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Book Review: ‘Wildcat’ by JP Harker

Title: Wildcat (Caledon Book 1)

Published: 5th September 2016

Author: JP Harker

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Synopsis:

Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerous General Lepidus to contend with, Rhia soon finds her new family in unprecedented danger, and her choices now must be about more than just herself…

Wildcat takes place in a fantasy land inspired by Iron Age Britain and follows Rhianwyn’s story as she encounters a civilisation unlike any she could imagine, and is constantly forced to learn and adapt through trial after deadly trial.

 

Review:

Review might be late but this still goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in an era you would love to see. To observe only though as I think it would be a bit intense to be involved when the battles start up.

This seems to be a book of many parts following the journey, happy and sad in equal measure, of our warrior Rhia of Caderyn. We start almost as we mean to go on with a battle taking place between her people and the Gorvic. A battle won would put anyone in a good mood and as a result it seems that her father sees fit to declare that Bevan can have her hand in marriage. The gods that have spoken and the druids say it is a good match but have they really understood what the gods were saying in the first place? From what happens next maybe not. It seems that this first love was always fated to perish.

The Gorvic are on the rise again but this time they have brought the Gaians with them – much more specialist fighters. As a result the outcome is not what they would have hoped for. It seems Gaians have a way of making a clan crumble to almost nothing before making a deal to create a harmony of sorts – one that always seems to be in their favour. A treaty is signed and with it Rhia and her sister Gwen are sent off to live with the enemy by marring two of the rulers sons. With everything that has happened to Rhia – battle lost, Bevan’s death, and being attacked – she is almost just a shell of her former warrior self. This new husband of hers, Marius, is in for a bit of a struggle with his new bride.

Living with the enemy for many years you can see how Rhia would get lost in their ways and almost forget who she really is. A shock reminder of this and how Gaians see her people soon starts to put things in perspective. She hasn’t just got herself to worry about though. Along with wanting to protect her son she also has her sister Gwen to think about. She can tell that she is scared and you get the clear impression that it might be from her own husband. There is something not quite right about him. Whether he really is mad or just being manipulated by others remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, another battle is on the horizon and this time spells and sorcery are playing a part. Can Rhia and Marius bring the other tribes and warriors together to fight what’s coming?

Warriors are good but the Gadarim elite are better. The gods watch over them and they are the ones all aspire to become – even Rhia, though no woman has ever become one before. They fight and die with honour no matter the tribe they fight for. They will honour those that are the same. Side note – don’t get in their way and don’t be a coward. Now Gawan, aka Leaping Wolf and Gadarim for Gorvic, was an interesting character. He has a hate/hate relationship with Rhia from the first battle they were a part of. He might not like her but will soon come to respect her as a warrior – Fearless Wildcat is coming.

An interesting story but very long. I did feel at times there was just too much description of what was going on rather than dialogue between characters. Being cut down a bit could give it a quicker pace when things start rolling towards a final battle. The main focus in these battles is to do with honour among soldiers and warriors. Lose that and you might just lose your war. A battle might be won but I fear more could be on the horizon for our wildcat Rhia.

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: ‘Wingman’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Wingman (Rascals Book 2)

Published: 25th June 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

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Synopsis:

Is this sexy bachelor ready to fall in love? Find out in the hot and hilarious new stand-alone romance from Katie McCoy!

Chase McKenna is the hottest bartender in the city… and he knows it. Sexy, charming, and abs for days? It’s no wonder every girl who walks through the doors is panting for him.

Except me.

I’m stuck crushing on my perfect boss, who has zero idea I’m even alive. I need a plan to catch his attention… and who better to teach me the tricks of seduction than Mr. Panty–Dropper himself?

The rules are simple: no strings, no stress, and definitely no feelings. But it turns out, Chase is way more than I bargained for, and as for the sparks flying between us…?

You can’t teach chemistry like this.

Soon, we’re throwing our lesson plan out the window — and our clothes right after it. We’re breaking all the rules, and my heart’s on the line, but now I’m wondering…

Must all good flings come to an end?Find out in the hot new romance from Katie McCoy!

