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Book Review: Prince of Killers by Layla Reyne (Fog City #1)

Prince of Killers (Fog City, #1)Prince of Killers by Layla Reyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay first up, the warning! This book is a cliff-hanger. Do NOT expect a HEA or a HFN ending. It's the first of a series and as such it is a set up book, so no whinging at the ending coz you've been warned.

That being said.... OMG Layla has done it again!!! I am in LOVE with this book! the writing is slick, tight, fast-paced. The main character is an anti-hero you can root for, the other main character a bad-boy PI with a penchant for the anti-hero type. The plot is _spectacular_ and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book. I am already desperate for book 2 and I just finished book 1. Dayam.

Hawes Madigan is a successful businessman leading a million dollar family business by day, along with his twin brother, the IT guru and his sister - attorney for the downtrodden. By night he wears another name, has another job - he's the Prince of Killers, head of a a ring of assassins with a very specific type of target - the guilty - the ones who get away or use the system, who have their frat brothers and family connections get them off - the snakes and predators who should have been caught but aren't because of loop holes. These are the people that the Prince targets. But it wasn't always like that - when the King, his grandfather, ran the show things were a little more ruthless, a little less discriminating and innocent casualties were expected.

But when Hawes took over he changed that - and someone doesn't like it. Someone is gunning for the Prince, and it takes PI Dante Perry to tip him off and then protect him. Hawes reluctantly is forced to trust Dante and let him into his circle, his family, in order to protect them. Letting Perry into his bed is purely selfish, especially when he knows that Dante has his own agenda, a murder he wants solved, a murderer brought to justice... and Hawes knows just who the killer is. What will happen when Dante finds out Hawes' darkest secret? Will he still protect the prince, or deliver the killing blow?

Definitely worth 5 stars - and I'll definitely be reading the entire series because... mind blown!

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Book Review: Give Up The Ghost (Not Dead Yet #2) by Jenn Burke

Give Up the Ghost (Not Dead Yet #2)Give Up the Ghost by Jenn Burke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book in the m/m paranormal series by Jenn Burke hits it out of the park - again!

As a Torontonian can I just say, OMG it is so awesome to have a series set in my city! I _know_ the places that Wes and Hud go to, I've driven those streets, been through those neighbourhoods and the Distillery District is one of my favorite places, any season of the year! Okay, local pride squee done, now for the review.

The second book in the Not Dead Yet series takes place a few months after the conclusion of Not Dead Yet (book 1). Not-really a ghost and immortal Wes Cooper is slowly rebuilding his relationship with silver-fox turned vampire, Hudson Rojas, while trying to build their private investigation business with partners Iskander and Evan - who also happens to be Hud's fledgling. And bestie Lexi is always around to help Wes, as well as act as part time investigator of their new business

But weird crap just keeps happening around Wes, and he's still trying to figure out what happened to him thanks to the Crown of Osiris, how he's _changed_. His magic is off the charts, it's too big for his skin and he's terrified of the power he has and how people - Hud - will react. How it will change how they feel about him. To say that Wes has a few abandonment fears is a bit of an understatement. Imps, tears in the other plane, hauntings and other things just keep sucking Wes back into the paranormal side of things, when Hud and Isk want to avoid the paranormal as much as possible.

When investigating a haunting as a favour for a friend, Lexi is seriously injured, Wes and company stumble across something truly horrific happening to the ghosts of Toronto which, in turn, tie into all hell breaking loose in Toronto. Demons, imps, hellhounds and really really strong ghosts drag Wes, Hud, and company into a case that may demand the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the city and protect everyone from the evil stalking them all. Is Wes ready to lose everything in order to save the city he loves?

Jenn's writing is tight, descriptive and captivating. Her characters enthrall you, the story engrosses you. Yup, I'll be reading the next book too! Definitely on my 'recommend to everyone' list.

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Book Review: The Reluctant Husband (Goddess Blessed Book 2) by Eliot Grayson

The Reluctant Husband (Goddess-Blessed, #2)The Reluctant Husband by Eliot Grayson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I read by Eliot Grayson and I was thoroughly captivated. I read this as a stand-alone, not realizing there was a book 1 before it. I would recommend reading book 1 first, as the main character of the second book apparently was a bit of a cad in the first and by the time I realized this my heart was invested in the 'cad's' happiness.

The writing is both period and easy to follow along with. The universe is well thought out and the mythology that Grayson comes up with is really well done. If I had one complaint it would be that some of the secondary characters were left hanging so to speak, particularly the odious one that caused a certain event to happen. I was hoping to see him get his comeuppance. I would also have liked to see the MC's past be revealed to his husband, given how much it affected the story.

The main character and 'cad' Tom Drake is a disowned, soon to be divorced, rake and ne'er do well. Except he really isn't - a cad that is. He'd been taught to be ashamed of what he was, a man with the blessing of a very specific goddess. His past was what caused him to act like a cad, an attempt to run from the goddess and from what he'd been taught he was from a very early age. Sadly, it got him into a lot of hot water and now Tom was reaping the benefits from his past.

Down to his last guinea, the only thing Tom has left to barter is his body - and of course the person who wants him only seems to want him for his not so accurate reputation... until Malcolm Leighton sees the mark of the goddess upon Tom and realizes he could be of a different sort of use. For the blessing of the goddess - prosperity, good fortune and good health - automatically transfers to the family of the one blessed. Except Tom had pretty much done any and everything to earn her wrath, not her blessing. Not that Malcolm realizes that at the time, all he sees is a way to save his dying cousin by marrying Tom.

The goddess, however, doesn't believe in sham marriages and the two are forced to exist as a truly married couple in order for the blessing to work. But is it too late? And when Tom finally risks a heart that has been badly hurt and betrayed from the time he was a young child, will Malcolm see the man he truly is, or will he still continue to believe the mask that Tom has been forced to wear his entire life?

I definitely recommend this series, but do start with book 1 if you can :D

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Book Review: Killer Bond, A Ward Security Book by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliot

Killer Bond (Ward Security #5)Killer Bond by Jocelynn Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG what is NOT to love about another Ward Security Book by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott.

To say that I absolutely adore the world that they have created would be an understatement. Every single book is well thought out, well researched, has an amazing plot that sucks you in and lots of explosions. There are always explosions in a Drake and Elliot book. They like to make things go boom. Although... nothing went boom 'on screen' in this book. It was a bit of surprise, that.

Daniel Hendricks, Ward Security's mild-mannered, fish-out-of-water accountant has finally drummed up the hutzpah to take a vacation outside of the continental USA. That's how boring he is, going to Bermuda is a BIG adventure for him. Sun, sand, margaritas and - woah - a super hot guy to have a vacation fling with. Who knows, maybe this stepping out of his comfort zone will be good for him.

Edward Raines is a CIA agent sent to Bermuda to hunt down and kill a traitor before he can sell national top security secrets to the highest bidder. By any means necessary. So why does his target not seem like a cold blooded secret seller? In fact Daniel is hot, sweet, and the physical connection they have is off the charts!

But Daniel is not a traitor, he's an accountant from Cincinnati, and the case of mistaken identity has put him directly in the cross hairs of some very very bad people while the powers that be in the CIA is intent on using him to flush the traitors out, whether he wants to or not. Thrust into a James Bond like world of exotic locations, car chases, shoot outs and espionage, Daniel has to reconcile the man he thought he was having a vacation romance with to the person that Edward really is. He can either accept the incendiary attraction between them, thereby forgiving Edward of his duplicity, or not trust the man trying to keep him alive and get him back home to Ward Security. Tough choice.

And if he does give in to his feelings for Edward, what happens when their 'mission' is over and Daniel goes back to crunching numbers while Edward disappears into the shadows once more?

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Book Review: Siren's Debt by Richard Amos

Siren's Debt (Dylan Rivers Chronicles #1)Siren's Debt by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hello, my name is ______ and I am addicted to Richard Amos books.

This is the 2nd dark urban mm romance fantasy series by Amos, and the 2nd series set in the Coldharbour Chronicles universe and damn, the man has knocked it out of the park again. If you've read the Coldharbour Chronicles you've sort of been introduced to Dylan Rivers already through the obsession of one of Jake Winters guardians Naomi, call me Nay, with his music. But now we get to meet the man behind the obsession.

Dylan Rivers is a siren. Check that, he's the LAST siren. The very last of a race slaughtered by creatures called the oil barons, who escaped to the earth realm. His very survival is a problem for the oil barons, and the fact that he's turned himself into an international pop star, beloved the world over, us just a bigger FU to them, to the point where they're constantly sending gnomes to kill him - and we're not talking your garden figurine variety of gnome either - these gnomes are kinda scary. And the attacks on his life are ramping up. But why?

There's a prophecy - there's always a prophecy - but this one could mean that maybe the refugees of the Siren realm could one day go home. Provided Dylan gets his memory back, and rights a wrong he doesn't even remember.

As intro books go, this one was fun, action-packed, and sizzling hot! Oh did I mention that sirens heal through sex? Guhhhhhhhh... there is nothing slow about the burn in this book!

Can't wait for book 2.
 
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Book Review: Exploration: Kinky in the City #1 by Quinn Ward

Exploration (Kinky in the City, #1)Exploration by Quinn Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First time reading a Quinn Ward book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is NOT a hardcore BDSM book, this is more about domination and submission, a Dom being the caretaker and his boy being the one receiving all the care. And it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Frankie was sort of forced into taking over his family restaurant - it was the gift he didn't want. It leaves him feeling out of control and out of sorts, being responsible for his family legacy, and so he finds release in less than legal means in order to be able to give up the control his real life forces him to have. That and he's from an Italian Catholic family and he's gay so... coming out just hasn't been an option for him, and yet one more stressor to add to his life.

Calvin is Frankie's older, divorced roommate with a teenage son. Cal wasn't in the closet but when he was still trying to figure out his sexuality he got his girlfriend pregnant. They married and Calvin was a faithful husband and a good father. He and his ex are still close friends and they still love each other, they just both realized that their marriage wasn't giving either of them what they truly wanted out of life.

Now that he's single again, Calvin is ready to embrace being gay and ready to dip his toes into the BDSM lifestyle that has always fascinated him. So when he finds Frankie on his knees, sucking off a John, in the back of his friend's bar, a few things snap into place for Cal. One - he wants Frankie. Two - he likes seeing Frankie on his knees. Three - he wants to take care of Frankie, to be the one to give him orders to eat and to sleep and to take care of himself because he can see how frayed around the edges Frankie really is.

But Frankie's knowledge of the Dom/sub lifestyle comes completely from badly written books and titillating conversations his wait staff have, oh and maybe some late night porn perusal. So to say Frankie is nervous is an understatement. Frankie and Cal learn to navigate the lifestyle together, as well as balancing the needs of family, both their families, until a situation develops that makes them both realize that they don't want to hide who they are and who they love anymore.

I really liked this slower, gentler style of bdsm book, one that shows another aspect of the lifestyle that doesn't require tools and toys but emotional involvement, intimacy and trust.

Definitely an enjoyable read.
 
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Book Review: Counterblow by Isobel Starling (Shatterproof Bond #4)

Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4)Counterblow by Isobel Starling
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book 4 of the Shatterproof Bond series picks up soon after the events of book 3 have left Sam and Declan in reversed roles with Sam the broken one and Declan the stronger partner.

After being set up by his father as bait, Sam is broken in body and spirit. He suffers from nightmares, his body is slow to heal, and his father - Sir James - is keeping him out of the loop, probably on purpose. As for Declan, he loves his fiance but the man is hovering - and getting stronger and sexier by the day, and also keeping things from him.

But the man who tried to end Sam's life is still in captivity in ALL Headquarters under Sam's childhood home, still a poisonous viper in the heart of London, and Sam is slowly losing himself to the fears that continue to eat at him. Not even marrying Declan, the love of his life, settles Sam's fears for long.

As for Declan, he's not as happy and content to play 'house husband' as he lets on. He'd warned James Aiken there would be consequences for using and betraying his son, Sam, and the time for payback was rapidly approaching. Throwing himself into learning Krav Maga so that he can teach the bastart a thing or two and help both Sam and himself take back control of their lives, Declan soon finds himself played despite having the upper hand physically.

I admit I found Sam a little whiny and, well, histrionic in this book. Oh I get he was tortured, left to die in front of the love of his life so on and so forth, but the last three books set him up as this wunderkind James Bond-Eggsy from Kingsmen hybrid and now, all of a sudden, he is the damsel in distress. It was jarring, and a little off-putting.

But, like Declan in the last book, he rebounds and is once more the wunderkind we've come to know in the last three books, taking charge of his life, and taking his fate in his hands. He faces down the bogeyman of his nightmares, the man who had tortured him and left him for dead, and he comes out stronger.

But Sir James is still up to his old tricks, and he's still spreading poison and discord like some cancerous rot. And Sam and Declan have an upcoming deep cover mission that could make or break them.

I definitely enjoyed this book and will be reading the 5th one when it comes out, but after reading all 4 back to back, I'm in need of a little light-hearted fluff, because these books are ANGST-Y. Good, but sooo angsty.

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Book Review: Return to Zero, Shatterproof Bond Book 3, by Isobel Starling

Return to Zero (Shatterproof Bond, #3)Return to Zero by Isobel Starling
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book 3 of the Shatterproof Bond Series takes place almost immediately after Book 2, Illuminate the Shadows. 

This book was a little more challenging for me in a number of ways. The plot was fantastic and the continuity was really good but my issues had to do with one of the main characters, Declan, at least in the first half of the book.

In the first two books he'd been sort of large and in charge, not only that he'd stated numerous times that he didn't like how Sam's dad, his boss, treated Sam. He, in fact, called Sir James Aiken a manipulative bastart a number of times in the first two books and had, in fact, been tortured and interrogated by Sir James as his 'entrance exam' into the secret spy world that Sam lived in.

But in this book, Declan is quick to fall for James' manipulations of pitting him against Sam. It played well into the continuing plot of the book but I found it a little harder to swallow given Declan's own statements in past books. But Declan does eventually dig his head out of his arse midpoint through and that vastly improved the book. I just had to get past him acting like a wee stroppy child throwing a tempter tantrum first.

The tension and the action that the writer brings to the book is quite good. The threat from book 2 comes to fruition in this book and soon Sam and Declan are fighting for their lives in the Scottish Highlands against a ghost from Sam's past - someone with a serious grudge against Sir James and who is willing to make Sam suffer for his father's sins. The two men have to learn to work as a team in order to survive, and they have to be able to trust each other completely.

As I said, the first half was a bit of a challenge but I thoroughly enjoyed the 2nd half!

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Book Review: Illuminate the Shadows by Isobel Starling (Shatterproof Bond #2)

Illuminate the Shadows (Shatterproof Bond, #2)Illuminate the Shadows by Isobel Starling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuation of the story of Sam and Declan from As You Wish, Shatterproof Bond, #1)

Declan Ramsay's life was turned upside down at his brother's wedding in Scotland by none other than his new sister-in-law's younger brother, Sam Aiken. Sam took a grumpy sad bachelor who'd all but given up on love and showed Declan that love was not only possible but that he was, in fact, bi-sexual. Declan fell hard and fast for Sam and the feeling was mutual.

The thorn in their romance, though? Sam's father - Sir James Aiken (the BASTART!), head of a shadowy private covert ops organization that worked closely with MI6, who is also a raging homophobe and treats his son like a weapon, not a child. Before the Sam and Declan had a chance to fully explore their relationship Sam was ordered out of country for 3 months, not that Declan knew the reason why at the time.

When the three months were over Sam delivered an ultimatum to his father - he gets Declan or he walks. His father, surprisingly, caved, and allowed Declan to be 'read in' on the family business. Sam surprises Declan and they manage to have a weekend together, reuniting, before Declan is abducted and interrogated, tortured and pumped full of drugs by none other than Sir James (the Bastart!) his boss and Sam's father - all in the name of making sure Declan can take being an agent, and is worthy of being part of the organization.

Declan manages to surprise James and is reunited with Sam for the second time, but all is not smooth sailing for the couple. Declan's brother reacts poorly to his involvement with Sam despite Sam being his wife's brother, someone breaks into Declan and Sam's home and strange things start to happen. Declan feels inept and unready for his life with Sam but Sam is afraid of Declan losing his innocence to the shady world of espionage Sam has lived in his entire life. The two men have just found each other but the world seems primed to tear them apart.

This book is a good set up for the rest of the series as it brings Declan into the fold and establishes the dynamic between James and Sam, and James and Declan. I look forward to reading book 3!

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Book Review: As You Wish (Shatterproof Bonds #1) by Isobel Starling

As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #1)As You Wish by Isobel Starling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is like the spy story I never knew I needed!

Declan Ramsay's brother is getting married to Sam Aiken's sister in a fairy-tale do up in a real Scottish Castle and both brothers are co-best men. Declan is a straight grumpy Scot who also happens to work for Sam and Annabelle's dad - Sir James Aiken (more about that Bastart in the next book review). Declan is anal-retentive and Sam seems to be a free spirit - an incredible intelligent student of languages. They should be the polar opposite of each other but...

After a year of communicating by email, a less than salubrious in person meeting, and a mutual love of a movie about a certain Dread Pirate and his Princess, well the sparks fly between them hot and fast. Before their siblings have a chance to say 'I Do' Sam is showing Declan that he is neither straight nor narrow.

But Sam isn't what he seems to be, and neither is his father (the Bastart!). Can Declan live with the secrets that Sam keeps, can their romance be more than just a wedding romance?

The book was fast paced, slick, thoughtful and romantic. I loved the world building and the attention to detail. If I had one thing to say about the book... just like in the Princess Bride, sometimes there are a few too many 'inconceivables' spoken. :D

Read and find out!

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Book Review: Make Me Give In by Angel Knots

Make Me Give In (Omega Celibacy Club Book 1)Make Me Give In by Angel Knots
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

First time reading alpha/omega mpreg by this author and I enjoyed the book.

Normally Mpreg isn't my thing but I figured I'd step outside of my comfort zone and give it a try. I'm glad I did. This was a sweet story and an interesting plot.

In a world where humans are either alphas or omegas, Simon is an omega intent on being more than just an alpha's spouse and parent to a brood of kids. He wants a career, he wants to finish his education, and he's not gonna let some hot alpha intent on breeding him get in the way. So he and his roommates form the Omega Celibacy Club - the OCC. No sex before graduation, no giving in to a hunky Alpha and throwing their dreams away before they have a chance to live them.

Enter Alpha Hunter. He'd once dated Simon's older sister but had to break it off because the minute he'd laid eyes on a much younger Simon he'd know that Simon was _his_ Omega. But he's done waiting and at his ex's wedding Hunter is determined to make Simon realize they were meant to be together and that he wants Simon to have his dreams as well, because he wants Simon to be happy with his life and with Hunter as his Alpha.

Throw in an unexpected heat, a bunch of well-meaning friends and family, and that pesky thing called biology and Hunter and Simon have a bit of a rocky road to happily ever after. But they do get there in the end.

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Book Review - Enchanter's Soul by Michele Notaro

The Enchanter's Soul (The Ellwood Chronicles #2)The Enchanter's Soul by Michele Notaro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 2 of The Ellwood Chronicles takes place immediately after book 1 and the continuation is seamless while the writing and world building just gets better.

