Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Romancing the Wolf anthology

Romancing the Wolf by Heather Long, Melissa Schroeder, Brandy Walker, Saranna DeWylde, Virginia Nelson, Rebecca Royce, Cara Carnes, Desiree Holt, Gayle Donnelly, Jennifer Kacey 

Sexy and we know it! They’re on the hunt after your heart. Discover 10 brand new passionate tales of friendship, desire, wolves, survival, and redemption. Escape to another world, another place, and another romance… 

Warning: Contains wild heroes and heroines, tempestuous passion, old secrets, new discoveries, and pack ties binding them together. Sometimes love’s greatest challenge is romancing the wolf…

My review:

10 fantastic tales of hot wolves finding their future.

The Devora by Desiree Holt – You know it has to be smoking hot if it was written by Desiree Holt and it is but even more this is a really fun and sweet tale of a wolf looking for her past so she can find her future.

The Ardennes Curse (The Woolven Secret) by Saranna DeWylde – We met the main characters for this story in Princess of the Pack (found in the Under a Wolf Moon anthology). You will get into this story faster if you’ve read that but if not this can be read standalone.  What happens if you finally find your mate but your bite might kill her? The new alpha of the Ardennes will get to find out.

Odd Mate by Virginia Nelson – This story takes place in the world of the Odd series but stands alone just fine. Odd Mate tells of a second chance at romance.  There is a wonderful mix of humor and heat in this tale of love and politics.

Running with the Wolves (The Cascadia Wolves) by Gayle Donnelly - This story takes place in the world of The Cascadia Wolves but stands alone just fine. This is a sweet and sexy tale of the bodyguard and the kindergarten teacher with secrets of her own. 

Redemption’s Forgiveness (The Rending) by Cara Carnes - This story takes place in the world we were introduced to in the Under a Wolf Moon anthology. A world I’d love to explore more of. Love can be found under even the most trying of circumstance.

Under Her Spell by Brandy Walker - Brandy Walker is one of my favorite new authors and she just keeps getting better.  We met Diego as a secondary character in Gideon: March (Mystic Zodiac #3). This story can be read standalone but if you like it you should go back and read Gideon.  Gideon and Ryder are getting married and Diego has to go pick up Gideon’s cousin from the airport. Daphne is a hybrid ½ wolf ½ witch and there are those who want her to choose sides.  She won’t be with anyone who cannot accept all sides of her.  I LOVE this story.

Always (Dragon Wars) by Rebecca Royce - We met the main characters for this story in the Under a Wolf Moon anthology. This is an incredibly complex world and we get to see a bit more of it in this story.  I was amazed at how much information was packed into this relatively short story.  This story blew me away.

Violet’s Shadow (Shadow Mates) by Jennifer Kacey  - I love anthologies as I find “new to me” authors like Jennifer Kacey . This story introduces a young woman to the future she is destined for.  This story had me laughing and crying and oh yes there was sighing too.

Wolf with Benefits (Wolves of Willow Bend) by Heather Long – Though this can be read standalone I recommend this whole series as it ROCKS! Shiloh was one of the Willow Bend humans responsible for helping set up the new pack. Now she is home and on probation.  She is being harassed and ostracized by wolf and human alike. Except for her best friend Matt who comes up with a plan to help her out and if it ends up helping him out too so much the better.  What they didn’t expect was falling in love.  SO MUCH FUN!

The Alpha’s Saving Grace by Melissa Schroeder - I have come to the opinion that there isn’t a genre that Melissa Schroeder can’t write.  This is a fun and sexy tale of murder, mayhem and romance told with humor and grace.  I got a total kick out of Jacob and Alex. 

This boxset is incredible.  Each story is complete and there is something for everyone who likes their wolves hot and sexy.  Go buy this now.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wolf with Benefits (Pride #8) by Shelly Laurenston

There's nothing like a good-ol'-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she's cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he's starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn't in Ricky Lee Reed's plans. Hell, even now he doesn't reallyhave a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he's howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase.

My review:
This may be the best in the series yet. I am still laughing. This book is funny, sexy, sometimes scary and oh so good.
Ricky Lee Reed southern werewolf in NYC working with his brothers security company is about as laid back as a werewolf gets. His philosophy is hang on and the entertainment will come to you. When he meets stressed out she-jackal Toni Jean-Louis Parker he gets more entertainment than he planned on. 
I LOVE this book! While it is a part of a series it can be read stand-alone but fair warning you will want to go back and read the rest of them. I adored Ricky and felt for Toni. Together they had me alternately rolling on the floor laughing, rolling my eyes, and blushing. Go forth and buy this book.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Undying Hunger (The Enclave #4) by Jessica Lee

All she can remember is hunger...for him.

A year ago, Alexandria Stevens strode through the doors of Wicked Ways and into the arms of a man—a monster, really—who stole everything from her. Her memory. Her life. Now she's a creature of darkness with only hazy images in her mind of that night and a confusing jumble of emotions. A fierce hate...and an even fiercer desire for Markus Santini.

Markus has walked through this world for more than a hundred years, knowing exactly who and what he was, until Alexandria undid it all. Undid him. When a former vampire colleague threatens one of the Enclave’s own, Markus is needed—but only as the dark, powerful creature he once was. And in order to become that, he must find the arms of a woman who despises him with every breath she can no longer take.

My review:
Can Markus ever be forgiven? He changed Alex into a vampire, controlled her and then wiped her memories.  He had his reasons and they weren’t all altruistic. But circumstances have changed and he needs to forgive himself in order to keep her safe even if she can’t/won’t forgive him.  They never counted on love.  Jessica Lee has spun a wonderful tale of love and redemption among the members of the enclave. I loved this story from the fabulous cover to the very end. Though this is book four in the series it can be read standalone but I bet you will be backlist binging after.

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hero: Wolves of Angels Rest #1 (Mating Season Collection Book 3) by Elsa Jade

A wandering werewolf returns to town during the mating season to become pack leader and reunites for one last fling with the high school crush he left behind, unaware of how short their time together might be…

Maddie Joplin left the high desert town of Angels Rest with the searing memory of her one night in the arms of the local golden boy nipping at her heels. Now, years later, she’s back, haunted by a need she couldn’t outrun and determined to finally set herself free from wishes that can never come true. 

In the army, Kane Villalobos traveled the world, seeking other shapeshifters who’d learned to live in harmony with human, only to find secrecy and death. He’s destined to become alpha of the Mesa Diablo pack, but he can’t forget the lush curves and quick mouth of the girl he had to leave behind. Seeing her again arouses his wolf in dangerous ways, and keeping her safe—from himself and the perils of the werewolf world—might mean letting her go forever. 

Join the packs of the Mating Season 

The mating moon is rising… 

Wherever that silver light touches, lone male werewolves are seized by the urge to find their mates. Join these six packs of growly alpha males (with six-packs!) as they seek out the smart, sassy women who are strong enough to claim them forever. 

The “Mating Season” werewolf shifter novellas are brought to you by six authors following the adventures of six different packs. Each novella is the story of a mated pair (or trio!) with their Happily Ever After. Enjoy the run!

My review:
Skip the title. This is a fab standalone story that is part of a collection.  You won’t miss a thing in this second chance romance.  Kane is fated to be the new Alpha a position he never wanted. The only thing he has wanted was sweet Maddie Joplin. His father threatened him with her death if he didn’t give her up.  He went off to the military and Maddie went off to find herself. Now Kane’s dad is dead and he has returned.  Maddie has returned as well realizing you can’t run from yourself.  Can they get past the hurt from the past?  He is still werewolf and she isn’t. Can the wolves learn to change? Find out in this sassy sexy tale. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Omega's Heart (Black Hills Wolves) by TL Reeve

When the wolf is away…

Five years ago, Max Reaper walked out of Kole Silver’s life forever, leaving behind a broken omega.

Kole doesn’t believe in love anymore. He keeps to himself, leading a solitary life until stumbling upon an injured human, Jasper Hill. An instant attraction explodes between them, becoming an unbreakable bond. There is no choice—Kole must claim the man as his own.

When Max returns to take possession of what is rightfully his, a situation he’d never imagined greets him. Angry with himself and with his mate’s betrayal, he wrestles his wolf who demands he take action—to claim his mate. But will he be able to accept Kole’s new human companion, or will his mistake of leaving five years ago end up biting him in the ass?

My review:
It isn’t often that after reading m/m/m werewolves the first thing I think is awww that was sweet but that was my ultimate reaction to Omega's Heart. Kole is the Omega in question. He has waited for 5 years for his unclaimed mate to return.  Max just up and left with no word. Kole is determined to move on just as he finds the human Jasper injured in the forest. Jasper has mate potential.  But what happens when Max returns? 
Omega's Heart is a great addition to the loosely connected Black Hills Wolves series.  I love that the author gave Kole a spine that just because he was omega doesn’t mean he is a pushover. Can the other men in his life do what is best for him? There is hot sex, love and sacrifice that will leave you saying awww.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Finding Glory (Home to Glory #3) by Sara Arden

Once upon a time, he was just a hopeless cause from the wrong side of Glory, Kansas. And he'll be damned if he'll let anyone drag him back down after finally clawing his way out. 

Everyone knows that Gina Townsend is a saint, always taking care of everyone around her. And now she's trying to be a mother to her six-year-old niece, Amanda Jane. But the girl's biological father isn't helping matters. The scruffy, gangly boy Gina remembers has returned to Glory a sexy, successful man, but Reed Hollingsworth is the only thing standing between her and losing Amanda Jane to foster care. 

Betrayed that neither Townsend sister bothered to tell him he was a father until he had money, Reed's still not about to shirk his responsibilities. So when he demands Gina move in with him as part of Amanda Jane's custody agreement, he tries not to notice pretty much everything about her—especially the way his solemn-faced daughter laughs when they play together. 

Raising a child together, Reed and Gina learn that some dreams come and go, but some are a spark that burns eternal…

My review:
Sweet small town romance.  Two flawed individuals overcoming the past in different ways come together for the sake of a child.  He has self-esteem issues that come with being a recovering addict no matter how successful you become you are still a recovering addict. She has lost her mother and her sister. She left the Army, her way out, to raise the child he made with her sister.  To say she has trust issues would be an understatement.  With the help of some wonderful secondary characters can these three learn to trust, love and become a family.
The story is sweet, a bit predictable but worth the read.  Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Terror Island: A Spine Chilling Mystery Romantic Thriller by Chris Marie Green

Ready for a spine-chilling horror thriller with mystery, shocks, twists, and romance?

It all started with a good-time cruise at sea…

When diver Katsu Espinoza is invited on a shark-cage expedition by her billionaire mentor, she’s definitely up for some adventure, even if it means spending time with his greedy heirs. Then she sees who the captain is—Will Ashton, the betraying ex-boyfriend who’d once shattered her heart. And as if that isn’t unexpected enough, her mentor decides that she’s going to inherit the millions of dollars that were supposed to go to his family!

…and turned into hell on earth when they got to the island.

Suddenly, Kat is the girl who swept in to steal a frail old man’s inheritance. Then a storm hits, stranding all of them on a deserted island, forcing them to survive in a paradise gone deadly, because it seems that someone here hasn’t forgotten the money; they’re killing victims with gruesome precision—and Will, with his secretive ways, is at the top of Kat’s growing list of murder suspects. And that list is getting horrifically whittled down one…by one…by one…

***This reissued book was formerly known as Baited, by Crystal Green. Unlike Chris Marie Green’s other paranormal thrillers, this is NOT paranormal. It includes lots of adventure, action, and graphic violence, as well as a short excerpt for another Chris Marie Green story at the end.***

My review:
Eerily reminiscent of the old black and white mystery movies I used to watch late at night while babysitting.  This story will keep you guessing who dunnit right up till the very end.  Told with a dry sense of humor and playing with your imagination this book will keep you turning pages. 
A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review

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