Monday, November 17, 2014

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Grayslake series

Series: Grayslake
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing

Purchase Links: Amazon

The Grayslake series follows a family of werebears in Georgia. In the first book No Ifs, Ands or Bears, Clan leader, Itan Ty, answers a call as sheriff of the Clan's hometown, where a werebear is attacking a Mia a new resident to the town. 

Mia knows all about werebears. Her father is a werebear and her mother was human. Mia can't shift. When she returns to her new home she finds a baby bear in her pantry. When a werebear comes pounding on the door for the bear, Mia decides that she just can't put the baby into the werebear's custody until she knows exactly what is going on. The same goes for the sexy sheriff. 

Ty knows that there is something special about Mia, but bears don't mate for life so why is his bear saying that he should take Mia forever. 

This first book is a good introduction to the Grayslake series offering a good backstory and conflict for the couple. 

In book 2 All Roar and No Bite, Grayslake werebear enforcer Van has hated humans since he was a young child, but he doesn't realize how far that hate has gone until he meets his own human mate Lauren. 

When Lauren steps in the middle of a fight between her best friend and her friend's husband (the mayor) Van is called out as a deputy with the local police department. When he arrests Lauren, he realizes there is just something about her that keeps him coming back. When he realizes that Lauren is in danger, his bear pushes him to protect. 

Lauren has no idea that there are werebears, and when she accidentally finds out the werebears law says she either needs to be mated to a bear or killed so that she can't share their secret. 

This second story brings on its own challenges for the Grayslake werebear clan and specifically Van and Lauren. This story gives readers the chance to learn more about the other members of the clan family. While this book can be read alone, it is good to read the first book in the series to learn about the clan and other members of past and future story lines. 

In Book 3 Roaring Up the Wrong Tree, werebear clan member Keen has always been the odd one out. As clan leader Ty's youngest brother he had no real role in clans leadership, Keen has been the one that no one took seriously, but he is more alpha than any of his brothers and stronger even if he hasn't proved it. He isn't interested in leading a clan.

Ty has order that all werehyenas leave the area at once. Trista is working to just survive. She has never been part of the hyena clan, but has lived on the fringes of the clan. She knows about the purge, but insists she is just visiting according to law.

No one in the werebear clan knows the rules better than Keen, so when he agrees that she is doing everything by the rules of the werelaw, Ty allows her to stay. She must continue to follow those rules and when she is delayed the werewolf alpha decides it is time to step in and enforce the purge by killing her.

Keen will do whatever it takes to protect Trista, who he declares as his mate.

This book is by far the best in the series. I think that these two make the best couple in all the books. They compliment each other in so many ways, from backgrounds to current problems.

In book 4 Love at First Roar, werebear Issac is ready to leave town because he knows that with his current clan he is never going to find a mate. Since the fight with the hyenas (from book 1) Issac was left scarred on the face and most of the female werebears can't even stand looking at his face. As the town's healer that is a problem for him.

His new neighbor, weremole Kira doesn't seem bothered by his scars at all. Of course Kira is mostly blind and has scars of her own. Issac's bear takes immediately to Kira of course both Issac and his bear can do without her dog, but that's something they can handle if they have her.

When a werebear female comes after Kira with the same poison that the hyenas to scar his face, there are lots of questions that need answers.

This is one of the books that it is best to read the first book in the series before this one. Although there isn't much about Issac in the first book you do begin to understand his character more.

Kira is the best of the mates in this series. I love her strength and sense of humor.

No Ifs, Ands or Bears About It
ISBN: 9781311709158
The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! 

The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it.
Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that.

All Roar and No Bite
ISBN: 9781311031419
Who needs claws when you’ve got a baseball bat? Lauren Evans sure as heck doesn’t.

Human Lauren has a protective streak a mile wide and one immediate goal in life—get her best friend out of an abusive household. If that involves a little bat-based redecorating, so be it. 

Unfortunately—or fortunately—a certain sexy-as-hell cop breaks up the fight before she has a chance to really get going. Grayslake police officer Van Abrams is too hot for his own good, and his handcuffs make all those wonderful places tingle. Too bad he, you know, arrested her and stuff. But then he becomes overbearing, demanding, and commanding. Suddenly Lauren finds herself in his arms, in his bed, and mated to his werebear butt. What’s up with that?

Werebear Enforcer Van Abrams doesn’t want anything to do with humans. He’s got reasons, and they’re damn good ones. He doesn’t need to explain himself to anyone, especially the curvaceous, luscious, gorgeous, human Lauren. Then, his bear decides Lauren is his mate and Van’s anti-human feelings abandon him. He still hasn’t figured out if that’s a good thing. Of course, when danger rolls in from Boyne Falls and joins with a powerful prick from Grayslake, Van realizes that, human or not, Lauren is his.
Van hopes he can kill their enemies and still make it home for dinner.

Warning: This book contains bad guys (more than one) being bad to good girls (two if you’re counting), and one group of humans who sorta end up… dead. Unfortunately, all that comes with a lot of blood, tears, and balls of fur. In this one, boy bears really do drool and human girls rule (and kick ass). We also learn that you can never have enough baseball bats, brake fluid, or fire pokers. Just sayin’.

Roaring Up the Wrong Tree
ISBN: 9781936950829
What should Trista do when faced with a hunky werebear who can’t decide if he wants to kill her or screw her?

Half-hyena, Trista has spent years rotating between Grayslake, Redby, and Boyne Falls. When the Grayslake Itan—the local clan’s werebear leader—orders a purge of all hyenas, she finds herself fighting to hold onto the hand-to-mouth life she’s created. Her carefully built existence is threatened further when a gorgeous werebear strides into her life and demands not just her heart, but her very soul. She’ll think about it, but not until her shift ends at seven.

Keen seems like a happy-go-lucky, sex-and-sin werebear, but that’s nowhere near the truth. In reality, his inner-animal wants to go on a bloody rampage and kill half of Grayslake—just because it can. After that, it wants to claim the seductive, curvaceous half-hyena female Keen can’t get out of his head. The animal doesn’t care that most bears wouldn’t mind a little hyena tartare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nope, it peers at her through Keen’s human eyes and has one thought: mate.

When push comes to shove, Keen has to decide if he would rather have the family he was born with, or Trista—the woman who makes him realize that true happiness comes in a lush, hyena-shaped package.

Enjoy the third book in the bestselling Grayslake series. This new BBW paranormal shapeshifter romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Celia Kyle is sure to secure a spot on your keeper shelf. 

Love at First Roar
ISBN: 1502964473
What happens when a half-blind weremole girl falls for a scarred werebear guy? A match made in furry, dirt-caked heaven. Mostly.

Weremole Kira Kolanowski has spent twenty-nine-ish years of her life half-blind and occasionally half-dead. (Her family isn’t exactly loving.) In an effort to remain fully alive, she moves to Grayslake, Georgia, with her poor excuse for a guide dog—a guide dog who decides to lift his leg and relieve himself on sexy-smelling werebear Isaac Abrams’ belongings. And when he roars…well, it makes her heart go pitter-patter and other parts go “ooh baby, ooh baby.” Just when she thinks she might have found happiness, a raving she-bitch werebear chick tries to kill her with the same poison that scarred Isaac to hell and back. The poison that Kira’s family happens to manufacture…

Isaac Abrams is leaving Grayslake. He’s tried, lord how he’s tried, to settle into life in Grayslake after the birth of his niece, but it’s not happening. He’s been home for a year, and it’s been 365 plus days of women looking past him and flat-out pretending he doesn’t exist. The battle with the hyenas didn’t just ruin his face, it ruined his chances at finding a mate in his hometown. So, he’s leaving. Or he was leaving until one day a lush, curvaceous weremole wanders into his half-packed house with that damned peeing dog of hers…it’s a good thing she’s so gorgeous.

Maybe he will stay—stay and keep Kira Kolanowski all to himself. Well, once he kills everyone who’s trying to kill her.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Romance Book Review: Christa Wick's Wolf Clan Series

Author: Christa Wick
Series Connection: Wolf Clan
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal Romance, BBW Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Christa Wick

Purchase Links: Amazon

Continuing series featuring a secret group of shifters, witches and hunters battling for survival and power. In Christa Wick's series shifters live in a secret world being pursued by a group of hunters who are interested in killing and draining their power. Within each clan is a witch obligated from birth to take care of the clan. The hunters also want the witch's power, so the shifters protect the witch. 

In first book, Wolf Curves, Alpha Seth meets his mate, Leah in an elevator while out searching for hunters. The only thing is his mate isn't a wolf, but there is something about her that has made the wolf inside Seth sit up and take notice. It appears that Leah is a latent wolf. She can't shift, but she has wolf genes in her family tree. 

Leah doesn't know anything about werewolves and witches and can't understand why suddenly hunters want her dead. She does know that the sexy alpha Seth makes her want to sit up and beg, but living in his world could get her killed. 

In book 2  Curve Charm, witch Esme and alpha wolf Dana have known each other since children and at one point Esme thought that Dana really loved her, but something went wrong and she has no idea what. When the clan alpha requires that Esme pick a mate so that they know her loyalities say with the clan, Esme would rather pick anyone but Dana, but he leaves her no choice. 

Fine, she'll mate with him, but that doesn't mean she has to spend anymore than the one time with him at all, because Dana has made it clear he would rather be with anyone but her.

In book 3, Alpha Curves, Alpha Cade knows that things are are changing within the clans. Over the last several months there have been several latents and children found among the general public and they are need protection from the hunters. While out trying to find another latent Cade can't believe that he finds his long lost mate Iris.

Iris was nearly pushed from the pack a dozen years ago by the pack alpha, Cade's father Hank. Hank is long gone, but Iris had no idea and has stayed away, but now that she's been gone from the pack so long she realizes it was all for the better. While with the pack she never shifted and she had a lot of magic that the other wolves didn't have. She was so much of an outcast that the only one that accepted her was Cade. But Cade can't let Iris go now that he's found her again. She can't go back to her human world anyway, now that the hunters are looking for her. 

The first three short novellas tell individual stories of the members of the clan, however should be read in order. The series is expected to continue with other stories in the future. So far the series reads well, if not a little short in each version. It would be great to have one full length novel on the story and get into a lot more detail and world building. The stories all together are certain worth on full version. 

Wolf Curves—Book 1
Leah Howard doesn’t believe in werewolves, even if she dreams of shifting. Pack alpha Seth Gladwin can’t understand why a human female is ringing all his mating bells.

When Seth chases Leah down in her apartment building and partially shifts in front of her, he wants nothing more than a forgetting spell placed on the plus-size beauty so he can continue investigating a secret society of Hunters intent on making the local werewolf clan extinct.

Only this time, the society’s prey isn’t shifters -- it’s Leah. 

Curve Charm—Book 2
The sheltering of new latents threatens to expose the local wolf clan to a secret society of Hunters intent on driving the shifters to extinction. To strengthen the magic protecting their land, the clan's leader demands an ancient ritual that will bring Esme and Dana together for one sexually charged night but could drive them apart forever -- if the Hunters don't kill them first. 

Alpha Curves—Book 3
Nine months have passed since the influx of latents onto clan lands began. For Cade Mercer, the time has been a season in purgatory as he leads his team on a series of dangerous runs to locate mates for other shifters -- a sour, jagged pill to swallow when his own mate disappeared more than a dozen years ago. 
When the current rescue goes south in a hurry, Cade is more than a little tempted to follow his teammate’s suggestion and throw the woman they seek back into the "latent pool."
Until he smells her and all hell breaks loose...  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Romance Book Review on Anthology On the Growl

Author: Celia Kyle, Lynn Red, Jessica Sims, Flora Dare, Marina Maddix
ISBN: 9781941122068
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Rising Books

Purchase Link: Amazon

Five stories, some from various author series, featuring strong sassy females and shifting alpha males. The best of the five, features Brenna, an accountant who after breaking up with her boyfriend of two years goes out for a few drinks. On her way home she is bitten by what she thinks is a dog. When she goes to her friends, a local vet, to be patched up she realizes all is not what she always thought and their are shifters in the world. What is even crazier is that suddenly her boss is all over her declaring they are mates and he's the alpha of the local werewolves.

In other stories...
In Lynn Red's a quirky rabbit shifter is in love with her dentist, who just happens to be a bear shifter. When he kisses her in his office, she knows nothing will be the same again. Then everything goes even more out of control, when her dentist tells her he's moving out of town to take another job.

In Jessica Sims' tale a young college student is suddenly turned into her lion by a guy she went on a date turning her whole life upside down. Suddenly she is exiled to Alaska and dumped by the guy who said he wanted to spend his whole life with her. Now she's stuck with his family who apparently are going to make a decision about the rest of her life, until the clan's beta steps in and helps out. Now it is crunch against time, if she can hold off shifting for three days she can go on with her life, or she is stuck being the beta's mate forever.

After being in a plane crash, wolverine Jena finds herself with a slimy shifter, whom she assumes in a jackal, an injured pilot and two hunky bear shifters in Flora Dare's story. As the group work to set up camp until rescue arrives she learns some things about the men in the group she wished she hadn't heard. Along with that she can't help but be attracted to the sexy werebears, and when they show an interest in her, Jena starts to wonder if they could be mates.

