Saturday, May 28, 2016

Romance Book Review: Tessa Clarke's Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf
Author: Tessa Clarke
Series Connection: The Wolf Shifters of Raven Ridge Book 1
ISBN: 9780994942128
Genre: BBW Romance, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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On one of her first days at work in a new town and a new Veterinary Clinic, Delaney is covering to the older doctor who is about to retire when she meets war veteran, rancher, and shifter, Leif. She is immediately attracted to Leif and after spending a day with him, helping an eagle who has hurt his wing, she decides to take a chance with him. Little does she know all the baggage he brings with him.

Leif has been going through women since his return from Afghanistan. He doesn't know what he's looking for. While other shifters are looking for their mates to share with their brothers, he has decided he wants to be a lone wolf. The he meets Delaney and all that has changed. Not the lone wolf part, he's sure he still wants that, but taking a Delaney for a mate may just be what he wants. That is until one of his brother's begins to take an interest in Delaney, as well. 

This is a short novel with a lot of depth. Leif is the perfect hero type with a lot to figure out after coming home from war. Delaney is a strong heroine who can take care of herself. This book is well written for a short erotic romance, however there was a lot of what I like to call "F" bombs floating around that I thought was unnecessary and a little off putting as it didn't seem either of the characters were the type to use that kind of language. 

Lone Wolf is a standalone novella with no cliffhanger. 

When curvy veterinarian Delany Nichols meets sexy rancher Leif Pierce, sparks fly, but Leif is a wolf shifter with a past, and his brothers have expectations that he'll share his future mate. Leif's oldest brother, Wyatt, wants Leif back as part of the pack, for Leif's own good, but Leif is determined to be a lone wolf and keep Delany all to himself. 

When Leif's secrets catch up with him and threaten to tear he and Delany apart, Leif must confront his demons and his brothers, and convince Delany he can be trusted with her heart. 

Reader Note: This book contains hot sex and adult language. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like stories about true love, finding a mate, and sexy shifters and curvy girls, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Romance Book Review: Diana Palmer's Defender

by Diana Palmer
Series Connection: Long Tall Texans
ISBN: 9780373789733
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense Romance, Western Romance
Publisher: HQN Books, Harlequin
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Purchase Link: Amazon

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I always say this before reviewing a Diana Palmer book, so I'll resay it again—Diana's style isn't for everyone. I like her bold heroes and her young feisty heroines. A lot of reviewers spend their time criticizing  the fact that the women are virgins, which many believe is just not the norm in today's world, but she always has a sensible reason why this is so for each individual woman. Another issue that tends to come up often is the fact that for this one small Texas town there seem to be a lot of mercenaries, FBI and Texas Rangers, but I say hey this is a romance novel Diana's world can be anything she makes it within the pages of her book. With that all in mind, lets get down to the details on this story. 

Sari and Merrie are two young women who live with their millionaire father. Dad is very over protective, for reasons you learn in the story, and hires a bodyguard to keep watch over the girls. Dad is also very abusive, but the girls keep this as a secret for fear of what will happen to those they hold dear. 

Paul is the bodyguard. He is very fond of both girls, but Sari is special to him. Paul hasn't come to grips with a tragedy from his past and is using his time as a bodyguard for the girls to heal, but as with most men in Diana's stories he isn't doing the best job of it. 

When his relationship with Sari get a little to close for comfort, Paul decides its time to move on. He knows that neither he or Sari is ready for that next step. He leaves in the worst possible way and breaks Sari's heart. 

Flash forward three years later, Sari has finish law school and is working for the local DA. Her father is getting worse and is in big trouble and is still way over protective. 

Paul is now working for the FBI and gets sucked back into Sari and Merrie's life. Now Paul needs Sari's trust, but after everything that's happened in their past is that possible?

Paul is a little different from many of the heroes that live in Diana Palmer's books. He isn't quite as arrogant and really does care for Sari and Merrie. This is one of the reasons why I liked this book so much. Also, she goes into a lot more detail about the before time with the two and how their relationship started, making it seem a little slow moving in the beginning, but as you get further in the book, you can appreciate why that was necessary. 

Sari is like most of the heroines in other novels within the series. She pushes and she works hard through many heartbreaks in her life, but eventually you pulls through in the end and makes something happen with her life. 

Where the story went a little wrong for me is how Paul leaves Sari's life with a lie that seems uncharacteristic of him, plus their relationship issues at the end of the book, that also seem out of character for him. 

One of the best parts about this book is that there is a good deal of suspense that runs through the pages, much better written than in recent books in the series. I liked it. 

From the sound of it Merrie's story is in the works for the future sometime, which should prove to be interesting. 

The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love. 

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left. 

Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?

