Monday, January 16, 2017

Of Fear and Faith by N.D. Jones (Death and Destiny, #1)

Of Fear and Faith
by N.D. Jones

Trilogy: Death and Destiny - Book 1
Publisher: Siren Publishing (July 22, 2014)
Publication Date: August 18, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Suspense
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Before trust and love can take hold, grow solid roots, and blossom into a reality larger than self, fear must be conquered and faith embraced. Yet fear of an ancient prophecy, of burning magical power, and a broken heart, Sanura Williams, psychology professor, is unprepared when Special Agent Assefa Berber enters her life, hunting a preternatural serial killer. Assefa's intelligent, chocolate eyes and intoxicating aura signature stirs her fire spirit but frightens the woman.

In a world where all is not as it seems, Sanura and Assefa must battle the gods' first creations - vile predators who threaten the safety of humans. Each confrontation, each bloody clash, will bring Sanura and Assefa closer to fulfilling the prophecy of being the Fire Witch and Cat of Legend - the ones who will save humanity from the Water Witch of Legend. Death, godly magic, and physical attraction draw Sanura and Assefa to each other, but fear and faith will determine their destiny. ** A great paranormal romance.

Of Fear and Faith by N.D. Jones (Death and Destiny, #1) 
Of Fear and Faith (Death and Destiny #1)Paranormal romance, one of the most written about genres, where authors are free to take us away on a journey of passion, adventure and incredible powers far beyond a mere human’s. Add the words “powerful tale” and you have N.D. Jones’ OF FAITH AND FEAR an intriguing tale of prophecies, fear, desire and finding the ability to trust without reservation, even when your very life depends on it.

The world is full of secrets, but possibly the best kept secret is the existence of beings of magic, myth and powers unknown to mankind. Among them, a psychology professor and a Special Agent must find each other, bond and create the fulfillment of a prophecy long awaited. Sanura is a powerful witch, and she was NOT prepared for the power that emanated from the shifter, Assefa, who is on the hunt for a supernatural killer. Is it possible the prophecy’s time is now? Must these two become more than the sum of their individual natures? Are they the ones to save humanity from the Water Witch?

Love, lives and hearts are on the line as two souls battle both their insecurities and their attraction to achieve one of life’s greatest gifts, trust in oneself and in another.

N.D. Jones does not write insta-love. She builds a world of rich detail, high tension and drama as the weight of the world slowly falls on Sanura and Assefa. Feel each scene come to life as we witness heinous crimes, very real familial love and an almost comical FBI partnership that seems made in hell.

So many beings exist next to the innocent humans, so much power and history and so much riding on fate, luck and the trust of lovers meant to be.

Want to be immersed in fantasy until the lines between reality and fiction are blurred? Do you enjoy the vibrancy of a well- told tale? N.D. Jones can write, and her world comes to life as her words cross the pages. This is one of those Gems I search for when nothing short of strong writing will do!

I received this copy from N.D. Jones in exchange for my honest review.

Return to Earth by Aithal (The Galaxy Series, #2)

Return To Earth
by Aithal

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Galaxy Series - Book 2
Publisher: Season Ball; 1 edition (January 20, 2017)
Publication Date: January 20, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction
Print Length: 172 pages
Available from: Amazon

After their shuttle meeting with an accident and accidentally landing on a strange planet, the three astronauts return to Earth with the help of the aliens. However, they end up returning in the wrong time—in the future.

What they experience truly shocks them. They return to a time when separation, division, and hatred rules. Indeed, they return to Earth. But is it really home? What has happened to their beloved planet? And what has happened to their country, the most powerful nation on Earth? Is it still the most powerful country on Earth? Whose doing is it?

In a place where a human sees and treats a fellow human defines his existence. In a time when survival is the most important thing, the human spirit of endurance and sharing shows how life can be when things become dire.
In this second book of The Galaxy Series, join the adventures of the three astronauts and an alien on Earth. Take an emotional rollercoaster ride as they travel through America, see what they see and ask yourself—‘is this what I want to leave my next generation?'

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Return To Earth (The Galaxy Series #2)
What started as a mission in search of another inhabitable planet, three astronauts from Earth crash onto a planet where they discover they are not alone in sucking the life out of a planet. Now, it is time to return to Earth, but something goes awry and they are thrust into a future Earth that is all but dead, its resources depleted by the human population, both through greed and necessity.

What they discover is a nightmare of the worst magnitude. Earth has become even more brutal, hateful and mistrusting and people are separated by fear, ignorance and status. NASA is no more, The United States is no more, it has been shredded into little fiefdoms where power is king and brutality is a way of life as survival becomes a dog eat dog world for the meager resources left.
Will they be able to get back to their own time and warn the world of what they have seen?

Aithal once again brings awareness to the problems Earth has faced for centuries and has created his version of where we are headed and what will become of the planet we call home. Hence, the astronauts ever venturing into space. RETURN TO EARTH is every bit as riveting and filled with all of the imagination of book one and the dire straits Earth is in. A quick reading tale that is filled with both hope and despair, adventure and aliens working with humans, it is a far more sophisticated work than those tales of little green monsters.

