Cast in Godfire (The Mage Craft #5) by S.M. Reine

castingodfireThe gods are rallying to take down Marion, their ally and voice in the mortal worlds. She’s gotten her memories back to disastrous results. She’s destroying the faerie courts, and the rest of the universe is next. The other deities want Seth—also known as the God of Death—to stop Marion before she breaks something that can’t be fixed.
Unfortunately, when Marion looks at Seth with those eyes and insists that she’s not doing anything wrong, he wants to believe her. Marion claims she isn’t trying to rewrite history. She’s protecting it.
Seth wants to trust Marion. It’s only the universe that’s at stake, after all. And some women are worth shattering worlds over…

Reading the last book in a series is always bittersweet. The Mage Craft series is no exception, not by a long shot. I couldn’t be happier with the way things worked out FINALLY for Seth, but as they say, it’s not always the destination, but the journey and S.M. Reine didn’t skimp on Seth and Marion’s journey at all…

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Okay, so if you’ve read all the other books in this series and you’re getting ready to start Cast in Godfire, you need to know something going in… pay attention! It’s true that a lot has happened so far, but you’ve got no idea… trust me.

I don’t want to give anything away, but things got a little crazy. It was made even more crazy by the fact that S.M. Reine has a knack of making you doubt your loyalty to some characters while making you fall in love with characters that you never expected to, depending on whose head she allows you in at the time. Of course, there are some characters that she’ll never make me turn my back on, no matter how hard she tries. Trust me, she’s tried really, really hard. I’m loyal like that 😉

She’s also really good at making you laugh and cry… One of my favorite lines in Cast in Godfire? “…you crazy colostomy bag of a half-angel!”  There were more, but this one was hard to forget.And of course, less than a page later she had me shedding tears. One of the many, many reasons the author has me ALWAYS coming back.

So, long story short, there’s a lot that happens in Cast in Godfire and Marion and Seth’s story comes to a satisfying end… kind of. However, this crazy world that S.M. Reine has drawn us into is far from over. I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of Seth and Marion. They may not be front and center, but they’ll still be around. There were also just a few loose ends at the end of their story that I’m kind of anxious for her to resolve. (Mild understatement.)

Once again, if you haven’t introduced yourself to this crazy universe, you really need to fix that. You can pretty much start anywhere because all of her series are written to be stand alone. But… they’re all intertwined… check out her timeline. You’re welcome 😉

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Branded by Flames (Dragon Soul#1) by Sean Michael

brandedbyflamesMeet the Beteferoce brothers. Five dragon shifters, each with a strong elemental power. And each with a fierce desire to find his soul mate…
For years, dragon-shifter-slash-firefighter Jake has been searching for his mate, but he’s beginning to tire of the search. Maybe soul mates are only for the lucky few.
Then he meets Shae.
A former navy welder, Shae is handsome, talented, into power play and rough sex, and covered in dragon tattoos. All of this suits the shape-shifting dragon just fine—until he finds out that Shae literally has Jake’s family crest already tattooed on him. A coincidence? Or something more…
Jake must convince Shae to trust him as a man and as a Dom before the heat between them burns out of control. Becoming a dragon’s mate is not without danger, and Shae will need Jake’s guidance—and love—if he’s going to make it through alive.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I’m kinda on the fence with this one. I loved the characters, I liked the story, I really think I’m going to like the series, but there was just something…

The thing is, I think the same thing that bothered Shae about the ‘secrets’ Jake kept from him bothered me. I honestly understand why Jake thought he had to do what he did and it all worked out in the end, but it still kind of bothered me. Other than that, I liked the connection between Shae and Jake and Branded by Flames turned out to be a pretty good start to a new series. I love dragons and this group of brothers is going to be a fun bunch to get to know better. 😉

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A Venetian Vampire by Michele Hauf

venetianvampireSome games are better without rules…especially when it comes to seduction.
Vampire Dante D’Arcangelo enjoys diversions. Especially those that involve seducing beautiful women, like newly made vampiress Kyler Cole. The curvaceous ingenue stirs Dante’s deepest desires. But they share more than blistering chemistry. Dante and Kyler each seek possession of a priceless Fabergé egg containing a spell that would annihilate thousands of vampires while granting only one eternal life.

