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Hunger: An Energy Vampire Novel #2

By Jacquelyn Frank

Synopsis

As an energy vampire, Halo enjoys the chase for human blood—if it’s pure and consensual. But Halo goes from hunter to hunted when he is knocked unconscious and taken hostage by vicious sycophants. As he comes to, he realizes that he’s naked, starving, and trapped in a sealed room. With him is a deliciously human female, tempting him to feed—except her blood is heady with the scent of poisonous drugs. Never has nourishment been so near, yet so far . . . and it’s all part of the sycophants’ sick game.

The last thing Felice Mendoza remembers is everything going black. She awakens stripped, drugged, exposed, and alone—with a vampire. Halo is at once savage and tender, terrifying and alluring. Felice senses that her only chance to escape depends upon his survival. Given the choice between Halo and his enemies, Felice surrenders to his ravenous hunger. It’s a calculated risk—and a delirious pleasure. As Felice is ushered into a world as dangerous as it is desirable, their fight for deliverance is only the beginning.

Review

In Hunger: An Energy Vampire Novel, we get to know Halo.  He finds himself kidnapped and and taken hostage.  He doesn’t know why he’s been taken or why he is still alive. But he does know that he only has a few days of energy left before he has to feed again.

Felice finds herself in a similar situation. But she is human. She is poisoned and given to Halo to feed off of.

This book is different from the first installment.  About the first 60 percent of the book takes place in a room where Halo and Felice are forced to get to know each other.  This is a great way for us to figure out what these characters were made of.  I really liked Halo’s never give up style and he was able to get strength from Felice.  Felice is smart and puts up a great front to show how much strength she really has. I also think that helped Halo really see the people who were already around him and that he isn’t alone in the world.

This story also had a good mystery to it.  I really liked how all was revealed in the end. I also liked that we are getting see what are the real motives of the phants are and that there might be a power struggle starting with them.

Hunger: An Energy Vampire Novel

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The Forbidden

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Forbidden

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Renegade (Moonshine Task Force #1)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

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

Ryan “Renegade” Kepler

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

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

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

Whitney Trumbolt

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

Renegade (Moonshine Task Force #1)

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A Penny’s Worth

By Cynthia Austin

Synopsis

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

There was only one thing Sara failed to possess…

Her life.

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

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

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

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

Riveting. Unpredictable. Page turning

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

God help her.

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Penny’s Worth

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Lucky (No Prisoners MC #4)

By Lilly Atlas

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

Lucky (No Prisoners MC #4)

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Naughty Boss (Steamy Coffee Collection # 1)

By Whitney G.

Synopsis

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email…

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine…


Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now…

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.”

Your boss,
Michael

PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours…

Review

NAUGHTY BOSS is a stand-alone novella that was a quick and fun read.  I loved the sparring and sexual chemistry between Michael and Mya, but Michael is definitely not winning any Boss of the Year awards.  But when you find out why he behaves the way he does, what he really thinks of Mya and what he’s done for her, it’s hard not to find him endearing.  Despite how Mya talks about Michael behind his back, she’s the ultimate professional when it comes to her work…until he pushes her too far.  She’s forced to push back and teach him a lesson, and it was glorious.

Because NAUGHTY BOSS is a novella, everything moves at a very fast pace, with the story including two yearly skips in time: one at the beginning and another at the end.  NAUGHTY BOSS is told in dual POVs and comes with a short and sweet HEA for Michael and Mya.  It is part of a series, but each novella can be read as a stand-alone.  I read this series out of order (I started with book two, DIRTY DOCTOR), and from memory, Michael and Mya aren’t mentioned in that story at all.

Naughty Boss (Steamy Coffee Collection # 1)

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Wicked Bite (Realm Enforcers 5)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Nessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Nessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Nessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . . .

Review

I have been waiting for Bear’s story since I read Wicked Burn.  Just like all the books before this one in this series, there is non-stop action, fast paced,  twist and turns and a budding romance. Rebecca Zanetti has carefully crafted all these characters together to make a seamless storyline.

Bear is a loner and sick.  In an effort to save his sister in Wicked Burn he changed into a dragon when his true form is a bear.  You can only change into one form. This change is now tearing apart his cells and they are not getting any better.

Nessa has stepped down from her seat on the Coven Nine Council.  She has traveled to Seattle to help heal Bear and to present him with a crazy idea.  She has many secrets that will change the shape of Bear’s world.

I really love these two together.  Bear needs someone like Nessa.  Their banter is so much fun to read.  She keeps him on his toes.  Nessa drives Bear crazy in all the right ways.  Bear is completely loyal but he expects honesty. He wants to help Nessa survive but he has other issues that he has to address.  Nessa wants to help Bear heal but she also has another agenda that she is trying to accomplish.   Not to mention the twists and turns that happens in this story to throw everyone off their game.  They still have an Apollo problem and there is still a group out there trying to kill witches.

I love where Rebecca Zanetti has taken this series.  I just can’t get enough!!!

Wicked Bite

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Wicked Favor (Wicked Horse Vegas # 1)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up.

Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed.

As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.

