Genre: #Romance #ParanormalRomance #ShifterRomance #RomanticSuspense
Series: The Shifter Town Series Book 4
My Rating: 5
Publication: December 30th 2018
Read: January 4th 2019
POV: Third-person dual perspectives
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She wasn’t aware of her wet, clinging clothes. Her long hair, sticking to her skin. The melting hail or the dark night. She was only aware of one thing, and he was consuming her.
CONNOR REID is complex. An alpha, taller and stronger than anyone else, who has never lost a fight. But the truth is, this grizzly bear shifter is as sweet as a summer breeze and shy as a prairie dog. He never planned to stay in Shifter Town. Then something happened that rocked his world. Her name is LILY AMARETTO.
Lily hasn’t known much kindness in her life, and never from a man. When she accepts a job working for the scariest male she’s ever seen, it’s about survival and redemption. She doesn’t want to spend her life afraid of shadows, but did she really have to start with the most lethal man in existence? That’s exactly what Connor Reid seems like to her. But there are other new and indefinable feelings that he stirs. And the things he does to her in her dreams.
What do two shy souls do when they want each other badly, but aren’t quite sure how to make it happen?
Shifter Town is about to find out…
Bear Essentials is the fourth book in bestselling author Novalee Swan’s Shifter Town series. It features her trademark heat and emotional intensity and is perfect for fans of Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh and Shelley Laurenston.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy moly… this book! It was the best of the series thus far and one of my favorite shifter books to date.
I literally waited a long time for this book. After reading the other books in the series, I was excited for this one the most. Unfortunately, it took a while to cross my path and even then, it was by coincidence. Doesn’t matter though because I thought it was worth the wait. I love all the characters in this series but Conner and Lily are my favorites so far. I can’t give one specific reason as to why that is, only that I loved them so much.
The writing is done well. The pace is good and the sexy scenes are hot! Yep, I wanted to be Lily in those moments. Lily was very shy. Truth is, I would say more wary than shy. And she had good reasons. There are definitely some dark elements in this book and some might feel triggered by them.
Connor was so good for Lily, a great match of “opposites attract.” Although I will say that while Connor was quiet and maybe shy when it came to Lily, when it was necessary, his beast came forward to love and protect her.
If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, I do recommend that. Yes, this book can be read as a standalone, however, I think you will enjoy the story more, especially having already met the several characters from past books that are present in this one.
We were given a bit of a teaser as to what’s to come in the next book. I really hope that will come out sooner rather than later.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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Title: Dark Days: Semester 2
Author: Liz Meldon
Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers Paranormal Romance
Release Day: February 8, 2019
A vampire desperate for a brighter future. A wolf shifter eager to forget the past.
A killer closing in.
Still reeling from the events of December 31st, wolf shifter Emma Kingsley stumbles into the new year knowing that nothing will ever be the same. Her sanctuary—her territory—is falling to pieces around her. Danger in the forest. Danger in the village. Danger at her door.
This time of year, wolf’s in season.
The cruel promises of two rogue vampires cling to her like a second skin, but so does the possibility for something more with the vampire who saved her life. Despite her growing feelings, she knows in her heart that Calder is a part of this madness.
And when the truth comes to light, will she ever be able to trust him again?
Forced to unite for the sake of their beloved boarding school, two former enemies are torn between doing what is necessary…
And following their hearts.
The fresh start that vampire Calder so desperately craved is shot straight to Hell when the past comes back to bite him. Had circumstances been different, he would have fallen back on old habits—and run.
But now that Emma is involved, he knows the game has changed. A price must be paid, and if it keeps her alive, Calder Holloway will pay it a thousand times over.
Even if that means forgetting his feelings for the beautiful shifter. Every. Last. One.
Because those messy, messy feelings are what got him into trouble in the first place.
In the dark days of winter, an ancient evil emerges from the shadows. Blood will be spilled. Lines will be drawn. Lives will be lost.
Only one thing is certain: no one is safe.
Not even creatures of the night.
Dark Days is a standalone enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance duet. While Book 1 has a cliffhanger, all will be resolved with a supernatural happily-ever-after in Book 2.
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Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.
Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are usually dark and angsty, and her contemporaries are stress-free smutfests, but you’ll find both full of feels. Most of all, she loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.
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Undead Girl Gang
Genre: #YA #Contemporary #Supernatural #Paranormal #MagicalRealism
My Rating: 3
Publication: May 8th 2018
Read: June 8th 2018
POV: First-person single perspective
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Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.
Interesting story but it did not have enough to capture me.
Undead Girl Gang is more about friendship than anything else. Mila brings back three girls from the dead, one being her best friend and two being girls she hates, in order to solve the mystery surrounding their deaths. The premise was cool but the execution was not the best. The story fell a bit flat for me and I feel like there were many questions left unanswered. I was able to guess the big mystery of the book pretty early on. On top of that I did not find the characters all that appealing.
I really did not like Mila. She was funny at times but her attitude really infuriated me. To me it really seemed like she was pretending to be someone that she wasn’t. Riley was disappointing, I thought she would be a fun character but she was bitter and moody the whole novel. I get that she’s dead and has a right to feel that way but it was a total buzzkill since Mila described her as being so full of life all the time. June and Dayton were okay, they had a lot of character development and that was great but it didn’t make me love their characters. Xander was also just okay, I liked him but he was always just described as being super hot so there was really nothing to dislike.
I was expecting more from this book I’m not going to lie. It was a highly anticipated read of mine but it fell short. I assume this is a standalone but I wouldn’t mind reading another book about Mila and the town of Cross Creak. I want to see how Mila moves forward from everything that happened at the ending. The one thing I really loved about this book was how it focused on the friendship between the girls more than anything else. They went from adversaries to friends for “life.” Their friendship was beautiful and I am glad that they were able to come together in the end.
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