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Book Review: ‘Arista’s Legacy’ by Deborah Cooke

Title: Arista’s Legacy (The Dragons of Incendium Book 4)

Published: 10th November 2016

Author: Deborah Cooke

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Twitter: @cooke_delacroix



A Warrior Maiden of Cumae and a mercenary for hire, Arista is used to both hunting and being hunted. She accepts an assignment from Queen Arcana of Regalia so that she’ll have a chance to find the secret that can save both Regalia and Incendium from destruction. Arista never expects to be helped by one of Arcana’s own sons, much less that she will fall in love. How can she choose between defending her beloved and completing her quest?

Arista’s Legacy is a short story set in the world of the Dragons of Incendium. It should be read after Wyvern’s Prince and before Wyvern’s Mate. Arista’s Legacy is available in a digital edition. It’s also included in the mini-book print edition of Wyvern’s Prince.



Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with flames on the cover. Flames that are in the form of a dragon, which is cool and makes sense as this series follows the Dragons of Incendium. Though this book takes place on the sister planet of Regalia and then on Cumae.

Arista is a Warrior Maiden of Cumae and also a highly advanced cyborg, though only other cyborgs know this. She is one that has had extra programming added to test the effects emotions play with her and those she interacts with. After she returns from her latest mission she reports to the Hive for debriefing – like always – but this time she wants to hold onto some memories, ones she fears the Hive will want to erase. The Hive was the first cyborg to go to Cumae and through higher awareness advanced its own programming to help make the fighters the best they could be. It also started to introduce more cyborgs into the fold to see how they could go better undetected and turned into more effect fighters. All cyborgs are meant to follow orders and Arista’s were simple. She was assigned by the Queen of Arcana to get rid of a problem – namely a son – but a secondary mission from the Hive was to retrieve the ShadowCaster. Once Arista gets linked up to the Hive though it soon becomes clear that her priorities changed from the moment she met her target, Venero.

This was a good way to see through Arista’s eyes what happened when she met Venero. We found out from him in Wyvern’s Prince what went down but it was interesting to see things from a different perspective. Also because going in we know what Arista really is but in the other we – like Gemma – were left in the dark. It’s interesting to see how her own emotions started to grow, more rapidly than the Hive might have anticipated. Which given that they are programmed to calculate every possible outcome, was surprising for all involved. Arista might have started out with one plan but things changed the longer she is in Venero’s presence. Seems he was holding back what he knew also but was willing to do whatever it took to give the people of Regalia a chance at a better life – namely one without his mother and brothers rule. With the odds against them though from the very start it’s a wonder how things planned out. Seems some things are meant to be though and destiny will always find a way.

Another fun read from this series that I can’t wait to continue with. Interesting characters throughout that always take you on fun and intriguing journeys.

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: ‘Wyvern’s Prince’ by Deborah Cooke

Title: Wyvern’s Prince (The Dragons of Incendium Book 3)

Published: 20th September 2016

Author: Deborah Cooke

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Twitter: @cooke_delacroix



Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

Engaged to Prince Urbanus of Regalia, Gemma knows that her fiancé ordered the assassination of her best friend—but has been told that he’s her HeartKeeper. Caught between her destiny and her moral duty, she decides to take vengeance upon Urbanus after the wedding night. Gemma’s not counting on more dark revelations about Urbanus, much less his beguiling charm. Alone in his palace, Gemma can only rely upon herself to ensure her survival—or can she trust the mysterious stranger who pledges to aid her, for reasons unknown?



Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set on another planet. You have Regalia and its sister planet Incendium where the dragons rule. Well it’s time to see how Gemma’s plan of revenge for her murdered friend Arista plays out. She might have a plan but Urbanus is a sneak and has a few of his own, ones she won’t see coming. Good job she gets a helping hand from a friendly toad then isn’t it? One only we know the true name and nature of – Venero.

It seems years ago an astrologer told Gemma that she would marry the future King of Regalia and he would not only be the carrier of the seed but also her HeartKeeper. She might have been concerned when her sister Drakina was set to marry Cantos, the first-born son of Queen Arcana, but well we all know how that turned out. The second in line was Urbanus but from knowing what he had done with the assassination of her best friend you can’t believe it to be true. It seems not everything is as it seems though but somehow everything played out just as it was meant to. With a little hop along the way.

