ELUSIVE by Ali Dean ~ Release Day Blitz

Kate Walker has a new identity. She’s escaped her past, and lives a fairly normal life for a 22 year old. She’s about to graduate college and bartends to pay the bills. But when her past begins to catch up with her, Kate’s reminded that normalcy is only a façade.

When unexpected events land her rooming with billionaire heirs Sebastian and Evan Webster, remaining reclusive becomes more difficult. As Kate fights her attraction to one Webster brother, she begins to wonder if living in hiding is really living at all.

Is her safety worth sacrificing a chance for love and friendships?

 

After all, safety may just be an illusion.

BUY IT ON AMAZON

~*~ABOUT ALI~*~
7237069
 
Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.
My Thoughts:  I haven’t had the opportunity to read this author before.  I enjoyed this first person, present tense writing style — a chapter in Kate’s point of view and then again in Evan’s, alternating.
Evan can’t seem to keep away from Kate.  He’s never felt this way before in his 25 years.  From the moment he meets her, she is on his mind.  His problem is he’s full of money and is used to being used, manipulated and women chase him FOR his money.  A past engagement, based on lies, with Camilla, has him wary about any other.  He’s afraid of trusting, but knows that a solid, healthy relationship can be built only by trust.  What if he lets himself go and lets his emotions take over his common sense?
I wasn’t sure when exactly it happened; hell, probably sooner than I was willing to admit. Touching her, holding her, I’d never felt anything close to the tumultuous mixture of tenderness, possession, vulnerability, and yeah, horniness, as I had around Kate Watson.
Kate is running from a past, from a man who killed her mother.  She starts a new life, new name, studying at the university to be a licensed nurse.  She’s on the home stretch — just a month to go.  Why do things have to go wrong now?  Has he found me?  Who can I trust? She can’t forget her realty, she must be prepared to run, to hide, to defend herself. Then there is Evan.  Kate feels happy with him, and actually safe with him.  Could it be too much to dream to have a life after all? She’s not telling the whole truth with Evan.  How could a relationship happen when her life is one big deception?
The author has me hook, line and sinker.  I knew all sh*t would happen.  OMG!  I am riveted.
I loved the story, the suspense, the caring, the friendship, and learning to trust.  Yes, this author had me crying, not small, little tears, but big ones that just kept on going.  Thank you, Ali Dean, for the experience and letting me be there every moment!
Posted in Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, New Book Release, New Book Release Tour, Romance, Suspense, Thriller | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Book Release: THE DARKEST CORNER by Liliana Hart ~ by the way, think twice about being embalmed at death — you may feel better being cremated. Ha!

Cover.DarkestCornerThis story will make all your nightmares real!  

Title: The Darkest Corner The Gravediggers Series, Book One
Author:
Liliana Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
ISBN: 9781501150036
Price: $7.99 Paperback

The Gravediggers Series:
The Darkest Corner
Gone to Dust

Publisher’s Summary: 

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s first book in her sexy, suspenseful Gravediggers series, THE DARKEST CORNER, features an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise…

Deacon Tucker is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortuary in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Deacon Tucker ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Deacon is dangerous, deadly, and drop-dead gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Deacon is on a mission to stop the most deadly terror attack the world has ever known—what’s known as The Day of Destiny—a terrorist’s perfect day. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

 My Thoughts:  Last Stop is a typical small-town in Texas.  Most people know more than they should about each other.  The things said in the Clip n’ Curl are outrageously funny and in-your-face embarrassing! Theodora, Tess’s mom owns the place.  She, in and of herself, is a woman who goes after what she wants and bluntly speaks her mind. She also has an addiction, some would say a sickness — she pilfers anything she can sell to play the casino. Tess helps her mother on Fridays, also visiting with Tatiana, her grandmother, while there.

The town women talk openly discussing Cal Dougherty’s (town sheriff) seeming attraction to Tess.  They’ve all grown up in this small town, so everyone has an opinion. This scene is priceless, giving the reader the opportunity to see Tess, Theodora, Tatiana and town-folk in action. After Cal leaves her at the Clip n’ Curl she is the focus of attention.

“He’d be an excellent choice for you, Tess,’ her mother said by way of greeting. “He seems very stable. Though I’ve heard he’s not the  most endowed, if you get my drift.” Theodora waggled her eyebrows and pointed to her privates.

“Very subtle, Mama. I think everyone gets the drift.”

….”You’re looking a bit peaked today, Tess. I’ve got some of my vitamin juice in the fridge if you want some.”

