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Captivating Melody (Discord's Desire #1) by Katherine McIntyre

Captivating Melody (Discord's Desire #1) - Katherine McIntyre

Captivating Melody is the first book in the Discord's Desire series, and it starts off with wollup!

 

First of all, we are introduced to the band, and their manager. We find out about each of them, and their differing personalities. We see the how's and why's of them getting together, and how Liz walked into their lives. The impact she has on them all is huge, but it is Kieran it impacts the most. He changes his way of life (literally) as nothing else seems to measure up to Liz. She fights it though, as she is worried it will go nowhere. She doesn't know how long she will stay in one spot, and has made it her mission to never get attached. This sneaky incubus isn't giving up though, and their relationship is worth every word!

 

Quite simply, this was a brilliant start to the series. With family feuds, crazy ex's, and fair-weather friends, this book has a bit of everything. The pacing is smooth, and the pages are filled with action. I loved how Liz and Kieran's story moved along, whilst still having the other characters play a part. Because of how Jett and Renn bicker, I think they should end up together! lol

 

I can't wait for the rest of this series to see how the different stories (and characters) will pan out. If you are looking for a fun, feisty paranormal romance, then I can definitely recommend this 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/2018/07/19/Captivating-Melody-Discords-Desire-1-by-Katherine-McIntyre

The Elevator (Close Proximity #1) by Erin M. Leaf

The Elevator (Close Proximity #1) - Erin M. Leaf

The Elevator is the first in the Close Proximity series, which from the looks of this book, is going to be short and steamy reads!

 

Adrian is a self-proclaimed geek, and works hard for a company that doesn't really appear to deserve him. Greyson is the owner of the building, definitely a millionaire but probably a multi-billionaire, and has his sights set on Adrian.

 

This is a short story, so expect a fast pace. The whole story takes place from Friday through Monday, so don't expect too much detail. The details you do get though, are brilliant and really help to see all the characters. It is well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I would recommend this read as perfect for a coffee break book, so long as you don't mind being hot under the collar!

 

More in this series? Bring it on!

 

* 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/2018/07/19/The-Elevator-Close-Proximity-1-by-Erin-M-Leaf

A Drop of Blue (Rifters #1) by Isa Briarwood

A Drop of Blue (Rifters #1) - Isa Briarwood

A Drop of Blue is the first book in the Rifters series, and one I definitely want to carry on with.

 

Cate is taken from her time in 1972 and finds herself very far away from home, both in physical distance and also time. She is taken in and shown the ropes, but told to basically keep her nose clean or else. Over the time she is there, she forms an attachment with Angus, another rifter, and together, they plan to escape and return to their own times.

 

This was an extremely gripping and fascinating story that is full of adventure. One of my favourite parts were the different eras. I think Isa Briarwood has done a fantastic job of describing different times, whilst still making them accessible for everyone. With a whole host of supporting characters, there is something here for everyone. With a well thought out story, excellent world-building, and interesting characters, this is a story to make you think. I loved what was done in this one, and can't wait to see where it will go next.

 

With no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed, I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and I can't wait for the next. 

 

* 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/2018/07/18/A-Drop-of-Blue-Rifters-1-by-Isa-Briarwood

Dire Straits (Aspen Falls #4) by Melissa Pearl & Anna Cruise

Dire Straits (Aspen Falls #4) - Anna Cruise, Melissa Pearl

Dire Straits is the fourth book in the Aspen Falls series, and we get to know Jessica and Jarrett a bit better. Both of them are unhappy in their current jobs/situation, but neither of them feel able to make a change. Just before Jessica has a week's vacation, a dead body is found. This leads to questions being asked by Jarrett and Jess, both professionally and personally.

 

The romance side of this was a slow burn, and going behind closed doors when necessary. The mystery side kept me guessing all the way through, although I had my own suspects.

 

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is always a pleasure to catch up with old characters, and I loved the cameos we got.

 

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/2018/07/18/Dire-Straits-Aspen-Falls-4-by-Melissa-Pearl-Anna-Cruise

5 Year Publiversary & #GIVEAWAY by @S. H. Pratt

@shpratt701, #Contemporary, #Romance 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/07/5-year-publiversary-giveaway-by-sh-pratt.html

Stone Cursed: Taurus (Highland Gargoyles #6) by Lisa Carlisle

Stone Cursed: Taurus (Highland Gargoyles #6) - Lisa Carlisle

Stone Cursed is the sixth book in the Highland Gargoyles series, although it can be read as a standalone being as it is part of the Zodiac Shifters set too. Some references are made to the other gargoyles - where they live, why they left, the war, etc, but nothing you need to read for this to make sense.

 

Alec is one of the shifters who left the Isle of Stone to move to the Highlands of Scotland. He misses the sea though, so takes every opportunity to fly near to it. On one such flight, he hears voices and goes to investigate, where he finds more than he bargained for. With one wizard rapidly going dark, and a witch who believes in the light, Alec is confused given his history with witches. However, when the witch, Veda, saves him, he will do all he can to save her in return.

 

This is a fast-paced and smooth story that nevertheless gives  you all you could want. There were no editing or spelling mistakes that disrupted my reading flow, and I was able to read this book in one go as it kept my attention. This is part of two great series, and I can highly recommend either one. A wonderful read, and 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/2018/07/16/Stone-Cursed-Taurus-Highland-Gargoyles-6-by-Lisa-Carlisle

COVER REVEAL - 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/2018/07/cover-reveal-fire-in-rain-wraidd.html

Voodoo Butterfly (Voodoo Butterfly #1) by Camille Faye

Voodoo Butterfly (Voodoo Butterfly #1) - Camille Faye

Voodoo Butterfly is the first book in the Voodoo Butterfly series, and from the start you can tell that research has been done for this story. Sophia is alone in the world, or at least she thinks she is. Her mother moved away from New Orleans, and told Sophia everyone was dead. However, after her mother's death, Sophia finds out that her grandmother had been alive, but no longer. She is told she has inherited half of a shop, and goes to the funeral to pay her last respects to a woman she never knew about.

 

This is a gripping and interesting story, with many facets to keep your attention. It is well written, with plenty of character development throughout. And come on, admit it, if you were handed a voodoo shop in New Orleans, you'd be sceptical too! I loved the interaction between all the characters, although I was unsure of just what Jacques was playing at. 

 

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I definitely would like to continue with this series. A fantastic start that leaves you wanting more. 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/2018/07/11/Voodoo-Butterfly-Voodoo-Butterfly-1-by-Camille-Faye

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - The Dragon's Thief by Riza Curtis

The Dragon's Thief - Riza Curtis
Chester. Magpie shifter, renowned thief.


Chester knows better than to get involved when a dragon requests his services. Anyone who steals from a dragon's hoard is not to be screwed with. There's something alluring about Michal though, and Chester's always loved playing with fire...

Michal. Dragon shifter, first-born son.

Michal knows exactly who's taken the centrepiece of his hoard—his estranged brother. The one person he can't touch thanks to family politics. It seems simple enough to hire the little magpie shifter to retrieve what is his. But, Chester is nothing like Michal expected, and in the end he might need to decide whether the last piece of his mother is worth more than the man who could own his heart.

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-tour-giveaway-dragons-thief-by.html

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Tight Quarters (Out of Uniform #6) by Annabeth Albert

Tight Quarters (Out of Uniform #6) - Annabeth Albert

Tight Quarters is the sixth book in the Out of Uniform series, and if M/M Romance mixed in with a Military scenario does it for you, then you really need to check out this series.

 

In this book, we reunite with Bacon (and yep, that is his real name!). He is none too happy because he has been stuck with babysitting duty for an embedded journalist, one he actually admires and knows is gay. Bacon himself is Pan, and I loved him for it. Now, Bacon has a history, and is a SEAL. Bryant is a gay journalist. Whatever could go wrong?

 

This is a book of two halves - the first part being with Spencer embedded and them both fighting their attraction. The second is when Spencer is no longer in the team, and they give up fighting. I honestly can't tell you which half I prefer! For differing reasons, both parts are fantastic, and definitely make up the whole.

 

With stories that need to be written, but jobs that need to be protected, these two face a horrible decision that left me crossing my fingers and hoping for a happy ending. No knowledge of the American Military is needed as Ms. Albert gives out enough information for it all to make sense, without disclosing any secrets.

 

I keep thinking to myself that this series can't go on for much longer. How many different military stories can one author do? And then Ms. Albert comes out with something new, something refreshing and unique that makes me fall in love with her characters all over again. How many is too many? I don't have the answer to that, but I do know I definitely need more in this series. Absolutely 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 my comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/10/Tight-Quarters-by-Annabeth-Albert

REVIEW BY ANGI - The Helm of Darkness (War on the Gods #1) by A.P. Mobley

The Helm of Darkness (War on the Gods #1) - A.P. Mobley

Andy and Zoey are two normal teenagers living in the modern day—that is, until they’re knocked unconscious in a freak storm sweeping the United States. 

When they wake up, the world they know has been tossed away. Their city is in ruins, strange creatures walk the earth, and worst of all, everyone is gone. They stumble across Diana and Spencer, two kids around their age who possess incredible magical abilities, and who claim to be the demigod children of Greek gods. Not only that, they also claim the year is 500 AS, five hundred years after the gods conjured a massive storm that destroyed most of humanity and helped them take the world as their own once again. 

Andy and Zoey are soon handed an impossible task: To save humanity. To lead a war on the gods. 

They’ll have to battle monsters, death, and their own inner demons to survive and to protect the people they love.

