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Book Review: ‘Nero’s Dream’ by Deborah Cooke

Title: Nero’s Dream (The Dragons of Incendium Book 2)

Published: 19th July 2016

Author: Deborah Cooke

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

Twitter: @cooke_delacroix

 

Synopsis:

Nero has always aspired to be an astrologer in the royal court of Incendium. When he divines a portent about the pending royal marriage, he makes the perilous journey to the capital city, only to be kept from delivering his tidings in time. Worse, Nero is assigned the task of pursuing a dragon princess bent on taking vengeance upon her reluctant groom; a feat he knows can’t be done. His dream appears to be lost forever—until the captivating princess Peri surprises this unlikely advisor.

Nero’s Dream is a short story set in the same world as the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances. It should be read after Wyvern’s Mate.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a dragon in it. Well a dragon shifter but a dragon all the same and one you should be very careful about annoying.

Nero is an astrologer who has figured out what is really going to happen on the wedding day for Dragon Princess Drakina and Prince Cantos of Regalia. His horoscope is a lot different from the others but seems to be the only one accurate. He knows he needs to get a message to the King to let him know that the royal marriage is doomed and was never meant to be in the first place. Seems the royal astrologers are too stuck in their ways to view things differently and in doing so have caused a bit of a mess. Well about to anyway when things don’t get underway with the wedding. Seems the Kings advisor Kraw is sent to deal with Nero beforehand but doesn’t seem too interested in what he has to say. Well at the time that’s the case but about ten minutes later when Drakina smashes through the ceiling and gives chase to a messenger he changes his mind.

Well if you’ve read Wyvern’s Mate you know exactly what happens to Cantos when Drakina catches up with him but then again that was hearsay. This time we see it for ourselves when Nero is sent by Kraw to bare witness to what is going to happen. Seems our princess wasn’t too keen on being stood up at the alter, then to add insult to the injury to have a messenger be the one to say that the prince would not be coming was just too much. This is the start of a difficult journey for Nero, as he doesn’t know if he will make it back unscathed. He was always told by his teacher never to cast a horoscope for himself, always look for others’ as it would only be dangerous for his own so doesn’t know. Seems Drakina did a kindness in the end but still had her vengeance as was foretold by Nero himself. Things happen for a reason and if you’ve read Wyvern’s Mate you know it all works out for her. Cantos well not so much.

Seems Nero gets a bit of a reward in return for his good deed. One he is very much looking forward to if it means he can spend a bit more time with a certain princess. Seems you really shouldn’t offend the house of Incendium. They are dragon shifters after all.

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: ‘Redemption’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Redemption (Sea Assassins Book 2)

Published: 1st September 2017

Publisher: Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave

 

Synopsis:

Sophia Davies is having the time of her life.

She lives with her two best friends in a city she loves and every day is a new adventure. Case in point, stumbling into her bedroom after a great night out and finding her ultimate childhood crush waiting for her.

But things have changed since the last time Sophia saw Nate. For starters, she now knows what he does for a living. And there’s the whole shark shifter thing…

Nathan Redman is burning.

He thought his mistakes would fade away with time, but the closer he comes to taking leadership of his clan, the more they sear into his skin. Revenge is the best cure for any wound, which is why Nathan’s heading out to see an old friend.

It’s nothing personal, really.

Getting close to Sophia is no problem. Killing her on the other hand…

 

Review:

Temperatures are rising the moment Nate and Sophia get in a room together so get ready for a bit more bite this time round, and not just from some sharp shark teeth.

Now its time we see a different side to our Nate. Not the shark bearing teeth side, well unless you ask really nicely that is. This side seems to be one that only Sophia could pull out of him. One he wasn’t even aware he wanted to come to the surface until Sophia managed to get under his skin. Her sister Darcy and Gabe might not like it but it seems for once she’s the one calling the shots.

So after the fail for Nate at the end of Betrayal he went away to lick his wounds and stew in his own anger. He knows he said he would never return to the bay to cause trouble for Darcy or Gabe again but he is consumed with the need for revenge. If he can’t get Darcy, his one time only real human friend, then what better way to hurt them both than by going after her sister Sophia? His plan is simple, find Sophia and kill her. He thinks he can get it done before he has to take over the clan. With his father on the way out he is all set to take the reins, whether he really wants them is another matter. Finding her is one thing but killing her is something else entirely. From the first moment they are alone – you know when he sneaks into her dorm room to kill her – with her hopping around trying to get her shoes off by throwing them in any direction she gets a shock when one doesn’t hit the floor. Acting on instinct Nate caught it, he had plenty of time to do the deed before she screamed but something held him back. He just thinks that he will try the next time, easy to do as she makes it clear she would be happy to see him again. Even after her friend hits him over the head to protect her – yep I was laughing quite a bit here. But again nothing happens; it’s like for the first time he is himself without the clan issues beating down on him when he is with her. The closer they get the more danger she could be in from outside sources.

