Nov 24, 2017

Book Review: Running Into Love

Fawn Callaghan has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.

Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?

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This book was definitely not for me.  In my opinion, Levi is everyone's worst nightmare of a man.  Even though Fawn attempts to avoid him, he hunts her down calling her demeaning names like Baby.  He's pretty much the definition of a stalker even though he wears a badge.  And his thoughts about owning her...shudder...

Fawn was nice enough but just the fact that she lets Levi get away with that stuff and still gets together with him causes me to wonder if she needs help with her self worth.

As you can tell,this isn't a book that I would recommend to my readers.  This book stunned me with all the things that Levi pulls and manages to get away with.  Personally I would have called his captain.


Book Review: Fierce Obsessions

When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

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Riley has always been one of my favorite characters in this series so I was rather happy to see that she was finally getting her book and her love.  While she opens her heart freely to the children, she is rather prickly with any adult that tries to get close to her.  Riley figures that if she doesn't let anyone close than they won't be able to hurt or desert her like she feels her parents did.  She didn't count on Tao's ability to sneak his way in.

Tao is blunt and totally undiplomatic.  And he doesn't like anyone who might bring danger to his pack. However after watching Riley for a while, he has decided that she doesn't fit into that category but knows that if he lets Riley know that he has changed his mind, she will fly to the hills.

What a great book!  One thing that I really like about this series is how it will highlight one or two of the pack while still giving the readers a chance to check up on the rest.  FIERCE OBSESSIONS stands very nicely on its own but I do recommend starting this series from the very beginning so that you are able to get the inside story on the rest.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy paranormal romance.  I do want to give a warning however that it does contain a lot of sex and violence so might not be appropriate for all readers.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Nov 14, 2017

Book Review: Killing June

At night I’m June, dominating with the whip, even as I crave the hot, searing blow of the cane, myself. I loathe this side of who I am, but I can’t deny it or escape it. And as my clients cry out for me, begging for mercy, I can't help but want June dead.

By day, I’m Alex Ryan, the good, successful Southern woman everyone thinks I am. I’ve compartmentalized my life to make it bearable, and to get what I want most: revenge. I can have a future with June dead, as soon as I confront the man that terrorized my past.

Cade Brannon is the local gun for hire, part of the seedy underworld of Dallas, but he may also be my savior. I want his help and he wants me. But Cade refuses to play by my rules and is forcing his way into every one of those compartments that I want to lock away. Now the parts of my life I’ve fought so hard to keep separate are bleeding together and it’s tearing me apart.

I just want to go back to being Alex Ryan. But at what cost am I willing to kill June?

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I very much enjoy reading dark fantasy but when I started this book, my first thought was that this book was way too dark for my tastes.  But then I got to know Alex.   I started to care for her and the different parts of her personality and I wanted to see her accepting all the aspects of herself.  

And then there was Cade.  He saw all of Alex and accepted her.  He tried to put her back together.  His line of work might be dark but at his core, Cade is a very good man.  

I do recommend KILLING JUNE to my readers but be warned it is a very dark love story complete with BSDM, drugs and other violence.  If that doesn't phase you than this is a very good book.  A story of redemption that is well worth reading.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Nov 13, 2017

Book Review: before I knew

On the second anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she’s set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband’s reckless dare cost Alec’s brother his life.

Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby’s lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he’s determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he’s loved from afar find happiness again.

But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec’s do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.

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I want to say first off that I am a sucker for books set in a location that I am familiar with though I tend to be pickier as the author also has to have a good handle on the streets and even the general attitudes of the people living there.  Ms. Beck did a fabulous job with portraying Portland and the surrounding towns.   Her descriptions of the sunsets are enough to bring me back to the time I spent living there.

I find that second chance contemporary romances really satisfy my need to believe that there is someone for everyone and you don't have to find that person on the first try.  Colby and Alec have a long history as friends but some deaths have put their families on the outs.  Regardless, Alec finds that he is still in love with Colby but they both have a lot of baggage to work through.  I found myself cheering both of them on as they struggle to find the right note so that their changed relationship will be able to grow stronger.

