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Spotlight: A Family Affair by Mary Campisi

 

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A Family Affair: Truth in Lies Book 1

When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one.

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A Family Affair: Spring Book 2

A Family Affair: Spring is a story of betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption, all wrapped up in the lives of the people we love to love, and even a few we love to hate.

Harry Blacksworth is rich, handsome, the ultimate playboy with a killer smile and a clever wit. He’s fought it, denied it, ignored it, but the damn truth won’t go away: he’s fallen in love. And just when he’s accepted that fact, Greta Severenson, the only woman he’s ever trusted, breaks his heart.

Christine Blacksworth and Nate Desantro beat the odds when they fell in love and married. But staying married is threatened when the foundation behind every good relationship—trust—is challenged.

Gloria Blacksworth descends upon Magdalena in all of her designer-clad arrogance, determined to make Christine change her course and return to Chicago and her old life. It may take two trips to that godforsaken town or ten, but Gloria doesn’t plan to fail. When she finally confronts Miriam Desantro, the “other woman”, Gloria discovers more than she ever wanted to know… or admit.

Angelo ‘Pop’ Benito is the Godfather of Magdalena. Nothing happens in that town without his knowledge or approval. And Pop doesn’t do anything without a long sit down with his dead wife, Lucy, and a half dozen pizzelles by his side. He’ll need a lot of lung power and a tray of his favorite treat to help Nate and Christine out of a real mess. And he may need the help of his checkers buddy and Magdalena’s shining star, Lily Desantro.

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A Family Affair: Summer Book 3

Heartache. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Redemption…
It’s time to head back to Magdalena, New York and spend a little time with the people we love to love and even a few we love to hate.

Eight years ago, tragedy struck the town’s perfect couple, Daniel “Cash” Casherdon and Tess Carrick, days before their wedding. That tragedy shred their dreams of a life together and sent them fleeing Magdalena. Now, destiny has brought them back and the town is determined to see this couple mend their differences.

Angelo “Pop” Benito will lead the crusade to march Cash and Tess down the aisle with the help of The Bleeding Hearts Society, a garden group more interested in healing people’s hearts than helping a sick basil plant. But they’re not the only ones cheering for this couple’s second chance.

Who would have thought Nate Desantro would be giving advice on relationships, love, and marriage? But when a man finds the right woman, anything is possible. Add a baby to the mix; well that’s pure “hero” material. Christine will offer her share of support and wisdom to Tess and stand up to an old troublemaker in the name of family and friendship.

From the fifty-something widow who is afraid to open her heart again to the pregnant friend who believes everyone has a soul mate, to Lily Desantro, the shining light who makes others believe anything is possible, Magdalena’s finest will rally to give Tess and Cash that second chance. But all the prayers and contrivances in the world won’t help until Tess reveals the secret she’s carried for too many years, a secret that could destroy her chance with Cash forever…

And if you’re wondering about Harry Blacksworth and his brood, you’ll glimpse a snippet of what he’s up to, but he’ll be back in full force in A Family Affair: Fall. Not only that—he’s moving to Magdalena with Greta and the kids! Can you imagine Harry maneuvering a lawnmower or carrying out the trash? Oh, but his past is going to catch up with him and then…Sorry, Harry has to wait for A Family Affair: Fall to share his misery and his story.

For now, enjoy the journey as you catch up on the lives of the residents of Magdalena. They’re waiting for you!

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A Family Affair: Fall Book 4

 

Gina Servetti was raised to believe she wasn’t enough—not thin enough, not pretty enough, not clever enough. She’s more comfortable with a spreadsheet than a conversation and doesn’t trust easily, especially where men are concerned, most notably the good-looking, smooth-talking ones like Ben Reed.

