A VVivacious Review: Magnetic (Treacherous Chemistry #1.5) by Avylinn Winter

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
 

 

Dante finds himself in a world of pain. He can’t seem to stop thinking of Chris, especially as he realises that he isn’t entirely blameless in the blow that severed their budding relationship.

But when Dante comes face to face with Chris will he have the courage to own up to his feelings or will he crumble under his desire for approval from his parents.

This book tells the story of Dante and Chris’ separation in Volatile from Dante’s perspective and I, for one, really appreciated getting to see things from Dante’s POV.

Dante is an enigma throughout Volatile and while Magnetic eases open the doors into Dante’s inner psyche the author still manages to retain his aura of mystic which is quite a feat in itself. One of the biggest draws to Dante is that you really don’t know why he is the way he is and one of my greatest fears with this book was that I would lose the Dante I had come to love in Volatile but I am glad to say I didn’t lose anything after reading this book only gained so much more. Dante is a character with an intrinsic enigma, the enigma is practically a quality of his soul and this book is a testament to that. Also I must really applaud the author’s efforts in managing to pull of such a character with such grace.

I really didn’t remember much of the details from Volatile but thankfully most of the content in this book is new and only towards the end do we overlap with events in Volatile. And I am glad we do because that kiss was magical the first time around and it was still as fairy-tale like in this one.

I definitely don’t remember that sex scene and I am pretty sure I didn’t read anything as good in Volatile so I am a bit shocked with how well written it is. For me Volatile was all about the hidden content like the looks you share to communicate your thoughts without ever saying a word. Volatile somehow managed to verbalize non-verbal communication but not so with this one. This one is all but the dialogue and the sex scene is pretty verbal in a way Volatile isn’t. At this point I have no idea if anyone can understand what I am saying. Let’s just say that Magnetic has a different charm than Volatile but they are both equally enjoyable.

I really enjoyed this short and would recommend it as a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Volatile as much as I did.

Cover Art by Posh Gosh. I really liked the cover and the model’s expression is just very Dante-like.

Buy Links: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Details:

ebook, 45 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Pride Publishing
Original TitleMagnetic
ISBN 9781786516
Edition LanguageEnglish

 



	

A VVivacious Review: How to Love a Monster by Lyssa Dering

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Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5

Seraphim finds himself in an afterlife. He finds himself in Wish City a place created by Wish for super-humans like Sera and himself.

In Wish City, Sera finds himself in the company of Fiend who may or may not have imprisoned Sera in his house. While Sera finds himself falling for Fiend, he keeps coming across clues pointing out the fact that everything he believes about Fiend might not true. When Fiend’s strange proclivities come to light what will become of Sera and their budding relationship?

This book made for a very interesting read. I personally find the subject of afterlife quite interesting and Wish City is a very innovative outlook on the afterlife. Also, the fact that these people are super-humans is kind of amazing.

What really had me interested was Sera’s power and I really wanted to see what applications would come of having such a power so, I was a bit disappointed about the fact that we didn’t get to see much about that. Sera’s power is deactivated for much of the book and doesn’t really contribute much to the storyline. Fortunately, the loss of emphasis on Sera’s super-ability was made up by all the emphasis on Wish’s ability.

Wish’s super-ability is the fact that everything he creates in his mind becomes reality, like if he makes up a place in his head where super-humans end up after death then this place actually exists and becomes reality.  So Wish is basically a miniature God and if he were to turn evil things would actually be very, very bad which actually brings me to the question about how such a powerful human being ended up being captured which just illustrates the fact that there isn’t much we know about how Wish’s ability worked while he was alive but he is definitely the God of Wish City. So you can imagine his surprise when on getting to Wish City he is immediately sedated and imprisoned by his childhood Bogeyman, Fiend, a monster he had forgotten even existed.

Fiend is an amazing character. I must commend the author’s characterisation of Fiend because his character is one that could only have been dreamt up by a kid. He is this rare mixture of sweet with a hunger for brains. There is just something about Fiend that makes it very obvious that only innocence could have birthed his character.

I loved the world of Wish City I especially loved how the author made use of the uniqueness of Wish City to carry the plot forward. This was something that made the story very intriguing.

I loved the premise for the book and the plot. The author paces this book very well. Just before you start getting bored of a particular set of events she turns the tide keeping things interesting at all times.

All in all, this makes for a unique and interesting tale and if you are looking for something different, this is the book to go for.

Cover Art by Lyssa Dering. I like the cover it truly fits the book.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published August 12th 2017
ASINB074S89JKF

A VVivacious Review: Weekend Getaway (Daniel and Ryan #7) by Tamryn Eradani

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

An idea from Ryan regarding a scene can’t seem to get out of Daniel’s head. He wants to try it out but among the safety of strangers, so Ryan and Daniel make a weekend trip that will either end in disaster or make for one very sexy memory. 

