Review of …. Talen

Author:  Rebecca Zanetti

The war may be over but a few beings didn’t get the memo.

Talen Kayrs and the love of his very long life Cara Kayrs plan a simple delivery and then some time together now that she is cured of the long illness that had lingered for most of their time together. She healed and she’s tired of being treated like a fragile idiot. Getting through to an ancient vampire is like pounding on a reinforced concrete wall. Maybe after the vacation and some tropical romantic days he’ll get the message that she is well and very healthy.

Unfortunately, his instincts are right and in no time at all they have demons throwing mind games at them and well … that is only the beginning. How will Cara ever get it through his head that she doesn’t need him to be her protector if danger won’t leave them alone!

I loved visiting Talen and Cara again and getting updates on their lives. I have to admit I still have trouble thinking of the children as grown-up and for heavens sake they are grandparents to a precocious little girl. This is a perfect link between author Rebecca Zanetti’s Protectors and her Realm Enforcers and let’s be honest who doesn’t want a little more Kayrs in the world.

This is an action-packed, reunion of sorts, with vampires, demons, werewolves and some closure now that the war has ended … or has it? Only our beloved author knows that for sure.

 

Midnight Fever

Author: Lisa Marie Rice

Nick Mancino has been dreaming about Dr. Kay Hudson since their last meeting when he saved her grandfather. Kay seemed to be pushing him away, but when he finally catches up with her their night is totally mind blowing. Little does he know that within a short time he will find himself caught up in deadly danger with Kay in the center. There is no way danger will get to her unless it goes through him.

Midnight Fever is an action packed read. Sometimes when a series continues the writing seems forced as if it is a chore and no longer a desire for the author. This is not the case for author Lisa Marie Rice and her Men of Midnight series. Each one has the same intriguing feel and the men of Midnight are tough, strong, able men who turn to mush when it comes to their women. Which is something that I enjoy reading. This one centers on Nick and Kay and … wow … do they have a story. I thought it a nice twist that the reason Kay was pushing Nick away was to protect him … he was F.B.I. at the time and she already knew something was wrong with where she worked and was going to become a whistleblower and did not want to ruin his career in the process. That was an ahhh moment for the readers and for Nick himself.

I have to admit that some of the scientific chatter slowed the book down for me but there was enough gun action and steamy action to speed it right back up. I also enjoy the returning of the other members of the team, their wives and growing families, and watching them all work together to end the most recent danger to the world. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next offering by Ms. Rice as there were a few items in this book that lacked a definitive conclusion, so I am hoping the next will offer more information.

If you want high octane action, sweet and steamy romance, with a team of people saving the world from evil then Midnight Fever will fit the bill perfectly.

Fractured Silence

By Carrie Ann Ryan

Parker Jameson has been hit with a prophecy dealing with threes and a dagger that belonged to the first of his line. Not sure how he can possibly fulfill this prophecy as he is growing weaker and needs to find his mate. The last thing he expects is that Brandon Brentwood, an Omega and youngest of a Talon Pack family would have an important part in his future. Then add in Avery Montag, the daughter of a traitor to the wolves and you have an interesting mix.

I have been looking forward to the return of author Carrie Ann Ryan’s “Talon Pack” books and was immediately drawn into this fast paced world. The wolves are outed and the humans are, of course, mixed in their feelings. Parker, Brandon and Avery will have to work together to bring even a modicum of safety to the wolves and that itself is an amazing process to watch. They have to learn to trust, lean on each other and support each other, especially when it turns out they are mates. I guess I need not say that this is a M/M/F storyline and I admit though it is not one of my favorite scenarios it fits the plot the best.

Fractured Silence is action packed, but the emotional aspect of it was what held me captivated. I wanted to see if they could find their truth and hold on to one another. If you are looking for a fantastic read and love roller coaster rides then Fractured Silence will take you on one.

This book is the end of this particular thread of the Talon Pack series and Ms. Ryan strove to give her readers everything we expected. I look forward to the next offerings by her.

 

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

Hard Justice

Fallon Wade wants only to spread her wings and to appease her overly protective parents she allows them to hire a bodyguard to help her enjoy life. She was pleasantly surprised with her father’s choice. He’s a former MMA fighter now a member of the Body Armor Agency and he is yummy. She never imagined getting a chance to live a little would bring her such a HARD JUSTICE and so much fun.

Justice Wallington gave up the cage fighting, not because he didn’t have the skills but knew he wasn’t champion material, so he turned to Body Armor and in turn to Fallon. Expecting a spoiled rich girl, ready to throw temper tantrums to get her way he is very amazed; she is level headed, down to earth, and innocent in a number of life experiences. After being fired by her father and then rehired, Justice wants to help Fallon enjoy life. His main problem is … separating his feelings from those of a body guard to the way he is really feeling. Because truth be known one thing that Fallon inspires in him is love.

