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Early Review: His Dark Magic by Pat Esden

Posted on Dec 15, 2018 with No comments

Dec 15, 2018

Its power is legendary. It can fulfill every impossible magical desire. 

But for one young witch seeking redemption, 

the Northern Circle coven will challenge her skills—and her heart—beyond measure.

One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential magic family. As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits. 

Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle’s high priestess awaken Merlin himself—and learn his timeless cures. But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to doubt the Circle's real motives, as well as Devlin’s . . .

Now Merlin's demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin's uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must risk her untried power against a force she can't defeat—and a passion that could destroy her.



His Dark Magic was a bit innocuous.  Esden did at times capture me in this dark magical world.  Yet, the first half of the book felt muted, but then had my full attention as it came to an end.  This book has all the right vibes.  There's a sense of concealment bathed in magic that adds to the overall feel of the story. I felt the story had many great moments that were never followed up and fell flat.  This is the first story in the series which can give issue to the overall impression when creating new worlds.  Chloe and Devlin have potential as well as the story.  I would consider reading more in the Northern Circle Coven.

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Publisher: Kensington 
Pub Date: Dec. 11, 2018

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Early Review: The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake

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First love is always the sweetest.

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the 
Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.

Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love?


The Duke I Once Knew is a very interesting read. It's a historical romance filled with pain from the past, intermingled with the attraction of the present. Abby and Max are a curious couple. Their story is riddled with their banter, humorous at times. Drake does a splendid job of bringing these two characters to life. I feel they finally became a pair but I connected much more with Max than I did with Abby. At times I felt as if something was missing from the story. I'm not quite sure if it was the lack of potential given to Abby's character or the lack of a true ending. I hope to read more in this series. 

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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: Dec. 31, 2018

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Early Review: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 with 1 comment

Dec 14, 2018

A delicious new heart-pounding romantic adventure from USA Today bestseller Amanda Bouchet!

Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like thieves are desperate and on the run. Pursued by a vicious military general who wants them dead or alive, Tess has to decide if she can trust Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations.

Shade Ganavan had oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something that made me want to kick him in the nuts.

What Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other—while ignoring their off-the-charts chemistry.


Wow! What a great new series! I can’t wait for the next book! I love a good space odyssey, the options are endless.Tess and Shade are perfectly matched. Bouchet delivers in a big way! I'm packed and waiting for the next mission into space with Bouchet. A must read!

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Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pub Date: Jan. 2019

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