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Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler by Rysa Walker

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Simon Says

Rysa Walker has become a must read for me. A very good friend kept urging me that I was missing something before I picked up Time Bound and he was right. The characters that Ms. Walker develops are very believable and have very captivating personalities that make you love or hate them. Simon Rand, affectionately known as Rat Bastard, is one you hate. Even after this glimpse into the inner mind of this character I really have no real affection for him. He is, a bastard in more than one definition of the word. Simon is a time traveler thanks to his wizardry with the Chronos key and in my opinion, with his personality being a mixture of idiot savant with a touch of evil, he grows up fast and hard and doesn’t have any qualms about who’s rules he breaks. Even the master mind behind the Cyrists, Saul, who plans every move he makes like a chess game he always wins is a little more likable than Simon.

In this novella, we see Simon as a kid before he truly was twisted by the fates of time and crossing times over and over again. His connection with his “friend” Kiernan is just beginning to be explored and it gives me a little bit more empathy for him…..just a little bit though. Especially when we see that his obsession and his determination to find out what truly happened cause him to set the history of a nation spiraling because he jumps before thinking it through. This along with his other experiments with the key as well as his work for the Cyrists, Brother Cyrus and Saul are only just starting though and one can hope that some way we get to see him stumble a few more times. I must strongly recommend that the reader start with Time Bound though to get the full emotion and direction of the series and the dynamic characters Ms. Walker has created. Even Simon, a character that I still haven’t much affection for is an amazing character and his story was a great read that filled in more blanks in the Chronos key world. I was given this copy for an honest review.

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I say FINALLY because I have been waiting to read this book for quite some time.  As what some might say a “recent” fan of Dr. Who and time travel interests in general this book has been twisting in my peripheral for quite some time.  (although I must say that if you really want to get into specifics time travel roms have always interested me and Gwyn Cready’s series is still one of my faves despite the connection to Pittsburgh…. hehehe….. sorry you can’t take the hockey completely out of me…. and as many know I am not a Pens fan) But wait…… I was talking about this amazing book by Rysa Walker called Timebound that I adored!  So without any more diversions here is what I thought and why I think you should all go and purchase this one immediately!!!

Timebound (the Chronos files book 1) by Rysa Walker

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Kate is your typical teenager trying to deal with normal girl things.

Boys.  Best Friends.  School.  Family.

Splitting her time between divorced parents homes and trying not to chose a side between them especially when her estranged grandmother comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse, Kate has no idea who to believe. When she is attacked on her way to school by a man who steals her backpack and the bizarre book her grandmother had given her a handsome stranger helps her out; but not without giving her a warning and a kiss that brought a vision of more.  When she gets back to her grandmother and the sanctuary of her home, things gets even more twisted in her life when her very existence is threatened.  She has no choice but to believe in what her grandmother and her assistant have told her….  That she carries a gene that allows her to travel through time when she goes to her school and witnesses for herself that she does not exist in the current timeline.  Meeting a guy that not only believes her when she spills her secrets but wants to help her is her bright light through dealing with the loss of her whole life as she knew it but when she must go back in time and stop a threat to her grandmother that will bring massive changes to the world as they know it she has to go it alone.  Headed back to Chicago and the Worlds Fair of 1893, Kate encounters many obstacles as she tries to stop not only a murder but catastrophic changes in reality that will change the world forever.  All while facing the reality that if she is successful she will lose the person that helped her through the worst days of her life.

I’m stopping from giving any more “spoilers” and saying please pick this one up for yourself.  Yes it is of the Y/A genre but it doesn’t read like a lot of those in that category. It is a captivating read that has me salivating for more.  Kate’s journey through this book is never boring and it moves at a very fast pace.  The poor girl is thrown so many curves in the span this, her first story, but she bats away almost every threat with the maturity of a woman who has lived many lives.  The fact that this is in itself true set aside.  Dealing with losing everyone she loved, the suspected betrayal of those who should embrace her, and the multiple realities that have her heart split between two guys who love her and are willing to sacrifice everything to save her is a lot for anyone but Kate pulls no punches.  She keeps kicking and fighting and I can’t wait to see where the future takes her…. or shall I say the past? The second book in the series

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Hidden Prey by Cheyenne McCray

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Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

DHS Agent Landon Walker had been hiding from the world for too long. Dealing with the loss of his fiancee over a year before he knew he had to come back to the living. He needed to start building the relationships with his friends again that he had left neglected for so long. Walking out of his grandmothers house he opens his arms to help a woman running from the demons chasing her and soon finds that her courage and strength is the balm he needs to help heal him.

Tori Cox needed to get away from the abusive relationship she was in. Going home to Bisbee and her parents was the first step in breaking the hold her boyfriend held on her. Walking down the street to find she remembered almost everything from her youth growing up there was helping her accept that she had finally done the right thing despite leaving her belongings behind. Stumbling into a murder in progress she runs for her life and finds herself in the arms of a tall dark stranger….a stranger she needs to protect her from all the people hunting her down.