I applaud Aithal’s ability to weave the protection or rape of our resources into his tale, particularly as it has been going on almost unchecked for centuries. I read to be entertained, to travel in my mind where I cannot go with my body, to experience incredible things and places from the minds of talented authors. What Aithal has also done is to follow in the worn tracks of other authors using their work as a political platform barely veiling their words in the fiction they write. I have to say, I was ripped out of this fabulous tale by Aithal’s words, where, instead of using current events as a jumping board into furthering his story, he gives a vitriolic rant that went on a little too long and a little too far. It isn’t a matter of if I agree or not, it is that it destroyed an otherwise fascinating tale for me.

That said, I would never say do NOT read this, because it would be your loss to miss out on this author’s talent.

I received an ARC edition from Aithal in exchange for my honest review.

Dangerous to Know by Dawn Ryder (Unbroken Heroes #1)

Dangerous to Know
My Rating: 4 stars

Written by: Dawn Ryder
Series: Unbroken Heroes
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 1250075211
ISBN-13: 978-1250075215
Genre: Romantic Suspense

In this red-hot romance-the first in a Special Ops series-Dawn Ryder takes readers into a world of dangerous secrets and forbidden passion...

She's too good to be bad

A bad-boy member of an elite Special Ops team, Mercer has never been assigned an undercover mission he couldn't complete. But when his latest job requires him to gain the trust-and get into the bed-of his newest target, the sexy, fiery colonel's daughter, he has a whole new challenge ahead of him. All evidence points to her being a traitor to the country he's sworn to protect, but the crackling desire between them is too strong a feeling to ignore...

He's too bad to resist

Zoe has always kept her secrets close to the vest. The only woman in a decorated military family, she's been taught that to let someone close is to flirt with disaster. But when the dangerously handsome, alpha-strong Mercer comes blazing into her life full-speed, it's all Zoe can do to resist his wicked seduction. As danger circles closer, Zoe must decide if she can trust him to protect her-but there's no way he could be bad when he makes her feel this good...

Dangerous to Know (Unbroken Heroes, #1)Dangerous to Know by Dawn Ryder

Sexy alpha and member of an elite special ops team, Mercer, is sent to seduce the sister and the daughter of two highly decorated military service men in the hopes to uncover the leak that has caused military personnel to lose their lives.

The chemistry explodes between Mercer and his target Zoe, but will he find the traitor before more lives are lost. The clock is ticking…

Uber Alphas, erotically charged sexual encounters liberally steamed up the pages in the first of the Unbroken Heroes Series, Dangerous To Know.

Dangerous to Know contained a strong plot, intriguing characters and emotionally charged situations that kept me highly interested in the outcome.

The plot possibilities and what ifs coming to fruition through the dynamics that are being playing out between the secondary characters are something I won't want to miss. This is a series that I will happily follow.

I received this copy of Dangerous to Know from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. This book published March 1, 2016.

Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti (The Scorpius Syndrome #3)

Justice Ascending 
My Rating:
Written by: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
ISBN-10: 1420137980
ISBN-13: 978-1420137989
Genre: Romantic Post Apocalyptic

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly... and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he's lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there's no turning back for either of them.

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she's one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she's not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she'll face even that hell again to save him.

Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome, #3)Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

Sami has been an active woman member of the elite Vanguard team since the beginning. She’s always had her eye on the nice guy Texan, Tace.

When Tace is struck with the virus his ability to distinguish between right and wrong get blurred but there is one thing he knows for sure…he knows Sami is lying about her past and he wants her.

Tace and Sami are sent into a rival territory to assist a competing fraction with medical services and to spy on them. Friendships and truces will be tested in this gritty world infected with the Scorpius virus

Both Sami and Tace have been favorite side characters so I was thrilled to dive right into their tale. Hot as heck, with the story telling visceral, edgy and raw.

Finally! We get to the infamous “bunker” in this high octane romantic suspense thriller, Justice Ascending. Loving this series, Zanetti grips her readers with intense action, suspense-filled anticipation and finding love in this most unhospitable post-apocalyptic world.

I received this ARC copy of Justice Ascending from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication Jan. 31, 2017.

The Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Nearness of You
by Amanda Eyre Ward

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 21, 2017)
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 240 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood—from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they’d decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate.

Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette’s doubts over whether she’s made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself—one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them—Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland—to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.

The Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward  
The Nearness of YouParenthood, family, all-encompassing love and the lengths a mother will go for her child, biological or not. THE NEARNESS OF YOU by Amanda Eyre Ward burrows deep into the lives of two women and the child they both love. Heart surgeon Suzette Kendall has never wanted anything to interfere with the life-saving work she does, including having a child. For Suzette and her upwardly mobile husband, Hyland life was good until Hyland decides he wants to feel the bond of a parent and child. For Suzette, it is not an option, mental illness runs rampant in her family and she refuses to pass along her curse.

After deep soul-searching and interviews, a surrogate mother is found, but when the baby girl is born, Dorrie is nowhere to be found. Although originally unsure of what they are doing, Suzette finds she will go to any length to find Hyland’s biological child and her newly awakened maternal heart’s reason for beating. Not until the toddler is sick, does Dorrie give her back and beg never to be hunted down.

As the years go by, this young teen questions her heritage, who her birth mother is and what her life would be like. Running away, she does discover who her mother is, but the fairy tale ending she hoped for becomes a deadly nightmare of pain for a troubled teen who longs for an identity and unconditional love. Has her young mind and heart missed the meaning of family, love and loyalty?

Amanda Eyre Ward will shred your heart as a young teen becomes desperate for answers and mistakes tough love for not caring. Explore the questions of a mothers’ pain, a mother’s love and a mother’s resilience to endure the worst for the child she loves. Is it biology or a matter of the heart?
You may not agree with the characters’ actions, you may find some characters harder to know and like, but in the end, you will see the lengths to which a mother will go for her child's welfare.

I received an ARC edition from Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review.

Wolf Unbound by Lauren Dane (Cascadia Wolves #4)

Wolf Unbound
Written by: Lauren Dane
Series:  Cascadia Wolves 
Sequence in Series: 4
Publisher: Carina Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Overshadowed by the rising threat of the werewolf mafia, Ben and Tegan struggle to stand united. Werewolf Enforcer Tegan Warden has been alone since the death of her mate four years ago. Until she meets Ben Stoner at a local club and she feels something she thought died inside her. Things move very quickly and she finds herself mated to a human man whos not altogether sure he wants a forever kind of love with a woman hes just met. Ben realizes in short order Tegan is not only worth forever love, but a woman who'll stand at his side without tolerating anything other than a full partnership. In the bedroom its another story, as Ben has finally found a sexual submissive with a spark, and Tegan a man worthy of her submission. Together they work toward building a permanent relationship even as the specter of danger from the Pellini Group grows in the world of wolves. All around them, the rising violence threatens the Packs and the only thing they know for certain is one another.

Wolf Unbound (Cascadia Wolves, #4)Wolf Unbound by Lauren Dane

Wolf Unbound is a solid 3. 5 star read for me. I had read it previously and enjoyed reading it again.

Dane has a way with the pen and creating worlds with words. Wolf Unbound spends lots of time creating a BDSM werewolf world.

To me, its all about the balance. If there was more balance between the sex and the actually story, I would of loved this tale. Wolf Unbound is sure to be a hit with those who really prefer more sex less story.

I received Wolf Unbound from Carina Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication Feb. 1, 2017.

I have read an early edition of this released previously.

The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death by Kim Harrison (Prequel 0.5)

The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death
My Rating:

Written by: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
ISBN-10: 1501108719
ISBN-13: 978-1501108716
Genre: Urban Fantasy

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce fans and readers to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan's world as they've never seen it before!

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death (The Hollows #0.1)The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death by Kim Harrison

Sometimes, when a book is highly anticipated, the actual story doesn’t meet your expectation. This is absolutely NOT the case with The Turn. Hollow fans have guessed, speculated and surmised ourselves crazy but the wait is over. Harrison has gifted us with the undiluted truth about the tomato plague, as well as Kal’s, Quen’s and Trisk’s beginning…not to mention that amazing cover with soul smut. Not only did I want to re-read the entire series over all over again, I was left wanting more.

For any Hollows fan, The Turn is a must read. If you never picked up a Hollows story, this would be a great time to check it all out and you get to start from the very beginning.

I received this ARC copy of The Turn from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for a honest and voluntary review.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark (Blink #1)


My Rating:
Written by: Evangeline Denmark
Series: Blink
Sequence in Series: 1
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Blink; Reprint edition
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
ISBN-10: 0310729513
ISBN-13: 978-0310729518
Genre: Steampunk

Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.

By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.

But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.

Curio (Curio #1)Curio by Evangeline Denmark

Grey has lived under the oppression of the Chemist her entire life. When she is attacked by werewolf type creatures, her best friend, Whit, comes to her rescue sending Whit into a night of hellish punishment and Grey drawing the attention of the Chemist.

The Chemist attack Grey’s family sending Grey running to her grandfather’s shop and accidently sucked into an alternate universe through the Curio. The new world is inhabited by clockwork people and Grey soon discovers she’s ran herself right into another tyrannical society.

The story jumps back and forth between the Chemist world with Whit’s discoveries and Grey’s exploration, captivity and discoveries in the clockwork world.

I’m a big Steampunk fan so this story seemed right up my ally. The overall premise was amazing with highly imaginative and original ideas that would completely blow you away if you weren’t feeling, well, confused. Denmark takes a huge undertaking not just creating one world but two and I think that is where it lost me. Separately, both worlds were very interesting but the jumping back and forth caused a low in the pace. I’m giving Curio 3.5 stars. I was caught between liking it and really liking it.

I received this copy of Curio from Zonderkidz-Books - Blink. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Vi Keeland's EGOMANIAC Release Day Blitz

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The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.   Website | Facebook Fan Group | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram