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Review – Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge @Lola_Dodge @InkyTheMonster

Book & Author Details:

Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #4)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Futuristic, Romance, Young Adult

Quanta Rewind.jpgSynopsis:

With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

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Imagine this book as a car freewheeling downhill.  Starts off slowly, but gradually increases speed until finally coming to a rest at the bottom.  The pacing of this book is exactly like that.  Add in liberal amounts of tension and you have this book.

The author has created a story fraught with suspense and action.  I really felt thrust into the middle of the citadel with the crew, and whereas before we were dealing with confusion and instability, here we have desperation and a tangible sense of hopelessness.

For me, the quiet of the ending was perfect.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

LolaLola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Review & #giveaway – Faking It with Damian by DJ Hunnam @DJHunnamAuthor @xpressotours

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Book details:

Faking It with Damian by DJ Hunnam
Publication date: January 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance

Damian.jpgSynopsis:

I don’t do relationships… especially not with egotistical jerks like my new boss, Damian Wood. The man is vile, arrogant, condescending… and scorching hot. If he weren’t my boss and a grade-A a*&hole, I would turn on my world-famous charm and seduce the pants right off the man. But giving in to his undeniable allure might just cost me my job. Or worse yet, my heart.

I’m a prick…and Janice Holder’s new boss. Which means I should stay away, but I’ve never claimed to be a nice guy. If I don’t get my twisted fascination under control, it will only be a matter of time before I bend her over my desk and screw her. Hard. The way I’ve imagined no fewer than a thousand times since we met. I’m playing with fire and neither of us can afford to get burned, but landing in hot water might just be worth the risk.

Faking It is a full-length, standalone office romance. It contains steamy scenes with a ton of heat and strong language intended for mature audiences.

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I’m going to start this review by saying that, overall, I really enjoyed it.  However, I really struggled to like Janice.  She struck me as a somewhat arrogant and self absorbed character, and despite attempts to soften her, she never quite won me over.

Damian is also all of those things, but for me at least, he was easier to connect with.  I don’t think that this is me applying double standards, I just felt that the way he presented was more relatable than Janice.

And steamy scenes?  Oh my.  This office romance might easily be considered as NSFW.

The wider story arc is a reasonable one.  The connection between the two lead characters is compelling and well executed.

At the risk of repeating myself, overall, I really enjoyed it!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author

 

First introduced to the genre by her grandmother, DJ Hunnam is an author with a true love for great romance novels. After reading hundreds of them over the last twenty years, she finally decided to put pen to paper and craft her own happily ever afters (HEA). She loves to write about strong heroines who fall in love with even sexier heroes, while tackling real-world problems. Her books are packed with sizzling scenes sure to make you blush.

A scientist by day and author by night, DJ Hunnam straddles the fence between the mundane and the erotic on a daily basis. When she isn’t writing, you might find her curled up with a book, chasing her two wild sons, or pursuing her own HEA with her husband of ten years. She’s a sucker for dark chocolate, a good bottle of Malbec, and a sexy six-pack.

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New Release & Review – Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J. C Andrijeski @jcandrijeski

Book & Author Details:

Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J C Andrijeski
Publication date: 22nd April 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Adult

RookFrom 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.

“You are the Bridge…”

Allie Taylor lives in a world populated by seers, a second race discovered on Earth at the beginning of the 20th Century. Psychic, hyper-sexual and enslaved by governments, corporations and wealthy humans, seers are an exotic fascination to Allie, but one she knows she’ll likely never encounter, given how rich you have to be to get near one.

Then a strange man shows up at her work –– then another –– and pretty soon Allie finds herself on the run from the law, labeled a terrorist and in the middle of a race war she didn’t even know existed. Yanked out of her life by the mysterious and uncommunicative Revik, Allie discovers her blood may not be as “human” as she always thought, and the world of seers might not be quite as distant as she always imagined.

When Revik tells her she’s the Bridge, a mystical being meant to usher in the evolution of humanity––or possibly its extinction––Allie must choose between the race that raised her and the one where she might truly belong.

A psychic end of the world story with romance, a cyberpunk flair and apocalyptic, metaphysical leanings akin to the Matrix.

NOTE: An alternate version of this book was previously published as book 1 in the “ALLIE’S WAR” series (this version has been heavily 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.*

ROOK is book 1 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: SHIELD (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #2) – 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.

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If you like your books with complex world building, and detailed, intricate mythology and history, with wonderfully deep character development then this book might just be for you!

Now obviously, I don’t want to give anything away, but parts of the relationship story between Allie and Revik hurt my heart.  The author seems to do that to me with regularity, which is a testament to the strength of her writing.  But don’t get misunderstand, the relationship within these pages has a very different feel to the Quentin Black stories.  There is a sense of yearning which just drew me in.

This is not a book which is a superficial read.  This is the kind of book that you have to focus on – that’s really not a chore though when the writing and the pacing is as good as this.  The way the web weaves together is really very clever.

I look forward to reading more in the series.

 

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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