Quick Hits: Disobedience by Alvania Scarborough + Edge S2P1 by Jamie Magee

Series: Harker’s Hell 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Silver Harbor Press
Source: Author
Recommended By: Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Genre: Western Historical | Fantasy

Harker’s Hell. Early settlers thought they’d found a western re-creationist’s heaven. Instead, the new world is a hellish version of the Old West. Now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life.

Dissonance Walker believed she’d seen the worst life had to offer, only to find she’s dead wrong. Sold to a secret organization by her parents for the price of a new stove, her ability to disobey is ripped away by a brutal experiment. Determined to find the key to restore her freedom, she manages to escape her captors, only to end up in the worst place for a woman that can’t say no—on a saloon stage, ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he needs to attend a little unfinished business. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed, isn’t on the list. It’s bad enough he has to go through the fuss of rescuing her, now he discovers the only way to grant her freedom is to marry her. This is why he never plays the hero—no good deed goes unpunished.

Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the sins of the past have returned, ready to collect their dues. Only trust can save Dissonance and Bram from a shocking evil… but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.

A western sci-fi romantic fantasy. This criss-cross of genre is what lured me to read Alvania Scarborough’s DISOBEDIENCE. Bounty hunters, outlaws, and gun slingers ruling this frontier, it’s sure to be one wild ride. I love the old Western feel of the novel, after watching Hell on Wheels, I could clearly imagine Harker’s Hell, tumbleweeds, horse manure, and all. I also liked the hidden treasure theory and the whole search for it as well as the crazy scientists who are after Dissonance. Exciting madcap of events towards the end there.
Dissonance Walker and Bram Spencer. These two were on fire! Kimberly, I didn’t know you read super sexy reads like this!! You little sneak! Anyway, I’m surprised these two didn’t start a fire with all the friction they’ve created in the bedroom. Whew! 
DISOBEDIENCE, though tagged Sci-Fi/Western Fantasy felt more like Western Historical romance for me. Not that it’s bad, I was just expecting something like Cowboys and Aliens, with maybe some small nuances that would notate that this isn’t exactly the Wild West. Also, Dissonance supposedly has a chip that compels her to obey a command. Fascinating premise but it’s either the chip is flawed or Dissonance’s will is stronger because the lady didn’t have much problem disobeying IMO. Girl’s sassy, not that it’s bad, it just didn’t match the premise. 
I recommend DISOBEDIENCE if you love Western Historical romances though. Just don’t expect too much on the fantasy aspect.
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Series: Edge Season 2 Part 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 18, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult | Fantasy
Immortals never resolve conflict with lovers or enemies. They either entomb the turmoil, literally, or shroud it in their past, never expecting to face the fight once more. Knowing if they ever did, for better or worse, life would never be the same again.

Five years ago life was good at the Boneyard. The Sons, led by Reveca Beauregard, were unstoppable. Judge was in love. For the first time in his existence, he’d found acceptance, balance, and a rush in a lover. He found it within the soul of Adair Vallet, a mortal. In one beat, the unthinkable befell the Sons. One of their own turned on them, forcing a divide. A Son had to die. A lover had to be let go. And for Judge, life stopped.
Today, Adair Vallet is oblivious of the man’s heart she still holds, yet she mourns the emptiness she feels within. Her life explodes into action when the dead rise and she’s forced into the clutches of the Pentacle Sons. Quickly she finds herself twisted into a malevolent past thick with betrayal, mysticism, and passion. Edge is a novella series in a Paranormal Biker Romance, set in the great city of New Orleans. Rich with action, mystery, romance, and mysticism.
DISCLAIMER: Edge is a serial and each “episode” has 4 chapters. The season 1 omnibus is already out. Season 2 just started, this is the first part. 
EDGE season 2, episode 1 was a little heartbreaking for me. We got a little peak into the Pentacle Sons’ past and it wasn’t a pretty backstory. Betrayals, deaths, sacrifices, love lost, gah! It’s so hard when one of your own does the betraying. Also, I didn’t really pay much attention to Adair in the previous episoded, that’s all changed now for sure! I’m just not certain where this puts her in the whole scheme of things. Unless I got it wrong, I get the feeling that she’s not necessarily Team Reveca right now…
Speaking of. Queen Bee, Reveca Beauregard, is sick and tired of all the bullshit that’s going on around her. So what does she do? She frickin’ moves an entire house, more like a mansion, using magic. Damn, can she do that for me too?! Anyway,  obviously, Reveca can’t handle the pressure of her love life currently. King’s pull is just too much and Talon is like the Tasmanial Devil, spinning little angry twisters and Reveca just needs a break from all of it! Good call, girl! Give the boys time out.

