Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Romance Byte: Jayne Castle's The Hot Zone

Author: Jayne Castle
Series Connection: Harmony, A Rainshadow Novel
ISBN: 978-0515154726
Genre: Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Jove

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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


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

Romance Byte: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Heroes Are My Weakness

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
ISBN: 978-0062106070
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: William Morrow

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea . . .

He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.
But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It’s going to be a long, hot winter.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Romance Book Review: E.A. Price's The Librarian and the Wolf

Author: E.A. Price
Series Connection: Grey Wolf Pack Romance Novellas
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter Romance
Publisher: E.A. Price

Librarian Terri has moved to a new town and taken on a new job to get away from the past and a bad relationship. She hasn't given up completely on men, but decided that less meaningful relationships with younger men is the best plan for her right now. Her current fling is a sexy 19 year old wolf shifter named Mal and she's just fine with that. 

Terri and Mal start to spend more time together, Terri worries she's getting a little to attached to Mal. At 28 she's starting to think about settling down and with Mal only being 19 she doesn't think he is, but what she doesn't realize is maybe Mal wants more too. 

The author has created a world where we aren't too shocked that paranormals and supernaturals exist in this small town, which I liked, however the I wasn't too crazy about the characters. I wanted the heroine to be stronger. She'd broken up with her ex quite a while ago and had been having flings with younger men who seemed to find her attractive, so she should have more confidence in herself. The hero was just too young. I get that he's a 19 year old, but he could have acted a little more mature. Otherwise the book setting and secondary story lines were interesting and it was a short quick read so it gets some extra points for that. I will definitely try some of the other books in the series and see how they go before I give up on this author. 

Description:
Terri Lin, human, librarian. Following a devastating heart break Terri came to the town of Rose to start over. Not wanting to suffer the same heartache she dated younger men who like her just wanted a bit fun. She thought her latest young wolf would be just the same. He’s handsome and charming, but also childish and inconsiderate. She knows he’s still young and wouldn’t want to be tied down. So why does she yearn for more? 

Mal Tanner, wolf, Enforcer. He never expected to find his mate so early in life and yet from the moment he met the curvy little librarian he was smitten. Can he convince his mate that he’s the right wolf for her? Can he show her that he wants them to be together forever? 

Or is someone else vying for her affection? Someone else who thinks dead birds nailed to her front door make a heartfelt gift... 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's Purr for the Alpha

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Timber Valley Pack
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Shapeshifter Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Clair

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the second installment of the Timber Valley Pack, Ty Battle, cousin to Max Battle (Bride of the Alpha) and owner of the shifter club, The Zoo, fell for lynx shifter Karen over a year ago after she disappeared on him while they were getting reacquainted at his club. With her father in trouble with Ty's family pack now he has her right where he wants her.

When Karen's father was caught stealing from the Battles Ty give Karen a chance to get her father off. She has to move to his packs compound with her brother and sister, as well as work at his club as a waitress. Karen has been burned twice already by Ty and she doesn't want to spend any more time with him then she needs to, but she sees no other way to save her no good father. Now that Ty has her in his clutches, he's never letter Karen go, but with a father like Karen's it may be harder than he thinks to get her trust.

Well written, quick read for the second installment to the Timber Valley series. Great turn of events that will add to a secondary story for the rest of the series. Should be interesting to read how the series continues.

Ty is a strong alpha, but not quite as arrogant as Max's character. While I don't mind light BDSM, this case didn't really seem necessary in the story. Ty made a strong alpha, but the BDSM didn't seem part of his personality.

Description:
Cats and dogs don’t traditionally get along, but there’s one pussycat that Alpha shifter Ty Battle wants to set a-purrin’: sexy lynx shifter Karen Padfoot. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible reputation as a player, and she’s scorned all of his advances after one interrupted encounter a year earlier. 


When she comes to the Battle compound to plead for the release of her troublemaking father, who stole from the Battle’s warehouse, he’s finally got his chance; she’ll have to work for him as a waitress at his nightclub to pay off her father’s debt. Karen may be hissing and spitting mad, but if Ty has his way, he’ll collar this sexy kitty for good. Unfortunately, someone else wants to cage the feisty feline, and Ty’s the only one who can keep her safe. Will Karen let her barriers down and trust the sexy bachelor with the bad boy reputation before it’s too late? 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Romance Book Review: Diana Palmer's Invincible

Author: Diana Palmer
Series Connection: Wyoming Bold, Long Tall Texans, Renegade, The Winter Soldier 
ISBN: 978-0373778805
Genre: Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin

Purchase Link: Amazon

As formulas go, Diana Palmer has hers completely set and while there are those who think that she writes books that countlessly sound the same and the setting should be changed, she still sells millions of copies each year. Probably because why stop a good thing. 

In Invincible, readers are back in Jacobsville and Comanche Wells, where Chief Cash 
Grier's (Renegade) secretary, Carlie, life is threatened and Grier calls in Carlie's nemesis and man of her dreams, Carson. Carson is a jaded mercenary that deeply attracted to virgin Carlie. Carson knows better than to touch a preacher's daughter, especially when the preacher in question shares more in common with Carson then many know. 

This story picks up where Wyoming Bold leaves off working on solving the mystery of the man who is pulling the strings behind the murder of a San Antonio DA. As with all of Palmer's heroes Carson has a history that has sent him into the mercenary business and Carlie knows that she isn't going to change the man, no matter how much love she sends his way. 

While the romance formula is pretty much the same as many other Diana Palmer's series books, this one actually had a few different elements I appreciated. The writing didn't appear as stilted as I had notice in the previous few that I've read by this author. Fans who like business as usual with Diana Palmer will appreciate this book. 

