A VVivacious Review: Eight Lives: (Match Made in Hell #1) by Autumn Breeze and Ashley Chamblee

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Rating: 5 *give me more* stars out of 5

Edmund is a human who has spent the past century as a cat and as a companion to the vampire, Anselm. Anselm is a centuries-old vampire whose only connection to life is Edmund himself. Their contented life together is thrown into disarray when the curse on Edmund starts to weaken and Edmund becomes human again.

With Anselm encountering Edmund as a human for the first time, there is a whole lot of new dynamics that come into their relationship. It soon becomes clear that a simple return to the way things were earlier is not an answer with seemingly every day bringing Edmund closer to his demise while Anselm remains immortal.

I want more.

The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is part of a series and I am cautiously optimistic that we will get to know more about Anselm and Edmund.

These two are such fascinating characters and the story is written in such a simple fashion with a plot that is so captivating that despite the fact that this book must be a hundred and fifty pages plus easily, it felt much shorter.

This book sets a very unhurried pace which complements the immortality of these characters. Anselm is a vampire so old that he makes Edmund seem like a child which is amazing given that Edmund himself is at least a hundred years old. I really liked Anselm. He was in the unique position of having lived so long that he had tired of it and the only thing keeping him alive is his relationship with Edmund.

Edmund has been cursed to live nine lives as a cat but when the curse that keeps him a cat starts to weaken Edmund shifts to a human form with cat ears and tails. Edmund was an immensely likeable character. He is so caring and worries so much about Anselm that it is quite clear that he feels quite deeply for Anselm. Being human after a century unlocks a whole new potential and direction for their relationship to develop. It is interesting to see how they both react to this new development.

The shift causes Anselm and Edmund to gain new perspectives on their feelings for each other and it was so fascinating to see these two embrace these feelings and experience them differently than they had before. I really liked the pace and the idyllic tone of their story because everything seemed magical.

I am very excited to read more about these two especially with what happens at the end and I can’t wait. Fingers crossed for book two.

Cover Art by Raven Brooks. I really liked the cover for this book, it really captured the tone of the book. Loved the use of the colour green in the background and how the cat’s startled blue eyes stand out.

Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published May 20th 2019
ASINB 07RT6XYK7

A VVivacious Review: The King’s Fear (The Brass Machine #2) by Isaac Grisham

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Rating: 5 *wow* stars out of 5

Myobu’s death leaves Kitsune lost. He finds the legendary sword “Tsukumogami” when he is at his most vulnerable but Tsukumogami is no ordinary sword. It is wreathed with the souls of its previous owners and now all those voices are filling Kitsune’s head and as time passes he finds himself increasingly in the thrall of one particular voice that resides in the sword leading him to increasing destruction and devastation. Myobu sacrificed himself to save the world but it grows evermore unclear who will bring this destruction – King Oni or Kitsune himelf?

Wow! Just Wow! I was blown away. I had a lot of difficulty just starting but once I did I was so captivated with the words I couldn’t keep away, I just had to finish the book. This book just flew by, I devoured it.

It has almost been a year since I read The King’s Sun and I had forgotten a lot about the characters and I feel like killing myself for this because I didn’t even remember who Myobu was and I had to look that up which I hate myself for. But, then I started reading it and before I knew it I had finished and I remembered more than I gave myself credit for.

The initial part of the book is about Myobu who we know very little of from book one but this book starts from the very beginning and tells us everything about Myobu which was just fascinating. We get the events of the first book from Myobu’s perspective and seeing things from his POV really helped clear so much and it was an amazing way of telling what had happened while giving a fresh outlook to those very same events. Personally, I am now in love with Myobu, I feel like in the first book I only liked him as Kitsune’s lover but now, I know who Myobu is and he is such a fascinating and interesting character. He is amazing.

The plot of this one is much more cohesive that that of the previous book and overall it is so well written. It manages to engross you no matter what is happening which I feel is the reason I felt like this book just flew by. The only scene that was a bit chaotic is the last battle sequence because I feel it wasn’t very clear what the armies were doing and the events felt a little haphazard and seemed to suffer from tunnel vision because it really wasn’t clear what people around Kitsune were doing exactly. That scene was a little confusing but there is a lot going on in the scene and there was so much happening that I feel like maybe it was safer to stick with Kitsune’s perspective on the whole to make it concise.

