Monday, November 20, 2017

The Prince's Game (Mershano Empire #1) by Lexi C. Foss

There’s only one way to get a “happily-ever-after,”
And that’s by winning the game.

My twin sister thinks she’s so damn funny with her pranks,
But I’m not laughing.
Entering me into a dating reality show,
The Prince’s Game,
Isn’t all that hysterical.

But this particular joke has quite the twist.
The billionaire bachelor, Evan Mershano, has no interest in marriage.
With his family breathing down his neck, he’s desperate for a way out,
And I happen to be the perfect damsel to save this prince.

It’s a simple arrangement: play to win, and he’ll make it worth my while.
But what started out as a silly farce,
Just might be the fairytale we never expected.

My review:
The Prince's Game is a new spin on an old trope and the author nails it! Evan Mershano is wealthy but has seen his parents farce of a marriage and so has no interest in the institution. Unfortunately there is that pesky clause that says his parent can take the family business away and give it to someone else if he isn’t married by a certain age. That date is creeping closer so he agrees to be on a reality dating show. 
Sarah Summers has a life plan. She has been working toward owning her own marketing company someday. To do that she will need references and experience. Taking time off for a dating show is not in her plans. When her twin sister sets her up she has to go. She never expected Evan Mershano.
While the plot is predictable the author makes it so much fun you enjoy the trip anyway.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Vows (Duvall Inc) by Stella and Audra Price

Janey Duvall's life has changed so much in such a small amount of time. Now both Crown Princess and mother to the first female born to a Djinn in memory, she needs one more thing to complete her happy ending--- the wedding Marsh promised her. Marsh, left with the considerable task of creating the wedding of his consort's dreams is sure events like this are how men go grey. From the guest list of extremely volatile people, to his father's idea of what a gentleman's party should be, to a trouble making wife of one of his friends, he has his hands full. But Janey's happiness is paramount, and when Trent has yet to show up and they find out the ring has gone 'missing", he is going to have to pull out all the stops to achieve perfection. But a surprise the night of will being it all together... a surprise that brings more questions than ever.

My review:
Vows is a fun, twisted, sexy story about an unusual couple and their wedding. The guests are insane but they all come together with their own motivations to Marsh and Janey’s destination wedding. It’s better if you’ve read the earlier Duvall Inc. books. I really got a kick out of the madness and if you’ve read the earlier books so will you.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Alpha Bet by Milly Taiden


Nerd Queen, Aliya Grey, has been picked on her entire life for being different. She is done with shifter society. When the chance comes to leave the pack, she jumps for joy. But she didn’t expect that during the exchange of power ceremony, the super-hot and totally lickable, incoming Alpha would tell her he wants her. That doesn’t happen to Ali. Nope. Never. 

Marcus and his wolf know Aliya is the one. Giving up his playboy lifestyle attests to how badly he wants her. Ali might be a half-breed, but that doesn’t matter. No way is he letting her leave. A little stalking, a bit of seduction and a whole lot of time together will get her to change her mind. He’s confident. 

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as romancing her. Ali’s done with the pack from hell and no matter how sexy Marcus is, she’s out of there. But first she needs to see him naked. He’s so big and strong and that grin…but she’s not staying. It takes an attack on Ali’s life for Marcus to see his pack has big issues he needs to fix or lose Ali for good. 

My review:

HOLY MOLEY! This may be my favorite Milly Taiden book ever and that’s saying something. This story moved me on so many levels. Alpha Bet is a book about opposites. The fluffy brainiac and the prep jock. Aliya is super smart and half human. Marcus is her best friends older brother, the new alpha, hot as hades and all wolf. Marcus is totally oblivious to the hell that has been Ali’s life in the pack. She has been picked on for her brains, her shape but mostly because she is a half-breed. When she is offered a job working on the Mars project for NASA she is so headed for Houston. Marcus has to find a way to make her want to stay as his mate. This is a moving story with lots of steamy sex and occasional comedic relief. I highly recommend.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding (Tara Holloway #12) by Diane Kelly


For IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway, this case is personal...
Wedding bells are ringing as Tara and her soon-to-be-husband Nick prepare for their big day. But along with all the RSVP cards are a series of death threats from an unknown source. The culprit must be someone from an earlier investigation--a white-collar criminal with a red-hot grudge--but Tara has run across too many lawbreakers to narrow down the search. And time, like her biological clock, is ticking.

