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Who am I: Prequel to the Semiramis series by Maya Daniels

Who am I: Prequel to the Semiramis series - Maya Daniels

@mayadaniels11, #Paranormal#Romance#YoungAdult, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Who am I: Prequel to the Semiramis series is exactly what it says. It is a short novella giving you an insight into the main character's childhood. It shows you just what Alex goes through and why she is the person she is at the beginning of Semiramis Awakened (book one in the series).

 

It is exceedingly well-written and packs a punch for all it is so short. You will feel for Alex before you even really know her, which is exactly how it should be. The writing is the usual high standard you would expect from a Maya Daniels book, and although there is no world-building per se, it still gives you enough to give you an inkling into Alex's world. 

 

I have already read the three books in this series, and am waiting oh so patiently (!!!!) for the fourth book to arrive. Therefore I already know Alex and what she goes through. Did this impact my enjoyment of this story? Absolutely not. You don't have to read it in order to gain maximum enjoyment out of it. Absolutely recommended!

 

* 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/2019/10/11/Who-am-I-Prequel-to-the-Semiramis-series-by-Maya-Daniels

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Running from My Heart (Rock Bottom #3) by Felice Stevens

Running from My Heart (Rock Bottom #3) - Felice Stevens

@SignalBoostPR, @FeliceStevens1, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 
Running From My Heart is the third book in the Rock Bottom series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read any of the others, and it certainly didn't have an impact on my enjoyment of it.

Ross and Arden are both drowning in grief, but dealing with it in very different ways. Arden has shut himself away from everyone and everything, whereas Ross is King of the One-Night-Stands. They are doing what works best for them. But then they meet in a grocery store and both their lives change for the better, although not painlessly.

This is a very emotional read as the two of them certainly go through the wringer. They have personal revelations that both help and hinder them in their recovery from such soul-destroying grief. I will admit to shedding a tear or two as the baby Osprey, but enough of that!

I have no idea if there were any errors in this book, but I don't think there were as I usually get jolted out of the storyline. With this book, I was completely engrossed from start to finish. The story is smooth, the pacing is perfect. There is a fantastic cast of characters, both main and supporting, that help bring this story to life. I definitely want to read book one, Foster and Justin's story, even though I know from this book they have their HEA.

Absolutely fantastic and 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 the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/10/10/Running-from-My-Heart-Rock-Bottom-3-by-Felice-Stevens

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Bishop Takes Knight (Redclaw Origins #1) by McKenna Dean

Bishop Takes Knight (Redclaw Origins #1) - McKenna Dean

@McKennaDeanFic, #Historical, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 
BISHOP TAKES KNIGHT is the first book in the Redclaw Origins series. Now, I have read two books of the Redclaw Security series, and thoroughly enjoyed them. So I was intrigued by the thought of going back to see where it all began. I was NOT disappointed.

This book takes you back to the 1950s, with socialites, and women trying to find their way into work now the men are back. There is so much glamour in this book. I loved it! The story is twisted and intriguing, with plenty of humour and wit to keep you going.

Rhett Bishop is full of sass, determined to make her own way and not rely on friend's handouts. Peter Knight thinks he has reached the bottom, only to discover things aren't as bad as he thought. These two end up working together and taking advantage when life hands them opportunities.

There are no steamy moments in this book, but don't you worry. There is tension aplenty and you just know they will end together with fireworks. You just don't see anything apart from one kiss. Trust me, this is absolutely perfect, and exactly as it should be in this book.

This book was the 'living end' that I devoured in one sitting. Between Delilah and the flaming chicken, I couldn't put it down. I really can't recommend this highly enough, and I can't wait for the next book.

Just read it. You'll see what I mean!
Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29278

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Forged Redemption (Tribal Spirits #5) by Katherine McIntyre

Forged Redemption (Tribal Spirits #5) - Katherine McIntyre

@PixieRants, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Forged Redemption is the fifth and final book in the Tribal Spirits series, and we finally get Drew's story. Drew and Ally were a couple way back when, before they even really knew about mates. As such, they were together, they broke up, rinse and repeat. These two somehow find the time to sew their relationship back together, through distrust and mortal peril! As well as that, the ultimate battle is drawing to a close, and no one knows who will live to see the outcome.