When city boy Ben Reed arrives in Magdalena, he’s not planning a long-term stay in a town filled with too many busybodies and too little excitement. He just needs things to settle down in Philly for a few months before he returns to his old life and his plan to win back his ex-wife. But once he gets to know the people in this town, he starts to care about them; one in particular—Gina Servetti. The longer he’s around her, the more he realizes she’s so much more than a woman with a scowl and a sharp tongue. She’s real and honest, and as afraid of trusting as he is.

But can Ben and Gina open up and take a risk for a chance at real love? Well, if the rest of the town has anything to say about it, and they always do, this couple will take the big leap and end with an “I do”!

And would the story be complete without checking in on Harry Blacksworth’s latest debacle…ahem…adventure? Harry’s moved his brood to Magdalena and is taking advice but thankfully not fashion lessons from Pop Benito. That spells trouble on so many levels. Oh, but it’s going to be interesting…

Join me as we peek into the lives of some of our favorites: Pop Benito, Lily, Nate and Christine Desantro, Harry and Greta Blacksworth, Mimi Pendergrass, Bree Kinkaid…and many more.

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A Family Affair: Christmas Book 5

The town is preparing to celebrate the holidays when a snowstorm hits and threatens to ruin the festivities. But that’s not the only threat blowing into town…Pop’s son is here from California to enjoy Christmas with his father, but when he leaves, he’s taking Pop with him…or is he? Will the town give up the Godfather of Magdalena, or will they show Pop’s son that when we open our hearts, anything is possible…even second chances?

NEW FEATURE: Magdalena’s growing! People are getting married, having babies, and moving back to town, so I’ve decided to include a list of characters and their backgrounds–some new faces, some from previous books. You’ll find Who’s Who in A Family Affair: Christmas located right after the dedication.

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A Family Affair: Winter Book 6

They should have been married and working on their “happily ever after” but fate intervened and stole their chance. Can the residents of Magdalena help them get it back?

On the day Michael Androvich stands at the altar before family, friends, and most of the town of Restalline, Pennsylvania, he’s prepared to pledge his life, love, and fidelity to the woman who owns his heart. There’s only one thing missing—the bride.
Elise Pentani loves Michael Androvich truly and completely, but there’s a tiny piece of her that believes he’ll fall back into his “bad boy” ways. When a threat from his past visits her the night before she and Michael are to be married, Elise lets doubt rule and skips her own wedding.
Nursing a broken heart and determined to forget the woman he can’t forget, Michael heads to Magdalena, New York to secure a business deal for his family’s lumber company. He’s not prepared for the endless questions and inquisitive nature of the residents who remind him an awful lot of his hometown.
Just when Michael has gotten the town to accept the fact that he’s not talking about his past or the reason for his surly disposition, his ex-fiancée shows up with an apology he doesn’t want to hear and certainly doesn’t want to believe. So much for the town leaving him alone; everybody has an opinion and they’re all more than anxious to share it.
There’s no way the residents of Magdalena can ignore these two broken-hearted souls. Michael and Elise have “need help” and “belong together” stamped all over their sad faces. Add that to Pop Benito’s determined matchmaking skills and Lily Desantro’s clever curiosity, and this couple might just get that second chance…

Note: Michael Androvich and Elise Pentani are secondary characters in Simple Riches, Book Three of That Second Chance Series. The books in this series are standalone works that are tied together by the belief in the beauty of that second chance. Michael and Elise won’t be the only ones visiting A Family Affair’s Magdalena from That Second Chance Series.

Here are a few more, though not necessarily in the order listed:

  • Grant Richot from Pulling Home, Book One
  • Angie Sorrento from The Way They Were, Book Two
  • Adam Brandon from Paradise Found, Book Four

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A Family Affair: The Promise Book 7

A lot has happened since readers left town in A Family Affair: Winter!

Bree Kinkaid is dealing with heartache and betrayal the only way she can—denial. Her friends can’t help her, she won’t listen to her parents, and she rejects offerings of support and sympathy from the town as she attempts to hold onto that magical life she wanted. But when a stranger shows up at Bree’s doorstep with information about her husband, she can’t pretend any longer.

