Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Romance Book Review: Beverly Havlir's Tristan's Woman

Author: Beverly Havlir
Series Connection: Pleasure Planet
ISBN: 9781419926341
Genre: Erotic Romance, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing

Looking for more of his race, Commander Tristan and his men arrive of Pleasure Planet with hopes of finding some lost survivors. They have been told that two can be found here. Not realizing he had already found one of those he searches for after an night of pleasure, Tristan rushes to save her.

Ava is a half-breed and can't connect with any of the men who come to Pleasure Planet without fear of punishment. When she meets Tristan she can't help herself even though she knows it is wrong. 

Now Tristan is telling her that she is one of his kind and he is going to rescue her and her brother, but can she believe him. What choice does she have when he makes her body burn with desire. 

Hot, hot, hot. I would even say sizzling hot. I would expect anything else from an Ellora's Cave book or from Beverly Havlir who is know for her extremely erotic books. I could easily see the book expanded to balance out the erotic parts, but it works well as is too.

A half-breed and a pariah, exotic dancer Ava Summerlin dreams of leaving Pleasure Planet and finding a new home elsewhere.

Tristan, Commander of The Destroyer, is a Cyborg in search of his long lost people. He desires Ava from the moment he first sees her. But on Pleasure Planet, a half-breed is forbidden from having sexual encounters with anyone.

But Tristan’s lust will not be denied. He wants Ava and he will have her. However, everything will change when he discovers her true identity…

Publisher’s Note: Originally available in the Ellora’s Cave anthology Pleasure Planet.

Romance Book Review: Anne Kane's Captive Heart

Author: Anne Kane
Series Connection: Dragon Kin
ISBN: 978-1-60521-370-5
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Dragon
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC

Very short sexy romance between a dragon shifter and a woman who is scared of getting into a relationship with dragons. Cassie was once bound to a dragon shifter against her will, so when she meets Hayden and he claims to be her souler or bond mate, she isn't sure she wants to have anything to do with him. But the sexy, charming Hayden is about to show her that not all dragons are alike. 

After years of playing the field, Hayden has finally found his soul mate. Problem is, the well-endowed Cassie thinks all dragons are trouble and she has no intention of letting Hayden anywhere near her. He’s going to have to do some fast talking to convince her he’s the dragon of her dreams.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Romance Book Review: Viki Lyn's Last Chance

Author: Viki Lyn
ISBN: 978-1-60737-516-6
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire, M/M Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Loose-id

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On a trip out of the country Aric is bitten by a vampire and is now a fledging vampire. Not quite a full vampire yet, he has a chance to stop the process if he can just figure out a serum to get ride of the disease he's been saddled with. As a PhD candidate in Molecular Biology he is sure if he just has enough time he can accomplish is task.

But time is running out...

A chance meeting with Stu gives Aric more information to his puzzle. Stu belongs to a family of vampire hunters. Stu and his brother Corbin try to help Aric find the vampire who bit him, but it seems the vampire wants to find Aric for his own reasons.

In the meantime, Aric can't help but falling for Stu. Stu, who has never been into men, and never that passionate about women for that matter, suddenly feels an passionate attraction for Aric. Aric's been through this before and isn't interested in getting involved with another curious man wondering what it is like to be with another man, but is there something more to Stu?

I'm not usually into vampire books, but a friend recommended this one to me. Sometime ago I acquired a copy of it and just never got around to reading it. It was worth the read. I like the characters and the world created by the author.

Aric Christian is the wildly smart PhD candidate specializing in Molecular Biology. With a willowy body bordering on thin, slight hips, and even slighter waist, Aric’s hard muscles and steel strength bends but doesn’t break. Long blackish hair dips in his hazel eyes when he’s not wearing his rimless glasses. At times, he turns into quite a different creature, and is working desperately to seek a cure.

Stu Hamilton is the wildly popular college wide receiver, and big man on campus. He’s tall, broad shouldered, finely tuned and has broad hands, perfect to jump and catch the ball. He’s all muscle and grace and blue, blue eyes. Mussed blond hair layered and tapered down to his nape fuels his reputation as the guy who breezes through life. Hidden from his friends is his family’s secret – he’s from a long line of vampire-slayers. Turning away from that life, he wants nothing to do with blood feuds, men of the dark night and killing.

