Category Archives: Fantasy

Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear (Book 1 Billionaire Wolf)

Billionaire

4  Stars

I have really enjoyed Terry Spear’s other wolf series, and this one did not disappoint. I will certainly continue with this series and look forward to the next installment.  Billionaire werewolf Rafe Denali never wants for anything.  What Rafe wants, Rafe gets.  This time, he may have gotten more than he bargained for.  When a she wolf almost drowns outside of Rafe’s beach home, he knows that he must act fast.  Taking Jade Ashton and her baby cub in could prove to be a fatal mistake as Jade is a pawn in an evil wolf’s plan.  Jade has some tough decisions to make, and they all revolve around her gorgeous and wealthy rescuer.  If Jade does not betray Rafe, her son will die, and her life is also on the path of destruction.

All of the characters, especially Rafe and Jade, were well flushed and likable.  This was certainly a page turner, and I stayed up late, which I very seldom do anymore.  The narrator was excellent.  Normally, I prefer female narrators (not sure why), but Mr. Constant was right on the mark with this book.  The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is due to the marketing that this is a stand-alone book.  However, I found certain references in this installment to tie back to other books by the same author.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying this book in exchange for a honest review.  This review and others can be found at https://readingaroundthegenres.com

 

 

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Dream Chaser (Dark Hunters #14)

dream-chaser

3.5 stars

Just like the last several installments, this one has the reader focusing on yet another demigod that has fallen from grace for some reason or another. Xypher was betrayed and trapped in Tarturus but now gets his chance to even the score when returned to New Orleans for a month.  Xpher’s vengenance is on Satara, sister of Stryker.

Dr. Simone DuBois can see ghost and is actually friends with a couple.  Simone agrees to help with a serial killer case that just so happens puts her in the line of fire with Xypher.  This reader just didn’t see the love interest/connection between these two.  The characters were not flushed out and seemed to be missing a piece of the puzzle.

While this reader enjoyed the installment, Dream Chaser left little to be desired.  The series is becoming extremely predictable with a template that is being followed.  I will continue with the series since I have so much time invested.

Made for Sin by Stacia Kane

made-for-sin

3 Stars

First of all, I did not realize that this is a series read until midway through.  With that being said, I feel that this can be read as a stand-alone.  If you like dark urban fantasies with a paranormal twist, this book might be for you.  I love PNR but just couldn’t get into this one.  Perhaps, it was because I didn’t care for the male character (Speare)and was bored until the female had more of a storyline.  Speare was dark, emotionless, and void of any likable qualities.  There was a touch of romance but not enough sparks to keep this reader engaged and wanting more.

Thanks to Tantor for supplying me with this audio in exchange for an honest review.

White Tiger (Shifters Unbound #8) by Jennifer Ashley

White Tiger

4 stars

I have really enjoyed the Shifters Unbound series.  This is the first in the installment where I have actually listened rather than read the book.  I found both the plot and the narration to be both entertaining and more informative regarding this world.

Kendrick finally gets is turn in this installment.  For weeks, he and his two cubs have been going to the diner where Addie works.  He just can’t get enough of Addie’s kindness while enjoying what he sees.  Unknown to Kendrick, Addie has been checking him out as well.  Some of Kendrick’s ex-followers and his enemies have teamed up with plans to kill him.  After shooting up the diner, Kendrick tells Addie to take the cubs and meet him outside of town.  Addie easily leaves her life behind and follows Kendrick and the cubs to Shifter Town.  The Shifters actually accept Addie and she quickly determines this is where her new life should be.

Thanks to Tantor for supplying me this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

Harry Potter

3.75 Stars

I knew from the beginning that this was written as a play script, and I was fine with the writing.  What I wasn’t crazy about was the portrayal of Ginny and Hermoine who were portrayed as wife figures throughout the book.  The confrontation with Dumbledor’s portrait left me speechless and not in a good way.   I also didn’t like the portrayal of Harry and to say that he didn’t know how to raise his children since he didn’t have a father figure – he had many over the years!

This book wasn’t about Harry but primarily focused on his son, Albus Severus Potter who felt pressured being Harry’s son.   From the beginning, Albus was afraid of being assigned to the Slytherin’s.  As fate would have it, Albus befriends Scorpius Malfoy and is now a Slytherin.  This installment continues with child innocence attempting to right a wrong.  There were some boring sections in this book, but in  typical Harry style.  As for this reader, I felt that the book could have been stronger portraying Harry as the doting father and Ginny, Hermoine, and Ron as supporting side kicks.

Bound (Eternal Guardians #6) by Elisabeth Naughton

3Bound

3 Stars

I have really enjoyed this series but I just couldn’t really get back into this world.  The reader met the two MC’s in the last installment.  I really liked both and wanted to get to know them better.  The world just didn’t seem polished as friends and companions were missing the solidarity that was found in previous installments.  At times, the Argonauts didn’t appear to be friendly or even heroic.

As with all of the other character’s Titus and Natasa have special circumstances as well.  Titus has a knack for reading other’s thoughts.  Unfortunately, due to tricking a witch, he is now cursed with feeling their thoughts as well.  Natasa is a descendant of Poseidon, which leaves her in high demand by the Olympians.  I just didn’t see the kindred spirits between these two.

