Shadow’s Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #2) by Alexa Egan

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Shadow's CurseShadow’s Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #2) by Alexa Egan

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SynopsisThe second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy featuring shape-shifters in Regency-era England.

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

Review: I had difficulty getting into this one and staying interested. The passion felt stunted and rushed in its description. The villain was good and the conflict was interesting, but the plot just was hard to get into.  Not really sure what it was exactly that I found hard to get into. The characters were good, though the tension between the two could have been more developed. The passion could have been explored and drawn out; he was a womanizer after all so that aspect could have played more of a role (his reputation coming back to bite him, him being placed in a situation where she could misconstrue what was going on, etc.) in the tension and emotional development of their relationship. When he goes into Death to save her was a good scene, that added some emotional suspense to the plot. There wasn’t anything bad about it; I was just a bit bored.

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Covert Game Covert Game (Ghostwalkers #14) by Christine Feehan

Release Date: March 20, 2018

SynopsisThe GhostWalkers deal with the explosive fallout from Power Game in the lastest suspenseful novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Despite the death of a traitor and key conspirator, the plot to use the GhostWalker experiments to undermine the security of the U.S. by foreign interests still exists. The GhostWalkers themselves must race against the clock to neutralize the danger.

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The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

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Darkest TormentThe Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis: Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Review: Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld hasn’t lost its appeal, even at book 12. You would think that it would get tiring or tedious but every book is fresh in the long term plot of the series. The war between Lucifer and Hades is building, and William and Gilly’s whole relationship-nonrelationship came to a head in this one. I really hope Gilly didn’t screw up everything, though I truly can’t see how she and William will get together with what she did in this one. (Sorry, no spoilers, you’ve got to read). Pandora’s role is changing. Galen, who was the villain for some time, is now looking like a straight up good guy. Baden definitely deserved a happy ending after all of the hell he suffered so I was so happy to witness his redemption and release from the guilt and demons that were plaguing him for so long. Katarina was a strong female character with her own dynamic personality and she certainly didn’t take any crap. Their story was entertaining and enjoyable from beginning to end.  I’m looking forward to Cameo’s story with Lazarus next and I really hope William and Gilly get their book soon.

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Lure of Obsession (The Muse Chronicles #1) by Lisa Kessler

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Lure of ObsessionLure of Obsession (The Muse Chronicles #1) by Lisa Kessler

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SynopsisThe Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.

Review: This one was such an easy read. I finished it in a day. It is very similar to the Paladins of Darkness series by Alexis Morgan, the Eternal Guardians series by Elizabeth Naughton, and the Iron Portal series by Laurie London. The characters were easy to like, the conflict was believable, the passion was great, and the love story developed steadily. I liked the role reversal with the fact that the man is the one who comes to know the paranormal exists rather than the female.  The women come into their muse at 18 where the Guardians don’t come into their abilities until they cross path with their muse, so it is left to the women to induct the strong alpha type men into their world. It was a fun read and I’m glad I picked it up on NetGalley.

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The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood #6) by Olivia Drake

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Scandalous FlirtThe Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood #6) by Olivia Drake

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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SynopsisScandal begins with just one kiss. . . 

Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.

Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . . and has finally found a way to win her heart?

Review: I had trouble getting into this one. It started out slow and didn’t pick up until chapter 9 when she is caught in his bed chamber looking for the letters. Once they team up to find the letters and blackmailer, the story does get better. Their romance was slow to start and there were some surprise villains and twists to who stole the letters and with her half sister Celeste. The surprises kept it interesting and book ended well.  Lucas was a strong male lead and his dilemma about whether he should marry the woman he has loved for years even though she is poor, or marry an heiress in order to save his family added some suspense to the plot.  I can’t say it was my favorite story I’ve read this year but it was enjoyable.

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Darkest Promise The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

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Release Date: March 27, 2018

I did this one back at LoC 66, but there is now another edition of the book and so I decided to do it a second time.

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance…

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairytale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…

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The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

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The Right Kind of RogueThe Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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SynopsisCan two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Review: I enjoyed Meg and Hart’s story a lot.  There were great highs and lows in the emotional story of these two characters. The passion and suspense was intense at times, especially after they became engaged and then married. Man, I felt so sorry for Meg and I hated how Lucy went about trapping Hart into marriage with Meg. It had a strong plot and conflict that kept the reader engrossed. The characters were well developed and the development of the relationship moved steadily and had bumps along the way that kept the reader emotionally connected to them. I liked Hart and Meg and their story. How she has loved him since she was 16 and how he was too blind to what as in front of him from the very beginning added to the overall story. You felt sorry for Meg and you couldn’t help wanting to yell at Hart for being so cold and stubborn, though Meg was too. Overall, I loved it. I definitely need to go back and read the first 6 books in the series.

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Great Deal! Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12) by Nalini Singh only $1.99

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SynopsisStep into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

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A Talent For Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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The Talent of TemptationA Talent For Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

Release Date: October 2, 2017

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Synopsis: Filled with New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s signature charm and wit, this novella in the hugely popular Sinful Suitors series is sure to tempt you!

Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are struggling with her abductor, Meriel accidentally stabs Quinn with a knife.

Unbeknownst to Meriel, Quinn set up the fake abduction so he could play the hero and win her hand in marriage. But now that his plan has gone disastrously awry, can he convince her that he’s still the man for her?

Sabrina Jeffries brings her famous “quick pacing, witty dialogue, and charmingly original characters” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) to this enchanting romance.

Review: Super short story, probably the shortest story I have read. Two people love each other but neither is brave enough to stand up and say something until Quinn decides to fake an abduction in order to save her and be her hero. He thinks she loves another and wants for her to see that he can be what she needs. She desperately wants a normal life with him away from all of the spying she has been doing, but she doesn’t think he will be able to accept who she really is. When the truth of the abduction comes out though, will she be able to forgive the deceit when all she hungers for is the truth? The story was ok. There really wasn’t much to it. Cute but just ok. Too short to really get involved with the characters or their conflict.

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Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas

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SynopsisWhen an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

Review: Book one of the Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas came to me by the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club. I haven’t read one of her books before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I enjoyed it, it was a refreshing take on historical romance with eccentric families and something I haven’t seen in a lot of regency romance, gypsies, and their culture. I really liked reading something I haven’t read before. The concept of a gypsy man who runs a London gambling house and a very independently willed woman who thinks it is up to her to take care of all of her family was enjoyable to watch unfold. They had chemistry from the moment they met and their relationship developed slowly. The added drama amongst the siblings added humor, tension, sadness, and emotional appeal. The whole family does hook you into their story and makes the reader want more from the Hathaway’s. I definitely will have to pick up the other books in their series.

As part of the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club, they post questions to answer as part of the response to the book.   Below are the questions and my answers:

  1. Kleypas heroes are known for their quick wit and fondness for banter—what was one of your favorite quips of Cam’s in Mine Till Midnight?
  • One of my favorite quips was actually his first one when Amelia is at his club asking him for help to find her brother.  When he informs her that her brother is at a brothel, Amelia intends to go there herself to get him. Cam insists on going with her and his response to her insistence that his additional help wasn’t needed was “Obviously it will be to everyone’s benefit for you to retrieve Ramsay and leave London as quickly as possible. I consider it my civic duty to hasten your departure” (Chapter 2). With that first example of their banter and chemistry set the stage for the whole book and it was funny.

2. Amelia grew up taking care of her brother and sisters; did you relate to her need to put her siblings first or were you rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility?

  • I was definitely rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility.  She meant well, and I agree that her family needed someone to lead and guide, but it shouldn’t have to always be her and I really wanted to see her let loose.  When she finally does, watching her family respond was fun to watch.  Her sisters’ responses were cute and funny, especially the youngest sister’s response to seeing her sister breaking rules and acting out of character.

3. We’re introduced to the entire Hathaway family in this book—who is your favorite Hathaway?

  • This one is hard, but I think my favorite was Win.  The sub plot between her and Merripen peaked my interest. I really want to read their story. Win comes across as quiet yet fierce in her own way.

4. Who do you prefer as a hero: a self-made man or a noble?

  • I think I like the noble because in order to be a hero the noble has to overcome how they were raised, that they are above most other people and that they can do about anything and get away with it. To be a hero the noble usually has to go against the grain, against other nobles to break the mold, to accept (usually) a woman who should be beneath their notice. Don’t get me wrong, the self-made man can also make a good hero, especially when they can win and prove themselves to a noble woman and win their love.

5. Did you feel any sympathy towards Leo throughout Mine Till Midnight?

  • Towards the end, I did become sympathetic towards Leo, but for a lot of the book how he behaved and then had the gall to judge Amelia’s behavior did really annoy me.  He had no right to judge her choices when he was the one bringing more shame and disappointment to the Hathaway family.

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Heart of Fire (Legends of the Storm #1) by Bec McMaster

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Heart of FireHeart of Fire (Legends of the Storm #1) by Bec McMaster

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Synopsis: The old eddas speak of dreki—fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes, and steal away fair maidens.

Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram—costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter—Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth.

Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic, and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form. It’s the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon-hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk—but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he’s never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?

Review: A new series from the author that brought us the steampunk series, London Steampunk, is now trying her hand at dragons in 1800s Iceland. This was a fresh spin on the dragon genre of paranormal romance and I liked Bec’s take on the lore. The two main characters were strong and suited each other well. The plot developed nicely and slowly, and also kept the reader entertained. The conflict and villains varied in degrees of badness and not all bad guys ended up actually being bad guys, which kept it fresh and moving along. Freyja was a strong character and I am curious about her origins because Bec doesn’t tell us in this book what her origins are though little teaser hints are dropped along the way. Watching Rurik work to win her was fun and their passion was good though I could have used more. Overall, this series definitely has potential and I am already wanting to read more about the dragons and Rurik’s path towards returning home and confronting his uncle and mother.

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This book is also published in the anthology Myths and Magic: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection.

