The Sunday Post #21-27

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

Twinkle, Twinkle, Sassy Little Star by Julia Mills

These two are such a wonderful couple. Star still believes that she is the reason her entire pack was wiped out. Grey still grieves the disappearance of his brother. Neither one knew just how connected the two incidents actually were!

Fire Maidens Greece by Anna Lowe

Another wonderful book in this series. I absolutely love how the great descriptions allow you to picture the setting in your mind. Even better are the characters created, this couple are wonderful together. Well written, yet with flaws that make them come alive for you, I’m dying to read the next one now!

Nearly Twisted by Melanie James

Fabulous! This pairing is great. A little quick with the “insta-love” but still enjoyable nonetheless. Nice job with this continuation of the Twisted Tail Pack

Curves ‘Em Right by Milly Taiden

A BBW in search of love + two sexy wolf shifters ready to claim her as their mate = Sizzling Ménage Romance

Breaking Sass by C. D. Gorri

What happens when a sassy Dire Wolf, with a penchant for breaking rules, and a Lion, who’s in love with the law, clash? She’s a sassy Dire Wolf with a fondness for speed, and he’s a Lion who knows how to lay down the law. Get ready for fireworks when these two dominant personalities clash.

Closing Thoughts

It’s been a bit “wet” around my house. At this point, all of Florida is still on alert about TS Elsa. I’m sure by now, everyone has started running around like a chicken without it’s head trying to get ready for the storm. It usually makes me laugh to see what gets snatched up as emergency supplies.

Thursday night we decided that given my husband is on oxygen therapy, that getting a small generator would be a good idea. We checked the wattage needed for just a few appliances and determined what size to get. Friday morning we were waiting at Harbor Freight for them to open. At that point in time, there was a good number of generators available.

I had to return to the store that afternoon to pick something else up. Almost all of those generators were gone. I wonder how many people will try to return them if the storm doesn’t actually hit our area?

That’s it for this week. Keep dry and keep reading! ‘Til next week!

Fire Maidens 8: Greece

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021Another wonderful book in this series. I absolutely love how the great descriptions allow you to picture the setting in your mind. Even better are the characters created, this couple are wonderful together. Well written, yet with flaws that make them come alive for you, I’m dying to read the next one now!

After ten years in the military, dragon shifter Theo Lazaridis has a new mission: to check off the last of his father’s requirements and finally claim a vast inheritance. But plans are made to be rewritten and priorities change, especially when a fiery stranger appears, turning his world upside down.

Zoe Thomas is living an archaeologist’s dream on a sun-kissed Greek island. That is, until startling new discoveries at her excavation open a Pandora’s box of trouble — and puts her on a collision course with powerful forces straight out of Greek mythology.

Much as her stubborn pride hates to admit it, Zoe needs help to protect an ancient wonder — and to survive. The problem is, the only person up to the challenge is a tantalizing mystery man she’s been warned not to get involved with… The very man she finds impossible to resist.

The Reviews!

Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of Dragons & Enchantress
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
Verified Purchase
I love how this Fire Maiden was an enchantress. I think this was by far my favorite. I love Greek mythology and for this book to incorporate it into this story was epic. Theo ready showed his maturity level not only to his father but the people of the small island of Anenomodolos. The east side of the island was protected by the enchantress and the west by dragons. Zoe was an archeologist who came to do a survey and once their she realizes always how much she loved Greece although this was her first time on this particular island, it was not her first time in Greece. Her adopted parents brought her family here to do participate in the reenactment Spartans wars of the old days. As it turns out she was born here and given to an owl shifter family... This is where things take a turn of a twist..they need a fire maiden and Theo needs to prove himself to his father. He doesn't want to marry or get with just anyone for his inheritance. But these two team up and anything can and will happen. You see centaurs, minotaur, satyrs coming to the rescue. Oh and lets not forget the Pegasus and Spartans themselves. I do not like to give away the stories Anna writes. Just know she's an amazing author and will never leaving you hanging unless its attentional. You will not be disappointed. GET THE BOOK!
VaWineLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Can he convince everyone that he has changed?
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2021
I just loved Theo and Zoe's story. We get not only a love story but we get to meet a bunch of new kinds of shifters. I won't spoil it by telling you what they are but you might have some guesses since it is Greece after all.

Theo has come back to the island of Anemodous after ten years served in the French Foreign Legion. He left the island as a spoiled, reckless dragon youth and returned as a seasoned warrior. Unfortunately, the memories of the older shifters on the island are long and he will have to prove he has changed if he wants to win them over. His feelings on his return home are mixed. On the one hand, he is glad to be back in Greece and loves his island home, on the other hand, he has to face his father and the man's insistence that he marry if he wants to get his inheritance. He has watched many of his fellow legionnaires find their destined mates and fall in love and that what he wants for himself but he doesn't think his father is going to want to wait for that to happen. He has resigned himself to choosing one of the money-hungry women his father has lined up for him - until he sees a woman stand up to his father's posturing and then walk out on him. Wow, now that's his kind of woman. If only she wasn't a human...

