Sep
11

A Highlander’s Heart by Jennifer Haymore

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The last time Lady Claire Campbell saw her husband, she was furious…and for good reason. She told him she hated him and never wanted to lay eyes on him again. But now he’s gone to fight a brutal battle against Napoleon and the French, and soon it may be too late for her to say she’s sorry.

Major Sir Robert Campbell never expected to see his beautiful English wife ever again. So when an apparition in her form appears on the battlefield after the bloody conflict at Waterloo, he’s sure she’s an angel come to take him to heaven.

Claire remains at her injured husband’s side, desperate to find a way to mend their broken marriage. But some wounds go deeper than blows Rob received on the battlefield. And some wounds can never be healed.

My Review:

I have read her books before & they have been pretty good, so I keep coming back!

This was a short story about a man who left his wife to mourn thinking it was the right thing to do. She hunts him down and brings him home.

This short story really wasn’t my thing. It took place in America during the war against Napolean. THEN went back to England.. It could have been anywhere at any time I think. I like Highlanders for their Highland selves & this didn’t fit. They could have been American.

I will continue, it just wasn’t the best for me.

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Sep
11

Betrayed by D. B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #5.5)

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Love. Loyalty. Betrayal.
Love . . . the ache in your heart when you meet The One. It can take you to soaring heights; it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage.
Loyalty . . . the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity . . . unless it spoils from within, birthing hatred.
Betrayal . . . it comes in many forms and from many sources.
War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?

My Review:

This is a short story about a failed assassination attempt and the trap to catch him. Both Cyn & Raphael want to protect each other & go about their own ways to doing it, which semi backfires. More tidbits about Reynolds world of vampires & Rafael & Cyn expand on their relationship.

It was pretty good, not the best in this series. I’ve now had my fill of Cyn & Raphael. I like the other vampire stories as well & these are an auto buy for me!! It took me way to long to discover them though!!

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Sep
09

The Arrow by Monica McCarty (Highland Guard #9)

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As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or cherished by the women they love.

The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.

A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?

My Review:

Quick run down. It was boring in the very beginning (first chapter or two), got where I couldn’t put it down right after that, then I was irritated by the constant, “but I love you & you want me I can tell”, then it got a little steamy dragging me back in, then it got better when Arrow got all pissed, eye rolling when the girl “Catherine” went after him and was crushed, then even more exciting when she was captured followed by the typical rescue & BAM Oh, so that’s who your dad is, an HEA & classic epilogue by MM…

So those were my rush of feelings running through this book & I think I was irritated by the middle because the extra kids did no good. Nanny’s or what had them all the time. Pip was a little shit. And here I am wasting an entire off day reading this grovelling??? WHAT!! So I thought, I’m finishing this chapter & putting it down so I can get something done. But NOOOOOO, it got good again. Soooo there went the entire day, only putting it down for school pick up & then driving back for football & back home again. Holy cow!! AND on top of that, it wasn’t even my favorite book. It was the draw of finding out who her dad was & what she was going to do about it, which lasted until the near end. Hmpht!! Whatever!

Now to explain the rating. The book was obviously, but Holy crap, this “I love him” and back and forth of inner dialog over these ridiculous feelings drove me nuts, so I took away a star. Obviously it was dragged on and irked many others as well! I think by the misunderstanding of the entrapment though was the best ever! Maybe because she started to irritate me & I thought she deserved it. How bad is that!! That was my favorite part! Him with another woman and her sneaky self to see if her misguided “Oh he loves me too, there are no others for him” statements ALL THE TIME, Back FIRED! HA!! Served her right!

Oh well!! Yes Monica McCarty is an excellent writer to get me all sucked into this story, whether she did that on purpose or not, with the in your face… I think I was supposed to feel despair, but I was happy… twisted I guess!!

Have fun reading this, for me, the series is getting so long, and the wait between books is so long that by the time I get the next one, I cannot remember any headway or purpose to the war we all know the outcome, or who is who anymore, so I’m not in a rush for more, but I’d still try it out…

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Sep
09

Burning Desire: Part 3 by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #3)

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The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all. . .?

