Review – Black Dog & Rebel Rose by Dani Smith @DaniQuickDraw

Book & Author Details:

Black Dog & Rebel Rose by Dani Smith
Published by: Quick Draw Studios (3rd Edition)
Publication date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Black Dog.jpgPark your steel horse, grab a beer, and delve into a special preview issue of the BLACK DOG AND REBEL ROSE SERIES by international bestselling comics creator Dani Smith.

This comic contains adult themes including foul language, nudity, gore/violence, and sexual situations. Mature readers only.

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Although this is a reasonably short book (159 kindle pages), I didn’t get into it as quickly as I expected to.  Once I was able to put myself in the story, it was an easy enough read, but I felt that the story really struggled due to a lack of character development.  This, in turn, led to a lack of connection between the characters and the story and me as a reader.

That, coupled with a lack of a real sense of threat meant that, for me at least, this was more of a surface read than an immersive reading experience.

 

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author

DANI SMITH is a comics artist/creator/illustrator, gritty “outside the mainstream” storyteller, and character/concept artist hailing from California. In her career thus far she has studied everything from costuming to tattooing, and she is always on the hunt for the next great artistic adventure. She is the creator of the paranormal adventure series BLACK DOG AND REBEL ROSE, which is currently being produced as a feature film.

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Review – The Trickster’s Lover by Samantha MacLeod @writersammac

Book & Author Details:

The Trickster’s Lover by Samantha MacLeod
Published by: Vestal Valley Press
Publication date: September 6th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance

trickster.jpgSurviving Graduate School ~ Falling in Love ~ Preventing Ragnarök

Graduate student Caroline Capello has always been more comfortable with books than people. She’s just moved to the University of Chicago to become the world’s foremost authority on Norse mythology, making her the only member of her family to leave San Diego, and the family business.

But she’s wondering if she’s just made the biggest mistake of her life.

When Loki, the enigmatic and irresistibly sexy Norse trickster god, appears in her studio apartment, Caroline is forced to question everything she’s learned.

Do the gods exist? Are the legends about Ragnarök, the apocalyptic battle that destroys the gods and ends the Nine Realms, actually true?

Or is she losing her mind?

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OK, so you may have to suspend your usual levels of disbelief for this book, just until you get into the flow of this novel.  I mean, Loki?  But one of this things which makes this story so endearing, is that even Caroline thinks she’s crazy.

This is not a book about Billionaires. This is not a stepbrother romance, or a book about boss and secretary sexy times. What you have with this book is a pure, undiluted dash of escapism with a modern twist on mythology thrown in for good measure.  And once I accepted this love story for what it is, I really couldn’t put it down.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author

Born and raised in Colorado, Samantha MacLeod has lived in every time zone in the US, and London. She has a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago; yes, the U. of C. really is where fun comes to die.

Samantha lives with her husband and two small children in the woods of southern Maine. When she’s not shoveling snow or writing steamy sex scenes, Samantha can be found teaching college composition and philosophy to undergraduates who have no idea she leads a double life as an erotica author.

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Cover Reveal & #giveaway – The Fighter and the Baroness by Sunniva Dee @sunnivad @xpressotours

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

The Fighter and the Baroness by Sunniva Dee
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis:

Victor Arquette knows the meaning of sacrifice. Destined to legendary status in mixed martial arts, his life is founded on it. Dedication equals sacrifice, and sacrifice means around-the-clock training, no partying, no junk food, no alcohol—and no women.

Helena von Isenlohe is the heiress to Kyria Castle. Due to her father’s lack of financial prowess, the restoration of the ancient German estate rests on Helena’s shoulders. A failed attempt leaves a wealthy man alone at the altar—and the fleeing bride on a plane to the United States.

A chance meeting, and Victor and Helena’s chemistry is undeniable. Except, her presence clutters his focus. Victor shouldn’t crave their nights, shouldn’t be concerned where she is or with whom. And meanwhile in Germany, Kyria Castle deteriorates at a suspicious speed, indebting Helena further to the man she left behind.

Victor and Helena believe in duty. They embrace sacrifice. But when love strikes, it strikes hard, and sometimes you have to choose where your heart is truly at home.

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Helena enters the room like she expects someone to jump out from dark corner. Neck stretched, she takes in a high quality yet typical hotel room with a king-sized bed and two nightstands. The TV is big and flat, resting on top of a dresser, and then there’s a mirror over a small office desk with a phone and some restaurant flyers on it.

“It’s nice,” she says. “I like that it doesn’t smell like smoke.”

“That would be terrible. Is that what you’re used to? Smoking rooms?”

“We have a cigar room,” she replies, confused, until she breaks in an apologetic laugh. “Oh, as in smoking versus nonsmoking hotel room. I get it.”

“You have a cigar room? Would that be right next to the swan pond?” I tease. It’s cute to see embarrassment flush her cheeks. “Hey,” I continue, mock-petting her cheek, “don’t feel self-conscious about living in a castle. Even though it’s, let’s just say, a hair’s breadth over the top for us commoners.”

“Don’t I know it,” she says. “So which side of the bed is mine?”

I consider, rubbing the light scruff that’s grown on my chin since yesterday. “Well, since you just touched the left corner, it now has cooties. You’ll have to sleep on the cooty-side.”

This girl, she’s been so immediate in her responses. I guess I expected a laugh or some expressed annoyance at my silly comment. Instead, she sinks down against the pillows on her side of the bed and breathes, “Okay,” with the smallest smile raising the corners of her lips.

She uses the arc of one foot to slide her shoe off before she skips off the other. I watch as she wiggles her toes graciously, green nail polish gleaming in the dim shine from the bedside lamp.

Helena is tired. I guess it’s been a long day, the flight being just a small part of her exhaustion. I’m drawn to her eyes, not for the first time. The color of them is almost watery. No, they are watery.

“Who gave you that color?” I blurt out.

“What?”

“Your eyes. It’s like they’re made of water.”

I’m not the impulsive kind, and yet I’ve already committed strange acts around this girl. Where I come from, women expect smart, premeditated interactions, never initiated by questions like the one I just shot at Helena. This they’d ignore. They’d change the subject into something not insane, or they’d titter and squirm, not knowing how to respond.

She lets her eyes float from her feet to my eyes before they still. “My father. I’ve got his eyes.” She laughs softly, hands around the remote for the TV. “Grandma used to say our eyes were the color of the swan pond because we were both born in rooms with windows overlooking it.”

 

About the author

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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