#Review: The Guardian by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth

Description

Rhiannon has been hidden most of her life and protected from the terrible tragedy that stole her parent’s lives when she was only a child. Raised in a normal human society, she thinks her life will never change. And then strange things start happening, and someone or something seems to be watching her every move…

Fate has a way of intervening when she is confronted by true evil, her existence threatened by an entirely new and foreign entity, one that is as mysterious as the man who suddenly enters her life. A stranger that makes her question her reality and an unimaginable fate she is destined to follow, Kellen’s motives are as strange as his appearance.

Now Rhiannon must seek the truth as a dark and deadly enemy pursues hunting her, but the only protection she has is….The GuardianCan she trust in Kellen when her life is on the line?

Is the Light strong enough to defeat the Darkness, even if it seeks your soul? 

Review

Nikki Landis is a sure thing for me these days, I don’t need to read a description or think twice about picking up one of her books. But I am behind on her earlier works and this is something I’m keen to rectify. So when she offered me the chance to read her first paranormal romance series I jumped at the chance.

I had had The Guardian on my Kindle for a really long time…long enough that the version I had was out of date (oops) Nikki had since updated it with new content so that it was a longer book, she very kindly sent me the newer version so that I didn’t have to buy it again.

The Guardian is about Rhiannon, the chosen one, brought up in the human world and unaware of her destiny or her supernatural heritage. Kellen is The Guardian sent to protect her and help her adjust as she comes into her powers and learns what she is destined for.

I can’t compare this to other Nikki Landis books I’ve read because it’s clear that as a writer she’s moved into different territory than where she started. This book was a YA paranormal romance, with no sex and very morally astute characters…which I guess fits with their angelic ties.

This was far more slow burn even at YA standards than I prefer, but that’s not a bad thing I’m just a fiend who likes a lot of action in my romance novels!

The paranormal aspects are fantastic, I love how the story is carefully built up and not too much is introduced but just enough to get you engaged and interested in what is happening. I’m keen to know where this is going in the coming books.

Rhiannon was a little too likeable for me, I know I know how can someone be too likeable. Remember I like bad girls, I like my leading ladies to have a pair of balls on them. Rhiannon was too easily appeased there were several moments through the book where she should have been throwing plates and spitting venom and she just calmly understood, seeing the bigger picture. Nah, sorry, but I like a few venomous fights! I felt by the end of the book she was starting to find a little more grit so I think as the series continues this is an aspect of her character she will grow into and I will feel less frustrated by.

Kellen is a little sappy for a bit strong years old Guardian warrior. He really does act like a 15-year-old who has never seen a pretty girl before. I would have preferred him to be a little more alpha. But I did like him, and I loved his story and feel like there is a lot more to his story that we have yet to learn. I’m also looking forward to seeing him kick some more demon backside.

It is also in this book that we get our first glimpse of one of my favourite of Nikki’s characters Jarrod (assuming you are reading in the right order unlike me)…it’s a bit part but I have a big thing for Jarrod and was so happy to see him appear in a few scenes.

Overall, a solid YA Paranormal Romance which I think will graduate into NA as the series progresses. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting my teeth into books 2,3,4 etc because I can see this is going to be a series I’m going to be completely invested in.

Thanks to Nikki Landis for gifting me the newer version of this book so that I could read it and provide my honest review.

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TitleThe Guardian
Series: Fight for Light #1
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Romance | Young Adult | Paranormal Romance | Magic | Angels & Demons
Publisher: Dark Arrow Publishing
Publication Date: 7 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 249
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#Review: Pretty Reckless by Jane Anthony @JAnthonyAuthor

Don’t miss out…Pretty Reckless is FREE for today only, so if you like the sound of it after reading my review be sure to go download yourself a copy!

I’m on the blog tour for Pretty Ugly, book two in this series on Friday and I can’t wait to share my review of this book.

 

Description

Two years ago, I watched my girlfriend die.

We chased the high, night and day, searching for that magical fix that would cure the pain. But in the end, the escape she lived for took her from me.

Now, sober and rebuilding the life I almost destroyed, the last thing I need is another beautiful project dragging me down. Especially a Greek goddess with a sharp tongue and a drinking problem. But hidden inside Katarina’s charcoal gaze is a broken soul crying out for help. Like a true addict, I can’t say no.

Maybe if I can save her, it will make up for my past. But her salvation could also be my ruin.

Review

You can call me fickle, easily swayed, or even odd. But seeing on a Facebook post that this book had a Greek character I was sold, sign me up I say and there I am reading the first book and jumping on the blog tour train for the second book without even reading the blurb. Yes I am THAT obsessed with all things Greece (you live there for a year as well I guarantee you will join my club).

