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Butterfly Ops: Book 2 (Butterfly Ops Trilogy #2) by Jen Doyle

This book commences where book 1 left off.

Lyndsey and Ian have been apart a long time. he loved his wife and had a family with her. But now that she is gone, he has a 2nd chance at love with Lyndsey. But yet again they are called in to help investigate when local youngsters disappear in a National Park in Canada.

Novel take on super soldiers and vampires! It’s again a well-written story, like book 1. I loved Ian and Lyndsey as a couple but dammit a cliffhanger ending…I hate them!!!

Pirate’s Pleasure (Sentinels of Savannah #3) by Lisa Kessler

Our third outing with the Sea Dog Crew!

John was the money man of the crew, the one who made sure each crewmember got his fair share of the booty. Not much has changed then, now he’s a financial adventurer in the stock markets! He can’t believe someone has such a line on investments as Harmony. He thinks she could be the one to take over his firm when he has to “die”. But Harmony is keeping secrets and they may come back to bite her!

Harmony is done with being poor. Sure, she takes risks but they always pan out. But her 2nd job, as a digital, and occasionally real life, thief is quickly becoming her main focus. But can she really resist the lure of Pandoras box? It could be a huge payday for the digi robins but it could also wreak havoc on the world.

John may come across as cool, calm and collected but still waters run deep! Harmony seems to enjoy the thrill of the steal, she doesn’t actually want the money for herself. Fast paced, intriguing storyline and great characters.

Shawland Security (Book 1) by K.M. Lowe

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Editor – Karen Sanders ​
Designer – Pink Elephant Design
Genre – Romantic Suspense​
Shawland Security – Book 1 of Shawland Security Series

Shawland Security was a fresh start for Caleb Shawland

Caleb thought that leaving his detective status behind would let him sleep easy at night. He’d be his own boss. He’d finally be able to settle down and have a life. Only, that doesn’t last long.

When Caleb’s ex-partner from the CPD walks into his office and mentions Aria Marshall, his world turns upside down in a heartbeat.

Aria Marshall was his one true love.

Aria Marshall has spent all of her adult life helping people less fortunate in third world countries. Her return home to Chicago was supposed to be the next chapter of her life, only she didn’t expect a predator to be waiting in the wings. She didn’t expect the next ten years of her life to vanish. Only it did, and now she needs to find a way to deal with the abuse and violence she faced.

The moment Caleb stumbles back into Aria’s life, he knows for sure he’ll do anything to protect her. No matter what that may be.

Will Caleb capture her predator before any more innocent girls find themselves in Aria’s position.

Will Aria ever be able to get over her ordeal?

Only time and patience will tell.

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My Review:

Calebs has reached breaking point with his career with CPD. He begins a new security venture with his brothers, Shawland Security. Finally, they can take on the cases they want and help who they want to.

Aria made the fateful decision to come home unannounced to surprise her family and ended up in the hands of a psychopath and serial rapist and killer. but when he slips up and she makes her escape, she wants no-one but Caleb. He was there for her when they were kids and she knows he’ll look after her and make her feel safe.

Caleb let Aria slip away years ago before he could tell her how he felt about her. But can he remove his love for Aria and treat her just as a client? Will their past cloud their future? Will Aria be able to move past the treatment she has endured for the last year?

HMOG Ms Lowe can right psychopathic serial killers! She delves into their twisted psyches and you get to see their evil little minds tick! Caleb is the perfect mix of caring and Alpha. His brothers are going to be amazing when they get around to their own books. Clay is like the impulsive, fun party starter and Chris is the buff, fitness freak but also the deep thinker. But of all the characters, Aria is MY hero in this book. She overcomes so much with dignity, poise and yes a good dollop stubbornness. She refuses to let her past dictate her future.

Please keep the tissues handy and possibly something you can punch without hurting yourself – you will need both cause emotions will run high during your read!




Caveman Alien’s Claim (Caveman Aliens Book 7) by Calista Skye

Tamara is one of the “dragon girls” rescued by Caroline and the “lab coat girls”. She had been a Zoology student, just a few credits short of graduating. Well, now she has more than enough new types of animal to categorise and name!

