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: ★★★★½

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: ★★★★☆

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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: ★★★★½

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: ★★★★½

Buy: Blood Torn (Blackthorn)

Review: Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell

happily ever afterReviewed by Karin

It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book so much. It is laugh out loud funny. I really did laugh out loud. This is Maxwell’s first book, but I would definitely read another one, especially if it has the same voice as this one.

The premise of this book sounds silly, and it is impossible, but what the hey! and it combines several genres (romance, erotic and paranormal), which makes it even more clever. Even though you have to suspend reality, it is so easy to do. Finally about halfway through the book I had to mark all the places that were funny, or witty, or poignant.

LRP gave me an uncorrected paperback, but I didn’t see any errors. It was easy to read.

The Story, one of them

Sadie Fuller, a 46 year old divorced mother of an 11 year old daughter, is slightly over weight, living among younger women who are all thin — as Maxwell says of one woman, you’d like to give her a sandwich… She writes erotic romances under a pen name K.T. Briggs. And she is successful. She pays alimony to Roger, her ex, to the tune of $5000 a month. He is still her friend — and gay. Roger has found gorgeous partners, while Sadie has had none.

She places an ad for a sex buddy for her only free time, Friday mornings. It is answered by a sweet guy, Jason, a lawyer, who isn’t chisled. Their sex is funny and sweet as they learn each other. He comes with his own baggage, which makes him endearingly vulnerable, as she is.


Another story

The books starts with almost alternating chapters of Sadie’s story and the new erotic book she is writing, Stolen Secrets.

Things get complicated when she finds she has a greater word count in the morning than how she left it at night. It turns out a witch, Clarissa, has presented the male character, Aiden, with a challenge which he must fulfill in 48 hours.

And Aiden shows up in real life in the Target where Sadie is shopping…it takes a bit before he remembers who he is, and Sadie realizes what is happening.

And Clarissa is a character from an unfinished paranormal book that Sadie set aside a number of years before. Turns out Aiden had been a character in that book under another name and another occupation.

And then…

Jason shows up on the arm of her neighbor (and she shows up with Aiden) at a school fundraiser. Sadie realizes she is jealous, and Jason isn’t too happy either…

The ending (no spoiler)

I loved the ending. Very clever. The end. LOL.

I loved the book. If I could give it 7 * out of 5, I would do it.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Forsaken (World of Nightwalkers, Book 3) by Jacquelyn Frank

forsakenReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

In case you are wondering, this book has a Glossary of Terms.

Leo Alvarez has a first scene that’s quite violent but don’t let that stop you from reading this book. You just may not want to be eating anything at the time. Marissa Anderson is still trying to get used to her blending. Her husband, Jackson, is good friends with Leo. Faith is there to help them fix a problem that involves Jackson.

The first chapter shows the reader that this is part of a series that must be read in order. In order to understand the world of the Nightwalkers it is best to not think that this is a stand-alone book. It shows that in order to survive in this world, violence exists. It also had me wondering how hard it must have been for the author to write some of the scenes.

In book two, the reader meets a character that has Down’s syndrome. But for this story, our author has created a character that’s a man in a woman’s body. How interesting – a woman writing as a man who happens to be in a woman’s body. This shows you how creative this author is.


One thing I was glad to see, no matter how short, was that SingSing was back. And she’s still a scene-stealer. Knowing that there is going to be book coming out in April, I’ll have to watch to see if she makes another appearance. Jacquelyn also knows how to take a serious moment and then adds in something that will have you laughing.

The author has written a story that shows to what lengths a friend will go through for someone he cares about even though he is more than human. And even though Leo’s around with those that have some special abilities he does pretty well about keeping up – not bad for a human. And just because we have a couple of characters that are polar opposites doesn’t mean that the reader doesn’t get some really hot sex either.

Leo appears to be the “hero” of this tale but that doesn’t mean that he’s also not an ass – especially where Faith is concerned. Jacquelyn shows her readers that in any world prejudice can exist. It makes you wonder if we will ever get it right. But she also shows that sometimes even stubborn people can change their minds.

I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did. It mixes just the right amount of suspense, action, and romance into a tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. There’s a quick book trailer of Forsaken if you wish to check it out:

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Forever (World of Nightwalkers, Book 2) by Jacquelyn Frank

forever jacquelyn frankReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

The prologue is set in the distant past but sets you up for the rest of the book (if not the series).

Dr. Marissa Anderson works for the police. If you read Forbidden, you will remember her. If you didn’t read that book, I would suggest you go back and read it because so much more will make sense in this book if you do. And she has an interesting sister that will have you laughing.

Officer Jackson Waverly is an officer whose partner is a dog. But Jackson isn’t just an ordinary cop. Again, if you don’t read the first book some of this may not be clear. And let the cover be your inspiration on what he may look like.

This was a book that was hard to put down especially when our two main characters have to work a case together. Jackson also has no problem showing Marissa how she affects him. Our author shows how hard it is to blend two people into one. It may even have you question what would you do if you were put in that position.

If you’ve never read Jacquelyn’s work before such as her Shadowdwellers and Nightwalkers series, and you decide that this is the book you want to start with, you may be a little confused about what is going on. But why not stop over to her web site, http://www.jacquelynfrank.com/main.html, and check out all of what she has to offer. And if you have read her other series, this book may give you some incentive to go back and read them all over again.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Book 1) by Jacquelyn Frank

forbidden jacquelyn frankReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Docia Waverly has what appears to be a loving, and joking, relationship with her brother Jackson. Hers was an interesting introduction to the reader – Jacquelyn certainly grabbed my attention. In that intro, she has an otherworldly experience. In this New Year, our author has me wondering what would we do if we were in Docia’s situation.

Rami’s first meet and greet with Docia is interesting and not to be missed. Their interaction will have you smiling. Docia won’t put up with anyone giving her any shit, which is great to see. I always love when a couple doesn’t immediately love each other and where one has to warm up to the other.

Make sure to read this book first if you want to stay true to the series. Even though this is Docia’s story, you see the beginnings of Jackson’s story as well. I happened to read Forever first, and so much more makes sense now that I’ve read book one.

One thing that’s a little different with this book is that Jacquelyn has created a special needs character. You will need to decide if he is good or bad. This is not something that we see too often but I applaud her for being so imaginative to think to even do that with one of her characters. And besides that, she adds in a Djynn character, SingSing – folks, she steals every scene she is in. She’ll just make you laugh and I’m hoping she’ll continue to make appearances.

I’ve been following this author’s work since her Shadowdwellers series. She’s an author that will not disappoint. You will find this Nightwalkers series is another must read series especially if you love paranormals.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Forbidden: The World of Nightwalkers

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