Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Gambling on the Artist (Cat's Paw Cove #3) by Wynter Daniels




Blurb:
Artist Samantha Cartwright arrives in Cat’s Paw Cove for a visit with her great Aunt Emma, hoping to get clarity about Emma’s cryptic prediction. Instead, Sam finds out she must mind her aunt’s metaphysical shop while Emma is away on vacation. The temporary job proves impossible for Sam because unlike Emma, Sam possesses no magical powers. Lucky for her, tall, dark, and handsome help enters the shop just in the nick of time.

Eli Kincaid managed to get on the bad side of a ruthless loan shark. Now his life depends upon his ability to con an innocent woman out of the only thing of value she owns—a precious jewel she inherited. If he can get close to Sam, maybe he can figure out where she’s keeping the gem. What he hadn’t counted on was falling for his mark. Can he escape the web of deception and protect Sam as sinister forces close in on both of them?

My review:
Gambling on the Artist is a little darker than the others in this series to date. Samantha is a gifted artist and the only one in her family with no magical gift. She left the only home she ever knew to make it on her own but now she is back in Cat’s Paw Cove and in danger because someone is determined to get their hands on her legacy from her recently deceased father.
I liked Sam. She could have been all boo hoo woe is me but she knows she is a work in progress. I usually like my heroines with more self confidence but Sam is self aware and getting there. This was a sweet story of a young woman coming into her own.
Though this is part of a series it can be read stand alone.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Van & Maddie (Tiger Nip Book 2) by Brandy Walker



Blurb:
Previously part of Eliza Gayle’s Southern Shifters Kindle World

This book has been updated and expanded. All mention of the Southern Shifters World have been removed and the book is now set in the Tiger Bite World.

Madison Templeton, known to most as Maddie, is going through a break-up. The man she thought was her mate, actually wasn’t. While that should break her heart, and it did a little, she’s more upset about losing her best friend and confidant, her ex-boyfriend’s twin brother Van. When the opportunity to escape town and help her cousin out at her bakery comes around, she jumps at it. A little time away to get her head back on straight seems like the perfect way to get some distance.
Van Bowman thought all he could have since the day Maddie unwittingly picked his twin brother over him, was friendship. He’s had to love her quietly from a distance, and find comfort in being her confidant. Now that his brother has broken up with her, Van is ready to claim the woman that should have been his from the beginning. He made a mistake not telling her how he felt, and he aims to fix that. He’ll do anything to convince her she belongs to him, even chase after her and face off against her new protective friends.

My review:
This is a fast paced shifter love story that I devoured in one sitting. It starts with our heroine cussin and fussin because she was dumped. She won’t miss the lion but she will miss her bff his twin brother. She doesn’t know how to deal with that so she takes a little vacay to help her cousin out at her bakery and get her head on straight. This is when the fun begins. Our hero has sat on the sidelines watching his brother with the ligeress he knows is his mate. But the choice has to be hers. When she is set free he is determined to win her for himself. A sexy fun read I highly recommend.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Peace, Blood, and Understanding (Half-Moon Hollow #7) by Molly Harper




Blurb:
The “enchanting” (Publishers Weekly) Jane Jameson series returns with this fun and witty paranormal romance following a vampire consultant who has nefarious plans to oust Jane from her role as the head of Half-Moon Hollow’s vampire council.

Ever since Jane Jameson took over running the Vampire Council for Half-Moon Hollow, things have been a little unorthodox and that doesn’t sit well with the head office. Who would have thought vampires were so into bureaucracy and tradition?

Enter a vamp from corporate who’s determined to unseat Jane and get the council back on track—which means no more of this Kentucky neighborliness and mixing with humans, werewolves, witches, or anything else.

But Jane’s not interested in going back to the bad old days when the council was mired in corruption and tended to “accidentally” eat people now and again, but she might be in over her head this time. Good thing there’s a pretty new face in town who just might be the perfect distraction and help save Jane’s career.

My review:
Welcome back to Half-Moon Hollow. In this installment Jane and Dick are being audited by the council for their unorthodox methods. Jane is supervising new made vampire Meadow’s rehab who has managed to catch the eye of the auditor Erik. This all sounds very soap opera but it really isn’t it is just my weak way of saying this story has layers on layers and is all the more fantastic because of it. This is a terrific addition to the series.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

White Stripes: Paranormal Dating Agency (WhiteTide Streak Book 3) by Marie Long




Blurb:
A BBW in search of love + a sexy tiger shifter ready to claim her as his mate = Sizzling Alpha Romance.

Axle Reed had lost everything--his home, his family, his honor. When he made a startling discovery about his ability to produce an heir, finding a mate was off the table as well. His last desperate effort to consult with Gerri Wilder of the Paranormal Dating Agency yielded unsatisfactory results, and Axle's outlook on life was grim. That was, until he laid eyes on Godiva Mitchell, a beautiful, kindhearted, plus-sized yoga instructor.

