Joint Review: American Witch by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen & Sara

Jen: I am such a big fan of Thea Harrison and her Elder Races series. This is the first book in a new trilogy set in that world and even if you’ve never read one of Harrison’s books before, you can easily jump in here. As made obvious by the title, this trilogy focuses on witches, particularly one who is just coming into her powers.

First of all, I love that Molly is an older heroine. She’s around 40 years old and her magical awakening comes due to a major disaster in her life rather than reaching a particular age. That being said, at the beginning, she is still a somewhat naïve and sheltered woman. She has essentially built her life around being the perfect wife for her husband and that made her a little difficult for me to relate to. I mean, I know women like this exist in the world, but in some ways, she was as much of a clean slate as a 21-year-old coming into her power.

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Review: The Human Omega by JL Wilder

Reviewed by Debz

This year, I made the executive decision to read more fantasies and paranormal romances because they make me happy. The vast possibilities in world building always takes my breath away, so I want to read as many as I can and just marvel at how far we can go with this. A staple in my PNR read list is shifter romances and I’m always willing to give one a go.

I’m just going to casually observe that this book was very short. I prefer my books to cross the 450 page mark so whenever I see a short full length novel, I feel a little bit sad because I know the story’s going to end too quickly. Moral of the story, this could have been longer.

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Review: Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper

Reviewed by Sara

Love and Other Wild Things is book 2 in Molly Harper’s Mystic Bayou series and is based on the Audible Original audiobook of the same name. This Paranormal Romance follows energy witch, Danica Teal, who has relocated to Mystic Bayou to help The League, an international body that governs all supernaturals and their relationships with non-supernatural, get more information on and calm the recently turbulent rift. The rift, a energy source that drew the first supernatural inhabitants of Mystic Bayou to the remote Louisiana countryside, has become destabilized. It’s tearing and it’s have a negative impact on the townsfolk, both supernatural and mundane. Danica has the abilities to work with the rift and she needs the funds from her work to help save her grandfather’s farm. What Danica isn’t prepared for is a potential romance with Mystic Bayou’s mayor and bear shifter, Zed Berend, or having to deal with some seriously deadly office politics.

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Review: The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara

Reviewed by Olive

The Wolf at the Door is the debut romance from Charlie Adhara and the start of her Big Bad Wolf series. The books follow a single relationship ARC and, unlike many urban fantasies with romantic elements, each instalment has hot sex and the critical HFN.

FBI Agent Cooper Dayton was attacked by …something… that left him only 70% of his intestine and stuck in the hospital for ages. In order to discover more, he took what he thought would be a lateral career move to the BSI (Bureau of Special Investigations) where he found out werewolves were real and living among us. That was six months ago.

Since then, he’s been partnered with a long standing BSI agent teaching him all about recognising wolf involvement in crime and tracking down the guilty wolves to remand them into local LEO custody. He’s learning that when there’s violent crime with wolf connections, the closest wolf you can find is probably the guilty one. Cooper is bummed at becoming a glorified bounty hunter but still glad to be doing his part. Until he gets called into his boss’s office on his day off to discover he’s been partnered with one of …them…

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Review: Queen Alpha by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone

Reviewed by Debz

These books are so seamless, I swear you could just read them as one book. There’s virtually no time lapse between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second. 

Arianna as the new Queen of the wolves has to delve deeper into the death of the Red Queen because it seems like their new foe, the fae, have plans to take over the earth in order to gain and control the powers of the Mecca used by the shifters.

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Review: Moonsworn by Amber Renard

Reviewed by Jen

It has been a while since I read a good shifter PNR and this debut from Amber Renard delivered in spades. It features a dominant, headstrong heroine and an equally dominant, headstrong hero. You can see right away where the conflict will come in.

Kel is heir to her father’s werewolf pack, Steel Valley, but she does not live with them. Instead she is just finishing up her training as a veterinarian. It is her dream to serve as a doctor to the supernaturals in the area. Of course, the school she has to attend is not exactly in her own backyard. It is in the backyard of the neighboring pack, the Pine Richland Wolves, and she had to get permission to be there under somewhat false pretenses. She pretends to be a barren lone wolf and she barters her medical abilities to stay there long enough to finish her education.

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Review: In the Wreckage by Hailey Turner

Reviewed by Olive

In the Wreckage is the first book in Hailey Turner’s Metahuman Files series. In a future world, a deadly virus called ‘Splice’ is being used as a biological weapon, killing nearly anyone it comes into contact with by destabilising their DNA. A small percentage of people infected not only survive but come away with newly activated metahuman abilities. The story follows Captain Jamie Callahan, former Recon Marine turned Metahuman Defense Fund officer, and his paranormally enhanced team as they go out on missions standard issue humans can’t cope with.

Alas, Alpha Team hasn’t been able to keep a sniper. Enter Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan, a one-night stand that turns into the sniper newly assigned to Jamie’s team. Awkward much? Yep, and I’m so here for it. (Caution: low level spoilers ahead!)

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Review: Demon’s Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series. And I am just over the moon that she has come back to it. Even more, I love her Kyllwood demons. These brothers have fought so hard for their entire lives to get where they are and ensure the future of their people. Zane was awesome and now we have Logan, who is just a fantastic hero.

He is poised to undergo the ritual to become one of the Seven… guardians of bubble dimensions which hold back basically the most powerful bad guy ever. The heroine, Mercy, is one of three women who serve as “keys.” If these women are brought together, they can kill that bad guy. So, as the story begins, Logan is watching her, waiting for an opportunity to bring her in. He has no idea she is actually bait for a trap to catch him.

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Joint Review: How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Debz & Jen

Debz: Normally Jen would have reviewed this book, but I just saw her tweet that she didn’t even know it was coming out so I’m going to shoot my shot and write one anyway. I came out of my friend’s wedding rehearsal for this so it better get published lol.

Jen: Yes. Imagine my surprise when I came here to write my own review and Debz had already done it. You’ve got stones, lady. Let it be known I am squatting on this author’s stuff from here to eternity.

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Review: Closer by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

Eh. You can’t have everything. But I mean when I say that, is as much as I enjoyed the five main books of the Mageri series, I should’ve taken a pass on this spin off story.

It features Sunny’s brother Kane and lays out what happened that led him into breed prison. Technically, it takes place before the events of the last book, but I think it could be read just as easily afterward. Having skipped it, it distracted in no way from my enjoyment of Shine. In fact, skipping it entirely probably would have been A-OK with me, and I would’ve saved myself three bucks.

The problem I had with this book is the turbo insta-love. The hero meets the heroine and they fall in love in a matter of hours. Even worse, they don’t actually meet in real life, but inside of her mind. Both Kane and Caroline are sensors, though each has a problem with their gift. Kane feels things too strongly and Caroline is unable to transmit her feelings. [Read more…]