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Book Review: Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #8
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 252 pages.
Published on September 3rd 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy…except me. I need…affection. Attention. Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely. Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister. It’s wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling. Except…I’m not so good with the whole ‘rules’ thing. And he’s not so great with the ‘fling’ thing.

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Book Review: Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #7
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 300 pages.
Published on June 14th 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
When I wake up on the ice planet, I’m scared of everything: this place is cold, silent, and the locals look more like blue devils than aliens. To make matters worse, one of the strangers decides I’m going to be his girlfriend and kidnaps me away from my sister. I’m completely and utterly alone. What’s a girl to do? Well, this girl escapes. Of course, that means I go from frying pan into the fire, and my situation gets even more dangerous. Just when I have no hope left, a new hero appears. Sure, he’s blue, horned, and has a tail. He’s also fierce, protective, makes me purr…and thinks I’m perfect. But is what we have real or just a mating instinct?

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Book Review: Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #6
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 238 pages.
Published on April 2nd 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
‘Resonance’ is supposed to be a dream – that’s when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own…except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I’ve ever wanted is to be loved by someone. Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favorite person on the darn ice planet.

Haeden’s the most cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing male alien… so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he’s not as awful as I think he is? I hate him… don’t I?

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Book Review: Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon

 


Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #4.5
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 134 pages.
Published on October 16th 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
All this snow and no holidays? What’s a stranded human to do? Create a new holiday, of course. Georgie and the other women decide to bring some new traditions and cheer to the sa-khui. More babies are born, presents are exchanged, and a new romance blossoms between a human woman desperate for a change, and the alien determined to protect her.

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Book Review: Biker by Fiona Roarke

 


Biker by Fiona Roarke  
Series: Bad Boys in Big Trouble, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 230 pages
Published on January 7th 2016 by Nickel Road Publishing
Fiona Roarke: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Despite the danger, there are some definite pluses to undercover agent Zak Langston’s current alias as a mechanic slash low-life criminal. He doesn’t have to shave regularly or keep his hair military short. He gets to ride a damn fine Harley. And then there’s the sweet, sexy lady next door who likes to sneak peeks at his butt. Yeah, that was a major plus.
Kaitlin Price has had the worst luck with men. As if her unearned reputation as a frigid tease isn’t enough, she also has to deal with her stepsister’s casual cruelty and taunting tales of sexual conquests she can only dream of. So Kaitlin has never been with a man. So what? So what …
So maybe the sexy bad boy next door would be willing to help her with that.
Gunfire, gangsters and a kidnapping weren’t part of her Deflower Kaitlin plan. Good thing for her bad boy Zak is very, very good. At everything.

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Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

 


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare 
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1-10
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 655 pages
Published on November 15th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

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Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

 


The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 
Series: Magnus Chase, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 493 pages
Published on April 2016 by Otava
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kesän Miekka”.

Synopsis:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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Book Review: One with You by Sylvia Day

 


One with You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Published on April 5th 2016 by Penguin
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinun omasi”. Contains spoilers for Entwined with You.

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

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Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Vol. 6

 


Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K Vaughan and Illustrated by Fiona Staples 
Series: Saga, #6
Genre: Science Fiction | Graphic Novels| Fantasy
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 152 pages
Published on July 5th 2016 by Image Comics
Brian K. Vaughan: Website Goodreads

Fiona Staples: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Loaned from the library.

Synopsis:
After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

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Book Review: Burn by Suzanne Wright

 


Burn by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Tags: Demons Insta Love Billionaire Alpha Male
Kickass Heroine Adult Audience Mates Bad Boy
Format: Paperback, 384 pages.
Published on November 1st 2016 by Piatkus
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe. As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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