The Auction and the Vampires

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Crimson Fold #1
Erin Bedford
fantasy, urban fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(29 Oct. 2017)

The Hunger Games meets Cinderella. This fairy tale has no happy endings only dark beginnings. They call them the Crimson Fold. High up in their castle they look down on my little world and wield a silent control. That is, until the invitations are sent out. I never dreamed I’d be selected. They tell me it’s a privilege. I should be honored. But the fear in their eyes doesn’t lie. If I refuse to go, my family will be shunned. If I go, my life and my body will no longer be mine. It’ll be theirs. At midnight it will be over. At Midnight I’ll be his.

So Vampires – the Crimson Fold – rule the world – or at least the City State that Clarabelle lives in and each year they have a grand ball where various members of the populace are viewed – rather like a cattle auction. Their looks and capabilities are tested and then they are assigned to their role in the palace – or not. So the ones that look ‘best for breeding’ are given as lovers – or in marriage to the Royalty. The ones not so good are made into servants.

Because this whole Palace choosing so closely resembled the slave/cattle auction I marked it down a little – although it was probably meant to do this.

I liked Clarabelle and do wonder what her Prince has in store for her, but not enough to want to read the follow on book. Sorry. 3.5 stars

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Are the boys really bad?

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Bad Boy Inc #1
Eve Langlais
romantic suspense
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(31 July 2017)

A killer with a white picket fence. Suburbia, a great place for a man with secrets to hide—while investing in some solid real estate. The biggest drawback? Neighbors. In this case, a neighbor with sexy curves and a bright smile. Good thing she’s not his type. Single moms with annoying exes are on the do-not-date list. Stay away. Calvin wants to; it’s just not happening. He can’t help but find himself drawn to the chaos next door. And when danger threatens his suburban lifestyle, this assassin doesn’t hesitate to act. Killing people is easy. Domestication, on the other hand, terrifies him.

 

What a great name for an organisation of guys – plus 1 gal – who are assassins for hire – or ‘problem solvers’ as they put it.

With a cover story of being international real estate agents – which reminds of the real estate agents in my area called, wait for it, Hot Black Desiato.

So just who are the bad boys here? The BBI guys? Or the corrupt police they are happy to kill?

And should we like these bad boys who are American dreamboats? Well, they don’t kill women and children and do try to kill just bad guys. But being a UK citizen, I prefer my law enforcers not to use guns, but find myself conflicted as these are really good guys at heart… and protective of those who need it.

So a story I really enjoyed with good story-telling and style and a series that is clearly going to run through the guys and gal (see review of Pint Sized) and which I will read.

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What a tattoo can do – more than you ever thought!

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Kat Dubois #1-4
Lindsey Fairleigh
fantasy, magic, mythology, urban fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(22 Sept. 2016)

A whole new series from the world of the Echo Trilogy. Three years ago, the gods abandoned us. We've been alone ever since. Kat Dubois is immortal, and she’s retired. She’s long since hung up her sword and left assassinating immortals to someone else...anyone else. She’s now a hard drinking, sass-flinging Seattle tattoo artist with the innate ability to read people’s fortunes using her charmed deck of tarot cards. Her days of bloodshed are over, and she has nothing but time--an eternity, in fact--to hide from her past. Until someone from her past shows up on her doorstep with news that her beloved older brother and mentor, Dominic, has gone missing. Kat may be the only person with the right skills--and access to the right magic--to track him down. She must confront her past if she’s to have any chance of finding and saving her brother. She must fight her demons. She must embrace the power within her. She must become the Ink Witch.

Egyptian gods and goddesses morph into a Supergirl fantasy crossed with Jessica Jones.

This is a YA series that isn’t.

The heroine is 38 trapped in the body – and hormones – of an 18 year old. For eternity. Or until she is killed – but she is very very hard to kill.

The myths of Old Egypt meet – something new to me, although it seemed to be loosely based on these myths with lots of additions.

Did I like the books? Of course. I always like a kickass female heroine and Kat wins on all scales from her mad sword skills to her mixed martial arts AND she rides a Ducati!

I totally get why she has tattoos, even though not my scene, but they prove essential to the storyline, though not sure about the extra body piercings even though they add to the ‘bad’ character.

Can’t wait until book 5 comes out.

I have also bought the prequel series to get the background to this series.

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Kitty Kitty

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Welcome To Hell Book 4
Eve Langlais
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(10 Jun. 2014)

Hell’s Kitty

Good thing this Hellcat has nine lives because he’s going to need them if he’s going to survive Lucifer’s latest scheme and land on his four furry feet. Okay, so Felipe ate a few of the Styx sea creatures. In his defense, they were awfully tasty. Depleting the monster reservoir didn’t mean Lucifer had to go all Lord of Hell on him and order him to go on a stupid mission. And to Siren Isle of all places! Everyone knows males should stay far, far away from that dangerous place. The only stroke of luck is the woman he’s after isn’t a siren. Nor is she quite a mermaid. As a matter of fact, Jenny isn’t like anyone he’s ever met—so, of course, this curious cat wants her. Except he’s not the only one. Not long after his arrival, he runs into problems, which he’s only too happy to solve in a permanent and violent fashion. Getting Jenny off the island and back to Hell’s inner circle is proving more troublesome than expected, though. Who knew a simple retrieval mission would signal the start of a dangerous—yet exhilarating—adventure, and despite his tomcat ways, this purring feline can’t help but fall in love.

 

I’ve been wanting to read this story since I found out about a hellcat and was not disappointed.

As a cat owner, I can just imagine my cat – if she could talk – saying the same things as Felipe does. And certainly some of my male cats, if not neutered would behave the same. And as for catching protected creatures – we had one tom who caught everything he could even protected dormice! And he stole steak from our neighbour’s kitchen when she left the window open and dropped a live baby bunny on our daughter’s head at Easter and and….

So great fun reading this book. Loved it.

 

 

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Which direction?

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Supernatural Prisons Series: follow on from original 3.
Jaymin Eve
urban fantasy, mythology, romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(18 Aug. 2016)

Maximus Compass is a vampire without direction. Without heart. And without soul. He lost his true mate in the great battle against the dragon king, and now must face life alone. And yet … something is happening to his agony. It’s fading away, leaving him with barely a memory of the female he believed to be his one and only. As his mind clears he starts to wonder if the mate bond had been nothing more than a manufactured ploy? This suspicion explodes within him right around the time he runs back into a certain wolf shifter. Mischa Lebron is a complication he doesn’t need in his life. He can’t erase her from his mind though, and while memories of his supposed true mate continue to fade into mere shadows, his one night with Mischa is blazingly strong. But they’re not of the same supernatural race, so there’s no way for a true bond to exist between them. Right? When an old threat rips apart their pack, Maximus will come to realize that he would do anything to save Mischa. That the mate he thought was perfect and precious was nothing on the shifter he walked away from. Now Maximus truly has everything to lose. Note from author: Broken Compass is a spinoff set within the Supernatural Prison World. Told in dual POVs from Maximus Compass and Mischa Lebron. This is full length and standalone with a HEA. You do not need to read the Supernatural Prison trilogy first.

Having sorted out the Dragons and won the Dragon Marked war, you would think that life would settle down for the Quads and the Twins.

But not so fast.

Only 1 of the Quads has found their True Mate,  and only 1 of the Twins ditto. Not to mention, that they may have killed the Dragon but they left the Sorcerer (and his daughters) alive.

So Quad number 2 has to find a Mate and the Sorcerer needs to be killed.

A nice continuation of the story-line and I’m looking forward to the rest of the stories on the 2 remaining Quads and Louis their Sorcerer – and almost Pack.

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