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Review of ” Circle of Fire” – Keri Arthur

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it’s something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can’t control–abilities that have killed. But when “ghost” Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost.

But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other–feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.


Review
Like many of the readers who visit our blog, you’ve read one or half dozen shifter books. However, how many hawk shifter books have you read? Me, maybe a couple. 

I think this was one reason why I couldn’t put the book down. It was refreshing to read a story dealing with something other than vamps or werewolves for a change. Now I am not knocking those books at all. I happen to love vamps and weres but like I said, this was not the norm and I welcomed the variety to a supernatural romance story.  

Word of warning for those who like a lot of love scenes in their stories….. this book only had one. Keri wrote more about the longing to partake in the act, the emotions building between these two characters, than actually depicting the scenes in written format. 

For me, I didn’t miss the sex and didn’t think the lack there of hindered the storyline at all. 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Wulfe Untamed” – Pamela Palmer

BOOK EIGHT IN THE FERAL WARRIORS SERIES

The most enigmatic and tortured of the Feral Warriors, Wulfe is haunted by the quiet beauty of a human woman who no longer remembers him. Once a captive of both the Mage and the Ferals, Natalie stole a piece of his heart before he took her memories and sent her safely back to her fiancé. But now the Mage are threatening her again and Wulfe will risk anything to protect her.

Natalie Cash is stunned when she’s saved by a wolf who shifts suddenly into a splendidly built, if badly-scarred, man–a man with the kindest eyes. Swept into a world of intrigue and danger beyond her comprehension, she turns to the powerful Wulfe, finding a passion she’d only dreamed of. But when time runs out, they must trust one another and surrender to a wild, untamed love.

Review
I can’t believe this is the final book in the series. I’ve followed the warriors over the years and have grown to love them more and more. It’s sad this is the end. 
Pamela Palmer, you did an outstanding job with Wulfe’s story -with  all the men/women. Your tales have riveted me, moved me, and your talent is what writers (such as myself) strive to reach. 
My only negative comment about this story was close to the end. She left us hanging with Grizz and  Sabine. Their story didn’t conclude and with the announcement of no more Feral stories, it won’t. However, I am still hopeful she’ll grace us with a short story and wrap up the loose ends with these two. Crossing fingers!! 

THE FERAL WARRIORS SERIES READING ORDER:
» Book 1 of the Feral Warriors Series is Desire Untamed
» Book 2: Obsession Untamed
» Book 3: Passion Untamed
» Book 3.5: Hearts Untamed from Bitten by Cupid anthology
» Book 4: Rapture Untamed
» Book 5: Hunger Untamed
» Book 6: Ecstasy Untamed
» Book 7: A Love Untamed
» Book 8: Wulfe Untamed

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤


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Author Showcase / Interview – Palessa

Welcome, Palessa!
(According to Palessa’s FB like page, Author Dina Redmon is credited for creating this portrait.)
1.  For those who might not be familiar
with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself?
How did you get your start in the writing business? 
(Palessa) Well, I started the whole
storytelling journey when I was a teenager and it all stemmed from a broken
heart, really. As I got into reading romances, I started playing around with
stories and managed to write a really long story when I was in my late teens.
It’s always been a way for me to figure out emotions and feelings and
motivations and to me, that’s what makes a good story.
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it. 
(Palessa) I used to dread it
because it’s not fun. But what I find is that it’s a signal that I’m either
overthinking or overwhelmed. I usually take a break from writing. Then I’ll put
pen to paper to just try and write it out.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time? 
(Palessa) Yep, I lead a pretty simple, boring life, I’m afraid. I don’t
really go out and surprisingly enough, I’m good with that. I’m hardly ever
bored. I do freelance article writing for private clients as I’m an
entrepreneur who’s no longer used to being told what to do. I also have a
couple of social media projects of my own that I’m working on slowly building.
Blogs, guest posts…like I said, boring to some but fun for me.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts? 
(Palessa) Some do. I have a friend with whom I used to share my stories.
She was the one person who kept telling me that I should get back into writing.
I left her a message that my first fiction book was out and she was totally
ecstatic. My Dad knows, obviously, plus a few select friends. I don’t hide it but
I don’t go out of my way to really advertise it either
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten
(Palessa) I find that I have
favorite books more than authors just because I get in the mood to read certain
types of books at times. As far as authors Barbara Taylor Bradford is most
definitely at the top. I have read A Woman of Substance at least twice and
recommend it highly. Anne Rice is another favorite. Read Witching Hour when I
was 15 and it was epic. Read Taltos, Memnoch, Queen of the Damned. I like Dan
Brown. His books are just brilliant, I think. Robert Ludlum is a another one I
like. Ken Follett’s Pillar’s of the Earth was fantastic. I got to read the book
and watch the miniseries which was wonderfully done. I love period pieces and
classics. I find myself loving Charles Dickens. I read A Tale of Two Cities and
Hard Times. Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, I’m getting into as I’ve watched
the movies and want to explore the books. Maya Angelou, I just love her
perspective and I think it’s fair that I mention Colleen McCullough, The
Thornbirds. I think I fell in love with Richard Chamberlain thanks to that
movie and the book.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
 
(Palessa) When it comes to Hollywood, I am woefully ignorant of
who’s hot, it, or whatever plus I typically don’t have any solid picture of
what the characters would look like. But when I was writing Unchained Hearts, I
actually had a couple of people come to mind.  
As Brandon, Scott Eastwood came to mind. He’s the son of Clint and a spitting image of his father.

 As Kyle, Sydney Tamia Poitier, daughter of the great Sidney Poitier came to mind.

As far as Virgilia, I had an old black and white picture of the late singer Celia Cruz. It was from back in the 50’s and she was just stunning. 

As far as who today….I don’t know who would be the one to have that same look. Cass, it’s up in the air. It would have to be two actors as I do deal with him younger and older…not sure. I figured the actors would be these unknown types, so I don’t think we’ve met them yet.

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.

(Palessa) Well, I’m editing the rough draft of Portrait of
Gray, which is Book 2. It goes into the story of Grayson Baxter. I do have a
rough excerpt that I’ve shared with my mailing list and certain sites.

8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order? 

(Palessa) They’re on Amazon and as I only have one out right now it’s
pretty short list. J

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?


(Palessa) Sure, I’m on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorPalessa
That’s the best way to get in touch and to get on my mailing list as I plan to
do a couple more sneak peeks of Portrait of Gray. I am also on Goodreads, http://www.goodreads.com/AuthorPalessa
and there’s more to come!
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(Palessa) Why Thank You!

Let me share a little about the book, Unchained Hearts:



About:
Kyle Avery, CEO of Mama Avery Foods, has been summoned to a
special meeting by a note from her late mother, Virgilia Avery. When she
arrives, she meets the elusive mogul Newton “Cass” Baxter, CEO of
Baxter Chemicals and learns of the nearly forty year history her mother shared
with Cass, as well as the obstacles they’d been forced to endure. As Kyle
struggles to understand their history, she’s forced to confront the man who
loved and left her, Brandon Hall, VP of Baxter Chemicals and the adopted son of
Cass Baxter. Kyle and Brandon unite in love, but separate in tragedy. They are
forced to deal with the sad legacy of their parent’s lives as well as their own
heartbreak. It’s up to them to finally break the chains which bind their hearts
and find their own path to happiness.


*Content Warning: Adult Content, may have some explicit
scenes.

Excerpt:
When she finally got her ticket, she stood at the door, digging through her purse. Just as she reached for the handle, her hand touched someone else’s. She looked up at him and felt a sudden jolt through her body. Their eyes locked for what seemed like an eternity. 

Virgilia was suddenly lost in his warm emerald green eyes. He looked at her brown eyes and caught his breath. 
“After you,” he said, as she suddenly remembered where she was and why.

“Thank you,” she managed to get out as she walked through the door he held open.

Neither of them had ever felt that way before and didn’t know what to make of it. Was it a case of static? It felt a little too good to be just a random shock.

Virgilia tried to shake it off as she made her way into the theater. It was packed and she craned her head to find a possible seat. There were a couple of vacancies close to the front. Virgilia hated being that close to the screen, but as the saying goes, beggars can’t be choosers. She found a seat and relaxed a bit. Not long after, her green-eyed doorman sat next to her.

“I’m not following you,” he said, grinning at the look of surprise on her face. “This is just the only seat which seems to be left”

“Don’t worry. I didn’t think you were following me”

“Why not? Aren’t you worth following?” he flashed Virgilia a devastating smile which made her blush. Before she could even think of an answer, the lights dimmed.

She felt him lean in to her “We will continue this discussion later.” Her stomach shivered as she cleared her throat and focused on the screen.

Throughout the movie, the audience’s reaction just heightened the tension of the scenes. Virgilia had no idea how big this shark was, but she knew the next time she decided to go to the beach, she would definitely rethink it.

A couple of times, the movie made her jump, much to the amusement of her doorman.

“Don’t worry, Precious,” he whispered. “I’ll protect you”

Virgilia felt the pit of her stomach flutter when he called her “precious.” If it were any other man, she would have been offended, even threatened. With him, it felt natural to hear him to call her that and she didn’t even know his name.

When the movie ended, she stared at the screen, reading the credits. When she turned to glance at him, he was gone. Virgilia felt a pang of disappointment.

As she exited the theater, she felt a presence behind her. She turned to see him smiling at her.

“You never did answer my question. Don’t you think you’re worth following?”

“I will only answer questions from men whose names I know.”

“Fair enough” he said as he extended his hand “My friends call me Cass.”

“I’m Virgilia,” she said as she shook his hand

“That’s quite a name. I think I’ll call you ‘Lila’ for short.”Normally she hated it when people called her by some modification of her name, but this one seemed different. “Do you often change the name of the people you meet to suit yourself?”

“Only the special ones.”

Virgilia felt her cheeks get hot and her stomach do backflips. No stranger had ever made her feel so at ease.

For his part, Cass was fascinated by this vision he saw before him. There was something about this woman, a light, a fire which drew him in and made him want to lose himself in those gorgeous brown eyes. He’d never felt anything like it before and was not going to let this opportunity pass him by.

“Yes,” Virgilia said, suddenly.

“Yes, to Lila?”

“That too, but I meant the answer to your question.” Cass looked a little lost and then she said, “I am worth following.”

Cass felt his heart flip as he grinned. “Shall we?” he said offering his arm.

They walked around and talked for what felt like minutes, but turned out to be hours as evening turned to dusk. Virgilia’s face hurt from smiling so much; she couldn’t recall the last time she had such fun by herself or with anyone.

Cass found her smart and witty and even more beautiful than when he’d opened the door for her. He had met some stunning women in his life, but tonight, they seemed merely passable compared to Lila.

“It’s getting late.” She said “I had better get home”

“I’ll walk you.” he announced.

“No, I don’t live too far from here.”

He held his hand up. “I’m not letting any woman walk alone at night anywhere, no matter how close she lives.”

They’d only just met, but the look on his face said he wasn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer. She thought better of starting an argument as they slowly made it to the gate of her house.

“Well, this is me,” she said.

He nodded and looked at the house. It was small, modest, and held a bit of charm with the low white fence separating it from the house next door.

“Cass, I had a wonderful time.”

“So did I,” Cass said as his gaze moved from her eyes to her lips. “I want to do it again.”

Virgilia wanted the same, but she had to be practical. “Maybe we should leave it at tonight.”

Cass looked Virgilia straight in the eyes with a determination he felt deep within him. He was not used to hearing the word ‘no’ from a woman. But from this woman, the thought of not seeing her after tonight was completely unacceptable. “I don’t believe you believe that. I can see it in your eyes…”

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Wrap-up
Ladies
and Gents, I hope you enjoyed our interview with Palessa. If you have any
questions or comments for Palessa by all means, leave her a message below.
Thank you in advance for your visit! 

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Review of “One Lucky Vampire” – Lynsay Sands

Luck be a vampire tonight . . .

When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.

. . . and every night

Who wouldn’t want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He’s barely had time to adjust to his new state before he’s roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First he’ll put a stop to whoever’s targeting her. Then he’ll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.

Review

This review was a tricky little bugger to write up because I didn’t absolutely love or dislike the story. It was, in my humble opinion, just okay.

The plot was (sorry if this irritates anyone) lackluster. I couldn’t get into it or the main characters. 

However, there were things I found good/comical such as Jake and Nicole literally blackening out after sex. Loved Jake’s family. Dante and Tomasso were a hoot! 


Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤

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Review of “Dangerous Boys and their Toy” – Shayla Black

Book Summary

Trading orgasms for information isn’t their usual way of doing business, but when a missing criminal-turned-star-witness and fifty grand are on the line, bounty hunter R. A. Thorn and Detective Cameron Martinez are prepared to put their bodies to the task and give gorgeous Brenna Sheridan everything she needs.
An exchange they never anticipated becomes an experience none can forget—or walk away from. Sexual hunger sizzles the threesome, but the stakes and danger rise as a mafia bad-ass stalks Brenna.
Soon, their “deal” is no longer about information—or sex. Emotions bind Brenna, Cam and Thorn together more tightly than they ever imagined as the men protect—and serve—the beloved woman neither can live without.
Review

This has to be by far the sexiest, steamiest, and “action-packed” story I have ever read. I’m telling you folks, if you like threesomes, M/M/ action too, then you’ll love this story. Seriously….PICK UP THIS BOOK. I can guaran-damn-tee you won’t be disappointed. 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Burn” – Maya Banks

Book Summary

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side—extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the women he’s shared with his best friend, Jace.
But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with a woman who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.
Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.
Review

Ash was a sexy, sweet, domineering man who’d do anything for his woman which included beating a man to a pulp for laying a hand on his woman. He also dealt with another man who threatened his woman but in a way which didn’t come back onto him. (not divulging how)

However, the issue with the second (repeat appearance form a bad guy from “Rush”) seemed… rushed. The whole section in my opinion came be summed up with the phrase, “Coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb.”

I was hoping for more but maybe in some instances… less is more. 

As with the other two books in the series, the sex scenes were very erotic which is a plus in my book. 

All in all, I did feel the series became better the more I read of it. I’m glad I stuck with it.  



Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Fever” – Maya Banks

Book Summary

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women.
When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.
Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.

Review

For those who read my review of “Rush” on January 21st, I am pleased to say I did find BOOK TWO of the Breathless trilogy more “original”. (If this statement confuses you, please take a moment to read the “Rush” critique – Click here to be redirected)
As I write this review, I recently came inside from below zero temperatures. I was out in the frigid air for only a few minutes and was miserable. I can’t fathom how anyone, such as Bethany and Jack, can survive living out there in this dreadful weather 24-7. I know MANY people do of various ages. That is a very sad thought. Heartbreaking…….
Speaking of heartbreaking, the hospital scene had me gasping for a breath. Maya absolutely wrote it in a way where you felt you were there with Gabe, Ash, Mia, Jace, and Bethany. That is what I call fine ass writing. 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
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