Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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

Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Cynthia Eden

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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


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

Originally part of an Entangled anthology.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Romance Book Review: Carol Lynne's Fingerprints & Muddy Feet

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Cattle Valley
ISBN: 9781781848852
Genre: Gay/MM Contemporary
Publisher: Totally Bound
Purchase Link:  Totally Bound

In the 30th installment in the Cattle Valley series, Carol Lynne revisits the Nate, Ryan and Rio. Just before Christmas Nate learns that his younger brother and his wife is killed in a small plane crash leaving behind their two children. Over the past view years, Nate has been in touch with his brother's wife and unannounced to Nate, she leave the care of her children to Nate in her will.

Taking the trip to Washington D.C., Nate learns family secrets and meets his niece and nephew for the first time. Now the three men, who have always had free love throughout the whole house will have to figure out how to make the changes with two young impressionable children in the house back home in Cattle Valley.

Making room for two children in a busy household won’t be easy, but leave it to Nate, Ryan and Rio to do it with plenty of laughter and tears along the way.

At the age of eighteen, Nate Gills was forced out of his family for being gay. With hush money in his pocket and anger in his heart, Nate fled Washington DC for Chicago to start a new life. Although he eventually found love with two wonderful men, he buried his feelings of abandonment behind a façade of confidence.

When a horrific accident takes the lives of his younger brother and sister-in-law, Nate is forced to revisit the emotions he’d worked so hard to bury. In a twist of fate, Nate is named guardian of a niece and nephew he’s never met, putting him into direct conflict with the father who shunned him so many years earlier.

Will the threesome who have spent years enjoying sexual pleasure whenever and wherever the mood struck, be able to adjust to having two children in the house? Or will they lose their relationship along the way?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Romance Book Release: Melissa Klein's A Risk Worth Taking

Author: Melissa Klein
ISBN: 978-1-62830-135-9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Purchase Link: Amazon (now available at Amazon) | Wild Rose Press (purchase date at Wild Rose 2/21/14) E-Book and Paperback available

Grant Davis has always been a risk taker. He takes care of everyone in his life. When he gives his younger sister the wedding of her dreams, he meets the woman of his. The Groom's mother. Just one dance with Abby and Grant knows that he needs to get to know her better. 

Abby never thought that she would feel the attraction she feels for Grant, but it is ridiculous to even think of a relationship with her new daughter-in-law's brother. Grant isn't that much younger than her. At fifteen years older than his sister, it isn't like she's robbing the cradle, or at least not too much. 

Before Grant can convince Abby to take a risk on him, Abby decides to spend one year in a teacher switch program. Grant wants more of Abby, but how can he convince her to stay with him. 

I loved the characters in this book. Not one is perfect. Grant is works hard to take care of all his family. He works to get along with his ex-wife for the sake of his young daughter. Abby has raised her son and is ready to make some changes in her life. She takes her first motorcycle ride, scare to death but she's willing to take on the risks one at a time. This is definitely one that is worth the read. 

The mother of the groom has three duties: show up, shut up, and wear beige. So why is Abby Roberts agreeing to a second dance with the bride's older brother, much less kissing him? After years of playing it safe, she's ready to expand her horizons--even accepting a teaching job in London--but is she ready for a sexy new man in her life?

Grant Davis agreed to walk his sister down the aisle, never expecting the groom's mother to awaken passionate feelings he thought buried. Since his divorce he's focused on his business and taking care of his daughter's special needs. But something about the way Abby holds her own makes him think this is a woman he wants to know better.

With Abby's departure looming, Grant has to work fast. Can he convince her to let go of past mistakes and take a risk on love?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: Lacey Wolfe's Arranged Love

Author: Lacey Wolfe
ISBN: 9781940744063
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Tried and true plot in this quick read novel featuring two single thirty-somethings whose parents equally think it is time for them to meet someone and settle down. Giving each a little unwanted help the parents set up a dinner to introduce their children. The only problem is that the couple meet the night before at a bar and have a one night stand complete with giving false names.

Seeing that their parents aren't willing to give up the couple decide to make a fake relationship to keep their parents off their case. But can they spend time together and keep up with the great sex they have without falling for each other in the end?

Some twists and turns makes the story not so run of the mill. Add to that some fun loving parents as supporting characters and you have the recipe for a good weekend read.


They think they’re fooling their parents, but really, the joke’s on them.

Kayla Ames’s parents could win an award in meddling. Every time she turns around, they’re setting her up with someone new. Try as she might, she can’t convince them to butt out of her love life.

 Ryan Newell isn’t looking for love. After having his heart torn to shreds by his ex, he’s determined to never again fall in love and leave himself that vulnerable to being hurt. His parents, however, believe he just needs some help finding the right woman, and their friends’ daughter, Kayla, might be a perfect match. 