Now, while dodging attempts on her life, Tara also finds herself embroiled in a rental scam in which a heartless crook is ripping people off left and right. Will she be able to track down the con artist and make it down the aisle in one piece? Or will "til death do us part" come before Tara can even say "I do"?

My review:

I came late to this series but really enjoyed it once I found it. People don’t usually think of IRS Special Agents as heroes but in this series IRS Special Agents Tara & Nick show us that even the IRS has a heart.
Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding is the bittersweet ending to this series but the author does them justice and doesn’t make it easy on either her characters or her readers.  Tara and Nick’s wedding date is approaching and Tara has a death threat hanging over her head. Which of her past cases has come back to steal her happiness? Read this and find out. I will miss Tara & Nick but I really enjoyed their exit.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hawaiian Holidays by Melissa Schroeder


Three stories of menage romance all set against Hawaii during the holidays! 

Mele Kalikimaka, Baby 

When Sophia Cantwell gets stuck in Hawaii working on Christmas, she isn’t too happy. She doesn’t like trying to buy land from a Hawaiian family, especially when she is convinced her company isn’t being ethical. When she is confronted by cousins Maleko and Jack Akaka at the airport, the landowner’s grandsons, she doesn’t expect the jolt of arousal, or the instant attraction. And she doesn’t expect that they would insist that she stay at the family condos. 

Mal and Jack have shared women before, have thought about getting that one special woman for the two of them. Both of them are surprised that she turns out to be an uptight corporate go getter. But, the three of them cannot ignore their attraction, and a night out in Honolulu turns into a night in bed for all of them. When Sophia’s ex-lover, and boss, arrives unexpectedly, will she be able to walk away from her dreams of climbing the corporate ladder, or will she lose Mal and Jack? 

Sex on the Beach 

Edwina Mitchell, Eddie to her friends, doesn’t think she can have a happily ever after. She grew up with multiple fathers and never wanted to do that to a child. The problem is, she’s in love with two men from her past. When she runs into them in Hawaii, she thinks it is just another carefree weekend, but the guys got another plan. 

Drew Masterson and Sean Childress have served their country and now they’re ready to enjoy life. That means opening a dive shop and finding the woman they both love, Eddie Mitchell. When they get a second chance with her, they refuse to fail. With New Year’s Eve approaching, they decide to do everything in their power to convince her she is the one for them. 

Getting Leid 

Maribelle has always been unlucky in love. Bad relationships, bad men, just nothing good. The latest guy is her fiancé, who she found cheating on her at the chapel with her cousin. After dumping him at the altar, Maribelle swears off love. To mend her broken heart she goes to Hawaii to visit her friends Eddie and Sophia. She never expected Damon and Alex to follow her with seduction on their minds, and she never expected them to want forever. 

Damon and Alex have been in love with Maribelle for years. When Damon’s stupid brother loses her because of his cheating ways, the best friends decide it’s time to let Maribelle know just how they feel. Seducing her is easy, but convincing her to stay with them is going to be a challenge—one thing neither man has ever backed down from. 

A Little Harmless Sex-FREE 
A Little Harmless Pleasure 
A Little Harmless Obsession 
A Little Harmless Lie 
A Little Harmless Addiction 
A Little Harmless Fascination 
A Little Harmless Fantasy 
A Little Harmless Ride 
A Little Harmless Secret 
A Little Harmless Revenge 
A Little Harmless Scandal 
A Little Harmless Faith - coming December 2017 
A Little Harmless Taboo - coming early 2018 

Don't miss out on these exciting Harmless spinoffs! 