I really enjoyed BEFORE I KNEW.  The story and the characters engrossed me and made me believe in happy ever afters do come about with a little work.  I would recommend this book to my readers who enjoy contemporary romance.  There is some sex in this book but nothing explicit so all ages could enjoy the story. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Nov 10, 2017

Book Review: Tangled In Time

To set him free from an ancient curse, she must travel to a time of myth and legend…

Regan MacCarthy’s ability to see ghosts is a gift inherited from her Irish ancestors, but it’s one she’d dearly like to give back. In an attempt to return her powers to their source, she travels to Ireland to harness the ancient magic that still permeates the mystical site of Newgrange. Instead, something far more unexpected awaits her: a strapping, gorgeous stranger who insists he’s a centuries-old Celtic warrior.
Fáelán was one of Fionn MacCumhaill’s elite soldiers before being cursed by a resentful fae princess. The only way to free himself is to fall so deeply in love that he’d sacrifice his life. Not an easy matter when he’s invisible to most. Yet Regan sees him—not just the proud, handsome warrior on the surface, but the complex man beneath. Only when it’s too late does Fáelán realize that drawing this beautiful mortal into his world has endangered them both, and may destroy the happiness he’s waited an eternity to claim…

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I have been a sucker for a good time travel romance ever since I read Outlander back in the 90s.  That being said, the bar was also set high due to that book and series, and I have read more than few duds.  I am so happy to say that TANGLED IN TIME is far from a dud.

I immediately related to Regan from the very first chapter and that feeling just grew stronger throughout the book.  Her thoughts and comments about her 'boasty ghosty' were both amusing and rather hot at others.  I found myself cheering her and Fáelán on as their relationship deepened.  

Now Fáelán has me wondering how I could find muyself on of Fionn's elite.  He is well spoken, very disciplined and oh so hot. When I learned of his curse, I was crossing my fingers that it could be broken easily but we all know how that goes.

I highly recommend TANGLED IN TIME to any of my readers who enjoy time travel romances especially ones with a bit of magic blended in.  This story will sweep you away from the humdrum of your every day life and shows how love (along with a bit of magic) can overcome all.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Nov 9, 2017

Book Review: The Transporter

He’s used to being in the driver’s seat…until the girl he rescues makes him lose control.

Shane Sullivan, a.k.a. the Transporter, channels his need for speed into top-secret delivery runs for the Hudson Kings, an elite band of mercenaries. His precious cargo has never talked back—until now. He’s riding to the rescue of his fellow team member’s sister, who’s fleeing her abusive boyfriend. His job: steer clear of trouble and get her to New York City in one piece. But he didn’t count on her driving him to distraction. Now he needs to keep both hands on the wheel—and off his best friend’s sister.

Cecily Keegan has a poor track record when it comes to falling for charming bad guys. So although she’s grateful for this hard-bodied wheelman’s protection, she’s terrified of listening to her heart, which has been racing since she got into his backseat. But when she learns that the danger is far greater than a possessive ex, she has to trust Shane—because sometimes the bad guys turn out to be good after all.

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First off, let me say that this book is well written.  The pacing was smooth and the dialogue spot on which makes for an enjoyable book.  I really think that this is a book that a lot of readers will love.

That being said, I didn't fall in love with this book.  There was a sense of remove, a glass wall between me and the characters.  This really affected my being able to care about the characters which in turn affected the tension that the author was trying to build up.  I think that a part of it is the fact that I didn't find it realistic that Cecily is running from an abusive relationship yet is immediately ready to jump right back into one fraught with danger.  I have had an abusive relationship in the past and it took me a while to gain back my sense of self worth.  Sure I had some rebound flings but those were filled with self doubt.  And that self doubt just isn't apparent in her when it comes to Shane.  

Like I said, I am sure that many of my readers will enjoy this book and it is the start of a new series so jump into the story of the Hudson Kings from the beginning.  This book does contain violence and some rather hot sex scenes so be forewarned.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Nov 8, 2017

Book Review: The Lady's Guard

London, 1822At the notorious Hell and Sin Club nestled in London’s dark streets, Niall Marksman relishes taking the fortunes of the very same society that once disregarded his existence. Oh yes, Niall has sold his soul to the devil and paid dearly. It’s only when Lady Diana Verney appears at the gaming club looking for help that Niall knows that the devil has finally come to collect…by forcing him to protect the duke’s pampered daughter.

