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#review #seriesstarter #whychoose Tender Thorns (The Ivy Institute 1) by Albany Walker


Nestled in the shadows of the Mori Forest lies The Ivy Institute. It may look like something out of a fairytale, but if the rumors are true, it’s where nightmares reign.

The only way to get into the elite facility is by invitation and, once received, it’s impossible to refuse.

They were never supposed to know I existed, yet here I am, walking toward the only place that might be more dangerous to me than where I grew up.

Secrets shroud the institute and its inhabitants, but I have secrets too. Secrets that will get me killed… or worse.

I guess I’m about to find out.

Tender Thorns is a dark academia why choose romance novel intended for mature audiences.

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Review by Twinsie Dee

i was given this book by the author for an honest review

Last week I received my invitation to The Ivy Institute to train with all the others like me or so I’m told, my father got greedy and used me as his cash cow. I was almost unstoppable so when I got my invitation I was dreading it. al the Ivy Institute we were the elite from witches, vampires, shifters, healers and almost any kind of supernatural being you could think of now I was one of them, at my new home where I hope I would learn about my powers and hopefully survive. in a new place where I’m granted privacy and respect, I’m not sure what to do with it but I’m hoping they too aren’t taking advantage of me. this was a great read it started out a little slower for me, but I had just finished a different genre, so it took me a while to get into it but once it picked up for me it was fantastic as usual.

Albany lives in Michigan where she’s happily married to her high school sweetheart. She spends most of her time juggling her four children’s extracurricular activities, with her nose stuck in a book. When not reading you can find her writing her very own book boyfriends. Albany’s passion is writing romance with real characters that are far from perfect, but always seem to find their own happily ever afters.

#WOTR24 #Review – Lost Soul : A Reapers Novella by Tara Vasser

A trip with my girlfriends to Salem in October was meant to be the ultimate bucket list adventure, filled with witchy shops, Hocus Pocus tours, and mysterious nightclubs. The adventure began typically enough with each overpriced shop identical to the next, until we stepped into Lost Treasures. In the otherworldly confines of the antique shop, an enchanting green and black glass paperweight catches my eye.

From the moment I laid eyes on that glass orb, things started to take a dark turn, plunging me into a dangerous and unfamiliar world filled with creatures I had only heard about in stories and never fully believed. The supernatural revealed its existence with a Vampire attack in a club full of people. If not for the mysterious man emerging from the shadows to rescue me, I don’t know that I would have made it out alive.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

For Romy, a girl’s trip to Salem in October is supposed to be fun, touristy, and full of witchy stuff but ends up turning into a living, breathing, real life supernatural story. You will debate which is the lesser of two evils; keeping the lights on so that you can see the monsters when they come for you or remaining blissfully oblivious to what is lurking in the shadows behind you. For Romy, she wants to keep the lights on.

Romy finds herself entranced by a glass orb. She is drawn to it. What she doesn’t know is that vampires want to get their hands on this soul. Romy is thrown headfirst into a world she had only heard of in stories, and now she is part of the story. She receives help from an unexpected new friend and decides to continue on the with the new adventure.

I am loving the Reapers series! I picked up the first book on a whim and couldn’t put it down. Now we are three books in and this novella and I want more. This particular book, can be read as a standalone but I am happy that I read the others before because it was the cherry on top! Gunnar and Chloe show up in the Lost Soul for a bit but it leads into, what I am hoping, is the next installment in the series. This series, and this particular book, have a lot of great elements. It is witty and funny, a bit on the thrilling and scary side at times, but also sweet and sexy. I would love to see more of Jared and Romy….or perhaps Ronin and Gia 😊

I love these characters and can’t wait for more!

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Tara is a writer who lives in the frozen north in Minnesota with her wonderful husband and two rambunctious little dudes. She is an engineer during the day, a crazy mom in the afternoon and a writer at night. She enjoys spending her time playing in the dirt when her gardens aren’t covered in snow and listening to a wide variety of music that inspires her writing – sometimes doing both at the same time.

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#Review – Murder and Moonshine: Moonshine Hollow #1 by Kathleen Brooks


Zoey Mathers had everything going for her until one night she lost her biggest client, her job, and her reputation. Leaving her life up to fate, Zoey closed her eyes and pointed. She would serve out her career exile in the small mountain town of Moonshine Hollow where moonshine flowed as freely as a mountain stream.

Giving up the law to become a baker in Moonshine Hollow turned out to be the best thing Zoey had ever done. She was happy and enjoying life in her new small town. But Zoey should have learned the first time . . . one night can change your whole life.

After unknowingly crashing a battle between witches, Zoey accidentally becomes a witch herself. That’s all before Zoey stumbles over a murder victim and the town’s sheriff becomes involved. Now she’s trying to find a murderer, stop two old witches from playing matchmaker, and learning she’s way more than a mere accidental witch.

And that’s all before fate turns up one more sexy hunk of a twist . . .

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

Strip club, sexy bouncer, baked goods, accidental witch, and murder…yup! Pretty much sums it up 😉

Poor Zoey. Her career has been ruined. There is nothing better to do than let fate decide where you end up. She throws the knife at the map and ends up in Moonshine Hollow. Now, this town is a tiny place where everyone knows everyone…and everyone’s business. Zoey wiggles into these peoples’ lives and ends up being a integral part of the community. One crazy night, she ends up in the wrong place at the right time, or maybe it is the right place and the wrong time. You see, it’s all about perception here, lol! She is now a witch. After going through all the stages of denial, she embraces her witchiness pretty well. Now, there are two problems. She has a powerful group after her and all witches to steal their power, and there has been a murder. Oh wait! The bouncer from the club mysteriously comes back into her life! (wags eyebrows) There were many twisty turns with the perfect amount of wit and charm that kept me turning the pages. Even with murder, it is a cute cozy, witty, mystery.

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Kathleen Brooks is a multiple time New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Kathleen’s stories are romantic suspense mostly set in small fictional towns. Kathleen loves writing about strong female heroines, the men who love them, quirky characters, funny animals, strong communities, sassy octogenarians, and happily-ever-afters.

Kathleen lives in Kentucky with her husband, daughter, and two dogs who are waiting to make their appearance in one of her books. When not writing, Kathleen always finds time to enjoy reading a good book.

#WOTR24 #Paranormal #Vampire #Demons #Witches – Jill, The Mates book 5 and The Protectors book 23 by Teresa Gableman

Once again, Jill stood at the crossroads of her life. The decision to leave her role as a VC Warrior had been a devastating choice that shattered her very being. Yet, the Warrior she had been molded into demanded the sacrifice, pushing her toward an uncertain future.

As she is confronted with a terrifying opportunity, Jill understands that there is only one path she can follow, even if it means risking everything she holds dear. The weariness of being a burden to others and, most importantly, to herself fuels her determination to forge her own destiny.

Loyalties will be strained, friendships challenged, and the bonds she cherishes will be tested. It’s a journey of self-discovery, a quest to unveil the real strength within Jill ‘Nichols’ Buchanan that hopefully leads her back to where she truly belongs.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

Jill is one of my favorite characters in the series.  She is brutally honest and takes no crap.  One the flip side she does take unnecessary risks to save those she loves.  Again bad ass WARRIOR!!  Slade is the perfect ying to her yang. He is so controlled and methodical but falls hard for the most uncontrolled and least methodical.  I mean I adore them.  So seeing them in this weird place of indecision was hard for me.  I mean we all know Jared is my mans BUT this couple is the heart of the series in many ways.

Jill did the hardest this she ever did when she trained and became a Warrior but she also did the bravest thing when she walked away…or did she.  She was so in her own head she didn’t really listen to all that the others said.  This book she finally listens to what others have to say. She soon realizes everyone loves her and wants the best for HER even her crazy mate, Slade. Slade also learned he needs to let his mate have a little bit of space PLUS open up to her about all things relationship wise and duty bound.

