BEAUTY AND THE BARBARIAN by Amy Jarecki

cover47980-mediumTitle: Beauty and the Barbarian
Series: Highland Force bk 3
Author: Amy Jarecki
Genre: Historical Romance/Highlander Romance
Blurb:Born with the mark of the devil, Merrin has been hidden on the islet of Eilean Fladda for near twenty years. When the body of a Highlander washes ashore, the innocent lass presumes him dead. Brushing the hair from the rugged warrior’s face, her fingers connect with warm flesh. Warm.

Ian MacLeod wakes to a woman so radiant, he believes her an angel. But when the lass recoils from him, he fears she knows of his evil deeds. While he heals, Ian is stunned when he exposes her witch’s mark, yet he’s spellbound by Merrin’s allure. He’d do anything to erase his haunting past and earn her love.

But there’s a henchman after Ian’s head, and when that man learns the Highlander is still alive, the couple is forced to flee Merrin’s sheltered world. Fighting for survival, destiny demands they each face their demons, but doing so may forever ruin them both.

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Court by Cat Patrick

CourtTitle: Court

Series: N/A

Author: Cat Patrick

Book Blurb:

For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.

Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?

Review:

This was the first book I’ve read of Cat Patrick’s and I wasn’t disappointed. The characters were well-developed and well-defined. The storyline had me from page one. I loved how the author intertwined modern day with fantasy in such a way that you were left wondering if maybe that “realm” may actually exist. The use of an old secret monarchy was a nice touch and made the story even more mysterious. The imagery that Cat Patrick wrote was in such detail that I found myself visualizing those scenes as if I was there.

This is a definite must read.

Grade A

Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh

archangel's shadowsTile: Archangel’s Shadows

Series: Guild Hunter bk 7

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Thoughts: oh Nalini, Nalini, Nalini, once again you have managed to write a story that sucks me in with the first paragraph and keep there until the last sentence and then have me go back and read it again just to relive it all over again.

This book picks up weeks after the end of Legion and combines two story lines, that of Raphael and Elena and Ash and Janvier.

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Last Chance (A SkinWalker Novel) by T.G. Ayer | Release Day Blitz

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The 3rd installment in the DarkWorld: SkinWalker series.

With the loss of her sister still weighing down both her conscience and her heart, Kailin Odel must take on the next part of her mission – find her mother and Anjelo and bring them back from Wrythiin.
Kailin uses her mother’s portal key and enters the Wraith world intent on saving the ones she loves, but from the moment she arrives her mission is fraught with peril.
Arriving in Wrythiin, Kai steps right into the middle of a Wraith rebellion. And only to find that though Anjelo is safe, her mother is held captive by a subversive faction of Wraiths once led by the Wraithlord that Kai had killed.
From Wraiths to Shapeshifters, rebel causes to fraying family ties, to inexplicable new powers, Kai must fight her darkest demons while entering the blackest pits of Wrythiin to save her mother.

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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COVER REVEAL: Body by Audrey Carlan

From the Author who brought you
The Falling Series, 

     
 
Audrey Carlan proudly brings you
her new Erotic Series
The Trinity Trilogy ~ Body, Mind and Soul.

 



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SYNOPSIS:

Men ruin women. 

Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and
powerful. I never stood a chance.

I didn’t want to want him. 

I didn’t want to need him. 

I didn’t want to fall for him.

He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant,
confident, controlling, demanding … intense.

When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely
survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance.
To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so
bright I was blinded by the truth… 
 

Men don’t ruin women. 

They devour them in every way that counts.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language,
graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY
is book 1 of a three-part trilogy.

Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

ACAudrey Carlan is a professional fundraiser for an international healthcare related charity by day, and a sensual and erotic contemporary romance writer by night.
She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not raising money, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, three incredibly different and unique voices in her life, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!
In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to
determine the purpose immediately.

