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Review -Vermilion Lies By L.D Rose, now live/blog tour

Vermilion Lies, an all-new Dark Paranormal Romance by L.D. Rose is NOW LIVE!

   

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems. Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires. Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?  

 

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REVIEW

   

EXCERPT

Few men could resist the sight of a pretty girl crying. Even if she was crying blood. She broke the silence first, her voice silken, low, a seduction in the growing dark. “What does it taste like?” He’d ceased chewing. And he wasn’t breathing again. Snap out of it, Dax. Stop thinking with your dick. Forcing himself to inhale deeply, he filled his lungs then exhaled in a smooth, slow stream through his nostrils. He tried to ignore her scent, but it had intensified upon her waking, stroking his senses. “Sour,” he replied. “Sweet.” “Sweet,” she repeated, her eyes settling on his mouth. He wasn’t any better, staring blatantly at hers. The tips of her pearly white fangs flashed every time she spoke, and God, he was supposed to be disgusted, but he was far from it. Focus.  

About L.D. Rose

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes award-winning dark paranormal fiction and she’s a PAN member of the RWA and FF&P. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Review

What I enjoy most about this series is it’s continuity. Each book focuses on a new perspective, a new plot, however links back to the previous characters therefor giving more depth and meaning. Vermilion lies’ plot follows Ciny/Cindel discovering herself. Cindy starts as a shy “used,tortured” soul, however by the end she is a new woman, all thanks to Dax and his guidance.

Cindel is a very tortured character, broken from years of abuse, feeling beaten and worthless. That is until she meets Dax, a hybrid with a sudden need to protect this vampire, a leech. Going against his better judgement Dax begins to find solace in this woman. However the lies and previous bonds are nothing compared to the new challenges these two now have to face.

I found this book to have a slower start than the previous two. I do not blame that on L.D Rose’ writing style, in fact the authors skilful writing has kept me engrossed from start to finish in other books she has published.
I believe the beginning was slow due to the amount of introduction, dialogue and content needed to explain Cindy/Cindel’s background, as well as the way Dax and Cindy meet.
Although slow, it was essential for the story, well thought out and structured.

About 40% of the way through I was extremely interested, the book had taken a dangerous and passionate turn. I loved the banter between Dax and his friend Kayne. My favourite part being Dax trying to impersonate an irish accent to annoy Kayne, this scene in particular even had me giggling out loud. And the banter does not stop there, Dax continues to push the buttons of his fellow “brothers” throughout the book.

Overall I enjoyed the stories behind the characters, especially Cindel. She grew so much throughout the book, not only impressing herself but her peers.
I enjoyed this book and give it a 4/5 stars. I very much loved the previous books, especially number 1 with Blaze as the lead male – this being my particular favourite.

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Review – The Ghost Files #3

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

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One, two, the ghosts are coming for you… 
Three, four, better salt your door… 
Five, six, death and hatred mix… 
Seven, eight, help will come too late… 
Nine, ten, never reap again…

Seventeen year old, Mattie Hathaway, has enough on her plate without having to deal with the latest teenage ghost drama. The ghosts of eight murdered girls are out for her blood. They blame Mattie for their deaths. She has to figure out what happened to them before they make sure she ends up just like them…dead and angry.
Not only that, but she has to face the greatest fear of her young life, the death of the only person she’s ever loved. Can she let nature take its course or will she interfere and cause the balance of life and death to spiral out of control?
She’s out of time, and doesn’t know if she should trust Silas, the demon who has taken a very disturbing interest in her or her father, a man just as evil as Silas. 
Either way, she has to make a choice. But what will it cost her and those she loves?


