Thursday, March 21, 2019

IMMORTAL GIRL5 by Griffin Stark

IMMORTAL GIRL5
by Griffin Stark

The year is 1095, Normandy, France. Five year old Skylar runs away into the woods to escape nuns who are convinced her inexplicable seizures are the work of satan. She survives after being adopted by wolves, when two mysterious strangers appear and reveal Skylar’s destiny to her. Skylar is the first of the Immortal Girls, destined to save humanity from itself.

Immortal Girl5 (January 22, 2019) follows Skylar, Rachel, Caitlin, Beth, and Bethany, five immortal sisters who, over the course of a thousand years, attempt to learn the purpose of their own existence while hunting down the worst criminals this world has ever seen. They’ve faced the likes of Jack the Ripper and the Nazis, but as a new enemy arises to threaten the sisters’ survival they’ll soon learn that immortality doesn’t mean forever.

EXCERPT
She had never heard those words spoken to her—in a romantic way—in her entire existence. Her heart began to race, and Skylar felt something inside of her that was a combination of warmth, beauty, excitement and fear swirling within her soul, almost daring it to take a leap of faith. That was the second most important moment in Skylar’s existence, the first being the day that Isabelle and Alistair saved her life.

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REVIEW
The premise of this book really intrigued me. Five girls who are perpetually 18 defending the world from evil while trying to navigate being teens sounded like an interesting story, to say the least.

Unfortunately, I found myself a bit disappointed with the execution. The five girls’ origins were interesting. Each came from hardship of a kind, and I liked that their situations, except for the sisters, were varied. I really liked the appearances of Joan of Arc and Anne Frank. They added some interesting historical context.

The book is short, under 200 pages. The length is not an issue, but I think where the problem comes is that too much is crammed into such a short time. Events felt rushed, and I couldn’t get a real connection with any of the characters, the girls especially. There is a lot of girl-power moments and enraged screaming. The girls fight, as siblings do, but those arguments sometimes felt more like outright hatred than sibling rivalry. There’s also a villain who wants to destroy the immortal girls, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. The entire story felt underdeveloped. There’s a good thought beneath everything, but it needed to be fleshed out a lot more. I also found it very confusing that the two sisters were named Beth and Bethany.

Overall, I enjoyed the idea, but the story just didn’t hold my attention or interest. The girls didn’t really feel like real people. There were some beautifully emotional moments, and some descriptions were well done. There were just too many things that didn’t work for me personally.

ABOUT GRIFFIN

GRIFFIN STARK is an American author who proudly lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Even as a young child, Griffin had an active imagination. As an author of young adult fiction, he has harnessed his creativity to tell memorable stories filled with important life lessons.

Griffin served as a combat medic in The United States Air Force and later founded THE SHEEPDOG MOVEMENT to join in the fight against bullying of teens worldwide.

Visit immortalgirl5.com to learn more about Griffin and his YA fantasy novel, Immortal Girl5.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

FIRST LOVE by A.M. Cummins

FIRST LOVE
by A.M. Cummins

Everyone has had a first love. The one they had new experiences with and the one they can’t forget. Whether it be the boy next door, a loyal princess, or a supernatural being, all of these stories have two things in common: love at first sight and elements of fantasy.

Featuring stories by Meg Boepple, Sofi Laporte, Kathryn St. John, Zoey Xolton, Melinda Kucsera, A.R. Johnston, Simon Dillon, A.M. Cummins, Edeline Wrigh, D.S. Durden, A.D. Carter, and Galina Trefil.

EXCERPT
Drew took a steadying breath before hauling his rifle up to take aim. The war cries from the red skin were louder now and he could see his attacker had brown eyes. His hands shook. If he didn’t shoot soon, the man would be close enough to wrestle him to the ground and overpower him with the knife. He squinted his eyes, blew out one last breath, and pulled the trigger.

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ABOUT A.M.

A.M. Cummins is a fantasy author, graphic designer, and a self-proclaimed organizational freak living in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats named Indiana Jones and Dollface. When not working her day job, she enjoys making characters come to life in her yoga paints and messy bun while munching on an egg roll and sipping bubble lemonade. She adores hearing from her fans!

