Genre: Fantasy

DARK SWAN by Gena Showalter

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DARK SWAN by Gena ShowalterDark Swan by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal


 

 

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

 

Author Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series is back in action! I have loved this series for a very long time and all of that time I have been waiting for AIR Agent Dallas Gutierrez to get his love story.  He’s that character that jumps off the pages of every book and he’s met his match in Lilica Swan.

Lilica and her sisters have been prisoners for most of their lives.  Now they are free and learning how to survive.  Lilica is desperate to find her sister and protect her from AIR.

Lilica and Dallas have an intense attraction in Dark Swan. It’s easy to sympathize with Lilica’s plight.  She’s in an untenable situation and trying to do the right thing by her sisters.  I really enjoyed the story. My only complaint is that the story was too short.  I felt like the complexity of Dallas and Lilica’s deserved more.  It could have been more powerful if their story had been expanded.  Fortunately, as usual Ms. Showalter still gives her readers a sexy and exciting story.

WOLF HOLLOW by Nikki Jefford

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WOLF HOLLOW by Nikki JeffordWolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford
Series: Wolf Hollow Shifters #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense


A REBELLIOUS OUTCAST
Cocky. Coy. Wolf shifter. Tabor is the hollow’s only half-breed, scorned and forbidden to use his powers. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there’s more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog to the council.

A DUTIFUL PUREBLOOD
Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a sexy, hotheaded half-breed.

AN ATTRACTION THAT THREATENS THE FUTURE OF THE PACK
Bewildered by the deceptively proud and surprisingly sensual Sasha, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can’t resist the charismatic half-breed even as predators threaten their pack and the elders pressure her to breed with a pureblood.

In a fantastical post-apocalyptic world, where only the strongest survive, sometimes trusting the heart is the bravest act of all.

Author Nikki Jefford takes readers into a post-apocalyptic paranormal world featuring sexy shifters, heady emotion and lots of pack politics.  Wolf Hollow introduces readers to Tabor the cocky outcast with a chip on his shoulder and Sasha a leader in the making and only pack pureblood shifter.

As the last remaining pureblood Sasha is a member of the packs’ governing council.  She’s expected to be a great leader and most importantly procreate with a respectable pureblood from another pack to strengthen the Wolf Hollow Shifters.  Sasha wants to become a great leader like her parents but she doesn’t appreciate the pressure to mate with a pureblood from members of the council and the pack.  When she begins to have feelings for Tabor the packs half breed outcast her heart becomes divided between duty and love.

Tabor knows exactly how the pack feels about his other half.  Tabor is part wolf and part wizard. He knows the council will never approve his and Sasha’s mating but he’s determined to find a way to be with the woman he loves.

Wolf Hollow is an interesting read.  Ms Jefford does a good job of creating this post-apocalyptic world where the wolves are dominant but secluded,  humans are the enemy, and evil lurks around every corner.  I liked both Sasha and Tabor. They definitely get off to a rocky start but their chemistry heats up fast. Wolf Hollow has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I like the fact that Wolf Hollow is unpredictable. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next.

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. KingThe Fire Queen by Emily R. King
Series: The Hundredth Queen #2
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


 

 

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?

The Fire Queen begins where The Hundredth Queen left off with Kalinda, Deven and their people running for their lives.  The Rebel Bhuta Hastin has claimed Tarachand and hunts them searching for the powerful Zhaleh.

Kalinda and Deven are trying to find the rightful heir to the Tarachand throne Prince Ashwin before Hastin has him killed.  Kalinda soon finds herself the lynchpin in another royal plot.  She wants peace for her people and a life with the man she loves but the people around her keep getting in the way.

The Fire Queen is driven by indelible yet fallible characters, powerful imagery and overall masterful storytelling from Author Emily R. King.  I cannot get enough of this fascinating world and the characters that reside there.  Kalinda is a strong, willful person who landed in one hell of a tough situation. The choices she is forced to make are incredible and at times heartbreaking.   I am Joyfully Recommending this book to all romance readers.  It may be classified as a Young Adult, but it will resonate with adults and fantasy fans will love it!

The Fire Queen made me feel a myriad of emotions.  I always love it when characters can make me laugh, cry and yell at them.  It’s a sure sign that the book is one I will never forget.  I find myself impatiently waiting for book three The Rogue Queen! Give me more Ms. King!

DESERT ICE by Rose Maefair

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DESERT ICE by Rose MaefairDesert Ice by Rose Maefair
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, MM

He was betrayed.  The heir to Seadragon’s Fief was betrayed by his own father.  All because of a beautiful young woman who gave the widowed king a newborn son.  She whispered in her lover’s ear that the firstborn heir was planning treason.

 

Taken far from his northern home to the desert city of Tandir Wylham stood chained to a post dying of thirst and hunger.  He cursed the beauty who beguiled his father and brought Wyl to such an ignoble end.

 

Meanwhile the young and powerful mage Lysander searched the city for a warrior who could aid his home Steed’s Hold which was under siege by a group bent on controlling all free holds in the desert.  His plan was to find a slave to aid their cause who would be set free once victory was achieved.

 

The terms of purchase for the slave Wylham came at great cost to both men.  The pact would bind them together, forever.  Worse, if that was possible Wylham refused to accept his new status and fought his changed reality at every turn.  The chance of them making it to Steed’s Hold, let alone helping the beleaguered town lessened with each new day.

 

A sweeping adventure fraught with emotional entanglement, Desert Ice is a hard won love story.  The main characters embark on a twisting, turning journey where Wyl and Lysander are forced to deal with the worst humanity has to offer.  Unable to understand each other in the beginning, then followed by miscommunication leads to heartache in this angst ridden drama.  A gritty, honest, and sometimes unsettling tale at times, Desert Ice is an intensely layered riveting read.  Wyl and Lysander’s painful start ultimately leads to a rich, rewarding ending.

EXILE by Caleb James

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EXILE by Caleb JamesExile by Caleb James
Series: Haffling #2
Published by DSP Publications Genres: Fantasy, MM


 

 

Once a member of fairy Queen May’s court, Liam Summer has somehow ended up in New York roasting to death in an apartment fire.  The fairy fire is ablaze – human firefighters cannot stop it.  At the moment Liam accepts his own death FDNY Charlie Fitzgerald appears and saves him.

 

As a small child Charlie used to listen to the tales his grandmother spun of the little people.  Wonderful, strange, obviously pretend tales.  Events fall into place however that make Charlie a believer as he falls for Liam lock, stoc,k and barrel.

 

All the signs point to Queen May gathering strength.  She’s been trapped between worlds though it won’t be long before she escapes. Her plan is to rule both realms no matter the cost.  Somehow the humans who believe and a handful of fae must stop the psychopathic ruler.

 

Author Caleb James writes an absolute stunner in Exile.  Book two in the Halfling series is a rich, elaborate, and intricate story.  Love comes quietly, gently to Liam and Charlie in the midst of chaos while battling an ancient foe.  Whimsical moments, dangerous situations – they are packed within Exile.  Charming Liam has much to answer for.  Honorable Charlie is his perfect match.  Enjoy this unique, wild tale.

EQUIPOISE by Kim Fielding

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WARLOCK IN TRAINING by T. J. Nichols

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THE SORCERER’S GUARDIAN by Antonia Aquilante

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WILD ROSE, SILENT SNOW by Angel Martinez

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MAD LIZARD MAMBO by Rhys Ford

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FLUX by Kim Fielding

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THE SOLDATI PRINCE by Charlie Cochet

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ON WINGS OF THUNDER by M. D. Grimm

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THE SCHOLAR’S HEART by Antonia Aquilante

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THE WINTER PRINCE by R. Cooper

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THE ARTIST’S MASQUERADE by Antonia Aquilante

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STASIS by Kim Fielding

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SOUL SEEKERS by Jake C. Wallace

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PRINCE OF SEAS by Emily Carrington

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THE REBELLIOUS PET by Samantha Cayto

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