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The Rascals Series:
Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

#1 Rascal
#2 Wingman – June 25th
#3 Heartbreaker – Aug 20th
#4 Soulmate – Oct 15th
#5 Troublemaker – Dec 10th

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book a friend recommended.

So Kelsey is in a bit of a rut relationship wise. She has fantasized about her boss Justin for four years, convincing herself that he is her dream guy in the process. Dreams are great but also a bit of an illusion. He just doesn’t seem to notice her. So after another let down on the whole ‘will he finally see me as more than a colleague’ she drowns her sorrows in her favourite bar – Rascals. Just so happens to have a sexy distraction that makes a great dirty martini. Seeing Chase in action, flirting as he goes, gives her an idea. He’s the master of sexy and confidence, so why can’t he teach her too? Might have been a drunken request but come the break of day she means it.

Now Chase can’t really believe that Kelsey needs help in any way as she’s always managed to get his heart rate up. She can act cool and flirty with him when the banter starts but anyone else is a disaster. Seeing is believing and she does need a bit of help with her confidence. Lessons are fun and easy to start with but the longer they spend together the more sexual tension starts to build. He just does casual as that’s easy but it seems he’s hiding too due to a bad break-up. How long before he sees it?

When a deal to help her become sexier (well more confident in herself really) crosses a line you know things are going to get interesting. I mean lessons on how to flirt are one thing but with the chemistry firing between them it wasn’t going to be long before talking turned to doing. A touch to a kiss and to one hell of a fun time after Kelsey shows Chase something to make her feel sexy. When a guys’ reaction is on the lines of ‘Holy fuck, you look gorgeous’ you know you’ve hit the mark.

Chase is a bit of a tinkerer in regards to creating new ales. He has been working for months to get just the right taste for a big competition coming up. He wants his friends there for support but really its just Kelsey he needs to calm his nerves and cheer him on. If he wins you can just imagine the celebration they might have.

The moment the lines were crossed you knew feelings would soon follow. Whether either is ready for them is another matter entirely. They might think it’s just fun and will end but do they really want it to? From inner thoughts no but you can never be sure when past ghosts and dreams come into play. Can these two see through the crazy fun times to what’s real or will they lose themselves?

They need to be the person they have always been and stop hiding behind what they thought they wanted. Don’t go back or play it safe. Justin and Monica are just illusions for them. Let’s hope it doesn’t take them that long to figure it out when feelings start to creep in.

Side note: Kelsey’s mum was a piece of work. Can’t believe how she treated her and how it clearly affected how she saw herself. Glad Chase came to the rescue and also had her back.

Another fun read with interesting characters. They both seemed to be hiding feelings wise with what they really wanted. You know by what was right in front of them. Can’t wait to check out the rest of the guy’s stories. I’m pretty sure Dante is going to get with Emerson’s sister Hayley – she clearly wants him. Let’s see if he will finally notice.

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: ‘Of Beasts and Bonds’ by N. D. Jones

Title: Of Beasts and Bonds: A Witch and Shapeshifter Romance (Death and Destiny Trilogy Book 2)

Published: 18th August 2016

Publisher: Siren Publishing

Author: N. D. Jones

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Twitter: @ndjonesauthor

 

Synopsis:

A deadlier war begins. New enemies arise. And, a bond must be completed, before it is too late.

A new threat to the earth arises, in the form of the angry and vengeful gods Mami Wata and Oya, now free from their imprisonment, and hellbent on making humanity suffer. Assefa Berber and Dr. Sanura Williams, the prophesized Cat and Fire Witch of Legend, will now need everything they possess-power, magic, strength, cunning-along with a much stronger mate bonding, to defeat Mami Wata and her vile beasts.

In order for their bond to survive, Assefa and Sanura must defeat all forces of evil. The fate of their love hangs in the balance.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that scares you. Ok so maybe not so much scare as creep me out with some of the things Mami Wata throws at people. I’m sure she’s just warming up though.

