Touched by Fire (Demons of New Chicago, #1) by Kel Carpenter | Book Review

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Today I have my book review of:

Touched by Fire by Kel Carpenter
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Touched by Fire is the first book in the Demons of New Chicago series.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Blood, Gore, Stalking, Killing / Murder, Rape mention (not main character),

For a decade, I’ve hated the supernaturals who owned my world.

I hunted them.
I killed them.

And now, in the most grand twist of fate—I am bonded to one of them.

Oh, the irony.

Being a supernatural bounty hunter isn’t exactly a popular job. But after the magic wars, there aren’t many things a human can do that will put food on the table.

Thankfully anything my right hook can’t handle, my guns can.

Or so I thought.

When a demon summoning runs awry, the being that comes into this world changes everything.

I’m not sure if he’s truly a demon or a god, but one thing I do know is that he’s after me. I’d like to see him try.

I’ve got a promise to fulfill, and I’m not backing down.

The only way out of this is his death or mine, and I’ll do anything to survive.

Even if that means making a deal with the devil.

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Mave Fortune, by Elizabeth Dear | Book Review

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Today I have my book review of:

Mave Fortune, by Elizabeth Dear.

Mave Fortune is the first book in the Blackstone Academy series.

Trigger Warnings include: Sexism, Homophobia, Bullying, Partner abuse, Manipulation, Drugging, Kidnapping, Beating/Torture, Fighting, Blood, Gun Shot, Stabbing, Underage drinking, and sexual content.

Please note that there may have been a few possible triggers that I may have missed.

When my family left our small, ultra-conservative pack back in Utah to join a giant pack in Northwest Louisiana, I thought I’d be able to coast through my last year of high school in semi-anonymity, then get the fuck away from wolf pack politics and just live my life for awhile. But the Moon decided to prolong my torture by placing my fated mate in front of my face on my first day at Blackstone Academy. He’s the Alpha’s son and king of a school crawling with shifters, and it turns out he doesn’t care to be saddled with a Moon-chosen mate who he thinks is a nobody-omega wolf.

When he rejects me in front of every shifter in school, I vow to harden my heart, become impervious to the constant, deep hurt of the rejection, and figure out how to be the first wolf in known history to shake the taint of a rejected fated mate bond.

I’m also becoming closer to a new student—a smoking hot and intriguing human, who I can’t manage to scare off even with the drama that surrounds me and the poisonous pack politics that I can’t seem to escape. I can’t even tell him what’s really going on, but I think he’s keeping secrets from me, too.

I’m Mave Fortune, and my mate threw me out like yesterday’s garbage. But fuck that guy.

This is a new adult, M/F rejected mates standalone story. It is intended for the 18+ crowd and contains foul language, some mild violence, and sexual scenes. If you’re a fan of upper YA/NA, wolf shifters, academy romances and the tropes associated with each, dive right in!

Let me start off this book review by saying that while I was interested in reading the story, I had a huge inkling that Mave Fortune was going to be a tough read.

And boy was I wrong. I read and ended up loving Mave Fortune and her story.

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House of Daemon, by Crea Reitan | Book Review

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Today on the blog I have my book review of:

House of Daemon, by Crea Reitan.

House of Daemon is the first book in the The Harem Project series.

Trigger Warning: Sex scenes, Multiple Partner Sex Scenes, Fighting, Torture mention, Kidnapping, Drugging, Stabbing mention, Murder, Beheading.

Please note that there are probably more triggers that I didn’t take note of.

My name is Ady. I’ve been running, hiding in the open, for as long as I can remember. My goal has always been to appear normal, mundane, so I was left alone.

I had accomplished that for more than a decade but life was calling now. I was finishing my degree and facing what every person faces: life. Consequences. Responsibility.

University had given me a taste of things I’d never had before. Stability. Friends to miss me if I stop showing up. The promise of a future I wasn’t sure I’d ever see.

But it had also shown me what I didn’t have and likely wouldn’t ever get. Anonymity to live this life that I was preparing for. To have a job and an apartment. To keep my friends. To find someone to love me – to build a life with me.

The week before graduation, I was handed a brochure at the career fair advertising something called ‘The Harem Project’ in which you can opt to tie into a family. A group of men. A group of women. A mix. Whatever you’re interested in. Through a series of tests and questions, I was given a tablet with a list of the harems that I would fit in with, based on our compatibility.

That’s where I met the five gloriously gorgeous men of the House of Daemon.

And my life has never been the same. Most days, I’m sure it’s for the better. I thought I might actually get everything I never dreamed of wanting.

But other days I was sure my death was going to be much quicker. Because the men – they’re not normal. And what’s been hunting me has now teamed up with what’s hunting them.

They’re not human.

But then, neither am I.

**This is a story in which the female main character does not have to choose between love interests. Story contains violence, dark pasts, briefs glimpses of torture, and explicit sex scenes. Intended for mature audiences.

