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Book review: Underbelly

Underbelly by Karen Crawford

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Considering my almost disconcerting fascination with crime and murders, it’s surprising how little I read from the same genre of books. So when I won this little bad boy in a giveaway, I decided to dive right in!

And no regrets here, people!! Damn! Enter Taryn Winter, a retired homicide detective. She is pulled back into the world of murders when a serial killer is discovered to have been killing prostitutes at a local hotel. Taryn’s old colleague and friend Daniel invites her to join the investigation, seeing as she has previously worked with many of the local prostitutes, and having been a protector of sorts for them.

Things soon take an unexpected turn, and Taryn finds herself not liking the development of their investigation, and a vedge forms between her and Daniel.

With constant twists and turns, this book was a hell of a ride! Classic “I know who it is” that turns into “what!?” Brilliant!!

With strong, believable characters, well-described surroundings, and an exciting plot, this book made for an entertaining read! I honestly finished it as quickly as I could. It draws you in, and you just need to know how it ends… And maybe even forces you to jump onto the next instalment of the series!! Luckily, it’s also on my TBR 😀

Book review: Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels by J. C. Seal

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Packed with lore, mythology, demons, angels, and a burning love – this book will keep you entertained from the first page to the very last!

Set in modern times, Bela – a half-demon – works tirelessly to save and gather others like him, bringing them to a safe haven he calls The Farm. Unconditional in his love and faith in others, he befriends a human, and suddenly his own past begins to unravel, and things come to light that he had never expected.

Also telling a sizzling love story, this book never lets up! It will keep throwing new twists and turns at you, and you are just forced to keep reading into the wee hours of the night! I definitely recommend it!

Book review: The Curse of Chalion

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

This novel may be a low-key, thoughtful, soul-reaching read, but my goodness, I couldn’t expect it to be so wholly engaging in the subtle – yet beautiful – way it was penned! I am glad I read this!

Fantastic characters, not only Cazaril, a man who has suffered much and only wish for a new life for himself; but also the others, not in the least the spirited Iselle and her entourage! They are all believable and engaging, and you find yourself swallowed up by their world and just praying everything will be alright at the end!
Oh, and I love the theological aspect of this book: The Gods and the religion, the devouts/saints, and the fact you get to see their miracles (and more…) through prayer!

All in all, it is a pleasant read that works as a stand-alone, despite it being part of a series. I truly recommend it!!

Book review: Going Down

Going Down by Lady Jaguar

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Now, I’m not a prolific reader of erotica, but I stumbled over this on Wattpad (was looking for LGBTQIA-related romance initially) and the wittiness and storyline instantly caught my attention! It wasn’t as “shallow” as I often expect from these types of novels. Instead, the book is funny, romantic, light-hearted, yet still with plenty of character building/development and depth.

I love the relationship and interactions between Tino and Richard and how it differs from the clichéd CEO/assistant-duo. Tino says it as it is and won’t back down, which is a trait I love! And then, obviously, the development between them and what that means for Richard and his growth as a character. They are so different, yet so perfect for each other! I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil, so you would have to read it yourself to find out more 🙂

The story as such is easy to follow, with just the right amount of description, its well thought out, and just plain entertaining! It was a pleasant read which I binged as quick as my busy parent life allowed 😀

So for anyone looking for some M/M romance and erotica, look no further! This one is definitely worth your while!

Book review: The Curse of Ash and Blood

The Curse of Ash and Blood by Lou Wilham

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

This story was a little different compared to the first book (The Curse of the Black Cat). Not quite as sweet and whimsical, it focuses on the gruff and aloof dragon Blaze and the sweet and loving veterinarian Fable.

I have to admit, I was initially worried this book would be too similar to the first instalment of the series considering the premise and the M/M romance. However! I did not find it so. Instead, I was happy to see the resemblance was just the right amount to give this story its own depth and room for character building.

Speaking of characters, this is where I found myself stumped at times. Throughout the story, Blaze comes across as quite abusive, not in the least towards Fable, and I waited for some sort of turnaround in this. I would have wished for a slightly more softer side to come across for this story to be as sweet and toe-curling as its predecessor. Even Gwydion felt less whimsical than in the first instalment of the series, so although the story in itself is great, it does not quite reach my expectations.

However, all in all, I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a short and sweet M/M romance story.

Book review: To Ride Hell’s Chasm

To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Picked this book up due to a recommendation from a friend, and I loved it!

It is not for the faint of heart, or for one who is in for the quick read, for if you skim through this book, you will miss so much. Wurts’ writing is like a work of art in itself, let alone all the hidden meanings behind many of the actions and words. So despite the word count, there is plenty to read between the lines!

I loved the characters, obviously Mykkael, but also the princess, who ends up being not quite what I imagined, and then many of the side characters. I wish I had seen a little more of them in the second half of the book, but the story does not quite allow for it.

I adore the way the magic works in this book. It is fantastic and will undoubtedly inspire me as I work with my novels and books. I look forward to reading more books from Janny Wurts and would recommend them to others who are in for an epic adventure!

Book review: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

An undying classic which deserved a thorough read. I am happy I gave it some undivided attention, as I found myself loving it just as much as I did the film adaptation as it first came out, and NOT TO FORGET, the mini-series with Colin Firth, because… Hello! Mr Darcy!! Who doesn’t like the strangely aloof, handsome man who ends up being nothing like what you thought?

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

This book has everything to satisfy my need for romance, and with a slow-building love that creeps up on Elizabeth and Mr Darcy as they begin to see each other in a different light. One needs to overcome their pride as the other realises their prejudice. It is a heartfelt read, cheerful, funny, and most certainly worth the read!

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