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: “Witches for Hire” by Sam Argent

TITLE: Witches for Hire
AUTHOR: Sam Argent
SERIES: Odd Jobs
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 314 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99 – paperback
  

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All recovering drug addict and witch Jeremy Ragsdale wants is to shamble on to the next job without any disasters. Instead, the temp agency saddles him with a fellow witch who hates him, an Amazon one violent outburst away from deportation, and a knight from another world as his boss. Even worse, their jack-of-all-trades magic business stumbles upon a conspiracy to kill Desmond the Great, Atlanta’s sexy star magician. Jeremy must prevent it without letting his colleagues know that he not only has ties to the energy vampires behind the plot, but that his past misdeeds might have instigated the attacks.

Despite Jeremy sporting a suit and tie like a good witch, his lies snowball to bite him in the ass. The lack of trust brewing between him and his teammates could cost Desmond his life and Jeremy his progress on the straight and narrow path if his secrets are revealed. Because no matter how much Jeremy has reformed, there’s still enough bad witch in him to kill anyone who messes with him or the people he cares about.


levilogooptimummWhat the hell did I just read?!

Well, this is the weirdest book I have ever read. So why the high rating?! Because it was freaking amazing!

Did you ever a read a book you hated and the same time you loved it? No? Well neither did I until this…this…I don’t know.

For the first 30 % of the story, I was wondering if this book is reason enough to smash my e-book to the wall to buy myself a new one. Well, I’m glad now I was against my “brilliant” idea!

This book is a multimillion POV book. Every character of this book will say it’s part of the…story? Well, the plot is not so clear till the second half of the book. I was going back several times to see if this is the book of what we request to review because there was no MM in it at all. But then things changed and we’ll find out what the author meant by MM. Damn, she is good!

Well, the book has four major MC, which we’ll get to know pretty much but also with a lot of secrets or hidden agenda. This is not your usual romance novel. I wasn’t sure it was romance at all, just after I read more than half of the book.

The constant change of POV will keep you on edge, and not in a good way. A million things will go through your head to figure it out WTH (what the hell) it’s really going on?!
But the book is great! It’s angsty and hot!!! And by hot I mean steamy hot! It’s borderline Dub-Con and BDSM. But it’s kinda not…? You would think Desmond is a prick, but he is really really not. Anyway, if Jeremy would have a Facebook account at “in relationship” section you would find: “Complicated”. And oh man this time Facebook would be so right!!

So it’s an honest 4.5 Star I enjoyed reading this book!!!

P.(T) S.(D)
This is the 1st of the series. Well…read it or not read it the next in the series? that is the question! (But as I know myself, trust me it’s a yes).

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

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Review: “The Alpha King” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: The Alpha King
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Victoriasue.com
COVER ARTIST: Drawn 2 Design
GENRE: Paranormal; MPreg; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 215 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.

Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.

Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.

Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)


jologooptimummI was entranced by this book. It gripped my imagination right from the start and didn’t let go until the end, it’s action all the way, and the emotions it evoked were strong and deep. The story is unique, stunning, intricate and based around discrimination and the plight of a downtrodden minority in the kingdom of Askara where werewolves rule and the humans are second class citizens. That sounds depressing but don’t let that put you off, it isn’t, it doesn’t diminish the awesome, fully developed characters and intriguing plot which, despite the trials the characters go through, is essentially uplifting.

Luca is the perfect alpha with just the right amount of flawed judgment to make him real and with loads of love and compassion to counteract it. Luca and his unerring desire to do what’s right is one of the drivers behind this book. Kit, what can I say about Kit? He’s strong yet fragile and perfectly adorable! His capacity to suffer for the welfare of others left me breathless at times. The supporting characters are also well developed, and I’d like to hear more from Luca’s sisters and his friend Sam.

The premise of an ancient legend about an Alpha King and a rare, pure omega, born human, is so original, as are many of the other intricacies of the story. The author has created a whole world, complete with its history, to be explored. The situation that has evolved between werewolves and humans is cleverly thought out and plotted and supports the story really well.

The plot revolves around the emergence of a new Alpha King, Luca, after hundreds of years without one and his finding and keeping of his pure omega, Kit. I loved their first meeting when Kit was a 13-year-old human slave, and Luca was dying from poison and the treachery of his twin brother. This early meeting is the prequel to their eventual mating, seven years later, which nearly doesn’t take place! A lot of the emotion and twists in the plot are based around the misunderstandings and miscommunication of the facts surrounding the newly emerged Alpha King and the pure omega. Facts such as the transference of powers, telepathy and the possibility of pregnancy! There is also the chaotic hierarchy and subsequent conflict that exists, in the realm, as a result of history and the truth being buried for so long.

The plot is quite obvious at times with no real twists that I didn’t see coming, but I actually liked that as I could just sit back, read and enjoy it without having to think too much. Perfect. I loved the ending, it tied up all the loose ends for Luca and Kit while cleverly leaving the story of the secondary characters open for further exploration…I hope.

***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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Review: “Seashell, Surf, and a Merman” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: Seashell, Surf, and a Merman
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Tales of the Briny Nix
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Erotica; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 104 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book
  

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Beneath the Deep: The wonders of the ocean holds the greatest of mysteries.

Kratos has always done his duty as a guard of Aquila City, a thriving city of mermen, with confidence and resolve. When several royals cause fracturing within the courts, he needs to pick a side. He’s uncertain, until he realizes his decision to allow his old friend, Zarek, to get away several moon cycles before made the decision for him. Kratos realizes he’s a target…and he’s not the only one. Sent on a mission to locate the lighthouse where Zarek is hiding out, Kratos runs across a massive human walking along the beach, searching for seashells. The man’s name is Easton Ritton. One whiff of the hulking human’s scent intrigues him. A taste of his blood confirms it. The large male is Kratos’s Adelfi Psychi, the other half of his soul. Best of all, Easton knows Zarek and about mermen. Unfortunately, the human doesn’t consider himself gay, and he fights their attraction. Along with that, someone has followed Kratos, putting everyone’s lives in danger. Can Kratos woo his reluctant gentle giant and keep everyone safe?


I loved Seashell, Surf, and a Merman by Charlie Richards. This is the second book in the Briny Nix Series, and although I had no trouble following the story and figuring out the characters, I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I had gotten to read the first book in the series first. This book is about merman guard Kratos and his Adelfi Psychi—the other half of his soul—Easton who is human. Kratos’s a guard for Aquila City, and Easton’s a gym instructor. Kratos’s gay, and Easton’s straight, but I loved how Easton handled himself and didn’t let himself run away from his new and overwhelming feelings. Kratos’s tasked with taking a message to a merman Zarek who was accused of treason and fled to the human realm where he found his Adelfi Psychi in the human named Wayne. When he gets to the human shore, he sees Easton walking on the shoreline looking for seashells and digging up soft shell clams. Kratos’s pretty sure that he’s found his Adelfi Psychi and the chemistry between them is very hot and steamy.

I think this book would have been better if it was longer. The characters, while I enjoyed them, were kind of one dimensional and the storyline glosses over a lot, and I would have liked more depth and background. Overall I thought the characters and storyline were entertaining and a cute read, but it missed out on its potential to be great.

The story was well written, but I did come across some editing errors, but they weren’t too distracting. I did like it enough that I will be reading the first book in the series and hope the author will continue the series. I would really like to see a book about Easton’s friend Tran and the merman Garan.

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

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