Contact her at amcummins.com.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

KINDRED by Indie Gantz

KINDRED
by Indie Gantz

In Kindred we find the Damuzi twins settling into their new home with Kori Lark’s family. Desperate to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret, Charlie and Tirigan educate themselves on everything that was kept from them, while delving deeper into their mother’s past.

In the future, Tirigan is dealing with the complicated emotions that overwhelm him after the events of Passage. In an attempt to control the situation, Tirigan turns inward and cuts himself off from those who need him most.

By the time Charlie and Tirigan’s timeline’s merge, a burning mystery is solved, and more than one relationship begins to unravel.

Friendship. Trust. Dependency. Lies.

The Damuzi twin’s story continues.

EXCERPT
“Sorry for taking over your room,” I tell him, walking until the hallway ends in a slatted wooden door. I push it open as Oleander sighs dramatically behind me.

“Yes. I am incredibly put out. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Even though Oleander laughs, a jolt of guilt runs through me. He must see my regret in the sudden tension of my shoulders, because the Gyan’s laugh immediately disappears.

“I’m kidding, of course.” He places a hand on my shoulder, essentially swallowing it whole and forcing me to look up at him. “I’m thrilled to give you my room, Charlie. Over the moon about it. Really! Are you in the market for a new limb, by chance? Because I’ve got a couple with your name on them.”

“My name? Really?” I tease, challenge in my eyes despite the kindness in his.

“Don’t believe me?” Oleander’s brow’s raises comically. “Have a look, yourself.”

The tall Gyan raises his arms out as much as he can in the small hallway, exposing his forearms. There, written in long, flourishing strokes, is my name. “How?” The question escapes before I can think better of it. Oleander searches my baffled expression for what feels like several minutes. I haven’t a clue what he finds there, but whatever it is makes him smile ruefully.

“You really don’t know what you’re capable of. Do you?”

“I… I guess not. No,” I respond quietly. “I’m sorry.”

“Don’t apologize, Charlie.” Oleander shakes his head. “You are who you are.”

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AN INTERVIEW WITH INDIE
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always written, so I’m not sure how to answer this question. I wrote sappy teenage love poems and fanfiction as a kid. I wrote excessively long book reports in school, reveling in just about every aspect of the process. I started writing a memoir in college because my childhood and adolescence lent itself to such. I started writing fiction because my head is full of characters and made up situations. I was inspired to publish because I saw how desperate some people were for a series like this. A series that focuses on characters that more people can relate to. One that doesn’t glorify unhealthy relationships and embraces diversity. I guess my inspiration to write is the people I might be able to help with my words.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Depending on if I was Anunnaki or Tessera, I would do different things. If I were Anunnaki, I would engage in a Battle Royal type situation (but let’s not kill kids) because I’d be very excited to put the rapid healing to the test. If I were Tessera, I’d ensure I flew at least once, threw several fire balls, grew a grove of cherry blossoms, and explored the coral reef without the need for an oxygen tank.

-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Tirigan: “My sister doesn’t know how much I love her.”
Charlie: “My brother doesn’t know how much I resent him.”

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Avias Rallidae. We’d amuse each other with our pretentious sarcasm, roll our eyes at the boys trying to pick us up, and then probably make out with them anyway.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

My first reaction is to question how I offended them. If their response is valid, then I’d apologize sincerely, offer to pay for their drinks (and their friends’ drinks) for the rest of the night, and do my best to better myself in their eyes. If the reason they want to duel is stupid, I’d still refuse to engage in the duel. I wouldn’t offer to buy them drinks, but I’d reach out to their friends and ask if they wanted drinks on me. If they have to deal with such a ridiculous person on a regular basis, they need the ale more than I do.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I don’t care for romance novels without substance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good love story, but I am not much for the stories that only involve contrived angst, unhealthy relationships, and sex. I like to read romance stories that have well developed characters and complex dynamics. I think a lot of romance novels do a disservice to actual romance.

