Coming Soon! Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

Riptide Presents on April 9th 2018

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/magic-runs-deep

Blurb

For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.

Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.

However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.

Review

This is more of a fantasy with a bit of romance. There is no steam, and the physical nature of their relationship is hinted at only.

The writing was wonderful and the world-building well-done, however, this isn’t my thing. While I could appreciate the skill in the author’s ability, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this if I’d known that the romance was a secondary issue rather than the main pursuit.

I think fans of high fantasy and people looking for LGTBQ MCs without romance as the central theme will really enjoy this. If you’re like me and you crave the romance, you might be disappointed.

No rating.

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Recent Release: The Calling by M.D. Neu

Nine star Press
https://www.amazon.com/Calling-M-D-Neu-ebook/dp/B078HGXBX7/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519394410&sr=1-1&keywords=M.D.+Ne

Blurb
Being a nobody isn’t Duncan Alexander’s life goal, but it’s worked for him. He has a nondescript job, a few good friends, and overall he’s content. That’s until one fateful trip to San Jose, California, where he is “Called” to meet the mysterious Juliet de Exter. Juliet is a beautiful, wealthy, powerful Immortal who is undertaking The Calling—a search for a human to join her world of Immortals. Inexplicably, Duncan’s calling is more dangerous than any of the Immortals, even Juliet, ever thought it would be.

There is more to this nobody, this only child of long-deceased parents, than anyone thought. When Duncan experiences uncontrollable dreams of people he doesn’t know and places he hasn’t been, Juliet and the other Immortals worry. Soon, his visions point to a coven of long-dead witches. The dreams also lead Duncan to his one true love. How will Duncan navigate a forbidden romance with an outcast Immortal? How will he and the others keep the balance between the Light and Dark, survive vicious attacks, and keep the humans from learning who they truly are? More importantly, who is this implacable foe Duncan keeps seeing in his dreams?

Review
My first thoughts when I started reading this book was where is this going. The reader is left to ponder the mysterious circumstances of Duncan feeling the pull to come to San Jose. When I did get more into the story I was equally intrigued and impatient to know what happens next. So much happens, changes and becomes revealed I couldn’t stop until I found out more. The Author provides a lot of details which helps the flow of the story. To be honest after reading the blurb I was expecting a paranormal a story but not necessarily vampires. It was a good surprise especially as I found this story to be an interesting new take on it. The whole hierarchy and customs are well developed making it a credible scenario. I especially liked that although we understand a lot has to happen for Duncan and Kirtus to be together, it’s kept off page. The romance between them is written very well and feels a natural development. The conclusion ties up a lot of lose ends nicely but frustratingly opens the door to more books.I only say frustratingly because I hate the carrot of the next story dangled in front of me if I can’t read it yet!

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Wild Wild Hex (Hexworld #3.5) by Jordan L. Hawk

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36489289-wild-wild-hex

Blurb

Can a lawman witch find love with an outlaw familiar?

After weeks spent tracking down the gentleman bandit Rafael, Hexas Ranger Enoch Bright finally has the outlaw in his sights. He doesn’t expect to find out Rafael is his familiar.

When Enoch runs afoul of the murderous Bone Gang, he and Rafael strike a deal to take down the gang together. As lawman and outlaw work together, Enoch soon realizes the next thing the gentleman bandit steals will be his heart.

 

 

Review

This has to rank up near the top as my favorite in this series!

 

I absolutely loved Enoch and swooned over Rafael. The two have such amazing chemistry and the fact that they acted on their attraction practically from the beginning insured that the entirety of this short story was absolutely steamy!

 

In addition to their physical attraction, there is also a lovely and deep emotional connection that we get to see develop as the two work together to defeat the Bone Gang (great name right???).

 

This was a perfect short story for this series and fans won’t want to miss it.

 

Anyone not yet hooked on the series will be able to read this just fine and should – so they can see what they’re missing!

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Hexslayer (Hexworld #3) by Jordan L. Hawk Narrated by Tristan James

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Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Hexslayer-Audiobook/B077399YYJ?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=9SJ6MS0DHPWGPRZMG9Q2&

Blurb
Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.

Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.

Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.

Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.

It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

I love this series by Jordan L Hawk! It’s not my typical style, so that’s a surprise in itself, but Jordan is an amazing writer so it’s not really a surprise at all.

This series takes place in the past, with a lot of magic and is in a world where shifters (familiars) and witches are part of the main population. In fact the witches are the police and pretty much everything is run with some form of magic – but – it’s still a very harsh world and magic doesn’t necessarily preclude technological advances. It’s fascinating!

We’ve met Nick before, but you don’t have to read these books in order (necessarily) to read this one. However, I do recommend it, not only because they are so good, but because it gives a lot of background.

In this story – Nick – who hates witches – for a variety of reasons – must bond with one in order to help the ferals (unbonded familiars) who are his passion.

Poor Jamie is a “war hero” with a hole in his heart the size of New York. He can’t help but be attracted to Nick even though everything in him screams to stay away.

This is a wonderful enemies to lovers romance, with a mystery and a lot of action. We also get some social commentary and a look at how society manages “the good of all at the price of one”.

The “monster” at the end of this nearly broke my heart – but it was a wonderfully sweet and happy ending. I love these guys together and I think this just might bump book one out of line as my favorite in the series.

I literally laughed and cried and held my breath while reading this – if you’re a fan of the series or the author you won’t want to miss this. If you’ve never read anything by the author I’d suggest this series as it’s wonderful and not as long as some of the others, but I’m sure you’ll want to move on to those as well!

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Audio

What can I say about Tristan James that I haven’t before? He’s just so damn good! He’s got this amazingly sensual voice, a terrific Irish accent, a great sense of timing and wonderful emotional depth to his voice that makes stories like this magical.

I loved reading this story but listening is absolutely the way to go. It’s like being given an inside look into this world and being able to listen in on their lives.

Tristan absolutely NAILS Nick’s voice and his “horse” mannerisms!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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Darkling by Brooklyn Ray

Nine Star Presents on January 8, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36572967-darkling?from_search=true

Blurb

Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course.

Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.

Dark magic runs through Ryder’s veins. The cards have prophesized a magical catastrophe that could shake the foundation of Ryder’s life, and a vicious partnership with the one person he doesn’t want to risk.

Magic and secrets both come at a cost, and Ryder must figure out what he’s willing to pay to become who he truly is.

Review

This is more about Ryder learning and growing and coming into his own more than a romance. Maybe romantic fiction? It’s got a definite YA/NA feel and the steam is pretty low.

However, it’s fascinating! Ryder is trans and there are some other non-traditional folks in this story – but that’s not the focus. Which is awesome! It just is. Instead, the true story is about Ryder dealing with his own duality in the paranormal world and what that means to him and his family and friends.

It’s a really detailed and unique world the author has given us and if you’re at all interested in witchcraft – this is for you!

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Out of the Ashes (Asheville Arcana #1) by Ari McKay Narrated by Andrew McFerrin

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/out-of-the-ashes-by-ari-mckay-8594-b

Blurb

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

OMG this was so unexpected! I’m not sure what I thought this was going to be – exactly – but what it is is a “city boy meets country boy” mixed with a bit of “fated mate but, I can’t have him”. There’s a terrific mystery – it’s actually pretty sad at times- and I’m usually not that interested in the mystery!

I loved all the various fantasy elements like the dryads and the very spiritual qualities that overlaid the basic philosophy – especially of Arden.

The smexy times are smokin’- definitely a hotter than usual story for this line of books!

(My only complaint was that Eli’s language got a bit tedious – it was a bit too “good ol boy for me.)

I’m super excited to see more from this series!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Andrew McFerrin rocked this! He did a fantastic job matching characters with voices and providing an entire CAST with unique and appropriate accents. This was a delight to listen to and absolutely added to my overall enjoyment!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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Guardian of Magic by Dominique Frost

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36388756-guardian-of-magic?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

When a god falls in love with a mortal, the entire world begins to change.

“Guardian of Magic” is a passionate paranormal romance with a dash of magic.

Brady is a witch without a familiar, which means that he can’t get a witchery license to practice magic professionally. Just when he’s about to give up on his dream job, he finally does get a familiar, but the little black cat that chooses him is far more than it appears.

Brady’s ordinary-seeming familiar is in fact a god in disguise, an ancient guardian of magic named Malachai who has been watching Brady for a long time… and is determined to make Brady his.

When Malachai asks Brady to become his eternal companion, Brady must decide between the freedom of being a mortal or the burden of immortality. Will immortality be worth it for a love that will last forever?

Review

This was absolutely amazing! This is a “new to me” author, but I’m absolutely going to be looking for them in the future!

For me, a book that I can’t put down will capture me right from the start with a premise that has me hoping/wondering from page one. It will also have some humor, probably an underdog, and mix in some magic/powers – booyah! That’s my kind of story.

Since Brady is getting on in years, he’s been shunned for his lack of familiar. However, there’s a lot more to Brady’s story than that. When he meets Malachai he’s so psyched – but… it’s even better than that because Malachai is a God! Talk about getting more than you baragained for.

His being mated to a God has some unprecedented consequences and we get to see him learn and grow magically as well as personally.