So Sanura now believes, like all who meet her, witches and were-cat alike, that she is the prophecy fire witch. That she is the mortal reincarnation of Oya, goddess of wind, thunderbolts and fire. The one who just so happens to wage a war on her sister Mami Wata every 500 years. This time the battle might truly set Oya free to be with her love Sango once more. No pressure then on taking on that task. She might have her partner in Assefa, their aura’s connecting stronger than either would have thought and now living together, but she is holding back on him marking her as his. Fire witch and her cat of legend, Mngwa, which just happens to be Assefa. So why is she holding back? Maybe because she knows what these were-cats are willing to give up to protect those around them.

It’s cool that there is a school for teaching new witches and were-cats. Seems with the battle looming more want to come and learn, maybe even help. A battle between a fire and water witch is coming but no-one yet knows who this water witch will be, just that they will be the same age as Sanura. This school just so happens to have Sanura’s mother Makena help run it alongside fellow council member and high priestess Anna. Seems they’ve just got wind of Sanura’s relationship with Assefa and want to meet them to see if he really is the cat of legend, and how he can help. Seems they are trying to put things in motion for what is to come..

The gods it seems watch from the skies at the havoc their magic casts on the world. The phrase ‘suck it up and get over it already’ comes to mind with these two sisters. They are both just far too stubborn to change after all this time. Oya is more about magic where as Mami Wata likes to send in her creepy pets to do her bidding. Day of the Serpents is almost upon them and I think Mami Wata will have a selection to throw at them. Beware of what goddesses are really capable of.

A speck of gold dust, some were-cat pheromones and a fire witch make one hell of a hot encounter. Fan me down they were on fire, well right up until the claim bite would take place, then it’s like a bucket of water falls on them – well more Sanura. Seems she needs to come clean with her reasons for holding back, whether Assefa can deal with them is another matter entirely. It seems in not making a choice she has in fact already chosen. He loves her though so is willing to give her what she needs. Talking of needs he gives her the best relaxation/fire passion chemistry birthday possible. Same again next year perhaps? Well if they get the looming battle out of the way first.

A few more interesting side characters are starting to play their part in what is to come. Zareb, Assefa’s best friend and bodyguard, is intriguing and when he meets Cyntia, Sanra’s best friend, there seems to have a bit of a connection going on. One she can’t explain, troubling too as she is married.

Another creative read that is leading towards the main battle on the horizon. Not as much of a mystery like the first but more about moving the players into position for the final showdown. Let’s see how it all ends.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via the author’s newsletter.

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Book Review: ‘Rascal’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Rascal (Rascals Book 1)

Published: 30th April 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

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Synopsis:

Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble… Fall in love with the hot new series from Katie McCoy!

He’s keeping me up all night long…

Emerson Hayes is sexy, arrogant, and has abs that would put a Hemsworth to shame. He’s also opening a bar with his buddies right below my apartment. Goodbye, peace and quiet, hello sleepless nights fantasizing about my hot new landlord…

But when my stuffy workplace makes it clear I need a plus-one for our events, I have the perfect way to even the score. Emerson is A+ arm-candy… as long as I can resist taking a bite. Our arrangement is supposed to be just for show, but Emerson is like that fifth shot of tequila: tempting, intoxicating, and liable to leave me flat on my back with my panties around my ankles, begging for more.

Maybe I should stay for just one more round…

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The Rascals Series:
Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A contemporary romance. Another fun, hot start to another series I’m sure to love as much as the others. These guys are about to stir things up with their new bar. Rascals by name, rascal by nature I feel.

Alex and Emerson had a very serendipity feel to them getting together right from the get go. She bails on a friend to go out to meet new people – well aunt flo was visiting at the time – only to bump into the hottest guy she’d seen in Chicago in a while. Once is a chance encounter, twice might be heating things up (well getting stuck in a banks ATM when power goes out might do that, heat rises as soon as the lights go out) but three times is calling it fate. The third being when Alex wakes earlier than expected on a weekend due to construction work going on below her flat. She gets quite a shock (though in all honesty a very nice surprise) when the boss/owner is none other than her dream guy from the night before.

