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Review: Fatal Desire

Fatal DesireFatal Desire by Valerie Twombly

Caleb is dark, hot, and commanding in human form. As a dragon, he’s a force to be reckoned with. When he witnesses the slave Lileta being beaten by his Overlord Odage, he nearly comes unglued. Without understanding why, he asks to take the slave as his own, but soon realizes his longing is more than an attraction to a beautiful woman. In a sick twist of fate, the gods have given him a demon as his mate—one he can never touch unless he wishes his own death. His only choice is to grant her freedom. 

Lileta wanted to kill Caleb, but when she is freed by this tempting male, her anger turns to a desire that can only prove fatal. Even if she could claim him as her own, her dark past makes her unworthy of his love. 

When their paths continue to intertwine, spiraling them to the brink of passion, can they resist the yearnings burning within them, or will they submit to their fatal desire?

Book two of the Guardians Series picks up where Eternal Flame left off furthering the overall story by following Caleb and Lileta as they deal with their unlikely pairing.  The dynamic between the two is intriguing and propels the book forward with a lot of tension and teasing.

I dare say I enjoyed book two more than book one since I liked the characters a lot.  Something about Caleb really resonated with me.  I follow Valerie on facebook and I think book 3 is due out soon and I have a theory who the couple will be.

Review: Eternal Flame

Eternal FlameEternal Flame by Valerie Twombly

A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream… 

When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the gods have gifted him with a mate, he is pissed. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists. 

Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep. 

Two worlds, one desire. When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?

Book One of the Guardians series by Valerie Twombly is a face paced romp into a realm where demons, dragons, and vampires thrive.  Take everything you think about vampires, demons, and dragons and throw it out the window.  Valerie has created a very unique modern setting with Eternal Flame that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Read the prologue below and check out the book trailer here.

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Review: Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series)

Fashionably DeadFashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman

Book 1, Hot Damned Series

Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist. 

At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead? 

Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator. 

To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One. 

Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride. 

Robyn Peterman’s Fashionably Dead is an action packed thrill ride from start to finish.  Fall in love with sassy Astrid as she navigates her new world as a vampyre and all the twist and turns that result.  Nothing is as it seems.  If you like Mary Janice Davidson’s Undead/Queen Betsy series, you will love this one!

Review: Muir Bhreatan

Muir-BhreatanMuir Bhreatan by K. E. Shade

Aedan ó Loinsigh’s only love beyond the sea is his Kaitlin. Captured, he uses his knowledge of the seas to get back to his love. 

Liberators of gold from the British on the high seas, Aedan ó Loinsigh and his brother have never shied away from a challenge on the open waters. Aedan’s only tie to solid ground is the lovely Kaitlin who possesses him like no other. When the brothers are captured and awaiting execution, a mysterious man offers to free them if they pay off their debt aboard his ship. The brothers waste no time in agreeing to the proposal only to find their new lives are not much better than those of slaves. Desperate to reach Kaitlin again, Aedan must figure out a way to save not only the other indentured servants aboard the ship but get back to his true love. Salvation could come at a price. One that Aedan will have to live with for the rest of his life.

Muir Bhreatan by K. E. Shade is a fun short read.  It’s got love, pirates, revenge…  and more pirates.  😉 This was well written and seemed to be well researched (I’m not a pirate know-it-all). The pacing kept the reader engaged. I really enjoyed the brother’s dialog.  I could actually hear their yummy accent in my head.  I also thought their cussing was funny. My only concern is the name, although accurate, might be hard for people trying to search for the book.

Review: Dream Knight

dream knight

Dream Knight by Denise Lynn

Dreams of a powerful, black-armored knight resolve into sweet salvation for the captive lady of Brezden Keep—and true love. 


Such was the warning of Lady Catheryn’s husband-to-be, the powerful warrior who dispatched her dishonorable guardian, unknowingly answering both her prayers and nocturnal visions. And he seemed right. His past was too bleak, his nature too violent. But Baron Gerard also promised to never beat her, to be kind, to care for Brezden Keep and her people, and the spark in his eye was not kindled by bloodlust alone. His strong hands could be gentle and build fires in her. So perhaps the witch and her magic sachet had the right of it. Perhaps Gerard of Reveur was not only a protector but a better husband and a truer love than either of their tortured souls could ever imagine. 

Dream Knight is the first medieval romance that I’ve read and I thought it was pretty good.  The premise is really neat and the characters likable, the villain detestable.  The narrative was a little long winded at times but I think that has to do with the medieval aspect of the story.  Language was different hundreds of years ago, people just spoke differently.  It wasn’t distracting but I caught myself trying to scan ahead to see what was going on.  😉  I’m so used to the concise verbiage of contemporary romances that I almost missed the lovely prose.  I did catch a few typos which is always irksome to me.  Overall a solid story and a good read for anyone who loves knights in shining armor and damsels in distress.

Review: Midnight Surrender

Midnight SurrenderHe makes her body sing, but Angelina wants more than just sex from her dark and delicious vampire. She wants love.

 Dmitri has spent the last year strumming the beautiful Angelina’s body into submission. One night she gives him an ultimatum, love or she walks. What will he choose?

Midnight Surrender is fast paced, steamy, and a great introduction to Valerie Twombly’s work.  Get thrown right into the action as Angelina and Dmitri meet for an intimate rendezvous.  Only afterward does Angelina express her true desire, a confession of love.  1-Click this short story to find out Dmitri’s answer.  Aside from needing a little extra world building, I thought this was fun.  Check out Ms. Twombly’s other titles such as “Eternal Flame”, “Amazon Heat”, and “Demon Slayer.”

Review: Tales from the SFR Brigade

SFR Brigade

Tales from the SFR Brigade

Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories. 

• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy. 
• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate. 
• A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead. 
• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien. 
• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her. 
• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved. 
• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice. 
• A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time. 

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

This ebook freebie is a wonderful collection of science fiction romance short stories.  If you’ve never read a sci-fi romance and was curious about the genre, pick up this anthology.  Although a few of the stories felt that they lacked a real conflict and resolution, most of these stories were wonderful.  There is a wide variety of sci-fi subgenres in here including some steampunk.

For more free and really cheap sci-fi romance ebooks, pop over to the Galaxy Express and get clicking!

Review: “The Light” by Kristy Denice Bock

LightWhen Madison goes to sleep at night, she transcends into the body of another woman. Each night she wakes as a victim of a violent, senseless crime. With each waking day she bears their pain, experiences their death, and is helpless to stop it from happening. With only her aging butler at her side, Madison tries to survive each day without falling into madness.

Brian Brinkley chose to save the life of his young ward marked for death. Thrust from the heavens because he dared disobey God, he tries to find some type of life quiet life among the humans. One chance meeting with Madison and his tranquility is shattered. When she becomes the target of a sadistic man, he vows to do everything in his power to protect her.

The Light” is a sweet romance published through Champagne Books and written by Kristy Denice Bock.  Kristy throws you into the thick of things as we follow her dynamic characters through every hardship the villain can muster.  The story has several twists and turns that keep up momentum all the way to the end.  You will not be disappointed with this one.

I must mention, however, that there are formatting problems with the Kindle edition.  I read this on my iPhone Kindle App and on my Kindle Fire and there were paragraphs starting mid sentence.  Additionally, the publisher could have run this through one last copy editor before posting this live.

I highly recommend this book because the story is great; the author tells a fantastic tale.  Just be aware that the formatting might not be up to par.  The Voice, book 2 in this series, is scheduled to come out soon!

Review: Desert Dreams

desertDesert Dreams by Sophia Jones

Originally featured in the anthology Fantasies of a Housewife edited by Tina Pollick, “Desert Dreams” is a contemporary romantic short story.

Shaylene Thomas is a busy working mom. Raising her two girls on her own in rural Arizona’s high desert country, each day is an adventure filled with both beauty and challenges– and she wouldn’t trade a moment of it for all the riches in all the skyscrapers in the world. But sometimes she dreams of a warm pair of arms to curl into at night … and sometimes dreams come true. 

This was cute, and funny, and sexy.  Very well written, it really reeled me in and made me care about the characters.  Worth the read though for sure!

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