The side story of Gello, the demons, and Daniel were pretty important in the series overall ARC.  It was great to see more of the Dark Guardians and meet a few new characters.  *wiggles eyes up and down* this could get interesting  LOL

Daniel…I know he isn’t a child anymore but like Jill thinks, I think he IS a child.  The end of the book had me teary because we don’t know what is going to happen, but the path Daniel is on seems to be a lonely one.  Am I ready for him to find a mate?  No but damn he needs someone to love and cherish like his dad does his mom.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series.’ When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy, she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at an MMA event, or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers, which she loves most about writing. If you find the time, she would love to hear from you!

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#review #rh #mystery Some Kind of Monster (Friends with Monsters 2) by Albany Walker

Naughty girls need love too.

A beautiful monster, that’s what I am. My packaging is just a little nicer than the creatures you hear about dwelling in your closet.

With three baddies for my mates, things are definitely getting interesting. I think I’ve even convinced them not to kill each other.

But I have a new purpose, someone is hurting our kind. Stealing Charmed magic in arcane rituals that leave my friends drained and dead, and I won’t allow it.

It’s time for them to find out why even the Monsters fear me.

I am the bad guy

Companion novel to Friends with the Monster. RH story with adult themes not recommend for those under 18

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Review by Twinsie Dee

i was given this book by the author for an honest review.

once again, we are back with our three sexy monsters, and the one woman who could bring them all to their knees. Grim, Calix, Gunner and Dami, are all on the hunt trying to find the witch who is killing all the monsters that they know and don’t know. this is a huge mystery all the signs point to Vanessa, but there is known way she is able to do all this dark magic by herself she might be the face of this, but she isn’t the one pulling the strings. A few road trips, lots of hot and heavy time that gets very steamy, and the 3 guys getting more comfortable in their new house with Dami. Will they be able to crack this mystery before any more charmed creatures get killed or will there be a lot more bloodshed. another great book from Albany, and always leaving me wanting more after the flip of the last page.

Albany lives in Michigan where she’s happily married to her high school sweetheart. She spends most of her time juggling her four children’s extracurricular activities, with her nose stuck in a book. When not reading you can find her writing her very own book boyfriends. Albany’s passion is writing romance with real characters that are far from perfect, but always seem to find their own happily ever after.

#WOTR24 #Review – Shadow Unveiled: Reapers Book One by Tara Vasser

After a particularly nasty car wreck, I met Death, and he let me live. My doctors claim it was a hallucination brought on by the trauma, but it felt pretty damn real to me. Especially the part where Death said he’d call on me soon. Months after, he still hadn’t shown his face, but my life had fallen apart while I waited. Every waking hour was filled with the incessant chatter of voices in my head, and whenever I closed my eyes, I was plagued by night terrors. It was too much for my fiancé to handle, so he left. I couldn’t get out of bed anymore, so I got fired from my job. Even my own family began distancing themselves. I had no one and nothing left, except the voices and nightmares in my head. I couldn’t wait for Death anymore, so I decided to go to him the old-fashioned way–by dying.

Things don’t go as planned when Death sends his most loyal Reaper, Gunnar, to thwart my foray into The Realm of the Dead. That night I learned there is an entire hidden supernatural world, and the icing on the cake is that I’m a part of it. A BIG part. Magical abilities I didn’t know I had start to manifest and grow, gaining me all kinds of attention. Death offers me a place among his Reapers, and a power-hungry Necromancer tries to convince me to join his plot to overthrow Death.

Both sides make compelling arguments–but which one is right?

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

This is truly a unique and captivating story. The world that this author has created is absolutely spellbinding. Tara Vasser is a ‘new to me’ author but has officially pulled me in as I fell into this story headfirst and couldn’t stop until the very end. Chloe feels like she has officially been abandoned. However, when she tries to end her life, Death comes barreling back into her life and does not let her disrupt the delicate balance between life and death. Chloe feels like she is going, very literally, insane. However, her saving grace is a vampire named Gunnar. She soon finds that she is a very powerful…well, no one knows what she is yet, but they are working on trying to figure it out. The one thing everyone can agree on is that she is powerful. While figuring out her powers, she has slipped into Shadow and has come face to face with a necromancer who has it out for her. She has so many obstacles to overcome but does it like any one of us would, she is scared and questions everything.

One of the things that I love about this book is that the story world is completely different from anything that I have read. The characters are great, and our strong female main character is like a normal human being. I have read so many stories where the lead just goes along with the magic stuff like they have lived it their entire lives. But Chloe, she is truly scared, she questions everything, she doubts herself, she doesn’t know if she is doing right or wrong, she truly was at the end of her rope. She is very real, and I think that is the cherry on top and what makes this book great.

I am loving this series and can’t wait to dive into book two!

By the way, don’t forget to pick up the prequel because it might give you some insight into what Chloe is going through. 😊

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Tara is a writer who lives in the frozen north in Minnesota with her wonderful husband and two rambunctious little dudes. She is an engineer during the day, a crazy mom in the afternoon and a writer at night. She enjoys spending her time playing in the dirt when her gardens aren’t covered in snow and listening to a wide variety of music that inspires her writing – sometimes doing both at the same time.

Be sure to visit Tara’s web page and sign up for her newsletter for updates on works in progress and upcoming new releases! www.authortaravasser.com

#WOTR24 #Review – No More Black Magic (Here Witchy Witchy Book 1) by A.L. Kessler

A hex. Ancient runes steeped in black magic. A decades-old crime. Abigail Collins has her hands full as a Paranormal Investigation Bureau Agent. Accompanied by a stubborn werewolf, challenged by an overprotective coven, and introduced to a Cult linked to her parent’s death, Abby must solve her case before the murderer comes for her. When an ancient langue connects her past with the murderer’s Abigail might just be in over her head.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

I really love when the blurb to a book instantly pulls you. It is even better when the story consumes you! I am a sucker for paranormal books! Abby is a powerful witch and works for the Paranormal Investigation Bureau, but also works “on the side” for the vampire that raised her. She is brought in to investigate a murder case where the only information they have on the deceased is an intact arm with a murder scene that brings her into a world that involves her deceased parents. As Abby works on the investigation, she uncovers more questions. The further she dives into this, the more her own life is in danger. This is definitely in the suspense category because everywhere Abby turns, there is a new obstacle that makes you question everything you know. It is harrowing and heart wrenching. You never know who is truly on your side. Even then, how close do you let the ones you love in? I did not see the twists at the end. This story is full of magic, criminals, hexes, multiple types of paranormal creatures, and a crazy cult. What more could you really want from a book? I look forward to continuing this series.

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A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance author residing in beautiful Colorado Springs, Co. Since she was a teenager she has loved spinning tales. She can easily be won over with gifts of coffee or chocolate.

#WOTR24 #Review – Baker Down: Magic and Mayhem Universe by A.J. Renee

Bougie Treats was my dream—and is Assjacket’s favorite spot for peanut butter and jelly donuts and chocolate croissants.

After an electrical storm damages my ovens, I’m left scrambling to keep the bakery running. I blame my reaction to the repair man on my earlier-than-normal mornings.

Keeping my growing attraction to the good-looking visitor in check should be easy… except at every turn, the simple repair is delayed by unknown forces.

How is a witch to protect her heart when fate keeps intervening?

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

When the hottie that comes to fix your ovens, fries your girly circuits, you invite him to lunch! Cami is having a helluva week. Her ovens stopped working and she is running herself ragged trying to keep up with the bakery. D’Angelo has been called to fix her ovens. However, when one thing goes right, another goes wrong and D’Angelo has to postpone the repair. These two have an instant connection but both of them are trying to talk it down. He has to leave and she has to stay. This just won’t work! Fate, which most of the time has its own laughable agenda, pushes these two together. Oh, and we cannot forget about Ricky! He has to be one of my favorite familiars! Love him!

Baker Down is an adorably funny, super cute, and humorous story! If something can go wrong, it will go wrong, but for the absolute best! Just like with the other stories in this universe, you should expect quirky characters around every corner that will keep a smile on your face.

