Review: "Blood Heir" (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews


Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From Ilona Andrews, an all-new novel set in the Kate Daniels World and featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen, Kate and Curran's ward.

Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.

Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she'd ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.




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OMG OMG OMG! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOKS NOW!?
CONTAINS SPOILER YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

*inhales-exhales*

It had been a while since I was in the world of Kate Daniels! And truly despite the rampant magic and the post-apocalyptic feels, it felt like coming home. I loved seeing all the characters, old and new as also discover even more how much I adore Ilona Andrews for creating amazing plots based on mythology, history, and religion.

Faith and old gods never felt scarier.

Aurelia Ryder, AKA Julie, Kate's adopted daughter is all grown up....and in a mission. She returns to Atlanta after 8 years in order to save Kate as there is a new enemy rising. And also Aurelia-Julie will have to deal with the murder of a good pastor, treasure hunters, old relics while at the same time fighting against monsters, shapeshifters who like to stick their snouts in everything and...Derek.

OMG THE SCENES WITH THEM! I loved their interactions, seeing them older and of course, the 'bomb' that exploded close to the end of the book. I mean WOW! that was intense! 

I was amazed at Julie and how strong she was. But also she had insecurities and that made her even more human. Some other characters I enjoyed seeing too: Conlan, Ascanio (he can go and eat a shoe), Hugh! 

I can not wait to see what will happen in the next book! I need it like...NOW?!

Also, I seriously recommend you to read the Kate Daniels books. The worldbuilding is glorious and deadly and if Netflix wants to have a long-standing series to win the urban fantasy crowd these are the books they should adapt. 

                                 


About the authors:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.



#ARC Review: "Taken to Heimo" by (Xiveri Mates #4) Elizabeth Stephens


Taken to Heimo by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Svera
There are a few things my Tri-God did not prepare me for. The first – Niahhorru pirates. They want the coordinates to an unprotected human satellite and I have them.

The confusing – The human Council's secrets that I've uncovered and may get me killed. The most sinful – The pressure in my stomach...well, lower than my stomach...that draws me to the male who hates me most in this universe.

Krisxox
There is nothing that my warrior training did not prepare me for. Even though my body desires to bond to hers, I'll fight until I break it. She's a disgusting human, filthy and impure. A worshipper of a fickle human god and worst of all, she's not Drakesh.

Nox, that isn't worst.

Worse, is that she's got space pirates, traitors and other enemies chasing her. Worst, is that I won't let them touch her because she's my Xiv – nox! I'll fight. But fighting is harder when I don't really want to win...


Taken to Heimo is a full-length (75k words) SciFi, space opera romance complete with an angry alien and a human, head scarf-wearing heroine who is far too polite to meet anger with anger. Most of the time. This is book 4 in the Xiveri mates series and should be read after books 1 and 2. Books 3, 6 and 8 are complete standalones (on other planets) and can be read at any point. Trigger warning! The heroine in this book is attacked more than once and there are multiple violent battle scenes before reaching the HEA.


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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

*trigger warning: mention of attempted rape, which didn't happen but just in case that will be hard for any of you*

I could not have been more excited to get and read Svera's and Krisxox's story! Ever since the first book I knew that their plot would be amazing and full of surprises! And Elizabeth didn't disappoint! Full of adventure, travel's through space, mysteries about the humans and where they had disappeared as also a betrayal no one expected, Svera and Krisxox had a lot to deal with apart from the mating bond Krisxox felt for her.

His stubbornness was mostly the part that kept him from admitting his feelings for her, and Svera was a strong heroine despite everything that happened to her. She is resilient, smart and kind and they both completed each other, despite the religious and cultural differences.

Also, I am excited to see what will happen to the next couple that will be featured as the ending left me wondering what trouble they will find themselves in.

This series is by far the best I have read since 2020. An amazing blend of sci-fi, steamy romance and what it means to be humane even in the harsh edges of the universe.

Definitely recommended! 




About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at www.booksbyelizabeth.com.


