Soothsayer by Cari Z. (5 Stars)

One soothsayer’s journey to save the love of his life.

Cillian Kelly wants to live a simple life, but it seems that he’s always finding himself in trouble. Cillian is kidnapped by a cruel thug and his team, and he is only able to escape after he seduces one of the guards, Sören. Unfortunately, Sören appears to lose his life in the process. When Cillian discovers that Sören is still alive and in trouble, he knows he must do everything in his power to rescue him. But Sören is no longer just Sören, and instead his body is being shared with an alien spirit. Working with the alien to truly save Sören was going to be a huge test of Cillian’s patience.

Learning the full backstory of Cillian was like putting together a puzzle. The edges came together quickly, but the deeper you get to the center, the more fascinating and satisfying the story became. The relationship between Cillian and Sören isn’t really shown on page, but instead is reflected in the actions of Cillian who is clearly ready to die to save Sören.

The best part of this story is Cillian’s character. Cillian’s voice was fascinating and light-hearted. Cillian’s ability to see somebody’s fate by looking in their eyes created many interesting points in the story. Although there were some dark spots, listening to Cillian tell them kept the violence to a minimum. Other key characters, including Marisol, his adopted Mom, and a reporter, Andre, kept the story flowing.

Like so many of this author’s other books, this story isn’t a strong romance, but it has rich characters and an interesting plot. What drives Cillian, in every action, is his overpowering love for Sören, which was romantic enough for me. I always enjoy the new worlds she builds, and I always look forward to her next story in either a series or a stand-alone.

Strong, deep love can conquer fate.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Red River (Pack #2) by Cardeno C. (5 Stars)

Wesley Stone is done waiting to become Alpha for the Purple Sky pack. Although a bit gruff, Wesley cares more about the pack than anything else in his life. If necessary, he’ll force his uncle to battle for the position. The strange scar on his abdomen shouldn’t be enough of a reason for the pack to dismiss him.  Once he finally confronts his uncle, he’s dealt the final blow. He’s being sent away to become the Alpha of the Red River pack. As if that’s not bad enough, he also has to mate with the Jobe Root, the wolf that’s next in line at Red River.

Fortunately, Jobe knows that Wesley is his mate. Jobe is one of the most easy-going people Wesley’s ever met. Jobe must patiently wait until Wesley realizes that they were truly meant for each other. Together, as they connect the pack back to nature, they will make the Red River pack as strong as it’s ever been. Watching these two beautiful characters fall in love and develop a happy, fulfilling life together was very touching.


Originally reviewed for Swept Away By Romance. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Dangerous Territory by Cari Z. (4 Stars)

A futuristic western mixed in with shifters makes for an exciting story.

Carter Bly just buried his father, and now he’s on the verge of losing everything he owns due to his sister’s bad choice of a husband. He needs to get his cattle to town and get top dollar before his brother-in-law beats him to it. If he’s not successful, he won’t make enough money to keep his home. He’ll need help to do it, and he gets it from the shifter community. Rani is the son of the new chief of the local shifter tribe. He’s trying to prove that he can eventually lead his tribe by helping Carter in return for some cattle. The two form a tentative friendship until trouble strikes.

The story takes place in the future when the world is filled with shifter communities, and a very unstable relationship exists between most shifters and full humans. Although it wasn’t heavy in the romance department, it was an interesting and unique tale. I really enjoyed the well-written action scenes. At one point, I felt like I was in the canyon with Carter and Rani fighting off snakes and floods. I liked both of the characters, although I wish I would have gotten to know Rani better. Based on how well he took care of Carter when he needed help, we knew he was a caring person. Carter was strong and passionate, and I was rooting for him to be successful.

The conversations between Carter and Rani were pretty adorable. I liked Keena and Gertrude, who worked on the ranch before Carter was born and acted as a second set of parents to Carter. They added a nice element to the story and gave Carter a stronger reason to go through the danger of traveling with his cattle.

A fun adventure with cowboys, shifters, love, and friendship.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Dragon’s Eye (Sumeria’s Sons #5) by Lexi Ander ( 5 Stars)

Hello lovers of major world-building! Keep your thinking caps on while reading this action-packed story in the continuing saga of Ushna, Tristan, and Brian.

There was so much happening in this story, in part because it’s longer than the other books, but also because it seems we’re getting closer to the end. The story started out a bit slow for me. The world and its characters, including friends, enemies, gods and goddesses, continued to be developed at a pace I simply couldn’t keep up with. Fortunately, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story itself, especially since it quickly picked up and focused on the main characters. The author is extremely talented in writing action scenes, and she had me on the edge of my seat several times.

Ushna was such a strong and beautiful person, and it was nice to finally be inside his head. His heart is broken, and he doesn’t even have time to grieve before he and his extended family and friends are under attack. Fortunately, he quickly learns what the reader already knew, that both Tristan and Brian are going to return to him. Watching the three of them reunite, and hearing all of their unique voices, was the heart of the story. Their undying love for each other was so precious, and while I liked each character, Tristan is still my favorite. He brings a sense of enjoyment to the story with his love of life and witty comments. Brian was kind and patient and fit in perfectly with Ushna and Tristan. The backstories of several of the friends were also brought to light to add an even deeper dimension. On top of all of this, you have dragons.

This series must be read in order due to the complexity of the world and relationships and the timeline the story follows. This is the fifth story in the series and there is at least one more listed on the author’s website. Although the overall arc with the gods and the enemies hasn’t been fully resolved, the story felt like it had more closure with the characters.

The love between Tristan, Ushna, and Brian is powerful and engaging, and it might just be enough to conquer their enemies.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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