Bound Guardian Angel (AKM #7) by Donya Lynne-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL (All The King’s Men #7 ) by Donya Lynne-Review, Book Tour and Giveaway

Bound Guardian Angel Banner

Bound Guardian Angel / / B&N / KOBO /itunes /


Add to your GOODREADS shelf.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 2, 2016

For almost two hundred years, Trace has searched for his mate. Now he’s met Cordray. Brash, sassy, and covered in tattoos, Cordray isn’t at all the type of female he thought his mate would be, but he can’t deny the way his body reacts every time she’s near. She calms him and sparks his desire in a way no one ever has, which terrifies him, because if she has that kind of power over him, what else is she capable of?

Cordray thinks Trace is the most exciting male she’s ever met, but she refuses to drop her guard and let him in. She loved deeply once, only to be spurned when her lover mated another. The heartbreak was so severe, she lost her ability to feel. Trace has reawakened her sense of touch, but she’s scared that if she takes another chance on love only to be rejected again, this time she’ll lose her life.

With both committed to pushing the other away, every conversation escalates into a war of words. But for these two, the fights are all just foreplay. It’s only a matter of time before their desire grows stronger than their resistance, and when it does, God help anyone—or anything—that tries to keep them apart.

WARNING: This book contains strong adult content and explicit sexual material.


REVIEW: BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL is the seventh installment in Donya Lynne’s contemporary, adult ALL THE KING’S MEN erotic, paranormal romance series focusing on a group of vampire warriors, who work for AKM (AKM is a group of elite vampire warriors and mutant vampires brought together to save the humans and rid the world of the Dreks- hybrid vampire shape shifters), and their mates. This is half-breed vampires Trace and Cordray’s story line. BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL can be read as a stand alone but for history, back story and cohesion I recommend reading the series in order. BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL advances the series a few weeks in time.

NOTE: BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL contains graphic M/M, M/F and BDSM sexual situations.

Told from several third person perspectives BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL follows three paths that overlap and converge at several points in the story: Cordray and Trace’s relationship: Trace and Micah’s D/s relationship and Trace’s need to be dominate; and the search for the person responsible for the break, enter and theft at Micah’s apartment.

Trace is a warrior vampire with the AKM and believes himself to be a freak-a hybrid vampire despised for who and what he is. When life begins to unravel for Trace, our hero seeks out his best friend Micah – a Dominant vampire who knows how to control Trace’s inner beast. Trace’s desperate need to find a mate finds our hero falling for the woman who betrayed our hero to the King. BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL follows the developing relationship and romance between two vampires who want (and despise) one another with equal need and desire.

Cordray is a strong, alpha female who hides behind a mask of gothic jewelry and clothing. She is a vampire with a heartbreaking past, a secret connection to the King, and a woman with a softer side that focuses on the rescue of those without family and support. A few days in one another’s presence finds Cordray and Trace in the push and pull of attraction, their animosity and hatred for one another, and the call to mate.

BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL has a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the introduction of several newcomers that will play a significant role in the lives of some of the men at AKM. Trace’s brother Brak makes a cameo appearance, and Micah will come face to face with his past. Several of the AKM vampires and their mates are with child-I am looking forward to getting an update on their lives and loves. Donya ‘hints’ at another potential growing family.

The world building continues to focus on the destructive and addictive nature of the vampire designer drug ‘cobalt’, and its connections to Bishop, the Dreks, and a series of underground experiments on half-breed vampires.

BOUND GUARDIAN ANGEL is a fantastic story of friendship and love; heartbreak and betrayal; fated mates and falling in love. The premise is captivating and provocative; the characters are engaging, passionate and intense; the romance is inspiring and challenging-destiny and fate cannot be denied. Donya Lynne continues to expand our horizons with the vampires of the AKM.



Reading Order and previous reviews
Rise of the Fallen is FREE at Amazon
Heart of the Warrior
Micah’s Calling
Rebel Obsession
Return of the Assassin
All the King’s Men-The Beginning
Bound Guardian Angel

Copy supplied by the tour promoter.

