If at any time an author can bring out emotions in a reader, they are a success. If they can draw in a reader to feel engaged in the journey of their new book friends, they earn more respect. If an author can leave a reader feeling intrigued, inspired, and even offer healing, they’ve gained a bibliophile fanatic for life. - Shani K. - The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: "Hellhounds (Death by Reaper MC #1)" by Esther E. Schmidt


I can’t even with this book…..seriously!!!!! It has all the things I love in a book. First its by one of my favorite authors, second paranormal!!!!! I love, love this genre.

Alistair is super hot in more ways than one. Yes, pun totally intended! He’s the Prez of the Hell charter of the Death Reapers MC. He has a duty to stand by his brotherhood, and the rules of the supernatural world. His job is anything but easy at any given time. But when he’s ordered to do said job and pick 2 to reap, he is faced with the challenge he wouldn’t accept: taking away his mate. Even as a “human” she attracts him in aways he’s never felt before.

Elaina has always felt like an outsider. She’s never been accepted in the way she deserved to be. A few months before her meeting Alistair for the first time she discovered she had a half sister. Little did she know, her sister is a supernatural being as well. What’s even worse is finding out her unknown father has had something to do with the command to take her soul. Thankfully what she finds with Alistair is a connection that is unheard of and undeniable. She has the chance at a real life where she can be the best of who she is.

But in order for either one of them to make sense of any of it they have to conquer their demons. Literally! Their fated mates for a reason, and they will discover why soon. The whole family gets involved and from there everything becomes earth shattering and chaotic. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially one that can throw down and battle like no other.

I was blown away by the depth of each of the characters and their full ability to just grab you and pull you into their story. Never mind the fact that there was a whole lot of paranormal goodness that I had not expected. For this being a first time genre for the author I’d have to say its a winner! Awesome book!


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: "Bite Me (Bitten #1) By C.C. Wood


Note: This book is FREE on all platforms! Links at the end of the review!

This book was my official introduction to the paranormal genre as an adult. From the first time I read the book a few years back, I fell in love with the authors writing! It is the book that started it all for me. Now it’s my go to genre!

Donna is a fiery, tough, no nonsense allowing, loyal, smart, beautiful, stubborn and dedicated women you’ll ever see. She knows what she wants, and at first it's not the brooding Connor Savage with his enticing Scottish brogue! She just wants to get through her shifts as a waitress and spend time with her girls. But that all changes one night….

Connor is a vampire. One that has lived among mortals for an incredibly long time. He’s a man of many convictions, sexy, smart, loyal, dedicated, beautiful men you only dream about. He’s waited for years to find someone who not only sparks his libido but one that is intrigues him more than anyone he has encountered. There is something about her that draws him close, with the need to figure her out and then some.

Their chance meeting as Connor saves her from a vicious attack sends them both into a spiral of chaotic proportions. When she finally comes to terms with what he really is, she’s fallen deep. He knows that he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his forever. They’re love affair is steamy, dangerous, insanely heartfelt and a bit wicked.

They will battle against others (some unknown) as they come together. Did I mention Donna has capabilities that no mere mortal should possess? Or how about the fact that Connor has a few secrets of his own? All of this adds into this action packed, erotic, romantic and intense paranormal read. It's a book that will start your thirst (ha see what I did there?) to learn more about these two and their friends along the way.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: "Consent (The Loan Shark Duet #2" By Charmaine Pauls




A quick note: This book does have darker themes, and falls under dark romance/dark erotica genre. With that said, the encounters between the two main characters IS CONSENTUAL!

Consent (The Loan Shark Duet #2) is the second book in the series. It's imperative that you read the first book (Dubious) in order to get the full effect/outcome of this book.

Valentina has given her all to Gabriel. He has effectively torn her away from the life she was used to. In the process changing parts of her heart and soul. She’s fallen for Gabriel in a way that defies everyone and everything around them. Even when that means giving into her emotions for Gabriel. She’s come to depend on him not just with the way he plays her body but her heart as well. Because even the darkest corner has a little light to it. In this book, she finds out what it takes to be broken and put back together again. She goes through a ridiculous amount of mind numbing moments that will challenge her every fiber. To love, have loss, to survive and rebuild will bring her to her knees. But what she becomes is anything but tragic!

Gabriel will do whatever it takes to keep Valentina by his side forever. There will be no setting her free and he will crush anyone in his path. He does the unthinkable in his obsessive ways where she is concerned, and he succeeds in changing the careful balance he has maintained within the family and the business. What he doesn’t foresee is how horrible event can be the catalyst for losing it all, and I mean it ALL. He’s such an intense character who even with his dark depravity and hunger for control, has a bit of a fleck of fire in him that will spark the explosion that brings Valentina full circle.

