Book Review: Bound

Bound
by Jennifer Dean
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
 
When fate leads Emma Morgan back to her small hometown of Washington, she
learns that the life she knew three years ago has changed once she
meets the charmingly, mysterious Liam Alexander. But when her brother
Sean, voices his disapproval, Emma finds her loyalty in the way of
her newfound curiosity of the youngest Alexander. Only the more she
tries to avoid Liam the more she finds him in her constant company. 
A risk that leads down a dangerous path once Emma begins to discover a
secret about the Alexanders that no human should ever know.
 
 

My Review

This book is right out my alley! I am in love with superpowers, witches,  immortal beings and all that the Paranormal Romance gender has to offer! And “Bound” is perfect for me! It has good quality writing, it has good characters, it has a good plot. What’s not to like?

Ok, although I admit I tend to give all the stars in the sky to Paranormal Romance books, I tend to be more critical, now that I’ve read and reviewed a few. There are small, small things that did not make me confortable reading, but these are not even worth mentioning because the bond our main character has to Liam, the bond between Emma and her brother,  are just two of the things that make this book a great one.

Emma is determined to stand by Liam, to uncover the secrets surrounding his family and she will stop at nothing to do it. And this raises her brother’s disapproval. He dislikes Liam with all his soul and he fails to give her one concrete reason. So she follows her heart and instinct. As many other readers, I found Liam a really nice guy, for a person of his kind (find out more in the book) and his affection for Emma is pure and intense.

I liked the pace of the story, I liked that it followed more than one plot and I liked the system, with the super powerful beings. I will refrain from comparing this book to others as in the end, all books are alike… they all have covers and pages and words and stories J if you enjoy this kind of romance, this book is perfect for you! I hope you give it a try. Happy reading!

 
 
I was never that child you found in the corner reading. In fact, I
loathed the idea of picking up a book. The activity seemed more of a
chore than a past time.
All that changed when my brother began talking to me about the
newest novel he was reading.Harry Potter and The Order of the
Phoenix. 
Before I knew it, my curiosity got the better of
me, luring me to try the series. It didn’t take long for my mindset
of reading to turn on its head.
But even with my new hobby discovered it wasn’t until my junior
year of college that I developed a hidden desire for writing stories.
And when I found myself writing scenes instead of paying attention to
my professors, I knew becoming a writer was the career path I was
meant to follow.
 
 
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Book Review: Within the Walls

Within the Walls
by Dre Keeton
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dystopian
 
Perfect opposites in a far from perfect world.
Jackson and Lenah are from two different worlds. Lenah is among the elite in
Sundale City. Jackson, on the other hand, is broke, Psycho Infected
and has a criminal record growing by the minute. It’s safe to say,
in another life, the two would never have crossed paths.
But when Jackson is assigned to work for Lenah in an effort to use his PI
abilities for something productive, things get complicated.
As their worlds collide, they realize how much they’ve both suffered
and struggled with the darkness the infection brought the world.
But the closer they become, the more dangerous things get. It isn’t
just that PI and human relationships are forbidden, but Lenah’s
powerful fiancé has no intention of letting her go. And as people in
the American Walled Cities start disappearing, Jackson and Lenah
discover there’s something even more sinister at play than her
pending nuptials.
 
My Review

“Within the Walls” is kind of a dark story. It gave me a creepy feeling and I wouldn’t say this is generally a bad thing. The atmosphere described is not at all a positive one. It’s dark and bloody and strange.

There are three types of people: the rich and healthy, the infected and the food. Yup, some people are food for others and they become food either willingly or… not so much. Now, we have many contrasting elements here. The rich and healthy live in a prosperous city, where the politics dictate, where politicians crave power and want it regardless of who gets hurt. For them the infected are not people, are just … things. Then we have Victory – a city that used to be beautiful and safe. After the virus outbreak, it changed dramatically. That’s the difference between our main characters. Jackson is a PI (infected) from Victory, Lenah is soon to be married with one of the politicians. Their story is great, not only because of these discrepancies, but also because they have a lot to face. Manipulation and sickness are probably their biggest enemies.

I liked the book quite a lot and it was a very easy read (finished it in one day), but there were some things that I did not enjoy. I was not very comfortable with how the infected people had to find food. It creeped me out! But that’s just me, ok? Then, the main characters seemed a little unstable. Lenah is hot and cold and undecided. She loved her fiancee and then she didn’t. But she did enjoy the luxury. Jackson’s sense of morality is greatly appreciated but he started to like this woman too fast. It seemed forced.

All in all, it was a good read and a series that I would like to follow. Even if I was not totally convinced by the characters, the ending is very promising and I am sure the next book in the series will be even better. My rating for now is 3.5 stars. Until then, happy reading and see you soon with another review 🙂

 
 
Dre Keeton is the oldest of three children, a tequila enthusiast, and
fueled by plants. One of her favorite things, aside from chatting
with her dog, is creating fictional worlds that seem likely. Dre is
an avid promoter of diversity in literature and seeks to mirror that
in her own work.
 
