Book Info Kindle Edition, 431 pages Published October 21st 2015 by John A. Heldt original title Mercer Street ASIN B0170DP9TQ edition language English othBook Info Kindle Edition, 431 pages Published October 21st 2015 by John A. Heldt original title Mercer Street ASIN B0170DP9TQ edition language English other editions None found Source
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Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, MERCER STREET gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.
Time Travel is a concept that is unsettling, exciting, terrifying, exhilarating and about as out of reach to me as the moon. The thought of being able to accidentally ”change” events, whether in the past or in the future, has ramifications that I do not even want to contemplate.
However when one thinks about doing what these three women managed it becomes a little more likely to be something that would be more enticing than not.
Elizabeth, her daughter Susan and granddaughter Amanda span three generations and each one of these ladies is very much their own person as well as very much family oriented. I enjoyed getting to be privy to each of their characters throughout the course of the story. I especially enjoyed the interactions between the two daughters and the two mothers, their bonds ran deep so even when they did not totally agree with one another they found a way to get past their differences without too much angst.
The time spent in 1938 Princeton, New Jersey was one that allowed each of the women to not only reconnect with a part of themselves that had been ”lost” in the daily hustle and bustle of life in 2016 it also allowed them to “heal” mentally from the shocking circumstances in which Susan became a widow, Amanda lost a Father and Elizabeth lost the loving support of her parents when she married without their consent or approval as a young woman.
In the book synopsis the author says this is about three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime. I agree wholeheartedly the ladies are strong-willed and the adventure was a once-in-a-lifetime journey that was so wonderfully sketched out that it makes one feel like you are traveling along with Susan, Amanda and Elizabeth.
I had to let this sit and percolate a day or two but in the end found it to be paced exactly to my liking, characters developed as I envisioned them from the start, the historical aspects generated a deep respect for modern living, the different story lines for each woman compelling and realistic but most of all the ending tied up all the threads in a way that was emotionally fulfilling as well as one that I agree was the best for all the characters it encompassed.
Book Info Kindle Edition, 218 pages Published July 13th 2015 ASIN B011K52AI8 edition language English series Janet Maple #4 other editions None found SourcBook Info Kindle Edition, 218 pages Published July 13th 2015 ASIN B011K52AI8 edition language English series Janet Maple #4 other editions None found Source:[Digital Kindle copy from author in exchange for honest review]
Not only are Janet Maple and Dennis Walker great at catching the bad guys, they’re also crazy in love and engaged to be married. But the duo’s perfect wedding plans hit a snag when a closed case comes back from the dead, pulling Janet and Dennis into a dangerous assignment.
Mila Brabec has rebuilt her life from scratch. She’s now a proud co-owner of a trendy Manhattan bar and has a dashingly handsome man on her arm. When her business is burnt to the ground and a terrifying note is found, Mila turns to the one man she knows can help her—Dennis Walker.
Will Janet and Dennis be able to stop the bad guys and have their wedding cake?
*Bad Guys Don't Win is book four in the Janet Maple Series. Each book in the series can be easily read on its own.*
I sat on this book for close to a week after reading because it was so hard to share my thoughts without sharing spoilers to the story.
After having thought it through this is what I have come up with that hopefully reveals enough without it being too detailed or too vague.
From the beginning of this series with book 1 To Catch A Bad Guy-Janet Maple #1 Janet Maple and Dennis Walker have shown themselves to be resourceful and smart singly as well as together in their investigative endeavors.
Now in this 4th book Bad Guys Don’t Win-Janet Maple #4 we find Dennis dragging his feet, Janet overwhelmed with trying to get the wedding details perfected while still working on her case load at Kirk Investigations, a closed case reopened that threatens to further estrange the couple, a new romance for Mila that may go away if her past catches up with her and Janet’s dog Baxter proving that even with four legs and fur he can be a hero.
Be ready for another exciting ride with this couple as they untangle a web of deceit, risk their relationship, prevail over the villains and at long last get their happy ending!
Janet and Dennis have my heart, they are as dynamic a duo as one could hope for and "sidekick" Baxter is one smart pooch!
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 204 pages Published April 16th 2015 by Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC (first published April 1st 2015) ASIN B00W9YXZL6 edition Book Info Kindle Edition, 204 pages Published April 16th 2015 by Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC (first published April 1st 2015) ASIN B00W9YXZL6 edition language English other editions (1) Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
A deadly menace stalks the placid shores of Shenandoah Mountain Lake. A serial killer is on the loose and the bodies are piling up. The residents of Shenandoah County are terrified, afraid to leave their homes and hoping for news of the killer’s capture before there’s another victim. With over five hundred miles of shoreline to cover, the sheriff’s office cannot protect the local citizens. Leading citizen Salem Matthews is worried. As an important property owner and business manager he knows that he and his family could be a prime target. When a valued employee and friend becomes the next murder victim, Salem and his buddy Anderson, both ex-military special forces, realize the backwater sheriff hasn’t a clue. If the killer is to be stopped, Salem and Anderson have to do it. The killer is smart. With no discernible connection among the victims and no physical evidence left at any of the crime scenes, Salem and Anderson don’t know where to begin. There are plenty of suspects such as the mysterious pastor of Holy Covenant Spiritual Center; the strange psychiatrist who has turned the former Lakeside Academy elementary school into a mental health facility; the manager and employees of Pirates South, the enormous and strange theme park that has recently opened on the lake’s western shore. As Salem and Anderson close in on the crazed predator, they know they’re in a race against time before they become targets themselves.
"Full of suspense... A definite page-turner!"—Sandra Ely, Author of the "Immortal Hearts" series.
“...the bucolic Shenandoah mountains of Virginia…the unlikely setting for...gruesome murders...”—Rodney Page, Author of "Powers Not Delegated" and "The Xerces Factor."
“...hard to put down...keeps you guessing at each turn of the pages...A good read for a rainy and dark afternoon...” —Grant R Gregory , Author of the ”Critter Corner Blog”
“...powerful characters...keeps his readers guessing...A must read for all murder mystery aficionados”.—G.J. Wise, Author of the paranormal horror novel "Spiritwood".
“...Rate it a five of five and suggest you put Mr. Paxton on your list of "to read" authors.”—Danney Clark, author of "Shield of Faith."
"...a serial killer who likes his victims young, female, and available...”—Jess Frankel, author.
“...[gives]the "Who Done It"...a shot of twisted adrenaline that will have readers hanging onto each line.”—James Sanders, author of "Situations: An Urban Crime Novel"
After a steady diet of YA, PNR, Dystopian and Contemporary Romance books a crime drama/murder mystery is always a welcome change of pace. Not only does it make you shiver with trepidation for the characters as their lives are endangered but it makes one think outside the box trying to unravel the identity of the villain before the author does the final reveal.
I can honestly say that in this case the twists that author Ronald Paxton used to confuse the reader as to the person committing the murders were devious and well executed.
The small town atmosphere added to the suspense, the descriptions of the victims were both heartbreaking as well as sadly sickening, the identity of the villain was surprising, the mental gymnastics on the part of the main characters was interesting to watch unfold and the different intersecting plot lines made a cohesive whole.
All in all this was one that hit all the points that kept me turning the page to see what would happen next as it was fascinating how far off my own conclusions were as to what was going on.
Gulped this down too fast but it was too interesting to not finish in one day, even taking breaks for Internet browsing or watching HGTV could not compete.
I have never ever read a book with a Monopoly playing dog. Henry I think you stole center stage a time or two!
Thank you Ronald Paxton for a tale well told and for allowing me the pleasure of reading it.
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Book Info Paperback, 294 pages Published August 23rd 2014 by CreateSpace ISBN 1500471534 (ISBN13: 9781500471538) edition language English other editionsBook Info Paperback, 294 pages Published August 23rd 2014 by CreateSpace ISBN 1500471534 (ISBN13: 9781500471538) edition language English other editions None found Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
In 1944 Denver, twenty-six year-old Franklin Powell is doing what he does best, helping clients with his psychic gift. Then his brother causes the past to come crashing into the present and a memory Frank has kept buried since the age of six surfaces. Now his life is in an uproar. He must prove that what he remembers is true or his mother may spend the rest of her life in prison. But even if he succeeds, it appears there is a powerful someone behind the scenes who could care less if she is innocent. Why? Because of a seething hatred for Frank. To make matters worse, the woman he loves needs his help with a serious problem of her own—a problem that could get him killed. Frank can’t let that stop him. He dives right in and while his psychic gift doesn’t seem to be doing him any favors, it’s a good thing that a couple of newly-acquired ghosts appear to be on his side.
Frank Powell as a character is smart, articulate, loves playing piano to relax, has a kind heart and is either cursed or blessed with his psychic gift depending on how you look at it. Some days actually think he is more cursed with the things he knows as they are painful for him as well as those around him.
Having previously read and enjoyed The Secret Of Lucianne Dove, also written by Roberta Smith, back in late 2011 it sounded like this would interest me as it actually explains how the character in the Mickey McCoy series came about as well as the source of his “sixth sense”.
Once started reading the settings, the mysteries, the romance angles and the suspense kept me from wanting to stop. The combination of some good old fashioned leg work on Frank’s part while he is trying to prove his mother innocent of the crime for which she was accused with his ability to ”see things” either as they happen or happened in the past make for a winning melding of talents.
As we further explore the angles that are used to weave several plots together it becomes apparent that there is much more going on than Frank realizes. The past and the present collide in this book and when they do the reader is in for a few big surprises right along with Frank, surprises that change pretty much his whole perspective on his life.
