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Book Review: ‘A Bargain in Silver’ by Josie Jaffrey

Title: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti Book 1)

Published: 3rd January 2015

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Facebook: www.facebook.com/josiejaffrey

Twitter: @josiejaffrey

 

Synopsis:

If the price of safety were slavery, would you bargain your life?

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with zombies. In this book they call them Weepers but you are still going to want to run away from them all the same!

A lot can happen when no one really pays attention. When the strange and unbelievable becomes believable you have to wonder what else could happen in such a short amount of time. Everything changes and soon when you thought you were the top of the food chain you realise that you are no more than lunch. When this happens it helps to have someone on your side, you just have to be careful of who you trust. Something that Emmy is finding out when she, along with the rest of the world, finds out that zombie like creatures called Weepers are hunting them and only vampire like creatures called the Silver can help. Help doesn’t come free though so you have to make a choice. You live to serve and donate or you die – not much of a choice but it’s all human’s have.

After leaving her bar shift at Parker’s Emmy finds herself in a bit of trouble. Streets are dark and creepy at the best of times but when three strangers come at her it goes from bad to worse. Especially when she notices the amount of blood and gore on them. Good job someone happens to be out to help. Her would be saviour Drew might have a few things to explain though as there’s more than meets the eye. Eye being the right word as his seem to be threaded with silver.

Time to get off the streets and back to the safety of his penthouse flat. She might be freaking out a bit by what is happening but that doesn’t stop the strange connection she feels with him. In the safety of his home he shows her what she clearly has missed. A message was broadcast out for all to see from Soloman, for all intents and purposes the new man in charge. The world is under attack by something humans just can’t fight, luckily for them the Silver can. For people of both kinds to survive in the wake of the Weepers humans had to come to an agreement. The Silver will protect them and rebuild around the destruction the Weepers have caused and in return they will work where assigned and donate blood monthly. Not much of a choice but the only one that will mean survival. Hearing this just makes Emmy want to get away the first chance she can get. A bit tricky when she finds out Drew is Solomon’s right hand man.

When her moment arrives she wastes no time in getting away, heading for the only place she feels safe, Parkers. She’s glad to find her friends Jeff, Sarah and Danny inside and so together they create a plan to try and get out of town before they are found. From the messages broadcast across all channels they know the Silver are going to be looking for people to round up and go to the ‘safe’ houses but they don’t partially feel safe about that. They just don’t know what to fear most, the Silver or the Weepers. Comply or die seems to be the moto for the Silver and it’s something Emmy and her friends don’t want to do. How long before they are found and what fate beholds them when they are?

She should have known that they couldn’t stay hidden for long and that her role in this new world was about to change. Caught and not given much of a choice she is asked by Drew and Sol to give them a week to see how she fits in. I’m thinking if she still wants to get away then death will be coming for her, she just won’t know from what side. With being caught she gets protection, not just from Drew who is overly protective of her, but also from Sol. Seems he finds her intriguing enough to claim her as his own, not that she knows this right away. With his mark on her she is untouchable. She won’t need to donate and anyone who tries to feed from her will answer to him. Protection always comes at a price, so what are his true motives?

So Emmy finds herself caught in the middle of an intense triangle. She isn’t sure of her own feelings as a Silvers touch or kiss can create certain reactions. Fitting into this new world is tricking, more so when she finds herself between the two most powerful players, both vying for her attention. Drew I think has more true feelings towards her at the beginning, whereas Sol is more intrigued by her, a breath of fresh air for both. This just causes a bit of tension and trouble and not just from those directly involved. Others are trying for a power play and seems Emmy is in the middle of a plan to see it through. Dangers at most doors but who is she going to turn to when she needs to feel safe? Which choice is the better one?

