Monday, December 11, 2017

As You Were, Cowboy (Lone Star Leathernecks #2) by Heather Long & Contest

Mateo Lopez is on medical discharge from the United States Marine Corps after receiving a severe spinal cord injury. He doesn’t believe his life can get back to normal, but a sexy, feisty new horse trainer has other ideas.

Mateo Lopez, honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on medical leave, is struggling to rebuild his life. The spinal cord injury that left him feeling like a broken man resulted in his inability to ride the horses he loves and works with on Round Top Ranch.

The new horse trainer at the ranch, however, has decided that this isn’t acceptable. Claire Windsor, a spirited, London-born spitfire of a woman, has come to begin a new program to turn the horses into therapy animals. She turns Mateo’s world upside-down, and try as he might to avoid her, she keeps inserting herself into his life. As their plans for the ranch clash, so too do their hearts...making all things fair in love and war.

My review:
As You Were, Cowboy tells the tale of Mateo Lopez a medically discharged Marine living with chronic pain and the author makes you feel it. You have to wonder how she is going to give this guy his HEA because how can you be happy when you are in various stages of agony every minute of the day. You’ll have to read to find out but I will give you a hint. You have to find happiness when and where you can.
I felt so much for Mateo and watched with anticipation as he got closer to Claire. This book will tear your heart out and then leave you with a smile.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Restraint: Suit Romance (A Dark side Fey Story) by S.A. Price

For years I wanted her, a fey lady of worth and standing. I stood by as her friend, was her shoulder to cry on, and the person she told her secrets to. She was perfect for me. Beautiful, sexy, and her powers complimented mine. She never figured out my need of her. And we said goodbye once upon a time, not by any choice of mine. 

Now she’s back, and we are both older, wiser, and different. Not children anymore. She needs my help so she can achieve her dreams. And I plan to give it, for a price. 

Because I am not the guy she knew, not anymore. Older, influential and… confident. Everything I lacked back then is exactly what she needs now. And I plan to give it to her… 
In exchange for one night. 

Because it’s only going to take one night to make her mine. 

Authors Note: This book takes place in the Eververse Universe. Characters mentioned are from other books, and it is tied to them. 

My review:
There is something totally sexy about a man in a well-crafted suit. Osgood has learned this in the time since his best friend cut ties now Sutton has come back into his life and he is going to show her how to embrace the dark side. Restraint is a sexy short story that takes place in the Eververse Universe but can be read standalone.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Rugged Texas Cowboy (Cowboys and Captives #1-2) by Lora Leigh

Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life—until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .

Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

My review:
Two smoking hot kidnap fantasy books in one volume.
COWBOY AND THE CAPTIVE – Luc Jardin is out to punish the woman who keeps escaping the law even though she was responsible for his buddy and him getting shot. Too bad he kidnaps the wrong girl. This story is sizzling hot and kept me turning pages. I loved Melina and hated Maria and her parents with a vitriol I haven’t felt in a long while.
COWBOY AND THE THIEF – I loved the premise and the sex was super but I really didn’t like Jack. He was a complete ass and I had a hard time figuring out why Angel fell for him.

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Her Winter Wolves: Howls Romance by Milly Taiden, Marianne Morea

This very modern take on the tale of Snow White isn't for the faint of heart.

Grace Snow is a marketing genius and the heir to Snow Industries, a cosmetics conglomerate. Looking to bring the company into the 21st century isn’t as simple as she wishes. Not with her stepmother making every move a tug-of-war. Grace’s new app, Mirror-Mirror, can rebrand them as fresh and new for a younger generation. That’s only if she can keep her stepmother and her vindictiveness away from her plans. Good luck with that!

Wolf shifter, Adam Hunt, has been the company’s Head of Security since Grace was a teen. Hired to look after Gracie’s well-being, he’s crossed the evil stepmother one too many times and now she’s blackmailing him to do her bidding. What she doesn’t know is he’s the Omega of his pack, and together he and their Alpha, Zach Cassidy, will protect and defend Grace even at the cost of their own lives.

Grace is their mate. The one destined to complete their Triad. She has no idea that she’s about to become part of the sexiest relationship of her life. Jealousy and greed push her stepmother to get rid of Grace. Gracie might not be ready for what’s coming her way—not the two sexiest men she’ll ever want or the poison conjured by her stepmother, but she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight.

My review:
Her Winter Wolves is a hot PNR ménage.  I adored Grace Snow a modern young woman trying to bring her deceased fathers company into the future while dealing with animosity and downright hate from her stepmother. And while Grace isn’t as pure as the driven snow wolf shifters Adam and Zach don’t seem to mind.
This is a sweet and sexy modern adult fairytale that will certainly bring sweet dreams.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Winnawarra by Elizabeth M. Darcy

Heart pounding suspense and feel good romance set in the Australian Outback.

Emily Perkins is over the moon to learn Jock Macgregor has left her a share in Winnawarra Station in the magnificent Kimberly region of Outback Australia. The bonus comes when she realises, his handsome grandson, Doug is the man of her dreams. She loves working beside him and every day is an adventure.
After receiving a letter from Jock, she discovers he was convinced the accident that killed his son and daughter-in-law was actually murder, and he included her in his will to investigate the deaths.

When accidents start happening to Emily, and she hears footsteps outside her room at night, she is convinced someone is stalking her.

Is she next on the killer’s list?
Isolated on an Outback cattle ranch, will strong, dependable Doug be able to keep her safe?

A murderer is loose at Winnawarra Station, and she must race against time to identify the killer before he strikes again.

My review:
Winnawarra is a sweet romantic suspense that takes place mostly on a cattle station in the Australian Outback. This story reads like a travelogue at times. The mystery was fun and I really liked the Macgregor men but it took me a bit longer to warm up to Emily. Still I enjoyed this story and look forward to further adventures of the Red Skies Detective Agency.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Charmer's Gambit (Mershano Empire #2) by Lexi C. Foss

He set his sights on the wrong girl.

Law school taught me a lot of things, but nothing prepared me to deal with this determined, hotter-than-Hell millionaire. Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered. But resisting Will Mershano is harder than passing the bar. He’s everything: sexy, confident, intelligent. And he wants me. 

When he hires my firm to represent Mershano Vineyards, I’m left with no choice but to work right alongside him—or forfeit my job. There’s only one problem. He doesn’t know about my past or how it stalks me at every turn. All he wants is a little flirtatious fun, but Will’s playing a dangerous game.

And there’s more at stake than just my heart. . .

My review:
This book was a blast. I love Will Mershano! Will defies being pigeonholed.  He breaks through every preconception Rachel has of him. He is tenacious, patient and sexy as hell. Rachel is smart, driven and scared. But Will is determined to find out what Rachel is running from, fix it and make her his own. I believe he will do just that.
Although this is part of a series it can be read stand alone.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pathways (Valdemar Anthology #11) by Mercedes Lackey


The eleventh anthology of short stories set in Mercedes Lackey's beloved Valdemar universe features stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages—and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents—combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more—make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm. 

Join Janny Wurts, Elisabeth Waters, Michele Lang, Fiona Patton, and others in twenty-four original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, all set in Valdemar, where:

A young woman without any of the Heralds’ Gifts must see a Companion safely delivered to Haven....

A Herald must revisit the mysteries of his childhood to save his own young family and combat a threat at the very heart of Valdemar....

A Hawkbrother flees for his life, trailed by a mysterious bird that prophesizes a dire future....

A mage must choose whether to steal a priceless artifact and be branded a thief and traitor, or let his country fall to magic that could prove far more deadly....

My review:
Pathways takes us back to the fabulous world of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar, a place I love to visit and revisit as often as I can. It’s a world of magic and fantasy where there is no one true way. This anthology has 23 stories and there isn’t a bad one in the book. Enjoy these stories of heralds, healers, bards and regular folks in extraordinary conditions. I did. I love that these stories are true to the feeling of Valdemar and have to admit that they left me a bit nostalgic. If you are a fan of the Valdemar series you are going to enjoy this book.

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