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Tarnished Legacy by Ann Gimpel

After centuries of being in her wolf form, Tairin is now human again. Will she find her mate? Or will she be banished from the Romani she has come to call family?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Tarnished Legacy
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Dance, Book 02
Publish Date: January 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionGermany, 1940

Half Romani, Tairin’s no stranger to hiding her mixed blood from gypsy caravans. What she can’t hide is her perpetual youth, courtesy of her shifter heritage. Every few years, she drops out of sight, resurfacing in a new country to join a caravan where no one knows her. She’s overstayed her welcome where she is, but Germany is at war, and travel has become all but impossible for everyone targeted by the Reich.

Elliott’s clairvoyance is strong, even for a Romani. Seer for all the caravans in Germany, he catches Tairin eavesdropping outside their leader’s wagon one night. He should turn her in, but it would mean her execution, and he can’t bring himself to do that. Instead, he interrogates her. Her magic is different, but he can’t figure out quite what she is.

Any association between Romani and shifters is forbidden, and Tairin shields herself from Elliott’s probing. She should leave right now, tonight. It would be easy enough. Shift to her wolf form and run, keeping out of hunters’ gunsights. She’s on the edge of flight when Elliott suggests a covert task to prove her loyalty. Tairin agrees immediately, kicking herself for being weak where he’s concerned. Shifters and Romani have no future together. Zero. Zilch.

She should be smart about this and vanish into the night—before he discovers what she is and destroys her.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna Lovebooks says…

I must say that I liked this much better than the short origins story. We get a glimpse of the struggles that Tairin went through and that was more intriguing to me than actually reading about them. I love the way that Tairin has grown up and matured since her time in Egypt. She is still childish at times throughout the novel but not annoyingly so. I am in love with Elliot! He was a powerful seer and for him to look past the superstitions of his people and fall for Tairin is amazing. My favorite character would have to be Meara. She is crazy powerful and doesn’t take crap from the men in the novel.

The plot was interesting enough. Nazis get their power from vampires – who knew? While this is a paranormal novel, I would have liked to see more about how the shifters and Romani came together to defeat the Nazis instead of vampires. This is what the novel starts out as and I would have liked to see more of that plot line. There is romance in the plot but I feel like it was secondary to the defeating of the vampires that were aiding the Nazi soldiers. There are a couple of brief sex scenes but I wouldn’t go so far as to classify them as erotica.

I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to read the next one. I give it 4 charms.

Other recommendations…

…you might try Thunder & Roses by Mary Jo Putney, Masquerade by Hannah Fielding, Gypsy Lover by Connie Mason

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Tarnished Beginnings by Ann Gimpel

Cast out by both her mother’s people and her father’s for being a half-Romani, half-shifter, young Tairin faces the harsh reality of the world.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Tarnished Beginnings
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Dance #1
Publish Date: June 20, 2017
Genre: Shifter Fantasy
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Publisher’s Description: Tairin’s wolf is more than just a dream creature. She hates it, but it’s also her only friend.

1700s Egypt is a haven for magic-wielders of all kinds. Vampires hold court, staying one step ahead of the priests and priestesses who want them dead. Gypsy caravans roam the Nile from north to south and back again, plying their wares, telling fortunes, casting Tarot cards, and stealing from the gadjos.

Tairin Jabari was born in a caravan and has always believed she’s Romani. Why wouldn’t she? Her mother and father never suggested otherwise. The Rom have harsh rules. When Tairin’s first shift catches her unaware at thirteen, her father disappears, and the elders move with deadly speed to punish her mother for mating outside the blood.

Hurt, lost, confused, and fearing for her own life, Tairin runs away, leaving her mother’s smoking funeral pyre behind. If she could only find her father, he’d welcome her. He’s always loved her, hasn’t he? Only problem is he’s in a shifter settlement. With her mixed blood, they won’t welcome her any more warmly than the Romani. It doesn’t take long before Tairin discovers how desperately unprepared she is for life outside her protected caravan. With her survival on the line every single day, she and her wolf have some hard choices to make.

Tarnished Beginnings, the prequel to the Soul Dance books is only available in the Magic After Dark Boxed set.

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Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I like that this is a short read. It took me two days, but only because I was super busy. It could be read in one sitting in all honesty. I like that the shifter must bond with the animal. Poor Tairin goes through hell in this short read. But it fits in with the naivety of her character. She is a young woman who has grown up sheltered from the real world by the people in her caravan.

Dislikes: I was surprised to see that Tairin was only 13 in this short. On the cover she looks much older. Even though this is technically classified as a paranormal romance, it was so tame that when a sex scene did happen, I was thrown off.

