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Book Review: ‘Sleuthing with the Enemy’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Sleuthing with the Enemy (Unnatural Alliances Book 2)

Published: 9th June 2017

Publisher: Cadwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

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

 

Synopsis:

Somebody just stole a valuable artifact from the Helsen archives, and Annemette Helsen—a very pissed off werewolf—is going to make sure they pay for it.

There’s just one problem: Anna’s only suspect is the arrogant vampire prince, Jonas Weiss. He’s cocky, frustrating, and a little bit sexy. Okay, a lot sexy.

He also claims to be innocent, so the fact that she just broke into his home and attacked him is problematic.

And his price for keeping silent about the whole debacle? Downright devious.

Disclaimer:

The short novel you’re about to consume is quick, quirky, and delicious. Get ready to enjoy a main course of romance with a side of adventure. Buckle up, it’s about to get sassy!

Sleuthing with the Enemy can be enjoyed as part of the Unnatural Alliances series or on its own.

 

Review:

Another paranormal romance adventure fix and this time we get the have vampires and wolf shifters throughout causing chaos for each other. Well that and a lot of passion when things boil over after reaching a major heated breaking point.

Love the line: “I’m going to kiss you, little wolf, and after I do there’s no going back. You’ll be mine.” Annemette soon learns that Jonas means every word.

We get to see Rune’s other brothers Anders (who works very high up for the SNAC and unfortunately also seems like he has a stick up his ass) and Erik (Anders twin and opposite in personality in every way) but the focus this time is on his hotheaded sister Annemette, Anna for short. Seems that the ‘something’ Rune was looking for within the Cutler Hoard was something his ancestors had tried to keep hidden. It’s a bracelet they call the Gleipnir Cuff (though Anna and her best friend call it Jay-Bray which I like more) and it is a key to a very powerful vampires cell. Releasing him would surely mean open war between all supernaturals. Seems it something that likes being stolen though, first by Rune from the museum and now from their own Helsen archives vault. Seems a suspect has been put front and centre but no one wants to go after them without solid proof. This is something that Anna can’t seem to hold back from though, her temper getting the best of her causing her no end of trouble.

Jonas seems to have been put into the line of fire for the theft and it’s not long before Anna’s vengeance boils over and she goes in for an attack. Little problem though as she is a bit drunk at the time, thought she would be alone while breaking into his house to steal the Gleipnir Cuff back and oh one small matter being that he is a prince and attacking him is probably not in her best interests. It’s not her finest moment as it could end badly for her, and not just by him. Seems this little error in judgement has put her in an interesting position with Jonas now calling the shots on how to proceed. He claims he’s innocent so wants to help her get the Gleipnir Cuff back so makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Seems a little Sleuthing with the Enemy is on its way.

Loved the Vegas trip that they go on, it is certainly a turning point in their investigation and relationship. You just knew they needed to get each other riled up before pouncing on each other. Probably didn’t hurt the fact she was naked at the time under his shirt after shifting back, making him shirtless in the process. Something Anna didn’t fully think about until confronted by his sculpted chest – one it’s not long before she is pressed up against.

Anna’s best friend Roxie was fun when she popped up. Loved her outburst, think it was a long time coming. Also her scent might be a clue to another story unfolding, lets’ hope with Benji at the helm. He made quite the impression in To Trust a Wolf but more so here when Anna and Jonas meet him to get some answers for the missing Gleipnir Cuff. Just what he is and what he can really do are still very much in question, even for the other supernaturals themselves.

Helen is settling in nicely with her wolf Rune and Claire a fellow wolf seems to play a key part in the missing cuff when she’s attacked for it. Again nothing is quite what it seems which I like. A war is definitely coming; you might have to question those closest to find the truth. The enemy might be within your sights the whole time. The Old Believers on both sides – wolf and vampire – seem to want a reckoning to take place. It’s up to our guys to stop them in their tracks, let’s see how they get on.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘To Trust a Wolf’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances Book 1)

Published: 3rd June 2016

Publisher:Cadwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

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

 

Synopsis:

A list of things Helen Jurist never expected to see in her museum:

1. Viking relics

2. A dangerously seductive Dane with a suspicious interest in Viking relics

3.Werewolves

With the discovery of the Cutler Hoard, Helen may be forced to strike the word “never” from her vocabulary.

