Friday, September 16, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kathy Lyons' The Bear Who Loved Me

The Bear Who Loved Me 
Series Connection: Grizzlies Gone Wild
Author: Kathy Lyons
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Baker Becca has had a lot of knocks in her life. Her parents and sister are all gone, leaving Becca to take care of her teenage nephew, but Becca is handling it all. That is until Bear shifter Carl comes into her life and turns it all upside down. 

When Becca's nephew turns up missing Carl is there to help her find him, but he has a secret that is way to out of this world for human Becca to understand. And when it seems that Becca's nephew's disappearance is much more complicated then they first thought, Becca is going to have to put her trust in Carl.

As alpha of the local bear clan it is up to Carl to keep watch of all the shifters around him, he's known for a while now that both he and his bear want Becca, but because she's human and doesn't know about shifters, he's stayed away. Now that he's spending so much more time with Becca the attraction is that much stronger. 

Carl and Becca as a couple are a good match. He's the strong alpha bear and while not a bear, Becca is the perfect momma bear. She is sweet and kind, while he is protective. Becca is exactly what Carl was looking for in a woman and more. 

While the storyline is very similar to others, I liked that the author took time to more of a back story of the clan, as well as continues to build the suspense while the bears search for the missing teen. 

This is the first book in a three part series and a good story to learn to learn about all the characters involved. 

Description:
WHEN AN ALPHA MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Between singlehandedly running her bakery and raising her teenaged nephew, Becca Weitz thought she had a decent grip on "normal." Then her nephew vanishes, and life as she's known it changes forever. Local legends are true: bear shifters exist . . . and her nephew is part of their clan. As is Carl Carman, the sexy, larger-than-life man who has sworn to find her nephew-and the other young shifters who've gone missing.

As the leader of his clan, Carl is surrounded by enemies. He's learned the hard way that keeping a firm leash on his inner beast is key to survival, though his feelings for Becca test his legendary control. Then danger stalks too close, and Carl realizes he must unleash the raging, primal force within to protect everything he holds dear. But can Becca trust his grizzly side with her life-and her heart?

***

The Grizzlies Gone Wild Series

Book 1: The Bear Who Loved Me
Book 2: License to Shift
Book 3: For the Bear's Eyes Only

Monday, September 12, 2016

Romance Book Review: Lacey Wolfe's Steal Me, Cowboy

Steal Me, Cowboy
Series Connection: Carver Ranch
Author: Lacey Wolfe
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

The youngest and the only sister in the Carver family, Melissa isn't ready to settle down anytime soon. Finishing up her last year in college, all she can think about is moving off the ranch and getting out from under her parents' roof. She certainly doesn't want anything to do with the new cowboy on the ranch. Cowboys and ranches is not in her future. 

After years on the rodeo circuit, Troy is heading home to go to veterinarian school. He starts a job helping out his old friends, the Carvers, but he never expected to fall for Melissa. 

Neither Mel nor Troy are ready for a relationship but can they resist each other once they spend some time together?

Ending the Carver series with Melissa's story, Lacey Wolfe offers good characters with a good continuing back story. Steal Me, Cowboy can be read by itself, but to get to know all the brothers and their new wives you'll want to read the three books before this one. 

Both of the main characters are likable, even if we don't get a chance to see the couple really get to know each other throughout the story. A lot of time is spent on should we, or shouldn't we and misunderstandings. Erotic fans will certainly love the hot and sizzling love scenes. 

Description:
Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.

Melissa Carver is the youngest sibling of the Carver clan, and she isn't ready to settle down anytime soon. With everyone busy with life, her dad decides to hire someone to help at the ranch. The moment Melissa lays eyes on Troy she's a goner. But that doesn't mean she's going to just give into love. Especially with a man who isn't at all her type.

Retired bull rider Troy Swanson isn't interested in a relationship. He's just moved back to town, taking a job at Carver Ranch so he can pay the bills while he studies to become a veterinarian. He's got things all planned out until Melissa walks into the barn. He's smitten with her right away, but even if he wanted to pursue her, as his friend's little sister—all grown up little sister—she's off limits.

As hard as they try to deny the attraction, fighting destiny may be an impossible task. However, they're going to give it one hell of a try.


Content Warning: contains adult language and sexual content

Friday, September 9, 2016

Romance Book Review: Ronin Winters' Iron

Iron
Series Connection: Blue Collar Wolves; Mating Season Collection
Author: Ronin Winters 
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Werewolf/Shifter Romance
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon


❤ ❤ ❤ 

Werewolf Iron knows exactly who his true mate is and has since first grade, but he has decided he's not doing anything about it. He loves her that much. She a doctor, she has a bright shining future ahead of her. Bella doesn't need a blue collar bar owner, she needs so much more. 

Bella has had enough waiting on Iron to make a move. He's either going to mate her tonight or she will move on with her life. She's determined to get her man, but can Iron let everything go and take the woman he loves. 

A little crude in the language department, but good character development for a novella with a large erotic theme. Getting a small taste of some of the other characters in the Blue Collar Wolves series will make you want to read on. 

Description: 
Not many wolves have known their true mate since first grade, let alone spent years fighting every instinct to claim them, but Iron has his reasons. Sexy, sophisticated Doctor Isabella Santiago is not meant for pack life. He’s protecting them both from a life of misery and crushed dreams, the type of life his parents had.

Bella, though, has her own idea about what’s best for her, and she’s done letting her werewolf dictate their relationship. This Mating Season she’s going to test Iron’s control, because while Iron may never break, she’s going to do everything possible to make him bend.

*** This Werewolf Shifter BBW story is complete and total down to the HEA! Enjoy the read!

The mating moon is rising… 

Wherever that silver light touches, lone male werewolves are seized by the urge to find their mates. Join these six packs of growly alpha males (with six-packs!) as they seek out the smart, sassy women who are strong enough to claim them forever. 


The “Mating Season” werewolf shifter novellas are brought to you by six authors following the adventures of six different packs. Each novella is the story of a mated pair (or trio!) with their Happily Ever After. Enjoy the run!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Romance Book Review: Elle Thorne's Cross

Cross: Shifters Forever Worlds 
Series Connection: Barely After Dark
Author: Elle Thorne
Genre: Paranormal Shifter, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Ariadne is on the run from her ex and a devastating betrayal. In danger she goes to her best friend from college who sends her to Mae Forester. Mae knows just who she needs to send Ariadne to and brings her to Cross. 

Cross is part of a special military shifter group, who is taking a break from his normal life. He's on his home turf when Mae brings Ariadne to Cross to protect. The minute Cross meets Ariadne his bear tells him she's his mate. Cross isn't sure he wants a mate, especially one that is human. 

It isn't long before trouble comes Cross and Ariadne's way. Can Cross get Ariadne to safety before its too late. 

This is a pretty short story that would have been interesting if it was a little longer. I enjoy the world Elle Thorne has built around Mae and her "nephews". It would be nice to have a full length novel as part of the series. 

One note, I once took a writing class which referenced naming characters and not making it a name that isn't common enough that the name doesn't just roll off the tongue. I think this is just one of those cases. 

Although Ariadne is a beautiful name, and I appreciate the use of a name from Greek mythology, is it a name that just didn't come easy to read throughout the story. 

(In Greek mythology means Ariadne is the daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. In Britannica.com says "She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.")

Description:
Cross del Cruz is a former Compliance Enforcer with the Shifter Council. He did his duty. He enforced the Council's will around the country and even out of the country. Stress the word former, because all he wants now is to be left alone. He's been living in his cabin on Bear Canyon Mountain Range, overlooking Bear Canyon Valley and enjoying the solitude of the forest. The quiet. The simplicity. The drama free environment that doesn't involve other shifters. Not even family.  

Except now Mae Forester, who has dubbed him as one of her "nephews" has decided she needs his help. He can't turn Mae down, not when she gave him and his brothers a home during the worst days of their lives.

He didn't expect Ariadne Fueller. Who could ever expect that curvy spitfire. She flipped his world upside down.

Before meeting her, Cross never would have called his existence lonely--until he met her.

If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book.
If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one.

We believe in sex--hot, dirty, delicious sex.

Yup, make it sweaty, too. It's not just sex, it's about the romance.

But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! ;)

Romance Book Review: Elle Thorne's Cross

Cross: Shifters Forever Worlds 
Series Connection: Barely After Dark
Author: Elle Thorne
Genre: Paranormal Shifter, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Ariadne is on the run from her ex and a devastating betrayal. In danger she goes to her best friend from college who sends her to Mae Forester. Mae knows just who she needs to send Ariadne to and brings her to Cross. 

Cross is part of a special military shifter group, who is taking a break from his normal life. He's on his home turf when Mae brings Ariadne to Cross to protect. The minute Cross meets Ariadne his bear tells him she's his mate. Cross isn't sure he wants a mate, especially one that is human. 

It isn't long before trouble comes Cross and Ariadne's way. Can Cross get Ariadne to safety before its too late. 

This is a pretty short story that would have been interesting if it was a little longer. I enjoy the world Elle Thorne has built around Mae and her "nephews". It would be nice to have a full length novel as part of the series. 

One note, I once took a writing class which referenced naming characters and not making it a name that isn't common enough that the name doesn't just roll off the tongue. I think this is just one of those cases. 

Although Ariadne is a beautiful name, and I appreciate the use of a name from Greek mythology, is it a name that just didn't come easy to read throughout the story. 

(In Greek mythology means Ariadne is the daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. In Britannica.com says "She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.")

Description:
Cross del Cruz is a former Compliance Enforcer with the Shifter Council. He did his duty. He enforced the Council's will around the country and even out of the country. Stress the word former, because all he wants now is to be left alone. He's been living in his cabin on Bear Canyon Mountain Range, overlooking Bear Canyon Valley and enjoying the solitude of the forest. The quiet. The simplicity. The drama free environment that doesn't involve other shifters. Not even family.  

Except now Mae Forester, who has dubbed him as one of her "nephews" has decided she needs his help. He can't turn Mae down, not when she gave him and his brothers a home during the worst days of their lives.

He didn't expect Ariadne Fueller. Who could ever expect that curvy spitfire. She flipped his world upside down.

Before meeting her, Cross never would have called his existence lonely--until he met her.

If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book.
If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one.

We believe in sex--hot, dirty, delicious sex.

Yup, make it sweaty, too. It's not just sex, it's about the romance.

But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! ;)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kenzie Cox's Cyrus

Cyrus
Series Connection: Black Bear Outlaws Mating Fever
Author: Kenzie Cox
ASIN: B01AVBKPBG
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Bayou Moon Press, LLC

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Wedding Planner Claire has loved her neighbor Cyrus since she was five years old, but it seemed that Cyrus had no interest in her. Now that she's grown and had her run in with bad boy boyfriends, Cyrus is off limits because she won't take a chance on the ultimate bad boy she knows Cyrus to be. 

Cyrus has other plans though. When Claire needs his help he decides this is the chance he's been waiting for with her and he'll do what ever he has to to help the she-bear he loves. 

This is a really short novel and a quick read. It has more erotic then romance, but it is well written and good for a steamy summer evening read. 

Description:
He’s loved her since they were kids…

Cyrus Doucet used to be the bad boy, the one all the girls wanted…all of them except one, the girl next door.

He’s everything she says she doesn’t want…


Claire Erickson’s always been the good girl…until now. She’s in trouble and the only person she can turn to is her outlaw neighbor, Cyrus Doucet.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Romance Book Review: Aurora Reid's Dragon Star

Dragon Star 
Author: Aurora Reid

Series Connection: A Shifter Football League Novel
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Dragon Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Cass was proud of her profession as a sports shifter therapist, but she made a big mistake getting involved with Jae, a dragon shifter that plays professional football. Now he's keeping her prisoner in his home. If she steps out of line, Jae threatens to burn her family alive, and Cass believes that he will do just as he says. 

Taking a chance she escapes from her gilded cage and heads to the practice field where she should be working and mets Nico, the quarterback of the football team.

