Review: Pamela by Shannon Mayer

Review by Tessa

5 stars isn’t enough!

How far would you go to save the ones you love?  Trust? Fight? Kill? Sacrifice? Run off to be taught by a self-proclaimed “bad guy”?

“Elementals are not known for being straightforward. Most have ulterior motives and it’s only at the end of whatever they are trying to do that you understand the full situation.”

The above quote from Pamela is a great way to describe this beautiful maze Mayer has created with the Rylee books.  The ability to weave so much emotion and story into these pages is nothing short of magic!!

Pamela has been broken and alone for far too long.  Even when she’s found her safe place, her home, her tribe, her pack, she still has doubts where she belongs.  After abuse and loss,  it’s very difficult to trust that those around truly mean you no harm, but Pam is working on that.  In her very own story, we get to see Pam in all her magnificent, wonderful, and selfless  power.  We get to see her struggle to overcome the most impossible quests set in her path.  We also get a more complete story of what Pam had to go through while she was coming into her power, before she was saved by Rylee.

More so, we get to hope her heart and soul have what it takes to survive what’s to come.

Once I started this book, there was NO way I was going to be able to put it down.  This book touched my heart in a way a story hasn’t been able to in a VERY long time.  I started crying at about 49% in;  by the time I was 96% in I was in full blown ugly cry.  And when all my reading devises died…I died a little too.  Then I found a charger; thank the earth!

This book is captivating, exceptional, and staggeringly well built!  The stitching is so well done the seams between the Rylee books and the Elemental Series flows so naturally.  I have no idea how she keeps all these interweaving story lines in her head, but I’m damn glad she does!

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Review: A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

A Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World, #4)A review by Tessa

A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

This book has met and exceeded what I’ve come to love about Hunter’s books.

The layered Prickly tolerance is the best way I can describe how the Lucian/Makeda but when Makeda makes a significant discovery for the cure of Elixir everything gets flipped head over tea kettle.

The spark between Luc and Makeda, when she wakes up, is blinding! They are perfect for each other…no matter how long it takes them to see it.

I devoured this book and loved the opportunity to visit the mix of characters I’ve come to know in this world!

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An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.

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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and paranormal mystery author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. She’s the author of the Elemental Mysteries, the Irin Chronicles, and the Cambio Springs Mysteries.

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Release Blitz: Must Love Lions by Alma Black

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Alexis Parrish is very single. Sassy and smart, she’s great at her job as a journalist, but it’s never given her the time to find the right man–specifically, a human. So when she gets assigned to interview Max, a lion shifter, about the new dating app he’s created, she can’t believe her intense attraction to him. After all, humans and shifters don’t date.

 

Max is used to causing trouble. He broke tradition by creating the dating app, Shifter, which humans and shifters alike can use to answer the call of the wild.

When Max challenges Alexis to give him a chance, she can’t say no. A human like her has no business with this handsome alpha lion, but she can’t resist his magnetism. Their chemistry is primal, their connection positively animalistic. After all, once you go shifter, you never go back.

But when a rogue shifter group against interspecies dating targets Alexis, Max will stop at nothing to protect her. It’s more than his pride on the line; it’s his mate.

Warning: If sassy, sexy, and carnal reads aren’t your thing, this book isn’t for you. It contains lots of dirty sex, violence, and witty banter.



 

 


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Review by Tessa:

Fabulous, fast, hot, shifter romance that didn’t let me go until the last page!
I wanted to such more!  Not because this book isn’t full of flirt, hotness, and suspense but because I’m selfish and I didn’t want the book to end!
The taboo of shifter/human relationships run strong on both sides, but Alex a prince among his lion shifters is about to break down those barriers with a roar!
When Alex walked into Max’s office for an interview, for him, it was lust at first sight. As time went on, he knew his life without her would be meaning less.  He just had to convince Alexis to let down her walls and show the feelings were mutual.
This book was so much fun!  It made me blush, gasp, awww, and fall in love with the characters as they were falling for each other.  Great read!

Release Blitz: Life As We Know It by JD Hollyfield

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Life has not been easy for Penelope Summers. Specifically, the last month, when her high-profile boyfriend dumped her, her indecent exposure record surfaced, and her favorite thing in the world, tequila, failed her.

