#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: Cursed by Mila Young @MilaYoungAuthor

If you would like to catch up on my reviews of the earlier books in this series catch them at the links below:

Description

Beauty and the Four Beasts. A Deadly Curse. A Fallen Kingdom.

With magic banned in the human realm, Bee, a powerful witch, has had to offer her services in secret. When a request to break a curse comes from the dangerous mountains and royal bear shifters, Bee is hesitant, but winter is coming and funds are tight.

At the castle, Bee finds things are not quite what she was led to believe. The curse Bee is meant to break has reached its zenith, siphoning off the Prince’s life while preventing him from controlling his shifting abilities. He is volatile, angry, and far stronger than she had imagined. His brothers, who commissioned her, present her with a challenge – fix it, or lose everything.

Soon the curse is spreading throughout the castle, taking brother alike. It’s a race against the clock, buffeted by dark magic, intrigue, and a strange attraction that has her looking at the four brothers in a new light.

Note: Each book in the Haven Realm series is a standalone book.

Review

Bee is a magic caster (also known as a witch but she doesn’t like that term) who has a job in the mountains working for some bear shifters. Bee is best friends with Scarlet who we meet in the first book in this series so if you’ve read in order then you will have briefly met her already. If you haven’t read in order there are no issues these books have very little overlap and the stories are steadfastly standalone so you can pick them up in whatever order you like.

When Bee arrives at the home of the shifters she is surprised to find it is a castle and they are Princes. She is also surprised to find the curse she has been hired to cure is much more dangerous than she could have anticipated. As she digs her heels in time running out and her heart becoming more attached to these four men the adrenaline really pumps through this story.

This is a retelling of beauty and the beast, which ironically is my least favourite fairy tale, I absolutely hate it. But I loved this retelling so much. I was on the edge of my seat willing Bee to find the answers and some happiness as well. This book has some much drama and intensity in it that it just feels non-stop. I had no idea how things were going to resolve or even if they would.

The character development and world building in this book is solid with Bee and all four of the men; Leven, Talin, Ash and Raze each having unique personalities which made them stand apart on the page.

There was another angle where Bee is a writer in her world and Mila Young put a few little twists in around Bee’s writing which I absolutely loved. I’m not going to give away what Mila did but they were perfect little twists and so well done.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series to date but Cursed was absolutely outstanding, beyond all of my expectations and will take some beating. A standing ovation for Mila Young for this one, her writing is on fire from the first word to the last, I can’t praise this book highly enough.

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TitleCursed
Series: Haven Realm #3
Author: Mila Young
Genre: Romance | Reverse Harem | Adult | Fairy Tale | Retelling | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 293
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#Review: Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast @pccastauthor

Description

On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.

When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.

CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should be falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.

Review

This is another of those books I have had on my shelf for years, I bought it while I was deep in the House of Night series which I got a little bored of added to the fact I had never really bonded with mermaid stories I think this just got pushed further and further back on my list. I’m so glad I finally decided to read it though. It was such a refreshing read, with original ideas and a fresh approach to the mythology it uses.

CC or Christine is a woman who has never quite found her place, a sergeant in the US Air Force she is good at her job, she’s also afraid of flying (great twist there). After everybody in her life forgets her twenty-fifth birthday she drowns her sorrows in champagne and performs a goddess summoning ritual she finds in one of her old books.

When her plane crashes on her way to her next posting she finds her self magically transported to a medieval world, and inside the body of a beautiful mermaid, Undine, the daughter of the goddess she summoned. And so her adventure really begins with the match her father has chosen for her pursuing her relentlessly, to escape from him she heads for dry land and is rescued by a bona fide Knight in Shining Armour, but CC has already found love with Dylan a merman who has nothing more to offer her than his heart, but how they find a future together neither of them know.

I loved the complexity of this story, it appears on the surface like a simple love triangle but it is far more than that. P.C. Cast woven together a novel that perfectly sits between the historical and mythological. I spent the last thirty minutes I was reading sobbing as the story unravelled and didn’t end at all how I had expected.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and the first mermaid based story I’ve enjoyed.

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TitleGoddess of the Sea
Series: Goddess Summoning #1
Author: P.C. Cast
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Romance | Mythology | Magic
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 7 July 2011
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 411
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#Review: The Castle of Earth and Embers by Steffanie Holmes @steffmetal

Description

BRAND NEW reverse harem series laced with Celtic mythology, gothic mystery, and four gorgeous guys, all served up with lashings of British wit.

Maeve Crawford has her life mathematically calculated down to the last detail; Leave her podunk Arizona town, graduate MIT, get into the space program, be the first woman on Mars, read lots of books, get a cat (not necessarily in this order).

All Maeve’s careful plans come crashing down when her parents are killed in a freak accident, and she discovers she’s inherited a real, honest-to-goodness English castle – complete with turrets, ramparts, and four gorgeous male tenants.

Corbin – the protector wallowing in guilt
Arthur – the warrior tired of fighting
Flynn – the trickster with an artist’s soul
Rowan – the enigma whose scars run deep

As soon as Maeve enters Briarwood, she’s drawn to Corbin, Arthur, Flynn and Rowan – four beautiful boys drenched in grief, hope, and ancient magic. Maeve needs them all to heal her broken heart, and they need her to help them protect the world from the fae host baying at the castle gates.

Dark forces converge on Briarwood castle, and Maeve Crawford – science geek, scarred soul, lover of four remarkable men – must draw from herself a power she never imagined in order to protect the shattered remains of her life.

The Castle of Earth and Embers is the first in a brand new steamy reverse harem romance by USA Today bestselling author, Steffanie Holmes. This full-length book glitters with love, heartache, hope, grief, dark magic, fairy trickery, steamy scenes, British slang, meat pies, second chances, and the healing powers of a good cup of tea. Read on only if you believe one just isn’t enough.

Review

Steffanie Holmes has been on my radar for ages, not least because we have a mutual friend who has been telling me to pick up her books for years now…this is where I bow my head in shame that I haven’t got further than adding books to my wishlist because having now read one of her books I have some serious backpedalling to do!

The Castle of Earth and Ember is Holmes’ first reverse harem and by gum can this woman write? (That’s a ‘yes’ by the way…) Maeve is 21, newly orphaned for the second time having just lost her adoptive parents, and about to walk into an English Castle which she has discovered she inherited from her birth mother. So things aren’t too weird for her. To top it off she’s about to discover the fae, that magic is real and she’s part of a coven of witches, the rest of the coven being four rather delicious looking guys.

Maeve is one of my favourite reverse harem heroines. She’s a physicist who sees everything in a very scientific, black and white way. She wants to be able to back up the unexplainable with justifiable proof and that sends the dialogue for the novel in different directions than you would normally expect. I like how she starts to see links between magical elements and physics and where she also sees that sometimes it may not work at all. She is also very down to earth, friendly and open to the guys so the romance aspects of the story still flow in a very natural manner.

The guys are great and bring a real sense of personality and purpose to the story. Corbin is their leader and certain he will be the one Maeve will choose to lead them, Arthur is the one who fights with swords and gives Maeve that sense of safety, Flynn is the joker and life and soul of the group, and Rowan suffers from anxiety, he struggles to be around people but Maeve knows there is more to him. Each one of them is there for a good reason, and they each bring something to the table which is unique and valuable to the coven. Probably one of the things I loved most about this book was how we have a coven with male witches. This is so rarely done it makes it such a unique proposition and really interested to see men taking on that role.

There were some outstanding evil characters King of the Unseelie just about taking the prize for evil wrongdoing and his sons Blake and Kalen full of dastardly wrongdoing.

I loved the way the fae lore was used here, there was some interesting use of lore around changelings and how they are used, how the fae get their strength, and how the fae can cross over into the humans land. It’s clear a lot of research has gone into this as so much of it links back to existing lore.

