Friday, July 3, 2015

Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Kiss Me Kate

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romance Book Scene: Katy Regnery's Seduced By Stratton

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Romance Book Review: Maya Banks' Safe At Last

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Monica Owens' Fallen Angel Series

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Pailey

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's Bridenapped

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Roaring For Him

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart's Blue Tides

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

Purchase Link: Luminosity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Steps Books...

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

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

One Night With Her Boss

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

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

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

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

But then everything changes in only one night...

One Night With Her Roommate

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

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

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

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

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

But then everything changes in only one night...

One Night With the Best Man

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

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

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

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

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

But then everything changes in only one night...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Romance Book Review: Cassie Wright's Den & Breakfast

Author: Cassie Wright
Series Connection: Honeycomb Falls
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Witch Themed Romance, Were Themed Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Shelf

Purchase Link: Amazon

Rachel is having a real bad day. She just finds out that the grandmother she intended to reconnect with, but never found the time to, has passed away. If that isn't bad enough she is fired from her job, only to come home early to find her freeloading boyfriend having sex with another woman in her bed. Now she has some choices to make. 

She decides getting away and visiting the home her grandmother left her is just what she needs to cheer herself up. When she gets there she finds a whole different world waiting for her and one real upset shifter whom her grandmother had locked away on the grounds of her estate. 

This book is one very quick standalone in a in the Honeycomb Falls, maybe just a little too quick. I loved Rachel and her journey to finding her inner strength I just wish it would have taken a little longer to get there and we got a chance to spend a little more time with Blake. Otherwise this is just a very erotic romance with a little bit of storyline. The author could have cut one of the sex scenes and added a little more time to get to know the characters a little more. 

Otherwise the storyline is pretty good and the characters have a lot of potential.

 A BBW in search of love + A sexy shifter only she can free = Smokin' Roaring Romance 

When Rachel inherits her grandmother's home in the idyllic village of Honeycomb Falls, she decides to turn it into a gorgeous bed & breakfast. Yet will her plans survive her encounter with the sinfully hot werewolf masquerading as the gardener, or the darker heritage that her grandmother has left her, whom rumor has was a powerful witch? 

Reader Note: This book contains searing sex (ice cream time-outs are recommended), adult language (he knows what he likes and he's not shy about demanding), 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 sinfully hot wolf on one funny curvy girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Romance Book Review: Michele Bardsley The Shadow Pack Rules

Author: Michele Bardsley 
ISBN-13: 978-1505383485
Series Connection: An Alpha Werewolf Shifter Paranormal Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Freeman Publication

Purchase Link: Amazon

Arabelle was supposed to have a very different life. She was born just six minutes after her sister but that meant that she was the second sister not the first. In her world that meant she was free to live her life. All first daughters in Arabelle's generation were already promised to the local werewolf pack.

It didn't turn out that way for Arabelle, when her sister died that meant that all Arabelle's dreams were taken away from her. To honor her family and her community Arabelle must now participate in the "Choosing".

When the alpha chooses Arabelle as his mate Arabelle must face a lot of changes in her life including falling in chance of falling in love with her new mate.

Despite a few typos here and there this book offers a well rounded paranormal romance featuring everything from hot love scenes to a good fight.

This version of the book is published in a serial version and includes:
1. Chosen by the Alpha
2. Taken by the Alpha
3. Ruled by the Alpha
4. Rescued by the Alpha
5. Loved by the Alpha 

An Alpha Werewolf Shifter Paranormal Romance Novel 

By New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Michele Bardsley 

Every 20 years, the Shadow Pack arrives in the small desert community of Bleed City, Nevada. To honor the pact made 150 years ago with the werewolves, the town offers up their eldest daughters for the Choosing--a ceremony where the shifters pick their virgin brides. 

Like most werewolf packs, the Shadows need human females for mating and breeding so they can replenish their werewolf bloodlines. Arabelle Winton considers the entire process somewhat barbaric, but as the oldest female in her family, she must take her place among the other women. What she doesn't expect is to catch the interest of Alpha Greyson Burke. 

Yes, Grey can have her body any way he wants... but Belle will never give her heart to a werewolf.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Romance Book Review: Jo Ellen's Texas Pack Series

Author: Jo Ellen
Series: Texas Pack

New author Jo Ellen features her first series with romance sub-genre fantasy/paranormal Texas Pack. So far the three stories, which leaves the door open to more in the series features three brothers who live in small town, Wolf Creek, Texas. The brothers run and ancient old pack of werewolves that watch over a magical pond that hold the entrance gates to the fae world.

Together with their new mates and members of the fae guard the Wolf Creek Pack watch over the magical pond from those who would abuse the magic powers from the pond.