Armed with Shara’s information, Kiril decides to continue his mission by himself, only to be captured by the Dark. Shara doesn’t know how he got in so deep—she only knows that she must fight for her life against one of her own, in order to save the one she loves…in Burning Desire: Part 3 by Donna Grant

My Review:

Yes!! This one was full of action! Shara finds out how evil Balladyn really is, Shara Kiril & Rhi are all captured and the dragon kings come to the rescue. I am so hoping RhI & Ulrick are the ones!!

This part was so good, I read it all and moved to the last part in this novel. It kept me up all night!! I had to finish it!!

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Sep
09

Burning Desire: Part 2 by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #3)

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he Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all. . .?

 

Even though he knows he should keep his distance, Kiril is falling hard for Shara. But when Shara uncovers what Kiril has been looking for all along, she is faced with a choice—hide the information from him? Or tell him the truth, even if it means death should her family learn what she’s done? As overwhelming desire builds between them, Shara knows she cannot lie to the one who has captured her, body and soul.

 

Kiril knows he shouldn’t trust this Dark Fae who is slowly learning all his secrets, but as they are drawn closer together, he is unable to resist her…in Burning Desire: Part 2 by Donna Grant

My Review:

Shara meets Balladyn when she goes in search of Rhi.  Balladyn is struck by her & wants to claim her as his. She’s tossing around the idea, because it will get her out from under her family’s rule. BUT, she keeps thinking about Kiril…

This one was good too. I cannot really judge it alone because it’s still part of the same book. Not much happens in this one, but it explains some things and at first Balladyn is a great guy. I love Donna Grant’s Dragons & this one is proving to be another great segment… I am moving on to the next one now.

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Sep
08

Burning Desire: Part 1 by Donna Grant (Dragons #3)

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The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all…?

In Burning Desire: Part 1 by Donna Grant, Kiril is dark, dangerous and powerful and when he heads to Ireland to uncover Dark Fae secrets, he isn’t the least bit surprised that the Dark are using one of their own to spy on him in return.  But he is deeply intrigued by this sexy, alluring woman who is perilous in more ways than one…

Shara needs to be get back into her family’s good graces after committing an near-unforgivable offense and if bringing a Dragon King to his knees is how she must do it, she will use every trick she has up her sleeve to snare him. But she is unprepared for the intense desire that he brings to life within her. A burning desire they both seem unable to escape…

My Review:

Of course I LOVE this book!! I do wish it was all in one instead of parts, but… I still love it!!

Donna Grant always keeps you on edge! She doesn’t glaze over anything! It’s intense & yes!!! Her books have characters tortured!! AND you know something bad will happen, but you have no idea what!!! OR WHEN!! You just know it’s coming!!

This is part one of a four part book. You have a choice… Read it in 4 parts now or wait for a month or so & get the whole thing in one shot… I do like it this way, because when I am done with one I feel like I have accomplished something!! BUT I am really glad I could jump right into the next… Cliff hangers kill me!! I hate them!

This is Kiril’s story… He is a dragon shifter who is hunting down Rhi, the light fae that the dragons work with on occasion. The dark fae have her hidden, so he’s gone to spy for info. He is seduced by a dark fae woman who has to redeem herself in her families eyes & the best way is to capture a dragon.

Now… A back story that I can’t wait for is who is Rhi’s dragon ex-lover. I was thinking Constantine, but there is a couple paragraphs in this story that try to get you to belive it isn’t him after all, but it may still be. Who knows. I sorta hope not… He needs a human. (More back story)

This is a great start of a story & I LOVED it!! She has the best dragons so far!! I think!!

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Sep
06

Sandpiper Island by Donna Kauffman (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #3)

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“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town–you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” –Lori Foster

 

Ford Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he’d tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O’Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn’t have picked a better place to start over–even if he’s determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds…and himself. But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that’s best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined. . .together.

 

DIY is so much better with two…

 

My Review:

The saga continues in this quaint island town of quirky residents, with the story of Delia & Ford. Once decades ago they had a one night fling based on loss of a friend and brother, both needing someone right then. Settling into the area, Ford kind of avoids Delia, but when his sister messages him that Delia’s in trouble of losing to a greedy developer, he comes running.

Again, it was a cute sweet story of the townsfolk & the development of the relationship between these two, that was meant to be.

It started off really slow & it seemed almost repressive, but then  BAM Ford became likable! An I sailed right through. Both characters helping each other with what is important to them in their own lives, helped each of them grow as a couple.

