Friday, 14 November 2014

Beyond Time by Sandra Bischoff

Beyond Time

Dark Order of the Dragon Book # 2
By Sandra Bischoff 

Christian Lancelot Du Lac was never one to take a situation seriously. Growing up he had always been the comedic relief to Jared Bonatelli's brooding nature. Now, just as The Dark Order welcomes Jared as its new Prince, Du Lac is informed that he must become a first in command the future King can truly rely on. When he repeatedly fails in his attempts to prove himself, Lance is thrown back in time to where his life began, Camelot. What he finds there is more than he could have bargained for.

Drawn to the forest surrounding Camelot, Lady Elizabeth Payne searches for something that seems just out of her reach. Tormented by a pair glowing eyes in the mist she steals away in the middle of the night to find their owner. Thieves, a wolf and the most infuriating savior she has ever met turn her simple world upside down. But it's the attraction she feels to the newcomer that truly takes her by surprise. Learning that he is Christian Du Lac, the long lost son of the First Knight himself peaks her curiosity even more.

Now on the cusp of meeting her betrothed for the first time, Elizabeth's heart has been claimed by another. But even a betrothal written in blood is no match for fate.

For Lance and Elizabeth, the odds are stacked against them. Their worlds are destined to remain forever apart. Can time heal all wounds or will the fates change their course and let the star crossed lovers find each other once again?

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Book Review -- Only the Good Die Young by Douglas Trueman

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. 

The story revolves around 17-year-old Rebecca Lockhart. The book starts us from the point where she is publicly humiliated in front of a bevy of students - all watching in amusement. Rebecca goes through her life with all the roller-coaster ups and downs that come bundled with being 17 years if age. Having been raised with righteousness as the main virtue, her bringing-up has been conditioned with frowning upon modern practices. Things take a turn when, in order to fit in with her peers, she gets tempted into moments of indiscretion. Soon, she faces peril and has to lie her way out of being in further trouble. 

What I liked most about this story is the narration style - told from the perspective of a struggling teenager, the language is totally devoid of bombastic frills and is smooth and easy. Descriptions of incidents and people are also given the way a 17-year-old would notice traits and things. The wry humour throughout serves to make the reading experience richer. Rebecca is someone that most of us can empathise with. The conflicts are understandable, and although some may argue as to the morality of the protagonist's intentions and actions, the lessons she learns, the repeated mistakes she makes, the ways she misjudges people, are all easy to relate to. The pace of the book is healthy - doesn't go too fast, leaving the reader in a daze, nor does it slacken at snail pace. Some points are predictable - for instance, the compulsion she faces to take up the extra-curricular credit in order to avoid failing the year, and the solution she finds for it. But the predictabilities add to the enjoyment. 

I would certainly recommend this book to lovers of teenage life dramas and coming-of-age stories... 

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Book Review -- Intoxicated by Alicia Renee Kline

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a cool and breezy romance. Lauren is at a breakthrough point in her career, having won a promotion after years of slogging away as an underwriter. She is understandably eager and happy with herself. Things cannot look better, except for one point - she needs to move two hours away from the place she has known as home all her life. This wedges up her already "almost-in-doldrums" 10-year relationship with Eric. Blake comes into Lauren's life as a breath of fresh air, taking away the loneliness and the bleakness that could fill up the life of a young workaholic executive, and also fills the void the absence her best friend from hom, Gracie, leaves in her life. Lauren gets more than she bargained for, when she finds a very good friend in Matthew, Blake's elder brother. Added to this, Lauren, Blake and Matthew are all battling demons from their pasts. Would Matthew stay just the chivalrous friend, or would he prove to be a formidable rival to Eric, is what the story builds up to.

This not a twist-in-the-tale style book with heart-lurching plot changes. The plot is predictable and one knows where Lauren is headed, but there is a soothing ease in the predictability. Lauren is just like any of us, and it's easy to empathise with her. Blake and Gracie are both thoroughly enjoyable characters, making one long for such loyal friendships. Eric, as a self-centred egotist forms the perfect foil for the ever-attentive Matthew. Overall, the bunch forms a delightful mix and endear themselves to the reader.

This was a nice and relaxing read - a good companion for a rainy day and a hot cup of coffee. I would certainly recommend this book to lovers of romance and drama. I definitely liked the book and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream


Title: Divine Scales
Author: Jennifer Blackstream
Genre: Fantasy Romance
A warrior with a hunger for sin . . .

Driven by a terrible hunger for the black souls of evil men, Patricio, divine executioner of the gods, patrols the kingdom with blood on his hands and ice in his heart. The families of his victims sing his praises–the result of a witch’s cruel curse that condemns him to be forever surrounded by false adulation. When the curse sours the first hint at romance Patricio has had since becoming the king’s heir, his rage is all consuming. Disgusted, he leaves the mermaid in the sea and returns to the palace…only to be shocked when she bargains for the legs to follow him.
A mermaid out of her element . . .
Marcela’s world has been turned upside-down–literally. Once a proud member of her father King Triton’s royal guard, she’s now the victim of an angel’s curse. Enchanted into false adoration bordering on obsession, she traded her tail–and her voice–to the sea witch for the legs she needed to pursue the object of her desire. In a cruel twist of fate, the very magic that gave her the means to pursue her passion also broke the spell that caused it. Now she’s in the angel’s arms, but how can either of them trust the desire churning inside them when so much magic has muddied the waters?
Trust isn’t easy when nothing is as it seems . . .
A mermaid with legs and no singing voice. An angel with a curse. A witch with a chip on her shoulder. The world is full of magic and mayhem, and for an angel and a mermaid, it will take more than a kiss to balance…the Divine Scales.

Author Bio

Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as any novel by Sir Terry Pratchett.
Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent young son. She lives in Ohio.
Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her son can find that all magical button on her laptop to make her latest work vanish.
To learn more about Jennifer Blackstream and her novels, visit her website at

Character Interview - Patricio

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
There is no such thing as perfect happiness.Pleasure always comes at a price.

What is your greatest fear?
The thought that my desire to dispatch sinners has less to do with justice and more to do with my own desire to feed on their sin.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I enjoy feeding from the sins of those I’ve slain too much. It blurs the line between duty and hedonistic gratification.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Philanderers. Especially Adonis, the incubus prince of Nysa.

Which living person do you most admire?
Etienne, werewolf prince of Sanguenay. Etienne has found a balance between the violence that is necessary to protect his kingdom, and the civility that is needed to exist in human society.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I have no extravagances.

What is your current state of mind?
Hunger. There are sinners to be freed from their mortal coil…

What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue amongst humans?
Patience. Sometimes waiting serves only to let the guilty escape.

On what occasion do you lie?
I do not lie.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Appearances mean nothing. However, there are times that I wish I could hide my wings. They attract far too much attention.


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