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Ripples

By Aleatha Romig

Synopsis

Ripples: A Consequences Stand-alone Novel

You don’t have to read the Consequences series to enjoy this stand-alone novel, but if you know Tony Rawlings, you know that disappointing him isn’t an option. Imagine being his youngest daughter…imagine telling him the unimaginable…

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Sometimes ideas find you, and dreams begin as nightmares. Sometimes the truth that has been kept hidden is the key to opening a door you never knew existed.

“You might not know me. I’m the baby of the Rawlings family, the princess, the daughter who came along later. I’m not like my older siblings, successful at everything they touch. My mother and father have provided me with every luxury as well as their unyielding love and support, but I’m not spoiled. I’m also not content. By example, my parents have shown me how love should be. I don’t know their past, and that doesn’t matter. I know what I’ve seen—two people devoted to one another.

I don’t believe that I’ll ever find that kind of love, the kind that forgives and accepts all. And as my life falls to pieces and I travel to visit my family to face their disappointment, I’m not even looking for it.

I’m looking for an escape…from my life as a Rawlings…from the pressure to achieve and not let others down. I dream of the time I can live for my own desires without the expectations that come with my name.

I don’t find what I’m seeking…it finds me. Or should I say…he finds me.

This time is different. I have a family who will search for me and find the answers. Little do we know—any of us—that my father set my journey into motion long before I was born.”

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” ~Dalai Lama

Ripples (Unabridged Version) is Natalie’s story, the youngest of Tony and Claire’s children—their baby. This story first appeared in shorter form in Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings. Due to the length restriction of each novella in that anthology, many scenes in Ripples were shortened or omitted for that anthology. This unabridged edition is the entire story—double in length and—a full-length novel.

Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters. 

Review

Ripples left me wanting so much more for Nat and Dexter. The author notes at the end, let’s hope these characters keep talking so we can continue on the journey.  I loved this story of Claire and Tony’s younger daughter.  She is so like Claire in personality, it gave me the shivers.  I had not read the shorter version so this was a totally new romance for me!

The pace was perfect and the jumping of time in the hidden room was spot on.  Natalie’s experience was so much more intense than her mother’s so it was great to have a totally different feel, this was dark.  The way Dexter manipulates and conditions Natalie is frightening and yet left me aching for so much more. There are many clues woven from the Rawlings history into this story and it had me shaking my head wondering where we were going to be taken.

Unfortunately, I found myself hating Nichol in this story due to her lack of compassion for her sister. Underestimated as the younger child, I loved Natalie immediately.  It is going to be interesting if we are going to get behind the façade of Nichol and her hardness, what are her issues?

What I wanted more of was the conversations between Tony and Dexter, what happened in the study when they first meet.    The moments that Claire and Natalie have made my heart hurt for a mother’s love, that Claire knew in herself that things were not as they seem for her youngest.

I do hope we get more stories around the children of Tony & Claire, I want to see where Natalie and Dexter are going to be taken, how is Tony going to make Dexter see the Consequences of his actions?

Finally, again Phil is my hero as he always was when we first meet him in “Truth”, he has an undying love for all things Claire in such a protective way, including now her babies.

The ending of Ripples leaves me with more questions than answers.

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Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)

By Kristen Ashley

Synopsis

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

Review

Jagged is the shortest of this series or it felt like it for me as I did not want to leave Ham and Zara.  It also was a change of pace at there was no dramas and mystery or serial killers like in the first four books.

I actually really enjoyed this couple and how it was all about them reconnecting and moving forward.

This of all the books was the one where I could not understand Ham’s reluctance to say those three words.  When the author finally reveals his story it was a moment where my heart broke for that man.

Zara had a sad past and I loved Zander and his introduction to the story.  So much of Zara and her sister had me in tears and Zara was such a headstrong and stubborn women.

Nina again returns to the series in all her lawyer awesomeness which I loved.  I also admit I have not read February’s story which explains why I was unsure of who Ham was in the beginning.  Lots of returning characters from Gnaw Bone like Arlene, Cotton, and Max provided humour and meddling moments.

Again, some may not love this as much as the first four books but it is a beautiful second chance romance.  Jagged was two past lovers reuniting and moving forward and being easy.

My favourite moment was on the dance floor at the end, what a way to finished a love story – perfection – so happy for Ham

Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)

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Can’t Let Go (Original Heartbreakers #5)

By Gena Showalter

Synopsis

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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Misadventures of the First Daughter (Misadventures #5)

By Meredith Wild and Mia Michelle

Synopsis

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

Misadventures of the First Daughter

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Going Hard (Steele Ridge #2)

By Kelsey Browning

Synopsis

Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.

After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager.

When a stalker targets Carlie Beth, Grif can’t help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she’s been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?

Review

Going Hard is Griff’s story and I loved his romantic connection with Carlie and what a secret she has for him.

My favorite moments was when everyone finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together with Carlie’s big secret.  Aubrey was a beautiful character for me and I hope she continues on in the other stories for the other brothers. I thought the emotions showed by Aubrey and Carlie were well played out by the author. Griff reaction to the secret helped me connect to him.

One brother who stood out for me was Britt as he really intrigues me, he is a very closed book.

I actually had the whole mystery component pegged down to two characters and was totally wrong!  This part of the story was interesting and helped connect the brothers back together when they went into protection mode.

This story does flow well and kept me engaged between the family reconnecting and also solving the town issues.  At times I did think there were so many characters and I was just keeping up with who was who.

