Blog Tour – Review for The Elusive Sun by Rebecca Hefner

blogtour5Hello lovelies and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for the Etherya’s Earth Series, by Rebecca Hefner  hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours. This series is a reimagining of the age-old Vampyre/Slayer saga and it’s absolutely seductive, steamy, thrilling, and so much fun!

I’ll be reviewing book 2 from the series – The Elusive Sun, which is about Latimus and Lila and they are just so darn swoony and perfect for each other.  The rest of the books are all published, so you can definitely binge this addictive vampire romance. Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour.

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2- The Elusive Sun

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Published: January 1, 2019 by Rebecca Hefner

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Formats: Paperback, 226 pages /  Kindle Edition, 283 pages

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Lila, a high-born aristocrat of the Vampyre kingdom, was betrothed to Sathan, King of the Vampyres, for a thousand years. The betrothal, declared by the goddess Etherya, was deemed unbreakable. Although she cared for Sathan, and loved him as her king, secretly her heart yearned for his brother. When Sathan falls for another, Lila ends the betrothal, terrified at what her life will become now that she won’t be queen.

Latimus has loved Lila since they played together on the grassy riverbank as children. Knowing that his brother was the better man, he never begrudged his betrothal to the woman he secretly loved. Now that Sathan has married another, Latimus becomes aware of Lila’s feelings. Determined to push her into the arms of a worthier man, he understands that a war-torn army commander such as he could never offer her the life she deserves.

As the war against the Deamons rages, Latimus fights for his people, protecting them against the evil Deamon Crimeous. But when the Dark Lord attacks Lila, injuring her terribly, Latimus is shaken to his core. Determined to avenge her, he acknowledges the emotion that has always burned for her in his blackened heart. But Lila has moved on and as the war rages he worries that it might be too late to claim her…

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Alluring, Steamy, and Wonderfully Emotional

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Oh my FEELS!!! The Elusive Sun has exceeded all my expectations and Etherya’s Earth series will always have a piece of my heart.

Latimus and Lila have loved each other from a distance for centuries because of Lila’s betrothal to Sathan, The Vampyre King and older brother of Latimus. When Sathan falls in love with Miranda, the Slayera Princess, Lila ends her betrothal to him and embarks on a new path hoping that one day she too will have the love she’s always dreamed about. Knowing nothing but war, blood and death, Latimus continues to push Lila away believing himself too unworthy of her love. With the Daemon Lord, Crimeous, still lurking and causing pain, destruction and death, will Lila and Latimus have a chance at love and happiness and finally realize that their love is worth fighting for?

I’m absolutely addicted to this series and if you loved The End of Hatred,  then you’re going to love The Elusive Sun just as much or even more. Sathan and Miranda’s book has a bit more action, suspense, and thrill compared to this one, but Latimus and Lila’s story is flowing with so many aching and wonderful FEELS that I was an emotional mess and I LOVED it. This series has all the feels I love, but there’s just something so amazingly real, raw, and beautiful between Lila and Latimus. My heart broke and hurt so much for them and every pain, loss, and sadness they went through. They truly deserve all the love and happiness and if there’s one thing I learned from their story… it’s that even after a devastating tragedy, there’s always hope, love, family, and unexpected surprises that will get you through the darkest days.

I love Lila since the first book. She’s kind, patient, loyal, caring, and forgiving. I think she’s such a selfless person so I really enjoyed seeing become more independent living her life the way she wants. Even when she feels terrified and unsure, Lila does not give up. All the things I learned about her in this book made me admire her even more. Lila is simply amazing – she’s fierce in her own ways, incredibly brave, and has a good loving heart.

I adore Latimus with all my heart. He’s tough, courageous, loyal, and a great commander. He may act all hard and heartless at times, but Latimus is actually really noble and selfless. He does and will do anything for the people he loves. Latimus is also really sweet and quite the romantic. I swooned so much at everything he does for Lila. That man has a heart of gold and has my love and admiration forever.