But, oh my God, this book was really good. I really liked it. It was amazing seeing Myobu from this broader perspective armed with the knowledge of his past and everything that is happening with Kitsune was really intriguing. The story of the book is just so good.

I really liked the concept of the Tsukumogami which definitely deserves a place up there in the realm of amazing swords. I also really came to like Mai she is a crazy character but she makes it work. Her relationship with Kitsune might turn some people off but I feel like she served as a nice compass to Kitsune’s messed up emotions and feelings. The events in this book really felt very organic and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

The larger metaphor of the Brass Machine is also something that is just such a mind-bogglingly amazing concept. I really wish it would be explained at some point in time though I have a fair idea of what it is. Also, I love how this story syncs up with the story of the girl from the diary that Kitsune finds. I am really looking forward to whatever is going to happen next.

This book was amazing and people often say second books don’t live up to the expectations of the first but this one lived up to it and more.

Cover Art by Dissect Designs. I love the cover, it is a modification of the first book’s cover and I like the theme they have going on with the brass machine in the background and with the words being licked by the flames.

Sales Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Book Details:

ebook, 290 pages
Expected publication: May 6th 2019 by Cooper Blue Books, LLC
ISBN 139781732140639
Edition Language English
Series The Brass Machine #2

The Brass Machine Series

The King’s Sun

The King’s Fear

A VVivacious Review: Red Zone by TS McKinney & Shannon West

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Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

This was everything I never knew I needed.

This story had me from the get-go, like almost immediately. I had read very little when I decided not to have lunch just so I could continue to read this one. I read it all in one go and never in my wildest expectations did I think I would like this one so much but, I loved it. It was so good. I have been waiting to get my hands on a story such as this and I had no idea how starved I was for a story that would have me hook, line and sinker, all in till the end.

I knew this book was a five-star read when my Kindle pointed out I was 15% done with the story when Chapter 2 began and I was aghast because a story that had only gotten through one chapter and a prologue and was already 15% done was bound to be a short one and I already wanted more with 85% of the book remaining. I swear to god this was the first time I have ever felt this way.

This book was so consuming that the moment I met Kingston I was hooked. Kingston is the guy so afraid to be hurt that he lashes out at everybody near him so that no one can ever get close and lately life has been all kicks for him so, when his nemesis, Memphis Sabine, the guy he lost his quarterback position to wants to help him, he lashes out. Because there is no way he is going to actually help Kingston but when it becomes abundantly clear that Memphis is not going to leave Kingston to his own devices, Kingston is left with no choice but to give in and finally heal.

I feel like Memphis may have been in over his head at least initially, made apparent by his freak-out but once he got his legs under him he was able to steer Kingston to the right decisions and to finally see himself for who he really is.

Okay, I’m not going to lie Kingston and Memphis’ relationship doesn’t start out as the healthiest but I think they correct that, eventually. Also, a lot happens in the span of just two days which might strain some people’s beliefs. But God even knowing that this story has flaws I can’t help but love it. It was so amazing.

These two are brilliant and they have it, they have what it takes to have an amazingly bright relationship. These two have amazing chemistry, something that I have missing quite a bit in my recent reads but these two have it in spades. These two are scorching, absolutely on fire and the sex is off the charts. I mean these two are so so good.

This book does deal with self-harm and I can’t tell if it is dealt with adequately but I feel like it was dealt with in the best possible way for Kingston and this book does it’s best to get him on his feet independent of his relationship with Memphis.

I loved this book so much. It was everything to me, like an oasis in a desert and I live in the desert so that is saying a lot. God, these two just blew my mind. I am just barely controlling myself from squealing, I have it so bad for this one.

Cover Art by E. Keith. I loved the cover, the choice of highlighting the red really ignites the passion this story brings in.

Sales Links:  Amazon
Book Details:
ebook
Published March 15th 2019
Edition Language English

A VVivacious Review: Orc Haven by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus

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Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Vash is a female orc trying to survive the aftermath of Queen Nakuru’s death with her horde of children in tow. As the orcs gain freedom from the Queen’s control they find themselves thrust into an eventuality they wouldn’t have ever even dreamt of had the thought of being free from the Queen’s control ever entered their mind.

