Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Unicorns @DTDyllin

The Trouble with Unicorns
D.T. Dyllin

(Team Unicorn Talia, #1)

Publication date: April 2018

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …
Talia White does what comes naturally to a Unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy.
Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian.
That’s the trouble with Unicorns … they’ll get their way one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to accomplish their goals.

D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.
D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Review: Pen & Xander @LaekanZeaKemp

TITLE: Pen & Xander
AUTHOR: Laekan Zea Kemp
RELEASE DATE: October 31st, 2017
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father's food in her father's restaurant. It's the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there's something almost magic about her food, her father can't imagine anything worse than her following in his footsteps. And when Pen confesses to keeping a secret from her family, he fires her, ensuring she never will.
Xander Amaro is undocumented but that doesn't stop Ignacio Prado from offering him a job at his restaurant. For Xander, it's a chance to make amends and to sever his toxic relationship with the druglord, El Cantil--a man whose been like a father to him since his own disappeared. Soon after, his mother abandoned him too, leaving behind a void that not even his abuelo can fill. Until he meets Pen.
Both seeking a place where they feel like they truly belong, they end up finding each other, and in the face of tremendous fear and self-doubt, they end up finding themselves.

Laekan is a writer and explorer extraordinaire who grew up in the flatlands of West Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in Creative Writing and is the author of the multi-cultural New Adult novels The Things They Didn't Bury, Orphans of Paradise, and Breathing Ghosts, as well as the YA Paranormal series, The Girl In Between. Follow her adventures here on Goodreads, on her blog, or on twitter.


Pen is supposed to go to college and be the one that makes it, but she wants to cook and follow her father's steps. However, when she decides to be brave and honest and confess her dreams... well things go wrong and she is left with no job and the chance to start over.

And in the other corner, we have Xander, a boy who grew up without his mother or father, who has been hunted by the fear of being deported because is an undocumented. The shadow of his past and his association with 'El Canti' hunts him and sometimes he thinks that he doesn't deserve a second chance.

Reunited thanks to the restaurant, Pen and Xander will help each other to heal and above all to learn that life is property of each one of us, that destiny is something you have to make. Each one of them has demons of their own, Pen is not as happy as she seems (if you know something about depression and mental health, you will agree she is well described) and Xander well, imagine being abandoned by your father and your mother.

I like that the romance between them is not forced or cheesy. Litlle by little they are brought together and naturally they end up in a place where things cannot go wrong.

The book addresses several social issues, immigration, drug cartels, mental health, violence among other minor topics. The author deals with all of these without making it a political book or a boring story. This is the reality of the characters and I'm sure many will feel related to it.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It's well written and it's easy to read. The characters are likable and the story has the perfect amount of romance, adrenaline, fear, and emotions.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Man @CharmainePauls

SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts #9
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: September 5th 2017 
PUBLISHER: Satin Romance
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Olivia Reid’s death has always been in the cards. When a man starts stalking her, he brings her pleasure instead of murder. He wants more than her orgasms. He seems to want her very mind. By giving him one thought every night, she manages to push forward the deadline of her extinction. But for how long can she buy her life before her mind is empty, and her stalker has what he wants?
Cain Jones is the leader of a paranormal crime taskforce dedicated to protecting mankind from the revival of evil and the dawning of a second Dark Age. The team under his command uses their seven forbidden arts secretively to fight their archenemy, Godfrey Reid, a man who is set on turning immortal and wiping out the human race. Fighting battle after battle, Cain makes a breakthrough when he locates his opponent’s weakness–Mrs. Olivia Reid. She’s his only link to Godfrey, and his only chance at accomplishing his mission. He’ll break her if he has to. He’ll even steal her thoughts. As the investigation progresses Cain has to face a truth he doesn’t want to admit. He has an ulterior motive for personally keeping an eye on his enemy’s dwellings. Watching Olivia sleep, Cain soon becomes as obsessed with his archenemy’s woman as with killing Godfrey. She’s everything he’s ever wanted. But will she forgive him for killing her husband?

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions. 

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.


