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Havoc (Moonshine Task Force #3)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a lifetime…..

Holden “Havoc” Thompson

My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit.

The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.

I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection.

Leighton Strather

My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined.

My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.

It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me.

I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.

Review

Havoc is simply fantastic and in my opinion the best so far of this 3 book series and I cannot wait for the next installment.  We were given a wonderful romantic build up along with the deepening story of the Moonshine family both Task Force and the Strathers.

Throughout this journey with the Moonshine Task Force, both Leighton and Havoc have intrigued me. Watching their interactions with sneaks of information was torture.  An integral scene for me has always been in the ambulance in book 2.

Leighton’s story and her growth as a character is one of my favorite parts of this story and the author gave her and Havoc the time to build their relationship.  Havoc and his nurturing of her as a young woman and the support he gave her was beautiful considering how she grew up.

A wonderful component of Havoc was Leighton and her brother rekindling their family connection after the drama of book 2.  I enjoyed learning more of the mystery of the Moonshine business.

An exciting development was Leighton’s co-worker and her problems at home and I look forward to seeing where her life changes with her own alpha protector.

This series is continuing to build strength, the Moonshine background is different to anything I have read and the supporting friendships provide a family base to the story.

The cover of Havoc is H.O.T. and he did not disappoint in his alpha protective ways, I cannot wait to see more of Leighton & Havoc and I hope to see babies as Leighton deserves to have a family of her own to love.

Havoc (Moonshine Task Force #3)

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Butcher (Devil Souls MC #3)

By Leann Ashers

Synopsis

He stalked me from the moment he saw me. He watched me day and night.

Butcher is what everyone calls crazy. They see all the tattoos and scars and to be honest, to most people he looks downright scary. He’s dangerous. He is after all the enforcer to the Devil Souls MC.

But to me? He’s just Butcher. I see him. I see who he really is. I see a man who will do anything for the people he cares about. I see the man who will protect and love me above everything else.

I am just as obsessed with him as he is me. I will die for him and he would kill for me.

What everyone doesn’t know is I have the same crazy inside of me…

Review

Butcher is a great fast paced romantic suspense story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Butcher is highly protective and it did feel a bit odd at the start.  Plenty of mystery surrounds him because of being ex-service but we get to see behind the facade.  He really just wants his own family and it was wonderful to see him build that with Shaylin.

Shaylin had great charisma and was a very nurturing woman.  Her independence as the princess for the club and her love of guns was entertaining.  She was given a great balance of being tough but also feminine.

Having the chapters told from both perspectives helped to easily connect.  Their physical moments are memorable and range from sensitive to passionate.

Tiana played a  wonderful part of their love story along with Shaylin’s work colleagues at her bakery.  I was surprised at some of the revelations and definitely did not pick all the players trying to hurt Shay.

The Devil Souls Motorcycle club was back in full force backing up Butcher.  I am looking forward to reading her brother Lane’s love story.

My only complaint with this story is the Epilogue, it should have stopped at a beautiful point for Shay and Butcher as this was their story. Personally, the epilogue being extended to paragraphs on Tiana and Zach, in the end, felt rushed

Butcher (Devil Souls MC #3)

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Saving the Preacher’s Daughter

By Piper Davenport

Synopsis

Preacher’s daughter Willow Miller’s idyllic life is shattered in a matter of seconds. In the midst of a devastating heartbreak, she’s forced to evaluate everything she thought she believed in and make a choice…the man she thinks she knows or the man who sets her heart aflame.

Finn ‘Dash’ Lloyd doesn’t “do” good girls. He’s a newly patched member of the Dogs of Fire Motorcycle Club, and he’s enjoying all the perks that come with it. But when he finds himself thrust into the unwanted role of guardian, he realizes the good girl that captures his heart might just save his soul.

But Dash needs to figure out how to protect Willow from a threat buried deep in her past before it’s too late. sert Synopsis Here

Review

Dash and Willow were two great characters in Saving the Preacher’s Daughter.  Willow embraced her faith and evolved as a woman wanting to live her life.
Willow’s life choices made sense particularly as she was already was on a path of reflection with Brad.   It was surprising that Brad simply faded away.  I kind of expected him to fight a bit more for Willow against Dash.
Saving the Preacher’s Daughter moved at a good pace particularly around the funeral.  The build up of their emotional and physical relationship progressed well.
Willow was strong and although demure at the start she stood her ground throughout this story.
The crossover with the Dogs of Fire was great and the MC story was more of a backdrop. One character that was a standout for me was the father figure Gator.  The way he guided these two young people was heartwarming.
Finally, I love reading the Dogs of Fire series.   The way Piper gives us some mystery, humour, a bit of spice and women with fire is great.

Quote:  All my life I’d been around sinners dressed up as saints

Saving the Preacher’s Daughter (Dogs of Fire: Savannah Chapter #1)

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More Than A Risk

By Kennedy L. Mitchell

Synopsis

Is a life worth living if you don’t risk it all for the one you love?


Shot and left for dead, Dr. Kate Wheeler wakes in a familiar hospital, alive, and with the one person she hoped she would never see again. He is back, but why and how are questions she’s still too angry to seek answers to. After abandoning her when she needed him most, it will take a lot to win her heart again—which he is prepared to do but Kate has never been one to give in easily.

A surprise visit from a dear friend pulls the feisty doctor into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a local businessman full of dark secrets. It’s up to Kate to bring this man to justice knowing her father, the Dallas DA, won’t prosecute without evidence; evidence she is willing to do anything to obtain.
With the love of her life observing her every move Kate is forced to walk the fine line of deceit to keep him at arm’s length. When the charade takes a dangerous turn will Weston be enough to bring her back from the edge, or is it too late for them both?

Hearts and lives are at risk and Kate and Weston’s fiery relationship returns in this second book of the More Than a Threat series.

Review

More Than A Risk is book 2 of this series. I have not read More Than A Threat (Book 1).  To be honest I could easily follow this story. It does start at the cliffhanger moment from book 1 and we actually get some flashbacks.  These allowed me to easily pick up the story. The first few chapters just drew me in and kept me so entertained. I could not put this down even though I had a few questions that if I had read book one I probably would know.

You want to peel back the layers of Kate and Weston. Weston was an easy character to connect with but I admit I struggled at times with Kate.  I did not warm up to her fully until they visited Weston’s friends for the wedding. As Kate showed her emotions and opened her defences up I began to love her.  However, I became frustrated with her ability to put herself in danger to the detriment of Weston.

The sexual scenes between Weston and Kate were off the charts hot and heavy.  There are some incredible moments of intense emotion that grab your heart with both hands.

Weston’s friends and his brother I absolutely loved and they all gave more depth to the story especially towards the ending. I actually wanted to see more interaction with her father but again perhaps that happened more in More Than A Threat?

Chase had me at times scared to my core for Kate and the games she was playing.

This story gives you dark moments of suspense, mystery and trauma. It ties up nicely but does lead to another book.

More Than A Risk

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A Change of View (Northern Lights #2)

By Freya Barker

Synopsis

What if one morning you look in the mirror and no longer recognize the person looking back?

When Leelo can no longer identify herself by the roles that once defined her, it’s both terrifying and liberating. Oh, she feels the loss, the grief, and then the anger, but when she inherits property up north, she jumps at the promise of freedom and independence.

Yet not everyone in her new community is what they seem, starting with the surly mountain man down the road.

As owner of the local fishing lodge, Roar is content with his everyday life. And the older he gets, the less he appreciates change. So when a blue-haired, tattooed ‘city girl’ moves into the old motel, shaking up his daily routine, he’s none too pleased.

Still, something about the woman’s easy smile and almost reckless grit has him step up as her keeper.

Review

As Freya says, it’s amazing how beautiful things are when you occasionally risk a change of view.

Leelo had my heart from the first few chapters as she forged ahead to make a change in her life.  She was 46, divorced, lonely and needed to repair her inner self belief.  As all women know we are our greatest critics both physically and mentally.

Roar was strong, masculine but he was also sensitive and I loved watching him make Leelo sensual again.  His group of friends and famiy provided lighthearted moments in this story, his mother Charlie a standout for me.

My favourite component of this story was watching how her relationship with her adult children evolved.  Her son Matt visiting, helping her and making his own life.  The relationship with her daughter brought tears to my eyes.

Surprising me was the suspense and mystery towards the end of this story with the constant danger placed in Leelo’s way, I had no clue to the turn of events so that was a great twist.

The Epilogue I loved and when the jar was opened well my heart swelled and tears were in my eyes.

Quote:  She’s my fantasy, my fortune, my fate and my future.

A Change of View

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Tank (Moonshine Task Force #2)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

Life isn’t promised, love isn’t easy, and relationships aren’t always clean, but everyone has their soulmate who is willing to forgive when it would be better to forget.

Trevor “Tank” Trumbolt

I never thought in the blink of an eye my life could change, but it did. Cresting a hill driving to my favorite fishing spot, I was hit head-on by a teenager with no regard for anyone’s life but his own.

The recovery process has been hard, painful, and damn near beating me down.

The bright spot? Blaze.

Surviving the wreck has given me a second chance to make a life with her. Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to rejoin the Moonshine Task Force again has brought my world into focus. It’s made me realize what’s important.

Blaze. Stella. My brothers. My sister.

The ego that ran Blaze away before isn’t here any longer. What’s left is a man who’s holding his heart in his hands and a burning hope that once I’m healed she’ll still be around.

Daphne “Blaze” Coleman

There’s only been one person in the world who’s accepted me for who I am – from the fiery red of my hair and vibrant tattoos covering parts of my body to the smartness of my mouth and my desire to be matched in the bedroom.

That man is Trevor Trumbolt. When he asked me to give up my job as an EMT because he saw the dangers I face one scary afternoon, it spelled the end for us.

Now that he’s been injured, he needs my help and my love. I’ll give it all freely, but in the end, I’m gonna need him to understand one thing about relationships. The give and take, love and sadness, pleasure and pain is a two-way street. He’s either in this with me or he’s not, but at the end of the day, I won’t let him boss me around.

If there’s anything that can handle the steel of a tank – it’s the heat of a blaze.

Review

Tank was an enjoyable second installment in this series, however, I definitely did not love this as I did Renegade.

Simply I have put this down to the fact it was more about Blaze and Tank and no so much about the ongoing Moonshine Task Force. Tank and Blaze have many hurdles to overcome and it provides for an emotional read.  I became a little bit bored with their relationship, to be honest.  I did find Blaze and her family history an interesting point in the storyline.  It kept me invested in her overcoming her emotional hurdles.

Now the introduction of Holden and Leighton’s story made me so excited and I cannot wait for Havoc as I think Holden is simply all alpha male.  As Holden appears in the ambulance scene when Leighton was injured it just set my heart soaring with hope for this young girl.

Loved seeing more of Renegade, Whitney and Stella and how their family life is progressing.

I have high hopes for Havoc to return to the illegal Moonshine and lots of drama with the Task Force showing their alpha capabilities.

Tank (Moonshine Task Force #2)

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The Forbidden

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden. 

Review

The Forbidden made me question my conscience and beliefs.  Annie Ryan broke down my barriers and I was with her every step of this journey.  The story was told with all the ugly truths and it is not all hearts and roses.

Annie Ryan’s personality shone through in Drew’s Story in All I Am so I was looking forward to seeing her again.

First of all, Jack & Annie’s meeting in the bar, those first few chapters just sucked me in.  I was with them for the long haul and how could they turn away?  As Jack attends the house warming party I was blindsided by the revelations and I felt physically ill.

How can this author make me love Jack Joseph? On reflection, she made him human and not afraid to wear his emotions.  We simply do not know what goes on behind closed doors.

There is plenty of drama, Annie’s friend’s reactions are true and reflective of society and so they should be.  This is one topic I really struggle with but I found myself wanting to get to the end with Annie & Jack.

I loved the way the Author gave closure to all the characters, it left me totally satisfied.  The concluding few chapters were honest and my soul was fed like Annie’s was at her parents.

Quote:  Are we supposed to let that person pass on by, turn away from someone who finds your soul and kisses it?

The Forbidden

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Renegade (Moonshine Task Force #1)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

When you fall in love with the most unexpected person, at the most unexpected time……

Ryan “Renegade” Kepler

I’m the type of man who knows what I want. I make up my mind and stay in my lane, never veering off the course I set for myself.

Going into the military? Did it. Youngest member of the Moonshine Task Force? That’s me. Get my best friend’s older sister in bed? It was my pleasure.

Age means nothing to me. I’ve seen and done things men twice my age never will. What I want more than anything is someone to share my life with and that person is my best friend’s older sister, Whitney.

Whitney Trumbolt

Ryan is ten years my junior, but damn, being a cougar never felt as good as it did the night we spent together. Now I’m struggling with wanting things to either go back to the way they were or spend every night in his arms.

Make my wedding planning company the best in the south? Did it. Ignore the way my body trembles when I see Ryan? Epic fail. Freak out when I see a positive pregnancy test staring back at me? Complete with mascara running down my face and clutching my pearls.

Looks like things won’t go back to the way they were. There’s a man in my life that doesn’t take no for an answer. He’s the one who makes my blood run hot, cheeks turn red, and heart beat wildly within my chest. His name is Renegade.

Review

Renegade was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed the easy flow, humour, and passion. The story flowed really well and the age difference between the two main characters was written with respect and honesty and I totally could visualize them together.

Renegade is an old soul for me and considering his upbringing and then his military service he is definitely older and wise for his age. Renegade’s life experience is probably what enables him to be on a level with the sheltered Whitney who was still living in her past relationship.

The slow and methodical way Renegade cemented himself into Whitney’s life with her pregnancy was really lovely to follow and it gave me goosebumps and the ending was beautiful.

I am left wondering what happened to Leighton Strather how her family left her. Tank and Blaze’s story intrigues me as they are two very independent characters so I look forward to their story next. Throughout the story, the Moonshine Taskforce is introduced and there are hopefully going to be some stories about Renegades squad.

In conclusion, this is a very easy romance read with wonderful moments of love, laughter and family that will not disappoint. I cannot wait to read more of the Moonshine Series.

Renegade (Moonshine Task Force #1)

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A Penny’s Worth

By Cynthia Austin

Synopsis

Sara Conrad just about had it all, wealth, beauty, a prominent place in Las Vegas society as the owner of a popular nightclub, and a reputation that was second to none.

There was only one thing Sara failed to possess…

Her life.

That’s because it was dominated by a despicable sociopath, her husband, Ezra Silverstein, who rarely let Sara out of his sight and manipulated her every move.

Out of desperation, Sara turned to a bodyguard at her club, Max Tobias, for sanity and salvation. Before long they are on the verge of a torrid affair that threatens not only to engulf them personally but their very lives, as well.

When Silverstein catches wind of Sara and Max’s relationship, he is determined to make them pay for their betrayal. He makes it his mission to inflict a blood thirsty punishment on his beloved Sara and her romantic rescuer.

As events reach their dramatic climax, Sara is stunned to discover Max is not really a bodyguard at all. This revelation turns her entire world upside down leaving her vulnerable and unable to trust anyone, especially the man to whom she had given her heart.

Riveting. Unpredictable. Page turning

The story of a good woman trying to survive in Sin City where Satan himself has set up camp in her own marriage and the only man she had truly loved turned out to be a virtual stranger.

God help her.

Review

Drama, Secrets, and games combine together for A Penny’s Worth.  Secrets and revelations at the end of this story were simply astounding.  Hatred is simply not adequate as to how I felt for the men in Sara’s life using her.

The story has a slow build up particularly the first half.  I did feel slightly bogged down with all the drama and Sara’s rotating emotions.

The vulnerability that Sara showed at times made me connect to her.  When Sara became the hard nosed Mob Queen the change kept me riveted to the story. A Penny’s Worth is not a Romance novel at all in my opinion.  This story takes you into a gritty world of organized crime.

The author noted she fought to keep the name Ezra for Sara’s complicated husband. I am glad she did as I cannot think of another name that would fit.  Ezra even now gives me chills as to the actions he has taken in his life.  He was such a surprising character and that final scene with Sara had me shaking.  Ezra had so many different moments, at one point I felt sorry for him, then hated him, and ultimately feared him.  Sara’s marriage was simply a roller coaster with Ezra.

Max Tobias, I struggled to connect with him at times due to his secrets and he has plenty of them.  Some secrets I thought I knew others were surprising curveballs in the story.  I actually also found it slightly strange her brother dropped out of the story towards the end.  Another side story that was one of my favorites was the Fischetti family.

A Penny’s Worth definitely had me pausing through the story, feeling anger and utter betrayal.

In conclusion, to have seen Sara reconcile with her mother and father together would have given great closure. Being given an epilogue showing Sara achieving some happiness on the beach at a Barbeque with a family feeling safe and loved like she dreamt of.

Quote:  He had set all the players nicely on the board, but perhaps he chose to place the wrong protector next to his Queen.  The bishop has been a betrayer.

A Penny’s Worth

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Lucky (No Prisoners MC #4)

By Lilly Atlas

Synopsis

After six months caring for her terminally ill mother, Kori is shocked to learn the identity of her father. Armed with the name of a man she’s never met, Kori sets off across the country to meet the person responsible for half of her DNA: the President of the No Prisoners Las Vegas motorcycle club.

Raised as the stepdaughter of an MC member, Kori has one rule when it comes to dating: no bikers. Following that rule becomes a challenge, however, when she meets Lucky, a member of her father’s club.

Lucky’s perspective on the dating world is don’t do it. He has a revolving door to his bedroom and no interest in a relationship. But what starts as harmless flirting quickly escalates until he can’t get Kori out of his mind.

For a time, the relationship seems perfect, but Lucky is struggling with a secret that could destroy the club. How can he move against club leadership knowing that Kori will be caught in the crossfire?

Review

Lucky is another solid story in the No Prisoners MC Romance Series and is now my favorite due in part to Kori.

Kori was an amazing character, I loved her emotion and strength and then to be treated the way she was by her father I was devastated for her.  When she had to stand up and protect Lucky I had to walk away from the story I was so emotional and scared for her.

The underlying drama story definitely keeps you on your toes.  Lucky had some demons to overcome when the realization of what Kori did to keep him safe.   I was surprised at his ability to walk away from Kori for a month at the MC Club.

It was great to return to see how all the No Prisoner members and their partners and how their lives were progressing.

I love the cover of this story and the flow kept me engaged to the end.

Lucky (No Prisoners MC #4)

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