Review: Killer (The Hunt #4) by Liz Meldon

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204 Pages

Published: June 28, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: DEATH TO TRAITORS AND THIEVES

The predator corners its prey, and so the hunt must end–one way or another.

KILLER is the final novel in THE HUNT, a paranormal romance serial. It has a rating of EXPLICIT for coarse language, high heat, and graphic violence. The Hunt is considered a continuous story containing one novella and three novels, and should be read in order:

PREDATOR (#1)

PREY (#2)

STALKER (#3)

KILLER (#4)

Opinion: Killer is the final book in The Hunt series. We wrap up the storyline, but I will say that I do hope to see Severus and Moira again in some future stories/novellas.

We see a similar situation to what we saw in a previous book happen again. That was a little bit less shocking the second time around, in my opinion. I will say Killer was very slow paced for me as well, until the end when everything started happening at once.

That being said, my heart hurt for Severus and Moira more so in Killer than before. Killer contains many moments of growth and self discovery.

I recommend The Hunt series to anyone looking for a unique, heart stopping, gut wrenching, suspenseful storyline. You’ll definitely be left wanting more.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Stalker (The Hunt #3) by Liz Meldon

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250 Pages

Published: May 25, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN

After her first real lesson in demonic cruelty, Moira Aurelia needs answers–and Severus craves revenge.

The only creature who can give them both is Diriel, who, having failed his mission, has fled back to Hell until the heat dies down.

Battered but not broken, Moira is ready to charge into the pit, fears be damned, because she trusts the incubus by her side–trusts him, cares for him, maybe even loves him. Severus, however, can’t stand the thought of leading his little hybrid into the abyss. Because in Hell, there isn’t just fire and brimstone and tortured human souls awaiting them, but his family, too.

And for Severus, there is no greater hell than family.

Opinion: I. LOVED. STALKER. I think Stalker is probably my favorite novel in this series.

We get to see an all new side to Severus, his family. We’ve known Moira’s family from the beginning, that being her best friend, but we’ve always kind of been in the dark about Severus’s. We knew he had a family and that they didn’t necessarily get along, but we had never met anyone other than his cousin.

Stalker takes us into a new realm in The Hunt series, and we begin to see a lot of our questions being answered. Stalker is fast paced and a whirlwind adventure that you do not want to miss out on.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Prey (The Hunt #2) by Liz Meldon

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191 Pages

Published: March 23, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: PEARLS AROUND HER NECK

Moira Aurelia has put her faith in a demon. She offered her hand and he took it. Partners. Just like that. Black eyes and sinful smiles, she trusts an incubus to lead her into the abyss if it means she’ll finally find her dad on the other side. Her real dad. The creature who cursed her.

Or blessed her. Because from the way Severus–snarky, seductive Severus–watches her, touches her, ravishes her, Moira can’t decide if this new body is a curse, or if she’s finally growing into the woman she was always meant to be.

POLAROIDS AT HER FEET

Unable to fathom how this woman, this ethereal creature, has so much raw power over his inner demon, Severus tries to keep her at an arm’s length while he helps her hunt down her father–but he can only abstain for so long.

Moira is the sweetest hell he’s ever tasted, a woman who squares off with his truest self and doesn’t even flinch. When he’s with her, the loneliness disappears, the bitter ache in his heart–mended. How can he resist such a divine temptation?

Meanwhile, the Farrow’s Hollow demon community is positively aquiver when news of Moira’s heritage leaks–and suddenly Severus isn’t the only demon in town who must have her.

Opinion: The more I read, the more I become emotionally invested in Moria and Severus’s relationship. I die. I love that they are absolute polar opposites but also equals in more ways than one.

Moira, you are such a pain in Severus’s butt (like a fictional character can hear me admonishing her.) Mini-Spoiler-ish?? None of this would have happened to you, Moria, if you would’ve done as you were told. But then that wouldn’t have made for a good story, now would it?

Prey picks up where Predator left off. Moira coming into her true self, but that also means that new dangers are making themselves known.

Prey is a fast paced mixture of romance, mystery, paranormal, basically everything you could ask for, or want, in a novel.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Predator (The Hunt #1) by Liz Meldon

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98 Pages

Published: February 23, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: BLACK SOUL, SUFFOCATING IN SILENCE

Severus: demon, incubus, escort–leech. After centuries of scorn from his own kind in the underworld, Severus went topside and settled amongst the secret demon community in Farrow’s Hollow. Located near a hell-gate, the city allows him to exist on Earth without sacrificing much of his demon abilities, but as with all incubi, he must take the life essence of humans to maintain his strength.

