Luscious, Lexi Blake's short in Novak's anthology to benefit diabetes research, gives Masters and Mercena(Read in Sweet Seduction Boxed Set anthology)
Luscious, Lexi Blake's short in Novak's anthology to benefit diabetes research, gives Masters and Mercenaries fans a look inside Sean Taggert's restaurant Top as well as telling Macon Miles and Ally Jones' love story.
Adam Miles' youngest brother, Macon, lost 3/4 of a leg in war and a cheating wife in divorce. Macon's at his lowest when Adam stops by to check in on him. After not standing up for Adam in the past, Macon is shocked into action when Adam insists he come to Dallas to live with he and his family, Jake, Serena and baby Tristan. This gesture gives Macon the courage to take the steps necessary to regain control over his life and make a fresh start.
Sarah Allyson Jones' foster brother, Ronnie, died in the war and the reports of how he died never set well with her. Her foster mother's dying wish to find out exactly what happened to Ronnie leads her to Dallas to track down Macon Miles, who has been avoiding her attempts at answers.
The pair meet for the first time at Sean Taggert's restaurant, Top, two months later. Allyson, upon first seeing Macon, is so flummoxed she says she's there looking for work instead of looking for answers. Macon, now an extremely talented pastry chef, can't help but fall for the luscious Ally. Privately, he becomes possessive of this quiet beauty. It's only after their safety is threatened, in two separate incidents, that they both begin to face their feelings for one another.
"... between the two of us, we are practically a fully functional human being."
Each is struggling with hidden secrets they feel protect themselves yet could risk ruining the life they both dream of having together.
Macon is a much softer addition to the Masters and Mercenaries family. He was mentioned briefly in prior books ~ in Adored(view spoiler)[, where Sean mentioned Macon and Ally had gotten married in Las Vegas (hide spoiler)] and Sweet Child O' Mine, where Macon's mentioned being treated as Ian's "personal bakery" and Adam's baby brother. So, it was a nice, sweet treat (pun intended) to get a closer look at this couple and their triumph over life's obstacles.
I truly enjoyed this short. There's some great set up for Ten's upcoming book, Master No, as well as the sadist and M&M shrink, Kai, who I hope gets a book very soon. There are also some hilarious Ian moments (view spoiler)[ ~ Apparently, he's taken to marking behind the ear of baby Kala with a Sharpie so he can tell her apart from her twin. And, already making sure she knows, "Daddy sees everything. Including how [she] look[s] at that Tristan kid." He tells Serena,
"... It's never too early to start [keeping an eye out]. I know what your boy's going to think. He's going to think Mom didn't have to pick, why should I, and then suddenly my sweet baby girls are in some weirdo relationship where they have to worship the boy."
(hide spoiler)]. I loved having a brief look at the men working at Top, Sean's farm to table restaurant, and I cannot wait for more; I'm hopeful there's a spin-off series in the making.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This short features boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther (from Boundary Magic series) and offers fans of Olson's Scarlett Bernard series a chance to reconnect with Scarlett and Jesse Cruz.
After Lex's dead twin tells her, "Ask Jesse Cruz how I died", she travels to LA to do just that. She's been told Sam's murderer is dead and the one responsible for killing him is in prison, but she has to know HOW her twin died.
Deal with the Devil features the mysterious Eric Pate, head of the FBI's Para Unit. Until now we haven't known much about this secretive man other thaDeal with the Devil features the mysterious Eric Pate, head of the FBI's Para Unit. Until now we haven't known much about this secretive man other than the fact that he'll do anything to protect his step-sister Holly and those under his command. However, when he begins questioning Ella, a woman the team rescued from Keegan, a twisted were who'd held her captive to gain more power, (Charming the Beast) we get a glimpse of the beast he's tried so hard to keep under control. No one on his team is aware of what Eric's gone through in hopes of protecting them against the beasts they battle.
Control was important for him - and with good reason. When his control splintered, people had a tendency to die.
