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BOOKS & COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS ~ Review for Love in the Box by Rick Johnson

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5 stars

5 ~Stars!

LOVE IN THE BOX ~ Rick Johnson (BarPublishing)

GENRE: Romantic Comedy / Humor
(Purchased on Amazon)

Reviewed by Terry ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews. http://talon-ps.com

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Meet Creek Rivers who loves Wolf Brand Chilli and Bluebell Ice cream and has a stalker. Creek also has a bird named Bird Bird or Girl Girl just depends on the mood of Creek or her little neighbor boy that comes to visit. Then there is Prince and his Thank you Thank you very much attitude and then all the customers that come in and can’t even work their own credit cards and so much more. If you want a really good laugh pour yourself a great big glass of get real and grab Love In The Box.

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You know how they say “Don’t annoy Authors they may put you in a book and kill you.” Author Rick Johnson has taken that to a new whole new level! Forget death the pranks he pulls on his great characters in his new book are deviously hilarious. You will never be able to look at your neighborhood box with a straight face again!!

If you work with or have ever worked with the public you are going to love this book! The employees of the Paos gas station or “the box” are a great collection of characters. The customers and the friends of our star employees are a hoot as well. We also get to meet some of the men and women of the local Police Department too. One of the things I love about how Rick Johnson writes is he never really mentions the name of the city or town where his stories take place. So it could very well be the one you live in!

You won’t believe some of the things that happen at the “box” or outside the “box”. There is also a prank war going on in the box between the employees and you won’t believe or maybe you will believe some of the pranks pulled. Maybe you have even wanted to pull some of them on your co-workers or customers. *wink* But as you know no war can be contained in a box. It takes on a life all its own and includes employees, friends and customers. This is a great story of one-up-manship. It also can lead to seeking revenge.

So if you have had one of those days or weeks one-click Rick Johnson and let your imagination run wild!!

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LOVE IN THE BOX also received the following ratings:

TWIST FACTOR ~ 2 “I didn’t see that coming”

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 1 Tulip, You’ll have to read it to know what it means.

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 4  Bowled over laughing

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BOOKS & COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS ~ Heir of Novron – /Riyria Revelations Vol 5&6/ ~ Michael Sullivan

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5 stars

5 / 5 ~Stars!

BOOK THREE: HEIR OF NOVRON – /RIYRIA REVELATIONS Vol 5&6/~ Michael Sullivan (Orbit Publishing}

GENRE: Cloak & Dagger Fantasy / Sci-fi fantasy / Historical Fantasy / Men’s Adventure

{Purchased at Amazon}

 

Reviewed by Damir ~

RIYRIA REVELATIONS Series by Michael Sullivan

There are two ways of reading this series. Each Volume 1-6 can be purchased and read separately, or you can buy the omnibus, with each book containing 2 volumes. I have the omnibus, but have broken my reviews down for each volume. With all titles attached to help keep it clear.

 

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 s-typeopts13A forced wedding. A double execution. Two thieves have other plans.

 

The New Empire intends to mark its victory over the Nationalists with a bloody celebration. On the high holiday of Wintertide, the Witch of Melengar will be burned and the Heir of Novron executed. On that same day the Empress faces a forced marriage, with a fatal accident soon to follow. The New Empire is confident in the totality of its triumph, but there’s just one problem–Royce and Hadrian have finally found the Heir of Novron and they have their own holiday plans.


And so concludes the final tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.


When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers. Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere.

 W and P

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Vol 5 – Wintertide – 5-Stars

In Vol 5 the story keeps at a page turning pace, multiples of characters and interior designs shifting about with now fewer than the number of chess piece on a full board, each having their play in the overall scheme, as the battle of good and evil start to take on their true colors and still another handful that like jumping the fence from plot to plot to keep you guessing and cursing at the basters for their betrayal… again…. Just when you thought they had learned it was rewarding to be in the good guy side. A Action never slows at swords, daggers and thievery continue to be the top trade skill in the master mine of the story. And Chivalry isn’t just upheld by the men, but women of enduring strength even when they feel their most vulnerable, manage to keep strong threads holding everyone else together during some of the most futile points of giving up.

Like Vol 4, this is one you want to be sure to clear your calendar and just call in sick and call for take-out; as it is such a fast paced read but no means a short one, so warn the partner you’re MIA for the day with this one.

