Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Taken by Lora Leigh



Blurb:
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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Monday, July 21, 2014

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender by Opal Carew, Emily Ryan-Davis, Portia Da Costa, Madelynne Ellis, Marie Harte, Joey W. Hill, T.J. Michaels, Kate Pearce, Carrie Ann Ryan, Sasha White, Jennifer Leeland

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender by Opal Carew, Emily Ryan-Davis, Portia Da Costa, Madelynne Ellis, Marie Harte, Joey W. Hill, T.J. Michaels, Kate Pearce, Carrie Ann Ryan, Sasha White, Jennifer Leeland 





Blurb:
Three Secrets by New York Times and USA Today bestseller Opal Carew
Sharing secrets has never been so exhilarating...
Nicole and Abel met in Paris and fell in love, but Nicole believes her secret lifestyle will drive Abel away. After the vacation ends, she decides to take a chance and share her secret, but little does she know he has a secret of his own.

His Secret by International and UK Sunday Times bestseller Portia Da Costa
Quiet storm…
Ben Chambers is the perfect handsome boyfriend. Sarah adores him, yet despite their delicious lovemaking and the fun they share, she senses he has a secret. But then, during a luxury weekend away, one casual pat to her bottom transforms everything, revealing Ben’s thrilling hidden dominance, and a world of decadent pleasure and deeper love.

Remastered by Multi-Award-Winner Madelynne Ellis
A bad experience with a former girlfriend caused Spook Mortensen to repress his sexual urges, but when sound engineer Allegra Hutton is called upon to remaster Black Halo's first album, there's only so much attitude and stubborn refusal to listen to the bands' wishes he can take before he's forced to break his self-imposed vow and take her in hand.

Working Out by USA Today bestseller Marie Harte
When lust turns to love, who’s really on top?
An ex-Marine with a kink for dominance, Mac is Maggie’s boss. But Maggie doesn’t seem to realize he’s in charge…until he shows her that Sir is more than a title. It’s a lifestyle that could suit them both. That’s if Maggie sticks around long enough to wear his collar.

The Scientific Method by bestseller Joey Hill
Mastering her body was easy. Mastering her heart and soul will be an erotic science…
In the vampire-servant relationship, the vampire holds all the power. Being Lord Brian’s research assistant as well as his servant, Debra accepts that, but she craves her Master’s heart. When Brian notices his servant’s unhappiness, he uses methods they both understand to prove just what belonging to him fully means.

Juicy by bestseller T.J. Michaels
Twilight Teahouse ~ Choose something decadent from our menu…
Solie Shaw is a brilliant self-made woman. After managing a corporation by day, at night, all she wants is to not be in charge. The last man she’d gifted her heart to had smashed it to smithereens and then did the mambo on top of the pieces. Now, along comes the chance to get exactly what she needs. All Solie has to do…is choose.

No Limits by USA Today bestseller Kate Pearce
All bets are off when there are no limits…
Dr. Julia Reed deals with life or death situations at a California ER. When British businessman Alex Logan offers her a sexual bargain, she gets to share her darkest fantasies; he gets the power to carry them out. But who is the real winner in this high stakes game, and is Alex even playing fair?

Ink Reunited by USA Today bestseller Carrie Ann Ryan
Only two men can give Sassy the happily ever after she craves. 
Rafe, Ian and Sassy loved each other…until it all blew apart. Now both men are back for the woman they love. It will take more than apologies for these three to overcome their history. But once they take that step, the streets of New Orleans will never be the same.

Unfettered: An Overwatch Story by Sasha White
You never forget your first love
Mechanic Ronnie Lang is tired of being "one of the guys". Chasing the fantasy of finding a dominant male to help her explore her sexuality she applies to Overwatch, a private BDSM club where her eyes are opened to a world that’s more than she ever imagined, and the man she’s never forgotten.

Bondage on 34th Street by Emily Ryan-Davis & Jennifer Leeland
In knots over love
After years of searching, Tasha Sears finally finds the Master of her heart …on his knees in front of intimidatingly sexy bondage enthusiast Noah Dreyfuss. As sparks flare between the three, Noah’s ropes will either bind them together or pull them apart.

