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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Release Blitz: ‘Surprise, Baby!’ by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

Title: Surprise, Baby!
Standalone Companion Novel to All About the D
Authors: Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 12, 2019

 

Blurb

There’s a fine line between lust and hate.

I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.

His mouth is.

And the stupid things that come out of it.

But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his damnedest to take care of me…

Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on.

And it doesn’t involve talking.

I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend can’t change us that much, can it?

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.

Except he left me a little keepsake.

And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most notorious player.

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Lex Martin

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.

She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management.

Leslie McAdam

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement.

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

 

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Book Review: ‘Troublemaker’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Troublemaker (Rascals Book 5)

Published: 10th December 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

Dante Delgado is arrogant, mysterious… and sexy as hell. He’s also my brother’s best friend, which makes him seriously off-limits — until one of our infuriating fights turns into a steamy make-out session.

Now, all bets are off.

I know he’s trouble, but I can’t stay away. The chemistry between us is burning out of control, but Dante’s hiding something behind that bad boy smile, and his secrets could destroy us both.

Am I heading straight for heartbreak? Or can this troublemaker open his heart for the right woman?

Find out in the sizzling conclusion to the Rascals series!

#1 Rascal
#2 Wingman
#3 Heartbreaker
#4 Soulmate
#5 Troublemaker

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a one word title.

So we finally get the story that has been hinted at right from the start. You could see a mile off that Hayley was into Dante but he always kept everything so close to his chest that you could never be sure what he was thinking. Something that Hayley is adamant is about to change after getting a taste of what she has been dreaming about.

Hayley might be casually seeing Mike but it really isn’t going to go anywhere. He is the type of boyfriend her parents want for her but not really someone who she thinks she should be with. His kisses are nice but she wants spectacular – mainly she wants Dante as she’s sure his kisses are going to be in the spectacular spectram. The fact her words are soon to be ‘from the most epic, sexy, explosive kiss in my life’ you’d say yes to that. She’s wanted him forever and it seems the feelings mutual, so what’s holding him back.

Dante is our man of mystery that she really wants to solve. Her thoughts always seem to go to naughty places when she sees him. Well right before she wants to hit him over the head for being his normal asshole self. Now it seems said mystery man holds a poker game for a select few, not completely on the up and up though. So when Hayley walks in with her date Mike he’s none too happy she’s there. Unless he wants a scene though she’s staying to get some answers. In the end she just gets kissed the lovely hell out of which leads to more questions running round her head, mainly to him ghosting her for a while after the fact.

Dante has a reason for everything but he keeps it all close to his chest. Good intentions and motives to help others but he doesn’t always act the part. He helps out at his old gym with mentor Bull. As he’s getting on in years Dante wants to continue his work at the gym with young kids that are like he was at that age – angry with the world and needing some guidance, discipline, stability and support. Bull’s still good to give Dante advice to get his head on straight it’s just a shame it didn’t work with his foster brother Nicky. He was in and out of foster care, like Dante, but always has a way to find trouble, blaming Dante for all of it too. It’s this trouble that Dante thinks he has which makes him think that he doesn’t deserve someone like Hayley as she’s too good for him. That is about to change though if she’s got anything to do with it.

These two getting together was never going to be straight-forward, they were going to have some fun, or maybe chaos, along the way. Its like they are feeling each other out to see what next step should – more him than her – when really they want to just pounce on each other. She just needs to find a way to spend more time together – self defence training anyone? Getting all hot and sweaty in the gym is sure to lead to getting hot and sweaty somewhere else right? Though I’d say it might have more to do with a certain little black dress she wears just for him. One Dante is dying to rip off her – well unless she beats him to it. Let’s just say she won’t look at a poker table the same way ever again.

On a lighter note it turns out that Hayley is now the lead singer of a band called Purple Sunday. When she decides to make the next move and ask him on a date she gets him to meet her at their first gig. Its like she wanted something to connect them together with no-one else involved. I also liked that when she finally needed to talk to someone about Dante she picked Juliet. Funny for her as she always thought something was going on between them. To quote ‘You guys are always staring at each other.’

Their group get together’s just get more fun with each book. The rest of the couples together for a movie night where Dante and Hayley have to pretend they haven’t seen each other naked. That sounds like fun. More so when hot texts turn into sneaking away for a stolen moment where anyone could walk in, talk about heat rising. Yeah they weren’t going to stay long when they really needed to be alone together. Hot as hell comes to mind and with each encounter they just burn hotter.

