#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.

Rating

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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
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

Week in Review – 29 April 2018

Hi Everyone,

So a good week for the most part this week. I’ve been given the OK to go back to work, my GP agrees that I am stable enough now to take the leap so I will be going back on Wednesday, can’t wait, it’s only ten hours a week but it makes a difference seeing a few other people.

I have also torn my rotator cuff ligament in my shoulder though so I need to be careful with that..easily done as it hurts like you wouldn’t believe! Ibuprofen which is the best painkiller for this type of injury interacts badly with Lithium as well so I don’t really have any good options for pain meds. Doh!

I’ve had two books to beta read this week so I’ve paused the editorial work on book two, it is almost finished though so I will be sending back out to a few betas for another check through in a couple of weeks is my guess.

You may have noticed that I changed the banners on the blog. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I wanted to create a proper brand for the blog that I could match up with my author brand once I set that up. I worked with a graphic designer who helped create this so I now have a transferable logo, a fantastic banner and will be working on the author side of things once I get to setting that up. I think she’s done a fantastic job with it and I hope everyone likes it.

Finally, I did a radio appearance again on Thursday talking about access to mental health services, aside from him getting my name wrong…Doh…it all went smoothly.

Currently Reading

Read This Week

New Books

Bought / Freebies

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eARCs

Reviews

Five Star: Cursed by Mila Young and Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott
Four Star: Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast and Escaping Fate and Losing Amalia by Regine Abel

Other Posts

I chose a cracking funny song about Facebook for Music Monday this week go check it out.

Lizzie Page was my guest on The Bookshelf this week and there are some great choices so do go check it out.

Siobhan Royle an Author PA was our Unsung Hero this week with a fantastic interview.

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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.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

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
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

Week in Review – 22 April 2018

I’ve been playing catch up on reviews this week after my blogiversary celebrations last week. A whole week with no reviews left me really backlogged!

My Facebook Group is slowly growing. If you are one of my readers who loves romance please come and join us!

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered my Blogiversary Giveaway. Congratulations to the three winners:

Anne
Danielle
Lindsay

TBR Topple

Magesign - Alan BaxterThis month’s TBR Topple results are in and with a massive 64% of the vote the winner is Magesign by Alan Baxter, I’m super excited about this one, I really enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it many many moons ago and I’ve been caught up with other books and haven’t kept up with this series as I should have. I’ve popped Magesign onto my reading list, it’s a bit choc-full at the moment but I should get to it in the next few weeks so look out for a review early next month.

Fun fact for you Alan and I used to write for an online metal magazine along with Steffanie Holmes whose book I have reviewed this week (see reviews below)…it’s a small world eh?!

The poll will be back on May 1st with new books for you to choose from.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan, All For 1 by C.M. Stunich, Make Me Want by Katee Robert, Her Dirty Little Secret by JC Harroway and The Castle of Earth and Embers by Steffanie Holmes
Four Star: Ruin by Samantha Towle
Three Star: Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne and A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell

Other Posts

I had the cover of a Bon Jovi classic for Music Monday. Kate Coe stopped by for Unsung Heroes. On The Bookshelf this week I welcomed author Jane O’Reilly. I took part in the release blitz for Devros by Echo Hart.

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Week in Review – 1 April 2018

Hi Guys,

For those who celebrate it, Happy Easter.

I saw the psychiatrist this week, have a plan for med changes the first of which has been implemented already so I have everything crossed that by this time next month things will be feeling a bit more ‘normal’.

I’ve had something of a nightmare with getting my DVLA medical carried out the health centre they assigned me to, to get it done have been nothing short of imbeciles and it’s looking like I may lose my driving licence just because the medical hasn’t been done in the correct timeframe, completely out of my control. I am putting a complaint in what little that will do.

My new feature, Unsung Heroes, will start next Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it, please let me know your thoughts and if you want to know more/take part take a look here.

Book of the Month – March

My Mum once told me the older you get the faster time goes…I think she might be right because I can’t keep up with it anymore!

Callan - Sybil BartelCallan by Sybil Bartel
Callan was a hands-down winner this month. Sybil Bartel’s naive alpha male won my heart and while I could easily line up her books for a book of the month award there was something special about this one, Callan’s background gave him a childish innocence which when mixed with his natural alpha male was just something else entirely. The best thing was that Sybil Bartel made it come across as completely natural. Combine that with the forbidden romance of falling in love with his step-sister. Damn this book was pure perfection.

 

You can read my full review here, but really you should just be going out to buy it already!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: The Viper’s Nest by Tate James, and Callan by Sybil Bartel.
Four Star: The Wanted by Nikki Hunter

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from Callan by Sybil Bartel as part of the release book blitz. I featured Slipknot on Music Monday. I had an excerpt from Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson. Richard Dee stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. I discussed how Amazon are censoring indie novels in the reverse harem genre.

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Week in Review – 25 February 2018

Bleugh, that just about sums this week up. It’s been high stress, hard to manage but I’ve also seen some huge successes. I’m just about done with my Bipolar now, if there is a permanent cure I’d like to see it, please.

