Burned by Karen Marie Moning – a Dual Review

Burned by Karen Marie Moning – a Dual Review

 

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Description:
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth

Barb’s Review:

Burned by Karen Moning is the 7th book in her fabulous Fever series. When we last left off in the world of MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons in Shadowfever, it was technically the end of their arc. The last book, Iced, entered a new arc with Dani, Ryodan and Christian, which I did enjoy. However, there was some backlash that some fans felt that Dani, at 14, was way too young for Ryodan, even though there was no real romance between them…yet.

In Burned, we return to the world of Mac, Jericho, Dani, Ryodan and the rest of the Fever gang. I was so happy to spend time again with Mac and Jericho, and Dani, even if we only got a glimpse of her early on. Burned was a fantastic read, and I have come away with such respect for Karen Moning. She has enhanced this story, answering some of the questions left open in Iced, as well as brought back Mac in her full glory. Burned was a culmination of all of our favorite characters, the abbey and the sidhe-seers; and the ones we disliked such as the Faes (Seelie , Unseelie) and the creatures they have created; as well as the evil Sinsar Dubh, still lurking;. But most of all Moning has miraculously come up with a solution many fans were crying for, Dani being too young for Ryodan. Wow. I didn’t see this coming, and it was an amazing twist. Loved it, even if I still miss & love the wild and crazy Dani, and before you ask, there is still no sexual relations between them yet. If you want to know about the twist, you will need to read this book.

What follows is a fantastic story that keeps you hooked until the very last page. With Dublin still iced, there are some dangerous elements that need resolution. The MacKeltars are working with Barrons and Ryodan to find a way to rescue Christian from his daily torture at the hands of the Crimson Hag. The Unseelie Princes, and the new Seelie King are also around, creating more havoc. But the major part of the story is the new group of sidhe-seers, now taking over the abbey. These sidhe-seers are more like mercenaries, able to fight anyone and everything; they are led by their leader, Jada, who is bad assed & ultra powerful. Whereas the previous group from the abbey were friends with Mac, not so this newer and dangerous group.

Though everyone played a big part of this book, I felt Mac was the star and loved her. I do have to say that my opinion of Ryodan has changed for the better. We learn more about him, some eye openers, and know he truly does care about Dani.

There is so much more to tell, but it would then become spoilers. I do want to add that I absolutely love love Lor. LOL I did think that some parts, with Mac or Christian delving into the past was not necessary, adding on to the pages. But it did not change my thoughts on this wonderful book. The last half of the book was a wild ride that was very exciting, with tense and fun moments. The ending has you holding on to your last breath, and then there was a cliffhanger, which of course, Moning is known for. But I can’t wait, for the next book. I want to know more about Mac, Barrons, Dani, Ryodan, Christian, Lor and Jada.

 

Miranda’s Review:

BURNED, written by Karen Marie Moning, is the highly anticipated 7th installment of the Fever series.   This is a novel surrounded by large amounts of hype, controversy, and mixed reviews. If you are a long time fan, with the expectation that this will feel like the original five books of the Fever series, I will tell you it does not. If you are coming to this book with the hopes that it contains a different mood than we received in ICED, this is a complete 180. If you are coming to this book simply for the enjoyment of the adventure Ms. Moning takes us upon, BURNED will feel like the beginning of a brand new journey.  

If you have never read Karen Marie Moning, and are a fan of an author who continuously changes it up, and keeps you guessing, this is a series for you. I have been reading her work for close to ten years now, and over those years, she has flipped the game on readers more times than I can count. I used to think of her work as predictable. (Not in a bad way.) I used to know where I stood when opening one of her books, and like many others, I was perfectly content with the previous style of Moning’s Highlander series. Having been a long time reader of the Fantasy genre, which is oft times dark & heart wrenching, I knew I could always count on the World of the Kelter for a happily ever after. I can honestly say that the Fever series is the polar opposite, and one of those pieces in literature that will push a reader to their limits, and beyond their comfort zone.