Zoe has fallen in love with the island of Anemodous and wishes she could remain there forever but her job at an archaeological site is most likely a very short one. She is at the site on the empty east side of the island with only her donkey and a cat for company. She comes into the small village in the west side of the island once a week to send off a report about her findings and to check her personal email. The only thing she has really discovered is that the site and surrounding area has some kind of magic - not exactly something she can put into a report. Then she meets Theo and everything changes...

I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.
Faythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever feel like a place is calling you home?
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
I have always enjoyed Anna Lowe's books. When she writes in a location like this, it makes me feel like I have discovered a private gem. Her stories have always stood out for me time and time again and this one is no different.

Zoe is an archeologist on a remote island in Greece. Ever since she had arrived the place seemed to have been calling home to her. Powerful people don't want her to discover anything of interest on the island, yet she feels that there is a story to be told in the ruins she is surveying.

Theo is a dragon shifter with a past. Even though the years of military service have caused him to grow up, he still needs to prove himself to the locals who only saw him as a spoiled rich brat. To earn the respect he has started to make amends, then he stumbles across Zoe who his dragon is insisting is his mate. However her bloodlines won't satisfy his father's conditions to earn his inheritance. So he must make a decision that is a hard call for any dragon shifter : Love or treasure?
Robin Smith

5.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled Little Rich Kid Strives for Redemption
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2021
Once upon a time dragon - shifter Theo Lazaridis was a spoiled little rich kid but after serving ten years in the military he returns home. Where some things are the same while others have changed. He has finally met his Father's conditions in order to gain his inheritance but dear old Dad has yet one more condition get rid of that archaeologist a woman named Zoe with a fiery disposition before she finds something to encourage land developers.
Zoe is living her dream she has returned to sunny Greece to explore and categorize ancient archaeological finds to learn of its ancient history. She is welcomed by the land, earned the trust of Anemondas not sure if spelling is correct villagers and her neighbors Zaikis and his brothers centaurs tasked with keeping the east side of the island safe.

Theo gets hit right in the solar plexis when his dragon shouts mate but can he earn Zoe's love?

Now that's what I call a well rounded story because it has a dash of this and a bit of that with a whole lot of romance. This is another edition to Ms. Lowe's repertoire that I call out of the ball park because for me it rates beyond the five star limitation.

These words are my own opinion regarding a complimentary copy I voluntarily read. I have not been compensated in any way but don't take my word for it form your own opinion after you read it.

The Sunday Post #21-26

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

Fire Maidens #7: Venice by Anna Lowe

Ten years ago, lion shifter Tony Pelligrini was forced to flee Venice after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. But now, a mysterious force is drawing him back. Is it the feeling of a ticking time bomb only he can defuse? Or is it the call of destiny, promising true love?

His Twisted Tail by Melanie James

This was good! I can’t say I remember reading anything else by this author, but I will definitely change that! This was a worthy entry into the Paranormal Dating Agency world.

Her Purrfect Match by Milly Taiden

I love how these stories are all stand alone, but yet they easily lead from one to another. The couples are engaging and delightful. This is rapidly becoming one of my “Go To” series.

Shake That Sass by C. D. Gorri

He’s an Alpha looking for a home. She’s an outsider with no one to call her own. Can they find what they’re searching for in each other?

Fire Maidens #7: Venice

Ten years ago, lion shifter Tony Pelligrini was forced to flee Venice after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. But now, a mysterious force is drawing him back. Is it the feeling of a ticking time bomb only he can defuse? Or is it the call of destiny, promising true love?

Wetlands ecologist Cara Alari would rather stand knee-deep in mud than dress up for a fancy ball. But in the course of one crazy, carnival night, a family she loves is imperiled, and she is unwittingly drawn into a dangerous world of power, politics, and royal intrigues.

Before Cara knows it, she’s putting her black belt to use as a bodyguard — and teaming up with a hunky lion shifter straight out of her dreams. The chemistry between them is off the charts, but there’s no time for amore. Somewhere in Venice, an enemy lurks, targeting the royal shifter elite. Because carnival masks can disguise faces and evil intentions, nothing is as it seems. All Cara can be sure of is that her heart — and a young woman’s life — are at risk.

