I’ve always loved Lori Wilde’s books and Somebody to Love is no exception. Zoey and Jericho have been best friends since childhood but each have beenI’ve always loved Lori Wilde’s books and Somebody to Love is no exception. Zoey and Jericho have been best friends since childhood but each have been wanting their friendship to turn into something more. When Jericho comes back to Cupid for an opportunity of getting him dream job in Archaeology at the local college, it looks as though they finally have a chance to take things to the next level. The only problem is that Jericho will lose his dream job if he gets caught in relations with a student and Zoey just happens to be a student on his archaeological dig. They make a pact to keep their hands off each other until the end of the program, but being in close quarters is making it difficult to not give in to temptation.
I thought this was a great book and Zoey was an adorable character to me. She was such a free-spirit wild child that everyone believed had no direction in her life. When she finally committed to her archaeological studies, she finally felt that she found what she had been looking for and it would bring her closer to Jericho.
They had been best friends for ages and when Jericho arrived back in Cupid, he was surprised at how seeing Zoey would affect him romantically. He was always attracted to her, but never really knew how she truly felt even when she kissed him on her 21st birthday. Now, there was no denying the sexual chemistry between them but he had to stay away from her or he would lose his job. Easier said than done when they kept ending up situations that tempted them to break that pact.
Somebody to Love was a heart-warming friends to lovers romance that was hard to put down. I love every book in the Cupid, Texas series and Somebody to Love is a delightful addition to an already fabulous series. I can’t wait to read more from Lori Wilde and the residents of Cupid in her next book, Love With a Perfect Cowboy....more
In this book, Celia is still dealing with the heartbreak of losing Aric and has been staying as a platonic house guest with master vampire, Misha. AftIn this book, Celia is still dealing with the heartbreak of losing Aric and has been staying as a platonic house guest with master vampire, Misha. After the events of A Cursed Embrace, Celia and her sisters have been worried about a possible retaliation from the supernatural Tribemasters that reeked havoc in their world. The only safe place for Celia is with Misha, even though her ex-boyfriend, Aric, isn’t happy with this living arrangement. What they soon find out is that something unspeakable is hunting Celia and wants her dead and will stop at nothing to make sure that happens. Even if it means destroying the people that she cares about along the way.
I LOVE this series and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the Weird sisters. This book picks up right after the heart-wrenching ending of A Cursed Embrace which just about killed me. I still want to smack Aric over the head because he belongs with Celia and now is days away from marrying another woman to appease his Elders. Celia is such a wonderful character to me, strong, smart, loving and at times vulnerable. She is so good at protecting the people around her but can’t seem to find the same happiness that her sisters have found in the love department. Cecy Robson does a great job of portraying that emotional heartbreak and it makes me love Celia all the more. This book also ends on another heart-breaking moment where you wonder if love will be able to conquer all and makes me want to cry thinking about it.
Cursed By Destiny is an exciting installment to the already amazing Weird Sisters series. Cecy Robson has done a wonderful job creating this fascinating paranormal world that will make you fall in love with her characters and have you wanting more after finishing the last page of her books. If you haven’t read her books, you are missing out because this is an author to watch. Can’t wait to read the next book in her series and I’m sad to say it won’t be out soon enough for me....more
I have loved this series from the very beginning and Teacup Turbulence is the best in the series for me. Lauren Vancouver, the administer of HotRescueI have loved this series from the very beginning and Teacup Turbulence is the best in the series for me. Lauren Vancouver, the administer of HotRescues, learns that a shelter in Missouri has more small dogs than they can handle at a time where L.A. residents are clamoring for these dogs as a result of a new dog collar ad campaign. After Lauren arranges for these adorable dogs to be flown to HotRescues, she learns that a rescue worker has joined the pups and will be monitoring their treatment in L.A. Teresa isn’t a very nice woman and seems to get in arguments with everyone that she comes into contact with, which leads to Lauren finding another dead body at the shelter. It’s up to Lauren to find out who is to blame for Teresa’s death and everyone seems to have a reason for wanting this snarky woman dead.
Every time that I read one of Ms. Johnston’s books, I feel like I’m visiting an old friend. I love her Pet Rescue series and I am always entertained by whatever situations Lauren seems to find herself in to investigate a new murder and protect these adorable animals. I enjoyed catching up with these characters and I loved that I couldn’t figure out the mystery before Lauren did. Teacup Turbulence is a wonderful addition to a great series and I can’t wait to read the next Pet Rescue mystery.
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Very sweet mystery debut about three women who stumble into a mystery when they decide to add a fourth person into their quilting club. Martha Rose anVery sweet mystery debut about three women who stumble into a mystery when they decide to add a fourth person into their quilting club. Martha Rose and her friends find the body of Claire Terry at her home when they approach her to join their Quilty Tuesdays. Claire was known as a talented quilter and the ladies are surprised that anyone would want to hurt her. But when her prized quilts are stolen at Quilt Guild’s annual show, the ladies have to get involved to find the thief and possibly Claire’s murderer.
I really liked this book because it was light-hearted and fun. Martha and the gang were a great cast of characters and I enjoyed learning more about quilting. Delightful debut and looking forward to reading more from Ms. Marks.
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What an amazing book! I loved everything about Bitter Spirits from its fascinating characters to the intriguing supernatural world of the 1920′s. I loWhat an amazing book! I loved everything about Bitter Spirits from its fascinating characters to the intriguing supernatural world of the 1920′s. I loved having Winter and Aida together as a couple because they just fit so well together. Winter was a bootlegger haunted by the death of his wife in a car accident that left him physically scarred. He had such a towering presence that affected everyone around him, but Aida was the only one who saw him as handsome while the rest of the world labeled him a monster.
Aida was my favorite because she had this firecracker personality and made a living as a spiritual medium in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She was not only haunted by the spirits that she could see in her everyday life but by the death of her own family. Forced to survive at a very young age, it made her a strong interesting character, which is what I loved about her.
Bitter Spirits is an exciting supernatural mystery that will leave you spellbound. Ms. Bennett has created an amazing supernatural world that I can’t wait to visit again. Looking forward to her next release in the series, Grim Shadows, which features Winter’s brother, Lowe.
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Ben turned into a vampire ten years ago and feels like he has turned into a monster with no chance of redemption. On Christmas Eve, his past comes bacBen turned into a vampire ten years ago and feels like he has turned into a monster with no chance of redemption. On Christmas Eve, his past comes back to haunt him by putting him face to face with the love of his life, Simone. Simone died on the night Ben was turned and he now has to relive that night one last time to see what he has become. Little does he know but Simone has moved Heaven and Earth to give him one last chance at redemption to become the man that she has always known that he could be.
I love Cynthia Eden's book and A Vampire's Christmas Carol was a short novella that was a great take on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Ben was at the point of no return and was using his abilities to punish criminals. He was about ready to kill a man who Ben thought was a serial killer when he came face to face with a demon from his past. Ben learned that he would be visited by three people that were there to help him change his ways before it was too late. One of them being the woman who was the love of his life.
This was a nice holiday story that was a very quick read and I loved how Simone risked everything to come back and help the man that she loved.
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I loved each of these wonderful stories which is the perfect romance collection for the holiday season. Each of these stories revolves around a membe I loved each of these wonderful stories which is the perfect romance collection for the holiday season. Each of these stories revolves around a member of the Christmas Cookie Club that are having a hard time around the holidays due to losing someone that they truly cared about or have yet to find their true love.
The first story involves Carrie who hates the holidays because her high school sweetheart, Mark, left her after having their marriage annulled eight years ago. She never has gotten over the pain of that event and has recently found out that a reality television show is coming to Twilight to prove that their first love legend is only fiction. To Carrie’s horror, she learns that the host of Fact or Fiction will be in Twilight as well and is none other than her ex-boyfriend, Mark.
Mark has never gotten over his relationship with his high school sweetheart, Carrie and is hoping that coming to Twilight will help him finally get over her or to make amends. He never expected the feelings that he had for her to come rushing back to him the moment he laid eyes on her. The only thing is that Carrie wants nothing to do with him and is avoiding him at every turn. Can he convince her to give their love another chance?
This was one of my favorite stories out of all of them. Carrie never has gotten over the love of her life and the holiday season only reminds her of what she had lost. They married right after high school and Carrie ended the relationship after learning that Mark was accepted to a big college and she never wanted to stand in the way of him pursuing his dreams. She didn’t want him to stay in Twilight if he had the opportunity for bigger and better things just because he was with her. Very sweet story and I loved that they never stopped caring for each other and that love will always find a way.