Then Aric bumps into Stu, or rather his football, and their lives are forever intertwined. Will these born enemies find a way toward love?

Book 2
Fighting Chance
ISBN: 978-1-61118-428-0

Kresnik vampire slayer, Corbin Hamilton, has vowed to avenge his father’s death and kill the prince of the Red Serpent clan. Instead, he’s stuck with guard duty for vampire Johan Maier who is becoming human, thanks to a new serum. What’s worse, the sexual attraction between him and his prisoner is getting harder to ignore.

Johan Maier’s chance to regain his humanity is a dream come true. If he only he could get Corbin to trust him, they would have a chance at love. Yet, his vampire powers are getting stronger instead of weaker, his blood markers morphing into something that isn’t quite human.

As Corbin hunts the prince, Johan insists on aiding him. He secretly vows to protect Corbin even if it means his death.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Romance Book Review: Crista McHugh's Cat's Eyes

Author: Crista McHugh
ISBN: 978-1-59578-613-5
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance, Werewolf, Cat Shifter
Publisher: Originally Liquid Silver, recently self-published

Andy is a cat shifter who has been fighting with werewolves for a long time. He is in love with his partner Emily, but can't do anything about it for fear that she will wind up dead like his first love. 

When Emily is attacked by werewolves the uneasy peace between the werewolves and other shifter is lost and Andy will do anything to keep her safe. Since the werewolves already have gone after Emily, there is no need for Andy to not tell her how he feels about her any more.

Short story packed with a lot of action. I really like the sexy Brit, Emily and her ever determination to make Andy hers. 

Andy Rodriguez has always desired his partner, Emily Hawkins, but the memory of his former lover’s murder five years ago still haunts him. Em doesn’t know he’s a shape-shifter, and he has no plans to drag her into his world where a war between true shifters and werewolves constantly wages.

All that changes one night when a werewolf attacks Em.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Romance Book Review: Becca Jameson's Alyssa’s Wolves

Author: Becca Jameson
Series Connection: Wolf Masters, Book 4
ISBN: 978-1-93176-154-3
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Werewolf
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing

In Becca Jameson's forth installment into the Wolf Masters series, readers hear the story of Alyssa who comes into the Masters' family lives when she comes home for Christmas with Reese and Charles. Alyssa is running away from her pack and a bad arranged mating. She will do just about anything to get away even letting one of the two men claim her. Instead they find their own mate and Alyssa finds a safe haven with the Masters.

Unknown to Alyssa, Alyssa turns out to be true mates with Charles' brother Michael, however Michael wants to do the right thing and give her time, so he leaves for two years without telling her he is her mate. 

When Alyssa thinks she has smelled her mate, Michael comes running back to stake his claim on her before he loses her forever. But Michael isn't Alyssa's only mate and realizes he must share her or lose her. 

Enter Tyler. Tyler has been sent to find out if Alyssa is really mated to Michael by her old pack, but soon realizes that she is also his mate. Can these three strangers become a mated trio, before the past comes back and haunt both Alyssa and Tyler?

Nicely done storyline in the Wolf Masters series. I was waiting to hear what Alyssa's story was and how they were going to add the third to make a trio in this installment. I always love reading Becca Jameson's bedroom scenes and how she makes her heroes fall so completely in love with the female leads in her stories. 

After fleeing an arranged marriage in a polygamist society in Oklahoma, Alyssa Franklin wants nothing more than to enjoy her early twenties, take some classes at the local college, and learn about the world outside the confines of her childhood pack. Embraced by the loving Masters family in Oregon, Alyssa is beyond grateful for her good fortune. Nothing can upset her new life, except maybe the scent of her mate wafting toward her at a local rodeo…

Tyler Evans has been sent from Alyssa’s Oklahoma pack to ensure she is indeed mated to one of the Masters. Blindsided, he’s completely unprepared to realize Alyssa is his mate. In a rash, split-second decision, he flees her presence, not wishing to upset the perfect life his mate is living. Tortured with the need to be with Alyssa and unprepared for the inability to avoid the pull she has on him, he abandons his family in Oklahoma and treks to Oregon to claim his mate.

