Genre: Fantasy

ROYAL BLOOD by Carol Lynne

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ROYAL BLOOD by Carol LynneRoyal Blood by Carol Lynne
Series: Neo's Realm #4
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

Centuries were spent ruling the Realm of Blessed Creatures and in all that time demi-god Spiro Manos never realized his brother’s pet jaguar Sema was his mate.  In all fairness no one could’ve guessed that the beautiful cat was actually the all powerful Nialo transformed by his mother, the goddess Gaia to protect him.

 

Months ago the bite of a vampire somehow allowed Nialo to begin remembering that he wasn’t simply a jaguar.  Knowing he is Spiro’s mate means nothing however if he is stuck in the form of a cat, unable to ever consummate their bond.

 

The current state of affairs cannot go on indefinitely between the mates with Spiro and Nialo pinning for each other and no way to join. Nialo seeks an audience with Gaia who offers a solution.  He must destroy his brother Morwyn, at one time his conjoined twin and the reason their mother changed him so long ago.  Confronting Morwyn he must travel to the underworld, Tartarus which is dangerous in itself.  To find love and bond he must destroy his other half, literally.

 

Author Carol Lynne shares an incredibly vivid imagination with readers in Royal Blood the fourth book in Neo’s RealmRoyal Blood triumphs with a rich blend of fantasy, drama and romance.  This world is filled with characters from Olympus as well as vampires, fae, and shifters.  There are no boundaries with these characters.  Excelling in pulse pounding action and adventure too, Royal Blood smartly weaves an indelible love story.  One caution, this series must be read in order to truly enjoy and understand.  Royal Blood neatly ties up the last major romance in Neo’s Realm to perfection.

TO CATCH A THREEVE by Alexis Duran

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TO CATCH A THREEVE by Alexis DuranTo Catch A Threeve by Alexis Duran
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

Guarding a tipsy wedding party from the capitol of Breckenride to the town of Denmerra, Axel Blackwood was doing his best to watch out for trouble though his thoughts and eyes kept wandering to another in the group, Liam Alloway.  For as long as he could remember Axel has known that Liam is the only one for him. Secretly Liam’s feelings are exactly the same for Axel.  But with negative social acceptance they could never be together.

 

Rounding a deeply wooded area the group is attacked by Threeves.  The scourge of humans everywhere Threeves are evil woodland folk who persist in causing problems such as thievery and sometimes worse, death.  During the assault Liam is captured and taken by Threeves.  Later remains are found near the spot where he was seized and identified as Liam’s.

 

Seven years have passed since that tragic day.  Axel’s been promoted to a full Constable and works with Deputy Drummond Alloway, one of Liam’s older brothers on a regular basis.  Axel continues to grieve daily for his lost love and funneled his anger into learning white magic from a powerful witch in order to fight the Threeve.

 

Tasked with taking an expensive gem to a neighboring lordship the Constable knows they are being followed and sets a magical trap.  Catching the thief is relatively easy, acknowledging that it can’t be Axel’s lost love something else entirely.  The thieving Threeve is the spitting image of Liam, but how could that be possible?  He says he’s Bryn Darrow, half Threeve and half human, except he isn’t even sure about his past.  So many questions and so few answers.  Someone is setting them up for a mighty fall.  Axel would do just about anything to have Liam back, but pretending Bryn is his love?

Unraveling this mess and finding the guilty will take every bit of Axel’s skills in magic and the love in his heart for the man he lost so long ago.

 

To Catch a Threeve is an emotionally fraught original drama.  Each character comes to life within the story, Axel’s sorrow at the loss of his love, Liam’s joy of life, and Bryn’s anguish over his mixed feelings and questionable identity. There’s also a great adventure in To Catch a Threeve which brings another entertaining layer to the tale.  And finally the plot twists for the icing on To Catch a Threeve.

NO FAE IS AN ISLAND by Angel Martinez

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NO FAE IS AN ISLAND by Angel MartinezNo Fae is an Island by Angel Martinez
Series: Endangered Fae #4
Published by MLR Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

As penance for the recent destruction he’d caused the goddess Danu decreed that Diego Sandoval journey the lands of the wild fae for several years.  He would take the time to accept and control the powerful magic within him more fully.  Of course his husband, the pooka Finn will accompany Diego on his travels.

 

When Diego and Finn return the human magician is somewhat overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome they receive from the sidhe.  Even though three years have passed Diego hasn’t quite forgiven himself for his actions.  They also discover that memories aren’t the only thing they’ve brought back.  A selkie by the name of Limpet who has a voracious curiosity left his family to follow them back.

 

Diego is trying to find a new niche within the Fae Collective and jumps at the chance to help when the Canadian government asks for their assistance.  Three college kids are being detained by a Middle Eastern government where they were studying.  The diplomatic mission should be a simple one as long as no magic is used.

 

They encounter problems from the moment they land starting with the discovery of a stowaway, Limpet.  It seems that the selkie has focused all his curiosity on one of the security detail, Theo Aguilar, a vampire Diego befriended back when his life went to hell.

There trip turns out to be a set-up.  No one will listen to the new ‘kid’ on the team who can track his mentor except for Limpet who will follow Theo anywhere he goes. It could be the best joke ever told…A vampire and a selkie playing hide and seek in the desert.  But it’s not a joke and time is slipping away.

