Summer Smith is a wolf who became unknowingly involved with a band of rogue shifters, called the Blue Bloods, that committed unspeakable acts. She hasSummer Smith is a wolf who became unknowingly involved with a band of rogue shifters, called the Blue Bloods, that committed unspeakable acts. She has been offered shelter by Soren, pack leader of a mixed clan of bears and wolves. To help preserve the lives of shifters in her area, Summer has to do the unthinkable and infiltrate the Blue Bloods and find out what they have planned. A huge complication arises when Summer feels the mate pull with a pack bear.
Drew Kovacs traveled to the Southwest pack to assist pack leaders, who are also his cousins, with the Blue Bloods. Even though the Blue Bloods have lost some top leadership, Soren and his pack stay on high alert. The pack must figure out if the rogues are going to continue with their line of thinking and methodology or if their ways will die out with the leaders. Drew wasn't planning on his bear finding its mate. He's less than thrilled when she volunteers to put her life on the line to position herself within the Blue Bloods again in an effort to figure out their plans.
Book 5 is a standalone novel in the Blue Moon Saloon series by Anna Lowe. This is the first book I've read by this author and it was fantastic. The descriptions were vivid and I felt like I was there in the Southwest. The dialogue between the characters was smooth and conversational. There are parts of the story that tug at the heartstrings and fill the reader with tension. The action scenes are well written, exciting, and engaging. I will definitely read the previous books in this series. Just a note: I don't feel like I was missing anything or out of the loop on anything in the story. This is a great shifter romance and I enjoyed it very much.
This book for those 18 + older only.
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Can a billionaire playboy and a homeless woman have a happily ever after?
I wasn't really sure about this book at first. Take a smart ass, playboy billCan a billionaire playboy and a homeless woman have a happily ever after?
I wasn't really sure about this book at first. Take a smart ass, playboy billionaire and force him to work in a soup kitchen/homeless shelter as penance for attacking a paparazzo. While wearing top of the line garments, Xavier feeds the destitute while muttering disrespectful trash. I absolutely disliked his treatment of some of those in need. When a dark haired beauty shows up in front of him for some food his tune completely changes. Instead of dreading the time spent in the shelter, Xavier looks forward to being there and seeing her.
Mia left home at a young age to escape abuse. Living on the street is all she's known for many years. Despite that, she has goals and doesn't want to be homeless forever. When the cocky rich guy from the shelter offers her warmth, food, and clothing when the shelter closes, she makes the shaky decision to take him up on it.
The story began to grow on me when the random acts of tenderness by Xavier toward Mia began. His simple gestures were uncharacteristic and made me melt. The interactions between the pair were not rich man vs. poor woman, they were equal. Sure he could provide her with whatever she wanted and she couldn't reciprocate but love isn't about who has more money.
The author created a story that is engaging. The Billionaire's Virgin ia about a hero and heroine with childhood scars that dictate a lot about how they are as adults. We are products of our environment and, unfortunately for Mia and Xavier, their environments messed them up, plain and simple. The author managed to pull tears from my eyes with very dramatic scenes with just Mia and with Mia and Xavier.
Even though Xavier didn't impress me at the beginning, the story intrigued me and I'm glad I continued to read the book completely.
This book is for 18+ only as it contains adult scenes.
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Stan left the corporate world and moved to the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut and never looked back. In a previous book, Stan's snooty mother,Stan left the corporate world and moved to the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut and never looked back. In a previous book, Stan's snooty mother, Patricia made her way to Frog Ledge and never left. In fact, she's getting ready to marry Tony Falco, the mayor of Frog Ledge. When Stan and Jake arrive at the engagement party being held for her mom and Tony, it's like she never left her old life. Stan comes face-to-face with former colleagues that include Eleanor, the mayor's new executive coach, Richard, Stan's ex, and Michelle who is now dating Richard.
When Eleanor is found dead at the engagement party, Stan discovers that the list is long of those who had motive. It also appears that that mayor's office and the Major Crimes division are trying to cover up what happened. Stan realizes she must figure out who the murderer is when the cops arrest, charge, and arraign someone that she is 100% positive didn't commit the crime.
Previously, Jake and his dog, Duncan, moved into Stan's home she shares with several rescue cats and dogs. Stan runs the organic pet treat/food business out of her kitchen, so at any given time there's also Brenna, her assistant (and Jake's sister) baking. Stan, Jake, Brenna, and Patrica spend some time finalizing more of the plans for Stan's pet patisserie and café. Early in the novel, Stan's sister, Caitlyn, also shows up at her door with her daughter Eva in tow, rounding out the chaos nicely.
The twists and turns in Custom Baked Murder will definitely keep the reader guessing. There are several people that Stan is forced to be around that fit the bill of murder suspect. Every time someone is suspected, the author has written the case so well that you can't help but believe you've figured out who was behind the murder. The perfect murder mystery, whether it's a cozy novel or not, is the author's ability to not give away any clues to the actual person involved. I find that Liz Mugavero does just that in all of the books in this series.
Book 5 is a wonderful addition to the Pawitively Organic Mystery series. Custom Baked Murder is fast paced and totally engages the reader. The plot is pretty solid and very unique. I love the organic pet food angle and the animal rescue plugs, giving this series a nice change of pace. I'm a huge fan of cozy mysteries, especially if there are animals involved in some positive way. The Pawsitively Organic Mysteries by Liz Mugavero are wonderful and definitely a favorite of mine.
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A chance encounter was a mall Santa turns single mother Lauren Alexander's world upside down.
All Lauren's daughter, Kristen, asks mall Santa for is aA chance encounter was a mall Santa turns single mother Lauren Alexander's world upside down.
All Lauren's daughter, Kristen, asks mall Santa for is a daddy, except that type of gift isn't within Santa's purview to grant. Kyle Preston, the man behind the white beard and overstuffed costume, really feels for the little girl on his lap asking for Santa to bring her a daddy this Christmas. A product of the foster system as a pre-teen, Kyle has been both the neglected kid without a constant father figure and the welcomed son to a wonderful new set of loving parents. He hates that he can't grant Kristen's wish but explains to her as best he can that he probably can't bring her a daddy on this short of notice.
When Kyle leaves the mall and sees Kristen's mom stranded in the parking lot, he offers to assist her. Unfortunately, Lauren freaks out. She's been able to trust anyone for many years so when a stranger offers to help her with her car, she's automatically skeptical of motive. Her daughter's father left her and her parents shut her out of their lives, all when she needed them the most.
Drawn to both Lauren and Kristen, Kyle invites them both the annual Christmas tree lighting. From here the invitations for Lauren and Kristen to attend Preston family functions continues. Lauren is comfortable with Kyle and his family but she's not comfortable being in a relationship. Her attempts to dissuade Kyle could have chased a lesser man away but he proves to Lauren that she can trust him and he's not going anywhere.
This is the first book that I've read by Lisa Mondello and I wonder why I waited so long. I grabbed a copy of this book off of Amazon in 2012 and I just read it. The book is fast paced and I found it easy to get absorbed in the story. The author does a great job with the character development and world building. We have to have enough of the back story for Lauren to understand her behaviors in the present day. We also need Kyle's back story to put him in perspective, too.
This story is sweet and hopeful. It's full of love and tenderness but also skepticism and uncertainty. Lauren's ex and her family have done a number on her and she's unable to look past the hurt until she meets Kyle. Their connection is instant and written realistically. I was able to connect to the characters on an emotional level because they were written so well.
Their relationship moves along pretty fast over the holiday season so if you're not into insta-love then this probably isn't the book for you. The book, story, and timeline work for me because I met my husband online in July, we met face-to-face in August and went on several dates, and I moved in by September. We waited a year to get engaged, however, and another year to get married. We've now been together for just over 9 years and married for just over 7 years. It can happen people!