Review

Not only does Mattie have to deal with ghosts popping up whenever they feel like it, she is now experiencing their excruciating death. Mattie is now thrown into reliving each girls death, and each ghost specifically wants Mattie to endure the pain. The one occurring theme of their murders being Mattie Hathaway is the reason they’re dead.
Mattie meets her father Zeke – a dangerous, secretive and endearing man. He appears to either scare or draw in others around him. But Mattie is faced with not only fear, but comfort knowing she has found her father. However with Silas in her ear telling her Zeke is not to be trusted, where does that leave Mattie.

I found this book slower than the previous two, not so much ghost drama, but more of a book based on Mattie’s discovery and journey to find herself. Relationships were a heavy plot, I only wish the ghosts of the murdered girls were focused on more instead of the teenage drama.
The story really kicked off about 60% of the way through, with spooks, chills and murders. At this point I was engrossed, it’s a shame it took that long but I am glad I kept reading because that cliffhanger has me wanting to read the next instalment. Which might I add is already downloaded on my kindle.

Perhaps Apryl Baker didn’t do as well with this instalment, however it is a crucial part of the series, and leaves more questions than answers.
I still stand by my previous reviews of this series that these books are a must read, and I would read again. On the other hand, even though Apryl Baker is skilled at writing, I wish this book was perhaps thought out better with a focused plot line, rather than jumping in and out of relationships.

I gave this book 3/5 stars – it was likeable but tedious. Please meet my hopes of the next instalment being better.

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Review – The Side Job By Don Lubov

I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. However I was extremely disappointed. Keep reading for my review.

This is the story of Maggie Gomez — an unwed, unskilled mother of a sickly daughter. She lives a hardscrabble life on the underside of Las Vegas. As her daughter’s health deteriorates, Maggie’s need for money for an operation skyrockets. Maggie was vulnerable and defeated early in life. Her long-suppressed strength blossoms and Maggie becomes “La Femme Nikita”. As Maggie gets more involved with her loan shark boss and his crew, her world begins to spiral out of control. Her simultaneous involvement with a gangster and the detective investigating him turns her life into a soap opera of emotions. She must figure out how to escape her under- world life, protect her daughter, and live happily ever after.

Review

The prologue showed promise, I wanted to see how this young 16 year old Maggie who gets caught pregnant on her prom night succeeds in life. The story line would have been fantastic, however the lack of emotional descriptive writing made me lose connection with the characters. I wanted action and drama, that’s what I assumed would happen from what the author had told me. I couldn’t even get past 26%, I tried but this book was really poorly executed, however had the foundations to be an amazing book.
I had to get my friend to see some passages just to see if the feelings were mutual.

I didn’t feel a flow throughout, straight from the beginning it was rushed, blunt and read like bullet points. I honestly thought I was reading a draft version that was to be bulked out later.

I could feel myself cringing as the author tries to portray a young hip 20 year old Ben. Using sentences like “you dig?” were painful. I felt Don Lubov was trying to hard.

Looking online via Goodreads for some other perspectives, I noticed the same feedback as mine. Most readers felt disconnected to the characters, the writing was plain and very simple, making the book an extremely short read.
I gave this book 2/5 stars only because I know it could have been better, perhaps the writer needs to read back and deepen the novel further. There were some good foundations. I am sorry that I had to give it such a poor rating, this is extremely rare for me.

About the author:

Don has been happily married since 1976. He was an artist for 34 years and exhibited his artwork at 3 New York City Art Galleries and the Heckscher Art Museum. 

He spent 8 years teaching Art & Design at East Carolina University, McNeese State University, Suffolk county Community College. 

He was a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University on “Hyperspace—A Visual Introduction to the 4th Dimension”.

He received a grant from The Vogelstein Foundation for his work combining art & mathematics, with his “Quantum Pictures”.

He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. He is the author of 9 books. 10 years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace.

Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books.

He has 3 YouTube videos: “The Grassroots Manifesto”, “Creativity Manifesto”, and “Spirituality Manifesto”.

He created and developed “Pyramoids” – an energy-efficient building system. He taught this system at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

One of his “Pyramoid” designs was accepted and juried in The World Trade Center Memorial Competition. 

He has taught his “Six-Step Path” for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.

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Review – Ghost Files Volume 2 – By Apryl Baker.

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

At seventeen, Mattie Hathaway has survived her mother attempting to kill her, multiple foster homes, and a serial killer. Oh, and she sees ghosts on a regular basis too. You’d think Fate would give her a break right? Umm…nope, not Mattie.

Dan Richards is the only person in the entire world Mattie trusts, but then the boy goes and breaks her heart. Mattie does what she does best, she runs and lands herself slap in the middle of a haunted house full of ghosts turned vengeful that want Mattie to join their ranks. 

Only bright spot on all this? Eli Malone – the gorgeous boy with the beautiful aqua eyes that makes her feel things she’s never even imagined before. She’s not sure what to do with him, especially when Dan shows up glowering at him. 

She’ll figure Eli out if she can survive the house. The ghosts are bound and determined to kill her so she’ll be one of them. Now if she can just figure out how to survive them and the demon stalking her, she might be able to decide what to do about her feelings for Dan and Eli.

That is if she can survive the night in the house.

Review

Via Goodread’s book receives contradictory review’s. I for one enjoyed this book, and so far the series.  Prior to this series I read the follow on series called “The Crane Diaries” and was confused about Mattie’s past. This series clears that all up and has kept me engrossed. (Homecoming – The Crane Diaries – Review).
There may not have been a lot about new Orleans featured in this book, which appears to be fellow reviewers complaints. I on the other hand found there to be plenty of paranormal content, gossebumps and drama to keep me entertained throughout, New Orleans was simply a basic setting for this book.
The only part I found myself skipping was the internal dialogue from Mattie…. I wanted action, dialogue between characters, however as soon as I was getting bored the story picked up again, throwing me back into Mattie’s paranormal gifts, demons and more.

The main critique I have seen from other reviewers was Mattie’s constant switch between men.   What people need to understand is, this is from the point of view of a 17 year old, who has experienced prolonged abuse and upset.  Mattie has been tortured, passed around foster homes, and given a gift which is not only terrifying, but dangerous!. Of course she is going to jump at the chance to fall for a cute, caring guy.  This is probably the only normal part of her life, experiencing what other teenage girls do at her age. The fact that one of the three men is dead, does not bring much hope for Mattie’s love life, even if Mattie has her heart set on “mirror boy”.

I very much enjoyed meeting the New characters, Caleb, and Eli. their brotherly banter and protectiveness over Mattie.
they featured in my favourite character moment.
Dan discovers more than he realised on the journey to find Mattie’s real mum. He also needs to gain Mattie’s trust, and try to salvage her broken heart that he smashed.

The mystery dark goo demon who appears from the beginning and I thought was the plot, seems to disappear halfway thought the story line and replaced by a news demonic ghost. 
This threw me off, however I preferred the demonic ghost from the 1700’s, his dark twisted mind and Voodoo.
The descriptiveness of Apryl’s writing is enough to keep any reading captivated, but not too descriptive to bore us.

I would definitely recommend this book and read it myself again. Apryl Baker has not let me down in this series, and has made me fall in love with the paranormal genre all over again.

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Review – The Blood Prince, Sovereign Series #3

Kindle Edition, 301 pages Published February 20th 2019 by Smashwords


The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race. 

Review –

This is an honest review…..If you have followed me for a while, you may remember last year I reviewed the first series – The Solis Invicti. That was when I fell in love with Emmy and Sol, and gave the series a 5 star rating. Here are my reviews for them –

A bargain in silver
The price of silver
Bound to silver
The silver bullet

Now on to the Sovereign series. Firstly I love Josie’s descriptive writing, the writing is well structured as always, and skillful. Josie Includes other languages, different backgrounds and sexuality.

Josie is very tasteful throughout her books, romance, action and suspense is present, however this series has perhaps not been to my liking.

