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Tested by Magic: A Baine Chronicles Novella (The Baine Chronicles Book 0)
Tested by Magic: A Baine Chronicles Novella (The Baine Chronicles Book 0)
Price: £2.46

4.0 out of 5 stars “Baine Chronicles” novella (book 0 in series), 13 May 2017
“Tested By Magic” is a great companion novella to this series; featuring an 18 year old Sunaya as a rookie Enforcer. She meets several key characters for the first time (her friends Annia and Comenius) and just days on the job, she partners up with Annia to find a missing girl.

This short story offers some interesting insights into Sunaya’s formative years; her time with Roanas and glimpses of her life when she was first disowned by her panther shifter family. Despite its brevity, there is still a good dose of action as Sunaya forms tentative bonds with those we know will later become important to her.

Jameson (Darkness #9)
Jameson (Darkness #9)
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars “Darkness” series book 9, 13 May 2017
It’s been quite a while since I read book 8 “Charles” but quickly dived straight back into this author’s secret supernatural world of shapeshifters and magic. Jameson is the latest hero to find his mate; a woman who just happens to be the new beta of the local shape shifter pack. Addison (Addy) proves to be a powerhouse; a tough lioness who has quickly worked her way up the chain of command in her pack and is clearly alpha material. Jameson may be taciturn and known for his hatred of shifters, whilst Addy may have some serious anger management issues, but together they can survive not just another shifter breeding programme plot, but also a Christmas party full of nosey friends and hyperactive kids.

There is humour and action, but this is a short read with a very rushed romance as Jameson and Addy quickly become intimate and establish a permanent bond. There isn’t that much time devoted to the first part of the plot; humans hunting shapeshifters. Instead the action quickly moves into the bedroom, and then to the Christmas party, before Jameson and Addy romp some more. Rushed; with more emphasis on the bedroom action, this book still has a good level of humour and features plenty of couples who have taken lead roles in earlier books. I just wish there had been a bit more to the first part of the story line.

Intimuse Women's Pergia Dress, Multicoloured (Camouflage Bedruckt 111), 40
Intimuse Women's Pergia Dress, Multicoloured (Camouflage Bedruckt 111), 40
Price: £27.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An attention grabbing camouflage dress, 13 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length wise, I’m 157cm/5’2” and the dress ended just below my knees. It has a fantastic fit; a fitted bodice with cute little cap sleeves, clinched at the waist and with a slight flare to the skirt, this dress is a really flattering shape. This is a size 40; which is the equivalent of a size 12. I’m a size 10/12 and this dress is very fitted, even when taking into account the good level of elasticity in the material.

The material itself is a little odd. It has a mesh type appearance, and as the lining is very thin, there is still some transparency to the material. In the product page picture the camouflage design appears somewhat subdued, but in reality it is so ridiculously bold that it borders on garish costume. This dress is something either a teenager could wear or something I would wear to a military themed party, but not something I would seriously wear considering my age. Overall the fit is fantastic, but the camouflage pattern is far too bold and the material a little odd. This dress would definitely have received 4 stars if I’d got a plain or differently patterned version.

There is stretch to the material, but approx. dimensions when unworn are:
Length from neck to hem 84cm
Width underarm 40cm
Waist 36cm

Soul-Mate: Volume 1 (The Immortal Love Series)
Soul-Mate: Volume 1 (The Immortal Love Series)
by Anna Santos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.56

3.0 out of 5 stars "Immortal Love" series book 1, 7 May 2017
I wanted to like this book far more than I did. With a tough leading lady who hunts vampires in her quest for vengeance following the murder of her parents and an alpha werewolf who knows she is his mate, I was expecting a heated, action packed romance. There is heat, action and romance, so what went wrong. Quite frankly I didn’t like some of the important characters and thought them quite stereotypical (in particular vampire princess Sasha) plus I thought leading lovers Annabel and Shane acted hypocritically throughout much of their relationship; hiding secrets from each other and then moaning that they can’t trust each other. I found their dialogue stilted and immature at times. Such lines as ‘he was so gorgeous and handsome that I couldn’t stay mad at him’ feature repetitively and the amount of times either Anna or Shane is described as ‘sulking’ had me rolling my eyes and thinking about having a sulk myself.

