Happy World Lion Day!

It seems every day of the year is dedicated to commemorating some unique, quirky or bizarre event – whether that’s officially going caroling, talking like a pirate or being Ed Balls – and today just happens to be World Lion Day. Founded by the Big Cat Rescue organisation, it aims to pay tribute to the beautiful and majestic lion while raising awareness of the threats posed by poachers, disease and everything else that has led to them being placed on the endangered species list.

As you might know from reading my books, the Lionhearts MM shifter romance series in particular, I adore lions (and pretty much all big cats), so to mark World Lion Day, here’s a couple of gorgeous shots of the animals for you:

Photo by Iva Villi from FreeImages

Photo by Marcos Roberto Silva from FreeImages

The Lionhearts series is available as two box sets from the First For Romance bookstore – find out more about Part One and Part Two here. And keep loving those lions!

Book Review: Far Away by Bryan T Clark

One unforgettable summer, nerdy student Noah finds his stay at his grandmother’s home in New Hampshire enlivened beyond his wildest dreams by the presence of the handyman’s nephew, Spiro. The handsome young Greek is Noah’s opposite in just about every way, but they make an almost instant connection.

Twelve years later, unable to get his first love out of his head and tired of all his romances failing, Noah makes the impulsive decision to fly out to the tiny Greek island of Lemnos in the hope of finding Spiro. But is he heading on a wild goose chase, and what will happen if he and Spiro finally meet again after all this time.

Far Away is an interesting romance that plays with the always seductive idea of ‘the one who got away’, and the thought that when you do find closure in an unfinished relationship it will end with a Happily Ever After. The Greek island setting is nicely described, making you feel you can almost feel the waves lapping at your feet and taste the stifado, and Spiros is more than just an exotic hunk, with heart and depth. Bryan T Clark ensures that things don’t go too smoothly or predictably for Noah, who’s an unusual character in that he suffers from IBS – not a condition that often rears its uncomfortable head in romance fiction. Noah is also a twin, and the death of his brother when they were both children informs many of Noah’s decisions, as well as those of his parents. There’s a moment or two in the book when the descriptions of Noah’s mother’s behaviour make you think she might become a study in the grief caused by losing a child, which would humanise her as a character. Instead, she’s simply presented as the standard homophobic bitch – a sadly recurring fate for too many female relatives in MM romance. But that quibble aside, Far Away has much to recommend it if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the seductive vibe of a holiday love affair.

Far Away is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK and you can find out more about Bryan T Clark and his books at his website.

I was given a copy of Far Away by Lori at Indigo Marketing and Design in return for an honest review. 

In A Mediaeval Mood

I’ve become a big fan of ambience – I mean the videos you find on YouTube and the tracks on Spotify designed to create a mood or a time and a place. Often, these are pure ‘white noise’ – everything from pounding rain to the sound of a washing machine churning, which many people find aid them in drifting off to sleep. But an increasing number of very talented people are creating – or recreating – soundtracks with any number of voices, sounds, or pieces of music woven together to whisk you off to somewhere less mundane than the room where you’re working or studying. Some of them are even based on books, for fans of the Harry Potter series or Tolkien’s epic fantasy doorstops. But you don’t have to look too hard to find one that could be the perfect accompaniment to the romance books in your TBR pile.

For instance, on a channel called Ambience of Yesteryear, I found this little beauty. To me, it really enhances the scene in my mediaeval romance, One Knight in Muiden, where the story’s heroine, Lady Swaneke, begins to grow increasingly attracted to the brooding and mysterious knight, Sir Alwin, as the characters eat together in the great hall of Muiden Castle. Take a listen and see what you think – and if you know of any other great ambient sounds I should be checking out why don’t you leave me a comment.

And if you haven’t yet read One Knight In Muiden, now’s a great time to pick up a copy, as all the Tirgearr books that aren’t perma-priced at 99p/99c are currently on sale for half price in the Smashwords summer sale.

You can find more details about both One Knight in Muiden and my City Nights book, One Night in Brussels, on my Tirgearr publishing page, and if you click on the graphic below you’ll be taken to the Smashwords site for One Knight in Muiden. Don’t forget to use the code SSW50 at checkout, and happy reading, whatever you choose as the background noise to accompany it!