And in case you were wondering what happened to Gloria Blacksworth’s notebook, it’s still resting in Nate Desantro’s desk drawer…but not for long. Gloria might be dead, but the notebook continues to leak distrust and ill will into the community, and someone’s got to stop it! There might be only one person in town equipped for the job—any guesses?

We’ve also got a new man in Magdalena, one badly in need of a second chance…

Grant Richot sprinted through life, a boy wonder with talent, intelligence, confidence, and charm. He never doubted the world awaited him, just as he never doubted the right woman would come into his life—but only when he was ready for her. Anyone before that was simply preparation for the one.

How wrong he was.

Years and a tragedy later, Grant arrives in Maggie Finnegan’s hometown of Magdalena, New York—broken, uncertain, and searching for that second chance with the woman he cast aside. But Maggie’s no longer naïve and impressionable; she’s a confident, competent widow with a child, who has more at risk than another broken heart…

Note: For a richer “A Family Affair” reading experience, make sure to read Pulling Home, Book One of That Second Chance series. It is the prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise, where you’ll learn Grant Richot’s story. Big, dark secrets about his family are revealed in this book, but that doesn’t mean he knows about them…but it also doesn’t mean the reader can’t know, right?!

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A Family Affair: The Secret Book 8 (coming 1/5/2016)

Roman Ventori isn’t looking for a wife. He’s had one of those and it ended badly. He’s come back to Magdalena out of duty, not love for the town that drove him away with rumors and judgments.

Angie Sorrento is in Magdalena to do a job, not find a husband. She almost had one of those, until he dumped her days before the wedding.

Roman’s father has health problems and his last wish is to see his son settled with a wife, a child, a second chance at a life that doesn’t include city life and flashy women. There’s only one person in town who can make the impossible happen. Angelo “Pop” Benito, the Godfather of Magdalena, is the wiliest matchmaker in the Catskills and if he sets his mind to it, an old man might see his wish come true.

Oh, and remember Gloria Blacksworth’s notebook, the one filled with enough destruction to bring down Magdalena? Well, it’s causing trouble again, and this time the target is Miriam Desantro… Pop’s going to try to intervene, but he might be too late…

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Excerpt

If Salvatore Ventori hadn’t been recovering from a heart attack, Angie would have shut down the man’s idea that his son would be the perfect choice to escort her through the Sal’s Market after hours. Roman Ventori belonged in Chicago, or staring back at her from the insides of a magazine cover, not standing outside his father’s grocery store, arms crossed over his broad chest, waiting. And not too happy about the waiting either. The pacing gave it away, back and forth like a trapped lion. He didn’t see her coming from the side parking lot as he began another round of pacing.

Angie made her way toward him, sucked in a deep breath and willed her voice to remain even. “Roman Ventori?” The man turned and stared, six-foot plus of muscle and annoyance zeroing in on her with eyes darker than ink. Those eyes widened when he recognized her, the mouth flattened, the brackets on either side, a deep slash.

“You.” He ran a hand through his hair, blew out a sigh. “I should have known.”

She matched his sigh, tilted her head to look up at him. Damn, but he was a tall one. “Should have known what?”

“That my old man would pull this. How much did he pay you?”

“What are you talking about?” The tabloids should get this charmer on tape. It would mark the end of Mr. Beautiful’s lovely persona. Angie guessed the man hadn’t wanted to come tonight. Too bad. She needed photos so she could do her job, and if the only way to get them was after closing time in the company of Sal’s son, then that’s what she’d do. “Why would your dad pay me?” she asked, determined to get an answer. But the man said nothing, merely unlocked the door and flicked on the lights, leaving Angie to follow, camera slung over her shoulder.

When they reached the customer service area, Roman Ventori turned to her, his massiveness dwarfing her breathing space and said, “My father paid you to get in my line of vision, didn’t he?”

“Line of vision?” Angie scrunched up her nose. “For what?”

