Sunday, July 23, 2017

Elemental Mating (A.L.F.A. #1) by Milly Taiden

Their existence was a secret the government stumbled upon. In exchange for continued autonomy, the paranormals entered an alliance with the government. Now they are A.L.F.A.: Alpha League Federal Agency, sworn to protect and serve humanity.
Brilliant scientist Melinda Caster has discovered a new strain of the Zika virus that stimulates synaptic growth in embryos, causing neuron development beyond normal human levels. Way beyond, like ESP-levels of cognitive abilities. When the lab is broken into, Melinda realizes that someone has been keeping tabs on her research and wants it for themselves. A happy accident destroys critical data before it can fall into the wrong hands, but unfortunately that makes Melinda and her perfect memory a target.
A.L.F.A sends in jaguar-shifter Agent Parish Hamel to discover who is after the virus and why. The beautiful scientist acts like catnip to his senses and throws his mating instincts into overdrive. And then she disappears along with the only sample of the virus…. Now Parish must canvas the darkest areas of the supernatural underground to rescue Melinda, and what he discovers is beyond a paranormal’s worst nightmare.

My review:
Elemental Mating is the first in a new series by Milly Taiden. I love that this book takes place in Uganda. I absolutely adore the fact that our heroine, Melinda, is a gifted scientist. I liked the mix of science and paranormal. I enjoyed the story. I just wish I could have felt the attraction between jaguar-shifter Agent Parish Hamel and Melinda more. It felt a little forced to me which is not usually an issue in this authors work. That being said; bring on the next installment.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shame of Clones (Karma Inc. Files #3) by Melanie James


What if you could magically clone anyone you’d like, just to keep them around for a short while? Would you? With a couple of good intentions and a bit of witchy mischief, Kelly and Esmeralda find out first-hand what happens when perfectly good clones go naughty—err bad.
Unfortunately, their timing couldn’t have been worse. The world of witchcraft seems to have gone haywire and Karma Inc. might be to blame. Trouble is compounded when Barney runs away in search of a better witch to give him a new body, not to mention the twig and berries he had always dreamt of.
Meanwhile, the witches’ love-lives are going down in flames thanks to a few well-designed clones. To fix witchcraft worldwide and clear their names, the witches of Karma Inc. are forced to unravel a murder mystery involving smugglers, mobsters, spirits, hippies, and the sexiest clones this side of Salem.

This paranormal romantic comedy contains witches, imps, shifters, and a Reality TV show! Karma Inc contains adult language and situations, and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

My review:

Shame of Clones is a high speed, tongue in cheek, slapstick comedy that will leave you giggling long after the last page. I think you will enjoy it more if you’ve read Karma Inc. and Mission Impawsible (Karma Inc. Files 1 & 2) but even standalone it is a hoot! Be prepared to blush and laugh out loud.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Montana Sky: The Scoundrel's Inconvenient Bride by Crystal Green


A cowboy who never wanted a wife…
Farrell Chadwick is many things—a ranch hand on the Golden C near Sweetwater Springs, a rake from England, and a man born on the wrong side of the blanket. What he most definitely *isn’t* is a willing husband, and not even a forced wedding at the point of a pistol will change that.
But every day Farrell spends with his new bride is a trying day. She’s sweet, innocent, and sorely tempting to a man who’s determined to somehow untangle himself from the marriage trap!

This sweet 21,000 word novella takes place during the time of Debra Holland’s BENEATH MONTANA’S SKY.
Hopefully this little ol’ novella will tide you over until the next Heroes of the West story on November 2!
If you'd like to read the first three stories, you can start with:
The Cowboy's Secret (Heroes of the West #1)
The Rancher's New Bride (Heroes of the West #2)
The Outlaw's Promise (Heroes of the West #3)
Happy reading!

My review:

The Scoundrel's Inconvenient Bride is a sweet, feel good, old fashioned romance that will leave you with a smile on your lips. 
The footloose and fancy free fella that doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage is tricked into marrying an innocent. That doesn’t mean they have to stay married. Till of course he does.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Escaping Indigo (Escaping Indigo #1) by Eli Lang


Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.
In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.
Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.

My review:

Escaping Indigo is a gentle sweet if angsty rock and roll romance. Micah is suffering from a loss and has had his world turned upside down. Bellamy may be a rock star on the rise but he has problems of his own. Watching these two fall for each other was sweet and sometimes painful but you just know it is going to work in the end.
I would call this a young adult book. I fell for the guys and the band and am looking forward to future installments.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rock Star (Bad Boy Homecoming #5) by Stacey Kennedy


A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.