 

Review:

Fun short read that has all things hot wolf shifter to get the pulses racing.

Love the line: “I was left alone, shoeless, with a pile of dust that used to be a world-renowned archaeologist.” Well that was after Helen had been saved and then kissed senseless by a very handsome wolf.

Helen is a curator and archivist of sorts who – between planning the annual donor gala – is helping with the recently discovered Cutler Hoard. Seems this discovery is a bit of a find with mystery surrounding it at every turn. How it could have wound its way to a shore not known to Vikings is top of the list. It is about to get a bit more attention than she, or her boss Don, first thought though and soon it’s not just the ‘press wolves’ she has to worry about. Her boss Don seems to just fumble a bit through his day-to-day job and relies on her a lot. Really with all the work she does for him she could run the museum herself. For a woman so regimented it’s going to be fun when Rune knocks her off kilter in the best way. She’s going to love it too, even at first if she tries to hide her true feelings from him as well as herself.

Rune – aka Mr Red Hot Moneybags and Viking wolf shifter – is a man who seems to be able to get whatever he wants when he wants it. Case in point when he is able to get a sneak preview to the Cutler Hoard before it has officially been finished catalogued and ready for its exhibition. Seems a bit of a donation to the museum gets him into see what others have been dying for a peek of with Helen roped in to giving the private tour. But what are his true motives for needing a look?

Doctor Bershaw is a bit of a funny fellow who is responsible for cataloguing all the pieces found at the Cutler Hoard. Cataloguing the hoard or is he searching for something specific himself? Nothing is quite what it seems.

When you get a bad feeling about someone you should probably follow it. Take note Helen because next time you might not get a heroes rescue. The same goes for if you get a very bit spark of chemistry when you meet a certain Mr Tall, Dark and Handsome. Yum when Rune comes on the scene, just yum. Great banter and chemistry between Rune and Helen from the moment they meet. Sparing from the start but are each playing a different game? A private tour could be the start of something good. Well if vampires, werewolf shifters and ‘other’ beings don’t start to cause trouble. A war seems to be brewing but for what end is uncertain. Love how she is more irked that Rune might have lied to her and stolen something than the fact he turned into a wolf. For him to bring it up is just to distract her. Well that’s what she thinks anyway which he finds amusing, as she doesn’t seem to be too scared of what he can turn into. She needs to trust him for them to move forward. As soon as she does things are going to get a lot more fun for her.

Great flow to story that keeps you on your toes trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Seems it’s just the start as the journey for the war brewing has only just begun. Great fun short read to devour on a sunny afternoon. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Broken Ties’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Broken Ties (The Mentalist Series Prequel)

Published: 13th May 2014

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

“There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come… Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…”

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever.

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – The last book in a series. It is a prequel to show how Gemma’s parents first got together so can be read alone but to get best feel for it I would read after the trilogy and so I’m casting it as the last book in the series. A tale of how young love came about. One you know will lead down another path but one that may have been destined to begin with. Only time will tell.

Paul has followed his fathers’ rules all his life and never really questioned what he would eventually have to do to continue the line of Averters for his family. It’s only after a chance meeting with Nora that everything changes. Hiding out having a smoke he hears her voice before seeing her coming closer. She is getting hassled by another guy and it seems Nora sees Paul as her knight in armour to get the other guy to leave. Seems he won’t take no for an answer and its up to Paul to do something that is forbidden. He does as aversion on him to make him stay away from her from then on. It’s the first time he’s done one for personal gain. Well not his but for Nora anyway. Seems its not the only thing he is willing to do to get closer to her. He may seem reluctant to begin with, as he isn’t allowed to date. He was always told it was for a very good reason so that their kind knows their place in the world and what they have to do. Seems that’s one thing he has in common with Nora, she can’t date either and has never really wanted to until Paul.

From reading the trilogy you know why they are drawn to each other and how they will always find each other no matter what. They might not have had as strong a sentient twin connection as Gemma and Russ but its still there. Sneaking around isn’t something they’d thought they would do but the need to be with the other is too strong to deny. Its like they know they have a ticking clock counting down their time together so they try to make every moment count throughout the summer. Seems time is not on their side as it might soon be running out for them when a fellow averter – Nora’s to be exact – shows up.

You know how the story will eventually end but it’s just the start of the bigger adventure waiting further down the line. They were fated to meet and nothing could have stopped them from going down the path they were on. If they hadn’t then change wouldn’t have started to happen. Things happen for a reason and the story of their young love is what started the journey as a whole.

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: ‘Keepers’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Keepers (The Mentalist Series Book 3)

Published: 19th December 2016

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thing is certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

 

Review:

Our band of misfits are preparing for the final showdown. Russ, Gemma, her dad Paul, Laura and Peter. It seems Anthony and his Empath army isn’t the only thing they need to worry about now though as the Keepers are coming to play their part. Are they friend or foe? Only time will tell.

Eamon is the head of a Keepers group, a group who happens to contact/kidnap Gemma. They can’t understand why Anthony wants her so much but something else that intrigues them is that she has an Orb – one that turns orange. After an accident from a school trip Gemma wakes up finding herself tied to a chair, not one to panic now as this isn’t her first time she tries to figure out a way to escape. She gets a shock when she meets the ones who took her, none more so than meeting Eamon. He has a striking resemblance to someone and soon reasons for the battle brewing slip into place. They keep saying she is safe with them but the fact they won’t let her leave is ringing warning bells to me. She shouldn’t worry too much though as the rest of the gang are on there way.

They are stronger together, none so more than Russ and Gemma being Sentient Twins. Everyone from all sides think Gemma is something special, powers stronger than most. A danger to some if not trained properly so I think lessons might be on the cards further down the line. They may get away but it seems too easy, like they have played a part in a bigger game they don’t know the rules of yet. Seems they are done hiding and waiting for an attack. Its time to act first rather than waiting if they ever want to live a normal life – well as normal as they can get anyway. Its when they go on a road trip that they add someone new to the group. Jose, a fellow Keeper, who at times was a voice of reason and at others had people wanting to smack him for being closed minded. He, along with his fellow group, know change is coming but need to find a better way to make it so. Anthony and his Empath army still seem to be a few steps ahead, along with the Keepers, and its all our guys can do to keep up. The path they are on could go two ways. One causing a cull and the other stopping it, at least until someone else tries to cause trouble that is.

Nirmayi, a member of Anthony’s army, can see visions of the future, always two outcomes so lets see if the one she wants is the one that should come to pass. What she shares can be subjective. She sees more but only divulges enough to get the outcome she really hopes for. Seems Gemma has more to her than anyone knew. She along with Russ could be used as a weapon, they just don’t know for which side. Which one is the lesser of two evils, only time will tell? The journey they are on slowly builds until you get one hell of a showdown. You get to see what others are really capable of and the true reasons behind other peoples’ motives. Some aversions might come true no matter how much Gemma might have tried to stop them. Make no mistake the battle will see danger coming their way, lets just hope they can come out the other side.

Now Erin is one Empath the Keepers should keep a closer eye on as her anger could cause more problems down the line. I did think Peter was going to play a bit more of a part but was good when he stepped up to help at the start. Great group of characters though that worked well together throughout. Jose was a fun addition to the group when off on their road trip. These Keepers though are sneaky and it seems the real game – though calmer for the time being – has only just begun. Lets hope our two lovebirds can handle it and nothing else tries tearing them apart.

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 Fear and Faith’ by N. D. Jones

Title: Of Fear and Faith (Death and Destiny Trilogy Book 1)

Published: 18th August 2014

Publisher: Siren Publishing

Author: N. D. Jones

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ndjonesparanormalromanceauthor

Twitter: @ndjonesauthor

 

Synopsis:

A thriller of a paranormal romance with mystery, mythology, and suspense.

Before trust and love can take hold, grow solid roots, and blossom into a reality larger than self, fear must be conquered and faith embraced. Yet fear of an ancient prophecy, of burning magical power, and a broken heart, Sanura Williams, psychology professor, is unprepared when Special Agent Assefa Berber enters her life, hunting a preternatural serial killer. Assefa’s intelligent, chocolate eyes and intoxicating aura signature stirs her fire spirit but frightens the woman.

In a world where all is not as it seems, Sanura and Assefa must battle the gods’ first creations – vile predators who threaten the safety of humans. Each confrontation, each bloody clash, will bring Sanura and Assefa closer to fulfilling the prophecy of being the Fire Witch and Cat of Legend – the ones who will save humanity from the Water Witch of Legend. Death, godly magic, and physical attraction draw Sanura and Assefa to each other, but fear and faith will determine their destiny.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with vampires in it. These ones are bat like creatures that you would not want to meet in a dark alley.

Seems a battle amongst sisters – one that takes place every 500 years – is about come around again. The prophecy goes that a fire witch born to the Temple of Oya and a water witch born to the Temple of Mami Wata will mark the beginning of the end, but also rebirth. It’s all about balance and once they fight, no matter who wins, there will be peace for humans again – but at what cost? 500 years is almost up and it looks like the pieces are being put in place, whether they are ready for what’s to come is something else entirely.

FBI Special Agent Assefa Berber, from a very special division because of what he is, has been called in to investigate the murders of a possible serial killer. It was Mike, a local detective and something a little different himself, who spotted a pattern and called for assistance. Well not that he really wants the have help as his likes to work alone now. The link between the murders is like the elephant in the room as neither yet wants to tell the other what they really are and that they both know they are after someone who is killing witches. All this comes to a head though after the latest attack. There is a lone survivor of a double murder, the daughter, who was found wondering that streets covered in blood. They need someone who can get through to the child so they can figure out who or what they are after and Mike knows just the person, his goddaughter Sanura.

Sanura is a psychology professor but so much more as she is also a witch – a very powerful fire witch that is. She may have been called in to help with the case but that’s not all that is on the cards for her when she senses an intoxicating aura signature coming straight from Assefa. Seems with their kind can tell when they are near someone who could be compatible and auras never lie. Auras are one thing to suggest they are matched but the chemistry coming from both of them within minutes is enough to seal the deal. Well if Sanura wasn’t running a little scared from a past relationship that burned her badly it would. Ended for a reason girl and that’s because he was not for you, plus he’s a bit of a dick. Focus pulled back to the case at hand she needs to see what or whom the child saw. When they know though they might wish they hadn’t because the killer(s) they are after are adze.

Adze are vampire like creatures with the body of a large bat that can transform into human form. Done so with more ease after consuming witches blood. With the blood comes the magic and it seems that is something they have started to crave. In the past adze would just possess witches to cause chaos and attack humans but found a thirst for blood gave them more power – specifically witches’ blood. The warlocks at the time wanted to protect their woman so made a deal with Sekhmet. If they worshipped her then she would give them the ability to protect their women. They just didn’t really realize what they might be giving up at the time of gaining something different. With adze being the killers it means witches in the area need to be put on high alert. With the help of Sanura and her skills they might just be able to hide those that are being hunted and then trap the hunters in the process. Well nothing is ever that simple.

The adze need to be caught but that doesn’t stop the need to perform the ritual to see if Sanura and Assefa really are compatible in every sense. From the moment they locked eyes it was pretty much a done deal to me but rules are rules. The chemistry and heat is there but they are both hiding secrets that they fear will make the other run. If they can face them then they might be able to fight not only the adze but be better prepared for the true battle that’s coming. Sanura’s ex Richard also comes back on the scene the stir things up, I had a feeling he was a lot more involved in the case than you might think. He may want Sanura back but now Assefa is in the picture that is looking a lot less likely. Will he get his just desserts? I’m hoping so.

Interesting read that has a bit of everything that I like. You have witches, were-cats, vampires and links to Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. A battle is brewing and the players are slowing moving into place but the outcome is very uncertain. Here’s hoping Sanura and Assefa can handle anything that is thrown their way.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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