Friday, April 18, 2014

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Like a Fox

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Ridgeville
ISBN: 9781301121687
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Romance, BBW
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the seventh installment of the Ridgeville series, Lioness Gina meets her mate Gavin.

Gavin is a fox shifter on his way to his new council job when he wakes to the smell of his mate. Finding her in his sister's diner he makes quick work of finding the owner of his mate's scent. With a quick introduction Gina and Gavin are bound together, but will Gavin make it to his new job or stay with in Ridgeville to settle down with his new mate.

This short novella continues the series on what happens to all the girls being held by Alistair McCain. Fun, quick story.

Description:

Gavin Mara is a fox shifter passing through Ridgeville, just stopping to visit his sister. Then he’s traveling to Chicago to begin his job as Director of Communications for the Council. It’s supposed to be a small vacation before the stress begins. Alistair McCain—ex-leader of Freedom—is now dead, and the shifter world is in turmoil. While the Council sorts things out, it’s Gavin’s job to keep everyone electronically connected.

And he’ll get right onto that just as soon as he claims his curvy lioness, Gina.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Romance Book Review: Tamara Morgan's The Party Girl

Author: Tamara Morgan
Series Connection: Getting Physical
eISBN: 9781426897931
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Carina Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Kendra is a free loving party girl. When her friend Lincoln shows up on her doorstep bleeding and needing help he convinces her to bring him to his friend, recluse Noah. One look at Noah and she's ready to jump into an affair with him.

Noah is totally attracted to Kendra, but he lives by many rules and one is to not fool around with his friend's woman and Noah knows that that Lincoln is in love with Kendra.

While helping Lincoln recuperate at Noah's home, Kendra and Noah get the chance to spend a lot of time together. While Kendra knows for sure that there is nothing and never will be anything between her and Lincoln, Noah won't take the next step with Kendra.

Will attraction win out and if it does can Kendra help heal Noah enough for them to form a relationship in the world instead of hidden away on his property?

This is the third and first book I've read in the Getting Physical series. It can be read alone, but other members of the series cameo in this book. I absolutely loved this storyline and both of the main characters in this book. Noah's many issues are believable if not a drastic way to handle the problems of his past. Kendra is a vivacious and happy business owner. I will definitely be looking into the other books by Tamara Morgan.

Description:

Kendra Khuso isn’t looking for long-term. Her traditional Indian family believes it’s time she settled down with a parent-approved husband. Instead, she’s focused on building her business by day and then enjoying all the nightlife has to offer…until she meets Noah.

Noah Walker is happy with a solitary, sustainable life on a plot of land outside of town. He left a high-maintenance relationship behind him and he just wants to keep his head down and his hands busy, living off the grid and making no plans…until he falls for Kendra.

The attraction is mutual and their chemistry is electric. There’s just one problem: Noah’s best friend, Lincoln, is head-over-heels in love with Kendra even though she’s keeping him firmly in the friend zone. Noah refuses to break the bro code by pursuing a woman his best friend professes to love—but Kendra is determined to get her man, even if it means giving up the social scene for the simple life.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Romance Book Review: Peggy L. Henderson's Yellowstone Heart Song

Author: Peggy L. Henderson
Series Connection: Yellowstone Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1468172355
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Peggy L. Henderson

Purchase Link: Amazon


What would you think if someone told you they could send you back in time for a short time so you can see what your favorite place was like 200 years ago? That is what Zach does for Aimee. Yosemite is her favorite place to hike. As a matter of fact the California girl knows the National Park like the back of her hand. She doesn't quite believe Zach can do as he says, but just maybe he can...

Before she knows it she's back in time in the wilds of Yosemite where there aren't any white women, but lots of wild bison, big bears and a hunk of a woodsman Daniel.

The scenic tour of Yosemite in this book is amazing. The author has done a great job on world building, everything from the past and the world in 1810 to the natural surroundings of Yosemite. The love story between these two people from very different worlds is delightful.

This is just the start of this series about traveling back in time as the years move on for Yosemite National Park.


Other titles in the Yellowstone Romance Series include:
Yellowstone Redemption (Book 2)
Yellowstone Awakening (Book 3)
Yellowstone Dawn (Book 4)
Yellowstone Deception (Book 5)
A Yellowstone Christmas (Novella)


Description:
"I am not good with words, but you make my heart sing, Aimee..."

Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she's from the future. 

How did a white woman suddenly appear in the remote Rocky Mountain wilderness? Trapper Daniel Osborne's first instinct is to protect this mysterious and unconventional woman from the harsh realities of his mountains. While he fights his growing attraction to her, he is left frustrated by her lies and secrecy. 

Daniel shows Aimee a side of Yellowstone she's never experienced. She is torn between her feelings for him, and exposing a secret that will destroy everything he holds as truth. As her three months come to an end, she is faced with a dilemma: return to her own time, or stay with the man who opened her eyes to a whole new world. When the decision is made for her, both their lives will be changed forever.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shelly Laurenston's Pride Series

After reading Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston last week I started going back and reading the whole Pride Series all over again. I just love this series. Like with every series you might find one that just didn't reach you like the others did, but overall this series is filled will keep you laughing and wanting to read more.

Check out the author's website here, for more information.

Romance Book Review: Eve Langlais' Two's a Couple, Three's the Law

Author: Eve Langlais
ISBN:978– 1– 927459– 45-4
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Eve Langlais

Purchase Link: Amazon

The world has changed since Chloe was born. There are more men then women and the law is now encouraging menage relationships. She even has two dads, although the law wasn't around when they first met, it just worked out good for her parents in the in end. Chloe however isn't really looking for two men, as a matter of fact after the end of her last relationship she isn't looking for any men at all. That is until two men set their sights on her.

First there is her new client werewolf Pete. Pete is sexy beyond belief, however Chloe doesn't do clients. Then suddenly her nemesis in the courtroom Anthony decides he's interested. She should really hate Anthony shouldn't she? She keeps losing to him in court.

Both men are really persistent and even when they find out about each other they still keep pursuing her.

Chloe's life is about to get really complicated. Everyone knows that werewolves exist, but suddenly paranormals are coming out of the woodwork. Everything from Pete's neighbor who is a witch to vampires to demons. To make matters worse Chloe can't keep away from either of the two men that are pursuing her.

This story is set in the first person. In some ways I think it would have been done better in the third person point of view. I liked the over all setting and story line. There were some cute and funny scenes from sarcastic Chloe and I loved werewolf Pete. Anthony wasn't exactly one of my favorite characters. I found that there were times when the book slowed down a little and I wanted to hear a little more about the subplot. I felt it didn't quite end. I don't know if this is going to be a series or a second book maybe featuring the BFF, however it would be nice especially if it continued and ended the story line in the subplot.

Description:

Forget the single life. In the space of one day, I went from no guys in my life to too many. And neither of them is human. What's a poor girl to do?

According to my best friend, both of them. It is the law after all. 

But I'm not ready to settle down in a threesome even if the tax breaks are awesome. Just like I don't want to get involved in the investigation surrounding the gory murder of some supposed witches.