 

BEST CATCH:

“See, there’s the difference,” Mauvin started to say, “Someone close to me gets killed and everyone consoles me, someone close to Royce gets killed and whole cities start to evacuate.”

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Vol 6 – Percepliquis – 5-Stars

In Vol 6 the reading pace is going to slow down considerable for the first time since Vol 3, not that it is lagging or will dull you out of the saga, but if you remember as I mention both in Vol 4 & 5 there was a lot going on and now the time that all these building and shifting interior stories are being pulled in as we draw to the closing answers to the overall quest.

Rather than rushing thru the details, it’s a meticulous telling lick lacing up a pair of boots before drawing everything together for the finale. For the invest reader, its actually a rather welcoming pace, as you don’t want the book to end knowing its almost over, like hovering at the gate of the park not forth willing to go dashing out  at the end of the day just yet.

And if perhaps you thought by mid ay of Vol 5 you had everything figured out and you were just riding it out to say ‘HA! I was right!’ … Then you are in for a big surprise, as not just one one or two but several key details have been derailed with some rather ‘out of left field’ changes, and if that isn’t challenging enough, nothing fits, so while you are on the slow horse towards the gradual epic center, you are perplexing the whole way, furious that you no longer have the clues mastered.

Unlike 5 & 6, you’ll find yourself better willing to take short breaks, to contemplate, ponder and perhaps dig about to be assured there are a couple more Sullivan treasures to pick up and read directly after this is over. But once you reach the point of arguing with the characters that they have tried was seems so obvious, then just accept the fact that you will not stop from there until the end or until sleep comes despite any indignity that your eyes can’t keep up a hero’s stamina to go on. You will reach a part when you trust yourself that you have solved at least two of the greatest mysteries, for gotten about two others and shocked at the ones you didn’t even have a notion to guess upon. And yet as they all come to pass you will not be denied the thrill of having seen the revelation come to light.  So it is safe to go on and complete the journey. As it is but an incredible one to venture on.

See you on the other end, comrade.

 

BEST CATCH:

“What’re you doing, buddy?”

“Trying something.”

“Something Stupid?”

“Maybe.”

 

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Publication Order

  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)

Chronological Order

  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis

 

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A personal note: This has been an incredible read, which surpassed any expectations I have ever put into any one book. And yet with it over I find myself thinking not about the author who penned it but the man who talked me into reading it. It may be in bad taste to talk of an author other than the one who wrote the story but I can’t help it. He was my best friend, someone I was in awe of and admired as a man and as a story teller.  It crushed me when I heard the news of his passing, even more when I learned that all that time that I knew him, he knew his times was running out.

How strange that now having read the Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan that I see some of all those magical characters created by Sullivan in my friend and in his life. Since that time my husband and I have become very close, if not more so, to my friend’s twin sister. And I get to marvel at her own talent as she and my husband have paired up to create a fascinating world of their own even as she works to finish her brother’s books he left purposely to prevent her from following him. A task that never seemed to be as magically enchanted or conjured up as it does now after having read something he insisted I would enjoy.

Like the story’s overall journey how the unlikely became some much greater, having learned now who the Heir of Novron is, I have to wonder if perhaps someone close to me now is the next great Michael Sullivan of story tellers.

I hope in some way in all of this I am someone like Sullivan’s Myron and I will be able to bear witness and remark of the story later.

Hvalas Author Michael Sullivan for such a great creation and to my friend Talon ps for having played the part of Hadrian and insisted upon it. And stealing a word from his twin so I can say: the Riyria Revelations series is just EXTRADORINARY!

 

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HEIR OF NOVRONalso received the following ratings:

BONUS ~  5 MORE STARS SUPER STAR AWARD

5 super star award

TWIST FACTOR ~  5 Action Thrills 

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 5 Slight of hand plotting

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 4 on the Cloak & Daggers development

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BOOKS & COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS ~ Spanking Bench Confessional by Cleo Taurus

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4 stars

4 ~Stars!

SPANKING BENCH CONFESSIONAL, by Cleo Taurus (Indy Published)

GENRE:Bdsm / Erotica / MF

(Purchased on Amazon)

 

Reviewed by Jaycee ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews. http://talon-ps.com

 

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Preacher, the ultimate Master of discipline, has a long line of subs pleading for his special brand of punishment. Every moment of control is like a feast to him, until the day he meets the one woman who needs his help the most.

Rose is a woman with deep secrets. When the layers of her frenzied life slowly fall apart, putting her mind and body in survival mode, she meets the one Dominant who refuses to let her hide behind her excuses any longer.

Will her natural submissive nature allow Preacher to help her overcome past pain and hurt? Or will she run as she has her whole life, leaving her empty and full of shame, only to regret the rest of her days?

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Well, talk about getting right to the point!   Once again, I find myself eating my words and assorted other complaints about novellas in general.    “Preacher’, Master Brice, doesn’t give you time to ponder white noise.   In a very brief and very effective prologue the reader gets the salient details about the sought-after pain Master, and his Confessional.    The same attention is paid to Rose, as the sub with a painful history and a burning requirement for the type of therapy Preacher is known to dispense with exacting success.

 

…And then it’s right to the heart of the matter with a quick but vivid retrospective look at Rose’s triggers, and of Master B’s intervention.   I’m not a “spoiler” person, so suffice it to say, with a family like Rose’s it is no wonder her façade has inherent weaknesses.   But the utter vindictiveness that eventually undermines her already shaky foundation is beyond the pale.   A past Dom, and current friend, rescues her from family-induced emotional withdrawal and orchestrates the culminating, very public and ultimately successful intervention meted out by Preacher.

 

An epilogue as concise and effective as the prologue provides perhaps one of the most satisfying moments in the tale for me in that it acknowledges Rose’s emotional breakthrough and her new-found security with Preacher, while not pretending the heart of the problem has magically disappeared in one moment of forced enlightenment.    It is made clear that, as with most things in life, self-acceptance is a dynamic and ongoing process.   We are left content that Rose is in good hands.

 

…And of course, that her friend and former Dom, Taylor, with a past of his own, is poised to be the next ‘Confessor’ at The Spanking Bench…

 

 

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SPANKING BENCH CONFESSIONAL also received the following ratings:

 

HEAT FACTOR ~ 4 Flames

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STING FACTOR ~ 5 Paddles plus a whole crate supply of Arnica

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TISSUE FACTOR ~ 2 Boxes of them

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Book Blast ~ Willow Springs Ranch series by Laura Harner

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Raised in California, Laura likes it hot, which explains why she ended up in Arizona via such diverse places as Japan, Maine, and Florida, and many more places in between. After retiring from the US Navy, she found a niche working for land management agencies, including the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though she has held many jobs around the world, her favorite was working and living in Grand Canyon National Park. Working (and eating) in New Orleans was a close second. You will find many of her books are set against the rich backdrops provided by coastal Louisiana and northern Arizona.

 

When asked how she started writing, Laura tells of waking on Boxing Day a few years ago, with a woman named Elena MacFarland yammering in her dreams, demanding her story be told. Despite never attempting to write fiction before that morning, Laura ignored all of the holiday visitors and the Highland Destiny series was born. She doesn’t believe it was a coincidence that the great grandmother who died when Laura was just a baby was named Elena MacFarland. Destiny does play a hand.

 

Laura became a full-time writer in 2012, and now she spends her time writing, watching her Arizona Diamondbacks, and working on her very own version of the Willow Springs Ranch in northwestern Arizona. She is a multi-published author of erotic romance, mystery, and urban fantasy and her books can be found at all major online retailers.”

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Book 1 – Ty Hard

Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desire for another man, even while he fights to keep his PTSD from pulling him under. Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?

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Book 2 – Hold Tight

Sheriff Holden Titus had organized his fresh start down to the last detail. Except for the part about the bomb that blew his plans all to hell. Now he’s running out of time, without a job, without a home, and struggling to get back on his feet. Literally.

Despite the impolite rejection, Drew knows he didn’t have the wrong impression months ago when he asked the sheriff to dance, but he never expected to have Holden’s life in his hands. Literally.

Thanks to some meddlesome matchmaking, the two men are now temporary housemates at the Willow Springs Ranch and Drew is determined to help Holden heal, both physically and emotionally. Even if it means he has to drag the other man kicking and screaming to physical therapy…and out of the closet. In fact, that might be kind of fun.

The problem is, Holden doesn’t consider himself in the closet…but not all secrets are created equal.

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Book 3 – Taking Chance

Officer Chance Carter is pretty sure he’d still enjoy being on either end of a good ass reaming—just not the one from his supervisor that lands him on an involuntary extended vacation. Another holiday season with nothing to do except visit an old friend.

