Book Review: Sealer’s Game

Sealer’s Game
Kathy Coleman
(Sealer Saga #1)
Publication date: October 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hell hath no fury like a goddess scorned…

As Champion, Carita of Bel Auryn thought she would spend her days fighting demons. Instead, she is drawn into the latest scheme of the Moon Goddess, Ruby: a contest to choose a man who will have the “honour” of fathering her child. When Ruby encourages Carita to choose a man for herself, she picks the man she is most drawn to–and immediately regrets it.

Lucian Veradayne is the Lord of Death. He knows he must win Ruby’s game at any cost. It doesn’t matter that he has avoided her for two thousand years. Nor that she tried to kill their first child. And it really doesn’t matter that he would much rather woo Carita. The Soul Well has given Lucian a prophecy: he and Ruby must have another child. A child who will save the world.

Dealing with their mutual attraction will be the least of Lucian and Carita’s problems. They are not the only ones who have been drawn into Ruby’s game. Someone else wants to win. Someone who wants Ruby dead. Will Carita and Lucian be able to protect her long enough for a victor to be named? And if they succeed, will they be able to walk away from each other to ensure the prophecy is fulfilled?

Sealer’s Game is a 55,000 word fantasy romance novella about the King of the Underworld, a kick-butt warrior priestess, and a ruthless goddess who will stop at nothing to get her own way. It contains language, descriptions of violence, and sexual themes that may not be appropriate for all readers. Recommended for ages 18+.

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My Review

This is a super interesting fantasy story, with a complex world and characters that have developed personalities. While the blurb contains a detailed description of the plot, there is a lot more to the story than that. There are secrets, games between gods and so much more.

Let me tell you a little bit about the world. It reminds us of the Greek mythology, of a time in which gods were mixing in human affairs, or, better yet, they were mixing humans in their affairs. Here we have something similar, though quite original in the same time. Carita becomes a warrior for her goddess – Ruby. But Ruby is ruthless, cunning and with no regard for another’s feelings. Then we have Lucien – uf, he is interesting!

We have a love triangle, we have an interesting world, we have politics, secrets and intrigues. I was quickly captivated by the story and now, after finishing it, I cannot wait to check out the second book in the story. I loved the writing and, while some scenes were a bit too much for my taste (too many murders, some even may have emotional impact), all events speak to each character’s traits.

All in all, I like this first book quite a lot and I do hope you’ll give it a try, if you want to read a fantasy story, with actions happening in an alternate universe, with gods and warriors. 4 stars for now 🙂 Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Kathy Coleman lives in a little town in Ontario with her parents, one younger brother and two mischievous little dogs named D’Argo and Coco. She attended Trent University, majoring in English and Cultural Studies.

When she is not being kept awake at 3 a.m. by characters who refuse to quit talking, she can be found performing karaoke at charity events, updating her book blog I Write, I Read, I Review, shopping, or playing video games.

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Book Review: My Girl by Jacquie Biggar

My Girl
Gambling Hearts Book 3
by Jacquie Biggar
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make
Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned- especially since it’s at her ex’s home.
Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.
And that isn’t the only surprise.
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My Review

Oh, another lovely book, from a great series I have started…with the third book. “My Girl” has such a simple title, but the story is so complex and complicated. The entire writing is complex as well, with multiple POVs that give the reader a better perspective over all the events.

Ok, Trish and Aaron have a complicated past, but their present is at least the same. The future is to be defined, because there are unresolved items and as well secrets that can leave them both speechless. I loved the book so much! The main characters are well developed and with the corresponding maturity. Indeed, there are some others that were quite annoying, but they fit a purpose. I was breathless for 140 pages, as I savored every page.

I am sorry, as per usual, this is my luck to start with the end instead of the beginning, in case of “Gambling Hearts” series. While I did not have any issue to follow the topic, I would have liked to read first the other two books. Still, I enjoyed the story very very much, I enjoyed the writing, the plot, how the story was completed and basically all the words on the page.

All in all, I am giving 5 stars to an amazing book, while I gain another author to follow and whose books I need to read. Yeeey, more reading!

JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She’s been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.
Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂 Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her website below!
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Book Review: Reckless Encore by Eden Summers

About the book:Reckless Encore

 

Title: Reckless Encore (Reckless Beat #5.5)

Author: Eden Summers

Published: October 22nd 2019

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Six kids, numerous tours, and many years later…

Reckless Beat are back for an encore.

Memories will be shared. Secrets will be exposed. And their teenagers’ angst will have them drinking like goldfish. Someone may have even lost the naming rights to their child over a drunken bet.

Yep.