Nico knows immediately that there is something about Cass that draws her too him, but he also knows that she fears Jae completely. Coming up with a quick plan, Nico comes up with the perfect excuse to get Cass away from Jae. 

Can Cass free herself from Jae, so that Nico and Jae Have their happy ever after?

Good sports themed story with a shifter football theme. On the plus side there is a good amount of suspense going through the story with the rivalry between Jae and Nico each fighting to keep Cass. But there are a few problems in the story that stand out. Nevertheless those who like dragon stories will find this book entertaining. 

Description:
After the fans turn on their star dragon quarterback, Nico’s ready to live his life in isolation. An injury and stagnant healing powers send him in a downward spiral, leaving him determined to count his gold hoard for the rest of his days.

Then Cass, a brilliant shifter therapist, offers to help.

His dragon soars, but she’s claimed by another: Jae, his teammate and one of the only twelve dragons alive. Nico’s ready to fight for Cass. He’s just going to have to get through her training first. It’s going to be tough. As tough as ignoring what his dragon’s telling him—Cass is his fated mate.

She lives her life in a golden cage…

Cass is one of the top doctors when it comes to shifter therapy, but she’s resigned to being a personal assistant for Jae May, a cruel and possessive dragon.

When she finally meets Nico, he’s half naked on a massage table. The elusive quarterback of the LA Outlaws seems to be hitting on her. He’s got lines of fans after every game who want to see his treasure room, and she’s guessing, the dragon in his pants too.

Cass thinks she’s going crazy from being cooped up too long, until he offers her a chance to escape. But Nico’s distrust of others and obsession with gold are getting in the way. So is the other dragon that she’s spurned, who will do anything—or destroy anything—to get her back.

Will their love burn forever?


Find out in Dragon Star, a Shifter Football League Novel filled with fiery passion and action. Jax's Mate is included as a bonus book.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Romance Book Review: Selena Kitt's Dragon Sass

Dragon Sass
Author: Selena Kitt
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Dragon Romance, Mythical/Magic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

As a special edition to Milly Taidens' Sassy Mates series, Selena Kitt will soon be offering "Dragon Sass". Taking fans back to Blue Creek, meet Kai a thousand plus year old dragon that hasn't been able to shift into his dragon form since he lost his heart in more than a than a thousand years.

Today dragons into immortality, but they can't shift. In modern day, Kai leaves a peaceful life in Blue Creek. He is friends with the local wolf pack, but generally keeps to himself. That is until his friend Barb tries to match him with a young woman friend of hers. 

Jules really isn't interested in meeting a man right now, even a man as handsome as Kai. Right now she has to work hard to keep her ranch from falling into bankruptcy and help her ever needy best friend.

When an old enemy of Kai's comes to Blue Creek to reek havoc on the town, everyone must pull together to save the shifters of the world. 

For more information on this series see Selena Kitt's website and Milly Taiden's site

Description:
Blue Creek needs a dragon. There’s only one problem—they don’t exist anymore. Or do they?

Kai is just trying to live the quiet life of a billionaire recluse. He might still like spicy food and spicy women, but he sacrificed his dragon’s heart over a thousand years ago and hasn’t been able to shift since. 

But Kai’s old nemesis, Nigel, has come back—from the dead—and the old Necromancer has his sights set on the wolf shifters. Nigel is wreaking havoc all over Blue Creek and, unfortunately, the only thing that can kill him is dragon fire. 

It’s feisty, orphaned horsewoman Jules, whose therapeutic ranch is in serious financial trouble, who holds the dragon’s heart—and she doesn’t even know it.

But renowned shifter-matchmaker Barb Wolfe knows—and this is the most important match she’ll ever make. The whole town, and maybe the entire shifter race, depend on it.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Romance Book Review: Paul Lonardo's Enchanted Desire

Enchanted Desire 
Author: Paul Lonardo
ISBN Digital: 978-1-5092-0924-8
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystical Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Ever since her miscarriage nothing in her relationship with her boyfriend David has not been the same. All she can think of is how she wants out of her relationship with him. The on her annual Black Friday shopping spree with her sister, Shana meets a mysterious man. One who is about the change her world. Kenny is an American Indian who teaches Shana about his world through just one short visit. That night she experiences a strange encounter with him, but was he really there with her or was it a strange supernatural tribal ritual?

Different from many of today's erotic romances, Paul Lonardo weaves a tale of mystery, Native American Heritage and eroticism that might just knock your socks off. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will say that the theme was so different from many erotic romances, I'd be interested in checking out some more of his titles. You'll have to give it a try to see what you think.

One other note: Form what I've seen on his Amazon list, it seems that Paul Lonardo has a wide selection of novels to choose from. Not only does he write romance, but also other non-fiction, fiction and biographies. 

Description:

I had my life all planned out...until I met him. Kenny Honana is sexy and alluring. Mysterious. I'd always been drawn to the Native American heritage, and now I found myself dream-deep in a supernatural tribal ritual. Little did I know, his vision quest would involve me in a sexual odyssey beyond my wildest dreams. But when the quest is over...what becomes of us?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Romance Book Review: Emma Allsyn's Bear Queen

Bear Queen
Author: Emma Allsyn
Series Connection: Royal Bears
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Queen Izobelle is a little bored and looking for someone to take on a little romp. Since her husband betrayed her years ago, Izo doesn't trust easily and isn't looking for a mate. Now some hunk of a bear/man like Clan Chief Malvin Dacus might be fun for a night, but a little too complicated to get involved with for Izo's taste. 

Malvin is at the Queen's kingdom in hopes for a rich mate to help but some much needed money into his own kingdom. He first thought of mating Izo's daughter, but it turned out she was already taken. Now he wouldn't mind spending some time with the mother. 

It isn't until Malvin spends some time with Izo that he realizes she just might be his mate, but while he's trying to figure out how to court the Queen of a neighboring land, Malvin's sister is out for Melvin's seat as ruler and she will do almost anything to get it. 

This is book three of this series, but it is the first I've read. It didn't seem that I'd missed too much, aside from the first meeting of the Izo and Dacus. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be best to read the first two book to the series before moving on the third. 

I loved the Queen. Izo has a little wild in her. There is nothing demure about her. She's also willing to fight for her male. Malvin is a young hunk of a man. He has a lot of worries, but is still out to have a good time. The two together are dynamite. Neither is calm and both area alpha and rulers in their own right. This book is more of a fun romp, than a sweet romance. 

Description:
The Bear Queen has a fence around her heart. The Alpha Clan Chief has an ax to chop it down. Their enemy lurks, waiting for an opportunity to strike...

Izobelle Sahakian, a Bear Queen renown for her beauty and wit, rules Casakraine with an iron fist. She struggles not to succumb to her desire for the most unsuitable alpha male at court- the leader of a foreign country.

Malvin Dacus, Clan Chief of Talogroth, must seduce a rich bride to save Talogroth. His mission derails when a matebond sparks to life with the headstrong Queen.

But difficulty casts a shadow over their wary, intense courtship. Malvin must end the rebellion of his older sister before she rallies the Clans against him or has him killed. Izobelle may help- but first she has to learn to trust. Will she accept their bond before it's too late, or will the dark side of her past destroy her final chance at happiness?


This is a steamy paranormal bear shifter romance with adventure, court intrigue and family dynamics for readers who enjoy reading about strong, complex heroines and fierce, protective alpha males. 3rd in the Royal Bears series, includes opportunity to download a bonus Happily Ever After short story at the end.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Rendan

Rendan 
Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Dragons of Preor
Genre: Scifi Alien, Dragon Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Preor dragon Rendan came to earth with his fellow Preors to find mates after females of their kind were mostly killed in war. Now the Preors search for mates that they can bond with. As Offense Master Rendan is a warrior and protector of his people. When he meets his mate Carla, he is in the process of finding a warrior partner and in need of medical attention from the ceremony the Preor Offense Master goes through to find one. 

Carla is a nurse who has been hired by the Preor to help take care of human mates who have become pregnant. She never thought she would meet her mate on the Preor ship, but when she realizes the position that her mate holds she isn't at all happy to be mated. She swore she would never get involved with a military man just like her father and Rendan appears to be just like him. 

Now that he has found his mate Rendan can't let her go and needs to figure out how to make her his. 

As usual, Celia Kyle has a knack for world building and sci-fi fans will love the future earth. This book adds to the other books, but showing more information on how much the world has changed. One of the most fun was when she describes how Carla is excited about the chance to was dishes because she gets to put her hands in real water during the cleaning process. 

The story includes some suspense as well, as not everyone is happy about Redan's search for a warrior partner and causes a bit of a ruckus.

Description: 
Violence is never the answer… unless you’re a Preor warrior. 

Rendan sen Tarkan, Offense Master to the Preor Third Fleet, has found his human mate. She is small compared to him, but her curves, delicious scent, and sky blue eyes call out to his soul. He has waited for a female for over two centuries and he will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take her. Even one of his own males. 

One moment Carla was unemployed and the next she was on the Preor battleship, working as a nurse for human-Preor mates. Oh, and the next moment? That was when she found her sexy, alien pink-scaled mate. Then she watched the muscular dragon shifter get beat to hell. And then she was assigned a condo in Preor Tower on Earth. The person in the condo next door? That sexy, alien pink-scaled male. 

Learning about the proud alien warrior isn’t trouble free, but it’s easier than almost dying. Yeah, almost. But the Preor who tried to end her life? Well, he doesn’t quit easily. She only hopes Rendan is there to save her when the alien tries to end her life once again. 

Part of the DRAGONS OF PREOR series: 
Jarek 
Taulan 
Kozav 

Rendan

Monday, August 15, 2016

Romance Book Review: Emma Allsyn and Starr Huntress' Warrior's Bond

Warrior's Bond
Series Connection: Yadeshi Brides
Author: Emma Allsyn, Starr Huntress
ISBN: N/A
Genre: BBW, Science Fiction, Alien Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Earth of the future is a much different place than today's world. As a single mother of three and with her family background, Zoriah is stuck in her place in society. When her son gets in trouble at school for the third time, she fears her status will change, pushing her small family even more down society's ladder and the worried she won't be able to support her other two children. 

When she finds out her son is getting into trouble purposely to make himself eligible to working with the aliens that now share earth, she is even more concerned. 

With his time almost over on earth and he is chance to go back to his home planet Benyon is sure that his dream of finding a good earth woman to mate will never be realized. That is until he meets the mother of the children he has been mentoring. Unfortunately for Benyon, the children didn't have permission to work with him, so in order to get Zoriah to even spend some time with him, Benyon will have to convince her everything she thinks about the aliens on her planet is wrong.

Quick read with good world building. Great read for science fictions, alien human romance fans. 

Description:
Curvy single mom in trouble + elite alien warrior = a chance at the forever kind of love.

Three strikes and he's out. Zoriah's rebellious teenage son is in trouble again- this time, on purpose. She'll do anything to prevent her family breaking up, even allow her children to train for the alien Yadehsi army.

Why raise your sword if you have no mate or family? Elite alien warrior Benyon spends his time on Earth training humans in martial arts. He's come to love the three human children with warrior-spirits, and will do anything to prevent their unhappiness- even if it means going toe-to-toe with their mother- a woman who entices him with her fierce temper, lush beauty and strength of will to raise her children alone.

But she doesn't have to be alone- he won't allow it, not when he's made up his mind she should be his. All he has to do is convince her that alien warriors do it bigger, harder and badder. And when their family is threatened by a spurned would-be lover, Benyon seizes the opportunity to prove his worth. After all, there's more to him than just his big, blue... tattoo.


This is a steamy hot, science fiction romance for readers who love BBW and alpha male alien warriors. Perfect for your lunch break read.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Romance Book Review: Anthology Hot Shifter Nights: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance


Hot Shifter Nights: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance
Authors: Emerald Wright, Anna Lowe, Michele Bardsley, Lily Thorn, Isadora Montrose, Marie Mason, Becca Fanning, Emma Alisyn, Lynn Red, Sloane Meyers
ASIN: B01J0RQNUE
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

What a nice way to check out a variety of authors who focus on shifter stories. Hot Shifter Nights feature 10 short stories form today's paranormal authors, some you may have heard of and some you may just get to experience for the first time. 

Of the 10 stories, I did run into one I had already read, but since I'd enjoyed it the first time, I didn't mind reading it a second time. One story was part of a serial, but peek my interest enough to check out the continuation of the story. 

While I can't say that all the stories are worth a Five Heart Review, but right off the bat, the first story "Damnation" drew me in and got me checking out more stories by Anna Lowe who was a new author to me. 

Another new author to me was Marie Mason. I fully enjoyed "Stranded with the Wolf". 

"Liam's Bride" by Emma Alisyn was the book I had read before and wound up getting the rest of the series to read after I read it the first time. 

Below is a list of all the stories.

Description:
Are you ready to feel HOT?

Ten sexy stories to heat up your Kindle. Featuring stories from your favorite paranormal romance authors, including six bears, three wolves & one dragon! 

WOLF

- Damnation: He hasn't forgotten her, and she hasn't forgiven him.

- Stranded With The Wolf: For months, CEO Jarod McCall has fought his attraction for his curvy secretary. Why? Because she's more than just a office tryst. She's his mate. When an unexpected storm strands them together for the weekend, the big, bad wolf comes out to play. 

- Hunted by the Alphas: When two Alphas fall for a curvy monster hunter, who will end up hunting whom? 

DRAGON

- The Dragon's Wife: She is the key to a mystery eight-hundred-years-old--and a love that has never died. 

BEAR

- Bearly A Bride: Wounded warrior bear-shifter Troy saved BBW Lisa Marie's twins from drowning. But how can 2 rambunctious cubs and a grieving widow heal this ex-Green Beret's tortured soul?

- Riding Bearback: Sun Valley is in jeopardy. An age old debt has come due and the residents are in danger of losing their home. A Clan of Bear Shifter Cowboys is the only thing standing between the peaceful townsfolk and a pack of ravenous werewolves 

- Liams Bride: Meredith is Liam's mate, but Liam doesn't know his human tenant is also the daughter of his father's killer. When he discovers her secret, will he abandon her and their baby? 

- Shared by the Bear Clan: In wild, ferocious, dangerously passionate dreams, Adriana loses herself nightly to the clutches of three beautiful men who just happen to turn into gigantic bears. 

- A Blaze to Bear: For smoke-jumping bear shifter Ian Reed, a normal day at the office involves hurling himself out of an airplane and into a wildfire. But when his new coworker turns out to be the impossibly sexy Charlotte, can he take the heat?

- SHIFTER: Black Bear: An island to himself, will loner bear-shifter Ryker open his heart to a woman on the run from her abusive spouse?

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Romance Review: Leslie North and Elizabeth Lennox's The Sheik's Desires

The Sheik's Desires
Author: Leslie North, Elizabeth Lennox
ISBN: 9781944078201
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Author

Purchase Link: Amazon


❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Description
Get four breath-taking sheik romances from two of your favorite authors - all in the same boxset!

The Sheik’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox 
When she sings, she sounds like a cat in heat…but Ana, a brilliant mathematician, stuns and surprises Najid del Sabur, Sheik of Safir. Her bright eyes defy him and her smiles sooth him, while her body makes him lust for her. But can he catch her? Can he convince her that her past won’t hurt their future?

The Prince’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox 
She can’t sit still. She’s beaten every nurse and doctor on her floor at cards. And she’s achingly beautiful. But is she friend or foe? Having been caught in the line of fire by a bullet meant for his brother, Prince Jual del Sabur, Minister of Defense for Safir can’t decide if the lovely Sonya was part of the assassination attempt or innocent and just caught by bad timing. All he knows is that he is definitely caught by her startling eyes and her soft sighs as he explores that question. 

The Sheikh's Untraditional Lover by Leslie North
Ultra-traditional and devastatingly handsome Prince Zafar Tadros thinks a business/sports complex is not what is needed for his country—but he believes in helping his family. With the region increasingly doing more business with Western companies, his father Sheikh Ahmadi has ordered this new business/sports complex to be a mix between West and East cultures.

Zafar has decided he will work to integrate as much traditional elements as possible, but Belle Mooney, an innovative American architect has taken her direction from Zafar's father and is going for innovations. The two clash over designs—and only one can win. 

The Sheikh's Stubborn Partner by Leslie North 
With the deadline fast approaching, playboy Prince Adyan Tadros must supervise the only construction company that will take on the job of building the business/sports center in less than six months. The meticulous Edna Abbey has taken over her father's construction company while he recovers from a stroke, and the last thing she wants to do is rush the project. But with attraction between her and the Prince growing everyday, she may be glad for the distraction...

The series includes four stories all about two sets of brother Sheikhs finding love.

Elizabeth Lennox's two stories include stories about half brother Sheikh's, Najid and Jual. Sheikh Najid falls for the young math wiz, Ana. Ana is all for a chance to spend so time with Najid, but a future with the Sheikh in charge of the country isn't something she's sure she's up to.

Jual is all about protecting his family at all cost, but there is something about Sonya that he wants to learn more about. He just can't decide if he should trust her because something about her story is making him think she's hiding something and if she is could she be in on the threat to his brother's life?

The set of books also includes a nice conclusion to Leslie North's Tadros, featuring twins Zafar and Adyan, feature each twin in their own story and the women who are very different from the women they are used to as their love match. I loved Belle's character. She wants so much to prove to her family that she can be her own woman and Prince Zafar is so traditional and conflicted about his feelings for Belle. Even though this is such a short story you still have the chance to really relate to the couple how they find what they need in each other. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kerry Adrienne's Waking the Bear

Author: Kerry Adrienne
Series Connection: Shifter Wars
ISBN13: 9781460397442
Genre: Paranormal romance, Bear shifter romance, Suspense romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2016

Purchase link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Amy has just been fired from her job and gotten rid of an ex that was less than desirable. Now she needs to figure out what she's going to do with the rest of her life. She decides to leave her big city life for a while and head out to the woods to rethink what she wants to do with the future and maybe paint for a bit. 

Dry Creek isn't like other forests. The forest is under the protection of bear shifters who are just waking from a long winter's nap. Griff is a bear shifter forest ranger. It is hit job to not only protect the forest and the people that live around it, but also protect a cave that has special powers. The bears know that war is coming. The lions used to protect the forest and the cave and they want it all back, but the bears can't let that happen. The bears know that the lions have been sniffing around and looking for a weakness to attack.

Amy doesn't know any of this. She sees a beautiful wilderness area where she can be alone and have some "me" time. She wants to try her hand out at painting and hopes to visit some of the pretty sites and paint. 

Griff is Amy's new landlord he tries to warn her that the forest is dangerous and stay close to the cabin, but Amy is stubborn and doesn't want to listen. Griff maybe handsome and she certainly is attracted to him, but this is "me" time and Amy wants to be on her own. 

Griff falls for Amy pretty fast but this isn't the time to get involved with someone. If the lions see that Griff has a weakness they'll use it to their advantage.

This book is a re-release with some rewritten parts. For the most part I like Griff, he tries his best not to be, well, an overbearing bear even though you can tell that isn't in his nature. No pun intended. Amy I have some serious problems with. Maybe if she was this stubborn in her last relationship she wouldn't have even started a relationship with her jerk of an ex. 

I don't want to send off an spoilers, but I'll say I wish the writer would have set the beginning of the ending scene a different way. It just made Amy look a little stupid that she had gotten herself in that mess to begin with. 

I liked the role of the villain, he was just the right amount of creepy. 

I do believe this book is worth a read, and although the book has a HEA for this couple, there secondary story of the war between the bears and the lions is ongoing and if you want to know what happens there, you'll have to read the rest of the series. 

Description: 

Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one's mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It's clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it's a means of survival. But what Amy doesn't realize is she's reawakened the beast within him.

Griff's dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff's entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Book one of the Shifter Wars series

Previously published, newly revised by author


This book is approximately 75,000 words

Friday, June 24, 2016

Romance Book Review: Jennifer Blake's Lancelot of the Pines

Author: Jennifer Blake
Series Connection: Louisiana Knights
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Mandy runs into hiding in small town Louisiana after her husband shows up missing and someone tries to kidnap her. To make matters worse the police are skeptical as to whether she offed her husband or not. 

When police deputy Lance, short for Lancelot (there's a story behind the name), shows up at her doorstep she wants nothing to do with his kind of help. It doesn't take long before the everything blows up on Mandy. Soon she's running with Lance from killers and she learns her husband was violently killed. 

Lance doesn't trust beautiful women who marry for money and as far as he can see Mandy is just like his ex who thought he had all kinds of money. 

Good start to a three book series on three cousins from a small town. I liked both characters, flawed in their own way, but working to be better people. Good prose throughout the story. My only true issue was when it came to the background story. There were a couple of intense scenes that include encounters with the bad guys, but in the end the case is solved without much work throughout the story. 

Description:
Bullets, betrayal and forbidden love--Meet Deputy Lance Benedict, the first of the Louisiana Knights...

CHIVALRY LIVES IN THE SULTRY SOUTH!

Mandy wants only to be left alone; she knows nothing about the disappearance of her much older husband, and less about the thug who tried to abduct her. Forced to hide out in a backwater town, the last thing she needs is an overbearing deputy's protection.

Lance, saddled with the protective instinct that goes with the name of Arthur's most trusted knight, is stunned by his reaction to Mandy's courage and beauty. But is he putting his life on the line for an innocent in danger--or for a Black Widow?
_____

Book 1: LANCELOT OF THE PINES
Book 2: GALAHAD IN JEANS
Book 3: TRISTAN ON A HARLEY


All 3 books in The Louisiana Knights series are standalone reads. The above is suggested reading order only.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Romance Book Review: Marie Johnston's Fever Claim

Fever Claim 
Author: Marie Johnston
Series Connection: The Sigma Menace
Genre: Shifter, Vampire, Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Started reading this old series that began in 2014, to get the background scoop on Marie Johnston's new series "Pale Moonlight" which have the first book coming out at the end of the month. The first book is called "Birthright". 

In the first of the Sigma Menace series book, Fever Claim, readers are introduced to Jace. Jace is the brother of Maggie, the heroine in "Birthright". 

Jace is a bartender at "Pale Moonlight" a shifter club. For month's his been lusting after Cassie. He knows Cassie is his mate, but she is human and about to marry another human. When Cassie is dumped a couple of weeks before her wedding Jace knows he has a chance to finally make his more. Cassie doesn't know anything about shifters, so he knows he has to take this slow. 

Time isn't on his side though, after one wild night with Jace, Cassie gets a call from her best friend Kaitlyn and and learns very quickly what shifters are. Jace helps her and her friend out of trouble, but Cassie isn't sure how to take on what is going on in the world. 

Jace and Cassie have more problems than just figuring out their mating. Someone evil is after Cassie and Jace and it will take everything that Jace has to protect his mate and all the understanding Cassie can muster to understand this new world she's been sucked into. 

So far I am liking this series and am interested in reading this full series and moving to the new series that begins with Jace's sister. 

Description:

After being ditched only weeks before her wedding, Cassie Stockwell wasn’t out looking for a hookup. Then the devastatingly handsome bartender she’d been trying not to obsess over for months offered to give her a ride home. What could one night hurt? 

When his future was almost taken away after one impulsive decision, wolf-shifter Jace Miller waited patiently for months before making a move on the woman he knew to be his destined mate. But will one night of passion keep his little human by his side once she learns of his world and the danger it brings to her doorstep?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kate Kent's Confessions of a Mail Order Bride: Complete Edition

 Confessions of a Mail Order Bride: Complete Edition 
Author: Kate Kent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance, Triad Romance Stories and more

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Get the whole Confessions of a Mail Order Bride series together in one set. 

Vic lives in a shifter town with a lot of shifter friends who all find it hard to get mates. He comes up with an idea, a shifter matchmaking site. 

The idea begins to take off when his friend Adrian, a lion shifter, meets his mate Sherry. 

In Lion's Love, Sherry over hears some of her co-workers talking about a new website where women can meet shifter online and see if they are compatible mates. Sherry isn't so sure she wants to apply to the website, but some mean girls at work sign her up.

Once she gets to meet Adrain, Sherry just can't believe her luck. And Adrian isn't too unhappy with the match either. 

And so the story goes. Throughout each book, friends of Sherry's gets to meet their match. In the background, bad things are happening around town. Someone is starting fires and sending a message to the local sheriff while they're at it. That mystery is explored in the background story of each book. 

Although it isn't necessary to read all of the books in the story and they can be purchased separately, it is nice to have the whole series in one set. It gives a chance to read a each love match takes place. 

While the stores are really short and usually feature one or two really erotic love scenes between each of the characters, the underlying story is interesting and makes the novellas stronger. I particularly like the last two stories, Tiger's Tease and Bull's Beauty. 

Tiger's Tease features a mix match pair if there ever was one. This story I wish would have been a little longer so their story had a chance to develop. This is the story between the Sheriff Dirk Matthews and Ava Adams. Ave is a former drug addict, who spent a little time in jail. She also sports a lot a tattoos, piercings and purple hair. Not exactly a match made in heaven for the small town sheriff. This relationship could have been a fun to explore some more. 

The final story in the set Bull's Beauty finishes off the mystery of who is setting the fires and who killed Vic and Max's mother, which we learn about in the first story. 

The first book, Lion's Love, is a kindle freebie right now if you want to check out the series before purchasing the set. 

Description:
Lion’s Love
Hungry lion meets shy BBW for a roaring good time!
All she’s ever wanted is to find the love of her life. BBW Sherry Cole dreams about the day she will find her true mate, marry and have kids but her natural shyness and a birthmark have eroded her confidence. Some of her co-workers are mean girls who decide it would be fun to play with Sherry’s love life and they take matters into their own hands

Bears’ Babe (menage)
Sexy, scruffy baker bear shifters hook up with curvy BBW for double the growl!
Judith Banks is looking for a partner whose ambition, drive and success match her own. When she sees handsome, successful wolf shifter Brad Stanford’s profile on the ‘Luscious Lads and Ladies Marriage Mates’ website she knows he’s the one. Shifters mate forever and with two failed marriages behind her, Judith is determined to get to know Mr. Perfect. But she hadn’t counted on the desire of the beefcake baker boys; Grant and Evan Myles.

Coyote’s Cutie
Hunky coyote shifter howls with lust and desire for curvy BBW!
Emotionally scarred BBW Marcie Shore aka ‘Hard Core Shore” aches for love but is caught in a vicious cycle of picking the wrong men. And her latest love interest wolf shifter Brad Stanford is about as wrong as they come. When she and nasty boy Brad hook up for some hot loving their steamy encounter leaves Marcie in a tough situation.

Wolves’ Wife (menage)
Sweet and sexy BBW has two wolf shifters growling and howling with desire!
Jill Lambert is not sure men can be trusted. She was the apple of her father’s eye but he left home when she was a teen never to be heard from again, and her ex-boyfriend cheated on her too many times. But when she learns her co-workers and friends have found forever mates on the ‘Luscious Lads and Ladies’ site she is tempted to give the marriage match site a try.

Tiger’s Tease
Pretty and pierced BBW has rough and ready tiger shifter burning with need!
Ava Adams has had her share of troubles; a rough childhood, drug addiction and even a stint in jail. Her last boyfriend was a jerk and the prospects of finding a hot and caring man to love aren’t very good. Though her friend Sherry convinces her to try the ‘Luscious Lads and Ladies Marriage Mates’ site, Ava is pretty sure the outcome will suck—especially since the site is running a blind dating experiment.

Bulls’ Beauty (menage)
Sassy BBW grabs 2 hot n’sexy bulls by the horns!
Cute, curvy and looking for love, Sabrina Foster signs up for the ‘Luscious Lads and Ladies’ marriage mates site. But she’s upset to find that none of the hot shifters on the site are interested in her profile. When she asks Vic, the site owner what the problem is, she is stunned to discover the truth!
Share in their true confessions as the women seek love with some of the hottest shifters in town! Confessions of a Mail Order Bride: Complete Editionincludes all the romances and covers in the Confession series. The stories includes strong sexual themes and language.

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Kozav

Kozav 
Author: Celia Kyle, Erin Tate
Series Connection: Dragons of Preor
Genre: Scifi Alien Romance, Shifter Romance, Dragon Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Kozav is a Primary Warrior on the Preor ship. He and a group of his men are injured and sent to a hospital on earth, but none of the doctors want to work on them and leave them for dead. 

When nurse Grace Hall arrives at work, she sees the Preors and immediately gets to work trying to repair the damage. Unaware that she is being fed information from the Preor's mating experience, she is able to help all the aliens until their own healers arrive. 

When Kozav wakes from his injuries back on the ship he realizes something is different and the "knowing" kicks in. He knows that sometime while he was unconsious he met his mate, now all he has to do is find her. 

When he finally does, he finds that helping his men has cause her health issues and takes her back to his ship where his healers can help her. But when she wakes all Grace can think about is the fact that she has obligations back at home. 

It doesn't help that not everyone on the Preor ship is happy that yet another human mate has been found. It seems Kozav and Grace have a lot to work out before that can have their HEA. 

This story had all the elements of one of Celia Kyle's entertaining stories, but something is holding me back from giving it a "5 Heart" review. I liked Grace and the fact that she has so much going on in her young life and just plows forward to make the best of everything. She has two jobs and takes care of her mother at all costs. 

She is a very independent woman and that certainly makes her very different from the kind of woman, Kozav sees himself with. I don't really think the story had a chance to touch on that very important issue. Compromise is talked about, but with the current situation on the ship, I can't really see this as a place where Grace would thrive, which makes me think she would be very unhappy in that situation. Making this couple not so compatible. 

That said, it is a good read and an interesting addition to the series, where the author goes into more detail about earth before the aliens came. 

Description:
Kozav found his mate and then he lost her. Now it’s time to hunt… 

Grace Hall is a nurse, not a doctor. But when five Preor warriors are brought to the emergency room and the doctors won't touch the aliens, she steps forward. One warrior draws her more than the others. His teal wings, muscular body, and pain-glazed eyes have her torn between two desires — needing his touch and desperation to heal him. She’s going to save the Preor males, even if it kills her. When she loses consciousness after healing them, she realizes it just might. 

Kozav sen Aghin, Primary Warrior of the Preor Third Fleet, wakes on the Preor battleship fully healed yet plagued by a feeling that something is wrong. And something is… Kozav's mate was left behind on Earth—alone and unprotected. Unacceptable. Kozav's guilt for his actions in the past still plague him and he is determined not to fail again. The curvaceous, green-eyed, dark haired human female is his to protect, his to claim and his to keep. 

When someone attempts to murder Grace, Kozav is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even if it means killing one of his own. Or will it be Kozav with a sword through his chest? 

Part of the "DRAGONS OF PREOR" series: 
Jarek 
Taulan 
Kozav 

Rendan *coming soon*

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Romance Book Review: Tessa Clarke's Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf
Author: Tessa Clarke
Series Connection: The Wolf Shifters of Raven Ridge Book 1
ISBN: 9780994942128
Genre: BBW Romance, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

On one of her first days at work in a new town and a new Veterinary Clinic, Delaney is covering to the older doctor who is about to retire when she meets war veteran, rancher, and shifter, Leif. She is immediately attracted to Leif and after spending a day with him, helping an eagle who has hurt his wing, she decides to take a chance with him. Little does she know all the baggage he brings with him.

Leif has been going through women since his return from Afghanistan. He doesn't know what he's looking for. While other shifters are looking for their mates to share with their brothers, he has decided he wants to be a lone wolf. The he meets Delaney and all that has changed. Not the lone wolf part, he's sure he still wants that, but taking a Delaney for a mate may just be what he wants. That is until one of his brother's begins to take an interest in Delaney, as well. 

This is a short novel with a lot of depth. Leif is the perfect hero type with a lot to figure out after coming home from war. Delaney is a strong heroine who can take care of herself. This book is well written for a short erotic romance, however there was a lot of what I like to call "F" bombs floating around that I thought was unnecessary and a little off putting as it didn't seem either of the characters were the type to use that kind of language. 

Description:
Lone Wolf is a standalone novella with no cliffhanger. 

When curvy veterinarian Delany Nichols meets sexy rancher Leif Pierce, sparks fly, but Leif is a wolf shifter with a past, and his brothers have expectations that he'll share his future mate. Leif's oldest brother, Wyatt, wants Leif back as part of the pack, for Leif's own good, but Leif is determined to be a lone wolf and keep Delany all to himself. 

When Leif's secrets catch up with him and threaten to tear he and Delany apart, Leif must confront his demons and his brothers, and convince Delany he can be trusted with her heart. 


Reader Note: This book contains hot sex and adult language. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like stories about true love, finding a mate, and sexy shifters and curvy girls, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Romance Book Review: Diana Palmer's Defender

Defender
by Diana Palmer
Series Connection: Long Tall Texans
ISBN: 9780373789733
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense Romance, Western Romance
Publisher: HQN Books, Harlequin
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

I always say this before reviewing a Diana Palmer book, so I'll resay it again—Diana's style isn't for everyone. I like her bold heroes and her young feisty heroines. A lot of reviewers spend their time criticizing  the fact that the women are virgins, which many believe is just not the norm in today's world, but she always has a sensible reason why this is so for each individual woman. Another issue that tends to come up often is the fact that for this one small Texas town there seem to be a lot of mercenaries, FBI and Texas Rangers, but I say hey this is a romance novel Diana's world can be anything she makes it within the pages of her book. With that all in mind, lets get down to the details on this story. 

Sari and Merrie are two young women who live with their millionaire father. Dad is very over protective, for reasons you learn in the story, and hires a bodyguard to keep watch over the girls. Dad is also very abusive, but the girls keep this as a secret for fear of what will happen to those they hold dear. 

Paul is the bodyguard. He is very fond of both girls, but Sari is special to him. Paul hasn't come to grips with a tragedy from his past and is using his time as a bodyguard for the girls to heal, but as with most men in Diana's stories he isn't doing the best job of it. 

When his relationship with Sari get a little to close for comfort, Paul decides its time to move on. He knows that neither he or Sari is ready for that next step. He leaves in the worst possible way and breaks Sari's heart. 

Flash forward three years later, Sari has finish law school and is working for the local DA. Her father is getting worse and is in big trouble and is still way over protective. 

Paul is now working for the FBI and gets sucked back into Sari and Merrie's life. Now Paul needs Sari's trust, but after everything that's happened in their past is that possible?

Paul is a little different from many of the heroes that live in Diana Palmer's books. He isn't quite as arrogant and really does care for Sari and Merrie. This is one of the reasons why I liked this book so much. Also, she goes into a lot more detail about the before time with the two and how their relationship started, making it seem a little slow moving in the beginning, but as you get further in the book, you can appreciate why that was necessary. 

Sari is like most of the heroines in other novels within the series. She pushes and she works hard through many heartbreaks in her life, but eventually you pulls through in the end and makes something happen with her life. 

Where the story went a little wrong for me is how Paul leaves Sari's life with a lie that seems uncharacteristic of him, plus their relationship issues at the end of the book, that also seem out of character for him. 

One of the best parts about this book is that there is a good deal of suspense that runs through the pages, much better written than in recent books in the series. I liked it. 

From the sound of it Merrie's story is in the works for the future sometime, which should prove to be interesting. 

Description
The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love. 

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left. 


Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?