As with all of Katherine McIntyre books, this was an absolute winner! The writing is tight with no unnecessary parts. Everything is there for a reason! The relationship between Ally and Drew is sensitively written considering their pasts. There are steamy moments that add to the story, definitely not distracting from the arc storyline.

I am sad to see this series come to an end, but at the same time, I am excited to see what Ms. McIntyre will bring next. I highly recommend both this finale and the whole 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://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/10/01/Forged-Redemption-Tribal-Spirits-5-by-Katherine-McIntyre

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Devil in Disguise (Broken Halos #4) by Maya Daniels

The Devil in Disguise (Broken Halos #4) - Maya Daniels

@mayadaniels11, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Urban, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

The Devil in Disguise is the fourth book in the Broken Halos series, and MUST be read as part of the series, or it just won't make sense. With the help of her new-found friends, Hel is back on earth, but that's where the good news ends. Earth isn't at all how it is supposed to be, and Eric is still unconscious. Not only that, but things aren't looking too good as Hel and the others try to get one step ahead of Mammon and his crew.

If you follow my reviews, you will know that I am an avid fan of Maya Daniels. She hasn't written a bad book yet, and no matter what the storyline is, she manages to suck me in. It is the same with this book! Hel and Eric still remain my favourite couple, but I really want to know what is going on with Maddison and Leviathan!! Beezlebub is a firm favourite, and I adore how he interacts with Hel. My heart does ache for Raphael in this book though, so consider yourself warned.

With no errors that disrupted my reading, I was thoroughly engrossed in this story and, once again, found it to be over far too quickly. Not that the story is short, just that I didn't want it to end. A fantastic storyline with characters and situations to love, plus a sexy time. I am loving this series and have no hesitation in highly recommending it.

* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/27/The-Devil-in-Disguise-Broken-Halos-4-by-Maya-Daniels

REVIEW TOUR - Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote

Where Love Grows - Jay Northcote

@SignalBoostPR, @Jay_Northcote, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (excellent)

 

Where Love Grows is a beautiful story between two men who have struggled with hard times, set in the gorgeous backdrop of Wales. Stephen has been seriously ill and is struggling to get his life back on track. It appears hopeless and he feels helpless. Luke is suffering from depression and has no idea on how to make his life better OR be able to move forward. Together, these two are amazing.

Oh my, I loved this story. I am not a gardener although my heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, my brown thumb doesn't cooperate! So I was immediately sympathising with Luke as he struggled to understand the difference between a weed and a flower. Stephen is a prickly character that endears himself to you as you learn more about his story. Yes, I wanted to slap him upside the head a couple of times, but I want to do that to my husband at times too, so count it as a compliment

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/26/Where-Love-Grows-by-Jay-Northcote

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - The Secrets We Keep by Rick R. Reed

The Secrets We Keep - Rick R. Reed

@SignalBoostPR, @rickrreed, #MM #Contemporary #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

The Secrets We Keep is a story that deals with the aftermath of suicide, with the addition of a May-to-December couple of main characters. This is NOT a light read. It is somber and full of reflection.

 

That side of the story is really well written. The emotions that pour off each page with make you stop and think. However, for me, I found it overshadowed the romance side of things. I didn't really feel a connection between our main two. There was no build up to them individually, rather just a carry on from the feelings they were dealing with regarding Lacy. There is an epilogue with them, so you do get something, it just didn't exactly work for me.

 

The writing, though, is wonderful, and there were no mistakes that disrupted my reading. The story is a great one, and the pacing is smooth. The characters themselves will interest and intrigue you. I have no hesitation in recommending this book! 

 

* 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

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/25/The-Secrets-We-Keep-by-Rick-R-Reed

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Perfect Lap (Racing Hearts of Serenity #2) by Sedona Hutton

The Perfect Lap (Racing Hearts of Serenity #2) - Sedona Hutton

@GoddessFish, @SedonaHutton, #Contemporary #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

The Perfect Lap is the second book in the Racing Hearts series, and this time we meet with AJ and Ella. Ella made a mistake and lost her job because of it. She also split with her boyfriend as he had a hand in it too. AJ is a great racing driver, but lets his personal issues cloud his mind once he has finished the race. Together, these two have lessons to learn.