There is one main aspect of this story that have not touched upon and that is the supernatural, it was not over the top but instead handled forthrightly in a way that made it very believable not only to Frank but the reader as well.
This book was very character driven, which works perfectly for me, with short bursts of action that added to it’s intensity and increased the pace enough to keep one interested to see what happened next but more importantly why things were happening in the first place.
The entire time I was thinking oh what a tangled web was woven in the pages of this book, it was at times mind blowing until it all came together at the end and made everything perfectly clear to the reader.
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Book Info KINDLE Edition, 304 pages Published December 15th 2014 by Syn Publishing ASIN B00QHMTZ24 edition language English series Psychic Menage #3 otherBook Info KINDLE Edition, 304 pages Published December 15th 2014 by Syn Publishing ASIN B00QHMTZ24 edition language English series Psychic Menage #3 other editions None found Source:[Digital copy from book review coordinator/author in exchange for honest review]
Daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler; Tessla Reto attempts to escape the Underworld after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend. She knows her untimely death is also near if her father, Landen Reto discovers her part in forming the rebels to fight against him. The two men sent to help her get away are killed and she’s rescued by a handsome stranger…or is she?
Faerydae returns to Earth in search of an inner peace his soul can’t find after the death of his friend Chandra Lamar. Instead, he finds himself in an unplanned rescue of a woman that stirs everything he’s fought a lifetime to deny. Can Faerydae stay focused on his goal to expose his past and true Fae bloodline, or will destiny play her hand? Shomar’s uncomplicated world is tossed asunder when his best friend, Faerydae, shows up with a stray puppy and a woman who steals the heart of his soul the moment he looks at her. Only to discover Faerydae and the woman claim they can’t stand each other, yet his intuition tells him otherwise. Will Shomar be able to win the woman of his dreams or will Faerydae always have her heart?
Will Tessla find her freedom? Will Faerydae keep his, or will Shomar succeed in his plan to expose them to their hidden ecstasy?
The third book in a series that pushes boundaries as well as follows the exploits of a diverse group of characters this time we are exposed to more background information about those characters as well as the differences in the cultures they grew up in.
Fairydae was a side character who appeared in both book 1 Sinful Surrender and book 2 Phantom Desire. He long ago vowed to never let his heart overrule his head, having no attachments has kept him from grieving the loss of loved ones in the past but at the moment that peace is shattered after seeing a dear friend die right in front of him.
Add that to his quest to find out his true origins of birth and he has enough on his plate, that is until he stumbles upon a plot to cause harm to the unsuspecting Tessla which he manages to prevent thus becoming a hero in her eyes.
Tessla is new to the cast, even though she was mentioned before as being the daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler, and finds herself rescued by Fairydae when he thrwarts a plot to kidnap her. She finds herself attracted to a man for the first time in her life but the mixed signals Fairydae sends her lead to confusion, frustration and anger as her hero turns into her captor.
Shomar, Fairydae’s best friend and roommate falls in love with Tessla which causes her all kinds of mixed emotions as she finds herself attracted to two men at the same time.
As a Dirt Dweller she was taught that attraction was unnatural, but as she soon finds out the only thing unnatural would be to fight her feelings for both men as her heart has enough room for them both to share.
What happens over time is a new chapter for each of the three in their lives, a healing for all of them that was much needed to erase past demons for Fairydae and Tessla especially as their future promises to be filled with joy!
The continuation of the rebellion is touched upon with a bit of the action reintroducing earlier characters but this is really a book that focuses on the romantic relationships formed between Fairydae, Shomar and Tessla.
As intense as both books prior to it, and as darkly edgy.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 409 pages Published January 1st 2015 by John A. Heldt original title September Sky ASIN B00RNQI5ZQ edition language English settBook Info Kindle Edition, 409 pages Published January 1st 2015 by John A. Heldt original title September Sky ASIN B00RNQI5ZQ edition language English settingGalveston, Texas (United States) other editions None found Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend, 45, and his college dropout son, Justin, take a trip to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they meet a cruise-ship lecturer who has discovered the secret of time travel.
Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city.
Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, September Sky follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make their peace with the past, find new purposes, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.
As much as it engaged me from the beginning this story also brought tears to my eyes on behalf of the characters when certain situations seemed almost hopeless. Especially enjoyed the relationship that evolved between Charles and Justin Townsend, the estranged father and son slowly became close and in time best of friends over the course of their time together.
The pacing, the timing, the flow of each chapter into the next was as usual easy to follow and very much filled with moments that came alive for me as the journey that Chuck and Justin undertook unfolded.
I felt their turmoil as they became enmeshed with the people of 1900 Galveston, relationships were formed that they neither expected nor hoped for prior to their trip. Not only were these relationships unexpected they caused both Chuck and Justin many hours of worry as to how the truth of where and when they both came from would be received once explained.
The worst part about traveling from 2016 to 1900 was the knowledge about the mass destruction and deaths looming over the town of Galveston at the hands of a category 5 Hurricane, a storm that residents never dreamed would cause as much damage and loss of life as it did.
How does one know ahead of time that such a horrendous catastrophe would happen and not be able to avert a lot of the danger by informing authorities and preparing the inhabitants rather than having to keep the knowledge to oneself so as not to drastically alter history?
This was the the true test faced by our intrepid duo of time travelers, one that became even more urgent as the time for them to leave 1900 Galveston counted down. What occurred next ratcheted up the readers tension and left one in no doubt that once again like a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat this author has created a masterful story that combined all the best elements into one read!
I have to say that as usual am in awe of the depth of description used that brings both the settings and the characters to vivid life, am also happy at the way the book ended as it allows one to find closure and also the hope of new beginnings in books to come.
I am grateful to have been asked to read and share my thoughts on this book by the author, it was intriguing to me because of the main storyline being a Texas setting was both familiar and easy to relate to. My kudos to not only the development of the characters, the connecting plots and all the different elements that made up this story as it was well worth my time as has been true of every book that I have read by John A Heldt thus far.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 274 pages Published September 1st 2014 by H.A.W.K. Publishing (first published August 25th 2014) ASIN B00N1W8MVS edition languBook Info Kindle Edition, 274 pages Published September 1st 2014 by H.A.W.K. Publishing (first published August 25th 2014) ASIN B00N1W8MVS edition language English series Psychic Menage #2 other editions (1) Source:[Digital copy from review coordinator/author in exchange for honest review]
Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. A psychic vision pushes her to recall her purpose for being, but it’s a ghost that awakens her desires for a life she fears she’ll never have. Both push her to remember the past because it threatens what she wants in the now; the Nodin men.
Andonis Nodin battles to accept his failures. The heavy burden nearly breaks him when he can’t save the one he loves from the grim reaper’s grip; he questions his desire for Chandra, the woman he blames for the death around him.
Nikias finds true love with Chandra in his arms, but is desperate to stop her from seeking revenge on a mission he knows is a one way trip.
Ortello knows for them to recapture the love they once felt for each other, he must be willing to let her go. But overcoming his obsession to make Chandra his and his alone isn’t easy.
Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love? Who is the powerful woman in her haunting visions and will those revealing apparitions crumble her world with the Nodin clan? Does Chandra find true love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?
The much anticipated sequel to book 1 Sinful Surrender where we first meet Chandra as a secondary character. She now has her own story and it was every bit as action packed and scintillatingly hot as the first in the Psychic Menage series.
Right off the bat be prepared as the opening scenes are hot and heavy, if you are not someone who gets easily perturbed than the boundaries that are pushed will be easily accepted and taken in stride as you read on but if you are than maybe this is not the story for you.
That being said this is ”fantasy” we are reading not reality based so it should be remembered that pretty much anything goes when the imagination is given free rein.
The sexual intensity that drove the characters in the first book is still at the forefront in this second and at times comes close for me in overshadowing the other story lines that are touched on, not quite becoming too much but definitely making it known that this is indeed an erotic romance.
How does one overcome despair after losing their greatest love, maybe by finding out that love comes in many different levels and that by opening up to possibilities can even be experienced with more than one person at a time. Chandra is still in love with Ortello even after death as he is with her, however her affections for his brothers are being renewed as well.
I was totally rooting for things to work out for the best for Adonis, his guilt from both past and present were such heavy burdens that it was not surprising he almost gave up on his own need for personal happiness.
It was no surprise when Nikias turned out to be a wonderful fun character. Despite painful past taunts about his albino heritage of the three brothers he has the most positive restful outlook on life and it is exactly what Chandra finds so engaging besides his physical appeal which, like the other two Nodin brothers, is very much to her liking.
Reading along as the men work out their issues along with Chandra is at times like watching a ping pong game, but well worth the effort to keep up with the back and forth.
I thought the ongoing conflict with the Underworld Government that keeps the Dirt Dwellers suspicious of if not fighting the Airbornes was developed a bit more quite nicely as well as we get more insight into the politics of the world that the characters inhabit.
The end result of this story has some surprises in store not only for the reader but for the characters as well, setting up the next book in a way that is not so much abrupt but just leaves one wishing to know what happens next while feeling very happy for how things turned out for Chandra.