Tamed In Tuscany – Available To Pre-order!

Dreaming of Italian sunshine but know you won’t be travelling any time soon? Well, I can offer you a dreamy Tuscan getaway, complete with a handsome dominant who knows exactly what to do with ropes and the power of his command.

Tamed In Tuscany is part of the Totally Bound/Pride Publishing Rules of Summer collection, featuring steamy BDSM tales set in the hottest months of the year. It’s the story of Isabel, who is sent on a networking retreat by her boss, only to discover one of the other participants in this select event is her former master, Kelvin, who broke her heart when he ended their relationship and returned to New York. Emotions are stirred up, and when Kelvin wants to pick up where he left off, Isabel knows she should say no, but the thought of being under his instruction once more is too much to resist.

Here’s a short excerpt to whet your appetite:

Kelvin took a seat on the bed and reached out to grasp my hand. He pulled me down to sit next to him. “There’s an old Chinese legend which states there is an invisible red thread connecting those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. And though this thread may stretch or tangle, it will never break.” He stroked his thumb in gentle circles over my palm. “I believe we are joined by that thread, Isabel, and have been since the day we met.”

“It’s a lovely story, but I don’t believe in fate or destiny or whatever you want to call it.”

Kelvin laughed. “Well, it might be I am simply more superstitious than you. Blame my upbringing if you like. I’m sure you still have feelings for me, though, and I intend to prove it.”

“How?” Coming from anyone else, such a casually overconfident statement would have infuriated me. From Kelvin, it was a simple statement of fact, even though I didn’t want to admit it. Part of me yearned to turn my head to his and capture his soft, full lips in a kiss, to sink to my knees at his feet and beg him to master me again. But I’d given in to those yearnings before and it had left me bruised and broken when he’d walked away from our relationship.

“I would like a sign from you that you’re willing to submit to me again. That you feel the tug of the red thread between us, as I believe you do. At dinner tonight, I want you to excuse yourself from the table at exactly eight o’clock, go to the bathroom, remove your underwear, and bring it back to me.”

My eyes went wide and I opened my mouth to respond to his outrageous suggestion, but the words died on my lips. At the thought of carrying out his command, a pulse began to beat hard between my legs. However much I might object, this simple act of submission turned me on.

Kelvin held up a finger. “Don’t say yes or no right now. When eight o’clock comes around, I’ll have my answer. And I should leave you to change. I’ll see you for drinks on the terrace, okay?”

With that, he rose from the bed. Once he had left the room, I picked up my hairbrush and threw it at the door. How dare he stroll back into my life and want to pick up as if the past eight years hadn’t happened? How could he sweep aside all the hurt so easily? Yet there’d been a trace of sadness in his eyes when he’d talked about leaving me, a faint sign of the guilt and remorse I’d always longed for him to express. I’d never seen Kelvin Lim appear as exposed as he had in that moment.

If you want to find out more, Tamed In Tuscany is available to preorder now from https://www.firstforromance.com/book/tamed-in-tuscany. Buona lettura! (That’s happy reading in Italian…)

Book Review: Never Too Famous By Thom Collins

Harry Alexander and Grant Hunter have both made their names on reality shows, but while Grant is happy to milk his fame for all it’s worth, Harry is tiring of being famous for nothing more than having been on TV. When they bump into each other at a nightclub where Harry’s making a personal appearance, it’s obvious there’s a connection between them, but Harry really doesn’t like Grant’s co-stars on the show Sexy Northerners, and unfortunately where Grant goes the rest of his crew are never too far behind. Can the two men ever get together for long enough to act on their desires for each other, or are they destined to be celebrity ships that pass in the night?

Never Too Famous is a fun, hot novella that taps into our current obsession for reality TV and the outrageous micro-celebs these shows create. Harry is an ‘old school’ star, in that he became famous for actually doing a job – in this case, an engineer on a cruise ship – while Grant is from a show that, like Geordie Shore, Made In Chelsea and their ilk, simply features a cast of pretty young things fighting, shagging, and agonising about every last detail of their hook-ups. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Thom Collins has spent some time working in TV, because he really captures the vibe of the low-rent TV chat shows where characters like Grant and Harry would wring out the last drops of their fame, and he has plenty to say about the people who are willing to distort their looks with cosmetic surgery, release sex tapes, and generally do whatever desperate things it takes to stay in the public eye.

