#Review “The Devil and Dayna Dalton (A Bulwark Anthology #9)” by Brit Lunden

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5/5 Stars!

Small towns can be wonderful places to live. With their low-stress way of life, rural living offers simple pleasures enjoyed by neighbors who know all about each other.

Not a good thing if you’re Dayna Dalton and live in Bulwark, Georgia.

A full college scholarship years ago offered Dayna a brief respite but before her life could begin, the young journalist had to return to care for a sick mother—the mother whose loose morals and even looser tongue gave Dayna the white-trash reputation she was born into.

She hasn’t helped herself any working her way through Bulwark’s male population. Spurred on by alcohol, Dayna is running from a lifetime of unrequited love for Clay Finnes, now Bulwark’s sheriff.

But Dayna is also running toward something, she just doesn’t know what… or who.

Clay is no longer the center of Dayna’s world after she’s saved from a wolf attack by a caped stranger with red eyes. Red perpendicular eyes.

Dayna Dalton has always known strange things happen in Bulwark, but she’s about to find out how strange things can get

 

This read is the ninth and last story of the Bulwark, Georgia paranormal anthology. Though I have read none of the earlier books, I don’t feel as though I was in the dark about Bulwark or its residents. The story flowed freely keeping me in the moment and feeling Dayna’s frustration, desperation, and self-hate.

I knew something was off about Mrs. Sweetpea (That name!), Dayna’s current neighbor… and former babysitter, but whoa! Pretty sure I was surprised as Dayna.

I liked Dayna. She had mountains of issues and didn’t always make good decisions, but she never lied to herself or played victim. A lesser woman would descend into a dead-end life never raising her head to see around her. But not Dayna. She’s haunted by the two things she wants most—a life with Clay and her mother’s approval and knows she will never have either. When she, at last, finds out the reason why, if gives her the clarity she’s longed for, but will it give her the courage to challenge the unknown?

As I said before, I didn’t feel like I was missing information from the earlier stories, but The Devil and Dayna Dalton has made me want to read them and I’ve downloaded them. Even if future readers don’t, this is one read that shouldn’t be missed because the devil IS in the details.

Enjoy!

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coverBook 9: A Bulwark Anthology
Paranormal Romance
Date Published: September 30, 2019
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
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Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dayna’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty.  He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening.  Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?
*Contains Sexual Content*

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About the Author

 photo Brit Lunden_zpsrch5ipgt.jpgBrit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

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#Review “Gabby (Safe Haven Wolves Book 1)(Audio)” by Sherry Foster

Audiobook Tour: Gabby by Sherry Foster

Author: Sherry Foster

Narrator: Jacq Ainsworth

Series: Safe Haven Wolves, Book 1

Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: DAS Publishing

Released: Sep. 11, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

She’s on the run.

She’s being hunted.

If only she knew why.

Trey’s only goal is to protect his pack. When a young shifter female moves into his territory, it raises a million questions. Who is she? Doesn’t she know how dangerous it is to travel alone and unprotected? Where did she come from, and what kind of danger did she bring with her?

Time is running out as Gabby’s first transformation nears. Trey must walk a knife edge between protecting her from harm and convincing her of what she is.

He also has to convince her she isn’t going crazy so she will give his pack a chance, and maybe give him a chance. After all, shifter females are scarce. They have to be protected at all costs.

Failure is not an option.

But will the rabbit hole she’s tumbling down prove too much for her to handle?

Grab your copy today and find out.

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Writing is a full time wonderful job. But when your only help has 4 legs and sharp claws, it can be a bit stressful. Raccoons are less help than toddlers when it comes to computers. Much less helpful. With two grown children who have gifted her with 10 amazing grandchildren Sherry tries to fit in spending the right amount of time with the children with writing the books the characters are screaming about in her head.

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Trained in Theatre and Literature at UBC and in Voice Over and Acting Technique from actors working in the Film and TV industry. Jacq Ainsworth is a producer and director in Vancouver. From Fringe to Shakespear to indie thrillers, Jacq has enjoyed working in many aspects of the Performing Arts.

 

4/5 Stars

Gabby’s been on her own since her early teens when her family disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Driven by the strange, troublesome scent of young males who’d harassed her earlier, Gabby lives life on the run, supported by an emergency fund set up by her aunt and uncle. She never understood why they had an emergency plan, but she was grateful for it and hoped it would help her find her aunt and uncle one day… and her twin sister.

Gabby’s journey leads her to a town that gives her a sense of calm she hasn’t felt since her family disappeared. The skittish young woman rents a secluded cabin, still ever vigilant of those around her. The town belongs to wolf shifters and a single female with no family or pack attracts major attention from everyone, especially, Trey, the local pack alpha who may or may not be Gabby’s fated mate.

As Trey and his pack try to get close to Gabby, family connections and secrets are revealed, and Gabby has to acknowledge who and what she truly is, and that the danger that stalks her is a bigger threat to her and the shifter world than anyone realizes.

Gabby is a good introduction to the Safe Haven Wolves saga. Characters are well developed and the plot is suspenseful enough to keep you in the story. Narration is good but the story loses a star for me because I felt humorous and sarcastic dialogue was too quickly glossed over. Also, I didn’t connect with the narrator’s voice for the older males in the story.

Readers of paranormal romance and romantic suspense will enjoy Gabby (Safe Haven Wolves, Book 1). I’ve already downloaded book 2!

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#Review “The Devil and Dayna Dalton (A Bulwark Anthology #9)” by Brit Lunden

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5/5 Stars!

Small towns can be wonderful places to live. With their low-stress way of life, rural living offers simple pleasures enjoyed by neighbors who know all about each other.

Not a good thing if you’re Dayna Dalton and live in Bulwark, Georgia.

A full college scholarship years ago offered Dayna a brief respite but before her life could begin, the young journalist had to return to care for a sick mother—the mother whose loose morals and even looser tongue gave Dayna the white-trash reputation she was born into.

She hasn’t helped herself any working her way through Bulwark’s male population. Spurred on by alcohol, Dayna is running from a lifetime of unrequited love for Clay Finnes, now Bulwark’s sheriff.

But Dayna is also running toward something, she just doesn’t know what… or who.

Clay is no longer the center of Dayna’s world after she’s saved from a wolf attack by a caped stranger with red eyes. Red perpendicular eyes.

Dayna Dalton has always known strange things happen in Bulwark, but she’s about to find out how strange things can get

 

This read is the ninth and last story of the Bulwark, Georgia paranormal anthology. Though I have read none of the earlier books, I don’t feel as though I was in the dark about Bulwark or its residents. The story flowed freely keeping me in the moment and feeling Dayna’s frustration, desperation, and self-hate.

I knew something was off about Mrs. Sweetpea (That name!), Dayna’s current neighbor… and former babysitter, but whoa! Pretty sure I was surprised as Dayna.

I liked Dayna. She had mountains of issues and didn’t always make good decisions, but she never lied to herself or played victim. A lesser woman would descend into a dead-end life never raising her head to see around her. But not Dayna. She’s haunted by the two things she wants most—a life with Clay and her mother’s approval and knows she will never have either. When she, at last, finds out the reason why, if gives her the clarity she’s longed for, but will it give her the courage to challenge the unknown?

As I said before, I didn’t feel like I was missing information from the earlier stories, but The Devil and Dayna Dalton has made me want to read them and I’ve downloaded them. Even if future readers don’t, this is one read that shouldn’t be missed because the devil IS in the details.

Enjoy!

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Book 9: A Bulwark Anthology
Paranormal Romance
Date Published: September 30, 2019
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png
Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dayna’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty.  He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening.  Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?
*Contains Sexual Content*

Purchase Link

KINDLE UNLIMITED

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon AU

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About the Author

 photo Brit Lunden_zpsrch5ipgt.jpgBrit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

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#Review “Unwrapping Hanie” by Empi Baryeh

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5/5 Stars!

Hanie Morrison is at a crossroads and moving forward doesn’t seem to be an option.

As Christmas approaches, her younger sister is off to celebrate her wedding anniversary and her parents are off on a dream vacation. The good thing is there’ll be no one to remind her of her single-status. The bad thing is… she’ll be alone.

The one bright spot in Hanie’s life is Trojan aka Peter, her online dating friend.

With her last relationship ending in betrayal almost two years ago, fears and doubts rule Hanie. She believed she and her ex were heading for the altar, and he was, just not with her.

Yet, there’s something about Peter that calls to Hanie’s body… and heart. The overly cautious paralegal reminds herself it’s just online fun and it’s temporary. Peter will soon forget about her as easily as her ex did and walk away. Even easier since he’s in the UK and she’s in Ghana.

Until he isn’t.

A planned meeting during the holidays goes too perfectly and advice from a well-meaning friend causes a misunderstanding. Hanie needs to decide if she will continue to be afraid or be bold.

I enjoyed this read with its realistic characters!

Hanie over-thought everything. Not judging her. It’s understandable, considering how her ex treated her. She feels as inadequate as her family thinks she is for not being “married with children.” But her flaws fade when she chats with Peter and Hanie feels the woman she always wanted to be fighting for her voice.

Nursing a broken heart of his own, Peter is a decent guy. He’s yet to tell Hanie how he feels about her but everything about her pulls him closer, especially her honesty.

On the surface, Unwrapping Hanie is a sweet holiday romance. But this author has turned up the heat… and doused it with gasoline! WOW!

The passion between Hanie and Peter has been a slow burn during their six-month online friendship and when they meet, the intensity rocks them both as they explore each other’s body bringing fantasies to life and I’m here for it!

The ending is a solid HEA, but I’m looking forward to the special epilogue being released tomorrow. Download this read today so you don’t miss out!

Enjoy!

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UNWRAPPING HANIE

BY EMPI BARYEH

Is she willing to risk her heart for a man she’s never met?

Hanie Morrision has either completely lost her mind, or she’s finally taken charge of her love life when she starts a liaison with a man she meets online. Their friendship fast becomes more, and she’s having the best (cyber) sex of her life.

When her internet lover decides to travel halfway across the world to see her, she must make a decision of her own—book a one-way ticket back to reality or risk her heart and find love one orgasm at a time.

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#Review “Finding Ruby” by J.A. Higgins

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5/5 Stars!

I was only a few pages into Finding Ruby when I couldn’t decide if I felt sorry for the protagonist’s situation or if I hated her for allowing herself to be in that situation.

At first glance, Eleanor “Nell” Montague appears ditsy, frazzled and weak as she arrives late to her own grandmother’s funeral.

My sympathy swelled as she rushes back to work, concocting scenarios to account for her time so as not to arouse the ire later of her live-in boyfriend, Gary. He doesn’t need much provocation to lay hands on her.

Nell annoyed me as I read her thoughts on all the punches, smacks and beatings she’d endured because of some transgression Gary believed she’d committed.

Why didn’t she leave? Why didn’t she pick up a baseball bat and swing for the bleachers?

Nell’s life is that of a typical abuse victim. Isolated from friends and coworkers, and with the death of her beloved grandmother, she has no more family.

Her mother died years ago and she assumes her father is also deceased… but she isn’t sure since he abandoned the family when she was a small child.

But there is nothing typical about Nell.

As I learned more about Nell, I didn’t feel she was so much stuck in her situation as she was waiting for something.

I have no idea what—and I don’t believe Nell knew either at that point—but it’s obvious she wishes she was more like her alter-ego, Ruby.

Her father, Will, used to tell her “stories” about the fierce, confident young girl, and Ruby came alive in Nell’s fantasies. Ruby wouldn’t put up with Gary’s crap. Ruby would stand up for herself at work. Ruby would marry a wonderful man and have beautiful children. But it’s all pure fantasy because Ruby disappeared decades ago.

Nell’s wait comes to an abrupt end when she’s handed the keys to a new life… and ghosts of the past.

Fear becomes Nell’s constant companion because she’s afraid she’ll give in and return to Gary simply because he’s all she has left. She loves him but she isn’t in love with him, he’s just the only constant in her life, even if he is a bastard. However her bigger fear is now Ruby, who haunts her days as well as her nights.

Nell sees and hears her and believes she suffered from one too many of Gary’s attacks. But then Emily, another missing young girl, appears to Nell. First, as a captive in a cellar, then standing behind Nell in a crowd.

Maxine, a local nurse and quirky psychic unsure of her own abilities, may be the key to saving Nell’s sanity.

But Nell also wonders if she needs saving from the mysterious Mr. Austin who’s been stalking her since her grandmother’s funeral. He claims to be looking for her father, but Nell is sure his connection runs deeper, she just doesn’t know how deep, or if there’s any truth to the rumors of Will Montague being involved in Ruby’s disappearance.

Nell Montague is not some badass, take-no-prisoners heroine. She’s afraid or anxious during much of this story.

However, as she comes to realize the answers are within her and only she can save herself—and possibly two missing girls—she shows a sense of determination and quiet strength as her past and present collide in the wake of repressed memories and haunting evil.

And I am cheering her own!

Finding Ruby is engaging fiction with spot-on character development, but it’s the plot twists straight out of left field that turn this read into page-turning suspense as you try to figure out who’s alive, who’s dead, who’s innocent, who’s guilty, and who’s just sad.

Issues are resolved by the story’s end but… that ending! Here’s hoping I haven’t seen the last of Nell Montague.

Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense… and a dash of the supernatural will enjoy this solid read. Those with emotional triggers should be aware that while not graphic or gratuitous, there are scenes of domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the story line.

Enjoy!

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On Halloween night thirteen year old Ruby disappears in the company of a masked figure. She is never seen again. The only witness is Nell Montague who is just seven years old.

Twenty three years later, Nell is trapped in an abusive relationship and still suffering from vivid nightmares of what she saw. When tragedy strikes she escapes and attempts to put her past behind her. Then thirteen year old Emily disappears.

Haunted by increasingly disturbing visions and helped by a reluctant psychic, Nell must unravel the mystery of what really happened that night because to save Emily she must first find Ruby.  But to do so she will question everything she thought she knew about her own childhood and soon discovers that nightmares don’t always end when you wake up.

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Author Bio

Born and raised at Porton Down in Wiltshire, and currently works for the NHS in Salisbury, J A Higgins has always been fascinated by crime, history and the unexplained.  Finding Ruby is the first in the Nell Montague mystery series which will examine how horrors from the past are still very relevant today.

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#Review “Waltz of Seduction: A Steamy Regency Novella” by Natasha Blackthorne

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5/5 Stars!

Preconceived perceptions will lead to misunderstandings every time… count on it!

Lord Colin Lockhart believes sexuality and arousal are too unsettling for genteel women’s nerves and a husband doesn’t subject his wife to his animal lust.

Lady Sara Lockhart believes Colin married her for her impressive dowry… despite her plain looks and timid demeanor.

Married less than a year, the couple stumbles through their relationship maintaining the proper behavior befitting their station.

But when Colin tells his shy, non-dancing wife they will waltz together at her upcoming birthday ball, Sara panics at the thought of everyone watching her. Colin tries to assure her they will be fine and suggests they practice.

Awkward and clumsy at first, a new level of trust grows between Colin and Sara in the soft, round movements of the waltz, strengthening their bond… and loosening their inhibitions. All those preconceived notions go up in flames as this short read goes from sweet to blazing inferno!

I wasn’t ready for Waltz of Seduction to end. I liked the Lockharts, both honest without guile, trying to be what society said they were supposed to be, even in the privacy of the bed chambers

Download this well-written novella today and join Colin and Sara on their journey of discovery… and desire.

Enjoy!

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Lord Lockhart loves his new bride. Yet he also knows that a gentleman
doesn’t inflict his passionate desires on a wife. The marriage bed is
for begetting heirs, not animal lust. No matter how much he desires his
wife. But under Lady Lockhart’s shyness is a determination to tempt her
handsome husband, to satisfy them both and spend every night together in
her bed.
Innocent waltzing lessons in their chambers soon become
passionate, and may lead the newlyweds to overcome their preconceptions
and learn to be lovers, as well as man and wife.

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A Message from Natasha Blackthorne:

Dear Readers,

On May 20, 2011, I made my debut as a published author with Waltz of Seduction through Ellora’s Cave under their Quickies® line. Now I am re-releasing this short novella. I hope you enjoy this short story for what it is, a snapshot of one moment of time between a young misinformed husband and an innocent and shy but eager young wife. The heat level is Scorching Hot Romance and it contains some sensual bondage.

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#Review “Geraldine” by John Mead

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4/5 Stars!

Hate crimes or serial killer? Is there a difference?

I went back and forth in the beginning as much as Matthew Merry and Julie Lukula.

But then the cracks start forming.

A body washes up on-shore, acid attacks, shot gun blasts… that’s a lot of hate.

We are the sum of our experiences—or lack of, and when betrayal and ridicule come into play, the curtain is lifted on the ugly grittiness of a world most see simply as entertainment, and it’s those experiences that will turn someone into a killer.

Geraldine is a solid read with good characters and a strong plot, but I enjoyed getting to know the team as the story played out. These are not perfect Bond-type investigators. Life is chaotic and intrusive but you still have to do your job.

As if gender identity and sexual orientation weren’t enough, another timely and relevant issue runs as a sub-plot in Geraldine and is handled well and realistically. No tidy endings in a pretty bow. Life is messy. Kudos to the author.

Crime fiction readers will enjoy this quick read and I recommend it.

Enjoy!

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Hatred is such a nasty thing – we all deplore it in others but do not necessarily recognise it in ourselves. At what point does resentment, jealousy, betrayal or humiliation turn into anger and then grow to an all-consuming hatred? Hatred can be slow, taking years to fester, or can explode in seconds – it can linger for a lifetime or wither in seconds of its conception.

Inspector Matthew Merry and Sergeant Julie Lukula have to deal with the consequences of violence and murder on a daily basis and in the case of Gerry Driver they both see that hatred is the prime motive. But is it, as Julie thinks, one of a series of hate crimes that has led to this killing? Or, is Matthew right in saying, ‘Driver’s death is undoubtedly a hate filled crime, but I’m just not convinced that there are sufficient links to suggest it is part of a pattern of hate crimes.’

Only time and their investigation, which takes as many twists and turns as the Thames does along it course through London and past Wapping Old Stairs, will tell.

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