#Review of The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @wildeauthor

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter

by Deborah Wilde

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy Romance

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BLURB:

Bridesmaids meets Buffy.

The ago-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra, whose sudden retirement in his early twenties now seems a lot less mysterious.

Convinced that her twin still has a shot at his destiny, Nava hatches a plan to convince the Brotherhood to bring the other Katz sibling into the fold. It’s too bad Rohan’s guarding her so closely that she might not be able to put it into action.

And it’s really too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club–or the one demon in particular out for payback.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

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Excerpt One:

The red wine on the modular coffee table gleamed in a shaft of sunlight like its position had been ordained by the gods. I snatched up the crystal decanter, sloshing the liquid into the glass conveniently placed next to it. Once in a while, a girl could actually catch a break.

I fanned myself with one hand. The myriad of lit candles seemed a bit much for my brother’s romantic encounter, but wine drinking trumped curiosity so I chugged the booze back. My entire body cheered as the cloyingly-sweet alcohol hit my system, though I hoped it wasn’t Manischewitz because hangovers on that were a bitch. I’d slugged back half the contents when I saw my mom on the far side of the room clutch her throat, eyes wide with horror. Not her usual, “you need an intervention” horror. No, her expression indicated I’d reached a whole new level of screw-up.

“Nava Liron Katz,” she gasped in full name outrage.

My cheeks still bulging with wine, I properly scoped out the room. Mom? Check. Dad? Check. Ari? Check? Rabbi Abrams, here to perform the ceremony to induct my brother as the latest member in the Brotherhood of David, the chosen demon hunters?

Check.

I spit the wine back into what I now realized was a silver chalice and handed it to the elderly bearded rabbi. “Carry on,” I told him. Then I threw up on his shoes.

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Ever get hyped about a book?  Love the cover?  Blurb is terrific and then you read it and you are left wondering how to rate the book and review it?  Let me back up a bit.  I don’t read Urban Fantasy at all.  I barely read Paranormal Romance, so for me to read outside my comfort zone is HUGE!  I’m also looking for new to me authors.  Especially authors that can make me laugh.  So, you are still wondering if I even liked the book?  Yes, I did and I highly recommend it to all the UF peeps.  Here’s my list of likes and dislikes about the book:

LIKES

  1.  The writing is top notch.  I was immediately sucked into the story from the first page.  The flow is great and I never got frustrated.
  2.   The plot is unique and fresh.  Rabbi’s as demon hunters?  I have lots of Jewish friends and trust me, I can see one or two of them as Nava…seriously.
  3.   The family dynamics are also good.  Sure Nava’s parents are pissed and even ignore her to some extent but that just makes her work harder.
  4.   The romance is slow to build.  Sure there are smexy times between Nava and Rohan are hot but since this is the first book, the romance is slower to build.
  5.   Nava’s snark.  I was literally laughing out loud at parts of the book.

DISLIKES

  1.   The romance between Nava and Rohan.  I know, I liked it and then didn’t like it.  Part of my problem with it is Nava.  She talks about sex all the time and even has named your vag.  Yep, you lost me on that one.  I’m all for the heroine being sexually active and all but Nava kinda borders on being a tramp.
  2.   The family dynamic.  Her parents were crappy to her and I really felt for her.
  3.   Nava is NOT likable but that’s the point of the book.  Unfortunately, I didn’t really warm up to her until the end.  I know that it doesn’t make sense that I liked the book but not the heroine but trust me, if you read the book, you will understand.  She does some dumb stuff that left me scratching my head.

My review doesn’t make sense and I’m sorry.  Overall, I really liked the book.  The characters and plot are fresh but I felt like Ms. Wilde took Nava to the extreme and at times I just couldn’t connect with her.  Will I read the next one in the series?  You bet.  I need to see the romance between Rohan and Nava.  Plus, I need to see more of the demon hunter aspect of her job, too.

 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

Links:

Website: http://www.deborahwilde.com

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16189297.Deborah_Wilde

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Team Russian by Ally Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @allyadamsbooks

Team Russian

by Ally Adams

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance  

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BLURB:

He’s tall, dark, handsome and athletic and just that little bit mysterious. Star of the Saint’s team, The Russian has had a high profile relationship with a Hollywood director’s daughter for years and now that it is over, he just wants to focus on his sporting career. Due to injury, Carla Brooker’s professional sporting career as a basketballer with the Suns is about to come to an end, but not before she needs a date for her team’s gala ball night. When these two sporting hotshots meet, they are more than a good fit, they are made for each other … if they can just file away their history and find a way to be together.