He scowled, narrowed his gaze on her. “You know damn well for what. He had a heart attack and now he’s gotten it into his head that he wants to see me settled before he dies.”

“Settled.” Settled? As in married, with a family? No. No.

“Yeah, that’s what he said, and then he started dropping hints about this nice little Italian girl he’d met who’d come to town to make a miniature rendition of his store, said I should escort you around and see what I could see. Whatever that means.” He flipped on more lights, let out another sigh that sounded like pure disgust and continued, “Ignore whatever he told you. I am not looking for a girlfriend and I’m sure as hell not looking for a wife.”

“What?” Had he just said wife? Angie moved toward him, hands on hips, scowl on her face to show her equal disgust and said, “Mister, I am not looking for a boyfriend or a husband. I don’t even want a dog. You got that?” The nerve of some people. “I’ve come to this town to do a job, so I can get paid, period. Whatever issues you and your father have, are not my issues and you better damn well not make them mine. You got that?”

Those eyes narrowed, the jaw twitched, and damn if the mouth didn’t flip into a smile seconds before he said, “Got it.”

Angie crossed her arms over her chest, tipped her chin up to see his face and held her ground. “Do not confuse me with a groupie gold digger again.”

The smile spread. “Groupie gold digger?”

“Right.” She hid a smile. Now was not the time to let him see he could barrel through her anger and make her smile.

“I’ll keep that in mind.” He thrust out his hand. “Roman Ventori, collector of groupie gold diggers.”

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Before The Storm by Leslie Tentler

No Matter How Far You Run, The Past Will Find You

 Leslie Tentler is back with another story of romance and suspense…this time in a small Southern beach town called Rarity Cove. What happens when a woman on the run has her dangerous secrets finally catch up with her? Find out in Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler…

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Six years earlier, Trina Grissom disappeared, on the run for her life. Now living under an assumed identity—as Samantha Marsh—she still struggles with the dark secret she harbors and the fear she might one day be found. When she moves to the coastal town of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to open a café, a handsome widower begins to chip away at the walls she’s built to protect herself.

Mark St. Clair lost his wife two years ago in a tragic accident. Head of the grand St. Clair resort, he distracts himself from his lingering grief by running the family business and caring for his troubled young daughter…until a beautiful restaurateur sets up shop in town. Before meeting Samantha, Mark was convinced he could never be drawn to another woman. But as his attraction to Samantha grows, the mystery surrounding her deepens.

As the two begin a hesitant courtship, double perils emerge. Someone from Samantha’s lurid past comes calling, threatening to expose her. And a powerful hurricane is forming in the Atlantic with the small beach town in its path. Trapped in the storm by the brutal man who wants vengeance on Samantha, she and Mark must fight for their lives.

Review:

They say your past always catches up to you no matter how much you try to hide it or curb the truth because you just want to forget it. Does it matter the reason, your past is your past right? Well not for Trina Grissom or Mark St Clair. They are reminded of it every day. Trina Grissom has been on the run and in hiding with a new identity for the past six years because of an incident that happened long ago that has put her in danger for her life. Looking over your shoulder day in and night is an understatement. Mark St Clair has to watch his troubled daughter every day and be reminded the reason for her troubles is because he lost his wife in a tragic accident 2 years ago. Both Trina and Mark never thought a relationship could happen again until they found each other, but now that she is exposed is that even possible.  With a powerful Hurricane and being trapped by a man who wants Trina dead can they survive at all?

This is my first time being introduced to Tentler. I believe I just found a new author to add to my must read list. A notable story line of fighting your past demons so to speak. Very likable characters and well written.  You felt for them. I very much enjoyed the story.

5 Stars

Tori

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Marked by Moonlight (A Shifter-Witch Novel) (Volume 1) by Karen Victoria Tavares

One tragic night can change your life forever.   A tragedy that opened a door to a world Professor Brizza Lynn Greer never knew existed. This same world her own family kept her from.  A world full of supernatral and magic.  Professor Brizza Lynn Greer wants vengence for that one tragic night. She however must first come to terms with this new world first, the issue that her family kept this from her and now to top it off her own magic that has been bound now coming to light.

The story was interesting, It started off with a bang but then slowed down throughout until the end.  The slowness was fine it still held my interested it just took a little while to get there. The accpetance of the world and the power was very quick for the character it was suprising,  I would like to read the next installment to see how the story and characters develop more. All in all good read.

3.5 Stars

Tori

 

Book Review: The Fine Art of Deception by Alyssa Richards

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One touch is all it takes and Adeline knows an object’s entire history…

 Get lost in this sexy and suspenseful debut novel from Alyssa Richards, where an art appraiser has a gift for seeing the history of an object with just a touch, tries to put her gifts and her troubled past behind her.  Fans are calling THE FINE ART OF DECEPTION: UNDOING TIME, “enthralling” and “a new take on paranormal romance that you just can’t put down!”

Synoposis: Art appraiser Adeline Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where she’s free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owner’s deepest secrets. And one where she can fall in love without having all of the above get in the way.

But when tall, dark, and dangerous gallery owner Blake Greenwood enters her life, normal is the last thing she’s feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Adeline’s quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her father’s unexplained disappearance.

Despite her paranormal gifts warning her to stay away, she feels an inexplicable, captivating fascination for him, something that goes deeper than attraction. There’s something between them that’s older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life.

Review:

Imagine the gift of being able to read someone’s darkest secrets by the slightest touch of your hand.  For art appraiser Addison Montgomery, a gift well not so much.   Addison yearns for a normal life where she can touch anything and not worry about being sucked into the past history of the objects owner. Knowing all their thoughts, their conversations, what they were doing.  Nothing is left untold.   She can’t even have a normal relationship or fall in love, how can she knowing about past girlfriends and all the details, would you?

Addison starts a new job where she runs into gallery owner Blake Greenwood. She is immediately drawn to him but not just because of his looks it is deeper than that, something old. It could also be the ghost that lingers when he is near.  She tries to get a glimpse of his past but comes up empty and not just empty almost a written script of his past.   How is that possible who is he, she can’t help being captivated by him even though every instinct tells her to stay away. Can she trust him and trust him to save her life.

I was very drawn to the characters. Richards did an excellent job weaving you into their world whether it was the good guy or the bad guy you just wanted to know what they were thinking, doing and their next move.  The mysteries of the art definitely made the story more intriguing and added another layer to the story.

The exchange between Blake and Addison and how deep and long it ran, even though they just met each other was a great angle.   Is there such a thing, I certainly hope so and can’t wait to find out more.  I definitely recommend.

Tori

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About Alyssa Richards

Alyssa Richards is a paranormal romance author who lives in the South with her husband and two children. She recently published her first paranormal romance book called The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time and is currently working on the sequel.  Alyssa’s writing is influenced by her curiosity with ghosts and the supernatural world.  She writes daily and believes that discipline and commitment to the craft are critical to be a successful writer.  Whenever she gets the opportunity, Alyssa enjoys travel, spending time with her pups, and nurturing her herb and rose garden.

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Book Review – Awakening The Fire by Ally Shields

Awakening the Fire

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It’s her first murder case…

Twenty-three-year-old Ari Calin has sworn to keep the peace in the Olde Town district of Riverdale, and most of the time the Otherworlders cooperate. The vampires, werewolves and other magical creatures go about their business, living side by side with humans, until the foreign wolves arrive and a virtual reality drug hits the streets. Violence erupts, and Ari needs more than her witch fire, weapons, and potions to stop the madness.

Joining forces with a human police officer, Lt. Ryan Foster, and a way-too-sexy vampire singer, Andreas De Luca, Ari hunts for the enemy—from the vampire strip clubs to the caverns under the city. Every step draws Ari and her companions deeper into an old feud and closer to the brink of a supernatural war.

