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Saturday, June 25, 2016

ARC REVIEW-WOLF'S CROSS (LOKI'S WOLVES #4) BY MELISSA SNARK

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

**Please note, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Had real life not gotten in the way, I probably would have read this book in record time. It's been a while since I've visited this world created by author Melissa Snark but it's great to be back!

As always, I struggle with books that are light on or completely void of romance. That's not say that there isn't any tension here because there definitely is (TEAM SAWYER!!!). What this installment lacks in heat it makes up with action, intrigue and mystery. While I tend to enjoy books featuring multiple characters, I typically only really get attached to one or two characters. Wolf's Cross has a fantastic ensemble who take turns stealing the spotlight. Each and every one could have their own book and in many cases (Jake's teen sons for example) I hope that to be the plan moving forward.

If pressed to pick faves, however, I would have to say Jake and Sawyer and Loki of course with a heaping dose of fangirling for the bromance that is Jake and Loki. At about the midway mark, the pacing was interrupted a bit, possibly due to lack of Sawyer and Jake. That, along with my wanting just a tad bit more on the romance side, even just a hint is how I came to the 4 star conclusion verses 5. There is SO MUCH going on in this story but the author did a great job in keeping it clear and easy to follow. Often times, too much can turn into a giant mess that leaves more questions than answers and not in a good way. I am a teensy bit bitter about where the story leaves off and will be stalking Ms. Snark's updates for the next release date!

Jake's strong presence, Victoria's determination and Arik's sly arrogance, is challenged only by Logan's boyish charm, Sawyer's dominance and ALL THAT IS LOKI (no, really, this character is FANTASTIC)!!! Good luck in finding a favorite here. Wolf's Cross delivers, and then some.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

REVIEW-RATHA THE MAGIC WITHIN (GUARDIAN ARCHIVES #1.5) BY JENNIFER SAGE

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

"This is not the end for us Ratha of Westmeath. This is but the beginning of our journey." ~Daleigh

***Please note, review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

When it was good, it was oh so good, everything I've come to expect from this author. When it was bad, however, I skimmed and skimmed some more. The opening was fantastic. It had all the key elements that I believe are needed to hook a reader at 'go'. There was action, mystery and intrigue. I had many questions and couldn't wait to dive right in to get my answers. Unfortunately, they made their way to the cottage and it went to hell from there.

Sex. To  me, it is an absolute MUST in romance, ESPECIALLY paranormal because there's that powerful, otherworldly element to these creature/characters. However, I do feel like there is such a thing as too much. Plus, it's very off putting when there is too much dialog. I prefer an author to show me, not tell me and never ever attempt to do both.  It clutters up the scene and that's when I begin to skim. Tick tock, I got shit to do...and can I just say, using the term 'juices'...no.

Back to the good...Aeon. I hope to know more about this character as I continue with this series. I can't quite call him a standout, only because there wasn't quite enough of him. He was definitely a highlight though and his relationship with Ratha added depth, as did the scenes between Ratha and Logan. There is a significant element of loss in this story and IMO, this is where the author truly shines, as well as creating unique relationships outside of the romantic leads. Unfortunately, it was the endless sex scenes that pulled my rating down and left me pretty much torn right down the middle. Dante will be next and since he's a character I've already fallen in love with, I'm excited to learn his story.