Reviewed by Sandy

Bound Guardian Angel teaser


Bound Guardian Angel Excerpt

Author The Author

FOLLOW: Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

donya lynneDonya Lynne is the bestselling author of the award-winning All the King’s Men Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age that she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she made that dream come true by publishing her first two novels and a novella. Her work has earned her two IPPYs (one gold, one silver) and two ELit Awards (one gold, one silver) as well as numerous accolades. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding.


NOTE: The Reading Cafe is NOT responsible for the rafflecopter giveaway. If you have any questions, please contact the tour promoter.

Giveaway: 2 – Signed Paperback Copies of Bound Guardian Angel (US Only):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

More than Words logo


The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward-Review and Giveaway

THE BEAST (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward-Review and Giveaway

The Beast Banner

The Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
By J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: adult, contemporary, paranormal romance

The Beast / / B&N / KOBO /

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 5, 2016

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from.


REVIEW: THE BEAST is the fourteenth installment in J.R.Ward’s contemporary, adult BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD paranormal series focusing on an elite group of vampire warriors and their King. THE BEAST is the continuing story of the sexy vampire Rhage, and his shellan Mary Luce. For fans of the series, we are all well aware of Rhage’s alter ego-his other-and in this Rhage’s other makes an appearance or two throughout the story.

THE BEAST focuses on relationships and family-primarily Mary and Rhage’s- and their struggle as a couple together and apart. As the Black Dagger Brotherhood family continues to grow, Rhage will come full circle facing a future that is missing ‘something’ or ‘someone’ while Mary consoles with an orphaned child now under the care of the woman’s shelter known as ‘Safe Place’. Throughout the previous story lines Mary and Rhage have struggled with their relationship-growing further apart with each successive story.

We are witness to a battle with the lessers, the slayers, and the re-appearance of the Omega. Rhage will discover that running into battle without the support of his brothers means the likelihood of facing your immortality-head on.

As per JR Ward’s writing style, there are several ongoing and developing stories:

LAYLA: The Chosen known as Layla is currently on bed rest while she carries Qhuinn’s son and daughter. But Layla suspects a prisoner has been brought into the BDB household when she discovers that the man with whom she is falling love is in danger of going into the fade. The resulting anxiety finds Layla facing a crisis of her own.

ASSAIL: Our intrepid cocaine-addicted vampire is lost without the human woman that calls to his soul. Assail finds himself working for the Black Dagger Brotherhood, infiltrating into the Glymera, and discovering that there are dark and dangerous secrets hidden behind locked doors and secret walls. Assail will prove that he is worthy of a future- with whomever it will be.

XCOR: Hoping to catch some action in the battle with the slayers, Xcor will come face to face with the Brotherhood, and the resulting aftermath finds the ‘Bastard’ imprisoned while he struggles to recover after a life-threatening attack.

THROE: Here is another member of the Band of Bastards who is trying to secure a future, with or without the aid of the others. Throe’s infiltration of one of the Glymera households starts an investigation that finds Assail at the forefront of a rescue that doesn’t end too well for some of the others.

There is another side story developing that involves several human miscreants, drug addicts and reporters. A grainy video has been uplifted to You-Tube showing a ‘monster’ on the loose, and a female investigator finds herself facing a future she never knew she had.

Most of the members of the Brotherhood , their mates (and their household guests) play secondary and supporting roles although many by way of mention only including Trez and iAm. Payne, Jane, and Manny are all called into action for their skillset of medical, surgical and healing abilities; some will be injured, while others struggle to survive-not everyone will live to see another day, and in this there is another story line developing as to the who, when and why.