The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels #5) by Kerrigan Byrne

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The Scot Beds His WifeThe Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels #5) by Kerrigan Byrne

Release Date: October 3, 2017

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SynopsisThe Scot Beds His Wife is the next lush, captivating Victorian romance in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne.

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him…more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity…

A marriage most convenient

Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own…

Review: This is the first book by this author I have read and I picked it up through Netgalley. I was a bit worried when I realized I’d be diving into the middle of a series but I wasn’t disappointed. This was such a fun adventure with gun slinging smart-mouthed women and broodingly arrogant men who think they are God’s gift to women but tout they have no heart to give. From the moment she falls into his orchestrated trap at the train station and doesn’t act like the spoiled rich debutant, I knew this was going to be a fun read. I loved it. Every single second of it was full of witty banter, tense emotional moments, great adventure, and just overall an awesome plot and characters. I will go back and read at least Liam and Mena’s story being they played a big role in this one.  Totally a great read.

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Lusting for Covers (84)

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Judgment Road Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1) by Christine Feehan

Release Date: January 30, 2018

SynopsisAn outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford–until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin…

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want–and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club–his heart and his soul.

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Caught by the Scot (Made to Marry #1) by Karen Hawkins

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Caught by the ScotCaught by the Scot (Made to Marry #1) by Karen Hawkins

Release Date: September 26, 2017

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SynopsisCaught by the Scot is a fabulously witty and irresistibly sexy Scottish historical romance from New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will be won over by the spellbinding Made to Marry series.

When the dark Duke of Hamilton loses his beloved wife, he heeds her dying wish that he make certain her three brothers marry well for she fears they are all headed to ruin. Heartsick, the Duke approaches the task with a heavy hand, ordering the three brothers to marry within three months or forego their inheritance.

The middle brother, the dashing Conner Douglas, is not about to give up his independence, but he knows marriage doesn’t always mean one much change, does it? If anything, being married to a pliable sort of female would give him even more opportunity to seduce the married women of the ton. So he heads straight for the most pliable female he knows – a childhood acquaintance and now mousy spinster, the English born and bred Miss Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe.

Conner is so certain Theodora will joyously agree to marry him, that he takes his time traveling to her house and has only one month to secure her hand and marry. Yet when he arrives at her parents’ house he discovers that Theodora has just run away with a local landowner—a farmer, no less! Unknown to Conner, Theodora has been wildly, passionately in love with him for years. But she’s accepted he only sees her as a friend. Unable to sit forever in her parents’ front parlor and wait for what will never happen, Theodora decided to marry someone comfortable in the hopes they might at least become good partners.

Unaware of Theodora’s feelings, Conner isn’t about to let ‘the perfect wife’ get away so easily. But as Conner seduces Theodora, his own feelings stir. And after surviving a trip of mishaps and traps, he discovers that he can’t image her marrying anyone but him.

Review: The first book in a new series brings a batch of brothers who would rather be wenching, flirting, and riding the high seas than to ever become an honest married man. That is until their older sister dies in childbirth and in her will she requires them all to marry respectable women within three months of her passing or lose their inheritance. The first brother up for wedded bliss is Conner, the middle brother, and he decides that he isn’t going to give up his chosen lifestyle. He is going to marry a quiet woman who he can set up at his country home while he goes off riding the high seas and seducing the wives of other men. He decides the perfect candidate is the younger sister of his best friend. But what he doesn’t plan on is that once he finally shows up to propose, she has run off with a local squire.

Thea has loved Conner since she was a young girl but he has never truly seen her. She is only the little sister of his friend and so she finally decides enough is enough and she wants her own household and family. Her candidate for marriage is a decent fellow but he doesn’t spark the desire Conner has always been successful at (if unknowingly) pulling out of her. When he shows up during her elopement and tags along, she comes to realize that she was never successful in giving up her love for him but spending time with him has also shown her that their love is doomed. He is married to the sea and will never be happy on land.

This was a fun story. The antics Conor gets up to to slow down the elopement were fun to watch and how she kept getting so frustrated with his meddling was great. I loved the scene in the breakfast room of one of the inns they staid at between her and Lance when they both decide that they aren’t meant to be was priceless. Lance does get his happily ever after too which was nice to see. Overall an enjoyable story and I look forward to watching the other brothers find true love.

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Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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duke-of-desireDuke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Release Date: October 17, 2017

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Synopsis: A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

Review: The next installment in the Maiden Lane series brings us the dark and moody scarred Duke of Dyemore who we glimpsed at a ball where he warned Iris to leave immediately. Since then she was kidnapped and found herself surround by nude men in masks who planned to rape and kill her, and Dyemore deciding to rescue her from the Lords of Chaos.  Of course, he didn’t expect to get shot in the process by the very woman he set out to rescue or married to her to protect her from the other Lords. He thinks this will be a simple thing, marry her to protect her and then continue on with his quest for revenge. He doesn’t expect that his new wife has dreams and desires of her own and that includes children and a husband who isn’t afraid to come to her bed. The story was full of tension, banked and controlled passion, a woman who isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants, and a man who can’t resist the wife that has come to represent the light amongst all of his darkness. I enjoyed their adventure. The Dionysus was definitely hard to figure out, which kept you guessing as to who the bad guy was and it, of course, took almost losing her for Raphael to realize that he can’t live without Iris. The conclusion of the story was emotional and I am glad that Iris didn’t give up fighting for Raphael and their marriage.

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Spellbinder Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison

SynopsisFrom author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…

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Seduced by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #3) by Erin Kellison

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Seduced by FireSeduced by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #3) by Erin Kellison

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SynopsisDragon shifter Ryder Magnus is living a lie. In order to search for lost and forgotten treasure, he lives secretly among humans, posing as a professor of antiquities. When his cover is blown—in front of a classroom of students, no less—he is determined to find the Bloodkin responsible and make them pay.

Bloodkin Aura Ortiz is in a race against time. She must find the powerful Bastard’s Eye before it falls into the wrong hands. When a viral video surfaces of Ryder, smoking with anger and on the verge of a shift, she can’t believe her luck. No one hunts treasure better than he does. If he won’t do it for friendship—that had gone up in flames years ago—will he do it for vengeance?

Aura gets under Ryder’s skin like no other woman—she always has. Their collaboration re-ignites old passions and sets Ryder on a hunt of his own…Aura herself.

As they delve deeper into darkness, their adversaries multiply. Knowing whom to trust is the difference between life and death. Can they put the past behind them and blaze a trail through danger to forge a future together?

Review: The next installment in the Bloodkin series was quick both in the plot and in the conflict. The characters already knew each other and in fact loved each other so it was more a sense of the two coming together to finalize what was already there just never acknowledged. The characters were good, the passion was ok, and the plot was entertaining. I don’t think this is my favorite in the series but it was good. I would have liked more passion and the two main characters could have used some more bantering between the two of them. Their dialogue at times kind of came off as just ok. I did enjoy the read.

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A Touch of Flame (Flame #5) by Caris Roane

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A Touch of FlameA Touch of Flame (Flame #5) by Caris Roane

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Synopsis: A powerful alpha wolf. A gifted witch. Each haunted by death. Can passion drive them to an everlasting love? Or will the enemy forge a hopeless chasm?

The Graveyard was not the place Mark Braden thought he’d breathe his last. He was sure he’d die in the pine forest of Savage Territory, chasing a drug-runner and getting hit by a spray of bullets.
Instead, he’d been ambushed…
~ A Touch of Flame, A Paranormal Romance

About A TOUCH OF FLAME:

Braden should have died in the Graveyard, but the witch, Maeve, saved him. The call of his wolf is on him and he wants her. She can be his alpha-mate. But she has powers that can destroy him and a disrupted memory that holds the answers to his wife’s murder. Can he ever trust a woman who can kill with the power she streams from her bare hands?

Maeve has known only horror, death and destruction since her arrival in Five Bridges as a transformed alter witch. She goes to the Graveyard nightly to rescue those left for dead by the evil rampant in all five territories of her new world. She fears the power she possesses and the gaps in her memory frighten her more than anything else. But when she rescues Braden from an attack in the Graveyard, and she realizes she’s drawn to the handsome wolf, the nightmare really begins.

Review: The next installment in the flame series was good. Their interactions were good though sometimes with how easily he accepted her witchness was a little weak I think.  If he believed that a witch killed his wife then I would have liked to see his dislike and distrust of them play more of a role in the conflict. There could have been more tension there with him having to come to terms with her being a witch. The plot was good and the conflict was strong, I just needed a stronger interaction between the characters and more of a conflict with what each of them was and her role in his past. There was great potential for high emotional tension when the truth of who killed his wife came out and they teased at it, but I would have loved for it to be drawn out more before he went to her rescue. I enjoyed it but I don’t think this was a favorite of mine in the Flame series.

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Hard BreakerHard Breaker (Gargoyles #6) by Christine Warren

Release Date: October 31, 2017

Synopsis:  From New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren comes the sixth book in her red-hot romance series in which even the most beastly gargoyle is able to win the heart of a beautiful human woman.

Ivy Beckett has a special gift. She can hear voices, feel events, and receive messages from great distances. Which is also a curse. The moment her family is killed by the servants of the Darkness, she knows it. And the only way to fight these evil forces is to align her powers with a Guardian. A legendary warrior of stone who strikes fear in her heart―and fire in her soul…

Baen is a fierce and powerful gargoyle who has sworn to protect all humans from the Darkness. But when this mighty winged warrior swoops down to rescue Ivy from the jaws of death, he is drawn into a battle that is more dangerous―and more intimate―than he ever bargained for. The beautiful, gifted Ivy touches something deep within him, an all-consuming passion that puts both their lives at risk. Can he conquer the armies of evil itself . . . without losing the woman he loves?

