Friday, January 29, 2016

Romance Book Review: Melanie Shawn's Hope Falls Series Bundle: Vol. 2

Author: Melanie Shawn
Series Connection: Hope Falls Series Bundle: Vol. 2, Books 4-8 (#1 Snow Angel, #2 Snow Days, #3 Snowed In, #4 Let It Snow)
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Red Hot Reads

Purchase Link: Amazon

Spent the last week reading the next installment of the Hope Falls Series by Melanie Shawn. This series bundle feature the Maguire siblings, Eric, Amy, Nikki and Jake and how they find their happier ever after. This series includes Let It Snow, Jake and Tessa's, story. Within these four books, Eric and Lily's story is my favorite adding a little action with all the love going on. 

Snow Days features Amy and Matt's story bringing a lot of emotion to the series as Matt works on dealing the the loss of his wife and moving on and finding love with Amy. 

And Nikki's story matches her with one of People's sexiest men and an ex who doesn't want to let him go. 

Those who like series romance will enjoy this series set in small town California Sierra Mountains.  

Book #1: Snow Angel 
He is looking towards the future… 
Newly appointed Chief of Police Eric Maguire is sexy, single, and not ready to mingle. Tired of casual hook-ups and meaningless affairs, Eric is ready for something real. When a mysterious dark-haired beauty moves in next door, Eric knows he’s found exactly what he’s been missing. 
She is running from her past… 

Lily Sotelo just got the break of a lifetime choreographing for pop star Karina Black’s winter tour. As important as it is that she does an amazing job, it’s equally as important that she remains anonymous. Which shouldn’t be a problem. She’s spent the last ten years on the move, never letting anyone get too close. Until now. Her new neighbor is as persistent as he is sexy and is making Lily want things she knows she can’t have. 

Book #2: Snow Days 
She wanted to feel pleasure… 
After twenty-nine years, high school English teacher Amy Maguire realizes something is missing in her life…passion. Always one to tackle a problem head on, Amy makes a plan to remedy her situation. Phase One: find a suitable candidate. Phase Two: experience passion. Simple. Right? Except after countless dates she hasn’t once felt that spark, that chemistry. That is until the sexy new History teacher walks into her classroom… 

He wanted to forget pain… 
Matt Kellan knows he’ll never love again. After tragically losing his wife five years ago, Matt has been in a holding pattern. Every woman he meets wants to fill a void that he knows will never be filled. Until he meets Amy. Her quest to find fulfillment has nothing to do with letting her into his heart…just his bed. 
Passion brought them together. Love may drive them apart. 

Book #3: Snowed In 
The Free-Spirit… 
Nikki Maguire does what she wants, says what she wants, and lives by her own set of rules. She is an intoxicating combination of beauty, sex-appeal and sharp wit that men find irresistible. Unfortunately for them, none have ever come close to holding Nikki’s attention, and settling down is not even on her radar. 

The Politician… 
Sexy Senator Michael Gowan lives under a microscope. As a man of power and influence, he always has to do and say the right thing. Every move he makes is heavily scrutinized. After being named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People and landing on countless Most Eligible Bachelor lists, the spotlight on his personal life has never been more intense. But Mike has no interest in love...he doesn’t even believe it exists. 

The Stormy Night… 
Grounded by a snowstorm, they share an anonymous night of passion and connection, both finding what their souls have been missing. But in the light of day, will the illicit high-stakes world of politics cause Nikki to deny her feelings or can Mike convince her that the only place she belongs is with him? 
When the world is against them, will their unlikely love endure? 

Book #4: Let It Snow 
Thirteen years ago…his world fell apart after his soul mate left him in the middle of an unforeseen tragedy that would bind them together forever. Ever since, sexy Fireman Jake Maguire busied himself by putting out fires in buildings and starting them in women, all in an attempt to extinguish the fire she set off in him all those years ago. 

Thirteen years ago…she made the hardest decision of her life. For every tear, every heartache, Tessa Hayes reminded herself that she made that sacrifice out of love. Sweet, caring Tessa always put the interests of others before her own, no matter what the cost. 

She sacrificed her heart for his life. He lived without living. Now they had the chance to mend their broken hearts together...but would Tessa and Jake have the courage to do it?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Romance Book Review: Melanie Shawn's Let It Snow

Author: Melanie Shawn
Series Connection: A Hope Fall Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Red Hot Reads Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

As high school sweethearts, Jake and Tessa as well as everyone else, thought the two would be together forever, until one tragic day separated them for 13 years. Coming back clean up her grandmother's old home and tie up loose ends, Tessa runs right smack into Jake and everything come rushing back to her.

He's everything she remembers, but she knows that she can't come back to the man she has loved forever because they can't have what they dreamed about in the past.

Jake knows he still loves Tessa and he has never been able to replace her, but he can't take the chance of getting involved again because he doesn't want to get his heart broken all over again. Can these two find their way back to each other before Tessa goes back to her old life?

So here's the thing. I love these kinds of books. Sure they are all the same. Old flames meet. Something tragic tore them apart, but that old spark never went out.... yada, yada, yada. Now it is up to the author to make that story just that much different from all the rest that it stands out.

This one was doing quite well. I knew that the story line would make it an emotional journey for the couple. I knew that the "h" had good reason to leave in the first place. She was a little weepy, but she was dealing with a lot so I could excuse it.

The "H" was another story. I kind of understood in the beginning where he was going. I loved his brother for talking sense into Jake a few times. And then at the end he goes and blows it for me. I really hated how the two get their HEA. I would of love to see his brother hit him over the head and talk sense into him one more time. I total lost respect for the "H". You'll have to read and make the decision yourself.

Because of that it brought my review of the book down from a 4 heart to a 3 heart review. But don't count out the series because of this one book. I've read several of the 12 book series. All can be read alone and several are very good.

Thirteen years ago...his world fell apart after his soul mate left him in the middle of an unforeseen tragedy that would bind them together forever. Ever since, sexy Fireman Jake Maguire busied himself by putting out fires in buildings and starting them in women, all in an attempt to extinguish the fire she set off in him all those years ago.

Thirteen years ago...she made the hardest decision of her life. For every tear, every heartache, Tessa Hayes reminded herself that she made that sacrifice out of love. Sweet, caring Tessa always put the interests of others before her own, no matter what the cost.

She sacrificed her heart for his life. He lived without living. Now they had the chance to mend their broken hearts together...but would Tessa and Jake have the courage to do it?

**Author's Note: Can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhanger**

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cherry Adair's new coloring books to go with her T-FLAC series

Got to love an author who works as hard as Cherry Adair to get the word out about her books. Adult coloring books have really been a recent hit and I just noticed that Cherry Adair released a two volume coloring book set that features drawings the depict scenes from her T-FLAC series.

