Review: The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe

THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY is the second novel in author Joanna Shupe’s Uptown Girls series. And it pits a  ruthless and powerful casino owner, Clayton Madden against the likes of Florence Greene, who just happens to be the daughter of the man Clayton has spent his entire life with one act of revenge to accomplish – Ruin the man who destroyed Clay’s family!

Florence in the beginning had no idea of the burning hatred Clayton had for her father, in fact, her reason for visiting the ‘no women allowed’ upscale exclusive casino was to get to meet and proposition the mysterious owner.  Florence wanted to learn how to run a casino from the bottom up so she could open her own exclusive casino – just for women!   Naturally, the beauteous Ms. Greene has broken down Clays resistance, even though he has let her now that he plans to ruin her father, but stubborn as she is, Florence feels she can convince him otherwise.     

Ms. Shupe took these two very stubborn protagonists and gives the reader a delightful taste of scenarios where both are trying to best one another.  Naturally, both are passionately drawn to another and the sensualness of their encounters are steamy to say the least.  Toss in the realities of dirty police and political  payoffs to remain in business during those early days in New York City and you have a great paced and satisfying read of shady business deals and, of the powerful and the needy.  One caveat –Don’t miss the secret room scene where Clay and Florence had to hide while his Casino was raided! Pretty risque to say the least! 

Bottom line – is this was a fast read – 95% of can’t put it down-ness – and another feather in the cap of Ms. Shupe’s great new series of the Uptown Girls.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Outlaw Wolves

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OUTLAW WOLVES is author Heather Long at her best. I have to admit that I was not particularly fond of Luciana in her other appearances, so for a writer to be able to take that person and turn them into someone likable, even sympathetic is rather amazing;

Luciana and her husband Rayne had gathered up lone wolves and gave them a pack, setting up in Seven Hills. This wasn’t something that was easily accepted by the other pack alphas. Cool heads prevailed and the new pack was watched closely. Then Luciana made a mistake and allowed the Russian wolves free passage through her territory. That itself is a different story, but to protect her Rayne challenges her and wins. She feels betrayed though she had admitted, though only to herself, that she had missed some things a good alpha should have known about her people

Communication is usually the root of all problems and this is evidently one of those times. So a little work in that field is necessary and a bit of cleaning up a problem that arises from her brothers pack and then they will be able to work together. That’s what Rayne wants after all.

We also get to meet up with a number of past characters that were much loved and/or feared in the “Wolves of Willow Bend” series. If you want to know who you need to read OUTLAW WOLVES.


Review: The Moscow Deception by Karen Robards

ublished June 12th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton        ASIN B0723HDKHJ

Series: The Guardian #2                                              Rating:  5*

Bianca St. Ives makes her living as a high-end thief and a genius of disguise, conning criminals out of the money they stole – and all for the greater good. A femme fatale Robin Hood, she’s been taught everything she knows from her father. Since their last heist gone bad, Bianca has taken over running the family business, it’s not just Richard St. Ives on most-wanted lists, but Bianca, too.

After faking his own death, the word is out that Bianca’s father is, in fact, alive, and having just pulled off a major heist in Austria, he has a dangerous task for Bianca that will see her traveling to Russia to steal ancient jewels and artifacts. But now all eyes are on Bianca, and escaping international pursuit will be harder than ever. And especially her drop dead gorgeous pursuer.

I have to say – I am so LOVING this series!   There is nothing better than a kick-ass bad-ass heroine and Bianca St. Ives fills the role to perfection!  Kudo’s to Karen Robards for her art of making one truly feel the emotions of the characters she creates.  Along with Bianca, her enigmatic pursuer is surely a darn hottie and perfect for her but for some reason he can’t seem to hold on to her!   Add to that her extremely capable staff and ‘DOC’ her IT genius and it’s hard to stop her no matter how insane her escapades end up as the entire world – wants to kill her!  Ah, but that is the mystery isn’t it ?

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen

Publication: May 28th 2019 by Entangled: Amara      ISBN13: 9781640634312

Rating: 5*

Addison Murphy has always been just “one of the guys” and her best friends are a group of guys who think of her as such. Now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. Even though she doesn’t own a dress, she’ll get through this wedding dressed up if it’s the last thing she does. 

Tucker Crawford, now a lawyer, left town for the big city but returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see a nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Tucker probably should have realized that the only girl who could possibly be under a car in a dress – a dress – would belong to one of his best friends! 

Now seeing Addie in a different light; hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him— she’s leaving town to follow her own dreams. If he can’t convince her of his true feelings he just may lose the most important person in his life!  

Filled with a plethora of fun loving and zany characters, especially Addie’s wonderfully funny grandmother who’s game for anything.  The scenario’s will have you laughing out loud as two ‘besties’ figure out love and compromise!

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Treason in Norfolk

Trason In Norfolk

By Paige Tyler

Eden Bristow is ready to see her sister get married, not fight in an alley with a couple of thugs. One of the thugs is a shifter so she has no choice but to do her thing and fight claws with claws. She didn’t expect to see a stranger … a hot soldier … jump into the fray and not blink an eye when she shifted. What are the odds?

