Sunday, July 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: VA Dold's Simon

Author: VA Dold
Series Connection: Le Beau Brothers
ISBN: 978-0990523512
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf Romance, Vampire
Publisher: VA Dold

Purchase Link: Amazon

Before entering the Marines, Simon Le Beau never realized that he would miss the touch of another so desperately that he was endangering his own well being and the wolf soul that lives inside him. Coming home his family works to bring him back to his former self, but it isn't until he meets his new sister-in-laws best friend Rose that he truly comes back to life.

Rose had a rough childhood, losing her parents early in life, she gets the chance to really experience the family bond. This leaves her very insecure. In adulthood she holds dear the friendships she developed with her best friend Anna and her boys, as well as her foster brothers. When she meets Simon and his family, she gets a completely different experience of love and family.

Simon knows right away that Rose is his mate even though she is human. Can he convince her that his feelings are true before someone else kidnaps her and takes her for his own?

I love this story and so far this series. While this story is pure paranormal fantasy it touches on bringing to life post traumatic stress that many soldiers go through. With the loves and support of his family Simon begins to come back to the man he used to be. Rose is a strong character who doesn't have a problem of taking care of herself when she needs to. I love the way she was able to keep calm under duress. Very well done.

Description:

NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content. 

Four years of honorably serving his country has left Simon, Cade’s younger brother, damaged and trapped in wolf form. Little did he know the only person with the ability to heal him completely would be found at home. Literally. Now that he’s found her, he is desperate to claim her. 

Rose is a beautiful, voluptuous woman with limited experience with men. Although she's confident, she still has reservations. Never having a family of her own, her fear of abandonment has her fleeing romantic relationships, and doubting herself. 

Travis is insane. A deadly loose cannon that a secret organization hired to destroy the Le Beau family by denying them their mates. Permanently. 

Simon’s dream will be lost forever unless he is able to maintain human form. 
Rose needs unconditional love and a mate to create the family she’s always wanted. 
Travis’s all-consuming drive is to take Rose for himself. 
Will Simon ever be whole again, able to claim his mate, giving Rose the love and family she so desperately craves? Or will Travis destroy them both? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Romance Book Review: Clara Frost's Broken Soldier

Author: Clara Frost
Series Connection: Wounded Love Series
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance, BBW Military Romance
Publisher: Clara Frost

Purchase Link: Amazon

Rafa is career military and facing the prospect of discharge after being wounded and losing his hand and part of his leg. Not knowing exactly what he is going to do next he accepts a blind date invitation where he meets Emily. Soon he may not know where his life is going to go in the future, but he knows he wants Emily included in it.

First the two need to get past their family, Rafa's old girlfriend and an unexpected job offer.

This book took a little getting into. I liked the characters and the issues they were tackling, but where I thought Rafa as a special forces leader, would be a little more alpha and Emily as a psychologist would have a little more of a handle on all her own problems, as well as those who were conspiring against her relationship.

Description:

Rafael Carpenter left behind everything in Afghanistan when his unit was nearly annihilated. Now he’s back home, trying to fit the pieces back together, and learning to survive with the injuries that nearly took his life. 

Still recovering from the loss of her boyfriend a year ago, curvy Emily isn’t ready to meet another man, even if one would have her. But her best friend Christa isn’t the sort to take ‘no’ for an answer, and when Emily walks into a blind date and finds Rafael Carpenter waiting for her, she’s left speechless. And intrigued. 

Two wounded hearts collide, but will either of them be willing to let go of their pasts in order to forge a new future together?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Romance Book Review: Anne Marsh's Taken By The Pack

Author: Anne Marsh
Series Connection: Blue Moon Brides
ASIN: B00LPR8TV4
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf Romance, Vampires, Menage a Trois
Publisher: Anne Marsh

Purchase Link: Amazon

Years ago Jackson Breaux had the chance to go on half a date with Eden Roy before he was called away to help his brother Luc in a fight with vampires. At the time Jackson knew there was something about Eden, but he didn't realize she was his Blue Moon Bride. 

Now Jackson has been badly injured after escaping captivity from a group of vampires and the blue, full moon brings him to Eden's veterinarian clinic in wolf form. At one time he vowed to himself that he wouldn't mix Eden up in his world, but now that she's patched him up and he's seen that she's his, he must decide what he'll do. Should he throw her into his world of killer vampires and nightly hunts, or leave her be before alerting the vampires to who she is?

When Jackson walks back into her life and wants to start where they left off, Eden doesn't know if she wants to get involved with him again, he's had his chance, but the sexy Breaux brother has a way about him. Can Eden resist or will she give the sexy werewolf another chance?

I liked this segment of the Blue Moon Bride series. I love the use of the down home cajun accent the author has given Jackson, it makes him sound all the more sexy. He's tough and not quite as sure of himself as Eden thinks he is. Eden is a no holds bard veterinarian who thinks she wants to be in charge of a nice vanilla relationship, but does she really? 


Description:

Meet the Breaux brothers. These bayou bad boys walk on the wild side in more ways than one. They’re Pack and werewolves, centuries-old shape shifters, and their survival depends on finding a mate when the blue moon rises… 

When Jackson first encounters the sexy but reserved veterinarian Eden, he doesn’t realize she’s his mate. But when the blue moon rises and an injured Jackson lands on her doorstep, he’ll tempt her to lose control with him and explore the dark side of passion. 

The Blue Moon Brides series: 
Book One: Tempted by the Pack 
Book Two: Pleasured by the Pack 
Book Three: Claimed by the Pack 
Book Four: Captured by the Pack 
Book Five: Taken by the Pack (September 2014)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Romance Book Review: Shirl Anders' RedRock Midnight

Author: Shirl Anders
Series Connection: Their Ex's
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Shirl Anders

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the second book in the Their Ex's series, Cabe is still dealing with his cheating ex-wife. After taking her back time and time again, how much is a man supposed to take when he finds her cheating again. When Cabe jumps into Rusty's cab he insists that she take him to where he dropped his wife and another man off. 

Rusty can't do it. She sees that Cabe is just hurting himself and he searches her mind for an idea that will change the handsome man's course. While she finds Cabe attractive, she never thought that distraction would be herself. 

Can Cabe finally end the destructive cycle that his cheating wife has him in and find a happy ever after for himself and Rusty?

Cabe is a wonderfully portrayed wounded husband who doesn't necessarily love his wife anymore, but has tried everything he can to safe his disaster of a marriage and must make his decision to finally leave his wife. Rusty is everything in a woman his wife isn't. She's strong and sassy and she knows exactly what he needs in a relationship, helping to heal his wounded heart and soul. 

Good work. Can't wait to check out the next books in the series. 


Description:

All she had to do was say "yes."

Rusty Jean Harper's life changes the minute Cabe Santos enters her taxi and he demands she take him to a place he has been before, but that place is destroying him.

But Rusty can't break him like that. Instead she tries to save him.
Cabe isn't a badass Indian like his best friend Vincent Whitehorse he's just a badass with chunky, dark blonde hair and one that has noticed Rusty's violet eyes. But Cabe is a man pushed beyond his limits. Until he collides with Rusty and her voice sets him free.

Second chances and sparks fly between them. Boundaries collapse, busting into flames of desire neither can control. Rusty finds fire in Cabe arms and she holds on through a manipulative ex, protective custody, Tess and Vincent's wedding, and even a couple hot, bad boys after her booty. But Rusty's booty might already be taken. And destiny in a small town could be knocking ... again

Friday, July 11, 2014

Romance Book Review: Kimberly Rae Jordan's Waiting For Rachel


Author: Kimberly Rae Jordan
Series Connection: Those Karlsson Boys
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Kimberly Rae Jordan

Purchase Link: Amazon

Damian Karlsson his set his sights on Rachel Perkins. He knows that she is the woman he's supposed to settle down with. She's everything he believes a wife should be and he will fight to make her his, even if he has to fight her. 

Rachel likes Damian but her past stops her from taking their friendship farther to a series relationship, much less marriage. As she gets to know him, she knows all is lost because the future that Damian wants for them, is not something that Rachel can give him. 

This Christian novel includes several verses of scripture. 

The story is pretty common themed, but generally a well written book with two strong lead characters and a supporting cast. The book is a good start for the first in a series. 


Description:

Book 1 of the Christian romance series, Those Karlsson Boys, Waiting for Rachel introduces readers to the Karlsson family and their stories of family, faith & love. 

Damian Karlsson, the oldest of Those Karlsson Boys, has decided it’s time to settle down and start a family. Rachel Perkins has captured his attention, but she won’t even give him a chance to romance her. It seems to Damian she feels something for him, but still she resists. Damian is determined to find out why. 

Though she is attracted to Damian and even finds his pursuit of her flattering, Rachel is equally determined to keep her secrets close to her heart. Betrayed in the past by men she's loved, she isn’t prepared to take that risk again. But when her secrets are forced out in the open, will Rachel discover that forgiveness and trust are worth the risk when it leads to love? 

This inspirational story of faith and romance will warm and encourage your heart. 

Also available by Kimberly Rae Jordan as part of the series, Those Karlsson Boys: 
  • Worth the Wait: Alex's Story (Book 2) 
  • The Waiting Heart: Jace's Story (Book 3)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Romance Book Review: Bonnie Vanak's The Mating Chase


Author: Bonnie Vanak
Series Connection: Werewolves of Montana 
ASIN: B00BVA2QBO
Genre: Werewolf Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: unknown

Purchase Link: Amazon

For her own good, Beth's uncle and alpha of the pack is forcing her to choose a mate or participate in a mating chase. Since coming back from college, Beth is more human than wolf and knows that the only wolf she'd want to mate with wouldn't work because he doesn't trust humans, she decides she must participate in the chase. 

Can Beth's wolf save her from a claiming frenzy or will she be saved by the one she's wanted from the beginning. 

Good world building in this Montana set paranormal story. This story reads fast and while the hero and the heroine appear to be worlds apart in who they are the author brings them together well in the end. 



Description:

Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all...

Home from college, where men teased her for being overweight, Beth doesn't fit into pack life at the Mitchell ranch. Because she's forgotten how to shift into a wolf, the pack alpha has ordered her to choose a mate or leave. The only male Beth desires is Dale, a fiercely protective Lupine who loathes the human lifestyle she embraces. She hungers for the handsome shifter's touch, but fears their differences are too vast to overcome.

Dale has waited for four long years for Beth's return. Her scent ignites his desire and her voluptuous body fires his blood. He is determined to awaken her to the sensual world of the Lupine. Although she acts more "Skin" than wolf, he can't deny his overwhelming drive to claim her.

As the heat of passion threatens to consume them both, a new peril arises. Someone is killing a local rancher's livestock and blaming it on wolves, endangering the pack's ability to shapeshift. It will take all Beth's courage and Dale's skill to find the enemy threatening to destroy their world...

Romance Book Review: Curves For Him: 10 Delicious Tales


Anthology Authors: 
ASIN: B00L0Q3578
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Zirconia Publishing, Inc

Purchase Link: Amazon

As with many of these types of anthologies there are a couple of really good books, some books are a okay and then there are a couple I just didn't bother with and rushed past. However I'd say there are enough really good to make this book worth the read. The last three books were the best in the line up. 


Description:
Curves For Him And Only Him...

For a limited time only, you can get your hands on 10 CLIFFHANGER-FREE, scorching hot BBW romance novels and novellas all featuring curvy, plus-size heroines and the dangerously gorgeous men who can't keep their hands off their soft, delicious curves! 

Whether you're looking for a sweet BBW romance, a wild adventure into the world of shifters, a sinfully delicious menage or a naughty billionaire romance seduction, this limited edition collection of stand-alone stories will leave you breathless! 

Download your copy today and feel the passions of ten men who know how to handle REAL full-figured, devastatingly curvaceous beauties! 

Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose: One kind deed can change your life forever... Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot's deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again? 

Burned by Passion by Dez Burke: Even good girls make mistakes. Kira was shocked to meet her boss’s long-absent son and find him even more lethal in person. Blake never suspected he would fall for his father’s sexy secretary. When they finally meet their passion clashes and burns. 

I Married A Bear by A.T. Mitchell: Laura Hisch can't believe she's marring him! The curvy tigress never expected the big bad werebear bound to her by an arranged marriage to be so handsome. James Roark will do anything to claim the voluptuous spitfire for real. Some hearts are meant to be together, even if they don't know it yet… 

The Wolves Next Door by Catherine Vale: When Julie moves into town, nothing could prepare her for the dangerously handsome strangers next door who want to claim her as their own. What she doesn't know is that they hold a wickedly dark secret that threatens to change her life forever. 