Michael Masters has been living in Spain for two years, knowing Alyssa is his mate and wishing to give her time to mature and experience life before claiming her. When he learns she believes another man is destined for her, he returns from abroad to claim his mate. Hoping she was mistaken, Michael treads lightly with his fingers crossed that fate has not deemed it necessary to share her.

When these three souls collide, tension rises. None of them are prepared for or interested in a ménage. However, fate has other plans. Can the three lovers, drawn to each other by a power they can’t deny, work together to become a unit? Or will outside forces, both local and distant, be able to tear them apart before they’ve even had a chance to consummate their mating?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Romance Book Review: Melody Anne's Tycoon's Revenge

Author: Melody Anne
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Gossamer Publishing

Sexy novel with common theme.

Derek and Jasmine were high school sweethearts looking to spend the rest of their life together, until a misunderstanding separates them, leaving Derek after revenge. Years later Derek gets his chance, but when he meets Jasmine again he remembers all the reasons he loved her, and she has a secret she has yet to tell him. 

Jasmine Freeman’s world is about to tumble down around her and the one responsible for it is none other than her first love, Derek Titan. She hasn't seen him in ten years, and they are both going to learn the truth of what happened back then. 

Jasmine grew up wealthy and oblivious to the destruction her father caused all around him. Derek was from the wrong side of the tracks. In ten years their lives will be reversed. He is now a multi-billionaire tycoon and she works hard, but barely gets by due to her father’s unethical business practices. 

Derek comes seeking revenge and instead finds out he has a half grown son and the woman he's been angry with for so many years is not who he thought she was. They both fight against the passion they still feel for each other, but in the end it is irresistible. 

Come take the journey with Derek and Jasmine as they rediscover a passion that never died and the lies that kept them apart. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Romance Book Review: Diana Palmer's Wyoming Kirk Brother's Series

Okay I will admit it. I'm a closet Diana Palmer fan. Well actually there is nothing closeted about it since I've written many reviews on Diana Palmer's books. I have this theory about this kind of romance style. Either you love it or you hate it. I happen to like them, even though I am starting to feel like I've read several of the scenes before.

Romance books are works of fiction. We all know that there isn't a town in Texas, or this case Wyoming, where all the sexy guys live. There isn't a town where ever mercenary in the world meet up to retire and the Texas Rangers don't all run in on horses to save the day in modern times, but we like to read about that. That's why, even those people who get on Amazon and say the author just isn't writing good books anymore still buys them.

That being said, Wyoming Tough and Wyoming Fierce, may take you out of Texas, but you might as well be. The story lines run roughly the same, the heros are strong willed cowboys and the heroines are stubborn virgins ready to fight whatever demons come their way.

In Wyoming Tough, Diana Palmer spins off from her characters Kingston and Shelby Brannt. Some might remember them from To Love and Cherish which dates back to 2002. Now King and Shelby's children are all grown up. King is still as hardheaded as he always was and won't let his daughter work on the ranch, so Morie takes matters in her own hands. She leaves Texas and daddy's big ranch and go to work in Wyoming on another large ranch where she meets a man just as tough as her old man.

Mallory Kirk knows he isn't the best looking guy in the bunch and when he meets Morie he falls for her, but she just isn't what she appears. The other woman in his life convinces him that Morie is just after his money. He doesn't know that Morie is the daughter of one of the richest men in Texas.

In the second story, Wyoming Fierce, Mallory's brother Cane has come home from the war with a lost limb. He has lost his confidence with the ladies and for a ladies man like him that is a problem. He's not taking his lot in life so well. When he turns to drunken rages only his young neighbor, Bodie, can sooth the savage beast in him.

Bodie has loved Cane since she turned 18. The only problem is he still thinks of her as a kid. She's got worse problems than Cane at the moment. Her grandfather is ill and her stepfather is pressuring her for more money then she has. She doesn't want to ask Cane for the money, knowing how he feels about gold digging women. Feeling trapped and having no where to go, she does the unthinkable and changes her world forever.

