Month: November 2022
Verse of the Day November 28, 2022
Verse of the Day November 27, 2022
Feral Oath: Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra #2
She has become prey for the powerful head of a syndicate, and he means to make her his own.
Betrayal and heartache have been my friends for far too long. I did what was needed to find my sisters and rebuild our family. I will not let one night of blazing passion get in the way of fulfilling the oath I made to find who murdered our parents.
He may have secrets, but I have secrets of my own.
She thinks she can say no to me and get away with it. She thinks she can walk away after an intense night of passion. One taste and my beast knew she was ours. I don’t care what it takes.
A jaguar always captures its prey.
Meet the men and women of La Cosa Nostra. Their motto is family honor above all. They vow to protect their clans and live by an oath of honor and loyalty. The men are gorgeous, dangerous beasts seeking their fated mates. The women they love are bold and brilliant. Their love blazes bright and hot.
Irene Talbert 5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES.... Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 19, 2022 Verified Purchase This is the second book in the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, mistakes, honor, loyalty, defiance, acceptance, possession/possessiveness, revelations, hope/hopelessness, forgiveness, assumptions, mistreatment, denial, greed, consequences, blackmail, respect, frustration, determination, patience, betrayal, heartache, honor, murder, justice, attitudes, obsession, confrontations, lies, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love. This is a story about a H who is the head of the Rapace Syndicate, a jaguar shifter and a Dom. The h is a hacker known as the La Pantera and a sub. They receive an invite to the famous BDSM club Dante's and have been matched together. Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion.
Sara B. VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars The second book in this series La Cosa Nostra is steamy and full of action! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 16, 2022 The second book in this series La Cosa Nostra is steamy and full of action. I’ve been on the lookout for the ARC to be available via Booksprout and when I saw it I jumped at the opportunity. Raffi/Rafaella and Nico are paired for an invitation only event at Dante’s. Nico recognizes her as his fated mate and is determined to break all the rules to find out who his anonymous sub is and where to find her when she disappears from his bed. Raffi is on a mission - well really 2 missions - get justice for herself and her sisters from the people who murdered her parents and the woman who profited from putting them is horrible circumstances within the foster system; and stay out of Nico Falconeri’s grasp and bed! She recognizes he is the perfect man/Dom for her, but she doesn’t think she has time for live right now. Raffi takes Nico for a wild adventure as she hides from him and his efforts to uncover who she is and where to find her. I love how close he is to finding her the entire time, but he doesn’t put all the clues together. I loved how she captained the rescue effort for bringing Nico home and how easily she took control over the clan, caused absolute havoc for the men, and won everyone’s affection and love. I am disappointed this time period (approximately a week) is only described as having happened versus actually having it happen on the page. The storyline jumps from the dangerous situation after leaving Milan, to Nico’s e rescue. It sounds like what happened during the week Raffi was in control was an absolutely amazing adventure!. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.. I’ve been on the lookout for the ARC to be available via Booksprout and when I saw it I jumped at the opportunity. Raffi/Rafaella and Nico are paired for an invitation only event at Dante’s. Nico recognizes her as his fated mate and is determined to break all the rules to find out who his anonymous sub is and where to find her when she disappears from his bed. Raffi is on a mission - well really 2 missions - get justice for herself and her sisters from the people who murdered her parents and the woman who profited from putting them is horrible circumstances within the foster system; and stay out of Nico Falconeri’s grasp and bed! She recognizes he is the perfect man/Dom for her, but she doesn’t think she has time for live right now. Raffi takes Nico for a wild adventure as she hides from him and his efforts to uncover who she is and where to find her. I love how close he is to finding her the entire time, but he doesn’t put all the clues together. I loved how she captained the rescue effort for bringing Nico home and how easily she took control over the clan, caused absolute havoc for the men, and won everyone’s affection and love. I am disappointed this time period (approximately a week) is only described as having happened versus actually having it happen on the page. The storyline jumps from the dangerous situation after leaving Milan, to Nico’s e rescue. It sounds like what happened during the week Raffi was in control was an absolutely amazing adventure! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Rhonda Hicks VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the irony that came with the hunt Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 17, 2022 “…in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea…” Plato, 360 B.C. James, Delta. Feral Oath: A Dark Paranormal Mafia Romance (p. 6). Kindle Edition. "What the old philosopher hadn’t known, what had never been recorded by man, was that having foreseen what was to come, their patron god Poseidon had sealed their fate. The Atlanteans sent forth three of their bravest and wisest warriors, but they did not send them in the guise of man; instead, their master sorcerer granted them the ability to shift between man and beast. And so, the lion, the tiger, and the jaguar were sent to keep alive the story of Atlantis and to see that their seed never perished from the Earth. Once safely delivered to the mainland and hidden from the sight of the Greek Gods, the three creatures spread across the land, seeking a new homeland and a new people. The tiger settled in Genoa, the jaguar in Sicily, and the lion in Sardinia." James, Delta. Feral Oath: A Dark Paranormal Mafia Romance (p. 6-7). Kindle Edition. 'Feral Oath' is the second book in Delta James' "Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra" series and it's riveting. The story opens up with an event at Dante's BDSM club for a celebration to be attended by invitation only. As a matter of fact, it's a masked event where each Dom has been assigned a sub who has either already played with that Dom or specifically requested to play with him. That's when we meet Nico Falconeri, aka the Predator of Palermo, who is the Jaguar shifter from Sicily. Not only that but his sub for the evening is none other than Rafaella, aka Raffi, Amato, aka La Pantera. Sparks fly, chemistry sizzles, and the scenes are hot as blue blazes but Raffi has made a solemn vow to follow the trail of who killed their parents, had the three sisters separated, thrown into three different foster homes, and sold their family home and possessions. She knows there's some kind of connection between her and Nico but she has convinced herself she doesn't have time for a relationship of any kind until her vow is fulfilled. Nico, on the other hand, knows she is his fated mate and doesn't intend to let her go but after falling asleep with the intention of claiming her the next morning, he wakes to an empty bed. The hunt is on and he intends to find her. There are a lot of twists and turns in this one with some secrets being revealed. Both of these characters are strong, alpha personalities in their own right … combined they're almost magical. This is a great read and now I can't wait for 'Defiant Vow' to come out.