This was an easy read, and a great follow on to book one. It didn't have the same pizazz for me as Nora's Promise, but it was still a charming read. AJ really does have a heart of gold, and just needs Ella's help to focus on what is really important. In turn, Ella needs to realise that not every man is a write-off. Add in three children and a down-on-her-luck mother, and you have all the ingredients for the story. I particularly liked seeing the cameos from Nora and Davey, plus the hints of the books to come.

A smooth read, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading, this was perfectly paced and with a strong set of characters. You do not have to know anything about Nascar racing either (which is a bonus for me!) Absolutely recommended, but I would suggest you start with Nora's Promise first, just to get the bigger picture.

* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/24/The-Perfect-Lap-Racing-Hearts-of-Serenity-2-by-Sedona-Hutton

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - In Safe Arms (My Truth #2) by Ann Grech

In Safe Arms (My Truth #2) - Ann Grech

@HotTreePromos, @anngrechauthor, #Contemporary#LGBTQ+, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good), 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

In Safe Arms is the second book in the My Truth series, and we get to have Trent and Angelo's story. You could read this as a standalone, but in all honesty, why? Read book one (All He Needs) and get the bigger, better, fuller picture involving these characters!

Now, Trent was never my favourite, but don't you just love it when an author spins you on your head and you actually end up rooting for the guy?!?!? This is what happened with Trent. I will say I am surprised how many times Angelo actually stayed with him. That man is a saint!!! Yes, the reasons are all there, and trust me, you will certainly feel for Trent by the end of it. His was a hard, rocky path to follow, and luckily for him, Angelo DID stick by him.

This is a moving story, that is exceptionally well-written. I was fully invested with the characters and the storyline, which flowed amazingly well. Now, you may be wondering why I've only given this four stars if I'm raving about it. It is simply some parts of the story disappeared. They are not major parts of the story by any means, but I was left with a nagging toothache, wondering just what had happened to... well, it's not for me to say. I would suggest you read this for yourself, and then you might see what I mean, or you might be that blown away by the rest of the story, that it doesn't matter. It doesn't affect the whole story, I promise you that.

With no editing or grammatical errors, this book was a hard but satisfying read, and 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 the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/23/In-Safe-Arms-My-Truth-2-by-Ann-Grech

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings by Nell Iris

Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings - Nell Iris

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @nellirisauthor, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Sometimes love finds you even when you’re not looking for it.

                  
At 47, Oren Walker isn’t looking for love. When he knocks on Pete Higgins’ door, all he wants is to thank him for helping his mom after she broke her femur. He never expected that one look at the man would make his knees weak and heart flutter.


Pete is happy—albeit a bit lonely—after divorcing his wife of 20 years and isn’t looking to replace her. But when Oren shows up, all grateful and handsome and in that fancy suit, the longing for the deep connection of a relationship flares up inside him.


As the leaves turn yellow, Oren and Pete spend a lot of time in honest conversations. Their attraction grows. Will the two men recognize the promise of new beginnings, and take the chance to find the happiness they both deserve?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/22/Of-Autumn-Leaves-and-New-Beginnings-by-Nell-Iris

REVIEW BY MERISSA - City Girl vs Country Boy (Forever Love #1) by Jordan Ford

City Girl vs Country Boy (Forever Love #1) - Jordan Ford

@mpearlauthor, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Young_Adult, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 
City Girl vs Country Boy is the first book in the Forever Love series, and we start with tragedy. Harper speaks to her mum only half an hour or so before they have a head on collision that changes the lives of so many.

Written mainly from Harper and Tane's point of view, but also with some from Stacey, this book was a delight to read, whilst also being very emotional. Harper is trying so hard to hold it together for everyone else, and yet is in desperate need herself. Tane can see the struggles she is having, and tries to help out in whatever way he can.

As for Stacey and Bianca, I can't wait for their book(s). I have no idea if they will be intertwined or separate, but either way... Stacey is dealing with her loss in the only way she knows how, the same as Bianca. Unfortunately, this is in two very different ways, and so their love for each other gets lost in the mix. I really hope they sort it out, and I want to Stacey to be happy. I just can't see it happening without some painful self-realisations. As for Bianca, she deserves someone who puts her first, and hopefully we've got a hint over just whom that might be.