 

 

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Rowdy by Jay Crownover

rowdyTitle: Rowdy

Series” Marked Men bk 5

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: New Adult

After the only girl he ever loved told him he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and decided he was going to do everything in his power to live up to his nickname. Life was all about a good time, good friends and never taking much too seriously. Rowdy learned his lesson early on, when you care that much about anything it can destroy you, and he never wants to risk feeling like that again. Only now he has a new coworker, a ghost from the past who’s making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in a house with too many rules, too many regulations, and no fun allowed. That never worked for her so she left it all behind as soon as she could, but she never forgot the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been in love with her little sister. Fate and good intentions from an old friend have placed her right in Rowdy’s path and she’s determined to show him he picked the wrong sister all those years ago. A mission that is going along perfectly until the one person that ties them together shows up and could very well tear them back.

Thoughts: I  have such mad love for this series. When I was sent Rome I had no clue what I was getting into and how I would fall in love with these bad boys. With each book I didn’t think that I could love that hero more than the last, and every time I’ve been wrong. If you read Nash you know how heartbreaking the ending of it was, and how it left with Rowdy. Because of this I’ve been salivating waiting for this book because as much as I wanted to know Rowdy it was going to bring me one book closer to the book I can’t wait to read. Asa.

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By Winter’s Light by Stephanie Laurens

by winter's lightTitle: By Winter’s Light

Series: The Cynster’s bk 21, The Second Generation Cynster’s bk 1

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.

It’s December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has their own plans for the holiday season.

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Penumbra by Keri Arthur

cover51950-mediumTitle:  Penumbra

Series:  Spook Squad Book #3

Author:  Keri Arthur

Genre:  Paranormal

Blurb:  TWIN KILLING…Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.
Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

Thoughts:  The talent of Keri Arthur constantly amazes me, and the Spook Squad series proves to be no different.  I have rated both prior books with an A (you can check out both of those reviews here:  Memory Zero (Book #1) Review          Generation 18 (Book #2) Review

Once again, we pick up on the adventures of Sam and Gabriel, this time with Gabriel actually getting his way – for Sam to request a transfer.  But is that really what Gabriel wants?

I loved this addition to the series – we finally see a chip made in Gabriel’s defenses against Sam – which is what I have been waiting for throughout all the previous books.  We get a LOT of answers in this book, particularly regarding Sam’s past and who and what she is.  I am going to say again how much I absolutely love this series – before I also admit that I am utterly disappointed.  Not in the book itself, but in the way this series has ended.  The book is left off with the obvious intention of writing and revealing more in the world of these characters – with even the author’s own webpage revealing that there was a fourth book planned.  Yet it is also revealed that she has no plans to write anymore on this series!  I have to say I am bitterly disappointed.  They way it was just left hanging has me feeling very, very dissatisfied.  I have to say that it is rare for me to be so unfulfilled by a series – I honestly feel a little cheated.

Because of that, I honestly wavered on my rating of this book – should I mark it down because of my dissatisfaction with the author’s decision to not finish up this series?  In the end, I felt that the rating was just that – a review on this book.  And it deserves an A.  But I am disappointed in the series – and with the author – with the way that it is being left unfinished.  I respect the author and her muse, but I can’t see how she can be fine with just leaving this series so obviously undone.  Such a disappointment to fans.  And that’s really hard for me to say, since she is one of my favorite authors – but it just has to be said…:(

Rate:  A

**Penumbra is the third in the series, with Memory Zero (Book #1) and Generation 18 (Book #2) being the prior ones in this series)**

Frozen Hearts by Susan Stoker

71BpT+QIU2L._SL1200_Title: Frozen Hearts

Series: Beyond Reality #3

Author: Susan Stoker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Working as a camera operator for a hard-nosed producer isn’t all fun and games. Kina is seriously thinking about making this reality show her last. She’s known as being ‘cold-as-ice’ when it comes to men, which is appropriate since they’re filming in Alaska. Before she can figure out what she wants to do with her life she had to make it through this show. The contestants aren’t exactly lumberjack material and the challenges range from ridiculous to downright dangerous.
The Alaskan reality show is Jonathan’s last gig before he goes to work in security with his brother. The shoot would be completely miserable except for the fact that the one woman in the world who is meant to be his is also a camera operator on the show. He has no idea how he’ll manage it, but he is determined to win her heart and convince her to move to Arizona to be with him.
Following in the footsteps of the contestants isn’t a walk in the park for the camera operators. Fighting boredom and drama within the crew, hiking across glaciers, and camping in the Alaskan wilderness isn’t as safe as it seems on television. An injury on the set will either bring Jonathan and Kina together, or tear them apart for good.

