Muse, by M. Lynne Cunning

Muse


Lauren Carrington is an aspiring author who supposedly has it all.

The life. The house. The seemingly perfect marriage to Michael.

With her husband’s blessing, she uproots herself to attend a creative writing course halfway across the country in the hopes of breaking through the writer’s block she’s been battling, unaware she is about to inadvertently put everything she treasures in grave jeopardy.

For her first in-class assignment, she gets partnered up with the alluring and charismatic Dean Bergeron…

Their undeniable connection, mutual passion, and literary talents, paired with Lauren’s newfound boldness and prowess, soon form the foundation for a catastrophic upheaval of the only life Lauren has ever known.

But is it actually Lauren’s life being thrown into turmoil? The lines become blurred when she introduces herself as Sarah, the main character from the book she’s been struggling to write, and boundaries are quickly crossed as Lauren explores her new persona more intimately.

When her two worlds collide, will she be able to distinguish which life is real and which is fiction?

***Previously published as Blurred Lines***


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

To quote a line from this story, I found this to be a “personal, stripped, and overwhelming” read. And I enjoyed every moment of it. This reminded me of a romanticized version of Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Half” in so many ways. The separation between the main character Lauren and her alter-ego Sarah blurred easily and quickly and set-up quite a defining conflict. Cunning in its complexity and stunning in its simplicity, this is a magnificent psychological journey.

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33644892-muse

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FaeTAL, by Becca Moree

FaeTAL (FaeTAL Series, #2)


The Carnival of Darkness isn’t your average amusement show. It’s a sick and twisted world where men are predators and women are the prey.

Abi, one of these women, has one goal. One all-consuming need. All that she wants is to escape from the life that she is being forced to lead. She isn’t looking for love or even lust, she just wants her life back. No matter how lacking that life had been.

Christopher is the King of the Fae, whether he likes it or not. When he runs into Abi while out on patrol his natural instinct is to protect her from any and all harm, even though women haven’t been on his radar for centuries. He simply wants to be free from his burden and this promise to lead his people.

When the two come together in an unexpected and explosive night both of their lives will change forever…but will either get the freedom they are searching for?


My review:

I had to read this twice before reviewing.  I wanted to be sure I had not missed a single, perverted, macabre, freaky, moment of the nightmare inside the Carnival.  (Additionally, I got to read a fabulous supernatural story twice in one week.  Yay me!!)  This tale picks up immediate where the “Carnival of Darkness” novella finishes, so although you should read it to fully embrace the happenings, it is not a requirement to fully enjoy the horrors on the pages.  This is a seriously dark and haunting depiction of an otherworldly fascination to condescend humans.  I’m hooked on this series!

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32065948-faetal

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Legendary, by Laura Harvey

Legendary (Triskaidekaphilia, #1)


Urban legends. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all told them. They fill the role that fairy tales once held—morality tales meant to frighten us into sticking with the herd, obeying society’s rules, and not taking any chances. In most urban legends, once someone transgresses, we know things won’t end well for them.

But what if the bright spark of romance also common to these stories refuses to be snuffed out? What if it bursts into a love that fights for its chance to burn? Can love triumph over evil? Forgive any trespass? Heal any wound?

Set off into a dark wood with a young love that won’t go quietly into the night. Bait a vengeful ghost to find family, and love. Ride along with a hitchhiker who won’t vanish for long. Learn to love a touch that is not human. Find passion beneath the scars. Dive into five tales that speak to the heart of myth and find love that is nothing short of legend.

Featuring new stories by Sara Dobie Bauer, Wendy Sparrow, T. R. North, Aisling Phillips, and Michael Leonberger.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This is truly a romantically themed suspense/thriller collection of urban legends.  Each tale brings a different skew on an urban legend.  Revenge, anguish, grief, loneliness, and fear are just some of the threads used to weave the story.  All have a romantic touch which helps drive the plot and each story has just enough reality to make you catch your breath or jump at a noise while reading.

Below is the rating I give to each story and the average makes up the status of “my rating” for the entire compilation.

  • Not Again ~ Sara Dobie Bauer (3.5)
  • She Wore White ~ Wendy Sparrow (4.5)
  • Vanishing Point ~ T.R. North (4.0)
  • La Vie en Rose ~ Aisling Phillips (4.0)
  • The Hook ~ Michael Leonberger (4.0)

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32871787-legendary

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Walls of Ainsley, by S. J. Lynn

Walls of Ainsley


Brigham Ainsley is the son of the most notorious mass-murderer of London, England. The Ainsleys built this orphanage decades ago. Considered odd and eccentric for their time, the family remained secluded, shutting out the world. It is believed Brigham’s father, Allister, finally snapped, killing the children and family at his mercy. Scarlet, a fresh out of college journalist, knows there’s an untold story here and sets off to London to hopefully guarantee her career working for the top magazine company located in San Francisco. It isn’t long before the locals tell her to turn around. They say Brigham could still be alive–that, or he’s dead and haunts the place. It isn’t long before Scarlet finds out which story is true…


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy of this book. **

I like a good suspenseful thriller and this story did not disappoint.  I found myself trying to figure out the mystery as it unraveled only to be pleasantly surprised by a turn of the page.  An edge-of-your-seat, heart rate accelerating, erotically charged read.  Hauntingly gripping.

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31674645-walls-of-ainsley

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Hearts of Darkness (Box Set)

Hearts Of Darkness (Boxset)


Vampires, shifters, demons, witches and ghosts…
Ten delicious tales of paranormal romance just in time for Halloween. Get your calorie-free tricks or treats before this boxed set disappears. Those who dare the darkness will find the true heart of supernatural love.

Your Lycan Or Mine? ~ Michele Bardsley
Ash the Destroyer, the only soul shifter in existence, walked away from the Convocation and never looked back. Jarod Dante, the world’s last therianthrope, works for the new Convocation. When the Vedere psychics predict the end of mankind if Ash doesn’t defeat the demon queen Lilith, Jarod must convince the fearsome beauty to forget the past and save the future.

Chasing Magic ~ Gena D. Lutz
Anika Webb finds herself battling a volatile spell, where all bets are off, and magic will fly.

VIKTOR: Heart of Her King ~ Julia Mills
One has a chance for revenge, the other a chance for redemption. Together they must make a choice. Together they hold the key.
Together only they can save the heart of her king.

Memory’s Kiss ~ Sharon Kay
As part of the elite Watcher fighting force, Raul relishes taking down enemies and restoring peace to the realm. When summoned for a rescue op, he encounters a most unexpected woman among the captives. Imprisoned on a desolate mountaintop, Daphne has no hope of escape. Until surprise freedom comes in the form of a Watcher team…and the boy who’d left her home village years ago. Grown up and lethal, Raul is more handsome than Daphne remembered. Never-forgotten memories of their first kiss rekindle into searing passion. But is there room in her quiet life for a warrior who thrives on danger?

Under Her Skin ~ Margo Bond Collins
Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a snake shifter. She has no desire to search for other weresnakes—until she realizes she might be next on a killer’s list. In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, must team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes—and the most attractive man Lindi’s ever met.

Rise Of The Fallen ~ Donya Lynne
Micah Black has lost his second mate and is on a fast track to destruction. When he seeks an end to his life by offering himself up to his enemies, the last thing he expects is exotic dancer and former Army medic Samantha Garrett thwarting his death wish and becoming his reason to live—and love—again. Now his enemies have Sam in their sights, and he’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means defying the king’s law.

Fall Into Darkness ~ Valerie Twombly
A warrior angel is stripped of his wings, until he learns compassion for humanity. He fails, until he meets a beautiful woman hiding from life, and carrying a secret within her that only he recognizes. Together, they will be a pair capable of reckoning even with Lucifer himself.

Nights Angel ~ Lisa Kessler
Colin Flynn, the immortal Night Walker, is not the protector he had once been.

Juliana is a survivor, but her prophetic dreams warn her of coming death. As an ancient enemy emerges and threatens her safety, Colin will need to learn Juliana’s secret to overcome his wounds, but falling for a mortal could be the greatest risk of all.

A Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf ~ P.T. Macias
A spoiled, sexy and wild young wolf loves the chase. She loves to stir it up and watch the fireworks. She comes to a complete stop when she meets a vhampier that rocks her world. The mature Vhampier, the royal assassin, falls under her spell. He goes against the supernatural council, family, and royal decree. The unexpected threat to their lives bring them together, exposing their love.

Eternal Service ~ Regina Morris
Vampire Raymond Metcalf’s life is spinning out of control. As if working with a team of vamps to protect the President isn’t enough, he must deal with his rebellious half-breed son, save the President from crazed vampires, and break in his team’s new director.


My review:

** I voluntarily reviewed this advance reader copy. **

I had the wonderful opportunity to read and review this boxset in combination with its release.  I laughed, I gasped, I yearned, and most of all I fell for each and every one of these books.  (Some more than others but that is more about me and my preferred elements in a story more so than any issue with the plot.)  There were a few new authors to me and a couple authors and books that were already on my “to be read” compilation and I enjoyed being able to delve into each and every one of these created fantasy and paranormal worlds. 

Below I have listed the books individually with their specific rating and the overall rating of the entire boxset is an average of those numbers.  

  • Your Lycan or Mine? ~ Michele Bardsley  (4.0)
  • Chasing Magic ~ Gena D. Lutz  (4.0)
  • VIKTOR: Heart of Her King ~ Julia Mills  (4.0)
  • Memory’s Kiss ~ Sharon Kay  (4.0)
  • Under Her Skin ~ Margo Bond Collins  (4.0)
  • Rise of the Fallen ~ Donya Lynne  (4.5)
  • Fall Into Darkness ~ Valerie Twombly  (4.5)
  • Nights Angel ~ Lisa Kessler  (4.0)
  • A Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf ~ P.T. Macias  (3.5)
  • Eternal Service ~ Regina Morris  (4.5)

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31198472-hearts-of-darkness

 

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