Godiva had given up on conventional love after enduring endless rejections. But when a mysterious handsome tiger shifter walked into her studio unannounced, her flames of hope were rekindled.

A relationship with a Whitetide tiger had its consequences, and this one came in the form of war. As Godiva grew closer to Axle, her world began to crumble. Faced with the threat of death in the shifter world and the untimely bad news at home, would Godiva stand with Axle in the final battle?

My review:
Everybody deserves a second chance don’t they? Axle Reed lost everything by holding on too tight. He realizes he’s been an a$$ an is starting anew. He wants someone to share his life with so he goes to the inimitable Gerri Wilder’s PDA. Godiva Mitchell figures there is no one out there for her if Gerri can’t even find her a date. So when she gets the call from Gerri she is excited. That’s when everything goes to heck in a handbasket for both Godiva and Axel. Can love conquer all?  This is a fun shifter tale that will have you believing in do overs.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Eye of the Storm: Tiger's Eye Mysteries by Alyssa Day




Blurb:
A monster hurricane, a long-lost father, the Irish mob, and a rogue vampire are all trying their darndest to smash Dead End, Florida into pieces -- and then another dead body shows up. What are a pawn shop owner and tiger shifter PI to do?

With Hurricane Elvis -- the "storm of the century" – bearing down on Dead End, Florida, Tess, Jack, and the gang have their hands full doing storm prep for themselves and the quirky paranormal residents of the town. They certainly don't have time for the discovery of yet another dead body. But in Dead End, you never know when magic, mayhem, and murder will combine to cause as much chaos as a rogue vampire let loose in a blood bank.

And when Tess, a pawn shop owner who can see how you'll die, and Jack, an ex-soldier and tiger shifter turned private eye, team up to solve another murder, the criminals had better watch out. Because a hurricane is no match for Hurricane Tess, and sometimes it takes a tiger's eye to see the truth.

Warning: This book contains a taxidermied alligator, shapeshifters, the mob, lucky lasagna, a hurricane, a dead body, magic, Elvis song titles, hideously bad singing, horrible puns, a slow-burning romance, mystery, mayhem, and "I laughed so hard I almost peed myself" laughter. Read at your own risk.

My review:
Eye of the Storm: Tiger's Eye Mysteries by Alyssa Day is laugh out loud funny. With Elvis puns, a sexy red dress an interrupted date and bad guys that you want to Return to Sender this book will have you giggle-snorting and flipping pages.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Busted by Diane Kelly




Blurb:
CRIME ISN’T A GAME

With a .38 on her hip and 38DD’s on her chest, motorcycle cop Marnie Muckleroy is fully equipped and ready for action. Having recently divorced and relocated to the small Texas town where she was born and raised, Marnie is also ready for romance. There’s no lack of eligible men in Jacksburg. Problem is, they’re eligible for social security, food stamps, or parole. After a mystery man on a Ninja motorbike rides into her town and into her fantasies, she’s determined to find out who he is. If only dispatch and fate would stop getting in her way . . .

When a scam artist steals the identities of local children to commit credit card fraud, Marnie’s underfunded police force lacks the high-tech skills necessary to pursue the perpetrator. In steps Trey, a video game programmer with mad technical skills, along with a hard drive and plenty of RAM to keep Marnie satisfied until she can track down the elusive guy who rides the kick-ass Ninja.

NEITHER IS LOVE

As Marnie closes in on the stealthy biker, and she and Trey close in on the con artist, a dirty secret comes to light and threatens to tear Marnie’s world apart. Will she be able to piece her life back together, or is it Game Over for her?

My review:
Busted by Diane Kelly is a terrific story featuring motorcycle cop Marnie Muckleroy who I just adore. Marnie is flawed but so much more likeable for those flaws. This story takes us through several crimes and Marnie’s courtship with video game programmer Trey an all-around good guy except… and that’s what makes this a sweet romp with serious undertones.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S Dawson




Blurb:
Shave the princess? Inconceivable! The hilarious bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.

Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses.

When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails--which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise.

This is not a story about finding true love's kiss--it's a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.

But these are no ordinary pirates aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there's Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes in response to stress. Then there's Tempest, who's determined to become the first dryad lawyer--preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They're joined by Alobartalus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn'archivist who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you've got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!

In this new escapade set in the magical land of Pell, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewer the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters.

My review:
The Princess Beard is a puntastic laugh out loud gigglesnort of a good time read. This adventure of self-discovery is not without the occasional mishap but what doesn’t kill you … This tale is filled with epic wordplay and the occasional shout out to various adventurers past, present and future. I heartily recommend.

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