Dec
03

Hot Blooded: Part 1 by Donna Grant

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The Dark Kings must battle to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior fight his greatest desires?

As a race of shape shifting immortals who had been around since the dawn of time, these men of power and magic can shift into dragon form. For centuries they have ruled over all other creatures. When humans appeared, they protected them until they were betrayed and thousands of dragons were killed. But now a new evil is awakening…and the dragon warriors are being pulled into a war against their will. What they never expected was to find a love so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything they have ever known…

My Review:

There are a few authors who I just absolutely love!! They are on my auto-buy list & I actually go through withdrawls when I am caught up with their series… Donna Grant has the top spot!  She is the most awesome writer & comes up with these original paranormal stories with constantly running themes. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but they do have a dusting of another background story… There is so much I still want to know!!   And GEEZ!! What kind of book actually can make you want to buy whiskey!!  Read the recipe below!!

I bought Jack Fire & Winter Jack after this book!!

Recipe:

HOT SPICE TEA FROM TANG
1 1/3 c. Tang flavor beverage crystals
1/3 c. instant tea
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

 

Mix together well and put in canister. Put 1 teaspoon per cup of hot water.
***Add a shot of Cider flavored Whiskey*** Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack is the BEST!!
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Dec
03

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc., #7)

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New York Times bestselling author Julie Ann Walker continues to thrill readers with her sexy Black Knights, Inc. romantic suspense series. Behind the facade of their tricked-out motorcycle shop is a covert team comprised of the most elite ex-military specialists.
“Edgy, Alpha, and downright hot!” – USA Today Bestselling Author Catherine Mann

She Needs a Hero… Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue… Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved-who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him… for the second time?

My Review:

This is one of those authors you just have to read!! All of her books are so good & full of action. I really liked that this book was about the guy and his sudden realization about loving the woman & her self blame for a mistake she made that in a round about way set off a sequence of events causing her best friend’s and his sister’s death.

I LOOOOVVVEEE This series!!

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Nov
24

Unchained by Caris Roane (Men in Chains #3)

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ABDUCTED

Stalked by a vampire. Stolen in the night. Seduced by a lover. Anthropology student Shayna Prentiss wakes up to find herself trapped in a world she never knew existed—with a man she cannot escape…nor resist.

 ENSLAVED

Drawn to her beauty. Driven by lust. Doomed by his destiny. The vampire Marius knows he must bond with this captivating mortal with hidden powers…or both their races will be destroyed forever.

UNCHAINED

Bound by a blood chain that seals their fates together, Marius and Shayna must stand and fight the ultimate enemy—a madman hell-bent on destruction who will test every ounce of their strength, their power, and their passion. When the final weapon is unleashed, will their love remain unbroken? Or will darkness shatter their chains…for eternity?

 

“Sexy, cool, edgy romantic fantasy…Prepare to be enthralled.”New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian on Ascension

My Review:
This bound thing went way too quick. Like they looked at each other & had to have one another… the constant draw. Then there was that typical push & pull of yes, I want him, no I have to go home.

Marius finds Shayna & drags her with him in this alternate universe/plain and gives her a tour of his fathers constant torture of human women caverns in his cave… Yes, the rape & torture of women is dark, but the description of what was really going on besides passing through & seeing what was happening seemed very light, so it was not a hard to read section. In fact, I found that too light. It didn’t seem as bad as what she wanted us to believe…
This book was pretty good, but it seemed to be lacking some depth. The above description is only one that I am specifically siting. There were a few more areas that seemed shallow, but over all it was ok.

This book only… not her others I read, really reminded me of Christine Feehan, so if you like Caris Roane, you may want to check out Christine Feehan or vice versa….

I will read a few more of these, but it really isn’t one of my autobuy series.

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Nov
24

Twelve Shades of Midnight (A Paranormal Romance Anthology)

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12 authors…12 unforgettable, never-before-released stories

Liliana Hart – THE WITCH NEXT DOOR – They say things good and bad come in threes, and with the blood moon rising over Cauldron’s Hollow, Eloise Goodnight knew change was brewing. As one of the three Goodnight sisters, her destiny didn’t bode well. Love lost then death. So when a strange man enters their tiny village, a man with his own brand of magic, Eloise vows to stay away, but destiny–and her dreams–have other plans. HEAT LEVEL: Full Moon.

Darynda Jones – A LOVELY DROP – A woman who claims she can drop back in time to solve crimes meets a special agent who believes her. Now, the one thing she’s been able to manipulate her whole life is the one thing she needs more of, as she races against time with a special agent hell-bent on saving the world. HEAT LEVEL: Half Moon.

