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Menace (Moonshine Task Force #5)

By  Laramie Briscoe


Mason “Menace” Harrison

“Single and ready to mingle……”

Those are the words above every picture of almost every female that strikes my interest on this dating app my son talked me into getting. After being a single dad for seventeen years, I’m ready to spread my wings, just not with most of the co-eds who keep hitting on me and calling me daddy.

Now that Caleb’s in his Senior year of high school, I feel like I can let go of the iron-clad control I’ve had on myself without his Mom in our lives. I’ve enjoyed raising him, love the relationship we have, and while he went off the rails for a bit last year, we’re closer than we’ve ever been. He’s got a full ride to the University of Alabama, and I’ve settled into my spot with the Moonshine Task Force.

But my son doesn’t warm my bed, he isn’t someone I can share my dreams with, and he’s not the person I want to grow old with by my side. I’m not sure who that is yet, but the smokin’ hot lady going by the name BeachBum83 definitely has every single bit of my interest.

Karina Holland

“Looking for a good time, maybe more…..”

Those were the lamest words I ever typed in my life, but it was the best I had for the dating app my friend, Violet talked me into joining. I didn’t have any high hopes for myself. As a High School English teacher, I’m sick of pervy Dad’s hitting on me when they come in to discuss their child’s lack of motivation to read the classics and apply themselves.

Until the day Mason Harrison walks into my classroom. I had no idea Caleb’s Dad was the man I met off that dating app who showed me how flexible I really am in the back of his Jeep. Within minutes of the parent/teacher conference, he proved the sparks weren’t one-time only when we christened my desk.

Mason and Caleb? They touch a part of my heart that no one’s ever touched before, and when a threat from the past shows up, I prove just how tough I really am. 


Menace is my favourite of this entire series and I did not think anything could top Havoc but I have been proven wrong.  Mason (Menace) and Karina just give this story such depth and I put that down to Mason’s maturity.

Admittedly, I did not notice Mason that much in the other stories.  He was always in the background except for the incident with Caleb with the Moonshine.

You know a wonderful story when you highlight beautiful moments and there were many in Menace.  We follow Mason and Karina from their blind date to ultimately Karina delivering the family unit that Mason and Caleb always felt was lacking in just the two of them.  I loved following Karina giving these two men a female touch to their home and lives.  The reference to cupcakes for Caleb made me tear up and then Menace and his fear of being lonely and Karina filling that hole.

Karina was a wonderful female character, she too had her heart broken but she was such a strong role model and it was perfect her being a teacher.  One of my favorite moments was when Menace came to the classroom and realises who his son’s teacher is!

There is the touch of drama from the Moonshine Taskforce which creates excitement and again all the crew feature in their love story.

I actually thought this would be the end but I see with excitement that Caleb is getting his own story and I cannot wait.

Menace (Moonshine Task Force #5)

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Nobody Does It Better (Masters and Mercenaries #15)

By Lexi Blake


A spy who specializes in seduction

Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.

A leading man who doesn’t do romance

Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.

An ending neither could have expected

Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.


It’s hard to believe that this is the 15th book in this series. This being the last book of the main characters in the Masters and Mercenaries series does not disappoint.  I have been a fan of Lexi Blake’s for a long time and she always manages to put in a little surprise that makes each book special.

Nobody Does It Better is Kayla’s and Josh’s story.  I love the fact that Kayla is the bodyguard.  She has an interesting background and ties to an old friend that we met in another series. She is definitely torn between duty and heart.  This is one of the things that makes her so endearing.  I also love the fact that Kayla is a little like Ian.  She has the smart banter mixed with heart and a little bit of a tortured soul.

Josh is a man who has many scars.  I don’t think he knows if he can be brave or trust his heart enough to love. But he has dangerous people after him so the best way to defend him would be to have someone who is always close to him, like a girlfriend who can kick ass.

This story had so many levels to it.  From Kayla’s reasons for joining the CIA to Josh’s secret and reason for being blackmailed, this story had my emotions all over the place.  Lexi manages to inject so much humour into their story lines that has you laughing one minute to crying the next.  I also love past characters coming back to help lend their wisdom.

I love this series and am sad that this will be the last book for the main Masters and Mercenaries but there will be another spin off that sounds like we are in for a treat.

Nobody Does It Better

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Prisoner (Captives & Criminals #1)

By Skye Warren & Annika Martin


He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath. Prisoner


Upon finishing Hostage (Book 2 of Criminals & Captives) I immediately went and downloaded Prisoner.  Grayson and Abigail intrigued me from Hostage so I was dying to know their story.

I admit I did not like Stone at all in Prisoner until the very end when he redeemed himself.  The moment Stone realizes Grayson’s need for Abigail I was so relieved. Stone was a brilliant character in Hostage though so he is forgiven.

Grayson and Abigail both have such devastating stories and you can easily see how they connect with each other.  Abigail is a strong and resilient character however Grayson breaks her down at times to allow herself to heal and feel included.

Abigail gives Grayson love and light in his life and my how he deserves it.  The scenes around the guys again have made me want more stories on all these boys.

Emotional and sexual connections between Grayson and Abigail are balanced and well timed within the flow of the story.

The ending of Prisoner will have your immediately picking up Hostage to learn more back stories and also to go forward for their redemption and rescue.

At times both Grayson and Abigail brought tears to my eyes, my how this story has affected my heart.

Prisoner (Criminals & Captives #1)

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Up In Smoke

By T M Frazier


I’m a man without a conscience.
I deal in murder and mayhem.
I’m the best at what I do.
Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job.
A means to flush her father out of hiding.
Except there isn’t anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she’s keeping.
She’s cocaine with legs. I’m addicted before I’ve even had a taste.
I might have her, but I can’t keep her.
But if her father doesn’t show his face, Frankie will be mine.


Smoke and Frankie had me within the first few pages, I read this book in a day, could not put it down! The two characters emotional and physical connection will have you so invested in this story.

Frankie’s loneliness, vulnerability along with her sheer determination made my heart ache and pulse beat a million times a minute. Following Frankie’s journey with Smoke made me hate him yet also love him in the same chapter. The author wove such inner turmoil in these two characters you could not help but want them to find love with each other.

Running in the background is Smoke’s revenge centering around Frankie’s dad and what an intricate web of lies we are following. Whilst reading, I did not pick any of the twists and turns which is so typical of the King Series book I have read to date. It was great to see Bear, King, and Preppy again and see their friendship and humor is as strong as ever.

I am going to have to read Rage’s story with Nolan as she was a standout for me. Upon checking I see that Nine has the next story and I am looking forward to that too.

Up in Smoke is dark, it has moments of sheer terror and despair but then we are given beautiful moments that deliver hope for Smoke and Frankie. The two lonely and isolated characters were perfection on the page and the ending just mended my heart.

Up in Smoke

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More Than Love You (More Than Words #3)

By Shayla Black


I’m Noah Weston. For a decade, I’ve quarterbacked America’s most iconic football team and plowed my way through women. Now I’m transitioning from star player to retired jock—with a cloud of allegation hanging over my head. So I’m escaping to the private ocean-front paradise I bought for peace and quiet. What I get instead is stubborn, snarky, wild, lights-my-blood-on-fire Harlow Reed. Since she just left a relationship in a hugely viral way, she should be the last woman I’m seen with.

On second thought, we can help each other…

I need a steady, supportive “girlfriend” for the court of public opinion, not entanglements. Harlow is merely looking for nonstop sweaty sex and screaming orgasms that wring pleasure from her oh-so-luscious body. Three months—that’s how long it should take for us both to scratch this itch and leave our respective scandals behind. But the more I know this woman, the less I can picture my life without her. And when I’m forced to choose, I’ll realize I don’t merely want her in my bed or need her for a ruse. I more than love her enough to do whatever it takes to make her mine for good.


Before I really get into my review for More Than Love You, I have to say that my heart swoons for Noah Weston.  Shayla Black shows us again how great writing transports the reader to the reality that they are being sucked into.  She adds a sensitivity to each character that makes you believe that you are in the moment with them.  For me, the More Than Words series is Shayla’s writing at her best.

