Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Review: Origins

Origins Origins by Lyla Oweds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Origins is the first book in the Grimm Cases series by Lyla Oweds, and it was an addictive read that had me devouring it in no time. From the start, this one pulled me in, and I could not get enough of all that played out.

Although a quick read, there were plenty of elements packed into this one that had me curious about what is to come. There are no solid answers in this one, with things hanging that require the reader to dive into the next book, but the things that are introduced have ideas swirling in the mind.

As addictive as it was, as much as I loved the way things played out and fell for the characters with ease, I will admit that there were some details that were a wee bit too cliched for me. As the story was so addictive and managed to pack a punch, I was able to overlook these elements for the most part – although I do hope they lessen going forward.

Without a doubt, Origins is an addictive start to what promises to be a wonderful series. As soon as I was finished with this one, I found myself diving into book two because I needed more.

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Blog Tour: The Grimm Cases.

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Grimm Cases series by Lyla Oweds. The Grimm Cases is a Young Adult/ New Adult Paranormal Mystery series with 5 books out so far.

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 till 31 January. See the tour schedule here.

Origins (The Grimm Cases #1)
By Lyla Oweds
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult

The things I see aren’t for the faint of heart.

And I am no longer willing to ignore them. Not even when my family, and my best friend, tell me to keep quiet about what’s happening. They say people will think I’m crazy.

Maybe I am.

But the spirit haunting my professor’s house is definitely trying to tell me something, and I’m the only one who can see it.

The one person who can help me is my best friend's brother. But I don’t know if I can trust him or his friends. Or if I can step outside the protective bubble I’ve built around myself.

At this point it’s a toss up: the ghosts will kill me or my panic attacks will.

Either way, I figure I’m going to die.

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All books in the series:
Home (The Grimm Cases prequel novella)Origins (The Grimm Cases #1)Ghost (The Grimm Cases #2)Blood (The Grimm Cases #3)Hidden(The Grimm Cases #4)Balance (The Grimm Cases #5)

- Home (The Grimm Cases prequel novella)
- Origins (The Grimm Cases #1)
- Ghost (The Grimm Cases #2)
- Blood (The Grimm Cases #3)
- Hidden(The Grimm Cases #4)
- Balance (The Grimm Cases #5)

Get the first 3 books and the novella Home as a box set!
Mu is the box set collection which combines books 1-3 as well as the novella Home in one handy box set. You can buy it here.

About the Author:
Lyla Oweds is a paranormal romance author who resides in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. She grew up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has a deep appreciation for the paranormal, hauntings, and Edgar Allan Poe. As such, she loves all things fantasy, mystery, crime, and horror.

She is the author of the Paranormal Reverse Harem series, The Grimm Cases and related novellas. She has also published the first book of Gloria Protean’s story, The Red Trilogy. You can find out more about her current and upcoming works at her website, http://lylaoweds.com.
When not reading, writing, or working as a web programmer, Lyla can be found doing adult-y things such as being a mom, decorating the house, and baking. She also frequently enjoys makeup videos, massages, wine, and coffee.

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Release Blitz: Serafin.

Title: Serafin
Social Rejects Syndicate
Series: Kings of Krakow Trilogy #1
Author: Deja Voss
Genre: Mafia/Organized Crime Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2021


The night I lost Mia was the night I lost my eye. 

My brothers say it was the night I lost my soul, too. 

Her abandonment was my gateway into darkness. 

I’ve taken my father’s throne as one of the Kings of Krakow, ruling the city with an iron fist. 

Everyone from politicians to priests owe me something for burying their secrets, but there’s only one person in this world who I want anything from. 

And now, fifteen years later, Mia needs something from me. 

I’m not the pimple faced teenager who was trying to take her to prom anymore. 

I am a King. 

She’s playing a dangerous game if she thinks she will end up as anything but my queen. 

Serafin: Kings of Krakow Book 1 is a dark standalone full-length organized crime second chance romance set in the Social Rejects Syndicate world. 



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I dig at the bottom of my purse, hoping to find a couple more random crumpled up bills to stuff in the slot machine, doing everything in my power to resist the urge to just pull out my credit card. I probably should’ve just waited in the lobby for Janka to give me the signal, read a magazine or something to pass the time instead of giving in to my addiction. 

The cocktail waitress hasn’t come by in awhile, but she’s probably on to the fact that I’m just here for the free drinks. It’s obvious by the crappy tips I’ve been leaving her that I’m no high roller. 