Redrabbitt VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars THE PREDATOR OF PALERMO AND LA PANTERA Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 8, 2022 The story is another spin-off in the Syndicate Masters series and will take place in and around Italy. The story will have a special event at Dante’s where Nico Falconeri was one of the invited single Doms, and they are paired up with single submissives. The event was masked and confidential, which meant there was no way for either sub or Dom to be sure with whom they were playing. “The club had gone to great extent to ensure that the sub was willing to meet the needs of the Dom to whom she’d been assigned.” “Sir, I have the submissive assigned to you. If she is acceptable, take her hand, and I will leave her to your care.” “How could a creature this magnificent not be acceptable? A Dom who would not give everything to spend the evening with her is not a Dom worthy of her.” Rafaella Amato is one of the subs attending the event and is paired with Nico Falconeri—even though neither knows who they are with. From a public exhibition to a private room, the night meets both of their needs. Rafaella will leave before Nico wakes, and he is unhappy. He knew from the moment they met that she was his fated mate. Marco isn’t budging, threats are working, and even hiring someone off the black web isn’t working. How will he find her again? “There will come a time, Rafaella Amanto, that the right Dom will come along to take you in hand. When that time comes, I will gift him with a handmade strap he can apply to your backside.”—Genovese The story has mystery, suspense, secrets, danger, life and death, and romance. The chemistry between Nico and Rafaella is immediate, and full of erotic passion. Now that Nico has had a taste of her, of his true fated mate, nothing will stop him until he finds her. I love the game of cat and mouse played, but in the end, the jaguar will capture, conquer and claim his mate. “I have you now, my sweet mate.” “The tide had turned, and time and patience were now on his side.” Nico: You have been a most precocious pet. Take my hand. Raffi: You can’t order me around. You can’t do this to me. Nico: I rather think I can. You will learn, my mate, that it’s better to accept my discipline than to fight it. I am your lord and master, and you will obey me or face the consequences of your actions. “Rafaella needed to submit to him in the same way he needed to dominate her—completely and fully.” “You are mine. You will be one with me.” The story is a great addition to this series, and while it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, the epilogue is a setup for the next book, coming on October 6, 2022. The story does have scenes of dubious consent, dominance, submission, exhibition, and power exchange.
Meet the Chief!
Chief is the delightful 2yo mixed breed dog my husband and I rescued from Pinellas County Animal Services last month. The 10 months since Coco died last Christmas Eve were the longest, we’ve been without a pet since we moved to FL. I had to wait until my husband was ready to open his heart to another pet before we could start looking.
Right about now, I’m very glad I called our friends, Ted and Carol, to ask them to help me look for a small dog. I’d been checking all the animal adoption sites in my area, but all I could find were the larger dog. When you live in a single-wide trailer, a large dog is not a good thing.
As luck would have, Ted and Carol were taking a feral cat to animal services the day Chief was first offered for adoption. Ted took one look at him, grabbed the paperwork off of the kennel door, and borrowed a phone to call us. You see, there was a couple who came in just after him and want to adopt him.
Thankfully we only live 10-15 minutes away and were able to get there quickly. One look is all it took us to fall in love. He was already neutered and chipped. Since my husband and I are both veterans, the adoption fees were waived. We needed to pay for his license and for the harness they had for him. To our great delight, he came home with a good bag of items that included a dog bed, a blanket, a toy, a weeks’ worth of Hill’s Science Diet dog food, and best of all, 6 months of heartworm medicine! The bag of goodies was all thanks to donations that were made to them.
Chief loves to chew on things so like any responsible pet parent, I bought him a bone (or 2)! He was chewing on it in the living room for awhile.
After while he disappeared into the bedroom with it. When he came out again, he didn’t have it with him. Imagine my surprise when I went into the bedroom later in the day and discovered this!