The Reviews

Patricia Hoffstaetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable & would definitely recommend
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
This talented author has written an outstanding, adventurous paranormal romance, it is the 7th book in the “Fire Maiden” series but it is complete & standalone. The storyline flows smoothly throughout a well-written mesmerizing plot that is filled with suspense & has good world building with excellent scene descriptions. The characters are well-developed & it was interesting to see how they continued to develop into a strong-willed loving couple while supporting each other.
It is about: after being falsely accused & forced to flee, a male lion shifter (Tony Pelligrini) finds himself, drawn back to Venice. He comes into contact with a feisty female lion shifter (Cara Alari) but the danger increases as these two individuals draw closer to each other.
There is: various kinds of shifters, shifter politics, fated mates, guardians, fire maidens, adventure, action, destiny, some humour, twists & turns, intrigue, suspense, drama, deceit, betrayal, fantasies, secrets, mystery, devious plans, villainous villains, danger, threats, violence, confrontations, attacks, confusion, attractions, memories, discovery, complications, manipulations, surprises, allies, compromises, love, happiness, some steamy scenes & a well-deserved HEA with a delightful epilogue. I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it.
“I received a complimentary copy, and this is my honest & voluntary opinion”
Laure Eccleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are they protecting her from?
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
Cara Alari is wetlands ecologist, and lion shifter working in Venice, she would rather be up to her knees, and elbows in mud than attending a fancy ball during Carnival. Toni Pelligrini left Venice ten years ago after being falsely accused of murder. Unfortunately, his past will come back to haunt him when he steps in to help Cara protect a young woman who is the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Cara and Toni find themselves as body guards to the young woman and working together to unravel a plot by the last person anyone would have suspected.
Compelling, fascinating, and well written characters that find out how difficult it is to work with the person they are falling in love with. Exciting action, suspense, and unexpected twist in the plot. Intrigue, and betrayal kept me reading from the first page to the last.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
LeMiliere
5.0 out of 5 stars Cara and Tony
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
This review is written voluntarily after both reading and listening to this wonderful book

This time it's the turn of the Lions to be the centre of attention. Cara and Tony's story is one I really enjoyed, not that I don't always enjoy Anna Lowe's work but this one was different - why you might ask? Well, it's different because Tony was forced to flee his home in Venice when he was accused and found guilty, without a trial I might add, of murder. But after ten years away his instincts have compelled him to return to Venice despite knowing that if he is recognised it could mean his death.

Whilst attending a masked event he meets Cara Alari, a beautiful ecologist who is passionate about saving Venice from further decay and destruction. But before they can act on the attraction they both feel, there's an attempt to kidnap someone close to Cara. Tony knows that he can't stand by and do nothing to stop the kidnapping but if he gets involved his identity is sure to be revealed which could mean he's sentenced to death or worse. But his honour means he must help and so both he and Cara fight together, oh I forgot to mention Cara is no dainty flower, she's tall, well built and strong. She's also good at self-defence, and together they foil the plot but as he knew he would be, Tony's recognised, arrested and taken before the Guardians.

Fortunately, Tony is recognised by someone who was there ten years ago, someone who can clear his name and restore his family's honour. After which he and Cara are asked to guard Fiorina the new Fire Maiden of Venice who turns out to be the girl they just saved from being kidnapped, she's also the daughter of the man he was accused of killing ten years ago and the girl he carried to the safety of her mother's waiting arms.

Tony and Cara are appointed as bodyguards to Fiorina but in order to keep her safe they will have to find out who ordered her father's murder and her kidnapping, are they dealing with one person or two? Are those events connected? Why is the new Firemaiden so unlike all the other Fire Maidens?

What follows is an exciting story full of drama, intrigue, chemistry and love, this is a wonderful addition to this series as destiny works it's magic again. But this time there's an even bigger surprise in store for us, but that's enough from me, no more spoilers you will just have to download this wonderful tale and find out the answers first hand.

The book Is wonderfully narrated by the super talented Kelsey Osborne who does an incredible job of bringing all of the characters to life.
Faythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Is fighting Fate futile?
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
I must admit I absolutely love this series. I like how Anna pulls in the next hero into her story giving us a slight preview into what may be coming.

Cara Alari has always loved Venice, and as a Wetlands Ecologist she is trying to keep the city from sinking beneath the waves. Her landlord convinces her to attend a ball during the famous Carnival within the city. When she got home from the wetlands all she wanted to do is just curl up and relax, but she get ready for this ball.

Tony Pelligrini is an ex-soldier from the French Foreign Legion, after running from false murder charges. He has felt pulled to the city, is it time for him to give in or can he clear his name.

The pair meet at the Carnival Ball, and manage to save someone who is important to the guardians. They get roped into playing bodyguard together, but can they solve the mystery before time is up, while keeping their charge safe?

I did receive a free copy of this book, but like all her books Anna Lowe has knocked this one out of the park. I doubt you will regret picking up this book.

The Sunday Post #21-25

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

Dragon Down by Julia Mills

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Be careful what you wish for. Kamdyn and Callum should have remembered these old sayings!

Starfighter Command by Grace Goodwin

I love how this couple came together. Watching them was so satisfying. The couple are well written, you can almost see parts of yourself in them. The story continued easily from the first book. Now, I can will be on pins and needles until the final one comes out!