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The Right Kind of RogueThe Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

Release Date: October 31, 2017

SynopsisCan two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

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Lusting for Covers (82)

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The Scot's Bride The Scot’s Bride (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #6) by Paula Quinn

Release Date: October 31, 2017

SynopsisAN IRRESISTIBLE SCOUNDREL
Highlander Patrick MacGregor likes his life just the way it is. Fighting for his coin, enjoying a woman’s charms, and bearing no responsibility at all? Aye, that’s the life for him. That is, until Patrick sees her-a raven-haired beauty with eyes as dark as midnight. Patrick swore never to fall in love. Not even with a lass as wild as he…especially when she’s from a rival clan.

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE
Charlotte Cunningham knows Patrick is trouble the moment she sets eyes on him. Her only goal is to escape the possibility of marriage. Any marriage. But as the summer days turn into sultry nights, enticing her beyond reason, Charlie is forced to choose between the freedom she craves and the reckless rogue she can’t forget.

In the New York Times bestselling tradition of Lynsay Sands, Hannah Howell, and Karen Hawkins comes a new book in Paula Quinn’s new sinfully sexy Scottish romance series.

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Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16) Kresley Cole

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Sweet RuinSweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16) by Kresley Cole

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SynopsisAn immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty…

A foundling raised in a world of humans 

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl… to would-be superhero… to enchanting, ruthless villain. 

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin… 

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust. 

Review: Oh my goodness, this one was so good. It was so hard to put it down. I loved the characters; Rune was such a strong male lead with such a dynamic personality and history, and Jo had so much spunk, attitude, and fire on the page. The plot was very strong and carried the reader through it all from beginning to end. The conflict wasn’t some malevolent bad guy but rather how Rune’s past colored his present and Jo’s desire for companionship even in the face of a man who, on more than one occasion, told her he wouldn’t be faithful. Her drive to protect her brother and then reunite with him also added a depth to her character that pulled the reader in. I loved how strong her personality was on the page and when the inevitable happened and she left Rune it was so heart wrenching. I really did worry that Rune wasn’t going to see the error of his ways before it was way too late to salvage his relationship with his mate. There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this story. Loved it!

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Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #15) by Kresley Cole

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Dark SkyeDark Skye (Immortals After Dark #15) by Kresley Cole

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Synopsis: In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1″ New York Times “bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him or vanquish him forever. “Eternal Obsession” As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body and left an even deeper impression on his soul. “Endless Yearning” Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly. “Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?”With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?”

Review: It has been awhile since I visited the world of IAD and so I worried I’d be lost but should have known better. Kresley Cole’s characters are so strong and this one picked up right after the last one on the island that a lot of the characters were held imprisoned. Thronos and Lanthe have known each other for well over five hundred years and since a tragic night when Lanthe was a child she has run from him and he has spent the five hundred years hunting her down. He has finally caught up to her and has sworn to torture her as she has tortured him. She is his mate and though he hates her he needs her. Fortunately for them, they get thrust into an adventure through multiple dimensions when she tries to escape him. They learn to see each other as they truly are and work through five hundred years of war between the two. I loved the two characters and I loved their adventure. The most poignant moment happens near the end when Morgana, Queen of all Sorceri, tries to separate the two mates once they finally commit to each other. I won’t say what the event was but it was definitely an emotionally tense moment. Great characters, great plot, great conflict, loved every second of the book.

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Undead or Alive (Bad Things #3) by Cynthia Eden

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undead-of-aliveUndead or Alive (Bad Things #3) by Cynthia Eden

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Synopsis: Don’t fear Death. Desire him.

Cassius “Cass” Garvan is the last Reaper. One of the baddest of the bad…Cass can literally kill with a touch. He’s the bounty hunter who always brings in his prey, undead or alive. This time, he has a new target…the all-too-tempting Amber Fortune. Hunting her down was the easy part. Giving her up? Cass isn’t so sure that he can let her go.

Amber has been on the run for decades, and she isn’t about to surrender herself to the Reaper. Sure, maybe she does have a weakness for bad boys. Maybe she does like guys who have dark sides—and a man can’t get darker than Death. And when Cass kisses her, she doesn’t fear his touch. She wants him. Wanting a Reaper can be a very dangerous thing.

When Amber finds herself trapped with the Reaper for forty-eight hours, she knows that she is in for the most dangerous time of her very long life. If she hopes to escape the torment coming her way, then Amber has to convince Cass to let her escape. Does Death have a heart? Amber is about to find out. She’ll use every trick in her playbook to get Cass on her side. But even as she works to seduce him, Amber has to be very careful and not let Cass break through her control. Because everyone knows…

Once you fall for Death, there is no turning back.

Review: This installment was short and moved quickly. I finished it in one sitting. I liked Amber and Cas, and their plot line was enjoyable and entertaining. The conflict and villain were good and there was even a nice twist I didn’t see coming. I almost wanted more from their story though I finished not being disappointed. Cynthia Eden told a strong story, though short, and it had everything I like in a romance. Passion, excitement, strong characters, and a good plot and conflict. I enjoyed it and I continue to enjoy the Bad Things series.

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Moon Kissed (LaRue #1) By Donna Grant

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SynopsisNew York Times bestselling author Donna Grant ventures into New Orleans with her Chiasson spinoff, the first book in her scorching LaRue series complete with sizzling romance and the enchantment of the paranormal.

BROUGHT TOGETHER BY CHANCE

For years, Addison Moore worked herself ragged to achieve her goals. Close to earning her degree, the contents of a shocking letter rip her world to shreds. In an attempt to forget, she wanders into a bar, unknowingly changing her life forever. Suddenly she’s surrounded by the supernatural she thought only myth and stalked by an evil priestess intent on her death. Her only chance is with an enigmatic man who makes her want to forget everything just to be in his arms.

BOUND TOGETHER BY CIRCUMSTANCE

Myles LaRue was content owning a bar and hunting evil in the French Quarter. He wasn’t looking for love, especially after the tragedy his family already experienced. But when the exquisite Addison Moore walks into his life, he can’t help but be charmed. Despite the dangers surrounding them, Myles comes to one conclusion – against the odds they found each other, and now that they have, he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Review: The first book in Donna Grant’s LaRue series was good. I enjoyed the two main characters. Even though it is a novella, Donna wrote it in a way that made the relationship develop slowly and steadily. The conflict was strong with an already set up villain from the Chiasson series. I enjoyed the passion, the action, the characters, and the overall story. I look forward to more of the LaRue brothers.

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When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity #12) by Alexandra Ivy

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When Darkness EndsWhen Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity #12) by Alexandra Ivy

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SynopsisThe Guardians of Eternity are facing a final battle to save their world—but battles of the heart may be the most difficult to fight…

Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

Review: Cyn is a self-confessed hedonist and proud of it. He doesn’t want to settle down or stop partying or stop indulging in all of life’s pleasures, so when a fairy princess and him end up dropped naked in caves under his lair and told by an oracle that they have to work together to stop the next evil plaguing their world, his reaction is to leave said princess alone in his caves. Princess Fallon has longed to experience life and Earth. Tired of living the submissive and pampered life at court she wants to live and make her own choices, so she jumps at the chance to help the oracles to discover who is trying to control the Commission even if that means working with the obnoxious but so gorgeous and arrogant vampire. They butt heads from the get-go. He can’t seem to see past her spoiled and pampered façade to see that she isn’t actually either of those things, but she can’t stop fantasizing about him. Cyn tries to ignore her presence in his lair while he works on his part of the puzzle but he can’t seem to stay away from her or stop worrying about her comfort. When pieces start to fall into place Cyn and Fallon also start to spend more time together. When Cyn is nearly killed by the villain Fallon rushes to save him, which leads to her royal fiancé finding out where she is. Cyn hates Magnus on site and when Magnus forces Fallon to break the engagement Cyn doesn’t stop long enough to think, he just wants to claim her for his own. As they fight along side each other, Fallon fights to be independent and for Cyn to accept that she wants to have the choice as to who she spends her life with. Cyn comes to realize that she is his mate but he knows he can’t stake a claim on her, not after all that her father and ex-fiance put her through. But he will not stop trying to prove to her that he is the best choice and that she is safe with him. I loved the story and their character development. Their interactions on the page were great to watch. The plot was strong and the conflict developed at a good pace. I enjoyed the side plot with Magnus and Tonya too. I looked forward to their page time. Overall great story and a wonderful romance.

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Too Scot to HandleToo Scot to Handle (The Windham Brides #2) by Grace Burrowes

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Synopsis: As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he’s a titled gentleman, he’s still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he’s happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.

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He’d taken care that this kiss be private, and thus unhurried.

            Anwen liked the unhurried part exceedingly. Lord Colin held her not as if she were frail and fragile, but as if she were too precious to let go. His arms were secure about her, and he’d tucked in close enough that she could revel in his contours—broad chest, flat belly, and hard, hard thighs, such as an accomplished equestrian would have.

            Soft lips, though. Gentle, entreating, teasing…

            Anwen teased him back, getting a taste of peppermint for her boldness, and then a taste of him.

            “Great day in the morning,” he whispered, right at her ear. “I won’t be able to sit my horse if you do that again with your tongue.”

            She did it again, and again, until the kiss involved his leg insinuated among the folds and froths of her riding habit, her fingers toying with the hair at his nape, and her heart, beating faster than it had at the conclusion of their race.

            “Ye must cease, wee Anwen,” Lord Colin said, resting his cheek against her temple. “We must cease, or I’ll have to cast myself into yonder water for the sake of my sanity.”

            “I’m a good swimmer,” Anwen said. “I’d fish you out.” She contemplated dragging a sopping Lord Colin from the Serpentine, his clothes plastered to his body….

            “Such a sigh,” he said, kissing her cheek. “If ye’d slap me, I’d take it as a mercy.”

            “I’d rather kiss you again.” And again and again and again. Anwen’s enthusiasm for that undertaking roared through her like a wild fire, bringing light, heat, and energy to every corner of her being.

