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

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

Published: 3rd June 2016

Publisher:Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

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



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


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



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 Caldwell Publishers for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Feral’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Feral (Many Lives Book 0)

Published: 26th May 2016
Publisher: Lotus and Son

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor

Twitter: @laxmi



From New York Times Bestselling Author Laxmi Hariharan, comes Feral. This ** 15000 words novella ** is book 0 in the Many Lives Series


He’s all I’ve ever wanted, but I can’t possibly let myself love him.


Loving her means letting her go, knowing she may never come back.

What happens when your destiny is staring right at you and you just can’t see it?

Maya Iyeroy must find her blood family to discover who she really is. But leaving shifter Luke Cabot means she’s walking away from her destined mate. As Maya searches for herself, she uncovers secrets about her past that will change her forever. Can she accept herself and her new place in this world, while still falling in love with the one man she’s fated to be with?



Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about shifters. Interesting world you are thrown into and it is intriguing to see where it goes from here.

It’s the year 2036 and our story starts in Powai Hills on the outskirts of Bombay where Maya and her family stay in the shadows. They have to stay hidden due to being part of a pack of human-wolf shifters; danger is ever present until they can find a way to coexist between the full humans somehow. Maya and her friend Luke have been close ever since she can remember but it is only since he started to be able to shift that she has felt a pull towards him. They both feel it and know what it means for their future but at the same time Maya knows something is wrong. She’s different and has felt a disconnection with the pack for some time. It’s not until she confronts her mother, the alpha of the pack, that she gets the truth. Well to a point that is. She tells her that she found Maya lost in the forest as a child and saved her. Maya now needs to find out where she came from to figure out who she really is. To do this she must leave the closeness of the only family she has ever known and the boy who she knows is her future, her mate. Will he love her enough to let her go, more importantly does he trust her enough to come back?

On her journey she stumbles across Jai after getting a job as a waitress in Bombay. The place her ma says she was from. After just one meeting she feels a sort of connection to him and has a need to know him better even though she has feelings for Luke. She can’t explain it at first or maybe just doesn’t want to until the answer is thrown in her face. She knows she is 100% human and surrounded by her own kind but still she feels disconnected in the Utopia world she now finds herself in. Something just doesn’t seem right about it, its too perfect with a lack of emotion from anybody. Not too sure about the way she kept explaining the emotions she was having in her head though. Its like she needed to explain it by a dictionary definition, maybe because others don’t seem to have or show emotions anymore. Emotions are such a key part of a pack; you have to be able to read each other to protect each other. Her journey was to find out where she’s really from but it might just help her finally see where she really belongs and with whom.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the authors’ newsletter for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Roaring Out Loud’ by Joetta Spurling

Roaring Out Loud

Title: Roaring Out Loud

Published: 14th July 2016

Author: Joetta Spurling

Facebook: www.facebook.com/joetta.palazzola.1


Nicole and Richard are on their way to a wedding, when he kicks her out of his car. Running Into the woods Nicole spends the night alone sleeping against a tree. Waking in the morning, Nicole finds herself lost. Not knowing which way to go she heads off in the wrong direction. Is Destiny helping her with her happily ever after, or is it another case of Murphy’s Law?


Well Nicole starts at a very low point but things are only looking up, not that she will see it that way straight after her asshole boyfriend hits her, pushes her out of the car and then leaves her on the side of the road. Lets just say karma is a bitch and it has his number marked! The lucky part was that Titan saw Nicole. But its not like he can come right up to see if she is ok just yet with being already shifted into a werelion. Nicole’s only option after being left on the road is to run and hide. Fear that Richard will find her again keeps her going, even after falling over a few times. Seems she has finally come to the conclusion that her boyfriend needs to become her ex. She is done and can only think about escape. Tired from running she soon exhausts herself to the point of collapsing by a tree. Good job she has Titan watching over her while she sleeps.

From the moment Titan spots Nicole he is drawn to her. He feels an overwhelming need to protect her and to hurt the one who hurt her. After shifting to escape his own feelings from the loss of his father he soon finds another reason to feel. Not wanting to scare her he decides to leave to get food so he can come back in his human form. The food goes down a treat but what follows is much more fun. After finding that Nicole has made her way to his favourite place, a waterfall, he is glad she calls him out after leaving the food. The moment they are closer though the heat starts to rush between them. When he touches her foot to see if it is ok to walk on its like all bets are off and they can’t get enough of each other. Reality sets in before any real fun can start but you know its just now bubbling below the surface.

The community Titan and his pride live in is a very close net one, it would have to be to keep everyone safe. It’s the best place for Nicole to regroup but also to figure out what this connection is with Titan. Others in the pride might not see her in a kind light and it could place her in danger. It seems that Nicole has a few aces up her sleeve though when push comes to shove. Willing to do whatever it takes to protect what’s hers.

