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The Stolen Bride (Hope’s Crossing #3)

By Cynthia Woolf

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Synopsis

Isabella “Bella” Latham’s callous father sold her into marriage to settle a gambling debt. Rather than face life with a cruel man more than twice her age, she runs from New York and becomes a mail-order bride. Bella’s dreams are simple. All she needs to be happy is a home, children and an honorable man to love her.

Alex Hastings lost his wife in a riding accident two years before. Left with two adorable but mischievous twin four-year-old daughters, he’s convinced they need a mother to take care of them. Alex knows he must marry, but vows he’ll never love another woman.

Bella’s tenderness and fire melts Alex’s stone cold heart. But when her jilted fiancé from New York sends men to capture Bella, will Alex be able to get back his Stolen Bride?

Review

This was my first ever Romance Western novel and I really enjoyed this, I think I picked well as it is not a long story but it flowed and kept my attention. I could imagine the era (it is set in the 1800’s) and the best thing for me was the sense of family and making new beginnings. I actually really enjoyed reading about their day to day activities and I want to make the cookies that are talked about in the book !!

There are some twists and turns, it actually jumps through time at the right moments especially when the Stolen Bride is returned to New York, I did not need to read about the two week return trip on the stage coach & train, so the author got it really right for a novice reader like myself.

Bella was a beautiful character, strong, resilient and probably true to the era of accepting your lot in life. She has such a need for affection and she was just a beautiful soul and immediately reached into my heart and grabbed hold until the last page. I so wanted her to get her Happy Ever After.

It was interesting to follow Alex’s struggles with opening his heart to a new woman and his actions I think were in tune with again the era I was reading about – they are real men in cowboy country and I loved it.

We meet characters from books 1 and 2 but it was easy to follow and they did not overtake the story as some returning characters do in other series books I have read. This can be easily read as a standalone.

A great novel if you are wanting to check out Western Romance for the first time!

The Stolen Bride (Hope’s Crossing #3)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City Series #4)

By Sara Humphreys

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Synopsis

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he’s still a Texas good ol’ boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body…
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it’ll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota’s courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry’s not dead after all.

Review

Sara Humpheys has created a world that immediately pulls the reader’s heart strings.  It was an emotional journey from beginning to end.  She built characters that are so different but they are so perfect for each other.  This is a crazy coven that have bumps in the road but the pieces end up fitting together.

Trixie a city girl who is as tough as they come.  She took a hard road through life and still follows her heart in every matter even if that means she making really tough decisions.  She is feisty and uses every opportunity to sass everyone.  I found her interesting in the way that she has a sassy facade that covers her complete vulnerability.  I am really glad that I got to know her story.

Dakota is a cowboy vampire with a journey of his own to take.  He is completely loyal to being a sentry to the coven he protects. He seems to be a classic cowboy but he is also hiding a secret. He finds Trixie attractive but then he finds out that she is his bloodmate and that puts a new spin on their relationship and he has to face some facts from his history.  He is a all around good guy that wants nothing more than to fix old wrongs.

Quote:  A familiar voice pulled her from her thoughts as she strode down the stone hallways of the Presidium’s underground facility, buried deep beneath Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters in New York City.
“Well, smack my ass and call me Sally.”
“Okay, Sally.” Trixie rolled her shoulder and fought the buzz of attraction. “But you can smack your own ass.”

The Good, the Bad and the Vampire

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Colters’ Lady (Colters’ Legacy #2)

By Maya Banks

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Synopsis

Can their love give her the strength to overcome the tragedy in her past?

Colters’ Legacy, Book 2

When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he’s serving, he’s gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone. More baffling is the dark, possessive instinct that tells him she belongs to him.

For Lily Weston, home is a secluded nook in a back alley until Seth offers her a place to stay. She’s wary of his offer, but even one night out of the cold is too much temptation to resist.

Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface. The Colters never imagined they’d follow the unconventional path of their fathers, but they can’t ignore their mutual need to offer Lily their protection and their love. But before Lily and the brothers can forge a future together, they must heal the deep wounds of her past.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, multiple partners, menage a quatre, violence.

Review

This was fast paced and began along a similar scene to Colters’ Woman (Book 1) and yes I loved both beginnings.

I fell hard for these three boys when I read about them growing up in Colters’ Woman so I was really looking forward to seeing their journey of whether they would follow in their fathers footsteps. All three men had indifvual careers and lifestyles and it was interesting to see how it played out.

Lily is just beautiful and I did not pick her emotional wound, I knew it centred about children but was still surprised when her emotional outburst revealed her true pain and loss. How her path crossed the boys, the way she like Holly in Book 1 enriched their mens lives and strengthened their own personalities and individual charactericstics was a really great journey.

Again we are not deprived of hot passionate sexual menage scenes but then also individual emotional sex scenes between Lily and the boys.

