Jul
24

Extreme Measures by Elisabeth Naughton

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Being prepared for any scenario is the trademark of any good CIA operative, and Eve Wolfe is one of the best. But when her latest mission literally explodes in her face, she wakes up labeled a traitor and—even more surprising—in the custody of elite Aegis Security operative and ex-lover Zane Archer. Although she still secretly has feelings for Zane, he’s now demanding the one thing that she can’t give him: the truth.

When he caught her breaking the rules years ago, Zane let Eve walk away without an explanation. Now someone has not only sabotaged Aegis but also turned an American city into a war zone, and all signs point to Eve. Zane needs answers that can come only from Eve’s still-tempting lips, and he finally has the elusive operative right where he wants her—at his mercy.

The first book in bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton’s new steamy romantic suspense series brings a spy in from the cold…and sets her heart ablaze.

My Review:

Elisabeth Naughton is a good writer, no matter what she writes. This one is an intro into a new series she’s writing about a group of former gov’t agents who have come together to form their own agency.

Eve works with the CIA, Zane used to… As former lovers with a botched past, Zane wants revenge & Eve, well, she still loves Zane. Someone is setting them both up as the bombers in downtown Seattle… Now they are on the run to find out who & to get Eve’s sister back, who is being held hostage by the people responsible.

I did like this book, and it held my attention. There were points in the beginning that I got a teeny bit bored, because the jumping to conclusions & the lack of defending themselves, kind of dragged on… But I excuse this irritation, because this action packed book was stressful (on purpose), entertaining & Hot!!

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Jul
22

HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF by Terry Spear

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HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF

Author: Terry Spear

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Summary:

The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a sexy young wolf…

Colleen Playfair is excited and apprehensive about her new role at the castle, and she has big plans to change the way its run. But the stubborn Grant won’t make things easy, and she’s forced to turn to seduction to get her way…

Excerpt

Grant always joked and played with his clansmen when they were through with their work for the day. Well, even while they worked. But being with Colleen here like this felt different. For a moment, he didn’t feel like he served as the manager of her estates while she was the owner and taskmaster. He felt like a man with a woman on a Sunday jaunt in the glen. Except she wasn’t just any woman. She was a she-wolf, her cute little arse jiggling ahead of him as he climbed the hill to join her.

When he reached the top, she was trying to catch her breath and swayed a little. He grabbed her arm, and he didn’t know what came over him. But suddenly he was looking down into her smiling face, as if she was smiling at him, and he wanted in the worst way to kiss her.

She didn’t pull away from him, either.

He shouldn’t kiss her, but damn, he wanted to.

Still breathing hard, her heart beating fast, she placed her hand on his chest. He expected her to push him away, but she didn’t. She just stood there looking up at him, waiting for him to do something. He breathed in her scent, all woman and…interested.

They stood high on top of the hill overlooking the glen, the water rushing by, the sheep grazing on the green grass across the burn, and white clouds passing overhead against the blue sky.

He still had hold of her arm, but then he released her, cupped her face with both hands, and kissed her.

When his lips met hers, he knew he shouldn’t do this. He intended to make it sweet and unassuming, to quench some damnable need that he had to satisfy. He didn’t presume it would go anywhere, and he almost imagined it would be lame and unappealing—-after having built up the expectation that kissing that sweet mouth of hers would make his world spin and topple over. He hadn’t thought she’d crave the intimacy as much as he did. Yet when she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back, she exhibited an eagerness that turned his world on end.

She was more than willing.

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USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

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Jul
11

Taken by Lora Leigh (Novella Collection)

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Reno’s Chance

Ever since she was a girl, Raven has longed for her friend’s brother, Reno, a Navy SEAL. What she doesn’t realize is that his true mission is to get into her heart.

For Maggie’s Sake

Maggie is in custody with Joe’s SEALs team.  Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information.  He plans to seduce her to get it, but when an enemy captures Maggie, only Joe can save her.

Atlanta Heat

Em has wanted Macey forever. But as a SEAL under the command of her overprotective godfather, Macey is off-limits…until a kidnapping attempt forces them to share close quarters—and a forbidden desire.

Night Hawk

For three years, Travis “Black Jack” Caine and Lillian “Night Hawk” Belle have been meeting, late at night. No names given. But tonight is different. An enemy has returned, and Travis and Lillian may never meet again.  Are they brave enough to give in to desire and stand together?

Cooper’s Fall

Former ranger Ethan never expected to get an eyeful of prim Sarah Fox from his window. But now his blood is on fire for her.

Sheila’s Passion

As an ex-Marine, Nick’s been through some hard things.  But when it comes to Sheila, he has his biggest challenge yet. Sheila has sworn off love, but when Nick tempts her into becoming friends with benefits, he intends to make her his forever.

My Review:

This is a collection of Black-Ops Novellas. Lora Leigh is an excellent writer. All of these short stories fit in with all of her series other than the breeds. Although all of these were good enough to draw me into her other series, the Breeds are still my favorite & I was slightly disappointed that none of them  included that series. Oh well!

If you are a Lora Leigh fan, you will HAVE to get this one too, because it’s filled with tid-bits of continuing saga info. Keep in mind that Lora Leigh is a writer of Erotica and these stories are graphic.

I loved the stories, but wished one was a breeds one!!

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Jul
07

Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #6.7)

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This is a short story (15,100 words or 55 pages) intended for readers of the Elder Races who enjoy Liam Cuelebre, aka Peanut, as a character.

Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races

My Review:

This was a cute story about the little Alpha dragon sticking up for another student & standing up to a crappy teacher…

I read it in a sitting & I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would. I didn’t really like the ending. The problem was solved more verbally, where I am more blood thirsty! I am all about the beheading & an “IN YOUR FACE, Look who I really AM!!” kind of person…but… it was still a 5 star read!!

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Jul
07

Betrayed by Rebecca York (Rockfort Securities #2)

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There is a spy in S&D systems who is leaking top-secret information that could lead to extreme distaster. It’s up to Shane Gallagher to uncover the mole and set things right.

Systems analyst Elena Reyes had no intention of stealing company secrets until her brother’s life was threatened by the cruelest of mobsters. When Elena finally confesses her deeds to Shane, he’s ready to do everything he can to keep her out of danger. But will Shane’s help be enough to protect them, or will his good intentions leave them all for dead?

My Review:

This one was one of the best Rebecca York books I’ve read! I do like all of her stories, but her language has been dated before. This one was very current in it’s language; bumping it up a star.

Elana is from San Marcos & is a smart techie at S&D… She is extorted to help her brother & works with Shane’s security company to do it… Sheltered Elana has the hots for Shane right away & is finally devirginized by him. Hmmmm. Not a fan of older virgins losing it to divorced untrusting assholes though. Sooo it goes on and on trying to find the big guy & it is totally solved in a chapter.

I didn’t really like the solve… It seemed like a waste of time & an all for nothing scene, with an “Oh well.” moment! But hey!! And the “Marry me?” “but I’ve done so much you can’t trust” to the “I do trust you” and “Yes, I’ll marry you” I laughed! It was entertaining… Worth the read & way better than the other books I have read!

Books can be read out of order.

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Jul
02

Chains of Darkness by Caris Roan (Men in Chains #2)

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Lucian has woken up bound in chains in a place he doesn’t recognize. Weak from being tortured, beaten and cut to ribbons by a whip, he’s filled with anger and confusion. Why is he here? What do his captors want from him? And just how much does his situation have to do with the beautiful woman in front of him?

Claire doesn’t agree with the way her group has treated Lucian…even though he’s a vampire. Torn by her own conscience, she asks one critical question: will he chain himself to her for his freedom? Her intention is to keep an eye on him, prevent him from harming anyone, and use him in her quest to stop the vampire race from their bloodthirsty acts of destruction. But Claire didn’t expect Lucian’s seductive power, and before she knows it, her captive has captured her own heart and soul.

My Review:

This was my second book by Caris Roan. I think there may be a lot of information needed in the world building found in the first book that I missed. I strongly suggest starting with the first book, so this one will make sense right from the beginning.

If you like the darker side of the vampire life & everyone wanting to kill each other for power, this is for you! It was full of darkness, torture & manipulation. Oh! And sex of course.

At first Claire binds herself to Lucian with the blood chain so Lucian can use her powers & combine with hers so he can escape his father who wants him to join him. Claire needs him to help find her friend. She also has ulterior motives, but she has an instant attraction to him right from the start and thinks it may just be the chains.

This is an original vampire story, although it reminded me a little of Christine Feehan’s Shifter/vampire series. Having underground societies etc. and the joining through blood chains, it seemed the closest to that series.

For me, it was okay, but it was slower paced & confusing at times, because I felt like I was supposed to already “get it” when things were happening & the characters without much flashback.

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Jun
30

Hot Shot by Lynn Raye Harris (Hostile Operations Team #5)

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Cool under pressure… Until now.

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Hostile Operations Team sniper Jack “Hawk” Hunter is cool, methodical, and utterly lethal. Nothing rattles Jack’s calm. But that was before he learned he fathered a child three years ago—a child who has just been kidnapped.
Gina Domenico is a superstar, a pop sensation with a string of hit records. But deep inside, she’s still the lonely girl she’s always been. When Jack saved her from an arms dealer, they spent three unforgettable days together waiting for rescue—and Gina fell hard for the sexy soldier before he walked away forever.
But now she needs his help and she’ll do anything to get it. Though Jack can never forgive Gina for keeping his child from him, he’ll do everything in his power—and HOT’s—to bring their son home safely.
Nothing is what it seems, however, and their fates hang in the balance as someone else pulls the strings…and brings them ever closer to an explosive confrontation that could either save their son—or cost them everything.