 Excerpt :

(Despite the friction and mistrust between them, Ari has come to Andreas’s supper club to ask for his help on her murder case.)

The vampire’s coal-black eyes found her and silken threads of magic wrapped her in a soft web. The room faded away. She floated as in a dream, warm and safe. A place to linger forever. Her witch magic began to sing in concert with his, and Ari called it back to her. The effort brought her out of his web with a jolt.

Damn, how strong was he? She wrapped her magical aura around her. As long as she kept it in place, his magic was held at bay. Then, mercifully, the song was over. Andreas bowed to a wildly applauding audience and left the stage.

“Good evening.” Startled, she stared at him.

“Uh, hello.” How did he move so fast? He produced a polite smile.

“If you will come this way.” He waved a hand toward a hallway on the left.

Ari hesitated. A meeting in private? She hadn’t anticipated that.

His brows rose. “We have twenty minutes.”

Swallowing her doubts, Ari preceded him down the hall. It was better this way, she told herself. Fewer interruptions. At least she knew her time parameters. He ushered her past four closed doors, not stopping until they reached an exit door at the end. He touched a security panel, the door opened, and they stepped into a paved lane leading to the rear parking lot. Dense trees lined the opposite side of the lane. Total privacy.

The night was pleasantly cool. The crisp cleanness of fall filled the air. Ari hung back and watched her companion as he stopped in the middle of the lane. Andreas arched his shoulders and threw back his head, breathing deeply. For a moment all Ari could think about was how sexy he looked.

“I hope you don’t mind talking out here. It has been a long evening, and I needed the fresh air.”

“Not at all. It’s nice.” She looked up at the stars, pinpoints in an uncluttered sky, to keep from looking at him. “What was that last song you sang?”

“An Italian love song. Did you enjoy it?”

“Amazing.”

He turned to look at her. “It was, or I was?” His voice invited a broader interpretation.

She smiled. “Both,” she said, not bothering to hedge. “But who’s fishing for compliments now?”

“Touché.” His familiar laugh came then, rich and intimate, strangely companionable.

 Review:

Ari a witch guardian has the ability of witch fire that she has no trouble using to protect Riverdale’s Olde Town especially being up against Vampires, werewolves and otherworlders.  That’s exactly what she did when she ran into a werewolf attempting an attack on a couple of teenagers.   Something however is not right, why was the werewolf even here?   To top it off a sexy vampire Andreas Deluca also ends up at the scene.   A murder of a young woman leads to more mystery along with werewolves who are trying to threaten the peace.

The characters drew me in. Ari was strong, Independent and not afraid to get to the truth. The dynamics between the vamps, humans and witches and yes I can’t forget the werewolves really made the story come alive.  Ally really created a world that swooped you right up.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

I highly recommend

5 Stars

Tori

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Author Bio

 Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest, taught school on the East Coast, has visited forty-two of our states, and currently resides near Des Moines, Iowa, with her miniature pinscher, Ranger. Writing has always been a part of her life, and in late 2008, after  a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing. Her first urban fantasy novel, Awakening the Fire, was published in 2012, followed by six additional books in the series. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ally enjoys talking with readers and is active in social media.


Book Review – Empathy (Emotional Chains Book 1) by Carolyn Wren

Empathy

 

Book Description:

What if you could sense the emotions of everyone around you?  What if you fell in love with someone you’d never even met?

Oliver Lord belongs to one of three special families, empaths who feel emotions as a physical sense.  Quiet and reserved, and accustomed to keeping his abilities hidden, Oliver is drawn inexorably to a woman he’s never met.  The woman who made his brother’s last year of life so happy.

When Zoe Daniels, talented sculptor, loses her fiancé before their wedding, she can’t imagine finding love again, until she meets Jasper’s unknown brother, a man so different, yet so achingly familiar to the man she adored. What is Oliver’s secret, and why is he so determined to keep her at arm’s length?

