Sunday, August 2, 2015

Romance Book Review: T.S. Joyce's Grey Back Bad Bear

Author: T.S. Joyce
Series Connection: Grey Back Bears
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Bear Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon 

As a child Willa and her friends agreed to spend a week together after they graduated from college. So much has happened since then, Willa didn't have much in common with the three bombshells she grew up with. Now sitting in a bar in the mountains, she can't believe that she didn't realize the reason she wasn't sitting on a beach with a tropical drink was because this town was filled with shifters. Shifters that her girl friends wanted to nothing more than to have hot and sweaty sex with and then move on with their lives. 

That wasn't what Willa wanted at all. She was still a virgin with a capital "V".

That is until she meets bear shifter Matt. Keeping strictly to the friend category, Matt and Willa begin spending time together and it isn't long before Matt realizes that all his playboy days are behind him and he's met his mate, but now he has to convince both Willa and his crew of bear shifter lumberjack buddies that his mate belongs by his side. 

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time while reading a romance. Willa is a gutsy, smart-mouthed person who blends perfectly with Matt. The couple works well together. I also didn't mind the shortness of the book, this time, because it worked well to introduce the characters and gave enough time to speak pull the couple together and was believable they would be able to make the HEA. 

Matt Barns is on a mission. The goal of this mission? Find a mate before his broken bear drives him into madness. He knows exactly what he’s looking for, but when his bear finally settles for a mate, she dumps his world upside down. She’s funny, sure, but other than that, she’s not his type in any way. Or so he thought, because Willa is breaking down his walls and opening his eyes to a new life he thought he might never find. 

Willamena Madden: smart-mouthed, fun-loving, loyal-to-a-fault, proud nerd and fragile human. She’s also somehow become the potential mate to a grizzly shifter. A shifter? She feels sorry for the critters and wishes humans would leave them alone, but Matt is proving he doesn’t need her pity. He’s a sexy, scarred up, growly beast-man, and she’s thinking he could be the one to finally take her V-card. But Matt’s hot and cold, and one of her friends is after a bucket-list werebear diddle with the man Willa’s falling for. And if that isn’t stressful enough, Matt’s Gray Back Crew is a loosely knit community of maniacs. 

Matt feels important, but Willa has never been in more danger. If she can’t find a way to survive his people, she’ll have to go back to her safe life without her Gray Back Bad Bear. 

**Brand new series from T.S. Joyce. Can be read as a standalone series. No cliff-hangers. Just a crew of lumberjack bad-a bear shifters, and the women strong enough to love them.** 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Romance Book Review: Ashlynn Monroe's Beloved Darkness

Author: Ashlynn Monroe
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Supernatural Romance, Ghost Story Romance
Digital ISBN: 9781940744810
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Saffron left the world of the supernatural with her childhood, but when her own son's life is in danger she run to her sister for help. Sage has a friend who she believes can help Saffron's son, but it may take Saffron believing in the unbelievable to help her son before the ghostly aberration takes him away.

When she meets Sage's friend Judson, she isn't sure if she can trust him, with her son or with herself. When the ghost show and puts them all in danger, Saffron must learn to believe or lose everything.

Fast read, short story. Read this book in one night. Some great moments of tension as the story climaxed. I was hoping for a little more between the hero and heroine, but the story was just too short to give them anytime for readers to see the HEA. Otherwise the story was well written and perfect who like a little supernatural with their romance.

There is more lurking between heaven and hell than most mortals are burdened to see.
Saffron Thorne flees to her younger sister's house when something in the darkness attacks her four-year-old son, Carsten. Saff doesn't believe in the supernatural woo-woo that her sister loves, but she trusts Sage with her son's life.

Convinced that evil forces are at work, Sage invites her friend Judson over. Jud is the hottest guy Saff has ever seen, but he's also a medium who talks to the dead. Saff is suspicious and leery, but for some reason she feels inexplicably drawn to him.

Judson soon proves he's legit, but can she trust him enough to put her feelings about the mystical aside and embrace the darkness? She'd do anything to keep her son safe. But as dark surprises are revealed, the danger intensifies even more.

Content Warning: contains graphic sex scene, creepy descriptions of the supernatural, and a love that defies the laws of death.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Romance Book Review: Beachwalk Press' Psychic Seductions

Psychic Seductions
Digital ISBN: 9781940744841
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance / Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Beachwalk Press has put together a series of short stories all themed around psychic powers. Add that to the great line up of well known writers and you get a fun series of stories.

Notable stories include Ella Jade's Always You, featuring what may turn out to be a new series. The short story features a family with shocking special powers. In Always You, oldest brother Caleb has the sees premonitions, but doesn't get the chance to foresee his parent's death. He has spent years beating himself up, until he re-meets a childhood friend of his younger sister and soon he is able to see past the cloud of sadness.

In Cupid and Cupcakes by Jacquie Underdown introduces Penny who's great tasting cupcakes aren't the only thing drawing people to flock into her bakery. While she's been able to find love for hundreds of people, she still hasn't found the one for herself. That is until one day her old neimisis steps back into her life.

In Indigo Stars, Stephanie Beck tells the story of two gifted people who have the power to help each other with each other's illnesses. We'd all love to find a miracle doctor who can zap cancer out of us, but everything comes with a price and soon the doctor needs help himself, that only his last patient can help him with. 

When it comes to love, sex, and seduction, these psychics break all the rules. Seven sexy stories and seven gifts of insight that will make you a believer.

Always You by Ella Jade
Aurora Mills has moved back to her hometown after a messy divorce which has left her penniless. Her friend Clara offers her a job at their family's pub, and within days Aurora runs into Clara's older brother Caleb. Aurora has always been attracted to him—there's something about him that just draws her in.

Caleb Larson has spent the past few years coming to terms with the tragic deaths of his parents and struggling with the guilt of not being able to prevent it. His gift of premonitions should have allowed him to see their future. After Aurora returns to town, whenever he's in her presence, he can sense that they have a deep connection of some type. Then he has a powerful vision from the past, and he knows there's even more to his feelings than he thought. Can these two lost souls find peace in each other's arms?

A Hint of Heaven by Nola Cross
Firefighter Jake Manley is a no-nonsense kind of guy. So when his little sister goes to see pet psychic Carrie Westfield, he lets the beautiful medium know he's got a watchful eye on her. But somehow she does seem to know more than she should, including painful secrets from his past. When the helpful spirit of his boyhood dog shows up, things get even stranger, making him question everything he thought was true. Can Jake accept that life doesn't end with death and let go of the guilt he's carried all these years? More importantly, can he let Carrie Westfield into his heart?

Cupid and Cupcakes by Jacquie Underdown
In a snowy, sleepy town is a quaint cupcake shop. People travel from miles away to visit this sugar-scented store because they think it's magical. They're not entirely wrong. But it isn't the shop, or the cupcakes it sells, that's magical…it's the owner.

Penny loves her little store, but people don't visit Cupid and Cupcakes solely for her cakes. They have an ulterior motive—they're seeking love. Penny is a matchmaker, a modern-day cupid, and she's great at it. Never wrong. Unfortunately, Penny's gift doesn't work where her own love life is concerned. That is until Jonathon reappears in her life. He's her best friend's brother, utterly wrong for her, and completely off-limits. Or is he?

Psychic Set-Up by Lacey Wolfe
During a drunken night of self-wallowing over his failed love life, Parker Evans wanders into Psychic Set-Up to see what a matchmaking psychic can do for him. But once he meets the luscious psychic he's not interested in anyone else.

Willow Webb is an aura reader who plays matchmaker for a living. While she has tremendous success matching up others, her own love life is nonexistent. Men aren't able to handle being involved with a woman who can read their every emotion. But she finds herself drawn to her handsome new client. When it comes time to match him up, will she do her job or keep him for herself?

Something in the Water by Lisa Knight
Kindergarten teacher Jill O'Halloran does her best to disregard the visions she sees in pools of still water, having learned from a young age that it wasn't something that happened to normal people. But when images of Darcy Albright in the throes of passion keep appearing, they prove too difficult to ignore. Jill can't understand why she's so drawn to Darcy. Sure he's gorgeous, but she doesn't do relationships.

When Darcy's ex-wife drops a bombshell, Jill discovers that he's all too familiar with futuristic visions. But is the prospect of learning more about the gift she's denied for so long worth the risk of falling for him?

Indigo Stars by Stephanie Beck
Indigo's ability to create light with her mind was always a fun parlor trick, but since her cancer diagnosis, the parlor has closed for business. On the brink of major health failure, she can't help but wonder when her good luck ran out.

Dr. Lee Russell believes in healing by any means necessary. He uses his psychic powers in special cases when modern medicine just can't help. Indigo's case is special. She's like him, yet she wastes her gift creating stars. He heals her, but doesn't expect much, not until he gets sick himself and only Indy's touch can ease his pain. He's never seen himself as anything more than a healer, but to save his own life, Lee will have to mentor Indigo to reach beyond the stars and use her gift in ways she never imagined.

Taming Fury by Ellen Cummins
Holly is a mind-moving Fury who electrifies all human flesh she touches. Even her own family has sent her packing. She moves things with her mind, manipulating fire with the flick of her finger, but she burns for the one thing that has never been an option for her—love.

When she catches sight of the handsome man helping her new neighbor move in she longs to take a chance and introduce herself…to pretend to be normal just once. It could easily end in disaster, but surprisingly, when she shakes his hand, no mind-blowing electrocution follows, and she begins to hope. But it turns out that her touch has affected Jacob in a way she never imagined, and it will change his life forever.

Content Warning: these stories contain sensual sex scenes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Shelly Laurenston's The Unleashing

Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series connection: Call of the Crow
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance
Publisher: Kensington

Purchase Link: Amazon

Shelly Laurenston starts a new series with The Unleashing. The series is set in modern day Los Angeles where clans of warriors that work for the Nordic Gods live among the rest of the humans.

In this first book Kera Watson, former Marine, is killed a back alley behind the coffee shop she work at. Vig Rundstrom, a warrior for God Odin, has spent months working up the nerve to ask Kera out on a date. When Kera is stabbed and killed Vig gets there just a minute too late and while she takes her last breath, Vig calls on the God Skuld to save her life.

When Kera wakes up to her new life, she finds out that she's now works as a warriors for Skuld. As a former Marine, Kera isn't sure she can handle what is expected of her.

Now that Kera is so close, Vig has a chance to be with her like he has always wanted to be, but first he has to help get her used to her new life.

The Unleashing is very much like most series firsts. Several characters are introduced and the background story is explained. I generally find myself laughing out loud constantly when I read one of Shelly Laurentson's books, but I didn't get that with this book. I like the characters but there was too much information for the back story that I felts the hero and heroine where underdeveloped and didn't get a chance to shine. I didn't really get a chance to see why they would make a good couple together. I did love Kera's dog and the fact that all the "Crows" loved her too.

I'm hoping that future installments of the series will wow me like so many other of her books have.

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Romance Book Review: Sassie Lewis' A Diamond in the Dark

Author: Sassie Lewis
ISBN: 9781940744834
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Erotic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

For years Tia has been in love with her adoptive uncle Ax, but he hasn't even noticed she's turned into a woman. At 21 she's ready to seduce the man and get his attention, so when the two spend a weekend out of town, sharing a hotel room, Tia takes her chance.

Ax can't think of himself as anything but a dirty old man because he's in love with the 21 year-old his brother adopted and he helped to raise. He just can't resist the beautiful woman Tia has turned into. The only problem the two need to face is what will the rest of their family think when they find out.

This is a well-written and an oh-so-steamy read! For those who like erotic romance with a storyline that continues outside of the bedroom, this story will satisfy your need for both a true romance and lots of erotic scenes. 

An untouched beauty, an irresistible cowboy, and forbidden desires. Sinning never tasted so sweet. 

How do you get a Texas cowboy to notice you? Tia's been asking herself that question for years. She's only ever wanted one man to notice her. The problem is the stubborn, ruggedly handsome guy that she's obsessed with has always seen himself as her uncle. 

What happens when the girl you helped raise becomes a young woman you can't resist? In Axton's case, you take a road trip to escape temptation. But when his brother dumps the delectable, curvy Tia in Axton's hotel room, suddenly the reasons for fighting temptation seem insignificant against the burning need coursing through them both. 

Can the heat of their passion ignite a love worth fighting for, or will one accident end it all? 

Content Warning: This book contains one hot as hell cowboy and a curvy college student with great taste in men. Some outdoor, indoor, and public loving. These scenes are sure to leave your panties wet and your heart pumping.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle and Mina Carter's Wanting a Mate

Authors: Celia Kyle and Mina Carter
Series Connection: Quick and Furry
ISBN: 9781680399806
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Werecouger Romance, BBW Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon 

Chloe is ready to settle down with a good man, but she isn't having any luck. She tries the Internet dating sites with no such luck. After returning home late from another loser date she comes home to find her mother at her apartment to find out that her mother has set her up on yet another dating site, but this time it is for shifter dating service. Secretly Chloe has always had a thing for werecats and can't wait to check out the meet and greet event.

First impressions aren't going to well, until she runs into Holt and then things start to heat up.

