Submission: Masters of the Savoy Book 3

Another Historical Figure Appears!

Ms. James has obviously done her homework as another historical figure makes her appearance. The series already features multiple names from the beloved Sherlock Holmes series, but now someone who truly live appears!

None other the Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. We are taken from her tragic death in 1536 to current times when she runs into Saoirse who recognizes who and what she is. One thing leads to another and Anne comes to the famous Savoy hotel where she meets Gabriel. Hmmmmmmm…..

Book Blurb:

She has watched through the veil for centuries… now it’s her time to escape.

Denied her happily ever after, Anne Hastings has waited almost five centuries to pierce the veil and find one for herself.

Gabriel Watson suspects Anne is in trouble when he sees Anne entering the Savoy with Rachel’s friend, Saoirse. He wants to know who she is, why she’s checking into the hotel with no luggage and why she’s meeting with an infamous forger?

His friends Roark and Holmes have settled down with two beautiful mischief makers. Gabe figures whatever they’re up to with Anne can’t be good. And he’s right. Anne is on the run from two men who will do whatever it takes to drag Anne back—the Warder of the Veil and the Angel of Death.

Gabe has to solve the mystery that surrounds Anne before she is pulled back into eternal darkness and torment. But time is running out.

November Wrap Up

Since I wasn’t doing as many posts in a month, I decided to temporarily suspend the weekly Sunday Post. But I still wanted to wrap up the month, so here’s a listing of the posts and books from the month of November.

Book Reviews:

Silent Predator by Delta James.

Touch of Light by Delta James.

Touch of Fire by Delta James.

Claimed by the Cyborgs by Grace Goodwin

Lifestyle Posts

Fixing the Bike Trail

Remembering the Casserole!

Rethinking Audiobooks

So that was my month. How was yours? I’ve made it through Thanksgiving surrounded by friends. We’ve all made sure to get our vaccinations, boosters, and flu shots. If you are choosing to not be vaccinated, at least do everything you can to protect others. Whether that is by wearing a mask, getting a test the day before, or something else, think of your family and loved ones before yourself.

See you in December!

Rethinking Audiobooks

Books on tapes are nothing new. I can remember hearing about them when I was much younger. At that point in time, they were primarily intended for blind or visually impaired individuals. If I’m not mistaken, they tended to be the classics. They had a special cassette player you were given and then you checked the individual books out of a library.

Spin the years forward to today. Now Audiobooks are widely available. Most authors readily embrace audiobooks as a way to reach yet another segment of the audience. Also, they are available from more places.

Off the top of my head, I can think of 4 different sources. There are more. I can think of NetGalley, BookFunnel, iTunes, and Audible. These are the ones I use.

So why would you listen to an audiobook? There are many reasons, while taking a long trip, while shopping, walking the dog, taking a hike. I’m sure you can think of others. Recently, however, I came across other reasons.

Since I’m somewhat of a speed reader, there are often things that my mind just glosses over. When you are listening to an audiobook, you can’t do that. So details that previously escaped you are brought out. No matter how many times I read “Brought to Heel” by Delta James, I completely missed the fact that Dylan’s pack is located in the Tidewater, Virginia area.

After listening to more of that series, I was delighted to hear how the narrator was able portray the assorted regional accents the characters would have. It also helped me to locate where Ravenscar was. Ravenscar is a major pack in the Alpha Lords series. Obviously, I knew it was in Great Brittan, but until I listened to the last book in the Wayward Mates series, I didn’t know it was located in England itself.

Something else that others may find happening while they are reading. Foreign names just fly by me. I can’t pronounce them to save my soul! But when Anna Lowe had her Aloha Shifters recorded, her narrator does an absolutely fabulous job of the tongue-twisting Hawaiian names!

So there are many reasons to listen to audiobooks. I hope you’ll try some soon!

Touch of Fire: Fated Legacy Book 4

This book is one that makes me truly thank the author in every way I can. “Why?” you ask. All through the Tangled Vines series, Fated Legacy, and the newest series, Paranormal Mystery, she has been mentioning three famous BDSM clubs. Dante’s in Italy, Baker Street in London, and Torchlite in California.

If you read “Corked”, the prequel to the Tangled Mates series, then you recognize that Torchlight is owned by the Sonoma Pack led by Damian Steele. If you grab the novella, “En Vino Veritas” from Delta, you will find that the DeMedici pack owns Dante’s.

But it wasn’t until Mariah Halsey takes refuge at Baker Street that the missing series fell into place. Remember Mercenary Masters? The series debuted in July of 2020. It’s the only human owned club that Ms. James mentions. It’s also mentioned several times in the new Paranormal Mystery series. I can’t wait!

Mariah is obviously the daughter of Oliver and Rosalyn Halsey. Simon, on the other hand, is a new alpha to our group. He’s the heir to the Alpha of London, and full of his own tricks to bring to bear on the problem of the Darkness.

Book Blurb:

The Darkness has fallen on London and needs a new host.

I use a blowtorch to make sculptures out of twisted iron. I’m an artist, independent, tough and an American. My life plan is to create beautiful art and follow my own destiny.