This struck all the right notes with me and I highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

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Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-consumption-of-magic-by-tj-klune-9026-b

Blurb:
Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future. A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

Review:
And the adventure continues! … Let me start of by saying I loved this book. It is still very funny, but there is a serious tone that pervades the storyline; a sense of foreboding that something unpleasant is going to happen– and it does. But the journey, (almost 400 pages), is worth it. We learn more about Randall, Morgan and Myrin and why Myrin wants Sam. Oh, and we meet new dragons ☺
It’s hard to describe the story without some spoilers, so I won’t, just know 2 things – 1. If you’ve invested in the journey thus far, (from The Lightning-Struck Heart), then you’ll love this book and 2. When you finish said book, you’ll want to howl because of the events that happen AND because the story ends on a cliffhanger, (but you know this if you’ve read Destiny).

The gang is still together with some changes– Tiggy shines a bit more, Ryan calls Sam on his bullsh*t a bit more and Prince Justin has joined them on their quest –quel surprise! And let’s not forget Gary and Kevin. They still have that thing where they think Sam is their son. I will leave you with a snippet that made me laugh out loud in public (I may never be allowed back to that shop).

“How much will we get for Sam’s dowry?” Kevin asked Gary. “I’ve never had to sell off one of my children before.” “I don’t know,” Gary said through his tears. “He’s a little defective, so we should probably be up-front that all sales are final.”

PS – How soon will it be appropriate to start clamouring for the audiobook *side eyes author and narrator – you know who you are*

5 out of 5– I absolutely loved it!

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Holidays: A Christmas Hex By: Jordan L. Hawk Narrated by: Tristan James

Audible Link:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/A-Christmas-Hex-Audiobook/B0777QQWYS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1510515857&sr=1-1

Blurb
Roland knows he will never find love. Everyone views wolf familiars like himself as dangerous beasts, unable to rein in their savage impulses. He’s resigned himself to his fate—or so he thinks, until he meets the dashing Augustus Cao. His witch.
Gus is on the trail of a gang of thieves, and Roland holds an important clue. Even though they can never bond, Roland can’t pass up the opportunity to spend a night with his witch.Can Roland conceal his secret, while helping Gus catch the thieves? Or will the handsome detective be the one to steal his heart?

Review

Book Reviewed Here Previously
Another tremendously sweet, full of magic and adventure, wonderful story from Jordan L Hawk’s hexworld!
I think I love the variety of familiars the best. They’re not quite just shifters but they have those elements. I thought it was a lovely tool, the way the author used the bias against wolves as a way to demonstrate another type of bigotry. It’s all the same, no matter the originating belief.
Jordan is an amazing writer and this was really fun!
Highly recommended to fans of the series, but I’d read them in order to really enjoy this, though it could probably(?) be read on it’s own.

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Listening to this reminded me of watching old Christmas movies or detective shows from the 50s – black and white – full of grit and sort of noir. Tristan James hit the tone spot on! He gave the thugs this fabulous New York accent and managed to convey the hodge podge of accents that are Roland and Gus. He was melodramatic and perfect! I was entranced! This is a wonderful story and so good for the season! Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars
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Audiobook: Hexslayer By: Jordan L. Hawk Narrated by: Tristan James

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Hexslayer-Audiobook/B077399YYJ/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1510768869&sr=1-1

Blurb
Hexworld, Book 3
Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.
Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.
Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.
Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.
It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything – including his life.

Review
Book Reviewed Here Previously

I love this series by Jordan L Hawk! It’s not my typical style, so that’s a surprise in itself, but Jordan is an amazing writer so it’s not really a surprise at all.

This series takes place in the past, with a lot of magic and is in a world where shifters (familiars) and witches are part of the main population. In fact the witches are the police and pretty much everything is run with some form of magic – but – it’s still a very harsh world and magic doesn’t necessarily preclude technological advances. It’s fascinating!

We’ve met Nick before, but you don’t have to read these books in order (necessarily) to read this one. However, I do recommend it, not only because they are so good, but because it gives a lot of background.

In this story – Nick – who hates witches – for a variety of reasons – must bond with one in order to help the ferals (unbonded familiars) who are his passion.

Poor Jamie is a “war hero” with a hole in his heart the size of New York. He can’t help but be attracted to Nick even though everything in him screams to stay away.

This is a wonderful enemies to lovers romance, with a mystery and a lot of action. We also get some social commentary and a look at how society manages “the good of all at the price of one”.

The “monster” at the end of this nearly broke my heart – but it was a wonderfully sweet and happy ending. I love these guys together and I think this just might bump book one out of line as my favorite in the series.

I literally laughed and cried and held my breath while reading this – if you’re a fan of the series or the author you won’t want to miss this. If you’ve never read anything by the author I’d suggest this series as it’s wonderful and not as long as some of the others, but I’m sure you’ll want to move on to those as well!

Highly Recommended!
5 of 5 stars

Audio

Tristan James is AMAZING! He handles the accents so beautifully as well as giving everyone really unique voices that match their characters. I loved how he interpreted Nick’s “horse” as well as Jamie’s accent. This is absolutely the best way to experience the story and feel immersed and the time and place. Highly recommended!!!!

6 of 5 stars
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