Former hospital corpsman Bryan Mitchell doesn’t feel less than honorable, but that’s what his discharge paperwork states. Now he’s down and out in Kingman, Arizona until the charity of a stranger lands him a temporary job for the holidays.

When two federal employees go missing during a highly controversial wild horse roundup, the two Willow Springs Ranch newcomers are drafted to help in the search, but if rumors of a local anti-government militia are true, Chance and Bryan may be in serious trouble—and from something far more dangerous than their mutual attraction.

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Book 3.5 – Ty’d Down (free short)

Ty brushed his hands on the long white apron and moved to the island counter to add more

frosting to the piping bag. Cake decorating had never been his favorite chef duty, but like many cooks in the Navy, he had plenty of experience. He took another sip of coffee then began the final step of piping the white border around the edge of the top layer. He would add the already prepared red roses, last. As peace offerings went, a chocolate three-layer cake with buttercream icing wasn’t much, but Cass would forgive him. Eventually.

Today should have been their wedding day, but Ty had put a stop to all the foolishness weeks ago. For fuck’s sake, Arizona didn’t even have gay marriage. The gathering of friends for a commitment ceremony just seemed…stupid. Besides, Cass had just been caught up in the events surrounding Chance and Bryan’s rescue when he’d proposed. The truth of their relationship had been plain as day when Cass tried to take over the conversation after Bryan had been rescued. The words still echoed in his head.

“It’s my ranch…my decision…” Cass was boss and Ty the cook. Point taken. Ty wasn’t even bitter. Much. Cass was right, this was his ranch and Ty had usurped his authority—but goddamn it! No one here was better than Ty when it came to running a covert mission. Cass should have respected him enough…trusted him enough…

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 Book 4 – Hanging Chad

For Chad Ollom, landing on the Willow Springs Ranch after his teaching career crashed and burned last year was a lesson in irony, considering he’d sworn off all things related to horses and cowboys after a near fatal fall as a child. Now with a new mission in life, Chad plans to bring critically ill children to the ranch for a special celebration.

Aging rodeo cowboy Jesse Duran lives life eight seconds at a time, and whether it’s broncos or men, it’s always been get on and get off before anyone gets hurt. When he’s required to take a break from the circuit and ends up on the WSR, the enticing ass of a stand-offish teacher turned contractor might just be enough challenge to keep him entertained for a week or two.

As attraction flares, personal boundaries start to crumble, and the lines between seducer and seduced begin to blur. When the series of on-going attacks against the WSR moves from sabotage to arson, Jesse steps up to help, but when Chad is forced to return to his past to face charges, the men of the WSR want to know if Jesse will stick or leave Chad hanging.

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Book 5 – Park’s Lot

When vegan, peace-loving, social do-gooder Park Williams stumbles across the half-dead cattle rancher who has been sabotaging the Willow Springs Ranch in the name of a homophobic militia group…there’s only one thing to do. Save his life, then share his tent. Waking to find the man’s dick pressed against his ass is just a bonus.

Tanner Triplett is in trouble. Not the your-brother-is-a-sociopathic-murderer-and-you’re-his-next-victim sort of trouble. Not even the your-father-is-trying-to-overthrow-the-federal-government-and-you’re-going-to-jail-for-helping kind of trouble. No…this is the sort of trouble that comes when you wake up with stranger’s dick in your hand. Holy fuck. How is he going to get out of this?

A sudden need to run for their lives ought to do it.

Determined to make amends, Tanner leads Park to the relative safety of the WSR, where the biggest danger should be from gun-wielding cowboys seeking revenge. Tanner hadn’t counted on sharing a room with the exotically beautiful Park or the danger to his heart when the carefully erected walls protecting his secret come tumbling down.

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Books & Cozy Spots Book Review ~ NAUGHTY BITS I: THE LINGERIE SHOP by Joey. W. Hill

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5 stars

ARC Review of NAUGHTY BITS I: THE LINGERIE SHOP   by  Joey. W. Hill

  Reviewed by Jaycee

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When finance executive Madison inherits a lingerie shop called Naughty Bits, she decides to leave behind her staid   career and explore her every forbidden desire…
Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South.
But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires. He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to join him at a submissive’s training session.
Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her…

 

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At a book Convention last summer, Ms. Hill announced that her immediate future held a four-part serial offering.  I smiled sweetly in the audience, all the while my so-not-a-serial-fan mind screaming, “NOOOOOOO”!   The purist in me was loathe to accept that the Queen of the Erotic Romance, the Head-Honcho of the art of the story, the CEO of all that is character-driven would deign to write a serial.    As with all the subjects of Ms. Hill’s books, I am here, reviewing, with the slim hope of redeeming myself.    “I am Jaycee, and I was a doubter…”

“Naughty Bits” is a contemporary romance series.   It is erotic in the best sense of the word; Ms. Hill’s version of erotic is never base or trite.  It is a soul-deep experience born of understanding, a grasp of feelings.  It is a sense of being in the world as presented, which is vividly 3-D.   And while BDSM is a theme in her works, it’s not the focus.   The focus is/are the character(s), their journey(ies), and their resolution.    It is never a perfect world, but it is a relatable one, and one with a silver lining at its heart.   Best, as you begin the journey, to hold on to your own heart.   And have chocolate.  Lots of chocolate…

Madison is an unrealized submissive who has inherited a Lingerie Shop-with-a-kink from her estranged sister.    Her journey begins with her struggle to accept her sister’s death, complete with the unfinished business that accompanies estrangement.    Her daily struggle is magnified by a drastic change to her structured professional life with the assumption of responsibility for the Lingerie Shop.  Her personal life has produced a series of relationships that not only did not satisfy her curiosity about her possible submissive tendencies, but in fact, dismissed or even criticized them.    And finally, to elevate her stress level to Def-Con 1, she finds herself face-to-business-neighbor with Logan Scott.

Logan knows of Madison via his friendship with the deceased Alice.  Alice recognized who a fully realized Madison needed to be, and “gave” Madison into Logan’s keeping.    As always, it takes a relatively benign initial conversation with the story’s resident Dominant to have this reader drooling without benefit of a gag, and ready to drop on command…

The poignant reminiscences of past conversations with her sister, bring Madison’s life and thoughts, fears and wishes to brilliant life.   Despite internal struggles, a reader never feels that a Hill character is weak.   To the contrary, the inner strength of her heroines (if I must call them that) is inspirational.  And laudable.     Logan gently but firmly begins to guide Madison through the journey of self-discovery.   His Dominance is never in question, but again, as always, it is part of the fundamental character without consuming the character.

At the end of Part I of IV parts, I can honestly say that this will be no typical serial.   This is vintage Joey W. Hill.   It will be a full story, and full-of-life, with all of life’s struggles and victories beautifully woven into the lives of tangible characters.  If you have read a Joey Hill book before, it will feel like another “welcome home”.   If this is your first exposure to a superb storyteller, then welcome:  come on in, put your heart on the table, and welcome to your new home.

“My name is Jaycee, and I will never doubt again…”

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THE LINGERIE SHOP also recieved:

HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames

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STING FACTOR ~ 3 Paddles

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TISSUE  FACTOR ~ 1 Box of tissues plus a box of chocolates

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ManCandy Monday

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BOOKS & COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS ~ Rise of Empire – /Riyria Revelations Vol 3&4/ ~ Michael Sullivan

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5 stars

5 / 5 ~Stars!

BOOK TWO: RISE OF EMPIRE - /RIYRIA REVELATIONS Vol 3&4/ ~ Michael Sullivan (Orbit Publishing}

GENRE: Cloak & Dagger Fantasy / Sci-fi fantasy / Historical Fantasy / Men’s Adventure

{Purchased at Amazon}

 

Reviewed by Damir ~

RIYRIA REVELATIONS Series by Michael Sullivan

There are two ways of reading this series. Each Volume 1-6 can be purchased and read separately, or you can buy the omnibus, with each book containing 2 volumes. I have the omnibus, but have broken my reviews down for each volume. With all titles attached to help keep it clear.

 

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 Rise of Empire

A puppet is crowned. The true heir remains hidden. A rogue’s secret could could change everything.

War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an alliance with the Nationalists who are fighting the Imperialists in the south. But Royce has plans of his own and uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian’s past–what he discovers may end their friendship and break Riyria in two.And so continues the next volume of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.


This is the second omnibus (containing books #3 & #4) in the original series, The Riyria Revelations, from best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan. It takes place twelve years after the events of The Riyria Chronicles and the two series can be read in eithar chronological order or order of publication, although the author suggests reading in publication order.