Veterinarian, Rae Evans expects to attend a dreadful ten-year high school reunion. Instead, she’s confronted by a past she’s never gotten over. The love of her life, Travis Walker, has returned to Catfish Creek, and the now-famous rock star wants only three things: Her. Naked. And screaming his name.

Fresh off his last world tour, Travis has returned to town to get a dose of reality. With fame casting a superficial cloud over Travis’s life, he’s scrambling to stay afloat. He needs an anchor, and Rae is that for him. But as he finds himself, he’s determined to remind Rae of the heat that once burned between them.

Before they know it, their one hot night is three, and soon, just like ten years ago, Travis holds the strings to Rae’s heart. But Rae’s not that young girl who watched her high school sweetheart race off to become famous. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and realizes when a man needs her. She just has to decide if she should put the past on repeat, or walk away from it forever.

My review:

Rock Star (Bad Boy Homecoming #5) by Stacey Kennedy is a story of life getting in the way of love.
Travis has loved Rae since he was ten years old. He has a gift and the opportunity to use that gift broke them apart. Rae loved him enough to let him go. Now he is back and wants a second chance at making it work. Can she give him another chance to break her heart? This is a sweet and sexy second chance romance that will bring out the awws and leave you with a smile.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Honor (Bad Boy Homecoming #4) by Kennedy Layne

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne.

Derek Spencer hadn’t even bothered to RSVP to his Catfish Creek’s high school reunion. He’d been too busy fighting a war in Afghanistan in his capacity as a Marine and wouldn’t even be in the States during the event. Unfortunately, one emergency phone call from his mother changed everything.

Tessa Daniels had been voted most likely to do everything back in high school. She somehow didn’t think that included acquiring her very own stalker at the relatively young age of twenty-eight. It had stopped being simply annoying after someone broke into her house, invading her privacy. Now, she was actually in fear for her life.

Derek’s mother feels terrible that her son has spent almost every waking hour at the hospital, watching over his recovering father. She sets out—and succeeds—in arranging for Derek and Tessa to attend their high school reunion together. Neither one of them expected sparks to fly or memories of long-lost crushes to emerge, but they are not only faced with their newfound passion…they must also confront the person trying to extinguish their chance to rekindle the flames of past desires.

My review:
Honor (Bad Boy Homecoming #4) by Kennedy Layne is a sweet high school reunion story with a bit of a twist. Cardiac care nurse Tessa Daniels is being stalked and it is freaking her out and is escalating. But she is trying not to let it keep her from living her life. Derek Spencer is a Marine and wasn’t planning on even being in the US for his high school reunion but is home on emergency leave because his dad had a heart attack. His mom sets him up with Tessa for the reunion. As they get reacquainted Derek is determined to find out who her stalker is and stop them before someone gets hurt. Danger, excitement and love.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Prom Queen (Bad Boy Homecoming #3) by Katee Robert

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from NYT Bestselling Author Katee Robert.
Jake Davis had it all in high school—a scholarship to his college of choice, a promising football career, and the gorgeous prom queen for a girlfriend. And then he lost it all when he was injured right after graduation. Ten years later, he’s mostly made his peace with that, and now runs a company that provides women with dates for special events. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the ex who left him in the dust needs a fake boyfriend for their high school reunion…
Jessica Jackson used to be the mean girl to end all mean girls. But life didn’t turn out like she’d thought it would, and now she’s twenty-eight, single, and works as an insurance agent to A-listers instead of being the A-lister like she’d always dreamed. She can’t go back to her home town and admit just how thoroughly she’s failed, so she lets her friends set her up with a fake date for the reunion.
The second Jessica realizes that her fake date is Jake, she tries to call the whole thing off. The problem is the chemistry between them is even hotter now than it was when they were teenagers. Against her better judgment she lets herself get drawn into Jake’s arms again—and into his bed. But time doesn’t heal all wounds—sometimes, it actually makes them worse—and if Jessica and Jake can’t learn to forgive each other, their second chance might not last the weekend.

My review:
Does the “Mean Girl” get a second chance? Jessica Jackson was the Prom Queen, Homecoming Queen and head cheerleader. She was dating Jake, the guy most likely to make it to the NFL. When he got injured she bailed and headed for the California coast. Now it is ten years later and she is determined to make amends. But that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy. I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance romance. It was nice to see the other side of the “mean girl” and to know that the high school characters can and do change.

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