And finally in Marina Maddix's story Katie is a small house cat suddenly being chased down by her jaguar shifter boss when she is rescued by the hotel's sexy lawyer and guest Arnaud, an owl shifter. Katie knows that hotel rules say she isn't allowed to get involved with guests, however how can she resist her mate. As for Arnaud, he never thought he would find a second mate, after his first died several years ago, but something about Katie just draws him in, but rules are rules.

From a pack of your favorite NYT and USAT best-selling paranormal romance authors comes a collection of ALL NEW novellas that will make you howl, scratch and bite... and leave you roaring for more!

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. No surprise there, right? Passionate, wild, hungry, dripping, salty, sweaty, steamy; falling in love is the best thing in the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a bunny with curves, a brand new werewolf without much clue what’s happening, a feisty wolverine shifter, a fun-loving house cat or a were-tigress with a short temper for obnoxious men, there’s a big, protective, incredible alpha for everyone... or in some cases, two of them!

Except... sometimes, it gets complicated. Mysterious and magical resorts, dangerous rogue wolves, dentists that get just a little too excited and start growing hair in funny places, a couple of bears who might be terrorists, and a tiger with a bad attitude?

Gulp. Things could get REAL complicated.

In places where the only rules are Pack rules; in towns where shifters and witch doctors rub shoulders; on exotic vacations where only eagles dare, and on planes where a wolverine shifter is sandwiched between two of the sexiest bears she’s ever imagined, you’ll never have more fun, or get more steamy, seductive, incredible paranormal romance in ONE PLACE at ONE LOW PRICE.

From our pack to yours, enjoy these incredible novellas, and keep howling for the moon!

Waking Up Were by Celia Kyle
What’s a gal to do when a dog bite isn’t a dog bite and her boss makes her want to howl at the moon? Keep him.

Bear Your Teeth by Lynn Red
A slightly clutzy rabbit-shifter and a big, bad bear of a dentist will take you along on a steamy, hilarious ride you’ll never forget!

Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims
Were-tiger Adrian Merino is determined to see the newest shifter on the block, Mandy, become his mate. But it's got to be her idea first...

Bears Repeating by Flora Dare
It takes double the werebears to handle one cranky wolverine in this menage romance.

To Screech His Own by Marina Maddix

It may be against the rules, but when a hot eagle shifter lands at an exclusive resort, one employee really wants to ruffle his feathers. What’s a curvy kitty to do?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Romance Book Review: Ella Jade's The Weekend Surprise

Author: Ella Jade
Series Connection: A sequel to Weekend Proposition
ISBN: 9781940744445
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Curiosity getting the better of her, Sammy decides to peak in on the infamous Cannon wedding. She really doesn't want to crash the wedding she just hopes for a glance at the society couple. Instead what she gets is a chance meeting with the brother of the groom, Tyler, and what might shape up to be her own happier ever after, as long as no one knows what she was really doing in the hotel bar that evening.

Tyler has always been a playboy, but just recently he's decided the idea of settling down like his big brother is doing might be a good idea. When he meets Sammy he can't believe that he might have just met the perfect woman. That is until his brother steps in suspicious of Sammy's actions and sets Tyler's world upside down. 

This is the total romance package. Tyler, the playboy, turns out to be a totally romantic hunk. He can definitely turn on the charm and Sammy falls for it hook, line and sinker. Her secret reason for checking out the Cannon wedding makes no difference anymore. She might be just a little too sweet for my taste, but Sammy fits the role she's playing. This book is definitely a good read for those with a little romance in mind.

A chance meeting or a calculated encounter? Someone is in for a surprise.

Brooklyn Conservatory student Sammy Falcone lives a quiet and modest life. She's busy studying classical music, playing her cello, and trying to make ends meet. After she learns of her deceased mother's secret that may involve the Cannon family, she heads to a wedding to catch a glimpse of the privileged clan, never expecting to come face-to-face with them.

Tyler Cannon must abandon his wild, partying ways and step up to help his brother Spencer run the family advertising business. When he meets Sammy at his brother's wedding he's immediately taken by the reserved beauty. Her innocence and simple lifestyle intrigue him enough to become a one-woman man.

Sammy is drawn to Tyler's charm and the attention he shows her. Once she gets to know him, the secrets of her mother's past are no longer important. The problem is Spencer has been suspicious of her from the beginning. Will Spencer's overprotectiveness of his family ruin her chances with Tyler? And if the truth comes out, will Sammy be able to convince Tyler that she never meant his family any harm?

Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Romance Book Review: Rhyannon Byrd's Making His Move

Author: Rhyannon Byrd
Series Connection: A When it Happens Novella
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: self-published

Purchase Link: Amazon

Sophie Ward is a geeky, genius scientist who has a big crush on the labs security chief and friend Chris Riley. When her friend convinces her to take a chance and tell Riley how she feels, the situation turns bad and she loses her nerve. She can't believe it when Riley chases after her.

Chris Riley has had the hots for Sophie since he met her, but he didn't want to scare her away so he works on becoming her friend until she can get to know him. Without even thinking he goes after her and decides its time to make his move.

When the two finally get together it takes time for Riley to convince Sophie that he really wants her, but once he does the two are can't get enough of each other, until everything falls apart and Sophie can't believe what is happening.

A very quick erotic love story about two completely opposite people who fall completely for each other. This is one of those stories where you want to read more so I would have to shave off some points for that, but overall it had a great story and good characters.

The Genius

Sophie WARD is a scientist with the looks of a geek and the fantasies of a hot-blooded siren. She’s wanted security expert Chris Riley from the moment he first came to work at the Blackwood Research Institute that houses her lab. And the more she’s gotten to know the gorgeous bad boy, the more she’s fallen into lust with him. But despite the encouragement of her best friend, Sophie has never had the guts to ask him out. Until the day a fateful fortune cookie sets the ball rolling....

The Hunk

Chris RILEY is a man who knows what he wants...and it’s Sophie Ward. But circumstances have kept them apart for too long, and now his need for the adorable scientist is at the breaking point. She’s so shy, there’s no telling how she might react to the things he wants from her. Hell, she could even turn him in for sexual harassment. But none of that is enough to keep Chris from hungering for Sophie, and his patience is running thin....

The Moment

When a mishap finally brings their mutual attraction out into the open, the scorching intensity of their desire is enough to burn them to ash. But will they be able to make something of the wreckage when Chris’s past rears its ugly head? Or will they lose the best thing they’ve ever found?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Romance Book Review: Milly Taiden's Geek Bearing Gifts

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

ISBN-13: 978-1502330819
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Bear Shifter Romance
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

After watching her cousin meet and fall in love with two shifters Nita's decided to take a chance and sign up with the Paranormal Dating Agency. The owner of the agency promises to find her the perfect mate and sends her on a weekend date with a bear shifter. 

Bear shifter Ky can't believe his eyes when he wakes up after being hit on the head in his own home. The woman of his high school dreams is standing above him. Ky remember Nita from his time when he was a skinny shy teenager and he fell in love with her. When his sister first told him she set him up with a date from the Paranormal Dating Agency he wanted nothing to do with it now he can't wait to thank his sister for all her help. 

Cute story about two formally insecure teens who fell in love but lost contact and now have a second chance when they are both much more secure about who they are and looking to settle down with someone who can understand them. This is the second book in the Paranormal Dating Agency series. This story can be read separately from the first book in the series, but they do have connecting characters. 


Nita Islas wants to find love. She's tired of the superficial relationships and is ready to give true romance a try. She uses the Paranormal Dating Agency and hopes they can help her where all others have failed. What she didn't expect was to find her date flat on his back in nothing more than a towel. 

Ky Stone has been in love with curvy and funny Nita since they were in High School. When she moved away, she took his heart with her. Then one day Ky wakes up to find her leaning over him. He's sure he's died and gone to heaven. He has no idea what she's doing there, but he's sure as hell not letting her leave. 

Fate, meddling family and the PDA have brought them together again. The chemistry between them is explosive. But there's problems with Ky's neighboring clan and he's keeping secrets from Nita. He needs to find a way to open up to her or lies and unexpected danger could tear them apart...forever. 

Reader Warning: This book contains lots of scorching sex (dirty dirty dirty sex), adult language (hanky panky with no dirty talk is no fun), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with a hot bear on one curvy sarcastic girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: Calista Kyle's The Wager

Author: Calista Kyle
Series Connection: Wagered Hearts Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Calista Kyle

Purchase Link: Amazon

Dragged to a society event by her best friend, Lily would rather be anywhere else but at this party. When a drunk patron makes a pass at her and she speaks her mind loud enough for everyone to hear, she doesn't realize she draws attention to herself from many ball goers, but also billionaire Roman.

When Roman runs into a competitor who won a car he was interested in, he gets wrapped up in a bet that involves a woman at the ball who is so far out of her element she's drawn attention to herself. In a moment of complete arrogance he bets his friend he can get Lily to fall in love with him within a month.

With the bet on, Roman sets out to seduce Lily, but has he found more than he bargained for?

I love the Cinderella type story. Lily's low self-esteem about her body doesn't mean she's not a fighter, she's learned to handle herself over the years. Roman has let his money build his arrogance. When the two meet they really compliment each other, which is the best part about this book. The conflict, of course the bet and what happens when Lily finds out. That was kind of the predicable part of the book. I was a little disappointed with the end, but over all this is a really good book for an afternoon read.

A Bookworm 

Lily Hayward doesn’t do parties, doesn’t like attention, and she definitely doesn’t date. This unassuming book shop owner would rather spend a night in with a good book rather than hobnob with the rich and famous. 

When her best friend Mel begs her to attend a charity gala with her, Lily reluctantly agrees. All she wants is to get through the night without embarrassing herself or snapping someone’s head off. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Lily causes a bit of a stir when she berates another guest for spilling his drink on her. 

...and a Billionaire 

Roman Conrad is rich, bored and too handsome for his own good. He’s never had a problem attracting women. When he sees Lily at a charity gala, she’s already made a little name for herself as an Ice Princess. Seeing the perfect opportunity to alleviate his boredom and to get one over an acquaintance, he makes a bet that he can make Lily fall in love with him. 

What he never expected was that he would be the one in danger of falling in love. 

The Betrayal 

After a painful past, Lily is gun-shy when it come to love and trusting her heart to anyone. She suspects Roman may be too good to be true, but against her better judgment, she can’t help being drawn to him anyway. 

She has no idea about the bet and Roman wants to keep it that way, but fate has other plans. After spending his whole life waiting for a woman like Lily will one careless wager ruin everything and tear them apart? 

Wagered Hearts Series 

Book 1: The Wager 
Book 2: The Risk 

Book 3: The Game

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Romance Book Review: Eliza Gayle's Lucas

Author: Eliza Gayle
Series Connection: Southern Shifters
ISBN: 978-1463500757
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Create a Space/Eliza Gayle

Purchase Link: Amazon

Kira is a psychic on her way to California when she suddenly gets a vision that the man she's been dreaming of for the past few days is being held captive. She isn't sure if it is true or not but the one thing she does know is that this man is her mate and if she doesn't find him soon she'll start to go mad and her clan will be forced to kill her.

When she realizes where he is being held she searches him out and rescues him, but now what. If she mates with him she go against the laws of her clan and if she doesn't she's dead anyway.

Lucas doesn't realize what is happening to him. He's been kidnapped, by who he doesn't know. Now he's being rescued and he isn't sure whether or not he should trust the woman. Why should he for all he knows she's working for the kidnappers. The only thing he does know is that he can't keep his hands off the woman and all he wants is to have her in any way he can and then ditch her somewhere. But she knows more than she should about his kinds and he can't just leave her behind.

I've finally had a chance to sit down and begin to read the first part of the Southern Shifter's series. This is book one. I've already read Bad Kitty, book four, Be Were, book five and Shiftin' Dirty, book six. All of the books can be read on their own, but starting from the beginning gives an idea of the rules of the Southern clans. A lot of detail on the rules of the clan on in this first set, by the time Bad Kitty comes along many of the rules have been broken a few times already. You wouldn't even recognize that Bad Kitty was part of this series.

Lucas is a good start to the series, both characters are strong on their own and push the relationship to the limits. Lucas is a short quick read that I wish was a bit longer, but the story continues in book two with Kane's story and helps to clear up some lose ends.

Kira MacDonald is in trouble. Plagued by false visions and erotic dreams of a man she's never met, she fears losing both her psychic powers and her sanity. The cure? Finding and bonding with her mate. The stubborn red-haired warrior might not want one, but fate has other plans, plans that include her rescuing Lucas Gunn.

As the Guardian of his shape-shifting clan, Lucas Gunn lived a quiet, solitary life. Until he was kidnapped, examined, and tortured. Now imprisoned, his only tie to the outside world is the memory of his dreams and the passionate woman who appears nightly in them. He thought she was nothing more than a vision. Then she came for him.

An uneasy alliance, a mating call that won't be denied, rituals that must be honored, and unrelenting enemies who will stop at nothing to get what they want. It all comes together in the first of Eliza Gayle's sensational Southern Shifter Series. Passion and Pride. Duty and Danger. In the end, there's really only one choice...for Lucas.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Romance Book Review: Mona Ingram's Between a Jock and a Hard Place

Author: Mona Ingram
Previously titled: Blogging From the Heart
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Mona Ingram

Claire has never been much of a hockey fan, but in a family, friends and a home town where hockey rules above all she can't get away for it. After getting run over by a cyclist in the park, Claire is rescued by a handsome stranger, John. Immediately she is taken with John and the best part is no hockey is involved.

