Review:Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder (Kindling Flames #1) by Julie Wetzel

Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder (Kindling Flames, #1)

 

4.5 Chocolate kisses

Book Blurb-

Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area.
This is the first book in The Ancient Fire Series
This is part one of two. The original book was divided due to length.

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From the start of the book, I could tell that this was going to be interesting and I read it and could not  put it down and then got the second part right away.  I like my books longer than the two of them individually, generally speaking, but found myself satisfied with the story even though it was less than 300 pages.  The world building was subtle and you see more of it in book two, but it is not – not there.  As the world changed for the female lead character it changed for the reader.  I felt myself taken on a journey and her reactions to this new opening world was amusing and thought provoking.  I took a moment and asked myself, what would I do?

And then I began to wonder about how we got from Dracula to this place where Vampires did what they did in this book.  None were sparkling by the way, but none ripped your throat out and drank you dry.  At least not in book 1.  This is not a negative aspect of the book, but it just got me thinking and I suppose it had to be Anne Rice who started the whole romantic Vampire with Louis in ‘Interview with a Vampire’.

If you like slow burn romance then this one fits the bill.  No rush in that department and I wish more writers of series would considered this.  It makes for excellent romantic tension.  And no erotica was even better.  This is one of the books that show that you can have a satisfying romance without jumping into bed every 5 pages.  I like my paranormal romance without erotica and that seems very hard to find these days.

On the whole it was not what I expected and thought to read a bit, put it down, sleep and in a couple of days, read some more.  I couldn’t put the book down until I finished.  So there.  That says it all.

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Review: Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, #1) by A.D. Koboah

Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, #1)

4.5 chocolate kisses

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was brilliant. I truly felt as if I were on a journey with Luna through her trials and tribulations. The subject matter is one that does not usually draw me in regards to slavery in the United States. I found that to be the most intriguing part. The character, even though she lived her life in that manner, kept it distant from her soul and I appreciated the distance and it was not quite so heartbreaking to read. The men and women secondary characters were brave in the face of such adversity and well drawn. Basically it was just the world that surrounded the main story of her relationship with Avery.

It was refreshing and I will read the next one because I want to know more. These are the best kinds of books for me – where I want to know more.

The reason that it is not 5 stars was because I thought the ending was kind of rushed. No more details in that area because I really do not want to do spoilers.

But I found it to be an excellent read.

And the cover art is gorgeous!

Bite Me, I’m Yours by Stacy McKitrick

Bite Me, I'm Yours (Bitten by Love, #2)

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3.5 Chocolate Kisses

This was an interesting tale, light and easy to read but with quite a bit of sex. It was a contemporary romance with a dash of paranormal-vampires. I say dash of paranormal because it could have been a story told without having vampires in it at all. Yes there was biting and bloodsucking mixed with sex, but the main theme to me was about the heroine and hero’s relationship and what crosses them; someone from the past with an axe to grind. So what I like to see in paranormals as in world building was decidedly lacking. And the vampire society, I believe more will come clear in later books, but in this one, they did not know alot about their circumstances and the idea of a ‘Perfect Mate’.

The writing was fine, but the hero was not the type I usually go for – brooding and dark. He was very nice and not at all Alpha which was certainly fine. It is a very valid choice to make such a type of hero.

Overall I felt that the sexual tension from them was ok but it was a bit blah in terms of atmosphere.  What I did like was Perry and how he fit into the story and he seemed to have the most transformation from the beginning to end.

I give a mature rating to this story because the amount of sex.