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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Reviewing Ghost by J.M. Dabney

Ghost (Executioners #1) by J.M. Dabney 4*
BLURB: Gideon Jane earned the name Ghost for his reclusive nature when he joined a group of guys in Powers, Georgia in a band called Executioners. It had been his way of settling into small town life after living in New York for the past twenty years. He loved the band and his small organic farm. What he didn’t love was being single, but it appeared it was his new reality. He didn’t want his ex back, although he did want something. What that was eluded him until the evening he walked into Nightingale’s Books.
Small town girl Harper Sage knew pain, and she’d lived with it—she had the scars both mental and physical to prove it. It would’ve been easier to hop in her car to find safety and anonymity, but Harper stayed to prove she was stronger than hurled fists and bruising prejudice. She found herself within the safety of a close-knit group of rough bikers and bar bouncers. That didn’t mean it was all perfect.
What’s a girl to do when she craves normalcy and acceptance: she just smiles. Choices are made, some with dire consequences and others that bring her closer to her dream. Will she make the right decision or finally discover escape is her best option?

My Review: I received a free copy for reviewing purposes This was a new to me author, and the book seems to be a spin off from an earlier series, but that didn't matter too much as the story held up well on it's own. I really liked how the author didn't hold back from being realistic without being overly harsh with the descriptions of self harm and abuse. I also liked how Ghost was portrayed as a man who is not the usual buff hero but at heart he was the best hero I've read in a long time. As for Harper I liked how, with Ghost's help, she grew and developed throughout the book without it turning to an unbelievable HEA. In fact the writing was so good and the other characters from (I presume) the previous stories were so good I don't think this will be me last J.M. Dabney book.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Audiobook Review of Necromancer's Dilemma by SJ Himes

Necromancer's Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2) by S J Himes, narrated by Joel Leslie 4*
BLURB: Even love can die without trust.
Angel's brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?
Daniel Macavoy, Angel's new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought - especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.
The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston's only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon's devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true - and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.
Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.
Contains male/male sexual content. Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.

My Review: I loved this book. The author wrote a wonderful, interesting story and the narrator brought it to life with passion that was felt with every word - there's a reason he is one of my favourite narrators. I really hate having to wait for book 3 (at least I hope there will be a book 3) but, until then, I shall search out more SJ Himes or Joel Leslie stuff.