Thursday, October 27, 2022

Review: Garrett's Destiny (Dark Protectors #15) by Rebecca Zanetti


Love and danger . . .

For most of his life, Vampire-Demon Garrett Kayrs, nephew of the King of the Realm, has carried a heavy mantle of responsibility with ease and control. Fate declared him heir to the throne, Fortune marked him with the power of the mysterious circle of Seven, and Chance promised more surprises to come. Nothing deterred him from his path. Until the nightmares began–agonizing dreams of having a female, the female, his mate, on the back of his motorcycle—only to have her torn away from his protection. He feels the menace around her, the danger she’s in, and he can’t rest until he finds her . . .

Duty and desire . . .

Destiny Applegate bears the weight of her name with a respectful balance of fear and purpose. She has been given some direction, but not nearly enough to truly understand her duty, what she was born to do. Even as a child, she had a sense of him. The him, her mate. A dream moment or two with him that might have saved her—or possibly cursed her. So now, when he finds her, she has no choice but to jump on the back of his bike and do her best to hold on until she discovers her path—even if that means ending his.

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What I thought about Garrett's Destiny

I'm a new reader to this series. I have recently found and loved this author's romantic suspense titles, and so I thought I would check out her paranormal romantic suspense in this dark protectors series.   I was not disappointed.
Garrett Kayrs is a vampire-demon hybrid looking for his mate.  He has a vision of what this mate looks like and finds her in Destiny Applegate.  He doesn't quite understand why he's attracted to her as she is human.  Garrett is an alpha male character and he models the typical alpha behaviors if you like that sort of character.  He does have other redeeming qualities too.
Destiny is dealing with some health issues that have her grabbing every moment she can.  She recognizes Garrett from a dream and there's a mutual attraction, so she climbs on Garrett's motorcycle to experience what he has to offer.

I don't want to spoil anything but I can say that I did like the pace of the story (it moves!) and the twisty sort of plot which features some unexpected moments and situations.  I love that in any story and it was really terrific here.

While this was the first experience with this world, I'm totally hooked and want more!  The good news is that there are plenty of books in this world to get caught up with.  

There's plenty of steam and emotional content in this story which also made this reader happy.  While I think it would have helped to have more background in this world, I was able to read this standalone, although I would recommend getting invested in this series from the beginning.

Overall, this is an intriguing paranormal romantic suspense that I enjoyed very much. The characters are interesting, the pace of the plot moves quickly and it left me wanting more.

About the Author

New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and #1 Amazon bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has published more than sixty novels, which have been translated into several languages, with more than five million copies sold world-wide. Her books have received Publishers Weekly starred reviews and have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Woman’s World, and Women’s Day Magazines. Her novels have also been included in Amazon best books of the year and have been favorably reviewed in both the Washington Post and the New York Times Book Reviews. Rebecca has ridden in a locked Chevy trunk, has asked the unfortunate delivery guy to release her from a set of handcuffs, and has discovered the best silver mine shafts in which to bury a body…all in the name of research. Honest. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Review:Imperfect Angel by Christi Barth

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
Tags: Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden Love, Forced Proximity/Trapped Together, Office Romance, Opposites Attract, Paranormal, Ticking Clock
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Three days ago, all Maisy Norgate had was a stack of bills, about a gazillion jobs, and her sunny-as-hell outlook. Now, thanks to an uncle she never knew about, she’s inherited an ornate skeleton key with absolutely no idea what it’s for―or why she has it. Which is exactly when a ridiculously handsome guy claiming to be an angel shows up at her door and all hell breaks loose…

Nephilim Rhys Boyce cannot believe that Maisy is the new Keeper of the Key. Why would anyone bequeath this warm, bubbly redhead the key to Hell? And to make matters worse, she’s given the key to the first person who asked for it. A demon. Yep, Maisy is determined to make his job―not to mention some seriously inconvenient temptation―as hard as possible.

First a half angel with a very human chip on his shoulder must find a way to convince Maisy that angels and demons do exist. Then Rhys will have to break the really bad news…that she might have accidentally ended the world.

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 What I thought about Imperfect Angel

In Imperfect Angel from Christi Barth, Maisy gets a mysterious inheritance that upends her world and what she knows of it.  At first, she's not sure what's going on.  Then she meets Rhys, a Nephilim, half angel, half human who clues her in on what she's been tapped  for and it's a doozy!  Think gates of the underworld and all that!  It takes Rhys a while to convince her that it's all real and he can help her, all the while he's falling for her.

There's plenty of cute banter all along the way here which brought some lightness to what could have been a very dark paranormal tale.  But Maisy is fun and Rhys needs to have some, so they are very compatible in that respect.

Rhys's job to protect Maisy comes with challenges from the start -- she gives the inheritance away and that's not good!  But these two complement each other so well.  Rhys is grumpy and Maisy approaches life very differently. She's full of sunshine and optimism, all the things that Rhys has in short supply.  They really do need each other. 

I liked Rhys's brothers-in-arms, Zavier and Gideon too, as well as Lissa, Maisy's friend.  This is a fun story that is just perfect for the Halloween season.

The world building is good here, although the reader does get a lot of the world details right up front and there's a copious amount of nasty paranormals out there in this story.  But that's part of the fun!

I enjoyed this story and I'm hoping there will be more in this world from Christi Barth, now that she's created it.  Imperfect Angel is a paranormal romance with a nice splash of humor and comedy to keep it from getting too heavy.

About the Author


 Christi Barth spent years performing in musicals, singing about love and giving people a happy ending in every performance. Then as a wedding planner she spent every day immersed in romance. Now - she writes it!

It is exciting to be able to share her love of the theatre with the world through her writing. Plus, her parents are thrilled that - in some fashion - she's still getting use out of her master's in music. She lives in Maryland with the absolutely best husband in the world (sorry ladies, it's true!).


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Release Day Review: A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha Young

Space is the last thing an event planner and an astronaut need in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

When event planner Hallie Goodman receives party-inspiration material from the bride of her latest wedding project, the last thing she expects to find in the files are digital videos from Darcy’s ex-boyfriend. Hallie knows it’s wrong to keep watching these personal videos, but this guy is cute, funny, and an astronaut on the International Space Station to boot. She’s only human. And it’s not long until she starts sending e-mails and video diaries to his discontinued NASA address. Since they’re bouncing back, there’s no way anyone will ever be able to see them...right?

Christopher Ortiz is readjusting to life on earth and being constantly in the shadow of his deceased older brother. When a friend from NASA’s IT department forwards him the e-mails and video messages Hallie has sent, he can’t help but notice how much her sense of humor and pink hair make his heart race.

Separated by screens, Hallie and Chris are falling in love with each other, one transmission at a time. But can they make their star-crossed romance work when they each learn the other’s baggage?

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 What I thought about A Cosmic Kind of Love

Oh, I loved this slow-burn, opposites attract romance between former astronaut Captain Christopher Ortiz and event planner Hallie Goodman!

Hallie is an adorable, dedicated event planner and people-pleaser who will do just about anything for anyone.  But when she's dumped by her boyfriend for just that, she finds solace in recordings from space.  Her latest client accidentally sends her links to recordings that Chris Ortiz sent her while he was on the space station for six months. Hallie becomes obsessed with the fact that she is reading something she wasn't supposed to,but.. she just can't help herself.

In order to make herself feel better, she admits to Christopher that she's been watching his videos, and at first he's not interested. But then he realizes that Hallie does have an impact on him. These two are at opposite ends of the seriousness and frivolity, and that intrigues Chris as much as Hallie intrigued him.

Christopher Ortiz is a very interesting character.  He's back from space, but not settled. He has some family issues that keep him up at night, and when Hallie is introduced into his life, she has an impact.  He decides he wants to meet her and ends up at the wedding in order to meet the pink haired party planner.

I just loved these two. They need each other. And it's just so cute how they come together and find love.  They do have a lot of family issues to deal with in addition to finding their way together, but it is Christopher's acceptance of Hallie that rocked this reader's boat.

The story did have a bit of a slow start, but once it gets going, it's hard to put down.  I really enjoyed this. It had some new and refreshing characters I haven't experienced in a romance yet, and I really liked that. So overall, a very sweet and satisfying romance.

About the Author

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She's been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Blog Tour Review: A Little Too Close (Madigan Mountain #2) By Rebecca Yarros


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A LITTLE TOO CLOSE by Rebecca Yarros
Release Date: October 11th

Genre/Tropes: Single Parent Romance/Small Town Romance



From USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Yarros comes a small town, single parent romance.

Nine years ago, Weston Madigan saved me. I came to Colorado penniless, heartbroken, and pregnant, searching for a fresh start. Weston gave me a job at his family’s resort, then left the next day and never returned, not even to visit.

Then I stumble in on Weston cooking breakfast shirtless—gloriously, inappropriately shirtless—in the shared kitchen of my duplex in employee housing. Given the shock on both our faces, he wasn’t expecting a roommate either, let alone two.

The growly pilot is only home to start his family’s new heli-skiing operation. I can handle being his temporary roommate, right? Chemistry and attraction aren’t impossible to ignore when you agree on ground rules. Besides, even with those gorgeous, brooding brown eyes, the guy is a walking thundercloud…until my daughter, Sutton, makes him laugh and he smiles at me. Then everything changes. Cue inconvenient heart flip.

This is only temporary.

I can’t fall for Weston.

I. Will. Not. Fall. For. Weston.

But rules go out the window when you’re a little too close.


    What I thought about A Little Too Close

Weston Madigan is a bit surly.  He hasn't been home to Madigan Mountain in ages, and he's okay with that.  Having taken care of his ill mother, then raising his younger brother, he's done with that place.  Except when his brother Reed calls him and asks him to return to help save the ski resort.

Callie is a single mom who met Weston just before he left home.  She's made her way with her daughter there as a professional photographer, thanks in part to Weston giving her that job as he left town.  Now they happen to be stuck in a situation where they are living in the duplex.  All that proximity is going to do exactly what neither Callie or Weston are looking for -- love! 

This book sucked me right into the story from the opening pages. Weston is really one of those good guys -- he just doesn't want to admit it and destroy his reputation for not wanting to be there.  As he finds himself falling for Callie and her daughter, he's left with lots of dangerous feelings he thinks he can avoid.

Callie also has some mental adjustments to make.  She knows she's in love with Weston and that he doesn't have the capacity to return them.  These two need to get on the same page, and they get there, but it takes some time.

I really liked this story.  Even though the forced proximity issue was a bit of a stretch, I did like how these two changed each other for the better.  And Callie's daughter Sutton provided lots of enthusiasm for it all.  It's a feel-good story that had me reading until the final pages to be sure that these two got their HEA.

Overall, a terrific romance series and this book was delightful and interesting, especially with Weston's friends joining him from his days in service.  Just another great love story from Rebecca Yarros! 

About the Author


Rebecca Yarros is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including The Things We Leave Unfinished and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.

Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for over twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all.

Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit

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Release Day Review: The Five Year Lie by Sarina Bowen

Bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen’s debut thriller, about one woman’s search for the truth after receiving a text from her deceased ex...