Harry and Grant are nicely contrasted as characters, with the older Harry initially appearing the more grounded one in relation to the brash, cocky Grant, but as the story progresses and Grant finds himself trying to help a friend who is getting sucked deeper into the seedy side of fame, it becomes obvious they’re really not too different after all. The attraction between them is a slow burn, but when they finally get together, the sex is steamy and the affection between them palpable.

My only quibble with the book is that for something produced by Pride Publishing, who have very high standards in everything from editing to cover design, there’s a noticeable number of mistakes in this copy of the text, though hopefully those have now been fixed.

If you’ve ever thought being a reality TV star might be fun, Never Too Famous might make you think again, and as this is the first book in a series – Success – all about men in the public eye, I can’t wait to see what comes

Never Too Famous is published by Pride Publishing and is available from First For Romance, Amazon US and Amazon UK. I was given a copy of the book by Lucy Felthouse at Writer Marketing Services in return for an honest review.

Feed Your Reader With City Nights/City Knights

Longing to travel but can’t go anywhere at the moment? Well, you can bring the hottest cities and adventures in the world to your e-reader courtesy of the Feed Your Reader blog tour and price promotion for Tirgearr’s City Nights and City Knights series. Set in cities as varied as Memphis and Manchester, Budapest and Barcelona, each one has a perfect mix of erotic romance and great storytelling that’ll have you hungry for more. All the titles are on offer for 99p/99c and among those available are my own romantic suspense tale, One Night In Brussels, and the historical adventure, One Knight In Muiden.

The blog tour is organised by Goddess Fish Promotions, and it runs until April 3rd. You can find a list of all the blogs taking part (and it’s a pretty long list!), by clicking on the image below.

If that’s not enough, Goddess Fish is also running a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card – that’ll buy you a lot of City Nights books! No purchase is necessary – to enter, simply visit the Feed Your Reader bargain books page on the Goddess Fish site. Good luck!

Book Review: Stay Lucky by Leta Blake

Heart surgeon Dr Grant Anderson and Leo Garner were a couple until handsome movie star Curtis Banks swept Leo off his feet. Six years later, Leo arrives unexpectedly back in Grant’s life, and it seems like fate has given the two of them a second chance at love. The prickly Grant even finds himself bonding with five-year-old Lucky, Leo’s adopted daughter. But Leo’s kidneys have failed, and the process of finding him a donor is proving harder than expected, especially as Leo’s system is already fragile from an earlier heart transplant. Grant can’t bear the prospect of losing Leo – what will he do when Leo’s life is literally in someone else’s hands?

Stay Lucky was originally released by Leta Blake under a pen name, but just like Grant and Leo, it’s getting a second chance. Readers who like stories of couples overcoming the odds to find the true love they were originally denied should enjoy this story, but I didn’t like it half as much as I’d expected to. Blake warns readers upfront that some might find Lucky overly precocious (count me among their number, and I was a precocious brat myself…) but Grant, whose POV the story is told from, is also a very off-putting character. He has all the worst characteristics of a stereotypical surgeon – he’s arrogant, stubborn and seriously believes he’s better than everyone else, particularly the surgeon tasked with Leo’s kidney transplant, and Lucky’s class teacher, who’s on the end of a couple of unpleasant tongue lashings for not finding Lucky as adorably gifted as Grant does. This makes it hard to care about the agonies Grant goes through when Leo is at death’s door. Not to mention that in order for Leo and Grant to achieve their happy family unit, most of the secondary characters have to be terrible people – most notably Leo’s husband, Curtis, and Leo’s drug addict sister, who is Lucky’s biological mother.

Leta Blake writes well, creating an intense connection between Grant and Leo in the sex scenes and those rare moments when Grant’s vulnerability shines through, and the non-linear storyline (the action is told in a series of flashbacks intercut with present-day events) adds interest, but I won’t be rushing back to spend time with this particular set of characters.

Stay Lucky is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK. You can find out more about Leta Blake on her website. I was given a copy of the book by Indigo Marketing and Design in return for an honest review.

