THE AEON CHRONICLES by April M. Woodard

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary via Amazon: SOULMATES ARE DESTINED TO DIE BUT THE END IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

Darkness descends upon the Infinite Realm as Aalok prepares to wage war with his creator. A plan of redemption has been set forth, but first, heaven and Earth must be destroyed. Sophie is ready to face death if it means saving her brethren. But when she learns that her suitor, Serus has been exiled, she begins to question her new life without him. That is until, she meets her Guardian, Alexander. The Aeon is shifting into oblivion and Sophie has but a short time to decide. Will she choose her love or die to live again?


My Review: The best speculative romance of the ‘fallen’ angel and creation story I’ve read in a long time! Woodard captured my heart with light and dark, intriguing characters, who must choose between their faith and loyalty to their King or exile from their heaven.

My emotions were all over the place with the multi-POV, which was brilliant. Something shifty about Serus made me wary of him from the start, but I love his passion for Sophie, his need to do whatever it takes to win her over. I immediately fell head-over-heels for Alexander, the patient, strong Guardian. Sophie is irritatingly relatable, fickle and faithful rolled up into a confused little mess. I yelled at the book a few times due to her deals with devils and making choices she was warned against. The ending had me fan-girling hard over the inevitable ‘goodbye’ the reader will expect and dread the entire length of the book.

I read this book for my own enjoyment and look forward to discovering what happens now. Will Sophie and Alexander find each other? What will Serus do after a desperate move to make Sophie his again? I’m itching for the next book and have already recommended it those who may enjoy it (including my mother)! Bravo, April! Thank you for sharing your story with me and thank you for signing my copy!

Get your own signed copy of this beautiful book here: http://aprilmwoodard.com/

Author Stefanie Simpson

I was never one for romance. I avoided it for a long time, finding most books sappy, boring, with the same characters, redundant situations, overused troupes, nothing really original, total eye-roll. I didn’t care much for erotica because, I guess, none of the authors I followed did it right. I especially avoided best-sellers… Still do, because why certain books made top charts I’ll never know. But, Simpson’s stories are another level of uniqueness; they’ll enchant you and draw you in so deep you can’t stop reading or take a breath until you finish all the books! You care about her characters, you love them, you are them.

My obsession started with Not Going Anywhere, a New City Short Story. I heart Poppy most… I think (shh don’t tell Effie!). From there, I read all the shorts, as well as finishing the New City books 1-3 and reviewing them here, Amazon, and Goodreads. I’m now on to finishing Demon Beauty, her Beauty and the Beast retelling you can find here on Amazon.

You can find Stefanie Simpson’s works on Amazon or Wattpad!
Connect with Simpson on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And, make sure to check out her Sweary and Cute shit because, well, it’s the tits. She’s created a redbubble with a few sweary cuties here too! Head over to her website for more, and her Short and Dirty site for more shorts!

 

 

 

Saving Suzy by Stefanie Simpson

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New City Series Book 3

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary via Amazon: 

“Suzy Martin doesn’t need fixing. She doesn’t want a relationship, and she’s happy with who she is. Estranged from her family with a difficult past, she lives two lives: work Suzy, and Domme. What she does need is a man who’ll let her take control and who shares her sexual desires. Easier said than done. When she meets Nathan Maxwell, her temporary boss, she thinks she’s found the perfect short-term fling.

Submitting to a woman never occurred to the young widower, but Suzy takes Nathan on a journey of self-discovery of his sexuality and helps him move on from his grief. She is everything he never knew he wanted and is willing to change his life for her. It’s a shame the buttoned-up vixen that drives him wild won’t even listen.

Nathan’s only in Chadford for a few months before he moves on, and as much as he wants more from Suzy, she can’t give it to him, can she?

New City Series books are in UK English and are all stand-alone novels set in the fictional city of Chadford, a place people go for a fresh start in life.

Saving Suzy has been extensively rewritten from the first edition.


WARNING: Saving Suzy contains strong language, adult themes, and explicit sexual content from the start including BDSM, restraints, punishment, and anal.
Contains references to an abusive relationship, hospital stay, infertility, and death.”


My Review: Dominant leading lady! Submitting to a woman never occurred to Nathan, and I was pleasantly surprised how sweet and steamy these two characters are. Nathan’s backstory is heartbreaking. Suzy’s is infuriating. And, trying to get them both to work through their past and come together was a couple is frustratingly entertaining.

As always, Simpson’s characters are well developed. I love how each of her stories intertwines with the others, allowing you to meet all the characters and see how they fit together as well as separately in the New City world. I can’t put down her romances, be it this series, or her freebies on Wattpad. I’m now a romance reader thanks to Stef! Thanks for sharing this series with me! I highly recommend it.

I read this book for my own enjoyment. See my review of A Good Night’s Sleep and The Way Home by Stefanie Simpson.

Roko’s Basilisk by Michael Blackbourn

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary via Amazon:  

Civilization is poised on the edge of technological collapse. Thomas Kirby, employed at a floundering company endures life on the brink, plagued by recurring nightmares and the fear of losing his job. He wants nothing more than to provide for his family and bring some stability into their lives. 

Salvation seems to be at hand. His friend Roko Kasun, an artificial-intelligence researcher, shares a world-shattering secret. He’s on the cusp of launching a super-intelligent AI – a guardian-angel that promises to usher in a new world order. But only after Thomas teams up with his ambitious friend does Roko reveal the catch: his preparations to summon this god-like savior have not gone unnoticed. Roko has drawn the gaze of the Basilisk – a shadowy power capable of ensuring, or extinguishing humanity’s only chance at survival.

My Review: Quick, but intriguing sci-fi short. Thrown between what’s presently happening in the story and what conversation took place prior, I was pleasantly surprised to be hooked into this terrifying breakthrough of artificial- intelligence. 

This is the second work I’ve read by Blackbourn. “Cursor Blink,” another short, was just as gripping, and I recommend it as well. 

Victorian Mistress by Jesse Stuart

My Rating: 5/5 Stars (Can I give it 10 stars?!)

Summary via Jesse Studio: “Charlotte Maguire gets you right in the heart. Literally. 

Charlotte ‘Lot’ Maguire is a thief on the streets of Victorian London until she meets Brandon O’Connor and spies a route to an easier, well paid, life. Except Lot isn’t made for the life of a Victorian lady and can’t resist the lure of trouble. With corrupt businessmen in the drawing rooms, vampires in the gentlemen’s clubs and her old associates in the alleys she doesn’t have to look far to find it.”

My Review: Full of clever metaphors, unique vampire romance and a badass female protagonist, you won’t want to miss out on this fast paced freebie!

Lot is one of my new favorite female characters. She’s independent and strong, but still opens up little-by-little to the idea of love. She’s everything you wish you were, and everything you beg for from a female character.

Victorian Mistress is brilliant and beautifully written. Edited by the author, there are little-to-no errors and mistakes throughout, which is impressive. The story isn’t bogged down with unnecessary narrative or dialogue. It all flows well together, moving the plot and building the palpable world Stuart created. Each character has a unique voice. The tension throughout the dialogue and narrative pulls and pushes you from scene to scene with little room to breath. It’s fantastic! You won’t want to put it down until you’ve consumed the ending.

You can read this book for free at Victorian Mistress on Wattpad, or on the author’s blog, Jesse Studio. Follow Jesse Stuart on Twitter @sisterquill.