Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Michael's Soul Mate by Lorelei Moone - Blog Tour

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Michaels Soul Mate: A Steamy BBW Vampire Romance

by Lorelei Moone
Vampires of London, #2
Publication Date: November 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, BBW, Erotic, Romance

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Some vampires have trouble figuring out how they want to spend eternity, but playboy Michael Odell isn't one of them. He knows exactly what he wants: fine wines and beautiful women fuel his passion and he's made it his mission to sample as many of either as he can. Fate has other ideas. One night, on his way home, Michael discovers a woman lying face-down in an alley, who is losing the fight to live. There's only one way of saving her: The Ritual. Little does Michael know that this little act of mercy is going to change his life forever and before long he finds himself falling for the curvy stranger.

Anna doesn't remember how she ended up discarded at death's door in a dark alley, only that she woke up there. She doesn't even know her last name. After coming face-to-face with her gorgeous rescuer, she passes out again and finds herself in a lavish mansion with a new lease on eternal life.

Who - or more importantly, what - is she now? And the people who tried to kill her - why were they after her? Anna is determined to figure it all out for herself. But before her questions are answered, she has to learn that even in this new immortal existence, it's good to have friends - and perhaps a lover - by your side.

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Michael buttoned up his woolen overcoat as he stepped outside. It was a starless night; the dense cloud cover had made sure of that. There was a certain electricity in the air, which to him suggested it might be about to start snowing. 

Michael took a deep breath and closed his eyes. Yes, something was definitely coming. Could that be what had made him feel off for most of the night?

The frosty air surrounding the bar he'd just left seemed heavy with a great many aromas. Things that humans might never notice; for example, the scent of what remained of the fallen autumn leaves from that one tree down the street. 

Michael turned to face the opposite direction. Chinatown was at least a mile away, but he could smell the restaurants from here. 

He was tempted to stretch his legs a little and sprint home as fast as only a vampire could, but the roads were still too busy. He couldn't risk someone watching him as he seemingly disappeared into thin air. The Council didn't take kindly to vampires exposing themselves to humans at the best of times. Ever since the big showdown between Michael's friend and mentor Alexander and Council leader Julius, they'd been under extra scrutiny. Julius would jump at the chance to punish Michael for supporting Alexander. 

Things had really changed a lot in a short period of time, and not entirely for the better.

Michael opened his eyes again, resigned to the fact that he would either have to hail a cab or walk home at an excruciatingly slow, much more human-like pace.
He started to walk roughly in the direction of Hyde Park. If he found a quiet spot, he might still indulge himself in a little fun. As he crossed the busy street ahead, his nose caught a whiff of something unexpected, something metallic. 

Blood.

His instincts took over. He turned on his heel and sped up a little as he followed the smell. A low whimper urged him to speed up even further, but he couldn't risk going any faster if he didn't want to make a spectacle of himself. 

There was a dark passageway in between two large office buildings. He made his way through and found himself in a quiet courtyard, which housed a number of large garbage bins. A woman's foot peeked out from in between them. No human would have been able to see it in the dark, but Michael could. 

Her breaths were labored and becoming shallower, and her heartbeat was slowing. Michael pushed one of the bins aside and kneeled beside the woman, who lay face-down on the ground. 

It was obvious to him now; she was barely clinging on to life. He carefully turned her onto her back. Her lips had a purple tinge and her skin looked dry and unusually pale for a human. 

The two dark marks on her neck spoke volumes.

She'd been drained.

For but a split second, her eyelids fluttered open. She seemed to see him and opened her mouth to speak, but no sound came. Then she slipped back into unconsciousness.

Michael tensed up. He ought to leave, pretend he never found her. The last thing he needed was for someone to find him here, standing over a dying woman who had clearly been attacked by one of his own. But he couldn't bring himself to leave. 

How pretty she was, how fragile, as she clung to her last shred of humanity.

Why had she ended up like this? Killing was against the rules. And discarding a drained body out in public where it could so easily be discovered? That was sacrilege. 
His mind raced. Too many questions, not enough answers.  

Michael gazed down at her face; the slightly parted lips, despite their unnatural color, still looked full and luxurious. As did the rest of her, actually. She made a beautiful corpse. Such a waste. This woman would have been a sight to behold before someone had decided to take her life for themselves.

He ran the back of his index finger along the side of her face. She twitched slightly, seemingly in reaction to his touch, causing him to pull away again.