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Excerpt Two:

The doors opened and a few of the flight attendants came out, along with a handful of passengers. Buzz was out first and greeted us. He wrapped an arm around Laura and gave me a wink as they left, as though all was forgiven for his prank. Some of the Saints’ crew followed, then the coach, and Lucas who gave Mia a wave and pointed in the direction of the journos. She nodded, knowing he had to give a quick interview first.

Tomás came into sight, greeted us all and left with Alice, and then Nik and The Russian appeared. The Russian’s eyes scanned the area and found mine, and he gave me a smile that would launch ships. He walked towards me, threw his bag over his shoulder and wrapped his spare arm around me, pressing me hard to him, our lips locked. It was so healing, his lips on mine, his skin against mine, just the feel of his strong body encompassing me, and he didn’t stop kissing me. I couldn’t believe it, in front of his teammates and everything!

“Geez, not in public you two, cut it out,” Lucas teased, coming over and giving Mia a showy kiss.

“Get a room, Russian,” Nik added as Sasha threw herself at him, and then we heard the sound of flashes and The Russian released me just a few inches, enough to draw a breath.

“So needed that,” he said. “Hello, Brooker.”

“Hello Russian,” I grinned up at him, admiring his dark eyes and beautiful face. He looked exhausted.

“We need to get home immediately,” The Russian said, slightly breathless. “Let’s go.”

He released me only enough so I could walk, tucking me into his body, ignoring the flashes of cameras. When we got to my car, he threw his bag in the back seat and sat back while I drove, annoying me by rubbing his hand over my leg, and anywhere else he could get access to before I hit him away for being distracting. We hardly spoke, we just wanted to be together, to be near each other.

The Russian hustled me straight into my bedroom, closing my bedroom door with his foot and knocking me onto the bed.  When we were settled, he stopped and placed his forehead on mine.

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I flat out fell in love with this book from the opening line.  As you know I don’t typically read sports books but I was intrigued about this one.  It has a heroine that plays basketball and the hero plays soccer.  Two sports that NO ONE writes about.  Plus, the hero is Russian.  *sigh*  Again, I was hooked.  Plus, the author is from Australia so that also perked me up.  I couldn’t wait to see her take on woman’s basketball.  I will have to say that this book doesn’t focus on the actual sports.  It does, however, focus on the physical effects, going to therapy, workouts and dealing with the stalker fans.

Was I disappointed because of that?  HECK NO!!!  As most know, I worked for a major hockey team for about 5 years and I got burned out.  I loved the fact that Ms. Adams focused on the character development of Alex (the Russian) and Carla.  We actually get to see these two fall in love with each other.  And deal with his teammates, a crazed stalker and family issues.  Being a reverend’s daughter can’t be easy but I felt like I could have used some more closure with Carla’s mother.  I understood the issue with her but I really felt like Carla was left out to dry, even with all of her success.  She saw the closeness of Alex’s family and at times, I felt like she wanted that too from her own family.

Alex and Carla are a dream together.  There are some major trust issues with Alex and they are warranted.  His ex keeps coming back in the fold and I love how he dealt with it in the end.  He He!!!  I will have to say the first time the sexy times rolled around, I was proud of Carla for telling Alex that she didn’t feel comfortable doing something.  I’m also proud of the author for writing it, too.  That is a brave thing for an author to bring up and for the heroine and hero to actually talk about what they want in the bedroom and when.

Overall, I worshiped this book.  I bought Lucas’ book will because…you need to read this one to find out.  *swoon*  Heck, even Carla thought he was hot.  The teammates of Alex’s just make the book.  They were supportive, funny, sexy and oh so good with their WAGs.

Do yourself a favor and read this book.  No major issues, no big black moment, just two people falling in love with each other and dealing with their professions as best as they could.

Your welcome!

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

ALLY ADAMS is a journalist who lives in coastal Victoria, Australia with her husband and furry friends.

She is a literature major, avid romance reader and writer. Ally freelances for two lifestyle magazines and has just completed her fourth Saints Team novel. She is now looking towards a whole new series!

Ally’s books:

  • Team Lucas
  • Team Tomas
  • Team Niklas
  • Team Russian

Connect with Ally at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allyadamswriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/allyadamsbooks

https://www.amazon.com/Ally-Adams/e/B00XHS9TJU

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WD7QY53

Reviewers for Ally’s Saint’s books:

“Team Lucas should come with a warning: once you start you won’t be able to put this Saints team novel down until the very end,” Jaymy M

“It was hot, sexy and passionate. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this novel so much but I did and I love the author even more for doing just that!” Christine, Goodreads

“This is one of the best sports romances I ever read. I have re-read it now a couple of times and each time I fall in love with it a bit more.” Claudia, Goodreads

“So much fun to read. Really, the sometimes funny and witty dialogues between the leads were just amazing. I would have to quote half the book here just to try to give you my favorite examples.” Jeri T. Ryan

“This is a hot, steamy read filled with passion from beginning to end … a great read for readers who love hot guys and hot stories…and women who have a head on their shoulders.” Tonja Drecker

“Ms. Ally had me sold and hostage from the very first page.You need to read the story!” Darlene, Goodreads

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#Review of Luke’s Redemption (a King Security novel #1) by debut author Annie Fife w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @AnniFifeAuthor

Luke’s Redemption

by Anni Fife

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GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.

