Book Reviews, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Bane’s Choice by Alyssa Day


Bane’s Choice; Vampire Motorcycle Club #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Alyssa Day

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The first in a new series for Alyssa Day, so there was quite a bit of set up for this new world. Told from multiple POV’s Bane is a centuries old vampire who has become disenchanted with his life. We are introduced to an ongoing battle between necromancers and warlocks along with a truce that in jeopardy with werewolves and we get an insight into the process of how vampires are changed. So while there is a main storyline between Bane and Ryan, there are also several multiple starting points for where this world will take off.

Bane is the leader not only over his MC group (which is something is more in the background for this story), but he is also the leader over his vampire family. He is controlling and possessive over everyone around him and the same holds true when Ryan comes into the picture.

When the war heats up everyone in Bane’s family is in jeopardy and Bane is torn on how to help when facing such a powerful enemy while trying to keep his new love safe.

Dr. Ryan St. Cloud is helping a patient, the very one that Bane steals from under her nose, when they first meet. He can sense she is different that first night, but cannot pinpoint what she is. This underlying mystery holds throughout the entire story on what makes her special, but it is something. Aside from this mystery, Ryan is bold and doesn’t back down from Bane and his commanding ways. She intrigues Bane in ways no one has in centuries and he finds himself claiming her when he knows he shouldn’t.

This was a good starting point for what I hope will be a good series because Bane’s Choice ended with several open ended plot lines. I hope the plots and subplots Alyssa started tie up in another story because I was left with questions. Aside from that, the multiple POV’s kept the book moving and did ramp up the suspense. It also had me looking forward to upcoming books, which again hopefully will answer some of my questions.

Overall, if you love the paranormal world, there is a lot to look forward to in this new world created by Alyssa Day.


When a centuries-old vampire in search of redemption meets a doctor who’s on a mission of her own, a searing, world-destroying passion is the last thing on either of their minds.

Minds can be changed.

A doctor with secrets of her own is drawn to a dangerous predator in this pulse-pounding paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day.

What better way to hide the existence of vampires from humans than in plain sight? Thus, the Vampire Motorcycle Club was born. Bane, the 300-year-old vampire who leads the club, has fought for years to protect his kind. But the truth about vampires is not only that they exist, it is that they are creatures of pure desire. Conscience and restraint has been burned out of them by the process of Turning. Any woman Bane meets is either prey—or food.

Dr. Ryan St. Cloud finds out that vampires exist when one steals her patient out of the hospital right beneath her nose, leading her to question her own sanity. But when the dangerous man whose touch inflames her senses and whose gaze enthralls her comes to her for help, she is unable to refuse. Bane is a dangerous predator, but somewhere beneath his arrogance and power, she can see his heart—and she knows it could belong to her if she is strong enough to claim it. She is bound to a vampire, but loving her would be … Bane’s Choice.

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New Release – The Opposite of Falling by Jillian Liota

Today we have the release day blitz of Jillian Liota’s THE OPPOSITE OF FALLING! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!

Title: The Opposite of Falling

Author: Jillian Liota

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Opposite of Falling:

BRIAR MITCHELL is home in Cedar Point – single, broke and unemployed. Back in the town she tried so hard not to get stuck in. A job at the local grocery will have to do until she figures out what’s next, even if it means working for her teenage crush. Not that he noticed her back then.ANDY MARSHALL has always loved the small town life. Things might be rough at the moment – the family business is struggling and his dad’s health has taken a turn – but he’s trudging forward. What he doesn’t see coming is the attraction he feels towards his newest employee.Choosing to explore their instant chemistry, Briar and Andy embark on a no-strings ride they hope will provide a few things they each desperately need. Sweet friendship, sexy fun, and a chance to escape from a life that isn’t going according to plan.But in the face of a town disaster, they start to realize that maybe there’s something more between them. Something with a depth they weren’t expecting. Something that feels a lot like falling in love.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“That was great,” Bells says from where she’s lying flat on her back next to me. “I know we gave Boyd shit about it when he said he enjoyed yoga with Ruby, but maybe he’s onto something.” I smile, staring up at the sky and the trees that sway in the light breeze above us. We both lie there for a while, just enjoying the outside time and the beautiful weather.“Hey, B?”When I feel her hand slip into mine, I look over and find my sister watching me, her light brown eyes narrowed with concern.“I know I’m not Boyd,” she tells me, “and I know I’m younger than you and you’ve never really, you know, talked to me about your life in any kind of real way…but I just want you to know I’m here for you if you need somebody.”Something thick settles in my throat, something that feels oddly like the sensation right before tears. I work hard to swallow it down.“Like if you want to talk about what happened with Chad, or…”I pull my body up so I’m no longer lying on my back, letting go of my sister’s hand in the process.“Thanks, but I’m good.”I know my words aren’t what Bellamy wants to hear. She’s the definition of being our mother’s daughter—outgoing, friendly, and above all, has a strong desire to talk about things.But I don’t want to talk about Chad. I don’t want to talk about my life with him where I felt so unhappy. I think about it enough on my own.Nobody else needs to hear about the mistakes I made. Nobody else needs to know about all the times I let myself down.Because that’s really the reason I left Chad.He didn’t cheat on me. He didn’t hit me or hurt me. Sure, he might not have been the biggest supporter of me going after things I wanted, and yeah, he basically just wanted me to be a woman who took care of him and slept with him and didn’t cause a fuss.But I left because I was disappointed in myself.I had all those big plans, big plans and big ideas for my big life in the big city, and I let myself get made small. I let myself get dismissed, settling into a life that made me so unhappy I hardly knew what to do with myself.I’m ashamed of who I became. I didn’t recognize the woman in the mirror anymore, having allowed the man in my life to warp what I saw until I finally smashed my reflection to pieces.How am I supposed to talk about that with my younger sister? She’s supposed to be able to look up to me, and all she’ll see if I tell her about Chad and my life down the mountain is someone who failed.So I do the thing I know how to do.I give her a smile and pull away, keeping the broken and ugly bits of myself tucked away safely inside.Nobody really wants to see those parts anyway.

About Jillian Liota:

Jillian Liota is a new author writing contemporary romance and new adult fiction. She lives in Kailua, Hawaii with her amazing husband, 2 cats, and 3-legged pup.  She is the author of the new adult romance novel The Keeper, which focuses on a female college soccer goalie, as well as the follow up novella, Keep Away. Her newest release, Like You Mean It, is in the contemporary romance genre and has a more mature voice, as it follows a pregnant mother finding love in a new town. The next novel in the Like You Series, Like You Want It, will be published in Spring 2019 She has a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and she is passionate about all things improvement, development and organization. She’s also a big fan of taking walks with her husband and dog Maia, reading romance (obviously), watching a handful of horrible reality TV shows, and exploring the island she calls home. Check out her Contact page for more information on how to connect.

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