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Book Review: The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass & Steele, #1) by C.J. Archer

 

The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1) by [Archer, C.J.]

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book One)

By C.J. Archer

Blurb: India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.

Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.

With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.

 

Review: C.J. has a winning series on her hands. This book was on my Kindle Freebies TBR list. I’d never heard of her before, but she has made me a life-long fan with this series. I read the first six books in this series in one week. I’m impatiently waiting for Book Seven (The Cheater’s Game).

India is an independent woman stuck in a time when women were seen more as decoration or baby-makers. She knows her mind, and through personal growth, is able to comfortably speak it. She’s brilliant, kind-hearted, selfless, and willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Matt would be a fabulous addition to your book boyfriend list. But only if you go for the non-douchey alpha male type. He wants the women in his life to live their best lives, and is willing to help them achieve those goals without compromising his own morals and values. He upholds a rigorous set of ethics that has seen him through troubling times and false accusations.

Together Matt and India make a balanced pair who are able to shore up weaknesses and increase strengths between them. Neither partner is lesser or diminished, but as a pair they are better together.

C.J.’s host of secondary characters are just as rich in backstory and presentation as her two main characters. She has created a perfect blend of character voices that keep you flipping the page. Wilhelmina “Willie” is a gun-toting female who defies the double standards placed on women. She’s loud- and foul-mouthed, loves poker, and is willing to shoot those who come against her and her family.

Cyclops is a huge brute of a man with a soft heart that is only shown to his family. He enjoys some fisticuffs and puglism–usually in underground fights, and treats women with respect, no matter their age or station.

Duke is the fire to Matt’s ice. The passionate male voice that is usually in direct opposition to Matt’s more intense focus. He is a jokester and a lover, a handyman and a problem-solver. He never fails to steal the scene.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique spin in historical paranormal fiction, then look no farther than C.J. Archer’s bookshelf. She combines humor, factual information, snappy dialogue, believable magic systems with lovable and cherished characters in a flawless story that keeps you engaged and wanting more.

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Book Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf - P BriggsCry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs

Blurb: Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country is about to recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

Review: To be perfectly honest, I felt like I was missing something throughout most of the book. I have not kept up with the Mercy Thompson series, and felt that was a bit of a draw back on my understanding of the events leading up to this book.

However, Patricia does a fantastic job of drawing you in with the story–even not knowing all of the backstory. Anna is a character you can empathize with and cheer for throughout the story. Charles is an Alpha male you don’t want to slap silly, and you actually hope he can get his crap together and be what Anna needs without trampling all over her. The chemistry between the two MCs is well-written and increases the story.

Overall, I think Patricia Briggs has another great book to add to her list of achievements. She defines each character’s voice without a lot of hullabaloo and gets down and dirty with their backstories in ways that makes it easy to read and understand motivation and character action. She has no wasted words, no empty descriptions, and no extraneous characters. I like to see a bit more snark and sarcasm in my books, but I have no complaints with the amount that was present in the book.

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Book Review: Angel Unbound (Deadly Sins #1) by Andris Bear

Hi readers, I’ve just finished reading this book. It’s part of my efforts to reduce my TBR list. Also on that list are a number of books that have ended up on my DNF (did not finish) pile. The following author has made it onto my Favorite Authors list. I’ll be adding an open list of my favorite authors so you can follow them if you would like.

Angel Unborn: Free Paranormal Romance (Deadly Sins Book 1) by [Bear, Andris]Angel Unborn:  Deadly Sins Book One

Andris Bear

Blurb: Hell has literally come to Earth for one mortal and what’s worse, she is expected to leave behind all hope for a family of her own to stand in defense of humanity against the darkest forces of Hell. But when Satan offers her the normal life she covets, Joey must decide if the price of mankind’s salvation is worth her own damnation.

Strong-willed Joey Benton is the half-mortal child of an angel with heavenly powers. She has no knowledge of her heritage or the power running through her veins until she meets a handsome stranger who forces her to question her life and the world around her. And she quickly becomes a key player in a battle that will define a victory for Heaven or Hell.

Ursus, a sexy Archangel, doesn’t want the responsibility of another charge, especially when Joey is so defiant. Protecting her from Hell might very well be the biggest challenge of his immortal life. But when his feelings for Joey get in the way of his duty, it’s a challenge he refuses to lose.