This review is the review of the book as well as the excerpt for the next one. Because you can’t drop a bomb in the excerpt and not expect it to have an impact.

I was so inordinately happy after reading this story and then I read the excerpt and I was like – Oh! This is too fast and I know how that sounds because in most reviews for this series I am like things are going too slow but seriously you can’t lull your readers into liking the slow pace you have set for your series and then start springing atomic bombs on them.

There is just too much happening in the next one, there might be a meet and greet with a family member and a very surprising addition to Daniel and Ryan’s sex life. I feel like this is no longer the review for the “Weekend getaway” but more like the review for the excerpt of “Caught in Between” which is a fitting name because that is exactly how I feel.

But if I could get my mind off the excerpt I would tell you that this short story was extraordinarily well written and well paced. There is a lot happening and I loved seeing Ryan and Daniel’s relationship progress so far. Daniel is so much more trusting of Ryan and I felt like these two scenes that they share in this short really pushed the boundaries of their relationship and their sex life but alas I can’t tell you all this because that excerpt completely short circuited my brain. All I can think about is the logistics of the thing, suggested by Daniel in the excerpt, happening.

I had these pretty little butterflies bouncing about in my stomach after reading the last line of Weekend Getaway because at that point I was feeling blissfully overwhelmed and happy considering how far Daniel and Ryan had come about and I was all ready to write an amazing review when I read the excerpt and the butterflies in my stomach transmogrified into vampire rats infected with the bubonic plague.

Okay, I might be exaggerating but I have no idea what to expect from the next one in this series. This particular book was amazing but I am really unsure about “Caught in Between”, but I guess the I will just have to wait and watch.

Meanwhile this particular short is independently a very nice addition to this series and I loved reading it as I hope you can tell but I am pretty nervous about the next one.

The Cover Art by Natasha Snow is amazing and I love the new series of covers for this

Sales Links:  NineStar Press | Amazon

Book Details:

Published August 7th 2017 by NineStar Press
ISBN139781947139541
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesDaniel and Ryan #7

A VVivacious Review: Hijacked Love by Ethan Stone

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Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5
 
Special Agent Zachary Pomeroy starts his first day at the Portland FBI Office with a bang. It’s the day of the plane hijacking by a man nicknamed by the media as D. B. Cooper. As Cooper pulls off the perfect crime, Zachary can’t help but pick up clues that might look like nothing to an uninclined eye. But as evidence starts pointing in a new direction, Zachary finds himself exposed in a whole new way. Will Zachary ever be able to answer the question of the century or will the answer continue to elude him?
 
This was a fantastic read. I have never heard about the plane hijacking by Dan aka D. B. Cooper but after reading the story I read up on the legend and I have got to say this story is interesting both ways, but I loved how the author come up with a possible solution for the problem. It was really amazing. This book makes for a very enjoyable read.
 
I loved how the story is written, the author manages to merge a lot different strands of content into this story and the story was richer for it. The author manages to work in the prejudice against gays, a love story, the D. B. Cooper case as well as a perfectly plausible explanation for how it went down (though it might not be consistent with the facts of the case). I loved how the author spun out the story, how there were little details incorporated all over the story making it work and making it such an interesting read.
 
I really liked Zachary and his story, especially how he solves the case. I was a little disappointed by the love story, it felt a little contrived like how Zachary comes off as especially happy about being in an open relationship and then the next second he turns to Phillip, his lover and confesses his wish to be exclusive. The sentiment didn’t ring true especially if you take the former statement to be sacrosanct. That was a bit of a glitch.
 
Otherwise I loved the story. It makes for an excellent read. It is a very good mystery and the story is very well told.
 
I also liked how the author was able to merge the prejudice homosexuals faced at that time into the story line in such an effortless manner. I loved how her explanation seemed so in sync with the attitudes of that time but more than anything the clues leading up to the big reveal were amazing.
 
This book is was so worth my time. I really want to check out more books by this author given how much I loved this one.
 