A violent kidnapping and murder forces the empaths from the shadows to seek justice for one of their own.  Oliver turns to Zoe, needing her comfort and love. Can she accept him for who he is?

Oliver and two powerful empathic friends need to track down the kidnappers before they strike again, but how do you solve a murder, when your only clue is emotion?

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/BH-4RtXcE3k

 

Book Review

Oliver Lord watched his brother walk away from him, knowing he would never see him again.  His brother Jasper was fated to die like his father. He just wanted to live the last year of his life happy and with the woman Zoe who he was in love with.   Oliver and his brother Jasper were empaths they could feel emotions as a physical sense. After his brother’s death Oliver would take glimpses into Zoe’s mind. If he looked deep enough he could find the essence of his brother.

Zoe lost her fiancé, she did not think she could ever find love again. Especially not in the woods were her and Jasper would love to spend time.

Oliver did not expect to be caught by Zoe watching him and Zoe did not expect the man she caught to have the same eyes as her fiancé.  They were instantly drawn to each other. Is it because of Jasper or something else?

An empath was kidnapped, Oliver being an empath felt him die.   Oliver turned to Zoe for comfort while searching for the kidnappers before they struck again.   Would she accept him?

The book was well written, an easy flow. The characters were entertaining and believable. It wasn’t action packed but it did not need to be because it definitely had me wanting more.  When there was action it definitely was explosive.  The romance that was between Oliver and Zoe was just as explosive.  Warning there is a cliff hanger, I am not one to be crazy about these however the book was very enjoyable that I would definitely pick up book two to find out what happens.

Tori

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review – Taken By A Dragon by Felicity Heaton

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Book Description:

Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she’s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy—she might be his fated female.

Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her—to stop her from dying.

Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?

Book Review:

Loke, a dragon shifter, snatches Anais straight out of battle in an attempt to save her life.  What he doesn’t expect is the attraction that he will feel for this little Amazon.  Anais, who is set on escape and finding her friends is slowly taken with this gentle giant, but can it every work.

Steamy and hot … this is romance at it’s best.  You will enjoy the relationship from Loke and Anais from page one till the end.   That’s not to say that it won’t have some ups and downs.  There were times I found myself angry at Anais and not so sure she was worthy of Loke.  All I can say about Loke is he can do no wrong.

This is the seventh book in the Eternal Mates series and I have to admit that I have not read all of them.  However, this is consistent with the ones I have.  Just as endearing and definitely worth it.

5 Stars

Tori

 

Book Review: Something Good by Darlene Deluca

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Book Description

A mistake. A blessing. A tragedy.
And now, Mandi Evans has made it her goal to fade into anonymity. Once a straight-A student with her choice of colleges, she’s withdrawn into a life that consists of two jobs, an online class, and memories. Crippled by the past, she feels unworthy of a better life – until Lane Whitmore walks into the diner where she works six nights a week.An urban planner, Lane is looking to revitalize the rundown part of town where Mandi’s hidden herself away. He can’t help but notice this diamond in the rough as well, and what starts as simple good times grows to . . . something more.With Lane, Mandi feels alive again, and she makes a bold decision – one that could chart her course on a path to redemption. But will keeping her plan a secret from Lane turn out to be the biggest mistake of all?

 

Book Review:

Letting your childhood mistakes define you, that is what Mandi has done with her life. She let her guilt define who and what she is today.   A lonely woman living in a trailer park working two jobs to make ends meet.   Mandi was once a straight A student with her pick of ivy league colleges. What happened to her, that’s what Lane Whitmore said to himself when he stopped into the diner where Mandi works.  Lane an Urban planner was in town to spruce up the town, but what truly needed sprucing up was this intriguing waitress pouring him his coffee.

Deluca wrote an interesting story. Think back when you were a kid how many mistakes did you make.  That is part of learning right, but some mistakes don’t just go away. They stay with you forever.  This is sure a lessons learned story. I loved it especially Lane riding in on his white horse to save the day.  Ok maybe a BMW but still, he helped Mandi see her way back and out of her shell.  Sometimes you need just that little shove, and a little romance could never hurt either.

