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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Fire in the Rain (Wraidd Elfennol #4) by Morgan Sheppard

Fire in the Rain (Wraidd Elfennol #4) - Morgan Sheppard

Fire in the Rain finds trouble once more in the island of Wraidd Elfennol.

         

One of the Water Partners has told of a problem with the water ways, which could affect the land and folk for generations to come if a solution is not found.


Afon and Necia, together with their Partners Meinwen and Dai, are called as Chosen. With friends and mentors on hand to help them, they need to find the inner confidence in themselves, and their Element, to win the day.


Will the Chosen of Fire and Water succeed? Or is the Island of Wraidd Elfennol doomed to live forever beneath the shadows of Cysgod?

 


Full of myth and magic, with a strong Welsh theme, Fire in the Rain brings to a close the Fantasy series set in the imaginary world of Wraidd Elfennol.

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/08/release-blitz-review-fire-in-rain.html

Gabe's Revenge (McLeod Security #2) by Doris O'Connor

Gabe's Revenge (McLeod Security #2) - Doris O'Connor

Gabe's Revenge is the second book in the McLeod Security series, and to be honest, I was confused for 90% of the book where McLeod Security actually fell in this story, although it all became clear.

 

Lissa is the daughter of Andrini, a small time crook with big dreams. She is unloved and unwanted, but is still surprised when her father sells her to Gabe in payment of a debt. She has no idea what is going on, and do react badly (normally!!) to begin with. However, as she learns more about Gabe and just what it is he does, her feelings grow. It's not all fun in paradise though, and they have to work through betrayal and lies to even have a chance of Happy Ever After.

 

This was a great story with plenty of action, both in and out of the sheets, going on. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I found the pacing to be spot on. The transitions from one scene to the next were very smooth, and added to the reading experience. With a great cast of secondary characters, I thoroughly enjoyed every word, and look forward to reading more in this series. 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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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/08/01/Gabes-Revenge-McLeod-Security-2-by-Doris-OConnor

Trusting Cade (Custos Securities #1) by Luna David

Trusting Cade (Custos Securities #1) - Luna David, Book Cover by Design

Trusting Cade is the first book in the Custos Securities series, and also the first book by this author I have read.

 

We start off with Cade, who is feeling dissatisfied with his personal life. His best friend takes him to task, telling him he needs someone completely different from himself, and as luck would have it, fate drops someone into his lap (not literally!) Bradan is a diabetic runner and baker who is having stalking issues. His business partner is Cade's best friend's sister, so there you have the link. They have insta-lust, with promises of forever pretty much straight away. Bradan's stalker has other ideas though.

 

This was an easy, but long, read with no real surprises along the way. In some respects, although the storyline is full of hard issues, it was all too easy! Cade figures out who the stalker is immediately, although he isn't able to find him. As stated by other reviewers, some of the conversations are a bit stilted, and definitely don't sound like 'normal' conversations. However, as a first book, I found it to be enjoyable, and would definitely read more by this author.

 

* 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://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/31/Trusting-Cade-Custos-Securities-1-by-Luna-David

Secret Burdens (Stories of Lorst #3) by Suzanna J. Linton

Secret Burdens (Stories of Lorst #3) - Suzanna J. Linton

Secret Burdens is the third book in the Stories of Lorst series, and I was happy to dive back into this world. However, Clara wasn't at her best, and I was left wondering what was going and why - pretty much like everyone else in the book! It didn't take long before I was sucked into the story, with all of its glorious twists and turns that kept my attention, and definitely left me needing to read 'just one more page'.

 

This is an intricate story, and my admiration for Suzanna J. Linton knew no bounds, as the story effortlessly flowed. How she managed to keep up with the writing, making it easy to read, which still maintaining the mystery, I will never know!

 

The characters are a delight to return to, and in fact, has left me wanting to return to Clara, just so I can start the series again. With no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed, I have no hesitation in recommending this story. Absolutely brilliant, and I can't wait to read more.