Excellently written as expected, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading. This was a gripping book that will definitely leave you wanting more. 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/20/City-Girl-vs-Country-Boy-Forever-Love-1-by-Jordan-Ford

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - One of Two (46. Ascending #6) by Sherrie R. Cronin

One of Two (46. Ascending #6)  - Sherrie Cronin, S.R. Cronin

@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @cinnabar01 - #Science_Fiction, #Fantasy, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a totally different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.

                                                              

Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person she is close to has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to stop these others from tearing apart x0.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/19/One-of-Two-46-Ascending-6-by-Sherrie-R-Cronin

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Hellion (415 Ink #3) by Rhys Ford

Hellion (415 Ink #3) - Rhys Ford

@debbiereadsbook, @rhys_ford - #M_M, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good) 

 

From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/17/Hellion-415-Ink-3-by-Rhys-Ford

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Primal Instinct (Prowlers #1) by Ally Parker

Primal Instinct (Prowlers #1) - Ally Parker

@XpressoTours, @AllyParker01 - #Adult, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Primal Instinct is the first book in the Prowlers series, and we dive straight in with Kenzie. She is being blackmailed to do all sorts of nefarious acts, just to keep her sister alive. She isn't proud of what she's done or doing, but will do whatever it takes to keep her sister alive. Jaxx is a born shifter, complete with self-filling glyph that shows just how much humanity he has left. Here's a hint - it isn't much. The only thing that will save him from going rogue is to find his fated mate.

This story is full of twists and turns, with bad guys who are evil and yet you have sympathy toward them. Then there are good guys who do bad things, plus bad guys who appear all bad (I'm reserving judgment on them though!). With dodgy companies, weres going missing, blackmailing brothers, a new player for Kenzie when she isn't sure if she is friend or foe, there is an awful lot going on in here. It all works though.

It is a fast-paced story, and if you're anything like me, you will find it hard to put down. With no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed, I thoroughly enjoyed this first foray in the Prowlers world. 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 the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/17/Primal-Instinct-Prowlers-1-by-Ally-Parker

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Lord of the Last Heartbeat (The Sacred Dark #1) by May Peterson

Lord of the Last Heartbeat (The Sacred Dark #1) - May Peterson

@maidensblade, #MM#Fantasy#Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

LORD OF THE LAST HEARTBEAT is the first book in the Sacred Dark series, and we focus on Mio and Rhodry. Both of these have secrets and 'powers' that have an effect on their lives. Mio no longer wants to 'help' his mother, but can't see a way out. Rhodry is intrigued by the younger man, but fears trying anything due to the curse he is living under.

What a fantastical world Ms Peterson has invented, with a hint of American Civil War era, coupled with the English Victorian period, this was a great combination of worlds. And yes, I realise I may have the time periods wrong, but that is what it reminded me of!

I loved how the story for both Rhodry and Mio came out slowly, the reader learning bits and pieces of it until it all fell together. Their relationship was the same way, a slow burner with temptation and resistance.

This was an intriguing tale, with plenty of mystery and misdirection thrown in. An amazing cast of characters helps to move the story along.

A wonderful start to the series, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Absolutely recommended by me.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29175

RELEASE BLITZ & #GIVEAWAY - 'Til Death Do Us Part (The Vows #3) by Heidi Renee Mason

'Til Death Do Us Part (The Vows #3) - Heidi Renee Mason

@HotTreePromos, @heidireneemason, #TheVows3_Release #HTPubs #RomanticSuspense #HeidiReneeMason #Sale

 

Targeted twice, Emma has done her best to move on with her life. Things are looking up, and the family is headed overseas to take part in a fairy-tale celebration. It doesn’t take long for Emma to realize that evil knows no boundaries. The past is running to catch up with her in a way that she could have never imagined. The darkness wants to overtake her, even across the ocean. 

                                                                               

The final book in Heidi Renee Mason’s romantic suspense trilogy, The Vows. This is not a stand-alone romance. 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/09/09/Til-Death-Do-Us-Part-The-Vows-3-by-Heidi-Renee-Mason