Caught up in a wickedly sexy game of cat and mouse, Dante and Kyler try to outmaneuver each other as thieves and as lovers. But when a rival steals the egg, they form a wary alliance to recover it…knowing that their delicate bond must eventually end in betrayal.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I have to admit, it took me a while to really connect with either Dante or Kyler. That didn’t keep me from enjoying the intrigue of this story though. I’m happy to say that after a while, both of them won me over. Once that happened, things moved along even faster.

Kyler was a new vampire, versus Dante, who had been around for a very long time. Kyler held a certain allegiance to her maker and that was her driving force. Dante knew that whoever had sent Kyler after the egg wasn’t telling her the whole truth. Neither one of them expected the connection between them to get in the way of the prize that they thought they were after.

There were some twists and turns and unexpected betrayal on both sides that kept the pages turning. I’ve read several books from Michelle Hauf as well as several under the Nocturne brand. I’ll admit that I’ve found them to be both hits and misses. I have no problem tossing this one into the hit category.

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The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward – Bout-of-Books 18 Review

thebeastNothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself 
For Rhage the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart life was supposed to be perfect. Or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. But he can’t understand or control the panic and insecurity that plague him. Terrified, he must reassess his priorities after suffering a mortal injury. And the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his and his beloved Mary’s world… 

Gotta tell ya, Rhage scared me in this one. To be honest, he scared pretty much everyone who cared about him, including himself. He wasn’t quite sure where his head was or his heart, which was totally not like him since his Mary came into his life. So yeah, he scared me. Mary scared me and then they both totally broke me. *sigh*

It’s kind of hard not to know where things are going from pretty early on, but the journey is so totally worth it, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. Just know that a LOT happens in The Beast and not just to Mary and Rhage.

One of the things I like most about this series is something that some readers complain about, which is the multiple POVs. I love spending page time with familiar characters and the introduction of new characters. To me it gives this series a ‘family’ feel, which is exactly what the Brotherhood is. More than once in The Beast, the entire family was there physically for whoever was in need of their support.

There were tears – both happy and sad, life or death situations, more than a few nail biting moments, some jaw dropping revelations and alliances that were unexpected. Pretty much what faithful readers have come to expect from the BDB and more.

Needless to say I can’t wait until the next book in the series is released. I’ve been patiently waiting on the paperback versions for the last couple of books, but but I don’t think I can put off The Chosen (Layla & Xcor) that long. Plus, there are so many other loose ends left hanging at the end of The Beast. Waiting until April will be long enough.

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Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert – Bout-of-Books 18 Review

offbaseAfter trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.
Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.
Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This is the first book in Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series, but it’s not the first time that Pike and Zack are introduced. Since it’s also the first book of Annabeth Albert’s that I’ve read, I now have to go back and read some of her #gaymers series… sneaky, sneaky author. *sigh*

To be honest, it took me a little while to connect with Pike. I’m not sure why, because once that reader/character connection clicked, there was no breaking it. I admired the way he was comfortable with who he was as much as I understood Zack’s crippling uncomfortableness. Their stalemate was heartbreaking. 😦

The supporting characters were great and I can’t wait to see more of most of them. I wanted to cheer the heroes that came to Zack’s rescue in this book… characters that gave him hope. One thing that I would have liked that readers didn’t get was true interaction between Pike and his mom. She was painted as such a cool character that I really wanted to meet her.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to read more about these men Out of Uniform. In the mean time I’m going to peruse more of this author’s back list.

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Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander – Bout-of-Books 18 Review

ravenousIs it wrong to be this Ravenous?
When Jennifer Finn was good, she was very very good, and when she was bad…she got arrested for assault and indecent exposure. Now Jen’s back in school and determined to find her balance. But one man seems just as determined to destroy her equilibrium, and he knows all the right buttons to push.
What began as a favor for an old friend became something more the instant Trick Dunham laid eyes on Jen. Now he can’t resist inserting himself into her life, despite warnings from her family. Little Finn might be struggling to find her path but Trick knows exactly where she belongs. What she needs. He just has to get her and their third to agree.
Professor Declan Kelley has a weakness for his old lover, Trick. The bad boy ex-con has become a wickedly sensual man who comes whenever he pleases, but never stays. When he shows up again it’s to offer Declan one of his darkest desires to date—Jennifer Finn and Trick together on a three-way platter. But that would threaten the safe, uncomplicated life he’s built for himself, and Declan’s not doing that for anything.
Unless it’s forever…
Warning: This book is a Jenga tower of sin. Explicit, graphic, shocking, teetering-on-the-edge-of-unbalanced, unapologetic sin. M/m, m/f, f watching m/m together and liking it so much that m grabs f and makes her a part of the dirtiest m/m/f ménage in history. That’s right, I said it. Role play—the hot-for-teacher kind, the sexy-thief-in-the-night kind AND…well sometimes you just have to ignore the warnings and dive right in.
 