 

Complex characters use their wicked skills on a wild adventure.  Immerse yourself in No Fae is an Island and enjoy all the twists and surprises throughout this thrilling tale.  The plotline is neatly split between the two sets of characters until they converge with exciting consequences.  Fans will love this latest fourth installment while new readers honestly should start at book one.  The cast is huge and rich with fascinating relationships, so start at the beginning and have fun.  No Fae is an Island is utterly charming from start to finish.  Absolutely captivating and Limpet is unforgettable.

IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

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IN HIS KEEPING by Maya BanksIn His Keeping by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #2
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Arial Rochester has known she was different since she was a small child and has tried her entire life to keep her differences a closely-held secret.  Arial is one of the people who was born with extremely strong psychic abilities.  As the only child of a very wealthy couple, Arial knows that she has a bigger chance than normal of being a target if her abilities come out.  Now grown up and at her first job and living on her own for the first time, Arial is loving her first experiences of freedom.  However, after an attack which made Arial use her abilities to save herself goes viral online, Arial turns to her rocks—her parents.  That viral video will turn Arial’s life inside out and upside down before it’s all over.

 

Beau Devereaux is one of the Devereaux children and one of the heads of Devereaux Security.  Beau and his siblings have done everything they can to put their parents’ reputation and business associates behind them and have a thriving and well regarded business now.  Beau was unusually drawn to a video showing an attack on a young woman, and he can’t figure out why exactly. With so many demands on his time with a new and busy business, Beau puts the video behind him until he discovers the same young woman in his lobby requesting a meeting with him or his brother.  Intrigued, Beau invites the woman into his office.

 

Arial promised her father a while ago that if she ever needed help and he wasn’t available, that she had to go to the Devereaux. Arial has no idea why her father made her promise or how he knows them.  But after a major security breach in her family’s protection, Arial is on the run and scared. Beau isn’t sure if he should accept Arial as a client, but something about her story and her body language has him agreeing to her requests. When the danger hits them immediately, Beau knows that someone is after Arial, and it seems that they have excellent sources. This is the first of many attempts to get Arial and to get rid of Beau. Beau and his team work with Arial to find out who got to her family and who wants Arial so badly. On the run, Arial is about to learn about her abilities and everyone within her scope will be affected by them, for good or bad, because Arial is ready to make people pay for what has happened in the last week or so.

 

Take one strong and protective man and one shy but powerful and determined woman and stir, not shake for goodness shake, and you have a story that will keep you reading until way too late into the night.  Arial and Beau not only find the answers to what is going on immediately, while dodging the danger directed at them all while finding a love that no abilities will be able to harm in In His Keeping. I will state right off that do not start this book if you have to get up early in the morning, because you won’t want to put it down, even to sleep.  I fell in love with Arial and Beau immediately, even with the footsy work going on as they first meet.  I loved watching as Arial and Beau discovered that their attraction was so much more than a minute thing and how fast they clicked. I also enjoyed watching as Arial found that she could stand up to anything, including murderous hitmen and Beau’s obnoxious older brother. The suspense kept me turning the pages as fast as could to see what was going to happen next. Actually, there was very little I didn’t enjoy as I went along with Beau and Arial on their journey.

 

In His Keeping has the perfect combo of suspense and passion with so many more elements thrown in to keep you enthralled.  If you haven’t guessed yet, I absolutely had to Joyfully Recommend this book as not only a must-read but a keeper that you will read over and over again. You do not have to read this series in order, I admit I didn’t, however I am going straight to my favorite book seller to buy book one because I just have to see what happened there.  I really cannot wait until the next book comes out, because I’m truly loving this series so far.

KNIGHT OF FIRE by S. J. Frost

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KNIGHT OF FIRE by S. J. FrostKnight of Fire by S. J. Frost
Series: Terra #2
Published by MLR Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

Sir Karrick Brenton and the Thirteenth Legion are sent to Forest’s End to investigate rumors of wrongdoing by Duke Bartell.  They arrive to find that the Duke and his warlock’s evil had nearly destroyed the city before a handful of gifted men were able to bring him down.  Introduced to the group Karrick is deeply intrigued by Dragon Speaker Torran.  The gift of being a dragon speaker is extremely rare, indeed the royal family is one of the few who can claim to the skill.

 

No sooner do they bring down the enemy that Sir Karrick tells them they’ve been requested to journey to the capital, Dragon’s Landing by King Orrin.  The King has great need of their skills, in particular a dragon speaker.

 

Though their journey will be swift Karrick begins romancing the shy dragon speaker.  Likewise Torran is smitten with the muscular knight, yet they come from different worlds.  Torran doubts they can share a future.  It will be up to Karrick to prove their future is already written in the stars, together forever.

 

Knight of Fire is the perfect blend of exciting adventure, scorching passions, and a trail of mysteries to unearth.  Author S.J. Frost pens a fresh style of age old romance in this entertaining tale of knights, dragons, and lovers.  The pace is fast, yet everything unfolds in the proper time.  Fall in love with Torran and Karrick.  Enjoy visiting with characters from the previous book and salivate with anticipation as we wait for the next story.  Escape into Knight of Fire and leave this world behind.

DIEGO by Angel Martinez

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BEYOND THE RIFT by Alana Ankh

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KING’S CONQUEST by Valentina Heart

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AZAGOTH by Larissa Ione

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AWAKENED by Virna DePaul

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