Thoughts: This is the last book in the Beyond Reality series and we knew it was going be Jonathan and Kina.  This is Jonathan’s last job as a camera operator before heading home to Arizona and working with his brother.  Set in Alaska, this show is a reality show about manly men.  After getting burned on his last reality dating show, the producer has decided to steer clear of the dating shows for now.  This show is completely different from the others and it means the cameramen (and woman) get more free time.  Jonathan already knows Kina is his One, but Kina isn’t like most girls.  She has some serious trust issues and she’s always waiting for the shoe to drop in a relationship.  When Jonathan pursues Kina hard, she doesn’t know how to act.  Every time she thinks she has him pegged to be just like her exes, he shocks her.  Jonathan knows Kina needs trust and control to feel comfortable in the relationship and he is doing whatever he can to show her he’s in it for the long haul.  Is a few weeks in Alaska enough time to convince Kina to trust Jonathan?  Can Jonathan and Kina survive out in the harsh Alaskan wilderness?

I really loved the whole Beyond Reality series – Frozen Hearts included.  I loved the unusual idea of a book based on a reality show.  It gave me a different perspective than I expected on these shows.  The characters were interesting, the location was interesting, the writing was great.  It was a dual POV, which I prefer.  I really wasn’t expecting the situation at the end and it made it different from #2.  I honestly wasn’t a fan of the instalove idea for Jonathan.  I had the same feelings with Dean in #2.  I do appreciate that it was something that he had to work at though.  Kina wasn’t easy to win over and I liked that she was tough.

I’ll be sad to see the series go, but I look forward to seeing what Susan gives us next time.  :-)

 

Grade: A-/B+

Sunday Snippet: Love me Later by Libby Rice

Love Me Later is the debut book from author Libby Rice. I’ve been excited about this book for months after Libby told me the premise. Holly got to review the book and loved it. If you missed her review you can see it here. So we are really excited to share a snippet from the book with everyone. 

A gust of Atlantic wind bristled over Scarlet’s exposed legs, and she shivered through a dose of longing for her college condo on the West Coast, all sunbaked tile and terracotta warmth. She sped up, moving as fast as her three-inch heels could navigate the patches of inky ice glinting on the sidewalk. One block down and another to go. As she clipped along, clenching her pepper spray in a bloodless fist, she chastised herself for being careless, muttering inane observations about the area in an effort to fill the silence. The empty words simply misted into the ether.

Panting, she considered removing her shoes for a mad dash. Instead she slowed, then went still, listening to make sure her heels didn’t mask sounds she needed to hear.

The street appeared empty. Nothing but stoic warehouse fronts, their corrugated doors flickering in the light of a few buzzing street lamps. No movement. Not a hint of sound. She hadn’t thought it possible for New York City to fall silent. The calm only bred agitation.

Relief bloomed at the sight of familiar red paint. She sucked in the deep breath her shallow rasps hadn’t allowed and skated across the parking lot, grappling for her driver’s-side door, congratulating herself on the simple, but rare, act of walking to her car unaided.

Heavy footfalls sounded out of the eerie quiet. Before she could react, a rough shove between the shoulder blades slammed her chest first against an old Ford pickup parked in the next space. Rough edges dug into her ribs.

A gloved hand spun her around, and she gazed up into the blinding beam of a flashlight. Disoriented, Scarlet saw nothing beyond a glowing orb rimmed with absolute blackness.

But she could hear, and worse, she could feel. The man leaned in close and spoke in a gritty, unrecognizable whisper. “Throw the fucking vegetable spritzer.” She soundlessly ditched the pepper spray. “The bag, too.” She tossed again.

Gripping the slick, oily edges of her courage, it dawned on her to struggle… to call out. Fight. Go for the eyes. Had Lissa and Matt and—please God—Ethan, walked this way?

