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Book Review: ‘King, King, Goose?’ By Mandy M. Roth

Title: King, King, Goose? A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

Published: 30th May 2012

Publisher: The Raven Books

Author: Mandy M. Roth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMandyRoth

Twitter: @mandymroth

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandymroth

 

Blurb:

King, King, Goose?

A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

As a dragon shifter and king of his people, King Najarni wants to make his lovely wife happy. Her human ways are a mystery to him. Her Earthly customs and holidays are something he knows little about. When his trusted guards return from the human realm, having mastered the art of Christmas, he knows his queen will be overjoyed.
At least, that was the plan.

 

Review:

Review up late but goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set at Christmas time.

Talk about a Christmas to remember! Najarni, the dragon shifter King, wishes to make his human wife, Tara, happy and will do anything to make it so. He knows how hard it was to give up her world and customs with coming to the dragon shifter realm. One she never knew even existed. Seems Tara got a shock when Najarni spotted her and knew she was to be his. Sweeping her off her feet to claim her quite literally and take her back home with him. Three years on she couldn’t be happier but always gets somber around her Christmas time. So plan of action for Najarni was to send his finest warriors to the human realm to learn all the customs of Christmas to give her the best surprise yet.

Things don’t go quite to plan though. Firstly ‘The Roger’ must not be harmed; this goose isn’t getting cooked. Next we have carols being sung with a difference (an oomph being a key factor in their moves and choice of words) and then you have a gift that really should have been opened in private. These warriors really should have checked where they got their information!

Entertaining all the same as one calamity seems to lead to the next. Think Tara’s sides will be hurting by all the laughing she does – even funnier as they don’t realise what they are doing wrong. Fun interpretations of Christmas classics it seems. It will sure be a crazy Christmas celebration to remember. Let’s see what next year brings.

Free short read that was a nice stopgap between books to give you a bit of a laugh with the capers these dragon shifters can get into. Who would have thought being chased by a goose would cause them to get in a flap. Tara got her Christmas wish and I’m thinking an even better present later that night.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Where There’s Smoke’ by Jodi Picoult

Title: Where There’s Smoke

Published: 19th May 2014

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Author: Jodi Picoult

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jodipicoult

Twitter: @JodiPicoult

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jodipicoult

 

Blurb:

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.

When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage – to both her reputation and her show – Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.

 

Review:

Serenity has always had a gift to see and converse with those that have passed over. As a child she might not have realised that not all people can see them but as an adult a lot has changed. Mainly the fact she has made a living off her gift. Only on her terms though, so that’s likely to bite her in the butt sooner rather than later.

She has people guarding her on both planes – whether real or metaphysical. Lucinda and Desmond are there to act as go betweens with other ghosts trying to chat. She relies on them a lot but once frustrated will learn not to take people – real or ghost – for granted.

After a difficult reading from a military vet she gets a bit of a fiery friend for a while. Can’t help when her next reading is more of a search to find someone. When voices from the other side go quiet her luck may be running out.

Interesting read that draws you along but it felt a little rushed even though only a short story. Just when you felt it was finishing off one story thread it kind of just ended without explaining everything. Leaving you wanting more or just a little confused? Well perhaps a bit of both but ok as a quick read.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Monsters I Have Known’ by Jess Hartley

Title: Monsters I Have Known: A Collection of Short Stories

Published: 26th June 2017

Publisher: Mad Muse Studio

Author: Jess Hartley

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/category/Book/Mad-Muse-Studio

 

Blurb:

Come take a walk in the shadows alongside award-winning writer/editor/novelist, Jess Hartley, as she leads you through 13 intriguing tales of monstrous beings – supernatural or otherwise. In this, Hartley’s first solo anthology, readers will find a broad offering of genres – horror, romance, steampunk, fantasy and more – including her never-before-published murder mystery novella – Love Never Dies. Monsters I Have Known collects both well-loved favorites from previously published anthologies and never-before-seen fiction, presenting them with insightful introductions to share with readers some of the circumstances surrounding each story’s creation. A must-have introduction for those new to Hartley’s work, and a convenient compilation for fans of her career in the roleplaying game industry.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A paranormal book. Well some of the short stories had a paranormal element to them.