My fated mate is Simon Howard, the newly crowned Alpha of London.
Simon’s plan is different as I find out when he kidnaps me from a gala event featuring my art.

The Darkness possessed a wolf in the pack and learns many things about shifters. Secret things only known to us.

When the Darkness threatens all they hold dear, will Mariah and Simon be bound together to banish the Darkness?

Redrabbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DARKNESS HAS COME TO LONDON, ENGLAND
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2021
The series is an ongoing saga. I love that we see the next generation—the offspring of those from Wayward Mates and Tangled Vines—but we also get to catch up with the couples from the first two series. The story takes place in 2048 and moves around the globe. The fourth story will have Mariah Halsey in London for a charity auction where she has donated several pieces of her unique artwork. Simon Howard has avoided taking over as Alpha of his clan, but it is time to step up and take his rightful place, and once he realizes his fated-mate is here, he is ready to claim her.

“Hello, Mariah. I can’t believe we haven’t met before now, but then I understand your mother eluded your father for years. Rest assured, my sweet mate, you will not be allowed to report that mistake.”

The story’s plot continues with another couple finding themselves as fated mates; this time, it will be Simon Howard of London and Mariah Halsey of the Hamptons. But, it also has issues with the Hunters and the Darkness—who has found itself a new, weaker host. Mariah is in London for a charity auction where all the other couples will also be attending—the last thing she expected was to be called to by her fated mate. The two will have a standoff, shift, and the chase is on—but don’t count this alpha she-wolf out; after all, she is Roz’s daughter.

Genevieve Howard: Simon, are you sure?
Simon: Quite sure, as the other alphas who saw my mate respond to my call, can attest.
Mariah: I’ve lost my appetite. I’d rather go back to the hotel.
Simon: I’m sure you would, love, but let’s table the discussion about where you’re going to spend the night until after dinner. If I loosen my grip on my beautiful mate, she will try and steal away from me.
Mariah: You’ve got that right. Let go of me.
Simon: That is enough, Mariah. You will behave yourself, or you will find yourself receiving my discipline before anything else.
Mariah: Who do you think you are?
Simon: I believe I answered your question, pet. I am Simon Howard, your fated mate.

The story includes Simon taking control of the London pack, declaring he has unseated his weak-willed father as Alpha, and having the loyal backing of their pack. It will have Simon and Mariah playing cat and mouse in the merry chase, capture, capitulation, and claiming.

Simon: Come here, pet. I won’t bite. Well, I suppose that’s not technically true, is it?

“Sated and replete, her eyes closed, and the realm of dreams rose up to embrace her. Sighing, her mind taunted her that she had lost. But her heart whispered to her that she had won. She would choose to listen to her heart.”

The story has the good, the bad, and the evil, and with it comes the loss of some of the London pack members, a new fated-mate pairing, and yet, the Darkness is still a problem. Will the wolves be able to once again defeat and lock away the Darkness preying on the world? This series will continue with at least two more books.

“Taking its next host, the Darkness absorbed its knowledge. The destination seemed a good place to feed, to heal, to become invincible. Then it would return to the city across the sea. It had a score to settle with those descended from the one who had trapped it so long ago.”
Sherri D
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hot Alpha!
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2021
Mariah is an alpha she-wolf who will not bow down to any alpha wolf, fated mate or not. Once the extremely sexy Simon gets his hands on her, she doesn’t have a choice. The Darkness possesses Simon's father.

Touch of Light: Fated Legacy Book 3

If you haven’t started keeping track of families in this series, you are definitely going to want to. Things are heating up and getting hotter by the book!

Jed Steele is in Italy, visiting the DeMedici vineyards. Looking to learn more to help take his family vineyard in Sonoma, he is startled to find his fated mate. If his mate’s father hadn’t been with him, things might have taken an entirely different path.

Book Blurb:

The Darkness has risen and has a new host in its grasp.

I have known Jed Steele my whole life. It isn’t until he sees me walking in the family vineyards in Tuscany that he decides I am his fated mate.

I have my life planned and it does not include a fated mate. A job offer in San Francisco combined with an invitation to visit New Orleans for a friend’s restaurant opening gives me the perfect excuse for leaving home. He can’t claim me if I am not here.

The trip was supposed to be something new and exciting. Instead it has turned into a nightmare. Evil was waiting for me and its powers are growing. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.

An ancient evil on the rise. Will they be able to work together before the evil extinguishes the light?

Dorothy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2021
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This was a good read. It was not as exciting as Skylar and Travis story but still good. I am still not a fan of BDSM clubs I feel that should be in private and at home not in a club but again to each his own. And not to scare anyone off who reads my review no the book is not only talking about that. This is a true keep you on your toes story. A good read. I am looking forward to the next read.
Redrabbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars FATED MATE—WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT IT?
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2021
“Your granddaughter has destroyed his minion, but the Darkness is clever and abandoned the body before its demise. The Evil One hides in the shadows of the city, seeking another to help it escape. Watch over your people, Calista. The Darkness seeks to conquer the Light, and it is the children of the wolves who will battle this evil.” –MawMaw Chantal

“The Darkness had been banished for now, but not vanquished. The Darkness could only be contained, but she feared it might never be defeated.”

