Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Time to Rise by Tal Bauer

A Time to Rise is a Paranormal Male Romance.  The story takes place in Rome and Vatican City.  I learned a great deal about the Swiss Guard and their role in keeping the Pope safe.  The story has vampires, demons, revenants and basically all the things that go bump in the night.  A Time to Rise contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

A Time to Rise releases May 2, 2016

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My Four Star Review:

For the past 12 years Sergeant Alain Autenberg has been in charge of Special Projects for the Guard which basically means it’s his job to protect the Vatican and Rome from all the things that go bump in the night.  His partner is Father Lotario who is quite a piece of work and hard to believe he’s a father at all.  I immediately loved him.  They work together to eliminate any threat but things are starting to change in the dark world and they can’t seem to figure out why.  As a side note: Alain lost the love of his life 12 years ago and he’s been lonely but he’s sticking to the promise he made to himself to never love again.

In walks new guard recruit, Cristoph Hasse who Alain is immediately drawn to and who becomes his new mentee.  He’s never been a Mentor before and he’s not happy about it.  But he can’t say no to his boss, Commandant Best.

There are sections in the book, during the hunts, where Alain and Father Lotario destroy the “bad” guys.  Be prepared for it to be graphic and bloody.  But within all of the blood and gore, you can see a very strong friendship between these two men.

During the mentoring process, Alain and Cris form the start of a friendship.  Cris ends up finding out more then he should about Alain and what he does while he tries to find his place in the world.  Their friendship grows into something more and they start to care about each other.   At this point things start to get very crazy.  Vampires and Demons working together, someone in the Vatican wanting to “rule the world” and Alain trying to stop it all.  Let’s just say you need to hang on for this ride because it’s a rollercoaster!  There is a dramatic conclusion to this but however, the end of this story was left wide open.  Not a cliffhanger but there is definitely more story to be told and I look forward to book 2.

This is the second book I’ve read by Tal Bauer.  The first was Enemies of the State and you can find my five star review here.

Tal’s stories are a bit different.  While both these books are male romance, the romance is not really the focus of the book.  They are packed with action, adventure, some horror, some blood and gore, men saving the world and basically “stuff” that makes a novel exciting to read.   Don’t get me wrong, the romance is still there and it’s written beautify.  Tal’s writing flows smoothly, is very easy to read and also very entertaining.  I enjoyed both of these books and look forward to reading more by Tal.

More about A Time to Rise: 

History says the Knights Templar were destroyed in 1307.
History is wrong.

Vampires haunt the sewers beneath Rome, revenants desecrate graveyards, ghouls devour helpless passersby, and incubi stalk dark alleys and seedy nightclubs in Italy’s capital. Deep in the Vatican, a brotherhood exists, sworn protectors of the earth, and they stand firm against monsters from the dark depths. Operating in secret and silence, they protect our world from the sinister, the etheric, and the evils that exist beyond the Veil.

But it’s a lonely life, and Alain Autenberg knows that more than most. His lover was ripped from him years ago, and he vowed never to get close to another soul again. Even when the loneliness presses down on him, and his empty heart cries out for something more.

Something more comes in Cristoph Hasse, a new soldier arriving in Rome to serve in the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Young, brash, and fitting in at right angles everywhere he goes, Cris struggles in the murky, deceptive labyrinth of the Vatican. Propelled forward by a past he can’t understand, Cris collides with Alain, and both men crash headfirst into the darkest secret of the Vatican…and of the world.

Find Tal Bauer Here:  InternetFacebook, NineStar Press.

Pick up A Time to Rise at Amazon – here.  Pick up Enemies of the State at Amazon – here.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Note:  I received a copy of this book directly from the author.

Wicked Burn (The Realm Enforcers Book 3) by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti’s Paranormal Romance Wicked Burn is fast passed, action packed, full of fire, witches, demons, enforcers, bear shifters and even a few vampires.  It will leave you breathless and definitely wanting and needing more.

Wicked Burn releases June 7, 2016


My Five Star Review:

Wicked Burn is the story of Nicholas Veis (Pure-bred Demon) and Simone Brightston (Member of the Coven Nine) and cousin to three lethal Coven Nine Enforcers.  The story picks up exactly where Wicked Edge leaves off.  Simone is in trouble and Nic will do what ever it takes to keep her safe even with their difficult history.   This book is full of action, adventure, blow your mind moments and a need to stalk Rebecca’s Facebook page and hound her until the next book comes out because you will literally want it ASAP!

So, lets see if I can give you a taste of this book without including any spoilers.

The book starts 100 years in the past with a visit from a Prophet.  Jump to the future and Nic pulls up on his Ducati to get Simone to safety.  They run into grizzly bears and Bear the leader of the entire bear shifter nation.  They end up in Ireland and on trial in front of the Coven Nine.  Secrets are revealed.  Really big secrets. Escapes are made.  Enforcers, Witches, Demons, Vampires and even Bear takes you on a roller coaster ride that you will not want to get off. I ended up loving someone I totally despised and falling more in love with all of Rebecca’s characters.

You MUST and it’s a big MUST, read Wicked Ride and Wicked Edge before this one and I would highly recommend you read The Dark Protector Series first.  Rebecca’s writing is amazing and she has a way of tying these two series together very beautifully.

At the end of Wicked Burn in a brand new Novella called Talen.   Talen and is mate Cara were featured in the first Dark Protectors book, Fated and happen to be my favorite couple.  This Novella takes place after the war is over. (That’s a little tiny spoiler but if you listen to Talen, he will tell you war is never truly over.)  Talen and Cara are dealing with the “what’s next” in their lives.  Cara wants to do one thing and Talen says,  I don’t think so.  You are mine to protect always. And I’m totally paraphrasing here.  They are a little off and work out their “issues” (issues is really not a great word to use here but) in a totally Talen and Cara way that was absolutely amazing and totally them.  Appearances are made by Garrett (their son), his BFF Logan (brother to Zane the leader of the demon nation) and even Terrent (head of the wolf nation) and Maggie (his mate) make a brief appearance.

I would highly recommend both of these series and look forward to reading more about these amazing characters in the future!

More About Wicked Burn:

Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody’s fool, and she didn’t get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out–and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he’s as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone’s looking for . . .


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Reading Order for Realm Enforcers Series: 

Wicked Ride (Book 1) Click here to read my review.

Wicked Edge (Book 2) Click here to read my review.

Wicked Burn (Book 3) Coming June 7, 2016.

Start at the beginning with the Dark Protectors Series:  (Read before the Realm Enforcers Series.)



Tempted – Novella




Twisted – Novella


Tamed – Novella


Find Rebecca Zanetti here: WebsiteFacebookGoodreads.

A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf