Iron Canuck

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Interesting listen, added to the story experience

Veiled In Darkness: (Eternally Mated #3) - Valerie Twombly

I have enjoyed this series and decided to listen to it. I was not disappointed! Tom Zadoyko brought the characters and story alive. This story is about Ashley coming into her own, and with the help of Eli, her mother, and those around her, bringing about hard-fought change. Valerie Twombly's descriptive words and Tom Zadoyko's voice made this a good listen. I recommend listening as well as reading of this series.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

New Release!! A Walk on the Wild Side by Kathleen Korbel/Eileen Dreyer



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J.P. O’Neill is in the fight of his life. A legendary agent with the DEA, he’s uncovered a conspiracy in his own agency. The only problem is he’s been arrested for the murder of his partner. If he goes to jail, he dies.

There’s only one solution—escape. The only way to do that is to kidnap his defense attorney. Lauren Taylor is a high-priced attorney doing a favor for a friend. Suddenly she finds herself on the run with the most dangerous man she’s ever met. Will she survive with her heart intact?


“Ms. Korbel generates an incredible chemistry between her two immensely appealing lovers that will set your heart on fire.” ~ RT Booklovers


Read an Excerpt:

The DA cackled that he had an open and shut case. A slam dunk with clusters. J. P. O’Neill, once a virtuoso of undercover agents had finally stepped over the line and gone rogue, turning on his own people rather than be reeled back in. The DEA had lost track of him some five weeks earlier. It was their suspicion that the mercurial star of undercover had finally succumbed to the life-style he’d imitated for so long and gone spinning off into his own personal orbit. His partner had been sent in to retrieve him.


Something about those eyes, though, contradicted the idea that he’d done anything in cold blood. Something about those eyes made Lauren think twice when a personal request from the senior partner in her firm to represent this man might not have.

“So, what do you think?” O’Neill asked. “Am I a worthless maggot with antisocial behavior who couldn’t withstand the lure of filthy lucre?”


Startled by the tone of his voice, Lauren looked up. Amusement. She’d heard it in the question, and now saw it in the eyes. They glinted with it, a dark, knowing challenge that made her somehow sorry.


Those eyes. Blue, green, changing like the water off the Bahamas on a sunny day, so startling against that grime not for the color but for the intelligence. The sharp, sudden flashes of humor and even more stunning glitter of grief.


Wild eyes. Eyes that promised surprise, that mesmerized with energy, with the wicked wit that lurked behind. Eyes that made her wary, that taunted her like a peek into a forbidden room. Eyes that should have belonged to the devil himself.


“I don’t know what you are, Mr. O’Neill,” she finally admitted, leaning back in her chair.

Lauren was tired. She’d already put in a full day when Tom Paxton had called in his favor from New York where he was taking depositions.


For a friend. Well, if this was the friend, then there was a lot about the senior partner of the firm Lauren wanted to know. For now, though, she ignored the ache in her back and the stale feel of a suit too long worn.


“I’m dead if I don’t make bail,” O’Neill assured her, picking off yet another strip of foam and carefully folding it into the disintegrating cup. “If you don’t believe anything else, believe that.”


About the Author:



New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical-forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non-fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she's been taking with a friend's ashes.


A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and a large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.





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Spies, danger, love and passion, kept me reading

An Earl in Wolf's Clothing - M. Emily E. Windsor-Cragg

This was a fun read. I loved the interactions between Sophie and Bram. With all the subterfuge to keep Bram's secret, Sophie's ability to make the best of a situation was great. There were laughs as Sophie and her friend do their own sneaking around. Bram was a determined and gallant young man, and I fell in love with him. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next.

I received a copy of this book through Book Obsessed Chicks Review team, and this is my unsolicited review.

Quick, but repetitive story

Jack's Magical Beanstalk and the Jeweled Grotto - Pablo Michaels

Short read, part of a series. The first third of this story is also in the Prelude to Jack's Magical Beanstalk. The rest of the story is about Jack and Sam helping Sam's family. Danger everywhere but love wins out.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

Brief rundown of the story so far...

Prelude to Jack's Magical Beanstalk and Sam's Quandary - Pablo Michaels

A quick read, following the Jack and the Beanstalk tale. Jack meets and falls in love with Sam. There are adventures, danger, and smiles. The story did need more emotion to better like Jack and Sam.

I reached a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

Past meets the present, danger crosses time. Pulled me right in.

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall - Lauren   Smith

I loved this story! Jane is such an open person which helped Bastian get beyond his limited mind. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the book very much. Past helping the present and vice versa. Several times, I had tears in my eyes; others had me smiling or holding my breath. This is a compelling read, and I recommend it.

This is my unsolicited review.

Quick read with bonus stories. Needs a bit more substance and emotion

Backcountry Werebears - Poppy Deveaux

This review is for the main story. I have not read all the bonus stories. Backcountry Werebears is about Amy's journey to find what makes her happy. There is a lot of steam in this story as she figures it out. I felt it was a bit rushed, and I would have preferred more time with Steve and Justin as well.

This is my unsolicited review.

A quick listen with some rough patches.