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AJ Renee is a military wife and mother of three. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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#wotr #attendingauthor #partofaseries #mma #shifters Decision (Hallow Brothers 8) by Tricia Andersen

Kai is having visions, and they are robbing her of her sleep. In her mind, she sees the seven mangled bodies of the Hallow Brothers. Although she is accused of having a bad dream, she knows the truth. The end is near and she is about to lose the man she loves. Although the Hallows are complete and together, they are still under attack from the evil powers around them. The vampires’ influence on the people around them has almost become too much to handle. The book is deciphered and Eve finds the formula that the brothers have been waiting their whole lives for – the elixir that makes them human. Maya brings her friend, Namina, into the family to formulate the potion, and a sudden connection forms between her and the good doctor, Noah. When one of their own is taken, it forces the brothers to face evil to restore their family. As Kai’s prediction becomes a frightening reality, will the Hallows survive or will her vision come true?

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Review by Twinsie Dee

i bought this book here is my honest review

We are back at the Hallow family compound and it’s trashed from the vampire raid that just happened. the family is in disbelief, but also the family has gotten bigger with the newest members. while momma watches her grandchildren the brothers and their mates start cleaning up, while more crazy things are happening that none of them can explain yet, but while the crazy is happening, they are slowly figuring out what the 3 items, that connect together and why all the creatures really want them. will they be able to figure this out and possibly break the curse that they were born with or are they forever bound to the moon. its the Hallow’s verse the world and they are always ready for a fight when it comes to protect their family.  oh when you havent been in this world for the longest time you honestly forget how much you love them, and Sharky is still my favorite character he needs his own book, (cough, cough, wink, wink)

Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband and her three children. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.
For the past five years, Tricia has been a member of Hard Drive Performance Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an affiliate of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has experience in kickboxing and currently trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Even though she has never competed in an MMA cage, she’s witnessed and been a part of a fighter’s journey from fight camp to their walk to the cage. She also has competed in jiu jitsu.

#Review – Immortal Ghost: The Imogen Gray Series Prequel Novella by Lauretta Hignett


Immortality sucks.

Just ask Imogen Gray: Over two-hundred thousand years old and teetering on the edge of total insanity. Strong as a shifter, faster than a vampire, Imogen’s walked the earth forever, always alone, never growing, never changing.

Never learning, either. Her smart mouth and quick temper get her into trouble far too often.

And when trouble comes, she gets hurt. Sometimes very badly, and it can take a long, painful time to heal from severed limbs and disembowelment.

She’s tired of it all. So tired.

But she’s got a plan. Imogen’s on a mission to find the next reincarnation of her father, the only person in the world who knows what she is; the only man who can help get rid of the curse of immortality.

She’s got to find him first. For that, she needs to perform a powerful scrying spell, and for that she needs a blood witch.

Imogen is going undercover at an animal shelter to try and flush out one of these bloodthirsty maniacs. But it’s not exactly going to plan, thanks to a blind date with a goblin, a vampire stuck in the late nineties, and one pesky ghost…

Immortal Ghost is the prequel novella to the bestselling Imogen Gray Series, a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy. Content note for foul language, minor violence, suicidal ideation, and references to animal abuse and sexual assault (no explicit scenes at all.)

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When your life gets in the way of your death, you become the Patron Saint of Rescue Animals!

As a caveat, this is a new to me author and I have not read any of the rest of this series. I picked this up for a fun and quick read, and boy is that ever what I received! Imogen is like any normal human being, but not. Catch my drift?! She gets hurt and takes time to heal, she just doesn’t ever die. She goes undercover at an animal rescue shelter with a plan to find a blood witch…a good-ish blood witch (another oxymoron). She ends up being a ghost and a savior all while remaining immortal. If something wonky can happen, Imogen will find it, LOL! I am hooked and working on getting the actual first book of the series to see what other types of antics Imogen can get herself into.

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A raving fangirl for all things paranormal, supernatural, magical and fantastical, Lauretta writes fun, fast-paced Urban Fantasy – unique, kickass characters and madcap adventures with a dash of romance and loads of laughs.

She’s a massive fan of anything shifter, witch or vampire, she loves a plot twist, hates cliffhangers, and always keeps her readers on their toes.

When she’s not writing, Lauretta enjoys crazy fad diets, sunshine, her two little children, weird craft projects and massive amounts of dark chocolate. You’ll often find her staring into space or muttering to herself in weird voices. Just ignore her. She’ll come back to reality eventually.