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Book Info ebook Expected publication: December 5th 2014 by Smashwords Edition ISBN 139781927901564 other editions None found Source:Digital copy from autBook Info ebook Expected publication: December 5th 2014 by Smashwords Edition ISBN 139781927901564 other editions None found Source:Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
Enduring, undying love. A woman caught between two worlds... The man she can never have... The Kine and the Alfar, enemies since before Odin sat upon the throne of Asgard... When Charlee Montgomery discovers Asher Strand’s true nature and the feelings he has for her, she also learns Asher's love puts her in mortal danger. Prophesied long ago, the ancient bridges connecting Earth to the other eight worlds are opened. The Alfar descend upon Earth and the Kine must emerge from their hidden life to take up their role as Man’s protectors. Without Asher, the Kine will fall and Man with them. To defeat the Alfar, Asher must give up any hope of a human life with Charlee. Love. Duty. An impossible choice that must be made. Man’s survival depends on it. ____ Tracy Cooper-Posey is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. She writes romantic suspense, paranormal and urban fantasy romances. She has published over 70 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award. She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year and Byzantine Heartbreak was a 2012 winner. She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University. She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together. In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.
Spanning over 3 decades as well as at over 700 pages long this is a story of such scope and breadth that it thoroughly encompasses every fantasy that comes to mind when one thinks of the Norse gods whose mythology is the basis of it’s origin.
One cannot help but be awed at the detailed world, characters and conflicts that are created to thrill and the star-crossed romance that develops amongst the action packed suspense compels one to hope against hope that all works out for the best even when it seems there is no way in which it can.
As someone who enjoys a good science fiction tale this one fits the bill, it also falls under the categories of paranormal romance, epic fantasy, action adventure and suspense thriller so it covers quite a bit of reading ground within it’s pages.
As we enjoy the journey that starts with Charlee meeting Asher when she was merely 10, and that continues for many years, following a relationship that develops despite it being all but forbidden we find out fascinating facts that enhance not only how we perceive these main characters but the rest of the cast as well.
One can never anticipate what surprises are in store next but can say with full confidence that there is no boredom as the pages unfold and the story plays out, for such a prolonged journey when it ends you feel like a veil has been lifted from your eyes as the real world intrudes once more.
I enjoyed the intricate weaving of multiple story lines that all converge together at the end to create a cohesive whole, it was an undertaking that was a joy to read even while it meant taking breaks to fully digest what was taking place.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 287 pages Published March 15th 2014 by Liquid Silver Book ASIN B00J1RDFUU edition language English series Psychic Menage #1 settBook Info Kindle Edition, 287 pages Published March 15th 2014 by Liquid Silver Book ASIN B00J1RDFUU edition language English series Psychic Menage #1 setting Southwest , 4860 (United States) other editions (4) Source:EArc from review coordinator/author in exchange for honest review
On the run, branded a traitor by her government, Fay Avalon has to depend on three brothers for shelter. Sinful Surrender is Book 1 of Houston Havens’ new romance series, Psychic Ménage. Why be tempted by one man’s seduction when you can be loved by three?
Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind-traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.
In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.
Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. When pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.
Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?
Intense in every way and the explicit sex scenes dominate the story but do not overshadow or lessen the impact of the main story line.
I will warn anyone who does not enjoy intense, descriptive, sometimes raunchy sex as there is a lot of it throughout this erotic tale. The theme is one that is not enjoyed by all romance readers but I promise even though your eyes might blister there is a good story hidden amidst all the sexiness.
This is a mixture of romance, politics, action, dystopian, sci-fi adventure and paranormal elements all combined into a cohesive story that will excite you as well as intrigue you with the possibilities it presents to those who enjoy exploring their sexual fantasies.
The intenseness that permeates a lot of the interaction between Fay and the 3 Aban brothers is seductive as well as at times very endearing, Arlo-Logan-and Drakker are the perfect combination of potent masculinity to offset Fay’s femininity as each man brings something different to the unique relationship that all four of them find themselves engaging in..
I found myself at first intimidated by the information overload to set the stage for the story at the beginning but after starting to read that quickly was the furthest thing from my mind as the fascinating events dragged me into the book completely and engrossed me with all the different elements that wove together to create an exciting tale.
Good thing is that Phantom Desire book 2 is available to read already as this ends with a definite cliffhanger that demands you to grab the next one to find out what happens next!
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 243 pages Expected publication: October 10th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc (October 10, 2014) ISBN13 B00NU7GQLM edition lanBook Info Kindle Edition, 243 pages Expected publication: October 10th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc (October 10, 2014) ISBN13 B00NU7GQLM edition language English URL literary awards"Show Me The Spark" (2013), "Zebulon" (2014), Houston Writers Guild (Fall 2009) (2009), Abilene Writers Guild (2009), San Gabriel Writers League other editions (1) Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
Social worker Tam Kerish can’t keep her cool professionalism when steamy client Mr. Burns kindles a desire for more than a client-therapist relationship—so she drops him. However, they discover she’s the talisman to which Burns, an immortal djinn, has been bound since the days of King Solomon-and that makes it difficult to stay away from him.
Ethical guidelines are unequivocal when it comes to personal relationships with clients. However, the djinn has a thawing effect on the usually non-emotive Tam, who begins to feel true emotion whenever he is near. Tam has to make a difficult choice: to stay on the outside, forever looking in-or to turn her back on her entire world, just for the chance to finally experience what it means to fall in love.
Ever since she was a child Tamarinda Kerish has longed to understand why other people feel joy, sorrow, cry, get angry, hate and most of all love as she feels none of these emotions.
From an early age Tam approached everything from a detached observatory standpoint, this kept her from ever feeling like she belonged or fit in even with her own family.
Now an adult whose profession means dealing with a wide range of people that Tam works with on emotional health issues she still has not experienced emotions for herself, that is until the day new client Mr Burns manages to pierce the professional shell that she has always been so proud of.
At first they only dance around the attraction the pair feel for each other, next Tam feels comfortable letting loose her desires in what she thinks is only a dream. Finding out that she has actually compromised her ethics Tam finds herself letting go of the only thing in her life that has given her life purpose, she shuts down her therapy practice and tries to prepares mentally for a life without either her work or the being that she realizes she is in love with.
In the world of paranormal romance this does have a somewhat different feel to it, although it is still familiar with the supernatural being with magical abilities who falls in love with the one human who has the power to either be his savior or his doom, I found myself fascinated with the wondrous atmosphere created with words by an author whose imaginative descriptions of her locations and characters made them realistic to the reader as well as fantastical at the same time.
What really cinched my enjoyment however was that we were allowed to see how much each main character grew more in touch with what mattered most to bring them true happiness as the story played out, especially Tam.
Upon finishing my heart was beating overly fast with the joy of a happy ending, this was a true treat for lovers of one-of-a-kind paranormal romances!
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Book Info Publication Date: August 22, 2014 Print Length: 300 pages Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00MXHN244 URL series LBook Info Publication Date: August 22, 2014 Print Length: 300 pages Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00MXHN244 URL series Love, Power & Sin #2 other editions None found Source:Kindle copy from author
Allyson Roberts has risen from the ashes. She now has a career, a relationship, and a purpose in life. But as a new assignment comes along, Jake Morrissey, the man who helped her rebuild her life and has been her rock ever since might now become too dangerous for her to love. Will Ally and Jake find a way to be together, or will their ties burn them?
Delilah Jones has always been the odd one out with a wayward past. Now, she has a chance to shine by completing an undercover assignment that has her colleagues at a standstill. But what if getting a lead will cost Delilah her only chance for true love? Will she have to choose between her heart and career, or will she find a way to have both?
What is most enjoyable about reading a book by an author whose works you have found satisfying in the past is when your expectations are met again and again with each new tale.
For me the best part of reading something written by Marie Astor is her ability to combine smart with sexy in both her male and female characters, that and the bad guys always get what is coming to them!
Being this was the second book in a series one would expect to be able to pick right up where the last book left off, you can and best of all you really do not have to read the previous story to follow along with this one although it is always a good idea to do so just for the sake of continuity with the characters past actions.
The main plot deals with uncovering corporate espionage and it is married with the difficulties that face Ally and Jake as they find this particular covert assignment testing the strength of their relationship and even more interesting it allows Delilah a chance to prove herself to the agency as well as perhaps finally find romance for herself!
Suspense, corporate espionage, secrets, lies and deception mixed with some new direction in character growth combine to create another good reading experience.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 582 pages Published July 21st 2014 ISBN 13 9780987770646 edition language English other editions None found Source:[Digital copyBook Info Kindle Edition, 582 pages Published July 21st 2014 ISBN 13 9780987770646 edition language English other editions None found Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
It’s been almost a hundred years since warlock meddling freed the demons from their underground domain. Their eventual capture has encased them in large stones across all the lands. They became known as the demon stones.
Over time, the truth of their imprisonment devolved into legend and tales to frighten children.
Now, the seven kingdoms are in upheaval. The demon stones are being opened and the vile creatures once more roam the land. War has broken open between realms as the fingers of accusation are pointed.
Caught in the middle is Gar Murdach, a farm boy who recently passed the age of ascension of sixteen marking him as a man, and his younger sister, Darlee, as they both struggle in their separate ways to escape the horrors wrought by the demons and the war that swarms round them.
Having read and enjoyed The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, which also is set in the same world as Demon Stones, it was my pleasure and privilege to read a copy when the author asked me for an honest review.
In a world where magic is outlawed with the penalty for practicing it’s art is to be put to death young Gar Murdach accidentally commits the unpardonable crime of setting free a demon imp. This at first innocent action sets off a chain of events that soon lead to a war that threatens to ravage a good part of the kingdom as well as take away everything and everyone who Gar cherishes.
In my mind there was no doubt that Gar made a huge error in judgement by continuing to free the demons from their stone prisons, although they proved over and over again to be useful the bloodshed that was left in their wake was not always that of a combatant but also innocents.
As a lover of fantasy this was a very smoothly developed story for me, it took place in a make believe land whose inhabitants were as diverse as one would expect in a time where technology had not been invented and people still lived off their labor at different tasks for most of the population.
There was of course the ruling class, those whose wealth and privilege were so far removed from the commoners who they depended on to provide them with service and goods that it was surreal to a simple farm boy like Gar.
Having grown up in a household that never provided more than the basics when Gar finally found himself in a position of power with the demons he had freed he pretty much let it go to his head, as they say absolute power corrupts absolutely especially when one does not have the maturity needed to make sound decisions as to how to wield it.
The best part of the whole book was the fact that throughout the story there was never any thought on the part of the author to gloss over it’s harsher aspects, rather the brutality of quite a few of the scenes kept things in perspective as to just how serious consequences for ones actions could get.
Ultimately what I took away from this book was the fact that at some point we all face hard choices, we also face adversity that tests our inner strength but the difference between taking responsibility for ones actions as well as working through human frailties is what determines whether one is aligned with good or evil. In Gar’s case that line was very hard to define at times, it was also easier for him to confuse his need for vengeance rather than the need for justice until he finally learned the hard way.
The characters are many, the world is well described, the action is plentiful and at times heart wrenching, the political angles of the story are well thought out, the magic used is at times scary and at other times wondrous but always helpful to it’s wielder, there are moments of great bravery that come from unexpected sources as well as moments of cowardice from expected ones all in all this is a story told on a broad scale as it crosses multiple genres while holding true to it’s roots of fantasy.
This is an easy to get caught up and swept away type of tale, not all hearts and flowers though as it has a lot of scenes that are brutally painful as well as graphic in their description. Totally not one for squeamish stomachs but if you do not mind a harsher reality than be prepared to enjoy this fantasy adventure fully!
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Book Info Publication Date: 8/2014 by Red Sage Publishing ISBN: 9781603108676 160310867X Source:Digital copy from author in exchange for honest reviewBook Info Publication Date: 8/2014 by Red Sage Publishing ISBN: 9781603108676 160310867X Source:Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review
Raoul, a C12th adventurer rescues Simone, the daughter of the legendary witch Melusine. Raoul, realises his danger too late. He has rescued her but also fallen captive to a love he will never escape. Both are now hunted, but as their pursuers close in, Simone has one last trick up her sleeve: Dark Fire, a satanic paste activated by sexual magic that will transport them through time and space. The only proviso is that they must find each other again. The penalty for failure is eternal damnation.
In the C21st their future hangs in the balance for Raoul is now Ralph and married to Laura. Simone is trapped in the C17th as Verity Strong. Time is against them...
Dark Fire is a tale of passion, obsession, lust, love, betrayal, possession, reincarnation and dark magic that spans centuries of time.
In the guise of Verity Strong we find Simone at the mercy of those who have cast themselves in the role of judge and jury, sentenced as a witch Verity finds herself being hounded by Melchior Hyde who cannot hide his lust for her even while he condemns her as a harlot in Satan’s service.
To go into great detail would lead to spoiling the read for others but even though that is true will tell you that the way that past and present mesh leads the plot through an intricate dance that will both tantalize as well as scandalize the reader here and there as the characters enact their roles. I have to say that it got confusing here and there as Raoul became Ralph and Simone became Verity, the real twist though is waiting to see how the pair manage to connect again and again.
The question you must ask yourself is will the pair finally be able to converge into the same time to be together forever and if so how? Read the book to find out, you will be drawn into a tale of fantasy you will enjoy!
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Book Info Paperback, first, 246 pages Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by World Castle Publishing (first published June 20, 2014) ISBN-13 978-162989Book Info Paperback, first, 246 pages Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by World Castle Publishing (first published June 20, 2014) ISBN-13 978-1629891187 edition language English other editions None found Source:Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review
Hard times have come to Shenandoah County. The mill is on the verge of collapse, unemployment is soaring, and people are leaving, unable to find work, sell their homes, or pay their mortgages. A mysterious developer arrives on the scene, eager to bring a major project with high-paying jobs to this quiet, rural Virginia community. It seems like a dream come true, but dreams can quickly turn into nightmares.
When one reads the description for the story set up it seems very straight forward and pretty simple reading, however once one gets engrossed in the book it proves to have an intensity that belies the simplistic plot.
Not having read anything written by author Ronald Paxton was not exposed to any of the people or places he had featured in previous works. Now having finished Haven have learned that the characters in the Howard family were actually introduced in the 2012 book Winter Songs.
John ”Cowboy” Howard is the patriarch and owner with his wife Sarah Jane of the Wild Pony Ranch, their daughter Emma Reynolds is the manager and ranch vet, her husband Chase and son John Howard live with Emma on the ranch as well in their own home not far from the main house.
The troubles in Shenandoah County Virginia have not spilled over to include those who live and work on Wild Pony, with careful management and a strong marketing campaign they have managed to become financially stable and in fact are the biggest contributors to the local business economy.
When promises are made by the developer wishing to create a high dollar resort in the county the only one who seems willing to ask the town council to dig deeper into his past business dealings is John Howard, this causes immediate reprisals that result in multiple scenes that will stretch the readers emotions to the limit as disbelief wars with outrage at the cruelties that are inflicted because one man dares to act responsibly.
The tension ratchets higher as the rest of the tale unfolds, when it is all said and done this was a mix of uncovering the real purpose of the development project and learning more about the townspeople as well as the inhabitants of Wild Pony Ranch.
My favorite scenes were the times spent with John Howard watching the sunrise off Lookback Mountain, it was peaceful, serenely beautiful and with the addition of the wild stallion’s appearances awe inspiring as well!
There are some hard truths about human nature faced in this book, there are also some wonderful tender moments that offset the sometimes brutal ones that occur.
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Book Info Paperback, 304 pages Published June 21st 2014 by Halcyon Moon Books ISBN 0692209344 (ISBN13: 9780692209349) edition language English other editBook Info Paperback, 304 pages Published June 21st 2014 by Halcyon Moon Books ISBN 0692209344 (ISBN13: 9780692209349) edition language English other editions None found Source:Digital copy from author
She considers telling him the truth—that she isn't the person he thinks she is—but in the end she doesn't. To say something is to potentially say everything. And it is simply too late...
The emotionally fractured casualty of a hideous childhood tragedy, Catherine has at last found her happy-ever-after in the person of Grayson Barnett, and it is the promise of a freshly polished future that compels her to bury the poisonous trail of her past beneath the purposeful lies and omissions she offers her new husband.
But now, with the inherent shame of her traumatic history secreted away and losing hold, Cat finds herself increasingly troubled as Gray falls into an erratic pattern of late night wanderings through the house, painting the bare walls with extravagant murals. And only when the unthinkable happens—a devastating blow which leaves her broken and spiraling—and an unexpected arrival on her doorstep, bearing a cache of impossible revelations—is Cat forced to question whether the man she so desperately loves is in truth a stranger and their beautiful life a gross falsehood constructed upon a foundation of lies.
This is without a doubt not a lighthearted contemporary romance, it is instead a journey through Cat’s memories that skirt the edge of madness at times and at others take the leap straight into a form of insanity.
Coming from a childhood filled with mental anguish Cat never expects to find anyone who she would find herself able to love, that holds true until Gray Barnett comes along. As they are both artists they have something in common from the very beginning, as they spend more time together that passion to create stirs other passions which lead the pair to marry.
Now having moved from Georgia they start over in the backwater town of Lost River Maine, Gray has found an old ramshackle house formerly used by it’s previous owner as a summer getaway apparently and they purchase it for their own.
Years later we find Cat and Gray still happily married but while Cat has found an outlet for her creativeness Gray is going to work every day at the local sawmill, a job that pays the bills, puts food on the table but does not fulfill him.
As one finds out along the way what Cat is hiding from Gray we understand that the horrors from her childhood have never allowed her to truly embrace the happiness in life other people take for granted, when Gray’s actions become a cause for concern she does not know how to break down the barriers between them to get to the root of what is wrong.
There comes a point in the story that changes everything, it will bring you to your knees right along with Cat and than just when you think there are no more surprises to come the last 10 chapters prove you wrong and in such a way that it brings hope for Cat back into your heart!
The word pictures that author Barbara Forte Abate craft in the telling of this story are ones that will stand out in your mind long after the last page is turned.
Upon finishing this one finds oneself releasing a long held breath, not sure if is in relief or some other unidentifiable emotion caused by reading something filled with so much tragedy, heartache, pain and then finally an ending that brings one full circle but with a promise of a better future for Cat.
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Book Info Paperback, 260 pages Published May 18th 2014 (first published October 25th 2013) ISBN 1938703200 edition language English URL other editionsBook Info Paperback, 260 pages Published May 18th 2014 (first published October 25th 2013) ISBN 1938703200 edition language English URL other editions (1) Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review
Dragon is an epic, action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire. As worlds conspire against each other, Gax, an insane warlord stockpiles an arsenal of ancient technology in his attempt to rule known space. Two ill matched and reluctant heroes stand in his way; Sillow, a neurotic and cowardly Sylvan and Brok, a surly and ill tempered Herkulun warrior. After a chance meeting in a seedy, mobster owned casino the two find their fates interlinked as they are propelled into a series of hair raising adventures that takes them from wanted smugglers to agents of a peace keeping alliance. As war grows close once again Sillow and Brok realize it is they alone who must stop Gax and prevent Armageddon, a very tall order indeed for two unlikely heroes.
Having been approached by an author unknown to me first downloaded the sample of the book to my Kindle, it was enjoyable reading and accepted the request to read and review book and after having finished am truly happy that I did so as it was the perfect blending of sci-fi/fantasy/action adventure genres with suspenseful twists that gave it a punch!