The series is an ongoing saga. I love that we see the next generation—the offspring of those from Wayward Mates and Tangled Vines—but we also get to catch up with the couples from the first two series. The story takes place in 2048 and moves around the globe. Josiah ‘Jed’ Steele will be in Florence, Italy, visiting Marco DeMedici’s vineyards and seeing Luca Marion. Still, when he sees Katarina Marino, he knows she is his fated mate.

“Still, without thought he rumbled to her quietly, enjoying her surprised response.”

Luca: No apology for calling to my daughter before speaking with me?
Jed: I fear not. My family history is not that of wolves who ask permission to claim what is theirs. Would I like your blessing and that are Marco? Of course, but one way or another, your daughter is my fated mate and you saw proof of that with your own eyes.
Luca: That I did, and I suspect it was what provoked her sudden departure.

The story’s plot will have Jed calling to Kat, and she decides to use the excuse of going to New Orleans for the soft opening of Loup de Mer restaurant, to go there early. She will leave Italy, and it won’t be long before Jed learns she has left—but he knows that she is his—and she has to know, he will come for her. With the multiple murders in New Orleans tied to a dark entity, MawMaw Chantal warns Skylar and Kat that the Darkness is not gone and seeks a stronger host, one who will do its bidding. The story will revolve around the relationship and claiming of Kat by Jed—but also it will include the Darkness, and how it will affect them.

“The stronger the host, the stronger the Darkness. Wolves are inherently stronger; it would value one of you as a host.”

Kat: I-I don’t understand
Jed: What? I wasn’t supposed to understand that you can’t allow this Darkness thing to roam free to create havoc and mayhem? Come on Kat, give me credit for being smarter than that.
Kat: You’re coming with me?
Jed: What else would I do?
Kat: But what about your responsibilities here?
Jed: I am your fated mate. You are my primary and most important responsibility. So no, my beautiful mate, we are in this together.
Kat: You understand
Jed: I do indeed. Again, I am your fated mate.

“Often what we don’t understand is easier to dismiss than to explain.” –Chantal

The story will leave America and have Kat and Jed going to London, England, to attend Mariah’s exhibition. They will meet with Simon Howard, the son of the Alpha of London, and discuss some things that have happened—the next story will pick up from here.

Jed: We were able to track the Darkness and the Hunters to England and then lost them.
Simon: Any idea why it came here?
Jed: We think looking for more Hunters.
Simon: That would make sense. What is your plan?
Jed: Keep my mate safe and destroy it.
Simon: How will you do that?
Jed: That’s the problem—we don’t have the faintest idea.

Silent Predator: Masters of the Deep Book 1

The intrigue in this book and series will draw you in from the very first page. Ms. James and Ms. Brandon have created a most puzzling world here. There is mystery woven through every chapter.

Shiloh Whitaker has but one purpose in her heart, prove that her mother didn’t commit suicide, but was instead murder. With this in mind, she has obtained a doctorate in Marine Biology and is a renown treasure hunter. It wasn’t until she received a mysterious envelope from her recently deceased father that her mind was made up. Now all she needed was to find that forgotten sunken ship, the USS Kracken.

Mason Lockheart lives a double life. By day he’s a highly decorated Navy Commander in the SEALs. By night? By night he’s a Great White Shark shifter, tasked to follow in his father’s footsteps and protect the USS Kracken and the secrets she took to her watery grave. He, along with 4 other male Shark shifters, will give their lives if needed, to protect that secret.

When their paths cross deep beneath the sea, who knows what will become of them both….

The Book Blurb

A predator prowls the Sea of Cortez, protecting a mystery that has been kept silent for almost a century—damning information that some are still willing to kill for.

Mason Lockheart is a highly decorated Navy SEAL with a mission that he can never reveal to anyone… even the curvy redhead who’s determined to bring everything up from the depths of the sea. Mason’s family has been part of a clandestine patrol since the USS Kracken went down. He has taken on a solemn duty to protect its final resting place and its covert mission.

Twenty years ago, Shiloh Whitaker’s mother was murdered to keep her from revealing what she knew. As a child, Shiloh watched as her mother’s killers got away, running from her home into the black of the night. Now later, she’s a celebrated marine biologist and treasure hunter, but her real calling is to find the Kracken and prove her mother’s suicide was anything but.

When Mason spots Shiloh’s submersible lurking in the dangerous waters around the Kracken, he tries to frighten her away. But Shiloh doesn’t scare so easily—even if the thing that sends her sub to the surface has rows and rows of razor -sharp teeth. Something about Shiloh calls to Mason in a way he’s never known before. Determined to pursue a passion he doesn’t truly understand while still upholding his oath, he follows Shiloh into a storm that could destroy them both.

When the truth is revealed, will Shiloh betray Mason and the Kracken, or will all of the secrets of his heart be safe with her?

The Reviews

TCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Mason and Shiloh
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2021
This is the first book in the Masters of the Deep series by Delta James and Felicity Brandon.
This is Mason Lockhart (highly decorated Navy SEAL) and Shiloh Whitaker (marine biologist and treasure hunter) story. The quote below is what just fascinated me to read this extraordinary book.