I can honestly rave about everything I love about this book, but this review may never end if I do, so I’m just going to mention a few more that I love. It’s so nice to see Sathan and Miranda and their playful bantering still gives me the swoons. The supporting characters are even more charming and I can’t wait to read Arderin’s book. There’s plenty of heartwarming moments in this book that made me teary and the ending is just so sweet and perfect. I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK/SERIES!!

Rebecca Hefner is a masterful storyteller and I’m so smitten with everything about this book and series. This alluring world filled with irresistibly charming characters, engrossing and heartfelt storylines, and steamy, sexy, and seductive romances has me utterly enthralled. I would get sucked into anything Ms. Hefner writes and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this thrilling paranormal series.

This book / series is perfect for paranormal romance fans and if you’re looking for something sultry, exhilarating, and also touching, then this is the book for you. It’s a gripping story about loss, war, and death, but it’s also such a wonderful story about family, forgiveness, love, hope and  second chances.

Sending a million virtual hugs to Rebecca Hefner for sending me a signed paperback copy of The Elusive Sun. I honestly love this series so much and will forever treasure all these book beauties.

All thoughts and opinion are my own and most definitely not affected by receiving a free copy of this book.

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Slayer Princess
Miranda, heir to the throne, has hated the Vampyres for a thousand
years. Since the Awakening, she’s fought to protect her people,
choosing to be a warrior more than a royal. When a female Vampyre
washes up on the shore of her compound’s riverbank, she seizes the
moment to take the offensive.
Sathan, King of the Vampyres,
distraught at his sister’s disappearance and captivity, agrees to
travel with Miranda to resect the Blade of Pestilence, also hoping to
change his people’s state of endless war. Although the woman hates
him due to the constant raids on her compound for the Slayers’
life-giving blood, he can’t help but admire the stubborn and strong
princess.
As their journey progresses, both begin to
understand that they are aligned in their hatred of Crimeous, leader
of the Deamons, as well as their hope for peace between the Slayers
and Vampyres. Determined to fight their growing attraction, they
forge a tentative truce. But old wounds run deep and trust is scarce.
Their faith in each other must remain strong or all will be lost…
**The Etherya’s Earth series is best read in order, so that the reader can enjoy the evolution of the characters. After all, the author loves a good twist and wants the reader to uncover them organically. However, readers of romance rest assured that each book has its own featured hero/heroine and HEA.
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Arderin,
princess of the illustrious Vampyre kingdom, has always marched to
the beat of her own drum. Motivated by a calling to heal others,
frustration consumes her since her brother, King Sathan, doesn’t
understand her desire to study medicine in the human world. Moreover,
the son of the Dark Lord Crimeous has moved onto their compound and
he seems obsessed with driving her absolutely insane. Hating him for
his sharp tongue and dark nature, she tries to squelch her unwelcome
attraction to him.
Darkrip has been enthralled by Arderin
since the night he knocked her unconscious and sent her down the
river, prompting the end of the War of the Species. Never has he met
a woman more beautiful and passionate. Frustrated by her dramatics
and consumed by his desire for her, he vows to stay away. For the son
of Crimeous, with his malevolent blood, could never have children or
a normal life.
When Crimeous threatens both their lives,
forcing them into a shared captivity, they do everything they can to
escape and survive. As their connection grows, so does their
attraction. Knowing they have no future together, and the
consequences of furthering their relationship would be disastrous,
they forge ahead in the conflict against the Dark Lord. But the
Universe is fickle and can muddle with even the best laid intentions…
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Evie,
daughter of virtuous Princess Rina and malicious Deamon King
Crimeous, is a woman torn in half. The first centuries of her life
taught her fervent lessons about pain and suffering. For ages, she
suppressed her mother’s noble blood, crafting a reality where she
was drifting alone, needing no one. Until an ancient prophecy calls
to her, possibly creating a purpose for her squalid
existence.
Kenden has commanded the Slayer army for a thousand
years. Strong, cunning and loyal, he longs for the day when Crimeous
has been defeated and he can settle down to build a family. Focused
on conquering the Dark Lord, he is stunned when Evie makes a brazen
demand that must be fulfilled before she chooses to fight with
them.
Although incensed by Evie’s ultimatum, Kenden has
never desired a woman more than the flame-haired vixen. Though she
stirs his ire, he also has a deep well of compassion for the beauty
who suffered so much trauma centuries ago. Together they train and by
night their connection grows, building toward the moment when they
will battle her father. But, in the end, Evie has a choice and
struggles to espouse righteousness over malevolence. For when one’s
worst fears are exposed, the evil is so much easier to embrace…
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abouttheauthor