TASK FORCE HAWAII-Even paradise has a dark side 
Task Force Hawaii 
Seductive Reasoning 
Hostile Desires 
Constant Craving 
Tangled Passions 
Wicked Temptations-coming soon 
A LITTLE HARMLESS MILITARY ROMANCE - A military spin on Harmless 

Check out Melissa's USA Today Bestselling series, THE SANTINIS 

My review:
Three sweet and smoking hot m/f/m ménage tales that happen to take place around the holidays. Sophia, Eddie and Maribelle may be as different as day and night but they are best friends. In these three stories they each find their happiness with not one but two hot heroes that fit each of them perfectly.
I loved each of these stories but if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be Sex on the Beach. Seeing Eddie have her world view shifted was fun to read. Each of these stories requires a cold drink and some privacy.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wolf Hollow (Wolf Hollow Shifters, Book 1) by Nikki Jefford


Cocky. Coy. Wolf shifter. Tabor is the hollow’s only half-breed, scorned and forbidden to use his powers. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there’s more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog to the council.


Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a sexy, hotheaded half-breed.


Bewildered by the deceptively proud and surprisingly sensual Sasha, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can’t resist the charismatic half-breed even as predators threaten their pack and the elders pressure her to breed with a pureblood.

In a fantastical post-apocalyptic world, where only the strongest survive, sometimes trusting the heart is the bravest act of all.

*Wolf Hollow is an adult fantasy romance.

My review:
Wolf Hollow is the first in a new series by new to me author Nikki Jefford. This fantasy romance takes place in a post apocalyptic world where shifters and wizards are real and humans have been about wiped out by a health crisis. The world building was great and Tabor and Sasha will make you laugh and groan and sigh. As with any world politics will make you want to pull your hair out but you never stop rooting for the little guy. This book is filled with surprises and lots of love.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh


New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

My review:
I fell head over heels for Sailor Bishop and Ísa Rain. On paper these two look to be total opposites but are more alike than they even know. They are perfect for each other and I truly enjoyed watching them find each other. This book is everything good about a romance and will leave you with a smile.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Securing Arizona by Heather Long


James “Mickey” MacBride retired from the teams with a solid record of mission accomplished. Now at odds and ends, he accepts the request of his retired Petty Officer grandfather. They want to gather the children of the USS Arizona—the descendants of the 355 survivors—for a special event. No problem, how hard can finding one woman named Arizona Kensington be?

Ari King has been on the run for over a year. No matter where she goes, her stalker finds her. She’s changed her name, her hair color, and even gave up the job she loved. When Mickey walks into the restaurant and asks for her by the name she surrendered, she takes his order then leaves via the back door, running for her life. Only she can’t shake him.

Securing Arizona was supposed to be a favor, but Mickey soon discovers it’s the mission of his life, and the men after her will have to go through this SEAL to get her.

My review:

Securing Arizona reads like an action adventure television show. I found myself seeing what the characters saw and feeling what they felt as I got so involved with Mickey and Arizona and their adventures. This book is short, intense and absolutely fantastic.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scarlett by Elle Klass


This series was spawned from the Ruthless Storm Trilogy.

I was Evan O’Conner’s first victim. Nov. 5, 1954, at 7:01 p.m. I entered the world, unwanted and uncherished. My mother was raped at 15 by Evan’s grandfather. Distraught and full of hate. A hate I now understand. She gave me up and I spent my tender years in foster care.

At age 17, I met my biological sister, Philmonia, born from the same father. Young and naïve I thought I’d finally found family. She was married to a wealthy man, Evan O’Conner Sr. They promised me a fairy tale life. I swooned and fell into their trap. My princess life was stopped short and became my prison.