Working as an escort, he has been able to keep himself satiated, juggling enough clients to ensure that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes of past incubi–the murderers, the gluttons, the true demonic leeches.

In his line of work, Severus sees much of the same every night: human women searching for surrender, for a connection, for love. He caters to them, steals from them, not realizing that he’s desperate for all the same things.

BLUE EYES, WATCHING HER WORLD FADE AWAY

Moira Aurelia: grad student, TV-marathoner, bar trivia champion–unable to look in a mirror. Not anymore. Because when she does, she no longer sees herself. The person, the creature, staring back isn’t her. It can’t be.

The physical changes started after her mom died a year ago. Hair, skin, eyes. Nothing is the same as it once was, and no one can tell her why. Doctors refer her to specialists. Specialists shrug their shoulders. And Moira assumes she’s dying from the same mysterious illness that plagued her mom.

But if she’s dying, why is she getting stronger? Her body is changing, but into what? Something… supernatural. Inhuman. Other. Frightening new realities flash across her mind, but she can’t accept them. She must be dying–because the alternative is crazy.

Fearing the end is near, and refusing to accept other possibilities, Moira goes after the one thing she can control: her sex life. Twenty-three and still unable to experience a satisfying climax, she schedules a session with a Rus Tanner, esteemed male escort, and hopes for something to go right for once.

LIGHT AND DARK COLLIDE–DESPERATE TO CONNECT

But the night takes a turn from the moment they meet. Severus, expecting just another dull session with a new client, is thrown by the otherworldly creature seeking his services–this strange, beautiful woman who arouses his long dormant demon side like none other. Moira, meanwhile, finds herself face-to-face with a man who can handle her newfound strength–and wears a dark stare and sinful smile like a second skin.

Two lonely creatures grapple with the undeniable pull between them.

Moira flees. Severus pursues.

Desperate for answers, the demon seeks her out–unaware that he isn’t the only predator to have caught her scent.

Opinion: WOW! When I say this series completely captivated me, I mean it. I recommended it to a group of friends immediately after finishing Predator and we all gobbled it up.

Severus has dark secrets, but unbeknownst to Moria, so does she.

This first novella in The Hunt series follows the meeting of Severus and Moria, and continues as the two begin to delve deeper into Moria’s family history.

Predator is a seductive roller coaster, mixed with mystery and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you on your toes.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

I received a copy of Tess of the Road via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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544 Pages

Published: February 27, 2018

Author: Rachel Hartman

Synopsis: In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Opinion: The concept is good and the plot is there but I will be honest, I DNF’d Tess of the Road at 17%. This is the quickest I have ever decided that a book is not for me but I just cannot stand it. Because everything to make a great story is there I am giving it two stars. It has promise but that is it.

Tess is angsty and angry. She does not care for others feelings and is very poor me, sob story, everyone hates me. I had trouble staying focused and found myself having to force myself to read one chapter all the way through. The whole time I was reading I wanted to stop. It is so slow. That is ultimately what led me to DNF. I just was not enjoying this story. I am not saying that you will not.

My Overall Rating: ★★

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Guest Post: Authors need Bloggers with Ms. Hannah Lynn

Hellllooooooooo blogging world!

I want to take the time to thank Ms. Hannah Lynn, author of The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, which will be releasing July 12, 2018, for stopping by today!

The blog tour for The Afterlife of Walter Augustus will be running from July 15th-July 31st.

Make sure you stop by on Sunday to check out my stop on the tour!

Without any further ado, I am handing the mike (so to speak) over to Ms. Lynn!


Authors need Bloggers:

Why self-published authors need to take a little more care when they are contacting bloggers.

As a writer, I am a member of various online groups and forums aimed to connecting readers and writers. Some of this is for promotion — writers seeking out reviews for their latest novel — and others are simply there to allow you to make a connection. Time and time again on these forums I see the same thing, reviewers frustrated by the impersonal blanket emails sent out seeking reviews. In all honesty, I don’t understand why any writer — or generally any well-mannered person — would do that. So, I thought I would offer an explanation as to why this is such a bad idea and why taking the time to know bloggers can be not only worthwhile, but incredibly rewarding.

Writers need bloggers, not the other way around

Perhaps it has escaped your notice as a writer, but there are hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of books out there. Yes, yours may be incredibly unique, a masterpiece, rewriting fiction as we know it — I could go on and on, but I’m making myself a little nauseous — but even if it is, (and the truth is that it’s probably not) it won’t matter if no one ever gets to see it. Bloggers are our doorway to readers. And they don’t have to unbolt the door if they don’t want to.

Bloggers are people

Again, it may have escaped your notice yet again, but bloggers are actual people. You know that annoying work colleague, the one who can’t be bothered to learn your name but thinks you should jump to his or her command when they call. That’s you if you can’t be bothered to go to the effort of finding out who you are actually talking too. It is just plain rude. You are asking for vast amounts of their time, if you can’t be bothered to even find out their name, you don’t deserve it. Which brings me to my next point.

Blogs are hugely time consuming

For about 3 months my husband did a daily vlog. I nearly killed him and I’m not joking. I never saw him, let alone spoke to him. Every waking thought was about his vlog, and that was only 3 months long.

The amount of time that goes into preparing material for any blog is massive, but with a book blog, it’s colossal. First the bloggers need to read the book. Even a fast reader is going to need to give over a day of their time to do this. Then they need to hone the review as well as post it on various different sites to up your exposure. If you don’t believe me, write a guest post for a blog — I’m certain you will find plenty of blogs willing to accept your offer — and see how long it takes you. I’d be impressed if you could get anything worth reading done in less than an hour (I mean that, I would be genuinely impressed. It takes me ages to write them).

Now let’s not forget that many of these blogs have been running for years. Some have passed the decade point. These guys have followings that lots of us self-published writers would die for, and if you don’t respect that, you’re in the wrong business.

Blogs are good

This is my last point. There is a reason that so many of these blogs have vast followings that stick by them year after year, and it’s quite simple. They are good. Bloggers are writers too and a lot of them are damn talented. Their posts are witty and clever, both detailed yet succinct; everything a lot of us hope our writing could be. Throw in with that some great recommendations and light-hearted humour and why wouldn’t you want to spend half-an-hour reading through their back catalogue of posts?

It can be hard as a self-published writer to get people to even look at our books, so for the good of all of us out there, can we try and be a bit more mindful of our manners in the future please.

Hannah Lynn, Author of The Afterlife of Walter Augustus available on Amazon from 12th July 2018.

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Review: Escaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #3) by Amelia Hutchins

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Published: February 17, 2014

Author: Amelia Hutchins

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Synopsis: I thought things couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.

I found out what I really wanted and was forced to give him up. Just as I found out who I really am, I was presented to the elusive Horde King as a gift.

This was the mystical being I was hidden from for more than twenty years.

Although Ryder promised to save me, I couldn’t let him get near this creature, so I willingly (sort of) signed myself over to be his new plaything.

Now in the Horde Realm, nothing is going remotely like I thought it would.

My powers and emotions are on the fritz, and each day seems to bring surprises that I am not sure how to deal with.

The Horde King thinks he has me exactly where he wants me. He thinks he has taken all of my options away.

I still have choices.

Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it.

Opinion: Okay so ONE OF MY THEORIES WAS ACTUALLY RIGHT. Kind of. I can’t tell you what it was, because that would be a spoiler, but I am so happy I guessed correctly, kind of. I read Escaping Destiny in less than EIGHT hours. I read it at work, sorry work. Some steamy scenes in this one. STEAMY. Be aware of the little cautionary tale at the front. Definitely not for the kiddies, this one.

Synthia gets gifted to the Horde King and, y’all, Horde King is bae. You’ll see. It all makes sense now. Synthia isn’t as she seems. What? She was a human witch, then fae, then a princess, what’s happening?? It just keeps getting more twisted, don’t worry.

I love that this series keeps me on my toes. I have such a hard time not just reading non-stop. What is sleep? Who needs it when you’re reading The Fae Chronicles? Not I. If you haven’t read this series yet, check it out. You’re missing out. I can’t believe I never read it until this week. And I am powering through it. Powering.

Ryder is up there on my list of book boyfriends. Rhysand is still numero uno, then Ryder, who knocks Barrons out of the second place spot. I am still thinking that this series may be better than Fever, sorry KMM. It’s just less drawn out, more steamy scenes, and more angsty romance. Which is starting to look like it might be my favorite. THE ANGST. UGH. MY HEART.

Read it. Love it. Talk to me about it. Let’s GO.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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