Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kalkin (Apache County Shifters Book 1) by TL Reeve, Michele Ryan

Keeley Blueriver is not doing a very good job hiding out. After being viciously attacked, she and her sister Danielle pack up and move across the country to Window Rock, Arizona. But Simon found them before, and he’ll do it again. How and when are the only questions.

Kalkin Raferty, Alpha of the Raferty pack, has spent his life protecting his family and pack from outside threats. He believes his time for finding a mate has passed. Who would want an old Alpha wolf? 

A chance meeting puts Kalkin face to face with his destiny and now he can’t get the blonde-haired, hazel-eyed woman out of his mind. His wolf is poised to claim her, but with danger lurking around every corner, is he willing to risk everything to have her?

My review:
Kalkin is a fast paced, suspenseful PNR that will keep you flipping pages. Keeley and her sister Dani are gifted humans on the run who find themselves moving in across the street from an alpha wolf shifter (Kalkin) and his extended family. Kalkin has given up on finding his mate and is flabbergasted at finding that the new girl in town (Keeley) is his mate but she comes with baggage that may just kill them all. I can’t wait to see how Calder digs himself out of the hole he has created with Dani.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Awakened By Flames (Hidden Realms of Silver Lake Book 1) by Vella Day

Awakened By Flames: A Hot Paranormal Dragon Shifter Saga (Hidden Realms of Silver Lake Book 1) by Vella Day


The only thing between this werewolf and his destined mate is a portal to a different world. 

It's crazy. Finn McKinnon knows dreams can't be real. So why does his wolf shifter side have the overwhelming urge to step through a portal into a mysterious new realm? Is Kaleena Sinclair his mate or just a figment of his overactive imagination?
For years, Kaleena has known that Fate has designated the deliciously hot man from Earth as hers, but she can't reveal she's a dragon shifter--at least not yet. Dream-walking has been her only connection to him, but damn, Finn still thinks she doesn't exist. So what's a girl to do -- especially when Finn is her sole chance at survival?

Before he knows it, Finn is thrust into a dangerous journey--a journey so unique and sensual that the life he's known ceases to exist. The clock is ticking, and Finn must survive impossible odds if he is to save his future mate. But how in the world can they fulfill their destiny as fated mates if some ruthless force is hell-bent on keeping them apart?

My review:

Awakened By Flames mixes things up in a good way. Finn McKinnon is an earthbound wolf shifter. He dreams of his mate Kaleena Sinclair. The only problem is that Kaleena is a dragon shifter in a different dimension. I know, right! Oh the possibilities. And the author has an answer for everything. This is a fun PNR fantasy that will take you places you’ve never imagined.
I love that Finn is not a super alpha type he doesn’t feel the need to dictate in situations where she is better qualified to lead and it doesn’t lessen him in anybody’s eyes.
Grab a cuppa and settle in for a heck of a ride.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Scoring With the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister. 

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

My review:
Smart and well written Scoring With the Wrong Twin put me through an emotional wringer. There were times I wanted to smack Sophia and Zephirin. I really liked these characters and wanted them to find happiness but they were determined to take the hard route and drag me along for the ride. If hunky heroes and nerdy girls work for you you will love this story.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Promise Not to Tell (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz

A painter of fiery, nightmarish visions throws herself into the sea—but she leaves her secrets behind . . . 

Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound, killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture: a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide—and her own past.

Like Virginia, private investigator Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire... and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the painting, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories—and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

My review:
Promise Not to Tell is the second in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas trilogy but can be read stand alone. Cabot Sutter and Virginia Troy haven’t seen each other since the horrific day when they were almost burnt to death by crazy cult leader Quinton Zane. Now, many years later, they are thrown together to solve the death of a damaged artist. Cabot and Virginia may have been damaged but they have persevered and come out on top. The author takes us on a twisted and sometimes frightening tale of murder, mystery and love. A terrific read.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chasing Katie by Heather Long


This SEAL is on a mission…

Six weeks after burying his sister and accepting the career ending injury to his hearing, Liam “Angel” Knight begins the hunt for the a witness to the devastating event that shredded his life. His only clue? The purse he was found holding. But he isn’t the only one looking for her…

This woman needs to hide…

Determined to keep her head down, Katherine “Katie” Hennessy hides on her family ranch. When a man arrives, seemingly looking for work, Katie recognizes him as the person who saved her life on that dark, horrible day. Guilt and terror eat her up inside, but Liam’s presence is strangely comforting—he seems to know what she is hiding, and his strength buoys her. Then he tells her he needs her to come back to New York with him, to identify the bombers.

