A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: The Keeper by Kiernan Kelly

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as the “Others” have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to share the planet humans long ago claimed as their exclusive territory. But the humans have no intention of surrendering without a fight—one that will include genocide. The Others are given no choice but to be ready to defend themselves, and they convene a Council of War to plan their strategy.

But first they must address an ancient and terrifying prophecy: “Heed me well, all of you. Attack the humans without the Keeper and you will fail. Every one of you will become nothing but a memory, a myth, and the humans will truly inherit the earth.”

The Council charges Liam, son of the Sidhe chieftain, with the critical mission to find the elusive Keeper necessary to their survival, but his quest is complicated by the need to find a Keeper determined not to be found.

Marin is an Atlantean who values his privacy, but with the fate of the world at stake, he understands his days of living under the radar are over. Even worse, he must face his past to fight for his future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love along the way.

I loved the idea behind “The Keeper”. There are plenty of books with romances between humans and fantasy creatures, or between two fantasy creatures of the same species. But it’s rare to find books where members of two different fantasy races fall in love. There are a few stories with vampires and shifters falling in love, but I’ve never read a love story with a Sidhe and a Merman.

The romance was a little too insta-love for my tastes. Marin and Liam barely know each other before they fall head over heels in love. Of course Marin shared his deepest memories with Liam and was able to read Liam’s thoughts and memories. Still, the undying love was just a bit too fast for me. I really missed the slow getting-to-know-each-other part and I never quite felt the connection between the two.

I liked that there are so many different fantasy species in this book. I would’ve loved to know even more about them, but the worldbuilding fell a bit flat. We get a decent insight into the lives of the Sidhe and the Atlanteans, but never really find out more about the other species. A real shame.

The beginning was the best part of the book to me. I loved how Marin interacted with the two super cute dolphin girls. It was absolutely adorable and made me like Marin right away.

What really bothered me was the way the characters talked. They switched randomly between old-fashioned and stilted and modern and casual. It was quite jarring.

The whole plot felt a little shallow and rushed. There were so many schemes going on and so many characters were introduced but nothing got any real depth. Maybe there’ll be more explanations in a sequel. The ending certainly left the potential for a follow-up.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was good but not great. A little more depth and a few more pages wouldn’t have hurt, though. The idea behind it was interesting and uncommon. If there ever is a sequel, I am definitely interested in finding out what’s gonna happen next.

The cover by Paul Richmond is really pretty. I like it.

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Book details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 200 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published February 1st 2014)
ISBN139781635335767
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Release Day Review: Running with the Moon by Kiernan Kelly

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Heart of the Wolf

What happens when a veterinarian ends up a patient in his own animal clinic?

 

Dr. Dae Anderson needs to lose the deadbeat boyfriend who is holding him back, but Jack is determined to hang on to Dae—even if he has to resort to violence.

 

Dae has worked hard to fit in among humans, and if his secret gets out, he’ll lose everything. His veterinary assistant, Sean, might be just the man to stand with Dae… against Jack and the world.

 

Courage of the Wolf

The most painful changes don’t involve the shape of the body, but of the heart….

 

Just as Dae and Sean are settling in to life as a couple, Dae is contacted by his brother, who still lives with his former pack and who exiled him for being gay.

 

If he refuses to return to Wyoming, a sociopathic alpha will slaughter Dae’s family one member at a time. And deep down, Dae knows he must confront his past before he can truly have a loving future with Sean. First, they have to stay alive.

 

I enjoyed both of these stories.  Dae has been in a continuous self depreciating relationship with Jack, a user and cheater.  He hasn’t had anyone who really wanted him since he was kicked out of his former pack for being gay.  When he is hurt it he has to take the chance and show Sean his one big secret and hope he doesn’t run.

 

I loved both of these characters and how open they were with each other once the walls were broken down.  Dae is more innocent in his personal life as he has never really had a real relationship because his one with Jack wasn’t.  Sean has been hiding his feelings for Dae for years working beside him and when he is given the opportunity for his dreams to come true he grabs on with both hands.

 

We see everything from both characters’ points of view so we aren’t guessing what each person is thinking.  Dae and Sean know that they are stronger together and support each other; it is so easy to see how much they care for the other and will do anything for them.  I was glad to see Dae finally get some closure with his family when they contact him.  It was wonderful seeing Dae and Sean’s relationship grow in the second story and get the chance to make a family of their own.

 

Cover art by Paul Richmond is great and I love it.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 140 pages

Published: 2nd edition, March 15, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN: 9781635333435

Edition Language: English

A MelanieM Review: Wishful Thinking (Club Raven #2) by Kiernan Kelly

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

wishfulthinkingSometimes doing the right thing requires otherworldly help.

A Club Raven Novel

Tony Brazzio, part-owner of Club Raven in Baltimore, is gifted with a psychic talent that allows him to influence the behavior of others. His first project, to rehabilitate hoodlums Bull and Dandy, fails when the lure of fat wallets ripe for the picking is too great for them to ignore. After Bull and Dandy fall into serious trouble beyond simple petty theft, Tony takes it upon himself to bail them out.

