My Familiar Stranger – Knights of Black Swan #1 by Victoria Danann

Elora Laiken lost everything the day her family was attacked by assassins. Finding herself forced through an experimental portal between dimensions she lands in a world so like her own but yet so different.  Saved by an order of knights known as the Black Swan, she finds that what was believed to be myths and fairy tales on her world are reality here.

Can Elora ever fit into this new world, make friends, find a purpose and realise that love is right there in front of her?

 

REVIEW

Fantastic story.  Well written, great characters and brilliant story line.  Elora is royalty in her own dimension and suddenly thrown through a portal to find herself in a place with subtle differences, the biggest being that fairy-tale characters do exist.  There is a wonderful love triangle between Storm, Elora and Ram and to be honest I really didn’t know who to hope for (normally I have a character picked and stick with it).  Storm is the archetypal hero, the unofficial leader of the team, and the saviour of Elora.  Ram is the ladies-man, joker and all-round good guy (also, an Elf). I will admit that even to the end I was still upset for one but happy for the other.

The myth behind what a vampire is and what will effect them is explained in a unique way with a short insert from what is known as the ‘Black Swan Field Training Manual’ at the beginning of most chapters.  I am kind of old fashioned in my Vampire lore however any breaks from ‘tradition’ are explained well and as the book is based in an alternate dimension it is easier to accept any differences.

Loved this book, engaged from beginning to end. Loved the characters and looking forward to finding out more about B-Team in other books in the series.

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The Billionaire Shifter’s Curvy Match – Billionaire Shifters Club #1 by Diana Seere

Lilah Murphy needed a miracle.  Between her college debts, supporting her sister, and caring for her mother who needed surgery, Lilah didn’t expect that miracle to come in the form a phone call asking her to work at the very exclusive ‘Platinum Club’ as a waitress.

Gavin Stanton had been dreaming of her. The One who would make him complete, be his mate for life, and steal his heart forever.  He did not expect to find her working at the exclusive club he was a life-long member of.

When Lilah is inexplicably drawn to the handsome billionaire she cannot accept that he would want her for more than a good time. But when strange occurrences begin, his voice in her head, the throbbing headache relating to her scar, she knows that not everything is normal.  What she doesn’t expect is for him to be a werewolf.

Can Gavin convince her to stay when she finds out his true identity?  Will Lilah see Gavin what he really is?  And above all – Can soul-mates really exist?

 

REVIEW

Loved it!  This book was actually co-authored by a writer who’s books I have previously read and reviewed and loved, so it is not surprising that I would thoroughly enjoy this one as well.  As with a lot of her (Julia Kent) books it is written and finished in such a way that you know your main characters are going to be reappearing, with so much more than a cameo appearance, in the future books.

We are introduced to all of the Stanton siblings in this initial book of the series and it sets the stage for all future stories. Gavin and Lilah are a great couple and there connection kept me hooked (started and finished the book within 24 hours).  What I also loved about this story was that once Gavin had determined that Lilah was the one, there was no other woman in the sidelines (can’t say that will be the same with Derry!)  Each character is so different with their personalities that they compliment each other throughout the story.

Looking forward to finding out more about the other siblings in their own books and knowing that I will still get to enjoy the story of Lilah and Gavin and how their life progresses. Keep writing and we will keep reading!

 

Brindle – Winter Valley Wolves #1 by V. Vaughn

Realising that she was not ready for what had happened on the night of her prom, Katie Winslow left her boyfriend and one true love and ran off to college.  Now she is desperate and only Brindle will be able to satisfy her needs.

Brindle Lindholm knows what he wants and he knows that she needs him, especially now. When mating season strikes only your true mate can satisfy you, if only Katie would believe in her true mate.

Returning home, Katie must face not only Brindle but the pack.  Can she adapt to what she has become or will she forever fight against it?

 

REVIEW

What can I say?  Disappointing.

I have read a couple of shifter books before and they were quite short but this one was over before it begun.  There was no real story, and what there was didn’t have any depth to it. The writing was simplistic and lacked much description. Could have been improved if it had started with a build up towards prom and the after effects of what happened before forwarding to college. And then at the end we leap forward again without answering any of the questions that have been brought up throughout the book, for instance, did she ever tell her family and how did it go?  How different was the birthing process?  and many more.

Not inspired me to read the rest of the series.

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride -Nocturne Falls #1 by Kristen Painter

Delaney James needs to hide.  After witnessing her boss shoot a man she finds herself running into the nearest open shop door that turns out to be a mail-order match-making service. Stealing the identity of one of the matches, Delaney makes her way to Nocturne Falls.

Nocturne Falls is not your ordinary sleepy town, in fact at night is when most of the residents come to life (so to speak).  Hugh Ellingham is a 400 year old vampire who lives in Nocturne Falls with his brothers, his grandmother, and a whole host of werewolves, vampires, gargoyles, shifters and witches.  The residents have turned it into a thriving tourist attraction where Halloween is celebrated every day.

Hugh’s grandmother is tired of seeing her grandson lonely and desperately wants grandchildren.  Arranging for a match to spend a month with Hugh was not easy but when Delaney arrives no one, especially Delaney,  is prepared for what is to follow.

 

REVIEW

What a great place Nocturne Falls is.  A haven for the supernatural where they can openly be themselves without humans realising that they are being themselves.

Delaney is a fun and interesting character who is more afraid of her mobster boss than she is of a family of vampires. The love interest between Delaney and Hugh happens very quickly, maybe a little too quick but I guess when you are dealing with supernatural then love at first sight really can happen.  Hugh is the typical vampire, quiet, reserved and handsome beyond belief, and fortunately he does not glow!

I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, had a little mystery, a little passion, a vindictive ex-girlfriend, and a host of characters who all have their own stories waiting to be read.  I will definitely be reading more of Nocturne Falls in the future.