7 YEARS OF MILKY WAY OF BOOKS (and a giveaway)

 

It's been seven years! Holy wow how fast time flies! And despite the hard times, we all had in 2020, I am grateful to all my bookish friends, the bloggers I got to meet and the authors I loved reading their books and the new ones I discovered!


The year 2020 was far less populated in posts, maybe due to the quarantine and me getting a job. The job, to be honest, messed with my reading schedules and at some point, I was too tired to read. But I was able to finish my 2020 reading goal. 

For this year? My bookish resolutions mainly at the moment involve to get my grabby hands on the upcoming Sarah J. Maas book, A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES! (you have no idea how excited I am!)



And mostly to wish for all of you to be safe, stay healthy, and close to your loved ones. The year will be challenging but you can always come to this safe corner of the blog-sphere to discover new books and new authors.

To celebrate 7 year of books and blogging here in my small corner of the net I am giving you the chance to win ANY book or books you want up to 20 euros by Book Depository (free of shipping)


RULES:

-OPEN UNTIL 23RD OF JANUARY

-OPEN TO INT

-COMPLETE ALL THE STEPS

-1 WINNER (will be notified by email. If the winner won't reply n 48 hours a new one will be chosen)


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Blog Tour, ARC Review, QA with Colleen Hoover & Giveaway: "Layla" by Colleen Hoover


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.



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I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I seriously did not expect CoHo to dive into the paranormal genre! And that was a very nice surprise! It is not a flashy type of using elements of the genre but there were parts of the book that made me gasp and the surprises kept coming revealing themselves as Leeds tries to uncover the mystery of Layla.

The book goes back and forth narrated by Leeds, the "present" is the part named THE INTERVIEW where Leeds slowly narrates what happens in the 8 months he met Layla and how it came to be in this....very awkward and mysterious disposition.

Trust me I can't reveal more as this is quite a surprise and I never spoiler you my dears! Even if you were used to Colleen Hoover as a contemporary author you will definitely enjoy this one too! 


Q&A with Author Colleen Hoover

You have written in many different genres and always keep your fans wanting more. For Layla, you are dipping your toes into a paranormal story that has lots of secrets. How do you describe Layla without giving anything away? #spoilerfreezone 

What is supposed to be a short, romantic getaway for new couple Leeds and Layla turns into an extended vacation full of bizarre occurrences. But no matter how much Layla wants to leave, Leeds is more focused on finding answers for the unexplainable.

The paranormal elements in your story are faint...just a whisper...until they take over. What was it like adding another worldly twist to your writing for the first time?  
It was HARD. Super hard. I love using my imagination, but I also love realistic stories, so I found myself trying to pull back on things I didn’t feel were realistic. But then it got a lot easier when I decided to just make Leeds’s reactions sort of mirror what I would do orsay in those early moments. I put a lot of my own thoughts in Leeds’s character. He finds it hard to explain some of the things that happen, so his reactions are probably what my reactions would be at first. Until there was no room left for doubt, anyway. Then his actions veer very far from what mine would have been.

Love-at-first-sight is such a mundane phrase for what these two share. Their passionate relationship seems to move in fast-forward. What is it about these characters that make their connection so instantaneous?  

I knew where the story was going to go, so I needed their meet-cute to be believable, fun, and I wanted them to be a couple readers would root for. I probably rewrote that first chapter dozens of times,but I focused mainly on their banter. Sometimes we meet people we instantly click with on so many different levels. Leeds and Layla clicked with their sarcasm, their humor, their taste in music. And she read him without even knowing him. To Leeds that was special. I think he felt seen in a world where he’s often overlooked. 

It becomes somewhat of an inside joke between your couple that, before Layla, Leeds’ always wore a look like he was“dying inside.” The truth is that he was deeply unhappy before meeting Layla. How does she change his life? 

Leeds is lonely and holding back on his dreams because of doubts. Leeds sees something different in Layla. She’s carefree, fun and gives him the confidence to follow his dreams. In a sense, I think she’s his missing puzzle piece. She fills the parts of him that are empty.  