Angel Unborn is a quick and sexy romp with angels and demons, shaman and incubi. Her internal monologue and conversations with her friends and Ursus were my favorite parts of the book. Joey is a glib, sarcastic, small business owner who really enjoys being a photographer of man-candy calendars. Turns out that Joey is the product of a human and archangel, and worthy of some stellar personal security in the form of Ursus–an archangel with a troubled past.

Running on vague prophecies and information from Devi — an oracle who is a bit of a spazzy-Cathy — Joey and Ursus have to team up in order to tip the balance in the fight between Heaven and Hell. A raucous journey of sarcasm, friendship, sacrifice, and laughter, I definitely recommend Angel Unbound as a book, and Andris Bear as an author.

 

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Top 10 Best Paranormal Romance Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

I’ve been reading for fun since about 4th grade. Since that time, I’ve read close to five thousand books. I’m a huge fan of series (I’ll write another post about my favorite series), and usually prefer those over stand alone books. So my Top 10’s will include recent books from my favorite series.

The last six months have felt more like an overly long week at camp; things constantly pulling me in different directions with a variety of personal and professional plans in constant motion. My reading has taken a bit of a back seat to other obligations, and lately, I’ve been re-reading a number of favorites. However, I have added to my library, and plan to share with you my Top 10 favorites from the beginning of January to the end of June (2018).

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

 

TOP 10 Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance Books of 2018 (January to June)

*denotes one of my favorite authors

Druids and Dragons 01 – Skyborn (Leia Stone)

Druids and Dragons 02 – Earthbound (Leia Stone)

Curse of the Gods 03 – Seduction (Jaymin Eve*)

Alien (Katherine “Kitty” Katt) 16 – Aliens Abroad (Gini Koch*)

Ghostwalkers 13 – Power Game (Christine Feehan)

Legion of Angels 06 – Psychics Spell (Ella Summers)

Blood of the Custodians 01 – Resurgence (Sharonlee Holder*)

Unbounded 01 – The Change (Teyla Branton)

Nava Katz 01 – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Deborah Wilde)

Hive Trilogy 01 – Ash (Jaymin Eve* & Leia Stone)

 

What are you favorite books from the first half of the year? Did any of mine make your list? Tell me in the comments!

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Book Review: Resurgence (Blood of the Custodians, #1) by Sharonlee Holder

Resurgence (Blood Of The Custodians Book 1) by [Holder, Sharonlee]

Resurgence (Blood of the Custodians, #1) by Sharonlee Holder

Blurb: It’s been a thousand years since the Fates destroyed Olympus, forcing the gods into exile among the humans. Now, led by Eros, the sons and daughters of the Olympians are preparing for war. They are determined to win their freedom, but the Fates will do anything to keep the status quo. A prophesied weapon—said to be able to destroy the Fates—is sought by both sides. Eros and the resistance want to use it to win their freedom, while the Fates race to find the weapon first and destroy it.

Antara, a hybrid of human and Custodial descent, comes into her ancestral powers as the very Tracker Eros needs to find the weapon. Kidnapped, held hostage and forced to confront the hidden truth about her own heritage, Antara is drawn deeper and deeper into a world she never knew existed. Things would be a lot simpler if she could just hate Eros for bringing her here; if his fate weren’t now bound to her own—and if, despite everything, she didn’t already find herself falling in love with him…

Sharonlee makes her debut with a smash hit featuring a great story that pulls you in from the very beginning. Her characters jump off the page and seem to tell you their story personally. Our female protagonist, Antara, is a take-no-crap caterer who barrels into the life of Ross, our Alpha Male – well, as fast as one can barrel in a piece of crap car that stalls out in the intersection.

Shortly after meeting, Ross figures out that Antara isn’t actually fully human – something of which she is not aware. In trying to protect her, he finds that she doesn’t actually need protection, but rather answers. Fate intervenes and ruins all of Ross’ carefully laid plans, thrusting Ross and Antara into an inescapable alliance.

Sharonlee’s book is full of snappy dialogue, sexy scenes, realistic characters, and setting descriptions that pull you in and lets you experience life along with the characters.

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