Kind reader, her vitamin juice is all the rage.  Everyone who comes into the salon, grabs one.  It’s laced with Vodka!

This town is all inclusive.  Crystal, daughter to Bobby and Lynette Rose, belongs to a nice blue-collared family.  Crystal is more suited to the Addams Family.  Her black hair is shaved completely on one side of her head, the other side is dyed a brilliant blue; she’s loaded with piercings, everywhere.  Yes, everywhere.  She also works at the Clip ‘n Curl. People stare at the girl, but she does a mean set of nails, also adding the fabric of the town.

Tess Sherman, a smart-talking, sassy redhead whose temper can get quite out of hand, would rather own the funeral home she manages.  Last Stop, the small town she’s lived in all her life, hardly has enough people die to keep the home working. Nevertheless, Eve Winters purchases the place, leaving her in charge. She then does all manner of renovations, and employs five hunks.  For sometime, Tess has had her eye on Deacon Tucker, but she’s not the kind of girl he’d be interested in.  Tess is curious why Eve Winters bought the place and all these men came to work for her.  Tess figures they are probably doing something wrong.  One night her suspicions become real…putting herself directly in the line of danger. Something in Tess shifts…She becomes more and more suspicious and more and more drawn to the life it offers.  She suspects wrong doing, but when she learns about the operation around her, she’s blown away.

Six men working for an agency even the President of the United States doesn’t know about, are dead, as far as the world knows.  They are very much alive, however, working with an agency to stop the real monsters of the world in their evil plans to kill, strike terror, panic and havoc so governments collapse. Their base is the mortuary in Last Stop, close enough to get where needed, and off the beaten path. You will enjoy getting to know these driven men.  They, I’m sure, will have their own stories in the sequels to come.

Deacon Tucker has been watching Tess for two years.  Cameras are in every room.  He hears her talking to herself, sees her working, hears her conversations with her best friend Miller.  She is driving him crazy.  His life is all about control.  He does fine, but with Tess, all he wants to do is ravish her.  Both are eyeing what they see as eye-candy — neither acting on it.  Who will break first?  Yep, a hilarious read, indeed! 

This well-written quick-paced, edgy story has it all.  It is snarky, with dialogue hilariously outrageous at times.  It also packs plenty of suspense and nail-biting danger, including some passionate scenes–these two are well-matched!  Story aside, it made me decide not to be embalmed.  You’ll see what I mean when you read the book. Cremation is my preference!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:LilianaHartAuthorPhoto

Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty titles, including the Addison Holmes Whiskey and J.J. Graves Mystery series. Since self-publishing in June 2011, Liliana has sold more than four million ebooks. She’s hit the #1 spot on lists all over the world, and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Liliana is a sought-after speaker who’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from California to New York to London. Please visit her at lilianahart.com, facebook.com/lilianahart, and twitter.com/liliana_hart.

 

Look for Gone to Dust (Book 2) June 20th!

Posted in Book Reviews, Mystery, New Book Release, New Book Release Tour, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Audiobook Review: THE SECRET OF LOVE penned by Cynthia Wright, narrated by Tim Campbell

32968228Title: The Secret of Love Rakes and Rebels: The Raveneau Series, Book 3
Author: Cynthia Wright
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Pages: 325
Story Setting:
Cornwall, England, 1808
Published by:
Boxwood Manor Books
Published Date:
December 26, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01N3QEE86


Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 9 hours, 49 minutes
Release Date: December 23, 2016
Published by: Cynthia Challed

 

Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family series:
1 – Silver Storm (André & Devon)
2 – Smuggler’s Moon (Sebastian & Julia)
3 – The Secret of Love (Gabriel & Isabella)
4 – Surrender the Stars (Ryan & Lindsay)
His Make Believe Bride (Justin & Mouette) coming in August, 2017
5 – His Reckless Bargain (Nathan & Adrienne)
6 – Tempest (Adam & Cathy)

 

Publisher’s Summary:

When Lady Isabella Trevarre first laid eyes on Gabriel St. Briac, she announced to her best friend: “That is the man I will marry!” Now a woman grown, Izzie has traded her girlish dreams for the independent life of an artist, but she never quite forgot the dazzling Frenchman who captivated her young heart. When he appears again in Cornwall, the seeds of desire grow between them.

