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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Nevermore (Raven Crawford #2) by J.C. McKenzie

Nevermore (Raven Crawford #2) - J. C. McKenzie

@JC_McKenzie, @TRRtweet, #Action #Adventure, #AlternateUniverse, #UrbanFantasy, #Romance, #Vamps & #Shifters, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

NEVERMORE is the second book in the Raven Crawford series and we return to Raven as she is still adjusting to what happened at the end of book 1 and the death of the Corvid Queen.

I say that some of the instances in this book are not a surprise, but then I don't think they were intended to be. What you do get is the continuation of the story, with sass and snark in handfuls, steam that melts your Kindle, and a story that just keeps getting better.

I loved how Raven is still at her dead-end job with Mike, not because it's a dead-end job but because she's still got her 'normal' life. She's still trying to pay off Robert's debts and has moved back home. This isn't anyone who has let things go to her head and even more so in this one! We get more of her family in this one, plus some more of the 'bad guys' which, to be honest, just leaves me wanting more.

The writing is on form as always, with the pacing being perfect for the story. The characters just keep on getting better and the story will have you turning the pages, unwilling to stop reading.

For a top-notch Urban Fantasy, I have no hesitation in recommending both this book and the series.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29438

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Sufferborn by J.C. Hartcarver

Sufferborn - J.C. Hartcarver

#Dark, #Fantasy, 3 out of 5 (good)

 
Sufferborn is the story of elves and humans, how they live, and what happens when their worlds overlap. We start off in the past where Orinleah has just given birth and Daghahen is found by his brother. We learn Orinleah gives the boy a name that is banned from most of the tribes, Dorhen, meaning 'stranger'. Apparently, it means his life will not be long but be very arduous. Why she names him this isn't exactly clear as she seems so happy about it.

The pacing of this book is overall very slow. There are moments when it picks up but then it slows down again. This is good in the majority of the cases as there is always a lot going on, so it gives you time to grasp the situation as well as learning more about the characters. I would say that personally I would have found chapter headings to be helpful, just so I could find out who was talking and when, but that's probably just me.

And there are a LOT of characters too! The main ones end up being Daghahen, Dorhen, and Kalea, but trust me when I say there is a whole caboodle of characters there that will draw your attention. In fact, even in the last few chapters, you are introduced to new characters to take into book two with you.

With the slow pace and the amount of characters, it comes as no surprise this is a long book, typical of Fantasy. I wouldn't call it a Fantasy Romance as I felt the romance between Dorhen and Kalea actually wasn't that important. I mean, obviously it is or Kalea wouldn't have gone looking for him, but on the whole, there is so much more to the story than "just" romance. I would call it Dark Fantasy as there is plenty of violence and the threat of rape and/or rape scenes.

It ends on a cliffhanger so fair warning and I haven't found anything online to say when the next book is available. If Dark Fantasy ticks your box then I would recommend it.
Source: http://reedsy.com/discovery/book/sufferborn-j-c-hartcarver

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Matching Bloodlines (The Princeton Allegiant #3) by Deborah Garland

Matching Bloodlines (The Princeton Allegiant #3) - Deborah Garland

@deborah_garland, @TRRtweet, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Vamps & #Shifters, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

MATCHING BLOODLINES is the third book in The Princeton Allegiant series, and trust me when I say this series just keeps on getting better and better! Although I would say you "could" read this as a standalone, the better question would be "why?"

At the end of the last book, Francisco (and us) found out that Sophia was alive and also got a location. The start of this book takes us to that location. Poor Francisco. That's all I'm saying. And what the hell is Loren thinking? He's got his mate so he should have some idea of what it is he's saying!!!

I am sincerely loving this world. It gets more amazing with every book. Francisco really shines in this, showing the reader just how caring (and possessive) a vampire can be about his mate. Charlotte has a hard choice to make. Well, hard for her, at any rate. The attraction between them is off the charts and I loved every moment of it. Sophia is playing a game and I really don't like her. Just saying!

If I could do half stars, this would definitely be a 4 1/2, but I can't so it's not. Do NOT let that put you off though. I sincerely recommend this book and the series, and I really can't wait to continue. But who is next? Is it Reese or Victor? Either way, I'm ready and waiting.

A fantastic story and highly recommended by me.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29454

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Heart Bandit (Gargoyle Night Guardians #1) by Rosalie Redd

Heart Bandit (Gargoyle Night Guardians #1) - Rosalie Redd

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

 

HEART BANDIT is the first book in the Gargoyle Night Guardians series, and we start off with Beaumont, who has been a Gargoyle for over 800 years. We find a new world of evil fae, the Critch, dubious souls, and an unwillingness to give in. Sadie does what she has to, to survive and plan for her longterm goal of getting her GED. If this includes pickpocketing, then so be it. However, all things change when she takes Beaumont's spark stone.

