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Ideal Image (A SnapShot Novel #2)

By Freya Barker and KT Dove

Synopsis

In one blinding flash, the very fiber of her existence is shredded.
For criminal lawyer and single mother, Stacie Gustafson, a dependable career, a well-organized life, and an immaculate image, had always been her armor. Without it she’s left exposed and struggling to create a new existence for her and her daughter. No matter how hard she tries, she is unable to avoid her history.

All it takes is one look at the blue-eyed woman, for Nicolas Flynn to be transported back ten years. Sure, her appearance has changed, but then so has his, since he turned his life around. His devotion to his small-town law firm is tested with the arrival of this bittersweet blast from the past, making for a persistent distraction. One that drags along more trouble than she left behind.

Review

Ideal Image is book two in the Snapshot series.  It centers around Stacie, sister to Ben who we met in book one, and Nicholas.  In book one, Stacie was caught in an explosion that left part of her body scared.  This changes her life forever.  She finds herself having trouble going out into public. Nicholas had known Stacie from the past and he always had a crush on her but had a few confidence issues of his own to deal with.  But now they are back together and he is wondering if she can see him differently.

I really like Stacie.  Yes, she is having confidence issues but she manages those issues for the sake of her daughter.  She will do anything for her daughter.  Stacie still has one surgery to go and I love how Freya and KT put real emotion into what that means.  I also really love how they expressed the emotion that Stacie’s daughter was going through.

Stacie showing back up in Nicholas’s life shocked him.  He did not handle the reunion very well and both were left confused. I did instantly like Nicholas and as the book went on I fell for him. He turned into the rock that Stacie needed.

While Stacie and Nicholas were trying to figure out their relationship, there is trouble building. Stacie doesn’t know it but her past is coming back to find her.

I really love this series.  Nicholas and his dad are perfect additions.  There is so much emotion in this book from Stacie dealing with her scars to Nicholas getting past his confidence issues.  I also love the part with Ben and him realizing that he now has to pass on the protecting duties to Nicholas.  (Which wasn’t easy)  There are some more heart wrenching moments but I don’t want to give away too much.  This book has a great blend of emotion and humour.

Ideal Image

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Misadventures of a Backup Bride (Misadventures #4)

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

An Overnight Billionaire…
When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late father’s rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company and marry the man’s daughter.

Concocts a Fake Bride…
Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims he’s in love with someone else. The investor says he’ll still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle—with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isn’t even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice?

And Whips Up a Little Love.
Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isn’t what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and he’s in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isn’t so fake. Ella can’t help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?

Review

Misadventures of a Backup Bride is about a man with a problem. In order to save his late father’s company he has agreed to marry the daughter of a rival CEO in order to get financial backing and still maintain control of his company. But he has devised a plan to make sure that he can keep his company and marry the person he wants to.

I had so much fun reading this book.  I don’t think Carson and Ella realized how perfect they were for each other in the beginning and it was a treat watching them navigate the crazy mess that Carson was in.

This book also had a twist at the end that had me rooting for every character which made their story even better. I can tell how much fun Shayla Black had writing this book.

Misadventures of a Backup Bride

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Mating Needs (An A.L.F.A. Novel #2)

By Milly Taiden

Synopsis

A cougar shifter meets his mate and match in this latest sexy paranormal adventure in the A.L.F.A. series as another Alpha League Federal Agent finds love and passion in the midst of danger by the New York Times bestselling author of Elemental Mating.

Review

Mating Needs is about a woman who had to make a tough decision to save the lives of the people she loves.  And she is still making sacrifices in order to do the right thing.

Amie is a witness to bank robbery gone wrong by members of her mafia family.  She must make the decision to go against her family and do what is right or say nothing.  She decides to do what is right but that means that she will need protection.  Frank, an old boyfriend that Amie left a text to say goodbye to, is now her protector.  Both of them  still have feelings for each other as long as they can survive her family.

