Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

Strand of Faith (Choice and Consequences Book 1) by Rachel J Bonner

April 19, 2019 - 5:36 pm No Comments

Strand of Faith (Choice and Consequences Book 1) by Rachel J Bonner

Published by Isbin Books on 15th November 2018

239 pages

In preparation for the release of the 2nd in the series, I read Strand of Faith, the first book in the Choice and Consequences series.

Set in a world where some people have psychic gifts, a monastery is set up to help the young students to use their talents. Brother Prospero an exceptionally gifted monk, he had had difficulty controlling his powers, but now highly trained, he used his skills to help others. Leonie, an orphan hides in the monastery to try and control her abilities. But with the Abbot having strange dreams is Prospero and Leonie needed for greater things.

Brother Prospero had found a sanctuary, having struggled with his gifts when he was a young boy, it enabled him to help others, whether it was teaching them to control their powers or if they required medical attention. However, having Leonie close sees him grappling with his beliefs. There is not a lot known about Leonie and there are only snippets known about her life before she joined the monastery, but we know she had it hard.

Being the first in the series, we get introduced to the main characters and get an understanding of their world. With each chapter labelled with the character and written in 3rd person POV enables you to understand the characters, whether it’s following them as they do their duties, the emotional turmoil they have with each other or learning more about the background, you get involved with their story. Although Prospero and Leonie are the main characters, the other characters play a big part in telling the story.

Whilst this is a fantasy read, it has a historical feel to the book, because of the monastery setting I had Cadfael running through my mind. The romance elements play a big part in the story and I had to keep reminding myself that Prospero is only a few years older than Leonie, although I did feel sorry for him as he struggled with his beliefs and what he had to do for the best. I actually stayed up to finish this book as I wanted to know more about Leonie and I am glad that I do not have to wait too long to carry on her story and to see what her involvement is in the Abbot’s plans.

This is a perfect book for teenagers and adults and if you enjoy fantasy and romance, and want to start a new series than this is a good book to get.   

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

February 14, 2019 - 6:30 am No Comments

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

Published by Dammaged Productions on 14th February 2019

223 pages

If you know me, you know that I rarely read romance, but add a few zombies and I will be first in the queue to buy it.

14th February or Valentine’s Day is a day for all lovers, but if you are like Kevin, it is just another day on the calendar. Kevin was your “average joe” getting up at the same time, catching the same bus working in the same office for the last 10 years. There are 2 things that he enjoys in his mundane life, the view from his desk and Rachel Elder. Could this Valentine’s day be something special?

On the other side of the world, America are experimenting with a new virus. However, when disaster strikes, the end of the world is nigh.

I enjoy zombie book where the MC is just an ordinary person, with no special training and has to confront zombies and Kevin was perfect for that role. Oblivious to the world around him, he just went on with his life. A shy man, who wouldn’t take a risk, even when it came to love. Rachel was young, intelligent and gorgeous. Not wanting to be hurt by a man again, she had one rule no office romances.

From the moment Kevin’s alarm clock went off, I knew that I would enjoy this book. There is a good blend of horror and comedy throughout out. The zombie attacks will have you swapping from grimacing to laughing with every scene, especially the scenes in the bathroom. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. The story smoothly alternates between the outbreak in American and Kevin and his love life over here in the UK. Having it span over the two countries enables you to follow the outbreak as it happens and read how it is easily spread.

This is a book that I didn’t want to put down, with the outbreak and Kevin’s love-life it kept me reading into the wee hours and I woke up with a book hangover. The last quarter of the book was full on, non-stop action and the ending, I don’t want to spoil it but what an ending.

This is a must buy for zombie lovers and anyone who enjoys comedy with their horror.  Yet again this author has produced a great read.  

