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Book Review: ‘Her Vampire’s Promise’ by Jordan K. Rose

Title: Her Vampire’s Promise (Romance in Central City, Novella One)

Published: 28th August 2014

Author: Jordan K. Rose

Blurb:

Raging Fire Kills Co-Founder, Daughter. 

Panthera Laboratories in Ruin. 

~ Central City Gazette, 1994 

Reade Hayes knows better than any vampire that nothing good ever comes out of Central City. So he isn’t surprised the beautiful blonde he meets in a dive bar is crazy. What does surprise him is how fast she moves, how hard she hits, and the fact she’s wearing a ring he last saw two decades ago on the hand of his dead friend. 

Is it possible the little girl he swore a blood pact to protect didn’t die in the fire? If the beauty sitting beside him is that pretty little baby, where has she been for twenty years? And why is she so lethal? 

On hindsight Lawrie Tyrone realizes drinking vampire blood might not have been the smartest decision. But scientists experiment and if she is going to prove her father was not a traitor, she has to take risks. So far she’s experienced no alarming side effects, well, none other than being able to recognize vampires walking among humans. 

From the power he exudes to his gorgeous dark eyes everything about the man to her right screams danger. Every logical thought tells her to kill him. But something in his eyes stops her. Is he using his vampire powers to influence her, or is something else making her heart ache for him? 

Can love thrive in the ruins of Central City?

Review:

Blood pack drawing them together without even knowing it. Crazy things can happen in dingy bars after a fruity cocktail or two.

Meeting in a dingy bar to discuss a recon mission takes an interesting turn for Reade after Garrison is late leaving him there alone. Well, not quite, aside from the barman, there is a woman who seems to like nothing more than to drink and mutter to herself. Feeling taken advantage of and unappreciated her whole life she has had enough of people thinking little of her and laughing at her. Reade is the final straw and with one smirk a broken nose soon follows. Not a one trick pony either as things soon escalate with Reade on the short end of her temper. Her speed and force something to confuse but once her name is said all things stop. What they were looking for has fallen into their laps.

Connection to protect after figuring out who she is might be high but Reade, and Garrison really when he shows up, need to work on their communication/cocky attitude skills before making Lawrie angry. One woman not known for anger or violence seems to have a knack for it when laughed at or made to feel insignificant. Might have something to do with what she drank that night, and I don’t mean the cocktails. Felt a bit like a comedy sketch with each guy being taken unaware and hurt by this firecracker with a short fuse. They need her safe and away from danger. Will she trust these vampires with her life or go back to the only place she has ever known?

Not that much happens to flush out the story but more of a starting off point to the world and the darker deeds that might follow with Panthera, the Guard, and how things link with Lawrie. Interesting characters that give you a glimpse into their worlds but feel it could have been longer. Once they are out of the bar it’s almost done. Ending was a bit flat. Seems this was more a book to set up the story for the series with introducing all the characters. Needed a bit more but then the main two in this one might pop up in rest of series as running characters throughout. Not bad for a free kindle read.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Daughters of the Dagger’ by Elizabeth Rose

Title: Daughters of the Dagger (Daughters of the Dagger Series Prequel)

Published: 23rd December 2013

Publisher: RoseScribe Media

Author: Elizabeth Rose

Blurb:

Will an old superstition bring joy or despair?

Lady Mirabelle de Burgh is desperate to give her husband an heir. She’s heard of the superstition that to buy a jeweled dagger from a blind old hag, would ensure her of conceiving a child. One child for each dagger bought.

The old hag she finds on Grope Lane has many jeweled daggers, but Mirabelle hasn’t enough money for them all. Her greed gets her into a situation and what starts as a noble cause ends up in a way that no one could have suspected.

Review:

Mirabelle longs to give her husband a child, though mainly a son. So much so she is willing to explore superstition to see her fate changed.

Superstition has it that if you buy a jewelled dagger off a blind woman you will conceive a child. Gold coins are needed but how many can they buy. The woman shows her 5 daggers, each with there own main gemstone within it – Ruby, Amber, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Onyx. Each gem has its own characteristics that will be matched with the child that it will be given to. Each child needs to be named after its dagger too to make sure what Mirabelle asks for comes true for them. She can only afford 4 of the 5 daggers so must choose wisely but greed can get the best of people to try their luck. Actions have consequences that you can’t out run. One wrong move can change your path forever.

Even though you pretty much know how things are going to play out due to her actions it doesn’t take away from the story at all. As a prequel you see the set up of all the daughters born and what fate might have in store for them all.

Interesting set up for the series, does make me intrigued to check them out. Daggers will always find there way back to their true owner so let’s see what fate has in store for Mirabelle’s children. Fun, quick read that pulls on heartstrings too.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet’ by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Title: Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet

Published: 18th October 2018

Publisher: Trapeze

Author: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ProfessorNoelFitzpatrick

Twitter: @ProfNoelFitz

 

Blurb:

Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel’s childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog Pirate providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science – and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.

Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs. 

Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy Border Terrier who has been by Noel’s side as he’s dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career. 

As heart-warming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.

 

Review:

Interesting to learn more about the man behind the ‘Supervet’ title. Delve into the world of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick where you will learn where it all began. Always a lover of animals and wanting to do more to help them whenever he could.

Learning more about his childhood you really feel for what he went through with school bullies but as he says himself you shouldn’t give them a name as that gives them power over you still. That being one of the reasons behind him wanting to learn more to escape and leave them behind.

Seems he liked to travel the world wanting to gain as much knowledge as he could to become not just a vet but a specialist. Always striving for more knowledge and never giving up when the next goal was within reach.

Felt like you are re-living his younger days of starting out as a vet alongside him, with the crazy hours and situations found in with the different types of vet you could be (domestic pets, large farm animals, and more specialist areas of practice).

Noel’s study, work, life balance isn’t the best and I wouldn’t say that should be recommend with someone wanting to follow in his footsteps. Needing time for yourself and not just working and studying 24/7 would be the best way forward. But it does go to show the work needed to be able to get to where he is today. It was interesting to see how ‘The Supervet’ show came about with just an idea and finding the perfect location to see that dream idea become a reality. First and foremost he will always listen to the animals to see how they need to be helped if they can be. Finding the fine line between what can be done and what should be done with the pets we hold dear.

As a nation of animal lovers it is easy to see how fascinated we have become with watching ‘The Supervet’ on our screens and living through these incredible animals journeys along with the team and families being brought before our eyes. This book has helped show what Noel has gone through in his life to get him here, the highs and lows all making him the man he is today. A great read that any animal lover would love to dive into.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Blaze of Glory’ by Mandy M. Roth

Title: Blaze of Glory (Prospect Springs Shifters Book 1)

Published: 7th September 2011

Publisher: The Raven Books

Author: Mandy M. Roth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMandyRoth

Twitter: @mandymroth

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandymroth

Blurb:

Prospect Springs Shifters 

Paranormal Shifter Romance

Sheriff Jonathan MacSweeny is in charge of keeping the peace in Prospect Springs. Frontier living isn’t what it used to be. It’s hard to survive in the New Old West and it’s even harder when your area doesn’t exactly embrace supernaturals–and you howl at the moon. That being said, he’s good at his job and has a reputation with the ladies. When he learns his childhood sweetheart is to be married off to the town sleazebag, he goes in guns blazing to see to it she’s his. Problem is, Molly isn’t the same girl he remembers from ten years prior. Now she’s a gun-toting, foul-mouthed, vixen with a badge of her own.

Special Marshal Molly Cogan never planned to set foot back in Prospect Springs. When her friend gets the harebrained idea to steal her identity in an attempt to protect her from the bounty the outlaws have on her head, Molly finds herself standing right smack dab in the middle of chaos–or home in her case. It isn’t long before Jonathan is there, flashing that famous MacSweeny boy smile and tempting her in ways she wasn’t prepared for. This heart-hardened Marshal has her work cut out for her if she plans to face her past fears and her past sweetheart.

Review:

Doesn’t fit into one genre but many with a little bit of everything. Futuristic, post apocalyptic, shifter paranormal, western with some hot and heavy passion thrown in for good measure.

When Jonathan learns Molly is coming back to town and about to be married off by her father to the worst person possible he knows he has to stop it to protect her from the monster Gerald is. He seems to just be winging it without much of a plan and only his brother and cousin for back up. Good job he didn’t really have a plan because once he gets to the bar it would have been thrown out the window anyway when outlaws turn up seeking vengeance against the one he wants to save.

Turns out our girl Molly can take care of herself. Away for ten years after a very traumatic event she came back stronger and sharper than any of them would have thought. She is now a Special Marshall who takes out wanted paranormals and it seems the ones that don’t like this have put a bounty on her head. When outlaws turn up at the bar all hell breaks loose, more so when ‘her’ Jonathan gets caught in the crossfire. She may think him lost but the secret he carries might just come in handy with keeping him alive.

Even with bullets flying being close together after all this time can’t stop the hidden passion coming to the surface. Just got a few things to sort out first. Check list: outlaws to take care of, recovery, binding yourself to someone, breaking a married contract, that sort of thing. So not too much then!

Took a little while to get my head round what kind of era it was set in but in the end I just went along for the ride. A bit of hot fun that has a lot of asskicking to keep you entertained. Would have liked more of a comeuppance for certain characters but that might come later in series. Supporting characters were interesting and main ones had some chemistry.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘A Tracker’s Tale’ by Karen Avizur

Title: A Tracker’s Tale

Published: 1st March 2018

Author: Karen Avizur

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trackerstheseries

 

Blurb:

Welcome to the strange and perilous world of Katherine Colebrook: FBI special agent, Los Angeles… Trackers Division.

In Katherine’s world, werewolves, vampires, púcas, and other parasapien species – forced for centuries by human fear and prejudice to live at the fringes of society – have finally come out of hiding to demand their rightful place alongside us. It’s a fragile co-existence, fraught with mutual distrust: a new social contract for which the rules are still evolving. And when those rules break down – usually when a parasapien begins preying on humans – that’s when the Trackers step in. It’s their job to hunt them down and stop them by any means necessary.

Within this elite unit, Katherine Colebrook is one of the best. Her psychic abilities made her a natural for the Trackers Division, allowing her to move between the parasapien and human worlds in ways that no other agent could. But Katherine’s calling hasn’t come without struggle and losses along the way. As a single mother, she must contend with her teenage daughter, Alexandra, who not only shares Katherine’s psychic abilities, but seems determined to follow the same dangerous path as her mother.

And so, when Katherine’s latest assignment threatens to bring that danger too close home, she finds herself faced with the toughest challenge of her career: Can she protect her daughter’s life, while battling a ruthless adversary who’ll stop at nothing to destroy her?

 

Review:

Get ready to dive into the strange and intriguing world of trackers and the supernatural beings they track.

Katherine is a psychic tracker working for the FBI who tracks parasapien species who step out of line. We are first introduced to her, and her abilities, when she is called in to look at a young autistic girl brought in by police to a hospital. With her abilities she can see that Rebecca was told to run by her brother for her own safety before he was murdered. Also that she has psychic abilities herself. It seems that a vampire was after her and Katherine will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.


The story then sort of has a ‘month in the life of’ vibe throughout, jumping from one scenario to the next in Katherine’s life. Not really one linear story pushing you forward but rather you are following the cases and lives that get interlinked together from Katherine being a tracker. More interconnecting than most books I’ve read. You have random characters and small sub-plots being brought in and out as footnotes from the perils of her job. A way of pushing the story forward without getting bogged down with everybody’s backstory. Good really as they disappear just as quick as they appeared in the first place.

Like mother, like daughter it seems. Alexandra might only be sixteen but she is just as capable of taking care of herself. She sees herself as a protector of others, like her mum, but the thought of putting herself in danger scares Katherine to no end. She wants a different life for her but can see her eventually following in her footsteps with the need to help others using her own gift. They are all going to need their gifts to keep one step ahead of danger that follows.

Interesting read but did find it a bit too descriptive in places with setting the scene. When you know someone is coming, that there’s danger or intrigue, you kind of want the story to pick up the pace.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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