Claws, Class and a Whole Lotta Sass: Dragon Guard Book 20

Hiding in plain sight as the Pack Healer for a bunch of wolves was the perfect cover…

Using ancient magic to hide her true nature hadn’t always been easy, but it beat the hell outta being dead…then he waltzed in. Six foot-nine inches of pure male dragon, looking better than a man had a right to and making her dragoness wake from a long hibernation to spread her wings, not only rocked Dannika’s world, it almost turned it upside-down. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an evil as old as time and twice as deadly has reared its ugly head. Her ability to hide behind her patented sassy attitude may have kept Dannika safe for all these years, but now the future of all things paranormal is at stake and only she holds the key to its survival…well, at least part of it.

It was supposed to be a simple cross country trip, but then, he’d heard that somewhere before…
Since the death of his father almost a century ago, Wolfe McCallum’s life had been a series of incredible ups and devastating downs that made riding a roller coaster seem like a walk in the park. It also didn’t help that he freely admitted to being more stubborn than a mule and twice as contrary. He prided himself on being able to outlast, out argue, or just plain irritate anyone on the planet into giving up without raising a single claw or breaking a sweat…until he damn near tripped over the most beautiful woman in the world.

One look…one kiss…one extraordinary night…

Secrets unlocked, Destiny knocking at the door, and a Fate that will not be denied. Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, be prepared for sudden stops, and by all means – buckle up. Fireworks are the least of your worries when one bull-headed dragon and his sassy-since-birth dragoness are faced with saving not only themselves, but everyone and everything they hold dear.

The Universe may not make mistakes, but She doesn’t make things easy either. It’s gonna take claws, class, and a whole lotta sass to save the day this time.

The Reviews!

Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved Morning Star & Wolfe!
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019
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Dannika aka Dani Do Chara, Morning Star of the Crystal Clan is a healer and was adopted by Alpha Joshua of the Blue Ridge Wolf Pack, even though she isn't a wolf, after her parents were killed, She's very special and her mother made her promise to hide what she truly is and concentrate on her healing abilities. When she meets her mate the prophecy will start and she can be her true self.
Wolfe McCallum, a Dragon, along with Dragons Grey & Angus go to help out at the Blue Ridge Wolf Pack. They are being plagued by Rogues who are afraid of Dragons! Wolfe has been having dreams about a gorgeous woman and was told his mate is near or he's about to meet her. Oh now way - Wolfe doesn't want any mate at this time. When they get to the Blue Ridge Wolf Pack, he sees the woman of his dreams and groans and realizes she is his Mate. When they meet she knows he's her mate too but mind speaks to him not to tell the others what she is. Of course things don't go easily for Wolfe with his sassy Mate. Then there is the evil that is coming for her. Will the prophecy come true now that she has met her Mate?
Loved this story and the sassy Dani and the arrogant Wolfe. They are perfect for each other. There's suspense, drama, angst, magic, humor and romance.
Karli
4.0 out of 5 stars Morning Star
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
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This standalone addition to the series features Wolfe, a relatively young member of the Dragon Guard. He and a group of friends from the Guard are assigned to protect a wolf shifter pack from rogues during treaty negotiations. But when he arrives at the Blue Ridge Wolf Pack border, he senses something he isn't ready for - his mate.

Danika Do Chara, Morning Star of the Crystal Clan of dragons, was adopted into the Blue Ridge pack at an early age following the death of her parents. Using powerful dragon magic, she cloaks what she is and has promised to reveal herself only after she finds and bonds with her mate. At that time, she and her mate will face off against The Darkness, a grave threat against the future of all living beings. But when Wolfe and the rest of the Guard arrive, he recognizes she is dragon, and begins his pursuit of his mate. Dani has no desire to start the clock of the prophecy, however, or to bond with the very large and arrogant stranger. But she will find that fate cannot be denied, for better or for worse.

This is an easy read, but is lacking in depth of character development and history. The ultimate battle with The Darkness was like a little town you drive through, blink and you miss it. Too much sass and not enough delivery for me. It gets 3.5 stars.
Nikki Brooks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dani is about to come out of the paranormal closet!
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
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Dani has got so used to hiding who she really is, even from her adoptive family, it has become send nature to her. But when her pack requests help from some Dragons she never expected to meet her mate, sending her into a tailspin and kickstarting a prophecy!

A Dragon called Wolfe! It was supposed to be an easy job, helping out some wolves to eradicate some rogues. But when he recognises his mate Wolfe is left confused. Why is she living as a human within a wolf pack? But her subterfugs leads to all kinds of friction between them...mostly of the good kind. But when they finally claim each other, they leave the others thinking they have been kidnapped or worse, killed.

But with Dani's true nature revealed her family take her deceptions hard. Will finding her mate lead to her losing her family?

Fabulous read. With evil shapeshifters, magic, cunning Goddesses and that ever fickle fate blending together in a wonderful tale.
Roxie's Ferguson /Roxie's Romance Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "You will love this Stunning Dragon shifter Romance series "
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
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I love each book in this incredible series! Once you read a story in this series. This series will have you hooked. The Dragon shifters are so sexy. With unique and Awesome personalities.
Wolfe is a sexy dragon guard. He and his best friend Grey , are sent on a mission to the U.S. Wolfe has been on edge lately , due to dreams he has been having about a beautiful woman. His friend Kayne says they are telling Wolfe. That he about to meet his fated mate.
When Wolfe gets to America. He learns he is to attend a treaty meeting between two wolf packs. There is meets the spunky Dannika aka Dani.
Dani is the healer of the Blue Ridge pack. She herself is not a wolf shifter. She had been adopted by the Alpha and his mate. Dani has a secret about her heritage. That even her adopted brother's do not know.
Dani is confused when she starts having strange dreams. In them she keeps calling out the word wolf. Plus there is a sexy stranger in them!
Both Dani and Wolfe never plan to find a mate! Only fate may have other plans!
You will love this super exciting, thrilling, funny, suspenseful, and scorching hot Dragon shifter Romance series. This is a five star plus story and series.

The Sunday Post #21-22

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received. Share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead.

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Kiss of Her Dragon by Julia Mills

You know the old saying about “All’s fair in Love and War?” This Guardsman is ready to swear that love should come with Hazard Pay!

Fire Maidens Rome by Anna Lowe

“A gem of a novel…Searing hot love scenes, a sexy-as-sin wolf and a determined, strong female character make this book not to be missed.” – Ind’Tale Magazine

Fur Ever Yours by Melanie James

I am absolutely captivated with the Black PawPack. This is already gearing up to be one heck of a saga.

It’s hot; it’s paranormal. But mostly it’s MelanieJames at her best.

This is a captivating story with characters that are easy to fall inlove with!

If you are looking for intense emotion and unrelentingaction this is the book for you!

The author starts the action with the firstpage and keeps it moving until the very end!

Rebel Mate by Grace Goodwin

This was so different from all the other stories. The beginning truly grabbed my attention and never let go. It’s a little difficult to figure out what to say without giving things away. So let me just say that you are going to love it!

Purrfectly Caught by C.D. Gorri

I’ve been waiting to get this one. I loved the couple, and Gerri’s reaction to what was going on was absolutely priceless. What more could you want?

Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral of dear friend who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. As a young man, he enjoyed running and entered many races in his area. That was taken from him by this disease. As he aged, he found other things that gave him pleasure. Then the pandemic hit, and he became isolated in his home. Finally he fell victim to Parkinson’s Dementia.

So many people have been isolated during this period. Do everything you can to keep them connected to the world at large.

Ginger Cake Recipe | An Easy One.

This sounds interesting! By the way, for people in the US, set the oven for 350 degrees.

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I made this cake yesterday; a recipe I hadn’t used for ages. The cake turns out very soft, a bit crumbly, and totally delicious. As you can see from the photograph here, I’m about to cut myself a (huge) slice and have it with lovely coffee.

1and 1/4 cups of spelt (or white) flour

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup of buttermilk

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup olive oil

1 dsp honey

1 beaten egg

Mix all the dry ingredients together

Mix all the wet ingredients together

Mix all together until well combined

Put into a greased/lined loaf tin – I just brush with olive oil

Oven 180 degrees for 30 mins

Cool in a damp tea towel on a wire rack.

Serve on its own, or warmed and topped with plain yogurt – and try not to eat it all at…

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Rebel Mate (Interstellar Brides® Program Book 20)

A rebel alien roaming the far reaches of the galaxy. An Interstellar Bride on the run for her life. When her life crash lands into his on a remote planet, they’ll need each other to survive.

The Interstellar Brides Program guarantees it can match any female on Earth, even a cynical, street-wise, and very jaded Zara, who just wants to start over. But when she arrives on her new home planet… she gets more than promised:

Murder? Check.
Smugglers? Check.
A sexy as hell pirate who demands she follow his orders? Um, what?

Zara didn’t volunteer for this mess, but she’s a fighter. A survivor. She’ll work with a sexy—did I say bossy?—rebel to bring down the bad guys and take on a Rogue 5 legion in order to obtain what she wants, a white picket fence kind of life in outer space… if she can live long enough to get it.

The Reviews!

Gidget64
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
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Grace Goodwin, you are AMAZING!!!!

I totally love this book from beginning to end! So much action, suspense, romance, hot sizzling sex, and LOVE!!!!

I never tire of reading Grace Goodwin's books and every book, as different as it is, will always manage to get you hooked reading it straight through. There is no break or stopping for breaks as it just pulls you in and before you know it, you are hooked. You will never be able to pull away from the Interstellar Bride's Series story until you finish reading her books to the end (or better yet; finish reading the end of the Bonus Content).

I love ALL of Grace Goodwin's books. With that being said, this book right away pulled me in with the shocking twist in the beginning of the book. From there, I knew I was going to spend my day reading and thinking about this book.

You just can't help but get so immersed with the plot and storyline of this book that you can't help but feel that you are living and experiencing everything that is going on with the characters but mainly the main character of Zara.

I won't say much at all about the story as I feel I would be giving away quite a bit but I would definitely encourage you to read this book as there is so much going on with Zara and her way of survival as well as dealing with Isaac and the forces of Cerberus.

Seriously? Why isn't any one of Grace Goodwin's books picked up by the that of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or any other movie network or agency? In all her books, there is an ongoing war between the Hive (similar to the Borg in Star Trek but totally different) and the Coalition ( which is made up of an alliance of different planets with different Aliens and/Species- which some are soooo pleasing to the eyes of the mind here) as well as characters that we all can relate to which makes them unforgettable. Then add action, romance, suspense, drama, mystery, hot sizzling sex and LOVE, (yes I said that before but wanted to mention this again) and you truly have an experience that takes you to a level of fulfilment as well as that to the matters of the heart!❤️ It truly does and I am always wanting more after reading one of Grace Goodwin's books. I mean that too.

I really hope that one day I am able to see of one or more of Grace Goodwin's stories (mainly that of the Interstellar Bride's Series) becomes a movie or series. I would truly love to see that as Grace Goodwin is truly an amazing great writer. Once a month, I know that I will always be transported to a new or familiar planet for a few hours ( which is one of my favorite times for that month). I will always be wishing and waiting for Grace Goodwin's books to come to life either on the big screen (movie theaters). or the little screen (TV) but either way I will be here waiting for the next Grace Goodwin story next month while still reveling in the aftermath of reading Rebel Mate. It's that good!!! A hearty toast as always to one of the best writers always, Grace Goodwin!!! 🍷🥂🍹
Christal
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes A Girl Just Gotta Use her Stick
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
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Every time I read the next book in any of this author's series, I think this is the best I've read so far until she publishes another book and then it is the best. This author always writes books with sexy times, action, possessive alien men and love. Zara is such a strong human female who encounters a horrible murder within minutes of her transporting to her Trion mate. She is shocked and worse realizes the murderer is giving her as a slave to a monster. Fortunately Isaak happened by at the auction block and helped her escape from the slavers along with the help of her trusty titan stick. They still have to fight before they get their sexy happily ever after.
Bourbon, Books and Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Pirate meets Interstellar Bride
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
Space Pirate meets Interstellar Bride candidate, in this suspenseful tale of murder, lies, spies, and of course a hot dominant alien. Zara has been sent to Trion to meet her mate. She has had a rough life, she was poor, lived on the streets and fight for everything she had. She’s a scrappy one that Zara. Isaak has been a Space Pirate for 4 years, since he left Trion for good. He had a falling out with his family and has been fighting the hive and dealing with scourge of the galaxy. That is until he hears rumors that there is a human female about to be turned over to the EVIL Cerberos. Ooohhh I hope Cerberos get’s what is coming to him!

This book took me through twists and turns, it took me through some incredibly steamy times too! Whew, Isaak is one heck of dominant alien who expects all women to be submissive...lololololol, how do think things will go when he meets a woman who is a fighter? Yep, this is going to be good! I enjoyed the story, though there was just a tad to much (he won’t want me after, she won’t give into me and trust) for my personal taste, but I also get where the characters would feel that way based on their life experiences.

I think my favorite part of the book was the ending, when everything came together, and it all just clicked. Isaak and his past, Zara and her desires, the spies and lies, and the storyline....it was a fabulous ending! If you like you like hot alien pirates.... you will love Isaak. If you like a strong, independent woman that can stand on her own two feet...even if a big ole alien is picking her up...you will love Zara. If you like a good revenge story...you will like this book! I don’t think I will ever tire of the Interstellar Brides and look forward to the next book!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Florida Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Series Ever!
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
Even after 20+ books in this series, the stories are still unique, sexy, romantic and full of drama and adventure. Grace Goodwin does a fantastic job of making the characters seem so realistic that you can’t help but immerse yourself into the story and cheer for their happily ever after.