I opened Pretty Reckless and there was a Greek to English glossary which just gave me shivers (and made me feel a bit better as I thought I had forgotten all of my Greek and it turns out I haven’t…yay me!).

Then I start reading and I can’t even begin to describe the emotional tug of war that Jane Anthony put me through, not least because I saw so much of myself in both characters having been through much of what they were both battling. This book was one which touched a lot of nerves for me and I found myself sobbing through much of this book wishing they could find a way through their own personal turmoils even if they couldn’t find each other.

Chase is a recovering addict, he lives a simple life, he holds down a job, looks after his Gran and doesn’t get involved with women.

Kat is first generation Greek American, her family are traditional Greeks, but she is on a road to destruction, drowning her problems and memories. To say her last relationship ended badly would be an understatement of epic proportions. She has dreams but her family don’t support her.

When these two lost souls collide sparks fly and I felt caught in a trap with them as they pulled against and towards each other unsure which way they should be going and often at opposite times as one pulled away the other would be pulling toward so their wires would cross and messages never quite getting through.

This book tackles the struggles of addiction with such a raw honesty and although it brought back some horrific memories for me I was so entangled in the story of Chase and Kat I couldn’t help but to love the words on the page, every single one of them and to just root for these two people who deserved to find some peace and love.

Huge thanks to Jane Anthony for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitlePretty Reckless
Series: Addicted Hearts #1
AuthorJane Anthony
Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Contemporary Romance | Addiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 22 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 278
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link will Redirect to Preferred Retailer)

#BlogTour: Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson @XpressoTours #Excerpt

Welcome to the blog tour for Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson. I have an excerpt for you today and if you want to follow the tour you can do this at Xpresso Book Tours. This is the second book in this reverse harem series, you can catch my review of book one here!

Description

I failed…

My name is Ryder Carter, future heir of Realm Five, Minato.

I was destined to do great things, to walk alongside my fellow star knights, as we desperately searched for the woman who would lead our galaxy to salvation.

My spirit and I had failed her once, unable to prevent the chain of events and challenges she’d faced for sixteen cycles. Then, we finally found her – alive.

Within two rotations, she’d blossomed into a beautiful rose – such delicate petals, filled with purity and life. My mission was to guide her home, to where she truly belonged, as our Princess and saviour from the approaching darkness. She was more than just our Princess; I loved her with all my heart.

But…I failed. My once perfect rose, damaged by my failures. Would she ever forgive me, her star knight who’d sworn to protect her? Will I ever get the chance to tell her how much she means to me…to us?

Only the Starlight gods can tell. Please…bring my Firefly home.

~In Stars We Trust~

Tainted Rose is Book Two in the new, paranormal reverse harem series. 
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language. Tainted Rose - Tour Banner

Excerpt

“Fuck me, Ryder.”

 

I watched his pupils dilate, expanding quickly before constricting back to their normal size. I felt the hardness between his legs grow, as his breath caught in his throat.

 

“Makoto.”

 

The sound of my name as it left his lips was somewhere between a prayer and a curse. I never knew I could want something as badly as I had once wanted freedom, yet here I was, sitting in front of a man I loved.

 

He held me in his arms as he stood from the couch.

 

“Are you sure you want this? Once I start – I won’t be able to stop.”

 

There was no hesitation, no doubt in my soul. This was what I wanted.

 

“I’m sure.”

About Yumoyori Wilson

Yumoyori Wilson - Author ImageYumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleTainted Rose
Series: Starlight Gods #2
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 10 November 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 446
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#Review: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson @ILA121209

Description

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

Review

This book is told through three stories, Khloe who owns a flower store, and Connie and Gabby who are customers of Khloe’s. Each woman is at different stages of their life, and each woman is looking for love in different ways.

Khloe is consumed by running her store, it’s gathering success and she loves bringing joy to people in the form of flowers. When she meets a man over her store counter she mistakes his advances for a business meeting.

Connie has never had a boyfriend, after being in a terrible accident as a young child she has never fully gained self-confidence and now sends flowers to herself at work because she is afraid of being seen as a loser for being single and wants to gain acceptance from the spiteful women she works with.

Gabby is a widow and feels like it may be time to dip her toe back in the water so joins a dating site.

The book is light-hearted and moves reasonably quickly. There were a few issues for me. It’s called Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop so for me I expected the story to be shaped around the flower cards, but very few of them were mentioned. Not a huge issue I just got to the end of the book and felt the title didn’t really make much sense to the way the story shaped out.

