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Review: ‘Cancer’ by Gemma James

Review: ‘Cancer’ by Gemma James

Cancer

by Gemma James
Series: The Zodiac Queen #4
Published by Self-Published on June 23, 2020
Genres: Dark Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Twelve men. A virgin queen. One arranged marriage.
Three teaspoons.Two men.One choice.
That’s what awaits me in the House of Cancer. Vance Morgan’s gift is unexpected—an evening spent with any member of the Brotherhood I choose.
My heart gives me two options.My body wants the lion.But my mind wants the truth.
And those three teaspoons I mentioned? They contain an elixir that lowers inhibitions. With my judgement compromised, mistakes are bound to be made.
I hope one of them isn’t trusting the wrong man.


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ARC Review: ‘The Princess Knight’ by G.A. Aiken

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘The Princess Knight’ by G.A. Aiken

The Princess Knight

by G.A. Aiken
Series: The Scarred Earth Saga #2
Published by Kensington on November 24, 2020
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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three-half-stars

In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . .
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.
The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .


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ARC Review: ‘Archangel’s Sun’ by Nalini Singh

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ARC Review: ‘Archangel’s Sun’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Sun

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #13
Published by Berkley on November 24, 2020
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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four-stars

A horrifying secret rises in the aftermath of an archangelic war in New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s deadly and beautiful Guild Hunter world...
The Archangel of Death and the Archangel of Disease may be gone but their legacy of evil lives on—especially in Africa, where the shambling, rotting creatures called the reborn have gained a glimmer of vicious intelligence.
It is up to Titus, archangel of this vast continent, to stop the reborn from spreading across the world. Titus can’t do it alone, but of the surviving powerful angels and archangels, large numbers are wounded, while the rest are fighting a surge of murderous vampires.
There is no one left…but the Hummingbird. Old, powerful, her mind long a broken kaleidoscope. Now, she must stand at Titus’s side against a tide of death upon a discovery more chilling than any other. For the Archangel of Disease has left them one last terrible gift…

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Review: ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Obsidian Butterfly

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #9
Published by Berkley Books on September 24, 2002
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 585
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist takes flight with a whole new look.
In her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend-a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she's about to face.

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Review: ‘The Blacksmith Queen’ by G.A. Aiken

Review: ‘The Blacksmith Queen’ by G.A. Aiken

The Blacksmith Queen

by G.A. Aiken
Series: The Scarred Earth Saga #1
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on August 27, 2019
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken. The Old King Is Dead With the demise of the Old King, there's a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king's sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it's all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.
Luckily, Keeley doesn't have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned ...

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ARC Review: ‘Written in the Stars’ by Alexandria Bellefleur

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘Written in the Stars’ by Alexandria Bellefleur

Written in the Stars

by Alexandria Bellefleur
Published by Avon on November 10, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Pages: 384
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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four-stars

With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, a charming #ownvoices queer rom-com debut about a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!
After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.
Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy... a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle's new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because... awkward.
When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.
But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

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Review: ‘Targeted’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Targeted’ by Kendra Elliot

Targeted

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #4
Published by Montlake Romance on June 7, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

A Wall Street Journal bestseller
All Detective Mason Callahan wanted was a quiet fishing trip with the guys—a chance to get away and unwind before Halloween.
Until he finds the body of his boss, Denny Schefte, near their remote Oregon cabin. Now all he wants is to catch the sadist who slit Denny’s throat and covered his face with a mask. Mason was the last person to see him alive and will stop at nothing to find his friend’s murderer.
When the FBI learns of the mask left at the scene, they realize they have a serial killer on their hands—one who is targeting cops. They assign the case to Special Agent Ava McLane, despite her engagement to Mason. Barely recovered from her own nearly fatal injury and her sister’s attempted suicide, Ava hopes she is ready to chase another killer.
But as she delves into the increasingly disturbing case, the killer may be closer than expected—dangerously close.

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Review: ‘Veiled’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Veiled’ by Kendra Elliot

Veiled

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Bone Secrets #3.5
Published by StoryFront on December 4, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 67
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Forensic investigator Lacey Campbell is trying to relax. She and her fiancé have escaped to a high-end resort on the Oregon Coast that they’re scoping out for their wedding venue. But when a murdered woman turns up in the hot tub, there’s no more relaxing for the couple. Neither can resist getting pulled into the case.
Tragically, the dead woman is dressed in a wedding gown, even more disturbing for Lacey given she’s about to be a bride. When the victim turns out to be a beloved bartender with a bad-news ex-husband, it looks like a domestic quarrel turned deadly. But could there be something more sinister going on in this tight-knit community?

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ARC Review: ‘A Broken Bone’ by Melinda Leigh

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘A Broken Bone’ by Melinda Leigh

A Broken Bone

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Widow's Island #6
Published by Montlake Romance on November 3, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 90
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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five-stars

The mysterious death of a local teen leads to a hunt for a killer in the sixth Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.
On Widow’s Island, the secrets are dark…and everybody has one. So when Deputy Tessa Black responds to a call about an explosion in a quiet neighborhood, she gets more than she bargained for: the body of a teen who went missing weeks ago.
Until recently, Gavin was living in a reputable foster home. But now that he is found dead—Tessa can’t help but wonder if sinister forces are at play. Who would want to hurt him, and why?
With the help of her partner, Park Ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa tries desperately to decipher what happened to Gavin before another life is cut short. Someone on Widow’s Island knows the explosive truth. Will Tessa find the answers she needs before someone else turns up dead?

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