As Napoleon’s army loots art treasures throughout Europe, Gabriel St. Briac’s priceless Leonardo da Vinci painting vanishes from its hiding place. Bent on recovering his family’s prized possession, Gabriel sets sail for the chaos of wartime France – only to find Izzie stowed away on his ship. Though fearful for her safety, he allows her to join in his quest. But Izzie harbors a dark secret…a secret that could shatter the tender blossom of their trust. When danger puts them both to the test, will these two guarded souls dare to risk all for love?

©2016 Cynthia Challed (P)2016 Cynthia Challed

 

My Thoughts: This multi-layered story of laughable moments, suspenseful scenes, and engaging characters is part of a series you should not miss.

Isabella is a powerhouse young lady. Gabriel St. Briac is captivated and intrigue by her beauty and outrageous behavior.  She’s a free spirit much like he is.  They will bring you lots of smiles!

Lady Isabella Trevarre admires Gabriel St. Briac, a man she met when just a child.  She was a shy, young girl, slightly embarrassed about being plump.

Since gaining her independence from her family, she has grown into a woman of spirit, following a profession as an artist, as her mentor, Madame Le Brun, had achieved. Nor does she want marriage—it would prevent her from doing what she wants to do—paint. She has turned into a beautiful, curvaceous woman who Gabriel St. Briac can’t keep his eyes off.

Gabriel St. Briac is a man of adventure, smuggler, rake and a bastard child, but connected closely to the King.  His only proof of this relationship is a painting said to be painted by Leonardo Da Vinci.  Napoleon is seizing the treasures of Europe in his trek across Europe.  Rather than lose this precious painting, Gabriel leaves it in good keeping, or so he thinks!

It is discovered after four years of being hid away, the painting has been stolen.  Isabella, known as Izzy by her family, feels somewhat responsible since she surmises who stole the painting. With her rebellious and spirited self, she hides away on Gabriel St. Briac’s ship, to accompany him to France, to help to retrieve his painting. But hide where?  This is where you’ll be laughing!  She hid in a coffin in the hold of the ship. The coffin had been used for contraband tea on the sail to England. But her thoughts lead her to panicking, particularly when something heavy has been put on the coffin, keeping her from getting out if she wants.  Poor Izzie!

Sebastian, Issie’s brother, is married to Julia.  They have their story in Smuggler’s Moon, and play a role in this story, too.  Andre and Devon from Silver Storm are also participants in the story.  This story can be read as a stand-alone, but because I’ve read both book one and two, it enriched the backstory the author provides. Besides, it’s just good fun meeting characters you already know.

Narrator Tim Campbell moves from American accent to English and then to French accented English with flawless ease.  At the same time his inflection, tone and voice-pacing change in perfect synchrony in dialog.  His talent most definitely enhances the pleasure and entertainment of the story.

 

Posted in Audiobook, Audiobook Review, Book Reviews, Regency Romance, Romance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Soar the Skies with the Drakkon in EMBER by Paula Quinn ~ an amazing tale of power, control, greed, and untruths

 

Rave35022474 Reviews

Title: Ember Rulers of the Sky, Book 2
Author: Paula Quinn
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 281
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition
Published Date: May 16, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B071RL152Z

 

Rulers of the Sky Series, ecopy puchase link:
Scorched
Ember

Publisher’s Summary: Millionaire Garion Gold is the last Drakkon alive on earth, but he doesn’t have to be. His blood holds the power to transform at will or alter any descendant of the ancients. He doesn’t have to live his life alone, hiding from those who seek his blood, secluded in a villa in the mountains of Norway. He can rule the sky with his kind, but the cost to humans is too high. So, he remains a man, alone in the clouds, giving up flight and fire for a nobler purpose. He’s suspended in both worlds, belonging to neither, an outcast with a price on his head that has cost others their lives.

Never again.

Helen White will never forget the Gold Drakkon that burned her family to ashes and set her path toward a purpose. To find and kill him before he turns any more Drakkon. But he isn’t the monster she’d prepared herself for. He’s six feet five inches of pure, golden muscle and built like he could lift that hammer from the ground with a tug. He’s mystery and radiance draped in sunshine or starlight. A man whose kiss sets music to the stars and whose truest heart is revealed in his gentleness with the most delicate of creatures; his cat. What will losing her heart to her sworn enemy cost her? And when a life-altering truth is revealed, what will stop her from killing him?

My Thoughts:  I got lost, once again, in the Dragon flying world created by author Paula Quinn. I read the first of the series, Scorched, and enjoyed continuing the series with Ember. If you are a dragon lover, one who faces danger head-on, you are going to love this series!

