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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Beth Jumper Book Cop/Crime Demons Gay Heat Index m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Misunderstanding Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Race/Species Difference Secret Identity Shifter Spooky! vampire

Spooky Review: Hunter of Demons (SPECTR #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

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Blurb

Unregistered paranormal Caleb Jansen only wants a normal life. But when a demon murders his brother, Caleb knows he has to avenge Ben’s death, no matter what the cost. Unfortunately, his only allies belong to an extremist group who would kill Caleb if they found out about his talent.

Gray is a wandering spirit, summoned to hunt and destroy demons by drinking their blood. This hunt goes horribly wrong, and for the first time in his existence Gray is trapped in a living, human body. Caleb’s body…and Caleb is still in it.

Hotshot federal agent John Starkweather thinks he’s seen it all. But when he’s called to exorcise Caleb, he finds a creature which isn’t supposed to exist outside of stories. For Gray is a drakul: a vampire.

Having spent his life avoiding the government as an unregistered ‘mal, Caleb can’t let himself trust a federal exorcist, no matter how sexy. And he certainly isn’t going to give into the heat growing between them and sleep with Starkweather.

Can Starkweather win Caleb’s trust and convince him he isn’t the enemy? Can Caleb keep Gray under control, as the drakul experiences the temptation of a living body for the first time?

Because if he fails and Gray gives in to bloodlust, Starkweather will have no choice but to kill them both.
Novella: 33,643 words

Review
This is a great start to an epic story. We are given a snapshot of this world where Caleb has hidden his abilities and John has settled into his job and Grey is suddenly finds himself in a situation he has never been in before.

For a short story there is a lot of information packed in. This is set up in a series of novellas so you can sit and read each one in one setting. And since this series is finished you don’t have to wait to find out what happens next

Rating 4.5 of 5 stars

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3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Boss/employee Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Gay Giveaway Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Length m/m Mary D Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) PTSD Purchased Rating Spooky!

Spooky Review: Beast Audiobook by Allison Cassatta and Tracey Michael Narrated by KC Kelly

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Blurb
Ara Costas has it all—riches, power, and the kind of beauty that attracts all the right people. He’s flying high and loves his life, until a serious car accident leaves him horribly scarred. Ara becomes an angry recluse, hiding away in his Chicago high-rise apartment, running his multimillion-dollar business from behind a computer screen.

Ilias Adams is a quiet farm boy who keeps his nose buried in books. A great education and stellar resume land him a job as Ara’s assistant and liaison to the board of directors. Little did he know when he signed up for this dream job that he’d end up working for the world’s moodiest, most uptight boss.

Ilias is scared of Ara at times, but he recognizes the challenge he faces when he meets Ara and sees the reason for the man’s anger. Ara is guarded and suspicious, since he can’t believe anyone can bear to look at him. Despite all this, Ilias is determined to turn the beast into a beauty again, at least on the inside, and tear down the walls Ara has so carefully constructed around him

Review
Narcissistic, self absorbed and arrogant Ara thinks of no one but himself. Not caring or seeing how he hurts those around him with his attitude. It is this same attitude that keeps him hidden from the world when he thinks the scars from the car accident are too hideous. Such a strong willed man. But instead of using that strength to pull himself through he hides. I liked the pace of this story. Ara had a real struggle overcoming his fears and it was Ilias’s gentle persistence that finally got through. Ilias didn’t see him as the monster he always thought he had become. Ilias is relatively inexperienced and wears his heart on his sleeve. The old Ara could easily hurt Ilias but he sees an honesty that is enticing and worth striving to change for. I enjoyed seeing the story from Ara’s point of view and listening to his internal struggles. I think if Ilias point of view had been included I would have judged Ara quite harshly and not seen the effort Ara makes in such a favourable light. I was also glad to see that Ara still remains somewhat vain and there was not a dramatic personality change just an awakening of how his actions affect others. The story made me think about how much influence we let other people’s opinions direct our life. Ara was always concerned about what other people would think of his scars so he never went out and stayed in the shadows.

KC Kelly’s narration was ok for me. He’s not one of the best narrator’s when it comes to accents but he does have a lovely rich voice. I didn’t recognise the accent he used as Ara, who is from Greek heritage, but it has been a long time since I heard it last. I also thought Ilias sounded older than his character is supposed to be, but that is just my impression. I still thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story KC Kelly has quite a soothing sound.