I am really enjoying this series – now onto Callie’s story in Book 3, Colters’ Daughter.

Colters’ Lady (Colters’ Legacy #2)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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Colters’ Woman (Colters’ Legacy #1)

By Maya Banks

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Synopsis

Holly Bardwell is running from her past mistakes. Straight into the arms of the Colter brothers.

Colters’ Legacy, Book 1

Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren’t looking for women. They’re looking for a woman. One woman they know will share their lives and their beds. They’re losing hope they’ll find her, that is until Adam discovers Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin.

Adam knows she’s the one the minute he holds her in his arms, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact—and protecting her from the danger of her past.

* This book has been re-edited and revised. Includes an expanded ending and a new, never-before published short story sequel.

Warning: This title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a quatre, violence.

 

Review

This is going to be another great series by Maya Banks that I am going to devour. Maya knows to give you action, suspense, romance, mystery, passion and great family relationships, it’s why I love her books.

Three dynamic men and one strong willed female make a wonderful story which I could not put down.  Love, laughter, trust and resilience is tested in their relationship.

The passionate sexual scenes are brilliant and I loved the menage but then I also relished the individual loving and passionate encounters which each man that Holly enjoyed.

Holly’s history gives the story it’s mystery and suspense elements and it provided the avenue for the three brothers to be all alpha and protect their woman.

The best part we see how their relationship progresses, meet children which sets up for the next book which I downloaded right after reading.  I am about to start reading Colters’ Lady (Colters’ Legacy #2) – so excited.

Colters’ Woman (Colters’ Legacy #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Release Me (The Music Within # 2)

By Faith Gibson

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Synopsis

Fifteen Years…
For fifteen years, Cade Anderson, drummer for the world-famous rock band 7’s Mistress, has been in love with his best friend, the band’s lead singer. Even though it’s been years since they were lovers, Cade still wants the man. When his best friend falls in love with someone else, life as Cade knows it is over. The band breaks up and Cade has to figure out how to move on. 

Ten Years…
For ten years, Mal Wilson has hidden who he really is from the small-minded people of Arlo, Kentucky. The family farm is dwindling down to nothing, and the bar he owns is draining him dry. When it looks like he’s going to lose both, Mal has to figure out where to go from here. 

Three Months…
For three months, Cade has been drinking and f*cking his way across the country, trying to forget about his former friend and lover. When he finds himself at a redneck joint in the middle of nowhere, he is drawn to the handsome roughneck tending bar. Something in the man stirs Cade for the first time in years. 

One Night…
When Mal ends up in a hotel room with the handsome blond man who sat in his bar for hours, the man asks for one night together. When Mal wakes up, he knows that one night will never be enough, but it has to be. 

Two men…
One musician, rich and famous, out and proud of his sexuality. One cowboy, poor as the dirt under his boots, hiding who he is from the world. It’ll never work. Or will it? 

Release Me is a love story between a hard rockin’ drummer and a hard workin’ cowboy.

Review

Sometimes when I sign up to review a book, I look back and think to myself “Why did I sign up to this one again?”.  I’ll be honest, that was how I felt about RELEASE ME and I was worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy it.  I couldn’t have been more wrong because what I found here was an absolutely amazing story.  You have Cade, a famous rockstar who’s not ashamed of his sexuality and is wealthy enough to buy anything he wants.  Then you have Mal, who is his exact opposite; a lonely cowboy who’s hiding who he is after an attack left him hospitalised and who’s so broke he’s about to lose his family’s farm.

I absolutely loved RELEASE ME and Cade and Mal make an amazing couple.  There’s no fighting for dominance and no unnecessary drama between the pair.  They meet, they like, they fall in love, they have some problems, they sort them out, they get their HEA.  The supporting characters were also enjoyable to read; they weren’t in your face, but they weren’t so deep in the background that you forgot who they were when they popped back in again.

RELEASE ME is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It’s the first book I’ve read from Faith Gibson and I would gladly read more from her.  The only issue I have with the story is the number of times Cade makes comparisons to his previous lover, Tag.  I get that he had to realise that what he felt for Tag paled in comparison to what he was feeling for Mal, but it was just one of those things that was repeated one too many times.  Other than that, the romance was sweet, the sex was hot, the conflict was heartbreaking, and the ending was beautiful and tied things up nicely.  The story as a whole was very well written, flowed nicely and was enjoyable from beginning to end.

Release Me (The Music Within # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Music Within Series

Wanted

by Kelly Elliott

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Synopsis

Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18 year old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother.

The last thing Ellie expected was to fall in love with Gunner Mathews, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and not to mention, her brothers best friend.

Gunner only had two passions in life, football and his grandfather’s ranch, until he falls for his best friends little sister. He will stop at nothing to show Ellie how much he wants her, even if it means he has to move faster than she would like.
Gunner knows they are meant to be together forever, but Ellie keeps denying her feelings out of fear of being hurt again.

