Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley

Sommersgate House by Kristen AshleySommersgate House by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #2
Published by Self Published on December 7, 2013
Pages: 461 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.

Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).

One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.

Why didn’t I first start with Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley in her Ghost and Reincarnation series?!

With the way I responded to Sommersgate House I truly believe that all things happen in their own time and with their own reason because had I not read Penmort Castle first and somewhat loathed it I wouldn’t have given Sommersgate House a chance.

While I was reading Sommersgate House I seriously dwindled away into a pile of goo. This story held everything I love in a contemporary romance story, especially a story of Kristen Ashley’s caliber. There was a broody hero, little babies that needed love, a strong-minded heroine, a mystery that kept me intrigued, a villain that I loved to hate, and a romance that was absolutely timeless. Ugh, I’m getting excited all over again, this book was so good!!!!

When I asked Kristen Ashley which order I should go in when going through her Ghosts and Reincarnation series, since Goodreads had a particular order, she let me know that I should follow her order for this series instead of Goodreads lol. I sort of feel cheated because Goodreads and Amazon stated that Penmort Castle is the first in the series so that’s why I read that first, but in reading Sommersgate House so many things now make sense that I was confused about in Penmort Castle.

Sommersgate House was an amazing start to Ashley’s Ghost and Reincarnation series, it introduced the premise of the series in a way that now if I were to read the synopsis of the other stories in this series I would at least know what the end goal would be for each couple. Ugh, I have a feeling that I’ll have a new favorite series by Ashley, I’m seriously contemplating vetoing the ranking system I have for her series because it’s starting to feel redundant.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Fighting Destiny by Amelia HutchinsFighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Series: The Fae Chronicles #1
Published by Self Published on June 1, 2013
Pages: 394 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, deadly and a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles? Welcome to my world.
What started out as a strange assignment, leads to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times and my friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike. Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those golden eyes seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.
My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

Finally, I was able to read Fighting Destiny!

I loved Synthia’s character. Her stubbornness never got anyone hurt (which is always a plus in my opinion), and her type of stubborn (firm in her beliefs but willing to change for the benefit of others) was well suited with the world that this story took place in.

Fighting Destiny started off perfectly! Everything about this book was perfect. I honestly couldn’t get enough of Syn and Ryder, they fit each other so perfectly (I’m going to see how many times I can use the word perfect…lol).

As I was reading I was able to catch the authors inspiration behind certain characters, which was really cool for me. Ryder sort of reminded me of Jericho Barrons in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series in the sense of their mysterious identity/background. Ryder portrayed himself one way but as you continue to read you start to question if that’s truly who he is.

Synthia was in a league of her own. She wasn’t arrogant in her abilities, it was just a fact that she was as good at assassinations and being an Enforcer as she said. Girl Power!!

This book had everything I look for in a paranormal romance, there’s nothing I would change. I would even go as far as to say that Amelia Hutchins is in the same league as Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, and the like. This book, and I’m sure the others in the series, is unique and is in no way a replication, it 100% original.

I’m on to read the next book in this series, Taunting Destiny, and I have high hopes that this series is about to get better.

About Amelia Hutchins

Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northwest with her family. When not writing, she loves everything paranormal and everything romance.

Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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

Taunting Destiny by Amelia HutchinsTaunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Series: The Fae Chronicles #2
Published by Self Published on September 18, 2013
Pages: 455 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Goodreads
five-stars

I thought things were bad and weird before—hold on—it’s getting worse.
Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.
The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.
Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.
With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.
This time, destiny is taunting me.
I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.

This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.

Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Taunting Destiny was amazing! I knew the relationship between Syn and Ryder was going to get better, but I had no way of knowing all the twists and turns that they would face along the way.

Goodness! My prediction was right! Taunting Destiny took this series to the next level. Ryder and Syn are combustible together, every time they are near each other their chemistry leaps off the pages.

There were situations in this book that I was seriously like, “Amelia Hutchins cannot let this happen!” I seriously almost threw a fit!

I loved that this book in no way fit the same model of Fighting Destiny. Taunting Destiny fit into the mold of the series but it still contained originality. Each character stayed to the core of who they were, meaning that there were no character inconsistencies involving the characters from Fighting Destiny.

This book was hawt! I honestly did think that could happen because book 1 had me literally squirming in my seat with its hotness (TMI…I know).

So many things were revealed in this book but yet at the same time more mystery was added and it all surrounded Ryder and Syn.

Syn’s past, present, and future are starting to become just as mysterious, maybe more, as Ryder’s which to me is a huge feat because that man personifies mysterious.

I am hooked. That ending almost had me flipping my lid, I was seriously like, “What the heck is happening…am I loosing my mind? How many more twists and turns can Amelia Hutchins fit in this series?!”

You already know that I am on my way to reading book 3, Escaping Destiny, because I need to know what happens next.

About Amelia Hutchins

Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northwest with her family. When not writing, she loves everything paranormal and everything romance.

Escaping Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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

Escaping Destiny by Amelia HutchinsEscaping Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Series: The Fae Chronicles #3
Published by Self Published on February 15, 2014
Pages: 330 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Goodreads
five-stars

I thought things couldn't get worse. I was wrong. I found out what I really wanted and was forced to give him up. Just as I found out who I really am, I was presented to the elusive Horde King as a gift. This was the mystical being I was hidden from for more than twenty years.
Although Ryder promised to save me, I couldn't let him get near this creature, so I willingly (sort of) signed myself over to be his new plaything.
Now in the Horde Realm, nothing is going remotely like I thought it would.
My powers and emotions are on the fritz, and each day seems to bring surprises that I am not sure how to deal with.
The Horde King thinks he has me exactly where he wants me. He thinks he has taken all of my options away. I still have choices. Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it.

Wow! Escaping Destiny has to be the best book out of the whole series to me. I was giddy turning every page to wonder what was to happen next. Never, never would I have seen the beginning of this story happening the way it did. I was shocked, like my mind was blown. The unpredictability of the stories is one of the things that I love about the books in The Fae Chronicles series.

My emotions were all over the place just as Syn’s were :).

I think Escaping Destiny can be considered the turning point or the climax of this series. This book is where everything came to a head and you are really able to see who’s picked what side, Ryder & Syn’s side or the side of the Mages.

The Horde King was one scary son of a gun! Oddly, he appealed to me, I wonder why…hmm lol.

I don’t think that Syn will ever find some semblance of normal as she once had back when she thought herself just a witch.

If there was ever an award or poll going on out there for the most twisted and mysterious hero in the world of paranormal romance I would nominate Ryder. I have no words to explain my happiness and stuck stupid attitude towards him in this book. I  serious don’t think he has anymore rabbits waiting to come out of his hat, I believe we are finally getting our answers to a lot of the questions we had about him. I think I’ve fallen in love with his character all over again!

Amelia Hutchins you have such a great ability to continue your stories and still keep the originality…I don’t know how you do it but sure do appreciate it. One thing I cannot stand is the feeling that I’m reading the same story with different parts changed out. Thank you for keeping it fresh.

About Amelia Hutchins

Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northwest with her family. When not writing, she loves everything paranormal and everything romance.

Seducing Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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

Seducing Destiny by Amelia HutchinsSeducing Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Series: The Fae Chronicles #4
Published by Self Published on January 19, 2015
Pages: 278 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars

Less than six months ago my life was twisted and flipped on its side. Things have changed so much I barely recognize myself anymore.
I am no longer an Enforcer. I am no longer a Witch. I no longer hate the Fae. (For the most part)
And the sex-on-a-stick-gorgeous-Fae? He isn't really the Dark Prince. No, he is the father of my children and with the babies on the way, the land dying and the Mages closing in; alliances will have to be formed if we are all to make it through the war that is coming to our front door.
Between warring Gods and Goddesses, how are any of us supposed to win?

You might, or might not, be wondering why I gave Seducing Destiny a 4 instead of a 5 heart rating like the previously books in this series, the reason for it lies solely in Ryder’s and Syn’s relationship dynamic.

It was always established that Ryder was the dominating force in their relationship, even though they were each others’ match in every way, but when certain things started to take place Ryder’s position as the dominating partner diminished. With Syn’s new being (read it to find out what I’m talking about) she became the head in the relationship and I didn’t like that.

I understood that in some things Syn would be better versed on and Ryder would defer to her knowledge and vice versa, but when Danu changed…again, who Syn was I felt like Ryder became the lesser being, there was no longer an equality, outside the bedroom, with them anymore, Syn was always taking the center stage. She no longer deferred to Ryder’s knowledge on all things Fae/Horde as she did before nor does Ryder speak up on his knowledge of them. There were times as I was reading when I would think, “Who exactly is the Horde King and why is he letting Syn run a show he should have all control over?” Ryder would just fade into the background and I would seriously forget that he was even in the scene.

In the books to come I do hope that Lucifer’s right hand man, Lucian, stays and hopefully becomes a part of Ryder’s and Syn’s deadly crew.

Oh, before I forget! Danu’s character disappointed me. Seducing Destiny really showed how weak the god’s are compared to the Fae/Horde. Danu wasn’t as big and bad as I’d hoped she’d be, her creation appeared more powerful.

This book was just as explosive and full of mystery with all its twists and turns as the other books in this series and you will not be disappointed. I actually cried reading these pages…cried. This book was a roller-coaster of emotions for me and a great continuation to what is becoming a great series.

About Amelia Hutchins

Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northwest with her family. When not writing, she loves everything paranormal and everything romance.