Thursday, May 5, 2016

Interview with author Jessie Donovan - Giveaway

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jessie Donovan and I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA with my two cats. I love to travel (on a shoestring) and have even lived abroad for five years in my twenties. I also enjoy reading, photography, hiking, and yoga. I’m a full-time author and loving it.

Q ~ If you could have coffee (or tea) with any author who would it be and what would you ask them? And what would you have?
Hm, this is a hard question. Some authors have social anxiety, so I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable! But I always have tea with milk.

Q ~ How do you think people perceive authors?
I don’t know, really. I interact quite a bit on social media and readers tell me I’m more down to earth than some other authors. But I do know that sometimes people forget authors have feelings and attack them personally. I’ve never understood this as I abide by the rule: Treat others how you wish to be treated.

Q ~ How do you feel about self-publishing?
I love it! I write connected, almost saga-like paranormal romances and that’s something a traditional publisher probably wouldn’t touch (because it requires a long-term commitment and usually you’re contracted for three books at a time). I love the freedom to release when I want, write follow-up novellas when I like, and to have control over my covers.

Q ~ What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
I have too many!

Q ~ What is your favourite genre to read? To write?
My favorites to read are historical and paranormal romances. I used to read a lot of mysteries, too, but haven’t recently. While I only write paranormal right now, I have plans to add science-fiction romance and historical romance to my plate in the future. Possibly even cozy mysteries as well.

Q ~ Are there any new (or new to you) Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
I don’t have as much time to read as I used to, so most of the books are from authors I follow. I do have a few cozy mysteries from new authors I want to tackle, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to them.

Q ~ How did you begin writing? Was there a single catalyst or a series of events?
I’ve been writing since I was a child. My best friend and I had “story wars” in junior high school and I wrote anime fanfiction as an undergrad at university. I didn’t become serious about writing and trying to be published until about 2009. Four years later, I published my first book.

Q ~ Do you have any writing rituals that you follow? What is your go-to snack while writing?
I have a very structured schedule and write five days a week, Monday through Friday. I have to write in 25 minutes sprints, with small breaks in between. Just writing when I feel like it means nothing will get done! I also try not to snack. I drink a lot of water and tea, though.

Q ~ Do you prefer to write in a small town or big city setting? Why?
It really depends on the story. I have books set in both.

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about developing the different worlds for your dragon shifter series? What about your other shifters?

I have a degree in Social Anthropology, which is basically the study of culture. Because of this, I try to think about all of the little aspects of my made-up societies. But just like if someone were studying my culture, I reveal them bit by bit. The longer you’re in the world/culture, the more you learn.

Q ~ Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release and what inspired you to write it?
My latest release was Flare of Promise, the fourth book in my Asylums for Magical Threats series, and it deals with elemental magic and other unique magical abilities. I set up the story back in 2014 in book three. However, it was delayed for nearly two years to focus on the series that pays my bills. J I usually set up future stories in whatever I’m writing at the time.

Q ~ What is your favourite part or scene in the novel?
I love when I get to write the happy endings. But I also enjoy any scene with banter and heated arguments, too.

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about the process that went behind the cover artwork for this novel?
All of my covers are done by the same artist. I fill out a detailed questionnaire, she gives me a mock-up, and I suggest any tweaks. Nine times out of ten she has it pretty much done with the first go. It really shows that we’ve been working together for two years now, I think.

Q ~ What is your process for choosing character names?
I find most of them on since most of my books are set in the UK. For the others, they usually just come to me or I surf names from the Social Security database for the decade they were born. (You can look it up there by year or decade. It’s pretty cool!)

Q ~ If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters (from any novel you’ve written) who would you choose and why?
Oh, dear. This is hard. As of today, I’d probably pick Rafe Hartley from the soon-to-be published Surrendering to the Dragon. He likes to tease and would definitely keep me on my toes. Finlay Stewart, from Healed by the Dragon, would be a close second.

Q ~ You’ve written works outside of this series as well. For you, do they compare to one another? Do you have a favourite or do they all stand out in their own way?
Each series is a little different. My favorite series to write is probably Lochguard Highland Dragons right now because everyone is crazy, funny, and over the top. The most difficult to write is the AMT series because it’s paranormal romantic suspense and keeping the reader on their toes takes a lot of work!

Q ~ What are you working on next? Care to give us a hint or a sneak peek?
I’m in the editing process for Surrendering to the Dragon and am about two chapters into The Dragon’s Heart. Since I’m a perfectionist, I’m not sure I want to share an excerpt that could potentially have mistakes in it, lol.

Q ~ Do you have any conferences/book signings/events coming up?
Unfortunately, no. I rarely do them because they take away time from writing.

Q ~ If you could give aspiring authors one piece of advice, what would it be?
Read a lot and write a lot. I wrote an entire novel that will never see the light of day (in addition to many short stories) before I published my first book. Don’t publish too early, but also don’t put it off for too long.

About the author:

Jessie Donovan wrote her first story at age five, and after discovering the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey in junior high, realized that people actually wanted to read stories like those floating around inside her head. From there on out, she was determined to tap into her over-active imagination and write a book someday.

After living abroad for five years and earning degrees in Japanese, Anthropology, and Secondary Education, she buckled down and finally wrote her first full-length book. While that story will never see the light of day, it laid the world-building groundwork of what would become her debut paranormal romance, Blaze of Secrets. In late 2014, she officially became a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Jessie loves to interact with readers. When not reading or traipsing around some foreign country on a shoestring, she can often be found on Facebook.

And now, enter to win in this giveaway where 
1 lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of The Dragon Guardian
& 1 lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Sacrificed to the Dragon
Contest is open internationally, where applicable by law. 
Entries close at 11:59pm May 13/15. 
Winners will be drawn May 14/15. 
Winners will be notified via email to the email provided to the giveaway and will have 72h to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.