Holt can't believe his brother set him up for a shifter dating service to find his mate. It isn't that Holt doesn't want a mate, but he isn't the easiest person to get a long with and he's worried that his mate would run for the hills the minute he meets her. Deciding to give it a try Holt goes to the meet and greet and gets a look at Chloe.

Short, quick read and funny describes this story. As the series says this is a Quick and Furry ready, so don't expect anything really long in this story. While it is a fast read you get a chance to learn enough about both characters to enjoy the story. A fan of both authors, I can see a lot of Mina Carter's influence in this story.

Sometimes a gal’s gotta admit defeat and decide how many cats she’s gonna have when she’s old and crazy…

Chloe Hall has tried every dating website out there and continues to connect with duds. Then her mother signs her up for a new dating—mating—service. Human or shifter, everyone is welcome as long as they’re looking for love and not their next bang. Chloe doesn’t care if her mate roars and sheds or howls and smells like wet dog. He’ll be hers. It’s not until she meets Holt—a massive, muscular, totally gorgeous werecougar—that she realizes she really will become a cat lady, and he absolutely drives her crazy.

Werecougar Holt Moore’s animal is restless and craves things that scare the shit outta him: a mate, cubs, and a white picket fence. It doesn’t seem to remember that cougars are solitary animals in the wild, which also applies to his human half. His cat is too dominant to tolerate other shifters and when he’s on two legs, he towers over every human he meets. He’s big and mean and that’s how he likes it. 
Then he meets Chloe—curvy, luscious, human Chloe—and realizes he needs to add “possessive” and “biggest asshole on the planet” to his list of traits. Well, not all relationships are smooth sailing.

The M&M Mating Agency – They deal in matings, not chocolate.

Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Wild About Westion

Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, Blueberry Lane Series
ISBN: 9780991204571
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery

Purchase Link: Amazon

Weston English wakes up being excited about attending his brother's wedding only the find out that on-again-off-again girlfriend and date for the wedding has decided this is the best day to dump him and go back to her ex-boyfriend. And part of the reason is because she can't trust him because of the way his older brothers have treated her sisters.

Having to go to the wedding stag has left him in a bad mood. That is until her meets a redhead at the bar the changes his persepective on his newly single status.

Molly had planned to attend her new friend Daisy's wedding with her fiance Dusty, but the night before Dusty called and broke off the engagement. Not wanting to let Daisy down she decides to attend the wedding even though it is the last place she wants to be. At the bar she meets Weston and the two spend the wedding getting to know each other and making decisions on life changes with each other's help.

That is until both their ex's change their minds...

Most of this book takes place in one day at Daisy and Fitz's wedding. Through out the event Molly and Weston spend time together while going along with the rest of the reception activities. Emotions are running high for both characters and for the most part this wouldn't be the time for either of them to making life altering decisions, but for Molly and Westion it seems to fit and isn't too unbelievable so I'll give it a pass.

Wild about Weston is the fifth of six books about the last of the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Wait a second! They're definitely NOT all on the look-out for love anymore. Not if Emily, Daisy, Jess and Val have any say in the matter. Weston's the last single English...oh, yeah. And Kate. Poor Kate...) 

When Weston English's girlfriend breaks up with him to move to Italy on the morning of his brother Fitz's wedding, he fully expects to have a horrible day. What he doesn't anticipate is meeting Molly McKenna at the reception. 

Daisy's friend, Molly, whose fiance dumped her the night before the wedding, decides to throw caution to the wind and eschew her schoolteacher persona for a wild, one-night stand with Weston. 

From the ceremony to the cocktail hour, from dinner to dancing, from toasts to photos, Molly and Weston will discover that they have more in common than they could have guessed, and that some horrible endings lead to the happiest beginnings. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Anyone but Alex

Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, The Blueberry Lane Series
ISBN: 9781503353176
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery

Purchase Link: Amazon

Alex English, manwhore, playboy, womanizer, ladies' man, philanderer, tomcat, player, lady-killer--whatever you want to call him he has probably already heard and didn't even pay attention to it. Just lately though Alex isn't sure he likes that people think that about him. His time with his "lady-friends" or current lover, whoever she may be is getting boring. Something is seriously missing. Until one rainy night when he runs into his old friend Jessica Winslow. 

Jessica wasn't one of his "lady-friends" in fact she was just a young girl the last time Alex laid eyes on her, but she always had a place in his heart. Seeing her again makes him realize all the things he's been missing and she wants to be his friend. Not knowing if that is something he can even do...but willing he's willing to try for Jessica. He's up for the challenge, but is Jessica.

Sweet, young Jessica has just come back from England where she moved after her father died years ago. Running into Alex, the boy she always loved and seeing how handsome he has grown as a man is making all her insides turn to jello. She knows she wants Alex as more than a friend, but she has to woo him to her side. 

The big problem is her brothers are dead set against it. They know what type of man Alex has become and they are sure they don't want him anywhere near their little sister. It doesn't matter that they all consider Alex a good friend, he's no good for their little Jessie. That attitude is driving Jessica made, but she'll do whatever she can to get her man.

There's just one more little problem...the old trail of lovers Alex has left behind who can't wait to get him back. 

I wasn't sure I was going to like Alex's story, but I think it is my favorite so far. Remember I'm not really reading these in order and they can even be read solo, still there is something about Alex's character besides his looks that I liked while I read his story. Does he have a chance of succeeding with Jessica for the long romance book land who ever knows. Maybe we 'll run into him again in some of the Blueberry Lane series when Katy Regnery writes about the other families on the block to find out. 

Anyone but Alex is the third of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Sort of. Barrett and Fitz are officially off the market, Alex has sampled every piece of available ass from Rittenhouse Square to the Liberty Bell, Stratton can't seem to see what's right in front of him, and don't even get me started on super hottie, Weston...) 

Alex English, the well-known man whore of the country club set, has always preferred to play the field, eschewing a chance with Miss Right for a satisfying quickie with Miss Right-Now. But after seeing his two older brothers take the plunge, something has been aching inside of Alex, and no amount of casual sex seems to fill the void in his heart. 

Jessica Winslow, whose older brothers are best friends with the English brothers, has returned home from a fifteen-year stay in England, only to find herself face-to-face with her childhood crush, Alex English, on her first night home. She's heard all the rumors, but Jessie remembers the older boy who was so kind to her as a child, and can't help reaching out to Alex in friendship. 

Between disapproving brothers, scheming exes, and the biggest business deal of English & Sons' illustrious history, Alex and Jessie's budding romance is going to be put to the test. The question is...will it be strong enough to be their happily-ever-after?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Kiss Me Kate

Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, The Blueberry Lane Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery

Purchase Link: Amazon

I'm reading this series a bit out of order but after reading the first and 5th book I decided that Kate and Etienne's story looked interesting and decided to check it out.