A Chat with the Demon Zyriel – Guest Post By Melora Johnson

My guest today is Melora Johnson, author of the paranormal romance novel Earthbound. In a first for the Naughty Corner, she’s brought a demon along with her, so this could get very interesting (and makes me wonder whether I should have brought demon repellent with me). Welcome, Melora and Zyriel!

Melora: Thank you very much for having us here today. I’ve brought along Zyriel so everyone could get to know him a little better. Say hello, Zyriel.

Zyriel: (with a toothy smile) Hello, Ladies.

Melora: There may be men in the audience too.

Zyriel: Ooo, hello, gentlemen.

Melora: (hissing) Zyriel.

Zyriel: (eyebrows raised) What?

Melora: (clears her throat) My purpose in bringing Zyriel along is to let everyone know that there’s really nothing to fear from him. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Zyriel: Hey, now! I am a demon.

Melora: Really, he’s a pussycat.

Zyriel: (smiling slowly) Well, I do like…pussies.

Melora: (glaring, points a finger and mouths a word)

Zyriel: (pouts)

Melora: So, you like cats. Is that why you offered to take care of Ally’s cat?

Zyriel: (glaring) I didn’t offer. She recruited, seduced, connived. Anyway, I only made sure her co-worker got the cat. I didn’t actually take care of it myself.

Melora: Well, that was very nice of you anyway. (beams at him) Now, Zyriel did leave heaven because of a little problem with…lust.

Zyriel: It’s not a problem for me.

Melora: Which is something, as humans, I think we can all understand. Who hasn’t had a little problem with that once or twice in our lives, right?

Zyriel: (grinning) I’m willing to help anyone with that problem.

Melora: (under her breath) You’re barely in the second book and I can yank you right back out.

Zyriel: You never let me have any fun.

Melora: (shaking her head) So, you and Ally met some time ago when she tended your wounds.

Zyriel: A very long time ago.

Melora: And you became friends?

Zyriel: (grinning) Very good friends.

Melora: (aside) You want a book of your own? You’d best behave or I will not be writing your story.

Zyriel: You said if I came along we’d have some fun. This is not fun. I want to have some fun.

(Zyriel waves his hand and the buttons begin flying off Melora’s shirt one at a time, starting at the top. She clutches the shirt together and jumps up to exit the stage. Zyriel leans forward to the microphone with a grin.)

Zyriel: Now I can have a nice chat with all you lovely ladies and gentlemen out there.

Melora: (from offstage) Zyriel! They’re turning the microphones off!

Zyriel: (sighs) Well, it was a pleasure to meet you all. I’m sure I’ll be seeing some of you again very soon, hmm?

Earthbound Excerpt:

I had been eleven when I realized I might have something good in my hands, despite what had happened. The school bus had dropped me at the end of my street along with a couple other kids. We weren’t friends, but they weren’t mean to me either. They simply took little notice of me.

Sometimes I got invited to birthday parties, sometimes not. It wasn’t malicious. They just never invited me over to play. My mother considered birthday parties for family only. I honestly wondered if she would have remembered mine at all if it weren’t for my grandmother.

The other kids trotted down the street toward their own homes. I dragged my feet, enjoying the warmth of the Indian summer and the sunshine on the autumn leaves after several days of rain. Greens had given way to rich scarlet red, golden yellow and a cheerfully brilliant orange.

When I got to my front yard, a mourning dove sat on the ground under a tree, but it didn’t fly away as I approached. It just flapped around then stilled, its little feathered chest heaving for a minute.

I set my book bag down then moved toward the bird one careful step at a time. It hopped away from me.

“It’s okay, I won’t hurt you.” I hope. It turned its head to focus one black bead of an eye on me and stilled. “I just want to help you.” I didn’t know what I could possibly do, yet I had this overwhelming need to try to do something. Maybe I could take it home, nurse it back to health. I couldn’t take it in the house. Mom didn’t allow animals in the house; she said they carried dirt, fleas, and dander. Nobody ever went in the tool shed out back, though, because we had gardeners who came to take care of the lawn. They brought their own tools.

I knelt down, slid my hands around the bird, then gently lifted it. An intense longing to heal it seized me, and a jolt flew through my fingers, like walking across a carpet then shaking hands with someone but ten times stronger. I involuntarily squeezed the bird, then dropped it. I held my breath, scared I might have hurt it more, but then it cooed, stretched out its wings, and shook itself before taking off as if it never had been injured.