Anyway, if you are looking for a fast-paced holiday romance with a sweet 6 year old, a moody teenager, a distrusting and lonely woman, a hot Santa, and a crazy but happy family, you should definitely check out All I Want for Christmas is You....more
It is Fiesta time in San Antonio and Aggie and Sam have planned a getaway to reconnect and stabilize their relationship. The getaway is supposed to reIt is Fiesta time in San Antonio and Aggie and Sam have planned a getaway to reconnect and stabilize their relationship. The getaway is supposed to remove them from the day-to-day routine and get them out of the line of crime solving, if only for a few days. Staying at the hotel is a group of women known as the Fabulous Femmes. When one of the Fabulous Femmes is found murdered in her penthouse suite, all thoughts of Sam and Aggie's rendezvous are pushed to the back burner. As Sam and Aggie work together (mostly) to solve the crime, another woman is murdered in the hotel. In order to put the pieces together that Aggie has found, she must go against Sam and puts her life, and the life of the Fabulous Femmes theater group that she's part of, in danger.
River City Dead takes the reader all over the place as both Sam and Aggie try to figure out why Fiesta guests are being murdered. Since the bodies have no trauma, the investigation also includes how the murders are being carried out. As it has been in the previous books in the series, there are different threads to the craziness that don't seem to be connected. As the book progresses, all of a sudden something will happen or something will be said and everything falls into place.
Aggie is really good at fleshing out ideas, possible motives, and those who may be involved. Aggie's inability to not put herself in danger is a plot point that was starting to get old but really rounds itself out in River City Dead. She still put herself and the Fatal Femmes in danger in this book but I liked how the author wrote the scene. Aggie's decision was spontaneous and written very well. Aggie doesn't really recognize the impact of her decision until later in a conversation with Sam. The impact of her decision on a personal level in regards to Sam also slams into her because she knows he's mad. There is a lot of growth in Aggie's character in that last little bit of the story.
I enjoyed the plot and continued character development and world building. We were reminded of the important back story information in just the right dosage - not too much, not too little. The book is a quick and easy read that will keep the reader engaged from for the first page. There is humor, sadness, suspense, and tragedy - a little something for everyone who loves a good cozy mystery.
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Zoe is a normal, typical 17 y/o teenager. She attends high school, goes to parties, and hangs out with Kieran. He has been Zoe's best friend since KinZoe is a normal, typical 17 y/o teenager. She attends high school, goes to parties, and hangs out with Kieran. He has been Zoe's best friend since Kindergarten. When Zoe and Kieran are chased through town by a couple of thugs, Zoe's normal life crumbles into a mess of angels, nephilim, and demons. In the midst of the chaos, a tall, dark, and handsome stranger comes to the assist. When all is said and done and the dust settles, Zoe discovers who Kieran and Shay, the stranger really are and that they are on earth to protect Zoe, the "babe" of the prophecy.
Swords and Stilettos is the first book in the Enlightened series. The book stars a human/soon-to-be otherworldly creature, a hot best friend/angel, an even hotter bad boy/nephilim, an outgoing female friend/fairy, and a new student/werewolf. What the human/soon-to-be otherworldly creature doesn't know is that she could be the main character in a prophecy that could mean the end of the world if she can't stop the rising of the devil.
The story is engaging and I was entertained throughout the novel. The pacing of the book was fast for the most part, slowing down in just a couple of places. I didn't feel that there was much in the way of character development in book 1. Zoe, even after obtaining the knowledge she was given, was the same character at the end; relatively immature and not someone that I think has the capacity to save the world from evil. However, we have to have time to get to know the character before we can thrust the mantle of something as epic as saving the world onto her. The world building is done pretty well as the author takes us from the mundane to the paranormal, gradually and with great descriptions.
I liked Kieran, Shay, Sidelle, and Vash. They were written well. All four are strong characters that do their best to protect Zoe and fill her in on her possible destiny. There are several instances of emotional depth, especially on behalf of Kieran. After Shay swoops into town, Kieran is forced to deal with emotions that he wasn't prepared for yet. The love triangle between Kieran, Zoe, and Shay wasn't over the top or too messy but well-placed and thought out.