Rosalie Redd has created a world of interest, with strong alpha males and feisty females to keep them on their toes. There is no "insta-bond" between our two main characters, just good, old-fashioned lust and interest. There are plenty more characters I can't wait to hear about, not limited to Drake, the leader of the Chicago Gargoyles who you don't actually see much of.

The world-building is wonderful, the characters come alive, and the pacing is smooth. All in all, this has been a great read and I can't wait to continue with the series. After all, I'm really hoping for Drake!

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29449

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Fade In (Tales of Bryant Novellas #1) by V.L. Locey

Fade In (Tales of Bryant Novellas #1) - V.L. Locey

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @vllocey, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Will Devon and Caiden discover that their new love is a wrap after the filming ends?

 

Weddings, champagne, and slow dancing. It’s a lethal combination and one that has led film student Devon Maxwell into one awkward predicament. Brought in at the last minute to help his friends Isamu and Brian during their Bryant Park wedding, Devon was not prepared for Caiden Dell to sweep into his life. The spark of attraction between him and the hip film executive was instantaneous. That spark led them right into Caiden’s big bed for a night of pleasure that Devon will never be able to duplicate no matter how many takes life gives him.

 

To make things even more complicated, Caiden offers the recently vacated job of office intern to him. He’d be a fool to turn down an offer to work at Budgie in the Dell, the hottest LGBT film production company in the Big Apple. Looks as if Devon’s hopes of working in film are about to come true. He’s ready for days filled with tiring shoots, long hours, and irate actors. He just never dreamed his nights would overflow with passion, laughter, and whispers shared with a gorgeous, older lover.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/tour-review-giveaway-fade-in-tales-of-bryant-novellas-1-by-v-l-locey

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Edge of the World by Garrett Leigh

The Edge of the World - Garrett Leigh

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @Garrett_Leigh, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Shay Maloney is living his dream—on tour with his pirate/folk-rock band. But you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’re from, and that’s where moody filmmaker and researcher Ollie Pietruska comes in.

 

The band’s management persuades Shay to let a television company film a documentary about his roots beyond his adoptive Irish family, and Ollie comes into his life knowing more about Shay than Shay’s ever known about himself.

 

But while Ollie holds the key to Shay’s past, he’s also hiding deep scars. Even as the hardships of the tour bring them closer, Ollie’s demons threaten the blossoming romance. They might both reach the breaking point before Ollie realises he’s been standing on the edge of the world for too long, and it’s Shay who holds the key to his future.

 

A friends-to-lovers, rock star, road-tripping romance, with a guaranteed happily-ever-after.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/the-edge-of-the-world-by-garrett-leigh

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Better the Devil You Know (Broken Halos #6) by Maya Daniels

Better the Devil You Know (Broken Halos #6) - Maya Daniels

@Archaeolibrary, @mayadaniels11, #UrbanFantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 
Better the Devil You Know is the final book in the Broken Halos series. We start off with Raphael not doing too well and Eric fighting through humans, giving up on everything they held dear because Helena's gone. Hel, in the meantime, isn't sure where she is or even who she is, trapped in a world of grey.

This was a great final book to the series, with plenty of action and snark from Helena as she tries to find herself again, plus she has some new freaky-ass powers to contend with. Raphael keeps secrets throughout most of the book. And Eric is still Eric. He's growly and grumpy for all the right reasons.

Although the pacing is perfect, this book doesn't feel like the end to me. I guess it's because Hel and Eric still have so much more to do. So, really, it feels more like the end of a season. Now I just need to wait and see if there will be a second season or if it will get cancelled!
Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/better-the-devil-you-know-broken-halos-6-by-maya-daniels

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Dangerous Decisions (Obsidian Flame #3) by J.C. McKenzie

Dangerous Decisions (Obsidian Flame #3) - J. C. McKenzie

@JC_McKenzie, @TRRtweet, #Action#Adventure#AlternateUniverse#Fantasy#Paranormal #Romance#UrbanFantasy#Vamps & #Shifters, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

DANGEROUS DECISIONS is the third book in the Obsidian Flame series and although we continue with the overall story arc, this one has Hank and Misha on prominent display.

Hank has been keeping a secret from Lara and so, as it turns out, has Misha. Both secrets have a massive impact on Lara in very different ways, adding brilliant elements to the story.

Lara and Raf are just as hot and pig-headed as before, but now we have Hank and Misha too. Think of Romeo and Juliet (but grown up) and you're there. I really felt for Misha in this one. She really didn't have an easy way out of any of it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't wait for it to continue. Absolutely recommended by me.