Funny how even though Sophia knows exactly what Nate is she trusts him straight off the bat (not completely wise with his reasons for finding her in the first place) but she is just way too intrigued by the shark he turns into. The fact that she had a major crush on him while growing up only fuels her curiosity more. Taking it one step further by getting in the water with him. I mean when he turns back to human and makes her pulse race in another way I’m all for it but the swimming with him circling the boat they were once on, nope I’m sorry too much for shark phobic me. This is almost the turning point for Nate where he sees her differently, as someone for him perhaps?

Thought her friends Grace and Hannah were a laugh and their pizza race was fun. Totally something you want to try out after a night out when you are craving food. To call for a pizza and try to race back home before it gets there, if the pizza guy wins then you have to pay a bigger tip. Jack aka Snack Attack pizza guy was amusing too and the perfect person for Hannah when she finally got her head out of the clouds to see him.

Lexa was interesting and clearly ready for power to take over the clan with Nate when his dad passes. A match made from the time they were ten to draw two powerful clans together. Not something that Sophia really wants to find out when she thinks they are starting to get serious. The more you hear about Nate’s dad Marcus the more you understand how Nate became the way he is and why after he meets Sophia he might really want to change. He just needs to think about what he really wants in life and go for it before he loses something special.

I was a little surprised with how Sophia treated her sister at the end as everything she has ever done has always been for her. But then you can see how she would feel a lot of pressure on her from it, so both sides valid I guess. All set for part three where a battle might be brewing and warring friends might need to come back together to keep everyone they care for safe.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Radiant Shadows’ by Sarah Baethge

Title: Radiant Shadows

Published: 9th April 2017

Author: Sarah Baethge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahBaethge

Twitter: @22niel

 

Synopsis:

Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact. What would happen to violators of its ‘laws’? How would the breaking of its rules be fixed? What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author with your first name. Another quick read to get through within the hour, which is a nice break from the all day reads.

A story of three parts with three different POVs to cope with, so something that may have made this easier to go from one part to the next would have been to put the characters name at the top of each part. That way you know whose head you are meant to be in, otherwise you may be reading straight in to the next part and not get what’s going on. Because it is in first person you almost feel like they are telling the story to you while reading, or that they are writing it down to read again later. Part one is Stephen – a human, part two is Marshall – Caroline’s clueless boyfriend who walks right into trouble and part three is Phyllis – the Counts would be daughter, protected by a lot of powerful vampires. They all kind of ‘sound’ the same though so there is not much distinction between them.

Vampires are alive and kicking – well as alive as they can be anyway – but the powers that be on both sides don’t think it is a great idea for everyone to know about them yet. This is how the Human-Vampire Alliance group was formed. A group created for the protection of both kinds. They can hold trials for the other but matters within races need to be dealt with by their own kind. Well unless you have a hunter that is. Someone called in the deal with vampires who have stepped out of line and drawn attention to their kind with their kills. This is what psycho vampire Randy has done and he is who must be stopped.

The Human-Vampire Alliance is called to discuss a way to handle the situation and it is decided that Stephen and Caroline, the huntress who quite frankly should know better, will go to Madame Olivia, a witch. They need her to cast a spell with Angel Blood using its light to make Caroline stronger so she can take on Randy. To pull all the light into her all her darkness would need to be pulled out and given to someone else or a battle will start. Think you can guess who that person is meant to be but in doing so they will have but a few hours before the darkness claims them fully and they die. Well unless they can get a willing vampire to turn them within that time that is. Best-laid plans don’t always go the way you hoped. Seems the Angel Blood calls to some more than others and the moment it does the course of events changes for everyone soon to be involved. Darkness is coming so you need to look to the light.

A few grammar issues throughout so could have done with another cleaner edit. Also calling a group ‘peoples’ didn’t really make sense in relation to what was around it. Instead could have used term like ‘groups’ or ‘kind’ when referencing the difference between humans and vampires, but that’s just me.

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: ‘Betrayal’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Betrayal: Sea Assassins Book 1

Published: 20th January 2017

Publisher: Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave

 

Synopsis:

On a calm November evening, a ship disappears off the coast of Washington without a trace…

When Darcy Davies finds a handsome man washed up on the beach, he’s three things: injured, naked, and rude. And he’s got a few demands. Somewhere safe. No hospital.

Tell no one.

While Darcy takes him in, she’s no fool. She knows he was involved in whatever happened at sea that night. But is he a victim or a villain? One thing’s for certain—even if he’s not a danger to her person, this sexy stranger is a danger to her heart.

