Her Rogue Alpha

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Layla Halliwell is a feline shifter who is in love with former Special Force Jayson Harmon. Unfortunately he was badly injured and in pain and can’t get his head around the fact that this beauty wants nothing more than have him as HER ROGUE ALPHA.

Unknown to Layla, Jayson allows himself to be a test guinea pig in the hopes of being stronger and in his mind worthy of Layla. Almost immediately he is sent out on a mission that is suppose to be a simple search and rescue that goes horribly wrong and he is almost taken out by his so called partner. Layla breaks the rules and goes after him because she knows something that he doesn’t about the injection that he took. Will she be in time or too late? And will the truth be too much for them to even have a chance.

HER ROGUE ALPHA is action packed but with a lot of personal interaction going on. This is Layla and Jayson’s fantastic story but a number of other plot lines continue in author Paige Tyler’s X-Ops series. I loved Layla and her determination to make a difference in the world around her and to try to make Jayson come to his senses. I understand where Jayson is coming from; he had been special forces and now reduced to a weapons specialist, but I wanted to bang his head in the wall for taking the chance with the hybrid drug. Why would he trust the idiot who is charge of that particular part of the operations? No one does! Oh … well I guess love will make you do stupid things. I enjoyed all the different touches that lets the reader revisit characters from the previous books as always and the ongoing situations that has readers biting their nails wondering what will happen next. Ms. Tyler is one of my automatic reads and this one is no exception, so if you love shifters, alpha heroes, romance, action and a few surprises then HER ROGUE ALPHA has got to be in your hands.

Twilight Dreams

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When Holly Parrish mistakes Micah Ravenwood for someone else, her life takes on a dramatic and unforeseen turn. She finds herself in the midst of TWILIGHT DREAMS where vampires exist and this gorgeous man is one of them

Micah is a vampire who has survived thanks to the help of a close friend Rylan Saintcrow, a very ancient vampire. Micah remembers much of his humanity, he still has his family, who don’t know what he has become and now he has the beginning of a sweet romance going with a lovely woman.

Too bad another ancient vampire is hunting his friend and pulling him into danger and by his involvement with Holly she is a target too. Unfortunately, Holly doesn’t have time to adjust to the new world she had been thrown into making things very uncomfortable and very worrisome. Holly has to decide if she is still sane and if she could possibly love a vampire … he’s gorgeous and sweet but … he’s dead.

Author Amanda Ashley taking us into her amazing world of vampires with another sexy, intriguing read in TWILIGHT DREAMS. Micah’s story is touching and makes you understand his reluctance in falling for Holly, having buried a past human lover. Holly is feisty, though there were a few times that I found her irritating, but then again I haven’t found out the guy I was falling in love with is a vampire. Not sure how I would handle that either. I loved that when Micah realizes that Holly is in danger his first thought is her protection and the safest place he could think of is the town he had left behind, protected by the most powerful vampire he knows. It was also very interesting that Micah’s “human” family didn’t have any idea of his being a vampire and the danger they face that forces him to admit to the truth. I loved his mother’s reaction and as a Mom myself can totally understand her.

TWILIGHT DREAMS is the sequel to “As Twilight Falls” where we met Rylan and Kadie and in this book we have time to learn more about their lives while Holly works through her worries and fears. Micah also has a few things to think over too and of course we get some very steamy moments while they are both thinking. I have never been disappointed in any of Ms. Ashley’s books and this one is right up there with the others.

Quick note: This is a book I reviewed originally for Fresh Fiction in 2015 but this re-release has been added to for Ms. Ashley’s new publisher. If you enjoyed the first go around with the added scenes and time it is even better. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Review: Incubation by Laura DiSilverio

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Reunion Day is approaching and Everly Jax is excited about the possibility of learning who her parents are. Unfortunately, everything she hopes for is shattered that day and Everly instead escapes from her home in the Kube. Everly and her two best friends, Halla and Wyck, struggle to survive the dangers lurking in the outside world, but each one of them has a different goal in mind. Can they forge a path in a world outside the Kube?

I love that Laura DiSilverio takes time to build up her characters as we begin to get a sense for just how much they have endured in this harsh, dystopian world. Everly is, of course, my favorite. She’s a spunky heroine, loyal to her friends even when that loyalty hurts. Halla and Wyck are interesting as well, but it is Saben and Fiere who intrigue me the most. I hope we see more of them in the second book as I’m fascinated by their stories so far.

