This book just made me smile

TateTate by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the things for me which makes a good romance is how much of the time reading it I have a big smile on my face.

Well, with the exception of one moment where the smile dropped and I actually gasped out loud, this book just made me smile.

I wasn’t sure if Ella would be able to match the intensity of the first three books in this series but with this new trilogy the lives of Logan and Tate are simply gaining more flesh.

There’s no great storyline being revealed, no huge adventure or gripping tension, instead we see two men continuing to navigate their way through the complexities of love and relationships.

Logan and Tate together are a force, they’re an epic love, they’re all the romanticism you’d want, they’re also flawed and human. Tate inadvertently hurts Logan and my heart broke alongside his.

But, you know these two are creatures who mate for life and the good memories come back to smooth over the pain and leave the reader waiting the final part of the trilogy.

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

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Just as brilliant as the first two – now I need book 4!

In the Shadows (Metahuman Files #3)In the Shadows by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is absolutely brilliant. I’ve said it before, but it is difficult to write good sci-fi with metahumans and just not have them be so powerful they can instantly diffuse any situation.

Hailey has got the balance between having her diverse bunch of powerful people be able to neutralise threats and deal with the bad guys but still have an inherent feeling of danger which makes your heart race just a tiny bit while reading.

In this one we step away from Jamie and Kyle to focus instead on Kyle’s adoptive brother Alexei and oh lordy is he delicious. Fiery like his pyrotechnic power, he’s brusk and terse, a man of actions not words, and he doesn’t like spies.

Which puts rather an interesting twist on things when former CIA agent Sean Delaney’s mission gets more complicated and Alexei has to get up close and perhaps a bit more personal than he’d initially liked.

The two of them are gorgeous together, Sean is shy and inexperienced in spite of the times he’s had to sleep with someone as part of his cover and Alexei brings out a hidden side of him which is sensual, erotic and downright sexy.

When the mission goes south, both men fight to keep the other safe with all the skills at their disposal. The action is as nail biting as in the first two books, the angst is low level and the camaraderie between the team is still great to read.

When Team Alpha deploys, the bad guys know it and smoking wreckage is usually left in their wake. There has to be a book 4, I want more of this pair, more of this team and the big bad threat is still looming on the horizon.

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Conflicted with this one

Thanos (Masters Among Monsters Book 3)Thanos by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5* I’m not sure whether I wanted to rate this really high or really low because I’m totally conflicted over the ending.

So, in the end, I’ve gone right in the middle and given this 3.5* because I really don’t like the whole ‘turned out to be a dream’ or ‘well actually you don’t remember any of your previous life which might or might not just have been full of mythology’, it always feels such a cop out.

I wanted this story to work with the status quo of these gorgeous Greek mythology vampires staying real and with Paris finding a way to make everything work for them all.

Instead, we get Eton actually dead, them all back in ‘real life’ but an alternative one where the vampires have never been and they’ve all had totally different experiences and I wasn’t happy, sorry.

I’d been so looking forward to Thanos’ story, his was the most intriguing and the most conflicted and instead it got very little interaction between him and Paris at all. I was gutted.

But, overall the world building has been great and I’ve enjoyed the series as a whole so hence the more higher rating.

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Interesting Greek take on vampires

Alasdair (Masters Among Monsters, #1)Alasdair by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The annoying cliff hanger at the end cost this a star, I hate that, but other than that, this is a really interesting take on vampires.

I love Greek mythology, so this is right in my wheelhouse and though it leaves questions all over the place, there’s a great narrative pinning everything together and the UST is delicious throughout.

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Another great addition to this series

Legally Mated (Mercy Hills Pack Book 5)Legally Mated by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this one as the Mercy Hills lawyer shifter Garrick and his human counterpart Laine saw their relationship move into something more.

There’s a lot more going on here too, tensions in the pack over their omegas, an out of the blue discovery about long lost shifter history and a secret which comes to the forefront as the pack works with the White House.

The romance between Garrick and Laine is super sweet but complicated due to their different species but Laine proves he’s just as loyal as the pack and this has a very strong HFN with an indication of a real HEA following.

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So good it keeps all the stars – even with a cliff hanger!

Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office Book 2)Enemy of My Enemy by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliance, sheer brilliance. This book, and the others in the series, need to be on the big screen, theatre epic in a way the greatest Bond films are, they’re thrilling like a Jack Ryan narrative and they have a perfect “would die for you” love at the heart.

I’ve even not knocked off my usual star for the bloody cliff hanger so I hope you appreciate that Tal 😉

Where to begin with this one though? An element of suspension of disbelief is needed, a reminder that this book is set a few years in the future when medical science had advanced at pace. There’s a little bit of the potential for a dystopian future at play here.

Our mad general is still orchestrating things from hiding, stacking up threat after threat and taking apart Jack and Ethan’s world piece by piece. So many amazing secondary characters are lost in this book, it’s not for the faint hearted and my heart is feeling somewhat bruised at their deaths.

But the tension, lord the tension as the moles on the inside continue to manipulate the plays, is immense. I’m holding out hope that the big reveal is not going to be one of the characters I’ve come to love so much.

And the scene with Sergey and Sasha absolutely killed me. So much emotion in such a small gesture. On to the final one now with the fate of the world literally resting on the shoulders of a small bunch of renegades.

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