Fire Maidens: Scotland by Anna Lowe

Wonderful Second Chance romance with a sexy dragon Shifter. The descriptions of the places are everything we’ve come to expect from Ms. Lowe.

Breathe by Delta James

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing to refresh your memory with this one. So many of our favorite couples make an appearance in this one. It really makes it enjoyable to see the continuity from one story to the next.

Geek Bearing Gifts by Milly Taiden

Mrs Wilder is fantastic as a matchmaker. The world building is something you have to read to believe. There’s humor and romance a plenty in this delightful story. What appeals to me is the leads to the next story. Which, by the way, I can’t wait to read!

It’s Been One of “Those” Weeks!

I spent most of last week without my car. When you get to be my age, that can be an absolute pain in the rear. Let me give you a little background though.

This past January I received a coupon for an oil change from AAA. One of their Car Care Plus centers is near my house. Our car needed an oil change so we took it there. While they were changing the oil, they also checked such things as the fluids, the brakes, and so forth.

The front brakes were fine, but the back brakes would need to be changed before long. It took a month or two, but in April we had the work done. Unfortunately this time as they were doing the complimentary checks, they noticed an oil leak. My husband insisted that it wasn’t anything that needed work on immediately and we took the car home.

Maybe we should have had the work done then, I don’t know. A week ago while driving home from the store, we heard a noise but couldn’t see where it came from. The next day I had a warning light come on to “Service Battery Charging System.” That was my second clue. Two days later the car was dead on it’s axles at the house.

Ted, our carpenter friend, came up to help with it. We checked the battery, we charged the battery, nothing. Using a battery charger/starter, we got it started. The light was still on! Then Ted noticed that the Serpentine belt was missing. That being broken was the noise we heard!

So I called AAA Roadside Assistance and had the car towed up to the Car Care center. Late that day, I got a call back with the bad news. The belt had broken because that little oil leak my husband dismissed had been leaking onto the belt. Once the belt became saturated, it broke. They would need to clean the engine in order to find the source of the leak. We needed the car fixed so we reluctantly agreed to this.

Mid afternoon the next day we got the news. They’d found the source of the leak, but they were going to have to remove several things in order to reach that gasket. It would take replacing the timing cover and seal, the front oil seal, the oil pan gasket and a complete oil change to fix it. Ouch!

It was Friday afternoon before I was able to pick my car back up. That little oil leak in April lead to a $1600 dollar repair in June. The biggest single item on the bill was the labor. The good news is that since the Car Care Plus center is own and operated by AAA, the repairs are guaranteed.

Fire Maidens #6: Scotland

Passion, hope, and forbidden desire…

Anna Lowe did an excellent job in describing the beauty of Scotland during the characters’ journey, and the reader is able to picture every detail and scene. The couple steams up the pages. A very unique series with shifters and a storyline that every reader will enjoy for the constant action, fight scenes, and the hidden secrets that are revealed. – Ind’tale Magazine

Holly Jennings wasn’t planning on another trip to Scotland. And she certainly wasn’t planning on a trip down memory lane with the hot Highlander who broke her heart. But she’s never been much of a planner — more like a roll-with-the punches country gal. A good thing too, because “one last request” may not be the only thing a beloved mentor left her in his will. Before Holly knows it, she’s heading on a mysterious mission to a remote island — and straight into danger.

Dragon shifter Lachlan McKenney likes his life logical and organized — not turned upside down by the lithe, impulsive beauty he’s been trying to forget for years. Especially now that he’s busy guarding a ruthless archenemy who’s plotting to escape an island prison.

But Holly awakens every emotion Lachlan has been trained to resist: passion, hope, and forbidden desire. Apparently, there’s no outrunning fate, just as there’s no shirking duty. Against the odds, Lachlan must keep Holly safe on her mission to carry out a venerable old dragon’s last wishes. At the same time, he must resist temptation, because letting his focus slip could cost Holly her life — and unleash a deadly foe.

The Reviews!

Belinda Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Lachlan doesn't stand a chance!
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
Verified Purchase
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I LOVED Lachlan and Holly! Holly was nothing like what I was expecting her to be. She was refreshing and quite bohemian for a dragon. Lachlan was so uptight that he couldn’t see the forest for the trees! The death of someone near and dear to both of them is just what they needed to get them both on track. I wish that Trevor would have been in more books imparting his wisdom in some of the other Fire Maiden stories. Through his letters and requests, though, you felt as if you knew Trevor also. When I figured out who Trevor was, it made me love him that much more! There’s even a minor secondary character who isn’t as bad or irritating as I expected them to be. The appearance of other comrades of Lachlan and their Fire Maidens to embrace Holly made me very happy! I can’t wait for the next Fire Maiden story!
Pam Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
Verified Purchase
I love this story. Holly Jenning is the lead female character and lives in the USA when her mentor passes away on one of his visits to her home he leave her with bring his ashes back to Scotland and one last request. What's a girl to do? You can't pull that card and not do it . But she never thought she would have to make this mission with the one man that broke her heart, or that it would lead her to a remote island and danger. Is it to late to change travel plans? Lol Dragon shifter Lachlan McKenney meet his mate many years ago right as he was going into the French foreign legion . He had been raised duty came first. Not to trust in love. Beside she was better off without him. He left. There was no one else for him. At the reading of mentor's will he sees her again. Will duty win out again or Destiny? Lol got to read to find out! I love the woman who reads this, great voice. Pulls you in to the story and really keeps you involved in every page. Got the ebook too.
Red-Haired Ash
3.0 out of 5 stars Lachlan's story
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
“Love is life. Love is the most powerful, enduring force. The most beautiful, whether that’s love for your mate, a child, or a comrade...Even in sorrow, love lives on. It supersedes time, borders, and even death. Love is the one thing you can never waste nor regret.”

