Sword’s Call by C.A. Szarek

Sword’s Call, the first book of The King’s Riders Series, tells the story of Lady Ceralda Ryhan, heir of the Duke of Greenwald and possessor of a magic sword. She is in danger, being sought by Lord Varthan after he murdered her family, seeking to possess the sword and become king of the kingdom of Terraquist. In hiding, and running to her only remaining family, an aunt and uncle, Cera saves the life of a half-elf named Jorrin who joins her on her trek along with her bond mate, a white wolf named Trikser.

Set in the time of Kings and Queens, Knights and Ladies, Cera encounters elves, mages, wizards, and healers along her path to save not only her sword, but the King and kingdom of Terraquist. But, will she find the help she needs, or will Lord Varthan and his evil Shades win? Will Cera find more than she bargains for at the end of her quest? Can she open her heart and learn to trust and maybe even love again?

Ms. Szarek has woven a tale of danger, intrigue, power and love in this medieval tale. A bit slow in the beginning, but soon the story began to be filled with drama and was hard to put down. It was truly enjoyable to read. I can’t wait to read more of these characters, and see not only them, but the author continue to grow and develop!

4 stars.

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Cards and Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape

The newest installment of The Gaslight Chronicles does not fail to live up to the standard set by the previous books in the series. Set in Scotland, this book is the story of Belinda Danvers and Sir Connor MacKay. Belinda, a widow, has been accused of witchcraft, is jailed and is to be burned at the stake. Sir Connor has been sent to investigate. As a Knight, it is his duty to investigate all things magickal in the kingdom, and the Order is the only group authorized to prosecute in such cases.

Will Sir Connor be able to save Belinda from the stake and those who have accused her? Can Belinda open her heart to another man? Can Sir Connor overcome his love for another woman? Or will the evil that threatens them all win at last.

This novel grabbed my attention from the first page, I had a difficult time putting it down. With witches, werewolves, sorcerers, and all the intrigue, what more could a reader of paranormal books want? And of course, there is the romance! Ms. Pape has once again written a novel full of all the elements that this reader enjoys. Anyone looking for a steampunk romance with paranormal elements will enjoy this book immensely!

5 of 5 stars!

Red Carpet Romance by Jean Joachim

This contemporary romance is the story of Quinn Roberts and Susanna Barnes, set in New York and Hollywood, it is a modern twist on a Cinderella story.

Quinn Roberts is handsome, sexy, single and a movie star. And…he finds himself with a 5 month old boy he calls junior. What does a movie star know about babies? Nothing. So, needing help, he hires a nanny. The moment Susanna Barnes enters his apartment, he feels that there is something different about her, he’s drawn to her in a way he never has been to another woman. But, she’s here to take care of Junior.

Susanna Barnes is starting her life over after a tragic accident changed everything. Taking a job as a nanny seemed like a simple way to start. But, her job turns out to be anything but simple. Working for a movie star puts her in the spotlight in more ways than she ever imagined. And, she is drawn to Quinn in ways she has never been to another man. But, she is the nanny, she can’t become attached to him, or his baby, can she?

This book brings many twists and turns, as well as a cast of family and friends, and some unexpected heroes and villains into the lives of Quinn and Susanna. Can they each learn to trust and follow their feelings in order to find the happiness they both deserve? Or will the obstacles and people who try to get in their way win and stop them from their happiness?

Jean has once more delivered a wonderful read! Very enjoyable with endearing characters that are well developed. The plot flows very well from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book!

5 of 5 stars!