Book Reviews

Broken in Silence is not a romance. It is about a family torn apart by a demon. As readers we follow what happens to twin brothers Tanner and Tobias. Their exact age at the time of the demon attack is unclear, or thereafter.

The brothers experienced true horror at the hands of demon. When they were younger (i’m going to guess early 20s), a demon murdered their parents, and little sister. The demon didn’t stop there. While Tobias was unconscious, the demon place a sort of curse/spell on Tanner transferred in the form of a kiss. A curse that would haunt him for the next two decades because it was not only inside him, but the very thing that drove him seeking the demon.
From their families murder, the twin brothers went in completely different directions. This novel mainly focuses on Tanner as the main character. Tanner went towards the dark and became the leader of the Underworld. Think mob boss, no scruples, and a piss poor attitude to boot. Tanner thought he was nonredeemable. And he didn’t want redemption. He wanted revenge for his family, and to murder the demon who placed the curse upon him. He has a few friends whether he wants to admit it or not. And although this is not a romance, Tanner does have Alex. And comes to love him in his own way. Alex is his feisty fire mage that calls Tanner on his bull shit, and a character I loved for his snark.
Tobias chose to go towards the good side, the light side. There’s a separation of all things supernatural and human. Tobias is on the side that chose to protect humans. A catalyst that turned the two brothers apart as Tanner thought the supernatural should lead the humans, not protect them.
As a reader, you get to see the whole picture of why the brothers are almost enemies. Tanners plotting to extract his vengeance. His struggle with falling further into the darkness, and his struggles with Alex. We get a better understanding that the death of the Wolfric family was only a small part in a larger demonic plot. I’m intrigued and look forward to reading on to the second book. I need to know what happens! This novel features dubcon.

Sizzle. More like Fizzle. Now I remember why I am leery of reading contemporary romance novels. The characters in this novel are in their early and mid to late 20s. This is a Menage story. It revolves around 2 guy best friends and a female.

Alex is in love with his best friend Elliot. Not that he could ever tell him that. Elliot’s straight and Alex would never do anything to jeopardize his friendship. He’s attracted to Joelle, and she’s not off limits.

Elliot hires the beautiful Joelle to save his restaurant from going under. She’s a beautiful temptation that he cannot touch. He only has one rule. Don’t date the employees.

Joelle is a popular food blogger hired to revamp the menu at Elliot’s restaurant. She needs the experience to get into culinary school. She doesn’t have time for an attraction to Elliot. Or Alex. Definitely not both.

As far as storylines go, I admit, this is a new one for me. The relationship situation, definitely not new. This story should have been a one on one book instead of menage. I understand the importance of Joelle’s role in the relationship to get Elliot and Alex to realize how they (Elliot) felt towards one another, but I felt she was more of an intrusion past that point. Since it was a long term friendship between the two men, it felt more like a love story for the two men. Not a trio.

The authors writing style is pleasant and engaging. While reading, I didn’t notice any structure, or spelling errors. I wasn’t bored while reading, but I wasn’t enthralled either. This book didn’t fall under the “I could not put it down” binge reads. The sex scenes were detailed, but I wouldn’t categorize them as “hot.” Overall, I would say this is a ok book, but not a great read. There will be a second book involving characters that were hardly mentioned in the book, and their romance. I will not be continuing with the series. RECOMMENDATION: OK

Elodie is a wolf with no claim. This means that no male wanted her, not once, but three times. After the third rejection a pack member becomes a no claim. This is the lowest of the low in a pack. The proverbial slave and punching bag. And poor Elodie is treated as such.

One day a rival pack attacks, and murders her pack. It’s leaders are three alpha brothers. Elodie should have run, but is kept by the brothers instead. They claim her theirs but too weak to be their mate. Still no claim. “Yet sometimes strength hides in the weak, and you don’t see it coming until it literally bites you back.” – Amazon 

G. Bailey always comes up with interesting stories. While this one did have its merits, it fell a little flat for me. Were the MC Alphas hot sounding? Absolutely. Brooding. Check. Strong. Check. Angry. Check. Sweet when it called for it. Check. What fell flat for me was the be my property and have sex with me or basically die. I get it, they weren’t interested in Elodie as a potential mate, but had a strong attraction to her. It just felt off. The ending was also a 180 from the beginning for Elodie. Everything about her changed. This is a 2 book series. The second is already available for purchase. I do plan on reading book 2 just because I want to see if G. Bailey can swing the storyline back into something great.
Writing is sound. Structuring was sound, flow of the story was well written, and I did not notice any plot inconsistencies. As of right now, it’s just ok. RECOMMENDATION: OK 

Blurb from Amazon-

“Strength no longer hides in the weak, instead it is shown by the new alpha. Elodie Masters. 
Will Elodie be able to make the Alpha brothers kneel and submit? 
Or will they go to war? 

Elodie Master struggles to learn about her new role, as well as the secrets of her past as she decides how to rule her new pack. 
No one wants war, but Elodie cannot forgive the alpha’s who stole her heart. 

With war, brings loss and destruction that no one wants. The Alpha brothers aren’t the only wolves Elodie should be running from… 

A secret is coming, one that only brings death.”

This review is for No Claim, which is the sequel to No Alpha. I decided to go ahead and read the sequel because I am a fan of a lot of G. Bailey’s other works.

Well. G. Bailey. You tried. While book one had the right elements for a great storyline that could have really taken off in book 2, it tanked. Instead, Elodie became a strong female lead. The 3 Alpha brothers blended into the background having no depth, and River…what? It’s as though the 3 brothers lost the majority of their personalities and were just there. The time spent inventing a storyline for a 10 second role in No Alpha becomes a main character and basically sole “mate” in No Claim. Elodie turns her new packs way of living upside down, and the “bad guy” and following climax just felt odd. The series ends with Elodie and her mates children, the twin sons, having a spin off book. I think I’ll pass given what I’ve already read in this series.

The work in its entirety felt rushed and choppy. I feel bad for having a poor review. I do. It takes quite a lot for me to leave a negative review. This being my first one on G. Bailey, and hopefully my last. Sadly, I cannot recommend this series. This is my personal opinion. Please take the time to read the book synopsis and decide for yourself if it would be something you think you would enjoy and form your own opinion on the book. I have read plenty of books that have had negative reviews, and enjoyed them myself. In other words, we all have different tastes. “Different strokes for different folks.” RECOMMENDATION: REJECTED.

I just finished book 2 of the Demigods of San Francisco Series, Sin & Magic by K.F. Breene. Every time I think this author couldn’t get any better, she does. K.F. Breen It continues where Sin & Chocolate leaves off with Lexi beginning to work for Demigod Kieran to help set free his dead mother’s spirit so that she can pass on.

Lexi finds that things aren’t as they seem. Spirits are being trapped in multiple locations in buildings, some just stuck while others are being hurt. Kieran is on a one Demigod man mission to take down his father. Mordi and Daisy are training under the six, while Lexi hits the ground running her training with a sassy necromancer.

Blurb from Amazon-

“I’ve agreed to work for a Demigod. My job? Find the spirit of his mother and release her before his vengeful father finds out and kills us all.

Have I lost my mind?

Thankfully, I don’t have to do it alone. Kieran has brought in help: a Necromancer who loves to flirt with danger. Bria can help me find the clues to free Kieran’s mom. 

She can also help me learn my potent and extremely terrifying magic.

But as we work deeper into magical San Francisco, we uncover a minefield waiting to explode. I’m learning that there are far worse things than death.”

In book 2 we get to watch the relationship come to a head between Kieran and Lexi. Daisy and Morti of course think Lexi is an idiot, but they’re only looking out for her. (With sex like that, who could blame her. Damn, Kudos Mrs. Breene. Damn.) Lexi develop her powers. If you haven’t had a chance to read this series, I suggest you give it a go. Start with Sin & Chocolate as that is book 1. RECOMMENDATION: APPROVED!

” It’s been over thirty years since the bombs dropped that almost decimated the planet. The fallout changed not only the animals and the landscape, but the people too. Freaks they called them; outcasts of society and hunted for their powers. The Circus has the only people to openly flaunt them, offering a haven for the lost and the damned.”

Rhea works for a powerful man in the male-dominated world and she is treated no better than a slave.

Until one day she saves a stranger and it changes her life forever.

Will Rhea find her place within the freaks, or will this be her final show?

The majority of books I read deal with strong, sassy heroines. Circus Save Me is set in a time where women are beaten down. There are no “Women’s Rights.” Women are treated as property, broodmares. Barren women are deemed defective and killed. Those mutated by bombings are also hunted down to be killed.

Rhea starts out as timid, weak, quiet, meek, apologetic, etc. Traits of someone who has suffered at the hands of abuse. I offer a trigger warning for you now. There is abuse both physical and verbal littered throughout this novel. There are no rape scenes, but there are attempted rape scenes. As a reader you watch Rhea grow from that timid and weak woman to one of strength and self worth. She learns of love and friendship, and that not all men think women are to be “put in their place.” This novel is a RH. It does end in a cliffhanger.

This author duo is a first for me, and I can happily say I enjoyed their writing style. I look forward to continuing Rhea’s (and her guy’s) story. If you’re looking for something different that your normal read, look no further. RECOMMENDATION: APPROVED

This is an Urban Fantasy reverse harem series of full length novels where the leading lady doesn’t have to choose from her romantic interests. This series will have M/M content.
These books are rated for mature audiences, 18+ due to violence, language, and sexual themes.
This series deals with several triggering topics including, but not limited to, suicide, child abuse, rape, and PTSD.”

” Sawyer Matthews is a retired and presumed-dead assassin. Ripped from her life of shadows and secrets, she’s decided to gamble it all and accept a new chapter in her life—one that may lead to a brighter future.”

This is book 4 of 5 in The Redemption Saga by Kristen Banet. 
Sawyer and the guys were supposed to be on a break from everything work related. In this book the shit hits the proverbial fan when Sawyer and her team are attacked in their home. This was a result of someone outing Sawyers identity as Shadow. She knew it was only a matter of time. Only they aren’t the only ones attacked. Two more attacked and murdered, who just so happen to be leaders on the council for the WMC. The three attacks result in a Code Black, which is basically all hands on deck.

I enjoyed this novel and am sad the last book is coming out next month because then it will be over. This book seriously gave me anxiety over its characters. I knew something bad was going to happen, but I still hated that it did.

This series has a solid plot line. That gets kicked to the background quite often in a lot of books. It has the right amount of sex, banter, character development. RECOMMENDATION: APPROVED

For your reading enjoyment ❤

Before you read this glorious piece of work, please read its predecessors. Begin with The Redeemable parts 1-4, which is Arcadia’s story. Following it is The Unrepentant parts 1-3 Estrella’s story, and above The Fallen Part 1 of I hope a bunch. Hope’s story. You could read Hope’s story without reading the others, but I think it would be confusing and you will miss out on some great writing,

Hope’s has always been the smaller twin. The weaker one. The good one. Everyone dotes on her and treats her like she will break. Then while in Geneva giving a speech for her families foundation, the unthinkable happens. Want to know what? Read it. 😁 It’s amazing the amount of love her friends and family have for her to come running to help in any way they can, including those you don’t expect. The Fallen is a Reverse Harem story with I hope (pun intended) a HEA (happily ever after). It’s too soon to tell, but I am speculating that Hope’s harem will consist of Memphis, Blue, I fucking need Azril. (spelling of his name?) Someone needs to knock that little shit down a peg. He’s the type you don’t know if you want to choke or fuck, or both. But I digress, I received an ARC copy for an honest review of The Fallen Part One which releases on January 6th, and I am in LOVE. Grace Mcginty is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors for her great story weaving, awesome sex scenes, and unorthodox book endings. You know exactly what I’m referring to Shakespeare. I still have my pearl necklace to clutch in case of emergencies. RECOMMENDATION: APPROVED

For your reading enjoyment ❤

Redemption of a Slave came at the recommendation of a fellow book reader in a group thread I belong to. I was a bit skeptical at first because this is a new trope for me. I have read about Alpha males, shifters, darker reads, etc. What was new for me was the Alpha/Beta/Omega aspect with slave and master. I have also never read a book involving mpreg. For those of you who don’t know what that term means, it’s a male pregnancy.

This story revolves around a slave Omega who goes from a upstanding Omega position to the very depths of despair. He is thrown into the world of whoring, and being traded, beaten, and abused. One owner actually traded his rape for a couple of beer. The Omega lost all hope and became like a skittish dog. Snapping and lashing out.
Then by pure luck, a kind alpha finds our omega mid-rape in a dirty cell covered in filth. This alpha takes pity on our Omega and purchases him for double the current owner paid.

From here we watch the journey of our sad, abused Omega, and our kind Alpha who is determined to tame and show compassion. The Alpha purchased the Omega to be his “personal Omega” which makes him his and his alone. Can he tame the wild beast of an Omega and show him that he has worth?

From what I understand, the majority of Alpha/Omega reads are slave/master. That most of the reads are dark, and the Alphas are not nice (to put it lightly) to their Omegas. This story isn’t that way. It’s a story of compassion, suffering, trials, and love. I know there aren’t many reviews on here yet, but I really enjoyed this book. I hope you too will give it a try and form your own opinion on it.

Blurb from Amazon-

An Omegaverse novel. 

“France in the 1800s is a brutal time to be an omega. Kept as a slave for most of his life, Dante has suffered far too much brutality, and even he would admit that the harshness of life has turned him from a civilized, obedient omega into a broken man bent on violence and revenge. However, an odd twist of fate leads to Dante being bought by Antoine, a wealthy alpha with a soft spot for brutalized omegas. He sees the potential in the suffering young man and takes him back to his estate, determined to help him recover from the cruelty of his past.  But winning Dante’s trust was never going to be an easy task, and even less so in a society that refuses to acknowledge that an omega could ever be anything other than a slave” RECOMMENDATION: APPROVED

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