#Review: Apollo is Mine by Mila Young @MilaYoungAuthor

Description

I’m a warrior. Cursed to fight monsters. Sworn to act as Zeus’ sword to protect mankind.

But I’d give it all up for one last kiss with the god who stole my heart…Apollo.
I never wanted to carry my family’s legacy. But blood ties cannot be broken, and I’ll keep the promise I made my father on his dying bed. Legendary monsters hunt in city streets of Chicago, and my job was to take down the worst.
I’ve trained with Heracles.
Been blessed with super human powers.
What I’ve never done is fallen in love–until Apollo crossed my path. But he isn’t the only god to catch my attention. Hades is here too, and with him comes a darkness that leaves behind a trail of human bodies. Heracles and my gut instinct urges me to destroy this creature, but each step brings me closer to the truth…
Darkness cannot win…or the Earth will tumble into chaos and I’ll lose the god I’ve come to love…Apollo is mine.

Apollo is Mine is book 1 in the Harem of the Gods reverse harem series.

Content Warning: Steamy love scenes, dominating alphas who protect their female, and plenty of sexy Greek gods who will leave you breathless.

Review

Elyse is tasked with keeping humanity alive. Granted special warrior skills by Zeus and given God level warrior training to prepare her for her nemesis she should have life all in hand but she’s actually kind of a mess having trouble balancing her human life vs her super hero life.

Then to make matters worse these Gods start dropping into her life and she just needs them like instinct and this isn’t good for her in any way, not when she thinks she is supposed to be defeating one of them.

As always Mila Young’s writing is gripping and she presents you with characters that you just want to know more about making you turn the page over and over again.

I’m obsessed with Greek mythology and I loved how this played into this book and the characters were given a fresh outlook and new personalities it was refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable.

I can’t wait for book two in this series.

Thanks to Mila Young for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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TitleApollo is Mine
Series: Harem of the Gods #1
Author: Mila Young
Genre: Romance | Reverse Harem | Adult | Mythology | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 September 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 246
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#Review: Ride with the SEAL by Leslie North @leslienorthbook

Description

When ex-SEAL Camden Thursday enters the garage at two in the morning, he’s intent on grand theft auto. Instead he’s confronted with more than a hot car — there’s a sexy mechanic too. His high school crush, wrench in hand, projects a “Dangerous Curves Ahead” warning far more tempting than any joy ride, but Camden isn’t here to try the road less traveled. He’s here to jack a car and prove he can do more than manipulate computer code for the black ops service he works for: Norse Security. So while Camden is looking to get physical on this job, he was hoping for someone to punch, not someone to plunder…

Everly Knight is the baddest bad girl in town. As the daughter of a mobster and a name in the auto industry for hot cars, she could rest on her laurels and let her reputation proceed her. However, Everly has a deep dark secret: she wants nothing more than a shiny, new, legal garage all of her own. She’s just a few thousand away from cashing in and figures that one last illegal car theft could finance her legal dreams. That is until the geek from her past shows up as a hunky hero; letting Everly see that it’s possible to become more than just a tough girl.

Camden may be all muscle, but it’s Everly who can stall the entire operation. She holds him hostage and offers an ultimatum: Take her on the ride or find himself a sitting duck for the mob. It’s not a hard choice when the bombshell revs his engine. But with warring goals and secret missions, they’ll find themselves fighting for their futures and racing toward a love they never saw coming.

Review

I was originally supposed to review this for the blog tour, then life happened and I couldn’t take part so my apologies to the author for the delayed review on this one.

Cam is a man on a mission, determined to prove himself as more than just the team geek to the rest of his security company all he has to do is steal a high-tech car. This would be simple except for Everley, his high school crush and now mechanic who is all over the car with an agenda of her own and she’s not letting Cam anywhere near it.

When the bad guys get close the two of them need to work together but who wins in this scenario, who can be trusted and what’s with all the sexual tension?

I loved how this novella was written, short snappy and to the point with lots of danger forcing these two to make quick decisions despite all this the romance was still somehow slow burn which is quite unusual for a novella. I’m quite happy with fast steamy romance but this slow burn worked well and felt quite natural.