The second story involves Raylene, the owner of the Horny Toad Tavern, who is just as bitter about the holidays as Carrie. Raylene is having a hard time around Christmas because her husband left her a year ago after learning that she had a child before they were together and she had given that child to the wealthy grandparent’s of the father. She has never forgiven herself for that decision and now she has lost the only man that she has ever loved.
A mysterious young woman comes into town and ends up on Raylene’s doorstep looking for a job but is really there for a different reason. Shannon Dugan has come to Twilight to learn more about the mother that had left her behind and see if she can build a relationship with the only remaining family that she has left. Shannon gets more than she bargained for when she meets Nate Deavers, a man that would do anything to show Shannon that family isn’t the only thing that she can have while she is Twilight. Shannon now has the opportunity to make a home in Twilight and find that everything that she has ever wanted has been waiting for her in this small Texas town.
I think that Raylene’s story was the best because it dealt with two people finding something that they had always been searching for. Raylene never forgave herself for giving Shannon to her paternal grandparents because she felt that since they were wealthy they could provide her with a better life. Shannon grew up with a silver spoon but never really had the love that she needed from her grandparents and recently had her heart broken from a two-timing con man. I loved Nate in this story because once he saw Shannon, that was it for him. It was love at first sight and he treaded carefully as to not scare her away from the possibility of a relationship with him. Shannon was afraid to love again after her last disastrous relationship but I loved how caring and considerate Nate was with her. Was so glad that everyone found their happy ending in this story and Raylene was able to find the love that she once thought that she had lost.
The third story is Carrie’s and it was a cute one. Carrie has always been wanting a family of her own but after a car accident as a teenager, she learned that she could never have a child. This fact prevented her from having a true relationship because the jerks that she dated before ran when they learned that she would never be able to conceive. Happy with her successful bakery, Carrie yearns for something more when Eli walks into her shop one day. Eli, is a face from her past, a high school crush that she never forgot about and neither did he.
Eli is a widower raising four kids of his own and has heard great things about the bakery in Twilight. So he entered Carrie’s bakery on a mission to have her make a birthday cake for his teenage daughter, never expecting to find the girl that he once kissed behind the high school bleachers working there. The two of them have a second chance at love but have to face a few obstacles along the way. Great story but I would have loved their story to be just a little bit longer.
The last story in this collection is called Grace and involves Jesse and Flynn Calloway. On Christmas Eve, they venture out into the snowy night to bring presents to a family who wouldn’t have much of a Christmas otherwise. Flynn is nine months pregnant with their first child and could give birth at any time so they try to rush home so Flynn won’t be out in the cold for very long. On the way home, Flynn and Jesse get separated and Flynn is involved in a car accident and Jesse will do whatever it takes to get to his wife and unborn child. Very short tale but the perfect ending for this collection.
Lori Wilde is a great writer and knows how to write fabulous small town romances that will tug at your heart strings. I love her Twilight, Texas series and I think that The Christmas Cookie Collection will be a book that you can read over and over again this holiday season.
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This was a nice little read from author Ruthie Knox and definitely had me wanting more. Ashley Bowman has chained herself to a tree overnight to preveThis was a nice little read from author Ruthie Knox and definitely had me wanting more. Ashley Bowman has chained herself to a tree overnight to prevent developer Roman Diaz from destroying her family property. Roman Diaz never planned for this feisty blond to last as long as she had with a hurricane barreling down on them but has agreed to her demands so he doesn't appear to be the bad guy. This is the first part of a series and I can't wait to read more about this couple in the second installment Hitched.
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I have been a fan of the Allie Beckstrom series and I was excited to see that one of my favorite characters, Shame, was getting his own book. I lovedI have been a fan of the Allie Beckstrom series and I was excited to see that one of my favorite characters, Shame, was getting his own book. I loved Shame because he was such a mysterious guy and I just wanted to learn more about him. He has always been such a bad boy and it was a treat to see how his world has changed since magic isn’t so readily available as it was before the apocalypse three years ago.
In Hell Bent, Shame is struggling with his death magic and worrying that someday his need to kill will consume him and there will be nothing left of his humanity afterwards. He is partners with Terric Conley, who is his Soul Complement, the one person that can join forces with Shame to harness magic and use it at its full power. While dealing with his own personal demons, Shame discovers that they have a new threat. Someone is out there killing people from their past with magic and the government is looking to use their magic as a weapon. And a beautiful redheaded assassin named Dessa needs Shame’s help to find her brother’s killer and becomes more than Shame bargained for.