3 stars out of 5

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5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Bi-Sexual Book Demons Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Length m/m Mary D Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Music/Rock Star Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Re-Release Spooky! Trans vampire

Spooky Review: Jazz Singer Audiobook by Nya Rawlyns Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Acid-Jazz-Singer-Audiobook/B075FFHHBP/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1506531207&sr=1-1

Blurb
Her name was RayLee. They called her the Acid Jazz Singer, her sultry voice mesmerizing human and demon alike. She’d been running for three years from her maker and only Travis McKenzie stood between her and the darkness that had become her life.
Travis hunted the hit squads of demons and paid lip service to the sheriff of the city. The half-blood had gifts of the magic shifting kind – and something more. It made him a stone cold killer and the only thing that mattered in his life was safeguarding the woman he was falling in love with.
The singer and the protector had a history. But that history changed when a southern bigot vamp turned Travis’ friend into a travesty – neither man, nor woman – but both. Travis fell hard for the trans known as RayLee. He was having a harder time dealing with his best friend, Ray.
Then the game changes, and Travis and Ray have to rely on an assassin with a secret agenda and uncertain loyalties.
Vladimira was the oldest of her kind, an enforcer – a gun for hire to the highest bidder. Vamp, human, demon. It didn’t matter. It was all about the job – until the stakes changed and she found a reason to care.
When the demon comes to claim Ray, Travis must walk through the bowels of hell to save the only being on earth he cares about.
The problem is – who is going to save Travis from himself?

Review

To be honest I’m not sure I would have chosen this audiobook book myself but after listening to it I would have missed out on a fantastic story. I was so caught up in what happens to Ray/RayLee and Travis that I had to know what happens next. The story kept up a good pace but the flashback sections did leave me a little confused at times and I had to listen to that bit again. But the journey is so worth it. Travis never seems to get a break and it makes an exciting story.
I applaud the unique characters created by Nya Rawlyns. They inspired so many feelings in me. There were times I loved them, hated them, felt sorry and angry and cried for them. I felt for RayLee trapped partway through transition, never being able to finally be who she is. And Travis having difficulty understanding his feelings for him/her. Into the mix comes a Vampire for hire. Is she after Ray/RayLee or Travis? More questions and suspense. This is a superb start to the series and I am eager for the next part.

Michael Ferraiuolo’s excellent narration along with the detailed descriptions made such a vivid picture. The story is told from Travis’s point of view and Michael Ferraiuolo’s characterisation of him really brings him alive. I also liked the defined switch between Ray and RayLee. If you like action and suspense with a touch of romance I absolutely recommend listening to Acid Jazz Singer

5 of stars out of 5

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6 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Anna Book Fan Art Friends to lovers Gay Giveaway Heat Index High but not hopeless Historical Homophobia Karrie Jax m/m Magic Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Mystery Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Speculative Fiction Spooky! Virgin

Spooky Review: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) Audiobook by Jordan L. Hawk Narrated by Julian G. Simmons

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Widdershins-Audiobook/B00CYRDVS0/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1506537687&sr=1-2

Blurb

Some things should stay buried.

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.

So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.

As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?

Review

Trying to review a book 2 years after you read it the first time, might seem kind of strange and also like an impossible task. Fortunately, I have re-read this book, and the entire series in fact, several times over by now, which might show you the level of enthusiasm I have with regards to this series.

On my very first listen of book one, I wasn’t too sure about the narrator, Julian G. Simmons to start with. But he grew on me and it didn’t take long before he was completely under my skin. Three re-listen’s later he IS Whyborne and noone else will do.

The first time I listened I was literally exhausted when I finished. It was such an exiting story and my comments made whilst reading probably sums the experience up quite well:
• 20%: This is gonna be bloody brilliant! I want to know about the sands, tell me! Now!
• 25%: “And then the candle burst into flame.” Argh! I resent my own rules forbidding me to continue this until tomorrow in the car!
• 50%: Was I the only one, who actually shouted out loud: “It’s a trap! Get out!”
• 65%: I really do not have the time to go to work right now! People have risen from the grave and are stealing papyrus for goodness sake!
• 80%: No, Whyborne, no! No, no, no!
• 90%: I cannot believe I have to abandon them right now and go to work! Surely there must be some kind of leave that covers: “I cannot possible concentrate on work as Griffin is being held captive by the Brotherhood and Whyborne is deep undercover in very dangerous company!”
This is a historical paranormal mystery at it’s finest with a romance thrown in, and it is delicious. Ms. Hawk is a true storyteller and the narration of this book is so well done that you are completely immersed into the story. Even when listening for the third time I still get caught in the action, even if I know exactly what will happen next.

Read it! Or even better, listen to it! Greatly recommended. I was so thoroughly entertained all the way through, that this deserves all the stars I can give it.

6 out of 5 stars

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October’s Theme: Spoooky! Featuring Jordan L Hawk!

It’s that time of year again!!!

This year, in addition to featuring (at least) one “spooky” title each day, we’re also going to feature the amazing Jordan L Hawk!

 

Her amazing paranormal series: Whyborne and Griffin

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