The Greek Billionaire and I by Marian Tee: Curvy schoolteacher Velvet Lambert is too proud to let Greek billionaire Mykolas Sallis know that she’s entering a marriage of convenience with him not for money but for love. 

Sweet for Him by Harper Ashe: He’s the high school hunk who broke her heart. She’s the curvy girl who got away. More than 10 years later, sparks fly when Claire and Rob meet again. But when the past and present collide, will they risk everything to take a second chance on love? 

Their Obsession by Eliza Gayle: Marc and Aidan have sworn to protect and defend the witch placed in their charge. But when the curvy Jayde denies her destiny, they'll have to do everything in their power to convince her. 

Breaker's Point Rogue by M.G. Morgan: When Stuart arrives in Breaker's Point he hopes a new job will be the fresh start he needs. What he doesn't expect is for Ellie, the fiery, wickedly curvy waitress in the diner to accuse him of being someone he's not drawing him into a tangled web of corruption that only she can help him escape. 

Their Ex's Redrock By Shirl Anders: Vincent Whitehorse and Tess find themselves drunk in a rainstorm trying to cover their pain. Tess falls into bed with Vincent and they combust like nothing she's ever felt before. But both their exes are crazy. Can Vincent convince Tess to believe in him? 

Scent Of A Mate by Milly Taiden: When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan’s strong personality to keep her alive. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Romance Book Review: Shirl Anders' Their Ex's Redrock Serial Bundle 1-4


Author: Shirl Anders
Series Connection: Texas Alpha
ASIN: B00J48G2G0
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Shirl Anders

Purchase Link: Amazon

Tess knows that her husband is fooling around on her again and she follows him one rainy night to finally confront him, but she is side tracked when, Vincent, the husband of the women her husband is cheating with stops her before she can finally have her say.

Vincent just needs a couple of days before he confronts his cheating wife to make sure she doesn't come after the charities he supports. 

After a drunken night Tess and Vincent wind up in bed together. Dealing the aftermath of their spouses affair, Tess and Vincent work to get their lives back and can't help but fall for each other in the process, but with Vincent's crazy wife, Tess' idiot husband and the mob, can these to ever be together. 

This series was originally sold separately and then sold as a complete book. I found it in the Curves For Him: 10 Delicious Tales by Aubrey Rose, Dez Burke, A.T. Mitchell and Catherine Vale (Jun 15, 2014). So far it is the best in the anthology. It was so good in fact, I decided to check out what other books that Shirl Anders' writes and found that one can purchase just this series, as well as the second book in the series Their Ex's Redrock Midnight (Texas Alpha) by Shirl Anders (Feb 9, 2014)

As far as this serial goes, number one let me say, I'm not a fan of serials, so I'm glad that I found the book bundled together. I'd rather read the whole story than waiting for others to come. More importantly to me, I loved both the lead characters and their friends Rusty and Cade, who make up the next story, as well as Finn. I hope we get to see Finn and here his story in another book. In their own ways even the ex's were good characters and fit the story just right.

As for Tess and Vincent, I was excited to see a BBW herione that, although had a few insecurities about her body's shape, she didn't let it define her. Tess is a successful business woman, who went after what she wanted. She had a sweet personality, but was made of steel where it counted. I liked that. 

How Vincent ever hooked up with his ex, I still haven't figured out. He was the perfect alpha in training where Tess was concerned. Strong and sexy with enough toughness to let him come out the victor in any fight.

I'm glad I got to find the story available for sale separately so that people can check it out for themselves. 

Description:
A man and a woman find themselves drawn to each other after they discover their spouses' affair.

Tess is set to catch her husband. She runs toward the hotel in a thunderstorm seeing a couple in a clench on an outside balcony. She opens her mouth to scream at them when a man grabs her, shutting off her scream. Tess learns the tall, dark, and powerful man is Vincent Whitehorse and it's his wife having an affair with her husband.

Vincent and Tess find themselves drunk in a rainstorm trying to cover their pain, then they find they have an amazing and instantaneous connection of the lips. When Tess falls into bed with Vincent they combust like nothing Tess has felt before. However both their ex-spouses are crazy. Tess' ex-husband has unwittingly hooked up with the mob while Vincent's ex-wife thinks she's the next Cher.

Can Vincent convince Tess to believe in him when things around them are unbelievable in this hot and very sexy second chance at romance?

*This is the completed serial of Their Ex's Redrock 1-4 (Texas Alpha) bundled and with a bit more dialog for Vincent added with no cliff-hangers involved.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Romance Byte: Victoria Christopher Murray's Forever an Ex: A Novel


Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
ISBN: 978-1476748856
Genre: Inspirational
Publisher: Touchstone 

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description: 
Three Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met at a church prayer group and helped each other overcome romantic heartbreak. Now eight years later, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on the lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild. Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man, but her old wounds are reopened when her daughter tells her she’s gay and Sheridan blames her ex. Kendall is forced to reunite with her former husband, who left her for her own sister, when her father wass diagnosed with cancer. And Asia must reevaluate her life when her L.A. Laker ex-boyfriend reminds her that her lavish lifestyle will end when their son turns eighteen next year. 

With her trademark writing that “has the kind of momentum that prompts you to elbow disbelief aside and flip the pages in horrified enjoyment” (The Washington Post), Forever an Ex is Murray’s best novel yet.

Romance Byte: Maya Banks' When Day Breaks


Author: Maya Banks
Series Connection: A KGI Novel
ISBN: 978-0425263785
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Berkley

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELING AUTHOR AUTHOR MAYA BANKS

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t… 

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the Beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever. 

Romance Byte: Grace Burrowes' The Captive


Author: Grace Burrowes
Series Connection: Captive Hearts
ISBN: 978-1402278785
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
He'll never be free...
Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...
Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.

Romance Byte: Mary Balogh's The Escape


Author: Mary Balogh
Series Connection: Survivor's Club
ISBN: 978-0345536068
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Dell 

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.

Includes Mary Balogh’s charming short story, “The Suitor.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Romance Book Review: Ella Jade's A Love Discovered


Author: Ella Jade
Series Connection: The Steeple Town
Digital ISBN: 9781940744254
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Doing a favor for a friend, Cali Tate makes a delivery to the reclusive newcomer. When she realizes what a sexy man Dr. Carter Stavros is she decides she would really like to get to know the man even if all he wants is to be left alone. 

Carter came to Steeple to get away, finish his book and most of all get away from people. When he meets Cali, he starts to wonder if maybe being alone isn't everything he thought it was going to be. Cali is impulsive and full of life, everything Carter isn't.

