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Sass and sweet combine in this new European-set urban fantasy

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Origin by A.J. Sherwood & Jocelynn Drake

My rating: 4.5* of 5 stars

A solid opener to this new urban fantasy/paranormal romance which lays down great foundations for the series.

I had a few questions at the end but I’m sure they’ll go on to be answered in subsequent books and I’m definitely looking forward to finding out more.

One thing I will say, although this book was set in Germany, apart from the use of that language, there were also times it felt ‘American’.

I’m not sure a many hundreds of years old European Dragon King would ever say “fuck that noise” tbh. It’s a minor whinge though, I’m being picky, and I suspect it won’t bother the vast majority of readers 😁

The rest of the narrative is a beautifully paced exploration of the culture and history of the world Cameron finds himself in when he ‘bumps’ into Alric at a festival celebrating the end of the Dragon War.

He knows dragons and mages once existed, but they’re supposed to have been destroyed 500 years ago.

I really appreciated how the authors let the world building come out organically in dialogue and Cameron’s observations. There weren’t any big info dumps or long monologues.

The Fire Dragon Clan itself is full of really interesting characters who I’m hoping will be getting their stories told as the series progresses.

There’s also a bit of an age gap (outside of the actual long lived dragon that is!) feeling to the romance between Alric and Cameron and it works well alongside the hurt/comfort and fated mates elements.

The bad guys are suitably megalomaniac and only a few clues are dropped as to where the series long arc is going. I have some theories already so I’m dying to see if any of those are true!

Alric and Cameron together are both sweet and steamy, although they both have a small stage of martyrdom where they deny their feelings because of alleged unworthiness which thankfully doesn’t last long.

Overall this was a sit down and read in one go book and I enjoyed it a lot! It also has a soft note of irreverent humour throughout which I appreciated a great deal.

PS: On a side note, I absolutely love this cover, I very much appreciate that it’s not a headless torso 😉

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

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Cover Reveal:  On The Wings of War by Hailey Turner

 On The Wings of War | Hailey Turner

 Soulbound V

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Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 2nd, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook): 109,151 words

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Author Site: https://haileyturner.com/book/on-the-wings-of-war

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Blurb

Remembering the dead will always give them life.

The coveted Morrígan’s staff is up for sale on the black market to the highest bidder, and SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins will do whatever it takes to ensure the Dominion Sect doesn’t get their hands on it. Returning the weapon to its rightful owner is another step on the long road toward clearing Patrick’s soul debt, but he won’t walk it alone. Jonothon de Vere won’t let him.

Obeying the gods means Patrick must travel to London. For Jono, it means facing a past he thought he’d left behind forever. His return to England isn’t welcome, and neither is their pack, but Jono and Patrick will face the antagonism together. Politics aside, their priority must be the mission, but the bone-chilling secret they uncover in the London god pack will have far-reaching repercussions no one can ignore.

A race against time takes Patrick and Jono from the streets of London to the bright lights of Paris, where hospitality is thin on the ground, the air is filled with whispered prayers for the missing, and the Morrígan’s staff will end up in the one place it should never have gone—a graveyard.

For beneath Paris lie the long-forgotten dead, and when they rise to walk again, the living can only hope to die.

On the Wings of War is a 109k word MM urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Vigil in the Mourning. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

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Excerpt

“I hate ties,” Patrick said, tugging at the one wrapped around his neck. “I hate suits. Why couldn’t I have done all of these meetings remotely?”

“Because you’ve done enough property damage earlier this year that it’s best to remind people you aren’t the enemy,” SOA Director Setsuna Abuku replied without looking at him as they continued down a corridor in the Pentagon. The military aide escorting them was doing a fine job of pretending not to hear a word they said.

“Chicago was not my fault.”

Setsuna finally deigned to look at him, arching one eyebrow. “The people of Chicago beg to differ.”

“It was months ago. They should be over it by now.”

Setsuna twisted her wrist so her cane smacked him in the shin, never breaking stride. “You know a city doesn’t easily recover from an attack like that.”

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Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing.

She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story.

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Release Blitz: The Gathering Storm by Tricia Owens

The Gathering Storm | Tricia Owens

Juxtan #2

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Cover Artist: Tricia Owens

Genre/s: Fantasy, MM, romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 50,000 words

Release Date: April 22, 2019

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This book was previously published as The Gathering

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Blurb

After betraying the only man he ever loved, Hadrian ni Leyanon waits for death amid the ruins of a sorcerous battle. Before that can happen he is recruited by the Council of Elders which governs the use of magick in Juxtan.

The Council needs him to track down his evil sorcerer father and force him to face a justice they aren’t powerful enough to inflict on their own. Wracked with guilt, Hadrian agrees to join the mage-led mission in the hopes it will allow him to redeem himself.

But when Caled, the handsome mercenary whom Hadrian betrayed, insists on joining the mission too, Hadrian discovers that redemption needs to come from the man who hates him most.

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Excerpt

The mercenary tightened his fingers around Hadrian’s wrist in response. For a brief instant Hadrian was transported back in time, when Caled held his arm this way because he was leading Hadrian back to the Bell and Buckle for a midday roll and they were trying to be discreet while excitement quickening their pulses. The memory was so sharp and the ache it caused so painful that Hadrian let out a whimper of longing before he could stop himself.

Caled turned his head at the sound, his glorious blue eyes still full of a hate that seemed to age him. But there was something else which lurked in those sapphire depths, something…

“Please,” Hadrian said, the word holding a thousand meanings―it was up to Caled to decide which interpretation to take. “Please.”

Caled had brought them to a mudroom off the main entrance that afforded some privacy. In the semi-darkness, surrounded by hanging cloaks and furs, Caled released Hadrian’s arm and turned around. He herded Hadrian back against the nearest wall, Hadrian clumsily moving his feet out of the way to avoid being stepped on.

“It’s too late for that,” Caled told him grimly. “It’s too late for pleas, for forgiveness. It’s too late, Hadrian.”

Hadrian found himself pressed into the scratchy fabric of wool cloaks. Damp mud on their hems brushed the backs of his bare calves, making him shiver at the cold. But if he needed heat, all he needed to do was look into Caled’s eyes.

“I understand you’re going to kill me,” Hadrian began, his voice stronger than he expected. “I deserve your justice.” The lines around Caled’s eyes deepened. “But I want you to know, Caled. I want you to know―it wasn’t a deception. What we shared―it was real. It was real for me.”

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About the Author

Tricia Owens has been writing MM fiction since 2000, after stumbling onto the term ‘slash’ and thinking it referred to horror stories.

She is the author of the Sin City, A Pirate’s Life for Me, and Juxtapose City series, among several others. She lives in Las Vegas.

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