I do like Donna Kauffman books & I will continue reading whatever series she comes up with.  This book falls into the light romance, recommend to your mom without blushing, later in life romance. I prefer thirties or below, but this was still good.

 

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Sep
04

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Ex-Marine Crowe Callahan has only had one obsession in life: Amelia Sorenson. She is the only one who has ever gotten under his skin. However, she is also the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy; a man who has sought to destroy the Callahan’s for generations in order to further his own nefarious agenda. When Amelia put herself on Crowe’s side and in Crowe’s bed, she became her father’s enemy as well. When Wayne Sorenson escapes capture both Amelia and Crowe know it is only a matter of time before he resurfaces to exact his revenge. Now Crowe will claim Amelia in order to bait a killer and end things once and for all. But can he protect the woman he can’t seem to live without from one of the deadliest enemies he has ever know? And will he survive it if he can’t?

My Review:

I LOVE Lora Leigh! Her books are always so intense! She’s a great writer and always keeps you on edge with her series.

I have no idea how I missed this series (Four whole books!). I’m floating in oblivion lately! Her Breed series is my favorite, but I found that it doesn’t matter each series is pretty great.

Saying that, there were some love hate feelings about these particular characters. I hated Crowe most of the time, loved Amelia half the time, but I really wanted her to kick Crowe’s ass. He was a dick. No fluff, he just was! Finally, there was an “IN YOUR FACE!” moment that was pretty predictable. And that sealed it!

This is one of those corrupt family tries to ruin good family, and turns very dark to do it, series. Then the bad family has a good girl who lands one of the men in the other family.

This was a good all around kind of book even when I hated the characters. I actually thought it was cool LL made you hate Crowe for a while. He wasn’t a loveable guy. Amelia was awesome! I wasn’t sure about her getting married to an ass, early on, but it was resolved for me! She is a strong woman even though she came off at first like a whimpy chicken.

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Sep
02

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren (Gargoyles #2)

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Bestselling author Christine Warren is back with the second Gargoyle book in a breathtaking new series about the tantalizing line between man and monster…

Art restorer Felicity “Fil” Shaltis can read the magic in auras, but her fascination with a valuable statue her friend Ella Harrow asks her to locate is purely artistic. At least until the fierce stone gargoyle comes to life as a powerful, and powerfully hot, immortal warrior, who promptly saves her life from a cultist set on destroying them both. Suddenly “chiseled good looks” takes on a whole new meaning…

STONE COLD LOVER

Spar expected nothing less than one of the seven demons of the Dark to wake him—and instead finds himself the unlikely savior of a spirited human female who now bears the mark of the demon. As one of seven Guardians created to vanquish the Darkness, Spar has no time for love—but he can’t deny that his destiny is clearly entwined with Fil’s. To battle the looming threat to humanity, first Spar must save the woman who summoned him…

My Review:

This book was a lot better than the first & I am very glad I read it. I thought it was more planned out & had more conflict, which always makes a better story. I read it straight through. This series has a very original story, definitely worth the read!

Felicity is checking out a statue in an Abbey when an evil cloaked man hits her with some magic at the same time the Gargoyle statue comes to life & a bomb goes off. Fil runs with the now alive gargoyle. He is now set to guard her as they fight the darkness trying to invade. Fil find Spar pretty hot in his human form, but she tries to hide it. This irritates Spar until her mark on her hand turns dark & she caves. Now she wants the only solid safe man in her life.

This could be read out of order, but the other characters in the previous book are pretty present in this book too. Soooo it may be better to read the first book first. This book has a great cover, but it isn’t what I really picture.

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Sep
01

Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

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MORTAL RECALL

For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

My Review:

Until I was done with this book, I had no idea that it was a re-released novel. It seemed pretty updated even though it was pretty futuristic anyway.

Samantha’s missing partner calls & says he needs to see her. She goes to a seedy part of town and feels something happening in an alley. She finds a dead old man. She chases a murderer only to find her old partner is a vampire who is going to kill her, so she kills him instead.

Now she’s under investigation & suspended. She gets a guard who is a paranormal & actually the director of his division. He believes her, but won’t tell her department he does. It’s bigger than what they know.

It was pretty good, but this is a continuing saga. Those are not my thing. The ups and downs of characters though out several books. If this is something you can handle, I highly recommend this book.

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