It was hurt, wasn’t it? Maybe I had been wrong or… a thought began to take shape in my head. Maybe, just maybe, my wish had actually healed the bird? Like in a fairy tale.

 

Blurb:

Her healing touch could start a fire.

Ally Reynolds is a veterinarian specializing in raptor rehabilitation in New Hampshire. Other than one horrific incident in her childhood and a little extra “spark” for healing in her hands, both of which she has kept secret from even her best friend, her life has been singularly boring. It has also been extremely lonely. Ally longs for someone to share her life with, but how can she trust anyone with her secret?

Matthew Blake, an ornithologist at Cornell University, calls Ally, asking for her help with an injured raptor. Matthew grew up in New Zealand and has lived around the world. He has read about Ally’s high success rates in raptor rehabilitation and suspects there is more to it than is generally known.

Matthew has some secrets of his own; he is a demon hunter. He suspects Ally’s healing powers could benefit him. He wants her to join him and thinks they’d make a great team.

Can Ally trust him or is he just using her? Matthew definitely has more secrets, and some of them are about Ally.

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Author Bio:

Melora Johnson is a poet and novelist living in Upstate New York with her husband, daughter, a black cat, and quite a few chickens. Her most recent published work includes A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace, Grief, and Passion, and publication in The Sexuality Poems from Foothills Publishing. She also runs a large and thriving writer’s group for adults. Of course, into every life a little rain must fall as well as the occasional tornado, but you’ll find that amply covered in her writing. Find out more about Melora and her writing:

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Win A $20 Amazon Gift Card With Earthbound!

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Fancy A Freebie From Meli Raine?

Everyone likes to get the odd freebie, and when you’re being offered the first book in a series free, it’s usually worth grabbing. This is a great way for authors to hook a reader into buying the rest of the series, and when it’s a gripping hot romance thriller with a really compelling premise, like Meli Raine’s False Memory, what are you waiting for? False Memory is available free throughout February – read on to find out more.

Blurb:

It all started with the bereavement flowers with my name on them.

Not the best way to wake up, right? I work in a flower shop. I know a funeral arrangement when I see one.

I know a killer when I see one, too. And one is standing in my hospital room right now, straight behind the man who saved my life.

I can’t tell anyone the truth, because that’s the fastest way to really die. So I do the next best thing. I “lose” my memory.

I fake my amnesia.

Pretending not to remember a brutal attempted murder has its perks. The killer is backing down, spending less time around me, loosening the noose.

The less I claim to recall, the more my rescuer, Duff, works to help me “remember.” I hate lying to him.

But he doesn’t understand that my memory is dangerous. To me. And to him.

Fooling everyone isn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Except it’s starting to look like I’ve been fooling myself.

In more ways than one.

Excerpt:

Blink.

I open my eyes. It’s light.

“Can you believe it, Lily?” a woman says to me. “It looks like Bosworth is going to win! When people ask you who the president is, you’re going to have to remember the new one. President Harwell Bosworth. Of course, we won’t know for sure until late tonight, but I’ll keep you posted. I’ll keep you posted, sweetie,” she says as she adjusts the IV in my right arm, the one that burns whenever they start a new bag of medicine.

“When the doctor asks you who the president is, you’ll have the right answer. I know you will. I don’t care how long you’ve been like this. The doctors are wrong. Plenty of people have come out of this after more than a year. I know you’re going to be one of them. My Lily is a fighter.”

She squeezes my hand.

I almost squeeze back. Almost. So close.

I look to the left. A dark man. No–dark clothes. Dark hair. Pale skin peeking out under it all. Someone has something on my head and tape pulls at the corner of my eye. Blinking is harder. It hurts, like someone weakened the tender skin under my eyes. I close my eyes.

Open them.

“Hey there, Lily,” a nurse says. I try to look over at her but can’t. Eyes hurt.

Close eyes.

Open them.

The man.

Oh, God, I know that man.

 

The False Trilogy comprises False Memory, False Hope, and False Start.

 

Buy Links:

Apple Books:   https://books.apple.com/us/book/false-memory/id1387687477

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/false-memory-false-1

Nook:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/false-memory-meli-raine/1132505173?ean=2940161244715

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Meli_Raine_False_Memory_False_1?id=MnuiDwAAQBAJ

Amazon US:  https://www.amazon.com/False-Memory-1-Meli-Raine-ebook/dp/B07V9Y48KQ/

Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.com/False-Memory-1-Meli-Raine-ebook/dp/B07V9Y48KQ/

Amazon AU:  https://www.amazon.com.au/False-Memory-1-Meli-Raine-ebook/dp/B07V9Y48KQ/

Amazon CA:  https://www.amazon.ca/False-Memory-1-Meli-Raine-ebook/dp/B07V9Y48KQ/

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40405827-false-memory

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/books/false-memory-by-meli-raine

 

Audio narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt available on Audible Escape.

Audible:  https://www.amazon.com/False-Memory-Book-1/dp/B07VXRJLP8/

Amazon Audio:  https://www.amazon.com/False-Memory-Book-1/dp/B07VXRJLP8/

iTunes:  https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/false-memory-false-book-1-unabridged/id1475182605

 

Author Bio:

Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

 

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Reviews and Endorsements for Meli Raine Books:

“The first book in the False trilogy is a psychological thriller worthy of Hitchcock, keeping you guessing until the very end.” — Apple Books Editors

“…intrigue and dark humor on display in this thriller…”

While the immediate—and more compelling—tension in Raine’s (A Shameless Little Bet, 2018, etc.) heart-pumping series opener comes from Lily’s constant proximity to her would-be killer, the action takes place against a backdrop of secret government scandals. The “screwed-up D.C.-insider scandal,” as it is clumsily summarized early on, is pleasingly twisty…

Fortunately, Lily’s voice is captivating, wry, and tough enough to sell this thriller. The novel ends with a cliffhanger that startles, if only because readers will have become so attached to Lily.

Kirkus Reviews

“Fresh, riveting, and thrumming with emotion and romantic suspense, False Memory is absolutely unputdownable. You need this book!” – New York Times bestselling author Meghan March

“I accidentally lost a day to this trilogy! It is unputdownable. Apparently I’m on a dark-and-twisty binge, and this book is addictive.” – USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen (review for Harmless series)

 

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Book Review: Earthbound By Melora Johnson

Allyson Reynolds is a vet specialising in the area of wild birds, specifically raptor rehabilitation. Since childhood, she’s carried a secret that means she’s ideally suited for her job – she can cure animals by laying on her hands and sending healing energy into them. Her job brings her into contact with handsome Matt Blake, an ornithologist at Cornell University. Matt needs her to look at an injured bird, and when he and Allyson meet, sparks fly. What Allyson doesn’t know is that Matt is completely aware of her special powers – and that he needs her to help him in his role as a demon hunter. And that’s just the beginning of the secrets he has in store for her. Before she knows what’s happening, Allyson is plunged into a nightmare fight for survival against the most evil of demons, not knowing who she can trust, who wishes to harm her, and whether she should act on her growing attraction to the very sexy Matt…

Earthbound may start with the cliched set-up of a feisty, intelligent, high-flying woman who has everything going for her but still can’t find a man. However, it soon transforms into an entertaining and fast-moving paranormal adventure which will appeal to readers who were raised on the likes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Allyson is faced with a variety of adversaries, some of whom are far more attractive – and familiar – than others, and though she at first struggles to adapt to all the things she learns about herself, as the book progresses she gains an increasing mastery of her powers. She and Matt make a compelling team as they fight all the obstacles that are thrown in their path, and they have a sizzling chemistry in and out of the bedroom, swapping wisecracks and complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Matt is skilled and resourceful without being a boring typical alpha male hero. Meanwhile, Allison may be more than human but she never loses her compassion for her friends, family, and her pet cat, and though Matt is on hand to help out when the forces of evil threaten to overwhelm her, she’s definitely no damsel in distress.

The end of the book, while not a cliffhanger, sets up the possibility of more adventures for Allyson and Matt – here’s looking forward to them kicking more demon ass in future!

Earthbound is published by Tirgearr Publishing. To find out more about the book, read an excerpt, and find a full list of retailer links for the title, visit the Earthbound page at the Tirgearr website.

I was given a copy of Earthbound by Lucy at Writer Marketing Services in return for an honest review.