A modern day Romeo and Juliet, at Kate 15 Kate and Etienne fell in love but then were torn apart. They don't see each other for 12 years each blaming the other for what tore them apart. Emotions flare while the couple flash back on what happened back then and try to work together today.

Now both older and lawyers in their separate family companies the two are forced to work together. The both have strong feelings for each other, but the past keeps getting in their way. Can they make their way back before the past drives them apart for ever.

Misunderstandings and old hurt feelings keep pushing these two strong-will characters apart. It was hard to really understand Etenne's personality and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to like him, or was sure that he was right for Kate and her quiet life. 

I'm still making my way through the series, but have enjoyed the books I've read so far.

Kiss Me Kate is the sixth of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers (and one lovely cousin!) who are all on the look-out for love. 

Kate English, cousin to the beguiling English Brothers, has relocated to Philadelphia and now works with her cousins at English & Company. The problem with moving to Philly? It was where Kate met her first love, Etienne Rousseau. Since the move, Kate can't seem shake the painful memories of a romance that broke her heart. 

Etienne Rousseau, neighbor and arch-enemy of the English family, is recently single and has every intention of enjoying his newly-minted bachelor-status. That is...until his brother inks a deal with English & Company, forcing Etienne to work with his one-time lover, Kate English. Though he wants to hate the girl who once destroyed his life, he can't deny the fierce attraction or hide the deep tenderness he still feels for Kate. 

With vibrant flashbacks of their passionate, teenage love affair making it impossible to ignore their unresolved history, Kate and Etienne will commit to unraveling the secrets of their heartbreaking past to make way for a breathtaking future.

Romance Book Scene: Katy Regnery's Seduced By Stratton

Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, The Blueberry Lane Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery

Purchase Link: Amazon

Stratton English is a little shy and awkward with woman, some might even call him blunt, but when he meets his new neighbor Amy he is taken with her right away and despite his awkward start with her she give him a second chance. The only problem is Amy is taken and if that isn't bad enough with a family enemy for Stratton.

For two long years Stratton waits for Amy to realize the man she is with is just plan bad for her. While he waits no other woman will do for him...until Valeria.

Val's best friend Emily is marrying Stratton's brother Barrett. When Val meets Barrett's brother she falls quickly. They are perfect for each other and Stratton seem to totally agree, until he never refuses her invitation for date and then never calls her again.

Stratton can't believe that he could be attracted to Val when he's so in love with Amy or is he? Through mixed feelings Val and Stratton try to figure out their feelings and what the future might hold.

Stratton is definitely a man who where his heart on his sleeve, but Val is perfect for his personality. I love that she come from a loud Italian family and her personality is so colorful. It is exactly what is needed to match Stratton's serious savior tone. I also liked that their relationship doesn't just happen and Stratton needs to work out his relationship with Amy first. This book gets a 5 Heart rating.

Seduced by Stratton is the fourth of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except for Barrett, Fitz and Alex, because they're taken. And Weston, who is still riding the ugly-love roller coaster with one of the Atwell sisters....) 

Stratton English, the hottest, youngest, most devastatingly handsome CFO in Philadelphia, has a problem: women make him nervous. Really nervous. Catastrophically nervous. Socially awkward to an extreme, he's apt to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, and it's rarely something a woman wants to hear. Quietly in love with his neighbor, Amy, he has no idea how to make his move, but he is committed to figuring out a way to seduce her. 

Valeria Campanile, who Stratton knows through one of his four brothers, is a PhD candidate who moonlights as a dance instructor on the side. Ironically, even though Val studies Courtship Rituals, she can't seem to find herself courted. Pursued by boys from the "old neighborhood" who promise to overlook the fact that she's so smart, she longs to meet someone who romances her mind as well as her heart. 

When Stratton helps Valeria with a financial problem, she is anxious to return the favor. But will Stratton, who needs Val's expertise to win Amy, find himself seducing Val instead? 

Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Breaking Up with Barrett

Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, The Blueberry Lane Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery

Purchase Link: Amazon

Emily Edwards was falling in love with Barrett English, but that was never the plan. She was an old family friend, or to be exact the gardener and housekeeper's daughter and Barrett paid her to be his go to dinners with him and pretend they were engaged. Now she knew if she were to keep her heart in tack, Emily needed to break the fake engagement.

When Barrett finds out that Emily wants to break off their arrangement he'll do anything to keep her, because there is more to their being together then a simple employee/employer relationship and he needs time for Emily to understand that.

Shades of the old Sabrina movie in this well written book, even if it was a bit predictable. I am encouraged for the rest of the series. Since the author says that these are stand alone books I've already started reading the others a little out of order. I'll give this story 4 Hearts.

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.) 

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way. 

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom. 

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves? 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Romance Book Review: Maya Banks' Safe At Last

Author: Maya Banks
Series Connection: Slow Burn Novel
ISBN: 978-0062312501
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Avon

Purchase Link: Amazon

Security expert Zack Covington protects and rescues people for a living, but he still remembers the girl he loved who walked away 12 years ago. When he finds her again while on a job Zack can't believe his eyes, but his long lost love is so scared of him and keeps talking about his betrayal that Zack can't get close enough to find out what she's talking about.

Anna-Grace Hill is about to finally turn a corner and get on with her life after 12 years of living in the past and hating her ex for his betrayal. She has made a good friend who is helping her with her first big art show, but when she walks into the gallery where her art is displayed she walks right in on her past and she is completely terrified to see the man who she believes wants her dead--Zack.

All isn't as it seems, but before the two get to work out their problems someone from Zack's past leaves a battered and bruised Anna-Grace for dead on his door step and now she trusts him even less. Can Zack gain back Anna-Grace's trust before those that want to use her to get back at Zack and his partners kill Anna-Grace or someone else they love.

I jumped at the chance when I found Maya Banks' new book even though I had missed book one and two in the series. I do that a lot and if I feel I liked book enough I might purchase the earlier books to read them. Generally you can get enough information throughout the book to tell the story. With this book, I kind of caught on, but I think to really understand why the bad guys want to ruin the DSS team you have to read books one and two first. That being said I did get the general gist of this story.

In some ways this book deviates from Maya Banks usual books. While there is a hot love scene at the end of the book it doesn't take on the author's usual hot, hotness, but works well with the story as this is truly a love story.

The heroine is a little too fragile for my taste, but the hero's sensitive side will knock your socks off. I loved his character through and through. As for the Anna-Grace--I wanted to bang her upside the head a few times and just get her to talk to Zack and tell him what happened already.

Another well done part of the book is supporting characters Wade and Eliza. Unfortunately it seems this was only a three book series and this was the last book. Maybe Maya Banks will bring Wade and Eliza back in another series sometime in the future.

