New Release & Review – Sword (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #3) by J. C Andrijeski @jcandrijeski

Book & Author Details:

Sword (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #3) by J C Andrijeski
Publication date: 17th May 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Adult

sword.jpgONLY 99 CENTS for first week of release!! From USA TODAY bestselling author, a psychic warfare alternative history set in a gritty version of Earth. Contains strong romantic elements – a book in the Bridge & Sword World. Apocalyptic. Psychic Romance.

“I was now, officially, a real terrorist…”

After losing her husband, Allie finds herself the new official face of seers as she fights to prevent the human and seer worlds from exploding into all-out war.

But her husband, Revik, isn’t really gone. Instead he’s transformed into someone she barely knows. Before she can adjust, the two of them are on different sides at the brink of racial war–a war he wants to see play out, a war he’s ready for, and worse, one he’s already fighting.

Compromise with him might be impossible, but it also might be the only way she can save him from himself and keep him from killing everyone she loves.

NOTE: An alternate version of this book was previously published as part of the “ALLIE’S WAR” series (this version has been revised/edited prior to re-release).

Standalone novel. No cliffhanger.

*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.*

SWORD is book 3 in the Bridge & Sword: Awakenings series – a series set in the Bridge & Sword World. It is also related to the Quentin Black World, and takes place in the wider history/world of the seers.

Next in the Bridge & Sword world: SHADOW (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #4) – coming soon! Or if you’d like to read more about seers, check out BLACK IN WHITE (Quentin Black Mystery #1), which occurs in a version of Earth much closer to our own.

THE BRIDGE & SWORD WORLD encompasses a number of dark, gritty science fiction and apocalyptic story arcs with romantic (and sexy) elements, starring Alyson Taylor and her partner, dark and dangerous infiltrator, Dehgoies Revik. For fans of gritty, character-driven science fiction and fantasy worlds, filled with twists and turns and backstabbing betrayals, with heroes and villains who can be equally relatable (and sometimes the same people). The Bridge & Sword books span continents and historical periods as Allie and Revik try to save the human and seer races from destroying one another, and keep their friends and loved ones alive in the process.

review

It isn’t unusual to find myself absorbed in a series.  However, this series is one of those which has me completely and utterly immersed in it; has me thinking about the characters and the storylines even when I’m not reading it; has me dropping everything when the next in the series comes out.

In short – this series is exceptional.  That’s not to say that reading these books isn’t exquisite torture.  I really want nothing more than to read their HEA.  However, the strength of the author’s writing isn’t just with the connection between Revik and Allie, but also the twists of the plot and the development of the other characters.  And, whilst I might not like where the narrative leads, my attention is completely focused on the story until the very last page.

I confess, I was blindsided a bit by some of the events in this book.  I can’t say more for fear of spoilers.

Bring on book 4!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

I’m a USA Today bestselling author of sexy, apocalyptic and cyberpunk-y paranormal mystery, alternate history, urban fantasy & supernatural suspense, often with a metaphysical bent.

While it might seem like I have a (perhaps overly?) friendly relationship with my dark side, if you read my stuff, you’ll discover pretty quick that, at base and in my heart, I’m a big, sappy, pie in the sky idealist, and that I always want the light to win, love to win, the good guys to win, compassion to win, the bad guys to be redeemed or at least to find love…even if they have to crawl through mud and blood and crazy sex and betrayal and broken fingernails to get there.

Of course, not all of them make it…but I always hope that they will.

Other stuff: I have a background in journalism and political history, and a Master’s degree in the latter. I love to travel and to interact with different cultures and histories and I’ve traveled a fair bit (although never enough – there are always new places to see!).  I’ve also lived a lot of different places, including all over the United States where I was born, as well as stints in Europe, Australia and now Asia, including a few years in India and now a few in Thailand.

Currently, I live and work full-time as a writer in Bangkok, Thailand, where I have a beautiful view of a Buddhist wat right out the window while I write.

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Review & #giveaway – No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista @KateEvangelista @xpressotours

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Book details:

No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista
(Dodge Cove #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

NSC.jpgSynopsis:

Natasha was DEVASTATED when Jackson, her first love, disappeared without a word only to pop up months later as a famous DJ. But now she’s over it―over him!―and ready to move on with her life! Isn’t she?

Jackson thought he was leaving Dodge Cove behind forever when he set off to LA to start his career as a DJ. But the one thing he had never been able to leave behind was the memory of his first love, Natasha, and now that he’s proven his success, he’s coming home to win her back…

Get ready to stop time, defy gravity and bring down the stars in this final book in Kate Evangelista’s Dodge Cove Trilogy!

review

I’m sure that, had I read the other books in this story, and having been already acquainted with some of the characters in this book, I would have been chomping at the bit to read this story.

As it is, this is a book which is read perfectly well as a standalone, but would no doubt be enhanced by reading books 1 and 2 first.

That said, this wasn’t a bad story.  It felt like a much shorter book than the number of pages imply, given that it was such an easy read.

There was little drama, although I did feel that the characters and their interactions were grounded in reality.  The humour and the dialogue all felt very organic.

For me, this is a book to read when you want a light, entertaining distraction.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

 

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About the author

 

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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Review – Wolf by Crimson Syn @CrimsonSyn82

Book & Author Details:

Wolf by Crimson Syn
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Wolf.jpgScarlett Chase is every man’s wet dream.
As soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew she’d be mine.
That is, until I found out she was untouchable.
One kiss, one forbidden touch, will have me out on the streets and stripped of who I am.
Yet I want her. I need her. And I’m done following all these damn rules.

Wolf Stone is my obsession.
Ever since he pulled over on that empty road, I’ve been tormented by the man.
His possessive words and heated looks have me tightly wound.
One touch, and he lights me on fire.
But I want more.
I not only want him in my bed, I want to keep him for myself.
But he won’t budge, and now it’s up to me to entice his sleeping wolf.

Mature audiences only: Explicit Sexual Content.
No shifters here ladies… just pure alpha biker hotness!
If you love rough, possessive and dirty talking alphas, then this is the book for you.

review

I am always very happy to review work from new authors provided the synopsis sounds interesting.  And this one did.  It is unfortunate that the initial promise didn’t get translated to the page.

For a start, this is a novella.  In my experience, from similar length books I have read, it can be a real challenge for a writer to tick all the necessary boxes to ensure that the story doesn’t feel rushed or forced, and that the reader develops a connection to the characters.  I’m afraid that, for me at least, the author didn’t manage to avoid that pitfall.

And although the author has clearly stated that this is not a shifter book, at one point, it seemed (with references to “inner wolf” and “my wolf wanted a mate”) that this was the route that the story was going to go down.

I could have forgiven that slip.  But the narrative was a little cliched and the epilogue was a rushed summation that was required to bring everything to something of a conclusion.

There were elements of the story that worked well, but not enough overall to save the book for me I’m afraid.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Crimson Syn is a new erotica author. She delves into those hot and heavy stories where her characters are pushed to their sexual limits. Her wicked pen dips into every little niche, even if it’s wrong and kinky. Vanilla, BDSM, BBW and that twisted taboo is what she wants to make you crave.

Her Hell’s Lovers MC series is her first attempt at a bad boy biker series. If you’re looking for sweet and innocent, you’ll find it, but not in that wholesome way you’re used to. No. Miss Syn delivers sex at its best, and the more innocent you are the more her alpha males will attempt to defile you.

Miss Syn is passionate about her family, her friends and her writing. Where she travels is her next setting, and her fantasies and dreams are her inspiration. She writes her alpha males tough and rough, and she expects for her female leads to be independent, bright women with lots of sexy curves.

To be a part of her Synful Fanbase, giveaways, and get juicy bits of her next books in the Hell’s Lovers series join her newsletter here.

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