The world building is vivid, the danger is stark and sometimes unsettling, and the whole story is so engaging you can’t put the book down until the end (and then you just can’t wait for the next book!). Although each story is an erotic romance, you always get a sort of life lesson, or food for thought which might apply to you. In this book, it is about letting go of the past, and learning to trust others. Or not. This book can also just be a very enjoyable and entertaining break from reality. I just can’t recommend the Interstellar Brides series enough, or any of Grace Goodwin’s stories actually.

I received this book from the author at Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my honest review. Since I rely heavily on reviews to make decisions about purchases, I will never lie or over exaggerate my opinion. There is nothing worse than seeing a bunch of 5 star reviews and realizing the book is full of errors or just plain bad and not worth my hard earned money!
Emily Pennington
TOP 500 REVIEWER
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
Zara Novak is a spunky, feisty, fighter who has had a rough life growing up and surviving on the streets. It’s time to start over with a new and better life, so she signs up to be an interstellar bride. She is matched to someone on Trion and her new mate Naron is murdered right in front of her! She is saved from being auctioned by Isaak, but someone is still after her. He takes her aboard his spacecraft to escape from those who want to take her captive again. But the scrappy little human would not hesitate to fight by his side to take down the bad guys. She is not what he would have expected in a female.

This author has been one of my favorites for eons! I could always count on her for a fantastic book. But like with many of the sci-fi authors lately, I see a direction I totally dislike. I positively do not like discipline, punishment, or spanking themes, feeling they are completely inappropriate as relates to adults. For me at least, it adds absolutely nothing of value to the story, turns my stomach, and disappoints me in my reading enjoyment. I am not a prude, but this for me is OTT and ruins an excellent story. Please, stop adding kinky nonsense that is just plain nasty. I lost all respect for both characters with the dominant/submissive tug-of-war. The whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. When you want someone to just love you, you don’t need a punishing “Master” to tell you how you will obey or else the punishment will begin! That’s not love!

Fur Ever Yours: Black Paw Pack Book 1

When his father is killed by a coven of witches, Rafe Erickson claims his destiny by becoming the Alpha of Black Paw Pack. Or so he thought…

An ancient prophecy tells the tale that all Black Paw Alphas will find their mates during Yule. The attraction will be instant. The craving will be unlike any other. Everyone knows you can’t fight Fate. Or can you?

To Hell with that! 

Rafe has no desire to find a mate and tells the Fates to take their prophecy and shove it! Witnessing the devastation caused by his father’s death was enough for him to know that he’d never purposely put someone through that kind of pain. As far as he’s concerned, his pack is his destiny. All he has to do is stay away from the newcomer who crossed into his lands looking for help.

Escape & Survive! That’s all Mina had to do. The Alpha of Twisted Tail Pack has plans and she has no desire to play any part in them. He is evil. The worst of their kind. He’d kept her against her will and threatened her family. If she doesn’t give him what he wants, it could mean the end of her life along with everyone she loves. 

Mina’s only hope is to build up her strength so she can save her mom and sister from the monster they’ve been forced to follow. She unwittingly runs right into the path of an ancient prophecy. Will her freedom be short lived when a sexy new Alpha sets his sights on her? Will she be able to save herself, let alone her family?

Only the Fates know…

The Reviews!

zoey
TOP 1000 REVIEWER
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read...
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
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The h is a wolf shifter on the run. She escapes from the clutches of the evil Alpha from her pack. He is not her true mate but he is forcing her to be his mate. The H and his pack find her close to passing out because she was wearing a collar that sapped her strength. They save her and give her protection. The H immediately knows that she is his true mate and vice versa with the h. The h’s evil alpha and her former pack show up to kidnap the h. The H and his pack save her. He and the h find their HEA.

A cute read. I liked the characters. I thought they were well developed. The story moved at a good clip. Lots of excitement. Good supporting cast of characters.

A 3.5 star recommend.
	LNIKKI-G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Shifter Story
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2017
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I loved this shifter story! Mina was raised in a pack that is run by an evil, Alpha Wannabe. He rules the pack with so much cruelty, torture and hate that no one knows what life exists anywhere else. Mina escapes and in her plight to reach safety is cornered by another pack, one that she soon learns is a world apart from what her people have been lead to believe. This story is her journey from fear, and the depths of evil. Is there any other life? Is the world really as evil as she has been taught to believe. This book is a great read with revelation and upheaval from her world to a world that promises a life. Thanks Melanie for creating such great characters who have a depth and personality that keeps the reader engaged. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!.
	Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome Wolf Shifter story
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
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Mina is a wolf shifter from the Twisted Tail Pack who has been abused and is malnourished. This was done by her Alpha Griffin Engle because she refuses to be his mate. She escapes from his clutches and wolves from the Black Paw Pack find her and bring her to their Alpha Rafe She's so browbeaten she won't even look at Rafe. When he gets her scent, he realizes he has met his mate. He sees how scared she is and he sets out to show and prove to her how different his Pack is.

This is an awesome Wolf Shifter story. Mina comes into her own especially since she isn't abused anymore and has the love of Rafe and his Pack. Loved this story and Rafe is awesome-has such patience with Mina. There are a few surprises which made the story more fantastic. Has romance, surprises and some angst but what a story!
	Diana Page
4.0 out of 5 stars A Yule Time Alpha
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2017
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After years of abuse Mina goes on the run rather than be mated to an Alpha that shouldn't carry the title. Enter Rafe, Alpha of the Black Paw pack and her True Mate, who literally sweeps her off her paws and marks immediately upon meeting her, but her old Alpha is not giving up and he reigns destruction down in her new pack as well as her sisters. Great first book in what i think will be a wonderful new series by Melanie James. While not as wise cracking as her " Leigh" witch series, this has plenty if humor, intrigue, and hot sex !! There are a few controversial subjects mentioned; such as beating women into submission and killing for the sake of evil, but they are not delved into heavily, but should be noted for readers under 18 and anyone with psychological triggers. 4⭐'s !! And I can't wait to read book 2 !!

Kiss of Her Dragon (Dragon Guard Book 19)

Love makes any man do crazy things but when you’re a century old Dragon Guardsman and your mate is a bear shifter with a future blessed by Destiny crazy doesn’t begin to cover what the Universe has in store for you.

One small rescue mission will turn into a fight for his life with the Fate of the world hanging in the balance and the Hope of an entire species resting squarely on his shoulders. Just another day in the life of the Dragon Guard’s resident geek.

Dragon kisses, bear hugs and evil wizards…Love should come with hazard pay.

The Reviews!

ETK
4.0 out of 5 stars Bearly Dragon!
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
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Brannoc, the Geeky Dragon met his mate when he was rescuing other shifters from a testing facility that the O’Baille’s (not sure that I’m spelling that right) had.

Annie, a bear shifter knew that Brannoc was her mate as he kept hanging around while she was recuperating from her ordeal; but also knew that they would be separated for awhile as she got her bearings back after being tortured & she needed to see & be with her family.

But, as fate would have it no long after Annie went back home & problems started up within her clan; Brannoc along with the help of Annie’s sister came to help her with the problems.

But, to find out what the problems are you’ll have to read the book
Gwen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bear meets Dragon
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
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This is Brannoc and Annie's love story.
Annie had been abducted and tortured by the shifter-hating O'Baoill's.
Bran was the one to carry Annie out of that hellhole and to the safety of his clan so that she can begin to heal.
Annie is a bear shifter and needed to be among her kin to complete her healing.
From the moment he spotted her, Bran knew Annie was the one woman for him.
Now he must face being apart from his mate so that she can recuperate and become a full person again.
His reward is when they are eventually reunited to finally complete their mating.
Unfortunately, that takes a detour as the males of Annie's clan decide to mutiny and overthrow the female leadership.
Which in this case is Annie.
Brannoc cannot let this stand and will fight at his mate's side.
Nikki Brooks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and rushed but I'm happy
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
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Brannoc and Annie have had a rocky start to their mating. He found her whilst she was being tortured by a group of warlocks. He had to allow her time to heal amongst her bear sloth. But when her sister turns up saying Annie needs his help, Brannoc is ready for action.

Annie can't believe how long it's taken her to heal. But just as it completes she is inundated with unwanted male attention. The males in the clan are trying to usurp the sloths matriarchal line and they are not taking NO as an answer! Brannoc arrives in time to help defend Annie but this is just the start of their problems!

Great addition to the series. It was very short and I felt it could easily have been added to the previous book as an added extra bonus. The action is initially paced over a very short space of time which may not suit all readers but I was a happy bunny!
MonicaMartin41Top Contributor: Fantasy Books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brannoc and Annie sittin in a tree...or a cave? You get the idea! XO
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2017
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I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

I read this awhile ago and so excited to buy and re-read again. I love this freakin series. I'm not a spoiler. I try not to anyways. I just LOVED these 2 characters. They are sweet and protective and whoa hawt too! Brannoc and Annie yay! Its really different how things operated in a bear clan vs. dragon guard. Brannoc rescued Annie from that hell and she recovered but Brannoc gave her time. They knew they were mates. She was waiting for him to claim her. Heh thats all I'll say. *zips lips* I will say I LOVED their story.
Dragon kisses, bear hugs and evil wizards…Love should come with hazard pay.
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The Sunday Post #21-21

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received. Share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead.

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Sassing Her Dragon by Julia Mills

This is the first of Julia’s many books set in Milly Taiden’s Sassy Ever After world. Julia blends her favorite Dragon Guard shifters with sassy women who won’t let anything stand between them and their mate!

Fire Maidens: London by Anna Lowe

Anna Lowe’s vivid world of shifter politics, protective heroes, and feisty heroines is the perfect backdrop for a sizzling romantic adventure! … a fast-paced love story filled with blazing action and scorching sensuality. – Ind’Tale Magazine

Corked: Tangled Vines by Delta James

Grace’s life is on a roll, but San Francisco’s hills are steep and one small misstep sends her tumbling into the arms of Lincoln Steele.

The Rebel and the Rogue by Grace Goodwin

Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body. Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.

Purrfectly Trapped by C.D. Gorri

Gretchen has searched for love her entire life, but what happens when the only man she wants thinks he’s a Tiger?

The Rebel and the Rogue (Interstellar Brides® Program Book 19)

Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body.  Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.

Ivy Birkeland’s entire ReCon unit was annihilated as a result of Quell, a mind-altering drug the pirates of Rogue 5 are known to distribute. A rebel to her core, her heart still broke when she was forced to walk away from her life as a Coalition fighter. Now she hunts a bounty that will allow her to catch the criminals selling Quell and avenge her dead friends. Free of the Coalition Fleet’s strict regulations, she makes a deal with an unknown Rogue 5 operative to gain access to his home planet and travels to Transport Station Zenith to meet him.

When Ivy’s smoking hot, one-night-stand turns out to be her Rogue 5 contact, every carefully-laid plan she’s made goes to hell. Because when a rebel and a rogue are forced to work together, sparks will fly. They don’t need the criminals to kill them, they just might finish each other…if they don’t fall in love first.

The Reviews!

	Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable installment in the Interstellar Brides Program series.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
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This novel was well written and edited, with no typos or wrong word choices that this reader caught. This novel had many action and adventure elements, and the world building and characterization were both very good. The heroine, especially, was a vibrant individual. The romance between hero and heroine developed naturally, though their relationship development was fairly simple because the external conflict, or stakes, in this novel were so high. This novel had low to medium levels of angst, or internal conflict. That tends to be my preferred narrative structure in romance novels, so I enjoyed it. This novel ends on a fairly satisfying HEA, or Happy Ever After. I recommend this novel to fans of sci-fi or paranormal romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The Bookwyrm
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously B.A!!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020
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GIRL POWER!! Demos and Ivy kick some serious A$$ together! But in true Grace Goodwin form, it's still the girl who's tougher, which I love. 'The Rebel and the Rogue' has a little more of an edge than most of the books in the Interstellar Brides universe, but you won't mind the bite. You will be drawn in to the struggle, as each of these characters fights for survival, and realizes that maybe, if they can make it through this battle, that there might finally be something more for them than just surviving. They might just have found something to live for, instead of just something they are willing to die for.
However. There are some reasons why this book falls just short of its 5th star. First off though, THESE ISSUES DO NOT make this book one to skip over in my estimation!!!! This is still a really good story! But there are some speed bumps on this road. So, on to a description of those speed bumps: There is no explanation given on why every single member of this unit but one would go into battle under the influence of the drug Quell. It just doesn't mesh with what we have come to expect from a human special ops recon unit in the war against the Hive. All of the human characters we have met in this series who serve in these units have been seasoned veterans of Earth militaries before ever entering the war in space, meaning that the likelihood of an entire unit of special ops soldiers becoming drug addicts out of control enough to risk going into battle high...just doesn't make sense. And it definitely doesn't reflect well on the characters and strength of human soldiers, which is the opposite of the image that the author has built of these characters over the span of this entire lengthy series. There isn't any explanation of the affects of the drug or the time it generally takes for an abuser to reach this level of self destruction. And how and why, if every other member of her unit fell victim to this dangerous drug, did Ivy somehow escape this same fate? Finally, there is also no explanation of how Ivy obtained the antidote she uses to bargain her way into Rogue 5. This is somewhat less of an issue to the integrity of the narrative than the Quell questions are in my opinion, but I was still left scratching my head over it. Honestly, I'm hoping for a small revision and update of this book. It seems like these plot holes could be fairly simply fixed without having to change much in the story overall, so I'm crossing my fingers. Because of this, I want to make it clear again, This book is still very much worth purchasing and reading! Just go into it knowing that there are a couple of unresolved issues.
	Emily Pennington
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel and the Rogue
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
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This story brings us some awesome characters in Zenos of the Astra Legion of Rogue 5 and Ivy Birkeland.

Ivy, a human, has walked away from the Coalition Fleet’s regulations to become a bounty hunter seeking revenge against the aliens responsible for the death of her entire ReCon unit. They were provided with Quell, a mind-altering drug distributed by the pirates of Rogue 5, and no one survived. Ivy will not stop until she has seen justice served and the death of her unit avenged. She has no desire for any sort of commitment to a male, but she still makes time for a wildly passionate one-night stand with a stranger to take care of her needs.

Zenos, a hybrid Forsian, is on a mission to obtain a serum, the antidote to make sure a female survives the mating bite from his poisonous fangs. In the same way that the mating instinct affects the Atlans, Zenos knows his own mating instinct will soon control him and he needs to be prepared with the serum. Although he cannot mate until that serum is in his possession, when he meets the kicka$$ bounty hunter, he won't deny his body the one-time experience of a few hours of pleasure she is offering him without commitment.

As always, this author gives us the very best stories, bringing the reader back again and again to read about the various aliens we are so familiar with! The story line is fast-paced and exciting as Zenos and Ivy let their passions overtake them, only to meet each other again unexpectedly at Transport Station Zenith when she attempts to gain access to the “unknown operative’s” home planet. How will their overwhelming attraction impact her plans for revenge? They need each other – can either walk away? Grab your copy and immerse yourself in a fantastic experience you won’t want to miss as the author places us in the amazing universe she has created!
Jael
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogue 5!
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
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Even though I tested as a Trion bride, I love Rogue 5 stories the best! The notion of Leagues and their honor appeal to me.

Ivy was a Coalition fighter who turned bounty hunter after her team was massacred. She is hunting the one who set them up to die for vengeance.

Zenos is part of Astra League and is assigned to escort and protect Ivy on her journey into Cerebus’ territory. But he doesn’t know the secrets she holds.

This is a really good story in the Rogue 5 series, and I look forward to more of them!

Corked: Tangled Vines 0.5

Grace’s life is on a roll, but San Francisco’s hills are steep and one small misstep sends her tumbling into the arms of Lincoln Steele.

A lone wolf, loosely attached to his brother’s pack, Linc has been consumed with eradicating the humans known as Hunters. He has returned to the City by the Bay to renovate a small boutique hotel and a famed BDSM club. Now all he needs is an Executive Chef to head up the restaurants at both establishments. The pretty blonde chef seems to be everything he was looking for… and something he never expected.

From the time Grace enters the hotel to meet with Linc, she is inextricably drawn to the charismatic businessman and Dom. When Grace visits Torch Light, she finds herself partnered with the enigmatic Linc.

After a night of passion, Grace is taken by hunters. Can Linc use their connection to find her before it is too late?

The Reviews!

	Redrabbitt
TOP 1000 REVIEWER
5.0 out of 5 stars LINC AND GRACE
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2021
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As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, but this one will involve a human and a wolf. Lincoln Steele is an Alpha, but not over a pack—yet, not a lone wolf. When he meets Grace Marlow, not only is he impressed with her credentials as a chef, he learns she is also a submissive and wants to play at Torch Light—she is his fated mate. Grace is human, and that isn't going to stop Linc—he will wine and dine her and win her over.

This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards, and in this story, it will have Grace applying to be executive chef for both Lobo Bahia and Torch Light for the Steele brothers.

Linc: "I think I've found our head chef. She's human. She's also my fated mate. No admonition that I should seek another—that turning a human needs her consent and is not for the faint of heart."
Damian: "Look, Linc, consent can be interpreted in many ways. Most of the best pack mistresses had to be persuaded to one degree or another—Skylar Grainger, Catherine DeMedici, Riley Nichols. Then go get your mate, little brother."

Linc and Grace will conclude their business with him, making her an offer, and she will accept; then later, she will meet him at Torch Light. Linc puts the word out that no other Dom will be involved with her—she is his. They will scene together, which is detailed in the story, and then he takes her home.