As a child growing up my first foray into sci-fi was watching and reading the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Spock as they traveled from space expedition to space expedition on the Starship Enterprise, always wanted to be able to say “Beam me up Scotty” but alas our technology has not advanced to molecular transporters capable of transferring humans from one location to another.
Then my love of the idea of space travel was cemented with the adventures of Han Solo and Chewie aboard the Millennium Falcon, a fast agile ship that belied it’s weathered exterior appearance kind of like an old beater car with a souped up Hemi engine.
Those were only two of the references that came to mind when learning about ”Dragon” and with the ship having cloaking, transporting and warp speed capabilities it compared favorably to both the Enterprise and Falcon. What made it more fun though was it’s ability to appear to Sillow and Brok in the image of a Red/Gold Dragon, pulled straight out of a fantasy that was a favorite of Sillow’s the space ship had certain unique characteristics that allowed it to utilize some of the mythical beasts abilities and set it apart into a class of transportation that was mind blowing!
Sillow and Brok’s adventures span many years and will take the reader from their first chance encounter, where Brok rescues Sillow, and it’s subsequent pairing of the two totally different characters all the way through their many battles as they encounter enemies in the employ of Tuolon Warlord Hana Gax who seeks to become the ruler of all the races in space down to the final encounter which thrilled as well as chilled when things became dicey for our heroes.
The action is fast paced, the tension when Brok and Sillow are facing overwhelming odds is intense and there are even lighthearted humorous moments when you least expect them.
Overall a great adventure that was fun and thought provoking as well. If there were to be a sequel would greatly love to read it!
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Book Info ebook Expected publication: June 27th 2014 by Smashwords Edition ISBN 139781310304965 edition language English other editions None found Source:Book Info ebook Expected publication: June 27th 2014 by Smashwords Edition ISBN 139781310304965 edition language English other editions None found Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review
Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.
Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den.
Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery's magic isn't enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.
As someone who enjoys somewhat darker fantasy this appealed to me more after reading the entire book than had first thought when had only a handful of reviews and the book synopsis to go by, as a matter of fact the story sucked me in fairly quickly and my interest never waned once.
While it is true that Ben (Roble) and Shawndirea are the two main characters the supporting cast is wide and varied from wizards to elves to dwarves to witches who all add to fleshing out this book, a book that I personally would love to see adapted to the cinema as it would be not only visually appealing but the myriad plots that make up the story would make for some very interesting dialogue as well as action sequences.
The arduous journey that Ben undertakes to get Shawndirea home is one that will excite the reader, make them sit on the edge of their seat in apprehension and by the end leave them eagerly looking forward to what comes next !
I totally appreciate the fact that this first book ended it's story arc with no cliff hanger. This was a story reminiscent of the powerful Lord Of The Rings trilogy, the books which for me set the bar for fantasy genre high, but with it's own flair that captivates ones imagination from beginning to end.
Part action adventure, part paranormal romance and 100% fantasy Shawndirea was every bit as entertaining as I had hoped it to be!
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 400 pages Published May 2nd 2014 by Passion Flower Publishing ASIN B00K3B0GGO edition language English other editions (1) SourceBook Info Kindle Edition, 400 pages Published May 2nd 2014 by Passion Flower Publishing ASIN B00K3B0GGO edition language English other editions (1) Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review
He captured her innocence with his savage desire, she conquered his heart with her song…
“Say naught. Else you shall be next.”
These are the words that leave a six-year-old Highland lass without a voice, and without memory of that terrible day her family's caravan was overtaken and her parents were slain.
Now, thirteen years later, fresh from the nunnery where she was taken after the attack, Highland Lady, Morgana Cambel, harbors only one wish: To have one night of ecstasy with the man of her dreams—her worldly, beautiful cousin's sometime lover—Robert MacVie. So, when she is offered such a chance—a secret switch—she determines to take it.
Highland Laird, Robert MacVie, desperately plots to ensnare his heiress lover into marriage in order to gain her dowry and pay his King the debt his late father owed, thus saving his clan from division and ruin. But a last minute switch changes the course of his life—and his heart—forever.
When their passionate interlude is discovered by her unctuous, devious uncle, nothing will do but that Robert wed the impoverished Morgana instead.
At first, they both resist. He, for the sake of his clan. She, for the sake of her unrequited love. But they quickly discover that resistance is futile. And a boon by the King soon lessens Robert’s debt. Now, as their desire for each other grows, as Morgana’s voice begins to return only in song, as their hearts bond, a legacy of jealousy and greed entraps Morgana in a furious death plot—and only her warrior-knight husband can save her!
As someone who at one point read nothing but historical novels have developed a lifelong love of stories featuring the Scottish Highlands and the men and women whose passion for life is unsurpassed by any other characters.
There is nothing as satisfying as immersing oneself in a well spun story which is exactly what happened while reading about the tumultuous love affair between Morgana and Robert.
This is a lush, long read that has so many things going on you will not want to take a break but when you do it is easy to pick up where you left off. What I especially enjoyed is the way that all the plots in the book weave together to create a beautiful finale that makes up for all the times when it seemed that there would never be a truly happy ending for anyone.
Having read many others thoughts on this particular book have to agree with the majority that not only does the author portray this time period quite well but her characters are easy to relate to as well as fascinating to learn about, also the more mundane aspects of life during the 13th century are interestingly described which adds to the realism of the story as well.
I am thankful that we were given a bonus read at the end that also helped to give closure to a secondary plot.
This is a well researched, well thought out, extravagant medieval historical romance with tons of action-romantic suspense and lusty scenes hot enough to melt the your ereader!
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Book Info Paperback, 370 pages Expected publication: June 15th 2014 by Pink Narcissus Press ISBN 139781939056078 edition language English series DemimondBook Info Paperback, 370 pages Expected publication: June 15th 2014 by Pink Narcissus Press ISBN 139781939056078 edition language English series Demimonde #3 other editions None found Source:Digital copy from AUTHOR in exchange for honest review
Since becoming oracle to the demivampire two years ago, advice columnist Sophie has battled werewolves and survived a vampire attack (or two). However, not only was she powerless to save her lover Marek when he slipped to the brink of evolution, she also witnessed his transformation into a falcon, the symbol of Horus United.
Sophie’s quest to save Marek is further complicated when rock star Dierk Adeluf – who also happens to be the king of the Werekind – invites her backstage after a concert. Just when it seems she will find respite from heartache, Sophie is bitten by a werewolf and Dierk decides she is destined to be his queen.
Sophie is caught between the demivamps she loves and the Were who commands her to love him. Throw in his jealous wanna-be girlfriend and an ambush by witches, and there you have the big mess that Sophie calls her life. And, hello? Her soul mate is still a bird.
She’s supposed to be the girl with all the answers, but Sophie needs more than a little advice--she needs divine intervention.
As the 3rd and final book in Demimonde series you would hope for the author to finally provide a happy ending for Sophie, that wish is granted but on the way to it is one obstacle after another that will come as no surprise to readers of book 1 Bleeding Hearts and book 2 Blood Rush.
In Wolfsbane we find Sophie Galen finally embracing the power she wields as the Sophia, we also find her still pining for her lost love Marek with a hole in her heart that nothing seems able to fill.
Trying to relax and relieve some of the stress she has been under Sophie consents to attending a show with Dally by one of her longtime favorite rock performers Dierk Adeluf, this proves to be very much to her liking as she actually gets to meet Dierk and even go backstage where they talk about everything and nothing.
The connection that Dierk and Sophie form is not one to take lightly, according to his beliefs she is his fated mate and in accordance with Werekinder history if she turns into were on the full moon after being bitten than as King of the Were’s she will become his Queen.
While I will admit that Dierk was great he was not as good a fit for Sophie as Marek, she knows deep in her heart that her love was given to one man and no matter how much she wishes otherwise there will never be another who can make her feel the same.
Focusing on the relationship that Dierk slowly builds with Sophie, her conflicted feelings about him and her duties to the DV’s, the story brings the reader into new territory while also resolving past issues by the end of the book.
There is a very nice twist or two that author Ash Krafton throws into the mix that manages to clear up the confusion and brings a resolution that finally gives Sophie a chance to make her long awaited fondest wish come true.
Without a doubt this was my favorite of the trilogy, it ended on a positive note which made me happy.
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Book Info ebook, 71 pages Published February 12th 2014 by Sandy Run Press ASIN B00IDW2SCA edition language English other editions None found Source:Digital Book Info ebook, 71 pages Published February 12th 2014 by Sandy Run Press ASIN B00IDW2SCA edition language English other editions None found Source:Digital copy from Author
In Charleston, SC, a young woman has jumped off the Cooper River Bridge. She left a suicide note in her abandoned car. There were witnesses. But her mother doesn’t buy it and hires Dewey Moses, the vegetable farmer and sometime private investigator to find out the truth. Dewey finds out quickly that sometimes it’s best to leave things alone.
Having previously enjoyed a book by the author when he emailed me and asked if would like to read this short story my immediate reaction was to look into other reviews as it had published back in February so was interested to find a few others take on Dewey’s story.
What I found cemented the decision to return to the southern roots based atmosphere, characters and world that was so enjoyable the first time around.
Taking for granted that the entire plot is covered completely in less than 100 pages the fact is that once again Boo Walker has created a unique character that we can easily identify with whose particular talents for growing delicious vegetables, playing music and finely honed investigative skills that allow him to help people answer the questions that others can’t all combine into a well rounded personality.
