Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tempting Levi (Cade Brothers Book 1) by Jules Barnard





Blurb:

Cade men are known for two things: arrogance and competitiveness. I grew up in one of the wealthiest, most dysfunctional families in Lake Tahoe, and all I wanted was to get the hell out. I thought I'd succeeded. Until an accident burned up my firefighter ambitions. Then Dad died and left me in charge of the family's luxury resort.

If it were only my inheritance on the line, I'd walk and never look back, but I've always taken care of my four younger brothers.

Now I've got financially uptight advisors telling me what to do, and I need someone I can trust working at my side. The perfect candidate walks through the door in her pencil skirt, fitted white blouse, and that mass of wavy blond hair she tries to contain.

The only problem? She's my cheating ex's younger sister.

Hell no. The last thing I need is another Wright female in my life.

But Emily's good at the job, and she seems trustworthy. I should ignore the desire I have for her. But after all I've lost, I'm tempted by what I can't have and ready to stoke the flame that smolders between us. As long as this Wright sister doesn't betray me the way the last one did.

Then again, I always liked playing with fire.

*Each book in the Cade Brothers series is a standalone story that can be read in any order.*

Tempting Levi (Cade Brothers, Book 1)
Daring Wes (Cade Brothers, Book 2)
Seducing Bran (Cade Brothers, Book 3)
Reforming Hunt (Cade Brothers, Book 4)


My review:

I picked this up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. A bit of romance, a bit of angst and a whole lot of fun. And while there were times I wanted to put Levi and his brothers through a wall Emily made it worth the read. This is a twist on the best friends little sister trope. This is a my big sisters ex-boyfriend and oh the issues that provides. Fans of Jill Shalvis and early Lori Foster will love this. This is the first I’ve read by this author but I assure you it won’t be the last.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sorority Row (Turnskin University Book 2) by TL Reeve, Michele Ryan




Blurb:
The Greek Shifter Games have come to a close, and Bell must focus on gaining enough pledges to keep her house. Sigma Epsilon Xi doesn’t have tons of money. Nor do they have tons of sisters. They need ten pledges in thirty days or they’ll lose their ramshackle house. Add to it, their house is on the verge of being condemned. And, as if her life isn’t hard enough already, she has two dominant males hot on her tail—Christoph and Jackson. 

Things take a turn for the worst, when she has to make a good impression for Christoph’s parents. She has to deal with the questions from her father and her uncles, as well. At every turn, however, one situation or another arises, threatening the progress she’s making. 

Christoph and Jackson don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, but mating Bell—claiming her for their own—drives their every action. But both men have secrets. Can they put their differences aside and team up to be who she needs? 

With the help of 555-ROAR, can these mates find their way, or will the stresses of Greek life, keep them apart? 

My review:
m/f/m
Sorority Row is a paranormal, YA, ménage complete with mean girls, haters and misfits.  It would help if you’ve read Unrequited Mate (Turnskin University #1) but it stands well on its own.
Bell is smart, sweet and growing stronger every day. Campus life is forcing her to make decisions that will affect not only her but those that count on her. She should be getting more help from the men who call her their mate but they have problems of their own. This book is high energy from the first page to the last. It has to be because there is a lot going on. Still it is well worth it to see Bell come into her own.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Protecting His Interests (Hot Heroes In Blue #1) by Suzanne Rock



Blurb:
What if the roles in the movie Pretty Woman got switched?

After spending months undercover at a high-end escort service, Special Agent Gabriel Ferreira hits a dead end in his case. Then a gorgeous art restorer picks him as her date, and his luck changes in more ways than one.
Gabe won’t let Scarlett Bishop come between him and his goal of taking down Miami’s newest serial killer, no matter how great she is in bed. Unfortunately, the more he tries to distance himself from the sexy redhead, the more tangled up she becomes in his investigation. Now she has a target on her back, and he must figure out her connection to the killer and keep her safe at the same time. Every second he spends with the sarcastic beauty, he becomes more infatuated. Now if only he can keep his hands off of Scarlett’s gorgeous body and concentrate on his mission before they both become pawns in the killer’s dangerous game.


My review:
Protecting His Interests is a second chance romance/romantic suspense with a fun hook. The problem is that despite being loaded with smoking hot sex scenes I wasn’t feeling the love until the very end. It took way too long for the heroine to wise up. The mystery was predictable but enjoyable. I’d chalk this one up as check your brain at the door and enjoy.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and chose to review it

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cover Fire (Valiant Knox #3) by Jess Anastasi



Blurb:

He'll protect her with his life...but who will protect his heart?

If the assignment is crazy, dangerous, or a little of both, Sub-Lieutenant Sebastian Rayne can’t help but take on the challenge. So when Command Intelligence tags him to fly one of their agents behind enemy lines, it seems like just another routine death-defying mission. Crash landing on the planet was a piece of cake, but the gorgeous agent he delivered safely to her meeting is now believed dead and he must return to retrieve her body.

After Agent Jenna Maxwell realizes her own people attempted to have her killed, she enlists the hot stick jockey’s help. His new mission? Sneak her back onto his ship to ferret out who wanted to get rid of her and why. But she fears her growing feelings for Seb have blinded her to his reckless insistence on helping her stay alive, and his rash behavior will cause them both to lose their lives.


My review:

Cover Fire may be the best in this series to date. Seb is not a total Alpha but he is kind, funny and troubled. CI Agent Jenna Maxwell has been in the game too long. She has lost touch with the girl she used to be and is in danger of becoming a cold unfeeling weapon the Command Intelligence folks throw at whatever they want dead. This is not a case of insta-love it will take almost getting killed to bring these two together but once they fall nothing and no one is going to break them apart. I enjoy this series and can’t wait to see what is brewing between Brenn and Cam.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bite Somebody Else (Bite Somebody, #2) by Sara Dobie Bauer



Blurb:
Imogene helped her newbie vampire friend Celia hook up with an adorable human, but now Celia has dropped an atomic bomb of surprise: she has a possibly blood-sucking baby on the way. Imogene is not pleased, especially when a mysterious, ancient, and annoyingly gorgeous vampire historian shows up to monitor Celia's unprecedented pregnancy.
Lord Nicholas Christopher Cuthbert III is everything Imogene hates: posh, mannerly, and totally uninterested in her. Plus, she thinks he's hiding something. So what if he smells like a fresh garden and looks like a rich boarding school kid just begging to be debauched? Imogene has self-control. Or something.
As Celia's pregnancy progresses at a freakishly fast pace, Imogene and Nicholas play an ever-escalating game of will they or won't they, until his sexy maker shows up on Admiral Key, forcing Nicholas to reveal his true intentions toward Celia's soon-to-arrive infant.

My review:
Imogene has a heart of gold and a filthy mouth. She is hopelessly lost in the 80’s. But if it wasn’t for her newbie vampire Celia wouldn’t have been able to fall in love with her hunky human, Ian. Now Celia and Ian are expecting the unexpected and it has attracted the attention of the Vampire council and they’ve sent Lord Nicholas Christopher Cuthbert III to investigate. Imogene has found the one guy immune to her charms. She is going to have to protect her friend the old fashioned way. Work for it.
The back and forth between Imogene and Nicholas is laugh out loud hysterical. The interplay between them was like watching Maddie and David from Moonlighting. The story is fairly predictable but well worth the read. If you haven’t read the first book in this series Bite Somebody I would recommend reading it first.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

New Moon (Moon #8) by Lisa Kessler



Blurb:
Sometimes Fate plays dirty... 

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.

My review:
I LOVE a good redemption story. Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino has always been chaotic neutral. Doing what is best for him at the time and let the chips fall where they may. But for the last few books, since he discovered his half sister, he has become conflicted. New Moon may be the last book in this series (pout) but it is a whole new beginning for Sebastian and a large part of that has to do with wolf shifter Isabelle Wood. Secrets come out and justice is done. A really enjoyable read.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Run to Ground (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1) by Katie Ruggle



Blurb:

He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.


Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

My review:

Run to Ground is a tale that will have you rooting for the hero and heroine, reaching for the tissues, shouting out loud and leave you with a happy heart.
Jules grabbed me from the start. She is stuck in an untenable position where she does the wrong thing for the right reasons. She is risking her future for the happiness and well being of her younger brothers and half-sister.  
K9 cop Theo Bosco has been hit with several losses in a row. His K9 partner passed from cancer then his human partner swallowed a bullet. He is hurting and angry and depressed. Then he meets the new waitress in town.
Jules never meant to fall for a cop and Theo knows Jules is hiding something but they are good for each other and we get to go along for the ride.
Action, adventure and romance this book has it all.

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