Before Leeds, Layla doesn’t have a real direction in her life. What does this romance provide to her and why is she so grateful to have found her hero? 

Layla is fresh out of college, living with her parents and unemployed. Leeds’s career gives her focus, and being with him in Tennessee got her out of a place where she probably felt useless and unproductive. 

Can readers expect more paranormal elements in your books moving forward?

I’ll never say never! 


About the author:

International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller and Women's Fiction. And maybe a ghost story soon.

I don't like to be confined to one genre. If you put me in a box, I'll claw my way out.

My social media username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is colleenhooverbooks@gmail.com

Founder of www.thebookwormbox.com charity and Book Bonanza.


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November Reads: ARCs, Holiday feels and more!

 

Hello my dear readers! It seems that the second time of quarantine can either lift you up or pull you down. I love this small side of the blogsphere where we can all feel safe and loved for our bookish reads! And you may have noticed that my reviews have become more gathered in batches as working from home and also having home work to do (you have no idea how cooking and cleaning can do that to a person), my reviews are now more gathered in one post.


Thankfully, I had the luck to read some amazing books and ARCs and I am glad to share them with you!

                                     (how I'll feel going out at some point in the future...I hope)




Wicked All Night by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World, ancient deities are poised to wreck havoc, unless vampires Veritas and Ian can stop them … in this thrilling Night Rebel novel!

A gift from the gods…

Veritas and Ian have finally defeated their worst enemy, but the power it took to pierce through to the netherworld has unexpected consequences. Soon, Veritas is forced to rely on the last person she trusts---a golden deity named Phanes, who seeks far more than a temporary alliance with the beautiful vampire.

Can unleash hell…

But an escape from the netherworld soon pits Veritas and Ian against supernatural beings seeking to rule over mortals once again. Now, they must rally friends and foes alike—if the vampire council doesn’t execute Veritas first. Plus, a wedge between Veritas and Ian threatens to destroy their love. Can they stand together against the unearthly powers about to be unleashed? Or does their love—and humanity—not stand a chance? 

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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

Holy wow! What can I say about the action and the amazing story! Even weeks after devouring this book I still want to immerse myself in this amazing world Jeaniene Frost made! I loved her mythological references, especially the greek ones, how Ian and Veritas were glorious together both as a couple and in the cases they went on murdering their enemies mode :P

I would like to see another series too, featuring Marie and Assael this time. I think there is a backstory here and that demon is also a very interesting character! 

I couldn't have read a better ending to this series! And you are all in for many surprises when this is released! ;)

And if you haven't read the series yet please do! 




About the author:

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene's books, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com





Send Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The finale to the epic Bring Me Their Hearts series reaches its thrilling conclusion, full of intrigue, emotion, and of course romance.

Reunited with Lucien, Malachite, and Fione, Zera finally has the choice of whether or not to regain her humanity and give up her life as a Heartless. But with war raging and an army of valkerax on the loose, she’s never needed immortality more. Will they be able to stop Varia without sacrificing themselves in the process?






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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

The final book of this new series claims your heart and gives you the thrills I have been missing in my reading lately. It's only personal and has nothing to do with this book as Sara Wolf managed to keep my attention from start to finish! 
There are so many turns and secrets and magic that kept me rooted on spot hoping and dreading to see what would happen! 

Great ending to the series! Totally recommended! 





About the author:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in Portland, Oregon where the sun can't get her anymore and not enough fruit tarts ever.







Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild comes Forever Wild, a novella that continues the story of Calla’s journey to the Alaskan wild and a life she never imagined for herself.


The holiday season is upon Calla and Jonah, and with the mistletoe and gingerbread comes plenty of family drama. Jonah is bracing himself for two weeks with a stepfather he loathes, and while Calla is looking forward to her mother and Simon’s arrival, she dreads the continued pressure to set a date for their wedding … in Toronto. Add in one bullheaded neighbor’s unintentional meddling and another cantankerous neighbor’s own family strife, and Christmas in Trapper’s Crossing will be anything but simple. 