Shea Berkley – DARK SECRETS: STONE COLD DEAD – Death stalks the dark streets of Boston, but even death has enemies…Being a hero is Ryan di Taro’s job. Eradicating the city of vampires and other monsters that hide in the dark is how he got the title. When an unknown woman appears and saves his life and then disappears, he’s not sure if he’s made a friend or enemy. HEAT LEVEL: Quarter Moon.

Dakota Cassidy – WITCHED AT BIRTH – Freshly sprung from witch jail, Winnie Foster just has to fulfill the conditions of her parole and she’s home free. Too bad that parole takes place in Paris. (Texas!) Where she’ll work at a school for the magically inclined. (KIDS!) And be forced to endure the ex who’s one of the very reasons she landed in the pokey to begin with. (GAH!!) Bratty tots, sexy ex, timed showers, creepy dolls, magic restrictions and a GPS with an attitude, all wrapped in a Texas town hotter than the surface of the sun? Oh yeah. No way this could go wrong. HEAT LEVEL: 3/4 Moon.

Claire Cavanaugh – MIDNIGHT RENEGADE – In the first of the new SEAL Team Infinity Series, Navy SEAL Commander Alex “Ice Man” Winters vows to take down those responsible for killing half his team and turning him into a genetically-altered monster. Still, when an assassin strikes near his hideout, Alex can’t leave FBI Special Agent Samantha Gennaro to die…even if her missing father created the serum that altered his DNA. With only once chance to reclaim his humanity, Alex must trust her…even as betrayal stalks them from every turn. HEAT LEVEL: Half Moon.

Rachel Grant – MIDNIGHT SUN – Haunted by an ancient Iñupiat mask, a museum collections specialist breaks every rule to return the artifact to the arctic tribe where it belongs. Only once she reaches the remote Alaskan village, she faces down thieves, murderers, and an arrogant investigator who, snared by the same artifact that’s been plaguing her, invades her dreams and her bed. HEAT LEVEL: 3/4 Moon.

Angi Morgan – BODYGUARDS IN HEELS: HIT AND RUN HALLIE – It’s hard to find the perfect someone when you have special 6th sense abilities. When Hallie Barton leaves the FBI after seeing danger in every New York City jogger, her grandmother encourages her to become a private detective in Dallas, Texas. Grammy is a matchmaking grandmother who just wants her grandchildren to be happy. Opening BODYGUARDS IN HEELS was a logical move to encourage the cousins to work together, but stay close so Grammy can find that perfect someone. HEAT LEVEL: Half Moon.

Trish McCallan – SPIRIT WOODS – When an old flame brings a stray golden retriever into Kaylea’s clinic she’s stunned by its physical resemblance to Max, her childhood companion. But when the dog recognizes her and knows all the tricks she’d taught her Max, a chilling question arises–if this dog really is the beloved family pet she’d buried beneath Spirit Woods’ canopy seventeen years earlier, what else might be making its way home from the grave? HEAT LEVEL: Half Moon.

Robin Perini – DARK GUARDIANS: NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR – Enter the world of the Dark Guardians. His destiny is to destroy all things dark, soulless and evil as a member of the Order of the Jaguar She has been infected with a virus that has changed her from human to something more…and her soul is at risk. Can a man born to kill her find a way to save her–or will he be forced into a choice that will destroy them both? HEAT LEVEL: 3/4 Moon.

Robyn Peterman – SWITCHING HOUR – Released from the pokey and paroled with limited magic is enough to make any witch grumpy. However, if you throw in a recently resurrected cat, a lime-green Kia and a sexy egotistical werewolf, it’s enough to make a gal fly off the edge. Not to mention a mission…with no directions. So here I sit in Asscrack, West Virginia trying to figure out how to complete my mysterious mission before Halloween or get turned into a mortal. The animals in the area are convinced I’m the Shifter Whisperer (whatever the hell that is) and the hotter-then-Satan’s-underpants werewolf thinks I’m his mate. Now apparently I’m slated to save my people? If they think I’m the right witch, they’ve swallowed some bad brew. HEAT LEVEL: Full Moon.

Ann Voss Peterson – THE SCHOOL – All the kids in Lake Loyal, Wisconsin know the abandoned school must be haunted. And when eight-year-old Josh disappears inside, the adults know it too…Josh’s mother, Rachel, will stop at nothing to get her son back. Even if that means going up against supernatural forces, a police chief named Val Ryker, and her sexy next door neighbor, Nate, who isn’t what he appears to be… HEAT LEVEL: Quarter Moon.

Jenn Stark – GETTING WILDE – A magical-artifacts hunter with an uncanny (and occasionally dangerous) gift for Tarot accepts a job she should have refused — to steal the Devil himself — and finds herself embroiled in two battles: an ancient war on magic, and the struggle to resist her wickedly sexy, immortal client. HEAT LEVEL: 3/4 Moon.

