Review: Strength Enduring
Carrie Ann Ryan
I thoroughly enjoyed this return to author Carrie Ann Ryan’s Talon Pack. The characters, the action, the secret that almost destroys a family, and add to that a mated pair that one mate wants to deny – for her safety, of course, it all rolls into an amazing read.
Kam Brentwood is an enforcer, he knows how to defeat the enemy, he’s tough, he’s fierce, but when it comes to one little human woman, he turns into an idiot with his foot in his mouth constantly. Dhanielle Coburn is the human who is hired to teach the children of the pack, after being fired from her human school because of her friendship with the pack members, she begins to feel closer to the pack members. Too bad Kam is such an idiot.
They are just starting to get some communication going when they are forced into a “mating” to prove that she hadn’t been kidnapped and held by the pack members. The action is due in part to a secret that happened at her birth, one she doesn’t know anything about and the shenanigans of the packs enemy, Blade, who is still determined to rule all packs. Fate has a way of doing what she wants and watching the couple struggle with the truth that they are meant to be together. It is a really good look at communication, right and wrong ways to work things out and gaining trust through secrets and setbacks on an emotional level.
I enjoy this series and can’t wait to see is next in this author’s wicked mind.
Inked Nights: 1001 Dark Nights series – Carrie Ann Ryan
reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Derek Hawkins and Olivia Madison have spent four years meeting once a month, known only to each other by their first initial. No other information is allowed. Everything seems just fine until D doesn’t want to be D anymore, he wants to be Derek and he wants to share his growing feelings for O. Olivia’s past just won’t let her go, won’t let her fall for Derek, won’t let her tell him the truth.
Wow! If you have read any of author Carrie Ann Ryan’s Montgomery books then you have met Derek who works as a tattoo artist for Austin Montgomery. I was hoping for his book and this one is perfect for him. Olivia is a woman who had a traumatic event in her life and seemed to be only living a half life, holding herself back. So the once a month anonymous affair was perfect. Derek felt otherwise and for awhile I worried that his heart would get broken, but I should have known Ms. Ryan would make it all work out.
Interesting set up, wonderful dialogue, steamy that will have you fanning yourself, yet there is a sweetness that will have you sighing. Another great offering from this author.
By Carrie Ann Ryan Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
WHISKEY REVEALS will not let you put it down!!
I love this quaint homey little town and the family is amazing. The romance between Fox and Melody might have started out as a once and done but that isn’t what fate wants to offer them. She came to town to settle down, become a dance teacher and try to live with the past that haunts her. A past that cost her a dance career as a ballerina. But it was the friends she went to Juilliard School of Performing Arts with that in one drunken night lost that haunts her the most. Then a stalker, who knows her past won’t let her move on, but seems determined to make her pay, comes out of the woodwork and Melody has only one person to turn to. Fox – the one man who will do whatever he must to protect her.
I enjoyed following along as this couple, who managed to do things a little backwards, begin to learn about each other and fall in love. The sexual tension between these two is, of course, off the charts as author Carrie Ann Ryan loves to give her readers. But I found the sweetness of them getting to know each other and learn to trust what really drew me into the storyline.
If you want sweet and steamy romance, with hints of danger, family and friends in the feel of a small town then get your hands on WHISKEY REVEAL right away!
Review by Annetta Sweetko
In FALLEN INK Adrienne Montgomery, with her brother Shep, is opening a tattoo shop MIT (Montgomery Ink Too), which can be stressful enough but a number of other things come into play adding more. Someone doesn’t want “their kind” in the neighborhood, forcing them to deal with threats and vandalism. Mace Knight, her best friend and fellow tattoo artist, suddenly becomes a full time father to his adorable 4 year old daughter, Daisy, when his ex-decides she wants to go overseas to work.
On top of all that – these two best friends, Adrienne and Mace, find that the other has much deeper feelings than they had ever expressed. It is simple, neither of them wanted to lose their best friend and sex once the thrill wears off could lead to just that. But, what if the thrill just kept getting better!
FALLEN INK is steamy, sweet, complicated story of friends to lovers who in the end are still friends and lovers. It is well written, though there might be just a bit too much angst over losing the friendship if things go wrong. I thought Adrienne and Mace are perfect for each other and the Montgomery family are as always amazing people who band together.
I think it is family, being together, helping each other and being there for each other, that is always the main stay in all the Montgomery books. No matter what happens you can bet a Montgomery will be there and I love seeing families like them in books. I can’t wait to see where the next in the series takes us
AUTHOR: Carrie Ann Ryan
Walker Brentwood is a healer for his pack but there is nothing he can do about the changes in the mating bonds. Shifters have always “known” their mate by scent or sight but that has changed. They struggle now just as the humans search for love and sometimes get it right.
Aimee Reagan knows shifters and magic are real, but she isn’t sure about herself. She knows something is wrong but not what and when someone other than a Talon Pack member sets his sights on her, her battle to survive begins in earnest.