Holly Jennings wasn’t planning a trip to Scotland. But when your mentor asks for ‘one last request’ in his will you do what is necessary, even if it means dealing with the hot dragon shifter that broke your heart.

This was a very good second chance, fated mates romance. Lachlan left Holly years ago because of his sense of duty to his family. Now he realizes how much he lost when he pushed her away. I really enjoyed watching grumpy and controlling Lachlan learning how to loosen up. Holly teaches him how to enjoy the world around him and that there is more to life than just duty.

Holly was a caring woman who lives her life spontaneously. She helps disabled and high risk children find their way in life. Now she is trying to fulfill the last wishes of her mentor, Trevor, which involve traveling around Scotland and visiting certain landmarks. I really liked Holly. She was just a great character with a pure soul but who could fight if she needed to.

I really enjoyed Holly and Lachlans relationship. They have a second chance and they aren’t wasting it. Overall, this was a great addition to the series and the continuation of the overarching story. I really am enjoying this fantastic world and can’t wait for the next book, which is Tony’s book. I am excited for another lion shifter story!
linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
REVIEWED BY LINDA TONIS
MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD REVIEW TEAM

Another country, another fire maiden and another story filled with shifters, amazing characters and romance. This is Holly Jennings and Lachlan McKenney’s story both dragon shifters and like all the previous ones it is a story I couldn’t wait to read.

Lachlan is attending the reading of one of the Guardians will and awaiting the arrival of his ashes. The long wait for the ashes finally ends with the arrival of Holly Jennings who has brought the ashes back from the United States where he died. Holly and Lachlan have not seen each other for ten years because he left right after they had a night of amazing sex and both knew without a doubt that they were mates.

Lachlan had drummed into him all his life that love was useless and that he had a duty to his country and no place for a mate. As hard as it was to leave Holly he did his duty and joined the French Foreign Legion and when his military career was over he returned home to Scotland to join the Guardians of Scotland. Seeing Holly walk through the door took his breath away and it took all he had to keep from sweeping her off her feet. Holly felt the same but she was there for a reason and that reason was to bring her mentor Trevor’s ashes home.

She would have to go to Gleninnis presently an island forbidden for anyone to go to but she is determined and Lachlan is tasked with her safety. While both of their dragons try to get their human half to wise up and accept their mate the human halves are not quite as smart. Trevor’s instructions for placing his ashes is not simple, in fact it comes with letters to be opened at each designated spot. Holly is unaware of the fact that the island is now the prison of the mastermind of one of the most ruthless dragon clans and a threat to humans and shifters alike.

Along for the ride is Mungo, Trevor’s deerhound and Tony, a lion shifter who Lachlan has asked to help protect Holly. Holly and Lachlan love each other but their stubborness and his determination that love would keep him from his duty just get in the way and not that their other halves are not trying to make them see the light.

The journey to place Trevor’s ashes and his personal letters at each stop to Holly finally makes Lachlan look at his life but is it too little too late. Their last stop is Gleninnis and the last letter changes Holly’s life in so many ways. The prisoner knows immediately what she is when he sees her while everyone else is clueless so this last stop does not go without danger.

A must read series, well as far as I am concerned. Mystery, shifters, romance, sex, betrayal, suspense and everything I could ever want from a paranormal romance. Every book in this series can be read as a standalone but why miss out on amazing stories.

Fire Maidens #5: Ireland

Inheriting a cottage in Ireland seems like a stroke of pure luck to Grace Connolly — as is a chance meeting with her mysterious (and hot) new neighbor. Soon, Boston’s most up-and-coming harpist finds herself mixing business with pleasure and getting to know Finn Hurley — intimately.

But all is not as it seems with the alluring man from next door, nor in the seaside village of Ballyfianna. Magic, shapeshifters, and legendary pots of gold? The surprises don’t end there — not when Grace’s family secrets come to light. Before she knows it, her mini-adventure — and sizzling romance — become a fight between good and evil. Ruthless enemies are muscling in on Finn’s home turf, and Grace will need more than the luck of the Irish to survive. Does she dare unleash the hidden power within her — a force she’s been warned never to use?