I forgot how much I loved the Finn crew. However, their brand of ‘love’ isn’t for everyone, so heed the warning. 🙂

Beyond the obvious, this book turned into a really sweet love story – ironic, huh? Little Finn wasn’t in as much need of protection as her over protective brothers and cousins seemed to think she was. She was working hard to stay out of trouble, but with someone like Trick stalking her, it wasn’t easy. As overbearing as they were, I still loved them for it. I loved the members of the crew that gave her a little bit of credit even more. ❤

It also turns out that Trick wasn’t quite as ‘bad’ as he tried to make everyone think he was… and Declan wasn’t quite as… well, you’ll just have to read their story to find out.

Even though I had my doubts about how such a nontraditional relationship could work, Declan, Trick and Jenn made it seem logical. I was kind of disappointed in the elder Finn’s reaction in a way, but they had their reasons. I have no doubt they’ll eventually work things out. It was also nice to touch base with other characters from previous books in the series. On that note, I can’t wait to pick up Finn Again, which is next. 😉

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The Keeper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan – Bout-of-Books 18 Review

thekeeperThe South Channel lighthouse is a crumbling antique at the mouth of the Savannah River, abandoned and forgotten for generations. Local stories still tell of a mysterious woman in white who often stood at the old lighthouse, watching the sailors come into port…even long after she died.
Now the property by the lighthouse is owned by a famous movie star in search of a remote beach getaway on sleepy Tybee Island. Unfortunately, old ghosts haunt her new retreat, stirred up by the construction of a luxurious new mansion. Ellie, Stacey, and their team must remove the ghosts, who grow more dangerous and aggressive every night, threatening the lives of the client and her family and personal staff.
The lighthouse has a dark history, with many ghosts, and mysteries to unravel before Ellie can send them on to the other side.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Things didn’t end well for Ellie in Lullaby, the last book in the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper series. The Keeper started where Lullaby left off and unfortunately, things hadn’t gotten much better. Ellie felt betrayed by more than one person and the list of people she felt she could count on was getting smaller and smaller. *sigh*

The danger was ramped up even more in The Keeper and the tension was even higher because Ellie had some personal history with the location. She kept that to herself though, which may have made it easier for her to tell that their client was doing the same. Add to the official ghost trapping drama on Tybee Island the fact that Kara is still a danger and Ellie & Stacey’s side ghost hunting endeavors, it’s no surprise that there was little or no down time in The Keeper.

There were more than a couple of mysteries solved, twists and turns that kept you wondering who the good guys were vs. the bad guys and more than just a little emotional drama. All in a day’s work for an evil author pro like J.L. Bryan. Not sure what he has planned next for Ellie, but there’s definitely more. Even though The Keeper didn’t end in a cliff hanger, there’s still a lot of loose ends that need tying. 😉

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Bout-of-Books 18 Progress

BoutOfBooks-880x400-03As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books 18 so it’ll be easy for everyone to see how I’m doing. Once again, no goals other than to read and have fun and no real theme to my reading either. I’ve got another eclectic mess this time, including at least one that I started prior to Bout-of-Books – a couple of ARCs, Indie books, traditionally published books and hopefully at least one or two that are burning a hole on my TBR list because they’ve been there FOREVER! Stay tuned and have fun!

