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The Vampire’s Masquerade by Kiersten Fay
Series: A Creature of Darkness Novel (# 5)
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Publisher: self published
Pages: 283
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

A chance meeting…
In a world still recovering from the vampire/human wars, Kasima Wilder is glad to live in the safe haven of Riverstone, a town founded by vampires and populated by both mortals and immortals.

Largely, Kasima has avoided the town’s vampire-run establishments. Until one night her wayward boyfriend ditches her at Ever Nights Annual Masquerade Ball.

An unforgettable night…
As head of security, Lex Stirling’s job is to ensure the safety of those within Ever Nights’ club walls, especially on the night of the Masquerade, a night where lust reigns supreme and limits are tested.

After rescuing a woman from the unwanted attention of a persistent guest, he finds himself enamored with the little mortal. Soon, their chemistry turns combustible, and they are engulfed in a night of unforgettable passion. A passion that could consume them both as Kasima’s ex conspires against them.

Review:  From the first page, this book created a sexy, glamorous otherworldly environment, infused with humanity. Kasima Wilder is an editor for a local paper in over her head and lying to herself about the state of her relationship. When her boyfriend, Brian pitches the idea of a pass for the evening, to attend the once a year, exclusive Ball that allows vampires and mortals to mingle in a decadent anything-goes environment, she reluctantly agrees. This was meant to be their last moment of freedom before settling down. The problem is, it’s a moment she didn’t need.

Posted at the bar, she watches Brian wine and dine, other ladies, until an aggressive man brings a vampire to her rescue. Lex is a masculine, lithe, strong vamp, with a sense of humor and thoughtfulness. The passion that boils up between them explodes on the pages, but their road is not an easy or clear-cut one.

I don’t want to give away too much, but Ms. Fay did an excellent job of keeping Kas independent despite her how smitten she was. A young professional, she balanced her dating life with work, and we caught glimpses of the world she lived in. One that existed after a war between humans and vampires ravaged the world we knew and forced them to rebuild.

The best part about this book was how many moving parts it had. Adventure, romance, misunderstanding, and character growth kept me turning the pages. There were times when I wanted to shake Kas, but in the end, she didn’t let me down. I saw her mature and come into her own, which is one of my favorite things to experience with a female lead. I enjoyed the story, but I longed to know more about the world briefly mentioned.






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Crimson by Tamela Miles
Release Date: June 30, 2018
Publisher:  Satin Romance
Pages: 132
Source: book provided by the author for review

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

Review:  I’m not usually a fan of books in the paranormal genre but with Halloween around the corner I thought I’d give one a try.  I was pleasantly surprised by Crimson which had vampires and humans intermingling and humans who change into vampires.    Delilah and Ash have instant chemistry and heat although they were not communicating on the same page most of the time especially since she’s human and agreed to settle her brother’s debt with Ash who is a vampire and his life is as an undead.  This was a quick read at only one-hundred and thirty two pages and I managed to read it in a few hours.

There are Vampire Councils, the queen and elders who seem to control the vampires but also have rival factions.  There are a lot of evil vampires with hidden agendas and then others like Ash and his team who are trying to protect not only other vampires and their business interests but also the humans they come in contact with.  There were twists and turns to the story and differences since vampires are active at night and must sleep during the day.  They also feast on the blood of animals or humans rather than eat food. The flow of the story went from the present to the past through reminisces and memories.  There were intimate moments that definitely heat up the sheets!  There was nice closure with the epilogue and loose ends were tied up.  There was an unexpected happily ever after too.

Miles is a new to me author since I don’t usually read paranormal books but would be willing to give another one of her books a try.

Favorite Quote: “I’m the same inside as I am on the outside,” she responded tightly.  “What you call prim is conservative, logical-”

He shook his head, coming to stand right in front of her.  “Controlled and uptight.”…






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Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones by Sorchia DuBois
Series:  Zoraida Grey Series (# 1)
Release Date:  October 28, 2016
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
Pages:  352
Source: book provided by the author for review

Granny’s dying, but Zoraida can save her with a magic crystal of smoky quartz. Too bad the crystal is in Scotland—in a haunted castle—guarded by mind-reading, psychopathic sorcerers.

