Friday, September 19, 2014

Officer out of Uniform (Lock and Key #2) by Ranae Rose

The only thing better than a man in uniform is a man out of uniform. Sasha has never been more certain of anything in her life, and she’s never wanted anyone more than she wants Officer Henry Dryden. Tall, tough and battle-scarred, he’s the first man to capture not just her eye, but her heart. With curves and the confidence to use them, it’s not hard to attract his attention, or get him to break out those cuffs and keys. But for the first time, getting exactly what she wants feels dangerously like risking it all.

There’s no question about the one thing Henry wants most when it comes to Sasha: to protect her. After their coastal North Carolina community is sent a message via the brutal murder of the prison warden, no one is safe. Henry can’t afford to be distracted by things like the all-consuming desire Sasha inspires. There’ll be time for that later … if he can keep her from getting caught in the crossfire of a killer’s revenge scheme. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’ll do anything to avoid being the only one to walk out of a war zone alive again. The way forward is clear: stop the convict who’s hunting officers in Riley County, and keep Sasha safe … or die trying.

Book 2 in the Lock and Key Series.

My review:
In Officer Next Door (Lock and Key #1) we met three men (Liam, Henry and Grey) and 3 women (Alicia, Sasha and Kerry) destined to be theirs. Officer Next Door (Lock and Key #1) is Liam and Alicia’s story.   Officer out of Uniform (Lock and Key #2) is Sasha and Henry’s tale.  At first glance bright, flirty, outgoing Sasha seems to be quiet, dour, former Marine Henrys opposite.  Despite that the attraction between the two is palpable.  After the events that take place in the first book Sasha and Henry find themselves exploring their mutual attraction.  But like a bad penny the past comes to haunt them in several different ways and they find that they aren’t so different after all. 
Corrections Officer Henry Dryden was my favorite character in the first book as he reminded me of my own dear husband.  After reading this I like him even more.  Henry and Sasha are super together.  Officer out of Uniform has it all; action, intrigue, romance and really hot sex and yes there may be handcuffs involved.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Prelude to a Secret by Melissa Schroeder

Years before A Little Harmless Secret, Devon and Alicia met. See how their story begins before you read A Little Harmless Secret! Available EXCLUSIVELY in digital through Amazon. 
Originally included in The Little Harmless Six Pack books. 

My review:

Are you ready for A Little Harmless Secret?  To tide you over till it gets here Melissa Schroeder reminds us of how Devon and Alicia met.  We met Devon in A Little Harmless Lie as Dee’s sexy, rich, super smart brother with the mysterious past.  A Little Harmless Secret will tell his story.  But before we get to that this short intro will give you a look into the sparks that got ignited when Devon and Alicia get together for the first time before circumstances broke them apart.  This is a very short story just enough to tempt the palate.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Men of Calder County: Boxed set of 13 Untamed, unleashed, unforgettable tales of love

Men of Calder County: Boxed set of 13 Untamed, unleashed, unforgettable tales of love by Regina Carlysle, Ciana Stone, Samanatha Cayto, Ann Jacobs, Lacey Thorn, Heather Long , Lynn LaFleur , Kristin Daniels  , Tilly Greene , Ruth D. Kerce , Fran Lee , Gayle Donnelly, Robyn Mackenzie

Men of Calder County
Untamed. Unleashed. Unforgettable. 

13 titillating tales of love as hot as a Texas summer. Novellas about love and lust, loss and discovery with adventure, action, danger and heart-touching romance that are unforgettable. 

Mac by Regina Carlysle. When tragedy strikes Callie's small family, Mac Bonner proves that heroes can be found in a girl's own backyard. 

Rand by Ann Jacobs. The fire of some love can't be extinguished. The only thing that can stand against it are dangers from the past with the power to take everything - even your life. 

Brody by Samantha Cayto. She wanted to make a fresh start, not a new man. The life stepped in and offered more than she ever dreamed. 

Zeb by Ciana Stone. There was nothing in Calder County for him. Or so he thought. Until she kissed him. Now if he can keep them both alive there just might be something worth staying for. 

David by Lynn LaFleur. David and Kris begin to fall in love while filming their movie. But a killer lurks in the background who is determined to destroy their happiness. 

