Tag Archive | Fantasy

-Letter N- Big Bear Daddy #bearshifter #romance @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

N is for Nowlan (Anya Nowlan)

Big Bear Daddy (Sweetwater Father Bears Book 1)

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Synopsis

Jessy is looking for her sister and niece. Knowing that her sister has gotten into some trouble, she wants to help anyway she knows how. Her search leads her to Colt.

Colt is sheriff in the town where Jessy’s sister left her baby Lana. After fostering her for almost a year, he decides to adopt. Deciding it was best, Colt moves to Wyoming to live among his bear shifter clan to raise his daughter.

Opinion

The story was basic. I think it was predictable. I figured out who was the villain before he was revealed in the story.

I felt like the story had an awkward quality as Jessy and Colt tried to figure out how they were going to proceed with custody of Lana. It is a good thing that they had enough chemistry to get together, instead of just hooking up.

I think the story would have benefited from more character development. Everyone seems bland and two dimensional.

I did not think that the bear shifter aspect added to the story. The author could have easily left that out and the story would have not been much different.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. I liked the story but something was missing for me to get excited about it.

Book details
Series: Sweetwater Father Bears
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 121 pages
Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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-Letter L- Kodiak’s Claim (Kodiak Point Book 1) – A Big Bear Romance #bearromance @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

L is for Langlais (Eve Langlais)

Kodiak’s Claim (Kodiak Point Book 1)
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Synopsis
Tammy is an insurance adjuster that is investigating a claim in the middle of Alaska. It seems that people are keeping secrets but she cannot figure out what it is. However, she is determined to get to the bottom of it. And she will not be swayed by the good-looking, hot body guy named Reid.

Reid is the head of his clan and a Kodiak bear shifter. When he takes a mate, he thinks it will be for political reasons. He definitely cannot even think about taking a human woman as his mate. His bear has other ideas. When it is human versus bear, the bear wins every time, no matter how illogical it might be.

Opinion
This was a fun book! I liked Tammy because she was spunky and feisty. When things are not adding up, she is going to keep digging until she can figure out what is going on.

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Reid is trying to keep his bear a secret and thinks if he can get Tammy on her way, his bear might lose interest.

As the saying goes about the best laid plans…Yea. Things do not go as they are planned.

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The secondary characters added to the excitement and drama. I loved Reid’s grandma the best. She kept Reid in check as only a grandma could. Every time I think about her antics, I chuckle to myself. I guess you could say that I literally LOL 😀

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
I say BUY. This book was very entertaining. I bet you will laugh too. At the end, you will most likely agree when I say that Reid and Tammy are good for each other.

Book details
Print Length: 240 pages
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Series: Kodiak Point

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-Letter B- Craved by the Bear #bearshifter #romance #kindleunlimited @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

B is for Bolryder

Craved by the Bear  by Terry Bolryder

Synopsis
Rock cannot stay in Bear Canyon and yet the woman he loves does not ever want to leave. That does not stop him from asking her to marry him every time he gets drunk. It is like their favorite joke. But when it seems that she needs a man in her life, Rock wants to get her set up with the right guy. However, his bear argues that she is his forever mate.
Rosalyn “Ros” has been in love with Rock for years and pining for him. He always comes back, but she knows that one day he will leave for good. She is trying to protect her heart and enjoy the time she has with him at the same time.

Opinion
I read “Sheltered by the Bear” so I know a little of the back story to what Rock and his brothers suffered as children. I gave Rock a lot of leeway with his decisions because I knew that he was trying to avoid dealing with the emotional trauma that he experienced.
Though he did not want to deal with his deeper emotions, he still was trying to do the right thing by Ros and take care of her the best way he thought possible. To him, that meant trying to hook her up with a “good man/bear”.

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While the basis for the trauma is heavy (child abuse), the overall tone was not dark. For example, it was funny that everyone humored Rock with his matchmaking exercise, all the while knowing that he really was the only man for Ros. I am glad that he had real friends like Francis calling him out on his BS.

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Ros was a heroine who was very understanding and compassionate of his situation. That does not mean that she was anyone’s doormat. She pushed Rock’s buttons a time or two as well. It made for great chemistry.
Overall, I loved this story. Plus, this is a story of friends to lovers (my favorite trope). Winning in my book!!!!
P.S. Terry I hope you continue to feel better. Love reading your books. And Francis needs his own story. After Ryland of course.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. This story is unique in the way that the hero and heroine approach their situation. While the plot is somewhat predictable, Rock’s antics are entertaining enough to keep your interest.

