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I’m an avid reader, who started writing little notes about the books I read and kept them organized on a spreadsheet to help me remember the stories. Several years ago I started to share this spreadsheet with other readers. I was surprised so many folks enjoyed my commentary and encouraged me to start my own blog.

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Five star rating system for books.

  • 5 – Loved it, would highly recommend
  • 4 – I liked it, a good read
  • 3 – Okay read
  • 2 – Didn’t care for the story, may have significant editing problems or story issues
  • 1 – Did not like at all

Five star rating system for heat level

  • 5 – Heat level is high, extremely detailed, adults only
  • 4 – Sensual, steamy, some things are left to the imagination
  • 3 – There’s intimacy but the details are glossed over, minimal details
  • 2 – Very little details, there may be intimacy but it’s either not discussed or glossed over
  • 1 – No sexual encounters, or nothing more than light affection

Genres I read: Romance, Historical, Urban Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Erotica, LGBT, Dark Romance, Military/Spy, Suspense, Thriller, Action Adventures, Western Romance

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Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Suzanne Elise Freeman

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Story 5 of 5 stars

Heat 0 of 5 stars

Series – Aurelia Ryder

Main characters – ‘Aurelia Ryder’ aka Julie Lennart-Daniels-Olsen, Derek Gaunt

Listened to audio narrated well by Suzanne Elise Freeman. I loved the narration from the start. The magic of good narration is when you forget that it’s even being narrated and just fall into the story.

First this story is truly centered around Aurelia Ryder aka Julie Lennart. If you were hoping for cameos by Kate and Curran you will be disappointed. In saying that, I strongly recommend that you read the entire Kate Daniels series to understand all the wonderful goodness in this book. Don’t get me wrong you don’t HAVE to but I think you’ll enjoy it more if you do.

Julie has returned to Atlanta as Aurelia Ryder to save her family and the world from the Canaanite god Moloch the child Eater. She’s not the same girl that left. In her hunt to protect Kate and the world she’s changed physically and magically. To prevent great evil from winning the prophesy says Kate must never meet Moloch or see Julie or all is lost. Julie is the only wild card that can change this future. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to save her family, she just didn’t expect to be confronted with a very changed Derek Gaunt.

Julie reminds me a lot of Kate Daniels but she’s also different. Her first objective is to stop Moloch from achieving his goals in Atlanta. She’ll be dodging family and friends, investigating murders, fighting monsters and Moloch’s minions while sharing with us what happened to her the last eight years.

This book is jam packed with goodness and enough open ended and unexplained things to have me already craving the next book now.

I really want to know more about what Roland and Erra were doing the last eight years but we’re only given a taste of their stories. Really hoping we’ll get more in a novella or something while we wait for the next book.

I loved listening to this book, I’m definitely going to be listening to it again. If you are a Kate Daniel’s fan, your going to enjoy this book even without her being front and center.

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Obsession: Girl Abducted by Claire Thompson (prev. released as Stalked)

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Story 4 of 5 stars

Heat 5 of 5 stars

Series – Dark Obsessions

Main characters – Mark Stratton, Alana Hunter

Mark is programmer who has stalked, studied and obsessed over Alana for years. It took him two years to plan for her abduction but once he has her, he will free her from the chaos and demands of her public life. He wants total control over her and promises to cherish and adore her if she gives him her absolute obedience and submission.

Alana Hunter is a busy actress and has no idea her world is going to horrifically change. Kidnapped, raped and beaten by her abductor, she is terrified.

As this abduction unfolds we are privy to both Mark and Alana’s perspectives as he firmly believes he is doing all of this for love and she succumbs to Stockholm Syndrome. Teaching her to love pain and submitting to his every desire, taking over her body and mind. She only wants to escape, but finds capitulation is her only choice. Evolving and changing her through months of his ‘training.’

Thompson doesn’t hold back on the details or non-consensual, extreme kink as she explores what could happen if a man believes in a woman’s fantasy of being abducted and raped became reality.

Twisted, dark and disturbing but I couldn’t put it down.

This story includes scenes that may be difficult for some readers due to violence, abuse and sexual practices, read at your own discretion.

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Banshee Cry by Jen Katemi

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Story 4 of 5 stars

Heat 5 of 5 stars

Series – Blood Fae Chronicles

Main characters – Luc Durand, Aleah, Aleachiarsiwella

Aleah (Aleachiarsiwella) is a banshee without a voice. Abandoned by her mother, she is one of the rarest kind of fae. Her first banshee experience was her own father’s death at the hands of vampires. She was raised to believe all vampires were evil and that she was a defective, worthless and helpless half-breed. She’s hidden herself out in the country to limit the deaths that affect her and keep herself from the cruelties of specism.

Sergeant Luc Durand is a vampire who works for the Supernatural Division of the Australian Federal Police. While hunting down rogues he’s severely injured and seeks shelter from a nearby farm. He’s greeted by a woman who’d rather see him dead than help him.

To say their beginning was rough and awkward is an understatement but Aleah’s generous, kind heart couldn’t let the vampire die to the sun off of her porch. When the rogues strike again it will throw these two together, leading them to something neither of them were expecting.

Luc is drawn to the siren call of Aleah’s blood but quickly falls for this tender soul, struggling with her gifts. Aleah cannot believe she’s attracted to a vampire but Luc shows her that not all vampires are evil.

A little sweet romance and steam to go with supernatural murder. This novella is a great beginning to the Blood Fae Chronicles series.

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Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong, narrated by Therese Plummer

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Story 4 of 5 stars

Heat 4 of 5 stars

Series – Rockton

Main characters – Eric Dalton, Casey Duncan

Listened to audio narrated well by Therese Plummer. I’ve enjoyed her narration of this series. The characters are easy to identify and the story flows easily.

While this book can be read as a standalone this installment relates a lot to the previous three books, while dealing with new citizens and new troubles. If you haven’t read the previous books I highly recommend reading those first.

Casey reaches out to her estranged sister to help an injured Rockton citizen. When Eric and Casey return with her sister, Casey has to deal with Petra’s actions and a mysterious intruder hunting one of their citizens. It opens a big can of worms on the safety and security of everyone.

For a secret town they seem to get a lot of traffic, murder and mystery. While I still find flaws in the concept of the town I find myself enjoying these stories despite the nigglies. Every townsperson is a unique character with mysterious backgrounds and varying personalities that has me wanting to know what’s going to happen next in their world.

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Troublemaker by Erin Trejo

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Story 2.5 of 5 stars

Heat 5 of 5 stars

Series – Nomads

Main characters – Cross, Dani

Dani lives life by the seat of her pants. She lost her mother young and grew up with a father telling her she was unwanted and unlovable. She drinks hard and plays hard and lives every moment to the fullest.

Cross is a Nomad, he lost someone long ago and knows his life is too dangerous and has no room for a woman.

These two met at a bar, where Dani approaches and kisses him on a dare by her girlfriend. Oblivious to the next chain of events that will keep throwing them together.

I struggled with this book. I could not relate to Dani, I felt like I was reading about someone with ADD, out of touch with reality. There’s a fine line between living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment then there’s being reckless and intentionally oblivious.

Cross spends most of the book saying how annoying Dani is and I never felt that shift to an emotional connection. There’s a lot of hot and steamy to enjoy as well as MC danger and violence, but the relationship didn’t work for me.

I love Erin Trejo but this one just didn’t work for me, there were also some editing issues which may have since been corrected.

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