Friday, March 14, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of War's Passion


Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!


An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
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War’s Passion 
SONS OF WAR #1 


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After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace.

Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares—God of War—and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them.

That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle…Gwen herself.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:

War's Passion was my first foray into the lovely imagination of Lia Davis, and what a great place to start. A family of dragon shifters descended rom Ares' dragon a la the legend of the Spartoi, Demi-gods & goddesses descended from Artemis, Aphrodite, Nyx, the Fates & more, a lovely open society world in a quaint seaside town, a surprising twist, an antagonist with tension (also a family member) and some red hot passion.

Trying to get away from destructive events of her past, Gwen (our heroine) moves to a small town in Maine with her best friend and adopted sister. Unbeknownst to her, however, Markus (our hero) and his brothers - the same types of creatures that haunt her nightmares - live there as well, and their fates are inexorably intertwined.

As the brothers try to stop their rogue brother and his band of misfits from starting a war with the gods and protect Gwen, her sister and the other Descendants from being tools in Garrick's nefarious plot, we get a wonderfully paced and fresh new paranormal romance in a fantastic new world full of myth and magic

I'm really looking forward to Ty and Ash's book in book #2.

**I normally wouldn't do this, but I feel it unfair to the readers not to mention it. There were a lot of editing issues in the book (I purchased the Kindle copy from Amazon). The story was really, very good, but you do need to try and ignore the misused words, missing words, etc throughout the book and just concentrate on the tale.

War's Passion

Monday, March 3, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Night Owls


Lauren M. Roy is a thirtysomething wanna-be bookstore owner, currently working in the publishing industry. When she’s not selling books, she’s writing them.

You can keep up with Lauren online at her Website, on GoodReads and on Twitter.


Night Owls
NIGHT OWLS Book #1 

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Valerie McTeagues business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. Shes experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasnt known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…

Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle
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Night Owls takes place in a semi-closed society. Our heroine, Val, a bookstore owner who used to be a Hunter (and is a vampire), tries to exist quietly with her Renfield Chaz and a group of unlikely allies, a couple of succubi, 2 ex Brotherhood members, and a human until a group of vicious, bloodthirsty Jackals come to town and the entire gang must go on the offensive.

The book was well written, it had delightful characters, interesting world building, fun dialogue, and some cool twists. Did I love it? No. Was it worth the read. Certainly.

Miss Roy deserves kudos for coming into a genre so steeped in material that it is hard to find something unique with exactly that, some new material. She also takes us back to the old days of Urban Fantasy where there really was no romance. It was all about the world, the characters and the story arc.

Even though I personally didn't love it, it was very enjoyable and looks to be an exciting start to a great new urban fantasy series. I'll definitely tune in for book #2.

Night Owls

Friday, February 28, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Fawn


About Susan Griscom:

“I daydream often. If I didn’t write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again.

Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.

I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter, six grandchildren and another on the way. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.

I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.”

Keep up with Susan online at her: Blog | Website | on Facebook | Twitter |Goodreads | and her Amazon Author Page.


The Fawn
BEAUMONT BROTHERS Book #1

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New Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense

Sexual content and mature subject matter, including domestic violence and abuse.

This will be a two book series, but both books in The Beaumont Brothers can be read as a standalone.

After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood—shuffled from one foster home to another—Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is ... run!

But does she run far enough?

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming carefree sort of guy, known for his eagerness to help injured animals find their way back into the wild. When Lena Benton walks into his bar, he’s once again swept off his feet with concern and desire to help the wounded. Will he risk having his heart torn apart again when the memory of the fawn he rescued as a child resurfaces?

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
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The Fawn was a wonderfully gripping story about rising above oppression, finding salvation, discovering beauty and joy in the little things, and the transformative properties of true love...

A contemporary new adult romance, The Fawn follows Lena through her journey as she escapes from a terribly abusive husband and finally strikes out on her own, all the way to where she is able to find the love she truly deserves, both from herself and from another.

Touching on a subject that isn't much used in fiction because it's oftentimes hard to read, The Fawn starts with scenes of domestic abuse. While gut-wrenching in their intensity, the scenes are integral to setting up Lena's story and her motivation and mindset for the rest of the book. There are times within this first part of the book that you will become breathless and want to look away. You will hate and rail and wonder if the author is writing from experience. I asked, and the answer is no (thank goodness!), but what that all means is that the writing is superb and done with such finesse, it immediately sucks you in.