I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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It's Christmastime for the Prim sisters and this year will be spent at Hurst, the home of Crispin and Gwen Hurst (Duke and Duchess, of course). At theIt's Christmastime for the Prim sisters and this year will be spent at Hurst, the home of Crispin and Gwen Hurst (Duke and Duchess, of course). At the urging of the Duke, Seth Wythebury, the second Marquis of Wythebury, along with his two nephews (sons of his later sister and brother-in-law) attend the festivities at Hurst. He soon comes face to face with Lillian Prim, who, after a series of typical Prim antics (you'd know what they are if you read the rest of the series) comes to enjoy the company of the blonde haired, blue eyed young woman. Only, he's very serious, especially about the welfare of his nephews, Lillian's carefree attitude and sassy mouth are considered a deal-breaker for Seth.
Lillian Prim is the next oldest sister after Louisa (Book 1) and Gwen (Book 2.5). She's as carefree as the rest of her sisters but also knows the time and place for most of her antics. Two young boys at Hurst for Christmastime needn't spend their entire holiday tucked in front of fire with books and homework. They deserve to be kids, carefree and having fun. When she meets the boys' guardian, their dashing young uncle, she's smitten almost instantly - except, regardless of how he makes her stomach flutter, they will never work out. She refuses to marry a man that is stiff and serious all of the time.
Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis pairs up another Prim sister with her match. Gwen has grown up and been through a Season without any serious consideration of her suitors. When she meets Seth though, Gwen can't help but start to have feelings for him. Seth also begins to develop feeling for Gwen. Their issues concerning the well-being of Seth's nephews is certainly a realist conversation that any courting couples, even in this day and age, should have. Child rearing is important to discuss but in most cases isn't really a deal-breaker. No one truly knows how they will raise their kids until they have one.
The development of the relationship between Seth and Gwen was rather quick but expected. I thought their teasing and silly antics were nice additions to the interest each felt for one another. The women in Ameila Grey's novels/novellas aren't your typical ones from the era these books are written and that's why I love the series. Strong, opinionated women who find loving men to support and nurture them regardless of whether or not their behaviors and ambitions were "proper" for the time period.
If you are looking for a cute holiday romance (and have read the rest of the series - because they are fun and contain characters from previous books) then I recommend Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis.
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Lenore is a historical romance author writing under the name of LaSandra Lacy. In an effort to become a contemporary romance writer, she teams up withLenore is a historical romance author writing under the name of LaSandra Lacy. In an effort to become a contemporary romance writer, she teams up with MP Finnegan, a male author to co-write a steamy romance novel. Their connection and the sparks are undeniable. Amid this new relationship, Lenore's past comes back in full force.
A very married Senator Byron Maxwell is the father of Lenore's son, Nathan. Absent after 20+ years, the good Senator seeks something from Lenore, except what he wants isn't hers to give. The request forces Lenore's hand in revealing to Nathan who exactly his father really is so that he can decide how to move forward. If only things were so simple. What ensues is a scandal of epic proportions - a PR nightmare - and events that put Lenore, Nathan, and MP in danger.
Another Notch in the Beltway is a romantic suspense novel that keeps the reader on their toes for sure. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the novel as Lenore, Nathan, and MP navigated through the life of politics and crazy family members. The characters are likeable (even the not-so-nice ones) and the communication and dialogue between everyone is smooth and conversational.
The book is engaging and pulled me in from the very beginning. I had an inkling of who may have been responsible prior to any official reveal but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. There are ample amounts of tension, romance, and suspense and the passion is off the charts. Lenore and MP have realistic chemistry and mannerisms. I enjoyed reading Another Notch in the Beltway.
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My Holiday Secret is actually a novella packaged with 2 other full length books by the same authors.
Abby, her sister Jan, and a boatload (literally)My Holiday Secret is actually a novella packaged with 2 other full length books by the same authors.