Imra is the Champion of the Free Races, the one who ends the life of Queen Nakuru and the one who pledges to create a new world where all species can live and prosper – the elves, the dwarves, the humans and… the orcs.

As Vash and Imra’s paths intersect they forge between themselves a companionship that threatens to be so much more.

This story starts where most fantasy stories end to tell a tale more fantastical than you could ever have imagined.

I truly enjoyed this story, it has a slow beginning but once the story really gets going, I had no way to apply brakes. This was just such a delightful tale and so unique.

Building a village, fostering relationships between species who were at war with each other until most recently seems like tedious work, mind-numbing work with victories few and far between. But the way this tale is told makes you realise that all this mind-numbing toil of working together of uplifting a species that got the short end of the stick is amazing because when there is so much good will and perseverance at play, things are stunning and immersive, almost magical.

I loved how we spend a lot of time in the beginning with Vash to truly experience her journey as she finds herself and begins to truly express herself and as she realizes there is room for a lot of good things in this brave new world. She comes to see her maggots as more and comes to love them in a way she has never let herself before. But what was truly magical was coming to the same realisations as Vash does about just how truly magical freedom is.

“Maybe being free to be whatever they wanted to be was much, much bigger than she had imagined.”

Imra is a champion who never believed she would be one. She truly finds it hard to believe that she attempted the feats she did let alone was actually successful at them. But even though she finds it hard to believe you realize it from the very beginning that Imra is strongest where it matters, in her heart and mind.

“And when he had been killed, if they had offered to take her home, would she have accepted? The answer she had come up with every single time was no. Even had she known all the horrors that awaited her the answer would have been no. If there was work to be done, she did it, whether it was fixing a fence, or killing a Dark Queen or saving orcs from extinction. She might be shitting her pants the entire way but she would still do it.”

Imra and Vash’s romance is a slow burn magical thing which blossoms in this story as a celebration but I feel it is very well balanced with all the other elements of the story which is very much like a fantasy novel about one unlikely hero on the journey to do the impossible. And as history would tell you I am a sucker for those.

This story was amazing, I found myself constantly teary eyed seeing all these people attempt such marvellous feats to leave a world much better than the one they were born in. There are a whole horde of characters in this book and they are all amazing.

This is an absolutely stunning story.

Cover Art by Anna Tiferet Sikorska. I loved the artwork on the cover and especially loved the font of the main title and how that light just hits you right in the eye. It is pretty amazing.

Buy Links

Amazon US 

Amazon UK

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published October 13th 2018
ASINB07GVF4ZQ3

A VVivacious Review: For a Glance (The Serpent’s Throne Trilogy #1) by Dan Ackerman

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

I am conflicted, terribly conflicted. I picked this book for all the wrong reasons and therefore I ended up putting off actually reading it till the very last moment. One of the reasons that I was put off by this book was Lucifer himself. There was a time when the Devil was elusive but now he is all over my TV, it just doesn’t hold the same appeal but I knew I had to read it and I did and I was kind of swept up, up and away.

I don’t know what to categorize this book as, since it takes place almost exclusively in Hell with a few forays into Earth, so it is definitely fantastical and we deal with a lot of demons and angels so definitely paranormal and there are elements of love scattered all throughout and  in-between the never-ending introspection of the Satan. It is a weird book and if someone had described it to be, I could have probably never imagined myself liking it but I really enjoyed reading it.

“I don’t know, I can’t decide. There’s a litter of kittens in my bedroom, sweetest little things you can imagine, wobbly on their legs, prancing around but as soon as I lie down to sleep, I’m Everest and they have to climb me.”

Reading this book made me feel like for a very short time I got a whiff of a story that came as quickly as it disappeared leaving me bereft and hungry for more. It’s kind of like a day in the life of Satan kind of thing except we are with him for more than a few days. It was really interesting having this take on the world-weary Satan in love with so many around him but unable to keep them close. It was weird how much he loves so many of his children, his demons, the Fallen and the very concept of love.

“Love can do things to you, it’ll have you doing things you never thought you’d do.”

“Ah, love is one thing. And it always meant more to you than it did to us. But we were Hell-born and you were an angel.”

