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They say a person’s wyrd – their destiny – is carved into Yggdrasil’s branches long before they are born.
The Norns have a plan for everyone and mere mortals aren’t meant to stray.
But three hundred years after Odin’s gates between the Nine Worlds malfunctioned, Outlanders left behind on Midgard have forgotten their wyrd and have integrated into society so thoroughly that few humans are even aware of their existence.
PI Bryn Ullman spends her days using her unique gift of retrocognition to assist the local police force in solving otherwise impossible crimes. Her nights are spent alone in hiding, very literally, from the shadows themselves and from those who want her to fulfil her birthright.
Trygg Mackenzie, berserker in hiding from Odin and the eternal servitude that he owes, buries his secrets behind the calm facade of a security professional, working for the mob.
But he’s just one stressor away from losing it all to the monster inside him.
When a murder investigation thrusts Bryn into his life, Trygg is more than willing to risk exposure and even his life in order to protect the courageous beauty who sets his blood on fire, but the one thing she values the most – the truth – might be more than he’s willing to offer.
As mob secrets and unknown factions threaten their work and their lives, will giving in to their passion be their undoing or their salvation?
On the path of fate and destiny, it’ll take A Twist of Wyrd to save them both.

 

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Living in a small village was peaceful–for the bedraggled Mr. and Mrs. Friel, parents of eight children. For their daughter PJ, the village of Gnadenhutten was a study in boredom. Her only excitement was found in skulking around the old graveyard at midnight with her friends and badgering the librarians at the local library. When told she wasn’t allowed to read adult romance (at the age of twelve), PJ decided to use the mail-order library instead.
Sirena the Sea Siren sailed into her life (courtesy of Fern Michaels) and a respect for bold, gutsy women was born.
When PJ isn’t terrorizing the highways of Ohio in her red, mid-life crisis, sports car or crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets, she’s writing about sword-wielding, ass-kicking, wilful, sometimes wanton women and the men who are strong enough to love them.  
Her hobbies include reading and creating artwork that reflects the juxtaposition of sensuality and strength in women.  
She is currently single and lives with her son, who thinks he’s the boss of her.
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BOOK REVIEW

A Twist of Wyrd by PJ Friel

Paranormal Romance

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can see for yourself how honest I was…

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Bryn Ullman can take care of herself. She’s trained to deal with anything that may come her way, man or beast. But she can’t help but still be afraid of the dark. After all, she knows better than anyone who lurks in the shadows. When she meets Trygg Mackenzie she’s attracted to him despite who he is and who he works for. But as they work together to figure out why people are dying, they’ll have to decide if what they have goes deeper than just attraction.

This is an action packed book and I love the suspense aspect of it. Not really knowing everyone’s motivations made it a quick read, although the ending wasn’t a surprise for me. I also enjoyed the touch of myth involved with the book, especially in regards to berserkers, wyrd, and Odin. I’m not especially knowledgeable about Norse myth, but I enjoyed the references.

There are parts of the book that didn’t read as smoothly to me as I’d wish. I don’t mean that PJ Friel is a bad writer. On the contrary, her dialogue and characters are well written. Rather, it’s that sometimes the characters’ reactions to events seemed odd. It caused me to pause and think about it, rather than continuing to read the book and be engrossed in this new world.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

I don’t think I’d pay $4 for this book, but it is a part of Kindle Unlimited and I’d definitely recommend reading it through the KU program. If you really like paranormal romance that’s based off of myths, then you should recommend it to your library for purchase. It’s a great way to read the book for free and it benefits your entire community!

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Still, which is a brand new book out by Camilla Monk. It takes on some of the ancient myths, but with less sex and more humor.

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A Twist Of Wyrd
(The Ways of Wyrd #1)
by Author PJ Friel



They say a person’s wyrd – their destiny – is carved into Yggdrasil’s branches long before they are born.
The Norns have a plan for everyone and mere mortals aren’t meant to stray.
But three hundred years after Odin’s gates between the Nine Worlds malfunctioned, Outlanders left behind on Midgard have forgotten their wyrd and have integrated into society so thoroughly that few humans are even aware of their existence.
PI Bryn Ullman spends her days using her unique gift of retrocognition to assist the local police force in solving otherwise impossible crimes. Her nights are spent alone in hiding, very literally, from the shadows themselves and from those who want her to fulfil her birthright.
Trygg Mackenzie, berserker in hiding from Odin and the eternal servitude that he owes, buries his secrets behind the calm facade of a security professional, working for the mob.
But he’s just one stressor away from losing it all to the monster inside him.
When a murder investigation thrusts Bryn into his life, Trygg is more than willing to risk exposure and even his life in order to protect the courageous beauty who sets his blood on fire, but the one thing she values the most – the truth – might be more than he’s willing to offer.
As mob secrets and unknown factions threaten their work and their lives, will giving in to their passion be their undoing or their salvation?
On the path of fate and destiny, it’ll take A Twist of Wyrd to save them both.

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MEET THE AUTHOR
Living in a small village was peaceful–for the bedraggled Mr. and Mrs. Friel, parents of eight children. For their daughter PJ, the village of Gnadenhutten was a study in boredom. Her only excitement was found in skulking around the old graveyard at midnight with her friends and badgering the librarians at the local library. When told she wasn’t allowed to read adult romance (at the age of twelve), PJ decided to use the mail-order library instead.
Sirena the Sea Siren sailed into her life (courtesy of Fern Michaels) and a respect for bold, gutsy women was born.
When PJ isn’t terrorizing the highways of Ohio in her red, mid-life crisis, sports car or crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets, she’s writing about sword-wielding, ass-kicking, wilful, sometimes wanton women and the men who are strong enough to love them.  
Her hobbies include reading and creating artwork that reflects the juxtaposition of sensuality and strength in women.  
She is currently single and lives with her son, who thinks he’s the boss of her.
CONNECT WITH PJ

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A Fascinating Take on Vampires

I have been reading a ton, but have been avoiding my computer which means not a lot of book reviews. So I decided to share what I think about one of the books I’ve read recently, Enduring Bond by Christa Paige, by filming a short video review.

You can find the review on the blog’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/loveserially). Click here for a shortcut.

In summary, it’s a great book with a strong heroine, a fascinating new take on vampires and main characters who don’t speak English as their first language. All interesting layers to an exciting book.

Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Royal House of Shadows Series

Paranormal Romance

Lord of the Vampires (book 1) by Gena Showalter

If you’d like to watch a short video of my review of Lord of the Vampires, you can visit Love Serially Book Blog Facebook page by clicking on the blue link. It’s 1 minute & 40 seconds long, so I’m talking about just the highlights.

Lord of the Vampires

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Nicolai the Vampire is heir to a throne that has been stolen. Not only the throne, but his memory and even his very body has been lost. Instead, Nicolai is a slave to the perverted desires of a pair of sisters. He calls to one who will save him—a woman from the human world. Jane Parker has faced enormous loss and pain, so when she sees Nicolai in her dreams, she feels for him. But when Jane suddenly awakes in another world, she’s not sure she can believe in her feelings for Nicolai.

This is classic Gena Showalter and she doesn’t disappoint. The entire book reminds me a bit of her Lord of the Underworld series, especially because Nicolai has enormous strength, but is bound by magic. Jane is a scientist and so she approaches the world with a bit of skepticism, but also a lot of courage. Another quintessential Showalter hero and heroine couple.

I’ve read some of the reviews of the book, and I think you should ignore most of the negative reviews. Whoever wrote them didn’t read the book closely enough because the discrepancies they talk about are answered in the book. You’ll notice that even while I write that, I didn’t give this book a 5 star rating. And that’s because, while it’s a fun book to read, the love between Jane and Nicolai moves rather fast. It skips a lot of the tender bits to give us a lot of action and adventure, which is great, but can feel abrupt.

Since this is a four book series, the overarching conflict in the novel is not resolved, so be forewarned. You’ll need to read the other three books to see how that particular storyline finishes. I plan on reading them, and am a little bit of the way into the second book. You can check back on this blog later for updates on what I thought about books 2-4. It’s also good to note that each of the books in this series is written by a different author. I’ve read books by Showalter and Nalini Singh, but I haven’t read books by Jessica Anderson or Jill Monroe, so I’m curious to see each writer’s take on the characters and conflict.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

I borrowed the book from the library and I highly recommend doing that. I was able to find all four books as an ebook bundle from my library, in addition to the paperback copy. If you’re a big fan of Gena Showalter, I don’t think this book disappoints so it might be worth buying.

Something else you might enjoy:

I love Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London Series. It also puts a unique twist on vampires and other paranormal characters. The last book in the series is my favorite.

Darkest London Book 3

Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan

Paranormal Romance

 

Winterblaze (Book 3)

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Poppy London has always been the steady sister. With her husband and her bookshop, her life seems mundane and ordinary. But when a werewolf attacks her husband, Winston, long held family secrets are revealed that may cost Poppy her marriage. After Winston recovers he leaves Poppy to find some semblance of solace after his wife’s betrayal, but when Poppy suddenly appears on his ship, his life takes another dangerous turn. As Poppy and Winston face a threat bigger than the two of them they must decide if the love that brought them together is enough to overcome a deal made with the devil.

This might have been my favorite Darkest London book yet. And that’s saying something because I love the first book in this series. But there is something about the undeniable love between Poppy and Winston that makes my heart sigh. It’s not that Winston doubts his love for Poppy, but it’s whether the two of them can forgive and move on in their relationship.

The universal theme of forgiveness is so applicable to life, whether staring down a demon or ignoring the little hurts your partner may inflict. People inevitably require forgiving, we are so imperfect, and Kristen Callihan’s portrayal of this truth is quite moving. I wouldn’t say that the resolution is definitive, but the story offer glimmers as to how a couple can move on.

The pacing of this story is kind of like the sea: it swells with action and then ebbs a little with memories and dialogue. I enjoyed it and read the novel quickly. The climax of the novel is a little hazy for me—I’m not sure I understand exactly what happens, but it’s a happily-ever-after and for that I am grateful.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $6.99)

Even though it’s a bit expensive, because it’s my favorite book in the series so far, I’m going to have to say yes, you should buy it. It’s sweet and touching and lovely, plus you get to see Poppy’s two sisters as they live out their happily-ever-afters.

Entranced by Moonglow

Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan

Historical Romance/Fantasy

 

Moonglow (Book 2)

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty Summary: Daisy Ellis Craigmore has always seemed like the daring sister. Outrageous and infectious, Daisy’s big personality seems to imply a certain looseness of character. And now that her year of mourning her stuffy old husband is done, Daisy is determined to earn her reputation. Her pleasure is short-lived when she witnesses a gruesome murder and is almost killed herself. When Ian Ranulf happens to come along and save her, she promptly puts him in his place. Yet, as killings continue to happen in London, Ian must keep Daisy close in order to keep her safe. And as he does so, they both learn some startling new things about each other and themselves.

To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I was completely enthralled and had a hard time putting it down. I love Daisy’s personality, although parts of it seemed uneven to me. She loves perfume and has a great sense of smell, but hates dirt and being outside. It seems like all the best smells would be outside in a garden. But what do I know? In any case, she is spunky and outgoing and I really enjoyed getting to know her better (her appearance in the first book is rather brief).

Ian I could take or leave. He wasn’t the super swoony guy I’d always hoped for, but the dialogue between Ian and Daisy is great. His tragic backstory explains a lot of his behavior in the first book of the series, and I love when an author takes a challenging character and transforms him into a sympathetic one. That Kristen Callihan succeeds is evident in how much I like this book.

There is a lot of action and quite a few plot twists throughout this novel. I was very surprised by the evil mastermind behind all the killings and really enjoyed that aspect of the storyline. I can’t wait to read the next novel, since the end of this one gives a glimpse into the next one. That’s the bad thing about borrowing the books from the library—it takes FOREVER to get the next installment. But I’ll happily wait if it means more of this exciting goodness!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $8.99)

This one makes me edgy because even though I liked the book, more than the first one even, nine dollars for an e-book makes me uncomfortable. I definitely recommend reading it, but I think borrowing it from the library may be the way to go unless you’re going to buy the whole series.

Something else you might enjoy:

The London Steampunk Series by Bec McMaster has a similar feel to the Darkest London Series and I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Kiss of Steel. And the best part about it is that it’s free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited. I didn’t read the rest of the series, but there are a lot of books, five to be exact with an additional two novellas, so if you’re looking for a new series this may be a good option.

Enthralled with Darkest London

The Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan

Historical Romance/Fantasy

 

Firelight (Book 1)

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Miranda Ellis knows what it’s like to live as a prisoner of guilt. Thanks to her extraordinary gift and her fiery beauty she is at her father’s beck and call. When he demands that she marry Lord Benjamin Archer, she knows that obeying will absolve her sins, but at the price of her life. Surprisingly, she is drawn to Lord Archer, despite his cold masked appearance. When evidence mounts that Lord Archer is a killer, Miranda must decide if she will stand by her husband or heed the rumors.

This is definitely a kind of Phantom of the Opera meets X-men story minus the singing and the superhero outfits. I was totally surprised by what happens with Benjamin and love the book because of it. The storyline is so imaginative and unexpected with layers of traditional fantasy components and lesser-known myths.

The characters are well written and the dialogue is great. There is tons of action and the mystery of who is setting up Archer is exciting all the way through the book. While I guessed who the villain is, I was no less enthralled with the ending. It is a great story and so much fun to read.

This made me want to read the rest of the series and I am so happy that the books are available through my local library. I cannot wait to dive back into this fascinating world and see what Kirsten Callihan has next.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)

Yes! Although I borrowed it from the library, which is always awesome, this book is one that you may be tempted to read again and again!

Something else you might enjoy:

The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger is similar, with a steam punk twist. I loved this series… in fact I need to go back and re-read it! The first book of the series is titled Soulless.