I thought this book was so much fun. Amie has a great heart and really makes the town that Frank takes her to open up. She has so much to give the world and she doesn’t hold back once she is let loose.  Frank has a lot to figure out.  He still loves Amie but he doesn’t know why she left him.

The town is full of characters that really complete this book.  I love Frank’s mom, she loves her son and the person she believes is his mate. I also fell for all the other shop owns and the meat guy.  They all added so much to this story.

I also love the way the Milly Taiden added an extra problem for Frank by making him try to keep the fact that this town is made up of shifters a secret.  Amie has no idea that shifters even exist and that just adds to the fun.

Mating Needs

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Koivu (Demon After Dark #3)

By Laurie Olerich

Synopsis

Former Hell’s Fury champion, Koivu, is desperate to return to Hell to reclaim his title and stolen life. As an extreme athlete, he had fame, glory, and more pleasure than he probably deserved. He was a freakin’ rock star! Being exiled in a broken human body is his worst nightmare. Stripped of his powers and unable to fight, he’s consumed by frustration, counting the seconds until he can go home. His future looks bleak until he meets a sexy, soft-hearted physical therapist who heals much more than his shoulder.

Physical therapist Micki Glass knows something about damaged people. She’s been struggling to get over her ex for three long years when this crazy man crashes into her life. He’s crude and intense but irresistibly charming. With his feral eyes and sexy smile, Koivu takes her on a sensual joyride that makes her feel like a woman again. As their affair heats up, she craves him like oxygen until she discovers what he really is. With more than her heart on the line, can she accept his past and love him for who he is now?

The day of reckoning is looming closer and the sacrifices have begun. Can Koivu stop the murders, find the rest of the Trinity, and convince the woman he loves to give him another chance before it’s too late?

Review

I am so addicted to this series.  Koivu is a ex-demon that wants to find his way back to Hell.  He had a good life there and wants it back.  He is now stuck in this body that is not indestructible and a physical therapist to help him fix it.  Koivu is unapologetic about his desires.  He likes women and sex.

Micki has the lucky job of fixing Koivu’s shoulder, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.  She has her own issues that she is trying to come to terms with. Lucky for her she might just have an ex-demon with ex-demon friends on her side.

I fell for Koivu even if he is a womanizing jerk.  His need to get back to Hell made him blind to the person that was right in front of him. He has intense loyalty to his team and to Lucifer. I really like the fact that he brings the human element to these guys.  We got to see the despair that all of us would feel if we were torn from our homes with no hope of ever seeing the people that we love again.

Micki really was the perfect match for him. Micki is really as damaged as he is. She is feisty though and that makes Koivu want her even more.

I also love this series because it takes a different look at good and evil, Heaven and Hell,  Angels and Demons.  There are other stories that are building in this book which I think will all merge together. The most interesting being the relationship between Raphael and Lucifer.  It is really interesting to see how Raphael helps Lucifer. And it is also a treat to see the Primani team and how they interact with the Demons. I can’t wait for the next installment!!!

Koivu

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Misadventures of a Super Hero (Misadventures #3)

By Angel Payne

Synopsis

Working the night shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, I get my fair share of weirdos. But none of them prepared me for the night I met Bolt. He saved my life.

Now, he’s my super hero—the hunk I’m yearning to thank in more creative ways than a damn kiss on the cheek. Too bad he’s actually Reece Richards, my full-on nerd of a real-life boss.

He’s got some commitment issues thanks to his evil ex and global empire—and from having to save the city from a maniac out to destroy everything he loves.

But there’s something that just may interfere with all those plans. My heart.

Review

Misadventures of a Super Hero is a story of a normal man who was made a bad choice in a girlfriend and ended up with a super power.  And a girl who is trying to be successful in the work world.

