Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: Shifters for Christmas #1 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT:A curvy animal rescue worker who hates the holiday season… A hot shifter cop who never takes a day off… Together, can they overcome the danger that threatens their merry Christmas?
Emilia Lopez has hated the holiday season ever since she got her heart broken on Christmas Eve. Now, she relies only on herself as she cares for the rescue dogs she’s taken in. There’s no room in her busy life for anyone else – until the hottest guy she’s ever seen crashes through her shed roof in the middle of a snowstorm.
As an agent of the elite Shifter Patrol Corps, griffin shifter Rowan Stanton doesn’t take days off. How can he, when there are shifter criminals to bring to justice? But in hot pursuit of his latest foe, a raging snowstorm and an unfortunate encounter with a roof send him tumbling into the arms of the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen… who just happens to be his fated mate.
Sizzling attraction flares into white-hot romance – but with a dangerous criminal closing in, how can Rowan protect the stubbornly independent Emilia? He might have destroyed her shed, but can he break down the walls she’s built around her heart?
REVIEW: This was a fun, shifter romance read! Right away, I liked the unexpected circumstances that brought Rowan and Emilia together at just the right time. Though both are dedicated to their jobs, the instant attraction can’t be dissuaded and soon the two find themselves conflicted.
Rowan is adamant about recapturing an escaped criminal. As much as he rejoices in finding his fated mate he doesn’t know how to tell her about himself and his world or if his life would put her in danger. Emilia is not feeling the Christmas spirit and wants nothing to do with love so she can focus on finding animals a loving forever home. But she can’t deny how much Rowan seemingly fits in her life.
These were not the best criminals as I’m pretty sure a few Criminal 101 rules were broken in a ridiculous but amusing way. But I liked how level-headed and helpful Emilia was when danger came calling and the suspense still made the story enjoyable.
I loved that Emilia rescues all kinds of animals and that her home is filled with them (goals!). It was so cute how taken with Rowan her fur babies were. I loved Rowan’s backstory of what led him to become a Shifter Patrol Corps member. It rounded out his character and made me love him even more. And I really loved the scenes where Rowan and Emilia were getting to know each other, especially since Rowan doesn’t know much about human customs like Christmas.
Short and enjoyable, A Griffin for Christmas left me wanting more (in a good way), so I can’t wait to read the rest of this series and more of Zoe Chant’s backlisted titles.
Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: Fire & Rescue Shifters: Wildfire Crew #1 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT:It started with a wildfire.
Things went downhill from there.
When firefighter Rory lays eyes on fire watcher Edith, he instantly knows she’s the one. His fated mate.
Now, to win her heart, he just has to protect her from:
1. A raging wildfire (actually, she’s already got that covered, thanks)
2. The lightning-throwing invisible monster that started it (um, the what?)
3. Killer bunnies (don’t even ask)
4. The appalling matchmaking attempts from his crew of misfit shifters (not only is this guy scorching hot, his dog is adorable too. And… weirdly smart?)
5. His own animal need to claim her. Now. (if only she could look him in the eye…)
Good thing that as a powerful alpha griffin shifter, he can handle anything… right?
There’s only one problem.
The last thing this autistic woman wants — or needs — is to be protected…
A really enjoyable paranormal romance with a lovable cast of characters, an interesting and mysterious antagonist, and a riveting plot.
Edith is a fire watcher who longs to be on the ground battling wildfires instead of watching from afar. But she’s never been given the chance due to her autism. It’s left her feeling alone without a place to belong. So when griffin shifter Rory arrives on the scene after a strange lightning occurrence that causes a fire and a demonic hare tries to kill her, Edith finds herself presented with an offer to make her dreams a reality or be rejected once again.
I like that though Rory wants Edith because she’s his mate he also values her skills that make her an ideal and valuable wildland firefighter. He takes the time to get to know Edith and understand her way of communicating when others just brushed her off as odd and incapable. This allows Edith to slowly come out of her shell and start to believe in herself as a highly trained firefighter. Edith is such a lovely character and really shines bright in this story.