The guy must have sensed her mental rally because he reached up and squeezed her jaw below the ears, using the leverage to crack her head against the frozen window of the truck, hard. “Good girl,” he said, compressing her small face in his hand. “What else?”

What else? The light above focused in and out… in and out, through a lens she couldn’t control. She blinked, then forced a squint. Still nothing.

The pain in her face receded to a terrible numbness before he shifted his grip to her chin and forcibly turned her face to the Maserati. “See the pretty car, Empress. What else?” His free hand went to her pockets, skimming over her hands before jerking a bracelet from her wrist.

Empress. “Ethan?” she choked. “Don’t.” Tears leaked from beneath closed lids. Not him.

“Not used to this, are you, Empress? You’re used to the win, like me.” His voice was guttural. “Perhaps this time you’ve strayed too far from Daddy’s penthouse.”

He grazed a fingertip along the shell of her ear. The almost-gentle caress was her only warning before a sharp, malicious agony flooded the side of her face. She cried out. Her mother’s diamond earring moved into her blurred peripheral vision. It shimmered with a trace of blood that gleamed in the glow of the flashlight. Muscles locked, her every nerve ending awaited his next move. The sting came fast when he ripped the other locking stud to freedom.

Whimpering in the aftermath of the excruciating pain, she kept her gaze downcast, staring dully at the familiar jeans in the murky fringe of light. Like before, Ethan’s too-light attire didn’t prevent him from putting off waves of heat. Only now, his warmth didn’t comfort.

That kiss. The embrace beneath the awning. They’d been worse than lies.

Though the light never faltered, his hand again momentarily left her face. This time, harsh steel took its place. Saying nothing, he slid the flat side of a freezing blade across her cheek and down her throat. Then, slowly, he began to slice the buttons along the seam of her coat.

Scarlet clenched, bracing for the violation that would come next. But Ethan didn’t cut away any more clothing. Once the buttons were gone, he used his knife-hand to nudge the edges of her coat outward. Scarlet relaxed imperceptibly. Too soon.

“This will hurt, Empress,” he said softly. “A little pain to show I always win.”

He kissed her cheek as the knife punctured her party dress and kept going… slowly… until it bottomed-out deep within her lower abdomen. Working an airless scream, Scarlet almost convinced herself the adrenaline would mask the pain, but a clenching misery hit as he extracted the blade with jerky movements.

She murmured Ethan’s name one last time before her world slipped away.

******

Gone.

Relief eased Ethan’s balled fists when he didn’t see Scarlet or her Maserati in the lot. Probably halfway back to paradise by now. Yet a vague sense of foreboding remained.

Despite her absence, he loped forward across the expanse of lined pavement, which was empty save an old pickup and a beat-up Toyota sedan. Nothing out of place. At the other end, he turned his tired ass around, heading for the subway.

He saw her hair first. A bright stream of blonde, too beautiful to touch the filthy pavement, streamed out beneath her shoulders. She lay crumpled on her side beneath the passenger door of the truck he’d ignored.

Like a shot, he charged for Scarlet’s prone form. A few steps out, he bent and scooped up a petite canister. Rolling the cold metal in his palm, he recognized a lipstick-sized mace spray. He winced, feeling the aluminum give in his fist. Like her, the package was shiny and colorful and, unfortunately, fragile. Purple, of all things.

Shoving the spray into his pocket, he crouched next to her, blood pounding at his temples. Icy sweat froze over the long slide down his face, becoming part of the frigid landscape.

She might be fine, a run-of-the-mill carjacking, and she hit her head.

But her little body curled into itself. Reaching out, he hovered a hand over her slumped form, then pulled away. Bruises marred the pale skin of her face and jaw, but otherwise he couldn’t gauge her injuries. Too much black. Keeping his touch feather light, he brushed along her chest and stomach, the only side he could access without shifting her torso.

Jesus. Blood-stained fingers wavered in front of him. A lifetime of transferring the fear in his mother’s eyes to the coward who’d put it there, and he’d let this ethereal beauty go it alone. He might as well have done the damage himself.

He tucked her coat inward to block the wind. “Hold on, Empress.” She couldn’t hear his strained plea, but the appeal gave him hope, let him pretend she’d grant his wish. Fumbling for his phone, he managed to dial 911, clutching her chilled fingers while he talked to dispatch.

