Clutch/Fledge/Flight – I Am Just Junco #1,2 & 3 Range/Magpie Bridge/Return – I Am Not Junco #4, 4.5, & 5 by J.A. Huss

REVIEW

An epic fantasy science fiction that delves into the realms of Angels, Demons, Humans and AI’s.

Junco Coot wants to be an normal girl, leading a normal life, falling in love, having children, pretty much what every girl on Earth will accomplish.  For Junco though, this is all just a dream.  From birth, Junco’s life has consisted of training, shooting and killing, not much time for love and Happy-Ever-Afters.  When she encounters Tier, an Avian from Amelia, her life takes a new turn.  Who can Junco trust? Who is really on her side? And what does the future hold besides death and destruction?

Junco is an adorable character.  I know this sounds strange considering what she is and I’m quite certain that many would not agree after reading the first three books, which is why it is imperative that all six books are read.  She wants to be loved. She wants normal where only chaos has reigned. And most of all she wants Tier. She opens up her heart to be loved and gives her love freely hoping that it will be returned.  Some call her gullible but I just think she was hopeful. Her relationship with Tier is strange, one minute they are trying to kill each other, then they are whispering words of love, but one thing is clear – they are made for each other.

I won’t deny that this entire story was quite confusing.  Do not read these books tired, you really don’t want miss anything because book six brings everything together and all the little pieces of information, the different encounters, the deceit, the lies and the secrets makes sense. A beautifully epic tale set in a futuristic world where the choices of one girl could save the human race from the Apocalypse.

These book are not what I would class as traditional romance.  If you are after lovey-dovey don’t look here.  If you want action, adventure, intrigue and a possible love connection that you are cheering for but not entirely hopeful it will last then you will love these books.

note to reader – some scenes within these books are quite graphic – Be Warned!

Rating – 

4/5      Just Junco

5/5      Not Junco

 

Synopsis

Clutch / Fledge / Flight

Nineteen year old Rural Republic sniper, Junco Coot, has been lied to. Not once or twice, but pretty much everyone she ever trusted is totally full of sh*t. And now her father is dead, she’s on the run, and everyone wants a piece of her—including one winged alien warrior named Tier.

But the truth always catches up and Junco has to choose who she should trust. The people who have lied and trained her to kill since she was a small child? Or the warriors who want to steal her away and use her as the catalyst in a plot to fight the final battle in an ancient war?

It’s a choice that will change her fate forever. And once it’s made—there’s no turning back. Life becomes nothing but brutal killing in the name of vengeance. But everything requires sacrifice—everything has a price. And Junco is about to find out what it means to dedicate herself to saving someone else.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584641-clutch-fledge-flight?from_search=true)

Range / Magpie Bridge / Return

Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain. Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that’s not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-sniper, Junco Coot.

Tier is desperately trying to hold everything together as the avian prepare for the return of the High Order, but Lucan is still holding his secrets close and no is sure what will happen if Junco doesn’t fulfil her role.

Tier, Lucan. Annun, Isten, Ashur, and all the players come together to make their final move in a game that spans thousands of years… but the end they so desperately want hinges on the shoulders of one insane girl with a rifle.

And while everyone knows what Junco is capable of now, no one can predict what she will do when she has to make that final choice.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28396889-i-am-not-junco-omnibus)

Secrets Never Die – Morgan Dane #5 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Another case for Morgan and Lance that will set the heart racing and the pages turning as they race against time, bad guys and the weather to protect the life of one young man.

Morgan Dane, a defence lawyer, and her fiancé, Lance Kruger, a Private Investigator, find themselves embroiled in the case of a missing teen when the mother contacts Lance to help find him following the brutal murder of her husband.  As usual the Sheriff’s department are searching out the easy option but with Morgan looking into every suspect and following every lead the right person will be brought to justice.

I have a great fondness for Morgan and Lance as I’ve listened to their story unfold throughout each book.  From their reuniting in the first book to Lance’s proposal in the last one and now Morgan’s reluctance to set a date and her heart-to-heart with her Grandfather – it’s all very exciting! Lance is so good with Morgan’s girls and has taken them on as his own, I think it helps that they have pretty much taken him on as well, for the youngest he is essentially the only father she has known.

Lincoln Sharp is also getting in on the romance act.  It is nice to see him finding someone to share his time with and I think Olivia would make a good addition to investigative team if Sharp asked her.

A great story, exciting action-packed drama and wonderful characters.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

When a retired sheriff’s deputy is shot to death in his home, his troubled teenage stepson, Evan, becomes the prime suspect. Even more incriminating, the boy disappeared from the scene of the crime.