ABOUT INDIE

Indie Gantz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Psychology degree at George Mason University. Despite her passion and curiosity for the human mind, Indie left her chosen field of study to finally give voice to the many imagined minds she has created.

Indie lives with her family in North Carolina. She spends her days drinking tea and clacking keys.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

TINSEY CLOVER by Chelsea Flagg

TINSEY CLOVER
by Chelsea Flagg

Tinsey Clover is smart. She’s brave. Also, she can’t carry a tune to save her life. Oh yeah, plus she's an elf the size of a chipmunk. When her bizarre magical power grows in and makes her feel like a total outsider in her own village, Tinsey sneaks into the forbidden forest on a journey to find someone more like her. From trolls to dragons, what she discovers along the way challenges everything, and everyone, she thought she knew.

A coming of age story for early middle grade fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Kate DiCamillo, and Chris Colfer.

EXCERPT
We speed through the forest, zig-zagging between tree trunks so huge not even a giant could wrap his arms around one, let alone find the radius and diameter on the thing. The morning fog’s mostly gone now, which makes it much easier to see the little burst of reds and yellows from the wildflowers that grow here. The most colorful item around though is Aspen’s hair. Although, I must say, it looks less like hair and much more like a blue blur as he races ahead of me on his fox.

Pretty soon, all the head honcho trealfurs come into view, sitting knee to knee to form an oval. At first, each of the trealfurs looks like a tiny ant, but they quickly grow as our foxes dart closer toward the council spot.

Aspen barks sharply, and his fox comes to a halt right away. Of course. My fox, on the other hand, doesn’t even slow down, let alone stop. Maybe it didn’t hear Aspen’s orders, but I know better. This fox is just being cheeky, because that’s how wild animals are with me sometimes. It’s like they know I don’t fit in here, too. All I can do is hold on as my rowdy critter runs at full speed straight into the circle. Trealfurs scatter and roll everywhere, trying not to get run over. And still, my ride barrels forward. That’s another thing about animals: they are not always sensible.

Tucking my chin to my chest, I let go and bounce off, hitting the cold green blanket of moss and leaves on the ground. I don’t have much time to notice how it feels to have the air knocked out of my lungs before my whole body rolls noggin over knees and shoulders over shins. Funny sounds pop out of my mouth that I have absolutely no control over.

“Ooof! Eeef! Ouch!” And, my personal favorite: “AIEEEEE!”

I summersault straight toward Uncle Vondur, the King of the Bungaborg Trealfurs, forcing him to dive out of my way. But, I don’t stop there. No sirree. I careen right past him and into a large bush. Some might think rolling into a bush is a lucky thing, and usually I would agree. Unless it happens to be a very healthy thistle plant. Don’t get me wrong, the purple burrs on a thistle plant are quite beautiful, but just not so much when you’re rolling around in them.

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REVIEW
Having read the Upside-Down Magic series by Sarah Mlynowski, I can firmly say this book’s description doesn’t lie. Tinsey Clover is perfect for kids (or adults…hi) who enjoy early middle grade fantasies about epic characters with lots of heart and guts.

The writing style, as evidenced by the excerpt above, is hilarious. It’s exactly what I expected from a book aimed at this audience. While the writing is fun and the story is a fantastic adventure, there’s plenty of serious stuff and important lessons to be learned. Teamwork and that different looks don’t make people (or fairies/trolls/mythical creatures) different are two of the major themes in this book, and Flagg does an excellent job of bringing them out.

I couldn’t complete a review of this book without talking about our awesome protagonist, Tinsey. She’s a character early middle grade readers can relate to. She doesn’t feel like she fits in, and she’s always wanted to be someone different. When she leaves her home thinking she’ll find all the answers somewhere else, she quickly finds out that problems are the same no matter where you are. Thanks to a rag-tag team of heroes, Tinsey not only saves herself but saves her friends, both new and old. I cheered for her all the way through this book.

There was nothing about this I didn’t like. Tinsey’s new power is amazingly cute. The characters are well-rounded, and the story is a perfect length. It’s also a great setup for possible sequels, which I’d personally love to see. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel-good story with fun and friendship.