My review:
This is a terrific anthology by some of the best authors in erotic romance I have ever read.  When the question arises as to what to read after 50 Shades of Grey this would be a great next book.  I’ve read and enjoyed several of the authors in this anthology and found some new ones.  I liked that these are full stories not short blurbs or one chapter teases. 
My favorite stories from this anthology are The Scientific Method by Joey Hill, Juicy by T.J. Michaels, and Ink Reunited by Carrie Ann Ryan.  I LOVE Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series and though this story takes place in that world with characters we’ve met and wanted to know more about this story can be read stand-alone. Juicy by T.J. Michaels is the first in what looks to be an incredible new series.  I really liked the characters in this story and I think any woman who has gone through a nasty breakup will be able to relate to this story.  Ink Reunited by Carrie Ann Ryan stars the irrepressible Sassy from her Montgomery Ink series but again can be read stand-alone.  Again, some truly fun characters.
It is always fun to read something by Opal Carew, Marie Harte and Sasha White. They didn’t disappoint this time either.  I’d not read anything by the team of Emily Ryan-Davis & Jennifer Leeland or by Portia Da Costa but you can bet I will be looking for their work now.
Although I didn’t really dislike any of the stories from this anthology No Limits by Kate Pearce pushed my comfort zone as did Remastered by Madelynne Ellis.  But that is the terrific thing about an anthology like this it helps you to find what you do and don’t like. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blood Red (Elemental Masters #10) by Mercedes Lackey


Blurb:
Rosamund is an Earth Master in the Schwarzwald, the ancient Black Forest of Germany. Since the age of ten, she has lived with her teacher, the Hunt Master and Earth Magician of the Schwarzwald Foresters, a man she calls “Papa.” Her adoptive Papa rescued her after her original Earth Master teacher, an old woman who lived alone in a small cottage in the forest, was brutally murdered by werewolves. Rosa herself barely escaped, and this terrifying incident molded the course of her future.

For like her fellow Earth Masters of the Schwarzwald Lodge, Rosa is not a healer. Instead, her talents lead her on the more violent path of protection and defense— “cleansing” the Earth and protecting its gentle fae creatures from those evil beings who seek to do them harm.

And so Rosa becomes the first woman Hunt Master and the scourge of evil creatures, with a deadly specialty in werewolves and all shape­shifters.

While visiting with a Fire Master—a friend of her mentor from the Schwarzwald Lodge— Rosa meets a pair of Elemental Magicians from Hungary who have come looking for help. They suspect that there is a dark power responsible for a string of murders happening in the remote countryside of Transylvania, but they have no proof. Rosa agrees to help them, but there is a catch: one of the two men asking for aid is a hereditary werewolf.

Rosa has been taught that there are three kinds of werewolves. There are those, like the one that had murdered her teacher, who transform themselves by use of dark magic, and also those who have been infected by the bite of these magical werewolves—these poor victims have no control over their transforma­tive powers. Yet, there is a third kind: those who have been born with the ability to trans­form at will. Some insist that certain of these hereditary werewolves are benign. But Rosa has never encountered a benign werewolf!

Can she trust this Hungarian werewolf? Or is the Hunter destined to become the Hunted?

My review:
Mercedes Lackey is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She is incredibly prolific and has a fantastic gift for storytelling.  Blood Red is the latest in Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters series.  These are all stand-alone books connected only by the world they live in and rules of that world.  Ms. Lackey has written her version of a fairy tale in Firebird (Fairy Tales, #1) , The Black Swan (Fairy Tales, #2)  and her Five Hundred Kingdoms series now she writes her twist on the Little Red Riding Hood tale and sets it in the world of her Elemental Masters.  Where the earlier books in this series had a bit of romance in them it is rather lacking in this book.  There is some flirting and a hint of perhaps a future but if you are reading this for romance. Don’t.  If you are reading this for a damn good story by all means you won’t be disappointed.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Come Back (The Come Series #1) by Tilly Greene

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Blurb:
Cassie Johnston needs to move on from a bad break-up. To start, she 
gets a new hairstyle and leaves the hospital scrubs behind for a research
lab coat. Exhausted and yet excited about the new challenges, she’s 
unprepared to handle it when her heartbreaker walks back in to her life. 

Mikhail Ivanovich tried to do the right thing for the woman he loves, but 
he’s haunted by her absence. Burying himself in work hasn’t helped and 
eventually he accepts life is too short not to spend it with the woman he 
loves.

A heat wave blankets New York City and the two finally sit down to talk 
about what happened between them. Will they reunite or are there too 
many insurmountable problems standing in their way?

WARNING! There’s a sexy shape shifter living in NYC wearing a 3 
piece suit that will do anything to get his woman back in his arms where 
he can keep her safe and happy!

My review:
Grrrr!  Come Back is one smokin’ hot shifter story.  Imagine a tall hunky guy with white hair and blue eyes who is big in the world of finance and world politics.  Then imagine him focused on little ol’ you.  Oh my.  Cassie is the recipient of all that focus.  Much like being stalked by a tiger you might say.  Mikhail regrets leaving Cassie and will do just about anything to get her back into his arms and his life up to and including sharing the family secrets.  Will Cassie be strong enough to say yes to the man she loved and who hurt her with his leaving.
I was a little concerned at the beginning of this story that Cassie was something of a wimp.  But as the story progressed so did my esteem for Cassie.  I ended up loving her and rooting for her and Mikhail.  I look forward to becoming more intimately acquainted with the other Ivanovich brothers.
  