This was such a novel concept, a Satan that loves at times I would even forget who he was and just accept this take on him but then he would turn around, all the darkness hiding beneath would seep around surrounding you like a dark damp cloud. For a character I had thought was done to death the author managed to make him so much more interesting, the Devil capable of devouring any and all but, as he tells his father, “Ever your creation—as much as it chafes me, Lucifer”.

This story follows Lucifer as he interacts with the lives of five other characters:

1.      Jack – Jack is a human in love with a demon named Eodus, and Lucifer agrees to give Jack permanent residence in Hell if he were to kill someone for him in return.

2.     The boy trapped in the Fourth – The Fourth is the part of Hell where the souls that damn themselves go. The boy is trapped in an endless cycle of reliving his torment and he finds himself in Hell because his parents always said he would end up there.

3.     Mercy – The woman who tries to assassinate the Devil so that she will be accepted into her family again.

4.     Ira – The whore on Ninth who looks just like Eodus and fascinates the Devil from the moment he lays eyes on him.

5.     Junius – Oh! Junius is special. “Everyone knows it. Junius, the one who leaped after you. Your most trusted and faithful, all the way up on that pedestal where you keep him.”

Though my most favourite character of this story after Satan himself was Imogen. She was amazing. I just really liked her and I don’t know why because as I sit here typing these words I realise that we actually don’t know anything about her but I like her, I really do. Sometimes you fall in love with a person for the words they use even though their words never reveal anything about themselves but sometimes they end up revealing more than we realise.

I loved how Hell was structured and how it works and I loved a whole lot more characters than I realised as I type up this review. I need to talk about how much I love Rema and Inri both characters I hope we get to see more off.

Though I loved how this story was told as if you are travelling with a storyteller in a caravan and you start hearing the story after its already begun and have to leave the caravan before the story is over. It feels that way although I think I must confess that it doesn’t appear or feel incomplete. It is very much a whole story but it gives the feeling that it is part of so much more. I don’t know where this story is supposed to go but I am not opposed to finding out.

I loved the cover. I liked the colours used and the fonts and how the front is actually a map of the Ninth and actually gives a lot of details relevant to the story.

Sales Link:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook
Expected publication: October 1st 2018 by Supposed Crimes, LLC
ISBN139781944591779

A VVivacious Review: Of Princes False and True by Eric Alan Westfall

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

At a Tennis Match, Danilo saves a child from Prince Henry’s wrath and his fists, pummeling royalty in the process and as the law says the punishment to striking a member of the Royal Family is nothing less than death itself. Not wanting to punish an innocent the Good King Hiram gives Danilo a chance, he has fourteen days to find the words that will let him live. Fourteen days at the end of which, Danilo either lives or dies.

This book is an adventure Danilo sets on to find the words that will let him live. It is a journey that leads him to Diety Lane, to an old man and to the very truth of his existence.

I loved this book. It was just delightful. All things considered this made for a very interesting read that had me hooked and that writing oh! What can I say about that writing?

I’m in love with the writing of this book. I started reading this book and found myself laughing and smiling at the way things were described and I was enjoying myself so much that I was completely surprised. You pick up a book that you think you might enjoy and sometimes you enjoy the book more than you ever thought possible and it was so surprising, that it caught me completely off guard. This book is written in a very unique style. It is basically the story of a story within a story and the story encompassing our main story features the writing hand that is penning down this story, so you can see the author change the storylines, take pauses and make decisions which was a very interesting way of presenting this particular story. You would think that being reminded that the characters in this story are merely words on a page would make you less interested in their fates but it had an almost opposite effect. It’s like knowing that it is a story makes you even more invested and I guess that in one line sums up why people read.

Also, I love the world the author envisages. I loved the concept of Diety Lane and I’m completely taken with the concept of the Kitchen. It was the single bright spot on a lane besmirched. I loved this world and was particularly excited about the shaecul and what that could mean for the storyline, though yeah, we didn’t quite go there. Overall, I’m just very taken with this world and the plot and the characters.

The characters are quite a colorful lot, what with Hiram the King and Roger, Danilo, Ivyn, Jonar, Anatol and all the Royal Guards, and I mean it, the guards were so amazing. Also, Kilvar the assassin left quite the impression.

