Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Knew You Were Trouble by Soraya Lane

Faith Mendes is seeking help from her brother's best friend to escape an abusive relationship.  She needs a place to live and a job to continue with her masters.  Nathan King has always known Faith was off-limits but he desired her anyway.  Now that she is grown up and living in his house as his housekeeper, can he keep his hands of of her.

I am a sucker for a good cowboy story.  I liked the characters in this book.  While it is the third in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone.  I liked how Nate had to fight his attraction to Faith then when he gave in, had to fight to win her love and a HEA.

The one thing that bugged me throughout the novel was the use of the last name "King" and the Texas setting.  I wish the author had chosen a different last name because I was constantly reminded of the "King Ranch".

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

Dair Sinclair was captured and tortured on a mission to save his cousin from entering a convent.  Dair is unable to save his cousin and returns home broken and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.

A pagan midwife tells Dair's father that the only thing that can save him is a virgin bride.  Padraig will do anything to save his son and sets off to find his son's perfect wife.  At the MacLeod's castle he meets the shy, scarred Fia MacLeod and is convinced that she is perfect for Dair.

Dair does not want a bride and despite his attempts to frighten Fia, he starts to see her for her inner beauty and she sees the man he is under the scars and nightmares.

There is nothing like a wonderful Highland romance.  I was hooked from chapter one  to the end.  The reason I could not give this five stars was the prologue.  The book is supposed to be set in 1706, but with the pagan midwife/witch and "got to find a virgin" it felt like the book was set in the 1500's.

I loved the rich cast of characters that made this novel wonderful.  While there is a "Beauty and the Beast" theme, the Beauty had her own scars that caused her emotional pain.  That is why she understood the Beast so well.  

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Her Highland Master by Anya Summers

When Zoey Mills was accused of leaking client data to a magazine for a hefty payout, she decided to take a vacation in the Scottish Highlands.  A freak snow storm causes her to crash and end up stranded at Mullardoch Manor.  Declan McDougal is one of the founding members of The Dungeon Fantasy Club and is a Dom.  Zoe ends up without a place to stay and any funds because the B&B won't refund her money.  Declan offers her a place to stay in exchange for staying in his bed or any other place he wants her.  Unfortunately, Zoey's past finds her even in the Highlands and Declan's pat history makes him drive Zoey away.  Can Declan get over his past and open his heart to Zoe?

I jumped at the chance to review this book when I saw it involved a sexy Highlander that wasn't a historical romance.  I was not disappointed in this fast paced book.  At 135 pages, it was a quick read and a great escape.  I liked that there was a HEA in the book and not an obnoxious "got to wait for the next book" ending.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Diablo Lake:Moonstruck by Lauren Dane

Katie Faith Grady left Diablo Lake when Darrell Pembry left her at the alter.  Her dad has had a stroke and her family needs her to help run their restaurant. She moves back to town and into an apartment across the hall from Jace Dooley, the guy she lusted after for years.   They were good friends before she left town and now that she is back, he wants to be more than friends.

Now that Katie Faith is back in Diablo Lake, she is starting to become more in-tuned to the magic that is within her.  The Pembry wolves don't want to lose her power to the Dooley wolves and start to stir things up.  Can Katie Faith and Jace find their HEA?

Lauren Dane has created an amazing world with Diablo Lake.  I loved the blending of the witches and the wolves.  Jace was a total hottie and Katie Fath was a great heroine.  The supporting characters from Katie's parents to her BFF were what made this novel what it was.  I loved how Katie Faith found her power and how she dealt with Darrell and his smarmy father.  The small town setting was just wonderful.  I was so upset when I got to the end of the book.  I wanted to read the next in the series.  I liked how Jace and Katie Faith just didn't have sex in the first chapter of the book.  It took time and a build up and when it happened, WOW!

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.  Thank You!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

When Love Comes Calling by Samantha Kane

This is a two novella book.  As the disclaimer says, they are not for those under 18.  They are both extremely erotic.

A Lady in Waiting - Lady Sylvie is a widow that feels old and lonely until she is asked by a friend of her husband to give his son a living as a vicar.  Edmund James is a reformed rake that is now a vicar.  He desires lady Sylvie and will do everything he can to have her.

The Debutante - This is Clarissa Welliston's first season.  She wants a good, strong man to sweep her off her feet but she keeps finding the fortune hunters.  Dominic, Viscount Lethbridge sees Clari hiding in the wood outside a ball when a group of men start discussing Clari in a very unfavorable light.  Dominic is drawn to Clari and teaches her about passion.

My only issue with The Debutante is I wish it was much longer.  Samantha Kane is one of my all time favorite authors.  I was thrilled to find this book.

Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 2 by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur

There are two distinct novels in this book.  The first is Wild Passions by Kate Douglas.  Meg Bonner is getting married to the man of her dreams but she doesn't feel worthy of his love.  Meg and her freinds book a week at Feral Passions as a pre-wedding trip.  The men of Feral Passions are a group of hot werewolves that are searching for their mates.

I don't know who is luckier, the men of Feral Passions or the women.  This was a fun romp with hot men and hotter sex.  The only thing that would have made this novel better was if Meg's fiancee Zach was one of the pack that was living in the human world.  Kind of sad that her friends get an extra long life and Meg doesn't.  I loved how this novel was multi-cultural.

The second novel is Her Perfect Mates by A. C. Arthur.  While the first novel was all sunshine happy shifter, this novel was the dark, brooding shifter.  It was marvelous.  Malec Zenta and Channing Verdi are two betas in a pack.  They have different backgrounds but are best friends and love sharing women.  A human vet has entered Malec's life when a mysterious person starts killing innocent animals.  Caroline Douglas had a rough childhood and young adulthood.  She is a survivor, a strong woman that was meant for two betas.

I have always loved Greek mythology and this book was perfect.  I loved the characters when they were introduced in Volume 1.  This is a marvelous continuation of the story.  Malec and Channing are smoking hot and night and day from each other.  I loved the play between the guys and Caroline.  This was a marvelous continuation.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Amber Fire by Lisa Renee Jones

Amber Green wants to complete her late father's work and prove the existance of the Yaguara, a race of jaguar shape-shifters.  She meets Jareth who is just a determined to stop Amber from discovering more about the Yaguara.

As much as I liked this novella, I was aggravated by it.  It could have been a full length novel if the plot was completed.  The reader is just dropped in the middle of the book.  Amber has had some encounters with Jareth.  She learns that her mother was a Yaguara and the females develop a pregnancy illness and they die in childbirth.  Then there the whole "Hunter" thing.  If those plot lines were added, the novel could have been so much better.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Stare Him Down by Riley Murphy

I loved the relationship between James and Mickey.  He is a Dom and she realizes that after they are married if she wants to keep her husband, she needs to change and becomes a Sub. There is humor in this book that made it more than a "50 Shades" wannabe.  I enjoyed the characters and reading this novel.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

His Wicked Wish by Olivia Drake

Madelyn Swann''s mother was the daughter of a Duke and was disowned when she ran away with a traveling actor.  She had been notorious for turning down gentleman.  Madelyn dreams of opening hew own dress shop so she decides to sell herself to the highest bidder.  
Nathan Atwood, Viscount Rowley has returned to England after a ten year self-imposed exile.  He has made himself rich in trade in the far East.  He returned when his godmother sent him a letter saying his father had died.  When he arrived at his godmother's house, she tells him that his older brother not his father died and Nathan is now the heir.  This starts Nathan plotting revenge on his father.  He decides to find the most inappropriate bride and have her live with his family for the season.  Nathan picks Maddy to be his bride.  Little does he know that her blood is as blue as his.  Nathan plans to stay in London for the season then leave forever.  Nathan falls in love with Maddy but is that enough to heal the wound when he finds out that her grandfather is a Duke?

I liked Maddy.  I was on the fence with Nathan.  He used Maddy to embarrass his family and let them treat her like dirt.  His sister-in-law was the worst followed by the grandmother.  When Nathan discovers that Maddy had used the marriage to get to her grandfather, he is mad.   I did like that Maddy's good nature showed through and Nathan's family slowly changed their attitude toward her.
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.