The banter between these characters is great, there is so much resistance from them both for various reasons and a lot of it comes out in sarcastic banter which works really well.

This was an easy and enjoyable read, highly recommended.

Many thanks to Leslie North for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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TitleRide with the SEAL
Series: Norse Security #1
Author: Leslie North
Genre: Romance | Military
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 24 May 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 131
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#BlogTour: Crossing the Line by Nikki Rose @AuthorNikkiRose #Review

Welcome to my stop on this blog tour for Crossing the Line by Nikki Rose. If you want to follow the tour you can do so from this blog as I have organised the whole thing! Just follow this link.

Description

He’s a killer able to reach even the most untouchable marks and she’s his new obsession. Watching from his balcony, Hunter can’t fight the force pulling him toward the girl who just moved in across the street. The sexy little brunette bouncing around her apartment unpacking boxes has him searching for a way to get closer. He never expected to be watching from the shadows as the police take her away. If he wants a chance with her, he has no choice but to follow.

All Addy wanted was a new beginning and a chance at a normal life after leaving her cheating ex. She never expected her new start to include witnessing a brutal crime and being forced to relocate while the police searched for the killer. Finding herself waiting tables alone in a new town isn’t exactly the start she was hoping for until the handsome stranger at table four turns her world upside down.

Crossing the Line is a standalone Romantic Suspense / Mystery novel with a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers.

Contains violent scenes and sexual situations. Mature readers only. Adults 18+

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Review

Hunter is a paid killer, cold, meticulous with attention to detail that is unmistakable. Addy is the girl next door, happy, carefree, and she has the attention of the killer, just not as his prey…at least not the kind of prey you would expect. Then she witnesses a murder and her life spirals out of control.

Nikki Rose has offered a debut novel full of sneaky twists and plot developments that leave you with no idea where this book is going to end up.

Hunter and Addy are the most unlikely yet compatible couple I’ve read in a long time. Part of me hated both of them yet I couldn’t help but want them to come together. I found Addy’s form of Stockholm Syndrome a tad annoying and yet I was rooting for her to find love (I never claimed to make sense). While I spent most of the time I was reading Hunter convinced there was more to him than we were being allowed to see I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

This is a strong debut novel with some epic twists that will blow your socks off and leave you wanting more from this promising author.

I’m very grateful to Nikki Rose for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Nikki Rose

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For as long as she can remember, Nikki Rose has enjoyed writing stories. For years, writing was just a hobby for this South Carolina native. It was a way to let out all the stories floating around in her head. After one of those stories took on a mind of its own, outgrowing even the parameters of a single book, Rose knew she had to pursue her dream.

Married to her high school sweetheart and best friend, Rose feels she is truly living out a romance story of her very own. As a stay at home mom of two, she is blessed with the time needed to work on her writing career full-time while her kids are at school or in the wee hours while normal people sleep. She considers herself a music obsessed chocoholic and hopeless romantic who enjoys weaving romance stories with a healthy dose of mystery and suspense.

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Title: Crossing the Line
Series: N/A
Author: Nikki Rose
Genre: Romance | Romantic Suspense
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 July 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 279
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#Review: The Wind Singer by William Nicholson @WB_Nicholson

Description

“I hate school! I hate ratings! I won’t reach higher! I won’t strive harder! I won’t make tomorrow better than today!” In the walled city-state of Aramanth, rules are everything. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the whole family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth . . .

Review

“You like fantasy don’t you? I’ve got a set of books you’ll like they’re the only books I’ve ever read” says a friend to me before handing over his set of The Wind of Fire trilogy a YA Fantasy series putting me in an awkward position because as we know, I don’t do YA. Deciding to make an exception this once because this friend was so enthusiastic about these books and some other fellow bloggers online showed similar enthusiasm I decided to give them a go and now having finished the first one I’m starting to see why the rave reviews.

