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Fantasy Romance Anthology Review: Amid The Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter & Jeffe Kennedy

Amid The Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter & Jeffe Kennedy


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Synopsis from Goodreads
As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night...

THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven
The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy
As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…


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 9/10
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THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT by Grace Draven was one of my favourites in the anthology, full of Christmas spirit and magical possibilities. The reader follows progress of Jahna, a young girl with a very low self-esteem and sees her blossoming into a confident, vibrant young woman thanks to her fencing teacher whom she secretly loves.

Beautifully written and very atmospheric, this short story like everything else in this format Mrs Draven writes, begged to be fleshed out into a longer novel. Alas, the only consolation prize is that it was written in the universe of Radiance and we had a brief crossover. An absolute joy to read!


Contemporary Romance Review: Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (Forbidden Hearts #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
One night. No one will know.
That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies.
Until the night she didn’t show up.
Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want . . . so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?
Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence—and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.
Being together might be against all the rules . . . but being apart is impossible. 

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                                                                         8/10


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  Gorgeous, spicy, sincere and touching. That's all you need to know about this romance to pick it up.

This was my introduction to Alisha Rai, and after reading this book I went back to her first romance. Boy, what a difference! She went from a fairly formulaic erotic novel to something absolutely magical! Hate to Want You had all my heart, peeps.

Sc-Fi Romance Review: Calling The Change by Michelle Diener

Calling the Change by Michelle Diener (Sky Raiders #2)


ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
He rescued her despite impossible odds—Garek has rescued Taya and the rest of his village from the sky raiders, but their return home doesn't bring easier times. The sky raiders aren't simply going to go away—they still need the shadow ore they came for, and they want the ships Garek stole from them back. But they aren't the only threat . . .

First she was in danger from the aliens who abducted her, now she's in danger from her own people—Taya's been rescued, but she isn't home a week before she's taken again, this time by men who walked the walls with Garek. They've taken her as a consolation prize of sorts, having failed to get hold of Garek himself. They think Taya's value to the people they're working for is her relationship to Garek, but they are wrong . . .

Garek and Taya never gave up on each other before, even when the distance between them was impossibly far, and they aren't giving up on each other now. As Garek searches for her, and Taya engineers her escape, they discover the motivations behind the new attacks on them are darker than the endless reaches of space they've just escaped from.
 


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7/10

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 I admit the main reason I keep under rating this series is that the plot never has an opportunity to dig down. It's a big tease with a lot of interesting tidbits and very little backstory.
For what it's worth, it's light sci-fi/fantasy romantic fiction which would appeal to readers of both genres if you want something short and quick.

Contemporary Romance Early Review: Game of Hearts by Cathy Yardley

Game of Hearts by Cathy Yardley (Fandom Hearts #3)


ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Kyla Summers has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime to get her cosplay business off the ground, and only one thing stands in her way. She needs someone to take over the auto shop, and there’s only one person she can think of to call…

Jericho Salomon hasn’t been back in his home town since he joined a biker gang and rode off nine years ago. When his best friend’s kid sister calls begging for help, he knows that he owes the family a debt and he intends to pay. This is easier said than done once he finds that the kid is all grown up…

She needs a pair of skillful hands. He needs to keep his hands off. When sparks begin to fly, can they keep things strictly business, or will their hearts get hopelessly tangled? No more games, it’s time to play for keeps.


Release date: Jan 30th 2018.

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8/10

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It's only my second book by this author, and first in this series, but not the last. She's been tons of fun! You know, Penny Reid and The Big Bang Theory type of fun? I certainly giggled at all the Game of Thrones references.
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