What appears to the police as well as her family to be a young woman’s suicide raises questions in Dewey mind when he finds certain details that never came to light for anyone else, these details come together proving to Dewey that sometimes what appears to be an easy solution instead just causes more problems for everyone involved.
This is a comfortable read, the laid back attitude of Dewey’s character in no way means his ability to do mental gymnastics is impaired, if anything his easygoing lifestyle helps him to focus on facts that most people pay no attention to.
As much as the facts in this story point to a foregone conclusion when you dig deeper it becomes clear that what seems to be simple is anything but, love the fact that the twists and turns taken by the story are never sudden but instead develop slowly and methodically so they are not hard to follow along with from beginning to end.
Dewey Moses reminds me a bit of Jim Rockford played by James Garner in The Rockford Files, he has the same down home savvy and charm in a combination that you never quite expect. Add the tenacity of a bulldog which gives him the stick with it ability a good PI needs in spades.
Dewey also grows a mean mater and reading about his homemade veggie sandwich he eats near the beginning gave me a desire to fix one just like it!
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Book Info Paperback, 372 pages Published February 2014 by Multum In Parvo Publishing (first published January 26th 2014) ISBN 0991304659 (ISBN13: 978099 Book Info Paperback, 372 pages Published February 2014 by Multum In Parvo Publishing (first published January 26th 2014) ISBN 0991304659 (ISBN13: 9780991304653) edition language English other editions (3) Source:Digital copy from author
BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL is the smutty, mercilessly irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel by actress Christine Elise McCarthy. Inspired by her one-woman short film of the same name, it’s the kind of novel Jonathan Ames might write if he’d dropped out of college and had been working as an actress in Hollywood for the last 20 years.
The life of an actress in LA isn’t all glamour, money, and bedding rock stars. Sometimes it’s more about humiliation, red wine hangovers, and the bad decisions they fuel. Ruby Fitzgerald has barely worked in years, not that anyone remembers her for anything but her short stint on a long-canceled but iconic TV show. But that was back when her career prospects seemed on the upswing -- longer ago than Ruby cares to admit, and awkward sex with regrettable partners is doing nothing to take the edge off. Everything once functional in her house is going on strike, but the unemployment checks barely cover the mortgage, and a self-respecting girl needs to be able to pay her bar tab -- so repairs are on hold. One more bubble bath and a few more cocktails. A gal can always get responsible tomorrow.
With everything mounting against her, a cranky and increasingly despairing Ruby will have to find out if her life’s larger indignities are the result of bad luck, or a chronically bad attitude. What follows is a walking tour of the hilarious depths you can sink to if you stop exercising your best judgment.
From the clever chapter titles to the in depth honest look into the day to day life that Ruby Fitzgerald finds herself flailing through this one will grip you and pull you in despite any misgivings that it may be too close to reality that many people have faced at one time or another in their lives. Awesome laugh out loud bawdy humor mixed with a strong dose of sarcastic honesty combine to create a read that will fly by too quickly and a female lead character that we all would love to have every dream come true.
You really cannot help but like Ruby, she is so focused on a goal she made so many years ago she does not seem to realize that maybe it is really time to rethink what she needs to be happy. Acting was and is her dream career, however in a world that reveres youth more than talent she does not seem to have a place anymore. For the past 10 years of her life jobs have been getting fewer and fewer until what is offered her is so absurd that even as desperate for cash flow as Ruby has become there is no way she can in good conscience associate with the production her agent wishes her to try out for.
Ruby grows on you, even as you wish there were a way to tell her that the bad judgment she seems determined to keep succumbing to is only going to make things worse for her not better in the long run.
Funny with a clear cut message of hope at the end, Ruby Fitzgerald embodies many women and her path to self discovery as well as her path to overcoming self destruction is cluttered but realistic.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 320 pages Published 2014 by Old Man Press original title Patriarch Run ASIN B00J49L77S edition language English setting ColoradoBook Info Kindle Edition, 320 pages Published 2014 by Old Man Press original title Patriarch Run ASIN B00J49L77S edition language English setting Colorado, 2010 (United States) other editions (2) Source:Digital copy from author
Billy discovers that his father might be a traitor, that he was deployed to safeguard the United States from a cyberattack on its military networks. After that mission, his father disappeared along with the Chinese technology he was ordered to steal–a weapon powerful enough to sabotage the digital infrastructure of the modern age and force the human population into collapse.
Against a backdrop of suspense, the story explores the archetypal themes of fatherhood, coming of age and self-acceptance through a set of characters that will leave you changed.
10 years have passed since Billy Erikson’s father Jack left he and his mother Rachel, sent on a mission for the secret government agency that he had walked away from years before Jack never returns home to Patriarch Run in Colorado.
The aftermath of a bombing is a devastating opening, the carnage of burned wreckage, dead bodies and bloody survivors has an immediate impact on the reader setting the stage for what is to come.
Somehow at the site of the bombing Jack manages to survive with only a few bodily injuries, his mental injuries however are much more severe and he is left not knowing how he was involved, why he was there or even who he is.
Driven by instinct he makes his way towards home, fending off with deadly force those who try to stop him and as he travels a few brutal memories of the past haunt him.
As the story flashes back and forth from past to present we learn that in the years since Jack has been gone that his son Billy and wife Rachel have managed to carve a new life for themselves, one that includes the local sheriff as a friendly substitute father figure and a man that Rachel can count on as well as love.
As the different entities that are searching for Jack, and the powerful weapon that if in the wrong hands could bring the world to it’s knees, seek to gain information of his whereabouts from Rachel their son Billy is in turn searching for his mother.
The race is on to see who finds Jack first, his enemies or his remaining friends and the future of humankind rests on stopping him from activating the technological signal that would cause a chain reaction of horrific consequences for mankind.
This story has several powerful messages embedded in it, not the least of which is that sometimes the hardest decisions we make have the best outcomes and that making those decisions means the difference between living a full life or just existing from one day to the next.
Powerful, moving, appalling in the scenario used by the author to explain Jack's actions and for me an adrenaline packed thrill ride from start to finish.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 225 pages Published May 6th 2014 (first published May 4th 2014) original title Searing Lies-Love, Power & Sin #1 ASIN B00KBook Info Kindle Edition, 225 pages Published May 6th 2014 (first published May 4th 2014) original title Searing Lies-Love, Power & Sin #1 ASIN B00K40M50E edition language English URL other editions (1) Source:Kindle copy from author for honest review
As the only child of an industrial magnate, Allyson Roberts has it all: love, fortune, and a promising career. Her perfect life goes up in smoke when she sees her father's name in the papers next to horrible accusations. In a blink of an eye she loses her fiance, her employment, and her fortune. Just when she seems to have hit the bottom, Ally is recruited by an undercover agency that is interested in her skills. She takes the job with only one goal in mind: to clear her father's name. Vengeance is the only thought on her mind as she convinces herself that her heart has no room for love-or does it? A former top agent in his field, Jake Morrissey has inner demons he can't put to rest. Now he bides his time as a training instructor. He's sworn off women, but try as he might he can't keep his eyes off Allyson Roberts. When he's asked to partner up with Ally on a new assignment, Jake is tempted to end his retirement. Will he keep running from his fears or will he find the strength to become the man he once was?
Absolute power corrupts absolutely and this is one of the themes running through this story. Allyson Roberts is not close to her father but having lost her mother at a young age she loves him with all her heart and has treasured the moments spent with him that he can spare when not attending to his business. There is always in the back of their minds that “someday” the two will have a chance to kick back and enjoy spending more time together now that Allyson has almost graduated college and her father no longer has to spend all his waking hours on his company.
That dream is gone the day that Victor Roberts is put in jail after being accused of crimes that eventually cost him his company and all it’s assets rendering Allyson in one fell swoop destitute as well as soon after losing her father. The only thing on Allyson’s mind is finding the one responsible for these catastrophic events and to that end she takes the only avenue open to her which is taking a job offered to her by an agency, the DOE, who has the resources available to further investigate the accusations that caused her father’s downfall hopefully giving her the ammunition needed to clear his name and bring to justice the actual perpetrators of the crime.
Along the way she forms an attachment to her instructor Jake Morrisey, whose charming good looks are offset well by his intelligence and skills as a former agent of the agency.
Allyson finds inner strength as she hones her skills during her training period, the friendship that she finds with her fellow trainee and roommate Delilah Jones helps ease the loss of not only her former best friend Maddy Graystone but the loss of Maddy’s brother Ron as her fiancé as well when his straitlaced socially conscious family decide that it would be best for the two to part ways and instead of fighting for Allyson Ron bows to his mothers wishes.
Allyson gets her chance to prove her father’s innocence and restore his good name, with the agency behind her she manages to get an in with the one man who she believes had the best motive for creating her father’s downfall and eventual death.
Not only will you enjoy the smooth pace, the suspense, the evolution that Allyson undergoes during her training by the DOE but also the fact that as time goes on she allows herself to open her mind and heart to Jake with the result by the end of the story they become not only work partners but romantically involved also.
Another prime example that no matter how bleak life always has a way of turning around if we work hard enough at it and do not let despair for the past overshadow the future, a lesson Allyson and Jake both had to learn the hard way!