rebeccahefnerphotoRebecca Hefner grew up in Western NC and now calls the Hudson River of NYC home.  In her youth, she would sneak into her mother’s bedroom and raid the bookshelf, falling in love with the stories of Judith McNaught, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts.  Years later that love of a good romance, with lots of great characters and conflicts, has extended to her other favorite authors such as JR Ward and Lisa Kleypas.  Also a huge Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan, she loves an epic fantasy and a surprise twist (Luke, he IS your father).

Rebecca published her first book in November of 2018.  Before that, she had an extensive twelve-year medical device sales career, where she fought to shatter the glass ceiling in a Corporate America world dominated by men.  After saving up for years, she left her established career to follow the long, winding and scary path of becoming a full-time author.  Due to her experience, you’ll find her books filled with strong, smart heroines on a personal journey to find inner fortitude and peace while combating sexism and misogyny.  She would be thrilled to hear from you anytime at rebecca@rebeccahefner.com

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies and I hope you enjoyed reading my review.

As always, have a great and lovely day!

sincerelykjologo

 

 

ARC Review – Three Heartbeats Away by C.C. Hunter

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Happy release day to Three Heartbeats Away, the third book in The Mortician’s Daughter series by C.C. Hunter. This book made my heart ache so much but I LOVED every moment. It’s sooo GOOD and I’m so thrilled this book is finally out so you can all binge this amazing paranormal romance thriller. divider3

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Published: June 18, 2019

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense

Format: Paperback 274

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The dead carry their secrets with them…At least until they end up at Riley Smith’s door. Her latest spectral visitor is a murdered bride with a need for revenge, and not necessarily for the person who killed her. Never mind that killer is about to strike again. Riley’s determined to help, but is missing Hayden, the hot, ghostly boy who’s always had her back.Living, breathing Hayden is awake, which means his spirit isn’t around to flirt with Riley anymore. Worse yet, the “real” Hayden doesn’t remember her. Their connection had been so strong. Did his feelings for Riley just disappear into the ether?As Riley gets closer to finding the bride’s killer, other secrets are revealed: secrets that changes everything Riley thought she knew about her parents. But before she can completely unravel the mystery of her past, Riley will need to escape the murderer that threatens her future.

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“If you aren’t going to talk, just leave. All that blood is ruining my appetite.” I plop the quart of ice cream on the table.

My spoon, glazed with a thin coat of ice, drops to the tile floor with a frozen clink. The sharp sound vibrates through the kitchen and frays a few more of my nerves. And I don’t have very many left.

I look up at the dead bride who’s been standing silently in front of me for five minutes.

“It is kind of a lot, isn’t it?” Her tone rings sarcastic as she glares down at the front of her gown.

My gaze follows hers to where the knife protrudes out of her chest, and I choke down a toe-curling scream. I should be used to seeing crap like this, but I’m not.

The chill that comes with the dead has officially turned my blood to slush. While I can still move, I pop up from the chair, recap the quart of Rocky Road, and shove it back into the freezer—which, by the way, is warmer than the kitchen.

For some reason, this ghost is colder than the rest. I’ve been helping the dead pass over for a year and eight months, but I’m still not spirit-savvy enough to know what that means.