Terric and Shame have a very difficult relationship together. They are stuck together as partners and have a brotherly love/hate relationship and both are bordering on losing control of the magic that almost consumes them. I could see how hard it is for Shame and Terric to have this relationship with one another knowing that you will always be connected to this one person who is the exact opposite of you which causes quite a bit of conflict between Shame and Terric. Shame wants to push everyone away in his life and just let go but finds that the people that care about him pull him back from the brink and convince him to keep going.
Hell Bent is a great start to a new series and I’m still a big Shame fan after all this. The book was a little slow in the beginning but picked up the pace nicely and was a thrill-ride of emotions for me, both good and heart-breaking. It was nice to get updates on Allie and Zay as well as other characters from previous books to see how they were doing three years later. I loved the addition of Dessa because she was just a kick-ass character that just seemed to be perfect for Shame and wasn’t afraid of anything that he could dish out. Kept him on his toes which was fun to watch. Devon Monk has created a well-written paranormal adventure in a world that I love and can’t wait to visit again. Looking forward to the second book, Stone Cold, which is expected to be released sometime next year.
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I was very impressed with this book since I recently learned that it was Ms. Vanasse’s debut novel. I thought that it was very entertaining and had anI was very impressed with this book since I recently learned that it was Ms. Vanasse’s debut novel. I thought that it was very entertaining and had an interesting storyline about two teenagers that learn they have some not so normal abilities. I liked Livia because she was a very sweet girl that was able to feel every emotion of the people around her which prevented her from having any close relationships. This all changed when she met Adam, who was the very first person whose emotions she couldn’t feel. The more time that they spend together, the closer they become and they both learn that they have special abilities that neither of them can explain.
I didn’t like Adam in the beginning of the book because he seemed like a jerk but I liked how he was with Livia and he definitely started to grow on me by the end. The mystery in regards to their backgrounds was very intriguing and had me spellbound until the very end. Patricia Vanasse has created a great fantasy world with Resilient that I couldn’t help but enjoy. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Vanasse because I’m sure it will be just as entertaining as Resilient.
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The thing that I love about Cat Devon is the humor that is in her books. Her characters have some of the best one-liners that I’ve seen and The Entit The thing that I love about Cat Devon is the humor that is in her books. Her characters have some of the best one-liners that I’ve seen and The Entity Who Came For Christmas is no exception. Simon Howell, is in town for the holidays to visit his protege Damon and search for the legendary Excalibur. What he didn’t plan on was running into the one woman who melted his rough exterior and placed a curse on sex life.
Pru Daniels thought she was done with Simon Howell when he left her and ultimately breaking her heart. Seeing him again brought back old feelings and she is stuck helping him find the Excalibur while he is town. Together, their sexual chemistry is so hot it melts the snow and they just can’t seem to stay mad at each other for very long.
This was a very sweet novella and perfect for the holiday season. My only problem with it was that I wanted it to be longer so I could learn more about Simon and Pru. I didn’t want their story to end. I also loved catching up with familiar characters and I can’t wait to read her next book, Love Your Entity, which is out later this year.
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One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was its story about teenagers headed to an isolated retreat to help treat their sleep disorders. EachOne of the things that I enjoyed about this book was its story about teenagers headed to an isolated retreat to help treat their sleep disorders. Each of them suffer from terrifying nightmares and Dr. Gillman believes that he can help them conquer their dreams with his new treatment program. Tandy McIntyre suffers from horrible nightmares after witnessing the death of her mother from a car crash. Each night, she replays this event over and over again to the point where she is avoiding sleep at all costs. When she meets Cade Gillman, she finds that his very presence calms her and she can finally sleep without being plagued by these awful dreams. Cade wants to get close to her but is afraid to because he has own secrets that he can’t afford to let the others know about. He can walk into the dreams of others and he has witnessed things that he can’t tell the others. This secret is now coming to life and is about to follow them into their waking hours.
A Sleep So Dark was a great mystery that was very creepy, edgy and full of surprises. It reminded me a lot of the old movie Dreamscape and I liked how Cade could walk into any dream that he wanted to and help control what he saw. I also liked Tandy and Cade together because when everything seemed to be falling apart around them, they always seemed to keep a clear head. My only complaint would be that the pacing of the book was a little slow in parts but I loved the story and will definitely have me paying more attention to my dreams from now on.
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