They perpetrated unspeakable crimes against me. The worst was inseminating me with the sperm that gave life to a monster that grew inside me. I tried to abort the fetus but he clung to my uterus like a leech. The demonic seed grew and grew inside my womb for nine months. The monster’s fingers clawed against my insides. His feet kicked against my bladder and his soul ate at my heart, turning it black with hate. The little demon ball of cells clung inside me, refusing my wishes until he was ready. He was in control even then. My hate deepened each day for the devil inside me.

A child created by lust and scientific experimentation developed into a monster so cruel, so vile he’ll never be forgotten.

When my contractions started I pushed with everything I had to force him out of me. Finally I shed the little beast. My sister and her husband took the screaming, bald creature and held him with amazement while I shivered in relief. The little beast became the most renowned serial killer in history – The Hurricane Killer.

My name is Scarlett Jones and this is my story.

My review:
This book is not for the faint of heart. Scarlett Jones is a child begotten by rape. Her life is harsh and she is forced to make some hard choices. There are some pretty scary moments but there are some sweet moments too. If you like psychics and horror this is a book you should check out.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis


Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

My review:

Jill Shalvis is a go to author if you want a feel good romance.  No matter how dark the circumstance or character she gives you something to laugh about. In Chasing Christmas Eve she takes two socially awkward people and throws them together in a “friends with benefits” situation with a time limit. I laughed from the first page to the last. Spence was geeky hot and Colbie was sweet as can be. I really enjoyed my visit to San Francisco and look forward to many returns.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

An Elegant Weapon by Candace Blevins

An Elegant Weapon (The Dark Underbelly of The Chattanooga Supernaturals #4)
by Candace Blevins

Life becomes hell when The Abbott gives Holly to the sadistic Bran, but she survives because there’s no other option.

This novella picks up on Holly’s part of the story in UNLEASHED. It’s recommended you read these two books together.

My review:
Everyone responds to different stimuli. Holly is a junkie who didn’t respond well to Abbott and Spencer’s kindness perhaps Bran can give her what she needs. Bran tears her down and rebuilds her into the woman he knows she can be. The process is often painful and degrading but so is the life of a junkie. Bran makes her want more. If you want pretty this book isn’t for you if you want gritty then this fits the bill. This author takes me places I’ve never been before and gives me things to ponder.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Inversion (Winter's Wrath Book 3) by Bianca Sommerland


In Balthazar ‘Ballz’ Bornstein’s professional opinion, every member of the metalcore band, Winter’s Wrath, needs therapy. After years as an army psychologist, the security guard has the training, but working with soldiers was much different from managing men under the spotlight of the music world. Still, he’s making progress. Except for Connor Phelan. 
Connor acts like a carefree jock, but Balthazar has glimpsed his inner pain and growing isolation from his bandmates. The young man is far too appealing and his lust for life, his playfulness, and his mischievous smile bring out the Dom in Balthazar. The security guard struggles to keep his job and his desires separate, but he’s losing the fight. More so when competition shows up—Annette Paige, the wild, headstrong backup vocalist of another band. 

When a key member is injured, the two bands are forced to work together, but clashing egos, animosity, and passions jeopardize the entire European tour. The best way to keep the steady rhythm is to get the band members to behave professionally. It’s not looking good, but Balthazar will do his best to keep the boys in line. Maybe a curfew will work. There’s also been the suggestion of a leash, but the man he most wants to collar has already been caged by Annette. The Dom in him wonders if he could bring them both to heel. 

One word could bring them together. Or tear them apart. A word none of them can ever say… Mine.

