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#WOTR19 #Review – Demon’s Destiny (Guardians book 4) by Valerie Twombly

Demon's Destiny (Guardians Book 4)

Famed for his cocky attitude and womanizing lifestyle, Baal likes to make his own rules. But being the most powerful demon in Hades’ army comes with a steep price. Namely, a command to mate with the human he is bound to protect. When the lord of the Underworld reveals the female’s true identity, Baal vows he will never love her. Even though she may destroy him, he soon discovers it’s a promise he might not be able to keep.

When her sibling goes missing, Ranata finds herself at the mercy of those who intend to make her Hell’s next sacrifice. With the world embraced in the wrath of a power-hungry demigod, and a sister now in his clutches, she discovers she is not fully human and now must face the biggest challenge of her life. Mating a demon is an insane idea, but she will do anything to save her sister. Falling in love with him might be even crazier.


I received this book from an honest review.

This was my first book of Valarie Twombly’s.  Yes it is the forth book in the series and I was able to keep up and do not feel like I was missing something. Although like with any other series I’m sure there are small things I do not know of the characters has I read the series from book one.

Ranata was a waitress serving drinks in a dive bar. She was on a mission to find her sister when she found herself as a sacrifice . Man is this when her world was tipped on its axes. She finds herself matted to a demon and finds out who her mother is and in turn who she is.

Baal is Hades right hand demon. After having his heart torn out by the one he loved. He swears off loving another but when fates step in and give him a feisty mate can he protect his heart.

The twist and turns were great. I enjoyed this story and I would like to know more about these guys.


Award winning and bestselling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper.

When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German Shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers. She is also the founder of Sexy Scribblers, a group of romance writers who bring readers new and fresh stories every month.


#Review – It seemed like a good idea at the time – by Kylie Scott

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings.

Sometimes first loves are the truest.

I purchased the audio book.

This is a second chance kind a sort of with a bit of forbidden love story. You see Adele had a best friend, Pete, when she was younger. Even though he was 15 years older than her she had a huge crush on him. When she turned 18 she decided to let him know how she felt. Well let’s just say it didn’t go as she planned quite the opposite actually. With a broken heart she decided to leave town.

Now she has to return home for her dads wedding and face Pete. What a big surprise when she finds out she is staying with Pete for the week. Pete’s head is all over the place does he want her to stay see where things go or is he scared of his feelings.

I wasn’t sure I would like Adele but to see her as a kid in the flash back and to see her as an adult was a great transformation. I loved her spunk, sass, and tell it like it is. She put Pete in his place a few times. Pete and Adele relationship was passionate at times and then Pete would put on the breaks. Will these two be able to make it work or will Adele give up and leave again?

I enjoyed listening to this story. Andi Arndt did a good job with the narration and the different voices of each character. Andi was able to keep me in the story and I did not want to pause it.


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Australian Romance Writer.


#WOTR19 #Review – Nicole (The Mate Series #1) by Teresa Gabelman

Nicole (The Mate Series) Book #1

Nicole Callahan, mate to fierce and brooding VC Warrior Damon DeMasters, has been trying to find her place in his world. Without a doubt, it’s been interesting, but she believes there’s a lot more she can offer the children she spent so much of her human life fighting for.

The Mate series delves into the kickass world of the Warriors’ mates and how united, they can make a difference—just like their badass Protectors. Follow along to see how these exceptional women’s newfound freedom affect those around them and which Warrior may or may not support their feisty independent mate’s new and exciting path.


I received this book from the author for an honest review.

How can Teresa make the mates of the VC Warriors live up to the men? Well let me tell you she did it. These fierce women are strong willed, bad ass, and do not need a warrior at her back every second of the day to save her.  These women can handle their own but it is nice to have a warrior at their side.

Nicole loves Damon but has a feeling she is losing herself. She misses her work and believes she can and must help the children in the foster system. She loved doing her job and feels there is a need not only to help the kids but to satisfy her own calling.

The mates of the warriors realize they are not being treated as equal as the guys because they are females and the warriors have it ingrained in them that they are to protect the women. The women band together and decide to take matters into their own hands. They agree to help Nicole at the agency and also better themselves in becoming fierce warriors they know they can be without the guys help.

These women are AMAZING. They are strong and will not back down or give up no matter what is thrown at them or who throws them.  OH and believe me they have their time with one on one combat on the mats and in the field.  Nicole and the others can hold their own. Now the only question is will the warriors let them continue their crusade or will the end it? We can already see there are some warriors that over time are going to stand by their women and others that may draw a line that will be too hard to come back from.

I absolutely love these women as much if not a little bit more than the warriors.  I mean really who doesn’t love a woman that can kick some butt and take names later. I am so excited for this series and see each Warriorette become stronger and do as good a job or better than the Cock Club.


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 a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

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


#WOTR19 – #Review – Bantamweight (Hallow Bothers Series book 5) By Tricia Andersen

Bantamweight (Hallow Brothers Book 5)

Abraham Hallow would do just about anything to get out from under his oldest brother, Josiah’s, thumb. That includes performing as the Luchador in the local semi-professional wrestling circuit. He gets more than he bargained for when he hooks up with a woman with multicolored hair. The draw to her is undeniable. He wakes up the following morning with the ancient mark of his ancestors, mating him to the mystery woman he met the night before.
It was a simple mission—find the infamous Hallow brothers, kill them, and bring back the amulet. Kai’s plans get derailed after one night of hot, crazy sex with a mask wrestler. When she finds out the wrestler was none other than Abraham Hallow, the youngest of the Hallow brothers, she is exiled from the mermaid kingdom. Yet the orders from her king still stand. Can she deny her ever-growing love for Abraham, or will she fulfill her duties of killing him?



I received this book from the author for an honest review.

OH my Abe here is another Hallow to love and the next one to feel the pull. Abe is the baby. I’m telling you at 21 years old he has had enough of all the baby of the family jabs. They taunt him, baby him, keep things from him and refuse to let him fight like the other brothers.So if they won’t let him fight he will go out on his own and keep that a secret from his family. If they cannot keep things from him he will keep things from them.

Kai has been owned all her life and she is darn tired of it. She is ordered to find the Hollow brothers kill them and return the Heka and amulet to her boss.  But when she is drawn to the masked fighter she soon realizes how that one time changed her life.

Kia is finally free and does not want to be owned by anyone. In her mind the mating mark means she is no longer free but now owned by Abe. She fights the mating pull.  It is up to Abe to show Kia what it means to be a part of a family and that he just wants to take care of her and protect her not own her. He started to show her that when he bought something to help her even though he caught hell from his brothers.

We learned so much more in this book.  There are so many other beings that we are being introduced to in this series. WOW the plot that carries over threw all these books keeps getting better and better. We are aware of more enemies and allies. I’m so interested in knowing more about Zeke. I’m thinking he may be my wolf.


Tricia Andersen lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. 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. Along with writing, Tricia enjoys coaching and competing in track and field and traveling to cheer on her children in their various activities.


#WOTR19 #Review – Corner (Hallow Brothers Series book 4) by Tricia Andersen

Josiah Hallow carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Literally. Between keeping his family safe as the head of the Hallows, training his six younger brothers for their individual turns in the MMA cage, and guarding his mother’s amulet from the creatures who want to use it to take control of the world, his sanity is about to break.

Mating with the pure Sarah Merit, an overly-religious school teacher whose body makes every fiber of Josiah’s being stand at attention, could finally push him over the edge. Unfortunately, despite the all-consuming sex that blazes between the pair, it isn’t enough to convince Sarah to live with him so he can protect her, as well.

When Josiah learns the secret Sarah is keeping from him, he makes a deal with the pair of vampires who run the MMA promotion the family fights for in an attempt to save her. But will he be able to save her again when Sarah is kidnapped and taken to Josiah’s grandfather, Atticus, the vicious alpha of a pack of werewolves in Maine? And what will Sarah do when she finds out the sexy corner of the Hallow Brothers is a werewolf, too?


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I love this series and I’m only four books in this means I only have three more until it is complete. 🙁  I cannot get enough of these alpha shifters.

Joseph is the eldest and in charge of protecting the entire family after his dad died. He does not have time to do anything but coach his brothers and protect his family. Then he finds his mate at his aunts funeral who is a good girl, a school teacher and church goer.

Sarah is drawn to one of her friends nephew whom they called Satan’s spawn. He tempts her to do things that is against everything she believes in. She is tough and keeps Sam on his toes.

While these two are trying to figure things out Joe tosses one more thing in the fire when he makes a deal with the vampires. Then add in their grandfather who is determined to bring them home especially Joe. They are still trying to figure out this heka amulet vampire thing. Joe has a lot of things resting on his shoulders.

I loved how the brothers pulled together to get things done. Even the mates pitched in even though they caught heck for it. I also like how there is the main story line about the brother and then a story line that continues through the entire series that only becomes more complex when more characters are introduced. I need to find out what is next. Oh my there are only three brothers left.


Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. 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. Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children’s activities.


#WOTR19 #Review – Heavyweight (Hallow Brothers Series book 3) by: Tricia Andersen



Samuel Hallow is desperately in love. However, he knows his family won’t condone his relationship with his boyfriend, Henry. The brothers mate for life and neither man has had the mystical tattoo appear that binds them to the one chosen for them.

Delilah, Henry’s lifelong friend, comes to town and Samuel is consumed with unexplained lust. He and Henry both sleep with her and the tattoo appears on all three of them, marking the trio as mates for eternity. He nearly loses the others when he confesses his true nature – that he, like his six brothers, are werewolves. Although Delilah and Henry are angry and obsessed with their careers, they can’t stay out of his bed.

Can he protect his lovers from the vampires who hunt them, who want to use them to get possession of Momma Hallow’s ancient amulet? And will the Hallow Brothers stand united when they discover that Henry, the man Samuel loves, embodies an ancient evil magic, hell bent on conquering the world?




I absolutely fell in love with Samuel. He is so conflicted between who he is and how he believes everyone thinks or expects him to be. Samuel knows who he wants his mate to be but it just does not seem like the fates agree.

Samuel is a big bad alpha MMA fighter that is keeping a big secret from his family. HE is afraid of how they will react or what they will think of him if they find out about Henry. Sam goes to see Henry and finds Henry’s friend Delilah there. There is some major pull between Sam and Delilah be cannot control. Lets just say after the one night Sam, Henry and Delilah are together it all becomes clear why Sam and Henry were never mated. It’s because Sam has two mates not one.

Sam has to train for his fight but with Henry and Delilah trying to come to grips with the whole matting/warewolf thing it makes it hard to concentrate. Now Sam and his brothers have a new set of problems when vampires come into town to steal Momma Hallow amulet.

The twist this book takes had me needing more reading more. We see how Sam handles coming out to his family and the families reactions. We have so much more going on with the vampires showing up and all the havoc they create all for an amulet. Oh we get a peak at Josiah and his new mate. Eeep I cannot wait! The fates are knocking these guys out one by one. I love it and so excited to meet each of their mates.


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.


#WOTR19 – #Review – Middleweight (Hallow Brothers book 2) by Tricia Andersen


Micah Hallow doesn’t believe he’ll ever find his mate. That is until a mystic tattoo appears on his back after a wild night with a stripper that marks her as his mate. Despite a life-threatening injury that brings him to his knees every time it strikes, he commits to a fight in the octagon to save her life. What will she do when she finds out he’s one of the infamous Hallow Brothers—and a werewolf?

Eve Romero can’t escape her violent boss, Deacon. That is, until the hottie she slept with puts his life on the line in exchange for hers. She can’t fight the primal attraction to him even though she doesn’t feel she’s worthy of the Hallow brother. Can she overcome her past to be with him? And when a new, murderous threat strikes close to home, will the two of them survive?



I purchased this book.

Oh my land these MMA shifters are gaining my interest one by one. I still have not figured out out which one is my favorite but man they are all so amazing.

Micah is the second oldest of the seven, momma’s boy and a virgin. He is also the one that doesn’t fight  he has an 0-5 record, cannot see without his glasses and get debilitating migraines. He is also the guys manager. He decides to go with the guys to the club to set up some fights for his brothers when a pull like no other sets him in search  of something. He finds himself in a strip club where he sees the beautiful Eve. He scores a night with her only to find he is leaving the hotel with more tattoos than he came with.

Eve is a mess she is owned by her boss, he is a stripper and drug addict because of her boss. After her night with Micah she finds she has been tattooed one of the biggest NO NO’s by her boss and finds herself looking down the barrel of a gun. Lucky for Eva Micah comes looking for her and makes a deal to save her life by getting in the ring.