As Lena's journey leads her farther away from her abusive husband and out onto her own, she ultimately ends up finding Jackson, and let me just say that you will immediately add another book boyfriend to your list of favorites!

Lena and Jackson's story is sweet, emotional, and a truly enjoyable read. One thing I will note is that the pace of the story, given the subject matter that builds the heroine's character, is a bit rushed, but it's a work of fiction and there are only so many pages to work with, especially if the meat of the story is supposed to be the romance. Susan couldn't have changed this without adding a lot of no action time slips or uncomfortable parts of the book that wouldn't be light enough for an NA romance. It's called out in the beginning of the book before the acknowledgments that it's a work of fiction and in no way meant to be a realistic journey of a true battered wife. I hope that readers will keep this in mind while reading, because outside of the fact that yes, Lena and Jack do end up falling in love quickly, it's a romance book, and that's what we're all hoping for, isn't it!?

I would definitely recommend this book for fans of sweet contemporary romance with some danger and intrigue thrown in for good measure.

The Fawn


[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Nameless



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hi. I’m Mercedes M. Yardley. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. I’m the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the “serial killers in love” novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, and my debut novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes. I specialize in the dark and beautiful.
You can keep up with Mercedes online at her Blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.



Nameless
BONE ANGEL Book #1

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Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
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I adore paranormal, but recently have been reading other genres in the hopes of finding something different and fresh, so imagine my surprise when I started reading this book, it's completely unique! Now it's not often that I think that, so hats off to this Ms Yardley.

Luna is like no one else. She's different because she sees Demons! She doesn't remember a time when they weren't whispering in the darkness or hiding in the shadows, and now not a day goes by without feeling their presence . Life has been hard, and Luna's father died because he shared her gift/curse. So far, Luna's survived. Things start to fall apart when her own sister-in-law is possessed by a Demon, but when she takes away Luna's niece Lydia, it's time to come out fighting because no demon is hurting her family anymore! Her brother Seth can't cope, and it's up to Luna to release Hell on Earth!

This is a book that doesn't shy away from the dark and disturbing choices that we, as humans, make. Life is precious, and yet sometimes we seem to accept our own mortality far too easily. Suicide is not an easy subject to write about, but the author writes about it with sensitivity as it's a pivotal moment for so much that happens in this story.

Luna is a complicated character, she's an angry woman and yet full of joy and love for her family. She's brave and yet frightened to trust and allow anyone really close. Luna's life has truly been filled with horror but she dares anyone to try and knock her down. Even when she falls in love with Reed Taylor she manages to push him away, never letting him really close but keeping her barriers up. As I've mentioned characters, it wouldn't be fair not to say that although this isn't a romance there is a complicated triangle of sorts that will blow your mind!

If you enjoy urban fantasy then this fast paced book will be right up your alley. A snarky heroine whose flaws just add to the story. Bad guys who are truly evil in the fullest sense of the word, and emotion to tug on your heart strings. Happily, even though there is a resolution of sorts at the end, there's no real cliffhanger. But, and it's a big but, the author has opened up a whole new can of worms which will lead nicely to the next book.

Nameless

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of A Beta's Haven



Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Carrie Ann’s Redwood Pack series is a bestselling series that has made the shifter world even more real to her and has allowed the Dante’s Circle and Holiday, Montana series to be born. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Feel free to stalk Carrie Ann at the following places online - Facebook, Twitter, Website, Blog, Goodreads, Amazon Author Page and Pinterest.


A Beta’s Haven 
Redwood Pack #6.5 


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Being the Beta of the Redwood Pack isn’t an easy task, but Jasper has never complained. He’s spent his entire adult life dropping everything so he can take care of others. Now he’s a father, a husband…and tired. His mate, Willow, knows Jasper won’t let others know that he might need a break, even for a weekend, so that’s where she comes in. 

Once Jasper lets go and allows his mate to call the shots, this Beta might just be in for the ride of a lifetime.

Author’s Note: This is a novella set between books 6 and 7 to give you a taste of Jasper and Willow. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.


Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Bewitching Bella – Charity: 
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One of the greatest things about the Redwood series is that Carrie Ann hates to say goodbye to her characters especially when they have more to say, hence…NOVELLAS!!!! I love that we get to revisit our favorite couples and see how they are doing. 


Jasper is tired and overworked, not that he would ever complain or want any other "job" in his pack. He loves that he can be the Beta his pack needs, but it’s taking its toll on him. That's when his wife Willow steps in and takes over a little. By doing so, she gives her husband the break he needs. 


