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Nov
5

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Brighter Than the Sun Author: Darynda Jones Narrator: Lorelei King Listening Speed: 1.25x Audiobook Source: purchased What I’m Talking About: Brighter Than the Sun is a story for fans and readers of the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Told in the first person, present tense voice of Reyes, the novella recounts his life from Charlie’s birth to a point sometime within the first book of the series. I don’t recommend this story for those who have not read the series because, although it is a prequel of sorts, knowledge of the two main characters, Charlie and Reyes,...
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Oct
21

Review: Stroke of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Review: Stroke of Midnight by Lara Adrian Stroke of Midnight Author: Lara Adrian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Stroke of Midnight is a delightful novella set in the Midnight Breed series and loosely related to the events of the primary storyline. Jehan is a prince from a Moroccan family, who hasn’t been home in over a decade. He found out 12 months ago that he would have to participate in an accent custom of prearranged marriage to a Breedmate from a neighboring tribe. Supposedly it won’t be forced, but he has to participate in an eight day handfasting ceremony. He’s only participating out of obligation to his disappointed father. Seraphina was called...
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Sep
16

Review: Pure Wicked by Shayla Black

Review: Pure Wicked by Shayla Black Pure Wicked Author: Shayla Black Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A What I’m Talking About: I’ve read a handful of the 1,001 Dark Nights books, to include Forever Wicked by Shayla Black (Goodreads Review), and I have honestly enjoyed the stories, regardless if I’ve read the original series. Such is the case with Ms. Black’s offerings. Written to be completely stand alone, I had no troubles jumping into Ms. Black’s Wicked Lovers world and the Pure Wicked novella. Jesse McCall is a world-famous pop star who has been selling out shows since at the age of sixteen. Twelve years later, he’s still doing the same; however, a year ago the...
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Aug
5

Review: Protected by a SEAL by Cat Johnson

Review: Protected by a SEAL by Cat Johnson Protected by a SEAL Author: Cat Johnson Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Forced into an early retirement after injury while serving as a Navy SEAL, Rick Mann is bored of his day job and misses the action. Although he likes the private security firm, GAPS, that he started with his former teammates and best friends, Rick has yet to experience time in the field. So when GAPS is offered a job providing private security, Rick jumps at the chance to take the job without knowing any of the details. Sierra Cox works hard and respects her bosses, so she doesn’t want to have any time...
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Jul
21

Review: Harmonized by Mary Behre

Review: Harmonized by Mary Behre Harmonize Author: Mary Behre  Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: For fans of the Tidewater series, I think Harmonized is a must. It can be read as a stand-alone novella, but it is much richer knowing Zig from the previous novel, Spirited. I enjoyed revisiting with Zig and seeing him have a happily ever after. I liked Karma as well and felt that she and Zig complemented each other.  It gives a nice background to what I assume will be the serial killer plot in the next full novel, but I don’t believe that it is vital to read Harmonized before the next book.  However, for those...
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Jul
6

Review: Stolen Petals by Katherine McIntyre

Review: Stolen Petals by Katherine McIntyre Stolen Petals Author: Katherine McIntyre Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Viola Embrees runs a respectable bar, but makes her fortune as the Brass Violet, a clever bounty hunter. Unfortunately, Edward Van Clef, aka the Fox, has stolen her bounty out from under her a few times. So when the infamous Fox approaches Viola with an offer to share a bounty, she knows she’ll have to stay a few steps ahead of him to keep him from double crossing her. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for Edward’s charms along the way. Stolen Petals is a charming, short novella, set in an alternate time. Although...
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Jun
12

Review: Hades by Larissa Ione

Review: Hades by Larissa Ione Hades Author: Larissa Ione Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Hades is a wonderful novella set in Ms. Ione’s Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series, and is probably best enjoyed by those who have read the entire series (or at least the most recent books). The story takes place a few months after Azagoth’s and Revenants’s books and has major spoilers if you haven’t read Revenant’s book. Be warned as you read this review! Cataclysm (Cat) played a part in Gethel’s wicked plots to bring about the evil apocalypse, and in an attempt to hide his own involvement, Raphael took Cat’s wings, making her an Unfallen. Now she...
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Jun
5

Review + Giveaway: Uncharted Territory by Tamsen Parker

Review + Giveaway: Uncharted Territory by Tamsen Parker Uncharted Territory Author: Tamsen Parker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: If I had to sum up Uncharted Territory in one word, it would be: supersmokinhot. I’m going to admit I was initially irritated by this prequel to the Compass series, and it’s the only reason I’m not giving this title an A+. I’m a *very* chronological reader, and my preference would have been to get India’s backstory prior to Personal Geography. (I get the whole reason behind writing (when the muse strikes, and this is a totally ME thing.) However, my irritation quickly eroded into intrigue. I’m not going to sugar-coat anything with regard to this...
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May
29

Review: Protective Instinct by Katie Reus

Review: Protective Instinct by Katie Reus Protective Instinct Author: Katie Reus Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: For fans of the Moon Shifters series, this novella is a must. It nicely ties up Ryan and Theresa’s relationship. Gikany and Una enjoyed it. We have been interested in seeing Ryan and Theresa finally consummate their mating.  Of course, Ryan has to be sure his abilities won’t cause the same tortured relationship his parents had.  However, once Ryan started listening to his mate, the pieces finally fell into place.  We enjoyed seeing them finally come together. The antagonist for the story was evil, her path for vengeance palpable, and it really was a...
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May
26

Book Spotlight: The Negotiation by Jeffe Kennedy

Book Spotlight: The Negotiation by Jeffe Kennedy Negotiation by Jeffe Kennedy A Story of the Twelve Kingdoms A wounded warrior trapped by the sorceress who knows him better than he does himself… General Uorsin escapes the last devastating battle, only to find himself alone on a mountain, feverish and no closer to finding the paradise that drives him on. Salena, greatest shapeshifter and magic-worker of her people, springs the trap she’s set to protect her land—and to prevent the ravager Uorsin from ever reaching it. Together, they spend a night setting the terms that will determine not only the rest of their lives, but the fates of the peoples of the Twelve Kingdoms—and the thirteenth. Note: This...
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