Song of the Soul – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, I can’t believe we’re finally at the end of the series! How?! Why?!

I’ve loved this series more and more as I’ve gotten further into it. Normally this isn’t the case. Especially when each book built on the last one and none felt like the ball had been dropped.

Every character had a reason for being. Every character had a purpose at every part of the journey, and it didn’t feel like it was sticky taped together or anything.

The way Lisa was able to pivot the story from hate and revenge to forgiveness and love was amazing. Even though I’m not sure how “believable” the very ending bit was, especially given how much Lisa stressed that there was only one set of Muses born each generation.

I also would’ve liked to have known what ended up happening with the Gods. We can only assume the ended was what the Muses were trying to achieve. But how did their relationships change? Did they change their views on anything?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing The Daugher of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner.

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Dance of the Heart – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, I loved this book, even though it felt very light on with the romance.

All the pieces are falling into place. The gods are in play, the masks are taken off, the bad guys and the good guys are redefined, and its action packed the whole time!

Although I loved the romance of the early books, I’m loving how it’s developing even more. The changes in dynamics based on the information that’s available is amazing.

I even got a surprise at the end!

The start of each book we figure out who the next Guardian and Muse couple are. Yet this time we find out at the end of this book. And the way we find out is so cool! With 2 gods, 7 Muses, 7 Guardians and some kids present it was not the discovery I expected.

And his gift! OMG!

I can’t wait to get to the final book to understand how and why he has that gift!

I feel like that final couple of chapters overrode everything else about the book that was great. It was all just so unexpected that it’s all my mind is latching onto and wanting to focus on. Especially because it’s driving me nuts trying to figure out what’s left to cover in the final book.

You know when a series feels like it’s reached its end, but you know there’s still another book, episode or movie to go? That’s how this feels!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Daughter of Victory by Kerri Turner.

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Devoted to Destiny – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, the Muse Chronicles are back and the trend of the storyline changing has continued.

In the previous book — Light of Spirit — I noticed a trend where the Order of the Titans was included more, and their focus seemed to be shifting. In this book, it feels like it’s about 30-40% of the book. Which means the series is becoming less about the romance, and more about the action.

I’m not against this trend, but it wasn’t expected so I’m still trying to figure out if that was planned or not. It doesn’t feel like the romance is suffering because of it, so maybe it was planned.

A few pieces are also starting to fall into place that tells me why certain decisions were made by some characters in previous books. Although (thanks to me being sneaky) I know who the final guardian is, I’ve got NO IDEA who the next one will be even though we’ve been introduced to them in previous books for the last 3.

Maybe we’ve met the next guardian, but we just don’t know it yet? Which is kind of driving me crazy wanting to read the next book, but I need to wait coz I have a few other books I need to read first.

When I think about the feeling I want to be left with when I finish a book in a series, the feeling I want is an obsession to read the next book NOW! To me that says the books was great, I’m still hooked, and there’s a clear intent for the story that I want to know about.

Fingers crossed I can hold out on reading the next book so I don’t fall behind on the reviews I’ve agreed to between now and the next book!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, tomorrow I’ll be reviewing The Gin Lovers Guide to Dating by Nina Kaye.

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Light of the Spirit – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, we’ve reached the tipping point in the series. We’re over halfway!

If you’re familiar with the Greek Muses you’re probably wondering how I’m halfway through the series with four books down and three to go when there are 9 Muses. Well I’m not going to spoil it for you!

The previous three books were pretty action packed, yet this one felt like it had something else to it that I just loved. I’m not sure if it’s the introduction of more mythology and deities or not. Yet it’s becoming increasingly more like the Dark Hunter series.

There’s another character we’ve met previously becoming a central figure. There are unknown immortal beings wreaking havoc. Both sides of the battle are slowly having more and more information revealed to them.

There’s even that crucial input from the bad guys to keep it interesting. Unlike previous books, this one has more input from the bad guys including more people’s points of view rather than just Ted’s.  Between this and me reading the blurbs for future books I’m starting to map out my ideas of who’s who, who’s going to do what and why.

Let the conspiracies fly!

I have no idea how right or wrong I’ll be but I’m loving the drama, the additional input without lacking on the story of the two characters we’re meant to be focusing on. The balance still works even with more input from the bad guys.

Come back in another month to find out how the story develops in the fifth book!

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Breath of Passion – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, we’re into week 2 (second month) of the Muse Chronicles and the third book.

To recap, by the time this book recap’s we’re probably a yr on from the start of the first book, 2-3 months on from the previous books main timeframe, one Muse down with two paired up with their Guardians.

I was confused for a little bit about how Reed’s talents were going to be useful as Erica’s Guardian. But as the story developed, showing us more of each of their lives, the shift in the Order of the Titans etc it made sense.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the shift that was going on. Yet, as I got further into the story, I found myself enjoying that the series had more to it than the predictable. By changing up the pace, the enemy and the focus of the book (slightly) it felt like I got a deeper sense of their overall story in a way that’s much more relatable.

I don’t expect every aspect of a paranormal romance to be relatable, yet I love it when elements are brought in that are super relatable. Or at the very least, more normal, more human. However, an element that I found similar to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s style is introducing future characters in each book.

At least, I’m guessing that this is the case. It seems odd to give side characters names that the main characters then focus in on if that’s not going to be the case. So, I’m guessing the girls have found two more Guardian’s by the end of this book. And I will add, I haven’t started the next book yet so I have no idea if this prediction will come true!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, the next couple of months will follow a similar flow to this past month as there’s still a few books to go in each of these series. Once they are done, I’ll just flow into a new series to replace it. Maybe one day I’ll be done? Who knows!

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Legend of Love – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, this week we’re back into the Muse Chronicles series that Rach Random Resources introduced me to last yr with a Blog Tour. I’ll be reviewing one of these books each month, with two Tamora Pierce reviews and a Time for Alexander review in between them.

Legend of Love is the second book in the series and I’m starting to get the feeling that each Guardian will have unique skills that JUST HAPPEN to align with the specific danger scenario’s the Muse ends up in. I’m getting this feeling since Nate is a detective and Mel needed a detective. This time, Callie needed a strong protective force that comes in the form of a Navy SEAL.

One of the best things about this story was that even though Hunter pursued Callie and kept asking her out, she didn’t just give in. She stuck to her guns and focused on talking to Hunter about their feelings and what was going on. While at the same time it didn’t feel like Hunter changed who he was, other than the natural progression of someone making hard decisions about their careers.

We also learn more about the Order of the Titans, what they are trying to achieve and the lengths they will go through to achieve them. I get the feeling that as I progress through each book we will learn more and more while also growing the little army against them in the form of Guardians who can work together to shut them down.

The one thing that kind of bugged me about this Callie’s Muse is that I couldn’t really see the relevance of her in this story. With Mel we could see her use her Muse’s powers throughout her story. However, with Callie we only get hints at it and more warnings and memories of her Muse’s impact to her life.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll come back next week for the Tamora Peirce’s next review.

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Lure of Obsession – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, today I have two special reviews for you so please look out for the other one as well! One is a bit of a romcom while the other is a fantasy romance.

This one is the fantasy romance, yay!

I do love a good mixture of gods, myths, legends and the modern world and this one has that. This is the first book in the Muse Chronicles series which follows modern day women who have the power of one of the nine ancient Greek Muses woken in them. That means they are driven to inspire the current generation to create, develop and progress.

But we also find out that they had guardians to protect them from the forces that would harm them. And those forces would be those dedicated to freeing the old Titans, including Kronos. Those followers trying to kill Mel, the personification of the Muse of Tragic Poetry, is what draws her guardian Nate to her.

We’re then gripped up in the crimes being committed by the followers of Kronos as they try to eliminate all the Muses for their own gains. I’m not quite sure how Lisa managed to get such a great balance between romance, comedy, mystery and a crime story but she did.

The whole way through I found myself totally falling in love with each of the characters more and more and loving the banter. I’m not sure if the humour was intended to be such a big part of the book but I found myself laughing at the sarcastic comments, overtures and the regular jokes being bandied about. I’m hoping I can keep reading this series because I found myself really enjoying it.

Don’t forget to check out Willow by Grace Parks which I also reviewed today.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Sunshine over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal. 

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. 

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

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#01 Trust the Wolf – Zoe Ashwood

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed Monday’s review and the Wrap Up post yesterday. Moving into March I will be winding down on these reviews on Friday’s as I move back into my series reviews.

So, I thought it would be lovely to finish off my string of Friday reviews with one shared to me through the book blogging community.

Writing Style

Zoe’s writing style was really engaging and pretty much had me hooked right from the get go. I don’t know if I was due for a paranormal romance fix or not. But I certainly finished the book needing more.

I wanted to know what happened between Jason and Emilia. I wanted to know if Emilia’s goal was realised. And if it was, how’d it go? How long did it take? What impact did it have?

And I wanted to know the story behind the big secret of the book.

Am I looking forward to reading more of Zoe’s books to get even more drawn in? You betcha!


Initial Thoughts

Initially I was a little confused about what was happening because it’d been a while, with a lot of other books read in between, since reading the blurb. I knew it was a shifter story, with a wolf and a bear. But I couldn’t remember anything more than that.

So, having a girl at a club get practically attacked by some random guy. And then have another hot random guy save her felt weird.

Then to have the hot guy sniff Emilia when she has no idea what he’s talking about when he’s asking for her SANA ID feels weird.

For some reason, going into this I thought Emilia knew she was a shifter. So, her not knowing confused me a bit. How was this going to play out if she didn’t even know she was a shifter?


Final Thoughts

As I got further into the book I enjoyed it more and more. By the time I finished the book, I knew I’d been long overdue for a shifter style romance novel. I actually don’t remember the last time I read a shifter novel which is really sad for me.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Emilia’s character was that she never changed who she was. Throughout everything that happened, she stayed true to herself and showed us that it’s OK not to know what you want to do with your career yet. That it’s OK to know what you want from a relationship.

There are so many dialogues out there saying women should have a career AND a family. But to do that they’re basically saying you need to know what your one and only career will be by the time you’re like 22. And that’s ridiculous.

I’m 28 and I’ve already had like 4 or 5 career changes for various reasons. I love what I’m doing now and I have a pretty solid idea on how to achieve my career and financial goals. But to expect women to have this figured out by 22 (roughly) is just crazy. You just don’t have the life experience to really know for sure by then.

Anyway, back to the story! The fact that Jason supports her, and what she wants to do is awesome. Because she needs his support in more ways than one to achieve what she decides she wants to do.

Her passion takes her down an avenue that I find truly inspiring and I wanted to know how it all played out. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that satisfaction in this book. But I’m hoping to get some in the coming books.

Zoe has also given me the second book, Truth or Bear, to read and review. So expect that to have a review in the next couple of months!


I hope you enjoyed this review, please continue down to find out more about Zoe and you can find her on all her social media pages. I look forward to seeing you again on Monday with Tom Stone Day of the Dead.


Author Bio

Zoe Ashwood is a romance writer with a passion for sweet stories with a sexy twist. While she’s always been a reader, Zoe’s writing used to be limited to diary scribbles and bad (really bad) teenage poetry. Then she participated in NaNoWriMo 2015 and never looked back.

Some 400,000 words later, she’s still in love with the art of making up stories—and making her characters fall in love. Trust the Wolf is her debut novel.

When she’s not writing, Zoe works as a literary translator. She’s happily married to her best friend and has two small boys who are as stubborn as they’re cute.

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Styxx – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hi all, welcome back to this weeks review. I’ve been looking forward to writing this one up since this is my favourite book in the whole series. Like, wholly and completely, this is my favourite book that I could come back to at any time and read as a stand alone book. And I think that’s because I relate to Styxx more than I have any other character in the series. I am going to apologise ahead of time for a long post. This book just packs so much into it that you can’t help but write a longer review to ensure you get the gist of it.