So Gemma’s plan is simple enough. Thinking that the astrologer can’t be wrong she means to marry Urbanus, let him get her pregnant, as he is meant to be the carrier of the seed, and then kill him in his sleep. Leaving before anyone is the wiser. Helps that he had a honeymoon home of sorts built away from prying eyes. The stories of magic that Regalia holds and how Queen Arcana is meant to have passed gifts to each of her sons doesn’t cause too much concern at the start but it seems she should have held more faith in it as it could be her undoing.

Venero has a plan to be returned back to human. That plan is to get the help of who he perceives to be the airhead of a bride that has married his twin Urbanus. He can think of no other reason why someone of sound mind would do so, even if her King asked her to. His opinion isn’t changed when he sees her for the first time as she comes giddily into the room he’s hiding in. That is until she is alone and her whole persona changes in a second. He can tell with one look that she is different and has the overwhelming need to help and warn her of what his brother is really capable of. Well it seems she knows he’s not someone to be trusted but doesn’t know much about magic and spells. So it’s not good when Urbanus does a slight of the hand to cast one on her. Seems Venero needs to lend a hand, or more precisely hop, to help her out this time. Crashing into a few things so his brother is knocked out for the moment seems to work but he still needs to get Gemma to safety. Yes he wants to use her for his own reasons but feels a need to protect her more, something that unsettles him.

Escape is what’s needed for Gemma, her palver cat like creature and hop along friend, one who doesn’t give her a name to start with. Spells and trouble follow if they don’t run fast enough. Gemma is still a little confused by it all and can’t shake the feeling that her heartbreaker and carrier of the seed are closer than she thinks. Seems her dragon can sense him but because of the spell is trapped from fighting. Not good when that’s what she was looking for.

Seems Gemma and Venero need each other to get their end goal but could there be more that binds them together? The secret of why he was cursed being aired might shed some light and also see forth to have the future told correct. If a princess kisses a frog her prince shall arise but what of kissing a toad? Not much from what Gemma thinks but then could that be the answer to all she really seeks?

Mystery and intrigue with many vying for different outcomes with what they seek. Got to love these dragon princesses, as they are a force to be reckoned with. You do not want to get in their way and certainly want them on your side. Something Venero is learning and starting to like. I liked the funny friendship that came with the two of them and the passion you know will follow, something else these dragons are known for. Well they do have fire so can get very heated. Liked the flow of this one right from the start and keeps you hooked till the end.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Release Blitz and Book Review: ‘Two Tickets to Bearadise’ by Chasity Bowlin

Title: Two Tickets to Bearadise (Bearadise Lodge Book 1)

Published: 28th February 2018

Author: Chasity Bowlin

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A Curvy Beauty Looking To Get Away From It All

Zoe Hawkins has a successful career as a romance writer… except she’s not feeling very into romance and a deadline is looming. When her best friend and fellow author, India, bails on her at the last minute, Zoe does what she’s gotten painfully good at—flying solo. Headed into the mountains for a solitary writing retreat, the city girl is ill equipped to deal with the large and terrifying bear that she encounters as she struggles to get into her rented cabin.

A Sexy Shifter Who Knows What He Wants

Logan might be the youngest of the Arthur brothers, but he’s always known precisely what he wanted. From the moment he sets eyes on the luscious curves of Zoe, city girl or not, he knows she’s the one for him. She’s his mate. Destiny put her in his path and he doesn’t plan to let her get away. Of course, the fact that she’s now terrified of bears and consoling herself with every form of liquor in the minibar doesn’t help.

Happily Ever After?

If Zoe can survive the humiliation of her drunken attempts to seduce him and the hangover that came after, and if Logan can convince her that bears can be cuddly too, they might just have a chance to write a love story of their own.

Two Tickets To Bearadise is the first in a series, but each of the subsequent books can be read as a standalone.


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Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about shifters. Bear shifters to be precise and these are some fine looking ones to boot. Might need to book a retreat to a mountainside cabin soon.

