One More Kiss by Samantha Chase

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One More Kiss by Samantha Chase

MATT REED IS HIDING


...from his fans
...from his past
...from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL
...to her friends and family
...to her online food blog
...to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway...

Welcome to the new series from Samantha Chase! This series is called “Band On The Run” and in it, we meet more members of band, “Shaughnessy”. Readers of Samantha Chase are familiar with the Shaughnessy family and Riley’s band. However, if you were to new Samantha Chase, you would be able to read this book and understand everything that is going on.

I can honestly say this is probably my favorite book from Samantha Chase! I had trouble putting it down, and when I did have to go back and actually do “adult” stuff, I couldn’t stop thinking about Matt and Viv.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that while it’s a new series, and different direction for the author, she still maintained a lot of the qualities that make her one of my favorites. One example of this is that we see Matt talking to someone about how he’s feeling regarding the break from the band. Later, he opens up to Viv. Instead of making the characters rehash the same topic, this author simply conveys that Matt opened up to her. As a reader, we already know what is on his mind. I like this because it leaves more room for other parts of the story.

I really loved Viv’s character. I could see a lot of myself in her character and so I was able to align with her easily. Viv could be described as kind, caring, rigid, and maybe somewhat distant. She is focused on her career and is incredibly talented. The reason I list these things is because Matt brings her rest. Matt is the more spontaneous side of the relationship. He’s much more relaxed and I enjoyed seeing him bring that side out of Viv.

I think many times in books, we see characters that are really similar and we can understand why they get along. But in this book, the characters are similar but yet very different. I really enjoyed seeing the push and pull between Viv and Matt, and watching them bring out the best in each other.

I can’t recommend this book enough. I enjoyed it so much! It’s sweet, sexy, and one of the best love stories I think I have read.

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A Sacred Vow by Willa Thorne

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A Sacred Vow by Willa Thorne

I swore a solemn oath that saw to the end of the Cormacs, a family of hunters that persistently sought to rid my coven’s existence.

For years we have lived in the shadows, free from hunters and the weapons of wood that could destroy us.

But the familiar scent of Cormac blood is awakening my senses. We were certain that we had ended the bloodline. Now, the vow I swore plagues my mind. The guilt I harbour buries deep. The desire and lust burns.

My pledge to my family is now a promise to protect the woman I love.
Aurelia Galligan is a descendant of the Cormac bloodline. I should drain her. I have to destroy her. But she may just end me.

**This is a forbidden vampire romance between the hunter and the hunted. The content is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.**

I believe this book started out as a standalone, but is progressing into more. I know the author could go in any direction she would like, but based on the ending of this story, we will see more Julian and Lia in the future. With that said, this book does NOT have a cliffhanger. I know some readers have certain feelings about that (myself included- I think cliffhangers suck out my soul, one cliffy at a time).

This book was really interesting to me. Our story starts with Aurelia “Lia” moving back into her grandmother’s home after she passes. Once there, she finds some odd items in a small basement closet and is intrigued by the maps and weapons she finds. Add into that a strange phone call from her estranged brother and Lia knows something weird is happening.

At an art event, she meets Julian Devereux. Both are taken with each other from the start, but for very different reasons. Julian is a vampire, and he’s primarily interested in feeding from Lia. Until he sees a particular birthmark on her shoulder. That birthmark tells Julian that Lia is a descendant from the Cormac family, a family that he has vowed to destroy.

This book gives us flashbacks into Julian’s past and I loved that the author included that. It made the story have more context, especially seeing Julian as he was in the past. Seeing him in the past helps the reader see why Julian is the way he is in present day as well.

In all honesty, Lia wasn’t my favorite character. I think for Julian and Lia’s relationship to work though, Lia needed to have the personality that she did. She was naive, innocent, foolish. As much as her character sometimes drove me a little crazy, I could see why Julian would be attracted to her. I think Lia’s character, to me, represented that youthful innocence. That was something that Julian had lost a long time ago and as we watch them interact, you can see Lia bringing Julian back to life.

I think the only thing I would have changed about this book is that I wish some of this was laid out differently, knowing there is a possibility of more books for the characters. The reason I say this is that we meet some characters and you almost wonder why. They don’t get closure and its hard to see what role they are playing overall in the story.

If you love paranormal, or are just in the mood for some quality time with a handsome vampire, then this is the book for you. I still feel this story is complete, but I admit I’m looking forward to seeing what direction the author takes the characters into next.