An interesting start to a series that manages to create an intriguing dystopian, post-apocalyptic London now that the Silver and Weepers are out in the open. Well drawn out characters but did find Emmy a bit annoying at times with how easy she could be manipulated into thinking differently. Ask a dam question and things might have worked out differently! Interesting side characters that are part of the Solis Invicti and friends – well most are – of Drew. Ben, Cam and Thomas are all members of the Solis Invicti, top men in Solomon’s leadership. Cam is a sweetie just wanting to make everyone happy, Thomas is loyal to Drew but Ben I fear has an ulterior motive so not to be trusted. Either way will be interesting to see how things play out from there on and who she will end up with, it might not be who you think.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Libertine’ by Saskia Walker

Title: The Libertine (Taskill Witches Book 2)

Published: 19th January 2018

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

Synopsis:

THE LIBERTINE.

St Andrews, Scotland: 1715. His witchcraft could save her from ruin, or guide her swiftly to it…

Lennox Taskill is a rogue, a seducer, and a powerful witch. He has seen his kind scorned and persecuted, and hunts endlessly for his sisters, Jessie and Maisie. His only other loyalty is to his coven, who he wants to take north to safety in the highlands, as soon as he reunites with his sisters. Lennox’s disdain for humanity is sealed by the searing memory of his mother burning at the stake. So when the wife of a wealthy local landlord comes seeking his help through magic, the beguiling Chloris Keavey presents Lennox with his greatest opportunity for distraction…and revenge.

Chloris is in danger of being turned out by her heartless husband because she hasn’t provided him an heir. She vows to find a way through witchcraft, but soon surrenders to Lennox’s seductive magic in more ways than one. Her desire for Lennox overwhelms her, and her fragile heart is at risk. But with a witch hunt brewing, Lennox and Chloris are soon risking everything for their forbidden nights of ecstasy…and to protect the secret that could cost them their lives. This is a paranormal, historical, erotic romance novel set in Scotland.

Please note: This is an adult title featuring explicit language and scenarios appropriate to the historical setting. Previously published with a different cover.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Challenge – A book about witches.

Chloris Keavey is in trouble and she fears the only way out of it, or rather to solve her problem, is to go an unconventional route in the way of seeing a witch. She needs to become pregnant or she fears her husband will cast her out for not giving him what he wants. It also soon becomes clear that her life might depend on it – scars tell a torrid story of her married life. She needs help with her fertility, and after talking to a maid in her cousin Tamhas’s household while she’s there, she heads out to contact a supposed witches coven. She hopes to find a mature woman leader who can help her, with herbs or perhaps a spell with being desperate, but finds herself in front of a dangerously handsome man instead. His features alone give her a clear impression that the rumours of witches carnal desire nature, due to practicing their craft, being very much true. The heat coming off both of them with barely a word spoken is nothing compare to the spark she feels when he touches her bare hand.

Lennox is a seducer to the max and is intrigued by Chloris right from the start. He doesn’t think for a moment that she’s barren, more so that it’s her husband. If she comes back to him, after her feeling a small measure of his power, it might intrigue him enough to want to help. Women come to him often to lie on their backs freely but Chloris would be very different. One touch of her hand and he knows he can trust her. In his eyes she’s a woman who hasn’t yet been truly awoken to her sensual nature. Something he wants to help with.

Lennox has two goals in life, to find his lost sisters Jessie and Maisie and to help his people that are being persecuted by validating them. It seems that when he fails to move forward on either front his boredom kicks in, which can lead him into trouble. Chloris seems to be a good distraction. He might want to help her out in a small way to start but longs to seduce her much more.

Seems Lennox and Tamhas have a bit of old tension between them. I feel, at first, that he kind of wanted to help Chloris – mainly by seducing her – so that it would get back to Tamhas. But he should be careful as Tamhas is just looking for a reason to cry ‘witch’ with anyone associated with Lennox. Right from the start you get the vibe that Tamhas can’t be trusted. Something Chloris takes too long to see. She was always just a pawn to be used when he couldn’t get what he wanted from her. Lennox must be wary to protect the people in his coven, and soon Chloris too.

