Monday, July 28, 2014

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

My review:
Get ready for another rip-roaring, action packed roller coaster ride through Ilona Andrews incredible world of Kate Daniels. Curran is called out of town and Kate is called in as Consort to solve a murder and prevent a war between the People and the Pack.  Kate is going to need more than Magic and a good sword to get out of this mess. 
This book starts with a note from the author/s saying that this book wraps up one arc and starts another it is not the end, thank goodness as I am a total fan of this series.  There is also a short story featuring Julie at the end. 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned #1) by Robyn Peterman

Vampyres don't exist. They absolutely do not exist. At least I didn't think they did 'til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead? Now I'm a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren't bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I'm stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who's teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator. To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan's underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it's possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn't on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I'm his, it's easier said than done. Like THAT'S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I'm some sort of Chosen One. Holy Hell, if I'm in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

My review:
Fans of Mary Janice Davidson, Molly Harper and Dakota Cassidy are sure to love Astrid and friends.  I had downloaded this onto my friends Nook when it was being offered as a freebie.  She doesn’t normally read PNR so when she gushed about how good it was I had to check it out.  This is a fast paced, truly funny, tale of a young woman born into a truly dysfunctional family who is turned involuntarily into a vampire when seeking help for her smoking addiction.  Rather an extreme cure.  But she is getting by with the help of some goofy friends and an extremely hunky prince of the undead. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Getting Worked Up (Sapphire Falls #2) by Erin Nicholas

Phoebe Sherwood is in love with the perfect man. Well, except for the fact that he’s in love with someone else. But Phoebe isn’t the type to let a little detail like that keep her from getting what she wants. And as she’s plotting how to get him back, she meets the perfect solution—Joe Spencer. The city boy is in town to retrieve his sort-of fiancé—the woman who stole Phoebe’s man— and when he hears Phoebe’s plan to reclaim their respective soul mates, he’s in

Bright and sparkly. That’s Joe’s first impression of Phoebe. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things—like neon casino signs, sequined evening gowns and Porsches. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his habits and settle down.

But if he’s going to win his girl back, he’s going to need to learn a new way of life. Country line dancing, guzzling homemade moonshine and getting rid of his custom-made suits are what it takes to fit into Sapphire Falls… and he’s got some work to do.

But Phoebe is the perfect coach.

And everything will be just fine… as long as they can keep their hands off of each other and remember which hearts they are trying to win over.

My review:
Delightful small town romance.  Although this is the second in the Sapphire Falls series it can be read stand-alone.  Welcome to Sapphire Falls, where everybody knows your name and your business.  When genius Mason fell in love with Adrianne (Getting Out of Hand - Sapphire Falls #1) he move part of his agricultural research business to Sapphire Falls bringing in new people and new business shaking up the town and its inhabitants. Phoebe’s best friend and the man she has been in love with for the past three years, Matt has taken up with one of the new folk.  Is it her fault she hasn’t said anything about loving him?  Should she have risked their lifelong friendship? Shouldn’t he have known? Now he is going to ask the new girl to marry him.  Enter charming city boy Joe.  He too works for Mason and is best friends with the new girl.  He had plans to marry her but just hadn’t gotten around to asking her.  Can Joe and Phoebe get their respective loved ones to turn to them or will they succumb to the attraction they find flaring between them?  It is definitely interesting in a small town.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Getting Out of Hand (Sapphire Falls #1) by Erin Nicholas

Sapphire Falls has few good memories for Mason Riley. So what’s he doing in the middle of the annual town Festival/class reunion eleven years after leaving town without a look back?

Letting the most popular girl in town—then and now—kiss up to him. 

Mason has come a long way from the nerdy outcast Sapphire Falls remembers. His genius IQ has helped him make a name for himself with everyone from the World Health Organization to the White House. He’s also got the bank account to make the Mayor of Sapphire Falls herself—the girl who broke his heart in high school and the one who now wants him to donate to the town’s big building project—take notice.

He can’t wait to tell her no in person.

Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town where her college roommate was elected Mayor has been the perfect place to escape the fast-paced, high stress sales job she had in Chicago. She’s happy, healthy and the new project means her dream candy shop can now become a reality. Everything is good in her quiet life. Until Mason Riley comes home.

Mason sure doesn’t look—or kiss—like a socially awkward geek. In fact, he makes Adrianne’s heart pound like nothing she’s ever experienced. Which means she needs to stay far away from him.

A great plan, until her friends inform her that Mason’s donation to the project is dependent on keeping him away from the Mayor while he’s in town. 

Now all Adrianne has to do is keep Mason busy, distracted and feeling good about—and generous toward— his hometown… oh, and avoid falling for the world-saving, nerd-turned-hot-guy in the process.