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Viper's Defiant Mate & River's Run by S.E. Smith

Title:  Viper's Defiant Mate
Series:  Sarafin Warriors #2
Author:  S.E. Smith
Publication Date: May 26/15
Length:  280pgs
Genre:  SciFi Romance
Shelf:  own
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Prince Viper d’Rojah, a warrior from the Sarafin cat shifter species, is not happy when he is sent on a special mission by his older brother Vox, King of the Sarafin. The mission is to deliver important documents to the human authorities before kidnapping the sister and grandmother of Vox’s mate, Riley. He has handled tougher assignments in his sleep and just wants to get back to finding the traitors trying to kill him and his family!

Tina St. Claire was finally happy with her life until her big sister, Riley, suddenly disappeared. Even Grandma Pearl suspected that Riley’s ex-employer was hiding something. Determined to find Riley, Tina’s research unwittingly leads the danger to her and Grandma Pearl. The unexpected arrival of a strange man causes things to go from bad to worse when he gives her and Grandma Pearl a packet of material he claims is from Riley.

Riley had warned Viper that neither her sister nor Grandma Pearl would willingly come with him. Viper could care less whether the females wanted to come or not, he had never failed a mission and wasn’t about to start now.

Viper soon discovers this mission has turned into the most important one of his life when both he and his cat recognize that Tina is their mate. Now, he has to keep Tina and her gun toting Grandmother alive. The question is, who is going to save him when both women discover his plans to kidnap them?

My Review:

This novel has it all. Danger & suspense, heartache and redemption, out of this world adventure, and above all, love & sizzling chemistry! Smith’s vivacious characters are set off by her fun and adventurous writing style. She develops the world at hand in an exciting manner that allows you to experience it, rather than just reading about it. All throughout the pace of the plot never lets up, drawing readers completely out of this world.

Viper was one bitter and antagonistic dude. I loved seeing the scrapes that he got himself into. At the same time he was quite caring and fun. It was a unique mix that really made him stand out. Paired with Tina’s quiet persona that erupts into a flurry of action when a loved one is threatened this was quite the tale. And you can’t forget Pearl. I loved hearing about her in CHOOSING RILEY, but getting to know her was even more fun.

This novel was a pure pleasure to read. It easily stands out on its own among Smith’s work, while also tying in not only to this series, but into the entire cosmos that she’s created.

Title:  River's Run
Series:  Lords of Kassis #1
Author:  S.E. Smith
Publication Date:  March 23/12
Length:  209pgs
Genre:  SciFi Romance
Shelf:  Own
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

River Knight was looking forward to a peaceful vacation in the mountains with her two best friends, Jo and Star, sisters of the heart. When she travels up into the mountains of North Carolina to the cabin Star has rented for them she is shocked when she finds the two sisters being abducted. Following them, she discovers their abductors are anything but human.

Sneaking aboard the shuttle in an attempt to rescue them she finds herself on an unplanned vacation to the stars. In desperation, River makes a deal with the leader of another alien race who had also been captured – she’ll release them if they promise to return the three girls to their home.

Torak Ja Kel Coradon, Leader of the House of Kassis and next ruler of the Kassis Galaxy, has other plans when he sees the blue-eyed warrior woman. He plans on claiming her for himself and the only home he has plans on her returning too is his.

The three women are believed to be the Prophesized warriors sent to join forces to bring peace to the House of Kassis. Worlds collide when the male dominated world meets three circus performers who use their talents to fight for those they love.

When an assassin threatens Torak’s life, River has to show him even a circus performer can be a warrior when challenged. The biggest challenge is to Torak’s mind as he discovers women from other galaxies are more than they seem.

Can their love overcome the chasm of a few million light years or will an assassin end it all?

My Review:

What could be better than a fast paced, action packed, suspense driven adventure in space? Ass some fierce circus performers and enough chemistry to overheat your ereader and you have it!

I love this new race. They are so much fun and so complex. The society is well developed and you get to see a lot about the ruling family. It makes for a fantastic backdrop to the unique tale that Smith develops. The pace never lets up throughout, yet I never felt as if we were racing forward. Vibrant descriptions bring the world to life as readers get drawn into the battle of a lifetime.

Fierce loyalty is a common thread among all of the major characters in this novel. Smith develops each character as an individual while also showing the clash of cultures and of classes. This was definitely a unique cast of characters. I love how River & Torak really stood out as well. They were both such vibrant individuals. Torak was strong and caring, with just enough arrogance to make life difficult at times. I fell for him from the get go. River’s strength in the face of everything that comes at her was fantastic. At the same time, her heart was so big that I simply wanted to get to know her better.

This novel is the perfect start for this series. It was a brilliant read on its own and has me dying to read more.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Reaching Angelica by Peter Riva & author Guest Post

Humor in Literature by Peter Riva

One of the elements in the Tag series is humor – humor that I feel needs to pepper the reality they are all going through. Of course, it helps that Simon Bank is a reluctant hero who never takes himself too seriously (he does think he can save the day – such ego! – but usually comes to realize that mistake).

In the Tag series book Two I introduce my favorite character, Zip the dog. I won’t spoil it, but Zip usually has the most on-target dialogue. And certainly he does not suffer fools lightly, especially our “hero.” Cramer, on the other hand, has a heart of gold mixed with steel, so Zip understands the pecking order pretty well. But who is in charge? Cramer comes to realize he doesn’t need to be, he just has to be useful for who he is. But Zip always knew that beforehand, of course.

And of course I introduce sex but only insofar as the reader needs to know it is possible and, especially in Bank’s case, with some consternation as he is somewhat surprised that anyone should want to (he’s not quite an adult yet – mentally, sure, but a teen body he’s not used to). And that makes a funny moment when Simon pushed Aten and Cramer together in the shower room, ahem… ‘nuff said.

One of the things in Reaching Angelica is that the book skates around the question of God or a Creator. I say skates around but that’s perhaps not really true. Like many primitive Earth cultures, the notion of a creator is an Entity or Entities that basically can mold time/space as they want. To that I add dimension(s) and minions (in the form of Gaia) – is this God? Could this be a dissection of religion? I think not as the brush stroke is too non-specific and meant to be. My goal was not to dissuade anyone’s belief, but to open up the infinite as every religion is built upon.

About the author:

Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.

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Title:  Reaching Angelica
Series:  Tag #2
Author:  Peter Riva
Publication Date:  February 2/16 by Yucca Publishing
Length:  340pgs
Genre:  SciFi
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

In a massive spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis crew including Zip the telepathic dog, his old friendly nemesis Cramer, and a computer being name Ra (now inhabiting a human form and calling herself Aten), Simon Bank emerges from a hundred-year coma and is hailed as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced to try and solve the entire enigma of the universe—a small undertaking—before the spaceship, his friends, and all life on Earth are swatted out of existence by super beings he has accidentally awakened.

Simon’s only hope is to plunge into other dimensions with his mind—into the secrets of the universe’s pan-dimensions—as only he knows how. The fate of all life hangs in the balance as he struggles to prove himself worthy of the Path and the absolute trust his friends place in him. Simon knows all too well that if he fails there is no hope—none at all—for anyone and that includes his best friend, an artificial intelligence computer called Apollo, which he sadly left behind. Besides, Zip would not be pleased, either.

For fans of cyberpunk and classic science fiction, Reaching Angelica is the second book in Peter Riva’s Tag series, the comic, thrilling, and continuing saga of Simon Bank—ex–master system computer wrangler and very unlikely savior of the universe.

My Review:

With REACHING ANGELICA, Riva returns to the world of THE PATH with the same flair that we’ve come to expect from him. This fast paced novel was well-developed and written. I enjoyed the mix of mythology with reality and science fiction. All together it created a whole that kept me on my toes while keeping my imagination completely engaged.

Vibrant characters fill this out of this world tale. They were a blast to get to know. Both returning and new characters were well developed allowing readers to enter the series here or to engage with them as they return to the world that Riva has created.

This was a fun & engaging story. Riva kept the pace up from page to page as the characters capture your heart.

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Ha'ven's Song & Twin Dragons by S.E. Smith

Title:  Ha'ven's Song
Series:  Curizan Warriors #1
Author:  S.E. Smith
Publication Date:  November 21/13
Length:  309pgs
Genre:  SciFi Romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Ha’ven Ha’darra is the Crown Prince of the Curizans, an advanced species known for their technology. They may not have the power to shift like the Valdier or the Sarafin but they have hidden powers of their own that they closely guard. Not even his best friends, Creon Reykill of the Valdier or Vox d’Rojah of the Sarafin, are aware of the powers he holds within his deadly frame.

Ha’ven is happy to help out his Valdier friend when he calls. There are only two things that satisfy the restlessness inside him – a good fight and an even better evening with a hot, willing female. He has no desire to settle down like his two friends have. He enjoys having his freedom and the wide sample of females at his disposal.

All of that changes when he catches a glimpse of the delicate beauty who looks through him as if he doesn’t even exist. His blood calls to her, his magic aches to meld with hers, but she blocks his every advance.

Emma Watson’s life was perfect. Her love for music and dance let her escape the overwhelming shyness that she suffered from all her life. When she is invited to travel with a group to promote music and dance for children in South America, she believes it is the perfect chance to discover who she can really be. Everything changes when she is kidnapped by a powerful drug lord. Beaten and forced to watch the torture and murder of other women, she withdraws into the world she feels safest – the one inside herself.

When she is rescued by creatures not of this world, they heal her physical wounds but cannot touch the ones deep inside her. She has given up on ever returning to her world and has little hope for the future. That is why she does not understand why one aggravating male suddenly won’t leave her alone. She wants nothing to do with men! They cause nothing but heartache and pain. She had been on the receiving end of their fists often enough to know that! Why would she want one that could crush her with one hand?

No woman has ever turned Ha’ven Ha’darra down and he isn’t about to accept his mate doing it. He will show her that not all men are the same, even if he has to kidnap her and take her to his world to do it. He plans to show her the power she has hidden deep inside her and open her heart to the love he has in his.

Now, he just has a few extra problems to overcome. Her Valdier protectors have given him six months to change her mind about wanting to return to them, a traitor is trying to kill them both, and they have crashed on a remote moon.

Can he unlock her magic in time to save their love or will the traitor, determined to kill them, destroy her before he can?

My Review:

What an introduction to this series! Smith balances action with romance and all the steamy encounters you could desire. It’s the perfect SciFi story – enough realism to make it plausible and the intergalactic adventure of a lifetime. I loved the way that the backstory is all pulled together. It was fascinating, simultaneously building the world, introducing readers to an entirely new culture and civilization, while also forming a connection with the characters. Smith’s indepth and fascinating world building had me wanting to travel to Curizan posthaste. I loved getting to know the Curizan powers and what they involve. The mix of magic and technology was fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed the myths surrounding the Goddess and how they play into everyday life.

I loved the deeper look at Ha’ven’s character throughout the novel. He’s both complex and completely straightforward. The way that Ha’ven’s powers were developed made them so very real for me. I loved seeing Emma’s growth and recovery. Not only were these two a fun pair to get to know, but I felt emotionally connected to them from the get-go.

Ha’ven’s Song might just be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced. And I’ll admit, it’s left me dying for Adalard’s story. He’s almost as much fun as the main characters.

Title:  Twin Dragons
Series:  The Dragon Lords of Valdier #7
Author:  S.E. Smith
Publication Date:  September 16/14
Length:  390pgs
Genre:  SciFi Romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Melina Franklin was barely sixteen when she and her grandfather were kidnapped from their small farm in Georgia by an alien trader and sold to an Antrox mining asteroid in deep space. Mistaken for a young boy, she lives in fear of being found out and sold. Her only companionship for the next four years is her grandfather and the Pactors, the large creatures used for hauling the mining ore, that she takes care of. She dreams of the day when she and her grandfather will somehow escape and return home to the rolling green hills of their farm.

Calo and Cree Aryeh have been secured as the personal guards for Creon Reykill’s mate, Carmen Walker. The twin brothers are a rare species of dragon known for their fierceness in battle. Born to the mystic dragon clan of the Northern Mountains, they have given their allegiance to the Dragon Lords vowing to serve and protect the royal family and their new true mates. The brothers know they will never be able to have a true mate of their own. Never in the history of their clan have twin dragons been able to find a mate capable of handling two male dragons. They can only hope that they die in battle so they are not destined to be caged when the loneliness eventually drives their dragons insane.

The twin dragons are confused when two humans are discovered on an abandoned asteroid mine. The old man and his grandson appear normal enough, but their dragons and their symbiots are driving them crazy, insisting the boy is their true mate. Neither knows how to handle the other two parts of themselves or their need to remain close to the boy. On top of that, the young human male refuses to have anything to do with either of them. He hides and avoids them every time they get near him.

Things become clearer when they discover Mel is really Melina. Unfortunately, finding out their true mate is really a woman does little to change her feelings toward them. She is even more determined to return to her world. When her wish comes true, the brothers know they have no choice but to kidnap her and hide her away. Can they convince her to give them a chance at happiness or will she seek protection from the royal family they have vowed to serve? If that is not bad enough, there is another who has his eye on their mate and will do whatever is necessary to keep her – including killing the twin dragons who have claimed her first.

My Review:

This story was fantastic. Smith had me crying one moment and rolling on the floor laughing with the turn of a page. The writing was vibrant and fun, while also eloquent and easy to follow. The plot has it all: love, loss, danger, adventure, and enough chemistry to make your pages sizzle. This is all set in a well-developed world that I don’t simply enjoy reading about, but that I’m dying to move to.

I simply couldn’t imagine being a Valdier twin. I couldn’t picture living assuming that I had a death sentence over my head simply for being born. And then to find out that your only possible salvation is something that you can’t quite wrap your mind around? Fate was definitely playing with Cree and Calo here. And Aikaterina’s admission that she may have overlooked something? Yeah, that made her an even better goddess in my books. Top this all of with Mel’s winning personality and her internal struggle between what she feels she should do and what she needs for herself and you have a cast of characters you simply won’t be able to get enough of.

Smith has once again created a completely unforgettable tale. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys shifters, SciFi, or just some good old romance.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas

Title:  Lone Heart Pass
Series:  Ransom Canyon #3
Author:  Jodi Thomas
Publication Date:  April 26/16 by HQN Books
Length:  352pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Where family bonds are made and broken, and where young love sparks as old flames grow dim, Ransom Canyon is ready to welcome—and shelter—those who need it

With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she's inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she's forced to hire are all she's got.

Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he's been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.

My Review:

This was a heartfelt tale full of hope & second chances. I loved how Thomas drew me into her world, creating a connection with both the land and the characters. The intricate manner in which she told her tale allowed me to see everything in a much bigger picture. At the same time, the focus remained on the characters at hand. The gradual progression of the tale really gave a sense of realism and of the everyday to it.

The characters that Thomas created fit very well with the tale. I enjoyed how everyone filled their role without remaining restricted to it. The multidimensional development of both the main and secondary characters was fantastic.

This was a great addition to Thomas’ series. I enjoyed every moment together and how it came together as a seamless whole. I’d recommend it to those who enjoy small town romance done right.

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Cut to the Chase by Layla Nash

Title:  Cut to the Chase
Series:  City Shifters:  The Pride #4
Author:  Layla Nash
Publication Date:  October 21/15
Length:  148pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Ruby O'Shea gives the orders in her pack. And when a rival alpha propositions her with a marriage of convenience at the cost of her power, she rejects him. Happily ever after might not be in her cards, but she refuses to give up her power, her pack, and everything else she's worked for. Unfortunately, the other alpha doesn't take rejection well, and prepares to destroy Ruby and her pack.

Carter Chase knows Ruby is his mate, and he'd do anything for her. Except she's practically allergic to asking for help of any kind. Ruby willingly submits in his bedroom, but in public she pretends there's nothing between them. Carter's lion is ready to tear the city apart to prove their devotion, but when Ruby thinks he interferes with the rival wolf pack, she walks away for good.

Ruby knows she's meant to be with Carter. She aches for him. But she's worked her entire life to be alpha, and she won't give that up. Even for true love. Can she relinquish enough control, and trust him enough, to cut to the chase and find their happily ever after?

My Review:

What a fun & exciting look at the life of city shifters. Nash has developed some interesting dynamics between the different shifter groups in this novel. Each stands on its own yet the entire shifter community still comes together as one at times. This creates an intriguing backdrop for the plot that Nash brings forward. Her vibrant descriptions bring things to life as the spicy yet difficult relationship between the main characters blossoms.

I loved the dynamic between the main characters in this novel. It was such an ever-changing thing that you could really feel the realism on top. Powerplay and equality both play an important role. The supporting characters were also a lot of fun to get to know. This is one of those novels that can easily be read on its own but for the full context on all of the supporting characters and their pasts, the previous novels in the series would come in handy.

As a whole, this was a very enjoyable read. It has definitely sparked my interest in this series & this author’s work at large.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Claiming Trinity by Kali Willows

Title:  Claiming Trinity
Series:  Wiccan Haus #14
Author:  Kali Willows
Publication Date:  May 6/16 by Decadent Publishing
Length:  204pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Tears of blood…
Trinity is the last of her bloodline and cursed with a bizarre ability for a banshee. Living a mundane façade, and using her empathic gifts, she becomes a psychologist who helps her clients work through their own grief—or at least she does until her life takes a sinister twist. Soon after the murder of her uncle, her traumatic past comes back to haunt her. An unexpected offer of help comes from the Rowan siblings when she receives a ticket to the Wiccan Haus for a much needed retreat, along with some sizzling adventure she doesn’t bank on. The evil that stalks her has bigger plans than anyone on the island realizes.

Two heroes with a dark past…
Arawn, an Immortal, rises up against his namesake and abdicates his throne to the Underworld. Conflicted between his lineage of war and vengeance and his desire to protect those in need, he serves on the Para Elite Forces. Kane, a tortured soul with a profound fear of showing anyone his gargoyle form, is forever indebted to his best friend. They attend the Wiccan Haus for additional security training, but an unexpected run-in with a voluptuous white-haired beauty brings about a change of assignment—and sleeping quarters. How will they maintain the safety and wellbeing of this mystifying woman from looming threats, while battling their deep-seated desire for her?

Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus. Where the staff have some unusual quirks and the herbal tea is sometimes more than you bargain for. The proprietors always do their best to make the resort a place of healing and peace. It’s also a place some never want to leave!

My Review:

I love the way that Willows writes emotions. They’re so real and vibrant yet belong completely to the character in question. Add this to the suspenseful plot that kept me on the edge of my seat and you’ll find a novel that just won’t let you go! I was frightened for Trinity throughout. Willows brought the tale to life in such a manner that I was drawn deep into the world that she has developed. I was on the edge of my seat throughout.

Willows has filled this novel with genuine characters with real emotions. All three of the main characters were unforgettable. It was a lot of fun getting to know them in their individual roles as well as when they were part of this fantastic trio. Top these three off with exquisitely vibrant bedroom scenes that set the pages aflame and you won’t be able to put this one down. She has created a ménage that’s fun! One where all the characters are still individuals and there’s a real relationship that’s about more than just sex.

This may have been my first trip to the Wiccan Haus but it most assuredly won’t be my last.

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Cover Reveal - Kaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden

Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin's past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

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Ebook Release: May 16, 2016
Print Release: July 15, 2016
Audiobook Release: TBA

About the author:

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she's a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jezebel's Wish by AJ Nuest

Title:  Jezebel's Wish
Author:  AJ Nuest
Publication Date:  April 12/16 by Mystical Press
Length:  268pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel arrives at Redemption Ranch in an attempt to escape her past…except now she's stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he's completely obnoxious, and knows how to push every single one of her buttons. Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to face-off with the most frustrating person she’s ever met, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet. Even one with disturbing blue eyes.

My Review:

You can’t go wrong with a novel by AJ Nuest, & this one is no exception. From tearful moments to heartfelt emotions and some belly rolling laughs this one has it all. The tale is emotionally poignant. It packed a real punch, pulling at my heart each moment. At the same time, Nuest’s vibrant writing shines through, bringing forward the seamless plot that felt so real that I experienced it alongside the characters.

Jezzy grabbed my attention from the get go with this one. Her past broke my heart while the individual that she is today was someone that I truly enjoyed getting to know. I love the mix of strong hero and emotionally attentive man in Matthias. He was the perfect mix to help Jezzy stand on her own again, while also being an unforgettable character all on his own.

This is a fantastic novel that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone. But I will warn you, grab a box of tissues (or two) before you start. You’re gonna need them.

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Beauty and the Beasts & The Badger CIty Gang by Reece Butler

Title:  Beauty and the Beasts
Series:  Bride Train #6
Author:  Reece Butler
Publication Date:  May 9/12 by Siren Publishing
Length:  308pgs
Genre:  historical menage
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Betrayed by men who said they loved her, Sarah Unsworth is determined to stay single, operate her bakery, and share her life with her cat. Unfortunately, the three men of the Circle C ranch arouse her, causing erotic fantasies and a craving for the orgasms she knows they can provide. Luke Frost, raised in an emotionless society of wealth and prestige, requires a wife to produce sons as he's the last of his line. Sarah refuses his proposals though is delighted to take his partners, Oscar Cutler and Gabe Downey, as lovers. It takes time, but Luke realizes his cold, businesslike behavior is what keeps Sarah away. Not wanting to leave the Circle C, Sarah faces her fears and agrees to marry Luke if he can prove he loves her and will never betray her. But to do so he must face his deepest fears…

Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among the men. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

My Review:

There`s something about Luke that just intrigued me from the get-go. I`ve been dying for this story since we first met him earlier in the series. He definitely didn`t disappoint me here, in fact, he blew me out of the water. He is the perfect combination of awesome and arrogant snob. I couldn`t get enough of him, even when I was cursing him for not simply being honest with Sarah (or for her not telling Luke the whole truth either). Their lives would have been so much simpler yet it wouldn`t have been half the story that this one was. Sarah`s inner strength was the most promising thing that I`ve seen in a long while. What she came through and how she stands on her own were inspiring, even though they were very troublesome. Pitted against Luke`s arrogance the tension that arises was something that I couldn`t look away from. And let`s not forget the other 2 leading men, who were just as fascinating. Gabe`s insecurities and assumption of rejection drew me to him. His shy, caring nature was in direct opposition to Oz`s constant outrageousness. These three men were vastly different from one another yet worked together seamlessly towards their goal. I enjoyed the contrast between the scarred outer appearances of these there with their true inner caring natures. Also, the symbolic connection between the acceptance of their outer scars and the not yet healed inner ones was breathtaking.

The dynamic relationship between all four of these bewitching characters really made the story for me. This was a very character driven novel who`s individuals really drew me to them. I love how the scenes may be something straight out of your deepest fantasy, I never had to stop and question if something was actually possible. Everything remained so real. I enjoyed every minute of it. Butler`s usual sassy heroines stand out in a highly erotic and wildly captivating tale that is about so much more than simply a marriage.

I think that I`m seriously addicted to this series. This novel is no exception to that. I`d definitely recommend it to others.

Title:  The Badger City Gang
Series:  Bride Train #7
Author:  Reece Butler
Publication Date:  August 21/12 by Siren Publishing
Length:  233pgs
Genre:  historical menage
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Craving the respect given to ranch owners, the three McInnes men will do anything to gain the Running W. Five years of long hours will pay off the debt to Walt and prove they’re nothing like their uncle, the Badger City Gang leader. Desperate for a wife, Zach uses his uncle’s skills to kidnap a willing woman from the Bride Train. Kate Mason’s almost more than they can handle, full of adventure and a wild spirit. But, after their mother’s deceit, can they trust Kate’s words? Kate wants Zach, Rusty, and Gideon, in bed and out, but insists on a husband accepting her as she is while loving her deeply. If not, she’ll keep her freedom. Then Walt offers them a devil’s bargain—his wealthy daughter and the ranch free and clear, or take Kate and leave Tanner’s Ford forever. Will they choose the woman they love, or the ranch and respectability? 

Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings. 

** A Siren Erotic Romance

My Review:

Boy did I ever have fun with this one! The plot was a riot and the characters were a blast to get to know. I loved the variety of personalities that we meet and how they all focus on what’s best for the others, without losing sight of what they want for themselves in the mix. The sizzling relationship is part of what makes these characters who they are, but there’s so much more to it than that. Butler takes the time to build a true relationship between them all. Add in some suspense and danger and you won’t be able to stop thinking about the steaming story.

Once again Butler has created a tale that sizzles while also allowing you to connect with the characters. It was a fun story that took me into the past and allowed me to fully experience a life very different from my own.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Guest Post with author Lynn Crandall

Unstoppable Survivors by Lynn Crandall

Thank you the opportunity to visit your lovely blog and talk about my latest release.

Unstoppable, Book 5 in my Fierce Hearts series, brings a conclusion to the story of the were-lynxes who have inhabited my life for more than a year and a half. From Secrets to Cravings, Heartfelt, Probabilities, and now Unstoppable, the stories have put the colony of were-cats in position to face a variety of dangers. While finding their true loves, the lynxes have battled The Nexus Group, a group of powerful and influential individuals determined to destroy them, over and over, trying to preserve for themselves and the humans the world they know. Throughout all the threats of death and discovery, the were-lynxes have proven themselves survivors.

We all admire survivors. I think one reason is because even the Polyannas among us understand that life, though beautiful, is hard. It’s unpredictable. Sometimes it feels as though there is no ground to stand on. No one to help us. Some of us cave under duress and some of us persevere.

Living among humans, the were-lynx colony members must blend. They know that humans believe anything “different” is bad, a threat to human survival, so the were-cats live under the stress of keeping their true identities secret. Although they have keen senses and preternatural abilities, they still struggle like humans with personal wounding and day-to-day living. Together they form a family of sorts, and in their bonds, they find strength and help. Even so, they get hurt, they suffer loss, and they feel helpless to eliminate The Nexus Group.

In Unstoppable, beautiful and smart heroine Lara Monroe is brought face to face with a painful past in which she was molested. Though powerful, sexy hero Booker Chase is broken inside as a result of his stint in Afghanistan. But as survivors, Lara and Booker tap into their abilities and tackle their problems with elegance, remaining true to their ideals in the face of horrors created by TNG.

But just as the other members of the colony, Lara and Booker have much to live for. They find strength in themselves to face the pain and seek healing. To believe in a better life, and let hope guide them. They don’t give up and they don’t stop trying until they get their happy ending.

It’s what survivors do.

About the Author:

Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don't back down.

About Unstoppable:

Reeling from the recent Project Powering battle with the evil Nexus Group, were-lynx and veterinarian Lara Monroe struggles with thwarting the group’s plans to eliminate her colony while dealing with her own traumatic past. Still, when her fellow colony cat—and secret crush—Booker Chase needs help, she’s willing to use her special healing touch to help him survive his emotional hell.

A formidable were-lynx and a physician, Booker has his hands full helping patients who were seriously injured in the battle. But nothing can repair his soul, broken from the loss of his wife and the PTSD from his service in Afghanistan … or can it? Now that his good friend Lara is standing by him in his emotional struggles, he’s finding there is more to their connection than he realized. But dare he open his heart?

In the epic conclusion of the Fierce Hearts series, the colony takes its biggest risk of all to shut down the Nexus Group forever—will Lara and Booker survive to take their second chance at love?

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Choosing Riley & Paul's Pursuit by S.E. Smith

Title:  Choosing Riley
Series:  Sarafin Warriors #1
Author:  S.E. Smith
Publication Date:  March 13/13
Length:  266pgs
Genre:  SciFi Romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Riley St. Claire has always followed her own rules. When she discovers her current employer is not as law abiding as she thought, she has to leave town in a hurry or end up buried with the dead guy she discovered. What she doesn't expect is to find herself being picked up by a passing trader from another world.

As the ruling King of Sarafin, Vox d’Rojah, was expected to produce a son who would be joined in marriage with the first born daughter of the King of Valdier. The problem was Vox had no intentions of having any sons, at least not in the near future. He was quite happy with the wide selection of females he had at his disposal. When he is captured by a ruthless Valdier royal and sold to a mining operation the last thing he expected to find with his bride mate.

Vox isn't sure which would be easier: fighting another war with the Valdier or capturing and holding onto the human female who is unlike anything he has ever encountered before.

Now, Vox has to escape back to his world while fighting pirates, traders, and Riley!

The King of Sarafin has met his match with Ms. Riley St. Claire from Earth. Now, he just needs to figure out a way to let her know he has chosen her as his Queen and he has every intention of keeping her by his side forever.

Author's Note: This series will follow along with the Dragon Lord series as it is based on the species they had fought during the Great War and later became friends with. Several of my readers asked me about these characters. Both characters have very vivid personalities.

My Review:

I felt as if I were living this story right alongside the characters.  Smith`s writing is so vivid that everything comes to life with ease.  Getting a look at Sarafin was both beautiful & fascinating.  I liked how the different types of aliens were developed.  Each is so different yet vividly and fully developed, giving you a sense of the universe at large.  The combination of war & intrigue, politics and friendship added an extra layer to this one of a kind romance.  The every forward moving plot was fast paced, keeping me captivated, while also telling a steamy tale of two characters that I really enjoyed.

There was a vast array of not just personalities but also of outlooks on life in this cast of characters.  Riley was a bit over the top at times.  It made her hard to take seriously, but also made the story pricelessly comical.  The way that Vox continually botches everything when around Riley humanized him and made him so much more loveable.  The Riley/Vox dynamic is telling not just of the characters involved, but also of the vastly different cultres that they come from. 

This novel was a great start to Smith’s Sarafin series.  I enjoyed reading it on its own and also the way that it ties back in to some of her other series, showing just how vast yet small the universe really is.

