Friday, September 29, 2023

Playing with Fire (Magical Romantic Comedies #1) by R.J. Blain




Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, a fire-breathing unicorn on a mission of destruction, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.


Catering to the magical is a tough gig on a good day, but Bailey has few other options. Spiking drinks with pixie dust keeps the locals happy and beats cleaning up the world’s nastiest magical substances. She could live without serving Police Chief Samuel Quinn most days of the week, especially after destroying his marriage.


But when she’s targeted with a cell phone bomb containing gorgon dust capable of transforming her beloved home into a stone tomb, she’s tossed head first into a mess with her sexiest enemy. Add in his ex-wife angling for revenge, and Bailey must use every trick up her sleeve to survive.


The last thing she needs is to fall in love with Manhattan’s Most Wanted Bachelor.


Saving Manhattan will be tough enough.


My review:

Fast-paced laugh out loud. This book had me rolling on the floor. New to me author R.J. Blain created a totally warped rom com that had me from page one. Bailey and Quinn will steal your heart and break your brain. The first for me from this author but definitely not the last.


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Thursday, September 28, 2023

The Jezebel Files: The Complete Series Omnibus Ebook by Deborah Wilde




All four ebooks of The Jezebel Files in one omnibus!


Missing teens. Long-lost magic. And the sexy nemesis who might drive her to murder.

When Ash was thirteen, her con artist father disappeared, leaving her with emotional scars and a limp she can't hide. But she toughened up, determined never to be played again. Is history repeating itself?

First, she’s hit on the head during a stakeout, revealing a mysterious tattoo on the back of her skull.

Even worse? It’s a now-broken ward unleashing dangerous magic that as a Mundane, she shouldn’t possess.

And the icing on this crap cake? Her unruly powers nearly kill her long-time nemesis, Levi, the uptight leader of the magic community. One word from him revealing her forbidden abilities, and everything she’s built will be taken from her… by force. 

The only bright spot is that Levi requires her supernatural skills . After years of being underestimated by him, it’s Ash’s chance at payback and she’s going to enjoy bringing him to his knees—or stuffing him in a body bag.

Featuring an enemies-to-lovers romance and a savvy female P.I., this giddy sexy detective series will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Hidden Legacy, Lizzie Grace, Blood Vice, Mist Riders, and the Sam Quinn series.

Includes the titles:

Blood & Ash

Death & Desire

Shadows & Surrender

Revenge & Rapture


My review:

I bought this off the authors web site after reading the ad on Facebook. This was the first thing I’d read by this author but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

Ash has issues. Daddy issues. Trust issues. She is a Sherlock Holmes fan extraordinaire. Her bestie Pria is hacker without peer. Her nemesis from summer camp is now the head of the magic house, a billionaire and hot af. And then there’s her new neighbor who may or may not be a plant.

These four books introduce us to these characters and some of their adventures. This brain twisting, laugh out loud series kept me up way past my bedtime.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Gibson (The Daddies of River Gorge #3) by Jacki James






Tristan Aguilar is keeping a big secret. But there’s one man he can’t hide from any longer…

“Thank you, Daddy.” Three little words uttered in a moment of weakness that have the power to undo all the years of progress Tristan has made as the mayor of River Gorge.

“Thank you, Daddy.” Three little words Gibson Carr had never dreamed he would hear come from his best friend’s gorgeous mouth.

But once the words are out there, Tristan can’t take them back or laugh them off as a joke, because Gibson isn’t having it. He’s wanted Tristan since he was old enough to know what wanting was, and he has no intention of letting fear keep them apart.

Mayor Tristan may have big plans for their small town, but Daddy Gibson has big plans for the mayor.

Come along with Gibson and Tristan as they learn how to navigate a transition from a forty-year friendship to love… all with the added pressure of an election year.


My review:

I really enjoyed this story. Mayor Tristan Aguilar is out as gay but he has been hiding something from the town and his best friend large animal veterinarian Gibson Carr. In vino veritas when Tristan, feeling sorry for himself gets drunk he lets his secret out and Gibson is going to take advantage of it and claim his boy.

Two long time friends, fear and lack of communication turn this love story into a cautionary tale for living your best life. I enjoyed watching Gibson find his happiness. I worried right along with Tristan about how the town would respond.

This book made my heart smile.


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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Bad Luck Vampire (Argeneau #36) by Lynsay Sands




New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns in this latest chapter of the Argeneau series with an immortal who is having a bit of bad luck while trying to woo his life mate…

Alasdair MacKenzie has never once considered himself unlucky in all the centuries he’s been an immortal rogue enforcer. Not until he meets Sophie. Finding the beautiful, smart, and funny woman who is his life mate is great luck, actually. But meeting her at a wedding full of Argeneaus, not to mention his own busybody uncles determined to “help him claim his woman,” is bad luck. And the fact that Sophie is someone else’s date? Well that’s just the next level of unlucky.

From the way her gaze travels over his body like a caress to the electric zing whenever they innocently touch…he wants her for all eternity! He’ll keep his hands off Sophie until her date is over. After that all bets are off and he’ll pull out all the stops to win her. Great plan—until he gets hit by a car. And then he’s poisoned. Is his luck that bad, or is someone out to stop this immortal from claiming Sophie as his life mate? 


My review:

This is a laugh out loud addition to the series. Alasdair is a quiet kind of guy but still waters run deep. What’s a guy to do when he finds his life mate as a cousins date at a wedding filled with nosy relatives. Laugh along and find out.


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Monday, September 25, 2023

Marked in Flames (Aspen Pack #5) by Carrie Ann Ryan



My mate rejected me, leaving me broken. I refuse to let that happen again—even if Steele is the one for me.

I hold the power of flame and future in my hands, but I know the world is watching. Waiting for us to fall.

The truth and lies that bind the Aspen Pack together are crumbling and I am to bear witness to its fate.

I know the Enforcer of the Aspens is my mate.

Yet neither of us want what fate decrees.

So, we’ll fight side by side and ignore the burning attraction between us.

Only when a traitor rocks the foundation of all we know, we might not have a choice to who we cling to in despair.

The vampires were only the pawns in this war.

The demons are on their way.

And if we’re not careful, the Aspen Pack could lose someone that breaks them.

And I could lose my mate.



My review:

Marked in Flames is the exciting conclusion to the Aspen Pack arc but I hope not the end of Carrie Ann Ryan’s wolves as I have questions.

Back to Marked in Flames this book will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end as the author strives to answer several ongoing questions. This book features Jade and Steele (finally) but it truly takes on the whole Aspen pack along with several others. This is not for those who haven’t read the series but for those that have OMG! Fantastic!


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Friday, September 22, 2023

Save the Drama for Your Mama



Forget meet-cute. This is a meet-disaster.

Cooper Galloway was my bookstore crush for all of five minutes. Then he opened his mouth and ruined my fantasy. Things go from bad to worse when I arrive for my new job and HE greets me at the door. Yet as Cooper stomps around like an ogre, his piercing gaze tracks my movements as I work, and I can’t tell if he wants to fire me or practice his bodice-ripping skills. Something is simmering beneath our bickering, and it ain’t pasta sauce.

I have three weeks to finish writing my novel, and a peaceful summer at my late mother’s home is just the ticket. However, my plans are derailed when my brother arrives with a crew, ready to restore the property. Amidst the chaos is Melody, the restoration specialist who’s also an expert in pushing my buttons. Strong, confident women are usually my weakness, but I don’t have time for distractions. Trouble is, after a few days together, Melody appears to be my muse. Now, I just need to keep her from consuming my thoughts long enough to finish my book.


My review:

Rich Amooi writes fast paced, smart romantic comedy and this is no exception. Save the Drama for Your Mama had me laughing out loud, giggle-snorting and spit taking while watching the disaster that is Melody and Cooper fall in love. I can’t express how much I loved this story.


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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Texas Bombshell (Whispering Springs, Texas Book 11) by Cynthia D'Alba




When every step feels like it’s a minefield...
Can they get a second chance on love or will their future blow up in their face?

After growing up in Maine and serving time in the military, Sheriff Marc Singer is content to be settled in Whispering Springs. He’s reconnected with his extended Montgomery family living in that area of Texas. He loves his job, his life, and his town, Sure, he’s almost forty with no wife or children, but he’s comfortable with his quiet life. He’s had one marriage...and the love of his life. That was traumatic enough for him that he isn’t looking to repeat the experience. When a teen girl shows up on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter, the bombshell announcement blows open doors he’d thought long shut.

Dr. Jennifer Winslow Singer Tate always regretted that her first marriage to her high school boyfriend ended in divorce, but they were young and impulsive. Emotions were explosive. Their fights were legendary. But the sex had been hot enough to burn the sheets. The next time she married, she chose a sedate, calm, rational man. Their life had no major highs and no major lows and she found her professional life fulfilling in ways her personal life wasn’t. Now a widow with a smart and gifted teenager daughter, she’s not looking for another ride on the merry-go-round of marriage. When her daughter flees to Texas to find the man she believes is her biological father, Jenn must face her ex-husband and some possible hard truths.

Thrown together sixteen years after their divorce, Marc and Jenn must face the possibility that one night of passion after their divorce might have produced a daughter. But as they present a united front to the runaway teen, will they find the desire they once had still burns inside? Can a divorced couple go home again?


My review:

A surprise baby and second chances add in modern day cattle rustling and you have Texas Bombshell in a nutshell. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Sheriff Marc Singer’s world get shaken up by finding out that he has a 15 going on 16 year old daughter that he never knew existed. The girl is smarter than he is and brings his ex back into his world.

I enjoyed watching Marc’s life getting shook up a bit and watching him repair his relationship with the only woman he’s ever truly loved.

This book is filled with family, friends and love.


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