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Book Review: ‘Her Vampire’s Promise’ by Jordan K. Rose

Title: Her Vampire’s Promise (Romance in Central City, Novella One)

Published: 28th August 2014

Author: Jordan K. Rose

Blurb:

Raging Fire Kills Co-Founder, Daughter. 

Panthera Laboratories in Ruin. 

~ Central City Gazette, 1994 

Reade Hayes knows better than any vampire that nothing good ever comes out of Central City. So he isn’t surprised the beautiful blonde he meets in a dive bar is crazy. What does surprise him is how fast she moves, how hard she hits, and the fact she’s wearing a ring he last saw two decades ago on the hand of his dead friend. 

Is it possible the little girl he swore a blood pact to protect didn’t die in the fire? If the beauty sitting beside him is that pretty little baby, where has she been for twenty years? And why is she so lethal? 

On hindsight Lawrie Tyrone realizes drinking vampire blood might not have been the smartest decision. But scientists experiment and if she is going to prove her father was not a traitor, she has to take risks. So far she’s experienced no alarming side effects, well, none other than being able to recognize vampires walking among humans. 

From the power he exudes to his gorgeous dark eyes everything about the man to her right screams danger. Every logical thought tells her to kill him. But something in his eyes stops her. Is he using his vampire powers to influence her, or is something else making her heart ache for him? 

Can love thrive in the ruins of Central City?

Review:

Blood pack drawing them together without even knowing it. Crazy things can happen in dingy bars after a fruity cocktail or two.

Meeting in a dingy bar to discuss a recon mission takes an interesting turn for Reade after Garrison is late leaving him there alone. Well, not quite, aside from the barman, there is a woman who seems to like nothing more than to drink and mutter to herself. Feeling taken advantage of and unappreciated her whole life she has had enough of people thinking little of her and laughing at her. Reade is the final straw and with one smirk a broken nose soon follows. Not a one trick pony either as things soon escalate with Reade on the short end of her temper. Her speed and force something to confuse but once her name is said all things stop. What they were looking for has fallen into their laps.

Connection to protect after figuring out who she is might be high but Reade, and Garrison really when he shows up, need to work on their communication/cocky attitude skills before making Lawrie angry. One woman not known for anger or violence seems to have a knack for it when laughed at or made to feel insignificant. Might have something to do with what she drank that night, and I don’t mean the cocktails. Felt a bit like a comedy sketch with each guy being taken unaware and hurt by this firecracker with a short fuse. They need her safe and away from danger. Will she trust these vampires with her life or go back to the only place she has ever known?

Not that much happens to flush out the story but more of a starting off point to the world and the darker deeds that might follow with Panthera, the Guard, and how things link with Lawrie. Interesting characters that give you a glimpse into their worlds but feel it could have been longer. Once they are out of the bar it’s almost done. Ending was a bit flat. Seems this was more a book to set up the story for the series with introducing all the characters. Needed a bit more but then the main two in this one might pop up in rest of series as running characters throughout. Not bad for a free kindle read.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Blaze of Glory’ by Mandy M. Roth

Title: Blaze of Glory (Prospect Springs Shifters Book 1)

Published: 7th September 2011

Publisher: The Raven Books

Author: Mandy M. Roth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMandyRoth

Twitter: @mandymroth

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandymroth

Blurb:

Prospect Springs Shifters 

Paranormal Shifter Romance

Sheriff Jonathan MacSweeny is in charge of keeping the peace in Prospect Springs. Frontier living isn’t what it used to be. It’s hard to survive in the New Old West and it’s even harder when your area doesn’t exactly embrace supernaturals–and you howl at the moon. That being said, he’s good at his job and has a reputation with the ladies. When he learns his childhood sweetheart is to be married off to the town sleazebag, he goes in guns blazing to see to it she’s his. Problem is, Molly isn’t the same girl he remembers from ten years prior. Now she’s a gun-toting, foul-mouthed, vixen with a badge of her own.

Special Marshal Molly Cogan never planned to set foot back in Prospect Springs. When her friend gets the harebrained idea to steal her identity in an attempt to protect her from the bounty the outlaws have on her head, Molly finds herself standing right smack dab in the middle of chaos–or home in her case. It isn’t long before Jonathan is there, flashing that famous MacSweeny boy smile and tempting her in ways she wasn’t prepared for. This heart-hardened Marshal has her work cut out for her if she plans to face her past fears and her past sweetheart.

