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Review: The Dragon of New Orleans by Genevieve Jack

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The Cover: The Dragon of New Orleans cover is GORGEOUS! It’s very aesthetically pleasing, the male model, the colors, the background, the dragon and font work all together very well. I love this cover and I would really love to have it on my bookshelf soon!

Basics: The Dragon of New Orleans was released on March 5th, 2019 and is 350 pages long. Genre wise The Dragon of New Orleans belongs to paranormal romance, fantasy, romance and magic. 

Description: New Orleans: city of intrigue, supernatural secrets, and one enigmatic dragon. A deadly curse….for 300 years, Gabriel Blakemore has survived in New Orleans after a coup in his native realm of Paragon scattered him and his dragon siblings across the globe. Now a jealous suitor’s voodoo curse threatens to end his immortal existence. His only hope is to find an antidote, one that may rest in a mortal woman.

A lifesaving gift: After five years of unsuccessful treatment for her brain cancer, death is a welcome end for Raven Tanglewood. Her illness has become a prison her adventurous spirit cannot abide. Salvation comes in the form of Gabriel, who uses dragon magic to save her.

A harrowing price: To Raven, the bond that results from Gabriel’s gift is another kind of captivity. Can Gabriel win Raven’s love and trust in time to awaken the life-saving magic within her? Or will his fiery personality and possessive ways drive her from his side and seal his fate?
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Overall thoughts: I am a huge fan of paranormal romance and anything that deals with mythic creatures, ESPECIALLY dragons. So when I saw the blurb for The Dragon of New Orleans I was immediately intrigued/wanted to read it and I was NOT disappointed! The Dragon of New Orleans tells the story of Gabriel, a paranormal being who was cursed by a voodoo Queen to do his bidding. Oh and if you haven’t already realized by the title…he’s also a dragon. Enter the heroine of this book Raven, a woman who sadly has cancer and has strong physic abilities. What a combo right? 

Gabriel finds and senses Raven and offers to help her with her cancer if she comes and works for him. They come together to help solve each other’s problems and I was immediately enthralled with their story and intensity for one another from start to finish. Gabriel and Raven’s chemistry crackles right off the pages and straight into your heart, they are definitely one of those couples that I adore to read about. The story, the settling and backstory of being New Orleans plus the love that Gabriel and Raven have for one another really made me enjoy this book and I’m so excited for the rest of the series! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Genevieve Jack writes weird, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and fantasy. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of witches, shifters, and vampires her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours, thanks to her years attending a high school rumored to be adores the beaches of the southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.

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Review: Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa

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The Cover: I love Dark Harmony‘s cover, I think it fits in well with the other covers and embodies the book perfectly. I really have loved all of these covers because they are different because usually there are cover models on book covers but The Bargainer series book covers are really something special and different. 

Basics: Dark Harmony was released on October 28th 2018, published by Lavabrook Publishing Group and is 369 pages long. It is the third book in the Bargainer series and is part of the Kindle Unlimited program. Genre wise Dark Harmony belongs to paranormal romance, fantasy, new adult and romance. 

Description: There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.

For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it. 

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place. 

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.
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Overall thoughts: What a wonderful ending to The Bargainer series Dark Harmony was! I loved this book and on the edge of my seat the entire time!  Dark Harmony worked through all the questions I had while reading Rhapsodic and A Strange Hymn. While other series usually have a decent first book, an excellent middle book and a little of a let down for the third book, but Dark Harmony along with the entire Bargainer series is not your typical trilogy. 

Rhapsodic opened up with Callie and Desmond’s relationship completely broken but brought them together because Des needed help. As they grew closer together once more, he brought her into the fae world trying to figure out what was going on with subjects. No spoilers, but what happens Rhapsodic completely tangles Callie in Desmond’s world. A Strange Hymn raises further eyebrows with more questions but no answers and Dark Harmony answers all the questions from the past two books and them some. 

I literally have no issues with this book, at all; it was the perfect end to a great series and honestly if anything I wish there were more books because I love Callie and Desmond so much. Their bond and relationship is super special because of their past history, all the struggles they endured through this series and I just loved reading their love story. Not to mention the fact that Desmond freaking Flynn is HOT. That man is literally the definition of sin and them some. So, so hot! 

I am so bummed out that The Bargainer series is over but I am so glad I found this series and Laura Thalassa should be so proud because this book is truly a masterpiece. Till darkness dies Dark Harmony, till darkness dies. 
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Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I will be there when the last of your mortal friends draws their last breath. I will be there through it all, and I will tease you and infuriate you, and lavish you with whatever it is your heart desires because the only thing mine desires is you.”
-Des

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Laura Thalassa Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods. …or something like that anyway. When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Review: A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

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The Cover: As I stated in my other review of the first book Rhapsodic, A Strange Hymn‘s cover is very similar to the first of the series. You can’t exactly tell what the cover is unless you really focus on it, but when you do my immediate thought was OK…what is that? And again it has the red robe that looks a lot like blood, so interesting but most of all eye catching! Exactly what a book cover should be!