While that may be true, Ella shatters his control. For her, this is a sign that he's the one she's been waiting for all these years. Eric, a master manipulator, hides the truth as long as he can. But, when the base is attacked, he knows he can no longer continue lying or hiding what he's become.
I really enjoy getting lost in this world Eden has created and look forward to more to come.
Thank you to Season Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from the pre-published copy and may be altered or omitted from the final copy....more
Wow! Whether you like the H/h in this one or not, you have to admit, Nalini has outdone herself yet again. So much is changing in this psy-changeling-Wow! Whether you like the H/h in this one or not, you have to admit, Nalini has outdone herself yet again. So much is changing in this psy-changeling-human world, you never know what to expect in each installment. And, I love it!
My full rating is ✮✮✮✮½; the ½-star deduction is due simply to the fact that it took me quite awhile to warm up to Zaira. Aden, I've liked from the start. The overall story, however ... outstanding!
I'm worried of spoiling those that haven't gotten this far in the series, so I'll leave it at that.
BREAKING NEWS An unexpected new cooperation agreement, the Trinity Accord, has been negotiated and agreed upon between major elements of all three races. The aims of this agreement are to foster and maintain stability, both in world markets and for the personal safety of individuals. It has also been termed the first step toward creating a permanent United Earth Federation.
Kaleb Krychek, inarguably the most powerful Psy in the world, stated that he is a businessman and that the Trinity Accord is good for business. “Only idiots or those with blinkered vision will oppose it.”
At time of press, the signatories to the Trinity Accord were as follows: The Ruling Coalition. The Arrow Squad. The Empathic Collective. Over one hundred predatory and nonpredatory changeling packs, including the SnowDancer wolves, the DarkRiver leopards, the BlackSea changelings, the StoneWater bears, the BlackEdge wolves, the SunGrass grazers, the IceRidge foxes, the DawnSky deer, the WindHaven falcons, the AzureSun leopards, the DesertRain lions, and the WaterSky eagles. Further signatories are expected. The Human Alliance. The Shine Foundation, as representatives of those who self-identify as part of the Forgotten population. Hope Light, a nonpartisan humanitarian organization.
Aden Kai had this to say: “The Trinity Accord is a test. For the United Earth Federation to come into being as more than an idea, we must first pass this test. That responsibility lies with every man, woman, and child in the world.
“We can decide to remain in our isolated bunkers, becoming more and more obsessed with looking inward instead of outward, or we can decide to be great together. We can decide to stagnate, or we can decide to grow. We can decide to settle for the status quo, or we can decide to reach for the stars.
This intro into a multi-author collaborative series Sin City Collectors was a quick, easy read. In this world, supernaturals police their own and emplThis intro into a multi-author collaborative series¹ Sin City Collectors was a quick, easy read. In this world, supernaturals police their own and employ Collectors to detain the offending supernatural(s) and turn them in to the Boss. This world is full of a variety of supernaturals, but this installment features Collectors Nevada, a dhampir and Jake, a hellhound sent to Collect a vampire.
I enjoyed it enough to check out add'l books in the series. If you're interested in reading Aces Wild, it's currently free on Amazon.
¹Each book in this series is alternatively written by Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter.
A free short provided by Larissa in her May 26, 2015 newsletter. It tells the story of Reaver and Revenant freeing their parents who'd been hidden inA free short provided by Larissa in her May 26, 2015 newsletter. It tells the story of Reaver and Revenant freeing their parents who'd been hidden in Sheoul by Satan. ...more
*Contains several page preview of upcoming story Base Instincts (A Demonica story (M/M) Late 2015) featuring Damon Slake and demon with red hair and a*Contains several page preview of upcoming story Base Instincts (A Demonica story (M/M) Late 2015) featuring Damon Slake and demon with red hair and a sleeve of tats on his right arm. Can't wait!...more
I've wanted to learn more about Simon ever since I started reading Cherise's Mountain Masters & Dark Haven series. And, each time I finish a bookI've wanted to learn more about Simon ever since I started reading Cherise's Mountain Masters & Dark Haven series. And, each time I finish a book in the series I remember I have Doms of Dark Haven on-hand waiting TBR. But, when I spotted this short re-release, I couldn't resist.