With two completely different people is it possible for a future together? That is the main question these two characters have to answer.

Cali is stubborn and aggressive, just what Carter and his OCD tendencies need. This is a classic love story of two souls who are so completely opposite that they couldn't not fall in love. There is even the dubious friend who has doubts, sowing seeds for one of the characters. Even with so much classic style romance I adore the characters and am looking forward to reading Jenson's story next. 

Description:
When they met, love was the last thing they were looking to discover…

Local bar owner Cali Tate has always been trendy, easy-going, and impulsive. She isn't afraid to take chances, but her carefree attitude may have put her restaurant in jeopardy. Her failing business is beginning to take a toll on her, both mentally and financially. When her best friend asks her to do a favor and take some books to the town's reclusive professor Cali welcomes the distraction. To her surprise, the sexy professor is nothing like she had pictured him.

Dr. Carter Stavros wants to be left alone. He's set in his ways and doesn't want to be bothered with the outside world. Wanting to escape the demons of his recent past, he moved to Steeple, taking a sabbatical from his teaching job to write a book. He wasn't prepared for the spunky, persistent bar owner to invade his life. But the more she pushes, the more intrigued he becomes.
Neither one of them expected to find any common ground, much less fall in love. 

What happens when an OCD professor collides with a risk-taking woman who won't take 'no' for an answer?

Content Warning: contains graphic sex and mature content

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Romance Book Review: Constance Bretes' The Last Dig


Author: Constance Bretes
Digital ISBN: 9781940744247
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

While at a dig site paleontologist Caroline Priest and her team find a dead body. Immediately they call the police into investigate. In walks Caroline's high school flame, police chief Rand Callahan. 

Since being back in her hometown Caroline has done everything she can to avoid seeing Rand. After the way he left and never got in touch with her again, she decided it wasn't worth meeting up with him again. 

Now they are forced together again as Caroline is accused of killing the man found at her dig site. 

This is a fairly quick read story with light suspense and a bit of a mystery. This man is a stranger to Caroline and even Rand doesn't believe that she didn't kill him. I've read more intense, suspenseful mysteries, this one book is good for those who don't want to delve into an all out hardcore mystery novel. The writing is well executed and the characters well developed. 

Description:
Bones, bodies, and a love rekindled.

Paleontologist Caroline Priest is shocked when she finds a dead body at her dig site. When she calls it in to the sheriff's department, her former boyfriend, Rand Callahan, comes out to investigate. The evidence quickly starts to point to Caroline being the killer, and Rand has no choice but to arrest her.

It's clear to Caroline that she's been set up, but by who and for what reason? While Caroline is out on bail, Rand rekindles his relationship with her as they try to solve the mystery before it's too late.

Content Warning: contains some sexual content

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Romance Book Review: Imogene Nix's Executive Justice


Author: Imogene Nix
Series Connection: The Reunion Trilogy
Digital ISBN: 9781940744261
Genre: Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Tomi Ito has been in love with his efficient assistant since she stepped foot in his office, but had chosen not to let his feelings be known. When Gillian is fired from his job his hands are tied, but more importantly he wishes he could have let his feelings be known when he had the chance. 

Gillian doesn't know what she is going to do with her life after she is fired she knows she is innocent, but the rules are clear and the chances of her getting a job somewhere else are Reunion are almost impossible. To make matters worse she won't be able to spend her time with Tomi anymore. Although she knew he didn't have the same feelings for her as she had for him, she would miss him dearly. 

When Tomi shows up missing, Gillian will do anything she can to help find him and then prepare herself to walk away from him forever. 

This is the third and final installment to the Reunion series. Although all too quickly the story has been wrapped up. This series has the potential for a much larger exploration and although this part of the story is over I hope the author decides to incorporate some future stories in the world of Reunion. 

Description:
The end game is looming, but whether the last of the Ito family will find his happily ever after is in the balance.

Tomi Ito must deal with the knowledge that the woman he's loved forever, Gillian Edgemont, thinks he's abandoned her in her time of need. But when he's abducted, she's there to help save him.

Gillian is running from the wreck of her life and the unrequited passion she holds for her former boss, Senator Tomi Ito. When he follows her to Vega II so does the danger that's been dogging the Ito family.

As the finale looms, does it include a future for Tomi and Gillian? Or will it all turn to ashes?

Romance Book Review: Imogene Nix's The Assassin


Author: Imogene Nix
Series Connection: The Reunion Trilogy
Digital ISBN: 9781940744209
Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Kumi Ito is the head of Finance on Reunion and has discovered a great many discrepancies with the financial documents left by her predecessor and she feels that Reunion will fall to ruin if she can't find an answer, but a distress call from her brother, Senator Tomi Ito, has her dealing with more pressing problems. 

Captain Carmichael Snow, who helped save Selina in the first Reunion book, has found a group is plotting to kill Kumi. 

Carmichael has been in love with Kumi since they first met at Selina and Ren's wedding. Now he has to protect her and find out who is trying to kill her before it is too late. 

This series has a lot of potential, however as it came to the second and third book it was just too short. It was a little disappointing because I would have liked to see more of a development of characters and world building. What I did see I liked and give it high praise for that reason. 

Description:
Kumi Ito has her mission, as does Carmichael Snow, but are their objectives compatible?
Kumi Ito is a woman with a problem. Since assuming the role of head of the Commerce Department, she's found discrepancies…the kind that could cause anarchy if the truth got out.
When Carmichael Snow, the commander of the Emancipation, comes across intelligence that someone has placed a hit on Kumi, he has to save her. His plan? Hide her and find the assassin.
As they dodge the killer, a passion ignites between them that runs from simmering all the way to steamy. But will the actions of one snatch away their happiness before they can accept what is growing between them?

Content Warning: This book features a buff, hot guy and a kick-butt heroine. Naturally, hot scenes will follow.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Romance Book Review: Leslie Gould's Courting Cate

Author: Leslie Gould
Series Connection: Courtships of Lancaster County
ISBN: 978-1-4412-6049-9
Genre: Amish Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Purchase Link: Amazon 

Cate Miller has come to terms with the fact that no one wants to court or marry her, except maybe if it meant having a piece of her father's money. Her father on the other hand would like to see her married and giving him grandchildren, so he make a rule. Her younger sister can't court or get married until Cate does.