I did not enter the Fever world easily, or quietly. Gone was my guarantee of a HEA. Gone was my ability to discern the “good guys” from the bad. Gone was the beautiful, calming descriptions of The Highlands; and In their stead, was a dark, twisted world, where the lines between evil and good are blurred. No one is who they appear to be, and survival is guaranteed to none–let alone the attainment of happiness. I struggled many times throughout my journey of this series, and nearly gave it up twice…and would have, but for one reason. Jericho Barrons. Those that have read this series, know there is no need to explain further why I kept coming back, book after book. I will only elaborate by saying the character of Jericho Barrons truly has no equal. Upon the completion of Shadow Fever, I was very glad that I held on. In one of the most satisfying conclusions to a story arc I have ever had the pleasure to read, KMM culminated every agonizing step, masterfully.

After reading ICED, I debated for the third time, whether or not to continue with this roller coaster I found myself on. There were things I loved, and there were things I despised. One of the things I enjoyed, was seeing the world through the eyes of Dani O’ Malley. Although I do not typically find a “young” perspective very enjoyable. Dani’s narration was different than what I had come to expect from such. I found her completely refreshing as a main female lead, and as each page turned, I learned more about the travesty that was Dani’s childhood. For me, this made her vibrance all the more incredible. In Dani’s character, readers will discover someone that lives each day as if it were her last. In example, I present one of my favorite quotes from Dani’s point of view. “Life’s a choice: you can live in black and white, or you can live in colour. I’ll take every shade of the rainbow and the gazillion in between!” To put it simply, Dani splashes the dark Fever world with color. Despite my love of Dani…I spent two years on the fence as to whether or not I should read BURNED. The decision was made, when I discovered that the 7th installment would bring us back to the perspective of Mackayla Lane.

Admittedly, I have some mixed emotions about this. I was incredibly happy to be back with “Barrons” and “Ms. Lane.” Yet my one complaint…is that I missed Dani’s energy terribly. Where does Dani go you ask? You might think you can guess…you may have heard from others who have read the book, but what actually happens to Dani is something completely unexpected. Read, and learn the truth for yourself. Although we seem to be playing a bit of musical chairs with all the changes in P.O.V, readers will fall back into Mac’s perspective as easily as if we had never left. This is a heroine who has always been made up of a complex blend of dimensions. Endearingly clueless, infuriatingly self-doubtful. Like many of us in life, she doesn’t have all the answers, and she rarely knows what to do…and like many of us, she probably never will. Mac is flawed, and Mac is real. This is a character who is innately good at her core, and yet, has been forced to become a little bad. Pink Mac vs. Savage Mac. Right or wrong. Love her, or hate her. In the end, she will do whatever it takes, and she will get the job done. I find her narration unique, and entertaining on all levels, and cannot get enough of her witty, laugh out loud thought processes.

Overall, I found BURNED to be a fast paced, complicated, and jarring orchestra of events. Brimming with informative dialog, fascinating mystery, and intense emotion. Once again, readers will be unable to recognize the World they find themselves in. A place that is somehow more dark, more twisted, and more terrifying. One where bitter enemies must stand together, and former alliances fall. New challenges, and danger come forth, and everything we have learned, is brought into question. Characters we thought we knew, become strangers before our very eyes, while others, like Jericho Z. Barrons, remain ever constant. And still others, will reveal elements about themselves, we never could have imagined. After ICED, I thought I knew all the answers…kudos to Ms. Moning for changing the questions. I look forward to where she will take us next.  

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Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost – a Review

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost – a Review

 

Bound by Flames
Night Prince series – Book # 3
by Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: January 27, 2015

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Description:
Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

 

 

 

Review:

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost is the 3rd book in her Night Prince series. Though Jeaniene has ended her fabulous Night Huntress series, we still got to stay in this world with the heroes of this series, Vlad and Leila. The nice thing is we get to see some of our other favorite characters, such as Mencheres, Cat, Bones, Kira, Fabian, and even Marie, the ghoul queen.

The hunt continues for Vlad’s oldest and most dangerous enemy, Szilagyi, whose powers rival Vlad’s. In each book, Leila, a new vampire, gets stronger both emotionally and physically. The love between Vlad and Leila is beautiful, but could also be the death of the both of them. If anything should happen to Leila, Vlad will not be able to handle it. Szilagyi knows Vlad’s weakness, and he will use it with the help of a former ally of Vlad.

