Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Trouble When You Walked In by Kieran Kramer



Blurb:
She’s a woman of her word. Cissie Rogers likes to do everything by the book. Literally. The town librarian in Kettle Knob, North Carolina, she’s determined to preserve the future of literatureand the library’s romantic legend—for her patrons. It’s not easy when the mayor himself, Boone Braddock, wants to close the library down. There’s only one way for Cissie to put a stop to him: By running for mayor herself!  
Is he a player—or does he mean business? Boone is Kettle Knob’s favorite son, a champion athlete and stellar football coach with deep local roots. Cissie will need more than a savvy slogan and a pair of three-inch high heels to stand a chance at the polls. But what about the campaign that’s underway in her own heart? What began as professional rivalry has transformed into a simmering attraction that neither contender can ignore. Could it be that the keeper of the town’s card catalog and the legendary football hero are ready to team up…and write their own storybook romance? 

My review:
A fun small town romance. I’ll admit I picked this book by mistake. I misread the authors name and thought I was getting something totally different from an author with a similar name. It was a happy mistake.  This is the first I’ve read from this author but not the last. 
Trouble When You Walked In takes us to small town rural North Carolina. Cissie Rogers is the town librarian and a dreamer. She is 32 and believes in the library’s romantic legend that her true love from out of town will walk into the library and steal her heart. The only eligible male over 20 that walks into her library is the own mayor the man she has crushed on since the 4th grade and he is only there to inform her that they are shutting down the library and moving it to a strip mall so they can share with the next town over as a cost savings measure.  The legend goes with the library and she hasn’t found her true love yet. So the fight is on. She will do what it takes to save the library and the legend including running for mayor.  These are incredibly likable and real characters who will charm you to your toes.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

Buy links:


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wolf Trouble (SWAT #2) by Paige Tyler



Blurb:
He's in trouble with a capital T...

There's never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.

When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn't know what the heck to do. Worse, she's put under his command and Xander's protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it's almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other...
 

My review:
Terrific!  This is so much fun.  First, I love the idea of a werewolf SWAT team.  Second, and third, and oh my goodness 16 hunky alpha males. This book is full of surprises.  We discover not only are there female werewolves we get to meet one and learn as she does what shifting feels like and what other gifts are out there. I love Khaki (well everything but her name). She has a joie de vivre that makes you just want to get to know her. She lets nothing get her down. Not even when she overhears her new supervisor Xander telling the boss he doesn’t want her on his squad.  What he means is that he wants her.  Can these two deny their mutual attraction and work together? We have fun watching them try.

Buy links:
ARe

Monday, August 3, 2015

Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna #2) by Tara Lain review & giveaway



Blurb:
Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. 

How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?
 

My review:
Wow! Just wow.  Struggle along with Jim as he deals with becoming the man he was meant to be.  Jim is a big guy who left home at 16 and has made his way just getting by with too much alcohol and women.  He was gob smacked when big Billy Ballew came out as gay.  Now Billy is on his honeymoon and has asked Jim to supervise the first job for his new company while he is out of town.  Jim sobers up. Then his younger brother shows up on his doorstep being kicked out of his home for being gay.  Of course Jim takes him in.  But what has really thrown Jim for a curve is meeting his childhood sex fantasy made flesh in the form of Dr. Ken Tanaka at Billy’s wedding.  Both Jim and Ken have expectations put upon them.  Jim wants to do right by Billy while he is away and if that means dating the lady boss so be it.  Ken has a Tiger mom who has decided that if she can find him a good Japanese girl to marry she will find him a good Japanese man.  Jim and Ken will have to find a way to either disappoint their loved ones or give up their chance at love with each other.  This is a heartrendingly sweet story and I LOVED every minute of it.


a Rafflecopter giveaway




Sunday, August 2, 2015

Forsaken (Fallen Siren #2.5) by S.J. Harper





Blurb:

Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong. 
She protected him. He loved her. 
They can trust one another with their lives, but what about their hearts?
 

Special Agent Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren seeking redemption. Thousands of years ago, she was banished from Mount Olympus by Zeus and cursed by Demeter for failing to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades. Now she’s working for the FBI, seeking salvation while searching for and finding the missing. Her partner, Zack Armstrong, is a werewolf with a grievance of his own. 