Disdained by the peerage and ignored by her father, Diana knows that someone wants to harm her. Her only protection is Niall, a scarred, intense man who lives and dies by the knife. Now her life and safety are in the hands of the most dangerous man in London. But a man raised on the city’s mercenary streets is adept at stealing anything he wishes—including a lady’s reputation and her heart.

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Wow!   I read historical romances as a way to escape the stress of everyday living.   I achieved that goal in spades with THE LADY'S GUARD.

The tone of this book is darker then I usually run across in this genre being set in both Diana's world of the peerage and the rundown  streets around Niall's club.  It deals with two people in two entirely different worlds who are more alike then they would have thought.  One thing that I really appreciated was how much both Diana and Niall grow and change as they get to know one another. 

I do feel that any of my readers that enjoy a good historical romance will love THE LADY'S GUARD.  There is some violence as someone is looking to kill Diana. I know that I will definitely keep an eye out for any future releases from Ms. Caldwell.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Nov 6, 2017

Book Review: Fury of Surrender

Dragon warrior Forge has been sentenced to death by the Dragonkind elite. Recalling the memories of his family’s murders could drive him to the edge of insanity, but it’s the only way to remove the target on his back. Fiercely determined to protect his pack and his newborn son, Forge agrees to undergo harrowing treatments to help him remember the trauma buried deep inside his heart and mind. When nothing works, a woman of unprecedented power is brought in to help.

Young, bright, and haunted by her own demons, hypnotherapist Hope Cunningham helps patients recover from their darkest memories. But each time she liberates a wayward soul, Hope’s personal pain digs deeper—until one patient ignites an unforgettable passion.

Forge’s healing journey is not without risk. Unwittingly, he has put Hope in the middle of a dangerous war, one that could shatter their eternal bond. Will the curative power of love be enough to save them?

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Let me start off by saying how impressed I was with how well this book stood on its own.  It is actually the sixth in the series but I didn't feel lost or left out in the slightest.  I really appreciate when authors do such a great job of allowing the book to stand on its own merit.  Really encourages me to go pick up the previous books.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book.  Forge is a dreamboat but he does have some attitude issues.  He really needed a therapist to help him find his way.  The fact that Hope is also his mate just makes everything better.  And the secondary characters are well rounded which is another reason that I have to go read their stories.   

The author also took some time with the setting of this book.  It is set in the Puget Sound which is where I live.  You can bet that I would have picked up any discrepancies.  

I do feel that any of my readers that enjoy paranormal romance would really enjoy FURY OF SURRENDER.  You might even find that you will be searching down the earlier books like I will be.  There is some violence in this book but it  is usually in dragon form.  There is also some sex but nothing that goes overboard.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Nov 1, 2017

Book Review: Turned Up

Dillon Alexander has been Kit Derby’s nemesis since third grade, when he beat her in the school spelling bee. They’ve been competing ever since, driving each other to be the best at everything from science fairs to bake sales. While working together one night during their senior year, they stopped bickering long enough to share an emotionally charged kiss. But a tragedy that same night left them both racked with guilt, driving Dillon out of town and leaving Kit determined to keep her distance.

Now an emergency room physician, Dillon has returned to their hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Soon he and Kit fall back into old habits, sparring in public while trying to stay out of each other’s arms. But when a blizzard traps them overnight at Kit’s grandmother’s farmhouse, the real competition begins: Who will be the first to give in to the feelings they’ve denied for a decade?

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 I have really enjoyed meeting the residents of Chance.  Sure they get a lot of tornadoes but it has taught everyone the benefit of working together.  Everyone but Kit and Dillon who feel the need to turn everything into a contest between them.  That worked well until Dillon moved back home to Chance and is now trying to convince Kit that there is something more between them then competitiveness.  

TURNED UP is the third book in the Taking Chances series and I do have to say that it is my favorite.  That is in part because of the sparks that fly between Kit and Dillon and in part because I have the opportunity to see how all the other residents are doing.  This series has been about about second chances and the power of love which is something that is good to be reminded off time and time again.  

I do think that any of my readers who enjoy contemporary romance will enjoy this book  as well as the ones preceding it.  No real in your face violence but there some rather warm sex scenes.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.