I guess a girl can't always get what she wants--but boy, do my two suitors know how to give me what I need.

Warning: This story contains adult subject matter and language that is probably not suitable for anyone. This is an Urban Fantasy, Werewolf/Vampire Romance (MFM) sprinkled liberally with sarcasm and humor. It may induce giggling and snorting. Reader discretion is advised.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Romance Book Review: Shelly Laurenston's Bite Me

Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series Connection: The Pride Series
ISBN: 978-0758265241
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Brava

Purchase Link: Amazon

Honey Badgers are not usually the most revered when it comes to shifters. They are generally thieves and grifters and one would be wise to watch their backs when Honey Badgers are concerned.

At least that is most Honey Badgers, then there is Livy. Since meeting her still best friend Toni as a teenager, Livy has been more interested in taking pictures, then stealing paintings. She isn't anything like her relatives—whether it be Kowalski or Lang.

Vic Barinov is a hybrid shifter. Part tiger, part bear he's big and many fear him. He is also a pretty good tracker and is doing pretty good working on his own.

Livy has found that she likes breaking into Vic's house, as only a Honey Badger can. Mostly because she can usually be alone there as Vic is often out of town, and also because he has some great honey in his cabinets.

When Vic asks Livy to do a little breaking and entry for him to find some answers about a full-human who is hunting shifters, it sets off a chain of events that sends Livy's mostly boring life into a dangerous search and into the arms of Vic. Can a Honey Badger from a dysfunctional family like Livy's ever find a mate of her own to love?

Without much of funny comeback lines that I so adore with Shelly Laurenston's work, this story was a slight disappointment in the beginning, however keep reading this is a great story filled with  exciting story line. Fans of other Pride Series books will find lots of old friends and those looking for something different will meet the crazy Honey Badgers that are completely different personalities than the other shifters from the series. I'd love to see some of these new Honey Badger characters have stories of their own.

Description:

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life's irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad's untimely and unexplained demise. That's where Vic Barinov comes in - or his house does. Vic can't step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he'll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge...


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Ridgeville Series Vol. 1

Author: Celia Kyle

Series Connection: Ridgeville

ISBN: 978-1490930886
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Celia Kyle

Purchase Link: Amazon

Celia Kyle recently releases an anthology that features the first three books to the Ridgeville books to get readers familiar with the popular series. The first two books features the stories of the Ridgeville Lion Prime, Alex O'Connor and his mate Maya. Maya decides she would like to blow off some steam and maybe hook up with one of the sexy shifters in the area when she walks into a club on just the wrong night.

When Alex sees Maya he can't help but want to grab her and lock her away from all the other horny males in the club. She's really not suppose to be there on that particular night. What else can he do but try to save her. But who is going to save Maya from Alex.

In book 1.5 Your Lion, Maya takes a trip to the doctor with her five body guards. Slipping out the back door after she gets some shocking news isn't as hard as you might think. She runs right to her best friend Carly for a little girl time.

In the third installment in the Ridgeville series, Ball of Furry, rabbit shifter and Maya's best friend Carly found her mate months ago, but she isn't interested in a relationship that is all about making more little shifters and ladies' man Neal seems to have one too many women in his life. Staying away is the hardest thing she has ever done.

Neal can't figure out why Carly keeps avoiding him. She knows they are mates, but every time he tries to spend time with her she runs the other direction. When he finally gets her alone and naked will he spoil all of the work he did just to get time with her?

While Neal and Carly try to come to terms with their relationship, there is someone else who wants to see Carly gone forever. Can the Lion, rabbit and wolf shifters save Carly?

These first three books really set the stage for the rest of the series. I'd already read He Ain't Lion and enjoyed it, but this book was a better deal rather than just purchasing the next two, so I grabbed it. Not sure whether or not the author will do the same with some of the other books.

These are short stories, but they are well written with sexy men, big, beautiful, women (BBW) and steamy love scenes.

Description:

This book contains the following novellas in the Ridgeville series: "He Ain't Lion", "You're Lion", and "Ball of Furry". If you already own these books, please do not purchase this title. 

The first three books in the Ridgeville series is now bundled together for one great price! (64,000 words)

***

"He Ain't Lion" - Life sucks... And then you get turned into a werelion... Curvy Maya Josephs is looking for a little fun after a bad break up. When she meets the hotter than hot, super-sexy owner Alex O'Connell, the alpha lion shifter is just the man to fit the bill for a one-night stand.

***

"You're Lion" - With new pregnancy hormones making her inner kitty extra bitchy, Maya's not sure who she's going to murder first: her gyno for discovering the pregnancy, her guards for following her every move (and annoying the living shit out of her), or the striped beyotch cooing over Alex. Screw it. She'll start with the tigress and work her way back to the other two. Lucky for everyone involved, it's a good thing Alex knows how to tame her inner she-cat...and make her purr.

***

"Ball of Furry" - Perfectly plump Carly has no need for a gorgeous hunk of werelion. But the hunky man pounces and claims her before she has the chance to say "no." Furry bastard. As if her life isn't crazy enough...it just happens to get that much crazier when someone decides they want her dead. Lovely.

Part of the "Ridgeville" series:
*FREE* He Ain't Lion - Available Individually (FREE) and in Ridgeville Series Volume One
You're Lion - Available Individually and in Ridgeville Series Volume One
Ball of Furry - Available Individually and in Ridgeville Series Volume One
Head Over Tail
Fierce in Fur
Deuces Wild
Sealed with a Purr
Like a Fox
Big Furry Deal

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: Diana Palmer's Wyoming Bold


Author: Diana Palmer
Series Connection: Wyoming Series
ISBN-13: 978-0373777242
Genre: Western romance, Contemporary romance
Publisher: Harlequin

Purchase Link: Amazon


Merissa braves a snow storm to tell her neighbor Dalton "Tank" Kirk that his life is in danger. While she knows her visions are real, Tank doesn't know Merissa well enough to know if she is just a crackpot or he should believe her.

It isn't long before Merissa premonitions start coming true and Tank realizes that the worst day of his life is coming back to haunt him and someone really does want him dead. 

Tank brings in an old military buddy, Rourke, to see who could be after him. Throughout the story readers become reacquainted with the Rourke's friends from Jacobsville (Long Tall Texans). 

As the story unfolds the man targeting Tank decides the best way to get to him is by messing with the woman Tank is falling in love with. 

Merissa has spent years being ridiculed because of her abilities, now she finally has found a man who accepts her and all she wants to do is keep him safe.

As a fan of Diana Palmer of all time, I have been a little disappointed in some of her recent books, but I've seen some of the old Diana in this book. This story kept readers wondering what the bad guy would do next. Of the three brothers I liked Tank's story the best. I wasn't expecting this from his personality in the other stories and it was a nice surprise to see a sensitive hero.

Description:
Former border agent Dalton Kirk thought his life was over—literally—when a gang of smugglers left him for dead. Defying all odds, he survives his ordeal and returns to his Wyoming ranch ready to dedicate his future to a more peaceful home on the range. Until lovely Merissa Baker knocks on his door. 

Merissa is well aware of her reputation as the local eccentric—she knows things before they happen—and she's had a vision that Dalton is in danger. Even though her beliefs clash with Dalton's cowboy logic, she's determined to save the handsome rancher she's secretly loved forever. 

Visions? It's all ridiculous to Dalton…until things start happening that prove Merissa right. And now Dalton is not the only target—so is Merissa. Can Dalton be bold enough to trust the unknown? Is this Wyoming man ready to love?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Romance Book Review: Bijou Hunter's Damaged Series

Author: Bijou Hunter
Series Connection: Damaged Series
Genre: New Adult, Erotic Romance, Violence, Contemporary

Purchase Link: Amazon

Damaged and the Beast

ISBN-13: 978-1484084328

The first in the Damaged Series, Bijou Hunter explores the world of a biker gang and the girls that fall in love with the men in the gang. 

Farah Smith couldn't wait to get away from the life with her father who was always on the run for the cops and the bad guys he owed money to. She finally gets to realize her dream and gets to go to college to become a school teacher. On the first day of school she meets Cooper Johansson. 

Cooper is everything that Farah doesn't want. She wants a respectable man who she can live the white picket fence American dream with. But as soon as Cooper sees her, he knows she's who he wants. 

Cooper is the rich heir of a motorcycle club. His dad was in charge of the town's crime syndicate and he was soon in line to take his dad's place. He could have any woman he wanted, but the minute he walked into class and met Farah he knew she would be his even if he had to stalk her to get her attention. 

This isn't a sweet romance story. Nothing about Cooper and his motorcycle gang friends is soft and cuddly. This story has a lot of grit and Farah has a lot of work out to get over her past and get started on her future. I find her character a little bit of a whiner, but I know she needs to be cut some slack because she's getting over a lot. Cooper is a little bit too cocky, but it makes for comic relief throughout the book. Despite all, I decided to read on in the series and see what else the author had to offer. I wasn't let down. 

Description:


Heir to the local motorcycle club and crime syndicate, Cooper Johansson is accustomed to taking what he wants. His newest conquest is college freshman Farah Smith.

When the tattooed bad boy reminds her of a rough childhood she desperately wishes to forget, Farah keeps him at arm's length. Yet, Cooper refuses to give up. He pushes her buttons, tears through her walls, and forces her to admit her feelings for him. What begins as lust soon builds into something more powerful than either expects.

Can a beast like Cooper heal the damage inside the girl of his dreams?

Damaged and the Beast is the first book in the Damaged series.

***Warning: This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

Damaged and the Knight
ISBN-13: 978-1490946993

Tawny Smith was left behind to deal with her father, his violent moods and a life in danger when her sister left for college. Locked in a motel room, while her father ran off for to who knew where, men taunting her door, Tawny had no idea where she was. 

When her knight shows up at her door she would follow him anywhere. 

Judd O'Keefe has been sent by his boss Cooper to find his girl friend's sister. When he finally finds her all he can think of is getting her back to her sister before he does something stupid. She's a 17 year old girl and he's too old to want more from this messed up kid. 

Once Tawny turns 18 all bets are off. Judd stayed away as long as he could, but he wasn't sure his life as the club's enforcer was anything that he could bring Tawny into. With all she's been through she doesn't need him messing her life up more. 

I loved Tawny's tough girl attitude. She doesn't use her past as an excuse. When she finally gets back with her sister, she knows that she needs to pull herself together so she can heal and pick up the rest of her life. Judd is the silent hero and just as messed up as Tawny. They'll both have to work hard to help each other heal. 

Description:

After he saves her from certain death, Tawny Smith falls for her knight in shining armor.

Judd O'Keefe isn't an easy man to love. As an enforcer for the Johansson family business, he hides his heart behind cold walls built from a lifetime of pain. Yet, his angel Tawny awakens a desire in Judd more powerful than he ever imagined possible.

Can a man with blood on his hands heal the damaged girl of his dreams?

Damaged and the Knight is the second book in the Damaged series.

***Warning: This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

Damaged and the Cobra
ISBN-13: 978-1492860044

While Lark has had a hard life as her mother moved from husband to husband and lived her selfish life without consideration of her children, she always tries to have a smile on her face. Being held under the thumb of her latest stepfather and having to deal with a creepy stepbrother isn't easy and when she meets Aaron she will do anything to get to know the sexy artist with a tattoo of a cobra on his neck. 

Aaron is Cooper's childhood friend, a member of the club he tends to stay off to the side running his tattoo shop that he co-owns with Cooper. When he see the lovely Lark at Cooper's wedding he falls instantly for her, but soon he realizes he'll have to get past her over protective family to get to Lark. 

This book is a lot more light hearted than the others, but that doesn't take anything away from the book. Lark lives with the guilt of losing someone close to her when she was child and has to deal with that to get ready to live her new life with Aaron. Aaron is a beautiful artist type, much more sensitive then the other guys we've met so far in the club and you just have to love him. 

Description:

Aaron Barnes has found his muse in Lark Foster. However, his inspiration is saddled with a domineering step family and the lingering guilt from a childhood loss. Once Aaron claims his muse, Lark embraces the fighter inside her gentle heart. When fate stands in the way of love, the only choices are giving up or taking what your heart demands.

Damaged and the Cobra is the third book in the Damaged series.

***Warning: This book contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

Damaged and the Outlaw
ISBN-13: 978-1494286187

Lark's beautiful sister Raven left town when things got to rough living with their overbearing step father. Thinking her loser boyfriend was the answer to her problems, she soon realizes that she can't run away from her own life issues and heads back home to Lark. 

Seeing Lark has a new boyfriend who is taking care of her and feeling out of place she decides it is time to find her way. She has banned men from her life and she decides to go on her own. She makes friends with the ladies from the motorcycle club and continues to check in with her sister. 

When she meets Vaughn, the outlaw cleaner of the group, her no man ban is lifted for a one night stand. Promising to be just friends with benefits, the two slowly turn one night into love, but Vaughn has a price on his head and he doesn't think his life will last much longer. That doesn't stop Raven from falling for him, but can Vaughn outrun his past and make a life with Raven. 

This book has a out loud laugh moments as Vaughn tries to come up with the best nickname to describe Raven. Also watching the two with their own messed up problems come together and deal with their struggles is quite an interesting task. Like with all the Damaged books, Bijou Hunter pulls the reader into the world of her characters and helps the reader understand that although these people are fighters, killers and criminals they live by a code and protect those they love.

Description:

After turning against his former MC, Vaughn Majors found refuge in Ellsberg. Years later, he remains a dead man walking, avoiding commitments and hiding his loneliness.

Raven Hancock refuses to fall in love again. Men are her poison and Vaughn is all kinds of bad news. He's also the hottest, funniest, sweetest bastard she's ever met.

Can Outlaw free himself from the dangers of his past and build a home with a girl able to see more than the blood on his hands?