This does not make her happy and she hopes she can convince her father to break his rule and leave her to spinster life she assumed she'd have.

Pete is looking to settle down in a new Amish community after traveling around for seven months. He makes clear to Cate he is looking to do some courting, get married and start a family. He also tells her he is dirt poor and that makes Cate believe he is just another looking for what her father's money can offer to his future.

When her sister pushes Cate to let Pete court her, Cate begins to like Pete until her overhears a secret that changes everything.

This is a heart-warming version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Cate's insecurities are believable, even if some of the facts around the Amish community don't ring quite true. The story is told from the first person and enough hints are distributed throughout the pages that you get to know the other characters in the story, even though I would have liked to have had more true interaction between Pete and Cate.

Description:

When This Couple Gets to Courting, Sparks Will Fly!

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

But the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untamable Cate has driven away every suitor--until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.

Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate's hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Romance Book Review: Maddy Barone's Wolf's Vengeance

Author: Maddy Barone
Series Connection: After the Crash
ISBN: 978-1-62210-108-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance, BBW Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Werewolf/Shifter Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver

Purchase Link: Amazon 

In Maddy Barone's After the Crash series book six, she takes readers to where she left off after book five at the ranch of the Dirk family where wolf shifter, Snake Wolfe, has agreed to help his new mate, Melissa and her brothers find their mother who was kidnapped 11 years before.

Melissa isn't so sure about her new mate. She agreed to marry him after he rescued her from former brothers-in-law who, after winning her in a bride fight, wanted to rape and murder her because she killed their brother.

Now home Maddy only hopes to see her mother again. As she gets to know Snake, she has to deal with living with being a woman in a society mostly composed of men and the repercussions of her past.

Snake Wolfe has finally found his mate and will do anything to keep her happy and safe. With the help of his cousin, Stone, he sets out to find Melissa's mother so that he can take his mate back home to the pack with him where he can keep her safe from harm.

Melissa is one of the strongest female characters that readers have seen in this series. She's been through hell and back with the best intentions of keeping her mother safe. I like this sci-fi series and the world that the author has created in a way to bring both a post-apocalyptic future and paranormal shifter genres together with imaginative descriptions of what the new world would look like.

Description:

In a post-apocalyptic future, a woman desperate to save her mother marries the werewolf who promises to help her. Wolf’s Vengeance takes you once again into the dangerous and passion-filled world created by Maddy Barone in her amazing romance series, After the Crash. 

In a future world where modern technology is unknown and women are rare, werewolf Snake Wolfe claimed Melissa Dirk as his mate the moment he laid eyes on her. All he wants is her love for him to match his for her. Mel will do anything to save her stolen mother, even marry the fierce werewolf who promises to help with the rescue. Love? Well … maybe she’ll love him someday. 

When trouble from Mel’s past threatens her very life, Snake swears anyone who wants to hurt her will have to go through him, and he will avenge every insult dealt her. Can love be born in blood? Or will Snake have to settle for merely his wife’s gratitude? 

Content Notes: Spicy, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Post Apocalyptic 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Lion's Honor


Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Ridgeville Series
ISBN: 9781311793706
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance, Werelion Romance, BBW Romance
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

Since she was 16 years old, Grayson, second in command of the Ridgeville Pride, suspected that Honor was his mate, but he knew that he had to let her go and finish college before he could claim her. He let's her go even though he doesn't want to.

Honor decides to leave the pride to go to London to attend Cambridge University. Since werelioness' don't reach their first heat until 22 she hopes that she will be home before it happens. Unfortunately, everything goes wrong in London and she is forced to come home battered and beaten. She knows that Grayson will be there for her, but will he still want her after what happened? 

Grayson isn't the only one who is interested in claiming Honor though, can Grayson protect her and keep his one true mate to himself?

This appears to be the ninth and final book in the Ridgeville Series. This book picks up four or so years after book eight in the series. Honor's story finds another werelioness in peril with the pack rallying to help keep a member of the pack safe from an evil disturbed rogue werelion. 

The nearly 80,000 word novel is well written offering a look at a strong alpha female who has been tortured and finding it hard to face those she loves with what she believes as her own shame. She fears her destined mate can't understand her reluctance to mate after all she has been through. Grayson is a strong alpha who plays a strong sensitive role and who works hard to protect his mate. His character is well developed and well written. There are excellent supporting characters in the entire series. I like the way the author handled this story much better than she did in the last book in the series. 


Description:
Sometimes the Queen of the Jungle needs to lean on her King. Okay, she’s really not the queen and he’s totally not the king, but damn it, they need each other.

Four years ago, werelioness Honor Mauer walked away from Ridgeville and hopped on a plane bound for London. She had college dreams and none of them included her pesky maybe-mate Grayson. (Even if he is the hottest thing to ever walk on two legs—and four.)

All is fantastically furry in London until she goes through her first heat. Then her world collapses, her bright, obnoxious eyes dim, and she runs home with her tail tucked between her legs. Too bad the London werelion who sent her scurrying home decides to show up just as she’s feeling a little less psychotic. Bastard.

Werelion Grayson got his curvy, luscious mate back on U.S. soil and he refuses to let her go. He knows there’s a lot of emotional work to do, but he didn’t become Ridgeville’s Second by turning belly up at the first sign of trouble. She’s his. The quicker she realizes that—and opens her heart to healing—the better. He’s got a plan for a life filled with love, laughter, and cubs and it sorta requires her cooperation.

Just when he thinks her recovery is around the corner, the male who’d hurt Honor shows up in Ridgeville. Which is a good thing, really, since it gives Grayson a chance to kill him. It’s like Christmas in July.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Romance Book Review: VA Dold's Cade


Author: V.A. Dold
Series Connection: LeBeau Brothers
ISBN: 978-1497533745
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Vickie Dold

Purchase Link: Amazon

Anna James sons are gone and successfully out on their own. This gives Anna the chance to finally leave her no good husband and find a new start. For five years she's been dreaming of a man who shows her love and romance. Moving to New Orleans she never would have guessed she would actually meet her dream man. 

As Anna and oldest LeBeau brother Cade begin to spend time together she learns that the world out there she never knew existed and her new love isn't exactly human. That's okay because the man in her dream wasn't totally human either. While Cade opens a whole new world for Anna, her ex-husband isn't quite done with her and is working hard to drag her back into her old troubled world. 