Description:
He's everything she fears… 

and everything she wants 

Mercenary by name and by nature, Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. But working with his friend Cash Grier on a complex murder investigation provides Carson with another kind of fun—shocking Cash's sweet-but-traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his latest conquests. 
Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldn't have, and now the face of a criminal is stored permanently in her photographic memory…and Carlie is the key piece of evidence that could implicate a popular politician in the murder case. 


Her only protection is Carson—the man she once despised. But when she learns that Carson is more than just a tough guy, Carlie realizes she's endangered herself further. Because now her only chance to live means losing her heart to the most dangerous kind of man….

Friday, August 8, 2014

Romance Book Scene: Vivian Arend's Under The Northern Lights

Author: Vivian Arend
Series Connection: Granite Lake Wolves, Print Anthology 1

ISBN: 978-1-60504-794-2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Wolf Shifter Romance, Shapeshifters Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Vivian Arend brings back her popular Granite Lake Wolves' series in three two book sets with new titles.

In Under the Northern Lights, books one and two are featured together. In Wolf Signs meet a young, deaf woman, Robyn, who sets out on a lone venture on a ski trip for the first time. A familiar area she expects to have a fun trip of exploring the slopes by herself, until she finds that she is sharing her cabin with two brothers and learns something about herself that never knew.

In book two, Wolf Fight, Robyn brother, Tad, is experiencing some adventures of his own while Robyn is alone on her trip. Seeing his first crush again sets Tad's dormant wolf genes raging. Is she the perfect answer to bringing is wolf to life, or will he have to sacrifice ever having the chance to turn into wolf form because of her strong feelings for him.

Wonderful descriptive surrounding scenes makes you wish you were visiting the sight of Alaska and the Yukon region even in the blistering 25 degree temps. The characters we well established for such short books.

Wolf Games, the third book in the series has already been reviewed previously on my blog... here.

Description:
A split second is all it takes to pull the trigger on destiny.

Wolf Signs
Robyn’s deafness doesn’t stop her from taking the backcountry trip she’s been craving. Meeting a hot, ripped hunk-of-male at the Yukon cabin starts cravings of a different kind. And raises questions about wolves, mates, and duels to the death.
He wanted a quiet retreat before challenging for the pack Alpha position. Keil wasn’t planning on meeting his mate or discovering she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf to go along with her attitude...

Wolf Flight
Tad’s workaholism keeps his bush-pilot company in the air, and his inner werewolf in check. Letting it loose would mean compromising his human principles. Then Missy re-enters his life, and their chemistry is off the charts, pushing him closer to the step he’s not sure it’s safe to take.

A wolf pack is a dangerous place to have secrets, and Missy’s corrupt Alpha has sniffed out her carefully hidden Omega powers. Her only choice is to get to Tad, and hope like hell his untapped powers are strong enough to negate her own…

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Romance book Review: Lora Leigh's Taken


Author: Lora Leigh
Anthology
ISBN: 978-1250045454
Genre: Suspense, Erotic Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Purchase Link: Amazon

Lora Leigh brings back six favorite novellas featuring stories with some of her sexy heros from SEALS, spys and former soliders and the woman they want love. Taken gives a look at several of the peaks into a few of military series and other erotic romance series. All of these books have been previous published and true Lora Leigh fans are bound to have read one or more of these stories in the past, but any of these stories are worth re-reading. 

Description:
Reno’s Chance
Ever since she was a girl, Raven has longed for her friend's brother, Reno, a Navy SEAL. What she doesn't realize is that his true mission is to get into her heart.

For Maggie's Sake
Maggie is in custody with Joe's SEALs team.  Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information.  He plans to seduce her to get it, but when an enemy captures Maggie, only Joe can save her.

Atlanta Heat
Em has wanted Macey forever. But as a SEAL under the command of her overprotective godfather, Macey is off-limits…until a kidnapping attempt forces them to share close quarters—and a forbidden desire.

Night Hawk
For three years, Travis “Black Jack” Caine and Lillian “Night Hawk” Belle have been meeting, late at night. No names given. But tonight is different. An enemy has returned, and Travis and Lillian may never meet again.  Are they brave enough to give in to desire and stand together?

Cooper’s Fall
Former ranger Ethan never expected to get an eyeful of prim Sarah Fox from his window. But now his blood is on fire for her.

Sheila’s Passion
As an ex-Marine, Nick's been through some hard things.  But when it comes to Sheila, he has his biggest challenge yet. Sheila has sworn off love, but when Nick tempts her into becoming friends with benefits, he intends to make her his forever

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's Bride Of The Alpha


Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Timber Valley Pack
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter Romance, BBW Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Clair

Purchase Link: Amazon

In an effort to help one of her college roommates, Camilla, wolf shifter Josephine Southpaw spends almost all her savings on a charm that will allow her to look exactly like Camilla. The idea is to save her friend from an arranged marriage to an alpha that Josephine has heard all kinds of rumors about. 

When she gets to the wedding, posing as Camilla, she soon realizes she isn't fooling the groom who insists on taking care of the marriage first thing. Josephine's plans are further ruined, when the pack alpha convinces Josephine to stay for just a little while longer for the safety of her friend. 

Just a nice overall book. The characters are nicely developed. Josephine is a big girl who has a lot of issues that stem back to her childhood. Alpha Max is a strong character that doesn't exactly play far and seems to have no problem with experience some hot sex scenes with Josephine, however since this is totally written in the first person on Josephine side readers don't have a good chance to examine, Max's character except that there is no doubt he is dominate and a strong alpha. This is the first in the series and would be interesting to see where the series continues. 

Description:
The Timber Valley pack has a terrible reputation. Word is their males are dominant, kinky, and possessive – and Josephine’s best friend from college is being forced to marry one? No way! 

Curvy wolf shifter Josephine Southpaw’s got the perfect solution. Using a magic charm, she’ll disguise herself as the slender, beautiful Camille on her wedding day – while Camille hightails it out of town with the wolf she really loves. Of course, the Alpha will ditch Josephine the second he gets her back to the wedding suite and sees what his chubby bride really looks like. What could possibly go wrong? 

Well, for starters, Alpha Maxwell Battle is smokin’ hot. And he takes one look at Josephine and vows to never let her go – but he’s going to punish her for her trickery in deliciously sexy ways. And finally, Josephine’s friends keep staging well-intentioned rescue attempts, but she’s no longer sure she wants to be rescued. 

But Josephine’s not the only one with secrets. It soon becomes very clear that Maxwell’s hiding something big, a secret that puts not only Josephine’s heart but her life at risk. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Romance Book Review: Mandy M. Roth's Administrative Control


Author: Mandy M. Roth
Series Connection: Immortal Ops 
ISBN: 978-1500569402
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Military Romance, Shapeshifter Romance
Publisher: Mandy M. Roth

Purchase Link: Amazon

Colonel Asher Brooks has a lot of secrets, but one that he never thought he would tell is that he found his mate over a thousand years before. In an effort to save her from himself, Asher doesn't tell succubus Jinx that not only are they mates but he is madly in love with her. When Jinx is in trouble, Asher risks all to save Jinx.

I really love this this series, but was a little disappointed in this book. Although the author warned it was going to be a short story, novella, I thought there was a lot of repetition in the story that could have been cut and added more to the love story. The short story did continue the series and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next story. 

Description:
No one knows just how powerful Colonel Asher Brooks is. It's a secret he's fond of keeping. As point person for the Immortal Ops, he has seen just about everything the supernatural community has to offer. That is,until he arrives on the docks in Seattle to find a mess his men didn't make. Something big is going down there and it means business. His concern is for Jinx, a leggy redheaded succubus who calls the area home. He's spent centuries denying what he knows to be true, thinking he's keeping his woman safe and that it's for the best.

When Jinx calls to tell him she has information for him, he worries the woman who drives him mad with lust might be in danger. He'll do anything to protect her, even if that means claiming her for his own, whether she's up for being claimed or not.

Book intended for mature audiences.

** Administrative Control was originally going to be a short story (10k words) but ended up running longer into a novella length.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Romance Book Review: Aimee Easterling's Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy

Author: Aimee Easterling
Series Connection: Wolf Rampant
ISBN-13: 978-1497382756
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Sweet Romance
Publisher: Wetknee Books

Purchase Link: Amazon

Terra left her pack 10 years earlier with no plans to ever return again. She and her father, alpha of the pack, had never gotten along and when she got the chance to escape she took it just like her older sister had before her.

When her father catches up with her, he tells her that he wants an heir and if she doesn't bring him  her nephew than he will take her and she will have to provide him with an heir. 

Not knowing what else to do, Terra goes to meet her nephew and is surprised to see that the a local wolf is someone she has met before. 

This is the first story for author Aimee Easterling and was a good start to the Wolf Rampant series. If you are one to love erotic werewolf romance, you won't find anyone here, but still the romance between Terra and Wolfie works out well. Despite the fact that the book is well written I would have like a little more time between the two. While there is a spark there it didn't really have time to turn into the flame that would have made the two perfect for each other. 


Description:
PMS is no fun for werewolves.

Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up.

A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

When her father shows up with an ultimatum, Terra knows she'll have to learn to shift or return to her place in her family's pack. Will Wolfie, a nearby alpha who's more wolf than man, be a stumbling block in Terra's quest to maintain her freedom?

As Terra struggles to escape two werewolf packs that seem poised to suck her back in, the real question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Romance Book Review: Nola Cross' Sunny's Second Chance


Author: Nola Cross 
Digital ISBN: 9781940744292
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Interracial Romance, Holiday Theme
Publisher: Beachwalk Press Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

School teacher and single mom, Sunny is facing life after she finally gets rid of her cheating husband and the first Christmas with her young daughter. A chance meeting with single dad and widower, Ben, could be the new beginning both need.  

Will the past for both of them stop the future the two blended families could bring? 

Nicely written sweet romance featuring two cute kids and a couple of lead characters that are ready to more on to a new future. 

Description:
What if love really is better the second time around?

It's a rough Christmas for just-divorced Sunny Williamson and her six-year-old daughter, Jasmine. When your no-good husband leaves you for a pretty young dancer, it's hard not to feel old, fat, and frumpy. But then she meets a handsome widower, Ben Stillman, and his young son, Spencer. The two kids hit it off, dragging their parents into an unwitting friendship.

Sunny's never thought about dating a white man. The whole interracial thing seems risky, especially since Jasmine is still struggling with adjusting to her father's defection. What if the little girl gets attached to Ben and Spencer and things don't work out?

Ben has been struggling under the weight of grief since his wife's death a year ago. He suspects it's too soon to move on, but somehow he wants to make Christmas special for Spencer. Then he meets Sunny and everything changes. She chases away the darkness and makes him feel alive again. Can the two of them learn to trust the magic between them long enough to give love a second chance?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Romance Book Review: Kaylie Newell's "The Mariner's Gift"


Author: Kaylie Newell
Digital ISBN: 9781940744308
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance / Holiday Theme
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Zola comes home to write a story about Alcatraz with the help of her old high school crush and friend Oliver. All through high school Zola wanted to be more than friends with Oliver, but he never seemed interested and she was too insecure to find out. 

Twenty years later Zola is a journalist with the LA Times, she seems to have everything, but living in the big city isn't all that and seeing the new adult interest in Oliver's eyes makes her wonder just what could be in the future, but in some ways she is still as insecure as she was as a teenager. 

Quick read that features two nicely developed characters and a surprise ending. 

Description:
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you least expect.

When LA Times journalist Zola Mitchell decides to head home to San Francisco in December, it's to write a piece on the legendary Alcatraz prison. It has nothing to do with her high school crush Oliver Tworek, who's recently moved back to start up a tour boat business to The Rock. At least, that's what she keeps telling herself.

But when Oliver asks her to dinner, Zola can't refuse. And when he kisses her under a display of Christmas fireworks from aboard his boat, she can barely remember her own name.
After twenty years, nothing seems to have changed. Oliver's still popular and gorgeous, and Zola's still…well, Zola. Behind the successful job, and underneath her shiny, new grown-up exterior, Zola still feels like the skinny girl from junior year English class. Will she ever be able to conquer those insecurities? And more importantly, will she ever get to know the real Oliver—the one who might just have a few secrets of his own?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: VA Dold's Simon

Author: VA Dold
Series Connection: Le Beau Brothers
ISBN: 978-0990523512
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf Romance, Vampire
Publisher: VA Dold

Purchase Link: Amazon

Before entering the Marines, Simon Le Beau never realized that he would miss the touch of another so desperately that he was endangering his own well being and the wolf soul that lives inside him. Coming home his family works to bring him back to his former self, but it isn't until he meets his new sister-in-laws best friend Rose that he truly comes back to life.

Rose had a rough childhood, losing her parents early in life, she gets the chance to really experience the family bond. This leaves her very insecure. In adulthood she holds dear the friendships she developed with her best friend Anna and her boys, as well as her foster brothers. When she meets Simon and his family, she gets a completely different experience of love and family.

Simon knows right away that Rose is his mate even though she is human. Can he convince her that his feelings are true before someone else kidnaps her and takes her for his own?

I love this story and so far this series. While this story is pure paranormal fantasy it touches on bringing to life post traumatic stress that many soldiers go through. With the loves and support of his family Simon begins to come back to the man he used to be. Rose is a strong character who doesn't have a problem of taking care of herself when she needs to. I love the way she was able to keep calm under duress. Very well done.

Description:

NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content. 

Four years of honorably serving his country has left Simon, Cade’s younger brother, damaged and trapped in wolf form. Little did he know the only person with the ability to heal him completely would be found at home. Literally. Now that he’s found her, he is desperate to claim her. 

Rose is a beautiful, voluptuous woman with limited experience with men. Although she's confident, she still has reservations. Never having a family of her own, her fear of abandonment has her fleeing romantic relationships, and doubting herself. 

Travis is insane. A deadly loose cannon that a secret organization hired to destroy the Le Beau family by denying them their mates. Permanently. 

Simon’s dream will be lost forever unless he is able to maintain human form. 
Rose needs unconditional love and a mate to create the family she’s always wanted. 
Travis’s all-consuming drive is to take Rose for himself. 
Will Simon ever be whole again, able to claim his mate, giving Rose the love and family she so desperately craves? Or will Travis destroy them both? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Romance Book Review: Clara Frost's Broken Soldier

Author: Clara Frost
Series Connection: Wounded Love Series
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance, BBW Military Romance
Publisher: Clara Frost

Purchase Link: Amazon

Rafa is career military and facing the prospect of discharge after being wounded and losing his hand and part of his leg. Not knowing exactly what he is going to do next he accepts a blind date invitation where he meets Emily. Soon he may not know where his life is going to go in the future, but he knows he wants Emily included in it.

First the two need to get past their family, Rafa's old girlfriend and an unexpected job offer.

This book took a little getting into. I liked the characters and the issues they were tackling, but where I thought Rafa as a special forces leader, would be a little more alpha and Emily as a psychologist would have a little more of a handle on all her own problems, as well as those who were conspiring against her relationship.

Description:

Rafael Carpenter left behind everything in Afghanistan when his unit was nearly annihilated. Now he’s back home, trying to fit the pieces back together, and learning to survive with the injuries that nearly took his life. 

Still recovering from the loss of her boyfriend a year ago, curvy Emily isn’t ready to meet another man, even if one would have her. But her best friend Christa isn’t the sort to take ‘no’ for an answer, and when Emily walks into a blind date and finds Rafael Carpenter waiting for her, she’s left speechless. And intrigued. 

Two wounded hearts collide, but will either of them be willing to let go of their pasts in order to forge a new future together?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Romance Book Review: Anne Marsh's Taken By The Pack

Author: Anne Marsh
Series Connection: Blue Moon Brides
ASIN: B00LPR8TV4
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf Romance, Vampires, Menage a Trois
Publisher: Anne Marsh

Purchase Link: Amazon

Years ago Jackson Breaux had the chance to go on half a date with Eden Roy before he was called away to help his brother Luc in a fight with vampires. At the time Jackson knew there was something about Eden, but he didn't realize she was his Blue Moon Bride. 

Now Jackson has been badly injured after escaping captivity from a group of vampires and the blue, full moon brings him to Eden's veterinarian clinic in wolf form. At one time he vowed to himself that he wouldn't mix Eden up in his world, but now that she's patched him up and he's seen that she's his, he must decide what he'll do. Should he throw her into his world of killer vampires and nightly hunts, or leave her be before alerting the vampires to who she is?

When Jackson walks back into her life and wants to start where they left off, Eden doesn't know if she wants to get involved with him again, he's had his chance, but the sexy Breaux brother has a way about him. Can Eden resist or will she give the sexy werewolf another chance?

I liked this segment of the Blue Moon Bride series. I love the use of the down home cajun accent the author has given Jackson, it makes him sound all the more sexy. He's tough and not quite as sure of himself as Eden thinks he is. Eden is a no holds bard veterinarian who thinks she wants to be in charge of a nice vanilla relationship, but does she really? 


Description:

Meet the Breaux brothers. These bayou bad boys walk on the wild side in more ways than one. They’re Pack and werewolves, centuries-old shape shifters, and their survival depends on finding a mate when the blue moon rises… 

When Jackson first encounters the sexy but reserved veterinarian Eden, he doesn’t realize she’s his mate. But when the blue moon rises and an injured Jackson lands on her doorstep, he’ll tempt her to lose control with him and explore the dark side of passion. 

The Blue Moon Brides series: 
Book One: Tempted by the Pack 
Book Two: Pleasured by the Pack 
Book Three: Claimed by the Pack 
Book Four: Captured by the Pack 
Book Five: Taken by the Pack (September 2014)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Romance Book Review: Shirl Anders' RedRock Midnight

Author: Shirl Anders
Series Connection: Their Ex's
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Shirl Anders

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the second book in the Their Ex's series, Cabe is still dealing with his cheating ex-wife. After taking her back time and time again, how much is a man supposed to take when he finds her cheating again. When Cabe jumps into Rusty's cab he insists that she take him to where he dropped his wife and another man off. 

Rusty can't do it. She sees that Cabe is just hurting himself and he searches her mind for an idea that will change the handsome man's course. While she finds Cabe attractive, she never thought that distraction would be herself. 

Can Cabe finally end the destructive cycle that his cheating wife has him in and find a happy ever after for himself and Rusty?

Cabe is a wonderfully portrayed wounded husband who doesn't necessarily love his wife anymore, but has tried everything he can to safe his disaster of a marriage and must make his decision to finally leave his wife. Rusty is everything in a woman his wife isn't. She's strong and sassy and she knows exactly what he needs in a relationship, helping to heal his wounded heart and soul. 

Good work. Can't wait to check out the next books in the series. 


Description:

All she had to do was say "yes."

Rusty Jean Harper's life changes the minute Cabe Santos enters her taxi and he demands she take him to a place he has been before, but that place is destroying him.

But Rusty can't break him like that. Instead she tries to save him.
Cabe isn't a badass Indian like his best friend Vincent Whitehorse he's just a badass with chunky, dark blonde hair and one that has noticed Rusty's violet eyes. But Cabe is a man pushed beyond his limits. Until he collides with Rusty and her voice sets him free.

Second chances and sparks fly between them. Boundaries collapse, busting into flames of desire neither can control. Rusty finds fire in Cabe arms and she holds on through a manipulative ex, protective custody, Tess and Vincent's wedding, and even a couple hot, bad boys after her booty. But Rusty's booty might already be taken. And destiny in a small town could be knocking ... again

Friday, July 11, 2014

Romance Book Review: Kimberly Rae Jordan's Waiting For Rachel


Author: Kimberly Rae Jordan
Series Connection: Those Karlsson Boys
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Kimberly Rae Jordan

Purchase Link: Amazon

Damian Karlsson his set his sights on Rachel Perkins. He knows that she is the woman he's supposed to settle down with. She's everything he believes a wife should be and he will fight to make her his, even if he has to fight her. 

Rachel likes Damian but her past stops her from taking their friendship farther to a series relationship, much less marriage. As she gets to know him, she knows all is lost because the future that Damian wants for them, is not something that Rachel can give him. 

This Christian novel includes several verses of scripture. 

The story is pretty common themed, but generally a well written book with two strong lead characters and a supporting cast. The book is a good start for the first in a series. 


Description:

Book 1 of the Christian romance series, Those Karlsson Boys, Waiting for Rachel introduces readers to the Karlsson family and their stories of family, faith & love. 

Damian Karlsson, the oldest of Those Karlsson Boys, has decided it’s time to settle down and start a family. Rachel Perkins has captured his attention, but she won’t even give him a chance to romance her. It seems to Damian she feels something for him, but still she resists. Damian is determined to find out why. 

Though she is attracted to Damian and even finds his pursuit of her flattering, Rachel is equally determined to keep her secrets close to her heart. Betrayed in the past by men she's loved, she isn’t prepared to take that risk again. But when her secrets are forced out in the open, will Rachel discover that forgiveness and trust are worth the risk when it leads to love? 

This inspirational story of faith and romance will warm and encourage your heart. 

Also available by Kimberly Rae Jordan as part of the series, Those Karlsson Boys: 
  • Worth the Wait: Alex's Story (Book 2) 
  • The Waiting Heart: Jace's Story (Book 3)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Romance Book Review: Bonnie Vanak's The Mating Chase


Author: Bonnie Vanak
Series Connection: Werewolves of Montana 
ASIN: B00BVA2QBO
Genre: Werewolf Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: unknown

Purchase Link: Amazon

For her own good, Beth's uncle and alpha of the pack is forcing her to choose a mate or participate in a mating chase. Since coming back from college, Beth is more human than wolf and knows that the only wolf she'd want to mate with wouldn't work because he doesn't trust humans, she decides she must participate in the chase. 

Can Beth's wolf save her from a claiming frenzy or will she be saved by the one she's wanted from the beginning. 

Good world building in this Montana set paranormal story. This story reads fast and while the hero and the heroine appear to be worlds apart in who they are the author brings them together well in the end. 



Description:

Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all...

Home from college, where men teased her for being overweight, Beth doesn't fit into pack life at the Mitchell ranch. Because she's forgotten how to shift into a wolf, the pack alpha has ordered her to choose a mate or leave. The only male Beth desires is Dale, a fiercely protective Lupine who loathes the human lifestyle she embraces. She hungers for the handsome shifter's touch, but fears their differences are too vast to overcome.

Dale has waited for four long years for Beth's return. Her scent ignites his desire and her voluptuous body fires his blood. He is determined to awaken her to the sensual world of the Lupine. Although she acts more "Skin" than wolf, he can't deny his overwhelming drive to claim her.

As the heat of passion threatens to consume them both, a new peril arises. Someone is killing a local rancher's livestock and blaming it on wolves, endangering the pack's ability to shapeshift. It will take all Beth's courage and Dale's skill to find the enemy threatening to destroy their world...

Romance Book Review: Curves For Him: 10 Delicious Tales


Anthology Authors: 
ASIN: B00L0Q3578
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Zirconia Publishing, Inc

Purchase Link: Amazon

As with many of these types of anthologies there are a couple of really good books, some books are a okay and then there are a couple I just didn't bother with and rushed past. However I'd say there are enough really good to make this book worth the read. The last three books were the best in the line up. 


Description:
Curves For Him And Only Him...

For a limited time only, you can get your hands on 10 CLIFFHANGER-FREE, scorching hot BBW romance novels and novellas all featuring curvy, plus-size heroines and the dangerously gorgeous men who can't keep their hands off their soft, delicious curves! 

Whether you're looking for a sweet BBW romance, a wild adventure into the world of shifters, a sinfully delicious menage or a naughty billionaire romance seduction, this limited edition collection of stand-alone stories will leave you breathless! 

Download your copy today and feel the passions of ten men who know how to handle REAL full-figured, devastatingly curvaceous beauties! 

Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose: One kind deed can change your life forever... Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot's deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again? 

Burned by Passion by Dez Burke: Even good girls make mistakes. Kira was shocked to meet her boss’s long-absent son and find him even more lethal in person. Blake never suspected he would fall for his father’s sexy secretary. When they finally meet their passion clashes and burns. 

I Married A Bear by A.T. Mitchell: Laura Hisch can't believe she's marring him! The curvy tigress never expected the big bad werebear bound to her by an arranged marriage to be so handsome. James Roark will do anything to claim the voluptuous spitfire for real. Some hearts are meant to be together, even if they don't know it yet… 

The Wolves Next Door by Catherine Vale: When Julie moves into town, nothing could prepare her for the dangerously handsome strangers next door who want to claim her as their own. What she doesn't know is that they hold a wickedly dark secret that threatens to change her life forever. 

The Greek Billionaire and I by Marian Tee: Curvy schoolteacher Velvet Lambert is too proud to let Greek billionaire Mykolas Sallis know that she’s entering a marriage of convenience with him not for money but for love. 

Sweet for Him by Harper Ashe: He’s the high school hunk who broke her heart. She’s the curvy girl who got away. More than 10 years later, sparks fly when Claire and Rob meet again. But when the past and present collide, will they risk everything to take a second chance on love? 

Their Obsession by Eliza Gayle: Marc and Aidan have sworn to protect and defend the witch placed in their charge. But when the curvy Jayde denies her destiny, they'll have to do everything in their power to convince her. 

Breaker's Point Rogue by M.G. Morgan: When Stuart arrives in Breaker's Point he hopes a new job will be the fresh start he needs. What he doesn't expect is for Ellie, the fiery, wickedly curvy waitress in the diner to accuse him of being someone he's not drawing him into a tangled web of corruption that only she can help him escape. 

Their Ex's Redrock By Shirl Anders: Vincent Whitehorse and Tess find themselves drunk in a rainstorm trying to cover their pain. Tess falls into bed with Vincent and they combust like nothing she's ever felt before. But both their exes are crazy. Can Vincent convince Tess to believe in him? 

Scent Of A Mate by Milly Taiden: When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan’s strong personality to keep her alive. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Romance Book Review: Shirl Anders' Their Ex's Redrock Serial Bundle 1-4


Author: Shirl Anders
Series Connection: Texas Alpha
ASIN: B00J48G2G0
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Shirl Anders

Purchase Link: Amazon

Tess knows that her husband is fooling around on her again and she follows him one rainy night to finally confront him, but she is side tracked when, Vincent, the husband of the women her husband is cheating with stops her before she can finally have her say.

Vincent just needs a couple of days before he confronts his cheating wife to make sure she doesn't come after the charities he supports. 

After a drunken night Tess and Vincent wind up in bed together. Dealing the aftermath of their spouses affair, Tess and Vincent work to get their lives back and can't help but fall for each other in the process, but with Vincent's crazy wife, Tess' idiot husband and the mob, can these to ever be together. 

This series was originally sold separately and then sold as a complete book. I found it in the Curves For Him: 10 Delicious Tales by Aubrey Rose, Dez Burke, A.T. Mitchell and Catherine Vale (Jun 15, 2014). So far it is the best in the anthology. It was so good in fact, I decided to check out what other books that Shirl Anders' writes and found that one can purchase just this series, as well as the second book in the series Their Ex's Redrock Midnight (Texas Alpha) by Shirl Anders (Feb 9, 2014)

As far as this serial goes, number one let me say, I'm not a fan of serials, so I'm glad that I found the book bundled together. I'd rather read the whole story than waiting for others to come. More importantly to me, I loved both the lead characters and their friends Rusty and Cade, who make up the next story, as well as Finn. I hope we get to see Finn and here his story in another book. In their own ways even the ex's were good characters and fit the story just right.

As for Tess and Vincent, I was excited to see a BBW herione that, although had a few insecurities about her body's shape, she didn't let it define her. Tess is a successful business woman, who went after what she wanted. She had a sweet personality, but was made of steel where it counted. I liked that. 

How Vincent ever hooked up with his ex, I still haven't figured out. He was the perfect alpha in training where Tess was concerned. Strong and sexy with enough toughness to let him come out the victor in any fight.

I'm glad I got to find the story available for sale separately so that people can check it out for themselves. 

Description:
A man and a woman find themselves drawn to each other after they discover their spouses' affair.

Tess is set to catch her husband. She runs toward the hotel in a thunderstorm seeing a couple in a clench on an outside balcony. She opens her mouth to scream at them when a man grabs her, shutting off her scream. Tess learns the tall, dark, and powerful man is Vincent Whitehorse and it's his wife having an affair with her husband.

Vincent and Tess find themselves drunk in a rainstorm trying to cover their pain, then they find they have an amazing and instantaneous connection of the lips. When Tess falls into bed with Vincent they combust like nothing Tess has felt before. However both their ex-spouses are crazy. Tess' ex-husband has unwittingly hooked up with the mob while Vincent's ex-wife thinks she's the next Cher.

Can Vincent convince Tess to believe in him when things around them are unbelievable in this hot and very sexy second chance at romance?

*This is the completed serial of Their Ex's Redrock 1-4 (Texas Alpha) bundled and with a bit more dialog for Vincent added with no cliff-hangers involved.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Romance Byte: Victoria Christopher Murray's Forever an Ex: A Novel


Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
ISBN: 978-1476748856
Genre: Inspirational
Publisher: Touchstone 

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description: 
Three Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met at a church prayer group and helped each other overcome romantic heartbreak. Now eight years later, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on the lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild. Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man, but her old wounds are reopened when her daughter tells her she’s gay and Sheridan blames her ex. Kendall is forced to reunite with her former husband, who left her for her own sister, when her father wass diagnosed with cancer. And Asia must reevaluate her life when her L.A. Laker ex-boyfriend reminds her that her lavish lifestyle will end when their son turns eighteen next year. 

With her trademark writing that “has the kind of momentum that prompts you to elbow disbelief aside and flip the pages in horrified enjoyment” (The Washington Post), Forever an Ex is Murray’s best novel yet.

Romance Byte: Maya Banks' When Day Breaks


Author: Maya Banks
Series Connection: A KGI Novel
ISBN: 978-0425263785
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Berkley

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELING AUTHOR AUTHOR MAYA BANKS

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t… 

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the Beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever. 

Romance Byte: Grace Burrowes' The Captive


Author: Grace Burrowes
Series Connection: Captive Hearts
ISBN: 978-1402278785
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
He'll never be free...
Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...
Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.

Romance Byte: Mary Balogh's The Escape


Author: Mary Balogh
Series Connection: Survivor's Club
ISBN: 978-0345536068
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Dell 

Purchase Link: Amazon

Description:
In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.

Includes Mary Balogh’s charming short story, “The Suitor.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Romance Book Review: Ella Jade's A Love Discovered


Author: Ella Jade
Series Connection: The Steeple Town
Digital ISBN: 9781940744254
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Doing a favor for a friend, Cali Tate makes a delivery to the reclusive newcomer. When she realizes what a sexy man Dr. Carter Stavros is she decides she would really like to get to know the man even if all he wants is to be left alone. 

Carter came to Steeple to get away, finish his book and most of all get away from people. When he meets Cali, he starts to wonder if maybe being alone isn't everything he thought it was going to be. Cali is impulsive and full of life, everything Carter isn't.

With two completely different people is it possible for a future together? That is the main question these two characters have to answer.

Cali is stubborn and aggressive, just what Carter and his OCD tendencies need. This is a classic love story of two souls who are so completely opposite that they couldn't not fall in love. There is even the dubious friend who has doubts, sowing seeds for one of the characters. Even with so much classic style romance I adore the characters and am looking forward to reading Jenson's story next. 

Description:
When they met, love was the last thing they were looking to discover…

Local bar owner Cali Tate has always been trendy, easy-going, and impulsive. She isn't afraid to take chances, but her carefree attitude may have put her restaurant in jeopardy. Her failing business is beginning to take a toll on her, both mentally and financially. When her best friend asks her to do a favor and take some books to the town's reclusive professor Cali welcomes the distraction. To her surprise, the sexy professor is nothing like she had pictured him.

Dr. Carter Stavros wants to be left alone. He's set in his ways and doesn't want to be bothered with the outside world. Wanting to escape the demons of his recent past, he moved to Steeple, taking a sabbatical from his teaching job to write a book. He wasn't prepared for the spunky, persistent bar owner to invade his life. But the more she pushes, the more intrigued he becomes.
Neither one of them expected to find any common ground, much less fall in love. 

What happens when an OCD professor collides with a risk-taking woman who won't take 'no' for an answer?

Content Warning: contains graphic sex and mature content

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Romance Book Review: Constance Bretes' The Last Dig


Author: Constance Bretes
Digital ISBN: 9781940744247
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

While at a dig site paleontologist Caroline Priest and her team find a dead body. Immediately they call the police into investigate. In walks Caroline's high school flame, police chief Rand Callahan. 

Since being back in her hometown Caroline has done everything she can to avoid seeing Rand. After the way he left and never got in touch with her again, she decided it wasn't worth meeting up with him again. 

Now they are forced together again as Caroline is accused of killing the man found at her dig site. 

This is a fairly quick read story with light suspense and a bit of a mystery. This man is a stranger to Caroline and even Rand doesn't believe that she didn't kill him. I've read more intense, suspenseful mysteries, this one book is good for those who don't want to delve into an all out hardcore mystery novel. The writing is well executed and the characters well developed. 

Description:
Bones, bodies, and a love rekindled.

Paleontologist Caroline Priest is shocked when she finds a dead body at her dig site. When she calls it in to the sheriff's department, her former boyfriend, Rand Callahan, comes out to investigate. The evidence quickly starts to point to Caroline being the killer, and Rand has no choice but to arrest her.

It's clear to Caroline that she's been set up, but by who and for what reason? While Caroline is out on bail, Rand rekindles his relationship with her as they try to solve the mystery before it's too late.

Content Warning: contains some sexual content

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Romance Book Review: Imogene Nix's Executive Justice


Author: Imogene Nix
Series Connection: The Reunion Trilogy
Digital ISBN: 9781940744261
Genre: Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Tomi Ito has been in love with his efficient assistant since she stepped foot in his office, but had chosen not to let his feelings be known. When Gillian is fired from his job his hands are tied, but more importantly he wishes he could have let his feelings be known when he had the chance. 

Gillian doesn't know what she is going to do with her life after she is fired she knows she is innocent, but the rules are clear and the chances of her getting a job somewhere else are Reunion are almost impossible. To make matters worse she won't be able to spend her time with Tomi anymore. Although she knew he didn't have the same feelings for her as she had for him, she would miss him dearly. 