 

If you're wondering why I didn't give it 5-stars when I've been raving so much, it is down to something that happens right at the end. I won't say what, as it would spoil the story. That being said, I can't wait to see where the story is taken next. Read it for yourself, and you'll become hooked on these books too!

 

* 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://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/30/Stories-of-Lorst-1---3-by-Suzanna-J-Linton

REVIEW BY AMY - When Autumn Ends by Beth Rinyu

When Autumn Ends - Beth Rinyu

I was at the top of my game until reality hit in a way I had never imagined, forcing me to face the living hell that had become my life. The ghosts and demons that once filled the pages of my bestselling novels now flooded my mind, consuming my thoughts both day and night. 

She was hauntingly beautiful, and I was drawn to her in the most unimaginable way. 
She was my breath when I had stopped breathing. 
She was my hope when I was drowning in despair. 
She was my muse when I had lost all motivation. 

But nothing good lasted—not in my world anyway.
Like the last days of autumn when the beautiful leaves are stripped away by the long winter days, lurking in the distance; her caring ways and gentle soul were only temporary. Soon it would be taken from me, leaving my heart as barren as those once majestic trees. But unlike those autumn days, she remained, giving me the courage to face the cold, dark winter of my past while uncovering secrets and lies that could be the premise of a bestseller. Only, this wasn’t fiction, this was my reality—a reality I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/27/When-Autumn-Ends-by-Beth-Rinyu

Haka Ever After (The Sin Bin #7) by Dahlia Donovan

Haka Ever After (The Sin Bin #7) - Dahlia Donovan

Haka Ever After is the final book in the Sin Bin series, and it goes out on a high. Taine wants to marry Freddie more than anything. He is even prepared to brave Freddie's fathers, which trust me, is a big thing. Read their full story. You'll see what I mean.

 

Now, as the synopsis is the invite, you can guess that Freddie's fathers don't eat him alive, but it is touch and go for a while. Not only that, but Taine and Freddie want to celebrate their different cultures, as well as deal with their many friends who want to help.

 

This is a lighthearted story that wraps up this series nicely. You get a few words from most of them, plus some nice parts that will have you smiling like a loon. A perfect ending to a great series. 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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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/27/Haka-Ever-After-The-Sin-Bin-7-by-Dahlia-Donovan

#PROMOTIONAL_POST - The Beast of Aubyn Hall (Bookworms & Alphas #2) by Alex L. Michaels

The Beast of Aubyn Hall (Bookworms & Alphas #2) - Alex L. Michaels
The man they call the beast, sworn off love, meets the bookish beauty who thinks that love exists only in books.

When Bronte Beltran finds out that her next assignment is cataloging the famous Aubyn Hall library, she's ecstatic. But when she finds out they call the owner the Beast of Aubyn Hall, not so much. A week in a dusty library should be right up her alley. But a wrong word at the wrong time and she might just find out what exactly is beastly about the Beast of Aubyn Hall.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/07/promotionalpost-beast-of-aubyn-hall.html

Aboard the Wishing Star by Debra Parmley

Aboard the Wishing Star - Debra Parmley, Joshua Macrae, Belo Dia Publishing

Aboard the Wishing Star is a romantic suspense that is high on romance, and low on suspense, as it is clear from the very beginning who the 'big bad' is. Kara has won a week's cruise, and has taken her best friend for many years with her. It starts off stressful as the airline loses Kara's luggage. She is also phobic about the water, so maybe a cruise wasn't the best idea. However, things look up when she meets Nate, a scuba diving instructor, who takes her under his wing.

 

I have mixed feelings about this story as I'm afraid I just can't see a man like Nate - self-confident and assured - with a woman like Kara. Although she has nice qualities, she is also quite weak, although she appears to gain some strength at the end. She is also incredibly naive, unbelievably so. She lets her boss and best friend walk all over her. And there are no reasons given for why her best friend's behaviour has suddenly changed within the past year. I didn't feel this made much impact on the story at all, and wasn't really relevant in any way.

