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Great use of Scottish folklore in this selkie shifter romance

The Selkie's Coat Final CoverThe Selkie’s Coat by Drea Roman

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I really liked a lot of this book, Scottish/Irish folklore is a real favourite of mine and something you don’t see often in paranormal books, so I adored that this was about a selkie.

Both Daniel and Gregory were clearly drawn characters, they had unique voices and I liked the narrative choices Drea made with both men having internal struggles to accept their full identities.

Where it dropped a bit for me personally was on the flip flopping of Daniel’s feelings and instead of it neatly fitting into the plot element of him coming to terms with not only being a human omega but also being a fated mate for a shifter, instead it just irritated me (sorry!)

That was a very minor point though in what was, overall, a really good read, with a good level of world-building for this new series and lots of knowledge about the setting being passed out without it ever feeling like I was just getting an info dump.

The secondary characters were also an interesting bunch and I’m looking forward to seeing Henri finally get his happy with a selkie who will treasure him not use him.

I’m also interested to see if Drea is building up for a redemption arc for Gregory’s manipulative cousin Cody, that would be a good tale to weave.

I’d not read this author before and I will definitely look out for their other works, I liked the narrative style and the pacing.

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

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A book full of joy and all the feels from N.R.

Throwing Hearts 1200Throwing Hearts by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every now and then I want a book that just makes me go awwwww without any angsting, no made up tension, no aggravating plot points to make things drag out.

N.R. Walker’s Throwing Hearts is just joy in book form.

It’s two people falling in love with a side order of brilliantly supportive friends, unexpected romance in the senior citizens section, and a lot of big feels.

I loved it. The Ghost references just made me smile

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

All the happy heavy sighing and big heart eyes are all my own work!

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More lack of communication but it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment

47884987._SY475_Hard Ride by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It would seem that the main hallmark of this series is the absolute lack of communication which drives the main plot point of preventing two people who quite clearly have big feelings for each other getting it together until almost the end.

And, like my ridiculously long sentence above, it can be a bit wearying.

However, with this book I actually liked both Slater and Derrick enough as individual characters that their repeated introspections about how they other person had to be the one to say something didn’t annoy me as much as it might have done.

I love the setting, the found family and how they all have each others’ backs and I love the messages of hope that the Clean Slate Ranch series gives for people who might have made mistakes in the past.

This one’s medium steam but it works for the narrative as Slater’s recovering from literally falling down a mountain for most of it and red hot sex would have utterly broken the realism!

I’ve always erred on the side of liking the books in this series more than disliking them and this one’s even more towards the I really liked it end of the scale.

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

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