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A while ago I was lucky enough to have spoken with Olivia Hardin. I was given a copy of her Bend – Bite – Shift Box Set to review. Of course it is one book that slipped through the cracks.

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# 1 – Witch Way Bends

Devan Stowe is a woman on a quest. She has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his associates—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and… the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Old friends and new will come together to help Devan unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.

My Review

3 stars

Devan has it in her head to stop her father’s child trafficking. So she joins Kent Crosby and his team. Although Devan knows nothing about the paranormal she is going to be jumping head long into that life very quickly. Kent’s team all have various abilities and Devan herself is a rare combination of paranormal. And her father’s trafficking? He is actually selling witch children to vampires that more powerful from the blood. But when she learns of her past, others learn about her too and now she is a major target.

I really liked this world, there were a lot of paranormal people/creatures. I liked the idea of the story and the twist of Devan’s heritage. But, this is a first in a series and I find it is a little rough. We start the story in the middle of a conversation and doesn’t really explain what you came into. The ending was a lot like that too. In understand cliff hangers but this was a bit excessive.

This is a rough start to the series although I think that it could be a good series. I’m curious to see what happened in the next book.

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# 2 – Bitten Shame

Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape… Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…

My Review

4 stars

This story is about Jill Prescott, her past, and how she helps Devan with her powers. Jill was Devan’s best friend in college but a misunderstanding came between the two of them. Jill goes on to talk about how she meet Doc, their love, and her being turned into a vampire. The story bounces back and forth between what happened with Jill and Doc and how Jill is helping out Devan. Jill was asked to be a companion for Doc for a week. Although bored and him trying to avoid her, they eventually make a connection. When she lost Doc she lost her will to live. In the present she is helping Devan get to the Fairy Realm to meet Devan’s father. It is time for some serious training. But what will Jill do after she has her revenge?

I liked this a lot more than the first book. The story seems to be put together better. I loved Jill’s story with Doc. It was so sweet and I felt for her when she lost him. I did like how she was reconnecting and helping Devan. Throw in the fight against the Org and a traitor, this series is starting to get really good. I can’t wait to see what happened next.

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# 3 – Shifty Business

Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another “mission accomplished”, but hell was delivering hand baskets that day.

When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky–but nothing comes without a cost. Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.

My Review

4 stars

So we have seen Devan and Kent then Jill and Doc. It is now time to learn about Nicky and Gerry. They have a big secret from everyone and even ones from themselves. But then a rescue goes wrong and Gerry ends up in a coma from fighter in twin sister. Nicky has to try to find a safe place for them and to hide the box. But when he can’t wake Gerry he has to ask a voodoo woman for help. But then the secrets start coming out and the secret marriage is starting to be strained. Will Gerry figure out her past in time to save everyone? Will they still have a marriage when this is done? What happens when the have to take on both the Org and The Company.

I liked Gerry and Nicky and was completely surprised about their secret marriage. But when you start keeping secrets for people that can find a way to bit you in the end. There is a break neck pace and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I love how the story ends and although this is the end of the trilogy it sounds like Olivia Hardin is planning on future books. Yeah!!

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Over all I liked this series. It had a rough start but got better with each of the next books. It’s a wonderful world and I do hope that I see more of it in the future.

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The Veritas Deception

By Lynne Constantine

Genre: Thriller

Book Description

Days after he changes his vote on a bill he sponsored, US Senator Malcolm Phillips is murdered and his death disguised as an accident. He contacted one man before he died: investigative journalist, Jack Logan. He leaves Jack one clue that is supposed to help him uncover the truth and keep Phillip’s widow, Taylor, safe: search for Jeremy. But Jeremy who?

Friedrich Dunst, pardoned for war crimes and living in the States, never gave up the quest for what he believed to be relics of evil that provide untold power. Upon his death, his adopted son, Damon Crosse, took up the cause, and now helms a vast network of corrupt authority, controlling everything from social media and television programming to law enforcement and US legislation. His elite and well-known training facility recruits top students from around the world, but its legitimate programs are a front for something more insidious. Shrouded in secrecy and guided by dark forces, Crosse’s true agenda is known only to his own son who has now jeopardized it all by betraying him.

As Taylor and Logan begin to unravel the complex web of lies, they discover that the hunt for the set of ancient relics, dating back to the time of Christ, has driven Crosse and those before him to acts of atrocity and violence. But what do these relics have to do with a senator’s death? How long has a puppet master been pulling their strings—and will Logan and Taylor trust the right people long enough to win what becomes a colossal battle for souls?

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Author Bio

Lynne Constantine is a coffee drinking, Twitter-addicted fiction author always working on her next book. She likes to run her plots by Tucker, her golden retriever, who is always enthusiastic about her ideas. Lynne is the co-author of CIRCLE DANCE, and the author of THE VERITAS DECEPTION as well as several short stories. Visit Lynne at www.lynneconstantine.com

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