Desperate to find her son, Evan’s mother begs PI Lance Kruger for help. She knows her son is innocent. Kruger and defense attorney Morgan Dane want to believe that too, but the evidence against the boy is damning. Just as the trail goes cold, another deputy vanishes. His shocking connection to Evan’s stepfather throws the investigation into chaos as Lance and Morgan fear the worst…that Evan is the killer’s new target.

With so many secrets to unravel, will Lance and Morgan find him before it’s too late?

(https://melindaleigh.com/project/secrets-never-die/)

Fluffy by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I absolutely love Julia’s unique wit and ability to turn a disastrous situation  into something so comical it will have the reader laughing long and loud, whilst those around them are giving questioning side glances and looks of pure confusion that say “is she alright?”.  I know this because those were the reactions of my husband and children while I was reading this book.

There is no better meeting than when Shannon met Declan (Shopping for a Billionaire Series, if you haven’t read…Shame on you!) but I can honestly say that this one comes in a close second.  When Mallory responds to a job ad for a professional fluffer she believes that she is going to do something completely different to what is actually required.  With a naked man in front of her she soon realises that the pillows that need plumping are not the ones on the sofa! But when the man of her dreams for the past 14 years walks in on her in a compromising situation things can only get better…or can they?!

Mallory is a wonderfully intelligent but somewhat naive women who still lives in the past.  When the past, in the shape of Will, turns up she finds her past and present colliding and struggles to handle the emotions that overwhelm her.

As the reader it is as clear as the words on the page how Will feels about Mallory and despite her continual need to run away – Will actually sums that one up quite nicely when he says to Mallory “for someone who never left town, you sure do run away a lot.” – Will is there for her all the way.  Mallory never left her hometown and because of that she always feels judged for not spreading her wings but sometimes there is just no need to leave.  Sometimes all you really need is family, friends and not forgetting fried-Twinkie-and-pickle sundaes.  Not everyone wants to explore the world and chances are those that do eventually return.

Great characters and a hilarious storyline, Julia has done it again . Can’t wait to read Perky and Parker’s story.

This is an ARC review courtesy of Julia Kent.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.

I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.

Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.

See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.

Until it was too late.

The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day. The perfect job!

Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.

They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.

The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.

Oh, man…

And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.

By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.

My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?

Having all my dreams come true. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43561153-fluffy)

Secrets of the Dead – DI Robyn Carter #2 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

DI Carter is back for another gripping investigation that will have all her team working overtime.

When a spate of murders occurs, Robyn Carter and her team find themselves on the trail of a possible serial killer.  Are the killings planned or random attacks?  With each murder being different and no obvious connection between the victims, besides the ‘invoice’ left behind, DI Carter must pull all her resources in order to stop the killer before he strikes again.

A great story wrapped up in intrigue and mis-direction.  I love the fact that DI Carter is not a glorified detective who can ‘do no wrong’. She is constantly having to justify her decisions to her superiors and they do not bend over backwards to allow her free reign.  The hate/hate relationship she has with DI Tom Shearer brings a reality to station politics  and the one-upmanship that comes with it.

Throughout the story we have glimpses into the killers life. Flashbacks offer insights into why he is doing what he is doing, how he got to where he is, and the harrowing circumstances that lead to this outcome, but at no stage does it reveal WHO he is.

A brilliant plot, great characters and a cat and mouse game that will keep the reader guessing to the end.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Emma Newman.

Rating 5/5

SYNOPSIS

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35067524-secrets-of-the-dead)

A Merciful Fate – Mercy Kilpatrick #5 by Kendra Elliot

REVIEW

Mercy and Truman are back in the thrilling fifth book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series.

A long forgotten mystery is unearthed when Ollie stumbles across a dead body in a shed.  As it is believed to be a perpetrator of a thirty year old armed-robbery the cold case ends up in Mercy’s hands.  When vandals start to focus on Bree and Sandy, two prominent figures in Eagle’s Nest, Truman wonders if the cases are connected but with silence from both women he struggles to provide the security they need.

I loved this story from start to finish.  All the main characters are included and as usual the unexpected happens.  It really is time that Mercy and Truman got married.  I want to see them achieve their HEA.  Rose and Nick are well on the way to theirs – Double Wedding?! Ollie plays a big part in this book and as a parent I feel for Truman when it comes to advising Ollie on the rights and wrongs of social behaviour, especially when it turns out that Ollie actually prevented something far serious from happening.

This series really should be read in order so as to obtain the most out of the characters and a good understanding of the overall background.

I listened to this via Audible and I feel that the narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life and giving them their own personalities. Teri Schnaubelt narrates all the books in the series so there is a consistency throughout.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed—those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist—Mercy realizes she isn’t the only one with something to hide.

Thirty years ago, an armored-car robbery turned deadly. The mastermind was captured. Four conspirators vanished with a fortune. One of them, it appears, never made it out of the woods alive. For Mercy and her fiancé, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagle’s Nest that cut deeper than they imagined. Especially when a reckless tabloid reporter draws fresh blood. It’s clear to Mercy that somebody in this close-knit community is not who they seem to be.

Some are still shattered by the heist. Some still have reason to be afraid. But which one will kill again and again to hide three decades of secrets? To land this case, it’s up to Mercy to unmask a familiar stranger before someone else dies.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39888482-a-merciful-fate)

RARE Author Re-reads

 

With RARE19 London fast approaching, Ok so it’s still 8 months away but that’s not long,   I have decided that each month I will reread a selection of books/series from some of my favourite authors who will be in attendance.

I was fortunate enough to go to my first RARE in Febuary 2018 in London and it was such an amazing experience.  It will be great to meet different authors that were not at RARE18 but can’t wait to see again some that were.

January

  • The Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott
  • The Cafe Series by Jana Aston

 

February

  • The Tangled Ivy Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Knight Series by Kitty French
  • Heart of the Billionaire by J.S. Scott

 

March

  • The Risky Business Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Weekday Brides Series by Catherine Bybee
  • The Billionaire’s Salvation by J.S. Scott

 

April

  • The Corrupted Hearts Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Game by J.S. Scott
  • The Tall, Dark & Deadly Series 0.5 – 2 by Lisa Renee Jones

 

May

  • The Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige
  • The Over The Edge Series by Julia London
  • The Billionaire Undone by J.S. Scott

 

June

  • The Anchor Island Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Found Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Billionaire Unmasked by J.S. Scott

 

July 

  • The Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman
  • Blank Slate by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire Untamed by J.S. Scott

 

During August I would like to read some new books that I haven’t yet read by some of these authors.  On that list is:

  • The Dirty Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Ardent Springs Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Billionaire Unbound by J.S. Scott

Please note that this list is only rereads and does not include any new books that I will be reading in between. Most of these books I have already written reviews for so please have a read of these as well.

Authors Websites

 Tiffany Snow

Jana Aston

J.S. Scott

Kitty/Kat French

Catherine Bybee

Lisa Renee Jones

Laurelin Paige

Julia London

Terri Osburn

Julie A. Richman

 

Happy Reading!

Book Blitz – Phoenix – Flames & Ashes #1 By Carolyn Anthony 

Title: Phoenix (Flames & Ashes #1)
Author: Carolyn Anthony
Publication date: January 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis:

Valentina.

When Jaxxon Reginhardt walks into my gym, my rigidly structured existence begins to crumble. He’s a beast of a man, the personification of power, and more beautiful than any man has a right to be. He’s everything I avoid. Everything I fear. Yet, the second I see him, something deep within me roars to life. He makes me want. He sets my body aflame with just a look, and makes me wish I wasn’t a damaged shell no one will ever love.

I don’t have time for men when my whole world is built around self-preservation. But Jaxxon breaks down all of my strategically constructed boundaries like no one ever has.

How can I give into these new cravings, when there is a half-remembered demon from my past waiting for me to fall asleep, preying on my vulnerability?

If he ever knew the truth, he would run, and it would destroy me …

Jaxxon.

The last thing I need in my complicated life is a snarky, frustrating, spitfire of a woman like Valentina Durare. As if that isn’t bad enough, there’s something haunted about her. My head says stay the hell away, but I can’t seem to get on board with that logic.

Something about me scares her. I can feel it. She’s a beautiful enigma I ache to understand.

The closer we get, the more she responds and draws me in. It can’t be me she fears. There must be something else … Something tied to the scars she refuses to show me.

But I’m stubborn son-of-a-bitch. I want all of her—not half. Because when we touch, nothing less will do but her complete surrender.

I need her to trust me, before her fear destroys us.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Carolyn Anthony is a sucker for a dark romance with a dominant, tattooed, alpha man at the helm. Her characters deal with real life issues: the painful, the tragic, the damaging sort of life events that leave both external and internal scars, because she’s been there. Her heroines are strong women at the core who will always find what’s been lost, taken or exploited: their strength, their self-worth, their identity, their innocence or their love. She writes about women exploring their sexuality, owning that sexuality and enjoying it. Along for the ride, the flawed, yet redemptive and gorgeous men who prove worthy enough to be on that journey with them.
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