Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

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

Holiday in The Hamptons- Sarah Morgan

May 30, 2017 - 1:22 pm No Comments

Holiday In The Hamptons
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQ
Page Count: 384pp
Release date: 15th June 2017
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

 

Fliss’ eighteenth birthday wasn’t the joyful experience she expected; not with her father returning to their beach home in a storm of anger.
Every summer, their mom took her, her twin sister Harriet and brother Daniel (New York Actually) to their holiday home in the Hamptons, to escape the ire and tyranny of a bully; their father.
When her father follows them and turns up unexpectedly at her eighteenth birthday with his usual insults and degradation, young Fliss flees to the beach, where Seth, Daniel’s friend, finds her.
Seth Carlyle, five years older than her, looks at her like she’s a woman, treats her like a woman. The chemistry sizzles between them, until it ends. Then she sees him again, ten years later.
Seen in a series of flashbacks and memories, we discover that they marry young and divorce just as quickly.
Ten years later, when Fliss is buried in work at Bark Rangers (fans will know the dog walking service family from from the other ‘Manhattan’ books by Sarah Morgan),
she is a workaholic wanting to expand the business, hiding her constant hurt and loss in Bark Rangers. Where Fliss is vivacious, opinionated and hardly shy, twin Harry (Harriet) is the opposite (introverted and lacking in confidence despite her talents, having been bullied about her childhood stammer). Though there is a steel to a Harry that her twin Fliss doesn’t realise exists.
Together the sisters own and run the business, Harry’s natural affinity for animals being perfect for their success, whilst Fliss’ no nonsense approach sortes the finances and the piles of paperwork.
When ex husband Seth turns up unexpectedly in Manhattan to do a stint at her local vets, Fliss flees to see her Grams in the Hamptons, taking on Harry’s identity to look after her Grandmother whilst she recovers from a fall.
Then the worst thing she could possibly imagine happens.
Seth turns up in the Hamptons; where he actually lives.
In a panic, she continues her charade pretending to be her twin.
Of course, all Seth talks about to ‘Harriet’ is ‘Fliss’. And her defences start to crumble just a little.
“Maybe she’ll be the first woman in history to break up with a guy because she’s jealous of herself.” friend and former Best Man Chase remarks.
So, in a funny, warm and romantic twist on The Parent Trap, Fliss and Seth find themselves spending lots of time together. And as the old adage says ‘the truth will out’.
This book is about secrets, family, love, friendship; the things that matter. It also tackles the difficult subject of bullying.
As a child and teen, Harriet is the subject of bullying at school, whilst at home through their younger years, Harriet, Daniel, Fliss and their mother are all victims of bullying too.
Morgan deals with the issue sensitively, and whilst we later learn some of the reasons for the bullying, the behaviour is not excused.
Though we do learn to understand one important message; honesty is key to any relationship. Keeping things – emotions- bottled up inside will lead to an unfulfilled life.
There’s a lot, as usual with a Sarah Morgan book, going on in this one. Emotional trauma, romance, social and human issues, humour and shock. But what I love most about this book, and the Manhattan series, is the use of animals, particularly dogs.
Each ‘doggy character’ is fully fledged and brings a smile to the readers’ face, or a gasp when they are injured. Hero is awesome, a massive, friendly against stereotyping Doberman and he’s adorable, whilst Lulu is hilarious. And also adorable.
The humans, and the animals, are living breathing characters in her skilled hands.
Reading Sarah Morgan is like being wrapped up in a warm blankie, candle lit, with chocolate cake being served by Ryan Reynolds; who puts on your fluffy cat slippers for you.
Sheer bliss, sheer delight, sheer comfort.