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 Vol 3 – Nyphron Rising 5-Stars

In my last review covering Thief of Swords – book 1: Vol 1 and 2, I mentioned it was a struggle to keep reading and not give up in it, but half way through book 2 it had finally paid off, and I immediately started on this one without any delay. Vol. 3 Slows down just a touch, but maintains a good balance between narration, detail and dialogue and keeps a steady pace that prevents you putting the book down. Royce and Hadrian never cease to entertain. There is some jumping around, as characters travel at different paces and locations before connecting again and every now and then it seems like Sullivan forgotten take notes about his time line, but it’s easily dismissed. The only thing I do have to gripe about is the mental questions in first person thrown out repeatedly by Arista. Every time they kicked me out of the story. Very annoying.

Getting all the preliminaries out of the way, like book one there is a lot or preliminary building here, but its more action based as everything is being moved into place for some high yield action that deals with the overall ARC of the series. The clues and questions are dispersed perfectly to keep you guessing over them, yet the story doesn’t lag, so you haven’t much time to really dwell on your own  on the ‘who dunn’it’ as it keeps you going from one even to the next.

Again Royce and Hadrian make quiet the pair, with a funny bit of luck/bad luck that tends to make plans not work out as well as wanted, but enough to get them out of trouble in the nick of time.

BEST CATCH:

“I can’t believe they caught you.”

It wasn’t as easy as you think. They are not very bright.”

“So you let them catch you?”

“Ingenious, don’t you think?”

“Oh, brilliant.”

“I figured it was the best way to find you.” Royce shuffled his feet in the water, grimacing. “So what’s your excuse?…

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 Vol. 4 – The Emerald Storm – 5-Stars

After Vol. 3 put all the chess pieces in place for the lineup, now the story is well on a roll and it doesn’t stop. It’s hard to close up for sleep or work. Because Once again the story as escalated into a pager turner. The Annoying the pop up questions have idled down and no longer a kill joy. And all the players are in the playing field as we see them bouncing off each other, There is a good mix of bad guy, good guy along with a number of ones you’re not sure who’s side they are on. Not to mention you’ve just discovered a few of those from book 3 aren’t nearly as trustworthy as you had hoped. Which leaves you to further guessing of several of the others. And because there are several issues at hand, this is in no way a dragged out replay of cat and mouse antics.

Vol. 4 also starts to peel back some of the blinders on Royce and Hadrian. Their friendship is neither generic nor shallow. Both very capable characters that carry out strongly in scenes on their own, but you see the crutch they are to each other within the tale itself. While the saga leads them to split up from time to time the absence is both seen and felt in the characters but not the story’s writing. And there comes a fundamental sigh of relief when the two men are back on watch duty for each other. And a considerable amount of it is needed, as the worst good luck continues.

I read all of Vol 4 in one day and right away started up on Vol. 5. /which I also finished in a day/. In all honesty, while writing this out, I am halfway through Vol. 6 and while I can’t wait to see how it ends, I am a little sad that my journey is about to end. I was glad to have found two additions to the series both back story adventures that were mentioned through the ongoing heroics of Royce and Hadrian. And yes, I have purchased them and they are waiting for me to catch up.

So again I give this edition 5 Stars and it’s a highly recommended read, that’s well worth trudging through the first book.

BEST CATCH:

“I’m supposed to save you from getting killed.”

“Good job.”

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Publication Order

  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)

Chronological Order

  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis

 

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RISE OF EMPIRE also received the following ratings:

 

TWIST FACTOR ~  5 Action Thrills

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 5 Slight of hand plotting

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 4 on the Cloak & Daggers development

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Books & Cozy Spots Book Reviews ~ Arc Review for Electric Candle by Elizabeth Noble

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4 stars

Arc Review for Electric Candle by Elizabeth Noble

Reviewed by Terry

1618664_563693580405427_462940258001831409_nWhen a vampire finds his soul mate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight. Or is it?

Flint, Ohio Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for nearly two hundred years. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple but hard colonial days to the modern high tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapting with each new era, blending into each new life. The one constant is his best friend and lover, Declan.

Until Forge’s soul mate tumbles, literally, into his life.

Even though they’re not fated to be together forever, Forge and Declan are perfectly happy. Despite the pheromone attracting him to his soul mate, Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soul mate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is on the hunt for the serial killer who’s leaving a trail of bodies, and who witnesses can’t identify. But Forge better watch out. When his work collides with his love life, things really heat up.

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Electric Candle is the second book in The Sleepless City series and it can also be read as a standalone book.

Flint Ohio is where our story takes place. It is a nice town where human and supernatural people, vampires and werewolves, live together without a problem. Although, if you’re planning a vacation any time soon you may want to avoid Flint Ohio. There is a serial killer on the loose.

Spring time in Flint Ohio *sighs* love is in the air as well as the pollen. Both of these things are causing Jonas Forge a little discomfort. Jonas or Forge as his friends call him live in Boggs Castle along with Declan, Lucas, Simon, Ben and Boggs. Simon has recently found his soul mate Ben. With all the loving going on on their floor of the castle Forge is feeling a little tense.  It wouldn’t be so bad but his longtime friend with benefits Declan is out of town at the moment. Or could it be something else causing these feelings Forge is having?

The bodies are starting to pile up again. Forge, Detective and vampire, has seen this happen a few times in the past but this time he feels someone watching him and or his team. Working with another Detective Stewie and one of his roommates Lucas, coroner and werewolf, they can figure it out this time and stop the killings. There is also another member of this team, a researcher named Blair also known by his code name Alucard. Forge and his team have never met Blair/Alucard. They were supposed to meet a week ago but Blair never showed up and no one has heard from him since then.

Forge has a feeling he needs to find Blair but he isn’t sure which feelings are causing this. Is it personal or business?

I seem to start series with the second book a lot. *laughs* As I said this book can be read as a standalone. That is how good this story is but you may find yourself looking for the first book as well. The first book is Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell. The Sleepless City is a fun and hot series. I know we will be getting a third book. I also hope we get a few more books for this series from these talented authors.

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ELECTRIC CANDLE also recieved:

HEAT FACTOR ~ 2 Flames

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HEART FACTOR ~ 3 Loveys for friendship and the willingness to what will make the one you love happy, and a couple giggles

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Books & Cozy Spots Book Reviews ~ My Gay Vampire by J. C. Wells

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3.5 stars

ARC Review of “My Gay Vampire” by J. C. Wells

Review by Jaycee.

 

96741396362553In the mountains of Europe lies a hidden city filled with vampires living a dedicated, sexual lifestyle. Ryker, the clan leader, has never given heart and soul to another man, until he finds himself with a burning attraction to Judah, his irresistibly virile student. As much as Ryker struggles to deny the hot man-lust broiling inside, there’s something in the younger man’s touch too powerful to ignore.

Judah, a gay, newly turned vampire, needs Ryker’s love, but time is running out. As the clan leader teaches him to devote his life to the pursuit of the highest sexual pleasure, he grows determined to use his body to bring his mentor to his knees.

But there’s danger on the horizon as a possible revolt threatens the delicate balance of their hidden world of pleasure. Will Ryker and Judah learn that to love means to sacrifice everything? Even their very lives?

Make sure to turn the page after the end to catch a short excerpt from JC’s new series, The Novek Masters–Kort

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This is a great, quick little read, and well executed as short stories go.   I liked the premise a lot, the characters all caught my interest, and some also my sympathies/heart/mind as is crucial to me that characters do.   Novellas often leave me cold as the art of the short is a difficult one, and I like a fully realized story.   This is fleshed out, engaging and OMG that ending!    This is a wonderful little quickie by the pool or on the dock on a sunny afternoon, with a couple of glasses of a saucy little white wine, and “My Gay Vampire”.    Oh, and have tissues…

Now, here is what I would love to see J. C. Wells do with this story sometime in the not-too-distant future, because it so grabbed me as a story with possibilities far deeper than a short can go:  I personally would love to see this developed into a novel length offering.    I would love to hear more about the times and the setting and the circumstances of Judah’s and Pippen’s turning.   I could be enthralled by going deeper into the culture and the politics of Ryker’s vampire world, and that of the Corbin Clan specifically.

Ryker is a character with an embarrassment of riches that beg to be further explored.    Antonia could be one bad-a$$ villain, and because I like my vampires and their world to be unapologetically vampire, her demise could be glorious!     Ryker and Judah had a love story that could/should be epic, and Cain…well Cain is crying our for more than that quick glimpse, that almost ethereal touch we got…

Don’t get me wrong, this is an engaging novella.   I’m just a reader with an insatiable greed for more of a good thing!

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MY GAY VAMPIRE also  received:

HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames

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STING FACTOR ~ 1 Paddle

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TISSUE FACTOR ~ 1 Box on the ready

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