Title: Grand Master’s Pawn
Author: Aurora Springer
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewer: Shakera Blakney
I enjoyed this story. The world building made me use my imagination and it was truly beautiful. I traveled with Violet Hunter as she completed each mission for her Grand Master, the Griffin, while trying to discover his motives for the missions. Each mission, more dangerous than the last, helped me understand the Griffin more and the dangers of greed and the ambitions of others.
Each planet, species, Grand Masters, and other characters brought a special charm to the story. There wasn’t one character that I was on the fence with how they made me feel… I either loved them or hated them. The romance felt a bit rushed and took a bit to get to, but once the Griffin let Violet see him for the first time, it was lovely. I loved seeing the chemistry between Violet and the Griffin transform over time.
If you like Sci-Fi and romance, this book’s for you!
Author: Wren Michaels
Rating: 5 Stars
What’s better than a paranormal romance? A paranormal romance with a kick ass heroine (that’s what)! Oh, and a gay best friend/roommate… and a ghost! What?! I did mention “paranormal”! In the heart of Louisiana, Kena has been in hiding… for many, MANY years. Except, she doesn’t know she’s in hiding. We meet Kena as a police officer in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. She’s an officer on suspension under suspicion of misconduct while undercover as the girlfriend of Vinny, the Mafia leaders son.
When Hurricane Katrina came through and leveled the town, Vinny’s father lost everything. To get his territory back, Vinny’s father decided to dabble a bit with the spririt world, which he doesn’t understand…and can’t control. Powerful spirits get released and it’s time for Kena to come out of hiding. What better way than having Luc, your friendly building supervisor to jog your memory!
I thought the synopsis would be what drew me to the book… while the synopsis was interesting, including a beautiful cover, the first couple of lines of the story grabbed me! And it kept me glued to the story.It was funny, it was charming, it was EVERYTHING! The characters, whether main or secondary, were well developed which made the story that much more compelling. There were scenes that had me in tears from laughing, but also in tears from sorrow. This story broke me down, built be back up, and broke me down again. I felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions! I love a story that has a strong female lead. Kena was strong on her own, but even stronger with Luc. The love scenes between them were stunning. They were sensual and passionate. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a plot to get wrapped up in, characters to can fall in love with, and an awesome read.
You can spend your entire life trying to find that someone special. In this case, for Summer it has always been Ian. She just never saw him in that light… but he’s been seeing her in that light for many, MANY years. Everyone saw it but Summer.
Just when Summer had herself in a comfortable routine, her estranged mother shows up challenging everything she knew to be true. To help get through this, Summer leans on her three best friends, Dee, Rick and Ian. As if dealing with her estranged mother wasn’t enough, she has casual relationship with Matt. While Summer cares for Matt, he doesn’t make her feel the way Ian does.
So we’re dealing with a mom who wants back in, a guy you care for and a guy who you love without realizing he’s been in love with you for years. I thought the story was extremely sweet and endearing, but at the same time Summer made feel extremely frustrated. All of Ian’s actions showed how he felt while Summer didn’t really know what she wanted. BUT when she figured out what she wanted, it was magical.
There were moments when I felt like pace was a bit slow, but engaging enough that you wanted to continue. My favorite aspect of this book was reading a scene from years ago and then seeing how it correlates to present day. Kelly Moran connects this story so well to the past that you feel all the memories of Summer. The past meets the present in an intricate and engaging story from start to finish. Not only is each character important, but you easily grow attached to Rick, Dee, and Ian; each play a complex role for Summer throughout her reveries.