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Book Review: ‘Wanted by the Alpha’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Wanted by the Alpha (Knotted Omega Book 0.5)

Published: 7th August 2019

Publisher: 13 Suns

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

 

Blurb:

She belongs to me… 

Just a glimpse and I know she was MINE.
She isn’t like any other omega I’ve met,
I hadn’t anticipated this need for her.
I should have stayed away…
Yet, I can’t leave without her.
There’s a twisted, yearning, full of fear and anger inside me. For her…
No one can stop me, from breaking her
From making her mine…
She belongs to me…

This is the 15,000-word prequel to the Knotted Omega Series.

 

Review:

This short prequel is more about setting the players in motion for the main story to begin.

Starts as it means to go on with one hell of a sex dream. Let’s see if Zeus can make it a reality by finding his dream Omega. Seems he’s not the only one dreaming of the other, Lucy is just as linked in her dreams with him. Connected even before they met.

Zeus is an Alpha with a purpose, to kill his bastard of a father. Once done he will then become the General of London. Not pleased with just one title though as he wants to unite Scotland with England. Just has to go through a few people to do it.

Lucy and her sister are in a bit of a bind. Seems to barter a truce they are the terms granted. They know they are Omegas but want to choose who they want, not to be sold off to the highest bidder their father can get for them. Stories of an Alpha in Scotland giving Omegas the choice to which Alpha they bed when the heat cycle strikes leads to a plan of escape.

Can these twos journeys get them to cross paths to what – or rather who – they really want? With tensions running high from all sides and dangers following it’s anyone’s guess to how their stories will play out.

Interesting introduction to the characters but feel it could have been a little longer to get inside their heads a bit more – though this will come with the rest of the series. This is more about setting the scene and putting the players into their places for the journey to continue. Who to trust will be key to getting people to where they need to go.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘King, King, Goose?’ By Mandy M. Roth

Title: King, King, Goose? A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

Published: 30th May 2012

Publisher: The Raven Books

Author: Mandy M. Roth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMandyRoth

Twitter: @mandymroth

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandymroth

 

Blurb:

King, King, Goose?

A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

As a dragon shifter and king of his people, King Najarni wants to make his lovely wife happy. Her human ways are a mystery to him. Her Earthly customs and holidays are something he knows little about. When his trusted guards return from the human realm, having mastered the art of Christmas, he knows his queen will be overjoyed.
At least, that was the plan.

 

Review:

Review up late but goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set at Christmas time.

Talk about a Christmas to remember! Najarni, the dragon shifter King, wishes to make his human wife, Tara, happy and will do anything to make it so. He knows how hard it was to give up her world and customs with coming to the dragon shifter realm. One she never knew even existed. Seems Tara got a shock when Najarni spotted her and knew she was to be his. Sweeping her off her feet to claim her quite literally and take her back home with him. Three years on she couldn’t be happier but always gets somber around her Christmas time. So plan of action for Najarni was to send his finest warriors to the human realm to learn all the customs of Christmas to give her the best surprise yet.

Things don’t go quite to plan though. Firstly ‘The Roger’ must not be harmed; this goose isn’t getting cooked. Next we have carols being sung with a difference (an oomph being a key factor in their moves and choice of words) and then you have a gift that really should have been opened in private. These warriors really should have checked where they got their information!

Entertaining all the same as one calamity seems to lead to the next. Think Tara’s sides will be hurting by all the laughing she does – even funnier as they don’t realise what they are doing wrong. Fun interpretations of Christmas classics it seems. It will sure be a crazy Christmas celebration to remember. Let’s see what next year brings.

Free short read that was a nice stopgap between books to give you a bit of a laugh with the capers these dragon shifters can get into. Who would have thought being chased by a goose would cause them to get in a flap. Tara got her Christmas wish and I’m thinking an even better present later that night.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Where There’s Smoke’ by Jodi Picoult

Title: Where There’s Smoke

Published: 19th May 2014

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Author: Jodi Picoult

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Twitter: @JodiPicoult

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jodipicoult

 

Blurb:

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.

When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage – to both her reputation and her show – Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.

 

Review:

Serenity has always had a gift to see and converse with those that have passed over. As a child she might not have realised that not all people can see them but as an adult a lot has changed. Mainly the fact she has made a living off her gift. Only on her terms though, so that’s likely to bite her in the butt sooner rather than later.

She has people guarding her on both planes – whether real or metaphysical. Lucinda and Desmond are there to act as go betweens with other ghosts trying to chat. She relies on them a lot but once frustrated will learn not to take people – real or ghost – for granted.

After a difficult reading from a military vet she gets a bit of a fiery friend for a while. Can’t help when her next reading is more of a search to find someone. When voices from the other side go quiet her luck may be running out.

Interesting read that draws you along but it felt a little rushed even though only a short story. Just when you felt it was finishing off one story thread it kind of just ended without explaining everything. Leaving you wanting more or just a little confused? Well perhaps a bit of both but ok as a quick read.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Girl Watching You’ by J.A. Schneider

Title: Girl Watching You

Published: 27th June 2019

Author: J.A. Schneider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JASchneiderAuthor

Twitter: @JoyceSchneider1

 

Blurb:

Out of work actress Ava Beck, reduced to working in a West Village flower shop, starts to watch handsome, womanizing hedge funder Peter Greer, who lives near. He likes to romance his girlfriends with flowers.

Ava notices bruises on his troubled-looking date named Chloe. Concerned, she follows them after work to Chloe’s studio, second floor in the rear of a brownstone. She hears them arguing, climbs up the fire escape just as Greer angrily sees her…. and plunges into a world of stunning twists, murder and madness worse than any she could have imagined…

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or thriller. What a thriller ride you are taken on.

Joyce sure knows how to write a great thriller book. A few red herrings thrown in for good measure – some too obvious to be true and others subtle – but you will still be thinking ‘what the hell!’ when the big reveal takes place.

Ava is an out of work actress working in a florist until she can get back into the business. Her career has got a roadblock preventing people from hiring her. The roadblock in question is the man she thinks killed her sister – no accident as far as she is concerned. Confronting him in a rage wasn’t the best move after he was found innocent and now all she can do is hope for a win in her civil case suit against him. She just needs to find some more evidence or someone who has been prevented from speaking perhaps? With all this going on you can imagine that sleep has been hard to come by. Her way of coping is a little strange, the whole climbing fire escapes and looking out for people kind of strange. Once was enough to make her feel something other than numbness when she helped someone she knew but this next time she wished she had done something more than just look in and run away. Given that the person who’s flat it was ended up murdered that very night.

The only reason she went to look through the window was fear that the woman was in some kind of danger. She spotted her earlier at the flower shop with her partner, along with bruises on her wrists. She viewed the man as a predator and wanted to make sure she was ok after seeing them leave. A quick look later that night was all she wanted to do to satisfy her curiosity. After spotting a row in the making, and also getting spotted by the man himself, she got out of there fast. It’s not until the next day where she finds out the women was murdered. Thinking she witnessed the murder, or the lead up to it, she makes it her mission to get to the truth. She couldn’t save her sister but she wants to give justice to someone. After meeting the man, Peter, though and finding out more about him she starts to question everything she first thought. Could she be wrong by missing a link between this and another murder? If so then the real killer is out there watching. If it’s not him then she needs to keep looking before she ends up being a new target.

Red herrings time right from the start. One minute you think it could be one person then get a vibe from someone else until the final reveal. Can you guess the correct killer? They may have done this more than once and be linked closer than you first thought.

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: ‘Christmas with a Spy’ by Cynthia Eden

Title: Christmas with a Spy

Published: 27th September 2016

Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing

Author: Cynthia Eden

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Twitter: @cynthiaeden

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cynthiaedenauthor

 

Blurb:

Heat up your holiday with some sexy suspense…

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true.

Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

Author’s Note: CHRISTMAS WITH A SPY is a sexy holiday romance with a touch of suspense. It was originally published as THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS in the ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS collection back in 2015, but it is now available as a stand-alone title.

 

Review:

If you’re looking for a sweet like chocolate Christmas reading treat then this could be the short book for you. Chocolate, romance and bit of danger thrown in for good measure, what’s not to like. Who wouldn’t want a hero to come rescue them when the need arises?

Jemma is all ready to close up her chocolate shop having had enough for one day when something sweeter than everything combined walks right in. A fantasy come to life in the form of Grayson. He might just be meeting a friend but soon sees the merit for them picking this shop in town. One look at this handsome stranger and she is starting to want to let her hair down and have a little fun. Good job he feels the same by asking her out.

Grayson might seem sweet and sexy but he has a secret, one that might be about to bring some trouble to the quiet town of Holly. He needed a break and when an old friend, the Sheriff, told him to come if he ever needed to get away he finally jumped at the idea. Never more glad after seeing the lovely Jemma. He can see that she has some secrets of her own and longs for her to trust him and tell all.

Chemistry flying as high as the sparks but nothing ever runs that smoothly. Danger following one or the other causes a stir so I guess it’s a good job Grayson has that protective streak in him as it looks like he’s going to need it to keep Jemma safe.

A fun quick read that had romance and suspense mixed together to create an interesting story. Chocolate too and that can’t hurt! Getting you hooked on the town and making you want to get to know all the other people in town, especially the Sheriff. Time to book a trip to Holly soon I think.

4 out of 5 stars

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