 

However, saying that, it was a nice enough read, with plenty of descriptions. For a story set mainly on a Caribbean cruise, this was a nice getaway read.

 

* 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://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/26/Aboard-the-Wishing-Star-by-Debra-Parmley

The Alcove (Lavender Shores #7) by Rosalind Abel

The Alcove (Lavender Shores #7) - Rosalind Abel

Jasper Getty is living his dream as the owner of the charming bookshop, Lavender Pages. For seven years, he’s enjoyed the safety and freedom to be himself, selling books by day and curling up and getting lost in novels by night. But a dark page from the past comes back to haunt Jasper as his ex begins stalking him.

Russell Wallace hit reset on his life in Nashville and became a bodyguard after decades of living according to family expectations. But even years later, he doesn’t believe he deserves happiness. When Russell is asked to travel to the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Shores to protect a friend’s brother, he expects nothing more than a job and a paycheck.

But Lavender Shores reveals a world Russell never imagined, and his immediate attraction to the adorably geeky Jasper complicates an already difficult job. Jolted by the memory of a shared moment and paths that crossed years ago intensifies the sparks into a bonfire of passion and hope. 

When danger comes pounding at the door, Jasper is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/25/The-Alcove-Lavender-Shores-7-by-Rosalind-Abel

NBtM, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Forbidden Fires by Bobbi Smith

Forbidden Fires (Love Spell historical romance) - Bobbi Smith

Bobbi will be awarding $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

When Ellen Douglass saves the Union officer from the cold river, she doesn't think this one action will so alter her future. But as Price holds her is his arms, they try to forget that they fight on opposing sides and will be kept forever apart.

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/07/nbtm-excerpt-guest-post-giveaway.html

Scion's Awakening (Seven Seals #3) by Traci Douglass

Scion's Awakening (Seven Seals #3) - Traci Douglass

Scion's Awakening is the third book in the Seven Seals series, and we meet Wyck, whom we were briefly introduced to at the end of Chago's book. He is the resident geek, and Scion to the Seal of the Apocalypse, who in traditional opposite style, is a scientist trying to stop the world's famine problem. However, with the Nephilim involved, nothing is as simple as it seems.

 

This is a fast-paced story, so be prepared for it to jump a bit - one example being Quinn's reluctance to be with Wyck as he will only break her heart. Next paragraph, they are together. Now, I know, before I get shouted at, this is a novella so this happens. It was just a bit too quick.

 

On the whole, this was well written, and a good continuation of the series. I would have preferred to drool a bit more of Wyck's 'geekiness' which wasn't really mentioned, but that's just me! I am thoroughly enjoying this series, and look forward to continuing it. 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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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/24/Scions-Awakening-Seven-Seals-3-by-Traci-Douglass

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Hers, Unbroken (Hers #2) by Anna Adler

Hers, Unbroken (Hers #2) - Anna Adler

Chase Decker wants to be enslaved. Holly Danek wants to set him free. Is it possible for both of them to get their wish?

Ever since Chase heard about Silenia, he wanted to go there. A planet where human-alien hybrids such as him are kept as sex pets is the realization of his darkest fantasies. The only downside? He’ll be killed if he tries to escape, but Chase won’t let inconvenient little details get in his way. He lets himself get caught. Now, all he has to do is pass the pet training program and wait for a sexy female to buy him.

Holly is the head trainer in Silenia’s best pet training center. She hates her job. She secretly wants to set free all the enslaved aliens on Silenia, but she’s powerless to realize her dream. Meeting Chase turns her life upside down. All of a sudden she has an ally: a man who matches her deepest fantasies. But then Chase’s misbehavior marks him for death and the clock is ticking. Can the two of them change an entire world in 48 hours?

Note to reader: Hers, Unbroken is an erotic science fiction romance featuring a romance between a human and a human-alien hybrid. This is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers! If you enjoy action, dystopian scifi, and steamy sexy times, this might be what you’re looking for!

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/24/Hers-Unbroken-Hers-2-by-Anna-Adler

Where I'll Find You by J.A. Owenby

Where I'll Find You - J. A. Owenby

Where I'll Find You is a standalone novel about a young woman called Hadlee. Her life is full, with university studies, a job, living in shared accommodation, and a (very) un-supportive mother. The last thing she wants is a man in her life. However, Kaisen has other ideas, and keeps popping up when Hadlee doesn't expect it.

 

Although the characters are mostly good, the one I didn't get on with was (unfortunately) the main female, Hadlee. She is most definitely high-maintenance, both as a friend and a love interest. I understand life hasn't been easy for her, but she is definitely a drama-llama. She is supposed to be studying psychology, but her friends know more about it than she does, and she refuses to acknowledge anything that might trigger her, instead blaming others.

 

This is quite a hard review to write because I am a big fan of J.A. Owenby's, but this book just failed to hit the mark with me. Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed it, but it wasn't a 5-star read like her others have been for me. The premise is a good one, and it is told with style and aplomb. It is intriguing and intricate, leaving plenty of questions in the reader's mind until the author is ready for them to be answered. There are no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, even though Hadlee and I didn't see eye to eye.

 

* 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://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/23/Where-Ill-Find-You-by-JA-Owenby

Scion's Surrender (Seven Seals #2) by Traci Douglass

Scion's Surrender (Seven Seals #2) - Traci Douglass

Scion's Surrender is the second book in the Seven Seals series, and we meet Chago. He is the Scion of War, and has moved to be close to his host, Irena. She has fallen in love with Chago over the period of three years, but doesn't think she has a chance. That is, until Chago has a bit too much to drink, and confesses his feelings, and what he is.

 

Like the first book, this is a fast-paced novella that still has plenty of story for you sink your teeth into. Kagan and Mira's story is also involved with this (as the overall story arc) so we see progression with that too, plus appearances by them.

 

A very good continuation of the series, with a great story for Chago and Irena, a catch up for Kagan and Mira, and an introduction to Wyck. 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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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/23/Scions-Surrender-Seven-Seals-2-by-Traci-Douglass

BLOG TOUR; GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum

Selected - J. Allen Wolfrum

Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy.

Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan's tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.

With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance.

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/07/blog-tour-guest-post-giveaway-selected.html

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Where It All Began (Manx Cat Guardians Prequel) by JP Sayle

Where It All Began (Manx Cat Guardians Prequel) - JP Sayle

The King of the otherworld, Manannán, witnessing changes to how the love between those who chose differently was being accepted, intervened. Wanting the world to have love and hope eternally, ensuring that soulmates connected without restrictions regardless of the person they chose to love, he created the Manx Cat Guardians.

Maximillian, born in the eleventh century, King of his kind, he struggled to always follow the rules King Manannán had laid down. Given no choice about his destiny like his fellow guardians, he’d been granted a Wiccan guide to aid him.

Never having had any problems with his past charges, Maximillian finds himself struggling to get his current charge, King Óláfr the Black, to accept his soulmate Magnus, a lowly servant. The connection is strong between them, but the changing times that Manannán witnessed and the introduction of Christianity had Óláfr struggling to accept his soulmate. 

Ignoring the dire warning from Christina, his Wiccan guide, about interfering, Maximillian finds himself creating ripples from his actions with untold consequences that cause devastation. As he is left to wander this earth, his role irrevocably changed by his actions. He must now ensure promises that were made are honoured, no matter the length of time that passes.

Can he help fulfil those promises made by another without breaking the rules again? Or will the souls searching for love be destined to never find each other?

Only time will tell.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/20/Where-It-All-Began-Manx-Cat-Guardians-Prequel-by-JP-Sayle