Griff’s mother was simply beautiful in engaging with Aubrey and starting to build family connections.

I am already looking forward to reading the next installment, however, I have to stop myself jumping to favourite characters as all the books are available.

The author ended this story really well and I hope we get to see a wedding and more babies for these two long lost lovers.

Going Hard (Steele Ridge #2)

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Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3)

By Laura Kaye

Synopsis

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her…

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.

Review

Ride Wild was a wonderfully romantic story around creating a new family.

My favourite characters were, in fact, the two youngest being Sam and Ben, they simply stole my heart.  The way they interacted with Cora was really intricate to Slider opening his own heart. The affection and devotion the two young brothers had for Cora was just beautiful and provided great humour too.

Slider was hard to connect to at the start but once he opened his heart well he became the man he should have been.  His path to forgiving himself for the past and be able to move forward provided a great story.

Whilst I have not read the first two of this series it does not matter, this is Cora and Slider’s romantic story and it was perfect.  There are some heat filled passionate moments that are enjoyable but it was their emotional connection I loved.

Ride Wild was paced well and kept me entertained and also included some mystery and suspense towards the end.  I enjoyed following the MC club welcome Slider back to the group.

The way the author ended the story was lovely and I was left with no questions as to their future.

Quote:  “I see you,” he said. “Always.”

Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3)

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Falling Fast

.By Aurora Rose Reynolds

Synopsis

Colton Allyster is relieved to be back home. After a year of rehabilitation, losing his career as a Marine along with his fiancé, he’s had to learn quickly what’s really important. Colton grew up wanting to serve his country. Managing his parents’ biker bar was never part of his plan, but after meeting Gia Caro, he’s beginning to think that’s exactly where he’s meant to be.

Ever since Gia Caro arrived in the small, sleepy town of Ruby Falls, Tennessee, her life has spiraled out of control. Between losing her grandmother a little more each day to dementia, and her hot boss’s constant attention, her once quiet existence isn’t so quiet anymore.

After weeks of sidestepping Colton, things get out of hand, and before Gia knows what’s happening, she’s spending her nights in his bed and her mornings in his kitchen. And as he cleans out drawers and makes room in his closet, she starts to wonder if she’s falling too fast. 

Review

Colton and Gia had great chemistry from the first moment they meet and they definitely fell fast for each other.

Gia’s story with her grandmother was heartwarming and provides lots of emotional heart-wrenching moments as she cares for her.

Colton’s family are wonderful supporting characters and I loved their time at the cabin.

The romantic story has a slow and steady build-up.  We then we get an amazing sexual chemistry between the two main characters.

As soon as I picked this up I literally just kept reading and did not want to leave these characters.

There is some drama with an ex-girlfriend that provides some dramatic turns but we still get the HEA.

Colton is sexy, dominant and very alpha but so respectful.  When he calls her baby well it hits all the right places.  I could have read so many more chapters on this beautiful couple.

Quote:  “Opening my eyes back up, I can’t see much through the tears clouding my vision, but I don’t need to see anything, since I’m feeling everything”

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Southern Attraction (Southern Heart #3)

By Kaylee Ryan

Synopsis

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

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

Am I willing to give up my legacy for her?

Am I willing to give up my dream for him?

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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Ideal Image (A SnapShot Novel #2)

By Freya Barker and KT Dove

Synopsis

In one blinding flash, the very fiber of her existence is shredded.
For criminal lawyer and single mother, Stacie Gustafson, a dependable career, a well-organized life, and an immaculate image, had always been her armor. Without it she’s left exposed and struggling to create a new existence for her and her daughter. No matter how hard she tries, she is unable to avoid her history.

All it takes is one look at the blue-eyed woman, for Nicolas Flynn to be transported back ten years. Sure, her appearance has changed, but then so has his, since he turned his life around. His devotion to his small-town law firm is tested with the arrival of this bittersweet blast from the past, making for a persistent distraction. One that drags along more trouble than she left behind.

Review

Ideal Image is book two in the Snapshot series.  It centers around Stacie, sister to Ben who we met in book one, and Nicholas.  In book one, Stacie was caught in an explosion that left part of her body scared.  This changes her life forever.  She finds herself having trouble going out into public. Nicholas had known Stacie from the past and he always had a crush on her but had a few confidence issues of his own to deal with.  But now they are back together and he is wondering if she can see him differently.

I really like Stacie.  Yes, she is having confidence issues but she manages those issues for the sake of her daughter.  She will do anything for her daughter.  Stacie still has one surgery to go and I love how Freya and KT put real emotion into what that means.  I also really love how they expressed the emotion that Stacie’s daughter was going through.

Stacie showing back up in Nicholas’s life shocked him.  He did not handle the reunion very well and both were left confused. I did instantly like Nicholas and as the book went on I fell for him. He turned into the rock that Stacie needed.

While Stacie and Nicholas were trying to figure out their relationship, there is trouble building. Stacie doesn’t know it but her past is coming back to find her.

I really love this series.  Nicholas and his dad are perfect additions.  There is so much emotion in this book from Stacie dealing with her scars to Nicholas getting past his confidence issues.  I also love the part with Ben and him realizing that he now has to pass on the protecting duties to Nicholas.  (Which wasn’t easy)  There are some more heart wrenching moments but I don’t want to give away too much.  This book has a great blend of emotion and humour.

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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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