Nora and Levi are the focus of our story, although Raphael joins in along the way and Isak is a little on the periphery of their adventure.
Nora and Levi are powerful witches that have left their coven for their own reasons. Nora’s mission is to create an online library of spells that any witch from any coven can access for free so that no one has to suffer or die because their coven doesn’t have centuries of knowledge at their disposal. Levi on the other hand is trying to protect Nora and absolve himself of the guilt he feels in relation to Nora’s mum’s death.
Raphael is an old flame of Nora’s back from college days. He also somehow seems to have the perfect knowledge to help them in their adventure.
Nora and Levi enter a witch competition to win access to their century’s old library for 24 hours. As part of it, they find themselves up against witches who’re willing to kill the other competitors. The competition requires them to travel to three locations around the world, find and win their tokens and return to the witches coven within 28 days.
Nora and Levi choose Egypt, Iceland and Greece, with Egypt being their first stop. On the way from Scotland to Egypt, they stop off in Paris and pick up Raphael to help guide them through Egypt.
Almost immediately after starting this book I started to get some serious Da Vinci Code and Matthew Reilly with a touch of XXXX vibes. The balance of the action, romance, sex, drama and life-threatening situations was about as perfect as I can imagine them getting.
I also love that this trilogy is in the same world as Sea Dragons of Amber Bay and Norse Sea Dragons series. The intricacies Zoe has created deserve to have more stories told!
I honestly can’t wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. I know Zoe is taking her time writing these to make sure she keeps the quality as high as I’ve come to expect. So while that means that I need to wait for the next book, I’m hoping it’ll mean it’s epic!
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Nora Moss is the oldest daughter of the leader of her coven. Her powers are focused on influencing people. Pretty cool sounding power right?!
She’s also a typical college student with typical boy problems that stem the point of this short novella.
Nora is home from college on spring break. During the one week she’s home, she finds herself having some interesting thoughts from just one night.
In terms of Zoe’s normal writing, this wasn’t as great as normal.
If you read it and then immediately start Cursed in Love, it’ll be way better, and I think it’ll actually enhance Cursed in Love. I think the fact that this is seriously setting up Cursed in Love does this one a disservice as a stand alone novella, but, as the little tease to whet your appetite, it’s awesome!
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Nia’s brother went to Norway and instigated a bunch of murder and drama in the previous book. Nia is a completely different type of which to her brother and is just trying to get her families grimoires back, so her coven won’t kill her. Her powers aren’t as strong as her brother, and she doesn’t want anything to do with the mystical world.
Magnus is the brother of the murdered sea dragon from the first book. He’s all seriousness, no fun and just trying to be the best leader he can be to his people while avoiding his murderous mother.
Nia arrives in Norway and runs into Magnus in the bar. The next day she almost literally runs into Magnus while he’s in sea dragon form forcing him to have to intervene to make sure she didn’t expose their secret. Cue being kidnapped and held against her will until Magnus decides what to do with her and whether he trusts her or not.
The time and acceptance Nia and Magnus experience with each other is profound. Especially given the experiences they’ve each suffered at the hands of the other species. I enjoyed reading them accept each other, test their boundaries and generally grow into better versions of themselves as part of a couple.
My only wish is to have had an ending where we got to see Nia in the archives, doing what she loves and seeing what she might find in there. It’s such a small thing but I really wish that one little thing happened!
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Lottie and Eiric are so different there’s no way they could possibly find their way to each other.
Lottie is a human and the mother of twins whose father seems to want absolutely nothing to do with her or their children. She’s already in a country with no family and now she’s raising twins all alone.
Eiric, however, is the youngest son of his sea-dragon clan’s ruling family and tasked with finding out who killed his middle brother, the father of Lottie’s twins. Except, upon meeting Lottie he’s drawn to her in a way that he can’t explain.
Lottie is out on a mission to find the father of her twins and get him to sign some paperwork so she can get benefits from the Norwegian government as a single mum. When she finally catches him at home it turns out it’s his brother, Eiric.
Eiric can’t believe his brother would be silly enough to sleep with a human, let alone get one pregnant. If what Lottie’s saying is true, then there’s a huge risk of baby sea dragons being loose in the public for anyone to discover their existence.
The only problem for both of them is that there seems to be a witch out to kill Lottie’s twins and they need to find them and protect themselves before it’s too late.
Zoe’s ability to write about the paranormal and the human worlds mixing together always amazes me. I think my favourite thing about this one was the fact that we’d had this clan introduced to us (in theory) by the Sea Dragons of Amber Bay trilogy.
Like I vaguely knew a few tiny details about this clan, but it was so cool to read about them in person coz I definitely wanted to know more about them!
When I got to the end of the book I just had to have more! I’m so glad Zoe flew through writing the next book coz it means I can jump into that as soon as I’m free!
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Welcome back everyone, the third and final instalment of the Sea Dragons of Amber Bay trilogy is here!
I’ve been waiting a while to get this and even bugged Zoe for it coz I was looking forward to it so much. In a way it was a little bit of a letdown, but it’s amazingness in other areas well and truly made up for it.
Adrian really bugged me with his inability to commit to them but refusing to let Skye leave or anything to happen to her. Like it’s great that he was so into showing her how he felt, but did he have to fight against it for so long?
I was really hoping this book would be about the four of them fighting together against the world. Not a mixture of still figuring out their relationship and fighting against the world.