Damaged and the Outlaw is the fourth book in the Damaged series.

***Warning: This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

The next books in the series will be out beginning in May. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Romance Book Review: Lisa Swallow's Because of Lucy


Author: Lisa Swallow
Series Connection: Butterfly Days
ISBN: 978-1492223184
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independent

Purchase Link: Amazon

Too much pressure from her parents leads Ness to not attend university as once thought. She takes a job she hates and moves in with her best friend Abby who is going to the university. At one of Abby's many late night parties Ness meets Evan, a arrogant, drunken English major who at first pushes are of Ness's buttons. 

That is until she gets to know him a little better and realizes that the sexy student isn't what he first appears. 

Evan escaped to university to get away from his obligations and Lucy, but when Lucy finally catches up to him she threatens to ruin everything that he has worked to create for his new life. Being secretive about his past and Lucy is putting a strain on his relationship with Ness, as well. 

I like the suspense that the author creates as readers work to determine who Lucy is and how come Evan is avoiding her. This story features two "new adult" characters that are still working on coming into their own. They are influenced too much by their pasts and deciding on what they want for their future and whether they fit together. 

Description:
Ness's parents are shocked when she turns down her place at Leeds University and takes on a full-time job in a call center. Determined to begin her adult life the way she wants, Ness moves to Leeds to live with her best friend Abby.

One night she meets Evan, who is everything she hates about guys. He may be hot but he's also drunken, arrogant, and on top of that, he apparently has sex with girls and forgets about it. But Evan isn't what he seems and Ness soon discovers they have more in common than she thought.

Evan is struggling to escape from his past too, and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Unsure if she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, Ness makes a decision about her future which pulls them apart.

When their new lives don't go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. 

All because of Lucy...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Romance Book Review: Gina Watson's Shatter

Author: Gina Watson
Series Connection: St. Martins Family Saga
ISBN: 978-1941059081
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Gina Watson

Purchase Link: Amazon

Jessie is going through the motions at her Italian restarant that she ran with her husband until he died five years ago. Logan knows how to help her fix what's wrong with the restaurant if he'll let her help. He offers a partnership. If she sells his beer exclusively in her restaurant, he will help her make her restaurant the success it should be.

Right from the get go Logan is attracted to the widowed mother and when he meets her young son it is love at first sight. He knows that he wants to be part of their family, but Logan has secrets and with this new blow that has been handed to him, he isn't sure that he wants to mix Jessie and her son in his troubles. The only problem is Jessie is attached herself and she may not want to let Logan go.

This is book three in the series. I haven't read the others in the series and so far it didn't seem to take away from this one book. Logan is a wonderful character who is still finding his way after a lot of blows in her young life. Jessie has her own mixed up past and a young son to take care of. She's at a breaking point and Logan maybe exactly what she needs to make everything better.

Description:

Logan St. Martin has secrets. For instance, why does he operate a brewery instead of putting his medical license to use? Why is he so unlike the rest of the St. Martin family? Mysteries aside, he is smart and successful in all that he endeavors and he has set his sights on Miss Jessica Hunter, a flame haired goddess who owns the Italian restaurant in town. A business merger is the next item on his agenda. 

Jessica Hunter is on a mission. Her child needs a father, a responsible and disciplined man that will make a good role model for her son. Certainly not some irresponsible brute with shaggy hair and facial stubble whose wardrobe consists of flip-flops, cargo shorts, and screen-print T-shirts. However, while her son has need of a father, her body has needs that have gone unfulfilled for over five years and it seems a shame to waste the steamy bronzed hunk of man that is Logan St. Martin. 

When their first encounter leads to an unexpected but explosive bout of steamy sex, Logan tells Jessie there’s absolutely nothing that can keep him from making her his, including the pits of hell. Too bad Jessie has no intention of following him on his way to eternal damnation

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Romance Book Review: Alicia Sparks' Primitive Series

Author: Alicia Sparks
Series Connection: Primitive Series
ISBN: 978-1495430541
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing

Primitive Fix

This two book in one story begins the tiger shifter "Primitive" series. In the first two stories tiger shifter brothers Kenyon and Nik are introduced. The first story tells of Kenyon's desperate attempt to free his older brother and alpha of the clan, Nik from a tiger gage as a truckstop side show.

After being arrested for trying to release Nik, Kenyon's destined mate is called in to free Kenyon from jail. Sage, a wolf shifter, loves Kenyon, but she's afraid that he sees her only as an obligation and not someone he can love.

While the two search for a way to release Nik their attraction grows, but their are forces that want to break their bond forever.

The next story picks up where the first left off. Juliette escaped from her captors years ago, but she knows they are still out their somewhere just waiting for her to come out in the open. She hides away in a cabin in the woods. One day Juliette finds a man shot and in need of help. She takes him in and nurses him back to health.

Nik rushes to get away from his captors. Shot and ready to collapse he takes off into the swamp and to Juliette's property. Everything turns to black. When he next wakes he is in a soft bed and being nursed by a beautiful woman. He knows that Juliette has saved his life and when he realizes that Juliette is hiding from something he wants to return the favor and make sure she is safe forever. Both these lost souls really need each other, but are too worried what their secrets could do to the other.

I appreciate that the first two books could be found in one, however the books as individuals were short on details and backgrounds for both characters. It would have been better, but for the most part this was a pretty good start to an interesting series.

Description:
Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them. 

Part 1 - Kenyon 
Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go. 

Part 2 - Nik 
After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything. 

**Content Warning: May contain graphic content and sexual situations. Intended for 18+ Audience

Primitive Need

In the second book in the Primitive series, Primitive Need features Juliette's brother, Logan. Logan is a former soldier that was hurt in freak helicopter accident. In the accident he loses his arm and volunteers for experimental surgery that brings his arm back better than new. 

After leaving the military he takes on the job as a bodyguard for a young girl under the guise that her father has some powerful enemies, but really it is because her father is worried for her and a secret ability she has. 

Hadley can't control her ability to change the weather. She feels lost and is looking for someone to help her. She finds someone who tells her he understands exactly what she feels, however it is a trap and she is kidnapped. (This is part of Primitive Fix). 

Now the sheriff and no longer Hadley's bodyguard, Logan goes looking for her and is hurt in the process. When the two are released from the hospital her father hires Logan again to be her bodyguard. With the people who know about Hadley's ability after her, Logan will do anything to save her. Even work with creatures he thought were only in fairy tales. 

The second book in the Primitive series took a few twists and turns before it settled into a good book. The beginning was a little confusing as the author tried to push the story into the series of the first book. For instance in the first book the sheriff acts like he barely knows the missing girl and she is just a nuisance, however in the second story they have been flirting for years and actually had a passion filled night. 

Keep reading however the story gets better and shows promise for the rest of the series. I like Logan's character. As a human, he's pretty strong, but against the shifters of the world he's just an average human. It takes a lot to admit he needs the help of the Maddux clan to protect the woman he loves. That's sexy.