No, he would not leave her, discarded among these bins of office refuse. This wasn't the end she deserved. 

Michael closed his eyes and tried to focus. Her heartbeat had become irregular, as though her body was giving up the fight. If he didn't hurry, there wouldn't be any life left to save. 

Before he fully realized what he was doing, Michael nicked a vein in his wrist and pressed the newly created wound against her lips.

"Drink," he whispered. 

She was too far out of it, so he couldn't compel her to listen, but that wouldnt stop him. 

Then, he picked up one of her arms and brought it to his own lips. He waited for what felt like forever. Was she too far gone already?

"Drink or you'll die!" he urged again, fully aware she likely couldn't even hear him. 

Still, as more and more of his blood trickled out of the gash in his wrist, there was a subtle change in her. Her heartbeat seemed to strengthen. Her breaths became more controlled. 

And then, out of nowhere, her free hand jerked up to grab his wrist and press it tightly against her mouth. Finally, she drank in deep gulps as her body tried to recover what it had lost.

That was his cue.

He bit into the wrist he'd been holding already and allowed himself the smallest of tastes. That completed the cycle. The Ritual was done. 

She became still again and let go of his arm, her hand flopping down onto her stomach. Her eyes had remained shut throughout; she probably hadn't even realized what had just happened. 

He'd barely realized it too; he'd been acting purely on instinct. Now, as he stood up and inspected the smeared blood on his wrist, it hit him. He'd performed the Ritual. 

He'd created another vampire, tried to, anyway. 

That was something he'd vowed he'd never take as lightly as his own maker had.

She wasn't out of the woods yet; in fact, he wouldn't know if she'd even survive the change until the following night, but for some strange reason, he'd jumped in and impulsively made the biggest decision of his immortal life so far.


Things would never be the same again. 

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Cat has never been a social butterfly. The only reason she even agreed to go to the stupid Halloween party was because her friend and room mate Shelly wanted to attend. When she gets spooked upon almost falling into bed with the host, she's convinced it was all a big mistake. And what's worse, now people are stalking her wherever she goes!

Alexander Broderick has been hosting his annual Halloween parties for over a century. While his contemporaries use them as an excuse to engage in all kinds of debauchery, his own motives are more benign. He wants to converse, to get a feel for the times they live in through its people. But when Cat walks into his house, he forgets himself and is compelled to seduce her. There's only one problem: she's a so-called Blood Bride - a mortal woman whose blood smells so delicious that every vampire in town wants to drain her.

He knows he's the only one wanting to keep her safe, but can't act as long as she wants nothing to do with him. And then there's his own growing hunger to contend with. Can he protect her from the rest of the vampire community, as well as his own lethal cravings?

It' s the ultimate forbidden romance; the love between a mortal and a vampire. What is it that makes flirting with death so utterly tempting? Read on and find out.

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Lorelei Moone

Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she's not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.





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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Buried Secrets by JC Valentine - Blog Tour

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Buried Secrets

by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Thriller, YA, Suspense


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How do you live with yourself when you don't even know who you are?

On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while being thrust into a murder mystery, James finds himself trying to figure out which end is up while questioning his own sanity.

**AUTHORS NOTE** Buried Secrets is a New Adult, mystery thriller with very little romance but heavy on the suspense.


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5 Stars
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I have read most of this author's work which are mainly romance novels. This mystery suspense psychogical thriller is very different but it's quite a ride. Beautifully executed!

James is a scrawny thirteen year old who keeps to himself. He doesn't have any friends until he meets AJ in the woods where he always finds solace. They become good friends until James moves away from the small town of Oakridge, round about the time of the disappearance of a young girl. Something that haunts him!

James is now back in Oakridge, his parents' decision. He soon reconnects with AJ but James is no longer the same kid who left five years ago. Although he still values his solitude, he is more open to having friends. He even socialises occasionally and finds a girlfriend in Jen.

Another girl goes missing and being the new kid in town, he is instantly bound to be a suspect. It doesn't stop here as there are more disappearances. James finds himself caught in a dilemma. He thinks that he knows who the culprit might be but what if he is wrong!

What appears to be fairly obvious for most parts of this story is quite misleading and then the penny drops. When the past starts to resurface, everything starts to fall into place and here comes the big surprise! Whoa! Some revelation!