I really had fun with the story.  Reece (a.k.a. Bolt) is an interesting character who I became addicted to.  After his unfortunate transformation he was afraid of intimacy because he didn’t know how his power would affect his partner.  It seemed like Reece had changed from his party days and now has found that he had to become responsible for his actions.

Emma was so much fun.  She felt that she had to have some restraint because of the position that she held compared to the position that Reece held.  And she didn’t know that he had a connection to Bolt.

This story had some laugh out loud moments that even now I still find myself laughing over.  These two had amazing chemistry.  Plus I love that Reece had to make more than one transition in his life.  He had to figure out how to deal with his super power but also he had to change his ways. I found that I couldn’t put this book down and it was fast paced.  This was the first time that I had read Angel Payne but not my last.

Misadventures of a Super Hero

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Misadventures of a Good Wife (Misadventures #2)

By Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt

Synopsis

Kate and Price Lewis had the perfect marriage—love, fulfilling careers, and a great apartment in the city. But when Price’s work takes him overseas and his plane goes down, their happily-ever-after goes down with it.

A year later, Kate is still trying to cope. She’s tied to her grief as tightly as she was bound to Price. When her sister-in-law coaxes her into an extended girls’ trip—three weeks on a remote island in the South Pacific—Kate agrees. At a villa as secluded as the island, they’re the only people in sight, until Kate sees a ghost walking toward them on the beach. Price is alive.

Their reunion is anything but picture perfect. Kate has been loyal to the husband she thought was dead, but she needs answers. What she gets instead is a cryptic proposal—go back home in three weeks, or disappear with Price…forever.

Emotions run high, passions burn bright, and Kate faces an impossible choice. Can Price win back his wife? Or will his secrets tear them apart?

Review

I was completely unprepared for Misadventures of a Good Wife.  This book is so good.  Unlike other books that I have read, I did not read the synopsis and that actually made for a better mystery for me.

I instantly adored Kate.  She is written just the way I imagined I would be if I lost someone tragically.  But she a lot of inner strength and the need to not lose anymore than she has already lost.

Price would do anything to keep his family safe. This includes disappearing from everyone’s life forever.

When I first started reading this story I was not prepared to lose Price and I my first thought was that Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt were evil but in a good way. This story had so much emotion in it and a good mystery to solve.  I really liked Kate and her unwavering belief that they can survive and have the life that they deserve together.

Misadventures of a Good Wife

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Forsaken by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #3)

By Larissa Ione

Synopsis

After accidentally shifting into a wolf—and getting stuck—Tehya, herself a vampire, has spent the last twelve years as the pet of Lobo, another vampire who has the unique gift of communicating with wolves.

When Lobo found Tehya starving and nearly frozen to death, he took her in and nursed her back to health, all the while completely unaware that she was really a fellow vampire. But there was always something special about her, and he finds out exactly how special after she’s injured and returned to her true form. Desire collides with danger as he soon finds that he must protect not only Tehya but also himself..

Review

Forsaken By Night was a great continuation of the Moonbound Clan Vampires Series. It is taken from a different perspective. Lobo was cast out of the Moonbound Clan and if he ever returns he will be executed. His only companion is wolf that he named Tehya.  He has a way of communicating with her but he doesn’t realize that she is a vampire.

Tehya is stuck in wolf form since she accidentally shifted twelve years ago. She is new to being a vampire and has much to learn.   When she is shot by a poacher Lobo will do anything to save her including risking his own life by going back to the one place he’s not allowed to go.

I love the Moonbound Clan.  Hunter is leader that the clan needs. And he knows that things might not have taken place exactly how he thought they did.

This story was more novella in length but had so much in it.  I loved Lobo because he had no reason to be loyal to Moonbound but he found a way to get through the past to help Tehya. Tehya believed in Lobo and the strength of their relationship helped Hunter see things for what they really are.

I really love this series and can’t wait for it to be continued.

Forsaken By Night

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Storm Gathering (The Scorpius Syndrome #4)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…

As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes between her and Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.

Review

Storm Gathering is the forth installment of the Scorpius Syndrome Series. It is taken from a different perspective this time.  While the other books in this series primarily center around Vanguard, this book is more centered around Greyson and the Mercs. Or course Vanguard plays a role because Maureen (aka Moe) is sister to Raze Shadow who is a lieutenant with Vanguard.

Greyson is an interesting man.  He is intelligent and deadly. Once he decides that something’s his, he will stop at nothing to get it.  Including the woman that he kidnapped.

Maureen equally as passionate as Greyson is torn between him and her loyalty to Vanguard.  She knows that she has a job to do in order to make sure that there is enough food to sustain the growing population of Vanguard and perhaps the Mercs.  She knows where her heart wants to be but her mind keeps her in check.  Maureen wants everyone to be safe.

The different camps have really taken on a life of their own now.  They are starting from scratch and are finding out how to survive in this new world.  I love Jax, he is still the same along with the rest of Vanguard.  I liked getting to know the Mercs and what they stand for.  It seems that they might not be so different than Vanguard.

Like the other stories in this series, there is so much happening.  From beginning to end, this story is full of action. I love the way the Rebecca Zanetti has woven the relationships with action, drama and humour.  She can really do no wrong.

Storm Gathering

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Hooked On A Witch

By Zoe Forward

Synopsis

Pleiades witch Shannon Randolph has been framed for a theft she didn’t do. She has one week to return a stolen relic to the god it belongs or she will be executed. What’s worse? Evil magic-wielding wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her to get it. But the biggest danger is Merck. This sexy, dangerous witch-hunter who understands all forms of magic might be her only hope. Enlisting his help may require she be a very naughty witch.

The moment Shannon strolls back into Jason Merck’s life he’s in trouble. There’s something about the witch he can’t resist, but he must. The witch hunter cannot date the witch.

Review

Hooked on a Witch is about a Pleiades witch that has been given a death sentence.  Shannon is accused of stealing something that belongs to a powerful god. She has no idea why they think she has it but she must find it before the time runs out or all the Pleiades witches will be marked for death. Merck is a witch hunter that happens to have a thing for the this Pleiades witch.  He knows that she should let Shannon go but first he must help her find this relic and save her.

Both these characters have a lot of charm and their relationship has it ups and down like normal relationships do. It’s just that they are trying to save each from mystical creatures and gods.  Merck has an issue that he has not shared with Shannon that could change their relationship.  I like that he really cares for her and wants her to survive.

I liked this story but I found myself putting the book down.  I gave this story 3 1/2 hearts but honestly I think I will read this story again because it has all the elements that I love in a story.  It has action, humour, romance, heartbreak and a mystery.

Hooked on a Witch

My Rating: 1/2

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Misadventures of a City Girl (Misadventures #1)

By Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

Synopsis

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

Review

Misadventures of a City Girl is about a women who escapes her life after a failed marriage and finds a new life on a mountain.

Madison really is a city girl with all the trappings of a high profile divorce.  She needs a break from all attention that she is getting from the paparazzi, so she decides to go to a retreat for some much needed quiet. She quickly discovers that this retreat isn’t exactly what she had envisioned.  Madison soon finds herself going off on her own to escape the retreat.

Luke is a man who has lived in solitude for a very long time.  He doesn’t feel like he can rejoin society after his last tour of duty.  He has been living off the grid and barely goes anywhere outside of his own comfort zone.

I really liked Madison.  She is trying to find out who she is after her marriage ended. And while she was finding out who that is, she helped a man to find his own life again.  I think Luke was ready to take baby steps to rejoin society again he just needed motivation.  Luke has a lot of issues but he loves Madison more than the issues that control him.

Madison and Luke are really good for each other and I really liked how their characters developed throughout the story.  Plus from their first meeting, their chemistry was off the charts which led to some really steamy scenes.

Misadventures of a City Girl

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