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 384 pages Published March 1st 2014 by John A. Heldt ASIN B00IQBLQNU edition language English other editions None found Source:DiBook Info Kindle Edition, 384 pages Published March 1st 2014 by John A. Heldt ASIN B00IQBLQNU edition language English other editions None found Source:Digital copy from Author
On September 11, 2020, Ginny and Katie Smith celebrate their nineteenth birthday at a country fair near Seattle. Ignoring the warnings of a fortune-teller, they enter a house of mirrors and exit in May 1964. Armed with the knowledge they need to return to their time, they try to make the most of what they believe will be a four-month vacation. But their sixties adventure becomes complicated when they meet a revered great-grandmother and fall in love with local boys. In THE MIRROR, the continuation of THE MINE and THE SHOW, the sisters find happiness and heartbreak as they confront unexpected challenges and gut-wrenching choices in the age of civil rights, the Beatles, and Vietnam.
Twins Ginny and Katie Smith are like night and day. Ginny is outgoing, bubbly and always up for an adventure while Katie likes to think things out, take her time and plays it safe. However the one thing the girls do have in common is their love for each other and their family which plays a big part in the decisions they make when confronted with the reality of what to do with no valid currency, ID or contacts in 1964 Seattle.
Like the other four books in the Northwest Passage series the reader is emotionally invested with the characters and caught up in their story from the very first page, in this particular book it is even easier as both Katie and Ginny are very engaging young women whose ability to make one smile goes a long way toward cementing affection for them.
As the twins find themselves employment, a place to live and make friends things progress rapidly and we find ourselves caught up in the girls struggles to try their best to limit the impact their presence makes before they can leave and return to the year 2020. It comes as no surprise when they both find themselves more involved than they had counted on and forming emotional attachments that they tried very hard to suppress knowing that the people they left behind would never be seen again.
We are taken through a period of time that was full of unrest politically as the country faced division over the civil rights movement as well as backlash from a very unpopular war that erupted in Vietnam. During this time period we also had the influx of some of the greatest talents in music as well, the excitement generated by appearances in the States from The Beatles was even touched on when the Smith twins and their friends got a chance to see them perform.
The heart wrenching decisions that Ginny and Kate face at the end of the four month period when their time is up will have you wrecked as much as it did them, the surprising twists that come to light when all the dots are connected clear up the mystery of their journey back into time and add even more romance to the joyous ending of the book.
Totally engrossing with so many topics that struck a chord with me from beginning to end. This is the end of a series that just so happened to have taken place during a period of time that I can identify with being a child of the 1960's which added to it's appeal very much for me
To say that this is just a simple time travel romance in no way does the book justice as it is so much more than that, it is a story of family, a story of love, a story of new beginnings, a story of pain and loss and hope for a better tomorrow, most of all it is a story of friendship that bonds two people together stronger than even the blood they share!
[Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review]
Book Info ebook, 323 pages Published October 31st 2013 by self-published ISBN139781492762621 edition languageEnglish other editions None found Source:DigiBook Info ebook, 323 pages Published October 31st 2013 by self-published ISBN139781492762621 edition languageEnglish other editions None found Source:Digital copy of book from Author
Valerie, a 40-ish Head Teller at a bank, has met Franco, 16 years younger and studying for a doctorate in archaeology. He is stunned yet eager to begin a relationship with this attractive "cougar", and they become lovers. Their lives begin to unravel when Valerie's female bisexual boss makes advances (and threats) toward Valerie and Franco is accused of the theft of an Incan artifact from a museum where he has been working part-time. Frustrated, under surveillance by the FBI, and seeing no way out of their dilemma, they decide to steal money from Valerie's bank and flee the country. They go to Peru to start a new life, but they find there the same type of corruption and threats. How can they escape their nightmares and make their dreams come true?
Valerie worked her way up to the position of Head Teller, a job which she enjoys and is very good at but which has become a cause of stress when her male branch manager is replaced with a female who makes every effort to show she is attracted to Valerie physically. The unwelcome advances are never witnessed by her fellow employees and as it becomes apparent Valerie will only be promoted if she has a relationship with her new boss her options on how to continue in an environment that is no longer acceptable are few.
Franco is a young man who Valerie meets while out with a friend, they hit it off and soon become involved and even though he is only in his middle 20’s they find themselves enamored of each other mentally as well as physically.
The pair decide that since Valerie’s job has become unbearable and Franco’s loss of employment at the museum means that it is only a matter of time before they will have to part ways that the way for them to stay together is for Valerie to steal a few hundred thousand dollars from her bank so they can leave the US and start over in a foreign country.
Once in Peru they find a marina to buy that will allow Valerie’s dream to come true as she loved working at one when she was young and has always wanted to run her own business. Getting the marina is only one step closer to their new life, they also find that there is a nearby University that Franco can work at part time allowing him to be a part of the archeology department and participate in expeditions.
Unknown to Valerie and Franco their status as fugitives has come to the attention of the officials in Peru, this leads to some interesting developments which allow them to quickly become Peruvian citizens and also causes their fledgling business to attract customers no sooner than they had opened at which point life really becomes interesting for the couple!
A tale that starts out with an older woman whose life has become routine until she meets and falls for a younger man, what happens to them after they pull off their “heist” is as exciting for the reader as it is for Valerie and Franco. A true “underdog” story which will appeal to a wide audience, even those like me who firmly believe that “crime does not pay”.
[Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review]
Book Info Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Aphrodisia ISBN 0758288956 (ISBN13: 9780758288950) other editions (2) Source:NBook Info Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Aphrodisia ISBN 0758288956 (ISBN13: 9780758288950) other editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC
Sexy as sin and hot as hell, these firefighters smolder with passion and burn with desire. . . "Fired Up" by Anne Marsh
Hannah Green watches for wildfires from an isolated fire tower in Sequoia National Park by day and radios Cajun firefighter Cole Henry at night to share carnal fantasies hot enough to start a forest fire. . .
"Sizzle" by Lynn LaFleur
When photojournalist Maysen Halliday arrives in Lanville to take calendar pictures of the sexiest firefighters in Texas, red hot Fire Chief Clay Spencer makes her want him for her own personal centerfold...
”Five-Alarm Masquerade" by Stacey Kennedy
With her home destroyed in a fire, Abby has only the muscular arms of a rock hard firefighter to hold her up and the dream of blazing hot nights of pure erotic pleasure to keep her going. . .
This book contains adult content
"Fired Up" by Anne Marsh
Wildfire spotter for the past four years in the Sequoia National Park high up in an isolated tower Hannah Green has found herself caught up in a sensual web with rugged firefighter Cole Henry from the Big Bear Rogues team as for two weeks they share sexual fantasies every night via radio transmissions.
During one such memorable evening a violent thunder and lightening storm knock out Hannah’s radio and fearing for her safety Cole goes to his team leader stating his intention to take Hannah a replacement rig and check to make sure she is in no danger.
50 miles away from each other under normal circumstances would not be such a big deal, however with the terrain to travel being mostly logging trails at best and then a nice long stretch of cross-country hike to finish reaching the watch tower makes it a bit more of a trial, Cole is not daunted however and after gearing up makes the trip overnight arriving in the middle of an outdoor bath by Hannah.
Not wanting to either terrify her or be shot he wisely heads to the tower to wait for her to come back to her post.
The next few days are filled with pleasure beyond each others wildest expectations, as well as the shadow of their interlude ending unless they both agree that the connection they share is worth exploring.
For less than a 100 pages Cole and Hannah will melt your heart and by the end you will wish for more even though it works out with a pretty good HEA for the pair, hopefully we may catch a cameo follow-up with the pair later on in the .
"Sizzle" by Lynn LaFleur
Set in Texas this tasty treat made me yearn for springtime as the initial scene was a description of how beautiful the wildflowers were along the back roads as photojournalist Maysen Halliday journeys from Houston to Lanville on her way to an assignment featuring volunteer firemen.
While the purpose of Maysen’s stay in Lanville is to interview the local volunteer firefighters and get plenty of shots for the magazine article that will accompany said interviews her personal interest is snagged by the sexy fire chief Clay Spencer.
After having a short lived affair with a woman who Clay fell hard for over a year prior he had vowed never again to allow himself to become involved with someone who did not live nearby, that vow bit the dust soon after his first passionate encounter with Maysen.
Though this was also a very short story shy of 100 pages it has all the necessary ingredients to keep you in your seat reading and enjoying every step of the journey this couple takes on their way to discovering that belong together.
”Five-Alarm Masquerade" by Stacey Kennedy
Abby Hill lost her family years prior in a tragic car accident, all she has left are photos of them to remember them by. Having an electrical fire start in her master bedroom leaves her shell shocked and in tears because those same photos were stored in a keepsake box in her bedroom and a major loss in the fire.
Firefighter Gavin Morgan fights fires for a living and never has he had a reaction to a victim as intense as the one he felt the day Abby took comfort in his arms.
Gavin has spent over two weeks since the fire where he met Abby thinking about her and it is driving him a little crazy because he has never been obsessive over a woman in the past, he comes up with a plan to get her out of his system and when his invitation is accepted by Abby he finds himself unable to carry out his anonymous seduction. Abby is humiliated and leaves in tears.
The way the author manages to bring Abby and Gavin together after their disastrous second meeting is both honest and sweet, the way in which things work out between the pair however is sinfully sexy and a fitting ending to a very emotional story.
As a whole this anthology epitomizes everything we all fantasize about and yearn for, someone who can be both a source of strength and comfort as well as someone who can make us burn out of control with a single touch or look. If you are in the mood for stories of strong men and women exploring their attraction to each other as well as bonding on an emotional level than these erotic tales are going to be just the ticket for warming you up!
