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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Impawsible

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Buchanan Clan
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, BBW Romance
Publisher: Kindle Words

Purchase Link: Amazon

Bethany Buchanan moves to Deals Gap, North Carolina to start her life over. As a wererabbit she has always been considered prey, despite being taken in by a family of werelions, but things had been getting a little weird back home. Deals Gap is a place where she can be herself. To town is filled with misfit weres, so Bethany hopes to fit in.

Immediately she meets her mat Weretiger/wolf Carter. Carter has no problem with Bethany being a wererabbit and immediately falls for Bethany. He'll do anything to protect her, including protecting her from anyone who see her as prey or wanting to kill her to pay an old debt.

I loved this story. Already I've started to get to know the characters of this series and can't wait to see how the others in the Buchanan clan get to meet their mates. I understand that Mina Carter has also released a book that takes place in Deals Gap called "Werelock" and the whole town of mixed shifters was founded by Eliza Gayle with her Southern Shifters series. So far Celia Kyle is doing a good job continuing Eliza Gayle's stories.

A wererabbit and a tiger-wolf hybrid? Impawsible!

Wererabbit Bethany Buchanan hopes she can create a new life in Deals Gap, North Carolina. Home to the weird, wacky, and unwanted, it should be a place where she doesn’t have to hide (much) and can be herself (mostly).

When she meets Carter, a hotter than hot tiger-wolf hybrid, she knows she’s found her new home. Especially when he purrs and tells her he wants to eat her… in a very naughty way. Carter loves every inch of her curvy wererabbit body and is willing to do anything to make her happy.

Why? Because Bethany is his mate and he’ll kill to keep her. Which, as it happens, he might just have to do. You see, there’s this vicious werelion from her past and he’s looking for revenge…

Monday, August 10, 2015

Romance Book Review: Eris Sage's Fever The Complete Collection

Author: Eris Sage
Series Connection: Order of the Alphas
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

As an alpha Michael is used to being the one everyone yields to, but since he met Aiden six years ago she has never backed down from him. This makes him uneasy and something else he can't put his finger on. While she isn't his type at all, he can't help the attraction he feels toward her.

When Aiden is attacked Michael runs to be by her side and protect her, whether Aiden wants him too or not. When her attack turns out to be something worse than a simple mugging, Michael knows he must claim Aiden as his mate or lose her forever.

Aiden can't believe that she's finally with the man she's lusted over for years, but she can't stand the fact that he's only claiming her out of misplaced loyalty and since shifter mate for life, she can't help but worry that Michael will be sorry for making a rash decision.

This is a serial of three book that has been put together into one collection, however be warned that while this story ends with a HEA for Michael and Aiden it does continue with the underlying mystery.

As for this story be prepared for some very erotic scenes as Michael and Aiden navigate their way in their relationship. I wish these two made a love match, but really Michael seems to spend a great deal of the book doing the honorable thing and his shift to wanting to make a go of there relationship doesn't seem to have any reason. I might have liked to see more time away from the bedroom scenes and more time with the two getting to really know each other.

That being said the story line did keep my attention and I liked Aiden's character a lot. So I can give it some credit for generally being well written and good suspense. I'd take a chance and read the next part of the series to see where the background story leads.

Michael Freiheit is a billionaire CEO who just so happens to be a wolf shifter. As a member of the sacred Order of Alphas and Alpha of his own pack, he’s charged with protecting shifters and humans alike, and his authority is unquestioned by all under his command. 

Except for Aiden Walsh, that is… 

The curvy human doesn’t even know that shifters exist, yet she has an infuriating habit of challenging him at every turn. But when a new and potentially deadly danger arises, Michael will have to put his feelings aside if he’s to save Aiden, the aggravating human who he discovers is his most unlikely mate.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle and Mina Carter's Hunting A Mate

Author: Celia Kyle and Mina Carter
Series Connection: M&M Mating Agency
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Paige is on a the worst job interview of her life, when she runs into her mate, but she's too embarrassed by her own out of control shifts that takes off in less than five minutes of meeting him. When she runs to her best friend for support, she finds that her mate is the brother of her best friend's mate.

When the two meet its magic, but not everyone is pleased that the two have found each other and will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

Cute and funny story of a were-ferret and a were-cougar who meet and immediately know they are mates. Poor Paige doesn't have control of her inner ferret and when she gets frightened whiskers start popping out and her nose starts to twitch, but when she meets Archer her ferret calms down under her mates protections. I enjoyed watching Paige grow stronger under Archer's loving embrace.

Does love at first sniff exist? Archer and Paige seem to think so. Well, more like Archer says yes and Paige says no. But don’t worry, they’ll work it out in the bedroom. 

Wereferret Paige Baxter has an itty-bitty shifting problem. Mainly she spontaneously shifts, and that’s a problem. Her answer is to remain calm, practice yoga, and stay away from anything that could scare her… or surprise her… or arouse her. Of course, the super-hottie hunk of werecougar she runs into at the M&M Mating Agency ticks off all three “must never happen at once” boxes. 

Paige does what any embarrassed, self-respecting woman would do in that situation—she runs. Unfortunately—or fortunately—cats love a good hunt. 

The M&M Mating Agency: We deal in matings, not chocolate.

Romance Book Review: Zoe Chant's Honey for the Billionbear

Author: Zoe Chant
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Werebear Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

After a broken heart from her thief of a boyfriend, Isabella goes to spend some time at her aunt's honey bee ranch for some peace and time to heal. When she gets into town she learns that the old mansion down the way has a new mysterious owner. Her job is to leave two bottles of honey on the porch once a week. Her aunt tells her it isn't likely that she will meet the billionaire that purchased the mansion, but she can't help but hope to get a glimpse of him.

While running from what she believes is a wild bear and getting stuck in a storm, Isabella is hurt during a storm and meets the mysterious billionaire. While the two get to know each other and quickly hit it off, but can Isabella's new found beau help keep her safe from her ex-boyfriend or will his secret keep them apart for ever.

While short this story offers a quick fun read with enough to give the reader a good insight into the couple and a beginning. I'd have liked to have had a little more of the story to read and get to know the characters better.  

BBW with a broken heart + mysterious billionaire bear shifter + an unexpected storm = one sweet and sexy story! 

Curvy Isabella is done with love. After her ex-boyfriend turned out to be a con man, she fled to the country to take care of her aunt's bee farm. Sweet honey and sweet solitude -- the perfect cure for a broken heart. All she needs to do is tend to the bees, and deliver two jars of honey every week to reclusive billionaire Ryan Steele. 

Ryan may be a billionaire, but he's never been lucky in love. He too retreated to the country in the hope of healing his wounded heart. Then Ryan finds Isabella injured and shivering in the woods after a storm. He only means to keep her warm, but instead they light each other's fires! But when her dangerous ex-boyfriend returns, can Ryan protect his mate from her past? 

Honey for the Billionbear is a standalone bear shifter romance. No cliffhangers!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Romance Book Review: Ashlynn Monroe's Beloved Darkness

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

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Romance Book Review: Beachwalk Press' Psychic Seductions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Content Warning: these stories contain sensual sex scenes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Shelly Laurenston's The Unleashing

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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