Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Blood Vows (The Arsenal Book 3) by Cara Carnes

He’s sworn to find his son. 

Dallas Mason did whatever was necessary to survive his stint in black ops. While in the Collective, there was no line he wouldn’t cross, and no mission he wouldn’t take. He bedded the enemy to secure his freedom and return to his brothers and build a new life, where the lines between right and wrong are sometimes blurred, but never erased. Now he and everyone at The Arsenal has one mission: find his son. His family and team will stop at nothing to achieve the goal—including sidelining Dallas from the hunt. 

She’s sworn to find her father’s killer. 

Kamren Garrett learned to rely on no one long ago. Surrounded by enemies, and surviving in hostile territory is nothing new for her. She can outshoot, outhunt, and out track anyone. She doesn’t need a Mason dictating what she can and can’t do to uncover the secrets of her father’s death. Dallas thinks she’s the problem. She doesn’t have time to handle him. She’s close to identifying her quarry. Unfortunately, she discovers she’s over her head and in need of help and she turns to the last person she ever wanted to ask—Dallas Mason. 

Forced to take a step back from his true objective, Dallas sets his sights on fixing the problems threatening his son’s future home. Teamed with Kamren, he’ll uncover more than they expected. Failure isn’t an option when it comes to blood vows. 

My review:
Blood Vows is an emotional rollercoaster guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and sigh. Dallas Mason recently found out he had a son. But the person who told him died before giving him a precise location and he and the folks at Arsenal are determined to find him. Meanwhile things in the next town over are heating up and baby sister Riley is being harassed which will never do. And last but not least Kamren Garrett pulls a super hero move right outside the gates of Arsenal and intrigues them all especially Dallas.
Kamren”s story will tear you up as will DJ & TJ’s. You have been warned. But it makes for a happier ending. This book can be read standalone but will be better if you’ve read Jagged Edge (The Arsenal #1) and Sight Lines (The Arsenal Book 2). This one kept me up reading way past my bedtime.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Cocky Shot ~ An Off Ice Novella by Bianca Sommerland

Scott Demyan, one of the most polarizing players on the Dartmouth Cobras hockey team, has grown a lot over the past few years. He’s a family man. A father. A dedicated player. He’s become someone to look up to…
But he’s still part of the Trouble Triplets. And behaving can get boring.
What better way to spice up the summer than to take the rivalry developing with the team ‘rookies’ to the next level. A few harmless pranks should keep things interesting.
Until what started as a joke gets a bit…cocky.
In the most literal sense of the word.
When the conflict draws the attention of not only upper management, but the media, the consequences could impact the coming season. And the life he’s worked so hard to build. Can he take the lead and remind the men the games they play off the ice don’t change where they stand as a team? Prove to those he loves that he hasn’t forgotten what’s really important?
He has one chance to repair the damage he’s done.
And it’s going to leave a mark.

My review:
Here hold my beer… how many pranks is too many? When one summertime prank goes over the line the team isn’t the only one getting hurt.
When you use bad judgement punishment follows. Scott isn’t a submissive but he takes his punishment and he is going to remember it for a long time.
I really enjoyed exploring this side of the Trouble Triplets. As with the others in this series this book is so hot you would think the ice would melt.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Twins: A Kalkin & Keeley Short (Apache County Shifters) by TL Reeve, Michele Ryan

Twins: A Kalkin & Keeley Short (Apache County Shifters) by TL Reeve,  
Michele Ryan

After Danielle’s strenuous delivery of Nicolas, Kalkin has done everything he can to keep his pregnant mate, Keeley calm in the last weeks of her pregnancy. However, the twins have other plans. 

Follow along as the Raferty twins make their debut. 

My review:
This one is for the fans. This short is a quick follow up to Kalkin. If you haven’t read Kalkin you probably should before reading this. This is a sweet tale detailing Colin & Ella’s entry into the world. You can just feel the awww’s.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Hex U: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Tales from the Paranormal Plantation Book 3) by Melanie James

Hex U: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Tales from the Paranormal Plantation Book 3) by Melanie James

What does the Witches Union do with underperforming, socially awkward and mistake-prone young witches like Gertie and her friends? Send them away to college, of course. 
Leaving the Paranormal Plantation, Gertie finds herself living in a strange new world—college. With two witchy classmates stumbling along with her, the trio learns about football players, fraternity parties, social activists, and even a few new spells. 
After investigating a mysterious campus legend, it turns out that writing papers and staying awake through lectures aren’t the only challenges college life brings. Vampires, devil worshipping cronies, and a hungry dragon are just a few of the complications Gertie and her friends must face. 
Meanwhile, Gertie has to come to grips with the dilemma created by her unrequited love for her best friend, along with her love for her boyfriend. It seems decisions of the heart are more difficult than any college exam. 

