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Starr Gone ~ Kim Briggs


Title: Starr Gone  (Starr Fall, Book #3)
Author: Kim Briggs
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Contemporary/Action & Adventure
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Date of Release: June 3, 2017
Pages: 258
Format: ePub (YA Insider)

Please give me a second to compose myself! I was not prepared for this… I’m still trying to process! Holy crap! Sigh… Deep breath

*** SPOILERS ALERT ***

Okay, so we pick up where we left off and I find that Di is my spirit animal. Any girl who carries a taser and pepper spray is a girl after my own heart! We find out Sam and Jody aren’t dead, they’re working for the Organization, Jude is the turncoat I thought he would be, and I’m worried about Christian. After finding misleading information, Starr has gone missing. Unfortunately, she was taken by the Organization and they want to return her to her “loving” grandparents in exchange for money… naturally. How will Christian and the team rescue Starr? Can they rescue her?

This book is quite the page turner! It kept me on the edge of my seat, had me feeling a range of emotions, needing to know what happens next. The character development was outstanding! Starr and Di came into their own. They’ve become strong young women and I was especially proud of the development of Di. She didn’t feel like a secondary character in this story, which gave me a higher appreciation of her. I won’t lie, there were times Frank annoyed me, but I understood his thought process and his reasoning. The development of the team independent of Starr was astounding. They were organized and ready for anything! With the way the story ended, they will have to be ready and down for anything!

Can we discuss the ending for a second? I wasn’t ready for this story to end! And definitely not the way it did! The anticipation is KILLING me! What I love about this series is each book is stronger than the previous and it continues to get stronger. Each character serves a purpose; the purpose may not be clear in the beginning, but when you find out… you are shocked and can’t wait to find out what will happen next. And just when you think you know what will happen, there’s a twist. I don’t know if I can wait this long for the fourth installment, but I do wait with excitement of where this story will go and I look forward to it!

18+ · Book reviews · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · HEA

Silver Silence ~ Nalini Singh


Title: Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
Author: Nalini Singh
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance,
Publisher: Berkeley Books
Date of Release: June 13, 2017
Pages: 464
Format: Kinde (First to Read)

As someone who gets really attached to my characters, I instantly fell in love with Silver and Valentin. When an alpha falls for someone, it is ill-advised to try and assassinate her! Valentin is a fun loving bear shifter with a heart of gold and going through strife about his broken clan. Silver is a strong and pure telepath who avoids emotions and practices “Silence”. It prevents her from hearing every mind in a certain radius. It kinda makes her an Ice Queen, but oh does she have a spark! But it’s a spark only Valentin notices. Per his usual, Valentin shows up to Silver’s apartment, unannounced… which would annoy anyone, but turns out to be a great thing! There’s an organization that wants the Trinity Accords (An agreement amongst the Psy, Humans, and Changelings to co-exists) to fail and the best way to do that would be to take out Silver. Not so fast! Valentin is there and Silver is his mate, she just doesn’t realize it yet. To protect her, she has to do the unthinkable. She has to live in the heart of Denhome, Valentin’s home.

This was my introduction to Nalini Singh and she had me captivated from the first page. Silver is a kickass, badass female lead. There were a few moments I felt myself get riled up on behalf of Valentin, but I was rooting for Silver as well. This book is close to 500 pages and I found myself practically reading this in almost one sitting. I’m not sure if this is a spin-off, but this is not a standalone story. However, it can definitely be read as one. It gives just enough information so you don’t feel lost. What I really loved was the integration of each race with each other. Silver’s interaction with other races was well detailed and showed a mutual respect between the races. Nalini Singh combats preconceived notices and biases with her writing and storytelling, so much that you can (if you choose to…) reflect on your own beliefs and biases. Ms. Singh’s storytelling is entertaining and compelling. She definitely knows how to pull on the heartstrings. When decisions are made and you have to deal with the fallout, you see where loyalties lie.

I look forward to reading more in this series, and can’t wait to go and start at the beginning!

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Torched ~ Katie Mettner


Title: Torched
Author: Katie Mettner
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Katie Mettner
Date of Release: February 7, 2017
Pages: 236
Format: Kinde (The Romance Reviews)

It must be extremely tough to be an author. You have to put yourself out there for criticism, plus dealing with your editor, plus dealing with your publisher… going to book signings, etc. Who knew this life would be a killer?! Definitely not Constance, who is an author and graphics designer. Learning of the betrayal of her publisher, Alexis, a close group of authors doesn’t take it very well. As Constance has always been a person of high morals, she doesn’t agree with what the authors want to do. However, she doesn’t have time to deal with that. Someone is killing authors who have a little something in common.

By chance, she meets Mack, the owner of Barney & Me, who has a simple outlook on life. He is quite the sweetheart and a great listener (with pretty awesome advice), but he is no pushover. The two of them mesh very well and quite quickly. With a killer on the loose, can the two find love in each other while staying alive?

While the story was interesting and it had mystery and intrigue along with romance, it was missing something. Parts of the story was written to interact with the reader, which is fine, but it felt like everything was spelled out for you… literally everything. Because of that, the book felt longer than it actually was. With a little editing, this story would be wonderful!