Stepping away from the attraction he felt for Tori wasn’t an option despite the dangers to both of them. She needed his help, he needed to help her and together they needed to prove to themselves that they deserved to fight for each other. The dangers threatening them are very deadly and there is nothing more important in their fight than to trust in the love they share.

My very first stumbles into the world of Cheyenne McCray were Chosen Prey and Moving Target and with them I was hooked into her books and devoured as many as I could get a hold of. When I heard that the new series, Lawmen, was a part of this same world I was hungry to get my hands on the book! Thankfully I wasn’t kept waiting too long and in a day I had fed my appetite with this hot sexy read. Landon is still recouping from an accident that changed his life but is ready to emerge from his self preservation world of too much work and too much alcohol. The tall, sexy and brooding DHS agent gets more than he asks for when Tori runs into his life. Literally! Tori’s world had always been her music and sharing it with the world but after her relationship runs sour she needs to start fresh. Starting over never was supposed to come with threats to not only her life but the lives of everyone who she had ever cared for. Ms. McCray is brilliant as she wraps you up in Tori’s flight for her life and Landon’s re-emergence from his self inflicted exile from the world. This suspenseful romance is a brilliant ride from start to finish with emotional twists and turns that this reader never saw coming as they fought for their lives, their love and their future together.

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Tall Dark and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Tall, Dark, and Vampire

Tall, Dark, and Vampire

5 Tombstones

Olivia Hollingsworth had been haunted by the one man she had lost for centuries. One man who had only shared one night with her but she had lost her heart to for an eternity. Thoughts that she had put him behind her had been brought back to focus twenty years ago when the dreams began but she never thought that it meant that there was more to it than a life time of celibacy and the resulting sexual frustration. Seeing her “Douglas” walk into her bar wasn’t something she had expected but when he was investigating a murder that had connections to her coven she had to protect those in her care first before she trusted the man who turned her libido on after centuries in the off position.

Detective Doug Paxton had some knowledge of the paranormal world but he didn’t want to dwell on things he really didn’t want to accept. People close to him had opened his eyes to the possibility but acceptance was another thing. Walking into the bar and seeing the woman who had been haunting his very sexual dreams for what seemed like forever couldn’t be just a coincidence right? Nothing was as simple as that, especially when his investigation into recent murders kept bringing him back into her orbit and his desire for the flesh and blood version of the sexy red-head was even more intense than the connection they shared in his dreams.

Someone was out to get Olivia and it seemed to be personal but that didn’t stop her from thinking of the sexy detective constantly and wanting to find out just what connection they shared. Digging into the investigation all leads kept bringing him back to Olivia and it isn’t all good when he wakes up after being attacked. Wakes up with news that his life as he knew it had been forever changed and the woman herself was the one to decide his fate. Despite everything they must push things aside and work together now more than ever to get rid of the threat before more people lose their life to whoever has a vendetta against them.

Wow… just wow. This has the taste of one hell of a series. The spin off from Humphreys Amoveo series, this book is a great jumping off point for a fantastic vampire collection. Olivia and Doug are awesome together. Doug’s reluctance to accept his fate makes the tension in the book jump up and wrap around your heart as does Olivia’s turmoil for her part in his change. My emotions were tugged left and right throughout their story as they deal with acceptance of the past, their real connection as bloodmates and what the future holds because of who they really are. The twists and turns and revelations in this book will keep the reader on the edge of their seat! I am hungry for more already!

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Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys

Vampire Trouble

Vampire Trouble


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Shane Quesada, Presidium Sentry had been existing. Doing what was needed to protect the current czar’s and those before them. Never did he imagine that the legend was true about a bloodmate and never did he think that he would find his in the form of a feisty newly turned vampire with a turbulent past.

Maya wanted more than working in the bar for her maker. She needed to remember her past, find a way to stop hating the world and have some adventure along the way. Taking a position in another bar with a very different vampire than the ones she was with was a start. Dealing with the visiting werewolf royalty would give her something else to concentrate on other than the continued dreams of her violent past and of the sexy vampire that somehow breached her mind and was now becoming a totally different focus for her. One that she wasn’t sure she could handle.

Leaving the city together, the two escape the threat that is after Maya but find themselves entering a very different threat. One that neither wanted to fight as they give in to the bloodmate bond that would bring them closer to each other than any before. With the incite of a powerful gypsy, they find more than they expected when looking into Maya’s past and with that new knowledge it gives her a new weapon to use against the threat chasing her down.

This is one powerful, heart wrenching and emotional story. As much as I loved Tall, Dark and Vampire I think I lost my heart to Shane in this story. The stalwart vampire had always followed the rules, kept to himself and fought for the Presidium, never thinking of himself or his wants and needs. His connection to Maya is beautiful, their journey emotional and touching as she found a way to release the “demons” chasing her and give in to her desires to be loved by a man and push the terrors behind her. Maya is a strong heroine and she captivated me with her determination and the way she pushed through even after her heart was crushed to do what was right for everyone in their world. I was most impressed with the way she grew and blossomed from a self centered creature to one who was willing to sacrifice for everyone from one book to the next made this book hard to put down. Kudos Ms. Humphreys! Can’t wait to read the next one!

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