My review:
Hex U or Gertie goes to college is a zany, sexy romp guaranteed to make you giggle and sweat. This fun story will keep you entertained from the first page until the last.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Then There Were Nun (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 1) by Dakota Cassidy

My name is Sister Trixie Lavender, and I was once a devoted nun. That is until I did something unspeakable and was banned from my convent forever. Something I had no control over. Something that incessantly haunts me—lives inside me to this day. 

But everything’s mostly okay now. 

I have an amazing friend named Coop, the demon who saved me from an ugly demise. And while she's not exactly gifted in the art of social graces, she’s loyal and her heart, despite her demon status, is pure. She’s also a gifted tattoo artist and together with my designs, we’re opening our tattoo shop, Inkerbelle’s, right in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. 

And everything’s going to be fine. Just fine… Well, I guess it will be fine if we can just get rid of the evil spirit possessing me and figure out who killed our new landlord right under our very noses! 

This new cozy mystery series from USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as Trixie and Coop hunt for a killer. Then There Were Nun is book 1 in the all new, Nun of Your Business series.

My review:
Then There Were Nun is a sweet and funny start to a new cozy mystery series.  We met former nun Trixie Lavender and Coop in Good Witch Hunting (Witchless In Seattle #7) now they have landed in Oregon and are just trying to start over.  Sadly it seems they still have no luck when it comes to landlords on the other hand they pick up an assortment of quirky friends which comes in handy when you are dealing with a murder, possession and teaching demons to assimilate. I look forward to further adventures from the Inkerbelle’s crew.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

SEAL with a Past (SEALs of Coronado Book 5) by Paige Tyler

His past came knocking… 
The last person Navy SEAL Dalton Jennings standing at his door was the woman who dumped him five years ago without any explanation. Nothing! Now she’s back, and the secret she reveals is enough to bring Dalton to his knees. Someone has kidnapped their daughter—a child he never knew existed—and he will have to break every SEAL code he’s sworn to uphold and steal government property to find his little girl. 

And offered a whole new future... 
Kimber Grant has put off this meeting for five years. Cowardly, yes, but how do you tell the man you deserted he has a child? Not to mention Kimber never stopped loving Dalton. Now she’s desperate for his help. After all, who better to carry out a convert mission than a SEAL? The kidnappers want a computer chip developed by her boss for the Dept. of Defense, and they will kill anyone who gets in the way. Including Kimber. 

When she's taken, Dalton realizes he’s got two girls who have his heart—Kimber always has. And he’ll be damned if greed is going to take either away from him now that he’s got them back. 

My review:
A SEAL, a secret baby and a second chance at love if Dalton can keep them alive. Lots of action and fun. I will admit that as much as I liked Dalton and Kimber it was Werewolf SWAT loving, monkey naming Emma that stole my heart. SEAL with a Past isn’t rocket science but it is a fun, check your brain at the door, sweet and sexy read.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Magnolia Mystic (Sentinels of Savannah #1) by Lisa Kessler

Skye Olson is a psychic like her mother, and her grandmother before her, but a bad break up with the man she thought was her soulmate has left her confidence in her abilities shaken. While she's in crisis, a real estate tycoon from Atlanta swoops in with his eyes on her shop.

Colton Hayes spent his mortal life plundering royal ships with his pirate crew, but one holy relic changed everything. Now he and the rest of the crew protect the port of Savannah from their captain who traded his cutlass for a fountain pen.

When Colton discovers the captain wants to build a hotel in the heart of historic Savannah, he sets out to stop him, but nothing could prepare him for the violet eyes of the Magnolia Mystic.

Love is a dangerous game for a pirate.

My review:
Actions have consequences. Colton Hayes spent his mortal life plundering royal ships with his pirate crew until he and his crew steal an object that curses them with immortality. Sure it gives you time to build a fortune and learn new and wonderful things but what is life without love? When psychic Skye Olson becomes a bone of contention between Colton (he wants her as a woman) and the captain (he wants her property) maybe she will end up being their redemption. A sweet fun escape that will leave you longing for the high seas.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

One Wedding, Two Brides (Fairy Tale Bride) by Heidi Betts

Jilted bride Monica Blair can’t believe it when she wakes up next to a blue-eyed, smooth-talking cowboy in the middle of nowhere and with a ring on her finger. It had sounded like a great plan at the time. Get married, get revenge, and get her money back. So why is she cleaning out stables and trying to keep her hands off the hot cowboy helping her?
Ryder Nash would have bet his best Stetson that you’d never see him walk down the aisle. But when the city girl with pink-streaked hair and a frog tattoo hatches a plan to expose the conman who married his sister, no idea is too crazy. And even though Monica might be the worst rancher’s wife he’s ever seen, he can’t stop thinking about the wedding night they never had.
What was supposed to be a temporary marriage for revenge is starting to feel a little too real...