Description:
Continuing the Primitive series with book 2 

Ten years ago, Logan’s life changed when the Blackhawk helicopter he was flying went down over Afghanistan. The pain immediately hit him, intensifying and running down his arm, and when he woke up, he realized he’d become part of a military experiment complete with robotic arm and superhuman strength. After leaving the military, he returned to his hometown of Bon Teche, Louisiana to live a quiet life as the town’s sheriff, but the mayor has other plans for him. 

Mayor O’Connor’s only daughter, Hadley, is blessed with powers she can’t understand or control, and the old man fear for her life and his sanity. When he hires Logan to be her personal bodyguard, no one expects immediate sparks to fly between the two. Headstrong and spoiled, Hadley does not like being followed around by someone who watches her every move, and what she hates even more is the fact she can’t trust herself around Logan or the way he makes her feel. 

Logan knows he can’t live without her, but convincing Hadley of that is next to impossible. With danger swirling all around them, Logan makes his feelings known, but Hadley has a secret which could destroy them both. As her secrets are revealed, she and Logan become entangled with the Maddux clan, a group of shape shifting tigers who want Hadley for their own purposes. 

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, Logan is determined to protect Hadley and to satisfy her Primitive Need. 

*Content Warning: Intended for 18+ Audience, may contain explicit details or scenes 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Romance Book Review: Sarah Storme's Starks' Reality

Author: Sarah Storme
ISBN: N/A

ASIN: B00IGW34D4
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Service

Purchase Link: Amazon

Heather Cooper is taking time off of school to take care of her father and get his business back on track, when she meets the new police chief Jake Starks. She isn't looking for anything remotely like a romance, but she can't help but notice just have gorgeous the new police chief is. 

Jake Starks is looking for a break from the high pressure of being a police officer in Dallas. He decides to take a job at a small town police force where his former partner lives. 

In his first day on the job he quickly realizes that this job may not be the peaceful little town he envisioned. Immediately the Chief is investigating a murder and taking care of Heather and her father. Before long Jake can't get enough of Heather and although he tried to fight a relationship between the two of them he is quickly becoming addicted. 

The emotion and real-life issues of this story make it a definite five heart book, but while I like a good erotic romance, this book had a few too many sex scenes and not enough suspense for the secondary part of the story. I would have liked to know a little more about those involved in the background crime that Jake was investigating. It would have made a good book into a great book. 


Description:

Heather Cooper should be completing her engineering degree. Instead, she's working to straighten out her father's business. Port Boyer’s new police chief may be attractive, but she certainly has no time for another man in her life. 

Jake Starks accepted the job as Chief of Police in the quiet coastal town so he'd have time to come to grips with his past. Within a week, however, he’s in the middle of a murder investigation, and trying to protect the woman of his dreams and her father from a killer. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Romance Book Review: Becca Jameson's Tarnished and Dominated


Title: Tarnished
Author: Becca Jameson
Series Connection: Wolf Gatherings
ISBN: 978-1-962916-001-6
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Wolf Shifter, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Taliesin Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon


Every two years wolf shifters from around the country meet at the Wolf Gathering to find their perfect mates. Kenzie has decided not to go this year. Why should she, she has a perfectly good human boyfriend, friends and a good job. Well at least she thinks that is enough, however her mother has other plans and she is forced to attend. Kenzie's last two times at the Gather hadn't gone well and she sincerely hopes she doesn't meet her wolf mate at this event. 

Drake isn't all that interested in attending the Gathering either. Two years ago he attended the gathering and saw his intended mate leave with another wolf before he even got a chance to meet her. He expects she's happily mated by now and doesn't relish the idea of running into her. But he's promised he would attend and keep an eye on his youngest brother. 

Not even at the event for five minutes, Drake spots Kenzie, the girl he saw two years before and convinced she is his mate. When he realizes she isn't mated he doesn't waste any time and moves to follow her before she gets away. Unfortunately, Kenzie whether or not Kenzie has a mate is the least of his problems, after he finds out how much against being mated to a wolf Kenzie really is.

I found Drake's character completely delightful and refreshing. So many times in cases when the heroine is timid and worried about becoming involved in a relationship, alpha males seem to steamroll right over the women and leaves the story feeling uneven. As for Kenzie, I have to take off a point or two about her reasons for not getting involved with wolf. The author should have explained her reasoning a little differently. I can understand Kenzie's reasoning, but I had to infer the reason, while some might not draw the connection. 

Otherwise this is a good start to a series, with a well-written story and a general good premise. 

Description:
Wolf shifter Mackenzie Davis has no interest in mating with another wolf. Plenty of experiences in her past have hardened her to this resolve. She is loving life with the perfect job, the perfect friends, and the perfect boyfriend—a human one. Nevertheless, her mom implores her to attend this year’s Wolf Gathering. Reluctantly dragging her feet, she agrees to one day only.

Drake Spencer has come to the gathering from Texas with his family. He’s twenty-eight and believes his chances of finding a mate are slim to none, especially since he saw the woman he felt connected to leave with another man at the last gathering. But what if the woman who has consumed his dreams for the last few years is not actually mated?

When Mackenzie and Drake meet, sparks fly. Kenzie still hopes to deny the claim on her. But can she? The call of mates is stronger than she expected. What will happen to her sense of self if she follows this man to Texas? Not to mention Drake. Can he live with the mental scars of her past?

Title: Dominated
Author: Becca Jameson
Series Connection: Wolf Gatherings
ISBN: 978-1-62916-010-8

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Wolf Shifter, Erotic Romance, Dominance and Light Bondage
Publisher: Taliesin Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

Kathleen is hoping she is going to meet her wolf mate at the Wolf Gathering where all unmated wolves get a chance to socialize and may find their one and only mate. When she is pulled from the social room and pinned against the wall by the first man, she knows for sure this is not her mate. When he tries to kiss her, she knees him and runs to what she believes is an empty room, only to find another man inside. 

Gabe is attending his first Wolf Gathering in a long time. His parents put on this event every year to help wolf shifters find their fated mate. He doesn't mind attending, but he just needs a few minutes away from everyone when a young girl runs into the room. When he realizes she's his mate he can't believe that fate would let him meet his mate, only for her to be to young for him. 

Kathleen is hurt when she realizes that Gabe is her mate and he essentially pushes her away. Not realizing that he thinks she's a young child, Kathleen leaves heartbroken. When Gabe realizes his mistake he works to apologize, but their story doesn't end there. There are just other personality hurdles the two much face before their perfect mating can give them a chance for a happy ending. 

In this second book of the Wolf Gathering series I like Kathleen's spirit, but I'm not sure I really ever saw her as submissive and that kind of ruined this angle of the book for me. I might have liked this book a little more if the characters had time to develop a little more. 

Description:
Kathleen Davis has never been more confused. While running from one wolf who insists she is his mate, she finds herself face to face with her real mate. Why is he such a jerk then? And why does he treat her like a child? Screw him. If this is what a “real” mate is, she wants no part of him. 