The third book in the beloved #1 bestselling author's sexy, romantic suspense Slow Burn series…
They say young love doesn't last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. 

For Zack Covington, Anna-Grace—his "Gracie"—was the one. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing.

Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must be alive. When he finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.

Zack has enemies, and once his weakness is discovered, Gracie becomes a target for revenge. He'll have to save her before he can earn her trust and her love. And he vows they'll never be torn apart again.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Monica Owens' Fallen Angel Series

Title: Fallen Justice
Author: Monica Owens
Series Connection: Fallen Angels Series
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Suspense, Gothic, Mythology, Mystery
Publisher: Red Sage

Purchase Link: Amazon

With the loss of his sword, fallen angel Dagon is slowly going insane. His only hope is to get his sword back. When an ex-nunn dies, the church asks the fallen angels to help and find out what happened to her, they know that there is more involved in the old Nunn's death then the police can find out. 

Gina never knew her parents and when she found the Sister Mary Ruth she felt she had finally found her grandmother. 

Dagon knew when he first met Gina with Sister Mary Ruth that he wanted her. At Sister Mary Ruth's funeral he knows that he needs to protect her even if it is from the Devil himself. 

Dagon is a fallen Archangel. When he fled Hell, he took along his soul-killing sword of Hellfire. After centuries with his sword, Dagon has it stolen, causing him to descend into a whirling madness. Gina Marcos has just found her grandmother and now is forced to bury her. The murder of the ex-nun comes to the attention of the church and they ask the Fallen Angels to investigate. 

Gina, and her many secrets, finds it necessary to coexist with Dagon and his roommates. As the investigation into Sister Mary Ruth's death continues, Gina and Dagon enter into a dangerous relationship. And if Gina's past doesn't come between them, then Dagon's madness surely will. 

Reader Alert! Insanity. The Devil's children. Love. Lust. Be prepared...this is not a love story for the faint of heart. It does not fit a mold. Dagon's madness sparks an anger and rage most women would run from. Ah, but be patient, Dagon may win it all in the end... To My Readers: Thank you for coming along on another of Fallen's wild rides. This book features Dagon, our insane hero, and the object of his lust, Gina. Enjoy Dagon and Gina's story--there might be a surprise or two!

Title: Fallen Demon
Author: Monica Owens
Series: Fallen Angels Series
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Supernatural, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Red Sage

Purchase Link: Amazon

Paige and her twin sister took a trip to Germany. They only have each other left in the world. While on a hike, Paige and her sister get separated and her sister disappears. 

In the meantime, Paige comes across an injured man and helps him. She brings him back to her hotel in an effort to make sure he is okay. Later after the handsome man leaves her, Paige attempts to find her sister, only to be swept into a world she never knew existed. 

After centuries of life on earth, things are heating up for the Fallen Angels. A group of humans has stumbled upon their existence and a Rogue fallen angel is using their fear to his advantage. The first piece of his plan is going into effect: in the picturesque locale of the Black Forest, Germany. 

Samael the Seraph has made a home for himself in Germany. For the most part, it has been a calm life, with only a few painful difficulties over the years. But now tourists are missing and turning up dead. Sam and his group of fallen angels can’t figure out who is behind these heinous crimes, but they know for sure that this is not a human murderer.

Paige and her sister Victoria are visiting Germany from England. Victoria vanishes just as Paige meets Sam, saving his life. She insists on helping Sam and his friends find Victoria and Sam decides the only way to keep Paige out of trouble is keep her by his side. As they close in on the murderer, the danger to Paige reaches sickening heights, and Sam isn’t sure he can keep her safe. Not with the evil the Rogue intends to unleash upon the world…

Title: Fallen Daughters
Author: Monica Owens
Series Connection: Fallen Angels Series 
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Gothic, Mystery, Mythology
Publisher: Red Sage

Purchase Link: Amazon

Meet three of Satan's daughters and the men they fall in love with. Each daughter has a different kind of relationship with the Devil.

Ember has been kicked out of Hell left to live for centuries on Earth with humans. As a parole officer she meets a member of the local motorcycle gang, Cage. 

When her father asks Amaryllis to go visit her sister Ember to check and make sure she is doing well, shy innocent Amaryllis doesn't realize that Daddy dearest may have an ulterior motive in Amaryllis going to see her sister. 

When Amaryllis gets to earth she meets Dominguez, a biker that comes from the same gang as Cage. Stuck in a snow storm she can't get enough of the sexy biker, but what will happen when Dominguez finds out that she's the Devil's daughter. 

Ruby is about to get stuck in an arranged marriage so that she can start having babies in hopes that a male child would be in the future. All she wants is one last weekend of fun before she marries so fat old minion of her father's. When she gets to earth she meets Maddox of the same motorcycle gang her two sisters have attached themselves to the two hit it off right away, but when her mother Lilith realizes that she's gone and comes to get her all hell breaks lose. 

Fallen Daughters contains three stories all intertwined with the Devil Bones MC. The first story belongs to Ember and Cage as he fights for the life of his motorcycle club. With Ember's encouragement, he makes the changes needed, but at a huge price. Will he lose the love of his life when she makes the ultimate decision? Amaryllis is sent to check on her sister, but instead runs into Dominguez. 

When Amaryllis realizes her father has betrayed her, Dominguez turns his back on her and she goes home in disgrace. But the feelings Dominguez incited cause Amaryllis to make a daring choice. Ruby wants one last fling before marrying the man her father has chosen for her. 

What she finds is Maddox, the tattooed, pierced Sargent at arms of the Devil Bones MC. When a deadly shooting occurs, Mad takes off after Ruby to get some answers. What he gets is an experience he'll never forget, not after meeting Ruby's mother Lilith.

Fallen Grace
Author: Monica Owens
Series Connection: Fallen Angels Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Gothic Romance, And Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Red Sage

Purchase Link: Amazon

For more than 500 years Fallen Angel Forneus has not had sex and although it has been hard, it has never been harder now that his fellow fallen have found their mates and he has to live with them. Taking a trip to help a woman in need Forneus finds this one woman might be the one who soothes his woes. 

Holly's cousin has some serious mental issues, but when she asks Holly to contact an email address and ask for help, Holly can't deny her. When Forneus walks in the door, Holly isn't sure she can trust him. Se decides to tell him to forget it, but Forneus doesn't give up that easily. While he is checking out for more details, the devil's soldier tries to kidnap her.

Forneus is done. Done with Chicago. Done with love. Done with everything. He decides to throw himself into helping others, because isn’t that what the Fallen Angels are here for? He answers an email by arriving in Las Vegas to help a woman out of a sticky situation. A situation that she has failed to communicate. But anywhere is better than Chicago.

