Audio Review: How (Not) to Kiss a Prince (Cindy Eller, Book 2) by Elizabeth A Reeves

howtonotkissaprinceLet the Magical Mayhem begin! Cindy Eller has not one, but two weddings to prepare for in less than two weeks when the cupcakes hit the fan – a mysterious man has appeared, claiming to be betrothed to Cindy and that she must marry him before her sister’s nuptials can take place. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with Cindy’s Ordinary boyfriend, Timothy. That’s the way to cake – and the wedding – crumbles!

Start at the beginning: This is the second book in the series and there were times as I was listening that this became quite clear for as a reader I didn’t know what the author was referring to, which is fine, as I generally didn’t really need to know it. Because this is the second in the series, the conclusion is a happy for now with some threads left open for the next in the series.

How to know if you’ll like this book: Are you a foodie? You’ll love this. Lots and lots of descriptions of baked goods. You’ll want to open up a shop and start selling some of the goodies described.

Is there romance between a chef and a prince? One of my favorite scenes is when the prince kidnaps Cindy because he read a romance novel and thought it was considered romantic. Bwuahahaha.

Narrator: Michele Carpenter’s narration and accents give all the characters flair. She does a great job using a similar accent for all the characters so they sound like they’re form the same region, without making any character too similar. They are all distinguishable.

Disclaimer: Michele Carpenter is the narrator for my own trilogy.

Buy: How (Not) to Kiss a Prince (Cindy Eller #2)

[rating:4]

Review: Love Potions (Warlocks MacGregor Series, Book 3) by Michelle M. Pillow

love potionsReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Lydia Barratt is walking through town but something doesn’t feel right. During her walk she meets Erik MacGregor – and it’s an interesting first meeting. You will see that they have a connection almost from the minute they meet. Erik is moving into the area and that is what’s going to make this an interesting read. Our author does not waste any time in fueling the fire between these two. You will get so lost in this book that you will lose track of time. It’s a book that you will not want to put down.

And who wouldn’t love to have a sexy highlander living next door – me, me, me (I don’t even have one in the neighborhood). Mine would most certainly wear a kilt and have nice smooth skin. And when he speaks he’d have that signature burr. How about you? This author certainly knows how to stimulate the reader’s imagination.

Erik has a scene with his brother Euann that will leave you chuckling and also give you some nice visuals. Lydia also has a great friend Charlotte that will keep you in stitches. I look forward to seeing if our secondary characters make another appearance. This is another reason that this is a great book – we want to know more about the other characters and not just the main ones.

It’s a great romance that has a little paranormal suspense and has an ending that will leave you smiling. And that ending will leave you wanting more and this is what makes a great author. She knows her readers very well.

During this time of year, we spend our time outdoors and on vacation. Why not take this book with you? If you’ve never read this author before, this story may give you the incentive to change that. Michelle has plenty of other books you can check out over at her web site, http://www.michellepillow.com/index.html.

[Rating:4.5]

Buy: Love Potions (Entangled Covet)

Review: This Wicked Magic by Michele Hauf

This Wicked MagicReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Certainly Jones is a man trying to get back his life, but when the demons from his last quest are trying to stop him, he can think of nothing else than a female distraction. He has stolen from Daemonia, and has no doubt there will be consequences for what trouble he has caused.

Viktorie St Charles, or Vika as she’s known is a hunter of demons, weres and vampires, and having nearly had a one-night stand with a werewolf who got staked by a jealous vampire, she wonders if there are any good men out there.

Review: As Vika had exorcised one of his demons, he needs her help. This is the mysterious world of Nocturne Mills & Boon romance. It is a darker fantasy where two worlds collide, the past and present, human and supernatural. Vika and her sister make sure no one human knows about the creatures that haunt the land. Jones is a very strong magic user but he has a sensitive side and he needs them to help him rid his body of inner demons. He has done wrong to others, but you get the idea he doesn’t deserve the pain he is experiencing.

Good bits:

  • Vika kneeing a vampire in the groin
  • Reichardt making his charming entrance and stripping Vika
  • The annual Witches Bazaar Spellcast and Cook-Off – you’ll want to hear more about that!

Bad bits:

  • None – I can see myself reading more from this author

Review: It is the setting and rich characters that make this such a fun novel, Libertie,or Libbie as she likes to be known is Vika’s sister who helps her with cleaning up the demons etc in the neighbourhood, Reichardt is a psychopomp, or soul bringer who takes demons from their body to purify them, and Cinder is Jones’s fire demon, a computer whizz who makes his life easier. A white magic user and a dark magic user are brought together but others get in her way. Michelle Hauf weaves a beautiful dark and memorable love story of a man who survived the horrors of Daemonia. This is one of my favourite books of the year and is going on my keeper shelf.

