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Pythen by Erin Raegan #alienwarromance #KU

Pythen by Erin Raegan

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Synopsis
Peyton
I was having a cold coffee with my best friend Vivian when the whole world went upside down.
Now there are gazelle-glowing-like-a-light-bulb aliens running around eating everybody, and enormous dark purply colored aliens that have a strong resemblance to bats, dive bombing from the sky.
One of the bats says I’m his and I need to ease his mating rage. Yeah, not happening.
Except, they tell me the fate of my world comes down to me sacrificing myself to him. Maybe this won’t go like I planned. But I figure, if I have to bend to the big guy’s will, I’m damn well getting something out of it.

Tahk
My Pythe is a human.
Weak as they are, I cannot fathom how she was chosen for me. The Commander of all Dahk.
But then she rises up for her species and I cannot help but notice her fierce heart.
I will slaughter all who dare harm her and her species, and she will be mine.

Opinion
I am raging right now!

Cliffhanger.

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I stuck with this story even though Vivian was screaming or crying every five minutes. I get it. Aliens are taking over the world, biting people’s heads off (not an exaggeration, actually happened in the book), and who knows how many friends or family members have escaped the carnage.

I had somewhat started to like Peyton. She mated Tahk even though she was scared and did not understand all what was going on.

I even liked old man Colt. He put up a good fight, but used common sense in dealing with the alien encounters.

But what I absolutely HATE, detest with a passion are cliffhangers. WARN ME!!!!!

I get to 99% and the heroine says, “I loved Tahk, but it wasn’t enough to leave my home.”

What?!?!?! Yea I am not happy. Not to mention the fact that there are aliens ravaging the entire planet and eating people. That home? That’s the home that you are so emotional about leaving?

That is not the only complaint I have. The heroine has to have sex with the hero to calm his “mating rage” hormones so he can think rationally again. His crew members put her on a guilt trip when she balks. He’s a scary alien. At first I did not think of this as coercion but it sort of is. She’s making a decision to mate but it’s under duress. Mate or else he goes crazy and everyone on your planet dies. Who needs that pressure?

There was also a mention from the hero that their species is not monogamous. I would like to think that the hero will not look at any other female since he found his true mate, but I could not tell if that would be the case. Technically he was not thrilled when the universe revealed that his true mate was human. He seemed almost disgusted. Not sure that is a good start to the relationship. Will he want an alien piece on the side?

Lastly, this author needs an EDITOR!!! There was improper sentence structure, misspelled words, and incorrect grammar. If I had played a drinking game for every needed edit, I would be passed out drunk right now.

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
PASS. However, if you like alien romances, you might decide to BORROW once the whole series is out. It is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Book details
Series: Galactic Order
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 248 pages


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Guest Hope Clark talks about #beachvacation #guestpost #SCbeaches #Edisto

This guest post is by C. Hope Clark from www.chopeclark.com

The Atypical Beach Vacation for the Atypical Tourist – Edisto Island

Beaches conjure visions of motels, neon, souvenir shops, lifeguards, and a sea of visitors strewn across the sand. Partying, maybe. All sorts of floats and rafts in the water, close enough to bump at the next wave. To some, that’s the typical beach vacation. To others like myself, the more atypical tourist, those are the opposite of what makes for a great getaway.

And the ultimate atypical beach vacation is hands down Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

 

One hour south of Charleston, down a long two-lane highway that ends in the Atlantic. No motels. No franchises. No buildings allowed over 41 feet tall. Porch lights off at dusk to keep from confusing the turtles. One old grocery store that’s a far cry from a rambling, neon Publix. The tap water tastes salty, and there isn’t any room service. You might have to bring your own sheets and towels.

There’s you, the beach, the jungle of the island you go through reaching the beach, breezes, and no traffic noises. You usually rent one of the worn-out houses, none of which are more than three blocks from the ocean on one side, and the marsh and its jaw-dropping sunsets on the other.

The Edisto mantra is that you leave your problems on the other side of the Big Bridge, which is otherwise known as the McKinley Washington Bridge over the Dawhoo River. And few people go back across at the end of the week without wishing they could remain on that beach forever. Very few. But there’s one time of year, that doesn’t involve summer, that attracts the Edisto faithfuls, and that’s in October for the Edisto Museum’s annual Edisto & Beyond Tour of Historic Plantations, Churches and Graveyards.

Unbeknownst to most, Edisto Island families pre-Civil War once rivaled the richest of Atlanta, Charleston, and New Orleans. Sea Island Cotton amassed what today would be millions for the Seabrooks, the Jenkins, the Townsends, and a dozen or more other old families. Edisto’s history is long and rich. The Edisto Museum, via its tiny white house on the corner of Highway 174 and Chisolm Road, with its fierce graciousness, preserves this history in all its dignities and atrocities, preserving the past of the white and black cultures that gave the island its magic.

I belong to the museum not to support it, but also to receive early access to the Edisto & Beyond Tour each October. No two years are alike with different plantations, graveyards and churches opened to the public. Amidst the shadows of oak trees hundreds of years old, dripping in Spanish moss, you envision the people who preceded you on that island, picture the enchantment, sweat, and strife while you stand where others stood. Seeing where they worked, dined, and ultimately rested in peace. Ghosts, lovers, patriots, and rogues.

I was lucky enough to serve as a docent at Middleton Plantation, also known as Chisholm Plantation at one time and The Launch at another. These family properties sometimes changed titles as families passed them down. It offers a divine open view of the Combahee River.

 

 

Most folks in South Carolina can appreciate Middleton Place in Charleston County on Highway 61, the home of then Governor Henry Middleton. The Governor’s son Oliver built Middleton Plantation on Edisto.

Assigned an upstairs bedroom that belonged to one of the Middleton children, I’d spent much time investigating my assignment. I could tell you that the brass knobs on the doors, though antique, weren’t original because Union soldiers stripped the house of its valuables. That the handmade desk was a gift to the daughter, and the sea trunk used for European treks. That the plantation gained a reputation for its long-staple cotton only viable on the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia, varieties developed and transported by land barons and slaves alike.

As an author of two mystery series, one centered in the rural reaches of South Carolina and the other on Edisto, my research served me well as touring visitors asked questions about the time period, the families, and the architecture. Thank goodness for my agriculture degree from Clemson, enabling me to answer questions about the cotton.

Another docent handled the bedroom at the other end of the short hallway who turned out to be the sister to Lowcountry author Dorothy Benton Frank. What a joy to share literature, history, and a love of Edisto with someone equally infatuated with all three realms.

Each locale on the tour comes with a docent or two, each equipped to answer questions, each carrying a deep reverence for the graveyard, church, home, people, or in some cases, ruins and gardens that they are entrusted to teach about.
And the entire island embraces that day. You’ll find art shows in parks, and usually an author signing at the Edisto Bookstore. The museum opens its doors with remarkable and fresh displays to aid to your knowledge along with gifts of handcrafted jewelry, indigo, paintings, and more, each distinctively tied to Edisto.

There’s a reason people return to Edisto rather than bounce from place to place for their vacation needs. There’s a reason your watch changes to Edisto-slow time when you cross the Big Bridge. This is a beach where they define calm, promote simplicity, and accept visitors seeking that lifestyle, if only for a week. Like Shangri La, Edisto is a permanently happy place, isolated from the world, and deeply grateful to each generation that came before for creating such a haven.

BIO

BIO: C. Hope Clark’s latest release is Dying on Edisto, Book 5 of the Edisto Island Mysteries. She has also authored one other award-winning mystery series and is working on another. She founded FundsforWriters.com, selected by Writer’s Digest for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for 18 years. Her newsletter reaches 35,000 readers. www.fundsforwriters.com / www.chopeclark.com

LINKS

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44089103-dying-on-edisto

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130656357

Edisto Island Mysteries

 

 

BOOK BLURB

One death. Two detectives. And unexpected backup.
A Callie Morgan and Carolina Slade crossover, standalone mystery!

When a renowned—and now dead—travel blogger washes ashore on the banks of Indigo Plantation, Edisto Beach Police Chief Callie Morgan agrees to head the investigation as a favor to the county sheriff, whose reasons are as questionable as the death itself. When death turns to murder and a watchdog from the county makes her investigation difficult, Callie reluctantly turns to Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo, vacationing agents with the Department of Agriculture.

Because poison is growing on this plantation and someone knows how to use it well.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Murder, corruption, and page-turning intrigue are usually the elements that shine the brightest in mysteries like Hope Clark’s latest Dying on Edisto. But it’s the characters that bring a vivid literary element to Clark’s prose and create a strong emotional response to their tangled lives. The scenic town of Edisto Beach is peopled with a modern-day pirate claiming to be a descendent of Blackbeard, a degenerate travel blogger, a yoga teacher who drives a baby blue vintage Benz convertible, a mixed race waitress and her matriarchal grandmother, and a whole slew of wealthy and crooked good ole boys. Leading the cast are two strong female protagonists—a police chief and an investigator with the Department of Agriculture. Did someone say hemlock? —Susan Cushman, author of Cherry Bomb and editor of Southern Writers on Writing

“In a plot as complicated as the numerous waterways that create Edisto Island in South Carolina, C. Hope Clark has combined the characters from her two series to solve the murder of a renowned travel blogger. They mystery requires all of their detective skills and blends the two mystery worlds in a page-turning standalone. The story opens with a floater and progresses with edge-of-your-seat action. Prepare to be absorbed by Clark’s crisp writing and compelling storytelling. This is one you don’t want to miss!”— Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of three mystery series. She is the author of over 80 books and has received numerous writing awards.

Hope Clark converges her sleuths, Carolina and Callie Jean, on Edisto Island for the finale, Dying on Edisto, concluding her two murder mystery series. Slews of fans always awaited these highly addictive and superbly penned novels – grabbing you from the first page and not letting go until the last. A pristine, sleeper sea island, two determined masters of law who butt heads, a mystery corpse from Atlantic waters, a few idiosyncrasies along the way – the absolute best cast and plot for an intense coastal thriller. ~Karen Carter, Owner, Edisto Bookstore

Single billionaire boss #bookreview #romance

Single Dad, Billionaire boss 

Synopsis
Stuck with a blistering hot, filthy rich, and thankfully single billionaire? It’s the vacation of a lifetime alright…

Sometimes, the worst of circumstances can lead to the best of times. Harper Kelly has just been fired from her dream job, but rather than wallow in her misery, she’s taking the opportunity to cross some items off of her bucket list. Forget job hunting, she’s going skiing in the Alps!

It’s not long, however, before her dream vacation is marred by a fraught encounter with a ridiculously handsome guest. Cue a freak avalanche, and the two are snowed in together, along with his adorable son. What’s more, Harper soon discovers the irresistible vacationer is none other than Jason Raynes, the notoriously reclusive billionaire!

With a luxury hotel to themselves, it’s not long before Harper begins to thaw the frosty single dad’s heart, and break down the walls that seek to keep her out. And when Jason unexpectedly makes her a job offer she can’t refuse – as a tutor to his beloved son – Harper doesn’t know how to feel; is this his way of keeping her around, while keeping her at arm’s length? For every step he takes toward her, he pulls two steps back. Could it really be true that to be so close to him is to live in danger?

After an eerie encounter on the historic streets of Dublin, Harper begins to wonder if her new lover’s past is coming back to haunt them. Can she get him to open up to her before he pushes her away? Or before malevolent forces catch up with them both?

Opinion
The story line was OK but I have questions

1 How were they skiing and missed an avalanche and the hotel evacuation? This seems extremely far-fetched and unrealistic.

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2 Why did Harper flirt so much with Jason and then blame him for being hot and cold? He wasn’t looking for a girlfriend. She pretty much just pushed herself and the relationship on him.

3 After they slept together, why did Harper think she was going to receive proclamations of love? They had no romance before that besides one kiss and a few glances.

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4 Where were Harper’s girlfriends? She needed someone to tell her to stop throwing herself at her boss and trying to make him love her.

5 Did Harper have absolutely zero common sense? She was so dumb at times. When confronted with danger on multiple occasions, she lacked the common sense to do what she needed to do in order to save herself.

6 Why did it seem like Jason was not sure if he wanted a serious relationship or just a new mom for his son? I cannot tell if he was still grieving for his deceased wife or if he was emotionally ready to be in a new relationship. On an unrelated note, his way of handling the conflict was infuriating to me. He was withholding pertinent facts for no reason!

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?

BORROW if you like nanny/single dad romances. The story line showed a lot of promises, but the characters were weak.

