Damned is a captivating romantic fantasy novel written by Charlene Johnson. Follow along as Desiree Black, a soul-stealing demon, hunts for a pure soul before her time is up in the demon world. As she searches a new realm for a pure soul, she ends up finding something unexpected. Love. Forbidden from love, she is in disbelief that she feels love for an angel named Rayven Stone. Rayven, a warrior angel, can hardly contain his feelings for this beautiful red-headed demon. As they go from the new realm back to the present day, they explore their love, and Rayven knows he would do anything for Desiree.
Author Charlene Johnson did a fantastic job of bringing this spellbinding book to life! The beginning is full of information, which readers will find helpful to understand the setup for the intriguing plot. Readers will be drawn into this world and will be able to visualize everything from the beginning because of the authors comprehensive style of writing.
This riveting novel has romance, fantasy, and a bit of erotica. While some of the terminology used to describe the sex scenes were incredible, the mood of the book overall remains consistently alluring. This is a seductive paranormal story that sets up a captivating entanglement between two supernatural beings that is just as provocative as it is entertaining.
Damned by Charlene Johnson is a fast-paced paranormal romance novel with an exciting twist on the demon vs. angel dynamic. This stimulating supernatural love story will appeal to readers that enjoy romance, paranormal fiction, fantasy and adventure. This is a great start to what is sure to be an enthralling new series.
Pages: 284 | ASIN: B09FKLH1RK
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Rhyker’s Key, Orion’s Order: Book Two by M.C. Solaris follows Calypso’s Heart, which delves into a new direction with Rhyker and Keena. As the story pivots from Caly and the strong character development in the story, Rhyker becomes the focus of attention. He plans his next quest: to seduce and win over the love of his healer, Keena, despite her resistance and solid position as his friend. While she cares for him deeply, she’s aware of his attraction and eventually learns how hard he will fight for her.
The story continues with a strong plot and a richer, more satisfying look at the characters and their quest together. While Rhyker initially appears to be the standard “alpha male” whose short-sighted focus, he quickly demonstrates a stronger, more in-depth personality to win over Keena. Their complex but romantic interaction progresses into an intense level of enjoyment.
In this book, the pace quickens, building brilliantly on the first book’s foundation, where readers are introduced to Caly, a recruit, into another world of unexpected adventures and experiences. Rhyker and Keena, along with the rest of the team, offer an entertaining and steamy story that will satisfy any reader’s taste for some hot twists and developments. The intense love between the couple grows, creating a dynamic story against the intense dramatic action and suspense throughout the book.
I found this read pleasant, fun, and easy to enjoy without putting the book down. M.C. Solaris keeps readers engaged while elevating the intensity of steamy action to a new height of pleasure. It is the ideal paranormal romance coupled with suspense, action, and a hint of comedy. Rhyker’s Key, Orion’s Order: Book Two by M.C. Solaris is a fast-paced paranormal romance story with an exciting plot and exceptional character development that makes this story hard to put down.
Pages: 702 | ASIN: B08MZJJRZM
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Scarlet Ambrosia by David Gittlin is a gritty and steamy vampire novel laced with an air of criminal mystery that follows Devon Furst as he meets the enigmatic Mathilde de Roche. Devon is a sleek businessman used to expensive taste and a successful routine. His connection with Mathilde occurs in the middle of several disappearances happening around downtown Miami, claiming the lives of many who look just like Devon.
While it seems that there is a mysterious threat on the Miami streets, Devon finds himself intimidated by the power that Mathilde herself holds. She seems to know more about him than he thought possible as they’ve only just met and spent time engaging in a casual relationship. But Mathilde has seen Devon for some time, and kept her sights trained on getting him. He’s suspicious of her allure and her cunning words, until he finally learns her devious secret: Mathilde is a vampire.
I enjoyed this new take on the typical vampire genre. The story itself was seductive and pulled me in, with Mathilde being such an enigmatic character. I liked the fact that the female character in this story had power in creating other vampires around her, while trying to escape the hold of her cruel companion. Her relationship with Devon was steamy and exciting and gave us an opportunity to learn about this vampire realm with unique clarity. As a reader, we got to discover so much about the world just through Devon’s growth as a new vampire, the villains he met, and the hardships the people around him went through under vampire influence.