This story is nail biting! It's so well written that it's impossible to anticipate what really triggered the mystery surrounding this small town. It's a fantastic thriller with all the right ingredients and more!

I was glued to this book from the time I picked it up right to the end! Fully recommended to those who like to get stuck in a good psychological mystery thriller. There is a hint of the supernatural or is there? Worth finding out!

I received a complimentary eARC from IndieSage PR. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion. 

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Blackness surrounded him, its endless pools of ink swallowing him whole. He couldn't see his hand in front of his face, but he felt the terror seeping through his skin, past his bones and making its way down to his very soul.

James knew he was in the throes of one of his nightmares again. He could never make out a thing, just knew the feeling it left him with.

He tried to make himself wake up, but couldn't find his way out. The feeling that someone was coming for him caused panic to swell and his heart to accelerate, threatening to break free from his chest.

Not knowing what was coming, fear lacerating his insides, James started to run blindly. In his bed, his feet kicked out wildly, tangling in the linens and ratcheting up his terror, because to James, he was trapped.

His breathing labored and coming in short, sharp bursts, James cried out at the same time his body bolted upright in the bed. Sweat beaded on his brow and dampened his skin, his clothes suctioned to his body uncomfortably. He was clammy and winded, shaken, but he already felt better for knowing he was free from that awful feeling of suffocating terror that had threatened to overtake him just moments ago.  

Scrubbing his hands down his face, James breathed deeply, hanging his head to his chest while his body calmed. As his adrenalin levels normalized, and he began to feel more like himself, James gave a final sigh of relief. Stabbing his fingers through his hair, he was readying himself to try to go back to sleep when he looked up and choked on his breath.

His entire body went rigid in an instant. His breathing, his heartbeat. Everything ceased to work. In the next instant James threw himself back against his headboard, fear gripping him once again.

He couldn't believe what he was seeing. He would chance rubbing his eyes to be sure his vision was true, only he was too frightened of what he would find once he opened them again.


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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isnt sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelors in English and when she isnt writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke - Blog Tour

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Compromising Positions

by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary Romance

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Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he's put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend's little sister-in-law, doesn't have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She's everything David's never wanted. So he can't understand why he suddenly needs her so much.

Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she's far from it. He's also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn't be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.




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David tried to remember the last time he'd been to a grocery store. College maybe? If there was anything at all in his fridge, his sister had put it there. Kelly was wonderful about leaving ice cream and chips in her wake. 

"If we split the list, it will go faster." Sophie smiled up at him. 

"Okay." He shrugged, taking the torn piece of notebook paper from her hand. He scanned the items. All produce. 

"What's on your list?" he asked, taking it from her hand. More produce. He knew it. Women ate weird. His sister was the only sane woman in the entire world. 

The joy of having a nutritionist for a brother-in-law. "Craig's using me to test his latest diet plan," she explained. 

He took a step back and looked at her again. Even in sweats, she looked fit. "Why?" She waved her hand. 

"Who can keep track of Craig's reasons? I indulge him. To a point." 

"You should do his Deliver-Ease. It actually has real food, not just vegetables." And since the plan was run through Strong Gyms, utilizing it let him do a little quality control. 

She raised a dark eyebrow. "You're on his diet plan?"  

"You're not the only one who indulges Craig. Besides, it's easy. Comes right to the office. I don't even have to think about it." 

She looked at him in disbelief. "But why are you on a diet?"  

"I'm not." He pushed the cart forward, away from the lettuce. "Craig decided twenty years ago that he knew better than I did what I should be eating. It's a habit from way back."  He didn't want to get into his bodybuilding days. It had been an obsession for him for a while, something he and Craig had done together. But it was not an arena he had ever excelled in. He'd just gotten by. He wasn't comfortable being average. 

Sophie began to study the different lettuces so David attacked his list. "How did one pick out a cantaloupe?" He looked at the melons piled atop one another. Should he grab the one on top or did you study the specimens the way she was now sizing up the citrus? He picked up two, weighing each in his hands. How could a person possibly know which one to buy? He moved his hands together, eying the fruit, trying to squeeze them to find some difference. They looked exactly the same. She was suddenly in front of him, taking away the cantaloupes and replacing them with grapefruits. "This is much more realistic, David, unless youre into fakes." It took him a minute to realize her insinuation. "I was not, not"  he stammered Feeling up the fruit? "Sure you were." It's okay, your secrets are safe with me. Her smile told him she was teasing as she turned the cart toward the apples. 