Review:

Doesn’t fit into one genre but many with a little bit of everything. Futuristic, post apocalyptic, shifter paranormal, western with some hot and heavy passion thrown in for good measure.

When Jonathan learns Molly is coming back to town and about to be married off by her father to the worst person possible he knows he has to stop it to protect her from the monster Gerald is. He seems to just be winging it without much of a plan and only his brother and cousin for back up. Good job he didn’t really have a plan because once he gets to the bar it would have been thrown out the window anyway when outlaws turn up seeking vengeance against the one he wants to save.

Turns out our girl Molly can take care of herself. Away for ten years after a very traumatic event she came back stronger and sharper than any of them would have thought. She is now a Special Marshall who takes out wanted paranormals and it seems the ones that don’t like this have put a bounty on her head. When outlaws turn up at the bar all hell breaks loose, more so when ‘her’ Jonathan gets caught in the crossfire. She may think him lost but the secret he carries might just come in handy with keeping him alive.

Even with bullets flying being close together after all this time can’t stop the hidden passion coming to the surface. Just got a few things to sort out first. Check list: outlaws to take care of, recovery, binding yourself to someone, breaking a married contract, that sort of thing. So not too much then!

Took a little while to get my head round what kind of era it was set in but in the end I just went along for the ride. A bit of hot fun that has a lot of asskicking to keep you entertained. Would have liked more of a comeuppance for certain characters but that might come later in series. Supporting characters were interesting and main ones had some chemistry.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘A Tracker’s Tale’ by Karen Avizur

Title: A Tracker’s Tale

Published: 1st March 2018

Author: Karen Avizur

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trackerstheseries

 

Blurb:

Welcome to the strange and perilous world of Katherine Colebrook: FBI special agent, Los Angeles… Trackers Division.

In Katherine’s world, werewolves, vampires, púcas, and other parasapien species – forced for centuries by human fear and prejudice to live at the fringes of society – have finally come out of hiding to demand their rightful place alongside us. It’s a fragile co-existence, fraught with mutual distrust: a new social contract for which the rules are still evolving. And when those rules break down – usually when a parasapien begins preying on humans – that’s when the Trackers step in. It’s their job to hunt them down and stop them by any means necessary.

Within this elite unit, Katherine Colebrook is one of the best. Her psychic abilities made her a natural for the Trackers Division, allowing her to move between the parasapien and human worlds in ways that no other agent could. But Katherine’s calling hasn’t come without struggle and losses along the way. As a single mother, she must contend with her teenage daughter, Alexandra, who not only shares Katherine’s psychic abilities, but seems determined to follow the same dangerous path as her mother.

And so, when Katherine’s latest assignment threatens to bring that danger too close home, she finds herself faced with the toughest challenge of her career: Can she protect her daughter’s life, while battling a ruthless adversary who’ll stop at nothing to destroy her?

 

Review:

Get ready to dive into the strange and intriguing world of trackers and the supernatural beings they track.

Katherine is a psychic tracker working for the FBI who tracks parasapien species who step out of line. We are first introduced to her, and her abilities, when she is called in to look at a young autistic girl brought in by police to a hospital. With her abilities she can see that Rebecca was told to run by her brother for her own safety before he was murdered. Also that she has psychic abilities herself. It seems that a vampire was after her and Katherine will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.


The story then sort of has a ‘month in the life of’ vibe throughout, jumping from one scenario to the next in Katherine’s life. Not really one linear story pushing you forward but rather you are following the cases and lives that get interlinked together from Katherine being a tracker. More interconnecting than most books I’ve read. You have random characters and small sub-plots being brought in and out as footnotes from the perils of her job. A way of pushing the story forward without getting bogged down with everybody’s backstory. Good really as they disappear just as quick as they appeared in the first place.

Like mother, like daughter it seems. Alexandra might only be sixteen but she is just as capable of taking care of herself. She sees herself as a protector of others, like her mum, but the thought of putting herself in danger scares Katherine to no end. She wants a different life for her but can see her eventually following in her footsteps with the need to help others using her own gift. They are all going to need their gifts to keep one step ahead of danger that follows.