Gabriel Albertson’s family hosts the Wolf Gathering every two years, but he hasn’t been home in ages. Fortifying himself to face the masses of unmated females, he never even makes it out the door before his one and only bounds right into his hiding place. To his disappointment, he realizes she’s more child than woman… 

But, Gabriel is mistaken, and his error insults his gorgeous mate. He must hunt her down, apologize, and convince her he isn’t the ass he first appeared to be. Although he manages to claim her, his dominance frightens Kathleen and sends her fleeing his parents’ home. Can he pull his act together, tail between his legs, and convince her their mating is real and worth the risk to her heart? 



Friday, February 21, 2014

Romance Book Review: Constance Bretes' Delayed Justice


Author: Constance Bretes
Digital ISBN: 9781940744087
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

For five years Sami has lived under the cloud of accusation. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time but the town just can't believe in her innocence. So she hides herself away in a cabin in the mountains, goes out of her way to do her shopping and goes to the post office at midnight to pick up her mail just to avoid the town members. When the man who actually commits the crime is arrested and getting ready to stand trail, the sheriff needs her help to convict him, but the people are still suspicious.

Sheriff Makeeta Robertson needs his ex-lovers, Sami's, help to put away the man who bombed the pharmacy his fiance was in and killed her. At one time he accused Sami of the crime and he knows she is weary of him, but now he can't win his case without her. He also needs Sami's help in forgiving him for ever doubting her innocence in the first place, because now he realizes that she's his soul mate and he needs her personally as well.

The only problem is Sami is finding it hard to forgive him and she has a secret of her own that could tear them apart. Can they find it in themselves to help each other heal. 

Delayed Justice has a great concept and good set of characters, but what it was sorely missing was any background story, description of elements of the story and the characters. It took me a little to get passed the stilted dialog, but as the story progressed it seemed the author became more confident with her storyline and I actually began to get into the story more. 

This book is worth the read for those who like court room drama stories and those interested in cultural references in their romance. 

Description:
Can two former lovers set aside their differences and work together to bring a criminal to justice?
Five years ago, Sami Parker's life was changed forever when she was injured in a bombing incident which left another young woman dead—a woman who happened to be the fiancĂ©e of Sheriff Makeeta Robertson, Sami's former lover. Initially, Sami was a suspect in the crime, but the sheriff was forced to release her due to a lack of evidence. The town, convinced that she got away with murder, turned against her.

At last an arrest has been made and the sheriff needs Sami's help to get a conviction, but can she trust him? Although wary and cautious, she wants to see this man brought to justice and wants to clear her own name once and for all. But the awakening feelings she has for Makeeta bring yet another problem. Then there's the secret she's kept for the last five years—one she may not be able to keep any longer, and one that may change the outcome of the trial.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: Ella Jade's A Love Stolen


Author: Ella Jade
Series Connection: The Steeple Town Series
Digital ISBN: 9781940744100
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Lila has returned home to bury her father and reconnect with her friends. She left six years ago when the love of her life betrayed her and broke her heart. The last thing she wants to do is see Trevor again, but in a small town it is hard to not run into the Sheriff. 

Trevor has never stopped loving Lila and now that he is divorced he can see no better future for him then getting Lila back in his life, but he knows that is going to take a lot of work. Can 

Can Trevor convince Lila that they can have a shot at the love that was stolen from them so many years ago, or will he have to watch her leave his life once again. 

This is the first book in the Steeple Town series, which was previous published by the author. This book is an fairly good start for this series with good story premise, a worthy hero and heroine who are just human enough to both many mistakes that caused the rift in their earlier relationship. I would give it high scores for writing and love scenes, but I wish that Trevor had to work a little harder to get Lila back and that there was a current conflict that would have push their relationship a little more. 

Description:
Can time forgive the mistakes of the past?

After a six year absence, Lila Crofton has returned to her hometown of Steeple to bury her father. Hopefully she can avoid Trevor Matheson, her ex-boyfriend, long enough to take care of her business and get back to the city. With everything she's dealing with the last thing she needs is to run into the man who betrayed her and broke her heart.

Recently divorced Sheriff Trevor Matheson is picking up the pieces of his life. When his high school sweetheart, Lila, returns to Steeple, Trevor sees it as a sign. He's getting over a failed marriage and she's grieving the loss of her dad. They need one another. The timing couldn't be more perfect. But can they move past the events that tore them apart six years ago?

Is there a second chance in their future, or is their stolen love gone forever?

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Romance Book Review: Brynna Curry's Claiming Ana


Author: Brynna Curry
Series Connection: Triple Star Ranch
ISBN: 9781616502874
Genre: Romance, Erotic, Paranormal, Shifter
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Purchase Link: Lyrical Press | Brynna Curry

The first book in a new series, adds mystery and paranormal. The Triple Star Ranch owner has been killed and since one of his sons is the local police chief, they sons have been ordered to keep their nose out of the investigation. The investigation is moving too slow, so the brothers higher their own Private Investigator, Howl Raven. 

Giving his report at the local diner, Howl meets Dr. Anastasia Brannon and realizes right away that the veterinarian is his mate. The wolf that lives inside him is just as attracted to the young doctor as he human half is. 

Howl is a cursed werewolf and always makes it to his basement where he chains himself to make sure that he doesn't hurt anyone, that is until this one night when the change comes before the full moon. When the wolf escapes the basement he is shot by the hunter that has been after him. Now all he can think of is to get to Ana before the silver kills him.

Ana is just as attracted to Howl as he is to her. She has just as many secrets of her own. Can Ana's gypsy magic help Howl deal with his curse. 

Interesting intro to the series. So far there doesn't appear to be any other paranormals we've been introduced to so far. I'd be interested in reading further to see how the stories move on, although this book didn't jump out and grab me.

Description: 
The child of a gypsy and fey, small-town veterinarian Dr. Anastasia Brannon has always hidden her magic for fear of ridicule. A red-hot encounter with the new PI in town makes their attraction impossible to deny. Throwing caution to the wind, she indulges her desires but keeps her secrets close.

A man with a shady past and secrets of his own, Howl Raven uses his feral talents and tracking skills to make a living, doing his best to lay low and hide the curse that haunts him every month. So far, so good…until an uncontrollable shift outside the full moon leaves him the victim of a werewolf hunter.

When she finds the enigmatic investigator wounded in the woods near her cabin during a storm, Ana provides medical care on instinct. She may be the only one who can banish the wolf from Howl’s blood, but at what cost?

CONTENT WARNING: Contains a brief, mostly off-page, violent scene which may disturb some readers. Violence, strong language and graphic love scenes.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Romance Book Review: Lora Leigh's Rule Breaker


Author: Lora Leigh
Series Connection: Breeds
ISBN: 0425265455
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley

Purchase Link: Amazon

The 29th installment in the Breeds series, Rule Breaker tells the story of lion-warrior Rule Breaker. Rule is the twin of Lawe Justice and friend and second to Jonas. Rule has said many times throughout the series if he ever found his mate he would run away, very fast. Often the comment is made jokingly as one breed or another meets his match and Rule wants no part of the hassle, however his reasons are much more personal and not funny at all. 

Rule knows that if the Council ever got a hold of his mate, or any other for that matter, she would be tortured very much like his mother was tortured before she died. So no mate for him as far as he is concerned, however fate has other plans. 

Nine years earlier Rule is part of a rescue mission that saves a 15 years old girl from coyotes who kill her brother in front of her. Over the years he checks in on Gypsy, knowing that he is extremely attracted to her, but since he feels no sign of mating heat he is safe. He knows that someday he will move their attraction to the next step and as far as he's concerned without any of the mating heat he is free to have her as a lover with no problems.

In this case though, he may not feel the heat, but it is no less there and Rule soon realizes that Gypsy is his mate. The only question is can he run like he always thought he was able to do?

In the meantime, Jonas and Rachel fear that the end is near their little girl, Amber, who was injected with a serum that killed Council member Broadmore several novels ago. Amber's condition is worsening and Jonas believes his only hope is a breed named Gideon. He also believes that he can find Gideon if he finds a group called the "Unknown". The same group that helped the two women escape the labs years ago and was found by the breeds in previous novels. 

Jonas has no real proof, but he believes that the girl his team saved nine years before might very well be the contact that they need to find the Unknown, but Gypsy isn't talking. Jonas knows, as usual, the connection between Rule and the girl and sends him to get the information from her. The race to save Amber is still going, but for how long before the little toddler gives up?

There is a lot going on in this book and a lot of characters from past books that run through the pages, which I never mind because they remind us of past stories to keep the visuals together as well as introduce us to future stories to come. It is important to read other books within this series to understand what is happening in this one story.

This book is also highly erotic, so if that isn't your thing, this is not a series for you. Ms. Leigh is known for her erotic tales and she does those scenes especially graphic and very well. I loved the book, with just a couple of issues, but I wouldn't say that it stopped me from giving it a great rating. If I have a complaint with telling Rule's story I would say that I'd hoped he would be a little more on the humorous side. There were times when I was just in tears over Gypsy's past and her feelings that surround her brother's death, I would have enjoyed a balance of the humor Rule has given to other books.

Description:
Lion Breed and enforcer Rule Breaker has just a few rules he doesn’t break. Not for anything. Not for anyone—like never have sex with a woman outside his own breed, especially a human woman. Especially someone too helpless, too fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone help him to protect her.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Romance Book Review: Brandy L. Rivers' New Beginnings

Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Series Connection: Others of Edenton
ISBN: 9781301359585
Gene: Paranormal, Shifter Romance, Werewolf, Vampire, Fae
Publisher: Brandy Rivers

Purchase Link: Free on Smashwords

New Beginnings is a prequel to the Others of Edenton series. This first story introduces readers to the characters of Edenton. Slater is the alpha of the local wolf pack. He offers Jess a place to start her life over again after she makes the mistake of getting drunk and sleeping with her current alpha, a worthless leader who won't move into the 21st century where women are concerned.

Slater hasn't be interested in finding a new mate, since his first mate was killed 100 years earlier, but as soon as he hears Jess's voice on the phone he knows there is something different about her. Both try to fight the connection between them, but who could resist. There are other problems going on in the wolf pack in Edenton. Slater's second is worried about his place in the pack and may even think it is time for a new leading wolf.

For a paranormal world, New Beginnings has it all, from shifters, to Fae enforcers, vampires lovers and a few others in one small town. Each plays a role in Slater and Jess's life. Slater is a strong, but compassionate hero and leader. Despite the fact that he's well over 100 years old he isn't living in the dark ages and very progressive. Jess is one tough cookie ready to take down anyone who gets in her way. She isn't taking any gruff from her previous alpha or anyone in her new pack. It should be interesting to read on further in the series.

Description:

Jess knew her life would never move forward if she remained a part of Gregory’s pack. Some Alpha’s just don’t know how to take care of their wolves. She had managed Gregory’s bar for years but she knew he would never sell it to her.

After one giant mistake, he went from bad to worse. As a psychic, she knew it was a downward spiral.

Taking her future in her own hands, she contacts the Alpha in Edenton. He is happy to sell the empty bar no one has the time, nor desire to renovate, much less run.

Their attraction is unexpected and the last thing either want, but they find the only thing they need in each other.

There is just one problem. Slater’s second in command is plotting against him. Liam will use anything to take over as Alpha.

Plenty of werewolves, an old vampire flame, plus a paranoid second, and don’t forget the psychic with a whole lot of attitude.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Romance Book Review: Lynda Chance's Logan and Lauren


Author: Lynda Chance
Series Connection: Temptation In Texas
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Lynda Chance Books

Purchase Link: Amazon

When Logan comes home from work one day he over hears Lauren on the phone talking to someone about something that makes him worry that they have serious marriage trouble. Logan adores his wife of six years and can't think about losing her, so he sets out to seduce his wife until her can figure out what the problem is. 

This is a very short story that tells a continued story of the couple in Lynda Chance's Pursuit, but can be read alone if you're looking for just a sexy book on a cold winter's night. Beware that there isn't much character development, if you want that read Pursuit first. 

Description:
'Logan and Lauren' has no cliffhangers, but it is SHORT!!! It's the perfect length for a quick read before bedtime or for waiting for a doctor's appointment. 

When Logan Crenshaw comes home from work one day and finds out that his wife is keeping a secret from him, he goes a bit crazy. So he steals her off to the Caribbean where he finally figures out what's been troubling her. But unfortunately, not before he loses his cool and goes completely territorial.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Romance Book Review: E.R. Davis' Lunes and Lords Series

Author: E.R. Davis
Series Connection: Lunes and Lords
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Paranormal, Dragons, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Purchase Link: Amazon

NOTE: This is a continual series and must be read together in sequence. The books are sold separately or can be found in a series set.

As a child Cora Phillips heard all the stories about her family history. The women in her family line were all practiced the Lune tradition of being a dragon protector. Her mother, her grandmother, her great grandmother all practiced, but Cora wants no part of it. She has no interest in following in their steed. She has successfully kept away from any witchy deeds, until now.

For the past year, since she was brought back to life after a terrible fire, Cora has been have terrible nightmares about fire and dragons. Taking her sister's advice she decides to meditate on the problem and get in touch with her inner-self. On the first try however she runs into a little mishap. She calls two dragons to her and now she's stuck with them and their dragonlords.

She didn't want one dragon, much less two and is ready to wash her hands of both of them, however forces are against her all the way and she finds that leaving the dragons and the men who keep them isn't as easy as she had hoped it would be.

This was a hard series to rate. As I read the back cover description to the first book I was intrigued. The concept sounded interesting and I liked the ideas of the dragons in modern day. So far so good. I even didn't have a problem with the heroine begin against the idea of having her own dragon. Really the world is different from ancient times and everyone wants to be modern about their choices in life. So no problem there. I even like the idea of trying to figure out which was the good hero or the bad guy. The first book allowed for either way.

