Review of ‘Moon Fever’ by Ileandra Young

Danika has a fight on her hands, whichever way you look at it. Within SPEAR she has to assert her authority in the face of interference, her love life with girlfriend Rayne is never going to be easy- and she has rogue werewolves to deal with. 

I haven’t read the first in the SPEAR series, but I didn’t find that a problem. I was able to get into the story and understand Danika and her world. And what a world! I like the whole premise. Ileandra Young has a wonderfully irreverent and forthright style and it works. It’s particularly effective in the first person narrative she has chosen. Her imaginative writing and compelling characters kept me gripped. I’ll be looking forward to more from this particular author.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Coyote Blues’ by Karen F Williams

Psychotherapist Riley Dawson was abandoned on the Appalachian trail as a newborn. A well-to-do young couple adopt her and life seems great, until her lycanthropic genes reassert themselves and she turns into a werecoyote. First love and sexual exploration with her best friend Fiona trigger the change, but having her parents witnesses the transformation leads to the end of her idyllic life. Abandoned for a second time, Riley becomes a therapist and carves out a life alone. Chosen family replace what she’s lost. When, twenty years later, Fiona Bell walks into her practice with huge problems of her own, Riley must find a way to help her. She also has to find a way to deal with her emotions – and stop Fiona finding out she’s a werecoyote. Can she help Fiona without putting her own future on the line?

I really like Riley. She was strong and capable, despite the enormous hurdles she had to overcome. Fiona was the love of her life, but circumstances and family kept them apart. They needed each other, but how on earth could they ever be a couple when the world seemed to be conspiring against them? The secondary characters were also well written. I especially liked Barbara. Her interventions were spot on and she made the other characters stop and think. 

‘Coyote Blues’ is a story with many layers.  Thwarted love, the fear of being found out, intense peril and ever-heightening tension . But there was also friendship, chosen family and hope. There was always hope. An excellently plotted story with twists that had me gasping.  I really enjoyed this book. 

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My Top 12 Books of 2019

I found it so difficult to narrow down my list of favourite books this year. And even more difficult put them in order of preference. I loved them all. So, this is my top twelve,  and in alphabetical order. I highly recommend all of these books and will certainly be re-reading them again in 2020. 

Alone by E.J. Noyes

Blood of the Pack by Jenny Frame

Borage by Gill McKnight

Breathe by Cari Hunter

Coming Home by K.J.

Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones

Galileo by Ann McMan

Legacy by Charlotte Greene

Spinning Tales by Brey Willows

Steel City Confidential by Anne Hagan

The Sovereign of Psiere by K Aten

Uncharted by Robyn Nyx

Review of ‘Embracing Forever’ by K Aten

K Aten makes the unbelievable, believable. ‘Embracing Forever’ is the second story in The Blood Resonance series and is the ideal blend of paranormal, mystery, romance and hot, hot sex. The world she has built was beautifully done and felt so real to me. It seemed perfectly natural that vampires and werewolves live among us. 

Sarah Colby, a fairly new vampire, lives with her lover Keller, a woman who has lived for centuries, always looking for her soul-mate. Their life together, and that of their family, comes under attack, and they must find who is threatening them. Before it’s too late. There was an interesting tension throughout as they struggled to find and subdue those who wished them harm. There was also a sexual tension that was amped up to eleven! It was scorching – and very imaginative. Some of these scenes should be read in private, that’s all I’m saying. I loved the family vibe of the story, as those with other blood became bonded to each other, out of necessity but also out of love. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, ‘Running From Forever’, but this is even better. I highly recommend it.

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Review of ‘Blood of the Pack’ by Jenny Frame

Family, loyalty, love and passion- that’s what ‘Blood of the Pack’ is essentially about. Kenrick Wulver is about to become the Alpha of her pack in the Scottish Highlands. And she’s struggling with the changes this will mean. She visits the Wolfgang Pack in the States to try and learn some of the new responsibilities she’ll be expected to master. While there she comes across a wounded submissive wolf and feels something she’s never felt before. Zaria is from the Lupan Pack and has been on the run for years from their cruelty and abuse. She can never trust a dominant wolf and tries to keep Kenrick at arms length. But it becomes increasingly difficult to resist.