Overall, this is a good little read and I look forward to the rest of the series. I give it 4 howls.

Other recommendations…

Check out these other great books featuring gypsy characters!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Barclay Publicity’s – Troll Whispers Blog Tour

The highly anticipated standalone novella from the International Bestselling TROLL series! 

Out May 2nd – Troll Cries, a stand-alone novella in the Troll world by Ashley C. Harris.

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Title: Troll Whispers

Author: Ashley C. Harris

Series: Troll Series Novella

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Length: 209 Pages

Format: Digital

ISBN: 9781370133468

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated standalone novella from the International Bestselling TROLL series!

FANTASTICAL & ADDICTING

At the age of seventeen, Cordelia Connor’s teenage life is not what it seems…. By day, she attends high school and pretends to be normal. But by night, she and a select group of other teens, called the Knights, spend their time training and sparring. They are preparing to fight the most magically seductive and wicked creatures of all, the trolls.

Cordelia yearns for her classroom life to end so she can help hunt underground. But time seems to be going by ever so slowly, especially while she watches other high schoolers date and have fun. To Cordelia, non-knight boys are off limits. Something that’s not a disappointment until the new kid, Daemon Banks, shows up.

Daemon is nothing like the knight boys or high school males she has known. He’s taller, stronger, faster, and up to something in Cordelia’s little beach side town. Because he’s a normal human, whatever his motives are… they should be off limits. But when a possible troll sighting sends the knights to a débaucheras party that Daemon is attending. Suddenly, his and Cordelia’s worlds get scrambled, and she’ll have to decide if she should let Daemon in.

Who to trust becomes alarming as troll sightings and mischief turn into a grave battle. Because of a traitor among the knights, the perilous treat only seems to be multiplying in Cordelia’s world.

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About Ashley C Harris:
Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film “Lines”. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.

 

In 2013 she teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first in a new young adult novel series, “Shock Me”. Ashley then went on to author eight other titles, in multiple genres, as she also worked behind-the-scenes on a morning news show that aired on ABC.

 

In 2014, four of Ashley’s books landed on the Amazon’s Best Selling Top-Ten-List. In 2015, she received her first publishing deal for “Troll”, a KindleScout novel winner.

 

When Ashley is not dreaming up new manuscripts and working on film sets, she loves spending time with her family, obsessing about biblical mysteries, and watching lots of Doctor Who.

 

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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

The crazy keeps on coming in the eleventh installment of the Charley Davidson series!

11th GraveTitleEleventh Grave in Moonlight
AuthorDarynda Jones
SeriesCharley Davidson, Book 11
Publish Date: Jan 24, 2016, St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery
Narrator: Lorelei King
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead.

In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, spoilers!)


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Invested Ivana says…

I decided to wait until Eleventh Grave in Moonlight was available on audio rather than request it from NetGalley. Audio is my favorite way to experience these books. Lorelei King is amazing at conveying Charley’s sense of humor and creating distinct voices for each character. She really does a masterful job for every series I’ve heard her read. Thank you so much to Macmillan Audio for being consistent with the narrator for this series.

As much as I love this series, I will make a confession: I’ve given up keeping track of the big story arc. It’s gotten so big and just gets more expansive with each book. First Charley was a Reaper and Reyes was the son of Satan. Then both Charley and Reyes were gods from another dimension. Now, Charley is 13 gods and in self-imposed—witsec? rehab? time out?—on Earth. Eventually, there will be no way to top the previous book and Beep’s story will feel anticlimactic by comparison. This part of the story was starting to bother me a little, so I just stopped paying much attention to it.

I think the heart of each book is really Charley’s relationships with other people, how much she cares, the lengths she’ll go to to help others, and, of course, her snort-worthy sense of humor. These are what I pay attention to when I’m listening, and I love them.

Charley is fierce when it comes to protecting her loved ones and anyone else she feels is deserving. Her uncle, Cookie’s daughter, Reyes, her clients, children, and innocent bystanders all benefit from her protection in Eleventh Grave. In fact, her inability to right some huge wrongs, when she has so much power at her disposal, is one of her major internal struggles that will likely play a larger part in future novels.

She’s also very kind. It’s quite amazing, really, how kind she is after everything she’s gone through in her life. Or perhaps, because of all that, she’s kind. She experiences the emotions of the living and the lives of the dead who pass through her. That has to make one feel an enormous amount of empathy. If only we, as humans, could experience more than just was is inside our own head, perhaps we would be more empathetic as well.

badge4v5Big story arc or not, I always enjoy a visit with Charley and her friends. Whether you read for the big story, the little story, the characters, the romance, or the humor, I think this series has a lot to say about simply being human.

Our reviews in this series…

Keir’s Fall by Pippa Jay

2016-standout-award-badge-smallBook Two of the Redemption series is here, and boy was it fun – but if that isn’t enough for you, author Pippa Jay is giving away a FREE paperback copy on her Goodreads page!

Title: Keir’s Fall 
Author: Pippa Jay
Series: Redemption Book 02
Publish Date: December 29th, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Source: Provided by the Author

Publisher’s DescriptionA seductive tyrant.  A lost hero.  And a galaxy about to fall…

It’s been a year in paradise for Keir and Quin, but now the idyll is over.  After Quin falls sick, they return to the hidden sanctuary of Lyagnius, and what she learns there will not only change their lives, but set them on a journey that could separate them forever.  

When Keir falls victim to a ruthless Nercaandi Empress bent on conquering the galaxy with her cybernetic army, it will take all Quin’s diminishing powers and the help of her son to find him.  But what waits for her aboard the tyrant’s ship will test her strength and the limits of their love, and put everything she cares about at risk.  Including Keir.

With the galaxy itself about to fall, will she be able to save him?  

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Vagabond Vahn says…

For those familiar with my review of Book One of Redemption: Keir, you know I wrestled with fitting this into a specific category before finally admitting that I enjoyed a novel whose genre officially includes romance.  Well, I enjoyed book two as well; more so perhaps because Keir and Quinn are now like friends, returned from a time away and I want the best for them.

The Good: Author Pippa Jay takes advantage of her second entry to introduce characters that help ground Quinn to the world, and provide experiences to both Quinn and Keir that we as readers can relate to.  At the risk of a very minor spoiler to those who have not read the first novel, we know that Quinn is not as young as she looks, and that she has a son who she mentioned in the first novel.  We meet him, a grown man with his family, and it solidifies Quinn’s character in a way that only benefits her and her story from here on.  It was great fun to have another character who had a real connection to Quinn, knew about her, accepted her and the actions that she had spent the first novel guilt-tripping over.  That was satisfying.

The villain in this entry was introduced as though borrowed from The Borg in Star Trek lore.  Yet, they ended up much deeper than that, with a culture founded on women in an almost Amazonian hierarchy usually reserved for cultures ruled by men – that you are the ruler because you have bested all others, but that you can also be challenged at any time.  They were very interesting, and the leaders’ ability to influence people – particularly men – made for interesting encounters that pushed the characters to their emotional limits.  And yet…

The Bad:  My frustration with common romance themes persists, like that itch in your calf you can’t quite locate, despite scratching your entire leg raw – or does that only happen to me?  With everything Keir and Quinn went through in the first entry, and to finally have had a year of peace to themselves – in addition to the life-changing knowledge they discover, they are bound, intertwined, and trusting.  Or so I thought.  Imagine my surprise when “The Betrayal” scene found in most romance novels and movies I’ve consumed occurs, and Quinn just dives into it completely.  Gone is all of that trust and bond strengthening they spent so much time building.  This may well be because I’m a man, but dammit, Quinn!  Think!  You too Keir, you don’t get off that easily.

Like the first entry, this was a bit short for me.  It seemed everything resolved before I was ready to say goodbye to that scene, that event, or those characters found within.  It reads very fast, and while often I find that to the credit of a novel, I noticed it here as, if not unfortunate, not as satisfying as it could have been.

The Conclusion: You may recall that Keir won my 2015 STANDOUT AWARD.  This is a proper follow-up.

I am a fan.  Keir and Quinn are my friends.  I will miss them while waiting for the next badge5v4entry to spring forth from Pippa Jay’s brain-space and onto my Kindle for my eye-holes to absorb.  Despite any frustrations my beard and I have over romance story tropes, I was never bored – the pace saw to that, even if there was more room to breath than was utilized.  While sex scenes are more prevalent in this entry than the last, they have a specific purpose and are not dwelt upon for sex-scene’s-sake, but to further the motivations of all involved.  I know that sentence reads strangely, but just roll with me on this one – it works.  Don’t forget to enter The Giveaway On Pippa Jay’s Goodread’s Page if you’re on the fence about picking this up!

Our reviews in this series…

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If you like this book…

…consider trying Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell or Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. They don’t fall into the same genre, but they also feature protagonists who are from entirely different walks of life, with entirely different perspectives on reality, thrust together in an epic adventure.