I wasn't aware however that the book was a serial and you must read the others to complete the story. When I did, I quickly purchase the three book set (better bargain price on Amazon) and continued to read. I thought it was strange that a year had gone by and there seemed to be some strangeness in the time laps for me, but okay we move on. The story continues and Cora grudgingly continues with the quest not knowing if she wants to continue or wash her hands of everything. A little more character development might go a long way.

So while I had some issues with the Cora, I loved the dragons and the hero of the story. Still an okay read and the price is right as long as you purchase all the books. It would have been better as one complete novel rather than three.

Description:

DRAGON CALL 

Insomnia does things to a girl’s head, drives her to perform acts she would have scoffed at if not for a bad case of desperation. Yoga. Meditation. Getting in touch with her inner Lune via witchy rituals she doesn’t even realize she’s enacting until she’s naked in the dark with an aggressive dragon…or two. 

Cora Phillips has spent her life denying the Lune tradition but with two dragons--and their masters--hounding her with mating claims, her denying days have come to an end. Like it or not, the dragons have come. 

And she doesn’t like it one bit. 

DRAGON DANCE 

A dragon knows how to find his mate no matter how far she runs, and Lune-witch Cora’s dragon knows exactly how to lure her back for another dance with his master. Returning to New York on a mission to save her Dragonkeeper from his own self-destruction, she discovers this waltz is even more complicated than the first. 

When a Lune has three different partners, which one leads? 

DRAGON BOUND 

Wrists bound to a hotel bed. Wrong dragon in her head. Flavor of fire on her tongue. That’s how the end begins. 

Cora can’t run anymore. Not ever again. The mysteries of her life, the heritage she’s denied, the lovers and enemies she’s fled have all caught up to her, ready to eat her from the inside out if she doesn’t embrace her birthright, bind her draconic subjects, and rule like the queen she was born to be.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Romance Book Review: Cynthia Eden's A Bit of Bite

Author: Cynthia Eden
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Cynthia Eden

Purchase Link: Amazon

Originally published as part of a multi-author anthology, A Bit of Bite is a quick read featuring a local sheriff caught between vampires and werewolves and humans. Sent by the government to bring order to the small community that holds both supernatural and humans, Ava must figure out whose killing humans and making it look like the supernaturals are responsible. In the meantime her one-time lover, local werewolf alpha Julian is looking to continue their relationship forever.

Very quick, sensual read that introduces readers to author Cynthia Edens paranormal world.

Description:

A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.

Originally part of an Entangled anthology.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Romance Book Review: Patrice Michelle's Harm's Hunger

Author: Patrice Michelle (P.T. Michelle)
Series Connection: Bad in Boots Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Cowboy/ Erotic Romance
Publisher: Limitless Ink Press

Purchase Link: Amazon


This series has been re-written and expanded from the original novellas.


Harm's Hunger
After the death of his neighbor Harm makes a deal to purchase the land from her niece and nephew. Along the way he runs into a "close" encounter in an elevator with a beautiful woman. When that woman turns out to be his neighbors niece, Harm is in for a big surprise. 

The expanded version of this book brings a very sexy romance to readers. If you like cowboys with a sexy as sin smile and a woman who knows what she wants, as well as a series of sexy encounters, you'll like this story. 


Description:

In order to meet her Great Aunt Sally's will's stipulation to 'handle the sale personally,' Jena Hudson visits Texas to finalize the sale of her aunt's ranch to her neighbor, Harmon Steele. What Jena didn't expect was to fall for the rugged, sexy cowboy.

Harm might find Jena to be the most sensual creature he's ever met, but he won't let her sultry body be more than a satisfying distraction. He learned a long time ago, happy-ever-afters are best left for childhood fantasies.

So, what's a girl to do when she finds out the man of her fantasies doesn't believe in a happy ending? Given the right set of circumstances, she'll create one for him.

Here's a peak of the other stories in this series. 

Ty Temptation
Description:
Ty Hudson never expected a trip to Texas for his sister's wedding would turn into a seductive lesson of patience. When a sexy cowgirl ties him up then offers a suggestive proposal, Ty's more than willing to accommodate her, but only on his terms.

Evan Masters has always lived her life one step ahead of most people. So she's surprised when she's faced with an intelligent, seductive, tightly controlled man who agrees to show her the ropes in the one area of her life she's yet to tread.

Ty might insist on doing things his way-slow and easy-but the more he prolongs their sensual dance, the more Evan wants to show him just how satisfying letting go and giving in to their desires can be.

As the sexual heat and anticipation between them builds to a boiling point, Ty discovers that his own personal "Eve" is more temptation than he can resist.

Colt's Choice
Description:
Elise has never really felt settled, be it in relationships or her career. Regardless of her nomadic ways, one constant has always held true--her love for horses and being outdoors. When she inherits half-ownership to a rodeo ranch, she realizes her path in life has finally been laid. Little does she expect to find her very own cowboy at the end of it. Colt Tanner might be rough-around-the-edges, but he exudes the kind of steely confidence that intrigues her. Not to mention, he looks great in a pair of chaps. Even though Colt is her partner by circumstance, Elise is determined to prove to him she's serious about helping run the ranch. If only all these thoughts about just how good they could be together would stop getting in the way.

Colt has waited half his life to fully own the Lonestar ranch. Then Elise Hamilton shows up out of the blue, claiming half-ownership. With sultry green eyes, long dark hair and kissable lips, the new part-owner of his rodeo ranch might be one of the smartest, sexiest women he'd ever laid eyes on, but Colt knows she's one-hundred percent wrong for him. Even if he could ignore the fact she's from the city, he won't allow himself to forget she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. He's learned from his father's mistakes and has no intention of repeating history. Problem is, like all temptations, the more he tells himself Elise is 'hands off', the more he wants to put his hands on.

Josh's Justice
Description: 
Sabrina Gentry isn't one to take life lightly. The last thing she would ever do is cut loose, but when her boyfriend breaks up with her, claiming she's too controlling, she decides to throw out everything she thought she knew about relationships. While on vacation visiting her friend Elise in Texas, she's gives herself one main rule: The first man who trips your trigger, go for it! No questions, no reservations. The last thing she expected was for the one guy who tripped her trigger to make a pass at her thinking she was someone else. With her new rule in mind, Sabrina sets out to convince Josh Kelly she's the woman he wants.

Josh Kelly couldn't believe how much more attracted he was to his married neighbor Elise when he saw her perfectly shaped jean-clad rear from behind. When he discovers the woman he whispered a suggestive comment to wasn't Elise, but her best friend Sabrina, he's determined to get to know the woman who could make him lose all common sense.

When a near fatal accident brings Josh and Sabrina together, neither can deny the fierce attraction between them. But the path to love is never a smooth one, and as Sabrina and Josh uncover layers about each other that could tear their passionate relationship apart, danger still lurks, waiting to strike.

Note: Josh's Justice was originally published under the title Hearts Afire as a novella in the Hearts are Wild anthology. Josh's Justice has been extensively revised and expanded to novel length.