            “You are a bonfire in disguise,” he said, smoothing a hand over her hair. “An ambush of a woman, and you have all of polite society thinking you’re the quiet one.” He peered down at her, his hair sticking up on one side. “Am I the only man who knows better, Anwen?”

            She smoothed his hair down, delighting in its texture. Red hair had a mind of its own, and by the dawn’s light, his hair was very red.

            “No, you are not the only one who knows better,” she said, which had him looking off across the water, his gaze determined.

            “I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is… you mustn’t toy with me.”

            Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”

            “When you smile like that, you could break hearts, Miss Anwen Windham. A man wouldn’t see it coming, but then you’d swan off in a cloud of grace and dignity, and too late, he’d realize what he’d missed. He wouldn’t want to admit how foolish he’d been, but in his heart, he’d know: I should ne’er have let her get away. I should have done anything to stay by her side.”

            I am a bonfire in disguise. “You are not the only one who knows my secret. I know better now too, Colin.” She went up on her toes and kissed him. “It’s our secret.”

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Power Game (Ghost Walkers #13) by Christine Feehan

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Synopsis#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan is “one of the best storytellers around” (RT Book Reviews). Find out why as two lovers surrounded by greed and corruption discover there’s no telling whom you can trust—or who will come out on top…

When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that…

A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke is different. His gaze, his touch—they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with—if she can keep him alive…

Review: The next installment of the Ghost Walkers was really good. After Spider Game, I did get a little worried about the series but this one puts my faith back into it being one of my favorite series. Bellisia and Ezekiel are great together, their chemistry was strong but didn’t over power the reader. The conflicts were awesome, without spoiling anything some series stuff happens in this one that I think helped refresh the series. The plot line of the great protector, Ezekiel, who has spent his whole life protecting his brothers, finally has something for himself in Bellisia and she is definitely a strong partner for him.  She can fight along side him and stand up to his bossiness when she doesn’t agree with something he says.  Their chemistry was sweet and passionate, but not over the top. Violet is the villain in this one and she is one nasty piece of work and poor Joe wants to save her so badly, it is sad to watch.  Anyway, it was a great read and a strong addition to the series.

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The Talent of Temptation A Talent for a Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

Release Date: October 2, 2017

Synopsis: Filled with New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s signature charm and wit, this novella in the hugely popular Sinful Suitors series is sure to tempt you!

Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are struggling with her abductor, Meriel accidentally stabs Quinn with a knife.

Unbeknownst to Meriel, Quinn set up the fake abduction so he could play the hero and win her hand in marriage. But now that his plan has gone disastrously awry, can he convince her that he’s still the man for her?

Sabrina Jeffries brings her famous “quick pacing, witty dialogue, and charmingly original characters” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) to this enchanting romance.

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Leopard’s Fury (Leopard People #9) by Christine Feehan

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Synopsis: A ruthless criminal unleashes his most feral desires in the new Leopard novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild Cat.

Passion melts the will of an ice-cold criminal when he meets the one woman who can tame the beast inside him.

Leopard’s Fury

With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.

Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.

Review: Alonzo Massi is a character we met in Wild Cat. So going into this one I knew to expect another dominant male that on the outside came across cold and unfeeling. In a lot of ways, he was a copy of Elijah, just with a harsher past. Evangeline we met back in Drake and Saria’s book. She is the girl that raised herself in the swamp to get away from her cruel grandfather. She has one unique trait that most female leopards don’t have, she and her leopard have been partners since she was a toddler trying to survive in the Louisiana swamps.  Alonzo and Evangeline have known each other for about a year. He came into her bakery one day and kept coming back, so we actually see from the periphery Siena’s story and Alonzo’s rise to boss. He tried to keep his distance but he couldn’t; she calmed his leopard and him and that was a gift better than gold for him. She was attracted to him but because of his cold demeanor, she came to think it was one sided and starts to push away. The action was great, they didn’t rush into the passion like some other Leopard books. A huge chunk of the story took place before they did the deed and in taking their time it made it more believable and less intense. I enjoyed their story, I liked her spunk and independent nature, I loved that he so easily portrayed how much she meant to him and how humbled he was to have the gift of her in his life. I also liked how she won over his brother and cousins and called them her “boys”. She didn’t just accept him, but his whole family and claimed them for herself. This one was good.

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Wild Cat (Leopard People #8) by Christine Feehan

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SynopsisIn the new Leopard novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cat’s Lair and Leopard’s Prey, passions explode like wildfire when a young woman’s feral instincts are ignited by a man who’s too dangerous not to desire…

A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.

Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.

Review: With any Leopard book you know you are going to get a lot of passion, intense males, and strong women. Ever since I met Elijah in Rachel and Rio’s book, I knew his book would be intense and passionate. In the beginning, he really messed up with Siena, but he worked so hard to prove to her that the harsh things he did and said was not true and he didn’t believe any of the cruel things he said. She was so fragile and she went through a lot in a 24-36 hour period and Elijah spends the rest of the book winning her over, protecting her, and frustrating her to no end. Their arguments were cute, I liked that she wouldn’t curse and the way she sometimes spoke was formal. Every time she spoke that way Elijah had such a hard time not laughing. I enjoyed his book. It had the emotional tension that I love in a Feehan book with headstrong arrogant males and the woman that aren’t willing to compromise what they expect from the men they love and are strong enough to stand up to their arrogant ways.

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A Vampire’s Embrace (Blood Rose Time Travel #2) by Caris Roane

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Synopsis: Having lost his entire family, Mastyr Rez vowed never to love again…

Rez has no use for a blood rose…

Mastyr Rez lost his family in a tragic Invictus attack. His wife and two sons were killed and his daughter abducted. Besides battling the monstrous Invictus wraith-pairs and keeping his neighbors safe, he has only one goal, to find his daughter. When Holly heals him after a deadly, dark fae poisoning, her time-pathing ability soon draws him into a new world. But his heart is a cold, empty shell and though he finds himself captivated by her, he has nothing to give. As a new Invictus threat emerges, will Rez be able to overcome his grief or will he lose Holly forever?

The last thing Holly wants is to feed a mastyr vampire…

Holly loves art and literature. She teaches at Tannisford University. She believes Mastyr Rez is nothing short of a deserter for not returning to Mastyr Stone’s Vampire Guard. When she suddenly discovers she’s the one person who can end his chronic blood starvation, she’s furious. She has her own life to live and that doesn’t include opening a vein for a vampire. But when he needs her time-pathing abilities to locate his long, lost daughter, how can she refuse? Yet the more she’s with him the more she starts to fall beneath his vampire charm. Will she be able to help him in his search without losing her heart?

Review: The next installment in Caris Roane’s spin-off of the Blood Rose series brings us Holly, a college professor that on the outside comes across as uptight and judgmental. She doesn’t agree with Rez’s desertion from the Vampire Guard. He is a rough-around-the-edges biker type that likes women and hates commitment. He doesn’t have time to deal with Miss Lofty College Professor when he is hunting for his kidnapped daughter, the only surviving member of his murdered family. He doesn’t care what people think of his actions to leave the Guard and he certainly doesn’t seem to like Holly, but when he is injured fighting the Invictus he knows he is moments from death and reaches out to Holly who had healed him months earlier in a bar fight with Mastyr Stone. She comes to his aid because she is drawn to him though she doesn’t want to be. That moment of healing him starts the ball rolling on their adventure with looking for his daughter, dealing with their strong attraction to each other even though they don’t particularly like each other, and the new development of Holly being a Blood Rose. Sparks fly and they come to know each other better, but Rez tells her straight up that he has no love in his heart to give her and doesn’t want a relationship with her. She knows she will have to find a Mastyr to bond with even though she only wants Rez. She refuses to push him for more than he can give and in the end sacrifices herself to save his daughter. Rez of course only needed a push to realize that he loves Holly and he flies to her rescue. I liked them as a couple. They are strong, the conflicts they face to have a relationship are well developed and they come together slowly (sort of). I liked the pace, the passion, Holly’s rebellious tendencies that Rez had no idea she had, and Rez was a very strong male lead. The bad guys are formidable but not more than our heroes can handle. I liked this one.

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Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by J. R. Ward

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Synopsis#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

Review: Book two was so much better than book one, Blood Kiss. I loved the fact that it focused a lot on Rhage and Mary so it was very much a continuation of The Beast. Definitely, read The Beast before this book. Axe and Elise were also great. They were a strong set of characters, their plot line was strong and well developed, and the conflicts kept the story moving along great. Axe was the tough guy type with a heart of gold and he believed that Elise was the “spoiled little rich girl” type but as he got to know her he comes to realize that she is his perfect match to fill the void he has had since he lost his father in the raids.  Elise has been drawn to Axe since the moment she met him and even his rough and rude edges won’t keep her away from him when he is hired to be her body guard. There isn’t anything I didn’t like about the story or characters. The passion was great, the emotional turmoil for Rhage and Mary with their daughter Bitty was hard to watch but a great story line, love them as a couple.

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The Beast (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J. R. Ward

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Synopsis: Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

Review: This one was good.  I enjoyed watching Rhage and Mary’s journey to parenthood and Bity was just too cute. There was emotional tension (Rhage was seriously injured in the beginning) and he doesn’t understand why there has been this distance between him and Mary until he holds L.W. then it is like he just got blindsided by the fact that he wants to be a father but knows Mary can’t have any. Mary feels guilt for the fact that in the back of her mind, she fought to save Rhage not because she couldn’t live without him, but rather that she didn’t want to leave Bity all alone. I very much enjoyed watching Rhage and Bity together, and Assail is becoming more and more prominent in the battle against the Brotherhoods foes. The action was great, Layla does have her twins, Zcor is in the Brotherhood’s custody, and the plot just flowed really well and had strong conflicts. This one was good.