There are fun times to be had at the market. When chaos distracts others she feels stillness at her back knowing Lennox is there. He say’s he’ll do the ritual to help her so needs to come to the house in the dead of night, but only if she gives him a sign she wants him to. Seems she can still feel his touch on her hand from the night before. Perhaps it’s his way to infuse heated passion into her from a distance? It all seems to lead to the first ritual. Magic and passion infused as one. Well that’s one way to get heated and feel the touch of magic caress your skin. Well magic and Lennox that is. The ritual is the first of many; well that’s what Lennox is hoping for. He asks her to meet him the morning after in the woods just as the light is forming so that nature’s magic is at its highest point. This soon leads to fun times in the forest when he starts to awaken her true self fully with the feel of magic, and Lennox, all around her. He is definitely a master seducer and Chloris is in his sights to surrender to him.

It might start out as a magical ritual but it soon turns into a passionate love affair – very spicy between them. Feelings are soon creeping in too. Can Lennox see what she really means to him to save her from the path she is on? He is always the saviour it seems. Well he tries to be anyway. He has his coven he protects, kin but not family. He will always be looking for his sisters to bring them home. Now he has Chloris and as the connection between them builds so does the risk of discovery. He needs to protect her from dangers closer to home. People are hunting witches, Tamhas at the lead of that one. Can he out run them?

Fun witchy goings on with the Taskill family and Lennox sure has some power behind him. Don’t get in his way when someone he loves is in danger. A family is slowly coming together, new non-magical partners too, but one still left to find. Let’s see what it takes to find her so they can all be safe in the Highlands. Loved the ending, it really picked up then. Shows how everything was meant to follow a certain path to finding what, or rather who, he has been searching for. Things happen for a reason so they all need to listen more to what their magic is telling them. Hopefully it will help guide them all home.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Scented Bones’ by Angelina Kerner

Title: The Scented Bones (The Svabodina Case Files Book 1)

Published: 2nd September 2018

Author: Angelina Kerner

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AngelinaKernerFiction

Twitter: @kernerangelina

Instagram: www.instagram.com/angelinakerner

 

Synopsis:

Angel Svabodina is a rookie forensic anthropologist, enjoying the beginning of her new career. That joy comes crashing down when she figures out the skeleton she’s working on is not human and then it vanishes.

She throws herself fully into the case without thinking about the parties involved, a psychopomp associate, and paranormal mafia families made up of vampires and werewolves—or the consequences.

When she sees there’s no avoiding the inevitable, Angel has to suck it up and work with the werewolves to solve the case but can she trust them?

Werewolves and witches are in a centuries-old feud, but that doesn’t stop the shivers running down her spine from one wolf in particular. Rights and wrongs become blurred, as she is tormented by her past and accepting who she truly is while searching for the skeleton. What’s more, nothing comes for free, including information. To get what she needs from the werewolf don, Angel has to meet with the fae queen. Can she meet her without repercussions and solve the case?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with non-human characters. We have witches, werewolves, vampires and many more that will show up as the series continues. The Mafia paranormal families are causing trouble and Angel seems to be at the centre of it with a bones case she was working – one where they go missing. Vampires – the Kamorra – and werewolves – the Tarotia – seem to be at the top of it, but which to be more afraid of is anyone’s guess. Let’s the supernatural escapades begin.

I’ve recently just started watching Bones TV series so got a bit of a vibe throughout with Angel being a forensic anthropologist and all, not that she really likes the comparison herself though. She has a bit more to deal with than they do with all the paranormal stuff thrown in for good measure. Bones are something she knows but these ones in particular have a distinct feel to them – they are paranormal. Just when she is about the start the case she finds they have been taken. She has a feeling that she is meant to see this case through, no matter where it might lead. Where it leads is the middle of paranormal mafia situation. Seems she might need to be asking her Grandma to unlock her magic again after all as she is going to need it.

Now Angel’s best friend seems to have found her way into a certain paranormal mafia family without her knowing. The only way she finds out is when she tags along to a house party Lorenzo, Laura’s boyfriend, is at. If Angel had had her magic unlocked at the time she might have figured out a bit sooner what she was walking into. With her not being able to tell what they are she hopes that it goes both ways. Might not be the case, as some there seem to know her, or at least who her family is. Doesn’t take long before an interest is taken with her, she just didn’t know it was by werewolves at the time.