Cover Art:. The cover seems perfect for the storyline.
Sales Links:  GoodReads ~ Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 54 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by Stone Publishing
Original TitleHijacked Love
ASINB06Y5MLDCJ
Edition Language English

A VVivacious Review: Who I am When I’m with You by Tamryn Eradani

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Rating – 3.75 Stars out of 5
Daniel and Ryan are ready to take their arrangement to the next level. For the first time they are meeting up for scenes during weekdays. But when a bad day at work carries over to a scene, Daniel is distraught. Will he be able to keep his work and sex life separate or will this spanner in the works make Daniel re-evaluate what he wants from this relationship?
This time around I liked where this story is heading. This one was definitely better than its predecessor because their was finally some growth in Daniel and Ryan’s relationship. But at the same time it couldn’t quite capture the charm of the first one.
I am excited with the direction this story is headed and it is great to see some development in their relationship. We catch Ryan and Daniel experimenting with scenes during weekdays and it finally feels like their relationship is heading somewhere. But at the same time the slow pace of these stories is getting me a little frustrated.
Personally I think what I loved about this book was Daniel’s perspective. I love his unique personality. It is an absolute treat to see the world through Daniel’s eyes and that realization at the end was very well done. I am very excited to read the next one after reading that ending.
All in all I am enjoying this story but I really wish this story could progress at a faster clip.
Cover Art by Natasha Snow. It is a very well done cover in sync with all the previous covers for this series.

Sales Links

NineStar Press | Amazon

Book Details:
ebook, 51 pages
Published April 3rd 2017 by NineStar Press
ISBN139781945952845
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesDaniel and Ryan #3

A VVivacious Review: The Poison Within (Inspector Skaer #1) by Kasia Bacon

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
 
Inspector Kayru Skaer has fallen in love with his aristocratic lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jann, an action he considers to be full of folly. Because as he rightly suspects their society will never be accepting of a love between two people from such different classes of society especially if the relationship were to show any sign of permanency. As things would have it this is going to be the least of his worries with his lover presenting with the early signs of a hereditary lung disease which has proven to be fatal and three viciously murdered dead bodies to contend with.
 
I quite liked this story. It is short and sweet but engages the reader in a way that you really can’t stop reading. I really love the way this author writes, because it never fails to arrest my attention and simultaneously gets me really invested in the characters and their story.
 
This is a paranormal established couple romance with elements of mystery though I think I should warn people that it is not much of a mystery as things get clarified pretty early on but I think that this was a decision in favour of the story because it helped bring the focus on Elly and Kayru.
 
I absolutely loved Kayru and Elly, their relationship is simply adorable and I know for a fact that their relationship is something that I want to know more about and I also desperately want to know more about these two. They made for such interesting characters, from different societal classes but despite all odds in love.
 
I think overall this story is quite commendable despite the fact that the author doesn’t try to draw out the mystery with suspense. This book had some really strong characters in Yben and Eryssa. I found both characters to be immensely interesting especially Eryssa considering she is a furia, a species I have never encountered. Also I wonder if there is any difference between the furia and the vampers and if they both need blood to survive. Also I loved how the author has drawn from current events to write this story it added a whole new dimension to this story which would have otherwise never have existed because I think somewhere along the way I felt that these events were not only relatable but something that gave a perspective to both worlds.
 
This story has managed to capture my interest and I am definitely hooked onto these characters. I can’t wait to read more.
 
Cover Art by Kudi-Design. The cover is amazing.
Sales Links   Amazon | Amazon UK
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published March 18th 2017
ASINB06XFGX3BT
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesInspector Skaer #1
CharactersInspector Käyru Skaer, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn or ‘Elly’ settingRadvadur (the western province of the Empire)

A VVivacious Review: A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove

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Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5
 
Nate has been able to see ghosts since he was twelve but ever since then, the ghosts in his life have seen him labelled as a freak and become the high school outcast, till James Powell, the new guy in school sits beside him in lunch. But even if Nate can find a friend and maybe, more in James, the question is will James stick around once he finds out the truth?
 
James has issues, his brother recently died and he doesn’t believe that his death was just an accident. Being friends with Nate might just be the thing that lifts up his spirits but he isn’t ready to give up the ghost of his brother yet. What he doesn’t know is that Nate might have all the answers to his questions, if he is just ready to believe him
 
This book is a new adult romance and it combines the loneliness of being an outcast with the giddiness of falling in love for the first time. The fact that Nate can see ghosts doesn’t impact the present of this story very much it is used more as a tool for setting up the story. Basically don’t expect him to be mediating ghosts or solving their unfinished businesses so that they can move on, which was something that I was maybe expecting somewhere in the back of my mind but it doesn’t happen a fact that I later enjoyed because it let the romance be the focus. I feel like the allegory of seeing ghosts is just a metaphor for being accepted for who you are cracks and all or in this case seeing ghosts and all.
 
