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Fantasy Romance Review: The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener

The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener (The Dark Forest #2)

Egalley courtesy to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

 Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository


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This was a pleasant fantasy, ladies and gents, even if a little bit dull until the events sped up in the last third of the book. Personally, I loved the first book in the series more. It was also a perfect clean romance - no swearing, no explicit lovemaking, safe to read for teens or even middle graders (just a note, if any of you are on the lookout for one).

Erotic Romance Early Review: The King by Tiffany Reisz

The King by Tiffany Reisz (The Original Sinners #6)

Egalley thanks to Harlequin

Synopsis from Goodreads
Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a rule of Manhattan's king kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act of chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley's plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York's A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can't subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won't rest until King's dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it's one man's sacred mission against another's…

Release date: Nov 25th, 2014.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond


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While not as emotionally draining as The Saint, The King is utterly delicious.

Bear with me here... I'm having trouble gathering my thoughts on this book into something coherent. *grinning*

The Postman Knock #103

Hello, everyone!
I missed last week's post because there were no new books on my shelves, but happily this week I'm back to normal (don't know for how long!). I'm in the middle of olive harvest and our days are cloudy and overcast which is the reason I'm not online as much (we are saving solar electricity) and don't go commenting on other blogs, peeps. Sorry and hugs to you all!

I've READ:
ALL THE STARS LOOK DOWN was gorgeous! I'm in a full Christmasy mode right now and can't wait to share my review with you all! SCENES FROM THE CITY was another fab collection of short stories from Penny and a total treat. Sadly, I wasn't impressed with THE KOLDUN CODE. What an ending! It put me in a bad mood... THE SILVER PEAR was a nice read, and made for a pleasant afternoon. I'm berating myself for requesting DARK TRIUMPH for review. i really don't gel with this author.  SHADOWS AND GOLD was simply wonderful. Yay for Ben and Tenzin, and huge love to Elizabeth Hunter! At last, REMNANT was sweet and short. I'll be picking this series up for sure.


Thank you, Elizabeth!

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This is it for me.

P.S. I finished my review copies for this year (woohoo!), so I'm taking a page from Kimba's book and declare December a month with no ARCs (review copies). God, that will be a nice change... I am feeling excited right now!


Friday Mini Reviews #34: A Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles


The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles ( A Charm of Magpies #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude... and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn't the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.

Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US($3.44)/UK(£2.01) | The Book Depository


I have to thank Betsy, my personal book guru, for this series. Otherwise I'd never have found it. The Magpie Lord was tremendously entertaining, sharp, and witty and had a lovely blend of few of my favorite genres: historical fiction, fantasy and romance.

The main characters - Lord Crane, a thirty seven year old aristocrat who spent twenty years of his life in China and Stephen Day - a young and powerful magician working in London have so much powerful chemistry and snark between them that along with a clever plot this book was a pure pleasure to read.
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Книгу я эту обнаружила по рекомендации моего личного книжного гуру, Бетси, и читала всю серию одним махом с огромным удовольствием.

Свежо, мило, каверзно, харизматично и прекрасная пара главных героев вкупе с умным сюжетом честно не дают читателю скучать. Несмотря на то, что это историческое фэнтэзи с элементами М/М романа, читать очень рекомендую.

A Case of Possession by K. J. Charles (A Charm of Magpies #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 2

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.

Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give…

Warning: Contains m/m sex (on desks), blackmail, dark pasts, a domineering earl, a magician on the edge, vampire ghosts (possibly), and the giant rats of Sumatra.

Amazon kindle US/UK
 So far this is the strongest book in this series (and I've read everything up to date). Really engaging plot, and the sparks between Lucien and Stephen fly all over the place now that they are in the relationship.

I loved that despite such a difference in their stations both characters interacted as a pair of equals and they were both powerful in their own right.This was absolutely wonderful, gripping and lush!
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 На настоящий момент - это самая сильная книга серии ( а я знаю, я прочитала всё, что в ней издано). Очень хороший, энергичный сюжет, да и искры между Люсьеном и Стефаном так и сыпятся когда они начинают полноценные отношения.

Мне особо понравилось то, что несмотря на такую разницу в социальном статусе, оба считают себя равными друг другу и являются сильными характерами - будь то Лорд Крэйн с его контрабандистским прошлым или Мистер Дэй с его магией, которую подпитывает его любовник. Очень советую.

A Flight of Magpies by K. J. Charles (A Charm of Magpies #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 3
With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.
Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.
Warning: Contains hot-blooded sex, cold-blooded murder, sinister magical goings-on and a lot of swearing.
Amazon kindle US/UK

Ooh, what an ending! Brilliant! This is a book which starts with a bunch of troubles for Stephen and Lucien and it gets progressively worse for Mr. Day, until he feels like he will break under pressure. Both have to overcome a lot of personal issues and at last find a compromise for their future together. A very bloodthirsty book, which I especially enjoyed reading. *grinning*

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Ууу, какая кровавая концовка! В этой книге Люсьену и Стефану приходится пережить множество неприятностей в личном и профессиональном плане. особенно нелегко приходиться мистеру Дэю да так, что иногда ему кажется что от напряжения и физического истощения он просто сломается. Однако обоим удаётся победить противостоящих им врагов и наконец согласиться на компромисс по поводу совместного будущего. Просто прекрасно написано!
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