Shifted Existence: Looking Glass Multiverse Book 2

One moment in time was all it took…

You have two options. You surrender or you run.

The world as we knew it unraveled three years ago. Our government enjoyed the perks that came to them when they agreed to opening the portals to the multiverse. Unfortunately, it was a trojan horse and the females on earth became the spoils of war. The shifters that came through the portals need mates. They have given us two options… You surrender or you run. Those that run are declared feral. I chose to run.

I am alpha to the Storm Rift Pack. When our universe realized we were sowing the seeds of our own destruction, we united with another realm and invaded Earth. They had the one thing we wanted: female breeding stock. I had never thought to return to Earth, but the mirror has shown me my fated mate. She is one of the ferals.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 22, 2022
As an avid fan of Ms. Delta James and her paranormal and shifter series, I was surprised by the uniqueness of this new series. Shifted Existence is a cross between her series that crossed the Void and her shifter series—and it was fascinating. I loved the characters, the unexpected, and the passion within the story. Each book will read as a stand-alone and can be read in any order. Book two, while having the Void and fated mates, it is a new realm and characters.

Earth and its leader’s arrogance cost them a high price when they are invaded and must now capitulate to wolf shifters who hold all the power. Now, it is known as the Conquered Realm. One of the costs, all females of age able to bear children must be available. If a woman refuses to enter their organized training camp, she will be deemed ‘feral’ and placed in an area without any means of food, clothing, shelter, or protection. She will be on her own, and anyone found helping a feral will face punishment. Twice a year, a portal will open where wolf shifters can come hunt and claim a female.

Talon, Alpha of the Storm Rift Pack in the Eclipse Province, has watched many of his warriors use the Void, going to the Conquered Realm and claiming a mate. He has never felt the need to go—but that will change. A voice will call to Talon and show him his fated mate. With the Hunt of the Wolf Moon, which opens tomorrow on the Conquered Realm, this time, Talon will be joining his single warriors.

Voice: She awaits you on the other side. I am no trick, Talon of the Eclipse Province. I have seen her and your fated mate waits for you on the other side of the Void. I do not wish to fight with you, Alpha, merely to help. She is there, and she needs you.
Talon: Mine.
Voice: I thought you might think that. She is called Bailey Pierce and she is located most often in a harsh and heated place known as Pictured Rocks in the northern province by the great lakes known as Michigan.
Talon: You have done me a service. What favor do you ask in return?
Voice: Only that you find true happiness for the rest of your days and beyond with your fated mate.

Voice: He is coming.
Bailey: Who is he?
Voice: He is your fated mate.
Bailey: Not if I have anything to say about it.

The story’s plot is unique and a page-turner. I love the characters, the angst, with a touch of mystery and suspense. Read and learn what happened that set this invasion and claiming in motion. The wolves are dominant males disciplining their naughty mates, but they also pleasure them. Talon had decided he would not take a mate, but after the Voice from the Void shows him his mate, his plans change, and he is ready to claim her. Bailey knows the Hunt of the Wolf Moon is ready to happen again, and she does what she can to prepare and stay hidden. The Voice in the Void lets her know her mate is on the way. Let the games begin—of cat and mouse—hunter and hunted. No matter what, in the end, they both win.

“Enjoy your run, my mate, for I will enjoy running you to ground.”

“Let the past and the Conquered Realm go, Bailey. There is a whole wonderful future stretching out before us.” --Dani

The story has the good, the bad, and the evil. I love how, while Talon is a dominant and controlling Alpha, he still respects Bailey and her abilities—at least when they are not trying to avoid him and his capture. He trusts her abilities enough when danger is present for her friends and the other ‘ferals’ to allow her some control. In the end, it is a positive for all those in the Eclipse Province. Bailey is well received and an asset to all
	Rhonda Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read to say the least
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 29, 2022
'Shifted Existence" is Delta James' second book in her unique series, "Looking Glass Multiverse".

"If all he’d ever given her was flattery, he wouldn’t be where he was—lost in the darkness and separated from the light, with only occasional glimpses into the lives and souls of those outside the Void… outside of time and space. But it is here in the inky blackness that he belongs, for he helped her with more things than just flattery. Many believe the tales of Snow White are fantastical and untrue. They are wrong."
James, Delta. Shifted Existence: A Multiverse Fated Mate Romance (Looking Glass Multiverse Book 2) (p. 6). Kindle Edition

For every action, there is a reaction and that reaction brings forth some type of consequences. The mirror is facing him and that's where Talon and Bailey, our Hero and heroine, come in. As alpha of the Storm Rift Pack he is expected to take a make in order to have an heir but Talon has made up his mind to forgo having a mate and name the son of his second in command as his heir. That is until a disembodied face in the river tells him his fated mate is waiting on the other side of the void and she's in danger. The Moon Hunt is coming and there are only two sections for the lottery winners to get a mate on Earth. Either the soft, weak ones being trained on how to submit or the women who have refused to submit and are running wild with no discipline at all. The defiant, wild ones are known as ferals and Talon's fated mate is among that group. Bailey has learned through the last three years not to get attached to any of the other women running for their lives. It's hard to make a friend, get attached, and then watch them be captured and forcibly removed from Earth. When the disembodied face comes to her body of water to let her know her fated mate is coming for her Bailey decides she'd rather die than be captured by a mutant and taken to another world. This is a unique world with a completely new set of circumstances which makes this storyline fascinating. And to have the magic mirror working for good in order to pay penance makes it all the more surreal. A great read to say the least.
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 24, 2022
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This was pretty good. I am not going to lie this wasn’t as good as the first one but still enjoyable. Bailey was told that wolf-shifters abused their women and use them as breeders and throw them away when they have no use for them. Talon didn’t want to take a puny human for a mate, until the mirror showed him his fated mate. I love the ending when they kicked that evils wolf butt. Good read

Tangled Vines Boxset, Volume One: A Paranormal Shifter Romance

Come visit the Packs of Tangled Vines… where the men are sexy beasts, their women are independent and sparks fly.

The new exciting series by USA Today Bestselling Author Delta James. Set amid the wine country all along the western coast of the United States, a group of ruthless Hunters has vowed to eradicate the wolf packs of the vineyards of the Pacific Coast. Join Delta as she takes you for a dazzling ride across the globe where alpha wolves find, claim, protect and cherish their fated mates.

If you like she-wolves who like to cause trouble, commanding men who think to tame them, and the sparks that fly when they clash you’ll love USA Today’s Best Selling Author Delta James’ intriguing shifters

The Reviews!

Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2022
Harvest: Tangled Vines (prequel)
Xander and Stephanie
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.
Stephanie Savik is a human, turned wolf against her will, but she accepts what has happened after a year. She has lived under the protection of the DeMedici pack with Marco as her alpha. But, it is time for her to enter a new chapter in her life; training as a vintner, she is moving to California's wine country to work with Evan as an assistant vintner.
Alexander "Xander" Charles was under Damian Steele's command in the military, and when he sustained a life-threatening injury, Damian turned him to save him. Now, he is the Beta of the Luna de Lobo pack. He is also a Master at Torch Light, a BDSM club.
The story will have Stephanie traveling from Italy to California, planning to stay a day in the city, attending club Torch Light, and then on to her new position and pack. What a shock when she is getting settled in at Torch Light and in walks Master Alex—both know the feelings mean their 'fated mate' is nearby. Once Alex sees and talks with Stephanie, no one else will touch his mate—they agree to scene together, and no matter what Stephanie thinks she can manipulate, Alex is one step ahead of her.
"Are we negotiating, or do you just lay down what you want like the big bad wolf?"
"I do have eyes that see you better than most, and part of what I will require does involve my eating you up."
"Xander enjoyed her spirit. She was going to be a challenge, but then he liked a good challenge, especially one that had her figure and whose arousal smelled as sweet as hers did. "I'm going to ask you one last time for your safeword. If I don't get it, I'll assume you have none. You should know, little wolf," he whispered, "I can feel the same thing and mean to claim you as mine. Watch how you speak to me, mate."
"You're awfully confident for a Dom who knows nothing about me."
"I know everything I need to know. You are my fated mate, and you will take your vows to me—one way or another. Mine is the last voice you will hear before succumbing to me."
OMG, I love the angst, the chemistry, the erotic passion between Stephanie and Xander. While this wasn't something she wanted, she also has been around others and knows that "fated-mates" are not something that can be denied or ignored—she knows that they are fated mates and fight it or not, she won't win—so she accepts the fact and enjoys the ride.
"One of the things I learned from what happened to me was that nothing in life is certain and that when something good comes along, you have to grab it with both hands and hang on."
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 ties with Europe. There is trouble brewing, Hunters coming, and she-wolves are the target. I can't wait for the next book out later this month.

Corked: Tangled Vines
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.

Uncorked: Tangled Vines
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.
Kinzie Edwards lives in Paris is a freelance reporter for various food and wine publications. She has gone to Florence, Italy, to meet her sister and brother-in-law, Kayla and Evan, and then travel to DeMedici villa. Kinzie and Kayla are identical twins—but one is now a she-wolf, and the other does not know. As they travel, their driver notices something is wrong with the car and instructs them to prepare to jump when he gives them the signal.
"One moment she'd been happy, talking to the driver, the road safe, the day sunny. All of that was shattered when she'd heard Kayla scream and an ear-splitting blast echoed all around her. In that fraction of a second, her world was torn apart."
When Damian and the Luna de Lobo pack are informed that Evan and Kayla did not make it to their destination, the driver and car not found he will immediately head to Italy. Arriving, he feels a call, a pull, and with a helicopter team, he sees the blast site. What appeared to be his two friends, Evan and Kayla, another woman, is unrecognizable. But when he hears a moan, he realizes that 'Kayla' is still alive and a medical team brought in. Damian is called to Kayla—but that is odd; he's known her for years and never felt this way. During her recovery—he will not leave her and eventually returns her to their pack.
"Her soul recognized his in a way she'd dismissed when her sister proclaimed Evan to be her soul mate. Whoever this man was, he provided her a tenuous hold onto her life and eased her suffering."
The plot of this story is heart-wrenching as death comes to not one but two packs. To learn that Kinzie survived and, in many ways, Evan saved her life before dying. Damian has now met and claimed his fated-mate, but she wants nothing to do with him or his claim.
"She briefly wondered how she'd fallen through the looking glass and what might lie on the other side."
"I am your lord and alpha. My word is law for you and the rest of our pack. I miss them, too. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a twin. Then to wake up after a horrible attack to find your DNA has been over-written without your knowledge, and you're called to a fated mate, a concept completely foreign to you."
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 and Europe. There is trouble brewing, Hunters attacking, and she-wolves are the target. Kinzie will come face-to-face with danger, fights off one attacker, and has words with another Hunter.
I love the angst, the chemistry, the erotic passion between Damian and Kinzie. While this wasn't something she wanted, and new to her, she knows how Evan and Kayla were soul-mates and learns that "fated-mates" are not something that can be denied or ignored—she knows that they are fated mates and fight it or not, she won't win—so eventually she'll accept the fact and enjoys the ride—but not before she goes on a merry chase.
"Kinzie knew this wasn't lovemaking; there would be time enough for that later. Right now, she understood his need to dominate her, to ensure she acquiesced and submitted to him in all things."
"I had a very wise woman point out to me that happiness was standing right in front of me if only I had the courage to reach out and take it."
The good, the bad, and the ugly play their roles. Kinzie must accept that her life has changed, her DNA has changed, her sister is gone, but she has a new life and happiness to be found, if she will only open her heart and soul. Damian held out for a fated-mate and will do whatever it takes to keep her and make her happy. The hunters are bold, and now they have a few names and faces to add to their intel.
"You old flame is about to find out what happens when a Hunter becomes one of the hunted."
The story does have power exchange, male dominance, feisty females, who eventually learn submission is powerful. There are explicit scenes and discipline. While the story does not end on a cliffhanger, it does give us insight into the next book.

Decanted: Tangled Vines
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.
Shasta Warren, daughter of Artemis Warren, sent her to Sonoma Pack because he was tired of dealing with her. She has earned a reputation of being difficult, but Xander Charles, from Sonoma, shows her kindness compared to her father's Beta. When she goes to the Sonoma Pack, she is a bitter she-wolf, uncooperative, but she isn't mistreated.
Hudson Rhodes has recently ended his military time as a Navy SEAL and is ready to take his rightful place as Alpha of Coronado—removing his older brother, Miles, and his mate, Chelsea. After he sets things right again, he will be going to Damian's for a meeting of other Alphas to discuss the issues with the hunters. What a surprise when he arrives and can smell her—his fated mate.
"Hudson had finally found her. His fated mate was here."
The plot begins with a group of Alphas coming together at Sonoma Pack and having Shasta use their businesses to attempt to make her escape. She may get away on Zeus, Damian's stallion, but once Hudson catches her sent, he is in pursuit, going a different route provided to claim his fated mate. The story has plenty of angst, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. Before Hudson can claim Shasta, they will come under attack by Hunters, and he is injured helping her escape. Shasta will direct others to his location, and while she might be able to slip away, she doesn't; she waits for Hudson—for the medics—and then must decide her future.
"I'm not afraid of the big bad wolf because I am one."
"I won't be playing. When being punished, your likes are not high on my list of concerns. I'm going to take fiendish delight in the way I deliciously discipline you."
"But who will save you from me? And will I be safe there"
"Always, my fierce, beautiful, courageous fated mate. Always."
The good, the bad, and the ugly play their roles. While Shasta would rather be by herself, a lone she-wolf, especially with the danger of the Hunters, is foolish. There is something about Hudson that calls to her, she watched him risk his life to save hers, and he treats her well. But that isn't enough for her to slip away while he is recovering—or him to come to NOLA and find her. The Hunters are becoming more brazen, and the risk is high—but maybe, just maybe, Shasta will be able to convince one of them that they are being played.
"I once thought I wanted no wolf at all. But a wise friend once told me that when happiness with your fated mate presents itself, you are a fool to turn away." –Darby
"Shasta, I want you to know that not only do I recognize the gift you gave me, but I will cherish it always."
"I'm thankful to have a mate who knows me so well, but still chooses to be with me."
"I have no choice, but even if I did, I would always choose to love you and call you mine."
The story does have power exchange, male dominance, feisty females, who eventually learn submission is powerful. There are explicit scenes and discipline. While this story does not end on a cliffhanger, several people mentioned in it will have their own story next.
	Rhonda Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2022
Whether you've read each individual book as they were published or you've been waiting on the series to come out in a box set so you didn't have to wait between books, now is your chance to get this captivating series in its entirety. Volume One includes:
Set includes:

Harvest (prequel 1 never previously published)
'Harvest' is the first prequel in Delta James' new series "Tangled Vines" and if the rest of the series is as good as this book, then I just know it's going to be one heck of a ride! We immediately start with a scene where Stephanie and her sister were being chased by so many they finally split up thinking that would help. Stephanie wound up being chased by three men and two wolves into the dead-end of an alley. Just when it came to the climax of the scenario Stephanie wakes up. Was it a dream or her reliving a memory? Remember this is a quick, easy read prequel so I don't want to give away too much. Both women are members of the DeMedici pack in Tuscany and Stephanie has been hired as the assistant vintner for the Luna de Lobo pack in San Francisco which also gave her a new pack of family and alpha. Making the move has given her WAY more than she bargained or anticipated. All she was going to do was go to the local BDSM club for some stress relief before checking in with the new alpha. Instead, to her dismay, she meets her fated mate! I loved the book and can't wait for what promises to be a phenomenal series!

Corked (prequel 2)
Grace had won an international cooking contest last year and after a year of working at Michelin star restaurants for additional experience and reputation, she's been offered the position of head chef at Lobo Bahia hotel and Torch Light, a BDSM club. Both were owned by Damian Steele, Alpha of the Sonoma Pack and head of the Luna de Lobo Vineyard in San Francisco, along with his younger brother Lincoln, aka Linc. Wonderful news, huh? Just two small problems with that statement. First, Grace is human and has no idea what the Steele brothers are. Second, while Damian is the romance between them and has always been looking and waiting for his fated mate, Linc has always believed fated mates were a myth that was used to coerce fractious she-wolves into pairings. Until he met and interviewed Grace. And lo and behold, it turned out it wasn't a myth after all. Grace was his fated mate. It gets a little more complicated when you add the fact that Linc had a tough time reintegrating himself into civilian life after he left Delta Force and encountered Hunters. They're a group of humans who knew of the existence of wolf-shifters and are dedicated to exterminating wolf-shifters. Ever since it has been Linc's mission to turn the tables on the Hunters and make them the hunted. He had already gone rogue at one point but Damian was afraid he'd go completely feral. That's why he introduced Linc to a BDSM club and that's where Linc found peace, pleasure, and the self-control he'd been missing since leaving Delta Force. This short, second prequel in the Tangle Vine series is as captivating as the first one and only makes me want the first book sooner

I, plus I'm sure so many others have been anticipating this book with patience I didn't realize I had and Delta James has delivered in spades! 'Uncorked' is the first book in her "Tangled Vines" series. If you've read the prequels or even just the blurb then you'll know there is an evil entity out there. The Hunters seem to be organizing in their quest to exterminate wolf-shifters. Kinzie, her twin sister Kayla, and Kayla's mate Evan were going to meet and visit the DeMedici Pack. On the way from the airport, a bomb had gone off, blowing up the car and throwing the driver and three passengers, ultimately killing all but Kinzie. There's a great deal of confusion because few know Kayla had a sister and even fewer knew she was an identical twin. So much intensity is displayed, whether it was loyalty, anger, fear, chemistry, or love amongst these characters. Then you have the intrigue and suspense of what's around the corner and what the Hunters are planning. I couldn't be more pleased with the start of this series and am highly anticipating the next book. Now if I can just wait without fidgeting.

'Decanted' is Delta James's second book in her "Tangled Vines" series. That being said, if you haven't started it yet you have no idea what you're missing. This storyline starts off running and doesn't stop until the end of the book. Hudson was a Navy SEAL and just took his unit through their last mission before returning home to Colorado where he intends to reclaim his land and pack from his elder brother and his mate. After being used for his own personal gain, Shasta's father has kicked her out of the pack and sent to the Sonoma pack. Shasta has had enough and has decided she is not going to be an Alpha's mate and plaything. She's an Alpha in her own right and intends to keep her freedom at all costs. The rollercoaster of events and emotions as these two come together is riveting. The tension is explosive, both inside and out of the bedroom. Add in the fact that The Hunters have amped up their game and killed several of Hunter's pack alone, not counting the deaths from other packs and I found myself completely engulfed in this book. I can't wait to see what happens in book three, 'Breathe'.

Wayward Tails: An Alpha Shifter Novella Collection

Come take a walk on the wild side. These delightful novellas weave into the Wayward Mates Series. Enhance your enjoyment of the series or enjoy these tales as sexy one-offs.

A collection of bonus novellas USA Today Bestselling Author Delta James.

Buy Wayward Tails Today!
Includes Claiming His Mate, Denying Her Fate, A Tale of Two Mates, and Claiming The Alpha’s Daughter.

The Reviews!

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
Reviewed in Australia on May 28, 2022
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Whilst reading this book, I have learnt the history behind the Wayward Mates Books. It was very enlightening. Thank you Delta for the insight.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition To the Wayward Mates Series
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2022
This is a good set of companion stories to the Wayward Mates series. I think these novellas were more enjoyable after having read the series.

These novellas definitely had the same feel of the Wayward Mates series. I appreciated being given more detail about some of the history that was briefly mentioned in the original series.

On another note, I could see a someone new to the series reading this collection to see if they were interested in reading the series.
Nancy Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good stories
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2022
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I enjoyed all of the stories in this book. I would recommend all of Delta James's books to be read as they keep getting better and better

Wicked Predator: (Masters of the Deep Book 4)

Fast, Strong and Laser-Focused, Logan Knight knows the water like the back of his hand.

The ocean is his first love.
His obsession to guard and protect. That’s why the oil slick hit him so hard.
The surf he prizes polluted and poisoned. Torn by its predicament, he sets out on a mission to safeguard the sea.
But he gets more than he bargained for when he meets Sydney.
The woman sent to clean the spill, Might just save his soul.

The Reviews!

Amy Reads Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars Logan and Dallas
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2022
Logan Knight is swimming offshore when he comes across an enormous oil slick. Horrified, he goes back to his partners and reports it. They go to the headquarters of the oil company, where he spots Dallas Miles, and knows she is the only woman for him. She works for the oil company, and is in charge of the cleanup. Will they be able to work together to save their beloved ocean?
This is the fourth book in the Masters of the Deep series, and it is just getting better with each book. Delta James and Felicity Brandon together are a thing of beauty, and this series, as campy as it first sounded, is delicious. The five Heroes are loners until they meet their women, who are feisty, independent and self sufficient. Eli Green, the bad guy, is still around, and the overarching story keeps getting deeper. Because of the story line running through the series, the books are best if read in order. So worth the one click, I give this one five stars.

I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Danger Intensifies!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2022
This book , like the others in the series, seemed to be such quick reads to me. I know it was because I got so involved at the very beginning and stayed that way until the end.

Logan and Dallas' romance was intense and steamy from the very beginning. It was absolutely instalove, but didn't feel that way. With so much action, danger, suspense, and Intrigue occurring, it seemed as if they had known each other much longer. Logan was immediately as protective of Dallas as each of the other SEAL'S were of their SO's.

Dallas seamlessly fit in with the rest of the team. I liked that they all accepted her so easily. I also like the way the entire group works together for the same goal, and treat each other as family.

I was holding my breath on and off during this book as I kept waiting for that other shoe to drop. This book, as well as the others, did not end on a cliffhanger. The story is not complete. Eli Green and his minions are evil. The mystery has not been solved. The danger is real and lurking around every corner. No one is safe. The suspense is next level. I am truly looking forward to Nash's book.

I suppose this book could be read as a standalone. I would suggest it be read in order. Each book very briefly mentions something from previous books, but the only way to get a full, complete picture is to read the series in order.

I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Cheryl B
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama-filled, exciting story!!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2022
Wicked Predator by Felicity Brandon and Delta James is the story of Logan and Dallas. He’s a shark shifter who, along with his comrades, protects…unknown to others. She is a fierce protector of the ocean and responsible for the cleanup of a massive spill. Together, they can accomplish much….if they can get past everything else!!!

Enjoyable, exciting story….with a lot of smack….great read!!!! The characters are strong, determined, and fiercely protective of loved ones!!! Plenty of intrigue and heat!!

I am volunteering to leave a review for an Advance Reader Copy of this book
5.0 out of 5 stars Love my shark shifter guys!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2022
The 4th book in this series is Logan and Dallas's story! As you can probably guess, I loved it! Logan comes upon an oil spill while out swimming in the ocean. Dallas is the chief clean up person for the oil company. When these two meet up, sparks are gonna fly. She's a sub and with him being a Dom, you just know things are gonna get heated! The story flowed so well and while this is a stand alone, I really recommend you start at the beginning because the characters are all in each of the books. These shark shifters have drawn me into their little world and I can't believe how much I really love them. And you know there is going to be danger involved. I really couldn't put the book down. I was traveling when I got this so my husband had to listen to music while I read! LOL! Such a good story and now I need Nash because I'm a little worried about him!!!

Complication (Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights Book 2)

The action between this couple are almost too hot to handle. They simply reach out and grab your heart right from the start. Thankfully, the hopping back and forth time wise is kept to a minimum. But I’m still dying to read the next one!

The Reluctant Retiree

Little did I know my search for stolen art would become a complication for the boss of the Valhalla Syndicate. A complication he has decided to keep.

I knew who he was when I met him at a fundraising event. Anders Jensen, is the boss of Norway’s most powerful criminal organization, the Valhalla Syndicate. He heard I was hired to find a painting stolen by the Nazis. He has offered to fund my expedition in exchange for one of the other looted paintings he wants for his personal collection.

Accepting his offer has drawn me into a web of intrigue and danger. When a sniper’s bullet nearly ends my life, I find myself in Anders’ embrace and under his protection.

Then he showed me his secret… Now I’ll never get away.

Complication is a fated mates provocative paranormal romance.

The Reviews!

	Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2022
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This is the second 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, survived, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, tens, 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, alliance, communication, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
This is a story about looking for stolen art from the era during the Nazi plunder from WW II.
In this story, the H is a snow leopard shifter who is known as the Sentinel of Sabu and the boss of Norway's most powerful criminal organization called the Valhalla Syndicate. The h is an art historian/lawyer who helps reunited stolen art from the Nazis to their rightful owners. When they meet, he recognizes her as his fated mate.
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping His Mate Safe
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2022
This is the second book in the Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights series each book reads as a standalone yet connected but you do not need to read the first in the series to understand this one, each book has a sexy as all get out shifter and their mate. Buckle up this is a wild ride, dangerous men, alpha personified, possessive, oh, so gorgeous, brooding all the makings of a deliciously story 😊. There will be suspense, betrayal, expeditions for lost paintings, secrets reveled, violence, hope, forgiveness, and maybe love.

Once you start this book just like the one before it you won’t stop even when you have things to do so by the time you’ve figured out who is who and what is what, you’re already hooked, and you may as well give up the fight and prepare yourself for an all-nighter!