I felt like some situations could have been played out for more chick-lit humour. Such as Gabby joining a dating site. The first response she gets is the person she ends up dating. Now I don’t know about the rest of you but my experience of dating sites was not that perfect. I think it would have been funnier and more realistic to have her wade through a few weirdos first.

I felt Connie’s situation was really over the top, do people really do what she was doing? Wouldn’t someone who had been through what she had been through have had therapy to help them deal with a lot of the issues she’d had? I struggled to believe that as a child she had been completely neglected and left to deal with all of her trauma which had then turned her into a completely unconfident and neurotic adult.

Khloe though I enjoyed, I understood her situation I believed her reaction to situations, although I found Derek a bit of an idiot for lying to her. I think I would have preferred just a solo story with just the two of them.

I didn’t dislike this book but I spent a fair amount of time frustrated with some of the reactions, decisions that were being made. There was also an uncertainty on how far to take the sex scenes, some of them crept close to being graphic and then cut off, others stayed strictly PG. I think authors need to decide which avenue they want to go down then stick with it. I have no issue reading PG books that don’t show sex, equally, as you all know, I love full graphic sex. But this 50/50 not sure where it’s going thing is awkward and uncomfortable for everybody.

I have to thank Isabella Louise Anderson and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tour for the eARC so that I can honestly review this.

Rating

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TitleCard’s From Khloe’s Flower Shop
Series: N/A
Author: Isabella Louise Anderson
Genre: Chick Lit | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 290
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#Review: Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson Plus #GuestReview @PaRoyle

Dark Wish is another book that I had to skip reviewing while I was in my reading slump, I just didn’t get to it in time for the blog tour. I’ve now read it and have my review below and as a bonus, I have a review from the lovely Siobhan who has been reviewing a few books to add some variety to things here. I thought it would be interesting to post both reviews together!

Description

What do you get when you add free and dumb? 
FREEDOM

My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.

Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.

But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.

Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.

~In Stars We Trust~

Dark Wish is an extraordinary new paranormal reverse harem series. 
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language. 

Review 1 – Claire

I had high hopes for Dark Wish, it was getting rave feedback in the reverse harem groups I’m in on Facebook, the few reviews I had read were glowing and everything I had read about it shouted: “this is for you Claire”. Unfortunately when I actually started reading it quickly became clear that I was not getting out of it what I was expecting and it became a book that I was really not enjoying.

Makoto Heart is in captivity from a young age, and this alone should warm you to her. But I didn’t, not from the very first page when it was clear what was happening did I feel any kind of warmth towards this character, she is naive, immature and quite honestly a real whiny bitch. She isn’t rescued until she is in her twenties by the men that will be her harem and her personality does not improve post-escape. It escapes me what they see in her though. I truly felt nothing for this girl despite all of her troubles. Some of my biggest issues were:

  1.  This is a group of people in their mid-twenties yet they are going to a school which is set up as though they are in their teens. It just didn’t work for me. It felt all wrong like it was an adult book trying to be YA.
  2. Makoto is always asleep, I am not kidding at least once every single chapter she is sleeping, I mean how the hell am I supposed to bond with the MC when all she does is sleep?
  3. There is virtually no dialogue between Makoto and her “Knights”, yet quite early on she talks in her dialogue about how she is falling for them, this just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t feel that when I didn’t know these guys properly.
  4. There is a great concept in this book that shifters, which is what Makoto and her Knights are, hold different spirits in their body, like angels, demons etc. I loved this concept, but it comes across clunky and awkward. I was confused quite often, and the multiple dialogues switching from internal to external and back again was just far too confusing. I get the author was trying to be funny but it fell short.
  5. This is a book set in a huge world, but the world building isn’t thorough enough for the multiple planets and different world ideologies to not be confusing. There was a glossary at the beginning but the author really needs to work on world building within the text to make this more powerful and easier for the reader.

Then we get to the writing. It just didn’t flow for me, it felt stunted and awkward. There wasn’t that natural flow that you need with a novel to really fell embraced by the words. There are a lot of typos and issues with the incorrect form of words being used and in some cases the completely wrong word being used such as interacted instead of interaction. It didn’t feel as though an editor had got anywhere near it which I always feel is a real shame because it always lets a book down terribly not to be properly edited.

Overall, I got to the end but will definitely not continue the series, it was just too much hard work for me.

I had an eARC of this book to review courtesy of the author and Xpresso Book Tours.

Rating

Review 2 – Siobhan

This is a hard book for me, I was confused with all the different planets, and such creatures, or gods. The beginning of the story started off as an escape plan, but I didn’t understand until later why they were trying to escape, the main female character was funny and kind of childish in my opinion, although she’s been sheltered and abused, her different personalities where hard to keep up with.

