• Review: The Big Fix Ciel Halligan, #3

    The Big Fix continues Linda Grimes's In a Fix series. Grimes's characters are outrageously hilarious, and she always takes her readers on a fun ride. In this installment Ciel has agreed to cover for an action-star who has a phobia of snakes, but while...

  • Review: Stripped

    It must be awful disheartening waking up and not knowing anything about yourself because of amnesia. Stripped written by Marcia Colette, features a young woman with a keen imagination of dread and unnerving vibrations. Stripped is a book which captured...

  • Review: The Fire Children

    The overall plot/storyline for The Fire Children was okay. All of the before the dark times came was awesome. We learn a lot about the world these people live in as well as about the fire children themselves. Things started to fall apart after Yulla came...

  • Review: Redzone The Mutant Files, #2

    When Redzone arrived in my mailbox, I immediately dove back into the world of Pacifica and the Bonebreaker case. Lee is still driven to discover who murdered her father and the other cops. As the task force investigates, new murders start occurring that...

  • Review: Fields of Wrath A Renshai Novel

    This complex fantasy novel continues a saga about a wonderfully fascinating group of beings, each with their inculcated paradigms which are often diametrically opposed. Communication, or rather, the lack thereof, plays a key role in this story. Finding...

  • Review: The House of Small Shadows

    I am a huge Adam Nevill fan and was so excited to hear he had written a new book. When I received The House of Small Shadows in the mail I opened it immediately and began to read. The cover is quite macabre and a good introduction to the story. This plot...

  • Review: Just Desserts Coletti Warlords, #5

    Oh, I so enjoyed my reunion with Kaylee and Talree. Kaylee is expecting and has the wonderful personality that goes with it. She's cranky, tired and so ready for this to be over with. Stress should be avoided late in pregnancy, but apparently Kaylee's...

  • Review: Not Quite Terran Rilli Space Station

    It's the future and we are not alone in the universe. Rebecca is stuck in a boring job on a dangerous space station in immigration. Everyone is a potential enemy, no one trusts anyone, and she always has to watch her back. She has a few tentative allies,...

  • Review: Alien Commander's Chosen

    An absolutely fabulous story. You have to wrench a 5 rating out of me, so that kind of says it all. This was a creative story that had everything I look for. The world building was well done, the background story well defined and then the twists and turns...

  • Review: Empress Game The Empress Game Trilogy, #1

    What a crazy and interesting book. The ending was just WOW, but it also made me want to punch Malkor. Kayla is a fighter through and through and when she’s given the chance to protect her younger brother, her il’haar, she jumps at the chance. Her mission;...

  • Review: Witches Be Crazy A Tale That Happened Once Upon a Time in the Middle of Nowhere

    As the blurb showcases, real heroes never die…come middle age they do get a bit crabby. With that bit you know this book is going to be filled with some humor. In Witches Be Crazy we have a long lost shapely imposter daughter. King Ik is dead and she’s...

  • Review: $7.50/hr. + Curses The Necro Files, #1

    7.50/hour + Curses is the first book I have read from CL Bledsoe and the first in a series. Now that I’ve finished this book I’m excited to read more by him. I found the concept of taking a job in a funeral home a great set up for a good series. After...

  • Review: Bloody Sexy The Necro Files, #2

    Bloody Sexy is the second book in the fabulous The Necro Files. After reading book one I had to continue with this series. Daisy is at it again, kicking ass and taking names. Book two finds Daisy helping vampire Polidori. She’s getting more help from...

  • Review: Tall, Dark and Hairy The Necro Files, #3

    Yay. Another Necro Files book with the super awesome Daisy. Book three in the Necro Files finds Daisy finding out that Bigfoots exist and they communicate telepathically. And oh yeah she saves the day again. Tall, Dark and Hairy was little out there for...

  • Review: The Gospel of Loki

    The Gospel of Loki is the first book I have read by Joanne Harris but it won’t be the last. I could hear Loki’s voice in my head as read, charming and entertaining but not to be trusted. I must confess though that this Loki sounded a lot like Tom Hiddleston....

  • Review: Bonded to the Alien Lord Warriors of the Lathar, #3

    This was the best of the series so far and my personal favorite. It of course picks up where the previous book left off and Cat and Tarrick are generating as much heat as ever. The discovery of the humans being compatible, if not more, with the Lathar...

  • Article: Cover Reveal: Minotaur by J.A. Rock

    In most stories of legends and epic heroes, readers feel a sense of inevitability: we know the enemy will be vanquished and the hero will save the day, if not the world. This is not the case in Minotaur. That twist on the traditional hero quest will leave...