He stomped after her. "I thought you weren't into apples."  He smiled as she blushed, obviously recalling her earlier lecture. 

"Apples can be good. As long as they are part of a whole bowl of fruit and not the only thing in the dish." She gave him a cocky grin. 


He laughed, full and deep. This girl was a piece of work. "You handle the fruit, since you are the expert. I'll stick with the vegetables." ! He couldn't help himself, as he brushed past her, he leaned in and whispered, "Just how big do you like your cucumbers?" 

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By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound, but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke, wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.




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The Fighter and the Baroness by Sunniva Dee - Blog Tour





The Fighter and the Baroness

Sunniva Dee

Publication date: November 29th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance






Victor Arquette knows the meaning of sacrifice. Destined to legendary status in mixed martial arts, his life is founded on it. Dedication equals sacrifice, and sacrifice means around-the-clock training, no partying, no junk food, no alcohol—and no women.
Helena von Isenlohe is the heiress to Kyria Castle. Due to her father’s lack of financial prowess, the restoration of the ancient German estate rests on Helena’s shoulders. A failed attempt leaves a wealthy man alone at the altar—and the fleeing bride on a plane to the United States.

A chance meeting, and Victor and Helena’s chemistry is undeniable. Except, her presence clutters his focus. Victor shouldn’t crave their nights, shouldn’t be concerned where she is or with whom. And meanwhile in Germany, Kyria Castle deteriorates at a suspicious speed, indebting Helena further to the man she left behind.

Victor and Helena believe in duty. They embrace sacrifice. But when love strikes, it strikes hard, and sometimes you have to choose where your heart is truly at home.





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HELENA

My cheeks warm with embarrassment at the people waiting behind me. A female employee helps me unclasp the diamond bracelet and matching necklace. The crown though is impossible to get out of my princess ’do.

“Can I wear it through the security portal?” I ask, broken shoes in one hand.

“No, I’m sorry. It will buzz,” the security person explains.
 “The portal is created to alert us to most metals besides gold and silver.”

I can’t tell him I wear gold. Real, irreplaceable, century-old heirlooms. He wouldn’t believe me anyway. “If it’s okay with you, I’d like to try.”

He lifts his arms in subtle agreement, a have-it-your-way, and I enter the booth, walk out without incident. 

Employees from two checkpoints stare at me while I pick my stuff off the band. I shake my head, slowly at first, but then I have nothing to say, no witty comeback, and my flight instinct kicks in. I get up on my toes so I don’t stumble in the too-long skirt and stride as slowly as I can into the transit hall.

I need to not stress the hell out. Just, I wish someone was with me to talk me down. I could call Elfriede. I don’t have my phone. I need a new phone. God, how pathetic am I?

Once I’m sure security isn’t following, I haul butt down the corridor. Tiles are cold under bare feet, it turns out. I’d step into my shoes again, but one of them is broken. Would people stare less if I limped and my heels creak-clacked against the floor?

A high-end fashion store beams in the distance. “We’ll help you blend in. Hurry, hurry,” it calls. I run. Benches are in the way. I’m getting clumsy. I’m panicking. 
Suddenly, a potted palm tree appears out of nowhere, half-blocking my view of the Promised Land, and my torso doubles around it as I slam to the ground.

I let out an ungraceful oomph. And realize I’m not on the ground after all. No, there’s an arm around me, and miraculously I’m on my feet, wobbly but sort of erect.

“You all right?” an American accent asks.

“I was going to Cloe’s over there,” I explain in German, pointing feebly and not feeling as regal as I’ve been taught. Dark eyebrows contract from within a tanned face above me.

“Sorry?” His arm is still strong around me, really freaking strong, and somehow I’ve got a death grip around it while trying to pry him off.

I translate the same stupid sentence to English. “I was going to Cloe’s. It’s over there.”

His brows are perfectly thick or thin and their arcs are so perfectly perfect they look like they’ve been combed, but then the furrow between them smoothens and I discover his eyes.

Oh.
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Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.





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Monday, November 28, 2016

In a Ranger's Arms by Donna Michaels - Blog Tour

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In a Rangers Arms

by Donna Michaels
The Men of At Ease Ranch, #1
Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance


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Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn't have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he's had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms, literally, his libido snaps to attention. Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she's worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food, in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It's a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Before she knows it, Jovy's tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone's ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she's faced with a new challenge, competing against Stone's sense of duty to win his heart.

