Review | Touched | A.J. Aalto

Touched is the first book in A.J. Aalto’s Urban Fantasy series The Marnie Baranuik Files.

About The Book

The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by 30361246the Blue Sense–which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects–Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.

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My Thoughts

Touched was my first novel written by author AJ Aalto and what a great start to a new reading venture.

Touched is an unique twist for anyone looking to move past the overdone world of sparkly romanticized vampires.  This is not a typical paranormal romance novel where the vampire bites the heroine and they fall in love.  Touched is far more than that.  With strong sexual references and lots of steamy tension, AJ Aalto takes the reader down a wonderlandic path of pent up lust and desire.

The characters of Touched are so well contrived that you can easily have them imprinted into the walls of your mind.

I thoroughly enjoyed Marnie Baranuik’s personality in this book.  She is strong willed and determined and a bit clueless, in the most charming way.  Oh and not to mention quirky as hell.  She had me laughing more times that not.

Miss Aalto is a clever and imaginative writer.  Touched was an original and inventive read.  Witty and entertaining from the first page to the last.

The is a must read for all of you Urban Fantasy/ Paranomal readers looking for a change in pace.  I give Touched 4.5 stars and I see book 2 Death Rejoices in my very near future.

About The Author

AJ Aalto is the author of the paranormal mystery series The Marnie Baranuik Files. Aalto is an unrepentant liar and a writer of  blathering nonsense offset by factual gore. When535773_10151501733540276_821915275_23575380_201613986_n not working on her novels, you can find her singing Monty Python songs in the shower, eavesdropping on perfect strangers, stalking her eye doctor, or failing at one of her fruitless hobbies. Generally a fan of anyone with a passion for the ridiculous, she has a weak spot for smug pseudo-intellectuals and narcissistic jerks; readers will find her work littered with flawed monsters and oodles of snark.

AJ cannot say no to a Snickers bar and has been known to swallow her gum.

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Review | Invisible Leash | M.H.B

Invisible Leash is the first book in the Cross Series by debut indie author M.H.B

About The Book

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I’ve got it all-the beauty, the brains, the bank account.

Women hate me. Men want my Louboutins around their necks.

And I blame my father for everything. It’s his fault I’m swarming through powerful men in suits while I’m stuck posing as a useless, jobless photo op.

Until he sends the perfect weapon my way: Lincoln Black. Mark my words, I plan to use him. In more ways than one.

What I don’t expect coming my way is Jacob Storm, a beautiful, possessive, millionaire who sexed his way through Manhattan.

I spread my legs. My black heart however remains on lockdown.

You’ve been warned.

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My Thoughts

I was given a readers copy of Invisible Leash by M.H.B. for my honest review.

First off let me start by saying that the cover for this novel is absolutely stunning and completely attracted me towards wanting to reading it even before the blurb did.

Invisible Leash is the debut novel for indie author M.H.B. for what looks to be a duet called the Cross Series.

M.H.B. did an excellent job of writing her characters, painting them within the canvas of my mind.  I love a strong female lead and even though Sage, in some ways, is weak to some of the powers around her, she is very headstrong and determined.  Powerful characteristics for a female persona.

Along with the characters, the plot was well thought out and left you wanting more and more of Sage and Jacob.  And M.H.B. doesn’t hold back on the steam factor.  Lots of sizzling hot moments between the pages of this novel.

Well I did find Invisible Leash to be a bit wordy at times, and the writing to a bit novice, I have no doubt that M.H.B. will become favoured as she moves forward and becomes a well seasoned author.

Overall it was a impressive debut and I give 3.5 starts to Invisible Leash.

 About The Author

M. H. B. holds a Canadian law degree. She loves walking her dog and debating various subjects with her partner. When she’s not writing, her mind is in another world, with a book in hand. Invisible Leash is her debut novel.

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Release & Review | Beauty’s Cursed Beast | Mary E. Twomey

BEAUTY'S CURSED BEAST RDB BANNERHappy Release Day to Mary E. Twomey for the release of her second book in the Cursed Beauty series, Beauty’s Cursed Beast: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling.

About The Book

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Going from being Avondale’s Sexiest Bachelor to becoming hideously deformed turns Adam Fontaine into an angry shut-in. Though he’s doomed to mutate into a growling member of the Lupine when his thirtieth birthday comes, he wants nothing to do with enjoying what’s left of his sentient life.

When his last remaining friend hires a nurse to look after him, Adam realizes there’s more to his life than just his impending curse. Soon Adam has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep the woman he loves by his side, hoping she’ll stay with him through his last days.

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My Thoughts

I received an ARC copy of Beauty’s Cursed Beast in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Mary E Twomey.  I had not yet read the first book in the Cursed Beauty series and although the character from the first book make appearances it is not necessary to have read it.

Let me start by saying that I am not really a huge fan of fairy tales but after reading the blurb about Beauty’s Cursed Beast I was very much intrigued to read it.

I was hooked right from the first few pages.  There was no lull in this story for me.  I greedily turned every page until the very last one.  Miss Twomey took this children’s tale and renewed it, making it fresh and exhilarating and making it a tale made for an adult.

She painted vivid mind art with her words, taking you right into the story alongside Adam and Belle.  Making you fall in love with a beast who was really nothing more than lost man who needed love.

” All I want is for you to stay with me – to remember the man I was to you when all that’s left if the beast”

Beauty’s Cursed Beast in the perfect book to snuggle up to when you need some feel good words and the hope of something magical.

5 stars to Mary E Twomey for making me fall in love with a fairytale.

About The Author

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Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and three adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats

 

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