The characters – The dialogue is from two perspectives Cam and Julia, with some narrative including Felix and Lucas.

The blood prince dives deeper into their relationships, their obstacles and their futures.

The plot was simple – find Emmy and Sol’s long lost son. When he was born no one knows. Emmy is turning dark, Sol is lost and the Blue just isn’t the same anymore.
Julia continues on a developmental journey to become stronger, and is more determined than ever to prove she can tackle the red alone.
Cam finds love but faces the toughest decision of his lifetime, is Felix worth everything he has worked hard for.

I enjoyed their adventures out into the red, escaping the ruins of the Blue for the ever-growing adventure.

My one disappointment was, I wish there was more of a development between them all. I felt I was reading the second instalment of the series again.
Don’t get me wrong I was in love with the Solis invicti series, I read the whole series in one week. However this book lacked the tension and romance that the story line between Emmy and Sol had.  On the other hand this book focused more on the progression and development of each character.

Perhaps this series wasn’t for me, I think I just missed the original characters too much.
To be thrown 500 years ahead of the previous series, and find the old characters have pretty much gone did throw me off. And the old characters that were left lacked the fire I once read.

I really enjoyed the overall dialogue between the characters, I just missed the amount of tension and action that was present in the Invicti series.
The ending was a little bit lacking, it felt rushed and would have really benefited from some more suspense.
I think I just wanted Emmy and Sol back, which is very selfish of me. But Josie I still love your writing, and the stories you have created have engrossed me from the beginning.

Would I recommend this book to you all, yes I would. But I probably won’t be reading this series again, and will return to my love of the Invicti Series.

I have given this book a 4/5 because I do love Josie, and I loved the previous series.  This is my opinion and I would always recommend you read these books yourself, we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Here are my previous reviews for the Sovereign series –

The Gilded King
The silver queen

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February Roundup Of My Book Reviews.

Hey all, this month I have been able to get back into my books. I got out of that reading funk that many of us are prone to falling into. I have quite a few books lined up ready to read and I am very excited to get my head stuck into them. I have found since having my son, my kindle fire has now become my best friend…. I am able to read in bed and not effect my husband to be. I will leave the link here to the kindle I have, but I love it.

Anyway, I have been able to review 2 books this month. And I will have another for you all on Monday for The Blood Prince.

The Executive Floor
The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm

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Review – The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm By Kathryn Knight – #Romance #Suspsense #BookReview #Paranormal

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Pages – 174
Genre – Romance Suspense, Paranormal
Rating –
Goodreads – 3/5 stars
Amazon – 4/5 stars

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships. 

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

Review

I was sent a ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I am not disappointed.
This was only a short story.

The book is based around Hillwood farm, a farm that has been in the Turner’s family for generations. Everything was calm and going well until Alice Turner’s husband passed away, leading to her grandson, Luke moving in.
Ever since then weird things have been happening, paranormal disturbances. Alice believes it’s her loving husband returning to her until the acts of what she perceives as love turn viscous.

The beginning of the book jumps straight in to the story of Callie, with just enough back story to understand her abilities, however we discover more about Callie and Luke as the story develops. They both have their own baggage to share.

I enjoyed the paranormal events from the beginning, they were spooky enough to give me goosebumps, and build just enough tension to make me wonder what was going to happen next.
Poor Callie not only has to convince a sceptic, but also take some beatings of her own.
Alice, Callie and Luke are in for a dangerous journey ahead, as they discover the ghosts true identity.

This was a light romance book, the main focus being the paranormal investigation. The tension between both romantic and Paranormal was very well thought out. I was drawn in from the very beginning and wish there was a series about Callie. This was a stand alone novel.
The length was perfect, I didn’t feel anything was missed, or could have been developed.

I would highly recommend this book for you paranormal lovers.

My rating 5/5 stars  
Link below to Amazon, currently available on Kindle unlimited.
£3.15 on Kindle
£10.20 Paperback

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