In the first story Wolf Creek Alpha, oldest brother and pack alpha Rafe meets his match in witch Lisa. Visiting friends in Wolf Creek Lisa meets a new man and soon realizes there is more to this world than she ever knew. Now she's meeting werewolves and finding out she has magical abilities of her own that she never knew she had.

Rafe says Lisa is her mate and that they will forever be together, but Lisa has no idea how to take this strangers word for something that could be nothing more than just lust.

Then there is a who other problem. An dark fae has his sights on Lisa and what happens if he gets his hands on Lisa and her new found powers. Not to mention that he could then get access to the magical pond.

Wolf Creek Alpha

ISBN-13: 978-1494255039

Purchase Link: Amazon

Rafe: Handsome * Strong * Protective 
Lisa: Beautiful * Funny * Sarcastic 

Lisa is a snarky witch using humor to navigate her new 'normal'. 

Rafe is an alpha male, growling one moment, then grinning the next as he tries to corral his stubborn, defiant witch. 

Lisa has no idea that magic actually exists until she is threatened by a powerful dark fae--and until she meets the alpha of the East Texas wolf pack. Rafe is in charge of guarding the pack's magical pond. And, now, he's in charge of guarding Lisa too. 

When a seer from the cougar pride has a vision concerning all shifters, Rafe must ask the light fae to help him protect Lisa and the pond from the menace that threatens them all. 

Rafe knows Lisa is his mate. Convincing her is another matter. 

Her Wolf Creek series are contemporary romance, paranormal, supernatural/fantasy books about werewolves and alphas, witches, Fae, shifters and shapeshifters, mates, druids and wizards. Evil Fae and Good Fae alike. Oh, and a couple of cougar shifters also! Book 2 adds Druids into the mix...

In the second book, Wolf Creek Enforcer, middle brother Ian is the pack enforcer. His whole life has been about protecting his family, his pack and the magical pond. 

Suddenly one day Ian feels like he needs to go out wondering in search of something but he doesn't know exactly what. When he leaves he finds his mate, Melanie, walking along on the highway. She's not anything he ever thought his mate would look like and completely opposite of Ian. Hopefully opposites really do attract and stay together forever.

Melanie knows she has met her destiny in Ian, but she has a big secret that not many people know. She's magical, but in a whole different way. Can she trust Ian with her secret and will the big bad protector let her keep her job if they decide to mate.  

Wolf Creek Enforcer
ISBN-13: 978-1494747954

Purchase Link: Amazon

Ian: Handsome * Stoic * Protective 

Melanie: Beautiful * Funny * Free Spirit 

Ian is the head enforcer for his pack. Something is pulling at him until he hits the road, looking for his mate. He finds Melanie, a free spirit hitchhiking in New Mexico. Once he gets her to his home in East Texas, he has to protect her from an evil wizard who wants her for her magical abilities. Melanie couldn't wait to explore this feeling that led her to take to the highway. Finding Ian was more than she could have hoped for. The difficult part would be telling him of her family's secret and the job she was entrusted with.

In book three, Wolf Creek Ghost, baby brother Devlin is happy to not be mated, however riding his new motorcycle into town one day he meets a woman who might just be his mate, but there's something off and he can't figure out what it is. 

Ever since she was a little girl, Olivia has always seen ghosts. Her family doesn't know what to do with her. No one else in the family has this ability. So she takes off and travels around, helping her ghostly friends whenever she can. 

Ghost Jack has been traveling around with her when they make their way to Wolf Creek. Olivia isn't sure what she can do for him, but she knows that Wolf Creek is where she needs to be and where she meets Devlin. 

Devlin knows he has to help Olivia, if she will let him. Olivia just wants to help Jack and then figure out what to do with her love life later. 

Now there is a crunch against time to find a way to get rid of an evil ghost before he can gain too much power from the magic pond. 

Wolf Creek Ghosts

Purchase Link: Amazon

Devlin meets his mate near his home when her car breaks down. He knows instantly she is his mate, but he has some concerns. She talks to imaginary people. 

Olivia enjoys nice clothes, manicures, and helping ghosts that are lost or lonely. Talking to dead people is commonplace for her. Meeting a man claiming to be her mate and a werewolf blows her mind. 

They will work together to send an evil ghost on to the fate that awaits his darkened soul.

Series Review: This is a great series for those who love short fantasy romance. It has all the fun paranormal species including handsome alpha males and strong females of all shapes and sizes. Each female lead has her strengths. The themes are way out their but the characters are likable and there is a fair amount a humor placed within the short suspense spurts. The author is definitely getting better as she goes along. I hope she continues on with the series. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Romance Book Review: CA Harms' Loving Colt

Author: CA Harms
Series Connection: Southern Boys
ISBN: 978-1507738788
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

Alexis is running from an ex-boyfriend who had been abusing her. On the last of her money, she hopes to make it home to Florida with her little girl Maddie before she runs out. Seeing mother and daughter together in his hometown diner, Colt decides to play good Samaritan and tells the waitress that he will pay for their dinner as he leaves the diner without saying a word.