My new feature launched this week and, I love it honestly I could do that feature 24/7 because working with models, it turns out, is an absolute pleasure and not just because they are gorgeous. They are just bloody nice fellas and honestly, we could all do with more nice people in our lives right? I’ve decided I’m going to run it every 2-3 weeks because there are plenty of guys who want in, and quite frankly I enjoyed setting it up so much. There were a few hitches along the way which I’ve learned from, I have a few ideas to improve it which I will implement in the next one and believe me the guy who is coming in next you won’t want to miss. I’ve known him longer than I’ve known Michael who was our first guest and he is an absolute darling. I swear I feel like I’m going to be saying that a lot! I’m not announcing who he is yet, we only confirmed things yesterday, but he will blow your minds!

I’m obsessed with going to the gym again, it’s the only time when my brain isn’t running at about 1000miles per hour. So far I’ve bumped into my post lady and a guy I went to school with there though, I didn’t even pick a gym on my doorstep so I am curious to see who I run into next!

Speaking of exercise, back in the early summer I was asked by BALP (Bristol Active Life Partnership) to put myself forward for the This Girl Can campaign in Bristol to talk about walking and how the BALP walking group has helped me. Turns out Bristol was getting its own centralised version of the campaign Bristol Girls Can. I went through the vetting process and while I didn’t get chosen as one of the ‘main’ girls I was asked to write a piece for the website. and here it is. Reading this now, I can’t believe how much my life has already moved on since then, how much fitter I am, stronger even. And now with my workout regime at the gym I’m going from strength to strength.

OK…book update…it’s thin, I’ve totally lost my mojo which I know is down to the medication increases. My concentration is shot to hell. I’ve been backing out of blog tours and my schedule is a mess. All I can do is apologise to authors, tour hosts and anyone else involved. Despite pulling off some things at the moment, I’m sick as all hell right now and doing my very best. Any missed tour reviews will be reviewed at a later date and that’s a promise. I’m going to try reading a book that I know gets my juices flowing so to speak. Honestly, something has to work, right?

TBR Topple Winner

OMG I’ve got a new winner and I still haven’t read the last one…this is how bad this bloody slump is!

Animal Magnetism - Jill Shalvis

The winner was Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis…it’s on my list with everything else and I again, promise from the bottom of my heart to read it as soon as humanly possible once I’m through this rough patch.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: Reality Blurred by Aven Ellis

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from H.A. Leuschel as part of the My Sweet Friend blog tour and another excerpt from Yumoyori Wilson on the Dark Wish tour. We had an impromptu Authors Bookshelf as part of Jennifer S. Alderson’s blog tour on Thursday. Karen Ankers was on The Bookshelf this week.

My new feature launched on Friday. I’m so proud of this feature, it had so many different elements and people involved and has just been a lot of hard work as well as so much fun. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. I can’t wait until next month.

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Week in Review – 11 February 2018

My mental health has continued to be a battle this week. I’ve had another week off work and my GP has signed me off for the rest of the month, not how I wanted to start my new job, but that’s how this goes sometimes. Living with Bipolar is a constant battle harder at times like this than at others. But I’m determined to get through this and get on track. I’m keeping up with exercise, of course getting bitten by a dog when running doesn’t make that easy! I kid you not a Greyhound (I mean could it have been a more docile dog?!) decided my thigh was breakfast!

There are a few things I really want to share with you this week, I’ve tried really hard to keep my head in the game, and not just fall into the “lazy” trap so here goes…

Coming soon is a new feature, the first one should be the 23rd assuming all the parts come together. It’s quite a big feature to put together, I’m collaborating with somebody else, who isn’t a blogger and does something not connected to books but has an awesome online presence and flatters the book vibe massively. We will also then jointly be collaborating with another organisation. I know I’m being super vague right now but let’s just say that at this point everyone is saying yes to the project and we just have to iron out the details for it to go ahead! At a time when I’m not feeling enthusiastic about anything this is pressing all my buttons.

I’ve also finished writing book two (insert cake here). I need to do a read through to check for mistakes, continuity problems etc but by the end of next week I want to have it out with Beta Readers…which is where you guys come in. If you fancy helping me out by reading and feeding back the brutal truth about this book which is an Adult Contemporary Romance then please let me know. I’ve put a convenient contact form below.

I have set up a group in Facebook for authors. It’s aim is for new authors especially those who are unpublished/first timers to have somewhere to ask questions and get real and honest answers from experienced authors. So far the group is being really helpful and honest and we’re learning loads from each other. If you would like to join come find us at the Fledgling Authors Support Group.

Right, here are this week’s book updates, I’ve struggled with reading this week which means I am epically behind with tour reading so I need to find my mojo and quickly next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Won

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Clockwork City by Paul Crilley
Four Star: Charmed by Mila Young, The Needed by Nikki Hunter and Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Benett.

Other Posts

Rotting Christ were featured on Music Monday. I had an interview with Elizabeth Corrigan about her novel Oracle of Philadelphia. This week, author Helen Matthews joined me for The Bookshelf.

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