Knights of Stone: Gavin (Highland Gargoyles, Book 7)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Highland Gargoyles

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 161

Gavin, the last single member of his and his brothers’ band, fully intends to stay that way: single, wild, and free. That is until he meets Fiona, the woman that he can’t seem to get off of his mind. She’s a human, though. Surely she, of all creatures, can’t be his mate. Fiona is a reporter that has been drawn to the world of supernaturals since the death of her friend when they were children. When a stranger comes snooping around asking about Gavin and his brothers, Fiona is weary. Although there are rumors of things that happen at some of their concerts, she has no reason to truly believe that Gavin is anything other than human. She has, after all, seem him up close and personal. Gavin can never let the truth about he and his brothers out in to the world, or it would put them all at risk. To what lengths will they all go, in the end, to find out the truths that they seek and protect what they love? 

As with the previous books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were well written, as always, and as fleshed out as possible for a book that is under 200 pages. They were all interesting and were pretty easy to either root for or dislike. As this is the seventh and last book in the series, the world building is complete, however the author did a wonderful job of rounding it out in this installment. I will admit that Gavin’s story was not my favorite of the brothers’ stories in this series, but it was still a great story and a strong way to finish it out. It was fun to return to this world again. Though this is the final book in the series, it can be read as a standalone like the others (although, I would recommend reading them- they’re all a good time!). I’m sad to have to leave the unique gargoyle shifters behind, but I’m sure I’ll return to their Isle from time to time to visit! 

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Hexes and Exes (Spaghetti Romances, Book 3)

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Author: Jordan K. Rose

Series: Spaghetti Romances

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 74

 

Roma is just trying to get some work done in her apothecary, when in pops her cheater of an ex, Ralph Tortellani. He is the last person she wants to see, and then he has the nerve to tell her that they need each other?! In a fit of rage, she creates a small tornado that sweeps him off in to another plane. She knows that she will probably pay for that one at some point. What she couldn’t know is that this one event will lead to a cast of (unwanted and unwelcomed) characters, from her own mother to the whole Tortellani clan, showing up and bringing chaos, laughter, and most of all love.

I’ve been looking forward to new work from Jordan, and this latest installment in the Spaghetti Romance series did not disappoint! Like the previous stories, this is set in Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Universe and continues the storyline of the Tortellani family. The world was well established in the previous two novellas and continues in this one. The character development continues to be great, as we learn more about this wacky family and new characters are introduced. If you’re an animal fan, the familiars will steal your heart! As this is the third in the series, I would recommend reading the previous two installments before this one to familiarize yourself with the backstory (plus they’re really fun and funny, as well!), but they are all novella length, and perfect for a quick read with lots of laughs!

Enticed by the Gargoyle (Stone Sentries Boston, Book 2)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Stone Sentries

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 180

 

Larissa, a Boston police officer, had an unfortunate encounter with some demons while on patrol. Now, she is left with more questions than answers and a friend who is in an incubus-induced coma. During the attack, Larissa was able to fight off the demons and managed to somehow shoot energy at them with her eyes. Her gargoyle lover, Roman, believes that these “gifts” come from her being a witch. Larissa, however, knows nothing about this and wants answers. To make matters worse, she is now having a vision of another supernatural threat. Is this her imagination, or a vision of things to come?

This is the second book in the Stone Sentries Boston series, and it was as fantastic as the first. Roman and Larissa are a great pairing. As always, the character development is fantastic. I have really enjoyed some of the other elements that have been brought in to this series, as it has added nicely to the world building without feeling like we are just being given a supernatural soup (you know what I’m talking about!). These are quick, fun reads, so if you are in the mood for some PNR, I recommend giving them a try. There are definitely still some questions, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment of Roman and Larissa’s story! Enjoy!!

Combust (Underground Encounters, Book 7)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Underground Encounters

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 124

 

During the fire at Vamps, Nike was bitten by a vampire. In a fit of bloodlust, she did something that she is unable to forgive herself for. The love of her life, Michel, travelled to Europe in search of a cure for her to no avail. Growing weary of walking between two worlds, she must make a decision that will change the rest of her life. Meanwhile, her best friend Maya is preparing for the rest of her life, as well. She is planning her wedding, and desperately wants Nike to be her maid of honor. Nike, however, is cutting herself off from everyone (Maya included) after her act of bloodlust, and won’t return her calls. At the same time, Maya has decided to find out more about where she comes from and asks her adoptive parents for more information about her birth parents. She is shocked by what she finds when she goes seeking more information.

I was absolutely left with questions after Nike and Maya’s first books, and I am so happy to have this follow up to get some answers!! This new installment, in my opinion, has more twists than previous books and I loved it! Nike and Maya were two of my favorites in this series, so another book with them was right up my alley. Their characters were able to become more complex through this book, and I feel like Carlisle did a wonderful job of giving them even more depth. Where most of the books in this series can be read as standalones, I highly recommend that you read Smolder and Fire first so that you get the background on Nike and Maya. Go, read, enjoy!!!

Stone Cursed: A Zodiac Sifters Paranormal Romance: Taurus

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Highland Gargoyles

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 137

 

You guys!!! The Gargoyles are back!!!

Alec has not been very happy since he had to leave with his clan from the Isle of Stone to relocate to the Scottish Highlands. Settling in a run-down castle, he missed the sound and smell of the ocean and the feel of flying over it. While off sentry duty one night, he notices a strange green light in the distance, and decides to check it out. He finds that last things that he expects, or wants, to find: witches- the enemy of the gargoyles. These particular witches have left their coven in search of ley lines in order to increase their power. Alec is discovered by Kai, the male leading this offshoot of the coven, and he uses dark magic to entrap Alec in stone. He has no idea how he will get a message to his brothers to warn them of the danger, and to get help, until Veda (the most gorgeous witch he’s ever seen) comes to his rescue. Now they both must run, or face the wrath of Kai…

Yay, more Gargoyles!!! This was a great novella within the Highland Gargoyle series and can be read without reading the rest of the series if you’d like (you really should read the others, though!). Carlisle’s wonderful world building continues on in to the Scottish Highlands and allows the reader to perfectly picture the world that she has envisioned. The character development is up to the standard that we have some to expect from Carlisle. This was just a quick, fun read, that is a wonderful addition to this series.

Burn (Underground Encounters, Book 4)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Underground Encounters

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 254

 

Layla is on the run from a Master Vampire. She has fled from London, and arrived in Boston to become Angelica, the singer in an 80’s cover band. Devon is the shapeshifting bounty hunter who is after her. He hates vamps, so there is no issue with him hunting her down…until he meets her. With more vampires on their trail, will this end well for them?

This is the fourth installment in Carlisle’s Underground Encounters series, but each one can be read as a standalone. This, as all her work thus far has been, was an incredible enjoyable read! The characters were well fleshed out, and fun to hang out with. The plot line was a very interesting and fun one. What I think that I love most of all about this author’s work, though, is her world building. It is always very rich and well imagined. I can almost always picture, with great detail, the environment that she is describing. If you are a PNR fan, this is a series (and author!) that you shouldn’t miss!

Silver Fox: Bad Alpha Dads (Real Werewives of Alaska, Book 3)

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Author: Kristen Strassel

Series: Real Werewives of Alaska

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 117

 

Landon Fox has always put football before everything in his life, his daughter included. His career is finally reaching an end point, and the Real Werewives are after him. When there is a huge uproar at one of the Real Were wives event, he sees the last person that he expected to see. Jenna came to Alaska with one mission: reconnect her daughter with her father. She has no notion of finding love here. That is, until Landon accidentally bids on her for a date. Will they find a love connection once again?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and somehow missed the second. I had no problem, however picking right back up at this one (they can be read as a standalone). I must say, that I think I enjoyed this ne even more than the first. I liked the first one a lot, but this one seemed to have even more of an enriched backstory, so it led to deeper emotions being felt while reading it. I will throw in, though, that it still has all of the humor, wit, sarcasm, and fun of the first in the series, so you won’t miss any of that! The characters were still developed well, and the world-building was in keeping with the first of the series. If you’re a PNR fan looking for a quick, fun read, I recommend this one.