Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Romance Book Review: Emma Alisyn's Bear's Touch

Title: Bear Touch
Series Connection: Clan Healer
Author: Emma Alisyn
Genre: Paranormal Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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As a healer Lea is in demand, but for all the wrong reasons as far as she’s concerned. She kept from being sold into mating by keeping her head down. Taking care of her cousin while she’s pregnant, Lea gets roped into taking a job for her cousin’s alpha mate. Now she was heading off to the middle of nowhere to help another alpha male and Lea didn’t have a good feeling about this. 

Yuri’s stepson was burned by dragon fire and being a new shifter bear, he needs to help from a healer desperately. He’s immediately attracted to Lea, but he expected that because any healer would draw his attention. He’s sure she’s too young for him and Yuri made a promise to Lea’s alpha to protector and not try to mate her. 

Quickly Yuri is fighting his attraction and trying to protect Lea from not only from dragons but also from himself. 

Lea is having a hard time keeping away from Yuri. He’s not what she wants, but is he just what she needs?

This is a part one to a three part story, but if you just want to read the first story it can stand alone. Good world building for a first book, but apparently reading further brings up a whole more info about the new world that Lea has moved into. 

Yuri and Lea are good characters. They work together and keep the reader interested and rooting for them. 

Interesting note: This is re-write story from the author’s pen name as a gay romance, so if you feel you read this story before, you may have. The author re-wrote and publish this book under her regular name. She’s decided to stop writing gay romance and move to more MF stories. 

A Healer who can kill with a Touch. An Alpha Bear determined to save his son. Will they clash- or will they accept their bond?

Brilliant, skittish Lea spent years downplaying her power as a Healer. She doesn't want to bond to an Alpha, doesn't want to lose control of her life, or her gift. But when called upon by the Territory ruler to do something useful with her gift, Lea reluctantly travels to a strange Clan in order to heal a dangerously injured young Bear.

Alpha Yurii promises he won't try and bond the Healer to him. But resolve flees when he sees the snarky, curvy female for the first time. His Bear knows they were meant to be together- but Yurii can't break his word. And healing his son, Tanner, is more important than convincing a wary Healer that he is worth the risk to her heart and body.

Lea struggles to control her power, struggles to retain her independence in the face of unexpected temptation... should she trust that Yurii isn't a tyrant, but is a rare Alpha male willing to allow her autonomy? Is a fated matebond worth risking freedom- or her life? Because Yurii left out one important detail out when requesting her aid…

Fire breathing Dragons trying to take over the Clan territory.

This paranormal shifter romance is for readers who enjoy sassy, curvy heroines with major ‘tude, alpha males who leave their a**hole side at the gate, fated mates, and enough conflict to keep that thumb swiping left. 1st in a 3 part completed series, steamy love scenes and some language. Not really meant to be read as a standalone.

For a steamy, heartfelt romance, download your copy now.

Previously published under a pen name. Has been substantially revised and re-edited for the enjoyment of a new audience.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Not So Little Green Men

Not So Little Green Man
Series Connection: Celestial Mates
Author: Celia Kyle
Genre: Scifi Alien Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Running from a life she doesn’t want Jassa runs to the only thing she can think of that will allow her to have the future she wants. That life brings her to an alien planet where everything is different, but she assured that she will meet her mate. 

Vroe is the High Warlord of his whole family. He hasn’t been able to find his destined mate on his own planet, so he goes to earth to see if Celestial Mates can find a match for him. Now Jassa is with him, but he can’t quite claim her yet. The timing couldn’t be worse for Vroe.

There are other obstacles in their way as well, will Jassa have to go back to earth where she will be forced into a life she doesn’t want? Or will they come together?

Another good book from Celia Kyle. This sci-fi romance is hot in all the right places, and as always a little too short. It felt a little rushed toward the end, but enough to get the Celestial Mates series started. Sci-fi readers will enjoy the world the author has created…complete with puppy-cats and all. 

What’s a big, bad (sometimes green) alien to do when he wants a mate who isn’t motivated by greed? Contact Celestial Mates. After all, their business is romancing the galaxy.

Since she’s creeping up on the age of bearing service, the Earth government wants Jassa to have a baby and then hand it off for a family to raise, but Jassa wants her own family. Which means calling Celestial Mates. One questionnaire, a bit of blood, and a race to get away from the Department of Population, and she’s got her wish—tall, sexy as hell, and occasionally green alien Vroe, the High Warlord of Vialea.

Vroe aches for a mate who doesn’t see him as just a rise in status. He wishes for warmth and affection and goes to Celestial Mates to find… Jassa Marizen. Yet his ideas about mating—Jassa mating him and forever being known as only Vrya—collide with hers. She doesn’t want to lose her past. He wants her to embrace her future.

And then there’s this other woman… She just wants Vroe to herself.

Part of the CELESTIAL MATES shared scifi world-o-awesome!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Romance Book Review: Milly Taiden's Alpha Geek

Title: Alpha Geek
Author: Milly Taiden
ISBN-10: 1537466178
ISBN-13: 978-1537466170
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Scarlett would like nothing better than to have a rip roaring time in bed with her boss Knox. She doesn’t care that he’s a geek, with the prettiest brown eyes she seen. Scarlett’s problem is he’s human and she’s a lion shifter. She’s worried one night with him and she’ll tear him apart. Unfortunately her lion won’t listen to her. The lion wants nothing more than to mate Knox. Good thing Knox is in a relationship with another human. 

Knox has been lusting after Scarlett since she came to work for him, but she’s the sister of his best friend and way out of his league. That’s what he thinks up until he sees her in a comprising position in his office. Once he breaks it off with his current girlfriend nothing will keep him away from Scarlett. 

This is a quick running story with a lot of things happening. Almost too much for such a short story. As usual with Milly Taiden stories there are some pretty erotic scenes, which isn’t so bad, but again a lot of different encounters within a such a short story is just too much. Otherwise the story line was fairly good. 

Lioness shifter Scarlett Milan hates that she wants her boss more than her next breath. All she thinks about is how his black-rimmed glasses and bow tie are sexier on him than any other man. But since he’s human, she’s afraid she could break him, even kill him, during a night of wild sex.

Knox Daniels, wimpy bean counter, has lusted after Scarlett since the moment he met her. The fact she’s his best friend’s little sister has stopped all dirty thoughts. Well, almost. After he breaks up with his girlfriend, getting his hands on Scarlett is the first thing on his to-do list. Being murdered was not.

A vicious attack almost kills Knox, but science comes to the rescue. Now he’s no longer the weak human Scarlett was afraid to touch. Actually, no one knows what he is except possessive, aggressive, and demanding she be his. They’ll have to team up to keep him alive while figuring out if he’s a deranged killer or just the most powerful alpha ever known.

Reader's Note: Hang on to your panties, folks. This is going to be quick, dirty and will have your ereader asking for a cigarette. As with all my books, adults only, please. That means if you're a prude and don't like hot sex or dirty talk, step away from the book. All others, I love you freaky people.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Romance Book Review: Eve Langlais' Legal Wolf's Mate

Legal Wolf's Mate 
Author: Eve Langlais
ISBN: 9781466890947
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Megan is accused of killing her boss, but she didn't do it. The only problem is the cops say all their evidence points to her and her lawyer wants her to take a deal. When Megan meets a stranger who tells her he can get her a lawyer who will help prove her innocence, she has no choice but to go and see if he can really help. But just one minute in his company and she is already having second thoughts. 

Werewolf Gavin opened his office door and found that the one woman who could be his perfect mate is also being charged with murder. He didn't want this case in the first place, but now he has to fight even harder than usual to make sure that Megan doesn't go to jail so she can be his.

But Gavin knows a frame up when he sees one and his job may be a lot harder then he thought. 

Several twists and turns in this paranormal legal drama romance. The very formal Gavin character is such a contrast from Megan character. I don't want to give up the story, but the ending twist in Megan's character could have gone a little smoother, it was just there all of a sudden. It actually made me not like Megan very much. 


In Eve Langlais's Legal Wolf’s Mate—previously published in the anthology Growl— taking on a pro bono murder case isn't a problem for a lawyer who enjoys a challenge. Discovering his new client is his mate? A tad more complicated. Gavin has no intention of settling down, especially not with a woman accused of murder. But the beautiful, fiery Megan has his blood boiling and his heart racing, and it doesn't take Gavin long to know that his fate is sealed...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Zadri

Title: Zadri 
Series Connection: Dragons of Preor 
Author: Celia Kyle
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Dragon Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

After being rejected by her snobbish parents when she becomes pregnant without a wedding ring and being thrown aside by the baby’s father, Delaney decides to take her chances and see if she could find a mate with the Preors. Unfortunately her first mate turns out to be a bad catch, even if she didn’t have the chance to really meet him. 

When she wakes up in Preor medical room, Delaney finds a second mate, Zadri. Although this one is a great catch, there are those who want to get their hands on her and take her away from Zaire.

Zaire was given up at birth by his parents for not being perfect. He never thought that he was worthy of a mate, but when Delaney comes into his life he isn’t about to let her go. 

Zadri is the fifth installment to the Dragons of Preor series. I’ve read a lot of Celia Kyle’s stories and enjoy her witty sense of humor. This series shows a different style for the author as well as adding a sci-fi twist to her normal paranormal theme. Rather than slowing down on the same theme, as some authors do on book five, Celia Kyle is just getting better this book showed more suspense and character development than her previous books. 

It isn’t necessary, but for first timers it is recommended that you read at least one or two of the previous stories as this book doesn’t go into as much background as some of the previous editions in this series. 

What’s a single, pregnant woman supposed to do when her family kicks her out? Go to Preor Choosing Station Tau and hope a dragon shapeshifting alien is her mate, of course.

Delaney Cole found her mate among the Preor only to watch him die—through his own eyes thanks to the Knowing.  Now, what’s she supposed to do when she discovers that her second mate is the male who’d killed her first?  It doesn’t matter that he’s gorgeous, that his peach scales invite her touch, and his thick muscles make her fingers tingle with the need to caress him.  She shouldn’t want such a violent, deadly male, but… she does.

Zadri was born a son of Syh, orphaned and unwanted, and he never imagined actually havinga mate.  Yet, Delaney is his. Yes, he was the one to rip out her first mate’s throat, but now that he has experienced the Knowing with her, he will not let her go. Her lush curves, inner strength, and unborn young belong to him—wholly and until he takes his final flight.

When others attempt to rip her from his life, he will explain the gravity of their error. Slowly. Painfully. He only hopes he can reach her before they escape.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Romance Book Review: Gen Gericault's Polar Night

Polar Night 
Series Connection: Polar Point
Author: Gen Gericault
Genre: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

After being held captive by a sadistic bear shift on an island in Alaska, Tamsin escapes from his hold and is able to secure a ride off the island. Unfortunately she fall asleep on the plan and is drop off far in the north part of Alaska just at the darkest days of the year. 

Tamsin can't believe her luck up until three months ago she had no idea shifters or anything existed and out in the middle of nowhere, Tamsin is found by a witch and a small group of shifters and given shelter. Scared to death she has no escape. 

Polar bear shifter, Fisher, has come to north Polar Point for refuge. He is an alpha shifter in a small band of shifters that need him to lead, but he with his tragic past he doesn't have it in himself to help. That is until he finds a frightened Tamsin in his small community. 

Fisher knows that Tamsin is special, but if she's frightened of him, he knows it is best to offer his protection and stay as far away as possible. Unfortunately, while the group thinks they are protected, there is another group that is ready to descend on them to take Tamsin back. 

Polar Point has the makings of a good series. Taking place in Northern Alaska where secret shifter rule the wilds, the scenery is as much a part of the story as the characters. Author Gen Gericault does a wonderful job at world building throughout the story. Her characters all take on a life of their own and I will enjoy the chance to continue on in the series and to see more about them. 

There is still a lot of mystery and suspense going on in this series, so while this book has a HEA, there a still a lot of questions to be answered in future editions of the series. 

The Heart Points North

Tamsin Norwood just wanted to study the eagles on Kodiak. Now, her life depends on her getting far, far away from the island and the madman who took her captive. Fate conspires, leading her to a magically concealed safe haven in Arctic Alaska.

The denizens of Polar Point are as complicated as they are fierce. From the wise old witch to the playful wolf and the snarky tiger, the secret community both baffles and intrigues Tamsin. But one resident in particular makes her question her very human instincts. 

Polar bear shifter Fisher Frost never wanted another sleuth. Not after the tragedy that befell his family. Wild polar bears have it right: it's better to hunt alone. Alone means safe. Alone means steady. Alone means never losing another piece of himself. Fisher's resolve wavers when the dawn of polar night brings his true mate.

During the longest, coldest Alaskan nights, Fisher and Tamsin warm to one another. But can she melt this frozen bear? Will they survive the twists and turns fate has prepared for them?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Sunday Bear-becue

Sunday Bear-becue
Series Connection: Grayslake, More than Mated
Author: Celia Kyle
Genre: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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In Sunday Bear-becue, Celia Kyle jump ahead several years since last visiting the Grayslake bears. Mia and Ty are raising their young, Parker and Sophia, but while they have tried, they have yet to have any other children. 

Come spend the afternoon with Mia and family and friends for a Sunday barbecue and catch up with Grayslake.

A really quick read to keep you updated on the Grayslake bears. I wish the story was longer, I do wanted more. Also, keep in mind that Celia Kyle has a network of authors who are contributing stories to the "More than Mated" series and writing stories about other shifters that live in the Grayslake and the surrounding areas mentioned in Celia Kyle's "Grayslake" series. 

Mia’s looking forward to a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends, family, furballs, and veggie dogs. (For her daughter Sophia, don’t ask.) But what begins with laughs soon ends with tears… of grief? Or joy? 

This short story is set in the GRAYSLAKE: MORE THAN MATED world and does not stand alone. It should be read after HOWL MY NAME and is a little bit of family life for those who fell in love with the Grayslake gang and aren’t ready to let them go. 


If you enjoy the Grayslake series, make sure you check out the Grayslake: More Than Mated Kindle World. Your favorite paranormal romance authors writing about Grayslake, Georgia.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kathy Lyons' The Bear Who Loved Me

The Bear Who Loved Me 
Series Connection: Grizzlies Gone Wild
Author: Kathy Lyons
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Baker Becca has had a lot of knocks in her life. Her parents and sister are all gone, leaving Becca to take care of her teenage nephew, but Becca is handling it all. That is until Bear shifter Carl comes into her life and turns it all upside down. 

When Becca's nephew turns up missing Carl is there to help her find him, but he has a secret that is way to out of this world for human Becca to understand. And when it seems that Becca's nephew's disappearance is much more complicated then they first thought, Becca is going to have to put her trust in Carl.

As alpha of the local bear clan it is up to Carl to keep watch of all the shifters around him, he's known for a while now that both he and his bear want Becca, but because she's human and doesn't know about shifters, he's stayed away. Now that he's spending so much more time with Becca the attraction is that much stronger. 

Carl and Becca as a couple are a good match. He's the strong alpha bear and while not a bear, Becca is the perfect momma bear. She is sweet and kind, while he is protective. Becca is exactly what Carl was looking for in a woman and more. 

While the storyline is very similar to others, I liked that the author took time to more of a back story of the clan, as well as continues to build the suspense while the bears search for the missing teen. 

This is the first book in a three part series and a good story to learn to learn about all the characters involved. 


Between singlehandedly running her bakery and raising her teenaged nephew, Becca Weitz thought she had a decent grip on "normal." Then her nephew vanishes, and life as she's known it changes forever. Local legends are true: bear shifters exist . . . and her nephew is part of their clan. As is Carl Carman, the sexy, larger-than-life man who has sworn to find her nephew-and the other young shifters who've gone missing.

As the leader of his clan, Carl is surrounded by enemies. He's learned the hard way that keeping a firm leash on his inner beast is key to survival, though his feelings for Becca test his legendary control. Then danger stalks too close, and Carl realizes he must unleash the raging, primal force within to protect everything he holds dear. But can Becca trust his grizzly side with her life-and her heart?


The Grizzlies Gone Wild Series

Book 1: The Bear Who Loved Me
Book 2: License to Shift
Book 3: For the Bear's Eyes Only

Monday, September 12, 2016

Romance Book Review: Lacey Wolfe's Steal Me, Cowboy

Steal Me, Cowboy
Series Connection: Carver Ranch
Author: Lacey Wolfe
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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The youngest and the only sister in the Carver family, Melissa isn't ready to settle down anytime soon. Finishing up her last year in college, all she can think about is moving off the ranch and getting out from under her parents' roof. She certainly doesn't want anything to do with the new cowboy on the ranch. Cowboys and ranches is not in her future. 

After years on the rodeo circuit, Troy is heading home to go to veterinarian school. He starts a job helping out his old friends, the Carvers, but he never expected to fall for Melissa. 

Neither Mel nor Troy are ready for a relationship but can they resist each other once they spend some time together?

Ending the Carver series with Melissa's story, Lacey Wolfe offers good characters with a good continuing back story. Steal Me, Cowboy can be read by itself, but to get to know all the brothers and their new wives you'll want to read the three books before this one. 

Both of the main characters are likable, even if we don't get a chance to see the couple really get to know each other throughout the story. A lot of time is spent on should we, or shouldn't we and misunderstandings. Erotic fans will certainly love the hot and sizzling love scenes. 

Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.

Melissa Carver is the youngest sibling of the Carver clan, and she isn't ready to settle down anytime soon. With everyone busy with life, her dad decides to hire someone to help at the ranch. The moment Melissa lays eyes on Troy she's a goner. But that doesn't mean she's going to just give into love. Especially with a man who isn't at all her type.

Retired bull rider Troy Swanson isn't interested in a relationship. He's just moved back to town, taking a job at Carver Ranch so he can pay the bills while he studies to become a veterinarian. He's got things all planned out until Melissa walks into the barn. He's smitten with her right away, but even if he wanted to pursue her, as his friend's little sister—all grown up little sister—she's off limits.

As hard as they try to deny the attraction, fighting destiny may be an impossible task. However, they're going to give it one hell of a try.

Content Warning: contains adult language and sexual content

Friday, September 9, 2016

Romance Book Review: Ronin Winters' Iron

Series Connection: Blue Collar Wolves; Mating Season Collection
Author: Ronin Winters 
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Werewolf/Shifter Romance
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Werewolf Iron knows exactly who his true mate is and has since first grade, but he has decided he's not doing anything about it. He loves her that much. She a doctor, she has a bright shining future ahead of her. Bella doesn't need a blue collar bar owner, she needs so much more. 

Bella has had enough waiting on Iron to make a move. He's either going to mate her tonight or she will move on with her life. She's determined to get her man, but can Iron let everything go and take the woman he loves. 

A little crude in the language department, but good character development for a novella with a large erotic theme. Getting a small taste of some of the other characters in the Blue Collar Wolves series will make you want to read on. 

Not many wolves have known their true mate since first grade, let alone spent years fighting every instinct to claim them, but Iron has his reasons. Sexy, sophisticated Doctor Isabella Santiago is not meant for pack life. He’s protecting them both from a life of misery and crushed dreams, the type of life his parents had.

Bella, though, has her own idea about what’s best for her, and she’s done letting her werewolf dictate their relationship. This Mating Season she’s going to test Iron’s control, because while Iron may never break, she’s going to do everything possible to make him bend.

*** This Werewolf Shifter BBW story is complete and total down to the HEA! Enjoy the read!

The mating moon is rising… 

Wherever that silver light touches, lone male werewolves are seized by the urge to find their mates. Join these six packs of growly alpha males (with six-packs!) as they seek out the smart, sassy women who are strong enough to claim them forever. 

The “Mating Season” werewolf shifter novellas are brought to you by six authors following the adventures of six different packs. Each novella is the story of a mated pair (or trio!) with their Happily Ever After. Enjoy the run!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Romance Book Review: Elle Thorne's Cross

Cross: Shifters Forever Worlds 
Series Connection: Barely After Dark
Author: Elle Thorne
Genre: Paranormal Shifter, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Ariadne is on the run from her ex and a devastating betrayal. In danger she goes to her best friend from college who sends her to Mae Forester. Mae knows just who she needs to send Ariadne to and brings her to Cross. 

Cross is part of a special military shifter group, who is taking a break from his normal life. He's on his home turf when Mae brings Ariadne to Cross to protect. The minute Cross meets Ariadne his bear tells him she's his mate. Cross isn't sure he wants a mate, especially one that is human. 

It isn't long before trouble comes Cross and Ariadne's way. Can Cross get Ariadne to safety before its too late. 

This is a pretty short story that would have been interesting if it was a little longer. I enjoy the world Elle Thorne has built around Mae and her "nephews". It would be nice to have a full length novel as part of the series. 

One note, I once took a writing class which referenced naming characters and not making it a name that isn't common enough that the name doesn't just roll off the tongue. I think this is just one of those cases. 

Although Ariadne is a beautiful name, and I appreciate the use of a name from Greek mythology, is it a name that just didn't come easy to read throughout the story. 

(In Greek mythology means Ariadne is the daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. In Britannica.com says "She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.")

Cross del Cruz is a former Compliance Enforcer with the Shifter Council. He did his duty. He enforced the Council's will around the country and even out of the country. Stress the word former, because all he wants now is to be left alone. He's been living in his cabin on Bear Canyon Mountain Range, overlooking Bear Canyon Valley and enjoying the solitude of the forest. The quiet. The simplicity. The drama free environment that doesn't involve other shifters. Not even family.  

Except now Mae Forester, who has dubbed him as one of her "nephews" has decided she needs his help. He can't turn Mae down, not when she gave him and his brothers a home during the worst days of their lives.

He didn't expect Ariadne Fueller. Who could ever expect that curvy spitfire. She flipped his world upside down.

Before meeting her, Cross never would have called his existence lonely--until he met her.

If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book.
If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one.

We believe in sex--hot, dirty, delicious sex.

Yup, make it sweaty, too. It's not just sex, it's about the romance.

But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! ;)

Romance Book Review: Elle Thorne's Cross

Cross: Shifters Forever Worlds 
Series Connection: Barely After Dark
Author: Elle Thorne
Genre: Paranormal Shifter, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Ariadne is on the run from her ex and a devastating betrayal. In danger she goes to her best friend from college who sends her to Mae Forester. Mae knows just who she needs to send Ariadne to and brings her to Cross. 

Cross is part of a special military shifter group, who is taking a break from his normal life. He's on his home turf when Mae brings Ariadne to Cross to protect. The minute Cross meets Ariadne his bear tells him she's his mate. Cross isn't sure he wants a mate, especially one that is human. 

It isn't long before trouble comes Cross and Ariadne's way. Can Cross get Ariadne to safety before its too late. 

This is a pretty short story that would have been interesting if it was a little longer. I enjoy the world Elle Thorne has built around Mae and her "nephews". It would be nice to have a full length novel as part of the series. 

One note, I once took a writing class which referenced naming characters and not making it a name that isn't common enough that the name doesn't just roll off the tongue. I think this is just one of those cases. 

Although Ariadne is a beautiful name, and I appreciate the use of a name from Greek mythology, is it a name that just didn't come easy to read throughout the story. 

(In Greek mythology means Ariadne is the daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. In Britannica.com says "She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.")

Cross del Cruz is a former Compliance Enforcer with the Shifter Council. He did his duty. He enforced the Council's will around the country and even out of the country. Stress the word former, because all he wants now is to be left alone. He's been living in his cabin on Bear Canyon Mountain Range, overlooking Bear Canyon Valley and enjoying the solitude of the forest. The quiet. The simplicity. The drama free environment that doesn't involve other shifters. Not even family.  

Except now Mae Forester, who has dubbed him as one of her "nephews" has decided she needs his help. He can't turn Mae down, not when she gave him and his brothers a home during the worst days of their lives.

He didn't expect Ariadne Fueller. Who could ever expect that curvy spitfire. She flipped his world upside down.

Before meeting her, Cross never would have called his existence lonely--until he met her.

If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book.
If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one.

We believe in sex--hot, dirty, delicious sex.

Yup, make it sweaty, too. It's not just sex, it's about the romance.

But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! ;)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kenzie Cox's Cyrus

Series Connection: Black Bear Outlaws Mating Fever
Author: Kenzie Cox
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Bayou Moon Press, LLC

Purchase Link: Amazon

❤ ❤ ❤ 

Wedding Planner Claire has loved her neighbor Cyrus since she was five years old, but it seemed that Cyrus had no interest in her. Now that she's grown and had her run in with bad boy boyfriends, Cyrus is off limits because she won't take a chance on the ultimate bad boy she knows Cyrus to be. 

Cyrus has other plans though. When Claire needs his help he decides this is the chance he's been waiting for with her and he'll do what ever he has to to help the she-bear he loves. 

This is a really short novel and a quick read. It has more erotic then romance, but it is well written and good for a steamy summer evening read. 

He’s loved her since they were kids…

Cyrus Doucet used to be the bad boy, the one all the girls wanted…all of them except one, the girl next door.

He’s everything she says she doesn’t want…

Claire Erickson’s always been the good girl…until now. She’s in trouble and the only person she can turn to is her outlaw neighbor, Cyrus Doucet.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Romance Book Review: Aurora Reid's Dragon Star

Dragon Star 
Author: Aurora Reid

Series Connection: A Shifter Football League Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Dragon Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Cass was proud of her profession as a sports shifter therapist, but she made a big mistake getting involved with Jae, a dragon shifter that plays professional football. Now he's keeping her prisoner in his home. If she steps out of line, Jae threatens to burn her family alive, and Cass believes that he will do just as he says. 

Taking a chance she escapes from her gilded cage and heads to the practice field where she should be working and mets Nico, the quarterback of the football team.

Nico knows immediately that there is something about Cass that draws her too him, but he also knows that she fears Jae completely. Coming up with a quick plan, Nico comes up with the perfect excuse to get Cass away from Jae. 

Can Cass free herself from Jae, so that Nico and Jae Have their happy ever after?

Good sports themed story with a shifter football theme. On the plus side there is a good amount of suspense going through the story with the rivalry between Jae and Nico each fighting to keep Cass. But there are a few problems in the story that stand out. Nevertheless those who like dragon stories will find this book entertaining. 

After the fans turn on their star dragon quarterback, Nico’s ready to live his life in isolation. An injury and stagnant healing powers send him in a downward spiral, leaving him determined to count his gold hoard for the rest of his days.

Then Cass, a brilliant shifter therapist, offers to help.

His dragon soars, but she’s claimed by another: Jae, his teammate and one of the only twelve dragons alive. Nico’s ready to fight for Cass. He’s just going to have to get through her training first. It’s going to be tough. As tough as ignoring what his dragon’s telling him—Cass is his fated mate.

She lives her life in a golden cage…

Cass is one of the top doctors when it comes to shifter therapy, but she’s resigned to being a personal assistant for Jae May, a cruel and possessive dragon.

When she finally meets Nico, he’s half naked on a massage table. The elusive quarterback of the LA Outlaws seems to be hitting on her. He’s got lines of fans after every game who want to see his treasure room, and she’s guessing, the dragon in his pants too.

Cass thinks she’s going crazy from being cooped up too long, until he offers her a chance to escape. But Nico’s distrust of others and obsession with gold are getting in the way. So is the other dragon that she’s spurned, who will do anything—or destroy anything—to get her back.

Will their love burn forever?

Find out in Dragon Star, a Shifter Football League Novel filled with fiery passion and action. Jax's Mate is included as a bonus book.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Romance Book Review: Selena Kitt's Dragon Sass

Dragon Sass
Author: Selena Kitt
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Dragon Romance, Mythical/Magic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

As a special edition to Milly Taidens' Sassy Mates series, Selena Kitt will soon be offering "Dragon Sass". Taking fans back to Blue Creek, meet Kai a thousand plus year old dragon that hasn't been able to shift into his dragon form since he lost his heart in more than a than a thousand years.

Today dragons into immortality, but they can't shift. In modern day, Kai leaves a peaceful life in Blue Creek. He is friends with the local wolf pack, but generally keeps to himself. That is until his friend Barb tries to match him with a young woman friend of hers. 

Jules really isn't interested in meeting a man right now, even a man as handsome as Kai. Right now she has to work hard to keep her ranch from falling into bankruptcy and help her ever needy best friend.

When an old enemy of Kai's comes to Blue Creek to reek havoc on the town, everyone must pull together to save the shifters of the world. 

For more information on this series see Selena Kitt's website and Milly Taiden's site

Blue Creek needs a dragon. There’s only one problem—they don’t exist anymore. Or do they?

Kai is just trying to live the quiet life of a billionaire recluse. He might still like spicy food and spicy women, but he sacrificed his dragon’s heart over a thousand years ago and hasn’t been able to shift since. 

But Kai’s old nemesis, Nigel, has come back—from the dead—and the old Necromancer has his sights set on the wolf shifters. Nigel is wreaking havoc all over Blue Creek and, unfortunately, the only thing that can kill him is dragon fire. 

It’s feisty, orphaned horsewoman Jules, whose therapeutic ranch is in serious financial trouble, who holds the dragon’s heart—and she doesn’t even know it.

