Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wolf's Mate by Celia Kyle

I haven't read one of Celia Kyle's books in a while.  I really enjoyed this one!  The characters were great.  There was a bromance with Declan and the rest of his team.  I liked the interactions between Declan and Abby.  This is a book I highly recommend!

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

Brutal Sin (The Vault #3) by Eden Summers

Brian is known by his friends and members of The Vault as Brute.  He is known for being heartless and ruthless.  Pamela is a member of The Vault to find the man who can satisfy her cravings that she hasn't felt since her husband died.

I have been waiting for this book and was so thrilled to get an ARC.  I loved Brute in the first two books.  Pamela is exactly what he needed.  She is strong enough to stand up to Bryan.  I loved his evolution from Brute to Bryan.

While I loved this book, I felt left in the dark with what had happened with Bryan's family.  I wish we knew the background because it clearly influenced the man.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stone Cold Fox by Evangeline Anderson

Jo Ferrell was cast out of her home and is on the run from the shadow chasing her.  She needs to find a shelter and ends up in a shed.

Reese Cooper owns the auto shop in Cougarville and is an Alpha fox.  When he finds a frightened woman in his shed, his fox perks up and wants to claim her as their mate.

Jo is confused by the changes in her body - the grey streak in her hair is gone, her body looks younger and firmer and the sex drive that she has ignored is going crazy.  She is finding it hard to resist Reese.

Can Jo and Reese find the strength to fight the dark magic that threatens their happiness.

Jo was an amazingly strong heroine.  She had survived PTSD for 20 years and isolated herself in a "yoga" community.  She finds her strength with Reese.

This is the third book in this series that I have read.  I like the author's version of shifters.  The females that are in their mid-40's and rejuvenate.  I also like that the male shifters are different.  In this novel, Reese is a fox that can go from tiny (which helps calm Reese) to OMG scary huge.  Love it!  I can't wait for the next book in the series!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rose by Leslie North

Giovani DeRose has dreamed of running his father's tattoo studio since he was a young boy just learning to draw.  Now, he is on a sinking ship that his brother owns yet isn't willing to give up an inch of control.  Antonio brings in Riley Byrne who has a strong finance background.  Riley and Giovani butt heads over her every change to Thorn Tattoo.  Can Giovani and Riley combine their talents and passion to help Thorn Tattoo survive?

After reading this book, I wanted to hop on a plane and go to Vegas so I could get a tattoo from Riley!  This is an amazing start to the series!  I think that Giovani is one of the best bad boy characters from Leslie North.  I can't wait for the rest of the series!

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

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

I enjoyed this novel.  Anewn Windham gave most people the impression that she was a demure young lady.  Lord Colin MacHugh was the strong, former soldier that is learning how to go about in polite society.  He has compassion and listens to Anwen.  It was a great read.

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

Blackthorne's Bride by Joan Johnston

The book opens with a rather brutal prologue in America.  Marcus, the Duke of Blackthorne is on a tour of America with his friend (who is the brother of his fiancee).  They want to go on a buffalo hunt and is in a band or renegade Sioux's camp.  He sees a young woman tied to a post and being whipped.  Marcus is stunned and attempts to barter for the girl with his knife and his grandfather's gold watch.  He rescues her and takes the girl to England.  Marcus has been summoned back home and takes the girl with him.  On the ship, he devoted himself to nursing the girl.  Since Marcus is going to be married soon, he asks his friend, Seaton, to take care of the girl.

Two years later, Marcus's wife has died in childbirth along with the baby and his younger brother died in a carriage race leaving Marcus the guardian of his two nephews.  The previous Duke has made a series of bad investments that ha almost bankrupted the estate.  Marcus needs to marry a rich woman to make the estate solvent and has his solicitor search for a wealthy American bride.

The young woman that Marcus saved, Josie Wentworth, was dumped at one of his estates at the request of Marcus's fiancee.  She knew she was dying and realizing that Marcus loved the young woman he had saved, wanted Marcus to have her after she died.

In the time that Josie has been at the crumbling estate, she has been a maid of all work at the mercy of the housekeeper and Marcus's nephews nanny.  A Pinkerton agent visits Josie and tells her that she is an heiress.  As Josie is getting ready to leave for America, she discovers that Marcus is now a widower and seeking an American heiress.  She decides to marry Marcus so that she can rescue his nephews and take them to America with her.

There were so many points in this novel that I wanted to scream.  I liked Josie and thought she was an amazingly strong woman.  However, what made this book a 3 rather than the 5 it should have been was Marcus.  He was obsessed with Josie from rescue to landing in London, then he just lets his friend take over.  Marcus is off-handed when asked about his nephews.  I would have rather seen Josie grab the boys and leave England with the Pinkerton agent and marry him!

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

Lord of Night by Erica Ridley

Miss Dahlia Grenville isn't like other proper debutantes.  She runs a home for wayward girls that has too many pupils and not enough donations.  Dahlia has the solution for her funding and is about to pull of the heist of the Season when she stumbles into the arms of Bow Street Runner, Simon Spaulding.

Simon Spaulting is a successful Bow Street Runner.  He is attempting to solve a rather unusual crime where the victim never realizes that their belongings have been taken until they receive a note.  When Simon realizes that the young woman that he has been courting is the thief behind his unsolved mystery, can he bring her to justice and risk losing her forever?

This novel is true Erica Ridley.  Well written, quick pace with characters the reader likes.  I liked how Dahlia stood up for her goals and opened the school for girls from the worst section of London.  Simon was the handsome hero that had the aristocratic bearing that comes from being the by-blow of a Marquess.  I enjoyed the Robin Hood sub-plot and the resolution.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander

I liked the books and the characters.  Vivienne Le Fleur isn't the typical debutante, but a sought after opera dancer and a spy known as the Flower.  When her sister is abducted by a French agent wanting her to be a double agent, she seeks Maximilian Westwood.  Maximilian is a retired code-breaker that now makes his living by translating for clients.  Will Maximilian and Vivienne be able to discover love in the world of secrets and espionage.

I really enjoyed how different this book is from what I have been reading recently.  I liked the danger and secrets in the book.  Vivienne was a bold character.  I loved how Maximilian was a true geek.  And the geek and beauty get their own HEA.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  I have voluntarily reviewed this ARC.

My Hellion, My Heart by Amalie Howard, Angie Morgan

Princess Irina Volkonsky has been called Ice Princess and other not so polite names because she has refused seven offers this season and it isn't her first season!  For Irina, the only man that she would marry is Lord Henry Radcliffe.

Henry Radcliffe, Earl of Langlevit is damaged from his service to crown and country.  He has been aware of Irina since she was 14 and his mother's ward.  Henry knows that he can never have Irina.

When they are thrown together, can they fight the attraction.

This is the third book in the series.  It can be read as a stand alone.  However, once I started, I wanted to read the other two!  I wanted to know what had happened when Irina and her sister were younger.

I loved the characters and the twists and turns in the book.