My Review:

I kind of like these kinds of books, because I see new to me authos I would otherwise not read. This book did take me forever to get through, because despite the novella length stories, there were SEVERAL of them! This is actually a good thing… I mean, who likes buying a book that you’ll be done with in a day?!? Starbucks, book…? weighing out options… This one is long enough to make it worth it!!

The only things I really didn’t like were the few cliffhangers at the end & the steamy warning s that fell a little short, but that was more of a crack up than anything…

This one is totally worth the read, especially if you want a taste of other authors you may want to follow!! I did add a couple to my list after reading this book!!

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Nov
17

Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken (Dragon Kin #7)

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The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months–and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

My Review:

Yet again G. A. Aiken pulls off another hit novel. Her dragon series started out as single related dragons each with their own piece of the series. With this book, it is obvious that these dragons are all intertwined & even though the story is about a specific couple, it is threaded with the total and complete dysfunction of all the dragons in this huge family, creating chaos & humor & frustration all at the same time.

I really did like this book, but I’m finding that these books & the writing style is now so close to her Shelly Laurenston Pride & Magnus series writing style, that it makes NO sense to me to separate the pen names. Specifically, it is the complete chaos & how the characters try to sneak out to get out of trouble, while throwing each other under the bus. Toss in some romance & funny ass characters… And you get a classic series!!

This book was fun. I love this series as a whole. AND it was long. I didn’t feel rushed, but it was a pretty fast read… The length made it seem like I could take a breath & enjoy the story. I love Elina… She is so hilarious! She is so “in your face” that it was perfect! Celyn was funny from the time he tried to sneak out of the castle after a night of binge drinking. AND I loved him walking in to the jail to pull a starving prisoner out after forgetting about her for months. The story takes off for me from there…

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Nov
12

Walking on Her Grave by Melinda Leigh (Rogue River Novella #4)

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Explosive and exciting to the last page, Walking on Her Grave is the fourth and final thrilling addition to the new romantic suspense series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.

The sleepy town of Solitude, Oregon, has turned into ground zero for a turf war between the manufacturers and distributors of a lethal new drug. When a teenage witness disappears, social worker Carly Taylor must find him before he’s silenced permanently.Rogue County investigator Seth Harding wants to keep Carly, his estranged wife, out of harm’s way, but she refuses to let his concern keep her from doing her job. When one of her young charges vanishes, Carly gets pulled even deeper into the deadly case, and Seth knows he must help her…even if it leads them right into the criminals’ crosshairs.

My Review:

Just letting you know before you start this series, that it REALLY ISN’T a romance. Often publishers bill books as a romance to cross categories to obtain more readers, even if the romance only includes a kiss or dating… Such as this series.

This is a conglomeration of two authors writing a continuing saga in novella form about one mystery. Deaths are happening in this small town, because of the intro of a newly manufactured drug. Each author is writing about a different couple. That said…

I just hate Carly… She’s such a bitch! I’m sorry! It just seems she blames all of the marriage issues on her husband & it all comes down to him being worried about her safety the possibility of her getting hurt doing her job. For her, to make her marriage perfect, Seth is the one who needs to change his job, not her…. and why do they not have some sort of custody thing happening?? It’s just weird.

The mystery itself was VERY good and that story throughout the series kept my attention… It ended perfectly, having the perfect person was the mastermind behind the drug manufacturing & sales.

I wish, I wish, I wish that this story was a little deeper & had some more romance. It would have been a great story!

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Nov
11

Vincent  by D.B. Reynolds (The Vampires in America #8)

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Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.
Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.
Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.
Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

My Review:

Yes!!

This was a great addition to the series, although at the end, you weren’t quite sure what Vincent’s relationship with Lana was!

I do like the darkness in this series & the people who deserve to die normally do! Good riddance! I hate books that have to rationalize the reasons to keep someone alive! I guess that just makes me sadistic! HA!!

Anyway, the plot was built up nicely & although you could guess at what was coming & who was who etc. it wasn’t obvious. Someone else would guess differently.

I didn’t really like Lana and Vincent at first. Both of them seemed to be eye roll characters, but when the darker came out (vampire slaves) & it wasn’t all schmooze… that’s when I changed my mind!! I LOVED it from then on.

GREAT series!! I am so glad I found it!!

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Nov
11

Her Grave Secrets by Kendra Elliot (Rogue River Novella Book #3)

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The third of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, Her Grave Secrets continues a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, with each author alternating writing books in the series.

There are no secrets in a small town—until someone has one worth dying for.Local cop Stevie Taylor and police chief Zane Duncan have startling new proof that a deadly street drug is expanding its poisonous grip on their small town: a skull found on the banks of the Rogue River has two bullet holes in the back. Still caught up in the excitement of their new relationship, Stevie and Zane are determined to track down the drug’s source before more lives in Solitude, Oregon, are lost.