  • Review: Villain Keeper The Last Dragon Charmer #1

    I am always interested in reading books in a new fantasy series, whether those books are written for young readers or the older crowd. I enjoy reading fantasy stories, especially if there’s a good dose of magic and dragons, and Laurie McKay’s debut novel...

  • Review: Faces The Masks of Aygrima, #3

    The Masks of Aygrima, by E.C. Blake, is a world unto its own. I read the second book in this series and couldn't wait to get the third. Mara has such special gifts and they are all amazing. She seemed much like a child in book 2, because she was so young....

  • Review: Pirate's Alley Sentinels of New Orleans, #4

    A new threat is looming, war could be brewing, and every relationship that DJ Jaco holds dear will be tested as she is forced to make a stand in this spellbinding Sentinels of New Orleans story. DJ’s relationship with Alex is on shaky ground and she’s...

  • Review: The Talon of the Hawk The Twelve Kingdoms, #3

    So with the issues I had with book one I wasn't going to ever finish this series. But I kept seeing it EVERYWHERE and the only real issue I had with it was that the first 190 pages felt all teen then boom you get all this sex. So after dealing with that...

  • Review: The Blood Curse The Cursed Kingdoms, #3

    Interesting characters, magic, and some really good world building are the things that made me love this book. You do not want to read The Cursed Kingdoms series out of order. So if you haven't read book one and two do that first before doing this one....

  • Review: Mother of Demons Department 18, #5

    Author Maynard Sims has done it again! Mother of Demons, book 5 of the Department 18 novels, is another solid gold hit! I honestly don’t know how they keep them coming, but please, keep it up! This brilliant novel starts off fast and never once slows...

  • Review: Cravings Fierce Hearts, #2

    Kennedy is a were-lynx that was being used for experimenting. Now in a new colony with a brother she didn’t know existed, she must learn to trust herself and her new family unit. Asher Monroe keeps her heart racing with anxiety and anticipation. Despite...

  • Review: Battle Cry Loki's Wolves, #2

    I give 5 stars to Battle Cry by Melissa Snark. Battle Cry is part of Loki's Wolves series, and should be read in series order. Here's the book series order: Valkyrie's Vengeance (Loki's Wolves Book 0); Hunter's Moon (Loki's Wolves Book 1); Battle Cry...

  • Review: Captured by the Alien Lord Warriors of the Lathar, #1

    Another winning series here to be sure. The author managed to pack so much into this short story that I really don't know how she manages to do it over and over again. Cat and Tarrick don't have the most auspicious of meetings but it certainly makes an...

  • Review: Saved by the Alien Lord Warriors of the Lathar, #2

    Who saves who? Human women do not meekly sit back and wail hysterically - they take action. This was another winner in this series that hits all my favorite aspects in a romance. Cat is allowed to speak to her fellow female officers and lays down what...

  • Review: The Key Seven Wonders Journals

    This was the first companion novella I have read in any series. I really enjoyed the journal aspect to this one and it had some great background into the Seven Wonders. Will have to pick up the other novellas in this series to add to my collection.

  • Review: The Silver Witch

    The Silver Witch is an incredible story that quickly drew me into its magic filled plot. The characters were exciting and I was eager to discover what the author had in store for them. It took me just two days to read this novel because I couldn't stop...

  • Review: World War Moo An Apocalypse Cow Novel, #2

    “World War Moo” by Michael Logan is the long-awaited sequel to “Apocalypse Cow”, the zombie cow book that started it all. England has succumbed to the epidemic that started with killer cows in a meat processing plant. Almost everyone in England has been...

  • Review: Tracked

    Tracked by Jenny Martin is a highly original novel that is sure to become a fast favorite. The characters were all intriguing as was the plot. I love the idea of a teenage girl street racing. I read this book in one sitting, it is that good. Anyone who...

  • Review: Hunger Moon Loki's Wolves, #1

    I give 4.5 stars / Top Pick to Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark. This is an urban fantasy / paranormal romance and is for readers 18+ due to sexual content. Valkyrie's Vengeance (Loki's Wolves Book 0) should be read first before reading Hunger's Moon. The...

  • Review: The Renfield Syndrome Rhiannon's Law, #2

    “I was consumed by the fears of a girl who continued to exist in the woman who had outgrown her.” In order to stop the horrors of the future from coming to pass Rhiannon must face her own demons – and a few flesh and blood ones too. It shouldn't have...