Starblood (The Starblood Series Book 1) by Carmilla Voiez

January 20, 2019 - 7:49 am No Comments

Early this month for LGBTQ+ Month in Horror Ginger Nuts of Horror ran an interview with Carmilla Voiez. http://gingernutsofhorror.com/interviews/lgbtq-horror-month-author-interview-with-carmilla-voiez?fbclid=IwAR1xySuvoa6j-df48j9HL6aggCEwAfElvimD570OfSBlyTRqyWkfnwhRF58

Here is my review of Starblood

Starblood (The Starblood Series Book 1) by Carmilla Voiez

Published by Vamptasy Publishing 11th December 2018

273 pages

Steve or Satori to his friends loved magic. Having split up with his girlfriend Sarah (Star) all he could think off was getting her back. Using his research, he calls upon a demon to give him extra power to get Sarah back. However, in steps Lilith succubus, serpent, temptress of Eve, first wife of Adam, dark mother.

Satori was infatuated with Star to the point that it was an obsession. He was overconfident with his powers which made him come across as arrogant and cocky. Star was the complete opposite, everyone wanted to mother.

With a handful of characters, you get to know about each in depth. Raven likes to be in charge, the leader of the little group. Freya after a tragic loss gravitates to the group and Donna best friend of Star wanted more than friendship. Their friendship was strong which helped them cope with the prejudice of some people due to their Goth lifestyle. 

As soon as Satori casts the spell, you are drawn into a tale of love and betrayal. Whilst the love between Satori and Star used to be there and you sense how desperate Satori is. However, when Star was with Lilith you sensed that their love was real. It was sensuous with a hint of danger. However, I got the impression that Lilith was playing with Star’s emotions as a cat plays with its prey.

Scenes were described in detail and I enjoyed reading about the night outs which were very similar to my clubbing days. The kill scenes were graphic and showed just how brutal a woman’s scorn can be, whether it was out of protection or a jealous outburst. The sex scenes added intensity to the story as, as a reader, you had the facts at hand and knew that both Satori and Star would be angry when they found out what the other had been up to   

Whilst this story did not finish on a cliffhanger, I am curious to know what happens next. With its mixture of horror and romance, this will please dark readers.    

Heart of Jet by Sheila Shedd

December 4, 2018 - 10:33 pm No Comments

Heart of Jet by Sheila Shedd
Published by DevilDog Press on 22nd January 2018
324 pages

Manhattan-born sisters Caroline and Lottie had a happy life but when their father died, he left them a cryptic letter. Having to journey to their ancestral home in Scotland, they were left to solve their Grandma’s riddle “Revive the tormented soul of Fier.”
Even though they are sisters Caroline and Lottie are complete opposites. Caroline was studious whilst Lottie was a bubbly full of life. Travelling to Scotland showed just how naive and sheltered they were, as the journey was not without disaster.
With its narrative feel, it felt that you were not reading but curled up by a fire listening to their story. The descriptive writing showed just how varied and beautiful the Scottish climate was. As soon as the girls arrive in Scotland, the atmosphere of the book changes. Whilst the girls still had fun with the Scottish brothers there was always a feeling of foreboding when the haunting began. One surprise was how Lottie matured when her sister was in danger, even though she was always the pampered on she really stepped up when it was needed.
Whilst there is a romance running throughout, this did not detract from the suspense. With its Gothic feel and the added supernatural element made this into a page-turner. This book will please plenty of readers as it fits into so many genres.

The Guardians (The Tempest Isle Series Book 1) by SC Storm and Rena Martin

August 10, 2017 - 6:51 pm No Comments

The Guardians (The Tempest Isle Series Book 1) by SC Storm and Rena Martin

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 29th July 2017

256 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Living on the Tempest Isles are the Guardians are a group of supernatural creatures, born to protect the supernatural and human world from the reapers, but times are getting harder and it falls to a small number of people to save them. The guardians of each race need to ascend to ensure their race survives.

From the start of this book, you notice that the story does not just revolve around one character. Vampires, wolves or witches, each supernatural race had their main characters and their stories were intertwined to tell a story that fantasy lovers will enjoy. All the races appear to live in harmony, but as the story progress you find out that a small group are out for revenge and as more reapers appear, their plan seems to be working.

With so many character, you would think that this story would be difficult to follow, but that is not an issue as the story was written in the 3rd person. The style of writing made it a quick read and it was not till I wrote this review that I realised that it was written by two authors. Whether you are a vampire or a werewolf fan, you will definitely find your favourite character. This story had action, revenge, betrayal and romance. Ending on a cliff-hanger which involves a lot of blood, I hope that it is not long before book 2 is out