On a secondary note, Isadora is pregnant with her first child.  She is torn between two men who both want her for their soulmate.  Both are brothers.  Demetrius is her husband, and Nick and Demetrius are twins.  I could not for the life of me remember why both are in love (or lust) with Isadora.  Isadora and Demetrius are bonded due to Hera’s curse causing opposites to attract.  However, I don’t see the logic of Nick also vying for Isadora’s love.  Of course, both men want to be with her when she delivers her and Demetrius’s child – WHAT!!

I really liked the first few books of this series but either the installments are loosing their luster or I’m just not digging the mythology like I once did.

City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown

City in Embers

4.50 Stars

Narrated by Amy Landon

This book was given to me by Tantor Media in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book that I have read by this author.  I normally don’t care for urban fantasy, especially when it comes to new adults.  Zoey was 22 and her boss, also her love interest was 18 years older than her.  Daniel is basically a supporting character as his time in this book was very brief.  After high school, Zoey is recruited by a special government agency – DMG (Department of Molecular Genetics) where she becomes a collector of fae.  Zoey never thinks twice about catching fae and handing over for research purposes. When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s world begins to unravel.

When a bolt of magic lightning strikes Zoey, she is given some of a fae’s magic powers. Zoey now must work with Ryker in order to restore her freedom.  This reader has mixed feelings about Ryker.  He is definitely a bad ass and very intimidating.  Although he is fae, he has some human quirks, like not letting any of his food to touch on his plate.  Throughout the book, he refers Zoey as “human” rather than calling her by name.  Towards the end of the book, both Zoey and Riker are coming to accept each other.

My favorite character in this book is Sprig, an ADHD monkey sprite who absolutely loves honey and sugar.  I just adored him and his new friend “Pam”.  Sprig was funny and added humor to a storyline that desperately needed it.

The ending was a surprise and somewhat of a letdown.  This is another book that leaves the reader wondering why and what’s up next with Ryker and Zoey.  Overall, this is a good start to this series and to the world building.  I will definitely read the next book and can’t wait to find out what adventures that Sprig has in store.

 

Wolves (I Bring the Fire #1) by C. Gockel

Wolves

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Do you like cliffhangers?  If not, you might as well stop here and not read this book.  There is no conclusion, and the book just simply ends with a major cliffhanger.  The narrator made this book come to life, and I couldn’t stop listening to it.  If it weren’t for the cliffhanger, I would give this book a 4.5 rating.  However, this was a fun and easy read.  The book flipped between Norse mythology, current day, and fairy tales.  There were also some laugh out loud moments especially when Loki speaks to “car” and learns how to use the computer.  There was a small role by Thor who I always thought was extremely cool.

Loki, in Asgard, is trying to save his two sons and ends up on earth rescuing Amy from being accosted.   Amy takes Loki home to her grandmother, Beatrice.  Loki, Amy, and Beatrice.  The book flashbacks to Asgard, which at times is a little confusing.  We see Loki as misunderstood but wants to do the right thing.   Amy, Beatrice, and Loki have an adventure where they meet elves and barely escape back to earth.

This was well written and did keep my interest until the end.  If you like magic, Norse mythology, fairy tales, and cliffhangers, then this book is for you – quite enjoyable!  I will have to read book 2 soon.  I just hope that book 2 wraps this one up and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger!

Sins of the Night (Dark Hunter #8) by Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Sins of the Night

3 stars

So far in this series, I have given all books 4 to 5 stars.  Unfortunately, this one was not up there with my favorites.  While it was important to answer a few lingering questions, I just could not get interested in the plot.  The Dark Hunters in Mississippi are being led astray by none other than Daimons.  Fearing rebellion, Danger, a female Dark Hunter, calls upon Ash to settle this matter once and for all.  Ash brings out the big guns in the form of Alexion who is always called to restore peace in any manner that he deems fit.  Danger must work with Alexion but both are immediately attracted to each other.

Danger and Alexion’s attraction were enough to enjoy the story, but the plot just fell short for me.  The pacing was slow, and I found my mind wandering to other more pressing issues, like what to cook for dinner.  I did listen to the audio and love the narrator.  I am looking forward to the next installment and getting back to the world of the Dark Hunter.

Feral Sins

Goodreads Review

If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.

Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal…but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.

Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance.Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene – not for the faint-hearted. (less)

My Review:

4 stars

I have been putting this off for a long time.  I heard mixed reviews and wasn’t very impressed.  I really enjoyed reading book 1 of the series and can’t wait to begin book 2.  Paranormal is one of my favorite genres, and this one did not disappoint.  I love strong female characters, and Taryn didn’t disappoint.  Not only was she a healer, but she was also a latent shifter.  Being a latent shifter was an embarrassment to her father since Latent shifters are unable to fully shift into wolf form.  Taryn’s father is the leader of the pack, and she is slated to mate with someone she sees as her enemy.  Trey offers Taryn a deal to save his pack and in return will save her from a loveless and abusive mating.  There are some adult situations in this book.  Remember that you have been warned!

I do plan on reading book 2 sooner rather than later.

Feral Sins

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