In More Than Love You, we get to know Harlow (sister to Maxon and Griff) and Noah.  This story is different from the first two books in this series because it is written mainly in Noah’s perspective. He is a total outsider to this family and he is seeing the family dynamic with fresh eyes.  He has to find out why Harlow closed herself off to love.  I dare anyone not to fall for him.  He does have his own issues but once he meets Harlow she becomes the only thing that matters to him.

Harlow’s character really drives home how she and her brothers were raised.  But even though Harlow has tried to close her heart, she has a need to help others.  When presented with the opportunity to help Noah, she immediately came up with a plan of attack.  Not because of who he was or that he was hot but because it was the right thing to do.

More Than Love You took me on an emotional journey.  I almost felt like I was intruding on their lives.  These siblings found a new definition of family that did not include their parents.  I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

More Than Love You

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Reed (Cold Fury Hockey # 10)

By Sawyer Bennett


The offseason is heating up for one Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker who’s eager to make nice with the girl next door.

No one plays like Reed Olson, whether it’s hockey season or not. After back-to-back NHL championships, he’s craving a little R&R. Reed leans to a specific type—blond, busty, and interested—and fortunately he has a little black book full of options. So why is it he can’t stop dreaming about the new girl who just moved in next door? A certified brainiac, she seems to want nothing to do with the hard-bodied athlete.

Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: solitude. Reed is everything she imagined—a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But she didn’t expect he would also be funny and charming. Josie knows she’s the opposite of his type, and that’s fine with her. Still, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their newfound friendship certainly has its benefits, but she’s starting to wonder if opposites really do attract.


REED is the Cold Fury story I’ve been waiting for since reading MAX, book 6 in the series.

“We’re friends, Josie. The benefits are very good. So good I don’t need benefits from anyone else. Your benefits are the only ones I’m interested in.”

Reed comes across as a bit of a jerk in the beginning. He has a revolving door of blonde models warming his bed, and other than making sure they get off, he doesn’t care about them at all. He doesn’t even want them talking to him. He wants to get off and then get gone. But then he met Josie and slowly became a man I could very easily fall in love with. Considering he’s never had a meaningful relationship before, he did an amazing job of wooing Josie. He was sweet and romantic, and because he had no experience in dating before Josie, it made all his attempts even more special. My favorite scene was when he was upset about burning dinner, because all he wanted to do was make her a nice meal. It was very swoon worthy.

“Why do you want to slow it down?”
“Because I like you, Josie, and you’re not a notch in my bedpost.”

I can’t say much about Josie other than I thought she was smart, level-headed and the exact opposite of the women Reed usually surrounds himself with. She does battle with some insecurities about being with Reed, because she’s been hurt before and she knows she’s not his normal type, but she doesn’t shove her insecurities in your face every five minutes, which I greatly appreciated.

“I don’t know if I can be everything to you, Josie. But I want to be everything that I can possibly be. I want to be exactly what you need.”

I know there are quite a lot of readers out there who are avoiding this book because they’ve heard that Josie has sex with Reed after hearing him have sex with other women. I’ll admit, I was a little worried about that too when I heard about it, but it ended up not bothering me at all. It’s not like Josie hopped straight into Reed’s bed after hearing him; it’s weeks into their growing friendship before they become physical. Besides, they’re both grown ups and are fully aware that the other has had sex with other people before. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to read it, I’d say give it a go, because I don’t think it’s as bad as people are making it out to be.

REED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Though they didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the story, I did have two minor issues: the conflict is a bit weak and the story ends abruptly. I turned the page—after the previous chapter ended on a sex scene—only to discover that I was at the end of the book. That being said, I really enjoyed watching Reed and Josie get to know each other and become friends, before finally becoming more.

Reed (Cold Fury Hockey # 10)

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A Shameless Little Con (Shameless #1)

By Meli Raine


I didn’t do it.

I never betrayed my friend.

Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

I’ve been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth doesn’t get the public’s attention.

But shame? Shame sells.

And everyone assumes you’re tainted.

Now I have my own personal security team, courtesy of the United States government. Not the one you learned about in civics class, though.

I’m being tracked by the deep state. The shadow government. They’ve assigned Silas Gentian to be with me twenty-four seven. He thinks he knows everything about me – all of it bad — and he does.