The story is about gaining trust and also about  being open to other wolves. I loved the world she’s built for this story and although I haven’t read the previous books in the series, its not a problem.  The descriptions of Wulver Forest were so evocative and I was completely entranced. As well as being about family and community- a theme throughout Ms Frame’s books, she also gets across that aching need in her characters. The need for a mate and the joy and pain that brings. Kenrick and Zaria are drawn to each other, but it’s never that simple. The building of a relationship is written with such tenderness and care and I never once doubted the love they felt for each other. The sex scenes were beautifully done. Jenny Frame writes the hottest, most imaginative sex in all of her books. And she always finds a way to bring in something unusual and surprising. She certainly did in this one. They were wild and passionate and scorching. I loved this book so much that I’ll have to go and read the rest in the series now. Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review.

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Review of ‘Silver Collar (Garoul #4)’ by Gill McKnight

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As a huge fan of the Garoul Series I couldn’t wait to get started on this volume. We are back in Little Dip and with the family of werewolves, headed by Alpha ,Marie Garoul. Luc Garoul is on the run after causing havoc in Canada and in Little Dip. Her twin sister Ren is desperate to find her and help Marie treat the serious illness she is obviously suffering from. Someone else is hunting her down too and the repercussions could be dire. Emily wants to prove the existence of werewolves and make the Garouls pay for what she believes they have done to her family.

The story was most unexpected and fascinating. Luc and Emily get off to a very unusual start and how this develops was very inventive and complex. I loved that the rest of the Garouls were involved but getting to know Luc and Emily was the best part of the story. I have now read every book in this series and I implore Gill McKnight to hurry up and bring out the next one. I can hardly wait!

Review of ‘Ambereye’ by Gill McKnight

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The Garoul Series just gets better and better. In ‘Ambereye’ Jolie Garoul is a nightmare boss, with definite ideas about her work life that no-one has been able to shift. That is until she gets a new PA, Hope, friend of her brother and the sunshine in the office. Hope is newly returned to work after a life-threatening Illness and has no intention of become involved with anyone. Jolie has never shown the slightest interest in anyone romantically but Hope’s presence is causing strange physical reactions in her. When they go to the family compound in Little Dip unusual happenings and strange comments begin to make Hope wonder what is going on. I loved this story. Wondering when Hope was going to twig that they were werewolves kept me reading on and on. Jolie was so vulnerable, sweet and at times sad. The family feeling was warm and safe and welcoming and I wanted Hope to be part of it. The sex scenes were hot and passionate and edgy. But it was the obvious love and loyalty that really got to me. Another wonderful Garoul story.

 

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Review of ‘Goldenseal’ by Gill McKnight

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I loved this book. Having just read ‘Little Dip’ which told the story of how it all began for Marie and Connie and the Garoul Series, I was desperate to get the whole set. ‘Goldenseal’ is the story of Amy and Leone and lets the reader see the world of the Garouls from the point of view of someone completely in the dark about it all. Amy may have spent a lot of her childhood on the compound with her aunt Connie but that doesn’t mean she is party to all of their secrets. When she comes back to help with the almanac the family Publishing company puts out every year, she begins to notice things and ask questions. The mystery behind it all was fascinating and at times a bit scary. The whole atmosphere of secrecy was oppressive and added to the menacing feeling. It was also sexy and romantic and caring. The relationship between Amy and Leone was fraught with problems but I couldn’t help rooting for them. I’m now off to read the next in the series as I am well and truly hooked.

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Review of ‘Little Dip – Garoul Series V’ by Gill McKnight

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This is the first Garoul Series book I’ve read and it won’t be the last. In fact I’m so enamoured by the Garoul clan that I am going to have to go and read every single one of them as soon as possible. I know Gill McKnight is a talented writer, having read several of her books already, but I didn’t realise just how good until now. She has a brilliant turn of phrase, and has truly mastered the art of sarcasm – and I can’t resist a sarcy woman.

Connie Fortune, wildlife photographer and illustrator takes a trip into the wilds of Oregan hoping to find an elusive cuckoo. She finds more than she bargained for when she becomes embroiled in the lives of the Garouls. Matriarch Sylvie is intriguing but it’s her daughter Marie that captures Connie’s attention. Not that Connie wants her attention captured, but sometimes things don’t go the way we plan. What exactly is going on at the Garoul compound? Why can’t she stay well away – and why is Marie and her infuriating ways constantly on her mind?

I liked the Garouls, they were fascinating and I wanted to know more – much more. Marie was unbelievably sexy and when she was around things were hot, primal and urgent. The story was addictive and engrossing and I loved it. I need a lot more of the same – and soon.

I was given this ARC by Dirt Road Books in return for an honest review.

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