Anne Reviews: Of Hope and Anguish by Silvia Violet

TITLE: Revolutionaries, Book 2:  Of Hope and Anguish

Author: Silvia Violet

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages:  153

Characters: Eli/Jack

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Historical, Series

Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Jack and Eli have been separated for months while Jack gathers intelligence in Philadelphia and Eli spies on British officers in New York. When Jack has to take on the role of spymaster and work behind-the-scenes, Eli offers to insinuate himself in Philadelphia’s loyalist circles, taking Jack’s place.

As Eli works to uncover traitorous negotiations between a high-ranking American officer and the British, he cozies up to British spymaster John Andre. Jack doesn’t like Eli putting himself at risk, nor does he like seeing him fawning over a beautiful, charming man.

As the chances of the American army surviving the winter decline, tensions mount between Jack and Eli, threatening to tear them apart. They will have to rely on their love and trust for one another to make it through these harrowing months.

Review:

I’m reading this series out of order as I haven’t read book 1 as yet but it didn’t detract from my reading experience as I found it easy to pick up on what I’d missed. However, in saying that I need to go back and read book one now!

I enjoy a well-written historical and this is the first one I’ve read set during the American War of Independence. I loved the historical details that the author has included in the story, and found the setting very easy to visualise.  Eli and Jack are interesting characters, as is Constance, a strong woman who plays an important part in the story. Eli and Jack’s love for each other is obvious in the way they act, and their need for each other comes through strongly throughout, although there was one part of the story where I wanted to smack Jack for his behaviour towards Eli.  The author does a good job in showing his fear of losing the man he loves and what they have together, although his behaviour almost does just that. However, I did feel that Jack is very quick to doubt Eli, but having emotions running high will do that.

Andre—an historical figure—is well written, and I liked the way he was described. It was easy to believe that Eli and Jack were on the American side as their beliefs in their cause felt very passionate and real. Randall was an interesting character, and I hope to see more of him, and his relationship with Constance.

I’d recommend Of Hope and Anguish to readers who enjoy erotic historical romances with interesting characters and a mix of action/drama.

Reviewed By: Anne

BUY LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079R6SG84

Gabbi Reviews: How to Save a Life by Eli Easton

Title: Howl at the Moon, Book 4: How to Save a Life

Author: Eli Easton

Publisher: Eli Easton

Pages: 283

Characters: Rav and Sammy

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Series, Shifter Romance

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:  

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek? 

Review:

The Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton has been a favorite of mine since the first book, How to Howl at the Moon was released. There is something very unique and special about all the characters in this series and I have to admit, I eagerly await each and every new story in this series.

Like the other three previous books, I immediately fell in love with the heroes AND all of the secondary characters in this story. I couldn’t help but totally be enamored with both Rav and Sammy and the story they had to tell. 

The special thing about this book *this series in particular* is the strong emotional connection between the two heroes. Both men have had a difficult, hurtful past that they have to work through before they can truly come together as a couple. Through each other, they learn to trust, fall in love and truly form an unbreakable bond and friendship between them. Watching them develop such a special relationship made this a happy-heart read for me. Like the other books, I loved this couple and the Mad Creek townspeople and I can not wait to see what Ms. Easton has in store for us next.

The Howl at the Moon series needs to be read in book order. This way you can truly fall in love with each and every character and witness how much they grow, right along with the townspeople of Mad Creek.

The Howl at the Moon series books are:

How to Howl at the Moon

How to Walk Like a Man

How to Wish Upon a Star

How to Save a Life

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase How to Save a Life by Eli Easton