Speaking of Judge. Oh my, I think I got a crush on him. He went all Alpha here but Adair is so dense! With all that power and magic, why can’t she figure out the obvious?! 

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Suped Up: Edge, Panorama (Complete Season) by Jamie Magee

Series: Edge Series 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: March 26, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult-Paranormal | MC Romance

Reveca Beauregard had long ago been dubbed the Queen of Darkness by the dead. To the living she was known as the Pentacle Daughter, the only acknowledged female member of the Pentacle Sons MC, the most lethal biker correlation known to exist. She was rumored to be a witch. That rumor, of course, was true.

New Orleans was her home, at the Beauregard Boneyard, the safe haven the Club resided within. Only those in the inner circle were as Reveca was—immortal. To be as such you had to choose the life, and the life had to choose you. For either to occur, death came first.

Those deaths came from wars the Sons fought with both the mortal and immortal worlds, as they bent the decrees of the modern lawmen and the paranormal world at large who had no hope of opposing the dark splendor of their vengeance.

Presently, the mysterious murder of a mortal coupled with the cold-blooded slaying of Reveca’s close friend has led the lawmen to place their corrupt accusations upon the Sons. A forced barter with a Lord of Death has landed the Club with a soul that is set to rock the foundation the Sons as a whole stand upon.

Maybe some of you remember when I reviewed the first four episodes of Jamie Magee’s EDGE a while back. I rambled a lot and mad gushed about this novel. I mean it’s NA-MC Paranormal Romance, New Adult-Motorcycle Club highlighted because I’m not the biggest fan of these, and yet JMagee managed to strip me of words, and had me expressing mad love for this serial. I’m no different now so I whipped up my trusted bullets, hoping that this breakdown will help me, and you, make sense of my experience reading the complete season of EDGE. Good luck!
  • LOVE TRIANGLE: You all know how much I ABHOR love triangles, and other romantic geometries. I’m making an exception here though because JMagee put quite the kink on this situation. Caught between two delicious hunks is Reveca Beuauregard. On one side we have Kenson, Reveca’s first love and soulmate who died in battle all those centuries ago. Unbeknownst to Reveca, Kenson, now called King, survived and became this infamous warrior in the other realm, he’s back to fulfill a prophecy, or the Rapture, with Reveca’s help. On the other side is Talon, Reveca’s partner in crime, the one who put Reveca back together, loved her, kept things together, and grounded her, and has been Reveca’s most faithful and loyal servant and lover since.
  • I mean how do you even begin to sort out something like this?! It’s so compelling, it’s hard not to get invested. I mean, what kind of decision tree does one follow when one is face with having to choose between a soulmate and a man you also deeply love and has deep history with? I still don’t know the answer, JMagee tried to resolve it in an organic way, but boy is it messy and all tangled up, I don’t see the pissing contest between King and Talon ending here.

  • TENSION & CONFLICT: EDGE is rife with chaos. Remember, the story is occurs in two dimensions, our reality and another world. The Sons of Pentacost, Reveca in particular, is caught in two different wars that’s happening simultaneously. There’s the one involving a rival MC, dirty cops, murders, and drug dealings. Then there’s this pending war with Gods, war lords, souls, gah! It’s a clusterfuck and it’s action-drama at its finest!
  • MYTH: I’m sure by now you can tell how complex EDGE is. Well it’s the same thing with its myth. It’s so complicated and yet so simple. Witchcraft and magic is at the heart of things here, but it’s not your simple toil and trouble, bubbling cauldron type. It’s ancient magic, elemental, deep stuff that involves Gods and claiming of souls. Reveca, in her grief, created Edge, similar to purgatory and “birthed” immortals, like Talon. It’s some heavy artillery here and very unique I don’t have anything to compare it with.
  • CAST: EDGE is composed of a LOT of very interesting people from witches, to Pheonixes, fallen angels, beasts, etc. Truly there’s no “supporting” characters here because each one of these personalities have a purpose in terms of a bigger picture. Reveca might be at the center of it all and the story surely gravitates towards her, but the rest of the group, both the protagonists and the antagonists, have roles to play when this war goes down. It’s like a game  of chess where when played right, even a lowly pawn can win the game for either team.
  • LOYALTY: I love novels that depicts virtuous loyalty. Brotherhoods, familial love, unbreakable friendships, these themes turns me to mush and instantly makes a fan of this reader when I see it in novels. The Sons are no different, they got each other’s back 100%, they’re fiercely possessive and protective of their MC, including their ‘Ol Ladies, and blindly trusts Reveca and Talon’s leadership. When these to says “jump”, the Sons asks “how high”, but don’t get me wrong, the Sons are batting for the good guys, and despite allegations of illegal activities, the worst thing they’ve done (aside from killing monsters and the bad guys), are dealing prescription drugs to those who can’t afford it.
I love EDGE very much, however there’s some subjective stuff that I hope will be amended in the next season:
  • ITALICS: Some words have double meaning like appear, in unique cases it meant apparating in the novel. I wish these particular words were italicized to connote that the activity is propelled by magic and not some trivial action.
  • SERIAL: This part serves as an advice to you in case you’re planning to give this novel a try. EDGE is originally released as a serial and very episodic. I know some of you prefers to wait for all the parts to come out so you can binge. However in this case, it might work better if you try and chop it up in pieces. Why? Because each episode not only continues the story arc, it also features the other characters, their histories, roles, and what-not in the grand scheme of things. The cast is quite sizeable so at some point, the people started running together in my head and my brain got saturated. So if you’re a little slow like me, taking bite size pieces works too, unlike other serials, the cliffhangers here aren’t all that painful.
  • GLOSSARY: I seriously think this novel needs one because of the myth and the number of people involved. Like I said, the world is very imaginative, unique, and complex, having a glossary of terms and characters will help keep things straight.
I’ve never enjoyed peeling an onion as much as EDGE. JMagee took her time in telling the story, vividly painting the panorama with colorful details and vibrant hues, it’s sure to fire up your imagination and emotions. I apologize for rambling, that tends to be the case with me when I fall in love with the book hard. So thank you, Jamie Magee, for making a bumbling idiot out of me. I appreciate that very much.

IMPT NOTE: If you’re curious yet not totally sold, you may take a guiltless dip because the first serial is FREE on Amazon! Put those grabby hands in action!

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Suped Up: Edge by Jamie Magee (Ep1-4)

Series: Edge Ep1-4

Format: eGalley
Release Date: December 14, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author via NetGalley
Genre: New Adult-Paranormal 

Reveca Beauregard had long ago been dubbed the Queen of Darkness by the dead. To the living she was known as the Pentacle Daughter, the only acknowledged female member of the Pentacle Sons MC, the most lethal biker correlation known to exist. She was rumored to be a witch. That rumor, of course, was true.

New Orleans was her home, at the Beauregard Boneyard, the safe haven the Club resided within. Only those in the inner circle were as Reveca was—immortal. To be as such you had to choose the life, and the life had to choose you. For either to occur, death came first.

Those deaths came from wars the Sons fought with both the mortal and immortal worlds, as they bent the decrees of the modern lawmen and the paranormal world at large who had no hope of opposing the dark splendor of their vengeance.

Presently, the mysterious murder of a mortal coupled with the cold-blooded slaying of Reveca’s close friend has led the lawmen to place their corrupt accusations upon the Sons. A forced barter with a Lord of Death has landed the Club with a soul that is set to rock the foundation the Sons as a whole stand upon.

Whoa! I think I finally found the author who successfully had me liking loving New Adult Paranormal! EDGE has a substantial plot, fantastic world building, very atmospheric feel, and no angst! Jamie Magee’s latest release is FANTASTIC!! I can’t believe I was reading a book that has three of my most least favorite things in books: NEW ADULT, a love triangle, a biker series; and loving it!! 
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So here’s the quick of it. Reveca Beauregard is the daughter of a powerful coven leader from another dimension. Then war happened, her first love, Kenson, died even after she conducted a resurrection spell. His death tore her asunder and her grief and the power she unleashed after that spell garnered her infamy made her very powerful, Queen of the Dead. But said event broker her home and broke her family and after some time she found her way into our world, created the Pentacle Sons, a biker MC made up of various characters, some resurrected souls, some snatched from the other side, and ruled her little kingdom in NOLA. They’re not like SoA although they operate outside the law by dealing scripts (prescription drugs) and dealing them to people who can’t afford them otherwise. On the side, Reveca and her Sons are the unofficial muscle of her twin sister, Saige, her adopted brother, Jamison and his coven, doing runs for them for here and on the other side. Recently Saige had Reveca reclaim Kenson, who now called himself King, from the Veil making their already shaky relationship more fragile. Not just that, Reveca’s has a super yummy consort, Talon, she’s been with for 200 years and it’s obvious he’s not just going to give way to King, soulmate or not. 
I loved every minute and every word of EDGE as it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. It has that atmospheric feel to it and if I were to translate it to weather the feeling is overcast, arid, and foreboding like you can feel that something big is about to happen and you’ll find yourself bracing for it the entire time. I don’t know if that’s accurate but Reveca’s powers and the magical world she live in combined with the creepy members of her Pentacle Sons MC gave off that certain energy that seeped through the pages of the book. I was also very taken by JMgee’s witches, they’re not the usual spellbinders, they’re the real thing, very powerful and have a good grasp of the elements and other forces that govern the world and they can unleash unholy hell on you without breaking a sweat. 
I have a serious Girl Crush on Reveca she might look like she’s in her early twenties but she sure acts like her age, old, wise, sure of her steps, calculating, and in control of her emotions. So many times I’ve read books featuring immortals but the characters act like they’re mere adolescents than supercentenarians. I especially loved how she handled this little love triangle she has on her hands, the calling of her heart for King is tempered by her loyalty and love for Talon. In short, Reveca is a very powerful woman in every sense of the word and her badassery extends beyond her curses.
As for the men, EDGE is littered by beautiful male specimens. Talon and King are the Alphas and they are curious individuals and I’m sure I’ll have a hard time picking a team unless JMagee does it for us. Talon, I love for now, he is very protective of Reveca, knows her better than he knows himself, recognizes her needs, her pains, ambitions, and everything else in between, and gives her a wide berth to handle them. By all intents and purposes, Reveca is Talon’s QUEEN and treats her accordingly. How can you not love a man like that?!?! Then there’s King, enigmatic, a little broken, or maybe death made him crazy, we don’t know much about his new identity for now other than he’s a seductive and dangerous mystery that might make or break Reveca. 
The rest of the characters are just as good, they follow certain MC archetypes like you have a cyber genius, an intellectual, a rogue, a knight, a ladies’ man, voice of reason, etc. I’d like to get to know all of these Sons and discover their respective histories, proclivities, and the demons that haunt them when they’re alone. There’s no particular villain at this point, every one of them are anti-hero and depending on which angle you look, they can either be good or bad. So expect EDGE to engage you in every way, I recommend you get the version that has Ep1-4 because there’s no way you’ll be able to resist the urge to read the next one so might as well binge for as long as you can.
So EDGE is a serial and the omnibus for the first 4 episodes is already out. If you’re unsure, the first one is FREE and I suggest you grab it, try it on for size because you have nothing to lose, only to gain in this situation. 
FREEBIE ALERT!!