A predator prowls the Sea of Cortez, protecting a mystery that has been kept silent for almost a century—damning information that some are still willing to kill for.

He has a mission that he can never reveal to anyone. Mason’s family has been part of that mission to protect the USS Kracken ever since it went down to its final resting place at the bottom of the sea and its covert mission.

Twenty years ago, Shiloh's mother was murdered, she watched as 3 hooded men ran away and since then Shiloh has spent her adult life trying to prove it, as well as her mother's theory about the USS Kraken. These two met in a bar in La Jolla, CA, well the chemistry is just off the charts. They spend the night together, both have secrets, they go their own way in the morning, him telling her to stay put, he would be back. Needless to say she leaves and begins her search to prove her mother theory. They meet again whilst he is guarding the Kraken as a great white shark, and when he finds Shiloh in a small submarine searching the wreckage site! The more they interact with each other the more they want from each other. Will they be able to sort out all their feeling toward each other? Will the truth come out? In this book you will find a very alpha male (great white shark) and a very feisty female who shows guts and determination in the face of adversity. Brilliant read!!!
Rhonda Hicks rated it it was amazing
Delta James and Felicity Brandon have conspired to create a first-time read for me and it's amazing! 'Silent Predator' is the first book in their new series "Masters of the Deep". If you've read the blurb then you know Mason Lockheart is a decorated Navy SEAL. He's also a great white shark shifter. He and four other shark shifters, like their fathers before them, have the duty of patrolling and protecting the sunken USS Kracken from interlopers. It's a rather singular life between career and duty. Shiloh knows what she saw twenty years ago when those three masked men left her house. Her mother didn't commit suicide and she intends to prove it. All she needs to do is locate the USS Kracken and get the physical evidence to prove her mother's theory in order to do so. These two characters hare on a collision course from the very beginning. Both are strong personalities, both dedicated to what they believe is right. Of course, with these two authors, you know there's bound to be domestic discipline. Yeah, this was all determination then hot chemistry and explosive scenes along with a mystery trying to be solved, and then the sleaze-ball I didn't give a second thought about decided to show his hand. Now I'm wondering how he exactly fits into the picture. Just a side note of curiosity. Do sharks bite and convert their mates?? Interesting concept, don't you think?
Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! Now I love shark shifters!
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2021
I'm a huge fan of shifter stories. You know, wolves, bears, big cats, dragons but I never thought I would like a shark shifter! I don't like sharks but with this book, I think I could easily become a fan. Delta James and Felicity Brandon have teamed up to write Silent Predator and all I can say is wow! Mason is a shark shifter and military guy who is tasked (along with a few others) to protect a sunken ship that seems to hold secrets about WWII that some people don't want found. Shiloh is a professor but is leaving to see if she can figure out why her mother was killed years ago. This story, from the very start, pulled me in. The attention to historical detail was wonderful and the descriptions of Mason when he shifted was something I could easily picture in my mind. Will Mason be able to stop Shiloh from snooping around? Can he keep her safe? Oh, don't miss this book. If you love shifters, this is one that you will love!

Strong: Ghost Cat Canyon Book 5

The exciting conclusion to Ghost Cat Canyon!

I won’t let my mate slip away again.

I will have to use all my intelligence training to solve the murder of my father and clear my brother’s name. My brother hired Kennedy Greyson, lawyer extraordinaire and my bonded spirit, to defend the family.

We have a past neither wants to admit to, much less try to fix. I move in a shadowy world that frightens and repulses her. But she knows the core of the man she’s fallen in love with is honorable and worthy.

As a human, she is unaware of the existence of shifters. She must work her way through the mire of small-town jurisprudence and her own feelings to solve not only the whodunit of Cyrus’s murder but the secrets that lie at the heart of Looking Glass Falls deceptions.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read mysteries. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone for me to admit that I did not see the ending coming. Okay, let me rephrase that, we all knew the killer would be exposed. I just didn’t expect “who” the killer of Cyrus was.

We also learn who killed Hannah in the first place. A few other unexplained deaths are solved. Also, an unexpected type of shifter is revealed. All in all, a very enjoyable series conclusion!

The Reviews!

Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
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This is the fifth and final book in the Ghost Cat Canyon series. It's a fast-paced and continuation from the previous book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, anger, fear, pain, friends/friendships, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, tension, arrogance, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, doubts, murders, complications, death, evil, violence, confrontations, jealousy, contentment, possessiveness, acceptance, protection, frustration, determination, loyalty, deceit, rivalry/rivals, betrayal, hope/hopelessness, sacrifices, conspiracy, manipulating, desperation, lies, greed, misunderstandings, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
OMG! What a fitting ending to this series. In this last book, the identity of the murderer is revealed and the reasons for killing Cyrus.
Read to find out what happens. I voluntarily reviewed this book and this review is my own opinion.
Sue T.
5.0 out of 5 stars All good things must come to an end…
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
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And apparently so do great series. This amazing author managed to write books that while complete as far as each couple is concerned had an overlaying storyline that had me guessing whodunit from start to finish. Yes I was slapping my forehead for not figuring it out sooner, but put it down to being so captivated by the chemistry of each couple that it was hard to think coherently. Fabulous paranormal/shifter read with enough twists and turns to please any mystery/suspense buff.
Redrabbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU DON’T WANT TO LIVE LIFE WITH REGRETS
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2021
The series has been an ongoing saga revolving around a murder, one that will conclude with Strong. The sons of Cyrus and Hannah Waverly, Cade, Cash, Cole, and Clay, will each be involved in the storylines. The series is a paranormal shifter tale with steamy heat and power exchange and includes dubious consent and consent. The story is full of action, adventure, danger, mystery, suspense, passion, romance with a dominant man and a woman who loves him enough to acquiesce and submit.