She becomes fascinated by a wounded warrior who comes to the new camp. There is just something attractive about him. But when he comes to her aid she isn’t sure if he is a knight in shining loincloth or a really convincing liar.

Xren’s creatures never seem to tire of trying t kill off our intrepid Terrans! Car’rakz manages to save her this time. But he does set an iffy tone over his rescue. well, he did tie her up and not in a fun way! His tribe leaves a lot to be desired! Think bling loving cavemen. Sadly they are struck with gold-fever and the tribe is suffering. But can Tamara and Car break through their gold obsessed minds and get them to face the truth about the Dragon?

Car is a total renaissance man. Sure he may not have killed tons f Irox before but he can build, hunt, engineer and survive in the Xren wilderness. No mean feats! Tamara uses her Zoology studies in some unique ways! I loved that she saw Car for the amazing man he is and not just as the low man on the totem pole that his tribe would like to paint him as.

The Demon Prince’s Dragon Queen (PPA #12) by Mina Carter

Baby may be eons old but she only really matured recently. As such she has a wealth of “mental” experience in the world but no physical! That’s about to get fixed pronto, if the other girls from the PPA have anything to do with it. Pity that the male dominating her thoughts and dreams is the one she can’t have. Demons and Dragons do not mix!

Rat is a half demon/half pixie hybrid. Two of the most unstable and violent species. But somehow Rat has turned out a pretty decent guy when all is said and done! He wants Baby but thinks she is just so out of his league. But when the possessive b^&*^$d that lives inside him is awoken, he will not rest until Baby is his!

Rat’s dad is a grade one douche! He really needs an asskicking! Mind you, poor Baby’s clan of Dragons want her to mate with one of their own, but they don’t actually have any unmated dragons!

Brilliant read

Dragon and the Vampire: Supernatural Enforcement Bureau #1 by AK Michaels

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A Dragon on the run…hunted for its magical essence and quickly running out of time.Ronan, the Director of the Supernatural Enforcement Bureau tasked with finding, and keeping safe possibly the last Dragon alive.Two worlds collide; a Vampire and a Dragon. The Dragon a beautiful young woman who loathes Vampires. The Vampire the powerful Director who’s drawn to the beauty with violet eyes like a moth to a flame.With rogue Vampires and dark-magic wielding Witches on her trail can they win the battle? Or will the earth lose the last Dragon to darkness?
The Dragon and The Vampire, Book 1 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author A K Michaels’ Supernatural Enforcement Bureau series, a thrilling and fast paced paranormal story that’s filled with action and romance to keep you turning the pages into the wee hours of the night.Buy the DRAGON AND THE VAMPIRE the beginning of this addictive and exciting series today!


My Review:

I do not give 5 stars easily – I am a tough old cookie. I would easily give this little gem more if I could!!! I’ve read a fair few of Ava’s books now and I think I may love this one the best (SSSSHHHHHH don’t let Gabe and Josef from WWV hear that!!!!!)

Ronan is the director of the SEB. He joined shortly after its inception and rose quickly. Although now mostly a desk jockey, which he hates, he still likes to get out of the office and kick ass on occasion. He has some moves for a 400 year old plus Vampire!!! He is tasked with searching for and protecting a dragon, long thought extinct, by his sire,Josef.

Starr, said dragon, has been on the run for so long, she no longer trusts anyone and is forever on the watch for hunters. When she first encounters Ronan and his team she doesn’t smell the stench of black magic on them but that doesn’t mean she’s going to trust the “bloodsucking leech”. Their second encounter sows the seeds of trusts and when they finally meet face to face she feels a natural pull towards him.

No spoilers here but I loved the interplay and building relationship between them. There was no real insta-love but the slow burn of attraction. Ronans attitude, macho over a soft gooey centre is so sweet. I love that he swears in Irish Gaelic as it sets him apart from the umpteen other vampires floating around. Starr, is fiercely independent and used to taking care of herself. I don’t know why but I hear her in my head with a New York or New Jersey accent, no idea why!!!! The sparks between Fang and Puff are ridiculously hot

Decet and Lies: Black Rose Chronicles #1 by AK Michaels

If you haven’t read this series…NOW is the time to do it! New covers…new interior…new look! The Black Rose…Exciting, Steamy, and not to be missed! AND it’s FREE to read in Kindle Unlimited or just 99pennies for a limited time
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Can the Black Rose, a deadly hybrid assassin, survive her mission to take out the most powerful vampire alive?


Brilliantly different read by AK Michaels. Set in a dystopian future rather than a paranormal present day, this book had an entirely different feel. It felt quite dark and gritty but still with the edge of humour you expect from Ms Michaels.

The world has been plagued by a inter-species war and witches have been hunted to almost extinction due to a dark prophecy. Rose is part witch, part werewolf and the survivor of a witch hunt when she was a young child. Left with a guardian whilst her father hunted those who hunted them, she is trained well…too well you could say by her father’s friend, Seth, and becomes a lethally effective assassin – The Black Rose.

She is sought out by the Demon, Basilius, to take down a rogue Vampire, Cassius Allarde, who is seeking to unite all “supers” under his command and take over the world and hunt humans without regard. But Rose does not follow orders blindly, she researches her targets well and only kills when she knows, without doubt, that they are worthy of death.

When she goes to meet the enigmatic Cassius, under the guise of working for him, she is hurt by a “super” and wakes up under Cassius’ care. The man she meets has little in common with the intel she has been provided. So Rose gets to work determining the fate of Cassius and his followers before she concludes her assignment.

NO spoilers here but there is a cliffie (damnit!!!). I loved all these new characters. Rose, mysterious hybrid assassin; Seth – Ex Special Forces Soldier and Witch; Cassius – Vampire High Duke and all around hottie and Basilius – the new power hungry Demon leader of the Council (think paranormal UN).

There are also great secondary characters that I hope we see more of in the other books in the series such as Sue and Valentine (who I think are adorably self-effacing). There is also a slew of icky bad guys that by the end of the book you will be making up your own tortures to inflict on them (Ms Michaels writes really good slimebags!!!!)

I read this in one go as I could not put it down and it was a well-paced story with snappy dialogue and great interplay between the characters – both allies and protagonists! There are also nods to other paranormal authors throughout the book, Ms Michaels is not afraid to highlight the work of other authors to her large fanbase or to take a pop at certain sparklies!

Darkness Returns (Guardians of Eternity #13) by Alexandra Ivy

Chiron may be Vampire King but he’s humble enough to know when he’s made a mistake. With his newly acquired information he and the new sidekick, who was foisted onto him, Levet the Gargoyle, are going on a roadtrip, searching for the prison of Tarak. Tarak has been incarcerated for decades due to the machinations of the previous Vampire King and Chiron intends to put things right.

Led to a supernatural friendly hotel in the middle of nowhere, Florida, Chiron and Levet meet the lovely Lilash who has secrets buried deeper than even she knows. Oh, and her former Nanny is a bit of an Ogre with anger issues LOL!!

Lots of well written secondary characters although Levet does kinds steal the show! New magic sources are involved – which I did not see coming! Great read!

Rocky Ground (Crimson Point #4) by Kaylea Cross

Tiana has had it with men! After her third long term relationship ended when she found out he had tried to molest her daughter, Tiana is giving up on men. Pit her stupid body didn’t get the memo. It heats up every time a certain fiery Scotsman gets anywhere near her. But Ella is her priority and she won’t knowingly put her in harms way again.

Aidan has had tough scrape himself with love but when he finds out what Tiana and Ella have been through, his blood boils. He wants to get his own turn with the slimy paedophile. But Tiana, well she brightens his day but he has to leave soon over a visa glitch. He is not about to pursue something with her.

But Tiana has more on her plate than a potential romance – Ella’s father has come back into her life and now she is panicking he’ll use her disastrous past to get custody! Sadly we haven’t seen the last of Brian either!

Plenty of twists and turns to keep you happy! Tiana is a bit of a Witch with a capital B to Aidan but you can totally see where she is coming from and even Aidan decides she was just being a good mum. Aidan is persistent but not stalkerish!

I enjoyed the way that although there was a HEA, they did have to wait a bit! So sad to leave the Crimson Point gang behind!


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