My review:

Inversion is a hot and sexy book that will tear your heart out, stomp on it and replace it a piece at a time. Break out the fan and the tissues because this one will tear you up and make you sweat.
Ballz is Skull’s baby brother, a former army psychologist, and now security for Winter's Wrath. He is also a Dom. Winter’s Wrath is on a road trip across Europe. Up and coming band XIV Hours is chosen to accompany them. Annette Paige is the second singer in XIV Hours. She is young but ambitious and the glue that holds the band together. Winter's Wrath rhythm guitarist Connor Phelan is always running full speed ahead. When he hangs out with either Ballz or Annette he can slow down just a bit. The chemistry between the three is off the charts but the dynamic is something Ballz needs to think through.  But when he gets there… Oh my.
This book about broke my heart but the set up for the next proves the author intends to go deeper. I can’t wait.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Magic and Mayhem: Snow Blight by Saranna DeWylde

Snow Blight kills everything she touches, including the last two Prince Smarmings that tried to break her curse. But in Assjacket, West Virginia, she’ll find what she needs isn’t a curse breaking, but a certain dark warlock who’ll love her just the way she is.

My review:
Snow Blight is a short, silly, snarky laugh fest that is sure to brighten your day.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nauti Angel (Nauti #9) by Lora Leigh


#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh unleashes a fiery new Nauti novel, in which a dangerous woman finds herself a target in more ways than one...

Angel Calloway isn't the girl next door. Known for being rude and cursing like a sailor on a bender, she's meaner than the two mercenaries she's followed since she was young. Needing anyone is not what she's about. Or so she thought--until she found the mother she was taken from so long ago, Chaya Mackay, wife to the notorious Natches Mackay.

One night with Angel and devilishly sexy Marine Reece Duquaine was hooked. She nearly blew his head off, and moments later, she blew his mind. He's been after her ever since, wrestling with a desire that fights to consume him. But now he has her in his sights--and is ready to take his shot. 
Unless someone else moves in for the kill first...

My review:

Nauti Angel is an emotional romantic suspense that will engage you on multiple levels. Angel Calloway has come through hell and is tough as nails. Duke is tough as nails except when it comes to Angel. He is by her side during this emotionally and physically tough time. Angle can handle the physical but the emotional may just be too much for her to handle. Thankfully Duke has broad shoulders and will help her through it. Break out the tissues and enjoy.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead: Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mysteries Book 5 by CC Dragon

A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead: Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mysteries Book 5 by CC Dragon

Grave robbers? Dead bodies exposed and pieces removed…
Deanna has seen a lot of wild paranormal and supernatural things in New Orleans—but that.
Who would do that?
Could it be cannibals? Are these hate crimes? Mentally ill criminals? Or is it an elaborate hoax staged by Walking Dead fans?
The Day of the Dead and Halloween are a big deal in the Big Easy. Ghost and cemetery tours mean major business from tons of tourists.
When the monsters turn out to be real and the dead are being disrespected, the supernatural balance is thrown into chaos. It’s up to Deanna and friends to lock down the paranormal crazy before the veil between the living and the dead is destroyed.

My review:
I love Deanna Oscar’s world. She takes on Angels, demons even Death. Plus she has a world of drama from her human friends and still finds a way to protect them all. In this installment Deanna has to figure out who is robbing graves and why. She also has to deal with romantic drama among her friends and just maybe a new romantic interest for herself. Now all she has to do is survive. This is a really fun paranormal/cozy mystery series and this may be my favorite book in the series to date.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Magic and Mayhem: Every Witch Way But Floosey's (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Heather Long

Magic and Mayhem: Every Witch Way But Floosey's (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Heather Long

Meet Madison—badass lady who is always bringing in the realm hoppers. Her targets have horrible habits and steal things.

Meet Grady—he’s a hard ass who brings in targets of his own. He’s got his own team and a penchant for flings. When the fairy tale collides with a legend…will they still be standing after the dust clears?

My review:
Every Witch Way But Floosey's is a gigglesnort from cover to cover. Madison & Grady are former partners now competing bondsmen. When they both land in Assjacket, WV after the same skip. Well Karma's gonna get you. This is a quick fun escape. 

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong

The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. 

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

My review:
Holy moly! I didn’t think it could get any better. This book is a littler darker than the first but a heck of a read. The author had me chasing my tail trying to figure out who done it. We learn a whole lot more about the residents of Rockton and more about the town itself. If you want an exciting read check out this series.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Never (The Pennymaker Tales #4) by Tara Lain

Wendell “Wen” Darling lives in a world of shoulds and musts. Left to care for his brother and sister by his dull drudge of a father and wacko irresponsible mother, he suppresses his creativity, slaving in an ad agency seventy hours a week, letting his no-talent supervisor take the credit.

Then his bosses blow the campaign for their biggest client and Wen gets a chance to shine—but only if he can find the artist who painted a wild, glorious wall of graffiti in the subway. Hiding behind a pillar at 2:00 a.m., Wen comes face-to-face with the scarlet-haired, elven-faced embodiment of his divergent opposite—Peter Panachek, the flighty, live-for-today painter, singer, and leader of the rock group the Lost Boys. Everything Wen takes seriously, Peter laughs off, but opposites attract, even if their kisses always lead to battles. Peter’s devil-may-care persona hides a world of secrets, self-protection, and hidden fears, until the day a drug dealer, Vadon Hooker, threatens everything Wen holds dear. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Pennymaker, Peter has to choose between facing responsibility or burrowing even deeper into Neverland.

This is a brand new story

My review:

Opposites attract in this fun take on the Peter Pan story. Wendell “Wen” Darling is the straight arrow trying to make ends meet working too hard to care for his younger siblings. Peter Panachek is an artistic elf living in the now. When these two meet you can feel the magic. Grab a cuppa, kick back and enjoy this adventure in love.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1) by Christina Bauer

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that? 

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that--if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)

Perfect for readers who love young adult books, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales, satire/comedy, paranormal romance, fairies, magic users, shapeshifters, and coming of age stories.

My review:
Wolves And Roses is a well written magical fairytale world. Bryar Rose and friends take on the bad guys with the humor and energy of the young. This story is for anyone who has ever envisioned themselves in a fairytale. The author has created a world that contains bits and pieces of other worlds and makes it her own. I truly enjoyed my visit and look forward to visiting again.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chimera: A Weregirl Novel by C.D. Bell

The forest is full of secrets. 

Nessa Kurland is adjusting to life as a weregirl—she is transforming with ease and running with a pack she cares for deeply. Her boyfriend Luc is a fellow shifter, and Paravida, the corporation responsible for unethical genetic experiments on the residents of Tether, has pulled out of town, leaving the community safe. 

But that’s just how it appears on the surface. 

Nessa returns home from a run with the pack to find an FBI raid and the shocking news that her mother Vivian is being held without bail for violations so serious she may be facing life in prison. What did Nessa’s mother, a small-town vet tech, do to threaten Homeland Security? Vivian’s secret past leads Nessa to discover there is more to her own story than she ever imagined. 

The wolves that are running through Tether’s woods are not the same pack Nessa knew before. These are not all natural wolves. And they are breeding. 

Nessa’s transformation is only just beginning. 

In CHIMERA, the second installment in the Weregirl trilogy, Nessa confronts the truth of who she is, where she comes from, and what she has to do to survive.

My review:
This story starts right where Weregirl left off. This story picks up steam as it goes and by the end is a full blown locomotive. There are twists and turns and secrets and lies. We get a whole new cast of friends and enemies and are not sure where a few of them fall. We find out more about Nessa’s family and there are a few surprises there. This story left me panting for the final book in the trilogy.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inked Memories (Montgomery Ink #8) by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink series by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues when the final Denver Montgomery sibling refuses to fall for his brother’s former flame—the company’s new plumber.

Wes Montgomery watched his entire family fall in love, and now finds himself ready to settle down. Except the one person he seems to find chemistry with is not only his twin’s ex, she also works for Montgomery Inc. But when the two find themselves in one compromising situation after another, Wes realizes he’s having second thoughts about the dynamic woman who’s burst her way into his life. Sure she sets off his temper, but she also makes him hot in every other way possible.