I am a bit on the fence with Henry because while he is just words on a page he is a pretty unscrupulous group of words at that and I never quite understood his sudden redemption. Changing one facet of how the plot plays out doesn’t absolve a character of the traits he previously possessed. Though this is a point of contention, Henry is a very small part of the book and some of his anger could be justified, emphasis on some, I get why he felt like an imposter at the castle but not his bad reputation and I definitely can’t forgive his actions and I’m definitely on the fence about his happy ending. Redemption is a good thing but it has to be earned, it can’t be granted at the turn of a phrase.

There are still things I find myself wanting to know about this world. There was just some gorgeous worldbuilding and I would love to see more of how it works.

I quite enjoyed this story. It happens to be a retelling of a fairy tale but since I haven’t read the original I can’t quite offer comparison though if the retelling is anything to go by the original should be a hoot.

Cover Art by Karrie Jax. I liked the cover, it fits the medieval quality of the story and I especially love how the text highlights the image of the two boys.

Sales Links:

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Eric Alan Westfall
Edition LanguageEnglish

A VVivacious Release Day Review: Alpha Unit One, New York by Chris T. Kat

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Reed has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One and he is more than nervous on his first day because there is a truth that Nicholas must hide in order to be considered an equal in his unit. But, when he realises that his unit leader is also his mate, things just get a whole lot more compliacted than they already were.

This book just flew by. I started reading it and then I was finished, with no stops in between. I just enjoyed the book so much; it was exactly what I wanted. There were some really exciting elements in this story that made it irresistible.

Firstly, I loved the world that Chris T. Kat has created in this book. I would have loved to spend more time in it. This was one of the first books in which when I finished it, I was like, wasn’t this supposed to be a novel, not realising that I had just thundered past 150+ pages just because of how much I loved reading this one. I especially liked the concept of baby shifters in this book. It was so adorable. In this book, all sorts of shifters exist from rats, owls and meerkats to jaguars, tigers and wolves, but there are some shifters that though themselves adult shift into an animal counterpart that is still a baby, so instead of shifting into an adult, say, lion they shift into a lion cub. This was such a novel concept and I loved how the author imagined the mentality of a baby shifter, not to mention the fact that the baby shifters were just adorable.

Secondly, God, I loved Nicholas. I found him a little lippy initially but when I realised that he was just overcompensating for his nervousness at being placed at an alpha unit, I could sympathize. But, I really fell in love with Tiny, Nicholas’ shifted self, who was just so cute and I loved the traits that Tiny had which Nick as an adult didn’t, especially how active he was with his thoughts just jumping from one subject to the other. Also, I can’t get over how adorable he was. The image of Tiny asleep on top of a lion who is afraid to move so he doesn’t wake up his mate is like seared into my brain, it was sooo cute.

Thirdly, I really liked Sam and Nick’s relationship. I loved how Sam had to fight his prejudices and overcome them because he realised the fault in them and how hard it was for him to go against things and opinions that had been ingrained into his brain since he was a kid. Sam struggled, made the wrong decisions but when push came to shove he managed to make the right choice which is something I loved about him. He was there for Nicholas. Also, I loved how their relationship was still growing, like the author recognised that they didn’t know each other as well as mates ought to, and they continued to grow as a couple even after their mating. I would love to read more about these two.

Fourthly, I loved the entire alpha unit one team. They were all amazing people. I wanted to know Roland’s story from the moment we were introduced to him. I loved Annie and Jake and really appreciated how strong they were together as a couple and how in sync and how accepting of each other. The only spanner in the works was Connor, I really don’t feel like we have worked out everything he did wrong and neither do I think he can be forgiven so easily especially considering the fact that their unit specializes in drug crimes and here was one member of their very team complicit in the use of illicit substances. Also, Jesse’s hurt at the dilemma of Connor’s smell really stung and I really feel like the entire issue wasn’t properly addressed. But, I still believe this is a minor glitch considering that this is Nick and Sam’s book and they would always be the focus and things had been settled between Jesse and Connor, just off page, so there is no way to truly knowing how the issue was ultimately handled.

In the end, all I would like to say is, I loved this one so much that I froze when I discovered the book had ended because I wanted so much more of Nick and Sam. I truly loved them and their story.

Cover Art by Cate Ashwood. Can we just talk about that cover for a moment? It is amazing. This was a cover I really wanted to hold in my hands. It is incredibly fabulous and modern-looking. I don’t know why but the cover gives me a very technologically advanced feel and don’t even get me started on that leopard cub…

Sales Links:      Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 161 pages

Publication Date July 27th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN13 9781640805132

Edition Language English

A VVivacious Review: Angel and Firebird by Nell Iris

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Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

Phoenix has been in love with Gabriel was as long as he can remember but losing him so tragically hasn’t gotten any easier even after five years. As he struggles with his loss, he yearns for Gabriel…

This story ended way too quickly. I wanted more. So much more. Also, I was completely unaware that this was a short story. So the ending caught me by surprise and I was reluctant to let this story and its characters go.

I remember having gotten through just the very first page of this story and being shocked at how invested I already was in these characters. This was a very engrossing story from its very first words.

It was a story of loss and overall this story has a melancholic tone but everytime Phoenix would talk of Gabriel it was like a ray of light passing through dense black clouds. Their love was palpable. God I would have loved to read about them during the time they were together.

I understood Gabriel’s grief. I understand his actions but I don’t know how justified he is if at all but I really did want him to get all the happiness he deserved.

I found myself really invested and at the risk of repeating myself, I would love to see how these two are together because the image of them together has me bursting with love and hope.

Cover Art by Written Ink Designs. I really liked the cover especially because combined with how the story starts, it leaves a very vivid impression of innocence and love.

Sales Links:  JMS Books LLC Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 21 pages
Published May 12th 2018 by JMS Books, LLC
ASINB07C1D4GSD
Edition LanguageEnglish

A VVivacious Release Day Review: Blood Drop (The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge #5) by Jacob Z. Flores

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Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Aiden Teine hasn’t completed his transformation. Now, what does that mean, hell if I know or even if Aiden knows for that matter? But things are definitely happening in Havenbridge, as Aiden is assaulted by a coven (can we call them that) of vampyren, an oracle and a soulquake in that order, all telling him something but what exactly, is unknown. But in this world of unknown be ready to join Aiden and his family as they unravel the Prophecy of the Three.

Oh! God, hands down favourite book of the series yet. This was amazing. I have no idea but recently I have been having a string of super-duper luck when it comes to books. Everything that I have been reading has all been so good. I feel like Midas. Okay, now let’s get things back on track, this book is amazing.

I had no idea that this book would be from Aiden’s perspective, like none and I am glad I didn’t know because I am pretty sure that knowledge would have led to certain preconceived notions, none of which would have been true. Well my first notion would have been that this book isn’t from the perspective of a Blackmoor and Drake doesn’t count he has been in that family since we have known that family, but this would not only have not been from the perspective of Blackmoor but would have also been from the perspective of a vampire fae. And frankly, I don’t even know if I like Aiden but if I was ever in doubt about my feelings for Aiden, I ain’t in doubt anymore. I love Aiden.

God, this book was a rollercoaster of epic proportions and the reason I think this book worked so well was because it was from Aiden’s perspective and also because for a certain time of the book we are away from the Blackmoors (well, not true but you don’t know that yet or you do), so it was amazing getting the views of a creature as complex as Aiden, is and becoming, on the magical world and on the Blackmoors because can I just say that the time away from the Blackmoors really puts things in perspective and when we finally get back to them it is amazing to see them work together like amazing, that scene with them fighting Icarian, epic like I loved the fact that we got a third perspective on what was happening to truly appreciate the importance of that moment, epic.

The romance in the book does slow things down especially in the beginning, so that is a little annoying but when the ball gets rolling, it is amazing. There is so much happening in this one, so much being revealed and explored and ending and so much to celebrate, this one was epic and I really just can’t wait to see where this story goes next.

Cover Art by Paul Richmond. The cover features Aiden, now Aiden would be a hard character for anyone to depict what with him being a fae prince and a fire fairy and a vampyre and a… you will have to read the book to figure that one out but I think the cover does him justice.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: November 6th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Release Date Nov 6, 2017
Words 78,846
Pages 230
ISBN-13 978-1-64080-040-3

A VVivacious Review: Changing On The Fly: The Second Period Anthology – Various Authors

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Changing on the Fly features four M/M stories about hockey players falling in love on – and off – the ice. It includes the following stories:

1. Head in the Game by Jeff Adams

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5

Roger Jacobson is having a hard time getting his head in the game following his disastrous breakup, when things start looking really bad he turns to his roots for help in the form of Coach Barker. What Roger wasn’t expecting was the distraction in the form of Dylan Barker. Can Roger fix his game and his heart?

This story didn’t have any impact on me. It is a nice little unassuming tale but it lacked the depth that makes a story memorable. It’s hard to pin-point what exactly didn’t work in this story because on the surface everything works. The story has a nice premise and the writing is good but nothing about this story left an impression.

In fact on second thought, I felt like things just weren’t hard enough, I don’t know, this story needs a little bit more fight in it. Personally, I was just never that invested in these characters for their story to mean something to me. Otherwise, it is a good read but extremely forgettable.

 

2. Second Chance at Love by Heather Lire

Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

Zach needs a break after the crazy couple of months that see his hockey career end and see him elected as Mayor of Holiday, Vermont. He ends up in Costa Rica ready for a relaxing vacation only to find out that he is sharing his beach house with Tony, his best friend from High School. Will this surprise reunion ignite something new between these two friends?

The one thing I have to mention in regards to this story is that it features no hockey in it, like at all, which was kind of weird and technically doesn’t even feature a hockey player. It features an ex-hockey player. I kind of picked up this anthology for the hockey so that was a bit of a disappointment but then I kind of reset my expectations because even the following story didn’t have much hockey in it.

This story does have my favourite troop friends-to-lovers but it really fails to develop on it. This story is very hot and heavy and I feel like the sexual development kind of occurs at the altar of everything else (like character and story development). So when things do happen they feel a little rushed, especially in regards to that Epilogue. I personally didn’t get to know the characters enough to know for sure that they would end up like they did in the epilogue.

Overall, this is a hot and heavy quickie but not much in the way of story development.

3. Rookie Moves by V L Locey

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Riley and Keiffer have made it despite all odds, but now Keiffer finds himself under the spotlight. Will Keiffer be able to get a hold of his life and be able to figure out what he wants to do with his life, or will he crumble under the media blizzard?

I liked this story quite a lot. In fact, I liked it so much that I read the prequel to this one as well after finishing this one.

Riley and Keiffer make an incredible couple. At times it is hard to imagine that such a couple could actually work but then you see them interact and they click so well together that you can’t figure out the doubts you had. Of course, at the core of their relationship is balance Riley has an insurmountable amount of power over Keiffer given that Keiffer is completely dependent on Riley for everything and as of yet can’t support himself and at times that power dynamic does err on the wrong side. If things unbalance even a bit this story could be a mess but for the most part, the author has the balance between these two figured out because these two need solid boundaries between pushing and demanding.

But on the whole, I loved this story as it follows Keiffer. We see him grow into himself and finally figure out what he wants to do with his life which coupled with the amazingness of Riley and Keiffer makes for one hell of a story.

4. Secrets by RJ Scott

Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Benji is a skater on the Colchester Colts and he is used to being chirped on for his short height, especially from Avery Lester, the defenseman for the Carlisle Rush. When Benji makes a single inappropriate comment about Avery’s ass, it has an unexpected outcome. 

Avery comes to Benji for guidance, to figure out how to be a gay man in a hockey league, while Benji wants to help he also needs to guard his heart. Will Benji succeed or fail, miserably?

This story was my most favourite of the lot. I loved it, like so, so, so much.

God, it was amazing! I loved Benji and Avery so much, they like completely made my day. God these two were so adorable together and it was just so heartrending to have Benji trying to protect his heart but failing, so spectacularly. Like there was just something about Benji falling in love that had me so emotional.

Avery and Benji were amazing characters and I think the thing that really worked for their story was all that focus on hockey. Their story really tied in with Hockey as a concept and as a game and was used amazingly to further the plot.

God! This one was amazing, and I am not very good at expressing just how good it was but it was amazing. It is not only one of my most favourite stories from this anthology but this is like one of my most favourite stories ever.

 

Cover Art by Jen Needles which I really liked.

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Book Details:

Charity Anthology\All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to a charity that supports inclusiveness in athletics.

The anthology will be available starting in October 4, 2017, for a limited time only.

ebook
Published October 4th 2017 by Gone Writing Publishing
ISBN139781370424719