Monday, August 19, 2019

Lara Adrian, Break the Day: A Midnight Breed Novel (Midnight Breed Series)

Title:  Break the Day: A Midnight Breed Novel (Midnight Breed Series)
Author:  Lara Adrian
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Breed, Vampire, Breedmate, Assassins, Daywalker
Page Count:  298                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services
Price:  $4.99
ISBN Print:  978-1084190375
Price:  $12.88
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 


Blurb/Summary:

After a shocking betrayal nearly killed him and the people he cares about the most, what Breed warrior Rafe wants more than anything is revenge against the insidious brotherhood called Opus Nostrum. But to achieve that goal, he must turn his back on the Order and infiltrate a dangerous gang with ties to Opus. Risking everything to redeem himself and carry out his deep-cover mission, Rafe will let nothing stand in his way--least of all his desire for one of the loyalists he should despise, a mysterious, dark-haired beauty named Devony Winters.
But Devony has secrets of her own to protect, as well as a personal duty she will do anything to fulfill. And as a daywalker passing herself off as human to the gang she's been embedded with for months, the last thing she needs is a dangerous former member of the Order unraveling all her hard work. Her plans depend on keeping Rafe at arm's length, but if she surrenders to the dark need he stirs within her, it will be her heart that pays the ultimate price.

Review:

Every time I pick up a book by Lara Adrian, I know I’m in for a treat.  Break the Day was no different.  Each book in the Midnight Breed Series can be read as a stand-alone book, but there is an underlying evil that permeates throughout each one connecting them.  Each book adds new characters and revisits some old ones moving their objectives forward in the war.

Rafe and Devony are thrown together while Rafe is working undercover.  They end up working together as an amazing team, and their steamy romance is off the charts.  Lara Adrian keeps readers guessing until the end as to how and when Rafe and Devony might be able to be together.  They have so many obstacles to overcome if their relationship is to move forward.

I really enjoyed Rafe and Devony’s journey.  These characters stay with you in your head long after the story is over.  I hope we see them again in future books. 

If you are looking for a full story with a HEA and no cliff-hangers, then give Break the Day a read.

I received an ARC for an honest review.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Witches Get Stitches (Witchless in Seattle Mysteries Book 9)

Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Rating: Siren's Best Book Stone
Keywords:  Witch, Spy, Ghost, Cotton Bat, Turkey, Dog,
Page Count:  242                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

Blurb/Summary:

When last we met, good people, the biggest wish I’ve ever made came to fruition. It didn’t happen without some help—okay, a lot of help. Either way, let’s just say the deed was done.

My outrageously handsome, smart, sometimes persnickety (read mostly persnickety) Spy Guy, Winterbottom, is finally here on earth with me, recuperating from his afterlife jaunt.

And I couldn’t be happier…

Sure, he can be a difficult patient. He’s forever bellowing my name from his sick bed. He likes his socks ironed and his toast cut in triangles, thank you very much. Add in the fact that some of the spells I've cast to make this dream a reality have had repercussions (an understatement), and it’s been sheer chaos.

But all tomfoolery aside, Win’s here with us, and I’m thrilled, as you can imagine.
Mostly.

So when it’s decided amongst my favorite men I should take a day for myself and hit Seattle for some much-needed shopping, I hesitantly head out.

And then I die. 

As you can imagine, it only goes downhill from there…

Review:

The last book was such an amazing and awesome adventure.  Dakota Cassidy knew exactly what needed to follow to keep her readers on edge and coming back.  The unexpected plot twist happens in chapter one and is in the book excerpt provided by the author, so I’m not giving anything away when I say Stevie dies.

What you can expect in Witches Get Stitches is some awesome spy guy time on stage.  Win takes the lead in trying to find out what happened to Stevie.  Keep in mind that Win is in recovery and only has a cotton bat and an Uber driver to help him.  Now you can begin to imagine the tom foolery that follows along with some heart-stopping stunts because Win is the ultimate “Spy Guy”.

I love this series!  The author does an incredible job of keeping each story fresh so that as a reader you can’t wait to open the next adventure.

Renee George does a seriously amazing job on the cover art for the Witchless in Seattle Mysteries series!

