Rise by Jayelle Morgan

Summary

He gave her a night she would never forget…And a child too.

A year ago, Emory met the handsome, mysterious Ajax and threw her good-girl nature aside for one night of passion. She was fine accepting the consequences for her actions, and loves her son more than life itself. She never thought she’d see Ajax again, but now she desperately needs to find him. There’s something wrong with their baby…

She’s the only woman who’s ever taken his breath away.

Ajax never forgot Emory after their one night of passion. But he couldn’t keep her, because she is perfectly, completely human. And he’s not. But when she walks back into his life, it’s for the last reason he expects. Emory says the baby is his, but there’s just one problem: He’s sterile. All elite Elemental Warriors are. Which means she’s playing some kind of dangerous game, and he needs to know what it is.

When Chaos rears its ugly head, he’ll have to choose between protecting his new family and protecting his secret. One choice will take away everything that is important to him as a Warrior. The other could take away everything that is important to him as a man. Can Emory find something meaningful with the extraordinary father of her child? Or will he sacrifice them in his mission to save the world?

Characters

Ajax is a jerk. A likable jerk, but a smug womanizer. He is intolerable…until Emory. Emory is a no-nonsense kind of person. She doesn’t do one night stands: Except once. With Ajax. They are disgustingly cute together. Emory is a little wishy washy at times about what she wants but the woman it tough! I love their family dynamic with Jackson, their baby, is adorable.

I was happy to see Levi and Brooke back. Plus Walker and Micah. All great supporting characters. I was surprised that Emory didn’t have some sort of friend to give me some perspective on her though.

Plot

Much like the last book there is a threat from Chaos. They want Jackson because he is a very powerful Erratic. Furthermore he is very out of control, making mini cyclones every time he gets upset. No wonder Emory was half out of her mind with worry about her very special baby!

Ajax realizes what could happen if his commander finds out. Walker would have to take him back, which means no more playing family with Emory and Jackson. So now he is torn between protecting his family and losing them when he is forced to return home. Will he be able to keep them safe or will he decide to sacrifice himself?

Overall

Great writing. There were some errors but most of them were minor and easily overlooked, but some of the flow was off. Also it was a little repetitive at times, mostly Emory’s lamenting and trying to deny her lust, but overall still very enjoyable. The paranormal world and its sexy elementals were as flawless and wonderful as last time. The romance was great and the steamy scenes undeniably sexy. This author always delivers those!

My biggest rub was the ending was anti-climatic. There was all this build up and then it was just over. I felt as though the author took the easy way out. I don’t want to give anything away but after the threat to Emory, it sort of just winds down. The big threat just seemed to be overcome easily.

Rating

4.5 Stars (rounded down)

Fantastic read! If you love paranormal romances this is a must read. A fantastic follow up to Burn!

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ramatel’s Vow by Joel Crofoot

Summary

Seventy generations ago, the angel Ramatel was cast into hell for sleeping with human women. Now he has returned to earth, harboring a vendetta against God, only to find himself strapped with a beautiful young apprentice. Will his grudge stop him from letting something good into his life?

Clara has been given a second chance to save her soul by working with her chauvinistic mentor who has antiquated ideas of gender roles. She bucks his authority at every chance, until she has to face the very situation that killed her the first time. Does she have what it takes to face her fear?

Characters

Ramatel is a tortured soul. Despite this he is also a bit of a romantic. He considers himself ugly (due to the scars he acquired while in Hell). Clara is an interesting character. She is feisty and stubborn. Ramatel thinks she is there to clean but she is actually there to fight! It was so awesome to see Michael and Jahi from the first book back again – and Gabriel, of course. Although Ramatel was very well developed I felt there was something about Clara that just didn’t…work.

Plot

This is a paranormal romance. For sure chock full of sexual tension and I loved Ramatel. I was choked up a few times from the emotional scenes but as the book went on it eventually became repetitive. They kept making the same mistakes over and over. I get this was to show they are alike, but it was kind of irritating when it just kept happening. I actually started to resent Clara a little because of her reactions to Ramatel. It was like she was PURPOSEFULLY trying to misunderstand.