This was a great read!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  I have voluntarily reviewed this book and have provided an honest review.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stepbrother's Stowaway by Amber Bardan and Eden Summers

Nathan Hendrick has kept his desired hidden for his stepsister, Aria for years.  He had moved back to his home town of Greenpea, South Carolina, purchased a house.  Aria has tempted him for the last time by ending up naked in his bed.  Nathan is flying back to Seattle.

I absolutely loved this novella.  For the length, it was extremely hot.  I loved the forbidden relationship that got the HEA!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Stepbrother's Stowaway.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Sheikh's Surprise Triplets by Leslie North

While I liked all three books in the series, this has been my favorite.  I loved the characters and the adventure that Basri takes Juliette on.  They were the perfect balance.  This was the perfect end for the series!

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

Addiction by Calista Fox

This is the second book in this series that I have read.  I like that it is a standalone, yet the other characters in the previous books play a part.  It is a quick, light, read.  Perfect for the beach.  I liked Nate and Tristan.  Because the book is so short, there is no back story for Nate and Tristan other than saying they are stepbrothers.

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Misconduct (Birmingham Rebels) by Samantha Kane

I have been waiting for Carmina to get her HEA.

Carmina de la Cruz was in Afghanistan when an IED hit the truck she was riding in.  She was left with a traumatic brain injury that impaired her speech.  Her best friend is Sam Taylor, linebacker for the Birmingham Rebels.  Through Sam, she has slowly broken out of her shell and met more of the team.

Tom Kelly looks like the All-American Midwest poster boy, but like most of the Rebels, he likes to play both sides of the field.  Tom realizes that he wants what his team mates are getting - a committed three-way relationship.  He wants Carmina in the middle with his friend Danny Smith.

Danny Smith has his kinks.  He gave in to his temptations once and he dosesn't want to go there again.  Danny is starting to realize that Carmina may be the link between himself and Tom.

I have been a huge fan of Samantha Kane since I read her first Brothers in Arms book.  I started the Birmingham Rebels series hoping it would be a good because I hate football.  I was hooked with the first book.

Danny and Tom were introduced as secondary characters in the first book and finally get their own HEA.  Carmina was struggling with her own issues and Danny and Tom helped her work through them.  I loved how Carmina found her own place with the team and was successful despite her injury.

Again, Samantha Kane has kicked the field goal!

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

The Wicked Heir by Elizabeth Michels

This book landed on the DNF pile.  I did not like the first chapter.  I felt like I was missing a lot of information.  I really didn't like Isabelle or Victoria.

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

To Seduce a Lady's Heart by Ingrid Hahn

Jeremy Landon has spend the last ten years paying all of his uncles debts and rebuilding his estates after he inherited the title of Earl of Bennington from his uncle.  He has one last debt to pay but Lady Rushworth is refusing to see him.  On his last attempt, he is successful though she has manipulated him into marrying her ward.

Lady Eliza Burke has spent her entire life living under her mother's oppressive rule and life is more unbearable with her father gone.  She promised to look after her cousin Christiana.  Now, her mother is marrying her off to the Earl of Bennington.  Eliza attempts to break off the marriage but ends up marrying the Earl herself!

Eliza believed that she would never find love.  When her new marriage started to show promise, a scandal threatened to tear them apart.  Can Eliza and her Earl find their happiness?

This book is why I love historical romance.  I loved the characters and the plot.  Every time I thought that Jeremy and Eliza would find common ground, something else happened!  The one thing that kept being brought up but never addressed was how Christiana was Eliza's half sister.  That was never fully explained.  It would have been a wonderful way to have Lady R being her evil self.

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

Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

This book fell flat for me.  I did not like the characters.  The plot wasn't one that I liked.  For me this was put on the DNF pile.

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

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Sheikh's Pregnant Fling by Leslie North

Cassandra is a professional matchmaker and has found many client's HEA.  Unfortunately, she is too busy for romance and has no intention of marriage after watching her parents nasty divorce.  Cassandra meets Nasir at a wedding for two of her clients and in instantly attracted.  She has a casual affair with him that quickly becomes complicated once Cassandra realizes that Nasir is her new client and she is pregnant with his child.

Nasir has given all of his energy to the family business.  His mother is pushing him to settle down and has hired a matchmaker.  He doesn't want to date because he is enchanted by the woman he met at a friend's wedding.  When he finds out his matchmaker is Cassandra, he is devastated that she wants to keep things professional.  As Nasir is focusing on his business and blind dates, he can't get Cassandra off of his mind.  Can Nasir convince Cassandra that they are the perfect match?

This is the second book in the Azhar Sheikhs series.  I was thrilled that Nasir found Cassandra.  I loved Nasir.  This was a fun read, perfect for a lazy summer day.

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

Duke with Benefits (studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins

Lady Daphne Forsyth attracted the attention of Lady Celeste Beauchamp because she is a brilliant mathematician who is obsessed with puzzles.  When Lady Celeste passes she leaved Daphne and three other ladies as heiresses to her estate.  Daphne also receives a letter containing information of the legendary Cameron Cipher which when solved, holds the key to great riches.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland is curious as to why Daphne is so obsessed with his aunt's library.  He becomes more intrigued by her blunt manner.   When love enters the equation can they still concentrate on solving the Cipher?

I am beginning to think that Lady Celeste was doing a little matchmaking!  Daphne and Dalton are perfect for each other.  He understands her blunt manner and her unconventional upbringing.  I loved how the book included the other ladies in the house and Lord Kerr.  It was also a novel about friendship.  Daphne has finally solved 1 + 1 and ended up with Dalton!

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

The Sheikh's Fake Fiancee by Leslie North

Elena has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her friend Aubrey.  They are half way through their trip and are in Lebanon.  They go into a cafe to use the internet when Elena meets a handsome stranger.

Sheikh Asim has enough pressure from his business to deal with his mother forcing him to settle down and marry the daughter of a business acquaintance. He is enchanted by Elena's beauty and asks her to be his fake fiancee and help him get out of the arranged marriage.

As the days slip into weeks, Asim and Elena develop a relationship, but when he can not commit to resolving his engagement or to her, Elena returns home.  Can Asim repair the damage and face a future together?

Loved it!  There is nothing like a Leslie North Sheikh book.  I loved Asim and sweet Elena.  I could have done without some of Aubrey's quips and attitude.

This was a great start to the series!

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Say Yes to the Scot by May McGoldrick; Sabrina York; Lecia Cornwall; Anna Harrington

"Say Yes to the Scot" is a 4 book boxed set.  I normally steer clear of boxed set books because I haven't had good luck in the past.  I took a chance with this one and I was thrilled.  Every book was different and amazing.

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

The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

When Brilliana Payne was seventeen, she fell madly in love with Niall Lindsey, heir to the Earl of Margrave.  Niall is forced to flee England after killing a man in a duel.  He begs Brilliana to go with him or asks her to wait for him.  Because of her mother's health, Brilliana tells him she can't leave.  Crushed, Niall is forced to flee alone.

Seven years later, Niall returns to England after being pardoned.  He is recruited by the government to catch a counterfeiter connected with his former love.  

Brilliana was forced by her father to marry another man shortly after Niall was exiled.  She is now a widow and wants nothing to do with Niall.   Brilliana is furious that she is being forced to work with Niall as his fake fiance to help save her father.  Her role brings out her long buried feelings toward Niall and her father. 

Will they be able to mend the broken ties that they once shared?

Niall was a wonderful hero.  I loved his back story and how his character evolved.  Brilliana was one of my favorite heroines.  She was determined to save her son's estate and was a devoted mother.  I loved how they slowly discovered what had happened and Brilliana was able to trust Niall again.

This was an amazing story that I couldn't put down.  I did not want it to end.

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

Addicted to the Duke by Bronwen Evans

When Lady Hestia Cary was sixteen, she was captured by Turkish pirates.  She was rescued by Alexander Sylvester Bracken, the Marquess of Tavistock.  Hestia didn't know that Alexander was rescuing her because he had been the captive of Sultan Murad Bayezid and he wanted vengeance.

Four years later Alexander is the Duke of Bedford.  After he has escaped his captivity, he has been using sex and laudanum to escape the demons that drive him. He has been summoned by Lady Hestia.  Her cousin has declared that her father died and is claiming his title.  Hestia knows that her father is not dead, but the only way to keep her safe is if she goes with Alex on the mission to find her father.

I was really torn about my feelings towards this book.  On many levels, it is a classic, sweeping romance that takes you from England to the Mediterranean and back to England.  There was the hero worship that Hestia had for Alex and the way it brutally crashed to returning to a strong love.  I thought the book was beautifully written.

But, I felt like I was constantly being reminded of Alex's addiction to opium and what he endured in Murad's captivity.  Then there was Murad.  I felt like the evil sultan was more of a main character than Alex or Hestia.

I wish the focus could have been more on Alex healing rather than man-whoring, laudanum drinking character he was while Hestia was in Wales pining for him to realize he loved her.

In the end, after Hestia realizes the true brutalities that Alex suffered, her hero-worship destroyed, she realizes that Alex is a strong man because of the brutalities he survived.

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eloping with the Princess by Robyn DeHart

Isabel Crisp has lived at St. Bartholomew's School for Girls for as long as she can remember.  Her uncle, Lord Thornton was too busy for her to come to his home during school breaks.  Her Aunt Lilith has come to get her along with Lord Lynford.

When she is nearly abducted as she left the school gate, they took her to the house of Viscount Jason Ellis.  As a member of the Brotherhood of the Sword, Jason is sworn to protect Isabel once it is revealed she is the last remaining member of the royal family from the island nation of Saldania and she is being used in a plot to usurp the throne from Victoria.

When Isabel realizes that the easist was to stop the attempts is to find a husband, she asks Jason to marry her.  Jason agrees to a marriage in name only but he is having a difficult time keeping his hands off his beautiful and tempting wife.

What a splendid book.  When I wanted to shake Jason for being so over the top with his situation, Isabel balanced it out by falling in love with Jason for who he was and wanting a real marriage.  There was a quiet sensuality to the book that flowed through the pages once Jason met Isabel.  I was on the edge of my chair with wanting to know what was going to happen next but not wanting the book to end.

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

Stirring Up the Sheriff by Leslie North

Marianne Stanton has bought her Aunt's Honky Tonk and is turning it into a brewpub.  Sheriff Trent Wild doesn't want his favorite bar to change.

I normally love Leslie North's books.  However, this one fell flatter than a beer left out on Marianne's bar.  I could not connect with Marianne or Trent.  Even Sabrina's walk-through in the beginning of the book felt off.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Obsession by Calista Fox

Obsession is the fourth book in the Bayfront Billionaires series.  Roxy Shea is an artist on the run from an abusive relationship.  She meets Nick Faulkner who owns a movie studio and has an instant attraction.  Nick's best friend, Hunter Valens, has returned after several years away while he researched a book.  When Roxy meets him, she is also attracted to him.  Since menage relationships are becoming common among their friends, Roxy, Nick and Hunter begin a menage relationship.

For me, this book fell flat and felt very forced.  I just did not enjoy reading it.

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

Cougar Bait by Evangeline Anderson

Samantha Becker is a trauma surgeon who's life revolves around her career.  Her sister has recently discovered she has the special Shifter Gene.  Samantha is positive she does not have the Gene and doesn't want to be part of the Shifter life.  Liam Keller is an Alpha cougar and the mayor of Cougarville.  Liam has discovered that Samantha is his mate.

Liam isn't willing to let Samantha go and will protect her from the person who is stalking her.  When things start heating up between Samantha and Liam can he keep her safe and still have his mate?

This is the second book in the series and I loved it!  I like the author's shifter world.  The "juvie" and Shifter Gene made both books dynamic.  Liam was a supporting character in the first book.  I liked that he got his own book.  I loved the characters.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Billionaire's Virgin by Jackie Ashenden

Xavier De Dantis has one goal - to get his mother's ranch in Wyoming.  He works for his father's company and when he is ordered to clean up his image, he volunteers at a homeless shelter.  Mia is on the streets, homeless, after escaping from her mean grandmother's house.  Mia wants an apartment of her own and a job.  She is being held back because she doesn't have any information to get any identification.

Mia is leery when she meets Xavier.  Can she let Xavier through her defenses when he offers a safe home?

This was a great read.  I enjoyed the characters and admired Mia's spirit.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Her Favorite Duke (The 1797 Club) by Jess Michaels

Margaret Rylon has loved her brother Jame's best friend as long as she can remember.  Simon Greene, Duke of Crestwood has always been by her side.  After their father dies, James arranges a marriage for Meg to another friend, Graham Everly, the Duke of Northfield.  As her brother pushes her to set the wedding date, Meg becomes more upset.  After Meg and Simon are trapped in a cottage overnight during a storm, Simon is forced to marry Meg.

Due to guilt, Simon becomes cold.  Can he fix their relationship and regain their passion before their marriage is destroyed.

Jess Michaels is one of my favorite authors.  I love her erotic historical books and have been waiting for this novel since I read "The Daring Duke".  I was hoping that Meg and Simon would get their HEA.

Once I started reading this book, I didn't stop.  I was hooked.  There were times I wanted to shake Simon and tell him to talk to James and make him understand how much he loved Meg.  I also wanted to yell at James for being the only one in their friend group that didn't realize that Meg and Simon had feelings for each other.

So, now I am waiting for Graham to find his HEA.  I love this series!

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Blaze by Donna Grant

Blaze is book 11 in the Dark Kings series.  I love Donna Grant's story telling.  I feel like I was dropped into the world.  There were parts of the book that I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next.  The characters are great.  I loved how Anson found his HEA.

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

Healing the Quarterback by Leslie North

Healing the Quarterback is the second in the Wildhorse Ranch Brothers Series.  Charlie Wild is the starting quarterback for the Texas Teamsters.  Women are always fawning over him and Charlie is like a kid in a candy store.  After a season ending injury, the Teamsters demand that Charlie overhaul his reputation by recuperating in his home town.  His doctor is Dylan Rose, the woman that he met and blew off before his final game.

Dylan Rose is passionate about medication and her patients.  She left Houston for the quieter paced Lockhart Bend because she was tired of the high profile stars she kept fixing.  When she is told that she will have to help Charlie Wild with his rehabilitation, she wants to get him healed and watch his hot ass walk our the door.

I absolutely loved the interactions between Charlie and Rose.  Their flirting and banter throughout the book kept the action going.  I love Charlie Wild.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to Ruin Your Reputation In 10 Days by Harmony Williams

My first reaction on reading the first page was "what the heck!?"  I looked at the title, I looked at the cover.  This is supposed to be Regency Romance, yet it is written in first person POV.  

I did attempt to read the book.  Most of the time, it didn't feel like a Regency then words like "breeches" and "phaeton" pop up.  

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Duke Needs a Wife by Katy Walters

I couldn't believe how absolutely bad this book was.  There are so many plot errors that I just couldn't read it.  From Cassandra inheriting her mother's aunt's title to the Dowager wanting to take over Cassandra's new castle.  How did a reclusive old woman rewrite an entail to get her husband's family title transferred to a woman?  The book was very stiffly written and did not flow.

I normally don't comment on formatting because I know that the NetGalley edition I receive isn't a final copy.  In this case, the Goodread's blurb says that the book was edited, rewritten and shortened from the January 25, 2017 version of "The Countess Refuses".  The book was hard to follow at points because it changes from scene to scene with no paragraph separation.  In the beginning, it jumps from a scene with Max to one with Cassandra.  I had to go back and re-read to see if I missed anything.

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Breaking the Cowboy's Rules by Leslie North

This was a very quick read.  When I checked my app at the beginning, it said "60 minutes left in book".  I liked the story and characters, but I wish there was more development.  There are a lot of things that are thrown out but never developed, like Sabrina's grandparents and Trevor's ex-girlfriend. I would have loved to seen as a longer book.

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

Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley

Miss Camellia Grenville is the eldest sister and very protective of her two younger sisters.  She has been told by her mother that a marriage with Mr. Bost has been arranged.  In a flash, Camellia sees her dream of singing on stage dashed as Mr. Bost lives in Northumberland.  She wants to experience life before she is married.  Her sister Byrony has an invitation to the Duke of Lambley's masquerade and insists Camellia take her place

Michael Rutland, Earl of Wainwright is known among the Ton as the Lord of Pleasure.  He is constantly in the scandal sheets.  Michael is tired of his reputation and accepts a wager with his friends that he can't spend forty days out of the scandal sheets.

As Lady X, Camellia seeks to shed her spinster shield and live before marriage to a man twice her age.  She meets Lord X who intrigues her and matches her whit.  Under the protection of their masks, they share their secret desires and dreams.  When it is time for Camellia to leave, Lord X begs her to return.

When his Lady X leaves behind an earring at the last masquerade, Michael does everything he can to search for his mystery lady.  He is absolutly astonished to find his Lady X is the woman that has vexed him at every turn this season.

Can Michael win his Lady X?

Wow!  Absolutley fantastic.  I was hooked from the first chapter.  I loved the characters and the rake that wants to reform plot!  I felt bad for Michael having a reputation that he did deserve, but there was more to his character.  I liked Camellia's sisters but thought that her one sister running a school for destitute girls a bit of a stretch.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SEAL Guardian by Leslie North

Jace Stevens is a former Navy SEAL that has formed a civilian training company called Brothers-in-Arms.  Someone is killing SEALS and Jace wants to put a stop to it.

FBI agent Felicity Belasko wants to know who is murdering SEALs and making it look like suicides.  She knows there is a connection to Brothers-in-Arms.

As the heat rises between them, can they solve the mystery?

I loved this series.  I loved the camaraderie between the Brother's-in-Arms and their dedication.  This book ran seamlessly with the first two.  I liked Jace in the first books and was liked his HEA.

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

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

Lady Claire Cavensham was known in society as "The Bad Luck Bride" because of three engagements that were broken around unfortunate circumstances.  She thinks she has finally found the right fiance in Lord Paul until disaster strikes again.

Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, lost his sister and is seeking revenge against Lord Paul for the role he played in her death.  Alex finds our that Lord Paul is going to announce his engagement to Claire and will do anything to make Claire his fiancee.

Lies drive the them apart.  Can Alex and Claire break the curse and find their HEA?

This book is an emotional roller coaster.  Claire was an strong heroine.  I loved her family and hope to see more of her cousins in future books.  Alex was a brother that felt guilty that his sister committed suicide.  At some points, he is a total ass.  At other points, he is broken and made my heart ache for him.

This book is in the top 5 of the best books I have read this year!  I can't wait for the next one.

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden

Jackie Ashenden is one of my favorite authors.  I was thrilled to get an ARC of this book.
Sullivan "Van" Tate is one of three orphaned boys adopted by an oil tycoon.  While he was raised among the New York City elite, he prefers being a Navy SEAL.  When their father dies, Van is the one that must give up his career to protect the family empire and the one woman that is forbidden to him.
Chloe Tate just wants the ranch that she loves.  Throughout the years, she has learned to live with her  father's broken promises to bring hr to New York.  When danger threatens Chloe, the one that is protesting her is the man she desires.
This is one of those books that once you start it, you dig so deep into it and don't want to stop reading.  I loved the characters and the story line. Jackie Ashenden did not disappoint with this opening to her new series!

That said, there is one point that I had to ignore throughout the book.  Van was adopted by Noah Tate.  Chloe was his biological daughter.  The author should have made the three boys Noah's foster sons.  Or googled "Can adopted siblings marry."  

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

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

I have enjoyed this series and this book did not disappoint.  I found it fast paced and a book that I did not want to put down.  The characters were likable and I found Cade a charming rogue.  I liked how Rafe and Daphne were great supporting characters in this novel.

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

Dark Alpha's Lover by Donna Grant

Donna Grant is a new-to-me author and I want to know why I didn't find her sooner.  I have read "Firestorm" from the Dark Kings series and now "Dark Alpha's Lover" from the "Reaper" series.  I hate that I have come in the middle of the each of these series!

Donna Grant's writing is spell-binding.  Fans of KMM will enjoy this novel.  I love the Dark and Light Fey and Death is a beautiful woman named Elith.  I liked that it is written in 3rd person and not jumping PoVs.

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stripping the Billionaire (Heirs of Damon) by Noelle Adams

I found this book to be a great escape for several hours.  I liked the gruff next-door neighbor that Mandy keeps pushing to be friends.  Mandy was the sweet girl that lost her family and is seeking to fill the void.  It was steamy in the right places with a good plot.

SEAL Protector by Leslie North

This was an exciting romantic suspense novel with many twists and turns.  Mercy Conde is the only daughter of a wealthy family.  She wants to oversee the family's overseas interests but they don't think she can defend herself.  She enrolls in the Brothers-in Arm's survival training class and keeps failing.  Vann Highrider becomes interested in her and decides to give her a second chance.  Along the way, the encounter someone who wants to see the SEALs dead and will do anything to make it happen.

I liked the characters in this book and thought it was a strong follow-up to the first Brother's-in-Arms book.  I liked Vann and Mercy more than the characters in the first.

I receive this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.

I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett

At the start of the book, I wanted to yell at Alex for his treatment of Beth.  By the end, I had fallen in love with Alex and felt his pain for the loss of his parents.

I did not want to put the book down.  I was absolutely hooked by the wonderful characters.  Alex with his devotion to his grandmother and Beth to the uncle that saved her and her sisters from poverty.

What a wonderful romance.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Lady Marjorie Forrester is the sister of the Duke of Lattimer.  Marjorie's brother gave her use of his London town house once he inherited the title.  Her new neighbors only recognize her as the jumped-up former lady's companion, an upstart and ignore her.  Marjorie longs for recognition.  When her brother, Gabriel, writes that he is getting married, Marjorie journeys to Scotland with her companion, Mrs. Griswell, to surprise him.
Graeme Maxton is in the middle of a disagreement with his clan chief.  It has been suggested that Graeme could kill the Duke of Lattimer and wipe out his debt to his clan chief.  When his younger brothers discover the Duke of Lattimer's sister at the local inn, they kidnap her.
Can Graeme keep Marjorie safe from the feud between the two clans?  What is he to do when he realizes the best thing is to keep Marjorie for himself?

In my opinion, one of the hardest things for a romance writer to write is children.  It is hard to keep and eight-year-old sounding like an eight-year-old and not dominating the story.  The family in this book was written so well I could visualize them.  Instead of detracting from the plot, Graeme's family only enhanced it.  The interactions between
That said, until half way through the book, there is little buildup to romance, just hints here and there.    There is more about Graeme's family and the kidnapping.  Then, about half way through the book, Marjorie interrupts Graeme in his room.  They argue then kiss and next thing is Graeme is making certain that Marjorie is ruined.  And she has only been in his house two weeks.  I wish there had either been more time or a better build up.   
I did like the characters.  Marjorie isn't the average heroine.  And I did think she was a perfect fit for Graeme and his family.

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

SEAL Defender (Brothers in Arms #1) by Leslie North

Mark Rogers and his friends are former Navy SEALs.  They now run "Brothers-in-Arms" that is a boot camp style training for civilians.  Two of his former team members have committed suicide.  Mark is convinced that it is murder and is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Geneva Rios is a reporter that has come to Ortega, California to investigate the recent suicides among SEAL's .  This is a subject that is close to her heart. Her older brother was a SEAL that came home after a tour of duty and didn't get the help he needed and committed suicide.

This a short, romantic suspense novel.  It delivered the goods - suspense and hot sex.  I will admit that when I first picked up the book, I wasn't in the right frame to read it.  I put it down and let it simmer.  Once I picked it back up, I was hooked.  Yes, it is a short novel so the romance has to be instantaneous.  I did like that the characters were multi-cultural.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lord of Chance (Rogues to Riches #1) by Erica Ridley

Lord of Chance is sort of a spin-off from "The Brigadier's Runaway Bride".  The story revolves around Anthony Fairfax, the brother of Sarah Fairfax.  Anthony is attempting to win enough money to pay his creditors when he meets Charlotte Devon in the pub.  They discover by Charlotte declaring Anthony is her husband and him agreeing, they are married under Scottish law.

I loved that Anthony got his HEA.  He was one of my favorite rogues from the Dukes of War series.  Charlotte was a heroine who needed a HEA.  This was a delightful read.

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

It Started with a Kiss (The Worthingtons, #3) by Ella Quinn

Gideon has returned home from Canada not only to find out that his father has died but in his last years, his father almost ran the estate dry.  Now that Gideon is the new Duke of Rothwell, he needs to repair his estates before he can marry.

Once Gideon meets the sister of the Earl of Worthington, the attraction is instant.  Lady Louisa Vivers wanted to find her true soul mate and Gideon is it.  They share early morning horseback rides and waltzes at balls.  Louisa is sure that Gideon will ask for her hand, but how can he when a scandal lurks beneath the surface?  Will Gideon risk everything for love?

This book was pure magic from the first page to the end!  I loved how Gideon and Louisa fell in love.   I liked how the characters were surrounded by Louisa's family. The ending was absolutely brilliant in resolving the minor plot of the potential scandal.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Claimed by Love by Skye Jones

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years in hiding after a vicious attack by her boyfriend.  She fled her native Alaska for a new life in Miami.  He cousin, Will, vacations nearby and invites Kayley to visit.  Will has important news and that makes her agree to join Will and his friends in their beach rental.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years.  The dreams were so vivid that his mate Sean started sharing them.  There was a point where the dreams stopped, but they are back and he is longing for his other mate.

Kayley is shocked when Will's friends include the two men that she has dreamed about for years.  Can Luke and Sean help her heal and accept their world?

I absolutely love Shifter novels and to have it paired with a hot menage?!  I decided to take a change and I wasn't disappointed.  The characters were great.  After a rather detailed book, the ending seemed rather rushed and not fully plotted out.

Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson

Sadie Becker is a 40-year old, recently divorced mother of two.  After her divorce became final, she started noticing that her body is changing and she is looking like she did when she was twenty.  When her divorce was final, her mother's lawyer handed her the deed to a cabin.  The perfect escape.
Sadie moves to Cougarville.  Her new neighbor is surly and the rest of the town is proving to be crazy.  Sadie can't go into any of the stores or restaurants without having the women yell at her and the men fall at her feet.
Mathis lost the love of his life ten years ago.  As an alpha shifter, he knows that there is only one mate bond.  The attraction he feels for his new neighbor is making his animal go crazy.

Shifter novels are my guilty pleasure.  This book did not disappoint.  I loved Mathis and his grumpy nature.  This was one book that I didn't want to end.  I wanted it to flow into Sadie's twin sister's HEA.  I loved Liam, but he wasn't for Sadie. There were a few questions about Sadie's parents that I wish had been answered.    Can't wait for the next book!

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

The Daring Duke by Jess Michaels

James Rylon, the Duke of Abernathe, was the unwanted heir.  He forms the 1797 Club consisting of ten friends who are going to be dukes.  The club members support each other and help teach James what he needs to know to be the Duke.
Emma Liston is an wallflower that needs to be married.  Her father has been absent for a while, but every time he returns, he brings a new scandal.  When he returns, her chance for marriage will be gone.
Emma meets Lady Margaret, James' sister, at a ball and they become fast friends  after Emma helps them with their mother.  Margaret invites Emma to a country party.  James realises that he can help Emma and develops a plot to pretend he is interested in Emma so she can gain the attention of others.
Along the way, James realises that he is attracted to Emma to the point he doesn't want another man to have her.  When her father returns with disturbing news, can James truly save her?

This is a great beginning to the 1797 Club Series!  I loved James, Emma and Margaret.  (I can't wait for Margaret to get her HEA.)  I wanted to smack Emma's mother for how she treated Emma.  The best part of the ending was how James put Mrs. Liston in her place!
I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley

Erica Ridley is on my short list of go to authors that I don't even bother reading the synopsis before I buy the book.

Rebecca Bond is the forgotten poor relation.  After her first season, her parents died and she remained at her great-uncle's castle.  Now that there is an new earl, she must find her own husband immediately or her uncle will find some odious man to marry her to.

Five years ago, Daniel Goodenham laughed at Rebecca and refused her request to dance, crushing her heart.  Now, Daniel is Lord North Barrows and as an heir to the old earl, he has the perfect opportunity to reunite with Rebecca and beg her forgiveness.

Will Daniel have the courage to win back the only woman that has treated him like a man and not a title.

This novel did not disappoint.  I loved the characters and how Daniel struggles with his mixed emotions to get what he wants - Rebecca.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Gray

The Duke of Griffin is in need of a chaperone for his twin sisters.  He goes to Miss Mamie Fortescue's Employment Agency and meets Miss Esmeralda Swift.  Esmeralda is running the Agency and struggling to support herself and her young sister.  After Griffin makes his offer of employment too tempting for her to resist, Esmeralda battles her attraction to the Duke of Griffin.  Griffin is determined to have Esmeralda as his bride, but a youthful mistake may stand in the way.

This was a wonderful start to a series.  I loved Griffin's determination and his change of character from his youth to his maturity.  Esmeralda was a strong female character.  I liked the supporting characters of their sisters.

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

Firestorm (Dark Kings #10) by Donna Grant

OMG!  Do I have some catching up to do!  I just stumbled upon this book and was intrigued by the synopsis.  Little did I know that I was walking into a series.  While I will admit that I did get lost during some of the parts with the Fae and the Dragon Kings, I loved the plot and characters enough that I need to start at book one!  I have always had a thing for dragon shifters and Dmitri was yummy!

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

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Any child born when the two moons of Aerthlan align in the sky are gifted with some sort of supernatural power.  These children are called the Embraced.  They are protected on the islands of Moon and Mist but on the mainland, the kings do not allow anyone to possess more power than them.
Luciana was raised in the Isle of Moon at the Convent of the Two Moons with four other girls.  Like her sisters, she was left at the Convent without knowledge of her family.  Until she turned nineteen.  Her father, Lucas Vintello, from the kingdom of Eberon arrived to claim her.  The cruel King Frederic wants Lucas's land.  He demands that Lucas's daughter Tatiana marry his nephew, Lord Leofrick of Benwick, also known as the Beast.

I was simply blown away by this book.  I loved the world that Kerrelyn Sparks created.  Once I started reading the book, I was sucked into the world and didn't want the book to end!  I liked how the romance blended into the story.  I loved the characters and can't wait to read the next book!

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

Sharp Practice: Bourbonland Book 1 by Jennifer Bramseth

Nina Cain had the perfect relationship with Garner Robson until a nasty break up after she lost their baby.  It was even more devastating when Garner quickly married another woman that was pregnant.  
Garner was a new father when his wife tragically died.  He attempts to pick up the pieces of his life but realizes that he is missing a major piece - Nina.
Nina fights her attraction to Garner while handling the biggest case of her career against one of Garner's oldest and most powerful family friends.
When their personal and professional worlds collide can Garner and Nina's renewed relationship survive?
Sharp Practice is the first book in Jennifer Bramseth's new series.  It is a spin-off from her Bourbon Springs series, so most of the characters are known.  Its like slipping into your favorite pair of comfortable jeans.  
I liked Nina from previous books and was on the fence with Garner.  Once I started reading, I couldn't help but fall for Garner.  As Garner struggled to get the HEA he has longed for with Nina, I became more an more intrigued with several of the other characters in the book. 
I received an ARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary contributions were given.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Sheikh's Secret Son (Sharjah Sheikhs Book 3)by Leslie North

Rebecca Reid is in Sharjah with a diplomatic tour as a foreign aid representative.  Five years ago, she had an affair with Sheikh Zaid who is the middle son of the Sultan of Sharjah's sons.  Zaid is surprised when Rebecca is on the diplomatic tour.  Rebecca's goal is to see the poverty stricken areas of Sharjah.  When Rebecca is attacked after sneaking off from the group to see one of the poverty stricken areas, Zaid discovers a picture of a four year old boy and realizes he is the father.

Can Zaid and Rebecca help the poverty stricken areas of Shajara while unmasking the corrupt adviser who was diverting funds?

I enjoyed the first two books in the series and really liked Zaid.  However, Rebecca is the embodiment of the social justice warrior that I despise.  From the beginning, she wanted to see the poorest areas of the country and demanded to know why the tour wasn't going there.  She sneaks off to visit one of the poor areas, straight from a meeting where she is wearing beautiful clothes and doesn't have her head covered.  Surprise!  She gets mugged.  I also didn't like how easy it was for Zaid to bring their son from America to Sharjah.  Without asking Rebecca or having a concern for his safety.  Then the part with the corrupt adviser was just a little too much.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.  Thank you!

Roman (Cold Fury Hocky #7) by Sawyer Bennett

I am not a big fan of books written in first-person.  However, I have loved every one of the Cold Fury series.  Roman is a bad boy on the ice and with the ladies, but his charity work makes up for his actions.  Lexi is free spirited, intelligent woman.  I like how the book involves more than Roman and Lexi.  Even her father, Brian gets his romance.

Great book.  I can't wait for the next in the series.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

One Wild Night by Melissa Cutler

I started reading this book and couldn't put it down.  While Skye and Gentry were the main characters, Skye's family plays an important part in this novel.  It was a delightfuroller coaster of emotions.  I did not want the book to end.  It was one of the best contemporary romances that I have read in a long time.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.  Thank you!

A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

I really liked reading this book.  There was plenty of adventure and intrigue in the novel.  Jane and Crispin were great characters.  I liked Jane's backbone and determination.  Crispin was a strong character.  I liked the interactions between them throughout the book.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary contributions were received.  Thank you.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Delicate Ties by Mari Carr and Lila Dubois

I have been hooked on this series since book two.  The series started out interesting with the first two books.  Then was the build up in books three to four to book five.  Now, there common plot - the secret society within the secret society.  Each trinity is a link to solving the puzzle.  In book seven, there were two new characters introduced that at first seemed like just background characters.

With Delicate Ties, the two characters, especially the one, have a much larger part.  As I was reading, I was screaming to myself about the twist that the one character took.

I like the direction the last two books have taken.  The Trinities are diverse.  The characters are intense and the plot twists leave you blown away.

This is a series that I know I will hate to see end.  I have absolutely enjoyed each book and have binge read the series several times.  It always is in my top 20 of "recent" books on my Nook.

This book is not a stand alone.  Simply because of the plot that started in book five and has wound its way to this book.  Also, the characters from previous books make appearances that are important to the plot.   I had to go back several books and re-read so I remembered key plot details.

The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

Phoebe Taylor needs to be Nero de Santis's personal assistant.  Her fiancee has been in a coma for two years and the hospital expenses are astronomical.  Nero hasn't left his house in ten years.  He controls his world from his isolation in his home.

Nero wants Phoebe with a passion that he doesn't want to face.  His attraction to Phoebe burns in his soul yet he fights it because he thinks she can't handle him.  Only Nero can see her pain and isolation that are behind the walls she has built around her heart.

This book was AMAZING!  Nero was so damaged and as the book progressed, we discover more about what happened.  My heart ached for Nero.  I wanted to be Phoebe.  The passion he had for her was intense.  I loved the characters.  Phoebe wasn't without her own scars.  It takes two to make a whole and Phoebe and Nero complemented each other amazingly!

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

The Sheikh's Accidental Heir by Leslie North

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Qasimi has to clean up his playboy image or his father will force him into an arranged marriage.  While in Manhattan, he meets Melanie while her company is catering the event.  The sparks fly and Melanie gives him two days of passion.  Ahmed is called back home and has to choose between an arranged marriage and a relationship with a woman he has fallen for.

I enjoyed this book.  Great characters and story.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Sheikh's Forced Bride by Leslie North

Casey Connolly is a journalist on a mission to expose arranged marriages.  She interrupts Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasim's marriage.  Khalid was given a choice to marry or face banishment.  When his marriage is interrupted and Casey jailed, he decides the best way to escape the forced marriage is to have a false engagement to the unacceptable Casey.  Will the false engagement develop into true love?

I absolutely love Leslie North's Sheikhs.  Khalid was the hot hero and Casey was the strong heroine.  This was a great read.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I did not receive payment for my review.  Thank you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Menage on Moone Mountain by Bella Settarra

This is a difficult book to review.  I bought it because I read the sample from B&N and what I read I liked.  The more I got into the book, the more issues I had.  After a point, I just had to ignore and enjoy the book for being escapism.  After all, what town has the Sheriff and Deputies and members of the local BDSM club.  Along with the entire town as members too!

It ended up being a fun book once I ignored how loosely it was written.  The continuity could have been better edited.

Cupid Strikes Back by Trinity Blacio

This is one of those books that you just have to suspend reality.  So much is thrown at you in a short book.  Once you do, the book is lively and engaging.  It was a fun read.

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Turbulent Waters by Melody Anne

Nick Armstrong is a Coast Guard pilot that is recuperating after his helicopter crashed into the ocean during a rescue mission.  Chloe Reynolds is his new physical therapist.  Chloe fights her attraction to Nick because of a secret.

This is the third in the series.  There could have been much more to the characters, but because of the length of the novel (I read it in an evening), there isn't a chance to delve into much beyond Nick attempting to seduce Chloe and Chloe turning him down. It felt like the author wanted to develop the story line about Chloe's history further but stopped.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

I have loved this series since the first book.  When I am done, it feels like I can finally take a breath.  I am swept into the book and I don't want to get out.

Imogen Prtichard was a young woman that was forced to work off her father's debt at the tavern where he had lost the family's money.  She is just a serving maid and one night she meets Collin "Cole" Talmage.  Cole has just had the horrible luck of being the youngest son and inheriting the title.  He is on the eve of battle and wants Imogen.  

Cole was betrayed by a close comrade and is gravely injured.  He is brought to the hospital where Imogen works.  She is the one that figures out what is truly wrong.  When she is cast out by a vein doctor, she turns to a beloved patient who solves her problems.

Years later, Cole is still searching for the woman from the tavern while hating the woman that lives next to him, Imogen.

Loved this book!  I liked how the characters from the previous novels were part of the book.  There is such emotion in this book.

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

To Tame a Wild Lady by Ashlyn Mcnamara

I really liked the premise of the book, but when I started reading, I just found that it was unbelievable.  I could not get past Caroline.  Absolutely hated how ridiculous she was.  

I received an ARC copy of this book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

I liked the characters in the book.  Angelique isn't the sitting in the drawing room miss.  She is out at a gambling club counting cards!  Alexander is the owner of the club.  He spots Angelique and realizes something is different about her.  I loved Angelique's backbone.

This was a great read.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Profited by Lacey Black

Reid Hunter had graduated from UNLV with a degree in business management.  He has spent the summer backpacking and is a two-day country music festival with friends.  This is the weekend before he starts working at his family casino.  Dani has just been dumped by her boyfriend who used her as a way to get to the festival.  When Reid meets Dani, the attraction is instantaneous.  Dani ends up in Reid's tent and almost burn it up.  In the morning, Dani is gone.

Eight years later, Dani Whitley and her family have moved to Las Vegas after her father's job transferred him there.  With the help of her family, Dani graduated college and started teaching while raising a young son.  Her son Ryan is going to be eight and he is starting to get curious about his father.  Dani sees a picture of Reid in the paper and works up the courage to visit him after school.

Reid is absolutely blindsided by seeing Dani again and doesn't react well.  He tracks her down several days later and the sparks fly.  The bonus is he has a wonderful son.

There were things that I liked about the book.  I liked Dani, Ryan and her family.  I liked how the book was fast paced and had a well developed story line.  I loved the connection between Dani and Reid.  And what a great father Reid turned out to be.

I wasn't a big fan of Ryan in the beginning.  It took a while for me to warm up to him.  I also would have loved to known the back story about the family casino. Did I miss something?  Ryan went from starting to work for his family in the prologue to having bought out the family business and destroying his father.  What happened?  I also want' a fan of the "you have to marry  my daughter to get to buy my business and it's in the contract."  That could have been done differently.

This is one of my favorite tropes.  I will be buying the other books in the series.  

(Oh, and the guy on the cover isn't what I picture as a thirty year old Reid.  The hand holding the jacket does not match the body.)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Return to Flacon Ridge by D. L. Roan

Jonah McLendon has the perfect life.  He has a mom and three dads that love him along with a close knit family.  His high school girlfriend has told him about her desire for a menage.  Jonah is comfortable in polyandry, he just didn't think he would fall for his best friend, Pryce. 

When Chloe's brothers discover their secret, Jonah is beaten until he almost dies and Pryce is shipped off to a religious boarding school.  After he is healed, Jonah tells his family the biggest lie of his life and runs as far as he can get from Falcon Ridge. 

A year and a half later, Jonah returns home only to find that Chloe is engaged to Pryce.  After what he believes is her betrayal, Jonah is determined to break up Pryce and Chloe.  Once the truth is revealed, it will change their lives.

I was taken on an emotional ride by this book with the evolution of the relationship between Jonah, Pryce and Chloe.  There were a lot of hurdles that Jonah had to clear to reestablish his relationship with Pryce.  Pryce has a lot of walls that he has erected after living with his parents to keep his heart safe.

I love the characters in this series.   As a reader, there is an emotional investment in the characters in this series.  They aren't one-dimensional.  That is what makes this series great.  That said, the one thing that I didn't like was Cade and Daniel.  They just got their HEA and Cade has a year or less to live?  NOT FAIR!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jacked Up by Samantha Kane

Samantha Kane has been one of my favorite authors since I picked up the first Brother's In Arms books.  When she wrote the first Birmingham Rebel's series, I was skeptical.  I didn't know if I would like it because I HATE football.  I loved the characters in "Calling the Play".  When I was done, I couldn't wait for the next Rebel's book.  I wanted to know what characters got their HEA next.

"Jacked Up" is the story of linebacker Sam Taylor and defensive lineman King Ulupoka.  Sam served in the Army in Afghanistan and received some pretty nasty physical and emotional wounds.  King is a happy-go-lucky Samoan that is a hard-bodied, tattooed fantasy.  Underneath the tribal tats beats a heart of gold.

King is determined to bring Sam back to the world of the living, not just functioning.  They meet ER nurse Jane Foster at a fishing tournament.  King encourages Sam to bring her back to their hotel room.  Sam thinks he is so traumatized that he can't have sex without hurting his partner, so he asks King to sit in the room and watch.

King does not want to jeopardize his friendship with Sam so he is denying his attraction to Sam.  Watching Sam and Jane makes him realize that he wants more.

OMG!  I want Sam and King as my book boyfriends.  They are wonderful characters.  Both have a strength that makes them so wonderful.  Jane is so lucky!

While this novel is about Sam, King, and Jane, the supporting characters play an important part.  Sam's friend from his unit, Carmina, plays an important supporting character role.  All of the characters are people you would want to meet in the real world and talk to.

This is a MMF romance and it is wonderfully written.  There is a PLOT behind the book!

I will say that I received this ARC several months go and have read it several times since.

I want Carmina to get her HEA.  With Tom and Danny.  Please!!

I received an ARC of this book and am providing an honest review of this book without compensation from the author or the publisher.  (Thank you!)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Claimed by the Mate, Volume 3 by Kate Douglas and A.C.Arthur

I love the contrast between the two books.  They are quite different, yet fit together marvelously.  Since I read the volume, I have been hooked.  When I received the ARC for Volume 3, I stopped reading whatever I was reading and binged read this book.

In "Dangerous Passions" by Kate Douglas, the last two bachelors at Ferral Passions find their mates. I loved how each of the guys had found their perfect HEA and for Trak and Evan to get their HEA in this book was wonderful.

While "Dangerous Passions" is light, "Bound to the Wolf" is the darker side of shifters.  I like the unique version of shifters.  Marena was a great heroine.  I love the connection to Greek mythology.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this novel provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.

Waiting For an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins

This is classic Alexandra Hawkins.  Amazing characters - ones you loved and ones you wanted to slap.  I loved the "I am just pretending that I hate you because I truly love you" trope.  Poor Thorn can't tell Olivia he loves her because he was pretending to be Gideon when Olivia needed advice.

Once I started the book, I could not put it down.  I enjoyed the characters and plot.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher

Ready Set Roguy by Manda Collins

Quill Beauchamp is furious that his aunt, Lady Celeste Beauchamp leaves her estate to four bluestockings.  Quill is determined to stop the women from inheriting.  Ivy Wareham is thrilled that she has inherited an estate with a magnificent library.  Too bad that a rakish Marquess is bound and determined to stop the women.  After meeting Ivy, Quill had figured out that he has finally met his match.  Will he be able to convince Ivy.

This was a great start to the series.  I loved the characters.  Quill has to be on my book boyfriend list.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you!

Diablo Lake Protected by Lauren Dane

I have been waiting for this book since the first one ended.  I loved the characters and the connection between Aimee and Mac.  Aimee has a great life until she got betrayed by somebody she had cared for.  She is a strong female and deals with the betrayal in a classy manner.  Mac is the strong alpha that has been away serving his country until he is called home to solve the family problems.  For once, it is the guy with the screwed up family.  And it is that family dynamic that brings Aimee and Mac closer.

This book is a stand alone, but it ties in so beautifully with the first.  Katie Faith and Jace are wonderful supporting characters along with Katie and Aimee's parents.  This book is family.

While this book is complete, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I want to know what happened with Jace's father and Mac's mother.  Scarlett is a nasty woman.  I hope the next book gives more answers.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you!!!!

An Indecent Affair by Stephanie Julian

Katrina Riley has been emotional abused by her cold, controlling mother since she was a teen.  Tristan Donovan was two years ahead of her in high school and lusted after her since then.  He has been waiting for Kat for years, knowing she is the perfect woman for himself and his best friend Adam.  Tristan's timing couldn't be better.  Kat's mother is determined to push her toward Tristan's smarmy brother.  Kat is finally ready to break free of her mother and move to Philadelphia to open the law practice she wants to pursue.   Are Tristan and Adam able to break through the walls Kat has built around herself?

The emotion in this novel!  I just wanted to slap the stuffing out of Kat's mom.  I loved how supportive Tristan was and how he never let Kat go.  Adam was the sexy bad boy that came to love Kat just as much as Tristan.  Another Stephanie Julian novel burned up my ereader.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Undeniable Temptation by Eden Summers

Knowing this is the end of a series, I wanted this book to be amazing.  I received an ARC from Eden Summers and immediately loaded it onto my e-reader.  Then, I didn't stop reading until I was done.

While this book is Ryan's, the whole Reckless Bead band plays an important part.  There was the relationship of the band with their manager.  The dedication Leah gives to each member of the band.  The support his friends give Ryan when he is going through an ugly period in his life.  What the guys do for Ryan so he can have his HEA.

This book makes you feel Ryan's pain.  Just when he thinks that he is going to get his love, the rug is brutally ripped from under him.  But, the ending is the sweetest ending to this amazing series.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Heart of Falcon Ridge by D. L. Roan

Grey McLendon had been hurting for six years.  Grey and his twin brothers Matt and Mason lost their wife in childbirth and thought they would never find another woman to share.  He lives only for his twin boys and their ranch.

Claira Robbins was sent to Grassland, Montana after her father's trial for human trafficking.  She gave up her education to slip beneath the radar with the help of Daniel Gregory.  She has found a substitute teacher's position at Grassland Academy thanks to Daniel.  

Grey wanted to live the rest of his life numb from the neck down.  His brothers Matt and Mason are going to drag him kicking and screaming back into the life of the living once the meet their boy's new substitute teacher.

Once the McLendon's get to know Claira more, the realise something isn't right and start digging.  Will their digging open the Claira's past?

I found this book as a freebie and decided to take a chance.  I was thrilled.  I loved Grey, Matt and Mason.  Their connection to "Claira" was hot.  It wasn't just a book full of sex scenes.  There was a plot with wonderful supporting characters that were important to this story (and the next).  This was a great introduction to the series.

The Hardest Goodbyes by D. L. Roan

I have read the McLendon Family Saga since I picked up "The Heart of Falcon Ridge" as a freebie. Daniel and Cade were introduced as supporting characters.

This isn't a genre that I normally read, but I was blown away.  It was Daniel and Cade's love story and it was so much more.  It is the story of their history together and how they got to where they are now.  Daniel was one of my favorite supporting characters in the first book and I loved finding out more about the man he is.

If you haven't read the other books, you need to read them first.  This is a wonderful book, but I don't think it should be read without reading the others in the series.