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Book Review: ‘Feral’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Feral (Many Lives Book 0)

Published: 26th May 2016
Publisher: Lotus and Son

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor

Twitter: @laxmi

 

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestselling Author Laxmi Hariharan, comes Feral. This ** 15000 words novella ** is book 0 in the Many Lives Series

MAYA

He’s all I’ve ever wanted, but I can’t possibly let myself love him.

LUKE

Loving her means letting her go, knowing she may never come back.

What happens when your destiny is staring right at you and you just can’t see it?

Maya Iyeroy must find her blood family to discover who she really is. But leaving shifter Luke Cabot means she’s walking away from her destined mate. As Maya searches for herself, she uncovers secrets about her past that will change her forever. Can she accept herself and her new place in this world, while still falling in love with the one man she’s fated to be with?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about shifters. Interesting world you are thrown into and it is intriguing to see where it goes from here.

It’s the year 2036 and our story starts in Powai Hills on the outskirts of Bombay where Maya and her family stay in the shadows. They have to stay hidden due to being part of a pack of human-wolf shifters; danger is ever present until they can find a way to coexist between the full humans somehow. Maya and her friend Luke have been close ever since she can remember but it is only since he started to be able to shift that she has felt a pull towards him. They both feel it and know what it means for their future but at the same time Maya knows something is wrong. She’s different and has felt a disconnection with the pack for some time. It’s not until she confronts her mother, the alpha of the pack, that she gets the truth. Well to a point that is. She tells her that she found Maya lost in the forest as a child and saved her. Maya now needs to find out where she came from to figure out who she really is. To do this she must leave the closeness of the only family she has ever known and the boy who she knows is her future, her mate. Will he love her enough to let her go, more importantly does he trust her enough to come back?

On her journey she stumbles across Jai after getting a job as a waitress in Bombay. The place her ma says she was from. After just one meeting she feels a sort of connection to him and has a need to know him better even though she has feelings for Luke. She can’t explain it at first or maybe just doesn’t want to until the answer is thrown in her face. She knows she is 100% human and surrounded by her own kind but still she feels disconnected in the Utopia world she now finds herself in. Something just doesn’t seem right about it, its too perfect with a lack of emotion from anybody. Not too sure about the way she kept explaining the emotions she was having in her head though. Its like she needed to explain it by a dictionary definition, maybe because others don’t seem to have or show emotions anymore. Emotions are such a key part of a pack; you have to be able to read each other to protect each other. Her journey was to find out where she’s really from but it might just help her finally see where she really belongs and with whom.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the authors’ newsletter for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Firestorm’ by Anne Malcom

Published: 19th October 2015
Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

Synopsis:

Amy Abrams doesn’t do love. Nor does she do emotional attachments; unless you count the connection she has with designer handbags. She grew up in an Upper East Side penthouse, which had about as much affection within its tastefully decorated walls as Castle Dracula. Her family is the precise reason why she points her red-soled heels firmly in the opposite direction of that dreaded four-letter word.

Then it happens. Love. It comes right out of the blue and knocks her off her six-inch heels. She learns that love comes with pesky side effects such as heartbreak, which seriously messes with the complexion. Amy promises herself that she’ll never open herself to that horrible feeling again. She doesn’t count on an infuriating, albeit drool-worthy biker to roar into her life and ruin the plans she had of locking up her heart. She keeps her distance, wary of the sinfully sexy biker whose tattoos should read Warning – dangerous alpha male, will screw up your life.

Amy may be an Upper East Side princess but she wasn’t looking for Prince Charming. She wouldn’t mind the name of his hair stylist, though. Brock certainly isn’t a knight in shining armor, but he consumes her, body and soul. Drama pulls them apart; danger will bring them back together. When Amy is threatened Brock is there ready to save her life. Her heart is another story.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with weather in the title. Had to double-check it but there is a weather system called a firestorm. Name is quite apt with the intensity of emotions, chemistry and passion that explode whenever Amy and Brock are within a few feet of each other.

So we start with Amy drowning her sorrows in Mexico because she just can’t deal with pretending anymore. Alone with her thoughts she goes back to how she first met Ian and how everything started. She could be seen as hitting bottom with not being able to handle everything around her. Guilt and heartbreak running through her mind with who she had chosen. That changes shortly after when she abruptly gets kidnapped. Seems being kidnapped is not going to change how she acts for anyone. She just says whatever she is thinking and doesn’t quite let herself really see the danger she is in. Even after being presented to the man in charge Clark Devon and having to deal with the psycho that is Rafe. How he made the whole kidnapping seem like an unfortunate event in regards to a business deal is beyond me. She doesn’t think she will have anyone to come and save her, not a certain someone from Amber who she fears now hates her, so she will have to save herself. Really girl you thought your man wasn’t coming to get you the moment he knew you were taken. Do you know nothing about these bikers? While in her gilded cage even with trying to think of an escape she has time to think and it gives us a glimpse back at how everything started with not only Ian before she moved to Amber but also how intense everything was with Brock. With Ian it was like closure, a goodbye so she could be with the man she was always meant to be with. It does overlap some of what happened in Making the Cut but in a good way as it was like filling in the blanks.

When you get to the flash backs and then present day firestorm is right when Amy and Brock get together. Its like they ignite each other and just burn. Fight like cat and dog but boy do they know how to make up. She knows what buttons to push with him and he takes none of her shit. He doesn’t treat her like she’s perfect up on a pedestal. Its raw and real and once he decides enough is enough with her pushing him away he goes all in with getting her to be his and only his with nothing (no ghosts) hanging over them. He saw straight through all her bullshit to what she was really afraid of. Keep breaking those walls down Brock you’ve almost got to her core where you’ll find it’s always been you from the moment you met. She was his firestorm and one look made her his forever. Just took her a little longer to accept it was real. He was just as much hers from that first meeting.

Love Amy’s Uncle Garrett and that he was the one that stepped up to get the help she needed from her Amber family. Her parents are just cold fish that need to stay out of her life for good. Love that her friend Ry gets a cameo again if just from a phone call. He seriously doesn’t like all the danger his girls have been in since moving. Well at least she called him the second time. Seems Gwen and Amy can start a kidnapping awareness group with both being members of that club a couple times over. Here’s hoping they won’t have to deal with it again. But even if they, or any other of the clubs women, do get kidnapped they know their men will be there to save the day and eliminate the threat from happening again.

All our favourite brooding bikers are back. Lucky is still Lucky, great to break any and all tension. Bull is slowly starting to show a few emotions, getting there but not quite healed yet (can’t wait for his book!). Cade and Gwen are as hot and heavy and loved up as ever. He may be a doting husband and father but put a member of his family in danger and you get a scary motherfucker on your tail.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Release Blitz and Book Review: ‘The Nature of Gods’ by DJ Torres

 Published: 4th April 2017
 Author: DJ Torres
 Twitter: @NaturesNunitz
Instagram: @naturesnunitz

Synopsis:

When gods and goddesses abruptly overthrow Earth, humans are given two choices – worship or die. Desperate to survive, Olivia and her family devote their days to fulfilling the will of the gods. But the wrath of the gods is insatiable and unpredictable. With her hope crushed, Olivia is resigned to her bleak fate . . . until she meets Nature.

Immediately, Olivia knows this charismatic girl with color-changing eyes isn’t normal. Nature looks like a teenager yet she has the power to control the weather and converse with animals. Nature opens Olivia’s eyes to a hidden world that had always existed in harmony with her own. However, know-it-all butterflies and mystical creatures aren’t the only secrets revealed as Olivia discovers the dark plan of the gods.

When Nature decides to confront the gods, Olivia is catapulted to the forefront of humanity’s battle for survival. Olivia must rely on her courage, strength, and newfound gifts as she faces monster-infested pathways and ever-looming traps. But does she have enough courage or skill to battle brutal gods eager to rule the world and dole out punishment to anyone who defies them? Nature and the world depend on it.

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Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author who uses initials in their pen name. Starts with a bang and just goes full steam ahead from then on. Talk about none stop action and drama.

So we are like one day into the story and suddenly all hell breaks loose with Greek Gods showing up to cause chaos. Seems they are under the impression that the world has forgotten about them. They aren’t happy that they are no longer being worshipped so plan on doing something about it. Their demands are quite simple, you either worship them or you die.

The story focuses on Olivia and her family while they come to terms with their, and everyone else’s, new way of life. You do have a couple clichés with this in that you have the guy Jace she’s crushed on for ages who she didn’t think knew her name suddenly noticing her and a classic high school bully. Did find that the high school bully wasn’t really necessary, as we don’t stay in the ‘normal everyday’ world for long before the powerful deities decide to make an appearance.

A budding romance soon starts to bloom between Olivia and Jace, even in the mists of a crazy Greek gods power trip. She thought she was invisible, more so with hiding behind glasses, but he saw her before she really noticed. So life goes on even in the crazy times they have found themselves in but soon things start to take a darker turn. Worship all you want but that doesn’t mean the gods are going to be content. It seems they have an ulterior motive and want their actions noticed. To do this they need to cause more harm. It’s after an attack that Olivia and Jace’s families decide to get them out of their town onto her dads boat. If they can escape without being noticed they might make it to safety. Wishful thinking really as danger is never too far behind and soon Olivia finds herself all alone.

Well she’s not alone for long it seems as a strange girl called Nature saves her and wants her help. Seems Nature has been asleep for far too long and can’t understand what has happened to the world she left behind. She seems to have an affinity with the weather and animals, which confuses Olivia to no end. She has a plan to confront the so-called gods and demand to know why they are causing so much harm to the world. To do this she needs Olivia’s help but to bring her along would put her in harms way so she needs to be protected. A flower head band might just be decorative to start with but soon helps her to evolve into something more. Its not long before Olivia is using some of her own tricks to save the day. Her creative imagination definitely comes in handy at times. They do have other help along the way to the battle that is coming. Namely in the way of a talking Nunitz – a butterfly to you and me just don’t tell Goldzy that or you might get an earful!

But is Nature falling into the gods trap? They do seem to be causing trouble to get her attention for a reason. Seems they want a fight and powers might be up for grabs. One thing these so-called gods should remember, you don’t piss off Mother Nature. She really does pack a quite a punch when pissed off.

Even though Olivia is meant to be sixteen I did feel at times she acted a bit younger. Up until finding out her age I was thinking she was a fourteen/fifteen year old tops. Mainly because I had recently read another book where the leading female was sixteen and acted very mature for her age. This book is definitely aimed at a younger audience like the author suggests but still an interesting read overall.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Her Last Breath’ by J.A. Schneider

Published: 21st October 2016

Publisher: RGS Media

Author: J.A. Schneider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JASchneiderAuthor

Twitter: @JoyceSchneider1

 

Synopsis:

A chilling psychological thriller about a woman caught between two men…Mari Gill wakes to horror in a strange apartment next to a murdered man, and can’t remember the night before. Accused of murder, she feels torn between her husband, a successful defense attorney, and a mysterious, kind man who wants to help. Can she trust either of them – or even her friends? Detective Kerri Blasco battles her police bosses believing Mari is innocent…but is she?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about a detective. Couldn’t wait to read this one, as I loved Fear Dreams so much. Wanted to see what case Kerri would get next and how she would take on the challenge that would no doubt come with it. Trust her vibes people, they are never wrong.

So Mari wakes up in a strange bed with a dead man next to her, knife in his chest and has no recollection of how she got there or who the guy is. Talk about a shock to the system. The danger with shock quite like that for her is that it brings on one hell of an asthmatic attack. So shocked about what she sees, and about the fact she’s not sure how much longer she can breath, she jumps from the bed knocks over a lamp and crawls through broken glass to get to her bag. Hidden under a desk she gets her inhaler but the pressure is too much and it falls from her hands. It’s a good thing that Jay was on hand then. On the cusp of almost stopping breathing altogether Jay crashes through the door to save her life. Let’s see how fast you can fall for a hero shall we. All I can say about him is that it’s a good job he saw the whole scene as a set up from the start. Though who the person behind it was is something else entirely. Good job she has a defence lawyer for a husband then isn’t it. Well they are on a trial break at the moment but with the craziness coming their way I’m thinking it’s going to be permanent.

When Detectives Kerri Blasco and Alex Brand get to the scene you can see they have very different ideas to start with about what they are seeing. Alex is very much in the mind of thinking that the woman waking up next to the dead guy is more than likely the one that killed him, but Kerri isn’t so sure. Nothing about the scene makes sense and the longer she looks at it and Mari the more convinced she is of it. Her main issue being that Mari is meant to have stab this guy and then decided to take a nap by the side of him. Umm… I don’t think so. Her boss however isn’t too happy about not having an open and shut case. Only after her begging a bit does he give her a day to walk through the evidence more to see what really happened. He really should listen to her vibes more as they are very rarely wrong. They have a high profile case with the press hounding them; they really don’t want another bad mark or a lawsuit on the department. Especially when Mari has her big shot defence lawyer husband on the case. A day to crack a case that just brings up more clues than answers and still may or may not point the finger squarely at Mari. Couldn’t be too hard could it?

Seems Joaquin Ivanovic, the dead guy, was a fashion up and coming photographer with a bit of a mean streak with the models he worked with. He may have had it coming but from who and why. Mari’s friend Jenna and her boyfriend Rob you just get a very weird vibe from right from the start. The more they are mention the more you might think they are involved but then something else comes to light and the focus draws to someone new. You have many players each with a plausible reason but who is the one really pulling the strings. It’s a great way to keep you guessing to the end to see how it will all play out.

A psychological thriller at its best, Joyce really knows how to write a good gripping story. You should definitely check out her books.

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: ‘Loose Ends’ by Taylor Dawn

Published: 4th February 2016

Publisher: Princess Press

Author: Taylor Dawn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTaylorDawn

Twitter: @TAYLORDAWNBOOKS

 

Synopsis:

***Can be read as a stand alone novel***

Ava Greenwood never dreamed she’d be standing at the bus station in Chicago running away from the counterfeit life she’d thought was perfect. On a whim backed by fear, Ava chooses Biloxi Mississippi. Now, the sweet hairstylist must assume a new identity and hope her old life doesn’t catch up with her.

Luke Daughtry has been sent to track Ava down. He has one mission…find the petite blonde and make sure she doesn’t leave the Magnolia State…alive. Everything changes when sparks fly between the two and Luke has doubts about the job he’s been paid to do.

Follow Ava and Luke as they scorch the south and tie up loose ends, in this sweltering romantic suspense from International Bestselling Author, Taylor Dawn.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A contemporary romance. Well a bit more like a contemporary suspense romance but good all the same.

So we know that Ava is on the run from Chicago but we don’t really know why. Just that she’s scared and is trying to disappear. Grabbing a bag and high tailing it to a bus station to get a ticket to anywhere it seems. Anywhere turning out to be Biloxi, Mississippi where she has stayed hidden for two years working as a hairdresser. Hidden but never feeling completely safe. Always looking over her shoulder waiting for the moment she will have to run again. Seems her past is catching up with her though with Luke somehow being front and centre in the game that’s just started. Is he playing both sides? Are either of those sides going to keep her safe?

So Luke has been tasked to find Ava but by whom we do not know. It seems that their might be two ‘who’s’ as well so you can never get a feel on him right away. He comes across as a bit of confident jerk to begin with. Ava certainly puts him in his place. He should have been weary as she was holding shears at the time. When he walks into her hairdressing salon she wastes no time checking him out. It goes for him as well as I don’t think he was really expecting someone so stunning. Seems he has caught her attention from the get go, like she has caught his, more than he would care to admit. He is meant to keep an eye on her, she is a target, and to do that he needs to get close. Seems his lines are about to be blurred as after a bit of banter back and forth at a bar later that night Ava clearly wants the last word. Namely by jumping in his truck and kissing him senseless, then hoping back out. If he thought this job was going to be easy that just went right out the window. He can’t deny his attraction to her and decides to go down the date route to stay close. He just didn’t except the chemistry to be so strong so fast. She’s bold, sassy and brave and draws to him like no other. A weekend date at his and all bets are off. Love the sound of his old two-story plantation house, mental picture very good. They sure have fun on that porch don’t they? Good job the railings are strong enough to hold on to. But danger and trouble are never too far behind. He has a job to do and you can clearly see how torn he is about it. Do what he has to or what he wants to? Is she safe in the arms of the one who holds/controls her passion or is he the one putting her in harms way?

Great chemistry and back and forth banter between not only Ava and Luke but also her friend Brandi and his ‘cousin’ Cole. Love how at the BBQ she just goes right up to him to ask a certain question. She more than likes the answer she gets. Great start to the series that will keep you hooked to see what might happen next.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy of this book from Nell’s PR and Marketing for my honest review.

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