Marcus Aquara, who had been the last ancient Drakkon, had been tricked, shot from the sky.  He became a man (book 1) and found his life mate, Samantha.  Are there no more Drakkon? Garion is the last Gold Drakkon, all others destroyed. He’s young, only 26 years, his egg found and hidden with Marcus’s family until he grew and became a man/Drakkon.  To protect his family, he moved far away. He is being hunted by friends (for him to change them to Drakkon so they can soar in the sky) and foe (those who want to exterminate the last remaining Drakkon).

Fourteen years previous, Helena and Jacob, as young children, watch their home and Drakkon descendants destroyed by one magnificent and frightening site – a Gold Drakkon angered and seeking revenge upon the death of his friend, Thomas White. Thomas had been changed from a Drakkon to a man by the Phoenix Amber.  But he had a chance to change back through special powers the newly discovered Gold Drakkon had, which was his undoing, and instigated the events to follow.

Garion, the Gold Drakkon, vowed never again to change another person to Drakkon.  It was too dangerous, for both the Drakkon and humans.  Drakkon does not engage in emotion or what is right or wrong.  He wants, he takes! Garion even has a hard time keeping himself in the form of man, for he fights the change every day—to soar the skies.

After the death of Patrick White, Helena and Jacob’s father, the truth remains hidden and untruths are revered as true until a day when Ellie, Garion’s adopted family’s daughter meets Helena and Jacob.  Helena and her brother were a part of The Bane, very skilled and ready to kill any Drakkon they find.

Garion lives alone, except for his cat, Catrina, whom he loves.  It isn’t a simple choice of being a Drakkon where humans and these rulers of the sky exist in harmony.  No, the Drakkon nature doesn’t include the kinder emotions.  It is dangerous to even consider a mate for Garion.  He must choose isolation.

Garion used the treasure of Marcus and Thomas to good purpose and to protect himself. Garion is guileless, a man of kindness and loyalty. When he hears from his ‘sister’ she’s been in contact with the Whites, possibly part of The Bane group, he fears her safety, dashing back to New York to protect her.

This book puts us further into the realm of the Drakkon.  Even though Garion feels the pull toward Helena, sparks fly between them, he must deny himself. Helena White would willingly seek his death.  She is an intelligent woman, seeking the truth, as we follow the story. With her inner struggle, she finds Garion speaks the truth.  Once she discovers the truth does she continue to fight him, or fight for him?

Lots of excitement in this series.  The world is marvelous, suspenseful and all believable. Garion is the only known Drakkon who can change a Drakkon to a man, and a man to a Drakkon.  Needless to say, there are many generations of transformed Drakkon who want to be Drakkon again.  The urge to fly in the heavens is something they all wish they could have again.

A fascinating world of heartache, danger, greed and power await you.  How can true love exist with so many untruths spread among its descendants? Does love count for anything?

5-star-review

Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, New Book Release | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Review: HOW TO LOSE A HIGHLANDER by Michelle McLean — beginning of a new series — releasing soon.

34879611Title: How to Lose a Highlander The MacGregor Lairds
Author: Michelle McLean
Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish
Pages: 215
Published by: Entangled: Scandalous
Published Date: May 15, 2017
Sold by: MacMillan
ASIN: B072L1B21M

The MacGregor Lairds Series: ecopy purchase link with Amazon
How to Lose a Highlander
How to Ensnare a Highlander
How to Blackmail a Highlander
 

Publisher’s Summary: Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away. Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him. Sorcha knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her father, yet the longer she’s with him, the more she discovers he is nothing like she was led to believe. They’ll have to fight their way through past prejudices and their own determination to destroy their union in order to gain their perfect HEA in this Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tale.

My Thoughts: With a B.S. in History, M.A. in English,  a sense of humor by a woman who loves a happy ever after, Author Michelle McLean pens an entertaining tale.

Taking a feud of long-standing between the Campbells and the MacGregors, she weaves a tale which will keep you laughing, if for nothing more than the heated banter between Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor.

King Charles II is tired of this feud.  He wants it to end, therefore commands this marriage to take place.  Malcolm doesn’t want to displease the king, for he is a friend and he’s been good with the MacGregor clan.  He cares not to have the king’s wrath and lose his standing.  However, it isn’t below him to think of ways to get this marriage annulled, particularly since his new wife makes him wish he didn’t have ears. His plan is to have her proclaimed insane. He feels a bit guilty about it, but values his freedom above all.