THE BEAST is an emotional story line about family, loss, and the future. JR Ward blends lighthearted moments with an imaginative story line about one couple’s desires, wants and their needs while facing a future, looking for something more. The premise is intense, intoxicating and uplifting; the characters are familiar and energetic; the romance is a rebuilding of a relationship that has struggled with insecurity and differing paths on a journey meant to bring two people back together. J. R. Ward will captivate your imagination; pull you into the story line; and never let go when the passion and emotions roll away with your soul.

Copy supplied by the publisher

Reviewed by Sandy


JR Ward’s publisher and The Reading Cafe are graciously offering a HARD COVER copy of THE BEAST to ONE (1) lucky commenter at The Reading Cafe.

1. If you have not previously registered at The Reading Cafe, please register by using the log-in at the top of the page (side bar) or by using one of the social log-ins.

NOTE: If you are having difficulty commenting after logging onto the site, please refresh the page (at the top of your computer).

2. If you are using a social log-in, please post your email address with your comment.

3. Please follow JR Ward on Facebook.

4. LIKE us on FACEBOOK and then click GET NOTIFICATION under ‘liked’ for an additional entry.

5. LIKE us on Twitter for an additional entry.

6. Please FOLLOW us on GOODREADS for an additional entry.

7. Please follow The Reading Cafe on Tumblr

8. Giveaway is open to USA only

9. Giveaway runs from April 4 to 8, 2016


Enemy Mine (Vampire & Werewolf Romance) by Katie Reus-a review

ENEMY MINE (Vampire and Werewolf Romance) by Katie Reus-a review

Enemy Mine / / B&N / KOBO /

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 6, 2016

Their families are sworn enemies…

When Kiernan and Melina spent one passionate night together a year ago, they never thought that it would change their lives forever. While the attraction was undeniable, wolf shifter Melina Rodriguez knows it takes more than passion to combat a century of family animosity—even if she can’t manage to get dark, handsome Kiernan out of her head.

But he won’t let her go.

After a year of relentlessly pursuing the one woman he shouldn’t want, vampire Kiernan has finally convinced sweet, passionate Melina to give him one more chance. When their hot Miami night of flirtation is violently interrupted, he has to convince her to put her life in his hands. With an unknown enemy targeting her and their own families against their union, he knows he’ll have to show her that he’ll do anything to keep her safe. And he doesn’t care who gets in his way.



REVIEW: ENEMY MINE is the latest re-release of a previously published novella by Katie Reus that focuses on two hundred year old vampire Kiernan Doyle, and wolf shifter/ Veterinarian Melina Rodriguez. Their second chance romance follows a Romeo and Juliet tale of warring families and bitter regret.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Melina and Kiernan) ENEMY MINE follows the rekindling relationship between Melina and Kiernan, and the subsequent attacks against Melina by an unknown shifter pack. Kiernan and Melina spent one hot and steamy night together, one year earlier, and neither has forgotten about that fateful night. Fast forward to present day wherein Kiernan wants to claim Melina as his mate, but must first get past her family, both family’s betrayals, and the truth about what happened years before. But before Kiernan is able to claim Melina as his own, he and his brother Ronan must uncover the identity of the shifters behind a plot to kidnap and use Melina for themselves.

The relationship between Melina and Kiernan is one of second chances, immediate attraction and forbidden romance. Melina is a veterinarian with a special ability that she keeps secreted from others; Kiernan is a vampire who is able to control one of the deadly elements-together their families are sworn enemies but it will take the love between Melina and Kiernan to show that acceptance and forgiveness for the sins of the past, can be easily overcome. The limited $ex scenes are intimate and intense.

ENEMY MINE is a fast paced, sexy and enjoyable read that looks at two supernatural beings who are able to overcome the bitter heartbreak, and dark secrets of the past; two families at war with one another for close to one hundred years but brought together by the youngest generation for reasons of love and moving forward. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are loveable, heartbreaking and passionate; the romance is quick build to a happily ever after. Katie Reus continues to draw me into her world of fantasy and the supernatural.