Overall, this book is so worth the wait (from the first one), the binge reading, an emotional rollercoaster that had me cursing at my poor kindle (I’m sorry Archibald! - Yes my kindle has a name!), and the sleepless night that I endured because how the heck could I put it down???? It’s seriously an incredible story that shows such strength, passion, depth, and feelings. Not just in the main characters either! You can’t help but be drawn into their web with the way Charmaine spins this suspenseful tale! LOVED it so much!


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: "Dubious (The Loan Shark Duet #1" By Charmaine Pauls


A quick note: This book does have darker themes, and falls under dark romance/dark erotica genre. With that said, the encounters between the two main characters IS CONSENTUAL!

Gabriel Louw has been trained from a very young age that if you don’t strike at your victims, you become the victim. That’s not acceptable in the world he lives in. He’s had to be the The Breaker. The one man you don’t want to hunt you down should you owe the family any type of money. You don’t pay it back, The Breaker will make an example out of you. He shows no mercy…..don’t be scared of the dark, be scared of The Breaker who lives in the dark…..

Valentina Haynes has lived a life of chaos from an early age. Her family's involvement in the darker criminal activities and groups around them made her cautious. She isn’t oblivious to the fact that with this comes certain promises and expectations. She’s endured a lot, been through too much at her young age. She’s determined to make it different and to live a better life. Unfortunately for her, tragedy strikes her family. In the aftermath she has to move forward…...but what happens next may ruin her life….

Charlie was left with damages that hinder his ability to live a normal life. Because of that, people take advantage of him. Regardless of Val’s intentions to keep them safe, he unknowingly walks into the darkness.Gabriel is sent in by his vindictive mother to “take care” of the debt.

Gabriel trains her body to crave his, to accept his darkness and to willingly come to him. Its through their dark trysts that he takes things to a new level to keep her forever. Regardless of his mother's insistence that she be dealt with finality, he will bind her to him in every way he can. The truth starts to rain down them in showers. How is the Louw family connected with the Haynes family? Who shares a past with them all that threatens to come to life and really set a tailspin of drama? Who is going to survive?

It’s hard to not give away more!!!! I was blown away by the raw emotions. I wish I could break down everything without giving away too much or writing a novel in return! Charmaine really showed her intense creativity in this phenomenal book. I’m not one for darker romance/erotica usually. However, when it's written in such a way Charmaine did, it had me hooked. Seriously, I encourage you to read this with an OPEN mind and look beyond just the first layer. You’ll be surprised by how much you learn about them. I wish I could give it a gazillion stars!



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Review: A Beautiful Acceptance (NYC Series #2) By Alora Kate



I’ve been a huge fan of Alora’s for some time now, and with every book she puts out she gets better and better! I love the fact that she just doesn’t stay with a genre that is in her comfort zone. Instead, she reaches out to twist things a little bit. For example her books, The Price We Pay, A Flaw So Beautiful and Crash.Burn.Sting. Which are all fantastic books and I encourage you to check them out!

I was super excited to see that she was returning to a series!!!! I love this as I love to know more about her characters and how they continue on. A Beautiful Acceptance is the 2nd book in her new NYC series. I loved Prescott and Ki’s story in the first book (A Beautiful Heartache), and it was awesome to see them included in Alexa and Tappers story now. So let me tell ya’ll about my favorite book in this series so far!

Alexa is strong, dependable, brave, loyal and loving. But when you throw in the anger, sadness, trauma, disappointments through the years and being let down, she is wound up in an emotional tornado that threatens to lose control when a series of events happen consecutively. For her, the only family she has is Ki, her business partner and best friend. In her battle to keep things less chaotic for all of them Alexa is faced with a blast from the past. A man she once dated has shown up in a place she never expected. It’s her goal to make him see that she truly is sorry for the way things ended and it's not pity she’s sharing. But he won’t give her the time of day. She loses the win in her sails so to speak and starts changing on the inside and outside. She’s dealt with one more blow. The loss effects her more than she expected. How can she get a grasp on her life again?

Tapper is tired. He’s tired of feeling like a failure and a disgrace. Once upon a time he had a prized career in the ring, and the woman he grew to seriously love by his side. But that changed when she got scared and ran. On the brink of heartache he’s involved in a tragic moment that has left him even more beaten and broken than he was. He has been battling everyone and everything for months. He’s determined to get back to where he was, even if that means pushing everyone away from him faster. His focus has to be on getting better. If he doesn’t, what good is he to anyone? Let alone himself? The faster he pushes them away, the faster he can not rely on anyone. Or so he thinks! When Alexa steps into his life again, he can’t ignore her. No matter how hard he tries or how hard he pushes. She’s insistent and will do whatever it takes to have him hear her out. The question is, will he give in let her back in?

Their story is full of angst, love, frustration, heartache, lust, honesty and above all else, a second chance at a better life. They have to struggle through a lot and both have to let down their defenses. If they don’t, they ruin their chances at finding a beautiful acceptance of their lives as they are.

LOVED this book! Alora remains one of my favorite authors of all time. Each book she puts out, she brings even more heart and depth to her characters. She will grab you, make you cry, laugh and follow the emotional roller coaster with these phenomenal cast of each love story. I cried as always, I admit it! But I was filled with such joy and peace. In reality, you only truly accept the life you live in when you can make peace with so much. I’m learning that as I get older and it's exceptional to have someone else share that in this way. As always Alora, BRAVO!



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Release! Review: "Xerox" Wicked Throttle MC #1 by Esther Schmidt



As a huge fan of hers (as in read every published book so far!), I was thrilled to see that she was releasing another installment to a new MC series. Not only that but the eye candy on the cover? HOLY HOT TAMALES CAPTAIN HOTTIE! Don’t tell Pokey, but Xerox may be running a close second on the Hottie Scale for me! Ok, so onto the real review as I try to fan away the heat flash!

Xerox is an artist who can grasp images that catch his eye and switch them into masterpieces. For him, not only as the creative soul he is but also as the Prez of the club he appreciates the unexpected. Afterall, how can you not when inspiration grabs you or trouble makes its way to your club doors? For Xerox, it started when he met Maci, a woman that took his breath away in more than one way. She becomes his muse, his obsession and his old lady before she even knows it! When she ends up in some kind of trouble she needs help. But will she take his help?

Maci has carried a lot on her shoulders for a long time. Being the oldest of a family of misfits has aged her beyond her young years. She has a lot of suggestions for her brothers on how to stay the heck out of trouble and to get their heads together, even if she has to knock them to it! But when it comes to push or shove, they are her life. She has worked her bum off for all of them. When does it become all too much? What is it about Xerox stepping in to help that brings such a rampant wave of emotions? She’s used to being in charge, what she’s not used to is an alpha male type her makes her blood boil! Can she accept him and his help?

Together they fall for the legend and their lives change drastically. The cast of characters that are introduced in this one are interesting, chaotic, amusing and in some ways, under dogs. You can already tell they’re an odd ball family type bunch that will set this series on fire like the other ones.

This is a quick-ish read filled with sexy, hot moments, spins of humor, intrigue and cheering! I can’t WAIT to learn more about Barlow!!!!! For me, he intrigues me like Pokey did in Areion Flux and Broke from Broken Deeds! HOT HOT HOT!!!! Another winner, winner chicken dinner! Thanks my friend for the awesome read!




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Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: "Vair: Beyond the X-club" By Hettie Ivers





Let’s start this review with a confession or 4….
  • I’ve read very few alien books in my lifetime.
  • Never have I wanted to go to a sex club.
  • Now I’ve read one and I wouldn’t mind meeting Vair and have a rendezvous with Tauce or Zyrnase at the X Club.
  • Oh and I wouldn’t mind a few of the magical “fixes” to improve my eyesight and heal a few things. 

Krinar authorities aren’t too happy with Amy right about now. She’s diving into her career with both feet pulled up and cannon balls straight into the mix of what truly happens between consenting aliens and their human counterparts. As a journalist she feels it's just right to share with the public what has been happening since the K’s have taken over the world. If you add into the mix how petrified her Mom is of anything remotely conspiracy like, it's just the push she needs. She knew walking into the club that night was going to change her forever. What she didn’t expect was for it to change her existence not just her career. What she hadn’t expected even more was to come in contact with Vair. A Krinar with a hidden agenda and now an addiction to Amy. An addiction he wishes to continue….and soon!

Vair decides the best way to grab her attention is to blackmail her into coming back to his club. After all, what are the chances she’ll show up there willingly? Even he knows how unlikely that is an sets his plan into place. Show her exactly why they work together, check. Make sure that she sees the footage of their coming together in a place she can’t hide from it, check. Invite her right back to where she needs to be, working on it! With her best friends help, Vair draws her into his existence. They both have an agenda that needs to be seen through totally. But who’s going to get the truth first? Who’s going to let go and accept the inevitable? Will they both win or lose? For Vair it means gaining something he’s searched for hundreds of years for, that key to happiness. For her it means uncovering the lies to find the hidden nuggets of truth.

I LOVED all the ways that Hettie has brought the Krinar to live in this book! I was completely fascinated by the abilities of the K’s, the changes they make to human existence in general and oh of course the crazy, hotter than a june bug in July moments!!! Her bits of humor mixed in with lifestyles, sass, intrigue, drama, suspense and overall creativity again prove why she’s good at what she does. She can change your expectations and make you a fan of an alien species you wouldn’t mind getting up close and personal with! Hettie, well done my friend!!!!! If the Krinar ever do join us on this planet, give directions if you will to Tauce and Zyrnase to my house would ya?? Tell them to bring Nurse Shalee to help with giving me better eyesight! ;)

Keep an open in mind when you read this ya’ll, you’ll need it and then be scrambling to one-click the rest in Anna Zaires world series!


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Authors Website: Hettie Ivers

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