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What a fantastic ending to this urban fantasy duology

The Elemental RuinsThe Elemental Ruins by Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just like book one this is an epic tale of magic, mayhem, dodgy deeds, dangerous foes and an overwhelming sense of the rightness of a relationship which seems to come from nowhere.

River’s ended up on the wrong side of the barrier where he faces danger from every corner. His long lost father is the bad guy at the heart of the trouble but maybe the hot elven General Lasya could be the clue to how to stop the rot.

Sam delivers another brilliant urban fantasy with a twist as we see what’s going on in Halana and discover that not all is as it seems.

River’s snark is fabulous, he’s definitely unhinged, he’s willing to do what it takes to end the threat, try and reunite with his twin, while simultaneously enjoying as much sexy time as possible with the ferocious (marshmallow centred!) General.

I just love when Sam puts her imagination to work as the worlds she delivers are always fascinating, well constructed and filled with characters I fall head over heels for.

This duology is no exception, I don’t think I could pick a favourite, I loved every bit of the narrative as it played out across two worlds, with magic and trickery, villains and heroes all combined.

I really hope she comes back to this series in the future!

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

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Twins, secrets and HEAs all come together in this urban fantasy

The Elemental KeyesThe Elemental Keyes by Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love it when Sam Burns mixes sub-genres together to create an utterly compelling narrative set in a vividly imagined world.

With the Circle the Square duet (I’ve also read book two but it’s not showing up on Goodreads yet) she’s crafted an amazing story of twins, of brothers, of magic and treachery which links two worlds together across vast distances and twists multiple threads together.

It’s fast-paced, it’s funny, it’s heart-warming, it’s seriously steamy and emotionally powerful, plus it causes the pulse to race and it keeps you reading until the early hours of the morning.

I can’t chose a favourite, I absolutely adored all of them, from snarky River and his beautifully soft-hearted twin Blaze, to Elethen, the Robin Hood style criminal known as The Crow and to The General, Lasya, a man who was willing to sacrifice all to save his people.

The young King is a delight, the other secondary cast of characters bring so much added depth and we have a villain well worthy of the hatred and distrust.

I loved both books so much I read them in a day. I know this is a duology but I would be so, so happy to see Sam returning to this world, there’s so many other people I’d love to also see with a Happy Ever After!

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

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I fell for Jason and Mouse just as hard as Cormac did

Dangerous coverDangerous by Charlie Cochet & Macy Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even though a lot of this book takes place at the same time as book one, you get to see things from a different perspective and discover new information.

Cormac, Duke of Everard, who we last saw turning up to a ball with a human fiancé, his first appearance since almost dying a year previously, is the shifter at the heart of this romance.

Of course, we know from the first book that Cormac is a Dahlia, one of the King’s secret spies and that he was injured in an explosion that killed his best friend.

His love is unexpected. Jason’s not only human, he has a rare heart condition that affects his blood pressure and he’s become accustomed to being on his own when potential dates can’t cope with his medical condition or his service dog Mouse.

Their paths cross under unusual circumstances, an arson attack on Jason’s home sends him to the Duke’s door, not knowing anything about the shifter world.

Watching him navigate through the unknown is super sweet, he has a heart of gold and an innocent that draws people to him, Cormac being no exception.

As they get to know each other, they learn to relax and enjoy the quiet time together until the secrets crash around them as the shifters after Jason catch up with them.

What follows is a madcap adventure through both Society life and the ongoing investigation into the murder of the Dragon Prince.

Ultimately it seems the incidents with Jason may be connected and the plot moves on slightly, all while the two men are falling head over heels in love.

I hadn’t realised that we were getting a third book, so there’s no further revelations about the mysterious creatures or who was responsible for the attack on the Palace.

I was a little bit disgruntled by that, but not enough to stop me enjoying the story or falling hard for Jason too!

I’m seriously hoping that it’s not going to be a year before the next book is out!

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

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