Jack is so excited when he meets Claire in the park. She doesn't recognize him and he tells her a little white lie by saying his name is John in hopes she doesn't realize that he is a famous hockey player. Through a series of secrets and misperceptions their relationship begins to unravel before it has even begun.

During it all separate friends ask Claire and Jack to write an anonymous column on their controversial and differing opinions about violence in hockey.

The is a sweet romance story featuring two people looking for love but so far apart on the issues important to them making it hard to see if they will be able to see eye to eye on the issues. The one thing they can agree on is their attraction to each and the relationship that is building between them.

Even though she's surrounded by hockey-crazed family and friends, Claire doesn’t follow the Vancouver Canucks. Her brother has played hockey all of his life and has a promising career in the minors, but that’s as far as her interest goes. So when she meets a large, handsome man with a broken nose she doesn’t recognize him as a key player for the Canucks. 

Jack is intrigued with the notion of getting to know a woman who doesn’t know who he is; someone who isn’t attracted to him because of his fame. 

When Claire’s brother Cam is injured in a hockey game, she offers to blog anonymously for a local newspaper about the hot-button topic violence in hockey, unaware that Jack will be presenting the opposing view. 

Meanwhile, the attraction grows between Claire and Jack, but can they survive the inevitable clash as they discover each other’s true identity? 

Former Title: Blogging From the Heart

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Romance Book Review: Lola Taylor's Fever

Author: Lola Taylor
Series Connection: Blood Moon Rising
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Lola Taylor

Purchase Link: Amazon

Lonely and looking for love, Danica decides to try online dating, but her first date with one of her online admirers, doesn't exactly turn out as she had planned and she winds up needing to be rescued instead.

To her rescue is Gage, the new werewolf alpha and local king. He realizes quickly that she is his mate, but Danica doesn't know anything about shifter or the supernatural community and he has a lot of quick explaining to do, but will she accept him and lose everything when she walks away.

In a secondary story, Danica's online date turns out to want her dead, but there is much more going on then they know.

I really liked the story and it started well, however toward the end I thought it was really rushing and I wished it could spread the scenes out a bit. So far there are three of the six books planned in the series written. This first book is a free read right now, so check it out while you can.

When the Blood Moon rises, the wolves come out to play… and find their mates. 

Danica has about given up on love. In a last-ditch attempt at finding “the one,” she agrees to a blind date through an online dating service. But instead of finding roses and romance, she finds someone intent on killing her. That is, until the mysterious, brooding Gage shows up to save her…. 

Gage is running out of time to find a mate. If the Blood Moon sets before he can find her, he’ll lose the rank of packmaster - and the peace within the pack - he’s worked so hard to obtain. When he saves a luscious blonde in the parking lot, he has no idea she is his mate - until he Marks her with his touch. 

Determined to keep her safe at any cost, Gage whisks Danica away into a hidden world full of lust, unlikely love, and treachery. Someone’s put a hit on his mate, and he’s hell-bent on finding out who, all while the Blood Moon looms closer, threatening to destroy his chances at true love forever. That is, if something - or someone - doesn’t kill the woman he’s falling for first. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Romance Book Scene: Georgette St. Clair's Lynx on the Loose and Hard as Steele

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Timber Valley Pack
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Clair

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the fourth installment of the Timber Valley Pack, always do right Dash has finally found a crime that lynx shifter Isadora can't talk her way out of. He doesn't know all the facts and he can't quite believe that she would do something so bad, but Isadora seems to be consorting with humans who have been kidnapping and experimenting on shifters. As he and the shifters go after her, he finds out there is a lot he doesn't know about the lynx he's had his eye on for sometime. 

Isadora is off on a mission dodging the shifters and the humans, but she knows her mission most important to the survival of the shifters. When Dash catches up to her, Isadora wishes she could trust him, but she knows that the do-gooder in Dash will require him to turn her in and she can't let that happen with such a threat to other shifters. 

This story was the best so far for this series. I'd been waiting to see how these two opposites would finally attract and the story didn't disappoint. Isadora's feisty character continues to shine through the pages in this installment in the series adding more shades of grey to her character. I even liked how Dash lightens up a bit has he realizes that everything isn't always black and white.


Wolf shifter Dashiel Battle has always known that Isadora Mosswood is a rebel, a rule breaker, a perpetual thorn in his paw...but is she also the greatest traitor that the shifter nation has ever known? Shocking new evidence seems to indicate that she's been secretly collaborating with a group of humans who were conducting experiments on shifters. When she's confronted, Isadora doesn't explain or defend herself - she goes on the run. Dash has no choice but to hunt her down, but as soon as he catches up to her, he discovers that someone's painted a big fat target on both of their hides. Can he keep the fiery tempered lynx shifter alive long enough to bring her to justice, and can he resist his growing attraction to the criminal who's vowed to flout the system for as long as she lives?

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Timber Valley Pack
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Clair

Purchase Link: Amazon

When Roxanne's car goes off the side of the road in a freak snow storm, Steele Battle comes to her rescue, but with a nice goose egg on the top of her head Roxanne is convinced that her handsome savior can't be real. After all he's able to lift her car, tear off the door and pick her big body up and carry her to the road where his car is waiting. 

While the blizzard rages on, Steele takes her to a friend's cabin to wait out the storm and give the young virgin a night she will remember for the rest of her life. After all it is Roxanne's dream and anything can happen. 

Steele knows that he can't keep Roxanne. After all she's a human and there are strict regulation against having shifters having relationships with humans. He just can't resist Roxanne's charms and he knows that this is his only chance with her before he has to have the pack sharman make Roxanne forget she ever met him.

After the weekend of her accident strange things begin to happen to Roxanne even though a year and half has passed Roxanne goes to find Steele Battle to get his help. The only problem is when she gets to Steele, she can't remember how she got there and what she needed his help with. 

Booth Steele and Roxanne are pretty classic characters, but what makes this story interesting is the secondary background story and the continuation of the series. As the storyline heats up the reason for the rules as to why shifters and humans should stay apart becomes more than clear. 

Roxanne has suffered a concussion after a severe bump to the head, but that's okay - she's having the best hallucination ever. It involves being rescued by an incredibly handsome man who can turn into a wolf and lusts after her like no man ever has before. No, really - in her home town, plain, chubby Roxanne was lusted after by no-one. Her handsome shifter hallucination is so hot, she finds herself wishing she'd never recover. 

