Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cake and Punishment (A Southern Cake Baker Mystery #1) by Maymee Bell

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and JoAnna Carl, Cake and Punishment―with authentic Southern recipes!―will satisfy your sweet tooth.

My review:
Cake and Punishment is the first in a fun new southern cozy mystery series and I am looking forward to hanging out with Sophia and friends again soon. This book played hell with my diet and I’m sure I drooled a time or two and not just over the hunky sheriff. The mystery kept me guessing and Sophia kept me smiling what more could you ask for.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Intended Bondmates by D. Lieber

No one said guarding a faeling from bloodthirsty vampires would be easy. In fact, Runa trained all her life to protect her intended bondmate, Konner, until he could awaken his full magic.

She was looking forward to her time with the young fae until tragedy shattered her plans. For the last thirteen years, she’s been bound with Mikhail. Neither of them was happy with the arrangement, but she never thought he’d request to unbind from her early.

When all hope of Runa fulfilling her rite and joining werewolf society is threatened, Konner comes through and agrees to become her bondmate.
But Konner hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. And Rowan, bound with Konner’s brother, is hostile toward the fellow werewolf who left him to protect two faelings alone.

As Runa tries to make up for her past betrayals, forbidden thoughts and urges imperil all of their futures.

My review:
Intended Bondmates is a sweet and interesting paranormal romance that certainly puts our hero and heroine through hell trying to get to the other side. This story twists and turns and throws a couple of surprises in for good measure. I really enjoyed.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Edge of Humanity (Only Human #5) by Candace Blevins

Book five of the ONLY HUMAN series...

Abbott agreed to let Kirsten seek revenge on Gavin, and she hopes doing so before she pulls away from the supernatural community will make others hesitant to come after Kirsten or her family.

Before Lauren goes away to college, Kirsten wants to be sure she’s done all she can to prepare her daughter. They take a trip to China, and Kirsten hopes she can get her old teacher to train her daughter. However, when they arrive, things aren’t as they should be.

In China, the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance are ubiquitous, and the Monkey King frequently plays a part in both. Kirsten is friends with the Lion King and Dragon King, and despite the fact this has nothing to do with the legendary Chinese lion or dragon, the implications are far-reaching once she’s back in China.

My review:
Edge of Humanity gives us a peek at Kirsten’s past and takes her another step away from humanity. We get a look at both the softer and harsher sides of Kirsten. We feel her incredible capacity to love and the lengths she will go to protect same. I really enjoyed this glimpse into Kirsten and can’t wait to see where her journey takes her next.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dance of the Heart (Muse Chronicles #6) by Lisa Kessler

He's willing to lay down his life, to save hers...

Tera Muldoon not only runs her own dance studio, but she's also secretly the human vessel for the Muse of Dance. Having her name at the top of an immortal's hitlist isn't helping her social anxiety issues, but everything changes the day she hires a bodyguard.

Gavin Thompson is the best at what he does, and when his security company is hired to protect a dance instructor, he thinks it's business as usual. But no one warned him being with Tera would blur the lines between personal and professional interests. What started out as a job might be his only chance at a future he never dreamed possible.

They just need to live to see it.

The Prophecy - "Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse."

My review:
Dance of the Heart may be my favorite of the series to date. Tera has survived a stage mother, an eating disorder and dancing on the Metropolitan Opera’s stage. Now she has a Greek Titan gunning for her. She may need a little help. When the guy she’d crushed on from afar during her high school days turns up as not only her bodyguard but turns out to be her fated Guardian she is tickled.
I love that Tera is stronger than she knows and that Gavin is perfectly flawed. Their dance gave me shivers of delight.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Undercover SEAL (SEALs of Coronado #4) by Paige Tyler

He’s everything she should fear… 
Bristol Munoz’s life has never been typical. Or safe. Raised by her father, a Mexican drug lord who murdered her mother, Bristol knows she’s nothing but a bargaining chip to her father. He’ll give her to the man most able to further his cartel’s powerful holdings, and her life will go from bad to worse. Her only hope is to try another escape…Then he arrives. He’s different than the other men in her father’s compound, but no less dangerous. Maybe more so, because she’s attracted to him. 

But all she really wants. 
Working undercover for the CIA was not how Navy SEAL Nash Cantrell wants to spend his time. But keeping missiles out of the wrong hands is something he can handle. However, he didn’t count on part of his mission involving getting close to Bristol. He can’t afford to like her, but can’t stop himself. She’s a commodity her father won’t let go easily. When his cover is blown, Nash has to stop the deal—and save Bristol. 

When the plan goes wrong and Bristol is kidnapped, Nash will break every rule to get her back. 
Or die trying. 

My review:
Navy SEAL Nash Cantrell is the kind of hero everyone can love. He isn’t a player he is just a good guy trying to do a hard job. That job puts him in a lot of dangerous  situations but this is the first time his heart has been on the line. Bristol is in a bad place but help is on the horizon from an unlikely direction. Watching these two find each other made my heart happy.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lala Thankyou: Dark Homecoming by Erica Gerald Mason


From the outside looking in, Lazarus Mercy has it all. He’s a fan favorite on a reality tv show, his career as drag queen Lala Thankyou has never been better, and he’s learned to hide his introversion from his adoring fans…until he’s framed for a murder he didn’t commit.


Desperate to prove his innocence, Lazarus turns to an old friend to help bring the true killer to justice. Knowing the police are on his tail, Lazarus must let his stage persona loan him the bravery he needs to solve the crime. ---can Lazarus fight his inner demons...while fighting for his life?

My review:
You can’t go home again. Lala Thankyou: Dark Homecoming by Erica Gerald Mason is a short, sweet murder mystery starring Lazarus Mercy and his drag queen persona of Lala Thankyou. Lala is much more self-confident than Laz and it’s going to take all her gumption to figure out why she’s been framed for murder. I fell for Lala and hope to see her in many more adventures.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

A New Orleans Threesome (The Vampire, The Witch and The Werewolf #2) by Louisa Bacio

A New Orleans Threesome (The Vampire, The Witch and The Werewolf #2) 
by Louisa Bacio

Haunted by paranormal abilities she can't control and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation. She enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack. The attraction is immediate and fierce.
There's only one problem.
Lily's a virgin. And whatever paranormal problem she's having is what has kept her that way. Every time she's tried to do the deed, something stops her.
Together, the trio encounters magic and unspeakable evil, and Trevor and Lawrence attempt to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse. Ultimately, to get the demon off her back, Lily's men will have to show her all the wicked ways the three of them can come together.

Warning: Read at your own risk. This book is filled to the brim with steamy m/m sex, a virgin who wants in on the action, and a c*ckblocking demon.

My review:
A New Orleans Threesome is a terrific paranormal romance. There is action, adventure and love. I love that NOLA was as much a character in the book as Law, Trevor and Lily. This book is a sweaty romp.

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