Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Hey Everyone!!! :-)

Happy Monday!!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  To start you out right, here's my monthly indie book review! :-)

Dark Lycan by Barbara Chioffi:

In spite of Tara's early loss, she's a rather sheltered, innocent young woman. Partly as a result of her inexperience, she makes the decision to trust a man she shouldn't trust and that decision ends badly for her. Her rescuer, Jared, has to try to help her overcome the trauma of her abduction and accept some secrets about herself that her family has been keeping.

This is not the first of Ms. Chioffi's stories I've read. As much as I love each story, I'm always amazed that the next one surpasses the last and Dark Lycan is no exception! Five stars, and I can't wait to read the next installment in her Mystic Hearts series. :-)

Shocking Finds by Tracey Clark:

As a young woman, Marin is trying to figure out how where she'll fit into the world as an adult. Complicating her situation is the fact that she has some rather unusual talents and the fact that her aunt seems determined to maintain control over her life. On impulse, she defies her aunt, who ends up in a coma as a result. Now on her own for the first time in her life, Marin is learning things about herself and her aunt which astonish her.

I enjoyed this story, but I found the beginning a bit slow. I would have liked to know more about the characters and the world they lived in sooner, so that I could start forming the emotional connection to them that I need in order to care about what happens to them. This is the first book in the series, so I'll be interested to see how Ms. Clark develops the story in future books.

Home Is The Sailor by Jolie Mason:

Ari and Caden had a teenage romance, but he was heir to a planet and she was from the wrong side of the tracks. They were fated to part. Now, twelve long years later, they've both grown up and are very different people from who they were. They've both walked through fire and come out the other side stronger and harder. They both have secrets. When circumstances throw them together once again, the question of whether they can overcome the tragic events of the past and rekindle their love for each other is raised. Both of them are afraid of being hurt again, but their hearts yearn for each other. Can they trust each other again? Or will past hurts prove too much for them to conquer? You'll have to read to find out!!

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Ari and Caden are both the walking wounded, but they have both found ways to cope with their trauma and rise above it. Still, it's a delicate balance and it takes a leap of faith for them to open themselves up and let the love they've always held for each other free. Their story is a sweet romance that's chock full of steamy encounters. This is only book one of the series, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next book to see where Ms. Mason takes her story.

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