T-FLAC Passport Coloring Book
Author: Cherry Adair
Designer: David Wilkinson

Purchase Link: Amazon


Stimulate your senses and let your imagination soar with the intriguing international locales of my T-FLAC spies. Carefully selected images depict the veritable calm preceding the storms I create in my novels. The drawings are scenes of that quick flash in time that exists before all hell breaks loose. Let your creativity flow as you de-stress by travelling safely to Amazon jungles, or as you float down Venice’s Grand Canal in a gondola. Pluck a fresh, juicy peach from a corner produce stand as you walk the streets of Amsterdam, with sunlight sparkling on the canals. Color your sky at sunset, or the sun-soaked blue of high noon, or fill it with your own wildly creative designs. Color a calm village square, or line the cobbled street with your own clay pots spilling vibrant red geraniums. Hide a cheeky parrot in the myriad of greens in your jungle, or let a flight of purple butterflies loose over the trees. Here you'll find a varied and enticing range of images to colorize, embellish, and make your own. T-FLAC's Passport Coloring Book will delight and entertain everyone from beginners to advanced colorists. The 51 original designs, printed on one side of the page, will melt away your stress and distractions of the day. When you’re through, you’ll be rewarded with a portfolio of beautiful finished artwork. Color to your heart's content. Remain calm and color yourself Zen - Cherry style.

Romance Book Review: Tori Austin and V.D. Dold's Stefan

Author: V. A. Dold and Tory Austin
Series Connection: Le Beau Series
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Vickie Dold

Purchase Link: Amazon

Having a bad experience with an older woman has a very young man, Stefan Le Beau, decided long ago that he wasn't going to put his heart into a relationship again. He had a plan and has stuck by it for over a century. Now his has quite a reputation with the ladies. His plans go out the window when he meets his mate, El, but with his reputation and her past Stefan has his worked cut out for him getting his mate to give him the time of day.

El had her own bad experience with men, especially men like Stefan. Rich men, from powerful families. She isn't about to tell Stefan her past and although she is intrigued by his attention and completely turned on, she knows she can't get involved with him.

But Stefan can't let go. He needs his mate and will do whatever he can to get her.

In the meantime, someone is after the Le Beau family and wants to see them hurt however they can.

Where do I start. While I like the series and the story behind it, this book really had some problems for me. Yes we know that El had some problems in her past and needed to work through them, but her treatment toward Stefan really left me hating her. Even with the HEA I'm never going to like her character. Stefan was a little wimpy, I still liked him and respected his patience with her.

More than all that, however was the writing to me wasn't as good as I had read from these authors in the first two books. I was excited when I found this book was out, even though it had been out for over a year. I am a little disappointed, but still have hope for the series and will move on to read Thomas' story.

NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content. This is an adult paranormal romance with erotic content. The series centers on Billionaire Wolf Shifters with plus sized BBW for mates. It 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. Of course, the story is richer if the books are read in order. 
#1 Cade 
#2 Simon 
#3 Stefan 
#4 Thomas 
#4.5 Cade & Anna 
# 5 Lucas 

El is a beautiful, successful, plus sized woman suffering a debilitating humiliation that has left her hating all handsome, wealthy men exactly like Stefan Le Beau. Unfortunately for Le Beau, she’s known him since she was sixteen and was totally snubbed by him. To her, he’s a hound dog and a man-whore. 

Stefan is a playboy to the extreme with one hard and fast rule: date a woman only once, take her to bed, and be gone before morning. Until El. 

Stefan’s dream of finding his mate comes true when he bids two hundred thousand dollars to win a date with El at Simon’s charity ball. Money well spent in his opinion. 

Now, if she would only talk to him. Or look at him. Or touch him, or…like him. 

Can Stefan convince El he's a reformed man? 

Can El learn to trust a man who is the epitome of what she avoids and could shatter her heart? 

It will require drastic, strategic measures from the entire family to make this mating happen.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Romance Book Review: Claudy Conn's Quicksilver

Author: Claudy Conn
Series Connection: Hungry Moon
ISBN-13: 2940045999137
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Smashwords

Purchase Link: Amazon

Ravena's heart is broken when she catches her best friend with her boyfriend. She can do without the cheating boyfriend, but her best friend. She decides to go spend the summer with her father in Scotland, where she meets up with an old friend, Arthur, who asks for her help.

One of Arthur's family members is stuck in a alternate world and unless he can get him out, one of his evil relatives will inherit the family castle when Arthur dies. 

Quinn has been stuck in another world for 75 years with no way to get home. He keeps in touch with Arthur through a magic mirror. Arthur believes that Ravena has the magic within her to get him back, but can she? Ravena has done everything she can to be a normal as possible. She doesn't use her magic or any other secrets she's been born to. She knows just enough that her father and grandmother have taught her over the years, but is it enough to get the man she's falling in love with back before the dark magic takes over the white?

On first look this is a really good book with a few parts that are a little disturbing. For one, this isn't really a stand alone book. There is a HEA, so you could stop there, but why would you. 

I wasn't happy with the villain's last scene at all and would have changed that a bit. 

This book is from 2013 and is currently free on Amazon. A friend is fond of Claudy Conn's stories and sent the link my way to check her out. I think she's worth reading more. 

Ravena MacAllister doesn’t want to admit what she is. She wants to continue pretending she’s just human … only human, like her mother, like her friends. 

But she isn’t human. 

Heartbreak and betrayal send her off rushing to Scotland, to a familiar haven where she has spent so many summers with her father, but she soon discovers that everything has changed. 

From the moment she meets Quinn MacValdane, shock waves travel through him to her and back again, wrapping them in a tide of passion she had never dreamt possible. But if they are to have a future together, she must confront who and what she is, for she will need to call on the powers within her as she becomes embroiled in an adventure that will alter her life forever.

The time for pretending is over.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Romance Book Review: Nora Rober's Stars of Fortune

Author: Nora Roberts
Series Connection: Guardians Trilogy
ISBN: 978-1410481337
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley

Purchase Link: Amazon

Sasha Riggs has always been a seer, but it has caused her nothing but misery. Lately she's been having dreams of things she doesn't understand. As an artist she tries to get rid of the images, but they won't go away. Desperate she decides to go to where her visions are taking place and see where they take her.

When she arrives in Greece it doesn't take long meet those she's been dreaming about. They find they are each on the same quest. And so this Guardian Series begins. 

Much of this book introduces the story and the characters. These six people are set to find three stars that have fallen to earth, but these aren't just ordinary stars and there's a pretty evil God who is also looking for the stars as well. 

For Sasha this is a completely different world then her life of solitude, but she has found she needs to complete this quest with these people. The group searches for the first star on a Greek island, but that isn't the only exciting thing happening for Sasha, one of those she's met is Bran Killian. Bran describes himself as a magician, but he is much more. 

It has been a while since I've picked up a Nora Roberts book and the theme of this one sounded so familiar but although similar it so far is different from "Morrigain's Cross" from the Circle Trilogy. NR likes the three couple three stories concept. 

As with many stories that follow this concept, the first book spends a lot of time setting the scene and storyline, as well as giving everyone a chance to get to know all the characters. In some ways that's a good way to go when writing books, but it makes it hard to get to know the couple involved in the first romance. It seems like a big flaw in this case. I really couldn't get into Sasha and Bran as a couple. Throughout the book we get a good impression on who Sasha is, but not really Bran and beyond bedroom scenes.

Otherwise the book has good drawn out action scenes, interesting plot line and for the most part interesting characters. 

On one personal note: In previous books where she's had Irish heroes I've always enjoyed the use of the Irish accent in her writing. I didn't really see much of that this time. I could tell she gave him a little accent and changed some of his conversation, but not as much as in the past. 

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the legendary fire star, part of an ancient prophecy. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

When a dark threat looms, the six must use their combined powers—including trust, unity, and love—to find the fire star and keep the world on course.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Romance Byte: RaeAnne Thayne's Snow Angel Cove

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Series Connection: Haven Point Book 1
ISBN-13: 978-1628996951
Genre: Contemporary Romance
PublisherHarlequin HQN

Purchase Link: Amazon

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne welcomes you to Haven Point, a small town full of big surprises that are both merry and bright 

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she's not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car! 

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza's hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he's willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Romance Book Review: Heather Long's Desert Wolf

Author: Heather Long
Series Connection: Wolves of Willow Bend #8
ISBN: 9781310000867
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi, Urban Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the eighth book of the Wolves of Willow Bend series, take a ride on the wild side with the alpha of Sutter Butte. Cassius needs help and reaches out to one of his neighboring alphas. He needs an omega to come to Sutter Butte and help him save his shifters from themselves. 

Omega Sovvan, and her hound Faust comes to Sutter Butte, but not everyone is as happy to see Sovvan come to town as Cassius. Sovvan quickly learns that even before she hits the Sutter Butte territory and is stopped by a mob of young members of the Sutter Butte pack, before they take her out Cassius comes to her rescue. 

Immediately Cassius is attracted to Sovvan, but his he has lived his life without getting close to anyone, and getting involved with Sovvan can only be a bad idea because there is a good chance his plans are going to get her killed and if he wants to save his pack he can't save Sovvan for himself. 

This is a raw, gritty, action filled novel that isn't for the faint of heart. There is definitely a lot of blood and gore, wolves frolicking by a river. When Cassius and Sovvan finally get together there are definitely sparks that turn into a hot flame. While I truly liked this book I wondered for a long time in reading the book if it was actually going to turn out to be romance. In this book the romance is really secondary to the main plot of the story. 

Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. Misfits, castoffs, and forgotten wolves, they rose to create a pack more than a century ago in utter defiance of the order of the day. Seen as pitiless and cruel, Cassius wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack means to change himself, and he will find rebellion on all sides, not to mention from his own defiant heart.

Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack—a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.

Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him…

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Romance Book Review: G.A. Aiken's Feel The Burn

Author: G.A. Aiken
Series Connection: Dragonkin
ISBN: 978-1420131611
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragon Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Zebra Books

Purchase Link: Amazon

Taking place just a few months from book 7 of the Dragonkin series, "Light My Fire", "Feel the Burn" is the story of Kachka Shestakova , Elina's from "Light My Fire" sister, meets her match with King Gaius, a dragon shifter who is on a quest.

In the aftermath of Annwyl's killing of their uncle in the last book, Gaius and his twin sister Aggie now rule their kingdom. They hated their uncle and all those that ruled under them. Gaius is now on a quest to see all of his relatives dead, especially his cousin, who kept his twin sister, Aggie, hostage for years.

While on his quest Gaius runs into an acquaintance, Kachka, at a most opportune time. The two had always had an attraction for each other but as a Daughter of the Steppes, a group that doesn't hold much value of males and a Dragon King (a dragon much less) wouldn't find themselves together. But as the two are drawn together and spend more time together the attraction can't be denied.

If you love action, lots of laughter, blood and gore and more laughter, you'll love this book. G.A. Aiken, otherwise known as Shelly Laurenston, is a master at adding humor and drama to her books. King Gaius isn't one of those snobby royals. He doesn't have a problem getting blood all over him and fighting for his kingdom, which is good because if he was Kachka wouldn't have anything to do with him. Kachka is a warrior and hunter through and through and she's out to make a name for herself.

If I had an issue with the book, it would be that I would have liked to see Kachka and Gaius have more time together to get to know each other. I'm already looking forward to the next book. Although knowing this author, it may not be a story that would be part of this storyline. She doesn't always go in order, we could find her next characters back in time of the beginning of Queen Rhiannon's rein.

War makes strange bedfellows. 

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Alyse Zaftig's An Heir for the Billionaire Werebears

Author: Alyse Zaftig
Genre: BBW Romance, Paranormal Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance, Menage Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Down on her luck to the point of being evicted from her apartment and no money to continue school, Zeva meets a twin brothers with a proposition that could help her, all she has to do is move in with them and have their child. 

Not something you hear everyday, but Zeva takes them up on their offer.

This could be a good story with a little extra work, but it seemed a little abrupt and was written "tell" a story instead of "showing" it. That's just fine for some people, but I would have liked a little more description of the characters and would have loved for Zeva to ask a few more questions before jumping into a situation before she knew what these two "werebears" was. 

That being said the story had a lot of potential. There was a good strong base for erotic romance, good scenes in that respect and the overall story theme worked well. 

For the most part it was a good, short read with a lot of fun loving. 

A curvy girl down on her luck + two billionaire bear shifters + one evil cousin = a thrilling, steamy ride! 

When Zeva leaves her school heartbroken because she can't afford to be in college any more, she runs into a complete stranger. She has no clue that Asher is about to change her life. 

Asher and Xavier are the heads of the local sleuth of bears. They have to produce an heir within the next two years or lose it all. 

Can Zeva help them, or will Asher and Xavier's evil cousin ruin everything in his quest for power? 

Note: If you have ever had a miscarriage, please note that the story does include one.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Romance Book Review: JC Wilder's Tactical Pleasure

Author: JC Wilder
Series Connection: Men of S.W.A.T.
IBSN: 9781619233638
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: Dec. 22, 2015

Purchase Link: Amazon

Bringing back her Men of S.W.A.T. series, JC Wilder presents the sexier side of the men in blue.

In Tactical Pleasure, John Stephens has had it bad for diner owner Miranda White for some time, but she is constantly rebutting his invitiations for a date. When she asks him to help get information about one of his fellow S.W.A.T. members, he won't quit until he makes her his own.

