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{Review} Hard Protector: A Seal Contemporary Romance by Jillian Riley


42645927Hard Protector: A Seal Contemporary Romance by Jillian Riley

150 pages
Expected publication: November 15th 2018

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~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

Becca:
My whole life people told me I grew up spoiled and sheltered; always at the disposal of my billionaire father. After a while I started to believe them. They said I never wanted or needed anything except Daddy’s approval. They didn’t know what it was like to live with him. I love my father, but he is a hard and difficult man. Then Daddy gets himself kidnapped. It is up to me to keep Foster Trucking and Shipping running. The livelihood of hundreds of Foster’s employees and their families depended on me. To make matters worse several ‘accidents’ have been happening at the warehouse threatening to shut the operation down and with my father’s captors demanding thousands in ransom I realized I couldn’t do it all on my own. Despite our explosive past, and all the mistakes I made with his heart, I had to call Blake Snyder not knowing if he would help me or not. If he agreed to help, would I be able to keep him at arms-length or will I have to risk losing my father, my family business, and my heart?

Blake:

Being an ex-Delta Force Operations Specialist and private investigator specializing in hostage negotiation meant I was no fool. I was highly trained to keep my cool no matter how high the stakes or the pressure. Yet when it comes to Becca Foster and her chestnut brown eyes, all my cool went out the window. The spoiled socialite was gorgeous and dynamite in the sack. Our recent past was filled with heat and electricity. But she’s wrapped so tightly around her daddy’s finger, that there was no hope she would ever stand on her own two feet. I have spent the last month determined to forget her. Until one day she called begging me to help her. She was in over her head, and as much as I wanted her to drown, I just couldn’t let her. I vowed to keep it professional, get in, save the old man and get out. I was a pro. But how would I negotiate my feelings for Becca? She swore she’d changed, but could I trust that she wouldn’t run away from me again? Breaking my heart for good?


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author via booksprout*

Okay. This was a really quick read. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I actually enjoyed it. 

The description of the book literally gives the book away…which kinda sucks.. The beginning felt really rushed, and went straight to the point, but I guess given how short the book was…it works. 

The first chapter was the phone call telling Becca that her father was kidnapped, and well, everything else is kind of predictable. Becca calling Blake, them trying to get her father back, them trying to rekindle their relationship, hot sex. But I guess it works. There is a LOT of foreshadowing BTW, if you’re like me you’ll easily pick up on things. 

Ahhhaha looks like I guessed right :b 

Good story, with potential, just wish there was more depth, and character development. 


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~Author Bio~

Jillian RileyHello, I’m Jillian Riley and I love writing steamy romance novels. My goal is to grab my readers attention right away. I’m an eager author devoted to bringing hot romances to readers. The objective of my books are to make your temperature rise by painting a picture of strong alpha males, wild men who will do whatever it takes to be with the woman they crave. My family has accused me of writing racy novels but I just sip my wine and tell them that I am forming my base.

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Waiting on Wednesday ~ Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare


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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event on my blog; So Many Books So Little Time, which spotlights highly anticipating upcoming new releases.  Usually posted on Wednesdays.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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13541056Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare 

Hardcover, 912 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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{Review} Wolf Games: Severed Fates by Caroline Peckham


42649409Wolf Games: Severed Fates by Caroline Peckham

(The V Games, #6)

Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published: November 13th 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars

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The finale to Season 2 of The Vampire Games

One fate torn in two.

When Cass is moved from the African institute, she soon realises her captor isn’t the only one trying to keep her prisoner. Plunged into a new world of deadly games in a place that makes her nightmares come to life, can she find a way to escape? And when her fate collides with Jameson’s once again, can she find a way to bring him back and save him from the clutches of his black-hearted pack leader? Or are they doomed to be separated forever?


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

Wow. I can’t even right now. Every book in The Vampire Games is so well written, action packed and fast paced! I’m just blown away by this series; It just keeps getting better. I loved the first five books in the series, but this one just tied up  Season 2 perfectly. I’m soo excited for Season 3 (The Hunter Trials)!

