ARC Review: Vampires By Esther E. Schmidt!

Release Date: October 23

Synopsis

Being kidnapped and unexpectedly thrust into the paranormal world she didn’t even know existed has overwhelmed Tessera. Even more, because her savior is the President of the Death by Reaper MC, Vampire Charter, who claimed her as his eternal mate

Between protecting his mate from his own wrath and trying to balance his MC duties, Jagger is fighting a battle bigger than the fight between good and evil. Finding a solution for the stack of danger that keeps growing might involve teaming up with a new enemy who is reluctant to join forces. With a threat of an apocalypse in the near future, there is no option other than to surrender to the truth more paranormal lives are needed to keep the rest of the world living.

Evil hides in the inevitable to rectify redemption. Dive into book two of Death by Reaper MC and submit to the reality crawling into the darkness might be the only good this world has to offer.

Vampires can be read as a standalone. For a greater reading experience, recommended reading order:

Hellhounds Death by Reaper MC #1

Vampires Death by Reaper MC #2

My thoughts 💭

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A paranormal MC romance with some action! I enjoyed reading this book. Jagger was so sweet, protective and patient with Tessara I just loved him. Tessara has to grow on me a little but once she understood about mates I started to like her she became kind of bada** at the end and I was loving it! Girl power!! I loved the action and the story line! I can’t wait to read what is going to happen next with everyone!

*Received ARC for review 💙

Duke by Jax Hart!

Synopsis

She’s his obsession.
He’s her downfall.

Raised in a remote town by men who would die for her, Shanna can’t wait to escape years of being babysat by the archaic mentality of the men her father’s MC. They live by a code. A code she’s done being part of.

But even in isolated places… there are people dying to take you down.
Duke and Shanna must decide if they are going to fight for their love or watch it crash and burn when both of them are forced to make choices they can’t come back from.

How far would you go for love?

Duke…

I stopped in on a whim to see the old dive bar where my old man used to spend his days–getting drunk with his boys from the MC. But when I walked in and saw her… I knew I would be back and not just for another round, but to make Shanna mine. 
She’s asking for trouble teasing me the way that she does.
 
She’s made a mistake.
A bad one.

I’m not like the pathetic boys at her college. I’m an ex-marine, and I’m gonna make my BAD GIRL pay. But I wasn’t expecting her to put up a fight. Taming her just might be the biggest battle I’ve faced yet, but I’m determined to make it the sweetest victory for us both.

She’s my angel, but I’m her devil. 
Together we’re gonna burn.
 

Narrated by Rodney Falcon

Overall:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Performance:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Story:⭐️⭐️⭐️

I liked the story but felt it was too much back and forth. One minute Duke is going to claim Shanna then the next he’s going to do what’s best for her. I didn’t like how Shanna couldn’t make up her mind with pursuing her dreams and her loved ones had to force her hand. She seemed a little weak. Duke was very alpha male but he was annoying trying to do what’s “right” for Shanna. They had good chemistry but I was kind of disappointed they didn’t get together for real until the very end. Overall it was an okay read and performance.

Sofa King Hard by Madison Faye

Synopsis

Big. Strong. Really good with his hands.

Great at fitting into tight spaces.

No job too hard. No job too dirty.

No stopping him once he’s unchained…

The Marines made me tough. Prison hardened me. Five long years I’ve been away—chained up like a beast without knowing the touch of a woman, serving time for a crime I didn’t commit.

I’m out now, and the proud owner of Sofa King Movers. I’m supposed to keep my head down and play nice, but that’s before I lay eyes on her.

Jillian Lafayette. Tempting, beautiful, and very off-limits. But five years does something to a man. It makes him hungry. It makes him crazy, driven, obsessed. And when I catch her being a bad girl with her hands where they don’t belong?

Oh, there’ll be no stopping me from claiming what’s mine and showing her just how hard I can be.

I know she’s a client. And her shithead of an ex-husband has mob ties I can’t pretend aren’t there. But one look and I’m addicted. One taste, and I know she’s mine.

Mine to protect. Mine to keep safe.

…Mine to keep for all for myself.

Five years is a long time. Jillian’s let the leash off the beast, and once I get my dirty hands on her, there’ll be no stopping me from taking it all.

My thoughts 💭

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Well this was a hot read! Kane hasn’t had a woman in years and Jillian is recently divorced. They meet when Jillian uses Kane’s moving company and the sparks fly as soon as he catches her with her hand in her pants! Lol! Kane and Jillian were so cute!

From The Ashes by Amber Lynn Natusch!

Synopsis

Piper Jones can’t catch a break.

After a lifetime of animosity and indifference from the supernatural community, she thought she’d finally found a home with the vampire king’s enforcers. Then the dark and mysterious Merc walks into her life, and it takes a disastrous turn for the worse.

Now under attack by enemies both known and unknown, Piper has little choice but to flee her refuge—and start over in a place few vampires ever go. Rural Alaska seemed to fit the bill, except for Knox and his crew of werewolves. The pack shares a connection with Piper that few of them can explain, and none of them can escape. With time running out for answers, Piper must fight the demons of her past to ensure her future—or die trying.

my thoughts 💭

3.5✨✨✨

Piper reminds me of the avatar character lol! She can control nature. I enjoyed the story and the action! I just hate that Merc got put under a spell that had him trying to kill Piper and Piper went and started falling in love with Knox. I thought the book was well written I just don’t care for the love triangle part. Don’t the vampires mate for life? Guess I’ll be reading the next book lol

Cards Of Love: The Hanged Man by Clarissa Wild

Blurb

Criminal. Outlaw. Murderer.

That’s only a few of the names people call me, and all of them are true.

I did the unforgivable. I killed a man in broad daylight.

I did it for her.

I paid my dues, did my time.

Now I’m out and I want her back, no matter the cost.

She hates me, but that won’t stop me from hunting after her.

I need her to be mine again.

And there’s a secret I have to tell …

But everything has its price.

I’m willing to pay.

Is she?

The Hanged Man is a Standalone Dark Romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild.

Note: This story contains disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers.

My thoughts 💭

⭐️⭐️

I felt like there was a book I should’ve read prior to this one. It seemed like the book started in the middle and you have no idea what’s going on. I have no clue what happened to Daisy. At one point it was talking about a guy doing something to kids at the daycare but later on it seemed like she had cancer? How’d Hanson even know the guy he killed was a match so Daisy could even get his liver?

Blood Prince by Celia Aaron!

Title: Blood Prince
Author: Celia Aaron
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
He’s searched for her across centuries. But he’s not the only one . . .

Paris, heir to a vampire kingdom he has never claimed, is adrift on earth and in the Underworld. The bounty on his head keeps him on the run. When he realizes the woman whose death haunts his dreams could be alive, he will risk everything just to touch Helen again. But her past can’t be erased, and neither can her old enemy–a demon who will destroy worlds just to possess her.

Author’s Note: This is a standalone fantasy romance with vampires, witches, and mythological creatures.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved this book! I enjoyed the paranormal twist on the story of Helen of Troy and Paris! Elena(Helen) and Paris were so cute! I loved their chemistry.
*received ARC for honest review 💙

Celia Aaron is a USA Today bestselling author and recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy–if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.
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Cards Of Love: The Emperor by Fawn Bailey

blurb

In Venice, Italy, a world of cursed diamonds, hidden secrets and twisted fantasies awaits a star-crossed couple who were meant to be together. But can they work together to bring down a villain? And will their love survive it all… or break into a thousand pieces?

GINGER

I’ve always been a pawn. That stops now. I’m ready to play. I’m ready to win.

My past is catching up with me. I left everything behind twice – first, when my sister killed her twin and our parents, and then again when I walked away from the love of my life, my soulmate, Ryker Marino.

Now, both of my worlds are colliding. My sister is coming for me, but not if I find her first.

Astor is crazy. Evil. She won’t stop until she’s killed our entire family.

I follow her to the other side of the world – Venice, Italy.

Here, a game of cat and mouse draws me further into her trap.

Here, one of us will end the other.

But what Astor doesn’t know… is that I’m ready for a fight.

RYKER

I’m The Emperor. L’Imperatore. And I’m going to win my girl back.

Ginger disappeared without a trace seven years ago. I uprooted my life because of her. I moved to a different continent. I became obsessed with a cursed diamond that has shaped my family’s lives for centuries.

But what if the stone isn’t to blame for our misfortune? What if everything, including losing Ginger all those years ago, is my fault?

I have to face my fears. I have to find Ginger. I have to bring her back.

But there is a third player involved in this game of chess… And she’s about to beat us both.

My thoughts 💭

⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was just an okay read for me. I didn’t feel like it was a dark romance…I didn’t hate it and I didn’t love it either. I didn’t like how Ryker is “The Emperor” but didn’t check out his assistant’s background or anything…The whole Astor situation made no sense to me. She sent notes about harming Ginger but didn’t really want to hurt her and her excuse was that her obsession got the better of her….She’s been sending threatening notes and that’s all she had to say? 🤷🏾‍♀️ Ryker and Ginger has some good steamy scenes but overall this one just wasn’t for me. I really liked the cover.