Randa has wanted John forever, but the man has heartache written all over him. He's out with a different girl every month and she isn't ready to be another notch on his belt. So she's made up her mind to take the chance and ask out one of his co-workers. But one kiss from John has her rethinking her choice in dates.

This quick novella gives readers a glimpse into the lives of a close knit crew of sexy police officers and the woman to aim to tame them. These stories were previously published, but if you missed them the first time and looking for a quick sexy read this one will is good for an afternoon read.

Sometimes a man just has to take matters into his own hands…

Men of S.W.A.T., Book 1
Miranda White has had a crush on S.W.A.T. team sniper John Stephens since he first strode into Fitzy’s Diner. Too bad he’s a serial dater. As a respected business owner, she doesn’t need to become known around town as his next Flavor Of The Month.

What she does need is a date for an upcoming retirement dinner for one of Haven’s finest. If she has anything to say about it, it won’t be the notorious bad boy.

John definitely has something to say about Randa’s plan to date one of his teammates. He’s had the hots for her since he first sank his teeth into her sweet baked confections. She’s sexy and curvy in all the right places, and he fantasizes about tearing that polyester uniform from her lush body and showing her how versatile handcuffs can be.

He’d planned to take his time seducing her, but from their first touch, desire flares hot, hard and primal, temporarily making him forget that the one thing a police officer may not have is time…

Warning: Contains a smoking-hot cop with a talent for keeping his eye on the target, and a sweet-baking heroine who might as well have that target painted on her curvaceous butt. Misuse of police-department-issued equipment, and one very slippery wading pool.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Romance Book Review: Emma Alisyn's Alphonso's Baby

Author: Emma Alisyn
Series Connection: Clan Conroy Bride
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal romance, WereBear Romance
Publisher: Hard Candies Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

Tamar is trained from birth to be a good pastor's daughter. She's always been a good girl, but one slip changes her life forever. 

After a one night with a man she's loved all her life, Tamar is floored when he tells her that there is no future for them. So much so, she doesn't tell him she's pregnant and picks up the pieces of her life and moves on to raise her baby, hoping that one day he would grow up and come to her. 

Alphonso is stunned when he realizes he's the man who knocked Tamar up and he has wanted to kill all these months. Now he has to convince Tamar to take a chance on him, even though he's hurt her. The only problem is his past has come back to haunt him and what he feared all along may come true. 

This is the second book in the Clan Conroy Bride series. I decided to give this one a chance after reading the first one which left me with some issues and worry about whether I really liked this author's style. I am happy to say I gave her a second read. I liked the story and action throughout this book. Tamar is a great character. Although just a human she shows herself to be a strong person with a heart of gold. 

Alphonso may have started out as a jerk, but his character picks up throughout the story and they become a good strong couple with an HEA.

I'll be moving on to the next book in the series—Norelle's Bear.

Bear shifter Alphonso shunned his curvy mate Tamar to protect her from his dark past... but when he discovers he is the father of her baby, will he take the risk in order to raise their child?

Always looking over his shoulder for enemies, Alphonso pushed curvy Tamar away after their one, blazing hot night together. "I'm not relationship material, Tam. Don't get stars in your eyes."Only that one night resulted in a secret child, a beautiful baby girl Tamar has been hiding in plain sight for six months. Waiting patiently for him to see the gosh darn it light already. When he discovers her deception, Alphonso knows he has a choice to make. Continue to allow his past to dictate his future, or take a chance on true love and family.

Tamar isn't certain her childhood love Al will ever see reason- she knows he did some bad stuff. Especially when that bad stuff shows up in the form of a curvy, exotic ex-girlfriend looking for protection. Tamar isn't going to roll over and play dead, though. She's Head Sow in these parts and no one- not the mysterious beauty, not her father's disapproval, and certainly not the enemies waiting in the shadows to strike- are going to claim what belongs to her without a bloody fight.

Alphonso's Baby is the second paranormal bear shifter standalone romance in the Clan Conroy Brides series. If you enjoy emotional, fast paced second chance romance with broody, protective Alpha males and feisty BBW, then this is the story for you. Includes a bonus epilogue double wedding scene.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Romance Book Review: Elianne Adams' Releasing Her Dragon

Author: Elianne Adams
Series Connection: Dragon Blood
ISBN 978-0-9948858-1-4
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance, Dragon Romance, Erotic Romance, Shfter Romance
Publisher: City Owl Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Stella must get her mate to either claim her or set her free before she loses her human side forever. She's felt him close, but he runs from her constantly.

Brycen knows Stella is close, but he can't do anything until he completes his latest job, once that's over he'll take care of his mate.

The only problem is Brycen doesn't realize that time is running out fast and that's not the only problem the two will face before they can finally come together.

This is the first story I've read by Elianne Adams and from what I've seen so far makes me want to read more of her work. However, while some books are really made to be short and quick with a lot of erotic scenes, this didn't seem like it should have been one. I would have like to have seen more character development, more world building. As it was we only got a glimpse of why we should even like these characters.

Stella seemed like her character was all over the place, which would have been exactly as it should have been because she was going through a crisis, but what is she like normally. Who is she? Brycen was clearly a dominant character, or was he? I'd love to see this novella redone into a full novel.

Trapped in her own body, she-dragon, Stella Montrose has no choice but to find her mate. Whether he likes it or not, he either has to claim her, or set her free, otherwise she'll lose the ability to shift. Sounds simple, only, every time she gets near him, he disappears. 

When Brycen Conners signs on to protect an annoying human woman, he never imagined he'd cross paths with his mate. Once the job is done, he'll do whatever it takes to win her heart. Until then, he has to stay away.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's You're Kitten Me

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Tiger Tails
ISBN: 9781680399707
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, WereTiger Romance, WereWolf Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

With the DoPE on her wolfy butt, Ronnie father sends her back to the pride her best friend belongs to and the man that could be her mate. Ronnie tried everything to keep away, but when her father, the National Wolf Alpha, makes up his mind there is no changing it. 

It doesn't take long before the DoPE finds her and puts not only Ronnie in danger, but also her mate.

Braden doesn't know how he would ever be able to take Ronnie as his mate. After all he's an 800 pound tiger and she's just a little wolf. He's not sure how they would ever get through the tugging tail tradition to be fully bound. But as the threat of the DoPE continues over their heads, Ronnie and Braden can't stay away and will do anything to be together, even not fully mate.

Once again Celia Kyle pulls her story together with laughter, great romance and sharp tongues. I already liked Ronnie in the first book of the series "Fast and the Furriest". She came to the rescue when her best friend sounded in distress over the phone. Braden is the strong Beta, but all alpha, who doesn't want to lead and would rather be all the muscle when needed. 

This story is fast based and quick on whit and charm. It can be read alone, but you'll want to check out the first in the series to learn the story of the tigers and why it is so important to "pull their tails". 

Want to mate a wolf? It’s easy. Just make him—er, her—howl.

