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REVIEW BY HELEN - A Drop of Paradise by Alex L. Michaels

A Drop of Paradise - Alex L. Michaels
She needs peace and quiet. He's a distraction.
She wants to be left alone. He's inevitable.
She has a writer's block. He might be the cure.

The only thing Jessica Slade wanted was some peace and quiet, and to finally finish her book.

So, a place called A Drop of Paradise was supposed to do the trick. With its stunning sandy beaches, crystal clear, aquamarine waters and tropical sunsets, it was supposed to cure more than a writer's block. But, when an unfortunate series of events leaves her stranded on a remote island with an overbearing, arrogant, roguish, but ruggedly handsome stranger, her life starts to seem much more like the romance novels that she writes about. 

Broad-shouldered Mike Stone is irresistible, sexy and cooler than a mojito in your hand, and maybe even a perfect, muscled ideal for the cover of her next novel, but not all the imagination in the world could prepare her for what can happen between two strangers on a spit of sand, when sparks start to fly and anger turns to lust.

 

@Helen291283, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Comedy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/helen/adropofparadisebyalexlmichaels

REVIEW BY AMY - Haven by Mary Lindsey

Haven - Mary Lindsey

"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s use to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. 

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running rom trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for. 

Ancient magic and modern society collide in a sexy, spellbinding romance perfect for fans of C. C. Hunter and Maggie Stiefvater that proves sometimes beauty is the beast…


Former title: Hide from Me.

 

@MaryL_MarissaC, @Mommy_Amers, #Paranormal, #Young_Adult, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/havenbymarylindsey
 
Author: Gen Ryan
Titles: When We Were Young & Out of Goodbyes
Series: Hopelessly Devoted
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
 
When We Were Young
Releases November 4, 2017
 
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When she fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Rainey Matthews thought it’d be forever. But life has a habit of sneaking up and throwing a sucker punch when you least expect it.
 
Parker’s military career has become his top priority, leaving Rainey behind while he pursues his dreams. A combination of Parker’s PTSD and his actions threaten to tear Rainey’s heart right open, and she can no longer keep it together.
 
Then an unexpected lifeline appears and shows Rainey what it’s like to be cared for and loved. She finds herself happy for the first time in a while, but those sneaky sucker punches aren’t done, and keeping happiness will be an uphill battle. 
 
Disclosure: Cliff-hanger ending. Part 2 Releases January 13th 2018 
 
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Out of Goodbyes
Releases January 13, 2018
 
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Just when Rainey finally gets her life together, her high school sweetheart, Parker, decides he’s ready to fight for her. His promises threaten to tear apart all that Rainey has fought for. Her happiness and heart included.
 
Levi Hayes has fought hard for Rainey’s trust. When he finally wins her heart, he fears it all might be taken away. But he’ll fight for Rainey, even if doing so threatens to bring up memories he’d rather forget.
 
For Rainey to make her choice, she must let go of a past that took everything from her and hope she can finally live for herself, and find her forever happiness.
 
It’s not over yet! 
More Than Words, the first in another character’s story, is coming in March 2018!
 
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You can find Gen curled up reading paranormal romance and romantic thrillers or frantically typing her stories on her laptop.

Forensic psychology is her trade by day, teaching and molding the minds of college students. Her interest in psychology can be seen in her books, each including many psychological undertones. Although she loves teaching, her passion, her true love, lies in the stories that roam around in her head. Yes, they all come from her mind--the good, the bad, and the totally insane.

Gen Ryan is an international best-selling author in multiple sub genres within romance. She lives in Massachusetts--no, not Boston--with her husband, daughter, and American Eskimo dog named Chewbacca. With each story she shares, she hopes her love for writing and storytelling seeps through, encompassing the reader and leaving them wanting more.
 
 
 
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Pepper's Journey Home (Grey River #9) by Maia Dylan

Pepper's Journey Home - Maia Dylan
Pepper's Journey Home is the ninth book in the Grey River series, and we get to know Pepper in more detail. We met her briefly in Melaina's book, but this one quite rightly focuses on her. She is a very strong psychic, but with a strong sacrificial streak. She feels that she is broken after all she has been put through. Her mates just have to prove to her that she isn't.
 
Once again, this book is simply amazing. I love the interaction with the 'ladies' of the pack, and the conversation about buttercream filling had me laughing out loud. I also love when sarcasm flows straight off the page, which it did in this. Absolutely perfect. Those t-shirts that Faith makes... a small additional detail that makes each book great.
 
One thing I will say is that I didn't take to Tomas as much as I did Diego. And I don't know why. I liked him, don't get me wrong, but I guess Diego pushed more of my buttons! And I did feel slightly sorry for him (although he didn't seem concerned at the time) that Tomas got to get both 'firsts'. Seemed a bit greedy to me ;)
 
Anyway, that is by the by. To get technical now, there were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and this pace was smooth. With plenty of sexy bits, there is also a lot of character growth. Humour galore, action, sincerity - it's all here. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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#Adult, #Erotica, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Ménage

Last Chance (Royal-Kagan Shifter World #7) by Nancy Corrigan

Last Chance - Nancy Corrigan
Last Chance is Gwen's story, with Xander and Vlad/Vader. We met her at the same time we met Molly, but then she disappeared. Xander left his pack in the care of Xane, his twin brother, and put all his time and energy into finding her. Vlad was also doing the same, with Shifter Affairs as his back up. Both of these males have a history with Gwen, but none that she is aware of. Their history comes from previous incarnations that Gwen can't yet remember, and they always have a sad ending. Because triads aren't common, neither Vlad nor Xander were aware of the implications in Gwen's past lives. However, with the triad that has now happened, the way is open for them to finally make their soul-bond... if Gwen can forgive them for their errors.
 
Yes, Gwen is a virgin and she's human, but she is NOT weak. She has weak moments, when events overwhelm her, but come on, be honest. If you had undergone all that she has, you'd feel overwhelmed at times too. And don't forget, once you've stopped fighting for your life, the adrenaline drops, and it is then that you feel overwhelmed. I loved Gwen, and her sassy, feisty attitude, that will not just accept what her mates are telling her. Xander and Vlad are both exceptional males, but that didn't stop me from wanting to whomp them upside the head when they started - either at each other, or their misguided attempts of 'protecting' Gwen. There is so much in this story, more than enough to get your teeth into. Molly, the Ulgran clan, Lena, past incarnations, current situations, prickly males and sassy females. Not only do you get Gwen's story, but you get an update on Lena and Molly, with it being an integral part to both this story and moving forwards.
 
With no editing or grammatical errors, the pacing was smooth, leading to a gripping story with natural peaks and troughs. It flowed smoothly, from one scene to the next, leading up to the ending. I was completely enthralled with this story, and it has definitely left me a) wanting to read them all again, and b) waiting oh so patiently for the next one!
 
Highly recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/lastchancetheroyalshiftersroyal-kaganshifterworld7bynancycorrigan

REVIEW BY AMY - A Love Restrained by Becky Flade

A Love Restrained - Becky Flade

Old secrets, new threats...What are they willing to sacrifice? 

Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man. 

Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t. 

Even when his secrets threaten them both.

 

@Mommy_Amers, #Romance, #Suspense, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/aloverestrainedbybeckyflade

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Breakaway (Pilots Hockey #5) by Sophia Henry

Breakaway - Sophia Henry

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.

Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.

Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/10/blog-tour-excerpt-giveaway-breakaway.html

All or Nothing (Together #3) by Felice Stevens

All or Nothing - Felice Stevens
All or Nothing is the third book in the Together series, and we focus on Gideon's business partner, Rico. Now, Rico is a hard person to pin down, but Adam keeps on trying. For reasons of his own, Rico doesn't get involved with anyone. He scratches an itch occasionally, but that's it. The reasons for that become clear, and you will sympathise with him as he continues to hide part of who he is. Adam is out, both at home and at work, and although he had some rocky moments, it's all good now. Adam and Rico get together for a night, but can it ever be more?

Where to start? I love Felice Stevens' books, they are all heartfelt, with an amazing storyline that pulls you in and refuses to let go until you've finished the story. This isn't a book with a good guy and a bad guy. This is a book where you are rooting for both of them, where you understand the issues, and your heart breaks for both of them whilst you continue to cheer them on and hope for the best. Gideon and Jonah's story also continues, and I'm pleased to report that all is good for them.

Adam and Rico are a couple of guys that will keep your interest. The 'bedroom' scenes are hot, but it is more than that. It is the connection they have, how they are there for each other when others might not bother, and how they just don't give up. All or Nothing will pull on your heartstrings as you desperately turn the pages to find out what happens next.

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and the pacing was smooth. This is a long book, but it never drags. With characters old and new, and an intriguing story, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book and series.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/10/blog-tour-review-all-or-nothing.html

Aries (Zodiac Twin Flame #2) by Rachel Medhurst

Aries - Rachel Medhurst
Aries is the second book in the Zodiac Twin Flame and, obviously, this story focuses on him. He is a firefighter that enjoys the women, although he has been with Natalie on and off again for years. The Zodiacs are still trying to find their kidnapped father, and it is after an event to do with that, that Aries runs into Natalie again and spends the night with her. The following day he is called into work as there is a bad fire, and it's all hands on deck. During the rescue, Aries is injured.
 
Whilst this book did sort of carry on with the twin flame story, I felt it was more about Aries' recovery and mindset. The time line moved very quickly in places, which was a tad disturbing when reading. However, this book does continue the story moving along, with plenty of hints given for future pairings. 
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/zodiactwinflame1-2bybyrachelmedhurst

Pisces (Zodiac Twin Flame #1) by Rachel Medhurst

Pisces - Rachel Medhurst
Pisces is the first book in a twelve book series called Zodiac Twin Flame. We start with Pisces as the first book, even though it is the twelfth astrological sign in the zodiac. Pisces has six brothers and five sisters, all named for the zodiac sign they were born under. None of them are related by blood, but have grown up as siblings. They are have a 'higher purpose' - to find their Twin Flame and overcome the obstacles placed before them by an opposing faction. Each of the signs has a special gift they can use if need be, but they need to make sure that no one else sees them use it.
 
Pisces' father always knew she would be first to find her twin flame, but no reason is given. They were all told that when they met their Twin Flame, they would know it. However, Pisces seems to be in a lot of confusion about just who her Twin Flame is. Not only that, but they spend more time running away from each other, and saying they can only be friends, than they do actually getting to know each other. Also, as we see with the mother and father, just getting with the Twin Flame isn't enough, and they will continue to be tested throughout their lives.
 
I quite enjoyed this book, although the constant running was starting to get on my nerves. There were no grammatical errors that I noticed, but some of the storyline seemed either forced or superfluous to requirements. That being said, this is the first book in the series, and a lot of world building and groundwork needs to be laid to set the scene. A good introduction to the series that leaves me wanting to know more about the others.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ August 2017 *
 
Merissa
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BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel #1) by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor

Damned - Lucas Astor, Alexandrea Weis
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.
 
Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
 
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
 
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
 
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/10/blog-tour-review-giveaway-damned-magnus.html

REVIEW BY AMY - Destiny (Forever #2) by India R. Adams

Destiny - India R. Adams

“Serenity”—Dereck kisses me as he gently lays me back on our bed, moving his body over mine—“if I fail, if I lose you, will I see you”—he chokes on the painful words—“again?” 


My throat tightens, fully understanding his fears. He has lost me in every lifetime I can remember. I softly reply with my open heart, “Dereck, you will see me in the future, the present, the past. For everything, including you and me, is as one.” 

The phenomenal connection between Serenity and country music star Destiny Crowe cannot be denied. But will they have the chance to learn what this connection is about when dealing with unexplained interferences? Can they handle the pressure, discovering more about who and what they are? Because the more the two women are together, the more things start happening, for better and worse. 

The brighter they shine, the more they are seen. The more they are seen, the more other energies notice… and try to interfere with fate. 

In this second novel of the Forever series, destiny will be tested, darkness will be tempted, and love will show its truest form.

 

@TheIndiaRAdams, @Mommy_Amers, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Young_Adult, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/destinyforever2byindiaradams

Touched by Death by T.L. Martin

Touched by Death - T.L. Martin
Touched by Death is a simply amazing book that you have to read. There you go, review finished. I've said all that needs to be said. What? You want more details? *sigh* okay, here we go:
 
The story starts with Lou leaving all she knows behind - her home, her ex-boyfriend, everything. Why? Her grams has just died and she feels lost. She doesn't know what to do, so makes a decision to head to a place from her grams past where she may find a future. However a storm has a different idea, and Lou ends up going over a bridge into a lake. She doesn't die, is saved, but strange things begin to happen from that moment on.
 