Copy supplied by the author

Reviewed by Sandy


Runaway Vampire (Argeneau 23) by Lynsay Sands-a review

Runaway Vampire (Argeneau 23) by Lynsay Sands-a review

Runaway Vampire / / B&N / KOBO /

About the book: Release Date February 22, 2016

Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate.

The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger.


Runaway Vampire begins with a bang. Or a boom if you like. As Mary is headed south in her RV, she is a bit uneasy as this is the first trip she’s made down by herself since her husband died. Then, in a flash of movement and sound, Mary slams on the breaks because she thinks she hit something. Although everything in her tells her she should stay inside the RV, she just can’t, in good conscience, leave something or someone injured. She gets her flashlight and heads out, but doesn’t really see anything. Still uneasy, she runs back into her RV and heads out. Something seems off though and when she goes to check things out in the back of her RV, never in a million years did she expect to find a naked and very injured man in her small bathroom.

As things progress, Dante starts talking about him and his brother being kidnapped, something called life mates and immortals. Of course, Mary thought that he probably had a concussion from being ran over by her RV. She had no idea how much that “bump” in the road was about to change her life, and Dante had no idea how much being the “bump” in the road would change his life……

I love Lynsay Sands. She does such a great job telling touching stories that also make you laugh out loud. For real laugh out loud. I loved Mary’s attitude. For her to be in her 60s and have such a hot “young” thing be attracted to her was hysterical at times with the thoughts that ran through her mind. I’ve waited, as I’m sure all Sands fans have, for Dante’s book. He is one of those that readers just fall for immediately. When I started this book and saw that Mary was his life mate and that her husband had died and she had a daughter, I thought that maybe for the first time, I might not like the story. Which, in the scheme of things being 23 books deep, would not have been the worst thing……… Fortunately, I was waaaay wrong. Readers will absolutely fall in love with Mary and Dante, just as I did. Also love the fact that we just about always get to see our buddies from previous books, which is always a plus. If you’re looking for a quick, fun and sexy read, you can NOT go wrong with this or any of the Argeneau Series. Well done, Lynsay Sands. Very, very well done!

Copy supplied by Edelweiss

Reviewed by Vickie M


Darkness Eternal (Guardians of Eternity 7.5) by Alexandra Ivy-a review

DARKNESS ETERNAL (Guardians of Eternity Novella 7.5) by Alexandra Ivy-a review

Darkness Eternal / B&N / KOBO /

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 31, 2015

For the Guardians of Eternity, battle is a way of life—whether the plight of their world is at stake, or the fate of their heart…

After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of Hell, there’s no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by Uriel’s touch…


REVIEW: DARKNESS ETERNAL is the re-release of a novella originally released in the SUPERNATURAL anthology (January 2011) and second to last installment in Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity paranormal romance series. This is Vampire Uriel and Gypsy Kata’s storyline. DARKNESS ETERNAL falls into the series at book 7.5 adding some additional information to an already established storyline; At this particular point in the series timeline, Kata’s daughter Laylah has just recently become protector and guardian to a baby thought to be connected to the Dark Lord.

NOTE: DARKNESS ETERNAL can be read as a stand alone for those readers who enjoy fast paced, paranormal romance storylines. Its’ connection to the Guardians of Eternity series will not be a hindrance to the reader’s enjoyment. If you are a follower and fan of Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity series, DARKNESS ETERNAL adds some background information, not previously revealed, which will connect to the final installment-WHEN DARKNESS ENDS.

The storyline follows the angelic looking vampire Uriel as he is tasked, by his clan chief Victor, to find a missing gypsy woman held prisoner in the Underworld for four hundred years. Uriel has no desire to find the human female, as she is the mother of the half-breed Jinn Laylah (Devoured by Darkness 7) who currently guards a most precious child in the hopes of preventing a supernatural war. What ensues is a trip between portals and worlds for Uriel and Kata as they battle Kata’s vampire turned twin in their search for a way home.