Both these stories pretty much what you expect in all Diane Palmers books do, but it is a formular that has kept her going for decades and her book sales don't seem to suffer for it. I would say I liked the first better than the second. I liked Mallory and Morie as a couple better. While Cane and Bodie make a good duo as well, they both needed to step back and get a hold of their life a little better before attempting to get together.

I'll keep reading Diana Palmer for some time to come because her long-running Long Tall Texas series is still one of my favorites in the Western genre. It will also be interesting to read the final Kirk brother's story "Tank". I think he can turn out to be the more complicated brother of all.

Wyoming Tough

Author: Diana Palmer
ISBN: 978-0373776290
Genre: Western, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HQN

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A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day's work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit.

As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can't help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?

Wyoming Fierce
Author: Diana Palmer
ISBN: 978-0373776962
Genre: Western, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HQN

Ranch owner Cane Kirk lost more than his arm in the war. He lost his way, battling his inner demons by challenging any cowboy unfortunate enough to get in his way. No one seems to be able to cool him down, except beautiful Bodie Mays. Bodie doesn't mind saving Cane from himself, even if he is a little too tempting for her own peace of mind.

But soon Bodie's the one who finds herself in need of rescuing—only, she's afraid to tell Cane what's really going on. How can she trust someone as unpredictable as this fierce cowboy? When her silence only ends up getting her into even deeper hot water, it's up to Cane to save the day. And if he does it right, he won't be riding off into the sunset alone.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Romance Book Review: Eve Langlais' Freakn' Shifters series

Title: Delicate Freakn' Flower
Series Connection: Freakn' Shifters series
ISBN: 978-0-9869154-3-7 
Genre: Paranormal romance, shifter, MFM

The first in the Freakn' Shifters series introduces you to the Naomi and her family of wolf shifters and her soon to be mates, Ethan and bear shifter and Javier a cat shifter. Naomi is not interested in mating with a shifter or two for that matter. She grew up with a pack of brothers and her father who fought all the time. Her mother never seemed to mind, but Naomi, who always wanted to be considered a delicate flower, didn't want that in her life. 

Fate it seems has other plans for her. Ethan and Javier aren't about to give up their mate and will do what ever they need to to get her to be theirs. 

This is a cute, humorous series with a little bit of suspense included in each book. Below area a list of descriptions of each of the series.

Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case. 

When fate—with a snicker—makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf—and her body—demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass—totally hot and muscled—lacrosse players. 

Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns—and her passion? 

Title: Jealous And Freakn'
ISBN: 978-0-9869154-6-8 

Francine’s loved Mitchell, a wolf like herself, since she first set eyes on him back when they were both just kids. However, Mitchell’s never seen her as more than another annoying sister. Determined to make him realize she’s destined to be his, she enlists the aide of Alejandro, a gorgeous cat shifter. She never counted on wanting them both. 

Alejandro knows Francine is special from the first moment he meets the fiery plump wolf, which is why he suggests she use him to make Mitchell jealous. A great plan, especially if it means he gets to kiss those luscious lips. One taste, though, and he’s addicted, but how does he make her see past the man she loves to realize she’s also meant to be his mate? 

For a long time now, Mitchell’s been avoiding Francine, his bratty sister’s friend. However, the girl who tortured him in his youth is all grown up, and when he sees her in the arms of another, a need to claim her overrides all his common sense. But, he’s waited too long and fate has decided that he’s going to have to share. Can he bend enough to accept Francine with her other man, or will his freakn’ jealousy send him running? 

Title: Already Freakn' Mated
ISBN: 978-1-927459-18-8

Lucky him, he found his mate. Just one teensy, tiny problem. She was already married to someone else.

Meeting the woman of his dreams would have worked a lot better if she didn’t already belong to another man. But Chris wasn’t about to let something like ‘until death do us part’ keep him from claiming his woman. He’ll do anything to win his mate, including throwing his attractive cousin at the pesky husband. 

Despite the danger, and her marital status, Jiao can’t help falling for a handsome wolf. Honor says she should stay away, but her curious inner cat is flexing her claws and demanding they claim their man. 

But Jiao isn’t the only one falling in love. When her husband finds himself head over heels with a she-wolf, will Sheng do the right thing and end the marriage sham? Or will the past catch up first and bite them? 