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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Calla and Jonah! I was so happy when I heard about this lovely novella set in Christmas too in Alaska! Packed with feels and the holidays feeling I loved every bit as I read it in one go!
I do have to admit that apart from the family drama and the humorous and emotional moments, I was totally jealous of the way Calla's and Jonah's house was described! I want a home like that!

If you haven't read the first 2 books what are you waiting for? 





About the author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Two sisters.One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself... And an intoxicating romance. 

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family's renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin...desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister's killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that's been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia's side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women's murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is at is seems...



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Set in Sicilian background with an amazing description of foods that made my mouth water, along with demons and magic, the new series of Kerri Maniscalco sets the pace for new characters that have to overcome even more obstacles, are morally grey in some cases and the tragedy looms over their heads.

I was surprised by Emilia's determination, even if in some cases I wanted her to stop taking so many risks. Though to be honest the whole plot was so surprising and the secrets many as also the danger which made me fear for her on every page!

Even Wrath had his own agenda and he at least tried to a point to protect her. I have no idea how the next book will go as the ending was a cliffhanger of sorts. 
But that doesn't mean that the book was glorious and I was so happy to read something new and unique!

Totally recommended! 





About the author:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet. The final installment, CAPTURING THE DEVIL, will be released on 9/10/19. KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, the first in a new YA fantasy series, is slated for fall 2020.

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Generation One by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

An Alien Invasion SciFi Romance

Abel should have let me die. Jack should have killed me.

Abel had no business resurrecting my corpse. Now I'm tormented by ghosts of monsters, including the one I've become, as I trudge through the hellscape that is Population. Only this time, I'm part of Abel's band of misfits trying to rebuild civilization.

Among the cheery idiots are alien allies and humans too stupid to live. None are so grating as Pia. Pretty and kind and gentle, she might be the worst among them.

But it doesn't change the fact that she's the reason I'm still here and that when my old gang catches up to me, they'll torture her to make me bleed.

Luckily, I'm a monster who won't let that happen. Even if I'm too torn up to touch her, I'm going to keep her alive.

Generation One is book 3 in the action-packed Population series! A full-length (85k word) interracial, post-apocalyptic, slow burn SciFi romance with an HEA, this book can be read as a standalone, but will be better appreciated after reading Population and Saltlands.

Be warned! This is a violent book with lots of battle scenes. There is NO noncon, dubcon, cheating, harem, menage or love triangles. Only savage men who worship their warrior women. 


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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
This review contains SPOILERS of the previous two books. Read at your own caution.


Generation one picks from the first duology where this harsh world invaded by aliens filled with action and lots of violence makes humanity strive for survival. There is violence and the characters strive to fight against the aliens, even having said aliens on their side.

I enjoyed the small moments and how all characters were grounded and didn't rush into stupid decisions like some other characters I have seen done in other books.

The series has taken an interesting turn and I want to see where this will go, as it covers more couples and characters. It also deals with PTSD, trauma, and mental health so I strongly advise you to proceed with caution if you are interested.

Recommended for the unique set, the strive for survival, and the romance! 


                                         And don't miss the first 2 books of the series



About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at www.booksbyelizabeth.com.












October ARCs Reviews: Fall, love stories, true soul mates and a trip back in time!


All the Love in the World by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Christmas. New Year's Eve. Valentine's Day. Summer Vacation. Halloween. Pick your holiday and strap yourself in for some epic love stories from your favorite novels by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle.

This collection of five sexy, funny, thrilling, & emotional short stories and novellas bring together some of the most beloved characters from such books and series as The Forbidden Man, The Nordic Royals, Experiment in Terror, Dirty Angels, and The McGregors into one amazing anthology.

Each holiday story is all original, never-before published, revolving around a specific holiday. So whether you're in the Christmas spirit, all loved up with Valentine's Day, want to be spooked by Halloween, or ring in the New Year, there's something for everyone.

*The Off-Season: Retired captain of Real Madrid Luciano Ribeiro and his fiancée Ruby Turner have recently moved to the remote Portuguese island of Madeira, expecting peace and quiet. With former teammate Alejo Albarado and his wife Thalia showing up alongside their old coach Mateo Casalles and his wife Vera, the island gets turned upside down. Luckily for the men of Real Madrid, it's nothing they can't handle. Featuring characters from Love in English, The Forbidden Man, & The One That Got Away.

*A Christmas Cartel: Revered drug lord Javier Bernal thought he'd get to have a nice, quiet Christmas with his wife Luisa and young son Vicente. That is until he's having a very Scrooge-like visitation from the ghost of Christmas past, making him face all the horrible things he's done...and the people he's lost. Luckily, Javier is one to roll with the punches, even when a rival cartel threatens to spoil their holiday. Featuring characters from the Dirty Angels Series.

*Ghosted: Every day is Halloween for married ghost-hunters Dex and Perry Foray. But this year, that thin veil between the living and the dead is more vulnerable than normal, and when they're given the opportunity of a lifetime to contact the dead wife of a desperate man, they end up creating something they can't undo. Featuring characters from the Experiment in Terror Series, Veiled and The Devil's Duology.

*A Nordic New Year: King Aksel of Denmark and his wife Queen Aurora are helping Prince Magnus throw an intimate New Year's Eve party in the rugged mountains of Norway, alongside Prince Viktor, Prince Orlando, and their loved ones. But they get more than they bargained for when they're snowed in with no end in sight. Featuring characters from The Nordic Royals Series.

*Arrow Through the Heart: Being born on Valentine's Day has always been an annoyance to Lachlan McGregor, never mind the fact that it was the day his mother gave him away to an orphanage. But this year, his brother Brigs, and his cousins Linden, Bram, Keir and Mal have decided on the biggest birthday party, with everyone flying out to be with him in Scotland. But when his estranged mother comes back in his life, it pushes Lachlan to the brink, with only his love Kayla Moore to save him. Featuring characters from The McGregors (The Pact, The Offer, The Play, The Lie, and The Debt).


**Note: these novellas feature characters from previous books and series, and should not be considered standalone stories**


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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Spanning characters across all the books and series by Karina Halle this anthology was a delight to read in these trying times! Honestly, I feel that we need books in order to escape and remember that the world can still be a beautiful place!

With signature Karina Halle writing filled with nostalgia and funny moments, you can enjoy all your favorite couples in one delicious read!

Definitely recommended! 




About the author:

Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ridge, a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats and romantic getaways.

In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible. For more information, visit www.authorkarinahalle.com/books.

Halle is represented by Root Literary and is both self-published, and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, and Montlake. Her books have been published in numerous languages around the world.









Mark of Love by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Due to a dark curse, the entire Graykey family has been marked for death. But Quilla Graykey has grown used to living on the run, constantly hiding and surviving under the radar of High Cliff soldiers, who’ve been sent out to hunt her down and destroy her.

So when a man bearing the mark of a High Clifter shows up on her trail, persistently tracking her, it’s really nothing new. Except she can’t seem to shake this guy. He keeps finding her, no matter how well she disguises herself. If she’s not careful, she might actually have to take a stand and fight him. Maybe even kill him.

But the handsome pursuer turns her world upside down when she discovers he’s not out to assassinate her after all, nor does he have a clue she’s a Graykey. His intentions are worse. He claims she’s his one true love, and curses, duty, or honor be damned; he’s not about to lose her. He wants to make her his happily ever after.

Used to eluding people and wanting to keep it that way, Quilla honestly has no idea how to avoid the likes of Indigo Moast.

Could this be the one evasion she can’t dodge?





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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There is nothing I don't enjoy more than a good Linda Kage book! Her stories always make me laugh and emphasize with the characters while the story is fresh and full of twists and a great ending. I loved the third book in the series set in a fantasy world filled with politics, magic, and the mark of true love in the form of a tattoo that can also call to the true soul mate of a person, no matter who they are. 

The story was engaging and funny! It definitely made me laugh! It is also recommended to read the first books of the series so you can have a better grasp of the world-building 





About the author:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, funner side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in that center around love and hope. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact than realism. She likes the drama and crazy, over-the-top plots that make you cry then laugh, get mad then sigh happily.

Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can’t decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.

Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.










The Woman Who Fell Through Time by J.M. Frey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Armed with a newly minted university degree and a plane ticket to Paris, Jessie’s plan was to celebrate graduation in the City of Love, kissing as many drunk French girls (or boys, she's not picky) as she can. Only, she never makes it. When her plane goes down mid-Atlantic she’s pulled from what should have been a watery grave by an intriguing British Naval Captain—in 1805!

Stuck in Regency-era England, Jessie is left with no choice but to enter into the services of the Captain’s sister as a lady’s companion. But she didn’t reckon on the sister being Margaret Goodenough, the world-famous authoress whose yet-to-be-completed novel was the first lesbian kiss in the history of British Literature.
And Jessie’s not just entranced by Margaret’s powerful words...

As their attraction grows, Jessie must tread the tenuous line between finding her own happiness in a world where she is alone, and accidentally changing the future of the queer rights movement. Is Jessie’s duty to preserve Margaret’s history-making book? Or to the happiness of its author, the woman she's learning to love?



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REVIEW


I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ah the delight to read again a great story by J.M. Frey! I never get tired of her wit, amazing storytelling and the messages she passes to her readers! 

This one which had begun in Wattpad, tells the story of Jessie a bi woman who somehow goes back in time to pre Victorian era and she has to deal with the norms of that time period, the social standing she must have as a woman and its limitations and also ger growing feelings for the woman who will become a historical symbol in the future LGTBQ+ community.

I enjoyed how realistic all this felt and how easily through Jessie's POV, Frey deconstructed in a way the sense of a "gentleman", the ways women should act and the injustices done to them too and also the people of the, then, LGTBQ community (for a better term as this can not apply historically and I know no other, please correct me if I am wrong).

Recommended for its wit, Jessie is amazing and the world Frey gives us is so realistic....I don't know if I'd enjoy being in there. 




About the author:

Frey is an author and professional smartypants, spent three years as the entertainment contributor on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, and was an occasional talking head in documentaries and on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE. She holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual Conference, at the University of Cardiff's 'Whoniversal Appeal' Conference, and the Technology and Pedagogy Conference at York University. Frey loves community theatre, and her dream is to one day sing a duet with John Barrowman.













ARC Review: "The Brightest Night" (Origin #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The thrills, drama, and intrigue continue in the third installment of the Origin series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.


Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she's on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She's been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she's learned truths about herself that she never saw coming--things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She's caught in the eye of the storm.

She is the eye of the storm





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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am not sure how to put in words this book.

Maybe because it was a trip down to memory lane with the cameos and the characters I didn't expect to see? Or maybe it was because of the difficult week that left me so drained that I couldn't even finish this before its time.

No matter what the third book in the Origin series was filled with emotion, a slow-building plot, and friendships developing over the pages. Evie and Luc had to deal with lots of conspiracies, the chilling realization that Daedalus was bonkers crazy, and also the past that shaped both of them, for better...or worse.

While I don't want to give away the plot I had to admire Evie. She grows a lot and she tries to handle the powers she discovers that she has. It's amazing also that she has very supportive friends and Luc who loves her to the point of obsession (a healthy dose of it but he truly does).

The rest of the story felt a little slow to be but no less endearing and a trip to nostalgia, making me remember back in 2013 when Lux came to my hands and I had first read of Kat's and Daemon's story. And seeing, reading about all of them together made me remember why I still love these books so much.

The ending was a classic Jennifer Armentrout cliffhanger, making me beg for more and also to wish for a good ending because the way the situation was left? It will torture at me until next year! 





And don't miss the first two books of the series!



                                                       



About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.