Jillian Reid never loved her best friend like everyone thought she should, so she pushed him away so he could have his future. Now, despite fighting it, she finds herself attracted to the one man she shouldn’t. When her father’s health takes a turn for the worse, and a danger no one saw coming show its face, she’s forced to turn to Wes for help. The two of them have fought off their attraction long enough, and each cave to the desire. But this enemies-to-lovers tale might have an ending no one ever dreamed of.

My review:
Wes Montgomery is the last man standing. He is the last single Montgomery and he is feeling it. It’s not like he doesn’t want to settle down its that he came close to settling for the wrong woman and has yet to find the right one. What he feels for Jillian Reid is confusing. She is his brother Storm’s best friend and Storm’s ex friend with benefits. She works for their company. They always fight and snipe at each other. But she gets him. She makes him feel things he doesn’t want to feel.  
Inked Memories may tell the story of the last man standing of the Denver Montgomery’s but the author has hinted it won’t be the end of the series after all there are other Montgomery’s out there. Wes & Jillian’s story is an emotional rollercoaster with all the feelings associated with a Montgomery Ink story and you won’t be disappointed.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love


New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love has created a unique shifter series with immortals, mages, witches and ... sexy big bad shifters. 

Eight years ago, shifters came out to the public and, since then, the world has never been the same for many.

Tess Janver and Cole Cavanaugh fell deeply in love in college ... then he disappeared without a word. She feared the worst, or thought she had. After seven years, he returns as a beefed up version of his former self. That’s not the only thing different. As someone working in a preternatural criminal investigation unit and the daughter of a senator determined to rid the world of dangerous shifters, Tess is caught between performing her duty to humans, protecting the only family she has left and risking her heart to a man who once destroyed it.

Cole had no choice in becoming a Gallize shifter and now faces a deadline from a fatal mating curse he can’t stop. The only woman he’s ever loved is human and wouldn’t survive bonding with him. He never planned on Tess finding out he was a wolf shifter, but she’s in danger from a rogue pack. He’s not leaving until she’s safe ... and he has a chance to redeem himself in her eyes before his time is up.

(Each book will be a stand alone story)

My review:

Gray Wolf Mate is the first in an exciting new shifter series by the fantastic Dianna Love. There are shifters and then there are Gallize shifters. Gallize shifters were created to keep the other shifters in check. They are strong, smart and sexy as hell.
Cole is a Gallize shifter that thought he was human until his Gray Wolf was called. It forced him to abandon the woman he loved 7 years earlier. This story has them reuniting but still apart. Cole thinks he is protecting her. Tess thinks he is an idiot and she can protect herself. Can they protect their hearts?
I liked Tess. Tess is super smart and ambitious but not to the point of running over folks to get to where she wants to be. Tess focuses on fair. Her father focuses on hate. That is going to cause a problem.
I really enjoyed this new world and look forward to visiting often.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong


Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a domestic violence support town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want; she's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
An edgy, gripping crime novel from a bestselling urban fantasy writer, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

My review:

WOW! City of the Lost will suck you in and keep you on the edge of your seat. Kelley Armstrong has a winner in this series.
Casey Duncan is a smart homicide cop who let fear and anger create a circumstance where she killed a man. Yes he was the scum of the earth but she shouldn’t have killed him. She has been living with this for 12 years as she climbed through the ranks of the police force. Now her past has caught up with her and she needs a safe place. Enter Rockton a safe harbor for those who have made mistakes and victims that need to disappear.   Casey's best friend, Diana, needs to get away from an abusive ex so they both arrange to move to this town in the middle of nowhere with few modern amenities but a chance to start anew.  But despite Rockton’s billing as a safe haven it does have crime and Casey’s skills are needed.
I fell for Casey. She is a smart overachiever with debts to pay but she isn’t angsty about it. I really enjoyed this book and am diving into the next installment asap.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Billionaire's Baby by Ella Finch

A humble grape picker? Well, that’s what Oliver Wentworth lead me to believe. I didn’t care what his job was after the one magical night we spent together. All I could think of was his wit, his charm, and his amazingly delicious body. I couldn’t get enough of him, and for a few brief months my life was like a fairytale romance involving fine wine, cozy evenings in Oliver’s cabin, and the best sex of my entire life. 