As Malcolm wants his freedom, so does Sorcha Campbell.  To be wedded to the enemy?  Never!!  She and her maid, Berta, work up a scheme which backfires a wee bit.  Well, maybe a lot!  Her plan is to ask for an annulment on the grounds of her new husband unable to consummate the union.

When I wasn’t laughing, I was rolling my eyes–scenes very cleverly written.  These two totally deserve each other! Malcolm just wants to go back to the Highlands – alone.  But it doesn’t work out that way.  Sorcha’s duplicity very nearly gets herself imprisoned. Malcolm saves Sorcha from herself thereby sealing his fate — at least for the near future.

Malcolm is honorable to the end, although it may just kill him.  Sorcha has a change of heart.  Maybe she could live with Malcolm, but her maid has a poor influence on her, making her doubt Malcolm’s intentions. Malcolm has little faith in his new bride and easily thinks the worst of her.  Can these two ever move forward, already? Outside forces create more havoc.  This adds up to one fast-paced battle between Sorcha and Malcolm.  Eventually, both hearts are ensnared, giving the reader a most satisfying happy ever after.

Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley for a fair review.

Posted in Book Reviews, Highland Romance, Highland Stories, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, New Book Release | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Just Released: DARK HEART by Elizabeth Ellen Carter ~ face your fears and inadequacy seeking justice

34908497Title: Dark Heart
Author: Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Genre: Historical Romance, Ancient World
Pages: 339
Story Setting: Rome, 235 A.D.
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: Mary 12, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B06ZYJ54VD

 

Publisher’s Summary:

Can love survive a dark heart?

Rome, 235 A.D.

A series of ritual murders of young boys recalls memories of Rome’s most wicked emperor. Magistrate Marcus Cornelius Drusus has discovered the cult extends to the very heart of Roman society.

Despite his personal wealth and authority, Marcus is a slave to his past – conflicted by his status as an adopted son, bitterly betrayed by his wife and forced to give up his child.

Kyna knows all about betrayal. Sold into slavery by her husband to pay a gambling debt, she found herself in Rome, far from her home in Britannia. Bought by a doctor, she is taught his trade and is about to gain her freedom when her mentor is murdered by the cult.

When the same group makes an attempt on her life, Kyna is forced to give up her freedom and accept Marcus’ protection. With no one to trust but each other, mutual attraction ignites into passion. But how far will Marcus go for vengeance when he learns the cult’s next victim is his son?

Can the woman who is free in her heart heal the man who is a slave in his?

My Thoughts:  The cover is mesmerizing and that, in and of itself, urged me to step into the world Author Elizabeth Ellen Carter pens.

This is not my normal read, although I am a historical fiction reader.  That said, it held lots of what I’d like to see in a story–an in-depth social understanding of the times. I haven’t read this author before. The story is more than a romance. It is a story where man and woman face their greatest fears, propelled to succeed in their search for justice in an epoch where seldom we think.

It is set in a time I don’t often find stories.  I like how the author used words rarely used and I had to look them up.  It helped authenticate the setting.

The story takes place in biblical times when the insurgence of a new religion, Christianity, put Rome on edge. Another insurgence of a cult, Elagabalus, the holy sun god, stretches its evil fingers throughout the Roman Empire, preying on young boys. Their main object is power, pure and simple. They want control of the Empire, these clever men, but they are cautious and difficult to catch. Each man is held to the other’s secrets through blackmail.

Marcus Cornelius Drusus, praetor of Rome and magistrate, has a past he rather dismiss.  Yet, it helps the reader understand who the man is. His role now in Rome is to find justice for those who are wronged. This is a time where slaves are given their freedom, or not, and evil roams the land demanding control of the people and their minds.

Kyna, sold into slavery by her husband to pay a gambling debt, was purchased by Philomen, a man of Medicine.  He needs a servant to help run his home, however finds Kyna full of intelligence and interested in his trade.  The relationship changes from slave to that of apprentice.  And from apprentice to that of a daughter.

When Philomen is brutally killed in his surgical room, the slaves are devastated, because they love him.  He was a very good man. Marcus Cornelius Drusus is called in to investigate the murder.  Kyna is drawn into the investigation as a possible suspect.  Soon Marcus’s determination to eradicate this cult and the respect, admiration, and eventual deep love of Kyna forges a bond of strength so powerful evil quakes.