On paper.

Like everyone else, he assumes I’m a traitor. A backstabber. A betrayer. Someone who helped a group of violent psychopaths, puppets of powerful men in Washington who made me into a tool.

Yet I see how he looks at me. True desire can’t be faked.

Or hidden.

And that goes both ways.

He assumes I’m trying to fool him.

And he might be right.

But not for the reasons he thinks.

A Shameless Little Con is the first book in the Shameless trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.


A Shameless Little Con picks up months after The Harmless Series ends.

Having read and loved The Harmless series, I still had lingering questions and thoughts floating from that completion.  I was not ready to leave Lindsay and Drew so am very happy they play pivotal roles in Jane’s personal story.

Jane was one character that left me with many questions hanging over her and also personally Monica Bosworth the Senators Wife and Lindsay’s mother.  Monica is as vicious as ever in this first installment of this trilogy.

So many secrets and such mystery surround Jane and her mother and their connection to the political arena.  Upon the first few chapters, I was on Jane’s side wanting to support her.  This story spans just a few days as so much is happening with threats against Jane and also other members of the Bosworth group.

A Shameless Little Con finishes at a particular moment that will totally change the course of Jane’s story going forward.  Silas’s personal story with Kelly is heartbreaking and I hope my wishes come true for a future with Jane as there is a slow burn of attraction building.

Senator Bosworth does not make much of an impact in this installment as he is busy running for President.  I remain with many unanswered questions about Senator Nolan Corning and those three boys.  I have suspicions about his motives now considering the ending of this installment.

It is such a riveting read with drama, secrets, and emotions.  I felt such exhaustion for Jane to be continually alert to threats from inside and outside of the Bosworth arena.

This book briefly at the start rehashes major parts of the Harmless Trilogy.  To really get into the political backstory and drama I highly recommend reading The Harmless Trilogy first.

A Shameless Little Con (Shameless #1)

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Hostage (Criminals & Captives #2)

By Skye Warren & Annika Martin



I’d never even kissed a boy the night I met Stone. The night I saw him kill. The night he spared my life. That was only the beginning.

He turns up in my car again and again, dangerous and full of raw power. “Drive,” he tells me, and I have no choice. He’s a criminal with burning green eyes, invading my life and my dreams.

The police say he’s dangerously obsessed with me, but I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about him. Maybe it’s wrong to let him touch me. Maybe it’s wrong to touch him back. Maybe these twisted dates need to stop. Except he feels like the only real thing in my world of designer labels and mansions.

So I drive us under threat, until it’s hard to remember I don’t want to be there.

Until it’s too late to turn back.

HOSTAGE is a dangerous standalone romance by New York Times bestselling authors Skye Warren and Annika Martin. It’s set in the same world as PRISONER, but can read separately! 


Hostage had me hooked from the first few chapters and I read this in a day, simply could not put it down.  Upon finishing I have already purchased Prisoner which explains Grayson and Abby who we meet towards the end of this story.

One favourite component of this story is the relationship of the men living at The Bradford Hotel.  What a harrowing way to grow up and their bond and sense of family was one of my favourite parts.

The first half is a slow build to the secrets and realizations of the background story.  As the story builds in relation to the retribution, the characters develop and you get a sense there are more connections.

The interactions between Stone and Brooke take place over a few years.  Given their age difference, it is interesting to following the development.  Consequently, In the end, it is built honestly and in a believable manner.

Brooke & Stone’s sexual moments are built slowly in line with the innocence and done respectfully but provide great heat and anticipation.

Many characters at the beginning will evolve and have you second-guessing your instincts and perceptions, it will make you think.  Detective Rivera and Brooke’s dad were two surprising standouts that forced me to change my beliefs.

Hostage left me satisfied with the outcome for Brooke, Stone and their extended family.

Finally, if you enjoyed The Endgame series by this author you will enjoy Hostage like I did.

Hostage (Criminals & Captives #2)

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Tormentor Mine (Tormentor Mine #1)

By Anna Zaires


A new dark romance from New York Times bestseller Anna Zaires

He came to me in the night, a cruel, darkly handsome stranger from the most dangerous corners of Russia. He tormented me and destroyed me, ripping apart my world in his quest for vengeance.

Now he’s back, but he’s no longer after my secrets.

The man who stars in my nightmares wants me. 


Beginning perfectly, the first chapter explains Peter’s history and what is driving him for his revenge.   Tormentor Mine is dark romance at its best being suspenseful yet also with heart and soul.  Both main characters have endured loss, Peters in a brutal way and Sara being lied and manipulated where she questions what was real in her life.

We fast forward to meet Sara who is living a solitary existence without her husband.  I immediately connected with Sara with her loneliness and isolation of her life.  The first night  Peter and Sara cross paths it is brutal and horrifying.

Sara has anxiety after the attack and she believes she is being watched was built up perfectly, the flow of this story was spot on and I could not put it down.  I enjoyed how we did get to see Sara’s nurturing personality through her job as a Doctor and this also explains her need to protect all those around her.  Sara is selfless and protective and I understand her actions.

When Peter moves into Sara’s life and suffocates yet also gives her affection and company.  This was expertly weaved and made the reader accept this was okay. At no time did I question Sara’s actions, she was literally on the edge of losing her mind and Peter appears.   Did he know this and was this part of this manipulation, I think so.

I admit I really want these two to make a baby, I want Peter to have a family again.  The other characters being Peter’s team of killers I cannot wait to meet more of.  Thinking Book 2 is going to enable us to understand all the dynamics of Peter and his group of men.

Tormentor Mine does conclude with a cliffhanger of sorts, it does, however, tie the first part of their story together neatly in a bow.  This is a trilogy and upon finishing book 1, I purchased book 2 and have pre-ordered book 3.  I do hope we are not waiting too long as these two characters have definitely grown on me.

Tormentor Mine (Tormentor Mine #1)

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Justice (New Species # 4)

By Laurann Dohner


Justice North is the face of New Species. Seeing him up close makes Jessie’s heart race. He’s the ultimate alpha male—big, muscular, exotically beautiful…and dangerous. Of course he’s off limits. But then the sexy man purrs and all bets are off.

Jessie Dupree is a mouthy, fiery human female who brings out the animal in Justice. She wants to show him how to relax, and he’s all for anything she wants to do, but Justice has sworn to protect his people and to take a Species mate. He’s torn between the woman he wants and the oath he’s taken.

Jessie knows a relationship between them probably won’t end well, heartbreak is inevitable. But that won’t stop her from freeing the wildness inside Justice and spending every moment she can steal wrapped around his hot body, making him roar with passion.


JUSTICE is the fourth book in the New Species series, and I’ve been waiting for Justice’s story since meeting him in the first book.  It’s also one of the final books that includes—what I call—an original; a character introduced in the first or second book.  Almost all the characters that get their own books from here on out are only introduced in the book that comes before theirs.  Sometimes, their own book is their introduction.

“You make me happy, Jessie.  I’m so glad you came into my life.  You’re a breath of sunshine in the dark stillness my life has become.”

Justice is the ultimate alpha male; he is the New Species leader and is in charge of them all.  Chosen for his strength and amazing control, it was exciting to watch him lose complete control when it came to Jessie.  His desire to take her as his mate was off-the-charts, but he fought it at almost every turn for several reasons, all of which were self-sacrificing for the good of his people.

Jessie was a good match for Justice because she was very strong and could kick some serious ass.  She’s had some military training, which came in handy after Justice was gravely injured in an attack.  She was able to protect and defend him, showing every New Species that she was the perfect mate for their leader.

As much as I enjoyed this book, there were two things that annoyed me.  First, Jessie told anyone who would listen that she was part of the task force that rescued Gift Females, and she brought it up so many times that it felt like she was bragging.  Secondly, I didn’t like how her superior kept threatening to put her over his knee and spank her ass, or haul her ass in front of the men and whip it, if she didn’t follow his orders.  I couldn’t stop myself from cringing every time he did it.

JUSTICE is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Justice and Jessie.  I think every book within this series can be read as a stand-alone, but I think you’ll get more enjoyment if you read the series in order.

Justice (New Species # 4)

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