Getting inside Castle Logan is easy. Getting out––not so much. Before she can snatch the stone, Zoraida stumbles into a family feud, uncovers a wicked ancient curse, and finds herself ensorcelled by not one but two handsome Scottish witches.

Up to their necks in family intrigue and smack-dab in the middle of a simmering clan war, Zoraida and her best friend Zhu discover Granny hasn’t told them everything.
Not by a long shot.

Review:  This is the first in the Zoraida Grey series.   This is paranormal romance with lots of magic, witches and all things unusual.  If this is something that the reader doesn’t want to read, then I would look for something else.  Otherwise, keep on reading; it’s going to get better.

If any of the readers have read the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, then the comparison will be understood.  If the reader hasn’t read Stephanie Plum, think action, quirkiness, madcap adventures, run ins with some strange characters, and finding the urge to laugh at all the antics, that’s what this book is chock full of.

This book moves fast, it’s entertaining, it’s funny, and it’s really well written.

I think my favorite character besides Zoraida, is her grandmother, Granny.  She reminds me of Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series.  Granny is tough, funny, quirky, and bossy and she’s just darn likable.  Trouble follows her wherever she goes and her smart mouth helps and hinders her at the same time.

Zoraida’s best friend Zhu helps move the plot along and is just as much of a trouble magnet as Zoraida is and she’s just as funny and entertaining.

Zoraida encompasses all women in my opinion.  She’s young so she doesn’t realize her full potential yet.  She’s got a snarky, smart allecy sense of humor.  She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, but she’s comfortable with the status quo because it’s safe and familiar.  Does any of that remind the reader of themselves?  It does for me.

Shea is funny, sexy, mysterious, scary, and very powerful.  He is an excellent match for Zoraida.

I laughed my way through this book and I hope if the reader decides to take a chance on this that they enjoy it was well.






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Taken by Werewolves by Kamryn Hart
Series: Lost Princess of Howling Sky (# 1)
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Publisher: self published
Pages: 218
Source: book provided by the author for review

I was sold to werewolves.

They said I’m the Lost Princess of Howling Sky. I said I’m just Sorissa. They said I’m to be claimed by a lecherous prince and that I’ll end some timeless war between werewolves, vampires, and humans. I made other plans.

Then four powerful werewolves from a rival kingdom came out of nowhere, and I was stolen again.

They call themselves Phantom Fangs. Now, they’re taking me to their kingdom to keep me “safe.” They probably intend for some other prince to claim me instead. But I’m going to change their minds. They’re different from the other werewolves. They’re kind, they listen to me, and they make my blood run hot.

Can I trust them?

Claim the princess, rule the world.

Review: This book had very interesting concepts. I understood Ms. Hart was trying to infuse fresh blood into the classic worlds of weres, vamps, and the humans who live with them. I appreciated the effort she put into that, but for me personally, seventy-five percent of the story felt like a detail-heavy info dump. I couldn’t invest myself in the story or the characters, because I felt like I was constantly being taught, told, or shown trivial things in extreme detail.

Raised alone in the woods by a witch, Sorissa had no clue about her history or the world outside her forest. A lost werewolf princess, she has the potential to shift the ongoing war raging between packs of wolves. Unfortunately, she’s been living in the dark. A crash course in politics, kidnapping, and what life is like in the “real world” kick her life into high gear.

There were a lot of moving parts, characters, and background to get straight. I think this story could’ve benefited from being longer, and having more interaction and perhaps a smidge more of humor to break things up and show the characters interacting in more than high stress, life or death situations.

Balancing multi-mate stories is a tough job, and in this case, it didn’t work for me.