The connection is one thing but starting something with someone who has no clue about shifters being real is not something Titan thought he would have to do. Being the new alpha of the pride he probably thought he would be with another shifter – well you never know! But it seems Nicole’s reading habits might make his talk a little easier. Seems she likes reading shifter books with passion and bite. Fantasy turned into reality for her I think!

Loved Titans mother and friends as it gave the story more depth without it just focusing on two main characters. Introducing Nicole’s mother and grandmother into the mix just leads it up nicely for a few more books in the series. Richard soon sees that karma can and does come back to bite you in the neck when he makes more bad decisions. Same thing for a certain member of the pride too! When a guy says its not going to work you should probably listen girl.

Great start to the series with interesting characters that you engaged with easily. Could definitely have used a final edit though to get rid of the spelling and grammar mistakes but didn’t take it too far away from the story because of it. Show me who’s the real king of the jungle? Make him roar! Something Nicole is only too happy to oblige with.


3 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Hybrid Mates: The Complete Series’ by Nicole Austin


Title: Hybrid Mates: The Complete Series

Published: 28th February 2016

Author: Nicole Austin

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorNicoleAustin

Twitter: @nicoleaustin1


Complete Series Collection – hybrid feline shapeshifter romance


Sirena Petra wants one thing for Christmas—an orgasm. And sex toy expert Kenyon Fort has exactly what the lion shifter needs to find more than just her happy place.


All I want for Valentine’s Day is to get barbed by a feline shifter and act out a few of the naughty twin fantasies getting me hot and bothered.


Badass biker girl, accountant, lioness shifter—I’m all that and more. And this hybrid wolf thinks he can take me on? Bring it, you sexy beast! I’ve got this.


One night at a Paris sex club—no-strings, complications or inhibitions—just lots of fantasy sex. But in the morning I forgot the most important rule. Never run from a feline predator—they live for the chase.


Going home isn’t easy, but my new stepbrother has me aching for the kind of love my sisters have found. Can I really have it all?


My day from hell took a delightful turn when I woke up naked next to the most gorgeous man. But he’d bitten me and claimed I was his mate. Oh my!


Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – a book of anthologies. Loved this collection right from the start. Short hot shifter reads that will have you purring with enjoyment throughout. Will definitely be checking out what else the author has written now.

Loved how alpha all the characters where when they either just thought or said out loud ‘mine’ when they saw their other halves. Nothing was ever going to keep them away. Whether their beginnings happened over a year, a month, a week or a day the connections where there right from the start and when fate decided to throw them into each others paths nothing was going to stop them from getting their HEAs with their true mates. The ones to give the females their all-important ‘Os’ they have been missing out on.

Merry Christmas Kitten

All Sirena wants for Christmas is an orgasm. But no matter who or what she tries though the all-illusive O is always just out of reach. So after breaking her latest sex toy she calls in a 911 call to Kenyon – designer of lots of fun toys. He has some bad news though, as the toy she just broke was the best he had, one he had made specifically for her. She is begging him to help her; she is hurting bad needing a release. She doesn’t even realise that what she is saying is turning him on big time.

Kenyon has fantasized about Sirena for a while over the past year of calls. She is begging him to cross a line he is all too willing to jump over. Sirena isn’t sure phone sex will get her there but is willing to try. Kenyon does paint a good picture but ends up leaving her behind, then annoying her further by hanging up. Now frustrated beyond compare she starts up her computer to look for something to help when the smell of something divine touches her senses – her mate. Drawn towards the smell she knows almost before she sees him step out of the shadows that it’s Kenyon and that he’s all cat.

Sirena has no interest in a tomcat though with a harem of female mates to deal with so does the only thing she can think of – run. She just doesn’t realise yet that Kenyon is different, a hybrid, and wont give up without a fight. When he catches her, it will be for her alone for keeps and he doesn’t share.

I loved how Kenyon called her kitten even before he knew she was a cat, it was almost like his subconscious knew and was just waiting for the rest of him to catch up.

My Valentine Lovers

Well who wouldn’t want to be the filling in an all male sandwich? The moment Lorelei gets a whiff of two find specimens she is instantly hit with the realisation that they are her mates – yes mates as in plural.

Now these two are hybrids too, so wont share what’s theirs, other than with each other that is. All Lorelei can think about is the amount of hands, fingers and other appendences that would be at her disposal. When these three get together fireworks will happen. But when another feline try’s to stir the pot saying they already marked her all she wants to do is run. Our boys wont give her up without getting her to see the truth first. She’s their Valentine girl, the one they want to have for keeps.

Loved the connection between them all and how the twins Carson and Camden would finish each other’s sentences. It was almost like they were like one person again the moment they found Lorelei. She was the connection that brought them back to being whole again.

