Review ~ Get Real by Tellulah Darling

GetRealBook: Get Real

Series: Get Real #1

Author: Tellulah Darling

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 358

Published: Te Da Media, September 26, 2015

Source: Publisher

Francesca Bellafiore is a good Jewish girl, living up to family expectations that she use her magic to heal others. Underneath, she’s a wannabe badass with her heart set on becoming a detective and solving magical crimes. But nice girls don’t disappoint their moms.

Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it’s a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.

When Francesca meets Rafael at a friend’s party, she’s taken by the sexy stranger. Until he speaks. Beautiful plumage doesn’t compensate for spectacular ego. Rafael finds Francesca’s sweetness a turn-on. For about five minutes. Judgmental golden girls are more trouble than they’re worth. Then a terrified girl with reality warping powers, locked and loaded on their destruction, whisks the pair to Manhattan. Francesca and Rafael are caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Desperate to prove themselves, their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.

Provided they don’t kill each other first.

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At the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremost on its awesome cover. Just looking at it made me quite the happy gal. That coloring, that pose with the cover models, that potential bad girl making an appearance from behind the good girl façade of the heroine, and the ever so trouble bad boy of course. All was in that gorgeous cover and after skimming through the plot, I was a goner.

I gotta say I’m still a baby when it comes to New Adult. I can be confused with the classification, but what the book wanted to tell was loud and clear. Although I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the genre, I truly believe that I can enjoy a good book no matter what it’s about. And did I find this world of humans with magical abilities interesting? Oh yeah.

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Review ~ Spawn Of Medusa by Mary Bernsen

SpawnOfMedusaBook: Spawn of Medusa

Series: Villain’s Love #1

Author: Mary Bernsen

Genre: Fantasy Romance, Greek Mythology

Format: e-book

Page Count: 183

Published: Etopia Press, July 4, 2014

Source: Publisher

Passion doesn’t always follow the rules of fate…

Raised by the Fates, Ambrosia, the daughter of Medusa, has spent her life preparing for the day when she would fulfill her destiny and avenge her mother’s murder. But when a man comes forward claiming to be the spawn of Medusa, Ambrosia’s plan becomes a lot more complicated.

Working as a prostitute, she finds Perseus, the man who took her mother’s head. Not realizing who she is, he tells Ambrosia that Medusa is still alive and that he’s on a quest to finish what he started twenty-three years ago. Needing to find the mother she’s never met, Ambrosia convinces Perseus to let her help, and together they discover the secrets that will unseal the cave that has kept her mother captive. But Perseus proves to be different than the monster Ambrosia has always envisioned him to be, and she finds herself needing him, craving his touch. But how can the daughter of Medusa love the man who made her an orphan for twenty-three years, and who kept her from the mother she never met?

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I am really torn up about what to rate this book. In fact, I’m going to make my decision as I write this review and see what it feels like in the end.
I like reading about Greek mythology. I like how the possibilities are endless when you write a story that’s based on myth, and some authors really do come up with some original ideas. Not only they tweak what happened, but they also play around with the characters and create many more different versions and you get to take your pick. This was such a book. The story revolves around Ambrosia, daughter of the infamous Medusa, and Perseus, the famous hero who defeated and beheaded Medusa. But of course this story is not this generalization. In fact, Ambrosia is a prostitute, finding it the best way to gather information about her mother’s killer in order to return the favor one day.

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Blog Tour ~ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Grave Vengeance by Lori Sjoberg

GraveVengeanceBook: Grave Vengeance

Author: Lori Sjoberg

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 19, 2015

Handsome and haunted, he’s a reaper who prefers to work alone. But Fate has other plans for him and the sassy secret agent who shot him in another life—if their pasts don’t catch up with them first.

Dmitri Stavitsky has never played well with others—a Soviet KGB spy in life turned reaper after death, his work of bringing souls to the other side is best done alone. But orders from the top soon place him alongside fellow reaper Gwen Peterson, the American counter intelligence agent who took his life so many years ago.

Now, as a ghost from Gwen’s past resurfaces with the power to steal reapers’ souls, the two have no choice but to set aside their differences and apprehend the rogue together. But their cross-country mission soon ignites feelings Dmitri thought he was no longer capable of—for the woman who helped destroy him. With an ancient force and a small army against them, he’ll have to let go of old grudges or risk his future with Gwen…as Fate hangs dangerously in the balance.

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Review ~ Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter

DesertBoundBook: Desert Bound

Series: Cambio Springs #2

Author: Elizabeth Hunter

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 280

Published: October 14, 2014

Source: Publisher

Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

Alex McCann and Teodora “Ted” Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn’t.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.

As the town’s doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other’s throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?

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Before I get to my review, I just need the answer to this one important question, like yesterday. When is the new book out? And since the answer to that question is not going to be ‘hey, it’s already out, here you go’, this’ll bring me to another important question, which is how the hell am I going to wait until the new book comes out. But you’re not interested in that story, so let’s move on with my review.

Since this was the second book, and I’m obsessed with series reading order, I read the first one before this, and I was so immersed in the story and the characters and the world building in general, that I didn’t even pause for a second before I picked up this one, let alone wait to write a review. It was that good. Cambio Springs is like a dream come true for me since it mixes paranormal elements with small town romance which are two things I like to read about the most. A small town full of shifters of all kinds and lots of action and smokin’ hot romance. I’d ask what can a gal want more, but we all know the answer to that is one of her own. And I know you’re probably not interested in this story either. But you should be interested in Desert Bound. In this whole series.

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Blog Tour ~ Cover Reveal, Guest Post, Giveaway & Review ~ Zombified by Maggie LaCroix

ZombifiedBook: Zombified

Series: –

Author: Maggie LaCroix

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 202

Published: The Writers Coffee Shop, 28 August, 2014

Source: Publisher

Monsters generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses don’t eat brain, they don’t stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.
Take Henri Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.

That is, until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or sleep and they’re reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in black is watching.

Enter Josie Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back. One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle. Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.

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They say never judge a book by its cover. I try not to, but for this once I admit that I saw the cover and even though zombies are not my favorite breed in paranormal stories, went with this book. Yes, I can be shallow like that sometimes.
When you think of zombies, you might think of mindless brain eaters, but these zombies were a little different than them, thankfully. I never thought that the idea of romancing a zombie could be an interesting one, but here we are. I guess there’s a first for everything.

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