Monday, October 30, 2023

"By Moonlight" by Chelsea Burton Dunn

Vee is an empath. She owns her own locksmith business, and though some of her clients are preternaturals, she has masqueraded as fully human for most of her life. Only those who she has known for a very long time are aware that she is not fully human. All of that changes when Vee comes across a girl with a Werewolf father and a human mother. They have incorrectly assumed she will be human like her mother. But one full moon, when the pack is away for their monthly run in the woods, Lori, who also had assumed she would never change, begins her first change. And it is only through Vee's intervention that Lori is able to keep from changing in front of her friends and killing them.

This is the first book in the By Moonlight series, and it's a good one, setting the stage for what will happen later on in the series. If you've been following my review blog, then you know that I received and read a review copy of book two, though I had not yet read book 1. After that I went back to buy this book, and yes, I enjoyed it just as much as I did book 2. (While you can easily read them out of order without feeling lost, some things will be much clearer if you do read them in order.)

I very much enjoyed reading both this book as well as book 2 in this series, and am looking forward to when book 3 will be available so that I can find out what happens next. If you enjoy books involving Werewolves, Witches, Watchers, and more, then you'll definitely enjoy this series. Recommended.

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Friday, October 27, 2023

"Fly: Goose Girl Retold" by Demzela Carleton

I’ve always enjoyed fairytale retellings. And though I had not previously read the original version of this story, listening to the audiobook was definitely just as enjoyable as the other retellings that I have read. In this story, two princesses are traveling to a neighboring empire, where one is destined to marry a prince and the other has been sent to be her lady in waiting. 

But due to an accident and an injury, there soon follows a case of mistaken identity, through which the wrong princess is wed to the emperor's youngest son, and her sister is assumed to be a lowly serving girl.

This was a well thought out story that held my interest and contained a number of interesting twists along the way. Those who may be familiar with the original tale, as well as those (like me) who are new to it will likely enjoy listening.

The narrator did a wonderful job of keeping each of the character's voices distinct from each other, making it wonderfully easy for the listener to tell who was supposed to be speaking without any confusion.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

"The Never Mage" by Anjelina J Steffort

Sanja has been living in the care of the Fairy King. For all appearances, she is a prisoner, kept there as part of an agreement between the Fairy King and her unwanted husband. But while actually a prisoner in name only, life there is far from free, though she has family & friends that she is able to spend some time with, they are no safer than she is. And if most knew that she did not actually consider the King a threat to her safety, all those she considered friends would be put in danger from multiple sources. And While the King may be Sanja’s friend, there are few other fairies that the same could be said about. There is danger around them all, and only time will tell if a way can be found to keep them all safe from the dangers they currently face.

This was an interesting story. Sanja & Rogue are growing closer, but there are still many secrets that are slowly unfolding throughout this book. It kept me guessing as to what was really going on between them. There is a lot happening in this story, and though we learn much of it, this story is not over yet. And with the way this book ends, I am very interested in learning what will happen in the next book. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I will say that it has me really wondering how the characters are going to find their way out of the most recent problem they have managed to fall into, as it, once again, feels like an impossible situation to escape.

I received a review copy of this book, and really enjoyed reading it. Ms. Steffort has woven a complex story that draws the reader in. This book does have a couple of sexual scenes, but they are an important part of the story and are not something that could have been left out without changing the entire tone of the book. Also, there is some violence, but again, it was also necessary for the story. I feel that I should  also warn you that this book ends leaving the reader desperately wanting to know what happens next. I know I’ll be looking forward to seeing how the characters find their way out of this problem.

If you have enjoyed her other books, you won't want to miss this one. Recommended.

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Friday, October 20, 2023

“Wicked Wisteria” written by Angela Pepper. Narrated by Tiffany Williams.

Strange things are once again happening in Wisteria. Print is vanishing from books in the library and elsewhere, even money is being affected with vanishing ink. Zara’s aunt Zinnia helps her to fix the books using a bookworm spell to restore the missing print, but what is causing it? And that’s not the only problem that seems to be happening, being a spirit charmed witch, Zara encounters a lost spirit who needs her help, but he may or may not actually be dead. Naturally, that seems to be only the beginning of the troubles happening at the moment.

Like the previous book, this one told a fun story that was well thought out and very entertaining. The characters were voiced well and distinctly enough from each other leaving no confusion as to who was supposed to be talking to whom. The plot kept me interested and entertained throughout the book, and the story kept me guessing until the end. I am already looking forward to listening to book 3 in the series so that I can see what sort of trouble Zara gets into next.

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Monday, October 16, 2023

"Saloon Girl Turns Mail Order Bride"
by Florence Linnington

Leanne has worked in a Saloon, waiting tables, selling drinks, singing, but refusing to sell her body to the patrons. It was not the life she wanted, and seeking a way out, she placed an ad in the Matrimonial times, but did not mention that she worked in a saloon. When Val Depue asks her to come and be his wife, she hopes that her life will finally be everything she longs for. But how often are things as simple as that?

I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. And like her other stories, Ms. Linnington has woven another tale of two people finding each other and having to overcome significant problems as they learn to trust each other, as well as how to love someone and forgive their past mistakes.

I enjoyed reading this tale. There were some interesting twists along the way, but as can be expected from her books, the characters found their way through the worst and to a happy ending together. If you've read any of her other books, enjoy mail rider bride stories, or are just looking for something that has an ending that will make you smile, then you will enjoy this book.

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Friday, October 13, 2023

"Bars and Boxcars" by Trixie Silvertale

Mitzi's father has just started a foundation dedicated to giving former prisoners a chance at a new start in life. Several of them are even working for him. Then a series of train robberies start happening and Mitzi is determined to help solve the puzzle of who is committing the robberies and how they always seem to know which train cars have the high end/expensive electronics.

I enjoyed reading this one. Mitzi manages to get  up to more hijinx than normal in this story in her attempt to find the criminals without Sheriff Harper's help. As usual, she finds herself in the middle of a heap of trouble, and as always watching her find her way out of the new mess she finds herself in is highly entertaining.

This is one of the books from a completed series that I have not yet made it entirely through yet. I have read many of the later books in the series but have been slowly trying to make my way through some of the books that I missed along the way. It may be a while before I have the time to read all of them, but I have been enjoying the opportunity to fill in some of the blank spots in my knowledge of the series from having not yet read many of the earlier books.

If you enjoy cozy mysteries or any of Ms. Silvertale's other books, then I believe you will enjoy this one. I would recommend trying to read this series in order, but even if you've missed one here or there, you should still enjoy this one too.

Monday, October 9, 2023

"Orchestrated Love" by AJ Buchanan

Jackson Knox and Noah Santiago first met at the college where Jax was a music professor and Noah was one of his students. They fell in love, but with Jax being Noah's teacher, having a romantic relationship between the two of them was dangerous. It presented too many problems that might have cost them both dearly if the relationship between a student and his mentor were to become public knowledge. And when Jax realized how great the risks were, he ended things between them, switching Noah over to a different mentor. But in order for him to make sure that Noah was truly safe, the break needed to be complete and immediate. And it completely broke both their hearts. But a chance meeting 11 years later could either destroy them both or maybe, just maybe, it could provide a chance for them to heal.

This was a sweet  M/M romance novel that was all about second chances. It was also about learning if the characters are each able to put aside their hurt and anger and truly open up about everything they once had, as well as whether or not they are willing and able to give themselves a second chance. If they can, they might find happiness together after all. But if not, then each of them has been cruelly reminded about the pain that they each felt after their breakup all over again. 

I read a review copy of this book and it does contain some graphic sex scenes, so be aware that this is not a book meant for younger readers. But it is a very enjoyable story. The characters are realistic in their emotions, and watching them discover and decide if they can, or should move past an old hurt makes this story all that much more interesting.

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Friday, October 6, 2023

"Amish Bliss" by Samantha Price

When Bliss writes to Adam  About the rabbit that Cherish had given to her as a birthday gift, a still upset Cherish substitutes the nice, polite letter from Bliss with an angry one that she had written, signing it with her step-sister's name. She didn't expect Adam to show up on their doorstep to apologize to Bliss in person, causing Cherish to realize that she still likes him. Unfortunately, he is now drawn to Bliss whom he believes wrote the letter. So what can Charity do to "fix"  the situation?

This was another entertaining story about the "Bonnet sisters. It is a very quick read that left me in a good mood at the end. Anyone who has enjoyed the previous books in this series, any of Ms. Price's other books, or anyone who enjoys a sweet Amish romance story with just a little bit of sisterly drama should enjoy this book.

Monday, October 2, 2023

"Double Double Royal Trouble"
by Trixie Silvertale

After the witch who makes the cursed candies that trap magical creatures, causing them to remain bound to the Renaissance Faire is found dead, it seems that things are happening quite at a rapid pace and great changes are in store for everyone. Not only does this murder need to be solved, but there has been a dragon spotted flying at night, and no one knows who it is. Also, there is a possibility that the curse could actually be broken, which would allow everyone to stay or go if they chose. But not everyone is sure they want the curse to be ended. Many of them have been trapped in the Faire for centuries and no longer know how to survive outside of it. Could one of them be the murderer? And can the curse actually be broken or are they all doomed to remain trapped there forever?

I received a review copy of this book. It was the final book in this multi-author, combined-world series. And it was a fantastic way to end the series, though I personally would love to read about what some of the characters will do next. This book was fast paced and the type of book you just don't want to put down. I really enjoyed reading it, as well as all the previous books in the series. The characters have been fun to read about, and I am only sorry to see this series end, even knowing that it had to eventually.

If you've read the previous books, have visited a Renaissance Faire, or enjoy reading cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist, then I believe you will enjoy this book. While I know that I’ve not said much about the story itself here, I am trying to be very careful about not giving away too much and spoiling the ending, which makes it very difficult to say much of anything that doesn’t include spoilers. The main character is Coriander, the recently crowned queen of the fairies, but all of the characters that I've come to love also play a large part in this story. And that only makes it even better. As I said above, it's a great ending to a very fun series.

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Russ and the Hidden Voice <br>by JB Moonstar

While he was in the woods trapping rabbits to help feed his family, a boy named Russ is attacked by two men who blindfold him, tie him up, a...