Things get crazy for a while between Micah’s blinding migraines, Eves drug addiction and Micah getting back in the ring. I love that Micah is patient with Eve but at the same time she needed to hear what Samuel and Meg had to say to her. Lets face it she was bound to have issues with the family. Especially one that is as close as they are. They want to protect Micah from the heartache that a stripper drug addict could bring Micah. Eve has never had a loving family but the Hallow’s are showing her what it really means to be a family. Eve just hopes Micah doesn’t leaver her like everyone else in her life has.

I’m becoming addicted to these Hallow boys. I cannot wait for Samuel it seems he has a big secret himself.

Tricia Andersen lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. 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. Along with writing, Tricia enjoys coaching and competing in track and field and traveling to cheer on her children in their various activities.


#WOTR19 #Review Ashes: Book One in the River Ash Pack by Mary Martel

Ashes: Book One in the River Ash Pack

Cordelia has never known anything but the safety of her fathers guarded compound where she’s lived her entire life. A life that, as the alphas daughter, has always been a privileged one, albeit an incredibly sheltered one.
Until one night, life as she knows it, is flipped entirely upside down when she’s promised to another alpha in order to buy safety for her father’s pack. This doesn’t exactly sit well for Cordelia seeing as she has different plans for her life, even if she doesn’t know what those plans are just yet. Out of fear of what she doesn’t want her life to become, she does the unthinkable and tells her father the one thing he’ll never tolerate from anyone in his pack, especially not his daughter. She tells him no.
As a result, Cordelia learns just what kind of depraved man and alpha her father is and is left a broken, bleeding mess because of it.
After finding kindness and compassion from two strange men who show up at the compound and help her when she is no longer capable of helping herself, Cordelia does the only thing she thinks she can do in order to survive and not be stuck in a world of abuse and misery.
She runs.
Unfortunately for Cordelia, she doesn’t make it very far before she finds herself in trouble again and at the mercy of another male with alpha tendencies. This alpha also comes with a brother by blood and one by choice.
The problem is, Cordelia’s not so sure she could ever find a place in a pack again after everything she’s survived. She won’t have long to figure it out though because, no matter the cost, her father is determined to find her and bring her home.

Warning – Due to certain sensitive sexual subject matter and abusive situations, this book may contain triggers for some people.
It’s also a Reverse Harem book.


I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I had to take a few minutes to let this book really sink in. Some scenes were hard to read and had me fighting mad. Ok so let me start with WOW!!! The beginning of this book tore me up. Really how cold can a family be especially a father? What Cordelia had to endure should have broken her but she is one strong woman that can pick herself up and keep going. Everyone she thought loved her or at least cared about her let her down in a BIG way. Her saving grace was the two strangers who were alpha wolves who helped her when she was at her lowest. After all she endured how could she trust these strangers. After the last blow of having a door slammed in her face she was done and going to set out on her own. She would trust no one and rely only on herself. The alphas that found her Luca and Cal knew she was theirs and was so disappointed when the realized she was not going to meet up with them like she said.

OH MY GOD lets talk about Darius because I’m all about this tormented scared soul. He is Luca and Cal’s brothers and when he realized Cordelia was special to them he had stop her when he realized she was going to run. Well he put an end to that really quick and took her when she tried to run. Yep that’s one way to stop her. His plan was to take her back to his family home and have the brothers meet up with them. I fell in love with Darius really the like/hate between Darius and Cordelia was off the charts for sure. One of my favorites was in the gas station all I can say is I loved that cane wielding grandma.

Even though I love Darius there is something about Callum that interest me but I have not got a good feel for Luca yet.  All three have strong feelings for their Cordelia and would protect her with their life. Cal and Luca want time with Cordelia like Darius had but they know they need to have patients with Cordeli and give her the space she needs right now.

Everything Cal, Luca and Darius has done up to this point to protect themselves and Cordelia is going to catch up with them. Let me tell you it is going to get ugly and messy. I suppose we will see who will stand by the brothers and Cordelia and who will betray them because oh yes there will be some traders. Callum, Luca, Darius and Cordelia will need to be on the same page to withstand what is coming their way.

Mary Martel was born in West Michigan and spent the majority of her life there. She currently resides in North Dakota with her husband, and her two beautiful daughters. She’s an avid reader, and when not writing she can be found with her nose stuck in a book.


#Review #RH – First Comes Loves: A reverse Harem Romance (Matchmaker Book 3) by Jade C. Jamison

First Comes Loves: A Reverse Harem Romance (Matchmaker Book 3)

Can one woman possibly fall in love with more than one man at a time?