Funny how its Dante that wants to tell Emerson and the others about them first, doesn’t want to lie and hide. Hayley knows how protective they all are and how they will butt in so wants it just between them for a little while. Fall out won’t be good though. The women will be all for it as they’ve figured out the chemistry long ago, the guys are just all oblivious. How long can they stay in their heated inferno before someone gets burnt?

Loved how all the couples are interlinked in each story. Emerson and Alex, Chase and Kelsey, Liam and Juliet, and Sawyer and Gabi. Took Dante and Hayley a little longer than most but worth the wait. Now that’s the way to make a good apology. Swoon worthy is all I’ll say. Seems these five rascals got more than they bargained for when they opened the bar. One by one taken down by love and, in the end, none of them minding in the slightest.

Great series from start to finish, lots of interesting, unique characters and couple pairings throughout. Also love how each series has a few characters that cross over into each other. Lets see what series comes next.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘The Girl of His Dreams’ by Janet Nissenson

Title: The Girl of His Dreams (Bachelor Book1)

Published: 21st May 2018

Publisher: BookBaby

Author: Janet Nissenson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janetnissensonauthor

Twitter: @JNissenson

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7375780.Janet_Nissenson

 

Synopsis:

He was convinced he’d be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams.

Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he’d been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He’s more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who’s ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man.

But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She’s also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan’s had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin.

Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can’t diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set somewhere you have travelled to. That being San Francisco a few years back which I loved.

Jordan is an OB/GYN who has a bit of an unhealthy infatuation with one of his patients, Tessa. Not good when she has just had her second child with her husband Ian Gregson – sorry mate but she is not even going to glance your way as we all know they are the perfect couple (from the book Splendor which I really loved, if you haven’t read check it out). Jordan’s good friends with Ian too, as they seemed to go to the same type of swanky functions, so all round it is a bit of a mess.

He is a bachelor supreme along with his mates Max and Finn who are all players to the ninth degree. Max seems nice enough so far but Finn is quite obnoxious. Their plan to help Jordan get over said infatuation is to take a holiday to Hawaii. They are thinking sun, sea and sex. Not necessarily in that order. It might help but he is starting to get tired of the game. That said the thought of long term almost gives him a panic attack. He might change his mind after two weeks in paradise.

When perusing the beach for possible bedmates Jordan has to do a double take when a new contender comes out of the water. Tessa 2.0 in looks so you know who he will pick. Yeah you know this is going to get messy. Loved that his ‘you’re my dream girl’ pick up line crashed and burned, well to start with anyway. Persistence is key with how he works to charm Aubrey into having lunch with him; can that charm work on dinner too?

Aubrey’s worked on the island for year and a half as a tour operator but her contract is soon to be up. After a great lunch and pending dinner date you can see her start to second-guess her decision. Well that’s something her two friends aren’t likely to let her get away with. She might want to cancel but they out-maneuver her by hiding her phone. Date with the hot doctor here we come.

The only problem with this date is that to begin with Jordan keeps thinking in lines of how similar she is to Tessa in looks. Personality wise they are completely different but looks they could be twins. The age difference between them is also playing on his mind. He might have ribbed Ian for the 15years between him and Tessa but there are 14 between him and Aubrey – 25 to his 39. Copycat romance might be on the cards?

Jordan might start out thinking he needs to spoil her but all she wants is him and not the flashy gifts or meals, showing the connection between them is strong. With him being a ladies man he is very experienced in the bedroom but even he was close to losing his mind when she got her hands on him. Explosive match that are surely to burn hotter the more time they spend together. Aubrey just has to push to the back of her mind about ‘how’ he would have gotten so good over the years. Either way it’s going to be two weeks in paradise where the heat is surely to be rising with these two. But what happens when he wants to continue off the island back home in San Francisco. With the ever-high chance of bumping into Tessa, or Ian for that matter, growing by the day can they hold on to paradise or will it burst around them?

I did like this start to the new series but not quite as much as the Inevitable one. I think it’s because it took me longer to like Jordan. Got my back up that he would even think he had a chance with Tessa. Crush from afar but because I loved her and Ian’s story so much I was already hating on him a bit. He does redeem himself with Aubrey after he realises that their looks are the only thing that’s the same. Also that after spending a short time with her Tessa was out of his mind. His and Aubrey’s connection from then on was magnetic. Aside from mind-blowing sex he could be quite the romantic. Drawn to each other more than they would have thought. Which is why they try to take their island bubble romance to the mainland. Ticking time bomb to find out why they look so similar and why he kept it from them. When the bubble bursts can he fix it?