Annabel has a character change when she meets Shane; her plans to protect her brother and destroy the vampire that killed her parents easy to disregard when Shane is giving her ‘his puppy dog eyes’. In addition Anna works for an organisation that hunts vampires. She actively hunts vampires herself and I couldn’t understand why this wasn’t seen as an issue and is in fact dismissed when she starts meeting other vampires Shane is friends with. I did like the level of action plus the romance does become very hot. I also liked Anna’s BFF Jessica. Perhaps I’ll give book 2 “The Witch and the Vampire King” a go as she takes a lead role but I’m as yet undecided.

Gallinée Hydrating Face Cream 30 ml
Gallinée Hydrating Face Cream 30 ml
Price: £34.90

3.0 out of 5 stars A good, hydrating cream if you can get past the price and smell, 7 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The packaging amused and perplexed me with its random statements blazed across the box. ‘You are 50% bacteria – care for them at gallinee.com’. Eh? ‘Our cream is fragrance free’ followed immediately by ‘the faint smell of brown sugar is due to the high concentration of active ingredients’. I know that fragrance free doesn’t necessarily mean odourless, but at first glance I think these 2 statements seem to contradict each other. I should also add there is nothing faint about the smell of this cream – it is a very pungent burnt (not brown) sugar smell that just falls short of becoming overpoweringly unpleasant.

This cream is advertised as ‘highly concentrated, a little goes a long way’ and this does prove to be the case. Although I thought the cream had a thin consistency it was easily absorbed into the skin. I do have sensitive, dry skin that requires a good level of moisturiser; particularly throughout the night, and this cream did keep my skin well hydrated without any reaction. That said though, the price isn’t great – there are plenty of other good hydrating moisturisers available at a far cheaper cost, plus they don’t smell of burnt sugar. This product therefore warrants an average rating.

Mister Moneybags
Mister Moneybags
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and entertaining, 4 May 2017
This review is from: Mister Moneybags (Kindle Edition)
VK and PW are a team that work extremely well together; producing funny, poignant, modern love stories. Their crazy minds create crazy romances; only in their special universe could a perfect romance include an interview for the Financial Times, the ad hoc creation of a pseudo-identity, whittling a goat, walking a grey hound and a variety of edible and non-edible balls. But it all starts when Bianca and Dexter end up stuck in a lift together and just click.

For plot reasons Bianca and Dex don’t become fully intimate for most of the book, but this is still a steamy romance. This book made me giggle, smile and keep my fingers crossed that the leading lovers could overcome the problems they face. “Mr. Moneybags” is yet another great escapist contemporary romance from these authors.

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark 17)
Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark 17)
by Kresley Cole
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars An “Immortals After Dark” novel, 30 April 2017
IAD is a well-established series (close to 20 books now) but it has yet to become jaded, boring or repetitive. Each new couple introduced and the trials and adventures they face before achieving their HEA always makes for a thoroughly entertaining read. And don’t even get me started on the dialogue; hot and romantic one moment, heart breaking the next before moving on to lip twitching banter not just between the leading lovers, but also the other characters they interact with.

In this book, poor Calliope (aka Lila an exiled Sylvan Fey princess) is nothing more than a bargaining chip as the re-incarnated mate of Abyssian Infernos; King of Pandemonium and all Hells and a member of the Møriør (a group of powerful warring individuals used to scare small children and continue to scare adults). Sian is unable to separate who Lila was and what she did to him in her previous life, whilst she is scared that he’ll discover her blood line and let his best friend kill her. Yet despite their secrets and hesitancy to give their heart to someone who could so easily hurt them, Sian and Lila are a perfect match.

This book is a fantastic addition to this series and one of my all-time favourites as love and romance blooms between Sian and Lila. It also doesn’t hurt if you have a magical castle that wants to see you end up together despite some initial resistance. Nix only makes a brief appearance, but she’s clearly scheming and after reading this book I would love for this author to match her up with (the yet to make an appearance) Orion; who seems equally as powerful. Am I on the right track KC?

Wings Of Hope: The Veil Series Prequel - A Muse Urban Fantasy
Wings Of Hope: The Veil Series Prequel - A Muse Urban Fantasy
Price: £1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A prequel novella to “The Veil” series, 29 April 2017
I really enjoyed book 1 of this series “Beyond the Veil” and was happy to discover a prequel was available. In book 1 Muse seems very human with a demonic side; yet in this novella she stays predominantly in her demon form and thinks her human side is weak and pathetic. In addition, she is a very different character; nothing more than the plaything of a sadistic master and easily cowed by the stronger demons that surround her.

For fans of this series, this is a real gap filler into the life Muse led before her freedom from captivity, how she meets Akil and how he gives her the skills to free herself. It’s absolutely heart-breaking how the fearless heroine introduced in book 1 is brought so low, and a testament to her strength of character that she survived and has managed to move past these experiences to live the life she wants. This dark urban fantasy series is a great find, and this prequel novella a wonderful addition that certainly enhances it. 4½ stars

The Azure Kingdom (The Iridescent Realm Book 1)
The Azure Kingdom (The Iridescent Realm Book 1)
Price: £2.69

3.0 out of 5 stars “The Iridescent Realm” series book 1, 29 April 2017
When Alison inherits a magical key that will open a door to another world, she grabs a bag and packs a change of clothes. Yep that’s how prepared she is when she jauntily passes through a dimensional portal into a shiny magical world that she has very little knowledge of. Luckily she immediately meets the man of her dreams and morphs into a swoony princess that needs rescuing from every situation she faces by her strong, wonderful new man; Prince Lucas Azure.

This book had all the elements that I normally enjoy but there were a few things that irked me. Alison’s attitude irritated me somewhat, and despite the fact she takes pains to not hurt Oliver; the man she was promised at birth to, I thought she still handled things badly, leaving him thinking he has some sort of chance with her. I also don’t like the idea that he’s so quickly matched up with Luke’s sister in book 2 “The Pine Forest” when he’s supposed to be so madly in love with Alison. How she managed to have 2 powerful men fighting over her is pure circumstance; she doesn’t actually do anything to warrant this sort of devotion from either. I also thought some of the additional characters were very poorly portrayed; particularly Alison’s father plus there are random statements made throughout the plot; such as Tali is considered the most powerful of the dragons without any further explanation as to why. This is a lukewarm start to this series that doesn’t urge me on to continue.

Dragon's Storm (Legion of Angels Book 4)
Dragon's Storm (Legion of Angels Book 4)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "Legion of Angels" series book 4, 29 April 2017
Wow, this is my favourite book yet in this fabulous urban fantasy romance series and an absolute page turner. Yet again Leda is in the centre of events when she and fellow trainees face the fourth trial in their journey to becoming angels; Dragon’s Storm, the ability to control the elements. Of course though with Leda around, chaos ensues. Yet again, she and her love interest Nero are battling to save the world but the enemies they face in this book are their deadliest yet.

The story itself is compelling; Leda continues to blossom amid the challenges she faces and proves ingenuity, sass and enough stubbornness can thwart even the most powerful of enemies. Leda takes fighting dirty to a comedy level, plus her verbal asides and quips always entertain and add a lightness to even the more violent scenes. In addition at long last things finally get very steamy between her and Nero and I look forward to how their relationship progresses. At this time I have no idea what the title of book 5 is, but it’s due for release soon and I’ll be quickly grabbing a copy.

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