As always with books by Lori Foster I run out of adjectives to describe them and HARD JUSTICE has me tongue tied. I loved it. I loved Justice and adored Fallon. I loved that Ms. Foster brought back the boys from her past series’ and their wives and children. I mean what better place to be than with the guys at Rowdy’s bar and go on a “date” to see Stack fight in the cage.

I won’t say what the danger is or from where it comes from, you will have to read HARD JUSTICE to find that out, but I will say it fit well with the scheme of this whole story line. The dialogue between this couple, their friends and family members is so realistic it was like listening to real people discussing everyday life. I did enjoy the slow pace of the romantic side of this storyline as it built up, sometimes you just have to feel the tension to know that this couple have earned each other. Romance readers have no fear the love comes and wraps them both up beautifully as is expected by this author. If you are looking for sweet, steamy, action packed, with everyday interactions and camaraderie then HARD JUSTICE is the book for you.

Review by Annetta Sweetko via ARC from author

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson Hauptmann has had an eventful life … a flighty mother, raised by the Marrok (the grand alpha of all werewolves) and marrying the Alpha werewolf of Tri-Cities. Things always seem to smooth out for a little respite then she is in trouble again. Now she has been attacked and taken from Tri-Cities with her captures planning to use her as a weapon. They underestimate Mercy in her coyote form and she manages to escape, but she finds herself without help and lost in Europe. With the SILENCE FALLEN between her, Adam and the pack, she must find a way to contact them, but in the meantime she has to find help. All she has to do is figure out friend from foe.

All I can say about this addition of author Patricia Briggs “Mercy Thompson” series is … amazing! The set up takes us out of Tri-Cities and puts Mercy back to being the lone wolf (OK so she is a coyote but I think you know what I mean) from the days before her marriage. She has a bond with her husband that allows them to “speak” to each other and that bond has been broken throwing her, Adam and the pack into a frenzy of worry. She has to depend on her instincts while struggling to find a way to contact her husband and their pack or even the vampires and witches she knows.

Having never been to Europe, I felt that Ms. Briggs did an amazing job of making readers feel as if they really were there with Mercy. The descriptions brought it all to life in a vibrant and clear way. I did find a couple of pages that might have been a bit too descriptive and didn’t really add anything, but didn’t hurt except take the reader away from the main topic.

I also loved the different POV chapters, it always helps to know what the others are doing while Mercy is trying to escape and survive. This is something that I have found other authors doing and completely enjoy it … I love to know what the other party is doing, thinking and feeling. Helps push the story along and give readers a deeper understanding of all the missing parts as they come together.

If you love the Mercy Thompson series, ghosts, vampires, a strong heroine who isn’t going to back down despite feeling outnumbered and a wolf who will move mountains to get his mate back then SILENCE FALLEN will hit the mark.

Review by Annetta Sweetko from ARC from NetGalley

Review: Home At Last by Lily Everett

Home AtLast

Series: Sanctuary Island #6

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (March 7, 2017)

NET Galley – March 7, 2017 (ISBN13: 9781250074065)

Rating:  4*

After his mothers funeral, Marcus Beckett had left Sanctuary Island with the intention of never returning.  But now, after living the dangerous job he’d had as a bodyguard for some high value politicians, he was ready to return and enjoy a solitary life as the proprietor of a small neighborhood bar in his hometown.

Unfortunately, Marcus had made a huge mistake. He had seduced and then dumped the town’s sweetheart, Quinn Harper.  Marcus actually thought he was doing Quinn a kindness – a great gal like Quinn had no business with a broken man like him!   Consequently, his business was taking a hit by the customers who thought his treatment of Quinn was not nice and they were now boycotting his bar.

Quinn was worried sick over her parents as her mother seemed enthralled with her latest marriage counselor who seemed more like he was counseling for a divorce than a reconciliation between her parents.  As such Quinn came up with a  fake four-week courtship where by she would convince Marcus to play along and pretend they were seriously dating, letting he r parents know that all was well in her life and letting the townspeople know it was all right to come and frequent Marcus’ bar again.

*** In this stand-alone story HOME AT LAST by Lily Everett, we are once again visiting the charming area of Sanctuary Island and some of the marvelous characters that you’ve met in previous books from this SANCTUARY ISLAND series.  Marcus and Quinn had began a relationship in the previous book of this series which had ended in a humiliating breakup for Quinn.   Wanting desperately to save her parents marriage, Quinn begged Marcus to go along with her scheme and even though Marcus was reluctant he couldn’t deny that he really did want Quinn as much as she wanted him.

The pacing was done very well and this was an easy read.  The growth Marcus maintained after he finally opened up about his past and came to terms with his aversion of his father made it easier to be honest with Quinn.    Loved the storyline regarding the conman marriage counselor and loved seeing him get his comeuppance.   Bottom line:   A really fun and heartwarming story that is perfectly enjoyable.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: The Arrangement by Mary Balogh

TheArrangement

Series:  The Survivors’ Club #2

Paperback, 366 pages    Published August 27th 2013 by Dell

ISBN13: 9780345535870 Rating:  5*

Desperate to escape all his relatives efforts in finding him a suitable bride, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh flees to a remote country village.  His relatives all want what they consider is best for him since he came home from the wars after losing his eyesight.   Vincent was adamant he did NOT need a wife to play nursemaid to him.  Staying and living independently was his fondest desire, yet it seemed that even in this remote village another was attempting to coerce him into marriage.   If not for the quick thinking of Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention he would have been trapped into marriage.  Unfortunately for Miss Fry her intervention caused her to be tossed out of her guardian’s home.