An interesting collection of short stories exploring different genres throughout, going from the mundane, to horrors and supernatural bizarre. Some I liked more than others as I felt they had a bit more depth to them with the characters and the story they were telling. Also I think it depended on the length of them as well.

Here are a few of my favourite ones and what I thought of them:

Love Never Dies – Elizabeth wakes up in the ocean on a stormy night trying to fight her way to land. When she wakes she doesn’t really know who she is – and later – what she has become. Her memories get triggered when she walks up steps to a house, shocking a man from inside a window. Billy panics to get her inside and so the troubles of what happened start to surface. Elizabeth doesn’t know what happened but has a feeling she shouldn’t trust him. He might want to continue with a plan to get what he wants but something mysterious with Elizabeth seems to make things take a different turn. Both futures are about to change.

Immaterial Witness – When you can see ghosts what better way to make a living than by giving ghost tours. Seems others aren’t as sure of her skill, to the point of her being mocked by a male host in an interview. He says that him and his crew want to join on haunted hotel tour later so she wonders if she can make believers of them. The host on the other hand has other ideas about what the night should entail taking the name of ghost hunter to a new level. Lets see what the ghosts think of that.

Of Rain and Roses – heartbreak leading you on a walk in the rain while your mind is in a haze. How long to wonder before stumbling upon someone at a memorial. Words of wisdom to always remember the past and its mistakes so you don’t repeat it. Remembering what happened can set your soul free or you may be doomed to repeat your journey over and over again.

Hunger’s Child – calling a child Una – meaning hunger – could be seen as an omen and set the child on a course for gluttony. Always wanting more and more, causing a stir if she doesn’t get it. She gets herself a doting husband but after months of demands while she was pregnant I’m not sure how much more he could take. Mother Gothel watches all from the outskirts of town, helping people with healing when asked. With Una’s never ending list of demands from her husband the less Mother Gothel is inclined to help. That is until the mother no longer wants the child and a path of wishes starts. One turns to two and then to many, sometimes causing more trouble than help. Mainly by taking the toll on the person wishing them. She may have done what she thought best to keep them safe but you can only stay hidden for so long. Especially when strangers stumble upon towers with secrets inside.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Mad Muse Studio for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Bound by Night’ by Naomi Clark

Title: Bound by Night (Bride of Darkness #3)

Published: 18th June 2012

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Author: Naomi Clark

Twitter: @naomi_jay

 

Blurb:

Fleeing her arranged marriage, Adeline seeks sanctuary in Geistheim Abbey. Within its cursed walls she finds the beautiful, scarred monk, Daghan, who offers her shelter—for a price.

Daghan needs a pure soul to break his curse. Adeline isn’t sure how pure she can be when she lusts after this stranger so badly. But before they can find out, Adeline’s cruel fiance arrives at Geistheim to reclaim her. And he won’t leave without a fight.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a red cover. Well there is red on the cover so I’m counting it.

Sanctuary needed at Geistheim Abby where all might not be as it seems. Adeline runs from her father and family home in fear of an arranged marriage with Falken. She knew that she would be all but carried off as soon as the deal was signed so needed to escape. Even the stormy night wasn’t enough to stop her, fear of the man being too great. She rides to Geistheim Abbey to seek sanctuary but finds it will come at a price. With what fate beholds her possible future there isn’t much she wouldn’t give.

Daghan has been at the Geistheim Abbey for years. Now deserted he holds fast to the place but for dark reasons. He wanted to learn more about his faith but sought answers in the wrong places. Realising too late the costs of his choices. A curse befalls him with only one way to break it. Can the curse be lifted and Adeline be kept safe in the process?

She might find him mysterious and alluring – pure innocence to the wicked divine when they draw close – but has to hold back when trouble comes knocking. Falken doesn’t like rejection and is willing to fight. How soon before he learns shadows are something to fear?