When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

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Excerpt One:

The smell of beignets wafted up and distracted, I lifted the bag and took a deep breath. Whoosh! Fine sugar blew up out of the bag and coated me.

“Shit, honey, you look sweet all over.”

Oh, just great.

Blinking sugar out of my eyes I looked up. And up. He was tall, well over six foot. Midnight-blue eyes rimmed by a deeper blue-black smoldered lazily down at me. “You’re holding the best beignets in the world. You gonna stand there or you going to take a bite?”

“Umm.” Jeez, Katya. Say something.

“Here, let me hold that for you.” He took the coffee from my hand. “Go on, babe. Take a bite. It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever taste.”

Still struck dumb, I did what he asked and lifted a beignet out of the bag and took a big bite. Oh! It was like sinking my teeth into a sweet pillow of ambrosia.

“Good huh?”

I nodded and stared back at him. Then, without uttering a word, I stuffed the rest of the beignet into my mouth. He grinned at me, shaking his head. “Want to wash it down with this?” He held out my coffee.

My fingers brushed against his. Yikes! I couldn’t stop the slight tremor caused by his touch. I took a gulp of coffee – half rich chicory, half hot milk – and finally found my voice. “Would you like one?” I offered the bag of beignets to him.

“Would be like taking candy from a baby,” he grinned. “But don’t worry, I’ve got my own.” He dangled a packet like mine in front of me.

Then we both stood there and smiled at each other while we gorged on sugary donuts. He would reach for my coffee to free my hand. Then after I ate some fluffy yumminess, he’d hand it back to me so I could take a sip. We swallowed the last of our beignets and licked our fingers.

I didn’t even know his name, yet I was more turned on than I had ever been in my life.

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Welcome Anni Fife. Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I grew up in the city and spent thirty years following a successful career in TV and video production. A little under two years ago, I turned my life upside down. I shut down my production company, gave up my apartment, and packed up my entire life to relocate to a small seaside village…to become an author. For the first time in my adult life, I chose to follow the beat of my heart and do what I love. I haven’t had a moment’s regret since!

Is Luke’s Redemption a single title, or part of a series?

It is the first book of my King Security Series but it’s still a standalone love story. As a reader I enjoy reading series, but each book must be a standalone in their story structure. There is nothing better than having characters you’ve grown to love continue to appear in new stories. So when I wrote Luke’s Redemption I instinctively created characters that would have longevity. It’s fun to develop characters slowly over a series, waiting for just the right time for them to put up their hand for their own story.

There are at least six novels planned for this series, perhaps more. The next up is Gray’s Promise. It’s set in New York and Denton, Texas. Grayson Walker is Luke’s best friend, and he’s a wicked charmer. Zoey Morgan is his one-and-only. Torn apart by horrific tragedy, Gray and Zoey still carry the emotional scars fourteen years later. We follow their fraught reconciliation, and the unknown evil stalking them. Their journey is filled with pain, and a heart-wrenching beauty. And, of course, sexual chemistry so scorching it still gets me in a hot sweat when I think about it. I hope to release Gray’s Promise later in the year.

How did you come up with the plot for the story?

I’ve found out that I come up with one of my lead characters first, and the plot seems to follow. Luke’s Redemption was the first book I’d ever written, or even attempted to write. I don’t know what triggered my creative muse, but a few nights before my departure from the city, I started to think about Katya Dalca. Suddenly I could hear her footsteps beating a desperate rhythm down a dark road in the early hours of the morning. It was dead quiet. New Orleans was hung over from Mardi Gras. I watched her, and realized I was looking through the scope of a sniper lens. Was I her hunter or her hero? Or both? My story unfurled at such a rapid pace I spent the next hour typing manically on my iPhone. When I turned off the light, I had the beginnings of my novel. The next time I looked at it was a month later, when I sat down to write.

Please share your setting for Luke’s Redemption. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

Luke’s Redemption starts off in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I visited there many years ago and absolutely freaking loved it. The food, the music, the people,…it all blew me away. So when my debut novel screamed for a seductive location, I had no choice but to set it in NOLA. I had a lot of fun using real restaurants and bars, which I think adds richness and interest for readers.