The mystery aspect of the story was well done. The killer wasn’t my first guess, which is awesome, but it was my second guess. It was also quite interesting to get a little insight into what it’s like to be an author. It is a lot of work which can be rewarding, and I’m glad authors exist!

18+ · Book Review · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · HEA · Romance · Sci-fi · series

Ruining Miss Wrotham ~ Emily Larkin

 

Ruining Miss Wrotham
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Title: Ruining Miss Wrotham (Baleful Godmother Series, Book 5)
Author: Emily Larking
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Romance,
Publisher: Emily Larkin
Date of Release: May 25, 2017
Pages: 486
Format: Kinde (Author)

How far would you go to find your missing sister? How much would you defy society norms in the name to find your sister? Eleanor needs to find her sister, Sophia, who ran off with a guy, creating such a scandal that her betrothal was abruptly ended. Now she needs help finding Sophia, but who can she turn to when every man in her life is domineering? On the flip side, what can you do when the only guy willing to help you is seen as a man of low morals in the eyes of society?

Mordecai Black is known amongst the ton for his affairs with well-known ladies, but the one woman he wants only knows him by his reputation, but not the man. He is a man of means with a heart of gold. And is in love with Eleanor. Can they find Sophia and recognize they are meant for each other?

Another outstanding story that I just could not put down! I finished this book in one sitting. The writing was great along with amazing story telling. You were on the edge of your seat waiting on information on Sophia while hoping love blossomed. Truly amazing!

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Daughter of Lions ~ Catherine Banks

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Title: Daughter of Lions
Author: Catherine Banks
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: June 26, 2015
Pages: 276
Format: Kindle (Kristin D. Van Risseghem)

Shifters, lions, love triangle, oh my! Victoria just cannot catch a break! Being a teenager has always been tough, but try being a teenager of an alpha lion… and you’re a hybrid. Sigh… Add a mom who just can’t deal with what you are and you don’t fit in with any crowd. Throw in Brandon, the hottest werelion you have ever seen and Victoria’s world is all topsy turvy! Victoria is spending Spring Break with her dad and her life gets a little more interesting. There’s a bat-shit crazy wolf, Bob, who truly believes she belongs with him as his mate. Brandon becomes her protector. Throw in Michael, a childhood friend and Victoria has a huge decision to make. Who is to be her mate?

There is so much going on, but the part that slightly annoyed me about Victoria was the constant “No one will want me because I’m a hybrid.” I completely understand her gripe, but it felt like it was on every page. I didn’t mind the love triangle, I was fine with Victoria’s choice either way since they were both great guys. The writing wasn’t bad, but there were a few typos… nothing major. While I was satisfied with the ended, I wasn’t thrilled with how we got there. Some things could have been explained that weren’t, but it would have made the story feel like it was dragging. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

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The Wanderer ~ Dahlia Donovan

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Title: Inherited Love  (Dalton Siblings, Book 1)
Author: Katie Mettner
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBT, Romance, Humor
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Date of Release: April 8, 2017
Pages: 248
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

 

Weddings tend to bring out the romantics in everyone. BC and Graham are no exception! They never thought they would see each other again, only to have a few cupids interfere. Once they encounter each other for the second time, they become inseparable. Doubt and insecurities have Graham running for the hills, but an illness has BC running to Graham. Through such a trying time and mortality on the line, will love conquer all?

The natural ease and flow of conversation between the two characters made this book quite an enjoyable read. There is a natural attraction and a humor that kept the story from being too heavy. There are moments where I couldn’t get the tears to stop falling. BC and Graham are absolutely great characters and very well developed. Their personalities, while quite different, they work very well together. I wish this was a series! (Psst! It looks like it is!)

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Inherited Love ~ Katie Mettner

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Title: Inherited Love  (Dalton Siblings, Book 1)
Author: Katie Mettner
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: April 7, 2017
Pages: 237
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

Life for Cinn hasn’t been easy. Let’s start with her name… Cinnamon Mabel Dalton, after her grandmother, Mabel. It’s a mouthful. But her personality makes up for how wacky she thinks her name is. The book opens with Cinn sitting in her grandmother’s funeral. No one knew Mabel well, if at all. Cinn took the time to get to know Mabel and in return, Mabel got to know Cinn and the musical gift she has. So it should come as no surprise at the reading of the will that Cinn inherits Mabel’s house and dog, Brutus.

Through Cinn processing her grief the best way she can and getting to know the woman she called grandmother, she meets Foster, the director of the Humane Society and vet. They hit it off and became quick friends. What makes them the perfect couple is neither of them is perfect, with insecurities. When vandalism comes to the dog park, one part of town everyone cares about and Mabel loved, it puts Cinn and Foster together to find the culprit. While it was pretty easy to figure out the mystery, it was a sweet story of watching two people deal with their insecurities (and they have great reasons to have those insecurities) and having a passion for what they do.

The writing was simple and the story had quirky moments, which was great. This is the first book of the series, and I’m quite interested to read the next one!