After a decade of military service, dragon shifter Finn Hurley is finally free to track down the elusive beauty he’s secretly loved for years. When he discovers her in his hometown, it seems like destiny is smiling on him. He should have known nothing in life comes easy — especially love.

Because Ballyfianna is no longer the peaceful, sleepy place it once was, and Grace has unwittingly become involved in its troubles. Bitter enemies from beyond its borders are plotting to seize power, while traitors are conspiring within. But they are all mere puppets to an even more treacherous enemy lurking in the background. Can this battle-weary warrior defeat evil and finally find his happy ending?

The Reviews!

Colleen
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than It Seems
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
There's just something about an Anna Lowe book - I know I'm going to love it before I even crack open the virtual cover. Her characters live and breathe on the page. They're multifaceted, they're flawed... they're human (inner "animal" notwithstanding). Her stories may be Paranormal Romance, but I defy you to pigeonhole her! There's always something unique in her stories. Beloved tropes and themes are used - good vs. evil; long lost love; Fated Mates - but never quite in the way one would expect.

In "Fire Maidens: Ireland" we have a charming mix of Romance tropes here: Friends-to-Lovers, Childhood Sweethearts, Good vs. Evil, Mixed-race Romance, and Fated Mates. I would contend, however, that we also have a lesson in choosing how we use our power.

Grace could have grown up using her familial gift for her own gain - she could have looked at it as "witchcraft," and decided that it (and she) were evil - but Grace chose to use that gift in a positive way, which ultimately resulted in even more good being done. She also uses her more "mundane" gifts and talents to give back to her community, helping her neighbors.

In our daily lives, each time we choose to be kind, instead of turning a blind eye, we don't always realize the impact we have on the lives of others. One act of kindness can truly turn a person's life around. For Grace, she can see the changes in the lives of people she teaches about savings and money. That's a truly important and generous gift.

As for Finn, while he may seem more laidback, less intense than some of the other Heroes in this series, he's exactly right for Grace. He's known he's been in love with someone he may never see again for most of his life, and when he finds her, rather than demand she stay with him in Ireland, he's willing to let her go. Finn is willing to make his home wherever Grace is. His willingness and ability to acknowledge her strength, to support her in anything she decides to do, makes him one of my favorite or all Anna Lowe Heroes.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the locale of "Fire Maidens: Ireland." The little village of Ballyfianna, Northern Ireland brought back lots of hazy memories for me. The Giant's Causeway, the castle ruins... throw in the addition of giant Elk shifters, and Irish folklore, and small-town characters, and I was in heaven.

It's always a complete pleasure to review an ARC for Ms. Lowe, and I barely wait until the next book is released!
VaWineLover
5.0 out of 5 stars You really should read this series, you will love it
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
This Fire Maidens story is a little different. For one thing, it takes place in a small Irish village and not a big city. For another, Grace and Finn met each other many years attack when they were children and Grace's family came to visit a great uncle who lived in the area. The two children bonded over an "almost" accident that they knew had to be a secret to keep parents from freaking out. Most importantly, the Guardians of Ireland are not snotty or overbearing. There is plenty of magic, but not the heart pounding feelings of doom that some of the other Fire Maidens have suffered before and after reaching their European destination.

Grace has come to the small village of Ballyfianna, Ireland because she has inherited a small cottage near the ruins of an old castle. She takes a walk around the castle grounds, remembering a day she spent there with a boy her age playing and climbing around the old ruins. When she almost took a header over a cliff, Finn saved her from falling and the two bonded over their shared relief at thwarting disaster. Grace has thought about Finn ever since that day, wondering about his life and fantasizing about the two of them together.

Finn is a dragon shifter who is the fourth of seven children. His life has led him all over the world and into many a hot zone as a member of the French Foreign Legion. The small village where he grew up and his family lives was too small for him once, but now? He has watched his friends from his Legion days meet their mates and settle down. If only he could go and find Grace, the little girl that he only met once, but has never forgotten. But right now his family needs him.

His brother-in-law is the leader of the local shifters. A giant elk shifter, Eamonn, is the head of the Irish Guardians. An alliance with Finn's dragon shifter family has always been a strong one and several of his relatives are also Guardians. Some troubles with a local wolf pack and the threat of the Lombardis have worried Eamonn enough to have him request that Finn stick around in the area for awhile.

When Finn takes a walk to the old castle ruins and sees a young woman near the edge of the cliff where a little girl once almost fell to her death he shouts to warn the woman away, and almost causes her to fall. When he looks into her angry eyes he sees..Grace.

Find out what happens when the magic of Ireland works to convince a girl from Boston that her heart is in Ireland and destiny shows a boy from Ireland that home really is where the heart is.