Many fall as the last enchanter rises…

Sebastian Fitz is the last Enchanter and the vitmea viramore of Ailin Ellwood, Sage, the most powerful witch in the world. And he is terrified of his power, confused by his relationship with Ailin and now there's a damned prophecy about him that pretty much signals either world peace or the end of the world. No pressure.

Sebastian is struggling with his magic and with his man. He's been human his entire life until he wasn't. He's been alone his entire life and now he has a life partner _and_ his entire coven/family. Plus all sorts of wriggly crawly things keep coming for him and - ewww!

Oh, and he's being hunted because there are creatures - dark creatures - who want nothing more than to feast on an enchanter's flesh, blood and _soul_. Is Ailin's magic enough to keep his mate safe? And what about the prophecy?

This book is action packed, angsty, and brilliantly written. I could not put it down. In fact I finished it in one day. Now I need to wait for more.

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Book Review - The Enchanter's Flame by Michele Notaro

The Enchanter's Flame (The Ellwood Chronicles #1)The Enchanter's Flame by Michele Notaro
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This my first time reading this author and man was I impressed! Michele Notaro has built an amazing, magical, believable world. Her words suck you in, her characters make you want to know more, the story itself was truly captivating. I really really enjoyed this book and I am thoroughly hooked on this series!

In the country of Brinnswick a detective stumbles across a series of murders that scream of the occult, and a past trauma he would rather forget. Detective Sebastian Fitz has a series of murdered girls, drained of blood, left with strange markings on their bodies. And he has no leads. So his police chief calls in a specialist.

Enter Ailin Ellwood, the specialist. At first glance he appears to be a bad boy goth wannabe who's really good at pissing people off. But he is, in fact, a witch; and a damned powerful one at that. He also happens to be the chief's brother-in-law. And annoyingly sexy, and surprisingly nice under all his snark.

Their investigation draws the men closer together until Ailin claims Sebastian as his, but it also reveals that there is something rotten in the heart of Brinnswick; a demon has been killing these women to open up a portal to hell and he may not have been doing it alone, because someone has kept Ailin from noticing.

In the final confrontation secrets are revealed, and a chain of events has been put into motion that have both Ailin and Sebastian at the heart of it all. This is just the opening gambit of a war they're being forced to fight.

PS I read book 2 right after I finished book one and now I can't freaking wait for 3!!!


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Book Review: Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case by AJ Sherwood

Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case (Jon's Mysteries Case, #1)Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case by A.J. Sherwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AJ Sherwood is a new-to-me author who just blew my mind with this book. I absolutely loved everything about this book, from the plot to the characters to the world building she does.

In a world where psychics exist and work hand in hand with law enforcement on a regular basis, Jonothan (Jon) Ban is a licensed pyschic who routinely works with the police to help solve crimes and act as a human lie detector thanks to his incredibly unique psychic ability. Oh and he also routinely fries all modern electronics, but that's a whole different problem.

Psychic abilities are like fingerprints in this world, each one is unique but even among the unique Jon is in a class of his own. He is also a psychic without an anchor, without someone to ground him and help him control his abilities. As such, he's prone to some pretty nasty migraines right up to being forced into a blanket fort for a few days because he just can't stand to be near people after a particularly deep dive. Thanks to his ability to read people's 'chakra lines' the criminals hate Jon, and they've expressed that hate in various ways including attacking him and right up to shooting at him. He's been lucky up til now.

Enter Donovan Havili. The man looks big - really big - and scary. He sets everyone in Jon's Psychic Investigations Agency on edge, including Jon's boss. So of course, the minute Jon gets into the office everyone wants him to peek into the boss's office and get a read on the potential new guy. Most are hoping he won't be the new guy but when Jon does... What he sees has him floor. The man is a supernova of kindness, protective instincts and competence. So of course he tells his boss this - and his boss makes the new guy Jon's partner. Poor new guy. Except Donovan fits. Like really _fits_ with both Jon and the agency. And he's fiercely protective of Jon and already half acting like the psychic's anchor.

Throw in a bizarre case of one university student shooting another, a young woman who was found dead in a park, and a serial killer and Donovan's first week is anything but easy. Add to it that he's crushing on someone and Jon is crushing on him and then there's the whole Jon needing an anchor thing...

This book was enthralling from the moment I picked it up. The characters were realistic and wonderful. The author interspersed humor, action, adventure, police drama and romance in a beautifully seamless way. I will definitely be one-clicking the rest of this series and I've just bought her fantasy book "Fourth Point of Contact" because, dayam, I like her style.


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Book Review: Winter Twilight by Richard Amos

Winter Twilight (Coldharbour Chronicles #5)Winter Twilight by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final installment of the Coldharbour Chronicles series and boy does it deliver! Richard Amos has created the most amazing world where magic and reality have merged, where the supernatural walks among us and trapped in a magic bubble is a city that is ground zero for an invasion from another reality - the reality of the Beast - bent on claiming our world as theirs.

In this final installment Jake Winter and his guardians finally face down the Head Beast herself, Lilisian, who has inhabited the body of the former lover of Jake's guardian - and lover - Dean, the half fae. Pregnant, Lilisian used the blood connection between the child and Dean to enslave him to her will in the last book. And in a bizarre twist of fate the White Eyed Guy who started Jake down the path to become the Weapon of the Goddess, turns out to be Jake's ancestor, _THE_ Hercules of old who clashed with the Titans, and he saved Jake in the last book by almost killing him. But he's definitely Team Jake now, even if he has a grudge against the Goddess.

So Jake has to defeat Lilisian, drive the Beast back to their own dimension, save his lover _and_ his lover's child and not die in the process... all in a day's work for the Weapon, right?

This book was a thrill ride and an amazing end to the series. There is a HEA, which made me happy, but not everyone got out alive, as is expected in a book series about the attempted take over of the world by a terrifying reality of monsters.

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Book Review: The Secret by May Archer

The Secret (Love in O'Leary #3)The Secret by May Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really sweet and hot read, one I thoroughly enjoyed. May Archer has built a completely contained and believable world within the real world here in O'Leary. Her writing style is crisp and clean and she is pretty darned good at the one liners, puns and zingers lemme tell you. The plot was a little formulaic but May embraced the tropes and made them really fun to read.

I admit to being enthralled by main character Constantine Ross. He's someone I can relate to in that he hides behind humor and cheekiness when faced with adversity - and he's had a lot in his life. His attitude is his armor and he wears it proudly. Underneath it all is a tender heart that's been bruised so often he no longer recognizes his own self worth. Sure he's the pretty boy and the good lay but he's so much more and he's forgotten how to be anything but what the people around him perceive him to be.

Enter Micah Bloom - sort of rival business owner to Con's family business. Micah is straight laced, by the book and in complete control of everything. He got over a decade on Constantine and has a plan, an ambitious plan that puts him in direct competition with Ross Landscaping and Florals. He sees Con as a cocky little troublemaker who breezes through life and doesn't have a serious bone in his body... until he overhears a conversation that slaps him upside the head and makes him realize there's so much more to Constantine than a pretty face. And he _recognizes_ the pain he hears in Con, the disappointment, far too well. Except he'd become Mr. Buttoned up tight and responsible instead of cocky and self-deprecating. They were far too similar for Micah's peace of mind. and Constantine was far too fascinating for Micah's libido.

Sparks fly as the two men try and find a happy medium between their Romeo and Romeo blooming romance and their family business drama. There's misunderstandings and secrets aplenty that end up blowing up in their faces but they find their happy ever after in the end.

Like I said, a bit formulaic but oh my goodness, such a fun read. This story made me smile. It made me sigh. It gave me fluffy bunny feelings along with some smoking hot loving. Plus there's that whole May/December thing that I do love.

Definitely a great read.

**Arc provided by author through LesCourt Author Services for an honest review**

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