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The Art of Inheriting Secrets

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Jenn reviews Barbara O’Neal’s The Art of Inheriting Secrets.

About the Book

The Art of Inheriting Secrets;
Barbara O’Neal
Adult; Mystery; 363 Pages

Lake Union Publishing (July 17, 2018)

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.

About the Author

Barbara O’Neal is the author of eleven novels of women’s fiction, including How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her award-winning books have been published in more than a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.

Jenn’s Review

In a life full of books and stories, every once in awhile, a book comes along that pulls you in, makes reality fall away, and haunts you long after you read that final paragraph. The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal is one of those rare finds.

Olivia Shaw has had a horrible year. She’s lost so much, and when she discovers letters from a solicitor in England regarding the estate, she discovers a whole other side of her mother, including an English Manor, a title, and a decades-old mystery.

Olivia’s mother has left her a treasure hunt and a mountain of difficult decisions. Her ex-boyfriend has a vendetta, but as she begins to own her title and the responsibility that comes with it, she discovers new friends, support, and love.

Rosemere is a mess and St. Ives Cross is an obstacle course she must manage. Can she save her mother’s legacy and put the ghosts of the past to rest?

This is a slow, deep read, interlaced with love, memories, and challenges. Sympathetic characters and richly imagined landscapes line the pages. Definitely a keeper!

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Being Indie

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Jenn reviews Eeva Lancaster’s author how-to book, Being Indie

About the Book

Being Indie; Eeva Lancaster
Adult; Reference; 210 Pages

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 12, 2017)

A Book for ALL Authors – independent, self-published, with an independent publisher – for all writers who want to understand how to create and publish a book that readers will buy.

Save Money. Save Time. Sell Books. Understand the Industry.

New Authors, you will find valuable, actionable information to guide you in your publishing journey. Start on the right foot and acquire the right habits and mindset for success.

Old Authors, you can check if you’re doing things the right way, and improve your approach.

BEING INDIE. To be a published author is an achievement few can brag about.
But not all Indies are created equal. This book will give you the edge you need.

About the Author

EEVA LANCASTER is The Book Khaleesi in the Game of Tome. A book designer, author, and publishing expert, she spends most of her time with writers and manuscripts. Married to her Happy Ever After, she lives a quiet existence in the Philippines with her cannibal turtles, goldfish, and obsessive compulsive guard dog, Kali.

A C Level Executive Assistant in a previous life, Eeva traded her black suit for pajamas in 2014 and freelanced full time, eventually creating her online business, TBK. She is an advocate of Excellence, Efficiency and Continuous Learning.

For now, most of her books are in the Non-Fiction genre. Writing is her way of conversing with her readers… sharing life experiences and points of view. With an opinionated voice and a restless inquisitive mind, you can expect many books from Eeva in the years to come.

Visit Eeva’s websites and get to know the author and her work.

www.eevalancaster.com
www.thebookkhaleesi.com

Find her on Twitter: @eevalancaster

Jenn’s Review

Those who know me well, know that I’m always on the hunt for new reads – especially if they’re helpful. As a future indie author, I’m also keenly interested in books on self-publishing. So it wasn’t a big surprise when an indie author friend all but threw a title at me, with a note, “Read this now.” Being Indie by Eeva Lancaster, AKA The Book Khaleesi, was that book.

From writing and editing, to author platform and choosing the right publishing platform, Ms. Lancaster tackles the hot topics in this competitive field with an air of authority and finesse. She is clear and concise and takes the confusion out of what to do when.

Tons of books have been written on the topic, and I fully recommend reading a variety of authors (because we all learn differently, and one writer might leave out that burning question that you’re hunting for answers to). Eeva Lancaster’s Being Indie needs to be at the top of your pile when you’re ready to tackle self-publishing.

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The Game Warden’s Mate

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About the Book

The Game Warden’s Mate; AM Griffin
Adult; Space Opera Romance; 281 Pages

Three Twenty-One, LLC (April 9, 2019)

The Hunter. As the new Game Warden, Xrez Ym’ihla brings patrons from across the galaxy to track prey in a game built to enslave the weak and mate the strong. The business is a long-running family legacy and Xrez is determined to succeed as his father had before him. He hadn’t meant to let one human occupy his thoughts, mind, and body. 

His lies may come back to haunt him, but if he reveals the truth, he’ll ruin his chance to capture the heart of the one he wants. 

The Prey. Esme Valdez had her entire life planned from an early age. As a chemist, her life was average and mundane, just the way she liked it. Until the impossible happened. Never did she imagine being abducted by aliens and forced to participate in a survival of the fittest game called The Hunt. If she survives and makes it to the end, she’ll be freed. If not, she’ll be forced to mate the one who captures her.