That being said the secondary plot was interesting! I loved the twist and what came of it. For sure kept me interested. I read it over the weekend and was great to pick up and read through.

Overall

A great romantic novels. Well worth the read if you’ve read the first one. Even if you haven’t, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it! There is a lot jam packed into the epilogue at the end. I think it was the longest chapter in the book. I think the author was trying to set up the next few books but it was a little overwhelming – so be warned. Despite the few drawbacks of this book I still loved it.

Virtually zero errors, easy to read, and great flow. The setting and characters were well set up and depicted. There was a good balance between the mystery surrounding Clara and the other secondary plot…which I won’t go into detail on.

Rating

4 Stars

It was a really enjoyable book! A little repetitive on the romantic relationships side and Clara felt a little off throughout the book, but well worth the read just for Ramatel! Can’t wait for the next one!

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

Michael’s Passion by Joel Crofoot

Summary

The Archangel Michael’s passion for life has recently begun to wane. He has isolated himself from the other angels and become complacent on the job. When a slip up in a fight causes him to be cast out of heaven the furthest thing on Michael’s mind is helping a demon, until he meets Jahi. Now Michael must face a dilemma he never could have imagined. With Michael already cast out of heaven, what will happen to him if he falls in love with a demon?

Jahi has finally returned to earth with her demanding boss, only to find herself captured by the Archangel Michael. Now she must decide if she can give up the freedom she has sought for so long or return to a life of prostitution, and Michael’s passion for her makes this a decision Jahi can’t take lightly.

Caution: This book contains scenes that are intended for adults only. You probably won’t want to bring it to church with you.

Characters

The two main characters are Archangel Michael and the demon Jahi. I love them both. The author does a great job of making them complex enough to feel real but not so complex and flawed that you can’t like them. Michael is overly caring at times but such a knight in shining armor complex. While Jahi is almost painfully independent and determined to keep her freedom. Makes for great characters. Despite the slew of supporting characters the author makes Gabriel and some of the other angels/demons very interesting and they actually add to the story and not just the romance – very refreshing!

Plot

This is a romance but it is more. It is a romance with a plot! In addition to the determination to be together and their growing love, which was super sweet, there were action packed moments and another plot line. Actually multiple moving parts which kept me interested. Very cool take on Angels and Demons, not too original but for sure more thought out – especially the added complexity near the end.

I’m not a very religious person so some of this may be too close to home for some – be warned.

Overall

I read this book in one day. I totally just had to know how everything was going to work out. Even if the romance was very HEA the plot kept me jumping on other topics. Plus the baby angels (they are like 30 years old looking but totally lost on the ways of humans and it is ADORABLE)! The sensual scenes were steamy and appropriate. The complexity between Michael and the other angels, particularly Gabriel, really helped with character development and I loved them both more because of their internal crises. The writing was enjoyable and the fight scenes easy to follow.

Only thing I didn’t like was the cover. It still makes me laugh at how silly it is – but you can’t judge a book by its cover here!

Rating

5 stars

This book had it all for me and I absolutely loved it. I laughed out loud, I nearly cried (twice), and I was gripping my phone because of action or a tense scene. If you like paranormal romances this is a must read!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Intercrossed by Milly Ly

Summary

What would you do if you knew the person you’d fallen for could endanger your life? A quiet, uneventful summer filled with supernatural combat training is what I expected when my mother dropped me off in the quiet city of Rome, Georgia. What I found was adventure, unexpected dangers, and the one thing I swore off after my ex shattered my heart—love. Intercrossed is a young adult shifter romance filled with adventure, thrill, twists, and curves that’ll grip you till the last page.

Characters

Maryelle is a funny character. She is likable most of the time but doesn’t always make very smart decisions. She has a lot of inner monologue but doesn’t always explain why she does everything (which is confusing at times). To make matters more complicated – enter Phantom. No I’m not joking that is his name. He was a bit of a contradiction. Spoiled but goodhearted. Aggressive yet sensitive. His character could have used some rounding out but this is a YA romance chock full of teenage angst.