Review

WICKED FAVOR is the first book in the Wicked Horse Vegas series, which is a spin-off of the Wicked Horse series set in Wyoming.  I should point out that you do not need to read the previous series before delving into—and enjoying—the Vegas series.  I know this is only the first book, but I got the impression this series will stand on its own.

I liked Jerico, and I think a lot of readers will too.  He’s a take-charge and generous man, not to mention he’s really hot and great in bed…and anywhere else he wants to have sex.  That being said, some readers might have a problem with his desire to exact his revenge on Trista’s brother by shaming Trista’s sexuality.  Yes, you find out his reasons behind it and you know he won’t go through with it, but it still might be a little hard for some readers to take.  But in the end, you can’t help falling for a man who finally realizes that the love of a good woman is more important than revenge.

I really liked Trista, who is a lot like Jerico in that she’s very nice and generous, and is not afraid to go after what she wants.  Her siblings are awful people, but her mother and her niece are worth all the sacrifices she makes for them.  I also liked that she stood up for herself whenever Jerico said or did something insulting, and how she didn’t wait for him to come to her for forgiveness.  Instead, she sought him out after she had some time to calm down and was ready to hear the whole story.  There were no games with Trista.  What you saw was what you got.

The sex in WICKED FAVOR is hot, but if you’re after hard-core sex scenes, you won’t find them here; Jerico is into light kink, but not anything BDSM related.  I will say that the conflict was predictable as soon as Jerico hatched his plan, but then I don’t think it was supposed to be all that hard to figure out.  The twist with Trista’s loan shark though was good and I didn’t see it coming at all.  WICKED FAVOR is told in dual POVs and comes with a very lovely and very sweet HEA for Jerico and Trista.

Wicked Favor (Wicked Horse Vegas # 1)

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Wicked Horse Vegas Series

No Good Deed

By Susanne Matthews

Synopsis

Escaping from her abusive fiancé, Alexa O’Brien pulls into a gas station only to walk in on an execution. She’s in protective custody until she can identify Nicoli Zabat, Montreal’s mob boss, at his trial. But her safe house has been compromised, setting in motion a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Lieutenant Mike Delorme on the Sûreté Du Québec has spent the last eighteen months undercover in narcotics to take down Zabat, the man he blames for the death of his wife and unborn child. He doesn’t have the interest or patience to babysit a woman whose memory isn’t clear—but he’ll carry out his assignment to show the brass he’s a team player.

As Mike and Alexa dodge danger, it appears she’s in deeper than merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the mafia hit she witnessed is revealed to be just the tip of an international terrorist’s plot, they must rely on each other to survive—but only if they can learn to trust their instincts and let love map out their next move.

Review

In No Good Deed, Alexa needs to escape her fiancé!  She has everything planned out and her fiancé has left the country.  So now is the time to go.  Unfortunately a snow storm started and then she was a witness to a brutal crime that left her injured and having to relearn how to do basic things. If she had left well enough alone when she realized things weren’t right then she would have never found herself in this situation.

Alexa goes into witness protection, where she finds herself isolated and alone. But free from her fiancé.  When her handler is found dead, Mike steps in for babysitting duty.  He is instantly put on alert because he knows something is wrong.

I really like Alexa.  She has a very endearing quality to her.  She feels compelled to do the right thing.  After she meets Mike and it looks like something is definitely not right, Alexa realizes that she can’t control every situation but she wants to be a part of the equation.

Mike is really thrown off by Alexa.  He really wants to protect her.  But memories of his past keep coming up and he wonders if there is more to this mystery.

This is a good mystery/thriller,  but I wouldn’t say that there was enough chemistry between the main characters to call it a romance.  Alexa was a likable character but I wondered how she didn’t know something was not right about her situation.  I didn’t care much for Mike in the beginning but he grew on me.  The story lost some energy in the middle of the book and didn’t pick back up till the end. I did find myself caring about these characters though and wanted to find out how the story played out.

No Good Deed

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The King (Masterpiece Duet #1)

By Skye Warren

Synopsis

The highest stakes…

My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I’m his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.

Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble.

A trailer park princess.

The son of a criminal king.

We don’t belong together, but I’m caught in a twisted game.

His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I’m going to lose more than my body. I’m going to lose everything.

Review

The King takes us back to where The Endgame series took place and I loved the other perspective. It was also great to see Avery and Gabriel again.  I highly recommend you read that series first to understand all these characters.

I went straight to part 2 of the story as the first half is actually The Prince (Masterpiece Duet #0.5) so I finished this in record time and cannot wait for The Queen.

The King centered for me more around Penny and how Damon’s dark world affects her, it was tragic and so suspenseful even though if you had read The Endgame you knew something bad was going to happen.

Penny is an outstanding character, she is smart, resourceful and caring for her father although I felt such hatred for him at how she grew up. I am thankful for how the author gave respect to Damon and how she portrayed their relationship due to their age difference.

Devastated is how I feel at the ending with so much hurt in my heart and I cannot wait to read how these two characters find light in their incredibility dark life. I wish for love and family for them as they did not have it as children and I want that for them as adults.

The King (Masterpiece Duet #1)

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