Last week, she showed up claiming she has info about my mom, who died when I was four, but the dead bride will only talk if I promise to help her. Problem is, she won’t tell me what kind of help she needs until I give my word. I’m guessing it has to do with whoever stuck that ten-inch knife in her heart, but then again, her killer might already be in jail. I can hope, right? Finding murderers is way above my pay grade. Especially considering I don’t get paid.

“What do you need help with?” I ask. Again.

“So that boy in the hospital broke your heart, huh?” She smiles as if my pain makes her giddy.“Isn’t that your fourth quart of ice cream in two days?”

What is she? The ice cream police? “That isn’t what we need to be talking about,” I say, when what I want to say is, Doesn’t look as if your love life turned out so well, either. But I’m not a smartass.

Well, I am. I’m sort of a closet smartass.

But she’s right about the boy. He broke my heart. When I met Hayden, I thought he was a ghost, but it turned out he was only in a coma. Which explained why his spirit always felt warmer than the others. The “real” Hayden woke up in the hospital two days ago and doesn’t remember me. How could he forget? How when we spent hours bonding? How when he saved my life twice and I’m pretty sure I had a hand in saving his? Isn’t that memorable?

Bridezilla moves closer. Ice forms on my lips.

“Was that other girl who showed up his girlfriend?”

I refuse to answer. Hayden never told me about his girlfriend, Brandy. Which is why I’m pissed at him. Yeah, I found out he’d dated her, but because he never mentioned her—ever—I just assumed it wasn’t serious. I just assumed when he woke up, we’d be together. That he’d love me like he said he did.

The spirit’s silver-blond hair, hanging in loose curls, sweeps over the knife, and the tips of her hair soak up blood, becoming heavier.

She props a hand on her hip with attitude, and with the knife poking out of her chest, she comes off like a real badass. And while I might be a closet smartass, I don’t have a badass bone in my body. But I fake it pretty good sometimes.

She makes a hissing sound.“I need your promise you’ll help me.”

“I don’t make promises before I know what they include. So either start talking or start walking.”I spot Pumpkin, my orange tabby, hiding and shivering behind the garbage can. Ghosts aren’t his thing.

To escape the freezer-burn feeling, I move to pick the spoon up off the floor and drop it in the sink. The wooden block displaying ten of our sharpest knives steals my attention, and the image of the knife in the bride’s chest fills my head.

I wouldn’t be so quick to send her packing if I wasn’t pretty sure she was blowing smoke about having Mom info. She undoubtedly heard me talking about all my unanswered Mom questions.

Questions I’m hoping to get answers to today when Kelsey and I go on a road trip to a certain artist’s gallery where one of my Mom’s paintings is on exhibit. I’d found six paintings by that same artist—signed only as Sam—in our attic. My mom had collected his work.

“Promise you’ll do what I say or I’ll take everything I know about your mom back to my grave.” Obviously, the spirit thinks she needs to blackmail me into helping her. She doesn’t. Helping the dead is what I do. Not all by choice, mind you. I didn’t ask for this unpaid gig.

My next breath sends ice crystals into the air.

Shivering, I turn around and pull my arms into the sleeves of my navy sweater.“Who did that to you?” I gaze at the knife.“Is that what this is about?”

Her lips, a dead blue color, turn downward. “You’re wrong, you know.”

“Wrong about what?” My teeth chatter.

“Everything you believe about your mom. Everything!”

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mythoughtsThe perfect conclusion to this hauntingly beautiful, enthralling and suspenseful paranormal romance thriller.

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I have nothing but love and admiration for this series and I will read anything C.C. Hunter writes!

My heart is aching, my eyes are swollen from crying, and I’m still overwhelmed with so many different emotions that I feel breathless, but amazingly exhilarated. The Mortician’s Daughter series by C.C. Hunter has a special place in my heart and I’m so sad it’s over, but also really super happy about how everything played out. Three Heartbeats Away is definitely the perfect conclusion to this hauntingly beautiful, enthralling and suspenseful paranormal romance thriller and I really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series!

This stunning and fun trilogy had me enamored from the moment I met Riley and I absolutely enjoyed being part of her journey. From the high and the lows, the happy and the sad, the good and the bad, the twists and turns, and everything else in between… I honestly LOVED it all. This series is just so amazing and addictive. It’s satisfyingly infectious, incredibly enticing, and wonderfully poignant. I don’t think my obsession with this will ever be cured because I still really want MORE. It may have shattered and broke my heart, but it also made me feel so many beautiful emotions. It was torture for sure… an absolutely delicious torture. So, if you’ve read One Foot in the Grave and Two Feet Under, then you CANNOT miss Three Heartbeats Away cause Hunter did not hold anything back and she gave me everything I want and love in a story.

There are plenty of moments that ripped my heart and made me cry. I hurt so damn bad for the characters and everything they’re dealing with, but my heart ached the most for Riley. She’s struggling with so many issues in her life that I was really amazed she’s able to keep it together the way she did. If I could I would give her the biggest hug…. definitely more than 20 seconds. Actually, I would hug all the characters cause I felt so much for them. Sometimes, I still feel weird saying I care about fictional people, but I really care about these characters and wanted to see them happy.

There are also many funny and adorable scenes that lightened my mood, made me smile, and even laugh. Riley and Kelsey’s friendship is definitely goals and I loved their bond. The chemistry between Riley and Hayden is palpable, realistic, and swoony. As much as I didn’t like some of it, I really did enjoy how Riley and Hayden’s relationship developed and I thought it was really sweet. The murder mystery part and Riley trying to help the bride ghost, Shane, was really exciting and I enjoyed trying to solve the case. There’s also family drama and conflict which were interesting to read about and had so much feels. Sorry, not sorry for using “feels” a lot because this book is just full of them.

I truly had a fantastic time reading this book, but, if I’m being honest, I felt like I was literally holding on to my heart the entire time. I really wish I could say more, but I don’t want to ruin all the surprises, twists, revelations, swoons and thrills. Just be prepared for heartache and the FEELS… oh and have a tissue box ready. You’re going to need it.

Three Heartbeats Away is exceptionally well-written, wonderfully affecting and absolutely riveting. I loved the plot, the world-building, the characters, the mystery, the drama, the humor, the suspense and the adorable romance. While this book is undeniably thrilling and fun, I really love that it’s also a story about family, friendship, bravery, perseverance, forgiveness, acceptance, hope and love. The Mortician’s Daughter series completely had me hooked and emotionally wrecked… but in the best way. I’m totally having the worst book hangover right now cause I just want more.

If you’re in the mood for an irresistibly intriguing paranormal romance story with gorgeous writing, lovable characters, amazing thrills, and so much heart, then you need to pick up this series ASAP. All the books are out now so what are you waiting for?

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE –  This book immediately had me hooked. It’s spooky, exciting, suspenseful, sometimes funny and also affecting. I enjoyed the drama, the intrigue, the paranormal aspects, the romance, and the heartwarming moments. And even though I guessed right about part of the ending, I still liked the way the events played out and it made me even more excited for the next book. Hunter’s writing style and storytelling is truly amazing. I really love the way I’m easily captivated by her stories and feel emotionally connected to her characters.

 

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twofeetunderTwo Feet Under – It’s unbearably emotional and distressing on so many levels, but I loved every single moment. It’s even more addictive than One Foot in the Grave and I just couldn’t stop reading. Whether it was good or bad, I wanted to know… no I needed to know what would happen next. It’s darker, edgier, sadder and everything is just way MORE than the first book. More dangerous, more secrets, more lies, more ghosts, more suspense, more twists and surprises, more romance and more FEELS… I absolutely LOVED this sequel and C.C. Hunter just became my new favorite author after reading this. It’s just that GOOD.

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C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will release on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels. www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take some time to get back with you, but she will reply.cc@cchunterbooks.com

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Have you read this book/ series?  What did you think? What are some of your favorite paranormal romance stories? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you give this series a chance, enjoy the story, and fall in love with the characters just as much as I did.

sincerelykjologo