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Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward

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SynopsisThe legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Review: I’m not sure what I expected from book one of the spin-off series, but this one just left me bored. Paradise and Craeg fell kind of flat for me. Their relationship wasn’t as passionate as it could have been with how a BDB book typically goes, passion-wise. I wanted more. The strongest part was watching Butch and Marissa deal with some lows in their relationship. I wanted to like this but it just didn’t keep my attention like I needed it to. The back story for Craeg and Axe was strong and the action on the first night of training was intense but once the 7 chosen candidates started actually training it came across almost YA-ish like we were dealing with teenagers and the romance was good just not BDB good. I hope Axe’s book is better.

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2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.

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The Mech Who Loved Me The Mech Who Loved Me (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #2) by Bec McMaster

Synopsis: Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case… and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her.

Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there’s more to the case than meets the eye and wants a chance to prove herself. There’s just one catch—she’s ordered to partner with the sexy mech, Kincaid, who’s a constant thorn in her side. Kincaid thinks the only good blue blood is a dead one. He’s also the very last man she would ever give her heart to… which makes him the perfect candidate for an affair.

The only rule? It ends when the case does.

But when an attempt on her life proves that Ava might be onto something, the only one who can protect her is Kincaid. Suddenly the greatest risk is not to their hearts, but whether they can survive a diabolical plot that threatens to destroy every blue blood in London—including Ava.

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The Shadows (The Black Dagger Brotherhood # 13) by J.R. Ward

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Synopsis: Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

Review: Man, talk about a tear jerker, heart-wrenching, beautifully tragic and passionate story. I honestly cried a couple times. It was so good, better and more focused than The King. Assail and Marisol didn’t play as much of a plot roll in this one, though Assail was present a few times. Layla and Zcor’s plot line was there but it also wasn’t as heavily focused on in this one as it seemed to be in The King. This one did Selena and Trez’s story justice. A beautiful telling of a love story that at least at the end of this one didn’t have a happy ending (though to those who read BDB, you go into this one knowing that a happy ending is going to be hard to pull off). I do hold out hope though that we haven’t seen the end of Selena and that at some point they will get their happy ending. This one was definitely worth the tears. I liked that iAm got a happy ending. I liked his story, he has worked his whole life to protect Trez, so for him to have his own love story and how Trez was so supportive, even during his tragedy was beautiful. On to Blood Vow (book 1 in the Legacy spin-off) then I’ll read The Beast and see what’s going on with Rhage. So good.

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The Mech Who Loved Me (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #2) by Bec McMaster

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Synopsis: Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case… and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her.

Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there’s more to the case than meets the eye and wants a chance to prove herself. There’s just one catch—she’s ordered to partner with the sexy mech, Kincaid, who’s a constant thorn in her side. Kincaid thinks the only good blue blood is a dead one. He’s also the very last man she would ever give her heart to… which makes him the perfect candidate for an affair.

The only rule? It ends when the case does.

But when an attempt on her life proves that Ava might be onto something, the only one who can protect her is Kincaid. Suddenly the greatest risk is not to their hearts, but whether they can survive a diabolical plot that threatens to destroy every blue blood in London—including Ava.

Review: The next installment of Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series brings together a Mech who hates Blue Bloods and a Blue Blood who doesn’t like drinking blood and is the most innocent and sweet woman Kincaid has ever met. I loved their chemistry and their adventure as they seek out the Sons of Gilead and a mysterious poison that can kill Blue Bloods. Along the way, Kincaid comes to re-evaluate his beliefs and Ava learns to trust a man that in a lot of ways is her complete opposite. Their passion, their love affair, their adventure, and the road they take in getting to know and love each other was both sweet and enticing. He brings out the naughty side of the virgin Ava and she brings out the softer and more compassionate side in Kincaid. Perfect match. The culmination at the end with the conflicts and plot were great; it kept you turning the page to see if they were going to survive to love another day or walk away from each other at the end of the case.  The story was great. I love it.

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The King (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

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SynopsisJ.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle—with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything—and everyone—at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response—or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

Review: I have fallen way behind in the BDB series and so I decided that this summer I was going to get caught up. The King was an exhausting read; there were so many plot lines and it consistently changed between them all. A lot was going on. It was good just exhausting. I liked Assail and Sola’s plot line, Trez and Selena’s plot line, and of course Beth and Wrath’s journey to parenthood. There were no “bad guys”, the Lessening Society did not make much of an appearance in this installment and the conflicts pretty much revolved around relationship struggles and the attempt to overthrow the King. This wasn’t my favorite in the series and I kind of wish Ward would have focused more on Beth and Wrath and left the other side plots to their own books or novellas. It was good, don’t get me wrong, just so much going on and not all of it connected to what was going on with Beth and Wrath or their war with the Lessoning Society.

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Blood Fury Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3) by J.R. Ward

Release Date: January 9, 2018

SynopsisA tough vampire warrior in training and her fellow aristocratic trainee struggle to deny the attraction they feel for one another as they prepare for the looming war ahead. The latest in a new paranormal romance series set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another.

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Born of Legend (The League #9) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Synopsis: It is in the darkest hours of a universe’s past that their legends are born and their heroes rise…

No one knows exactly how much heart they have until their mettle is put to the hazard and they reach the lowest point of hell. There, they have only two choices. Lie down and die. Or find the strength to push themselves to their feet and fight back with everything they have.

Dagger is the alias that is used by Ushara’s husband, and the father of the twins, who is on the run for his life. This is his story and shows how he became a member of the Tavali and what happens to them after Born of Betrayal ends.

Review: This book was so full of adventure, humor, heartache, passion, and action. I loved finally getting to see Julien’s story, and just like with Styxx, we didn’t know the hell he was put through growing up and the hardships he had to overcome. This book was long, 836 pages to be exact, so unlike the others that seemed to go too quickly, this one took its time and told his story right. Ushara was a great partner for the scarred and distrusting Dagger aka Julien. Ushara and Julien’s story was so passionate and the conflict and plot were so strong. I loved Julien as a character, he was so dynamic, complex, flawed, and lovable. He was such a humorous character with such dry witty sarcasm that I loved all of his dialogue; Kenyon did an excellent job giving him such a vivid personality on the page. The book is so full of great plot and conflict details. I definitely think the character development was the best part. They jumped off the pages and I’m glad that in the end, his birth family finally got to know some of the hell he had been put through and that the road to forgiveness and redemption was accomplished.  I loved the whole thing.

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Born of Betrayal (The League #8) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Synopsis: Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name.

Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again.

But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all.

It’s kill or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…

Review: The action keeps getting heavier and more intense as the war against the League continues on. Fain and Galene are two who have loved each other since they were kids and were promised to each other their whole lives, but the ruling family Anatole were up to their meddling in their lives and forced Fain to leave her right as they were preparing for their graduation. What Fain was unaware of at the time was that she was pregnant with Talyn when things fell apart. What surprised me with their story is his true feelings about Omira, Sumi’s dead older sister. Up until this story, we are led to believe he truly loved his human wife, but that isn’t the case and all that we thought we knew about Fain isn’t even close to the truth. A lot of secrets are revealed as they fight together to find a traitor in their midst. Their love story was strong and I loved the hazing that Talyn kind of put him through. Especially when Fain finally puts the pieces together and Talyn in his dry dead-pan humorous tone tells his mom he has finally figured out that he isn’t her boy toy but her son. Watching their relationship develop and their happy ending was so enjoyable and when Talyn and Felicia finally get to get married was so perfect. I loved that sequence of scenes so much. Over all things are going so well with this series and I love every intense moment of each book. I have two more to read before I am finally caught up. This is definitely one of my absolute favorite series of all times. On to Born of Legend.

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Born of Defiance (The League #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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SynopsisBorn an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

Review: Talyn and Felicia’s story is different than the others in the series. For one, it’s events coincide and run parallel with book 1, Born of Night, so it takes place at the very beginning. Also what throws it off is the fact that Talyn is Fain Hauk’s full grown son and Fain doesn’t know of him. Because of this Talyn has grown up as a “lack-Vest”, which means one of his parents is unknown or in the case of Fain, an Outcast (a disinherited male). Because of this distinction, he is also looked upon as sub-par or a “mongrel dog” and treated with no respect at all. He is put through so much abuse and set backs yet he keeps fighting for the life he wants. Felicia is a female who was acknowledged by her father but her mother and father were not married, ever, so she also has a tough road a head of her just not as bad as Talyn. When they meet, Talyn contracts her to be his paid companion, he is tired of being alone and there is something sweet and innocent about Felicia that draws him in. They can’t help but fall in love and fight for each other during this supercharged intense adventure where a government coup is started to overthrow the corrupt Andarian government and put Nykerian as heir and his mother as queen. The villains were bad, the conflicts were intense, Talyn did seem to take a lot of beatings that were intense and the fact that they can never legally be together (married) because his father won’t claim him (yet) is tragic. It was a very enjoyable story and this couple, I think, deserve their happy ending so much more so than the other couples in the series. These two went through so much, some unbelievable (his countless beatings and tortures), and they remained hopeful for a future for each other. It was a good story.

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Born of Fury (The League #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Synopsis: The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.

In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.

The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave.

Review: It has been many many years since I have dived into the sci-fi fantasy world that is The League. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to remember all the characters and plots but they jumped off the pages as if they were alive and well and have just been waiting (not so patiently) for me to return to their world. Dancer Hauk is a founding member of the Sentella, a group of assassins bent on destroying The League, a corrupt government /military group that terrorizes the universe. He would love nothing more than to find himself knee-deep in certain death rather than take his nephew on his Endurance test. His nephew hates him and the last time he went on an Endurance test was his own when his older brother died; now he is expected to take his dead brother’s cantankerous son and not kill him. Sumi is sent to find dirt on him and the Sentella and if she succeeds, her boss will free her daughter from League custody. But she can’t do it once she meets Hauk. He is too honorable a male. When her secrets come out she knows he will kill her but she can’t kill him and in fact, defends him and his nephew and niece from mercenaries who were sent to kill Hauk. Their passions flair once the truth comes out and Hauk is tired of being pledged to his dead brother’s wife (a cultural requirement that he has yet to fulfill), and when he finds out that Sumi desires him for who he is and doesn’t care about his scars, he can’t stay away. Once back home on Andaria, they have the fight of their lives; they have to save her daughter, save Hauk from the mercenaries, and save Sumi from Hauk’s dead brother’s widow who doesn’t want him but doesn’t want him happy either. It was a great story and I loved their adventure and love story a lot. I loved seeing all of the old gang with all of their kids. I’m diving right into Born of Defiance next and am excited.