Fate it seems will not be denied when it comes to these two. No matter how hard they try to tell themselves that they are not looking for something, or someone, due to being too focused on their careers. It doesn’t take too long for the chemistry to take the lead. Sparks fly from the get go so you know it will be hot when they finally give in. Let’s just say the way he gets her to agree to go out on a date with him is after one hell of a pick me up.

It might be smooth sailing for a while but you know choppy waters are soon to follow when you have family issues not being addressed. Tensions building fast and just when you think you have someone on your side they can throw you a curve ball. Well you may think they have but these two just need their heads banging together quite frankly. Both saying and doing/not doing things they didn’t mean to. Stubborn natures the pair of them but thankfully they have good people around them to do the head banging for us.

They are such a cute couple in public but behind closed doors fan me down they get hot. That office of his sure gets its use. Handy with her apartment just upstairs too! It started with a spark that grew into an inferno. Lets just hope it doesn’t burn out.

Side characters were a lot of fun throughout too and nicely linked to set up their own stories with all the guys. Chase and Kelsey’s story is going to be interesting I’m sure. Another chill out read where you get a lot of spice thrown in for good measure. On to the next I say.

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: ‘Rogue’ by Tonya Coffey

Title: Rogue (A Valkyrie Tale Book 1)

Published: 29th January 2017

Author: Tonya Coffey

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Synopsis:

Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside of her changes. A spark ignites; triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, she turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. However, she knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.

Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a beautiful cover. Well it is purple and that’s my favourite colour so kind of gives it an edge. Warriors, wolves, shifters, gods of war and Valkyrie’s alike must come together to fight the battle that’s brewing. Odin must be stopped and it looks like they are just the ones to do it.

Clytie seems to have gotten herself in a bit of a tricky situation right from the get go. Luckily it seems that a black panther shifter, Storm, is there to help, seemingly having an overwhelming urge to protect her. Thing is he gets hurt and is near death, near enough for Psyche, Clytie’s sister, to come to take him to be a part of Odin’s army, something Clytie feels compelled to stop. Seems they both want to protect the other but have no idea why. Fate has pulled them together but will it keep them together? Odin might have a few words to say about that.

Clytie knows the moment her sister tells Odin of what she has done the whole of Asgard will come for them. Her sister included, the one she will need to watch out for the most. She might now be a rogue but she’s one with a panther shifter on her side so that has to count for something, right? He’s saved her life in a battle so it’s only fair she save his. Almost like ‘tag you’re it’, next time you save me.

The connection between them is so strong and neither can deny it for long. When the running danger comes too close the heat rises to the surface. A kiss to connect but in the process brings a storm in itself. Clytie was once told of a story about the Valkyrie of the earth – the ultimate Valkyrie. Fearing she is part of it, and not knowing the whole story, she runs from the one person she needs most. She is their goddess, their savior and it’s something she can’t run from.

Seems Psyche has her own protector in Borea, who inadvertently gets himself in hot water so feels the need to protect her from what’s coming. He knows she will follow Odin’s orders but will her love for her sister stop her from completing the mission? Seems when you go out of your way to stop a prophecy from coming true you end up creating the reason for why its meant to happen in the first place. Something Odin should think on with what’s to come. Those who serve must follow orders but what happens when they know they shouldn’t? A battle is coming but which side will come out on top?

Two prophecies for the price of one. Not only was an ultimate Valkyrie promised but also the shifters were told of a great Alpha from Storm’s pride that would lead them. Two prophecies coming together to create the ultimate power couple? A storm is brewing, quite literally, and it’s my favourite colour – purple! What’s not to love?

Interesting mystical world you are thrown into with this one. A journey like none other that is full force forward right from the get go. Fate and prophecies will not be denied and those that go against them will soon see the error of their ways. A battle might be won but the war is still to play for. With Storm by Clytie’s side they can do anything. Let the journey continue.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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

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