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Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 230 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read:

  • Started The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan (Approx. 85 Pages)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward (95 Pages)
  • Started Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander (Approx. 50 Pages)

Today #insixwords: Oh How I’ve Missed the Brotherhood 😉 
Books:

  • Started The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Started Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)

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Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book; Approx. 322 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book; Approx. 552 Pages

  • Continued The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan
    (Approx. 5 Pages)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward (57 Pages)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander (Approx. 260 Pages)

Today #insixwords: Seems I’ve Missed the Finns Too 😉
Books:

  • Continued The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)

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Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 86 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book; Approx. 638 Pages

  • Continued The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan
    (Approx. 52 Pages)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward (34 Pages)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander

Today #insixwords: Hump Day Slump Day Strikes Again!
Books:

  • Continued The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)

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Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book; Approx. 218 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 2 Books; Approx. 956 Pages

  • Started Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert (Approx. 58 Pages)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward
  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan
    (Approx. 160 Pages)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander

Today #insixwords: Snow Forecast Means More Reading Time!
Books:

  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)
  • Started Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)

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Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 219 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 2 Books; Approx. 1175 Pages

  • Continued Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert (Approx. 169 Pages)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward (50 Pages)
  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander

Today #insixwords: It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!

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Books:

  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)
  • Continued Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)

1/7
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book; Approx. 250 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3 Books; Approx. 1425 Pages

  • Finished Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert (Approx. 16 Pages)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward (94 Pages)
  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander
  • Started Tart and Sweet (Candy Man #4) by Amy Lane (Approx. 140 Pages)

Today #insixwords: Finishing a series is always bittersweet ❤
Books:

  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Continued The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)
  • Finished Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)
  • Started Tart and Sweet (Candy Man #4)

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Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
1 Book; Approx. 463 Pages
Total number of books & pages I’ve read:
4 Books; Approx. 1888 Pages

  • Finished Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert
  • Finished The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward (143 Pages)
  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8) by J.L. Bryan
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4) by R.G. Alexander
  • Finished Tart and Sweet (Candy Man #4) by Amy Lane (Approx. 233 Pages)
  • Started Breaking Dragon (Savage Brothers MC #1) by Jordan Marie (Approx. 87 Pages)

Today #insixwords: Highest BoB Total Word Count Ever!
Books:

  • Finished The Keeper (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8)
  • Finished The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
  • Finished Ravenous (Finn Factor #4)
  • Finished Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)
  • Finished Tart and Sweet (Candy Man #4)
  • Started Breaking Dragon (Savage Brothers MC #1)

 

Bout-of-Books 18 (1/2/17-1/8/17)

wuth1tqlA new year marks a new Bout-of-Books. During the week of January 2-8, 2017 it’s officially time to get your read on! If you’ve never participated in Bout-of-Books, you can find out everything you need to know about this ‘no-pressure’ read-a-thon here. The only other thing you need to know is get ready to have some fun! You can read as much or as little as you want while you meet lots of cool bloggers/readers and take part in challenges, chat away (or just try to keep up) with a couple of twitter chats or just read as much as you can or want, knowing that a bunch of other people are doing the same. Below is the official Bout-of-Books blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Just remember, the most important thing is to have FUN!

Earthless (The Survivors #1) by Jason Letts

earthlessIn 2166, Earth was destroyed. It wasn’t an alien spacefleet firing from above. It was a bomb planted in the center of the planet before humanity even existed. In an instant, the human population dropped from 11 billion to 1,066. 
I’m Loris Roderick, set to take command of the Magellan space station. I didn’t know I was to become the de facto leader of our species when its survival hung by a thread. 
We should run, hide in some corner of the galaxy to eke out what existence we can. But I’d rather we get our revenge. 

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1It’s been a while since I’ve read any books by Jason Letts, but picking up Earthless reminded me why I enjoyed his books so much. His fantasy worlds are complex and intriguing. Even though Sci-Fi isn’t my ‘go-to’ genre, I still enjoyed this fast paced and suspenseful introduction into the Survivors series.

Loris was a commander who was set up to fail, at least he felt that way. He had less experience than others in line for a command position, but he was good at what he did. There were those in the ranks who thought he only got to where he was out of respect for his mother. He had a lot to prove before things got even more out of control and Earth was destroyed.

There were a lot of twists and turns in Earthless. More than one character had ulterior motives and a few weren’t exactly who they seemed. It was hard to know exactly who to trust, which kept things interesting. Loris didn’t take any of this lying down even when he had to fight against pretty much everyone to do what he knew was right.

Earthless didn’t end in a cliff hanger exactly, but there is definitely much more to come. The second book in the series, Sightless, was recently released and I’m sure it won’t be long before I add it to my official TBR list. It so happens I have a couple of other Jason Letts books that are also begging to be read. Stay tuned. 😉

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