This story’s main focus isn’t one of romance.  It is more suspense, delving into faith, and facing the fate which awaits you. There is a purpose to everything under heaven. Yes, the story has a dark side.  It exposes the underbelly of religious hedonists. It also gives me an appreciation of this time in history. Quite a riveting read and one I would suggest to those who enjoy history with all its turmoil and horror.

Posted in Book Reviews, New Book Release, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Audiobook Review: DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE by Mary Morgan, narrated by Paul Woodson

Dragon Knight's Axe AudiobookTitle: Dragon Knight’s Axe, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3
Author: Mary Morgan
Genre: Paranormal Scottish Romance
Pages: 390
Published by: The Wild Rose press, Inc.
Published Date: June 11, 2015
ISBN-10: 1509202005
ISBN-13: 978-1509202003

Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Length: 10 hours, 40 minutes
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Published by: The Wild Rose Press


Order of the Dragon Knights Series:
Dragon Knight’s Sword
Dragon Knight’s Medallion
Dragon Knight’s Axe
Dragon Knight’s Shield
Dragon Knight’s Ring

Publisher’s Summary:

Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight, flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona that he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic – taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears.

Research assistant Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead – losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

©2015 Mary Morgan (P)2016 Mary Morgan

 

My Thoughts:  I read the book two years ago.  The audiobook narration immediately brought the story back to me, enforcing why I love the book. It also gave me a chance to re-meet one of the Fenian Warriors, preparing myself for Morgan’s new series, releasing June 30.  I am so stoked about this new series which feeds off this series.

Narrator Paul Woodson does an extraordinary job portraying the many emotions with his dynamic depiction of the characters, makes his, the perfect voice for the story.  I’ve heard him narrate several books in different genre.  He is quite versatile.

True to every story I’ve read from Mary Morgan, I’m pulled into a fantastic story within the first paragraph, this one, in the year of our Lord, 1206 A.D..  I am fighting a vicious sea, waves beat the deck’s surface, I spew water from my mouth, slashing rain stings my skin and wind so strong I am brought to my knees with exhaustion.  Was I headed overboard?  Whoa!  What an opening.

This series has time travel.  Why do I love this scenario?  It’s because traveling to the past is NOT something each heroine in the series wants.  Each have their own story on how they arrive in the highlands. Each are strong woman. Unfortunately, they are pawns in the hands of the Fae, acting out what has been foretold.

In my fantasy of fantasies, I’d really love to be one of these women who get pulled back. But since it is HIGHLY unlikely, I must satisfy myself traveling through the imagination and inspiration of a clever author, enhanced with an enthralling narration.  Mary Morgan has captured my fantasies with Fae, a dragon living in Loch Ness who can speak through mind touch, brawny, brave, honorable men and a wild land of magic.

Alastair is one of the Clan MacKay brothers, also known as Dragon Knights, who were the protectors and guardians of the last remaining dragon.  They also held Holy Relics to protect. These brothers were special because they were half-fae, half-human with mystical powers.  Alastair’s was the most powerful, for he had control of the land and responsible for the holy relic axe.

When blood of their sister, Meggie, was spilled on holy ground, the Fae removed the relics from them and their names were stricken from the Order.  In essence, they were banished. But because the Fae stilled loved them they gave them a path to redemption.  A quest. Two of the three brothers finish their quests (books one and two).

Alastair punishes himself by remaining at sea.  Without his feet on the ground, his powers are weakened. He suffers greatly, overcome with guilt, a sense of unworthiness plagues his very existence. Will he take up his own quest?

Fiona lives in present day, Dublin, Ireland, much the loner.  She’s always felt apart from the people around her. She has a secret ability, she is able to communicate with animals.

An intelligent researcher working at Trinity College, she is employed translating a slab found in Navan during an archeological dig.  It is written in Latin and Ogham with two words–Dragon Knight.  Fiona obsesses when she works. She always has to find the meaning behind words.  And she does in this case, but not in the way she expects. One fateful day she tumbles back to the past. She finds herself at a slave auction. Her destiny awaits.

This story is full of adventure, excitement, mystery, suspense, Fae, Fenian warriors and a dragon. Is this a combination that intrigues you?  If you are a paranormal and fantasy fan as well as a historical buff, take time to acquaint yourself with this author.  What a world she weaves with this delightful series!  Readers, indulge your senses and enjoy!

 

Posted in Action/Adventure, Audiobook, Audiobook Review, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Highland Romance, Highland Stories, Historical Romance, Medieval Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment