sex than story. There are many authors that I would expect and accept that from, I guess I’m just used to something a little more complex, more sophisticated and just all around “more” from one of these authors. It’s still a really good read, a fun and interesting story that held my attention easily from start to finish.


Even though this is a stand alone novel that will have follow up stories featuring other protagonists, I didn’t quite feel as though Raven’s story was wrapped up. I still have questions, some which could be answered via other characters, but some of which I really need to have answered FOR and BY Raven and her guys. That said I do still recommend this to paranormal romance readers, especially if you love a lot of MMF action.














Happy Birthday, Raven. Welcome to Noir Reformatory.

Not what every girl wants to hear on her 18th birthday, but I accepted my fate long ago. Once my wings turned black, I knew I’d be stuck behind bars.

A Noir Angel for life.
That’s fine.
I’ll own this prison just like I did back home.
Even if it’s ruled by two hot kings.

This reformatory isn’t all-girls; it’s co-ed. Which means I’m outnumbered ten-to-one by brutes with more brawn than brain. Not a problem. I thrive on aggression and this place is riddled with it. A nightmare wrapped up in an ebony cloak.

Well, bring it on, boys.
Just try and claim me.

Note: This MMF romance novel is part of the Paranormal Prison collection and the start of a brand new “Why Choose” series by USA Today Bestselling Authors Lexi C. Foss & J.R. Thorn. 














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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.




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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.

ELLE’S MASQUERADE




Ella’s Masquerade
by Lexi C. Foss


Just how did I go from hating Tray to thinking he’s the best thing since sliced bread?



This author’s work never disappoints me. Her stories hold me spellbound, her characters step of the page and become my friends and her imagination just wows me. I really, really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the Midnight Fae series.

At first I thought Tray was a real ass, particularly with his talk of “games” and his plans for Ella. However he soon realised that would never be the correct way to introduce her to her future and I soon found myself genuinely liking him. He continued to tease and torment Ella but he also treated her with respect and love. He really is a swoon-worthy hero. Ella is an amazing heroine, snarky, strong and spectacular as all hell. She’s really got the rough end of the stick but Tray offers her a future she never even dreamed existed.

I totally believed in their connection, they have a chemistry and passion that explodes of the page, leading to some very, VERY, steamy moments. The story is set mainly in the human realm, and involved some significant time jumps. Not only were all clearly labelled but they didn’t affect the flow of the story either, instead they allowed the pace to be maintained and avoided any tedious “fluff and filler”.

This is a wonderful story, one I’m only too happy to recommend, and a great introduction to a new Fae realm. You don’t need to have read any prior books that are linked to the series, and as a stand alone it’s ideal for sampling both a taste of this authors amazing writing and getting to know the wonderful universe she has created.





𝓔𝓵𝓵𝓪’𝓼 𝓜𝓪𝓼𝓺𝓾𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓭𝓮

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Once upon a time, a handsome prince asked the academy wallflower to the ball. She was blinded by the stars in her own eyes and the pitter-patter of her lonely heart. Little did she know this prince was no prince at all, but a villain disguised behind a charming smile.

🌟 Ella 🌟
There are no such things as fairy tales or happily ever afters. Not in my world. My reality is riddled with pain and loss and immense hatred.

Until him.
Trayton Nacht, the new transfer student at Darlington Academy.
Something about his darkness calls to me. The way his eyes glimmer in the night and the cruelty of his handsome smile.
With a single glance, he turned my world inside out. And now I can’t get enough.

But what if he’s just like the rest of them? What if this is all just another masquerade?


🌟 Tray 🌟
She stole my heart, once upon a time. Three years ago in an alley where she left me with a pair of sodden blue slippers.

Her life had been mine for the taking, until I discovered the fae magic lurking beneath her skin. Now it’s time to recruit her, to take her to her fate.
But first, we’ll play a little game.

One that will end in destruction.

Because f*ck fairy godmothers.
What Ella needs is a Dark Fae.
One who can help her burn Darlington Academy to the ground.
A Dark Fae like me.



Author Note: This is a dark Cinderella retelling with strong bully elements. This M/F PNR features a happily ever after ending and is also the prequel to the Midnight Fae Academy Why Choose Trilogy. Tray and Ella are important characters throughout the series.





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X-CLAN SERIES BOOK #1

Andorra Sector: A Shifter Omegaverse Romance

(X-Clan Series Book 1) / Zombie Year 2099

by Lexi C. Foss 

5+ Stars


Oh my word Lexi C. Foss can sure write good books!

For some reason Andorra Sector felt much more akin to an omegaverse romance than it did a shifter-based paranormal one. And I loved that it did. In fact I found myself frequently comparing it to many of my favourite omegaverse stories and finding it held it’s own against them. It’s not as dark as either the Alpha’s Claim series or the Omega’s Destruction series, but it definitely had it’s moments. Particularly in emotional/psychological aspects.

The only criticism I have is that I would have liked a little more world building. What there is was great (as I’m used to with this author), but I just needed it to be a little more defined, a little more delineated. Now this is part of a multi-author series, so it might well be that she was constrained in how much the setting/world could be developed. What I did find was that I relied on my familiarity with shifters and omegaverse type dynamics – or my assumptions – to fill in some gaps.

Anders and Katriana are very much the focal point of this tale. We don’t get to see much other than them, mainly in their apartment, either together or alone, but that was fine because they are strong enough characters to carry this story. Indeed they are an amazing couple, filled with their raw and powerful chemistry, consumed by their clashing of wills and wants and hobbled by the whole slew of misunderstandings littering their path.

I was drawn into this book within the first few pages, subsumed by the powerful story unfolding before me, consumed by the emotions and passions portrayed so well. I made the mistake of thinking I could just read the first few chapters and then put it down. It was well gone midnight, and knowing that my alarm was set for just after 6am, when I had to admit that I needed some sleep, so finally put it down. Needless to say I picked it back up and finished the story at the earliest opportunity.

I hugely recommend this and can’t wait for the other stories planned for this world.









Katriana Cardona
 
My life ended the moment the X-Clan found me.
 
Bitten.
Turned.
And claimed by him.
 
My genetic markers label me as a rare Omega. But inside, I’m all female alpha. And I will not heel. Not even to the Alpha of Andorra Sector.
 
Ander Cain promises me protection.
A new world of pleasure and pain.
But he wants all of me in return.
Even if it means taking me by force.
 
I’ll be damned if I give up my inner fight. I spent the last twenty-one years battling the walking dead. These wolves won’t know what hit them when I’m through.
 
Ander Cain
 
My life began the moment I found her, my darling little mate. She’s the force of nature Andorra Sector needs to give us hope for a future. A reason to keep going and to protect our lands from the zombie infestation beyond.
 
Yet she refuses to play by our rules.
 
Born in a time where humans will do anything to survive, she’s not used to the pack hierarchy or the laws our kind abides by. Oh, but she’ll learn. And I’ll thoroughly enjoy being the one to train her.
 
Katriana Cardona can fight me all she wants, but in the end, she will be mine. Whether she submits or not.
 
Note: This is a standalone shifter romance with omegaverse and dystopian elements. There will be three main novels in the X-Clan series, all featuring different couples. Novellas may appear in between about side characters as well.




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