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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day – Seanan McGuire Review

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DayTitle: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Paranormal

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5

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Synopsis: When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately, Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.

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What I thought about the book: Loved this!!! Can Seanan McGuire do any wrong?! Her books are so good! I just wish there was more of this world to come. It was so interesting and had a fair amount of world-building despite its length and the fact that it’s standalone.

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My Rating: ★★★★★

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Buying Trouble – Karen Chance

5957496Title: Buying Trouble
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Dorina Basarab 0.5
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5
 
 
Synopsis: In Midnight’s Daughter, New York Times bestselling author Karen Chance took us to a new corner of Cassie Palmers world and introduced us to the lives of the mysterious vampires who rule the night. Now, read the eSpecial, Buying Trouble, the companion novella to Midnight’s Daughter, and learn why vampires aren’t the only creatures to fear.

Claire just wants to keep out of trouble. But that isn’t always easy when you’re a mage with the extremely unusual ability to block all magic around you. And when Claire’s sleazy boss decides Claire herself is the most valuable rarity to sell at a magical auction, trouble finds her. Now, her only hope for survival is to trust a mysterious and handsome stranger, a Fey Lord named Heidar. As their pursuers close in, there’s one thing for sure, saviour or threat, Heidar can show Claire things she never imagined in this world, and in herself. . .

 
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What I thought about the book: Loved it! I tend to gush over everything Chance writes to be fair but this was still awesome! Lots of action and fun. Great intro to Dorina’s world.
 
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My Rating:
5 paws

Geek Guys Anthology – Em Taylor

30620922Title: Geek Guys Anthology
 
Author: Em Taylor
 
Genre: Romance
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.67/5
 
 
Why I read this:
 
Synopsis:

An Anthology of three hot Geek Guy Romances by Em Taylor

Bounty
When Gemma Scott’s shuttle crash lands on Alcatraz prison planet, she’s sure of one thing: if the impact doesn’t kill her, the inmates will. She wakes up in the hut of a convicted terrorist and wonders how long it will be until the handsome but dangerous man discovers she was the one who arrested him two years earlier. As their attraction grows, they work together to help Gemma escape the dangerous planet. But they can’t deny the sparks that fly between them.

Fan Girl and the Geek
Rhett Williams, the hunky captain on the TV show Starship Einstein, is coming to a convention in the UK, and Shona Ross is determined to meet him. Having spent years dreaming about the handsome actor, she nurtures dreams of becoming more than just a fan. When Rhett does not live up to expectations and leaves Shona despondent, Daniel Adams, the geeky kid from the show, befriends her. Only he’s no longer a geeky kid. In fact, her attraction to him is almost interplanetary. Can Shona get over her infatuation, forget about Daniel’s weak role, and see the man for what he is now?

The Little Sex Shop Around the Corner
All Cassidy Moore wanted to do was support her little lingerie boutique by selling a few sex toys to boost her profits. But the local Tory Member of Parliament is gunning for her and the Small Business Association don’t approve either. Everyone appears to be against her. That is until she meets the new comic books store owner. Handsome, rich and kinda geek chic, Gavin Wallace seems to have it going on, and he tells her he’s on her side. They really hit it off.

Of course, when Gavin has to tell Cassidy that John Wallace, the local Member of Parliament is his dad, it seems she begins to wonder whose side he’s really on. With passion an irresistible force drawing them ever closer, will his posh upbringing continue to be an issue. Can he help the two people he cares about find common ground? Can Cassidy learn to trust Gavin with her business, her heart and her body? Their shops may be just around the corner but their backgrounds are miles apart.

Three intelligent guys, three great stories. Whose arms will you choose?

This book contains adult themes.

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What I thought about the book:
Great collection. There’s not enough stories with geeks.
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Favourite Story: The Little Sex Shop Around the Corner
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4

Father Mine – J.R. Ward

7870750Title: Father Mine
 
Author: J.R. Ward
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: The Blackdagger Brotherhood #6.5
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
 
 
Why I read this:
 
Synopsis:

Readers met and fell in love with Zsadist and Bella in J. R. Ward’s third New York Times bestselling novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Awakened.

As a former blood slave, Zsadist bore the scars from a past filled with suffering and degradation until Bella came along and helped heal his emotional wounds. Now, though, with the birth of their child, the demons of his past have been resurrected, called forth by the innocent eyes of his beloved daughter, Nalla. Unless Bella and Nalla can bring him back with their love, he may be lost to them forever.

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What I thought about the book:
I loved this! It’s such a sweet story, my heart breaks for Zsadist.
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Favourite Character: Zsadist
 
My Rating:
5 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 3

Kit Marlowe Shorts – Karen Chance

Title: The Gauntlet and The Queens Witch
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Historical / Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Cassie Palmer #0.5 & #0.6
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5
 
 
Why I read this: I’m a Chance fangirl
 
Synopsis:
Both stories follow Kit and a witch (whose name I’ve forgotten) soon after Marlowe’s transition into vampdom.
 
What I thought about the book:
These were great, I love Kit! These stories show more sides to him than we get to see in the Dory and Cassie books. He is a baby vamp in these stories, though, which makes me wonder about all the things that may have happened to him since this time to make who he is now. I would love to read a story where Cassie travels back to meet a young Kit.
 
Favourite Character: Kit
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 1