Plot

It is a romance that makes a good attempt at a plot. Maryelle is sent to Rome, GA by her family to pass a test. The entire plot involving this takes a back seat to what is happening with Phantom (both the romance and with his family). This book will not win any awards for its plot but I was pleasantly surprised at the attempt to make it more than just a romance – such as hitting on the socioeconomic and cultural issues within each werecreature’s faction. Despite its softer touches at these harder issues, it is a romance at its heart, and a YA. Expect over the top moments and scenes that scream ‘I’m a YA novel and I’m proud of it.’

Overall

This book moves fast. It grabs onto the reader and doesn’t let go. It is VERY important to remember this is a young adult novel. If this was anything else I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. The characters are over the top, the plot a little flimsy in some areas, but it is a solid YA read. Enjoyable in more than one area and well written. I actually enjoyed the fast pace and that the author didn’t languish on the details. The characters are interesting but as with most romances, everyone takes a back seat to Maryelle and Phantom.

My biggest problem was with a few inconsistencies in the plot and character decisions and the rushed ending. I didn’t love or hate the ending, but it conformed to the normal YA romance ending and was a little disappointing. That being said for avid readers of the YA genre, particularly romance, this was perfect for its genre. When the author decided to name it a YA romance, they were 100% right.

Rating

4 stars

Despite some glaring inconsistencies with both plot and characters in a few areas this was a well written novel that is an easy and enjoyable read. The plot, characters, and writing style were all within the YA romance genre, and all who like this genre will love this book! This author delivers exactly what they promise in the summary.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

Burn: Elemental Hearts Book 1 by Jayelle Morgan

Summary

Depending on an Elemental Warrior is the key to her survival…and maybe more. Brooke Simmonds moved to the isolated mountain town of Topaz Ridge for three things: A position as senior designer at the local paper, money in the bank, and complete independence. The day she gets everything she’s been working towards, her life goes up in flames. Literally. Her rescue is a haze of pain and smoke, but she remembers him, the handsome stranger that carried her out of the blaze. Are her memories clouded by smoke inhalation, or did she really see him manipulating the flames to save her?

He’ll either lose his control, or his heart. Or both. Levi takes an instant liking to Brooke, whose smile makes him burn hotter than the fire inside him. When her apartment building bursts into flames, he springs to the rescue. As one of the elite Elemental Warriors sent here to fight the forces of Chaos, he’s got the power to do it. His control however, is…unpredictable. He gets her to safety, but not before revealing himself for what he is.

When the enemy turns their sights on Brooke, she’s sucked into a world, and a war, she never knew existed. Now, she’ll have to depend on Levi to help her navigate this new world whether she wants to or not. The burn between them is undeniable, but will it be enough to help them conquer their foes, and their differences? Or will they both go down in flames?

Characters

I loved Brooke most of the time and I liked Levi nearly all the time as well. I LOVED THEM TOGETHER. They brought out each other’s good traits and even with the mistakes and the stumbling around they were great. The author did a great job weaving them together and the secondary characters made it even better. You like their whole team as much as you like Brooke’s boss. Very likable support characters

Plot

This book had an interesting concept that the author carried through on and it did not disappoint. There are warrior elementals, action, thrilling moments, and smoldering romance. It was predictable and sometimes over the top but it worked. I honestly normally hate clichés or stuff that doesn’t make sense (like let’s not arm the defenseless one at all and take her to a really dangerous place where we might be outnumbered). I am still struggling with how I loved this execution as much as I did. The author obviously has talent!

Overall

This author’s writing was easy to follow with a voice perfect for romance. Romances are normally a little ridiculous at some point, it is just part of the territory, but so few authors can pull it off. This one does. I was excited to have time to read more and I put off other books to finish it. I rarely became annoyed with the characters or the circumstances. I enjoyed just about every minute of the book. This book can so standalone but I want to read another one. I’d read the second book in a heartbeat.

Rating

5 stars

This paranormal romance balances action and suspense perfectly with romance. At the end of the day it is romance but it is romance with a decent plot and likable characters.

I receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.