Spending the night in a local motel, Alexis takes Maddie to breakfast at the same diner and runs into Colt and his mother Ann. The speak only for a minute before Colt and mom leave the restaurant. Before leaving town Alexis bumps into Maria, Colts sister and without knowing the connection. When Maria sees Alexis needs help she sends the mother and daughter to her own mother's house, who is delighted to help the young woman she met earlier in the day.

So starts the relationship between Colt and Alexis. There is an instant attraction between the two, but is this the right time for Alexis to start a new relationship? Can she trust that Colt won't hurt her or her little girl?

Colt never thought he would want to be in a relationship, but everything goes out the window where he meets these two.

These books get increasingly better as the story goes along. I'm not sure, but am wondering if there will be more to the series. Colt is a warm-hearted guy who loses his heart to Alexis and Maddie. Alexis shows a lot of strength to pick up and drive across country to get away from the abusive boyfriend and to even think about taking a chance on someone new.

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. 

Alexis and Colt never planned on crossing paths. 

Alexis and her three year old daughter were running from their past and Colt was looking for his future. 

Neither planning to find salvation in one another. 

One night changed it all… 

And they had no hope of ever being the same again. 

Finding a way to make things work, when it feels like everything is against them, is something they will have to work hard to overcome. 

Will Colt be strong enough to handle Alexis' past? 

Or will it be too much?

Romance Book Review: CA Harms' Finding Gavin

Author: CA Harms
Series Connection: Southern Boys
ISBN: 978-1503009752
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

This is the second in the CA Harms Southern Boys series. Finding Gavin tells the story of Maria and Gavin. A lot of the before story of Maria and Gavin was told in the first book in the series Forgiving Reed. Gavin comes to work for Kori's parents. On the night that Kori's son Rhett become very ill, Gavin comes to drive Kori, Rhett and Maria to the hospital. He stays with the girls until word comes back on the baby's health.

Maria falls hard for Gavin, but Gavin is just getting over his wife betrayal and isn't interested in becoming involved in another relationship. Over the course of the next year, the two see each other, however Gavin is also dating someone else. This leaves Maria heartbroken, but what can she do, she's in love.

Maria has a hard past. As a child her father leaves her and her mother. Her older brothers follow their father leaving Maria feeling like she is unlovable to males in general. Her mother is wonderful, as well as the love of her best friend Kori. She grows into a strong woman, but she feels she has lost everything when she can't get Gavin to commit to her.

Gavin is fighting with his ex-wife for a divorce. He hasn't told Maria the whole story of what has been going on in his life. Now that he has found the truth and his divorce in finally going through, he is ready to commit to Maria.

Now he has to work to get her back. Can the two finally find their HEA?

I am starting to understand why this series was recommended to me from one of my Facebook friends. This second book was put together better than the first. I think Gavin had every right to be going through a hard time with his wife's betrayal and needed time to heal. Maria was a little out of character in some spots, but she did go through some of her own hard times, so it was acceptable. Looking forward to reading Colt's story next.

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Gavin was a broken hearted cowboy from Savannah...

The one she fell for even though he tried to warn her away.

Maria's entire life had been one rejection after another, always going after things that were just out of reach.

Gavin was no exception.

She wanted him, so desperately...

But life had a way of making things unattainable, at least for her anyway.

Just when things began to change, once again the darkness glooms, and Maria finds that her happy ending is again...


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Romance Book Review: CA Harms' Forgiving Reed

Author: CA Harms
Series Connection: Southern Boys
ISBN: 978-1502392992
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Purchase Link: Amazon

Kori had two great loves in young life. Reed, who was her high school sweetheart who she caught having an sex with someone else, and Blake, the father of her son who died in a car accident. After losing Blake, Kori moves back home to Georgia to her parents' farm. She meets old friends including Reed, who wants to make amends and be her friend. 

After some time has passes and Reed works his way back into Kori's heart the two find their HEA. 

This series was suggested to me by a Facebook friend who really liked it. This first installment isn't a bad start. It seemed to run a bit slow moving, but you have to understand that Kori is running through emotional turmoil in her life. She has to get over he last love to go back to her first. While I get that, there were some good chances to make this book a little more interesting.

Without telling any plots I saw at least two occurrences in the book where a developing storyline could have changed the course of this book to make it stand out, but for some reason the author decided not to move the story in that direction and then never wound up explaining where she was headed. They seemed to serve no real purpose in the story. Maybe they will be picked up in future stories, I hope so. I just wanted to explain why I gave this book such a low rating. 