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Captivating Melody by Katherine McIntyre
Series:  Discords Desire (# 1)
Release Date:  June 23, 2018
Publisher:  Evernight Publishing
Pages:  238
Source: book provided by the author for review

Cross a satyr, a siren, and an incubus with rock and roll, and you get Discord’s Desire, a band of panty-dropping hellions whose live shows incite orgies. As booking manager, Liz O’Brien has the monumental task of keeping the boys in line. She’s resistant to glamour of the fae and fame variety, which only makes her more tempting to lead singer, Kieran Blackmore. With his incubus charms, he could have any girl he wants—except Liz, who’s determined to stay professional.

However, when Kieran’s brother sends hitmen after the band, Liz discovers hunters with her abilities who are mortal enemies of the fae. Mercenaries might attack post-show, but Liz has her Beretta to handle that. What terrifies her more than any monster is how she’s falling for Kieran, which triggers every ‘run-away’ sensor in her foster kid handbook. With war brewing between the hunters and the fae, their love can only end in heartbreak.

Review: This is book one in the Discords Desire series.  This book is heavy on the supernatural with some humans thrown in as well.  If supernatural beings isn’t something the reader would be interested in, this book might not be a good pick.

This book has a fast pace to it, which I like, and the dialogue is sharp and funny, which I love.

The reader gets to meet the other band mates and I would guess the future heros in future books in this series.  They play a big part in the plot and the reader gets a good gist of who they are before they are cast in their own story.  I think that’s so important because the reader becomes more invested in the series and the characters if they get to know the secondary characters from the get go.

Liz and Kieran are both from messed up home lives and are disconnected from their families.  Kieran wears his heart on his sleeve; he’s emotional, and impulsive.  Liz on the other hand, hides her emotions; she’s aloof, and detached.  One would think that they would not click and be attracted to each other.  Emotions and attraction are fickle creatures and one never knows what to expect in that realm.

I love how two people who are so different from each other found each other and ended up finding their happily ever after with each other in spite of all the crap they had to go through to get to that point.

This book reminded me a little of Thea Harrison’s Elder Race series, as the supernatural beings lived among the humans.  Only in this book the humans didn’t know that supernatural’s lived among them, while they did in Thea Harrison’s books.  If the reader likes this book, I humbly suggest reading Ms. Harrison’s books as well, as they are fantastic.

Give this book a try, I think the reader will love it as much as I did.






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Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen by Sorchia DuBois
Series:  Zoraida Grey Series (# 2)
Release Date:  August 1, 2018
Publisher:  Wild Rose Press
Pages:  230
Source: book provided by the author for review

Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.

Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.

Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?

A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?

Review: This is the second book in the Zoraida Grey Series and continues where the first book left off.  Reading the first book I think is important in order to get a good understanding of what’s going on within the plot.

I once again have to caution the reader that this is a paranormal romance full of magic, witches and things of that ilk.  If that is something that makes the reader uncomfortable, then I suggest another book.  If this is something that intrigues the reader, let’s go.

This book is just as zany and fun as the first book.  Think Stephanie Plum, or if the reader hasn’t read Stephanie Plum, think of a young woman who’s a magnet for dodgy characters, crazy adventures and crazy relatives who make life interesting.  That’s what this series encompasses, in my humble opinion.

We meet up with secondary characters, Zoraida’s grandmother, Granny and her best friend Zhu.  These two women are the perfect characters for Zoraida because they are just as much a trouble magnet as Zoraida is.  We also meet up with new a secondary character in this book that add to the zany madcap flavor to this series, and adds something new to the plot.

What I love about this book is that even though it’s the second book in the series, the idea is still fresh and its not boring, at all.  Zoraida is still just as much of a trouble magnet as she was in the first book, only this time she is starting to understand the depth of her powers, and her abilities. Shea is still just as powerful and mysterious as he was in the first book, and I just love him.

The question that is burning in my mind and I really want to know is will there be another book to this series?  Inquiring minds really want to know.

I hope the reader gives this series a try, I think they will enjoy it.






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