The former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments is atoning for his past. Ironically, Zack’s just discovered an important piece of his past has been magically wiped from his memory—an affair with Emma. It doesn’t matter she used the spell to save his life, that’s something he’ll never know. With trust eroded and love overshadowed by betrayal the only thing holding them together is the job. 

When the son of multi-billionaire Roger Maitlan is kidnapped and his babysitter murdered in cold blood, Emma and Zack travel to New York to work the case. They go undercover, infiltrating a playground of private dungeons where those who are rich and powerful can live out fantasies without consequence. What they find is a conspiracy born of a twisted mind and fueled by greed. The clock is ticking. Will Zack and Emma be able to find the missing boy and their way back to one another?
 

My review:
I love this series!  I anxiously await each and every installment.  Though this story can be read standalone I feel you would get more enjoyment if you’ve at least read Reckoning (Fallen Siren #2).  In Forsaken FBI agents Emma and Zack have been called to New York City because the son of multi-billionaire Roger Maitlan is kidnapped and his babysitter murdered in cold blood. Can Zack get past his perceived betrayal by Emma enough to work with her to find the boy? Emma keeps reminding herself “Redemption could be one rescue away” and that gets her through the day. This is a fast paced read that will keep you turning pages and wanting more.

Buy links:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bitten Surrender by Rebecca Royce



Blurb:
Hanzi has been a vampire so long he has forgotten what it is to be human. But the curse which made him a vampire also promised him a bride. His time has come and the darkest of all vampires intends to collect what is rightfully his. Only the American woman fate has selected for him isn’t at all what he expected. 

Tattooed, pissed, and not at all interested in being any Vampire’s bride, Adrienne intends to make her fated coupling as difficult on Hanzi as possible. The Vampire who shows up to collect her isn’t at all what she expected and suddenly she can’t help but think she might be the perfect person to warm his soul and heat his bed. 

Can their newly formed, tentative joining survive the darkness stalking them both?
 

My review:
This short story may have the best first line in a story that I’ve read in a long time.  It sets the tone for this fun take on the vampire myth.  Adrienne is fighting her fate as a destined “Vampire bride” and Hanzi doesn’t feel as if he deserves happiness but when the two meet… fun fun fun. 

Buy links:



Friday, July 31, 2015

Upholding the Paw (A Paw Enforcement Novella) by Diane Kelly


Blurb:
It's just another typical day for Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit-until three unknown men set out on a city-wide crime spree. After setting a fire to distract law enforcement, the armed criminals hold up a bank and steal a city bus. And that's just for starters. Megan and Brigit put their noses to the ground and the chase is on. But hard as the K-9 team tries to put the clues together and track the men, the offenders stay a step ahead of them, racking up charges and victims. Will this K-9 team be able to stop the bad guys before their trail runs cold?

My review:
A fun snack sized addition to the Paw Enforcement series. This short episode will tide you over to the next book.  Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz is growing as a police officer with the help of her canny K-9 partner Brigit and under the mentorship of 2 detectives.  In Upholding the Paw Megan and Brigit take on the 3 Stooges of bank robbery. Read and laugh along as the 3 bad guys try to outwit Megan and Brigit.  Though this is part of a series it can be read stand alone.

Buy links:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Written on my Heart by Cole Gibsen



Blurb:
It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs...
 

My review:
This book is amazing. Ashlyn is on her own.  She still jumps at shadows.  She escaped an abusive home situation and a controlling boyfriend and is getting by the best she can.  She writes her poetry when she can.  She is working as a barista and renting a room from a stripper.  While working at the coffee shop she is barreled over by co-worker Emily who is determined to be friends.  When Em notices Ashlyn’s tattoo of her ex’s name she insists that Ashlyn visit this fantastic tattoo artist she knows who will cover it with something else so Ashlyn can start anew. 
Emily’s brother Lane is a gifted tattoo artist who has made his share of mistakes. When his father, a cop, died he took over the responsibility for his mother and Em. He has no room in his life for a women especially not one as fragile as Ashlyn. Life laughs at plans.
At first I thought this was going to be the white knight and princess type of story but while our hero does have white knight tendencies our princess is plenty strong on her own despite outward appearances but everyone can use a bit of help from a friend now and then.   Break out the tissues and ice cream and enjoy this heart lifting story.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

Buy links: