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.