Now I’m not overly keen on Finn at the moment so a bit unsure of how his book will play out but interesting to see how his priorities might change. Max is a mystery that needs looking into though.

Loved that we got to see Ian and Tessa again and that they have two little kiddies now. Amazing family unit and great couple. Aubrey is right about feeling an electric energy around them because if you’ve read Splendor (which you should as it’s great) you will know full well just what they get up to behind closed doors.

Not quite Inevitable standard because I absolutely loved all the characters in that series but not too far off. His ‘dream girl’ come to life.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Blog Tour: ‘The Princess and the Peacock’ by C.S. Johnson

The Princess and The Peacock

Who doesn’t love a great fairy tale retelling? That’s why I’m so pleased to share this lovely novella with you. I have an excerpt for you to read, and a chance to win your very own print copy of the book! Enjoy!

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The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae #1)

Publication Date: January 25th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy/ Fairy Tale Retelling

The first time I fell in love with Princess Mele was when I saw her smile, and I fell in love with her the second time the moment I heard her sing.

Two memories burn within Kaipo’s heart — the death of his mother, which left him alone to die, and the arrival of Princess Mele, which gave him a new reason to live. Together with his adopted brother, Kaipo seeks out Jaya, the Fae Queen who lives on the Forbidden Mountain, in order to gain the beauty he requires to win Mele’s heart. But Jaya has other plans for the scarred outcast who climbs up her mountain …

The Princess and the Peacock is the first in Birds of Fae, a fantasy fairy tale novella series from C. S. Johnson.

 

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Excerpt

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEACOCK: Kaipo desperately requests a wish from the Fae Queen, Jaya, after climbing up the Forbidden Mountain on Maluhia.

Desperate, I hold out my hands, palms upward, in a gesture of pleading. “Queen Jaya, I ask that you grant me my wish, as I stated, and as you promised. It is only fair, after all.”

“Dare you bother me in my own musings?” Jaya slams the end of her staff into the ground. The air around her whips out ferociously, as if her emotions stretch out far beyond her heart. “Very well then, Kaipo. I will grant your wish.”

She comes up in front of me, and I nearly stagger back at the overbearing fullness of her being. Her finger reaches out and touches my forehead.

Instantly, I am frozen; the essence of my soul shines as her power leeches into me. Just before my eyes go sightless, the last thing I see is her triumphant smirk.

“Yes,” she whispers, so softly I almost think I am imagining it. “I do believe this is just the magic needed to give you beauty Princess Mele will be unable to resist.”

Her words brush over me, leaving me weak with joy as my world is drowned with light, and I eagerly fall into its brightness.

For a moment, as I bathe in that transcendent sensation, I wonder if I had actually fallen off the mountain earlier, and this is just a final coming home into the arms of death.

“There.” Jaya’s voice echoes from far away, and behind her, I hear Rahj gasp in surprise. I try to smile, but I feel my face resist the movement.

Taking one last deep breath, I open my eyes.

A bouquet of dark, iridescent color swims before me, and it takes only two seconds before I realize every miracle I expected was horrifically wrong. Instead of scarless flesh, my arms have been transformed into wings of shimmering blue, with hints of green and black tipping off their feathers. My own body, once lean and hungry, is bulging out with meaty bird muscle, and my neck is three times as long. My legs are sticks with claws, and I can feel the ground part eagerly as I stumble, stabbing the divine earth as I go.

Jaya’s laughter follows me cruelly as I hurry around in a circle, frantically trying to find a way to see my new self.

“Here,” she says, and out of the middle of her meadow, a pond appears. I race toward it, ardently wishing this is all an awful misunderstanding of magic or even perhaps a friendly joke from Jaya.

But no; it’s not.

I glance into the water’s pond and freeze, taking in the sight before me in shaking horror.

My beady eyes, still their mix of green and brown, stare back full of fear. My shabby hair has been perked up into a colored crest on my small head, sticking straight up in the air, as the rest of my body gleams with an artful array of feathers.

I open my mouth to scream, but only a squawk sounds out. As I step back in fear, my tail feathers fan out, and I am vividly aware of the truth.

I am no longer a man; I am a peacock.

 

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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