While each of these stories can be read alone, reading the entire series helps to keep the back story straight. It will allow you to understand fully how desperate the Devil is to find his missing daughters. Easy reads with an interesting plot, good fight signs and lots of romance. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Pailey

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Alpha Marked
ISBN-13: 9781680399967
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Witch Romance, Menge Romance, Erotic Romance, BBW Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Paisley's story picks up where Lorelei's story ends while her sister's are meeting their mates at the Gathering, Paisley is kidnapped not knowing anything about werewolves and the magic she carries inside. Just when she thinks she's about to come to a disturbing end something blows up and when she realizes it was her own doing that is just the beginning of the story.

Coming to her rescue after she knocks out her captor are two hot looking werewolves, Hawkins and Chance. They have quite a story to tell her and while she is reunited with her sisters Paisley must come to terms with a whole world she doesn't know anything about and figure out why she was kidnapped in the first place.

I purchased this book a while back, but didn't get a chance to read it until just this week. First of all if you have missed the Alpha Marked series I would recommend you read it in order to keep up with who all the characters are and why these sisters and cousins find themselves in the middle of a werewolf war.

Once you get to Paisley's story you are in for a treat. So far my favorite, Paisley's story digs deeper in the personalities between the three chosen mates and pulls in a little more emotion than the other stories. Paisley comes to terms rather quickly with what is going on and I wish with the rest of what is going on she would have held off a bit longer, but otherwise the connection to the rest of the storyline works well.

Not that Celia Kyle has finished with the second set of sisters it will be interesting to see if she decides to go on with a new group of characters.

Thirty and single? Well, getcha butt to the Gathering! Wait… what? 

Paisley Twynham is over the whole werewolf thing. It’d been a shock to be magically kidnapped and plopped in the middle of a werewolf gathering. Then she got kidnapped a second time, had the crap beat out of her, escaped, and then met two men who are supposed to be her mates. Yup, all kinds of “over” the Gathering. Her only salvations are her sisters and… the two men she can’t help but drool over. Tall, muscular, sexy as hell, and for some reason, they want her fluffy ass. Maybe she doesn’t hate werewolves as much as she thought… 

Chance and Hawkins don’t quite have a solid Warden bond. Hawkins is holding back while Chance is slowly reaching the end of his patience after ten years of partnership. The only woman who might save them is Paisley. Seductive, curvaceous, vivacious Paisley Twynham. She’s their Warden Born mate and Chance refuses to let Hawkins’ past stand in the way of their future. 

But something else hides in their path that threatens to end their mating before it begins. Or rather, someone.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Romance Book Review: Amber Daulton's Cinderella's Enchanted Night

Author: Amber Daulton
Series Connection: A Cinderella Body Club
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Annalise has been enamored with Elijah for months, but hasn't had the guts to approach him. Instead every week she follows his tour around a local museum just to hear him speak. Fearing she was turning into a stalker she went to her weekly evening with the girls and lamented her woes. One of her friends tells a tale of her last visit with her aging grandmother and a magic locket. Throwing caution to the wind, Annalise and her friend decide to take advantage of the magic that could make their dreams come true if only for a day.

The next day Annalise can't believe her eyes when the magic works, making her beautiful and giving her a chance to feel confident enough to approach Elijah. She only has until midnight and she is making the most of it.

Cinderella's Enchanted Night is part of a four series novella set for four individual authors, each book can be read alone but it would be good to read all of the books to learn how all the ladies do with their special day.

Cinderella's Enchanted Night was a sweet fast read with two shy individuals that worked well together. Elijah's vulnerability and personality matches Annalise and her own issues.

Annalise Gallagher wanted Elijah Burleigh. Plain and simple. She’d watched him from afar for months, her friends called her ‘his own personal stalker’, and then she made a wish on a magic pendant for a full-body makeover. Transformed into the gorgeous knockout she’d always wanted to be, she asked Elijah out on a date and wore a haute couture gown straight from Paris to his friend’s wedding. 

With just twenty-four hours on the clock, her enchanted night faded into the morning hours and everything crashed down around her. Annalise harbored a shameful secret and Elijah demanded the truth with the veil of magic gone. 

The truth, however, could destroy her fragile confidence and push him away forever.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's Bridenapped

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Alpha Chronicles
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance, BBW Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Running through her morning mail Caitlin receives an invitation to her own wedding. At first she thinks it is a joke, but then she realizes that the local werewolf pack alpha is serious and is planning to "Bridenap" her and make her his.

Caitlin may be attracted to the jerk, but after what he has done to her family she has no intention of marrying him, but she has no choice because if she doesn't the whole town has to each give the pack a year of their salary and leave her town in shame with the whole world watching.

Now Caitlin has to figure out a way out that doesn't involve hurting anyone, including herself after just one night with the sexy alpha Kristofer she doesn't know how she will resist.

Cute fantasy story. The old world of tradition the werewolves live in, compared to modern Caitlin is an interesting contrast. There are just the right amount of villains and good guys, adding the charm your pants off alpha and two fun loving best friends.

Bridenapping? That old tradition where the Alpha grabs the bride of his choice and takes her back to his pack’s property to submit to his lustful demands? That’s so 19th century. 

Unfortunately, the law is still on the books, and quite enforceable. And even worse, the sexy new Alpha of the Verhold Pack has the nerve to stake his claim – on the one human in Lakeville who has reason to loathe him the most. Caitlin Bellefont blames Kristofer for taking her family’s lands, but if she refuses him, it means financial ruin for her entire town. 

Now Caitlin’s only hope of escape is to resist the scorchingly sexy man who is determined to show her the pleasures of submitting to an Alpha. Not only that, the whole world is watching – and not all of the eyes on Caitlin are friendly. While TV shows beg for interviews, and social media sites are blowing up with rumors and news leaks, it seems that someone very dangerous will stop at nothing to prevent this wedding. Can Caitlin sort out her tangled feelings for Kristofer, and resolve her family’s bitter feud? She’s got until the next full moon to find out.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Roaring For Him

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Wicked in Wilder
ISBN-13: 978-1-68039-989-9
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, BBW Romance
Publisher: Celia Kyle

Purchase Link: Amazon

For bakery owner, and half-werelion Tilly McBride protecting her sister is everything to her, which means even protecting them from their own mother. 

On a routine morning at her bakery Tilly has to call a client to tell him his cookie order will be a little late, when the phone is answered at the other end she is speechless. The voice on the other end of the line is makes all her girly parts go wild. 

It isn't even 10 minutes after she's abruptly hangs up that the man from the other end of the line shows up at the bakery to meet the her.  Alpha werewolf Mitchell Blake can't believe the voice on the other end of the line made his inner wolf sit up and howl. He has to go check her out for himself. 