Basics: A Strange Hymn was released on May 26th 2017, published by Lavabrook Publishing Group and is 385 pages long. Genre wise A Strange Hymn belongs to paranormal romance and fantasy.

Description: Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there. 

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues. 

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret. 

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.
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Overall thoughts: Rhapsodic ended with a lot of questions and A Strange Hymn comes back with a lot of answers that literally come out of nowhere. There were several things that were explained or discovered as I was reading and I was really taken aback at points because it was one thing after another. 

Callie is finally together with best friend and soulmate Desmond Flynn, AKA King of Night but she is still trying to heal from the horrors she faced from escaping the Mad King, Karnon from the first book. Not only was getting back together with Des a bit stressful, but Callie is pushed even more forward in the Fae Otherworld. Not to mention the fact that the women in coffins still won’t wake up and more fae warriors are missing each day. PLUS Callie thinks Des is keeping things from her, with everything going on around them it seems like their fate is to come back together to only get torn apart again.

A Strange Hymn is A LOT more fast paced compared to Rhapsodic, I found it easier to get into and was hooked from start to finish! Callie and Desmond leap off right the pages and into your heart, I ship them so hard that I genuinely worry about their safety and relationship so much that I found myself on pins and needles while reading. Des is that perfect bad boy, attractive, super sexy guy that most women dream about and I know he may be fictional but Callie is one lucky woman. 

I loved this book so much and the ending was so heart pounding explosive that I had goosebumps as I finished A Strange Hymn. I am super pumped for Dark Harmony because where Rhapsodic may of been the first act, A Strange Hymn set the stage perfectly for the finale of The Bargainer series and you are NOT going to want to miss it! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I would steal the stars from the sky for you.  Anything to hear you laugh like that.” -Des 

“This love between us is bigger than him, bigger than me.” -Callie 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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 Laura Thalassa Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods. …or something like that anyway. 
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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books Featuring Paranormal Creature of Your Choice

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October 24th:  Top 5 Favorite Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of Your Choice] This is a repeat topic from last year, but as it’s a good one AND interchangeable so it can be different each year, it’s back again.
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Oh my gosh! Only five books and I can only narrow it down to one paranormal creature?! This is going to be SO hard because I love fantasy books and there are so many different paranormal creatures that I love reading about! But since I can’t go over them all…I’m going to focus on two: fae and dragons!

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1. A Court Of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Blurb: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

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My thoughts: The entire series of A Court Of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas are my absolute favorite books.  To be honest I really didn’t read a lot of books based on fairies/fae and I was very curious when I started this book and series. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Literally one of the best written books/series in the history of mature Young Adult, fantasy and romance. Yes I went THERE and you need to read this book and series ASAP. 

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2. A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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My thoughts: A Court Of Mist & Fury is my favorite A Court Of Thorns & Roses book. No spoilers but if you took my advice and read A Court Of Thorns & Roses, the world just expands and the story grows even more and A Court Of Mist & Fury will blow you away. 

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#3. Rhapsodic/The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa 

 Blurb: Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

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My thoughts: Again I read this book when I was just starting out reading fae books, it’s a little slow at first but definitely contains a heck of lot of Laura Thalassa magic and Des is hot, hot, hot! Plus it’s not just focused on fae but also the main character is a siren which is pretty cool. 

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#4. Storm Born by Richelle Mead

Blurb: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

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My thoughts: Richelle Mead was one of my favorite authors growing up with her Vampire Academy series. As much as I loved those books I really like her strength is in fantasy/adult romance. The Dark Swan series features a lot of creatures but one of the main focuses is fae (mmm Dorian!) and all four books are definitely a ride! I need to re-read and review this series soon but I highly recommend if you are interested in fae and other paranormal creatures.  

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#5 Fire In His Blood by Ruby Dixon 

Blurb: Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her. Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.

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My thoughts: Ruby Dixon is one of the best paranormal romance authors around and she is some of the best Kindle Unlimited books around. She is known for her alien paranormal romance series but I prefer her dragon series. Fire In His Blood is the first of five books out so far and tells the story of how dragons came from a hole in the sky and destroyed the world. Humans are in hiding while dragons roam around searching and attacking. When a woman finds herself alone with a dragon she finds out the truth of the situation and honestly I wish there were more books out because this story is SO interesting and different! Plus I think dragons are awesome and they deserve more book time when it comes to all genres of books, but especially romance. 
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Those are my top picks for paranormal creature books! I’ve REALLY been into fae books lately and they kind of have taken over my life and that is 100% okay because I really love them. Right now I feel like they are the vampires that were super popular several years back but when it comes to fae there are so many different types of them with different backgrounds and stories that make it really interesting to read about. Plus dragons, do I need to say more? DRAGONS. Anyway, what is your favorite paranormal creature to read about?  

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