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Storm Gathering (The Scorpius Syndrome #4)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

Storm Gathering

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Misadventures of a City Girl (Misadventures #1)

By Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

Synopsis

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

Misadventures of a City Girl

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The Road Back (Limelight Series #2)

By Piper & Jack Davenport

Synopsis

18+ for language and sexual situations…

Hadley Simon risked everything to earn her spot as the manager for America’s fastest rising band. They have been invited to open for rock royalty in a once in a lifetime summer tour, and it means she finally gets to do what she loves. She is the consummate professional and knows how to keep her emotions in check…until a sexy as hell drummer enters her life and turns her world upside down.

Jack Henry is living with his demons in relative seclusion…until he’s convinced to go back out on the road with his old band. The death of his wife ruined him, and he has fought his way out from under a pile of easy women, booze, and blow, but doesn’t know if he can resist the old temptations that nearly killed him. When he meets the beautiful and sassy manager of his opening act, he feels things he hasn’t in a very long time, bringing to the surface ghosts he thought were exorcised long ago.

But she is his new drug of choice, and he doesn’t know what scares him more…pursuing a life with her or the thought of one without her.

Review

What a fantastic read The Road Back was for me.  I loved the beginning, middle and ending, I feel so satisfied.

A favourite character for me was Hadley from the first book of this series.  There was something about this woman that just clicked.  The age difference between her and Jack was perfect for me and provided great moments of him stepping up for Hadley.  The way he cares for her during the road trip and ultimately stands up and claims her was pure hearts & roses.

The Road Back has humour, suspense and flows perfectly.  I could not put this down. It is just such a great rocker romance about being on the road and amongst family.  Rex & Roxie return as do Bam & Lucy and they definitely influence some of the storyline and provide some wonderful moments along the way.

Hadley & Jack’s connection both physical and emotional soothed my soul and sung to my heart, this was pure romance with an edge.

Finally, I was so happy with the way this story ended for Hadley & Jack.  I loved this rocking romantic tale and I could have read so much more on these two soulmates.

Quote:  You’re the dream I thought was lost

The Road Back (Limelight Series #2)

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Long For Me (Luminous #3)

By Stacey Lynn

Synopsis

I’ve seen what happens when you give everything to a man. That’s not what I want. I won’t have my heart crushed in anyone’s fist.

Then he changed everything.

Him. Bennett Ashby. My boss.

Seeing him at Luminous, dressed in leather pants and wielding a whip…

Do I crave this?

My mind says no, but my body is starting to have very different ideas.

Bennett

I knew Rebecca Morales would be the perfect assistant. That’s why I hired her.

I didn’t know that working with her every day would lead to temptation—to own her, to possess her.

When she walked into Luminous, I knew I was screwed. Dipping your pen in the company ink is never smart, but we both agreed what happens at the club stays there.

One night and then it’s back to business tomorrow.

Except I don’t want just one night with Rebecca. I want them all.

Review

Long For Me had all the magical components of an intense and erotic romance.  Bennett and Rebecca had perfect chemistry and their story kept me engaged.

Whilst I have not read the other two Luminous stories you can read Long For Me as a standalone. Meeting both previous couples from the Luminous series it will make you want to read those two stories.  Rebecca’s neighbors were wonderful and this friendship circle continued to strengthen by supporting and guiding her, the dinner party was interesting!

The physical scenes between Bennett and Rebecca covered the whole range from erotic to sensual.  Bennett cared for Rebecca and it was interesting to see him break down her deeply seated walls from her upbringing.  Bennett had an amazing ability to read Rebecca and bring out her inhibitions.

A favorite part for me was their business relationship and how Rebeccas shone in that area and that Bennett did acknowledge her skills.  Long For Me was more than just a BDSM story, personally, for me, I savored Rebecca and her growth as a woman making her own decisions.

Long For Me (Luminous #3)

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Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3)

By Kristen Ashely

Synopsis

“I adore Kristen Ashley’s books!”—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

Is love in the cards?

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first, she’s got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she’s in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . .

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?

Review

Lady luck was simply a fantastic read and it is all because of Lexie and Ty as they are simply wonderful characters.

Ty has so many male friends who have his back every step of the way in his getting justice which was great to follow. There is a male camaraderie with this story about men and their deep friendships. Throughout Lady Luck, we see time and time again how men from different walks of life help Ty.

A big part of this story is also Lexie and her finding her own home and place in life. Lexie provided humor but also some incredibly emotional moments. The first was meeting Ty’s friends in his house. The second one that made my throat constrict and eyes water was on the beach with Ty. This scene also provided my favorite quote:

“Your nightmare, mama, was my dream.”

I never liked Fuller in Sweet Dreams and I was glad to see there are some good cops in Carnal. I loved Angel Pena who was a wonderful character. All the Colorado Mountain characters band together for Ty – even Nina from The Gamble Book 1 played a part – so cool!

I look forward to reading Breathe which is Detective Chase Keaton’s story.

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3)

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Can’t Hardly Breathe (Original Heartbreakers #4)

By Gena Showalter

Synopsis

Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake—her long-standing crush on former army ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.

Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves curvy Dorothea night and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her.

But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.