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Shadow Reaper (Shadow Riders #2) by Christine Feehan

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Synopsis#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan continues her sexy new series, as the Ferraros—a Chicago crime family—use their power as shadow riders to protect their empire and the ones they love…

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood – but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her – a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…

Review: I loved, loved, loved book 2 in Feehan’s new series. I have been anxiously waiting for its release ever since book 1, Shadow Rider, came out and I fell in love with the Ferraro family. Mariko was Rocco’s perfect match. A great blend of passionate, strong, and vulnerable. Ricco has held secrets from his family ever since he was 14 years old, all in order to protect them. Now as an adult, he has grown jaded and lost. His playboy persona and celebrity status no longer satisfies him and when he is in a car accident he and his family wonder if he had become suicidal. He doesn’t even know the real answer to that question, but he wants out of the way his life has been going and so he sets out to find a rope model for his Shibari art. He hopes that his art will be able to save him and that maybe he will find a woman who can accept him with all of his baggage, even if she isn’t his “shadow soul mate”. What he doesn’t expect is for the last applicant to be a Shadow Rider that he is pretty sure has been sent to kill him. He is intrigued and hires her anyway. Mariko has a rough and tragic past, one she doesn’t realize until later is connected very closely to Rocco’s secrets from when he was 14. She soon discovers that she cannot kill him even if it is to save her brother. He draws her into his world and they slowly seduce each other using his art as the catalyst. They grow closer and they definitely know how to steam up the page. The conflict was strong and the villains weren’t easily seen. Feehan wove together a complex conflict with ties to both of their pasts and when the entire Ferraro family is attacked they all ban together to seek justice and to find her brother. I loved it and I absolutely hate that I now have to wait an unknown amount of time before book 3 comes out. I am hoping it is Emmanuelle’s story!!!  Love this series so much and I highly recommend it.

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Too Scot to Handle (Windham Brides #2) by Grace Burrowes

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Synopsis: Colin MacHugh is trying to come up to scratch as the brother and heir of a newly minted duke, but Polite Society isn’t keen on a former army captain acquiring even a courtesy title. At the suggestion of an aristocratic friend, Colin takes an interest in a charitable home for urchins. Miss Anwen Windham is devoted to the same institution, and as Colin and Anwen work together to save the failing orphanage, their interest in each other becomes passionate.

When the orphanage’s troubles take a criminal turn, everybody is suspect, from Colin, to the children, to Anwen. If Colin blows retreat and heads home to Scotland, the orphanage will surely fail. If he stays to fight the accusations coming at him from all sides, he could lose a future with Anwen–and his life….

Review: I love Grace Burrowes take on the Regency romance and I love revisiting the Windham family the most.  With that said, I honestly had trouble getting into this one. The characters were good; overall, out of the two main characters, I think I liked Colin the most. The plot was just there, nothing dramatic happened, they came together very easily; no misunderstandings took place, they came out quickly to say “I love you”, the villain was a tiny bit weak, though the prank on Colin was well devised and added a flair to the story. I also liked how the villain was so conceited; Grace Burrowes did a good job with his dialogue, he came across as both annoying and selfish, which was good. I liked the orphans a lot; they had well developed character traits and were fun anytime they were on the page. I don’t know what it was about this one, but I couldn’t get into it. I’ve read 33 books by Grace Burrowes and I think this is the first one I can say didn’t grab me and keep me interested. The romance was sweet and everything seemed to fall into place perfectly for the couple. When you all read it, when it comes out in July, I would love to hear back from you as to what you think, if you have read Grace Burrowes before. It did end well. There was a twist at the end when it came to the villain though I do think he/she/they got off easy. This wasn’t my favorite of Burrowes but it was good.

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New Release! Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

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Synopsis:  Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood—but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her—a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…

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New Release! Blaze by Donna Grant

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Synopsis:

His strength, his masculinity brought out something primal within her. In his arms, she felt like the Amazon warrior she’d once pretended to be as a little girl.

Anson is a fierce Dragon King, a dragon shapeshifter born and bred to protect his own. But when a rogue tech company hacks into their world, he must join forces with the unlikeliest of allies: a human female. Her name is Devon Abrams. A rising star at the firm, she has no idea that her boss is in league with the sinister Fae and their secret war against humanity. If Anson gains her trust, he can defeat the enemy from within. But first he must fight his own attraction―to this exquisitely beautiful mortal…

Devon loves her job at the firm. But sometimes she wishes she could find a man―a real man―who isn’t threatened by her success. When she first meets Anson, she’s overwhelmed by his powerful masculine presence and disarmingly gorgeous smile. But when he reveals his true mission―and his ability to transform into a dragon―she’s irresistibly drawn into an epic battle between humans and immortals, magic and technology, danger and desire. Anson vows to protect her from the Fae. But can he control the flames of passion that blaze within his heart?

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Ember (Rulers of the Sky #2) by Paula Quinn

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Synopsis: Millionaire Garion Gold is the last Drakkon alive on earth, but he doesn’t have to be. His blood holds the power to transform at will or alter any descendant of the ancients. He doesn’t have to live his life alone, hiding from those who seek his blood, secluded in a villa in the mountains of Norway. He can rule the sky with his kind, but the cost to humans is too high. So he remains a man, alone in the clouds, giving up flight and fire for a nobler purpose. He’s suspended in both worlds, belonging to neither, an outcast with a price on his head that has cost others their lives.

Never again.

Helen White will never forget the Gold Drakkon that burned her family to ashes and set her path toward a purpose. To find and kill him before he turns any more Drakkon. But he isn’t the monster she’d prepared herself for. He’s six feet five inches of pure, golden muscle and built like he could lift that hammer from the ground with a tug. He’s mystery and radiance draped in sunshine or starlight. A man whose kiss sets music to the stars and whose truest heart is revealed in his gentleness with the most delicate of creatures; his cat. What will losing her heart to her sworn enemy cost her? And when a life-altering truth is revealed, what will stop her from killing him?

Review: The second book in Paula Quinn’s Rulers of The Sky series was an enjoyable story. We met Garion in book one when he was a small boy, the boy Marcus had to protect from Patrick White. Helena is the daughter of Patrick White and she watched as Garion in Drakkon form killed a lot of her half brothers and sisters in vengeance against killing Thomas White. When this story takes place, Garion and Helena are both grown and Helena wants vengeance against the Gold who killed her extended family.  Garion has grown into a recluse who simply wants to live in peace, but when his sister is threatened by the Bane, he hops on a plane and heads to her rescue.  Once there he meets Helena and they are both surprised by the other.  Helena didn’t expect the Gold to be socially awkward, shy, and guilt-stricken by his actions 14 years ago.  Garion doesn’t expect to be drawn to the enemy. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and as they grow closer villains start to arrive.  When he breaks his promise to her and shifts shape into his Drakkon form and turns her to save her life, she has to come to terms with his reasons and decide if he had lied to her the entire time they knew each other, or if he simply couldn’t fathom a world without her in it. The story builds steadily in the beginning and I enjoyed watching them grow close, but once he is Drakken and taking her to Norway, things seem to become a bit rushed.  She “hates” him for turning her into what she has hated her whole life and he is questioning his vow to suppress permanently his other half.  I would have liked for the story to continue a bit slower than it did once they were in Norway.  They needed to learn to trust each other and she needed to come to terms with being Drakken.  It doesn’t take long till they are throwing snow at each other and kissing passionately, and I would have liked for that portion of the story to go a bit slower.  The ending was good; the final battle was well written.  The final page of the story was rushed; I would have liked to have had more at the very end. Overall, I really liked book 1 more, but book 2 was enjoyable and I liked returning to Quinn’s take on dragon shape-shifters. I look forward to book 3 and am curious who the villain will be in the next installment and who will be the Drakkon it focuses on, maybe Jacob?

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Shadow’s Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #2) by Alexa Egan

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SynopsisThe second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy featuring shape-shifters in Regency-era England.

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

Review: I had difficulty getting into this one and staying interested. The passion felt stunted and rushed in its description. The villain was good and the conflict was interesting, but the plot just was hard to get into.  Not really sure what it was exactly that I found hard to get into. The characters were good, though the tension between the two could have been more developed. The passion could have been explored and drawn out; he was a womanizer after all so that aspect could have played more of a role (his reputation coming back to bite him, him being placed in a situation where she could misconstrue what was going on, etc.) in the tension and emotional development of their relationship. When he goes into Death to save her was a good scene, that added some emotional suspense to the plot. There wasn’t anything bad about it; I was just a bit bored.

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1- Take the graphic (left) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ).

2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.

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Covert Game Covert Game (Ghostwalkers #14) by Christine Feehan

Release Date: March 20, 2018

SynopsisThe GhostWalkers deal with the explosive fallout from Power Game in the lastest suspenseful novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Despite the death of a traitor and key conspirator, the plot to use the GhostWalker experiments to undermine the security of the U.S. by foreign interests still exists. The GhostWalkers themselves must race against the clock to neutralize the danger.

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The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis: Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Review: Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld hasn’t lost its appeal, even at book 12. You would think that it would get tiring or tedious but every book is fresh in the long term plot of the series. The war between Lucifer and Hades is building, and William and Gilly’s whole relationship-nonrelationship came to a head in this one. I really hope Gilly didn’t screw up everything, though I truly can’t see how she and William will get together with what she did in this one. (Sorry, no spoilers, you’ve got to read). Pandora’s role is changing. Galen, who was the villain for some time, is now looking like a straight up good guy. Baden definitely deserved a happy ending after all of the hell he suffered so I was so happy to witness his redemption and release from the guilt and demons that were plaguing him for so long. Katarina was a strong female character with her own dynamic personality and she certainly didn’t take any crap. Their story was entertaining and enjoyable from beginning to end.  I’m looking forward to Cameo’s story with Lazarus next and I really hope William and Gilly get their book soon.