Now witches and werewolves have always had a turbulent relationship in the past stemming from an ancient feud. She wants to follow some leads on the case though and ends up at their door so to speak. She may feel nervous as a whole with being around them as she starts to figure out what they are but it’s one guy in particular who interests her. The moment Gage came near she felt as though an electric current was running right through her, talk about heart rate rising! Fear and attraction in equal measures.

Her magic might be back (side note, she has a cool automatic drawing power where she gets a vision from touching the bones, a vision of the paranormal girl they belong to) but she still wants to hide it from others to keep safe. I doubt she will be able to do that for long if she wants to solve the case. To get help from the Tarotia family she needs to get the Don something. Something the fae Queen has in her realm but will only give if she gets a favour in return. Gage is in for the ride too with getting it. He seems very protective of her, and ancient feud or no feud, there is chemistry brewing. Whether she’s ready for where it might lead is something else entirely. I think if you have read any kind of shifter book you will know why they’d feel that way. All I’ll say about the fae realm though is that you need to be careful what you eat as everything always has a catch.

I think we can all agree that Grandma knows best and has a knack for showing up at just the right time. Good job too as it was just when Angel was ready to have her magic back. Grandma also happens to be a bit of a badass, always having people watch out for Angel whether she knows it or not. Let’s hope some of her skills passed down to Angel.

A great start to a new series with lots of interesting characters and one that I’m looking forward to continuing with.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Of Beasts and Bonds’ by N. D. Jones

Title: Of Beasts and Bonds: A Witch and Shapeshifter Romance (Death and Destiny Trilogy Book 2)

Published: 18th August 2016

Publisher: Siren Publishing

Author: N. D. Jones

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ndjonesparanormalromanceauthor

Twitter: @ndjonesauthor

 

Synopsis:

A deadlier war begins. New enemies arise. And, a bond must be completed, before it is too late.

A new threat to the earth arises, in the form of the angry and vengeful gods Mami Wata and Oya, now free from their imprisonment, and hellbent on making humanity suffer. Assefa Berber and Dr. Sanura Williams, the prophesized Cat and Fire Witch of Legend, will now need everything they possess-power, magic, strength, cunning-along with a much stronger mate bonding, to defeat Mami Wata and her vile beasts.

In order for their bond to survive, Assefa and Sanura must defeat all forces of evil. The fate of their love hangs in the balance.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that scares you. Ok so maybe not so much scare as creep me out with some of the things Mami Wata throws at people. I’m sure she’s just warming up though.

So Sanura now believes, like all who meet her, witches and were-cat alike, that she is the prophecy fire witch. That she is the mortal reincarnation of Oya, goddess of wind, thunderbolts and fire. The one who just so happens to wage a war on her sister Mami Wata every 500 years. This time the battle might truly set Oya free to be with her love Sango once more. No pressure then on taking on that task. She might have her partner in Assefa, their aura’s connecting stronger than either would have thought and now living together, but she is holding back on him marking her as his. Fire witch and her cat of legend, Mngwa, which just happens to be Assefa. So why is she holding back? Maybe because she knows what these were-cats are willing to give up to protect those around them.

It’s cool that there is a school for teaching new witches and were-cats. Seems with the battle looming more want to come and learn, maybe even help. A battle between a fire and water witch is coming but no-one yet knows who this water witch will be, just that they will be the same age as Sanura. This school just so happens to have Sanura’s mother Makena help run it alongside fellow council member and high priestess Anna. Seems they’ve just got wind of Sanura’s relationship with Assefa and want to meet them to see if he really is the cat of legend, and how he can help. Seems they are trying to put things in motion for what is to come..