Reckless Beat are back—more sarcastic, flirty, and crazy than ever.

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My Review

 

There are few authors that can take my breath away with their stories and writing. I like many, but few are there, at the top of my list. Eden Summers is one of these amazing people that can touch my soul with her stories.

“Reckless Encore” brings the Reckless Beat family at a mature age, with teenage kids of their own. One would think they are adults, with an image to keep for their children, but they are as crazy as ever and more in love with one another. While this is a novella, it touches so many sensitive topics – real life topics, but also memories from “the ol’ days”.

I was expecting a mix of emotions, but I never expected to see it at different levels. On one hand, we see the parents dealing with teenage problems, struggling to keep up with their kids’ moods and actions. On the other hand, we see how the parents’ fame and crazy adventures affect their sons and daughters. The way the author managed to put these two generations into perspective, it’s fantastic. There is drama, heartbreak and a desire for more!

So if you have read the Reckless Beat series, you would not want to miss this one! If you have not read any of the books in the series or worse, any book by Eden Summers, you have been missing out on so many amazing stories. So get your…books NOW!

5 stars for “Reckless Encore, because it’s full of emotion, it’s beautifully written and you get to read more about your new favorite band!

Cover Review: it hurts to say that I do not see a link to the story itself when looking at the cover. Indeed we see the passion and the … closeness, but nothing that would show the two generations. Still, it has that „rock vibe”.

Favorite Quote: „It took thirteen years to realize criminals were the least of his worries. What he needed to look out for were horny teenage boys.”

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Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm. Best known for the Reckless Beat series, Inarticulate, and the Vault.

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Book Review: Anyone But Cade by Penelope Bloom

About the book:Anyone But Cade by Penelope Bloom

Title: Anyone But Cade (Anyone But… #2)

Author: Penelope Bloom

Published: November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Penelope Bloom’s Anyone But… series turns up the heat and hilarity with a story about second chances and promises worth breaking.

After Cade King cost me everything, I vowed I’d never fall for him again—even if he became rich and megafamous.

Now he’s back, and he’s still the embodiment of a big, shiny red button. Everybody knows you shouldn’t touch red buttons, but it’s so, so hard to resist.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it a little when I arrested him for disorderly conduct. Unfortunately, I think Cade liked it a little too. So when he asks for my help raising the son he just found out about, I know exactly what to say: “No, you stupidly sexy red button. I won’t touch you, even to help a cute little kid.” You’re damn right that’s what I said. Mostly.

Still, Cade doesn’t know the first thing about commitment. He lives completely in the moment. I’d need to have a recurring case of amnesia to believe he could change, even for his son. Or me.

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My Review

 

Oh my God, I had so much fun reading this book! Cade is so amazing and so crazy, in a funny way.  “Anyone But Cade” is a fantastic book and believe me when I say it: you will savor every page!

Iris’ relationship with Cade cost her her future. They were good together, until he did the most stupid thing and put an end to her chances at a sports scholarship. Years later, they stand face to face, she as a police officer, and Cade as a very successful businessman. However, the most unbelievable event brings them together, with Iris trying to keep Cade out of trouble and lose … the most important person in his life.

They are great together! The banter, the contradictions and Cade’s flirtatious personality are the delight of this book. I took my time enjoying every moment and every word and now I am so sorry I missed reading book 1 (something that will be rectified in the following days!). Cade’s brothers are as well interesting characters and the same can be said about Iris’ friends. I must admit I am a little scared when it comes to the next book in the series, as I am not such a big fan of Miranda’s. But I am curious to see why she is so adamant to avoid the King brothers.

I am decreasing one start mainly because some aspects of the story felt a bit rushed and other could have been better explained, though I associate this last item to the fact that I have not read part 1 (Rich and Kira’s story).

So 4 stars for Penelope Bloom’s book and I cannot wait to discover this series and her others. She is an amazing writer! I do advise you give this book a chance and come back with your thoughts J Happy Reading!

Cover Review: the sheets on that bed look expensive and it suggests the luxurious life that Cade enjoys. The same can be said about the color that was used to write his name. It mostly refers to him. Good, but I would have liked to see at least one element that would remind me of the lady in the book (at least a pair of cuffs J )

Favorite Quote: oh, so many!!! I will include one, however: “You can call a bird a pet, but it’s still going to shit on your shoulder whenever it wants.”

 

About the AuthorPenelope Bloom

 

I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author and have written nearly a dozen top 50 amazon bestsellers, including four books that have hit the top 10! Despite all that, I’m still a nervous wreck before I release every new book and I still feel like I have so much more to learn about writing and publishing than I can even wrap my head around.