Every time he gets close to winning her love, something pushes her away again. Will Ellie ever be able to let go of the past and let him into her heart and will Gunner be patient enough to wait for her?

What will it take for them to realize they are all each other have ever WANTED?

My review

Well I loved this story, it was sweet and sassy but then also dirty and delightful.  If you wanted a romp in the hay with a happy ever after, insta-love, wrapped together with drama then you will love “Wanted”.

However I too am a little torn as while reading Wanted I actually really loved and connected with the supporting characters of Ari and Jeff more than Gunner and Ellie.  To me Gunner was a little over sensitive, I think I like my men a bit more alpha, he sometimes to me was a little too soft and sensitive for a cowboy.  I would have perhaps connected more with Ellie if we saw more anxiety from the way her mother treated her, we had two glimpses of how Gunner settled her down and I loved that when she had her panic attacks.  Perhaps a little less drama and misunderstanding and confessing their undying love for each other and perhaps a little bit more meat in the story particularly with their two mothers may have made me love them more.

Now can I just say that Ari rocks, her character, sass and stubbornness had me laughing, crying and riveted to the pages when she appeared and Jeff was a wonderful brother.

I have added Saved which is the next book int he series to my TBR list however I will be not reading it straight away as I have a feeling we will be going down a similar route with Ari & Jeff as we did with Ellie and Gunner in that there is going to be lots of drama, double meanings, misunderstandings, hurt and then a wonderful HEA.

Oh, before I forget we also get to fast forward with Gunner and Ellie and see how they are travelling, Ellie desired to be Wanted well Gunner simply Worshipped her – beautiful to see.

Wanted

My rating: 4 Hearts

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Noah’s Journey (Sawyer Brothers # 3)

By C.A. Harms

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Synopsis

The years that were taken can never be repaid. 
The memories stolen can never be returned. 
But I had to move forward…for him, my son. 

Noah had spent years wondering what he could have done differently. Wondering what he’d done wrong to make Stacey leave. The heartache from her absence and the what-ifs of their past eventually turned to anger—and then disgust. 

It took years for him to move on, and once he did, his past came thundering back, revealing a secret. 

A secret that would forever change his future. 

Alena had waited for the chance to have more with Noah. He was an enigma, a man of mystery, yet she wasn’t quite ready to give up on him. She knew there was more to him than what he allowed those around him to see. She was drawn to his charm and his calm nature. With an uprooted past of her own, she craved a little stability more than anything. But when things between them finally begin to grow into more, their relationship is tested. 

Will it all be too much for Alena to handle? 
Or will she decide to stay and be a part of…Noah’s Journey?

Review

Noah and Alena have just finished their first date when Noah’s ex⎯Stacey⎯comes back into town with his young son in tow.  A son he never knew about.  Secrets.  Betrayal.  A possible love triangle.  Sounds like a winner.  But I have found with C.A. Harms that there’s always one book in a series that doesn’t win me over, and in this series it’s NOAH’S JOURNEY.  I was expecting to see a lot of angst and conflict in this story, and while there was some, I thought there wasn’t nearly enough given the volatile situation.  The story moves very fast, lacks depth and I didn’t get emotionally invested in any of the characters.  Heck, I think Noah and Alena spent more time apart than they did together.  Overall, I thought NOAH’S JOURNEY was a simple story and a nice enough read.  We were treated to a monster epilogue where we got to catch up on all the couples from this series, as well as a teaser to Olivia’s story.

Noah’s Journey (Sawyer Brothers # 3)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Sawyer Brothers Series

Wicked Lust (Wicked Horse # 2)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Cain Bonham is as big and bad as they come. After serving in the Marines, he’s returned home to Wyoming and now works as head of security at the exclusive sex club, The Wicked Horse. His job is to protect not only the patrons, but to zealously guard the secret existence of the club itself. 

Sloane Preston is all about discovering secrets. As an undercover reporter, she’s determined to reveal the truth behind the facade of The Wicked Horse and expose it for all the world to see. She just didn’t count on her pathway into the club coming at the hands of one gorgeously scarred and bad ass bouncer who manages to easily possess her body and soul. 

While Cain’s not looking for anyone to catch his eye, Sloane did it all the same, and he’s not bemoaning the fact that she’s as wickedly kinky as he is. As both get caught up in the sinful fantasies that only The Wicked Horse can create, secrets and loyalties will be tested and hearts will risk being broken. 

Review

Cain is head of security at The Wicked Horse and The Silo, the secret sex club located at the back of the bar.  As an employee, he gets free membership to the club, which is a perk he takes advantage of almost every day.  He’s also a Fantasy Maker and is one of their most popular employees.  Sloane is a reporter looking into a potential political scandal linked to the club and she plans on using Cain as her way in.  But she’s not interested in fabricating a story or destroying the reputation of innocent people, and her physical and “professional” relationship with Cain quickly turns emotional and personal.