 
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Book Review: Wavehouse

WAVEHOUSE

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Author: Alice Kaltman

Pub. Date: June 15, 2018

Publisher: Fitzroy Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 289

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Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach town where most kids are so surf-centric they think ‘Current Events’ have something to do with ocean tides.

Anna is not only the best surfer in Kendall’s, she’s also the shyest. When a surf scout comes to town to gage her talent, Anna freaks out and refuses to let him watch her. To protect herself from the pressure and the panic, Anna decides to only surf at her private break, Secretspot, for the rest of the summer. But Secretspot becomes treacherous in ways Anna never imagined, and the danger has nothing to do with waves. When a gorgeous stranger paddles out, smiling a bewitching smile and surfing like a god, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. A series of events are set in motion that will change Anna’s life forever; events that raise difficult questions about love, honesty, betrayal and family ties.

In the end, is it worth it? Dive in to Wavehouse, life-preserver recommended, and the decision is yours.

My Review

This is one of those books that give you a certain feeling while reading it, that general feeling that a reader gets when opening a book for the first time (before going into the story). The timing for this blog tour was perfect! I’m getting ready for a short vacation at the sea so this is the perfect book to prepare myself for exactly that. Because it made me feel so relaxed, it made me thing of waves and how they sound.  I could smell the sand and warmth.

With this opening, I will get into the actual story. The story centers on young Anna, who’s trying to keep a low profile and practice surfing in her own private space. She does not like attention and has her own issues to deal with. However, her tranquility is somehow disturbed when a young man comes around. This guy manages to crack her shyness and thus she feels the comfort she longs for. But is the sea always serene?

Anna’s voice is so well created, all characters feel so real. I can definitely say that from writing perspective, the author did an amazing job. We don’t have the perfect couple, perfect heroine, perfect family or friends. But there are no enemies either. Everybody is as real as you’d get them. No one is perfect and that makes the book so much interesting.

We see her grow, we see her develop and interact with others. Most of the book is centered on her reactions and her feelings. Anna and her mom are one of the best examples of dealing with parental issues, or solving things as a family. Friendship and love are not to be missed either and all these themes blend together beautifully.

So pick up this book! Grab your copy take a ride on the biggest wave around. Learn about surfers, about Anna Dugan and her passions. I felt so refreshed after reading this. I loved it and I am so happy to be part of this blog tour!

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About Alice

As a young girl I long

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ed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so I became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years I worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while I’m still paid to do the occasional pirouette, I’m now mostly known as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But honestly? I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life, and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. Saving Grace is about a mermaid, and Wavehouse is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.

My short fiction (for adults) takes place on land, sea, and air. I’m thrilled that Staggerwing, a collection of my favorites, is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in October, 2016.

These days I split my time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where I wear my pajamas regular style. But if too much time passes without a swim or a surf, I’m tempted to revisit my childhood shenanigans. Wouldn’t it be fun to flip-flop about like a fish out of water or a beached mermaid, restless and hungry for the incoming tide?

If you want to reach out about bookish stuff, send me an email via the cute little Contact pop-up, or via my literary agent, Zoe Sandler of ICM Partners.

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Book Review: A Fine Line

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A FINE LINE
Sue Horsford
A Fine Line
Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Publisher: Totally Bound
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
No one would understand that my submission empowered me, that I felt stronger kneeling at Gabriel’s feet than I ever had standing at Paul’s side.
Faye Austin seems to have it all–a fulfilling career, a successful husband, a beautiful home. But appearances can be deceptive and sometimes Faye can’t help thinking she’s living the wrong life. A lifetime of being compared to her beautiful younger sister, Ginny, has left her feeling second best, and a chance discovery while looking at her husband’s laptop has led her to realize that her marriage is not all it seems.
Then she meets the handsome Gabriel Scott, a man who likes to play sexual games of power and control, and suddenly everything makes sense. Gabriel’s natural dominance is so compelling that Faye feels her own submissiveness awakening in response, a reaction that both horrifies and excites her. She works with victims of domestic abuse and is adamant that no man will ever tell her what to do. But there’s something about Gabriel that draws her in and gives her a glimpse of who she really wants to be.
Can Gabriel give her what she needs? Or will Ginny get there first?

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About Sue Horsford

Sue Horsford

I am a qualified hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner living in the North of England with my husband and soul mate. Over the years I must have started and abandoned over fifty novels before I decided to try my hand at writing erotica. Finally I had a finished novel and a new hobby all in one. I never realized writing could be so much fun!
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My Review

 

“A Fine Line” has something that has captured my attention from the blurb: seeing a woman that works with victims of domestic abuse enter a sub-dom relationship. Understanding all these aspects from her eyes is very refreshing and brings an interesting angle to the story.

Faye has had the illusion of a perfect life, with perfect job and perfect marriage, even if she may not have the best relationship with her sister. When secrets about her and Faye’s husband come to life, she realizes thing are not at all what they seam and that something is lacking. Meeting Gabriel has given her the chance to find this missing feeling: the feeling of safety. With all his… out of the ordinary methods, he gives her courage and makes her trust him with her all. And in my opinion, that’s the most important and interesting fact when it comes to our new couple.

Gabriel’s attempt at a married woman does not make him the most serious guy, but it does portray him as an opportunist. He sees a chance at a frail woman and he takes it. However, his intention is to bring out the shine in her, build back her confidence and show her how special and beautiful she really is.

The reason for my decreasing one star is because I would have wanted a resolution between Faye and her husband earlier in the book. While I understand that the idea is to rebuild her personality, I felt like this side was not solved in proper time. The ending brings a good solution to the problems and I am quite ok with how things turned out.

All in all, I liked it a lot and I liked the perspective of the book. The author did a wonderful job with our main characters and with illustrating Faye’s struggles and as well show the intensity of her relationship with Gabriel. 4 out of 5 stars and my congratulations 🙂

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Audiobook Review: A Witch’s Journey

Author: Tena Stetler

Narrators: Kate Tyler

Series: Lobster Cove, Book 1

Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Released: Oct. 19, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?

 

Best-selling author, Tena Stetler, has an over-active imagination and writes award-winning paranormal romance novels. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle.

Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Well, okay there are a few companion animals to round out the tales. Travel and adventure flourish in her novels. Any summer evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a glass of raspberry iced tea and a bowl of popcorn.

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Kate Tyler is an audiobook narrator and producer with several published audiobooks available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. A background in drama and a successful career in voiceover, Kate lives with her family in San Diego and enjoys swimming, running, cycling and stand up paddleboard.

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Give me a story about witches, put some love inside and top it all with a dose of mystery and I am hooked. That’s a success recipe for me (I can think of a few other “ingredients” but don’t apply for this story at the moment).

“Lobster Cove” series starts pretty good. We have a witch trying to settle into her new home, plan for future and fall in love. But who would have thought that she and her new partner would both harbor secrets. The relationship between Pepper and Lathen is intense and their connection is very well captured. The hero in him starts acting once Pepper’s legacy is in danger. Let’s see if they manage to combine their abilities and solve the conflict J

Normally, I would be more than happy to brag about the magic and all that. However, I feel that in case of “A Witch’s Journey” the accent was more on the romance than on the actual magic. Yes, the plot is around that, but I would have wanted more action and more danger. There are many elements thrown in there, but not linked well enough and angles that could have been better explored.

The narration was excellent. Kate Tyler’s talent at disguising her voice and put feelings in all the lines made me enjoy the book even more. I liked her voice and, most importantly, I liked the fact that I could know, from the tone of her voice, who was talking. He is a great narrator indeed!

All in all, I’m giving the story 3.5 stars, rounded to 4, for a great narration. The book is great for fans of love and witches, but from action point of view, there is a potential that is yet to be explored. Looking forward for the next books. Enjoy J

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Book Review: Crossing in Time

Author: D.L. Orton

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Press⎮2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Series: Between Two Evils, Books 1

Release date: Oct. 7, 2015

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present – and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives 20 years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured 19-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heart breaker, save the world or not.

This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it’s the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn’t have the proper footwear. It’s a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.

 

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.

In her spare time, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

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Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard are Audie Award-winning narrators who have recorded over 40 titles together. They are passionate about acting and, in particular, the medium of audiobooks. The two love working together and have a ridiculous amount of fun playing off each other in the recording booth. Erin is deeply involved in the Audio Description community, translating visual images in media into aural pictures for people with low or no vision. She also performs Shakespearean text with The Strange Bedfellow actors troupe. Noah is a recovering 80s rock musician and an ardent home chef. Both Erin and Noah hail from the beautiful Hudson Valley Village of Nyack—and both are proud members of the Stage Actors Guild.

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Here are so many exceptional thing s about this story that it’s hard to capture all of them in a short review. So I’m going to lay down just some of the aspects that I believe are interesting and that can capture your attention.

“Crossing in Time” is a combination of many elements. We have love that can withstand time and while that, the world is collapsing. Yup, collapsing. Too many things happen in the same time – bombs, invasions, Ebola and with all these, two people find a way to love each other over and over again. In the beginning I was not very convinced about their relationship, since Isabel and Diego did not have the best start ever as a couple. Over time, they become close again even if the world has other plans.

Do you thing the combination between love, time travel and world destruction is too much? Well, it can be, sometimes. I felt a little overwhelmed of the many things happening and at some point it was hard to consider it as one story.  I was experiencing two different things. On one hand, we have the specialist analyzing facts and trying to understand what’s happening, and on the other hand we have a couple who’s just trying to enjoy their life together.

Since I had the privilege to enjoy the book in audio format, the narration was fabulous. Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard bring characters to life. They share the joy and the pain in such a vivid way. They are perfect when narrating books together. I’ve heard them before and now I was even more impressed since one character has a Spanish accent and there is another one which sounds British. They are so, so incredible!

All in all, this is a great book, with perfect narrators and it is a story for everyone. It has mystery, romance, conspiracy and twists. 4 stars from my end! Happy Reading!

 

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by D.L. Orton. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

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