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Book Review: ‘Hidden’ by Madison Johns

Title: Hidden: Clan of the Werebear

Published: 12th May 2014

Author: Madison Johns

Blurb:

SEPARATED…Elaina had heard warnings about the Clan of the Werebear all her life, but as a foundling with no knowledge of her past, she has no idea whether or not her protector’s warnings that they are searching for her are true. 

PROTECTED…The werewolf, Samson, tries to protect her from the world by hiding her away in a cabin high in the mountains, refusing even to allow her to “shift.” But when, at the age of eighteen, Elaina is stricken by “the mating fever” and Samson finds her in a compromising position with his grandson, he is forced to confine her even more. 

FEVERED…Restricted, hidden away, in full frenzy of the mating fever, and strictly forbidden to mate, Elaina decides it is time she joined her own kind…to find her mate. But meeting the devastatingly handsome were-bears, Cullen and Damon, is dangerous because she is drawn to the both of them …like a bear to honey. The fever is so strong, all she can think about is being in their arms.Torn, Eliana must face one of the most difficult choices of her life: go back with them to their village and chance that they aren’t part of the Clan, or turn her back on the one man who could be her perfect mate in order to remain…HIDDEN. 

Hidden, Clan of the Werebear is part one of a serial that is 23,778 words in length. It contains adult content and is not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen.

Review:

When you have been hidden your whole life for your own protection how long before you start to question the reasons.

Elaina has always been told that she needs to keep hidden to stay safe as there are people after her. Samson, a werewolf, has tried to raise her as best he could but with her being a werebear there is only so much that he can do. There are changes coming that are out of both of their controls that force her to make a choice, whether the right or wrong one is still to be seen. Running away when she is in the midst of the mating heat is not the best option as there are others around that would take one whiff and want nothing more than to claim her, if only for a night. Case in point when she stumbles across werebears Cullen and Damon.

Cullen and Damon seem to have it good in their little hareem in the woods. They are the only two males left to protect the women. The reward for such protection seems to be in the form of mating with them, both of them. That is their offer to Elaina for her to stay. If she wants protection then that is the price. The mating heat might be to blame in part but she doesn’t really see this as too much of a price, not that she is willing to say that to them that is. The pull might be strong but that doesn’t mean that they trust her, or the secrets they know she is keeping. Her true past might be catching up to her, putting everyone at risk.

Short read that was ok but I would have liked to know more about the Clan of the Werebear to see what the danger is really meant to be. There isn’t much of an ending, though that seems to be the thing with stories split into parts, you have to finish them all to get the whole picture.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Mafia Heir’ by L. Steele

Title: Mafia Heir (Dark Mafia Billionaire Romance: Arranged Marriage #0.5)

Published: 18th July 2021

Author: L. Steele

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLSteele

Twitter: @Author_L_Steele

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorlaxmi

Blurb:

Mine to protect. Mine to take. She is MINE!

Five brothers

One broken family

A past that will haunt them forever

“If you dare leave me for another if you ever look at another man if you ever let anyone else touch you… I’ll not let him live, Beauty. I won’t stop until I’ve ground his face into the dirt, until I’ve pulled out his eyes for looking at you, broken his mouth for daring to speak to you, until I’ve pulled out his guts, and,” I glare at her, “smeared his blood on the ground.”

Her breath hitches and her pupils dilate.

My thirst for violence seems to fulfill a need deep inside of her—one she doesn’t bother to hide from me either.

“You’re not disgusted by my cruelty?” I tilt my head, “My penchant for brutality seems to appeal to you, Bellezza?

“And what if it does?” She purses her lips, “What if I it is the savagery at your core that attracts me…?”

This is the prequel to Mafia King – Dark Mafia Billionaire Arranged Marriage Romance Series

Review:

Short read that really grips you from the first page, leaving you wanting more. A glimpse into their Mafia world and the chaos that might follow.

Michael and his brothers have not had a great start in life. Sons of the Don means you are brought up tough. Beatings part of the life and there was only so much he could do to take the bulk of it to protect his brothers. Older now and you still see the scars, both physically and mentally, that holds to each of them with how its made them the men they are now.

Michael is trying to pull the five main families together to gear up his strength so it is clear he is strong enough and the right man to take over as Don when the time comes. Though if I’m honest that could happen at any time as no brother would miss their father if something were to befall him. People are selling secrets and they need to get to the bottom of it. Closer to home with a mole perhaps? Either way when Michael is attacked a line has been crossed and action is needed to prove he is still top dog. A way out seems to be in the way of a debt paid to him and his family. The debt in questions payment being Karma. His plan to solve the debt might be simple but I have a feeling things might change when he meets her. Woman of his dreams perhaps?

Great prequel to get you hooked from the start. Definitely want to check out the rest of the series now. Side note: all those men really like getting freaky in the VIP room. Each with their own kink to get the pulses racing. Interesting to see what Michael and Karma will be like in the books that follow. Will she want to run from his darkness or fall right into it?

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Meet Me in London’ by Georgia Toffolo

Title: Meet Me in London (Meet Me #1)

Published: 15th October 2020

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Author: Georgia Toffolo

Twitter: @ToffTalks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/georgiatoffolo

Blurb:

What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real…

Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.

Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.

When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…

Review:

Romance is in the air with this fun Christmas read.

Victoria might work in a bar but her dream is to be a clothes designer with her own local boutique to sell them in on the street she works. She almost had a chance once but an ex seemed to put a stop to that. Just when she was thinking things could start to look up news comes that a new department store is opening on the same street as all the small local shops. Thinking that she needs to take charge of things in her life she decides to make a stand and talk to the people in charge to see how they are going to handle joining this small local shop street. Little did she know that a chance encounter would change things for the better, that is if they can both get out of their own ways to see what is right in front of them.

Oliver really isn’t in the Christmas spirit, which is a bit of a problem as he is launching a new department store right in time for Christmas so that is very much the theme. The launch may be running late with his mid focused on that alone but that doesn’t stop his mother from wanting his attention by getting to meet his new love, one that he most definitely didn’t make up of course. One that he is going to need to find sharpish to keep his mother happy so that he can focus on what is important. Funny thing about things that seem important is that most of the time they aren’t and you are only focusing on them to keep your mind from thinking about what you really want.

So when Victoria and Oliver meet they both have issues that they think the other can help them with. She can help smooth things over with the local vendors and he can help get her designs noticed, all she has to do is to pretend to be his girlfriend for a few days to appease his mother until the launch is done. How hard can that be? Well, what starts out as a simple business agreement soon starts to change after spending more time together. You can’t deny that the chemistry is there from the start, no matter how much they try to hold back, each for very different reasons. If they can get past what is trying to hold them back they both might get what they really want this Christmas, someone to spend all future Christmases with and every day in between.

Sweet romance that you can chill out with this Christmas season.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Molly’s Choice’ by Violet Rae

Title: Molly’s Choice (Medicine Bow Book 1)

Published: 5th February 2019

Author: Violet Rae

Website: www.authorvioletrae.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorvioletrae

Blurb:

When an injury puts paid to Flynn Black’s professional fighting career, he retreats to his hometown to lick his wounds. Angry and bitter at the loss of the only thing he’s ever known, he withdraws from the world, becoming as cold and aloof as the Colorado mountains that surround his home. But then he discovers the one thing that he wants more than fighting. He knows he’s going to have to make some changes – and he’s going to need help.

No one is more surprised than the perfectly poised Molly McIntosh when Flynn Black – her reclusive neighbor – comes to her with an unusual request. He’s decided he needs help becoming more … civilized, and that Molly is just the woman for the job. Flynn is as coarse as Molly is refined, as foul-mouthed as she is cultivated, yet there’s something about the prickly ex-fighter that intrigues her. He’s a challenge she can’t resist. She thinks her privileged upbringing has prepared her for anything, but it never prepared her for her growing feelings for the surprisingly sensitive man that lurks beneath Flynn’s hard exterior – a man she knows can never be hers.

Review:

A sweet spicy read to chill out with. Sparks flying from the get go from these two opposites, even if they try and hide that fact from each other.

An ex professional fighter and an English Rose coming together in the most unlikely of situations. That being when said ex professional fighter Flynn decides to start a bar brawl and Molly our English Rose walks right up to him and tells him its time to go home. Stranger still that he listens. This then starts a bit of a pattern in that whenever Flynn gets himself into a situation no one else can handle Molly is called to take him home, as she seems to be the only person he will listen to. You can tell that this is starting to get old and things need to change if Flynn wants to have a real social life without drama.

Flynn knows that he has been in a downward spiral since having to retire from professional fighting. Clearly not handling it well by always starting fights. Nothing seems to be going his way but it takes one night to make him see that things need to change. To help him with said change he enlists Molly to be his guide of sorts to becoming a functioning human being who might get the person he has started to see in a new light. Thing is with Molly helping him start to be a better person she starts to wish he was doing these changes for her and not some mystery women.

Things aren’t always as they seem and everyone has their own baggage that they are working through. If you can get through it to the other side you might just find exactly what you have been looking for all along.

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: ‘Lost Alpha: Part 1’ by Jessica Ryan

Title: Lost Alpha: Part 1

Published: 5th May 2014

Publisher: Jessica Ryan Books

Author: Jessica Ryan

Blurb:

Between her cheating boyfriend and her obnoxious brother, Paige Strong is in dire need of an escape from her miserable life in Oklahoma. During a routine drive, Paige gets more than she bargains for when she hits a very naked, very sexy stranger. 

Travis Bowshot is a lone alpha seeking vengeance against the vampire that destroyed his pack. He doesn’t have time for a human female, no matter how much her curves tempt him. 

But after Paige’s mundane life crashes into his, Travis can’t deny the attraction between them, and it’s only a matter of time before he can no longer control his instincts to mate. 

Lost Alpha: Part 1 is a 16,500 words werewolf/BBW romance with a little bit of action and mystery sprinkled in. It is the first entry in the Lost Alpha series. This serial contains strong sexual themes and violence. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18. 

Review:

Werewolves I know but wererats?! Now that’s a bit strange but no less freaky when they attack. Travis is out on a hunt when tragedy strikes. Howls in the air calling for help as danger attacks. By the time Travis gets there it’s too late, he is all that is left of his pack. A new alpha with no pack but one thing on his mind — revenge. He will do whatever it takes to track down the ones responsible for the attack. Rage fuelling him while he tracks one of those responsible wasn’t the best course of action as his concentration wasn’t all there. Case in point by the fact he gets knocked down by a car. Can his luck change with the one that hit him?

Paige isn’t having that good of a day either with walking in on her cheating boyfriend. The drive home takes another turn when she hits something. Finding a naked man on the road is the last thing she needs. Stranger still the fact that there is black fur trapped in her bumper. Taking him home is her only option with him being out cold but with what he later reveals, and his general attitude towards certain people, she may have wished otherwise.

A story split into parts so this is really just a teaser to get you interested to continue reading. I think I would have liked to just continue as one book but it wasn’t too bad as it stands. Setting the scene with the characters and what they have coming their way now certain people have been entwined. Paige and Travis clearly have chemistry but a lot of pent up frustrations are bound to cause issues. Her brother Billy was a bit arrogant and ex Randy a complete dick. Fun shifter read that leaves you wanting more.

3 out of 5 stars

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