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Tension-packed and cliffie ending paranormal romance opener from M.A. Grant

cover221057-mediumRare Vigilance by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh that was good. Not at all what I thought I was going to be reading, but still absolutely brilliant, even if it does end on a tiny bit of a cliffie.

That was expected, given it’s book one in a new trilogy from the writer of one of my absolutely favourite urban fantasy/paranormal series https://www.goodreads.com/series/2491… but even so I was like noooooooo, I need book two now!

It’s not a relationship cliffie, but related to the overall book arc which will run through the series and concerns an utterly delicious kind of political (small P not modern politics but political manoeuvring between specific business leaders of a particular persuasion).

On the face of it, things start as a fairly typical bodyguard/protectee kind of narrative, throw in a bit of antagonism, secrets and behind the scenes plotting and you could be forgiven for thinking you’re going to be reading a traditional suspense.

But no, it rapidly becomes clear there’s something going on that isn’t quite normalย and that’s as much as I will say about the paranormal/supernatural element of the tale.

It draws from Romanian culture, a very specific part of which I’ve not really seen been the focus of many fiction books apart from Rachel Mead’s epic tales of good versus evil. (And that’s the biggest hint you’re going to get ๐Ÿ˜€ )

And as the plot unwinds, it’s clear that Atlas and Christian have a connection, one they’re both fighting big time as the tensions mount.

The feeling of dread which hangs over them as Atlas gets mired into a family dispute which has more layers and twists than he could ever have imagined is real.

The pacing is superb. I read this in one go in a few hours and never felt like any of it was filler. My feelings for the main pairing swapped and changed, same with the secondary characters which surround them, on a regular basis.

I couldn’t tell where the plot was going, only that something was being hidden. When it becomes obvious what that is, you get a definite Eureka! moment.

Cannot wait for more as I love M.A. Grant’s world-building and writing!

But one thing I will say, I don’t think the cover does this book any favours at all.

With a Blurb which is also fairly non-descriptive, I think the publishers are missing a trick for readers to get more of a feeling about the book’s subject.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Seriously impressive debut novel from Kess McKinley

Hi-res coverNothing but Good by Kess McKinley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a seriously impressive debut novel, especially for a romantic suspense story.

The pacing is excellent, the two characters at the centre of the romance element are brilliantly presented.

Their broken friendship from almost a decade earlier hangs just as large as the serial killer’s bold moves.

It’s not obvious who the bad guy guy is until the reveal is almost upon you, but once that secret is out, you can see the clues from earlier in the book.

I loved Jefferson’s FBI partnership, the personal friendship with Cee was a solid one and I liked that she was a strong, take no prisoners kinda gal.

The romance takes a bit of a backseat to the suspense plot but it’s still an important part of the narrative.

However, it’s relatively low steam, which was a little disappointing after they’d worked out the awfulness of their falling out back in college.

Still, I very much enjoyed the book and I look forward to more from Kess.

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

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L.A. Witt handles sensitive issues with consideration

5_V&V_Witt_ebook_FINALAftermath by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this entry in the Vino and Veritas series, but I also found it frustrating at times – even though the situation both men were in made their behaviour completely believable.

Both Brent and Jon have serious issues they’re dealing with and that gave a bit of a melancholy air to a lot of the narrative which, for me, meant I didn’t rush through it like I had with some of the others in the series.

That’s not to say it wasn’t a great romance, because it really is. It demonstrates beyond any doubt that love is love and if you love someone enough, you will move all obstacles – even the ones you create yourself with doubt – to make it work.

I also very much appreciated one specific element of the narrative, which I won’t go into detail on because I think it deserves to be read and understood as you’re going through their experiences. I think it was handled with incredible care and sensitivity.

And, as someone who lives with chronic pain and serious mobility issues through atrophy and other tendon/muscular related reasons, I would seriously like to thank L.A. for the consideration and accuracy in which she explored Brent’s injuries and debilitating medical conditions and the very realistic affects they had on his daily life.

There are some really beautiful moments in this book but also times when I wanted to shake or slap them both and tell them to just have a bloody conversation about their fears ๐Ÿ˜

The ending is incredibly satisfying though, and I loved the dogs and Jon’s son Cody. Brent’s dad through, he needs to gerrint bin as we say in Yorkshire.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Hearts Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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