We start off with Archon killing as many baby boys as possible who may be his son and Apollymi taunting him because yet again he’s failed on his quest. And this is going way back to 9548 BC, back before even Acheron was born! We then experience a number or events from Styxx and Acheron’s childhood from Styxx’s point of view. Previously we’ve seen Acheron’s point of view and Styxx was always painted as a selfish brat.

However, now we see it from Styxx’s point of view where he is trying to connect to his family and the only one who seems to like him is his twin. Acheron. His sister Ryssa hates him because she thinks he gets everything from their parents, and Acheron get’s nothing. However his mum screams and throws things at him if he goes near her and his father is always cold. Because his father doesn’t believe Acheron is his son, he’s doubtful about Styxx’s paternity as well. So although he’s grooming Styxx to take over as king he doesn’t truly trust that he deserves to be king. Especially when he’s constantly distracted or sick, while he conveniently forgets that this happens because Acheron isn’t being treated fairly.

This is the first thing that made me feel like I connected with Styxx. Growing up my own family treated me differently just because they perceived that I had a better life than they did. In some ways I did have a better childhood, but in other’s they had it way better and they never bothered to ask me or talk to me to find out if we had anything in common. Which just drove us further and further apart, and over time that bred resentment which is what we see between Styxx and his siblings as they grow older.

After Acheron had been taken away and had his tongue pierced Styxx dropped in pain because his life force was linked to Acheron’s. Rather than remember that this had happened however, his father treated him as if he was insane and had him committed to the priests of Dionysus. He was left to their “kind” treatment for some time, during which he was beaten by the priests of Dionysus by day and gang raped by Dionysus and Apollo by night. And all because he was a prince that they all hated. However for Styxx this was just the start of Apollo’s obsession with him that would slowly but surely ruin his life.

Over the years Styxx gained the respect of his training master while he lost the respect and even “cordial” treatment from his family. The treatment he got from his uncle was what really opened his eyes. So he sneaked off to Atlantis to find Acheron and free him from what he suspected his brother was being forced to do. Unfortunately Acheron had been so brain washed and broken by their uncle that he refused to go which resulted in Styxx being caught. Which made things even worse for both of them. I really felt for Styxx at this time. Having already read Acheron’s book I knew that Acheron never remembered this later. A lot of Acheron’s hatred of Styxx came from the fact that he thought Styxx had everything he was meant to have. Without realising that his cage was just as tortuous as his own, even if it was gilded in gold rather than cold iron and drugs. Given the powers Acheron has as a god I don’t understand how he can’t be aware of this or what Styxx had had to put up with during his human lifetime.

Eventually Styxx grew so tired off all the abuse that he thew himself off a cliff. Does that really sound like the actions of someone who is selfish, spoiled and gets the best of everything handed to them on a silver platter? To me it doesn’t. While slowly dragging himself home he comes across Bethany in her human form (blind and fishing) and pretended to be just a common child of 16 years old. They quickly build a friendship and whenever they can they sneak off to meet each other by the stream to chill out and escape from the craziness of their lives. Some time later Styxx is sent to war, but he managed to slip out to see Bethany one last time before leaving at which point she gave him a necklace to “remind him of her” but in reality was bewitched to protect him from all damage.

It was a super sweet notion but quite funny when Bethany kept trying to kill the “arrogant prince” while searching for her Hector and finding that none of her weapons could touch him. He always seems to turn at the last second, or something would get in the way etc. Possibly the necklace played a part of his success and managed to overthrow and take control of many Atlantean controlled towns. But the one thing he made sure of was that not one of the women they came across were harmed or raped. They provided medical aid to all those injured regardless of their nationality. At some point along the way Bethany realised this prince was her Hector and she ended up pretty conflicted. I can understand where she’s coming from. The guy she trusted her heart to lied to her about who he was. But on the other hand, a prince who wouldn’t abuse his power to make her love him or at  least let him use her body, who cared for Atlantean’s alongside his own people definitely wasn’t what she was expecting of this “arrogant prince child”. So does she trust her heart, or those around her?

