Review: “The Fool” by A.J. Marcus

TITLE: The Fool
AUTHOR: A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Cards of Destiny
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Fantasy, Dark, Paranormal, Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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When Arron Carmichael and Ramsey Roland broke up it devastated both of them, but Ramsey couldn’t handle Arron’s family secret. When the family business brings them together, they discover Ramsey has a secret larger than any Arron thought possible.

Arron is part of the Gardener family, a group of witches who have protected the world from daemons for thousands of years. Ramsey couldn’t deal with the magic that was an intricate part of Arron’s life, so he told Arron they were finished, and he needed to leave. His decision left two hearts broken.

When Ramsey is mugged while going to a bar to hang out with friends, it opens him up to the world Arron had hinted at, but it also brings Arron back into his life. Arron does his best to save Ramsey from the dark forces that are hunting them both. When they learn the reason Ramsey is being hunted, it shocks them both to their cores but brings them closer together. Only together can they hope to defeat the forces working against them.


O One of the things I love about reading is how an author can put their own spin on a familiar theme. A.J. Marcus did just that. I especially liked how he described daemons and where they came from. This brought it completely away from the usual Heaven and Hell concept and gave it a more scientific approach.
Aaron is a witch from a family of witches. His family have been daemon hunters for generations. Not only have they been protecting humans but also, they help keep the existence of daemons hidden.

Ramsey is in real estate. He lives a rather boring ordinary life. The only time he’s dealt with any of the so-called paranormal was when he was dating Aaron. Once Aaron told him he was a witch and what his family did, Ramsey got scared. He broke up with Aaron and went back to his plain boring life.

Five years later brings Aaron back into his life. His life and the world around him will never be the same. Not only does he find out about the real existence of daemons, but he learns something new about himself. They realize that neither has gotten over the other. The threat is still there and follows them. The two must overcome the dangers so they can be together. Both of them have no clue of the big surprise to come.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the rest of the series. The only thing that I was not fond of was the ending. It went away from how the rest of the book flowed by being rather quick. Some key moments were mentioned briefly rather than the walk through the rest of the book delivers.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Broken” by Jex Lane

TITLE: Broken
AUTHOR: Jex Lane
SERIES: Beautiful Monsters
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE:Paranormal; Incubus; Vampire; Dark
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes, not at release.
LENGTH: 570 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 02, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book  

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Vampire. Incubus. Demigod. Weapon.

Matthew has many names, but none as distressing as pet. A slave to incubus High King Malarath, Matthew is tired. Tired of fighting. Tired of losing those he loves. Tired of the torture. And, in his despair, his body begins to decay around him.

The High King, angered that his pet is dying, brings in the one person who might be able to fix Matthew: High Lord General Tarrick.

While all trust Matthew had in the general is gone, maybe there is hope in the situation. All Matthew needs to do is start acting like an incubus and put on a show.

Author’s note: This book contains dark scenes. Reader discretion is advised.


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Where should I begin, where should I begin

So when Matthew awakes he finds himself…hahahaha, you know me already, I will not tell what’s going to happen! But I will tell you this:
Matthew is a slave again. He’s at the mercy of the High King and Prescott, the leader of Argonauts. But mercy is a word that those two don’t have in their vocabulary. Matthew is tortured, humiliated, starved…and we can witness all this in great detail. This book is darker than the previous ones, much more torture, and much more pain. You find yourself wondering many times, what you would do if you were in his situation? Well me, myself I would end myself in a heartbeat. And that thought crosses Matthews mind too. Its then when he starts to turn into a ghoul. Now you may ask what’s a ghoul? Let’s just say that when a vampire is depressed his body starts to die. He starts to rot alive. And that’s what’s happening to Matthew.

Although Samantha’s advice to not let the King break him, he finds himself broke inside. The only thing keeps him calm is that the household of the High King doesn’t know about Samantha…well, that will change…

Matthew misses Devak big time, but he’s pushing the feelings aside. Him, not mourning his love, adds to the process to become a ghoul. Well, High King Malarath can’t have that, after all, he “invested” so much in his pet (and by “invested” I mean tortured).
You can’t even imagine the torture, physical, psychical and emotional, Matthew suffers. But then something happens, something really, really bad that makes him start to fight back. Him being alone (another thing to go into the column of ’reasons become a ghoul’) and following Samantha’s advice, he most trust Tarrick with his secrets.

Well, f**k Tarrick! That guy still irritates me with his bullshit behavior. In my honest opinion, it’s all pretending, to be strong and gathered and confident. The asshole needs a wiping, a good one, that I hope I will see happening in the future…oops! I said future? Yeah…there will be a future with interesting happenings, turnabouts and I hope with Matthew becoming what he’s destined for… Oh my god, my fingers are itching to “tell” you more but I can’t…I’m so, so sorry…not.

This book reveals many secrets, many reasons why the war is still on. We will meet new characters, interesting characters, and old ones too. We will witness Tarrick doing something that no one would expect from him, why? Well not because he loves Matthew right? Right…

Although this book is long, I could keep reading it for another month or eleven.

Jex Lane, you did it again, so please hurry up with the next book!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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