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 5 Stars
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The veterans don't always have a fair deal once they have done their duties. Getting back into civilian life is quite daunting and the lack of support only adds to the problem. The author highlights these difficulties and has come up with a great concept. Veterans looking out for each other! 

Stone is an ex Army Ranger and has bought his grandfather's farm in partnership with his brother Brick, and two other ex servicemen. His aim is to provide them with a roof and other life necessities. Nothing else matters. He has zero interest in women after last year's incident involving one of his friends. 

Jovy is in competition with her cousin to take over the family business when her grandfather retires. Her task is to open up a vegan shop and make a profit within a month. In Texas! It's not going to be easy in a meat eating environment but she is up for the challenge. She made a promise and intends to keep it! 

Stone is Jovy's landlord. Having made all the transactions on line, they haven't met but have already formed an opinion about each other, mainly through a misunderstanding. They are both taken by each other on their first encounter and then Jovy opens her mouth and puts her foot in it! She calls her landlord a jackass without knowing who she is talking to. Oops! 

Once they have cleared up the misunderstanding, they find that they quite like each other's company. The strong connection between them becomes harder to ignore and they give in, fully aware that Jovy's stay is temporary. When there is a crisis, Jovy wholeheartedly steps in to help out, risking everything that she has worked for. Then something else goes wrong and the prospect of any future looks unattainable. Can they resolve their issues and come up with a solution? 

Although, this is a serious topic the author brings quite a bit of humour in the story. The interactions between Stone and his brother can be hilarious. Jovy and Stone are passionate about each other. There are some heartbreaking moments when everything looks hopeless. Stone's sense of duty to his cause is commendable. Lula Belle definitely brought a smile to my face. There isn't anything that I didn't like about this novel. Definitely worth reading. 

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It's all my mother's fault. She read to me when I was little and sparked my imagination. Now, my mind is the limit, and believe me, there's no limit to my mind. Hello, I'm Donna Michaels, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Award winning author of Romaginative fiction. I write romance through the HsHot, Humorous, Heartwarming reads with strong alpha cowboys and military men who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military fulltime, and a household of nine, and several rescued cats, I never run out of material. From short to epic, my books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation.



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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Archangel's Heart (#9 Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh



Author                       Nalini Singh 
Publication Date     1 November 2016 
Genre                         Adult Paranormal Romance 






One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangel lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, Guild Hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within - truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is . . .
Nothing will ever be the same again.





The Archangel's Heart takes place mainly in Lumia, a stronghold in Morocco. There resides Luminata, an angelic sect looking for luminescence. 

Raphael, the Archangel of New York has been "summoned" by the Luminata to attend a Cadre meeting. Lijuan hasn't made an appearance in two years and the Cascade is still loomimg, bringing about some unusual phenomenons. The waiting, not knowing is causing restlessness. 

Elena, Raphael's consort is growing in her abilities as an angel. She too is on edge about the forthcoming Cascade. She gets a reprieve when Raphael brings her the news about going to Morocco, the land of her ancestors. This is the opportunity for her to dig into her ancestry, something that constantly plays on her mind. 

When they arrive in Lumia, it doesn't feel quite right despite the luminescence! Gian, the leader appears to be very welcoming but there is a secretive atmosphere lurking in the background. Elena is keen to explore any avenues that can lead her to her origin and her Archangel is there for her as always. The sequence of events leads to some atrocious discoveries. Nothing is as it seems. 

Although, this instalment is at a slower pace than the previous books, it's still an enthralling read. I like the way the story revolves around Raphael and Elena, my two favourite characters in the series. They have grown stronger in the last two years and I absolutely love their relationship. What Elena uncovers is rather unsuspected but fascinating and heartfelt. It's nice to see that Aodhan is more comfortable in his interactions with some of the others.

I was completely engrossed in the whole story. There is enough action, mystery and suspense. The intensity of Raphael's and Elena's love for each other is really something else. The end is touching enough to bring a few tears to my eyes. I would have loved to have seen how Illium and Aodhan setlle their "differences". 

A compelling and captivating story like all the others in the series. I now look forward to the next instalment which looks very promising. 





















I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.


I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.










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