Category Archives: Read by Christine

Can’t Let Go (Original Heartbreakers #5)

By Gena Showalter

Synopsis

With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men. Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar, and all bets are off. The former army ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.

For Jude, Ryanne is off-limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood—and her life—he can’t turn away. She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.

As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future…or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.

Review

For me, Can’t Let Go is another great addition to this series.  It handles tough subject matter and leaves you with hope for a future.

The story picks up where Can’t Hardly Breathe leaves off.  They are all getting ready for the wedding between Daniel and Dorothea.  Jude served with Daniel and considers both Daniel and Brock brothers. Jude has lost more than one person should ever have to lose.  He now lives to make sure his friends are happy and safe. That now includes Dorothea and her friends.

Ryanne is best friends with Dorothea and Lyndie.  She is the owner of the local bar.  She also comes with her own emotional turmoil.  Ryanne has major trust issues with men because of her mother and because of mother she is a virgin.

Because Ryanne is the owner of the local bar, this is an issue for Jude.  He wants to hate Ryanne because he doesn’t want to have anything to do with alcohol. But because Brock still goes out to the bar and Ryanne is best friends with Dorothea, Jude feels like he must do everything in his power to protect Ryanne.  This becomes an issue when the mob moves in across the street.  Jude is now put in the position of protecting something he hates because he has feelings for the owner.

This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions.  Ryanne is so likable and you want good things to happen for her.  And you can’t help but feel the despair that Jude has gone through.  You want him to see that loving another person doesn’t change the love that you had.  Their chemistry was amazing and left you with hope.  I love this series and can’t wait for the next installment.

Can’t Let Go

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Gena Showalter:  Click Here

Misadventures of the First Daughter (Misadventures #5)

By Meredith Wild and Mia Michelle

Synopsis

Charlotte Daley is the daughter of the newly elected POTUS. An only child, she’s both spoiled rotten and entirely neglected by her powerful family. She’s been forced to eat with the right forks, smile at all the right times, and be the picture of perfection for months. Now that her father is in office and too busy to know she exists, she’s determined to exercise her new freedom before she heads back to college in New York.

Zane Parker has one job—to protect the President’s daughter, all day, every day. But she’s been on a partying spree since the inauguration, heading down a dangerous path that threatens to ruin her reputation and cause a major scandal for her father. Zane will lose his job if he can’t get her under control. Except he wants to sleep with her as badly as he wants to set her straight. She needs discipline. And he might be just the one to give it to her.

When unexpected circumstances tie Charlotte to D.C. for the foreseeable future, Zane makes her an offer that’s anything but honorable. He’ll give the first daughter all the thrills she’s seeking in exchange for one thing… Her obedience. Fascinated by Zane’s dark promises, Charlotte agrees. Submission has never felt so good. But as Zane brings her deeper into his forbidden desires, enemies surface and danger lurks…

Review

Misadventures of the First Daughter is about a girl who has a lot on her shoulders.  She has to decide between her wants and needs and the image that a first daughter to the president should portray.

I really felt for Charlotte.  She needed room to make mistakes without feeling like she was going to bring down the presidency.  The more she was being controlled the more she pushed back and was making bad decisions. Charlotte needed her parents to be parents and for them to see what was really happening to her.

So I love Zane.  I love the way he put Charlotte first.  He was part of her protection detail but he always saw who she really was.  Zane had to work through is own emotional battles because he had deep feelings for Charlotte and if he ever acted on them then he would lose his job.  So he keep her safe even from herself.

I really love how Michelle and Mia put this book together.  Charlotte’s mother needed a wake up call because she wasn’t really a mother.  Charlotte’s best friend (Katherine) was hilarious.  I wanted more of her.  In fact,  I secretly hope that there might be another misadventures book for Katherine.  On a final note, the sex scenes were HOT!!!

Misadventures of the First Daughter

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit author:  Meredith Wild and Mia Michelle

Southern Attraction (Southern Heart #3)

By Kaylee Ryan

Synopsis

I had everything I ever wanted, living the dream, at least that’s what I always thought. The night we met, we had an instant attraction, but she was with someone else. When we reunited a few months later, that pull was still there, stronger than ever. So strong, that even though she was hundreds of miles away, I pursued her. I told myself that I just wanted to get to know her. Deep down I knew it was more.

I never understood the draw of living in the middle of nowhere. Born and raised a city girl, I never had the desire to leave. Who would have thought a weekend trip to the country would have me questioning myself? It was more than just the country; it’s him. The way he looks at me, treats me, that smooth southern drawl.

Am I willing to give up my legacy for her?

Am I willing to give up my dream for him?

Can two souls come together by the force of Southern Attraction?

Review

Southern Attraction picks up where Southern Desire left off.  Everyone is getting ready for the wedding between Whitney and Aaron.  The last time (Whitney’s best friend) Jamie stopped by she met Mike, brother to Olivia. He also owns the local bar that he took over from his dad.  This is a family legacy.  There is an instant attraction between Mike and Jamie.  They both want to see where the relationship can go but they live in different worlds and they don’t know how to make it work.

I adored Mike from the start.  He really seems as good as he appears.  I love how he puts other people’s happiness before his own.  And family means everything to him.

Jamie is loyal and fun.  I love how she knew the moment she met Mike that she had to leave her boyfriend.  But can she leave her life in Chicago to be with Mike in Kentucky?

I really like stories of love at first sight. This story does not disappoint.  Jamie and Mike are extremely likable and their friends root for them every step of the way.  I thought at first the story was moving a little slow but I found myself not able to put the book down.  There is something addictive about this story.

Southern Attraction

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Kaylee Ryan:  Click Here

  

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

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Freya Barker:  Click Here

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

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Shayla Black:  Click Here

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

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Milly Taiden:  Click Here

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

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Laurie Olerich:  Click Here

 

Misadventures with 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 with a Super Hero

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit author:  Angel Payne

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

My Rating:  

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit author:  Meredith Wild & Helen Hardt

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

My Rating: 

Buy Links:  Amazon

Visit Larissa Ione:  Click Here