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29439

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Demon Crew (The Wolfborne Saga #5) by Cheree Alsop

Demon Crew (The Wolfborne Saga #5) - Cheree Alsop

@Archaeolibrary, @ChereeAlsop, #Paranormal, #YoungAdult, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Demon Crew is the fifth book in The Wolfborne Saga and we continue with Zev and Virgo being part of a super-secret government agency... although Zev didn't actually agree to any of it! I admire Zev's resilience and his ability to forgive because I honestly don't think I would be able to do so! There is also a new woman in Zev's life although he's not sure if he actually likes this one as she is dhampir. Needless to say, the action and adventure start immediately and Zev remains the humble hero.

Now, I'm going to admit that I wasn't all that happy about reading this book. Virgo really did me in at the end of the last one and the thought of Zev back in chains did absolutely nothing for me. However, Ms. Alsop has managed to win me over yet again. Not only did I enjoy this book but it has become my favourite (so far) of the series! And yes, I know I've moved that title as I've read through the series, but that should tell you something!!!

As with all the books, this one leaves you on a cliffhanger, wanting more. The world continues to delight with all the action and fights you could ask for. The characters are lifelike and full of sarcasm and wit. The pacing is once again smooth and will keep you turning the pages. I really can't recommend either the book or the series highly enough.

* 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/post/demon-crew-the-wolfborne-saga-5-by-cheree-alsop

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Ghost Moon (The Wolfborne Saga #4) by Cheree Alsop

Ghost Moon (The Wolfborne Saga #4) - Cheree Alsop

@ChereeAlsop, #Paranormal, #YoungAdult, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Ghost Moon is the fourth book in The Wolfborne Saga and we continue with Zev's story. Isley doesn't feature in this one so I'm guessing she isn't 'the one' for Zev (for now, at least). Instead, we have Zev and the usual crew trying to clear up after the earthquake and also find reason to keep going. Virgo is especially hard hit after the events at the end of the prior book.

Now, I know I said I thought Dark Coven was the best so far, and it was... until this one. This one has just ticked all of my boxes, making me devour the whole book in one sitting.

There are many emotions in this book, some good, and some bad. I certainly feel for Zev, and for Ceren, but in different ways. I thought my heart would break with Virgo but then he had to act like a tool at the end. I know I will still like him for it in the next book, but I struggled to understand just HOW he could do that to Zev. Zev isn't Virgo's pet, to do as he wishes, and Zev's agreement was never sought. I found this to be very disappointing and so am hopeful Virgo will redeem himself soon.

As for the rest of it, you still have an amazing supporting cast, and now the werewolves aren't as many, you can see the different temperaments coming through. The pacing remains smooth and the story keeps you turning the pages.

This is definitely my favourite of the series so far but I also highly recommend reading them in order as it just won't make any sense if you don't.

* 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/post/ghost-moon-the-wolfborne-saga-4-by-cheree-alsop

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Divine Challenges (Rise of the Stria #2) by Tessa McFionn

Divine Challenges (Rise of the Stria #2) - Tessa McFionn

@TessaMcFionn, @TRRtweet, #ScienceFiction, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

DIVINE CHALLENGES is the second book in the Rise of Stria trilogy, and we return to Evainne and Kahl as they try to figure out... well, everything, really. Their relationship is still early days but it's amazing how fast something moves when your life is being threatened every which way! I love Evainne's sass and Kahlym's protectiveness; even when he does the wrong thing, his heart is in the right place.

Lots of different players in this one and the action is non-stop once again. The best bit for me is although there are new players, the old ones remain and become even more loved than they were in book one. So easy to see their different personalities now!

This was an amazing read that kept me glued to the page. I will admit a guilty pleasure of re-reading book one, just so I could continue without any gaps. It is exceedingly well-written, with fantastic world- and character-building, and the pacing is perfect, with plenty of action and tender moments. It does end on one helluva cliffhanger, so fair warning. As for me, I can't wait to get the last book and finish off this outstanding story. Highly recommended!

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29500

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - No Easy Catch (Cleat Chasers, #4) by Jaqueline Snowe

No Easy Catch (The Cleat Chasers #4) - Jaqueline Snowe

@GoddessFish, @jaquelinesnowe, #YoungAdult, #NewAdult, #Sports, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

No Easy Catch is the fourth book in the Cleat Chasers series, and the second one in the series I have read. You don't need to have read any of the others to get into this story.

This is an enemy to lovers story, set in the world of college with a whole host of dodgy dealings going on. To begin with, Jeff doesn't trust Ambar at all, even thinking she has been involved with it all. He soon learns she is innocent of all charges apart from being related to one of the men involved. This was a lovely tale, with a slow-build romance threaded through the mystery. As the reader, I got to see Jeff's first moments of realisation that Ambar was more than he had previously thought.