The truth could cost her everything.

Katie holds herself accountable, and the weight of the lie threatens to cripple her. If she tells the truth, it might set her free—and cost her everything in the same breath. Then the attacks begin, and Liam refuses to leave her side. The man will risk everything for her—can she do any less?

My review:

Chasing Katie is a high energy, heart pounding tale of loss, love and survival. Katie was in the wrong place at the wrong time but she may have the answers to who set the bomb that cost Liam “Angel” Knight his twin sister and probably his Navy career. He is determined to find her and get some answers. Unfortunately the bad guys have the same idea. Now it is up to Angel to keep Katie alive long enough to get some answers. It took me a bit to warm up to Katie but she was real and honest and I had to admire her.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Diaper Duty Vampire (Vampires of Amber Heights Book 1) by R E Mullins

During the Civil War, Union soldier, John Alden took a musket ball to the gut. As he gasped his final breath, he was turned into a vampire and started life anew in Amber Heights, Missouri. For over one hundred and fifty years, he's lived a rather solitary life as a vampire Enforcer.

Young single mother, Joann Clarkson, needs a job and fast. Hoping to be rehired, she returns to Dr. Michaela Blautsauger's lab prepared to eat a hefty helping of humble pie. She comes to regret that decision when she's taken hostage. Things look grim but she'll never stop fighting to escape. Her son needs his mama.

As an Enforcer, John must hunt down the vampire who kidnapped Joann. In his search, John winds up babysitting her toddler Cody. Changing diapers might be worse than getting staked, but nothing compares to how he feels when both mother and child fall into danger again.

My review:
Diaper Duty Vampire is a short romp that will have you laughing out loud. Anyone who has ever had to change a stinky diaper will enjoy. This is the first in the Vampires of Amber Heights series and I am looking forward to future installments.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Heist Society (Kate Diamond Adventure Series #3) by Leighann Dobbs


It was the worst assignment of Kate Diamond’s career. Worse than the time she had to jump over a snake pit. Worse than the time she had to steal a ruby from an ice hotel and definitely worse than the time she toppled into a volcano. 

Why? Because of one person. Ace Mason. In a quirky twist of fate, her ex-FBI partner and ex-boyfriend was now her new partner at the Ritzholdt museum. Their assignment is to pose as a newly-rich married couple on board their private luxury yacht to ferret out the famous international jewel thief, The Lemur. Too bad the mission is plagued with problems including a cast of quirky suspects and the troublesome fact that Kate and Ace have to share a room. 

Lucky thing Kate has the help of her retired jewel thief parents and their band of thieves, safecrackers and con men from the Golden Capers retirement village because everyone on board the yacht is suspicious. But while Kate is busy scrutinizing the suspects and dodging Ace’s attempts to reconcile, The Lemur is busy crafting a clever misdirection that could ruin all of Kate’s well-laid plans. 

My review:

Oh no! Kate’s hot ex, the one who got her fired from the FBI, is now working for the Ritzholdt museum too. Her boss has paired them up and they have to pose as a newlywed couple to catch the infamous art thief The Lemur. They are stuck on a yacht with the suspects, the Golden Capers crew as backup, and each other. This is a rollicking good time. Well for us the readers anyway for Kate, Ace and The Lemur not so much.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Vampire Vigilante by Sparrow Beckett as Leia Shaw

The Huntress - a vampire with lethal determination, Natalia hunts down and exterminates rogue werewolves. After burying her heart centuries ago, she now lives only for revenge. When a werewolf serial killer leaves a swathe of carnage, she’s forced to team up with the alpha of the northwest werewolf pack. Cristian's obnoxious sex appeal throws Natalia's methodical and spartan existence into turmoil.

Cristian can’t help be intrigued by the icy Natalia. He hasn’t been drawn to a female since his mate died decades past. Now, he vows to pry away her hostile mask and discover the woman it conceals.

Will Natalia allow Cristian to lay claim to her heart if it means sacrificing part of her identity?