The next thing to happen sucks badly. Styxx was then kidnapped by Apollo and hand gifted to the Atlantean god’s all because he wouldn’t submit to Apollo like he wanted. Instead he was then physically abused and raped over and over for something like a year. During the course of that yr he was replaced by another god to make sure he wasn’t missed. While he was replaced the god turned everyone against him and went along with his father setting him up with an Egyptian bride. Luckily Bethany found him and released him in time to discover that he’d become engaged and ended it before it could be fulfilled.

Luckily Styxx and Bethany find some happiness and decide to get married to welcome their baby into the world. Except while Bethany is with her mother to turn herself into a human for Styxx Apollymi come’s calling because Acheron was killed and turns all the gods to stone. Meanwhile Styxx is sent to Hades realm away from Bethany and all he can think about is making sure she’s ok and thankful that she was visiting family rather than with him. At this point we only know a few bits and pieces about what Styxx gets up to in the future so it feels like this will be the first book in the series where there isn’t a happily ever after for our main characters.

The next few things we hear about Styxx is him trying to find ways to die. Like actually die. Properly die to end his never ending suffering. He’s already experienced starvation among many other torments and he just wants it all to end. After his first attempt to die in the modern world fails, Acheron plonks him on his own island in the Atlantean god’s realm where he doesn’t need to see him anymore. Some time later Urian comes across Styxx and like a fangirl meeting her fav movie/ pop star is immediately overwhelmed by meeting him and just wants to do whatever he can to help him out. Then the next person to come across him is Acheron’s wife. Which doesn’t bode well for Styxx. Whenever anyone who likes Acheron came across him in the past it meant pain and torment for him. But will she prove herself to be different? Too bad Simi wasn’t anywhere near as accepting when she came across Styxx. I guess having all the others accept Styxx meant someone had to hate him given his previous track record.

When Acheron finds out that Styxx is out again he goes into a rage. Since he’s so patient with everyone else it’s kinda surprising that he is so heartless and hostile to his brother for no reason. But on the other hand I kind of get it since I’m kind of like that as well. Those closest to you inevitably push your buttons more and because they just keep pushing and pushing you can’t help but snap and lose it sometimes. I’m not saying it’s the best behaviour. It’s definitely something those around Acheron are trying to help him get over. But it happens more often than not anyway.

In Acheron’s way he then sets Styxx up in an apartment in the real world. But doesn’t help him adjust to the change in the world. Lucky for him Urian visits and he is kept sane. Until the day Acheron needs him. At which point in time it feels like Acheron is trying to guilt trip him into helping him when Acheron has done nothing but abuse Styxx in every way possible for pretty much the entire history of the world. Anyway, Styxx does it in the hopes that it will help mend the problems in their relationship. Too bad it doesn’t. So he escapes to Egypt where Urian is the only person to bother checking up on him.

Eventually Styxx finds out about his previous lives and the role he has to play to save Bethany. And lucky for him it’s possible to save her and get the love of his life back. So even though he’s had to live through unimaginable pain, suffering, abuse, torture and betrayal maybe he will find peace. And even a family of his own. Luckily for him Acheron grows up just in time to help him get all this back.  Personally I can’t say I really trust Acheron yet. Coz it just feels like he’s being nice in the end because he’s been woken up to what a dick he was to his twin brother who had done nothing but try and help him all their human lives while trying to find his own little slice of happiness. But then again I’m not the most trusting of people. Hopefully it works out for them!

Of any book in this series this is the one I believe you should definitely read! Although to get the best impact from it you should probably read Acheron’s book first. Then it’ll make more sense. And there is SOOOOO much I haven’t touched on in this review because Sherrilyn has just absolutely jam packed this book full of things! So go and read it! Writing this review is making me want to re-read it as well. I feel like there’s a few spots where my memory is failing me which is a shame coz I really do love this one!

Until next time! See you next week and if you haven’t already read this one. Go and read it!

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