INCUBATION is the first book in The Incubation Trilogy, and wow, what a way to kick the series off! I’ve read some of Laura DiSilverio’s cozy mysteries before but I think I love her writing style all the more in this genre. I can’t wait to start on the second book, particularly considering the major cliffhanger that ends INCUBATION. Easily recommended!

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio

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It was supposed to be a “Celebration of Gothic Novels” but somehow it ended in murder instead. Amy-Faye Johnson is in charge of organizing all the events associated with the event, but the authors attending are proving to quite difficult.  Amy-Faye and the Readaholics set out to investigate. Does one of the visiting authors harbor a secret worth killing for?

I love Amy-Faye and the rest of the Readaholics so it was with great pleasure that I dived into THE READAHOLICS AND THE GOTHIC GALA! Maud is still my favorite character as I love her quirky personality and ability to see conspiracies everywhere. I like that we get a bit more insight into her character and her history, as we meet some of her former college friends in THE READAHOLICS AND THE GOTHIC GALA.

THE READAHOLICS AND THE GOTHIC GALA is the third book in the Book Club Mystery series but can easily be read as a standalone. REBECCA is one of my all-time favorite classics, so I was thrilled to see the combination of a great series and a great classic. And oh, Laura DiSilverio does a magnificent job at weaving the classic story of REBECCA into the plotline of THE READAHOLICS AND THE GOTHIC GALA! If you like gothic novels and mysteries, then you’re in for a real treat with this book!

*The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Twisted Up by Erin Nicholas

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Published August 23rd 2016 by Montlake Romance

ISBN: 9781503936782

Series:  Taking Chances #1         Rating 4-1/2*

Avery Sparks is a master of organization and containing chaos.   As the Fire Chief and head of Emergency Management for hr hometown of Chance, Nebraska – smack dab in the middle of ‘tornado alley’ she is one very busy gal controlling most aspects of any major tornado or fire disaster.  Clear headedness is one thing she must maintain, but when Jake Mitchell, her first everything the night of her high school graduation comes back to town, Avery is having a heck of a time trying to control her head, never mind that a disastrous tornado is heading their way!

Jake simply wanted to do something with his life – he wanted to make a difference and he seemed to find his niche as a nationally recognized leader in disaster recovery.  However each time he returns home to visit his parents his home seems so much more comfortable than the ‘road’ going to one disaster after another.   But one of the bigger reasons he finds when he returns home is Avery Sparks, the young woman he hasn’t really forgotten since the night of her Prom.  Avery had fully intended to move on just as Jake had, but wishing and accomplishing that feat was harder than she could accomplish each time Jake came to town.

This was a truly interesting read with the background featuring a very dangerous tornado ripping through town.   The romance of course, was nothing new with boy has a love affair with girl – he leaves – she swears to move on – and then he comes back and sparks fly again.  What kept this from being a ho-hum average read was the fight back from a disastrous tornado and how the people all pitched in a this small town to start all over and help one another.

Bottom line:   Pretty good light read for a summer beach time novel.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Putting Out Old Flames by Allyson Charles

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Published August 16th 2016 by Lyrical Shine

ISBN13:    9781601836038    Series:   Pineville #1

Rating:  4*

Jane Willoughby who hardly ever takes a day off from her job of answering 911 calls was blindsided when she opened her door to meet her new co-chair for the Annual Firemen’s ball.   How much worse could she feel to see her ex standing on her doorstep!  The man who broke her heart by leaving town with no face to face but leaving her a greeting card!  Jane has kept her rage at a slow simmer but her temper is about to explode other than the fact that the Mayor was also there and she didn’t think letting loose now would be to her advantage!

Chance McGovern her one true love from high school broke up with Jane with a damn greeting card and today he agrees it was a cowardly thing to do but when your a young dumb kid settling down was just not in his plans at that time.  So after nine years he finds himself face to face with Jane. Unfortunately, Chance senses her disgust  even as she is admiring his fine looking washboard abs and even broader shoulders than she remembered.

What follows is a rather enjoyable tale of “she protests to much”. However enter an adorable 4 year old (Chance’s son) and Jane can’t help to adore the little tot and begins to soften just a smidgen towards Chance for love of Josh.  Enter Chance’s ex-wife and let the battles begin.

Bottom line:   A pleasant and pleasurable summer read.  Recommended.

Review: The Sight by Chloe Neill

TheSightClaire Connolly is learning more about her hidden magical abilities while moonlighting as an apprentice bounty hunter with Liam Quinn. Liam is aware that Claire is a Sensitive and he struggles to keep a boundary between them, ever fearful she could lose control and become a wraith.  Should Claire become a wraith, Liam would have to lock her in Devil’s Isle, the government-sanctioned community for all individuals displaying paranormal abilities.  However, a cult is now targeting anyone who isn’t actively interested in eradicating all paranormals. Can Claire and Liam work together to once again save New Orleans? Or will they have to sacrifice everything to stop Reveillon?

Chloe Neill does a marvelous job at furthering the world building and character development in THE SIGHT. THE SIGHT is focused more on the politics underlying the various factions as we start to get a better sense of just how divided the world has become.  One of the aspects that really enhances our understanding of the world is that Claire is surrounded by friends who are in various roles within the new governmental system. Whether it’s seeing things from the perspective of a bounty hunter, containment agent, or a paranormal trapped in Devil’s Isle, we get an inside look at how the relationships intertwine.

Claire is a phenomenal urban fantasy heroine! She isn’t afraid to do the right thing, even when it costs her everything. In fact, my only complaint with THE SIGHT is the enormous cliffhanger moment Chloe Neill leaves us with. My heart is still breaking for Claire and I can only hope Chloe Neill’s next book is published soon.

Chloe Neill has rapidly become one of my favorite urban fantasy authors and THE SIGHT once again showcases her phenomenal talent. If you haven’t read THE VEIL yet, stop what you are doing and read that before starting THE SIGHT.  Chloe Neill plunges readers headlong into the second book of the Devil’s Isle series, and oh what a treat she has for readers!  Highly recommended!

*A copy of this book was provided from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

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With a very clever, well-written plot, I think THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES is brilliant. I really enjoyed it and will surely be reading other books by Sarah Maine. I found I just had to keep reading to find out what happened in the end. It is a real roller coaster of a book with the tension building piece by piece. Sarah had my emotions all over the place and I truly love when an author can do that to me.

 

 

ARC received from Net galley for an honest review.

Review: Don’t Tempt Me

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Sweet, steamy romance that will take you away.

I will have to say right away I loved DON’T TEMPT ME. Readers get two very complex stories in one great book. You will meet Honor Brown, a sweetheart of a girl determined to make it on her own, so much so that she equates accepting help as showing weakness. After losing her mother, she is dropped off at her grandfather’s home by her father who then disappears. Her aunts and cousin always made her feel as if she was taking advantage of the old man … even though that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Jason Guthrie, her new next door neighbor, is a helper. He does things for people, it’s just the way he is. The last thing he does want is the attraction he feels for her. After all she’s prickly, defensive and closed up. But as she slowly loosens around him, he finds that the woman she is hiding is a damn fine one, who makes his heart beat a lot faster. He didn’t expect the protectiveness that sweeps over him when he finds she is harassed and endangered. Nothing was going to happen to her if he could help it.

The second part of the story line brings us Lexie Perkins, Honor’s best friend, and what most people would see as a party girl. Sullivan Dean might be attracted to her, but the last thing he wants is an involvement with her. He wants to work with and teach his martial arts to students who need an outlet. Little by little the party girl façade falls away as she lets him see the warm, caring woman she really is.

DON’T TEMPT ME is a fantastic read that will give you the proverbial warm fuzzies as you devour the pages. Honor and Lexie are two different types of women bonded together out of need. Jason has his hands full with his brother and nephew who have moved in with him after the brother’s marriage broke up, but he is unable to not help Honor with her dilapidated house. It takes Honor a while to learn that accepting help is OK, and also to later find her backbone. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and the patience of Jason, who despite his own reluctance, knew she is special. Then add in Sullivan and Lexie’s story and their learning curve with each other and wham … love all around. I enjoyed the “giving” Honor a guard dog (you will have to read it to understand what I mean by that) and the two brothers and son/nephew’s interaction with each other as we the reader are getting to know them. I enjoyed this little town and the people in it and want to move there. If you want romance, sweet and steamy, men who are men (raised right with manners and well … hot), and women who are strong in their own rights, then DON’T TEMPT ME will be a read you want in your hands.