Review

Can’t Hardly Breathe is about a girl in a small town that grew up surrounded by bullies and in need of human kindness.  This story takes place in a small town in Oklahoma but it could be anywhere.  There is still gossip and everyone knows each other’s business just like how I imagined a small town to be.

I really loved this book.  My emotions were all over the place.  For me, Dorothea was written perfectly.  We were given a brief glimpse in to her high school years, which was plagued with bullies, that gave us the reason why she grew into the person she is today. I love the fact that she never gave up on believing in people.  She has inner strength that I’m not sure that she even knew she had.

Daniel was Dorothea’s crush in high school.  He never knew what kind of impact he made on her life until years later.  He had his own hurdles that he had to get through and I liked that because you never know how someone else handles what has gone on in their life. And everyone handles everything differently.  Daniel really cares about his dad, Virgil, and wants him to live a long life and will sacrifice his own happiness to make sure that happens.

Dorothea’s best friends Lyndie and Ryanne are amazing friends.  They aren’t perfect and they have life issues of their own but they come together to help each other.  They are a great shoulders to lean on. Dorothea’s family on the other hand is somewhat missing in action or the enemy.  Holly, Dorothea’s sister, is selfish and still has some emotional growing to do.  She has her own reasons for acting the way she does but that doesn’t excuse some of her behavior. And her mother seems to just be going through the motions of life and doesn’t seem to be there for either of her children in the beginning.

Daniel also has great best friends and business partners in Brock and Jude. They went through a lot together in the service and they are really the only ones that understand what each of them have gone through.  I also loved Daniel’s dad, Virgil.  And it is apparent that Virgil loves his son.  Virgil also has some great one liners that make you laugh out loud and also make you think.

I really couldn’t get enough of this book.  It touched my heart.  Dorothea and Daniel have great chemistry together and I loved the strength that both of them had to show.  And I also loved the fact that this book illustrates that words matter, especially in kindness. And that life does go on after high school.

Can’t Hardly Breathe

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Time in Between (Magdalene Series #3)

By Kristen Ashley

Synopsis

After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.

Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he would never have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.

But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.

As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?

Review

Time in Between has become my favourite book of this series!  Cady made me laugh, cry, forget to breathe and make my stomach somersault.

The compassion she expressed to family and strangers considering her background was impressive.  To love as deeply as this woman had and become the heartbeat of  “The Family” – tears in my eyes too many times.

Picking my favourite moments and characters is just so hard.  Pat Moreland Jnr is my hero and chapter sixteen is a standout.  “The family” for Cady made this story into more than just a love story and provided many magical and lighthearted moments.

I always knew Coert had an incredibly broken story.  The way the past and present entwine and fill the gaps from the lost  Time in Between made me unable to put this book down.

The Magadalene series was completed perfectly, the ending scenes gave great closure for all the wonderful characters in this town.

I will be reading the Magdalene stories every year as three strong women in this town provided some incredibly tough heartbreaking moments but also great friendship tales.

Quote:  And the beam of the lighthouse that was the last thing Patrick Moreland gave to the daughter he met at a convenience store went round and round, constant and tireless in offering safety.

Time in Between (Magdalene Series #3)

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Hate to Love You

By  Tijan

Synopsis

A new standalone from NYT bestselling author Tijan.

Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of was, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy-breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
Right?
Wrong.
And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

Review

Tijan has again delivered a sensational stand alone that has drama, friendship, and love.  This has some dark elements of college life and it provided such depth to this story, it was surprising.

College life is fast paced in this story and I could not put this book down.  Characteristic of Kennedy is that she is defiant and independent and I liked that she was diligent in her studies.  Kennedy had a plan but like everything, it can explode and Shay did that.

Two of my favorite supporting characters were Casey and then also Linde, he was a standout.  I am saying right here that I could read a whole book on Linde.  The way Linde conversed with Kennedy made me happy but also sad as I knew he had a soft spot for her.

The drama around the girls in her sorority house was honest and provided great humor but also friendship tests.  The loneliness that Kennedy experienced was raw at times and her relationship with her brothers was beautiful.

Kennedy had magical moments with Shay and Hate to Love concluded perfectly with happiness and hope.

Hate to Love You

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The Curse (The Butterfly Effect #2)

By Margaret McHeyzer

Synopsis

It’s been the butterfly effect.
I changed the course of my life because I warned a man.
I thought what I had was a gift, but it’s quickly turning into my curse.
Now I realize I’m much more than a girl with an ability.
Because now… I’m becoming a weapon.

Review

I am so glad that we did not have to wait long for book 2 in this series.  The Curse picks up right where The Gift left off.  I love the idea that someone can change the course of the future but there will be consequences.

Alexa is so strong after her life is torn apart. I really liked her as a character.  She is smart and loyal to the people around her. But the thing I liked most about her is that she never gives up.

I wanted to hate Jude in the beginning of The Gift but quickly came to love him in The Curse.  The only thing that wish was that we could have found out more about his past and the reason he is the way he is.

The Curse was fast paced and always had something going on.  It had some great twists in it, one I didn’t expect. I can’t go into any details without giving spoilers away but I will say that I really got into this series.

The Curse

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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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