Can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Gabriella smart, strong, self-sufficient, an historian/attorney so she knows the legal way of doing things, they do not submit to anyone other than their mate (sometimes not even then 😊 depending how they are feeling) and she didn’t apologize for her human flaws in fact she demanded that you accept her just as she is flaws and all. Gabriella is on the hunt for a specific painting a priceless piece that was stolen by the Nazis during World War two (I learned a few things I didn’t know about the WWII) and when she is contacted by a man, she pays it very little attention. Anders sexy as all get out boss of the Valhalla Syndicate who usually gets who/what he wants when he wants them/it, knowing his mate is the beautiful historian(he has kept a very close eye on her of course without her knowledge) he has to have her by any means necessary, so if that means getting her to work for him (basically trapping her to himself) just to be around her he thought would be enough but no it wasn’t she defies him at every turn, spankings don’t mean much to her when she has her own agenda but they are a lot of fun (in true Delta James fashion all her females are strong willed, defiant but love just as hard) just the right one for Anders she won’t take his none of his mess. So, when he approaches her about finding a treasure, she isn’t impressed in fact she doesn’t even like him or she keeps telling herself because the attraction was off the charts from the moment they met. Gabriella agrees to help him find his treasure, but he wants to go along with her which she isn’t agreeing to until someone takes a shot at her sister barely missing her and in steps Anders who strong arms (shhhh persuade them) into the Sabu Stronghold as guest who aren’t allowed to leave under the name of protection (of course he has an ulterior motive -his mate ) getting her right where he wants/needs her and of course she isn’t too happy in fact she is so upset with him and she doesn’t mince her words on letting him know either. But going after the painting is her goal so when he shifts showing himself to be a snow leopard she escapes to continue her mission of finding the painting but there is danger someone do not want her to find the painting and will do everything in their power to stop her but Anders isn’t going to allow anything to happen to his mate and she will feel his displeasure in leaving his protection but will they find out who wants her dead, will she find the painting, will he find the treasure he was after, will she submit to being his mate, will he give her reason to want to be his mate, will he keep her safe through the twists & turns, and will they find happiness along the way?.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend reading the books in this series in the correct order
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2022
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I really am enjoying this series as usual with Delta James books -great characters,fun plots with humor and snarkiness decorating it from the start of the book. BUT, I gave this book only four stars because I got really bored and was starting to lose interest in the plot in the middle of the book. I really enjoyed the main characters and decided not to stop reading this book. I love history and Art so the sub plot looking for stolen Art from the Nazi plunder from WW11 was fascinating because of all my previous research. I would definitely recommend this series also because I love animals. Once again Delta James books are great!

Alliance (Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights Book 1)

Alliances are made. Complications are kept. Judgments are demanded.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Delta James, a stunning book in the Syndicate Masters, Northern Lights romance series.

I am a pawn in a dangerous game. One he will take by any means.

Years ago an alliance was made between the Tiamat Syndicate and the Northern Lights Coalition. I was promised to Gunnar, the head of the Blood Eagle Syndicate. Our families believed an alliance was the only way to prevent all-out war.

With my father dead, my brother Joshua refuses to force me into Gunnar’s bed until he needs to forge an alliance with Gunnar against a common enemy-the Bratva.

I am a pawn to both sides. So I ran. I ran as far as I could to get away from him. I should have known better… Lions love to hunt.

Once he catches me he expects me to play by his rules. He thinks he can bend me to his will. It would be so much easier to fight him if we weren’t fated mates.

When the Bratva attack, can I use the war to escape him, or will I join him in the battle?

Rhonda Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars brings excitement and anticipation that does not disappoint
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2022
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'Alliance' is the first book in Delta James' "Syndicate Masters: Northern Lights" series. It picks up right where book four, "The Understanding" in her "Syndicate Masters" series left off. So if you thought the original series was exciting and wanted to know what happened after the bonding ceremony, then be prepared because the underlying plot that carries through brings excitement and anticipation that does not disappoint! The joining of Gunner and Marley sealed the alliance between the Tiamat Syndicate and the Blood Eagle Syndicate. Made by both fathers when the Tiamat Syndicate needed physical and financial aid, Joshua, the eldest son and now leader has given Marley a reprieve by not enforcing it since both fathers have passed. But when the Tiamat Syndicate needs that alliance again in order to stand against an attack by the Bratva, Joshua has no alternative but to honor the original alliance and hand Marley over to Gunner. Marley, on the other hand, has been coddled, spoiled, and let them have her freedom and independence. As a matter of fact, she's a world-renowned deep-sea diver. She has no intention of being subservient to any man even if Gunner thinks they are fated, mates. It was fascinating to watch both characters grow into their own as an epiphany after epiphany came to mind. But regardless of how much their minds argue and fight there's no denying the chemistry of a fated mate and it's evident within these pages. And when Marley finally receives a new nickname from Gunnar it absolutely melts my heart.
	Cheralyn R. Quinn Army Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars ALLIANCE:Syndicate Masters Northern Lights!!
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2022
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Alliance is an amazing book!! It grabs your interest from the beginning and doesn't let go!!! Several times I found myself holding breath wondering OMG what had she gotten into!! Marley is smart stubborn and definitely doesn't want to be where she is!! Ms. James manages to get her characters in and out of trouble all the while you are frantically turning pages to see how!! Buy this one y'all. It is so worth it!!
	VMG 💯dle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars For MATURE READERS is MAXIMUM CORRECT 💯
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2022
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Please don't underestimate the above reader's caption 🙅💯.

Please RESPECT that the Author DELTA JAMES is BACKING UP HER pre-warnings to the FULLEST. 💯

There's NO "skirting around" the content of this book. It is IN FACT a Dark Mafia PNR 💯💯


It is also a reader's "GROWN PERSON INDIVIDUAL CHOICE" to or not to read. Judgement FREE 💯.

The actual story ( as it pertains to the story👈,
was ( wisely handled by the Author) , in her layering & creating a storyline, characters, background developments, a concise history behind the Alpha Male; as well as his More Than Equal to him, "fated partner". 💯

The Mafioso Alpha Persona and Energy, the definite push & pull, plots, the unforseen 😯, the betrayals, the loyalties, the action & the ending ??

The Author also layered in some sensuality ( another wise choice ).
👉Some👈. NOT enough to "touch nor change" ANY pre-warnings.

It skimmed off a "few" edges of it, IMHO.

Delta James PNR DARK GENRE is very INTENSE.

Obey/ Anyway 👈, is exactly what this reading genre is, teeth bared.

Hence, the pre-warnings 👈. Appreciate the Author for that.....

Inheritance: Masters of Valor Book 3

I did not believe it when they said you can hear the sword sing … I should have. My life changed forever the day I acquired the sword.

Telling anyone you are a dragon shifter is difficult, telling your lover – nearly impossible. I have been hiding for years after escaping my origin clan and their plans for me. When the first dragon showed up I thought I had been found. But now that he is dead, I hoped he never had the chance to tell anyone where I was living. I was wrong.

Gillian was everything I could ever want from a woman. I knew she was meant to be mine, now I just need to convince her. I feel like she is keeping something important from me.

The odds are not in our favor – four humans against a whole clan of dragons.

Can we save Gillian when she is taken by her origin clan, even with the swords?

The Reviews!

Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2022
I would strongly encourage anyone reading the Masters of Valor series to read the Prophecy prequel, which sets up this series. It will help the reader understand the four main male characters, Gabriel Watson, Tristan Crawford, Bennet Greyson, Ford Montgomery, and the magical swords, Courechouse, Clarent, Arondight, and Caliburn. I would also say that because these books are told in chronological order, you should read them as such.

