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Review – Brothers Three by Layton Green

Book & Author Details:

Brothers Three by Layton Green
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy

brothers three.jpgHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?

The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.

The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.

It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?

review

If you have read any of my previous reviews for books in this genre, you may already know that I set reasonably high standards for them.  As a result, and for fear of being disappointed, I tend to be quite choosy about the books I agree to review.

The blurb for this one caught my eye though.  It seemed to sand out a little from the more run of the mill books.  So, with a little bit of trepidation, I started to read.

At first, it was very promising – straight into the action – fabulous I thought.  But then, for me at least, I thought that the pacing of the story got a bit mired in scene setting and character introductions for the other world that the brothers found themselves in.  Honestly?  I had to put the book down and come back to it, because I was simply struggling to connect to the story.

But I persevered and I’m glad that I did.  Yes, there are influences drawn from other leading authors of the genre – so much so that a reference is made within the book to a particular potential similarity, but not to the point where this book didn’t feel original.

This is a decent start to the saga, and in my view, shows real potential.  I look forward to seeing how the story unfolds over the course of the next installment.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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purchase links

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About the author

Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The fourth Dominic Grey novel, The Shadow Cartel was a #2 overall bestseller on Amazon UK.

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for ten very long years. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his wife and children in North Carolina. You can visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com)

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Blitz & #giveaway – Corruption of the Heart by Jessca Manson @AuthorJesManson @xpressotours

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Book details:

Corruption of the Heart
by Jessica Manson
Publication date: January 3rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

CotH.jpgSynopsis:

Lilith Carson was a normal girl whose parents died suddenly. She moves to a different state with her aunt, and she cuts herself off from everyone. Until one day, when her crush appears beside her in the library. From there, they fall in love, fast and hard.

Lilith finds out that when she turns eighteen, she will transform into a Vampire-Witch hybrid. When a vampire conceives a female, that female already has a mate chosen for her. When Lilith was conceived, there was a mistake. Her world is turned upside down when she must choose between two guys she barely knows.

Lilith has chosen the guy of her dreams and has settled into a life that she thinks is perfect. But nothing is ever as it seems. She will soon face the ultimate betrayal by someone she loves deeply.

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excerpt

There was just something about him that makes my insides flip around. He makes me smile finally. I haven’t smiled in a very long time. And he makes me feel safe when I am with him. He makes me feel things I have never felt before.

I could lose myself in his eyes and not even realize the time lost. They were so big and beautiful. The glowing bright green color was magical, mythical even. The slightest touch of his hand sent the most powerful surge of electricity through my body. He made me want him in ways I have never wanted anyone before. He makes my breath catch and causes my knees to go weak with just a look or a simple touch.

I laid there thinking of the things I wanted to do to him until he was standing in front of me. Odin walked over to the bed and pulled me up to stand in front of him. He aggressively pulled my shirt off revealing my black and red lace bra once more. He unbuttoned my pants letting them fall to my feet. He pulled his shirt off letting me gaze at his ripped chest and a gasp of excitement slipped from me when my eyes landed on the particular spot where those v things were.

Stepping out of my jeans I ran my fingers across his chest feeling his toned muscles until I reached his back. I couldn’t help myself and dug my nails into the flesh of his back just enough to show him the hunger I had for him. His breath quickened and he threw me back onto the bed. I opened my legs up to him as he climbed on top of me. I invited him to get closer to me than anyone else ever has. Heat radiated from the both of us and traces of tingles lingered in the places on my body that he touched.

His chest was firm and smooth and ripped in all the right places. I traced my fingers down each one of his abs until the landed on the rim of his jeans. I grabbed them and pulled on them bringing him closer to me. I wanted him. I needed him. My hunger only grew until I just about couldn’t stand it anymore.

He ran his fingers across the bottom of my stomach causing a small tickle and a giggle left my throat. He pulled away and stared at me for a moment before saying, “You are more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, lamia mea.”

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About the author

 

Jessica started writing when she was 10 years old. She started out writing poetry which has been published in several Poetry Society books as well as on the Internet. She won the Publisher’s Choice Award for her poem A Lost Soul. She has always had an addiction to reading which is what lead her to become an author. Her debut book is Corruption of the Heart.

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Review – Beyond the Horizon (Sons of Templar MC#4) by Anne Malcom

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Beyond the Horizon by Anne Malcom
Publication date: May 15th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Beyond the Horizon.jpgLife is counted in tiny breaths, ones that measure the length of your existence. Life stole the ability to make those breaths easy when Lily was nine years old. Turned her quiet. Made her curl into herself, and shut out a world that threatened to bury her under its weight.

The end of her world is what brings him back—her biker. His chocolate eyes pierce her soul while his club tempts her with a life that she didn’t know she could ever have. Especially not when she was clutching the tattered remains of her existence, and with a weight bearing down on her which makes her unfit for the role of Old Lady. Asher changes that. He wants to set about repairing it, repairing her and her broken world. The problem is, even his strong shoulders can’t carry the burden of her sorrow.

Asher doesn’t take no for an answer. She may have given him her heart three years ago, but never in her wildest dreams would she imagine she had possessed his for the same amount of time.

Just when it seems like she may be able to ride off into the horizon, the world isn’t quite finished trying to rob her of breath. Of life.

review

I said it with the last book and I will say it again – with each book, I think that the author’s writing is improving.

There is one thing with this story that niggles at me – Lily and Asher’s respective versions of waiting for each other seem to be very different, but yet easily forgiven.  If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean.

That aside, we once again have a pairing which shouldn’t work, but does.  She is exceptionally naive in her outlook at times (to my mind at least) whilst he is a gruff, yet surprisingly romantic alpha male.  Their interactions feel real and the entire book is a colourful riot of emotion and chemistry.  This much I have come to expect from this author.

 

It doesn’t quite edge out Mia and Bull’s story as my favourite, but it runs them pretty close.

I voluntarily reviewed a reviewer copy of this book.

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About the author

Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon.

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