  • Review: The Ripple Effect Rhiannon's Law, #3

    Another good installment in the Rhiannon's Law series. In this, the third book of the series, Rhiannon is now back in our time but things between her and Disco are really going poorly. As a result she is also on bad terms with the rest of the family....

  • Review: Powerless The Hero Agenda, #1

    Powerless is a fast-paced, fun, and interesting read! This YA novel engages the idea of the supernatural by exploring a world of heroes and villains through the eyes of the powerless Kenna. Kenna, the daughter of an incredible scientist who works for...

  • Review: The Curse of the King Seven Wonders, #4

    I absolutely loved this book. It didn't leave the reader hanging and wondering where the book would leave off, and the story was absolutely phenomenal! I was especially pleased that this didn't fall flat like so many other books in other series. It's...

  • Review: The Exile Book of the Fae, #1

    When Brianna Hai returns home to retrieve what was stolen from her, she becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne in this splendid urban fantasy. To avoid the political manipulations of court, Brianna lives in the human world running an occult...

  • Review: The Thorn of Dentonhill A Novel of Maradaine

    What a great start to a new fantasy series! This story is full of action, mystery, fascinating characters and a multilayered conflict that extends beyond one young man’s almost quixotic attempt to bring down a drug trade on his own. There are multiple...

  • Review: Fork-Tongue Charmers The Luck Uglies #2

    This story is the second book in The Luck Uglies fantasy series. In this episode Rye O'Chanter is forced by a new constable to flee her town and go to the remote Isle of Pest while her father and the other Luck Uglies' battle their rivals, the Fork-Tongue...

  • Review: Dead Ice Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24

    I love the fight scenes but like more and more books from the Anita Blake series there is more sex, so be prepared for that. I'm not one for bestiality and this is the second book that Laurell has written about it, I had hoped the first time I came across...

  • Review: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan The Lost Fleet

    The complex science fiction tales that comprise this series continue to provide both the expected intense space battles and unexpected surprises that have been an integral part of the stories thus far. There are some rather unwelcome revelations unveiled...

  • Review: Through Fire & Sea

    Through Fire and Sea is the start of a series by Nicole Luiken. Intriguing and quick-paced, this first novel jumps between the perspectives the two main characters, Leah and her mirror-self Holly. The plot of this story is engaging, and kept me turning...

  • Review: The Legends Begin Darkmouth #1

    This book was amazing. I loved how the cover just makes you want to read this. The story teaches you about family, destiny, courage, and how to stand up for yourself and for those you love. This one really reminded me of Harry Potter where Harry is put...

  • Review: Stark Surrender The Space Magnate's Bride - LodeStar, #4

    He is so worth it all. Logan Stark is many things including being an ass, but when he disappears it’s amazing the people in his life who care. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and was so happy this book finally came out. Set in the future where...

  • Review: Sorrowlands

    Some people say a good romance is hard to find. Well, I say that they are wrong. Having just finished Sorrowlands by author Iris Woodbury, let me assure you that this is a first rate romance with lots of drama, plenty of action, and more Greek deities...

  • Review: The Door in the Moon Chronoptika, #3

    Well covers. I’m not a fan of the new ones. I miss the old covers. :( :) OK. Moving on. The Door in the Moon was beyond the most suspenseful of the three Chronoptika books. I stayed up until like 2am reading this thing, LOL, because who needs sleep. This...

  • Review: The Girl at Midnight

    How can I put this nicely? I started reading this and was so excited at how it started. Then I started getting the vibe that it was like another book I had looked at. This one is very similar to another book called Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And where...

  • Review: Armageddon Rules A Grimm Agency Novel, #2

    Armageddon Rules is the sequel to Free Agent by the sarcastic and clever J.C. Nelson. I enjoyed this second foray into the world of Marissa and the Grimm Agency. It had been a little while since I had read Free Agent, so I was a bit vague on a couple...

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    Retired police officer, Ken Simpson, and reformed ex-convict, Jason Edwards find themselves joining forces to survive the zombie apocalypse. As they watch Portland fall around them, they have to stay away from the zombies and gangs of humans that threaten...

  • Review: Demon Child Celestial Battle Trilogy, #2

    Demon Child was a delight to read from beginning to end. The characters made for a wonderfully thrilling story. The plot showed how talented the author is at creating enjoyable stories. There is tons of action which kept me reading this book for hours....

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The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy


A HAWK’S PLEDGE

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .