Monday, May 10, 2021

Crimson Moon Hideaway: Out of Reach by Lori Joseph

 


 

Blurb:

She just wanted to escape, he just wanted to forget.

As quickly as Shaw Chamberline tossed her graduation cap into the air she had left town. It didn’t matter that she left her family, friends, and broke her boyfriend’s heart. She just needed to escape the Florida Keys. A successful writer, she has left her past behind her. That is until her best friend decides to get married.

Quade Hawthore never thought he would get over the devastation of Shaw all but disappearing from his life. Throwing himself into his career, he gave his all to the Marine Command, finally putting Shaw and his heartbreak out of his mind after ten years. Without warning, the old couple is thrust together during their friends wedding at Crimson Moon Hideaway but Shaw isn’t alone.

Sparks fly in this sizzling romantic romp as the past comes crashing in, reminding everyone that sometimes distance really does make the heart grow fonder.

 

My review:

I really enjoyed this second chance romance. Quade and Shaw were young and in love but wanted different things and they parted. Ten years later they meet again at a mutual friend’s wedding. Shaw regrets the way they parted and the way she has handled the distance she has put between friends, family and herself. This wedding is a way to reunite and forgive. I really liked Shaw and her family.  This story proves love really is lovelier the second time around.

 

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Transition of Power by Karen D. Bradley




 


Blurb:

Cameron Stone is an expert in breaking the same laws the men in her family are sworn to uphold and protect. Her plan to retire from her not-quite-legal activities is derailed when her cousin becomes entangled with The Warden, a crime lord who is known for an array of illegal enterprises. She creates an alias then maneuvers into a position to extract him from The Warden’s clutches before he, like so many others who’ve betrayed him, winds up dead.

While in the process of infiltrating the organization, a threat rises from a rival aiming to take down The Warden’s camp. Unfortunately, Cameron, who is falling for the one man who is certainly off limits, has a few challenges of her own. People are scouring through back channels searching for the “mysterious woman” associated with her former criminal mastermind boss. Normally, with the crew she has watching her back, she wouldn’t be worried. But the stakes are high, a missing file could expose her double-life and could devastate her team and endanger her family.

She has two choices … both of them have deadly consequences.

 

My review:

Transition of Power by Karen D. Bradley is a thrilling tale featuring a kick butt female lead. Cameron is smart, talented and determined to protect her brainiac cousin. This is a tale filled with twists and turns all intersecting at Cameron and informing her decisions. I enjoyed this. This is the first I’ve read by this author and think there are some situations in this story that occurred in another book but it doesn’t effect this story negatively.

 

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Chosen by the Bear (Alpha Claimed #4) by Milly Taiden



Blurb:

Welcome to the world of the Alpha Claimed. Each story features a strong woman and the man or men that love her. Every book is standalone, but once you read one you'll want to read the others.

Piper Rain is a romance author that stopped believing in love. She’s been unable to write about it since her divorce and having her heart broken. So she gets away and looks for inspiration out in the mountains. What she didn’t expect to find was a sexy, romantic neighbor that would bring the spark of hope back into her heart.

Zain Lockwood is happy living out in the woods on his own. Though he is the alpha of a clan, he prefers solitude. Until a strong, beautiful but wounded female ends up as his neighbor. Suddenly, teaching her that love exists and that she is the perfect mate for him becomes his sole focus.

With problems with a neighboring Alpha and trying to find a way to romance Piper, Zain has his hands full. Piper’s been emotionally hurt and she’s not sure that she can love again. Even if it means letting go of the only man who’s ever made her feel anything. But it all comes to a head when someone takes his mate. Zain will do anything to make sure Piper’s safe, even if it means killing one of his own.
 

 

My review:

I loved the heroine in this story. Piper Rain is a romance author that stopped believing in love. Her recent divorce has affected her ability to write. A vacation in the mountains provides her with the opportunity to rethink her choices and reset. She is smart and quirky and deserves the love of her hot landlord the local bear shifter alpha. I totally missed guessed the bad guy. This is a sweet and sexy tale of new beginnings.

 

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Cassandra Files: Genesis by Rod Pennington




 


 

Blurb:

Cassandra Morse was US Navy royalty. She was top of class at Annapolis and on track to be the fourth generation with admiral stars on her shoulders. That all changed when the prototype combat fighter aircraft she was piloting was blown out of the sky by a mysterious space-based weapon.

When she woke from a coma, she was a different person. In addition to hallucinations she had the ability to accurately dream future events. Unfortunately, despite nearly always being right with her predictions, no one believed her.

With her mental stability in doubt and lingering questions she could not answer about how she survived the crash, her Navy career was over.

Her life took an unexpected turn when she was approached by an enigmatic little man who claimed to know why she was having her dreams. When his first tantalizing clues gave her hope, Cassandra started on a quest to find those responsible for turning her life upside down.

Then she had her most terrifying and baffling dream yet.

 

My review:

Cassandra Files: Genesis by Rod Pennington is a thrilling mystery filled with humor, red herrings and smart sassy women. I loved trying to follow the good guys and enjoyed them catching the bad guys. I can’t wait to revisit Cassandra and company again.

 

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

JoJo (The Drummonds Book 8) by September North

 



 

Blurb:

Trigger Warning: These characters experience and must find a way to navigate PTSD from sexual assault.

 

Book 8 in the Drummond Series

Hi, I’m Faith. I have been half in love with JoJo Michaelson since moving here and seeing him in my neighborhood. He doesn’t see me, though. No one does. All of that is about to change because thanks to him losing a bet and me winning the dogfight, he has to take me out on a date. Only, JoJo isn’t like other guys. He...actually takes me out on a date. The problem is...lots of girls like JoJo. One of them...too much. How far will she go to get him? I just got friends, why do I have to choose between him and them?

I’m JoJo. I never get mad, I love to prank my team and my family, and I’m really good at playing basketball. I lost a bet with the team and learned that meant I would be taking out a girl from our school. I was really not happy about how that girl was chosen, but if I tried to shut that down before taking her out, it would look like I could not shoulder my consequences. I expected the worst, but...met Faith, and she is interesting, different. This whole time I thought I could avoid my family curse, but I knew by the end of that date when I walked her home after playing basketball in my driveway...she was it. I just...never saw the rest of it coming. Those girls...they did things. I knew they were bad news. I just didn’t think Faith would pick them over me or that they were capable of the monstrosities they committed, but...they did. Now, I have to learn to live with it, deal with it, and so does she. The question remains, will we be together when this storm passes or was the damage too great to repair between us?

 

My review:

This is a wonderful story. The author touches on some difficult subjects in a sensitive way but doesn’t shy away from the sad reality of those subjects and the work involved in coming out the other side. The characters are likeable enough that you want to see them succeed. I’ll admit to having shed some ugly tears for Jojo and Faith.

 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Accidentally Divine (Accidentals #20) by Dakota Cassidy


 

Blurb:

Heaven ain’t missin’ this angel…

At a fateful New Year’s Eve party, Georgina Maverick, a little bit drunk, a lot mired in guilt from her tortured past, trips and falls off a rooftop, tumbling ten stories to her almost death.

Little does George know, her friend and co-worker, Dexter Bridger, the man she discovers also happens to be her guardian angel, is on the case. He saves her from landing toe up in the mortuary, but he opens an entire can of worms when he nicks her shoulder and turns George into an angel, too.

With the help of the OOPS ladies and some divine intervention from Dex, George is learning how to be a guardian angel in the hope she can earn her permanent wings. But it ain’t easy when your newbie wings are strap-on (you read that right), and your angelic glow nearly fries the eyeballs right out of the head of your new cranky, vampire friend.

But worse? All the secrets that haunt both George and Dex are coming home to roost.

For instance, how did Dex become a guardian angel anyway, and why doesn’t he have his permanent wings after all this time? And for the love of all that’s good looking, why is he so stupid cute? How can a girl focus on getting it together with that kind of distraction?

Yet for George, the questions cut far deeper. Why is it so hard to overcome her brutal past and find the thing she’s always wanted—peace of mind and acceptance? And how the heck is she supposed to be someone’s guardian angel and guide them to emotional safety when her own life is such a wreck?

Worst of all? Who’s been lurking in the shadows trying to steal George’s wings? Because if someone gets their hands on her wings, guess what?

She loses her soul.

Forever…

 

My review:

 

Accidentally Divine is the delightful 20th addition to the series. This is a sweet story with a dark twist. The good guys are really good and the bad guys are totally evil. Then there’s Nina. I love how adorable George and Dex are. Sweet but not saccharine. Titus tickled my funny bone. This story is filled with moments that will make you say awww. Totally enjoyable.

 

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Lady Has a Past (Burning Cove #5) by Amanda Quick



 

Blurb:

Beauty and glamour meet deception and revenge in this electrifying novel by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick.

Investigative apprentice Lyra Brazier, the newest resident of Burning Cove, is unsettled when her boss suddenly goes on a health retreat at an exclusive spa and disappears without another word. Lyra knows something has happened to Raina Kirk, and she is the only one who can track her down. The health spa is known for its luxurious offerings and prestigious clientele, and the wealthy, socialite background Lyra desperately wanted to leave behind is perfect for this undercover job. The agency brings in a partner and bodyguard for her, but she doesn't get the suave, pistol-packing private eye she expected.

Simon Cage is a mild-mannered antiquarian book dealer with a quiet, academic air, and Lyra can't figure out why he was chosen as her partner. But it soon becomes clear when they arrive at the spa and pose as a couple: Simon has a unique gift that allows him to detect secrets, a skill that is crucial in finding Raina.

The unlikely duo falls down a rabbit hole of twisted rumors and missing socialites, discovering that the health spa is a fa├žade for something far darker than they imagined. With a murderer in their midst, Raina isn't the only one in grave danger—Lyra is next.

 

My review:

The Lady Has a Past is a thrilling tale of secrets and murder. From the very first scene you are pulled into a story of mystery and misdirection. This story reunites us with Raina Kirk, Luther Pell and other characters from the previous books but this book can be read standalone. In this installment we meet Simon Cage a book dealer and more and Lyra Brazier a woman fighting societal norms and expectations. Lyra is smart, bright and gifted at making people feel special. Perfect skills for an investigator. I really enjoyed watching Simon and Lyra discover the bad guys, their motives and most of all each other.

 

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