While the animal attraction between Mitchell and Tilly couldn't be hotter, these two have some big obstacles to get around, not the least of which cats and dogs don't get on very well and Tilly's mother is up to another blackmail scheme to get more money out of Tilly and Mitchell won't let the fly.

Amongst the laughter and the tears in Celia Kyle's new full length novel is a story with a lot meat. As the two lead characters make their way through the first days of getting to know each other they have a big fight on their hands coming up. Members of Mitchell's pack don't like the idea of their alpha mating with a cat and Tilly's got her hands full trying to protect her younger sister Phoebe. 

Once again through it all, Celia Kyle lets her sense of humor shine through. Mitchell interactions between Phoebe and Tilly's best friend Emma, as well as watching the two navigate their new relationship keeps readers entertained through to the end of the book. This is a fast-based book that is an excellent weekend read for shifter fans. 

On one last quick note: the cover is awesome, love the sexy models and the lion is just so perfect. 

Can cats and dogs get along? Maybe. What about werelions and werewolves? If it’s Tilly and Mitchell, definitely. Or rather, maybe. If he’d just get his head out of his…

Half-werelion Tilly McBride owns Bless Your Tart, the South’s latest and greatest bakery. Or at least the best one in Georgia. Fine. It’s the best in Wilder, Georgia, mainly because it’s the only one. She manages to balance running the shop, keeping her middle sister in college, and making sure she doesn’t kill her youngest sister before she graduates high school. 

She’s a proprietor, an older sister and… a mate? At least that’s what local werewolf alpha Mitchell Blake seems to think. He also assumes she’ll hop on the Bang Town Express the second they meet. Sure, he’s hot. Hotter than hot with his muscles and that smile and the way he growls… Should. Be. Illegal. But is he better than a chocolate cupcake with buttercream icing? That is the question. She’s afraid the answer might be yes. 

Werewolf Mitchell Blake thinks the answer to every question should be yes. Yes, he wants Tilly. Yes, he craves Tilly. Yes, he’d like to bend Tilly over the pack’s claiming altar and mate her so everyone will know she’s his. She. Belongs. To. Him. He just has to convince her first. That shouldn’t be a problem. He’s the Wilder alpha. Every woman wants to be with him. Except one curvy, annoying, delicious package named Tilly McBride. 

Mitchell will have her. Just as soon as he gets rid of the one trying to end their mating before it has a chance to start. Permanently.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart's Blue Tides

Author: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart
Series Connection: Sea Glass
ISBN: 978-1-910397-67-1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing

Purchase Link: Luminosity

Heading out New Year's Eve weekend to a friend's wedding and the chance to spend some time at her beach house, Lauren takes the chance for some me time and to work on getting ready for the next phase of her life. At the beach she meets a younger man flying a kite on the beach in the middle of winter without even a shirt. Despite his odd behavior, Lauren can't help but strike up a conversation with Brody. 

Brody is going through his own life ordeals. When he meets Lauren he can't help but fall hard for her. 

Can these two souls find love for the second time or is the timing of their meeting going to send them their separate ways.

The fast, short read is a good old fashioned romance taking place along the peaceful backdrop of the North Carolina Outerbanks. The story is well-written with little surprises.

Welcome home lost fragile souls. Find solace in casting worldly troubles away to my blue tides…so sayeth the Ocean.

Attending the wedding of two close friends, as well as seeking to cleanse her troubled thoughts, Lauren is drawn back to her beloved beach house just north of Cape Hatteras by the lure of the ocean’s blue tides. Spellbound by the echoes of crashing waves and the unexpected sight of a soaring kite, she makes her way down to the beach. There she encounters a message in a bottle in the form of a carefree younger man.

Drawn in by Brody’s free-spirited presence Lauren forgoes her intended solitude by inviting him in. As their weekend time together passes, to each other they reveal how carelessly they were cast away by those they loved. Their mutual attraction fuels cravings to be desired once more. Yet the depths of a secret she initially withholds from him clouds their future together.
Will she accept salvation from his message in a bottle…or cast him back to the blue tides?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Steps Books...

Spent the weekend and past few days checking out romance sub-genre of "Steps". I had no doubt that the sub-genre would be mostly erotic, although I read a few short novellas that were just sweet romance.

"Steps" are romance book that explore relationships between step brothers and sisters. Those that have just met as adults when their parents have recently married and those that have been a part of a mixed family for years and are now as adults realized they have loved each other for years.

Over the years I've read plenty of romance books that included step brothers and sisters falling in love that have included great story lines, even under the sub-genre of erotic romance. However, those that are within the recent "Steps" sub-genre wave leave something to be desired.

I kept hoping to find a story that included some kind of substance with a background story that made the immense amount of sex worth reading the story. I've decided though to keep looking. There are enough different "Steps" stories out there to find something worth reading.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's The Alpha Won't Be Denied

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Timber Valley Pack Book 6

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Werewolf Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: by author

Purchase Link: Amazon

Virginia has had it with her family filled with alphas. She can't get a moments peace to even go on a date. But it isn't only her alpha family she has to worry about it is also another alpha that has taken a liking to her. 

Virginia met Carver when she was worried to death about her cousin who was taken hostage by a neighboring back. Since then Carver has moved to Timber Valley and has made it quite clear that he doesn't want her, but no one else can. At least that is what Virginia believes until she wakes up one morning after getting a little too drunk and finds out that is she is now married to the arrogant, but very sexy wolf shifter alpha. 

Now she can't decide if she wants to love him or leave him. In the meantime, strange things start to happen while they are on their honeymoon and the mysteries keep racking up.

I've read the whole Timber Valley Pack series and so far this one was one of my favorites. I liked the complexity of the characters. I have to admit that Carver is nothing like I pictured him from when we first met him, but I liked the character he turned out to be. He was perfect for Virginia tough exterior. And Virginia in her own right is a complex character who on the one hand wants to help everyone and on the other wants to be as strong as the other alpha members of her family. 

Good job, now I'm looking for to the next installment.

Alphas? Wolf shifter Virginia Battle has had her fill of them. She’s grown up with an Alpha dad and four bossy, overprotective older brothers - so there’s no way in hell she’s going to give arrogant, sexy Carver Lawrence the time of day. Yet he keeps showing up everywhere she goes, scaring off all the guys who want to date her – and not making a single move on her. Then after one drunken night in a casino, she wakes up next to him in bed…with a wedding ring on her finger. 

Now her pack is howling for his blood (literally), he’s insisting that she’s really his wife, and before she knows it she’s whisked off to a sexy honeymoon at a mountain resort. Carver’s known from the minute he laid eyes on Virginia that she was meant to be his – but can a strong-willed woman (with some pretty big secrets) and a demanding dominant Alpha ever find love? 