While I enjoyed the story, I felt that it was a bit rushed at the beginning, pulling us right into the world of Mathilde with little information about Devon. I would have liked to see a regular day in his life before he met Mathilde to give more context to what his life was like. However, I thought that once the story kicked into Devon’s life as a vampire and the loss he faced through this change, the fast pace helped keep the story exciting and lively.
If you want to read something fast-paced, intense, and dark, Scarlet Ambrosia is an amazing novel for you. The vampire underworld explored in this story is alluring and sexy and will draw in any reader. This book is perfect for someone looking for their next exciting read.
Pages: 355 | ASIN: B00PBCA0HU
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The Guardian follows Lilliana into the outside world where she must fight for justice to protect her loved ones. What was the inspiration for the setup to the trilogy finale?
The inspiration for the set up of the finale, was simply to create an explosive read! I wanted the readers of The Given Trilogy, to sit back, after that last page had been turned, and process the entire journey they had just taken.
Did you plan Lilliana’s character arc through the series, or did it develop in unexpected organic ways as you wrote?
My writing is organic, and my characters development throughout, is the same. Lilliana told me where she wanted to go, and I showed her how to get there. It was exciting seeing where the entire Trilogy went, and how the characters arrived at their final destination. I truly had too much fun writing these novels…and at one stage, sat throughout a nineteen hour writing stint, because I could not stop. That is joy.
What has been the most surprising reader reaction to your series so far?
A Ninety year old tell me… “That was the most exciting, thrilling trilogy I have ever read,” – Thank you Liz Hicklin. Xx)
A seventy year old tell me… “I almost reached for the Valium reading your Trilogy,” – Thank you Patricia Lovell. Xx)
A 40 year old tell me… “Best Trilogy I have ever read,” – Thank you Sally Taylor. Xx
Do you plan to continue this story in other novels, or are you working on something different?
The Given Trilogy’s characters were loved and celebrated by so many, and I have had some keen readers beg me to weave more of their adventures into additional novels. And, I love making my readers happy, so that is bound to happen down the track.
But, for the time being, I am working on the, Victoria Collection. A series of novels, set in my home state of Victoria, in the beautiful Land Down Under – Australia. In this collection I am celebrating some of my favourite towns.
Book one of the Victoria Collection is, Soul Keepers of Glenormiston South, and will be launching in November 2021.
This is my first attempt at a paranormal romance which has ecological messages as I advocate for Mother Earth.
Book two is set in Noorat. Title: Obsidian Souls.
Book three is set in Inglewood. Title: A Chilling Summer in Inglewood.
Book Four is set in Frankston. Title: Sweet Water Creek.
So, lots of exciting projects ahead, as I get ready to launch an upcoming Anthology, titled, The Colours of Me, with Co-author, Kez Wickham St George.
This anthology includes eighteen women around our globe, and will bring the reader on a soul-fuelled journey that will leave a comforting mark on their heart. I’m proud to say, 100% of profits go to the ‘The Carers Foundation’ – Australia. More projects churn in my head every day, as I’m halfway through completing my Cert IV in Mental Health, and juggle a family and life during the Covid Pandemic. Wishing all peaceful days ahead, and in those times of stress – reach for a book. It always helps to escape amongst the pages of someone else’s journey. Xx Mickey
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If you believe humans are the only inhabitants committing crimes on Earth, think again. Case Four- Jason and I are outside Pittsburgh, where an eighteenth-century healer and bigfoot are haunting the land. Deep in the woods, we discover hallowed ground and darkness driving the locals to do the unthinkable. Confounded by the healer’s death while battling an asshole entity from another galaxy. Our only hope is when a friend offers her coveted broom. Can Jason and I, with a bit of sorcery, vanquish the darkness? But more importantly – at the risk of losing our lives- do we want to?
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The Immortal is a part of the Breedline series which follows protagonist Jena McCain as she discovers a hidden world full of magic and monsters that puts her in a situation where she must resist dark urges and accept the strange hidden world that becomes uncovered to survive.
Artist Jena McCain is attacked by an ancient creature that has been dormant underground for years. After the attack, she is afflicted by a disease that makes her crave human blood, and she has to resist the urges brought on by the disease for one hundred and one days. If not, she will transform into the monster that attacked her. In desperate need of help, her best friend, Angie, then introduces her to a world that is beyond anything that Jena expected. It is revealed that Angie can transform into a wolf and there are an entire species of supernatural creatures called Breedline.
Author Shana Congrove has created a standout novel in the saturated paranormal romance genre. The Immortal unique possess a unique and compelling lore that serves the plot well and ensures that drama is around ever corner. I enjoyed the alluring relationships between the characters, as it seems that everyone has secrets. Particularly, I loved the idea that friends, even our closest friends, keep these big secrets from us, and the friendship felt very genuine. Additionally, I like the resistance to just buy into all of these crazy circumstances that Jena is witnessing. In too many books, I’ve seen the main character accept the world for what it was and dived right into the journey. Jena’s reaction to it all gives the book feel more authentic and relatable.
The Immortal follows Jena on a race against time that keeps the story relentlessly moving forward ensuring the suspense is high and the desperation is palpable. This is a thrilling shifter romance novel that surprised me with its deep lore and methodical character development. This book will appeal to any fan of paranormal romance that wants to read an urban fantasy story that is grounded but still dramatic.
Pages: 359 | ASIN: B0863G5Z1V
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Larougo (The Uluru Legacy Series Book Two) by Anna J Walner is a suspenseful paranormal adult fiction book that continues the story of Amelia and Roan from Garkain, Book One of the series. After learning that Amelia is pregnant with triplets, she and Roan travel back to Australia from the United States for their joining ceremony. But there are many surprises waiting for them when they return home. The couple learns that they are expected to take on the role of leaders of a new Colony, combining the Colony of vampires currently led by Amelia’s grandfather with Roan’s pack of were-dingos. And Amelia’s mix of vampire and lycanthrope bloodlines mean that they don’t know quite what to expect during her pregnancy. With a group of hunters bent on exterminating all of them, will anyone survive?
Author Anna J Walner has created a unique story within a packed paranormal genre that will feel familiar but still creates its own imaginative world. I liked the setting of Australia for this paranormal series, and the unique aspect of were-dingos instead of the typical wolves, couple this with a deep level of intrigue baked into the story right from the beginning and you get what fans loved in book one, but taken to a new level. How Roan and Amelia navigate pack politics is riveting and will appeal to any reader who loves the drama that goes with intertwining desires among strong characters.
While I enjoyed the story line and the characters, I felt that there were a lot of descriptions in the book; there’s a scene about making online purchases and unpacking boxes, but once we’re pass this the pace of the novel really picks up.
Amelia is still an impassioned character with strong feeling about things and her reaction to the events around her elevates the melodrama whenever she’s in the scene to ensure things are always interesting. With a twist later on that really challenges her love, and who she loves more, readers are in for an emotional-rollercoaster.
Larougo is a thrilling paranormal romance novel that continues the riveting story from book one. If you have not read book one, Garkain, I highly suggest you do as the second book presses forward without summary. This is an emotionally charged shifter romance story that will leave you wanting more.
Pages: 227 | ASIN: B093LPV47C
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Awakened (Circle of the Red Scorpion Book Five) by Charlene Johnson is a paranormal romance about a half-vampire half-human warrior who has spent hundreds of years battling an evil vampire bent on torturing and imprisoning humans. Twice throughout the centuries Dominic Rinaldi believed Nicodemus Bartolome was dead, but now he has shown up again, when he attacks a human woman named Chantelle Mallory in San Francisco. But there is something different about Chantelle. As Dominic’s feelings for her grow, will she be able to accept learning the truth about what he is? And will Dominic be able to protect Chantelle from the evil stalking her?
I liked the variety of paranormal beings in this book, and how they worked together to stop magical creatures who harmed humans. I enjoyed reading the sections of the story that focused on the search for the voodoo priestess’s descendants and the romance developing between Dominic and Chantelle. Dominic’s sister, Carmella, was not a likable character when she was first introduced in the story, and I thought the author did a really good job of redeeming her in the end. Some of my favorite characters were the other members of the Circle of the Red Scorpion. I enjoyed the interactions between the team, especially Moses Thorne and Nick Savage, and I liked learning about their different paranormal abilities.
While I enjoyed this story for its emotional connection between characters, I felt that there was an abundance of backstory about various characters at the beginning of the book, along with some flashbacks throughout the story, that slowed the momentum of the book.
With that aside, author Charlene Johnson still tells a dramatic vampire romance story in this riveting fifth entry in her paranormal Circle of the Red Scorpion series. Awakened is a rousing supernatural love story with spellbinding lead characters and a story that will have readers hooked.
Pages: 289 | ASIN: B08H14WPR6
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