My Review:

This  author writes one of those must read black ops series that is as good as Maya Banks & Cindy Gerard! Her own original series meshes perfect, but does not copy or reproduce story lines similar to the other books.

AND YES!! I was up all night reading this book!!

Gina’s baby is kidnapped & she calls Jack to help her get back the son he never knew existed.

A one liner makes this book totally predictable, but it was exciting & nerve racking at times & I couldn’t put it down.

I really like a crazy villain & I think he is… He wants Gina and her son for his own. Too bad so sad, Jack isn’t going to let that happen!

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Jun
28

The Diamond Ring by Primula Bond #3

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Sex. Love. Betrayal. And a very dramatic climax… The Unbreakable Trilogy reaches its unforgettable conclusion. A must-read for fans of erotic romance.

“You don’t know how beautiful you are, Serena. That’s the danger.”

Engaged to be married, life should be blissful for Gustav and Serena. It should be a time of happiness; a time to plan their wedding and their future together.

But the ghosts of Gustav’s past have returned to haunt him, and one in particular casts a dangerous shadow over their relationship.

Margot, Gustav’s bitter and twisted ex-wife, is determined to destroy everything that Gustav holds dear. Starting with Serena…

From the glamour of Paris to the exotic wilds of Morocco, The Diamond Ring will take you on a sensual, sexy journey like no other – with a finale you won’t forget.

 

My Review:

I put off this review for a long time trying to think of something very creative to say & I finally kind of got it, but it’s just out of reach for words…

First, with a name like Primula Bond, I first thought this series would be cheesy as hell… Actually it’s the opposite. This book is a very serious dark erotica novel that is the last of the series. I second guessed everyone & everyone had a motive for everything.

My suggestion is to DEFINITELY start at the first book & then graduate to this one.

Lately every book like this is compared to the  Shades of Grey series, but this one stands alone on merit! It’s  darker & more…gutty??? Is that even a word?… with way MORE guts & obstacles than the Shades of Grey books. This is one you “grow up” to read… instead of following the Gray Groupies…

She is an awesome writer. She can stand on her own & I hope she comes out with more books & more evil bitches to rock worlds…

She is an awesome writer. She can stand on her own & I hope she comes out with more books & more evil bitches to rock worlds…

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Jun
28

Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #6.6)

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Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…

My Review:

This was a great novella adding to Pia & Dragos lives. After a head injury where Dragos cannot remember Pia & Pia being crushed, he reverts to his old personality… WHICH I LOVED!! Most of these characters become all lovey dovey when they mate, which totally changes the personality of the character we fell in love with, so I was glad this changed him back in a sense!!

All Pia has to do now is to get him to remember her and their son!!

All I can say is that it was cute & I loved this one the best next to the first book in the series which was my absolute favorite!!

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Jun
26

A Vampire’s Promise by Carla Susan Smith (Book #1)

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Trust Your Instincts

Rowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie’s Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend’s adventures. But when she meets Gabriel–tall and movie star gorgeous–everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims with secrets she can’t begin to guess at. He ignites a desire in her she never suspected–and shows a fascination with her she can’t explain.

He has no family, no job, no bank account;he knows where she lives and her favorite flower. An aura of mystery cloaks him, even as Rowan grasps for facts, even as she fears an answer that could destroy her happiness. Gabriel can guide her through a wonderland of new sensations. But only if Rowan trusts him enough to follow. . .

My Review:

WARNING!! Written in ‘First Person’ & this is the FIRST book in continuing series with dead stop cliffhangers!

I will complain in a minute about what bugged me, but this author was so good in her writing & this book, that I was totally torn.

Rowan meets Gabriel at a bar… He asks her on a date & during that later date she meets his “friends”. Not until the end of the book does she realize he is a vampire, but it is hinted to, as it is written in first person, so you already know by the blurb that he is, but she doesn’t.

Ha! She’s a virgin too… Working to fix that. He knows things about her she never told. Favorite shake at an place she hasn’t been for years etc. She can’t figure that out… He says they are good guesses.

This book had the eerie vibe that ‘Twilight’ (not the rest of the series) before she knew what Edward was & the “Say it!” line… But this one was darker & more provocative. He even has a cool car!

I wish books would warn you when they are written in first person! I have a hard time with so much inner dialog that the story is almost lost when it’s written that way. I actually think it makes the book a whole lot longer too. Sometimes it works & sometimes it doesn’t.

My problem with the writing in first person started right away for this book. The character description of Rowan was through herself & she described her friend as an eye catcher, skinny & about 5’5′. Rowan says she’s about 4 inches taller & “Not” (her words) skinny. And when she said the “not” I start picturing a 200lb nerd girl & it won’t go away… sorry.

The writing & the actual story were excellent! I was a bit ticked off at the end & finding out it was one of a few in this series. I think there should be a warning there too! Some of us can’t handle without the next book already being written.

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