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. 

Kori suffered a great loss, one that left her feeling so desolate and alone, that she believed nothing would ever fill the void…

The only thing that kept her going was the one little piece of joy she still had in her life, her baby boy, Rhett.

She had no choice but to move forward and give her son the best life she could. Which meant moving back home.

Except there was one problem.

Home was where Reed would be…

The man who once held her heart, then shattered it into a million pieces.

Grieving the loss of Rhetts dad, and learning to forgive those who have betrayed her, Kori was battling it all.

But will she ever have the strength to forgive Reed?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Romance Book Review: Juliana Stone's Tucker

Author: Juliana Stone
Series Connection: The Family Simon
ISBN:  978-1495477904
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Juliana Stone

Purchase Link: Amazon

Three years ago a tragedy turned Simon's perfect world upside down. Over the past year he's been finding peace with too many different women in his bed and the friendship of bartender Abby Mathews. When his mother insists he bring a date to his cousin's wedding he invites his current bed partner, but at the last minute she ditches him for a weekend spa trip.

Know he can't go alone he asks Abby to come along. There is one big rule though...he can't sleep with her.

Abby has been in love with Tucker since the day he walked into her bar, but she know that for him she's strictly in the friend category. She isn't ready to lose that, but when she tells him what she thinks of his behavior with other women, he surprises her by inviting her to a family weekend wedding.

Is this Abby's chance to help Tucker move on with his life and find the love she can give him, or will they ruin their friendship forever?

Tucker is the first in a series about a well-to-do family complete with movie stars, politicians and a mother who is out to see her family happy and loved.

Tucker's life is a mess and the chance for a HEA in this story seems hard in coming in this book. That's just the way I like it, if it were too easy it would be boring. The plot was predictable, but I like the way the author resolved everything at the end. Abby was a surprise, a little sassy, but not as strong as you would suspect. She knew what she wanted, she needed a little push to get her there.

This series is a cast off to another of the author's series, The Barker Triplets, where Tucker's brother Beau (the movie star) is introduced. Beau and his girlfriend Betty Jo Barker are regulars throughout the book.

When all hope is gone, can love still will find a way? 

Tucker Simon has given up on love. After a tragedy, it’s just not in the cards for him, and he wishes his family would get off his back. He’s fine—or at least he thought he was--until a family wedding forces him to address a few things, namely his date, Abby Mathews. She's been put in the ‘friend’ category, mostly because she deserves so much more than what he can give. But the more time that he spends with her, Tucker begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love after all... 

Abby Mathews has been in love with Tucker Simon since he walked into her family’s bar nearly a year ago. But he’s got baggage and heartache a plenty. His one-night-stands isn’t going to lessen that no matter what he thinks. Tucker needs a friend, but Abby wants to give him more, and as they navigate their way through a weekend in Florida, their attraction can’t be ignored. Abby has to make a choice. Does she cherish their friendship and take what she can get? Or does she go after what she really wants, which is Tucker’s heart…

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's Hard to Bear

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Blue Moon Junction
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Werebear Romance, Werewolf Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Clair

Purchase Link: Amazon

Taking a job at a small newspaper, in her sister's new home town, half werewolf-half witch Coral Colby learns of the disappearance of a human and two shifters. There seems to be nothing in common between those missing and the police don't seem at all worried about the disappearances. Coral knows there is a story here she just has to dig a little deeper and see what she can find. 

At the same time she is trying to land a interview with local businessman, Flint McCoy and his plans to grow his family's business, but Flint doesn't seem to be interested in an interview. Now isn't that strange one would think that a businessman who was trying to grow his business would want as much free publicity as he could get. Something is going on in this small town and Coral is going to find out what it is?

After reading a couple of others in this series, a little out of order, I thought I'd catch up and check out other books by Georgette St. Clair and Blue Moon Junction. All the books seem to have different plots going on. This one had a fairly good plot, but wished it would have been more drawn out. This plot could have gone on through all the books in the series and connected the stories together better. Otherwise a quick read with a sweet story.

Humans and shifters alike are vanishing from Blue Moon Junction without a trace, and Coral Colby, curvy wolf shifter and small town reporter, is on the case. Unfortunately, there are numerous distractions along the way – like the sexy, arrogant bear shifter who’s been rudely refusing Coral’s interview requests, and the complicated love lives of, oh, everyone in town. 

But soon she’ll have bigger things to worry about, like who’s really buying up all the swampland around Blue Moon Junction, and why the bear shifter suddenly can’t get enough of her. The deeper she digs, the closer she comes to a terrifying truth – and to losing the love of a bear who may just be her fated mate.