Wolf Games: Severed Fates is the finale in the second season of The Vampire Games and continues the story of Cass and Jameson. It picks up immediately following the events of book 5, Wolf Games: Island of Shade.  I absolutely adore Cass and Jameson. They have been through so much together and apart, and their journey back to one another was a roller-coaster, and what a ride it was! Jameson is by far my favorite character

I love the characters and I love that every season is about different main characters. But I also love that we still get to read in Selena’s and Varick’s perspective because they are still present in the Wolf Games books.

It’s going to be torture waiting for the next Season to start, but It’ll be worth the wait. Caroline Peckham is brilliant. Such a well written and fast-paced series! I highly recommend it!


Season 1:

V Games | Review |Goodreads

V Games: Fresh from the Grave | Review |Goodreads

V Games: Dead Before Dawn | Review |Goodreads

Season 2:

Wolf Games | Review |Goodreads

Wolf Games: Island of Shade | Review |Goodreads

Wolf Games: Severed Fate | Review |Goodreads


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Book Blitz ~ Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron: Excerpt + Giveaway! 


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Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron

(The Clockwork Chimera , #1)
Publication date: November 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction

Life in deep space could be a drag sometimes, but Daisy supposed things could have been worse. They were still alive, after all, which was always a plus in her book. Now if only she could figure out who, or what, was endangering her return home, things would be just peachy.

It had been one hell of a way to start the day––being rudely snapped from a deep cryo-sleep, and in the middle of a ship-wide crisis to boot––but Daisy was pleased to note that the ship had not decompressed, the crew hadn’t been blasted into space, and, most importantly, they hadn’t simply blown up. At least not yet. So, they had that going for them, but being stuck on a damaged ship in the inky depths of space as it limped toward Earth was not exactly the relaxing trip home she’d imagined.

With the powerful AI supercomputer guiding the craft beginning to show some disconcerting quirks of its own, and its unsettling cyborg assistant nosing into her affairs, Daisy’s unease was rapidly growing. Add to the mix a crew of mechanically-enhanced humans, any one of whom she suspected might not be what they seemed, and Daisy found herself with a sense of pending dread tickling the periphery of her mind.

Something was very much not right––she could feel it in her bones. The tricky part now was going to be figuring out what the threat was, before it could manifest from a mere sinking feeling in her gut into a potentially deadly reality.

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~Excerpt~

“Should we wake them? I mean, the ship is on fire, after all.”

Barry didn’t seem stressed. In fact, his voice rarely showed any extremes of emotion at all, though that was to be expected of a cyborg.

“It is a bit early, but yes, given the problems I am experiencing with my internal sensors and fire suppression systems, I think that would be prudent,” the disembodied voice of Malorie, the ship’s artificial intelligence system, replied. “Though I would like you on hand, just in case there are any issues cycling the crew out of cryo-sleep so early, and on such short notice.”

“Of course, Mal. Understood.”

The handsome flesh-and-metal man with sandy-blond hair rose from his seat in the control room and stepped into the double airlock leading to the central passageway network. Starboard Peripheral Corridor One would have been the faster route, but after the impact, with the possibility of undetected depressurization in any of the damaged and offline pod sections or one of the unmonitored inter-compartmental conduit routing spaces, he’d just have to take the long way. The inconvenience, he reasoned, was certainly preferable to being unceremoniously blasted into space.

The Váli was a sturdy ship, and she had only been nudged slightly off course by the collision. There was time to set things right, but sooner was far better than later. At the speed and distance they were traveling, “slightly” could easily become “a lot” quickly.

Normally Mal would simply right the course herself, diverting a fraction of her attention toward adjusting the maneuvering thrusters to gently ease them back on target. In the event of a fire of any significance, however, protocol required her to wake the crew of the Váli.

The ship’s unusual name had been taken from old Norse mythology, given to it by a cybernetically-enhanced engineer with a fondness for ancient texts. Váli, the son of Odin, brother of Thor. A god prophesied to survive Ragnarok, the end of times.