Book details
Series: Trapped in Bear Canyon Book 2
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

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Down with the shine #review #YAlit #wish

Down with the Shine  by Kate Karyus Quinn

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Synopsis
As the story opens, Lennie does not have the best of circumstances. Lennie lives with her almost comatose mother and 3 uncles who sell moonshine. Her father is a con artist, notorious bank robber, and all around bad person. Lennie is not a delinquent, but it seems everyone in authority assumes she is. To make matters worse, she finds out that her best friend was brutally murdered.

Considering her life, she wants to escape and, for once, have some fun. She steals some moonshine from her uncles and goes to a party were all the “cool kids” will be. All night she is giving shots and pretending to grant wishes. After a wild and crazy night, she goes home and passes out drunk.

The next morning, to everyone’s horror, the random, wild, insane wishes of a bunch of drunk teenagers are all coming true. Now it is up to Lennie to learn the rules of wish granting and figure out how to fix this mess without making things worst.

Opinion
I chose this book because of the cover. I love the mason jar visual with the mysterious vapor.

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I have read books with the similar theme of “Be careful what you wish for”. However, none of the previous stories have wishes-gone-wrong to this level.

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I do not usually like first person novels, but made an exception in this case because I was so intrigued by the plot line. In the beginning, I did not like Lennie very much though. I thought I would sympathize with her more because of her circumstances. She seems to be floating through life with no one who cares about her.

Her dad is a sociopathic criminal. Her mom is barely there emotionally for her. And her uncles try to keep her out of trouble but otherwise ignore her. She has an inner dialogue going at all times in which her snarky comes through to the reader. There were some positive aspects to her personality displayed when she talked about her best friend and how Dylan’s death affected her.

All throughout the book, while I thought she made a lot of bad decisions (VERY BAD DECISION MAKING), I could not help to wonder if I could have done any better. She thought her life was one way, only to find out some of the reasons behind what happened and why. She did not have the luxury of enough time to fully examine the pros and cons of what to do. Making quick decisions is not the best and when it can mean life or death, which adds to the pressure even more.

While you have to read the story for yourself to see how everything gets resolved, everything is resolved in a nice a neat way.

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY! This is a quirky, slightly gruesome young adult novel with some dark humor sprinkled in. For me to recommend it, you know it must be something special. I am not usually one to recommend young adult lit.

Book Details
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 26, 2016)
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

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Emerald Dragon – Awakened #Dragons Series #paranormalromance #shifterRomance

Emerald Dragon (Awakened Dragons Book 6) 

Synopsis
Aegis has been looking for Opal for years and finally finds her. To his surprise, she was being held captive by the dark oracle, the same woman who Aegis has been loosely aligned with. He does not care if he has to take on the world if it means he will have his one true mate for eternity.

Even though the Opal dragon has been imprisoned for hundreds of years and been the victim of many injustices, she still has this overly optimistic view of people. While she knows that Aegis is most likely her one and true mate, she does not think they will be happy together since he has a decidedly less optimistic view of people and their intentions. She ran from him once before and she will run again if she thinks it would be best for her sanity.

Opinion
Aegis and Opal were a classic story of opposites attract. She is an eternal optimist and he is ever the pessimist.

In the series, Aegis has always been the villain or more amoral than not. At times, we saw a bit of a selfless side. I am so glad he has his own book. Here, we get the full picture that helps us to understand why he is the way he is.

For somebody who was bullied for so long, he decided once he had power that he never would be in a situation where he would be the victim. When they were children, it seemed that Opal would never fight for herself. Aegis felt that he had to protect her because he always said that they were fated mates.

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I do not totally agree with the reasons Opal gave for leaving Aegis, but I can understand how she was not happy. She wants to give everyone the benefit of the doubt even when they are obviously taking advantage of her. In the case of Aegis, he has put up a protective wall to prevent himself from getting hurt as he did as a child.

As adults, Opal realizes that she still has the same feelings for Aegis as she did when they were younger. As she’s trying to navigate this new world, she’s also trying to figure out if they really can be happy together. Aegis, on the other hand, realizes that without Opal, he has no reason for existing.

Aegis is also finding out what it is like to have friends, people that have your back no matter what. Up until now, this concept was foreign to him because everybody that he knew wanted something from him.

I am glad they have their happy ending. I was rooting for Aegis more than Opal. I know it was in her nature to let people take advantage of her, but it was infuriating to say the least. In the end, I like that she finally was able to understand Aegis’ point of view.

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY! The whole series is a BUY for me. All in all, this was a satisfying ending to this series awakened dragons. And Terry Bolryder did not disappoint in setting up my anticipation for her new series which is coming out after she takes a short break. Please HURRY with the next series Terri!!!

Book details
Series: Awakened Dragons – this is a standalone story but best read after the others in the series for the full picture.
Heat Level: Smokin 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

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