Braden, the second in the national weretiger pride, put Veronica on a plane back to wolf lands for her own protection. With DoPE—the Department of Paraphysical Entities—secretly determined to control shifters through any means necessary, he needed her out of harm’s way. Especially since “any means necessary” includes the forced mating of the daughters of alphas to humans of DoPE’s choice.

But going home didn’t keep Veronica safe—DoPE still went after her—so now she’s back in Wilden… Back with him. With her so close, her delicious scent calling to him, taunting and teasing him at every turn, he’s not sure he can resist the curvaceous, delicious Veronica much longer. Screw it. He can’t. He wants her and he’ll figure out a way to have her—even if he is a tiger and she’s a wolf.

Except DoPE hasn’t given up. They have new tricks up their sleeves—deadly ones—and they’re resolute to test them on Braden. Can he survive their tactics and keep Veronica safe?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Romance Book Review: Emma Alisyn's Liam's Bride

Author: Emma Alisyn

ISBN13: 9781517331634
Genre: WereBear Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Createaspace (Emma Alisyn)

Purchase Link: Amazon

When Meredith's program for troubled youth is threatened because a werebear has purchased the building she runs her program in, she has to shore up her courage to get the bear to let her keep running her program. That could be a difficult task if a certain bear realizes exactly who she is. 

The law has come down that Liam, alpha werebear, must find a human mate to help the werebears continue their line. When Liam meets Meredith his bear pushes him to take her as his bride. 

Meredith may start off as a little weak, but soon she is pushing herself past her boundaries and taking on the bear alpha. Liam is a little grumpy in the beginning but soon turns out to be a caring mate. The characters are well developed and pull together well.

As far as the story goes, for the most part it went together well, however, without spoiling the story, at one point I wasn't happy with one scene that almost ruin the whole book for me. In the end there is a HEA and readers are ready to check out the next story in the series.

Secrets. Desire. Surprise pregnancy.

Curvy Meredith is hiding in plain sight. A gardening teacher for troubled teens, she needs the new owner of the old YWCA building to renew her lease. Her non-profit after school program can’t fund a more expensive location. Steeling herself for a confrontation, she discovers the owner is Liam Conroy, the Alpha Bear whose father was murdered fifteen years ago…

Liam doesn't know his mate is the daughter of his father's killer. All he knows is he wants the gentle, courageous beauty- and that she is an answer to a problem plaguing his Den. Only he senses she is hiding something from him, something that could threaten their fledgling matebond.

When he discovers her deception, will he reject her... and their baby?

A 41K standalone steamy werebear shifter romance suited for readers who like BBW and tall, dark and handsome alpha males. First in the Clan Conroy Bears series.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Romance Book Review: Terry Spear's Silver Wolf Christmas

Author: Terry Spear
Series Connection: Silver Town Wolf Series
ISBN: 9781492609506
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Holiday Theme
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

In book 5 of the Silver Town Wolf Series the MacTire sisters are finishing up their work on the town Inn and just in time for Christmas. But the sisters have big secret that they aren't sharing with the town, the wolf pack they have joined when moving to the area or CJ Silver, who has made it clear he has a special interest in the oldest MacTire sister Laurel. When his alpha assigns CJ to stay at the in to keep on eye on a group that is out to find ghosts at the hotel there are a lot more secrets that come to life.

Laurel and her sisters came to town and purchased the old Inn in hopes of finding out what happened to their aunt years ago when she disappeared. They can't tell the pack or CJ because they don't know who to trust, but when CJ and Laurel begin to spend time together, Laurel knows she won't be able to keep her secrets for long and soon she'll need CJ's help to solve the mystery.

While this story is book 5 in the series, there is enough information within the story so that it isn't necessary to read the other stories to enjoy this book. The story offers good storyline with likable characters. The introduction to the secondary characters for possible secondary stories in the series was just enough to interest readers to take a look forward and backward in the series. One of the best parts about the story was the background mystery from the past and the description of the world around the hero and heroine, right down to the scenery of the fictional town.

CJ Silver and his brothers have returned to Silver Town eager to reconnect with the pack. And with the she-wolf newcomers renovating the old Victorian Silver Town Hotel, it looks like the holidays are going to be very merry indeed.


Laurel MacTire and her sisters are excited to be living in a wolf-run town, but they have another motive— to solve the fifty-year-old mystery of their aunt’s disappearance. When CJ gets a whiff of trouble brewing, his protective instincts kick in—now Laurel has a hotel opening to prepare for, a mystery to solve, and a brawny wolf shifter underfoot. Perhaps she should have resisted the temptation to kiss him so wickedly in the snow…

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Fast and Furriest

Author: Celia Kyle
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Celia Kyle

Purchase Link: Amazon

Women came from far and wide after hearing about secret tiger shifters, who with a pull of their tail, will become mated for life. After finding out that her new boyfriend is a secret tiger shifter and inadvertently announcing weretigers' existence to the world, reporter Zoe just has to go back and see if she can talk to her weretiger and apologize. She isn't sure she isn't going to make it out alive, but she has to try.

Ares has worked hard to protect his pride and all the weretigers out there. When all the other kinds of shifters stepped into the public eye and revealed themselves the tigers stayed in hiding, until one reporter left the cat out of the bag. Unfortunately it was his fault because he had to have Zoe and as the leader of all the weretigers it was his job to get the tigers out of this mess. 

Things aren't always what they seem, but can Zoe convince the tigers that she isn't there to hurt them before the swarm of women start pulling all the tails. 

One of my favorite Celia Kyle books I read so far, with the exception of the fact that the story starts in the middle of their love affair. I kept wanting to read how the two met and how their first interactions. 

Ladies, like a tiger’s stripes? Tug his tail and keep him forever! 

The wolves came first. Followed by the bears. Finally, lions decided to play in the spotlight, but the tigers have held off. Let everyone else get stared at. Ares was happy on his mountain with his pride while humans thought they knew all about the different shifter species. 

Their secret was safe…until her. One reporter took tigers from the shadows and thrust them into the limelight by releasing a picture of a tiger shifting. Specifically — him. (What could he say? A little moonlight, a little fur…) 

Now he has a town of stripe-hunting women looking for a tiger’s tail to pull and… a full moon on the horizon. 

Can he keep his tigers from being mated against their will? Better yet, can he forgive the one woman responsible for outing his species? Ares isn’t sure, but he’s willing to give it a shot.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Romance Book Review: Mary Jane Morgan's Coming Home

Author: Mary Jane Morgan
Series Connection: Crystal Springs Homecoming
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital

Purchase Link: Amazon

Matt Richardson moves to small town Crystal Springs to help his brother build his dude ranch and in hopes of helping his daughter heal from the death of her mother. Matt is extremely protective over his young daughter and forbids her to go back to horse riding because it is too dangerous as far as he is concerned. 

But Chloe loves horse riding and seeing that she is miserable without her favorite hobby, Matt's mother takes matters into her own hands and signs up Chloe for riding lessons behind Matt's back at Francie Bennett's horse ranch. When Matt's mother breaks her leg at the ranch, Matt becomes even more protective, but soon he's convinced against his better judgement to allow Chloe to continue her lessons. With one condition, he has to be with her when she is taking her lessons. 

Unfortunately, that means he has to also spend more time with Chloe's instructor Francie. So far the two haven't hit it off real well.

Francie Bennett needed to come home from college to not only help her parents when her father becomes ill, but become she finds herself pregnant after her cheating ex-boyfriend leaves her. Now with a new plan to prove herself after making the big mistake of her life, Francie doesn't see herself having time for a man in her life. 

Feeling their way through their growing relationship, Francie and Matt come against some challenges that threaten their happily ever after. 

An emotional contemporary romance, this story runs slow a few times throughout the story, but a good story so keep reading. Both Francie and Matt have a lot to work out before they find the HEA. 

When Francie Bennett’s father is diagnosed with dementia and she discovers she’s pregnant by her cheating ex-boyfriend, she leaves college to help take care of her ailing father and have her baby. 

Matt Richardson lost his father and wife to preventable accidents and will do whatever it takes to keep his daughter safe, even forbidding her life’s passion—riding horses. When his mother sneaks Chloe to a riding lesson, Matt feels like he’s lost control, and there’s nothing he hates worse. 

Eventually, Matt gives in and allows Chloe to take riding lessons but only under one condition: he’s always there. Unfortunately, nothing has ever affected his feeling of being out of control worse than falling for the fiery, red-haired riding instructor whose life revolves around horses. 

As her father worsens and her due date nears, Francie is determined to prove she can handle everything by herself, even if that means keeping the man she cares about at a distance. But when Francie’s life takes a dangerous turn, will she let Matt in and allow him to help her? And will the power of love be strong enough for Matt to finally overcome his deepest fears?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Romance Book Review: T. Cobbin's Whisper Pride Pack

Author: T. Cobbin
Series Connection: Whisper Pride Pack 
Digital ISBN: 9781940744957 
Genre(s): Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Josie runs from thugs who want to pay her mother's debt. She takes on a new job as a veterinarian assistant. Things heat up pretty quickly for Josie and her flirty new boss, Conan but soon Josie starts to notice some strange things about her new boss.

The minute Conan meets Josie he knows that she's his mate. He's waited a long time for his wolf to find its true mate and he couldn't be happier that his wolf chose Josie. Now all he wants to do is take her for his own and let her know what it is like to be alpha of his pack, but first he wants her to get to know him a little better.

Those where the plans, but circumstances change quickly, but is it too quickly for Josie to understand what her new life will be back?

Explaining how the wolves made their way from the US was interesting, however it would have been more interesting if the author would have done more scene setting throughout the book. As it was it didn't matter whether they were in London, or the US as the story was presented. 

Not sure this book is planned to be the first in a series, but the Whisper Pride Pack looks like it would make a good shifter series with future stories about other members of the pack. 

What happens when the Alpha of a wolf shifter pack discovers that his mate is human and she has no idea shifters even exist?

Conan, the Alpha of the Whisper Pride wolf pack, has to hire a new veterinary nurse when his current one leaves to have her pups. As soon as Josie walks through the door and he picks up her scent he knows he's found his mate. But there's a slight problem—she's human and has no idea shifters actually exist.

Josie has had to flee her hometown to escape the local thug who has some very nasty plans in store for her. She strikes it lucky, finding a job that also offers a free apartment as part of the package. Discovering that her boss is sex on legs is an extra bonus. When Conan informs her that he's a wolf shifter and she's his mate, she thinks he's nuts…until she sees him shift. She's fascinated, but wonders if she could ever fit into this strange new world.

Trouble isn't far behind Josie. It's not long before the thug tracks her down, and that may mean the end of everything.

Content Warning: contains strong language, some violence, and lots of hot, steamy sex scenes

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Romance Book Review: Ivy Sinclair's Ready to Bear

Author: Ivy Sinclair
Series Connection: Greyelf Grizzly Clan and Urban Dwellers
ISBN: 9781517562212
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Shadow Creek Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Sheriff Billy Miller hates the big city, but to catch, Joshua, the man who has been tormenting his clan, he'll go and get this mad man before he can do any more harm. Even if it means having to face the Urban Dwellers who really want nothing to do with his alpha or his clan.

While heading out to meet the Urban Dwellers, Billy hear a distress call and rescues Thea, who just happens to be the step sister of one of the Urban Dweller and Billy's mate. It doesn't take long for Billy to be completely enamored with Thea, but he isn't sure that he should try to mate with her. For one thing, she's from a rich family which is so out of his own social status and second of all he is still working on finishing what he came to the city for in the first place before anyone else gets hurt.

The odds aren't looking good for Billy when Joshua poisons Billy and sends him a challenge he can't refuse.

Ready to Bear is a spin off of the Greyelf Grizzly Clan where Billy is the local sheriff who's relationship with Maren was cut short when Lukas comes back to town and decides to take back his mate. The author describes this as a stand alone story, however I found that it would have been interesting to read the four part Greyelf series first to get a more in depth view of the world the author has created. This story also introduces the characters to the new Urban Dwellers series, first book to be released in November, and the introduction of the three alphas involved in that series.

Billy is a straight forward, what you see is what you get kind of character. I also liked Thea, as she's no push over. I liked the world the author creates, however I thought the end left too many questions, that I'm sure will be answered in the new series, but again doesn't make this book much of a standalone.

Sheriff Billy Miller wasn’t sure what to expect when he landed in Copper City. Tracking a suspect from one of his cold cases led him to the doorstep of the Urban Dwellers, a trio of men who have no love lost for Billy or the Greyelf Grizzly Clan. He certainly didn’t anticipate meeting his mate in the process. 

What Thea Philips knows about shifters came from her brother, Eric Carmichael, one of the three founding members of the Urban Dwellers. But then Thea comes face to face with the dark underbelly of the shifter community and is saved by Billy Miller, someone she never expected to meet much less be attracted to. 

Billy and Thea’s budding romance is threatened when it becomes apparent that someone has set their sights on taking Billy out of the picture for good. Now it’s a race against time to find the one thing that will save his life, but it forces secrets from his past out in the open. Secrets that Thea has to decide if she can accept, if Billy makes it through alive. 

This is a full-length, standalone new adult contemporary romance novel intended for readers 18+. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Romance Book Review: Debbie Macomber's Country Brides

Author: Debbie Macomber
Series Connection: A Little Bit of Country
ISBN: 978-0778323624
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance
Publisher: Mira

Purchase Link: Amazon

Originally a two book series from the early 1990s, Country Brides, puts both stories together in one book.