I love that Rory’s crew is a mix of shifters because it makes things more interesting and different in all the best ways. They’re such a lovable bunch who see each other as family. My favorite of the team is Fenrir, a hellhound. He added a lot of comic relief to the story. One thing that perplexed me though was how Rory could be recognized as their Alpha when they’re all different species. Rory has all the makings of a good leader, but they don’t really say how this is possible but there are kind of hints that point to something more. I’m hoping that’s explained in the books to come. I also can’t wait to learn more about each crew member in their own respective books.
I love shifter romances and books with fighters, so I had a great time reading Wildfire Griffin. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.
Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: The Oracle Chronicles #1 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love.
Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her.
Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli’s apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn’t make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she’d always believed were myth.
That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can’t escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay in task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules.
Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?
Awakened was a good start to this series full of supernaturals, a bit of romance, and action.
Willow’s life is upended when she learns she’s an oracle being hunted by the king of vampires who has been haunting her dreams for many years. Her Protectors – a group of witches and a werewolf – must keep her safe and her powers out of the wrong hands.
I like Willow and how she begins to evolve as she learns more about her past and powers. She’s been alone for a long time, so I like that she kind of finds a place to belong again with the Protectors. Sometimes she did come across as flat, so I’m hoping we get to dive deeper into her character more in the next book.
Eli is also an interesting character. As the leader of the Protectors, he’s torn between his duty and his feelings for Willow, which becomes a major source of contention.
The world building was good and easy to immerse within. I did wish there was more action happening because there were times that I was bored. But since this is the first book of a series the minimum shown was fine.
I really wish Killian, the vampire searching for Willow, had more presence. I wanted to know more about him from Killian directly rather than what other characters say about him.
Awakened was a good first book. I absolutely love the cover; it’s gorgeous! I think this series is heading in a good direction plot-wise and has a lot of potential.
Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: The Royal Heir #1 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Recommend to Others?: Maybe
ABOUT:A wolf princess, hidden for survival, stumbles upon her fated mate. She must make the decision to accept her mate and take back the throne or run away from all she’s ever known.
I had only one motto and it was to stay hidden and survive.
My future was set until a perfectly orchestrated accident killed my parents. Their close guards managed to pull me from the debris and allowed me to escape.
Fast forward twelve years and I’m finally heading to college as a human. When I think back on my past life, my heart broke all over again. Even though the throne was mine, it was the last thing I ever wanted. I was fine on my own until he changed everything.
My Review: Pretty good story, solid set up, and beautiful cover art. Elena is a likable main character and I enjoyed the progression of her character with each new challenge she faced. I didn’t really like Mason. I adored his sister, Ella. loved her personality and sass. To me, Elena had a stronger and more interesting connection with Ella than Mason. I The ending was a little anti-climatic, but this book does a great job setting up what’s to come. I think I just wanted more from the story.
Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: Reclaimed Dragon #1 Rating: ⭐⭐☆☆☆ Recommend to Others?: No
ABOUT:Can a curvy baker help this broken dragon find peace?
Born in a lab and tortured for a lifetime, hybrid dragon Dallin has never had a real home or a purpose beyond revenge. And he doesn’t expect that to change now, even if he’s forced to be some human’s bodyguard. Then he meets Jo, the curvy baker he needs to protect. She’s fiery, sweet, passionate, and far too good for a broken monster like Dallin. But that doesn’t stop his inner dragon from sitting up and growling ‘mine’.
When Johanna gets a ridiculous letter claiming she’s in danger and has been assigned a ‘Dragon Protector’, she thinks it’s a scam. Then Dallin shows up, with his hulking body, haunted teal eyes and a face so gorgeous it could almost be supernatural. After he saves her, Jo realizes everything is true. She’s in danger, and despite his perpetual scowls, Dallin is determined to keep her safe. Too bad Jo is starting to feel the real danger is how quickly she’s losing her heart to a sexy, unexpectedly sweet dragon who needs her as much as she needs him.
Between cupcake flavored kisses and steamy nights overlooking the ocean, Dallin’s getting the distinct impression that maybe he’s found the one–his mate. But he knows there’s still something inside him that he can’t fix. And if he doesn’t learn to let Jo in and trust his heart, an unstoppable force from the darkness may destroy everything they hold dear.