Steele Battle, wolf shifter, Sheriff of Timber Valley, has met the love of his life - and he must leave her behind, with her memory erased, because she's human and can never know about the existence of his people. A year later, he's still mourning the loss of the woman who captured his heart - when she strolls in to the bar in his remote, out of the way town, which is not on any human map. How did she find him, and what does she want? To keep her safe, Steel has no choice but to hold her captive until the town's shaman returns to erase her memory for good - but will Steele be able to part with the love of his life a second time? 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Romance Book Review: Vivian Arend's Rocky Mountain Heat

Author: Vivian Arend
Series Connection: Six Pack Ranch
ISBN: 978-1-60928-551-7
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Purchase Link: Amazon 

In the first of this long running series readers are introduced to the Coleman family from Canada. This large family of six sons are rough and tumbled cowboys. Some of the books in the series are dedicated to Coleman cousins, that play an active role in the stories.

In book one, Jaxi has decided it is time to finally get the man she has loved all her life. She has lived in the back pocket of the Coleman boys since she was seven years old. She's even dated on of the brothers, but not the one she really wanted, Blake.

Blake is ten years old the Jaxi and although he has wanted her for years, she was always off limits. She was too young and she was also one of his brother's ex. The best thing he could do was avoid her.

When Blake's mother is hurt in an accident, Jaxi takes the chance and moves in to help the family. This is her chance to show Blake she isn't a little girl anymore, but all woman.

But Blake isn't the only Coleman brother interested in Jaxi's affection. Can Blake come to terms with the age difference before he loses a chance with Jaxi forever.

This first book to this series is free. It is a great way to get a look of Vivian Arend's writing style, which is very well executed with hot steamy love scenes, as well as a nice introduction to this series. The series isn't complete yet, with book seven coming out later this month.

Throughout the book I was rooting for Jaxi to achieve her goal. She is a great character--a strong and sassy country girl who knows exactly what she wants and works hard to achieve it. The readers are also introduced to each of the other family members and some of their motivations and personalities. Looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

He's the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her. 

Six Pack Ranch, Book 1
Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble's a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what's a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake's hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She's all grown up now and ready to convince him that she's perfect for him. Except he can't seem to see past the big "don't touch" sign that's apparently still hanging around her neck. 

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake's nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi's brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones. 
That is, if Blake's finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants...

Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride? 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Romance Book Review: Tracy Roger's Employee of the Month

Author: Tracy Rogers
ISBN: 9781940744414
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Their first meeting was by chance and the attraction was hot. Finding out he was her boss didn't stop their no strings affair from getting hotter. Even breaking his own rules, Max couldn't stay away from Holly and so their once a month continued and then the unthinkable happens.

Neither Holly or Max wanted a relationship but when Holly finds out that she's pregnant it sends both Holly and Max into a whole lot of self discovery and give them a chance to chase their own demons away.

Emotion packed story bringing two wounded characters together. Both Max and Holly are strong characters and have enough of their own baggage to go around. I like that in a story like this because it keeps the reader interested in the characters road of self discovery. Not to mention there is plenty of hot sex through the pages of this story. This book is worth a read for that alone.

Some rules are made to be broken…

Rule number 1: No touching
Rule number 2: No kissing
Rule number 3: Never, ever, fall in love

Holly Wilder finds some of those rules pretty difficult to follow during her boss’s visits to present the Employee of the Month award. A relationship between them is prohibited, and even if it wasn’t, Holly has no intention of ever falling in love again. But that doesn’t stop her from craving Max’s touch.

Hotel owner Max Lazzari never expected to break his own rules, especially when they are so important to him. But sexy employee Holly is too hard to resist. Their no-strings, secret arrangement fits in perfectly with his no-commitment plan. A plan to ensure that no woman will ever again have the opportunity to hurt him.

Sizzling nights together mean Holly and Max start looking forward to the monthly visits more and more. Until they are both brought down to earth with a bump—a pregnancy one!

Will rule breaking lead to broken hearts?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and some strong language

Romance Book Review: Hazel Gower's Arden's Mate

Author: Hazel Gower
Series Connection: Armageddon Mates
ISBN: 9781940744407 
Genre: Shapeshifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Purchase Link: Amazon

In order to save his mate's life, Arden has no choice but to bite the woman he has never met and attach himself to her for the rest of his life. Unfortunately with all choice being taken away from her Remy runs as fast as she can to get away from him. 

Remy had always intended to return to Arden and her friends, she just needed some time to adjust to the idea that she would be trapped in the world with the werewolves and their fight with the demon. Just as she is deciding to return home, she runs into demon trouble of her own. Going back home on her own is no longer an option. 

Once back into the fold of her friends and her mate, she must convince everyone she has no plans to run again and get back in every one's good graces. Surprisingly it is Arden to understands Remy from the start and Remy can't help but fall for her sexy mate. 

I loved both Arden and Remy. Despite how possessive Arden is because he worries that he will lose Remy again, she is perfect for him because she won't let him get away with anything. She's strong, sassy and blunt, just what a werewolf fighter needs to accept his life.

While I liked the continuation to the Armageddon Mates story line, and the romance between Arden and Remy, I thought the story was a little disjointed and not up to par with the previous installments to the series, but it kept me interested and waiting to see who comes next in the series. 

Can you run from fate, or is destiny's pull too strong? 

Remy, a young woman with the ability to harness fire, finds herself helping a group of werewolf shifters and other paranormal beings in a battle against demons who want to take over the world. When she is badly injured and on the brink of death, Arden, a werewolf shifter, bites her, giving her supernatural healing abilities. The last thing she expected was for it to also mark her as his mate. With her choices for her life slowly disappearing as it becomes clear what being with Arden will entail, Remy flees. 

Arden is devastated when his mate runs from him. Hope for his future disappears and his wolf takes over, turning him into a feral mess. 

Remy soon realizes she's made the biggest mistake of her life. Returning to the shifters and a changed Arden, Remy has to not only gain their forgiveness but also build their trust in her while helping Arden overcome his feral nature. 

Will Remy be strong enough to be the mate Arden needs or will she let the fire she controls consume her and run again, this time never looking back? 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Romance Book Review, Celia Kyle's Rebecca

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Alpha Marked
ISBN: 9781936950836
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

The forth book in the Alpha Marked series introduces readers to Rebecca, Scarlett and her Wickham sister's long lost cousin. Rebecca's family and the Wickham family split when Rebecca was younger due to an family argument. Without knowing the family history, Rebecca is whisked away to the annual Werewolf Alpha and Warden gathering through magic means.

Rebecca has no idea where she is or how she got there or even that werewolves are real. Thrown into this new world Rebecca meets her cousins again and finds out that she is there because she is a mate for a werewolf alpha pair. Right away she meets Alpha pair Aidan and Carson and they tell her she's their mate.