I received an ARC for an honest review.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

S.A. Bayne, The Demon You Trust (Magical Elite #1)

Title:  The Demon You Trust (Magical Elite #1)
Author:  S.A. Bayne
Rating:  Five Siren Stones  
Genre:  Paranormal Romance 
Keywords:  Half-Demon, Hell, Magical Elite, Magical Police, Magic
Page Count:  129                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $3.97 
ISBN Print:  978-1940968766 
Price:  $7.97
Publisher:  Authenticity Playground, LLC 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

If Ellie Locke dies, so does her sister, so when Ellie is murdered by a water god, it's a no-brainer to cheat death by accepting a deal from a stranger with the power to freeze time…until she discovers he has just set her up as a target for sociopathic serial killer with excellent magical skills.
Her only chance to survive her new job as an agent in a magical crime-fighting organization is her partner, a deliciously sexy half-demon who needs to stay alive as badly as she does. Neither of them has the magical ability to defeat a sociopath who has already killed seventy-six of their predecessors, but who needs skills when you have incentive?


Smoke, shadows, a hostile demon dad from the beyond, and highly paid assassins sent by her loving parents make things a little complicated for Ellie and her new partner, but what's a pair of breasts and an intimate moment for, if not to save themselves and the world?
And this is just the start. 

NOTE: Do you see the gold medallion on the cover? That means this book contains Super Secret Bonus Scenes, which are extremely cool and contain secrets you won't find anywhere else. 



Review:

I was completely engaged from the first page to the last page and didn’t want to put the story down.  The characters are endearing, and their chemistry is palpable.  The Demon You Trust is a fantastic start to a new series.  S.A. Bayne gave us a complete story to begin with, but so many unanswered questions that we will want to come back for more.  There is so much more to learn about Ellie and Jack.  I look forward to the next adventures of the Magical Elite team!

If you like hard-hitting action with humor, magic, some gore, and every super-hero’s weakness: a loved one, then this is a story to check out.  Don’t forget to read the bonus scenes!


I received an ARC for an honest review. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

S.A. Bayne, Immortally Cursed (Immortally Cursed #1)

Title:  Immortally Cursed (Immortally Cursed #1)
Author:  Stephanie Rowe writing as S.A. Bayne 
Rating:  Four Siren Stones 

Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Keywords:  Guardian, Dragon, Satan, Pretzel King, Curse, Goblet of Eternal Youth 
Page Count:  410                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Price:  $5.97
Publisher:  Authenticity Playground, LLC 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 


Blurb/Summary:

Justine Bennett's life isn't the one you'd want for all eternity, which is exactly how long she's going to have to live it. 

She's the sword-wielding Guardian for the Goblet of Eternal Youth, which is currently masquerading as a shape-shifting espresso machine in a fancy New York City condo. Being an immortal badass in the City that Never Sleeps sounds exciting, but Justine hasn't gotten to behead anyone in centuries, the celibacy oath she took two hundred years ago is getting to her, and her dead mom is being hotly pursued by a lovesick Satan. 

But then Derek LaValle, a no-carb pretzel mogul cursed to die in a week, shows up at Justine's door to behead her and steal the Goblet. If he fails, both he and his twin will succumb to the curse, so this handsome hunk of deliciousness is not going to let anything stop him. He's charming, tempting-as-hell, and extremely determined, all the things that Justine needs to amp up her life.

Unfortunately, if Justine makes even one mistake, her mom will end up as Satan's love pancake, and her own soul will be destined for an eternity in the Chamber of Unspeakable Horrors.

Derek, however, can't afford to fail either, which means one of them needs to die. But when high-octane attraction blooms between them, killing each other no longer seems like a fantastic option. With such high stakes, they better figure it out fast, or Satan dating her mom will become the least of their worries. 

About the Author: S.A. Bayne (aka Stephanie Rowe) is a gift to the universe, at least according to her dogs, and everyone knows dogs are world-class judges of people. She was taught to play by the rules, but after suffering numerous apoplectic breakdowns, she realized that she had to ditch the rules, figure out her own way to live, and then turn that into a high-octane, irreverent, unpredictable-as-hell paranormal romance that will make your day so much better just by reading it. And yes, she is also New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe, winner of the 2018 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance. Because she's nifty like that.

Review:

Immortally Cursed has a plot that keeps moving forward at a steady pace with tons of crazy obstacles being thrown at the main characters.  S.A. Bayne has given readers a new world to play in where immortality and magic abound.

There is plenty of slapstick humor that lightens the mood of our cursed hero and hunted heroine.  Both Derek LaValle and Justine Bennett light up the pages with their chemistry and crazy issues.  These characters put the “fun” in dysfunctional families.

If you are looking for something a little different in the fantasy/romance genre then give this a try.  S.A. Bayne gives you a complete story without any major cliff-hangers to be frustrated over.


I received an ARC for an honest review.