My favorite thing about this novella is that we get to see Edward - the alpha of all alphas - get wrapped around his granddaughter’s little finger. We get to see a softer side to the man that holds more power than anyone in the pack. 


I love Carrie Ann and I love the Redwood Pack and I am so happy that we got to have a glimpse into Jasper and Willow's world again as we near the end of this series.

A Beta's Haven

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wakeworld


Kerry Schafer lives in Colville, Washington, with her family, which includes two cats, a rescue fish, and a preternaturally large black dog. A self-styled perpetual student, she earned an RN from Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta; a BA in English (Honours) from York University in Toronto, Ontario; and an M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Washington State University.

Kerry is the proud creator of THE BETWEEN series, which was launched on 1/29/13 with Between. Book #2, Wakeworld, was just released on 1/28/14.

You can connect with Kerry online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads!




Wakeworld
THE BETWEEN Book #2



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Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.

Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.

Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.


Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I said in my review of Between, book #1 of the series, that this was an Urban Fantasy unlike anything I had experienced before, and one that I wanted to get lost in again. When I got word that Wakeworld was available, I was excited to dive in.

Wakeworld picks up right where Between left off, but I think if you were coming into this book as a first time reader you could catch on easily enough...

Kerry broadened the scope of The Between series by introducing yet another dimension, some supe groups we hadn't encountered yet, and a really nasty new antagonist. She also brought in another hero, and his story allowed Vivian's story to evolve some more as well.

Between felt very much like your favorite childhood fairytales turned on their head. Wakeworld felt less like that, but did stick to embracing the higher fantasy elements that I loved from book #1, and even took those to another level with the introduction of the new creatures, the continuing evolution of Vivian's dragon side, and more.

Like the first of the series, the book doesn't start out like a bullet, it ramps up nicely and once it hits the plateau, all bets are off and it's an edge of your seat thrill ride until the end, whereupon you'll be wishing for the next immediately.

The characters and world building of THE BETWEEN are fabulous, and the second book of the series made each stronger. Readers that enjoy their Urban Fantasy with some dragons and high fantasy elements, as well as a slightly ethereal edge will likely find Between and Wakewold enjoyable, especially if you're not looking for instant HEA's for your protagonists. :)


Wakeworld


Saturday, February 22, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wild Fever


Donna Grant is the award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time travel, erotic, and paranormal.


Donna was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov. Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.

Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, three cats, and one long haired Chihuahua. She’s blessed with a proud, supportive husband who’s learned to cook far more than frozen chicken nuggets.

You can find Donna online at her Website as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Wild Fever
CHIASSON Book #1

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Bound by darkness. Freed by love.

A WOMAN’S PASSION

Olivia Breaux left the small Cajun town the day of her high school graduation and never looked back. Until an unfortunate event sends her home ten years later. Returning to her hometown brings back memories and long held desires for the impossibly gorgeous – and aloof – Vincent.

A HUNTER’S DESIRE

Handsome, resilient Vincent Chiasson takes his job as hunter to supernatural beings in the bayous seriously. When an unknown creature begins killing women the Chiasson family has contact with, Vincent knows this has something to do with his parents’ deaths years earlier. To make matters worse, the one woman he’s yearned to call his own has returned – and is targeted by the beast. He’ll have to face his past – and confront his future – to save Olivia…

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION'S Pack Alpha - Chelle
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Evil abounds in the small bayou town of Lyons Point…

Thankfully, they have the Chiassons, a generations old family of hunters well known and respected for fighting the malevolence that would otherwise destroy them.

When an unknown creature goes on a killing spree seemingly targeting women that the Chiasson family has had recent contact with, Vincent Chiasson, eldest of the family, makes it his mission to stop its murderous rampage and prevent any more senseless deaths.

Olivia Breaux left home the day she graduated high school and thought never to look back. After her life is turned upside down in Dallas, she has no choice but to return to her hometown, and the man she hasn’t been able to get out of her head for the last 10 years.

The reappearance of Olivia is a complication for Vincent. Not only is she another potential victim for the monster, she’s also a distraction for him personally. Can he ignore the passion he feels for her and concentrate on the job, or will she prove to be the death of him? Literally.

It was an absolute treat to be one of the first to be emerged in this wonderful new world of Donna Grant's! I was utterly captivated.

Think Supernatural in the bayou with 2 extra brothers, a relatable heroine that you can't help but root for, plenty of action, some heart pounding, knee weakening passion (as only Donna Grant can do) and a segue for at least 4 more books in the series and it was a definite win! :)

An easy 4 Skulls!

Wild Fever