Cain.  Wow.  I mean, just WOW!!!  He is one seriously hot and kinky guy.  There’s a darkness inside him that makes all the good girls want to be bad.  So very, very bad.  He’s been hurt by a woman in his past and he vows that will never happen again.  So when he started having feelings for Sloane, I knew how devastated he was going to be when he learned the truth.  I didn’t like that Sloane was willing to sleep with Cain to get her story, but putting that aside, she really is a very nice woman.  She has a strong sense of justice and owns up to her mistakes without making excuses.  And I can’t fault a person who really did try to do the right thing.

This book was hot, hot, HOT!!!  Definitely hotter, steamier and juicier than the first book.  THIS is  more what I was expecting to read in book one, WICKED FALL.  It’s still a bit tame compared to some other sex club series I’ve read, but we’re certainly on our way to some really kinky shit.  Bring it on.  WICKED LUST is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Wicked Lust (Wicked Horse # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Wicked Horse Series

Flawless Surrender

by Lori King

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Synopsis

The strength of a man is in the way he embraces his flaws, instead of denying them.

Zoey Carson has worked nonstop to graduate with her Master’s degree, after managing to survive parents who neglected her in favor of their own addictions. Her future of helping children overcome their childhood is within her grasp until she is knocked down by a surprise visit from her mother. She finds herself at a crossroads when her longtime crush, Tanner Keegan, comes to her rescue, along with his brothers, Dalton and Clint. Letting them go might help her avoid getting hurt, but the outcome—she would continue to live a lonely, empty life.

The Keegan brothers finally come together after spreading themselves across the globe for more than a decade. Each fighting his own personal battle with the past and future, but there is no question that Zoey turns them all on. Who will risk the pain of baring their soul for the promise of a happy future, and who will succumb to their weaknesses?

Return to Stone River, Texas, where the Keegan brothers work together to win the heart of the woman made for them. Enjoy the journey as Zoey decides if she can be their…Flawless Surrender.

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. M/F/M/M, graphic language, consensual BDSM, spanking, HEA. There is ‘No’ touching or titillation between siblings.

My Review

Ok so I started this right after finishing Weekend Surrender being #1 of the series and did not think it could get better, well I was wrong.  Zoey’s story is so much more emotional than Rachel’s and the dynamic of the three brothers was so intense especially Tanner.

The relationship Zoey has with her Mother is another depth to this story and it broke my heart in so many ways.

I really loved how we also got to see Rachel and her men from Book 1 and then also again meet characters that will form Book 3, this series is really flowing well from each book but still giving us a new erotic adventure but enabling us to find out what other characters are doing.

I am really enjoying this series, the ménage scenes are one component of this romantic story but the characters have great depth and connections to each other which makes me as a reader so happy.

Flawless Surrender (The Surrender Series #2)

My rating: 4 Hearts

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Weekend Surrender

by Lori King

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Synopsis

After another painful betrayal and break up, Rachael Morgan sets out to prove to herself that she can handle a good time with a man and walk away sexually satisfied and with her heart intact. She could have never imagined that she would be agreeing to the proposition of a lifetime. Every woman in Stone River, Texas would jump at this chance, but she’s afraid she’ll leave pieces of her heart behind.

Raised on their family ranch the four Brooks brothers have always shared everything. Even women. When they find themselves face to face with the one person who could complete them all, they set out on a journey to claim her for their own.

Fate can place them all in the right place at the right time, but will Rachel be able to overcome her relationship scars, or is she destined to live her life alone believing that no man ever stays?

(M/F/M/M/M Ménage, consensual BDSM, bondage, spanking, HEA, There is no touching or titillation between siblings.)

My Review

This was erotic, passionate and had great moments of humour. From the first chapter we  straight away meet these hot cowboys and immediately feel the physical attraction.  It did not feel rushed and I easily followed the characters long held small town connections and the four brothers were easily identified with their own personalities and sexual traits.

Now we are talking about four good looking cowboys and one girl who they have held secret attraction to and can I say my god the kitchen table scene – H.O.T.

I really enjoyed this story as now and then I move into Menage Romance for the whole escapism of intense passionate physical and emotional love.  We are also introduced to other characters who upon checking make up the next two books.  I am dying to read book 2 as I really loved Zoey who was Rachel’s friend.

Another point in this story was when Rachel needed to process and find herself after her Weekend Surrender, the feelings and emotions portrayed on the pages really helped me connect with the characters and follow their ultimate HEA and really appreciated a snapshot of how they were going later on.

Great Menage Romance that will definitely make you all hot and bothered.

Weekend Surrender (The Surrender Series #1)

My rating: 4 Hearts

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