Title:  Paul's Pursuit
Series:  Dragon Lords of Valdier #6
Author:  S.E. Smith
Publication Date:  June 14/13
Length:  339pgs
Genre:  SciFi Romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★+
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Back Cover Blurb:

Paul Grove loves two things in the world more than anything else: his daughter, Trisha, and roaming the mountains and forests of Wyoming. One he would kill for, the other is who he is. He has spent his life devoted to his ‘little’ girl, even though she isn’t so little anymore. When she disappears, he focuses all of his hunting and tracking skills on finding her. The tracks he has found make no sense, the clues left behind unlike any he has ever seen before, and the disappearance of Trisha and her friends a mystery he is determined to solve. When his daughter unexpectedly returns with a warrior from another world, he realizes he has no choice but to return with her to her new home or lose her forever.

Morian Reykill is a High Priestess for the golden symbiots of their world known as The Gods Blood. She is their protector and a member of the Royal House of Valdier. When her first mate is killed she is devastated, for while he was not her true mate, they loved each other very much. She thought to join her mate in the next life but something told her it was not yet her time. She believes it is because of her five sons, all Princes of Valdier devoted to protecting their people and the Hive, the birthplace of the symbiots. When both her sons and her people are threatened, she will do whatever she has to in order to protect them.

Paul Grove finds love in the beautiful alien woman who takes his breath away. For the first time since his wife died when Trisha was a baby, Paul wants someone of his own to hold. When a madman threatens his new family and takes the woman he is determined to claim, he will use all of his skills in hunting, tracking and guerilla warfare to get her safely back by his side.

Morian discovers that the alien male who has claimed her is the true mate she has always hoped of having but thought an impossible dream. Will she be able to save him before a powerful Valdier Royal kills him as he did her first mate or will she lose not only her true mate but her entire family to a man obsessed with gaining control of the Hive and the people of Valdier?
She is willing to sacrifice anything, including her life, to protect them. What she does not know is that Paul is the ultimate predator when his family is in danger. For when he is in pursuit of an enemy, his prey never gets away.

My Review:

Suspense, sizzling romance, and some all-out alpha shifters in space: what more can a gal ask for? I had my heart on my sleeve throughout and tears more than once. At the same time, I laughed and loved alongside the characters and also found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as the suspense ramped up. I liked how certain scenes were shown from different perspectives. I gave me a real sense of the big picture. The connection between Paul telling Trisha that her mother was in the stars and the current story was both ironic and heart wrenching. It also helped to bring Valdier and its culture forward, playing a prominent role in the tale.

I thought that Morian, her dragon, and her symbiot were hilarious. Their banter along with their desires were all very clear. Her history was fascinating. Not only was it her personal history but it was also the history of the royal family. This put a lot into perspective with respect to Raffvin (who was absolutely batty, by the way). I love how Paul became so much more than simply the solid hero we’ve previously known. That’s still there, but by getting to know him so much better you really see how much more there is to this fantastic alpha hero. His resolve and determination to do right by his daughter, even if not in standard terms, was fantastic. His skill had me constantly reassessing him.

Paul and Morian are the perfect couple. The little bit of doubt that they have at the beginning makes it all the more real. I thoroughly enjoyed the twist on dragon fire here. I also appreciated the stilted speech pattern of Paul’s dragon. It really allowed the conversations to stand out while also showing just how young Paul’s dragon really was.

This novel was a real winner from cover to cover. Smith had me crying in the prologue, laughing throughout, and gasping in suspense. This is definitely a must read story for all those who enjoy a good romance with a kick.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Tantric Storm & Terminal Lust by Kali Willows

Title:  Tantric Storm
Series:  1Night Stand
Author:  Kali Willows
Publication Date:  February 12/13 by Decadent Publishing
Length:  50pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Therapist Laura Wellington is eager to end her sexual dry spell. Her skill of helping couples achieve personal happiness is illusive in her own life. Through the services of 1NS, she jets off to a small island in Spain for a spectacular night of mind-blowing pleasure, but her match has a challenge that might make her goal unreachable.

Declan Tempest hasn’t had a climax in years. Not because he can’t, but because he won’t; his dire fear over the consequences of fulfillment deter him. Declan turns to the aid of Madame Eve to create a match that can allow him the satisfaction he desperately needs, despite the challenge he deems a dark curse.

Can the two of them find release while they battle a tantric storm?

My Review:

Wow! Did I ever have fun with this one! Willows has developed a steamy, fast paced read that easily held my attention throughout. The dynamic between the two characters was rewarding. Declan’s issues and reactions are intriguing. His personality is just so real. I love how Laura’s need to help others manifests throughout their time together. I loved the various sneak peeks that we get into both of their lives, and how their 1Night Stand develops through it, leaving me sizzling at the end.

This tale may be little, but it sure packs a punch. It is remarkably intricate considering the short length and is definitely one that I’d suggest to those looking for a quick, one off read with lots of heat.

Title:  Terminal Lust
Series:  1Night Stand
Author:  Kali Willows
Publication Date:  January 11/12 by Decadent Publishing
Length:  41pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Given a death sentence by her doctor, Ambrosia Thatcher is a woman with little time and a single wish; to experience passion once more. Seeking answers to her unbearable paralysis at three thirty three, every single morning, the enlightenment she is offered from the ramblings of a crazy old gypsy holds no solace. The services of 1Night Stand is the only prescription to cure her longing for passion, but will she survive long enough to see it through?

Desmond Jacobs is an immortal haunted by a woman he cannot find. The prospect of eternal seclusion without her has no appeal, so he has a plan. With the aid of his creator, he will to go to sleep, and never wake up again. Despite his determination, he agrees to one last request from his friend; seek the services of 1NS to find another. Which will overpower him first; his hunger for sexual healing or his thirst for blood?

My Review:

Talk about a short story that really packs a punch! From the get go I was feeling for Ambrosia. My heart broke for her. Not only was she facing the unthinkable, but she was doing it alone. Enter Desmond, faced with an even more difficult, but equally long lasting decision. The uniqueness of these two not only made them stand out, but also made them fun to read about. These characters easily found a place in my heart, but Willows didn’t stop there. She also developed heat and passion, as well as a lasting relationship between the main characters, albeit in a bit of a unique fashion.

Simmering heat vies with heartbreaking decision in this quick heat where a 1Night stand has eternal possibilities. It was a fantastic story that I’d definitely recommend to others.

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Sweet Texas Charm by Robyn Neeley

Title:  Sweet Texas Charm
Series:  Sweet Texas Secrets #3
Author:  Robyn Neeley
Publication Date:  April 18/16
Length:  217pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★
Book Links: Amazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play

Back Cover Blurb:

Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.
Grayson Cooper is livid when he learns his father left him a keychain with a strawberry charm rather than ownership of the successful Guac Ole company. He's been groomed for this position since he escaped the factory floor as a teen and joined Jack in the corporate offices. But what good is the CEO title without the stock shares?

College dropout Becca Nash is dumbfounded to learn that she now owns fifty percent voting stock in the company where she's just a line supervisor. The pay bump will help her take care of her mother's nursing home care, but the corporate halls intimidate her - and who wants to hobnob with those snobs anyhow?

Stymied at every turn by her attitude, Grayson goes undercover boss to find out how he can steal back those shares, but surprisingly loses his heart to Becca instead. What he does discover is a secret that could blow apart not only Becca's world but his whole family. With so much hanging in the balance, Grayson must decide whether it's better to follow his head or his heart.

My Review:

Neeley never fails to create sweet romance backed by a tale that will hold your attention. Add some characters that you truly want to read about and you have a definite winner in SWEET TEXAS CHARM.

I love how Neeley’s writing melds with that of the other 2 authors penning novels in this series, while also standing out on its own. Beautiful descriptions combine with the unique, yet well-defined plot, to create a one of a kind read. I found myself fully invested in these characters’ stories. They were both likeable and the type of individuals who stand out. The chemistry between them sizzled at times as they clashed heads.

This was a great conclusion to this trilogy. Neeley has definitely created a novel well worth reading. I’d suggest reading the series in order for the utmost enjoyment, but it’s not strictly necessary.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wolf's Capture & Grizzly Love by Eve Langlais

Title:  Wolf's Capture
Series:  Kodiak Point #4
Author:  Eve Langlais
Publication Date:  January 6/15
Length:  230pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

She might think she’s captured the wolf, but in the end, he’ll take her heart.

Brody is a soldier who misses the excitement of the military and its missions. He retired to work as clan beta in Kodiak Point. Talk about boring, until he’s captured by a foreign enemy.

Him, a prisoner?

Not for long. This wolf will do anything in order to get away–even if it involves seduction.

First step in plotting his escape: pretend interest in a woman. But Layla isn’t just any woman. She’s special.

Not human. Not shifter. He doesn’t know what this exotic lady is other than his.

A prisoner for years, Layla isn’t sure what to make of the enemy who shares a cell with her. He promises her hope, but that would involve trust. Despite her doubts, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Unacceptable which means she does her best to drive him nuts.

Working together, can they escape the clutches of the enemy?

And do they dare fall in love?

Welcome to Kodiak Point, where the wildlife might wear clothes, but animal instinct rules the heart.

My Review:

Langlais makes the most ridiculous of situations seem not just possible, but completely and utterly plausible. She makes romance fun, real, and more than just a little quirky. The fast paced and suspenseful plot was well balanced with the joys of life and intricately crafted characters. I like how she works what it means to be a shifter right into the story rather than as something forced in or left to chance.

Brody was priceless. His inner monologue was brilliant. I love the different personalities between him and his wolf. They were a lot of fun to get to know. Layla’s otherness made her something special. Not human, but not shifter, she was still a fantastic match for Brody’s bossy yet fun personality. Langlais backs these two up with a fantastic cast of characters that I’ve come to know and love throughout the series.

Once again Langlais has created a fun filled and fantastic paranormal romance that readers are bound to love. I love the balance of fun and suspense, the real and the paranormal, altogether creating an unforgettable read.

Title:  Grizzly Lovc
Series:  Kodiak Point #5
Author:  Eve Langalis
Publication Date:  February 17/15
Length:  174pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Are you ready for a grizzly kind of love?

His mother would have beaten him to within an inch of his life, if she knew Travis had the hots for the town doctor, but he couldn't help it.

Dr. Jess, a redhead with a few years on him, was his soulmate. His inner grizzly knew it. He knew it. Suspected she did as well. But he did have one dilemma standing in his way.

Her husband.

Talk about inconvenient.

Good thing Travis was tenacious. Even if he has to travel half a continent, and brave some hot sands, subsist on crappy food and survive attempts on his life he won't give up until he wins her heart.

Or dies trying.

Jess made a mistake. She married too young, to the wrong man. Problem is, hawks mate for life, and murder is against the law. To add more insult to the situation, her mate won't even attempt to be a husband. It seems he isn't interested in keeping his vows, nor is he coming home anytime soon, so when the chance arises to confront him, she takes it. However facing him changes nothing.

Freddie doesn't want her...but Travis does.

And oh how she wants him too. Wants and yet can't have him.

However, her marital problems aren't the only issue. Their pursuit of the nefarious being behind the attacks on their town is being sabotaged by treachery. When Jess and Travis barely survive an ambush, she can no longer deny her love for the rascally bear. But will they survive enough to see if it's possible for her to rectify a wrong and take him as her mate?

My Review:

Ok, this may just be the best novel in this series. Langlais’ wildly imaginative plot was both fast paced and compelling. It was a plot full of suspense and intrigue that kept me on my toes. Vivid descriptions bring the vastly different locales to life while highlighting the dangers faced.

I enjoy how the shifters are all one people but yet there are differences between the different castes. Langlais’ vividly real characters definitely catch your attention. The larger than life personalities make them impossible to walk away from. I loved how there was so much more to Travis than meets the eye. His cunning and brains were a fantastic counterpoint to his carefree and fun loving attitude. I also appreciated how his caring and compassionate attitude had Jess questioning her long held beliefs, going after what is right for her.

This was a fantastic conclusion to Langlais’ Kodiak Point series, bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion without making it too perfect.

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