But renowned shifter-matchmaker Barb Wolfe knows—and this is the most important match she’ll ever make. The whole town, and maybe the entire shifter race, depend on it.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Romance Book Review: Paul Lonardo's Enchanted Desire

Enchanted Desire 
Author: Paul Lonardo
ISBN Digital: 978-1-5092-0924-8
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystical Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Ever since her miscarriage nothing in her relationship with her boyfriend David has not been the same. All she can think of is how she wants out of her relationship with him. The on her annual Black Friday shopping spree with her sister, Shana meets a mysterious man. One who is about the change her world. Kenny is an American Indian who teaches Shana about his world through just one short visit. That night she experiences a strange encounter with him, but was he really there with her or was it a strange supernatural tribal ritual?

Different from many of today's erotic romances, Paul Lonardo weaves a tale of mystery, Native American Heritage and eroticism that might just knock your socks off. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will say that the theme was so different from many erotic romances, I'd be interested in checking out some more of his titles. You'll have to give it a try to see what you think.

One other note: Form what I've seen on his Amazon list, it seems that Paul Lonardo has a wide selection of novels to choose from. Not only does he write romance, but also other non-fiction, fiction and biographies. 


I had my life all planned out...until I met him. Kenny Honana is sexy and alluring. Mysterious. I'd always been drawn to the Native American heritage, and now I found myself dream-deep in a supernatural tribal ritual. Little did I know, his vision quest would involve me in a sexual odyssey beyond my wildest dreams. But when the quest is over...what becomes of us?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Romance Book Review: Emma Allsyn's Bear Queen

Bear Queen
Author: Emma Allsyn
Series Connection: Royal Bears
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Queen Izobelle is a little bored and looking for someone to take on a little romp. Since her husband betrayed her years ago, Izo doesn't trust easily and isn't looking for a mate. Now some hunk of a bear/man like Clan Chief Malvin Dacus might be fun for a night, but a little too complicated to get involved with for Izo's taste. 

Malvin is at the Queen's kingdom in hopes for a rich mate to help but some much needed money into his own kingdom. He first thought of mating Izo's daughter, but it turned out she was already taken. Now he wouldn't mind spending some time with the mother. 

It isn't until Malvin spends some time with Izo that he realizes she just might be his mate, but while he's trying to figure out how to court the Queen of a neighboring land, Malvin's sister is out for Melvin's seat as ruler and she will do almost anything to get it. 

This is book three of this series, but it is the first I've read. It didn't seem that I'd missed too much, aside from the first meeting of the Izo and Dacus. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be best to read the first two book to the series before moving on the third. 

I loved the Queen. Izo has a little wild in her. There is nothing demure about her. She's also willing to fight for her male. Malvin is a young hunk of a man. He has a lot of worries, but is still out to have a good time. The two together are dynamite. Neither is calm and both area alpha and rulers in their own right. This book is more of a fun romp, than a sweet romance. 

The Bear Queen has a fence around her heart. The Alpha Clan Chief has an ax to chop it down. Their enemy lurks, waiting for an opportunity to strike...

Izobelle Sahakian, a Bear Queen renown for her beauty and wit, rules Casakraine with an iron fist. She struggles not to succumb to her desire for the most unsuitable alpha male at court- the leader of a foreign country.

Malvin Dacus, Clan Chief of Talogroth, must seduce a rich bride to save Talogroth. His mission derails when a matebond sparks to life with the headstrong Queen.

But difficulty casts a shadow over their wary, intense courtship. Malvin must end the rebellion of his older sister before she rallies the Clans against him or has him killed. Izobelle may help- but first she has to learn to trust. Will she accept their bond before it's too late, or will the dark side of her past destroy her final chance at happiness?

This is a steamy paranormal bear shifter romance with adventure, court intrigue and family dynamics for readers who enjoy reading about strong, complex heroines and fierce, protective alpha males. 3rd in the Royal Bears series, includes opportunity to download a bonus Happily Ever After short story at the end.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Rendan

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Dragons of Preor
Genre: Scifi Alien, Dragon Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

Preor dragon Rendan came to earth with his fellow Preors to find mates after females of their kind were mostly killed in war. Now the Preors search for mates that they can bond with. As Offense Master Rendan is a warrior and protector of his people. When he meets his mate Carla, he is in the process of finding a warrior partner and in need of medical attention from the ceremony the Preor Offense Master goes through to find one. 

Carla is a nurse who has been hired by the Preor to help take care of human mates who have become pregnant. She never thought she would meet her mate on the Preor ship, but when she realizes the position that her mate holds she isn't at all happy to be mated. She swore she would never get involved with a military man just like her father and Rendan appears to be just like him. 

Now that he has found his mate Rendan can't let her go and needs to figure out how to make her his. 

As usual, Celia Kyle has a knack for world building and sci-fi fans will love the future earth. This book adds to the other books, but showing more information on how much the world has changed. One of the most fun was when she describes how Carla is excited about the chance to was dishes because she gets to put her hands in real water during the cleaning process. 

The story includes some suspense as well, as not everyone is happy about Redan's search for a warrior partner and causes a bit of a ruckus.

Violence is never the answer… unless you’re a Preor warrior. 

Rendan sen Tarkan, Offense Master to the Preor Third Fleet, has found his human mate. She is small compared to him, but her curves, delicious scent, and sky blue eyes call out to his soul. He has waited for a female for over two centuries and he will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take her. Even one of his own males. 

One moment Carla was unemployed and the next she was on the Preor battleship, working as a nurse for human-Preor mates. Oh, and the next moment? That was when she found her sexy, alien pink-scaled mate. Then she watched the muscular dragon shifter get beat to hell. And then she was assigned a condo in Preor Tower on Earth. The person in the condo next door? That sexy, alien pink-scaled male. 

Learning about the proud alien warrior isn’t trouble free, but it’s easier than almost dying. Yeah, almost. But the Preor who tried to end her life? Well, he doesn’t quit easily. She only hopes Rendan is there to save her when the alien tries to end her life once again. 

Part of the DRAGONS OF PREOR series: 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Romance Book Review: Emma Allsyn and Starr Huntress' Warrior's Bond

Warrior's Bond
Series Connection: Yadeshi Brides
Author: Emma Allsyn, Starr Huntress
Genre: BBW, Science Fiction, Alien Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Earth of the future is a much different place than today's world. As a single mother of three and with her family background, Zoriah is stuck in her place in society. When her son gets in trouble at school for the third time, she fears her status will change, pushing her small family even more down society's ladder and the worried she won't be able to support her other two children. 

When she finds out her son is getting into trouble purposely to make himself eligible to working with the aliens that now share earth, she is even more concerned. 

With his time almost over on earth and he is chance to go back to his home planet Benyon is sure that his dream of finding a good earth woman to mate will never be realized. That is until he meets the mother of the children he has been mentoring. Unfortunately for Benyon, the children didn't have permission to work with him, so in order to get Zoriah to even spend some time with him, Benyon will have to convince her everything she thinks about the aliens on her planet is wrong.

Quick read with good world building. Great read for science fictions, alien human romance fans. 

Curvy single mom in trouble + elite alien warrior = a chance at the forever kind of love.

Three strikes and he's out. Zoriah's rebellious teenage son is in trouble again- this time, on purpose. She'll do anything to prevent her family breaking up, even allow her children to train for the alien Yadehsi army.

Why raise your sword if you have no mate or family? Elite alien warrior Benyon spends his time on Earth training humans in martial arts. He's come to love the three human children with warrior-spirits, and will do anything to prevent their unhappiness- even if it means going toe-to-toe with their mother- a woman who entices him with her fierce temper, lush beauty and strength of will to raise her children alone.

But she doesn't have to be alone- he won't allow it, not when he's made up his mind she should be his. All he has to do is convince her that alien warriors do it bigger, harder and badder. And when their family is threatened by a spurned would-be lover, Benyon seizes the opportunity to prove his worth. After all, there's more to him than just his big, blue... tattoo.

This is a steamy hot, science fiction romance for readers who love BBW and alpha male alien warriors. Perfect for your lunch break read.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Romance Book Review: Anthology Hot Shifter Nights: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance

Hot Shifter Nights: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance
Authors: Emerald Wright, Anna Lowe, Michele Bardsley, Lily Thorn, Isadora Montrose, Marie Mason, Becca Fanning, Emma Alisyn, Lynn Red, Sloane Meyers
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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What a nice way to check out a variety of authors who focus on shifter stories. Hot Shifter Nights feature 10 short stories form today's paranormal authors, some you may have heard of and some you may just get to experience for the first time. 

Of the 10 stories, I did run into one I had already read, but since I'd enjoyed it the first time, I didn't mind reading it a second time. One story was part of a serial, but peek my interest enough to check out the continuation of the story. 

While I can't say that all the stories are worth a Five Heart Review, but right off the bat, the first story "Damnation" drew me in and got me checking out more stories by Anna Lowe who was a new author to me. 

Another new author to me was Marie Mason. I fully enjoyed "Stranded with the Wolf". 

"Liam's Bride" by Emma Alisyn was the book I had read before and wound up getting the rest of the series to read after I read it the first time. 

Below is a list of all the stories.

Are you ready to feel HOT?

Ten sexy stories to heat up your Kindle. Featuring stories from your favorite paranormal romance authors, including six bears, three wolves & one dragon! 


- Damnation: He hasn't forgotten her, and she hasn't forgiven him.

- Stranded With The Wolf: For months, CEO Jarod McCall has fought his attraction for his curvy secretary. Why? Because she's more than just a office tryst. She's his mate. When an unexpected storm strands them together for the weekend, the big, bad wolf comes out to play. 

- Hunted by the Alphas: When two Alphas fall for a curvy monster hunter, who will end up hunting whom? 


- The Dragon's Wife: She is the key to a mystery eight-hundred-years-old--and a love that has never died. 


- Bearly A Bride: Wounded warrior bear-shifter Troy saved BBW Lisa Marie's twins from drowning. But how can 2 rambunctious cubs and a grieving widow heal this ex-Green Beret's tortured soul?

- Riding Bearback: Sun Valley is in jeopardy. An age old debt has come due and the residents are in danger of losing their home. A Clan of Bear Shifter Cowboys is the only thing standing between the peaceful townsfolk and a pack of ravenous werewolves 

- Liams Bride: Meredith is Liam's mate, but Liam doesn't know his human tenant is also the daughter of his father's killer. When he discovers her secret, will he abandon her and their baby? 

- Shared by the Bear Clan: In wild, ferocious, dangerously passionate dreams, Adriana loses herself nightly to the clutches of three beautiful men who just happen to turn into gigantic bears. 

- A Blaze to Bear: For smoke-jumping bear shifter Ian Reed, a normal day at the office involves hurling himself out of an airplane and into a wildfire. But when his new coworker turns out to be the impossibly sexy Charlotte, can he take the heat?

- SHIFTER: Black Bear: An island to himself, will loner bear-shifter Ryker open his heart to a woman on the run from her abusive spouse?

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Romance Review: Leslie North and Elizabeth Lennox's The Sheik's Desires

The Sheik's Desires
Author: Leslie North, Elizabeth Lennox
ISBN: 9781944078201
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Author

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Get four breath-taking sheik romances from two of your favorite authors - all in the same boxset!

The Sheik’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox 
When she sings, she sounds like a cat in heat…but Ana, a brilliant mathematician, stuns and surprises Najid del Sabur, Sheik of Safir. Her bright eyes defy him and her smiles sooth him, while her body makes him lust for her. But can he catch her? Can he convince her that her past won’t hurt their future?

The Prince’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox 
She can’t sit still. She’s beaten every nurse and doctor on her floor at cards. And she’s achingly beautiful. But is she friend or foe? Having been caught in the line of fire by a bullet meant for his brother, Prince Jual del Sabur, Minister of Defense for Safir can’t decide if the lovely Sonya was part of the assassination attempt or innocent and just caught by bad timing. All he knows is that he is definitely caught by her startling eyes and her soft sighs as he explores that question. 