And that is as much of the story as I am prepared to give away. You have the synopsis already anyway. What I can tell you is that Lou's 'journey' (and yes, I'm loathe to use that word) is astounding. The things she learns, the dreams she has, her general attitude, it all sticks with you. You are drawn into Lou's world, hoping against hope that she will get her HEA. The description of the broken heart about did me in, and that's the truth. Read it, find the quote, and tell me that you disagree. I dare you! I double dog-dare you!
 
It all ties in so perfectly, I can't honestly think of any way in which this story could be improved. The brothers, grams, Lou, Mr Blackwood, it's all here - and it's brilliant. There were no errors of any description, editing or grammatical, that disrupted my reading flow. However, in the case of being 100% accurate, I couldn't honestly say I would have noticed even if there were any. I was so completely engrossed in the story. Absolutely magnificent. Fantastic job by the author. Highly recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/touchedbydeathbytlmartin

REVIEW BY AMY - Lingerie on the Floor (The Londonaire Brothers #1) by Amanda Aksel

Lingerie on the Floor - Amanda Aksel

I have a passion for lacy designs. But my lingerie business is in trouble. If I don’t find an investor before I return to L.A., I’ll be forced to close my London boutique. The good news is the top fashion magazine wants to feature Kate Golden Lingerie in a double page spread. The bad news—they want me to model my lacy thong. 

How can I say no? I care way more about sexy lingerie than I do about love, until him . . . 

Drew, the insanely hot photographer I keep crashing into. I can’t help myself. He drove me wild during our boudoir photo shoot. Those eyes. That delicious mouth. The way he feels between my legs when I’m riding on the back of his motorcycle. I know, he’s a rich, bad boy, who only dates models. Sooo not my type. I’m not his either. But we can’t keep away from each other, even when we try . . .

 

@Mommy_Amers, #Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, 2 out of 5 (below average)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/lingerieonthefloorthelondonairebrothers1byamandaaksel

The Blood of Four Gods and Other Stories by Jamie Lackey

The Blood of Four Gods and Other Stories - Jamie Lackey
The Blood of Four Gods and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Jamie Lackey, with a strong Asian/Native American theme. None of the stories are guaranteed a HAE, and in fact, I would say at least half have their own particular ending. These stories are all very vivid when you read them, which is excellent - Jamie Lackey's descriptive voice is in full flow. However, some of them are not so 'nice' to read, and so the descriptions can make you swallow slightly as you read them. Some only seem like snippets, and I would love to know more about the characters and the worlds in which they live.
 
With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed each of these stories. With smooth pacing, well rounded characters, and with individual stories for each and every one, this is a wonderful collection of stories, sure to delight. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@anyaselena, #Fantasy, #Short_Stories, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

 
Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thebloodoffourgodsandotherstoriesbyjamielackey

Forged Alliances (Tribal Spirits #1) by Katherine McIntyre

Forged Alliances - Katherine McIntyre
Forged Alliances is the first book in the Tribal Spirits series, and already I am sucked into this world - loving the characters and wanting to know more about..., well, pretty much everyone! In this book, we focus on Sierra and Dax. Sierra is the alpha of the Wolves of Red Rock, whereas Dax is the alpha of the Mountain Lions of Silver Springs. Or at least, half of the pack that have followed him think so. We find out that there were strange circumstances at play, which has led to Dax coming to Red Rock to seek an alliance with Sierra. What neither of them were expecting was a mating bond to kick into action, leaving them with the choice of what to do.
 
This is an action-packed, sarcasm-filled, story that ticked all my boxes. I loved the interaction between Sierra and Dax, especially when he goes around annoying everyone. Dax is honourable though, and Sierra knows this. The mating bond is simmering until their first kiss, and then they both freak out. BUT they still work together, knowing the pack's problems supersede their personal one. Love them. Moving on though, there are other characters that I need to know more about, lots more! And don't let's forget about those representatives from The Tribe. I want to know more about them, and what they're doing there too.
 
With laughter and tears, this book was just what I needed. It is witty, action-packed, and believable (as far as shifters go!). With no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I have no hesitation in recommending this for all shifter fans. Loved it, and can't wait for the next one.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/forgedalliancestribalspirits1bykatherinemcintyre