The Male leads were interesting all very different and intriguing, and sweet but in the story I feel that there wasn’t enough background information to each character, and I tried very hard to get into the story but found it hard, but please don’t be put off by my review although this isn’t my cup of tea I will recommend it to someone whom enjoys these types of books.

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About Siobhan

I love too read all and anything,
I am an author PA on Facebook,
I love all things Marvel and DC comics,
I love vampires and werewolves,
I’m a huge football fan, and I’m in love with Jon Snow,😘
But most of all I love my two children and partner more than life its self

 

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleDark Wish
Series: Starlight Gods #1
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 422
Buy: Books2Read (will redirect you to your preferred supplier)

#GuestReview: The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James @TateJamesAuthor @PaRoyle #Review

Time for our second review from my new guest reviewer Siobhan. If you missed her first review head back to yesterday to see her review of Groupie by C.M. Stunich. Today we have The Vixen’s Lead, this is another one that I have reviewed already so you can compare notes by catching up with my reviews here.

Description

I want vengeance so badly that I can almost taste it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. So, I did what any privileged, adopted boarding school girl would do. I slapped on a secret identity and became an internationally renowned thief, known as The Fox. Nobody knows me. Nobody can catch me.

Or so I thought…

It turns out; I have what they want. Special abilities. And trust me, these abilities are coveted–and dangerous. Now, I don’t know who to trust or where to go. Peril lurks on every corner as I try to uncover my past and origin. Teaming up with unlikely allies may be my only chance at survival or my biggest mistake. Only time will tell.

I’m Kit Davenport and this is only the beginning.

Review

This book is about Kit, an 18-year-old school girl thief, it’s a bit cheesy but good. It’s got action, laughter fun, and some intense sexual moments. The girl suffers from a dark twisted past of pain and torture and my heart went out to her.

She then meets the omega gentlemen all hot in their own right, like some of them are seriously sexy, they are intense dominant and sweet all with a dark past, they come together to try and find out who is hunting Kit.

If you’re looking for a comedy/reverse harem with a cliffhanger then this is the book for you I’m gonna jump on in the books in the series.

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About Siobhan

I love too read all and anything,
I am an author PA on Facebook,
I love all things Marvel and DC comics,
I love vampires and werewolves,
I’m a huge football fan, and I’m in love with Jon Snow,😘
But most of all I love my two children and partner more than life its self

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Vixen’s Lead
Series: Kit Davenport #1
AuthorTate James
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Suspense | New Adult
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 396
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link will redirect to your preferred store)

#GuestReview: Groupie by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich @PaRoyle #Review

Hey Guys, I made a new friend recently and as we’ve talked we have a lot in common when it comes to books. She’s only written reviews for Goodreads, but when I read one she posted recently her enthusiasm for the book, her passion for the story shone through and I asked if she would like to review some books for the blog. I always think getting different POV’s even on books I may have reviewed ads a different element to the blog. Luckily, the very lovely Siobhan said yes!

We are kicking off her reviews with Groupie by C.M. Stunich, you can catch my review here if you want to see what I thought, and Siobhan’s review is below.

Description

“Can one of these five rockstars fill the hole in my heart? Or will I stay broken forever?”

Young, dumb, and broke.

That’s what started everything. With five dollars in her pocket, and everything she owns stuffed in the back of her car, Lilith Goode’s life is over. Done. Destroyed.

Ten words. One text. That’s what it took to change the whole world.

A crumpled concert ticket. A chance encounter. That’s what it takes to start all over again.

Five rockstars. One girl. Six dark hearts, six withered souls.
But can one broken person really put another back together again?

Review

So C.M is a new author to me, I’d never heard of her before a friend recommended her to me, but now I’m buying all her books. Groupie is an emotionally intense, hot book, the Male leads are all broken, hiding secrets and running from dark pasts, which gives them all completely different personalities but they all have two things in common, the female lead and their band. The female lead Lil, made me cry and had me laughing so hard sometimes. She’s a shattered soul who’s trying to stay strong in a world where she doesn’t know if she belongs.

Can 6 damaged broken souls find happiness or love, or will they succumb to their broken pasts?

If you’re looking for an emotionally charged sexy as hell read with 5 hot as sin men and a strong-willed vixen then this is for you, I’m highly recommending this book.

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About Siobhan

I love too read all and anything,
I am an author PA on Facebook,
I love all things Marvel and DC comics,
I love vampires and werewolves,
I’m a huge football fan, and I’m in love with Jon Snow,😘
But most of all I love my two children and partner more than life its self

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleGroupie
Series: Rock-Hard Beautiful #1
AuthorC.M. Stunich
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Adult | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 394
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link will direct you to your preferred supplier)