Vlad wants to keep Leila safe, but she is determined to help him. While Vlad is away, there is an attack on the mansion, and Leila refuses to stay put, as she wants to help those in danger. This will open the door for Szilagyi to kidnap her. Throughout this series, Leila has been through hell, and it is no different here. She is badly tortured, while the villains video tape it and send it to Vlad, knowing they he will lose control. Vlad is very lethal, and can be a terror against those who betray him. But Vlad will go to some of his friends to ask for help..as I mentioned above. We know that if Vlad gets his hands on Szilagyi, he will make him suffer for what he did to Leila, and we anxiously awaited hoping for vengeance.

What follows is an intense, exciting story from start to finish with much violence throughout. Telling too much more would be spoilers. There were so many exciting parts where we held our breaths, and Leila’s ability to rise above the torture was an amazing feat, as she has risen up to be a wonderful kick-ass heroine. Throughout this action packed adventure, the romance between Vlad and Leila was sizzling; you could see their love for each other shine, and it was those moments that released the tension built up from the terrible enemy they needed to destroy, in order to survive.

Leila’s sister Gretchen was funny, and a pain at times. I get the feeling that Jeaniene might just use this for future stories, but then again, she isn’t Leila.

I love Vlad and Leila and Jeaniene Frost has done it again….one of my all-time favorite couples is Cat & Bones, and now Vlad & Leila are rising up there. I was thrilled to find out that Bound by Flames is not the last book of this series, as was originally thought. We will get another Vlad and Leila story in 2016. I totally recommend that you read this series, but if you have not read  Night Huntress, it would be fun to start with that one.

Reviewed by Barb

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Never Waste Tears by Gloria Zachgo – a Review

Never Waste Tears by Gloria Zachgo – a Review

 

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Description:
Each had their own reason to leave everything they knew. The land was free—the true price—was often high, where opportunities and tragedies were in equal abundance. Those who were strong, didn’t waste their tears, but used them wisely to help wash away their grief.
Joined together through friendship and family relations, Rebecca, Nathan, Hannah, Carl, and Sarah tell one story—each in their own voice. Never Waste Tears travels with them on their trek to homestead on the lonely Kansas prairie, where they pave the way for generations to come. They individually share their own dreams, challenges, heartaches, and guilt.

Review:

Never Waste Tears is a historical novel by Gloria Zachgo, it takes place in the 1800’s. The first part is just as the announcement of civil war between the North and South is declared. Told in journal format, it describes the times and feelings of several people and their lives.

The story begins in Ohio as civil war is declared. It takes Nathan’s father and two brothers off to war leaving Nathan (13) and his mother to run the family mercantile store by themselves. Nathan learns to haul and lift supplies around by himself, and to eventually take over the accounts due to his mother’s lack of education in math.

It’s also told from Rebecca’s point of view as her journal describes growing up in a well to do family, her mother trying to educate her in the art of becoming a gentle woman. She plays the piano very well and does needlepoint. She and her friend Martha miss seeing Nathan in school and church, now that he spends all his time at the store.

Later as the war goes on, the children grow up and mature. Nathan discovers a large attraction for Rebecca, but her mother doesn’t really consider his “suitable” for her daughter. He learns to win her father and mother’s approval, and Rebecca falls in love with him.

Due to circumstances, I don’t want to spoil the book. He and Rebecca move out west to begin a new life as a farmer. He planned on going to Nebraska but ended up settling in Kansas to avoid danger with the Indians. It didn’t work, they had danger in Kansas as well, but that’s another spoiler.

The journals add the points of view of Carl and Hanna Taylor as the couples go west on a wagon train.

The descriptions are filled with speech variances of each character, if they weren’t labeled, you could probably still tell who was journaling due to the differences in the way they talked or thought.

This isn’t filled with fancy romance or contrived villains. This is fiction, but a well thought out story of the reality of life in this time period. It describes people, situations, many of the things people faced while traveling by covered wagon to a destination they knew little about. It has true danger, perilous situations, emotional battles, post war problems, and much more.

It was a truly interesting and action packed read. It felt so real, I found myself going through the troubles and trials with them. They became my good friends and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Life on the prairie wasn’t for the weak.