Romance Book Review: Milly Taiden's Sassy in Diapers and Fighting for her Mate

Sassy In Diapers
Author: Milly Taiden
Series Connection: Sassy Mates
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Series Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Milly Taiden continues her Sassy Mates series with a short that tell a quick story of how Karla and Nate are doing during their pregnancy time with the triplets.

Karla is a little insecure about her mothering skills and it is up to her mate Nate to show her how wonderful she'll be with their future children.

Cute story check in story just to see what is going on with the sassy gang in between books.

This is a SHORT. This is NOT a standalone full length story. It is intended to be read in order after you read the previous books.

Time to revisit Karla and Nate.

Karla Wolfe is scared. Motherhood is coming much faster than she can accept. The last thing she wants is to be a replica of her own mother.

Nate Wolfe loves his mate unconditionally. Except, he’s not really sure what’s going on with her lately. His concern for her leads him to ask his family for help.

What comes next is hilarity, romance, love, tears and babies. Will Karla figure out motherhood or will she feel lonelier than ever?

Reader’s Note: If you don’t like sex of any kind, this is probably not the book for you. Intended for 18+ readers only.

Fighting for her Mate
Author: Milly Taiden
Series Connection: Sassy Mates
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Series Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Finally Ellie and Caleb's story.

Ellie and Caleb have known they were mates since they were young, but Caleb kept them apart until he knew he could defeat his uncle and challenge for the pack leader role.

It is almost time to take control, but Caleb is still worried about Ellie, although secretly married now,  Ellie is still arguing with Caleb to fight by his side. In the meantime, Nate and Karla's triplets are beautiful in every way, most of Karla's doubt are gone, but a family friend who sees the future realizes there is more to the triplets than meets the eye and helps to move their growth along.

There are a few things in this book that I was a little disappointed with and honestly couldn't figure out what Caleb was waiting for, but the last several chapters saves the day for this book and I can forgive the problems at the beginning of the book, so just keep reading and enjoy.

***Attention readers. This is NOT a standalone book. You really NEED to read the others in the series to finally understand this story. Please take this into consideration before buying.*** 

Ellie Wolfe has watched her family fight for love and justice. She's watched the man she loves battle to get his land and his people back. Now, she's done watching. She will fight for the chance at love and a happily ever after. 

Caleb Rahound has been waiting for the right time to bring his uncle to his knees and retake the alpha position rightly his. With his uncle's plan to hurt the mates, kidnap the babies, and take over the Wolfe pack, he's got to step up and take charge. Even if that means pushing his mate aside to ensure her safety. 

With the help of vampires, rogue wolves, and his friends, Caleb will make a stand and finally try to remove the man destroying his pack. Only the strongest will survive. But Ellie isn't about to stand by and let her mate fight alone. When the need arises, she's willing and ready to fight for her mate. 

Reading ORDER: 
Scent of a Mate - Book 1 
A Mate's Bite - Book 2 
Unexpectedly Mated - Book 3 
Sassy Wedding - Short 1 
The Mate Challenge - Book 4 
Sassy in diapers - Short 2 

Fighting for her Mate - Book 5

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Romance Book Review: Zoe Chant's Trusting the Tiger

Author: Zoe Chant
ASIN: B01F1472BO
Genre: BBW Romance, Shifter Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Author

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Toni knew she was in for an adventure when she took her niece and nephew away camping for the weekend, but she never thought she meet sexy tiger shifter, Jack, and she wasn't expecting chasing after hunters and kidnappers. 

Jack knew that minute he met Toni that she was his mate, but how could his mate be human and how was he supposed to go on with their life together without telling her of his other side?

Action packed paranormal, featuring a hunky tiger shifter and a BBW who is a little different then the rest of her shifter family. I loved Jack and Toni together. Both with something to hide, they need to figure out their way to telling each other their stories, while battling kidnappers, hunters and more.  

A lonely BBW who can't shift, on vacation with her shifter family + a billionaire tiger shifter looking for a family + a kidnapping plot that threatens to rip them apart = one sexy and dangerous weekend getaway! 

Curvy Toni Oglietti comes from a family of cat shifters ... but she's the only one who can't shift. She feels like she's missing out on everything, but what hurts the most is knowing that she'll never have a mate. Dating a human would risk her entire family, but shifters only mate with other shifters. When her young niece and nephew ditch her on a family vacation, she faces another weekend on the sidelines ... until the most handsome man she's ever met makes it his mission to show her a good time. 

Tiger shifter Jack Silver lost his family when he was young. He's met other shifters since then, but has never found a place that feels like home. But when he returned to his family forest, he found the last thing he expected: the mate he'd been searching for all this time. Shifter or not, Jack knows Toni is the one for him. 

When a shadowy figure from Jack's past kidnaps Toni's niece and nephew and threatens to destroy their newfound happiness, Toni and Jack must work together to save her family - and each other. But can a shifter and a human ever be true mates? 

Trusting the Tiger is a sizzling hot, action-packed, standalone BBW tiger shifter romance. No cliffhangers!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Romance Book Review: Bianca D'Arc's Grif: Tales of the Were

Author: Bianca D'Arc
Series Connection: Redstone Clan
Genre: Paranormal, Werecats Romance, Erotic Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Lindsey wants to right a wrong her grandfather committed to honor his memory, but the local werewolf pack doesn't want her anywhere near them and is trying to push her away.

Lindsey is stubborn though and determined to do the right thing. When she meets Grif, a werecat and leader of the Redstone Clan, she isn't sure that getting involved right now is the best thing to do.

After a family tragedy Grif decides to take his younger sister on a trip to help her heal. When he runs into a woman who is being harrassed by a local shifter group Grif can't help but come to her aide. He knows that he has strong feelings for Lindsey, but because she isn't were, Grif can't understand the connection. 

I'd missed this story, which was published in 2013, but when I came across it I remembered that Grif was mentioned in another Bianca D'Arc books and decided to read check it out. I liked Grif and was happy to see that he had his own story. I thought Grif turned out to be an interesting character, but Lindsey was another story. At first I liked her, but town the middle of the book I felt the story started to pull away and Lindsey went from a strong character to a little whisy-washy. 

Griffon Redstone is the eldest of five brothers and the leader of one of the most influential shifter Clans in North America. He seeks solace in the mountains, away from the horrific events of the past months, for both himself and his young sister. The deaths of their older sister and mother have hit them both very hard.

Lindsey Tate is human, but very aware of the werewolf Pack that lives near her grandfather's old cabin. She's come to right a wrong her grandfather committed against the Pack and salvage what's left of her family's honor - if the wolves will let her. Mostly, they seem intent on running her out of town on a rail.

But the golden haired stranger, Grif, comes to her rescue more than once. He stands up for her against the wolf Pack and then helps her fix the old generator at the cabin, making it habitable for her while she completes her task. He's friendly and all too attractive, but she has a job to do, regardless of the cost to herself or her budding relationship with the local handyman.

When she performs the ceremony she expects will end in her death, the shifter deity has other ideas and turns the tables on them all. Grif's dual nature is revealed and Lindsey learns there is much more going on than she thought.

Thrown together by fate, neither of them can deny the deep and true attraction between them. They come together, but in the end will an old enemy rip them apart?

Warning: Cats are frisky and they get up to all sorts of naughtiness, including a frenzy-induced multi-partner situation that might be a little intense for some readers. You have been warned.

* Look for the other books in this series, available now in ebook and print.

The Tales of the Were includes:
Main series: Lords of the Were, Inferno
The Others: Rocky, Slide
Redstone Clan: Grif, Red, and three more coming soon!
The Brotherhood of Blood series is related, and includes:
Vamps: One & Only (novella), Rare Vintage (novella), Phantom Desires (novella), Sweeter Than Wine (novel), & Forever Valentine (novella).

Wolves: Wolf Hills, Wolf Quest

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle and Erin Tate's Taulan

Author: Celia Kyle, Erin Tate
Series Connection: Dragons of Preor 
Genre: Scifi, Alien, Weredragon, Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon 

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Dragon of Preor series continues with scenes from the fight on the ship as the Primary Master of the ship, Taulan, fights to keep control of his ship. 

After losing his wings in battle, Taulan feels he is unworthy and just wishes to go back to his home planet. Now healed he serves as a protector to the princess of the Ujai race. Still fighting with his feelings of inadequacy Taulan brings his charge down to the beach, where he meets his mate, Lana. 

Lana, running from her abusive ex-boyfriend, uses a false name to get a job at the Ujay compound. Waiting on the beach for her job interview, Lana sees a young child in distress in the water and runs to the rescue. But being the good samaritan isn't always the best idea, especially when she winds up in the Ujay prison. 

Taulan isn't about to let his mate be detained by the Ujai, but her release comes with a price for Lana. 

Good reading for sci-fi fans. As in the other books so far in this series, the world building is great and the characters are likable and work well together. Don't have to read the rest of the series to enjoy this book, but it would worth the reads to check out both the stories about the Preor and the Ujai. 

He wants to return to Preor and she wants a job, but you don’t always get what you want. 

Lana Cooper is down to her last hundred dollars, has no job, and her clunker of a car has finally clunked out. How has her life become such a cluster of horribleness? Oh, right. A guy. Only she doesn’t get a chance to beg for a job. Nope, one walk along the beach changes everything. Oh, she has a job now… as the mate to a hot, hunky Preor dragon male. 

Taulan sen Pavon is anxious to return to his home on Preor. Yes, he’d journeyed to Earth in hopes of finding a human mate, but now… Now he would like to heal in the privacy of his aerie. Wings destroyed and body damaged by an explosion, he has no desire to watch others find joy with their mates while he remains unworthy and alone on a ship filled with thousands. But then he finds Lana. Lana with her alluring smile, sparkling eyes, luscious body, and whose mere presence initiates the Knowing. 

Can he live long enough to claim her? Can she see past her father’s prejudice to love him? Both questions are pointless because there are still Preor who despise the joining of humans and dragons. They will stop at nothing to drive a wedge between the races. Including murder. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Romance Book Review: M.O. Kenyan's The Devil's Angel

Author: M.O. Kenyan
Genre(s): Erotic Contemporary Romance, Interracial Romance, Suspense Romance
Digital ISBN: 9781944270162 
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk Press

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Rae's twin Rubi hasn't forgiven her for the fact that the accident that took Rae's leg took the lives of their parents. They had to spend the rest of their childhood in an orphenage. While Rae grew up to be a sweet person who is happy to let life happen and be happy that she is alive, Rubi wants more and more and what she wants is a piece of the D'Alessandro fortune. 

She might have been able to achieve her goal, if only Yvan didn't find out that Rubi was also having an affair with his father. When he first confronts Rubi she blames her twin sister, but when Yvan finds out that her sister is an angle, compared to Rubi's evil he turns the tables on Rubi and marries Rae instead. 

For Yvan Rae may just turn out to be the angel that Yvan needs to turn his life around. Ruby on the other hand can't stand that her sister is getting the life Rubi thought she deserved and will stop at nothing to get. 

This is an suspense packed novel packed into 88 pages. While that alone would be enough for the story, I wish that the characters would be a little more developed and a better love story was able to develop between Rae and Yvan. But if your looking for a good quick read, it is worth the purchase price. 

Loving you, lusting for her.

Yvan D'Alessandro likes his women the same way he likes his business—exclusive and under his control. Unfortunately for him, he finds out that the woman he's been sleeping with is having an affair with another man on the side. Furious, Yvan plans to exact a special kind of revenge on his cheating lover.

All he needs is the help of her sister, Rae Santos…

Sick and tired of having her life stolen from her by her vindictive twin sister, Rae accepts the proposition her sister's new flame, sexy businessman Yvan D'Alessandro, offers. Unfortunately for her, it's not long until she finds out that she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Romance Book Review: Rebecca Airies' Sabotaged Desires

Author: Rebecca Airies
ISBN: 9781603100533
Genre: Ménage a Trois, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Futuristic
Publisher: Red Sage

Purchase Link: Red Sage

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Taking readers into the future and a spaceship leading the inhabitants to a new world, Rebecca Airies introduces Suz, Robert and David. When they took on the assignment of colonizing a planet, Suz, Robert and David were picked as a triad. None knew each other before they got on the ship and were married, so when Robert is sent a message and told that Suz betrayed him, he believed the note and didn't give Suz a chance to explain. 

When Robert is confronted to handle the tense situation their relationship had become, they realize that the person who sent the message had put them in more danger than just ruining their marriage. Now it is up to them all the save the day before the whole ship parishes. 

Lots of three way loving going on in this book, almost to the extent as everything revolves around the sex and not the background story. I'd have liked a little more of that in the story, but for those who like a lot of Ménage a Trois in their stories, this is a good one for you. 

Suz Lore thought she had everything she wanted, a job as an engineer and a position on a colony ship headed to another planet. That was before her arranged ménage marriage with Robert Smith and David Bradford turned into a disaster. She’d thought they were building more than a sizzling sexual relationship, but all they do is argue now. 

She isn't surprised when they're sequestered in a room in order to reignite the passion between them and learn to trust again. Robert believes she betrayed him while David is stuck in the middle of their conflict. Getting Robert to talk about what made him angry is difficult, but they discover there's far more behind their problems than a message with misleading information. 

A virus has overtaken the ship's computers, put them on a different heading and cut them off from all communication. They must work together to find a way to survive and rebuild their relationship.

Reader Alert! 
Suz didn’t expect more than companionship from her arranged marriage, but she isn’t willing to give up the undeniable passion and security she’s found in Robert and David’s arms. Robert may be the captain of the ship, but he’s going to find that in marriage, the captain does not have the final say.

To My Readers: Sabotaged Desires began as a “what if” writing exercise. What if there was a woman trapped in a box with two men. Sounds deliciously wicked, doesn’t it? When the characters stepped into the scene, the story became explosive. They kept me wondering how they’d work through their problems and find their happy ending.

About the Author: 

A voracious reader since childhood, Rebecca Airies has always enjoyed getting lost in the fantastic worlds of science fiction, horror, fantasy and romance. When she began to write her own stories, they always had a romantic edge. Rebecca currently lives in Texas and writes with the help of a couple feline critics. She’s a multi-published author whose muse loves fantasy, sci-fi and the paranormal, as well as strong heroines who are sometimes as stubborn as their heroes. She loves to here from her readers. Email her at