But then I peed on a stick and everything changed. I could never have prepared myself for what happened next. My carefree grape picker was not the man I thought he was, and all of my dreams were beginning to look like nightmares.

Oliver says he loves me... but a relationship built on lies, an unexpected baby, and a family from hell? How could this possibly work?

Billionaire’s Baby is a full-length, smoking hot, standalone novel with a happy ever after ending and a bad boy you won’t be able to forget!

My review:
I received this book to review and what follows is my opinion.
Ella Finch is a “new to me” author so I had no idea what to expect. The plot of Billionaire's Baby was predictable and would have been a whole lot more fun if I could have been more invested in the characters. I felt like Oliver was a spoiled brat and Jessica was a clueless ditz. The writing was a bit choppy and I think that had the author had a good editor this review would have been quite different.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Dragon’s Curvy Dilemma Mychal Daniels

Dragon's Curvy Dilemma  (Dragon's Curvy Romance Series Book 1) by Mychal Daniels


Dragons need privacy.
Billionaire dragon, Asher Princeton is a single dad and secret dragon-shifter. He just wants to get away from it all to spend time with his young son over the summer. Its time he showed the boy how to deal with being a dragonling.
Daryl Livingston is squatting in his guest house. The young woman makes his dragon come alive. The last thing he expected was to find his true mate living in his guest house. Only problem… it’s going to take everything in Asher’s power to convince her of that.
Will a new love teach an old dragon exciting tricks?

Asher Princeton…
• She’s a brilliant, know-it-all, trespasser squatting in my summer Lair’s guest house
• I’m supposed to turn her into the police but this dragon’s got secrets, dark ones
• Normally I’d toss out an intruder without a backward glance or question, but she’s different
• The dragon in me and my five-year-old son have other plans
• Funny thing…She thinks I’m letting her off scot-free
• Her arrogant innocence challenges me in the best way
• I might be a single dad focused on raising my son, but she’s ignited a fire long doused
• It’s in her eyes and those curves that bewitch, seduce, and tempt my resolve like no other
• Instead of releasing her, I’m going to make her moan with pleasure
• That’s it—she’s mine
• Only problem—her name. She’s the one woman I need to stay far away from
• Our relationship is damned from the beginning
• She can never find out what happened to her father
• Daryl is off limits

Daryl Livingston…
• He’s gorgeous and infuriating
• But his kid… makes my heart melt
• It was stupid getting caught living in his guest house like this, but I’ll appeal to his sense of duty
• I’m willing to do a lot of things to be able to stay—I have no place to go
• But, if he thinks I’m going to be his maid or nanny, he’s got another thing coming. I’ll take jail over that
• Weird thing… he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before
• It’s in those eyes of his, like pools from the depth of his soul they enchant and entice me to want to touch him
• That’s it—I can’t stay
• Instead of behaving like a grateful house guest, all I want is to offer up my virginity to him like some damned lovesick school girl
• Only problem—I’m on a mission to regain the respect my father deserved and find out what happened to him
• I can’t get sidetracked. Not when I’m so close, no matter how much Asher makes me pant

This is a HOT Curvy Virgin BWWM Shifter Romance full of adventure and sass with an HEA.

My review:
This book kept me flipping pages faster than a fan at church. I love Daryl Livingston Jr. although her name kept me giggling at inappropriate times. Daryl is super smart and sassy. Asher is hot as fire and had me drooling a bit. I really enjoyed this story.

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