Enter the Moon (A Warriors of Luna Novel) by Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

Enter the Moon (A Warriors of Luna Novel) by Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

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2 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Enter the Moon by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Kama DeKosse has great plans for her life. She’s been training to be an opera singer since the age of seven. While on vacation and shopping for performance gowns, Kama meets Jack Twist and everything in her life gets thrown into a tailspin. Neither Kama nor Jack can deny their attraction to the other, but the obstacles they have to overcome may be too great. Their age difference is a major hurdle, yet it’s not the biggest thing standing in their way.

When Kama finds out her life is not at all what she thought it was, and neither is her boyfriend Jack, she’ll have to take some pretty big leaps of faith in order to survive. Her career in the world of opera hangs in the balance, and a new family of sorts is waiting for her on the other side.

Enter the Moon is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel that includes a romance with an age difference and werewolf shifters. The story is told in third person point of view by both main characters, even though it is mostly focused on Kama’s story.

Having both main characters be shifters along with their age difference was an interesting spin on the paranormal aspect of the story. The setting was also good, moving from LA to NYC and then focusing on Central Park. I also enjoyed the way the author used Jack’s “inner wolf” in a way that kept you guessing before you knew the truth. But in my opinion, the execution of what could have been a great plot was lacking.

At several points in the story, important events appeared to be thrown in with no transition. Each of these events felt misplaced, shocking in an unintended way. The entire story also seemed fragmented into different sections. It started with a large focus on Kama and Jack’s developing relationship and Kama acting very mature. When the story moved to NYC, Kama practically turned into a different character with more immature actions. We were also introduced to another character, who later disappeared from the story. The final section was the only one containing werewolves, which wasn’t really enough time to delve into the entire situation. Jack and Kama’s relationship was mostly an afterthought once we reached this point. I wanted to see more focus on the two of them together, or Jack explaining to Kama some of the things he mentioned in narration. Almost in passing, he mentioned Kama being his mate and that he couldn’t date her, but those issues were never really explored.

One big issue for me was the amount of internal dialogue from both characters. I understood this was partly done to show the split between the human and wolf personalities, but it pulled me out of the story because of the frequent shift between third person (narration) and first person (inner dialogue). At times there was almost as much inner dialogue as there was narration, and it didn’t add anything to the story, only told us what we already knew. The inner dialogue also contributed to an overall feel of “telling” instead of “showing,” though arguably this issue wasn’t limited to the inner dialogue. Telling the reader Kama and Jack made small talk over dinner didn’t help me get invested in the relationship.

Probably the most prominent issue for me was the editing—missing words, words out of order, commas in the wrong place, incorrect and missing punctuation, misuse and overuse of semicolons, sentences mashed together or ending abruptly. Dialogue (internal and actual) lacked contractions, making it feel stiff and formal. Internal dialogue was a mix of being in italics or single quotation marks, sometimes both and sometimes neither.

As much as I wanted to like this book, I had a difficult time becoming invested in it and sticking with it. This book just wasn’t for me.

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Entwined (The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 3) by Harper Miller

Entwined (The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 3) by Harper Miller

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Entwined by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

A few months before leaving a twenty-year military career, Jake decides to spice up his life a little. Thanks to his buddy’s suggestion, he creates a profile on the Kinky Connect website to find his perfect kinky match. He connects with a woman who fits his criteria, and they get to know each other in the months leading up to Jake’s return home. And once he gets home, Jake’s in for the surprise of his life. Gabrielle, his little vixen, has invited another woman to join in on the fun.

Entwined is the third installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. This story, like the others, is short and hot, just enough to get you going when you need a quick read. Also like the others, the story is written as if it’s a letter to the reader detailing the main character’s experience with the website. The concept is original, and all the stories are well-written, erotic, and allow the reader to experience a little taste of various kinks.

The difference with Entwined was that the kink wasn’t as apparent to me as the first two stories in the series. Jake admitted to a little bit of a Dom complex and liking some kink in his relationships, but it wasn’t until the epilogue, which I won’t spoil for you, that I was really able to understand the kink a little better. The addition of ménage à trios in a F/F/M scenario was plenty kinky, but there was more to the story than that.

Overall, it was another hot installment in the series, and I will definitely read any others Ms. Miller writes. Each story in the series is a standalone, and they can be read in any order.

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Rach

PUCKED Up (The PUCKED Series Book 2) by Helena Hunting – Release Day

PUCKED Up by Helena Hunting – Release Day

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Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he’s ready for a girlfriend. A real, non-bunny girlfriend to take on dates, and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike team captain and all-around nice guy Alex Waters—who happens to date his stepsister, Miller’s media reputation as a manwhore is well earned. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about relationships or the time and effort they require.

Miller learns—eventually—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he’s going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.