My Review: A so-so, quick read that had a lot of potential but fell short.
It was a good story of reclamation as Dallin works to come to term with his past trauma and the monster within. But for the most part he was unlikable. The story focused more on Dallin than anything else, so Johanna, while kind and caring, was more a flat, secondary character. Despite their steamy moments together, there wasn’t anything distinct about her that made me think she’s perfect for Dallin and vice versa. I wanted to know more about her, her desires, wants and fears than the bare minimum.
Sometimes I felt lost while reading or that I missed out on something crucial to this story. Looks like reading the authors Wings, Wands, and Soul Bonds series before this one would have been best. I didn’t like some of the dialogue, particularly during action scenes, which made me cringe. Also also, I couldn’t get over the fact that Dallin’s part emerald dragon but his eyes are teal and the cover is teal.
On the whole, this book just didn’t work for me and could have been so much more.
For October’s Book of the Month, I’m spotlighting the first book of a captivating paranormal romance series called A Pack of Blood and Liesby Olivia Wildenstein.
I think this was the first book of the author’s I read and it was off the charts good. Ness is a remarkable main character you’ll be excited to root for. I loved this story a lot and the events that follows in the subsequent books were thrilling. Also, they are werewolves, which is always my cup of paranormal/supernatural tea. There’s mature content, so I’d recommend this to upper YA ages and older.
This also started out as a trilogy but the author is adding onto the series. I haven’t read book 4 yet, which came out earlier this year, but hopefully before the end of 2021.
The entirety of The Boulder Wolves series is available on kindle unlimited.
Title: A Pack of Blood and Lies Series: The Boulder Wolves #1 Author: Olivia Wildenstein Genre: Paranormal Romance Publisher: Twig Publishing Recommended?: Yes
Goodreads Summary:The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.
Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.
Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?
When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares to challenge him.
Thus begins a treacherous game.
The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.
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I am on the edge of my seat for the release of The Righteousby Renée Ahdieh.
The previous book was really good but ended with a huge cliffhanger due to something I nearly forgot about. It was a game-changer for some characters, so I’m very curious of what the fallout will be in book 3.
The fact that The Righteous will be from Pippa and Arjun’s POVs also has me curious and thrilled because we are going to get to learn more about these two interesting characters.
I am so hooked on this series! Also the cover is gorgeous!
The Righteous is set to be released November 9, 2021.
ABOUT: Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai.
Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: Luna Marked #1 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2 Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Fighting fate isn’t for the weak.
I am many things, but a supernatural being isn’t one of them. At least until a crescent mark appears on my wrist and everything changes. I’ve been marked by a wolf goddess, yet no one knows what that means, myself included.
On top of that, I find out my best friend is a werewolf and her pack alpha is my mate. Just like that my future is supposed to be decided—unless I find a way out.
When fate sends a human mate my way, I’m certain it has to be a mistake. An alpha is supposed to have an equal at his side. Cait might be strong in her own ways, but what she is makes her an easy target in my world.
Regardless, Cait is mine to protect and I have every intention of showing her this is where she belongs—in my pack, by my side.
My Review:Wolf Kissed was recommended in an author’s newsletter. I was immediately drawn in by the premise and the beautiful cover, so started reading right away. I did like Wolf Kissed overall. I wasn’t wowed, but I do think this story is worth the read.
Cait is a strong person and a free spirit. After the death of her mother she has wandered through life on her own terms until the day she meets Roman and her world is irrevocably changed. Cait takes learning about werewolves really well – probably the best I’ve ever seen in a paranormal romance. I like that she didn’t immediately accept the status quo of this new world and what it meant to be someone’s mate. She wants to take time to acclimate and figure out what she has become and the fact that she’s no longer considered human. At times I was annoyed by her stubbornness mostly because she kept whining about the same things over and over again. Cait is kind and brave, easily showing others the good in her.
Roman is a young alpha who has done well for himself with keeping his pack safe and strong. He wasn’t too happy about having a human for a mate – angry even. But I understood the rationale behind his anger. Despite a rough start, Roman is fair to Cait and practical about what this new relationship means for the pack. Even when it hurt. Of course, he has his fair share of mess-ups. But I don’t think he gets enough credit for the way he handled such an unusual and precarious situation, especially with the conflicts from within and without the pack.
I like Roman’s parents, his Beta, Vaughn, and Cait’s best friend, Embry. I wish we could have gotten to know more side characters, but that’s ok. But I think all of the characters we do get to know were the right one’s to enhance the plot and central conflicts. So maybe the next book there will be time.
Wolf Kissed isn’t like other werewolf/mates stories more commonly seen. What stood out to me was that the characters behaved, thought, and reacted was logical, rational, and realistic.
I see a lot of potential for this story and the world the author has created. I like the mystery surrounding the Luna Mark and the cliffhanger was pleasantly unexpected! I am interested in reading the next book. I’m really rooting for Cait and Roman’s relationship.
Marian West has nothing left to her name but her car (which is currently broken down), an old coin in her pocket, and the legend of a man named Harrison, who she’s currently looking for. But instead of finding the last person that can help her, she gets a pack of hungry coyotes instead. By either good or bad luck, she’s rescued by a tall, gorgeous stranger with eyes bluer than a Texas sky. His dominant presence is matched only by the mystery that surrounds him and his sprawling, rugged land.
Harrison didn’t expect to find the curvy, stubborn woman so interesting. After saving her from coyotes and more, the experienced cowboy boss of Dragonclaw Ranch knows he owes Marian for a favor her father did for him a long time ago. But his dragon says “mate” every time he looks at her, and even though he’s going to help the determined woman, it will be difficult to keep the monster inside him from wanting to make her his own.
Marian thinks Harrison is avoiding her. And she would be right. But the growly, hot cowboy with a shockingly kind heart is making all her senses come alive. Unexpected kisses lead quickly to scorching nights beneath the full Texas moon. Danger and secrets lurk around every corner, but anything that threatens a Texas dragon’s mate will quickly learn that everything is bigger in Texas. Even a dragon’s love.
My Review:Cowboy Dragon wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. This story had so much potential but fell flat in a few areas.
A cowboy that is also a shapeshifting dragon? Yes, please! That idea alone was enough for me to forgo my tbr and instantly read it.
I like everyone at Dragonclaw Ranch who are all shifters living a peaceful, secluded life. Each has a distinct, endearing personality and you can tell how family-like they’ve become even if they don’t say so aloud.
Marian is a strong individual who isn’t afraid of hard work to earn her keep. She has persevered over all the challenges life has thrown at her. So she fit in well with this particular group of cowboy shifters and ranch life.
Harrison is the gruffest Alpha male who was swoon-worthy at times but kind of stubborn/whiny at other times. The latter mostly due to his not-totally unwarranted prejudice against humans.
Harrison’s relationship with Marian ran an off balanced hot and cold. Scorching and intense but underwhelming. There wasn’t much groundwork for their romance to develop fully from.
The silent and deadly Dallas (a tiger shifter) was the most appealing character to me. I wish he wasn’t such a far background character because he had much to offer besides a trustworthy opinion.
All of the conflicts needed more time and pages to be fleshed out. The payoffs were unsatisfying and had no real effect on the story. There were too many holes, things left unfinished or pointlessly brought up that left me with more questions than answers. But one part I enjoyed most was the movie night.
Cowboy Dragon was an okay read but I don’t think I’ll continue this series. BUT I would consider reading Dalla’s story.
I found some great books to add to my tbr that I am super excited about, especially since they were all free Kindle books.
Last week I was scrolling through bookstagram and an author I followed posted that one of her books was free, so of course I headed straight to Amazon and bought it. Honestly, I meant to buy just that one book but then things quickly snowballed and I hauled away with 8. 😂
This haul includes fantasy, fantasy romance, and paranormal romances. A bonus was all of the absolutely gorgeous covers that are cover buy worthy.
I am one happy bookworm! 😊
Soulforge by Brian Zeeff
In a quest for truth, two reluctant heroes reignite an ancient war, and discover a threat that may destroy all magic.
Five years after a mysterious explosion killed their fathers, Lord Draxian Kalenthos reunites with his lifelong friend, Prince Arros Nemendes, to discover the ‘real’ truth behind the tragic accident. However, when their search leads to the discovery of a portal to another world, hidden amongst an ancient ruin, reality disintegrates around them, transporting them from the peaceful, magic-fearing land of Ellandor, to the land of Kohr – a world without sun, and the nexus of all magic.
They must quickly learn to survive in a world pulled partially into the Realm of Shadow by a fallen god, and corrupted by the insidious touch of the Spirit Realm. They join forces with two deadly Hunters, a Blade Master of legendary skill, and Kyreena, an escaped slave with an unknown past. As the group navigates the horrors spawned by Kohr’s violent red storms, Draxian and Arros uncover dormant powers within themselves and the disturbing realization of their true destiny.
Prince of Desire by Donna Grant
Lucian, a prince of a secret kingdom, must find his mate and return with her to Drahcir before time runs out. He’s unprepared for Isabelle and the insatiable appetite he has for her. But will the passion they feel be enough to convince her to venture to a hidden kingdom where magic is a way of life?
Isabelle has resigned herself to her life until a fascinating, devilishly handsome Lucian walks into her life. He shows her desire and adventure that shakes the foundations of her world. She can’t live without him, but can she give up the life she knows for one she can’t begin to imagine?
Love and Danger (box set)
TEN dangerous books from bestselling suspense authors fill this limited-time boxed set! If you love powerful heroes and strong heroines, this one’s for you…
LOVE AND DANGER will only be available for one month (February 2021).
Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade
You think it’s safe to walk alone at night. It’s not.
You think the only threat is other humans. It’s not.
Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.
And I’m about to become one of them.
My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there’s a way to save her. There’s something the princes of hell want more than my mother.
So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.
I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn’t expect beauty. I didn’t expect magic.
I didn’t expect love.
But the princes are keeping secrets from me.
Secrets that could shatter everything.
Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss
The lines between illusion and reality blur as a dark romance brews between two unlikely soulmates…
Stas isn’t your average human. She can bend others to her will, a psychic talent she’s kept hidden since the brutal murder of her parents.
Issac isn’t human at all. He’s an immortal masquerading as one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors while secretly seeking revenge against a former ally.
A fateful meeting ends in a seductive proposition. As their lives intertwine, secrets are exposed and passion ignites. It’s a bond built to last a lifetime, if they’re willing to risk everything to protect it.
Kiss of a Dragon by Alisa Woods
LUCIAN I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke… and I am dying. Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a ten-thousand-year treaty will die with me, if I don’t spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair’s breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman’s blood on my hands.
ARABELLA I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he’s taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn’t know existed, and given me an impossible task—find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free.
He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should; and the fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on not just repairing their hearts, but finding a Love that’s True…
Charm by J.A. Armitage
You think you know the story of Cinderella… The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. With a hundred men to choose between and her wedding planned, all she has to do is pick one. But love can sometimes be found in the most unlikely of places and at the most inconvenient of times. Cynder knows about the impending war between the people of magic and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of equal rights for his own kind, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. When the two meet, sparks fly and not just the magical kind… Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.
Ruins on Stone Hill by F.P. Spirit
What do you get when you mix a novice wizard, a reckless warrior, a sharp-tongued thief, & a saintly cleric? Swords, sorcery, & sarcasm.
Glolindir thought he knew all about magic until he came face to face with his very first monster. He only survived thanks to his new friends: a gallant warrior as talented as he is reckless, a mysterious halfling whose knives are nearly as sharp as his tongue, and a saintly gnome whose very touch can heal.
Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of their troubles. Strange things have been happening around the little town of Ravenford. Before they know it, they are up to their necks in monsters and worse.
From eerie ruins to underground caves to a ghostly forest devoid of life, they encounter the forces of darkness. Can they overcome their faults and work together to save the town, or will they die trying?
Enter a world of magic and adventure in this fun tale of heroes in the making.