Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Impact Zone (The Arsenal Book 6) by Cara Carnes




Blurb:
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Rhea Strathmore creates death. Locked within her laboratory at The Arsenal, she concocts whatever’s necessary to protect those around her. She won’t ever negate her pre-Arsenal deficit, but she’ll try. Her past work now threatens everyone she cares for and exposes secrets she’s kept buried. The mysterious man tasked with keeping her alive is more lethal than anything she’s ever concocted.

Everything has a price.

Fallon Graves defies death with every assignment. He may have traded in his lone operative lifestyle for The Arsenal, but that doesn’t mean he’s a team player. He’s survived his entire life with no one. Why should he change? When Rhea’s past threatens The Arsenal, Fallon is forced to question everything he’s valued. She’s a liability in the field, but he’s not about to let anyone harm the woman who’s more dangerous than any explosive he’s ever created.

Together, Rhea and Fallon are one volatile chemical reaction away from going up in flames.

My review:
Fallon Graves is a lone wolf, a solo operator or was until The Edge saved his life now he runs a group of former merc’s for The Arsenal. He’s never had a home until now. Rhea Strathmore is brilliant. She enables The Arsenal operatives including Fallon and his team to do the job. But when trouble from Rhea’s past creates problems for the The Arsenal they are all going to have to pull together as a team to save the world. No room for lone wolves.
I absolutely fell for Fallon and Rhea. These two damaged souls are the perfect balm for each other. I love that the author normalizes mental health care. This is an exciting thrill ride that will leave you with a happy heart.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Spellbound in Salem (Casters and Claws #1) by Milly Taiden




Blurb:
Book 1 of an amazing new series! Get ready for witches, wolves, magic and romance. All in Salem!

Raven Bishop is happily doing inventory in her magic supply store Gemstones when a man walks in with an odd warning. Suspicious of his motives, Raven ignores his advice. He might be a police officer, but she knows she can take care of herself. She doesn’t need the help of a man, no matter how hot he is.

Sheriff and wolf shifter Zane Cross has one mission: get the Bishop women safely away from Salem and the order of witch hunters intent on riding the town of all witches. He doesn’t have time to deal with his wolf howling at him that they’ve finally met their mate. Especially not since the woman in question refuses to follow him to safety until she is attacked.

In the secluded cabin, far away from the threat of death, the grumpy sheriff and headstrong witch will have to find common ground in order to survive the Order of Salem’s attack. Can Raven put her pride aside and let love save the day?

My review:
This is a story of hate versus love. In this fast paced tale we have Raven a witch with trust issues. Zane a wolf shifter cop taking his job way too personally and a bunch of bigoted lunatics after Raven and her family. Zane knows he can keep Raven safe but what the sassy witch is doing to his heart he may never recover from. This is a sexy fun romp with serious undertones that will both entertain you and get you to thinking.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Shake That Sass (Dire Wolf Mates #1) by C.D. Gorri




Blurb:
He’s an Alpha looking for a home. She’s an outsider with no one to call her own. Can they find what they’re searching for in each other?

Derrick Rand is an Alpha Dire Wolf, a rare and powerful species of Shifter. Tired of the nomadic life, he’s looking for a place to call home. He receives an email from a female Shifter inviting him to a small town called Blue Creek. Seemingly ideal, he and his crew fill their tanks and mount their bikes for the long ride to meet Barbara Wolfe.

Lucy Corwyn is a Bobcat Shifter passing through the Wolf infested town of Blue Creek. After her junker breaks down, she is stranded there without a cent to her name. Not-so-big Cats rarely mixed with other species, especially not ones that considered her a snack!

Without the money to pay for the repairs needed, Lucy has to find a job. The only one available seems to be at the new biker bar in town, Serious Moonlight. Lucy knows she needs to get the hell out of town before some dumb Wolf tries to make her into a chew toy, so she seeks out the owner about a position.

Imagine her surprise when the sexy as hell Alpha turns out to be her mate!

Lucy isn’t about to make things easy on the big guy. No way.

If that big bad Wolf wants to catch this little she-Cat, he better shake that sass.

My review:
Cats and dogs don’t mix or do they?  Lucy Corwyn is a Bobcat Shifter and Derrick Rand is an Alpha Dire Wolf and fate has declared them mates. But Lucy isn’t going down without a fight. Lucy is sweet and sassy and nobody’s fool. Derrick is hot and Alpha and a bit used to getting his way. I loved this steamy tale and look forward to future installments.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4) by Rachel Caine



Blurb:
She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?

My review:
Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4) by Rachel Caine is a pulse-pounding, nail-biting non-stop adrenaline rush of a mystery. This story kept me on the edge of my seat and flipping pages and left me physically and emotionally exhausted. Just when things are going right for Gwen and the kids everything blows up in spectacular cascading fashion leaving them fighting to get out alive. This is an incredible tale of love and determination.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Striking Distance (Love Undercover, #2) by L.K. Shaw



Blurb:
She’s a damsel in distress.
I’m supposed to protect her, not desire her.
Especially since she’s my sister’s best friend.

Estelle

I never imagined I’d get caught in the crossfire between the police and the Mexican cartel. After a failed kidnapping attempt, a bodyguard attaches himself to my hip.

Why does it have to be Victor: my best friend’s brother and the man I’ve had a crush on since I was sixteen?

Victor

Estelle tempts me like no other woman. I push aside my attraction though. My goal is to keep her safe, not sleep with her.

The stakes are at an all time high when someone betrays us to the enemy. Now it’s a race against the clock to find her before it’s too late.

My review:
Striking Distance is a sweet and sexy romantic suspense that will leave you breathless. The chemistry between Victor and Estelle is of the charts.  Watching them grow toward each other was exquisite torture. A terrific tale of love and intrigue.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Black Hollow: Finding Her Kings (The Drakki Chronicles Book 2) Gracen Miller




Blurb:
When an MMA fighter crosses paths with the head of a diamond empire as well as a demon from Hell, more than sparks will fly.

Frankie Bordeaux-Smith is content with her life out of the ring until a knock on her door thrusts her into the world of princesses and unicorns. According to the Romeros, she’s both, and now someone wants her dead.

Mated to each other, King and Hitchcock are settled in Black Hollow, running their coffee shop and diamond business. That is, until their quiet world is shattered by… a nun?

As assassins drift into the peaceful paranormal town, can the demon and dragon keep a unicorn alive while figuring out the latest twist of fate to their hearts?

One-click now to see if this modern day princess has found her kings!

My review:
King and Hitchcock are one of my favorite pairings so I was a little concerned when fate gave them a third but Frankie is smart, sassy and tough. She won’t let King bulldoze her or Hitchcock buy her. I really enjoyed this fast paced high energy story.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Gabe: Partners in Grime (The Brothers Grime #3) by Z.A. Maxfield



Blurb:
Can Gabe hold on to love in the face of disaster?

Gabe has loved elusive, closeted detective Dave Huntley since they were children. Unfortunately, he's had to watch from the sidelines as Dave makes his way through the available men in their lives. But on the very eve that Gabe senses things between him and Dave may be evolving exactly as he'd hoped, disaster occurs in the form of a violent liquor store robbery. Gabe is forced to put his desires on hold in order to help Dave heal from a head wound that damages Dave's memory and derails both their lives.

Caught between gratitude for Dave's recovery and the pain of lost intimacy between them, Gabe has to choose whether to share the truth or wait for Dave to recognize what Gabe's known all along: He and Dave belong together.

Can Gabe find the courage to place his faith in Dave, who must rediscover his past and make the tough journey from their shared trauma to a future free of fear?

Partners in Grime is a friends-to-lovers story with a guaranteed HEA.
 

My review:
I LOVE THIS SERIES! This installment is less forensics clean up and more emotional clean up. Dave is an in the closet cop and self-described ahole. Gabe is a good guy who thinks of himself as just okay when nothing could be further from the truth. Gabe is the gangs go to guy. He is sweet and kind and the one they can all count on in a pinch. This is the tale of Dave and Gabe. This is their moment when they either move forward or allow thing to lie in the past. I absolutely adored this story and hope we get to visit The Brothers Grime crew again.

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