11/4/19

Review: Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing (Seven Range Shifters #2) by Kait Ballenger


Author: Kait Ballenger
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date Published: June 25th, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Page Number: 352

Born a cowboy and bred a warrior...

High Commander Colt Cavanaugh has spent his life defending his pack and its sprawling ranchlands. But the hardened Grey Wolf soldier has a dark secret that could destroy his life forever.

Belle Beaumont is a wanted woman, on the run from the wolf pack that kidnapped her. When fate brings her face-to-face with the Grey Wolf High Commander himself, rivalry becomes passion, and suddenly more than just her freedom is at stake.

Colt will fight to the death for the healing Belle brings to his battle―worn heart―and for this cowboy wolf, all's fair in love and war... 

Review:

     Sometimes you just need a break from your stressful life and a good romance book is always a go-to for me when it comes to decompressing, and Cowboy in Wolf’s Clothing is just the book I needed. The synopsis immediately piqued my interest as it detailed everything I love in a romance book: an alpha male, a head strong female, and possible threat to cause tension between the two. I can never get enough of a damsel in distress situation with a powerful female that gets out of it herself but happens to have an alpha male right behind her, ready to kill anything that hurts her, and this book is just that. Not only is there action and mystery, but also tension and enough emotional scenes to keep you on your toes.

     Belle’s character was written so well, and I loved getting inside her head and experiencing her finally finding a place to call home. Everything about her character drew me in and the situations she had to endure and the pain she had to live through really resonated with me. Her character made this story come alive for me. In addition, Colt set this story on fire with his secrets and sexy demeanor. I love it when an alpha male like Colt tries to deny his feelings and remain resolute in his decision to keep away from a meaningful relationship only to fall for the charming heroine who defies him at every turn. The chemistry between Belle and Colt was enough to set the pages on fire and that combined with the intriguing plot was enough to have me hooked. 

     I finished this book in a few hours (three or four) and I was never bored. I really like the fact that this romance was just as much about Belle and Colt’s journey and relationship together as it was about a sinister plot about vampires trying to exterminate werewolves like Belle, Colt, and his pack. I love a romance that is mainly focused on the lives of the main couple and their troubles, but I also love it when a romance novel goes a little deeper and pays more attention to a bigger plot that is just enhanced by a steamy romance in the mix like this one. 

     I loved Kait’s style and her knack for creating a steamy couple as well as a captivating plot. I will definitely be checking out her other books and suggest you do the same if you are looking for a book that will take your mind off of real life and let you run on the wild side.
About the Author
Kait Ballenger is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Seven Range Shifter paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of dark, sexy heroes who are cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night.

When Kait’s not preoccupied writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons.

9/24/19

Review: Unearthed (Death Seeker #1) by Cecy Robson


Author: Cecy Robson
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Date Published: September 24, 2019
Page Number: 331 

Fae was once a flourishing paradise. Until Death turned greedy and destroyed it, targeting the creatures who inhabited it. Those who survived escaped to Earth’s realm, but Death wasn’t far behind . . .

Olivia Finn is just another pixie trying to blend in among humans and hide from the death hounds who devoured her family. Clinging to the talisman that keeps her veiled from those who hunt her, she believes she is safe. . .. Until Death finds her and discovers she’s immune to its grip.

Now that Olivia’s power is unearthed, she is sought by Fae who see her as their savior and stalked by dark entities compelled to destroy her. Can she trust the King of the Dead who has sworn to train and protect her? Or should she obey her instincts that warn he desires more?

Olivia can no longer hide from Death.

To survive, she must seek it.

This book sounds amazing, right? Read on for my review and if you think this book is for you then be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY for a $50 Amazon gift card at the end so you can get a copy (and more) for yourself!

Review:

If some of you have been following my reviews for a while you may have noticed that I love Cecy’s writing style, and Unearthed is no different. Urban Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and with Cecy’s added flare, this book hits all the marks for me. 

I love how Cecy writes her characters. Her characters are always very unique and well rounded no matter their importance to the story. Most books focus on the main character, the love interest, and the villain with little focus and attention to the secondary characters, but I can tell with Cecy’s novels that she pays special attention to the secondary characters to make them more than just background pieces. By doing this, Cecy really creates a whole world in her books and it makes me feel like I am in the story because everything is so detailed and realistic. Olivia, the main character, is my favorite type of heroine. She is the type of girl that most would dismiss as weak and easily scared, but in reality, she is a badass that will kill you in a heartbeat given the proper motivation. She is a heroine that I cheered for as the book progressed and I felt an attachment to her because of her tough exterior but kind heart.  Her love interest also complimented her complex personality and demeanor as he was someone you wouldn’t imagine a pixie falling for. I just really loved how Cecy played with her characters.

The setting was also a high point for me. Urban Fantasy novels can sometimes be confusing as they often intertwine magic and regular humans and that can leave readers with questions regarding the mechanics of things, but Cecy does an amazing job of explaining the ins and outs of this new world without it seeming like a dictionary entry. She blends explanation in with funny interactions and exciting fights that you feel as if you are experiencing the world yourself. Speaking of funny, I found that Cecy once again created a main character that made me laugh with her witty remarks and snappy comebacks. Those funny moments were a nice break from the tension filled story. I just really enjoyed everything about this novel from the fantastical creatures like dragons, gargoyles, and grim reapers to the tense battle scenes that had me on the edge of my seat, unsure of what the outcome would be.


I definitely cannot wait for the next installment of this series because I am hooked on Oliva’s story. I give Unearthed four out of five stars, only because I wanted more romance (but I know there is more to come)! 


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CECY ROBSON is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of eighteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Cecy laughing, crying, and cheering on her characters as she pens her next story.

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9/9/19

Review: Relic (The Relic Trilogy: Book 1) by Bronwyn Eley


Author: Bronwyn Eley
Genre: YA Fantasy
Date Published: 9/12/2019
Publisher: Talem Press
Page Number: 497

In the city of Edriast, there is no deadlier duty than to serve as the Shadow.

As the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard, the Shadow's life is all but forfeit. Rennard possesses one of five rare and dangerous Relics – a jewel that protects his bloodline, but slowly poisons everyone else in its proximity. 

When the current Shadow succumbs to its magic, nineteen-year-old blacksmith Kaylan is summoned to take his place.

It's an appointment that will kill her.

As the time Kaylan has left ebbs away, hope begins to fade... That is, until she discovers a plot to destroy all five bloodlines in possession of the Relics.

A rebel force plans to put an end to Rennard's rule and Kaylan suddenly finds herself embroiled in a cause that might just be worth fighting for. But no cause is without its costs…
As her life hangs in the balance and rebellion bears down on Edriast, Kaylan must decide where her loyalties lie – and how she'll leave her mark on the world.

Relic is the absorbing first novel in The Relic Trilogy, a thrillingly dark YA fantasy series.


Review

I haven’t picked up a book in a few months and I am so glad that Relic was my first in a while. As some of you may know, fantasy is my favorite genre so I am very picky with what I read, but Relic truly hit the mark when it came to all of my favorite fantasy things.

First of all, Kaylan embodied everything I love in a fantasy heroine. She was strong willed, passionate, and willing to do anything for her family, but also challenged the norm of this fantasy world by being a blacksmith rather than a companion (a popular job for girls in this world). It was also nice to see that while she was strong, she still had times where she was just tired and afraid. Too many times I see strong heroines as these emotionless characters, but with Kaylan, she was strong when she needed to be but also a normal girl when being strong was no longer necessary. The side characters also stood out to me as they each had unique attributes that set them apart and didn’t allow them to blend into the background.

Second of all, the plot was full of tension and twists that truly kept me on my toes. I was already intrigued by the synopsis but as I read the book, subplots and surprising occurrences pulled me in further until it was 4 A.M. and I was almost finished with the book. The idea of a ruler wearing a relic that sickened anyone near it was unique to me, and I was excited to find out how Kaylan would beat the relics effects or how she would deal with trying to save whoever came after her. I also liked that this plot also introduced a bit of romance to readers and that it wasn’t solely focused on the issue of the relic. It gave me a reprieve from the stress of wondering how Kaylan would survive and allows readers to see Kaylan as something other than a dying shadow or a doomed servant. It just added another layer to the story and sucked me in deeper. Then we get the twists at the end that shocked me and broke my heart, which solidified the fact that I will definitely be anticipating book two of this trilogy.

On another note, there were some questions that I was left with. For example, the synopsis mentions other bloodlines having relics, does that mean that there are other provinces/cities with lords in charge that also have a shadow to curb the relic’s effect? If so, why isn’t there mention of them and if not, what makes those relic and lords different from Kaylan’s lord? We also got a hint of there being more to this world as far as cities and regions, but I would have liked to have seen more of them to make the story seem more expansive. However, this is only the first book in a fantasy series and not all questions can or will be answered in the first instillation because a whole new world is being established. God didn’t create the world in a day, so we shouldn’t expect an author to be able to answer every little question we have in one book. If that was the case, why would we need two more books?

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, and I am excited to see what this debut author has in store for me next because I am hooked on Kaylan’s story.

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Author Bio:
Bronwyn joined the military right out of high school, where she learnt (among other things) to disassemble and reassemble a rifle blindfolded. After that she spent a lot of her time travelling around the world. Her favourite places (so far) are Scotland, Mongolia, Iceland and Ireland. Bronwyn finally found her natural habitat when she landed her first job in the publishing industry. While she has always been a writer, it was only when surrounding herself with books that she realised her life’s dream was to become an author. Relic is her first novel. Bronwyn lives in Sydney and spends her time eating chocolate, reading and practicing her martial arts.

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