The third book will focus on two main characters, Ford Montgomery and Gillian Millhouse. She is the owner and operator of the Page and Quill B&B; Ford is a construction contractor. These two have danced all around their feelings for one another. She is sassy, a former Marine, and carrying a deep secret.

The story’s plot will have more about how Ford acquired the fine sword, Caliburn, and include scenes of how he must use it to defeat dragons. It also continues from the previous story, where a fire has damaged Gillian’s B&B, and she, along with Ford, are staying at White Falcon Manor, the home of Anne and Gabe. A big part of the story will involve the newfound relationship between Ford and Gilly and throw in a murder, dragons, and secrets.

“You have to believe, my friend. The world is full of unbelievable things if you just open your eyes to it.”

The story has the good, the bad, and the evil in the world. Eventually, the truth about Gillian being a dragon shifter will be revealed. She has been in hiding for years, going into the Marines when her Alpha father has arranged a union with Darius. After a nightmare of her capture and the destruction she inflicted upon the enemy, she was ready to separate from the military. Still, she refused to return to the west coast and her origin clan. She wandered until she found Rackham’s Roost, met Faith Goody, and decided to settle, making a peaceful life. But that peace was destroyed by Wyvern, Richard Davenport, and Sheriff Larsen. Will Gillian need to leave and find a new safe location? What will happen when her closest friends, and now a man she has feelings for find out what she is?

I love the fast-paced, action-packed, mystery-suspense supernatural story. With each story, more details come to light. It is far from over, and what will happen when Anne learns about Gillian? Will they all blame her for an invasion of dragons? Or will they be willing to join her in fighting against them? I love the chemistry between Ford and Gillian together when they finally stop fighting their feelings and embrace them instead.

“Some women dream of being rescued from a tower. You slayed an actual dragon for me.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Shifters! Mystery! And Romance!
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2022
I thought this book would be a good one after how the previous book - Deception - ended. I loved this story so much. Gillian and Ford are meant to be together...even though it takes some time to get there. Unbeknownst to all Gillian's friends, she is a dragon shifter and the experience with dragons has not been good for the 4 warriors and their mates as they settle in their new community. But as most anyone knows, you cannot hide secrets such as this for too long before they are found out. By the time Ford does find out about Gillian it may be too late. This is a a very suspenseful story that began in the very first book and it grew along with the mystery. The connection between Ford and Gillian is quick to grow and a love like theirs is soon at risk. But there was a reason Ford and his friends have their swords. It was meant to be. It was a very good book. I enjoyed it a lot. I hope to here how they are doing in future books of this series (much like the author has done in previous ones) They are the best. So while you are sad to see the story end, you get updates on them in other books. Well worth reading! But I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series first as each book builds upon the previous one. So good.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating!
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2022
Ford Montgomery, part of the Steel Knights investigation based in Rackham’s Roost, won the sword Caliburn at an auction in London. Caliburn, the last of the four magical swords wielded by the Knights of the Round Table, has found its rightful owner in the present day.
Gillian Millhouse , a purebred drakaina, and decorated Marine, has found the perfect place to heal from her traumatic experiences at the hands of insurgents. She has found peace and comfort in building up her business, the Page and Quill B&B, in Rackham’s Roost. None of her friends know she is a dragon shifter and although very attracted to Ford, she is very concerned that he will reject her when he discovers she is a drakaina. To add to her stress, she believes that her clan of origin has discovered where she is and will force her to return to Crater Lake, Oregon to fulfill her responsibilities as a mate to the Alpha.
The ongoing mystery of the whereabouts of Blackburn’s treasure as well as the unsavoury plot behind Wyvern’s and Davenport partnership is finally resolved. A dramatic and impressive ending to the series.

Deception (Masters of Valor Book 2)

When I found the sword it came alive in my hands. It has been quiet since then … until the dragons arrived.

I wanted Paige from the first time I met her. When lunch ended in her arrest I knew had to protect her. She was arrested for embezzlement but there is more going on here. I always believed follow the money and find the culprit. But when her father gets involved and the dragons show up, it appears there is more than money involved.

I left my family and the cult they led years before. Hiding in plain view at the bank. Keeping my head down and remaining in the background, until I was arrested. My father has promised me to one of his partners and he means to force me into marriage with a man I don’t know or want.

Evil thinks it will win but it doesn’t know about the sword. Can the sword and I protect Paige from the cult that thinks it owns her?

The Reviews!

Rhonda Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2022
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"Once known as the Knights of the Round Table, fate had forced their hand and they’d watched their chance to be the defenders of the Light slip away. Thirteen original swords had been forged for those who sat at King Arthur’s table. Now, only four remain; four new heroes would rise to find and wield them in the cause of the Light."
James, Delta. Illusion: A Supernatural Fantasy Romance (Masters of Valor Book 1) (p. 5). Kindle Edition.

'Deception' is the second book in Delta James' "Masters of Valor" series. This storyline is so enthralling it pulled me in immediately and moves so fast that I finished before I was ready. If you've been waiting for the story about Bennet Greyson, aka Ben, and the Arondight Sword, the unfading light of the lake, had once been wielded by Lancelot—yeah, the guy that cheated on his best friend with his best friend’s wife, then you're in for a real treat. He's one of the Marine Raiders who would make the pack while in the Middle East. All the swords have been found. Their team has been assembled and they've relocated to Rackham’s Roost, North Carolina to establish their businesses and keep their vow to protect the innocent. We've known that Ben has an inordinate amount of knowledge when it comes to antiques but now we find out he also has a law degree and is licensed to practice all along the Eastern Border. That comes in handy, trust me. Another fair newcomer to the area is Paige Davenport. She's the assistant manager of the local bank. Ben noticed her right off and even though her attire is rather dowdy and plain the fact that she wears open-toed stilettos peaks his imagination! Unfortunately, Paige is keeping secrets of her own from everyone in the town. At least she did until she was arrested for embezzlement of bank funds. The twists and turns in this storyline are amazing! And if you thought we were finished with Wyvern, you'd be wrong. We now have more than one dragon to contend with and a parent who is as evil as Snidely Whiplash (ok, my age is showing). It’s a remarkable storyline and I can't wait for the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars ‘ODD’ WAS THE ORDER OF THE DAY
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2022
I would strongly encourage anyone reading the Masters of Valor series to read the Prophecy prequel, which sets up this series. It will help the reader understand the four main male characters, Gabriel Watson, Tristan Crawford, Bennet Greyson, Ford Montgomery, and the magical swords, Courechouse, Clarent, Arondight, and Caliburn. I would also say that because these books are told in chronological order, you should read them as such.