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Melissa Schroeder 10th Anniversary Blog Hop






Me and Melissa Schroeder


Congratulations Melissa Schroeder on surviving and succeeding as an author for the past 10 years and as a fan I can only hope you continue for many many more.

I read my first Melissa Schroeder book, A Little Harmless Sex, in October 2011 and was hooked.  I devoured as much of her backlist as I could find and started stalking her on Facebook and her website.  I was even lucky enough to meet her at Authors After Dark a convention where readers and authors to meet and hang out.  She is a truly classy lady.  Through her I got to meet several other authors who have also come to be on my auto-buy list such as Heather Long, Brandy Walker, and Tilly Greene.  
Melissa Schroeder writes across several genres and has mastered them all.  If you want hot & steamy then there is her A Little Harmless series.  If you like your men big, buff, tough and military she has A Little Harmless Military series, the Santini's and the Semper Fi Marine series.  Prefer your men with a brogue try the Cursed Clan series. Like vampires read her By The Blood books. She has other books in other genres too.


Blurb: 

Is it love, or just a little harmless sex?

Max has always been Anna‘s knight in shining armor. But Max has always seen her as a charming, and very sexy, little sister.

Until Max’s cold fiance dumps him, Anna unloads another of her many conquests and she invites him over for margaritas and Mexican food. Too much tequila, too much flirting, and too many years of fighting the attraction — Max loses control and has mind-blowing sex with Anna on her couch. And in her shower. And in her bed. When the sun rises the next morning, both of them must face that their night together is just the first of many.

For Max, he knows he wants Anna forever, but convincing a commitment-phobe like Anna is no easy task. For Anna, she can’t believe she has finally slipped beneath Max’s steely self-control. He is every woman’s dark, wet fantasy come true.

But what happens when Max pushes Anna for more than just A Little Harmless Sex?


If you haven't read anything by her (and why haven't you?) you really must check her out.  You can find her:

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1. Melissa Schroeder  11. Delilah Devlin  21. Krystal Shannan  
2. Heather Long, Author  12. A.M. Griffin  22. The Smutketeers  
3. Brandy's Blog  13. On A Moonlit Night  23. Heather Lire  
4. Relections From A Romance Writer On The Loose  14. Jami Davenport  24. Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn  
5. Author Lia Davis  15. Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes  25. Virginia Nelson, Author  
6. Tilly Greene's Hot Thoughts Blog  16. Author Jessie Lane's Official Website  26. Ella Jade  
7. Booked & Loaded  17. Louisa Bacio Love Knows No Bounds  27. Houston Havens  
8. Donna Michaels - Donna's Dish  18. XtraOrdinary Romance  28. Zany PNR Addict  
9. Naughty Book Eden  19. Escape Velocity  29. In My Humble Opinion  
10. Author Island  20. Amanda McIntyre's Books  30. Samantha Holt  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dare to Surrender (Dare to Love #3) by Carly Phillips



Blurb:
After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.

Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.

A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?

My review:
Dare to Surrender is part of the Invitation to Eden series and the Dare to Love series. This book can be read as a standalone.
Welcome to Eden, where reality is whatever you wish it to be.
This is a sweet often heartbreaking tale of two lost souls finding each other.  This is an intensely erotic tale that will have you reaching for either the tissues or the ice water.  This story sucked me in from the first page and didn’t let me go until the very end.  I’ve not read the other Dare to Love stories yet but you can be sure I shall in the very near future.  I really liked Gabe and Isabelle grew on me.  I really liked Lucy and hope we get her story soon.
Review copy provided courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Loving the Omega (Redwood Pack #7.5) by Carrie Ann Ryan


Blurb:
Maddox Jamenson almost lost his mate before he knew she existed, but his life is now exactly how he’d dreamed it. The war with the Centrals is over, and his family is healing one day at a time. Ellie is reveling in the simple perfection that is her life and family now, but that doesn’t mean she can shed the self-doubts and concerns that come with being a new mother, mate, and Redwood.
When a disturbance in their quiet life threatens to ruin everything they’ve fought for, Maddox and Ellie will have to learn not only to rely on each other more than ever, but find within themselves the power to forgive.
Author’s Note: This is a novella set after book 7 to give you a taste of Maddox and Ellie. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.

My review:
We got Maddox and Ellie’s story in Shattered Emotions (Redwood Pack #5).  They and the pack have been through a lot since then but things have started to settle down.  Loving the Omega is a quick look into how Maddox and Ellie are getting on now that the war is over and they have a chance to be a family.  Without spoilers all I can say that despite all of the awful things that have happened to the Redwoods this short story may have the scariest event in it yet. 
I like that Carrie Anne Ryan understands that we aren’t quite ready to say goodbye yet and continues to give us these short glimpses into the lives of our favorite couples.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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