The Kind Worth Killing

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The Kind Worth KillingThe Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Peter Swanson has penned quite the psychological thriller. Ted is feeling a bit despondent since he recently found that his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. A few to many drinks at the airport and Ted shares with Lily, supposedly a complete stranger, that he is contemplating killing his wife to avoid giving her a share of his fortune since she wasn’t considerate enough to ask him for a divorce as opposed to cheating on him. Lily sees nothing wrong with this and states that the world is simply a better place without some people in it and offers to help him plan to get rid of his wife. That fateful meeting sets in motion events none of the characters foresaw.

The plot flips back and forth between the present for all of the characters and Lily’s past. The flashbacks to Lily’s past gives us quite a bit of insight into her mind. While Lily doesn’t necessarily think differently than the average person, the difference is that she acts on those thoughts/impulses. The storyline moves along at a good pace and the characters are developed very well. There are quite a few twists and turns in the plot and the ending ties everything up nicely but Swanson throws one last curve ball at the end that leaves you wanting to book to continue for one more chapter.

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Deeper than Need

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Deeper Than Need (Secrets & Shadows, #1)Deeper Than Need by Shiloh Walker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was deeper than need, deeper than desire, deeper than anything she’d ever felt.

If one doesn’t look too closely, Madison appears to be a typical US small town; everyone knows each other and there is no such thing as a secret. However, all is not as it seems. There is something sinister going on just below the surface and it all centers around the Frampton House. The house Trinity Ewing just bought thinking it would be a haven for her and her son after leaving their troubles behind in New York. Noah knew the minute he laid eyes on Trinity that she was what he had been waiting his entire life for. Luckily, she feels the same way but the history of the Frampton House threatens to destroy them just as they have finally found each other.

This is something I’m doing because you’re the one woman I’ve waited for my whole life.

There are some very interesting characters in this book. Some we get to know on a first name basis and others that remain a mystery on the last page. The multiple points of view give readers insight into the very vague storyline but not enough to actually know what is going on. The lack of resolution or definitive answers might encourage some to continue the series but the stop and go pace of the plot will be a deterrent for others.

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Only True in Fairy Tales

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Only True in Fairy TalesOnly True in Fairy Tales by Christine Stovell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A real life fairy tale
Eloise no longer believes in intangibles, like love. It only exists in fairy tales. When Ross moves into the castle like house across the street, Eloise cuts off her wild imaginings that he could be a knight in shining armor compete with dashing good looks. She is suspicious of him from the moment she lays eyes on him but he keeps popping up at the right moment to come to her rescue which eventually wears her down and allows her to open herself to the possibility of him being what she always wanted. Even, Gracie, her retired greyhound, who distrusts all men, takes an instant liking to Ross which makes it easier for Eloise to give Ross a chance to prove he is different from her ex-husband.

He’d only meant to brush her lips with his, but as soon as their mouths touched, it was like coming home.

Only true in fairy tales is a great feel good read. When you need a quick read to lift your spirits, look no further. The characters are comical and easy to love. Even though this is a short novella, it has the depth and development of a full length novel. A great read to help unwind after a stressful day.

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Sanctum Illusions

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Sanctum Illusions: Shadow Havens Book 4Sanctum Illusions: Shadow Havens Book 4 by Edenmary Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fourth installation of the Shadow Havens series is chock full of surprises and plot twists. It contains several storylines that will all lead up to a powder keg of events in the next book. While the main focus of the book is on Kya and Meniari and their growing relationship, we also get to see a lot of Circe and Sebastien, Tamuel and Amya, Rachel and Fortune, Xavier and Ilea, and finally Sebastien’s first mate Sabine. The subplots of all these supporting characters give the story a wonderful depth and dimension. It also helps propel the story forward by building an almost obscene level of anticipation for what will come next.

Kya and Meniari have found happiness with each other that they never dreamed possible. That dream is shattered when one of Meniari’s exes shows up determined to win him back. With the help of Xavier and Fortune, Ilea is trying to clean up Sebastien’s clubs. Tamuel comes to the Grey’s to end his life, but once he meets Amaya, he struggles with returning to the angelic realm or staying with the one woman who has touched his heart. Circe’s strange request for Sebastien’s body at the end of Sanctum Retribution is brought to light. Her obsession with him and plot to avenge his death brings trouble to Saint Rushton that neither Haven could anticipate. All of this converges into an almost unbearable level of tension while the danger to everyone involved reaches a fever pitch. The alliance between the Havens forged by the Greys and Ilea is highlighted as they join forces to help protect each other from Circe and her demented plan for revenge.

While book four does start out a little slow, once the pace picks up it, it moves at a blistering pace that will leave readers flipping the pages late into the night, because they will not be able to put it down until it ends. This one does end on more of a cliffhanger than the previous books, but that will only make you want to run out and pick up book five immediately. Sanctum Illusions is an awesome addition to the series!

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Sanctum Retribrution

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Sanctum Retribution: Shadow Havens Book 3Sanctum Retribution: Shadow Havens Book 3 by Edenmary Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Shadow Havens series gets better with each book and Sanctum Retribution, book three of the series, is no exception. For those who are new to the series, Edenmary Black provides enough back story so that you will not be lost or confused. However, readers who enjoyed the first two books of the series will get a real treat with this installation. There is more action, more relationships and matings, more conspiracy, more everything than the first two books combined. All of the characters from the previous books are present we get to see how their lives are progressing.

This book picks up right where the previous book left off with Lady Ilea running the Saint Rushton Demesne and she plans to initiate a lot of radical changes. Sebastien reemerges on the other side of the world but when he hears news from his spy at his former Demesne his madness jumps up to a new and dangerous level. Another Demesne is introduced which brings another host of characters. The sanctum welcomes a new vampire who brings them news that will solidify the alliance between the Saint Rushton Demesne and the Sanctum, exactly what Sebastien is trying to avoid.

Edenmary Black has created characters readers will be powerless not to love and others that are so despicable and vile you can’t help but despise them with the every fiber of your being. The characters all have a richness and depth that makes them leap off the page. Their personalities are very believable and match the visual imaginary Black’s descriptions has created.

The Shadow Havens series will appeal to followers of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. There are vampires, weres, angels, and a myriad of other supernatural beings living among yet apart from humans in rural Pennsylvania. Readers who like their paranormal romance to contain as much action as it does love, spunky female characters with fearless, chivalrous men to support them, look no further.

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The Goblin King

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The Goblin King (The Kings #4)The Goblin King by Heather Killough-Walden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What comes to mind when you think of goblins? Creatures with multiple rows of razor sharp teeth, talons, horns, scales, pretty much a monster. You would be correct in your thinking in this case as well until you happen to run across the Goblin King. Damon Chroi is the walking, talking epitome of bad-ass deliciousness. He was exiled from the Fae kingdom in his youth because of his immense power. As one of the thirteen kings, Damon knows that the day is coming that he will meet his queen. When he stumbles across Diana Piper one night in an alley, he knows instantly that she is his queen and that he cannot live without her another minute.

Diana has the power to heal. Since this is not an everyday talent, she is open to the possibility that other magical beings/things might exist. The night she meets Damon, she realizes that being open to the possibility and finding out other beings exist are two very different things. As with the other Queens, Diana is in danger from the scurge that is hunting them.

Since the Goblin Kingdom has ‘restricted’ access, Damon thinks Diana will be safe there. However, the bad guys have a loop hole. The Ka, who attacked the Kings at the end of the Warlock King, resurfaces. Damon’s Ka is able to enter the Goblin kingdom because they are in essence exact clones. Like all Fae, Damon does not give anyone his true name because names have power. Damon’s battle with his Ka is a battle of epic proportions, one not soon forgotten.

This was another great addition to The Kings series, a spinoff of the Big Bad Wolf series. We get to visit with many of the characters followers of the series have come to love. With that said, this book does not give us an in depth look at the progression of Damon and Diana’s relationship. What we get instead is a building of what is coming down the line with their story woven in.

What carrot does H K-W dangle in front of us to make us anticipate the next installment even more? We meet one of the future queens and find out who the next two kings and queens will be. “Happy dance!!!!”

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The Warlock King

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The Warlock King (The Kings #3)The Warlock King by Heather Killough-Walden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Warlock King is book three of The Kings series, a spin-off of the Big Bad Wolf Series.

Jason Alberich, the Warlock King, is a familiar character for readers of the Big Bad Wolf and The Kings series. Earlier in the series Jason was a character that was easy to dislike. He brought a really horrible werewolf back to life and tried to take Danny away from Lucas among other despicable things. The Jason we have encountered in the more recent books has changed to someone readers can understand and even like, especially when he is with the Cage twins. Jason saw his queen in The Phantom King. Now he gets to claim her.

Chloe Septeran is not just any Akyri. She is one of the original twenty-eight who was born of the cosmos. The interesting thing about Akyri’s is that they get their nourishment by ‘feeding’ off the power of a warlock. It makes perfect sense that one of the twenty-eight would be destined to be the Warlock Queen.

As in the previous two books of the series, the process of the King claiming his Queen is rife with danger and resistance to the inevitable. The unknown danger to the Queens is front and center in this book. While we are still not sure why the Kings and Queens are being targeted we do have a clearer picture of who is behind it. It is even more imperative for the other Kings to find and claim their Queens before it’s too late.

One word of caution, it would be in your best interest to read the previous installations of both series to understand the history of the characters and how the story got to this point, if you haven’t already. All of the books of both series are heavily entwined. Not to worry, as with other H K-W books, they are great series!!! I can’t wait for the stories of the rest of the Kings since they are all creatures that are not prevalent in other paranormal romance stories I have read. Up next looks to be the Goblin King.

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