In this final installment of the Forbidden Arts series, we finally get to know Cain, the leader of the supernatural team we learn to love through all the books. His mission is to lure his enemy's wife, Olivia. He will try to convince her to help them to kill Godfrey once and for all. However, as he spies on her, he becomes attracted to this woman that is not just his nemesis' wife.

I always wanted to know more about Cain, he was this mysterious character behind the curtains. He is always making choices and finding the new members and it always seemed to me that he was giving orders but never got his hands dirty. Now he is in the center of the action and we understand how and why this man is the perfect leader for this team.

Like all the other books, this one has a strong sexual component. The chemistry between the characters is almost too much. The scenes are perfectly described and it's easy to get lost in the reading.

I like that the book gave a good closure to all the doors left open for the big finale. I enjoyed each book in the series and I totally recommend it.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review:Tides Of Winter (The Felix Chronicles #3)

TITLE: Tides Of Winter
SERIES: The Felix Chronicles #3
RELEASE DATE: February 4th 2017
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Death is just the beginning.
Felix stood at her graveside, eyes burning with sorrow, voice trembling in the winter cold. “This isn’t a kids’ story. The bad guys aren’t evil for the sake of being evil. The good guys fight for a way of life that benefits the privileged at the expense of everyone else—hell, they tried to kill me. So who’s good and who’s evil? Is one side any better than the other? And what’s more important, individual freedom or the right to live without fear? How can I choose for myself when everyone’s trying to choose for me? I only know one thing for sure: when I decide, people are going to die. Good people? Bad people? How will I know until it’s too late? Maybe there isn’t a right answer, and that’s why I’m afraid—why we all should be afraid.”

R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1), Five Days In January (Book 2) and Tides Of Winter (Book 3). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and four sons.

In this third installment, Felix has to make some hard choices. People's lives depended on his actions and there's no easy way out. Lofton and ERA keep messing with the world and fear is the current state of mind.

We are faced again with full pack action scenes, blood, death, danger, and so many emotions. This author has an ability to write dark chapters that still have a human touch in them. The characters have evolved since the first book and there's still a long way for them to go.

In my first review, I mentioned that I loved that the relationship between Felix and Allison was a simple friendship with no romantic tone, and for moments I was afraid the author would change that their bond but it is stronger than ever and they love each other (but as friends). 

If you have read the other two books YOU MUST read this one. And if you like dark urban fantasy, great characters and good writing try this series. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: Five Days In January @TheRTLowe

TITLE: Five Days in January
SERIES: The Felix Chronicles #2
RELEASE DATE: May 18th 2016
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Felix and Allison return from winter break with hopes of settling into the comfortable rhythms of college life only to find Portland College hasn’t escaped the wave of senseless violence sweeping across the land, from the malls of Minnesota to a small town in northern Maine. Amidst the chaos, a political movement rises, fueled by the turmoil threatening to tear the country apart. As the public’s discontent reaches a final tipping point, a new hope emerges from an unexpected figure, a man offering the promise of peace and security—the prospect of ‘freedom from fear’. When the line that separates allies from enemies blurs and good and evil becomes a matter of perspective, Felix must make a choice. But as the gears of a 2,000-year-old prophecy grind inexorably to the future, can Felix choose his own path, or is free will as illusory as the salvation promised by a man destined to set the world aflame?

R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1), Five Days In January (Book 2) and Tides Of Winter (Book 3). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and four sons.

Young adults with supernatural powers, a rich powerful man who wants to rule the world, a dangerous radical group and a prophecy of what's to come, all of this is the recipe for the second book in The Felix Chronicles series.

After reading and getting to know Feliz in book one I needed to know what was next for him? After discovering his powers, he is faced with all these expectations from people around him and has to learn who to trust and which side is good. 

This installment has all the qualities I liked in the first one, it's fast, easy to read with a great use of words. The descriptions and characters allow us to picture all the action unfolding. The situation the world is facing is violent and the author does a great job creating a world that is both dark and fascinating. And I want to mention that I knew ERA was behind something bigger.

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