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BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Bound (A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2) by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Bound (A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2) - Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.

 

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/05/blog-tour-review-giveaway-bound-magnus.html

#PROMOTIONAL_POST - The Girl of His Dreams (Bachelor #1) by Janet Nissenson

The Girl of His Dreams (Bachelor #1) - Janet Nissenson

He was convinced he'd be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams. 

Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he'd been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He's more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who's ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man.

But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She's also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan's had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin. 


Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can't diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her. 

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/05/promotionalpost-girl-of-his-dreams.html

Sea Dragon's Hunger (The Fada Shapeshifter #4.5) by Rebecca Rivard

Sea Dragon's Hunger (The Fada Shapeshifter #4.5) - Rebecca Rivard

Sea Dragon's Hunger is the 4.5th book in The Fada Shapeshifter series. We meet Cassidy, a dolphin shifter mum who is doing her best to protect her sea dragon daughter from 'the bad men'. Fae are after her daughter because if they use a dragon's heart, their power grows times five. Cassidy will do anything to protect her daughter, including going to the father for help. Nic left Cassidy five years ago as he didn't want her to have the isolated life he knew he would have, and didn't know about Rianna. Unfortunately, Cassidy has ended up being hunted, despite Nic's best intentions. These two need to figure out what's going on between them now, before they can move forward - if they live long enough, that is.

 

This is a well written and fast paced book, full of sweet and steamy moments. Rianna is precious, and the men in Nic's den are instantly smitten with her. Cassidy is a sassy character, strong in her own right, and definitely not just some doormat ruled by her hormones. With a flowing style, the scenes change smoothly from one to the next, and there were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. Although this book is number 4.5, it is the first in this series I have read, and I had no difficulty in staying with the story. Of course, it has left me wanting to read the others, just because ;) Most 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/2018/05/18/Sea-Dragons-Hunger-The-Fada-Shapeshifter-45-by-Rebecca-Rivard

Daughter of the king (The Derbfine Series #3) by  Ashley York

Daughter of the King (The Derbfine Series #3) - Ashley York

Daughter of the King is the third book in The Derbfine Series, but could be read as a standalone as most of the characters are not major ones in the first two books. Brighit and Darragh have been promised to each other, almost from birth. And whilst there is comfort in the familiarity, there is also worry for Brighit as she fears Darragh will want her to change, to become the 'perfect little wifey'. Darragh is aware of Brighit's behaviour and loves her spirit. The only way for these two to work together is to trust each other, and that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon.

 

Once again, this book will draw you in. Not so much for the mystery, as that is quite straightforward, but for the complications and restrictions upon others in that time. Brighit and Darragh have to talk to each other about what happened, truthfully, for any headway to be made. I loved how Darragh worked things to allow Brighit more freedom, and how she realised Darragh wasn't how she had pictured him.

 

I'm putting this one as my favourite out of the three, simply because of how well written Brighit and Darragh were. With no editing or grammatical errors, this book was a delight to read, and Ashley York is a fantastic historical romance writer that I have no hesitation in recommending.

 

* 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/2018/05/18/The-Derbfine-Series-by-Ashley-York

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Janelle Reston's Best Lesbian Erotica: From Sweet to Spicy

Best Lesbian Erotica: From Sweet to Spicy - Janelle Reston

Hot Drinks Press is thrilled to present nine delectable stories of lesbian love and lust by Janelle Reston, the best-selling queen of Sapphic eroticism. Experience shower sex, outdoor loving, BDSM, and a variety of forbidden pleasures. From first-time sexual experiences at a women’s college to the kinky exploits of experienced dommes, these scorching hot stories have something for everyone—even the hopelessly straight. 

Advisory: These erotic tales contain steamy, explicit, and sometimes taboo sex scenes. It is intended for adults only. Read at your own discretion. 

 

@janellereston, @debbiereadsbook, #F_F, #Erotica, #Anthology, 4 out of 5 (very good)

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/04/20/Janelle-Restons-Best-Lesbian-Erotica-From-Sweet-to-Spicy

REVIEW BY HELEN - Capital Encounters: Love, Loyalty, Freedom, Flings (The Capital Trilogy #1) by Dawn Wright

Capital Encounters: Love, Loyalty, Freedom, Flings (The Capital Trilogy #1) - Dawn Wright

When a promotion to junior recruiter affords her the chance to move across the bridge into DC, Summer—a free bird—quickly sheds her loner lifestyle after she meets, Emily, a class act whose heart is still tied to her ex-husband; Brooke, a career-driven woman looking for love who wants to have it all; and Amber, the fearless pianist who makes a living off her flings. 

Summer’s life begins to go as planned, until she meets a hot Cuban at a party who will change her life forever. What starts off as a “harmless affair” with Ruben Sotolongo, turns out to be a perilous situation as she struggles with her temptation to play with fire. Soon, Summer realizes that she must walk away from him before it’s too late. At the same time, Summer’s friends slowly find the tide turning against them. Brooke will have to face a deal breaker after finding love; after months of suffering, Emily’s chance at healing is threatened by an impediment least likely of all places; and when Amber accidentally betrays someone dear to her and underestimates the personality of a client, she realizes that her flings may not exactly be all fun and games. Will they make it out of the turmoil bruised and battered or stronger than ever? 

 

@_dawn_wright, @helen291283, #Family_Saga, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional) 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/04/24/Capital-Encounters-Love-Loyalty-Freedom-Flings-The-Capital-Trilogy-1-by-Dawn-Wright

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Beloved Lives by Marilyn J. Evans

Beloved Lives - Marilyn J. Evans

She Must Choose Between Living Her Past and Creating a New Life 


April Robins is a mess. Her diet and wardrobe are disastrous, she's stopped exercising, and the nightmares are back—nightmares that started at puberty and didn't stop until she married. Now that she's divorced, the dreams are worse than ever, and April's malaise has her cat and her best friend, Trish, worried. 

April decides it's time to get her life back in order by running and eating better. She also agrees to attend a class Trish thinks will introduce them to new guys. When April meets the class instructor, Mitch van der Waals, an expert in the paranormal, she discovers they have a lot in common including a mutual attraction. When she and Mitch start dating, both cat and best friend approve. 

But when the hospital where April works as a medical technologist hires Dr. Weston, a handsome, new cardiologist, things get complicated. At her first meeting with Dr. Weston, April faints. As he shows more and more interest in her, she finds herself unaccountably affected by Weston, sometimes irritated, other times literally falling into a trance in his presence. 

April realizes Weston was a key player in her past lives as she struggles to find the root cause of her nightmares through past life regressions, sessions in the sleep lab, and strangely spontaneous trances. 

Does she have a choice between being who she is now and who she seems to have been over and over again? 

Solving the mysterious origins of the nightmares that have echoed down through April's many lives could be a matter of life and death, in this life and beyond. 

Readers of romance books about past lives like Angelfall by Susan Ee, The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa, and The Steward by Christopher Shields will love this paranormal romance and suspense book.

 

@DebbieReadsBook, #Paranormal, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/04/20/Beloved-Lives-by-Marilyn-J-Evans

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Dark Horse (Aspen Falls #3) by Melissa Pearl & Anna Cruise

Dark Horse (Aspen Falls #3) - Anna Cruise, Melissa Pearl

Dark Horse is the third book in the Aspen Falls series, and I have been waiting for this story from book one. Nate is a driven detective, you could say hard core, and Sally is his long-suffering and seemingly ever-patient girlfriend. But the thing is, people will only be long-suffering and ever-patient for so long, and I couldn't wait to see how this would pan out.

 

I wasn't disappointed.

 

Nate is an arse, pure and simple. He doesn't get on with Sally's family (and yes, they may be just slightly judgemental and over-bearing). He doesn't see the reason they don't like him though - because he never puts Sally first. It will take losing Sally and realising just exactly what she means to him, before Nate has a snowball's chance in hell of changing his ways.

 

I loved how this story progressed. There wasn't much from previous characters in this one, apart from Blaine telling him a few uncomfortable home truths. I don't think it needed it though. There was enough story going on with the historical murder, and what was happening now between Nate, Sally, and Oscar.

 

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I adored the character development both Nate and Sally went through as they came to their own realisations.

 

This is a great series that I am thoroughly enjoying. 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://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/05/10/Dark-Horse-Aspen-Falls-3-by-Melissa-Pearl-Anna-Cruise

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Blended Whiskey (Agents Irish and Whiskey #4.5) by Layla Reyne

Blended Whiskey (Agents Irish and Whiskey #4.5) - Layla Reyne

Blended Whiskey is a short in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, and we catch up with Jamie and Aidan for their wedding. Not only do we get to hear from them, but also from Danny, Mel, Nic, and Cam too. High on the sweetness level, and still as steamy as ever, I loved this addition. There is enough of a teaser regarding Nic and Cam that I am now desperately trying to remain patient until their story comes out. I loved how this was told from the different perspectives, and loved every aspect of this short story, including Katie's vows. Aidan and I had our issues but I'm very glad to see he's worked them out. I wish the happy couple every happiness for the future ;)

 

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I thoroughly recommend this novella, but only AFTER you've read the others. Honestly, they're too good to miss!

 

* 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/2018/05/15/Blended-Whiskey-Agents-Irish-and-Whiskey-45-by-Layla-Reyne

Clara's Return (Stories of Lorst #2) by Suzanna J. Linton

Clara's Return (Stories of Lorst #2) - Suzanna J. Linton

Clara's Return starts where Clara finished. She is on her way back to her home as she tries to find out just who she is. Is she 'just' the King's Seer, or is there more to her than that? Clara is an wonderful character who has grown in these two books. She is quiet, happy to stay in the background, but she won't take any prisoners either. Stubborn as a mule, un-trusting and sometimes cynical, she is also loyal, quick-witted and warm. Clara and Emmerich spend most of the book apart, but that doesn't stop them from 'seeing' the other.

I really enjoyed this book, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. However, I did feel that the ending was a bit abrupt - even Clara had questions that weren't answered. I sincerely hope that this means there will be another book in the Stories of Lorst series. 

Merissa
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Clara (Stories of Lorst #1) by Suzanna J. Linton

Clara (Stories of Lorst #1) - Suzanna J. Linton

Clara is a young girl of ten when we first meet her, enjoying her last day of freedom although she doesn't realise that. Her life is about to change for the worst, but there is also a spark of hope in the form of Emmerich, a gypsy boy she meets. Clara loses many things, including her voice, during her trials and tribulations but it looks like her life is changing for the better when she meets Emmerich again. Is everything as it seems, or has Emmerich changed in ways too many to be ignored?

This is a well-written historical fantasy with a hint of romance. With good guys doing bad things, bad guys turning over new leaves (possibly), plus evil dudes without any form of redemption, this story captured my imagination as I read through. 

Well-written and smoothly paced, this was a good, solid book. Definitely recommended.

Merissa
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RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Better Together by BL Maxwell

Better Together - BL Maxwell
Better Together tells the story of two young boys, both only seventeen years old, who have to deal with situations that would stress out adults. Caden is thrown out of home when his parents discover he is gay, and Rio has to become the father of the family when his parents are deported, due to a small mistake. These two struggle when separate, but once they are together, things get better.

This is a sweet story, full of hope and love, showing that maturity isn't necessarily linked with age. In fact, it seemed strange to hear their ages being referenced, as they seemed so much older in themselves. By pulling together, taking one step at a time, and asking for help when needed, Caden and Rio appear to be able to do anything.

With a high feel-good factor, I can definitely recommend this story for when life seems insurmountable! 
 
* 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/2018/05/release-blitz-review-giveaway-better.html

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Tokyo Heat (Nights Series #3) by A.M. Salinger

Tokyo Heat (Nights Series #3) - A.M. Salinger

I want him. I love him. But I don't know if he feels the same way about me — Gabe

 

I cherish him. I need him. But I don't think I have any love left to give him — Cam

 

A year has passed since Cam Sorvino challenged Gabe Anderson to grant him one night of torrid sex. Now living together and settled in a scorching hot relationship, Cam is happy with things as they are. Until the day Gabe says the three little words Cam is most afraid to hear. 

 

Having overcome the terrible scars of his own past, Gabe knows Cam still has his own demons to fight. But when Gabe inadvertently confesses his love, he can only watch helplessly as Cam distances himself from their relationship.

 

Will Cam’s fear of having his heart ripped apart drive away the only man he’s ever truly cared for? Or will Gabe finally convince Cam to dare embrace a future with him?

 

Find out if Gabe and Cam find their happy ever after in this third novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. Note from the author: Although each book in Nights can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy this series even more if you read the books in order!

This is a novella length MM romance with a HEA.

 

@debbiereadsbook, @xpressoreads, #M_M, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional) 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/05/14/Tokyo-Heat-Nights-Series-3-by-AM-Salinger

SERIES BLITZ & REVIEW - Responsible Adult Series by C.F. White

Reformed (Responsible Adult #3) - C.F. White
Reformed is the third book in the Responsible Adult series, and you definitely need to read these in order to understand what is going on.
 
At the end of Hard Time, Dan, Mickey, and Flynn, moved to Wales to be near what is left of Mickey's family. A fresh start. Unfortunately, Mickey is struggling as he keeps seeing his mum in his aunt every time she tries to get close to him. Flynn is playing up a bit more, and his health takes a downward turn. As for Dan, he is doing well. He has a job at the local school and fits in well with the neighbours, which Mickey doesn't like too much.
 
I'll be honest here, for most of the book I was thinking it would be four stars, simply because of how Mickey was acting. He frustrated me no end. Dan certainly deserves a medal for putting up with him! It was only after I had finished the story that I realised just how involved with these characters I had been. I was frustrated with Mickey because I KNEW he was better than how he was acting. I knew he was hurting and lashing out, but I still wanted to whomp him upside the head! Dan and Flynn continue to be the perfect counterfoils to Mickey, and my heart broke for them so many times.
 
This is an incredible series, that ties up nicely in Reformed. If you like M/M Contemporary Romance, on the darker, more grittier side, then I can definitely recommend this series. Reformed is the perfect ending for their story, but I am still hopeful for an epilogue a few years down the line - simply because I am greedy that way, and I'm not quite ready to let go of these guys yet!
 
Simply amazing, and 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 the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/05/series-blitz-review-responsible-adult.html

REVIEW BY AMY - Fire in Ice (The Generators #1) by Jennifer DiGiovanni

Fire in Ice (The Generators #1) - Jennifer DiGiovanni

After suffering a rare illness, straight-A student Cara Scotto struggles to deal with lingering side effects. Refusing to admit she can’t handle the disruptions in her otherwise normal life, she tries to move on and heal. 

Alexander DeMarsh is unhappy about returning to his small hometown for three weeks. He prefers living in the city, where he attends an elite boarding school far away from his overprotective parents. Sure, they have reason to worry about him. As a Generator, Alex’s body constantly manufactures supernatural energy that’s often difficult to control. 

Over winter break, Alex runs into Cara and picks up on the powers they share. Soon, he realizes Cara is the only person in the world who has any chance of understanding him. But first, he needs to find a way to draw out her supernatural abilities without revealing too many secrets of his own.

 

 

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

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/04/20/Fire-in-Ice-The-Generators-1-by-Jennifer-DiGiovanni

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Cross by D.A. Roach

Cross - D.A. Roach

Cross is a young adult contemporary fantasy that not only deals with our main character having vEDS, but also we find out about magic, and barriers, and witches, and dragons. Trust me, there is never a dull moment. Ray is an excellent character, being charming but not cocky. He reacts to his parents' news in a completely understandable way without overreacting. He also sees people as they are, and doesn't prejudge them at all. With an action-packed story, this fantasy is one to enjoy.

 

With a solid story-line, great world-building, and excellent characters, this story was a delight to read. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, making this a very smooth read. 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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