For 14 years, Aidan and Carson knew they would find and share a mate as an alpha pair. Women has naturally been attracted to Carson's good looks, but when Rebecca clings to Aidan and shies away from Carson, Carson's reaction opens wounds that the three will have to deal with before they can mate for good.

In the meantime, their own issues aren't the only threat the three will need to deal with before they can become alpha mates.

Good story and characters to add to the Alpha Marked series, leading the storyline to continue with Rebecca's side of the family and her own set of sisters.

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

Rebecca Twynham hates nature, loves a juicy steak, is not Marked, and thinks wolves come in one form: on four feet and with fur. So when she’s hauled to the annual werewolf Gathering by this scary as hell magical vortex, she’s pretty surprised to find out werewolves are real. With that new knowledge, she finds she still hates nature, she’d love a juicy steak, and maybe—she might be—Marked. Well, she doesn’t see a Mark, but she also has heavy scarring from a childhood accident—or was it intentional? Plus, she really wants to climb the gorgeous Alpha Pair, Aidan and Carson, like a tree. Luckily the two hot werewolves wanna sink their roots into her flower and… The nature analogies have gone too far. 

Aidan and Carson have been a strong Alpha Pair for fourteen years. They’re tied together by their bond, and ache to claim a woman as their own. But while Carson has always been the GQ ladies’ man, Aidan has been the afterthought—the heavily scarred and frightening werewolf who’s caused more than one woman to faint. 

When they find Rebecca hiding in the Bad Doggie ballroom, they rejoice that they’ve finally found the one for them. Except with curvaceous, delicious Rebecca, their roles are reversed. Instead of rushing into the arms of sleek and sexy Carson, Rebecca clings to Aidan. Carson should rejoice in her acceptance of Aidan, but jealousy rears its ugly head, destroying their triad before it has a moment to form. 

Then things go from jealousy-driven bad to worse when the five families decide there won’t be any more Wickhams joining the wolfy family trees. 

Oh, right, she forgot that part. Apparently her Wickham cousins are kind of a big deal in werewolf land. Big.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Romance Book Review: Jayne Ann Krentz's Dream Eyes

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Series: Dark Legacy
ISBN-13: 978-0515154085
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Psychic Romance
Publisher: Jove

Purchase Link: Amazon

When Gwen receives a late night email she rushes to her friend's aide, but too late. Her friend, Evelyn is dead and Gwen enlists the her help of her best friend, Abby's finace's company for help. Evelyn's death isn't an ordinary mystery and Gwen isn't looking for a normal private investigator. 

Enter Judson Coopersmith, a man that Gwen had met a month before. Sparks flew when the two met, but as soon as Judson realized that Gwen was a psychic dream counselor his immediately put the breaks on their relationship going an further. The minute he sees her again, he knows he can't let her go this time. 

While the two investigate Evelyn's death they realize that there are many suspects and not all is as it seems. At the same time Judson must figure out what his nightmares mean and he just might have to go to Gwen for help after all. 

I liked this book, but it seemed to go on a little long and the connections were not easily made when one of the stories was solved. Otherwise I think the female lead was a great character and the sexy hero seemed as just slightly less alpha as the authors usual male leads.

I keep wondering if there is going to be a third book or more in the Dark Legacy series. It seems that the Coopersmith's still have more stories to tell. 

A suspicious death. A ghost in a mirror. The new Dark Legacy novel from the New York Times bestselling author known for crafting stories of burning passion and chilling suspense…

The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years ago, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies—including Gwen, who survived while two others didn’t. Now, she’s sure that Ballinger’s death is related. 

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, and haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist…

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Romance Book Review: Jayne Castle's Hot Zone and Deception Cove

Author: Jayne Castle

Series Connection: Rainshadow, Harmony
ISBN-13: 978-0515154726
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal
Publisher: Jove

Purchase Link: Amazon

After being kidnapped and used as a ginny pig for a new experimental drug, Sedona Snow, long-time descendent of Arizona Snow from back on Earth, escapes and is ready to make her new life on Rainshadow with her dust bunny Lyle. 

It has been a strange couple of months for Sedona with a lot of new people taking an interest with her. First those that kidnapped her, her ex-MC husband, her estranged family and even the new guild boss on Rainshadow Cyrus Jones.

Cyrus Jones knows exactly who Sedona is and what she has been through for the past few months. He knows she's not PSI-burned and he couldn't be happier, because Cyrus has his own issues with people calling him "Dead Zone Jones". Sedona may just be the woman he's been looking for, for a long time. 

This is the third installment to the Rainshadow series and those who read this book might want to check out the previous three, as characters and the concerns of the underworld on the island all play together. This was a well written installment in the series, however the book doesn't take us anywhere new and exciting in the series. There was however a bit of mystery going in with her exactly the bad guy is, but I pretty much figured it out well before the person the presented. 

The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island.

Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret…

Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.

And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow…

Author: Jayne Castle

Series Connection: Rainshadow, Harmony
ISBN-13: 978-0515152852
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal
Publisher: Jove

Published Link: Amazon

Drake Sebastian and his family are the caretakers of Rainshadow Island and the vastly unexplored underworld on the island. He has been on the search for Alice North. Drake is convinced that Alice can help him with the problems that they've been having on Rainshadow. He knows that if he doesn't find her soon they may lose the island. 

Alice has been on the run with her dust bunny Houdini for the past year since her ex-mother-in-law decided that she must be responsible for Alice's MC husband's death. Alice has been found innocent of any wrong doing in her husband's death. As a matter of fact it was him that tried to kill her and he was found killed when she was long gone. 

Once Drake's found Alice he decides the best way to protect her is to offer her a Marriage of Convenience (MC). After a quick wedding the two head off to Rainshadow to fight everything for giant insects and old lovers. 

This is the second book in the Rainshadow series where a lot of new questions are answered. I love some of the imagination that went into putting this book out and the development of the issues on the island that haven't been seen in any of the other books about Harmony. 

In the world of Harmony, Rainshadow Island is home to a mysterious preserve, secrets that have been kept for centuries, and a treasure worth killing for…

As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself—a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini.

Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears—and he needs her.

On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience.

Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island—and the passion between her and Drake—is about to explode…

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Romance Book Review: Carol Lynne's The Cut

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Kings of Bedlam MC
ISBN: 978-1-62334-033-6
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, M/F Romance, MC Romance
Publisher: Stiff Rain Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Santana Rogers grew up in the embrace of a motorcycle club, but her life completely changes after her father is thrown in jail for killing a cop and the club abandons her and her mother. It wouldn't have been so bad if her lifelong savior and crush Stake Willis would have stayed in touch, but even Stake abandoned her.