My Kind of Lover

After both her half sisters f their true mates Haidee should have been wary as fate seems to want them all settled. When she goes to visit Lorelei to help out at Cam and Cars place while they are away on honeymoon she gets a shock in the form of Jase. Though to be fair it is his bike she sees first. One machine she would do almost anything for to get it between her legs. But when Jase gets close enough to tell her the bike is his he goes all alpha male saying ‘mine’ making Haidee almost go into panic mode shocking everyone present.

A secret she has kept needs to be spilled to explain her reaction and why she wanted to run. She’s not too sure what Jase is but knows she needs to stay away for her own peace of mind, even more so after a stolen kiss almost has her melting and begging to be taken. While having some freedom she goes for a run, on four legs not two, only to encounter a male lion that clearly wants to take her by force. Luckily the big bad wolf is there to save her. One she feels safe with even when she’s about to pass out. Lets hope she follows her feelings when she wakes up.

Back and forth banter of these two at the garage was great, definitely a hot match made in heaven.

Sex Me Up

Lindy has had enough of not having any fun or getting a good ending at the end of sex. Being feline means she can only get there with a male cat as they have a barb, the only thing that will hit a magic spot that would make her see stars. So she, along with her friend, travel all the way to Paris, spending a fortune to boot, so they can go to a very special club. One that would cater to every need their clients would have.

From the moment she gets there she catches the eye of Sebastian who requests she join him in a private booth, to which she accepts. She is a little floored though while leaning in to kiss his cheek hello when her cat wakes up thinking only one thing – mine! This makes her want to run which ends up with her twisting her ankle while trying to leave. Sebastian informs her he is a doctor and she almost melts when he touches her leg to check its ok. Heat shoots up and around her so fast that she no longer holds back when he kisses her, or when he then leads her to a more private room. Its not until they get started that he feels it too, that she is his. She begs him not to bite her yet, marking her as his, but also not to stop.

Can she really be with a mate she found at a sex club or did fate happen to send them there at the same time to meet. These women should know by now though that when a male finds his true mate nothing would keep them from each other for long.

Take Me Home

Chloe hasn’t been home since the day that changed her life forever. Also means she hasn’t seen her family, specifically her mother in five years. So when she gets out of a car with her new true mate you would think that would be her sole focus. It would have been if the other male that got out of the car wasn’t her true mate also, one who then gets introduced as her new stepbrother. Things get complicated when her little angel Cody grabs her leg wanting to know who everyone is. Chloe lets her mum and partner take Cody to see some kittens he had found, claiming as his own, all the while Declan hasn’t once taken his eyes off her. After first asking where the child’s father is, to which she replies dead (good riddance when you find out) he doesn’t want to hold back. He voices it to her that he knows she’s his and wastes no time in kissing her. After first succumbing to the kiss her thoughts catch up to her making her panic pushing him away saying no. Her acting like this then leads to her son shifting and attacking his leg.

Fearing for her son’s life she goes to leave saying she needs to get out before Declan sees them. Confusing her mother until she says they’re mates. Chloe knows that new mates kill the offspring of the old mates, especially male offspring. She gets caught off guard though when Declan shows that that’s the furthest thing from him mind.

Hybrids are different and he wants her to know that. The only way she will trust him is if he knows everything about her past. The past has a way of coming back to haunt though when her father comes to the party. Years of fear and anger come to a head and Chloe needs to see there is only one way to have her happy ending with Declan without fear for herself or her son.

Your One and Only

Harper is not having the best day. Crazy hair that won’t behave is one thing but a broken down car in the middle of nowhere when she is meant to be having an interview is another. No phone signal tops off the very crappy day she is having. So her only hope is to walk to try and find some help. After hours walking down a never ending street, feeling hot, dehydrated and sun burned she takes cover on the side of the road under a tree. She knows she is in trouble, and more than likely having a hallucination, when she sees a black lion come up to her. Her only thoughts and words being please don’t eat me. Which only seems to amuse said lion. As he doesn’t appear to be a threat, to the point of lying down with his head on her lap pretty much demanding she scratch behind his ears, she decides to tell him who she is and what a crazy day she has had. Thinking it cant get worse she soon passes out.

When she wakes up however she finds herself naked in a man’s bed, one she has no recollection of getting into. Shocked to discover that said man knows her name and is asking her to come back to bed she goes into question mode. Trying not to get distracted by the sex god in front of her, one that’s making her think screw it and jump back into that bed. After explaining everything, even showing her his lion, she passes out again. Not surprising as she’s human and had no idea shifters existed. Now Zander just needs her to see she is his one and only and all will be well. Nothing is ever that easy though but he will sure give it his all to get his woman.

Loved the family breakfast the next day when Harper walks into the kitchen. Both Zander and his brother might be old enough to know better but when their mother tells them off they still turn into children. Harper can feel the connection between them as well as Zander can so just needs to go with what her heart, and body, is telling her. For as soon as she does she will be in for one hell of a fun ride.


5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Words Turn Me On for my honest review.

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