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The Billionaire’s Counterfeit Girlfriend (The Pryce Family Book 1) by Nadia Lee

The Billionaire’s Counterfeit Girlfriend (The Pryce Family Book 1) by Nadia Lee

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3 out of 5 Stars

The Billionaire’s Counterfeit Girlfriend is a mildly entertaining romance between Hilary Rosenberg, a curvy woman with an interesting past, and Mark Pryce, a billionaire with relationship issues. Mark is known for leaving all of his girlfriends before three months are up, earning them the nickname “Quarterly Girls.” Hilary has relationship issues stemming from her parents’ sordid history and a cousin who is also her half-sister. She tries to play it safe in love and take the sure bet so she won’t end up like her mother, aunt, or sister/cousin, but someone is working against her and ruining what little happiness she does find.

Mark sets out to halt his mother’s attempts of matching him with an appropriate heiress by bringing Hilary to a family party. Hilary reluctantly agrees, not realizing she’ll need to spend so much time with Mark prior to the event so they could pull off a realistic relationship. As it turns out, Mark has had his eye on Hilary for some time, but it doesn’t matter much since he never stays with one woman for long.

The relationship between the couple is interesting as they each fight their own battles with love, but there are some pieces of the story that made it a little unbelievable—well, a little more unbelievable than the plot already is. To start, there is supposedly a month between when Mark asks Hilary to go to the party and the actual date of the party, yet within the story, it seems like the party just arrives with no warning. I would have expected Hilary to be worried about how Mark will break up with her once the party is over, but suddenly the day has arrived and she hasn’t really addressed that issue.

Also, the relationships between all of the characters is strange. Hilary works for Mark’s best friend; she’s friendly with Mark’s father’s assistant; her best friend is a stylist and works with Mark’s sister. It’s all a little too convenient.

And then there’s Hilary’s past. Her mother and aunt had a relationship with the same man and both got pregnant at the same time, resulting in Hilary and her cousin/half-sister Bebe. Somehow, this comes to define Hilary and all of her relationships going forward. Bebe’s wild side ends up sabotaging relationships for Hilary on more than one occasion. Although Hilary’s family life is quite convoluted, it felt like the author was constantly banging the issue into the reader’s head instead of trusting we’d remember the situation from one page to the next.

I was pleased when Hilary didn’t immediately take Mark back when their relationship came to a head, however overall the story wrapped up too quickly. I didn’t quite understand how Hilary went from “I don’t trust you’ll stick around but I’ll come hear you out over dinner” to “yes, I’ll marry you.”

Overall, it was a relatively enjoyable read once I suspended disbelief.

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Rach

The Immortals: Part Two: Allies & Enemies by Cheryl S. Mackey

The Immortals: Part Two: Allies & Enemies by Cheryl S. Mackey

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided an ARC of The Immortals: Part Two: Allies & Enemies by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Ivo, Jaeger, Jadeth, and Emaranthe are on their next quest. They have to find a map and locate a lost city. Although the four Immortals are a cohesive unit, others they meet along the way may help or hinder their search. Not everyone is as they seem, and the Immortals will need to decide who is an ally and who is an enemy.

The Immortals: Part Two: Allies & Enemies is a continuation of the young adult fantasy series The Immortals. This book covers enough background information that it could be read as a standalone, but it is best read in order with the series as it picks up right where Part One left off.

Like the first novella in the series, the character descriptions are well thought-out, giving the reader a good picture of just what these Immortals look like, and their powers are described enough that you’ll understand each person’s strength. I loved how the setting was incorporated: cold, dark nights and two suns blazing down during the day. The descriptions take you right into the fictional world of Ein-Aral. Each Immortal needs to use his or her strength to defeat their enemies, and as a unit they need to figure out who they can trust and what information to act on. This story introduces some new characters and provides more background on the main characters. There’s a good amount of action, and there’s also a nice touch of romance added in.

Although I’m not much of a fantasy reader, I did enjoy this story. It comes to a satisfying conclusion even though there will be more to the series. The only drawback was that it could use a little better editing. Overall, it was a good read.

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Rach

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PUCKED Up (The PUCKED Series Book 2) by Helena Hunting

PUCKED Up (The PUCKED Series Book 2) by Helena Hunting

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided an ARC of PUCKED Up in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Miller “Buck” Butterson has five years of playing in the NHL under his belt, as well as five years of scoring with puck bunnies off-ice. After meeting his teammate’s sister, Sunshine “Sunny” Waters, Buck’s ready to settle down with a real girlfriend. But his reputation precedes him, and Buck has a knack for getting himself into situations that look worse than they are. As much as he wants to make things work with Sunny, there’s still a good chance things won’t work out. Maybe Buck’s not up for this off-ice challenge, and maybe Sunny’s not ready to trust him with her heart.

PUCKED Up is a romantic comedy that will have you laughing through the pages at all the situations Buck finds himself in. The cast of secondary characters only adds to the amusement. There’s his stepsister Violet, who has a tendency to overshare about her love life; Buck’s best friend Randy, who continually compounds Buck’s troubles; and Buck’s teammate Alex, who is Violet’s fiancé and Sunny’s brother, and who doesn’t want his baby sister dating a playboy like Buck.