Charged with making a pair of blackmailing pickpockets “disappear,” Detective Thomas Arthur Clare is determined to get the job done. He doesn’t count on Tony’s interference, or his attraction to the mysterious, handsome man, to sway him.

Wishful Thinking (Club Raven #2) by Kiernan Kelly is the PWP story in the middle of what I think of as the Club Raven trilogy, three books written by three different authors that centers around a live structure seated on a meeting of lay lines/power positions that fronts itself as Club Raven. Its now a gentlemen’s club with odd  peculiarities (BDSM dungeon on occasion, paranormal library, law enforcement branch for paranormals, halfway house, you name it, including boarding house).  Here the most shallow of characters, pull in other shallow characters, who act and react with no apparent concern for their era or amazing surroundings.  A detective is thrown into this PWP soup for no good measure and just muddles it further with a jawdropping instalove, insta BDSM scene that had my head spinning.

That alone came close to turning this  book into a DNF.  So much in this tale made absolutely no sense, from the characters, to their actions, that you stopped  trying to make sense of it all and just wanted to race to the finish line.

What a waste of a perfectly neat plot device.

Cover art is the best thing about the story.

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Book Details:

ebook, 171 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Evil Plot Bunny LLC
ISBN139781942831433
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesClub Raven #2

Club Raven:

Happy Medium (Club Raven, #1)  by Julia Talbot

Wishful Thinking (Club Raven, #2)  by Kiernan Kelly

Calling His Bluff (Club Raven, #3)  by B.A. Tortuga

A Lila Release Day Review: Hell Takes a Holiday By Kiernan Kelly

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Rating: 3 stars out of  5

hell-takes-a-holidayDespite a major setback, Lucifer has no time to feel sorry for himself. Running Hell is a monumental task, even though he’s taken steps to modernize it with technology like closed-circuit cameras and security systems.

As he struggles with his infernal issues, an unannounced visitor threatens to break his black heart. Lucifer hasn’t seen Uriel since his Fall, but he remembers how much he loved Uriel and how betrayed he felt when Uriel didn’t stand with him during the War.

Uriel has been sent to inspect the changes Lucifer has made and report back to Heaven. Lucifer has no choice but to give Uriel a guided tour of the Nine Circles, and all the feelings come rushing back.

Uriel hasn’t forgotten Lucifer either, and they pick up where they left off—with enough sizzle to rival the hottest of hell’s fires. But their reunion will be short-lived, unless Uriel relinquishes his halo—which Lucifer is unwilling to let him do.

Hell Takes a Holiday has a great premise. I love the idea of Uriel visiting Hell to “spy” on his ex-lover. It starts really interesting and I like the way they get to see each other for the first time in centuries. Their chemistry is palpable, and their internal monologues and witty banter very nice.

Unfortunately, after that, the story takes a preachy tone that drowns their conversations. Uriel goes from flirt into total drama quickly, killing the mood. Yes, their smexy times are hot, but not enough to compensate the knowledge overload. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with 90% of Luce’s explanations, but it was too much for such a short story.

The only relation to a holiday the story has it’s the mention of the events taking place on Christmas Eve. I find the ending too perfect to work overall. I wanted a bit of plot mix with the explanations to get me to cheer for their HEA.

The one thing this story has is great characters. Uriel and Luce are perfect individually, but even better together. And God has a great sense of humor too. Perhaps I expected more since this is the second edition of this story.

The cover by Bree Archer is nice, but the models don’t fit Luce’s & Uriel’s descriptions.

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ebook, 48 pages
Published: December 7, 2016 (Second Edition), Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1634777360 (ISBN13: 9781634777360)
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Release Day Review: A-Viking by Kiernan Kelly

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

a-viking-by-kiernan-kellyWhat’s a Viking to do when he ends up on a Florida beach, surrounded by a world he doesn’t understand, with a hyperactive stockbroker as his only guide? Go back to Chase’s hotel, naturally. Chase thinks Bjorn is eccentric at best, a lunatic at worst, or just maybe the real thing: a Viking from the days of yore. It isn’t easy for Bjorn to admit, but he needs Chase’s help to navigate the confusing modern age. While Chase is trying to clean Bjorn up and help him fit in, Bjorn’s sworn enemy also makes the trek through time. Jorund is eager to plunder this new land and finish the job of killing Bjorn’s family line, all in one blow. Bjorn and Chase will have to set aside their vast differences and work together if either of them wants to survive.

This was a nice quick read.  Bjorn and Chase are both greatly confused when they meet on the beach.  Both try to find explanations in their own minds of how or why the other is acting so strange.

 

Both of these characters are wonderful.  Both would be considered work-a-holics in their own times, but soon realize that life is worth more than that.  I loved how both of these characters interacted with each other and how scared Chase was that Bjorn would disappear just like Jorund did.  Seeing these characters together in the future was a wonderful ending.

 

Cover art by Paul Richmond is nice and catches your eye.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 56 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, October 19, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781634777940

Edition Language: English