Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review - Only Broken Things Are Free by Casey Matthews

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Only Broken Things Are Free (A Pygmalion Fail Book 3) by Casey Matthews

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
In the concluding book of the Pygmalion Fail trilogy, the world of Rune stands on the brink of chaos as dragons overtake the Queen’s capital. Isaac, along with the Queen and his samurai bodyguard Ronin, must escape to a mystic sanctuary aboard a sky ship crewed by beautiful female warriors who find him ridiculous—and whose opinion of his best friend, who happens to be an orc, is lower still.

Meanwhile, Isaac’s already weird relationship with his samurai protector takes another turn when he learns of Ronin’s origins—and those of Rune itself.

But there’s precious little time for bickering now. He’ll need all his allies if he’s to defeat the Lord of Dragons.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This book, like the others in the series, is an absolute delight to read. Although, there were a couple of moment towards the end when I wondered if I was going to continue to like this book in the end. But the author has written a wonderful conclusion to an awesome series.

And yet, the ending leaves the door open to further novels in this series; but yet leaves the reader feeling very satisfied at the ending they were given.

This book has slightly less humor than the other two, but that in no way diminishes this book. This is the conclusion after all, and the big battle happens in this book. But there are humorous moments here and there. The action is wonderfully intense, and very well written.

Can't remember when I've enjoyed a series more. I highly recommend this series to any reader, but especially to science fiction fans, fantasy fans, and gamers.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy, science fiction
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review - Dragons Live Forever by D'Elen McClain

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragons Live Forever: Dragon Shifter Romance (Fire Chronicles New Adult Paranormal Book 4) by D'Elen McClain 

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
He descends from the mighty line of royal silver dragons. His uncle Drakon’s actions caused the curse that has been the center of pain and suffering for the remaining dragons for thousands of years.

Pepper, is a mute human brought to the dragon realm as a child. Tahr’s previous bride befriended Pepper and taught her many things that most human servants in the dragon realm never experience.

Pepper has a dream. She wants nothing more than to be a dragon—craves it desperately. When she’s caught sneaking into Tahr’s bed chamber and placing her hand on his chest, the consequences are deadly.

How does one small human tame a dragon when he sees her only as a possession? She lives an average span of human years. Dragons are set in their ways and totally unchanging in their superior beliefs. Will Pepper overcome the curse and change destiny or will Tahr suffer always because Dragons Live Forever?

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review -- Spoiler alert,
if you haven't read the other 3 books, you might want to skip this review.
This is book 4 in the series, and so far, the last book. Will there be more? I hope so, because I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. In this book, we get to the last of the 4 dragons, and now, the only one not mated - Tahr. He feels he will never find his dragon mate, since it was his uncle who set events in motion that started the curse to begin with.

Now one common thread that goes through all the books is the humans who serve the dragons. Now there's an interesting concept that the author has come up with. They are brought into the dragon's realm as children, from earth, because they are very sick to the point of dying. Bringing them into the dragon's realm heals them and takes their voice. They are raised in the dragon's castle and serve him.

But they are servants only, until this book. When one of them aspires to be more than just a servant. She wants to be a dragon. And thus we have our book. It's a wonderful finish to the series, with an awesome ending. There will be surprises for you in this book too. This one is almost the best of the 4, as it has some wonderful moments. But you will want to read the other 3, as they all build upon the other.

If I tell you any more, I'll give too much away. Suffice it to say, this series is not to be missed if you are a fan of paranormal romance.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

Links for the book:

Link to review for Book 1 in the series

Link to review for Book 2 in the series

Link to review for Book 3 in the series

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review - Dragons Don't Forgive by D'Elen McClain

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragons Don't Forgive: Dragon Shifter Romance (Fire Chronicles New Adult Paranormal Book 3) by D'Elen McClain

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
After nearly killing his friend’s bride, Sarn runs from the dragon realm and finds solace in endless bottles of whisky. The only thing growing higher than the pile of discarded bottles is Sarn’s temper. So what’s to be done with a man capable of breathing fire and turning into a ten ton dragon with anger management issues?

When you’re a female wolf shifter tending bar for a bunch of bad-ass immortals you need a little extra attitude to get your point across. When Sierra takes interest in Sarn, hearts are on the line and fire burns deep as two worlds collide.

Will the dragon’s curse keep these two apart or will Sierra’s love do the impossible and change destiny? Things might go easier for them both if they could get past the greatest issue…


Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
- spoiler alert -
If you haven't read books 1 and 2 yet, you may want to skip reading this review until you've read the other books.
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Well, one thing we can conclude from the previous 2 books is that a lonely dragon is a bad thing. Another thing we can conclude is that dragons are naturally jealous. Combine lonely and jealous, and it resulted in bad consequences in the ending of the last book.

So, Sarn takes off and drowns his guilt in a bottle in the basement of a bar in the earth realm, until a certain female wolf shifter thinks enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. So that's the setting in this book, a departure from the other two. But this book is just as great as the others.

This book is the story of a heartbroken dragon shifter and a determined wolf shifter. The interactions make for an awesome book. What more can I tell? Not much. You just need to read it. This series is not one to be missed.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- mild

Links for the book:

Link to review for Book 1 in the series

Link to review for Book 2 in the series

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Author's website

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review - Dragons Don't Love by D'Elen McClain

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragons Don't Love: Dragon Shifter Romance (Fire Chronicles New Adult Paranormal Book 2) by D'Elen McClain

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
A curse, a dragon shifter, a feisty virgin bride, and a love story to melt your heart.

It’s finally the day of claiming. A dragon charges in breathing fire and leaves with an unwilling captive as his new bride. Roxanne, one of the brides he will chose from, wants nothing to do with the tradition that has gone on for thousands of years. From an early age she’s had one goal...

Kill the dragon.

Laryn—arrogant, gorgeous, and heartbroken since the death of his former bride has a plan for the new one. He will never love again. Of course, the last thing he expects is a feisty warrior landing on his back with a sharp sword in her hands intent on death. His death.

It’s a match made in… well… you need to read to find out.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is book 2 of the Fire Chronicles series, and our focus is on Laryn and Roxanne. You have to give Roxanne credit, she comes out swinging, and doesn't quite stop. She's a force for Laryn to reckon with, and that adds great spice to the book.

If you read book 1, then you were already introduced to Laryn, who is one lonely dragon. His surprise when his bride attacks him, rather than the usual greeting, is tons of fun.

The story in this book gets even better than the first, as Laryn tries to tame his combative bride. It all trails down to a wonderful ending, but you'll have to read the book to find out more.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate to considerable
Violence rating -- mild

Links for the book:

Link to review for Book 1 in the series

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Author's website


Monday, March 13, 2017

Review - Dragons Don't Cry by D'Elen McClain

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragons Don't Cry: Dragon Shifter Romance (Fire Chronicles Book 1) by D'Elen McClain

Overall star rating --- 5


About the book:
One pint sized human female who’s had too much to drink, not enough sleep, and absolutely no patience meets one stubborn dragon shifter with a chip on his shoulder.

Bastian claims Acasia, his unwilling bride, after she spends the night carousing with friends. She’s not happy, he’s pissed off, and with a curse from a goddess thrown in, you’ll see Bastian breathe fire.

Add secrets, treasure, and unimaginable heartbreak for an emotionally humorous read and discover why Dragons Don’t Cry.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a wonderful book, especially if you like dragons or shifters or paranormal romance. There is fun and romance, and a different take on the shifter romance that is thoroughly refreshing. The author is to be commended for doing such an excellent job on not only this book, but all the books in the series. I loved the main characters, Bastian and Acasia, plus the other characters mentioned, that occupy the other 3 books in the series.

I originally picked this book up on a free download that I found out about through free book emails I subscribe to. I was taking a break from my read and review list, but I enjoyed the book so very much, I decided to contact the author about reviewing the other 3 books in the series. Their reviews will be following this one.

This writer truly has a gift, and I enjoyed her writing immensely She has a different take on the dragon shifter story that is wonderful. The characters come to life, and the story is not your run of the mill shifter romance. It is so much more than that. If you like paranormal romance, you will love this book.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderately spicy
Violence rating -- mild

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review - High Maintenance by Lia Fairchild

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
High Maintenance by Lia Fairchild

Overall star rating --- 5 stars


About the book:
Lexy’s apartment is a dump, but she refuses to move in with her controlling fiancĂ©. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands, getting down and dirty to fix things. Then Tate, the super’s sexy son, shows up. Lexy and Tate spar over the latest maintenance issues, generating more heat than the record-breaking temperatures that have invaded their city. As her attraction to Tate grows, Lexy becomes more resistant to her fiancĂ©’s demands, putting a wrench in her relationship and her impending marriage.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a really fun contemporary romance with great characters and a  delicious storyline. I like both the characters of Lexy and Tate a lot, and their sparring makes for a good read. This book has all that you want in a romance book, but written in an upbeat, different way that is so much fun to read.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- none

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review - Wild Games by Mila Rossi

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Wild Games by Mila Rossi 

Overall star rating --- 3.5 stars

About the book:
Despite warnings of annoying mosquitos and beastly spiders, Becca Glover couldn’t be more excited about her expedition to Costa Rica. Rooming with Matt Ritter, however, is an inconvenience she doesn’t see coming. He wields a machete, shaves with a knife and needs to wear a decent amount of clothes to cover the muscles she can’t stop staring at.

Hired to lead a group of scientists through the jungle, Matt is convinced the fiery redhead is intent on making his job harder than it needs to be. Rebecca doesn’t listen and seems to invite danger at every turn. Her attitude is as much of a distraction as her curves and emerald green eyes. Now if he could only pay as much attention to his job as he does to her, their one-month adventure would fly by without a hitch.

Hot temperatures, wild animals and a shared tree house are just the beginning of Becca and Matt’s obstacles. The real challenge lies in surviving each other.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The first thing I thought when reading this book was - gee, glad it's not me out there. I'll give Becca her props for even going down there. But poor Matt, he got more than he bargained for.

I like the characters of Becca and Matt, and the book is a fun read too. It's not your typical romance novel because of the setting, that I really like, and it sets the book apart. I only wish that the ending had been a bit longer, or maybe had an epilogue, as I would of liked a bit more at the end.

But overall, it's a very good book, and I like it a lot.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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