The chemistry between these two is instant for both of them. Not only do they pair up well as Dom and sub, but as a couple. But, then there is the danger of the Hunters, and before Linc has a chance to wine and dine her, to win her over, she is kidnapped so that they can destroy him. So the story has plenty of angst, danger, along with passion and romance. There are the D/s between them, but also a spanking scene and intense sex scenes. Unlike some fated mates, Grace learns what fated mates mean and what will take place, and she is willing to accept his claim and make her vows.

"Oooh, great sex and courting. I may have hit the jackpot. Careful big guy, I could fall hard for you. I feel like I've been waiting for you my whole life."

"I feel the same way about you, Butter?"

The story is a fast-paced tale, a spin-off from the Wayward Mates series, and has several people from that series. It also will take place in America but will have mentions of Europe. There is trouble brewing, Hunters coming, and she-wolves are the target.
Anne Young-Cronister
5.0 out of 5 stars Linc and Grace get together 💕
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
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I’m loving this new series of Wolf shifters from Delta James. Linc and Grace are the subject of this book. It was an awesome story. The steamy scenes and the exciting twists that make this story fantastic. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! Definitely a must read!
	Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars A short read....
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
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I loved this story. This is a well written BDSM/ shifter story and the characters are great. This was a quick easy read for me. I would encourage anyone who likes BDSM and Shifter stories to get this one. This is the first book by this author that I have read but it will not be my last. Please remember this is a BDSM story so if you don't like that type story you don't need to get this one. Awesome short story!!!!!
	Linda W
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! This book was great!
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
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Linc & Grace’s story was incredible!!! I love the initial meetings and the movement to the incredible enlightenment.
Grace didn’t know anything about the shifter world until Lincare walked in the door and she felt the Alpha wave. There’s no going back!
I’m in love with the series! I can’t wait for more.

Sassing Her Dragon: Sassy Ever After (Dragon Guard Book 18)

Flood waters rising, mud’s sliding, and rogues are closing in ~ this sassy She-Wolf’s got her paws overflowing, and that’s all before her Mate rose from the dead! 

Fur’s gonna fly and scale’s gonna sizzle, ’cause Fate might be sassy but Olivia’s got Destiny on her side.

The Reviews!

	SpanishLady
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Mudding.....
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
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I absolutely loved this story!

Olivia is a very sassy she wolf, alpha in her own right. Sister to the alpha of her pack Marrok she never thought her wolf would submit to any other, until she found the bedraggled man in the forest, her mate. But he is not a wolf what then? A mystical being that can take her to heights never known with just words in her head, words and a voice she knows all to well from her erotic dreams of violet colored eyes.

Angus has waited for her for centuries, he tormented her dreams with a passion he hasn't known since his capture 101 years ago and now that he is finally free of his tormentors, he plans on taking her to the heavens and back.

Fabulous story full of love and passion.
	ETK
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Reunion!
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
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Olivia was with another pack when she found a very old dragon who had been tortured with black magic & beatings for no reason.

The old dragon is from Drago’s, Kyran’s, Maddox’s ,Kayne’s & Quinn’s old unit before they were captured by the evil wizards & separated from each other.

Olivia knew right away but, couldn’t believe it; the old dragon is her mate & the 1 that she’s been dreaming of. Her dragon’s name which she finds out after her wakes up in the clinic is Angus MacLendon (that last name sounds familiar right).

Now though in order to find more about their story you’ll just have to read this book to find out.
Karli
4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy She Wolf
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
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This Dragon Guard series addition features a dragon who has spent the last century in captivity, being tortured daily. When he's found half buried in mud and mostly dead, no one knows who he is.
Olivia Kilbride has successfully negotiated a treaty between the Gaelach La'n Pack and the Wolfe Pack. They are out for a celebratory run when they discover an unconscious man covered in mud on pack land. Liv recognizes that his is the voice she's been hearing in her head, begging for her help. But more, he's her mate, and he's dying.
This book captured and held my attention. The link between Liv and Angus was strong and grew quickly as his consciousness and strength returned. It was unusual that the torture he'd endured for so long didn't impact his behavior and head space more than it did, his focus stayed on his mate. I enjoyed their story, which can standalone.
Jenna Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read in the series
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
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I love the stories of the lost brethren. Angus and Olivia's story is no different.

Angus has been held for a hundred years being tortured by a sect of traitorous wolves.

Olivia had been running in the woods as her wolf, when she heard the voice from her dreams begging for her aide.

Together their love is unstoppable.

I like how this shows the wolves' mating ceremony, but I miss the dragons.

It was a great, fast read. A great compliment to the series.
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