Wade by Kristin Daniels. Save the girl, make her yours and nail the bad guys? Hell yes. Corral your wayward libido while doing that? Uh, Wade’s working on that one. He might’ve let Cassidy go once, but not this time. He’s a cowboy on a mission, ready take down anyone who gets in his way. 

Rayne by Lacey Thorn. Rayne breeds horses on the Texas horse ranch he calls home. Darcy prefers to travel and explore the exotic as far from Texas as she can go. 
When these two opposites collide, will they discover some common ground or will their differences drive them apart? 

Valentine by Heather V. Long. He hates Sage Creek, its gossipy old ladies, tired old ranchers, and men who were supposed to be his friends. What he doesn't hate is the girl whose heart he broke.Problem is whether he'll be able to win her again. 

Falcon by Ruth D. Kerce. Sheriff Falcon Savage returns to Calder County to find trouble stalking a woman he loved and left behind. Except his love for her never really died and ultimately it saves them both. 

Jack by Tilly Greene 
Jack Murphy knows he’d made a mistake years ago when he pushed aside the cute brunette, now he wants a second chance. 

Flint by Fran Lee...Flint is as hard as his namesake, until one tiny spitfire with a black eye worms her way under that shell... 

Mason by Gayle Donnelly. Local cop, Mason, has big trouble. Not only must he solve a case of vandalism, but he needs to convince his meddling mom that he doesn't need to be married off. But when an old love comes back to town, he might have to re-think that. 

Chase by Robyn Mackenzie. Chase Collier's greatest fantasy from the past has finally returned after ten long years and this time, he has no intention of letting her slip away. But is their incendiary connection enough to finally lay to rest past hurts in order for them to follow their hearts?

My review:
I love box sets.  They are an inexpensive way to get to know new “to me” authors.  Men of Calder County is a set of 13 stories un-connected except they all take place in Calder County, Texas.  Mason is mentioned in Chase but other than that there is really no interaction between tales. 
Calder County knows how to breed em.  Hot, honorable and downright sexy alpha men who know how to get what they want.  Because of the length of these stories there are a lot of second chance romance and instant chemistry stories.  I think my favorite had to be Valentine by Heather Long.  You have to love a story dedicated “For every woman who’s waited for her guy to stop being a bonehead.” Falcon is a “white knight” in a Stetson. David is a cowboy movie star who is out to get his leading lady.  Jack may be the hottest guy in Texas but payback can be bliss.  Just ask Falcon about Dizzy Izzy.  There isn’t a bad story in the bunch. 
A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Festive in Death (In Death #39) by J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.

Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

My review:

I LOVE this series.  It never gets old.  Eve may be worried that love has mellowed her but the holidays are guaranteed to bring out the cynic that we know and love.  I love that Eve and Roarke are still slap silly in love with each other even as the real world intrudes on their bliss.  Eve and the gang deal with the murder of a disgusting human being and still they fight for him with all the energy and commitment they would give any of their cases. Another case that will keep you guessing and turning page after page.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Roses in Winter”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

My review:
This one is for the fans.  If you aren’t familiar with Mercy Thompson go right to your favorite book outlet and purchase Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1).  I absolutely adore Mercy and the characters from her world.   Shifting Shadows contains several stories that have been out before printed in various anthologies and four new stories.  I always appreciate the opportunity to have all the shorts in one place.  And hanging out with Mercy and the folks from her world is always a good read.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley Cole

In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Darkseries, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.


As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.


Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.


With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

My review:
Well worth the wait.  You would think that after 14 or 15 novels in a series it might get old but I am here to tell you that this series just keeps getting better and better.
This is a love conquers all story.  Thronos recognizes Lanthe as his mate when they are both children.  Even though their families are each on opposite sides of a war they become secret best friends until the fateful day when his parents kill hers and her sister kills his father.  Feeling betrayed Lanthe uses her sorcery to cause grievous lifelong harm to Thanos.  He has been searching for her ever since.  He isn’t sure if it is for vengeance or to claim her.
Lanthe has been on the run for 500 years but it appears her time has run out when she escapes one prison only to be capture by the boy now full grown who broke her heart.  They are forced to run and fight together.  Can they get past their differences to survive?  Can time heal a broken heart?
Kresley Cole never fails to enthrall us and bring us fully into the fantasy world of her Immortals After Dark.

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