Esme is determined to win at all costs, even if it means putting her trust in a sexy alien who taunts her in the most delectable way.
Their love was built on betrayal. Can she trust him with her heart and life?

About the Author

A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
For more information please visit www.amgriffinbooks.com

Jenn’s Review

I love a good sci-fi romance. Especially when it features an intelligent, determined (if flawed) heroine who wakes up disoriented and has to gather her wits to survive an impossible situation. The Game Warden’s Mate by A.M. Griffin fit the bill.

Xrez has inherited his father’s [illegal] legacy – an arena where hunters pay good money to hunt the prey for sport. Except that the prey are other sentient beings. And they aren’t being hunted to kill. The strong are kept as prize breeding stock, and the weak are enslaved. It’s questionable at best, and not really what Xrez wanted to spend his life on. But now, that legacy is at risk because a forbidden species has found its way into his arena, thanks to a bad business deal his father made.

Esme wakes up surrounded by strangers. The entire party is dazed and disoriented. They seem to have been chosen at random, and the alien terrain around her is a far cry from her chemistry lab. She manages to keep her wits about her and teams up with a few other abductees and discovers a sort of ally with a strange, alien being who pops in now and then to give her hints about how to survive.

Xrez and Esme challenge each other as the sexual tension begins to simmer between them. Their path isn’t going to be an easy one, and last-moment twists might just tear them apart.

This was a fast-paced, gripping story that kept me turning pages. Definitely not appropriate for the under-18 crowd, but it simmers and boils over in the sexual tension department. Science fiction romance and alien romance fans, get this one on your to-be-read list!

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Reaper of Earth

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Jenn & Sam review Reaper of Earth, book 1 in Jen L. Grey’s Reaper series

About the Book

Reaper of Earth; Jen L. Gray
Teen/Young Adult; Fantasy; 226 Pages

Independently published (October 3, 2018)

Hidden abilities, haunting memories, and one confused girl.

I’m a reaper. Death should come naturally to me, but it doesn’t. And the abilities I am able to conjure are forbidden by my kind. My parents try to hide my abilities, but when the elders assign my first target, they order my parents to stay back. Now I’m on my own, with no one to protect me, no idea what I’m doing, and no control over the powers I’m supposed to keep hidden. I should have known this would blow up in my face. My family name is ruined, and I have to fix what I’ve ripped. I’m not sure I have what it takes. The fate of my entire kind is on my shoulders, and I’m the only one who can make things right. But if I mess up again, it won’t just be my family that I break–our entire world will be ruined. Tomb Raider meets Touched in REAPER OF EARTH, a paranormal read for those who love a dark twist. Scroll up and one-click this hauntingly twisted tale today.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author

Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, even as a little girl. When I was a toddler, my parents would read stories to me over and over. I would hear them so often that I had the books memorized and could recite the story word by word.

The past year, I started having stories stuck in my head and finally decided to start writing. My favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance. So of course that’s what I’m inclined to write.

​I have a husband, two young daughters, and a mini Australian Shepherd. I’ve lived in Tennessee the majority of my life and love the state.

I’m extremely addicted to caffeine and enjoy drinking coffee and lattes. 

I am so pleased that you stopped by my page! Please feel free to contact me!

Email: authorjenlgrey@gmail.com
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​Twitter @authorjenlgrey

Jenn’s Review

When you’re a Reaper of souls, but you can’t make your powers behave… What’s a girl to do? Welcome to Christina’s world in Jen Gray’s Reaper of Earth, book 1 in the Artifact Reaper Saga.

On the cusp of turning 20, Christina needs to prove that she’s capable of Reaping souls on her own. It should be easy, given that she’s from a long, powerful line of Reapers. Except… Her powers don’t behave the way they should, and now, it’s more than her own future on the line.

If she fails, she and her parents will be stripped of all their wealth, power, and standing.

And her parents remind her of this. Constantly.

The Reaper council offers Christina an alternative – find a powerful artifact and all well be forgiven. Of course, the rules keep changing, her power is blocked, and everyone seems to want a piece of the artifact. And when she learns what the artifact can do, she’ll have to weigh her family’s lives against the fate of the multiverse.

This is the first book in a YA Urban Fantasy series, told in 1st person present POV. Magic and action abound, and the protagonist has a bit of a foul mouth. I give it high marks for a fast-paced plot and a well-defined fantasy world. Four stars.

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Sam’s Review

The fate of Earth and other worlds lie in the hands of a misfit reaper, scorned by her powerful parents because of how different her powers are. She can bring what has been reaped back to life. She can find what she’s looking for, inside her mind. And she is the only reaper she knows who hates reaping. But as her abilities get her into trouble, she either has to find four artifacts for 4 elements, or the people she cares about will die.

Filled with panic, snark, and several modern references, Reaper of Earth will draw in readers. As a modern fantasy, it brings forth stories of old and stories of today’s cultures. I saw only one thing wrong with this, and that was the few grammar errors I found. I highly recommend to fantasy lovers.

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Forget Tomorrow

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Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Pintip Dunn’s award-winning Forget Tomorrow

About the Book

Forget Tomorrow; Pintip Dunn
12-17 Years; Science Fiction; 400 Pages

Entangled: Teen; Reprint edition (September 6, 2016)

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in prison. The only person who can help is her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years.

Logan breaks her free, but can she trust him? He’s almost the same boy she remembers, but now he’s a whole lot hotter. And he’s got his own past to deal with. Callie’s falling for him, fast, but she soon learns he has secrets of his own. Secrets that mean they can never be together.

Now, Callie’s on the run not only from the government, but also from her fate. If she wants any hope of a future with Logan, she must first find a way to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all―herself.

About the Author

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School. 

Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. 

Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

Sam’s Review

A wonderful dystopian has entered my life, by the name of Forget Tomorrow.  Showing just how far a sister will go to save her younger sister, and change her fate, Forget Tomorrow is an unforgettable journey. See what I did there? This book is filled with plot twists, danger, and turns at almost every page.

Callie is just a normal girl in a land where, once you hit sixteen, you get a memory from your future self. Callie sees herself killing her beloved little sister. Determined to protect her, Callie runs with her lifelong crush away to a place where those seeking to battle Fate hide in fear. The only problem, she and Logan, her crush, haven’t spoken in five years. That could bring a few issues. It doesn’t help that he and her sisters are supposedly both physics, making them both valuable to ComA.

I loved this book because it had a good, gripping story, as well as perfectly covered subplots, as in, the subplots didn’t take up half the book to be covered, or they weren’t even in there. So, that is a huge, major plus one point for this book.

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Rigged

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About the Book

Rigged; Vanessa North
Adult; Romance; 102 Pages

Independently published (April 30, 2018)

Kaitlyn He’s her best friend. Her business partner. The one person in her life she shouldn’t want to see naked. Until she sees him in bondage for a charity calendar photoshoot. That changes everything. Gordon He’s loved her for years. She’s the only person he trusts with his secret desires. But he doesn’t dare take their friendship to the next level until they meet Sean–who might be the missing factor in the equation. Sean He’s trusted others with his heart before, but always ends up on the outside looking in. Kaitlyn and Gordon need him in a way he can’t resist. Showing them the ropes–literally and figuratively–is temptation incarnate. He has to keep them at arms length, even if it’s the last thing he wants.

About the Author

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.

Jenn’s Review

Best friends and dares go hand in hand in Vanessa North’s sexy threesome erotic romance novella, Rigged. DISCLAIMER: This book is 100% adult, containing graphic sexual scenes and bondage.

Kaitlyn loves her business partner, Gordon. They’ve been best friends for years, but she wouldn’t dare risk that for the deeper feelings she’s sure Gordon doesn’t share. On a whim, she enters Gordon’s name in a contest for a charity calendar photoshoot, completely convinced he wouldn’t actually get picked. 

Gordon adores Kaitlyn, and wouldn’t put their relationship – personal or professional – at risk by giving voice to the feelings he keeps locked away from her. Until Kaitlyn breaks the news that he’s won a page in a charity calendar. And he has to pose nude. It’s not the calendar that has him uncomfortable – it’s more the idea that he’s posing nude and in bondage. Gordon has no idea how to process his feelings as Sean, the shoot’s rigger, loops rope upon rope around Gordon’s naked body.

It’s been years since Sean’s enjoyed tying someone up this much. Gordon’s reactions to his first bondage scene trigger something in Sean, and the experienced bondage Dominant knows he’s going to have to protect his heart when Gordon and Kaitlyn invite him over to explore some more. But what’s a Dom to do when the two-some invites him to stick around?

Rigged is a quick read (less than 100 pages), erotic, fun, and sweet, all at the same time. Normally, I like my romance in a longer form, but I still found the characters well-built and engaging, with a satisfying ending. I’d love to see where this three-some could go in a longer story, but the HFN conclusion was perfectly fine for the length of this story. Two thumbs up for a run, erotic read.

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Southern Spirits

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Jenn reviews cozy mystery, Southern Spirits, by Angie Fox

About the Book

Southern Spirits; Angie Fox
Adult; Mystery; 256 Pages

Angie Fox (January 13, 2015)

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed paranormal mystery and romance. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going upstairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. She lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

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Jenn’s Review

I love a good paranormal romance, and couldn’t wait to dive into Southern Spirits, by Angie Fox. Sadly, this tale left me on the fence in regards to the rest of the series (The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries).

Verity Long has a problem: She’s lost everything, and is in the process of selling her grandmother’s estate when she accidentally unleashes the ghost of a long-dead gangster. Now, not only does she need to come up with some serious cash, find a new place to live, and try to start her life over in the aftermath of leaving her fiance, she needs to find a way to lay the gangster to rest.

When her former fiance’s brother, Ellis, discovers that Verity has a talent for seeing and communicating with ghosts, he hires her to rid his new project property of the restless spirits that are setting back his renovations, time and time again. 

This book had me rolling in laughter, page after page. The interplay between characters is entertaining, and the characters themselves pop off the page, in this first-person POV story. The mystery that winds through the plot is engaging and kept me guessing right up to the end. That said, the romantic aspect of the story left me feeling less than impressed. As friendships go, Verity and Ellis are at odds from the get-go, as Ellis only knows what happened at the wedding, where Verity stood his brother up at the altar. What he didn’t know was Verity’s reason for jilting her ex, and even when she reveals her motives to Ellis, she doesn’t tell him the whole truth. The pair form a believable friendship, but the romance didn’t sizzle for me. What love interest there was in the story felt rushed and bland – the story focuses almost exclusively on Verity’s character arc, with limited interaction between hero and heroine.

Perhaps Ms. Fox continues building this relationship in subsequent novels, but for me, this one just didn’t have enough pop to continue to the next book. Definitely, an adult read, and well-written, but if you’re looking for a love story, this probably isn’t it.

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Madness Unhinged

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Jenn reviews ML Guida’s Madness Unhinged

About the Book

Madness Unhinged; M.L. Guida
Adult; Sci-Fi Romance; 240 Pages

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 12, 2018)

Detective Agnes Malloy is stunned… Jack the Ripper is back! Two women are found brutally murdered in modern-day Denver–their M.O. identical to the victims in 1888 London. But Agnes has no clues to the murderer. Women are terrified, and if Agnes doesn’t solve the case, the Denver police commissioner will have her handing out parking tickets. Her troubles increase when a mysterious man appears, claiming to be with the FBI. But no one called them. He insists that she needs his help–her life depends on it. It’s up to Anonghos, the chief security officer of the Orion, to stop a deadly alien from killing the Zalarian’s designated mates. He’s cut off from his ship, and to make matters worse, he doesn’t know who the alien is and must wait for him to strike. His only hope is to stay close to the curvy detective who just happens to be his mate, without her accusing him of being the murderer. The body count is about to skyrocket and only by working together can they defeat an enemy bent on destroying both their worlds.

About the Author

Award-Winning Author M.L. Guida loves science fiction and the paranormal. From Star Trek to Dark Shadows to Supernatural, she fell in love with things that go bump in the night. But it was the heroes, she loved the best. No matter what happened, those characters never gave up. Now, her heroes are following their footsteps. Whether it’s a shapeshifter from outer space or a vampire from the past, her wounded heroes always find a way to conquer battles and win the heart of the feisty heroine. Because even in a world of darkness, true love survives. Sign up for M.L. Guida’s Supernatural Scroll http://eepurl.com/6ICXv to learn about new releases and giveaways. She also has a readers’ Facebook Group called ML Guida’s Supernatural Lounge. She has giveaways, news, and ways for her to connect with you.

Jenn’s Review

I’ll admit it – I’m a girl that frequently picks her romance novels (and about 75 percent of my other reads) by their covers, and when I saw the cover for M.L. Guida’s Madness Unhinged at a writers conference, I wanted it. Bad. Top it off with sexy science fiction and dragons, and I was all in.

Anonghos has been handed the assignment of his life: Stop a deadly alien shape-shifting assassin from killing the human mate that the Fates have found for him. On a distant planet. Other human women are at risk, all of them fated for his kin, a quickly dying race of dragon shifters on Zalara.

Agnes is tired of living in her father and brother’s shadows. She’d very much like to be recognized for the good police detective she is, but her brother’s constant taunting and reminders of her psychic abilities keep getting in the way. Evey logical conclusion she draws is discounted, and women are dying. Jack the Ripper seems to be back, and he’s terrorizing the women of Denver, Colorado. When a stunningly handsome man keeps showing up at Agnes’ crime scenes, she finds it difficult to believe he isn’t the killer, much less that he’s there to help her solve the crimes, and keep her from becoming a victim herself.

As far as plots go, this one wasn’t bad. The characters are a bit stiff and won’t quite shine as they could. Sexual tension abounds and is well-worked, but the world-building could’ve taken a little more polish.

My single biggest annoyance was the heroine’s psychic abilities. She does her best to draw logical conclusions that are founded on actual evidence. If anything, she seems to try to ignore the ghosts that would otherwise direct her to clues and works to prove herself as a good detective (which, honestly, she seems to be). However, where this thread goes awry is how often it’s harped on by people that should know better. Her chief and partner automatically discount every good lead she has. Ad nauseum. Her brother, now an FBI agent, joins in and uses his own accomplishments to tear his sister’s reputation to shreds, over and over. About half-way through the story, the reader should have a pretty good grasp that the men in Agnes’ life are chauvinists, but the author continues pounding that thread until someone gets seriously hurt.

This is an adult romance, both because of the sexual content and because of the graphically depicted murder scenes. It’s a quick, steamy read, ideal for science fiction romance fans.

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Luna: The Lone Wolf

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About the Book

Luna: The Lone Wolf; Forest Wells
Teen; Coming of Age; 231 pages

Forest Wells (April 6, 2019)

Luna was destined to be alpha once he became an adult, but before he got the chance, his own brother, Rajor, framed him for a crime no one committed, leading to Luna being banished from the pack. Declared a lone wolf, never to know the company of another wolf, Luna turns bitter as he learns to accept his new fate. Yet even as he does, other wolves, strange two-legged creatures, and one mockingbird, force themselves into his life, driving him through a gauntlet of trials where he must reconnect with the alpha he was born to be, or turn away from it forever – assuming he survives.

Sam’s Review

Luna the Lone Wolf tells the story of a wolf destined to be the alpha of his pack. But Luna has a shock coming to him. As his jealous brother frames him for murder, he is cast out, with no pack, and no destiny. As time goes by, he earns home self a place as a feared wolf, defending what is his with unmatched ferocity. Soon, more and more wolves join his side, giving him the pack he knows he doesn’t deserve. But as the humans draw close with the intent of hunting and stealing what is Luna’s, can he gain back what he should never have lost, to begin with.

Full of danger, and powerful emotions, Luna the Lone Wolf will captivate audiences near and far. The book brings forth a different side to the story of hunters, telling it from the side of the creatures themselves. Also, as a side note, I’m fairly certain that taking in pure wolves is illegal, so it makes hating the hunters easier. I found no faults with this book. It was incredible, and I would recommend to animal lovers and people who love harsh tales.

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Blood Rites

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About the Book

Blood Rites; Quinn Loftis
Teen; Paranormal Romance; 255 Pages

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 15, 2012)

With the challenge complete and the corrupt Alpha of Coldspring defeated Fane is now free to complete the mate bond with Jacque and perform the Blood Rites. Although the challenge is done, the affects are far reaching. Once it is known that Vasile one of the strongest Alphas in the world is in America, specifically Coldspring, TX, there is one Alpha who cannot over look the significance of this. An Alpha who happens to share Jacque’s DNA, but is this the one she needs to fear? With her mom driving and her two best friends, Jen and Sally in tow, Jacque set off for her happily ever after. She will soon realize a plan has been put in motion that will change her course and possibly tear her from Fane’s grasp forever. It will take a wolf pack, her mother’s love, her two best friend’s unrelenting determination, her own will to survive and the undying love of her mate to bring her home. The question remains, if she fights, if she endures, who will she be, what will be left once she is back in her mates arms?

About the Author

Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two sons, Nora the Doberman, and Chewy the Cat who thinks he’s a dog. She is the author of 17 novels, and 2 novellas, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

Sam’s Review

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Jacque and her two loudmouth friends are back, including Fane. Filled with humor, love, and bravery, Blood Rites has you coming for more. Now, allow me to explain this book.

Jacque and Fane are finally ready to bond, until her Alpha father’s Beta steps in and almost kills her, determined to make her his mate. Really? Anyways, she’s in the hospital, along with seriously injured, dirty minded, Jen. She’s stolen from the hospital by the Beta and is almost killed. Good thing that she can reach out with her mind and call Fane.

I loved this book. The plotline is good, and I can connect with Jacque and her friends because that would be us in real life. However, it’s literally repeating the first book for a plot, but at least it’s not in need of a challenge to win her. After months of reading the first book, I was glad to read this one.

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Prince of Wolves (book 1 in the series)

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