[Rating:4]

Buy: This Wicked Magic

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Review: The Deepest Ocean (Eden Series, Book 2) by Marian Perera

the deepest oceanReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Captain Darok Juell is due to set sail into enemy waters and for once in his life he has to wait for a woman, a woman who with her witchcraft can protect his ship as well as send his enemies back into the sea. The woman is called Yerena Fin Caller and she is cold, calculated and hard to read as she keeps her emotions in check in order to use the power of a shark deep in the waters. He doesn’t like the look of her at first as she is colder than he imagined, but will he get under her skin with his manner?

Review: Darok doesn’t like having a woman on board as seasoned sailors know, it is bad luck, but for Darok, if she isn’t on board, it might be worse for him as there are many enemies around who want to see him and his men dead. From the moment he sees Yerena he feels frustrated about having to wait for her and have her on the ship, and this frustration carries on trhough the novel. He hates having to rely on a woman’s witch powers to get him through a dark mission, and doesn’t take lightly that she will be there for the duration. As the story is seen from his perspective, you get to find out what he really thinks about the woman and his other crew men on board.

Good Bits:

  • I like the name Daystrider for the ship – reminds me of Dawntreader.
  • Captain Darok Juell – he’s the sort of captain who will send your heart racing.
  • There’s some great dry humor in this.

Summary: Marian Perera is an author who likes to write romantic fantasy novels with a touch of science, or that is what her biography tells us. Her other books; Before the Storm, and The Farthest Shore are similar. The setting is perfect, you can feel the effects of life on the high seas, the crew’s plight of never seeing their women until the witch comes on board, having next to no food, drink and the stormy seas whipping them around day in day out. It is a wonder Darok doesn’t get more problems from his crew than he does. Something else I liked about this novel is Darok starts out hating Yerena being there as he’s a man’s man who doesn’t like taking advice – or orders from a woman who thinks she knows better than him simmer down later on. He actually starts to like her and later love her for who she is.

[Rating:4.5]

Buy: The Deepest Ocean (Eden Series)

Review: Blood Torn (Blackthorn, Book 3) by Lindsay J. Pryor

blood tornReviewed by Sharon S.

‘Vampires might bite, honey, but lycans tear.’

Jask Tao, lycan leader, rules his pack with absolute dedication and demands the same loyalty in return. In the world of Blackthorn, where respect is a rare commodity, Jask has earned his – few dare to cross him, and fewer survive to tell the tale.

When he captures Sophia, a rare serryn witch – whose blood is lethal to vampires – Jask knows just how valuable she can be. Despite her fiery nature, he also can’t shake the feelings that she rouses in him – feelings that he thought died along with Ellen, his mate.

Sophia knows she has to escape from Jask’s lycan compound – and fast. Inheriting her sister’s serryn powers can only mean one thing – that her family is at risk. She’ll have to get past the dangerously attractive Jask first but, scarred by memories of her mother’s murder, Sophia won’t ever give up.

Sparks fly between Jask and Sophia but, as both her family and the pack come under threat, they might just need each other if they, and their loved ones, are going to stay alive…

In this thrillingly sensual novel, Lindsay J. Pryor returns to the shadowy dystopian world of Blackthorn, where tensions are rising, the risks are high, and the most powerful loves are formed in the face of great danger.

This is the third book in the sexy action filled series Blackthorn. I am surprised I hadn’t heard of it since it has every thing I love. It is one of those fun series that blends the world building and grittiness of urban fantasy with the sexy love story found in paranormal romances. Even though this is book three I was able to understand and enjoy Jask and Sophia’s love story, but I felt a little lost with the series arc. Only because there were so many other characters involved from the first two books. I will be checking out the other books so I can find out what happened with those couples.

I am pretty hard to impress in the paranormal romance department. I need some meat to my story (heehee, that kind too) and strong over bearing personalities. Blood Torn contained my two favorite romance tropes, forbidden love and enemy to lovers. Jask is a tortured werewolf alpha in the best possible way (swoon). The mythos Pryor created for the werewolves in her world is full of danger and heartbreak. Turning isn’t something they want to do and this fact is being used against them. Sophia is a witch, but still human, and has a destiny forced on her that she didn’t know about. They are both alphas and broken on the inside. I loved watching them one up each other even cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Even though I couldn’t get enough of them, the author went over the top occasionally.

It is the dark world Pryor created that really draws me to the series as a whole. You could even call it a dystopian. Vampires decided to make their presence known to humans 80 years prior and they brought the werewolves with them against their will. The “others” have been segregated into an inner city by a scared human race. How close to the inner city a human lives in dependent on their money and social status. The elite living gated off in the suburbs.

Definitely a series I will be following and one urban fantasy fans and paranormal fans can enjoy.

[Rating:4.5]

Buy: Blood Torn (Blackthorn)