The other areas that were amazing, included Adrian trying to figure out how to impress Skye, Jack and Ty fighting to make their life with Skye and Skye learning about her magic and the community. Reading about how Skye was figuring things out was amazing and I loved her thought process.
Although I beat her to the anchor thing.
The ending to the trilogy was very satisfying, although I’m surprised with the turn that Zoe took to get us there. I also kinda wish the epilogue was set further into the future coz there’s a couple of things I really wanted to hear about that would only need a chapter to cover off.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing It’s Raining Men by Rich Amooi.
Welcome back everyone, my new favourite sexy paranormal romance trilogy is back with the second book!
We pick up exactly where the first book ends. On the beach with Skye panicking.
I was so happy Zoe did this! Given the massive cliff-hanger we were given on the beach I didn’t want to miss a thing, and I didn’t!
As they worked through what had happened on the beach we saw the flaws come out in some, and the strengths come out in others. Each of the boys surprised me in how they reacted to the various challenges they faced.
While Jack had worked through a few emotional things fairly early on in Tempted, Ty and Aiden hadn’t really done much of that yet. While Ty had stepped up in the first book, it was time for Jack to step up. And he did it brilliantly!
Meanwhile, Ty and Aiden’s responses allowed them to open up and become a whole. With the help of some meddling family members and a pod of orcas of course. As weird as that sounds, it makes total sense in the moment and you’ll love it when you read it.
Following on the theme from the first book, Zoe leaves us with a cliff hanger! And right as they all came together and kinda sorted themselves out too!
While I have to wait a month for the third and final book, I’ll be bringing you my review of that one in just one weeks’ time!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Strictly Come Dancing by Kathryn Freeman.
Welcome back everyone, I’ve saved up a special treat for you in the form of one book each week for the next three weeks of Zoe Ashwood’s latest trilogy, Sea Dragons of Amber Bay.
After reading just the first one, I feel like Zoe has outdone herself. In every way this book had me hooked so much more than her previous books!
Pretty much as soon as I finished it, I was messaging Zoe asking when I’d be able to get Ensnared because, OMG! I need to know more! How dare Zoe end it on a cliff hanger like that?!
Some of the things that made this so interesting was the constant need for secrecy, everyone being on edge about saying the wrong thing and the history behind why those secrets needed to be kept. The amount of times they almost slipped up was hilarious.
The fact that this is a reverse harem book means that the romantic relationship needs to be a connection between more than just two people. The way Zoe wove that development and change in amazed me and made it feel kind of normal. By that, I mean it didn’t feel like the relationships were forced at all.
The one thing that I was constantly looking for, thanks to the blurb, is all three guys to come walking out of the water all sexy like. It never happened! Come on Zoe! Prime opportunity there!
The other thing was the suggestion that their relationship would be all figured out by the end. It’s not, and in a few surprising ways that I don’t want to give away!
I’m guessing you should just go right ahead and buy all 3 books. Although I should mention there’s a fair bit of steamy sex scenes, much more than Zoe has ever done before!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Secrets in the Snow by Emma Heatherington.
Welcome back everyone, after reading and reviewing Lisa Kessler’s she mentioned that she had a new book available on NetGalley. So of course I had to go and check it out!
I knew I was coming in part way through the series so a few things might be spoiled for earlier books. What I wanted to know was whether this as another series I wanted to invest time in.
And my answer is yes. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series as they’re released and looking into getting the previous books.
Immortal pirates wasn’t something I’d thought of when I’d imagined the various ways paranormal beings could be described. The piracy coupled with psychic gifts made for an interesting read! The way Heather’s ability to speak to the dead was described and used, it felt like it added a lot of value (both for the main story but also a couple of funny and sweet moments) to a few different characters development.
The bit at the end where she uses her gift had me chuckling. Trying to imagine who she could’ve been talking to has me really intrigued to read Flynn’s story now!
I also loved how Heather was able to combine something that Drake enjoys, with modern technology to gain his interest. The poor guy can’t stand modern technology and yet she manages to kinda change his mind on how bad it is.
Lisa has woven together mythology (Davy Jones and other well-known relics), the supernatural (mediums, root doctors etc) and an ongoing battle happening in the modern world in a similar way to the Muse Chronicles series. Yet still unique!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing The Unexpected Inlander by Kellyn Thompson.
Welcome back everyone, after my first NetGalley request last week we’re back to Zoe’s Shiftseries. At this point in time when I’m writing this (in very early April!) this is the last book in the series available.
After reading Bearly Married,Trust the Wolf and Truth or Bear I was used to a certain level of excitement, drama and romance all blending together to form a captivating story. Even though Zoe’s quality of writing was still up there with the other books, I felt it was written a bit differently.
Since we’re following on from the end of Truth or Bear our lovers are separated thanks to Parker being kidnapped. Even though we’re a month on from where we left off, Gabriel hasn’t managed to find any promising leads to find Parker. Although this separation was great for building up Gabriel’s feelings for Parker. It meant that the rest of the story had to adapt to suit it.
Throughout most of this book I felt like it was a bit flat emotionally compared to the rest of the series. There were certainly peaks of drama and excitement. But not to the same levels as the other books.
After finishing that story, I feel like it could have been done better as a novella. That way it cuts out the flatter sections or could have at least condensed it. Leaving us with all the good filled bits!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing Mr Temptation by Rachael Stewart. Continue to read further down to find out about Zoe, and don’t forget to check out the reviews for the other books in the series.
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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