Blog Tour, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews

“Daylight’s Deadly Kiss” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this past few days. It’s been raining here in my hometown, so Nala (cat) and I have been saying in bed and not even venturing going to other rooms in the house. Plus I have been writing a lot.

Today, though, I had to go get some gorceries and now that I’m back, I wanted to share a review with you all.

Daylight’s Deadly Kiss, written by Jay Raven, this is the second book in the Blood Riders series, a paranormal novel, a dark fantasy vampire book with a gothic horror feel, published on 3rd April 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jay Raven for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Daylights Deadly Kiss


Synopsis

50544617. sy475 In 19th century Europe the most deadly vampire-killing weapon ever devised is up for grabs – and both the Undead and the living will stop at nothing to possess it…   

It’s a legend, a fairy story parents tell frightened children to make them sleep. Basium Lucis – Daylight’s Kiss – the fabled compound that recreates sunlight in a bottle, and incinerates bloodsucking monsters on contact.

Vampire hunter Anton Yoska doesn’t believe in its existence or the whispered rumours of its creation by Leonardo Da Vinci 250 years before.

But when a mysterious Hungarian arts dealer claims to have uncovered the long-lost formula, Anton’s cynicism is shaken to the core as he is tasked to procure the pyrotechnic marvel for the Vatican’s centuries-old battle with the vampire sect known as the Brethren.

In a desperate race to beat nosferatu forces intent on destroying the wonder weapon, and cold-blooded gangsters who desire the Alchemist’s most prized invention for their own aggrandisement and riches, Anton is caught in a maelstrom of double dealing and lies..

Traps loom at every turn, and nothing is what it appears, but acquiring the Basium Lucis is the least of the his problems  – for the ferocious Modjeski vampire family want retribution for his slaughter of their clan chief a year before. And old flame and rival slayer, Nadia, has her own devious plans to thwart Anton’s quest.

As time runs out and predators circle, the beleaguered hunter realises he’s been tricked into a suicide mission. But Anton Yoska won’t go down without a fight – and he doesn’t care who he takes to Hell with him.

Purchase Links: Amazon USAmazon UK


Author Bio

Jay Raven PhotoJay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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My Review

First of all, I would like to say that I have read the first book and loved it, so when I saw the opportunity to read and review this book, I was very excited. I love vampire stories, I’m currently working on one, if that’s any clue of my love for this topic.

P1070737It always amazes me the amount of versions that exist around the story of vampires, from the POV of the vampires itself, or the one that hunt them, it all brings diversity and a new take on the legend.

With book one, Crimson Siege, I loved how Jay Raven took the them and made it his own, and with this novel, he continues to go deeper into the world he created, taking us with him. And we, once again, follow Anton Yoska, a vampire hunter.

I will try to now say much since I don’t want to give any spoilers, plus I recommend you all to read book one and them book two, so you can fully understand the main character and his background story.

I loved the new element added to this world, with the Daylight’s Kiss, and Leonard Da Vinci’s formula. That just made the story richer in my opinion. And since Anton is the one procuring it, it got me so curious about that would happen next. Because, let’s be honest, it’s a century old battle between vampires and the Vatican, both parts want to have it. One to destroy it, the other to use it. Anything can happen and I loved that.

Overall, I loved that this book was as awesome as the first one. It had it’s fair amount of excitement, action, horror, vampires, and a war that come with lies and uncertainty. Like I said previously, I do recommend you to read the previous novel, that why you can understand the character’s background and why certain things happen.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“The Sins of the Sire” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a good start of the week. I got some new bookmarks that I can’t wait to use, and I’ve made my list of books I want to read in May that include some Historical Romances.

Speaking of Historical Romances, you know how much I love them, so it’s no surprise that I joined this blog tour. So let’s get it.

The Sins of the Sire“, written by Emily Royal, is the first book in the Dark Highland Passions series, a  Historical (Highlander) Romance novel published on 13th March 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emily Royal for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Sins of the Sire


Synopsis

TheSinsoftheSirebyEmilyRoyal1800HRTwo years ago, English noblewoman, Elyssia De Montford, risked her life to free the Highlander held prisoner by her sadistic fiancé. She cannot forget the man who first stirred her heart–a memory that burns anew when she finds herself once more on the road to Scotland.

Tavish MacLean has sworn vengeance. It’s been six years since his beloved sister was raped and murdered by an English lord, a tragedy which almost destroyed his family. On his deathbed, his father demanded retribution and Tavish pledged before his clan to enslave the lord’s daughter then send her back to her father, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. When he learns that she is travelling north, he seizes his opportunity and orders her abduction.

But when his men fling the prisoner before him, Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life. Loyalty to his clan trumps the debt he owes her and he claims Elyssia as his captive. Though she’s one of the hated English, her willing body ignites passion in him at night, though she fights him at every turn during the day. As time passes, he questions his loyalty, finding himself increasingly enthralled by his fiery captive.

Treachery surrounds Clan MacLean. When long-buried secrets come to light, Tavish must risk his life and his clan, or all that he holds dear will be destroyed.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

The Sins of the Sire Author PHotoEmily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, UK and has always had a passion for romance and strong alpha heroes. After graduating from Oxford University and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot, she started a career in financial services in order to indulge her love of mathematics.

She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She reignited her passion for romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme.

When not working on algebra or keeping Twinkle from slithering over the keyboard, Emily enjoys painting and playing the piano. She can often be found wandering about the hills of Scotland looking for inspiration.

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My Review

This is the first book not only in the series but also by the author, and I love being introduced to new authors, especially when they write in the Historical Romance genre. Than been said, I just want to let you all know that there are potential triggers that you all have to keep in mind before starting the book, or even consider reading it. It’s has a darker tone and has torture and rape, although not in detail or graphic like some scenes I have read before that made me nauseous.

If you read the synopsis, this book follows Elyssia De Montford and Tavish MacLean, and if all the passion, violence, action, secrecy wasn’t enough, this book has the revenge plot that always makes me excited for some reason.

I must confess that I didn’t know what to think while I was reading. I could understand the characters behaviors in a way, but some things had me go like “No way!” and feel a bit crushed by every emotion. Nevertheless, it was kind of a good thing because it made me wonder, made me think about humanity and the past.

This is a historical novel, despite the romance in it, and life was as violent, if not worse depending on the point of view, as nowadays. Unfortunately, life is messy in many ways, and in my mind the messiness and darkness in the novel just made it all sound so much real.

I liked the characters and the flow of the story. It was fast paced at times and made me intrigued in others. I wanted to scream, cry and sigh, for good and bad moments. By good I mean the happy moments, by bad I mean all the cruel and sad moments. It is a revenge so you know a lot of unexpected moments can happen.

Overall, the story captivated me and it was different from previous Historical Romance novels I have read. Honestly I liked that and I can’t way for more books in this series.


Giveaway

Emily Royal is running two giveaways for newsletter subscribers:

Giveaway #1 – notebook + mug with cover image + Scottish treats (UK only)

Giveaway #2 – notebook + 2 Scottish coasters (International)

The Sins of the Sire Giveaway Prize

So long as you are on Emily Royal’s mailing list by 10th May when the draw is happening, you will be eligible to win.

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Love,

Jess