Angsty but sweet debut romance from Londra Laine: Trigger Warning for sexual abuse

Forever With YouForever With You by Londra Laine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a trigger warning on the release blitz for this book and there is a trigger warning in the ARC, but for some reason it’s missing from the Goodreads entry.

There is an on page flashback to a scene of serious sexual assault (view spoiler) which is described in detail and I think it needs to perhaps be a bit clearer on the listing here.

Now, having got that out of the way, this debut novel from Londra Laine is okay, it’s very dramatic and a wee but angsty but not overwhelmingly so.

There’s a 7-year-old who acts his age rather than being a genius, which is always a bonus, and there is a sweet romance in which it seems the fates continually conspire to put obstacles in the way.

I did find myself skim reading a bit as it all just became a bit samey with not a vast amount going on until all of a sudden everything but the kitchen sink was chucked in the way of Kelly and Drew’s relationship.

Still, while it wasn’t really for me, it’s well edited with no major typos or grammatical errors that I noticed and it does have a very nice ending and epilogue and – outside of the conflict craziness – I did believe in them as a couple.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Paranormal MF delight from Megan Erickson

Blood Guard (Mission #1)Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First she does shifters, then she does vampires, there is nothing Megan Erickson can’t turn her hand to when it comes to creating great worlds.

I can’t think of the last time I deliberately picked up an MF romance, it was most likely a historical as that’s about the only type – outside of reviewing contemporary chick lit – where I’ll even consider it.

But I was right to trust in Megan to avoid all the tropes which have reduced traditional MF romances down to insipid pathetic heroines incapable of looking after themselves and arrogant alpha male arses for heroes.

Her Athan is an alpha male but he is a considerate, honourable, encouraging and loyal one and Tendra is no mild or meek woman, she’s strong and courageous.

The world building is good, there’s a nice cast of secondary characters and the plot narrative is interesting. The sex scenes were well crafted and I believed the chemistry between them.

This book ties up their individual story arc but leaves things open for book two, which I’m expecting to be Athan’s brother Idris and their enemy’s daughter.

#ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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