Naturally, when Vincent heard of her plight, he invited Miss Fry to come and take shelter in his home.  During this time, as he became more acquainted with Sophia he decided that their was a solution to both their problems – if Sophia would consent to marry him.  Naturally Sophia refused. He was a handsome titled gentleman too much above her. But he argued that he wanted a wife of his own choosing as much as Sophia needed protection from destitution.

*** Once again Ms. Balogh has created the most wonderful tale in this Survivor Club series.  And for the uninitiated to Ms. Balogh’s sterling word-smithing talents – THE ARRANGEMENT is definitely a stand alone novel as I believe I have now read them all.  What stands out for me most with Balogh’s writing is the humanness she imbibes with all her characters to give them motivation and emotion.   I want to be there hugging her characters through their pain, their joy, and triumphs.

Sophia was a remarkable and inventive lady, and the things she came up with to make Vincent’s life more independent and carefree were so unselfishly awe-inspiring I shed tears for each accomplishment she succeeded at in bringing Vincent each new measure of self-reliance. Naturally each deed brought them closer together and the sensuality between Vincent and Sophia as they began to care and deeply fall in love with one another was a joy to behold.

Bottom Line:   No one writes more emotional historical romance with sensuality than Ms. Balogh.   THE ARRANGEMENT was superb and I can HIGHLY recommend this to fans and new readers alike.  Love! Love! Love!

Marilyn Rondeau

 

Review: Her True Match

Her True Match

All I can say is … hold onto your seats readers this is an explosive book by author Paige Tyler that has an ending that will just blow your mind.

Dreya Clark is a thief, at least according to Detective Braden Hayes … he caught her with the goods but loses her to the Department of Covert Operations. Dreya Clark is a shifter and DCO is always looking for those with her special ability.

Braden isn’t happy with the turn of events, in fact, he isn’t going to let her go alone. Despite finding out that she is more than he thought … a real cat burglar … he is hooked and when they are both on a dangerous, very covert mission, it is her instinct and his tenacity that keep them alive.

Her True Match takes us back into author Paige Tyler’s DCO series, but I am not sure how much I can say that will not be considered spoilers. The cat and mouse game that starts this story with Dreya and Braden is fun and leads you to the personalities of these two people quickly. Dreya is an adrenaline person and Braden is by the book, totally opposites but … wow … when opposites collide it is very good reading. As I said hold on to your seats because Ms. Tyler throws a very big twist at the end that no one could have ever expected and I kind of hope that she has a surprise for her faithful readers when we close the book and … say it ain’t so. Her True Match is indeed a must read, with Dreya and Braden’s love story is central but there are a lot happening to the members of DCO that will have you holding your breath. All I can say is I hope the next offering is already in the works because I can’t wait for it… I have to know what really happened.

Review: Mogul by Joanna Shupe

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Knickerbockers Series #3

Publisher: Zebra (January 31, 2017) Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

ASIN: B01FBZXPG4               Rating: 5*

As owner of three  well-respected national newspapers, Calvin Cabot has the means to indulge his capricious taste for excess — and enough power of secrets and lies to bring the upper crust of society to its knees. Lillian Davis, a woman from his past desperately needs him and sets Pinkerton men out to find him so that she could beg for his help.  After finally chasing Calvin down Lillian beards him in his den and he finally agrees – on condition he will help IF she stay out of his way. Except, Lillian Davis is more stubborn and maddening now than she ever was in the past and this willful beauty always gets what she wants… one way or another.

Lillian Davies lives the high life – she can easily afford it as the heiress to her fathers silver mining interests. But when her brother disappears, Lily will spare nothing to bring him back alive.  Unfortunately, for Lillian the only man who can help her is the one she vowed never to see again the one man who ignites her soul and fires her passionate nature. The one man she cannot resist no matter how he broke her heart five years ago.

Oh my, this third book in Shape’s Knickerbocker Series gives truth to amazing writing abilities of Ms. Shupe.   Filled with fast action and numerous lively scenarios it was difficult to set down, which meant for me losing sleep because I couldn’t sleep without getting back up to see what happened next!  Calvin and Lillian had amazing chemistry and passion between them and Ms. Shupe’s writing reflected all of that and more.   Weaving in the Chinese connection and historical significance of how the Chinese were treated during that period added that wonderful bit of danger and suspense that increased the thrill level of the story.     Bottom Line:   An amazing story and sensual romance that was just what the doctor ordered to relieve boredom of being snowed-in!!!

Marilyn Rondeau