Book Review for “Purgatory: Soldiers of Misfortune” by Darryl Olsen

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Novel Description:

He may have made a few wrong decisions in his life, but the last thing veteran Harry Taylor expects after closing his eyes for the last time is to wake up in a foreign landscape filled with the horrors of his worst nightmare. A place like no other, welcome to Purgatory.

Formed at the beginning of time, Purgatory is a place where all the wrongs of the physical world have gathered, a place filled with terror and controlled by an ancient and ruthless group of warriors called Leviathan. Can Harry survive these warriors hell bent on capturing and enslaving all those before them?

One thing’s for sure, if Harry is to survive, he’d better start forming alliances with the other damned souls trapped here. But can anyone be trusted in Purgatory?

Find it here on Amazon.

Now for my personal take on the book:

This book utterly amazed me. From the very first page, I was struck by how real and captivating the characters were. Each person was developed so well, with such complex personality traits, they felt like friends in no time at all.
Harry, the main character, is the very best of what a woman longs for in a man. He is heroic, noble, courteous, gentlemanly and dashing. At the same time, he has the faults that make him believably human. He can be a little naive to the dangers of this strange world. Not to mention, he always wants to have the creature comforts of home, (fire and food), even when it may put them all into danger by doing so. However, he is a true hero at heart and plunges headfirst into danger to preserve the safety of his friends.
In contrast, Luke is the absolute embodiment of a rough and tough soldier. He is hardcore through and through, but he has his own tender moments. It is clear throughout most of the book that Luke doesn’t like to take orders and tries to assume a leadership role. Yet, even with that being said, he puts his life on the line many times to save others.
Susan is one of those characters you absolutely love to hate. Introduced early on, she is unappealing and obnoxious in so many ways. Just the same, almost anyone can relate to her feelings of social isolation and exclusion. She wants to be popular and liked, but her mouth is her own worst enemy. Interestingly, as you progress through the book you will begin to see positive qualities in Susan that you didn’t expect. She is like a late blooming flower that you might disregard if you didn’t take the time to nurture it.
There are so many great characters in this book. My personal favorites included: Grace the shy and quiet beauty; Kelley the strong spirited but battle worn journalist; Edward who seems to be equal parts of wise sage and guardian angel; and Varagian the Achilles’ style hero you didn’t expect.
I am so thankful that this book is part of a series because I didn’t want it to end.
From start to finish, it’s a whirlwind ride of nonstop action and discovery, culminating into an ending that leaves you desperate for more.

Sunder! (New Book Release by Tara Brown)

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Sunder
YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 25, 2014
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**Blurb**
Every town has its secrets. Secrets that hold it, and the people who live there, together.

When Liv Daniels moves to Wolfville, Maine with her father, she discovers the small town has more than its fair share.

But the quaint, coastal townsfolk aren’t the only ones with secrets.

Liv has one too.

Hers is buried deep inside of her, where even she doesn’t know it exists.

But someone does, and he’s not going to give up until he breaks it free from her.

But how do you free someone from a secret they don’t know they have?
What do you do when the person you’re supposed to destroy becomes the one thing you can’t live without?

Don’t miss this suspenseful new YA romance!

“Fans of Twilight will love this story!! ~~Bookend 2 Bookend”
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TEASER –
He searched her electric blue eyes for some hint of the attraction he had seen earlier. They still glowed more than they should, but he didn’t see any of look he sought. Instead, he saw his own anger filled face and red glowing eyes.
He saw a monster.
His hands dropped to his sides, as he shook his head. “I’ll never bother you again.”
She cried, struggling with breath when she spoke, “It was you outside of my house?”
He didn’t move, frightened of what he could do to her. She was so small and fragile and he feared loving her to death.
Bravely and unexpectedly, she stepped closer for a moment, lifting his face. Black tears streamed her cheeks but she looked into his eyes hard.
It left him, the blood lust. She took it all away, like she sucked it from him instead of him sucking from her.
Her face was confusing, conflicted and scared, but there was something else he didn’t know how to read.
Delicately, she ran her hand down his cheek. “I will keep your secret and I wont forget you, not even if I wanted to.” She turned and walked from the room, turning her back on him like she trusted what she saw in his eyes.
He clenched his jaw, his whole body really. He fought the urge to follow her out into the dark night. He hated the look he had seen on her face, he never wanted to force that look again.
Instead, he stood there, vibrating with anger and self-hatred. Never should he have confessed. He should have spent the time that he had with her, waiting for the Michaels to divulge his little secret. They would have ousted themselves at the same moment, so maybe they would have forgone the explanation of the town’s secrets. But even if they had told her, at least he might have had more time with her.
A sound caught his ears, it was dripping. He looked down to see droplets of blood dripping from his clenched hands to the hard wood floors. He released his grip, turning and looking back at the portrait of his family.