Chip Your Pet!
The sad part to our great fortune is that someone, somewhere in our area, lost their pet. Chief was brought in as a stray with no collar and no chip to help locate his owner. I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but Chief was very well taken care of. He loves to snuggle and get loving. Somehow, he got away from his owner and got lost.
So please, take that extra bit of caring and besides his/her license tag, have your pet microchipped. If they ever get out and get lost, it gives shelters and vets a way to reunite the two of you together again!
Verse of the Day November 25, 2022
Verse of the day November 21, 2022
Grammar check: further or farther – do you get it right?
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I recently hesitated when I wrote the phrase “look no further,” referring to a search for Thanksgiving recipes. Was that correct? I thought back to the old rule reminding me that farther meant physical distance and further, well it’s different, but I couldn’t remember exactly why.
Jump to Grammarly, which explains it in detail, yet I’m still a little confused. Here is what seems clear to me about further and farther:
Farther connotes distance, but it can also refer to a more advanced point.
Both further and farther are adverbs, but further can also be a verb, as in, “She furthered her career” as well as an adjective, such as, “pursuing further information.” Still okay, but now things get murky:
Grammarly poses the question, “How do the definitions of farther and further overlap? Can you use further or farther away in the same way?” The answer:
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Judgment: Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights
Lars Jakobsson, the leader of the Berserker Syndicate controls everything. He is also my only hope.
Rhys Donovan is mine. The moment I laid eyes on her she became my obsession. We had one fabulous night together before she disappeared from my bed. In the end, she’ll come to me because I marked her and started her transition. And when she does, I’ll demand judgment.
The moment our eyes connect my world shifts. I give myself one night with him and then I slip away. He isn’t a man to let go of what he considers his easily, and there’s no question that I’m his. I have never found myself so completely mesmerized by a man.
The question is not would I submit but would I survive?
Alliances are made. Complications are kept. Judgments are demanded.
Irene Talbert 5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES.... Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022 Verified Purchase This is the third and final book in the Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, surprises, mystery/secrets, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, hope/hopelessness, threats, kidnapping, deceit, manipulating, contentment, violence, compromise, frustration, determination, patience, evil, rivalry/rivals, corruption, murder, conspiracies, defiance, acceptance, disagreements, confrontations, revelations, loyalty, consequences, attitudes, honor, freedom, understanding, chaos, respect, betrayal, forgiveness, alliances, communication (lack of), judgments, obsession, sadness, retribution, desperation, mayhem, heartbreak, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love. OMG! What a fitting ending to this series. In this story, the H is a white tiger (snow), leader of the Berserker Syndicate, Guardian of Gotland, a Dom and lives in Runestone, Sweden. The h is human and works for Lloyd's of London in their art theft and forgery division. She meets the H at the Baker Street BDSM club and.... You're just going to have to read the book to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion.
Kindle Customer 4.0 out of 5 stars Judgment was passed. Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2022 Verified Purchase Lars and Rhys had a rocky start, with him staking his claim from the jump. Rhys slipped away from him having no knowledge of her new self. She's searching for justice and if the authorities won't help her, she'll use her feminine wiles on the local gangster. Of course Lars cannot let her go, bringing her kicking and screaming into the fold. She challenges him at every turn, earning herself some hard time over his lap. Sensual and steamy as any DJ novel. The plot with the painting was intricately woven into the love story and had a satisfying ending. A good read indeed. I received an ARC from Booksprout for an honest review.
Denise DeCrescito (From In Here) 4.0 out of 5 stars A different twist on a paranormal story Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2022 “Judgment” is book three in the ‘Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights’ series by Delta James. Although it’s part of a series, it can be read and enjoy it as a standalone story. It’s a paranormal romance that unfolds differently from most stories with shifters. Lars Jakobsson and Rhys Donovan meet at a BDSM club in London. They scene together in a private room, and it’s an intense experience for both of them. Unbeknownst to Rhys, Lars is a tiger shifter. He recognizes her as being his fated mate. She’s human, though. Instead of talking to her about the situation, Lars decides to claim her and bites the back of her neck, an act that begins the process of transitioning her into a shifter. He doesn’t get her consent to do so. Rhys has no idea what he’s done, or even that the bite was much deeper than rough play. They both fall asleep after their encounter come on and when he awakens, he discovers she’s left him. It's a big problem because they never even exchanged names, and she has no idea she’s going to become a tiger shifter. There are lots of surprises in this story. Plus, Rhys has a missing sister who was working undercover with Interpol investigating Lars and his syndicate. The sisters were supposed to meet in another city, but only Rhys showed up. Now, someone is targeting Rhys. Lars is the head of a massive criminal syndicate, but it seems that he it’s the only one who can help protect Rhys figure out what has happened to her sister, and who is targeting her. There is intense chemistry between Lars and Rhys, with the strong D/s dynamic this author is known for creating in the intimate scenes between leading characters. There are good secondary character, including the villains. The mystery is a solid one, and the solving of it is entertaining. I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily sharing my thoughts and opinions. i also purchased a copy.