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I would say that for the first 1/4, maybe 1/3 of the wondering just how deep the fantastical elements would go in the book. For the first however long it was, there was little-to-no mentions of any sort of supernatural society, nor true mentions of whatever supernatural being Ady is. There were snippets here and there, but, and the same time it’s like Ady was scared of even thinking about her powers of fear of being found.

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Hint of Danger, by Meg Anne | Book Review

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Today on the blog, I have my book review of:

Hint of Danger, by Meg Anne.

Hint of Danger is the first book in the Undercover Magic series.

Trigger / Content Warnings: Sexual Content, “steamy” moments, Blood, Fighting, Murder mention, Flashbacks (of murder), Nightmares/Night Terrors

Note that I haven’t read Hint of Danger in over a year, so I may have missed any possible triggers.

Lina wants the one thing a ghost can’t have. To be touched.

When she’s given the opportunity to rejoin the world of the living and experience exactly that, the muscle-bound immortal warrior with icy blue eyes is just what the doctor ordered.

As soon as Nord sees Lina sitting at the bar, he knows she’s who he’s been searching for. The woman he’s soul-bound to protect.

There’s just one problem.

He’s helpless against the very thing she needs protection from: Her past.

Lina might be the ghost, but she’s the one who’s haunted. Because the secrets of her past are coming for her. And if her dreams are any indication, those truths are the reason she ended up dead in the first place.

So while fate may have granted her a second chance at life, unraveling the mystery of who—and what—she used to be is the only thing standing between her and happily ever after.

HINT OF DANGER is the first book in the Undercover Magic series, a steamy and suspenseful paranormal romance following a ghost and a berserker’s chance meeting at The Monster Ball. Thankfully, the ball was just the beginning for these two fated lovers. So if you adore overprotective, ax-wielding alphas, smoldering sexual tension, supernatural secret societies, and loads of banter, you’ve just found your next read!

PLEASE NOTE this new, expanded edition includes the previously released prequel novella, Shade of Danger, as well as a brand-new bonus scene!

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Sins of the Damned, by Elena Lawson | Book Review

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Today on the blog, I have my book review of:

Sins of the Damned, by Elena Lawson.

Sins of the Damned is the second book in the Fallen Cities: Elisium series.

Trigger / Content Warnings: Sex, Torture, Death, Blood, Fighting.

I made a deal with a demon: my freedom in exchange for forty days at his side. Little did I know how much more I would be giving up.

My naivety? Definitely.

My sanity? Possibly.

My heart? Irrevocably.

Kincaid is cruel. Savage. A monster. I should hate him, but something inside of him whispers to the dark parts of me, bringing me back to life. So, when he says needs me, I owe it to him to try.

Two of the seven lords of Hell are dead, and I may be the only creature on this mortal coil able to reach them. But my power is drawing unwanted celestial attention, luring in new foes on all sides until it’s impossible to know who to trust.

Better the devil I know, than the ones I don’t.

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Daughter of Hades, by Helen Scott | Book Review

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Today on the blog, I have my book review of:

Daughter of Hades, by Helen Scott.

Daughter of Hades is the second book in the Cerberus series.

Trigger / Content Warnings: Blood, Fighting, Sex, Attempted Murder, Decapitation.

Please note that I may hove not captured all the possible triggers.

Poppy never thought her life would get this crazy.

Sexy hellhound guards and being the future queen of the Underworld? She had been happy being a waitress and a freelance graphic designer in Chicago, hadn’t she? What she was doesn’t matter, that life is long gone now.

Before she can travel to the Underworld, she needs to find three judges that will preside over the souls of the dead. But who are they? Where are they? And how the hell is she supposed to find them?

As she battles agents of Hel at every turn and is confronted with mysterious new enemy Poppy is decidedly on edge. Will she find her judges in time or will her enemies get to them first?

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Her Wolves, by G. Bailey | Book Review

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Today I have my book review of:

Her Wolves, by G. Bailey.

Her Wolves is the first book in the Fall Mountain Shifters series.

Trigger / Content Warnings: multiple mentions of Rape.

Note: There could be more potential triggers within the book.

I knew nothing about mates until the alpha rejected me…

Growing up in one of the biggest packs in the world, my life is planned out from the second I turn eighteen and find my true mate in the moon ceremony.

Finding your true mate gives you the power to share the shifter energy they have, given to the males of the pack by the moon goddess herself. The power to shift into a wolf.

But for the first time in the history of our pack, the new alpha is mated with a nobody. A foster kid living in the packs orphanage with no ancestors or power to claim.


After being brutally rejected by my alpha mate, publicly humiliated and thrown away into the sea, the dark wolves of the Fall Mountain Pack find me.

They save me. The four alphas. The ones the world fears because of the darkness they live in.

In their world? Being rejected is the only way to join their pack. The only way their lost and forbidden god gives them the power to shift without a mate.

I spent my life worshipping the moon goddess when it turns out my life always belonged to another…

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Hunted, by Erica Woods | Book Review

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Today I have my book review of:

Hunted, by Erica Woods.

Hunted is the first book in The Feral Souls trilogy.

Trigger / Content Warnings: Blood, Stabbing, Torture, mention of Prolonged Torture, mention of Torture, PTSD Flashbacks, PTSD, mention of Starving, mention of Sexual Assault, Attempted Rape, Murder, Castration, Beheading, Consensual Oral Sex, Abandonment.

Note: There may be more potential triggers. I don’t believe I noted all potential triggers.

A60DD01F-262B-43ED-962B-44512605DFDFThe only way to escape is to die.

For eighteen years I’ve suffered at the hands of the Hunters. For eighteen years they’ve done their best to break me, to tear me open and unleash the terrifying monster that lives within.

Until the day they go too far.

When a desperate escape leads to another brush with death, I’m forced to place my trust in the hands of four formidable strangers. Wild and untamed, their feral natures call to me, their warrior hearts make mine come alive. And when they offer me a place to stay while I heal, I can’t say no.

But the secrets I carry are deadly, and my past is a twisted, evil nightmare better left forgotten.

They may think they want to know me, they may think the secrets they guard behind hard eyes and closed expressions comes close to the ones I keep. But should they ever discover just who they’ve let into their home, just what I really am…their hatred could be the one thing that finally breaks me.

And if I break, the darkness inside me will finally be free.

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To be honest, I didn’t know if whether or not I’d stay with Hunted. Yet, I’m glad I did.

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Cross: Devil’s Nightmare MC, #1, by Lena Bourne | Book Review

Hello and welcome back to Adele Is Reading. Today I have my review of:

Cross, by Lena Bourne.

Cross is the first book in the Devil’s Nightmare MC series.

BCAC16BD-5C1A-44C9-AC01-332F2621039ECROSS is a full-length, standalone first book in a steamy and suspenseful new MC Romance series – Devil’s Nightmare MC – by Lena Bourne. No Cliffhanger, HEA Guaranteed!


I’m the guy whose name brings fear into the hearts of even the hardest men. They call me Cross, because I’ve killed enough men to fill a cemetery, and I never saw any problem with that. Until a woman I hardly remember brought my eleven-year-old daughter that I didn’t know existed, to my doorstep and left her for me to take care of.

At first my daughter was a complication I didn’t need, but now I’ll do everything I can to raise her right. I’ll even stay away from her hot-as-sin guidance counselor Roxanne, who makes me feel like I’m twenty again, and not pushing forty. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t show her what a real man can do with a woman like her.


My father was the president of an outlaw MC, and until I turned twenty-one a world of bikers, mayhem and crime was all I knew. Then a rival gang destroyed it all, killed my family and everyone I held dear, and made me the property of a brutal, ruthless man. I ran away, got an education, and haven’t looked back.

Now I’m the guidance counselor at a small town junior high school, my old life so far behind me it might as well be someone else’s past, and I was happy to leave it there. But then I met Cross, the bad boy biker father of one of my wayward students. He makes me yearn for the life I lost, crave all the excitement that used to be my everyday. Makes me want to be a bad girl again, if only for one night.

But I won’t go down that road again. It doesn’t lead anywhere good.

Cross: Devil’s Nightmare MC is biker romance novel, which contains steamy sex scenes and deals with disturbing themes that may be uncomfortable for some readers. Intended for 18+ audiences.

The story moves really freaking fast, like, I’m talking mock-speed fast.

For the most part, even though that the story is about Roxie and Cross, for a good part of Cross, I truly felt like this story would circle more around Cross’ daughter.

If you’re a shy person and don’t like sex scenes, I highly suggest not reading Cross, due to the highly sexual nature of the book. These two (Roxie and Cross) end up having a lot of sex. A lot.

Overall, Cross isn’t a bad story. I just didn’t enjoy it.

I give Cross, 1 star.

Have you read Cross, or any other Motorcycle type romance novel?

See you soon, and Happy Reading!


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Wolf Bonded, by Eden Black | Book Review

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Today I have my book review of:

Wolf Bonded, by Eden Black.
Wolf Bonded is the first book in the Wolfish series.

TW: Abuse, Abuse mention(s), Child Abuses, Drowning, Attempted Murder. — There may be more triggers that I may have missed in my reading of Wolf Banded.

A year on the run, and this is where it’s led me.
North Port, Washington—the last place you’d expect to run into a pack of wolf shifters.

Especially when up until now, I didn’t know they existed.

When I first arrive, Rory, Marlowe, and Kaleb are about as eager to tell me the truth of their nature as I am to call up my abusive father and let him know exactly where to find me. They have a reputation to uphold and me… I have a reputation to avoid. I need to stay hidden. I need to stay safe.

Or else he’ll find me, just as he always has.

But there’s a problem with that.

I’m not very good at staying hidden, and these boys… they’re not very good at keeping secrets.

Between the four of us, we’re bound to run into chaos. Just like we’re bound in other ways.

Wolf Bonded is a full-length romance novel with multiple love interests. It’s the first book in the Wolfish trilogy, a paranormal series where the main character has no intent to choose just one of the sexy werewolves who’ve fallen head-over-heels for her—whether they like it or not.

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Admittedly I didn’t write much in my notes for my review of Wolf Bonded…

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