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A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. It wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.
Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!
on May 04, 2015 :
This is a great way to get the first 3 parts of this series all together for a great price. I had originally gotten just part 1 (it was free on Amazon) and had yet to start reading it, but then saw the box set with the first 3 (and having forgotten I had part 1), bought it. I am sure that if part 1 had not originally gotten lost in the mix when I first got it, that I would have gone and bought the next books in the series individually. I got pulled into the story quickly in the first part and only put the book down to work & sleep for the next 2 days. The only part of this box set I did not really enjoy was the last part which contained more "quotes" & recipes than any story. I will most certainly be picking up the rest of the books in this series!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2014 :
I haven't tried any of the recipes and will need to remember to do that next Christmas, but I did like the thought behind including them. The short stories were sweet. Could some of them have been longer and given you more? Absolutely. Which is why I did not rate this 5 stars, but altogether a cute holiday read. My favorite is the secret Santa gift to Darcy from Devlin. Absolutely loved that one. My second favorite is a tie between the S'mores one and the make a wish one with Mason and Jasmine.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2014 :
Book 3 Review
So is it love and fate, or isn't it? Amber's accusation at the end of book 2, that Darcy used magic to steal Mason from her has led to more complications and puts at risk their plan to mate. Nathan's betrayal may just be the loophole that gets Amber off, and calls into question the legitimacy of Darcy and Mason's soul mate bond.
To help decide whether or not Darcy and Mason truly are soul mates, the Fates decide to put them through a series of tests. The tests may vary. From gauging their integrity to their dedication to their physical and emotional strengths. If pushed to the limits, will they give up or forge on. If given the choice to choose a path, will they choose the correct one. The one thing I did like about the tests was that it gave more insight into the characters' pasts. The one thing I did not like is that we did not get much about Mason's point of view. It was all Darcy. Perhaps that was intentional because she was the one who was accused of tampering with fate, although they both had the dream. I would have at least liked to have known if his tasks were similar and the only difference was the choice he spoke of in the book.
Moving on...just when Darcy and Mason think they have succeeded and they can move forward with their mating ceremony, Amber strikes again. Wow, talk about stalking....so is it love? Hmm. Things finally come to a head and luckily, our favorite couple gets past their latest challenge and we get the answer to the following questions:
1) will they ever mate AND
2) is Amber finally out of the picture AND
3) what the heck was Nathan's involvement
Then the bloody cliffhanger! But wait, at least with this one...I gotta say that my first reaction was "YES! Finally!" I now know what the deal is with Devlin and Darcy. And my second reaction was "aww hell, where the heck is the next book!?!"
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2014 :
Book 2 Review
We pick up where we left off in book 1 with Amber's appearance at the house and her declaration that she is Mason's true mate. That was very ballsy of her to just walk right up to a man and just ignore / disregard the woman he was standing with. Interestingly enough though, I wanted to hit him over the head for not stopping her before she touched him. It was actually a bit contradictory from his behavior throughout the remainder of the book. The Mason I have come to know and love, the strong Alpha who is head over heels in love with Darcy would never have let another woman whom he despised touch him for even a second. Being shocked she was there is one thing, but not enough to unman him. I have not seen that response in him yet, and this scenario was definitely not the spot I would have expected to see him react that way. However, he redeems himself as we progress through the book.
Amber...wow, talk about someone who I honestly thought they were misjudging at times. Darcy, Daniel, and Mason were pretty adamant that she was there to cause trouble, but you just didn't get that feel for most of the book. Yes, she showed up claiming to be the mate of Mason, but her behavior for most of the book was not bad. She talked to others, she tried to talk to Mason, she tried to get close to Darcy, but she didn't do anything that would indicate she was doing anything to harm anyone. When Darcy gets sick, it is sudden and quick to incapacitate her. From this point on, Devlin, Daniel, Mason, and Darcy are searching for what caused her to get sick and who was behind it. Did I mention that I love Daniel and Devlin too? The men are definitely my favorite characters, and very swoon worthy.
Then wham, once they do determine what caused Darcy to get sick, who was behind it, and what else was coming, you start to see the side of Amber she hid so well. Some would say the author did a bad job at portraying Amber as the "bad guy". Others would say it was kind of clever, and gave Amber a chance to indict Darcy there at the end. For my part, I didn't find it obvious which is why I enjoyed this story...aside from the hot men of course. What I can say I was a bit worried about was Darcy and Devlin. The scene in his study where she becomes aware of how attractive he is and Vlad's comments about Devlin's feelings for her, and her subsequent thoughts on that upset me a little. One of the main things I loved about this series is that Darcy and Mason were already a done deal...that nothing could come between them, so seeing her reaction, even for second did not sit well with me. It was the same reaction I had to the opening scene with Amber and Mason. Aside from that and the cliffhanger at the end, I thought this was a great follow up to book one. Yet another challenge faced and nearly won. Unlike book 1 where Avery bit the dust, Amber just won't make it easy to get rid of her. On to book 3!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 16, 2014 :
I've just read book 1. I didn't know this book was originally 3 separate novellas. And I don't agree with another reviewer who stated it was choppy. I think the flow is actually pretty good so if it was 3 separate books before, the author did a good job merging them.
I love these characters and it has been a long while since I've read a book where the main characters are already a couple, and completely dedicated to each other. However, things are not quite perfect. Darcy is not only strong minded, but she is also sensible, sensitive, and loyal. Being the future mate of the wolf Alpha would pretty much demand these qualities and more. Mason is the Alpha she is to be mated with. He's smart, protective, sexy, and commands the respect of his pack. Then we have Daniel, the awesome second in command, and Devlin, the vampire enforcer and good friend of Darcy and Mason. The book starts out with the pack enjoying a game of football at a barbeque. Realizing they forgot something, the girls head out to the store to pick it up when they run into trouble. Things don't go quite so well, and the next thing we know there is a bit of mystery. A couple of deaths, a funeral, a kidnapping, mind-control, and finally defeat of the bad guy. Romance, heart-break and sadness, denial, guilt, and a few other emotional moments throughout. Basically the start of several challenges that Darcy and Mason's will face before their mating ceremony. I did enjoy the steamy scenes between Darcy and Mason, and liked the fact that no matter what was thrown at them, they stuck together. And although steamy, it wasn't inappropriate for teenagers.
I will admit that some of the interactions between the characters did leave me chomping at the bit for the history and background, especially Devlin. I'm still not sure what the deal is with him and why Darcy and he are so close. The book starts with showing you have familiar and comfortable everyone is with each other, and slowly gives you the background on how they met and some of their history as the characters look back through their memories.
The series reminds me somewhat of the Mercy Thompson series, and that is a great series. One of my favorite shifter series. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books and seeing what other challenges Mason, Darcy, Daniel, Devlin, and pack will face.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)