My review:
Natalia, aka The Huntress, is a vampire on a mission. She doesn’t need sexy alpha werewolf, Cristian, to back her up or make her feel things she has no business feeling. But alphas giggle at the word no. Travel along with Cristian and Natalia as they hunt for a serial killer and maybe heal each other along the way.
Vampire Vigilante is a fun, fast paced, opposites attract type of romance that was a sweet and sexy read. I totally enjoyed.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bleu Balls (Balls to the Wall #7) by Tara Lain

Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.

But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.

My review:
Bleu Balls is a fun addition to a terrific series but can be read standalone.
Robin and Bobby may be identical twins but they are two sides of a coin. Bobby is lightness and fun and Robin is darker and more subdued. While they are both gifted artists Robin is less of a people person so Bobby deals with sales and Robin creates. In this story we find out just how alike and how different these guys really are. While this book deals with some seri0us subjects there is enough lightness and banter to offset it. I wasn’t sure when I first picked up this book because quite frankly twins pulling threesomes squicks me out but I trusted the author and she didn’t let me down. Find out just what kind of guy is perfect for each of the McMillan twins.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3) by Charlie Cochrane

Things are looking up for Adam Matthews and Robin Bright—their relationship is blossoming, and they’ve both been promoted. But Robin’s a policeman, and that means murder is never far from the scene.

When a body turns up in a shallow grave at a Roman villa dig site—a body that repeatedly defies identification—Robin finds himself caught up in a world of petty rivalries and deadly threats. The case seems to want to drag Adam in, as well, and their home life takes a turn for the worse when an ex-colleague gets thrown out of his house and ends up outstaying his welcome at theirs.

While Robin has to prove his case against a manipulative and fiendishly clever killer, Adam is trying to find out which police officer is leaking information to the media. And both of them have to work out how to get their home to themselves again, which might need a higher intelligence than either a chief inspector or a deputy head teacher.

My review:
Adam, Robin and Campbell are back in another convoluted tale of murder, mayhem and mystery. The boys have moved on to better jobs in different towns but a body dug up in an archeological dig gives newly minted Chief Inspector Robin Bright a puzzle that will stress even his bright mind. Adam loves his new position as deputy head teacher but is afraid that the gossip papers will make it difficult for him and Robin. And a couch surfing friend may need Campbells help to move on.
This story will have your head spinning trying to keep up with suspects and motives if only they can give a name to the body. I truly enjoyed this story. Fans of British television detective dramas will love this addition to the Lindenshaw Mysteries.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

The End (Deadly Captive Book 3) by Bianca Sommerland


Deadly Captive: THE END

A taste and then it was gone. Lydia sacrificed her body and her very sanity, surrendering her freedom to protect those she loves. Within the grasp of the evil she fought to escape, she risks losing all that she is in order to spare herself endless suffering. Death would be mercy.

Death would make her sacrifice meaningless.

Cyrus is more than willing to play with his old toys, leaving Lydia with no choice but to endure his twisted games. His kindness is worse than his cruelty, warping everything she once believed. When the only salvation is in the arms of her tormentor, her cage becomes a welcome place to hide.

Love isn’t to be trusted. But the chains will hold her, strong and sure. Agony becomes the sweetest relief.

Pain is a language she understands.

“Sometimes I almost wish I didn’t want to hurt you so much. But just almost. You’re most beautiful when you’re fighting to stay alive. I want to keep you this beautiful forever.” ~Cyrus

My review:

WARNING: If you have triggers don’t read this book

OH MY GOD! This was the darkest most twisted entry to this series. What would you do for love? What indignities would you suffer to see a child kept safe? In this conclusion we find out just how strong Lydia is. We find out just why Cyrus is obsessed with her. This book had me in tears but left me with a smile.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Collateral Damage (Deadly Captive #2) by Bianca Sommerland


Stolen from a bright life full of colors, happiness and youth, Nicole Reed is dragged into a pit of pain and depravity where all she can hope for is a quick end. But her captors don't want to kill her. They want to use her to teach a little boy whom they plan to mold in their image.

She must free him before that happens. Only, she can't stand against those who hold him, not alone. Her only hope is Vince, one of her tormentors, who may still show a glimmer of humanity.

Or maybe that's just a trick of the light.

Warning: BDSM, graphic violence, dubious consent, forced sex, forced M/M sex, less than willing participation in edge play, content that some readers will consider objectionable including hot sex with a drool-iciously evil man.

My review:

WARNING: If you have triggers don’t read this book
I will admit I was confused at first because these were new characters except for the bad guy but eventually it made sense. Like the first book in the series this book will take you to some very dark, twisted and scary places. It proves to me that hope is the scariest and most precious gift we can have. Make sure you have plenty of time because you won’t want to put it down.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Deadly Captive (Deadly Captive #1) by Bianca Sommerland


Lydia awakes, bound and blind, to the whispered urgings of a man who has his hands on her. His words confuse her at first, but she soon understands they are both in the middle of a performance that will determine whether she remains in captivity or dies.

The crowd must be entertained, and her cellmate makes sure it is.

Forced submission is not the only horror Lydia endures. She has no memories of life before her imprisonment, and Joe, her cellmate, is her only comfort as the powerful creatures that hold them captive torture and debase her. Together, she and Joe cling to the will to survive long enough to break free and seek revenge. Their desire to sustain one another triumphs over their wardens' efforts to destroy them. There is no pain, no suffering, that can tear them apart.

Beyond their cell, their love is tested. Can they hold strong in the face of the challenge of the new powers they have gained along with their freedom?

My review:

WARNING: If you have triggers don’t read this book

Deadly Captive by Bianca Sommerland is dark, twisted and like a train wreck I couldn’t turn away. I wouldn’t have gotten past the first chapter if I hadn’t read other work by this author. I had to trust she would make all the suffering worthwhile. This story took me places I didn’t want to go but I had to see it through. I needed to see the characters pull through and survive.
Yes this book is dark but it also highlights what people will do for love and to survive.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Something to Howl About (Alphaville 0.5) by Christine Warren


WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don't quite fit in in the "normal" shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home...if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it's not much of a favor when you're helping the hottest shifter in town...

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven't had a child born in over a hundred years...and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn't count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn't about to let her go...

My review:
Something to Howl About is a fun new start to a pnr series about a town of misfit shifters.
Alpha Washington is known to shifters as Alphaville home of the freaks, the losers, and the emotionally challenged. The one place wolf shifter Dr. Annie Cryer has avoided in her travels while banished from her pack and the one place she has to go if she ever wants to return. What she didn’t count on was the way billionaire brown bear shifter Jonas Browning affected her wolf and her heart.
Watching this uber smart woman deal with a hunk in denial was a total hoot and I look forward to meeting other inhabitants of Alphaville.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Whiskey Secrets (Whiskey and Lies #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan


Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan. 

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.

Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.

My review:
Whiskey Secrets is a spinoff of the Montgomery Ink series. This series revolves around Tammy’s brothers and can be read separately from Montgomery Ink.
Dare Collins is a former cop-turned-bartender and single father (with crappy visitation rights). He isn’t so great with handling life so he buries himself in his work and family. He isn’t a fan of change.
 Kenzie Owens is starting over. She has divorced her abusive husband and after therapy has found the strength to start anew. Change in her case is a very good thing.
When these two meet the chemistry is immediate though neither wants it. When they decide to explore it as “friends with benefits” things get hot. When feelings get involved it get complicated.
I loved Kenzie she is stronger than she knows and kinder than Dare deserves. There were times I wanted to slap Dare upside the head. I think that Dare finally discovers that sometimes change is the best thing that ever happened to him.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Collision Force (Crossing Forces #1) by C.A. Szarek


Bad boy FBI agent and feisty widowed police detective collide pursuing a human trafficker in small town Texas on their way to true love.

Badboy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.

Cole doesn’t do small towns and doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs a cocky FBI agent that sees her as no more than a tag-along.

Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.
Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she’d left behind when her husband died. Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?

My review:
Collision Force is a sweet romantic suspense. Small town Texas detective and single mother Andi MacLaren has to work with cocky bad boy FBI agent Cole Lucas to catch a human trafficker. The attraction between the two is combustible but she isn’t into short term flings and he doesn’t do long term but Andi may just be the one to change his mind. That is if they live long enough.
If not for his interaction with Ethan I would have written Cole off as a jerk and not good enough for Andi but watching him interact with the little boy melted my heart.
I really enjoyed this sweet and sultry story.

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