The first book tells the story of finding a home in a small Oregon community far from the city life. Deciding to take a road trip to get away from the city and think about her relationship with stockbroker Dan, Rorie heads to Seattle only to get sidetracked when her borrowed car breaks down on an off the path country road. There she meets young Skip who brings her home to his country ranch to enlist the help of his older brother Clay to fix her car.

Taking to the friendly community, Rorie spends a few days waiting for her car to get fixed quickly falling in love with the small town and Clay. Clay is quite taken with Rorie as well. The only problem is Clay isn't available. Everyone is waiting for him to finally propose to his longtime girlfriend Kate.

Of course there is a happy ending for Rorie and Clay, which brings us to book two, where poor Kate has to attend the love of her life, Clay's, wedding. Hoping to fool everyone in town that she's happy for her new friend Rorie is marrying Clay she intends to keep a smile on her face throughout the ceremony and reception. Her friend and the foreman of her father's ranch, Luke, is more than happy to help her out with that problem.

Kate has had her eyes so focus on Clay, she doesn't even realize that Luke is even interested in her. So when she leans on him at the wedding and has a little too much to drink and proposes to Luke, he jumps at the chance and when she tries to take back her proposal the next day he won't hear anything of the kind.

Luke seems to be convinced that Kate is really in love with him and has been all along, but couldn't see past her crush on Clay. Now Luke has to work hard to get Kate to realize that he's the man for her.

Keep in mind as you're reading this book that it was written in 1990. A simpler time without cell phones and apparently not Fed-X overnight either (although I don't think that's true it just cost a lot more back in the day.) Even so, the book is well written and tells a good story without a lot of the complications in life to get in the way.

If you're looking for a happy story with well liked, everyday people, here's a story for you.

Rorie Campbell has a pleasant, predictable life in San Francisco, where she's seeing a pleasant, predictable man. Then, one vacation, her car breaks down on an Oregon country road and horse rancher Clay Franklin comes to her rescue. Rorie soon discovers that a city girl can fall in love with a country man. But Clay has no right to return her feelings—because he's engaged to another woman.

Kate Logan is devastated when Clay Franklin, her former fiancĂ© and the man she's always loved, marries Rorie Campbell instead. But at Clay's wedding—and after a glass of champagne too many— Kate proposes to her longtime friend, rancher Luke Rivers. Luke accepts her proposal—and refuses to renege on his promise. What's more, he insists that Kate doesn't love Clay—she loves him—.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Romance Book Review: Milly Taiden's There's Snow Escape

Author: Milly Taiden
Series Connection: Paranormal Dating Agency
Genre: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Back on the planet of the shifters, matchmaker Gerri finds a mate for two wolf shifters. After hearing how happy her friend Bella is, Charlotte decides to go to the shifter planet and check it out for herself. There she meets two wolf shifters who can't get enough of her curves.

Brecc and Eros know that Charlotte is their mate right away, but hold off telling her the truth until she can get used to the idea of how great it could be with the two of them, but have they waited to long before telling Charlotte their plan?

This is the seventh book in the Paranormal Dating Agency series. These are all stand alone stories featuring BBW and shifters looking for the right woman, all who need help from the gifted Gerri Wilder. This story follows the same pattern as the others in the series. This is the second book in the series to take place on the shifter planet.

The short story is a quick read that tells the basic same theme as in previous books in this series. The stories are well written just the same and worth checking out.

Curvy Charlotte Marzan just got invited to visit another planet. A shifter planet where her best friend is getting married to a lion king. If that isn’t strange enough, two panty-melting hot guys are looking at this big girl like she’s a piece of cake and they haven’t had dessert in years. She shouldn’t be interested, but…girls just want to have fun, right? 

Brecc and Eros need a mate before the Elders force someone on them. They’re getting desperate and in the process hire Gerri to find them a woman. She delivers curvy, outspoken, and gloriously sexy Charlotte. Now they just have to get her to stay. Forever. Simple. Not. 

When Charlotte’s visit turns from cool sightseeing to getting her freak on with two shifters, things take a turn for the naughty. She needs to figure out why Brecc is so distant and why the drama with the Dragos. Things escalate to the point she has to do her own growling to be heard. She’s about to realize when two wolves choose a mate, there’s no escape. 

Reader Note: This book contains scorching hot sex (the down and dirrrty kind made just for three), adult language (we like some freaky dirty talk), and verbal smack downs. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with not one, but TWO sexy as sin wolves on one curvy sarcastic girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Howl My Name

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Bears of Grayslake
ISBN: 9781680399851
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werebear Romance, Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Coming upon a young girl being attacked, wolf shifter Reid strikes first and asks questions later, he probably wouldn't have killed the guy if he would have stopped first but the big bear shifter wouldn't stop. Calling into his boss, the Southwest Itan, Reid has to pass on the news and releases he killed the local Itan and now he was the new clan leader.

When Evelyn called for help she knew she needed to hold on until help arrived. That wasn't easy to do when her uncles were set to killing her after she finally told them who she called.

When Reid finally comes to her rescue and takes out two of her three uncles at once, she knows she's finally found her hero and he works out to be her mate.

Reid isn't sure if he is Itan material after all he's a wolf now in charge of a clan filled with wolves, but when it comes to down to it, the clan is his and he will do everything to protect all that belongs to him. That especially includes Evelyn.

Reid isn't your average hero. He has a lot of rage issues, but I just loved him with Evelyn. Slowly you get to know him and realize that he isn't your average hero, but he'll do whatever he has to to keep everyone safe. This was one of Celia Kyle's longer books and I'm glad she took the time to introduce her character and gave us a chance to see the two together in more scenes than just in the bedroom.

Reid just killed her father. There’s no way Evelyn’s gonna mate him now… Dammit.

Werewolf Reid Bennett has one goal: investigate the Brookfield clan’s Itan. Reports are coming in that the male is abusing his werebears and–even if he’s a werewolf–Reid will put a stop to it. Unfortunately, the resolution ends up being permanent and now Reid’s the clan’s leader.

The only positive about his new situation: curvy werebear Evelyn Archer. She makes his wolf howl and he aches to explore every inch of her lush frame. He’s the clan’s leader and he knows exactly where he’d like to lead Evelyn—his bedroom.