Huddling beside her, he wrenched himself under the truck to curl around the slope of her spine in a silent offer of warmth. Of comfort. And he waited, the whole time stroking the sunshine of Scarlet’s blonde curls and praying to a God he didn’t believe in that she’d be okay.

Love Me LaterCan they love right on the redo?

Scarlet Leore enjoys a glittering existence amongst society’s elite. Ethan Blake is a prizefighter knocking his way through school, counting on his winnings to bankroll the dreams that won’t fit in a boxing ring. When the two meet, neither can deny the instant attraction that wells between the hulking fighter and the heiress who is miles and millions out of his league. But a vicious attack leaves Scarlet physically and emotionally battered, and for Ethan, her allure crumbles along with the rest of his life after she accuses him of wielding the knife.

Years later, Scarlet has abandoned the high life for that of a hard-working lawyer, while Ethan has clawed his way to the pinnacle of a business empire. Drawn into his world of high-stakes tech mergers, they dance to a tune of revenge, desire, and finally, redemption. But their world won’t tolerate an attorney falling for her client. They’ll need more than lust and forgiveness. They must bridge the chasm of a tormented past to understand who they are today. Only then can they forge a future in the face of the resurging enemy who once tore them apart.

 

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Faithful by S.A. Wolfe

91DBft0cKSL._SL1500_Title: Faithful

Series: Fearsome (#3)

Author: S.A. Wolfe

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: A bombshell waitress who wants more. A former FBI agent who wants less … except for her.

*This is a standalone novel in the FEARSOME Series.

Imogene Walsh has always been unapologetically confident and ruthlessly opinionated with people, particularly men. No one is spared from her unfiltered mouth, but it hasn’t seemed to deter Cooper MacKenzie. Although he is not the clean-cut, businessman type she’s always thought she should pursue, Imogene is drawn to the sexy outsider who is the hottest topic in town gossip, the fantasy heartthrob women love to speculate about.

She has spent most of her life in the little town of Hera, NY, putting her numerous forgettable relationships behind her and floundering in both her professional and personal life. Work and men—neither have gone well for her. Now it’s reached the point where she wants to stop playing it safe.

It may be time to live up to her tough reputation and take a chance on Cooper, the only man who isn’t intimidated by Imogene’s brash personality. However, it could be a thrilling ride that doesn’t end well.

My Thoughts: This is a standalone in the Fearsome series, but do yourself a favor and read 1 and 2.  While you may not need to in order to follow this storyline, they are awesome.  You’ll also get some background about Imogene and Cooper.  I absolutely loved Fearsome (#1) and I liked Freedom (#2) although not as much as #1.  Honestly, I was a little nervous when I started reading Faithful.  There was no need.  Cooper was everything I hoped and Imogene didn’t let me down!

Cooper has been flirting with Imogene for a year and Imogene keeps putting him off.  Her relationship with Jeremy ended in Freedom when he moved and then started ignoring her.  This did a number on Imogene, because Jeremy was supposed be the safe one.  She has a history of going after the bad boys and she was changing the norm to have a better relationship, but even her safe bet let her down.  She decides to focus on her jewelry business and take a break from guys, but she ends up kissing him when she’s drunk at Dylan’s wedding.  Once Cooper finally breaks through Imogene’s walls (even a little), he’s determined to smash the rest of them to dust.

Cooper seems like the player when we meet him in Freedom.  He’s the motorcycle driving ex-FBI agent that looks too yummy for his own good.  Cooper has really only had his eyes set on one woman in Hera though, but she does everything in her power to ignore him.  When she isn’t ignoring him, she’s being nasty.  Can he break through Imogene’s walls?

I loved watching Cooper play Imogene.  She has no idea that he’s been sneaking his way for a year and he keeps tricking her into spending time together.  The way that he supports her jewelry business sneakily is too cute.  I mean I fell in love with Cooper!  When Imogene finds out something about him that is a deal breaker for her, I respected the way she stuck to her guns even when it killed her.  I loved how she pushed Cooper to his limits and was so snarky and brazen.

Faithful had everything I loved about Fearsome and none of the things I struggled with in Freedom.  I have fallen for this town and all of its inhabitants and I am not sure I am ready to let go.  I’ll hold my breath for another in the Fearsome series, but I’ll stick with S.A. Wolfe!

Grade: A

Love Me Later by Libby Rice

Love Me LaterTitle: Love Me Later

Series: Second Chances #1

Author: Libby Rice

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Can they love right on the redo?

Scarlet Leore enjoys a glittering existence among New York society’s elite. Ethan Blake is a prizefighter knocking his way through school, counting on his winnings to bankroll the dreams that won’t fit in a boxing ring. When the two meet, neither can deny the instant attraction that wells between the hulking fighter and the heiress who is miles and millions out of his league. But a vicious attack leaves Scarlet physically and emotionally battered, and for Ethan, the allure crumbles along with the rest of his life after Scarlet accuses him of wielding the knife.

Years later, Scarlet has abandoned the high life for that of a hard-working lawyer, while Ethan has clawed his way to the pinnacle of a business empire. Drawn into his world of high-stakes tech mergers, they dance to a tune of revenge, desire, and finally, redemption. But theirs is a world that won’t tolerate an attorney falling for her client. They’ll need more than lust and forgiveness. They must bridge the chasm of a tormented past to understand who they are today. Only then can they forge a future in the face of the resurging enemy who once tore them apart.

Thoughts: I loved this book!  I loved Scarlet and Ethan!  I was excited to read it as soon as I read the blurb, which always sets high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed.  I didn’t expect everything to blow up as fast as it did.  I guess I expected the youthful relationship to develop differently, but it makes more sense with her case of mistaken identity.  It’s really rare to have a book with 2 kinda broken people battling with such conflicting feelings and wanting revenge that are still totally likeable.  I can’t explain how Scarlet’s story pulled at my heartstrings.  I was able to mentally imagine how it must feel to be in her shoes and it brought tears to my eyes.  I don’t feel like I am giving anything away by giving you a glimpse (I mean the blurb eludes to it clearly enough).  She meets a guy that she has an instant attraction with, but he doesn’t say much and makes it obvious that he has issues with her wealth (and his lack of).  Headed to your car alone after one of this guys fights, a man comes up behind you calling you the same name this new guy calls you.  After he leaves you bloody and broken, he goes to jail only to be released shortly after when the real attacker is found.  This man who you had such intense feelings for now hates you for ruining his life after you wrongly accused him.  Can you image the turmoil? the guilt?  That’s even before I get into the fact that he’s your client.  He’s richer than Midas and you can’t get rid of him and you have to work closely.  That’s just Scarlet!  That doesn’t even go into Ethan’s emotions.  There were times you wanted to dislike Ethan, but you couldn’t if you considered how someone would really act in the situation.  Ethan’s tender side…..heart melting……body swooning.

This ranks as one of the Best of 2014 for me.  I can’t to read more in this series.

Grade: A

 

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

blood magickTitle: Blood Magick

Series: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy bk 3

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

Thoughts: I’m a bonafide Nora Roberts fan. So much so that I own IN PRINT all of her books but about 20 and those are books that have previously been unavailable. So for me to not like one of her books is a really huge deal.

When this series started I was excited as I like her Irish series, and the magick she has in them. BUT I didn’t like the first book Dark Witch. In fact I struggled to get a 1/4 of the way into it before I just gave up. With the next book I wasn’t as excited because I hadn’t finished the first book, a first for me with her. I read it though and liked it. You can find my thoughts on Shadow Spell here. Needless to say at the end of the book I couldn’t wait for this book to come out because I really wanted to know what was going to happen with Branna and Fin. At the same time I was hoping and praying that it wasn’t anything like Face the Fire, especially as Mia and Sam were witches who’d been in love and together as teenagers.

That’s were the similarities between Mia/Sam and Branna/Fin end however. Well except for needing to defeat evil. But even then the evil is different.

Like the other books in this series Blood Magick has a cadence and flow that makes you believe you’re living in County Mayo. It takes a bit to get into the rhythm and flow but once you do you find yourself lost in the story of Fin and Branna.