My review:
Fun, sexy, sassy contemporary romance with a fantastic supporting cast.  Fans of Kristen Higgins, Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Sapphire Falls.  Sapphire Falls is a small town with big ambitions.  To make it happen they need help from some of Sapphire Falls former residents such as the brilliant and wealthy Mason Riley.  It is a case of the nerd makes good and now the high school popular kids want and need him.  Life is good.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grace Under Pressure by Melissa Schroeder

Excitement, danger, and falling for the man of her dreams all have Grace Under Pressure. College professor Grace Michaels has enough on her plate with her research, her ex-fianc showing up in town, her parents parking their RV in front of her house, and her attempt to entice her sexy neighbor, new sheriff, Ren Morello, into having an affair, when someone breaks into her house and office. Ren wants nothing to do with Grace. So what if she looks like a pinup girl from the 50s or that every time shes in his vicinity, he sports a hard-on? She is a woman who would demand commitment and after his nasty divorce from his cheating ex-wife, Ren wants nothing to do with marriage. All he wants is hard fast sex. The problem is, the only woman he can picture it with is Grace. When the threats to Grace turn almost deadly, Ren finds himself in her company more often than not, and keeping his hands off her becomes impossible. But as the danger grows closer, the attraction grows deeper, and Grace must choose between protecting her heart or her life. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language.

My review:
This is a re-release of Melissa Schroeder’s first book.  This is a sweet, funny, sexy contemporary romance.  Grace is a slightly clumsy college professor with a heart of gold living and working in a small Texas town. Ren Morello is the hunky new sheriff who moves in across the street.  He is recently divorced and wants to keep any and all interactions with the female set no strings.  Grace was cheated on by her ex fiancé but is still the settling down kind and thus not for Ren no matter how sexy he finds her.  I adored Grace and got almost as big a kick out of the secondary characters as I did Ren & Grace.  Another winner from the pen of Melissa Schroeder.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ready to Wed by Cindi Madsen

Dakota Halifax loves to be in love. In fact, as one of Las Vegas’s premier wedding planners, she’s built a whole career around romance. Which is why her own wedding has to be nothing short of perfect. And then her fiancé jilts her. While she’s waiting in her wedding dress. On a cruise ship already out at sea. Once back on dry land, Dakota tries to pour her heart into her business and weekly wedding advice column, Get Ready to Wed. But how can the heartbroken celebrate others’ true love? When she reconnects with her childhood best friend, surprisingly sexy and all-grown-up casino bouncer Brendan West, Dakota wonders if maybe she can fall back in love with being in love.

But then her ex reappears, begging for another chance, and suddenly Dakota questions if she’ll ever understand love. Can someone once-burned and twice-shy ever find her way down the aisle again?

My review:
This is a delightfully fun romantic romp filled with love and laugh out loud moments.  Dakota is a sweet funny woman who believes in love and lists and color coded tabs.  Brendan was her best friend growing up until his family moved away.  Now he is back just when she needs a friend most.  This reads as a friends to lovers or a second chance romance but mostly it reads as fun.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Taken by Lora Leigh

Reno’s Chance

Ever since she was a girl, Raven has longed for her friend's brother, Reno, a Navy SEAL. What she doesn't realize is that his true mission is to get into her heart.


For Maggie's Sake

Maggie is in custody with Joe's SEALs team.  Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information.  He plans to seduce her to get it, but when an enemy captures Maggie, only Joe can save her.


Atlanta Heat

Em has wanted Macey forever. But as a SEAL under the command of her overprotective godfather, Macey is off-limits…until a kidnapping attempt forces them to share close quarters—and a forbidden desire.


Night Hawk

For three years, Travis “Black Jack” Caine and Lillian “Night Hawk” Belle have been meeting, late at night. No names given. But tonight is different. An enemy has returned, and Travis and Lillian may never meet again.  Are they brave enough to give in to desire and stand together?


Cooper’s Fall

Former ranger Ethan never expected to get an eyeful of prim Sarah Fox from his window. But now his blood is on fire for her.


Sheila’s Passion

As an ex-Marine, Nick's been through some hard things.  But when it comes to Sheila, he has his biggest challenge yet. Sheila has sworn off love, but when Nick tempts her into becoming friends with benefits, he intends to make her his forever.

My review:
6 smokin’ hot stories from Lora Leigh's military romance series Elite Ops, Tempting Seals, and Wounded Warriors.  You don’t have to have read these series to enjoy these stories but I bet reading these hot tales will make you want to check them out. Strong alpha males who would give the world for the women they love and the sex is off the charts. 
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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