The Sheikh's Untraditional Lover by Leslie North
Ultra-traditional and devastatingly handsome Prince Zafar Tadros thinks a business/sports complex is not what is needed for his country—but he believes in helping his family. With the region increasingly doing more business with Western companies, his father Sheikh Ahmadi has ordered this new business/sports complex to be a mix between West and East cultures.

Zafar has decided he will work to integrate as much traditional elements as possible, but Belle Mooney, an innovative American architect has taken her direction from Zafar's father and is going for innovations. The two clash over designs—and only one can win. 

The Sheikh's Stubborn Partner by Leslie North 
With the deadline fast approaching, playboy Prince Adyan Tadros must supervise the only construction company that will take on the job of building the business/sports center in less than six months. The meticulous Edna Abbey has taken over her father's construction company while he recovers from a stroke, and the last thing she wants to do is rush the project. But with attraction between her and the Prince growing everyday, she may be glad for the distraction...

The series includes four stories all about two sets of brother Sheikhs finding love.

Elizabeth Lennox's two stories include stories about half brother Sheikh's, Najid and Jual. Sheikh Najid falls for the young math wiz, Ana. Ana is all for a chance to spend so time with Najid, but a future with the Sheikh in charge of the country isn't something she's sure she's up to.

Jual is all about protecting his family at all cost, but there is something about Sonya that he wants to learn more about. He just can't decide if he should trust her because something about her story is making him think she's hiding something and if she is could she be in on the threat to his brother's life?

The set of books also includes a nice conclusion to Leslie North's Tadros, featuring twins Zafar and Adyan, feature each twin in their own story and the women who are very different from the women they are used to as their love match. I loved Belle's character. She wants so much to prove to her family that she can be her own woman and Prince Zafar is so traditional and conflicted about his feelings for Belle. Even though this is such a short story you still have the chance to really relate to the couple how they find what they need in each other. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Romance Book Review: Kerry Adrienne's Waking the Bear

Author: Kerry Adrienne
Series Connection: Shifter Wars
ISBN13: 9781460397442
Genre: Paranormal romance, Bear shifter romance, Suspense romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2016

Purchase link: Amazon

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Amy has just been fired from her job and gotten rid of an ex that was less than desirable. Now she needs to figure out what she's going to do with the rest of her life. She decides to leave her big city life for a while and head out to the woods to rethink what she wants to do with the future and maybe paint for a bit. 

Dry Creek isn't like other forests. The forest is under the protection of bear shifters who are just waking from a long winter's nap. Griff is a bear shifter forest ranger. It is hit job to not only protect the forest and the people that live around it, but also protect a cave that has special powers. The bears know that war is coming. The lions used to protect the forest and the cave and they want it all back, but the bears can't let that happen. The bears know that the lions have been sniffing around and looking for a weakness to attack.

Amy doesn't know any of this. She sees a beautiful wilderness area where she can be alone and have some "me" time. She wants to try her hand out at painting and hopes to visit some of the pretty sites and paint. 

Griff is Amy's new landlord he tries to warn her that the forest is dangerous and stay close to the cabin, but Amy is stubborn and doesn't want to listen. Griff maybe handsome and she certainly is attracted to him, but this is "me" time and Amy wants to be on her own. 

Griff falls for Amy pretty fast but this isn't the time to get involved with someone. If the lions see that Griff has a weakness they'll use it to their advantage.

This book is a re-release with some rewritten parts. For the most part I like Griff, he tries his best not to be, well, an overbearing bear even though you can tell that isn't in his nature. No pun intended. Amy I have some serious problems with. Maybe if she was this stubborn in her last relationship she wouldn't have even started a relationship with her jerk of an ex. 

I don't want to send off an spoilers, but I'll say I wish the writer would have set the beginning of the ending scene a different way. It just made Amy look a little stupid that she had gotten herself in that mess to begin with. 

I liked the role of the villain, he was just the right amount of creepy. 

I do believe this book is worth a read, and although the book has a HEA for this couple, there secondary story of the war between the bears and the lions is ongoing and if you want to know what happens there, you'll have to read the rest of the series. 


Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one's mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It's clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it's a means of survival. But what Amy doesn't realize is she's reawakened the beast within him.

Griff's dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff's entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Book one of the Shifter Wars series

Previously published, newly revised by author

This book is approximately 75,000 words

Friday, June 24, 2016

Romance Book Review: Jennifer Blake's Lancelot of the Pines

Author: Jennifer Blake
Series Connection: Louisiana Knights
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Mandy runs into hiding in small town Louisiana after her husband shows up missing and someone tries to kidnap her. To make matters worse the police are skeptical as to whether she offed her husband or not. 

When police deputy Lance, short for Lancelot (there's a story behind the name), shows up at her doorstep she wants nothing to do with his kind of help. It doesn't take long before the everything blows up on Mandy. Soon she's running with Lance from killers and she learns her husband was violently killed. 

Lance doesn't trust beautiful women who marry for money and as far as he can see Mandy is just like his ex who thought he had all kinds of money. 

Good start to a three book series on three cousins from a small town. I liked both characters, flawed in their own way, but working to be better people. Good prose throughout the story. My only true issue was when it came to the background story. There were a couple of intense scenes that include encounters with the bad guys, but in the end the case is solved without much work throughout the story. 

Bullets, betrayal and forbidden love--Meet Deputy Lance Benedict, the first of the Louisiana Knights...


Mandy wants only to be left alone; she knows nothing about the disappearance of her much older husband, and less about the thug who tried to abduct her. Forced to hide out in a backwater town, the last thing she needs is an overbearing deputy's protection.

Lance, saddled with the protective instinct that goes with the name of Arthur's most trusted knight, is stunned by his reaction to Mandy's courage and beauty. But is he putting his life on the line for an innocent in danger--or for a Black Widow?


All 3 books in The Louisiana Knights series are standalone reads. The above is suggested reading order only.