Good thing for Penelope, she has her best friend to pick her up, and take her on the vacation of a lifetime. A seven-day cruise that will change the direction of her downward spiral. But will that spiral shift in the direction Penelope needs? Or will it throw her into a bigger whirlwind of trouble?

With Reckless Abandon as her motto, tequila as her wingman, and a hot one-night stand as her much needed reward, will the tables finally turn for Penelope, or will life as she knows it continue to fail her?

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J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions to the Love not Included series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

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Review by Tessa:

Full of snark and hotness! What more could you want!?  Full review to come…

Excerpt Reveal: Life As We Know It by J.D. Hollyfield

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He’s staring at me with those eyes. Those scorching eyes screaming want in all sorts of languages.

“I am going to ask you this once, and if you say no, I will not ask again. But I think you and I may be on the same page here. So here it goes. Would you like to get out of here and continue this in my room?”

Wait, what was that? Sorry, I couldn’t hear the question over the sounds of Jackpot baby!

Right now, I am going to admit that I’m about to make some impromptu decisions. I only live once. And I deserve this. I deserve to get banged beyond belief by this totally hot guy. If he wants a ride, I swear to all that’s mighty I am going to give it to him. I may wake up and realize this was a huge error in my judgment, but right now I couldn’t care less. I will never see him again so who cares. My vagina has already started walking to his room, so I might as well just catch up with her.

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Life has not been easy for Penelope Summers. Specifically, the last month, when her high-profile boyfriend dumped her, her indecent exposure record surfaced, and her favorite thing in the world, tequila, failed her.

Good thing for Penelope, she has her best friend to pick her up, and take her on the vacation of a lifetime. A seven-day cruise that will change the direction of her downward spiral. But will that spiral shift in the direction Penelope needs? Or will it throw her into a bigger whirlwind of trouble?

With Reckless Abandon as her motto, tequila as her wingman, and a hot one-night stand as her much needed reward, will the tables finally turn for Penelope, or will life as she knows it continue to fail her?

Sometimes you just have to ride the wave of crazy to find out.

Life As We Know It by J.D. Hollyfield releases Fall 2016!

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About the Author

j-d-hollyfieldCreative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time superhero…

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions to the Love not Included series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

STALK J.D.: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |  Goodreads

Review by Tessa:

Someone is going to LOVE this book, but it wasn’t me.
Girl gets heart broken and goes on trip.   Has a TON of fun.
Her ton of fun *wink wink*, shows up as a high dollar client.
It’s your not so put together girl getting hooked up with a very well put together guy ** PLOT TWIST**…I didn’t make it to the end.
But like I said, someone will love this book.  I’m very sorry it wasn’t me.

Release Blitz: Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

Release Date: November 01 2016

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Synopsis:

Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn’t want to die. But when she’s infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil—or in this case, a warlock.

Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew—and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of “Supe” no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don’t know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, which marks the divide between humans and Supes, Alena is thrust into a dark and magical new world.

But just as she begins to adjust to all things supernatural, she realizes that her transformation is the least of her worries—and it was no accident. She was chosen…to be killed by a Greek hero trying to make a name for himself once more.

Alena was brought up to be subservient, preferring creating to fighting, and vanilla and honey to blood. But that was then. Now, to survive, she must stand up for herself—and this time she’s got fangs. But will she be ready to use them?

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Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats), and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rylee Adamson Novels, the Elemental Series, the Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series, and several contemporary romances.

To learn more about Shannon and her books, go to http://www.shannonmayer.com

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Review by Tessa.

I really liked the idea of the book. Greek mythology + apoplectic world + humans being turned into super natural beings.  What’s there not to like ?

Alena as a human walks away from the beliefs of her childhood with love in her eyes; she loves her husband, her bakery and her life. Then she gets the virus that the humans can’t cure.  With all the decisions Alena has to make to survive, her love of family is what is the driving force pushing her to be stronger than she ever thought possible.

Honestly, I found Alena’s character trying. She EVENTUALLY stepped up but it wasn’t without complaint.  At the end of this story, you can see the potential for a strong female lead that is typical with Mayer’s books.

I’m looking forward to see Alena, Beth, Sandy, Dahilia, Tad, and Remo battle it out in Fangs and Fennel.