“He tried to tell himself he’d taken no pleasure in what he’d done, but that was a lie. There was a primitive, feral satisfaction that came from having served justice so completely.”

Strong is the final book in this fantastic murder/mystery/suspense series, and the killer of the much-hated Cyrus Waverly will be revealed. BUT, this story is so much more than that—it is full of motives, secrets, greed, and best of all, the passion between two people—former lovers who have been apart for seven years. Yes, this will bring Cole Waverly and Kennedy Greyson together. She is the high-powered defense attorney hired to represent Clay Waverly. It isn’t an easy or fast reunion because there is plenty of angst and anger in her.

The story’s plot gave this avid reader everything I wanted in the final story—continuing along the murder-mystery-whodunit and the heated relationship between Cole and Kennedy. There are so many people in line to see the demise of Cyrus—I don’t think he had any friends, no one to mourn his death; if anything, they toasted his end. But, someone is trying to frame Clay—the only one of the four sons without an alibi. It will be up to Kennedy to protect her client—and even his family when the heat is on. Cyrus was in bed with the wrong people, and the Waverly family and Koyama have their enemies—but was it enough for murder? The one thing that Kennedy nor Cole was expecting was each other—but now that they are together, he is determined that it will be forever.

“It’s all right, Kennedy. No one will know I was here, not tonight or any of the other nights until you’re ready to tell them. But, make no mistake, Kennedy Greyson, you’re mine and this time nothing and no one will take you from me.”

The story has a back history of Kennedy and Cole—back during their military days, and it even comes with the good, bad, and ugly of situations. Secrets because of military clearances, lies from superiors, and the fallout will all play their part in this tale. But Cole is a man who has known that she is his bonded spirit—there will be no other—and now that she is at Koyama, he doesn’t plan on losing her again. How will he share with her his secret, and once she learns he is a cat shifter, how will she react? What does their future hold?

“If I don’t get to feel guilty about our past, neither do you.”

Kennedy: You do know I’m on your side and at some point, I’m going to need to talk to him, right?
Trey: No one’s trying to exclude you.
Kennedy: I know you think you’re protecting me and him, but you aren’t. They will get a proper search warrant for the ranch and bring out a team.
Cole: Who will never find him. I’m telling you, Grey, if he doesn’t want to be found, he won’t be.

“Soon, he was going to have to lay all his cards on the table. He’d lost her once to a pack of lies, deceptions, and half-truths, he wasn’t going to do it again.”

The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly of people—even people who should be upholding the law instead of remaking it because of getting in bed with the devil. Several murders or suspicious deaths in a small town can’t be coincidental—and it isn’t. Money, greed, hatred, power, and control all play their role—but was it enough to kill? How far will the enemy go to get what they want? Threatening the land, the lives, and the livelihood? I will have to say that I liked the powerhouse of Kennedy Greyson, and the chemistry between Cole and her is the perfect blend of dominance and submission, control and surrender, and erotic passion. Even one final secret doesn’t scare her away—she embraces it.

“How about this time we choose together and choose us?”

BTW, when the killer is finally revealed, it all makes perfect sense! I would love to see another book—or novella for the four Waverly brothers and their bonded spirit to have their weddings.

Negotiation (A Paranormal Mystery Book 2) 

DSI Michael Holmes is one of three individuals in London that started out as characters in author Sage Mathew’s book series. A year or so ago, for reasons yet unknow, Felix and Michael found themselves crossing over to our world, followed a short time later by Roark. Roark has since married and collared his creator, Sage.

Michael still isn’t sure why he was able to cross over, but he is biding his time until he gets an answer. In the meantime, he takes the time to play at Baker Street, the BDSM club in London.

Dr. Rachel Moriarty makes her living by leading small groups on customized tours of London. That’s how she met Sage, Roark, and Michael.

Now she has reached out to Scotland Yard and is referred to Holmes. Maybe the young officer sent her to him as a joke, but her problem is no joking matter. Her last tour was of Jack the Ripper’s victims home. As they left the room of his last known victim, something strange happened. Something evil..

Just remember, Jack the Ripper was never found….

I love the fun the author is having with the characters and the echoes of Sherlock Holmes. The mystery just keeps drawing me in deeper. I don’t remember who owns “Baker Street” but I enjoy the way it keeps popping up.