The second book will focus on two main characters, Bennett ‘Ben’ Greyson and Paige Davenport. Ben is one of the newcomers to the area, four former Marine Raider, like Gabe, Triston, and Ford. The four men have plans to work together, opening several businesses, including Refuge, a lifestyle club, and Steel Knights Investigations. Ben also is into antiques and comes from a prestigious family. Paige is the assistant manager of the local bank, but she is the daughter of a powerful man. Her life will be turned upside down when she is accused of embezzlement and arrested.
Sara B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Book in the Series
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2022
Another fantastic read in this spin-off series. The storyline focuses on Ben and Paige - their journey to becoming a couple and the fake embezzlement charges she faces.

This is a fast-paced and quick read. Favorite couples Gabe & Anne, and Tristan & Goody are heavily involved in the storyline as is potential couple Ford & Gillian. It is fun to watch Anne bonding and forming a strong friendship with Goody, Paige and Gillian. These ladies are happily in love with their men and willing to be a bit naughty together sparking their Doms’ to provide some punishment.

This book picked up where the prior book left off and ends with the overall story and mystery left unsolved. The storyline will pick up in the next book focusing on Ford & Gillian.

I definitely recommend this series, but definitely start with the first book - preferably start with Masters of the Savoy. The Savoy series starts with Sage Matthew’s relation with Roark and it’s her home Anne & Gabe have purchased, and her erotic books are frequently mentioned by characters in this series.

I’m excited for the next book in this series now that we’ve had a hint at what Gillian has been keeping secret.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Illusion (Masters of Valor Book 1)

From the moment I saw the sword, I knew my life would never be the same. The first time I picked it up it vibrated, hummed, and shocked me. Since then nothing … until now!

A powerful, real estate developer has been buying up land in the area and wants my business. He refuses to take no for an answer. My bakery, Goody’s Goodies, has been in the family for more than a century, it is the only thing I have left of my grandmother. I will not sell. But his threats are becoming real and people are dying.

I have been searching for the mystery woman I scened with in a club in New York. I knew she was mine but was called away just before she was unmasked. Imagine my surprise when she shows up at the B&B next door to my planned lifestyle club, The Refuge. She has drawn the fury of a very old and dangerous shifter.

This is not the first time I have met up with this evil. It is time for the sword to awaken for it is said the sword can kill a dragon.

Can we eliminate him before he turns everything Goody loves to ashes?

The Reviews!

	Denise DeCrescito (From In Here)
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced start to a great new series
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2022
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“Fate has a way of leading us to where she wants us to be.”

Once again, author Delta James gives us a story that combines elements of romance, fantasy, real history, creative history, action, adventure, and just the right amount of spice to make a perfectly delicious book. “Illusion” is the first book in the ‘Masters of Valor’ series, which is a spin-off series from the ‘Masters of the Savoy’ series. There is a prequel called “Prophecy” which sets up this series, but this book is so well written that I think you can follow everything even if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading the prequel.

“Illusion” begins in New York, where Cynthia ‘Goody’ Goodson is a successful pastry chef. She arrives home early one night and discovers her boyfriend in a situation that explodes everything she thought they had together. She’s still a member of a lifestyle club although she hasn’t been there in a long time because her boyfriend wasn’t into it. She calls to ask if she can book a room there for a few nights and a session with a Dominant so she can clear her mind. Sometime later, a death in the family has Goody relocating to North Carolina to settle her beloved grandmother’s estate, which includes a bakery that’s been in the family for generations.

Tristan Crawford is a renowned treasure hunter of lost ships. He happens to be at his lifestyle club in New York when asked to scene with a blindfolded submissive. They have an amazing session together, then he’s interrupted by an emergency call from a friend and abruptly leaves. He’s happily surprised to meet her again in North Carolina, and excited that the unusually perfect chemistry between them is as powerful as it was in New York City. Tristan and Goody have a second chance at love in this romance with strong paranormal elements, and they make the most of it.

This is a fast-paced, action-packed story that kept me involved from the first paragraph to the last. The main characters are compelling, and I really wanted them to get their happy ever after. Also there are BDSM elements in the book, Tristan comes across as particularly sensitive and romantic, not hard-edged. The villains are horrible, and their treachery runs deep. There are a lot of characters in the book but it never gets confusing, and as a reader you’re aware that most are characters that will be recurring in the series. As usual with books by this author, I’m very much looking forward to the next story!
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE WAS HIS NORTHERN STAR
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2022
I would strongly encourage anyone reading the Masters of Valor series to read the Prophecy prequel, which sets up this series. It will help the reader understand the four main male characters, Gabriel Watson, Tristan Crawford, Bennet Greyson, Ford Montgomery, and the magical swords, Courechouse, Clarent, Arondight, and Caliburn.

Masters of Valor is a spin-off series from the Masters of the Savoy series where present—history—and paranormal collide. In that series, Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Watson, head of security at the Savoy, will meet Anne Boelyn, who has escaped the veil and her prison between light and dark at the Tower of London. The following stories will share how Tristan, Bennet, and Ford find their swords and how they use them to fight evil.

This story begins in New York, where Cynthia ‘Goody’ Goodson is a highly sought-after pastry chef known for her baking. She will come home early, catch her live-in boyfriend cheating on her, and learn their years together as a couple was a farce. As a Midnight Caller BDSM club member, she will go there for the night and ask for a session with a Dom—while she remains blindfolded. The night is one for the books—but he gets a phone call and must leave. Several months later, her grandmother dies, and she must go home to Rackham’s Roost at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is time to return to her roots, and Goodson’s Bakery is renamed Goody’s Goodies.

“Fate has a way of leading us to where she wants us to be.”

Tristan Crawford comes from old money, but his family considers him the black sheep, except when he makes news as a famous treasure hunter of lost ships. He will be in New York and at Midnight Caller when asked to scene with a mystery submissive who chooses to be blindfolded. They have an incredible scene—and he plans on enjoying her more until he gets a call for help from one of his friends and must leave. What a surprise to come to the Outer Banks and meet up with his mystery lady. The story will share how Tristan finds his treasures and makes his fortune, leading him to the second sword, Clarent, the Sword of Blood Peace—the sword that slew King Arthur.

I love the fast-paced, action-packed, mystery-suspense supernatural story. What isn’t to love, two strangers, one magical night, months later, reconnection, and the erotic chemistry are as strong if not stronger than their one night at Midnight Caller. Tristan and Goody are the yin to the others yang. Throw in several critical people, a few troublemakers, and an evil dragon! You have the good, the bad, and the ugly all collide.

“He was insane; he was obsessed; he was hers.”