Alexandra Ivy adds a little bit of mischief with Yannah, Levet’s demonic and future ‘girlfriend’, as she plays tour guide and matchmaker between Uriel and Kata. Kata wants nothing to do with another controlling or manipulative vampire, but Uriel recognizes that Kata is his mate and will do everything to protect the woman with whom he will fall in love.

DARKNESS ETERNAL is a quick read; a fast paced storyline of insta-love between two unlikely people that adds a little bit of color, humor and history to the series as it approaches the final installment. With the introduction of Kata, Laylah and the child’s purpose in the final battle will come full circle as the Dark Lord seeks his ultimate goal in WHEN DARKNESS ENDS- book 12.

Copy supplied by Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy


Redeemed (House of Night #12) by PC & Kristin Cast-a review

Redeemed (House of Night #12) by PC & Kristin Cast-a review

Redeemed Oct 14 / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO / The Book Depository

About the book: Release Date October 14, 2014

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.


REVIEW: REDEEMED is the final instalment in PC & Kristin Cast’s HOUSE OF NIGHT young adult, paranormal series focusing on sixteen year old fledgling vampyre/high priestess Zoey Redbird and her House of Night gang of misfit vampyres with affinities to the elements.

The final instalment focuses on the take down of the House of Night’s self-proclaimed goddess Neferet and the absolution of the Dark Winged Warrior Kalona. As Neferet terrorizes and destroys much of the city of Tulsa, Zoey and her fellow fledgling vampyres must devise a plan to stop Neferet’s reign of terror-once and for all.

As in the previous instalments, the language and text of the storyline is adolescent in nature but the series is directed at middle grade and young adult readers so perhaps it is to be expected but I felt is was a little condescending. My biggest disappointment was with Neferet’s speech, language and actions. The immature nature of the character did not equate with the age and power of the supernatural being. She reminded me of ‘the mean girl’ when she didn’t get her way would have a temper tantrum of epic proportion.

The level of violence has escalated in REDEEMED such that the graphic nature of the violence and the numerous killings was disconcerting; as the numbers climbed so did my disappointment with the story. I found the numerous violent incidents over the top and redundant, and not necessary to storyline.

I will add that the House of Night series had much potential in the early books but somewhere along the way, the authors may have erred in their storyline content and characterizations such that many readers lost interest and no longer cared. Perhaps it was the introduction of too many characters; too many villains; too many deaths; too many dead characters brought back to life; or the immature nature of the characters. Or perhaps it was the very slow build up of the series such that twelve books (and four prequel novellas) spanned less than a year in the series timeline but seven years to write and publish. Seven years is a long time and many readers-especially young adults and tweens- will walk away from a series where very little happens between storylines. Teens become adults and will eventually gravitate to more mature storylines and adult books. Or perhaps, YA novels are just that-young adult storylines and the more mature reader may have difficulty with some of the storyline content.

The final battle will see justice served but it will also see the loss of friends but a loss that is comforted by a happily ever after-for now -because although Neferet will get what she deserves, she is immortal and obviously very hard to kill. Is any character truly dead in a paranormal series?

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy


Dimitri (Immortals of New Orleans #6) by Kym Grosso-Review and Blog Tour

DIMITRI (Immortals of New Orleans #6) by Kym Grosso-review and blog tour

Dimitri Tour Banner

Immortals of New Orleans #6
by Kym Grosso
Genre: adult, contemporary, paranormal, vampires, werewolves
Release Date: September 30, 2014

Dimitri Cover / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO /

About the book: Release Date September 30, 2014

An erotic paranormal romance…
Dimitri LeBlanc, sexy and charismatic beta of Acadian Wolves, survives a brutal attack after his wolf succumbs to a dark force, threatening his very existence. Waking up, tied to a bed, his amusement transforms into lust as a beautiful stranger heals his beast. Intrigued by his mysterious savior, the tables quickly turn, when in the heat of a dark desert night, he rescues her from a barbaric Alpha. Dimitri is inexplicably drawn to the alluring woman, and the discovery that she’s his mate rouses his hunger to claim her as his own.

Gillian Michel, a New York City photographer, conceals a secret hybrid past and mystical abilities. An entire lifetime, she’s deliberately avoided wolves, but a seductive encounter with an irresistible beta leaves her craving his touch, his lips on hers. Passion ignites her desire, leaving her yearning to submit to the powerful wolf who tests her sexual limits.

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Dimitri and Gillian seek a cure to the parasite maligning his mighty beast. Still on the run from a malevolent force, they lure their enemy into the bayou. Will Gillian sacrifice her gifts to save the man she loves, destroying her own immortality? And will Dimitri eradicate the evil that has invaded his soul while protecting his mate from an adversary who threatens to kill them both?

Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m menage, and is intended for adult readers only.


REVIEW: DIMITRI is the sixth instalment in Kym Grosso’s adult, contemporary Immortals of New Orleans paranormal, romance series. This is the Acadian Wolves beta Dimitri LeBlanc and hybrid shifter/photographer Gillian Michel’s storyline. Although Dimitri is the sixth in the series it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Any pertinent information from previous storylines is revealed when necessary to the premise. Please note: there are some graphic sexual M/F/M scenes-all consensual and erotic.

At the end of Leopold’s Wicked Embrace Dimitri is attacked by a rival wolf pack as he endeavors to protect a female shifter from assault. Without the ability to shift, Dimitri is left unprotected and the resulting attack has left him mortally wounded. Enter Gillian Michel-a woman with a special ability to heal-and a woman who calls to Dimitri’s immortal soul. Knowing the attacks will continue until she is caught, Gillian runs only to find herself on the receiving end of another assault time and again.

The relationship between Dimitri and Gillian is one of immediate attraction but Gil wants nothing to do with the shifter wolves. She is drawn to Dimitri but her family history prevents her from getting too close to any wolf. She is a hunted woman, wanted for the power she secretly hides from the world, but a woman who wants to be loved for herself and not what her powers will do. The sex scenes are provocative, emotional and intense. Gillian is Dimitri’s reluctant mate and Dimitri’s wolf needs to claim the woman for his very own.

The world building continues with the inclusion of many of the previous storyline characters as well as the sights and sounds of the New Orleans nightlife and the Las Vegas desert strip. The secondary characters include Jac and Nick from the New York Pack as well as Logan and several of the members from Dimitri’s Acadian Pack. Leopold and several of his Nightkind vampires play a significant role in Dimitri and Gillian’s story but it is one of Dimitri’s ex-lovers, a conniving witch named Ilsbeth whose jealousy and desire for Dimitri will put everyone at risk.

Kym Grosso’s IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS series is a fantasy of the mind; an imaginative series about the darker side of the supernatural race; and a romantic tale of soul mates destined for one another.  

Copy supplied by the author.

Reviewed by Sandy

Reading Order
1. Kade’s Dark Embrace
2. Luca’s Magic Embrace
3. Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves
4. Logan’s Acadian Wolves
5. Leopold’s Wicked Embrace
6. Dimitri

Immortals of New Orleans

KADE’S DARK EMBRACE: FREE ebook / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO / Smashwords

LUCA’S MAGIC EMBRACE: / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO / Smashwords

TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES: / / Barnes and Noble/ KOBO / Smashwords

LOGAN’S ACADIAN WOLVES: / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO / Smashwords

LEOPOLD’S WICKED EMBRACE: / / Barnes and Noble /

DIMITRI: / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO /

About The Author Black and White

Kym GrossoKym Grosso is the award-winning author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. The series currently includes Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1), Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3) , Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4), Léopold’s Wicked Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 5) and Dimitri (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 6).

In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes autism articles on and She also is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

Website • Blog • Twitter • Facebook • Goodreads

Rafflecopter Giveaway Black and White

NOTE: The Reading Cafe is NOT responsible for the rafflecopter giveaway. If you have any questions, please contact the tour promoter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Indie Sage logo


Treasures, Demons and Other Black Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge-Review and Giveaway

Treasures, Demons and Other Black Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge-Review and Giveaway

Treasure Demons and Other Black Magic Banner

Treasures, Demons, And Other Black Magic
Dowser Series #3
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: June 11, 2014
Genre: adult, urban fantasy, vampires, witches

SONY DSC / Barnes and Noble / KOBO /

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 11, 2014

I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing.

I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.


REVIEW:   I am experiencing a sugar high coupled with chocolate bliss after reading TREASURES, DEMONS, and OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge! Be prepared for a sensory overload of fast paced action, divine descriptions of chocolate and desserts and melt in your mouth descriptions of the scents of magic.

We are transported back into the thick of action with Jade and her gang! Jade has been missing for the past three months, because she has been training with her father’s kin. *spoiler alert from last novel* Yes, Jade’s dear dad is a Dragon! That’s why Jade is so powerful! She is shown a vision in The Nexus, that if she returns to her life without training, all of her friends and family will be killed. Jade escapes through a portal in Scotland, to pursue Sienna, her evil foster sister. A fledgling dragon named Drake tags along and soon steals the show! What a wonderful new character! Drake is a young, Zen-like Dragon that loves life and getting into trouble. They soon meet up with Kett, the ancient vampire and Kandy, who is Jade’s werewolf bodyguard. We follow the gang to London in pursuit of Sienna and to rescue Mory, the young Necromancer. What a showdown we have, but things are not over yet!!

The author takes us back to Canada for the final action! Jade figures out Sienna’s next move which is to reanimate demons! Jade unites the whole magic community in crushing her once and for all!! The Skinwalkers, Shifters, Witches, Necromancers and one sexy vampire team together. My only complaint was that Desmond, the uber-sexy Alpha shifter didn’t come into the story until 75% in!! That was NOT enough read time for Jade and Desmond’s hot off the charts banter! I won’t spoil any of the dramatic ending, if it is the ending? Oh Meghan, the mischief you create!! This is a thoroughly wonderful read that was full of action and characters that I adore! Plus, the chocolate descriptions were so divine and I still can fit into my jeans! Alas, I have been ruined for cheap chocolate! Enjoy Book 3 in the Dowser Series, it has all of the right ingredients!

Copy supplied by the author

Reviewed by Jules

Guest Post beige

Want to try some ‘Sunshine in a Cup’? The recipe for yellow citrus cake batter and lemon butter cream frosting are below. Let me know what you think.




Series Spotlight

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic
Dowser Series #1
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date:June 18, 2013
Genre: adult, urban fantasy, witches, vampires


FREE ebook: / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO /

SONY DSCABOUT THE BOOK:  Release Date June 18, 2013

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.


Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic
The Dowser Series #2
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: December 27, 2013

Click HERE for our review of TRINKETS, TREASURES AND OTHER BLOODY MAGIC. / / Barnes and Noble /

SONY DSCABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: December 27, 2013

Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.

Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

About The Author beige
Meghan Ciana DoidgeMeghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.

Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2, Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic – Dowser #3

Novellas/Shorts – Love Lies Bleeding and The Graveyard Kiss

WARNING: author has been known to manipulate characters with chocolate, sex, and fantastical plotting. Readers beware

Follow Meghan: Goodreads / Website / Facebook / Twitter

Giveaway beige

Meghan is graciously offering all 3 ebooks in the DOWSER Series to ONE (1) commenter at The Reading Cafe.

Dowser Series

1. Please register using the log-in at the top of the page (side bar) or by using one of the social log-ins.

2. If you are using a social log-in, please post your email address with your comment.

3. LIKE us on  FACEBOOK and then click GET NOTIFICATION under ‘liked’ for an additional entry.

4. LIKE us on Twitter for an additional entry.

5. LIKE Meghan Ciana Doidge on Facebook.

6. The giveaway is open Internationally

7. The giveaway runs from July 7 to July 11, 2014