Sunder

 

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New Book Release – “Savor” by Monica Murphy

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New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office…

Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss—the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley—and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye… professionalism be damned.

With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping …and going to make it very difficult to keep his hands to himself.

But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’ll be faced with the biggest risk of his career—and his heart. Can he convince her—and himself—that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?

Excerpt

“Can you become addicted to someone’s smell?” My voice is nonchalant, my thoughts turbulent. I keep my gaze locked on the woman I’m talking about. The one I think I’m slowly becoming addicted to though my brain is screaming at me that this particular addiction is a huge mistake. Bad for me. Bad for everyone.

Ivy Emerson turns to look at me, her expression incredulous. My friend’s fiancé and the mother of his future child also happens to be one of the best interior designers in all of the Napa Valley and she’s working for me. “Who exactly are you talking about?”

Hell. I actually said that aloud? I didn’t mean to.

We’re sitting in my office, the door wide open, allowing me the perfect view of the outer lobby, where my assistant’s desk is. Bryn James. Miss James, she of the intoxicating scent that makes my head swim and my cock hard.

Also she of the bland wardrobe and quiet ways, meaning she’s not my usual type. So why the attraction? Why does her scent drive me crazy?

It makes no damn sense.

“No one in particular,” I lie with a shrug. Ivy has stopped by to go over the latest invoice for her services. Combine her astronomical costs with Archer Bancroft’s wealth and these two will end up taking over the entire world. Or they’ll just buy it all.

“You’re such a liar,” she mutters, shaking her head. “And you’re also in denial.”

“About what?” Grabbing a pen, I scribble my initials on the invoice as Ivy settles into the chair across from my desk. “Give this to Bryn and she’ll cut the check for you. Do you want it now or would you like to come by and pick it up later?”

Ivy smiles. “You’re also a classic avoider, aren’t you? Ah, men. You’re all the same.”

I frown at her, wondering what she’s referring to now. I’ve known Ivy since she was a teenager, when I became good friends with her brother Gage and her now fiancé Archer. The problem with knowing Ivy for that long is she constantly crosses professional boundaries when we work together. She has no problem telling me exactly how she feels.

Most of the time, like now, I don’t want to hear it.

“Ivy.” My voice lowers, and I glower at her, but she smiles at me as if she thinks I’m one big joke. The woman is completely oblivious. “When do you want your check?”

She waves a hand, the bracelets clasped around her wrist jangling with the movement. “Just drop it in the mail. Bryn will know what to do and where to send it. She’s so efficient, don’t you think?”

“Extremely.” I push the invoice farther across the desk, closer to where Ivy’s sitting, hoping she gets the hint. I’d like her gone, so I can get back to work. Get back to possibly researching if one really could become addicted to another’s scent. I’ve heard about pheromones before.

“She also smells amazing. I’ve asked her before what perfume she uses, but she won’t tell me. I think she wants it to be her secret.” Ivy’s grinning so widely I bet her cheeks hurt.

Damn it. Why the hell did I ask her that question anyway? It just popped out of my mouth without thought, which I’ve been prone to doing lately when I stare at Miss James for too long.

As in, I stop thinking. My brain just shuts down. All I can do is watch and imagine what she might do if I pushed her onto her desk, grabbed hold of her long, dark hair, tugged her head back and kissed her with all the pent-up intensity that’s been brewing within me since she started working for me.

Which is basically the day I first took over the winery. She came along with it. A built-in assistant, just for me. The previous owner had called her a gift.

Quite the tempting gift. One put on this earth—and right outside of my office—to make me freaking crazy with need.

All because of the way she smells.

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Plain of the Fourteen Pillars – New Book Promotion

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Check out the new book release of

Plain of the Fourteen Pillars – Book 1

Aka Bradley. A quiet part of the little-known universe. A dimension frequented by only an allusive few. Where vast plains and picturesque meadows are inhabited by relatively innocent, although odd creatures. Where the hustle and bustle of town life has gone on conservatively for countable days… and then some. But when Billy, a rugged fourteen year old from Yorkshire, arrives all-of-a-sudden, and hooks up with Cetra, the quirky redheaded girl with detachable appendages, what one might call “all-Hell” breaks loose. Now, all Billy wants to do is find a way home, but the self-imposed guardians of Bradley; those known as Humps – big, ugly and gross – have other ridiculous and humiliating plans for him. Strike up an adventure to rival his own imagination, to which Billy and his newly acquired team of travellers will stumble upon the answers to age old questions, not just relating to Bradley, but to the universe, and Earth itself.