I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.
Red-Haired Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars Ireland finds its Fire Maiden
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020
Inheriting a cottage in Ireland seems like a stroke of purse luck for Grace Connolly, especially after she is reunited with her childhood friend. When Finn Hurley finds the woman he has been searching for in his hometown he believes destiny is smiling upon him. But the small town of Ballyfianna is not as peaceful as it used to be and Grace unwillingly becomes involved in the problem.

This was a very sweet romance. Both Grace and Finn were amazing characters with steamy chemistry. Grace is a beautiful musician who knows very little about magic and nothing about shifters. Being saved by a dragon, who is Finn, blows her mind and makes her doubt everything she knows. I really loved her unique way of feeling and using magic.Finn is a sweet and kind protective alpha male. He was just perfect and I loved the scenes with his nephews and nieces. Even though Grace is only in Ireland for a week she falls hard and fast for Finn, and he for her.

These two had a fast and sweet romance. They have to deal with annoying and hateful locals, constant interruptions from family, and enemy shifters trying to take power. This book was everything I look for in a paranormal romance.

I cannot wait for the next book to come out because I want to know Lachlan’s story!

*ARC provided by the author for an honest review.*
linda
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
REVIEWED BY LINDA TONIS
MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD REVIEW TEAM
Grace Connolly has always felt that Ireland called to her ever since she was eight years old and met Finn Hurley and in a very short time they formed a friendship that both thought about throughout the years. Now Grace has inherited a cottage in the very same little village of Ballyfianna that she met Finn, left to her by her great-great-great uncle. She knew her time at Ballyfianna was going to be short and she would be returning home to Boston, but she couldn’t help thinking of what it would be like if she met Finn again as an adult.

Visiting the castle where she and Finn first met and looking over the very cliff that Finn saved her from so many years ago she is approached by a very angry man claiming she is trespassing which nearly causes her to fall over the same cliff, but once again Finn appears to save her. So many years have gone by and yet Grace and Finn still seem to have the same connection they had as kids only she is about to learn things she could never have imagined, and she is about to find herself in the middle of shifter trouble, something she is about to learn the hard way.

If you are reading this series, then you already know about Finn since he first appeared in book four. He left Portugal determined to return after he visited with his family, but Grace put a new perspective on what he sees for his future, she is his mate and having a future without her in it is inconceivable. The Lombardis are joining forces with a wolf pack and a witch and Finn calls upon one of his brothers from the French Legion, Lachlan for help, because like it or not Grace is going to be right in the middle of the danger.

Grace gets a crash course in shifters, her family and what being with Finn, a dragon shifter could be like. She also has to accept the fact that she may be more than just a known harp player but she also has to decide where her life will be and with whom.

If you haven’t started this series I highly recommend doing so, although the books do not have to be read in order you would be missing out on some wonderful books. Each book gives you a look at who the next story will be about and a little background on them. I can’t wait for book six.

The Sunday Post #21-23

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

Claw, Class and a Whole Lotta Sass by Julia Mills

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.

Fire Maidens 4: Portugal by Anna Lowe

“An exciting and fast paced paranormal romance! The descriptions of Lisbon and the Portuguese islands are truly breathtaking – readers will feel as though they are part of the story. The characters are authentic, likeable, and have great chemistry together.” – Ind’Tale Crowned Heart review

Fur Ever Witched by Melanie James

This was definitely one of a kind. I am sorry it took me so long to get around to reading this. It is a fabulous continuation of the story. Now I have got to get the next book!

Surprise Mates by Grace Goodwin

Remember the old saying what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, this young lady only thought that what happened on Prillon Prime would stay on Prillon Prime!

Purrfectly Naughty by C.D. Gorri

Take one Tigress with a cub to raise, add in a Andean Bear that’s new to the states, mix it all with the celebrated Gerri Wilder and the fur is gonna fly!

The wonders hiding among us!

Cooper's Hawk

Remember this guy? This is a Cooper’s Hawk. He lives in the area where I live. Recently, I started looking on the Internet and discovered some interesting facts about this hawk.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS:

Medium-sized hawk from 14 to 20 inches in length. The adults have a gray/blue back, the underside is white, horizontally streaked with rufous bars. The head has a black cap, and there are three black bands on the tail. Males and females look the same, but the female is about one-third larger than the male. The immature birds are brown above and vertically streaked with brown below. The adult’s eye color is orange to red, while the immature has a yellow eye.

HABITAT:

A forest-dwelling bird found in deciduous woodlands but also seen in urban areas. Not uncommon around farm woodlots.

NESTING:

Cooper’s hawks build a stick nest high in the middle of a deciduous tree, usually in the crotch, where they lay two to five eggs. Cooper’s hawks are known to return to the same area to nest year after year, although recent studies have shown that individual birds change mates and nest sites frequently in succeeding years.

FEEDING HABITS:

Known as a predator of birds, the Cooper’s hawk also feeds on mammals, particularly squirrels and chipmunks. Once known as a regular denizen of poultry yards, it is one of many “chicken hawks.”

CONSERVATION STATUS:

Populations of the Cooper’s hawk were thought to be declining as early as the 1930s. This species has suffered greatly from persecution due to its poultry eating habits. It has also suffered from habitat destruction.

A week or so ago, I had another close encounter with this delightful fellow. He was perched on something as I left the bike trail with Coco. He flew up into one of the Palm trees where I snapped this picture.

He absolutely blends in to the tree!

Fire Maidens 4: Portugal

For centuries, the Guardians of Lisbon have kept shifter forces in check — dragons, vampires, and witches. Now, with their powers dwindling, they’re too busy to respond to a lone woman’s cry for help.

Novice dragon, Laura Sampao, always knew her family descended from dragon shifters, but that power — or curse — hadn’t manifested itself in generations. She thought it would never happen to her.

Wrong.

Now, vampires are after her blood, and her last hope is a mysterious, jaded warrior who saves her from a brutal attack. But that’s just the prelude to a far greater danger, giving her no choice but to trust the infuriatingly gruff, handsome stranger who awakens all kinds of hidden desires.

Marco da Silva, heir to an ancient dragon dynasty, has been burned by damsels in distress before, and he’s determined not to get involved. But somehow, he just can’t resist. Before he knows it, he’s spiriting Laura off to his private island hideaway with his inner dragon vowing to keep her safe.

Why? Because his heart isn’t the only reckless force stirring in the shifter world — powerful enemies are on the move too, and they’ll stop at nothing to seize Laura — and take control of an entire continent.

The Reviews!

Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure Continues!
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
Verified Purchase
Portugal continues a whorl wind adventure around the world for dragon maidens and their fated mates. Laura is already on the run when fate hands her Lisbon, vampires and Marco. The fact that Laura manages to come looking for help by herself and is worried about what she may or may not do is just the beginning of showing how strong and independent she is. Marco was a little rough from the start and yet managed to be dashing. Laura and Marco kept moving at a good pace through the story and there was plenty of adventure with the Guardians. It was enjoyable to see them battle through together.
	Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Savior in the Sky
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
Verified Purchase
Have you ever heard a strange voice in your head? your hand. Higher. Of course you have, pick then them up. Some people would say it's your conscious. But for Laura it was her inner beast. An awesome dragron. Her other half that appeared just a few weeks ago in her life at a time when she was not expecting it. But hey, life always throws us curve balls right? Yeah, yeah, she heard the rumors in her family about dragons and even remember or she think she remembers seeing her great grandma turning into a dragron as a child.

Her immediate family sent her on a journey to learn how to understand and come to grips with her new found powers which landed her in Portugal. Not even a couple days in trouble found her. Being chased by another dragron whonturns out to be a bad seed and a vampire she fears for her life. Not fully in control of her new form she takes to the skies as her dragron instructs her to be chased and caught in between the cross hair's of two feuding dragons. But is the other one friend or foe? She quickly find out the new dragon Marco is her alley and knows the one, Duarte who is after her but is his cousin. Do question is, is he really on her side?

Marco , never wanted to get involved with another woman again. He was jaded by a horrible vile she dragon. So wronged he joined the french foreign legion. But that was not the only reasons. He did not want to follow into his family's legacy and take his place and become a Guardian. By all rights he could be a Guardian of Lisbon on his paternal side or Madiers on his maternal side. He wanted to make his on destiny. But he could not leave Laurs stranded. The pull was too strong. Fate played him in a big way. This tell had is packed with betrayal, treason, jealous lovers, steamy love scenes, battle royals and fresh meat royal meat. What's not to like? You do not have the love at first sight like most people want to believe but that's what make this book so good. The characters come together. Trust me when that without me giving you all the details but just tidbits you should want to grab this book and want to find out about the grabbing the back of the necks and breathing dragon fire into the bodies and making people all hot and sealing them so that you just can have an orgasm from that alone. I don't know about you but if I can get that from that alone sign me up. You just have to read how she describes the kiss alone. Not to mention dragon foreplay in the skies...I will end here.
	Silke K
5.0 out of 5 stars Marco was self cut off from emotion, until a novice she dragon enters his world.
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
Verified Purchase
Laura needed a change. Moving to Portugal was in her family history, it seemed right. She couldn't imagine what was wrong with her. Why was she feeling so strange now? Someone was after her, but why. A fight our flight emotion caught in her, why fly? Fly, was that even possible? Once in the air and not dead from falling, she encounters a dragon who seems to be after her. Another dragon flies by, why is this happening to her? Laura continues her flight, this new dragon sends to keep her safe from the other. Will he help her? Marco was feeling an urgency to fly tonight, but why. He sets out, only to find a she dragon being chased by a fellow dragon. He's not up to helping, but he begrudgingly let's this dragon stay with him. What's this all about, he wants to find out.

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.