Interesting free short read. Could have gone into a bit more development with the characters, or just made it a little longer, but all in all an ok quick read. Would be interesting to learn more of Daghan’s backstory and curse to see how he got to where he is. Might be part of a series but didn’t feel relevant so can be read as a standalone.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘The Jezebel’ by Saskia Walker

Title: The Jezebel (Taskill Witches of Scotland Book 3)

Published: 1st March 2018

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

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

 

Synopsis:

Once unleashed, a witch’s carnal curiosity knows no bounds…

Fleeing from those with unscrupulous interest in her magic, Maisie Taskill’s goal is to find safety in the highlands of Scotland, with her kin. In order to gain passage from London to her homeland she plans to win over a rugged sea captain with the only currency she has: her virginity. With her enemies on her heels, Maisie has never needed a hero more. Captain Roderick Cameron might be her man.

Maisie submits to Roderick’s raw sexuality in search of protection, but their initial attraction grows into unbridled desire, unleashing devastating powers within her. Then the journey takes a dangerous turn, because the superstitious crew are unhappy at having a woman on board.

With Maisie’s wealthy sponsor giving chase, Roderick must stay one step ahead of the British Navy before Maisie’s seductive magic causes a full-scale mutiny. He may believe he has full command of his ship, but with a potent witch aboard he’s about to get much more than he bargained for.

 

Please note: This is a paranormal, historical, erotic romance novel, 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 Bingo Challenge – A book with magic. We finally get the see the last missing Taskill sibling, Maisie, who makes an interesting first impression on our pirate Captain Roderick Cameron.

Maisie needs to escape London from her guardian, Cyrus Lafayette, and get back to her kin in Dundee. Her only option is to propose a bargain with the Captain of the Libertas ship, Roderick Cameron. That being something she wants to lose on her terms, her virginity. She knows that once given she will be able to embrace her powers fully, something she may soon need if Cyrus gets to her. He wants her powers but more than that he wants her, something she is very against. With dangers now following she has to wonder if the Captain is the best choice. Only one more like but could she cause more trouble for him when she gets on board?

Funny how Maisie is a bit shocked at how much she likes the captains rugged appearance compared to the gentlemen she grew up around. Perhaps it’s that his features remind her of people from her homeland with him being a Scot. So you can see how quickly she would be drawn to him and feel a connection. Might also have something to do with being able to sense her twin Jessie again. Everything happens for a reason so she’s just got to hope that this is meant to be.

Roderick waste no time in wanting to claim his reward she offered as soon as possible and after one kiss Maisie starts to feel the need herself. Nerves to start with but a longing for more soon follows. Her mother was right all those years ago when she said that a witch would always feel more connected and stronger when passion is fulfilled. She might have her fill on the voyage over but plans to leave him as soon as they land in Dundee. Will she really want to leave by then? Or better yet, will Roderick be willing to let her go? A passionate connection forming while being kept in close quarters, soon followed by a protective one too. Good thing too when danger starts following. More so as her powers increase – mainly by controlling the elements – the longer she is with Roderick. With a ship full of watchful eyes though she has to be careful not to be seen casting, the last thing she needs is someone crying witch.

With this book we get a few flash backs to key moments in Maisie’s life. We see the day her mother was put to death for witchcraft, while her brother was taken away, and Jessie and her were made to watch. It was here that Cyrus and his wife Beth took her. Now Beth might have wanted her as a daughter but Cyrus’s motives were for something else entirely. You see how he wouldn’t be happy about her disappearance, willing to do anything to get her back. With the flashbacks to when Maisie was a child you can see how long the manipulation went on and how long it took her to see his true motives with his magic lessons with her. How long can she out run monster that wishes to claim her and her magic? With her powers getting stronger he will soon learn that she isn’t so helpless anymore. Choppy waters ahead as dangers follow makes her wonder if she will ever get back to her kin. If so, can she keep her captain with her in the process or will be forever be called back to the sea?

Another fun, heated passion filled read with these Taskill witches. Maisie might have been late to the passion party but her and Roderick soon made up for lost time. Great series with magic, witches, danger, intrigue and of course lots of passion twisted together for a great trilogy. The witches of Scotland are a force to be reckoned with. Kin brought back home where gifts are seen more freely but must always keep a watchful eye on those that might cause trouble. Powerful witches pack a punch though so trouble should beware.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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