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Lure of Obsession (The Muse Chronicles #1) by Lisa Kessler

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SynopsisThe Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.

Review: This one was such an easy read. I finished it in a day. It is very similar to the Paladins of Darkness series by Alexis Morgan, the Eternal Guardians series by Elizabeth Naughton, and the Iron Portal series by Laurie London. The characters were easy to like, the conflict was believable, the passion was great, and the love story developed steadily. I liked the role reversal with the fact that the man is the one who comes to know the paranormal exists rather than the female.  The women come into their muse at 18 where the Guardians don’t come into their abilities until they cross path with their muse, so it is left to the women to induct the strong alpha type men into their world. It was a fun read and I’m glad I picked it up on NetGalley.

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The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood #6) by Olivia Drake

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Scandalous FlirtThe Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood #6) by Olivia Drake

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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SynopsisScandal begins with just one kiss. . . 

Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.

Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . . and has finally found a way to win her heart?

Review: I had trouble getting into this one. It started out slow and didn’t pick up until chapter 9 when she is caught in his bed chamber looking for the letters. Once they team up to find the letters and blackmailer, the story does get better. Their romance was slow to start and there were some surprise villains and twists to who stole the letters and with her half sister Celeste. The surprises kept it interesting and book ended well.  Lucas was a strong male lead and his dilemma about whether he should marry the woman he has loved for years even though she is poor, or marry an heiress in order to save his family added some suspense to the plot.  I can’t say it was my favorite story I’ve read this year but it was enjoyable.

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Darkest Promise The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

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Release Date: March 27, 2018

I did this one back at LoC 66, but there is now another edition of the book and so I decided to do it a second time.

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance…

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairytale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…

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The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

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The Right Kind of RogueThe Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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SynopsisCan two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Review: I enjoyed Meg and Hart’s story a lot.  There were great highs and lows in the emotional story of these two characters. The passion and suspense was intense at times, especially after they became engaged and then married. Man, I felt so sorry for Meg and I hated how Lucy went about trapping Hart into marriage with Meg. It had a strong plot and conflict that kept the reader engrossed. The characters were well developed and the development of the relationship moved steadily and had bumps along the way that kept the reader emotionally connected to them. I liked Hart and Meg and their story. How she has loved him since she was 16 and how he was too blind to what as in front of him from the very beginning added to the overall story. You felt sorry for Meg and you couldn’t help wanting to yell at Hart for being so cold and stubborn, though Meg was too. Overall, I loved it. I definitely need to go back and read the first 6 books in the series.

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Great Deal! Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12) by Nalini Singh only $1.99

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SynopsisStep into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

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A Talent For Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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The Talent of TemptationA Talent For Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

Release Date: October 2, 2017

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Synopsis: Filled with New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s signature charm and wit, this novella in the hugely popular Sinful Suitors series is sure to tempt you!

Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are struggling with her abductor, Meriel accidentally stabs Quinn with a knife.

Unbeknownst to Meriel, Quinn set up the fake abduction so he could play the hero and win her hand in marriage. But now that his plan has gone disastrously awry, can he convince her that he’s still the man for her?

Sabrina Jeffries brings her famous “quick pacing, witty dialogue, and charmingly original characters” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) to this enchanting romance.

Review: Super short story, probably the shortest story I have read. Two people love each other but neither is brave enough to stand up and say something until Quinn decides to fake an abduction in order to save her and be her hero. He thinks she loves another and wants for her to see that he can be what she needs. She desperately wants a normal life with him away from all of the spying she has been doing, but she doesn’t think he will be able to accept who she really is. When the truth of the abduction comes out though, will she be able to forgive the deceit when all she hungers for is the truth? The story was ok. There really wasn’t much to it. Cute but just ok. Too short to really get involved with the characters or their conflict.

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Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas

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SynopsisWhen an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

Review: Book one of the Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas came to me by the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club. I haven’t read one of her books before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I enjoyed it, it was a refreshing take on historical romance with eccentric families and something I haven’t seen in a lot of regency romance, gypsies, and their culture. I really liked reading something I haven’t read before. The concept of a gypsy man who runs a London gambling house and a very independently willed woman who thinks it is up to her to take care of all of her family was enjoyable to watch unfold. They had chemistry from the moment they met and their relationship developed slowly. The added drama amongst the siblings added humor, tension, sadness, and emotional appeal. The whole family does hook you into their story and makes the reader want more from the Hathaway’s. I definitely will have to pick up the other books in their series.

As part of the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club, they post questions to answer as part of the response to the book.   Below are the questions and my answers:

  1. Kleypas heroes are known for their quick wit and fondness for banter—what was one of your favorite quips of Cam’s in Mine Till Midnight?
  • One of my favorite quips was actually his first one when Amelia is at his club asking him for help to find her brother.  When he informs her that her brother is at a brothel, Amelia intends to go there herself to get him. Cam insists on going with her and his response to her insistence that his additional help wasn’t needed was “Obviously it will be to everyone’s benefit for you to retrieve Ramsay and leave London as quickly as possible. I consider it my civic duty to hasten your departure” (Chapter 2). With that first example of their banter and chemistry set the stage for the whole book and it was funny.

2. Amelia grew up taking care of her brother and sisters; did you relate to her need to put her siblings first or were you rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility?

  • I was definitely rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility.  She meant well, and I agree that her family needed someone to lead and guide, but it shouldn’t have to always be her and I really wanted to see her let loose.  When she finally does, watching her family respond was fun to watch.  Her sisters’ responses were cute and funny, especially the youngest sister’s response to seeing her sister breaking rules and acting out of character.

3. We’re introduced to the entire Hathaway family in this book—who is your favorite Hathaway?

  • This one is hard, but I think my favorite was Win.  The sub plot between her and Merripen peaked my interest. I really want to read their story. Win comes across as quiet yet fierce in her own way.

4. Who do you prefer as a hero: a self-made man or a noble?

  • I think I like the noble because in order to be a hero the noble has to overcome how they were raised, that they are above most other people and that they can do about anything and get away with it. To be a hero the noble usually has to go against the grain, against other nobles to break the mold, to accept (usually) a woman who should be beneath their notice. Don’t get me wrong, the self-made man can also make a good hero, especially when they can win and prove themselves to a noble woman and win their love.

5. Did you feel any sympathy towards Leo throughout Mine Till Midnight?

  • Towards the end, I did become sympathetic towards Leo, but for a lot of the book how he behaved and then had the gall to judge Amelia’s behavior did really annoy me.  He had no right to judge her choices when he was the one bringing more shame and disappointment to the Hathaway family.

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Heart of Fire (Legends of the Storm #1) by Bec McMaster

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Synopsis: The old eddas speak of dreki—fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes, and steal away fair maidens.

Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram—costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter—Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth.

Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic, and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form. It’s the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon-hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk—but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he’s never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?

Review: A new series from the author that brought us the steampunk series, London Steampunk, is now trying her hand at dragons in 1800s Iceland. This was a fresh spin on the dragon genre of paranormal romance and I liked Bec’s take on the lore. The two main characters were strong and suited each other well. The plot developed nicely and slowly, and also kept the reader entertained. The conflict and villains varied in degrees of badness and not all bad guys ended up actually being bad guys, which kept it fresh and moving along. Freyja was a strong character and I am curious about her origins because Bec doesn’t tell us in this book what her origins are though little teaser hints are dropped along the way. Watching Rurik work to win her was fun and their passion was good though I could have used more. Overall, this series definitely has potential and I am already wanting to read more about the dragons and Rurik’s path towards returning home and confronting his uncle and mother.

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This book is also published in the anthology Myths and Magic: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection.

The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels #5) by Kerrigan Byrne

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The Scot Beds His WifeThe Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels #5) by Kerrigan Byrne

Release Date: October 3, 2017

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SynopsisThe Scot Beds His Wife is the next lush, captivating Victorian romance in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne.

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him…more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity…

A marriage most convenient

Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own…

Review: This is the first book by this author I have read and I picked it up through Netgalley. I was a bit worried when I realized I’d be diving into the middle of a series but I wasn’t disappointed. This was such a fun adventure with gun slinging smart-mouthed women and broodingly arrogant men who think they are God’s gift to women but tout they have no heart to give. From the moment she falls into his orchestrated trap at the train station and doesn’t act like the spoiled rich debutant, I knew this was going to be a fun read. I loved it. Every single second of it was full of witty banter, tense emotional moments, great adventure, and just overall an awesome plot and characters. I will go back and read at least Liam and Mena’s story being they played a big role in this one.  Totally a great read.

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Lusting for Covers (84)

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Judgment Road Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1) by Christine Feehan

Release Date: January 30, 2018

SynopsisAn outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford–until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin…

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want–and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club–his heart and his soul.

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Caught by the Scot (Made to Marry #1) by Karen Hawkins

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Release Date: September 26, 2017

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SynopsisCaught by the Scot is a fabulously witty and irresistibly sexy Scottish historical romance from New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will be won over by the spellbinding Made to Marry series.

When the dark Duke of Hamilton loses his beloved wife, he heeds her dying wish that he make certain her three brothers marry well for she fears they are all headed to ruin. Heartsick, the Duke approaches the task with a heavy hand, ordering the three brothers to marry within three months or forego their inheritance.

The middle brother, the dashing Conner Douglas, is not about to give up his independence, but he knows marriage doesn’t always mean one much change, does it? If anything, being married to a pliable sort of female would give him even more opportunity to seduce the married women of the ton. So he heads straight for the most pliable female he knows – a childhood acquaintance and now mousy spinster, the English born and bred Miss Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe.

Conner is so certain Theodora will joyously agree to marry him, that he takes his time traveling to her house and has only one month to secure her hand and marry. Yet when he arrives at her parents’ house he discovers that Theodora has just run away with a local landowner—a farmer, no less! Unknown to Conner, Theodora has been wildly, passionately in love with him for years. But she’s accepted he only sees her as a friend. Unable to sit forever in her parents’ front parlor and wait for what will never happen, Theodora decided to marry someone comfortable in the hopes they might at least become good partners.

Unaware of Theodora’s feelings, Conner isn’t about to let ‘the perfect wife’ get away so easily. But as Conner seduces Theodora, his own feelings stir. And after surviving a trip of mishaps and traps, he discovers that he can’t image her marrying anyone but him.

Review: The first book in a new series brings a batch of brothers who would rather be wenching, flirting, and riding the high seas than to ever become an honest married man. That is until their older sister dies in childbirth and in her will she requires them all to marry respectable women within three months of her passing or lose their inheritance. The first brother up for wedded bliss is Conner, the middle brother, and he decides that he isn’t going to give up his chosen lifestyle. He is going to marry a quiet woman who he can set up at his country home while he goes off riding the high seas and seducing the wives of other men. He decides the perfect candidate is the younger sister of his best friend. But what he doesn’t plan on is that once he finally shows up to propose, she has run off with a local squire.

Thea has loved Conner since she was a young girl but he has never truly seen her. She is only the little sister of his friend and so she finally decides enough is enough and she wants her own household and family. Her candidate for marriage is a decent fellow but he doesn’t spark the desire Conner has always been successful at (if unknowingly) pulling out of her. When he shows up during her elopement and tags along, she comes to realize that she was never successful in giving up her love for him but spending time with him has also shown her that their love is doomed. He is married to the sea and will never be happy on land.

This was a fun story. The antics Conor gets up to to slow down the elopement were fun to watch and how she kept getting so frustrated with his meddling was great. I loved the scene in the breakfast room of one of the inns they staid at between her and Lance when they both decide that they aren’t meant to be was priceless. Lance does get his happily ever after too which was nice to see. Overall an enjoyable story and I look forward to watching the other brothers find true love.

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Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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duke-of-desireDuke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Release Date: October 17, 2017

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Synopsis: A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

Review: The next installment in the Maiden Lane series brings us the dark and moody scarred Duke of Dyemore who we glimpsed at a ball where he warned Iris to leave immediately. Since then she was kidnapped and found herself surround by nude men in masks who planned to rape and kill her, and Dyemore deciding to rescue her from the Lords of Chaos.  Of course, he didn’t expect to get shot in the process by the very woman he set out to rescue or married to her to protect her from the other Lords. He thinks this will be a simple thing, marry her to protect her and then continue on with his quest for revenge. He doesn’t expect that his new wife has dreams and desires of her own and that includes children and a husband who isn’t afraid to come to her bed. The story was full of tension, banked and controlled passion, a woman who isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants, and a man who can’t resist the wife that has come to represent the light amongst all of his darkness. I enjoyed their adventure. The Dionysus was definitely hard to figure out, which kept you guessing as to who the bad guy was and it, of course, took almost losing her for Raphael to realize that he can’t live without Iris. The conclusion of the story was emotional and I am glad that Iris didn’t give up fighting for Raphael and their marriage.

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1- Take the graphic (left) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ).

2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.

3- Copy the direct link to your own L4C post into the comment section on my post (when in doubt, use this link and then scroll down to find the post), and allow others to come and see what you picked!

(OPTIONAL): 4- Besides posting the picture of the book cover you chose, it’s nice to provide the book summary, title, author, or a website link for the book. It’s not required, but it can help you readers’ to add more books to their own list! A brief “Why I choose this cover” is also appreciated, but not required.


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Spellbinder Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison

SynopsisFrom author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…

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Seduced by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #3) by Erin Kellison

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Seduced by FireSeduced by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #3) by Erin Kellison

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SynopsisDragon shifter Ryder Magnus is living a lie. In order to search for lost and forgotten treasure, he lives secretly among humans, posing as a professor of antiquities. When his cover is blown—in front of a classroom of students, no less—he is determined to find the Bloodkin responsible and make them pay.

Bloodkin Aura Ortiz is in a race against time. She must find the powerful Bastard’s Eye before it falls into the wrong hands. When a viral video surfaces of Ryder, smoking with anger and on the verge of a shift, she can’t believe her luck. No one hunts treasure better than he does. If he won’t do it for friendship—that had gone up in flames years ago—will he do it for vengeance?

Aura gets under Ryder’s skin like no other woman—she always has. Their collaboration re-ignites old passions and sets Ryder on a hunt of his own…Aura herself.

As they delve deeper into darkness, their adversaries multiply. Knowing whom to trust is the difference between life and death. Can they put the past behind them and blaze a trail through danger to forge a future together?

Review: The next installment in the Bloodkin series was quick both in the plot and in the conflict. The characters already knew each other and in fact loved each other so it was more a sense of the two coming together to finalize what was already there just never acknowledged. The characters were good, the passion was ok, and the plot was entertaining. I don’t think this is my favorite in the series but it was good. I would have liked more passion and the two main characters could have used some more bantering between the two of them. Their dialogue at times kind of came off as just ok. I did enjoy the read.

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A Touch of Flame (Flame #5) by Caris Roane

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A Touch of FlameA Touch of Flame (Flame #5) by Caris Roane

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Synopsis: A powerful alpha wolf. A gifted witch. Each haunted by death. Can passion drive them to an everlasting love? Or will the enemy forge a hopeless chasm?

The Graveyard was not the place Mark Braden thought he’d breathe his last. He was sure he’d die in the pine forest of Savage Territory, chasing a drug-runner and getting hit by a spray of bullets.
Instead, he’d been ambushed…
~ A Touch of Flame, A Paranormal Romance

About A TOUCH OF FLAME:

Braden should have died in the Graveyard, but the witch, Maeve, saved him. The call of his wolf is on him and he wants her. She can be his alpha-mate. But she has powers that can destroy him and a disrupted memory that holds the answers to his wife’s murder. Can he ever trust a woman who can kill with the power she streams from her bare hands?

Maeve has known only horror, death and destruction since her arrival in Five Bridges as a transformed alter witch. She goes to the Graveyard nightly to rescue those left for dead by the evil rampant in all five territories of her new world. She fears the power she possesses and the gaps in her memory frighten her more than anything else. But when she rescues Braden from an attack in the Graveyard, and she realizes she’s drawn to the handsome wolf, the nightmare really begins.

Review: The next installment in the flame series was good. Their interactions were good though sometimes with how easily he accepted her witchness was a little weak I think.  If he believed that a witch killed his wife then I would have liked to see his dislike and distrust of them play more of a role in the conflict. There could have been more tension there with him having to come to terms with her being a witch. The plot was good and the conflict was strong, I just needed a stronger interaction between the characters and more of a conflict with what each of them was and her role in his past. There was great potential for high emotional tension when the truth of who killed his wife came out and they teased at it, but I would have loved for it to be drawn out more before he went to her rescue. I enjoyed it but I don’t think this was a favorite of mine in the Flame series.

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Hard BreakerHard Breaker (Gargoyles #6) by Christine Warren

Release Date: October 31, 2017

Synopsis:  From New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren comes the sixth book in her red-hot romance series in which even the most beastly gargoyle is able to win the heart of a beautiful human woman.

Ivy Beckett has a special gift. She can hear voices, feel events, and receive messages from great distances. Which is also a curse. The moment her family is killed by the servants of the Darkness, she knows it. And the only way to fight these evil forces is to align her powers with a Guardian. A legendary warrior of stone who strikes fear in her heart―and fire in her soul…

Baen is a fierce and powerful gargoyle who has sworn to protect all humans from the Darkness. But when this mighty winged warrior swoops down to rescue Ivy from the jaws of death, he is drawn into a battle that is more dangerous―and more intimate―than he ever bargained for. The beautiful, gifted Ivy touches something deep within him, an all-consuming passion that puts both their lives at risk. Can he conquer the armies of evil itself . . . without losing the woman he loves?

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The Right Kind of RogueThe Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

Release Date: October 31, 2017

SynopsisCan two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

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Lusting for Covers (82)

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Lusting for Covers is a meme found on TBQ so come and join in on this fun meme!!!lusting-for-covers-updated (2)

1- Take the graphic (left) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ).

2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.

3- Copy the direct link to your own L4C post into the comment section on my post (when in doubt, use this link and then scroll down to find the post), and allow others to come and see what you picked!

(OPTIONAL): 4- Besides posting the picture of the book cover you chose, it’s nice to provide the book summary, title, author, or a website link for the book. It’s not required, but it can help you readers’ to add more books to their own list! A brief “Why I choose this cover” is also appreciated, but not required.


My post for this fun meme is:


The Scot's Bride The Scot’s Bride (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #6) by Paula Quinn

Release Date: October 31, 2017

SynopsisAN IRRESISTIBLE SCOUNDREL
Highlander Patrick MacGregor likes his life just the way it is. Fighting for his coin, enjoying a woman’s charms, and bearing no responsibility at all? Aye, that’s the life for him. That is, until Patrick sees her-a raven-haired beauty with eyes as dark as midnight. Patrick swore never to fall in love. Not even with a lass as wild as he…especially when she’s from a rival clan.

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE
Charlotte Cunningham knows Patrick is trouble the moment she sets eyes on him. Her only goal is to escape the possibility of marriage. Any marriage. But as the summer days turn into sultry nights, enticing her beyond reason, Charlie is forced to choose between the freedom she craves and the reckless rogue she can’t forget.

In the New York Times bestselling tradition of Lynsay Sands, Hannah Howell, and Karen Hawkins comes a new book in Paula Quinn’s new sinfully sexy Scottish romance series.

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