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OMG I need book three stat!

58523538._SY475_Crooked Shadows by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, that ending wasn’t what I was expecting!

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For the last 20% of this book my heart was racing so fast I thought it would beat out of my chest, the tension build up throughout this second installment in the Whitethorn Agency series is perfectly pitched.

As Atlas and Cristian venture to Romania to seek help from his father’s allies and find out more about the origins of the strigoi, we get to see inside the vampire’s head for the first time.

I love that MA is switching POVs for this series and it was fascinating to see how Cristian’s emotional connection to his bodyguard is not only strong, but supportive and loving – even if Atlas isn’t ready to accept it.

Throughout this book there is an edge of danger, the two men are walking a tightrope from the off with the politics of the vampire world dogging their every movement.

We also get to meet a wonderful new character, Daria, in this book and I loved her. She’s strong, a survivor of the strigoi herself and, while wary of Cristian, has the grace to not immediately try to skewer him!

It’s more focused on the investigation and the paranormal elements than the romance but there is still a major move forward for both men which comes after they’ve faced the thought of the other’s death being an all too likely outcome rather than an abstract scenario and I loved this bit especially.

But, bloody hell, that ending! OMG talk about dropping a WTF moment and then signing off. I am absolutely dying now to find out just what that means for Cristian’s family going forward.

As a PS, I think this cover is more indicative of a paranormal romance than the one for the first book was.

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

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Definitely my favourite in the Boston Rebels so far

58867968._SY475_Snowed by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well that was a – very good – surprise and nothing like I was expecting from this duo’s ice hockey series’

The Boston Rebels books so far have all been very different in tone and style while sticking to the sports romance genre. This one veres far more into romantic suspense than sport, even though Kyle is the goalie for the Rebels.

It’s a mostly second chance/forced proximity romance but the suspense element really added to the pacing of the book and I found myself quickly enthralled in what could be responsible for Kyle’s night terrors.

I personally thought the plot reveal to be quite plausible, although it then did head off into slightly dramatic, but not unbelievable, territory which amped up the tension big time in the run up to the last few chapters.

The relationship between Christian and Kyle is so beautifully written, each of them is hiding deep seated hurts, and with Kyle’s additional anxieties and fears, it adds up to a wonderfully poignant reunion.

I absolutely LOVED how it was so clear from that start that neither of them had moved on. There hadn’t been any attempts to “get over” Kyle leaving their tiny Manitoba village to head to the NHL or for Kyle to try and move on from his love for Christian.

Overall this is probably my favourite of the stories in this new interconnected series and I am very much enjoying the different takes RJ & Vicki are going with them.

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

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Release Blitz: The Fires of Daytime by Drea Roman

Fires of Daytime | Drea Roman

A Valewood Novel #10

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Release Date: October 20th, 2021

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Worlds collide, sparks fly, and these new mates will have to use all the wits the gods gave them to survive the fires of daytime.

Just because Calvin Carter plays an omega on the long-running soap opera, The Blazing Inferno, doesn’t mean he is one in real life. Right?

Daytime drama spills from the sound stage into Calvin’s life when he is rescued by a hunky fireman who claims, in his deep, sexy voice, that the human is his mate. And that was just on Monday!

Having arrived in Valleywood the day before, Xander hasn’t even explored the magical movie making city, when a fire on the set of a studio lot leads him to the rescue of his fated mate.

When Calvin’s precocious costar is kidnapped for real, he and Xander are going to need some magical help to save the day.

Join Xander, the hunky fireman with the deep voice, and Calvin, the plucky soap star, as their lives turn into the sweeps week from hell. Will they crash and burn? Or light up the Valleywood skies in a blaze of glory and soap opera magic?

The Fires of Daytime is book ten of the brand new Valleywood series, where magic and the silver screen unite.

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Xander: A Fireman to the Rescue

“So that’s pretty much it for the station tour, Xander. Got any questions?”

I shake my head and smile, holding out my hand to shake Ronald’s. The outgoing station chief has made my transition into my new position as painless as possible. “Not that I can think of right now, Captain.”

The older Irishman winks at me and slaps me on the back instead of taking my head. “None of that formality crap around here, son. Anyway, I’m not the captain or the fire chief here anymore. You are.”

I nod, my horse prancing proudly inside my mind. It was his idea, after all, so he ought to be proud of himself. Without his insistence that we needed to change to our perfectly organized life, I would still be back at the Vale Valley Fire Station with my friends and family. My human heart pangs at the distance from home, but my stallion shakes it off with a snort that comes out of my human mouth as a laugh.

“Quite right. That’s going to take some getting used to, I’m sure.”

Ronald chuckles and gives me another hearty slap on the back. Before he can say another word, the station siren screams, the initial blast followed by three short peals.

The old chief snaps into motion and I follow him as he jumps on the pole in the middle of the second floor and slides down to the first. As soon as my feet hit the floor, Ronald throws a jacket at me. “Nothing like a rager to break you in on your first day.”

“What do the three extra bells mean?” I ask as I shove on fire pants, kick off my cowboy boots, and jam my socked feet into a random pair of fire boots I am pleasantly surprised to find actually fit.

“All hands on-deck.”

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Drea Roman is an overeducated lady with cats, a ferret, lizards, a fiancé, a sister, and a wonderful village of likeminded friends, authors, and artists.

All of this coupled with too many day jobs makes Drea a ridiculously busy woman.

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