As far as I can see this is the first book for V.A. Dold and not a bad start. Like with all new series there is a lot of explaining and meeting of several characters that will more than likely have their own stories told in the near future. I think there is quite a bit of stumbling during the sex scenes making them appear a little rushed, but not bad. I was just thinking that Cade's personality lead more to the romantic and would have like to see more romance rather than erotic in this case. Otherwise I can't wait to read Simon's story which isn't out yet, but is promised sometime this summer. 

Description:
*Heat level=hot.* Recommended for 18+ due to explicit sexual content. This is an adult paranormal romance with erotic content. 

The series centers on wolf shifters but also includes vampires, voodoo priestess, a Marine, and magic. These are stand alone books that create a series. They do not need to be read in order. 

Anna James is single again, finally. In her opinion, men are self-centered and will never love her for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman. All except the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams for five years. 

She just never expected her fantasy to be a real live alpha shifter... 

Cade Le Beau isn't what he seems. He’s a billionaire wolf. A Shifter. He laments his missed chance six months ago to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Just as his second chance presents itself, his fantasy woman, his mate, is threatened by the local mob boss and her ex-husband. Now, he has forty eight hours to deal with this threat once and for all or chance losing her again. 

Is it Anna who’s in danger, or the humans who unwittingly threaten her? 

The heat is on the moment they lay eyes on each other. Neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Romance Book Review: Ann B. Harrison's Two For One

Author: Ann B. Harrison
Series Connection: The Club
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Menage a Trios, MFM Romance, BBW Romance
Publisher: Self Published

Purchase Link: Amazon

Lizzie is down and out. Her boyfriend is a wham, bam thank you ma'am type, her job is going no where and she is in need of money because her loser of a brother skipped out on a loan that she co-signed for. Her friend Bel has a way to help her come up with the money she needs fast and get rid of the pesky problem of not being satisfied sexually. All it would take is to take a chance and be auctioned off to the highest bidder for one night.

Taking a leap of faith Lizzie decides to take the chance, but is Lizzie biting off more than she can chew when she gets the chance to take on two brothers for a weekend of hot sex?

Taking place in Australia, this book features a woman with a self-esteem problem way down on her luck. Be prepared for two sexy guys who have a few issues of their own and some really hot sex scenes. Sometimes this style of erotic romance is better off just being filled with sex because that is all anyone seems to be interested in. This time the author spent a little time trying to introduce the readers to her characters. The writing was well done, however it ended just a little too short at the end. With the character development the author already had a good start on it would have been interesting to let the characters shine just a little bit more and show their growth.

It will be interesting to check out the next book in the series when it comes out which will be called Fighter Boy.

Description:

Nothing is going Lizzie’s way. Her sex life is unsatisfying, her job sucks and she has more debt than she needs thanks to her loser brother. Against her better judgment, she lets her best friend sign her up to be auctioned off at a high-rolling venue called the Club. Agreeing to a weekend of adventurous sex with a stranger is one thing, but being bought by the brothers who own the Club means Lizzie is up for a weekend beyond her wildest fantasies.

Ryan and Lizzie hit it off, in bed and out, but it’s his quiet brother, Trace, that has her heart pounding and her panties in a twist. But is Lizzie what Trace needs? Having been burned before, will he take a chance on what his heart is telling him or trust his instincts and send her home after their weekend is over? 



Author Bio from her website:

When dreams become a reality anything can happen!

Ann swears she was born with a book in her hand and after years of reading she achieved her dream of writing…and publication.

Her debut novel – Taming to Outback was released in 2012 and since then she has published another five raunchy rural romances and two steamier reads. She’s currently working on a series The Club – destined to blow your mind.

Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in all her stories, and of course a strong, passionate hero or two complete the mix.

With more than a little help from her own handsome hero Ann is living her dream in the beautiful Hunter Valley busy making sexy Australian heroes available to everyone.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Romance Book Review: Theresa Stillwagon's A Betrayal of Friendship


Author: Theresa Stillwagon 
Digital ISBN: 9781940744223
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Charlie McIntire is working to move on with her life since her ex-boyfriend committed suicide and her best friend blamed her and left without saying goodbye. Working flying planes in Alaska two years later Charlie can't believe it when her former best friend comes back to town. Charlie doesn't want to deal with him, but can she stay away from the man she's been attracted to for years. 

Mace Hamilton comes back to town after two years to figure out what happened to his brother. Spending time with Charlie might not be a good idea because ever since she began dating his brother he realized how much he truly wants her. Mace needs to decide if he believes all the rumors about what she's done of if there is another story.

A lot of hurt feelings on both sides make up this story is portrayed in this relatively quick read. Okay story slow moving story. 

Description:
Sometimes friendship is enough to get over betrayal—sometimes it's not.

Charlene McIntire and Mason Hamilton used to be the best of friends. But when she began dating his younger brother, Mace started to change. It almost seemed like he was jealous, but that wasn't possible, because he never saw her as anything other than a friend.

Tragedy struck when Mace's brother, Charlie's boyfriend, unexpectedly committed suicide. Everyone believed it was Charlie's fault—even Mace. After the funeral, he left town without a word.

Now, two years later, Mace has returned. And Charlie doesn't like it one bit. She's gotten her life together, focusing her attention on the career she loves—flying planes in the rugged state of Alaska. The last thing she needs in her life right now is a pain-in-the-butt, hardheaded man—a man who still holds her responsible for his brother's death.

But wanting him? That's an entirely different story. Despite everything that's happened, there is no denying the sparks between them.

Content Warning: contains graphic sex and strong language
Note: This book has been previously published.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Big Furry Deal


Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Ridgeville
ISBN: 9781311813817
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Suspense, BBW Romance
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

This is the continuation of the Ridgeville pride series. Cat shifters, Walt (lion shifter) and Millie (panther shifter), two lost souls find themselves to be mates, but neither know if they would make good mates at this time because both have haunting pasts. 

Millie is a member of the group of shifters that was kept prisoner by McAllister who was killed in one of the previous books. Millie has a little more of a problem then just being abused by McAllister, she has a sensitive power that is so angry that any man who comes near attacks first and asks questions later. The only man who has yet to be attacked by the power is the man Millie realizes is her mate. 

Walt lives with the knowledge everyday that his mother believed him to be a demon and not someone that anyone would want to love. He isn't sure that Millie will even find him worth the effort of mating. 

When the two start to explore mating, Walt realizes that he can help Millie control her sensitive power, but attacks on Millie's life is bringing out her sensitive's anger and putting everyone in danger. 

This is a good story addition of the Ridgeville series. As always I like the Pride Prima, Maya's sense of human and the way she works to help her pride members, both Walt and Millie make good additions to the series. I like the suspense storyline wondering who could be committing the attacks and Millie's protective cat. The only problem I had was they way the author handled the submission angle of her book. I don't like using violent dominating tactics on previously abused.  

Description:
Panther shifter Millie Walker is finally free, finally knows her real name, and finally… has a mate? Well, crap.

For Millie, having a mate is a horrible, no good, he’ll end up very dead, bad idea. She’s got what some refer to as a “control problem.” In other words: she has no control and that’s her problem. So, she stays away from others, keeps to herself, and generally tries not to kill people. Except the pride Prima—Maya—has this “awesomesauce” idea and suddenly Millie’s at a pride picnic surrounded by people… and then she meets her mate. Her tall, delicious, please-may-I-lick-you-from-head-to-toe mate. Now she prays her powers don’t suddenly decide Wyatt is better off six feet under.

Lion shifter Wyatt Dane knows he’s not the kind of man who takes a mate. His own mother proved he wasn’t worth loving. But then he meets Millie. Millie with her fiery hair, generous curves, and dangerous powers. He tries to resist her, forces himself to reject her, but then she returns and he realizes he can’t let her go. Her powers will just have to figure out how to deal with his presence. He’s keeping her. Period.

But someone from her past didn’t get the “she’s mated” memo and he’s determined to have her, no matter the cost.

Warning: Big Furry Deal contains kick ass violence, some potentially trigger content (what do we expect from the bad guy), and copious hilarity. Be prepared for laughing, crying, and cringing. As always, curvy women rock, boys drool-girls rule, and your mileage may vary.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Romance Book Review: AC Wilson's Black Hills Angel

Author: A.C. Wilson
Series Connection: Black Hills
ISBN: 978-1494312299
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Cowboy Romance
Publisher: self published

Purchase Link: Amazon


Stress from being a single mother and on her own with no one to rely on, Andy Martin is having a breakdown in her apartment hallway when Matt Johnson come upon her. Deciding he can't leave the poor woman and her baby alone when they so need help Matt helps Andy make it through the latest crisis. Through the next few weeks the two begin to spend time together, however someone doesn't want Matt to have his happy ever after with Andy.


This is the first book I've read by A.C. Wilson. While I really liked the writing style a few times she seemed to change writing style from free flowing to a change in tense. It is really hard to describe, but it changed the flow of the story. Otherwise I thought the characters were nicely developed and I grew to love them all. I am looking forward to see what happens to Matt's brother in the next book. 

Description:
ANGELS. Do they exist? Do they offer comfort? Do they clear the way to good things to come? Do you know who they are? 

Andy Martin is a single mother to a beautiful baby girl, Harper. It's been tough. Her family wants to know the father's name. She promised never to say. Her family wants her to give up the child. She can't do that either. So Andy is cast out from her home and forced to move to Rapid City, South Dakota to live with her ailing grandmother. Darker forces still at work, her grandmother dies and Andy is forced to go her future alone. Mother. Father. Provider. It all starts to crumble. 

Matt Johnson has lived in South Dakota his entire life. Growing up near Hot Springs his family's ranch, Matt knows the power of family and loyalty. Waking up to a screaming baby and crying woman in the hallway outside his friend's apartment was not exactly how he thought he'd test those beliefs. As soon as he meets Andy Martin, there is a crazy connection he just cannot deny. Something tells him to not let go. 

Note: the Black Hills Series is made up of standalone books. They can be read in any order.

Black Hills Blessing (Black Hills Series, #2) available.
 Black Hills Rebel (Black Hills Series, #3) coming soon.
Black Hills Secrets (Black Hills Series, #4) coming soon.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Romance Book Review: Annmarie McKenna's Overcome

Author: Annmarie McKenna
ISBN: 978-1-62916-034-4
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Werewolf, Erotic Romance, Menge
Publisher: Talesin Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

After divorcing her cheating husband, Anna is ready to start a new life and moves to a small town where she hopes to settle in her once weekend home and take on the job as an elementary school teacher. When she gets to her new home everything seems to be going wrong. Her house has been sold to two gorgeous men and her lease is up. No place to live is only the tip of the iceberg. 

The minute step brothers and co-alpha werewolves, Colton and Marc meet Anna they know she's their mate that they are suppose to share. When they hear the story that her house was sold to them without her knowledge they know that this is there chance to get her to know them better.

As more things begin to go wrong in Anna's life, Colton and Marc begin to suspect that everything is connecting and someone is after Anna, could it be her ex-husband or is there someone else upset at Anna. 

Good story with good characters. If I had one complaint it would be that the story ended way to quickly. I would have like to have seen the characters more developed and looked a little more into the life of the alphas. As usual I like this author and will be looking for new books in the future.


Description:
Anna Belky happily walked away from her ex, the lying cheating bastard she caught in her own bed with Miss “Candy Apple.” Anna’s supposed to be getting her revenge by being deliriously happy with a new job and a beautiful house on the lake.

Instead she finds herself without financial resources and homeless when someone sabotages her perfect new life. And even weirder, two strangers invite her to live with them, both of them, and be their love. Two sexy and way-too-hot-for-their-own-good strangers.

Marc Newberry and Colton Montross are half-brothers and the ruling alphas of the local shifter pack. Imagine their surprise when they discover the house they just bought belongs to the one woman in the world fated to be their shared mate. Of course, she has her quirks, like chattering on about nothing when she gets nervous, she won’t follow orders worth a damn, and has even dug a hole in their backyard.

Despite these glitches, the trio’s shared bond is hot enough to melt the polar icecap, and their growing love for each other is undeniable. But their mating could be only a fleeting joy. As the bad luck following Anna begins to grow from annoying to downright dangerous, will they survive to meet Fate’s demands?

Let me know what you think of Overcome!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Romance Book Review: Mandy M Roth's Tactical Magik

Author: Mandy M. Roth
Series Connection: Immortal Ops
ISBN: 9781625010261
Genre: Fae, Magik, Were, Shifter, Erotic Romance
Publisher: The Raven Books

Purchase Link: Amazon

Eadan Daley is just making his new home with the I-Ops group of supernatural shifters when his old boss asks him to come back and take on a solo mission without bringing his new teammates with him. As it turns out this mission is very personal to Eadan and he feels the pressure to hurry to find the missing supernatural that the PSI group is looking for. Once he finds her there is a whole lot of bad situations that the two get into.

