Great intro collection for the works of TC Orton

Year One Collection: 2016Year One Collection: 2016 by T.C. Orton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

Great introduction to the work of TC Orton for those who might not have come across him before.

There’s a mix of excellent paranormal which focuses on various themes including the usual tropes of vampires, shifters, magic and the supernatural.

ETA 12/9/17: Half my review seems to have gone missing so here’s the rest!

Seeing Red: Scorched is the vampire one, featuring a shy, naive Isaac and a whole stack of sexy vampire men. It’s a little bit cheesy but it works perfectly for the setting. Once the guys head out to the coast, things really picked up. However, the 70% plot shift may piss off a lot of readers even if it is cleverly played out.

Omega Moon: Ahh, the shifters, the student/teacher one, the mPreg one. This isn’t quite as polished as the others but it’s still a compelling idea which perhaps just needed tightening up a bit. There’s a correlation between Alec being gay and discovering he’s also a werewolf which doesn’t quite work as well as it should. The mystery element of the story is plotted well though.

Warlock Academy: This is the “Harry Potter” which is perhaps an unfair comparison because it’s not really, other than it’s set in a school for people to learn magic. It switches PoV between the two main characters and each has a unique voice. There’s hot hot hot sex, a villainous bully, great bunch of secondary cast and intriguing world development.

The above three are all set in the same universe with elements of cross over. The final story in the collection is a contemporary College Climax. I believe this one was TC’s debut and you can tell. I didn’t find this one particularly compelling, Lucas is an arse, Sebastian is fairly pathetic, there’s sexual shenanigans which come out of the blue and it has a cliffhanger ending.

Still, taken as a collection, it’s a good way of sounding out the author.

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

The delay in reviewing occurred because BT are idiots and locked me out of my email address for almost a month so I couldn’t get into files or my blog site (I needed to reset the password).

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Another excellent mystery

Shortbread and Sorrow (Peridale Cafe Mystery #5)Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent mystery from the pen of the delightful Agatha Frost.

This one has a slightly different feel to it as the setting in Scotland brings an air of brooding which is as oppressive as the ancient castle Julia finds herself in.

There’s the usual odd twist which I never saw coming and this one’s a clever mix which fools the reader into making an assumption about what’s going on.

All the Peridale Cafe mysteries have been an enjoyable romp and this one is no exception.

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Superb world building in this shifter series

Wolves of Black Pine  (The Wolfkin Saga #1)Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this romance, so much brilliant world building brought an interesting take on the shifter trope, and the long slow burn while Luca and Kane were apart made their relationship even more delicious.

This is a long book but, unlike some other reviewers, I never felt it was dragging or had too much unnecessary detail. I found the mythology and the mystery fascinating as were the different types of wolfkin and their abilities.

Luca/Ghost was a wonderfully expressed character, his internal POV changing in tone as he grew and between his wolf self and human self.

Kane was also fully fleshed out, the secondary characters surrounding both MCs bringing added depth. I can’t wait to read book two next week!

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Didn’t work for me at all

To Love and ProtectTo Love and Protect by Kay Simone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

I usually love Kay Simone’s books but unfortunately this one with Jason Collins was a dud for me.

The plot just didn’t stand up and was so muddled, the book felt like it went on a bit too long and the relationship between Hank and Ben was all on the surface.

The stalker plot really made no sense, neither did the big reveal and there were just too many story threads all over it.

Sadly not for me and I nearly DNF but I hate doing that. Please don’t dismiss it on my account though, if you like sweet books with a hint of a mystery it might work for you.

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Fabulous collection of mystical romances with a mythological twist

Bittersweet Candy KissesBittersweet Candy Kisses by Jordan Castillo Price Sean Kennedy
Clare London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book reminded me a lot of a collection of Agatha Christie short stories featuring a mysterious man called Harley Quinn.

While in that collection Quinn seemed to be acting as a harbinger of fate, helped along by the elderly Mr Satterthwaite to solve murders, here we have Chance – and later Hunter – dealing with the vagaries of life.

I absolutely adored nearly all the stories in this, one almost made me cry, one I didn’t really think worked as well as the others, but overall the inevitable drawing together of a multitude of different strands was so brilliantly done.

I am a sucker for mythology and this was a unique twist on the roles of some of the immortal pantheon. Originally published as the Petit Mort series.

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Amazing ending to a brilliant series

I Do, or Dye Trying (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries,#4)I Do, or Dye Trying by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The epilogue to this book is truly wonderful, and quite unexpected, rather like this series has been. When I started reading it, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, given the mystery element running alongside the romance.

However, I have to say that Aimee has crafted two of my very favourite book men in Josh and Gabe. I truly believe they could be out there in their small Ohio town gossiping in the salon and catching the criminals who’ve been vandalising the street signs.

This series has been a delight. I really hope we don’t leave the setting behind and we get to see Chaz and Kyle, Emory and Silver’s happy ever after too. It would be too cruel not to 🙂

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Another cracking addition to the series

Chocolate Cake and Chaos (Peridale Cafe Mystery #4)Chocolate Cake and Chaos by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another brilliant addition to the Peridale Cafe mysteries from Agatha Frost, a series which is rapidly becoming one of my favourites.

There is a real lightness of style to these stories, even with the murderous themes running through them, the humour and Britishness stands out.

Julia is a delightful addition to the female “detective” cannon and she’s beginning to rank right up there with Christie’s Tuppence Beresford for me.

In this one things become even more personal for Julia when her beloved Barker’s life is in danger and, as in all the previous books, there’s a neat twist which is never obvious which gives Julia the insight she needs to discover the truth.

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

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