Although this is classed as a sports romance and Jeff plays baseball, it didn't take over the story, and there wasn't much there where he was actually on the field. The world is well established, with individual characters adding highlights to the story, or moving forward where necessary. The pacing was smooth and punchy when needed. I did find some words or phrases were used slightly repetitively but that's probably just me.

On the whole, I enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys a coming-of-age romance with sport elements.

* 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/post/no-easy-catch-cleat-chasers-4-by-jaqueline-snowe

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Company of Monsters (The Sorcerers of Verdun #2) by Shami Stovall

A Company of Monsters (The Sorcerers of Verdun #2) - Shami Stovall

@GoddessFish, @GameOverStation/, #Historical, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

A Company of Monsters is the second book in The Sorcerers of Verdun series, and it takes you right back to Geist and WWI. I would definitely recommend reading these as a series as the story does follow on from book one.

 

In this book, however, Geist and her squadron are sent to Russia as Houses of Sorcerers are being obliterated. Not a simple task being as WWI is happening and Russia is also going through a turbulent time. Not only that, but Amalgam shows up, together with Geist's family and the Eyes of the Kaiser which adds a whole new level to the story.

 

Just as with book one, Ms. Stovall has done an exceptional job with this story. The events flow from one to the other, ringing true with every word. The only reason for not giving it 5-stars this time is because of Geist herself. She seemed more... fragmented... disjointed than in book one. Which may well be how it is supposed to be but I found it slightly distracting. The relationship between her and Vergess is also confusing as, on the one hand, they have special 'intimate' names for each other, and Vergess is definitely more intense, but then we are also told that they have no chemistry between them.

 

On the whole, I loved this book, just not quite as much as book one. That doesn't mean this book is no good, not by a long shot. I will be continuing this series and seeing where Geist and her crew go next, AND seeing how Amalgam fits in!

 

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/post/2020/01/15/a-company-of-monsters-the-sorcerers-of-verdun-2-by-shami-stovall

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Together Bound (Sentries #2) by Elizabeth Noble

Together Bound (Sentries #2) - Elizabeth  Noble

@TRRtweet, @elizabethnoble1, #Action, #Adventure, #Romance, #LGBTQ+, #Paranormal, #ScienceFiction, #Futuristic, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

TOGETHER BOUND is the second book in the Sentries series and we continue with Todd and Nicky's story. I would definitely recommend reading this as a series as we deal with the same characters in the same world and if you don't, then this may not make any sense at all!

Todd and Nicky go undercover at a slave rehabilitation camp to try and find out if the Chancellor has gone crazy or not. It turns out he's not crazy, but he's not himself either! This is a dangerous mission, more so for Nicky in many ways, but Todd has his own battles to fight too.

I loved returning to their world and seeing how they interact with each other. I don't think this was as "hot and heavy" as the first book but there are definitely moments where Todd goes Alpha!

There is a great cast of characters in this book and I would love to hear more from them in future books. A fantastic ending that wraps up this part of their story nicely whilst leading onto the next... which I CAN'T WAIT FOR!!!

Definitely recommended by me and bring on the next!

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=6284

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Run for the Roses (Circles #1) by Elizabeth Noble

Run for the Roses (Circles #1) - 2nd Edition - Elizabeth  Noble
#Contemporary #Romance, #LGBTQ, #Romantic #Suspense, #Mystery
 
RUN FOR THE ROSES is the first book in the Circles series, and it is a much lighter storyline than some of her other books. There is also a hefty dollop of mystery in here for good measure.

Val and Janelle are best buddies, bonding over their past abusive relationships. When Janelle is kidnapped by her ex, Val sees it all and follows in his car to help her. Things go a bit crazy after that but Janelle is safe and trying to rebuild a relationship with Wyatt, her father. The attraction sings between Wyatt and Val and they get Janelle's blessing to be together.

There is a LOT of information in here about horse-racing and the build-up to events, plus what goes on behind the scenes. This is absolutely essential for the story and I'm glad I've learnt something too! However, some readers may find it goes into too much detail, but I'll leave that to you to figure out.

The relationship itself is very smooth. I can't say anything bad about it but it didn't zing off the charts either. If I had to choose a single word to describe the relationship between Val and Wyatt, I would say comfortable.

This is the first book in the series and it is one I would like to continue with. There are some interesting characters in here I would like to know further, and I would definitely like to see how Wyatt and Val's relationship progresses.

If you are after a light romantic mystery read, heavy on the horses, then I would recommend this one.

 

Source: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=29378

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - AUDIO - Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey, narrated by Sean Crisden

Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) - V.L. Locey,  Sean Crisden, R.J. Scott

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @vllocey, @Rjscott_author, #Contemporary, #M_M, #Sports, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 
Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?
 
The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.
 
Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows that his heart could get him into trouble again.
Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/2020/01/06/changing-lines-harrisburg-railers-1-by-rj-scott-vl-locey