Gabriel Barnes can’t tell which is more of a pain in his side—the curvy brunette who plucked him off the beach, or the literal pain in his side.

Gabriel’s secret will be hard to keep in such close quarters, especially with injuries that are healing much too fast. But he’s got bigger problems.

It wasn’t an accident that brought him here.

It was a betrayal.

 

Review:

What better way to get over my fear of sharks than reading a shark shifter romance? Now I love shifter stories so lets see how I cope with the shark part. Here’s hoping they stay on land for the most part. Well fingers crossed anyway.

Talk about a hottie being swept right up to your feet, a nice looking naked one to boot. It’s not just muscles and hotness he’s packing but very bad looking wounds too. Looks like something took a bite out of him and it’s not till later that you find out how real that thought is. Now Darcy’s first thought with finding said naked man is panic as she fears he might already be dead and that soon turns to annoyance when he makes it known he is alive and has no intention of going to hospital. He makes her a deal, five grand to stay at her place while he heals. Now she needs the money and not for the greedy reasons he might think to start with. So she helps carry/drag him back to her place, which as luck would have it was only a stones throw from the beach he washed up at. He insists he just needs rest but she insists more that he will let her at least bandage him up. Well after he pays her that is. Half now half later as neither seem to want to trust the other. With good reason to start with as it’s a very strange situation they find themselves in.

Rest is all Gabriel can think about, well when he’s trying to not think about how good his helpers clothes seem to cling to her. If only she wasn’t so annoying to him he might be tempted. He knows it’s risky to stay there but needs time to heal while he tries to figure out his next move. Said move not being to claim the sexy helper with his version of appreciation. The more he protests, if only in his mind, the more you know he wants her.

Darcy landed herself in danger from the moment she took Gabriel in and it looks like that danger might be closer than she thought. Even from someone she would consider a friend. Though really she should just trust her dog Oscar’s instincts. He might be weary to start with new people but if he changes his mind you should trust him. The same goes for if he doesn’t.

Now it’s not just her that the hot brooding patient might be putting in danger but her sister Sophia too and that’s something she won’t take. He needs to tell her everything not matter what. Nice final words as what he has to tell – or rather show her – could have her running for the hills. Oh you know the fact that he is a shark-shifting assassin. Seems danger and truths bring forth passions also as its not long before the wall they both put round each other falls. One kiss sparks a light and its not long before they burn. Passions running high but the danger that follows is very real. Here’s hoping they don’t bite off more than they can chew. Shark wise not too bad for me so lets see how I get on with the next one.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Frost-Bitten’ by Lori King

Title: Frost-Bitten

Published: 17th October 2017

Author: Lori King

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoriKingBooks

Twitter: @LoriKingBooks

 

Synopsis:

Dr. Quinn Jameson has secured his future by immersing himself in his career, but no amount of money in the world can ease his loneliness. Polar bear shifters aren’t pack creatures, but his soul craves more out of life. When a feisty, female tiger shifter begs him for help, he’s unable to resist and finds himself embroiled in a dangerous situation.

Aubrey Celine is in a bad spot. Pregnant and on the run, she’s out of options until she wakes up in the hospital under the care of a delicious-looking Doctor. Can she trust another man after what her ex has put her through? Or has her heart frozen solid?

In the midst of an epic blizzard, these two strangers must rely on each other to stay alive, but every time they’re alone, the heat between them could melt the ice caps. How far will they go to avoid getting frost bite?

 

Review:

Well who is up for some shifter fun on a winter night? Aubrey may be on the run but it seems romance might still be on the cards. Well Quinn’s hoping anyway after one sniff of her delectable scent.

Aubrey, a tiger shifter, is on the run from her psycho ex Alex, a lion shifter, who has held her captive ever since he found out she was pregnant. At the first glimpse of freedom, she was taking it. Even if it meant heading out into a storm with no direction in mind other than to get as far away as possible. She may have gotten further but a car accident causes her to go off road and end up in hospital. But everything has a silver lining it seems as fate put her into the path of a rather dishy doctor.

Quinn, a polar bear shifter, always seemed to prefer to stay in his research lab to being on call. That is until a patient falls into his care that he feels compelled to help and protect. Well the protecting part comes easily to handle, what he can’t seem to get his head around is how he can also be so turned on in her presence. Especially with her being very pregnant – almost ready to pop. With danger on their tails though he needs to get her some place safe. Once she is he can address the pull of attraction they both feel. Being a shifter helps with sensing when the other is turned on but they do need to keep their heads in the game as it looks like Alex isn’t going to give her up without a fight. Good job he’s a kick-ass polar bear then isn’t it!

4 out of 5 stars

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