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The Funny Business of Life: Mozart, Messiah and Murder (Sing with the Choir Book 2)
The Funny Business of Life: Mozart, Messiah and Murder (Sing with the Choir Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive read with sparkling prose. Highly recommended., 8 Nov. 2014
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This is a romantic comedy with many mysteries to divulge and a theme of love, loss and new life running through it.

Based at a boarding school specialising in classical music, the staff room gossip and interaction with students rang true to life – as did the concert scenes — as did the scenes at the "Shark & Fiddle" the local watering hole, where plots are hatched. The author's — and consequently, her characters' — passion for music adds an extra dimension to this sparkling story. An extremely readable novel with instantly engaging characters— and there are some marvellous characters here; among my many favourites was the no-nonsense Olivia, a young woman employed as a temporary secretary, who promptly took on the role of a modern day Flora Poste: Her observations on her somewhat wayward workmates were brutally funny.
A masterful combination of sadness and joy — at times tear jerking as characters revealed their past sorrows — but then along would come Dennis and Boris, not to mention a classroom of impish students, to lighten the mood.

I didn't want the story to end, yet compulsively read on! So if you're reading this review & are about to dive into "The Funny Business of Life", I'm envious – you're in for a fabulous treat!


Undone (The Guardians Book 1)
Undone (The Guardians Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing paranormal thriller, 31 Aug. 2014
Undone

Engrossing and fast paced, "Undone" is set firmly in the paranormal genre, with a strong thriller/crime element and love interests that actually add to the plot, rather than slowing it. The non-stop action starts when ex-con Nicky can't get a job, but is head hunted by the Guardians; a government funded undercover team whose mission is to stop supernatural beings, (The Outcasts,) from preying on humans – and each other.

The author's sparkling imagination conjures up new myths, while presenting werewolves, witches, fairies and physics in a totally different light. An excellent mix of characters, all of whom have motive and natural dialogue, interacting and developing relationships with each other.

The story is told from two points of view: First up is Nicky, who having accepted the Guardian's job offer (pay's dreadful, hours are long, but hey, what's a bad guy trying to go good gonna do?) finds himself in direct conflict with an immortal, Pablo, who is feared by humans and Outcasts alike.
Nicky is devastated to find his high-school sweetheart, Gable, now works as Pablo's right hand woman. He can't understand how this good girl has turned so bad, and tries to redeem her. But then a physic accidentally 'sees' Pablo's terrifying master plan, and Gable's given orders to kill both the physic and her young daughter.

The second point of view shows why ex-cheerleader Gable (Gabrielle,) decided working for Pablo was her only career choice. Her soul mate, Sacha simply disappeared from the face of the earth one day. As a werewolf, Sacha was outcast even from the Outcasts, even though he'd never hurt anyone, and locked himself away at full moon. Some of the Outcasts remain sympathetic and use their various powers to seek out Sacha, but without success. Gable is told to give up hope. But she can't.

At the lowest ebb of Gable's search, just when she finally decides everything's hopeless, Pablo befriends her and offers employment. Immortals intent on world domination can get lonely, and Pablo comes to look on Gable as a daughter; while Gable feels indebted to him, and although knowing what she's doing is wrong, tries to please her employer, who slowly raises the stakes.

When Pablo orders Gable to commit the ultimate crime, Nicky is determined to stop her, even if it means killing his first love.

"Undone" is a roller-coaster start to a new series that invokes the Harry Potter world for grown-ups. This debut adventure held one last surprise, although all the clues were there, providing a delightful 'of course!' feeling of satisfaction. However, the author leaves enough intrigue to continue this story arc, and I look forward to joining the Guardians on their next adventure. A skilfully written debut that will thrill lovers of paranormal and adventure, don't miss this one!


The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire, Book 3
The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire, Book 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whole lot of lovin' & a whole lot of action! Highly recommended., 13 Jun. 2014
In ancient Greek mythology, the goddess Persephone divided her time between two worlds. In A K Michaels' exciting series, this Persephone is treated like a goddess by two powerful and extremely sexy supernatural beings: Gabriel a werewolf, and Josef, a Vampire. Like me, you might be thinking some girls have all the luck. But Peri has scars, both physical and mental, as a result of her father's abuse. Like Peri, her father was a witch. Unlike Peri, her father mis-used his powers to create an atmosphere of fear and demanded total obedience from his followers.

As Book #3 in the series, I'd advise reading Book #1 & #2 first, but this isn't purely necessary, as back story is filled in quickly, without slowing down the action. And there is a lot of action. A clan lead by a powerful Witch is determined to capture Peri, her two equally powerful mates are determined to keep her safe, and equally determined to keep her happy in the bedroom.
Though for most of us, threesomes will remain an occasional naughty fantasy, for Peri, mating with a wolf and a vampire is natural, and the author blends some hot steamy scenes seamlessly into this exciting non-stop adventure.
Miss Michaels has created a vulnerable, endearing heroine in Peri, allowing readers to share her total enjoyment of life. The relationship between the cheeky wolf and the sophisticated vampire is a joy. All three characters clearly care deeply for each other, and by the end of this book, I'd come to care deeply for them. In particular, Miss Michaels has created a vulnerable, endearing heroine in Peri, allowing readers to share her total enjoyment of life. Highly recommended.


The Lost Centurion (The Immortals Book 1)
The Lost Centurion (The Immortals Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling & Imaginative - love this!, 29 May 2014
I fell in love – with Marcus and with Rome, both ancient and modern. Rome really is the eternal city and the author's descriptions are so vivid, you'll believe you're walking these ancient streets and marvlling at Rome's beauty. More than this though, "The Lost Centurion" is a timeless love story. As an Immortal, Marcus is charged with protecting the human race from demonic forces, including vampires – which suits him just fine, as a vampire killed his wife, and he is determined to avenge her. Then he meets Diana… who's about to become an vampire, courtesy of a last ditch attempt by her protector to save her life. However, her protector is now dead, and somehow, Diana becomes Marcus's responsibility. So begins an imaginative and exciting adventure, that absolutely enthralled me. "The Lost Centurion" is a fabulous introduction to a great new series, and I can't wait to catch up with Monica La Porta's next Immortal.


Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Council of the Hunters
Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Council of the Hunters

5.0 out of 5 stars imaginative urban fantasy, 24 May 2014
Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunter's third outing. This is a great premise, namely that monsters exist in other dimensions, and can access our world through magical portals, added and abetted by evil magicians/witches who already inhabit our world. Charlie and his gang are still in training, but they've already faced some formidable foes. The Monster Hunters' loyalty to each other, and Charlie's own strength of character is tested in this latest adventure, especially when Charlie is tempted to use dark magic to save The Monster Hunters' mentor.

An imaginative urban fantasy, comparable to the Harry Potter series, except Charlie and his friends each have a special supernatural talent, and when they're not hunting monsters, have to cope with a normal school life. I especially enjoyed the weaving of old legends into this very modern adventure, which is deliciously dark enough to please older readers, yet remains family friendly.


The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire, Book 2, (A Paranormal Romance)
The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire, Book 2, (A Paranormal Romance)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous follow-up to Book 1 - thrilling read!, 1 May 2014
As with book 1, the action and pace are non-stop. Peri, the witch, gets to mate with both her wolf and vampire – while learning to control her awesome magical powers and taking her place among the leaders of the supernatural world. As before the sex scenes are hot and spicy and central to the story line. The descriptions of Vegas are so vivid, you'll believe you're there and after reading this book, you'll definitely believe in Witches, Wolves and Vampires! Another winner from A K Michaels, who is fast becoming one of my favourite hot paranormal romance authors.


The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy Book 1)
The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun fantasy adventure, 28 April 2014
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A few pages into this charming story, I became very comfortable with the author's style of writing, and found both the story and the author's natural voice to be intriguing. Original characters drive an interesting plot forwards and it's easy to understand why "The Dragon Sisters" has topped Amazon's German charts and attracted an average of 4.6 stars from 60 reviews. An enjoyable escapism adventure, and I look forwards to more from Ms. Fox.


The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire, Book 1 (A Paranormal Romance)
The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire, Book 1 (A Paranormal Romance)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous roller coaster ride, 27 April 2014
The Witch, the Wolf and the Vampire breaths new life into paranormal romance. The characters may be supernatural, but they're entirely believable, and interact cleverly with the 'real' world - where by the way, monsters also exist.

Author A K Michaels hurls readers straight into the action, and it's arms up, eyes wide open for a fabulous roller coaster ride. I thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative writing that drove an intriguing plot forwards at break neck pace. Gabriel is every inch an Alpha Wolf, apart from being best buddies with the sophisticated Vampire, Josef. Peri's a battler, and she's just found not one, but two knights in shining Armour, both determined to keep her safe ... and satisfied. It's a great read - download a sample & you'll be hooked!


Marie's Journey (The Ginecean Chronicles Book 2)
Marie's Journey (The Ginecean Chronicles Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful return to Ginecea, 4 Mar. 2014
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Monica La Porta has created a very believable world, one in which men are not only inferior, but scorned. On Ginecea, they're not even needed to create children - at least not according to the government. Children who are naturally conceived are considered 'inferior' and destined for a life of drudgery. Marie is one of these 'fathered' children. Throughout the story she grows, and rids herself of prejudice, so allowing herself to embrace freedom. Having read "The Priest", I was again struck by the author's gentle message told in beautiful prose: To accept and respect the differences between people is to become truly "humankind". Entertaining and thought provoking, a story to savour.


Too Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)
Too Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy mystery!, 29 Jan. 2014
A diamond of a book, multi faceted and sparkling with wit. The author excels in expressive dialogue and in painting images with words.

In this introduction to the Fina Fitzgibbons' series, there is a race to find a missing child, a subject certain to raise tension in readers' minds. Told mainly from the pov of Fina, a rookie Private Investigator blessed with great insight, so readers also glimpse the emotions and some of the background of even cameo appearance characters. This is done so skilfully that the action never slows for a moment.
Occasionally, the story switches from first person pov to the kidnapper's third person point of view. A picture emerges of a young man who has extreme difficulties relating to the world. In fact, his own mind is that of a child's, but his strength is almost super human, a dangerous combination. There are strong hints that this man has killed people whom he loved, simply because they upset him, or 'let him down'. His muddled thinking leads him to kill again and again, in order to 'protect' the child he has kidnapped, and tension skyrockets – you have to keep reading: I found it impossible to put this book down. Even when my e-reader stated '100% finished', I tried to turn the page, hoping for news of the author's next title.

A classy mystery, well written, with characters you come to care about, a fantastic sense of setting, and fresh turns of phrases that resonated. If I had to sum this book up in three words they would be 'entertaining, lively, thriller.'


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