So Zoe might want to thank her friend India for standing her up on her little week writing retreat when she starts to appreciate the welcome she got. She is a city girl through and through but knows she needs to go somewhere quiet to work so a mountainside cabin seem as good a place as any. She has a deadline from her publisher that is looming and must finish her book ASAP if she wants to get the advance for the next one. Small problem is that she has no ideas flowing. She’s a romance author and has been lacking in that department for a while. How can she write about being ravished by some hot man when she almost can’t remember what it feels like? A week away to get the mind juices flowing is what’s needed. It’s just the nature that’s making her a bit nervous. Well that and the big bear at the cabin door pawing at her snacks. Playing dead is her first thought but when said bear licks her neck she goes in that direction by passing flat out. Seems this is no ordinary bear.

Logan has a big furry secret. One he’s never thought about revealing before. But that all changes when he gets a whiff of a sweet honey scent. Well bears and honey do go hand in hand. So after scaring her enough to pass out Logan knows he needs to get her inside the cabin so she is safe. He knows not all bears in the area are shifters; some really might bite. Thing with shifting back to human though is that he is naked, and from the moment she is in his arms, very happy to see her. He can’t explain the reaction right away but knows he can’t stay away from her for long. She wakes in his arms and while he tries to keep her from looking she gets one hell of an eye full when he leaves. Enough of one to give her hormones a boost in a very hot direction and only getting hotter to closer she is to Logan. A man with muscles on top of muscles and an appendage none would forget in a hurry. Not that Zoe wants to. She has other plans in mind.

The connection is felt from the first moment and its not long before the pull for each other grants them another chance encounter. Well not so much chance as wishful thinking on Zoe’s part when coming to the mountainside cabins small shop. She’s looking for supplies but gets more than she bargained for. Talk about getting a spark to ignite into a full-blown fire. Seems one taste isn’t enough for either of them. The craving they have for each other is just getting stronger. Hot and heavy from the get go but with Logan’s secret looming over them can this fling turn into something real or will she run for the hills? Though you know it might just give her a push in the right direction for her next book. Writing what she experiences perhaps?

Logan’s brothers, bears too, Sam and Barrett were definitely chalk and cheese, even more so with him. All stems from their childhoods and having one person calling them monsters were enough to make them wary of strangers. Their stories should be fun as each is going to need very different women. Great start to a new series and should be interesting to see where it goes from here. Light, shifter fun read to chill out with on a lazy afternoon.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Nero’s Dream’ by Deborah Cooke

Title: Nero’s Dream (The Dragons of Incendium Book 2)

Published: 19th July 2016

Author: Deborah Cooke

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Twitter: @cooke_delacroix



Nero has always aspired to be an astrologer in the royal court of Incendium. When he divines a portent about the pending royal marriage, he makes the perilous journey to the capital city, only to be kept from delivering his tidings in time. Worse, Nero is assigned the task of pursuing a dragon princess bent on taking vengeance upon her reluctant groom; a feat he knows can’t be done. His dream appears to be lost forever—until the captivating princess Peri surprises this unlikely advisor.

Nero’s Dream is a short story set in the same world as the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances. It should be read after Wyvern’s Mate.



Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a dragon in it. Well a dragon shifter but a dragon all the same and one you should be very careful about annoying.

Nero is an astrologer who has figured out what is really going to happen on the wedding day for Dragon Princess Drakina and Prince Cantos of Regalia. His horoscope is a lot different from the others but seems to be the only one accurate. He knows he needs to get a message to the King to let him know that the royal marriage is doomed and was never meant to be in the first place. Seems the royal astrologers are too stuck in their ways to view things differently and in doing so have caused a bit of a mess. Well about to anyway when things don’t get underway with the wedding. Seems the Kings advisor Kraw is sent to deal with Nero beforehand but doesn’t seem too interested in what he has to say. Well at the time that’s the case but about ten minutes later when Drakina smashes through the ceiling and gives chase to a messenger he changes his mind.

Well if you’ve read Wyvern’s Mate you know exactly what happens to Cantos when Drakina catches up with him but then again that was hearsay. This time we see it for ourselves when Nero is sent by Kraw to bare witness to what is going to happen. Seems our princess wasn’t too keen on being stood up at the alter, then to add insult to the injury to have a messenger be the one to say that the prince would not be coming was just too much. This is the start of a difficult journey for Nero, as he doesn’t know if he will make it back unscathed. He was always told by his teacher never to cast a horoscope for himself, always look for others’ as it would only be dangerous for his own so doesn’t know. Seems Drakina did a kindness in the end but still had her vengeance as was foretold by Nero himself. Things happen for a reason and if you’ve read Wyvern’s Mate you know it all works out for her. Cantos well not so much.

Seems Nero gets a bit of a reward in return for his good deed. One he is very much looking forward to if it means he can spend a bit more time with a certain princess. Seems you really shouldn’t offend the house of Incendium. They are dragon shifters after all.

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: ‘Redemption’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Redemption (Sea Assassins Book 2)

Published: 1st September 2017

Publisher: Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave



Sophia Davies is having the time of her life.

She lives with her two best friends in a city she loves and every day is a new adventure. Case in point, stumbling into her bedroom after a great night out and finding her ultimate childhood crush waiting for her.

But things have changed since the last time Sophia saw Nate. For starters, she now knows what he does for a living. And there’s the whole shark shifter thing…

Nathan Redman is burning.

He thought his mistakes would fade away with time, but the closer he comes to taking leadership of his clan, the more they sear into his skin. Revenge is the best cure for any wound, which is why Nathan’s heading out to see an old friend.

It’s nothing personal, really.

Getting close to Sophia is no problem. Killing her on the other hand…



Temperatures are rising the moment Nate and Sophia get in a room together so get ready for a bit more bite this time round, and not just from some sharp shark teeth.

Now its time we see a different side to our Nate. Not the shark bearing teeth side, well unless you ask really nicely that is. This side seems to be one that only Sophia could pull out of him. One he wasn’t even aware he wanted to come to the surface until Sophia managed to get under his skin. Her sister Darcy and Gabe might not like it but it seems for once she’s the one calling the shots.

So after the fail for Nate at the end of Betrayal he went away to lick his wounds and stew in his own anger. He knows he said he would never return to the bay to cause trouble for Darcy or Gabe again but he is consumed with the need for revenge. If he can’t get Darcy, his one time only real human friend, then what better way to hurt them both than by going after her sister Sophia? His plan is simple, find Sophia and kill her. He thinks he can get it done before he has to take over the clan. With his father on the way out he is all set to take the reins, whether he really wants them is another matter. Finding her is one thing but killing her is something else entirely. From the first moment they are alone – you know when he sneaks into her dorm room to kill her – with her hopping around trying to get her shoes off by throwing them in any direction she gets a shock when one doesn’t hit the floor. Acting on instinct Nate caught it, he had plenty of time to do the deed before she screamed but something held him back. He just thinks that he will try the next time, easy to do as she makes it clear she would be happy to see him again. Even after her friend hits him over the head to protect her – yep I was laughing quite a bit here. But again nothing happens; it’s like for the first time he is himself without the clan issues beating down on him when he is with her. The closer they get the more danger she could be in from outside sources.

Funny how even though Sophia knows exactly what Nate is she trusts him straight off the bat (not completely wise with his reasons for finding her in the first place) but she is just way too intrigued by the shark he turns into. The fact that she had a major crush on him while growing up only fuels her curiosity more. Taking it one step further by getting in the water with him. I mean when he turns back to human and makes her pulse race in another way I’m all for it but the swimming with him circling the boat they were once on, nope I’m sorry too much for shark phobic me. This is almost the turning point for Nate where he sees her differently, as someone for him perhaps?

Thought her friends Grace and Hannah were a laugh and their pizza race was fun. Totally something you want to try out after a night out when you are craving food. To call for a pizza and try to race back home before it gets there, if the pizza guy wins then you have to pay a bigger tip. Jack aka Snack Attack pizza guy was amusing too and the perfect person for Hannah when she finally got her head out of the clouds to see him.

Lexa was interesting and clearly ready for power to take over the clan with Nate when his dad passes. A match made from the time they were ten to draw two powerful clans together. Not something that Sophia really wants to find out when she thinks they are starting to get serious. The more you hear about Nate’s dad Marcus the more you understand how Nate became the way he is and why after he meets Sophia he might really want to change. He just needs to think about what he really wants in life and go for it before he loses something special.

I was a little surprised with how Sophia treated her sister at the end as everything she has ever done has always been for her. But then you can see how she would feel a lot of pressure on her from it, so both sides valid I guess. All set for part three where a battle might be brewing and warring friends might need to come back together to keep everyone they care for safe.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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