	Marlene D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel and Michael's story
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
Rachel Moriarty is a transplant to London, running a specialty tour group business...but on her last visit to the infamous Mary Kelly house, the last of the victims of Jack the Ripper, she encountered something strange and has been seeing an apparition since...so she takes her case to Scotland Yard, meeting DSI Michael Holmes. Michael is friend of Roark the famous detective and Felix, the concierge of the Savoy...none of whom existed before the writing imagination of Sage Matthews...they went through the veil, becoming real people instead of characters in a novel...and Holmes is convinced that whatever Rachel is seeing is real, as now there is broken obsidian mirror which Ripper used to escape whatever curse held him in the mirror since the late 1800's...but you will need to read this spooky but tantalizing story to see what happens...I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
	Donna L
4.0 out of 5 stars MIND BLOWING
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
This book was seriously entertaining and right up there with
one of the most quirky paranormal romance book that I have
ever read. I should not have been surprised that this talented
author could send me into a spin, but she did just that and so
much more. The story was rich with imagery, complexity, and
imagination. I suggest reading book one to familiarize yourself
with the characters and their backgrounds. This is not a long
read, but it was truly entertaining and needed all my attention
to get on top of the storyline. Once I had this under control, it
was smooth sailing.

Dr Rachel Moriarty was a discrased professor now living and
working in London. She gives small private tours in the seedier
parts of London. When Rachel finds a powerful evil force trying
to harm her she is so unserved that she recruit Detective Michael
Holmes from Scotland yard to protect and solve the mystery.

Michael's attraction to Rachel was immediate. She awakened the
sleeping Dom. He realized that Rachel was deeply submissive, but
oh how she struggled. He would do anything in his power to protect
her including enlisting the help of his friends Roark and Sage. Here
is were you need to believe that a veil can exist between two worlds
and try and make sense between the unexplainable where the past
and present connect causing an electrifying conclusion.

I felt that the secondary characters played an intrinsic part and added
depth to this story. Loved the concept with it's a constant build-up and
plot development. Except the unexpected.
	Amy Reads Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
Michael Holmes is a Scotland Yard Detective. Rachel Moriarty is an owner of a tour company, and when she is dealing with a malicious spirit haunting her, she reaches out for help, and Holmes steps up. It is love at first sight for him, and she is soon on board. Roark Samuels and other characters from Advance help, along with her college roommate, but you will have to read the book to find out more.
The cover got my attention. The first paragraph drew me in. This book is incredible. I'm a big fan of Delta James, and have read most of her books. Beautifully written, this is my favorite. The Hero is over the top, but that is exactly as he should be. Rachel is feisty, and perfect for him. If I could give this book six stars, I would. It is that good.

I received an advance review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review

Advance: A Paranormal Mystery

This book has an interesting history. Originally released in the Dirty Daddies 2020 anthology, it had a definite age-play theme. Ms. James expanded the story and released it for a short time as “Best Seller”. Updated and expanded to lead a paranormal mystery series, it is now available as “Advance”.

Sage Matthews is a bestselling author of romantic suspense books featuring the hot stud Roark Samuels. She feels like she’s gotten into a bit of a “rut” with the stories, but her agent is demanding that she continue with the books. Like many plus sized ladies, she has self-confidence issues. Here of late, however, she has started to dream of Roark…

Roark has watched Sage as she worked on her laptop. He’s been with her since the beginning of her career and has watched her blossom. But now, now someone is threatening her and that’s not something he’s willing to tolerate. Once again, he examines the boundaries that imprison him. Something has changed, the boundary between him and Sage is thinning….

As readers, we don’t always remember that “Paranormal” doesn’t just mean our favorite shifters. It encompasses so much more!

The Reviews!

Redrabbitt
TOP 1000 REVIEWER
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
Verified Purchase
Wow, did Ms. Delta James pen a unique and page-turning tale. All the jokes about book boyfriends, but in this fantastic mystery-suspense story, he won’t just be a fantasy; he will become a true hero. The story was initially released in the 2020 Dirty Daddies Anthology under the name ‘Best Seller’ and did have the daddy/little girl vibes—but not in the rewrite—which has also been expanded.

Bestselling Author, Sage Matthews, has had a great run with a series of wildly popular romantic suspense books with a hot main character, Roark Samuels. What had been meant to be a single book became a series. Each book sold more than the one before it, making her shoot to the top of the bestsellers lists. Roark Samuels was just a little bit kinkier with each book, and that worked with her readers and publisher. But Sage wants to write something new, and her publisher, Gail Vincent, is fighting her on it. A trip to a book signing in London is the last straw for these two. A nasty breakup will only be the beginning.

The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly of people. Several things have law enforcement worried about, but there is nothing concrete for them to establish who is stalking Sage—yet the threats are real and are becoming bolder. How far is a killer willing to go—from the USA across the ocean to London, England. When Sage tries to expand on her newfound freedom, it nearly cost her her life. When she comes too, she will find herself rescued by none other than her character, Roark Samuels.

“She didn’t need a keeper who would try to box her in. What she needed was a Dom—someone who would act as her protector, confidant, mentor, anchor, disciplinarian, and lover, and dominant—and she would obey and submit whether she liked it or not.”

I loved how several characters from her stories will find a crossover dimension, leave the web, and find themselves at the Savoy in London. Nothing like writing heroes and being rescued by them too.