Abby, her sister Jan, and a boatload (literally) of Jan's friends are out celebrating Jan's upcoming wedding bachelorette-style. Just previous to Abby coming home to the east coast from her life on the west coast. her fiance, Chris, broke off their engagement. Coming home for the holidays and for Jan's wedding was the right thing to do but Jan's the only one who knows about Chris. Her entire family expects to meet Chris while Abby is home. Her drunken sister's solution? Grab a fill-in and the family will never be the wiser.
After an altercation with other patrons, Abby is rescued by one of the bouncers. Not at all her type, Abby can't help but be attracted to him. When they have what is supposed to be a one night stand in the parking lot, both Abby and Vance feel a connection to each other that neither have ever felt with anyone else before. When Vance shows up at her parents' house the next day, she hires him to be her fiance....in hopes of more than just their one night together.
My Holiday Secret is a novella packed full of drama, romance, and sex. The authors did a great job writing this story in a way that left me satisfied with the relationship angle, the family drama angle, and the way the sex scenes were written. The story was engaging throughout, never too fast, too slow, or full of irrelevant information. The readers are provided exactly the right amount of information for this novella. We get a bit of back story but only what the story requires. All-in-all a pretty good bad boy romance novella.
This book is only appropriate for those 18 and older.
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Vivienne Moore is tired of cleaning up her sister's messes. Callie's irresponsible lifestyle forces Viv into locations that no self-respecting person;Vivienne Moore is tired of cleaning up her sister's messes. Callie's irresponsible lifestyle forces Viv into locations that no self-respecting person; male or female, would ever dare to go. When Callie's latest drunken binge lands Viv in a club, she had no idea she'd walk out forever changed. While trying to extract her sister from the ladies' room, her tone of voice rouses the managers of the club. While trying to explain what's going on, Viv can't help but lock eyes with hot guy sitting at a table.
Jace Kennedy might run questionable clubs but he, and his brothers, don't answer to the social norms. They have their own code they live by and do what's right them and their families. He certainly wasn't expecting someone like Viv to be in the club nor was he expecting any type of connection with her. Now, he just has to convince her to open up, be the woman he knows is buried inside her demure and safe life, and let him be her fierce protector.
Viv soon learns that there is a lot more to Jace -dangerous man. He is also Jace-charitable donation man; -loyal family man; and -always-gets-what-he-wants man. There is much more to Jace than meets the eye. He assimilates within high society, as well as the seedy underworld, at will. There is also so much more to Viv than the straight-laced, stiff, professional she shows off. She has a past to keep hidden, a sister to protect, and her business to nurture.
Can two seemingly very different people find love?
For the record, I would give this book 100 stars if I could. I loved everything about Rough & Tumble. Viv and Jace are exciting, likable, and easy to fall in love with. The chemistry between the pair is electric and realistically written. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning and everything about it kept me engaged. The love scenes were steamy and sensual not animalistic and raunchy. The author did a wonderful job slowly removing the layers of both Viv and Jace and their dynamic love scenes were perfect.
The plot was smooth and the entire story was perfectly paced. I was never bored or overwhelmed with details. The dialogue between everyone was realistic and conversational - it was like I was there with them. The events and storylines were well thought out and eventually they all came together in an explosive crescendo. Be prepared to get lost in Rough & Tumble and not find your way back out into the real world until you get to the very last word in the story!
The story also includes 5 of Jace's "brothers" - men in his life that aren't related by blood but just as close if not closer. I'm only going to tell you that Axel is a character and I can't wait to read all about him. The rest of his brothers are great, too, but Axel is a charmer and his story is going to be phenomenal - I just know it!
I read this book in one sitting because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!
Content is suitable for ages 18 +.
(PS - this shows I read the book on Dec. 16, 2016, which I did. I didn't write the review until 12/22/16 and even today I can't stop thinking about this book. I plan to preorder the paperback because this book is totally bookshelf worthy!)...more