Most of the book plays out in New York City. I was looking for the right place to put Thane Kingsley and his Security Company. He’s sophisticated, rich, and a total mystery. I’ve visited NYC several times, and its diversity and energy is one of a kind. So is King, so NY seemed like the only place to locate him. It also offered so many wonderful locations for the different characters that make up the series. I use a mixture of real restaurants and places as well as some fictionalized ones. This keeps the reader guessing!


When did the writing bug first bite?

I think I was around three or four when I was gifted with a pop-up book of Sleeping Beauty. I loved that book! I read it over and over until the pop-ups were in tatters. Maybe that’s where I got my love of romance and HEA’s? Seriously, I always loved making up stories in my head, but I never believed writing novels was a feasible career choice. I’d daydream about it, but my decision to follow my passion was sudden. A confluence of life events and opportunities that came together and ended with me making this life-changing decision.


Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

The most influential author in my romance writing is probably Kristen Ashley. When she releases a new book, I turn it into a day of celebration. Out come chocolates, the red wine and a comfy pillow. Then I curl up and spend the whole day alternatively laughing and weeping—and, of course, crossing my legs to contain the delicious tingles of desire. Her alpha heroes invade my dreams. Her heroines are funny and beautifully accessible. And her stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, whom would you invite?

Kristen Ashley—I love most of her books.

Wally Lamb— He takes years to finish each novel and no wonder. His characters are filled with a depth and humanity I can only aspire to reach. The man is sheer brilliance on a page. Everybody has to read ‘She Comes Undone’ at least once in their lifetime.

Wilbur Smith—When he was in his prime and writing books like ‘When The Lion Feeds’.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—This Nigerian author writes like an angel. ‘Purple Hibiscus’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ are two of my all time favorite books. Her characters literally jump off the page and into your heart.


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

Besides reading, walking on the beach, and hanging with friends, drinking red wine and gabbing the day away…I love to scuba dive. I’m a master diver and have dived all over the world. There’s nothing quite like floating in the big blue, and losing myself for an hour to a world I rarely have access to.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I worked for a time in Abu Dhabi in The United Arab Emirates. The company I was contracted to employed a lot of Emirati women. The ladies bathrooms in our offices were not only very lavish, they also provided me the most extraordinary experience. In the communal lounge area the women would take the opportunity to remove their black hijab and abayas, refresh their make-up and gab with each other. The surprise was what they were wearing beneath their traditional garb. It was gobsmacking…but I’m sworn to secrecy. LOL!


What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

Write!

Lord have mercy this book was dirty.  I mean that in a good way, too.  It’s been a while since I’ve read an erotic romantic suspense and Ms. Fife’s debut does not disappoint.  I know that I normally don’t lead off a review with the sex part but DANG!  Seriously, like a cold shower was needed.  That said, I found that I may have skipped some of it at times.  I know, right?  I never skip those scenes but I felt like they needed to communicate a bit more.

You see this book covers 6 years.  Yes, 6 years and it’s a long book, too.  I felt like I was on a roller coaster most of the time but I loved it.  Luke, at times, was too alpha for me.  He broke his promises too many times to Katya and she kept coming back to him.  I don’t like when the heroine has to keep forgiving the hero because he’s a dimwit.  In my eyes, he’s not a douche or even an unredeemable person but I felt like Katya didn’t need to keep suffering with Luke when she had plenty of that with her father.

The setting is perfect for their story.  I know, I’ve never been to NOLA but they way Ms. Fife uses the 5 senses, I really felt like I was there.  In the story and most writers don’t get that.  She did and I loved it.  Plus…come on…New York City!!!!  I’ve been there and I can’t wait to go back.  I know it sounds like I didn’t like the story but I truly did.  Ms. Fife’s debut knocked my panties, I mean my socks off.  Sexy, provocative, suspenseful and a heroine that I demanded that she get that HEA…I was hooked from the first page.  I just wish Luke wasn’t as alpha for me.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like the story but I truly did.  Ms. Fife’s debut knocked my panties, I mean my socks off.  Sexy, provocative, suspenseful and a heroine that I demanded that she get that HEA…I was hooked from the first page.  I just wish Luke wasn’t as alpha for me.  Ms. Fife’s writing is breathtaking.  She takes you into the story and never let’s go.  I really felt Katya’s despair and Luke’s helplessness in the book.  My heart broke for both of them but at different times.  No author has ever been able to do that to me.  The book is fast paced, even though its long.  It was over before I knew it.

I can’t wait to read Gray’s book next.  Ms. Fife has a defiant winner on her hands and a great start to a series.  Bravo!  Plus, I must find out about Thane.  *wink*

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a twenty-year successful career in television production, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing romance novels filled with women you can relate to and men you love to dream about. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.

Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press.

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