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Bountiful (True North # 4)

By Sarina Bowen

Synopsis

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave From Brooklyn will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Hockey star Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

Review

The first thing I have to say about BOUNTIFUL is that the cover is beyond hot.  I can’t remember the last time I wanted to lick a cover, but this one is so gorgeous I find myself wanting to lick it every time I see it.  Yum!

Moving on, BOUNTIFUL is a lovely story about Dave and Zara, who shared a hot and enjoyable month-long fling two years ago.  A fling that involved not sharing personal details and then resulted in a pregnancy.  Dave has not been able to get Zara out of his mind since he left, so two years later and during his off-season, he returns to town to see her, only to learn that he has a daughter, Nicole.

Dave and Zara are both strong characters, but because of what they experienced growing up, they believe there are certain parts of their lives where they are not worthy or good enough, but in very different ways.  It was nice watching them come together and get the happy ending neither of them dreamed was a possibility.

I really liked Dave’s sister, Bess, as well as Zara’s twin brother, Benito.  While I don’t see them together as a couple, I hope both of them get their own books.

There were a couple of threads in this story that I felt were not tied up.  Most of Zara’s family treat Dave pretty badly, and we never find out if they changed their attitudes towards him.  Also, Zara mentioned several times that she had ruined the great romance of Benito’s life when they were younger, but we never got the story behind that.  With the introduction of Zara’s large-ish family, I wonder if her brothers will get stories of their own, and perhaps that’s why these two threads were left hanging.  Time will tell.

BOUNTIFUL contains characters from Sarina’s Brooklyn Bruisers series, but you don’t need to read that series to enjoy this story.  Honestly, I don’t even remember Dave from the Brooklyn Bruisers, even though I’ve read all three books.  BOUNTIFUL is told in dual POVs and comes with a happy ending for Dave, Zara and Nicole.

Bountiful (True North # 4)

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True North Series

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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In Pieces

By Danielle Pearl

Synopsis

Three years ago she was left in pieces . . . Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a posh prison of private tutors. It’s for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one to break her all over again. And Beth can’t seem to stay away now any more than she could all those years ago. As soon as David March learned his best friend’s little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and promised himself he’d keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he’d grown up with has transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she’s attracting attention from people she shouldn’t-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing that he doesn’t just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.

Review

In Pieces is a friend to lovers college romance that has some incredibly emotional and intense moments. Both Bethy and David tell this love story which helps you to connect.

As a reader, you can easily follow their inner thoughts and feelings.

Firstly, I loved David, the poor guy has loved Bea since childhood.  The constant battle he wages with himself will have you pulling your hair out about his unconditional love.  At times I really wanted this story to move quickly as I became frustrated as I wanted Bea to realize David’s love.

The beginning has Bea and her sadness with her young story.  Even as we near the end of In Pieces we are still finding out her secrets.  I am openly advising I hated her brother and his meddling ways in her life.  I became frustrated with her family and to see her stand up for herself was brilliant.  Bea is a strong character and it was wonderful watching her grow.

Supporting characters provide humour and friendship along with some interesting secrets.  An interesting character was Brody, however, I admit I had sneaking suspicions and was pleasantly surprised and happy.

The romantic and sexual moments for David and Bea are beautiful in more ways than one.

Bea & David are friends first and become lovers and we do get a beautiful ending and I am left fully satisfied.

Quote:  “I know, beautiful girl, because I’ve always known”

In Pieces

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Mating Bite (Bite # 2)

By Cynthia Eden

Synopsis

Werewolf Carter Sinclair is on the hunt. He’s tracking a newly turned vamp, a beauty with bite named Lauren McIntosh. Hunting her is the easy part. After all, no one can hide from a wolf. But once Carter gets the vamp in his arms, his easy mission suddenly goes straight to hell.

One taste, one bite that should never have happened…and Carter is hooked—mind, body, soul. Nature has plans for him and Lauren. They’re to be mates, but there is a vicious vamp waiting in the dark—a killer who has already claimed Lauren as his.

Now Carter has a new mission—keep Lauren safe at all costs. Make her fall for him. And hide all of the very dark and dangerous secrets that fill his closet. He needs Lauren to trust him, he needs her to stay with him, and the last thing he wants is for Lauren to know just how deeply he’s already betrayed her. What she never knows can’t hurt her, right?

Their mating is forbidden, but Carter is about to break every werewolf and vamp rule out there in order to claim Lauren. And those fools who try to get in his way will find out just how deadly his beast can truly be…because there is no one in the world more important to a wolf…than his mate.

Review

MATING BITE was an enjoyable and quick read, but it is pretty similar to FORBIDDEN BITE, in that we have a male vampire hiring a werewolf to track down a female vampire, for reasons other than what is claimed.  In this case, Carter is hired to track down newly-turned vampire, Lauren, and return her to her maker and “mate”.

Rule Five: Mating is forever. If you don’t believe that, try taking away a wolf’s mate. See how well that shit works for you.

Because it’s a novella, it is a fairly quick read, so I can’t say much about Carter and Lauren other than I liked them.  I loved how protective Carter was of Lauren, and I really felt for her when she explained how she was turned against her will, the fear she felt as she was being murdered, and the fear of losing her humanity.  I did struggle to understand her reason behind the conflict, but it all worked out in the end.

MATING BITE is told mostly in Carter and Lauren’s POVs, but is also occasionally told in the POV of other characters.  It comes with a HEA for Carter and Lauren, and with the introduction of two new characters (Natalie and Riley), I wonder if there’ll be another book or two in the future.  I hope there will be because I want to read them.

Mating Bite (Bite # 2)

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Bite Series

Imperfect

By Kelly Moore

Synopsis

Dr. Ashe Manning- aka Lucifer- CEO and founder of the MTA Crisis Division, Neurosurgeon
I’m an imperfect man in love with the perfect woman. She’s gorgeous, smart, and sexy.
I broke her heart. I took everything beautiful between us and smashed it to hell.
That was the old me. Now I’m in control. I’ve found different means to feed the adrenaline junkie in me. My mind is no longer free, but my heart is owned by one woman. The one woman I can never have because she saw my imperfections.

Dr. Aedon Thatcher- Partner, Thoracic Surgeon
I’m a woman in love with an imperfect man. I see his heart and mind, it’s a beautiful thing.
I left him all alone. I took everything beautiful between us and threw it away.
The stronger me, still loves him. I’m polished on the outside, but uncontrolled on the inside. I disguise my feelings well. I don’t want to love him, but I have no choice. He owns me, even if he doesn’t know it.

Dr. Wren Adams – Partner, General Surgeon
The man standing between the two of them.

Certified HEA

Review

First and foremost, I love the cover of Imperfect.

The note to the author’s friend about an Epilogue at the end made me laugh.  I simply loved the way it ended and it is why I love romance.  Imperfect has dark and light moments of an emotional love story.

Imperfect’s love triangle will have you second-guessing the motive of each character. I too struggled to make a decision, just like Aedon. We travel with these doctors as they work in the field of some tense situations.  Each time they return it seems to take a toll on Ashe as he grapples with his medical condition.

Whilst reading the first half I really wanted the romance journey to start sooner.

Wren broke my heart many times and I felt such sorrow for him as I always felt he was the underdog.  There was something about him that personally, I connected to.

As I read the second half of this story we really get to delve into the love triangle.  This broke my heart many times and I could not breathe whilst reading these moments.  Most of all this was a hard journey for Aedon as she begins to get such clarity for her true feelings.

The characters keep you guessing right up to the end and there is no unnecessary drama.

The male relationship between Ashe and Wren was one of my favourite parts of this whole story.

All characters are given a happy ever after and this is a wonderful standalone.

Quote:  No I’m scared to not love you because if I don’t, I’ll never love another man and my heart will always be broken.

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Cross (Devils Nightmare MC)

By Lena Bourne

Synopsis

Cross

I’m the guy whose name brings fear into the hearts of even the hardest men. They call me Cross, because I’ve killed enough men to fill a cemetery, and I never saw any problem with that. Until a woman, I hardly remember brought my eleven-year-old daughter that I didn’t know existed, to my doorstep and left her for me to take care of.

At first, my daughter was a complication I didn’t need, but now I’ll do everything I can to raise her right. I’ll even stay away from her hot-as-sin guidance counselor Roxanne, who makes me feel like I’m twenty again, and not pushing forty. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t show her what a real man can do with a woman like her.

Roxie

My father was the president of an outlaw MC, and until I turned twenty-one a world of bikers, mayhem and crime was all I knew. Then a rival gang destroyed it all, killed my family and everyone I held dear, and made me the property of a brutal, ruthless man. I ran away, got an education, and haven’t looked back.

Now I’m the guidance counselor at a small town junior high school, my old life so far behind me it might as well be someone else’s past, and I was happy to leave it there. But then I met Cross, the bad boy biker father of one of my wayward students. He makes me yearn for the life I lost, crave all the excitement that used to be my everyday. Makes me want to be a bad girl again, if only for one night.

But I won’t go down that road again. It doesn’t lead anywhere good.

Cross: Devil’s Nightmare MC is biker romance novel, which contains steamy sex scenes and deals with disturbing themes that may be uncomfortable for some readers. Intended for 18+ audiences. 

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cross and it was my first book by this author. Beginning with a traumatic event for Roxie and entwining to current day with suspense.

It was fantastic to follow as all the pieces of the puzzle started to form.  Paced perfectly and kept me entertained and wanting to turn those pages and not leave the characters.

Their romance has a slow build up at the start as Roxie really fought the pull of returning to what she grew up in.  Cross was definitely the alpha male protector for her.  Roxie has a great inner strength and her trauma as a young girl was intense.

The relationship with Cross and his daughter was an interesting inclusion.  I thought the whole Motorcycle group of characters around Cross provided great support to the story.

My favourite component was Roxie’s family history. I loved how Cross stepped up with his Motorcycle group and repaired her life.

Finally, it has a great balance of romance and action that will keep you entertained until the last chapter.

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Mercy

By Lindsay Marie Miller

Synopsis

I fell in love with a hitman.
The one hired to kill me.
I just hope he doesn’t break my heart.

 

Nineteen-year-old Anna James is an Ex-President’s daughter with a bounty on her head. A sudden thirst for teenage rebellion lands her in a crowded night club, where she locks eyes with a beautiful stranger across the room.

Ten years her senior, elusive and brooding Julian rescues Anna and then whisks her away to an undisclosed location in the wilderness. But Julian is like a force of nature—cold as ice one minute, warm and tender the next. Frightened and distressed, Anna is reluctant to trust her hero.

Especially when she discovers that Julian is the man hired to kill her.

Mercy is a full-length Dark Romantic Thriller Novel—approximately 87,000 words.
This love story can be read as a Stand Alone.

Review

Mercy is a fast paced romantic read that will have you on the edge of your seat.  One moment you will be cursing Julian and the next will be wanting to be in his arms like Anna.

Firstly I do have to say the cover although good looking to me does not reflect who Anna is. To me, she is 19, protected daughter and a virgin.  Once I consumed myself within the walls of Julian and Anna’s world the cover picture faded away thankfully.

Mercy is a standalone however at the end of this I could have read so many more chapters on Anna and her journey.  Although at the start she is very vulnerable the way the author matured Anna throughout this story was beautiful.  The story takes an incredible heart wrenching turn and I was not prepared and was beside myself.  I had so many questions and hopes and be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.

I fell in love with Julian once he rescued Anna and every chapter thereafter, I knew he had an agenda and then the way this story evolved was perfection.

The sexual scenes between Julian and Anna are enjoyable and provide a roller coaster of emotions.  There are some violent scenes in this story but were relevant and kept the suspense to the story ongoing.

Mercy

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The Queen

By Skye Warren

Synopsis

THE FINAL BOOK IN THE MASTERPIECE DUET!

I have one chance at a new life. A college education. A future outside of Tanglewood’s dark walls. For a breathless moment it seems like I might actually escape.

Then I get a phone call from home.

Damon Scott is my own personal dragon, the fight I’ve always lost, the secret hope of my heart. And he needs my help right now. Only my mind can solve the puzzle. Only my presence can keep him sane as the city fights against him.

Only my heart can unlock a man with such a tragic past.

This is my final gamble, with everything at stake. One last game to win a future for both of us.

And a love strong enough to break the city apart.

THE QUEEN is the final novel in the bestselling Masterpiece duet, about a game of lies and loyalty, of betrayal and power, and ascension to the city’s throne.

Review

I really enjoyed reading the conclusion to their story.  The Queen has emotion and plenty of twists that kept me guessing until the end.

Damon has always intrigued me from the beginning in The Pawn. A puzzle I wanted to complete and understand his mechanics. Their love story is not all hearts and roses, there is sadness, loneliness.

I loved following the way Damon protects Penny at the Den, in that room, especially when she puts the pieces of the puzzle together.  Her mathematical mind is such a wonderful part of her personality that I have loved from the first moment we met her.

Penny’s relationship with her professor was intriguing and I thought he would play more of a part and I kind of wanted to see Damon meet him.  We also get to learn more history from Damon’s upbringing.

I know this was Damon & Penny’s story but some of the Avery storyline was not fully disclosed in my opinion and I have questions.

This story ended in a lovely moment that showed not only Damon & Penny but also Gabriel & Avery and what their future holds.

The Queen

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Fatal Identity (Fatal Series # 10)

By Marie Force

Synopsis

Every family has its secrets… 

As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career.  

Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his “father” is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh’s family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets? 

With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam’s plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?

Review

FATAL IDENTITY is another great addition to the Fatal series.

When I started writing this review, I was shocked to realise that it had been two years since I’d read my last Fatal book, FATAL FRENZY.  It was good to reconnect not just with Sam and Nick, but with all the other characters from this series.  I like that with the initial reappearance of each character, we get a quick rundown of their history from the previous books.  That little refresher comes in handy because after four years and eleven books, it’s difficult trying to remember everything that’s happened to everyone.  That being said, I am getting sick of hearing about the Sam/Avery connection and the Sam/Archie fling.  Ms Force, if you’re not going to make something of these two things, please stop bringing them up.

I’ve read all the books in this series up to and including this one, and as with all the previous Fatal books, FATAL IDENTITY was an enjoyable read and one that was hard to put down.  The case Sam works on was certainly interesting, although when the truth came out at the end, it was a little far-fetched.  That’s not going to stop me from reading the next book though.

FATAL IDENTITY is told in the POV of multiple characters, but it is mostly told in Sam’s.  It can technically be read as a stand-alone, but I think understanding the characters and their relationships would be easier if you’ve read the entire series.

Fatal Identity (Fatal Series # 10)

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Fatal Series

Temporary

By Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Synopsis

The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything.

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…

Review

TEMPORARY was an enjoyable read that held my attention from beginning to end.  I’ve read several books by Sarina Bowen, but Sarah Mayberry is a new author for me, and given how much I enjoyed this book, I may have to check out more of her work.

I liked Grace, who has not had an easy life.  She sacrificed her dreams to take care of her teenaged sister, and she works very hard trying to create a better life for them.  Sometimes her sister would act like a spoiled brat and she certainly pushed Grace to her limits, but it was nice to see she could act like a grown up when push came to shove.

I loved Callan, who comes across as a careless playboy at first, but he’s quite the opposite when you really get to know him.  You will like him so much you’ll want to punch in the face all the people he’s loved and trusted for how they’ve betrayed him.  After the death of his uncle—the only family member he liked and respected—he took a good hard look at his life and didn’t like what he saw, so he changed who he was and I enjoyed watching him grow.

And what, exactly, was I a part of?
The silence pressed in on me as I considered the question.  I’d left Australia because I didn’t want to waste my life being Vicky’s lackey.  Instead, I’d wasted it in a dozen other insubstantial ways.
What a rebel.

TEMPORARY is told in dual POVs and while it’s currently listed as a stand-alone, it ended in a bombshell discover that left us open for a second book.  Don’t worry, we get a happy ending for Callan and Grace.  With the information uncovered at the end, if there is a second book it sounds like it would be about Callan’s sister, Claire.  If there is a second book, I will be happy to read it.

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