“Possessive Alien Warrior” by Penelope Woods

Possessive Alien Warrior: A Sci-Fi Romance

Possessive Alien Warrior: A Sci-Fi Romance by Penelope Woods

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I just finished the book, and I’m so confused. To be honest, I was confused throughout. Sometimes they would talk, and then mention something completely unrelated, then keep on talking like nothing was mentioned. Sometimes stuff would happen out of nowhere – multiple things in too short a time. It made it quite disjointed – there was too much strangeness happening.

Tess (the female MC) was… meh. She was strong, a rebel, blah blah blah… She knew that by acting disrespectfully could cause her and her family to be punished and/or executed, yet she kept doing it! It made her look completely stupid, in my opinion.

Sakro (the male MC) was awful. He kept saying how he was on the humans’ side, but he treated Tess like shit at the beginning. Then a couple of chapters later he’s all sappy and like a puppy with her. Bipolar much?


Also, the book blurb doesn’t really match with the story? Or is it just me?

Regardless, this didn’t end up being my cuppa.



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“Savage Desire” by Tiffany Roberts

Savage Desire (The Infinite City #4)

Savage Desire by Tiffany Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Dayum! This was surprisingly great!

I loved the humour, I loved the romance, I even loved the action! Everything was simply amazing!

The main characters were so sweet and nice with each other, they were adorable.

Would definitely re-read this!

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“Enchant The Night” by Amanda Ashley

Enchant the Night

Enchant the Night by Amanda Ashley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I had high hopes for this book – the cover description looked so interesting!

It was just so boring, unfortunately. The characters were so dull and wishy-washy. The first 50% was of the female MC showering, going out for a movie, going out for dinner, or having a chat with her best friend. Did she have any semblance of life? I understand she was well comfortable financially, so she didn’t have to work at all, but still… I would have liked to see some kind of passion for something! It is mentioned she dabbles in photography, but it seems to happen only once in a blue moon! As soon as she meets Quill (the male MC) she starts cancelling all her future photography jobs… It was disappointing.

Oh! And Quill… What can I say about him? He was so tame, with barely any character. By the way, for being a person that was born in the Middle Ages, he sure has a strange name!

And the whole story that he had slept with her grandmother in the past?? I didn’t know what to make of that O.o


All in all, the novel was extremely repetitive and boring. Then the action started, but by then they had lost me.



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“Arctic Bite” by N. J. Walters

Arctic Bite (Forgotten Brotherhood, #2)

Arctic Bite by N.J. Walters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


*If we want to be really picky (which I always am!) then this is actually a 3.75 stars, but rounded 😉 *

SPOILERS AS ALWAYS

Let me just say I really enjoyed this book, which was a godsend as I have been plagued with quite some awful reads lately.

Cassie (the female MC) has been running for quite some time, trying to not be found by her ‘family’ and taken back to, she was sure of it, her death.
Alexei (the male MC) is a polar bear shifter/ vampire hybrid that is part of the Brotherhhood – a highly dangerous group of assassins that go around taking hits on equally dangerous people. Alexei saw the contract of the bounty on Cassie’s head, and he goes to investigate, for he doesn’t kill innocent people, only those evil enough to deserve it.
When he arrives in a middle-of-nowhere bar in Alaska and meets Cassie for the first time, every instinct inside him is telling him that she is definitely not deserving of being killed…




• The Good…

I’ve read many fantasy and paranormal romances, but this managed to be unique and different from the others, so it was a right bonus!

Alexei was also an adorable male MC (but don’t tell him this to his face, or you’ll be dead in two seconds flat…). He wasn’t a domineering, arrogant, jerk of an Alpha male that is found in 99% of other paranormal books (make no mistake, I am a right sucker for those too…) but he was a well-round, mature male that knew when to act and when to stay silent, with just a dash of insecurities that are rightly found in all of us, for no one is truly perfect. It made him a realistic character (as realistic as he could be, in a fantasy book!) and very likable.

“I’m different around you.” He dared to take her hand in his. “I don’t know why, but the demons that usually ride me are silent when you’re near.”



He also had an amazing, brooding sense of humour which I just loved!

Long ago, he’d been nicknamed the Russian Bear. Why? Because he was Russian, and he was a bear.



And I laughed more than I should have when he said this:

She confused him. He’d never had the urge to kiss any other target. Of course, all the others had been men, but that was irrelevant.



Or this little gem:

“Yes, I want to bite your neck. I want to taste your blood.” With his Russian accent, it sounded like a line from a bad horror flick.





• The Weird…
Hmmm, I personally found it a bit weird that when they kissed, Cassie would sometime describe the flavour… too much:

He laid claim to her mouth, his tongue sweeping inside to challenge hers. He tasted slightly of whiskey and, oddly enough, pizza.

He kissed her then and she tasted love. Bacon, too. A winning combination.



I mean, obviously mouths are used for eating too, so it makes sense food is tasted whilst kissing… I’m not complaining too much 😉 It makes it even more realistic, and who knows? Maybe if I re-read it another day, it wouldn’t look as weird…



• The Bad…

Alright, alright, I’m sorry, but I HAVE to release all my pet peeves, otherwise it wouldn’t be a review of mine without at least 1 critique! Let’s just say there wasn’t anything AWFULLY bad in this book, just some little bits that made me furrow my brows and sometime annoy me (the irritation didn’t last long though!)

– First of all, the first time they meet, Cassie is working at the bar. And then – cliche of all cliches – a rowdy group of men get too drunk, and start being more and more violent and nasty to her (of course, they do). Alexei steps in (duh) to offer support and help.
You could say shit like this happens on a regular basis at bars and other such establishments, so even if it’s a cliche, it’s more than realistic.
I would say: fair enough, that is true. But it is also fair enough I couldn’t stop myself from rolling my eyes.

– Later on, she invites Alexei to crash on her sofa because she was worried of him walking back home so late at night. Cute, but let’s not forget they had only known each other for some hours by then. Thankfully, she knew herself that was a stupid decision (she’s not daft! Yay!), but she stuck with that decision regardless. Yes, she is strong and perfectly capable of protecting herself if needed, but that was besides the point…

– This is maybe something that only peeved me, but… hello? Condoms?? Any kind of protection? Because they just did it bareback every single time. Pregnancy and other stuff is not mentioned at all. Does that mean she can’t get pregnant? Does that mean sexual nasties do not affect paranormal creatures like them? Is it a plane? Is it a bird? We might never know…

– The ending seemed slightly rushed, and the main issue was resolved surprisingly… quickly. At least that’s how it felt to me.




But again, I loved the book, and those “bad” stuff didn’t really affect me. Too much. Looking forward to other books from this author!


I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book which was kindly provided through NetGalley by this book’s publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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“Tame The Blade” by Alyna Lochlan

★★★☆☆

I truly enjoyed this book! The beginning was a bit slow to get into, but once the ball started rolling, I was sucked into it.

I loved the writing: the description was heavy, but in a positive way. Sometimes detailed narrative irritates me, but in this novel it was well-put.

Damon’s white teeth shone from the shadows. He had his feet crossed at the ankles and resting on the edge of the table as he reclined in the chair. His fingers were woven together on his chest, and his long brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail.

There were some grammatical errors, but nothing too bad, they certainly didn’t put a damper in the reading experience.

Elwynn, the female MC, has struggled all her life to hide her powers and understand herself. On top of that, lately some… otherworldly creatures have tried attacking her. Thankfully, a hot hunk is ready to save her 😌

Blade, the male MC, had a bit of a funny character 🙂

“Order the woman some food, then go catch some zzzs. I’ll take over monitoring for a few hours.”

How do you even pronounce ‘zzzs’?? 😂

The hero and heroine had a palpable bond (the whole ‘you’re-my-mate’ paranormal thing), however they did start expressing their love for each other a bit too quickly for me 👀

Elwynn’s soft fingers running along his jaw caused him to open his eyes to meet hers. Her concern caused him to hold her tighter against him. “Let me hold you a moment more.”

That was only chapter 6, and they’d literally known each other for only some hours 🙃

Their conversations were also very heavy, this time in a negative way. This happens in many books: characters speaking like they’re giving an informative lecture in university or something. Writers need to understand that people, when speaking, don’t really sound like this:

“I’m holding back everything that has happened until I feel safe and can work through it one step at a time. I’m still in survival mode. I’m on the edge of a cliff, holding tightly to the rock face until I find a place to let go and land safely. Is that what you wanted to know?”

It makes it look unrealistic (regardless of the fact this was a fantasy book 😂) and also kind of irritating.

But it was exceptionally funny how Blade replied to that:

“Interesting.”

I laughed so hard 😂 I couldn’t help but read it in a sarcastic tone of voice.

Or when in bed:

“Come to me, Blade. Take what I freely offer. There is no other I wish to give myself to.” She threw the sheet off her body and ran her hand over her breasts. “Touch me, please.”

Also, another thing that made me scratch my head was the disregard to universal physics laws. Apparently in this book throwing stars and other sharp objects, if thrown with enough force, can cause the victim to fly backwards:

Taking a silver throwing star, he aimed and hit the drox to the left of the leader. The silver-five pointed star punctured the vampire demon’s right eye with such force it caused him to fly backward and hit the ground, his head cracking against the pavement.

OR with a knife:

Blade threw the blade at the third vampire about to strike his brother’s back, hitting the vampire between the eyes. The vampire flew backward to hit the wall, the blade pinning him about two feet off the ground.

Now, I don’t know if magic was involved here, because usually the weapon, being sharp and having a very small surface area on impact, is supposed to cut through the enemy’s body instead. Just sayin’ 🙂

All in all though, it was an interesting (not sarcastic 😁) book, and I passed a nice couple of days reading it.

See you all next time!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book which was kindly provided through NetGalley by this book’s publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

“A Promise of Fire” by Amanda Bouchet

Oh sweet Jesus… this was painful, I tell you!

So this book revolves around our female protagonist (Cat) and how she’s got this special power that I understood fucking nothing about – but apparently allows her to tell truth from lies and some other shit that I had no care for (it makes her a ‘kingmaker’.)

Cat has been staying with a travelling circus where she would read people’s palms to earn some grub, but also because pretending that she was a fortune teller was a great cover (because she is VERYYYY sought after – EVERYONE just wants to use someone with her powers.)

I said to myself, ok then, that sounds alright, I guess it works. And it has worked for Cat, because she had been staying with that circus for YEARS.

Until the male protagonist enters the scene. Griffin is some big-shot warlord, or whatever, second in command to this kingdom that I cannot remember the name of. We come to understand that he’s been watching Cat for weeks, and he had a pretty good idea already that she was the kingmaker, so he simply enters her tent together with his three best friends and, after some bickering of back and forth, he kidnaps her. With a ‘magical rope’.

They then go off on a journey to reach the castle where his family is.

Marvellous.

I’m just going to positively go off now on how fucking much Cat annoyed me. Like… a lot.

She’s just so fucking stupid and immature, I thought she was a teenager, but noooo, she’s a woOmaaN, as Griffin liked to call her. I mean, she liked to think so highly of herself and she thought she was soooo clever!

“Your brother is loyal, but I think you already knew that.”

“Hmm.”

I scowl at the warlord. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“I never said he was my brother.”

Damn it! Who stole my filters tonight?

Strike one, but you would think her ‘filters’ would go back to work after that slip, right? Since she’s soooo clever?

“Some Tarvan woman wants your head in exchange for Basil’s brother’s life.”

Shock vibrates through me. The words slipped out without my consent. I swear to the Gods I hadn’t even formed the thought before they were out there, hovering damningly between us. Who in the Underworld is in control of my mouth tonight, because it is not me!”

Strike two! And three, and four, and five…. her cleverness and filters failed throughout the whole book to be honest 🙄

I love how other reviewers call Cat a “kick-ass” strong heroine… oh my God, how delusional is everybody else?! She was so obviously just a rude and whiny bitch.

Her immaturity is bloody legendary because it will stay with me, sadly, for years 😩

For example, whenever someone said or did something she didn’t like, she either acted violently:

“Griffin does his best not to laugh—fails—and I kick him under the table.”

Or:

“I roll my eyes and make a rude hand gesture.”

To this day I don’t fucking know what that ‘rude hand gesture’ bloody is.

One of the guys is having a bit of a banter/flirt with her and she goes completely off:

“Don’t flirt with me.”

“Why not?” He sounds completely innocent. The rascal.

“Because I’ll kill you.”

So bloody dramatic, calm your arse 🙄

Whenever Griffin and she would kiss:

“My pulse going wild, stunned, I shove him and sputter, “Gross!”

Or:

“When he lets go, I come to my senses enough to cough out a “Yuck!”

Like… who the fuck says ‘yuck’ or ‘gross’ from a kiss? Certainly not a mature, grown woOmaaN.

She is the kidnapped person… she should be scared and trying to escape these guys right? Ah! Fat chance that, she just complains about the most stupid things:

“Find me fruit and bread, and I’ll consider being less of a pain. And no more goat cheese!”

“No more goat cheese! Whaa whaaa whaaaaa!” What a fucking baby 🙄

Even Griffin tells her:

“His voice rises, mimicking mine. “I hate this rope. I want bread. There’s no more fruit. It’s too bloody hot. Let me gooooo!”

She acts soooo strong and brave by saying shit like:

“I bend down and jerk on my boots. “No? Then just kill me and get it over with.”

And:

“It’ll be a cold day in the Underworld before I trust you.”

And:

“I would die a thousand horrific deaths before ever admitting to them.”

AND:

“I’d rather die, so don’t bother trying.”

Let me tell you something Cat, saying “I would let you kill me before I’ll do that blah blah blahhhh” to people that you know already would NEVER even harm a hair on you doesn’t make you look brave, just fucking stupid and with a big mouth that yaps bullshit.

“Griffin’s eyebrows slam down. “Cat—”

I pop up, brush myself off, and return to my bedroll without letting him finish.”

Seriously, calling her childish is now becoming offensive to children, because I’ve seen so many more mature and well-behaved kids than her.

But no, EVERYBODY fucking loves her, for whatever the reason. Griffin’s three best friends and soldiers just automatically like her and respect her (conveniently) from the bloody beginning. Also conveniently, as well as her having such POWERFUL magical abilities, she knows how to fight too!

“I release a puff of Dragon’s Breath and launch into a series of back flips while my nostrils still glow, leaving orange streaks in the air.”

Then, she teaches the guys how to fight! You know, the same guys that are in a bloody elite guards group that have spent their entire life battling and going on wars and training:

“Aim for the eyes. If it can’t see, it falls to its knees, panicked.”

No shit Cat! Wow, you’re so clever, I would NEVER have thought of aiming for the eyes!

But wait… the guys are actually surprised! They didn’t know that the eyes could possibly be a weak spot in an enemy!

“How do you know how to fight a Giant?” Kato looks impressed.

Satisfaction swells in my chest. I can’t help it. I like impressing people twice my size.”

Like… are we even serious here? Did they seriously not know about the eyes being a weak spot??

Lets also not forget what a fucking hypocrite she is. You see, she sasses and is sarcastic throughout the whole book, but ONE time one of the guys is sarcastic to her:

“I scowl at him. “Sarcasm is not favored by the Gods.”

Oh? And who do you think you are? Why are you the only one allowed to be sarcastic? She’s such an entitled bitch, seriously 😩

But wait, let me show you THE best quote from this book:

“Nerissa studies me over the rim of her wineglass. “Your bluntness is refreshing, Cat. Life is always so much simpler when people say what they really think.”

Ah! I see what’s happening here. Since she’s the protagonist of this beautiful novel, and it’s a rule that we HAVE to love the protagonist, we cannot possibly allow our brave and strong Cat to be called a petulant, annoying, immature bitch, can we? Nope! She is BLUNT. And everyone likes that. Everyone likes and appreciates her BLUNTNESS.

Gotcha.

I wonder if a secondary character would also be called blunt if they acted like Cat… 🤔

More like a CUNT… oops 🙊

So let me do you a favour guys, don’t waste your time reading the boring story of this BLUNT woOmaaN, because it gave me a couple of grey hair, and I don’t want that to happen to some other poor soul.

Oh? What is that you’re saying Cat?

“I roll my eyes and make a rude hand gesture.”

Ah yes, your eloquent vocabulary is always a charm to hear 😊