I pull out my cellphone, thinking maybe I should text Janka and make sure everything is going alright, and as I go to pull up her name, I feel a hand on my shoulder. I swivel in my stool and maybe it’s the drinks but it takes my brain a minute to process what my eyes are seeing. 

He’s much more muscular than I remember, his arms straining up against his tight black t-shirt. His hair is shorter, stylishly trimmed and spiked just a little bit in the front, like he’s going for the just rolled out of bed look but in a sexy way. He has a five o’clock shadow that only enhances the cut of his jaw. Maybe he wasn’t ‘hot’ back when we were eighteen, but he’s definitely a sight to behold now, and yet, everything in me is telling me to run away. 

“Serafin?” I whisper, staring into his eyes, trying to contain my shock. I always knew there was a chance I’d run into him when I moved back to Krakow, but the city is so big, and I rarely go anywhere. I didn’t think it would happen so soon. 

“It’s been a long time, Mia,” he says. God, his voice is much deeper than I remembered, much richer and sexier. 

“Yes.” I am completely at a loss for words. Everything about this man standing in front of me is overwhelming. Feelings from the past start flooding through me like jolts of electricity, from the way he always cared for me and spoiled me, to the fateful night where I watched him get attacked in an alleyway before my eyes, to the day his parents made me sign a piece of paper saying I’d never come within ten yards of him, and I’d never speak of what I witnessed that night. 

“I know that smell,” he says. 

“Vodka and tonic? I’ve had a couple,” I say nervously, hoping that cracking a joke will make the air in this room feel a little less heavy. 

“No, the perfume. Haven’t smelled that in ages.” 

My heart races. The perfume he bought me. “I always liked it. You always did have excellent taste, Serafin. You spoiled me rotten.” 

I can’t tell by the expression on his face whether he wants to kiss me or kill me. My heart is racing so fast, I don’t know if I want to run away and pretend like this never happened or if I want to fling myself at him, fling myself back into the place I was before we split and I was just some innocent flirt working at the bakery. 

I know the kind of people his family are. I know they’re killers, dangerous, wealthy, and powerful. Getting tangled up with Serafin is like playing with fire, and my life is already like living in a house that’s burning down. 

When he wraps his arms around me and hugs me tight, we’re the only two people in this room. The ringing sounds of the slot machines, the shitty band playing covers from the 1970s, the murmur of the crowd, it all fades away. It’s just him and I against the world, just like it used to be… 

and I feel like I’m going to be sick. 

I pull away as I stand up from my stool and smooth my jacket. I’m suddenly hot and cold at the same time. I feel like I’m being stabbed in the stomach, but my heels are too high and my legs are too wobbly to run. I want nothing more than to stay in this moment and pretend like everything is alright, but my body is rejecting it on every level. 

“How are you? How have you been?” I ask, trying to act like a normal human being who has their shit together, and not somebody who can’t figure out up from down. 

“It’s been twelve years, Mia. I don’t think small talk is gonna cut it.” He stares right through me like he can’t figure out if he hates me or loves me, and I don’t blame him. We are well past the point of niceties, and in this moment I want to go off the deep end with him. Sink to the fucking bottom. I want to know everything and rip my heart out and hand it to him all over again, even though I know that’s probably the worst thing for me. 

I laugh and hang my head. “I’m sorry. I really don’t know what to say.” 

“I could get us a room upstairs and I’m sure we could figure something out,” he says, licking his lips. 

Ice pours through my veins. I slap him on the chest, and he starts to laugh. 

“You haven’t changed a bit, musiu,” he says, taking my hand in his and kissing it. “I’m just fucking with you.” 

“Apparently you haven’t changed either, you horn dog.” 

The way he winks at me and bites his lip makes me a little disappointed I didn’t take him up on his initial offer. If he was attractive back when we were in high school, he’s a million times sexier now. He aged well, like a barrel of bourbon kept tucked away for a lifetime. 

“You broke my heart, Mia. I spent the last twelve years trying to hate you.” 

“Well you should,” I say. I fidget with the rings on my fingers. 

“What are you doing running around with Janka?” he asks. 

“Were you watching me?” 

When you see someone you used to be in love with for the first time in a long time, it’s very easy to forget all the red flags of the past. I always thought he meant well when he kept tabs on me, but I thought my ex husband meant well too when he tried to control me. 

“Last I checked I was a free woman,” I say. 