I definitely recommend, the characters are complex, you want to know about them and follow their story. It was heartfelt and fast paced from the beginning.

5 Stars

Tori

Book Review: The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander

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Synopsis:

Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.



Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

AUTHOR BIO:

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

Author links:

http://danilynalexander.com/

https://www.facebook.com/danilyn.alexander.1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779758.Dani_Lyn_Alexander

https://twitter.com/DaniLynAlexande

Review:

Ryleigh Donnovan lost her parents at a young age and now her grandmother just a week ago.   Just 17 years old she is forced to look after her sister Mia and not let anyone know that her grandmother died.  They had no money, Ryleigh had to find a job to keep them fed.   It would have been alright if she was even old enough to be her sister’s guardian or if an earth quake didn’t erupt during her interview.  She struggled to find her sister in the aftermath of the earthquake. She went back down to the first floor where she had left her. She could not walk any more, later she found herself in the hospital, could this day get any worse? She needed to quickly get out of their before they really started  asking questions. She finally had to rely on some stranger to help them get out without being noticed.

Jackson Maynard, to become a death dealer he had to obtain, kill and bring Ryleigh back to the kingdom of Cymmera. Not exactly in that order. Something about her stopped him.  Now he has to face his father and possibly be charged with treason for going against a direct order.  Jackson’s father banished him and stripped him of all powers with the help of Kai. The kings trusted advisor who bides by the rules and seems to hate Jackson.  Jackson was given three months to prove his case of why he could not do it.   Will what he find be enough to keep them both alive.

It was an interesting story, I was definitely entertained. Very fast paced and action packed from the beginning. You understood the characters especially Ryleigh who would fight to her death to protect her sister. Even if it meant trusting Jackson who’s soul purpose of being in her existence was to kill her. Jackson’s and Ryleigh’s romance evolved through the story, you felt apart of it.  I enjoyed the story and recommend it.

4 Stars

Tori

 

Review: Heart of Rocky by Kelsey Jordan

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Book Description

The Takeover
Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender
Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?

Review

The Takeover

Can you imagine a word that you knew who your soul mate was? How easy would that be? There it’s that one over there. Forget about all the heart ache at having to find that one person.

Omar James knew who his soul mate was, the problem was she was married to another man and having his baby. To get to her he had to take over the US pride. Their Tor was his mates husband, Derek and may I add a total schmuck. How Derek treated Anise while she was delivering his baby was despicable. I wanted to go through the book and strangle him myself. I had stronger words in mind however not very PG. Anise, Omar’s soul mate and married to Derrick knows that Omar is coming to take over, she is happy to see Derrick go to his death but at what cost, her sons? Omar not only has to win the take over but worse win his mates trust over her son.

The Defender:

Now imagine finding that one person for you, then losing them or not being able to have them.   Maybe not knowing you have a soul mate is a way to go after all.

Tyson lost his soul mate and has not been the same since.  In Tyson’s world not being with your soul mate can make you insane.   In Tyson’s case insane, not really, self absorbed maybe.  Ok more than maybe, he has neglected his people for way too long.  It has taken a woman named Harmony to open his eyes and see whats going on around him.  Is that enough though.

Omar and Tyson were strong powerful men fighting for their soul mates in one form or another Equally important the woman in their lives were a force to be reckoned with themselves even though they had gotten themselves in bad situations.   Anise with the wrong man and Harmony the wrong place at the wrong time. Both not letting the situations get the best of them, which trust me once you read you wonder if they can emotionally be the same again. Heart of Rocky was not one story but two novellas together.  You really did not need to read one to understand the other. The plots were well laid out with an easy flow.  At times Kelsey Jordan told you rather than showed you which could get a little confusing.  All in all both stories were interesting and different and I liked them, you would enjoy as well.

4 stars

Tori