“Don’t you die on me, Sage. Come back, do you hear me? Holmes was right, you know, you need someone to look after you, but I’m here, love. Your Master is here.”

“This guy looked exactly like she had always seen him in her head and had described him, and he acted like Roark, except for the whole Dom thing—but that wasn’t possible. Roark was someone she had created—a figment of her imagination. Or was he? the voice whispered again. Shut up! No one knew Roark was actually every hope, every dream, every fantasy she’d ever had rolled into one.”

Has she got into the head of her hero character, or has he reached into her head? Roark brings out a new dynamic that Sage never introduced in her stories, a Dom, and proving to her she is submissive. He is strict, demanding, and knows exactly what she needs---even if she doesn’t believe it.

“A book? How could this be happening? Was this all some crazy dream? Had she died? If so, was this heaven or hell? Maybe she was just in a coma and would wake—but what if she didn’t want to?”

The story has a strict, take control Dominant, matters of life and death, well-earned punishments, and sizzling hot explicit sex scenes. Best of all, it has the villain captured and new life for Sage and Roark. But that won’t be the end—this is a new series, and the next book, Negotiations, in The Paranormal Mystery, will feature another character from Sage’s bestseller books!
Castiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2021
Verified Purchase
This is the third incarnation of this story that I’ve read (it was a short story in an anthology, then a longer standalone, and now this expanded series starter) and each version keeps on getting better!

Sage (h) is a great character - well-rounded (in shape and personality) with all her quirks and cares and insecurities, who has written her perfect hero in Roark.

I’m so glad that there will be more of these, as I want to see more of this couple, as well as the other characters who have ‘escaped’.
GOODREADS Review:
Kathy Heare Watts rated it FIVE STARS (it was amazing)
Shelves: adventure, anal-play, authority-figure, betrayal, bullying, conspiracy, contemporary, control, crime, dark-and-dirty
WHEN CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE

Wow, did Ms. Delta James pen a unique and page-turning tale. All the jokes about book boyfriends, but in this fantastic mystery-suspense story, he won’t just be a fantasy; he will become a true hero. The story was initially released in the 2020 Dirty Daddies Anthology under the name ‘Best Seller’ and did have the daddy/little girl vibes—but not in the rewrite—which has also been expanded.

Bestselling Author, Sage Matthews, has had a great run with a series of wildly popular romantic suspense books with a hot main character, Roark Samuels. What had been meant to be a single book became a series. Each book sold more than the one before it, making her shoot to the top of the bestsellers lists. Roark Samuels was just a little bit kinkier with each book, and that worked with her readers and publisher. But Sage wants to write something new, and her publisher, Gail Vincent, is fighting her on it. A trip to a book signing in London is the last straw for these two. A nasty breakup will only be the beginning.

The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly of people. Several things have law enforcement worried about, but there is nothing concrete for them to establish who is stalking Sage—yet the threats are real and are becoming bolder. How far is a killer willing to go—from the USA across the ocean to London, England. When Sage tries to expand on her newfound freedom, it nearly cost her her life. When she comes too, she will find herself rescued by none other than her character, Roark Samuels.

“She didn’t need a keeper who would try to box her in. What she needed was a Dom—someone who would act as her protector, confidant, mentor, anchor, disciplinarian, and lover, and dominant—and she would obey and submit whether she liked it or not.”

I loved how several characters from her stories will find a crossover dimension, leave the web, and find themselves at the Savoy in London. Nothing like writing heroes and being rescued by them too.

“Don’t you die on me, Sage. Come back, do you hear me? Holmes was right, you know, you need someone to look after you, but I’m here, love. Your Master is here.”

“This guy looked exactly like she had always seen him in her head and had described him, and he acted like Roark, except for the whole Dom thing—but that wasn’t possible. Roark was someone she had created—a figment of her imagination. Or was he? the voice whispered again. Shut up! No one knew Roark was actually every hope, every dream, every fantasy she’d ever had rolled into one.”

Has she got into the head of her hero character, or has he reached into her head? Roark brings out a new dynamic that Sage never introduced in her stories, a Dom, and proving to her she is submissive. He is strict, demanding, and knows exactly what she needs---even if she doesn’t believe it.

“A book? How could this be happening? Was this all some crazy dream? Had she died? If so, was this heaven or hell? Maybe she was just in a coma and would wake—but what if she didn’t want to?”

The story has a strict, take control Dominant, matters of life and death, well-earned punishments, and sizzling hot explicit sex scenes. Best of all, it has the villain captured and new life for Sage and Roark. But that won’t be the end—this is a new series, and the next book, Negotiations, in The Paranormal Mystery, will feature another character from Sage’s bestseller books!
MGKA rated it FIVE STARS (it was amazing)
So different!

The plot of this story was fantastic! Completely original and so entertaining! I had a feeling Gail was not the person she appeared to be, but taking scene from Sage's books to threaten her with...yikes. I loved how Roark was able to break through right when she needed him the most to save her in so many, many ways. Great read! Excellent characters!

Fearless: Ghost Cat Canyon Book 4

Running from the law won’t stop me from protecting my mate

Serena is my bonded spirit. The first time I saw Serena I was mesmerized by the water nymph playing naked in the stream. I knew immediately that she was mine.

As a human, she’s not aware of my lion. I make plans to share my secret and propose. Taking her to my favorite spot in the hills for a special date.

But before I can claim her as my own, my father is murdered and I become the prime suspect.

They have issued a warrant for my arrest. My brothers convinced me to hide in the wilderness while they work to find the killer.

Now I am on the run and my mate is alone.

I will prove my innocence and claim my mate.

Who killed Cyrus?

The Reviews!

Redrabbitt
TOP 1000 REVIEWER
4.0 out of 5 stars BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
The series will be an ongoing saga, so this is your warning for those who get upset that the story does not end and consider cliffhangers or unanswered sagas an issue. The sons of Cyrus and Hannah Waverly, Cade, Cash, Cole, and Clay, will each be involved in the storylines. The series is a paranormal shifter tale with steamy heat and power exchange and includes dubious consent and consent. The story is full of action, adventure, danger, mystery, suspense, passion, romance with a dominant man and a woman who loves him enough to acquiesce and submit.

The story's plot will have Clay Waverly and Serena Clarke along with the battles they must face—before they find each other and then after. While the beginning of the book sets up these two characters, it will bring up things that happened in the previous stories and how it all falls into place using a timeline up to the present day. How Serena came to live in the area, and when Clay first sees her, knowing she is his bonded spirit.

“She was a bit like a wild mare: beautiful, intelligent, strong, and courageous, but distrustful.”

From the previous stories, for some reason, the sheriff’s office wants to place the blame for Cyrus's death on Clay—since he doesn’t have an alibi. The person he was with was shocked to learn he is a lion shifter and fled—now, she is back, and she is fierce, ready to help protect him.

“It was a lot to take in, but did it really change how she felt about him? Her heart ached at the idea that she might never see him again. Could she live with the fact that he wasn’t completely human? More to the point, could she live without him? Did she even want to?”

“Give to me, Serena. You’re mine. My mate, my bonded spirit, my everything.”

The story has the good, the bad, and the evil—and trouble is coming Clay’s way. Clay and his brothers know he can live off the land and stay safe, but not if Serena is with him. To protect others, Clay must go in hiding, and once Serena comes to terms with his shifter status, she knows that it doesn’t matter, only the love they have for each other. She will be of more help at Koyama, working with Kennedy, drafting motions and cooking, and offering her support at the ranch. But, how far will a sheriff go to get to Clay? Will he try to implicate Serena?

There are still unanswered questions surrounding the death of Cyrus and even Hannah—now Clay is arrested, being accused of murder. The plot only thickens, and new information will be revealed, along with the killer in the final book, Strong.
Sara B.
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book in this fabulous series!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
A fantastic installment in the Ghost Cat Canyon series! The mystery surrounding the murder of Cyrus, the much hated sire of the Waverley brothers, continues to provide some suspense and drama while the steamy relationship between Clay and Serena will fog your glasses. Of all the Waverley brother’s Clay is the only one who has had a relationship with his bonded mate for a long period of time, approximately 18 or more months. He and Serena really know each other and have developed a significant bond despite Clay’s insistence they hide their connection to keep Serena off his father’s radar.

Serena’s past includes working for Kennedy Greyson’s law firm as a paralegal and after being fired she ended up working for Earthly Spirits winery which is owned by Wolf shifters and a part of another series by the author. I love when you little Easter eggs that tie books to other works by the author or other authors. Unless you are familiar with the Tangled Vines series, you won’t even realize the significance of these other characters and it in no way impacts this story. It’s just a fun tie-in for fans of The author’s other works.

The suspenseful storyline has evolved over four books and continues to add clues for the reader to solve the mystery before answers are learned in the next book. The legal drama and paranormal elements have added to my enjoyment of this series in addition to the D/s & BDSM elements Delta always includes in her books.

I’m really looking forward to the final book in this series which will focus on Cole and Kennedy’s relationship, past and present, and bring the conclusion to the mystery of who murdered Cyrus and why.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Donna L
4.0 out of 5 stars Shifter Romance
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
This book by Ms. James has a touch of mystery, danger, intrigue, conflict,
all set amongst an incredible love story. It was beyond sexy with chemistry
so electrifying you will be left with goosebumps. The intimacy between Clay
and Serena was smoking hot. Once again, we are back on Koyama with the
Waverly brothers. This is Clay and Serena’s story but does include all of the
characters from the previous books in this series. I enjoyed the emotional
story that brought Clay and Serena together.

Serena never expected that being fired from her job would lead her to Looking
Glass Falls and straight into Clays arms.Serena’s reaction to finding out the truth
about Clay was to run, but his growl called to her soul, and her place was to be
at his side, proving him innocent of his father's murder.

Clay was on the run. A prime suspect in his father's murder.Keeping Serena safe
while one step ahead of the law proved challenging. She was his. His mate.His
bonded spirit.

This chapter of this saga was compelling and full of excitement. I can't wait for
the next book for answers to the mystery that is this series.
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