If you like emotional and well written adventure that rings of actuality, give this wonderful story a read! I really enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Georgianna

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Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran – a Review

Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran – a Review

 

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Description:
It might be love…but will they survive the night?

The ghosts of her family’s estate on the coast of Maine never troubled Ava Trumble. When she finally inherits the historic mansion, however, there’s a small string attached: Ava has exactly one year to solve a 200-year-old mystery of a missing girl, or lose her family’s home…

The lead investigator for paranormal TV show Phantoms, Jackson Granger, is prepared for any metaphysical encounter—until now. It’s not just the uncanny sense of “coming home” or even his reaction to the fiery redhead who seems to consume his every waking thought. No, it’s that the ghosts are using Jackson and Ava’s attraction to play out a centuries-old tragedy. Heartbreak. Loss. Overwhelming passion. Now Jackson and Ava must determine if they’re sharing something real…or if they’ve been possessed by a love that never died.

 

Review:
“Don’t be angry with me when they read the will, Ava. It’s time to figure it out. Time for a change.”

Ominous enough? Ava inherits her Great Aunt Lois’ infamous mansion and before she can do with it whatever her heart desires, namely convert it into a B&B, she must solve a two centuries old murder that took place at the estate. What exactly makes it infamous? Curses and ghosts of the lethal variety. If Ava should fail, the inheritance goes to the local historical society as a landmark or worse, a museum. How’s that for motivation? Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran was more, so much more, than I expected.

So…who you gonna call? I can hear your singsong chorus/response, thank you! ;) Phantoms, of course. A hit TV paranormal show that investigates and, purges clean, anything that goes bump in the night. As if that wasn’t helpful enough, Ava must work in close contact, enduring the British accent of, host and lead investigator, Jackson. Oh, the horror! :D

When Ava and Jackson first meet, déjà vu inexplicably hits them both and that’s only the beginning of a series of fantastical events. The death in question, the murder of Sarah Kerrick, has a “frail connection” to Jackson, but he won’t divulge his lineage unless prodded. Would doors suddenly banging shut, completely unprovoked, be some sort of prompt?!

Having Jackson here may just rile the spirits enough to get your answer.

The story says Sarah fell in love with Peter Trumble, Ava’s ancestor, and theirs was a love to resemble Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps those rumblings (wounds) are trying to seep through…and into Jackson and Ava? Before long, the spirits speak through action — when Jackson and Ava are delving into romantic action. Whether it’s to convey a message or decipher the killer, the animosity is designated at Jackson, supporting the wicked theory that “men especially were targeted and had a record of shortened life spans”. But that niggling, eerie sense of familiarity, despite just meeting, pervades their minds…their memories. It feels symbiotic!

The seduction was steamy and written excellently. Jackson is HOT and swoon-worthy!!! They are a charged, galvanized pair; a fiery, palpable, must-touch-you or stop breathing force. An unrelenting passion that keeps you reading well past lunacy (it’s a time, you know it is). As a fan of paranormal shows, Ms. Moran nailed the investigative tools and vocabulary to extract amazing visuals. My heartbeat raced and I got goose bumps, often, when reading (hearing!) gruff, pounding footsteps or engaging ghostly anomalies. And with like precision, I was assailed by the repeated references to a lavender scent (though undeniably soothing and I happen to be mad for it). Personally, an early Star Wars reference (gets me every time), superhero consideration/conversation during the get-to-know-you stage, and even a nod to their common stature was comforting (some say it represents mutual respect). Two miniscule irks were Ava’s beleaguered resistance (steely resolve, that girl) and the lack of italics or bold font or capitalization to identify spectral communication/POV. Perhaps it’s included in the final publishing? I can only hope.

Having said that, I loved the writing and flow of her storyline, the intriguing subject matters, the ill-fated love story, a precious parallel love story, and the answer we all longed to discover! I tell you: Ghost of a Promise was a thrilling, chilling, compelling, heartrending story. It will no doubt enchant you.  

Reviewed by Carmen

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If The Viscount Falls (The Duke’s Men 4) by Sabrina Jeffries-a review

IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS (The Duke’s Men #4) by Sabrina Jeffries-a review

If the Viscount Falls

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release January 27, 2015

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

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REVIEW: IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS is the fourth and final installment in Sabrina Jeffries The Duke’s Men historical romance series focusing on the men (and women) who work for Manton Investigations. This is Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton and Lady Jane Vernon’s storyline – a second chance storyline for two people who have loved one another for a very long time. IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS can be read as a stand alone storyline but for cohesion and backstory information I would strongly suggest reading the series in order as Dom’s family history comes full circle.

The premise focuses on the rebuilding of the relationship between Dominck Manton and Jane Vernon. Twelve years earlier, Dominick had lost everything in his life including the woman that he loved through an act of betrayal and a brother’s revenge. To protect his half brother Tristan, Dom walked away from his rightful inheritance leaving him destitute and without means of income or property. Hoping to protect Jane from a lifetime of poverty and a marriage below her status Dom employs her cousin Nancy to help fulfill a ruse that will set into motion a plan to end his relationship and betrothal to the woman that he loves. Fast forward twelve years and Jane will request of Dominick and Manton Investigations to help search for her missing cousin Nancy. Dom will jump at the chance to rebuild his relationship with Jane only to learn that she is now betrothed to another man. Nancy is Dom’s former sister in law-his brother’s widow- and the woman who helped staged his betrayal of Jane.

The storyline follows Dom and Jane as they search for clues about the missing woman. Jane is a woman determined to help Dom as he examines the path of information that could lead to the truth about Nancy’s whereabouts and in this Jane places herself by Dom’s side for every aspect of the investigation. Jane and Dom will begin to rekindle their romance and love for one another-a love that has never died-but one that has stood on shaky grounds with a perceived betrayal of mistrust and infidelity. The story and relationship continue to rebuild as the couple travel cross country in the hopes of uncovering more clues. There are several developing scenarios as to what may have happened to cousin Nancy and in the end the truth is a combination of betrayal and heartbreak; greed and treachery.

Sabrina Jeffries pulls all of the previous storyline couples into the search for Jane’s missing cousin. The heroines are strong willed, determined and supportive; the heroes are protective, determined and desperate with their love. Some of the prior history is revealed; Dom’s backstory and the horrific childhood he had to withstand under his manipulative brother and absent father’s thumb as well as injuries and investigations he endured with Manton Investigations.

IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS is a heartwarming, intriguing and revealing conclusion to Sabrina Jeffries’s The Duke’s Men series but also sets up the background and premise for her new SINFUL SUITORS historical romance series. Some of the characters introduced throughout The Duke’s Men will cross over and play both primary and secondary roles giving the series a familiarity to readers and fans of Sabrina’s novels.

The Duke's Men series

Previous Reviews and Reading Order
What The Duke Desires
When The Rogue Returns
How The Scoundrel Seduces
If The Viscount Falls

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Possession (Club X #3) by KM Scott-Review and Book Tour

Possession (Club X #3) by KM Scott-Review and Book Tour

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Possession
Club X #3
by KM Scott
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: January 22, 2015

Possession

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 22, 2015

Kane Jackson, the ruler of the fantasy section of Club X, has always been different from his brothers. The bastard son of Cassian March III, he grew up without the money and privilege Cassian and Stefan enjoyed from the March name, instead only knowing his father as the man who abandoned him and seeing himself as unloved and unwanted. He let love in once and like everything else in his life, all that came from it was pain. His heart hidden behind the walls he’s built since then, Kane is now just the dark figure who rules over the fantasies of others but has none himself.

Abbi Linde can’t seem to get a break. Too many bad men and bad choices have left her bruised and broken, but the opportunity to dance at Club X could change everything. For the first time, she might be able to make a life for herself and find the happiness she longs for. After what feels like a lifetime of heartbreak, Abbi still believes one day her dreams will come true and she’ll find the love that’s eluded her.

Even the darkest heart craves the light, but will the darkness be too much for love to overcome with these two souls?

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REVIEW: POSSESSION is the third installment in KM Scott’s contemporary, adult Club X erotic romance series focusing on three brothers-Cassian and Stefan March and their half brother Kane Jackson. POSSESSION is Kane and Abbi’s storyline-a tale of insta love, heartbreak and loss.

NOTE: This is not the end; their story is not complete; their relationship and emotional fall out are unresolved.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Kane and Abbi) POSSESSION follows Abbi and Kane’s relationship as well as Kane’s spiral out of control. Abbi’s desperate need for employment finds her working at Club X-a gentlemen’s club that crosses the line of legality and one where Abbi will find comfort with a man few believed had a heart or a soul. Kane will become Abbi’s boss, her protector and her lover.

Kane is a man ‘possessed’ by the monsters that haunt his life. Raised by a mother with demons of her own, Kane’s staggering childhood and destructive second nature become a self-fulfilling prophecy-over and over again. Alone for so long, Kane’s all encompassing need to protect Abbi finds our couple facing a dark future.

The relationship between Kane and Abbi is very quick to develop; a romance of insta lust that finds our couple professing their love for one another within days. Their attraction to one another is fueled by Kane and Abbi’s painful pasts, their heartbreaking stories and an intense need to feel wanted and loved. Kane’s cold façade is but a mask to protect him from pain but with Abbi he is a man determined to prove that he can be caring when he wants but all good things will eventually come to an end. Kane’s darker side has been unleashed and his fear is that he will hurt everyone that he loves; Kane will risk everything to protect Abbi from harm. There is plenty of back and forth; push and pull; and emotionally draining drama. Kane and Abbi’s co-dependency is unhealthy.

The secondary characters include Kane’s half brothers-Cassian and Stefan March, and their significant others –as well as an assortment of Club X extras. We are introduced to Cassian and Stefan’s mother Alexandria; Club X bouncer Samson: Abbi’s best friend Gemma; as well as the requisite evil that sets the tone for our hero’s demise.

KM Scott pulls the reader into a dark, emotional storyline about two broken people who believe they are not worthy of friendship and love. Their backstories are heartbreaking; their futures unknown; and the author cautiously sets up an intense showdown of anguish and loss.

There is no happily ever after or even a happily ever after for now. Abbi and Kane’s story is not finished. The demons must be excised; forgiveness accepted; and the heart must realize where it belongs-it is the mind that has issues of letting go. Abbi and Kane need closure; the reader needs confirmation that our couple will find happiness and love either with each other or someone else-we all need ‘Satisfaction’.

Club X Series 3

Reading Order:
Temptation
Surrender
Possession
Satisfaction (2015)

Reviewed by Sandy

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Temptation
Club X #1
by KM Scott
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance
Release Date: August 3, 2014

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Temptation July 14The Club X Series, a scorching hot new erotic contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author K.M. Scott.

Cassian March, the public face of Tampa’s most exclusive nightspot, Club X, has a great life. Women, sex, and money are his for the taking, and no man indulges his desires more. Life is short, and he plays hard. He lives by only one rule—never let a woman get close.

Olivia Lucas needs a job, and if that means working at a club that specializes in making members’ wildest fantasies come true, then that’s what she’ll do. A girl’s got to pay the rent, right? She never expected to fall for the gorgeous owner of Club X, though, but a man like him would never go for someone like her. Or would he?

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Surrender
Club X #2
by KM Scott
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance
Release Date: November 3, 2014

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Surrender Oct 14The second book in the bestselling Club X series

Stefan March lives for a good time. Born into wealth, he sees everything in terms of what he can have, especially women. So far, life has denied him nothing and no one. When he meets his newest bartender, he instantly knows who his next conquest will be, but Shay’s not like the usual women he collects. To get her, he’ll have to be more than just the player he’s always been.

Shay Callahan is beautiful, determined, and intelligent. She’s got plans for her life, and they don’t include getting sidetracked by a man, and certainly not her wealthy player boss. Her job at Club X is for one thing—money to fund her education—but if she can make Stefan March see he’s not God’s gift to women, all the better. She never expects to find out there’s more to him than meets the eye.

As different as day and night, can these two see past who they think they are to find love?

 

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Gabrielle Bisset

 

A writer for years in other genres, K.M. Scott writes sexy contemporary romances like the ones that she loves. In love with love from the moment she picked up her first romance novel, she considers herself blessed that she has the chance to tell her own characters’ stories now. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, feeding her addiction to TV, or cooking a new dish for family and friends. She loves to hear from readers, so drop by her Facebook page and say hi or e-mail me at kmscottauthor@gmail.com.

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Panther Prowling (Otherworld Novel) by Yasmine Galenorn-Review and Giveaway

Panther Prowling (Otherworld Novel) by Yasmine Galenorn-Review and Giveaway

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Panther Prowling
Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon #17
by Yasmine Galenorn
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, fantasy, paranormal

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three gorgeous husbands. Menolly is a vampire married to a werepuma. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. While the war in Otherworld is expanding, so is my newly renamed PI business. And my next case is about to make life very interesting…

While waiting for Shadow Wing’s next move, I decide to revamp my ragtag PI agency into the Cat’s Eye Investigations firm. My first client turns out to be our cousin Daniel. During the grand reopening for the Wayfarer, he shows up while being chased by a rampaging ghost. Daniel has procured a rare and valuable sword, and a ring of ghostly warriors comes attached to it. Protectors of the soul trapped within it, the spirits are out to stop anybody who threatens the weapon. As my sisters and I unravel the history of the sword, we quickly realize that the entity locked within the blade is a dangerous king from times gone by—and he’s about to break free and try to recover his crown…

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REVIEW: Panther Prowling begins with the sisters giving Camille a surprise birthday party and the newly rebuilt and renovated Wayfarer, which was destroyed by fire in a previous book. And, wouldn’t you know it? Just as they party is getting started, havoc is wreaked as their cousin, Daniel, runs into the bar being chased and ultimately body slammed by a Viking ghost. Yep………………things got weird quickly. Once they restore order and are able to talk to Daniel, they figure out that they have another mysterious case on their hands. Again. Once they start unraveling the many details of this case, things really get interesting. And dangerous.

On top of their new case, they also have things going on personally that will leave them questioning everything. Delilah finds out more about her twin sister who died at birth, and of whom she only found out about in the last year or two. Let’s just say that things weren’t as clear cut as Delilah and her sisters had thought, and the revelations will explain a lot. Menolly and Nerissa have hit a bit of a rough patch in their relationship, but are determined to make things right. And Camille gets BIG NEWS. As in life altering HUGE news that could change the dynamics of everything.

Through it all, they are endlessly battling the evil creatures that are hell bent on breaking through, and not only destroying them, but destroying the world as they know it. As usual, their whole crew, as well as a new ally or two, rallies around them as they try to defeat their latest nemesis. Will they be victorious? Well, you’ll have to read to find out!

Panther Prowling is a fast paced, action filled installment in Yasmine Galenorn’s Otherworld Series. Each book in the series is written from one of the sister’s points of view, in order: Camille, Delilah and Menolly. Even though this one was Delilah’s book, the lines are starting to blur as to whom the books are about due to the fact that there is so much going on now. The battle against Shadow Wing still rages on. War in Otherworld is still being waged. And things aren’t much better Earthside. They are constantly being called out to fix wrongs that no one else can handle. As I’ve said before, the sisters are destined for BIGGER things. I just wish I knew what the endgame was! Ha! I can’t wait for the next installment, as it seems things are rolling faster now towards said endgame. Very well done, Yasmine Galenorn.

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Reviewed by Vickie M.

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Behind the Door by Alexandrea Weis and M.Clark-Reviews and Book Tour

Behind the Door by Alexandrea Weis and M. Clark-Reviews and Book Tour

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Behind the Door
Part 1
by Alexandrea Weis and M. Clarke
Release Date: January 25, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic,

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 4.5 stars–

Part 1 Release Date January 25, 2015

After the love of her life walks out the door, Abby Simmons is depressed, run down, and overwhelmed. Working long days as an attorney in a busy firm is sucking the life out of her and Abby feels she is at the end of her rope. Then, a co-worker recommends a new type of spa called Paradise. He promises their therapies will shake off her lethargy and help her to regain her sparkle. Skeptical, but very curious, Abby decides to visit the establishment. At first, what she hears sounds too good to be true, but soon Abby uncovers a whole new world of pleasure that quickly becomes her undoing.

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REVIEW: BEHIND THE DOOR part 1 is the introduction to Alexandrea Weis and M. Clarke’s erotic romance serial focusing on attorney Abby Simmons and a pleasure spa called Paradise.

The first of four installments follows Abby as she embarks on a new direction following the break up of a long term relationship. Abby is depressed, heartbroken and withdrawn. Her co-workers begin to worry that their friend and fellow employee is spiraling down a black hole from where there is no return and a trip to the exclusive Paradise Spa is what Abby needs to get back on track. Upon the recommendation of a ‘friend’ Abby opens the door into what can only be described at the ultimate form of relaxation.

Alexandrea Weis and M. Clarke invite the reader to open up our senses and feel. Like the heroine of our story, we are blinded but for the tactile element of scent and touch where relaxation and pleasure are the ultimate aim. Paradise Spa-where all of your fantasies and wishes do come true.

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BEHIND THE DOOR
Part 2
by Alexandrea Weis and M. Clarke
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic

Behind the Door pt 2ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 8, 2015

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After the love of her life walks out the door, Abby Simmons is depressed, run down, and overwhelmed. Working long days as an attorney in a busy firm is sucking the life out of her and Abby feels she is at the end of her rope. Then, a co-worker recommends a new type of spa called Paradise. He promises their therapies will shake off her lethargy and help her to regain her sparkle. Skeptical, but very curious, Abby decides to visit the establishment. At first, what she hears sounds too good to be true, but soon Abby uncovers a whole new world of pleasure that quickly becomes her undoing.

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REVIEW: 4.5 stars-Part 2 is the second installment in the BEHIND THE DOOR adult, contemporary, erotic romance four part serial co-written by Alexandrea Weis and M. Clarke. This is the continuing story of attorney Abby Simmons and her venture into a world of sexual pleasure behind the doors at a spa called Paradise. Each installment is approximately 50 pages in length and focuses on Abby’s experiences and blossoming under the guidance of the mysterious Mr. Hands.

Part two follows Abby behind the second door. Our heroine will be introduced to a new experience of pleasure and pain-one that is unique to Abby’s time at Pleasure. When an evening out with a colleague goes completely wrong, Abby is torn between defeat and blame believing she is the common denominator in all of her disastrous relationships. What ensues is Abby’s internal battle between what it is she wants and what she knows she has to do.

Alexandrea Weis and M. Clarke’s BEHIND THE DOOR is an erotic adventure into a world of sexual fantasies; exploring one’s deepest desires and wants; giving in to the ultimate high. Abby is a woman torn between public appearances and private pleasures. Here’s looking forward to part 3 and what surprises are in store behind the third door.

A quick note: if you have read S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline you will notice many similarities and overriding themes.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Before I could react, he had pried my legs apart and was working along my inner right thigh, moving slowly upward. By now, my reservations were gone and I surrendered to him. And when his fingers reached the junction between my legs, I gasped when his hands slipped under my butt and gripped my cheeks, squeezing them in his hands. He could see every intimate part of me, I was sure of it. Letting go of my butt, his hands came around to my folds. At that moment, when his finger slipped between my legs, I clapped my hand over my mouth, suppressing my scream.
His fingers moved along my folds, tracking my wetness up and down. I was so wet at this point that my insides heaved with desire as he stroked me. I wanted to cry out, ask him what he was doing, but I didn’t. I let him manipulate my folds, slowly, methodically bringing me to orgasm. My hips began rocking in time with his hands. God, those hands were making me feel things I never thought possible. I could feel my climax building, like a wave caught in the shallows it was gaining momentum, waiting to wash over me.I was at his mercy now. I ached for release and was willing to do anything to achieve it. But when his finger inched back and forth over my vagina, teasing me with the promise of what was to come. I bit my lip, desperate for him to penetrate me. His fingers did not wait long to slip inside of me, and when I felt the pressure of him moving deeper, I arched my back and moaned. He was rubbing back and forth over that spot, the one so many men try to find but give up. Well, Mr. Hands knew exactly where my spot was, and as he slowly moved in and out of me, I knew I was going to come harder than I had ever come before.


 


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Behind the Door part 4

 

Behind the Door
Part 3
By Alexandrea Weis / M.Clarke
Release Date: February 22, 2015

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Behind the Door
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by Alexandrea Weis /M. Clarke
Release Date: March 8, 2015

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M.Clarke

m clarkeMary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed

 

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Alexandrea Weis

alexandrea-weis1Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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