Saturday, November 22, 2014

Taken (Shadow Creek Shifters #2) by Madison Johns



Blurb:
Katlyn settles into life at the Wyoming ranch of Shadow Creek, but now that she’s pregnant with the twins of her mates, mountain lion shifters Brendan and Chase, she’s more than a little nervous. How will her mates handle it when they learn she’s pregnant with twins, and will it change their intimate encounters? She hopes not, since she prefers to be taken any way possible.

Tessa’s transition to vampire has not been easy. The blood bank supply doesn’t suit her tastes and the medication that helps with the cravings has more side effects than it’s worth. Forced to feed her hunger on her own, Tessa goes searching away from Shadow Creek. Instead of hunting a wayward wild animal, she mistakenly attacks the new werewolf alpha, Raphael, who easily fends her off and hauls her back to Shadow Creek with his friend, Seth, along.

The arrival of the alpha and the mystery man sets Katlyn’s mind spinning as Brendan clams up and it’s clear that he and Seth have a history—one that her mate is not willing to discuss with her. Will Katlyn be able to help Tessa and sort out the mystery surrounding Seth’s appearance in Creeksboro, or does he pose a real danger to them all?

My review:
Taken takes up where Katlyn (Shadow Creek Shifters #1) leaves off.  Katlyn is happy, pregnant and in love with her two shifters.  Tessa is trying to adjust to her transformation to vampire.  I didn’t like this book as much as the first.  The dialogue was stilted and the story wasn’t as full.  This book could have been split between the end of the first one and the beginning of the next.  I like Katlyn and am intrigued by Tessa but this book just didn’t do it for me.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger




Blurb:

Move over, Miss Marple—Mark Reutlinger’s charming cozy debut introduces readers to the unforgettable amateur sleuth Rose Kaplan and her loyal sidekick, Ida.
 
Everyone knows that Rose Kaplan makes the best matzoh ball soup around—she’s a regular matzoh ball maven—so it’s no surprise at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors when, once again, Mrs. K wins the honor of preparing the beloved dish for the Home’s seder on the first night of Passover.
 
But when Bertha Finkelstein is discovered facedown in her bowl of soup, her death puts a bit of a pall on the rest of the seder. And things go really meshugge when it comes out that Bertha choked on a diamond earring earlier stolen from resident Daisy Goldfarb. Suddenly Mrs. K is the prime suspect in the police investigation of both theft and murder. Oy vey—it’s a recipe for disaster, unless Rose and her dear friend Ida can summon up the chutzpah to face down the police and solve the mystery themselves.

My review:
I received a copy of the book via NetGalley for an honest review. I’ll admit I asked to review this book because I loved the title.  This is a cute cozy mystery with charming characters and a good storyline.  But OY! The Yiddish. I was reminded of visiting my Bubbe in Florida and her friends.  Ida as the narrator can get off track sometimes and that can be distracting but if you can get by that this is an enjoyable read.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan



Blurb:

No Christmas will ever be the same after Cole and Maia meet on a snowy western ranch… Find out why in #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s romantic holiday e-novella!

When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sizzling romance could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can’t help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals—and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart just in time for Christmas?

Blurb:
Magical! I know that is said about a lot of holiday books but it is definitely true about this one.  This book is perfectly balanced part dark, part light, a pinch of paranormal; mix in Christine Feehan’s magic touch and you have a heck of a holiday read without all the saccharine.  Fans of Christine Feehan’s Drake Sisters will adore this.

Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review but I am buying my own copy too.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Job (Fox and O'Hare #3) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg and The Shell Game (Fox and O'Hare 0.25)



Blurb:
He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again!

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

My review:
Another exciting adventure with Kate and Nick.  If you mix:

 It Takes a Thief 




 or White Collar





and Mission Impossible 



with Janet Evanovich’s sense of humor and Lee Goldberg’s mystery and adventure you get Fox and O'Hare.  This series just keeps getting better and better.  This is a fast paced, easy to read, mind bender that will leave you tired but smiling.  There are some genuine laugh out loud moments that will keep you going through the tense times.  I like that Kate and Nick seem to be loosening up a little.  I think I am a little bit in love with Kate’s dad.  I truly hope this ensemble cast continues to entertain us for a good many books to come. 

Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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Want to know how Nick & Kate first met?  
Read the e-short


Blurb:
Con man Nick Fox is after Garson Klepper’s golden Peruvian relics. For Fox, convincing Klepper to hire him as security for the relocation of the relics to the Getty museum in L.A. was easy. Problem is, Fox wasn’t planning on Klepper also enlisting the help of the FBI. Fox also wasn’t planning on being paired up with rookie special agent Kate O’Hare. She’s smart, she’s tenacious, and when she’s conned, she holds a grudge. Life for Fox and O’Hare will never be the same again.

My review:
This is a prequel to the Fox and O’Hare series. It tells how Nick & Kate first met and like the rest of the series is loads of fun.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Take a Chance: Erotic Romance Boxed Set by Caridad Piñeiro




Blurb:

Three sexy novellas about risking it all for a chance at love and passion . . . 

JUST ONE NIGHT

Jason Hart has just one night to prove to his best friend's older sister that anything is possible . . .

