2018 Changes…

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Thank you so much for your patience and continual followership <3!

Something to Howl About by Christine Warren

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Something to Howl About by Christine WarrenSomething To Howl About by Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #0.5
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 2, 2018
Pages: 75 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don't quite fit in in the "normal" shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home...if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it's not much of a favor when you're helping the hottest shifter in town...

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven't had a child born in over a hundred years...and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn't count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn't about to let her go...

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been in one of Christine Warren’s Other series. Now don’t freak out, Something to Howl About is not an actual installment of Warren’s Other series, but it is part some sort of a spin-off to the Others series, Alphaville.

Something to Howl About was so different from what I remember of Warren’s Others series that I immediately got excited reading something that was from her pen, was a paranormal romance, and was completely different from anything I’ve read from her before. The heroine, Annie, really sold me to Something to Howl About’s story simply because the main mystery and struggle came from her half of the storyline. It also didn’t hurt that with Annie’s character came Graham’s – alpha of Annie’s former pack – as well. (I love me some Graham, his story was one my all-time favorites from Warren’s Others series).

Jonas on the other hand provided the comic relief in some parts. Although I love fated mate stories, especially if they are paranormal, I’m sort of glad that he went against the formulated plan that seems to be the norm for these tropes within the genre. But because Something to Howl About is a novella, or prequel, to Warren’s Alphaville series, we aren’t able to really get a lot of the history and an in-depth look into each of the character’s personal lives and backgrounds. I would’ve really liked to have read more about Jonas’ parents, especially when they would’ve come back from Germany, and I also would’ve liked to see if Annie ever got in contact with her parents.

Overall, Something to Howl About was a solid introduction to Warren’s Alphaville series. From the sneak peek that we received at the end of this installment, I hope that Baby I’m Howling For You is as appealing because one thing I do remember about Warren’s Others series is that there was only a handful of the books in the series that I really love or even liked.

My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown

My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki BrownMy Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown
Series: My Love and His Loyalty #3
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on December 19, 2016
Pages: 182 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Going to jail for Knowledges murder is the last thing on Trina’s mind. Her family was always two steps ahead of the enemy and this time is no different. Her biggest concern was making Detective Thompson pay for everything he’s tried to do to her family but when a blast from the past shows up and shakes things up, Trina realizes that somethings are more important but that doesn’t last long when Detective Thompson strikes again.
Chaos is still trying to get over the shock of being shot and almost losing his life. He is struggling with the fact that he is not one hundred percent but when the chance to come face to face with Trey presents itself all of the doubt leaves his mind and he is in full “Chaos mode” but is he really ready?
Baby is still trying to figure herself out and with a new prospect on her heels she may just get what she’s been looking for but not everyone will be happy for her.

Stone and Slick are working overtime to make sure that their relationships are everything that Starr and Paige could ask for but with drama at every that may not be the couple’s reality. When you have love and loyalty anything is possible right?

After the first two installments in Nikki Brown’s My Love and His Loyalty series I didn’t know what to expect from this crazy bunch and the people dumb and delusional enough to go against them in the last installment, but I was definitely on board for the ride.

The one thing that really shocked me as I was reading My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown was how tolerant I was of Trina’s character. Usually I’m not a fan of mama queen-pins or bosses because in the past characters with these qualities they are either doing too much, aren’t accepting of change, or both and irk my nerves as I read about the influence they have not only on their children but the story in general. Trina’s character though was so dang savage and yet a lady-like that her character was an instant favorite, I think Wayne helped level her out in a lot ways that prevented her from getting to the female boss characters I spoke of earlier.

The one character that really stood out to me was Chaos’ character, or the final version of it. The intricacies of his character was done so well that even though I loved me some Stone, Shine, and Slick he was definitely a favorite. I am a sucker for the unhinged types and Chaos definitely fit into that category.

While Chaos might’ve been a favorite character, my favorite couple would have to be Starr and Stone. Not only did the author give more page time to these two but their chemistry and ability to work through things together was intoxicating.

I love that with every Nikki Brown story I read she focuses on the importance of family and this element is quickly making her a beloved author of mine.

I felt that for My Love and His Loyalty 3 the ending was very satisfying and tied the series up well. I’m also glad that Brown included the holiday scenes for everybody because since it was almost Christmas when I read this it felt appropriate.

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Published by Recorded Books on July 29. 2014
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews had a different feel to it than its predecessors. I don’t know if it was the disclaimer the authors chose to include at the beginning of the story or what, but Magic Breaks definitely had its own thing going on.

Something that really made the beginning portion of Magic Breaks hard to digest and latch on to was the abundance of Kate’s sarcastic quips. I’m used to her having one-liners throughout each installment in this series, but it felt like every action of hers or someone else’s needed a punch line and she was the designated comedian. The one-liners felt over the top and were seriously cheesy. Not only that but Renee Raudman’s narration worked my nerves early on too! It was weird since I’ve always enjoyed her take on the Kate Daniels series. I don’t know if it was because Kate spoke so much within the earlier action scenes and her inner dialogue moments that just hearing the story told in her perspective became boring or what, but I found myself almost begging for someone else to take over telling the story. But once we got past the beginning portion me and Raudman’s narration was back on the same page.

With all of that being said, it was the last few chapters before the ending where I found myself on the edge of my seat and glue to my headphones regardless of what was going on around me. The curve balls that these authors chose to throw at their readers were some of the best that I have read! There was no way that I could’ve seen the progression of this series going the way it did, and I am glad that we finally got the Roland v. Kate Daniels meeting/almost show down. Whew!

Everything that happened in Magic Breaks came at the perfect time, in my opinion, because there was only so much I could take of the building up of Roland’s premiere before I either became bored or started to feel cheated. With this transition of the Kate Daniels series the fire that this series has ignited in me for the urban fantasy genre, or the fantasy genre as a whole, has gained new life! I really don’t know what to expect with the remainding books in this series now that circumstances for Curran and Kate aren’t the same as we’re used to seeing them from the previous stories.

She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice

She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne LatriceShe Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice
Series: She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta #4
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on October 27, 2017
Pages: 365 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-half-stars

In the final installment, Ricky must deal with the mind blowing news his grandmother has just revealed to him. Feeling like he's all alone in being betrayed by people who were expected to be loyal to him, Ricky soon realizes that the person who can understand his situation completely has been right by his side all along. Draylah too has her own troubles to face, the main one dealing with someone she thought she'd lost but has been able to reunite with. However, there is a big block in her road to bliss, and Draylah is beyond ready to take it out. Will the couple be able to continue to keep that undying flame of love burning, despite their hefty issues? Or will things finally be too much for the troubled beauty and her heartless gangsta?

Also back for the final round are the other couples who are no strangers to difficulties and betrayal. With one couple seeking the ultimate revenge on those they feel have wronged them, another coming to an unfortunate and unforeseeable end, and the last finally realizing just what they have in one another, these unions will surely be tested one last time.

Seeing as this is my second, or third, time reading She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice I decided to place my focus elsewhere this time around. I focused more on Draylah and Ricky, and Bia and Kito simply because I felt that I didn’t give them enough of my attention with all of Qamar’s craziness.

With that being said though, I was able to FINALLY glean what Qamar’s purpose, in my opinion, was. After interacting with the author after each release for this series and seeing her own distaste for Qamar’s character I think I’m able to understanding Latrice’s genius behind the construction of his character. He was purposed to constantly make the other characters appear normal, sane, and well put together, especially RickyAK.

With all the craziness that has gone on in this series so far I’m glad the author chose to focus more on the closure of both Draylah and Ricky’s backgrounds. For Draylah it was getting custody of the her little girl who was stolen from her, and for Ricky it was avenging his mother’s death. The same could also be said for Bia and Kito’s storyline seeing as Bia was finally closing the chapter that she started in the first installment and starting fresh with Kito who also had a dangerous past but was living differently because of it.

The crazy thing about the entirety of the She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta series has been the growth/maturity of Ricky’s character. The fact that his character has essentially stayed the same, but you can sense the maturity of his character really places him high on my favorite book bae list.

It’s awesome that the author chose to create a Christmas story continuation for this series because I truly wasn’t ready to say goodbye to everyone at the end of She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4. In the moments when I’m extra petty I get to thinking that Mischief and co. deserve a Christmas story as well but sadly that’s not going to happen, *cries internally*.