Walker and Aimee are what I have been waiting for in this fascinating series. Their story is truly magical and one that stays with you long after “the end “appears. I love this series with it’s twists and turns as the packs deal with daily life and with things beyond their control. There is a number of moments that will have you smiling, laughing and just might bring you to tears.
We also get a better look at the enemy pack and their Alpha, Blade. I am so hoping he gets his soon.
If you want a heart touching, scorching with steamy moments, family and friends that have the couples back then get your hands on ETERNAL MOURNING.
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Dare Collins, former cop turned bartender is working on getting his act together and the last thing he wants is to become attracted to the family’s new innkeeper. The Inn is above his bar and restaurant so he finds himself working with the city girl with new ideas and legs a mile long.
Kenzie Owens, divorced from her abusive husband, goes to Whiskey, Pa. to start a new life. She didn’t plan to fall in love with the aggravating bartender or his family. But their world is hard to resist. It is unfortunate that her past viciously finds her and threatens everything that she has come to hold dear.
Wow – what an amazing beginning to a new series. Author Carrie Ann Ryan has a way of spinning a story that makes you feel as if you are a part of her make-believe world and never want to leave it. The Collins family are awesome, they are there for one another either an ear to listen, a pat on the back or a punch in the face … whichever is needed. There are a lot of things that are complicating both of their lives and Ms. Ryan, deals with each problem in a concise way that adds to the realistic feel of this couple.
Whiskey Secrets is filled with love, sweet and very steamy, family being helpful and/or a pain, real life situations, danger and drama all adding up to form a book that will thrill you.
By Donna Grant
Werewolf Kane LaRue’s family has been battling Delphine, a voodoo priestess who has her mind set on ruling the world, for years. Now things have changes as his brothers, and a number of cousins, have mates. He is single so he takes it upon himself to rid the world of one evil voodoo priestess.
Elise is a veterinarian who after surviving a horrifying event in her past has settled in the bayou. She is living a simple life caring for animals in the area. How could she ever imagine that one night would change her life once again? In an attempt to rescue a very large black dog she comes face to face with the sexiest man she had ever met. This “man” brings out things she just isn’t comfortable with but knows that just that quickly her heart is very much involved.
MOON BOUND is the amazing finale of this series. I am a big fan of author Donna Grant, fell for her Warriors and her Dragon Kings a long time ago, but this is the first LaRue book I have had the opportunity to get my hands on. Moon Bound is Kane LaRue’s story and wow … is it action packed, with just the right touch of romance. I loved Elise, right away and knew that if anyone could, Kane would help her see that she still was a woman who deserved to be loved. Kane is a protector, who is willing to do whatever he must to protect his family, to protect the people he loves even commit the biggest sacrifice … his life. I can’t say much more as it could be construed as spoilers and I hate to do that to anyone. Suffice it to say love wins and evil loses.
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
INKED MEMORIES is a perfect wrap-up for the Denver Montgomery Ink saga with the final brother getting his HEA. The series has had all the things I love in books: characters that are believable, sweet and steamy romance, family, snarky conversations intermixed with much needed (whether wanted or not) advice, touches of danger that help draw the characters together and, of course, the happily ever after everyone is looking for. Needless to say INKED MEMORIES gives all this with, maybe, just a bit of sadness that it is ending.
I have to admit that, at first, I did have a little trouble with this couple, as she was Wes’ brother’s “friend with benefits” before he met his true love and moved on. This sort of put a bit of “ick” to the story but I put it aside and moved to read it as Wes and Jillian’s story. I am so glad I did. As I read I got a much better understanding of all the where’s and why’s that had them both acting the way they did. As the book progressed, I really liked them, and wanted them to be together.
I always love to revisit past characters and watch as the families mingle with their barbs back and forth, the children who have come along and seeing the satisfaction that they have all found love. I really hope Ms. Ryan will give us a few more looks at this family in future offerings.
Cassie Howard is a hard working data analyst and the last thing she needs is the new analyst, Drew Kerrigan, who has come in and started taking credit for work she has done. Part of the problem is that sometimes things that come into her head just pop right out of her mouth. And some of the things she is thinking about Drew shouldn’t be said out loud.
Drew Kerrigan has always found computers easier to understand than people. But the undercover F.B.I. agent never expected to find his suspect to be gorgeous and sexy. Now he has to work hard on ferreting out the truth or lose his heart.
THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE is a cute, steamy, sexy and fun read. Author Kadie Scott gives a good look at nerd world of analysts and computers, but in a way that we who are not so savvy can understand. Cassie and Drew are an amazingly perfect couple, but of course, things had to get a little sideways for them. After her mom and his friend talked to them separately they finally managed to work toward finding the truth. Then his grand announcement that he loved her in front of her co-workers was very dramatic and would have garnered applause anywhere. Loved the secondary characters, who seemed like everyday people you would find in any office and even the bad guys came out as a bit of a surprise.