Ride alongside Billy as he traverses the Plain of the Fourteen Pillars, ultimately endeavouring to make his way home, and having a grand-old-adventure in the process. Meet quirky, charismatic, and humorous characters along the way, guiding Billy through this strange land. Be a part of their journey as they learn to rely upon one another. Feel their fears, love, jealousy and mistrust. But also join in the laughter and fun as meaningful friendships grow within the confines of a group who as individuals lacked any real purpose or direction to their lives.

Plain of the Fourteen Pillars is a fun ride; and it is only the beginning of Billy’s adventure….

Get it now here!

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Shifter Seduction Book Sale!

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Shifter Seduction (6 author Boxed Set presented by Amira Press)

6 Bestselling Amira Press Authors in one major bundle for a limited time only!

Defying Pack Law – Eve Langlais

Dana fled her pack and their laws to live on her terms, but the price of defiance was her happiness. Could it be that now older and wiser, she can accept the Lycan menage way of life? Or will jealousy and fear send her running again?

Surrounded by Pleasure – Mandy Harbin

Attorney Krista Owens hopes to lose some inhibition and maybe, finally, her virginity, but she doesn’t know the men she’ll be staying with are mountain lion shifters whose instinct to mate with any available woman can turn deadly, or that the moment Toby Woods sees her his feral side will stop at nothing to have her.

Juneau Heat – Tressie Lockwood

Shiya’s been chatting up Birk Rider online and agrees to meet him in face-to-face in Juneau, Alaska. When Birk suggests a threesome with her taking on him and his buddy Kotori Munro, she can’t say no to the sexy bear shifters, even if her family of hunters wants them dead.

Lycan Lover – S. K. Yule

A party turns deadly, and Karen is stalked into the dark night. Ancient lycan, Anthony, saves her, and an instant, undeniable chemistry ignites between them. But will the fire last after Karen sustains a bite from a rogue, and she finds out Anthony is something she thought only existed in horror stories?

Three Fur All – Crymsyn Hart

October has escaped her kidnappers only to run into the arms of two very sexy wolves. The more Mika and Elliot fight their growing attraction to her, the more they desire to show October a howling good time. Together they will risk everything to save the woman they love before everything explodes around them.

Theirs to Claim – LeTeisha Newton

Zelina thought she was sworn off dating–until she woke up between a naked set of twins. Rion and Quin are determined to prove that Zelina is their mate in any way they can. If that means keeping her in bed–under them, over them, or between them–so be it.

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Must Read – Enemy of Man (The Chronicles of Kin Roland) by Scott Moon

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If science fiction is your thing, you simply must read “Enemy of Man (The Chronicles of Kin Roland) by author Scott Moon.

http://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Man-Chronicles-Roland-ebook/dp/B00DAIQO9A

Changed by captivity and torture, hunted by the Reapers of Hellsbreach and wanted by the Fleet, Kin hides on a lost planet near an unstable wormhole.

When a distant space battle propels a ravaged Earth Fleet Armada through the same wormhole, a Reaper follows, hunting for the man who burned his home world. Kin fights to save a mysterious native of Crashdown from the Reaper and learns there are worse things in the galaxy than those hunting him. The end is coming and he is about to pay for a sin that will change the galaxy forever.

Cover Reveal for Because of You by Maria Monteiro

I am so excited to announce the cover real for Because of You the soon to be released book by Maria Monteiro. (It is slated to be available as of September 17th. I can’t wait!) So without further ado, here is the sizzling hot cover for Because of You:

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As if the cover alone wasn’t enough to snag your attention, check out the book synopsis below:

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No one ever forgets their first love.

Six years ago Austin broke Jade’s heart. On that day he went from being her best friend to the person she hates the most.

Now six years later Jade’s life has been turned upside down, the family she once knew no longer exists. Her father’s infidelity has made it hard for her to trust anyone.

That is until she reconnects with the one person she’s despised the most.

Will Austin be able to break through Jade’s wall of anger to get her to trust him again?

Or will she always see him as the boy who first broke her heart?

Together they will learn what love is really all about.

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For more information, check out the following links –

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17287736-because-of-you

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Rebelroadbooks?ref=hl

Blog link: http://mariamonteiro.net

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/MMonteiro33