Review: Conquered (Honor Bound #9) by Angel Payne

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Published: October 23, 2018

Author: Angel Payne

Synopsis:

Can one turn of fate be their conquering destiny?

Jen Thorne is the resident book geek at Nellis Air Force Base, though she’s strict about keeping her fictional men separate from her real-life expectations. It’s safer, for her heart and soul, to maintain her personal life as a no-fly zone.

Until she stumbles onto Sam Mackenna’s radar.

It’s clear the Scottish RAF pilot-on loan to the Air Force for a month of cross-training-is more than Jen’s fantasy Highlander come to life. His commanding aura is as intoxicating as his golden gorgeousness, and she’s unable to resist the desire to let him dominate her in every way possible.

Never has a man unlocked more of Jen’s darkest desires and erotic yearnings-but being the man’s perfect submissive in the sheets doesn’t mean she’s his life’s destiny. Why would an alluring hunk like Sam choose a wallflower like her for anything more than his kinky booty call? Once he returns to Scotland, forgetting him will be easy-if she can prevent him from completely conquering her heart.

But that may be easier said than done.

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Opinion:

Okay, WHAT? Angel, I need MORE Sam and Jen. Holy hell. I don’t think I’ve ever been in love with two characters as much as I love them. My heart HURTS. I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream and yell at them. Lady, every book in the Honor Bound series is pure magic! Absolute magic. If you have not began the Honor Bound journey, I can’t even begin to tell you how much you are missing out!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Blog Tour: Conquered (Honor Bound #9 by Angel Payne

Conquered (Honor Bound 9)

by Angel Payne

Release date: 23rd October

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Synopsis

Can one turn of fate be their conquering destiny?

Jen Thorne is the resident book geek at Nellis Air Force Base, though she’s strict about keeping her fictional men separate from her real-life expectations. It’s safer, for her heart and soul, to maintain her personal life as a no-fly zone.

Until she stumbles onto Sam Mackenna’s radar.

It’s clear the Scottish RAF pilot-on loan to the Air Force for a month of cross-training-is more than Jen’s fantasy Highlander come to life. His commanding aura is as intoxicating as his golden gorgeousness, and she’s unable to resist the desire to let him dominate her in every way possible.

Never has a man unlocked more of Jen’s darkest desires and erotic yearnings-but being the man’s perfect submissive in the sheets doesn’t mean she’s his life’s destiny. Why would an alluring hunk like Sam choose a wallflower like her for anything more than his kinky booty call? Once he returns to Scotland, forgetting him will be easy-if she can prevent him from completely conquering her heart.

But that may be easier said than done.

Can this be read as a standalone?

The characters are introduced in other stories but this is definitely their story. So could be read without reading others in the series.

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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has written for four publishing houses, and is also independently published. She loves to focus on high heat romance starring memorable alpha men and the women who love them.

She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Suited for Sin series, the Cimarron Saga, the Temptation Court series, the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), the Lords of Sin historicals, and the rebranded Honor Bound series, as well as several stand-alone titles.

Currently, she is serving as the Vice President of Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Ink Chapter.

She lives in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and beautiful daughter.

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Review: The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2) by Michael Crichton

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Published: 1995

448 Pages

Author: Michael Crichton

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Okay, I see you The Lost World. Growing up, the Jurassic Park movies were my absolute FAVORITE movies, so it is such a joy to finally have read both books. Especially since the movies have taken aspects of both books and spread them out over three/four movies. That’s right, there’s an aspect in The Lost World that is included in Jurassic World. A very small aspect, but I made the connection.

The Lost World is so different from the movies. They took certain scenes and changed them so much in the movie that reading the book was like reading something completely different from what I expected.

Okay, enough with the comparisons. The book is absolutely spectacular. A little less dinosaurs than what I wanted, and expected, as there is a huge build up to them simply getting to the island. Essentially, dinosaur bodies are washing up in Costa Rica and no one knows why or even what they are because hello, dinosaurs are extinct. And the first island was covered up so no one knew, outside of the realm of InGen/Scientists, that is even existed in the first place. Turns out InGen had another island that they abandoned and the dinos have been chillin’, doing their dino thing. And because the last island worked out so well, we’re going to go do some research and see how the dinos are surviving on their own and why they’re washing up dead.

That’s all I can say without giving away any spoilers. People die. It’s great. There’s a rex but y’all, IT ISN’T REXY. Rexy was on the other island. Chill with it. Rexy didn’t swim to Sorna from Nublar. It’s not that serious. There’s no Spino. If you’re hoping for Spino, like I was, you’ve come to the wrong book.

How’s this for my first review in months? Great, huh? I’m taking time away from reviews to finish my last semester in college. This review will be on the blog, eventually.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2)


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Photo Tour with author Amber Elby!

Grand Ledge, a small town in central Michigan, is unassuming.  Visitors today may know it as the city that hosts the annual Island Art Fair or Mudge’s Follies variety show, a quaint place with an antiquated main street and several parks lining the Grand River.  

 

Long ago, Grand Ledge was a tourist destination with a vibrant resort and a variety of attractions.  None – or at least very little – of that remains.  The city of today is also the city of my childhood, a town trapped in unchanging time.

 

Bridge Street

 

Bridge Street is the main street of Grand Ledge, the north/south route that leads across the Grand River.  I remember the current bridge being built when I was a child.  During construction, we crossed the river on a temporary wooden bridge that terrifyingly swayed as we drove across.  

 

The Grand Ledge Public Library

 

Back in the time before the internet, the library was the only place to find books or information.  The décor is nearly identical to when I was a child, and they still have the same collections that I frequented in high school.  

 

The Sun Theater

 

The Sun is a reprieve from modern cinemas.  It offers recent runs of films for a few dollars and is a place where you can still get a popcorn, soda (or “pop” as we call it), AND candy for under $5.  There are single restrooms and a single screen.  Despite its small size, the theater is romantic and nostalgic, the place where I saw nearly every film from Jurassic Park to Gladiator and where I first experienced love and independence and the creative stirrings that led to my life as a writer.

 

The Ledge Path

 

This path spans from the island to Fitzgerald Park, which was a former spiritualist campground in the late nineteenth century.  When I was in elementary school, we walked this path yearly and heard oral histories about buried treasure and plagues brought by European settlers and myths of the islands’ creation.  The path has been somewhat neglected since my childhood and is difficult to navigate in parts, but it is still beautiful.

 Sandstone Creek

 

Sandstone Creek branches off from the south side of the Grand River and was once part of the appeal of Grand Ledge, popular with picnicking tourists.  When I was a child, I caught crayfish in its waters and once found a petosky stone, which is the state stone of Michigan.  The creek is rather desolate today and unknown by many visitors and locals.  

 

Oak Park

 

Across the river from Sandstone Creek, Oak Park boasts some of the most popular rock climbing cliffs in Michigan.  It also contains many fabulous pieces of nineteenth and early twentieth century graffiti, including an intricate carving of a mermaid and my grandmother’s name, Arleta, immortalized by a former lover.  There is a carved spiral as well, which is part of how I tied this town to my imaginary world in Cauldron’s Bubble.  

 

Lincoln Brick Park

 

In addition to tourism, Grand Ledge was once a town of industry.  It was home to a clayworks plant, a chair factory, and a brick factory.  Lincoln Brick Park houses the ruins of the brickmakers, as well as a quarry that became a swimming hole after workers struck a spring.  When I was a child, I searched for fossils along the quarry’s banks.

 

The Cemetery

 

Oakwood Cemetery sits atop a hill on the far north side of Grand Ledge.  I used to play saxophone in band concerts here during Memorial Day ceremonies.  This is the cemetery where Alda’s grandmother is fictionally buried, and it is known that bodies of those who died in winter – before modern gravediggingequipment was used – had to be stored in mausoleums until the ground thawed.

 

The Island

 

The Second Island is the only one of the seven islands that is accessible today.  It is actually a combination of two islands, tied together with a jetty where a rollercoaster once spanned the gap between.  The gazebo stands on the site of Mudge’s Hotel, a circular tower that was planned to have a whirligig on top, until its foundation was damaged by a flood.  Apart from that hotel’s foundation, no other evidence of the original resort remains on the island.  

 

Amber Elby will be hosting her book launch for Double Double Toul in Austin, Texas at Malvern Books on October 14 at 2:00 p.m. She will also be at the Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest at North Richland Hills Library in Texas on October 20 from 11:00 to 5:00!

Synopsis

Six months after the events of Cauldron’s Bubble, Alda is stranded in her remote cottage, unable to recreate the magical object that allows her to travel between time and place.  Meanwhile, Dreng’s home with Miranda on a distant island begins to crumble.  They both escape to Fairy Land, where they become embroiled in a battle of immortals as the clans of Queen Titania and King Oberon fight for supremacy.  In order to evade capture and return to their worlds, Dreng must rely on his adversary, Caliban, while Alda discovers an ally in the mysterious Ophelia.  In a realm where only humans can die, will Alda and Dreng save themselves and, more importantly, each other?  Or will they succumb to the fantastical powers in play?  

 

Double Double Toil continues to build on the world introducedin Cauldron’s Bubble by intertwining Shakespeare’s plays in a unique and exciting way, introducing their stories to new readers and established Bard fans alike.  Elements and characters from Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet combine in this fast-paced tale of magic and adventure.  Read on…

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Review: The Red Ledger: Part 5 by Meredith Wild

I received a copy of The Red Ledger Part 5 via Bare Naked Words in exchange for my honest review.

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Published: September 10, 2018

Authors: Meredith Wild

Synopsis: Tomorrow isn’t promised…

I’ve seen death. I’ve watched my place in the world fall away. Every day, the life I’ve chosen with Tristan changes shape. It’s not the life I wanted for us, but it’s ours. I accept this, as unready as I sometimes feel to face the dark side of humanity he knows too well.

Now the person who’s responsible for putting us on this path has slipped from our grasp. Our grand plans to free Tristan from the life of a mercenary are unraveling. Friends are looking more like foes, and the truth we’ve been searching for is uglier than we could have ever imagined.

Every tomorrow brings a new fight I pray we can win. But what if tomorrow is something I’ve taken for granted all this time? What if we’ve met our match? What if tomorrow never comes?

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Opinion:

This series just keeps getting better and better! I gobbled RL5 down within a few hours, I just couldn’t get enough! I have to say, I believe this was my favorite part of the series, so far! The suspense took on a whole new level for me. Holy twists and turns, whipping me around a bit. If you haven’t started Red Ledger, I highly recommend that you do!

Spoilers: Tristan is getting more of his memories back and, ugh, MY HEART. I’m so happy we’re getting a look into how Tristan and Isabel started!!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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