Branna is a very strong character. She’s made decisions that have broken her heart, and continued on with her quest. She’s come to accept that Fin, the one person she shouldn’t love or want, is a part of their circle and a key to defeating the evil that has stalked her family for generations. This time, with him, she understands what the seventeen year old Branna didn’t and couldn’t. That what was done to Fin, wasn’t his fault. He’s as much an innocent of the evil as her family is.

When Branna broke up with him, it destroyed him. He has spent the years in between avoiding home as much as possible. Now that he has returned for good well, at least until the evil is defeated and then he’s leaving again, probably for good. It hurts to much to be near Branna and not have her in his life.

I liked the way this book played out between Fin and Branna and how everything that Fin has done over the years has always had something to do with Branna whether she wanted to admit it or not. He’s had one goal to have her back where he’s always known she belonged in his arms.

Branna drove me a little nuts at times, and I know she was supposed to, but I have to tell you my heart broke for Fin A LOT in this book, and there were times when I wanted to reach in and shake Branna so she’d see what was right in front of her, and that Fin was the key to everything. When she finally did I almost cheered out loud.

As always Nora delivers a story rich in characters and location, so much that the location is almost a character itself. Branna is strong, independent and confident in who she is and her abilities, which is why I  love her heroines even when I hate them. Fin, is classic Nora hero, strong, supportive of his love interest, willing (even when it goes against his Alpha tendencies) to let her fight her own demons, and loves her.

This is an excellent conclusion to this series, so much so that I’m going to go back and read the first book.

Grade B+

 

Underneath It All by Kate Canterbary

underneath-GRTitle:  Underneath It All

Series:  The Walshes Book #1

Author:  Kate Canterbary

Genre:  Contemporary

Blurb:  Lauren…It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.  After I met Matthew Walsh.  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.
Matthew…A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.  Unless, of course, she was naked.   She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.   Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap
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ThoughtsIf I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure…Now, who’s attention wouldn’t be caught with that very first sentence?  That attention grabbing sentence was obviously meant to do just that, and it worked!  Unfortunately, the rest of it failed to really deliver – at least for me.  I just wasn’t feeling the characters at all, didn’t feel the connection, and there were just things that bugged me.  For instance, going on and on about Lauren and her teaching, for example, but then turning around and – for what feels like forever! -going on and on about her dad’s military career, which for the most part didn’t seem pertinent to the story at all.  I get that she is a military brat, but to me it just felt thrown in there and the timing of it seemed to detract from the story from me from her actual job – teaching.  I also never really got her whole issue against relationships and why she felt she couldn’t have one and her teaching career, too.  Her resistance against it didn’t make any sense, and Matthew putting up with it made even less so.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it either….it just never really seemed to come together fully for me.

Rate:  C+

 

How to Pursue a Princess by Karen Hawkins

16095119Title: How to Pursue a Princess
Series: The Duchess Diaries bk 2 and The Oxenburg Princes
Author: Karen Hawkins
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb:

A PRINCE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING SETS HIS SIGHTS ON AN INDEPENDENT SCOTTISH LASS IN THIS SPARKLING ROMANCE FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN HAWKINS.

An innocent lost in the woods . . .

The sensible solution to her family’s dire financial woes is for Lily Balfour to marry the Earl of Huntley, a wealthy widower handpicked by her matchmaking godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe. Huntley is pleasant and attractive, the perfect candidate in every way. But Lily knows she’s in big trouble as soon as passionate, unprincipled Prince Wulfinski sweeps a hot, possessive glance over her.

Powerful and sexy, Wulfinski declares he will make her his—no matter the cost.

By his own account, Wulf is a pauper, barely able to afford his own cottage. Yet nothing will stop him from pursuing the elusive beauty with every cunning trick he can muster. But which is more important: power and money . . . or love everlasting? To make the right choice, both Wulf and Lily must trust their hearts, not just their heads, to lead them to the happiness they desire.

The Duchess is up to her old tricks again.  This time, she has gone to far and may have damaged any chance of her god daughter and god son of ever getting married.  Let me explain!

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