“She’s trouble, Mia. I know her very well.” 

A little bit of jealousy sears inside me, and I don’t like it. I know we haven’t been together in twelve years, but he’s gorgeous and she’s stunning and I could totally see the two of them together. I try to bleach the image from my mind. 

“Roommates are hard to come by when you’re almost thirty years old,” I say, crossing my arms over my chest. “She’s a little rough around the edges, but she’s my best friend.” 

He shrugs like he knows he isn’t going to change my mind either way. Maybe I’m reading way too into this. Maybe he really is just being a concerned friend. I didn’t even think to ask if he’s married by now, but it would make perfect sense. He’s rich, gorgeous, and charming and I know he isn’t afraid to shower his girlfriend in beautiful things and attention. I look down at his finger for a wedding ring, and even though I don’t spot one, I imagine he’s the kind of man who might not wear one at all. 

“Speaking of almost thirty,” he says, “it’s my birthday tonight. Do you want to come to a party at Club Taboo?” 

My eyes grow wide. Maybe he’s not a married man, and if he is, his wife must be a pretty open person. Club Taboo is known for being an anything goes kind of place with naked dancers and sex shows and rooms with glass walls. I’ve only heard stories about it from Janka, who obviously loves it, but I really don’t think that’s my scene. 

“It’s not what it sounds like,” he says. Even after all these years he can read me like a book. “My friends rented the place for the night. I’m sure it’s going to be pretty low key. We can leave if it’s not.” 

I know I should say no. I know everything about this is a bad idea. Sex club with my first love when I’m drunk and vulnerable isn’t exactly in the “how to recover gracefully from a divorce” handbook. I wouldn’t be standing here right now if it weren’t for indulging in my bad ideas, though. 

“I would like that. I have something I have to take care of here first, though, and I’m going to bring Janka with me. I’ll meet you over there in an hour or so?” 

“I’ll make sure to add your name to the list. You better give me your number just in case.” 

I pull out my cellphone and get his phone number, calling him so he has mine. I swallow down the lump in my throat, knowing there’s no turning back now. 

“Happy birthday,” I say, giving him a hug. My phone starts to ring, Janka’s number scrolling across the screen. “I gotta go.” 

“I better see you soon,” he says, squeezing me tight to his rock hard chest. God, he smells good. I wish I wasn’t such a nice friend and I could just blow Janka off. I know she’d probably do it to me if she was in the same situation. 

“Of course,” I say. 

I wait for him to walk away and answer my phone. “You ready for me?” I ask. “Let’s make it a quick one.”


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Deja is a career bartender living in the heart of the beautiful PA Wilds with her two Rottweilers. She began writing in elementary school and loves romantic suspense, dark romance, and erotic thrillers the most. When she's not writing she's an avid trail runner/hiker and loves camping, cross country skiing, motorcycles, and adventure racing.



Release Blitz: How To Rebuild.

Title: How to Rebuild
Series: Hearts & Horsepower #4
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Small-Town Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2021


At the height of her professional success, Elise Flynn never imagined a fateful oversight would leave her on the verge of losing everything she’s worked so hard to achieve. 

Caught up in the drama that has her life unraveling, Elise misses her flight home. With the ensuing fallout, Elise can’t hide her devastation… not even when she spots a handsome stranger sitting at her gate. 

Kieran Decker knows about longevity. One of the most respected engine builders in the industry, Kieran’s motors are built to last. It’s his attention to detail that keeps engines performing at their best. 

When Kieran spots the distressed woman waiting for the same flight, he can’t help but approach her. Needing to unload her worries, Elise shares her troubles with the man she never expects to see again. 

Only, she does. And by then, it all has come crashing down. That’s when Kieran steps in and shows her how to rebuild.



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A.K. Evans is a contemporary romance author of over twenty published novels. While she enjoys writing a good romantic suspense novel, Andrea’s favorite books to write have been her extreme sports romances. That might have something to do with the fact that she, along with her husband and two sons, can’t get enough of extreme sports. 

Before becoming a writer, Andrea did a brief stint in the insurance and financial services industry and managed her husband’s performance automotive business. That love of extreme sports? She used to drive race cars! 

When Andrea isn’t writing, she can be found homeschooling her two sons, doing yoga, snowboarding, reading, or traveling with her family. She and her husband are currently taking road trips throughout the country to visit all 50 states with their boys.


Release Blitz: Marks of Rebellion.

Title: Marks of Rebellion
Series: Behind Closed Doors #2
Author: Maggie Cole
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 19, 2021


He Stole Her Freedom and Wants Her Back… 
In the darkness of the night, she climbed out of the dirt pit and tugged on heartstrings I didn’t even know I had. 
There’s no slow-burn for her. It’s a full-speed freight train of desire mixing with the jungle heat. 
Her touch brings me to my knees. Her intoxicating kisses flood adrenaline in my veins. 
But it’s not just about us. 
Her ex will do anything to get her back. He’s powerful and he has eyes everywhere. 
No matter where we go, people are watching. And the moment I drop my guard, I lose her. 
When I rescue her this time, he’ll pay for every mark he’s ever put on her. 

(Hearts of Rebellion is the second jaw dropping installment in the Behind Closed Doors series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers. Trigger Warning: This book contains Domestic Violence.)



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Maggie Cole is committed to bringing her readers alphalicious book boyfriends. She's been called the "literary master of steamy romance." Her books are full of raw emotion, suspense, and will always keep you wanting more. She is a masterful storyteller of contemporary romance and loves writing about broken people who rise above the ashes. 

She lives in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico with her husband, son, and dog. She loves sunshine, wine, and hanging out with friends. 

Her current series were written in the order below: 
All In (Stand alones with entwined characters) 
It's Complicated (Stand alones with entwined characters) 
Together We Stand (Brooks Family Saga - read in order) 
Coming January 5, 2021: Behind Closed Doors (Read in order) 
Coming April 1, 2021: Mafia Wars


Release Blitz: Love in Europe.

Title: Love in Europe
Series: Love Abroad #2
Author: Emily Silver
Genre: FF Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2021


What comes next when all your dreams are coming true? 

Annabelle has it all. She finally owns her own tourism company and travels the world. She loves her life. But what happens when you have it all, and it’s not enough anymore? 

The universe may just have the answer for her... 

After a mix-up with another group, she’s stuck with the sexy and brooding Celine for the next few weeks. 

After a rough breakup, Celine wants nothing more than to do her job driving tourists around Europe. No matter how hard Celine tries to resist Annabelle, the assertive American, with her quick mouth and sleeve of tattoos, gets under her skin. 

Can Annabelle capture Celine’s heart? Or will Celine’s past destroy Annabelle’s dream of love? 

Love in Europe is the second in the Love Abroad series and can be read as a standalone book. This FF contemporary romance is filled with laughs, steam and a whole lot of heart!



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The limestone cliffs are jagged and unwelcoming from the boat. The small entrance to the cave is even less welcoming from this view. Celine tenses under my arms, and I squeeze her tighter to me. 
“Lean back, everyone, so you do not hit your head on the rocks,” the boat guide instructs. 
Celine leans back into me, as I lean into the back of the boat. The oars scraping against the side of the boat are heavy as we head into darkness. We pass under the walls of the cave with inches to spare. The sun disappears as darkness takes over. Inside the cave, bright aquamarine colors dance in the water. Finally able to sit up, we see a few other boats drift lazily in the cave. 
“The waters are pristine,” Celine whispers. “Stunning.” 
The water reflecting off her face is what’s stunning. She’s still leaning back into me, not quite ready to let go in this tiny cave. Voices echo off the walls as we take in the crystal waters. 
“I don’t think the water at the beach is this clear.” The water whirls and sparkles with the motion of the boat. It’s like thousands of gleaming diamonds are floating just beneath the surface. “Thank you for coming with me, Celine. I’m glad I got to experience this place with you,” I whisper softly into her ear. 
She grabs my hand and places a kiss in the center of my palm. “I should be thanking you. I get to have all these new and wonderful experiences I wouldn’t have if I was with my usual group.” 
Her deep brown eyes are mirrors for the water. Now that we have this thing between us, her eyes give her away. I love seeing how happy she is on this adventure with me. These last few trips, I was left to explore on my own. Or I just stayed near the hotel and did any planning from afar. But having Celine at my side now makes these little side trips infinitely better. I can be carefree with someone at my side.



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Emily Silver is a lover of all romance books and a first time writer. As an avid travel, she’s been to all seven continents and sailed around the world. What better way to start writing than with traveling!? 

When she’s not writing, Emily is working to pay for her next big adventure, trying to learn a foreign language and reading all the romance she can get her hands on! 

Find her on social media to stay update on all her adventures and upcoming releases!