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHELSEA
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always loved writing, even as a little kid. Throughout my life, I’ve consistently gravitated toward whatever writing piece a job had to offer. I blogged long before blogging was cool, and have always dabbled in storytelling. It wasn’t until my three daughters were born that I fully jumped into calling myself a writer. I remember the first time I said that title aloud to someone who asked what I did. It felt great! And intimidating, too. But, now I say it with confidence!

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Great question! I would follow Sky, the impossibly fluffy bunny, to his home. I’m sure he’s got lots of even fluffier siblings (maybe I’ll explore that in the sequel??). I’d hang out there, petting round, little bunnies.

-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Tinsey would tell me she really, really hates that her magical power is the ability to summon cleaning products with the snap of her finger, ha! I’d tell her, “too bad, kid. It’s part of your story.”

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

For sure Tinsey, even though she’s far too young to drink. We’d grab a hot chocolate, though. I feel such a connection to little Tinsey - almost like she is me in a way.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

No question, I’d be the guy who ducks down under the table and scurries right out of there. I’m not nearly as adventurous or confrontational as my book characters, ha!

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I tried writing Young Adult, because I feel like that’s just something every writer tries on at some point. I could not, for the life of me, get the voice right. I can’t write angsty, and let’s face it, even in the best of situations, young adults always have an edge of angst. I just couldn’t capture it correctly.

ABOUT CHELSEA

Chelsea was born and raised in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, where she spent countless hours writing stories. Mostly about cats.

In 2015, she published her first book: a quirky memoir for adults called I'd Rather Wear Pajamas that talks all about the journey through her young adult life that led to her becoming an author. It was an Amazon #1 best seller for five straight days and continues to elicit full belly laughs from its readers.

After the birth of her children, Chelsea shifted her writing to the kidlit world. She’s thrilled to share her newest baby: Tinsey Clover.

Chelsea lives in Boulder with her husband and three practically perfect daughters. Unfortunately, she doesn’t own any cats.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ONE OF ONE by S. R. Cronin

ONE OF ONE
by S. R. Cronin

A young Nigerian telepath faces a crisis. After Somadina’s sister is forced into a frightening marriage, Somadina cannot find her sibling or even her thoughts. She seeks another telepath to help.

What she finds is Lola, a busy Texan scientist who has ignored the disturbing phenomenon in her mind for decades, and has no intention of embracing this nonsense now. Yet these two have more in common than they know, and a powerful link will be forged.

Once Somadina discovers her sister is a pawn in a dangerous political game, the stakes rise for everyone, including an ancient organization of telepaths compelled to intervene. Both women are stronger than they realize, and they have ignited the wrath of a fanatic willing to kill anyone to alter his nation’s future.

EXCERPT
On Wednesday Lola decided to sleep in late, then spend a few hours by the pool relaxing before the nineteen-hour trip home. Sleep came and went that night, with nothing upsetting. It wasn't until morning that she felt the sense of turmoil.

You're leaving? You just got here. You can't go! It was an unmistakable thought, as clear as if it had come from a distraught lover, needy parent, or clingy friend. There was anger and disappointment. Even a bit of panic. Who the hell cared if she stayed in Nigeria?

Impatiently, she got out of bed, began to gather together her toiletries. Leave me alone, she thought with vehemence. I do not want to hear from you. Whoever you are. Get out of my head.

Then to herself. Stop thinking this is real. It is not. You have a thirteen-year-old daughter and two other kids counting on you and this is absolutely no time in your life to have mental issues. You are fine. Get a grip. Act like a normal person.

She took a moment and sat in the uncomfortable easy chair and forced herself to use the mental imagery she had learned in Lamaze classes so long ago. Instead of picturing a beautiful lake at sunset like they had taught her to do in order to relax, she pictured the giant steel doors to a vault, glimmering in a cold artificial light, clanking closed in her head. The doors seemed to work. She got out of the chair feeling better. As she finished packing and headed poolside for lunch, she felt fine, although strangely alone.

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REVIEW
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. This is a fascinating look at what hearing the thoughts around you could have on the mind. This is the kind of book that reminds me why I enjoy science fiction. It is powerful without being overbearing, but it packs a punch.

I’ll be honest. The beginning tripped me up. We see the two main characters—Lola and Somadina—years before the main events of the story take place. For several pages, I wondered what the point was as it didn’t seem to be going anywhere. Once I got into the meat of the plot, though, it all made sense. Those character backgrounds, especially for understanding Somadina’s sister, really fit into the greater story. It was very well done.

Somadina and Lola’s relationship feels realistic, despite the fact that they spend most of the book on separate continents. While they communicate mentally, both women have stunningly detailed lives outside their minds. I felt Lola’s frustration with work, family, and figuring out the telepathy. On the other end, Somadina’s uncertainty about how to proceed with the rest of her life was a fully realized struggle.

A fair warning—there are several scenes from the perspective of Somadina’s sister. If you cannot handle torture (more psychological than physical, but definitely both), you may wish to stay away from this book. Though, I would encourage you to give this a try and gloss over the parts that make you uncomfortable. This book really is worth doing so. Without spoiling, I’ve sometimes wondered just what happens to put Somadina’s sister in situations like the one she ends up in at the book’s end. Let me say that it was only partly what I expected and hope that entices your curiosity.

Overall, I found this to be an entertaining and enlightening read. There’s a lot going on here both on personal and political levels. Lola is American, and Somadina is Nigerian. Despite this, they have no trouble communicating on an emotional level. This book lends a lot of support to the idea that we’re all alike. The ending especially reinforces that it doesn’t matter where we come from. At the end of the day, big-picture problems can affect all of us. Give this book a try. You won’t regret it.

ABOUT S. R.

Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and explained how, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it to be entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money. Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved, even though, to be honest, that was where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

LILY'S TRUST by Lilli Carlisle

LILY’S TRUST
by Lilli Carlisle

LOVE AND SACRIFICE

Omegas choose their mates, and Lily had been certain Jensgar would be happy she had chosen him. Instead, the former general of the king's army refused her, forcing her to the leave the pack she'd adopted. Humiliated and heartbroken, she returns to the Black Ridge Pack, only to find the pitying glances and hushed comments too much to bear. She has no home, and no one to call her own. Convinced she has no other choice, she flees to the forest to live as a wolf. She is shocked when Jensgar, in wolf form, comes for her, and slowly convinces her to trust him again. But the woods hold secrets, and danger. When Jensgar's life is threatened, Lily gives up everything to save the man she loves, and once again puts her chance for happiness in peril.

EXCERPT
He stepped onto his front porch and couldn’t help but stop to look at the display of color in front of him. Another gift from Lily. The blooms she’d coaxed to weave up the posts and across the railings stretched outward to reach the late afternoon sun.

Jensgar could picture the sunny day she’d given him this gift as if it were yesterday. She’d been working in the fields helping the pack farmers with planting their new crops. Lily had the gift of fertility, among others, and shared it with anyone who needed it. He had watched over her while she remained in the fields, not a hard task in the least. He felt a certain contentment when he was with her that he’d not felt in well over one hundred years.

Lily had spent most of the day out in the hot fields. He’d gone to her to escort her back to the pack house. She’d finished the second bottle of water he’d made her drink, not wanting her to become dehydrated, as they’d passed his cottage. She stopped midstride and stared at his humble home. He had been a bit self-conscious when she walked up to the gardens and sunk her hands into the earth.

Vines had sprouted almost instantly and wrapped themselves around the front railing before climbing up the timber walls. When she’d finished the front of his house, Lily stood back and viewed her creation with a satisfied smile. At the time, Jensgar hadn’t realized how poignant and appropriate her next words would be.

“Something to remember me by.” She’d smiled at him but nothing could hide her sadness.

Now, Jensgar buried his face in the soft blooms and breathed deeply. For a brief second he felt her presence, but all too soon it was gone. In time, Lily would understand that he’d done what was best for her future. She was a powerful omega destined to lead a pack, not to settle down with a has-been. Sure, he’d been the general of armies, chosen by the king himself, but now as he approached his four hundredth year it was only a matter of time before he’d be retired for someone younger.

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ABOUT LILLI

Lilli Carlisle, lives outside Toronto, Canada. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter, Toronto Romance Writers. Lilli is a mother of two wonderful girls, wife to an amazing man and servant to the pets in her life. Lilli writes both contemporary and paranormal romance and believes love should be celebrated and shared. After all, everybody needs a little romance, excitement, intrigue and passion in their lives.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

A MAGIC REDEMPTION by Tena Stetler

A MAGIC REDEMPTION
by Tena Stetler

Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.

Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her, their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.

When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?

EXCERPT
Time seemed to go on forever as she slowed and walked backward for a while, her foot steps in the sand filling with water as she traveled along the shoreline, as if nature erased her intrusion. She turned around and continued her trek. Unaware of how long or how far she'd walked, the sudden outline of a figure, cloaked in the fog, jogging toward her caused panic to set in. Her heart pounded rapidly in her chest, she swallowed hard, adrenalin pumping through her veins as flight or fight response kicked in. Digging her good foot into the sand she prepared to attempt a sprint…to where. Where the hell am I? A quick glance around, she spied a light from a familiar building far off on the bluffs as the figure burst from the fog. A tall, wide-shouldered male with long muscular legs came closer. She froze.

Once lithe, strong and agile in her former life, a boss’s retaliation had taken a toll on her body. Now tired her gait was uneven and unsteady, even a slow sprint would likely end with her face planted in the sand.

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REVIEW
Going into this book, I didn’t realize it was actually fifth in a series. Despite this, I didn’t really feel confused about what went on before. There is enough backstory to get the gist without being overbearing. It seems to be done like I’ve seen a lot of romance series, a different book for each couple, and it was nice to see the couples who had their HEAs in previous books as characters here.

This is definitely a good read for paranormal romance fans. There’s a healthy dose of magic, and some characters from myth make an appearance. I particularly liked that this seemed to combine the fae, a witchy angle, and demons. Lots going on here, and there’s something to satisfy every paranormal leaning. Speaking of satisfaction, those wanting some hot make out (and more) scenes will find that here, too.

Synn is an interesting character. I got a sense for all the trauma she’d gone through in her life but wasn’t hit up-side the head with it, which was nice. While her backstory made sense, her character arc felt a little unfinished to me. She starts the book closed off and ends the book more open. At least, I gather that’s what was supposed to happen, but I didn’t really feel like she’d changed all that much from beginning to end. Her transformations felt more told than shown to me.

Opposite Synn, we have Gavin, a sexy Scotsman alpha male, who is protective of Synn but not so overly protective that Synn spends a large chunk of the book telling him she can walk on her own. This made for a nice balance between the characters. There’s a lot of history between Gavin, Synn, and Gavin’s family. It was all interesting stuff, but I didn’t feel like some of it was explored as much as it could have been. Maybe I would have had to read previous books to get a true handle on everything, but Gavin felt kind of one-dimensional in terms of the romance. He’d already made up his mind that Synn was the one, which just left Synn to go back-and-forth about whether Gavin was something she wanted in her life. As a result, their romance felt a bit underdeveloped.

The paranormal side of things was also interesting. The big bad demon that Synn used to work for wants revenge on her, and there are some neat dream sequences regarding that. Like the romance, though, it felt like there could have been more. There’s no real deadline for the paranormal conflict to come to a head, which gave the plotline a “waiting for something to happen” feel. When the big conflict did come about, it felt too quick. I had to reread that part to make sure I hadn’t missed something.

There were a lot of fun scenes in this book that I enjoyed. There are some girls’ nights out, where Synn does some nice character development. We really got to know the female side of the clan here. Gavin and Synn also do some touristy things in Scotland, which was cute. Oh, and I couldn’t possibly end this review without mentioning the impossibly adorable puppy, Storm. Storm was an excellent animal buddy for Synn and really did enhance the story.

All in all, this is a fun read with some serious content. As I said, it’s perfect for paranormal romance lovers, especially those wanting an exotic location, some tight girl-bonding scenes, and a solid dose of heat. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

ABOUT TENA

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.

Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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