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Review: Ancient Desire by N.J. Walters

Posted November 21, 2022 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Ancient Desire by N.J. WaltersReviewer: Casee
Ancient Desire by N.J. Walters
Series: Forgotten Brotherhood #5
Also in this series: Fury Unleashed, Arctic Bite
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: August 15, 2022
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 325
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Nothing was supposed to wake half dragon, half human Lucius from his Deep Sleep. Nothing. And yet something, or rather someone has. The unexpectedly attractive human not only touched him. She kissed him. Now Lucius is awake, and more powerful than he has ever been in his 4,000 years of existence. And once he finds out who led her to his cave, he’ll deal with his 300 years of hunger…
College professor Raine Carson spent her life obsessed with myths and legends. And now she’s woken one up. Only, Lucius is nothing like anything she’s ever seen or read about in her history books. Because this man is part sexy badass and part terrifying…monster. Yet she wants him with a hunger like nothing she’s ever felt before.
Lucius used to be part of the Forgotten Brotherhood—a ruthless group of paranormal assassins. Now he’s unsure if his former Brothers are their allies…or enemies. All he knows is that someone is hunting him, and Raine is just as tangled up in this mess as he is. And he’ll protect her—even if it means unleashing his Dragon and all of its power.

Ancient Desire is book five in Walters Forgotten Brotherhood series. This series follows the Forgotten Brotherhood, a group of paranormal assassins. The members of the Brotherhood have strict rules that they follow, including not harming innocents. Ancient Desire follows the story of Lucius, a drakon who went into Deep Sleep with no intention of rising. There is only one thing that can rouse a drakon from Deep Sleep: the mating call.

Raine Carson is a professor at a local college, specializing in myths and legends. When she’s offered a grant to further her research, she immediately accepts. It almost seems too good to be true when she gets a tip that there is a legit stone dragon in a cave in some remote part of somewhere. She soon learns that when it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Her guide, who is the same man that tipped her off about the dragon, blows up the cave with her inside it. Now she’s going to die in a cavern with a stone dragon for company. She has no idea that it’s no ordinary dragon. It’s a drakon–half human, half dragon.

Lucius doesn’t want to leave his Sleep. He knows that he’s too powerful to exist in the world and has no desire to be hunted. On the verge of waking, Lucius has no idea how one human woman could have woken him. At first he fully intends to stay Sleeping and let her die. Then he listens to her talk to him (she thinks he’s stone, not real) and he realizes that she has brought him something that he hasn’t had in too many years to count. Peace. He feels peaceful in her presence.

Now that he’s awake, he and Raine have to answer one question. Why her? What is so special about Raine that she was lured to the cave then trapped and left to die. Not only that, but she’s in danger now, something that Lucius can’t abide. As he becomes more and more awake, he realizes that the only thing that could have called him out of his Sleep was his mate. Mates are rare to the point of almost non-existent to drakons.

This was a fast easy read. I enjoyed Raine and how she talked to herself, her cat, the stone dragon. The woman couldn’t stop talking and it was so endearing. I loved that about her. I also loved how protective Lucius was over Raine. Although it wasn’t hard to put down, it was still an engrossing story. I can’t wait to finally get Sven’s book.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Forgotten Brotherhood

four-stars


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What Are You Reading? (627)

Posted November 18, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I’ve been on a dragon binge recently. I finished the Darkness series by Katie Reus then decided to try Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire #1) by Deborah Cooke. I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know if Katie Reus’ books were so good that I just expected too much or if it just wasn’t a good book. I also reread Garrett’s Destiny (Dark Protector #15) by Rebecca Zanetti. I really liked this one the first and second time around. Now I’m reading Edison (The Navesink Bank Henchmen #10) by Jessica Gadziala.

I’m listening to Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas. I love Mary Jane Wells. She’s a phenomenal narrator.

Holly

I discovered a new-to-me author, Jenny Schwartz, and read the first book in a fantasy/sci-fi spin-off series about a magic house, Any House in a Storm. It was interesting enough that I decided to go back and read the original series. I’m currently reading the first book, The House That Walked Between Worlds. I’m enjoying the world and the premise.

I listened to Crowbones by Anne Bishop. I really love the narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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What Are You Reading? (626)

Posted November 11, 2022 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Casee

I finished up Katie Reus’ Darkness series, which I absolutely adored. Darkness Rising was the 8th and final book and my favorite book in the series. Now I’m reading Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire #1) by Deborah Cooke. This is a new-to-me author & I’m enjoying it so far!

I’m listening to Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas. I am enjoying Pandora & Gabriel immensely. I’ve found myself laughing out loud while driving down the road. It’s such a sweet story.

Holly

I read and listened to Dance with the Devil by Kit Rocha this week. I really enjoyed it. Aside from that I just re-read a few books.

I’m currently reading Captivated by Lauren Dane.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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What Are You Reading? (625)

Posted November 4, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I am still on a shifter binge. I’m currently reading Guardian of Darkness (Darkness #7) by Katie Reus. I can’t say enough good things about this author. I’ve been reading her non-stop for the last five weeks. I’m bummed to be finishing up the Darkness series, but I’m looking forward to starting her Moon Shifter series. I’m also reading Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout #1) by Lucy Score.

I listened to a bunch of Julie Garwood historicals which put me in a historical mood. I’m currently listening to (rereading) Devil in Winter (Wallflowers #3) by Lisa Kleypas. I haven’t read or listened to a Kleypas in years & am looking forward to listening to others.

Holly

I didn’t have a lot of reading time this week, so I reread instead of picking up new books.

I finished Relentless, Insatiable and Mesmerized by Lauren Dane. I enjoyed all three. I plan to read Captivated, the next book in the series, at some point, but I’m taking a break for now. I also finished The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie on audio. I listed to The Segonian and Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to read next.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Monthly Reads: October 2022

Posted November 1, 2022 by Casee in Features | 8 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

I read lots of book in October.

Ancient Retribution (Ancients Rising #5) by Katie Reus | 4 out of 5
Ancient Desire (Forgotten Brotherhood #5) by NJ Walters | 3.75 out of 5
Storm Echo (Psy-Changeling Trinity #6; Psy-Changeling #21) by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5
Darkness Awakened (Darkness #1) by Katie Reus | 3.5 out of 5
Archangel’s Resurrection (Guild Hunter #15) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Darkon’s Promise (Blood of the Drakon #1) by NJ Walters | 3 out of 5
Drakon’s Prey (Blood of the Drakon #2) by NJ Walters | 3 out of 5
Saving Grace (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Taste of Darkness (Darkness #2) by Katie Reus | 4.25 out of 5
The Secret (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Beyond the Darkness (Darkness #4) by Katie Reus | 4 out of 5
The Bride (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
Hunted by Darkness (Darkness #4) by Katie Reus | 4.5 out of 5
Into the Darkness (Darkness #5) by Katie Reus | 4 out of 5
The Wedding (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Saved by Darkness (Darkness #6) by Katie Reus | 4.5 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5

My absolute favorite book of the month was Storm Echo (Psy-Changeling Trinity #6; Psy-Changeling #21) by Nalini Singh. My least favorite book(s) were the Blood of the Drakon books by NJ Walters. In most of the books, the characters fall in love in less than 24 hours. I really had a hard time with that.

Holly

It took me a long time to read the Touchstone series, so I didn’t read as many books this month as I would have liked to.

Not Part of the Plan (Blue Moon #4) by Lucy Score (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Radiant Darkness (Darkstar Mercenaries #7) by Anna Carven | 3.5 out of 5
Stray (Touchstone, #1) by Andrea K. Höst (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Lab Rat One (Touchstone, #2) by Andrea K. Höst | 3.75 out of 5
Caszandra (Touchstone, #3) by Andrea K. Höst | 3.5 out of 5
Her Baseborn Bridegroom (Vawdrey Brothers #1) by Alice Coldbreath | 3.75 out of 5
Anna’s Bounty (Earth’s Bounty #1) by Deysi O’Donal | DNF
Phoenix’s Touch by Tai James | 3.25 out of 5
Claimed by the Lion (Fated by Starlight #1) by January Bell | DNF
Facets of Revolution (The Firebird Chronicles #4) by T.A. White | 4 out of 5
The Segonian (Aldebarian Alliance #2) by Dianne Duvall (audio) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Repeat (Larsen Bros #1) by Kylie Scott (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1) by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Relentless (Federation Chronicles #2) by Lauren Dane (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Insatiable (Federation Chronicles #3) by Lauren Dane (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
The Secret (Highlands’ Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 5 out of 5
Ransom (Highlands’ Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Facets of Revolution by T.A. White. My least favorite was Anna’s Bounty by Deysi O’Donal, which I DNF’d 50% in.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: October 2022

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