When Tomi shows up missing, Gillian will do anything she can to help find him and then prepare herself to walk away from him forever. 

This is the third and final installment to the Reunion series. Although all too quickly the story has been wrapped up. This series has the potential for a much larger exploration and although this part of the story is over I hope the author decides to incorporate some future stories in the world of Reunion. 

Description:
The end game is looming, but whether the last of the Ito family will find his happily ever after is in the balance.

Tomi Ito must deal with the knowledge that the woman he's loved forever, Gillian Edgemont, thinks he's abandoned her in her time of need. But when he's abducted, she's there to help save him.

Gillian is running from the wreck of her life and the unrequited passion she holds for her former boss, Senator Tomi Ito. When he follows her to Vega II so does the danger that's been dogging the Ito family.

As the finale looms, does it include a future for Tomi and Gillian? Or will it all turn to ashes?

Romance Book Review: Imogene Nix's The Assassin


Author: Imogene Nix
Series Connection: The Reunion Trilogy
Digital ISBN: 9781940744209
Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

Kumi Ito is the head of Finance on Reunion and has discovered a great many discrepancies with the financial documents left by her predecessor and she feels that Reunion will fall to ruin if she can't find an answer, but a distress call from her brother, Senator Tomi Ito, has her dealing with more pressing problems. 

Captain Carmichael Snow, who helped save Selina in the first Reunion book, has found a group is plotting to kill Kumi. 

Carmichael has been in love with Kumi since they first met at Selina and Ren's wedding. Now he has to protect her and find out who is trying to kill her before it is too late. 

This series has a lot of potential, however as it came to the second and third book it was just too short. It was a little disappointing because I would have liked to see more of a development of characters and world building. What I did see I liked and give it high praise for that reason. 

Description:
Kumi Ito has her mission, as does Carmichael Snow, but are their objectives compatible?
Kumi Ito is a woman with a problem. Since assuming the role of head of the Commerce Department, she's found discrepancies…the kind that could cause anarchy if the truth got out.
When Carmichael Snow, the commander of the Emancipation, comes across intelligence that someone has placed a hit on Kumi, he has to save her. His plan? Hide her and find the assassin.
As they dodge the killer, a passion ignites between them that runs from simmering all the way to steamy. But will the actions of one snatch away their happiness before they can accept what is growing between them?

Content Warning: This book features a buff, hot guy and a kick-butt heroine. Naturally, hot scenes will follow.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Romance Book Review: Leslie Gould's Courting Cate

Author: Leslie Gould
Series Connection: Courtships of Lancaster County
ISBN: 978-1-4412-6049-9
Genre: Amish Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Purchase Link: Amazon 

Cate Miller has come to terms with the fact that no one wants to court or marry her, except maybe if it meant having a piece of her father's money. Her father on the other hand would like to see her married and giving him grandchildren, so he make a rule. Her younger sister can't court or get married until Cate does.

This does not make her happy and she hopes she can convince her father to break his rule and leave her to spinster life she assumed she'd have.

Pete is looking to settle down in a new Amish community after traveling around for seven months. He makes clear to Cate he is looking to do some courting, get married and start a family. He also tells her he is dirt poor and that makes Cate believe he is just another looking for what her father's money can offer to his future.

When her sister pushes Cate to let Pete court her, Cate begins to like Pete until her overhears a secret that changes everything.

This is a heart-warming version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Cate's insecurities are believable, even if some of the facts around the Amish community don't ring quite true. The story is told from the first person and enough hints are distributed throughout the pages that you get to know the other characters in the story, even though I would have liked to have had more true interaction between Pete and Cate.

Description:

When This Couple Gets to Courting, Sparks Will Fly!

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

But the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untamable Cate has driven away every suitor--until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.

Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate's hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Romance Book Review: Maddy Barone's Wolf's Vengeance

Author: Maddy Barone
Series Connection: After the Crash
ISBN: 978-1-62210-108-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance, BBW Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Werewolf/Shifter Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver

Purchase Link: Amazon 

In Maddy Barone's After the Crash series book six, she takes readers to where she left off after book five at the ranch of the Dirk family where wolf shifter, Snake Wolfe, has agreed to help his new mate, Melissa and her brothers find their mother who was kidnapped 11 years before.

Melissa isn't so sure about her new mate. She agreed to marry him after he rescued her from former brothers-in-law who, after winning her in a bride fight, wanted to rape and murder her because she killed their brother.

Now home Maddy only hopes to see her mother again. As she gets to know Snake, she has to deal with living with being a woman in a society mostly composed of men and the repercussions of her past.

Snake Wolfe has finally found his mate and will do anything to keep her happy and safe. With the help of his cousin, Stone, he sets out to find Melissa's mother so that he can take his mate back home to the pack with him where he can keep her safe from harm.

Melissa is one of the strongest female characters that readers have seen in this series. She's been through hell and back with the best intentions of keeping her mother safe. I like this sci-fi series and the world that the author has created in a way to bring both a post-apocalyptic future and paranormal shifter genres together with imaginative descriptions of what the new world would look like.

Description:

In a post-apocalyptic future, a woman desperate to save her mother marries the werewolf who promises to help her. Wolf’s Vengeance takes you once again into the dangerous and passion-filled world created by Maddy Barone in her amazing romance series, After the Crash. 

In a future world where modern technology is unknown and women are rare, werewolf Snake Wolfe claimed Melissa Dirk as his mate the moment he laid eyes on her. All he wants is her love for him to match his for her. Mel will do anything to save her stolen mother, even marry the fierce werewolf who promises to help with the rescue. Love? Well … maybe she’ll love him someday. 

When trouble from Mel’s past threatens her very life, Snake swears anyone who wants to hurt her will have to go through him, and he will avenge every insult dealt her. Can love be born in blood? Or will Snake have to settle for merely his wife’s gratitude? 

Content Notes: Spicy, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Post Apocalyptic