Title: Human and Freakn'
ISBN: 978-1-927459-22-5


Forget the dangers of the jungle. In peril is Ruth’s heart when two hunky shifters become determined to claim her despite her humanity. 

Warning: Can you handle a pair of hot wolves determined to claim an unsuspecting human? Expect extreme heat and a whole lot of fun in this threesome, jungle adventure. (MFM) 

Trekking through the jungle isn’t Ruth’s idea of a good time, even if her companions are hotter than hell. With her sister missing, though, she’ll do anything to find her – slog through swamps, squish giant centipedes, and fight her attraction to not one but two males intent on seduction. But when she discovers there’s more to the hunks accompanying her than meets the eye, will she accept their alter wolf egos, or completely freak? 

Fate sure has a wicked sense of humor, trying to make Kendrick think the chubby human he meets in the jungle is his mate. Joke’s on him, though, because despite his preferences and attempts to stay away, he can’t help but fall for the tall and curvy Ruth. Harder to swallow, his buddy is falling for her too. 

Joel knows firsthand how fickle human emotions are, but when he meets Ruth, all his best intentions get swallowed by the jungle as she worms her way into his heart – and makes him want to trust. 

When Ruth’s human morals get in the way of two wolves and their need to claim what’s theirs, they’ll have to team up and show her two are so much more pleasurable than one. 

Title: Jungle Freakn' Bride
ISBN: 978–1–927459–26-3

Abducted by a pair of hunky, tribal warriors, Carlie doesn’t think things can get any stranger until the first time she purrs.
Warning: Hot, steamy threesomes, chauvinism and more are running wild in the jungle. Can you handle the heat? 

Everyone’s heard of the mysterious Moon Ghost Jaguars, supposed shapeshifting men who steal women as their brides. What they forgot to mention was that half naked, ripped and oh so delicious, they always came as a pair – and turn into really big freakn’ cats! But Carlie’s not about to let these furry Tarzan’s dictate her future, even if they seem to have conquered her body. 

Acat didn’t think he wanted a mate until he came across the outspoken American with golden hair. Making her his bride is only part of the battle. With the help of his best friend, Chaob, can he find a way to convince this strong willed woman to follow the traditions of his tribe? Or will this reluctant jungle bride get her lovers to accept the fact she’ll never be just a barefoot and pregnant mate? 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Romance Sneak Peak: Deborah Hawkins' Dance For A Dead Princess

Author: Deborah Hawkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Deborah Hawkins

In January 1997, Princess Diana received a phone call telling her she would be assassinated. She recorded the information on a secret video tape, naming her killer and gave it to a trusted friend in America for safekeeping. It has never been found.

Diana's close friend, Nicholas Carey, the 18th Duke of Burnham and second richest man in England, has vowed to find the tape and expose her killer. After years of searching, he discovers Diana gave the tape to British socialite Mari Cuniff, who died in New York under mysterious circumstances. He believes Wall Street attorney Taylor Collins, the executor of Mari's estate, has possession of it. He lures Taylor to England by promising to sell his ancestral home in Kent, Burnham Abbey, to one of her clients, a boarding school for American girls. Nicholas has dated actresses and models since the death of his wife, ten years earlier, and has no interest in falling in love again. But he is immediately and unexpectedly overwhelmed with feelings for Taylor at their first meeting.

Taylor, unaware that Diana's tape is in her long-time friend and client's estate and nursing her hurt over her broken engagement to a fellow attorney in her firm, brands Nicholas supremely spoiled and selfish. She is in a hurry to finish the sale of the Abbey and return to New York. But while working in the Abbey's library, Taylor uncovers the diary of Thomas Carey, a knight at the court of Henry VIII and the first Duke of Burnham. As she reads Thomas' agonizing struggle to save the love of his life and the mother of his child from being forced to become Henry's mistress, she begins to see Nicholas in a new light as he battles to save his sixteen-year-old ward Lucy, who is desperately unhappy and addicted to cocaine. But just as Taylor's feelings for Nicholas become clear and at the moment she realizes she is in possession of Diana's voice from the grave, she learns that Nicholas may be Lucy's father and responsible for his wife's death at the Abbey at the time of Lucy's birth. When Nicholas is arrested for Lucy's murder and taken to Wandsworth Prison, Taylor sets out to learn the truth about Nicholas, his late wife, and the death of the Princess of Wales.

Dance for A Dead Princess is a the story of two great loves that created and preserved a family that has lasted for five hundred years.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Romance Book Review: Cynthia Conley's A Tornado of Lust plus five extra unrelated books

Author: Cynthia Conley
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Amor Books

For those who like erotic short romances, Amor Books provides a deal when ordering this book. The reader can sign up for the Amor newsletter and receive five unrelated short erotic romances. The books vary from paranormal to one-night encounters. By far Cynthia Conley's book is the best in the series with a semblance of a plot. 

Maria is working on her fear of leaving the house. She's gotten to know her next door neighbor airline polit Mason. In the mist of a heavy storm Maria goes outside to speak with Mason and notices that a possible tornado is on the way. The two get caught up together and take their mutual attraction to the limits and more. 

What all these books have in common is decent erotic scenes, but as a reader I'm always looking for a little more out of these very short romances. However, those looking for quick reads and a few extra books to round out a reading session, you can't go wrong with this deal. 

Since Maria Applegate has had previous panic attacks due to phobias, she avoided the public and just recently started to emerge into the world again. She’s also connecting with her handsome neighbor, Mason Jones. She turns to their burgeoning friendship for comfort during a storm but gets more than she expected. 

He asks her to dinner, manages to bring her out of a panic attack, and proves worthy of collapsing every inhibition that she can think of with little effort. When he wants to skip dinner and go straight for dessert, though, she applies the brakes. Unfortunately, trying to stop her own needs only serves to make her even more wanton. 

- End of Book Synopsis -

Now please don't expect some table-thumping blockbuster that will end up unread and gathering dust on your virtual bookshelf – this is a sizzling erotic short story that will have you flipping over the pages in feverish anticipation.

WARNING: This story is intended for ADULT female readers 18 years of age or older. It contains explicit language and graphic sexual content.

Romance Sneak Peak: Carolyn Brown's The Ladies' Room

Author: Carolyn Brown
ISBN: 9781612186429
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance 

Haven't read this romance, but I love the first line in the description so thought it was worth a peak.

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life.

Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home. She doesn't really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks.

Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lived next door to Gert, and in her will she leaves him the funds to help Trudy remodel the old house. That's fine with Billy Lee, because he's been in love with Trudy since before they started school. And just spending time with her is something he'd never ever allowed himself to dream about.

A beautiful home rises up from the old house on Broadway, and right along with it rises up a relationship. But is Trudy too scarred from what she heard in the ladies' room to see a lovely future with Billy Lee?

Romance Book Review: Aline Hunter's Marked

Author: Aline Hunter
ISBN: 9781419941153
Genre: Werewolf, Paranormal, Shifter
Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Chloe is worried about the implications of a birthmark on her wrist, so she decides to go to a tattoo parlor to have it covered. For some unknown reason she is compelled to visit a tattoo parlor in an area she knows she should stay away from. In fact the werewolf taxi driver is even telling her she should turn around, but determined Chloe goes inside anyway. That step inside the business changes her life forever.

When Chloe steps into the Wolf's Den she is brought face to face with her mate Jackson. Jackson knows he has to get Chloe away from tattoo parlor as soon as possible. He needs to convince her it is best to get away as soon as possible. Taking her back to his place he knows he has to tell her what exactly the birthmark means and that she is a halfling. 

Chloe realizes there is something different about her, but it isn't going to be easy taking Jackson as a mate, especially with another interested in mating with him and a father she has never met and an over protective grandfather. 

Good series start to this series featuring a strong male and female lead characters. I liked that Chloe wasn't a wall flower and didn't back down without questions or fights. I also liked the way she set the scene and explained the world she was creating. 

Fantasy becomes reality if you carry the mark...

Chloe Bryant doesn’t know what to expect when she enters The Wolf’s Den. Drawn to the werewolf tattoo parlor for reasons she can’t explain, she soon discovers the sexy man from her dreams isn’t a figment of her imagination. Not only is Jackson Donovan real, but he explains the dreams they shared are due to their destined mating. It can’t be possible. She’s not a werewolf. Even if he swears the mark on her wrist indicates otherwise.

