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Fantasy Romance Review: The Shadow & The Sun by Monica Enderle Pierce

The Shadow & The Sun by Monica Enderle Pierce (Militess & Mage #1)


Egalley thanks to Stalking Fiction

Synopsis from Goodreads
Among the living or the dead, he’s never needed anything from anyone.

Shadow Mage Gethen is a powerful necromancer, keeper of the border between the living and the dead, and brother to the king of Besera. But with his dark powers failing and a vengeful entity attacking, Gethen should be happy when a formidable lady knight appears at his gates. He’s not. The price for her aid is steep—his allegiance in a war against his brother.

In battle or in bed, she’s never met a man she considered her match.

Militess Halina is undaunted by the threat of war between her country and neighboring Besera. She earned her titles by shedding blood and breaking bones. She uses her body to reward soldiers who serve her loyally, and to punish those who don’t. And Halina’s never met a man she couldn’t command or crush.

Until now.

Passion and power unexpectedly ignite when a blizzard traps Halina at Gethen's citadel. With the evil entity’s onslaughts rapidly deteriorating Gethen’s sorcery, they have little time to understand their unexpected attraction. But could their passion be the key to defeating an ancient enemy that’s hell-bent on obliterating their world?


Amazon kindle US/UK

7/10

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I haven't read anything else by Monica Enderle Pierce yet, but I certainly will. This is a solid book. Good world-building, interesting characters, and it just ended when the plot found its footing which is why I gave it a lower rating than expected. It just needed a bit more pizzazz. *grins*

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Time Travel YA Audiobook Review: Future Shock by ELizabeth Briggs

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock #1)


audio copy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
What do you do when the future is too late, and the present is counting down to an inevitable moment?

Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits—Adam, Chris, Trent, and Zoe—Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. It’s an offer Elena can’t refuse.

But something goes wrong when the time travelers arrive in the future. And they are forced to break the only rule they were given—not to look into their own fates. Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future—and a murder—from happening. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life?

The first book in an unforgettable series about rewriting your destiny in the city of dreams.
 


Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository

8/10

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 Really good read/listen, ladies and gentlemen.

Elena has an eidetic memory, no job prospects because no one wants to hire young inexperienced Mexicans even to a sh*tty restaurant, and only two months before she is forced to the streets from her foster home.  And all she wants is a decent future. A university degree, a job as a social worker, that sort of thing... Then comes an offer she can't refuse - a ridiculous amount of money for one day of work in a confidential, super secret project in a powerful corporation.

Historical Romance Review: Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan

Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan (The Worth Saga #1.5)


Egalley thanks to Victory Editing

Synopsis from Goodreads
Crash has never let the circumstances of his birth, or his lack of a last name, bother him. His associations may be unsavory, but money, friends, and infamy open far more interesting doors than respect ever could. His sole regret? Once lovely, sweet Daisy Whitlaw learned the truth about how he made his fortune, she cut him off.

Daisy’s father is dead, her mother is in ill health, and her available funds have dwindled to a memory. When the local parish announces a Christmas charity bequest to help young people start a trade, it’s her last chance. So what if the grants are intended for men? If she’s good enough, she might bluff her way into a future.

When Crash offers to show her how to swagger with confidence, she knows he is up to no good. But with her life in the balance, she’s desperate enough to risk the one thing she hasn’t yet lost: her heart.


Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

8/10

 Impossibly cute and totally adorable! I love how very unconventional Milan historical romances are. Here the main heroes are both working class, they are young, very hard-working, both rising above desperate circumstances in a unique way. 

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