Tristan: Cynthia Goodson, love of my life, holder of my heart and soul, the only woman I ever wanted to sail off into the sunset with, will you marry me? Sweet thing? I’m waiting.
Goody: You don’t really think I’d turn down my very own knight in shining armor, now do you?
Tristan: The appropriate answer is yes.
Goody: Then if that’s what you need to hear, yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I would rather slay dragons with you than own and operate a five-star Michelin restaurant.

“It was as if each supplied the missing piece to the other that had always been missing.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, Magical New Series!
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2022
Tristan Crawford is one of the four comrades who found themselves in a cave trying to escape their enemies. A spectre appeared rising from the pool of water in the cavern with a sword called Courechouse and told them about the four magical swords Courechouse, Clarent, Caliburn, and Arondight. Tristan is the Master of the magical sword called Clarent, the Sword of Blood Peace, the sword that slew King Arthur. After leaving the Raiders, Tristan becomes a treasure hunter and eventually found Clarent in a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.
Cynthia Goodson aka Goody works under a celebrity chef in New York. To overcome the betrayal of coming home to find her boyfriend with one of his co-workers in bed together, Goody, decides to seek comfort at BDSM club. She asks that she be blindfolded for the session. Tristan is her mystery Dom for the night and there is a deep connection between them. Unfortunately, Tristan get unexpectedly called away and Goody leaves the next morning so neither of them know who was their partner.
Fate intervenes.
The previous year, Goody moved back to Rackham’s Roost in North Carolina. Her grandmother left her the small town bakery that had been in her family for generations. Goody has successfully expanded the business but is still dreaming about her ‘mystery Dom’ Tristan is now back in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, close to Rackham’s Roost, having joined his four comrades in their business. They always said that they would come together and form Steel Knights Investigations after all the swords had been found. The perfect first case for Steel Knights Investigation is to probe into Faith Goodson’s, Goody’s grandmother’s, unexpected death.
Another delightful book and the beginning of an amazing series by Delta James.

The Understanding: (Syndicate Masters Book 4)

Once I have her back she will understand.
I get what I want and I want her.

This is such a great story and ending to the series. The couple are ones that you can easily identify with. I could swear I saw hints in the ending of things to come in future series. That makes it so much better while I wait!.
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The Reluctant Retiree

Braden Hughes is the last of a long line of illegitimate descendants from the great kings of Wales… and the syndicate kingpin of Cardiff. I know his secret and he wants me back at any cost.

Five years ago I knew love until I saw something I shouldn’t have and ran!
He has been hunting me since I disappeared that fateful night.
But now he is not the only one hunting me…

Four years, eleven months, two weeks and six days.
That is how long she had been gone when we found her.
But someone else found her first …

The Reviews!

Roxanne Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars End of the series
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2022
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This fourth book winds up the saga of the UK shifter/protectors. Again we have a Dominant alpha male and a strong willed, highly intelligent female who is anything but submissive. He's keeping secrets from her for fear of losing her but could lose her for being less than forthcoming. Still when they are united in purpose, they are a force to be reckoned with. While not a cliffhanger, the end introduces the prospect of a continuation of the characters in a new series. Gotta love Delta James for her creativity and imagination
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing finish
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2022
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I didn't want this series to end, but since it has to this was the best way it could have happened. I loved Carys and her fiestiness. I also loved Braden and his over the top Alpha-ness. The story was fantastic and had all the action and heat I've come to love about Ms. James, and the HEA was spot on. I like that the stories in this series can be read as stand alone a, but I always recommend reading them in series order
Sara B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but just not my favorite Delta James book.
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2022
The 4th book in the Syndicate Masters has a storyline that grabs you attention and keeps it until they very end of the book.

Both main characters have strong personalities, Braden is a very dominant alpha who when he sees what he wants, he makes sure he claims it.

Braden gradually sweeps Carys off her feet and she is later installed in his castle, and treated as if she is Mistress of his clan. Their passionate relationship blows up when Carys sees something she shouldn’t have seen and that Braden had kept secret. But she doesn’t give him the chance to explain or ask him any questions - she just runs and hides from him for years.

Due to not being open, Braden loses his fated mate for nearly 5 years. They get a second chance when Braden pulls an very alpha move that changes the dynamic of their relationship that may cost him what he really wants. Actions have consequences and Braden doesn’t realize his actions aren’t justified because those actions made him feel better. He seems to have not learned his lesson on keeping secrets from Carys and almost loses her again.

The story is compelling and the characters are engaging on the surface, but I just don’t connect with a book when authors separate a couple over miscommunication or secrets, and especially when the separation extends for several years! I’d rather the characters have a blow up fight, then cool off and discuss what’s going on or what they thought happened vs reality - ya know, actually be adults instead of running away.

My frustration with the extended separation increases when the female is presumed or said not to have any relationships while apart, and then alternatively, the male waits a short time before he just has to give in to his uncontrollable sexual urges and have sex with other women.

In this case, and in my opinion, him thinking about the love of his life while using someone else for a sexual release just boils my blood and makes it even worse. To outright use one woman while claiming another is the love of your life is just BS and demeaning. Just no. This also really does nothing to propel the storyline along, it just detracts from the sexiness of the male character

I found it almost impossible to find Braden to be a romantic or loving male. Yes, Carys ran away from Braden, but his actions and intentionally keeping secrets is what put her in the position to freak out and run. I feel he is doubly wrong and then how he reclaims her just is a step too far. As much as I wanted to like this alpha male, he just pushed too many of my buttons. Carys’ actions are also frustrating and hit some of my hit buttons.

The majority of books I’ve read by Delta James are easily solid 5-stars reads. My opinion on this book only being a 3-star is my opinion and I’ve spelled out what upset me, but this is my opinion because you may have an entirely different tolerance for those plot points.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review
Rhonda Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging to say the least
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2022
'The Understanding' is the fourth book in Delta James' "Syndicate Masters" series. I have to admit this one had a more dramatic, adventurous feel to it. Perhaps a bit more drama. Braden, the Alpha of the Smilodon Sabretooth Clan, often referred to as the Beast of Penarth has known Carys is his fated mate but doesn't actually meet her until the day of her mother's funeral when he attends to pay his respects. For some reason that causes her mother's extended family to become rude and hostile towards the man. But as time progresses Braden maneuvers himself to be at the coffee shop where Carys goes and they wind up seeing each other. There are several miscommunications between these two and because both have such strong personalities it plays havoc on the D/s relationship Branden is trying to cultivate with Carys. Twists and turns in the story, along with a plot for murder, keep it engaging to say the least. Of course, it's a Delta James paranormal fated-mate relationship so you know the chemistry is off the chart. I was thrilled when they finally got their happy ending and then the guests showed up and we have a whole new scenario playing out. I can't wait to see where Ms. James takes us on this one
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