Jackson is stunned to discover the beautiful minx from his dreams isn’t a full-blooded werewolf but a Halfling. The only way to uncover Chloe’s past is to stake a claim to her future. By taking the delectable female into his bed, he’ll unlock every secret she has to hide -- as well as awaken the passion she’s tucked away for too long -- by exploring her mind, body and soul one sweet inch at a time.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Romance Book Review: Kristin Miller's Gone with the Wolf

Author: Kristin Miller
ISBN: 978-1-62266-144-2
Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolf/ Shifter
Publisher: Entangled: Covet

Emelia will do anything possible to speak with CEO Drake Wilder so she can get him to fess up to trying to swindle the building her bar is in away from her. She's tried calling, emailing and even going to work in his investment firm to get the man to speak with her. He has evaded her from the beginning. 

At the company Halloween party she meets Drake not realizing he's the man she's been trying to get a word with. 

Drake is a 300 year old werewolf who has waited for his mate for so long he's given up hope finding her. He can't believe that Emelia is really her. Looking to get to know her better he has his HR department move her in as his secretary. Things don't go well right in the beginning, but as time goes by he falls in love with Emelia, but can she accepted the differences in their lives?

While the two struggle to get together, someone else stands to lose everything if they get together and he'll do everything to keep them apart, even kill Emelia. 

I'm a true fan of paranormal books and especially love a good werewolf shifter romance. This one is well written, sticks to theme and moves pretty quickly through the scenes. The hero is charming in his own way and I love the fiesty heroine. 

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.
What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense… 
When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Romance Book Review: W Lynn Chantale's Tag Team Beauty Queen

Author: W. Lynn Chantale
Series Connection: Love Smackdown/ Pinning Casanova
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Whisper Publishing

Quick erotic sexy fill romp, featuring a beauty queen and two wrestlers she's hot for. The only problem is as queen she isn't suppose to be involved with one of the wrestlers, much less two.

Alexa has always followed her heart, but when her feelings lead her to bed The Tag Team duo of Perfect Storm, well she’s in heaven. That is until another wrestler threatens their happy balance. Tono and Daniel, known as Perfect Storm, don't mind sharing Alexa. In fact, they’ve embraced all the pleasure a threesome will bring. When a heel and fellow wrestler, Virgil, decides to bring his villainous ways outside the ring, all hell breaks loose. With the relationship in jeopardy the guys scramble to defend their beauty queen’s honor and show Virgil why they’re the champions.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Romance Book Review: Debra Kayn's Homemade Hijinks

Author: Debra Kayn
ISBN: 9781616504670
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press

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Cute contemporary romance featuring two people still in love but feeling being together is never going to happen because they both want different things.

Alex has come back home for the Christmas to convince his former  fiance to reunite in anyway he can.

Shannon moved around her whole life and when she moved out on her own she decided she was going to put down roots and not move. Now she is settled in a nice small town with people she loves. She thought she was going to settle down with Alex in her nice small town, but Alex wanted more. He attended law school and moved to the big city.

Now Alex is back and Shannon doesn't know what she's going to do. When Alex and Shannon get stuck in Shannon's Smart House, they are forced to spend time together and talk out their problems. Can Alex convince Shannon to take him back?

Well written sweet romance.

Can a house make unlikely demands…and be the savior for unsuspecting lovers? After being dragged around the world since birth by her parents, quirky hairstylist Shannon Johansson has sworn to plant her business…and her butt…in Seaport, California. Risking the loss of the love of her life, she settles in a defective Smart House. A bulldog in the courtroom, Alex Yager has to convince Shannon he still loves her.

Nine months apart has proven his success is nothing without her to share it with. When Shannon’s pain of a Smart House locks them in during his New Year’s visit, he seizes the opportunity to win back his girl once and for all. No matter what it takes. Alex is back and playing hardball like the attorney he is, and Shannon’s tired of fighting.

Can she give in to her love for Alex? He’s hoping he can get them out of the crazy house and propose before the town rings in the new year.

CONTENT WARNING: Old flames, a smartass smart house and NO dog. Hot reunion. There’s more than one way to ‘ring’ in a new year.