As an Immortal Ops series book goes, this book pretty much falls into the same realm as the previous four books. Eadan is a little different from the other I-Ops readers have met in the past as he is Fae and not a shifter and that through previous books we've gotten to know him a little more.  As with the other stories a little more character development would have helped us to understand Inara a little more, but it is clear she has lived off her wits with the help of a mentor for some time now and she's a strong alpha female, although we might get the idea she's a pushover by how she is first represented.

Description:

Eadan Daly has thrown himself into the role as the sixth I-Ops team member and has forged a brotherhood of sorts with the other men. When he’s asked to go on a solo mission for the PSI Branch (Paranormal Security and Intelligence) he’s not so sure he wants his old job back. 

Inara Nash is a survivor, doing what she must to get by. On the run for years, from an organization she doesn’t fully understand, she tries to stay below the radar. When a blond hunk arrives and claims he’s her savoir, she suspects her luck might have finally run out. Sure, he’s hot and looks like he’d be good in bed but there is something almost magical about him that defies reality. And if there is one thing she’s learned in her life in the paranormal underground it’s you never trust a magik. 

Romance Book Review: Mandy M. Roth's Immortal Ops

Author: Mandy M. Roth
Series Connection: Immortal Ops
ISBN: Box Set ISBN-13: 978-1-62501-075-9
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf, Werecat, Wererat, Shifter, Magik, Fae

Publisher: The Raven Books

Purchase Link: Amazon


This four book set covers the first four books of Immortal Ops series. The stories features four of the seven I-Op members and continues on with three more books left in the series.

Immortal Ops tells the story Lukian Vlakhusha, King of the Werewolves, and Peren Matthews. Lukian and his team are sent to kill Peren. That is until Lukian decides something is wrong with the mission and aborts the mission, but decides to get to know Peren only to quickly realize she is his mate. The two race against time to figure out who decided her life needed to end, only to find someone from Lukian's past.

In Critical Intelligence, readers get to hear the story of Lukian's brother and second in command, Roi and Missy Carter. Roi is taken with Missy from the first time they met, but she doesn't like him so much, especially since Lukian and Roi kidnap Missy and her friends. Missy has a secret that she doesn't want to get out and goes along with the men. Soon Roi will figure out that Missy is more than she seems and trouble is on its way.

In Radar Deception, Dr. Green is a genius and can't get his mind off of Melanie. Green knows heartache and is still stuck in the past when his wife and child died because he didn't know that getting her pregnant would kill her. Melanie needs his help but can Green step out of the past long enough to do what he needs. Soon it turns out that Green and the other I-Ops have got it all wrong and there is much more to Melanie than meets the eye. They still all have their hands full making sure she is kept safe from an old Fae, who wants to get his hands on her.

In Strategic Vulnerability, Wererat Wilson Rousseau has been missing for several months and everyone appears to given him up for dead, except for the I-Op's mates who decide to take it upon themselves to go on a hunt to find him.

Meanwhile, Wilson is doing everything he can to stay alive, when his kidnapper's decide to run some experiments on him and a seemly human woman, Kimberly, who is more than likely Wilson's mate, or at least that is what he understands from his captors. They've got Wilson so drugged up it is taking all he can to get himself and Kimberly to safety. Wilson doesn't know it yet, but Kimberly just might have a little something up her sleeve to help them get away.

The Immortal Ops books aren't a bad series. I even went along and purchased the next book in the series, Tactical Magik, however I would have to say that the characters are a bit underdeveloped, almost to the point that they were all too similar. I would have liked to have seen more individuality between the characters. Otherwise, I liked the story line, including the various shifters, Fae and action situations.

Description:

Contains:
1. Immortal Ops
2. Critical Intelligence
3. Radar Deception
4. Strategic Vulnerability

Immortal Ops
Captain Lukian Vlakhusha is having issues with his newest target, Peren Matthews. Something about her has left him staring at her picture and wondering what it would be like to touch her soft skin. When the time comes for the team to strike, Lukian senses danger and aborts the mission. He makes an attempt at meeting Peren and is set in his place by an independent young woman who knows what she is, and isn't, looking for in a man.

Lukian is having trouble telling Peren that he's what she fears most, a werewolf. Can they make the passion that burns between them last, or will Lukian's condition be too much for Peren?

Critical Intelligence
Missy Carter leads a rather boring, overworked life as a system analyst for the State Department or rather, that's what she lets everyone believe. No, in reality her life is anything but boring. As an agent with the Paranormal Security and Intelligence, she's seen and done it all. Intelligence is her specialty, assassination is her hobby. The only problem is that the things she spies on don't die easily. In fact, some of them were dead to begin with. She's learned to handle anything life can throw at her. That is until the biggest paramilitary pain her ass shows up again. Lucky for him, he's sexy.

Roi Majors, second in command of the I-Ops, is having a hard time believing that Intel can only get half the information needed to bring down an underground ring of vampires with big spending backers who are hell bent on creating a race of supernaturals with multiple strands of DNA in them. As the team searches for answers, Roi searches for sexual release. When he finds himself paired with the one woman in the world who seems immune to his self-proclaimed charms, he can't wait to see her to safety and then bid her good riddance. He never counted on falling in love with her. And he sure in the hell never counted on her claiming to be an agent with a branch of the government no human should know about.

Radar Deception
Dr. Thaddeus Green survived a werepanther attack long ago, leaving him immortal and a member of the I-Ops team. He's dedicated his life to genetics and to serving his country. After his mutated DNA led to the death of his loved ones, he vowed to never let anyone close to his heart again. Try as he might, Green is unable to stop the mystical pull to the tall, leggy blonde with a sharp tongue and an even worse bite. Thinking Melanie is suffering from mating withdraw, Green is prepared to do what he must to assure her survival, even if it means claiming her for himself, regardless of his need to protect his heart. Little does Green know that fate has been preparing him for Melanie Daly all his unnaturally long life.

When ghosts from the past resurface, in ways he never dreamt possible, the normally mild-mannered scientist finds himself drawing on his inner beast and rage to assure his mate and their future are protected. But even Green can't fight all of Melanie's battles for her. Some she has no choice but to face on her own. Can their bond stand the test of time?

Strategic Vulnerability
Held prisoner in remote testing facility in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest, subjected to torture and abuse, Wilson Rousseau has long since given up hope of being rescued.