My name is Claire Seaburg and I’m an aspiring actress. You haven’t heard of me yet? Just wait. You will soon. You see, I’m in the third week of the new reality television show Matchmaker. It’s getting tough, because we’re down to three men—and I’m afraid I’m falling in love with them all. Will the man I end up with truly be the right one for me?

Or will I wind up in hell with the wrong guy?

Watch me as we get one week closer—and I do a few naughty things I just might regret…


I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Well we find out who got cut and I’m floored I thought he would go to the final two. We also hand on to see if one of the guys may decide to stay or go home.

There are more dates with mini dates, although I kinda felt bad for our Claire. Poor thing hardly had time to eat while trying to field all the questions. Each man is showing different sides of them trying to win over Claire or maybe the audience since they are the deciding factor.

I have to say one guy stands out to me but every once in a while I find myself questioning him. However, there is another that is coming in as a strong second. If keep having doubts about guy one I may jump ship and go with guy 2.  I would love to be able to see what the audience sees in the confessionals and when Claire is not with the guys. Maybe it would make me understand the reason why they are voting the way they are. I’m ready to find out who will make it to the final two and ultimately who the audience will pick as her perfect match.

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” While you’re more likely to see Jade headbanging instead of Dirty Dancing, she—like Baby—won’t be put in a corner…or a box. So even though you can’t really stick her books in one genre, you could say she mostly writes steamy Contemporary Romance—and, while you’re at it, you’ll notice in her stories that Jade freaking loves Colorado, hard music, coffee, bad words, and CHOCOLATE!!! And so do her characters.

Oh, and there’s always a glimmer of hope…because if life doesn’t have that, what’s the damn point?


#WOTR19 – #Review – Welterweight (Hallow Brothers Series book 1) by Tricia Andersen


Caleb Hallow doesn’t need anyone. All he needs is to dominate in the MMA cage and become world champion. His plans are derailed when he wakes up with a mysterious tattoo of his ancestors after a one-night stand with his opponent’s ex-girlfriend, Meg Riley. Sharing the mark with her joins them as mates for eternity. Can Caleb deal with Meg for the rest of his life? Can he keep her safe from his past as he falls deeply in love with her? And will she stay by him when she finds out he is actually a werewolf?
It was just a fling, a chance to get revenge on her cheating ex. At least that’s what Meg Riley tries to convince herself. But the indescribable pull that draws her to the dark, dangerous Caleb Hallow tells her differently. Although she is furious when she finds the strange tattoo on her back after their night together, and even though he tells her some convoluted story about him being a werewolf, she can’t stay away from him. She can’t stop herself from falling for him. When her ex threatens Caleb’s life, how far will Meg go to save him? Will she be willing to sacrifice her life for his?



I purchased this book.

So my BFF a/k/a partner in crime has been after me to read this series. So I decided to take her advice and jumped in. What a great start to a series.

Meg has an on again off again jerk of a boyfriend that she sees cheating on her once again so her plan is to find a guy hook up for one night and boom!! they are even. Because that is always the right plan and works like a charm. LOL. When Caleb is in front of her she decides who better to make the boyfriend jealous by having a one night stand with her boyfriends rival Caleb.

Caleb is the middle brother out of 7 boys. He is an ass and does not open his heart to anyone. He is all for the one night stands no strings no attachments. Which is what he planned with Meg. However, the fates play a part in this. You see after the one night stand Meg wakes up with a large tattoo that sends her through the roof and on a mission to find the only one that could have put it there Caleb.

I absolutely love Meg,s personality she is feisty and does not back down even when she finds out Caleb’s secret and that she is Caleb’s MATE what ever that means. I have to say Caleb somehow found a way into my heart. He is full on alpha and an ass but he has his sweet moments. Meg and Caleb do not like each other and try so hard to fight the matting pull. Is it wrong that I enjoyed seeing there arguments and fights.  I have to say those never got old. These two are truly two peas in a pod they were truly made for each other.

There is something about all seven of these guys that has peaked my interest. I have to say I liked Caleb but there are six more so who knows who will be my favorite. I enjoyed most all of the characters even the two aunts. I’m so ready to start the next one.


Tricia Andersen lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. 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. Along with writing, Tricia enjoys coaching and competing in track and field and traveling to cheer on her children in their various activities.