Book details
Series: Billionaires of Europe
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 261 pages

 

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The Man In The Mirror #BillionaireRomance

Man in the Mirror

Synopsis
Brett King, Billionaire.

Yeah, that’s me. Once, I had everything: power, looks, fame, an obscene amount of money, a trophy wife, and a beautiful little boy. Then, in a blink of an eye my enviable life was taken away.
I was left with nothing except my dirty money and my heart of stone.
I looked in the mirror and could not recognize myself. God had a sense of humor. I was ugly inside and now I was ugly outside too. It was divine justice.

I retreated to my castle in Wales and allowed no one to come face to face with me. My staff carried out my instructions and asked no questions. The only thing left to me was to acquire more money that I would never spend.
The months passed and I grew accustomed to my isolation. As I roamed about alone I even began to appreciate the darkness of my life. I lost interest in the world outside the thick walls of my castle. Nothing held any interest for me anymore.

Until she came. Charlotte Conrad, the nanny.

At the end of every evening we communicated through the intercom system. She kept me informed about the progress she was making with my son, Zachary.

I was just an employer listening to his employee, but slowly, insidiously, I began to imagine her young body; soft and sensuous against mine.

I wanted to take her. I wanted to hear her talk dirty to me.

I wanted her to unleash the wild, unrestrained animal that was lurking inside me.

I was becoming addicted…

Opinion
I wanted to like the story because the premise was good: a scarred man and the woman who loves him.

BUT…

He is still married! Yeah, I took a heart away because he is still married when they start sleeping together. I know that author tries to set the stage and justify their actions because his first wife is sleeping around on him. Seriously, she was an awful human being. He is going to get a divorce, but two wrongs do not make a right.

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I cannot understand why Brett kept funding his first wife’s escapades. It was obvious she was not a good mother. She was drunk all the time and partied all night. He said it was out of some supposed sense of duty to his deceased mentor, but I did not see it.

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If he could work, surely he could figure out how to spend time with his son. It seemed that he was over complicating matters. Obviously, his voice was like butter. He could have spoken to his son through the intercom and had a relationship with him that way. Instead, he did not have any contact with him besides what information the derelict mother deemed necessary to relay.

I liked other books by this author, but this one misses the mark a several levels.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW if you like nanny-dad romances.

Book details

Series: N/A
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥

Print Length: 300 pages

 

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Cyborg Shifters series #scifi #romance


Wild Blood  – Storm Surge  – Shark Bite  – Ashes and Metal

These books are about cyborg shifters. I did not include the synopsis for each, but you can click the link to read more about each one. Every book is a standalone novel but the last chapter leads into the next book by introducing the characters and conflict.

These men are NOT your typical shifters. They are 1/3 man, 1/3 machine, and 1/3 animal. They are basically human looking bodies that transform into robot animals. For the first in the series Wild Blood, Dommik’s animal is unconventional and borderline creepy (read for the full effect). In Storm Surge, Stryker is a snake that has to get his mouth covered at all time (how does that even work??). In Shark Bite, Netto is a shark (no surprise). In Ashes and Metal, Gunner is a jackal (almost normal shifter with freaky eyes though).

I get why then leading men had trouble getting women.

They were MONSTERS! Visualizing some of the scenes took some serious imagination since at times they would partially transform their heads or other appendages. Any normal woman would run screaming in the other direction when faced with those mechanical enhancements. I mean, Stryker can’t control his snake from venomously biting and Netto has rows of jagged teeth! How can that be sexy?

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Also, they had no social skills. I realize socialization was not top priority for scientists when they lab created them. As a result the heroes were big, intimidating, and generally unapproachable. I thought Dommik had the least approachable personality, but then I read Netto’s story. I still don’t understand how he attracted Rylie.

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While the overall stories were somewhat dark in the content, I thought the author’s description “contains horror elements” was exaggerated. It was action filled, weird, off-putting, and like nothing I have read before. However, I could tell that the underneath it all, the heroes were men who were just as afraid of rejection as the regular Joe Blow. They craved companionship but knew that was not likely to happen under normal conditions. It was necessary for the author to create dire circumstances that would require the hero and heroine to be together where the obvious differences would not create a barrier to the budding relationship.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. Due to the fact that these books might be considered disturbing content for some, borrow and if you like it, you can always buy later.



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