Realizing they both have the same problem—parents who won’t stop nagging them about finding a partner—Ryan and Kayla agree to an arrangement of sorts. All they have to do is pretend to date, and they don’t even have to see each other, they can discuss the details of their “dates” via email. But then the email conversations lead to real dates, and Kayla finds herself struggling to keep her feelings for Ryan in check as he’s made it clear love will not enter into the equation for him. Then Kayla’s parents suddenly announce they’re getting a divorce, and she begins to wonder if maybe Ryan has the right idea. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Romance Book Review: Vi Zetterwell's January and the Single Heart

Author: Vi Zetterwall
Series Connection: Single Heart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CC Productions

Purchase Link: Amazon

Short novella featuring Jan, a top notch sales person who is lucky at work, but unlucky at love. She starts out by remembering exactly how long it has been since she has been kissed. On one of her weekly walks she finds a coin that offers her hope that she will soon find true love. With her parents anniversary coming in just a few months and a promise she made to her mother, Jan isn't sure how she is going to handle her mother's disappointment to Jan not yet having a man to call her own. 

She seeks out the support of friends and even takes on the idea of just settling for a man she doesn't really like. 

Glen works in the same office as Jane and is in a similar boat as Jan. He doesn't have much luck with the ladies. The two spend a lovely afternoon on a walk together, but Jan can't get past what she's heard about Glen around the office. 

This familiar themed romance story starts off a bit rocky, but gets better as the story continues on. An easy story for a quick read. Toward the end I was really rooting for the couple. 


Thirty year old Jan Falkenberg hasn’t been kissed for nearly three years. On a serendipitous day she finds a peculiar gold coin that promises to bring luck in life and love. Just in time ... if you believe in that kind of thing! Jan has some burdensome promises to keep and a looming deadline. After making her find, she gains a new sense of confidence ... but nine more months pass and her lips are still waiting for a tender touch. Self-doubt fills her single heart and a hint of panic sets in. 
As time runs short, her risky promises are in jeopardy. With her deadline approaching, she faces painful options yet none of her candidates seem to be Mr. Right. Time and the coin will tell and Jan’s choice may solve her crisis ... or just fracture her heart 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Romance Book Review: Lisa Hughey's Stone Cold Heart

Author: Lisa Hughey
Series Connection: Family Stone
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Purchase Link: Amazon

The beginning of a new series starts with novella, Stone Cold Heart, great title that give the reader that there is a lot of live up to. The book introduces Jack Stone, the oldest brother who starts a business to bring his siblings together. The siblings include his younger step sister Jess. Jess never felt completely like one of the family. After deciding she needed to leave her job with the FBI as an assassin, she goes to work for her older brother humanitarian aid company. 

On her first mission she hooks up with an old lover she never expected to see again as well as realizes that this job may not be as much of a change from her old job as she thought. 

Was hoping for a little more action and suspense, but I'd be willing to check out the next books in the series to see what the author has in store for the rest of the Stone family. 

Jess Stone, former FBI sniper, always felt like the kid who looks in the candy store window but could never afford to go in. But on a humanitarian mission to aid an earthquake ravaged country, finally she finds a place where she fits, in Colin Davies' arms, and working for Global Humanitarian Relief, her big brother's company. But can the former SAS thaw Jess's stone cold heart? 

Check out These Other Family Stone Novellas: 

Carved in Stone: 
Connor Stone has always been odd man out in his family. Not the oldest, not the most charming, he'd had a lock on the youngest until another half-sibling came to live with them, so he raised hell in his youth. Con knows now the only way to redeem himself is with deeds, not words and sets out to prove once and for all he is worthy of the Stone family. When his older brother asks him to take care of business, Con finally will have redemption he craves. Except when Ava Sanchez, his brother's assistant, is threatened, he must choose between saving the girl or protecting his family. Will his choice bring him love or break his heart? 

Heart of Stone: 
Riley Stone is the handsome brother, the charming one. Everyone who meets him compares him to his father, which in his mind is not a compliment. But he's never met a woman he couldn't charm, until he meets Di, an acerbic, smart-mouthed, passionate activist who has no time for him or his charm. On the run, in the midst of danger, the blistering passion they share explodes. Can these two opposites find common ground, or will Di smash Riley's stone heart? 

And coming soon.... 

