Wednesday, May 9, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Review Tour for Ari McKay's Forged In Fire

Cover Design: Aaron Anderson

Length: 59,473 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


The magic touch.

Ever since Harlan Edgewood was bitten by a possessed werewolf, his monthly shifts have been agonizing. When he meets Whimsy Hickes—a mage who specializes in transformation—the attraction is mutual. But Harlan believes his curse is too great a burden to inflict on any romantic partner.

Fortunately, Whimsy thinks he can help.

When Harlan is provoked into an unexpected change, Whimsy uses his magic to help ease Harlan’s pain, but with an unexpected consequence. While he’s shifted, Harlan’s wolf claims Whimsy as his mate.

As they draw closer, suspicious events in the Asheville magical community escalate. Shifters are disappearing, others are murdered, and Harlan’s curse makes him an obvious target. It will take all of Whimsy’s magic to force back the rising evil—and if he fails, Harlan will lose not only his life, but his very soul.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ari McKay was new to me until I this series caught my eye, and I just can't get enough of these characters. The romance between Harlan and Whimsy is so sweet as they get to know each other and learn to trust in their feelings. Harlan's innocence is absolutely adorable, especially given his age and how he became a wolf. And Whimsy! Whimsy is, hands down, one of the most lovable characters that I've ever come across, and this pair is so just so good together. In addition to the sweet, we do get a bit of sexy with the romance. Of course, it's not all sunshine and roses for this pair and their pals. There's the matter of demons and who could be behind them to add some suspense and action to the story. The conclusion is somewhat open ended and I can't wait to see what might be next for this wonderful group.

Ashville Arcana Series

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

This first book in the Ashville Arcana series is everything I hoped for and more. With supernatural beings of every kind, we get lots of magic and with that comes lots of mayhem. I did get a little aggravated with Eli's refusal to accept the mating bond, but still found him to be a likable character. In fact, the book is packed full of interesting characters. Even those that are less than likable are interesting. The world building is good, and I love that it's done organically throughout the story as opposed to piling it on all at once. Eli and Arden have such good chemistry, even when they're fighting tooth and nail to keep from admitting it. With romance, some steamy fun, suspense, and a bit of action, the story moves along at a good clip and held my interest from start to finish. 

May 1 - OMG Reads
May 2 - Bayou Book Junkie
May 3 - Making It Happen
May 5 - Love Bytes
May 7 - My Fiction Nook
May 8 - The Novel Approach
May 9 - Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, RAM PA Group, Drops Of Ink, Momma Says: To Read or Not To Read, United Indie Book Blog
May 10 - MM Good Book Reviews
May 11 - Bayou Book Junkie, Mirrigold, Valerie Ullmer, Virginia Lee
May 12 - Diverse Reader

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.


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