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Book Review: I Shall Return with Winter

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πŸ“š I Shall Return With Winter by C. F. Welburn @c.f.welburn

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

I Shall Return with Winter is an intriguing, dark and gritty tale by C.F. Welburn.

Oben, our protagonist, sets off on a journey of revenge after Skalgs ransacked his home and murdered his sister. He is determined to exact vengeance on four leaders of the Skalgs and promises his wife he shall return by winter.

Well, needless to say, things don’t exactly go to plan.

Oben is thrown into the midst of an age-old prophecy, of which he believes none, but he is forced to partake if only to survive. Yet, as the parts of the prophecy are revealed and events play out, his own faith is put to the ultimate test, and the stakes are sky-high.

With a fresh take on The Chose One-trope, I Shall Return with Winter has twists and turns you won’t see coming. The prose is flowing and intricate (no surprise there – all of Welburn’s books are fabulously written), the world-building is fantastic, and everything holds a mysterious quality that only adds to the book’s appeal and immersiveness.

I devoured this book in search of answers, wholly invested in Oben and the other characters. They were all wonderfully depicted and, despite their flaws, highly entertaining (even if they were not always likeable) as they all had their part to play in the prophecy. This was one exciting yet bloody ride, from start to finish.

And even though I Shall Return with Winter is a standalone novel, I’m happy to see Welburn leaves it open for a sequel. I, for one, will look forward to it!

Book Review: A Vampire for Christmas

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πŸ“š A Vampire for Christmas by Tirza Schaefer @tirzaschaefer

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

A Vampire for Christmas is the fourth Christmas story by Tirza Schaefer, and just like its predecessors, it is a wonderful, yet exciting read. It is packed with sigh worthy romance, lovely characters and smouldering hot smut!

Sienna is a woman who’s been down on her luck. A terrible accident left her on disability pay and her life was on hold until a distant relative passed away, unexpectedly leaving her a fortune.

Deciding to pack up and start a new life elsewhere, Sienna buys a mansion-castle-absolutely-freaking-awesome-place (no no, I’m not jealous… or anything…) along the British coastline, setting to renovate it to fit her needs. As a hidden cellar is revealed during said renovations, Sienna sets to explore the place on her own, and finds perhaps more than she had bargained for.

Oh, Enzo… *swoon* (after a while anyway, lol!)

Sienna, now a rambling mess, tries to come to terms with what she has found – what looks like a dead man, but is really a myth, a creature that is not meant to exist – yet she also feels a connection to him, something deep-rooted and pure. She wonders if she can save him and, in doing so, find out who and what he is.

With fabulous descriptions, a fast, eventful plot, and relatable, heartwarming characters, A Vampire for Christmas is a wonderful, seasonal read, and I loved every single moment reading it. The sexual tension, the longing and lust, makes you flip the pages faster and faster. And that climax! Literally! Be ready for it, for it is sweltering hot!!

Book Review: Children of Adaban

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πŸ“š Children of Adaban by R. L. Myles

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

A simplistic yet wonderfully intricate debut!

Children of Adaban is the first book of R. L. Myles’ Legacy series. It is divided into three parts, with each separate section focusing on its own main character and their journey as they attempt to save those they love.

The first part is about Lesant, a young man training to become a warrior of his clan. Lesant’s world comes to an end as his village is lost due to a natural disaster, and he wakes up in a foreign land. There, he tries to find his way home, but is faced with the problem that no one has ever heard of his homeland. This storyline – like the rest – is fast-paced and holds plenty of action, but it also features many moments to stop and reflect, with great little quotes such as this:

“We are all measured by our actions and not by comparison to each other.”

In the next part, we follow Kira, a young woman cursed to a life alone, away from the rest of her village, as her powers pose a significant threat to their existence. In fact, she is meant to be their leader, but she has never even been told of her heritage due to her abilities. But when their village one day faces an outside threat, she is forced to take a stand. However, more to her past is revealed, and not everything is as it seems. I loved the suspense as this played out, and Kira’s struggles were heartfelt. Also, I’m a sucker for animal companions, so… πŸ™‚

In the third act, we get to meet Sanai; a Seer kept captive by a terrible Lord who plans to one day rule over all the lands. One day, she meets a strange man – seemingly by chance – and her fate is sealed. She doesn’t know it yet, but she will have a hand in something greater than she could have imagined. I won’t divulge more due to spoilers, but needless to say, the finale was something above the rest in this book.

Children of Adaban is written in a unique, uncluttered style that makes for a fast-paced read. Some may call it sparse in detail, but I feel that might be a personal preference. The world-building is fantastic, and the characters are wonderfully fleshed-out. I loved the fact that this isn’t a “chosen one” scenario, but a matter of many people blessed by the gifts of their God – Adaban – and that they are now slowly being Awakened and their powers activated.

I suspect Lesant, Kira, and Sanai will one day meet, as some of them visited the same areas within the span of the book, and people of the land referred to them as unique. And indeed, they were, and I’m intrigued to see how this story unfolds. All in all, a great read!

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Book Review: The Cider and Ale Chronicles

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πŸ“š The Cider and Ale Chronicles by Michael Evan and JMD Reid

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

The Cider and Ale Chronicles features a hilarious yet wonderful tale of anthropomorphic animals brewing various types of alcoholic beverages, all while doing other odd things, like fighting walruses, completing side quests, destroying mechs, and fighting zombies.

And what a ride it’s been! Packed with jokes, f-bombs, pop culture references, and breaking of the 4th wall, these books are an incredible mix of everything and more!

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve cheered for these characters. They are quirky, foul-mouthed, and love their alcohol, but they are just as deep, adoring, and loyal.

All aspects of life are covered within these pages, and there is literally something for everyone. I recommend this boxset to anyone in for a laugh, but especially to lovers of satirical fantasy! Enjoy!

Note: Even though Cider of Legend and Wine and Where to Find It can be read as standalones, I recommend reading the books in order for the overall best experience! πŸ˜

Book Review: Love in the Sky

πŸ“š Love in the Sky by Tirza Schaefer

πŸ“š My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love in the Sky may be short, but it certainly packs a searing hot punch!

Lelani drops a pen as she boards a plane to Vegas, and as she goes to pick it up, a sex-on-a-stick-handsome SpecOps named Jinan accidentally bumps into her.

The rest is history.

Like, steamy, red-hot, passionate history.

There is an instant, undeniable connection between the two, literally sparks flying off the page, and they soon can’t resist answering to their urges. A lustful flight soon lands them in Vegas, where not only action in the bedroom happens, and their relationship takes new heights.

This is a romance that is as sweet as it is sweltering hot, with a solid plot and wonderful characters, despite it being so short. It tells a story of lust and passion, which soon transitions into full-blown love. You can’t help but love Lelani and Jinan, two people seemingly perfect for one another, and how they dare take the plunge without so much as a second’s hesitation.

Love in the Sky is hot, funny, sweet, and absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend it!

Book Review: Virgin’s Curse

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πŸ“š Virgin’s Curse by J. C. Seal

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

Virgin’s Curse is a standalone novel set in Seal’s paranormal world of Angels and Demons.

Elena is a woman cursed, living a life in solitude until the day she takes a job at the University of Athens. There, she meets a man with whom she feels an instant connection. Together, they work to unravel the mysteries of her curse, and it takes them on a wild trip beyond their imagination.

Like the Angels and Demons trilogy, this is a fast-paced book, but instead of action, there is a mystery to be solved, and an intriguing investigation takes place. The characters are fabulous, and I particularly like that they are older than the usual cast, and how fantastically well they slot together. And as always, the mix of mythology and religion is incredibly well-thought-out and highly entertaining.

As a side note, Virgin’s Curse works perfectly well on its own, but some characters part of this book are featured in the trilogy, so I think reading the trilogy first might make it even better. I really recommend this for any paranormal romance fan out there!

Book Review: Lexington Black

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πŸ“š Lexington Black by Lady Jaguar

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

🌈 Rob Martyn lives an unassuming life; no kids, working a dead-end job, and caught in a relationship with a woman he barely spends time with, let alone touches. Needless to say, this takes a drastic turn as this story begins, where Rob is locked out of his own home, with a few bags of possessions, and his father’s old grandfather clock. His wife is divorcing him, and he’s forced to reassess his life and what he wants to do.

🌈 And in comes Lexington Black… *swoon*

🌈 Right, so this sounds like an insta-gay moment, but it isn’t. Rob has always felt a bit awkward with women, or sexual experiences in general, long thinking he’s basically been asexual. Well, until he meets Lex, that is. The sexual tiger is unleashed, and there is no going back!

🌈 Now, this story has nothing of the usual, but ALL of the unusual! Main characters who aren’t quite what you think they are – yes, Lex is a rich alpha billionaire, but he’s got a softness and weaknesses, so he’s certainly not perfect. Then Rob, not at all as awkward as you would have thought (considering his new sexual identity), but embraces his new life with confidence (albeit perhaps feigned at times).

🌈 We also have a range of fantastic side-characters: Rob’s supportive and funny sister, the hilarious but warm drag queen Caressa/Peter, and a host of smaller characters, all of whom play an important role in the story as a whole (Lex’s father, Rob’s other siblings, Philip, etc.)

🌈 There are parts of this story that are on the verge of being too good to be true, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t care! And I’m proud to say it! It is a story that weaves together without fault, and it needs to be followed through to the end, for the revelations are excellently presented. I won’t go into detail due to the risk of spoiling, but it was a great end to a fabulous M/M steamy romance. I highly recommend this book!

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