Evelyn doesn’t know what to do with Reid. Sure, he’s the sexy wolf her werebear wants to nibble and claim, but she has bigger issues to deal with. Such as the fallout of her father’s death… at Reid’s claws.  Okay, maybe she can take a break for one little lick…

They both have plans for the Brookfield clan… and each other. Except there’s a small problem—someone wants them dead. Nothing new for Reid, but a threat against Evelyn is unacceptable. When it comes to Evelyn, he’ll break all the rules to keep her safe, including dusting off his homicidal tendencies again.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Romance Book Review: Dahlia West's Shooter

Author: Dahlia West
Series Connection: Burnout
ISBN: 978-1499176421
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Meet the men at Burnout, a group of ex-Army Rangers making their place back in the world after serving their country. Chris "Shooter" Sullivan is the teams leader. He moved back to his home town and brought what was left of his former team with him. When his friend Maria calls him about his rental unit for a new employee Shooter doesn't want to trust her, but slowly she worms her way into his heart.

When "Hayley" gets off the bus in yet another small town she keeps to her routine and works to just live another day. She's on the run and has been for a long time. Maria takes her in as a new employee at her biker bar. For "Hayley" this is supposed to be just another temporary place to stay until she can go home again. That is until she meets Chris and his team mates. 

While on the run she's made friends before, but no one she ever wanted to be close to until she meets Chris and his group. 

This is another of those books that might not appeal to everyone. It seemed to have all my favorites in the book-- romance (in some places the sex was just a little too much), suspense, humor--everything that makes a book good. But at the same time it was a bit disjointed. For instance in the beginning of the book Hayley seemed like a street-wise hard ass. She knew to keep her head down, protected herself from jerks be placing the dresser in front of her door, that kind of thing. Then midway through the book she suddenly turns into Susie homemaker. That part seem so out of character for her and not someone that Shooter would be interested in at all. Without saying too much, at the end she turns back into the heroine you'd expect from the beginning of the book. 

At times it also seemed a bit long and while it was giving the readers a chance to really see who Hayley was and explain her story, (another part I wasn't crazy about when it happened). 

The saving grace for this story for me was that I did wind up liking all the characters and was interested in seeing where the rest of them ended up throughout the series. I think I'd like to try again and read on of the other books in the series and see if it makes a better impression.  

Chris “Shooter” Sullivan has returned to his home town of Rapid City, South Dakota to pick up the pieces of his life shattered by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He only wants to focus on holding what’s left of his old unit together, running his garage where he builds custom bikes and cars, and pretending that his murdered father’s motorcycle gang doesn’t exist. 

Hayley Turner is a young woman with her own traumatic past. Fresh off the bus from Nowhere, USA, all she wants is a job and a place to live, until it’s time for her to leave again. She doesn’t want to make friends, or enemies, least of all the ex-Army Ranger who obviously doesn’t like her. She bristles under his watchful eye. He’s even got her convinced she’s bad news. 

But circumstances force two people who don’t need anyone to need each other more and more. The more Chris gets to know Hayley, the harder it is to stay detached. And the more Hayley gets to know Chris, the more she realizes she’s been alone for so long she might never recover from it.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Romance Book Review: Rachel Van Dyken's Bang Bang

Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series Connection: Eagle Elite
Series Connection: Contemporary Romance, Mafia Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Whenever she needed him Ax was there for her. She knew him throughout her childhood and he had always taken care of her. Kept her safe from her family and his. Until one night she was forced to run away with him dying on the ground from gun shot wounds and in all likelihood dead. Or at least that was what she was led to believe.

Years later when she has hit rock bottom, out of money with very little choices left, Ax once again comes to Amy's rescue. Finding out he isn't dead brings mixed emotions to Amy because him being back in her life may mean her life is over.

This novella is middle book in the Eagle Elite mafia series. All of the books are made a stand alone reads, however it is a series that connects the characters together so readers may want to read the series from the beginning.

The story is set in first person from both Amy and Ax's point of view. There is a lot covered in this one short story and gives enough of Amy and Ax's story, plus the others in the series to generate an interest and move forward or backward in the series.

Although well written and a good storyline, this is not a warm and fuzzy sweet romance. There is some violence, although I suspect not as much as the earlier and later novels. Ax's character is totally alpha but more sensitive than one would expect for a Mafia hit man and Amy isn't as hardcore as the women usually portrayed in Mafia style romance. Both characters are easy to like and work well together. Definitely a good read for a lazy afternoon, if you like the real bad boys.

He was my best friend. Until he became my enemy. All within the span of one night.

Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang.

The rapid fire of gunshots became the soundtrack to my life.

This is the Mafia. Lines are blurred. Choices are never black and white. And the life you thought you knew is... one giant lie. He was dead.

And I didn't want his life to be in vain, so I tried to make something of myself. I tried and failed.

Now he's back. Alive. And he wants something... Me.

Nobody ever said the mafia played fair.

Welcome to The Family.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Romance Book Review: Lacey Wolfe's Virgin Cowboy

Author: Lacey Wolfe
Series Connection: Carver Ranch Series
Digital ISBN: 9781940744902
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

For as far back as Braden can remember he's admired bar owner and single mother Courtney, but while they are friends he doesn't think she's even noticed him as boyfriend material. When telling him about her latest bad date Braden blurts out his feelings and asks her out for a date. When she says no, Braden can only decide it is time to move on.

Courtney has always like Braden. He was easy to talk to and definitely easy on the eyes. She's taken by surprise when Braden expresses an interest in dating her. With the age difference between them and her being a single mother why would he be interested. 

When Braden stops coming around the bar, Courtney suddenly misses him being around and wonders if she spoke too soon and maybe she should consider dating Braden after all. 

But while the two are taking their time getting to know each other, Braden wonders if maybe he should explain his lack of experience with women and not everyone is as excited about the two of them spending time together.

While this is book three of the Carver Ranch Series it didn't seem necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this book, although you might want to.  

I'm a Lacey Wolfe fan, although I've read more of her erotic romances than contemporary romances, I may have to chase down some of her contemporaries. The Virgin Cowboy was fast moving contemporary romance.

I like the fact that she stepped back and created Braden's character outside of the box. He had his own alpha tendencies but wasn't the average man-whore type that are so often portrayed in short romance stories where the men are often out sowing their oats and sleeping with all the women in the bar before finally meeting their one true love who takes them away from all of that. 

Braden is more true to himself and feels strongly about his beliefs. Good writing backs up her story line, especially in creating the perfect woman for Braden. You'll have to read the story to really see how the two, although different, work well together. 

This cowboy lands the girl of his dreams, but he's got one little secret…

Courtney Johnson, single mom and bar owner, hasn't had much luck in the dating department. That all changes one evening when Braden Carver asks her out, and she decides to take a chance with him, even though she's ten years older than him.

Braden's always felt like he lived in the shadows of his two older brothers, never really being noticed. Before he knows it, he's on the dance floor with the girl he's liked for years, calling her 'sweetheart'. Finally, life is looking up for him. However, his mother isn't pleased when she finds out he's seeing Courtney.

As their relationship heats up, one thing still lingers—Braden's a virgin. How will Courtney react when she learns of his innocence? Will it be enough to make her walk away, especially with his disapproving mother?

Content Warning: contains adult language and sexual situations