Then one death strikes especially close to home, leading to heartache and confusion for Stevie. As the drug distributers strike hard and the body count in Solitude grows higher, she and Zane must hunt down the deadly killer—but are they the predators, or the prey?

My Review:

Just letting you know before you start this series, that it <b><i>REALLY ISN’T</b></i> a romance. Often publishers bill books as a romance to cross categories to obtain more readers, even if the romance only includes a kiss or dating… Such as this series. That said…

This is a conglomeration of two authors writing a continuing saga in novella form about one mystery. Deaths are happening in this small town, because of the intro of a newly manufactured drug. Each author is writing about a different couple.

This opens with a skull… Answers the one question I had, but more remain.

I did get a little pissed, actually, when there was an insinuation about how deep this relationship between the characters went, but it was brushed over and very shallow! I mean SERIOUSLY?!? That’s it?!? Friends? Ok, I get that, but sleeping together? Pshht! Must have been during the last book, when we weren’t paying attention! I guess, that story continued, but we were reading about that bitch Carly, who is so pissed at her husband just because he is so worried about her, that she left. Even that was
shallow!

It was one small thing, but it set me off good!! I just don’t really want to go on. I just want to skip ahead and see what all the hoopla is about with this drug and why… I have high expectations with my books & I thought I would get a whole lot more, especially when she described the cop & acid scene in the first book! I thought it was going to get dark & deep, but we have an extended story/series almost like Mary Lou Higgins reincarnate! AHHHH!!

I’m seriously not getting the 5 star reviews… but if you like a no brainer beach read, this is the series for you!

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Nov
11

Gone to Her Grave by Melinda Leigh (Rogue River Novella Book #2)

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The second of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, Gone to Her Grave continues a new romantic suspense series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot, with each author alternating writing books in the series.

In Solitude, Oregon, everyone has secrets…and some will kill to keep them.

When she believes a teen is falsely accused of drug dealing, social worker Carly Taylor takes on a high-risk case and her estranged husband—the detective in charge of the investigation—to prove the boy innocent. A deadly new designer drug has taken hold of her small rural hometown of Solitude, Oregon, and Carly is determined to find the real dealer and clear the teen’s name. But the deeper she digs into the case, the more danger she unearths, until someone decides it’s time for Carly to move on…permanently.

Investigator Seth Harding knows he can’t stop his wife when she has a child to protect. But he risks any chance of reconciliation with Carly if he can’t learn to accept her dangerous job. When a drug dealer decides Carly is getting too close, will Seth lose her altogether?

My Review:

Just letting you know before you start this series, that it REALLY ISN’T a romance. Often publishers bill books as a romance to cross categories to obtain more readers, even if the romance only includes a kiss or dating… Such as this series. That said…

This is a conglomeration of two authors writing a continuing saga in novella form about one mystery. Deaths are happening in this small town, because of the intro of a newly manufactured drug. Each author is writing about a different couple.

This particular book is about the other sister, Carly. She’s separated from her husband Seth, because he doesn’t value her job as a social worker. He is constantly worried & wants to keep her safe. If you are used to those Alpha romances… It’s not happening here. You have an angry wife trying to fix a whole bunch of people, and those people are interwoven with the mystery of the new drug seeping into their small town.

Seth & Carly have a 7 year old daughter & I thought the visitation thing was just crap. He only saw his daughter for an evening one night?

It’s really hard to write a review about a novella, because you can give too much away.

This was a good book, and I think if the relationships would have been played out deeper, the books would be a whole lot longer. Character details were really lightly described as well, so I pictured what I pictured whether I was supposed to see who I did or not. I’m kind of getting used to that now.

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Nov
11

On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliot (Rogue River Novella Book #1)

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The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, with each author alternating writing books in the series.

In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.

Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.

In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.

My Review:

Just letting you know before you start this series, that it REALLY ISN’T  a romance. Often publishers bill books as a romance to cross categories to obtain more readers, even if the romance only includes a kiss or dating… Such as this series. That said…

This is a conglomeration of two authors writing a continuing saga in novella form about one mystery. Deaths are happening in this small town, because of the intro of a newly manufactured drug. Each author is writing about a different couple.

This book & the mystery are pretty good. I wish there was more angst as far as this couple goes, but I’m finding that as soon as something tragic happens, it is over and moved on to the next thing… all adding up to the end finally in book 4. The mystery gets deeper & more tragic, but I find that there is very light emotion going through this book, like a mother with a teenage daughter, that she’s afraid will read it some day & she will be embarrassed…

Other than that, the who dunnit, makes me want to read this series all the way through. I keep thinking I know who’s guilty, but they have either died or it turns out obvious it’s not them.

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