Rona McGregor is recently divorced and ready to tackle her fantasy list (of things to do). So, when she spots a flyer for Dark Haven's Victorian Night while already dressed her faire attire, she jumps at the chance to explore the club. She spots the intimidating Dom, Simon, but feels he's a bit out of her league. Seeing as another of her goals is to avoid getting stuck in a rut, she believes variety is best.
When Simon spots Rona he has a sense that he's seen her before, but certainly not in the club. She's definitely a newbie and he's all too happy to introduce her to whatever may interest her. He quickly realizes that she's one he doesn't want to let slip away, but how will he convince her that variety is not an option because he's the one for her?
*sigh* I ❤ Cherise! Thanks for the sweet treats while I anxiously tick down the days until Servicing the Target hits my Kindle on 28 July. ...more
Well, I'd hoped for more after falling in love with Kagawa's Blood of Eden series. Instead, we have a just-okay YA romance between a young dragon, a rWell, I'd hoped for more after falling in love with Kagawa's Blood of Eden series. Instead, we have a just-okay YA romance between a young dragon, a rogue dragon and a dragon hunter. I'm sure I'll eventually read ROGUE, but I'm in no rush at this point.
My hopes were set too high, that's for sure. But, overall it wasn't a terrible read, just terribly predictable....more
I've been curious about this series, so I was happy to grab this free prequel.
Sometimes I wonder if it's better to read prequels after you've startedI've been curious about this series, so I was happy to grab this free prequel.
Sometimes I wonder if it's better to read prequels after you've started a series so it's more of a look back at how things got started for characters you already know. I think I might've enjoyed this short better had I done that instead of reading it first. However, I did like the concept and characters, so I'll continue to read on a bit. ...more
Man. Hubby & I were anxiously awaiting this installment and, sadly, it was disappointing. Narration was well done, but despite the book's length (Man. Hubby & I were anxiously awaiting this installment and, sadly, it was disappointing. Narration was well done, but despite the book's length (blah blah blah), little actually happened. Three major things of note - one being the allegiances made, hence the title. All of which could've been told in a MUCH shorter book or even a novella. Here's hoping the finale will reignite the spark that started it all. (2.5 stars)...more
Night of Cake and Puppets offers fans of Laini's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy the chance to experience Zuzana and Mik's first date. The story,Night of Cake and Puppets offers fans of Laini's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy the chance to experience Zuzana and Mik's first date. The story, while too short - only because you'll want more, is enchanting, delightful, magical, and, at times, laugh out loud funny. These two are perfect match.
When I listened to Karou talk of how Zuzana and Mik's romance began (in Days of Blood & Starlight) I had no idea that I'd get this treat - a first-person telling, told through alternating POVs.
I loved it! If you have the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend the audio version. Narrators Khristine Hvam and Kevin T. Collins do a great job with their inflection - you can feel the characters' excitement and nervousness at finally meeting face-to-face. Their accents, however, did fluctuate at times, but it didn't bother me in the least. ...more
Well, thank goodness I have book 3 on-hand; benefits of getting to this series late. I'm really enjoying these audiobooks. The narration is done so weWell, thank goodness I have book 3 on-hand; benefits of getting to this series late. I'm really enjoying these audiobooks. The narration is done so well. And, the author's writing paints such a vivid picture....more
Ever Night tells the story of Rose Pascal who, each year on her birthday beginning with her eighteenth, is somehow transported to another realm - callEver Night tells the story of Rose Pascal who, each year on her birthday beginning with her eighteenth, is somehow transported to another realm - called 'Nightmare' by others. Once there, she meets Vasili. He shares some information about who she is, what's happening and what to prepare for before returning next year. As a result of her fear and naiveté, she binds herself to him.
I'm a big fan of Gena Showalter and her other series. But, this story was a bit short, which made Rose's story and her relationship with Vasili feel forced or rushed. I'm unsure if this is the beginning of a new series or purely a stand alone novella. If it's the start of a series, I'll most likely read on a bit longer to see how things develop in a full length novel....more