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Book Review: Rhapsodic By Laura Thalassa


Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 
Series: The Bargainer, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2016 by Lavabrook Publishing Group
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Synopsis:
Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

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Buddy Read: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 626 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
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Contains some spoilers

Synopsis:
Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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Book Review: Haunting Blackie by Laurann Dohner


Haunting Blackie by Laurann Dohner 
Series: Cyborg Seduction, #8
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 260 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on December 4th 2016 by Laurann Dohner (first published February 2014)
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Synopsis:
Eve’s mission is to rescue cyborgs from termination centers on Earth. In exchange, she and her sisters will go with them when they flee the planet. She is blindsided by the overwhelming attraction that draws her to one of them. He’s handsome, sexy, and she wants him, craves his touch as she has no other. She must send him to freedom but she makes him promise to wait for her.

Blackie cannot forget the courageous woman who saved him. He never learned whether she died during the rebellion or just changed her mind about leaving with him but he holds her within his lonely heart. He exists to serve the Cyborg Council and to protect the new world cyborgs have created. But that all changes when he discovers the woman who haunts his dreams is alive and the cyborg leaders left her behind to die. He’ll never lose her again and he’ll fight his own kind to avenge her and keep her by his side.

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Book Review: Blood Fury by J.R Ward


Blood Fury by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Legacy, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 430 pages
Source: My Copy
Published by Ballantine Books (first published January 9th 2018)
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Might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:

In this sexy paranormal romance novel set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward tells the story of two couples—both fighting to find love in the midst of the war with the Lessening Society.

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

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Book Review: Devi’s Distraction by Ruby Dixon

 


Devi’s Distraction by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Icehome, #7
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 252 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on April 30th 2019 by Independently Published (first published April 29th 2019)
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Synopsis:
It’s hard to make friends with the other women at the Icehome camp when you’d rather be dissecting the local fauna. Which is why I’m surprised when one of the big, brawny islanders asks me to help him make a prosthetic leg. I don’t know N’dek, but since I’m a scientist, he wants my help. And while I’m more into dinosaurs than anatomy, I love a challenge!

As we work together, I come to see that N’dek’s not just clever and determined, he’s also protective and sweet. And he kisses like a fiend!

He’s a distraction I don’t need… but he might be everything I’ve ever wanted. Too bad he says he’s going to resonate to someone else…

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Audio Book Review: A Bride Worth Fighting For by Tracy Lauren

 


A Bride Worth Fighting For by Tracy Lauren 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Audiobook
Source: Read Me Romance -podcast
Published on August 31st 2020 by Read Me Romance
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Synopsis:
Abducted by aliens, Evie thinks the only thing she has to strive for in her hellish new life is survival. Dragged halfway across the galaxy to the newly colonized farming world of Ipoch, she’s intended to be awarded as a prize to the winner of a barbaric gladiator fight. She hopes the champion isn’t cruel, she hopes he doesn’t have the capacity to harm her, but never once, does she hope to fall in love.

Serif is done with fighting. He’s done with the threat it poses to his people. When he sees the beautiful Evie, however—there’s no turning back. He’ll agree to one last tournament to save the girl, and when he wins she’ll belong to him. Because this is more than just a battle, he soon realizes. This time, Serif is FIGHTING FOR HIS BRIDE.

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Book Review: Deceiving the Corsair by Ruby Dixon

 


Deceiving the Corsair by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Corsairs, #4
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 172 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on August 14th 2018 by Independently published (first published August 12th 2018)
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Synopsis:
The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.

It’s a female.

Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.

He’s determined to find her and claim her, no matter what it takes. But when he does locate her and discovers that she’s been lying to him about who – and what – she is, will he still love her?

Or is the fact that Zoey’s human too much for this blue-skinned male?

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Book Review: Veronica’s Dragon by Ruby Dixon

 


Veronica’s Dragon by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Icehome, #2
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 280 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on May 24th 2018
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Synopsis:
Resonance. It’s a given on the ice planet, forced upon you by the parasitic symbiont called the ‘khui’. With resonance, a guy and a girl are paired up because they’ll make great babies. It’s a survival mechanism necessary for this sparsely-populated world we’re stranded on…and romantic, in a weird, alien way. Everyone expects resonance to happen when twenty newcomers are dropped onto the frosty world. I doubt anyone expects the gorgeous, golden god named Ashtar to resonate to someone like me, though. He’s fierce. Flirty. Powerful. Disgustingly handsome. I’m…not any of those things. I’m bland. Boring. Clumsy. But resonance seems to think we’d be great together. And Ashtar does, too…

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Book Review: Blood Vow by J.R Ward

 


Blood Vow by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Legacy, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 23rd 2017 by Ballantine Books (first published December 6th 2016)
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Synopsis:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter–and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.
For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing–and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.
Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.
As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep–and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

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Book Review: Where Winter Finds You by J.R Ward

 


Where Winter Finds You by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 445 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 26th 2019 by Pocket Books
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Contains spoilers for The Chosen.

Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

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