Astarte's Wrath started out as a full blast of tension: war, fear, uncertainty. However, Trisha Wolfe lightens the story with a beautiful romance like...moreAstarte's Wrath started out as a full blast of tension: war, fear, uncertainty. However, Trisha Wolfe lightens the story with a beautiful romance like no other, filled with hope and strength.
Astarte is a Kythan guardian, charged with the protection of the Queen of Egypt's son, Caesarion. While Cleopatra is overseas fighting the King Octavian's Roman forces, Astarte wars within herself. Her race, along with the Naroclym, have been slaves to Pharaohs for centuries. It's in her blood to obey every command even when it comes from her best friend. As Astarte struggles with her forbidden feelings for Xarion and her determination to loyally protect and serve him, she learns of a new foe against Egypt.
As Astarte's Wrath continues in Wolfe's flowing and passionate writing style, the story comes alive with meaning and purpose. Though I have yet to read Destiny's Fire, another Kythan Guardians novel, I can feel that I won't be lost when I finally delve into it. The whole dynamic between Egypt and Rome, the Shythe, Narcolym and Kythan people becomes clearer as Astarte's story takes off. The intro was a very intriguing starting point to introduce one of the main concerns of the plot, but I felt so lost jumping into so much of the history of the story so quickly. I really didn't understand at first, but I loved that Wolfe kind of breaks down the situation further along so as to not keep readers confused.
Astarte and Xarion's romance was every bit of tragic, but I would not ask to have anything about it change. It had all the emotions of a classic forbidden love but with a twist stemming from the story's mythological set up. Do not hesitate to jump into the Kythan Guardians series at this point! I truly believe that readers will experience a world that will leave them begging for more!
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Kristie Cook spices up the popular subject of souls, romantic reincarnation, of love that spans lifetimes. The first in her all new Book of Phoenix se...moreKristie Cook spices up the popular subject of souls, romantic reincarnation, of love that spans lifetimes. The first in her all new Book of Phoenix series, The Space Between, is another addition to the new adult genre that the world will embrace with willing arms.
Leni's last day in Italy, when her dream of dancing on stage comes to a close, she comes face to face with Jeric Winters. Their meeting seems like fate but the connection is instant. When Jeric and Leni part ways they never expect to see each other again, especially not in Leni's hometown in Georgia. When life starts getting weird for them both they find that they only have each other, a locked journal, and mysterious tattoos.
The Space Between is more contemporary romance with supernatural elements than an all out adventurous fantasy. Though the story takes readers back to the past, to show the connection between Leni and Jeric's past lives as Jacey and Micah, it didn't feel like the story took off until the last ten to fifteen chapters. Reincarnation can be a tricky storyline to get into more so when readers have to relive the same story twice. Even with tweaks and differences, it takes the edge off the excitement of the plot. I really had a hard time getting through Jacey and Micah's chapters, especially knowing that I was reading something completely similar to what I'd just read about Leni and Jeric or what would be coming.
Despite the structure of the story, there are elements of characterization that spoke volumes about the uniqueness of Cook's writing style. Jeric and Leni have tough pasts, tragic and complex. Cook's characters have depth that shows in their actions as well as their thoughts and feelings. I loved that the most solid aspect of their connection was sign language. Jeric had to learn to sign because of hearing loss and Leni learned to better communicate with an older family member. It's not often that I get a chance to find a story like The Space Between that presents characters with physical challenges or some other aspect that's makes them more relatable as real, every-day people.
Cook is an author that charms her readers with thoughtful plots and tantalizing characters. The Space Between is especially perfect for readers who strongly love stories about souls and reincarnation.
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The Baby Bargain is an awesome romance of a determined mother who will do whatever it takes to do right by her child. According to Jennifer Apodaca, e...moreThe Baby Bargain is an awesome romance of a determined mother who will do whatever it takes to do right by her child. According to Jennifer Apodaca, even if doing whatever it takes involves Megan Young, a successful young veterinarian, telling her son's ex-Marine, and absolutely against commitment, father that he has a son, well then...she'll do it.
This Once A Marine novel may be set in the small town of Raven's Cove, but it's packed with a variety of characters and touching experiences. Apodaca makes it so easy to feel involved in both Adam and Megan's lives, their choices and consequences of their actions. The hint of suspense that threads through the plot enhances the emotional aspect and draws us further into their story.
I can't imagine someone reading The Baby Bargain and just completely hating it. It has a mildly heated romance and a relatable theme. With its cozy feel, I recommend it for a rainy summer day when you can just curl up inside and take your time reading it. It's an absorbing read that will definitely take you away! *eARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*(less)
Allison Parr's debut new adult romance is absolutely amazing! Rush Me is a refreshing contemporary novel that will have readers immediately wrapped up...moreAllison Parr's debut new adult romance is absolutely amazing! Rush Me is a refreshing contemporary novel that will have readers immediately wrapped up in the lives of its characters. Rachael is a saucy lead with a determined outlook on life. She wants to make it in the publishing industry and she has plans to stick with her unpaid internship until she finds her dream job. Ryan is is the misunderstood and underestimated pro football player that gets under Rachael's skin and will charm every reader.
I enjoyed every second of reading Rush Me. The plot is realistic and at the same time it's a storyline that will make you think it could only happen in dreams. Parr manages to bring Rachael and Ryan together even after their relationship started on rocky grounds. With a pacing smooth as butter and a high emotional drive, Parr has created a very engaging and entertaining story.
Between the characters with quirky characteristics and vulnerabilities and the fantastic romance, Parr will gain fans something to talk about. Many stories have been published under this newly popular genre but not all of them have that spark of connection, like Rush Me. It's officially one of my favorites so far and I'm also hoping to read more from Parr in whatever genre!
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