Book Tour & Reviews: Guardians of Light Series

A Guardian’s Heart
Guardians of Light Book 1
by Renee Wildes
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Strength can be drawn from pain…if the heart can heal faster than it bleeds.
Dara Khan Androcles was trained from childhood to be a healer. But as a
demon-possessed invader threatens Safehold, and she defends a wounded
warrior on the battlefield, her hidden inner dragon thirsts for blood.
When she lifts the warrior’s blond, blood-encrusted hair away from his
ear, she discovers he is more than King Hengist’s outlander ally.
He is an immortal. The elven heir to the throne of Cymry.
Loren ta Cedric senses something different about flame-haired, falcon-eyed
woman who saves him. A healer, wreathed in raw, dark power, who
wields knives with deadly skill. A mortal who prays to the Lady, not
the human gods. Now he owes this thoroughly distracting female a
Life-Debt. Which, in the heat of their flight to Loren’s homeland
to raise an army, somehow becomes Life-Mate.
Dragon-human and elf, peasant and prince, logic says they have no future.
Yet the power of their unlikely bond could be the only thing that saves their
world from a demon poised to tear it apart.
Warning:
This new twist on Cinderella contains a grouchy dragon, a sentient
war mare with the dry wit of a certain English Dame, and a fiery
heroine who strikes serious sparks with a mercenary elf.
My Review

Let me start by saying that I have binge-read this series during the last days, as I was out with a cold. I am telling you, they kept me warm and focused on something else than sneezing and spreading viruses all over the couch. I’ll take them one by one and walk you briefly through them.

Who would have thought to mix Cinderella with dragons? Renee Wildes did and did it well! We have a mix of species here, a world unbelievably well developed to the point you feel like you belong there. This entire universe, with these amazing characters is so captivating.

Darla’s abilities are well illustrated and, when her good intentions bring her close to a wounded warrior, her life will completely change. Seeing her release her inner strength was fantastic. Seeing Cedric connecting to her on a deeper level is so pure. All while fighting a war they never thought they’d be fighting together.

I loved it! 5 stars!

A Guardian’s Hope
Guardians of Light Book 2
As a child, invaders butchered Maleta’s parents and left her ravaged
body for dead. Now, reborn as a finely-honed weapon for the Gray
Goddess, Maleta has shed the burden of emotions for one goal—regain
her homeland for her brother.
Cianan ta Daneal’s mission to the fractured land of Shamar is twofold: to
overthrow a despotic queen, and to save a life. For months, he’s
been haunted by recurring visions of a beautiful swordswoman
slaughtered by a skeleton army. He never expected to lay eyes on that
woman and recognize her as his Lifemate—or that she’d turn and
run like hell.
Uniting Shamar’s diverse peoples in revolt is easy compared to
the delicate task of wooing a woman who flinches from his touch.
Slowly, Maleta dares to hope that her country, what’s left of her family,
and her shattered heart are safe in Cianan’s steady hands. But when
the cold blade of fate strikes true, can she trust his love is strong
enough to pull her back from the Abyss?
Warning:
This new twist on Sleeping Beauty contains an assassin nun who knows
no fear. Okay, just one fear, but it’s a biggie. And an Elven
paladin with the Devil’s own negotiating skills. To coax her heart
out of hiding, he’s gonna need every one of them.
My Review

These retellings are mesmerizing! After finishing book one, I immediately started “A Guardian’s Hope”. I enjoyed this one as much as the previous one, maybe a little bit more, as we see a main character with issues. Maleta has memories she cannot escape. She is haunted by her past, she wants to win back her land. Nothing can stop her. With the Gray Goddess guarding her back, she is reborn!

Cianan has his own nightmares to fight off. He sees death surrounding him and a mysterious beautiful woman. He is willing to save her, he is willing to protect her, but can Maleta trust another man? Her scars run so deep and I love how the author put that into words. I love how she struggles to see Cianan as his Mate.

The story was well paced, full of twists, politics and, let not forget, magic! Great one again! Let’s see what we have in book 3.

A Guardian Revealed
Guardians of Light Book 3
Years ago, the pull of the full moon and a powerful curiosity drew Finora
into a human fisherman’s bed—a man who stole her selkie skin and
took its location to his grave. For seven years, trapped on land, she
has searched fruitlessly. Hope fading with every passing year.
Tasked with finding and returning dragons to his mountain homeland in the
east, Trystan follows a slim lead westward across an unfamiliar sea.
When pirates attack his ship, leaving him with injuries too severe
for his werewolf to heal, he comes face to face with the most
unexpected of rescuers—Finora, her two, half-human children, and
the biggest damned dog he’s ever seen.
Tristan and Finora’s attraction is instant, undeniable, and hopeless.
Finora is pulled to the sea, Tristan is tied to the land. But Finora
can help him complete his mission, and share one night of searing,
heartbreaking passion. And memories only the deepest of betrayals
could shatter…
Warning:
Contains Celtic legends, seven-year curses, dragons with bad
attitudes, imperiled children, a grumpy sea goddess, and wave upon
wave of soul-searing pleasure.
My Review

You know what convinced me to read “A Guardian Revealed”? The warning (and the dragons)! And indeed, it delivers. This was yet another book in the “Guardians of Light” series that I enjoyed a lot!

Finora has not had the best of luck when it comes to love. Betrayed and left as a human, with children to care for, she lost her hope of ever recovering her magical half. Her luck changes when she meets Tristan. He is a man on a mission, even if pirates may have taken him a step back. Finora may be exactly what he needs.

Now, after reading the first two books, I must admit this one was a different experience. I wanted more attitude from our main characters. I wanted a bit more flame in their actions. But this doesn’t mean I did not love it almost as much as the previous ones. It was just as great and complex, but different in some ways. 4.5 stars, but I round it to 5!

A Guardian’s Dream
Guardians of Light Book 4
Plagued with nightmares of a goblin child tormented by monsters—and with
her usual cures having no effect—dream faerie Pryseis journeys to
the Shadowlands to heal the child in person even though doing so
risks the wrath of the faerie council. And, if she’s away from home
too long, her very existence.
Caught and imprisoned by an ungrateful goblin sorcerer, she’s now trapped
underground, chained, her despair growing as her time ticks down yet
warmed by the memory of a man she has only touched in dreams.
Benilo ta Myran drained his spirit healing powers during the war, but he has
no choice. The beautiful faerie in his dreams is in trouble, and not
even his worried king and queen can stop him from trying to save her
before the darkness snuffs out her light.
Finally they are together—chained side-by-side in a goblin dungeon. Their
only hope for escape is to break the law to merge their powers in a
ritual so intensely erotic it binds them for life. However short and
nightmarish that life might be…
Warning:
Beware beautiful faeries and hot elves appearing in your dreams. They may
lead you astray…and steal your heart.
My Review

The warnings these books have… How can you not read them?! This book was even more complicated than the previous three. I mean, both characters have the ability to see things through their dreams, both want to heal others and both find themselves in the same prison at some point. Initially, it feels like suicidal, Benilo may seem out of his mind. But when the pull of a Mate sucks you in, what can you do? Pryseis’ desire to help lands her in trouble. Little did she expect an elf would come and save her.

I am not sure how comfortable I am with how they found their way out of trouble. Overall, the story was great, even if I am not a fan of elves necessarily (something about long and pointy ears …), the chemistry was amazing, just the “how they did it” was off somehow. But 4 stars and my love and admiration for the author should compensate. Renee Wildes did a fantastic job with the world building and character development. I adore her writing!

A Guardian’s Destiny
Guardians of Light Book 5
On what should have been Verdeen’s proudest day, she is blocked from
advanced warrior training because no war mare chooses to bond with her.
Burning with humiliation, she accepts a lesser assignment to the Isle of Ice,
serving as bodyguard to human riever, Daq Aryk.
Verdeen’s never paid much attention to men, so focused was she on her training. But
she quickly realizes hieing off into a distant wilderness with Aryk
is a bad idea. He makes her lose all focus and perspective.
Aryk faces a difficult task: molding six warring clans into a peaceful whole. He’s
got nothing against women warriors, but Verdeen is young and
inexperienced, her beauty a potentially fatal distraction. She’s a
shield-maiden, not a bedmate. But the way she melts at his every
touch erodes all his good intentions…and sense.
One kiss unleashes the kind of feverish desire that should occur only once in a
lifetime—with a mate. But as their quest takes ever more dangerous
twists and turns, their bond could be the one thing that unites a
nation. Or make Aryk’s worst nightmare a blood-soaked reality.
Warning:
Contains fire and ice, ever-gratuitous sex and violence, sword play and
self-play, spying and lying, noble intentions and betrayal. In other
words, a rollicking good roll in the proverbial hay.
My Review

Finally reaching book 5, I feel this series turns my world around. So much magic, so many twists and turns and so many strong heroines! “A Guardian’s Destiny” does not disappoint at all. Verdeen’s pride is wounded, when she is forced to accept a lesser mission. Little did she know the dangers she would face. Aryk also has to face his own pride, when having to trust a woman, as a warrior.

Business set aside, they learn the connection they share runs beyond the field of battle. They will discover the passion one kiss can unleash. Is this enough for them? The world is full of dangers and they have to face a lot!

I don’t know if this is exactly the “crown jewel” of the series, because I have enjoyed all of them. But I do believe this is yet another one full of lies and intrigue. With a twist I never saw coming, I was completely hooked into this world.

After reading this entire series, I can say I’ve missed this feeling of devoting my time to 5 books! I loved the combination between magic, at certain levels, magical beings and shifters and romance. I was hooked and I still am! I plan to revisit the series and follow the author closely!

Award-winning WI author Renee Wildes grew up reading fantasy authors Terry Brooks
& Mercedes Lackey. A Joseph Campbell fan, when she discovered romance
novels she was fated to write fantasy romance. A mythology &
history buff, from ancient Sparta through the Dark Ages, a Navy brat
and a cop’s kid, she gravitated to protector/guardian heroes &
heroines. She’s had horses her whole life, becoming the only vet tech
in a family of nurses. It all comes together in her Guardians of
Light series for Champagne Book Group and her paranormal title
“Marek’s New World” for Tirgearr Publishing – fantasy,
action, romance, heroics and lots of critters!
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Book Review: I See You by Mary Burton

About the BookISeeYou

Title: I See You

Author: Mary Burton

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Montlake

Summary

FBI special agent Zoe Spencer uses skeletal remains to recreate the faces of murder victims through sculpture. Though highly scientific, the process is also sensitive and intimate; she becomes attached to the individuals she identifies, desperate to find justice for each.

As Zoe examines old remains, she sees a teenage girl looking back at her—the victim in a cold case from over a decade ago. Zoe wants nothing more than to tell this young woman’s story and to bring her killer to justice.

Zoe’s case leads her to the victim’s hometown and to homicide detective William Vaughan, Zoe’s on-again, off-again lover. As the two become more involved in the case, they quickly realize that it isn’t as cold as they first believed: someone’s still out there hunting women. And with more women gone missing, time’s running out. Can they work together and stop this madman before he kills again?

My Review

This was such an interesting read. I am a romance reader, under (almost) any forms. If you have a book that is mixing a little bit of something with a little bit of Romance, I’m sold! Mary Burton gives us an interesting case, with interesting characters and a creepy atmosphere, with “creepy” being used in a positive way, if that makes sense.

 “I See You” is a thriller, bringing us forward a case from long time ago. This case resurfaces when someone sends a tip to a blogger about some remains being hidden in a specific place. Detective William Vaughan and FBI agent Zoe Spencer come together to solve a murder that seems more complex than any could have imagined. When the victim’s family not as willing to help as they were expecting, the two main characters will have a difficult time identifying the killer.

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I was intrigued by the plot and I got quickly into the story. Zoe is a profiler, so I was anxious to discover this side of the story. Her relationship with Vaughan is complicated a little. I felt the indecision in both at the beginning and, besides finding out who did it, I was also curious to see if and how will they solve their differences. I believe the author did a great job with the atmosphere and with all the clues we have here and there. It’s no surprise I went through it quickly.

Now, there are some things that made me not give a full rating. One is my expectation to see more profiling from Zoe. I love this job and, when I was little, I wanted to become one. I wanted to find my childhood wish in Zoe much more and to see how she excels at what she’s doing. There are also some items which I believe were a bit rushed (especially in regard to the reveal of the killer and the reasons) and other items that could have been better developed (for example the relationship between the murders).

But with all my comments, I did enjoy my time with the story and, if you enjoy thrillers, with a dose of romance, this may be the book for you. With detectives, profilers, killers and secrets, “I see You” truly delivers the proper atmosphere. I’m awarding 3.5 stars, rounded to 4, with my intention to follow up on the series and the author soon 😊 Happy Reading!

 

Author BiographyMaryBurton

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the popular author of thirty-five romance and suspense novels as well as five novellas. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. Visit her at www.maryburton.com.

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Cover Reveal: Dragonsworn by Marty Mayberry

I survived Orientation at Crystal Wing Academy–barely–and now it’s time to learn how to control my power.

After destroying a power-sucking slake before he killed my friends, I’m feeling stronger and more confident than ever.

Donovan and I are together, I’m pulling in more threads than before, and I have new abilities I’m excited to master… So, I might be flunking Magical Creatures & How to Tame Them. Not everything comes easy, right?

When I stumble over a dead girl–one of eight Outlings at the Academy–and she’s marked with an O and a #7, it’s clear someone’s copycatting the Outling murders that took place one-hundred years ago.

With the clock ticking down and more Outlings turning up dead, I’ll soon be next. Last time, every Outling at the Academy was murdered.

But the killer is about to learn this Outling wizard won’t go down without a fight.

An exciting new world for Potter fans, filled with magic, suspense, a badass heroine, and flirty romance. Dragonsworn is the second book in the young adult Crystal Wing Academy series. The third and final book in the series will be released late this year or early next year.

About the Book

Dragonsworn
by Marty Mayberry

Series
Crystal Wing Academy

Genre
Young Adult
Fantasy

Publisher
Independent

Publication Date
November 20, 2019

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Book Review: Chasing Beverly

Chasing Beverly
Ashlynn Cubbison
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 29th 2019
Genres: Romance, Sports, Young Adult

Two people. One chance to let it all go.

Seeking redemption, Beverly Morgan has spent the last three years building an empire that was someone else’s dream. Devoted to her work, a handful of friends, and an array of charities, she’s been able to lock away her heart and convince herself it’s dead. After an unthinkable tragedy, Beverly should know by now that a single day can change everything.

She can’t run from love forever.

Gavin has it all, a thriving business, phenomenal family, supportive friends, but an hour with Beverly Morgan makes him question his entire life and his own happiness.

She could be exactly what he needs, if she’s brave enough to open up again.

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My Review

This is one of those books difficult to judge. On one hand, I devoured the story. It was intense, with characters that had lots of chemistry. But on the other, something was a bit off. I wanted more from the writing and more from the story in general.

We have a woman with a tragic past, trying to forget the bad events that determined her to change her career. Beverly has put her entire focus into her business, making it successful and becoming herself stronger and more focused on anything but her heart. Still, when this precise business brings her Gavin, things begin to change. He is also having enough baggage, but at least he is willing to try.

So we have a story about starting over, learning to trust, learning to love again. I liked how Beverly loosens up slowly towards Gavin and I liked how the attraction between them was portrayed in the book. They are both career driven and somehow find a common ground. There are many issues here, a lot of details that will keep you reading and reading! I quickly became addicted!

Still, as I was mentioning in the beginning, I felt that there were some issues that did not complete the perfect picture I would have wanted. I cannot say these small things made me dislike the book completely, but they did determine me to reduce a bit my rating. Some of the lines felt mechanic, I did not feel the emotions in lines or scenes that should have been fully charged, but to me they felt like forced.

 All in all, “Chasing Beverly” was a good book, a quick read with interesting characters. If you are not big on cliffhangers, this may not be the book for you, but it has a lot of promise for book 2. So yeah, a good start – 3.5 stars for now.

 

Author Bio:

Ashlynn Cubbison is a goal-oriented, driven woman, who owns and operates four companies with her husband. They have two beautiful sons together, and although her life is chaotic, fun, full of love and never the same each day, somehow she finds room for writing as well.

Growing up Ashlynn struggled with reading. Then, in her sophomore year of high school, a small seed was planted. After acing a literary test, her teacher looked her square in the eye and said “you’ve been selling yourself short all year. I wonder what you could achieve with some effort.” After delving deeper into books, she discovered Pride and Prejudice, and has been an obsessive reader ever since.

Eventually her love of books translated into writing. She hopes to inspire others, especially children, to find their passion as she did.

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September Wrap Up & October TBR

September has not been such a great moth. I am again behind on my reading and reviews I need to post. I don’t know what happened – work was crazy, I was too tired to focus on books and I also had a lot of crocheting to do (I didn’t manage to finish my project, but I did make some progress). I fell in a bit of a reading slump in the last two weeks, so I did not manage to read as much as I would have liked.

I was preparing to write a list, but looks like I have only three books finished and only one is reviewed: Single Dad by Noelle Adams, The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret and This! By C. G. Blaine. It’s terrible! I am so angry right now….

(3 hours later)

Ok, I am officially challenging and punishing myself to finish all the books started in August and to finish all the books from my October TBR. + 2 from my Yearly TBR:

  1. The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose (started and not finished)
  2. WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers (started and not finished)
  3. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (started and not finished)
  4. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (started and not finished)
  5. Chasing Beverly by Ashlynn Cubbison
  6. Everything Girl by Emily Mayer
  7. Claiming Sarah by Susan Stoker
  8. Say it Again by Catherine Bybee
  9. I See You by Mary Burton
  10. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  11. Secret Obsession by Ann Mayburn
  12. Guardians of Light Series by Renee Wildes (5 books in the series)
  13. Enamored by J.S. Scott
  14. A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
  15. Woodhouse Hall by Sara Marks
  16. Taking Wing by Clemency Crow
  17. Grumpy Old Gods by Ronel Janse van Vuuren
  18. Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane
  19. The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
  20. A Wedded Arrangement by Noelle Adams
  21. Seduced by Kate Allure
  22. Killer Domes and the Chosen One by Gibbo Gibbs

The 2 from my long time TBR are still to be defined. I’m not sure which ones to pick. I know it looks quite ambitious but I am confident I can manage. I am anxious to read all these books and share my thought with you 😊 Stick around if you want to see the progress. For now, I wish you all a great week with lots and lots of amazing books (or at least amazing moments)! Happy Reading!

 

Weekley Quote #4

Hey Everyone!

How was your week? In my case, it was again quite productive on all angles. I did manage to crochet a good part of a blanket – still a lot to work at it but at least I see progress. Work was fine and I hope this week will be the same.

I have read a lot and even finished one audiobook (more on that a bit later in the week). But the quote I have for you today is from The Rose & The Dagger, by Renée Ahdieh. I am so addicted to this series. Renée has this way of creating magic with her writing and I feel more and more captivated with every page I turn.

“You’re better than beautiful.” Rahim took a careful breath. “You’re interesting. Never forget that.”

What made me select this line is how honest Rahim is, how he sees more than beauty when he looks at Irsa. It’s one of the best compliments!

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This is not the main character and since this quote I have found many others I love. It’s hard to choose!  I am struggling to finish it, as I am honestly afraid of the end and I am sure I’ll miss these characters immensely. I’m so happy I own the series!

That’s it for today. I wish you all a fantastic week and remember: find some time for a bit of reading. It does wonders!