My review:
Sweet, silly and sexy this story hits all the right notes. Jilted bride, country mouse/city mouse fake husband and still there are surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic romp.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Heart Shaped Fire by P.W. Davies

This m/m shifter story first appeared in Love, Philly: Philadelphia Romances Written by Philadelphia Authors. I picked up a copy at a readers conference I went to.

Shawn is a musician who waits tables while working on his big break. He sits in a coffee shop to write and for inspiration. He finds a muse in hunky artist Edwin. But Edwin is hiding secrets that will change Shawns life if they don’t kill him first.
This was a sweet story and a quick read from a new to me author but I will be checking out other works.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Full House (The Drift #4.5) by Susan Hayes

Opportunity doesn’t always knock. Sometimes, it crash lands.

A veteran of the Resource Wars, Raze is a cyborg with a simple plan. He wants to be left alone, forever. 

Planetary scout Sevda Rem is light-years from civilization when her ship is damaged, forcing an emergency landing on an unoccupied planet. At least, it was supposed to be unoccupied …

He’s trespassing on a corporate-owned planet. She’s duty bound to report him. The deck is stacked against them, but if they play their cards right, they might discover that together they hold a winning hand.

My review:
Raze is a cyborg, a veteran, and a survivor. He just wants to be left alone. He is the sole inhabitant of his little planet and he likes it that way…until she comes. She is a scout trying to buy her way out of debt and the corporation is going to want Raze’s little planet almost as much as she wants him.
Full House is a fun story of two souls perfect for each other if they could only stop fighting long enough to figure it out. I felt so much for these characters.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Untamed (Feral Bonds Book 1) by Bianca Sommerland

When Zaire Torva, enforcer of the Blue Creek pack, finds his mate near death in an underground fighting ring, he has no idea Lathan Ferox crashing into his life will turn his whole world upside-down. The struggle to save the man who claims Zaire’s heart tests their newly formed bond. And proves there’s nothing Zaire won’t do for him.

Only, sharing him might be an issue.

While on a mission to retrieve a runaway wolf cub, Zaire and Lathan come across a beautiful, fierce young woman, Embry Caelitēs, who watches over the child with all the instincts of a mare guarding her foal. Separating the two is impossible, and Embry possesses powers that can help Lathan tame his beast. Unfortunately, Zaire and Embry are like oil and water, clashing at every turn. All they have in common is how much they’re willing to sacrifice for the ones they love.

Surrendering to the wild passion of the animal within, Zaire’s tempered connection with Embry grows, but will it be enough as Lathan’s very existence proves too great a risk for any peaceful pack to take? As Embry’s past closes in on her, and their little cub faces the danger she tried to escape, will love be enough to keep them all alive?

My review:
Fantastic!  I adore Ms. Sommerland’s hockey books and was tickled to see her spread her wings with this paranormal.  I think that werepanther or goalie the author gets into the characters mindset and makes you feel what they do. I know for certain that was the case with this story. I love how she doesn’t make the ménage an instant success.  I truly love the little alpha cub Livvie. Sometimes kids see truth easier than adults. Like much of my favorite sf/fantasy there is so much substance and substory in this story that I know I will be reading this again and again to get it all. 
This was previously released as Tamed (Sassy Ever After Kindle World) by Bianca Sommerland

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Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2) by Jill Shalvis

Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

My review:
Rainy Day Friends is a sweet and heartwarming story of two women hurt by the same man in different ways and finding a new beginning. Lanie was raised in an emotionally closed home and then cheated on by her husband. She has convinced herself she gets love wrong so she isn’t going to go there again. Mark had his life turned upside down when his wife left him to raise twins on his own he between the girls and his job he refuses to love again. HAH! That is just a dare to the gods of love and when these two finally figure it out your heart will smile. Another hit from Jill Shalvis.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Strength Enduring (Talon Pack #8) by Carrie Ann Ryan

In the penultimate novel of the Talon Pack series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, an Enforcer must make the ultimate choice when it comes to a human woman with a secret she doesn't know she holds.

Kameron Brentwood has only one thing on his mind: defeating the enemy. He doesn't have time for a human woman who sets his teeth on edge and makes his wolf prowl. It shouldn't matter that she's his mate because he's always thought that mating is a distraction. Yet as soon as he gets to know the woman, he figures out that there's no hiding from the attraction he feels for her.

Dhanielle Coburn has always been on the outside looking in when it comes to the Talon Pack, but she's not about to let fate and the moon goddess decide her path for her. If and when she takes Kameron as a mate, it will be her choice. Yet when she suddenly finds herself in the Pack's inner sanctum, deeper than she ever thought possible, she has to fight not only her need for the man in front of her but also a hidden secret about her family she didn't even know she had.

When the choice is pulled from both of their hands, the two will need to learn who they are apart, and who they can be together. Because there's more to mating than a mark and a prophecy that has come back to haunt them. And even though they may be fated, the ultimate sacrifice just might take them both in the end.

My review:
Wolf shifter and Pack enforcer Kameron Brentwood doesn’t want to want Dhanielle Coburn. A mate would be a distraction from his keeping the Pack secure. Schoolteacher Dhani knows she might be Kameron’s mate but isn’t thrilled with the idea of becoming a wolf. Circumstances keep throwing them together so they agree to take things slow until they are forced not to. The tension in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved Dhani being in her head was a trip. As with the others in this series this book is filled with action and love.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kill The Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell #1) by Kevin Hearne


In an irreverent new series in the tradition of Terry Pratchett novels and The Princess Bride, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Iron Druid Chronicles and Star Wars: Phasmareinvent fantasy, fairy tales, and floridly written feast scenes.

Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told.

This is not that fairy tale.

There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened.

And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell.

There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed.

My review:
FANTASTIC! This book had me laughing, giggle-snorting and just downright enjoying. If you took Shrek, Monty Python and Fractured Fairytales added copious amounts of alcohol and shook well this is what would have spewed out.
Many fantastic stories start with what if… The authors of Kill The Farm Boy started with what if instead of… and nailed each trope to the wall and remade it into a whole new image. No blonde haired, blue eyed, square jawed perfect hero in this tale; well okay there is one but…
If you are out for a good time, quirky characters, action, adventure, and a not-quite-dead wanna be hero, read this book.
Warning: You will laugh out loud possibly annoying neighbors and may accidentally douche your nose if you drink and read at the same time. You have been warned.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Good Luck Sister (Wildstone #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

This summer, romance blooms again in Wildstone!

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn’t anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won’t cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one time bff and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should’ve left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can’t help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan’s new helicopter touring company, it’s business only…until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who’s ever broken it? But soon they’re both realizing the truth -- love always deserves a second chance.

My review:
The Good Luck Sister takes place 10 years after Lost and Found Sisters. In this book we catch up with Tilly and Dylan. They’ve grown up and apart and now he is back and the fire is still there but can Tilly forgive the past and start over?  This is a short follow up that will leave you with a smile on your face and in your heart.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone #1) by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

My review:
Lost and Found Sisters is a small town tale of love and loss and finding yourself. Nobody does this type of story quite like Jill Shalvis. She makes her characters real, lovable, quirky and the type of person you want to meet.
This story left me with the feel good awwws.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sun in the Oven: Galaxa Warriors (Paranormal Dating Agency #16) by Milly Taiden

Sun in the Oven: Galaxa Warriors (Paranormal Dating Agency #16) by Milly Taiden

Discover a brand new race of Alpha males ready to find their mates in a dangerous warrior planet. Sassy women traveling with Gerri Wilder are in for the journey of a lifetime and a mate that will love them through the galaxy. Are you ready? 

Grab the third Galaxan romance between two sexy warriors and their fiery mate. 

Henley Rourke is a woman who loves a challenge. A while back, Gerri Wilder convinced her and two friends to make an interstellar jump to another galaxy. A thrill too hard to resist, Henley found herself on a planet filled with gorgeous shifters. But she's restless and looking for a little adventure. And then she meets Damen Iceri. Badass. Shifter. Oh, yeah, and so hot, he makes her undies disappear. She gets more than she expects when she realizes Damen isn't the only hot shifter who wants her.  

Gunner Lukas, alpha of the Summit Bear Clan is a pair with Damen. Gunner is also the alpha to Damen’s omega. Bound by tradition and ritual, these two bears are looking for their mate, the one woman to complete their triad. And that's Henley. But he's not sure how she will handle finding out. When this triad gets together, things go from hot to explosive.  

They're ready to make their mating dreams come true along with all the dirty thoughts she's had since meeting them.  A forever threesome? All about her? Yes, please! But there’s no time to think about forever—not when they are charged with finding the source behind a series of deaths by poison and doing their best to keep Henley from becoming the next victim.

My review:
Henley Rourke came to Galaxa a shifter planet and watched as her two BFF’s hooked up with their hunky mates. She has been lusting after polar bear shifter Damen Iceri who has kept her at arms length despite giving off I want you vibes. In this book we find out why.
Sun in the Oven is a sexy, sweet and sassy tale of adventure and love that will leave you with a smile and a full heart.

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