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Buddy Read: The Shadows by J.R Ward


The Shadows by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 31, 2015
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
This review might contain spoilers. Read in Finnish.

Synopsis:
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

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Book Review: Gleam by Raven Kennedy


Gleam by Raven Kennedy 
Series: The Plated Prisoner, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Format: Hardcover, 572 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 31, 2021
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This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out… Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, It’ll be me setting the trap… I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.

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Book Review: Glint by Raven Kennedy


Gild by Raven Kennedy 
Series: The Plated Prisoner, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Format: Hardcover, 374 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 18th 2021 by Raven Kennedy LLC
Raven Kennedy: Website | Instagram | Goodread

This review contains major spoilers.

Synopsis:
For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.

Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.

At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip.

Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.

Fae.

The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.

When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.

I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?

This is the captivating second book of The Plated Prisoner series. It’s an adult epic fantasy story blending romance, intrigue, and beautiful imagery. Return to the seductive story of magic inspired by the myth of King Midas, and get caught up in the world of Orea.

Please note: There is explicit language and romance in this book, not suitable for those under the age of 18.

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Buddy Read: The King by J.R Ward


The King by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 655 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 26th 2014 by Piatkus (first published April 1st 2014)
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle—with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything—and everyone—at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response—or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

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Book Review: Titan by Jillian Graves


Titan by Jillian Graves 
Series: Romancing His Stone, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback
Source: My Copy
Published on June 15th 2022
Jillian Graves: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Living, breathing gargoyles shouldn’t exist. Julianna should be running for the door. But the way he looks at her… and touches her… awakens new desires.

When former child star Julianna Novak loses everything to her shady managers, she’ll do whatever it takes to win her independence back, even if it means rushing to find a new sugar daddy. When Titan, a wealthy businessman, makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she soon realizes he may not be what he seems. His curved horns, massive wings, and ribbed prehensile tail are, however, more than she ever bargained for.

Leader of the last surviving gargoyles, Titan knows what desperation looks like, and he recognizes it in Julianna. The heavy weight she carries is one he’s able to bear—and one he finds he wants to.

Julianna needs a Daddy, and Titan is ready to be the firm hand—and more—she needs.

When his missing supernatural artifact and her financial troubles unexpectedly align, Titan and Julianna find that a single night together won’t be enough. Confronted by old enemies, the diverging paths they once followed may no longer be the destiny their hearts desire.

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Buddy Read: The Fae King’s Curse By Jamie Schlosser


The Fae King’s Curse by Jamie Schlosser 
Series: Between Dawn and Dusk, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: eBook, 281 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 17th 2020
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This review may contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
Kirian and I were just twelve years old when I pulled him from the icy waters of the creek behind my house. As he looked in my direction with unseeing lavender eyes, I quickly realized our age was just about the only thing we had in common. He spoke with an accent, he had pointy ears, and he was so beautiful it made my heart ache. Oh, and he claimed to be a fae prince cursed by witches who stole his sight.

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Buddy Read: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Last Hours, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 3rd 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Synopsis:
Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

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Book Review: Gild by Raven Kennedy


Gild by Raven Kennedy 
Series: The Plated Prisoner, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range:
Adult
Format: Hardcover, 316 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 18th 2021 by Raven Kennedy LLC
Raven Kennedy: Website | Instagram | Goodread

Synopsis:
Locked away in King Midas’ kingdom, I have never known freedom.They say it’s for my own safety, but now I’m not so sure. Because when political upheaval sees me sent to travel across kingdoms, everything I thought I knew about King Midas is shattered . . .

The world has only ever heard his story. Now it’s time to hear mine.

**Content warning: sexual violence**

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Buddy Read: Lover at Last by J.R Ward


Lover at Last by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 26th 2013 by NAL
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Might contain some major spoilers

Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams–trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld–Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?

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Book Review: The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 628 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 24th 2022 by Evil Eye Concepts, Inc
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
From the desperation of golden crowns…

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh…

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way—because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises…

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear—to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be—what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction.

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