 

#Young_Adult, #Fantasy

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/05/The-Helm-of-Darkness-War-on-the-Gods-1-by-AP-Mobley

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - The White Room by C.M. Albert

The White Room - C.M. Albert

"What we do behind closed doors reveals the naked truth of who we really are." 

Welcome to the White Room . . . The rules are simple: 
No real names. 
No commitment. 
Two hours. 

They’re put into place to protect us—exclusive clients lucky enough to afford the cost of playing. But everyone knows: some rules are made to be broken. 

When hearts and bodies collide, even the best intentions slip away . . . exposing the true reasons why we seek the room in the first place. 

Will the White Room set you free? Step inside and find yourself.

 

@DebbieReadsBook, @XpressoReads, #Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Erotic, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/09/The-White-Room-by-CM-Albert

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Edge Jump by Elizabeth Noble

Edge Jump - Elizabeth  Noble

Edge Jump starts off with the death of Brett's sister, who is also Rylan's skating partner. The police are treating it as an attempted mugging. Brett wants answers, and hopes Rylan can provide at least some of them. When they meet up with each other again, neither of them wants to deny the attraction. Making their relationship work though, proves more difficult due to outside forces than either of them imagined.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and found it to be very well written. Rylan is new to 'the scene', but already knows what he wants. Brett is scared at the thought of having a 'forever' someone, but isn't able to stop moving forward with Rylan. The mystery side of it wasn't that mysterious, but I still enjoyed it. I couldn't quite understand the culmination of the mystery (without giving anything away) as I don't see how they could have got away with it, but nevermind.

 

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this was a great M_M romance, and I would have no hesitation in 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

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Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/06/11/Edge-Jump-by-Elizabeth-Noble

Demon Familiar (Wanted #1) by Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Bermingham

Demon Familiar (Wanted #1) - Bellora Quinn, Sadie Rose Bermingham

Demon Familiar is the first book in the Wanted series, and we are introduced to a whole new world, which I can't wait to learn more about. Neil witnesses the death of his mother by Bone Men, and runs away, needing to hide from both them AND his father. He meets Mal as he is trying to sell his very desirable, but distinguishable, car so he has funds. Mal and Neil have an instant spark, but neither of them act on it immediately. This just makes it even hotter when they finally do.

 

I love this couple of author's work - I don't think I've read a bad book by them. Yes, their characters may frustrate the hell out of me (which they know and laugh about!), but their stories are always interesting and gripping. The writing and editing is their usual high standard, the world building superb, and with a whole host of characters I can't wait to see more of - Merc!

 

A brilliant start to the series, with not all questions answered, so I can't wait to read more. 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/2018/05/29/Demon-Familiar-Wanted-1-by-Bellora-Quinn-Sadie-Rose-Bermingham

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Guardian #1-#2, by Rayanne Haines

Magic Born (The Guardian #2) - Rayanne Haines

Magic Born is the second book in The Guardian series, and it does follow on from the first, so you do need to read this in order. We met both Neeren and Mar in the first book. Neeren is Alex's brother whilst Maria is her BFF, and a kick ass witch too.

 

In book one it became obvious that these two would end up together, although they would both fight it too. And they do, although it changes very quickly. Now, you may consider the circumstances extenuating and say that there was simply no place for games. For me though, it just felt a bit fast, all or nothing!

 

The pace is fast in this book, and it is excellently written. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention, plus lots of steamy action. If I was being really picky I would say that I wish we had had more of the 'big bad' before we found out who it was. There wasn't really much of a shock involved, simply because a) we didn't really know the character, and b) it made sense!

 

This was a great continuation of this series, and I am really looking forward to Quinn's book. I really want to see if Lochan has forgiven her for how she left him in book 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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@inkrayanne, @XpressoReads, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/06/The-Guardian-1-2-by-Rayanne-Haines

Home Skillet (Culinary Kings #1) by Cate Ashwood & Sandra Damien

Home Skillet (Culinary Kings #1) - Cate Ashwood, Sandra Damien

Sometimes the only way to move forward… is to go back. 

JAMES 

I don't know what's more shocking—the sudden end to my marriage, or the fact that I'd married a woman at all. But now I'm broke and homeless, kicked out of my Upper West Side apartment while my ex-wife walks away with everything we've ever worked for. 

So what's an executive chef stripped of his dignity gonna do? 

Go back to Jersey with his tail between his legs, that's what. 

BEN 

I can’t say that spending a decade pining after my best friend was the best use of my time. While I'd pretty much become an expert at the whole unrequited love thing, I'd resigned myself to the fact that Jimmy and I were never gonna happen. But when Jimmy turned up on my doorstep in his hour of need, I jumped at the chance to offer him my bed—er, couch. I mean, what are friends for, right? 

Now that he's released from the shackles of matrimony, I can't wait to show him exactly what he's been missing out on all these years. 

What I didn't anticipate was him showing me that maybe I'd been missing out too.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/02/Home-Skillet-Culinary-Kings-1-by-Cate-Ashwood