Still the One: 
Jack Stone, former Navy SEAL, and oldest Stone sibling is determined to keep his family strong. Family is everything. So he starts Global Humanitarian Relief and Stone Consulting to do some good and keep his family together. But when he has to team up with his old flame, Bliss, on a missing persons case, an evil threatens him, his family and the one woman he could never forget and doesn't want to let go. Can these two former lovers put aside past hurts and heal their hearts? 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Romance Book Review: Krystal Shannan's Waking Sarah

Author: Krystal Shannan
Series Connection: Vegas Mates
Genre: Paranormal / Witches / Vampires / Werewolves / Shifter / Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Purchase Link: Amazon

In book three of the Vegas Mates series, Krystal Shannan continues building her conflicted world of one werewolf pack and their efforts to break free from a dominating council that wants to keep control. The pack is struggling to pull together after the death of several members of their pack. Renata is still on the lose, running from the council and working on her plan to get back in the council's good graces.

In the meantime, the pack is working to find the latents from Stephan's decedents and wake up their wolves. Chris Michaels has been tasked with the job to work with the latents. The first is Sarah. Sarah is Bonnie, the restaurant owner, Bonnie's, daughter. She doesn't know her family background and isn't sure exactly what to believe. She suffers from terrible nightmares of her wolf working to get free, but she doesn't realize that's what it is until she learns about her heritage.

Chris suspects that Sarah is his mate, but he's been wrong before and he worries that he might be wrong again. To protect himself and Sarah he knows he must stay away until her wolf wakes.

This is a really good series, if you are interested in paranormal shifter romance. Lost of action, wonderfully done love making scenes and good character building. I'm hoping there are more stories coming in the future. This series should be read in order to keep up with what is happening.


Council threats and Renata’s deadly attack leave the Vegas pack scrambling to regroup… 

Heartbroken over the death of her fiancé and tortured by a voice in her mind that’s haunted her since childhood, Sarah McLain learns her true ancestry after attending her best friend Margaret’s wedding. Can the pack save Sarah from the darkness that threatens to overwhelm her? Or will the wolf inside drive her over the edge before they can show her being a supernatural being is a good thing? 

Chris Michaels is in charge of training the new latent werewolves at the O’Hearn mountain inn, now known as Woodhaven. His focus is tested when he finds out the beautiful but sad redhead, Sarah McLain, is his trainee. The connection he feels to her is strong but not magickal, and his wolf claims it foolish to listen to his human instincts. Can Chris heal her broken heart in time, or will he lose the woman he knows is perfect for him. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Romance Book Review: Krystal Shannan's Saving Margaret

Author: Krystal Shannan
Series Connection: Vegas Mates
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Werewolf, Bear
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Purchase Link: Amazon

Life as Margaret Taylor knows it is about to change. Everything in Margaret's life has been about her career and her family. She's a little bit envious of her friend Sam who has found her mate and lonely. At Sam's wedding Margaret meets a bear who turns out to be her mate. Being a pack wolf, Margaret never thought her mate would turn out being a bear. Bears don't live in packs and she rarely sees them living in Las Vegas. Can she really mate with someone so different. 

Scott can't believe his luck to have finally met his match after so many years of looking and to him Margaret is perfect even if she is a wolf and not a bear. 

Finding their soul mate isn't the only change Margaret and Scott on in for. A war is about to start between the some of the shifters and the council. Margaret finds herself in danger and what better protection than a giant bear to take care of her. 

Meanwhile there is more to the story of Sam's royal family revealed. 

This is turning into an interesting series. Not much of the Las Vegas backdrop is used in the story, but it is an interesting location for a shifter series. It would have been nice to see a little more color from the local. Otherwise this couple works well. The storyline is interesting and I'm very interested in purchasing the next book in the series to see where it goes. 

Successful, but lonely, Margaret Taylor finds her mate in the body of a man she least expects it in. A bear! Her human half tries to reason her way out of the match, but her wolf is through with her excuses. Crossing the species line isn’t unheard of, but it’s not often done. 

Try as she might to avoid him, fate makes sure the big grizzly bear is nearby at all times. But, will his presence be enough to protect her from the evil stalking her? 

The power of the magick between them can’t be avoided. But, Scott O’Hearn thinks the beautiful Taylor wolf is doing a fine job of just that —avoiding him. He can’t help he’s a bear shifter and he’s determined to convince her it doesn’t matter. She is his mate and he’s waited over a century to find her. 

Will he convince Margaret she’s his true match before it’s too late? 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Romance Book Review: Krystal Shannan's Chasing Sam

Author: Krystal Shannan
Series Connection: Vegas Mates Series
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Werewolves
Publisher: Amazon Digital

Purchase Link: Amazon

In the first book of the Vegas Mates Series, Sam is a med student coming home from school in the 25th year. She had hoped that her parents would let go of the idea of the ridiculous tradition of hosting a hunt to find her mate, but unfortunately when she gets home she finds that isn't the case.

To make matters worse she has a chance meeting with a man she could actually see as a mate potential, but because he isn't of noble blood she knows she will never get the chance to mate with him.

Chase can't believe that he has finally found a potential mate. At 75 years old he thought this day would never come. He knows that Sam is from a noble family, but he has to give it a chance to try and connect with her. When he finds out that she has to go through the traditional hunt, he knows that he can do nothing but Chase Sam. 

Very exciting start to a new series. My only real complaint is I feel like I'd would have liked to have a seen a slightly different ending. I'm sure that those who read the book would agree. 

Samantha Demakis doesn’t want a mate right now. She wants to finish her degree and work as a doctor in third world countries. Her birth-rite and family obligations to her status as the first daughter of a noble family beg to differ. In fact, even her wolf seems to be against her. When a chance encounter reveals the man who might just be a perfect fit, will she run? Or will she fight? 

Chase Michaels has been alone for seventy-five years. He’s fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan in the US Army. Somewhat resigned to never finding his true mate, he is shocked when his wolf reacts so strongly to a woman he runs into in the airport. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of the noble families, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war —a war for the heart of a woman he knows should be his. 

A lot of things are chasing Sam, but who or what will catch her in the end? 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Romance Book Review: Eden Ashe's The Dragon's Heart

Author: Eden Ashe
Series Connection: Dragon Lore
ISBN: 9781616505073
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Purchase Link: Lyrical Press

A year ago Dragon King Daniel Ashborne met and fell for movie star Shelby Kincade, but after only one night together both their lives were changed forever. Completely by accident Daniel mated with Shelby. It might not have been so bad if a dragon hunter hadn't broken in on them and attempted to kill Daniel and if Daniel hadn't spent the time since then blaming Shelby for setting him up.

Shelby has no idea what happened to Daniel after he disappeared from the back of an ambulance that night. When she see's him again it is to him saving her life. Can a movie star and a dragon king be together in a world where hunters and dragons are forever at war?

Interesting start to a new urban fantasy, romance series. Daniel is a strong brash character that most people couldn't stand to be in the room with for more than a few minutes. Shelby is a sweet actress who totals understands her man. 

The dragon-shifter king will do anything to keep his mate alive…even if it means war.

“We’re dragons. We don’t do the mushy friend thing.” – Daniel

After millennia as king of the dragon-shifters, Daniel Ashborne wants a little peace and quiet, especially from the beautiful Hollywood starlet who haunts his memories. His escape tactics end abruptly when he is called to the ER to save the one woman he wants to forget, but who now bears his mark.

Shelby Kincade’s life and movie career were nearly destroyed when Daniel vanished a year ago. Now he’s back, claiming they have been accidentally mated. Getting over him once was hard enough, but she must choose either the life of her dreams or the man she can’t live without.
With peace finally on the horizon between the dragon-shifters and the Hunters, an assassination attempt on the dragon king and his mate shatters everything. Tensions rebuild as Daniel and his loyal team of shifters try to discover who put out the hit. Enemy and ally lines are crossed, but in the end–after the battle ash has settled–no one could have foreseen who has plotted for their own gain.

CONTENT WARNING: Graphic fight scenes, lots of great sex, and hot, hot, hot dragon men.
A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy Romance

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Romance Book Review: Cheryl Brooks' Unbridled

Author: Cheryl Brooks
Series Connection: Unlikely Lovers
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Derrymane Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Miranda lost her husband years ago and has spent the last 23 years taking care of her autistic son. She doesn't think that she's looking for a man in her life, but she doesn't mind looking when she gets a chance and there is no one that draws her eye more than the young farrier, Travis, every times she goes to her horse riding lessons. But looking is all she intends to do, since Travis is way too young for her and he would have no interest in an old lady like her.

Travis has been looking for the right woman and just can't seem to find her. Every woman he goes out with just can't compare to Miranda. It is just too bad that Miranda is married. Or so he thinks because Miranda still wears her wedding ring. When Travis realizes that she isn't married, but a widow, all bets are off and he isn't going to let anything, not even her age, get between him and the woman he loves.

A little slow to start. but the second half of this is filled with lots of erotic fun.


When passion is given free rein…

Farrier Travis York has found his dream woman in nurse and horse breeder Miranda Jackson until he spots her wedding ring. He attempts to deny the attraction, but Miranda has already captured his heart.

A widow with an autistic child, Miranda wears her ring as a deterrent to suitors. Although smitten with Travis, she can’t believe the handsome younger man could ever be more than eye candy.
When Travis discovers Miranda’s widowhood, she acknowledges the attraction but still sees the age difference as an obstacle. An intense sexual encounter has Travis hearing wedding bells until a bump on the head leaves Miranda wondering what the hell she missed…