Enchanted – maybe

Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold: Book Cover Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold:
Volume 1 (Romance a Medieval Fairytale)
Demelza Carlton
paranormal, mythology, romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
7 Mar. 2017

A beastly prince. An enchanting beauty. Only love can break the spell. Once upon a time... The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father's lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island's ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She's not sure she can reverse the spell, but she's determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can't be all bad...no matter how beastly his appearance. Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?


Another version of Beauty and the Beast –  a very popular story line at the moment – aimed at those of us who haven’t quite grown out of our childhood fantasy heroes. We all want to be Belle and to help the poor Beast – this version has Belle having some magic of her own and able to curse in a rather nasty way…

But we never quite find out what was so beastly about Beast as it was supposed to reflect his character flaws but he appeared not to have any…

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Over what?

Over the Line   Book Cover Over the Line  
(Adirondack Pack, #0.5)
K.C. Stewart 
paranormal, mythology, romance
Pronoun
2015

The truth is in the evidence. Follow your nose, keep an ear to the ground and don’t believe everything you hear. Tyson Cartwright has always known who he was and becoming the Adirondack Pack’s Enforcer was the goal from the very start. He loves his job, but not today. Someone in the pack isn’t who they say they are. It isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last that Tyson has to rid the pack of a spy. These are the people he calls his friends and family and one of them is lying to him. His gut has an idea but is it just because he doesn’t like the man his sister has taken up with or is there something more to Jack Naughton? For Jenny’s sake he better know for sure it’s Jack before dispensing justice because once a wolf goes over the line, there is no coming back.

Whilst recovering from my ‘little’ Xmas accident and being in and out of hospital for some time and in a lot of pain, I needed some light reading and this series provided me with that. Many paranormal stories were good reading fare amongst romances and other ‘chick’ literature.

This series was one that I particularly fell for all set around the Adirondack pack of werewolves.

I have previously reviewed book #1, but in fact there is a #0.5 prequel if you will. I have found that many authors write the prequel after the first couple of books are successful, so you don’t necessarily read in order.

Each wolf pack has a number of roles that are common to them all: Alpha, Beta, Elder, and Enforcer. This is the story of how and Enforcer was ‘born’.

Enforcers are the law in wolf packs. They keep order within the pack, at as detectives and represent the law. Often they are also used for more esoteric purposes such as torture during a period of warfare or political unrest and in-fighting. Thus hey need to be not only very strong and skilled in fighting, but also sadistic to a degree. Not just being unafraid of pain themselves,  but willing to inflict it n others.

Tyson was the Adirondack pack’s enforcer. “He was protector, detective, judge and jury”, and if need be executioner, because “once a wolf went over the line, there was no coming back”.

So the war with the Canidae begins and his sister Jenny gets involved through her friendship with Jack – who is not all he seems.

Tyson has to develop his emotions to understand this situation as he finds that he is unable to cope with his sister’s actions.

 

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Security is big business

Gray Wolf Security Book Cover Gray Wolf Security
Gray Wolf Security #1-6
Glenna Sinclair
Kindle

DONOVAN
He killed my brother. He didn’t wield the rock that destroyed a promising
life, the life of a future doctor, but he killed him just the same. He
should have been there that night, should have protected Joshua from the
wrath of bullies that he’d pulled down on us all. But he wasn’t. And Joshua
died. Now my dad expects me to sit back and let this man protect me? Was he
insane? I don’t care how wonderful Gray Wolf Security is. I wasn’t about to
give up my freedom, my privacy, and allow Donovan Pritchard to follow me
around for the unforeseeable future.

DAVID
My life ended the night my father won a place in the US Congress. Not
because he won the election, but because he died when I lost control of the
car he, my mother, and I were riding in. My parents both died and I was
left paralyzed from the upper thighs down. There’s an operation that could
fix my legs, but maybe I don’t deserve a second chance. After all, my
parents didn’t get one. But then a woman walks into my life…it’s always a
woman, right? We’re both broken, but maybe together we can find a way to
fix what no longer works.

JOSS
She doesn’t talk. How the hell am I supposed to trust the life of my child
to a woman who won’t talk? It’s not a physical thing, it’s emotional. I’m
paying thousands of dollars to Gray Wolf Security to protect my child from
potential kidnappers, and they give me this emotionally broken woman who
won’t speak. Not only that, but she’s so tiny she couldn’t hurt a fly.
Well, okay, so she knocked me to the ground. But I’m not a drug lord with a
loaded pistol pointed at an innocent child. Just because she’s beautiful
and she has these curves that I can’t seem to get out of my mind doesn’t
mean that I’m okay with this situation.

KIRKLAND
Hypocrisy drives me up a wall, yet I’m probably the biggest hypocrite to
ever live. I own one of the leading pornography websites in the country,
maybe even the world.But I grew up in a conservative, religious household
and getting my mom’s voice out of the back of my head is almost impossible.
Until I lay eyes on Kirkland Parish. An operative for Gray Wolf Security,
Kirkland is supposed to be my guardian, my shield between my quiet world
and the threats that have promised my impeding death.

ASH
Three years ago, the love of my life disappeared. I never believed she was
dead even though the government tried to convince me she was. I would never
give up on her no matter what anyone told me. But I did get a little
distracted by Mina Kaufman, a stranger who gave birth in the back of my
SUV, delivering a perfect baby boy into my hands. How was I supposed to
turn my back on them? Mina and her son brought me out of the limbo my life
had descended into. And how was I supposed to know that she was lying to
me?

A series of books each featuring one of the Private Investigators in this firm that provides 24 hour bodyguard security to those that need it.

All the people involved are either ex-Army and ex-Green Beret or related. The firm was founded by Grayson Ashford  hence the name who needed something to keep himself busy and to keep his brother occupied after he was paralysed in a car accident.

David, Grayson’s brother is used as the tech guy – he is rather a computer whiz; and was taught by the FBI, hie previous employers, how to hack!

There is also Kirkland, ex-Green Beret and noted for his charm; Donovan, als ex-GreenBeret and a member of Ashland’s unit, and an explosives expert; Joselyn Grant Hernandez, ex army [not permitted to GB as female!!] who has not spoken since her husband and 6 year old daughter were killed – a female operative(!); and Rose, office mother and organiser.

A generally fun book to read with some different stories but all obviously romances  pretending to be suspense and mysteries.

My main gripe – and this book is not alone in this, is that American authors have no idea how the rest of the world lives! Honestly, 1000 square feet is a LARGE home, our first home, a 3 bed semi-detatched house was just less than this and we had a kitchen with scullery and pantry off, a large living/dining room, a large hall store, and 2.5 bedrooms! And as for a kitchen that is only just big enough to have a table and 4 chairs – well I wish! Our kitchen, which is large by most people’s at 12 foor square cannot manage that – we do have a table and a bench seat but add chairs and well…

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Regency

Lord of Chance Book Cover Lord of Chance
Erica Ridley
Fiction
WebMotion
March 27, 2017
266

The first book in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley's new regency romance series, Rogues to Riches! When Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance-and a wee mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn-have the tables finally turned in this rake's favor?

Erica Ridley always writes a fluent Regency style novel. Historically correct with speech adjusted to modern nuances and mannerisms.

Here we have two very sad specimens adrift in a society where women are wives, servants or harlots, and society men do not toil for a living.

So an illegitimate daughter of a courtesan cannot be respectably employed and a man without an income has no recourse but to gamble to fund his lifestyle and to support his family.

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A Wolf’s Pack?

Out of the Shadows: Book Cover Out of the Shadows:
Volume 1 (Werewolf Wars)
Bethany Shaw
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition
(22 Nov. 2013)

Devon will do anything to protect his little sister from becoming a breeder, even if it means starting a war. After fleeing home in the middle of the night, Devon and his siblings seek refuge with his uncle. There he meets the fiery human, Lark. She is a temptation, one he can’t afford. As battle lines are drawn, Devon’s alpha instincts take over, and he must fight to keep the ones he loves safe, especially the woman who has stolen his heart. Lark Davies has put her heart and soul into her bakery, The Cookie Jar. She doesn’t have time for dating or a social life, but she is happy to spend her free time at the Harris Ranch. She knows the ranch occupants are werewolves, but they are family. When Devon Harris appears at the ranch, Lark instantly butts heads with him. Even if they can’t seem to get along, there is something intriguing about him. She’s known werewolves have existed for some time, but she never knew just how dangerous their world was.

 

Well some alphas are clearly stone age in their thinking / desires / behaviour / women as property / clan wars.

Some fairly typical of the genre writing which is fun but not high literature.

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