Mad About the Dragon - Selene Griffin

This is a quick listen with a dragon and a human. Maia comes across Ignacio and instant love. She trusts him immediately, even when things look bad. I found at times the story moved along smoothly, but it had moments that caused me to question where the story was going. It was still a decent story. 

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Sweet romance with a few giggles.

A Springtide Meeting - Emily Murdoch

Another sweet quick listen from Emily Murdoch. This is a comedy of assumptions and had me giggling. The attraction between Timothy and Cordelia is quick and strong, and so sweet. I enjoyed this story.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Great story in a great series

A Dream of Redemption - Bronwen Evans

I have enjoyed this series and looked forward to this book. I was not disappointed. Helen and Clary are lovable characters that we met in earlier stories. It takes place a few years after the last one. Helen learns about the unfairness in her world and wants to make a difference. Together with Clary, they help orphans as their love grows. Clary's secret past is an obstacle for him, and then all the danger around makes them choose what is most important to them. I highly recommend this story and the series.

I received a copy of this through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

Another good one from Lauren Smith, love these brothers

Rurik - Lauren Smith

Third story, third brother. This was another fun one. I love Rurik's dedication to his family duties, but watching him struggle against his desires for Charlotte made it very interesting. Charlotte's need to prove herself kept me praying for her. Despite enemies on all sides, their love blossoms, and I fell in love along with them.

This is my unsolicited review.

Page turner for me, danger with a twist of sweet

Earl of Benton - Madeline Martin

I enjoyed this story greatly and found it hard to stop reading. It starts with a bang, races through more danger with a lot of trust and love growing between Emma and Alistair. Emma is so innocent yet trusts Alistair from the beginning. Alistair, despite being a member of the Wicked Earls' Club, actually impressed me with his consideration for others and Emma's predicament. Madge, Alistair's mother, is a quirky character, and I enjoyed her. I highly recommend this book.

I received this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

A sweet read, but wanted to know more

The Lady's Smile (Highland Valiance Series) (Volume 4) - Fiona McKellar

This is a quick sweet read. Gelis and Tom are products of their worlds but find trust and love with each other. Gelis has a tough time believing Tom and spends too much time waffling for me. There are some moments of tears and sad smiles balanced out with glimpses of happiness. Tom was a real sweetheart, but I wished to know a little more about his past.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

No choice can be the right choice

To Love a Highland Rogue - Collette Cameron

I did not want to stop listening to this story. Mayra is a wonderful character. I found her honesty refreshing throughout the story as well as her need to help others. She grew up knowing she did not have a choice in a husband, but she did her best to change that. Logan was sweet even as he was deceiving Mayra. My heart went out to both of them as they dealt with their situation, and the ending had tears in my eyes.

I was given this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

A bumpy ride to happiness, a bit challenging on the way

Fighting For You - January Valentine

This is a story that has one person unable to move on from the past while the other is fighting for her future. Jewelia and Indigo are good together, but when things get too intense, Indigo backs off because of his past. I liked Jewelia's determination to have the future she wants, but she waffled a little too much. The journey to the end was very bumpy but worth the time.

This audiobook was a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Q&A with Brooklyn Ann, new release Forbidden Song


I had a chance to ask Brooklyn Ann some questions. Here are her answers:


Iron Canuck: How long have you been writing?

Brooklyn Ann: On and off throughout my life, but I only got serious about it in 2009, after my mom passed away.

Iron Canuck: Where did the idea for the Bleeding Vengeance band come from?

Brooklyn Ann: Every band has at least one other opening band touring with them. Bleeding Vengeance opened for Viciöus in book one of the Hearts of Metal series, Kissing Viciöus. Orignally, they were supposed to remain in the background, but every band member had such great personalities, especially the nerdy bass player, before I knew it, they became the focus of book two in the series.

Iron Canuck: Favorite band member?

Brooklyn Ann: Klement, but that’s because I’m biased since he’s loosely based on this bass-player and IT Guy that I had a crush on when I started writing the series, and eventually convinced him to date me.

Iron Canuck: When is the next book in the series?

Brooklyn Ann: Book 6, Tempting Beat comes out in July!

Iron Canuck: Do you have a playlist for each book?

Brooklyn Ann: I do, though I haven’t gotten them all uploaded on Youtube yet. The playlist for Forbidden Song is:

Pink Floyd: “Careful with that Axe, Eugene” (Live in Pompeii version)
Nine Inch Nails: “The Perfect Drug”
Metallica: “Call of Cthulu”
David Bowie: “I’m Deranged”
Black Sabbath: “Heaven and Hell”
Pink Floyd: “Echoes” (Live in Pompeii Part One)
Pink Floyd: “Echoes” (Live in Pompeii Part Two)

Iron Canuck: What else do you write?

Brooklyn Ann: I have a historical paranormal romance series (Scandals with Bite), and an urban fantasy series (Brides of Prophecy). In fact, the characters from my Brides of Prophecy series have a prominent role in Forbidden Song. That was a lot of fun. All of my worlds intersect in little ways.


Iron Canuck: Thank you for spending time with me.



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