It is truly hard to say that any of the novellas are a favorite, each couples story brings something enjoyable as each author created their own unique contemporary romance with the perfect blend of sweet emotional connections along with flaming hot chemistry that burns brighter than any flames from one of the fires that these male heroes fight for a living!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Book Info Paperback, 300 pages Published December 24th 2013 by Anne Marsh (first published December 16th 2013) ISBN 0991097416 (ISBN13: 9780991097418) eBook Info Paperback, 300 pages Published December 24th 2013 by Anne Marsh (first published December 16th 2013) ISBN 0991097416 (ISBN13: 9780991097418) edition languageEnglish series Smoke Jumpers #3 other editions (1) Source:PB copy from Author
ONE JUMP PUTS IT ALL ON THE LINE… Summer is heating up in Strong, California. The jump team’s bad boy, Rio Donovan is one hundred percent pure, sensual trouble. He never backs down from a fire or a dare and he loves putting it all on the line when he parachutes into the heart of the fire. When the fire camp gets a much-needed new player, however, Rio lands in uncharted territory. The jump team’s newest member is sexy, strong—and female. She’s supposed to be just one of the boys, but Rio burns to claim her one heated kiss at a time. This jump, Rio Donovan’s putting it all on the line. Body and heart.
INTO THE FIRE… AND INTO LOVE Kissing a fellow smoke jumper would be career suicide and Gia Jackson has worked too hard and too long to earn her spot on Strong’s jump team to jeopardize it all now for a man. The love-em-and-leave-em boys of summer aren’t her type and she’s hiding a few secrets of her own, but, when her chute tangles with Rio’s on a jump, he’s thrown into her arms. Literally. She’s held firm on the fireline for years—but can she hold the line now against Rio’s seductive charm?
Evan, Jack and Rio Donovan are brothers by choice and each one of these alpha male adrenaline junkies lead life to the fullest. Currently as the owners and driving force behind a top team of Smoke Jumpers these bad boy firefighters live in Strong California and let us just say that life never gets boring for these three whether it be while out at the fire camp training, jumping from the belly of a plane into the landing zone of a wildfire or hanging out at the local bar unwinding with friends.
Rio has long had the reputation of love-em and leave-em but much to his surprise that all changes once he finds out just how hot Gia Jackson makes him burn, both in bed and out!
Gia Jackson is a new member of the Donovan jump team, her aim in life is to live it to the fullest as for years her secret medical condition has made her very aware that living safely is not very fulfilling to her.
Starting out with the jump team being deployed to a wildfire and having Rio end up being saved by Gia when his parachute fails to open will start your heart pumping and as the story progresses the adrenaline really never subsides as we follow the pair from adventure to adventure.
Rio's tale upped the stakes and changed the game, brothers by choice not by blood but Evan Jack and Rio are bonded in ways that make them a family force to be proud of. Strong California once again was an action packed place to visit, especially now that Gia has made an honest man out of playboy Rio.
As with each of the books featuring the heroic firefighter characters that Anne Marsh so lovingly creates for us my admiration and respect for the work that they do increases, as does my enjoyment with each new romantic pairing!
Book Info ebook, 255 pages Published September 21st 2013 ASIN B00FD6RBJ4 edition language English other editions None found Source:Kindle copy from authorBook Info ebook, 255 pages Published September 21st 2013 ASIN B00FD6RBJ4 edition language English other editions None found Source:Kindle copy from author for honest review
Bad Guys Get Caught (Book Three in the Janet Maple Series)
Janet Maple and Dennis Walker are aces at catching the bad guys, but an assignment involving an international gangster and a sleazy politician just might have them in over their heads.
With the man of her dreams on her arm and a dream job at one of NYC’s top private agencies, Janet’s life is nearly perfect. It all changes when a high profile case falls into her lap, and Janet finds her competitive streak kicking in, taking risks she shouldn't be taking.
Dennis Walker loves catching the bad guys as much as he loves being in the limelight. Will he be able to share the laurels with his girlfriend who also happens to be his work partner? And will the bad guys get caught?
*Bad Guys Get Caught is book three of the Janet Maple Series, but it can easily be read on its own.*
From the beginning of the series we are rooting for Janet and Dennis to become a couple, in book one they meet and sparks fly but as coworkers they leave it at that for the most part. However in the second book the two realize that their attraction to each other should not be denied as it is more than just physical but also a mental connection as the two just “click”.
In each book the pair find themselves in investigations where it seems like the “bad guy” may get off scot free until at the last with just one final piece of evidence they are served overdue justice!
Now that Dennis and Janet have taken their relationship to a higher level of intimacy their competitive personalities cause them friction. When their latest case leads the pair to take measures that neither approve of very much to find the necessary evidence to prove that the squeaky clean politician they are investigating is in fact not as he portrays himself and the link between he and the gangster whose establishments he frequents is a bit more than just that of a loyal customer.
Both Dennis and Janet get a little too caught up and do a bit of damage before each of them realize their work is not more important than their deepening relationship, what could have turned into a complete disaster instead turns into triumph and watching it unfold was a lot of fun. Baxter is as usual his adorable self and even Peter Laskin has a shining moment or two! You have to read this last one, the bad guys never knew exactly what upset their nefarious operations!
Book Info Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 230 pages Published November 5th 2013 by Tracy Cooper-Posey (first published April 1st 2004) original title HearBook Info Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 230 pages Published November 5th 2013 by Tracy Cooper-Posey (first published April 1st 2004) original title Heart of Vengeance ASIN B00GH1BUZ0 edition language English URL series other editions (6) Source: Digital edition from Author in exchange for honest review
In order to find her father's killer, Helena of York is forced to play the most dangerous game of her life. The Saxon noblewoman, now an outlaw, must adopt a false identity and pose as a Norman in the courts and great halls of Richard I's England. Should she be unmasked, her life will be forfeit. But Helena is willing to pay any price for her revenge. Stephen, Count of Dinan, once Richard's greatest friend and most able knight, finds himself an outcast from the court for reasons shrouded in mystery. Now known as the 'Black Baron', he finds himself a friendless outcast in a glittering world he has come to despise. Two dangerous destinies.The only goal in Stephen's life is to restore his honor and once again serve his king. The only desire in Helena's life is to kill the man who destroyed her father and her future. Then the 'Black Baron's' suspicions draw him into Helena's web of deceit and, together, they find themselves entangled in a greater conspiracy that threatens the throne of England itself and two embattled hearts that have allowed themselves to be touched by love.
Having been approached by the author with this book series gladly accepted a chance to read both the first and second in exchange for an honest review because quite frankly am enamored of the Arthurian legends and the infamous Robin of Loxley or as he is better known “Robin Hood”. Not disappointed when finished book one Diana By The Moon but when finished book two Heart Of Vengeance was even more impressed with the attention to even small details and the many references to historical events that added depth to the story created for the characters.
The action was interspersed with suspenseful moments that kept one anticipating what was coming next and the serious tones of the book were also offset with humorous byplay between Helena and Stephen as well as the pairs deepening of affections towards one another, which was allowed to develop at a pace that was believable as well as charged with heat.
Captivating tale, hated to put book down when real life chores interfered with reading. Helena and Stephen are matched well and the quest the pair end up undertaking together is full of suspenseful twists and dangerous turns. This was not only a fulfilling romantic suspense tale but one that showed the characters at their worst and their best as they sought to untangle the mysterious identity of the person who was behind the events that cost Helena her father.
This tale was filled with instances which easily allowed the reader to grasp the political maneuverings of the time, the drawbacks to being female and provided just enough contrast between serious events as well as those of a lighter note to truly create an intriguing tale for those of us who love history mixed with romantic elements.
I look forward to reading more from Tracy Cooper Posey in the future as she has written in several different genres that I enjoy.
[Digital edition from Author in exchange for honest review]
Book Info Kindle Edition 130 pages Published November 29th 2013 by Silver Publishing ASIN B00H5UZZ12 edition language English series The Flesh #2 other edBook Info Kindle Edition 130 pages Published November 29th 2013 by Silver Publishing ASIN B00H5UZZ12 edition language English series The Flesh #2 other editions (1) Source:Kindle copy from April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland in exchange for honest review
Time has been all but kind to Azaleigh over the past year, but with this time, change has filled a void caused by broken dreams. Gage, always a permanent fixture, has waited for his chance to steal her heart. Just when Azaleigh gives in, the unimaginable happens -- Kale returns. But he's not the same. Fear harbors inside Azaleigh's mind as she tries to run from torn emotions. Things are not what they seem. A web of deceit clings to the secret Az has been waiting to uncover -- Anna. As the surreptitious story is revealed, horror of the ones behind it is mind-blowing. Will the mystery be brought to light or will it remain hidden from the fire within?
Azaleigh Carlton was ripped from her comfortable simple life in Flesh and Feathers and found herself caught up in events that showed her that evil does exist and that sometimes it is hidden in beauty.
Book two picks up where the last book left off once again thrusting Azaleigh in the middle of danger with her shattered heart causing her to make a decision that forces an unknown enemy into drastic measures.
I totally am torn between Gage and Kale at this point, both men have shown over and over again they would gladly protect Azaleigh from harm but since she and Kale parted company over a year ago she has come to depend more and more upon Gage for comfort and support. Even by the end of this story with Kale now back at her side Gage is still very much in the picture as a protector.
This is a hard book to write too much about as there are a lot of plot points that cannot be shared without spoiling the entire point of the story. Suffice to say that there are questions answered from the previous book now and there are many more questions still to be answered about what kind of future Azaleigh has to look forward to, one thing is for certain this is a quick read that once again mixes action with suspense with mystery and even a hint of romance that will leave you wanting more.
I look forward to seeing how things play out when the next book continues the story!