Buck not only has his past to overcome, but he also has trouble reading because of dyslexia. Although his issue is nothing to laugh at, it’s incorporated into the story in a way that makes his situations more amusing. Buck prefers to use the speech-to-text and text-to-speech functions on his phone to avoid making spelling mistakes or reading something incorrectly. Unfortunately, he sometimes still misses things—like the time of his flight being six o’clock instead of nine o’clock and the length of time he’s supposed to leave hair remover on his skin.

This story is a standalone in the PUCKED series. It can certainly be read on its own, but I couldn’t help feeling like I’d missed something by not having read the first book. This book starts when Buck and Sunny have already been seeing each other for about three months and Buck has already started trying to reform his playboy ways. I would have liked to have seen more of the beginning of their relationship and how they met instead of being told so much of it. And as much as it was clear that Buck used to be a playboy, we didn’t get to see any of that. Instead there was a lot of Buck telling the reader what he previously would have done if it weren’t for Sunny being in his life.

Overall, this was a truly enjoyable story that had me laughing out loud. I would definitely read more by this author and more of this series.

PUCKED Up will be available on October 25, 2015 but is currently available for pre-order.

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Rach

Commodity by Shay Savage – Teasers, Excerpt, and Promo

Commodity by Shay Savage

Release Day 10/20/15 – exclusively on Amazon

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A woman hunted by human traffickers.

A hot and dangerous bodyguard.

Utter destruction.

The end of civilization.

The beginning of a new form of currency.

Women are now the highest COMMODITY.

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Prologue

No one ever saw them.

We didn’t know where they came from or why they came here.  We only knew that in one blast, the planet was left in ruins.  For weeks, the bodies of men rotted in the streets.

Men.  Not women.  Not children.

The women and children were gone.

With the cities destroyed and communication impossible, we could only guess what happened.  Men gathered in loose tribes, trying to get answers, but there were none to be found.

As the weeks turned into months, survivors emerged from secluded, rural areas, underground shelters, and subway systems in the larger cities.  Only a handful of women were among them.   Men outnumbered them a thousand to one.

During the first year, the weather warmed.  Rainfall nearly stopped.  Lights began to appear in the sky, moving slowly over our heads, but they never came down.  We had no face for our enemy, so we turned against each other.

Fights broke out as survivors struggled for limited resources.  Clean water and food were at the top of the list and would only be traded for fuel, guns, or ammunition.

The few, unfortunate females still to be found became the most prized commodity.

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Life’s Defeat (Life’s Series Book 1) by Rebekah Raymond

Life’s Defeat (Life’s Series Book 1) by Rebekah Raymond

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Life’s Defeat by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Upon her parents’ death, a young girl is taken in by StPatrick, the headmaster of a private school. The inside of the school’s walls is all she’s ever known, so when she is recruited to become a soldier for her school at a young age, she agrees. On one particular mission, the soldier comes face to face with Rochester, whose evil knows no bounds.

The soldier gets a small taste of freedom before being sucked back into military life and ultimately captured. She learns just how different she is from others while in Rochester’s captivity, and while most would say her abilities are a blessing, she views them as a curse. Once saved by her friend and a band of soldiers from her former school, the soldier finally has a purpose in life: seeking revenge on Rochester. But in the end, that revenge could prove her ultimate demise.

Life’s Defeat is an intriguing thriller. This is the author’s first novel, and I have to say I’m impressed. This story is completely different from anything else I’ve read. To start with, we never learn the main character’s name, even though the story is told in first person point of view by her. I kept thinking I missed something, but the author purposely did not give us her name. She was a soldier, and that pretty much defined her throughout the book.

The soldier had a genetic anomaly that kept her from dying, but she was unaware of this mutation until she was captured by Rochester. One would typically think this would be a good thing, but Rochester used this against her. Not only was he searching for the secret to this mutation so he could build his own army of undefeatable soldiers, but he also tortured the soldier to her breaking point, hoping she would become part of his team. The soldier’s inner thoughts were fascinating as we watched her personality essentially split into two throughout her captivity, and to see how she processed events and reacted to them was remarkable.

The book was also unique in that it focused solely on the soldier. There was a romantic interest, a father-figure, a villain, and a few other characters who played parts in the story, but they were secondary to everything the soldier was going through. Even the villain, the mastermind behind the soldier’s torture and repeated deaths, felt like a minor character compared to the soldier’s reaction to each of the events.

Although fascinating and well-written, the story did drag in a few places. I didn’t mind the gruesome nature of the soldier’s repeated deaths—be warned if that’s not your thing—but at times I felt as if we saw too many of them and the story could have moved forward without them. There were some minor editing errors, though they didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. There were also some inconsistencies in the timeline of when she became a soldier and rose through the ranks.

Overall, this was a wonderful debut novel, and I look forward to reading more by this author.

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