Just when Virginia’s starting to think that being married to a man who comes equipped with his own handcuffs might not be the worst thing in the world, she and Carver learn that there’s something very wrong at Honeymoon Mountain. Does it have anything to do with the secret she’s been keeping from her family? And with the townspeople hiding a deadly secret of their own, and someone – or something – very scary sniffing around at her cabin, will she survive long enough to find out?

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Quick and Furry Collection: A BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Boxed Set

Quick and Furry Collection: A BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Boxed Set 
Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Quick and Furry
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Lion Shifter Romance, Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

I just finished the Quick and Furry books by Celia Kyle and in today's email I received a notice that she has bundled the set of four books and you can read the series as it stands so far. This won't be the entire series, because she's offering some new books under the same series name this fall. 

In the meantime meet werelion Alpha Marcus, the North American Alpha as he and his Beta and enforcers find their mates. In "Chasing Tail" Penelope and her not so chance meeting of her mate Marcus as she sits at her library job and a large lion comes roaming her book shelves. Is this a true mating or has a powerful witch set a spell.

In the second book "Tailing Her" werelioness lawyer Jennifer is up against a big case and someone wants her dead. This isn't the most ideal time to meet one's mate, unless this mate is there to watch your tail.

In book three, "On Her Tail" Add will do anything to protect her best friend's baby even if she has to run from her first encounter of meeting her true mate.

In book four, "Heads of Tails", Omega werelioness Hilary has always been a prisoner in her pack, but when her mate comes to rescue her all bets are off. 

This is a fun series of just quick read stories. I'm so glad it is in a bundle set because the stories are just way too short on their own. This is nothing more than the author advertises then, fun short stories for those who love paranormal shifter romance or for someone who just has a thing for handsome guys who just happen to turn into the king of the jungle and a set of strong quirky females who just happy to turn into protective lionesses. 


Chasing Tail – Werelioness Penelope Little has a growling lion pacing the library’s shelves. Not just any lion, either. He’s the most powerful feline in the country. And for some reason, he’s got his sights set on curvy, slightly nerdy, and totally frumpy Penny Not-So-Little.

Tailing Her – Jennifer Palmer doesn’t have time for a mate. Yes, she’s a werelion whose beast is all about sexing up the hot beta, but she’s in the middle of prosecuting a high profile criminal case. Scratching her mating itch and screaming Brett’s name as she com—ahem. That isn’t anywhere on her list of to-dos. What she doesn’t realize is her werelion mate’s primary responsibility is ensuring her safety from the bad guy and… making her scream his name.

On Her Tail – Werelioness Addy Wilson did the unthinkable—she kidnapped an alpha’s cub. As she flees for her life and tries to disappear into the confusion of the city, she runs into her mate. Or rather, he hits her with his car. Zane is gorgeous, delicious, totally lickable and… an Enforcer for the North American pride. Now she’s torn between running to ensure the child’s safety and staying to make a life with Zane.

Heads or Tails – Werelioness Hilary Stewart is making her escape and nothing is gonna stop her. Except maybe a locked door. No matter, she’s resourceful, she’ll figure out something. When nothing comes to mind, she’s thrilled to find herself rescued. After being a Colletti captive for nearly her whole life, it’s amazing to find herself breathing air that isn’t tainted with violence and anger. Instead, it’s filled with the scrumptious scent of her heavily muscled, gorgeous, and possessive as hell werelion mate. Oscar freed her and now he’s gonna belong to her… As long as the Collettis don’t kill her first. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Noelle Adams' One Night Series Book 1-3

Author: Noelle Adams
Series Connection: One Night
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Novella Romance
Publisher: Author

One Night With Her Boss

Anne has been in love with her boss for years, but he's all business and doesn't seem to be the least attracted to her. When she finally decides it is time to move on and get a job using her college degree Anne gives her two week notice, which send her boss Jake reeling. 

Good start to this series if not a little short. Jake is a sexy ex-surfer who seems to have left all his carefree surfing days behind. Anne and he seem like the perfect match. The readers can feel he wants so much to take the next step, but Anne has a way with him that I really liked. 

Anne has worked for her sexy, ex-surfer, businessman boss for seven years, and she’s been in love with him for two. Jake doesn’t think about her as anything but his ever-efficient assistant, though. She’s been trying to get over her feelings by dating other men and interviewing for other jobs—which doesn’t make Jake very happy. But Anne is determined not to put her life on hold for him. 

When she gets a new job offer, Jake will do anything he can to keep her, but he still only seems to want her as an employee. Anne might find him irresistible, but she’s learned to resist. There are lines that he’ll just never cross. 

But then everything changes in only one night...

One Night With Her Roommate

To say that Meg's roommate East is a little flaky is an understatement as far as Meg is concerned. East doesn't have a job and he doesn't seem to take anything seriously. Even so serious Meg can't help caring for the guy. 

When a kiss leads to more, will serious Meg take the next step with someone who seems completely so different from her?

While East comes off as the mysterious type it seems we don't really get to understand why by the end of the book. That was a little disappointing, still I liked Meg and East together. They seem to be what each needs. 

Ever since her former roommates deserted her, Meg has had to share an apartment with a lazy, obnoxious ass. He won’t pick up after himself, and he refuses to get a good job. Plus, he doesn’t always wear enough clothes—which is really a problem, because he’s hot. 

Maybe he’s occasionally funny. And every now and then he can be sweet. But mostly he’s just annoying. It doesn’t matter how much he’s starting to flirt with her—Meg is going to resist. She’s way too smart to fall for a guy who never takes anything seriously. 

But then everything changes in only one night...

One Night With the Best Man

Talk about two people who couldn't be more different. Justin, Jake's (from book 1) baby brother, and Raney have nothing really in common. Justin is a little geeky, but Raney thought that she and he were getting along well until something happened between them that Raney just doesn't understand. 

On the weekend of Jake and Anne's wedding Justin and Raney are forced together and she realizes how much Justin is beginning to mean to them, but misunderstandings and uncertainty keep the two apart. 

I always like the story where the geeky guy gets the pretty girl. Justin is a good guy and Raney is the sweetest girl. So different the two work well together.  

Raney wants to enjoy being a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding, but the best man, Justin Woodward, keeps putting a damper on her mood. He’s brilliant and kind of geeky—not at all the kind of guy she’s used to—but she’s always been nice to him, so she can’t figure out why he acts so cool and obnoxious with her. 

It shouldn’t matter what he feels about her, but she can’t stop thinking about him. So her mission for the weekend is to get Justin to like her. Her attempts don’t seem to work at all. 

But then everything changes in only one night...