I’m just beyond honored and humbled that so many readers have embraced me and found enjoyment in my words, because I can’t think of any better opportunity than this.

When I’m not writing and stressing about what I’m going to write, I’m trying to wrangle my two little girls who are 2 and a half and 1 and a half. When I’m not wrangling them, I’m trying to keep my husband in line.

Writing and helping run the family aren’t easy, but I’d never trade it for anything!

 

Book Review: A Fresh Restart by Chelsea Falin

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A
Fresh Restart
by
Chelsea Falin
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
A sweet contemporary
friends-to-lovers romance novella with a strong dose of second chance
at love and a sweet HEA. No cliffhangers. (Heat Level: 2 flames.)
Josette Miller and
Walker Anderson grew up together in small-town, Dade City, Florida.
Inseparable during their youth, Josette dreamed of growing up and
moving away. When she left ten years ago, Josette didn’t know how
Walker really felt about her.
But Dade City just
wasn’t the same with Josette, and Walker left shortly after,
regretting he’d never told Josette how he felt. In a twist of fate,
Josette and Walker find themselves moving home within months of each
other. They aren’t kids, anymore, and the attraction this time
around is mutual. Maybe a “Fresh Restart” is just what they
needed to get their happily ever after.
 

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My Review

There are many things that can be said about this book. What mostly impressed me are the warmth and family ties we see here. I have no ties to the Southern Spirit at all, given the fact that I am not an American. Still, I have seen and read a lot about the customs and bonds that Southern people have. I loved seeing this so well depicted in Chelsea Falin’s book.

Josie and Walker have experienced loss, betrayal and heartbreak. Family and each other have been the only constant they can rely on now, after so many years. Walker still harbors the affection and pain after Josie’s departure from Dade City. The years apart did little to change his feelings. As for her, she sees him now through the eyes of a woman. Now they need to learn to put aside their difficulties, their mistrust and connect as more than friends. If this is possible, it remains to be seen!

Overall, I liked the book and the writing. We have the sparks between the two characters, we have great lines and the natural feel of things. Each character feels natural in one way or another. The only reason I decreased my rating a little is because Josie’s change of feelings felt a little sudden and that their relationship moved a bit fast. I have to mention that in the version I have received, there were several repeats of the  characters’ names and it was a little disturbing, but I attribute this to the fact that I have received an ARC, not the finished version. But in all other aspects, we have a great love story here!

So 4 stars for “A Fresh Restart” and I am looking forward to reading Chelsea Falin’s other books. This is my first read by her and it was a great one 🙂

Cover Review: The illustration shows very well the relationship between Josie and Walker. While he has always held on to his feelings, despite the distance, she tended to move forward. Though, life pushes us back to where we belong …

Favorite quote: “So screw off, Josette, and don’t bother me again. I’ve got enough demons to fight without having to look one in the face.”

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, if you have read this book or any other by the author or if you are tempted to read it 🙂

Chelsea Falin is the 25
year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began
writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally
published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres,
including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking,
poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a
freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life,
Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time,
she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and
spending time with her friends or family.
 
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Book Review: Heist

Heist
Kezzy Sparks
Publication date: October 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller

A thrilling introduction to the dark mystical world of Melanie ‘Breaker’ Perkiss, Buffalo NY’s most capable witch hunter and spell lifter.

In this debut instalment, a dark mage acting on behalf of a vengeful ex has magically removed the genitals of a man and vanished, leaving him wiped clean down there. And unfortunately for the victim, he is set to wed…now imagine saying ‘I do’ while in that deprived state.

No wonder when a shell-shocked and heartbroken Casey walks into Melanie’s office to report the incident, the witch hunter immediately goes on a chase, risking her own life as she encounters dark creatures and malevolent spirits in the city’s darkest corners.

The pressure is indeed on Mel: the wedding is fast approaching and leads remain few. Will she be able to corner the mage, recover the taken goods and save a doomed marriage, while bringing the conspirators to justice?

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Author Bio:

Kezzy Sparks is a Toronto based author and writer. HEIST is his debut fiction in the long form. He enjoys reading as well, and lists works by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Benedict Jacka, Dan Brown and Kevin Hearne as some of his personal favorites.

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My Review

Ha, ha, ha! Really! This book has so much action and so many funny moments, situations that will leave you breathless and moments that will make you question the sanity of those characters (in a good way). “Heist” is the type of story that really manages to pull you out of your day-to-day life. So how can I dislike it?

Mel has a hard time finding a sorceress that is…creating major issues to a couple about to get married. She took the man’s most precious possession and I am not referring here to his future wife or wedding rings. Nope, think lower (physically lower). I gotta hand it to ya, I would have never thought about it! So our main character has to find the thief and make her return the items. Many complications, much pressure and little time to close the case – these are some of the ingredients that this case has.

I loved the main character, with her personality and her wits. The writing was great and very realistic, with some laugh out loud scenes. I had the feeling I was watching a TV show and I cannot wait for the next season. I have no idea when little over 360 pages went by, since I was so captivated.

All in all, I loved it! I felt great and I had fun! I do advise you take some time to check it out and share your thoughts 😊 Happy Reading!

 

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Book Reviews: The Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County Books 1 & 2

One Last Time?
The Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County Book 1
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From USA Today Bestselling author Khardine Gray comes a sizzling hot
enemies to lovers office romance.
Dylan has a stare colder than the Arctic.
Even so, I can’t stop staring at him.
I should – the guy’s been a thorn in my side since my father hired
him as a consultant. I’m supposed to be taking over the company but
it feels like dad doesn’t trust me at all.
To impress him I have to impress Dylan.
Not an easy task when I’m pretty certain Dylan is the devil.
The devil with the kind of gorgeousness that should come with a
warning.
One that says look but don’t touch’.
I learned the hard way one late night, when we turned into something more.
A mistake?
Yes, it should be.
Untilit happened one more time… and again and again.
Then we became a hot, sinful, secret that could cost us everything.
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy bad boys
you will love this book. Dive in now for some fun.
One Last Time is a complete standalone and a part of the Bad Boy
Bachelors of Orange County series.
My Review

 

Such a great book! I loved it so much and I read it in one sitting. I was so captivated, I didn’t know when time flew by. Dylan and Taylor have so much in common when it comes to their careers, but little when it comes to life outside the office. But when they meet, a fire ignites, at work and anywhere else.

“One Last Time?” is a book full of emotions, with funny moments, with hot moments and reactions that would surprise you. I liked how Dylan has an influence over Taylor’s personality and how he makes her feel free, in a way. The way they challenge each other and their results at work is well described and this complements the intensity of their encounters outside business hours.

The reason I did not give full 5 stars is because Dylan has a bad boy reputation, a cold stare and all that jazz, but I am not convinced. I wanted more proof of that. Also, the ending was too easy. I know, it makes no sense complicating such a great relationship, but still…

Having this in mind, I remain with my 4 stars. I will add that the title is absolutely fitting! Great story, I enjoyed my time with it and immediately moved to book 2.

Pregnancy Scandal
The Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County Book 2
From USA Today Bestselling author Khardine Gray comes a sizzling hot best
friends to lovers romance that will make you melt.
Abby wants to get pregnant.
The old fashioned way.
Without the issue of dating…
She just wants the baby.
No relationship, no fuss.
I’m her best friend, so I give her my opinion freely.
This is by far the craziest idea she’s ever come up with.
It all feels bad to me until she propositions me herself and opens my
eyes to something I might not be able to resist.
I’d always wondered what it would be like to be with her.
Abby Cartwright, the girl who’d been my best friend since birth.
Her with her beautiful, sassy smile and that live for the moment daring
personality.
I’d never been able to say no to her before.
Now would be a good time to start.
Except this idea of hers has unlocked my curiosity.
And temptation wants me to explore…her.
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy bad boys
you will love this book. Dive in now for some fun.
Pregnancy Scandal is a complete standalone and a part of the
Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County series.
My Review

Two best friends who looked anywhere else but right in front of them and a story with many complications and self-doubt. I devoured this one in the same way as book 1 from this series.

Abby and Gilly have known each other since they were kids and have been through a lot together. They know each other inside and out and nothing one of them does can surprise the other? Or? Well, Abby for sure surprises him when she drops the “I want to get pregnant and need you to help me” bomb. So… what’s the right answer here?

I loved everything abut the main characters. I loved the friendship, I loved the devotion the have for one another and I loved how naïve they both were. Many ups and downs and many hesitations complement the story very well. There are some small items that were not very believable, in the context of a great friendship, like the way they had no idea about their true feelings and later in the story Abby didn’t believe Gilly in a certain aspect, which I will not mention.

But I still loved it, I still don’t want the series to end and I cannot wait to read more and read more from the author. This is my third book by her and I still haven’t had enough 😊 And this series still has a lot more to offer! Happy reading!

 

Khardine Gray is a USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing sizzling hot
contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance.
Her books have sexy, drool-worthy heroes who will make you melt, and
sassy, fun loving, ambitious heroines.
She simply adores her readers and loves spoiling them.
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