I loved this book, I loved the writing, I loved the characters (even the bad ones…especially the bad ones)

Thanks to Steffanie Holmes for the eARC of this book so that I could read and honestly review the book. I cannot wait to read the next book and I’ve bought some of the back catalogue at last.

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TitleThe Castle of Earth and Embers
Series: Briarwood Reverse Harem #1
Author: Steffanie Holmes
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 13 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 328
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#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: The Wanted by Nikki Hunter @NHuntAuthor

This is book two of a four book novella series. For my review of the first book follow the link below:

Book One: The Needed

Description

One soul mate is destiny. Five soul mates are cause for temporary insanity. Camila’s five infuriating mates are making her head spin. If only the craziness would stop.

After sparing Bekket’s life and finding out their fae queen has gone mad, Yehven, Kade, Zayn, Lance, and Camila are all being hunted. Can they play hide and seek long enough to gain allies?

The game of cat and mouse now begins.

Review

I was left at the end of The Needed with a need (sorry couldn’t help myself) to read more. I was totally sold on this series and just wanted more. The Wanted didn’t disappoint and Camila continued to be one kick-ass genie heroine in this instalment.

Trying to come to terms with having five mates and trying to bond with them and become comfortable with who she is and what having mates instead of her usual bonded. She embarks on a journey with her fae men to try and fix the problem with the fae Queen that Bekket brought to their doorstep in the last book.

Of course, more problems pop up with this mission, and we end with a devastating twist which has left me open mouthed and desperate for more.

Thanks to Nikki Hunter for gifting me this book so that I could read it and provide my honest review.

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TitleThe Wanted
Series: The Magic of the Jin #2
Author: Nikki Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: The Viper’s Nest by Tate James @TateJamesAuthor

If you missed my review of the first three books in this series then you can check them out by following the link below.

Book One – The Vixen’s Lead
Book Two – The Dragon’s Wing
Book Three – The Tiger’s Ambush

Description

Betrayal has forced us on the run. Evading the very man I considered my family, the organization I once considered good. In hiding, I need to master my new power and find peace with my bonded guardian–or risk exposure.

But my heart can’t accept the events that led us here. I need answers. Closure.

An olive branch is offered and another trap is sprung. While my relationships grow stronger by the day, new tensions arise and ghosts of my past appear. But can anyone be trusted?

I’m Kit Davenport and I didn’t see that one coming.

Review

The Viper’s Nest focuses heavily on the relationships Kit has with her six dianoch. This book leaves the paranormal plot in the background a little as we see her strengthen her bonds with the men which can only mean one thing. Lots and lots of glorious sex!

Yes I know, some people are only in it for the plot (What?!) I hear you gasp in horror, Honestly while I am huge fan of the paranormal plots, a book like this to break up the heaviness of the story (which is a bloody fantastic story btw) really is a pleasure and seeing how our main character feels, her emotions growing and changing, especially as she takes on the magic of each of the men is incredible to me.

And, let’s just be honest here, I love some solid and enjoyable sex scenes and this book is just crawling with them. High five to Tate James!

I love that Kit swears like a trooper, she’s a lot like me for that, you go girl. Kit goes against a lot of the normal female stereotypes for novels in any genre actually. She’s sharp witted, dirty mouthed, not ashamed to want multiple men and have them and she’s a powerful being. She also knows when she needs support and doesn’t shy away from that. I really do love her, my kind of gal.

Oh and yet again the ended in a way that had me screaming, screeching and wanting to tear my bloody eyes out so yeah..thanks for that Tate!

I’m very excited for the next installment but also quite apprehensive as I know we’re nearing the end and I really don’t want this series to end…Tate please don’t do this to us…please?!

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TitleThe Viper’s Nest
Series: Kit Davenport #4
AuthorTate James
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Suspense | New Adult | Dragons | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 287
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