Living in a dystopian world where everything is determined by the rank your family has as a result of how well they perform in school, work, and examinations. I just kept thinking of the poor people with dyslexia I mean horrific! Anyway Kestrel has enough and has a bit of a breakdown which is unheard of getting herself and her family into a whole heap of hot water. What she also does is stumble onto a quest to save the whole city from this awful way of life and with her brother, Bowman and a classmate, Mumpo she sets out to find what has to be found and bring it back to save them all.

This is a great quest based fantasy, with danger lurking on every page, lots of interesting characters, some good some bad. Plenty of character development, especially on Mumpo’s part, it’s fair to say I could happily have pushed his stalker like self off a cliff for about two-thirds of the book.

The ideas in this book were quite refreshing and the pace was quick without too much hanging around anywhere. Lots happens in this book there is a lot to take in and there isn’t much down time between different scenes. While it was enjoyable as an adult I imagine kids will get immense enjoyment from everything it has to offer.

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TitleThe Wind Singer
Series: Wind on Fire #1
Author: William Nicholson
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Egmont Books
Publication Date: 1 June 2001
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Hardcover | Audio
Pages: 352
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#Review: Harleigh by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth

Description

She’s a little too much like her idol – sexy, dangerous, edgy, bitchy, and a femme fatale – and maybe a little crazy too. Leigh’s got a dark past and plenty of skeletons in her closet which she’d rather keep buried. When her secrets come back to haunt her, she’s forced to confront the darkness she fought so hard to leave behind. With her life hanging in the balance, will Leigh become the villain, the hero . . . or the Volatile Vixenlurking inside?

Review

Harleigh - Nikki LandisHoly Moly, Nikki Landis has well and truly outdone herself with Harleigh. This book is dripping perfection from the very first words through to the last. There is nothing about this book not to like, especially not our villainous heroine.

Harleigh is a twenty-five-year-old woman who has more than a passing obsession with her name-sake Harley Quinn. She dresses like her, she acts like her she wants to find men like hers, and surprisingly nobody ever matches up. Her best friend Ivey is about the only person who gets her and her crazy ways.

During the course of this book, we discover Harleigh is in danger and being hunted, her brother and the rather dishy Derek take up the mantle protecting her and she is left figuring out how to save her own ass and is Derek someone she could have a future with. His batman like qualities certainly put him in the running but Harleigh is still obsessed with finding her Joker.

There are characters in this book I liked and some I loved immensely one of those was Harleigh, another was a character called Viktor who was one of the more evil characters and yet he still won my heart. I can’t wait to see how others respond to him because he was by far my favourite character.

This wasn’t always an easy book to read, Nikki Landis takes it to some risque and uncomfortable places, but it needs to go to those places for the story to work the way it does and it’s such a strong story I can’t imagine it would have the clout it does without such darkness.

I’ve read this book twice now and it didn’t disappoint either time and I will definitely be reading it again. An outstanding, page-turning, read.

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TitleHarleigh
Series: Volatile Vixens #1
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Supernatural | Villain | Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 14 June 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 152
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Q&A Marci Belle #Author of Delicious @belle_marci #Interview

Marci Belle is a wonderful debut author who has written a contemporary romance that will make you hungry for more than just love. Set in the restaurant world, Delicious is a fantastic novel about enemies who find love…gotta love these ones. I was lucky enough to read Delicious as a beta reader and wanted to introduce you all to this wonderful book before its release so that you can put it in the diary. Marci has joined us for a Q&A to tell us more about her and the book…

 

Marci, Welcome to BrizzleLass Books and thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your book today.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write Delicious…

Hello and thank you for having me, Claire. I always enjoy connecting with you and the new groups you have put together. The Fledgling Authors Facebook group has already been a massive help to me.

This is my first book I’m publishing, but I wrote one before this that is also quite a culturally distinct story. I find couples with different backgrounds intriguing.

I’m actually first generation American, with Nicaraguan parents. That means that, although I was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles, I was immersed in both worlds. I had plenty of Mexican friends and friends from most cultures. California is a beautiful and diverse melting pot of humans.

We were all Americans, but when we went home after school or work, our relatives cooked the food they grew up eating along with the American dishes they also were embracing. Food was a big part of our cultural identity.

When I moved to England, that changed. All the food and cultures I grew up with were no longer a part of my life. I enthusiastically explored the native food here, but often craved the Mexican food from home. The magic was missing. I longed for Mexican food more than I did Nicaraguan or American food.

Food is a very emotional thing for me. It brings back memories of my childhood. I remember hovering around the Mexican neighbor’s kitchen because she made amazing bean burritos. I guess you could say that this is the basis for the setting of the story and the connection between the characters. Everyone can find something in common.

Tell us a bit about the book, the synopsis.

Well they say that sometimes our lives are mapped out for us. I took that nugget of wisdom and played around with it in this story.

It’s an enemies to lovers story based on two characters who come from different worlds, but are connected by a similar passion. The female protagonist is a respected Mexican-American food critic who works for one of the world’s most popular food blogs.

She hides behind a pen name to protect her identity. As you can imagine, ruining a person’s hard work and dreams with a damming food review doesn’t always shed that person in a favorable light. It can be a dangerous job.

Our male protagonist, is a sexy restaurateur from London with a few ghosts in his past. His father is a celebrity chef, and sadly one he’s never been able to please. He recently opened a chic Mexican restaurant in Mayfair that lost a huge percentage of trade after a negative food review was published by the American food critic he now claims as his mortal enemy.

The book opens on a flight to London. When you’re in mid-air there’s nowhere to hide.

Without giving it away, there’s also some very sexy scenes in the book.

I was lucky enough to beta read Delicious so I have some inside knowledge of the book.
What, if anything, inspired the characters who are all so unique and full of life?

This is true. haha. The supporting characters are an amazing bunch that keep the story interesting and are a reflection of the openness of the protagonists. It’s a modern love story.

I definitely molded them around my group of larger than life friends who were there with me in spirit throughout the book.  I think readers will love them and find them entertaining.

I also ran a local culture blog that actually had a section called the Rock n’ Roll Food review. The character that inspired Nina wrote most of the articles. She’s obviously a musician. The book is filled with little treasures like that.

The main character is an American food blogger from California and you’re originally from California is there any of you in her character?

There are elements of me in her. Not physically, but the clumsiness and her temperament are borrowed from me. This is a creative, passionate and intelligent woman that embodies more than just superficial beauty. She has plenty of ingrained flaws. They can be endearing.

She has moments of both strength and weakness. That’s the part of her all women as a collective can relate to…when we’re honest with ourselves.

I would say the biggest part of myself that I contributed to the story was the way she related to food. There’s a huge nostalgia around it that comes from her childhood and family roots. I can definitely say she has a passion and respect for the culture which would translate into her reviews.

Our male character is a rich charismatic Englishman who owns restaurants and has a flea in his ear about something our main character wrote about him. His playboy stubbornness is both refreshing and amusing, is this based on anyone you know?

Yes! But I won’t say his name. There is a French celebrity chef in England who once was a bad boy himself, but his son has left him in the dust. He is a complete playboy hottie. You may know who I mean. You’ll then understand the relationship between father and son. The difference is that I added about ten years to his age. That’s ten years to grow out of his rogue ways. There’s something attractive about a man finding his true self after the storm has passed. There is a lot of character there.

Everywhere you look in this book there is food, be honest now how much did you eat writing it?

I almost choked on the cacao nibs I’m munching on from laughing so hard. I’m definitely an eater. Weirdly, I think I was making a lot of vegetarian food when I wrote this. My youngest daughter is a vegetarian so I was trying to accommodate her. I think I was dreaming about the dishes in this book extra hard because I didn’t have access to them.

You won’t find authentic Mexican ingredients readily available in UK supermarkets unless you’re in a place like London. I have to order everything online. I’ve learned to make my own tortillas.

It’s quite possible this book was also driven by the lack of a good fish taco in my life.

What was your writing process? And what would you change for future?

I spent a lot of time indoors writing this book. It probably took me longer than the average person to write because there were a series of tragic circumstances that happened along the way. It was most definitely a challenge.

I’m not sure my writing routine was predictable or is the one I will implement for the rest of my books. I did find that writing a chapter a day minimum after coffee and a bit of yoga stretches is very productive. A bit of oxygen to the body and blood to the brain and you’re ready to go. I’m no yogi but I certainly enjoy it when I do get off my bottom.

Also, I’d love to share that Jade West mentored me through the first two novellas I’ve written so far. She also shared a wealth of valuable writing information with me that I will hang on to forever. There is still so much to learn but that will come in time.

What comes next for Marci Belle?

I love writing these books and I don’t ever want to stop writing them. I plan to release the first book I wrote shortly after this one and I’m dying to write some new ones. I have five in the works in my head. But one at a time is how it works.

Each book will be different than the other. I don’t feel the need to suppress the art of writing by following a trend. I think if you love the idea you want to pen and are passionate about it, it will be the most rewarding thing you do for yourself and your readers. But then, I’ve always been a rebel.

 

Thank you Claire for the opportunity to share my book with the world.

About Marci Belle

California native living in the beautiful Welsh borders in England. You have to see it to believe it.This is my eleventh year in the UK, but I’m an LA Woman through and through.
I love Sexy Romantic Comedies, Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, and when I’m feeling devious, Dark Romance.

My characters will tend towards strong, inspiring females, and the delicious Alphas who love them, or hate them. Mix that up with humor, and you have a heady cocktail of sexy romantic comedy, and steamy emotional ride.

I’ve spent the past few years as a local culture writer, many years in the fashion and beauty industry, but my very best years are being spent as a mother of two very beautiful girls. Especially, with my first daughter when I was a single mom working a million temps jobs to pay the bills. I survived and looking back, I’m quite proud of my little family.

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#BlogTour: Twist of Fate by Regine Abel @regineabel #Review

Welcome to the blog tour for Twist of Fate by Regine Abel. This is book 4 in the Veredian Chronicles if you’ve not been following my reviews of the earlier books then here are the links…

Description

First Officer Ghan has entered the final stages of the Taint, the deadly disease that kills most Xelixian males by the age of forty. He is determined to bring an elusive foe to justice before his body shuts down completely.

When tragedy strikes a close ally, he finds his soulmate in an unexpected twist of fate. If only she had revealed herself sooner, she could have cured him. Now, she can only keep him in limbo. Is it too late for them or will fate deal them a new hand?

 

Review

Ghan has been a favourite character throughout this series. His serious approach to his job and his brotherly relationship with Amalia have secured him in the hearts of readers, well this reader anyway. So I was overjoyed to learn that Twist of Fate was Ghan’s story and that we wouldn’t be losing him to the taint after all…well hopefully anyway.

When Ghan is given a few month’s before the taint finally claims his life he accepts it as the beautiful soul we have learned him to be. Then a miracle happens and someone he thinks he knows is revealed to be more than they are and with that reveal his mate bond kicks in and that moment he never thought he had happens. I’m not going to say who, what, when, or why. Because why spoil a damn good plot point. She’s a wonderful character and together they make an invincible team both in and out of the bedroom!

There is also a question around if she is able to help cure his taint so close to the end, she doesn’t have the magic touch that Amalia did and so they have to deal with saying goodbye just when they say hello. So sad.

In addition with this touching romance, we are on a mission to free the last of the Veredian females and seeing how this ongoing story arc unfolds is thrilling, Regine Abel has been sure to put some surprises in here all the way through to the end of the book so be ready to expect the unexpected!

I laughed so much at Amalia’s children in this book, they are adorable…and I never say that about children real or fictional but just had to here. Little terrors!

This series has been a thrill to read, just bloody brilliant.

I’m very grateful to Regine Abel for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Regine Abel

 

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/regine.abel.author/

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/regineabel

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16289162.Regine_Abel

Amazon:        https://www.amazon.com/Regine-Abel/e/B06W2MTBRV/

Newsletter:    http://smarturl.it/RA_Newsletter

Bookbub:       https://www.bookbub.com/profile/regine-abel

 

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TitleTwist of Fate
Series: Veredian Chronicles Series #4
AuthorRegine Abel
Genre: Romance | Sci-Fi Romance | Aliens
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 May 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 497
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