When Santana is attacked by the county sheriff, Stake reappears in her life and suddenly there appears to be nothing her won't do to make Santana feel safe. As the two work to rebuild their relationship and fall in love, will circumstances tear them apart for ever.

This is one of the better MC romances I've read so far. The character development is done very well, although I do have to say I was a little disappointed with the reason why the Club abandoned Santana in the first place. It seemed out of character for her alcoholic mother to not want the support of the Club especially after losing her husband while doing Club business.

This is definitely a good first start for this series.

As the only child of an abusive biker and an alcoholic mother, Santana Rogers had one hero she could turn to in her life. Stake Wills, a member of the Kings of Bedlam Motorcycle Club, was her father’s best friend, her savior and her lifelong crush. When her father is sent to prison, the club and her only friends turn their backs on her, leaving her to deal with the fall-out of her father’s crime on her own. 

Santana is proud of the way she’s persevered through the hard and lonely years on her own. When Stake reappears into her life after the county sheriff attacks her, she isn’t sure she’s willing to let him back into her life and her heart. And if she does, she’s not sure she’ll survive having her heart broken again when he inevitably leaves. 

It just about killed Stake to walk out of Santana’s life, but after his best friend’s death, he’s forced to choose between the motorcycle club and keeping an eye on Santana. The club is the only family he’s ever known, and a blackmail threat by Santana’s mother threatens to destroy it all. He realizes that he made a mistake, but that won’t stop him from trying to prove to Santana that he’s still the man she needs him to be.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Romance Book Scene: Milly Taiden's Twice The Growl

Author: Milly Taiden
Series Connection: Paranormal Dating Agency Book 1
ISBN: 978-1501062919
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Menage Romance, Erotic Romance, BBW Romance
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Tally's family has taken more to her ex-husband then to her, so when she has to attend her cousin's wedding she knows she needs to have a date or not go at all. Taking her neighbor, Gerri, up on her offer to set Tally up with a date for the event, Tally puts her complete trust into Gerri.

Gerri's nephew and his friend, Theron and Connor are looking for a mate. They want someone who can complete their alpha triad.

Gerri knows the three would make a good match, but with Tally's relationship hang-ups and the Theron and Connor's fears of Tally being accepted by the pack are they ready to become mates together.

The is a hot and sexy book with two strong alpha males and one really sassy BBW. Tally has had her bad relationships and problems, but I admire how she has held her ground and kept her head up despite her family. I would have loved for the book to be slightly longer with more time with the pack, but the story was saved by the well written erotic bedroom scenes.

Talia Barca needs a date. Badly. She uses the services of the Paranormal Dating Agency hoping for a decent guy to take to a family wedding. A wedding her ex-husband has wormed his way into as a guest. 

Connor and Theron want Tally to complete their Alpha triad. She's sexy, curvy and funny. But she's human. And they're not sure she'll go for a relationship with two men at the same time. 

As if deciding to give two men a shot wasn’t difficult enough, Tally will also need to deal with a threat from the pack. She'll either prove she's strong enough to be an Alpha mate or find herself at the mercy of a vicious opponent. 

Reader Warning: This book contains lots of scorching sex (including a threesome so hot it will make your ereader sizzle), adult language (hanky panky with no dirty talk is no fun), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with some sarcasm and two hot men on one curvy girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Romance Book Review: Sidda Lee Tate's Can't Let You Go

Author: Sidda Lee Tate
Series Connection: The Night Series
ISBN: 9781940744360
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Moving to Pineville to live near her favorite cousin and best friend seemed like a great stop over place while Lynette decided what she was going to do with the rest of her life.

While there she meets a man that could be the best thing that ever happened to her, but Lynette needs to decide if she will take a chance on him.

Ty doesn't want involvement. He can't get over a tragedy from the past. Will he be able to come to terms with the past before he loses Lynette forever?

A short quick read with good descriptive characterization with believable situation of two individuals that want to take the next step, but need to decide to take a chance.

Falling for him was easy, but can she let him go?

After a year of travel, fun-loving pool shark Lynette Brooks has settled in Pineville to be near her cousin. She doesn’t plan to be there long, and she doesn’t expect fate to step in, sweeping her off her feet. But when she meets the serious cop, Ty Sellers, she sees a challenge and is determined to get to know him.

Ty is a no-nonsense, by-the-book lawman who keeps to himself. Living in a fog of misery is exactly what he deserves, and getting emotionally attached to someone is not an option…until he meets Lynette. She’s spontaneous, reckless, and a gorgeous haphazard of a woman who threatens to break through his guarded walls and unsettles emotions he buried long ago.

The chemistry between them is undeniable, but the guilt Ty lives with every day causes him to push Lynette away. All she wants is him, but how much of his wavering can she take before letting go for good?

Content Warning: strong language and graphic sex

Romance Book Review: Sidda Lee Tate's Give In To Me

Author: Sidda Lee Tate
Series Connection: The Night Series
ISBN: 9781937325893
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Scott used to be the home town hero. He was going to be have a great football career and become someone. When his dreams fail and he comes back sometime later rumors spread and some not too flattering.

Jennica has had her own problem with rumors in her home town. So much so that she decided to leave town and open her flower shop somewhere else and start all over again.

When the two meet it is instant attraction, but Jennica can't quite get beyond her past experiences and Scott will have to be really persistent if he wants her in the end.

As far as this series goes I've really liked the last two books, however this one seemed rush and spends too much time with the main characters by themselves and with others but not with each other. We don't get a real chance to see if Jennica and Scott really are compatible with each other. So it gets an extra heart then I would have given it because it fits in with the series, but being read alone I think I would only be more disappointed. I've already started the next book in the series, so I'm still giving the series a chance.

The attraction between Jennica and Scott is undeniable, but will her past show up to ruin it all?

After years of being gone, Scott Sims has returned to his hometown. Life is good. He likes his new job, has reconnected with his sister, and even met a “friend with benefits” at the local bar. He does his best to ignore the flurry of rumors—none of them true—about where he’s been and who he’s become.

Jennica Moss’s last relationship ended badly, leaving her guarded and untrusting. She’s new in town, but the local gossips have kept her informed about almost everything. The latest hot topic—Scott Sims, the area’s most promising star, the guy who threw his football career away and disappeared for years.

When Scott and Jennica meet, emotions run high. Scott can’t resist the urge to get to know her. But Jennica’s past threatens to come between them, and Scott can’t seem to shake his present. When he broke things off with his last fling, she didn’t take it well, and she keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, making his time with Jennica strained.

Now one, or both, of their lives may be at risk, and Jennica must face the consequences of giving in to her heart and falling in love with Scott.

Content Warning: strong language and graphic sex