She was a fast ship, no doubt, and extremely nimble, when not laden with additional research, living, and lab pods locked to her support frame for such a long voyage. That bulk-saving performance, however, came at a price. The multiple layers of outer shielding found on larger, sturdier vessels—the kind that would have prevented such a minor impact from damaging them in the first place—were sorely lacking, and so it passed that the ship had succumbed quite spectacularly to what would have been an otherwise minor incident.

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~Author Bio~

A native Californian, Scott Baron was born in Hollywood, which he claims may be the reason for his off-kilter sense of humor. Before taking up residence in Venice Beach, he spent a few years studying abroad before settling into the film and television industry, where he has worked off and on for some time. Scott not only writes, but is also involved in indie film and theater both in the U.S. and abroad.

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{Review} Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Petro


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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Petro

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse
~Rating: 5/5 stars~
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I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

‘False sisters.
Shadow twins’

Omg. I LOVE this book. The world building, vivid descriptions, the compelling and complex characters, the bond between the phoenixes and their riders, romance and  history of the Phoenix Riders, and backstory, was on point. There are a few different POV’s but they’re easy to follow, also, at the end of each chapter we get an insight to what Avalkyra Ashfire is thinking, which I’m just realizing now after re-reading the ones I highlighted. 

It was just perfect, it was everything.  It’s going to take me a while to get over this one. This is easily the best debut book I’ve read this year. I cant wait to read more from this author!

That was the day her loss became my victory, and everything changed between us.

I’ll be honest, some parts were a little confusing, but you HAVE to read til the end, everything will make sense, because the freaking EPILOGUE literally ties the book together, it’s so cleaver and perfect…. did I mention PERFECT? It’s going to really hard for me not to spoil anything… argghhh

When Veronyka’s ‘sister’ Val comes home with two phoenovo (Phoenix eggs) only one makes it, and it bonds with Veronyka instead, and not Val, who was the one raising it during incubation. Val isn’t happy when that happens, she completely changes, she feels angry and cheated, because she wanted the phoenix to be hers… and we get to see why, later in the book.

“I think I’ll name her Xephyra.” Val’s eyes narrowed. She stared at Veronyka for a long moment, before crossing her arms and looking up thoughtfully. “‘Pyr’ means ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in Pyraean. Coupled with ‘xe’ . . .”
“Sweet Flame,” Veronyka said, still running her fingers along her drowsy bondmate’s silky feathers.
“Or Flame Sister,” Val corrected, given that the prefix could also mean “brother” or “sister,” based on the gender of the name.

But, certain events occur, that make Veronyka not want to be around Val, so she leaves her sister in search of more eggs, and other animages (animal magic; people who can control animals with magic), but she isn’t allowed to join them to train to be a rider.

Why?

Because she’s a girl, and at the time there were hardly any eggs left so they only let the boys train, so Veronyka disguises herself as a boy, and calls herself Nyk.

Veronyka stared down at the bow, her heart soaring. He was giving her the chance she so desperately wanted, the opportunity to truly become a part of this world. After what had just happened, she needed it more than ever.

And she does get to train with Tristan, the commanders son. And she teaches him things, and they form this relationship. I mean she’s Pheronia’s daughter, her magic is so powerful! And we get to see that during her ‘training’ with Tristan.

But when Val finds her, she brings Xephyra, which she thought was dead. But she doesn’t give up that she’s bonded to Xephyra, at least not yet, at this point everyone just thinks she’s really good at controlling the animals.

He bit the inside of his cheek, and Veronyka could swear he was fighting to keep a pleased smile off his face. “It doesn’t change anything for me, you know,” he said, still not looking at her. “Boy, girl―it doesn’t matter. You’re you, and that’s all I care about.”

They do end up realizing that she’s Veronyka, not Nyk, but they don’t have too much of an issue with it, they still let her train, but Val gives her an ultimatum,

‘you have to choose your side, make the right choice’

Val, shows her the past, and Veronyka realizes who Val really is; Avalkyra Ashfire. But she thinks she’s Pheronia, but is not remembering that life.

Hmmm, judging from the epilogue, there’s going to be a book two, and it’s going to be epic. YOU NEED TO GET THIS. I highly recommend it!


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~Author Bio~

Nicki Pau PretoNicki is a YA fantasy author living just outside Toronto, Canada. After getting a degree in visual arts, a masters in art history, and a diploma in graphic design, Nicki discovered two things: she loves to escape the real world, and she isn’t interested in a regular 9-5 life. Luckily, her chosen career covers both.

Her YA fantasy debut CROWN OF FEATHERS is coming February 12, 2019 from Simon Pulse.

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Book Blitz ~ Fate’s Fools by Ophelia Bell: Excerpt + Giveaway!   


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Fate’s Fools by Ophelia Bell

(Fate’s Fools, #1, #1)

Publication date: November 6th 2018

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

How do you find a soulmate – without a soul?

Deva Rainsong was meant to be nothing more than a vessel to house the enemy’s soul. Bred in a lab with a link to the enemy’s bloodline, she is a mix of all four higher races and the only creature of her kind. No one, not even her family, knows how she works, or what she is truly capable of. And now, with the death of the enemy in the last war, Deva has lost her purpose. Despite the deep connection she forms with five men along her journey, love without a soul can only be an empty affair. Deva refuses to bind any man to that meaningless existence.

Unclaimed, empty, and soulless, Deva has been left with nothing but a deep, cold longing for a love that Fate will never offer. But, when Fate hounds begin hunting members of the bloodline, it becomes Deva’s personal quest to find out how to stop them. With her special link, and her five suitors in tow, she is in a singularly unique position. Together, the band of six will embark on a mission to uncover the secrets of bloodline souls, love, rogue Fate hounds, and the true extent of Deva’s powers…

Warning: this story is a fast-burn HOT and steamy reverse-harem odyssey, with some M/M content, not meant for the faint of heart (or libido)… #whychoose!

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~Excerpt~

The ursa claim that when they go on their pilgrimage as young adults, they do this thing they call “soul searching.” I’ve always wondered what this meant. Are their souls like vessels that need to be emptied out like old luggage and filtered through to find clues to their true path in life? Or are they missing their souls and the pilgrimage is how they find them?

I’ve never asked anyone else this question before because I kind of already know the answer. Their soul searching was a journey to understand the souls they already possessed. I’d have liked to think that my own pilgrimage was the same thing, except I was probably fooling myself.

First of all, I’m not really on a pilgrimage at all. I ran away from home and my family is probably looking for me.

And second, I don’t have a soul, which is a double-edged sword. It means I’m nearly impossible for my family to find, but it also means I am missing the one thing that could probably tell me where I belong in the world, and I’m fairly certain my own quest isn’t going to lead me to it.

Ever since I ran, I’ve been going through the motions of this so-called “soul search,” but haven’t really learned a whole lot about myself that I didn’t already know. I’m an infinitely adaptable creature and a quick study, yet the powers I was born with are still wimpy as fuck. Three weeks into a self-imposed exile from the life I knew, all I’d really learned were things related to the human world to which I’d fled.

Humanity was both amazingly resilient and heart-breakingly fragile at the same time. I finally understood why the higher races were so drawn to them. Why the dragons used to collect human mates and hoard them like treasure.

That particular instinct wasn’t exactly dormant in me. Thanks to my somewhat unorthodox origins, I was magically linked to a special segment of humanity that was infused with divine blood. And thanks to that blood, there was something distinctly magical hurting some of the humans of the bloodline.

My deepest instincts urged me to protect them. Whether it was my dragon nature at work, or a trait of one of the other four races that ran in my blood, I kind of wanted to take half the bloodline home with me just to keep them safe. That would have solved a lot of issues, but it wasn’t exactly feasible to show up in the Dragon Glade or one of the other three sacred homes of the four higher races with a whole pile of humans in tow.

Even if I could go home. One of the few things I’d learned about myself was that I was stubborn as hell. I was part human, so that resilience and tenacity was there, but I was also immortal, so not so fragile, at least not on the outside. I couldn’t leave the human world until I’d figured out what was hurting the people I was linked to and why, even if it meant keeping watch over the one thing they possessed that I didn’t: their souls.

The irony was not lost on me.

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~Author Bio~

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

If you’d like to receive regular updates on Ophelia’s publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list: http://opheliabell.com/subscribe/

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{Review} Shadow Play by Jill Ramsower


40621298Shadow Play by Jill Ramsower

(The Fae Games #1)
Kindle Edition,  361 pages
Published June 23rd 2018

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger—if that’s the case, I better be badass by the time this is over.

After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson finally walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares, and this time they aren’t confined to her imagination. Twisted and vicious, Faeries are being unleashed on Earth to prey upon humans, who are unaware of the vile creatures walking among them. Becca must stay alive long enough to learn why she can see what others can’t, and even more importantly, discover how to keep the Fae from destroying life on Earth.

Delving into the underbelly of the city, Becca discovers that she is not entirely alone in her abilities; however, centuries of secrecy makes gathering information a challenge. When Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers, her life is only complicated further. The gorgeous but brooding Lochlan demands complete honesty but refuses to provide any answers of his own. On the other hand, Ronan is enigmatic and charming, and with his sights set on making Becca his, he offers more help than most. But Becca quickly learns that trusting others is difficult when you have secrets of your own. Sometimes, the enemy is within….

Warning: This is NOT a Young Adult book! It contains graphic violence and scenes with adult sexual situations. Shadow Play is the first book in a duet and it is highly recommended that both books are read in the proper order as the duet is one story.


~Review~


“Don’t be afraid of the unknown merely because it’s unknown. I have no doubt your strengths will see you through this.”

Oh my god. This was perfect. The perfect faerie book, I’ve never really liked faerie books/never really gotten into them but this series has blown my mind! Such a unique series, I recommend reading it.

Rebecca, or Becca has been a waitress for two years, and after an exhausting night slugging away table after table, so she decides that she can do better, I mean she has a degree so why not?! So she leaves her 2 week notice and quits, and like the next day she ends up landing her dream job at a museum in Belfast, Ireland. 

‘A life lived in fear is a life half lived.’

After moving to Ireland, Rebecca steps off the plane, immediately, starts encountering strange men and even more surprisingly, strange creatures, and comes face to face with her living nightmares rather than her dreams. 

She is thrown into the world of Fae, meeting people who tell her strange, wondrous, and sometimes conflicting things. Rebecca realizes that all her answers are either held by Lochlan, an utterly gorgeous but rude, she wants him to give her answers and demands complete honesty, yet he doesn’t, and Ronan, charming but mysterious, more willing to give up information, but not entirely trustworthy. Honestly, when we first meet Ronan at the museum he gave off a weird vibe. I’m not going to give too much away, you NEED to read this book, because there are soo many things you won’t expect. BUT who will Rebecca trust when her life depends on it?  – though, I just realized I have shared a quote that will clearly tell you… oops.. not going to tell you where to find it…. 

“Crawling around on the table was a tiny man gathering crumbs. He was about six inches tall, if he were to stand up. He had greenish skin with brown hair and appeared similar to a doll-sized human wearing little scraps of clothing. Sensing he had an audience, the little man also froze. His already large eyes opened even farther as we held each other’s stare and time seemed to stand still. The moment ended in an instant when the man vanished, like a bubble that burst, he was just gone.”

This is the kind of book that sticks with you days after you’ve read it. It has romance, action, faeries, folklore… did I mention romance?

I loved the the fairy tale/folklore concepts that are twisted into this novel and the mixture of Arthurian legends, it’s not often that different myths are combined and done well. I loved we get to learn about the fae alongside Rebecca, which makes the world the author created feel really realistic. Honestly the story falls together really neatly, the plot was interesting, and the world building equally as intriguing.

The cliffhanger ending though!!! :c 


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~Author Bio~

Jill RamsowerJill’s a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.

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