The gods it seems watch from the skies at the havoc their magic casts on the world. The phrase ‘suck it up and get over it already’ comes to mind with these two sisters. They are both just far too stubborn to change after all this time. Oya is more about magic where as Mami Wata likes to send in her creepy pets to do her bidding. Day of the Serpents is almost upon them and I think Mami Wata will have a selection to throw at them. Beware of what goddesses are really capable of.

A speck of gold dust, some were-cat pheromones and a fire witch make one hell of a hot encounter. Fan me down they were on fire, well right up until the claim bite would take place, then it’s like a bucket of water falls on them – well more Sanura. Seems she needs to come clean with her reasons for holding back, whether Assefa can deal with them is another matter entirely. It seems in not making a choice she has in fact already chosen. He loves her though so is willing to give her what she needs. Talking of needs he gives her the best relaxation/fire passion chemistry birthday possible. Same again next year perhaps? Well if they get the looming battle out of the way first.

A few more interesting side characters are starting to play their part in what is to come. Zareb, Assefa’s best friend and bodyguard, is intriguing and when he meets Cyntia, Sanra’s best friend, there seems to have a bit of a connection going on. One she can’t explain, troubling too as she is married.

Another creative read that is leading towards the main battle on the horizon. Not as much of a mystery like the first but more about moving the players into position for the final showdown. Let’s see how it all ends.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Rogue’ by Tonya Coffey

Title: Rogue (A Valkyrie Tale Book 1)

Published: 29th January 2017

Author: Tonya Coffey

Facebook: www.facebook.com/coffeytonya

Twitter: @coffeytonya1

 

Synopsis:

Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside of her changes. A spark ignites; triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, she turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. However, she knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.

Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a beautiful cover. Well it is purple and that’s my favourite colour so kind of gives it an edge. Warriors, wolves, shifters, gods of war and Valkyrie’s alike must come together to fight the battle that’s brewing. Odin must be stopped and it looks like they are just the ones to do it.

Clytie seems to have gotten herself in a bit of a tricky situation right from the get go. Luckily it seems that a black panther shifter, Storm, is there to help, seemingly having an overwhelming urge to protect her. Thing is he gets hurt and is near death, near enough for Psyche, Clytie’s sister, to come to take him to be a part of Odin’s army, something Clytie feels compelled to stop. Seems they both want to protect the other but have no idea why. Fate has pulled them together but will it keep them together? Odin might have a few words to say about that.

Clytie knows the moment her sister tells Odin of what she has done the whole of Asgard will come for them. Her sister included, the one she will need to watch out for the most. She might now be a rogue but she’s one with a panther shifter on her side so that has to count for something, right? He’s saved her life in a battle so it’s only fair she save his. Almost like ‘tag you’re it’, next time you save me.

The connection between them is so strong and neither can deny it for long. When the running danger comes too close the heat rises to the surface. A kiss to connect but in the process brings a storm in itself. Clytie was once told of a story about the Valkyrie of the earth – the ultimate Valkyrie. Fearing she is part of it, and not knowing the whole story, she runs from the one person she needs most. She is their goddess, their savior and it’s something she can’t run from.

Seems Psyche has her own protector in Borea, who inadvertently gets himself in hot water so feels the need to protect her from what’s coming. He knows she will follow Odin’s orders but will her love for her sister stop her from completing the mission? Seems when you go out of your way to stop a prophecy from coming true you end up creating the reason for why its meant to happen in the first place. Something Odin should think on with what’s to come. Those who serve must follow orders but what happens when they know they shouldn’t? A battle is coming but which side will come out on top?

Two prophecies for the price of one. Not only was an ultimate Valkyrie promised but also the shifters were told of a great Alpha from Storm’s pride that would lead them. Two prophecies coming together to create the ultimate power couple? A storm is brewing, quite literally, and it’s my favourite colour – purple! What’s not to love?

Interesting mystical world you are thrown into with this one. A journey like none other that is full force forward right from the get go. Fate and prophecies will not be denied and those that go against them will soon see the error of their ways. A battle might be won but the war is still to play for. With Storm by Clytie’s side they can do anything. Let the journey continue.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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