I liked the writing and the premise for this book about having a secret and how it impacts how you approach love especially if you think that your secret might lead to rejection. But even though this book had me interested and invested in the story, a lot of the side characters rubbed me the wrong way especially in the beginning, either because by the end I had gotten used to them or more likely because of the fact that the author had more of a handle on them later. Nate’s Nana was one such character. I just couldn’t get behind her. She seemed to drop in on Nate at all times and made the words “invasion of privacy” pop up in my head a bit too much. I just didn’t get the need for such a character because she was dead and her presence just seemed important to keep reminding us that Nate could see ghosts.
 
Also I couldn’t get behind the concept (I say concept because she is not actually a character in this book) of Nate’s mother, I just don’t get why she would reject Nate just because he saw ghosts. A person facing this situation unprepared might get frazzled, leading to a sense of incompetence which might make you feel inadequate enough that you push away your own child but how does a woman who grew up with a mother able to perceive ghosts, even if in a limited way, become unable to handle a similar situation in her son. In the first place I don’t get why she was frightened it was not like she could see them even if Nate were to tell her they were there and the whole point being that wouldn’t she be used to the fact that there were ghosts around by this point seeing as she had probably grown up knowing ghosts existed. I just don’t get how Nate’s mother is ever going to be anywhere close to being worthy of forgiveness. Also, I feel like this dislike towards Nate’s mother rubbed of a little on my perception of Sarah, Nate’s sister. I just didn’t get how she could be a happy-go-lucky person when her mother could possibly abandon her if she was even a little bit different from the mould and also then turn against family members who tried to help. And the worst part is that this was not only a fable for Sarah because she saw her brother every day at school, if that doesn’t make for a messed up childhood, I don’t know what qualifies.
 
Okay so that’s the end of my rant, now onto what I loved about this book. I loved Nate and James they were two wonderful characters apart and together. Nate had this quiet strength about him that he would fight and stay afloat no matter how much life threw him down. On the other hand what I loved about James is that he never took the easy way, he took the hard path because it was right and stayed his course. These two were just so amazing together, seeing them fall in love made me crave that sensation of falling in love for the first time.
 
I loved how their story is constructed – slow and sweet, it takes its time building up before giving us what we want. It was fun reading their story, seeing these two navigate the path to finding love and happiness. I really hope this is the beginning to Nate finally taking chances and making friends now that he knows that people are capable of accepting him.
 
I really liked this story because of its main characters and the way the plot unfolds because the story is just magical, it seems to flood you with the feelings of acceptance and love which make you smile and enjoy the ride.
 
Cover Art by Natasha Snow. The cover is beautiful.
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Book Details:
ebook
Expected publication: March 20th 2017 by NineStar Press
ISBN139781945952753
Edition LanguageEnglish

A VVivacious Review: The Puritan Pirate by Jules Radcliffe

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Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5

 

the-puritan-pirateLieutenant Thomas Peregrine finds himself in a rather unusual position. He is serving as a naval liaison on the pirate ship, Audacious. He keeps to himself but he is unable to control his attraction to Gabriel Quinn, the sailing master of the Defiant. But one drunken night reveals one too many secrets and Gabe & Thomas find themselves on the way to a deeper connection. But when the Defiant finds itself in mighty trouble, what will Gabe’s fate be and will Thomas be able to survive it…

 

I liked this book quite a lot. It is an interesting read with well fleshed out characters and a daring plot.

 

This book uses a lot of words which are no longer in popular use and there are lots of phrases in different languages. So yeah sometimes I used to get stuck on certain words and phrases because I had no idea what they meant. Also this book is based in the West Indies and the book makes ample use of the tumultuous political scenario the countries of the Indies were facing in the late 17th century. Since I truly have no idea about the history of the Indies somethings definitely went over my head but I felt like the book definitely makes use of history to consolidate its plot. Alas, I have no idea about this history or how accurately it is depicted in this book.

 

What I loved about this book was the plot and our main characters.

 

The plot of the book is quite well written and it was interesting to read about naval warfare. For one it is very different than land warfare and has its own appeal. I loved the story of this book and its intricacies. The plot is simple but very well-executed and the book is well paced so you don’t lose interest.

 

My favourite part of this book was Gabriel and Thomas. I like the personalities of both characters, wherein Thomas is a guy firmly in control and Gabriel is just a happy-go-lucky kind of guy who can’t wait to break Thomas’ facade. But these two together were simply, hot. I mean the sex scenes between these two characters are some of the best I have ever read. I loved how the author wrote about the domination and submission between these two characters and I appreciated the fluidity of it.

 

Overall this book is a hot and interesting read.

 

Cover Art by Valerie Tibbs. I liked the cover, it complements the story.

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Book Details:

ebook
Published January 3rd 2017 by Loose Id
Original TitleThe Puritan Pirate
ISBN139781682523018
Edition LanguageEnglish