Sergeant Travis Dempsey is in Virginia for his sister’s graduation. What are the chances that he would end up in a fight … well strike that he is a member of the Special Forces after all, but what are the odds that a gorgeous woman would dive in the middle of the fight. And show her claws.

Treason in Norfolk is a return to Paige Tyler’s Ex-Ops world with this being book 1 of the X-OPS: The Unclassified Files. Fantastic story line that brings together family, some good some not so good, teammates that are more than family, romance, danger, drama and a good lesson on gambling bringing danger to the family. Remember thugs in the alleyway? Yep someone is in debt to the wrong people and Travis and Eden have to figure out the details, fall in love and save the day.

Amazingly well written (as always from this author), easy to read, fun and sometimes funny!

Review: American Witch

American Witch

Author: Thea Harrison

Molly Sullivan had been the perfect wife and hostess until she finds a pair of purple panties in her bed and the final straw breaks. She causes a scene, leaves her home and soon to be ex after cleaning out the safe. She finds more than a few surprises in the paperwork and soon knows she is in danger. She also finds herself with a few powers she didn’t know about and doesn’t know how to handle. Josiah Mason is the only person she can turn to, he knows what she is and though he has an agenda of his own, he will help her train to be an American Witch.

What an amazing way to start a new trilogy! If you are a fan of author Thea Harrison’s Elder Race series American Witch will blow you away. The characters, drama, danger and the good hit of somewhat reluctant romance is amazing. I also loved that Molly isn’t a 20-something but a woman who is older, lived what she thought was a good life and got it all thrown in her face. Even her own mother doesn’t support her decision to leave the cheating husband.

This is an eye opening look into the world of magic, it’s pain as well as the pleasure of being who you are meant to be. The coven of witches who are with Josiah is filled with intriguing character, all fighting together to search out and destroy an evil entity.

American Witch is a page turner that will have you impatiently waiting for the next one to arrive.

Review: Breaking Without You

Breaking Without You

Written by Carrie Ann Ryan

This story with have you in tears. Anyone who has lost a loved one or close friend to a sudden death should read this book It isn’t therapy but it does reach into the thoughts and actions of survivors.

Cameron Connolly and Violet Knight had both suffered the pains of life. He as a foster child until the Connolly’s had taken him in and she at the loss of him when he suddenly walked away with her heart and now a close friend to death. The last thing either expects is a second chance but life and fate hands you what you can handle – ready or not.

I cried from the beginning, though there is some laughter and loved watching the growing love between this couple as well the Connolly brothers who had some ground to make up too. While all worked toward healing, survival and love.

The healing touch of love is felt throughout this book, but the romance is steamy, the brothers are funny as well as jerks to each other and Violet and her friends are there for each other as only friends and sisters can be. If anyone can make you understand how to handle the heartbreak that life can hand you it is author Carrie Ann Ryan, with this amazing beginning to her new Fractured Connections series.

Review: Ink by Numbers

Ink by Numbers

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan


May I say that I love the Montgomery clan, no matter what city they are in and can I find a “Brushes With Lushes” class somewhere close by?

In this novella Kaylee Chambers is an artist, a business woman and a big disappointment to her mother. She divorced a cheating husband and she is … OMG … working with her hands. How terrible! She will stick to art and friendship, so why does Landon keep tugging at her heart.

Landon knows numbers and he knows families can be a pain, but the one thing he finally comes to realize is that Kaylee is the one for him. She might not have been ready when they first met but he’s hoping that somehow she would come to him and feel the same love.

Ink by Numbers is a novella that will grab you by the heart as you watch these two dance around one another until they realize friendship is good but Love is so much better. Carrie Ann Ryan knows how to give her readers a sweet yet very steamy romance that leaves us with the warm fuzzies. Cannot wait for the next offering of this talented writer.

Review: To Wed an Heiress by Karen Ranney

EBOOK:   400 pages                         Publication: March 26th 2019 by Avon

ISBN 13:  9780062841070                                          Series   All for Love #2

Rating:   5*

In an attempt to escape what was seeming like a forced marriage, Mercy Rutherford  traveled to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. Unfortunately, on the last leg of her trip to see her grandmother a monster flew out of the sky and landed on her carriage.  Well, not really a monster but some kind of flying machine and a very abrupt and man who was more worried about his machine than the condition of she and her maid.  However, after introductions were made Ross Caithart brought her to his castle and set her maids broken arm and stitched Mercy’s gash in her head.

To all intents and purposes Ross Caithart most certainly was mad. Handsome beyond words, he’s also causing an irresistible flutter in Mercy’s stomach beyond reason. But as soon as Mercy mentioned her grandmother – Ross made the connection and made haste to get her out of his castle and up to Mercy’s kin.  However, if Mercy was expecting loving arms happy to see her, she was sadly mistaken and her arrival was met with contempt and derision.  All because of arriving in the Caithart carriage?   

When Mercy’s fiancé Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune—and her hand in marriage.  The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being an eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition—no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no?

Bottom line I truly enjoyed this novel as much as the rest of the titles this author has put out over the years.  This has just the right amount of action, adventure, sensualness, and rivalry making for a fascinating read. 

Marilyn Rondeau