Friday, March 6, 2015

Darker Than Desire (Secrets & Shadows #3) by Shiloh Walker



No matter how many times he’s left her in the past, Sybil Chalmers can’t ignore her feelings for the one man who stole her heart years ago. For countless nights, she has waited for him—for his kiss, his touch—and has longed for him to emerge from the shadows of his past. Only when she is in his arms does Sybil really feel alive…and finally, after all these years, that time is now.


He’s a man raised in a world of strict rules and unbreakable traditions and he’s always yearned to break free. But when a family tragedy lures him back home, he finds his one true passion has been there all along. With Sybil, he can explore his greatest potential—and allow her to discover a whole new level of ecstasy. But will a long-buried secret threaten to tear them apart? The only thing he knows for sure is that he will do anything to keep Sybil in his life…and keep her coming back for more…

My review:

The darker the night the brighter the light.

This is a dark, angsty tale of a man with an abusive past and the woman who won’t let him fall to the dark.  This book starts out slow and very dark but eventually you get to that HEA that these characters cry out for.  At first I thought Sybil was a magnet for troubled souls and a marshmallow. But she proved to be the strongest character in this story and what made it worth the read. 
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau #21) by Lynsay Sands

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever . . .

My review:
Revisit old friends and meet new ones.  I adore this series and always anxiously await the next installment.  In this episode we meet Sherry Carne kitchenware supply store owner and according to Stephanie and Marguerite Basil’s life mate.  Watching the two come together all the while dodging Leo and trying to unravel the other secrets in Sherry’s past is another fine romp.  Lynsay Sands makes me laugh and fall in love with each of her characters.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gideon: March (Mystic Zodiac #3) by Brandy R. Walker


Welcome to the Mystic Zodiac Series.
High atop Mount Olympus, the ancient Gods and Goddesses still reside, hidden from mortal view.
They have always been there.
WILL always be there.
They dabble in the lives of humans and lesser immortals, known as Mystics.
For fun. Out of boredom. Simply because they can.
They thrive on watching people squirm under their thumbs. Laugh and celebrate each other while plotting to top what they did.

This is where our story begins…

Gideon Deckard is finally getting a little time away from the Keystone Predator Pack to go wolf. All he has planned is a week of running wild through the Grand Canyon before the hiking season starts back up. Once it does, he’ll go back to what he does best…being the Alpha he was born to be.

Ryder Sparks can barely contain her excitement. She’s taking a week off from work at the family store, Sparks Sporting & Outdoors, and going on her dream vacation. A four day hiking trip on a lesser traveled trek through the Grand Canyon. The season has opened early and she was the first to get the coveted pass. She’s looking forward to pushing herself on her first solo trip and discovering who she was really meant to be.

A run in with a massive grey wolf has Ryder stumbling and getting knocked out. When she wakes up, she’s back in her tent and there’s a hunky man there to help her get back on her feet. When she finds out he’s a wolf-shifter instead of freaking out, she decides to go on the adventure of a lifetime with him. Now all she has to do is convince Gideon to give her a chance to be his one and only Luna.


NOTE: Mystic Zodiac is a 12 book series. It is NOT a serial. Each book ends in a happily ever after for the main couple. However, the prologue and epilogue of each story follows the Gods that kick off the series, Eros and Chlotho (aka Chloe). At the end of the series the bet between the two will come to a conclusion.

My review:
This series just keeps getting better and better.  This book was a ton of fun.  Gideon is an Alpha wolf who just wants to have fun.  Ryder is out to make it on her own.  Neither counted on the other or any help from Eros and Chloe.  It was such fun watching them find each other.  I guess they learned that love finds you when you least expect it.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead in the City #3) by Sara Humphreys

Sadie Pemberton is the DJ at the hottest vampire club in New York City, and she loves her freedom almost as much as she hates werewolves. She has no desire to tie herself to anyone for eternity—even the deliciously sexy Killian Bane—werewolf prince and heir apparent who has been sent to patrol the city. 

But Sadie bears the mark of the moon—the mark that Killian has been looking for, the mark that's meant to reveal his perfect mate. How can the fates be so cruel? Even more importantly, how is he ever going to change her mind?

My review:
I totally got a kick out of this book.  Things are never dull in NYC. Sadie is a 200 year old vampire who likes her life and is a little shook up by the changes happening around her.  Especially now that she has taken ownership of The Coven and sexy werewolf prince Killian and friends have been hanging out in the VIP section almost every night.  Vampires and werewolves have a complicated past and the new Czars are trying to make the future a peaceful one Sadie and Killian may just be the keys to that future if they can live that long.  This story has twists, turns and surprises at every corner.
I received Vampires Never Cry Wolf in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

When Hell Freezes (Black Hills Wolves #6) by Rebecca Royce


Colt Hannigan returns to the Black Hills Wolves Pack a changed and determined wolf. Thrown out after he stood against the former Alpha, he has no love for Drew Tao, the current Alpha. Colt plans to challenge Drew for leadership of the pack—until he lays eyes on Tasha, the woman he thought dead but whom he never forgot. 

Permanently scarred after stepping between Colt and the former Alpha of the pack, Tasha survived for years by keeping her head down. Colt’s return is everything she’s desired, but she wants to live in a calm world surrounded by love, not another battle for dominance, which could destroy the newly-healed pack. 

Can Tasha convince Colt to find peace in her arms? Will the Black Hills Wolves pack survive outside attacks if they cannot mend the internal injuries of the past? 

My review:
Colt crashes onto the page with angst, anger and energy. He brings with him issues incurred by the former alpha and where he failed the pack before he is determined not to do so again.  Especially the female permanently scarred after stepping between Colt and the former Alpha of the pack.  Tasha has been there the whole time and has thought of Colt during his absence.  Can she get through his anger and keep him from challenging the new alpha? Can he see through her scars to her heart?
I love the way Rebecca Royce tells a story.  When Hell Freezes is the 6th in the Black Hills Wolves series of loosely connected books by various terrific authors.  It can be read standalone but doesn’t have to be.  If you like hot headed hunks Colt is for you.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

One Night with a Santini (The Santinis #8) by Melissa Schroeder

He was searching for something that was missing from his life.

Brando Santini is headed to New Orleans to blow off some steam with a few of his buddies. The respite from his life as a Marine doesn’t really seem to do the trick until he runs into his college crush, Kaitlin Fitzpatrick. After a little dancing and a few drinks, they end up in bed together and Brando knows she’s the one for him.

One night will never be enough.

Kaitlin never forgot Brando. She never would have thought the sexy nerd would have remembered her. More than that, she definitely didn’t expect he would be interested in seducing her. Their time in New Orleans is intense but much too short. The memories of his lovemaking leave her counting the days until she sees him again.

A complication neither of them expected.

By the time Brando arrives in Maryland, Kaitlin suspects that their one night together has left them with more than memories. When Brando insists on marriage, she refuses on the grounds he doesn’t love her. But what Kaitlin doesn’t understand is that when a Santini wants to prove his love, nothing will stand in his way—not her five brothers, his own annoying family, or even the woman he adores.

My review:
Twists, turns and lots of fun.  Ms. Schroeder manages to give each Santini a unique and yet familiar story.  Brando & Kaitlin are no different. 
Brando Santini is like the other Santini men in that when he meets “the one” he knows it and can never go back.  Unfortunately his one and only is engaged and he doesn’t poach.  So he leaves his love in college untouched and unapproached other than as a friend and joins the Marines. 
Now several years later he literally bumps into her in New Orleans and she isn’t wearing a ring.  Life has handed him a second chance and he is going to make the most of it.  All he has to do is convince Kaitlin of the Santini curse and to give him a chance. 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dreams of Ivory (Holiday, Montana #5) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Jackson Cooper hates magic. Even though his brothers are falling prey to the seductive draw of the paranormal world, Jackson wants nothing to do with it. He also wants nothing to do with marriage, babies, and all that comes with it. He's content with being the stoic, but quiet Uncle Jacks. But when a woman from his past, one he's been dodging for years, comes back to town, Jackson might have to reevaluate his plans.

Honor Bridges is the tooth fairy. Well, not the tooth fairy, but at least one of them. For the past eight years she's been on her own, hiding from what she truly wants. Now she's back in Holiday and ready to take over her well as deal with Jackson once and for all. But there's another player in town who isn't happy with the decisions she made all those years ago and Jackson might be the one who takes the brunt of that anger.

Warning: Contains a wickedly spicy tooth fairy--complete with sparkly wings, the most tortured of all the Cooper brothers in all his broodiness, and dreams that are sure to make you never want to wake up in this final Cooper Brother’s installment of the Holiday, Montana series.

My review:
Jackson Cooper has intrigued me throughout the other 4 books.  He is the eldest Cooper brother and wants nothing to do with magic or getting married.  Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your view) you don’t always get what you want and sometimes that is the best thing that could happen to you.  This is a terrific second chance romance.

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