Nicole de Salvo has been in love – and lust – for her little brother’s best friend for years. For years she’s watched from afar and done nothing about her attraction for Jason Hart only now their time together is almost at an end. On their last night together will she find the courage to do something about her feelings, or will she live with regret for the rest of her life?

ONE SPECIAL NIGHT

It's been nearly six months since Tommy de Salvo’s fiancée cheated and left him in the midst of wedding preparations because up-and-coming businessman Tommy was all work and no play. The last thing Tommy wants or needs is to be attracted to another woman who won’t be around for too long. A woman just like Navy Corpsman Jasmine Reyes. She’s rough, tough, and determined to go it alone, but Tommy knows that if he passes up this opportunity, he may regret it more than the loss of his fiancée ...

Jasmine “Doc” Reyes is both emotionally and physically scarred after her tour of duty. Wounded in battle, all she can think about is rebuilding her life and continuing with the career that she’s dreamed about since she was a young child. She has no time for rich sexy men who’ve never had a care in the world and wouldn’t understand her determination. But Tommy’s charm is seductive and she knows that she has to explore the attraction, even if it’s only for this one special night.

ONE LAST NIGHT

It's been over a year since Marine Lieutenant Trevor Mason and his father have spoken. After nearly losing his life during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan, Trevor wants to end the rift between them so he can return to active duty with some peace of mind. But a visit to his father’s office only serves to show Trevor that his father isn’t as eager to reunite. If not for the intervention of Samuel Mason’s spunky and very sexy intern, Trevor would probably be returning to Afghanistan with his one wish unfulfilled.

Trevor Mason had used to do all kinds of things to Maggie Sullivan’s insides when she worked at the country club his family used to attend. Five years later, there is little left of the teen she knew in the stoic Marine who only wants some time with his father. When Trevor’s father backs out of his son’s dinner invitation at the last minute, Maggie does the only thing she can: she goes to Trevor’s apartment to deliver the news, but she can’t leave him alone on his one last night before returning to duty.

Thrown together, Trevor and Maggie can’t ignore the sexual heat between them. As they satisfy one set of needs, another slowly develops as passion breathes life into other emotions. Will Trevor and Maggie’s one last night together possibly lead to many other nights in the future?


My review:

How long does it take to fall in love?  How long do you need to know that they are for you?  You will never know unless you take a chance.  These three loosely connected steamy novellas give the opportunity for a military hero to find their happily ever after but only if they put it all on the line.  Facing enemy fire might just be easier than risking their hearts.

JUST ONE NIGHT – Jase has loved his best friend Tommy’s sister Nicole, for what seems all his life but the “bro code” and his own fear of screwing it up has kept him from making his move.  When Tommy tells him “Go big or go home.” Jase has one night to convince Nicole of his feelings.  He uses his body, heart and soul to give her a night to convince her to give them a chance at a future together.  Woulda worked for me. J

ONE SPECIAL NIGHT This is a case of love finding you when you least expect it.  Sexy Tommy de Salvo is the Best Man at Jase & Nicole’s (from Just One Night) wedding.  He is single and not looking.  Navy medic Jasmine “Doc” Reyes is attending the wedding because she served with Jase and was injured in the same event that sent him home for medical leave and allowed him to marry the love of his life.  She doesn’t need a man in her life right now as she is leaving the military and making major life changes.  But the chemistry between her and Tommy is off the charts so maybe a wedding hook up will take the edge off.  What they don’t expect is the conflagration between them and oh my goodness you will need a towel after this one.

ONE LAST NIGHT Marine Lieutenant Trevor Mason is about to rejoin his unit in Afghanistan after being home on medical leave. His experience has made him want to repair his relationship with his father who was not thrilled with his choice to serve in the military rather than go into business with him.  Maggie was the cute girl who waited on them at the country club but now she is all grown up and working as an intern for Trevor’s dad.  Getting to his father means going through her.  He has never had a more delightful mission.  This story was a sweet second chance story between father and son. I was disappointed with how fast Maggie fell into the sack with Trevor but the rest of the story more than made up for it.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half Moon Hollow #2.7) by Molly Harper



Blurb:
It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety.

Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there's the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi's peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him.

Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?

My Review:
Another laugh out loud installment in the world of Half Moon Hollow. This Christmas tale brings together all of our friends from Half Moon Hollow to welcome Gigi home from college and to celebrate the season together. As anybody who has read any of the Jane Jameson or Half Moon Hollow books knows there is hilarity to be had any time you get two or more of the gang together so when they are all together you can just imagine. When regular folks get together for the holidays there is plenty of fodder for fun but add in vampires and werewolves and you can take up a notch or two. I do hope we will get to find out more about Gigi and her mysterious admirer soon. And the recipes at the end sound yummy too.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Midnight Action (Killer Instincts #5) by Elle Kennedy



Blurb:

She’s got a broken heart...
and a fully loaded arsenal....


Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.
 

My review:

FINALLY! This was the book that we have been teased with through 4 books and a novella.  We finally get the low down on the love/hate relationship between Jim & Noelle.  You can read this book standalone but it won’t be half as much fun.  I loved this book!  Filled with action adventure and some off the charts sex this is a page turner that will keep you up past your bedtime.  There are a whole lot of surprises I never saw coming.  Go buy this book.

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