Interesting read but did find it a bit too descriptive in places with setting the scene. When you know someone is coming, that there’s danger or intrigue, you kind of want the story to pick up the pace.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Brandon’ by Charity Parkerson

Title: Brandon (Society of Sinners Book 1)

Published: 22nd February 2015

Publisher: Punk and Sissy Publications

Author: Charity Parkerson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorCharityParkerson

Twitter: @CharityParkerso

Blurb:

Part one of The Society of Sinners

When Stacy catches her neighbor biting the pizza delivery man, everything in her world changes. With Brandon’s other-worldly good looks and charm, Stacy isn’t as surprised as should be when she learns he’s a vampire. Unfortunately, her easy acceptance lands her in the middle of a battle as old as time– the war between vampires and werewolves.

Review:

So finding out your new sexy neighbour is a stripper is one thing but a vampire too, well that’s a sure way to get the pulse racing. Stacy is about to find out that there are other things that go bump in the night, some of which she might like – hello hot neighbour!

Seems Brandon was careless one night when feeding and she happened to be looking out her window at that precise moment. Careless? Really Brandon I think we all know you wanted her to see to gauge her reaction. Breath caught in fear and perhaps something else. What reaction do you think he really wants from her?

Seems her friend Lena is already in the know and just forgot to tell her – any more secrets or gifts to share? There seems to be more than meets the eye with everyone who pops up. With danger of the thrill of being close to a vampire Stacy knows she should probably stay away but can’t stop herself from wanting to know more about him. He may crave her too but it seems he’s not the only one and a different kind of danger might be about to rear its ugly head. When needs must will Brandon be able to get to Stacy in time before she is lost to him for good?

Quick spicy read with a bit of danger thrown in from werewolves – some good, some bad. Seems both sides of the endless battle between vampires and werewolves aren’t always what they seem and visions should be taken with more than a pinch of salt.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Lightning Lost’ by Miranda Hardy

Title: Lightning Lost (The Roaming Curse Book 2)

Published: 12th September 2017

Author: Miranda Hardy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMirandaHardy

Twitter: @MirandaWritesYA

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mirandawritesya

 

Blurb:

A powerful love unleashes a devastating storm…

Thera craved normalcy… a chance to live a life filled with generosity, peace, and love. Greed, and the need for power, consumed the people closest to her, the ones who were supposed to protect her. Presented with the choice to show kindness and strength, to usher in an era of reconciliation and prosperity, the leader of the Roma, Thera’s father, choose a selfish, immoral path… one that would plague his people for thousands of years.

Elysia’s being hunted. Her gift is the key to breaking the Roaming Curse, but others are bound to protect it at all costs. Confused and scared, she’ll have to learn from the history of her people in order to save them from annihilation. Loyalties are tested, and she’s unsure they are worthy of saving. Her time is running out.

The past and present collide, threatening a destruction of catastrophic proportions, not only for the Roma, but also for their Hunters.

Lightning Lost, the second book in the Roaming Curse Series, will tug at your heart strings and lose sleep for days. It’s filled with love, loss, excitement and understanding while it whips you into the past so you better understand Elysia’s plight.

 

Review:

After being in hiding for 6 months it was only a matter of time before the other hunters were going to catch up to them. It’s the werewolves curse to find them as much as it is the Romas one to roam. Once there their group is shattered with their werewolf friends having no control over their actions when the alpha is close commanding them to attack.

On the run to figure out the past to save the present is the plan of action. Though seems to be this time around the people Elysia wasn’t as close to or hung around with much are who the adventure revolves. Meeting new people can also give clues to what needs to be done and where to really look for answers.

To break a curse you must understand why it was cast in the first place. It’s time to look to a past life to see how things came to be to help the present chaos they find themselves in. But do past lives fates hold true to present ones? Do you live to repeat them or can you change something to restore the present? Elysia is soon to find out.

Had hoped that vampires were going to have a bigger part but felt they were a bit irrelevant when they show up. There to show strength and power but not used. Also a certain characters fate linked to them seemed off considering how everything ends up playing out.

Interesting link up with past and present lives with how things came about and how Elysia was going to try to break the curse for everyone. Creative world in the present but I also liked that we got to see quite a bit about the past life too. Forever entwined with past loves finding their way back to each other more than once. Should give some hope that they might find each other in the next one and that time around with no curse or gifts causing them trouble.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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

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